U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, the anti-gay religious extremist who announced he would retire from Congress at the end of this term to run for governor, lost the Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday night. Now, he will not become a governor, and will not be a U.S. Congressman next year.
A founding member of the uber-conservative House Freedom Caucus, Labrador’s greatest claim to fame was sponsoring the federal “First Amendment Defense Act.”
FADA, in its original form, would have “protected” any person, group, organization, company, or corporation that claimed to have a sincerely held religious belief about LGBT people, same-sex couples, and marriage, from obeying laws designed to provide protection in those areas to LGBT people and other minorities.
But it didn’t end there.
The legislation was so broad, if it had become law a pharmacist could refuse to provide contraception to a woman, on the basis of their personal religious or moral beliefs.
It never made it to the House floor.
In 2016 NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, made a big push to get Republicans to support the bill. Their efforts failed.
In 2017 Labrador reintroduced the bill, but was forced to alter its language after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, which made same-sex marriage a constitutional right.
After Labrador introduced the new bill, which effectively was forced to also protect those who support marriage equality, anti-gay hate groups bolted, dropping their support, because it didn’t target LGBT people.
There is a companion bill in the Senate, sponsored by another far right wing religious extremist, Senator Mike Lee of Utah.
In 2017 Labrador came under fire for telling constituents at a town hall, “nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”
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Former GOP Candidate for Governor: ‘If I Had My Way We Would Be Executing Abortionists’
On today’s episode of the “Pass The Salt Live” webcast, host Dave Daubenmire interviewed Trump–loving radical right-wing activist Scott Lively, who used the opportunity to declare that abortion providers should be put to death.
“If I had my way, we would be executing abortionists after trial,” Lively said. “They are committing mass murder and if we truly had a just justice system, they would be tried and they would be executed for what they’re doing. That is how serious the problem is.”
Lively added that he wanted to “make absolutely clear” that he was not calling for vigilante justice, but rather the creation of a justice system that operates according to the dictates of biblical law whereby the testimony of two witnesses is required in order to put someone to death.
This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
Dozens of West Virginia Correction Officer Trainees in Group Photo Appear to Give Nazi Salute
37 West Virginia correction officer trainees participated in a group photo in which they appeared to be giving a Nazi salute, according to WCHS. Governor Jim Justice has called for an investigation and anyone found to have been involved to be fired. State officials have suspended those believed to have been involved, The Associated Press reports.
An altered copy of the photo of Basic Training Class Number 18, which has the faces of those involved blurred out, was released by the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
BREAKING: Photo released that has led to numerous DOC employees being suspended pic.twitter.com/Lee98ldVl2
— Leslie Rubin (@LeslieRubinWCHS) December 5, 2019
“This will not be tolerated on my watch — within the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation — or within any agency of state government,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement.
Agency Secretary Jeff Sandy in a memo called the image “distasteful, hurtful, disturbing, highly insensitive, and completely inappropriate.” He added that it “betrays the professionalism I have seen time and time again displayed and practiced by our brave correctional employees.”
WCHS reports Sandy’s memo was titled, “Conduct Unbecoming by Members of DCR” and sent to the entire agency.
Sandy also ordered all copies of the original photo be destroyed.
Video via WCHS:
‘Snowflake’ Conservatives Have White-Hot Meltdown Over Getting ‘Betrayed’ by Chick-fil-A
“Don’t ever write the phrase, ‘Chick Fil A betrayed us,’ and expect yourself to be taken seriously.”
Fast food chain Chick-fil-A announced earlier this month that it would no longer give to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, two nonprofit organizations that have traditionally opposed LGBT causes such as marriage equality.
Trump-loving Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk on Wednesday had a complete meltdown about the chicken restaurant’s decision and howled angrily that “Chick-fil-A betrayed us” even though “we stood by them for years during every attack and controversy.”
Kirk ended his tweet with a plea to fellow conservatives to boycott the restaurant.
“No more Chick-Fil-A, ever!” he seethed.
Fellow conservative Benny Johnson replied to Kirk and accused Chick-fil-A of funding “abortion and left-wing hate.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 27, 2019
But while many conservatives replied to Kirk to support his angst over the ideological heresies of a fast-food chain, many other followers responded by mocking the right-wing activist for being a “snowflake” who is trying to “cancel” a private business over political differences.
Check out some reactions below.
Sucker. They used you to get rich and threw you away to get richer. You gave them millions of dollars in free advertising and profits and in return they kicked you in the teeth because you embarrassed them before their European customers. https://t.co/xY476ZAorb
— Susan of Texas (@SusanofTexas) November 27, 2019
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 27, 2019
I hate the cancel culture. I’m not playing that game.
— Greatest Ever🇺🇸 (@GamingTooLong) November 27, 2019
Hope you’re wearing that diaper. Hard day for you.
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) November 27, 2019
Charlie, I support your work, but chill out. Now everyone is free to spend their dollars wherever they want, but I don’t agree with this boycott/cancel culture mentality.
Plus, on what basis do you say they are no longer supporting Christian orgs? What’s the source of this info?
— Trent Snowbarger (@TrentSnowbarger) November 27, 2019
Awww! Does ooo need a safe space, li’l baby? pic.twitter.com/5LNm97S4ZW
— Harry, the guy with a snake on his face (@Harrytheguywit1) November 27, 2019
Thank God I can finally eat there now that they’ve decided to stop hatin’ on gays!
Too bad guys like Charlie @charliekirk11 are so easily triggered at the idea of inclusiveness.
Gotta get me one of those frozen lemonade thingys!
— Eric Lunde (@ejlundegaard) November 27, 2019
It’s a chicken sandwich joint…
Also, don’t ever write the phrase, “Chick Fil A betrayed us,” and expect yourself to be taken seriously…
But here’s a pro-tip, anyway:
Put not ye faith in giant, multi-million dollar fast-food chains.
— Joe Townsend (@Jtownsend95) November 27, 2019
Triggered, #Chuckles? ❄️❄️❄️
They’ll really miss your business.
— Marc Piszkiewicz (@mpiszkie) November 27, 2019
You can’t mock the left for boycotting chick fil a over disagreements and then later do the exact same thing. Plus, the chicken is too tasty.
— Allison Hoyle (@alleyhoyle) November 27, 2019
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