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Republican Religious Extremist Who Sponsored Anti-Gay First Amendment Defense Act Loses Primary

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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’

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On today’s episode of the “Pass The Salt Live” webcast, host Dave Daubenmire interviewed Trumploving 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. 

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Dozens of West Virginia Correction Officer Trainees in Group Photo Appear to Give Nazi Salute

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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.

“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.

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‘Snowflake’ Conservatives Have White-Hot Meltdown Over Getting ‘Betrayed’ by Chick-fil-A

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“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.”

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.

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