Civil Rights Commission’s Interpretation of Law Is ‘Invalid’ Declares Anti-Gay Republican
The top law enforcement officer for the State of Michigan this past week issued a binding opinion that the state’s civil rights laws do not extend to LGBT people. Attorney General Bill Schuette, who has a long history of using his office to further his anti-LGBT agenda, is a Republican running to become Michigan’s next governor.
“The word ‘sex’ refers to the biological difference between males and females and not to the distinct concepts of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Schuette wrote in his opinion.
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission voted in May that the state’s anti-discrimination law related to sex discrimination should include LGBT people, as federal courts and federal agencies have begun to do. That move protects people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification in areas including employment, education, housing, real estate, public accommodations, and public service.
Attorney General Schuette of Friday issued an opinion that is generally considered binding on state agencies that the Civil Rights Commission’s interpretation is “invalid.” He claims the original intent of state lawmakers when the passed the law in 1976 was not to protect LGBT people.
“This means LGBTQ Michiganders still can be fired from their job and denied housing and public services,” Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan, told The Detroit Free Press.
Many generally consider “original intent” to be simply a tactic used by conservatives to limit civil rights advances as human understanding grows over time.
Schuette, a Trump-supporter endorsed by the president and the vice president, is running for governor. On his campaign website he boasts an A+ rating from the NRA, and proclaims, “I’m a fighter with the guts and the vision to write our next chapter.”
Schuette is the favorite in the August 7 GOP primary. But polling shows the Democratic favorite beating Schuette by about 5 points, according to Real Clear Politics.
In 2015 Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan’s GOP Republican Governor Rick Snyder waged war against two pediatric nurses who wanted to marry so they both could legally adopt their special needs children they were caring for, including one doctors thought would never survive but did. Schuette nd Snyder battled same-sex marriage all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, spending at least $1.9 million of taxpayers’ money.
One of Schuette’s expert witnesses, a professor who has ties to NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, told a federal court he believes gay people are going to hell.
Schuette also offered up Mark Regnerus, author of a massively discredited “study” that falsely claimed to find children raised by same-sex parents grow up with a host of problems not seen by their peers raised by different-sex couples. The judge tossed his testimony out.
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House Intel Chair Consults With Sergeant at Arms After Republicans ‘Storm’ Secure Impeachment Deposition Room (UPDATED)
Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Schiff (D-CA) is consulting with the Sergeant at Arms after dozens of House Republicans who are not assigned to any of the committees involved in the impeachment inquiry of the president stormed a secure room in an unauthorized attempt to gain access to the proceedings.
The unprecedented attempt to obstruct the impeachment inquiry delayed the testimony of several witnesses who were in the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), as Politico reports. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was just about to begin her testimony when Republicans struck.
“It was closest thing I’ve seen around here to mass civil unrest as a member of Congress,” a source in the room told CNN. The several dozen Republicans “stormed through the three different doors,” and refused to leave.
Politico adds that “some GOP lawmakers brought their cell phones into the secure area — a significant violation of House rules. Another person said the room had to be fully swept for potential security breaches.”
Schiff is reportedly threatening those GOP lawmakers with ethics violations.
This was not a rogue group of Republicans acting on their own. They were led by one of the top Republicans in the House, Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), and right wing extremist Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) October 23, 2019
“They basically ran over a member of the staff” to get in the room, said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). “They just came into the room and started shouting about the president. Literally some of them were just screaming … saying that the process is wrong.”
Politico referred to the attack as a “stunt,” but Democrats are following the House rules.
“In reality,” Politico adds, “more than 45 House Republicans — nearly a quarter of the House GOP conference — already have full access to the depositions via their membership on one of the three committees leading the impeachment inquiry. And during the depositions, Republican counsel is given the same amount of time to question witnesses as Democratic counsel.”
Chief Political Correspondent for Sinclair at WJLA posted video:
WATCH: here’s the video of when 2 dozen GOP members, led by @mattgaetz entered the secure hearing room (SCIF) to interrupt witness testimony in the #ImpeachmentInquiry as they demand access, despite not being committee members. They’re complaining it’s a “Soviet-style process”. pic.twitter.com/8KddYz3r9D
— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) October 23, 2019
UPDATE: 2:33 PM ET –
.@RepAlexMooney, seen below apparently videotaping as he barges into a SCIF, last year co-sponsored H.Res.907, calling for the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate why Sec. Clinton escaped criminal charges in connection with her handling of classified information. pic.twitter.com/R2RdVgxL93
— Ned Price (@nedprice) October 23, 2019
Bonkers Fox News Segment Blames Mass Shootings on God-Hating Liberals Who Teach Kids About Evolution
Fox News calls anti-gay hate group head a “former police officer.”
Perkins appeared on Fox & Friends where he was identified as a “former police officer.”
According to Perkins, the shooting near Odessa, Texas that left seven dead was “just tragic.”
“At some point, we have to realize that we as a nation have a problem,” he continued. “And the problem is not the absence of laws, it’s an absence of morality.”
Perkins said he was “willing” to talk to liberals about ending the epidemic of mass shootings.
“I agree, praying alone is not enough,” Perkins opined. “It’s time to act. It’s not just about having a conversation about restricting those who should not have guns, criminals. But it’s also a discussion of a absence of a moral core in our culture today.”
Perkins said that teaching children about evolution is one cause of mass shootings.
“We’ve taught our kids they come about through chance through primordial slime and then we’re surprised they treat their fellow Americans like dirt!” he exclaimed. “It’s time we talk about the result of the left’s systematic march through our institutions, driving religious expression from the public square.”
Perkins complained that children are not being taught that they are “created in the image of God.”
“We’ve driving religion from our public life and we’re shocked that we no longer have morality and we no longer value human life,” he remarked.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Unrepentant, YouTube Reverses Course, Apologizes to Far-Right Channels and Unbans Them
YouTube has shown itself to be particularly susceptible to pressure campaigns organized by the far-right
YouTube has undone actions taken against two far-right YouTube accounts and one white nationalist YouTube account after banning those accounts earlier this week.
Right Wing Watch reported on Monday that YouTube had removed at least four YouTube channels that produced white nationalist and racist content from its platform, including channels used by The Right Stuff, American Identity Movement (formerly Identity Evropa), VDARE, and James Allsup. On Tuesday night, VDARE tweeted that its YouTube channel had been reinstated.
After banning the white nationalist publication VDARE from YouTube yesterday, YouTube appears to have reversed course.
VDARE announced that their YouTube channel is back online tonight. pic.twitter.com/V8QZ8WOPwi
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) August 28, 2019
Right Wing Watch asked YouTube for comment via email on its reinstatement of VDARE TV on Wednesday, but did not receive a response.
Yesterday, Boing Boing noted that YouTube reinstated two other far-right YouTube channels, “The Iconoclast” and a channel used by far-right activist Martin Sellner, and that YouTube told reporters it made the “wrong call” when it decided to remove those channels but failed to elaborate further. BuzzFeed reports:
YouTube’s reactivation of Sellner’s channel comes two months after the video platform joined with Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter to make a commitment they called the “Christchurch Call to Action”. YouTube and the other tech companies said they were committed to “fight the hatred and extremism that lead to terrorist violence.”
The Iconoclast has more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In an interview with Defend Europa last year, the YouTuber spoke extensively about the white nationalist conspiracy theory of “ethnic replacement.” He describes himself as a “British nationalist” who is “anti-mass migration.”
The decision comes a few days after YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki posted her quarterly letter to YouTube creators, which talked about how the company sometimes would leave up “controversial or even offensive” videos.
After Buzzfeed published its story, YouTube spokesperson Farshad Shadloo released a statement, claiming that although “many may find the viewpoints expressed in these channels deeply offensive,“ that YouTube had “determined the videos on their channels do not violate our Community Guidelines and so the channels were reinstated.”
Yesterday, Motherboard reported that YouTube had briefly reinstated and then re-banned the Infowars show “War Room” from its platform. Infowars was banned across nearly all tech platforms last year after we documented the numerous blatant violations of community guidelines committed regularly by Infowars personalities on social media platforms.
YouTube has shown itself to be particularly susceptible to pressure campaigns organized by the far-right. Last year, the site apologized and retracted strikes against far-right “philosopher” Stefan Molyneux’s YouTube account after he urged his fans to contact YouTube on his behalf.
This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
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