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Michigan Civil Rights Laws Do Not Ban Anti-LGBT Discrimination Says Attorney General Seeking Higher Office

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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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AOC Calls Marjorie Taylor Greene ‘Deeply Unwell’ After 38 Minute Video of Her Stalking Ocasio-Cortez Is Unearthed

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says her Republican nemesis from Georgia, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, is “deeply unwell. And clearly needs help.”

AOC’s comments come after a 38-minute video was unearthed Friday that shows Greene in February of 2019 – before being elected to Congress – on Capitol Hill stalking the New York Democrat.

“This is a woman that’s deeply unwell. And clearly needs help. And her kind of fixation has lasted for several years now,” Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez said Friday, as CNN’s Manu Raju reports. “At this point I think the depth has raised concerns for other members as well.”

The disturbing video also shows Greene talking about other members of “The Squad,” saying she wants to speak with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). Both Congresswomen are Muslim, and Greene says that “as a woman” she needs to talk to them because they support “Sharia,” and Greene doesn’t want to be forced to “wear a burka.”

Elsewhere in the video Greene says, as CNN first reported, “We’re going to go see, we’re going to visit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Crazy eyes. Crazy eyes. Nutty. Cortez.”

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, I’m an American citizen. I pay your salary through the taxes that you collect for me through the IRS because I’m a taxpaying citizen of the United States,” Greene says.

“So you need to stop being a baby and stop locking your door and come out and face the American citizens that you serve,” she says. “If you want to be a big girl, you need to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens. Instead of having to use a flap, a little flap. Sad.”

 

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Newsmax Host Off Air After Online Outrage Over Antisemitic Remarks

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Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield will be off the air for the remainder of the week after massive outrage over his antisemitic remarks Wednesday night. Stinchfield claimed that American Jews’ “home country” is actually Israel, not the U.S., in a rant attacking President Joe Biden.

Eric Bolling, the former Fox News host who has seen his own share of controversy, in a tweet announced he will be covering for Stinchfield, which The Wrap reported.

“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield had said, as Media Matters reported.

Outrage, especially from Americans who also identify as Jewish, was massive, as NCRM documented.

In March Stinchfield came under attack after claiming there was a “strong case” that President Joe Biden is “not really a Catholic.”

 

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Newsmax Host Blasted for Antisemitic Claim That Jewish Americans’ ‘Home State’ Is Israel

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Far right wing Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield is under fire after delivering an antisemitic claim that Jewish Americans’ “home country” is Israel, not America.

In a segment attacking President Joe Biden for not controlling the violent attacks in the Middle East Stinchfield showed Rabbi Jacob Shmuel “Shmuley” Boteach, who was in New York City demanding Biden “show moral leadership” in the conflict.

“He talks about ‘moral courage.’ It is something sadly the Democrats do not have,” Stinchfield claimed on the same day Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney for saying Donald Trump lost a free and fair election.

“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield asked, as Media Matters reports.

The claim that American Jews are not Americans, or have some overriding loyalty to Israel instead of America is an anti-Semitic trope frequently spouted on the right – just as President Donald Trump did repeatedly.

No one expects American Catholics to have an allegiance to Rome, yet conservatives often speak in strong terms about American Jews, falsely believing their loyalty is to Israel and not America.

One American responded in very clear (caution: and profane) terms to Stinchfield:

Here’s how some others, including many Jewish Americans, are responding:

This article has been updated to include additional relevant tweets.

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