Oklahoma voters just elected Republican mortgage banker Kevin Stitt, a newcomer to politics, to become their new governor. And Stitt has just hired the head of his transition team, a man who will help shape policy, direction, and choose the players to implement his vision for the future of the “Sooner State.” That man is no political neophyte.
Most Americans probably have never heard of Marc Nuttle (photo), but you may have been affected by some of his work. Before becoming the Chairman of a far right wing, dominionist, anti-gay, Christian organization, Nuttle (according to his bio) advised five presidents and the served as an advisor to anti-gay climate change denialist and far right wing extremist Senator Jim Inhofe.
Nuttle has also served as the national presidential campaign manager for right wing Christian extremist and racist Pat Robertson.
If you think you’re starting to get the picture of who Marc Nuttle is, you’re right, but there’s much, much more.
Nuttle just resigned after seven years as chairman of the board of The Oak Initiative. The Christian group’s goal is to create a nationwide and international “spiritual awakening” and “champion the core values that are based on biblical or kingdom principles and wisdom.”
And to do that, as Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta reports, Nuttle has surrounded the organization with what reads like a who’s who of far right wing anti-gay Christian extremists.
Mehta details some of the board members and their accomplishments, including “retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin who once said Jesus would return to kill his enemies with an AR-15. Another board member is Cindy Jacobs, whose claimed to help a woman grow three inches instantaneously and also said she once literally turned metal into bone. And there’s Lance Wallnau, who thinks the critics of Donald Trump are controlled by Satan. And Janet Porter, who thinks gay people are setting the world on fire. It’s just a collection of the most mindless, reactionary, brainwashed Christians you can imagine.”
These are the people he has either installed or accepted to help him lead his religious organization.
Each of them have been written about by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Imagine who he will choose in deeply red, deeply anti-LGBT Oklahoma, to advance the incoming governor’s agenda, an agenda he will shape and help enact.
Oklahoma Watch reports on The Oak Initiative’s work.
“Some of its controversial actions include a 2015 bulletin posted on its website from its president, MorningStar Ministries founder Rick Joyner, saying the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage was a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the biblical end of times and compared it to the ‘mark of the beast.’ The bulletin additionally called the ‘gay agenda’ the biggest ‘enemy of Christianity in America.'”
“The group also faced backlash in 2015 from gay-rights groups after the Michigan chapter of the Oak Initiative set up billboards that showed a gay man with a rainbow painted on his face surrounded by the words ‘Not Born this Way’ and ‘Homosexuality is a behavior. Not a civil right.'”
Here’s how they advance their message on social media:
Will history show the Left’s effort to use/sway young voters as analogous to Hitler’s Brownshirts?
— The OAK Initiative (@OAKinitiative) November 6, 2018
Mexican Heathens Profit Off The Backs Of Negroe Slaves https://t.co/ulteTXqzHY
— The OAK Initiative (@OAKinitiative) November 23, 2018
Freedom: Another Casualty of the Gay Agenda
by Frank Turek http://t.co/UqAKdxyTVM
— The OAK Initiative (@OAKinitiative) August 29, 2013
Do Gay Rights Trump Everyone Else’s Rights? https://t.co/BJjDtGJ3KX
— The OAK Initiative (@OAKinitiative) June 27, 2017
Will Your Child’s School Silently Promote the LGBT Agenda This Friday? https://t.co/zZ7htc1NzP
— The OAK Initiative (@OAKinitiative) April 18, 2017
Oklahomans should be concerned – and aware of what’s about to happen.
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Watch: Bill Barr Meets, Prays With Radical Right-Wing Activist Who Wonders if Vaccines Make Kids Gay
Attorney General Bill Barr has been conspicuously missing from public view over the past few months but over the weekend he came outside of his home to meet with a far right wing religious extremist, and to pray with him.
“On Friday and Saturday, a small group of right-wing activists,” Right Wing Watch reports, “led by radical religious-right bigot Dave Daubenmire, carried out a series of protests outside the home of Joe Biden in Delaware, as well as the home of former president Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., demanding that the Democratic presidential nominee and the president for whom he worked as vice president be arrested, tried, and executed for treason.”
Barr is an uber-conservative Catholic who supports dominionism. Last year Joan Walsh at The Nation called him “a paranoid right-wing Catholic ideologue who won’t respect the separation of church and state.”
Daubenmire, who is also a Christian minister, last month called for Hillary Clinton to be publicly executed.
Here’s video of the meeting, which shows Daubenmire and other activists with Attorney General Barr, praying. Some of the men wore shirts emblazoned with political statements, including “Crooked Hillary for Prison,” and “Lock’er Up.” Several were using Trump 2020 banners as blankets. One had a tee-shirt with “InfoWars,” a far right wing conspiracy website printed on the back.
Here Barr posing for a photo with Daubenmire.
Right Wing Watch calls Daubenmire “a deeply bigoted, anti-Semitic, anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ, right-wing conspiracy theorist—the sort who proudly declares that women become lesbians because they are so ugly that no man could ever love them, asserts that Barack Obama was ‘a quasi-Muslim freak’ and ‘an emissary from Hell,‘ warns that Oprah Winfrey was planning to run for president in order to carry out a white genocide, complains that he is not allowed to say the ‘N-word,’ gripes that the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was a ‘psy-op’ intended to promote ‘the blending of the races,’ and calls interracial marriage ‘spiritual AIDS.'”
He has also wondered if vaccines make kids gay.
“Who knows what was injected into some of these deviant sex people as children. When they say they were born that way, maybe they were vaccinated that way.”
It’s unclear why the Attorney General is meeting with far right wing extremists.
SCOTUS to Hear Major LGBTQ Case, With Barrett – Designed to Give Christians Special Rights to Discriminate
Just one day after 2020’s historic Election Day, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a landmark case seeking to revoke non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, along with minority religious groups like Jews and Muslims. The case could hand Christians special rights to discriminate. It relies on overturning a 30-year precedent, something Justice Amy Coney Barrett has said she is not opposed to doing.
The case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, involves Catholic Social Services (CSS) of Philadelphia, which lost in a unanimous Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, but appealed to the Supreme Court.
The City of Philadelphia notified Catholic Social Services in 2018 that it would no longer send children to them to be fostered or adopted because of the religious group’s refusal to place children in homes headed by same-sex couples or LGBTQ people.
With the loss of placements comes a loss of taxpayer funds. CSS isn’t banned from continuing to adhere to its policies or religious beliefs, it just won’t be able to use children the City of Philadelphia was sending them as tools to continue its discriminatory practices.
“In court papers, the group has argued that Philadelphia’s moves unlawfully targeted its right to exercise its religion, which is protected under the First Amendment,” CNBC reports. “Philadelphia, on the other hand, has said it is entitled to enforce anti-discrimination policies in order to protect LGBT residents. The city says it is not hostile to religion, noting that its policies apply evenly to religious and secular government contractors.”
Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro, writing for the court, said CSS failed to show that the city was motivated by anything other than “sincere opposition to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”
Should the heavily-conservative majority Supreme Court overturn the Third Circuit Court’s unanimous ruling, it likely would also need to overturn precedent from a 1990 SCOTUS case, Employment Division v. Smith, which CSS is asking the Court to do.
CSS is represented by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a multi-million dollar non-profit.
The Becket Fund calls discriminating against same-sex families and LGBTQ people, “Making room for diversity.”
The group has had success at the Supreme Court before, notably in the infamous 2014 Hobby Lobby anti-abortion case.
Image: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks via Flickr
NOM Co-Founder Posts Smiling Photo of Himself With Justice Amy Coney Barrett – Calls Her ‘My Favorite Handmaiden’
National Organization For Marriage co-founder Robert P. George just posted a photo of himself with the nation’s newest Supreme Court Justice, Amy Coney Barrett, calling her “my favorite Handmaiden of the Law.” NOM is the anti-LGBTQ anti-marriage equality organization that conservatives had poured millions into in the hope it would stanch the spread of same-sex marriage.
George’s remarks are apparently meant to mock Americans’ deep and dire fears and concerns about Justice Barrett, a far right religious extremist who vehemently opposes abortion, same-sex marriage, equality for LGBTQ people, and ObamaCare. She is seen as the most far-right jurist on the Supreme Court, even more extreme than Justice Clarence Thomas.
The “Handmaiden” reference is to Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is set in what was once New England, now part the fictional totalitarian, Christian nation of Gilead, created after an overthrow of the United States. In the novel, which is also a film and a television series, women are not allowed to read or participate in much of society, and are forced to serve men much in the way the Bible commands. Rape is institutionalized and homosexuality is punishable by death.
George is a Princeton University professor. He is also the co-founder and a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute, a conservative think tank that focuses its efforts on opposing same-sex marriage, abortion, and stem cell research.
Barrett was forced through the confirmation process in near-record time, as conservatives praised the far right wing anti-LGBTQ, anti-equality, pro-religious extremism jurist. She was confirmed by Republican Senators Monday night, and barely hours later sworn in at the White House.
With my favorite Handmaiden of the Law. pic.twitter.com/Zger3pgiTa
— Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) October 27, 2020
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