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State Supreme Court Candidate’s ‘Work’ Includes Paid Speeches to Anti-LGBT Hate Group, Founding Anti-Gay School

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Conservative state appeals court judge who likens homosexuality to bestiality was paid thousands by anti-gay hate group that wants to criminalize homosexuality

A conservative candidate running for a seat on the bench of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court has been exposed for his anti-LGBT activism that spans more than a decade.

Brian Hagedorn is a state appeals court judge who was appointed by then-governor Scott Walker. Last month it was revealed he had kept a blog during his law school years in which he “twice wrote that a landmark gay rights ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a Texas anti-sodomy law could lead to the legalization of bestiality, sex with animals, in America,” The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

“‘The idea that homosexual behavior is different than bestiality as a constitutional matter is unjustifiable,” Hagedorn falsely wrote in October 2005. “There is no right in our Constitution to have sex with whoever or whatever you want in the privacy of your own home (or barn).”

Now Hagedorn is under fire after it was revealed that one year after he became a judge on the state Appeals Court, he founded a Christian prep school that bans same-sex relationships.

Augustine Academy’s “statement of faith says the school community believes that ‘Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church,'” the Journal-Sentinel reports.

Students and teachers who are in same-sex relationships can be expelled, as can students whose parents are in same-sex relationships.

That’s not the only aspect of Hagedorn’s anti-LGBT activism.

Hagedorn for several years has been paid thousands of dollars to give speeches to an anti-LGBT legal organization that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of active anti-LGBT hate groups.

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The hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom, wants to criminalize homosexuality, likens homosexuality to pedophilia, and has worked to have transgender people sterilized, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

ADF has a portfolio of Christian cake bakers and florists who are claiming a right to refuse service to marrying same-sex couples. Among them is Jack Phillips, who won a very narrow ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

The Wisconsin State Journal also reveals that Hagedorn’s college blog posts “contended that gay pride month at his workplace was ‘homosexual propaganda’ that created ‘a hostile work environment for Christians.'”

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Pastor Tells Congregation ‘The Best Person to Rape Is Your Wife’

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A Seventh-day Adventist pastor told his Bronx, New York congregation that wives belong to their husbands, as property, and they must “submit” themselves to their husbands, even if that means being raped by them.

“Wives, you must submit to your husbands,” Pastor Burnett Robinson said, as shown in the video below.

“I would say to you gentlemen, the best person to rape is your wife,” he added in his November 13 sermon, as Religion News Service reports.

“In this matter of submission, I want you to know upfront ladies, that once you get married, you are no longer your own. You are your husband’s. You understand what I’m saying? I emphasize that because I saw in court the other day on TV where a lady sued her husband for rape. And I would say to you gentlemen, the best person to rape is your wife. But then it has become legalized.”

RNS notes that “Robinson was apparently preaching from a passage from the New Testament’s Letter to the Ephesians, in which the Apostle Paul says, ‘Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.'”

A Change.org petition with over 1100 signatures is calling for Robinson’s resignation.

The Grand Concourse Seventh-day Adventist church has apologized and placed the pastor on leave, according to its website. Robinson has led that church as senior pastor since 2013.

NCRM will not post the video directly, but it can be seen here.

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Watch: NC Lt. Gov. Declares Straight Relationships ‘Superior’ to Gay Ones – Says Even Cow Manure Is Better

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North Carolina’s far right Christian nationalist Lt. Governor, Republican Mark Robinson, set his sights on LGBTQ people once again, attacking same-sex relationships as inferior to heterosexual ones while proudly declaring even cow manure is superior because it serves a “purpose.”

“I can’t stand to turn that TV on and I don’t want my grandkids watching that television because I don’t want to have to explain to my grandkids why two men are kissing,” said Robinson, speaking in a church, according to Right Wing Watch (video below). “And I don’t care what anybody thinks about that. Get mad at me if you want to you. Ain’t no child got no business seeing no two men kiss. If they did, God would have made it that way! He didn’t!”

“Everything that God made serves a purpose,” Robinson continued, as his attacks on LGBTQ people were applauded.

“I don’t care how ugly it is. Let’s get a little ugly,” he said proudly. “I want you to think about what the cows leave behind. It don’t get no uglier than that,” he said, explaining that manure is fertilizer that makes “the grass so green.”

Robinson’s sermon essentially says that the only real “purpose” humans have is to reproduce, and since gay people don’t directly reproduce they serve no purpose. Anything LGBTQ people create is meaningless in Robinson’s world.

“Let’s get down to brass tacks. What is the purpose of homosexuality? What does it create?” Robinson shouted. “If homosexuality is of God, what purpose does it serve? What does it make? What does it create? It creates nothing.”

“Somebody asked me in the classroom one time, this fella was a homosexual [and he] looked at me and said, ‘Oh, so you think your wife and you, you think your heterosexual relationship is superior to my husband and our homosexual relationship?’ Yes!” Robinson shouted, as his audience laughed and applauded.

“He said, ‘I’d like for you to explain that’ and so I did.”

Robinson went on to explain that if you put a same-sex couple in a “dark room,” and a different-sex couple in a dark room after nine months the heterosexual couple will have made a baby and that makes them “superior,” because “that’s the way God created it to be,” he shouted, pounding the podium.

“And I’m tired of this society trying to tell me it’s not so,” Robinson shouted. “Society has completely purged God from the building and from the equation and because of it, we’re headed down into a rabbit hole that’s gonna lead us to something we can’t even imagine. God destroyed a society because of its immorality. And let’s get this straight: In this country, we don’t have a homosexual issue—that’s just a tool of the devil to continue to divide us and lead us into immorality.”

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US Catholic Bishops to Vote on Banning Biden From Communion Over Abortion

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Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church and, according to Catholics, God’s infallible representative on earth, last month called President Joe Biden a “good Catholic” and warned he should not be banned from receiving Holy Communion.

The organization representing all American Catholic Bishops, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will vote Wednesday on a document that would effectively act to ban President Biden from receiving Holy Communion, one of the most important sacraments to Catholics worldwide.

“In a leaked draft of the document before the conference, the bishops write ‘there are some sins, however that do rupture the communion we share with God and the Church,'” ABC News reports.

“As the Church has consistently taught, a person who receives Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin not only does not receive the grace of the sacrament, he or she commits the sin of sacrilege by failing to show the reverence due to the Body and Blood of Christ,” the document said.

Only the second Catholic ever elected President, Biden is possibly the most faithful and religious man the White House has seen in modern times, as ABC News notes:

Biden, “who has said his ‘personal’ views were a ‘private matter,’ has openly professed his faith throughout his political career — diligently attending Sunday Mass, infusing speeches with scripture and wearing his late son Beau Biden’s rosary beads.”

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Biden personally opposes abortion, but strongly believes in a woman’s right to choose, and in protecting that right. The majority of U.S. Catholics say Biden should not be denied Holy Communion.

In June 60 House Democrats signed a statement opposing “the weaponization of the Eucharist to Democratic lawmakers for their support of abortion.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has not shied away from cultural issues like same-sex marriage, but their unprecedented attacks against President Biden literally began on Inauguration Day.

In a Jan. 20 letter “congratulating” Biden on becoming the nation’s 46th president, Archbishop Jose Gomez (photo), president of the USCCB, wrote: “I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”

That was the warning shot across the bow.

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‘I Dare You to Deny Me Communion’: 60 Democrats Blast Bishops for Move to Punish Biden by ‘Weaponizing’ Eucharist

US Catholic Bishops Move Toward Denying Biden Communion in Political Decision Violating Vatican Direction

Catholic Org Ramps Up Attack on Biden: Policies Are ‘Assault on Life, Marriage, Family, Sexuality’ That ‘Create Confusion’

 

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