Brief falsely suggests LGBTQ people do not exist, but rather are choosing “actions, behaviors, or inclinations.”
53 members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives are urging the nation’s highest court to rule against LGBTQ people when it hears three landmark cases October 8. The lawmakers, all Republicans (list below), say the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not – and should not be interpreted to – protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, including their own constituents.
In a grotesque and ignorant reading of a key portion of the 55-year old legislation the Republican lawmakers suggest LGBTQ people do not exist, but rather are choosing “actions, behaviors, or inclinations,” which is false.
“Title VII’s sex discrimination provision prohibits discrimination because of an individual’s sex; it does not prohibit discrimination because of an individual’s actions, behaviors, or inclinations,” the lawmakers say in the amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court.
“What the statute actually prohibits is discrimination ‘because of [an] individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,’” the Republicans insist.
The Advocate notes the brief “demeans the plaintiffs bringing actions forward to the court,” including claiming one of the plaintiffs only claimed he was gay so he could sue for wrongful termination. It also repeatedly misgenders a funeral director who is a woman and transgender, referring to her as “he.”
The brief also wrongly claims a correct interpretation of the Civil Rights Act to include LGBTQ people would “adversely” affect “the protection of women’s rights.”
And in a nod to the Hobby Lobby case, the brief proclaims that the “funeral home is a closely held corporation whose principal is a Christian,” strongly suggesting it is his First Amendment right to fire someone because they are LGBT.
The friend of the court brief was co-authored by Ken Starr, the former head of Baylor University who resigned in disgrace. Starr is also known for having defended Jeffrey Epstein, for being an attorney representing supporters of California’s anti-gay Prop 8, and the infamous special prosecutor whose work led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
It is unknown if taxpayer funds were used to pay for the brief.
Republican Senators who have signed the amicus brief include Marsha Blackburn, Roy Blunt, Mike Braun, John Cornyn, Kevin Cramer, James Inhofe, James Lankford, and Mike Lee.
Republican Representatives include:
Robert B. Aderholt (AL-04), Rick W. Allen (GA-12), Brian Babin (TX-36), Jim Banks (IN-03), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Ted Budd (NC-13), Michael C. Burgess (TX-26), Doug Collins (GA-09), Warren Davidson (OH-08), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Bill Flores (TX-17), Russ Fulcher (ID-01), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Paul A. Gosar, (AZ-04), Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Michael Guest (MS-03), Andy Harris (MD-01), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Jody Hice (GA-10), George Holding (NC-02), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Jim Jordan (OH-04), Steve King (IA-04), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Alex X. Mooney (WV-02), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Pete Olson (TX-22), Gary Palmer (AL-06), John Ratcliffe (TX-04), David Rouzer (NC-07), Van Taylor (TX-03), Tim Walberg (MI-07), Mark Walker (NC-06), Randy K. Weber (TX-14), Ron Wright (TX-06), and Ted S. Yoho (FL-03).
Those concerned can contact their Senators and Representatives by calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
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NY Times Blasted for ‘Normalizing’ Far Right Extremists Again After Publishing Stephen Miller’s Wedding Announcement
It’s not the first time, just the latest that the once-venerable New York Times is getting blasted for appearing to normalize the far right. In recent years the Times has published articles that critics say do just that, from Hitler’s rise a century ago to modern day neo-Nazis. Its latest isn’t an article, but a wedding announcement for a top Trump official, Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller. Miller is a white nationalist who quietly advances and controls the worst of the president’s anti-immigrant polices.
The wedding announcement does “credit” Miller with “serving as Mr. Trump’s top immigration adviser, directly shaping policies that aim to restrict the number of immigrants coming to the country.” It’s unclear if the couple or the paper wrote that.
It’s not the first time Miller has been, as one journalist put it, “romanticized” on the pages of the Times. Just last summer the Old Gray Lady decided to call Miller a “young firebrand,” despite the fact that his policies have harmed countless thousands, if not more.
— Kelly Sedinger (@Jaquandor) August 18, 2019
In late 2017 the Times came under fire for a fanciful profile, “In America’s Heartland, the Nazi sympathizer next door.”
Everything wrong with America’s media in one screenshot. The @nytimes started this week off by normalizing tyranny, terror and genocide with @tomfriedman’s dreadful, nauseating piece of Saudi propaganda garbage and is ending it by normalizing Nazis. pic.twitter.com/XwG8iamgz4
— Amir (@AmirAminiMD) November 25, 2017
The condemnation of the paper and its piece went on for weeks and forced the Times to publish a rare “response,” simply titling a selection of letters to the editor, “Was Our Profile of a Nazi Sympathizer Too … Sympathetic?”
About a month later, Times’ conservative columnist Ross Douthat argued Miller was a “necessity.”
It’s bad enough @nytimes is normalizing the Trump Regime but this is extremely sickening..
How could they normalize white Supremacists? Stephen Miller is a White Supremacist w extreme views..
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) January 28, 2018
And less than one year later there was this:
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) December 24, 2018
The Times has a long and unfortunate history of normalizing right wing extremism, including Nazism. As Hitler came on the scene in Europe the Times published articles suggesting he would not be as bad as his own words promised. In 2016 Vox took a look at the Times’ first article on Hitler, noting “its assertion that ‘Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so violent or genuine as it sounded.'”
Vox also pointed to this portion of the Times’ 1922 article, which says: “several reliable, well-informed sources confirmed the idea that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so genuine or violent as it sounded, and that he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch masses of followers.”
Fast forward to 1937. “WHERE HITLER DREAMS AND PLANS,” the title of a NY Times piece that added: “At the Berghof on a Bavarian Peak He Lives Simply, Yet His Retreat Is Closely Guarded Hitler Has Transformed His Simple Chalet Into a Mansion and Impenetrable Fortress.”
— Eric Schmeltzer 🇺🇸 (@JustSchmeltzer) November 26, 2017
Now, the Old Gray Lady is being accused of, as one journalist wrote, “normalizing Nazis again,” with the Miller marriage announcement:
ny times, normalizing nazis again pic.twitter.com/ZFSNDuzYvc
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 17, 2020
A CBS News White House Producer does note the announcement wasn’t all roses:
— Sara Cook (@saraecook) February 17, 2020
Here’s what some are saying today about the Miller marriage announcement:
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) February 17, 2020
the @nytimes did a whole article about Stephen Miller’s wedding without mentioning that he’s a white nationalist, which is journalistic malpractice and a gentle massage for a genocidal ideology, but also misses the opportunity for a “NICE DAY FOR A WHITES-ONLY WEDDING” headline
— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) February 17, 2020
The @nyt normalizes the guy who put kids in cages. Did they have a three tier cake? Was the chocolate sauce on the side?
The people who normalized the Nazis only did slightly better than the Nazis in the eyes of history. https://t.co/S0Ab3TZnyN
— Michele Dauber (@mldauber) February 17, 2020
There’s something a little disconcerting that someone like Stephen Miller can still get a NYT wedding announcement. https://t.co/1qPVmUueYs
— Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) February 17, 2020
Unbelievable, the New York Times is just going to keep on normalizing white nationalists, aren’t they? https://t.co/e23tAlFUyK
— Antifascist Phanatic (@AntifaPhanatic) February 17, 2020
Writing this in this way is a disgrace. https://t.co/FV9auSNiK8
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 17, 2020
Top American neo-Nazi marries in Washington DC. https://t.co/AYeB52FxKP
— Andrew Downie (@adowniebrazil) February 17, 2020
Stephen Miller, who has played key roles in banning Muslim immigrants, separating families, and laundering white nationalism through right-wing media, gets a pretty standard NYT wedding announcement that directly mentions none of those things. https://t.co/05OG0tPq6J
— Noah Lanard (@nlanard) February 17, 2020
— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) February 17, 2020
Why is the @nytimes running a piece on white nationalist Stephen Miller getting married?
— Dr. Jami Rogers (@publicradionerd) February 17, 2020
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Defends His ‘Right’ to ‘Speak Up More Strongly Against Gays in the Military’
The UK’s Conservative Party Prime Minister Boris Johnson once attacked gay people for serving in their country’s armed forces, called LGBTQ people “tank-topped bum boys,” and even supported a claim from foreign dictator Robert Mugabe that the opposing British Labour Party was composed of “gay gangsters.”
“Across the country, there are many Tories who wish their party leadership would speak up more strongly against, say, gays in the military,” Johnson said. “They are, of course, right.”
Prime Minister Johnson, who at times has cozied up to U.S. President Donald Trump, refused to apologize.
Calling his remarks “shocking,” The Daily Mirror reports Johnson “complained the police had been ‘cowed’ by the Macpherson report – which uncovered institutional racism in the force in the wake of Stephen Lawrence’s murder.”
And he said officers were too busy “stuck on racial awareness programmes” or trying to “catch paedophiles in ancient public schools” to investigate the theft of his bike.
The Prime Minister’s remarks were recently unearthed from a 2008 book chronicling his past newspaper columns dating as far back as 2000.
The Mirror adds that Johnson also “made a spirited defence of some of the homophobic, racist and callous views that earned the Conservatives the nickname ‘the nasty party.’”
Last month Prime Minister Johnson refused to apologize for calling LGBTQ people “tank-topped bum boys,” and Muslim women “letterboxes,” The Independent reported, adding he also “wrote that seeing ‘a bunch of black kids’ scared him.”
“I defend my right to speak out,” Johnson recently told reporters.
‘Seriously Unbalanced’ Tucker Carlson Sparks Internet Outrage Declaring He Is Rooting for Russia – Before Backtracking
Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered stunning remarks Monday night, just days before America’s Thanksgiving holiday.
“Why do I care what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?” an untethered Carlson asked his guest, former Clinton advisor Richard Goodstein.
“I’m serious,” Carlson declared. “Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which I am.”
Goodstein had been saying that Russia attacked Ukraine, explaining that “people are dying on the front lines.”
14,000 Ukrainians have been slaughtered in the war with their next door neighbor, Russia.
Carlson, at the end of the show, claimed he had been kidding when he said he was “serious.”
“Before we go, earlier in the show I noted I was rooting for Russia in the contest between Russia and Ukraine,” Carlson told his Fox News viewers, The Daily Beast noted, after social media outrage. “Of course, I’m joking. I’m only rooting for America—mocking the obsession many on the left have. Ha!”
Tucker: “Why do I care what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia? I’m serious. Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which by the way I am.” pic.twitter.com/OQopoxPYD9
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) November 26, 2019
Reaction on social media to Carlson’s disturbing remarks was quick:
Fox News and Tucker Carlson rip the tattered American mask off: Carlson is rooting for Russia to invade Europe.
There it is. https://t.co/hHUgDMYObR
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) November 26, 2019
Staggering. Tucker Carlson actually said he’s “rooting for Russia” in their conflict with Ukraine. So, he’s rooting for a country trying to invade and occupy a US ally. Seriously. He also said, “why should I care what happens with Russia and Ukraine?” Nutty. https://t.co/WyctFqbfZV
— Al Bernstein (@AlBernstein) November 26, 2019
Tucker TV confessions usually reveal his deep-seated white supremacy. Tonight, he confesses to rooting for Russia against Ukraine.
Your 2019 Republican Party! pic.twitter.com/CwHYAD2I2B
— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Politidope) November 26, 2019
Russia invaded a sovereign nation, an EU ally, an American ally, and Tucker said it out loud, he is rooting for Russia. We all knew it, they just never said it. They are rooting for the end of Democracy.
— Almost Turkey Time Dan (@JakesForLuck) November 26, 2019
Russia invaded Ukraine, stole Crimea, and continues to murder Ukrainians in Putin’s war on its soil
Tucker Carlson announces he’s rooting for Russia.
Team Putin-Trump in action… https://t.co/CDCNfDCrVO
— Alexandra Chalupa (@AlexandraChalup) November 26, 2019
Tucker backs despotic, corrupt Russia over people in Ukraine who just want to be free. He should lose all advertisers and his audience- why would you willingly put up with his betrayal of democracy? #BoycottTuckerCarlson https://t.co/0VDzKF0FRY
— Hopeful_Resister! (@upton1144) November 26, 2019
Tucker Carlson openly sides with Russia now.
Remember, every US intelligence agency confirmed that Russia hacked the DNC servers and attempted to hack voting machines in all 50 states.
Carlson should be exiled to Russia.
— Skip Churchman (@ChurchmanSkip) November 26, 2019
Tucker is rooting for Russia. Russia attacked us. UKRAINE is our ally. https://t.co/YLynFvKwnH
— Pamela lacks pizzazz (@pamica) November 26, 2019
Tucker has gone all the way down the rabbit hole. He is seriously unbalanced on his show tonite. I am worried for him. He is “rooting for Russia”? https://t.co/xVtcO7lxts
— dane lancaster (@danelancaster) November 26, 2019
Useful to have it formally confirmed https://t.co/xHTyIEt7eT
— David Frum (@davidfrum) November 26, 2019
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