Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has a long history on entering the political arena with ugly attacks, and barely minutes after the Biden campaign announced U.S. Senator Kamala Harris would be the vice presidential running mate, he struck again.
“Biden-Harris,” Tobin, the Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, tweeted. “First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad,” he wrote, in Trumpian fashion.
In other words, this Bishop has effectively declared Joe Biden is not a Catholic and not allowed to be a Catholic. It’s an ugly attack on a man who is a devout Catholic – and a similar line of attack the Trump campaign made last week.
Weeks before the 2016 election Tobin posted a message to his followers on Facebook, essentially given his support to Donald Trump, writing: “Only with strong Christian values can we ‘make America great again!’”
Tobin last year generated controversy for posting an extremely homophobic tweet warning his fellow Catholics about LGBTQ Pride month, and falsely claiming that gay pride and gay “culture” “are especially harmful for children,” an ironic statement given that the Catholic Church itself has proven to be especially harmful for children.
Last year the Boston Globe published an opinion column titled, “If Donald Trump were a bishop, he’d be named Tom Tobin.”
In 2009 Tobin declared Catholic elected officials owed a duty to their faith first, not to the people they were elected to serve.
“Any Catholic in public office – his first commitment has to be to his faith,” he said.
But Tobin has no problem praising a president who is the epitome of anti-Catholic.
Thank you President Trump! Why should PP receive tax-payer dollars to support their evil work of abortion? https://t.co/p59lpklpDU
— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) February 23, 2019
Many are angered by Tobin’s Tuesday evening remarks:
funny, during the decade I spent as a youth minister and the 40 years I’ve spent on this planet as a Catholic, I was taught that being baptized into the Body of Christ was permanent, I didn’t know bishops were empowered to delete your baptism via tweet
— Claire Willett (@clairewillett) August 11, 2020
You allowed children to be abused for years under you watch. You’re an embarrassment to Catholicism and a truly shameful human being.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) August 11, 2020
It’s weird to define someone’s religion entirely by their abortion stance, but I guess it’s something you can all agree to put the Spotlight on.
— Tentin Quarantino (@agraybee) August 11, 2020
Have you invalidated his baptism or excommunicated him or are you a disciple of Trump?
— David Bayne (@bayned) August 11, 2020
Biden lost his wife young children to an automobile accident and a grown son to cancer. My Aunt-in-law is a church-going Catholic. Trump’s talk about Biden “hurting God and hurting the Bible” is enough of blasphemy for her vote Democratic the first time in her life. #ShameOnYou
— SFDiva (@SFDiva2) August 11, 2020
(1) “a while” is two words
(2) Joe Biden is Catholic
(3) Saying otherwise because you think women are state-owned wombs is an example of the No True Scotsman fallacy
— Jedi, Interrupted 🏳️🌈 (@JediCounselor) August 11, 2020
Biden is a Catholic. Are you not aware or did you just decide his baptism isn’t valid?
— ConsistentLifeEthic (@ProLifeAll) August 11, 2020
You need help. Your religion is dying faster than Trump’s re-election campaign.
You also need a communications professional.
You’re a joke without being funny.
— kathleenlayton (@kathleenlala) August 11, 2020
Biden is a life long practicing Catholic.
Trump couldn’t quote you one Bible verse.
Do your research.
— DeborahB66 (@B66Deborah) August 11, 2020
Biden is a practicing Catholic – he was baptized Catholic – kind of a weird take from a Bishop. But you know Trump – a 2x divorcee who has 5 kids from 3 mothers and cheated on all 3 of his wives. And you all wonder why people are leaving the church in droves.
— mo chroi (@mochroi30) August 11, 2020
No. You’re NOT pro-life unless you are speaking out against Trump every day. His incompetence is killing real BORN Americans. You are pro-fetus & would force a woman to risk her life to carry a pregnancy to term. And, hon. Judge not lest ye also be judged is a thing.
— Karen Pearce (@FairMountain) August 11, 2020
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Drunk and Disgraced Jerry Falwell Jr. Lost ‘A Lot of Blood’ After Fall, Wife Becki Told 911: Report
Jerry Falwell, Jr. fell down, cut himself, and lost “a lot of blood,” his wife Becki Falwell told the 911 operator the night the disgraced and now-former Liberty University chancellor and president officially resigned.
HuffPost obtained a copy of the call to Bedford County, Virginia emergency officials around 2:30 AM on the morning of August 31.
Becki Falwell said she received a call from her husband around 11 PM when she was at church. He said he was bleeding and had cuts on his face. She said when she arrived home she had to break down the locked back door with a chair.
It’s unclear why 911 was not called until hours after Falwell, Jr. reportedly contacted Becki Falwell.
“The dispatcher asked whether her husband had been drinking alcohol; Becki Falwell said ‘yes.’ When asked if he had been drinking ‘heavily,’ she said, ‘I’m not going to answer that question.'”
“The more I tell you the name, the more you’re going to understand why we’re not talking to you right now,” Becki Falwell said. Dispatch logs, obtained by HuffPost via a public records request, state that “He won’t let her take him to the hospital as he is stubborn. Caller was not forthcoming.”
An officer dispatched to the Falwell home said, “Jerry had slurred and slowed speach (sic) and would repeat things already asked.”
Emergency responders found “empty alcohol containers,” and “observed lacerations on Jerry Falwell Jr.’s face, including under his left eye, across the bridge of his nose, and above both his right and left eyes.”
“Jerry Falwell Jr. said he hit his head on a trash can, and that there was ‘blood in the area he indicated,'” HuffPost reports the responders noted.
Jerry Falwell, Jr. infamously resigned after the couple’s former “pool boy” revealed they had had an intimate relationship with him. Carlos Granda says for years he would have sex with Becki Falewell while Jerry Falwell, Jr. “enjoyed watching.”
Liberty University announced it has hired a forensic investigator to examine “financial, real estate and legal” matters related to Falwell’s management of the university.
Liberty University Opens Forensic Investigation Into Falwell’s Handling of ‘Financial, Real Estate and Legal Matters’
In the wake of now-former president and chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr.‘s resignation under a cloud of scandal, shame and rumors Liberty University has announced it is opening a “thorough investigation” into his handling of “financial, real estate and legal matters.”
The New York Times reports Liberty’s board of trustees “announced on Monday that it had retained an independent forensic firm to conduct an investigation into the school’s operations under Jerry Falwell Jr., who resigned last week in the wake of a sex scandal after serving as its president and chancellor since 2007.”
(By definition a “forensic” investigation may suggest there might be concern of criminal activity.)
Giancarlo Granda, the “pool boy” who says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell, Jr. “watched,” has been sharing details of the threesome’s “intimate relationship.”
Liberty’s board, quoting the Bible and citing “a lack of spiritual stewardship” by Falwell, Jr., issued a statement announcing the investigation.
“This past week challenged all of us to the core,” it begins. “While we had been willing to extend grace and understanding to Jerry Falwell, Jr. before, once the revelations about his past personal life came more fully to light, we acted swiftly and decisively to ask for his immediate resignation, which we received.”
“Some may say that all the signs were there for a long time before last week. It’s certainly fair to say that there were questionable comments made, worrying behavior, and inappropriate social media posts, but all the signs were not there until the start of last week. While we still didn’t know the full scope of the matter, we have learned enough about the past to know that we had no choice but to take the leadership of Liberty University in a new direction.”
‘Pool Boy’ Breaks Down Jerry Falwell Jr’s ‘Predatory Behavior’ in CNN Interview
Giancarlo Granda, the former pool attendant who earlier this month made explosive allegations against former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., opened up about his experience during a CNN interview on Monday.
While talking with CNN host Alisyn Camerota, Granda accused Falwell and his wife, Becki Falwell, of engaging in “predatory behavior,” and he claimed that the former Liberty University boss would regularly threaten him if he told anyone about his sexual relationship with the family.
Granda also said that Falwell regularly “instructed me to lie” when contacted by reporters, while also claiming that Falwell made secret recordings of him that he used to keep him from going public.
“He secretly recorded me, he was hanging it over my head and he kept saying, ‘Look, just be a good soldier and at some point, we’re going to buy your equity stake and you can walk away,’” he explained. “In the meantime, he was getting what he wanted, me having sex with Becki while he watched every single time. So in the meantime he’s getting exactly what he wanted and to me that’s predatory behavior.”
Falwell resigned as president of Liberty University after Granda alleged that he would regularly watch Granda have sex with Becki Falwell.
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