U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, Republican of North Carolina, is being criticized for anti-Catholic bias – and mocked for ignorance – after attacking the Vatican over its new rule that mandates all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have a medical excuse.
“This doesn’t sound legal…,” Cawthorn, an avid tweeter, declared from his official congressional Twitter account in response to the news. “One shouldn’t be forced against their will to be vaccinated. The vaccination is there for those who want it, and are in need of it due to medical vulnerabilities.”
Cawthorn, who helped incite the January 6 insurrection, does not have any medical degree, including no degree in immunology. Nor does he have a law degree, or a degree in public health or public policy, or a degree in religious studies or religious administration.
He does, however, run a very active Twitter account. An NCRM investigation of his recent tweets shows the vast majority are attacks on Democrats and the media, with a few being announcements of legislation he is co-sponsoring. A small minority of his tweets are related to North Carolina or his constituents.
Cawthorn in recent days has attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, President Joe Biden, Democrats in general, and green energy. And that’s just his from his official congressional Twitter account, not his campaign account.
Meanwhile, as most know, the Vatican is an independent city-state, not governed by the laws on the United States or any other country.
Many took issue with his assessment, including this Catholic priest:
The Vatican isn't in California.
– or the United States.
– or part of Country
It's a sovereign nation.
I'm pretty sure that you don't want OUR civil laws applying in California.
But, your call. 😇
— Fr. Robert R. Ballecer, SJ (@padresj) February 19, 2021
Sir, you are aware the Vatican is a sovereign city state, governed by an absolute monarch? It's not governed by American law, let alone wingnut cosplay law.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 19, 2021
Please do go on about Vatican employment law.
— Seth Masket (@smotus) February 19, 2021
Hey, man. I see where you got confused – but just so you know, these are two different places. pic.twitter.com/zSUXSg6wld
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) February 19, 2021
God, you’re such a fucking idiot. Nazi scum…
— Josh Summitt (@Josh_Summitt) February 19, 2021
(I know it’s hard to see the anti-Catholic bigotry against a backdrop of *gestures broadly* ALL THE OTHER BIGOTRY, but that’s also part and parcel of the WASP-y perspective)
— Jason is doing work in the background (@jason0x21) February 19, 2021
Seriously, though, at any given moment we’re just a news story away from the American far right going full-blown anti-Catholic, and stuff like Cawthorn ignorantly railing against the internal health policy at the Vatican is a toe in the water.
— L. Rhodes (@upstreamism) February 19, 2021
When did you become an expert on Vatican law? https://t.co/pOwmR3xTs3
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) February 19, 2021
1. The Vatican is an independent sovereign nation. US laws have no applicability.
2. It is legal in the US. Supreme Court case Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 1905.
Don’t you have a staff who can, like, teach you “things” before you Tweet? Just a thought.
— Robin Harris (@RAH_NYC) February 19, 2021
Wait ‘til you find out about their marriage laws. Hoo boy.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) February 19, 2021
Anti-Catholic too? That Madison Cawthorn is old school KKK.
— Steely Done (@Ritalinhead) February 19, 2021
I issued n encyclical
— IncitementToResurrectionHat (@Popehat) February 19, 2021
Anti-catholic bigotry…. My West of Scotland sectarian upbringing now makes me wonder if Cawthorn is an Orange Order masonic brother.
What’s his stance on Rangers vs. Celtic? Londonderry vs. Derry?
Was the cry “no surrender”?
— Gregor Smith @ 🏡 (@flc) February 19, 2021
Mr. Cawthorn it’s really disappointing to see you take this anti-Christian stance. Who are you as the American government to tell a private religion what they can do?
— Martin Cizmar (@martincizmar) February 19, 2021
I don’t know whether to go with “that’s not our country, hon” or “oops, freedom of religion.”
— Kate 🐌🐳🖋📬 (@Equivo_Kate) February 19, 2021
Totally agree, let’s bring it up with The Pope’s manager.
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) February 19, 2021
I’m sure that Cawthorn is a believer in the doctrine of “employment at will”, so he shouldn’t have any problem with an employer deciding to fire potentially plague spreading employees.
And by the way, why is he against religious freedom for the Catholic Church?
— 🦕Greg A🦖 (@RhymesWithRight) February 19, 2021
A)Vatican isn’t in your district.
B) It is governed by religious rule. Which is what you and conservatives want. pic.twitter.com/03VEmaVCg5
— Rob Jackson (@muh_thoughts) February 19, 2021
So let me get this straight: Religious entities have the absolute right to prohibit employment based on sexuality, gender identity, marriage-status, and pro-choice views. But they absolutely have no right to require that staff partake in the life-saving end to a global pandemic.
— Bill (@billdahab) February 19, 2021
An honest and completely sincere question: you do understand the concept of national sovereignty, right? And that, you know, U.S. law doesn’t govern the Vatican?
(And also that yes, U.S. law allows employers to require their employees to be vaccinated.)
— Sam Brunson (@smbrnsn) February 19, 2021
Screencaps from my feed right now…
— Rob Jackson (@muh_thoughts) February 19, 2021
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Hitler-Praising Congresswoman’s Husband Owns Anti-Government Extremist Truck Parked Outside Capitol on Jan. 6: Report
On January 5 U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) praised Hitler as she was speaking to an anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ right wing mothers group at an event in Washington, D.C. On January 6 – the day MAGA cultists stormed the capitol in an armed insurrection – her husband, a Republican state lawmaker, parked his pickup truck, emblazoned with an anti-government extremist group’s logo, at the U.S. Capitol.
All this is according to a report at The Daily Beast, which reveals Congresswoman Miller’s husband, who is an elected member of the Illinois House of Representatives, “conceded the truck belonged to him even as he pleaded ignorance about the militia group.”
The “militia” group is the Three Percenters, one of hundreds of anti-government extremist groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. These groups promote QAnon cultism, expanding “gun rights,” and the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won re-election.
“Army friend gave me decal,” Millers husband, Chris Miller, told The Daily Beast via email. “Thought it was a cool decal. Took it off because of negative pub.”
— Phoenix on Wheels (@phoenixonwheels) February 25, 2021
The Beast reports Miller “says he ‘never was member’ of the militia and ‘didn’t know anything about 3% till fake news started this fake story and read about them.'”
Here’s video from Congresswoman Miller’s January 5 speech in which she praised Hitler. She later was forced to apologize after calls for her resignation.
Here is the Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) speech quoting Hitler, made just one day before the attack on the Capitol-her is the owner of the suspicious truck seen at the Capitol on 1/6: “Hitler was right about one thing, whoever has the youth has the future.” 2/ pic.twitter.com/F9V9ILqGWo
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 26, 2021
This was posted to Chris Miller’s Facebook page:
Celebrating this exceptional country with our friends and family here in Coles County and Charleston, Illinois. It was great to see everyone in Mattoon this morning!!
As The Daily Beast notes, their report is based on research from capitolhunters, a Twitter account that has been tracking down participants in the January 6 insurrection.
Here’s the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League:
Disturbing that a vehicle displaying an anti-gov’t extremist Three Percenter sticker was parked at the Capitol. It belongs to State Rep Chris Miller, husband to US Rep Mary Miller; she said at a rally, “Hitler was right on one thing.” More on this symbol: https://t.co/qCEQ2W0k0S https://t.co/Gk8EtThCjy
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) February 25, 2021
You can read the full report at The Daily Beast.
Image via Facebook
Anti-LGBTQ Religious-Right Christian Nationalist Home-School Activist and Anti-Masker Launches Congressional Bid
Christian nationalist home-schooling advocate, author, and podcaster Heidi St. John launched a run for U.S. Congress Sunday in Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District, where incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler became a target of supporters of former President Donald Trump after voting for his impeachment in January and revealing damning details about a phone call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that took place during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
A week prior to the launch of her congressional bid, St. John took to Facebook to post, “Trump now knows who his enemies are in the REPUBLICAN party. And so do we. Silver lining of the shampeachment. The RINOS need to GO!! #acquitted.”
St. John calls herself “The Busy Mom” on Facebook, hosts a daily “Off the Bench” podcast, publishes a blog, and runs a ministry for mothers that promotes her book “Becoming Mom Strong.” She is an ally of Alliance Defending Freedom President Michael Farris and has spoken at the church of religious-right activist pastor Jack Hibbs in California. Rick Green, host of the “WallBuilders Live!” radio program, was a recent guest on her podcast, which she said gets about a million downloads per month.
St. John urges parents to pull their children out of public schools, which she refers to as “government indoctrination centers” that promote “garbage sexual ideologies” and a “weird era of transgenderism.” She said on a recent podcast that gender confirmation surgery should be illegal and that doctors who perform it are “criminals.”
St. John charges that the COVID-19 coronavirus was “weaponized” to create fear by the media and Democrats who saw the virus as an opportunity to hurt Trump’s reelection chances. She urges people not to be mask-wearing “sheep” and to take off their masks. In a Jan. 18 video, she said that Christians’ job is to proclaim truth, adding, “That’s why I don’t do the mask. It’s B.S. of the highest order.”
In a Jan. 9 Facebook video, she declared, “This nation is a Christian nation” while denouncing people who criticized Trump’s religious-right supporters as Christian nationalists or as being part of a Trump-worshiping cult. She said the idea that Trump incited the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol was “a lie that the left is pushing.” She also said that “social justice is a lie from the pit of hell.”
Before Inauguration Day, St. John appeared to be hoping for a miracle that would keep Trump in power. A Jan. 12 Facebook post read, “’It’s all over’? Then along came David with his sling shot. God decides when it’s over.”
In an Inauguration Day blog post she wrote, “My heart is breaking for our Republic today. I know many of you are grieving with me. I am still in disbelief that the left pulled off the greatest vote heist in American history.”
St. John appeared on Wisconsin pastor David Fiorazo’s “Stand Up for the Truth” podcast on Feb. 4, where she said, “I’m hoping that in 2022 there’s a red wave in this country like we’ve never seen, and not just a red wave—a Christian red wave.”
‘Russian Ron’ Johnson Blasted as ‘Domestic Terrorist Apologist’ for Blaming Insurrection on ‘Fake Trump Protesters’
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) used his time during Tuesday’s first joint Senate hearing on the January 6 insurrection to publicly suggest “provocateurs” from Antifa, and “fake Trump supporters” were responsible for the attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five Americans dead, and led to the deaths of several other law enforcement officers. In reality, the thousands who protested and stormed the Capitol were almost exclusively Trump supporters.
Johnson read aloud a column from the far right wing website The Federalist, which is known for its disinformation and conspiracy theories.
That column claims that among those ho participated were “Fake Trump protesters. A few young men wearing Trump or MAGA hats backwards and who did not fit in with the rest of the crowd in terms of their actions and demeanor, whom I presumed to be Antifa or other leftist agitators.”
Johnson, who is running for re-election next year, is all too well-known as one of the eight Republicans who spent the Fourth of July in Moscow in 2018, and came back minimizing te extent of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Here are Johnson’s remarks from Tuesday’s hearings.
Ron Johnson is using his questioning time during the Capitol security hearing to promote a conspiracy theory that the January 6 insurrectionists weren’t actually Trump supporters, but were “provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” pic.twitter.com/t72QkHDbaG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 23, 2021
The response to Johnson’s disinformation was immediate and palpable. Many are extremely angry.
It appears that Ron Johnson really is going all-in with “Antifa Did It”
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 23, 2021
Ron Johnson is reading out some post about “agents provocateurs, fake Trump supporters” in the January 6 insurrection, the whole It Was Really Antifa Or Whatever narrative.
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) February 23, 2021
Senator #RonJohnson is a national embarrassment and a domestic terrorist apologist. He is the January 6th equivalent of a Holocaust denier.
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) February 23, 2021
Republican Ron Johnson just finished reading excerpts from a column that blamed the insurrection on antifa, saying that it was staged by “provocateurs.” That is a lie. A senator is spreading disinformation in a Senate hearing.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 23, 2021
Nope, you did not just imagine Sen. Ron Johnson blaming January 6th on Capitol Police and antifa provocateurs.
That just happened.
2022 will be happening too.
— ReallyAmerican.com 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) February 23, 2021
Ron Johnson is out of his mind and trying hard to push garbage.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) February 23, 2021
NEWS: Senator Ron Johnson is spending his time at the Capitol hearing reading aloud from an un-sourced blog post that blames antifa for January 6th.
Can’t wait til the next GOP senator flips the page and tells us the details of the love child Elvis had with those aliens.
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) February 23, 2021
This is domestic terrorist misinformation and it’s unclear to me why Democratic senators at this hearing are not speaking up and calling for Ron Johnson’s immediate expulsion from the Senate https://t.co/egl04gaugE
— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@MattNegrin) February 23, 2021
Republican Ron Johnson just finished lying to the Senate, saying the insurrection was lead by Antifa.
That is a lie!
Ron Johnson likes to lie and spread Dis-information!#RonJohnsonLies
— Agolf Twitler Slayer (@bblock29) February 23, 2021
I have been monitoring Russian social media and media. These talking points that @SenRonJohnson spewed are identical to the disinformation they started pushing immediately. One Russian propagandist actually said “antifa” was going to be at the riots on his drive to DC.
— Olga Lautman (@OlgaNYC1211) February 23, 2021
Russian Ron Johnson is a propaganda tool.
— Slygrammy5 💝😎😳 😷🎉 (@SharonCoryell3) February 23, 2021
Russian Ron must have received his monthly stipend of rubles.
— Boomer Bob was BobA1959 I’m Pissed Off and Angry (@Bob2A1959NYC) February 23, 2021
Ron Johnson was likely in on it. https://t.co/uok1i5Y5D4
— Pam Keith, Esq. (@PamKeithFL) February 23, 2021
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