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James Lankford #fundie #wingnut #sexist #dunning-kruger #pratt thehill.com

GOP Sen. James Lankford (Okla.) on Thursday blocked a Democratic request to unanimously pass a bill seeking to protect interstate travel for abortion.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), joined by a string of Democratic senators, had sought consent to pass a bill that would prevent states from punishing women who travel to other states where abortion is legal to get the procedure.

Does that child in the womb have the right to travel in their future?” Lankford said in objecting. “Do they get to live?”

“There’s a child in this conversation as well,” he added.

Greg Abbott #elitist #fundie #racist #wingnut thehill.com

Abbott says Texas could challenge Supreme Court ruling that states educate all, including undocumented

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Wednesday said his administration may challenge a Supreme Court ruling that states must provide free public education to all children, including undocumented immigrants.

“Texas already long ago sued the federal government about having to incur the costs of the education program, in a case called Plyler versus Doe,” the governor said on “The Joe Pags Show.”

He added that “the Supreme Court ruled against us on the issue about denying, or let’s say Texas having to bear that burden.”
Plyler v. Doe is a 1982 Supreme Court case that rejected the denial of public education funding for children who are undocumented.

“I think we will resurrect that case and challenge this issue again, because the expenses are extraordinary and the times are different than when Plyler versus Doe was issued many decades ago,” Abbott said.

The Hill has reached out to Abbott for comment. 

Abbott has also been a leading opponent of the Biden administration’s decision to lift Title 42, a Trump-era public health rule that prevented migrants from seeking asylum to stem the spread of COVID-19. Abbott sent a bus full of immigrants to Washington, D.C., last month, in what the White House called a publicity stunt.

The Texas governor, who is running for reelection this year, also temporarily ramped up border inspections for trucks crossing into Texas, creating logjams that cleared only when Mexican governors pledged to increase security measures on their side of the border.

Abbott’s remarks follow the Monday night leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that established the right to an abortion in the U.S. 

That report has prompted some activists and advocates to question what other Supreme Court precedents on basic rights could be overruled in the future. 

Bishop Robert J. McManus #homophobia #fundie thehill.com

Bishop says school flying BLM, LGBTQ flags can no longer call itself Catholic

“The flying of these flags in front of a Catholic school sends a mixed, confusing and scandalous message to the public about the Church’s stance on these important moral and social issues,” Bishop Robert J. McManus of the Diocese of Worcester wrote Thursday in an official decree.

A Massachusetts middle school may no longer describe itself as Catholic after refusing to lower a Black Lives Matter flag and an LGBTQ+ Pride flag, a local bishop has declared.

Bishop Robert J. McManus on Thursday said the Nativity School of Worcester, a tuition-free middle school for boys from low-income families, is prohibited from identifying as a Catholic School over its decision to fly the flags, which he said in April represented ideologies that are inconsistent with Catholic beliefs.

“The flying of these flags in front of a Catholic school sends a mixed, confusing and scandalous message to the public about the Church’s stance on these important moral and social issues,” McManus wrote Thursday in an official decree.

Catholic mass, sacraments and sacramentals are no longer permitted to be celebrated on Nativity School grounds and the school is longer allowed to participate in fundraising involving other institutions in the Diocese of Worcester, McManus wrote in his decree, which is effective immediately.

The name of Bishop Emeritus Daniel P. Reilly must also be removed from a list of the school’s board of trustees.

“As Diocesan Bishop, it is my sacred duty and inherent responsibility to determine when a school claiming to be ‘Catholic’ is acting in such a way that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church,” McManus wrote. “Despite my insistence that the school administration remove these flags because of the confusion and the properly theological scandal that they do and can promote, they refuse to do so. This leaves me no other option but to take canonical action.”

In an open letter published by the Diocese of Worcester in May, McManus wrote that the flags flown at the Nativity School “embody specific agendas” that “contradict Catholic social and moral teaching,” warning that the school would be stripped of its Catholic identity if it continued to display the flags.

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Ron DeSantis #racist #wingnut thehill.com

“If Stacey Abrams is elected governor of Georgia, I just want to be honest, that will be a cold war between Florida and Georgia,” he said. “I can’t have [former Cuban communist leader Raul] Castro to my south and Abrams to my north, that would be a disaster. So I hope you guys take care of that and we’ll end up in good shape.”

Sen. Rob Standridge #fundie #homophobia #transphobia #wingnut #racist thehill.com

Oklahoma lawmaker introduces book-banning bill with $10,000-a-day penalty

An Oklahoma state Senator this month introduced legislation that would allow parents to ban books in Oklahoma public schools. It would also set a $10,000 bounty to be collected by parents for each day a challenged book remains on library shelves.

Republican state Sen. Rob Standridge on Dec. 16 announced he had filed two bills for the 2022 legislative session, which begins in February, addressing “indoctrination in Oklahoma schools.”

“Our education system is not the place to teach moral lessons that should instead be left up to parents and families. Unfortunately, however, more and more schools are trying to indoctrinate students by exposing them to gender, sexual and racial identity curriculums and courses. My bills will ensure these types of lessons stay at home and out of the classroom,” Standridge said in a statement.

One of Standrige’s proposed bills would prohibit school libraries from having or promoting books addressing gender identity, sexual orientation or “books that contain content of a sexual nature that a reasonable parent or legal guardian would want to know about or approve of before their child was exposed to it.”

Parents believing a book violates the bill may demand school officials remove it within 30 days. If the book is not removed during this time, the school employee tasked with getting rid of it will be terminated —subject to due process— and prohibited from working at another school for at least two years

Parents may then seek “monetary damages,” according to the bill, including a minimum of $10,000 for each day the challenged book is not removed.

Under Standrige’s second bill, public universities in Oklahoma beginning next year would be prohibited from requiring students to enroll in courses “addressing any form of gender, sexual, or racial diversity, equality, or inclusion curriculum,” which fall outside course requirements for their major. 

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Kim Janey #moonbat thehill.com

Boston mayor compares vaccine passports to documentation required during slavery, birtherism

Boston Mayor Kim Janey (D) compared the idea of requiring vaccine verification to the practice of having to show one's papers during slavery and the Jim Crow era, as well as the more recent birtherism conspiracy theory.

"There's a long history in this country of people needing to show their papers," Janey said during an interview with NewsCenter 5. "During slavery, post-slavery, as recent as you know what immigrant population has to go through here. We heard Trump with the birth certificate nonsense. Here we want to make sure that we are not doing anything that would further create a barrier for residents of Boston or disproportionally impact [Black, Indigenous or people of color] communities."

Janey, who became mayor after Marty Walsh (D) was chosen as President Biden’s secretary of Labor and is running for a full term, sparked backlash among her opponents for her comments.

"When we are combating a deadly virus and vaccine hesitancy, this kind of rhetoric is dangerous," City Councilor Andrea Campbell tweeted. "Showing proof of vaccination is not slavery or birtherism. We are too close to give ground to COVID. Science is science. It's pretty simple -- Vax up and mask up."

"Anyone in a position of leadership should be using that position to build trust in vaccines," City Councilor Michelle Wu said in a statement, according to NewsCenter 5.

Janey later issued a statement about her comments, saying that the "hurdles facing communities of color with lower vaccination rates" should not be excuses, but that the city "must consider our shared history as we work to ensure an equitable public health and economic recovery."

Janey is the first Black person and first woman to serve as the mayor of Boston.

Sherri Tenpenny #quack #crackpot #ableist thehill.com

A Cleveland-area physician and prominent anti-vaccine activist falsely told Ohio state lawmakers on Tuesday that the COVID-19 vaccine causes people to become "magnetized."

Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopathic doctor who supports the debunked conspiracy theory that vaccines cause autism, spoke as an invited expert witness to the Ohio House of Representatives, The Washington Post reports.

“I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures all over the internet of people who have had these shots and now they’re magnetized,” Tenpenny said to the lawmakers. “They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks. They can put spoons and forks all over them and they can stick, because now we think that there’s a metal piece to that.”


The Ohio doctor also baselessly claimed the vaccine could "interface" with 5G technology.

Tenpenny has written and published multiple books advocating against vaccine administration.

The Post reports that Tenpenny's baseless claims did not elicit any strong pushback from the lawmakers, with some GOP lawmakers expressing praise and gratitude toward her. They were listening to testimony in support of a bill that would bar businesses from requiring proof of vaccination.

Republican Rep. Jennifer L. Gross said to Tenpenny, "What an honor to have you here."

Louie Gohmert (Q-Tx) #conspiracy #dunning-kruger #wingnut thehill.com

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Tuesday asked a representative from the U.S. Forest Service if it was possible to alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth as a way of combating climate change, though it was unclear if he was being serious.

Gohmert was speaking with Jennifer Eberlien, associate deputy chief of the National Forest System, during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing.

"I understand from what's been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change," Gohmert said to Eberlien, adding that a past director of NASA had once told him that orbits of the moon and the Earth were changing.

"Is there anything that the National Forest Service, or BLM can do to change the course of the moon's orbit or the Earth's orbit around the sun?" Gohmert asked Eberlien. "Obviously they would have profound effects on our climate."

"I would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert," Eberlien responded.

"Well, if you figure out a way that you in the Forest Service can make that change, I'd like to know," Gohmert added.

Gohmert later responded to tweets about his question by noting BLM stands for the Bureau of Land Management.

As NASA explains in a blog post, Earth's orbit changes from being close to perfectly circular to being slightly more elliptical in a cycle that takes about 100,000 years. The orbit is currently around as close to being circular as it can be.

The angle at which the Earth tilts also shifts slightly or "wobbles" on its axis over the course of tens of thousands of years.

These changes are called Milanković cycles after Milutin Milanković, the Serbian astronomer who first hypothesized them.

These shifts affect Earth's climate in both the short-term and long-term, though they have a relatively minor impact on the planet's seasons and are not behind global warming, according to NASA.

Astronomers have long observed that the Earth's moon is slowly drifting away, moving about an inch away every year.

Senator Lindsey Graham #racist #wingnut thehill.com

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a forum Friday night that people of color “can go anywhere in this state,” as long as they are “conservative, not liberal.”
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During the forum, one of the moderators asked Graham to discuss the civil unrest brought on by the police killing of George Floyd, and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. He said that he did not believe police forces are inherently racist, adding that he did not believe the Palmetto State was inherently racist.

"Let me tell you why," began the senator. "The one thing I can say without any doubt, you can be an African American and go to the Senate, you just have to share the values of our state."

The senator pointed to fellow Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) — the only Black Republican senator — and the state's former Gov. Nikki Haley (R), who is of Indian descent, as examples of people of color who have been successful because of their “values.”
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“I care about everybody, if you’re a young African American or an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this country,” Graham said. “You just need to be conservative, not liberal.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Arkansas) #wingnut thehill.com

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a bill into law Friday that allows medical doctors to decline to treat patients if their belief systems don't align with the service being provided.

SB289, The Medical Ethics and Diversity Act, grants doctors the right to refuse treatment based on religious or moral objections.

The measure, which will go into effect this summer, stipulates that health care workers and institutions can choose not to provide certain treatments to patients only in nonemergency situations.

Hutchinson rejected a similar measure in 2017. A statement released by Hutchinson's office stated that he signed this new measure because it limited health care providers' right to deny to certain health care services, not people.

"The bill was changed to ensure that the exercise of the right of conscience is limited to 'conscience-based objections to a particular health care service,'" Hutchinson said in the statement.

"I support this right of conscience so long as emergency care is exempted and conscience objection cannot be used to deny general health service to any class of people," he said. "Most importantly, the federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, and national origin continue to apply to the delivery of health care services."

DWarren #wingnut thehill.com

Revisionist history is a hallmark of evil, murderous, godless, Satanic, racist, bigoted, violent, voter fraud, election stealing, democracy destroying, justice perverting, prosperity eradicating, perennially failed, Alt-Left Socialist Marxism. That's why corrupt and criminal Alt-Left Socialist Marxist DNC radicals and useful idiots are perennial enemies of the truth and perpetual proponents of Goebbels-esque, Big Lie, one party narrative, propaganda, disinformation, Alt-Left Socialist Marxist agitprop.

Sam McCrory #racist #wingnut thehill.com

Wichita State University student leader wore 'White Lives Matter' mask to school event

A Wichita State University student leader wore a “White Lives Matter” mask to a school event.

The Wichita Eagle reported that Sam McCrory wore the mask Thursday to his first student government event, where he was sworn in as a student senator.

The mask allegedly went unnoticed until The Sunflower, WSU’s student newspaper, posted photos of the ceremony, the Eagle reported. The student newspaper was the first to identify McCrory.

Students expressed their displeasure, and called on WSU to condemn McCrory and for him to resign his position.

McCrory told the Eagle that he wore the mask to push back against the “modern left,” which he accused of hating white people.

“I’m not going to be a second-class citizen in my own country,” he said. “People can wear Black Lives Matter masks and nobody cares. But if someone wears a White Lives Matter mask, all of a sudden there’s a huge firestorm.”

Governor Bill Lee #wingnut thehill.com

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) quietly signed a bill into law ramping up punishments for certain kinds of protests, including losing the right to vote.

The GOP-controlled state General Assembly passed the measure last week during a three-day special legislative session and was signed without an announcement earlier this week.

Among other things, the new law stipulates that people who illegally camp on state property will face a Class E felony, punishable by up to six years in prison. People found guilty of a felony in Tennessee lose the right to vote.

The new law also slaps a mandatory 45-day sentence for aggravated rioting, boosts the fine for blocking highway access to emergency vehicles and enhances the punishment for aggravated assault against a first responder to a Class C felony.

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The bill passed the General Assembly after almost two months of sustained protests outside the state Capitol, where demonstrators have been calling for racial justice reforms in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police in May.

Lee and state Republicans have defended the legislation, pointing to fires that were set inside and outside a courthouse in May, though Lee has acknowledged there were portions of the bill he “would have done differently.”

Ted Cruz and Colonel-Knight-Rider #racist #wingnut thehill.com

COLONEL-KNIGHT-RIDER: Way to go, Ted! :clap:

(Lauding Ted Cruz for saying this quoted in the Hill article linked)

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lashed out at Oprah Winfrey for saying white privilege is an “advantage,” accusing the Black media mogul of spewing “utter, racist BS.”

“Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us: ‘You still have your whiteness. That's what the term "white privilege" is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter,’” the senator wrote on Twitter in response to an article from Glenn Beck’s conservative outlet The Blaze.

“What utter, racist BS,” he added.

Dan Patrick #wingnut thehill.com

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) called for the reopening of his state and the country late Monday, saying there are "more important things than living.”

Patrick said on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that he was “vindicated” after being criticized for saying in March that he thought “lots of grandparents” across the country would risk their survival to keep the country afloat economically.

“There are more important things than living, and that’s saving this country for my children and grandchildren and saving this country for all of us,” he said Monday.

“I don’t want to die," he added. “Nobody wants to die, but man we gotta take some risks and get back in the game and get this country back up and running.”

The Texas official stood by his March remarks and said the country “should not have been locked down.”

“I’m thankful that we are now beginning to open up Texas and other states because it’s long overdue,” Patrick said.

“We cannot endure this much longer,” he added. “Every month we stay closed, it’s going to take two to three months to rebuild.”

Patrick also said that “every life is valuable,” but Texas should not be shut down because a small percentage of the population is dying.

Ben Carson #transphobia thehill.com

Ben Carson's remarks during San Francisco visit spark backlash

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson sparked backlash after he reportedly said "big, hairy men" were trying to enter homeless shelters for women during a meeting at the agency's San Fransisco office.

Three people at the meeting told The Washington Post that they interpreted his remark to refer to transgender women. Two agency staff members told the newspaper that he also complained that society did not know the difference between men and women anymore.

The staff members told the Post that the comment upset many people present at the Tuesday HUD meeting and at least one woman left in protest.

A government official also told the newspaper that Carson has made fun of transgender people during meetings in Washington.

"His overall tone is dismissive and joking about these people," the official said. "It's disrespectful of the people we are trying to serve."

“The Secretary does not use derogatory language to refer to transgendered individuals. Any reporting to the contrary is false," a senior HUD official told the Post in a statement after being asked about Carson's reported remarks.

The official, who was not in the meetings, told the newspaper that Carson was talking about men pretending to be women to get into battered women’s shelters rather than referring to transgender women as “big, hairy men.”

The Hill has reached out to HUD for comment.

One staffer who took notes during the meeting told The Post that Carson said "Transgender people should get the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t get to change things for everybody else.”

He reportedly followed the comment by saying that shelter operators and women's groups informed him that homeless women would be traumatized if “big, hairy men” enter shelters identifying themselves as women. He also reportedly said that single-sex shelters should be able to turn away transgender people.

“That was the first time any of us heard him use such derogatory language,” one staff member told the newspaper.“He’s more tactful when he’s talking before Congress, whereas this sounded like a slur to me.”

National Center for Transgender Equality spokeswoman Gillian Branstetter was quoted condemning Carson's comment in the Post.

“It’s gravely insulting to have the specter of violence from cis gender men used to restrict the rights of transgender people who are ordinarily the victims of that violence,” she said. “It’s a mythical notion that policies that are inclusive of transgender people somehow pose a threat."

"It’s frankly despicable that such a harmful notion would be used by someone charged with facilitating programs meant to help people in need, many of whom are transgender,” Branstetter added.

Following the Post's report, Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) released a statement calling for Carson's resignation.

“Secretary Carson's remarks are revolting. These comments only affirm that his recent efforts to erase the Equal Access Rule are rooted in ignorance, not sound policy. By allowing shelters to discriminate against transgender Americans, the Secretary is putting lives in danger," she said.

The remarks were also met with criticism online.

Carson has previously sparked controversy over remarks used to refer to transgender people. He told The Hill in 2016 that being being transgender “doesn’t make any sense.” According to the Post, he has also said transgender people are "abnormal" and shouldn't be in the military.

Patrik Mathews, Brian Mark Lemley and William Garfield Bilbrough IV #racist thehill.com

The FBI on Thursday arrested three suspected neo-Nazis who had planned to travel with firearms to Richmond, Va., to participate in a protest against gun control measures proposed by the state legislature’s newly-seated Democratic majority.

Federal officials took the three men into custody in connection with a probe into the white supremacist group The Base, charging them with several federal crimes in Maryland, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced.

Officials said one of the three, Patrik Mathews, a former soldier in the Canadian army, entered the U.S. illegally. Mathews, a trained combat engineer, was discharged from the Canadian military after his white supremacist ties came to light, The New York Times reported.

The others charged include Brian Mark Lemley of Elkton, Md., and Newark, Del., and William Garfield Bilbrough IV of Denton, Md., according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

The complaint accuses Lemley and Mathews of transporting a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a felony and it charges Lemley and Bilbrough with allegedly transporting and harboring aliens and conspiring to do so.

Alek Minassian #sexist thehill.com

Toronto rampage suspect referenced extremist male 'incel' movement

The suspect in Monday's Toronto van attack referenced an extremist "men's rights" movement and praised a 22-year-old mass shooter in a Facebook post made before the attack.

The post from Alek Minassian, 22, has since been deleted. Minassian has been charged with 10 counts in the van attack, which killed 10 people and injured 15 others.

“Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please,” Minassian wrote. “C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!”

Minassian's message praises Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six people in a California rampage in 2014 and left behind a manifesto detailing his anger toward women. Rodger's social alienation and violence have made him a hero in certain extremist, misogynist sections of the internet.

Minassian's reference to an "incel rebellion" refers to the internet's self-described movement of the "involuntarily celibate" — men who are angry, often at women, because they've failed to find sexual partners.

Minassian's post mentions 4Chan, an anonymous online message and image board popular with members of the far-right. Minassian also references "Chads and Stacys" — an internet meme referring to stereotypically "popular" men and women who are reviled by self-identified incels.

Incel forums, including one on 4Chan, often feature hate speech about women. Reddit shuttered its own incel forum in 2017 over concerns about its extremist content.

"I can confirm on background that the post screenshotted in this tweet was real and has been removed from Facebook along with Minassian’s account," a Facebook representative told The Hill.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack "senseless" in a statement Tuesday.

“On behalf of all Canadians I offered my deepest, heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of all those who were killed and we wish a full recovery to the injured and stand with the families and friends of the victims,” he said.
Mr Trudeau ruled out terrorism, however, adding on Tuesday that the incident “hasn’t changed the overall threat level in Canada,” though it occurred as cabinet ministers from the G7 countries were meeting in Toronto.

Ted Nugent #fundie thehill.com

Musician Ted Nugent compared Democrats to "rabid coyotes" in a Friday discussion on gun control with Infowars host Alex Jones, saying they should be shot on sight.

Asked by Jones, a right-wing conspiracy theorist, about why liberals and the left want to ban firearms, Nugent said that "evil" and "dishonesty" are traits of liberals.

“Don’t ask why. Just know that evil, dishonesty, and scam artists have always been around and that right now they’re liberal, they’re Democrat, they’re [Republicans in name only], they’re Hollywood, they’re fake news, they’re media, they’re academia, and they’re half of our government, at least,” Nugent said according to Media Matters, a liberal watchdog group.

"There are rabid coyotes running around, you don't wait till you see one to go get your gun, keep your gun handy," he added. "And every time you see one, you shoot one."

Rep. Briscoe Cain #fundie thehill.com

Texas state lawmaker defends his response to Stephen Hawking's death: 'God exists'

A conservative Christian lawmaker in Texas had to defend his response to Stephen Hawking’s death after initially taking a jab at the world-famous physicist’s stance on religion.

Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain tweeted early Wednesday, shortly after news broke of Hawking’s death, that the scientist "now knows the truth about how the universe was actually made," while offering his sympathies to Hawking's family.

After internet backlash to that comment, Cain later issued a comment to The Houston Chronicle to clarify his tweet.

"Losing a loved one is never easy and I am sympathetic for his family's loss. My prayers are with them. Stephen Hawking was brilliant, many even called him one of the greatest public intellectuals of the last century, but the fact remains that God exists," Cain said.

"My tweet was to show the gravity of the Gospel and what happens when we pass, namely, that we all will one day meet our Creator face to face. Though Hawking has long been a vocal atheist who advocated against and openly mocked God, I hope nothing but the best for his family and pray that he came to know faith before he passed."

Social media users took that as an insult to the award-winning scientist who famously stated, “There is no god. No one created our universe, and no one directs our fate."

Without mentioning Cain, Republican Texas state Rep. Jeff Leach took to Twitter to call out fellow Christians making “hateful and snarky” comments about Hawking’s death.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Bolter

Richard Panzer #fundie thehill.com

Pa. church plans blessing ceremony for AR-15s

A church in northeast Pennsylvania is telling couples to bring their semi-automatic rifles to a blessing ceremony next week.

The event is meant to give couples an opportunity "to show their willingness to defend their familiars, communities and nation," The Times-Tribune in Scranton reported.

It will take place at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pa., on Wednesday.

“All of the weapons in the ceremony will be checked to make sure they are unloaded, with a zip tie so that no bullets can be inserted,” Sanctuary Church president Richard Panzer said in an email, according to the The Times-Tribune.

“We are inviting local and state police to be on the premises, so that everything goes safely.”

The blessing ceremony will be held just weeks after a gunman, using an AR-15, opened fire at a high school in Florida, killing 17 people.

Panzer noted the church has "no ill intent" and does not see any connection "since these firearms are for self-defense.”

He also addressed school shootings and raised the suggestion of arming teachers.

“Regarding the school shootings, if any of the teachers had been allowed to carry a firearm, many lives could have been saved," he added. "Several states have passed legislation to allow exactly that."

Since the Florida high school shooting, students across the country have been rallying for gun control.

They are demanding that lawmakers take action to prevent future mass shootings and to keep their schools safe.

Gloria Copeland #fundie thehill.com

A member of President Trump's evangelical executive advisory board said "Jesus himself gave us the flu shot," adding that his believers are "redeemed ... from the curse of flu."

"We don't have a flu season and don't receive it when somebody threatens you with 'everybody's getting the flu,' " Gloria Copeland - who co-founded the Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Texas with her husband - said in a video clip posted online by Right Wing Watch, HuffPost reported.

"We've already had our shot: He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That's what we stand on. And by his stripes, we were healed."

She said she is praying for every person who has symptoms of the flu.

"I'm asking you lord, by your supernatural power, to heal them now from the top of their head to the soles of their feet ... Jesus himself gave us the flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of flu," she said.

"And we receive it, and we take it, and we are healed by his stripes."

She again added "by his stripes, we were healed."

"If you said, 'Well I don't have any symptoms of the flu.' Well great, that's the way it's supposed to be," she said.

"Just keep saying that: "I'll never have the flu. I'll never have the flu.' Put words, inoculate yourself with the word of God. He himself bore my sicknesses, carried my diseases, and by his stripes I was healed. I am healed."

Jim Bakker #fundie thehill.com

"Well, I'll tell you what. I'm going to predict that if it [President Trump's impeachment] happens...there's going to be a civil war in the United States of America. That Christians will finally come out of the shadows...because we are going to be shut up--permanently--if we're not careful. God says faith without works is dead. We have to do things, God has been standing with me, and I don't know about you, it's time for preachers like you [Bakker's guest], you've been doing it, to stand up and shout out!"

Bill Maher #fundie thehill.com

A video surfaced Wednesday showing HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher condoning a sexual relationship between a 35-year-old female teacher and a 12-year-old male student that resulted in the woman getting pregnant twice before eventually being jailed.

The 1998 Maher video has gained major traction on social media after the HBO host took credit for the sudden fall of alt-right provocateur and Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos over his own comments about pedophilia. Yiannopoulos appeared on Maher's program last Friday.

In the 19-year-old clip, Maher was referring to the story of a woman named Mary Kay Letourneau who was impregnated twice by student Vili Fualaau, starting when he was 12.
"The teacher from Seattle is in jail because she is in love. That’s how I view it,” Maher said in the March 20, 1998, clip of his former ABC program, "Politically Incorrect."

Letourneau was arrested and served more than seven years in jail for statutory rape. She was released in 2004 and would go on to marry Fualaau the following year. The couple has two daughters in their late teens.

“I admit that it’s unorthodox," Maher continued at the time. "She’s 35, the boy is 14. He was younger when they started. But she is pregnant again. That was the story this week. This is the second child by this boy. They are keeping the mother in jail because she won’t conform to what society feels should be the perfect American family,” he added.

"Yeah, that's perfect," Lisa Montgomery Kennedy, a guest on the show, sarcastically injected.

"Sickening. Absolutely sickening," added Republican activist Celeste Greig. "The woman is over 20 years older, and she raped this kid."

“Raped? Come on," Maher retorted, later adding, "How can a woman rape a man?"

Maher has received criticism for providing Yiannopoulos with a platform on his popular HBO show.

The 32-year-old Yiannopoulos lost a speaking role at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), his Breitbart job and a book deal after a video of him making comments about pedophilia circulated over the weekend.

Yiannopoulos's 2016 remarks, in which he appeared to condone sexual relations with boys as young as 13, led CPAC to rescind its speaking invitation on Monday. Yiannopoulos later lost his book deal with Simon & Schuster and resigned from Breitbart News.

“What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage,” Maher said in an interview with The New York Times. “And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through.”

“As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. You’re welcome.”

The Yiannopoulos video clip was posted on YouTube in January 2016 but gained considerable attention on social media after conservative blog The Reagan Battalion shared it Sunday.

Lindy #fundie thehill.com

Locker room banter between men is as old as time. I just love how the dems condone the murder of the unborn, men wearing dresses and lipstick and using the woman's restroom, releasing Muslim terrorists and traitors whose leak of military intelligence resulted in the deaths of our soldiers, but dare make a comment about a woman, that is off limits. By the way, another officer was murdered in the line of duty, and for that we owe Obama and the democrats for their continual degrading and demonizing of our law enforcement. Nothing will please me more then eliminating more democrats in the next election.
Just turn on a number of TV programs, and listen to what those in Hollywood put out. Girl bending over in a bar, oh, I would like to hit that fine ass. Girls walking down the street, men making derogatory comments as they pass by. Do you honestly think men don't talk like that? Those athletes that you mention, tell me, they are anti-Trump and pro Hillary, right? Or are they the same ones who disrespected our flag and anthem?

sleeperd #fundie thehill.com

It is becoming glaringly apparent that these institutions of "higher
learning" are becoming a real threat to our national security. They are
producing historically illiterate, ignorantly indoctrinated, pompously
arrogant, anti-American useful stooges who have no concept of how the world
works. They belong to the everyone-gets-a-trophy snowflake crowd who have no
idea how to cope with adversity.. and believe they are entitled to... whatever
they want.

The taxpayers had better regain control of these institutions or expect to see
hordes of these spoiled leftist brats clogging their streets for years to come.

Alex Jones #conspiracy thehill.com

Jimmy Kimmel thought he was putting to rest the rumors swirling around Hillary Clinton’s health when he asked her to open a pickle jar on his show earlier this week.

But, as might be expected, the “pickle test” did little to assuage Clinton opponents, who now see Kimmel as a willing participant in the conspiracy to cover up the Democratic nominee’s debilitating ailments.

On last night’s show, Kimmel played for his audience clips from a seven-minute video featuring InfoWars host and, the host said, leading “pickle-gate” proponent Alex Jones dissecting the segment in question and concluding that the entire performance was staged.

The pickle “can” — as Jones refers to it — didn’t “pop,” nor did Clinton open it in a manner consistent with normal opening procedure.

Kimmel proceeded to mock Jones for having too much time on his hands, and went on to “admit” that, indeed, the can-spiracy was uncovered, and now he had no choice but to murder the pickle jar.

“If you’re ever feeling bad about your job,” Kimmel told his viewers, "just remember there’s a grown man who spent a full seven minutes yelling about me and a pickle jar on television."

steelers153 #racist thehill.com

Cliches are Cliches for a reason. Black men r irresponsible with credit. 10 trillion in new debt Obama check. Black men create poor kids. More kids in poverty. Obama check.
Gave a black man the national credit card and he added $10 trillion in six years - and still $500 billion deficits. How typical black runs up more debt that all 43 white presidents combined. Lolol
Lol. Your document say 2.4. He has averaged 2.1%.. worst since hoover. So black man is as good as the worst white guy. Bahahahaha
Same thing as they did in the 30s. Show trials. I would have told there boards if they dont pressure senior execs to plea to criminal activity then their banks would be considered outside the fed reserves system and i would have announced they were ill-liquid. I would have banned anyone from involved from the securities industry, gov reg work and any otehr industry that had any risk to the economy. I would have banned ivy leagues from being employed on Wall Street until the school proved they had instilled ethics in their graduating classes. I would have made each banker use their personal assets to pay the first bit of fines by bringing charges against their property like they do with drugs. Finally I would have militarily prosecuted as treason any banker who foreclosed on any military personnel deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan and if/when found guilty shot them (yes thats unconstitutional but I doubt any Congress could get public support for impeachment. Oh and by executive order I would have brought back the draft for any high level bankers children/grandchildren - again try to stop me

Ax2root #fundie thehill.com

Christians don't murder converts.

Sharia law Islamists do


Bush was NAIVE about Muslim Brotherhood and also allowed them in White House.

Obama is sold out to the terrorist org Muslim Brotherhood
Most Muslims are murdered BY Muslims


The Lord created all people in his image and likeness.

They choose to serve Him or the devil.

Those who reject The Son of God Jeuss the Christ as their Lord and savior are serving the default " god of this world" the devil antichrist spirit whom Jesus Christ came to deliver them from


And now Turkey won't need visas in EU.

OUR VISA POLICY IS HORRIBLE in allowing Islamists into the USA.

Ryan’s Strategy to ‘Keep the American People Safe’ Fails: U.S. to Issue Visas to 300,000 Muslim Migrants

http://www.breitbart.com/big-g...


ALSO ,....FRANCE IS REJECTING THEIR STUPID LEADERSHIP DECISIONS of importing jihad by swarming migration Hijra.

Poll: ‘Total Rejection’ Of Islam In France From All Across The Political Spectrum - See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/0...

snoozinglion #conspiracy thehill.com

You've got it all wrong...

Obama stands there and mocks, lectures and scolds over half the country for being concerned about Muslim refugees and meanwhile he has intel that radical Islamist's have already tried to infiltrate and indeed have even succeeded.

He was doing this interview at the very same time the San Bernardino shootings were taking place ->

Obama: U.S. safe against ISIS attack

Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama said in an interview that aired Thursday that he is confident the U.S. is safe from a Paris-style attack from ISIS and that American law enforcement is well equipped to protect the nation during the holidays.

"ISIL will not pose an existential threat to us. They are a dangerous organization like al Qaeda was, but we have hardened our defenses," Obama told CBS. "The American people should feel confident that, you know, we are going to be able to defend ourselves and make sure that, you know, we have a good holiday and go about our lives."

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12...

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said this one day "before" the attack ->

Ex-spy head: Obama ignored ISIS intelligence to fit reelection 'narrative'

President Obama ignored early warnings about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in 2011 and 2012 because it did not fit his reelection “narrative,” according to a former top intelligence leader.

"I think that they did not meet a narrative the White House needed. And I'll be very candid with you, they just didn't," retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said Tuesday on CNN.

"I think the narrative was that al Qaeda was on the run, and [Osama] bin Laden was dead,” he added. “'They're dead and ... we've beaten them.'"

The comments are likely to reinforce critics’ allegations that the Obama administration is continually underestimating ISIS, even as its strength seems to grow.

Obama previously compared ISIS to the “JV team,” and more recently claimed that they had been “contained” immediately before an attack on Paris left 130 people dead. The Paris attack is believed to have been directed by ISIS, as part of a change taking the organization’s focus beyond its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

The Pentagon’s inspector general is also currently investigating claims that intelligence reports about ISIS were selectively edited or glossed over to paint a rosier picture of the U.S. effort against the group. If investigators determine that politics colored American intelligence, the blowback for the Obama administration could be disastrous.

Flynn has been critical of both Obama and former President George W. Bush’s policy for the Middle East since retiring last year, insisting that both men have made major mistakes during their times in office.

In his CNN interview, Flynn warned that the U.S. is ripe to see an attack like the one that ripped through Paris last month.

"I really do believe it's a matter of time,” he said, “Our luck is going to run out and they are going to be able to achieve something along the lines of what we saw in Paris.”

http://thehill.com/policy/nati...

Very prescient....

Donald Trump #fundie thehill.com

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that the families of terrorists ought to be targeted in the fight against Islamist militants.

Trump made the remark during an interview on "Fox & Friends," noting the Obama administration wants to see Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power while the U.S. is simultaneously working to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a common enemy.
"You've got to pick who you're fighting, you can't fight everybody," Trump said on the show.

"ISIS is our No. 1 threat," Trump continued. "I would knock the hell out of them. I like to do one thing at a time."

Asked about the possibility of civilian casualties, Trump initially pointed to civilians being used as human shields before suggesting the families of terrorists should be targeted.

"I would do my best, absolute best — I mean, one of the problems we have or one of the reasons we're so ineffective, you know, they're trying to, they're using them as shields. It's a horrible thing," the real estate tycoon said.

"But we're fighting a very politically correct war. And the other thing is with the terrorists, you have to take out their families," Trump added.

"When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. But they say they don't care about their lives. You have to take out their families."

SClanding #fundie thehill.com

So Planned Killinghood just announced that they were going to stop auctioning off dismembered infant body parts which they had spent the previous month claiming that they did not do?

It helps that the progressive community is composed of GRUBER STUPIDs whom routinely change their frothing talking points daily otherwise the morons might wonder "wait, what we were screaming in support of dismembering infant body parts for the enrichment of our Josef Goebbel's wing of the Socialist Party"....

I guess those "selectively" edited video weren't so "selective" after all.

Ex Democrat #fundie thehill.com

This is what the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said about abortion on 3FEB94:

"But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.

And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.

By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.

And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.

Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion."

Barack Obozo #fundie thehill.com

Just a couple of points:

1. The word “gay” itself is very revealing. Many think they adopted the term to describe themselves as “merry.” But there’s another dictionary definition for “gay” and that’s “licentious.” If you look at the definition of “licentious” it becomes plain this is what they meant: “lacking legal or moral restraints; especially : disregarding sexual restraints.” But people are too ignorant to see something like this in plain sight.

2. Medical research is a zero sum game. Every dollar spent on one disease is not spent on another disease. HIV/AIDS receives far, far more funding than diseases normal people die of.

3. The American people have basically decided that cigarette smoking isn’t worth the cost in terms of medical expenses and abbreviated lives, so the behavior is discouraged. But far more is spent on HIV/AIDS than on lung cancer, and yet homosexuality is encouraged and has become for all practical purposes, a religious cult. In fact, one could make a case that this cult is the de facto US national religion.

4. Our Founders created a nation with laws that were indistinguishable from God’s commands. They did this, this striving for obedience to God, so that the nation would receive God’s blessings. They understood the simple formula that obedience to God=blessings and disobedience to God=wrath. And we were richly blessed for the first couple hundred years of our existence. It wasn’t some accident that our laws conformed to God’s, and it wasn’t some accident that we were blessed for that obedience.

But in the past few decades we’ve become floutingly disobedient to God, and those blessings have been withdrawn. We’ve gone from a rich, prosperous nation to one teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. It’s not some accident that our disobedience is resulting in wrath.

John Prospero #racist thehill.com


Native Americans we're killing and eating each other,
just like every other segment of the human race.....the Europeans were just
another tribe, with better technology and organization...who took what the
natives were trying to take from each other for centuries.

"Your whole native Americans own it because they
were there first" crap...is exactly that....crap. Where is it written in your good book of
atheism....or anywhere for that matter, that says because someone steps on a
piece of land first....they magically own it from that point....especially when
you consider we are talking about 500 years ago....or...is that the new...NEW
definition of modern history....starting at 1600...at least for the next five
minutes...

Rep. Steve Stockman #fundie thehill.com

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) lashed out at Democrats over the issue of abortion on Monday just minutes after a jury returned a guilty verdict in the high-profile case of an abortion doctor accused of multiple homicides.

“Democrats do not want abortion to be safe or rare,” Stockman said in a statement. “Democrats oppose even the most basic of health and safety standards for abortion mills. Democrats don’t care how many women are maimed, infected with diseases or die on the routinely-filthy abortion mills. Democrats worship abortion with same fervor the Canaanites worshipped Molech.”

Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder on Monday in Philadelphia and could face the death penalty. Gosnell was accused of performing partial-birth abortions and killing one woman.

Prosecutors believe he was involved in dozens of illegal late-term abortions, forcing the live births of fetuses up to eight months old, and in some cases “snipping” the spines of the babies that survived the abortion attempts with scissors.?? Media reports say some of the babies were born breathing and screaming, and that body parts were kept in jars around the filthy blood- and feces-stained clinic.

Gosnell was charged with partially delivering seven babies that were 24 weeks or older, although prosecutors say the actual number is far higher. He was also charged with the death of one of the mothers who went into cardiac arrest during a procedure.

No Democrats defended Gosnell’s crimes, and many denounced him. However, Stockman on Monday sought to tie Gosnell to the pro-abortion rights stances of many Democrats.

“The courts call it murder. Democrats call it ‘health care,’” Stockman said. “Despite the blood-soaked horror of Gosnell’s clinic, Democrats refuse to loosen their embrace of unrestricted, unregulated, taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.”

“Even more chilling, as an Illinois state senator Barack Obama voted several times to make Gosnell’s inhuman crimes the law of the land,” he added. “I hope this verdict moves him to look into his soul and change his position.”