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Donna Kikkert #fundie rawstory.com

A conservative student filed a lawsuit to turn her failing grade into an “A” because she did not like her professor’s assigned readings.

Donna Kikkert complained that her professor assigned texts that focused on LGBT poets instead of classics such as Robert Frost and Edgar Allan Poe, and she was unable to persuade University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point faculty to let her read what she wanted, reported the (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel.

The 59-year-old Kikkert claims that Patricia Dyjak, her professor for Advanced Creative Writing Poetry, failed her in retaliation for complaining about course work involving “lesbians, illicit sexual relationships, incest and frequent swearing.”

She also accused the professor of exposing her bare breast while showing students a tattoo on her shoulder blade area.

“She has swung the pendulum far to the side of LGBT students and, in doing so, has chosen to totally discount the importance and the validity of the mainstream student population,” Kikkert argued in her suit.

Kikkert wants a court to force Dyjak to turn the F into an A, and she also wants the professor suspended for a year without pay or fired.

The professor is being represented by the state Attorney General’s Office because the university is a function of the state.

Dyjak declined to comment, but Assistant Attorney General Katherine Spitz has requested the case be dismissed because Kikkert’s allegations don’t amount to a violation of any law.

“Kikkert’s complaint fails because it does not provide any legal authority or other basis (and the defendant’s counsel is aware of none) upon which this court could require Dyjak to teach the work of certain poets in a college course … or to provide any particular student with the grade that student believes she deserves, rather than the one she earned,” Spitz argued in a court filing.

A Portage County judge dismissed the case, but Kikkert has said she may appeal.

Jamie Reece Moore #racist rawstory.com

A South Carolina man was arrested for threatening students who have been protesting at Clemonson University over diversity issues.

Jamie Reece Moore, 21, also a student at the university, was arrested for posting the threats on the social media platform Yik Yak, WBTW reports. He was charged with unlawful use of a telephone.

According to the station, Moore posted the following comments, among others.

“What time is the lynch mob tomorrow? I got a couple hundred feet of rope”
“Let’s do to the Clemson protesters what Ohio did to the Kent State student protesters 40 years ago”
“Drive by at Sikes?”
Slave auction tomorrow morning at 8am @ Sikes Hall. Lots of good protest workers. Get them while they’re mad!!!”
“So have they started lynching protesters yet?”

Moore is currently free on bond.

Students have been protesting what the Associated Press called a “quiet racial schism” on campus, with only 6 percent of the student body being black in a state where a third of the population is African American.

Students have been holding sit-ins and protests on the campus — the core of which was built by slaves. The tensions boiled over when rotting bananas were hung from an African-American history banner.

“We go through classes, we see each other on a daily basis, we exchange smiles thinking we are all treating one another as equals. But to see the post on Yik Yak talking about lynchings — to me it is just ignorant,” African-American student Brendan Standifer said.

Ben Gibson #wingnut rawstory.com

GOP candidate who pushed QAnon conspiracy theory gets arrested for child pornography

Ben Gibson, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in November, was arrested in Louisiana this Wednesday and booked on four counts of child pornography, WGNO reports.

Gibson, who was an active Airman at Barksdale Air Force Base, was a challenger in a four-way race for the U.S. House Dist. 4 Congressional seat and lost to Rep. Mike Johnson, who won re-election. Jared Kutz, 30, of Bossier City was also arrested as a result of the investigation and charged with two counts of pornography.

As Media Matters pointed out in January, Gibson has endorsed the "QAnon" conspiracy theory, using its hashtag multiple times on his Facebook campaign page and other social media accounts. The QAnon cult believes that there's an underground network of Satanic pedophiles who are being covertly pursued by President Trump.

Ben Gibson (R-QAnon) #conspiracy #wingnut rawstory.com

Ben Gibson, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in November, was arrested in Louisiana this Wednesday and booked on four counts of child pornography, WGNO reports.

Gibson, who was an active Airman at Barksdale Air Force Base, was a challenger in a four-way race for the U.S. House Dist. 4 Congressional seat and lost to Rep. Mike Johnson, who won re-election. Jared Kutz, 30, of Bossier City was also arrested as a result of the investigation and charged with two counts of pornography.

As Media Matters pointed out in January, Gibson has endorsed the “QAnon” conspiracy theory, using its hashtag multiple times on his Facebook campaign page and other social media accounts. The QAnon cult believes that there’s an underground network of Satanic pedophiles who are being covertly pursued by President Trump.

Dave Bateman #conspiracy #mammon #racist #wingnut rawstory.com

Major Utah GOP donor says 'the Jews' are using COVID-19 vaccines to 'euthanize the American people'

On Tuesday, Deseret News reported that Dave Bateman, the cofounder of tech company Entrata and a major financial backer of the Republican Party, mass-emailed several tech executives and elected officials claiming that COVID-19 vaccines are a Jewish plot to depopulate the world.

“I write this email knowing that many of you will think I’m crazy after reading it,” wrote Bateman. “I believe there is a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people. It’s obvious now. It’s undeniable, yet no one is doing anything. Everyone is discounting their own judgement and dismissing their intuition. I believe the Jews are behind this.”

Bateman didn't stop there, expounding on his ideas of how the Pope is a Jewish agent and there is a Jewish plot to create a one world government.

“For 300 years the Jews have been trying to infiltrate the Catholic Church and place a Jew covertly at the top,” Bateman continued. “It happened in 2013 with Pope Francis. I believe the pandemic and systematic extermination of billions of people will lead to an effort to consolidate all the countries in the world under a single flag with totalitarian rule. I know, it sounds bonkers. No one is reporting on it, but the Hasidic Jews in the US instituted a law for their people that they are not to be vaccinated for any reason.”

Madison Cawthorn #psycho #wingnut rawstory.com

'We would be victorious': Madison Cawthorn speaks to conservative conference about next 'civil war'

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) suggested on Tuesday that Christian conservatives would be "victorious" in the next civil war.

While speaking at a Turning Point USA conference, Cawthorn told young conservatives that it would "cost" them something if they wanted to "radically change our country and get back to our founding values."

"We, patriotic Americans, were born for such a time as this," he continued. "We're going to face some dark times as a nation. I genuinely believe that. I think we have an opportunity in the next four to six years to prevent kinetic force -- countryman on countryman -- from ever meeting."

"Although I have no doubt we would be victorious if that would ever happen," Cawthorn added. "But remember, that would be so immoral and wrong if we said, 'Hey, you know what? Let's just kick off a civil war,' and then we'll just go ahead and go to that point."

Instead of immediately starting a civil war, Cawthorn said that conservatives need to stop "playing this defensive game."

"It's time for us to stop being sheep and to stand up and be lions!" he shouted. "The radical left should be terrified of who we are. The radical left should be terrified of what we are going to do."

J.D. Vance & friends #crackpot #wingnut rawstory.com

Fox News hosts discuss how to ban 'childless' liberals from voting

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The idea was recently floated by Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance.

"Let's give votes to all children in this country, but let's give control over those votes to the parents of the children," Vance told a conference ...

The hosts of Fox & Friends discussed the merits of the idea that the "childless left" should not be able to vote.

"I think it's an interesting idea," host Will Cain said. "... He's saying childless leaders are making decisions that are short-term in mind, not focused on the long-term future health of this country because they don't have a stake in the game. Parents have a stake in the game, they have children so give parents a bigger say."

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"I don't know about that solution … ," Campos-Duffy said. "But I will say that I agree with the premise of it, that it is absolutely true that people like [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez], Pete Buttigieg -- you can name the left-wing politicians, people who think that we should legalize marijuana because they don't have kids and they don't really have a stake in what that looks like."

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"That is looking at it through the lens of the actual solution, which is the family unit," co-host Pete Hegseth agreed. "So many ills that we have in our society stem from that breakdown. ... [It's] not a feasible policy but what it is in principle is a reflection of the fact that -- what Ronald Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."

"And if you're Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- our favorite comrade -- and you've said the world is going to end in 12 years, what do you care? ... It's this idea of absolute pessimism that the world's going to end and as a result, we're the problem and don't have kids."

According to Hegseth, a large family is "a reflection of optimism."

"Do you want to pass AOC's America off to America or J.D. Vance's?" Campos-Duffy asked. "American Marxists want to tear down the American family."

Anti-maskers #quack #psycho rawstory.com

An anti-mask rally outside a California cancer treatment center turned violent on Thursday, with a patient who confronted the protesters saying she was sprayed with bear mace and punched repeatedly in her surgery scars.

The incident occurred outside the Cedars-Sinai Breast Health Services building in Hollywood, where dozens of anti-maskers with signs and a megaphone gathered to protest the clinic's mask requirement, harassing doctors and patients. Kate Burns, a breast-cancer patient, approached the protesters and asked them to leave, according to video posted online.

"I get treated here, get the f*ck away," Burns said. When one of the protesters asked why she was angry, Burns responded "Because I've just gone through f*cking breast cancer, and you motherf*ckers are here."

When one of the anti-maskers told Burns the protest had "nothing to do with" her, she responded: "You are protesting a breast cancer f*cking center. It has everything to do with me and my community. Do you know anything about chemotherapy? Do you know what happens to the immune system?"

Protesters then asked Burns if she was familiar with the Civil Rights Act. "Get on the right side of history. You've got a lot of anger you need to release. It's a very dangerous emotion," one man told her. After more anti-maskers and some anti-fascist counterprotesters arrived, the scene turned violent. Video shows Burns getting punched and shoved by a woman with a megaphone.

Philip Daniel Mills #fundie #psycho rawstory.com

Philip Daniel Mills is behind bars Sunday after setting a house on fire for Jesus, reported KTSM News.

Like the story of Cain and Abel, the 40-year-old man set fire to an El Paso home on the West Side, killing his own brother.

"An affidavit written by an EPPD detective says Mills allegedly admitted to setting the house on fire. And, in a recorded statement, claimed to have used gasoline from a weed eater to fuel the fire," said the report.
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"The affidavit claims Mills caused the fire because he was upset with his brother and mother because they did not follow the Bible," said the report. "The document states Mills intentionally broke a television in the living room, and threatened to burn the house down."

"He intentionally broke the television located in the living room because he needed to 'purge the home from 'evil," Mills allegedly told police. "The defendant stated that he left the residence and allowed his mother to be in a 'happy place' throughout the day and waited for both his mother and brother to go to bed, before starting the fire."
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"The defendant then laughed and advised the investigators that he was shocked that both his mother and brother did not perish and called it a 'failed attempt,'" the documents showed.

Pastor Sam Morris #fundie rawstory.com

A Tennessee pastor on Sunday told his congregation that the number of mass shooting were escalating because of schools were government “mind-control centers” that taught “junk about evolution” and “how to be a homo.”

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“Why do you still send your kids to the governmental schools?” the pastor asked the congregation. “What’s behind this shooting that we saw on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Connecticut and the other one’s like it? What’s going on. Well, number one, deception… I got news for you, when you kicked God out of schools, you’re going to be judged for that.”

Morris insisted that “humanism” in schools taught Lanza that he was God and “he can just go blow away anybody he wants.”

“When I got in high school, man, I started learning all this kingdom, phylum stuff, all this junk about evolution,” he recalled. “And I want to tell you what evolution teaches — here’s the bottom line — that you’re an animal. That’s what it teaches. So, you’re an animal, you can act like an animal. Amen.”

“So, here you are, you’re an animal and you’re a god! So, what are we going to teach you about in school? Well, we can teach you about sex, we can teach you how to rebel to you parents, we can teach you how to be a homo! But we’re definitely not going to teach you about the word of God! Amen.”

He added: “They think homeschoolers are a bunch of crazies, man. But I’m going to tell you something, I’ve never seen a police officer or a medal detector at a home school. Never. Amen. Now, there’s plenty of guns at my home school. Amen. I guarantee you we’re not going to have a mass shooting at any of the schools that are represented in this building today. I guarantee you, if there is a shooting, it won’t last very long. Amen."

Sarah Palin #fundie rawstory.com

“Radical liberals in media who have total control over public narratives are disgusting hypocrites, so says my daughter,” Palin wrote, linking to a pro-Duggar column penned by her daughter, Bristol. “I’m glad someone’s got the guts to call out these perverts… The intolerant left’s destructive personal intrusions and narrow-mindedness applied to their chosen targets are bad enough, but their double standards are beyond the pale.”

“I’m not an apologist for any sexual predator, but I’m sickened that the media gives their chosen ones a pass for any behavior as long as they share their leftwing politics,” Palin complained. “Case in point, they suggest Lena Dunham’s sexual assault on her sibling is cute, and she’s rewarded for it with fame and fortune. Meanwhile, they crucify another, along with an entire family.”

“Such obvious double standards applied to equally relevant stories underestimate the wisdom of the public, discredit the press, and spit on the graves of every American who fought and died for the press’s freedom,” she added.

Jared Taylor #racist rawstory.com

A man described as the “intellectual godfather” of the racist alt-right movement insists he isn’t a white supremacist — and says Republican voters are more racist than the Republican establishment realizes.

Jared Taylor, the editor of the magazine American Renaissance, has been prominently featured in a new Hillary Clinton campaign ad that links her rival Donald Trump to a variety of racists. But Taylor told The Daily Caller that he objects to being portrayed as a white supremacist.

“Presumably a white supremacist is someone who wants to rule over people of other races,” he explained. “We have no such desire. Nor do people on the alt right think that whites are a superior race. In many respects Asians are more objectively superior to whites and certainly athletically blacks are probably superior to whites.”

Taylor previously made headlines after placing thousands of robocalls urging GOP primary voters to support Trump. He said the alt-right movement has been “very very rapidly” growing thanks in part to white insecurities and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The notion that whites are responsible for the failures of all non-whites,” Taylor told the Daily Caller. “White people get beaten over the head every day with this kind of thing, and they reject that. They also reject the idea that they should cheerfully become a minority in their own country. And things like the Black Lives Matter movement have probably swelled our ranks far more than anything Hillary Clinton could ever do for us.”

In a speech on Thursday, Clinton described the alt-right as “a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment.” She said the racist movement had effectively taken over the Republican Party.

Taylor said that mainstream Republicans were mystified by the rapid rise of Trump because they didn’t understand the racist views of their own voter base.

“They have been deliberately blind to the frustrations of their natural constituency. They have bought the myths about race. They’ve swallowed that completely. In terms of the interchangeability of races, of the idea that America is up for grabs, that whoever can manage to sneak in more or less belongs to them – they’re no different from the Democrats,” Taylor said.

Judge John Roach #fundie rawstory.com

According to Think Progress, Judge John Roach of McKinney, Texas has given Page Price 30 days to move out of the home she shares with Carolyn Compton and Compton’s two children from a previous marriage because he does not approve of Compton and Price’s “lifestyle.”

Roach has placed a “morality clause” in Compton’s divorce papers, which forbids Compton from having anyone she is not related to “by blood or marriage” in her home past 9:00 p.m. if the children are present. Same sex marriage is illegal in Texas, so by law, Compton cannot live with Price if she wishes to retain custody of her children.

Compton said that she and Price have been together for three years. Compton’s ex-husband rarely bothers to see the children and was previously arrested on charges of third-degree felony stalking in 2011, charges that he was able to plea down to criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.

In a post on Facebook, Price wrote that Roach had inserted the morality clause into the divorce agreement when Compton’s ex-husband Joshua Compton attempted to gain custody of the children in 2011. The judge wrote that he disapproved of the two women’s “lifestyle.”

Arkansas GOP #fundie rawstory.com

Republican lawmakers in Arkansas have granted preliminary approval to a bill apparently aimed at Sharia, or Islamic law, after passing a law that would allow fathers and parents to block a woman from having an abortion.

State Rep. Brandt Smith (R-Jonesboro) introduced HB 1041, which won approval Thursday from a House judiciary committee, to “American laws for American courts,” reported the Arkansas Times.

He claims the measure was not specifically aimed at Sharia law, although it’s similar to legislation introduced in other states based on the conspiracy theory that Islamic law is creeping into the American legal system.

Smith also justified his bill to reporters by citing a custody case involving a man from the Middle East who based his claims on Sharia law and then fled the country, and the lawmaker shared the same story when presenting his legislation on the statehouse floor.

HB 1041 voids court rulings based on foreign laws that do not grant “fundamental rights, liberties, and privileges granted under the Arkansas Constitution or the United States Constitution” — such as due process, equal protection, freedom of religion and speech and press, the right to privacy, the right to bear arms and the right to marry.

Smith’s bill narrowly defines marriage under the Arkansas constitution, which specifically bans same-sex unions but was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.

After moving out of committee, Smith’s measure will go up for a vote before the full House, which recently passed anti-abortion legislation that’s stricter than laws in some Muslim nations.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Arkansas Act 45 into law last week banning one of the safest and most common abortion procedures in the second and third trimesters and allowing family members to block abortions by suing health care providers.

The measure, which was signed into law less than two months after its introduction, is nearly identical to laws passed in Mississippi and Louisiana, and similar bans in Kansas, Oklahoma and Alabama have not yet been implemented until legal challenges have been resolved.

The Arkansas law makes no exception for rape or incest, and it allows a woman’s spouse or parent to sue abortion providers to stop pregnancies from being terminated.

The Daily Beast reported the law could potentially allow a fetus’s father to block an abortion through lawsuit — even in cases of spousal rape or incest, according to abortion rights activists.

Islamic law generally forbids abortion, although some Muslim legal scholars and religious leaders make exceptions for rape and incest in the first 120 days of pregnancy.

Some Muslim religious leaders granted exceptions to Algerian and Bosnian women raped during times of war, and an Egyptian sheikh approved a draft law permitting women to abort pregnancies that were the result of rape.

Michael Voris and Matthew Pearson #fundie rawstory.com

People are quickly losing interest in “the church” as an institution. Young people and the millennial generation, in particular, are the least religious of any generation in America today, according to a Pew survey. Is this because many right-wing churches are driving away people as they become more accepting of progressive policies? Did the sex abuse scandal scare off Catholic parents who want to protect their children? Is it even, as the right-wing has proposed, a downfall in family values? No, according to “Church Militant,” altar Girls and “feminized kids” are the culprits.

Co-host Michael Voris begins the segment by talking about mothers who want their daughters to participate in the church and thus want their daughters to be altar girls along with altar boys. “You know, what young guy, what’s the connection there for any young male who’s 13, 14, 15? He wants nothing to do with that,” he explained. “There’s nothing appealing whatsoever about the faith to a 12, 14-year-old kid and you can see it. They’re sittin’ there on their text-phones slouched back in their gym shorts at mass when they show up.”

Panelist Matthew Pearson connects the problems to the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church which he attributes to boys raised by single mothers who lack strong father figures. “Because all these feminized kids without fathers yearn to go somewhere where they maybe find a father figure,” he began. “They were feminine. They became gay and they all went to the same place. They all went to the seminary looking for the father and they found predator fathers who then coerced them into, ya know, and that’s where we have this gay sex scandal that’s just ravaged the church for now 40, 50 years.”

The Church Militant is a right-wing religious “news” site that paints itself as a group of “souls on Earth engaged in battle against the forces evil.” They openly admit to being part of what they call “the Christian militia” doing battle against demonic “rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). They also sell their own brand of coffee in their online religious book and statue store for $20 per pound.

E.W. Jackson #fundie rawstory.com

Conservative pastor E.W. Jackson, a former Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia, told Fox News on Thursday that all clergy should be armed because a white South Carolina shooter attacked a historically black South Carolina church for it’s “biblical views,” not because of racism.

At a press conference early on Thursday, Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen released photos of a white man who was suspected of gunning down nine people at Emanuel AME Church in what was described as a “hate crime.”

“You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go,” witnesses recalled the gunman saying.

Speaking to the hosts of Fox & Friends on Thursday morning, Jackson encouraged viewers to “wait for the facts.”

“But I’m deeply concerned that this gunman chose to go into a church because there does seem to be a rising hostility against Christians across this country because of our biblical views,” Jackson opined. “And I just think that it’s something that we have to be aware of and not create an atmosphere in which people take out their violent intentions against Christians.”

He “urged pastors and men in these churches to prepare to defend themselves” by carrying firearms.

“It’s sad but I think we’ve got to arm ourselves,” Jackson insisted. “Look, I’m a pastor. If someone comes in to hurt my church members, I have an absolute obligation to defend them, to protect them.”

“Extraordinarily, they called it a hate crime,” Fox News host Steve Doocy noted. “Some people look at it because it was a white guy apparently and a black church. But you made a great point just a moment ago about the hostility toward Christians — and it was a church — so maybe that’s what they’re talking about.”

“Most people jumped to conclusions about race,” Jackson agreed. “I long for the day when we stop doing that in our country. We don’t know why he went into a church. But he didn’t choose a bar, he didn’t choose a basketball court, he chose a church.”

“And we need to be looking at that very closely,” he concluded.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center #fundie rawstory.com

A Chicago-area woman who showed up at her doctor’s office in pain and bleeding from a dislodged IUD was told that nothing could be done because his practice was affiliated with a Catholic hospital network which opposes birth control.

According to Rewire, Melanie Jones, 28, slipped in her bathroom causing her copper IUD to shift and stab her internally. After getting an appointment to see her doctor, she was told that his “hands were tied” and he couldn’t help her due to restrictions placed upon him and other providers in the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center system.

“I think my first feeling was shock,” Jones said in an interview. “I thought that eventually they were going to recognize that my health was the top priority.”

“It felt heartbreaking,” Jones recalled. “It felt like they were telling me that I had done something wrong, that I had made a mistake and therefore they were not going to help me; that they stigmatized me, saying that I was doing something wrong, when I’m not doing anything wrong. I’m doing something that’s well within my legal rights.”

What surprised Jones even more was when she was informed that no one in her health plan’s network would help because all of the providers were affiliated with the Catholic church which has strict policies when it comes to birth control .

Unable to afford a visit to an out of network emergency room, Jones sought the help of the Illinois ACLU where she was advised to contact her insurance company and change the hospital network in her plan.

Jones was able to get the IUD removed — five days after she first visited her doctor — but according to the ACLU, she should consider herself lucky since her insurance company representative said the rapid change to her plan wasn’t the norm.

“She told Ms. Jones that that process [of switching networks] would take her a month, and that she should feel fortunate because sometimes switching networks takes up to six months or even a year,” the ACLU of Illinois wrote in their complaint.

Carl Swensson, Paul Nally and others #fundie rawstory.com

County officials in Georgia laughed along with residents after a group of anti-government demonstrators tried to arrest them for doing their jobs.

The group, led by “sovereign citizen” and “birther” conspiracy theorist Carl Swensson, attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest of four Clayton County elected officials during Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, reported the Clayton News-Daily.

Swensson, who has filed lawsuits challenging Barack Obama’s ballot eligibility, walked into the regularly scheduled meeting and ordered police officers take the four officials into custody for violating their oaths.

“I’m here to invoke my absolute and guaranteed rights to also effect a citizen’s arrest,” Swensson said. “It is also incumbent on the peace officers to now take them into custody. This meeting should officially be over because you guys have been in violation on the fact you still hold state money.”

Police officers at the meeting did not arrest the officials, or the demonstrators — who announced themselves during the public comments portion of the meeting..

“Rather than a speech, this will be a demonstration,” said demonstrator Paul Nally, of Barstow County. “This is what happens when public officials ignore the rights, privileges and immunities of citizens.”

Swensson — wearing his trademark bald eagle-American flag tie — argued that county commissioners Michael Edmondson, Gail Hambrick and Shana Rooks had violated their oaths of office by accepting state money, and he also ordered the arrest of District Attorney Tracy Graham-Lawson.

“I command peace officers here, right now, and take possession,” Swensson said. “If you do not, then you are in violation of your oath and violation of all that is sacred to everybody here in this county. Please do not hesitate, please do your job, please take custody right now. We need resolution. We’re not getting it at the national level and we only have the local level to deal with.”

Swensson, of Henry County, has founded citizens’ grand juries and other extralegal groups to pester elected officials with lawsuits and criminal complaints based on his belief that local, state and federal governments are illegitimate.

The anti-government demonstrators eventually left the commission chambers and were told by police that they would be arrested if they tried to come back and charged with assault if they attempted to make the arrests themselves.

Swensson, who use the sovereign citizen name “carl -alfred: Swensson” for court filings, was told by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office not to return to the courthouse unless he had official business.

He also must notify the sheriff of his visits two days in advance and go through security checkpoints required of all visitors.

The county commissioners got back to their meeting after Swensson, Nally and the other activists left, but not without joking about the demonstration.

Edmondson, one of the commissioners, joked about the anti-government demonstrators during a discussion of proposed pay raises for several employees of the district attorney’s office.

“Is this still necessary now that she’s been arrested?” Edmondson said. “Can I make that motion since I was also arrested?”

The chamber erupted in laughter at his joke, the newspaper reported.

Grant Stinchfield #fundie rawstory.com

Grant Stinchfield, a host for the National Rifle Association’s online TV network, would be happy if North Korea dropped a bomb on the capital of California.

Media Matters notes that Stinchfield wrote on Twitter that the United States government should “send a note” to North Korea telling them that “Sacramento changed its name to Guam.” Stinchfield references Guam in his tweet because North Korea has threatened to launch missiles at the U.S. territory in the event of an American attack on its military.

Less than two months ago, Stinchfield spoke out against left wingers who use “inflammatory rhetoric” that could inspire “unstable” individuals to commit acts of violence.

Everett Corley #racist rawstory.com

The attorneys for a former Republican candidate for U.S. Congress who is suing to keep a controversial Confederate statue standing near the University of Louisville want to drop him after he called an African-American professor a racial slur on social media, WHAS reports.

Everett Corley, a real estate agent and Donald Trump supporter, is trying to use the courts to stop Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and U of L President James Ramsey from taking down the controversial monument, which sits on city property and is the source of numerous student complaints.

Attorneys representing Corley were troubled by a post on Facebook that shows a dead Confederate soldier and a photograph of UofL professor Ricky Jones.

“Here’s who lost today and here’s Ricky Jones, that damn dirty black ___ who won,” Corley wrote.

WHAS redacted the slur.

It appears Corley has since deleted the post, but in another one, he calls Jones “black Rasputin.”

“The black Rasputin from Atlanta behind all this hatred,” Corley wrote. “I wonder whose paying him? ?#?Save? our Monument! Ricky Jones go away!!”

Jones penned an op-ed in April calling for the statue’s removal.

More than 2,500 people have signed a Change.org petition seeking to replace the Confederate statue with a memorial to boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Unnamed man #fundie rawstory.com

The national debate over who should be allowed to enter certain public restrooms took a strange and violent turn when a Utah father took his 5-year-old daughter into the men’s room at his local Walmart.

Christopher Adams said his 7-year-old son, Kyler, and 5-year-old daughter, Emery, both had to use the restroom Sunday when their family went shopping at the Clinton store for blinds and storage bins, so he took them both into the men’s room, reported KSL-TV.

They were quickly confronted by a man who did not think a girl should be allowed to enter a restroom designated for men.

“This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal,” Adams told the TV station. “Then he just, like, turns to me and starts freaking out, dropping the F-bomb — and what he was freaking out about was that my daughter was in the men’s bathroom.”

The man told Adams that it was “inappropriate,” and then shoved the father after he gave him a terse response.

Adams tried to move his children away from the man — who then escalated the conflict.

“When I turned back around, I got sucker-punched right here,” Adams said, pointing to his bruised left eye.

The man punched Adams several more times and kicked him in the knee multiple times, until the father was able to push his attacker out of the restroom and subdue him.

“I just slammed him on the ground and just held him until associates from Walmart could get there,” said Adams, who is 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds.

Police said the man, whose name was not released, was cited for disorderly conduct in the incident but not arrested.

The city attorney for Clinton is considering a possible assault charge against the man.

Adams said he’s experiencing intense pain in his knee, and he may have suffered broken cartilage around his ribs.

Police encouraged anyone with concerns about what they see in public restrooms to notify store employees or law enforcement, rather than physically attack others.

Ohio GOP #fundie rawstory.com

Republican state lawmakers in Ohio are refusing to back a bill that would repeal the state’s “spousal exemption” for marital rape.

Democratic state Rep. Greta Johnson told the Akron Beacon Journal that she first introduced HB 234 in 2015 because marital rape is legal in Ohio as long as the rapist uses no force or threat of force, meaning a husband could legally drug and rape his wife.

“As a former prosecutor, I would argue that you could still try to prosecute under the forced rape statute, but unfortunately drugging and raping your spouse in Ohio is not illegal,” Johnson explained.

The 2015 bill died in committee with no Republican support. Johnson blamed the failure on partisanship and opposition to a provision that dropped the 20-year statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault.

Johnson filed the bill again on Friday, this time dropping the provision that removes the statute of limitations. But no Republican lawmaker has stepped forward to co-sponsor the bill.

Brad Miller, a spokesperson for Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, told the Beacon Journal that the Speaker had not had a chance to review the bill.

“Most of this is really early in the process in terms of what might happen next,” Miller said.

Larry Thomas #racist rawstory.com

A black South Carolina man stopped into a barbershop for a quick shave — but the owner pulled a gun on him and said he doesn’t “do black hair.”

Arthur Hill stopped into the Rock Hill barbershop, which he’d never visited before, on his way to work this week because he works around food and isn’t allowed to have facial hair, reported WCNC-TV.

He asked owner Larry Thomas for a shave, and that’s when things got weird.

“He said, ‘I don’t do black hair,'” Hill said. “I asked him does he shave, can he shave me, and he said, ‘I don’t do black hair.'”

Hill said he asked the 65-year-old Thomas to clarify what he meant, and the barber drew a gun on him.

“I said, ‘Are you referring to African American hair?'” Hill said. “He said, ‘Yeah,’ and at the time I noticed he already had his hand gripped on a .38 snub nose chrome revolver.”

Hill said he left the barbershop and contacted the York County Sheriff’s Office.

“I was shocked, I was shocked for my life, because I’m thinking that could’ve been me laying on the floor dead,” Hill said. “He did not point it at me, but it was clear in sight like he meant business.”

Thomas was arrested and charged with pointing and presenting firearms at a person, and he spent Tuesday night in jail.

He returned to work Wednesday and explained his actions to TV reporters.

“I’ve had black people come in the door before and I tell them I don’t cut black hair,” Thomas said.

Thomas insists he did not threaten Hill, but he said the black man made him nervous.

“I felt threatened,” he said.

His girlfriend said Thomas is not racist but is severely autistic, which she said prevents him from expressing himself clearly.

“He’s a nice person, he would do anything for anybody,” said girlfriend Jasmine Patterson.

But she admits that other customers have frequently accused Thomas of being racist because of the things he said or did.

Thomas said he’s never been arrested for denying service to black customers, but the racist policy has cost him some regular customers — such as Victoria Erwin, who referred a black friend to Thomas.

“He walked in and he didn’t even have one foot in the door and this man did say, ‘I don’t do black people’s hair,’ and they were very shocked,” said Erwin, whose family no longer does business with Thomas.

Hill said he’s thinking of going back to New York City, saying he’s had enough.

“I’ve been on this earth for 37 years, and have never experienced something like this,” Hill said.

Thomas is not allowed to bring his gun to work while the criminal case is pending.

Mark Draper #racist rawstory.com

An Arizona man has been charged with a hate crime after yelling racist slurs at his former black neighbor in Utah before attacking the man and his 7-year-old son with a stun cane that packs a million volt charge.

According to KSTU, a Utah grand jury returned an indictment against Mark Draper, 58, for the assault that occurred in November of 2016 in Draper, Utah.

The indictment states Porter allegedly called his African-American neighbor a “n*gger” before attacking the man with what is described as a “stun cane.”

“The defendant yelled ‘n*gger,’ said get out of here to [Victim] and [Victim’s] seven-year-old son, and used a stun cane (a Zap Cane) to assault [Victim], resulting in bodily injury,” the indictment charges

The report states the “Zap Cane” is a cane that contains a stun gun capable of delivering “one million volts” and is classified as a “dangerous weapon.”

Porter was taken into custody in Arizona where he now resides, and has been charged with one count of interference with housing which is a hate crime.

If convicted, the Arizona man faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Erick Erickson #fundie rawstory.com

Fox Business personalities had a collective freak out on Wednesday night after learning that mothers were now the primary source of income in 40 percent of U.S. households.

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Fox News contributor Erick Erickson went one step further, saying nature itself commanded that women be subservient to men.

“I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science,” Erickson explained. “But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology, when you look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role.”

“We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it is tearing us apart,” he continued, adding that “reality showed” it was harmful for women to be the primary source of income in a family.

Pastor Mike Orten #fundie rawstory.com

Pastor Mike Orten of the Truth Apostolic Church in Madisonville, Kentucky is defending his latest staff hire of Thomas Hopper, who was convicted of the rape and sodomy of a 13-year-old girl in the early 1990s. Hopperwas also convicted of multiple crimes in the early 2000s. But according to NBC 14 News, Orten brought Hopper into the church to work on outreach because it was the Christian thing to do.

The church’s website and Facebook page have all been taken down since the story broke, but prior to a community uprising, the website outlined Hopper’s biography detailing a history of involvement in churches and ministry going back to the 1970s. The biography does not, however, include his 10 years in prison for holding a razor blade to a girl’s throat and raping her.

Orten agrees that since the Hopper is on the registered sex offender list that he should not have access to the school the church’s premises. But as for fear of anything else, the pastor isn’t concerned because Hopper has been “saved by The Lord,” he explained. “Yep, that’s what he done,” the pastor said in a phone interview. “Most certainly. But he was mad and angry, both of them were on drugs. Yeah, that’s still in his past. It ain’t like we don’t know nothing about this. Like I said, the media and people are ignorant when they want to turn around and dramatize or hurt somebody.”

One parishioner who wished to remain anonymous said that it made her feel angry and betrayed by the church, “I trusted these people.” She later said that all the church would tell her is that “God had changed him.”

“This is a situation if that girls chooses…it takes two to tango, okay? So if that girl chooses to sleep with him, she’s just as guilty as he is,” the pastor said.

He went on to compare rape to shoplifting saying “So if you steal a piece of candy from a store because you were young and stupid and make stupid mistakes, alright, you’re still a thief even though now you’re 40-years-old?”

Bill Cunningham #fundie rawstory.com

Controversy erupted Friday at the Fox News Channel over a confrontation between two guests on “The Sean Hannity Show” in which contentious right-wing radio host Bill Cunningham attacked commentator [Tamara] Holder, pointing his finger in her face and firing volley after volley of sexist insults. At one point, according to Media Matters, Cunningham told Holder to “Shut up. Know your role and shut your mouth.”

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Thursday’s discussion centered around Attorney General Eric Holder (no relation to Tamara Holder), and a petition to oust him from office over allegations that he lied under oath before Congress. Cunningham, who hosts “The Bill Cunningham Show,” jabbed his finger into Tamara Holder’s face, shouting that she must sign the petition.

“I really hope that when you speak to a judge, you don’t point your finger in their face the entire time,” replied Holder. “Your finger does not prove your point,” she said, pointing back at Cunningham, who apparently found this extremely provoking.

“Whose finger’s in my face right now?” he protested.

“Mine, because I’m telling you to shut up,” said Holder.

“Wait a minute, you shut up,” Cunningham sniped. “Know your role and shut your mouth.”

“My role as a woman?” asked Holder.

“Yeah, yeah,” said Cunningham.

Particularly appalling was a moment later in the segment when Holder simply stopped talking and hung her head in frustration.

“What, are you going to cry?” Cunningham needled.

E.W. Jackson #fundie rawstory.com

The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia believes that biological evolution is false because chimpanzees cannot speak like humans do. BuzzFeed revealed on Tuesday that E.W. Jackson made the claim in Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life, a book he published in 2008.

In the book, he noted that scientists had taught chimpanzees to use sign language. He said this finding was wrongly used as evidence that primates were our ancestors. Jackson said the scientists were incorrect because spoken language was a gift God provided exclusively to human beings and “no other creature.”

“There is an unfathomable gulf between humans and all other creatures because creation was designed that way,” he wrote.

Scientists have uncovered that modern humans and modern chimpanzees share a common ancestor in the distant past. The notion that modern humans evolved from chimpanzees is a common misconception.

It is not the first time the controversial candidate’s book has been the subject of scrutiny. In late May, the liberal blog Think Progress reported that Jackson was an advocate of the so-called “prosperity gospel.” In apparent contradiction to the teachings of the New Testament, Jackson’s book declared the pursuit of money was not evil and didn’t make people evil.

Staples Center security guard #fundie rawstory.com

A lesbian attending a concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles claims a security guard removed her from the women’s bathroom after insisting that she was a man.

According to Pink News, Mary Looper wrote on Facebook that she was attending a Carrie Underwood concert with her aunt Wednesday night and that when she went to use the bathroom a female security guard stood outside of her stall and demanded that she get out.

On her Facebook page, Looper wrote, “Usually I don’t want to put my drama out there but ignorant people still exist and it breaks my heart… They literally just tried to escort me out of the women’s restroom at the #staplescenter… Shame on them.”

According to Looper, she often is confused for a man but was surprised the guard couldn’t tell the difference by her voice when she responded.

“I get mistaken for a man all the time… It’s no secret. But, for the fact that their woman employee waited outside my stall for proof that I was a woman, didn’t believe me off my voice,” she explained. “That’s what hurt and had me shocked. I didn’t wanna stir anything up but never ever thought I’d be treated like that in a woman’s restroom in L.A., in the Staples Center. Just a bummer it went that far.”

Since writing the post, the Facebook page of Staples Center has been littered with comments criticizing the incident and demanding an explanation.

“Absolutely disappointed about the discrimination my friend experienced last night while at a Carrie Underwood show,” wrote one commenter. “She is a WOMAN who is tall, has short hair and boobs but was somehow escorted out of the women’s restroom by an employee because someone didn’t think she belonged in the women’s restroom. Waiting outside a bathroom stall while demanding she prove she is in fact a woman is vile, humiliating and unacceptable.”

Another added, “You need to get a grip on your policing of restrooms and specifically whether a customer is using the ‘correct’ facility that matches their gender presentation or should we just show our genitalia to be able to use a restroom at all?”

Carlos Beruff #racist rawstory.com

In a speech to the Broward County Republican Party on Monday night, a Florida home builder making his first run at political office said the U.S. should ban everyone who seeks to enter the country from the Middle East, reports the Sun Sentinel.

Unless they are coming from Israel, that is.

While Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has called for banning entry to Muslims, developer Carlos Beruff took it a step further saying no one from the Middle East should be welcome until our immigration department fixes our “broken” system.

Asked about his position on Muslim immigration, Beruff had a ready answer.

“Ah ha,” he said. “I think our immigration department is broken. And I don’t think it’s safe to allow anybody from the Middle East into this country.”

According to the Sun Sentinel, the Republican crowd applauded his remarks.

Pressed by reporters afterwards, Beruff said his ban would apply to Muslims and Christians alike.

“Pretty much anybody that’s got a terrorist organization in it, which is pretty much all the Middle East,” he explained.

When asked about people coming from Israel, he left the door open.

“I think Israel’s security measures are pretty strong,” he said. “Israel is an exception.”

Beruff — who is running for office for the first time — is part of a crowded GOP field seeking to replace retiring Sen. Marco Rubio, whose presidential campaign went down in flames after he lost the Florida primary to Trump.

Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Cebter security #fundie rawstory.com

A dental assistant at a Veterans Administration medical facility in Arizona claims he was forcibly ejected from his place of work by security after he complained about evangelicals being given free rein to hand out Bibles in the hallways, reports the Arizona Republic.

According to Air Force veteran Jesse Gonzales, a dental assistant at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, he was walking down one of the corridors when he was offered a Bible by one of three men sitting a table. Gonzales says he as he was returning, he was stopped again at which time he asked the group if they were authorized to proselytize on federal property.

Gonzales stated that an argument ensued, with one if the men cursing him — using the “F-word” — was they insisted that they had a legal right to be in the building.

The vet, who stated he is affiliated with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, continued to argue causing a crowd to gather at which time security was summoned

Gonzales stated that he was then forced out of the building by the security officers after they told the men at the table they could stay and continue.

According to Gonzales, as an employee he had a right to be there– the evangelicals did not.

“These guys weren’t even supposed to be there,” Gonzales says. “And here they were yelling at me? I believe in the Constitution. But then the police hauled me away.”

A further investigation by the hospital reveled that the Bible distributors represented Native American Marriage Enhancement, a Pentecostal ministry. The review also disclosed the group had been refused a solicitation permit by the Phoenix VA Employees Association on the grounds that they “did not act in good faith” when applying.

While a hospital spokesperson apologized to anyone who was “inadvertently offended,” by the Bible giveaway, Gonzales said it wasn’t enough, calling the incident a “slap in the face”‘ for himself and other veterans who complained, as well as stating he was embarrassed at being treated “like some sort of criminal.”

Jason Spencer #racist rawstory.com

A Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives issued a veiled threat of lynching to a black former colleague who expressed anti-Confederate memorial sentiments on his Facebook.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia State Rep. Jason Spencer (R) did exactly that on a Facebook post when former state representative LaDawn Jones expressed a distaste for a photo he took with a Confederate monument.

“This is Georgia’s history,” Spencer wrote on a post accompanied by a selfie he took with a South Georgia monument to Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

Jones, who formerly served in the state legislature until last year, questioned whether state tax dollars help pay for the upkeep of the memorial, which includes the house Davis fled to after the Civil War ended. A few comments in, Spencer began making threatening allusions.

“Continue your quixotic journey into South Georgia and it will not be pleasant,” Spencer replied. “The truth. Not a warning. Those folks won’t put up with it like they do in Atlanta.”

“I can guarantee you won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definitive,” he continued, responding to Jones’ comment about the store-bought tiki torches used by the white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally earlier this month.

After another person commented about the differences between Atlanta (a city that has a large African American population) and the rest of Georgia, Spencer agreed.

“They will go missing in the Okefenokee [swamp],” he wrote. “Too many necks they are red around here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ’em.”

Jones didn’t back down from Spencer’s intimidation.

“Sounds like a threat of physical violence … is that what we are doing now?” she wrote. “Desperate times call for desperate measures huh? Afraid of what is going to happen in southern GA? I saw those white supremacists crying when sh*t really hit the fan.”

Unnamed vendor #racist rawstory.com

Walmart apologized after a vendor described a product using a racial slur on the retailer’s website.

The unidentified vendor listed a netting weave cap for sale on Walmart’s website and described the item as “n****r brown,” reported the New York Post.

The racial slur was brought to Walmart’s attention on Twitter, where social media users asked the retailer for an explanation.

The same item, which is used to anchor hair extensions, is available for sale on Amazon, but doesn’t include a racial slur in the description.

Walmart promptly replaced the “add to cart” button with a message stating the item was no longer available.

The retailer explained that manufacturers and suppliers provide product descriptions, and that listing had not yet been verified by Walmart.

“We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace,” spokeswoman Danit Marquardt wrote in a statement. “It is a clear violation of our policy, and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened.”

Glenn Beck #conspiracy rawstory.com

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck is accusing of President Barack Obama’s administration of a manufacturing former CIA Director David Petraeus’ sex scandal as a plot to “discredit the military.”

“This is a set up,” Beck said on his Tuesday broadcast. “This is spontaneous, they just found out? Bull crap. They have known. The White House knew during the vetting process that Petraeus was carrying on an inappropriate relationship. They knew it. They knew that he could be easily compromised, but they appointed him anyway.”

“Because when you have the goods on someone — you need a pressure point,” he explained. “Just like this Jill [Kelley] lady. She’s got $2 million in debt. She’s in and out of court all the time. Pressure point. Same with the general. ‘General Betray Us,’ that’s what the left used to call him. Now, he’s put up to head the CIA? Really? Of course. They have a pressure point.”

“And now he’s being discredited. This whole scandal is doing what? How’s your opinion of the military? Discredit the last-standing, honorable institution we have: the military.”

Beck added: “These people in Washington are really bad people. And they will use anything, any pressure point. And you will fold. This, today, is all about discrediting the military while distracting the media.”

Jeanine Pirro #fundie rawstory.com

Appearing on Fox & Friends on Friday morning, weekend Fox News host Jeanine Pirro warned that, should prosecutors indict a Trump family member on criminal charges, there will be hell to pay with the American public.

Addressing reports that at least one grand jury is investigating President Donald Trump and his associates, the former prosecutor excitedly stated that it probably is concerning to Trump that he is being persecuted.

“I’m sure this is on Donald’s mind, he never stops thinking,” she explained. “But at the same time, this is an agenda.”

“Here is my concern,” Pirro told the Fox & Friends hosts. “If they end up with an indictment against a family member, just to get at Donald Trump because they couldn’t get at him, there is going to be a real uproar, a real uprising in this country.”

Pirro went on to add, “I was a prosecutor for 32 years, you can indict a ham sandwich. The only person in that grand jury is the district attorney who is interacting all of those grand jurors on what the law is — and the body language is clear!”

Kristan Hawkins #fundie rawstory.com

An interview on the women’s march in Washington last week took a bizarre turn when an anti-choice advocate told MSNBC host Joy Reid that birth control — including the pill and IUD’s — should be made illegal because they kill babies.

Following a considerable amount of cross-talk over services that Planned Parenthood provides with Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life, host Reid pulled her panel up and said she wanted to talk about something everyone could agree on: that contraception should be legal.

Not everyone was in agreement.

“I believe certain forms can be legal, yes,” Hawkins agreed, adding, “I don’t believe abortion causing contraception should be legal.”

“What kind of contraception are you talking about?” Reid asked, with Hawkins replying, “Hormonal contraception.”

“You think IUDs should be illegal?” Reid pressed.

“I don’t think they should be legal, “Hawkins replied. “They put women at risk and they kill children.”

“What about the birth control pill?” the unrelenting Reid asked.

“I do not think it should be legal, I think that shouldn’t be legal,” Hawkins replied before trying to change the subject.

“Kristan, Kristan, Kristan,” Reid said holding up her hand. “I just want clarity. You think that the pill and the IUD should be illegal, right?”

“In my ideal world, yes,” Hawkins stated. “But I don’t think that’s something we’re working towards in the pro-life movement. In the pro-life movement we’re working towards abolishing abortion. That’s why we want Planned Parenthood’s money to go to health centers which don’t do contraception.”

“We’ve gotten some real clarity,” Reid said as she concluded the interview. “I think the American people have gotten quite a bit of clarity on what your movement wants to do.”

Gordon College #sexist rawstory.com

Despite showing his true colors early on, a private college in Massachusetts failed to discipline a student accused of rape by multiple people until years after the fact.

According to a ThinkProgress report, former Gordon College student Mischael Celestin raped, assaulted or attempted to assault multiple students over a period of years before school administrators did anything about it. This, despite Celestin having been expelled from Eastern Nazarene College for sexual assault prior to coming to Gordon in 2012. That fall, the first reported sexual assault allegation against him was recorded.

Though campus rape (and poor administrative response to it) is an epidemic that spans the religious-secular school divide, an author who spoke to ThinkProgress for their report on Gordon said its’ handling is particularly egregious at Christian schools.

“Because Christians tend to frame rape as a loss of purity rather than a loss of individual agency, they struggle with handling sexual assault cases appropriately,” Dianna Anderson, author of Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity, told ThinkProgress.

Although Gordon’s student handbook forbids “drunkenness” and “sexual relations outside marriage,” it claims to provide “amnesty” for both in cases of sexual assault. That “amnesty,” however, does not provide any guidelines on how the school handles rape.

Despite being accused repeatedly throughout his time at Gordon, it took a warning from a teacher at Eastern Nazarene and an arrest over trying to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. He was finally expelled in 2015 after his arrest.

AL Chief Justice Roy Moore #fundie rawstory.com

Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us.

“They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he continued. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”

He then noted that he loves talking to lawyers, because he is a lawyer who went to “a secular law school,” so he knows that “in the law, [talking about God] just isn’t politically correct.” He claimed that this is why America has “lost its way,” and that he would be publishing a pamphlet “this week, maybe next” that contained copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, thereby proving that all the people “who found this nation — black, white, all people, all religions, all faiths” knew that America was “about God.”

Chief Justice Moore later defined “life” via Blackstone’s Law — a book that American lawyers have “sadly forgotten” — as beginning when “the baby kicks.” “Today,” he said, “our courts say it’s not alive ’til the head comes out.”

“Now,” he continued, “if technology’s supposed to increase our knowledge, how did we become so stupid?” Discussing Thomas Jefferson’s use of “life” in the Declaration of Independence, he said that “when [Jefferson] put ‘life’ in there, it was in the womb — we know it begins at conception. Why aren’t we going the right way instead of the wrong way?”

He later said that “you can’t be happy unless you follow God’s law, and if you follow God’s law, you can’t help but be happy.”

“It’s all about God,” he continued. “We’ve made ‘life’ a decision taken by man,” he said, and “taken ‘liberty,’ and converted it to ‘licentiousness. We’ve taken ‘pursuit of happiness,’ and reduced it to materialism.”

United HealthCare #fundie rawstory.com

An insurer denied HIV medication to a gay man for allegedly “engaging in high-risk homosexual behavior.”

A letter from United HealthCare posted in a Facebook group for HIV awareness showed the insurer declined to pay for the man’s prescription for Truvada, which treats and reduces the risk of HIV infection and would cost up to $1,500 a month out of pocket.

“This decision is based on health plan criteria for Truvada,” the letter reads. “The information sent in shows you are using this medicine for engaging in High risk homosexual behavior.”

The insurer tells the man his plan covers Truvada only if used to treat HIV infection, reduce the risk from possible HIV exposure or potential HIV exposure for certain high-risk patients – but the man was told he didn’t fit any of those criteria.

The letter claims the decision falls under New York state law governing health care coverage — but HIV activist Jeremiah Johnson said that’s not true.

“This was a malicious attempt to discourage PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) uptake by people who need it most,” said Johnson, of the Treatment Action Group.

PrEP intervention, usually available as the oral medication Truvada, is manufactured by Gilead Sciences, Inc., which says the drug is among the most expensive they make.

Johnson said the man’s doctor appealed the coverage denial, and United HealthCare ultimately paid for the drugs — but he said the episode highlighted significant barriers to treatment.

Truvada must be ordered online and delivered by mail, which Johnson said was problematic for anyone trying to safeguard their privacy, and requires an intricate report filed four times a year by their physicians.

“This is an enormous barrier for some people,” he said.

United HealthCare has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Raw Story CEO John Byrne is the founder of Prevention Access Campaign, a nonprofit focused on improving education and access to biomedical HIV prevention, including PrEP, and United HealthCare covers Raw Story employees.

The PrEP intervention is used by up to 100,000 patients in the U.S., and can reduce the risk of HIV infection by 99 percent.

Larry Berkley #fundie rawstory.com

A Baptist pastor who has been charged for child rape in multiple states is back in jail in Arkansas.

The Boone County Arkansas Sheriff’s Office booked Pastor Larry Berkley on charges of failure to appear, the latest in a three year legal battle against the former pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Harrison, AR.

“A Harrison Police daily log of activity shows Boone County authorities contacted the HPD about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday for warrant confirmation on Berkley, 38, for sexual solicitation, four counts of first-degree sexual assault, seven counts of second-degree sexual assault, six counts of knowingly furnishing alcohol to a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of loaning pornography to minors,” the Harrison Daily reports.

Berkley is accused of furnishing drugs and alcohol to teenage boys that he sexually assaulted.

After posting bond in Arkansas, Pastor Berkley was indicted by a Lauderdale County, Tennessee grand jury on two counts of rape, four counts of aggravated statutory rape, sexual battery by an authority figure and statutory rape by an authority figure. The charges date to the time Berkley worked as a pastor at Victory Baptist Church in Henning, Tennessee.

As Raw Story noted in 2014, church officials in Tennessee declined to say why Berkley had been ousted as Pastor.

“One of the victims told police Berkley had taken him to the funeral home where he worked part time and showed him a dead body,” the Harrison Daily reported. “The victim said Berkley had stored marijuana in a very expensive casket he didn’t think people could afford to buy.”

Anonymous vandals #conspiracy rawstory.com

A vinyl peace sign installed at a playground in Mystic, Connecticut, dedicated to a victim of the Sandy Hook shooting was stolen last week by a man claiming that the Newtown massacre never happened.

After stealing the 50-pound sign from the Grace McDonnell playground, the man called McDonnell’s mother saying he did it because he believes the shooting at the school was a hoax, according to CBS2.

According to the mother, Lynn McDonnell, the man told her that her daughter “never existed.”

Grace McDonnell was one of twenty children killed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza when he went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012. Lanza also shot and killed six adult staff members and his mother.

Sandy Hook ‘truthers’ believe that the Newtown shooting never occurred or was part of a ‘false flag’ operation designed to open the door to the confiscation of all guns by the government.

The Grace McDonnell playground is one of 26 planned playgrounds being built by the Where Angels Play Foundation in honor of all 26 victims.

The latest incident comes two weeks after another playground sign, located in Hartford, was vandalized with someone spray-painting ‘Peace to Sandy Hook,’ a peace sign, and the numeral ’2' on it.

Signs at both locations are being replaced.

Al Bedrosian #fundie rawstory.com

A group that lost its U.S. Supreme Court case over prayer at public meetings said recent comments by a Virginia elected official illustrate the risk of allowing such sectarian invocations.

“The freedom of religion doesn’t mean that every religion has to be heard,” said Al Bedrosian, who sits on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. “If we allow everything, where do you draw the line?”

The Republican said Monday, after the high court ruled 5-4 that legislative prayer did not violate the constitutional prohibition on government establishment of religion, that he would not vote to allow non-Christians to deliver invocations.

“I think America, pretty much from Founding Fathers on, I think we have to say more or less that we’re a Christian nation with Christian ideology,” Bedrosian said. “If we’re a Christian nation, then I would say that we need to move toward our Christian heritage.”

Those remarks echoed statements he made several years ago in an editorial published in the Roanoke Times, where he described freedom of religion as a “hoax” and claimed “the global warming crowd worships the environment as god, the abortionist has the death of unborn babies as their god, and the homosexuals have sexual freedom as their god.”

“The real battle is keeping the name of Jesus as Lord,” Bedrosian wrote in 2007. “The name Jesus is what makes us a Christian people and a Christian nation. This is why we must continue our heritage as a Christian nation and remove all other gods.”

That’s what Bedrosian intends to do in his position as county supervisor, saying he would reject any request by any non-Christian adherent to deliver a religious or secular invocation.

“I would say no,” Bedrosian said. “That does not infringe on their freedom of religion. The truth is you’re trying to infringe on my right, because I don’t believe that.”

Rafael Cruz #fundie rawstory.com

In an appearance before a gathering of OK2A, an Oklahoma Second Amendment advocacy group, Rafael Cruz, father of freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that atheism leads to sexual abuse of children.

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“Let’s look, for example, at the behavioral consequences of these two foundations,” Cruz said to the group. “Well, if there is nothing, if there is no God, then we are ruled by our instincts.”

“There is no moral absolute, which means we operate by situational ethics,” he said, “which unfortunately is something being taught in every high school in America.”

Situational ethics, explained Cruz, maintain “that right and wrong depends on the situation. In other words, it’s a moral relativism.”

Because atheists believe in doing whatever they want, and if there are no moral absolutes, then there will be nothing but moral anarchy, he said.

“Do we know any politicians that have done that?” he asked.

“Hitler!” volunteered Larry Pratt of the organization Gun Owners of America, who was in the audience.

“Oh, we don’t have to go that far, Larry,” said Cruz. “Just go to Washington. Just go to the White House.”

“Of course, this leads us, when there are no moral absolutes,” he went on, “leads us to sexual immorality, leads us to sexual abuse, leads us to perversion and, of course, no hope. No hope!”

Kimberly Dawn Lucas #fundie rawstory.com

"Florida woman accused of killing 2-year-old while re-enacting Bible story"

A Florida woman is accused of drowning one child after trying to poison another, in what she described as accordance with a local pastor’s sermon, WPEC-TV reported on Wednesday.

Kimberly Dawn Lucas is currently being held in Palm Beach County Jail in connection with the death of her former partner’s 2-year-old daughter and the attempted killing of the child’s 10-year-old brother at their home in Jupiter on Monday.

Investigators said Lucas attended a sermon by Metropolitan Community Church pastor Lea Brown this past Sunday that covered the Biblical story of Abraham readying himself to sacrifice his son on orders from God, only to be stopped by God at the last minute.

Lucas is accused of trying the same thing — trying to kill the two young children she was helping to raise, but she wrote in a suicide note that God didn’t step in and stop her, at least in the case of the 2-year-old girl. Lucas’ own suicide attempt failed. Police reportedly found Lucas’ message (PDF) typed on a computer in the home.

“In YOUR WORDS “WHEN YOU ARE LAYING IN BED AT NIGHT REMEMBER YOU F*CKING DID THIS TO YOURSELF!” the note stated. “Lea’s sermon really, really touched me yesterday but God never told me to stop. Hell is what we [go] through on Earth. Enjoyed your life with possiblego [sic] out without us, he manage but give you finally what you what want because apparently over the past 20 years I was not able to. Love you Always Kimberly."

Brown confirmed to WPEC that the children and both women attended her service, and that her sermon covered Genesis 22, in which God challenges Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac “as a burnt offering.”

Abraham follows the instruction, taking the boy to a mountain, then laying him on an altar in preparation for the sacrifice. At the last second, God orders Abraham to spare the child instead, having demonstrated his fear by being willing to kill Isaac for Him.

“It’s what I was called on to preach,” Brown said about her sermon. “There’s no way anyone could have predicted this.”

Jimmy Marr #racist rawstory.com

Drivers on Oregon’s Interstate 5 were shocked over the weekend to see anti-Semitic banners being displayed on overpasses — and now local media has figured out who is responsible.

According to OregonLive, neo-Nazi Jimmy Marr is the man behind the banners that read “UNJEW HUMANITY,” “Eclipse Whitey,” and “Jewish Financing Available.” On Sunday he tweeted images of two more banners — reading “Bolshevik Jews perpetrated the Holodomor” and “Resist Racial Eclipse.”

Marr is known for promoting the white genocide conspiracy theory, the belief that multiculturalism is a secret Jewish plot to wipe out the white race.

Many California tourists are traveling up Interstate 5 to get a better view of Monday’s solar eclipse.

Beth and Michael Dershowitz of Sacramento were driving with their children Saturday when the saw the banners.

“I cannot believe that we still have to face this vicious anti-semitism in such a public place in 2017,” Beth Dershowitz told Willamette Week. “My husband wanted to confront the men behind this, but I was afraid for our children in the car with us. Just another day in Trump’s America.”

Marr previously made headlines last year for his truck, which he covered in pro-Trump slogans and racist messages. He was also arrested for disrupting a rally against hate.

Marr did not respond OregonLive’s requests for comments, but the publication notes that his voicemail message says, “Leave us a message after the tone. Tell us what you’re doing to fight white genocide.”

Oregon Governor Kate Brown denounced Marr’s banners on Saturday, saying “hateful rhetoric like this has no place in our” state.

Mike Huckabee #fundie rawstory.com

Speaking at the 2014 March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., Huckabee said that there was “no basis in the law” that gave a single judge the right to strike down same-sex marriage bans, like Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Chris Piazza did in Arkansas in 2012.

“Nothing threatens your personal liberty more than the notion that you would bow your knee to the court system apart from the ultimate rule of the Constitution,” he opined. “And all of the branches of government, all of which are not there to tell you what you cannot do, but to guarantee the freedoms that you are always empowered to have.”

“We are under an obligation to obey God and the law, and if necessary, to defy an institution that is out of control,” the former Arkansas governor continued.

To make his point, Huckabee quoted from a letter that Martin Luther King’s Jr. wrote while spending eight days in the Birmingham Jail for fighting to end segregation.

“One may well ask, ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’” King had written. “The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘An unjust law is no law at all.’”

Huckabee continued reading from King’s letter: “We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal.”

“I wish I had penned those words,” Huckabee exclaimed. “But they were penned by someone who understood freedom, and understood that there was a time to stand up against law when it has become unjust. Those are the words that were penned in 1954 by Martin Luther King Jr. in his letter from the Birmingham Jail.”

“I wish he were here today to say in the people in the building this one, Mr. Supreme Court justices, Madam Supreme Court justices, your role is only to interpret the law, to make sure that it somehow meshes with the Constitution, not that it messes with the Constitution!” he shouted.

Agape Bible Church #fundie rawstory.com

A church in Thornton, Colorado has come under fire after court documents revealed this week that it failed to report a pastor’s sexual abuse to police because it believed the problem could be solved with “biblical counseling.”

Local news station KDVR reports that Pastor Robert Wyatt repeatedly had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl who was parishioner at the Agape Bible Church in Thornton. What’s even more disturbing about this case, however, is the fact that court documents show church officials knew about Wyatt’s sexual abuse and did nothing.

According to an arrest affidavit for Wyatt, both head pastor Darrell Ferguson and the 12-year-old girl’s adoptive parents agreed that it would be best to not go to the police because they were concerned about what would happen to Wyatt.

Instead, the affidavit claims, the church and the parents agreed that “biblical counseling they would receive through the church was sufficient” to fixing the problem.

The officer who interviewed the girl’s adoptive father said that the man “made it clear his interest was in protecting the church and its reputation more than protecting his daughter.”

Police only learned about the pastor’s abuse because another parishioner told them about it after being disgusted by the church’s inaction.

Sam McLure #fundie rawstory.com

A man vying for the position of top cop in Alabama toed the ethical line this weekend when he revealed personal information about an abortion provider.

As Hemant Mehta of The Friendly Atheist reports at Patheos, Sam McLure, an Alabama attorney general candidate, linked to a site that “doxxes” or reveals contact and personal information of abortion providers in the state to promote his hard-line anti-abortion agenda.

“This woman killed babies on Friday in Montgomery,” McClure’s Facebook post linking to an abortion doxxing website read. “Can anyone publicly defend why she should not be prosecuted for murder?”

As Mehta points out, McLure’s platform for Alabama’s AG appears to be built entirely on anti-abortion rhetoric. In another post on his campaign page, he claims legalized abortion is a myth.

“In other eclipse news,” McClure wrote the day of the total solar eclipse, “Alabama’s insane addiction to Fed $ is only overshadowed by the urban legend that Roe v Wade is the law of the land.”

McClure is a member of the Alabama chapter of the Constitution Party, a Republican group that pushes a pro-Christian agenda.

Along with running for AG, McClure is president of the Birmingham-based Adoption Law Firm and anti-abortion group Proposal 16.

Judge Edith Jones #fundie rawstory.com

A conservative judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit argued on Monday that women who were 150 miles from the nearest abortion clinic because of new restrictions passed by the state last year could drive at least 75 miles an hour and their rights would not be infringed.

At a Monday hearing in New Orleans, lawyers for the Center for Reproductive Rights explained to a three judge panel that the new abortion restrictions meant that women in the Rio Grande Valley must make a 300-mile round trip to the nearest clinic in Corpus Christi to obtain care.

Judge Edith Jones, however, seemed unconcerned, informing lawyers that the speed limit was 75 miles an hour.

"Do you know how long that takes in Texas at 75 miles an hour?" she asked. "This is a peculiarly flat and not congested highway."

Think Progress pointed out on Tuesday that Texas requires women to go through an ultrasound, counseling and a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before obtaining an abortion. So, women in the Rio Grande Valley would have to make the 300-mile round trip to Corpus Christi twice.

Jones, who was appointed to the Fifth Circuit by former President Ronald Reagan in 1985, is currently facing a judicial review for suggesting that Hispanics and African-Americans were "predisposed to crime."

Westboro Baptist Church #fundie rawstory.com

Proving that there is no limit to fundamentalist Christian extremism, the ultra-conservative Westboro Baptist church has launched a crusade against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis despite all parties being against same-sex marriage.

While Davis is sitting in jail on contempt charges for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, members of the extremist Westboro Baptist church in Topeka are threatening to go to Kentucky to protest against Davis for being an adulteress –due to having been married four times — and for causing “F*g marriage” because of her sinfulness.

Davis, who converted to Christianity four years ago maintains that she cannot issue licenses to gay couples on religious grounds, calling it a “Heaven or Hell decision.” Despite that, members of the Topeka church have launched a Twitter jihad on Davis saying she is a “phony divorced/remarried traitor to God,” and “#NotChristian.”

Addressing Davis, who has been married four times –twice to the same man — and reportedly had twins out of wedlock, Westboro tweeted: “‘Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me.’ -The LORD”

A sampling of Westboro’s less than Christian charity towards Davis below.

Now that #KimDavis is in jail, time to criminalize homosexuality, adultery, fag marriage & fornication, and book 'em Danno! #FollowGodsLaw

What if a clerk denied #KimDavis a license for her 2nd/3rd/4th marriage because Christ calls it adultery?

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#KimDavis & her "Christian" ilk have contributed as much to fag marriage as @HRC @TheAdvocateMag & other militants.

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It's time to pack this sign and visit Kentucky -- land of the phony divorced/remarried traitors to God. #NotChristian

KY clerk Kim Davis would NOT feel at home at Westboro Baptist. She a fake (hence her 3 husbands!), @MattMurph24 >>

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If Kim Davis has any real fear of God she'll resign and move out of the house from the man she lives w/ in adultery!

Kim can't keep living/sleeping with a man not her husband & say she's repented. Any more than "gay Christians" can. https://twitter.com/attitudemag/status/640149018186809344 …

Christ: “Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: ...
Luke 16:18 https://twitter.com/wbcsaysrepent/status/639617003221749760 …