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Face it – When it Comes to Religious Liberty… Republicans are COWARDS

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Can we reason together honestly for a second, folks?

Did anyone really think that when the Republicans moved forward on religious liberty that they would continue doing so, even in the face of opposition? If you did… then you really haven’t been paying attention to the GOP in recent years. Folding is what these Republicans do best. Over at the Federalist, David Harsanyi has written an epic takedown of the Republican’s recent weakness on religious liberties.

What excuse does Mike Pence have for flubbing a simple question about discrimination on national television last Sunday? What’s his excuse for pledging to “fix” a law that’s already straightforward, innocuous, and ubiquitous? He’s not alone, of course. When Arkansas legislators passed the same bill by a wide margin (what the media calls “controversial”), Gov. Asa Hutchinson threw it back to lawmakers and asked them to rework it to guarantee that the make-believe concerns of his MoveOn.org-mimicking son could be “fixed.”

I hope you’ll excuse me, my faithful friends, but if this is your leadership you are screwed. By claiming that RFRA bills can be “fixed,” Republicans are only corroborating the false impression that these bills allow wanton discrimination against gay patrons. By claiming that you can fix this, you are only pretending that there is a compromise available that would make it OK for Christian business owners to refuse participation in gay weddings. None exists. You will be hounded until you are made to coexist.

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The religious freedom debate is one of those times when you just kind of wish that Republican politicians would throw caution to the wind and forget about getting reelected. You just wish, just once, they’d fight – not because it looks good in the polls, but because it’s the right thing to do. (And oh, by the way, it looks good in the polls too. But we’ll get to that in a minute.) We conservative Christians don’t want to marginalize or discriminate against homosexuals. We just want to live out our faith freely without fear of government or civil reprisal. It’s what the First Amendment is all about.

gay cakeYes, when a baker refuses to bake a cake for a gay wedding, it is discrimination. But it’s our right to choose when and whom we’ll work for. The same goes for the photographer, the florist, the wedding planner and the facilities manager. But you know what… I also don’t think a gay baker should have to bake a cake for an anti-gay organization. I don’t think a Jewish florist should have to provide flowers for a Neo-Nazi dinner, or that a black photographer should have to take photos for a KKK anniversary celebration. Why? Because this is America, and we should be able to choose who we work for.

Talking about America… Republican Illinois Senator Mark Kirk couldn’t jump on the anti-Christian bandwagon fast enough. He put out a statement on Thursday calling Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) “un-American”. Apparently, Mr. Kirk thinks that it is “American” for the government to force citizens to participate in events that run counter to their religious beliefs. With friends like Mark Kirk, we conservatives might as well vote Democrat. In fact, dear Republican readers in Illinois, please do me the favor of calling Kirk’s office and letting him know that you will be abstaining from voting if he is the Republican candidate in the next election. Republicans like Kirk don’t deserve our support.

But here’s something else about the whole Republican weakness on this issue. There’s no reason for them to worry! The vast majority of Americans agree with Republicans on the religious liberty issue! I kid you not. Over 60% of Americans agree with RFRA laws and believe that religious freedoms must be protected at ALL costs. (And still the GOP loses their spine.)

It’s now expected for Democrats to denounce RFRAs, just as large corporations are denouncing them. In doing so, all of the critics are on the wrong side of public polling. According to a March edition of the Marist poll, 54 percent of Americans agreed with  “allowing First Amendment religious liberty protection or exemptions for faith based organizations and individuals even when it conflicts with government laws.” By a two-point margin, 47-45, even a plurality of Democratic voters agreed with that.

The margins were even larger in opposition to laws that proposed “penalties or fines for individuals who refuse to provide wedding-related services to same sex couples even if their refusal is based on their religious beliefs.” No Democrat is seriously proposing this; the nearest cultural analogue may be the story of Memories Pizza, the Indiana shop whose owner said that he would decline to provide pies to gay weddings, and saw its Yelp! page firebombed with angry comments. (The popularity of delivery pizza at gay wedding ceremonials is well known.) Still, according to Marist, Americans oppose penalties on businesses like Memories by a 65-31 margin. The margin among Democrats: 62-34 against.

Republican presidential candidates may have gotten over their skis, and backed the current version of the Indiana law before Pence (and Hutchinson) started scrambling to change it. Democrats are endorsing something more radical than voters are comfortable with. 

 

Religious-Freedom-Restoration-ActDon’t you get it, GOP? You’re on the winning side of this issue. Most Americans believe that ensuring religious freedom is vastly more important than making sure a few Christian business owners don’t “discriminate” against gay couples looking to get married. Even more the majority of Democrats agree with you too!

So why has the GOP seemingly folded so quickly?

I think it has everything to do with the unwarranted media backlash that followed the Indiana RFRA approval. As loud as the media cacophony grew, the GOP actually believed that defending religious liberty might be a losing proposition. I’m not sure which bothers me more – that the GOP would give up defending religious liberty simply because it looked like a losing battle, or that the media worked so hard to turn this “nothing-burger” of a bill (the Indiana RFRA) into a big deal. (Honestly, I’m more upset with the GOP than the media.)

Wake up, Republicans. Defending religious liberty is almost always the right way to go. The USA was built upon the idea that people should be free to do as they wish, so long as their actions don’t result in hurting others. No Christian is asking for anyone to be hurt, or even marginalized; we’re simply asking that our rights be as valuable as the rights of others.

Stop being so weak-kneed, GOP. Stand up and be counted.

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Rapper Who Bragged in Video About Ripping Off Unemployment Arrested by Feds

Rapper Nuke Bizzle who rapped about ripping off unemployment benefits was arrested him for the fraud.

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Rapper Nuke Bizzle thought he was the fo shizzle by rapping about how he was ripping off unemployment benefits, but apparently the feds were not amused and arrested him for the fraud.

According to a Department of Justice statement, the rapper, whose real name is Fontrell Antonio Baines, “boasted in a YouTube music video about getting rich from committing unemployment benefits fraud.”

The government alleges that the Los Angeles-based Bizzle and several of his buddies used fake addresses to defraud the agency of up to $700,000 in unemployment benefits.

He was arrested on Oct. 16 “pursuant to a criminal complaint alleging a scheme to fraudulently obtain unemployment insurance benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.”

Authorities were alerted to the fraud by people who saw and reported the rapper’s own videos.

In one of the videos, for instance, Bizzle bragged about “go[ing] to the bank with a stack of” unemployment cards.

The government added:

The affidavit further alleges that Baines bragged about his ability to defraud the EDD in a music video posted on YouTube and in postings to his Instagram account, under the handles “nukebizzle1” and “nukebizzle23.” For example, Baines appears in a music video called “EDD” in which he boasts about doing “my swagger for EDD” and, holding up a stack of envelopes from EDD, getting rich by “go[ing] to the bank with a stack of these” – presumably a reference to the debit cards that come in the mail. A second rapper in the video intones, “You gotta sell cocaine, I just file a claim….”

Bizzle faces a maximum of 22 years in prison related to the charges if he is convicted.

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Young Black Voters No Longer Loyal to the Democrat Party

More and more, Gen Z black voters are questioning why blacks should be loyal to the Democrat Party that they see as severely lacking in appeal.

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More and more, Gen Z black voters are questioning why blacks should be loyal to the Democrat Party that they see as severely lacking in appeal.

According to a report at Politico, many of these young blacks born after 1990 are wondering just why they should be all fired up about the Democrats when every single Democrat-run city in America is an absolute, bankrupt mess.

Certainly, blacks in the U.S. are still holding onto the outmoded idea that the Democrat Party is the “party of civil rights,” a false notion that gained steam in the 1970s. But things seem to be on the verge of changing.

A 2019 Pew Research Center study, for instance, found that liberals make up a majority of the Democratic voting bloc, but blacks are not so ready to claim to be liberal. 43 percent of them said they identified as moderate and 25 percent even identified as conservative.

Some of these blacks who consider themselves more conservative are realizing that the Democrat Party stands against families, for one. And that activism against traditional marriage and families is detrimental to the black community.

Many of these young black conservatives are organizing and talking amongst themselves about how bad the Democrat agenda has been for them.

As Fox News noted:

For example, Congress’ 1994 Crime Bill is being scrutinized anew by Gen Zers across the country. Many feel the bill, which Biden co-authored, disproportionately affects Black communities — even though the ban on assault weapons was popular among Black lawmakers almost 30 years ago.

Young Black conservatives say their support for Trump is based on policies that work for them: the First Step Act, the FUTURE Act and economic success leading to historically low Black unemployment numbers.

This growing movement is important for Republicans. Because, even though the Democrats have been able to count on the near total, blind support of blacks in the past, with elections often as close as they have been recently, even if 10 to 30 percent of blacks stray from the Democrats, it could hurt the leftist party’s chances of winning elections.

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Trump Was Right-Harvard Admits Patients Over COVID Have ‘Long-Lasting Immunity’

Twitter censored what it called “Trump’s false claim” that he has immunity from COVID-19, but now even Harvard is admitting that Trump may be right.

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On Wednesday, social media giant Twitter censored what it called “Trump’s false claim” that he has immunity from COVID-19, but now even Harvard is admitting that Trump may be right.

“A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday.

But Wednesday, Twitter had added a warning label that claimed that Trump’s tweet “violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”

Twitter’s operatives — who are now apparently posing as scientists and doctors when not a one of them are either — took it upon themselves to “correct” the president of the United States.

But now, even Harvard University is admitting that Trump was on to something with his claims of immunity.

In an October 8 posting, the university noted that “people who survive serious COVID-19 infections have long-lasting immune responses against the virus.”

“The study, published in Science Immunology, offers hope that people infected with the virus will develop lasting protection against reinfection. The study also demonstrates that measuring antibodies can be an accurate tool for tracking the spread of the virus in the community,” the story added.

So, who the hell does Twitter think they are censoring the president when actual doctors and scientists have said that Trump is probably right. He does have an amount of immunity now that he has come through the coronavirus.

Ah, but Twitter knows better.

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Texas Grand Jury Indicts Netflix For Exploitation Of Children Over ‘Cuties’ Movie

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Texas Grand Jury Indicts Netflix For Exploitation Of Children Over ‘Cuties’ Movie

A Tyler County grand jury has indicted Netflix Inc. in connection with a controversial movie titled Cuties. The grand jury indicted the California-based streaming service on a charge of the promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child.

State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, tweeted the text of the indictment on Tuesday. He also included the hashtags #Cuties and #txlege.

“Netflix indicted by grand jury in Tyler Co, for promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appears to the prurient interest in sex,” Schaefer said in his tweet.

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A Texas Grand Jury indicted Netflix for ‘knowingly’ promoting material in the film “Cuties” which depicts “the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age.” More

The text of the indictment states that Netflix knowingly promotes “visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex and has no serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value… “

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CNN Analyst And Former FBI Agent “We Have A Biological Terrorist In The White House”

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CNN Analyst And Former FBI Agent “We Have A Biological Terrorist In The White House”

Asha Rangappa, an analyst for CNN and a former FBI special agent tweeted: “We have a biological terrorist in the White House.” This follows President Trump’s return to the White House on Monday evening after treatment for the Coronavirus.

Defending her claim, Asha Rangappa cited a Justice Department memo stating back in March that the novel Coronavirus “appears to meet the statutory definition of a biological agent” and that those who engage in the “purposeful exposure and infections of others” could be charged for terrorism-related offenses.

While there are allegations that he knew about his positive diagnosis significantly earlier than he had announced it on Thursday evening, there is no certifiable evidence that he knowingly exposed officials and staffers to the virus.

Twitter took aim!

Vile Democrats joined in with her:

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Disgusting Democrats Cheer In Response To President Trump And Melania Testing Positive For Coronavirus

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Disgusting Democrats Cheer In Response To Trump And Melania Testing Positive For Coronavirus

Early this morning President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania have tested positive for the coronavirus.

In what will likely come as a surprise to absolutely no one, disgusting Democrats began to cheer in response to the news.

Here’s a sampling of the sickening responses on Twitter:

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Washington Councilwoman’s ‘Good Reminder’ for Rioters to Use Firebombs in ‘Protests’

A Snohomish councilwoman has stirred controversy by posting a notice to remind “protesters” to use firebombs during their rioting.

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A Snohomish councilwoman has stirred controversy by posting a notice to remind “protesters” to use firebombs during their rioting.

Snohomish County, Washington, Councilmember Megan Dunn, a 2nd County District Democrat, posted a very offensive Facebook entry that she tried to delete not long after facing a backlash, KTTH reported.

Dunn had posted a cross stitched project with a message that said, “Be the light you want to see in the world.” Along with the message was a Molotov cocktail like the ones used to firebomb police.

Posting a photo of a Molotov cocktail was bad enough, but the Democrat added her own comment to the cross stitching saying, “No my stitch project but a good reminder.”

In other words, she was reminding “protesters” to throw firebombs at the police.

The Everett Police Officers Association was not amused at Dunn’s “good reminder” to toss firebombs at police.

The EPOA called on her to apologize and resign, adding, “Promoting violence/murder against our LE professionals and destruction of our communities is NOT acceptable from anyone. It is a crime.”

The leftist dolt councilwoman later tried to pretend that posting a “good reminder” about Molotov cocktails was not about violence. Because, you know, how could anyone think that posting pictures of firebombs was promoting violence… or … something.

“My post of a counter-culture cross stitching project was in no way intended as a call for violence or encouraging violence, it does not reference police or violence against police and has no imagery of police,” Dunn exclaimed. “I have removed the post, which was on my personal Facebook page and is not representative of the Council as a whole or of my sentiments towards law enforcement officials.”

She claimed that the Molotov cocktail was just a metaphor to mean you should “strive for systemic reforms and being brighter than a candle for the change you want to see in the world.”

What a load of garbage that is.

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