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James Reidnauer and Brent van Besien #racist rawstory.com

A pair of white Florida men have been arrested after shooting at and shouting racial slurs at two biracial children — and claimed that they did so because they thought the kids were on meth.

Orlando’s WFTV reported that James Reidnauer and Brent van Besien were arrested in the city of Leesburg on hate crime charges after shooting at the 16 and 12-year-old brother and sister on March 17.

According to the report, the men confronted the children on a trail owned by a nearby church as they were walking to a convenience store to buy candy.

“Deputies said Reidnauer and van Besien fired at least two shots — one near the girl’s foot and one in the air — before shouting slurs at the biracial children,” WFTV reported, adding that both were uninjured and able to run home.

According to police, the men said they shot at the children because they thought they were, the Orlando Sentinel reported, “meth heads.”

In an interview with local news, Michelle Sabb, the kids’ mother, said she was grateful they made it home unscathed.

“I mean, Trayvon [Martin] — he didn’t make it home,” Sabb said. “What if my son wouldn’t have made it home?”

In 2016, Lake County’s Daily Commercial newspaper reported that van Besien was arrested on domestic violence and armed robbery charges.

A 2017 Lake County booking photo of van Besien shows him with multiple tattoos, including one that appears to be an “Iron Cross,” a German military symbol that according to the Anti-Defamation League later became associated with Nazi Germany.

“After World War II, the medal was discontinued but neo-Nazis and other white supremacists subsequently adopted it as a hate symbol and it has been a commonly-used hate symbol ever since,” the ADL noted.

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"Scott", a C-SPAN caller #fundie rawstory.com

A C-SPAN caller on Wednesday suggested that President Donald Trump’s partial government shutdown was tied to the second coming of Jesus Christ.

C-SPAN host John McArdle spoke to a New York man named Scott who called in on Washington Journal‘s line for supporters of the government shutdown.

“I don’t really have a solution,” Scott began. “But I am in support of it because I’m waiting for the second coming. We just celebrated the first coming of Jesus. But Jesus is coming back.”

“And as crazy as the government is, it’s getting us closer,” Scott added. “Now the solution to having a bill pay for the wall, Trump can do this by going after every business in America that got a tax break if they have any ties to any sister/baby companies off of them that have hired any illegal aliens in the past.”

The caller argued that Trump could “take that tax break back” and “build us a golden wall across the Mexican and Canadian border.”

“I want it shutdown because I can’t wait for when Jesus comes back and gets the righteous real people and takes them to heaven,” Scott opined. “And then we have a real big mess on this Earth.”

“Got your point, Scott,” McArdle said as he cut off the caller.

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John Daniel Carothers #racist rawstory.com

A Tennessee man allegedly wrote a jailhouse letter to a white supremacist group admitting he burned a black man alive — and cited the Bible as one of his influences.

Nashville’s WTVF reported Monday that John Daniel Carothers, accused of murdering his black halfway house roommate Robert Miller in March, claimed the Bible is “for white people” and referenced the religious text in his alleged confession letter.

“I believe the Bible is about white people and for white people,” Carothers’ jailhouse letter read. “I am in the Rutherford County Jail for burning a black man I set on fire with lighter fluid poured on his head.”

After the sheriff’s department found the suspect’s apparent confession letter in the outgoing mail, prosecutors are now considering upping the charges against him using a hate crime “enhancement.”

WTVF noted that Tennessee does not have a specific hate crime statute, but that the U.S. Department of Justice may intervene — a move that could result in federal hate crime charges.

The report did not specify which white supremacist group Carothers reportedly addressed the letter to.

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Courtland Sykes #sexist rawstory.com

Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Missouri Courtland Sykes blasted “women’s rights” this week.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday, Sykes said that he had been asked if he “supports women’s rights.”

“I want to come home to a home cooked dinner every night at six,” Sykes said, referring to demands he makes of his girlfriend. “One that she fixes and one that I expect one day to have daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives.”

According to Sykes, feminists push an agenda that they “made up to suit their own nasty snake-filled heads.”

The candidate said that he hoped his daughters do not grow up to be “career obsessed banshees who forgo home life and children and the happiness of family to become nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she devils who shriek from the top of a thousand tall buildings they are [SIC] think they could have leaped in a single bound — had men not been ‘suppressing them.’ It’s just nuts.”

Sykes ended his rant by insisting that he supports women’s rights “but not the kind that has suppressed natural womanhood for five long decades.”

“But good news,” he concluded. “They’re finished. Ask Hillary.”

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Pat Collins #fundie rawstory.com

An Irish priest has put out an urgent call for backup to help with the growing demand for exorcisms in the country, according to reports.

“It’s only in recent years that the demand [for exorcisms] has risen exponentially,” Father Pat Collins said, adding that anyone who doesn’t see the need for more exorcists is “out of touch with reality.” Collins wrote an open letter to Irish Bishops asking them to begin training more priests to deal with exorcisms, and cited the International Association of Exorcists' belief that demonic activity has increased substantially in recent years.

Each Catholic diocese in Ireland is required to have a trained exorcist who can identify whether a person is suffering from mental illness or has been possessed.

Collins has been speaking out about the activities of what he has called “the evil one” for years. He is widely considered Ireland’s most prominent exorcist, and he has also advocated for the church to take a more active role in demon hunting.

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Mark Taylor #fundie rawstory.com

Self-styled evangelical Christian “prophet” Mark Taylor bragged that his prayers caused Hillary Clinton to collapse from pneumonia during the 2016 presidential campaign, Right Wing Watch reported Wednesday.

Taylor has never been to Bible school or seminary, but the retired firefighter claims the Lord told him in 2011 that Donald Trump would be elected president.

Appearing on the “Omega Man Radio” show, Taylor claimed he led a nationwide prayer call asking God to “remove all those that are corrupt in our government and in leadership across this country, at every level of government.”

“I hung up the phone at 9:17. Twenty minutes later, Hilary Clinton collapsed for the entire world to see,” Taylor claimed.

“Now that was prophetic on a couple of different accounts: One, that shows you the power and authority we have with 10,000 people in agreement, with one heart, one mind and one accord in unity … The second thing it was prophetic for, when she fell, that was a prophetic sign that the Clinton machine and all those attached to it were going to collapse,” Taylor continued.

Taylor is the author of The Trump Prophecies: The Astonishing True Story of the Man Who Saw Tomorrow… and What He Says Is Coming Next.

In December, Taylor foretold that President Trump will cure cancer and Alzheimers, but not until his second term.

In August, Taylor had an epiphany about a global conspiracy to change voters’ DNA in a plot to manufacture opposition to President Trump.

“I believe what happened on November 8 is the enemy has literally sent out a frequency,” Taylor said, “and it agitated and took control, basically, of those who have their DNA that was turned over to the enemy. That’s what’s happening. The Illuminati, the Freemasons, all these people, their main goal is to change the DNA of man and they’re doing it through these frequencies.”

Taylor believes broadcasting audio at 440 Hz “changes your DNA, which is the goal of the Freemasons, the Illuminati; they want you part of that Illuminati bloodline.”

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William Atchison #racist rawstory.com

“How am I supposed to function in this world?” Atchison wrote online in November. “Wherever I go, I see degeneracy. Pointless materialism, hedonism, sexual decay, dirty n**gers who do nothing but slowly break down this society etc. it’s fucking everywhere. No way to escape it, 99% of people are part of it and whatever I do I am confronted with the death of the West. Go to the store and buy groceries in peace? Nope, here’s a group of LGBT liberal filth in line with you. And there’s a n**ger family with 10 kids over there. And a Finn too, but he’s overweight as fuck and he’s buying alcohol and shit junk food. F*cking fantastic.”

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Jim Bakker #fundie rawstory.com

Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker stoked fears of presidential assassination while claiming that their grandchildren of his audience could face eternal damnation unless they call a 1-888 phone number and send him $60 (plus shipping) for a bucket of pancake mix.

“You know, if they kill our president, or they destroy him or whatever,” Bakker worried. “If we elect the other side, I mean they’ve come out against God.”

“I think maybe Trump is here to give us time to get ready, because all hell is going to break loose,” Bakker suggested.

“We’re not going to have the anti-Christ to show up to get the sign of the mark of our beast on our forehead, it won’t happen without hunger,” he claimed.

“Hunger is going to be the main thing. You don’t get it, most people don’t want to get it, but that’s why I’m so obsessed with you all being prepared,” he claimed.

Bakker resigned from his Assemblies of God ministries after facing accusations of drugging and raping an employee. He was convicted of fraud and imprisoned.

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Pastor Frank Raddish #fundie rawstory.com

A South Carolina preacher is continuing to support Republican senate nominee Roy Moore in Alabama, an apparent reversal of his previously claimed focus on wanting to protect children from sexual predators.

Pastor Franklin Raddish of the Capitol Hill Independent Baptist Ministries has dismissed recent allegations of powerful men as attacks that are part of a so-called “war on men,” AL.com reports.

“More women are sexual predators than men,” Rev. Raddish claimed.

“Women are chasing young boys up and down the road, but we don’t hear about that because it’s not PC,” Rev. Raddish alleged.

In 2004, Rev. Raddish organized a protest at the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton Tennessee in 2004, using the site of the Scopes Monkey Trial to highlight his opposition to pedophilia to rationalize his anti-LGBT bigotry.

“These people aren’t the good neighbor next door, they’re out to target young children. They must recruit their heritage,” Rev. Raddish charged. “As many of them will die from AIDS, the only way they can keep their numbers is to recruit. Pedophiles and men dressing like ladies, their objective is recruitment of children.”

“The pedophiles will be here tomorrow. The men who dress like women will be here,” Rev. Raddish worried. “The world wants to educate our children to be tolerant of homosexuals. The homosexuals can’t grow in number unless they recruit. How do they recruit? They sodomize. That’s the only way.”

Multiple women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct from Moore that targeted high school girls when he was a 30-year-old assistant district attorney. Moore has denied the allegations.

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Alex Jones #conspiracy rawstory.com

Alex Jones’ latest installment of his ‘InfoWars’ conspiracy and commentary, the host seemed to have been possessed with rage over a “mostly false” story about a drag queen in a demon outfit reading to children.

The fusillade of Jones outrage accused liberals of attempting to sexualize children with volunteers reading books at public libraries, according to Right Wing Watch. Jones became so unhinged he accused drag queens of being pedophiles who “have their way with children” in “space alien” and “demon goblin” outfits, referring to the costumes drag queens wear. He also included something about baby giraffes.

“Imagine if someone in a demon outfit, showed up next to a baby giraffe and said, ‘Hi, I’m a demon. Be inclusive. Don’t be mean to me. Let me wear demon horns and come up and look like a complete alien from another planet,’” the torrent of rage continued.

“They dress up like space aliens all over the United States of America and all over the world,” Jones continued. “In horrible demon psychopath outfits that make Pennywise look beautiful. And they show up and they have their way with children, in demon outfits. I mean, if you’ve got men that look like 400-pound goblin demons with your children, there’s nothing you won’t put up with.”

The Long Beach public library has a Drag Queen Story Hour for any parents interested in bringing their children. It’s not a mandatory activity, nor were there demonic teachings involved, according to Snopes.

“There isn’t a species on the planet that would let something that looks like a space alien get up close to its kids,” Jones shouted, ignoring the characters dressed up at theme parks. “But only in America does it happen and I’m sick of it.”

“I’m tired of it right now! I can’t handle it anymore!” Jones screamed.

He then stood and picked up his chair, presumably throwing it into his camera operators and staff, however, the video quickly cuts to his logo.

Jones lost primary custody of his children in a very public court battle in which his online persona was used as an example that he was unfit to be a parent.

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Michael Todd Birkl #racist rawstory.com

According to Washington, D.C.’s WJLA news station, Birkl was arrested for leaving a note on the door of a church in Dumfries, Virginia last month that read “Now THATS WHiTE POWER, DAY of THe Rope IS Coming [sic].” Along with the epithet were clippings from KKK pamphlets, a photo of a Confederate flag and a cutout from a TIME magazine cover illustration of President Donald Trump in a white klan hood.

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Rachel and Joshua Piland #fundie rawstory.com

A couple in Lansing, Michigan were warned by their midwife that their newborn daughter Abigail looked jaundiced and appeared to need medical care. Instead of seeking treatment, they ignored the problem on religious grounds, resulting in their baby’s death.

According to Hemant Mehta at Patheos’ “The Friendly Atheist,” the midwife for Rachel and Joshua Piland told them their baby could suffer brain damage — to which Rachel responded “God makes no mistakes.”

“Days later,” Mehta wrote, “Abigail was dead.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, the newborn suffered from “unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus,” treatable jaundice-related issues.

“Abigail never saw a doctor when blood was coming out of her mouth, she wasn’t eating, or her skin became further discolored,” Mehta continued.

The Pilands have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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Delta County Joint School District No. 50 #fundie rawstory.com

An atheist teenager is suing her former high school and alleging that its teachers intentionally flunked her due to her views on religion — and ruined her chances of getting into the college of her choice.

The Denver Post reports that Cidney Fisk this week filed a lawsuit against the Delta County Joint School District No. 50 by claiming that her Christian teachers sabotaged her chances of getting into college because she criticized them for allegedly using their classes to spread their religious views.

Specifically, the Denver Post reports that the lawsuit claims that “her opposition to teachers, school board members and administrators, who she claims espoused religious views in school settings and meetings put her at odds with them.” As an example, the lawsuit cites a school board member who “once stated her ‘Christian’ belief at a school board meeting that ‘transgender students should be castrated.'”

What’s more, the lawsuit alleges that a school counselor told her that she could lose her positions in student government organizations — and even jeopardize potential college scholarships — if she continued her outspoken activism.

The lawsuit also claims that school officials barred her from joining the National Honor Society even though her 4.1 grade point average entering her senior year easily qualified her for joining the group. Additionally, school officials gave her bad reviews that hurt her chances of getting into two colleges, the suit alleges.

“Defendants retaliated upon plaintiff Fisk, threatened, punished and censored her, for expressing her opinions on religion, abortion, sex education, and drug education in an attempt to chill, deter and restrict (her) from freely expressing her opinions,” the suit claims.

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Kenny Havard #fundie rawstory.com

Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard (R) on Monday called for the state to end tax subsidies for the Saints NFL team because some players have refused to stand for the national anthem.

In a statement on Monday, Havard asserted that taxpayers should not have to “subsidize” the protests.

“The very reason they have the privilege and opportunity to play professional football while being paid millions is because someone in uniform died protecting their right to do so,” he opined. “It’s a disgrace to the men and women of this nation who have sacrificed so much.”

According to Havard, “Disrespecting our national anthem and flag in the name of social justice is the highest form of hypocrisy.”

“It is time for taxpayers to quit subsidizing protest on big boy playgrounds,” he insisted. “I believe in the right to protest but not at a taxpayer subsidized sporting event.”

A stadium lease agreement is expected to provide the New Orleans Saints franchise more than $400 million in subsidies by 2025.

“Do it on your own time,” the lawmaker concluded.

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George Brown #sexist rawstory.com

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol official reportedly told women that the best way not to get raped by an officer was to “follow the law.”

In recent months, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer and an Oklahoma City Police officer have been accused of repeatedly raping women, often during traffic stops.

After a Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy was arrested last week for sexually assaulting a woman while responding to a 911 call, Tulsa NBC News affiliate KJRH decided to ask the Oklahoma Highway Patrol how to stay safe during a traffic stop.

The department noted that troopers should always be in uniform, and that women were allowed to keep their car door locked, and to speak with officers through a cracked window. A trooper should rarely ask a person to come back to the patrol car, OHP advised.

“There are certain situations where we do that,” Capt. George Brown told KJRH. “If someone doesn’t have a driver’s license on their person. We asked for an ID or driver’s licence, if they can’t provide it, rather than stand outside the car writing [a ticket], which puts us in a bad location, we may ask a female back to the car so we can get her information.”

The KJRH anchor said that Brown concluded with this advice: “The captain says anything that happens inside a troopers car is videotaped, and he says that supervisors do review those tapes.”

“He says the best tip that he can give is to follow the law in the first place so you don’t get pulled over,” the anchor added.

Brown told KWTV that OHP was working to regain the public’s trust.

“There are entirely more good officers than there are the few bad apples that exist out there, and we want people to know that,” he explained. “We have a lot of good troopers, a lot of good officers out there doing a lot of good things daily, and we want to continue that and have the public continue their trust in us.”

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Jeff Mateer #fundie rawstory.com

Jeff Mateer, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump for a federal judgeship, advocated debunked “conversion therapy” for LGBT people and called transgender children part of “Satan’s plan.”

A CNN investigation found that Mateer came under fire from LGBT groups while working as general counsel for a conservative organization known as the Liberty Institute.

According to CNN, the attorney discussed transgender children in a 2015 speech titled “The Church and Homosexuality.”

“In Colorado, a public school has been sued because a first grader and I forget the sex, she’s a girl who thinks she’s a boy or a boy who thinks she’s a girl, it’s probably that, a boy who thinks she’s a girl,” Mateer was quoted as saying. “And the school said, ‘Well, she’s not using the girl’s restroom.’ And so she has now sued to have a right to go in. Now, I submit to you, a parent of three children who are now young adults, a first grader really knows what their sexual identity? I mean it just really shows you how Satan’s plan is working and the destruction that’s going on.”

Mateer went on to call same-sex marriage “disgusting.”

“I’ve learned words I didn’t know. I mean, other than…my assistants here, have you ever heard the word ‘throuple’?” he opined. “‘Throuple’ so that’s three people coming together of different sexes, maybe mixed sexes. Them coming together. There are people who marry themselves. Somebody wanted to marry a tree. People marrying their pets. It’s just like — you know, you read the New Testament and you read about all the things and you think, ‘Oh, that’s not going on in our community.’ Oh yes it is. We’re back to that time where debauchery rules.”

That same year, Mateer complained about states banning so-called conversion therapy for LGBT people.

“[T]hat’s been outlawed in at least two states and then in some local areas. So they’re invading that area,” he lamented.

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Jason Jorjani #racist rawstory.com

Though many members of the alt-right claim to not be racists or white supremacists, videos recorded by an infiltrator among their ranks proves otherwise.

Patrik Hermansson, a 25-year-old Swede, went undercover to infiltrate the alt-right, creating a fake identity that led him to meetings with some of the group’s leaders.

As video Hermansson provided to the New York Times shows, he got one of the group’s highest-ranking members — Alt-Right Corporation board member Jason Reza Jorjani — to admit his “final solution” for minorities.

“It’s gonna end with the expulsion of the majority of the migrants, including [Muslim] citizens,” Jorjani told an undercover Hermansson at a pub near the Empire State Building in New York City. “It’s gonna end with concentration camps and expulsions and war at the cost of a few hundred million people.”

“We will have a Europe, in 2050, where the bank notes have Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great,” he continued. “And Hitler will be seen like that: like Napoleon, like Alexander, not like some weird monster who is unique in his own category — no, he is just going to be seen as a great European leader.”

Jorjani also claimed to have connections within the Trump administration, and to even have spoken to the president himself.

“The scary thing about the Alt Right Corp and Jason Jorjani is that they’re building a media empire,” Hermansson said at the beginning of the video, citing the AltRight.com website Jorjani runs with the help of notorious figures like Richard Spencer.

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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.

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Lisa Kauffman #sexist rawstory.com

A sentencing hearing in Missoula County, Montana, grew heated this week when the defense lawyer for 26-year-old defendant Justin Griffith accused his victims — including one 13-year-old girl — of acting as “temptresses.”

The Missoulian reports that defense attorney Lisa Kauffman told Missoula County District Court Judge Robert Deschamps this week that a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by Griffith looked much older than her age would indicate.

“She looks and acts like she’s 18 years old,” Kaufman said during the hearing. “You should see the pictures of her and the hair and the makeup.”

Griffith pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault earlier this year for having sex with a 13-year-old who was a patient at a teenage addiction recovery center where Griffith was an employee. A second girl at the facility also alleged that Griffith had raped her, although those charges were dropped as part of Griffith’s guilty plea.

During one particularly heated exchange with deputy county attorney Brian Lowney during the sentencing hearing, Kaufman argued that Griffith was simply not trained to deal with young girls at the treatment facility that may have tried to seduce him.

“It is hardly a training issue not to have sex with a 13-year-old resident,” Lowney shot back.

Judge Dechamps agreed with Lowney’s reasoning, and pointed out that Griffith’s long history of sexual encounters showed he wasn’t just some naive, inexperienced young man.

“He’s been around the block and he knows the score,” the judge said.

“So was she,” Kauffman responded.

During a subsequent recess, Kauffman then asked Lowney if he’d ever considered the roles that Griffith’s victims had played in their own assaults.

“How about victims as temptresses, what do you think about that?” she asked.

The 13-year-old victim’s mother, who was present at the hearing, objected to having her daughter described that way, and Kauffman quickly apologized.

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Unnamed juror and Georgia courts #racist rawstory.com

The state of Georgia is set to execute a black man convicted of murder this month, despite the fact that one of the jurors in his trial admitted to voting for the death penalty if defendants were “n*ggers.”

Via anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, Georgia has scheduled 59-year-old Keith Leroy Tharpe’s execution for September 26, almost 27 years to the day after he murdered his sister-in-law and attempted to kidnap his wife after she had left him one month earlier.

As recounted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tharpe’s attorneys have argued that his death sentence should be thrown out because one juror in the trial showed extreme racial prejudice toward him.

Specifically, the juror told lawyers after the trial had ended that he believed there were two type of African Americans: “Good black folks” and “n*ggers.” The juror claimed that he saw Tharpe as an example of the latter, although he said the family of Tharpe’s victim was an example of “good” black people.

In fact, the juror said that if Tharpe’s victim’s family “had been the type Tharpe is, then picking between life or death for Tharpe wouldn’t have mattered as much.”

Tharpe’s attorneys have tried to use this juror’s account to reopen his case, but so far courts have refused. While there doesn’t seem to be any question about Tharpe’s guilt, there is question over whether racial prejudice was responsible for the jury handing down a sentence that would not have been given to a white man convicted of the same crime.

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Robert Belt #fundie rawstory.com

An off-duty West Virginia deputy allegedly announced “f*ggots will burn in hell” after an openly gay high school student boarded the bus he was driving.

Clay County sheriff’s deputy Robert Belt was dressed in full uniform when he made comments Sept. 5 over the school bus intercom as the student boarded and sat down, according to a Facebook post by the Nelson County (West Virginia) Democratic Organization.

“No f*ggot activity will be permitted on this bus,” Belt said, according to witnesses. “In my Bible it states that ‘f*ggots will burn in hell,’ and I will not condone it.”

A parent heard about the alleged comments Friday and reported the deputy to the Clay County High School vice principal, Alan Tanner, who then notified the director of transportation.

The school superintendent confirmed the incident was under internal investigation but declined to comment further, reported WSAZ-TV.

“All of our employees are expected to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for all of our students,” said Joe Paxton, superintendent of Clay County schools. “As the Employee Code of Conduct mandates, the school system expects all of our employees to exhibit professional behavior by showing positive examples of communication, fairness, and language. Also, as required in the Code of Conduct, the school system expects all of our employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment, free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, and free from bias and discrimination.”

Three students have given statements to the school counselor about the incident, according to the Democratic group’s Facebook post.

Belt continues to drive a school bus part-time and work full-time as a deputy, the social media post said.

He ran unsuccessfully for Clay County sheriff last year, and he was named in a civil rights lawsuit eight years ago.

A Clay County man accused Belt of engaging in a harassment campaign after he asked the deputy to remove his boots when he came to pick up some items belonging to a mutual relative.

“‘F*ck you and your white carpet,'” Belt told the man, according to the federal civil rights suit.

The suit claims Belt then beat the man with a flashlight, and he says the deputy unlawfully stopped him multiple times and physically assaulted him over a period of months.

It’s not clear how that 2009 suit was eventually resolved.

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tazdelaney #fundie rawstory.com

"crude, backwards and brutalistic view of the world?" more presumptuous insults from the pseudo-liberals really on the religious-right... can't believe the assaults upon me for expressing a viewpoint that asserts human sexual liberation!

ahem, the opposite. every 10 years since 1970 there's been this group has done videotaped 1-week live-in that includes in-depth interviews of all living in the household. a key focus has always been how much displayed affection, love there is in the average american household. guess what; wanna talk brutality? shows of affection have nearly disappeared here. consequently, as this lack of birthright loving nurture increases, so does youthful & all others frustration, violence, wars, torture and the recruiters find em easier & easier prey.

as i've written til my fingers ache, my 1st granting of ENTIRELY CONSCIOUS CONSENT TO HAVE SEX WAS WHEN I WAS ALMOST 12 AND HE WAS MY CRUSH OF 15. now he'd be put away & have his life ruined for that afternoon in 1966 and i'd likely be hauled off for 'professional help' in some psych-pharma hell! affectioinate sex is plainly that; rape is plainly that.

freud didn't hit the bull's eye when wrote "when sex is suppressed the result is civilization.' no, the opposite. when sex is suppressed (think moses...), love & affection also suffer and the result is that CIVILIZATION BECOMES IMPOSSIBLE AND IS REPLACED BY EVIL EMPIRES OF OPPRESSION AND INCREASINGLY DEALY WARS, dur.

the native world as seen through the pens of the early, pre-colonization native world showed naked, loving people who had open nudity, sex, communal shamanic-animist rituals of orgiastic sorts worldwide, with, of course, exceptions proved the rule. captain cook was indeed eaten by cannibals but he stated that having met many cultures in the pacific, "they are mostly so gentle they flee from even the violence of our european tongues!"

and early studies, of pacific, for example by marchand-marquesas or the later margaret mead, showed upwards of 1500 sexual events by adulthood... compared with just a dozen at age 21 in the US, 20 if not in college. women got it better what with sexual peak 14-28; boys is over by 18... never be that great again and all they got was the love of their own hands! here in new york the insane 'age of consent' is now 18 and kids can & do go to jail for defying this anti-nature, anti-sex laws! no frigging wonder teen suicide has soared 7x since 1950... and still largely a gay problem. most typical suicide note? "can't get any love."

more rage directed at such as michael jackson, none of whose boys turned on him even when money, DA, parents raged at them to, ever testified against him.... while a million iraqi children died w/no such protest in gulfwar, 12-year embargo, iraq war. the ever-more brutal west shouts 'yahooooo, bomb's away on the innocents!'

the intent in suppressing youth's sex or the mingling of the ages has never had anything to do with making life better for anyone but a shriveled up, vile & contemptuous evil religion's and empires dictatorship over the soul, heart, groin.

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rlwemm #fundie rawstory.com

Inappropriate over-reaction to a storm in a teacup. The witch-hunt mentality probably arose as the result of a conservative American-style Christian upbringing that views all expression of sexuality as "evil", regardless of the consequences for the actors and any of their recipients.

People who download child porn are not necessarily the ones who act on it. It could have been a useful release for a guy with feelings he needed to contain in the real world. I am repulsed by people who indulge pornographic fantasies but it is their life, not mine. If they are doing no harm to others, or to themselves, then I have no right to use my repulsion to condemn or punish them. That is a moral maturational level that this Federal Agent has apparently not yet reached.

The acts of this School Principle are far less serious that the rampant active sex abuse of children by Catholic clergy, and the less frequent, but also egregious, sexual exploitation of parishioners by non-Catholic clergy.

In this particular case there appears to be no evidence that the legally tortured Principal did anything more than just look at electronic images. Unless such evidence has been repressed (and why would the media want to suppress such salacious material?) there did not seem to be any people harmed by what was
happening - until this self-righteous authoritarian started formal legal proceedings. It was =that= act that caused an avalanche of damage. It smashed friendships, broke up a marriage, deprived children of a father, caused irreparable damage to the mental well-being of everyone in that family, deprived a school of its Principle, and probably unnecessarily upset a lot of the kids at that school and their parents. If we look at the results, then this rigid FBI agent is the real criminal, He is the one causing all the harm.

In the higher stages of moral development people recognize that it is the consequences of actions that make them "moral" or "immoral". If the only thing harmed is the transgression of some asserted set of "absolute morals" on which there has never been anything close to a universal consensus, or the sensibilities of some cult-specific version of a supernatural being for which there is even less valid evidence, then we are looking at the operation of moral reasoning that is at the immature end of the normal moral maturational ladder.

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tazdelaney #fundie rawstory.com

The whole 'pedophile' thing has been hysterically blown out of rational proportion... in arkansas 1980s still could mary a 12 year old boy or girl. 1900 england average age of marriage, as with most of human history, girls 13, boys 15. native peoples, unlike the antisexual west since moses, john the baptist and mohammed... lived naked; had sex in public; shamanic-animist rituals included live communal sex to which none were excluded... these largely extremely non-violent societies (direct result of sex-love-affection nurtured as birthright...) had no rape as unnecessary; little violencec; hardly any wars at all. consider that ben & jefferson marveled the natives prior to the rabid white euro-'christians' would wipe them all out had peace by treaty 6-800 years from mississippi east and gulf to the arctic... us? can't have peace for a day evereverever.

the world's greatest historians, will&ariel durant, met when he was 28, she 14 and him her history teach; worked together for 70 years. today? jail for will durant! my dad first had sex w/me mum when he 39, she 17. jail, dad, you pervert! painter georgia o'keefe had the romance of heer life in her late 70s-80s and he was 20 when it began. robbing the cradle?

nature really does not make youth so beautiful so as to entrap elders with eyes and drives. rape is rape and is invariably brutal, obvious. i gave consent, YES I GAVE MY CONSCIOUS CONSENT TO HAVE SEX when i was almost 12 with a boy of 15. when whole small town found out, mom told me she was gonna sue him for statutory rape. i told her i'd neever testify. she said she'd do it anyway and i said i'd runa away. then i told her i'd wanted to do it and that, anyway, was more fun thatn watching another beverly hillbillies rerun.

sex is good. violence is bad. the difference is very clear.

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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.

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Rolando Pablos #fundie rawstory.com

Those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana are only beginning to see the way the flood waters have destroyed their homes. Many families tried to ride it out, only to be rescued when the rising waters forced them onto their roof. Thousands escaped with only their lives and the clothes on their backs, losing everything they own.

But according to Secretary of State Rolando Pablos (R-TX), they don’t need any help. As Patheos reported, they just need a little more Jesus.

Quebec’s Minister of International Relations Christine St-Pierre called Pablos to express her sorrow and condolences on behalf of the people of the Canadian province. She also offered equipment and manpower.

Pablos turned it down. Instead he asked for “prayers from the people of Quebec,” the minister relayed.

Understandably, the neighbor to the north was shocked.

“It was a conversation about how devastating the situation is and we want to express our support to the people of Texas,” she told CBC News in an interview.

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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.”

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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.

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Michael James Holt #sexist rawstory.com

A white supremacist admitted to stockpiling guns and plotting a mass shooting out of sexual frustration.

Michael James Holt appeared Friday in an Australian court for a sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to a variety of firearms charges after police found his cache of homemade guns two years ago at his home, his grandfather’s home and a hotel, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

The 26-year-old later pleaded guilty to possessing and sharing child pornography after police found those images while investigating the shooting plot.

Prosecutors said the New South Australia man admitted to planning a mass shooting at a mall and also wanted to shoot teachers and students at a nearby school.

Holt admitted to an “infatuation” with neo-Nazi ideology and told a counselor that he believed Adolf Hitler was “the greatest person to live,” prosecutors told the sentencing judge.

Prosecutors presented more than 40 pages of text messages from Holt revealing his plan to shoot tourists and police, the newspaper reported — and he blamed his violent urges on his inability to find a willing sexual partner.

“Gonna have to just start killing people if I don’t get laid soon,” Holt said in one text message.

Defense attorneys said Holt had been obsessed with guns since he was 5 years old, partially as a result of his autism.

The judge compared Holt to a mass shooter in Port Arthur who killed 35 people in 1996, and said his obsessions and interests were “deeply disturbing.”

Holt will be formally sentenced Sept. 29.

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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.

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Brentwood Academy #fundie rawstory.com

An exclusive Christian private school in a wealthy suburb of Nashville is accused of covering-up up the repeated sexual assaults of a 12-year-old boy.

The Brentwood Academy is being sued for $60 million for allowing four eighth-grade bullies to repeatedly sexually assault a sixth-grade student, the Tennessean reports.

The lawsuit was filed by the mother of the victim.

Four male students are alleged to have “conspired to engage in male on male sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or rape upon John Doe in the locker room not supervised by an adult,” according to the lawsuit. “(The boy) would place his penis before John Doe and forcibly penetrated it into the mouth of Plaintiff John Doe without consenting claiming ‘eat it, eat it, eat it, open your mouth, accept it.'”

The same student is alleged to have bragged he “f—ed that boy up the ass and stuck a Gatorade bottle in him.”

Brentwood Academy Headmaster Curtis G. Masters allegedly told the victim to “turn the other cheek” and that, “everything in God’s kingdom happens for a reason.”

The headmaster allegedly said he considered the allegations to be “boys being boys and he could not investigate each of those and run a school.”

When the victim’s mother wanted to report the sexual assault to law enforcement, former Brentwood employee Chris Roberts — the victim’s counselor at Daystar Counseling — allegedly responded, “this isn’t how Christian institutions handle these things.”

“In addition to Masters, middle school director Nancy Brasher, administrator and middle school athletic director Buddy Alexander, assistant basketball coach Lyle Husband and sixth grade basketball coach Mike Vazquez, who is also Masters’ son-in-law, are named as individual defendants in the suit,” the Tennessean explained.

The school’s motto is, “Vivat Veritas” (Let Truth Prevail).

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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.”

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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!”

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Wayne Welsh #racist rawstory.com

A police officer from Estherwood, Louisiana has been fired from his job after he posted a racist meme on his Facebook page depicting a mother drowning her daughter for dating a black child.

Local news station KADN reports that Wayne Welsh, the assistant chief at the Estherwood Police Department, posted a meme this past Saturday that depicted a woman drowning a young girl in a bathtub with the caption, “When your daughter’s first crush is a little negro boy.”

Welsh quickly realized that the meme was inappropriate and deleted it, but by that point it had already been seen by someone in the community, who reported it to the department.

Estherwood Police Chief Ernest Villejoin said he was shocked when he saw what Welsh had posted, and he immediately took action to dismiss him.

“When I found out about it, I couldn’t believe I had to call him,” Villejoin said. “I called him at work and asked him what the hell is going on.”

Villejoin suspended the officer, who subsequently resigned his post. Despite the racist content of the meme, however, Villejoin said that Welsh was not a racist person.

“I know Wayne didn’t do this on purpose,” he said. “He didn’t do this offend anybody. I apologize to anybody that it offended, believe me.”

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Bay View Association #fundie rawstory.com

A resort founded by Methodists in Michigan is being sued because of its policy that only lets Christians own property within its community.

MLive.com reports that the Bay View Association, a cottage resort located in Emmet County, Michigan, is being sued by an organization called the Bay View Chautauqua Inclusiveness Group that objects to its restrictions on who is allowed to own property there.

Founded in 1875, the Bay View Association requires all property owners to be practicing Christians. Additionally, the resort places restrictions on what kinds of Christians can own property, including a quota on the number of Catholics who can own property.

The association even used to have a rule that only white people could own property on the resort, but it officially scrapped that restriction in 1959.

Sarah Prescott, the attorney who is filing the suit against the resort on behalf of the Bay View Chautauqua Inclusiveness Group, tells MLive.com that even some resort members are upset by the rules because they prevent them from passing their cottages onto relatives who are of the “wrong” religion.

Bay View Association Executive Director Mike Spencer defended his organization’s restrictions, although he acknowledged that they might not be popular with many people.

“Like most private associations, there are specific requirements for membership,” he said in an official statement. “Our membership requirements have been part of our history and we understand that some of our members or the general public may disagree with them. The Bay View Association of the United Methodist Church is an ecumenical, private, voluntary membership, organization.”

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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.

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Catherine Templeton #racist rawstory.com

South Carolinian politicians aren’t known for their political correctness — but one gubernatorial candidate really took the cake.

As reported by the Charleston Post-Courier, gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton is already grabbing headlines, first for asserting that she is “proud of the Confederacy,” and again by saying she thinks transgender people should use the bathrooms associated with the gender they were assigned at birth.

When asked about her position on “Southern heritage and Southern defense” by a man who identified himself as a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans group, Templeton said that no Confederate monuments would be removed on her watch.

“I don’t think there’s anything else to say about it,” Templeton said during the forum on August 1. “You cannot rewrite history. I don’t care whose feelings it hurts. You cannot rewrite history.”

When asked if she would “buckle down like North Carolina did” or “stand up for the Lord’s word” by a voter at the same forum, Templeton responded that she believes trans people should use bathrooms that correlate to their birth gender — but didn’t mention whether she would try to make that a law.

As the Post-Courier noted, her comments about the Confederacy particularly offended African-American lawmakers in the state, who are still reeling from Dylann Roof’s racist mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the heart of Charleston in 2015.

“I don’t think she understands the diversity we have in South Carolina and that we’re not all a bunch of flag-waving yahoos,” Joe Darby, a presiding elder for the AME church in the region, told the Post-Courier. “When you elevate the Confederacy, you stomp on the memories of those who were subjugated, the slaves. She’s stomping on my ancestors. If she’s proud of her heritage over nine lives, it’s a shame.”

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Ronnie Hyde #fundie rawstory.com

A Florida youth pastor charged with the cold-case murder of one teen and the sexual abuse of others wants his guns back while he awaits trial.

Ronnie Hyde pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and child pornography charges in March related to the 1994 slaying of 16-year-old Fred Laster, whose dismembered body was found in a Dumpster.

Laster’s decapitated torso was found behind a trash bin near Lake City, but the remains went unidentified until a DNA test in 2015 matched the slain teen to his twin sister.

Police said the 61-year-old Hyde befriended the runaway teen more than two decades ago as youth pastor at Strength for Living Church in Yulee, prosecutors said.

Investigators strongly suggested they suspect Hyde — who had been a counselor at Crosswater Community Church in Nocatee up to his arrest — is a suspect in other unsolved cases by plastering his face on eight billboards seeking information in the Jacksonville area.

New court documents show that prosecutors are also gathering evidence in two additional sex abuse cases dating back to the early 1990s.

A man came forward after Hyde’s arrest in March and said the former youth pastor had mentored him as a runaway in 1992, brought him to his house, used the guns to impress him, showed him pornography and sexually abused him.

Hyde’s attorneys are seeking the return of some of the evidence — including a Toyota Scion, firearms, guitar equipment, a cell phone and a wallet — gathered from the former church leader’s home, which was demolished in May as a biohazard.

FBI agents who raided the home found multiple code violations, such as no running water and a bathtub used as a toilet.

Prosecutors said they’re willing to return Hyde’s car, wallet and music equipment, but not the smart phones or guns.

The city held no condemnation proceedings on the home, and a demolition permit was issued at the request of a Hyde family attorney as part of a property sale to a new owner.

Defense attorneys want Hyde, who had previously been named in an international child exploitation case, to be tried separately on the murder and child pornography charges.

Hyde, who is due back in court next month, remains jailed without bond.

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Word of Faith Fellowship #fundie rawstory.com

A North Carolina church that is already under investigation for kidnapping a gay man and attempting to beat his homosexuality out of him is once again in the spotlight after it was revealed that church members have been importing worshipers from Brazil and turning them into slaves.

According to the Associated Press, the Word of Faith Fellowship recruits young members from two affiliated churches in Brazil to come to the U.S. on tourist and student visas where they are put to work on the church’s 35-acre compound in Spindale for no pay.

One man, identified as Andre Oliveira, told the AP that he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, cleaning offices and warehouses owned by the evangelical church. He well also forced to work at private businesses owned by some of the church’s ministers. Olivera stated that failure to comply resulted in beatings and shaming from the pulpit.

“They kept us as slaves,” Oliveira explained. “We were expendable. We meant nothing to them. Nothing. How can you do that to people — claim you love them and then beat them in the name of God?”

According to AP, “Under U.S. law, visitors on tourist visas are prohibited from performing work for which people normally would be compensated. Those on student visas are allowed some work, under circumstances that were not met at Word of Faith Fellowship.”

Former congregants who came from Brazil said that they had their passports taken away and lived in “horrific” living conditions, with as many as eight people living in the basement of a church leader’s home. What little money they were paid was immediately returned to the church to pay for their living expenses.

“Brazilians came here for labor. I’m telling you, that’s it,” claimed Thiago Silva who was recruited at age 18. He called the treatment “a violation of human rights.”

The church is currently being investigated by the U.S. Attorney in Charlotte for crimes that may go back years and involve hundreds of young Brazilians.

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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.

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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.”

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Spanish Fort High School #fundie rawstory.com

An ultra-conservative reading list required by one Alabama school is raising eyebrows and raising concerns among parents.

The right-wing frequently accuses the schools of kowtowing to leftists politics by teaching things like science instead of religion and demanding youth refrain from reading classic literature that depicts a racist American history. But according to AL.com, it’s the far right that is demanding schools teach their philosophies.

The Baldwin School Board is getting involved after a summer reading list was given to students at Spanish Fort High School by teacher Gene Ponder. The list mandates that students choose one of the books from the list, which range from Rand Paul books to Ann Coulter. It also has Michael Savage’s 2006 book, Liberalism is a Mental Disorder listed as an option.

While political or controversial books aren’t unheard of, particularly in upper-level Advanced Placement classes, they’re typically taught alongside the contrasting view point. For example, The Bible is often taught with Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. That was not the case here.

Elizabeth Denham, whose son was in the AP class, posted the reading list on her Facebook page and blog saying that she contacted the school out of concern.

“I encourage my children to read things they disagree with,” she explained. “To listen to those with opposing perspectives. To be open to ideas other than theirs, but to stand up for their beliefs respectfully. This list did not encourage that philosophy. It presented one side. And one side filled with pop culture personalities who spew hate and rhetoric – not intellectual, respected authors who offer well-educated ideas from different points of view.”

While the board has received complaints, Baldwin County school board member David Cox doubted board members will care much.

“Generally speaking, I would think that needs to be left up to the individual school with the direction of the superintendent,” Cox told AL.com. Though he admitted he hasn’t reviewed the complaint.

“That’s something we leave to the superintendent and his staff and employees,” he continued. “Those need to stay at the school level or the superintendent, without board action. Until the superintendent says otherwise, it’s my opinion that it needs to be left up to him.”

The school board president — who actually lives in the town refused to comment.

Superintendent Eddie Tyler told the media this week that he did have a copy of the complaint and would review it.

You can see a copy of the complaint sent by parent Julia Coccaro below, which is concerned with more issues than just the book list. It includes the censorship of a yearbook section that removed the coming-out story of an LGBT teen and an incident in which a driver’s education teacher who spent an entire class period discussing his personal religious beliefs.

“It is also concerning that the superintendent was unable to bring himself to condemn books with titles like ‘Liberalism is a Mental Disorder’ when there are both liberals and students with mental illness attending classes within the Baldwin County School District,” the complaint explains. “The parents and students of Baldwin County expect more from our superintendent.”

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Vicky Hartzler #fundie rawstory.com

A Republican lawmaker this week singled out transgender soldiers as a “threat” to the United States during an interview with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Center, a Christian organization that has for years fought against expanding rights for LGBT citizens.

As ThinkProgress documents, Perkins conducted an interview with Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) this week in which she said the prospect of transgender soldiers constituted a “domestic threat” to U.S. security.

“At a time when we should be focusing on the threats from North Korea, and Putin, and ISIS, we’re having to deal with a threat here at home?—?a domestic threat?—?of allowing transgenders in our service, which is a real problem because it impacts their readiness, and it’s a huge cost for our military,” she told Perkins.

Among other things, Hartzler said she feared surgeries for transgender troops would cost the military too much money, despite the fact that estimates by the RAND Corporation project that gender-transition-related health costs for the military would only go up by between $2.4 million and $8.4 million annually if it allowed transgender people to serve openly.

Before ending her interview, Hartzler reiterated that her goal regarding transgender soldiers would be to “remove this threat from the national defense.”

Raw Story reached out to Hartzler’s office to elaborate on her view that transgender soldiers are a “threat” to the United States, but they did not return calls requesting comment.

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Nate #fundie rawstory.com

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was repeatedly labeled as a ‘c*ck’ by an intern for Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark).

Mediate’s Caleb Ecarma posted an audio recording of an intern only identified as “Nate” spouting shocking views about immigration and the Republican Speaker.

“Paul Ryan is a c*ck, he’s a c*ck, get him out,” the intern said. “Paul Ryan: c*ck first and Yankee second.”

“The term ‘c*ck’ originated in political spaces during 2015, as white nationalists and the far-right began calling Republicans they deemed too moderate ‘c*ckservatives,’” Mediate explained.

“Am I a bigot? I guess damn so!” Nate confessed.

The office of Senator Tom Cotton either failed at vetting the staffer or condones his bigotry as the intern, “repeatedly said ‘f*g’ and ‘f*ggot’ and used ‘gay’ as a derogatory term on his public Twitter page before being hired. These Twitter rants also include the use of the slur ‘tranny.’”

“Americans are the superior race to everyone in the world … we’re superior people,” the intern claimed, while referring to the British “f*ggots.”

“Ryan has been deemed a ‘c*ck’ from white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, neo-Nazi websites The Daily Stormer and Stormfront and alt-right pundit Mike Cernovich,” Mediate listed. “Ryan even received the title “C*ck of The Year For 2016” by the Reddit page President Trump used to host an online town hall event.”

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Dan Sullivan #fundie rawstory.com

An Arkansas lawmaker who owns a day care where a child died in a hot van previously fought a proposal that might have saved the boy’s life.

State Rep. Dan Sullivan (R-Jonesboro) is the chief executive officer of Ascent, a child care organization where 5-year-old Christopher Gardner died last week after spending eight hours strapped in a booster seat as the heat index soared over 100 degrees, reported KATV-TV.

Four employees of the West Memphis facility have been charged with manslaughter in the boy’s death.

“Staff did not follow company policies and procedures, and if they had, this tragedy would not have occurred,” Sullivan said in a statement.

He later offered to pay the boy’s funeral expenses, but the family declined.

“It didn’t take them but two minutes or one minute to go back and get off they lazy ass and go see where the kids at — they didn’t check for my grandbaby?” said the boy’s grandmother, Carrie Smith.

Sullivan asked the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission last year to reduce a requirement that at least half of child care employees at any facility be certified in CPR and first aid.

Four of the commissioners told KATV that Sullivan questioned whether the oversight body should exist after they refused to cut the requirement, and he sponsored a bill stripping the commission of its authority to regulate child care centers.

That measure became law, the only bill sponsored by Sullivan to pass during that legislative session.

Sullivan drew national attention in 2001, when he suspended an 8-year-old boy from school for three days for pointing a chicken finger at a teacher and saying, “Pow, pow, pow.”

The former principal justified the suspension under a zero-tolerance policy enacted at South School after two teens killed four classmates and a teacher and wounding 10 other students in 1998 at Jonesboro’s Westside Middle School.

The same Ascent facility where the boy died last week experienced a shigella outbreak in April, sickening nearly 40 children and employees, and the facility was temporarily closed Wednesday to stop the continued spread of the bacterial infection, reported Arkansas Times.

The Department of Human Services has also launched an investigation into Ascent for possible Medicaid fraud after the boy’s death.

A spokeswoman for DHS told the Arkansas Times that the boy had been inaccurately marked as present in class, which would have made the day care center eligible for reimbursement, raising concerns about the facility’s Medicaid procedures.

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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.

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Unidentified Racist #racist rawstory.com

A white woman in Toronto Canada verbally attacked Asian grocery store employees Friday in a video captured and posted on Facebook, the Huffington Post reports.

“Go back to China. This is Canada, English-first country,” the woman shouted, according to the video. “If you’re gonna work here, it is the law to know English.”

“It is a law to know English, and you know that,” she continued. As in the United States, there is no law that requires Canadian residents know English.

“It is the law in Canada that if you’re going to work here you need to know the English language,” she repeated.

Frank Hong, the teenager who filmed the video, told the Daily Mail onlookers were horrified by the woman’s outburst.

“After three minutes of constant, racist verbal abuse and after trying to intervene, I started to film this video,” Hong wrote in a Facebook post. “Racism and xenophobia isn’t far from us nor has it gone away. As Canadians we think we are safe from these disgusting attitudes and behaviours but we aren’t. It has only gotten worse recently. It seems like some people want to reinstate the Chinese Exclusion Act.”

“No employee who works so hard for so little money deserves this and no human being in the world deserves this,” Hong told the Daily Mail.

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Clay Higgins #racist rawstory.com

A Louisiana Republican called for a religious war against Islamic terrorists in the wake of attacks over the weekend in London.

Freshman Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) called for violent action against suspected terrorists in a Facebook post, alongside a photo of police taking a suspect into custody after an attack Saturday at London Bridge killed seven people and injured nearly 50 others.

“The free world… all of Christendom… is at war with Islamic horror,” Higgins wrote.

“Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals,” the lawmaker continued. “Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied.”

“Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down,” he added. “Hunt them, identity them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”

Higgins is a former police captain in Louisiana before his election to Congress in November.

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"David" #sexist rawstory.com

A Canadian airline pilot said that she was shocked after receiving a recent note that cited the Bible as a reason flying airplanes were “no place for a woman.”

WestJet pilot Carey Steacy told CTV that crews were cleaning the aircraft after a flight from Calgary to Victoria on Sunday, and they found the note from a passenger named “David” written on a napkin.

“The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman,” the note said. “A woman being a mother is the most honour, not as ‘captain.’”

“PS I wish Westjet [sic] could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight,” he continued, observing that his views were “not PC.”

“It made me feel sad. It was just surprising,” Steacy recalled. “I can’t believe that there’s people that still think that way.”

In a post on Facebook, Steacy wrote that the passenger had been “welcome to deplane when you heard I was a ‘fair lady.’ You have that right. Funny, we all, us humans, have the same rights in this great free country of ours. ”

The WestJet passenger’s note also pointed to a Bible verse, Proverbs 31, which many Christians believe defines the “perfect” woman as a wife who works in the home.

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Matt Rinaldi #racist rawstory.com

A fight broke out among lawmakers at the Texas State Capitol on Monday after a Republican representative responded to people protesting recently passed immigration legislation by calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement to come round them up.

Several local reporters on the scene in Austin bring word that shoving broke out among lawmakers on Monday afternoon after Texas Republican Rep. Matt Rinaldi told a group of Latino lawmakers that he called ICE on the protesters, who were on hand to protest the passage of SB4, an anti-sanctuary cities bill that will go into effect in September.

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Various Idiots #racist rawstory.com

The new series Star Trek Discovery stars Asian actress Michelle Yeoh as the ship’s captain and black actress Sonequa Martin-Green as her first officer — and this has caused some Trekkies to fret about the lack of white men in charge.

While the overall reaction to the new Star Trek trailer has been positive — although there are the usual complaints from Star Trek fans about continuity errors — one group of fans is particularly upset about the show’s diverse cast of characters.

As both Heat Street and Daily Kos point out, the series’ YouTube page has been bombarded by comments labeling the show a “SJW” plot aimed at shoving “political correctness,” “forced diversity,” and even “cultural Marxism” down viewers’ throats.

Additionally, some angry Twitter users have even proclaimed that the show’s diverse cast is evidence of a “white genocide” conspiracy aimed at eliminating the white race from the face of the Earth.

(followed by a series of tweets from total idiots, I'm sorry I don't know how to add tweets)

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Devon Arthurs #fundie rawstory.com

A white supremacist is being accused of fatally shooting his two neo-Nazi roommates after they objected to his decision to convert to Islam.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that 18-year-old Devon Arthurs is being accused by police of gunning down two of his roommates — 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk — after they attacked his newfound Muslim faith.

According to police, Arthurs was upset at Islamophobia and decided to murder his two roommates “to bring attention to his cause.” Prior to converting to Islam, Arthurs was a committed white supremacist, as were his two slain roommates.

Police say that, after killing his two roommates, Arthurs went into a nearby smoke shop in Tampa Palms, where he took three hostages and threatened to kill them. After police arrived on the scene, they convinced him to release the hostages and turn himself in.

“I had to do it,” he said, according to police. “This wouldn’t have had to happen if your country didn’t bomb my country.”

Police say that Arthurs also told them that his goal was not only to draw attention to American foreign policy in the Muslim world, but also to “take some of the neo-Nazis with him” as part of his murderous rampage.

The Tampa Bay Times writes that Arthurs faces “two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of armed kidnapping.”

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Christopher Sean Urbanski #racist rawstory.com

A black ROTC cadet set to graduate from Bowie State University this week was stabbed to death by a white University of Maryland student who’s a member of a racist online hate group, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Richard Collins III, 23, was visiting UMD this graduation weekend when he was attacked by Christoper Sean Urbanski, 22. Collins and two friends were awaiting an Uber ride around 3 a.m. Saturday morning when an “intoxicated and incoherent” Urbanski stabbed him. Authorities who reviewed videotape of the incident described the attack as unprovoked.

Police charged Urbanski, a member of the Facebook group, “Alt-Reich Nation,” with first-degree murder Sunday. The FBI is investigating the stabbing as a possible hate crime.

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Karl Oliver #fundie rawstory.com

“The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific,” Oliver wrote. “If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, ‘leadership’ of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State.”

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North Carolina GOP #fundie rawstory.com

During a vote at 3 a.m. on Friday morning, angry Republicans in the North Carolina state Senate cut education funding from the districts of Democratic senators.

The News and Observer reported that Republicans had become frustrated after Democrats forced vote after vote on budget amendments during a session that began on Thursday and went into the early hours of Friday morning.

Republicans eventually called for a two hour recess after negotiations between Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue and Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger appeared to break down.

When the session resumed around 3 a.m., Republican Sen. Brent Jackson introduced an amendment that provided an extra $1 million to fight the opioid epidemic. The amendment was passed before Democrats noticed that the $1 million had been taken from education funding in their districts.

Democratic Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram’s district lost $316,646 that was earmarked for two rural high schools. The amendment also banned the school from using existing funds for the Eastern North Carolina STEM program, which promotes science, math and technology.

“I don’t know what motivated the amendment, but it will have a devastating effect on an area that is already suffering,” Smith-Ingram told The News and Observer on Saturday.

She said that the program would be shut down unless Republicans agreed to fund it before the budget was finalized.

“The future of children should not be caught up in a political disagreement between members,” Smith-Ingram insisted.

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Sinclair Broadcasting Group #fundie rawstory.com

According to the New York Times, Sinclair Broadcasting Group — a conservative news network run by GOP donor Daniel Smith — is requiring affiliate stations to run right- wing programming that includes debunked stories favorable to President Donald Trump.

With Sinclair’s potential acquisition of Tribute Media Group, concerns that they might exert their allegedly pro-Trump bias over a majority of American news stations is growing.

The article claims that Sinclair requires news stations they own to broadcast “must-runs” — news packages created by the network such as one issued by the company’s vice president of news Scott Livingston that decried biased media and positioned themselves as bastions of journalistic objectivity. Stations are reportedly required to broadcast these must-runs within 48 hours of receiving them from the network.

Sinclair currently owns 173 stations in many large media markets, and with their purchase of Tribune, they would own 42 more and could then control up to 70 percent of all American broadcast media.

In 2013, the Seattle Times ran an article critical of Sinclair’s conservative bias, as evidenced by their treatment of Democratic candidates such as John Kerry, the subject of a critical documentary aired just before the 2004 election. According to KOMO employees, Sinclair reportedly ran a story “critical of the newspaper industry” and of the Seattle Times specifically in response.

Along with the must-runs, reporters at Seattle’s KOMO news station told the Times that they were once subject to a strange request from their editor — to investigate a (now debunked) advertisement for “paid protesters”. They soon learned that the request came down from Sinclair’s corporate HQ.

Despite Livingston’s assertion that Sinclair works “very hard to be objective and fair and be in the middle,” reporters at KOMO told the Times a different story. They complained — under condition of anonymity — that the must-runs are “too politically tilted” and “occasionally of poor quality,” and a union representative for photojournalists at KOMO said their union members have expressed dissatisfaction as well.

“It’s something that’s very troubling to our members,” Dave Twedell, the KOMO union rep, told the Times. “I have not found one of our members who is supportive of our company’s position.”

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Robert Mercer #racist rawstory.com

Robert Mercer – the “Renaissance Technologies” co-chief executive who bankrolled Donald Trump’s presidential campaign – once said black Americans are “the only racist people remaining in the U.S.,” according to a lawsuit brought by former employee David Magerman.

Mercer who, alongside daughter Rebekah Mercer, fought to install chief White House strategist Steve Bannon and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway in the Trump administration, allegedly made “a series of racist comments” in conversation with Magerman.

According to a complaint filed by the former “Renaissance” employee, Mercer allegedly told Magerman the US “began to go in the wrong direction after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960.” Mercer also told Magerman that black people “were doing just fine” before its passage and insisted they are the “only racist people remaining in the U.S.”

“Magerman was stunned by these comments and pushed back” against Mercer, the complaint reads.

Magerman is suing Mercer for wrongful termination after he was fired for criticizing Mercer’s support of the president.

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Oklahoma GOP #fundie rawstory.com

Oklahoma lawmakers have passed legislation that would require officials to consider abortion to be murder.

The Tulsa World reported a law was passed Monday afternoon that would force any state official to defy the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized privacy for the procedure. It was also done without any discussion or debate on the House floor.

The bill’s author, Republican state Rep. Chuck Strohm, spoke after the bill’s passage claiming the high court violated “every act of decency and law” when it decided Roe v. Wade. He declared the founding documents of the United States were abused by “forcing the murder of unborn children on our society.”

He went on to tell his fellow officials that they took an oath to uphold the Constitution and “to exercise their authority as appropriate in their respective jurisdictions to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.”

While the Republican state official would force the hand of his fellow lawmakers, the legislation actually has no official bearing on the law itself. So, women could not be prosecuted for the procedure using this new law, it merely forces the rhetoric and commentary by elected officials, which might violate the First Amendment.

Strohm insisted the 10th and 14th amendments to the Constitution mean “no one — not a doctor, not a father or a mother — has rights that allow them to murder an unborn child” and the Supreme Court didn’t have the authority to decide the case.

Oklahoma is suffering from a nearly $900 million budget shortfall for which the legislature has yet to pass a budget to fix.

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Madison County police #racist rawstory.com

A new lawsuit is alleging Mississippi sheriffs are responsible for ensuring the races and classes are segregated by using checkpoints.

A Think Progress report Monday said that Madison County is one of the most segregated places in the country and it’s allegedly kept that way by the sheriff, his deputies, and other county officials.

The class-action lawsuit claims the sheriff’s department “has implemented a coordinated top-down program of methodically targeting Black individuals for suspicionless searches and seizures.” Filed Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the suit seeks an injunction for what they say is “thousands of victims” in the county.

Think Progress explained that the roadblocks that the deputies set up aren’t like a typical DUI stop. Instead, deputies out of uniform wait in unmarked vehicles and essentially ambush motorists. Such checkpoints only take place in areas of the county with a higher concentration of African-American residents. Those stopped are then forced to submit to allegedly unconstitutional and illegal searches and seizures while simply driving home.

The suit claims it’s similar to Arizona’s “show your papers” law, except there is no law that was ever passed in Mississippi that encouraged checkpoints to search cars in black areas of the state.

“[T]he roadblocks end where the white people start,” said Bessie Thomas, a 50-year resident of the county. Her two churches are typically in the areas that the deputies are setting up their checkpoints. She’s been one of many citizens that have been subjected to the checkpoints and joined the lawsuit.

The suit doesn’t stop with complaints about roadblocks, however. It alleges the deputies frequently conduct illegal searches at homes of residents in traditionally black neighborhoods and homes and they do so without warrants. Deputies have allegedly been known to randomly harm residents while doing so.

In June 2016, resident Quinetta Manning reported half-dozen white deputies that barged into her home at 7:00 a.m. claiming they were searching for marijuana. They never found it. They then tried to get a statement from her about a neighbor. Her husband Khadafy came from the bedroom to tell his wife that she didn’t have to say anything to the police. The man walks with a cane due to a nerve condition and the deputies allegedly cuffed, choked and beat him before dragging him to a police vehicle in his underwear while calling him “Mr. Cripple.” Mrs. Manning captured some of the incident on her cell phone.

Mr. Manning encountered the deputies once again months after they reached out to the ACLU. This time they approached him in a parking and claimed he was “causing trouble” by “having people come around him asking questions.” They then handcuffed him and charged him with driving with a suspended license.

Madison County Sheriff Randall Tucker suddenly stopped tracking the complaints from residents after taking office five years ago. They also have limited statistics on “internal policy information” that they’ve submitted to attorneys, Think Progress reported.

“We already have very good data, and there’s more detail coming in discovery. We’re going to get the internal documents of the police department and the county. Sometimes in internal documents, people say things that get right to the heart of the thing,” Youngwood said.

“Although only 38 percent of Madison County residents are Black, approximately 73% of arrests in Madison County between May and September of 2016 were of Black individuals,” the suit outlines.

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Mark Green #fundie rawstory.com

Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee who is President Donald Trump’s pick to be army secretary, once told a church group that he opposed universal health care because it makes people less likely to embrace Christianity.

As the Washington Examiner reports, Green said in 2015 that it should be the Christian church’s role to help provide sick people with health care so they can more easily convert them to their religion.

“The person who’s in need… they look to the government for the answer, not God, and I think in that way government has done an injustice that’s even bigger than just the creation of an entitlement welfare state,” Green said. “In this setting, I’ll share the story, I think it interrupts the opportunity for people to come to a saving knowledge of who God is.”

Green argued that since Jesus regularly used his powers to cure lepers, the modern-day church should take on a similar role.

“If you look at the Gospels and you go and study the Gospels, every person who came to Christ came to Christ with a physical need,” he said. “It was either hunger or a disease.”

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North Carolina #sexist rawstory.com

A loophole in North Carolina law prevents women from revoking consent during sex even if their partner turns violent.

When Amy Guy’s estranged husband, Jonathan Wayne Guy, showed up drunk at her home in December, she decided consenting to sex was the “safer” option.

“Since he was getting angry, I figured it would be better to go ahead and agree to the sex because I figured that was the safer thing for me to do,” Guy told WRAL this week.

When the sex turned violent, Guy said that she begged him to stop. But he refused.

Guy reported the crime and her husband was charged with second-degree rape. But the charge was later dropped due to a 1979 North Carolina Supreme Court case which ruled that consent cannot be revoked once sex begins.

Guy’s husband was convicted of a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault on a female and was sentenced to 10 months in jail.

“I was devastated. I didn’t understand how that could be because I knew I had been raped,” Guy explained. “I don’t understand how the law can say that I wasn’t.”

Guy said that she came forward to speak out against the legal loophole.

“I hope other women get the protection they need,” Guy remarked. “I hope we can change the law. It’s not right.”

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman agreed that the law needs to be changed.

“We firmly believe that people should have the right to revoke their consent,” Freeman insisted to WRAL. “Anytime someone no longer wishes to be involved in a sexual act … they have the right to withdraw that consent and the right to revoke that consent.”

Democratic state Sen. Jeff Jackson is sponsoring a bill to change the law. But Republicans, who control the Senate, have refused to give the measure a vote.

“We’re the only state in the country where no doesn’t mean no,” Jackson pointed out.

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Ben Carson #fundie rawstory.com

Ben Carson, the secretary of the Housing and Urban Development, is reportedly obsessed with making sure low-income residents living in government-sponsored housing aren’t enjoying themselves too much.

A new report from the New York Times reveals that Carson this week visited a homeless shelter in Ohio and was “plainly happy” after he saw that it had “stacked dozens of bunk beds inside” and
“purposefully did not provide televisions” so that residents there wouldn’t get too comfortable.

Elsewhere, Carson expressed consternation that an apartment complex for veterans was so well heeled, as he remarked that it lacked “only pool tables.”

Carson obsessively makes sure that poor people who get government assistance don’t have things too good, the Times notes, because he believes that making life too comfortable for them would create a sense of dependence.

“A comfortable setting… would make somebody want to say: ‘I’ll just stay here. They will take care of me,'” Carson explained.

However, many residents and housing officials in the buildings that Carson toured this week dismissed his appearance there as a dog-and-pony show.

Alzene Munnerlyn, an 87-year-old woman who lives in senior housing, told the Times that she felt used after Carson stopped by her apartment, took a photo with her, and then left after about 10 minutes.

“It was staged,” she said. “It was so fast.”

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Bill O'Reilly #fundie rawstory.com

(Admittedly not so much fundie, as face-palmingly stupid. We really need an Morons Say the Darndest Things, maybe.)

Ex-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly came to the defense of Donald Trump, saying the president was right about President Andrew Jackson possibly stopping the Civil War, despite have died years before it began.

In a recent interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump pondered why the Civil War couldn’t have been avoided while claiming that Jackson — who was a slave owner — had a “big heart” and could have stopped it. Trump’s comments were met with derision from the media as well as historians.

O’Reilly, who is not a historian but authored “Lincoln’s Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever,” had a different take on Twitter, lashing out at the media for attacking the president.

“President Trump is right about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War, the morons on cable news are wrong,” O’Reilly tweeted.

O’Reilly used the tweet as a teaser to draw viewers to his online pay-per-view broadcasts that began last week following his dismissal from Fox News after it was revealed the network paid out more than $13 million in sexual harassment claims.

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Donald Trump #fundie rawstory.com

(Tha Alt-Facts Train just keeps on a-runnin'!)

President Donald Trump asserted on Wednesday that the Israel government and the Palestinian Authority “get along unbelievably well.”

During a press conference with State of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, Trump praised Palestinian National Authority for its efforts to combat ISIS.

“I also applaud the Palestinian Authority’s continued cooperation with Israel,” Trump said. “They get along unbelievably well… They work together beautifully.”

The U.S. president noted that there could be “no lasting peace” unless all Palestinian leaders spoke out against hate.

“There’s such hatred,” he added. “But hopefully there won’t be such hatred for very long.”

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South Carolina pro-lifers #fundie rawstory.com

Three South Carolina senators on Wednesday voted to advance legislation effectively banning abortion in the state, the Post and Courier reports.

Republican Sens. Mike Gambrell, Scott Talley and Rex Rice all voted to push through a “personhood” bill which would define a person as a fertilized egg, also known as a zygote. The male senators overruled two female colleagues who sat on the committee, green-lighting the bill for debate in the full Senate Judiciary Committee.

As the Post and Courier reports, the committee heard from both supporters and critics of the bill. The former invoked the Holocaust and Thomas Jefferson, as well as their own personal religious beliefs, to argue in favor of the “personhood” bill. One candidate in a current South Carolina special state election argued the bill is similar to the state’s decision to remove the Confederate Flag after the Charleston church massacre on 2014.

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San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor #fundie rawstory.com

The mayor of San Antonio told a group of conservative Christians that she believes poor people are responsible for their own poverty.

Mayor Ivy Taylor spoke earlier this month to the Christian Coalition, the successor to the nonprofit political organization founded by Pat Robertson, where the 46-year-old Democrat was asked to comment on “systemic causes of generational poverty, reported the Huffington Post.

“Since you’re with the Christian Coalition, I’ll go ahead and put it out there that to me, it’s broken people,” Taylor said. “People not being in a relationship with their creator and therefore not being in a good relationship with their families and their communities and not being productive members of society.”

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Tim Nolan #fundie rawstory.com

A former judge now serving as a school board member in suburban Cincinnati has been charged with felony human trafficking of a minor, felony inducing a minor to engage in sex and a third count of giving alcohol to a minor. The indictment was obtained by River City News publisher Michael Monks, who described Nolan as an, “outspoken and controversial” political figure.

Judge Tim Nolan of California, Kentucky represents District 5 on the Campbell County School Board. Yesterday afternoon he was lead into court wearing handcuffs as the “perp walk” was filmed by the local CBS station.

News anchor Cammy Dierking of WKRC described Judge Nolan as an, “outspoken supporter of the local Tea Party.”

The sex trafficking allegedly occurred in August 2016 — while Judge Nolan was serving as the chair of the Donald Trump campaign in Campbell County, KY. Trump beat Hillary Clinton 59% to 35% in the county while voters also elected Nolan.

In April of 2016, Nolan unsuccessfully attempted to remove Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a delegate to the RNC Convention. Between fighting Senator McConnell in April and the alleged crimes in August, Nolan was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission, but was removed only days later when a scandal erupted over a Ku Klux Klan photo posted to Nolan’s Facebook.

Unlike Republican Governor Bevin, the Trump Campaign chose not to drop Judge Nolan after the KKK scandal.

The alleged sex crimes were investigated by Campbell County Police, but Nolan was arraigned in front of Judge Elizabeth Chandler in Boone County District Court as Campbell County Circuit Court Clerk Taunya Nolan Jack is the daughter of the defendant — who served as a Campbell County Judge from 1978 to 1986.

Last November, Judge Nolan won a school board seat for a district with 5,000 students and 700 employees. Nolan beat an incumbent with 10 years of school board experience and 27 years experience as a teacher in the district by campaigning for so-called, “school choice vouchers” and for the elimination of all local property tax revenue for schools.

Rumors of the investigation surfaced in early April when Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Scott Wartman broke the news that Campbell County Police Chief Craig Sorrell had denied an open-records request that sought documents involving any investigation of Tim Nolan.

In announcing that the state’s Special Prosecution Division would be handling the case, the office of Attorney General Andy Beshear stated that, “a core mission of Beshear’s is to bring justice to the victims of rape, sexual assault and human trafficking.”

Nolan is being tracked by a court mandated ankle monitor after being released on $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 5 in Boone District Court.

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Kentucky legislature #fundie rawstory.com

The Kentucky state Senate and House this week approved resolutions that require all dated documents include the words “in the Year of Our Lord.”

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, both chambers “quietly” passed the resolutions on the final day of the year’s legislative session.

Republican state Sen. Albert Robinson, sponsor of the measure, said that he was “trying anywhere and everywhere I can to respect our creator.”

“It’s important for us to go back to the basics of our U.S. and state constitutions that used that phrase,” he said.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R), who has officially declared 2017 the “Year of the Bible,” also dates all of his proclamations with “in the Year of Our Lord.”

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Larry Pittman #racist rawstory.com

A North Carolina Republican state representative said in a Facebook post that former President Abraham Lincoln was a “tyrant” as bad as German dictator Adolf Hitler.

The Raleigh News and Observer said Wednesday that Concord Republican Rep. Larry Pittman was responding to marriage equality supporters on social media after he introduced a bill to the state House urging the state the defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage for all 50 states.

A commenter told Pittman that the highest court in the land had decided the question and urged him to “get over it.”

Pittman responded, “And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort if tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”

“Another commenter asked Pittman to explain why he believes the Civil War, which resulted in the end of slavery, was ‘unnecessary,’” the Observer said. “He did not respond to the question on the Facebook page.”

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Kenneth Adkins #fundie rawstory.com

An anti-gay pastor who said people massacred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando “got what they deserved” last year has been convicted on eight charges related to child molestation.

The Florida Times Union reports that a jury this week found 57-year-old pastor Kenneth Adkins guilty of child molestation due to a relationship he had with an underage boy and an underage girl who attended his church seven years ago.

In the case, prosecutors claimed that Adkins had methodically groomed two teenagers to have sexual intercourse with him when they were just 15 years old. The pastor’s male accuser said he wanted to come forward so that the pastor would never again be able to similarly take advantage of young teenagers.

The jury came back with a guilty verdict against Adkins after only one hour of deliberation. He is due to be sentenced on April 25th.

Adkins drew national condemnation last year when he sent out a message on social media attacking the victims of Omar Mateen’s shooting rampage at the Pulse nightclub.

“I don’t see none of them as victims,” Adkins tweeted. “I see them as getting what they deserve!!”

Less than two months later, Adkins was arrested by authorities on charges that he molested two parishioners.

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Sheridan Thista #fundie rawstory.com

A special education teacher in West Fargo, North Dakota is defending herself for mocking autistic students on social media.

WDAY reported that former Miss Montana Sheridan Tihista admitted that she is the owner of a Twitter account that shared hateful messages about special ed students.

“Writing a research paper about parenting struggles of kids with autism and instead of writing ‘mothers’ I wrote ‘monsters’ #samething,” she tweeted last week.

Sheridan joked that teaching autistic students was easy because she did not have to update her classroom routines because “we loooove routines!”

In another tweet, she called one of her students a “borderline psychopath.”

Sheridan made her Twitter account private on Friday, but it was accessible to anyone prior to that.

The former beauty queen confirmed to WDAY that she was the author of the offensive tweets.

“My tweets may have been distasteful but don’t illustrate what kind of educator I am,” she said in a text message to the station.

A spokesperson for the West Fargo school system said that officials were reviewing Sheridan’s tweets.

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Valeri V. Cordòn #fundie rawstory.com

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs their members to give their 10 percent tithing money to the church so much that they don’t care if your children go hungry.

Patheos noticed that over the weekend at the Mormon’s biannual General Conference elder Valeri V. Cordón gave a speech demanding the church’s money. He explained that as a child he worked in his father’s factory during school vacations.

“The first question my father always asked after I received my salary was, ‘What are you going to do with your money?'” he recalled. “I know the answer and responded, ‘Pay my tithing and save for my mission.'”

His father asked him the same question each time but he clarified that he had already learned the lesson because his father couldn’t buy food for him after a civil war in Guatemala. He went hungry often times because his parents had to pay the church.

“One day, during those difficult times, I heard my parents discussing whether they should pay tithing or buy food for the children,” he told the audience. “On Sunday, I followed my father to see what he was going to do. After our Church meetings, I saw him take an envelope and put his tithing in it. That was only part of the lesson. The question that remained for me was: what we were going to eat!”

Jesus Christ spoke frequently about the church caring for the poor. “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God,” Christ said in Luke 6:20-21.

Earlier in Luke, Christ is quoted telling his followers, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Reports indicate the Mormon church earns $7 billion each year from the required tithing. No person can become a member of the Mormon church without agreeing to pay the required 10 percent tithing.

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Iowa GOP #fundie rawstory.com

An anti-abortion bill being offered by Republicans in Iowa would effectively ban all abortions and give parents rights over the bodies of unmarried adult daughters.

A state House panel on Wednesday voted to send SF 471 — the so-called “personhood” bill — to the full committee. The bill states that life begins at conception, giving fetuses the same rights as people.

Anticipating that the “personhood” provision of the bill will likely be struck down by courts, the GOP bill also provides criminal punishment for anyone who performs an abortion more than 20 weeks after conception. The bill makes exceptions if the life of the mother is at risk. However, it does not make exceptions for rape or incest.

Iowa House Democrats noted on Wednesday that HF 53, to which SF 471 is a successor, also gives parents the legal right to prevent unmarried adult daughters from having an abortion.

The bill states “injunctive relief to prevent a physician from performing abortions” may be obtained “by a parent or guardian of the woman if the woman is less than eighteen years of age or unmarried at the time the abortion was performed or attempted to be performed.”

The Iowa House Human Resources Committee was scheduled to debate Senate File 471 on Wednesday.

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George Faught #sexist rawstory.com

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma House met to discuss engrossment of its controversial House Bill-1549, which would prohibit anyone from seeking an abortion in the case of a genetic abnormality.

Oklahoma State Rep. Cory Williams (D) asked Rep. George Faught — who authored the bill — if rape is the “will of God.”

“Well, you know, if you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened,” Faught began. “The Lord uses all circumstances. I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality unfortunately,” he said.

Williams followed up, asking if incest is the “will of God.”

“Same answer. Doesn’t deal with this bill,” Faught said. Williams argued that the questions matter to the legislation, given that Faught was unwilling to make exceptions in the case of rape or incest. “You are proffering a divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that and so I think it is very important.”

“This body wants to know — and myself personally — whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God,” Williams questioned.

“It’s a great question to ask,” said Faught. “And, obviously if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened, but — so you’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life and I disagree with that.”

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New Mexico couple #fundie rawstory.com

A couple who may have urinated on copies of the Quran at a New Mexico library appear to be fans of Ann Coulter’s cannon of work.

According to library staff, the couple put on a right-wing info campaign for other patrons, taking copies of conservative books and putting them “around the library, as if they were placed on display for all to see,” according to a police report obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican. They included Mark Levin’s “Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future” and Ann Coulter’s “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America,” according a police report.

The man also came in bearing a “large knife, sheathed, on his belt,” and referenced his right to bear arms when staff expressed discomfort. Later, library staff found a “yellowish liquid substance” on copies of the Quran.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called for the vandalism to be investigated as a hate crime.

“Based on the behavior of the suspects in this case, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the destruction of library property,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

A Santa Fe police spokesperson tells Raw Story police have a person of interest in the case, but can’t formally designate them a suspect yet, in part because they lack video surveillance.

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Buncombe County Schools #fundie rawstory.com

School officials in North Carolina have barred a bullied boy from bringing his “My Little Pony” lunch bag to school.

Fourth-grader Grayson Bruce said he understands why other students tease him for liking the cartoon, which promotes the idea that “friendship is magic.”

“Most of the characters in the show are girls, and most of the people put it toward girls, most of the toys are girlie, and surprisingly I found stuff like this?” Grayson said.

But he said classmates have taken their enforcement of gender norms “too far” by punching him, pushing him down, and calling him names.

The 9-year-old’s mother wants those students to be punished, but the school has instead asked Grayson to stop bringing the “Rainbow Dash” bag to school because it’s “a trigger for bullying.”

“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape,” said the boy’s mother, Noreen Bruce. “It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense.”

Officials from Buncombe County Schools said in a statement that asking Grayson to stop carrying the bag was “an initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom.”

They added that the school district took bullying “very seriously” and vowed to take additional, unspecified steps to resolve the issue.

Another North Carolina boy hung himself off the side of his bunk bed in January after classmates tormented him over his love for “My Little Pony.”

Michael Morones survived the suicide attempt, but the 11-year-old suffered brain damage and remains hospitalized until he can be moved to a specialized rehabilitation center.

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Maricopa County Trumpians #racist rawstory.com

Maricopa County burnished its reputation as the Trumpiest in America last weekend as hundreds of locals, including heavily armed militiamen, white nationalists and even a few elected officials, gathered to support the 45th president. The ensuing “March for Trump” was as horrifying as it sounds.

“I heard ‘lock her up, lock her up,’ and we still need to pursue that,” announced Arizona Congressman Anthony Kern; a nod to a prominent Trump campaign promise to imprison then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“If you don’t like it here, go to Syria, go to someplace else,” one attendee shouted.

“I don’t want ’em, as a veteran I don’t want ’em, let ’em go back home,” another seconded. “If they’ve got a problem, let Saudi Arabia take care of ’em.”

Some even dared to tell Dan Cohen of the The Real News Network how they’d make America great again now that Trump was in office. And Muslims weren’t the only religious minority unwelcomed.

“If she is Jewish, she should go back to her country,” a 13-year-old Trump supporter said of a protester.

“This is America, we don’t want Sharia Law,” one attendee explained. “Christian country,” he added.

One man insisted that Senator John McCain was a “secret communist.”

“I think there’s a lot there,” he said of Pizzagate, a deranged right-wing conspiracy theory that Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta was running a child prostitution ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizzeria. “Definitely enough to warrant an investigation.”

The day’s proceedings would grow uglier still.

“I just want to let them know that I can’t wait for the liberal genocide to begin,” an Oath Keeper shouted at a small group of protesters.

“That’s the way to make America great again,” he later told Cohen. “Liberals are destroying the country.”

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John Shimkus #fundie rawstory.com

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) got into a battle with Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) Thursday during a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing for the healthcare bill.

While discussing the GOP’s new bill, Doyal asked what Shimkus could possibly have a problem with that is mandated in Obamacare. He rattled off some of the things Americans have said they like, kids being able to stay on their parents’ insurance until 26, not being kicked off for pre-existing conditions or stopping caps on benefits.

Shimkus replied that men shouldn’t have to pay for prenatal care.

“I’m just — I — is that not correct?” Shimkus stuttered. “Should they?”

Doyal seemed so dumbfounded he couldn’t find his words either. He reclaimed his time. “There’s no such thing as ala cart insurance, John,” he explained.

Shimkus said that was the thing he had a problem with. “That’s the point! That’s the point!” he exclaimed. “We want the consumer to be able to go to the insurance market and be able to negotiate on a plan that –”

“You tell me what insurance company will do that,” Doyle interrupted. “There isn’t a single insurance company in the world that does that, John.”

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Arkansas GOP #fundie rawstory.com

Although the Supreme Court in 2015 made it legal for same-sex couples to get married across the United States, several lawmakers in Arkansas are trying to challenge that ruling with a new bill that would rescind their state’s recognition of same-sex marriages.

The New Civil Rights Movement notes that GOP Arkansas Rep. Stephen Meeks has introduced a new bill that would make it state policy to only recognize marriage as being between a man and a woman.

“Marriage shall be only between a man and a woman. A marriage between persons of the same sex is void,” the bill reads. “It is the public policy of the State of Arkansas to recognize the marital union only of man and woman… Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state.”

Additionally, the bill would not recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who move to Arkansas from states that do recognize same-sex marriages.

Meeks has attracted 20 additional Republican co-sponsors for his bill so far.

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Stanley Glanz #racist rawstory.com

Oklahoma jails might not be a racially sensitive place for inmates but apparently, it isn’t for employees of the jail either.

Courtroom testimony in Tulsa, Oklahoma Monday revealed that in 2011 African-American staff at the Tulsa County jail were called “n*gronoids” or “n*groids” by former Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who resigned in 2015, the Daily Beast reported. The revelation is part of a wrongful death suit for 37-year-old Army veteran Elliott Williams, who was paralyzed on the floor of his cell pleading for help for days.

Glanz explained that he didn’t consider the term to be offensive for black inmates because the FBI used the word to describe blacks in the 1960s or 1970s. Court documents allege staff would mark an “N” or a “W” next to inmates’ names to indicate if they were black or white. Tulsa County was forced to settle six lawsuits thanks to Glanz’s words, totalling $1 million in legal fees and settlement payments.

Dan Smolen, the attorney for Williams’ estate, noticed the “N” vs. “W” indication on a memo (PDF) that was sent in 2006. The letters appeared beside “M” or “F” to indicate gender. According to the Daily Beast, it was this memo that was the smoking gun for all of the discrimination suits Glanz and Tulsa County faced.

Deposition transcripts from 2015, quotes Smolen asking Glanz, “How long did the sheriff’s office use that coding system to refer to their African-American employees?”

“Yeah, I don’t know,” Glanz replied. He confessed that the “N” stood for n*gronoid and went on to say that he doesn’t think the indication “might be offensive to an American-American employee.” He later chalked it up to being “police lingo.”

The Williams trial began Feb. 22 before an all-white jury after one person of color was dismissed to handle a family emergency.

Correctional Healthcare Companies Inc. was named as part of the lawsuit but has already settled with the Williams estate. Glanz and current sheriff, Vic Regalado are still fighting the case.

Williams had no criminal record and was arrested during a mental breakdown in an Owasso, Oklahoma hotel room after his wife left him. He was charged with misdemeanor obstruction in October 2011. He complained for days that he couldn’t move or get to water or food trays in his cell. A nurse with Correctional Healthcare Companies Inc. examined Williams via video feed monitoring his cell and told investigators that Williams was “faking” it. He ultimately died of a broken neck and medical examiners ruled he was dehydrated at the time of his death.

The clinic staff came under fire just weeks before Williams was allegedly killed. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties found there was a “prevailing attitude of indifference among the clinic staff” at the jail, according the Daily Beast cited.

Experts testified last week that Williams’ death would have been prevented with medical care.

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Rob Schaaf #fundie rawstory.com

Republican state Senator Rob Schaaf believes that when people die of a drug overdose it “just removes them from the gene pool.” He has led a small group of senators for the last six years against any prescription drug monitoring programs, making Missouri the only state in the country not to monitor.

In one legislative session, Schaaf led filibusters against any proposal to establish a monitoring program and threatened to do so again in other sessions, STAT News reports. Programs vary state by state but all require doctors and pharmacists to enter prescriptions into a database to prevent patients from doctor hopping looking for painkillers. Schaaf is a physician, so it’s unclear if he’s preventing these laws because it might hurt his own bottom line, critics say.

In Oct. 2016, Schaaf explained those databases don’t work and infringe on people’s privacy. “Most people don’t want the government to have that information and have it on a database in which many people can get it,” he said.

A new program that Schaaf is proposing isn’t a typical monitoring program at all, rather it would require doctors to send a list of names of patients they’re considering giving painkillers to the state’s health department. The state would manage a database that would then alert the prescriber to any troubling patterns and the prescriber could decide how to proceed. So, some doctors could continue to charge patients to dole out painkillers regardless of the state’s concerns. No other state operates this way.

The Missouri State Medical Association has come out against the bill, noting that the bill would create a system so different that Missouri couldn’t coordinate with other states. It’s problematic for cities like Kansas City and St. Louis that are close enough to Kansas and Illinois respectively to allow addicts to cross state lines to obtain painkillers.

The National Association of State Controlled Substances Authorities also opposes the bill because it would remove medical decisions about risk from doctors.

“You are charging [the bureau] with making a medical decision and that doesn’t make any sense to me,” Larry Pinson, who serves on the board, told STAT News. “How are they going to know if there is a true medical reason for that patient to need a narcotic?”

Another bill has been proposed by two other Republicans that would form a more traditional program. Schaaf told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he will filibuster it.

“I’d just as soon not have a PDMP. Would they rather have a database that protects privacy or no database at all?” Schaaf said.

There were 1,066 overdose deaths in Missouri in 2016. The company that manufactures oxycodone, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, has expressed support for the legislation that sets up a more traditional program and not Schaaf’s bill.

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Roger Marshall #fundie rawstory.com

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) thinks that there is a segment of the population that doesn’t want health care and he doesn’t want to have to pay for them.

According to an interview with STAT News, the Kansas doctor explained that the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare helps the poor but most of those people just don’t want healthcare.

“Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us,’” he explained. “There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.”

When pressed to clarify he simply “shrugged” and explained that the “Medicaid population” is on a “free credit card, as a group” and that those people don’t take care of themselves so they’ll end up costing taxpayers more money.

“So there’s a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [into] the ER,” he said.

For this reason, no one in poverty deserves health care.

As ThinkProgress pointed out, studies show that when people have access to health care they use it and the result is a healthier person.

“Two years after Medicaid coverage was expanded under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in their states, low-income adults in Kentucky and Arkansas received more primary and preventive care, made fewer emergency departments visits, and reported higher quality care and improved health compared with low-income adults in Texas, which did not expand Medicaid,” the study summary outlines.

Marshall is basing his information on his experience working as a doctor and organizing a Kansas hospital. Kansas didn’t start working on their Medicaid expansion proposals until last year. Nothing was ultimately decided, so the legislature pitched another bill in Jan. 2017. As a Kansas doctor and member of Congress’ Doctor Caucus, he’s never worked under the Medicaid expansion.

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Word of Faith Fellowship #fundie rawstory.com

An Evangelical church in North Carolina is being accused by dozens of former parishioners of engaging in brutally abusive behavior aimed at controlling every aspect of members’ lives.

The Associated Press, via local news station WYFF, reports that former congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship in Rutherford County, N.C., are publicly accusing their one-time church of physically abusing parishioners — including babies and children — and of enacting strict control over their adult parishioners’ sex lives.

Among other things, the parishioners tell the AP that “they were regularly punched, smacked, choked, slammed to the floor or thrown through walls in the name of the Lord.” Being young didn’t shield a member from abuse either, as the parishioners claim that even babies were regularly shaken as a method for banishing “demons” from their bodies.

Additionally, the church set out strict guidelines for dating, marriage and sex among parishioners — couples were only allowed to give each other a peck on the cheek on their wedding nights, they allege. What’s more, married couples were only allowed to spend a maximum of 30 minutes having sex, and that sex had to be consummated without any foreplay.

The church, which is led by an Evangelical minister named Jane Whaley, denies any wrongdoing.

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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.

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Donald Trump #fundie rawstory.com

John Oliver slams Trump’s trans order: If we want to protect women from predators, ‘ban the president’

In his Sunday evening “Last Week Tonight” episode, comedian John Oliver slammed President Donald Trump, calling him a hypocrite for his executive order against transgender students. The order would allow students to use their bathroom of their choice in schools. Obama’s order also allowed students to wear a tux to prom or a dress in yearbook photos if it is consistent with their gender identity.

Oliver played a clip of a Trump appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” from April 11, 2005, in which Trump brags about being able to walk into women’s dressing rooms during beauty pageants.

“I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else. And you know, no men are anywhere,” Trump told Stern. “And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’ And you see these incredible-looking women. And so, I sort of get away with things like that.”

Some of those beauty pageant contestants were underage girls, and Buzzfeed interviewed four of them who said that Trump walked in on them during the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant. At least one of the women was only 15 years old at the time.

“I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here,’” former Miss Teen Vermont Mariah Billado said. Trump reportedly told the girls, “Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.”

Oliver had a better idea for a new Trump executive order.

“Yeah, you do seem to sort of get away with it, which is exactly why if we really want to protect women from predators,” Oliver began. “Let’s stop wasting our time with pointless, vindictive bathroom laws and instead launch a military operation to ban the president himself from women’s rooms nationwide.”

Watch the full video below:

https://vid.me/nnj3

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Rick Santorum #conspiracy rawstory.com

CNN contributor Rick Santorum suggested on Sunday that it was a mistake to guarantee health care coverage for people with preexisting conditions because “millions” of them were scamming insurance companies.

During a panel discussion about health care reform, Santorum argued that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law had damaged the health care system to the point that the Republican lawmakers could not “repeal and replace” it at the same time.

“Pre-existing conditions, though it’s very popular,” the former GOP senator opined, “what the reality is today that thousands, maybe approaching millions of Americans, are paying nine months for insurance. Why? Because you pay for your insurance for nine months, there’s a provision in Obamacare that says you can’t be thrown off your plan for three months.”

“So, you stop paying in September until the end of the year,” he continued. “You have a right to guaranteed [coverage for] preexisting conditions. You can buy a new plan in January. So people are paying nine months for 12 months of care. And it’s happening more and more and more as people get the gig.”

“Obamacare is a failure! But you’re going to need 60 votes to change preexisting conditions and other things to make the system work. And that’s the problem of repeal and replacing is you can’t do it because it’s a broken system.”

Santorum, however, offered no evidence that “millions of Americans” were using Obamacare’s protections for people with preexisting conditions to scam health insurance companies.

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Unnamed student #racist rawstory.com

A Catholic high school in Louisiana has apologized “to anyone who was offended” after a racist essay about Black History Month went viral.

WBRZ reported that St. Michael the Archangel in Baton Rouge explained in a letter to parents that an essay making the rounds on the internet was “contrary to the teachings of the church.”

According to WBRZ, the essay was written by a white student who said she was “unpleased” by the Black History Month assignment.

“I’m not fully racist but I hate almost every black person,” the essay begins. “They think they run everything but in reality are an embarrassment to this country.”

The student goes on to justify slavery based on misconceptions about the Bible.

“Think about it though,” she writes. “None of the apostles were different ethics [sic]. They were all white. There was [sic] no black nor Hispanic [sic] mentioned really back when Jesus time was. All the stories we hear in the Bible are about like mainly white people. So since God knows everything that is going to happen than [sic] he would have done something about that.”

The student explains that she cannot support Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message about equality because black people make her “petrified to leave my house.”

“But we are supposed to give them a month right?” the essay continues. “When they cannot even wear pants that fit them? When they shoot cops for protecting people?”

“Sad to say this but maybe things would be better if they would have stayed slaves,” the student concludes. “I should not have to be scared for my life when I see them in my sight.”

In a letter to parents, school officials said they “apologize to anyone who was offended by this writing.”

“The ideas and the writings of this student, and their subsequent posting on the web, were not within the school’s control,” the letter stated. “We look at this incident as a teachable moment and as an opportunity for education and growth for all involved, particularly through reflection on the wisdom of our Catholic faith.”

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Various Islamophobes #conspiracy rawstory.com

A group of tea partiers and other conservatives riled up by Facebook conspiracy theories gathered last week at a North Carolina seafood restaurant to discuss their plans to violently oppose Sharia law.

Nearly two dozen participants, some of whom claimed membership in right-wing militia groups, expressed fears that the Muslim minority have already imposed their religious beliefs on other Americans, reported Triad City Beat.

Presenter Tom Jones sketched out a conspiracy theory involving the Muslim Brotherhood and the “progressive left” to build mosques and Islamic schools, which he warned will then be used to undermine democratic and Christian institutions.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is behind all that terrorism and violent acts, but they’re also here operating in America in a very stealthy mode,” Jones said, according to the newspaper. “They’ve infiltrated the judiciary. They have judges that are elected to the bench. These judges are expected to make rulings from the bench here in America according to Sharia law even though it’s not a Sharia court. If you’ve got a Muslim judge he’s required to try you under Sharia law. These people are in high positions of influence often behind the scenes in government, academia, medicine, the media.”

Conservative media frequently warn about Sharia law, which loosely describes both a personal moral code and the general religious law used in majority Muslim nations, and some states — including North Carolina — have moved to ban its influence on courts.

“Do you have any recommendations as to how we could stop this?” said Frank del Valle, of Winston-Salem. “Because my only recommendation is to start killing the hell out them.”

Del Valle, whose Facebook page shows he’s a Latin musician and former federal employee, said he’d watched his native Cuba fall to the communists and wasn’t willing to see the same thing happen in the U.S.

“The Muslims are doing the exact same thing, so I am very aware of that,” del Valle said. “I have been talking about that for a long time.”

Another participant, a former field director for the Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity and an activist with Faith and Freedom Coalition, told the gathering that one of the Women’s March organizers, Linda Sarsour, wanted to impose her Islamic beliefs on the U.S.

“All those women who showed up in D.C. who appear to be mainstream and supported her, raved about how she’s so great don’t realize that she’s the same one who agrees with Sharia law and will be person who stands beside them and also the same person who slices their neck,” said Robert Watkins, the conservative activist.

Jones, the presenter, warned that Muslim Brotherhood had been operating “training centers” in the U.S. since the early 1980s — which motivated a Tea Party activist from Tennessee to plot a violent attack on a New York village identified by conservative media as a terrorist training camp.

That conservative activist, 65-year-old Robert Doggart, was convicted last week on several federal charges in connection with that violent plot.

The crowd gathered at Captain Tom’s Seafood, in Kernersville, N.C., fretted about the growing number of mosques and foreign-looking doctors they’ve seen in recent years, and Jones urged them to start making preparations for what he saw as an inevitable conflict.

“I don’t know how you say ‘deep doo-doo’ in Arabic, but we’re in it,” Jones said. “We’re in deep doo-doo, ya’ll. This is serious stuff. This is not games. These people do not play. If I put a gun to your head and ask you what you believe, you may not be able to tell, but I guarantee you these people can tell you what they believe.”

Del Valle, who the newspaper pointed out was the only attendee to specifically endorse violence, took the bait.

“I’ll shoot them before they can ask me,” he said.

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Trent Franks #conspiracy rawstory.com

In a contentious interview with an Arizona congressman, CNN host Brianna Keilar continually slapped down the lawmaker who kept insisting former President Barack Obama did nothing about undocumented immigrants during his eight years in office.

Along the way he warned of nukes being smuggled into the U.S. in bales of weed.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) addressed the stepped up efforts by the Trump administration to round-up and deport undocumented immigrants, saying the media was trying to foment “panic” over it.

“Well, part of the panic here is the media overstating and confusing some of the things that are actually happening here,” Franks remarked. “If you look at what the Trump administration’s actual policies are, I don’t think the media is accurately portraying what the real situation is.”

“The reality, Brianna, is that we have to measure all of the costs, ancillary and otherwise, and make the best decision that we can. But I can suggest to you that there are national security implications here for a porous border,” Franks said. “We sometimes used to make the point that if someone wanted to smuggle in a dangerous weapon, even a nuclear weapon, into America, how would they do it? And the suggestion was made, ‘Well, we’ll simply hide it in a bale of marijuana.’”

The Arizona lawmaker then asserted that Trump was finally doing what former President Barack Obama refused to do.

“I’m saying the federal law has been in place for a long time. It’s how it was enforced. I will make no argument with you that there is a different president, there’s a different administration in place, and yes, the law is being more clearly enforced in the present than it was before,” Franks stated. “My contention is before, when Barack Obama just kind of stood by and let whatever would happen happen, that it endangered this country.”

That was when host Keilar pushed back.

“He [Obama] deported more people than George W. Bush,” Keilar shot back. “He deported more people under his administration than George W. Bush did.”

“I don’t know what all the numbers are,” Franks parried.

‘I’m telling you the numbers. He had 3 million something, and George W. Bush had 2 million something,” Keilar pressed.

“So now tell me that Barack Obama was more committed to border enforcement than Donald Trump,” Franks deflected.

“You tell me what you make of those numbers,’ the CNN host fired back. “You said he stood by, you said he stood by. I’m just telling you the numbers on deportations.

“I’m suggesting to you that Barack Obama border security was something that, in my judgement, was dangerous to this country,” Franks replied. “And I continue to stand by that.”

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Donald Trump #conspiracy rawstory.com

At his rally in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday, Pres. Donald Trump listed a terror attack that never happened as part of the rationale for his controversial anti-Muslim travel ban.

In defending his executive order banning Islamic refugees and travelers from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., Trump said, “When you look at what’s happening in Germany, when you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden!”

“They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never like they never thought possible,” he went on.

However, there was no terror attack in Sweden on Friday. Perhaps, as some Twitter users suggested, the attack in Sweden happened in the same parallel universe as Kellyanne Conway’s fictitious “Bowling Green massacre.”

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James C. Green #fundie rawstory.com

James C. Green, vice-chair of the Wasatch County Republican Party in Utah, asserted this week that laws mandating equal pay for women could cause hardship for men.

In a letter to the editor published by The Wasatch Wave, Green outlines what he says is “the problem with the Equal Pay bill being considered by the Utah Legislature.”

“Traditionally men have earned more than women in the workplace because they are considered the primary breadwinners for families,” Green writes. “If businesses are forced to pay women the same as male earnings, that means they will have to reduce the pay for the men they employ… simple economics.”

Green predicts that a reduction in pay for men “will mean more Mothers will be forced to leave the home (where they may prefer to be) to join the workforce to make up the difference.”

Additionally, the GOP official worries that men may miss out on the best paying jobs as they compete with women in the workforce.

“It’s a vicious cycle that only gets worse the more equality of pay is forced upon us. It’s a situation of well-meaning intentions, but negative unintended consequences,” he opines. “We should encourage our Legislators to drop the whole notion. Let the marketplace determine what free-market forces should prevail.”

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Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell #racist rawstory.com

The FBI has arrested a white supremacist who allegedly planned to carry out a Dylann Roof-style massacre against a South Carolina synagogue.

Local news station WMBF reports that law enforcement officials on Wednesday apprehended a 29-year-old man named Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, who bought a gun from an undercover FBI agent that he allegedly planned to use in an attack against the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

According to the FBI, McDowell telegraphed his intentions to attack the synagogue during a series of anti-Semitic Facebook posts in which he expressed his desire to carry out a massacre against it “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.”

In January, McDowell told the undercover FBI agent that he wanted to attack a synagogue, but worried that he didn’t have the proper training to handle it as efficiently as Roof did when he murdered nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

“I got the heart to do that sh*t, but I don’t have to the good training,” he allegedly said. “If I could do something on a f*cking big scale and write on the f*cking building or whatever, ‘In the spirit of Dylann Roof.’”

While McDowell didn’t tell the agent about any specific building that he wanted to attack, he did post a link to the synagogue’s website on Facebook in late December, which led officers to believe that it was a prime potential target.

On Wednesday, agents arrested McDowell after spotting him “holding a bag in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn in Myrtle Beach.” Agents found him in possession of the handgun and ammo sold to him by the undercover agent, as well as a marijuana cigarette and a cell phone.

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Alex Jones #racist rawstory.com

InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was not pleased with singer Jennifer Lopez’s grammy speech on Sunday night. Lopez got political, telling the crowd, “At this particular point in history, our voices are needed more than ever.”

She then quoted author Toni Morisson and said, “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self pity, no need for silence, and no room for fear. We do language. That is how civilizations heal.”

Jones responded in a segment calling Lopez a “tart,” before noting how “all the leftists from big foundations … hoard the money for themselves, like you know, the Clintons and Oprah, and all the rest of it.”

He continued, “And she’s up there, ‘Oh and we just gotta do something, it’s we’re so oppressed, it’s all so horrible, what will’ — Yes, let’s critique this — ‘it’s so terrible … and Trump wants to build factories for poor people.'”

“He doesn’t want to bring people in from Somalia where women are sold on slave box,” Jones declared. “Why don’t you go to Somalia for five minutes, lady, you’ll be gang raped so fast it’ll make your head spin.”

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Justin Humphrey #fundie rawstory.com

Oklahoma state Rep. Justin Humphrey (R) recently suggested that women who chose to have an abortion were “irresponsible” and should be treated as a “host” for the fetuses they are carrying.

Speaking to The Intercept last week, Humphrey defended a bill he is sponsoring that would force women to obtain the permission of the father before having an abortion.

Humphrey said that he had originally wanted a bill to force fathers to pay child support, but that language was later removed to focus on the rights of the man.

“I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions,” the lawmaker insisted.

Humphrey argued that women lose the right to make decisions about their bodies as soon as they become pregnant.

“I understand that they feel like that is their body,” Humphrey remarked. “I feel like it is a separate — what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant.”

“So that’s where I’m at. I’m like, hey, your body is your body and be responsible with it,” he added. “But after you’re irresponsible then don’t claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you’re the host and you invited that in.”

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Terry Lynn Weaver #fundie rawstory.com

A bill filed by a Tennessee Republican aims to make children born through artificial insemination illegitimate.

WMC reported that state House Representative Terry Lynn Weaver is sponsoring HB 1406 to repeal Tennessee current statute, TCA 68-3-306, which declares that children born through artificial insemination are the “legitimate” child of the mother’s husband.

The text of the new bill says it immediately “repeals statute that deems a child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with consent of the married woman’s husband, to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife.”

Last year, Weaver was one of 53 GOP lawmakers who got involved in a same-sex marriage divorce that dealt with the custody of a child born through artificial insemination. Weaver and the other lawmakers asserted that the lesbian wife of the child’s mother should not be considered a “legitimate” parent under the current statute.

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Marine Le Pen #racist rawstory.com

Jewish people living in France who are also Israel citizens may have to give up their Israeli citizenship if a far-right wing French presidential candidate is elected. Marine Le Pen said she wouldn’t allow French citizens to maintain their citizenship in any country that was not part of the European Union, Haaretz reported Thursday.

"Israel isn't a member of the European Union, and doesn't consider itself as such," Le Pen told France 2 TV after she was asked specifically if her plan also applied to France’s Jewish community.

“I’m asking the Israelis to choose their nationality. It doesn’t mean that if they don’t choose French nationality, they have to leave,” Le Pen said.

Neither U.S. citizens nor those from North African countries would be exempt from her ban, Le Pen added. However, Russian citizens would be allowed to keep their dual-citizenship because it “has a place” in what she termed a “Europe of nations” that are “free and sovereign,” the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

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Hawaii GOP #fundie rawstory.com

Republican lawmakers in Hawaii have reportedly booted state Rep. Beth Fukumoto (R) out of her position as House Minority Leader because she participated in the Women’s March against President Donald Trump.

Fukumoto told KHON that she was bullied by her colleagues and is now considering switching parties.

“The Republican Party is getting increasingly hostile to different opinions,” she explained. “If you followed what happened at the state convention (in May 2016), I got booed for about 10 minutes straight for raising concerns about President Trump, then nominee Trump, and the way he treated women and minorities in many of his remarks. I, at the time, had said this is not, this should not reflect our party.”

Fukumoto said she “repeated those sentiments at the Women’s March last week.”

“And since then, there have been many calls for my resignation, and my caucus members have raised concerns about whether or not that means I’m a Republican, whether or not that means I’m fit for leadership, whether or not that means I should even be an elected official.”

In an address on the state House floor, Fukumoto revealed that Republicans had asked her to agree to never criticize Trump again.

“They told me they would keep me in this position if I would commit to not disagreeing with our president for the remainder of his term. Mr. Speaker, I’m being removed because I refused to make that commitment, because I believe it’s our job as Americans and as leaders in this body to criticize power when power is wrong.”

State Rep. Bob McDermott (R) argued that Fukumoto’s first responsibility was to the party.

“You are speaking not for yourself anymore,” he said. “It is a high-level responsibility.”

Fukumoto sent letters to her constituents this week asking for feedback before making the jump to the Democratic Party.

“When I was re-elected in November, I was elected as a Republican, and I want to honor my community’s choice by consulting them before any decision is made,” she said in a statement. “As I articulated in my letter, I encourage my constituents to contact me with input and provide feedback. I was elected by the people of Mililani, and I am here to represent them.”

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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.

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Alexis Duvall #racist rawstory.com

A white woman assaulted an 83-year-old Korean woman in Los Angeles, which was reported on Facebook by the Koren publication Joongang Ilbo. The report said that the Korean woman was walking down the street when the white woman yelled “white power,” knocked her to the ground, and fled.

The woman hit her head when she fell. According to the report, another person who witnessed the attack chased the white woman down and she was later arrested. According to Sgt. Randy Espinoza, the Korean woman “suffered a one-inch cut to her left cheek as a result of the fall and had pain in her knee” and noted that witnesses said the suspect punched her, the LA Times reports.

The suspect gave her name as Patty Garcia when she was arrested but was later identified by her fingerprints as 27-year-old Alexis Duvall. The sergeant told the Times that the suspect appeared to be either intoxicated or suffering from mental illness. Duvall reportedly yelled “power is power” repetitively and also shouted the N-word.

She will not be charged with a hate crime but was booked on battery and is being held on a $50,000 bail.

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Tim and Bill Jackson #fundie rawstory.com

Two brothers who support President Donald Trump argued over the weekend that the president was right to place a ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries because Jesus Christ is “the reason this country is here and safe today.”

In an interview with NPR that was published on Sunday, brothers Tim and Bill Jackson of Elizabethtown, New York called on Americans to give the president a chance.

“You know, I mean, everybody [is saying] he’s signed this, he’s signed that,” Tim opined. “It’s only been a week.”

“I’m sick of people who just stand by,” brother Bill agreed. “Now that someone’s gone in there and stirred the waters up, boy them Democrats are pissed. They’re trying to come up with every way they can to push him down.”

The brothers also linked Trump’s travel ban directly to Christianity.

“I feel that if a Muslim woman wants to move into this country, she needs to leave her towel home,” Bill explained. “Because the reason this country is here and safe today is because of Jesus Christ.”

He continued: “We were one nation under God. The Muslims are into Allah. They can’t live there [in their home countries] anymore because of all the turmoil and unrest. Here we still have somewhat peace. So if you’re going to come here to enjoy this peace, follow our rules and be one nation under God. Or stay home. I’m not making you change your religion, or whatever you want to call it, your belief. But if you want this, what we want, then you got to do what we’re doing to get it.”

Bill also disagreed with the notion that the Constitution gives Americans the right to worship the god of their choice.

“That is something I believe that has come along with political correctness and all this other garbage,” he insisted.