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Pro-LGBT bill kills religious liberty: Trump and GOP might not stop it

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Pro-LGBT bill kills religious liberty Trump and GOP might not stop it

When US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy created a non-existent constitutional right to same-sex marriage out of thin air in Obergefell v. Hodges, justices in the minority of the 5-4 decision “legalizing” the practice warned of the inevitable threat it created to the First Amendment right to religious freedom.

“Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect … It appears all but inevitable that the two will come into conflict, particularly as individuals and churches are confronted with demands to participate in and endorse civil marriages between same-sex couples.” – Justice Clarence Thomas

We got a taste of what Thomas feared with the notorious Masterpiece Cakeshop case in Colorado where a baker was nearly driven out of business for refusing to bake a same-sex “wedding” cake because it violated his faith. Owner Jack Phillips appealed to the Supreme Court and won, and even though he ruled with the majority, Justice Kennedy stated that the conflict between the LGBT agenda and religious liberty created a “difficult situation” and would require “further elaboration” from the courts.

Putting aside the fact that the “difficult situation” Kennedy spoke of is the direct result of the High Court’s judicial tyranny, the clash between the LGBT agenda and the First Amendment wasn’t only inevitable, it was part of the plan:

“The legal struggle for queer rights will one day be a struggle between freedom of religion versus sexual orientation.” – Canadian lesbian lawyer Barbara Finlay, quoted by columnist John Leo and Janet Folger (Porter), “The Criminalization of Christianity”

The “zero-sum game” is how homosexual activist, law professor, and former Obama EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) member Chai Feldblum once described the legal battles between modern “rights” based on homosexual “orientation” (read: behavior) and the traditional American principle of religious liberty.

“Gays win, Christians lose,” Feldblum said, predicting homosexuals would win most of the legal contests.

Feldblum’s prediction may have moved a step closer to becoming a reality with the re-introduction of the so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5) in the House last week, a bill that openly targets religious liberty for elimination and codifies via a revision the Civil Rights Act.

In testimony given in a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) stressed that under the Act, everyone must fall subject to the LGBT agenda — with churches and religious employers, organizations and colleges being afforded no exemptions whatsoever.

“Religion is no excuse for discrimination when it comes to sexual orientation or gender identity,” Nadler asserted.

The threat to genuine civil rights and religious liberty is so obvious, even voices within the LGBT community are speaking out against the Equality Act for reasons outside of religious liberty. One such person giving testimony against the pro-LGBT bill was Julia Beck, a self-described radical lesbian feminist and the former law and policy co-chair for Baltimore’s LGBTQ Commission. She gave the following warning:

“[The Equality Act] would eliminate women and girls as a coherent legal category worthy of civil rights protections. There is no way to tell if someone is lying about being transgender.”

She went on to say that if gender identity becomes recognized under federal law, Americans can expect to see the following scenarios regularly play out:

  • Male rapists will go to female prisons and will likely assault female inmates as has already happened in the UK.
  • Female survivors of rape will be unable to contest male presence in women’s shelters.
  • Men will dominate women’s sports and girls who would have taken first place will be denied scholastic opportunity.
  • Women who use male pronouns to talk about men may be arrested, fined and banned from social media platforms.
  • Girls will stay home from schools when they have their periods to avoid harassment by boys in mixed-sex toilets.
  • Girls and women will no longer have a right to ask for female medical staff or intimate care providers — including elderly or disabled women who are at serious risk of sexual abuse.
  • Female security officers will no longer have the right to refuse to perform pat-down or intimate searches of males who say they’re female.
  • Women undergoing security checks will no longer have the right to refuse having those searches performed by men claiming a feminine identity.

Her warning is not hyperbole. “It’s already happening,” Beck insisted. “And it’s only going to get worse.”

Before some of you jump on Democrats for being Democrats and hurling your anti-Democrat insults, it’s important to remember that many Republicans support the LGBT agenda in the name of “equality,” including the Democrat with an “R” after his name occupying the White House.

Leading up to the Republican National Convention where Trump gave an LGBT-friendly acceptance speech, Milo Yiannopoulos called Trump “the most pro-gay [Republican] candidate in American history.”

In one of Trump’s first actions as president, he and Ivanka reaffirmed an Obama-era executive order legalizing discrimination against faith-based businesses by requiring government contractors to embrace the LGBT agenda or lose their right to do business with the federal government. Shortly afterwards, Mike Pence — who has a history of his own when it comes to caving to LGBT radicals — came to the rescue and defended Trump’s pro-LGBT decision.

“I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that discrimination would have no place in our administration. I mean, he was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him”

More recently, Trump launched an effort earlier this year aimed at ending the criminalization of homosexuality across the globe. The effort is being headed by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, the highest-ranking openly homosexual official in the Trump administration.

The Equality Act has been tried before and failed, but we’re in the 2020 election season now. All bets are off when it comes to how Trump and the GOP will handle it this time around. Personally, I’m not all that hopeful they’ll do the right thing.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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The false narratives behind Portland’s Antifa versus Proud Boys

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The false narratives behind Portlands Antifa versus Proud Boys

Depending on which news outlets you use, there are two primary narratives that are being pushed. Narrative one is, “Far-right group and Antifa clash in Portland.” Narrative two is, “Antifa gets violent. Again.”

The first narrative is what you’ll get from progressive legacy media outlets as they offer cover for the violence being perpetrated almost exclusively by Antifa as they clash with the Proud Boys. The latter is being classified as a “far-right” group, but they’re actually more of an “alt-right” group that does not believe in true conservative principles. Nevertheless, anything “right” is painted by the media as part of the conservative movement, the GOP, and President Trump’s base. This is important to understand because in the narrative the left is painting, their goal is to make the Proud Boys appear to be white supremacist and therefore attached to President Trump because according to their latest agenda, they have to portray him as a racist at every turn.

The second narrative is the reality, and you won’t find it reported this way by many news outlets, even on the right. There’s a disassociation some publications are actively engaged in where they believe reporting that seems to favor the Proud Boys makes the news outlet seem like it’s supporting white supremacy. This is the progressive propaganda machine at work; even conservative journalists are hesitant to lose credibility over perceptions.

Quillette journalist Angy Ngo is reporting live on Twitter. We’ll try to update it as he adds more:

As you can see from Ngo’s reporting, the violence seems to be undertaken exclusively by Antifa. But legacy media will only report it as clashes “between” the two groups and not as violence instigated solely by the side that holds the left’s progressive mantle. All of this is secondary to the overarching narrative they’re driving, that the Proud Boys represent the right and their white supremacy beliefs are defended by the President.

On cue, the President chimed in:

The left pounced, as they’re wont to do, by saying this is evidence the President is sympathetic to the Proud Boys because he singled out Antifa in a “mutual” conflict. What they won’t tell you is Antifa is starting the fights. They’re bringing the weapons. They’re pepper-spraying people. They’re attacking buses. One does not have to believe in the Proud Boys’ rhetoric to realize Antifa is instigating violence here.

As Beth Baumann reported, even journalists are being targeted:

So Much For Being ‘Peaceful’: Antifa Attacks Reporters And Conservatives In Portland (Again)

Not quite seven weeks ago, conservative journalist Andy Ngo was attacked while covering an Antifa protest in Portland, Oregon. Mayor Tom Wheeler ordered police to stand down at the time and received backlash for doing so. The city prepared for the Proud Boys to hold a rally on Saturday, with Antifa showing up to counter protest. Wheeler made it clear that Portland is taking a “zero tolerance” policy during Saturday’s activities.

Despite the warning, Antifa, once again, became violent.

At one point, Antifa protestors had The Washington Examiner‘s Julio Rosas surrounded. They wanted him to report on what was taking place from the other side of the street because he “wasn’t with” them.

Rosas attempted to explain that he was simply reporting on the events for his job but Antifa didn’t care. They thought he was “spying” on them.

The irony in all of this has become a recurring theme between Antifa and their supporters in progressive media and the Democratic Party. They claim Antifa is simply “anti-fascist” while ignoring the fact that they’re the ones using fascism to promote their ideas and to quash opposing ideas. Reports on the ground in Portland demonstrate this clearly.

Here are Rosas’s Twitter reports:

The left’s narratives: (1) Proud Boys and Antifa are equally to blame, (2) Proud Boys are white supremacists while Antifa are anti-fascists, and (3) President Trump support white supremacists. Don’t believe the lies.

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Romans 3:23 – all have sinned

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Romans 323 for all have sinned

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; – Romans 3:23

Our Father wants obedient children but we have proven time and time again since the beginning of our existence that we are not obedient. Rather than let us destroy any chance of salvation, He gave us a final hope: Jesus Christ, our Lord, our Messiah, our Savior.

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Alleged Philadelphia shooter Maurice Hill attended radical Wahhabi Islam mosque: report

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Alleged Philadelphia shooter Maurice Hill attended radical Wahhabi Islam mosque report

Wahhabism, the anti-American fundamentalist Islamic sect that drives the religious culture in Saudi Arabia, has as one of its stated goals to spread their beliefs around the world through any means necessary. Mosques promoting their radical ideology have been popping up across America over the last few years, including in Philadelphia. Alleged cop-shooter Maurice Hill attended one of them.

According to Clarion Project:

The mosque, called Masjid Ahlil Hadith Wal Athar, is known for preaching the Islamist ideology promoted by Saudi Arabia referred to as “Wahhabism.”

Clarion Intelligence Network has been aware through its sources that the area where the shootings took place is known for trafficking in guns, drugs and counterfeit items. This criminal market has a strong Islamist element that includes extremist gangs.

Hill’s older sister said he “occasionally attended” an unnamed mosque, confirming initial reports from our sources that Hill is a Muslim. The sources do not yet have first-hand evidence of the shooter being personally involved in Islamist extremism.

Clarion Intel’s sources report that Masjid Ahlil Hadith Wal Athar is a Salafi mosque which follows the theocratic teachings of Saudi Arabia’s top Wahhabist scholars.

At this point, there is no indication that Hill’s shooting of police officers was motivated by Islamism or anything other than a desire to resist arrest.

Today, a march was scheduled to “Free Maurice Hill” by Black Community Control of Police, a group adamantly opposed to law enforcement. There are no indications the group is aligned with Masjid Ahlil Hadeeth Wal Athar, but it is a common practice among radical Islamic groups to disguise their associations and operate apparently independent from one another.

The details surrounding the gunfight seem to indicate it was not prompted by Wahhabism as Hill was apparently approached as a result of a separate warrant enforced against a neighbor. But the clear disregard for police authority and the willingness to attempt to murder multiple law enforcement officers indicates an ideology that is prepared to kill and die. Was this ideology sparked at the radical mosque Hill attended?

As expected, the appetite of legacy media to cover Maurice Hill died down quickly despite the rampant calls for gun control. His story has too many things that go against the progressive media’s narrative.

Any connections to Islam in situations like these are automatically dismissed as Islamophobia. But it’s highly unlikely Maurice Hill’s alleged actions were completely disparate from the radical teachings of the mosque he attended.

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