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Monday, January 08, 2018

Come on beat Nick (Got a second) Saban.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a new open letter, signed by many other religious leaders, rejecting the legitimacy of transgender identities. Titled "Created Male and Female," the open letter asserts that gender and sex "cannot be separated," calling it a "false idea" that "goes against reason" and "deeply troubling" notion "that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa." The letter attempts to simultaneously show compassion to transgender people while simultaneously condemning them. "A person's discomfort with his or her sex, or the desire to be identified as the other sex, is a complicated reality that needs to be addressed with sensitivity and truth," the letter states. Trans people deserve "to be heard and treated with respect," and when they express "concerns" or discuss "wrestling with this challenge," religious leaders should respond "with compassion, mercy, and honesty" -- but not affirmation.


Saturday, December 09, 2017

Founded by some 30 leaders of the Christian Right, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy and training group that has supported the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and criminalization abroad; has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad; has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claims that a "homosexual agenda" will destroy Christianity and society. ADF also works to develop "religious liberty" legislation and case law that will allow the denial of goods and services to LGBT people on the basis of religion. read more


Friday, December 01, 2017

A San Fransisco jury has acquitted an undocumented immigrant who was charged with the murder of Kate Steinle. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of the murder charge following the 2015 shooting, according to the San Fransisco Chronicle. Steinle was fatally wounded while walking the San Francisco waterfront in 2015 by Zarate, who had been deported to Mexico on five previous occasions. She was 32 years old. read more


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Laura,

That is 100% true of Issa's investigation of Benghazi, not Gowdy's.

Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-02 07:51 PM | Reply

www.mediamatters.org

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will be headlining a fundraising event for the Virginia Republican Party apparently centered on the topic of the Benghazi, which would contradict his repeated pledges not to raise money off of the 2012 attacks. Will the media outlets he deceived take note of his reversal?

The conservative National Review reports that Gowdy, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, is scheduled to headline an event called "Beyond Benghazi" or the Republican Party of Virginia. According to the report, the event will feature "a screening and an interview of Gowdy, moderated by Rep. Morgan Griffith." The party is charging $75 for the event, and is also soliciting donations from $1,250 to $5000 in exchange for "special recognition" and other perks.

The appearance "could raise questions about the optics of fundraising off the attacks" given Gowdy's past statements, as Politico noted.

In appearances last May on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox, Gowdy - who had just been named chairman of the select committee at a time when Republicans were being criticized for using Benghazi investigations to raise money - said he would not be involved with fundraising rooted in the attacks.

thinkprogress.org

But that hasn't always been the case. Last September, Gowdy attended a "barbecue fundraiser" for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) in Indian Land, SC and according to local newspaper the Lancaster News, Gowdy talked Benghazi with attendees:

Two weeks later, Gowdy spoke at a campaign event for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) where he, according to the Greenville News, praised Graham on Benghazi (accessed via LexisNexis):

Friday morning at Furman, Gowdy shared the credit on the Benghazi issue with Graham, telling students, "There is no one in Congress who has done more on the issue of Benghazi than your senior senator."

Gowdy also said [Rep. Jason] Chaffetz [R-UT] has done more than anyone else in the House to hold Obama accountable on Benghazi. Gowdy and Chaffetz attended a private fundraiser for Chaffetz at a Greenville home Thursday night.

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