Thursday, 10 January 2019

Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill

quote [ The U.S. Senate last month unanimously passed a bill that would explicitly make lynching a federal crime. Not everyone, however, is pleased with passage of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act.

Liberty Counsel, an evangelical nonprofit that opposes gay rights, and its chairman, Mat Staver, are taking issue with the bill’s inclusion of LGBTQ people. ]

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The U.S. Senate last month unanimously passed a bill that would explicitly make lynching a federal crime. Not everyone, however, is pleased with passage of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act.

Liberty Counsel, an evangelical nonprofit that opposes gay rights, and its chairman, Mat Staver, are taking issue with the bill’s inclusion of LGBTQ people.

Founder and Chairman of the Liberty Counsel Mat Staver, right, speaks during live nativity scene outside of the Supreme Court in Washington on December 12, 2018.Zach Gibson / Getty Images file

"The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can't stop them from coming the rest of the way in," Staver said in an interview with conservative Christian news outlet OneNewsNow. “This is a way to slip it in under a so-called anti-lynching bill, and to then to sort of circle the wagon and then go for the juggler [sic] at some time in the future."

Staver told OneNewsNow that his organization, which has been labeled an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is lobbying lawmakers in the House to have them remove the bill’s “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” language before taking a vote.

Similarly, the group encouraged Congress in November to remove language about "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" discrimination from a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

Liberty Counsel did not immediately respond to NBC News' request for comment.

The anti-lynching bill, introduced in June by the Senate’s three black members — Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.— applies to lynchings motivated by a victim’s “actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.”

In a statement released shortly after the bill’s unanimous Senate passage on Dec. 19, Booker called it “an emotional and historic day.”

“For over a century, members of Congress have attempted to pass some version of a bill that would recognize lynching for what it is: a bias-motivated act of terror. And for more than a century, and more than 200 attempts, this body has failed,” Booker stated. “We have righted that wrong and taken corrective action that recognizes this stain on our country’s history.”

The bill notes that at least 4,742 people, mainly African-Americans, were reportedly lynched in the U.S. from 1882 to 1968.
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Ankylosaur said @ 3:44pm GMT on 10th Jan [Score:2 Underrated]
"The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can't stop them from coming the rest of the way in," Staver said

First they want to get married, next thing you know they want to not be lynched! The slipperiest of slopes indeed.
foobar said @ 5:37pm GMT on 11th Jan
It's a pretty good description of what happens when you don't keep government strictly secular. Let them pray in the legislature, and next thing they want to lynch gays.
cb361 said @ 12:20am GMT on 11th Jan [Score:1 Good]
Listening to BBC Radio news this morning, I was surprised the hear them say that President Trump had lied, in denying that he said that Mexico was going to "pay for the wall". The BBC is pathologically impartial, and the news segments are the most opinion-free parts of all. They simply report whatever propaganda a tyrant or global company puts out with a straight face. I have never heard them straight-up state that somebody has lied before.
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:04pm GMT on 11th Jan
It's pretty straightforward. Just play the tape of him saying Mexico would pay, then play the tape of him denying that he said it.
Centim64 said @ 10:35pm GMT on 11th Jan [Score:1 Underrated]
Sounds entirely like Hate Speech to me. I wouldn't be surprised if he lost his non-profit status due to this comment. Imagine if the KKK or Neo-Nazis were non-profit.
backSLIDER said @ 6:05pm GMT on 10th Jan
I get the legal reasoning behind this but damn... it looks like you want to lynch gay people.
hellboy said @ 6:44pm GMT on 10th Jan
They do. What legal reasoning? Homosexuality is already legal (even in Texas), and murder is already illegal.
backSLIDER said @ 9:56pm GMT on 10th Jan
Because it sets it up to be a protected right. They want to be able to discriminate in their hiring practices and stuff like that. I don't agree with them but the law logic makes sense. It just has horrible optics.
backSLIDER said @ 6:08pm GMT on 10th Jan
"and to then to sort of circle the wagon and then go for the juggler [sic] at some time in the future."
What is going for the jugular(spelling is hard) in this case? What do they think the "gay agenda is?"
Bruceski said @ 6:53pm GMT on 10th Jan
9AM weekly check-in meeting
12:30PM lunch
2:15PM offite clients coming in for a tour
3:30PM turn kids gay, outlaw straight people, mass orgy
cb361 said @ 7:40pm GMT on 10th Jan
Won’t somebody think of the jugglers?
quaint said @ 9:57pm GMT on 10th Jan
Fuckin' magnets.
knumbknutz said @ 8:19pm GMT on 10th Jan
Well - thank god for that. If they went for the juggalos then the world would have some serious problems.
backSLIDER said @ 10:07pm GMT on 10th Jan
wait... is it still legal to lynch jugglers?
Spleentwentythree said @ 6:37pm GMT on 10th Jan
"Great. Now we got to kick this guy to death, because hanging him is illegal."

dolemite said[1] @ 9:25pm GMT on 11th Jan
Somebody American please chime in. If this bill passed the Senate is it not a standing federal law now, or set to come into force (become federal law) in its current form on a certain date? What's left to oppose?
mechanical contrivance said @ 6:55pm GMT on 12th Jan
For a bill to become law, the senate and house of representatives both have to pass the bill, then the president has to sign it.

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