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May 3, 2017

Anti Gay, Racist Trump’s Army Sec Nominee in trouble with Sen.McCain Over Anti Muslim Remarks

 Trump really went deep into the racist well to pull Mark Green

Republican Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday that Army secretary nominee Mark Green’s past comments about gays and lesbians and Muslims are “very concerning” and that Green must explain himself to the committee.

“There’s a lot of controversy concerning his nomination,” McCain, whose committee will be responsible for holding Green’s confirmation hearing, said in a brief interview with USA TODAY. “We are getting some questions from both Republicans and Democrats on the Armed Services Committee. I think there are some issues that clearly need to be cleared up.”

Asked whether he was bothered about Green’s remarks, McCain said, “Of course. Some of the comments that have been attributed to him obviously are very concerning.”

Asked which comments he found troubling, McCain said, “a broad variety — concerning the Muslim faith, concerning the LGBT community, other issues according to the comments he has made in the past.”

No date has been set for Green’s confirmation hearing, McCain said, because his nomination hasn’t yet been formally submitted to the committee. “But when his nomination is (formally) submitted, we will give him an opportunity to respond to these questions that have been raised,” McCain said.

Meanwhile, a political adviser to Green denied a CNN report that his nomination was in jeopardy and that he might withdraw as soon as this week.

“It’s absolutely untrue,” said Darren Morris, who was the campaign manager for Green’s now-suspended campaign for governor of Tennessee.

Morris called the report “wishful thinking” by groups opposed to Green and said Green is in Washington this week meeting with senators and preparing for his confirmation hearing.
Green, an Iraq war veteran and West Point graduate who was deployed three times overseas, has come under fire from numerous advocacy groups since President Trump announced last month he would nominate him to be Army secretary.

Green, who was the first person to interrogate Saddam Hussein following the former Iraqi dictator’s capture, currently is a Republican state senator from Tennessee whose conservative philosophy lines up closely with the Tea Party.

Multiple LGBT groups have denounced Green’s nomination, calling him “a social issues warrior” who has worked to undermine LGBT rights at every turn. One of the groups, GLAAD, has released audio from a radio program in which Green, discussing his sponsorship of a bill that would have forced transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their legal sex rather than their actual gender, said his responsibility as a state senator was to “crush evil.”

Others have pointed to Green’s sponsorship of legislation that would allow mental health practitioners to refuse to treat LGBT patients and his support for a bill that would effectively bar transgender high school and college students from using public restrooms.

“If you poll the psychiatrists, they're going to tell you transgender is a disease," Green said at a Chattanooga Tea Party event last September.

In addition to his record on LGBT issues, Green is facing opposition from a couple of Muslim groups — Muslim Advocates and the Council on American-Islamic Relations — for comments he has made that the organizations consider derogatory toward the Islamic faith and its followers. 

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At the Chattanooga event, Green said he doesn’t believe students should learn about Muslim beliefs and religious practices and claimed erroneously that Muslims don’t believe Jesus “was born from a virgin.”

Last week, nearly three dozen House Democrats sent a letter asking the Senate to reject Green’s nomination, arguing he cannot be trusted to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender soldiers are able to serve without discrimination or harassment.

A top Pentagon official under former president Barack Obama and a group of 21 current and former faculty members at military service academies, war colleges and other military universities also announced last week they oppose Green’s nomination, citing his history “of extreme statements and actions” which they said pose a “serious threat” to the military’s core values.

Besides McCain, at least three other members of the Senate Armed Services Committee also have raised concerns about Green’s past comments.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said Tuesday he is just beginning to examine Green’s record. But, “I have some issues that are of concern,” he said.

Asked to elaborate, King said, “I don’t want to be specific. But I have some concerns, and I will try to follow up.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said she has heard of Green’s past comments and plans to review his background before his confirmation hearing. Asked if she found his statements troubling, she said, “Of course. That’s why I want to look at it.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has “serious concerns about Mark Green, particularly his deeply troubling record of supporting policies that are discriminatory against the LGBTQ community,” said the senator’s spokesman, Marc Brumer. “She will look to hear these concerns addressed during his confirmation hearings.”

Green has declined to discuss the criticism with reporters. But in a Facebook post last week, Green blasted his critics for "cutting and splicing my words to paint me as a hater." He wrote that every American has a right to defend his or her country and that he has never considered himself anyone’s judge.

Morris, Green’s political adviser, acknowledged the resistance that pro-LGBT and Muslim advocates have put up since his nomination.

“It’s going to be a tough nomination fight because the first impression too many senators have is the misleading and false attacks against Dr. Green rather than who he really is and the outstanding qualities he brings to the job,” Morris said. “But he will overcome that and be confirmed."

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a member of the Armed Services Committee, declined to discuss Green’s background but said, “I am certain the committee will fairly carefully consider each of the nominees before it.”

Contributing: Reporter Jake Lowary in Nashville

December 19, 2011

Gay rights advancing in divided countries } Irshad Manji attacked in Netherlands


BY ROB SALERNO - South Korean media learned this week that a 31-year-old gay Korean soldier was given refugee status in Canada after he complained of harassment in the military. It's nice to know that we're still holding open the door to queer refugees after all. 
The better news from the case is that it appears to have brought lots of attention to official and unofficial oppression of gays and lesbians in South Korea. While gay sex is legal in South Korea, it's not legal in the military, where all men must serve at least two years. One report documents cases of forced medication, outing of conscripts' parents, and continuing harassment of gay soldiers.
It's not clear at this point if the government or military command is doing anything about the problem, but at least a discussion has been sparked, and we can hope progress will follow from there.
In another case of progress, the government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus -- the breakaway part of Cyprus that is recognized only by Turkey -- has announced plans to decriminalize homosexuality. TRNC is the last place in Europe where gay sex is illegal, a relic of former British colonial rule (as Cyprus). The island appears to have bowed to pressure from members of the European Parliament -- the EU gives TRNC millions in aid and is actively working to resolve the 40-year-long division of the island and incorporate TRNC into the EU. TRNC would not have met the EU's human rights standards if homosexuality were illegal.
Earlier in the year, UK Prime Minister David Cameron signalled that he was going to press former colonies to decriminalize homosexuality at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, although TRNC is not a recognized member of the Commonwealth. Similarly, as TRNC is not recognized at the UN, its government would not have been the target of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech to the UN Human Rights Council.
The decision also follows a high-profile sting operation that saw five gay men arrested, including three teenagers and the TRNC's former finance minister. Some of those arrested said they were beaten into giving confessions.

In other gay news, Canadian author Irshad Manji, who is Muslim and an out lesbian, was threatened with death by a rioting mob at an appearance in Amsterdam last week. Approximately 20 people from the Islamist group Sharia4Belgium (we're not sure why the Belgian group was in the Netherlands) stormed a theatre where Manji and Dutch MP Tofik Dibi were giving a talk about Manji's new book, Allah, Liberty and Love. The mob threw eggs and called for Manji's death.
On Dutch TV, Manji said she wasn't scared during the event and refused to leave the theatre even when police tried to force her out for her safety. She said she didn't want to play the "jihadis' game." Watch the video below.

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