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January 17, 2019

Vice Pres.Wife Karen Pence Got Employment at A School that Prohibits Gay Students, Parents or Employees

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Second lady Karen Pence will teach art part time at a Christian school in the Washington suburbs that does not allow gay students, parents or employees to be part of its community.

Pence will teach elementary art two days a week at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, her office announced Tuesday. The second lady previously taught at the school for more than a decade when her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, was a member of Congress.

"Mrs. Pence has returned to the school where she previously taught for 12 years," Pence's spokeswoman Kara Brooks said in a statement. "It's absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school's religious beliefs, are under attack."

The second lady, who is an artist, has most recently illustrated "Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President," which was written by her daughter Charlotte. Marlon Bundo is the name of the Pence family's pet rabbit.

In Immanuel Christian School's "parent agreement," it states that the school can refuse admission to an applicant "if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home, the activities of a parent or guardian, or the activities of the student are counter to, or are in opposition to, the biblical lifestyle the school teaches." 

The agreement goes on to state that it includes "participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity, promoting such practices, or being unable to support the moral principles of the school."

"I acknowledge the importance of a family culture based on biblical principles and embrace biblical family values such as a healthy marriage between one man and one woman," the parental agreement continues. "My role as spiritual mentor to my children will be taken seriously."

The employee application also states that applicants must "understand that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive covenant union as delineated in Scripture."

The agreement also lists disqualifying qualifications, including "heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law.” 

Pence's husband, Vice President Mike Pence, has in the past come under fire for his views on the gay community. The vice president has previously expressed support for the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy, voicing his support for federal funding to treat people "seeking to change their sexual behavior."

Karen Pence in a statement on Tuesday said she is "excited to be back in the classroom and doing what I love to do, which is to teach art to elementary students."

“I have missed teaching art, and it’s great to return to the school where I taught art for twelve years," the second lady said in a statement.

November 29, 2018

French Politician Jean-Marie Le Pen to Pay Thousands Euros For Disparaging Gays

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French judges have ordered far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen to pay thousands of euros in damages for remarks about homosexuals, including a about a verbal attack on a police officer killed in a terror attack in 2017.
 Penfounded the far-right National Front, which was renamed National Rally (RN)under the presidency of his daughter Marine in 2018, was condemned on three counts of public insult and one count of incitement to hate or violence.
In a March 2016 blog video, Le Pen said there was a link between “the exaltation of homosexuality” and paedophilia.
In December 2016, asked by a journalist about homosexuals in the party he cofounded, he said “it’s like salt with soup: if there is not enough, it’s too bland, and if it’s too much, it’s undrinkable”.
Judges decided the qualification of incitement to hate applied in this remark.
For each remark Le Pen was condemned to pay 10 euros per day for 40 days with the possibility of imprisonment in case of non-payment.
He was also ordered to pay 2000 euros in damages and interests to anti-discrimination group Mousse and an additional 2000 euros in fees.
The politician was also judged for comments about Xavier Jugelé, a police officer killed during a terror attack on the Champs-Elysées Avenue in Paris.
“I think this particularity of his family has to be separated from this sort of ceremony,” remarked Le Pen on the fact that Jugelé’s male companion spoke at a state tribute to the fallen officer.
For those remarks, Le Pen was given a second fine of 10 euros per day for 40 days, 5,000 euros in damages and interest to Jugelé’s widow, and 2000 euros in fees.
Le Pen indicated through his lawyer that he would appeal the rulings

November 10, 2018

Anti Gay Matt Whittaker Prosecuted Gay Law Maker For 2 yrs The Jury Acquitted in 2hrs.

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Before the feds' case against state Sen. Matt McCoy went to the jury last week, the prosecutor made an appeal. Referring to her star witness, she told jurors, "The government is not asking that you take Tom Vasquez home with you for Christmas. We're just asking that you consider his testimony."
A good thing, too. Vasquez, McCoy's former business associate, was so thoroughly discredited during the nine-day trial that you might not want to share an elevator ride with him — much less take him home.
Which is to say that the federal government's case against an Iowa state senator — a rarity to begin with — was based on the word of a man former associates depicted as a drug user, a deadbeat and an abuser of women; a man so shady even his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsors called him "a pathological liar."
Not surprisingly, it took a Des Moines jury less than two hours to acquit McCoy.
But even if the outcome is the right one, the outrage is that the federal government would pour two years and all sorts of taxpayer money ($2,600 of which went right into Vasquez's pocket) into building a case over a private business dispute.
Why would the federal government contact, wire and pay an informant without checking him out — or, worse, despite knowing he was disreputable? It has all the earmarks of a politically motivated witch hunt.
The indictment accused McCoy of attempting to extort money from Vasquez's employer, Security Plus, by using his position as a lawmaker to threaten the company with economic harm. But the jury believed McCoy's version, that as a consultant to Security Plus who was helping to create demand for its QuietCare product, he was due a commission of $100 for each system sold. Vasquez in court acknowledged offering the same commission to others.
Matthew Whitaker was previous Jeff Sessions' chief of staff. Sessions submitted his resignation on Wednesday, one day after the 2018 midterm elections. USA TODAY
McCoy threatened to form a competing company if he wasn't paid. Vasquez told police that McCoy also threatened to use his political influence to ensure Security Plus wouldn't be a Medicaid vendor.
The feds got wind of this, contacted Vasquez and wired him to tape conversations with McCoy. Vasquez and his boss then paid McCoy about $2,000 of the government's money, which was the basis of the extortion attempt allegation.
Any time a public official conducts private business with a government entity (e.g. Medicaid), it has potential ethical pitfalls. McCoy claimed he sought and was given approval from Senate officials. The ethics rules may need amending. But that's not the point.
The U.S attorney general's office is already under investigation for firing federal prosecutors who wouldn't allow themselves to be used as political pawns for the administration. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned in August over it.
McCoy is a Democrat. Matthew Whitaker, the U.S. attorney who launched the case, is a Bush-appointed Republican. McCoy is openly gay. Whitaker has ties to the evangelical Christian community. McCoy's lawyers have charged that the grand-jury process resulting in an indictment against McCoy was tainted because prosecutors selectively played jurors portions of taped conversations.
And then there are the conflicting stories about payments made to Vasquez as an informant. Asked by McCoy's defense if he was paid, an assistant U.S. attorney, Mary Luxa, said he wasn't. But memos later showed not only that he was paid but that Luxa authorized the payments.
In a Des Moines radio interview in March, Whitaker spoke of his priorities as a federal prosecutor: "We're trying to protect the people, the children and our way of life..." he said. "We're trying to take the worst of the worst and put them in federal prison..."
This is the worst of the worst?
McCoy's defense tried to get access to memos between the FBI, Justice Department and local U.S. attorney's office, but was turned down in U.S. District Court. His lawyers wanted to see whether anything indicated a political motivation. There's nothing else they can do, says attorney F. Montgomery Brown. "Prosecutors have near absolute immunity. There's just no remedy there."
There is one, but it would have to come from a member of Congress. Sens. Tom Harkin or Chuck Grassley can and should request access to the correspondence. Voters and taxpayers deserve to know whether this was just a poorly conceived and badly bungled effort by the government — or whether something else was going on.
Rekha Basu is an opinion columnist for The Des Moines Register. Contact: Follow her on Twitter @RekhaBasu and at Her book, "Finding Her Voice: A collection of Des Moines Register columns about women's struggles and triumphs in the Midwest," is available at

November 2, 2018

Tanzania Putting Out Surveillance Squads to Hunt Down Gays

President Magufuli said that a list of 200 suspects had already been drawn up thanks to public tip offs
President Magufuli said that a list of 200 suspects had already been drawn up thanks to public tip-offs CREDIT:  THOMAS MUKOYA/ REUTERS
Residents in Tanzania’s biggest city have been urged to inform on neighbors and friends ahead of a police operation to hunt down and jail homosexuals.
A 17-member committee appointed by Paul Makonda, Dar es Salaam’s powerful regional commissioner, will attempt to identify all gay men living in the coastal city after it first convenes next Monday.
Mr Makonda, a close ally of Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli, said that a list of 200 suspects had already been drawn up thanks to public tip-offs and a trawl through Tanzanians’ social media accounts.
“I have information about the presence of many homosexuals in our province,” he told reporters. “These homosexuals boast on social networks. Give me their names. My ad hoc team will begin to get their hands on them next Monday.”

Homosexuality is not strictly illegal in Tanzania. Sodomy, however, carries a sentence of between 30 years and life in prison, while other sexual acts between consenting men also carry jail terms.
Tanzania was seen until recently as more tolerant of homosexuals than neighboring countries, but the atmosphere has chilled since Mr. Magufuli became president in 2015. Last year he announced the closure of AIDS clinics after accusing them of promoting homosexuality. 
Mr. Makonda, a devout Christian who has long railed against gay Tanzanians, is one of the country’s most powerful figures and is viewed as increasingly untouchable.
Last year he stormed a private television station at the head of a group of armed officers after it declined to broadcast material allegedly incriminating one of his critics in an affair. President Magufuli then sacked the information minister for investigating the raid.
Mr. Makonda has also used his role as the government’s chief representative in Dar es Salaam to champion a clampdown on free speech, instructing police to arrest anyone who “insults” political leaders.
Acknowledging the potential for a backlash from the West if homosexuals are detained en masse, Mr. Makonda said: “I prefer to anger these countries than to anger God.”
Britain, which will give Tanzania £153m in direct aid this year, is one of Tanzania’s largest bilateral donors.
The clampdown comes after the arrest on Thursday of Zitto Kabwe, arguably the country’s best-known opposition leader, after he accused security forces of killing as many as 100 people in clashes with cattle herders in Tanzania’s west. Mr. Kabwe was denied bail and is being held in custody.

October 15, 2018

Gay Senator Lindsey Graham Denies Tweet from Chelsea's Handler Saying He is Gay

Sen. Lindsey Graham has responded to a recent tweet by Chelsea Handler that many have criticized as homophobic.
Handler tweeted Thursday, “If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s #NationalComingOutDay. Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC.”
TMZ reporter approached Graham Friday at Reagan National Airport to ask about the 43-year-old comedian’s comments, which imply that the notoriously conservative South Carolina senator is gay.
“It’s a free country, you can say what you want to say, I don’t care,” Graham responded. “I don’t think much about what she says at all. If she wants to live her life that way, it’s up to her.”
“To the extent that it matters, I’m not gay,” he added. “Belittling people is not as funny as it used to be, and that’s a good thing.”

If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s . Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC

 The 63-year-old “confirmed bachelor” was one of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s most passionate defenders during the United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations.
Handler was slammed earlier this year for another seemingly homophobic tweet suggesting Graham was being blackmailed with a “dick sucking” video. 
Rosie O’Donnell likewise tweeted last month that the Republican senator was a “closeted idiot.”
While Graham has previously denied he is gay, some sites have reported his sexual orientation is an “open secret” in D.C. circles.
Watch the TMZ exchange below

September 26, 2018

Mike Pence FIRST VP to Speak at Anti Gay Group's Values Summit

Vice President Mike Pence over the weekend addressed the annual Values Voter Summit, a conference hosted by Christian activist group Family Research Council, which is designated an “anti-LGBT hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Pence is the first vice president to address the group’s yearly event, and last year President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to do so.
According to the Family Research Council’s website, the Values Voter Summit was created in 2006 to “provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, the sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong.”
In his address on Saturday, Pence checked off Trump’s deliveries to his evangelical Christian supporters, saying Trump took efforts to “protect the religious liberty of everyone.” He then looked forward to the 2018 elections and predicted that Republicans would retain control of Congress. “I know in my heart of hearts we will deliver another historic victory,” Pence told the attendees.
Pence spoke immediately after a panel titled “How Gender Ideology Harms Children,” which included Dr. Michelle Cretella from the American College of Pediatricians. The ACP, also designated an “anti-LGBT hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, uses its name — nearly identical to the mainstream medical association the American Academy of Pediatrics — to obfuscate the fact that it pushes extreme views regarding the transgender community. The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) last year issued a scathing response to an article Cretella wrote, titled: “I’m a Pediatrician. How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse,” saying it pushes “political and ideological agendas not based on science and facts.” 
Other speakers at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit included Seb Gorka, the former presidential adviser who applauded Trump’s trans military ban; Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, who won a narrow Supreme Court victory in June after refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding; and “Activist Mommy” blogger Elizabeth Johnston, who has defended the medically debunked practice of so-called gay conversion therapy.
Aside from Pence, several other Republican officials and lawmakers were also in attendance, including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
One of the arguably more surprising guests to address the conference was “Superman” actor Dean Cain. Cain, who has claimed to be an LGBTQ-rights supporter, told gay blog Towleroad he was attending solely to promote his film “Gosnell,” a biopic about abortion doctor and convicted child murderer Kermit Gosnell.
The Family Research Council has been an opponent of LGBTQ rights since its founding in 1983. Since 1992, FRC’s lobbying arm, FRC Action, has fought legislation seeking to expand the rights of sexual and gender minorities, and its leaders have consistently compared gays to pedophiles and painted them as a risk to children. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the FRC uses “policy experts” to “make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society.” 
Trump, who attended the Values Voter Summit last year, promised to support the LGBTQ community during his 2016 campaign and was the first Republican presidential nominee to mention LGBTQ people from the dais of a GOP convention, saying in 2016, “I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful, foreign ideology,” raising the specter of Islamist violence against LGBTQ people while ignoring allied groups like the Family Research Council.
Since becoming president, however, Trump has done much to roll back protections for LGBTQ Americans. His State Department has removed a section about violence and discrimination against LGBTQ people from its annual human rights report, his Justice Department rescinded Obama-era guidance instructing public officers to interpret sexuality and gender discrimination under federal prohibitions on sex discrimination, and he twice failed to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. Trump also tried to bar transgender people from joining the military, an effort currently tied up in court. 

President Trump misses LGBTQ Pride Month — again 

The Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ advocacy group, denounced the Values Voter Conference and its conversion-therapy-promoting attendees, saying those “peddling this sort of junk science are doing enormous harm to LGBTQ people and LGBTQ kids.”
“Once again, Mike Pence has made clear that he stands with many organizations and leaders who promote hate and fear,” HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy said. “We know those are not true American values.” 

September 25, 2018

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August 18, 2018

Trump is At It Again protecting Gays: Creating Loophole for Contractors to Discriminate Against "His LGBTQ"


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The Department of Labor’s directive applies to millions of people who work for companies that do business with the federal government.
President Donald Trump offered skeptical LGBT Americans an olive branch when he took office in Jan. 2017. The White House promised to safeguard a 2014 executive order that protects workers, announcing former President Obama’s ban on anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors "will remain intact."
But on Aug. 10 of this year, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) quietly issued Directive 2018-03, which broadly expanded the rights of businesses with federal contracts to raise a "religious exemption" if they’re accused of discrimination.
Sharon McGowan, a former lawyer in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and now the legal director of the LGBT group Lambda Legal, said the new directive attempts to “immunize” federal contractors who discriminate.
“This Administration apparently recognizes — correctly, in our view — that rescinding [Obama’s 2014] executive order outright would cause a huge public outcry,” she told BuzzFeed News. “So instead, this Administration is trying to accomplish the same end through different means.”
“The damage that could be done here cannot be overstated,” added McGowan, who said one-fifth of the federal workforce is employed through contractors.
The new directive cites three Supreme Court cases and two Trump policies in instructing federal investigators to give contractors a pass if they claim a religious justification in certain cases — which, critics say, betrays Trump’s promise last year.
“The new directive tells federal contractors they are free, in the Trump administration’s view, to use taxpayer dollars to discriminate,” Ria Tabacco Mar, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, told BuzzFeed News.
For example, she said, “A federal contractor could point to this directive to justify firing someone because they are gay or transgender — while continuing to accept federal funds. That’s a big deal because federal contractors employ millions of people.”
Department of Labor and White House officials stressed that the text of Obama’s anti-LGBT discrimination order remains intact. However, they refused to answer numerous questions from BuzzFeed News about the sort of situations where this “religious exemption” directive could get federal contractors off the hook.
“The purpose of Directive 2018-03 is to ensure [the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs] guidance on the religious exemption is consistent with federal law related to religious freedom and religious accommodation, including recent U.S. Supreme Court precedents and Executive Orders, which OFCCP is obligated to follow,” an official for the Labor Department said by email.
The official noted that an underlying executive order — originally enacted in 1965 by former president Lyndon B. Johnson — contains an exemption clause that “permits religious organizations to make employment decisions on the basis of religion.” However, that exemption is narrow. It applies to religious corporations, allowing, for instance, a Catholic organization with a federal contract to hire only fellow Catholics.
But the latest memo is broader and more ambiguous — and it targets LGBT protections directly.
The Aug. 10 directive specifically says it “supersedes” the Department of Labor’s “Frequently Asked Questions” memo which explains that anti-LGBT discrimination by contractors is illegal.
“The previous FAQ did not reflect recent Supreme Court decisions regarding religious freedoms,” the Department of Labor official said in response to a BuzzFeed News question about why the LGBT memo was the only policy explicitly overridden by the new directive.
The official did not answer follow-up questions about how Supreme Court rulings negated the LGBT policy or what sort of “religious exemption” will be permissible under the directive going forward.
The directive does not confer any new rights, but rather directs federal officials on how to handle discrimination complaints.
The Department of Labor shares jurisdiction over contractor discrimination with another, semi-autonomous federal agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Many workers could instead file complaints with the EEOC, which holds a decidedly pro-LGBT view. The agency won a court ruling in March that religious recusals do not protect a business trying to evade anti-transgender discrimination complaints under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
But the EEOC lacks the ability to revoke multi-million-dollar federal contracts.
“The Department of Labor has a pretty big stick,” said Tobacco Mar.
More than anything, she said, the Labor Department is signaling it will tolerate anti-LGBT discrimination in some cases. That reflects the Trump administration’s position that workers can be fired simply for their sexual orientation or gender identity, and that religious exemptions allow businesses to turn away gay couples.
“This administration is clearly signaling it thinks LGBTQ people don’t get the same protections as everyone else,” she said. 
The Supreme Court cases cited by the directive all involved the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom.
One portion of the policy says that federal officials who oversee discrimination complaints “must permit” contractors to “participate in the government program ‘without having to disavow [their] religious character,’” citing Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer. In that 2017 case, the Supreme Court allowed a church to receive a government grant to refurbish its playground. Though the ruling may seem parochial, Christian conservatives have touted it as proof the government must fund religious organizations in some circumstances.
Another portion of the order says investigators cannot deem a person's religious convictions "illegitimate," citing this year’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which held state officials had been hostile to a baker’s religion when considering a complaint that he refused to serve a gay couple.
The directive also cites the 2014 case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (which was combined with two other cases). The court limited regulations permissible under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — in that case, a for-profit, closely held corporation with religious ownership could not be required to cover contraception for its workers.
Matt Sharp, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, called the new Labor Department directive a "much needed correction" to the Obama administration by helping "ensure that an organization’s religious beliefs are not used to disqualify it from receiving a contract or grant that it is otherwise qualified to receive."
Sharp said the directive would protect groups like a Catholic foster care organization that lost its contract with the City of Philadelphia because it had policy of rejecting gay couples — a federal judge ruled last month to uphold the city's decision. Sharp said the organization was punished for living out its "beliefs regarding the best environment to raise a child. The directive would prevent such scenarios from occurring when the federal government awards contracts or grants to faith-based agencies that provide much needed social services."
The directive also cites two executive orders from Trump. A May order, according to the directive, says Department of Labor staff “must permit ‘faith-based and community organizations, to the fullest opportunity permitted by law, to compete on a level playing field for… [federal] contracts.” The memo, citing an executive order from 2017, says staff “must respect” the right of "religious people and practice their faith without fear of discrimination or retaliation by the Federal Government.”
White House officials did not answer questions from BuzzFeed News about whether they believe religious defenses allow contractors to fire LGBT workers.
“President Trump and his Administration are working diligently to improve the lives of all Americans, including faith-based and LGBT communities,” Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters told BuzzFeed News by email. “We will continue to ensure anti-discrimination protections are in place for all Americans.”

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