Thursday, June 16, 2016


Thirty-year Christian Worker Fired 

After Opposing “Gay Marriage”

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By all accounts, Charles Rhoads, Jr. was an excellent worker. After 30-plus years of employment at SPX Flow Technology’s site in Rochester, New York, he was an experienced man who'd been promoted and enjoyed excellent performance reviews. But that didn’t stop SPX from unceremoniously firing him last year — after he expressed opposition to faux marriage.
The problems began on April 20, 2015, when the dutiful Rhoads approached a subordinate, named Craig Tyler, who was engaging in a non-business conversation after his break time had ended — Tyler and another worker were on a phone viewing pictures from the latter’s faux wedding. Instead of simply resuming work, however, Tyler asked Rhoads if he wanted to see the pictures. After Rhoads declined, he says that Tyler “accused me of personally disliking the employee who was in a gay marriage.” Defending himself, Rhoads, a believing Christian, stated that the worker was a “likable person but marriage was from God and not from the politics of man,” reports Rhoads. He again expressed his disinterest in seeing the pictures, and Tyler departed in a huff.
That should have been the end of it. Instead, something transpired that Rhoads never could imagine. As he stated in his exclusive interview with The New American:
My interaction with my employee [Tyler] was on a Monday. On that Friday at 3 pm I was told I had an employee complaint for abuse of power and they would investigate and allow me the opportunity to respond. At that time they collected my company badge, iPhone, laptop, keys and walked me out the door in front of my team. I was told not to come to work on Monday. I received an overnight letter stating my termination. All this when I had just received my yearly performance evaluation. I was rated three out of a possible four, [four] being the highest, as well as a pay for performance of five percent when the budget was three percent.
To top it off, SPX never did give Rhoads the promised opportunity to respond. When he inquired about it, he was told, reports Rhoads, that “the corporate lawyers have already approved it [the firing], so there would be no meeting for me. None of my bosses were in the room when I was let go. Corporate arrived a week latter and went through my office for two days and interviewed the hand-selected employees to speak with.” And that was that.
Except that Rhoads has now filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit, represented pro bono by upstate N.Y. attorney Philip Vecchio. Citing how SPX’s actions are contrary to First Amendment court rulings, Mr. Vecchio told The New American, “It's patently unfair on the face of it to discharge an employee after 30 years because of opposition to same-sex marriage.… Basically, the employer has to make reasonable accommodations for sincerely held religious beliefs.... There is definitely case law on this.” Yet SPX’s violation of the law apparently extends beyond the First Amendment.
In this age of religious bakers being punished for not servicing events — faux weddings — astute observers won’t be surprised to hear that a faithful Christian was fired for expressing a politically incorrect view. Yet as they say, “Follow the money,” because SPX may have mercenary motives as well. In fact, Rhoads suspects that Tyler, though upset, might not actually have filed a complaint with SPX’s Human Resources Department. Rather, he says that once word of his discussion with Tyler got around, “HR may have used the employee to meet their personal goals.” As he explained, given that SPX is “a self-insured health provider for its employees and families, my wife was a huge burden to them. She has close to $100,000 worth of prescriptions needs on a yearly basis. She also suffered three brain hemorrhages, [and] a broken hip as well as a chronic condition of Multiple Sclerosis. SPX stopped our medical insurance three days after being terminated — 10 days before she was to order her $20,000 prescriptions.”
And the loyal Rhoads, being 56 years old at the time and relatively close to retirement, was just the type of worker a mercenary company unencumbered by feelings of loyalty would want to sack. As Rhoads further explained, “SPX took about 40% of my retirement plan, saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in the insured medical plan and they also reduced [by replacing him with a lower-paid worker] the six-figure salary which I had earned after 30 years of service.”
In fact, Rhoads has good reason to believe that SPX had long been looking to get rid of him. Vecchio told The New American that a superior had made suggestive comments to Rhoads about how he should retire and move down south. Comments were also made to Rhoads that implied that "he was too old to understand life as it is today," said Vecchio.” For this reason, Rhoads is also suing under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. “The age-discrimination act prohibits discrimination based on age,” stated Vecchio. It’s natural for “older people to incur more medical expenses,” he continued, “and now Mr. Rhoads is being let go at his very time of need.” As for SPX’s side of the story, the company did not respond to The New American’s request for a comment.
But its actions speak louder than words. And as for the irreligious sentiment, Rhoads explained that he started to witness an anti-Christian bias and felt that the company had “tried distancing itself from Christianity.” He elaborated, “I was told by a higher up that Christmas was a Hallmark holiday and they stopped giving us Good Friday off. I remember them replacing ‘Merry Christmas’ with ‘Happy Holidays.’” And now, says Rhoads, SPX has been “able to remove a Christian from the workplace who would speak up when the professional environment was lacking” — and replace him, no doubt, with someone far more “politically correct.”
SPX’s problem is that political correctness is no substitute for legal correctness, a fact it may soon learn in a very painful way. 


United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein arrives for the 31st session of the Human Rights Council at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
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Responding to the Islamist terror attack in Orlando that killed 50 people in a "gun-free zone,"the United Nations and its “High Commissioner for Human Rights” claimed again Tuesday that the U.S. government has an “obligation” to implement “robust gun regulation.” According to UN human-rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein (shown), the terrorist massacre and other killings are a “direct result” of the U.S. government's adherence to the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which protects the God-given right of Americans to keep and bear arms from infringement.D AMENDMENT 
However, critics ridiculed both the idea and the UN itself, noting, among other facts, that the attack occurred in a “gun-free zone.” In light of the controversial remarks, gun-rights leaders also reiterated calls for the United States to withdraw from the UN and stop funding it with American taxpayer dollars.   
The scandal-plagued UN human rights boss, currently under fire worldwide for persecuting whistleblowers to protect child-raping UN “peace” troops, used multiple outright falsehoods to demonize the rights of Americans. Among other claims, the Islamic UN bureaucrat insisted that the global body's bizarre vision of “human rights”actually obligates the U.S. government to violate the unalienable, individual rights of Americans granted by God and protected in the Supreme Law of the Land. U.S. politicians, he claimed, must “live up” to their alleged “obligations” to impose more gun control.
Echoing a common logical fallacy among anti-gun rights extremists, the UN's Hussein, a prince of the Islamic Hashemite dynasty that rules Jordan, also blamed guns for violence. For instance, he argued that the “commonplace but preventable violent attacks” are “the direct result of insufficient gun control.” How such violent attacks occur in countries with draconian gun control, such as France, was not made clear. However, estimates suggest there are already as many as 20,000 gun laws and regulations on the books in the United States. Along with murder and terrorism laws, many of those gun regulations were violated in the deadly attack on the homosexual nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend. In fact, state law actually mandated that all club goers be disarmed, something that has held true in virtually every mass shooting in U.S. history.   
Critics were outraged by the UN. Gun Owners of America's executive director emeritus Larry Pratt, previous head of the nation's fiercest defender of gun rights, blasted the global outfit and its human-rights chief over the remarks. Pratt suggested, sarcastically, that perhaps the surviving Tutsi of Rwanda, who depended on UN protection and were disarmed prior to being slaughtered by the hundreds of thousands, might have some comments on the issue. “The UN has also been complicit in some of these mass murders,” he added. “These folks have blood-soaked hands, and they presume to lecture us in America for exercising our constitutionally protected rights? The hypocrisy is more than I can even utter. They deserve nothing but contempt.”
In a phone interview with The New American, Pratt also argued that real human rights and gun rights are co-existent and inseparable. “When gun rights are violated, that's when the slaughter begins,” he explained, citing numerous examples including National Socialist (Nazi) Germany, the Soviet Union, the Castro regime in Cuba, and other regimes that butchered and murdered millions of innocent victims after leaving them defenseless with gun control. “Dictators know, gun control is cool. But the rest of us should have figured it out already — gun control is deadly.”
It is time for Americans to stop funding the UN and its attacks on individual rights, Pratt added. “The UN high commissioner [for human rights] just gave us one more example of why we shouldn't be in the United Nations at all,” he said. “This is an organization that has been involved in so many millions losing their lives. The hypocrisy of that, to sit in judgment of the United States, this guy deserves no respect whatsoever. The UN building should be sold to an American resort company or something so it can be put to productive use.”
In the official press release posted on the UN website, the senior UN official made his case using deeply misleading comments and outright falsehoods on gun laws in the United States. “It is hard to find a rational justification that explains the ease with which people can buy firearms, including assault rifles, in spite of prior criminal backgrounds, drug use, histories of domestic violence and mental illness, or direct contact with extremists — both domestic and foreign,” argued the UN “High Commissioner for Human Rights.” Those claims are, of course, simply false.   
In the real world, automatic assault rifles are basically banned in the United States without a special license from the ATF. Only semi-automatic rifles that sometimes look similar to military assault rifles are legal, and even those are banned in many states. Separately, gun ownership is already prohibited for those with criminal backgrounds involving felonies or domestic violence, drug use, and adjudication of mental illness. It was not immediately clear whether the UN's Hussein was deliberately lying or was simply misinformed on the nature of existing U.S. and state gun laws. The reference to "contact with extremists" appears to be a call to violate other constitutionally protected rights, including due process of law, enshrined in the Constitution.   
The UN official continued with more falsehoods and anti-gun propaganda to demonize gun rights and Americans who support them. “Irresponsible pro-gun propaganda suggests that firearms make society safer, when all evidence points to the contrary,” Zeid was quoted as saying in the official press release. In reality, of course, mountains of evidence suggest that more firearms in civilian hands reduces violent crime and makes society safer — not just from petty criminals, but from tyrants and mass-murdering regimes like many of the UN's “member states” that restrict the gun rights of their victims.
In the United States, more guns have also been shown to be a positive force. Last year, for example, themost recent data showed that as gun ownership across the United States was soaring, violent crime and murder rates were plunging. The states that benefited most were those with the most guns, according to a report by the Crime Prevention Research Center on the issue. Scholar John Lott, who runs the center and authored the book More Guns, Less Crime, has compiled massive amounts of evidence  highlighting the correlation. A study in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy also found that more guns in private hands reduces crime. The reason is obvious: Criminals already ignore the law, but when their victims may be legally armed, criminals are less likely to strike.
Anecdotal evidence also supports the premise. Gun-friendly Switzerland and the United States, for example, have rates of murder and violence that pale in comparison to gun-control utopias. Consider Venezuela, where civilians were disarmed by the socialist regime with help from the UN, which now has almost 20 times as many murders per capita as the United States. Mexico also has some of the strictest gun bans in the world, as well as one of the highest murder rates in the world, many times higher than the United States. In a glaring example of hypocrisy, there was no similar UN screed in favor of gun control after the recent mass-shooting terror attacks in France or Norway, which already have some of the most draconian gun-control laws in the world.
The UN pointed to a new report by its human rights bureaucracy advocating civilian disarmament. According to the global outfit's press release, the document supposedly highlights how gun rights allegedly lead to gun violence and are “devastating” to what the UN defines as “human rights,” including the “rights” to “education, health, an adequate standard of living and participation in cultural life.” The UN and most of its member regimes, which have killed tens of millions of innocent, disarmed people since the UN was established, do not respect the God-given right to keep and bear arms.
To get a better understanding of UN “human rights” and how they are essentially the opposite of traditionally understood God-given individual rights protected in the U.S. Constitution, consider that many of the world's most oppressive and murderous regimes serve on the UN “Human Rights Council.” The regimes ruling Communist China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and more hold seats. Article 29 of the UN's “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” also makes clear that UN-defined privileges can be revoked under virtually any pretext, including “general welfare” and “public order.” The bizarre UN document also states that rights and freedoms can “in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.”
The UN human rights bureaucrat also appealed to emotion, wondering how many more killings it would take “before the United States adopts robust gun regulation,” as if gun control would prevent mass killings. He also complained that there are “hundreds of millions of guns in circulation,” saying there should be a “legal framework to control the acquisition and use of firearms.” Indeed, while not mentioned specifically by Hussein, the UN and Obama are already working on precisely such a framework. Known as the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the unconstitutional scheme is aimed at eventually ensuring a monopoly on weapons in the hands of the UN and its largely autocratic member states, which have murdered unfathomably more people than all the serial killers and terrorists in world history combined.   
Of course, as the recent terror attacks in Paris with illegal AK-47s showed clearly, gun control will not stop terrorism or gun violence. Instead, it will ensure that law-abiding victims and potential victims of terrorism and mass-murder remain defenseless to cower before their killers. As Venezuela, Mexico, and other nations show clearly, UN-supported civilian disarmament schemes will only facilitate more violence, crime, oppression, and murder. Gun rights are real human rights. And they are conducive to safety, order, and liberty.
Either way, the UN has no business demanding policy changes in a nation's internal affairs — much less demanding that the U.S. government defy the Constitution and further infringe on the constitutionally protected rights of Americans. It is time for lawmakers to get the United States out of the UN dictators club. The American Sovereignty Restoration Act currently sitting in the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee would do precisely that. For the sake of the Second Amendment and the right to self-government under the Constitution, Congress must act to defend America.
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zack ford of "think progress" scapegoating christians for orlando massacre, like hitler blamed the jews for the reichstag fire in 1933



Argues that white Americans inspire more violence against LGBT community than radical Islamists.

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In a backwards twist of logic, regressive leftists have pinned the blame for the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando by a Muslim extremist who declared allegiance with ISIS on… conservative Christians.
Writing for ThinkProgress, LGBT Editor Zack Ford outlined his mind bending theory that conservative Christian America is to blame for the massacre in TWO ways.
Ford suggests that conservative Christians are to blame because they promote and practice their own “violence” against the LGBT community, and secondly, conservative Christians have created an anti-Islamic culture, which acted as a “spark” for the attack, according to Ford.
“ISIS may sensationalize anti-gay violence — specifically to spark the anti-Islam sentiment that fuels it — but that doesn’t actually make radical Islam more violent against LGBT people than the conservative Christian sentiment that permeates the U.S.” Ford writes.
Yep, that’s correct, Ford argues that while Islamic governments and ISIS extremists both EXECUTE gay people, American Christians are somehow MORE violent towards the LGBT community.
To justify his argument, Ford points James Wesley Howell, a 20-year-old Indiana man who was found with guns and explosive chemicals in his car on the way to a California gay pride parade on Sunday, just hours after the Orlando incident.
“Howell is white, and he’s from Indiana,” Ford writes, before proceeding to lump him in with recently passed laws in Indiana intended to prevent anyone, specifically business owners, from being forced to provide services for same-sex weddings, should they be approached to do so.
“The people [who blame radical Islam for the terror attack in Orlando] are the same people who regularly speak out against LGBT equality — who support discrimination against same-sex couples in the name of ‘religious liberty’ and who demonize transgender people as mentally ill.” Ford writes, arguing that such behaviour could equally or more so inspire violence against gay people than radical Islam.
While that is clearly a ridiculous argument, given that even so called ‘moderate’ Muslims support KILLING gay people, Ford also fails to mention that Howell is not a conservative Christian, and is in fact a gay man.
Howell’s ex-boyfriend and other acquaintances were interviewed by reporters, and maintained that Howell “harbored no violent feelings toward” the LGBT community.
OK, so already Ford’s argument is resting on ground that is thin to non-existent.
He is arguing that someone who would rather not bake a cake for a gay wedding can inspire worse violence against the gay community than someone who throws homosexuals off rooftops.
Ford also suggests that conservatives’ response to a shooting last year at a Planned Parenthood clinic is another example of the right somehow avoiding taking responsibility.
“Robert Lewis Dear was clearly motivated by his Christian anti-abortion beliefs, but conservatives similarly likewise tried to avoid taking responsibility for propagating those notions.” Ford writes.
However, in reality, investigators concluded that Dear had no clear motivation, and those familiar with Dear said he was a recluse and an utterly confusing individual. “If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive,’ said neighbor James Russell.”
Never mind huh, just blame ALL white conservative Christians for the shooting, and demand they take responsibility.
Ford then spends three paragraphs quoting statistics about LGBT suicide, homelessness, and crime-victim rates, as if all of these things are somehow the fault of every conservative Christian in America.
His conclusion is that conservative Christians all discriminate against gay people and promote and inspire violence and hatred against them.
“The Orlando shooting is not an opportunity to absolve conservatives who have railed against LGBT equality for years.” he writes.
Such an opinion really isn’t all that surprising given that the mainstream media, and the US government promotes the same views.
The Department of Homeland Security is operating under a brief that contends right wing Americans pose just as much of a threat to the country as Islamic extremists. The DHS was also more concerned about being “disrespectful” to Muslims than identifying terrorists, per a Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) report.
Meanwhile, the president spent a significant part of his press conference concerning the Orlando incident, taking shots at Republicans and Donald Trump, and arguing that using the phrase ‘radical Islam’ is a ‘political talking point’ rather than a factual description.
“There’s no magic to the phrase ‘radical Islam.’ It’s a political talking point. It’s not a strategy… Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction. Not once has an adviser of mine said, ‘Man, if we use that phrase, we’re going to turn this whole thing around.’“ Obama said.
Calling a threat by a different name doesn’t make it go away… Obama and the regressive left might really think about following that advice.

Orlando: The Reichstag Fire

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Hold your Godwins, please. The term “Reichstag fire” refers to the 1933 arson at the German parliament building, committed by at least one communist. Hitler, the new chancellor, did not let this crisis go to waste. He took advantage of the outrage over the attack to push for sweeping laws suppressing communists, the Nazis’ political rivals. In this sense, Orlando is a “Reichstag fire” event, I predict, because it is a genuine and appalling atrocity that will lead to the demonization, in law and in custom, of orthodox Christians and any who disagree with whatever LGBTs and their allies want.
It’s going to happen. Social and religious conservatives had better get ready for it.
Number three, we must recognize that homophobia cannot be contained. Hatred breeds hatred. We are horrified that one man targeted LGBT victims at two a.m. on an Orlando Sunday morning. But we are not blameless, when we tell government contractors it is okay to discriminate against someone because they are gay or lesbian – or tell transgender school children that we will not respect their gender identity.
Our sincere, sustained message of inclusion will create a powerful wall against LGBT hate.
Got it? You oppose laws allowing transgendered males into the women’s bathroom and locker room, you are complicit in Omar Mateen’s slaughter. The only way to stop future massacres, presumably, is to suppress speech and thought we don’t like.
Catholic Bishop Robert Lynch, whose Florida diocese paid $100,000 to settle a claim made by a former employee who accused Lynch of sexually harrassing him, is on the train:
Second, sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence. Those women and men who were mowed down early yesterday morning were all made in the image and likeness of God. We teach that. We should believe that. We must stand for that. Without yet knowing who perpetrated the PULSE mass murders, when I saw the Imam come forward at a press conference yesterday morning, I knew that somewhere in the story there would be a search to find religious roots. While deranged people do senseless things, all of us observe, judge and act from some kind of religious background. Singling out people for victimization because of their religion, their sexual orientation, their nationality must be offensive to God’s ears. It has to stop also.
 It is certainly true that Christians who hate gays and abuse them are sinning and should repent. But what is “victimization”? Does that include opposing same-sex marriage, or transgender bathroom bills? Does it include affirming what the Roman Catholic church teaches about homosexuality? That’s how people are taking the bishop’s remarks. Here’s Zack Ford at Think Progress, spurning the prayers and good wishes of Baptist leader Russell Moore, because Moore upholds the biblical view of sexuality, but embracing Bishop Lynch:
One religious leader, however, actually demonstrated that there is another option. Bishop Robert Lynch, who serves the Catholic diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, didn’t try to reconcile the beliefs his Church espouses. He took responsibility. … The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has dedicated millions of dollars to opposing LGBT equality over the years. Bishop Lynch may be the first actively serving member of that organization to admit that these efforts may have had consequences for LGBT people.
Ford goes on to list what conservative Christians must do, including:
If people who share Moore’s beliefs reach out to their LGBT neighbors now or in the future, they should consider that what they want us to feel might not be the same as what we actually hear.
If you want us to feel love, then do not tell us our sexuality is wrong or that the only way to be right is to be celibate. What we hear is actually that we are unworthy of love.
If you want us to feel equal, then do not try to justify refusing us jobs, housing, or goods and services in the name of your religious beliefs. What we hear is that we deserve to be treated as second-class citizens.
If you want us to feel community, then do not tell us that you cannot condone our marriages. What we hear is that our families are not welcome to share a neighborhood with yours.
If you want us to feel dignity, then do not tell us that we cannot be transgender or try to tell us what bathrooms we can or cannot use. What we hear is that you aren’t actually interested or invested in understanding who we are or supporting our wellness.
And so on. Otherwise, “sympathy without affirmation rings hollow; it is unworthy of our gratitude.” Ford, good progressive that he is, says “do not encourage us to demonize Islam or pass the blame onto terrorism.” Of course not, even though the mass murderer was an Islamic terrorist. We must remember who the real enemy is here: Russell Moore and people like him. People like me.
I don’t know how widely shared Ford’s view is among the LGBT community and its allies, but I suspect it is general, and it is sincere. What Ford and those who agree with him are doing is demanding that we give up what we believe to be true, or nothing we say about love, respect, and the rest of it matters.
I believe this will be the line that emerges out of Orlando. And the campaign will happen because it’s in the playbook. GLSEN has over the years managed to get its teaching programs mainstreamed in schools under the guise of stopping bullying and making schools “safe.” The stated theory is that if you really want to stop bullying, you will teach children that there’s nothing wrong with homosexuality, transgenderism, etc. That is to say, it’s not enough that kids be taught respect and tolerance; kids must be taught that what orthodox Christianity says is not only wrong, but by implication makes schools unsafe.
It has been an extraordinarily successful campaign. And we are about to see it scaled up to the national level. Any Republican politician, and any religious leader, who opposes what the LGBT activists and their allies in the Democratic Party want is going to be tarred as having the blood of Orlando victims on their hands.
I anticipate the comments to this post: “How dare you worry about how this is going to affect your community when we haven’t even buried the victims yet?!” And that reaction, however inadvertently, is part of the campaign. Zack Ford, Rep. Beyer, Bishop Lynch and others are using the Orlando atrocity to advance goals, political and religious. I don’t doubt their sincerity. Nor do I doubt, not for one second, how effective they are going to be.
Now we will see the price individual Christians are willing to pay to remain faithful. Now we will see how many Christians have the inner strength to obey Jesus’s command: “But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you.”
When I talk about the need for the Benedict Option, this is part of what I mean: the need for orthodox Christians to come together in thick communities to keep our faith, to help each other through things like what’s to come, and to remind one another that no matter what, we cannot return hatred for hatred. That is forbidden to us.

ACLU blames Christians for Islam Terrorist attack at Pulse Gay Club
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ACLU Blames “Christian Right” for Orlando Muslim’s Mass Murder

It seems that the American Civil Liberties Union, a group that was previously known to be Communists, are claiming that the Christian right is responsible for the murderous actions of a follower of Muhammad at a sodomite night club in Orlando that took the lives of fifty people.

“You know what is gross — your thoughts and prayers and Islamophobia after you created this anti-queer climate,” ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio tweeted on Sunday morning. But Strangio — who “spend[s his] life fighting Christian homophobia while being loved & supported by [his] Muslim family” — and his colleagues connected the shooting back to Christians and Republican politicians who oppose gay marriage. “The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this,” Strangio tweeted. “No.” Another ACLU attorney who specializes in religious liberty issues scolded Republican lawmakers who tweeted out their condolences. “Remember when you co-sponsored extreme, anti-LGBT First Amendment Defense Act?” the ACLU’s Eunice Rho tweeted at Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and other Republicans.
“You know what is gross – your thoughts and prayers and Islamophobia after you created this anti-queer climate,” Strangio tweeted.
Catholic News Agency reports that ACLU member Eunice Rho assailed Republican lawmakers for offering prayers for the victims and wounded after the shooting. Rho said they were promoting the “extreme, anti-LGBT First Amendment Defense Act.”


Report: Academy Sports Creating Database For Ammo Purchases, Pulls Rifles From Shelves




Outdoor retailer snooping for the feds?

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Academy Sports and Outdoors is gathering personal data on customers who buy more than 10 boxes of so-called “assault rifle caliber” ammunition and is pulling rifles from store shelves in support of the Obama administration agenda.
An anonymous employee said the new policies were outlined in a recent conference call in which corporate HQ told employees they will soon require buyers to furnish personal information the company will keep on file, likely for the federal government if requested.
Additionally, Academy is pulling anything resembling sporting rifles, including rifle-shaped BBQ lighters and airsoft rifles, from store displays although another employee revealed semi-automatic rifles will still be sold upon request.
“We got the call from corporate just before close to take the rifles off of display, only after all customers have left for the night,” reddit user Potato_Muncher revealed. “MSRs are still for sale, but will not be displayed ‘for about a week or two.’”
“Same thing happened during Sandy Hook, so take this with a grain of salt.”
A sales listing for a sporting rifle on was pulled down Monday night, Infowars confirmed.
Academy’s media department has yet to comment on the new policies.
The policies will only help the Obama administration further demonize semi-automatic rifles in an effort to ban them outright, even though the FBI revealed that in 2014, less than 250 murders out of 12,000 (under 2%) were committed using rifles of any type, including so-called “assault rifles.”
In fact, nearly five times as many murders are committed with knives than semi-automatic rifles.
Additionally, AR-15s are used far less often in murders than shotguns, a fact which contradicts Vice President Joe Biden who once implied otherwise.
Academy’s new database is particularly disturbing given how federal agencies routinely pressure companies to provide personal data on customers – even if they’re not under investigation.
The database sparks fears among gun owners that innocent Americans who buy ammunition at Academy will be harassed by federal agents – and perhaps even raided.