The Washington Post reports:
A Virginia judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by two Republicans that sought to limit how bookstores and public school libraries could distribute two books to minors, closing — at least temporarily — an unusual commercial strategy in what conservatives say is a campaign to protect students. The two books at the heart of the suit are Maia Kobabe’s “Gender Queer,” a memoir about identifying as nonbinary, and Sarah J. Maas’s “A Court of Mist and Fury,” a fantasy novel that depicts a dark fairy romance.
The suit, filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court by Del. Tim Anderson [photo] and congressional candidate Tommy Altman, aimed to prevent the Virginia Beach school system and locations of the private bookseller Barnes & Noble from selling the books to children without first obtaining parental consent. In her order dismissing the lawsuit, Judge Pamela Baskervill concluded that part of Virginia’s state law dealing with obscenity is unconstitutional.
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It begins with banning books. It ends with banning people.
An example of actual obscenity:
Got it… taking kids to see drag queens read story books is obscene but posing with your kids in front of a “Fuck Biden” flag with two women showing their ass while you get your kids to flip the bird… that’s good parentin’!
I suppose a law mandating browser history review of lawmakers who target minority groups might cause many (R) to break out in cold sweats…
Bigots gonna bigot.
Government does not belong telling private books stores what books they can and cannot sell.
If parents don’t want their kids to buy the book, it’s their job to police that.
This suit just personifies that both these bigots believe parents aren’t capable of raising their own kids.
It’s about controlling other people’s kids and what they have access to so their own kids are not “tainted” by the real world and knowledge.
I’ve never heard of a child forced to go to a drag queen story hour, but tons of kids were forced to go to church.
But gosh, the right only foams at the mouth about the former.
Hopefully had to pay court costs for Barnes and Noble too.
I can’t believe the court violated his right to free speech by refusing to ban those books!
Today, in 2022, it reduces basically to this:
If you get a non-MAGAt judge, justice might prevail.
If you get a MAGAt judge, you’re screwed.
They now want to invade the private sector
Rethuglicans always use freedom of speech law to protect religion then get mad when it bites them In the ass.
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“At a separate event Thursday, Biden said Trump’s party doesn’t “just threaten our personal rights and economic security…They’re a threat to our very democracy,” he said. “They embrace…political violence. They don’t believe in democracy.”
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“And while it’s not a stretch of the imagination to associate limited intelligence with football players, Walker more than fumbled during an interview with a right-wing conservative news outlet that tried to gently hand off a question to him with which he should have been able to run straight to the proverbial end zone for an undeniable touchdown of an answer.”
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“Jones added the globalists, whom he clarified are “mid-level,” have tricked many Americans into thinking there will merely be a “leftist revolution.” In fact, Jones prophesied, there will be a “civil war.”
What the hell is going on! This is lawful gun ownership when a 7 year old can get ahold of and go to school with 2 handguns and ammo? Why did the kid feel he should take them to school. What kind of storage did the parents have for the guns? Hugs
A 7-year-old boy at a Cochise County school was discovered with two guns and ammunition in his backpack on Monday, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrived and met with school officials and the second-grade student, who they learned was discovered with a gun and ammunition inside of his backpack. After searching his backpack, they found a second handgun.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office did not identify the student nor specify what school the incident occurred at.
The parents of the student were contacted, and a “juvenile referral” was completed for charges of misconduct with a weapon and a minor in possession of a firearm.
Similar incidents have taken place in Arizona this year. On Thursday, a gun was confiscated from a fourth-grade student attending Legacy Traditional School in Queen Creek.
And in March, a 15-year-old teenager was arrested after he brought a gun to Verrado High School and had it confiscated by officials.
Another way Christianity is getting permission to discriminate. I remember about five years ago a LGBTQ+ group was forced by the court to allow anti-gay Christians to not only join the group but also seek leadership positions. The LGBTQ+ gay support group was sued by the Christians who demanded that they be allowed not only to join but run for the top position of the club, with the idea of changing it to anti-gay. The courts ruled that the gay club had to let the Christians join and a short time later the support group disbanded. But my dogs that love gravy when the situation is reversed no way those gays deserve equal treatment. Notice the judge called out the teachers who may have made fun of or insulted the students who were religious in the club, but totally ignored the insults and attacks by Christians students and teachers on the LGBTQ+ students. Welcome to the US Taliban theocracy. Hugs
In a major victory for religious freedom advocates and a defeat for LGBTQ rights, a three-judge panel in California reinstated a public school club in San Jose that denied membership to LGBTQ students based on a “Sexual Purity” pledge.
On Monday, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes was ordered reinstated for the current school year while litigation continued in a lower court.
Writing for the majority, Trump appointee Judge Kenneth Kiyul Lee of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the case represented “two competing values that we cherish as a nation: the principle of non-discrimination on the one hand, and the First Amendment’s protection of free exercise of religion and free speech on the other hand.”
The case emerged from an all-school controversy in 2019, when a teacher at Pioneer High School in San Jose asked students what they thought about the Christian club’s “Sexual Purity” pledge, which according to court records states: “The Bible teaches that the appropriate place for sexual expression is in the context of a marriage relationship. The biblical description of marriage is one man and one woman in a lifelong commitment.”
Leaders of the group were required to sign.
Students weren’t having it.
Protests erupted outside the club’s meetings, and complaints were filed. Teachers and allies spoke out publicly.
The outcry prompted the San Jose Unified School District to rescind the club’s official status. The club sued, alleging religious discrimination.
In his opinion, Lee said the crux of the issue was how the school district applied its non-discrimination policy to all school clubs, not just the Christian Fellowship group.
“Under the First Amendment, our government must be scrupulously neutral when it comes to religion: It cannot treat religious groups worse than comparable secular ones,” he wrote. “But the School District did just that.”
The judge cited a “Senior Women Club” that excluded male students, and a “Big Sisters/Little Sisters” club that was “obviously intended” to serve female students, not male students.
While the court didn’t “minimize the ostracism that gay and lesbian students may endure,” Lee wrote, “in our pluralistic society in which people from diverse backgrounds must coexist despite having starkly different worldviews, the Free Exercise Clause requires the government to respect religious beliefs and conduct, even if many people may find such beliefs to not be ‘acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible.’”
Lee cited numerous recent precedents upholding religious freedom, from the Supreme Court down.
He also called out “animus” in the school’s treatment of the faith-based group.
According to the court’s findings, one teacher called the club’s beliefs “bulls—”, another described evangelical Christians “as ‘charlatans’ who perpetuate ‘darkness’ and ‘ignorance,’” and another “denigrated his own student as an ‘idiot’ for empathizing with FCA members who faced backlash from teachers and students.”
“This is not, to put it mildly, neutral treatment of religion,” Lee wrote. “More than a whiff, a stench of animus against the students’ religious beliefs pervades the Pioneer High School campus.”
The school district said it was “reviewing the court’s opinion, assessing options, and will determine next steps as soon as possible.”
Pure hate for hate’s sake. Promising further harm when informed that your actions lead to death threats and threats of bombing of hospitals along with the violent attacks on drag queen events such as the drag queen story hours. These people seem to forget that many comedians in the past often dressed up as women. But the libsoftiktok are insidious in spreading their propaganda. Just the name makes you think they are liberals when they are the most rabid of the maga cult. Then the stuff they spout is the most vile and out right lies that have been frequently debunked but they push them out as fact to rile up their gang of thugs followers. Like most of the rabid right and other LGBTQ+ haters they have to make up things like this fake pamphlet, they have to selectively edit the video to change the meaning, and they pretend that things are being done to kids that are not at all true. Hugs
A video posted this month by the far-right anti-LGBTQ Libs of TikTok Twitter account has since spread among anti-LGBTQ Russian and European disinformation networks, effectively furthering the anti-queer agenda of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The account’s founder has pledged to do even more to threaten LGBTQ lives in the future.
On August 10, Chaya Raichik, who goes by LibsofTikTok on social media, posted a video of a therapist who works with jailed sex offenders. In the video, the therapist announces their pronouns and advises people to use the term “minor-attracted persons” (MAPs) rather than “pedophiles.” They said the latter term has “moved from being a diagnostic label to being a judgmental, hurtful insult that we hurl at people in order to harm them or slander them.”
Indeed, the Libs of TikTok account itself has regularly accused pro-LGBTQ teachers of being “groomers” and has called the youth anti-suicide organization The Trevor Project a “grooming organization.” Grooming is a term for gaining the trust of a child so you can rape them. The term has since become a common anti-LGBTQ slur. Gay men were frequently accused of being pedophiles by the religious right although that accusation had faded over the years.
The therapist also said that MAPs are among the most vilified people in society, and added that most of them don’t choose their attraction to underage people. The therapist said that MAPs shouldn’t be solely defined by that one aspect of themselves.
Raichik only posted the first two minutes of the therapist’s presentation, which made it seem like they were advocating for people to be nicer to child sex abusers. However, Vice News reported that, in the full archived version of the video, the therapist unmistakably condemns such crimes. The therapist has since gone into hiding after Raichik posted the video.
After Raichik posted it, “major Russian disinformation networks on Telegram, some with hundreds of thousands of followers, began sharing it” alongside images of a fake leaflet that had gone viral on Russia’s social network Vkontakte.
The fake leaflet, which local St. Petersburg news organizations claimed had been found in the U.K. by a Russian tourist, was entitled, “What to do if a stranger comes up to you on the street.” It advised children to stay silent if a stranger approached them in public, not to call them a “pedophile,” and to invite the strangers back to their homes.
Polish fact-checkers questioned the leaflet’s authenticity, noting that its original social media sharer neither disclosed any details about where the leaflet was found nor of the Russian tourist who allegedly found it. The leaflet uses the American-English spelling of “pedophile” (not the British-English “paedophile”), it contains no logos or credits atrributing its creator, and only four photos of the brochure exist with no other copies being found.
On August 15, the Russian Tsargrad TV channel published an article titled “British Children Learn to Invite Pedophiles Home.” The channel’s editor-in-chief was the Kremlin’s chief ideologist, Alexander Dugin, who helped promote Putin’s infamous law against “gay propaganda” as a way to “protect children.”
Tsargrad TV’s article said the leaflet was evidence of Western culture’s “moral decay,” and added, “It is worth noting that the promotion of the legalization of pedophilia in the West is not an isolated incident, but a deliberate vector of the hard work of perverted lobbyists. We in Russia do not need such ‘values’ — violence against our children is categorically unacceptable.”
Russian and European social media users combined mentions of Raichik’s video along with news of the leaflet to create an emotional argument against LGBTQ-inclusive “groomers.” One message, shared on a Telegram channel with 180,000 followers posted the video and leaflet images and declared, “This is definitely not a fake.”
Similar posts also surfaced on a Russian Telegram channel with 400,000 subscribers.
Libs of Tik Tok received a seven-day no-posting suspension from Twitter after falsely claiming that the Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. was performing hysterectomies on transgender children — her claim led to harassment, bombing and death threats against hospital workers. Libs of TikTok has also been suspended multiple times on multiple platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, Media Matters reported.
Despite the slap on the wrists, Raichik recently pledged on her Substack newsletter to do even more to endanger hospitals that provide gender-affirming care to trans youth.
“Any sane person realizes that mutilating children for gender affirmation is barbaric,” she wrote, pushing the lie that gender-affirming surgeries are performed on children. They are not.
“Any doctor performing these surgeries should have their license revoked. They belong in prison,” she continued. “But alas, they are celebrated while Twitter and the media are running cover for them. Getting suspended by Twitter has only made me realize my biggest mistake. I only called one hospital I should have called dozens because I promise you Children’s National is not the only one. I promise to learn from my mistake and uncover more of what our Big Tech overlords don’t want us to know. I will do better in the future.”
Substack, a digital newsletter platform, has made millions from anti-vaccine movement influencers and anti-LGBTQ figures, according to the Center for Countering Digital Hate. The platform has become popular for “hate actors,” according to the Center for Countering Digital Hate CEO Imran Ahmed. Ahmed says the platform’s leaders regularly fail to enforce its own safety rules and guidelines under the guise of “not censoring writers.”
There’s proof that Libs of TikTok’s posts result in real-life threats against queer people and their allies. Raichik’s posts on all-ages drag shows have compelled Proud Boys and other forces to angrily confront LGBTQ parents, their children, allies, and drag performers in public, taking their pictures, and sharing their identities on social media.
US government documents were “likely concealed and removed” from a storage room at Mar-a-Lago as part of an effort to “obstruct” the FBI’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s potential mishandling of classified materials, the Justice Department said in a blockbuster court filing Tuesday night.
More than 320 classified documents have now been recovered from Mar-a-Lago, the Justice Department said, including more than 100 in the FBI search earlier this month.
Tuesday’s filing represents the Justice Department’s strongest case to date that Trump concealed classified material he was keeping at Mar-a-Lago in an attempt to obstruct the FBI’s investigation into the potential mishandling of classified material.
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What’s hilarious is that none of this shit would likely be prosecuted had he not raised hell about the “raid” and that nothing that came to.light in this filing would be publicly available information had he not pulled the “Special Master” stunt. Keep shooting your own foot, Shitgibbon…
Any other person any where any time who had the record of DJT would have been indicted, imprisoned, or shot! Let’s go Brandon ♥️
Concealment shows intent to steal.
320 Classified documents? It’s going to be hard to claim that so many just got mixed in with personal stuff as Trump & Co. packed up to go back to Mar-a-Lago. I suspect they’ll try, but really? He needs to spend time in prison, like any other human who stole classified documents. So do his lawyers.
The Trump judge will rule in his favor and the DOJ will appeal.
Who knows how many documents remain hidden & unrecovered?
This would explain his absolute shit-fit yesterday, and him begging to return to the ‘sanctuary’ of the Oval Office.
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“Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) order to investigate the parents of transgender youth for child abuse caused behind-the-scenes tumult at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services caused by, according to internal emails.
In February, Texas attorney general Ken Paxton (R) issued a non-binding opinion stating that gender affirming health care for transgender youth is a form of child abuse. A week later, the governor directed DFPS to investigate parents who support their transgender children and allow them access to gender affirming medical care prescribed by their doctors in a letter sent to the agency.
Gender-affirming care for both adolescents and adults has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and other major medical/mental health organizations as necessary and frequently lifesaving for transgender individuals. Gender affirming care for minors does not involve surgical procedures.”