We heard several bills last week about women’s issues and I kept thinking to myself, these bills are putting us backwards in time. We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women and almost making us look like whiners.
Republican Minnesota State Rep. Andrea Kieffer whining about representing 50% of the population.
Equality and sick pay are whining? How out of touch and selfish can you be? Kieffer is enjoying her equal pay as a Rep, but others can screw themselves.
According to a release distributed by Change.org, Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, plans to introduce a bill during the upcoming legislative session that would make Minnesota the third state (following New Jersey and California) to ban the type of therapy Marcus Bachmann made famous — ex-gay therapy.
It’s likely a companion bill would be pushed in the Senate by openly gay Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, who earlier this year told City Pages, “These therapies are premised on a falsehood… We all know that you can’t change people.”
Clark’s bill was drafted with the help of Alec Fischer, a young Minneapolis resident who authored a Change.org petition calling on legislators to “protect children from dangerous anti-gay conversion therapy.” His petition has been signed by more than 75,000 people as of this morning.
Fox News incited Islamophobic fears in its reporting on a weekly swim class at a YMCA facility that ensures the privacy of Muslim girls learning to swim, framing it as evidence that “Sharia law is now changing everything.”
In October, a St. Paul YMCA in partnership with the local police department decided to offer an hour long swim practice once a week to give Muslim Somali-American girls between the ages of 5 and 17 an opportunity to learn basic swimming skills, making considerations for the girls’ modesty and religious beliefs. On the December 2 edition of Fox & Friends, Fox’s Heather Nauert framed this story as evidence that “Sharia law is now changing everything”:
NAUERT: Well the minority becoming the majority at one community pool. Sharia law is now changing everything. A YMCA in Minneapolis-St. Paul is starting a swim group for Muslim girls but special considerations have to be made to keep with their religious beliefs. Now this means during the one-hour class, the pool is being shut down, the men’s locker room is being locked, and female lifeguards are being brought in. Similar classes are now starting at towns across the Midwest. We’ll keep watching this story for you.
Fox’s use of an hour-long swim lesson for girls to push the myth that Sharia is taking over is disconcerting to say the least. For many Muslim girls, this class represents their first opportunity to learn these basic skills, and the Star Tribune noted that this is an important and much-needed program for the community, and that “[s]pecial considerations have to be made to address modesty concerns.”
From the 12.02.2013 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:
"A significant percentage [of them] maintain their clan ties to the terrorists in Somalia; they maintain their animosity,” she shares with OneNewsNow. “They make no attempt at integrating themselves into the general population. They are prone to violence. And the gangs of area Somalis are mugging area people on bicycles and other venues.”
"The liberal, twisted mind here in Minnesota cannot possibly conceive of some of these people as being evil,” she laments. “But I and many other conservatives here in Minnesota are very concerned that this Mall of America is going to be targeted eventually – and the casualties could be astronomical."
Editors’ Note: I apologize if I used the OneNewsNow site to link to Markell’s disgusting quotes.
The Somali American community has rightfully condemned the attack on Westgate Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, which further undercuts Markell’s idiocy. WCCO:
Now, the Twin Cities Somali community is wondering whether two of its own are actually involved in the Kenyan mall attack that killed 62 people.
The horrifying attack in Kenya was strongly condemned by Muslim leaders at a Minneapolis mosque this afternoon.
“This outrageous act of violence has no place in Islam. The perpetrators of this barbaric act do not share our Islamic values,” Imam Abdisalam Adam said.
Several leaders said the names of two the Twin Cities men reported on Twitter do not match the names of any members of the Twin Cities Somali community they know of. Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the country, making it a recruitment target for terrorist organizations in Somalia. While the majority will not be lured away, there is a small number that have left Minnesota to join that terrorist organization.
The latest is a federal inquiry into whether an outside “super PAC” improperly coordinated strategy with Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign staff, including her husband, in violation of election laws.
The Department of Justice demanded records from the super PAC last week of its finances and its communications with Mrs. Bachmann; Marcus Bachmann, her husband; and former staff members, according to a grand jury subpoena reviewed by The New York Times.
The investigation appears to stem from a complaint a former campaign staff member made to the Federal Election Commission and to the F.B.I. The staff member told of overhearing the president of the super PAC asking a Bachmann senior adviser about buying advertising on radio and TV stations in Des Moines ahead of the Iowa caucus on Jan. 3, 2012.
Although Bachmann may have technically retired from Congress, in reality she quit because the criminal investigations were closing in on her. This is the first time that Marcus Bachmann has been named in reports as part of an investigation. The same troubled presidential campaign that the Department of Justice is looking at is also the subject of an investigation in Iowa, an FBI investigation, and a House Ethics Committee investigation.
It is ironic that Bachmann’s people used conviction in their title because the Bachmanns are going to be lucky to avoid conviction and jail time. Michele Bachmann is in a huge amount of trouble, as it it appears that she was running one of the most ineptly corrupt presidential campaigns in recent memory.
Even if Bachmann is convicted of a felony, none of this will stop Fox News or the right wing media from giving her a job. After all, these are the same people who have kept Ollie North and G. Gordon Liddy employed for decades.
Michele Bachmann is close to trading the easy life of a member of Congress for a rap sheet and criminal convictions.
The leading Republican candidate in retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann’s congressional district denies climate science, is virulently anti-gay, and sponsored everything from voter ID legislation to a minimum wage law repeal. No wonder he’s already being labeled “Michele Bachmann 2.0.”
Former Minnesota State Rep. Tom Emmer (R) was the first candidate to step up when Bachmann announced last month that she would be retiring from representing the state’s 6th congressional district at the end of her term. He is best known for unsuccessfully running for Governor in 2010, coming close enough to Democratic candidate and now-Governor Mark Dayton (D) to trigger a recount.
Here are a few things voters should know about Tom Emmer:
1. He opposed anti-bullying legislation because he doesn’t “want the government doing that for us.” Emmer voted against the Safe Schools for All bill, which included sexual orientation among fourteen different characteristics, and would have introduced consistent anti-bullying policies and mandated training for teachers and staff. During his 2010 campaign, he promised to veto it if it were to come across his desk as Governor, saying, “it’s up to the parents, Jacquie and I, to educate our children, how they handle that situation. We’re the ones who have to be the front line of defense for our children. I don’t want the government doing that for us.” The bill was proposed after a rash of gay teens in Minnesota committing suicide. Emmer has adopted virulently anti-gay positions throughout his political career.
2. He thinks waiters make too much, proposed cutting their minimum wage. At a campaign stop in 2010, Emmer said he had heard from local restaurant owners that “there are some people earning over $100,000 a year, more than the very people providing the jobs and investing not only their life savings but their families’ future.” He suggested that bartenders, servers, and other hospitality workers should get a “tip credit,” which would functionally lower their minimum wage. Although Minnesota is one of the only states that does not follow the federal minimum wage for tip-earners of $2.13 (it instead requires tip-earners be paid at least $5.25 hourly), the average food or beverage service worker earned an average of only $10.45 an hour in 2010. Emmer introduced an amendment that would have eliminated the state’s minimum wage laws altogether in 2005.
3. He was one of the first conservatives pushing unconstitutional nullification bills to undermine Obamacare. Even before healthcare legislation passed in Congress, Emmer was making the rounds on Fox News, pushing the idea that any form of federal healthcare program would be unconstitutional. In October 2009, he proposed a “Health Care Freedom Act” that would define Minnesotans as “sovereign individuals” in an attempt to prevent federal law or state law from affecting the health insurance of any individual. Soon after the Affordable Care Act passed, Emmer began advocating nullification of federal laws, an unconstitutional theory used by advocates of slavery before the Civil War, in his state.
4. He denies climate science is real. In addition to calling green jobs a “fancy marketing campaign“, pledging to withdraw Minnesota from a regional climate pact, and telling supporters of the EPA to vote against him, Emmer has publicly denied climate science, saying, “the empirical evidence does not support this and the other reps that have talked. There is another side. Just because we make these chambers available to Will Steger and the crowd that wants to rely on Al Gore’s climate porn doesn’t mean that that’s the way it is. … Folks, there is another side.”
5. He wanted to make English the official state language because of the supposed high cost of translating. In 2008, Emmer co-sponsored a bill that would have made English the official state language of Minnesota, in addition to imposing strict immigration status checks for renters and buyers of homes. The Star Tribune asked him about his support of the language component of the bill two years later, reporting, “Emmer said he co-sponsored the 2008 measure because his home county said the cost of producing signs in multiple languages ‘was killing them.’”
Recent news out of the state of Minnesota concerning the vandalization of a church demonstrates an important argument LGBT advocates have been making for years: religious belief has less to do with the LGBT civil rights debate than the need to impose specific religious beliefs on others. Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove, Minnesota have discovered this the hard way as they’ve advertised themselves as pro-gay in their ministries.
This past Sunday churchgoers arrived to church to find their place of worship desecrated with eggs and anti-gay graffiti. The tags contained the typical anti-gay drivel - references to Leviticus as well as Sodom and Gomorrah. “We are a very liberal progressive voice in Maple Grove,” Pastor Robin Raudabaugh told local news affiliate KARE. “And so I think that’s when people do things like that, when they’re fearful of maintaining their own position. This was a very hate-filled act.”
This isn’t the first time the church has faced intolerance from other “Christians” in their community. They’ve had sings stolen, other ant-gay graffiti tags, and more.
While the members of the church seem to be forgive and forget types, I’m less inclined to offer an olive branch to those who would seek to engage in hypocritical behavior. The same people stomping their feet like children demanding that the rest of the nation abide by their religious beliefs refuse to acknowledge that some churches - churches that follow Christianity no less - don’a agree with their anti-gay message.
Why is a religious message only relevant when it opposes LGBT rights? Why do certain religious beliefs and certain churches believe their First Amendment freedoms of speech and religion are “better than” others? The answer is simple: it has absolutely nothing to do with religion and everything to do with irrational ant-gay bias. Religion is merely how these people dress up their hate to legitimize it - to make it sound more credible.
It’s the reason why people throughout the history of our nation have been able to use the Bible to justify everything from slavery and segregation to denial of women’s rights, interracial marriage and LGBT rights. Taken out of context and cherry-picked, the Bible can justify just about any archaic, antiquated belief system.
It’s time for real Christians to begin calling out the faux-Christians within their ranks for what they are - profiteers and wolves in church clothing trying to pass their hate off as fervently held religious belief. If these people really did have a respect for the First Amendment and everyone’s right to worship and believe as they choose, incidents like the vandalism at Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove would never happen. Period.
Like her fellow Minnesota-based conservative talk show host Bradlee Dean, End Times broadcaster Jan Markell is warning that Minnesota is about to experience divine punishment over the state’s new marriage equality law. She told the American Family Association’s news service that gay people and Muslims have turned Minnesota into “the occult capital of America,” noting that “God destroyed cities in the Bible over homosexuality.”
Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, laments that The North Star State has become a mecca for many unpleasant things.
"We’re the occult capital of America," she tells OneNewsNow. "We certainly have more Islamic influence probably than any other place, other than Dearborn, Michigan. We’re certainly one of the gay capitals, and now with homosexual marriage a reality, many Christians, solid pro-family-type people — we don’t know where to run to."
And Markell believes Minnesota Christians are concerned about God’s judgment on the state.
"Whether it be economically or some weather-related kind of a tragedy, but God destroyed cities in the Bible over homosexuality; He speaks out on this issue in a very clear manner and calls this an abomination," the Olive Tree Ministries founder warns.
On Wednesday night, Minnesota State Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) took to the House floor to talk about climate change and renewable energy.
Using sources such as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Gruenhagen told his colleagues that climate change is a “complete United Nations fraud and lie…. The latest facts from CPAC show that in the last sixteen years there’s been no global warming.”
While it is common practice among climate skeptics to claim that the Earth is no longer warming, the fact is global temperatures are rising. 2010 was the hottest year on record and every year of the 2000s was warmer than1990s average. Over 30 million people were displaced by climate-related extreme weather events in 2012, and it is increasingly likely millions more will be displaced in the near future.
Indeed, Minnesota residents are feeling the very real impacts of climate change. The MinnPostreports that three 1,000 year floods have occurred in the state in the last eight years as a result of shifts in rainfall patterns. Extreme drought is occurring not just in Minnesota but almost every state, and climate change is having cumulative stress on the Great Lakes. Rising levels of water vapor in the warming atmosphere are spiking heat indexes and associated health warnings.
Gruenhagen aside, the majority of lawmakers in Minnesota have recognized the importance of enacting policies to address climate change and in 2007, implemented one of the highestrenewable energy standards in the nation – laws which require electric utilities companies to produce a portion of their electricity from wind, solar, and other renewable sources. Indeed, Minnesota ranks seventh in the nation in overall wind energy capacity and lawmakers in the state recently agreed to a solar energy standard.
Minnesota-based Religious Right activist/rock star Bradlee Dean went ballistic on his radio show yesterday in response to his state’s new marriage equality law. Dean warned that Gov. Mark Dayton, who signed the same-sex marriage bill into law, is at “war with God” and is “about to find out what it’s like as to what the fallout is when you throw rocks towards God, he’s going to learn how gravity works.” He added that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who backed his state’s marriage equality law, and other pro-gay rights “criminals” will face divine justice as well.
Dean even seems to believe that every gay person in the country showed up for yesterday’s celebration of the marriage equality law in order to “push their propaganda and their agendas on the American people,” just as Saul Alinsky commanded.
“They come from all over the country to do this so what you’ve seen was probably the whole lump of the population of the homosexual community in the United States of America,” Dean said.
After lamenting about the “pansies” in the Minnesota legislature, Dean and his co-hosts began discussing the “Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act,” an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying bill, which he said is proof that “radical homosexuals” are part of a “UN global agenda” to “destroy the family.”
Dean then channeled his inner-Antoine Dodson and claimed that gays are coming after your wife and kids: “Go home, look at your wife and look at your kids, because now that’s what they’re coming for.”
Dean concluded the show by warning that gay rights advocates are creating a “totalitarian system” by pushing the anti-bullying legislation, fearing that “pharmaceutical giants” might diagnose anti-gay activists as mentally ill.
“The conservatives on the airwaves in Minneapolis are sitting there playing games with the homosexuals because they think it’s a puppy to be played with when in fact it’s a stinking water rat filled with rabies,” he concluded.