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Tea Party Texas legislator wants to enshrine anti-LGBT ‘license to discriminate’ into state constitution

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A Tea Party-affiliated Texas state legislator introduced a measure this week aimed at making it legal in the state to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lone Star Q News reported Tuesday that state Sen. Donna Campbell (R) proposed an amendment to the state constitution to protect the “religious freedom” of Texas Christians.

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“Conservative values have made Texas a great state to raise a family and start a business,” Senator Campbell said on her website. “I will continue to fight for these values.”

To that end, Campbell has proposed Senate Joint Resolution 10, which enables Texans to refuse to provide goods and services to individuals or groups if they feel that to do otherwise would violate their religious beliefs.

The resolution would amend the state’s constitution permanently to allow these types of religious exemptions. It says, in part:

Government may not burden an individual’s or religious organization’s freedom of religion or right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief unless the government proves that the burden is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest. For purposes of this subsection, the term “burden” includes indirect burdens such as withholding benefits, assessing penalties, and denying access to facilities or programs.

These types of laws have been proposed and enacted across the country with mixed results. Some have been overturned in court on the grounds that they are a license to discriminate.

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Advocate.com pointed out that Texas already has one such statute on the books, the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but Campbell’s law, say experts, could have even broader implications and result in unintended consequences.

Even some conservative activists like Joe Pojman of anti-choice group the Texas Alliance for Life believe that Campbell’s law could be so widely interpreted as to make anything — even abortion — into something protected by a person’s professed faith.

“We do not oppose the concept of a religious freedom amendment,” Pojman said in 2013. “Rather, we are concerned that a future court could misconstrue the expansive language…our concern is that abortion will become a religious right.”

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These 7 details from the damning Sharpiegate report show it was a dark omen of Trump’s destructive potential

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While it was dismissed by some as an overhyped media obsession, the presidential scandal that has come to be known as "Sharpiegate" was, in fact, an early warning sign of the truly catastrophic potential of Donald Trump.

The story arose out of Hurricane Dorian, which began its deliberate march up toward the East Coast of the United States in late August and early September of 2019. It ravaged the Bahamas, and officials feared the damage it could inflict stateside. But then came a Trump tweet on Sept. 1, and later comments to reporters, in which he warned that Alabama was in the storm's path. He said it was among the states "most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated."

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Florida governor finally releases the true numbers of people hospitalized with coronavirus

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally caved in to pressure to release the actual numbers of coronavirus cases in the state's hospitals.

Until Friday, DeSantis had refused to reveal the true numbers, leaving many in the state unaware of just how bad the cases were. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a whopping 7,000 Floridians are in hospitals hoping they survive the virus.

"The data, which for the first time breaks down the number of people in the hospital with coronavirus, was promised by the state two weeks ago," the report explained.

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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace asks why Bill Barr is trying to ‘erase Robert Mueller’s investigation’ before November

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace returned to television Friday night to address what she called outright corruption in the Trump White House after another example of the president trying to escape the consequences of the law.

Wallace began by calling Attorney General William Barr nothing more than Trump's "bouncer."

"He has been intellectually overestimated from day one. He is not a mastermind of anything," said Wallace. "He is Donald Trump's body man."

She cited "well-sourced spin" coming from the White House Friday evening, because there were people that she said were "enlisted" with trying to talk Trump out of commuting Roger Stone's sentence. She anticipated that Barr and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone may huff and puff about the act, but that they won't quit over it. "And we should remember their names forever. They are all accomplices in the greatest corruption of one of the most sacred powers."

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