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Calif. school board member faces recall after bizarre homophobic anti-vaxxer rant

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Residents in Chino, California are pushing to recall a Christian conservative school board member after railing for nearly 10 minutes against school vaccinations, undocumented immigrants, and adoption rights for same-sex couples during a meeting earlier this month.

“Children are not commodities that can be severed from their natural parents and traded between unrelated adults,” Andrew Cruz said during the Chino Valley Unified School District board meeting on July 16. “Parenting will be defined, erasing and replacing with gender-neutral legal parent, erasing biological natural parenthood [so] that states would ignore childrens’ foremost right: their immutable, intrinsic yearning to know and be raised by their own biological parents. Gender of parents matter for the health and developments of children.”

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According to Champion Newspapers, have organized online in an effort to oust Cruz for his comments.

“The comments he made were ridiculous and outrageous,” said Nicole Henrikson Gockel, who created a closed Facebook group page dedicated to recalling Cruz which had 317 members listed as of Monday afternoon. “It’s inappropriate, it promotes a very divisive environment. We want someone to put aside personal beliefs for our children”

The Friendly Atheist reported that Cruz also downplayed race as a factor in last month’s terrorist attack against the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last month because South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley “is a woman from India, Indian descent.” Haley, an Indian-American, was born in South Carolina.

“One of two senators is black,” Cruz said, referring to Sen. Tim Scott. “You know, we’re no longer a racist country, but they still talk about it.”

Cruz, who was elected in 2012, then turned his attention to a state law passed last month eliminating religious examptions against school vaccines, calling it “un-American.”

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He also cited a report by the conservative site Judicial Watch blaming “tens of thousands of Central Americans” who carried infectious diseases into the US, a reference to the “unaccompanied minors” who entered the country fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador last summer. In reality, medical professionals said at the time that the majority of those children were better-vaccinated than their American counterparts.

“It is bizarre how our government harm our citizens by allowing infectious diseases to infect our country and blaming mothers who don’t vaccinate their children,” Cruz said.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against the district late last year calling for a ban on prayer and Bible readings during board meetings.

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“Until the end of the year, we’ve had a new complaint every day,” foundation president Annie Laurie Gaylor told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in January. “This is unprecedented. Obviously something is very wrong with this district’s understanding of separation of church and state and its role in promoting religion or not promoting it to a captive audience of small schoolchildren.”

Cruz, along with board members Sylvia Orozco and James Na, voted in favor of asking a local attorney to represent the district at no cost in the matter. Reveal reported in April that all three attend the same megachurch, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills.

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Watch Cruz’s remarks, as posted online, below.


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Al Sharpton busts Trump’s hypocrisy on Morning Joe: ‘He chased Joe Scarborough like a hungry dog behind a bone’

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The Rev. Al Sharpton called out President Donald Trump for groveling for Joe Scarborough's approval for years, only to turn around and baselessly accuse him of murder.

The president claimed he'd always been haunted by the possibility that the "Morning Joe" had been involved in the 2001 death of former congressional staffer Lori Klausutis, but Sharpton dismissed that as nonsense.

....about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most. So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?

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‘We have them outnumbered’: Morning Joe explains why Trump’s ‘vile’ tweets don’t work on most people

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough explained why most Americans could not be dragged down to President Donald Trump's level, hurling angry attacks and ignoring scientific advice.

The "Morning Joe" host said the president's refusal to wear a mask and his murder allegations against him would fall flat with most Americans, because they didn't spend all day stoking their own anger on social media.

"Most Americans don't live in the gutters of Twitter," Scarborough said. "Most Americans don't live posting hateful things about people on Facebook. They talk about their loved ones, they talk about their faith in God, they talk about their children, their grandchildren. We have them outnumbered."

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President Donald Trump sees himself as the real victim of the coronavirus pandemic, and a White House correspondent says that's why he can't show sympathy for the 100,000 dead.

The president just can't bring himself to act as "consoler-in-chief," Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," because he's frustrated over COVID-19's damage to his re-election campaign strategy.

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