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GOP bill would allow group founded by anti-gay slavery defender to accredit Tennessee schools

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The Tennessee state Senate on Monday was scheduled to consider a GOP-sponsored bill that would allow church schools to be accredited by a Christian organization founded by Douglas Wilson — an evangelical theologian who has defended the institution of slavery, called for the execution of adulterers and has said LGBT people should be exiled.

The Nashville Scene reported that state Sen. Brian Kelsey (R) had sponsored SB1792 to add Wilson’s Association of Classical and Christian Schools to the list of accreditation organizations for church-related schools.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Wilson is the author of the book Southern Slavery, As It Was.

“Slavery as it existed in the South … was a relationship based upon mutual affection and confidence,” a passage from the book reads. “There has never been a multiracial society which has existed with such mutual intimacy and harmony in the history of the world.”

The SPLC also noted that Wilson has written at length about his extremists beliefs against homosexuality, adultery and feminism. He has said that rapists should be able to pay the father of the victim to make her his bride.

Woman “was created to be dependent and responsive to a man,” Wilson wrote, adding that feminists “rob women of their beauty in submission.”

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Wilson has cautioned against interracial marriages of “extremely diverse cultural backgrounds” even though he agrees that the Bible does not forbid it. And he has suggested that exile could be a better solution than the death penalty for dealing with homosexuality.

“There are circumstances where I’d be in favor of execution for adultery,” Wilson reportedly told one Christian publication.

Although Wilson is no longer officially connected to the association he founded, he is said to have strong influence over its board of directors, and is scheduled to give the plenary talk at the group’s conference this year.

Watch Wilson defend his slavery comments below.

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Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

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OK, Democrats — you’ve had your fun. You grew up being told that everybody could run for president, and then everybody did. Except that this mad anthill scramble of presidential candidates, which resembles a bunch of kindergarteners descending on not enough cookies, really hasn’t been fun so far. All you’ve managed to do is put the fear of God — or the fear of the other guy, more like — into the voters, provoking widespread PTSD flashbacks to November 2016.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Washington Post drops the hammer on the ‘breathtaking arrogance’ of Kelleyanne Conway in brutal editorial

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Addressing a report from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel recommending White House counsel Kellyanne Conway should be fired for flagrant violations of the Hatch Act, the Washington Post editorial board hammered President Donald Trump's confidante over her smirking response.

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‘Be ashamed’: Anthony Scaramucci’s wife deletes tweet after Soledad O’Brien opens a can of whoop ass on her

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Soledad O'Brien, a former CNN anchor, clashed with the wife of Trump surrogate Anthony Scaramucci over the weekend.

In a tweet on Friday, O'Brien complained that cable new networks were continuing to book the former White house communications director even though he has little of substance to add to the discussions.

"Why do you guys put this crap on tv?" O'Brien wrote after seeing an interview with Scaramucci. "Seriously it’s an insult to your viewers. And also absurd. Is there no one else in the whole world to book but this mediocre dude?"

Scaramucci's wife, Deidre, was moved to criticize O'Brien.

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