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Florida mom shames Internet mob for attacking the grieving parents of boy killed by gator

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A Florida mother is begging fellow parents to stop publicly “blaming and shaming” the parents of a toddler who was killed by an alligator near a Disney resort on Tuesday.

Melissa Fenton called the horrifying attack, in which 2-year-old Lane Graves, of Nebraska, was pulled into the water when he waded into a lagoon, an accident and begged social media users to stop flogging his grieving parents.

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Fenton challenged accusers to say face-to-face what they say online.

“At the funeral for this two year boy who died in front of his parents, can you do me a favor? Can you walk up to the mother and say the words that you just typed out last week?,” Fenton wrote in a Facebook post that is going viral.. “Can you? Can you greet her, hug her, shake the father’s hand and then say, ‘Who was watching that little boy? You should have known better. I would never let that happen to MY child.'”

According to the Palm Beach Post, Fenton says she’s had “enough” of people blaming parents for horrible accidents.

“In the coming week these parents will fly back to their home in Nebraska without one of their children,” Fenton wrote. “They will leave a vacation resort, packing up his Buzz Lightyear pajamas and his favorite blanket, and they will make an excruciatingly difficult journey home. A journey that they never in a million years thought they would be making. They will meet with a funeral director, pick out a tiny casket, a tiny burial suit, and surrounded by family, they will bury their baby boy. And they will suffer every single day for the rest of their life.”

Fenton said while Americans used to rally behind parents who were distressed by tragedies affecting their children, now they’re carrying pitchforks, at the ready to blame every time a high-profile incident involving a child happens.

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“And how are accidents allowed to happen if we can’t blame someone? Surly (sic), they can’t, right? I mean, random acts of nature, unpreventable tragedies, and fateful life changing events that take place in a matter of nanoseconds cannot possibly take place if everyone is being a responsible parent, right? NOPE,” she writes. “They can’t, because this country and its population of perfect pitchfork carrying mothers and fathers sitting behind keyboards needs to accuse. They NEED TO BLAME, to disparage, to criticize in every damn way and at every damn corner, the parenting of another.”

Last month, when a little boy’s fall into a gorilla enclosure at a Cincinnati zoo led zoo officials shoot a gorilla to rescue him, calls were made to criminally charge the parents.

In both cases, authorities have declined to file criminal charges.

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The responses to Fenton’s post were largely positive.

“This needed to be said, and you said it perfectly,” one woman wrote. “My own children had waded in those very same waters at this beautiful resort. There but for the grace of God go I. My heart grieves for all of the victims of the recent tragedies in Orlando. It’s too much to bear.”

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Disney has been criticized for posting “no swimming” signs but failing to adequately warn guests about gators in the waters adjacent to its resorts.

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Trump evangelicals abandoned the Sermon on the Mount and replaced it with the ‘Trumpian order’: Historian Jon Meacham

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In an op-ed for the New York Times this Tuesday, historian Jon Meacham discusses the state of Christianity in America during the age of Donald Trump. He points out that Christianity, especially in the hands of Trump-supporting evangelicals, has lost its moral authority in the eyes of many Americans. Understandable, since the hero of millions of Christians "has used the National Prayer Breakfast to mock the New Testament injunction to love one’s enemies."

But according to Meacham, "history suggests that religiously inspired activism may hold the best hope for those in resistance to the prevailing Trumpian order."

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Devin Nunes’ income called into question as watchdog asks for investigation of his finances

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According to a report from the Fresno Bee,the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center is requesting a federal investigation into whether U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) is receiving legal services in violation of House ethics rules.

Over the past year, the conservative Republicans has launched a handful of lawsuits against critics -- including the McClatchy newspaper chain and a person on Twitter purporting to be one of his cows.

According to the Bee, "The complaint says Nunes appears to be in 'blatant violation of House rules,' because he would have trouble paying for all these lawsuits solely from his congressional salary of $174,000 per year. The group argues he’d only be able to pay if he received legal services for free, at a discounted rate, or based on a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer would get compensated from Nunes’ winnings if he prevails in his lawsuits."

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$1,750+ ticket prices for South Carolina debate spark outrage

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"I think it speaks to the fundamental, endemic corruption of the Democratic Party establishment that you had to pay... multiple thousands of dollars to get into that room."

Unusually loud booing and jeering directed disproportionately at Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren during Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate—particularly when the senators criticized billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg—sparked probing questions about the class composition of the audience packed inside the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

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