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Conservative Utah state senate candidate lectures mourner of dead gay teen about the ‘sin of homosexuality’



A 19-year-old gay man named Braxton Taylor tragically took his own life this week, and many people in his community have posted messages on social media mourning his loss.

But Jason Christensen, an Independent American Party candidate for state senate in Utah, thought it was appropriate to react to one mourner’s grief by lecturing them about the sins of homosexuality and suicide. And unfortunately for Christensen, his “condolences” for the young man’s life are now going viral on Reddit.

It all started when a woman who lived near Taylor posted a eulogy on her Facebook page expressing her grief.

“This beautiful boy lived in Kaysville and shared the same zip code as I do,” she wrote. “He attended the same jr. high school as my children, and was just nineteen years old.”

Chistensen posted a response to her that acknowledged that Taylor’s death was “sad,” but added that he may still have to answer for his sinful way of life.

“Yes this is sad, and hopefully God will have mercy on both sins that this boy committed,” Christensen wrote. “The sins of homosexuality and the sins of murder.”


The woman who wrote the original tribute to Taylor was apoplectic in response.

“Jason Christensen get off my thread now,” she said. “Not able to block you now but will asap. How dare you! Get the hell off!”

Christensen, however, was undeterred.

Read the scriptures, stop denying the scriptures,” he replied. “I do feel bad for him and his sins. But one must recognize what’s sins and what is not sin. One must live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not the Gospel of the Devil.”


Below is a screen cap of the exchange.


Shortly afterward on his own Facebook page, Christensen wrote, “Don’t you love how intolerant the left actually is?”

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Christensen is running an independent bid against incumbent Republican State Senator Curt Bramble.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race



Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)



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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits



President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’



Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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