An atheist group has its hackles up over an annual event that it calls unconstitutional - the blessing of the animals at the Bergen County Animal Shelter. The group, American Atheists Inc. of Cranford, claims in a federal lawsuit that the Teterboro shelter's event, in which animals are blessed by a Franciscan reverend, violates the First and Fourth amendments.
At a time when Americans are struggling with the coronavirus and protecting against the deadly delta variant, the Ohio Medical Board has apparently turned down an opportunity to clamp down on a doctor notorious for spouting anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.
Cincinnati.com reported Monday that the board renewed the license of Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, despite her belief the vaccine leads to magnetism. Osteopathic medicine is a "whole person" approach to medicine that works on preventative care and not treating symptoms.
Tenpenny's website asking for donations argues that "they" are forcing "freedom-loving Americans" to make a choice between a "deadly" vaccine or being tested with a nasal swam she says is looking for "a virus that, by some claims, doesn't even exist."
The State Medical Board of Ohio renewed her license for another two years despite the false claims about the virus and the vaccine.
Tenpenny came under the national spotlight earlier this year when she was invited to testify to the Ohio House Health Committee by a Republican lawmaker. She testified under oath that the COVID-19 vaccine magnetizes those who get it and provides an "interface" with 5G towers.
The report also revealed that a federal judge officially deemed her a "non-expert" in a lawsuit claiming a vaccine injury. She is one of 12 "most prolific disseminators of COVID-19 misinformation on social media," said the findings from the Center for Countering Digital Hate.
The Ohio Medical Board members were all appointed by Republican Govs. Mike DeWine and John Kasich.
See a clip of Dr. Tenpeny below.
Anti-vaxxer tells Ohio lawmakers COVID-19 vaccine can leave people magnetized, interfaced with 5G to www.youtube.com
MAGA rioter's lawyer flails in court after judge gets him to admit his client swung around Capitol cops' riot shield
A lawyer representing alleged MAGA rioter Edward Jacob Lang struggled in court after a judge got him to admit that his client was caught on camera swinging around a riot shield taken from Capitol Police.
As reported by NBC 4 Washington's Scott MacFarlane, Lang's attorney tried to argue on Monday that his client was actually trying to stop the chaos at the Capitol, despite the fact that he has been charged with swinging a bat and a riot shield at Capitol Police officers, and also repeatedly kicking Capitol cops.
"This is about him jumping into a chaotic situation and doing what he can," the attorney argued, according to MacFarlane.
The judge overseeing the case seemed skeptical of this, however.
"Do you contest there is evidence that there's video showing Mr. Lang swinging a riot shield?" the judge asked him.
"I don't contest that," the attorney admitted.
"Do you contest there's... evidence of Mr. Lang kicking an officer on the ground?" the judge then asked.
"We're still looking into that," the attorney replied.
According to MacFarlane, the lawyer then pivoted to arguing that the situation would have been worse if someone other than Lang were swinging around riot shields and bats. The lawyer also said that Lang "picked up a police officer from the ground and that others in crowd were not happy about it."
Professor spat on Black woman and her 4-year-old daughter because 'he doesn't like Black people': prosecutors
A neuro kinesiology professor at National University of Health Sciences in Illinois has been charged with a felony hate crime after allegedly yelling racial slurs at a Black woman and spitting on her and her daughter, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Alberto Friedmann, 53, allegedly attacked the woman and her daughter in the parking lot a Jewel-Osco in Oak Park earlier this month. In addition to the hate crime charge, he's facing one count of felony aggravated assault with a motor vehicle for accelerating toward the woman and nearly hitting her with his car.
The incident unfolded when the woman and her daughter were sitting in their car and heard someone honking and yelling.
"The woman looked up and saw Friedmann in a Jaguar behind her, prosecutors said. He allegedly yelled a racial slur at her and told her to move her car. Then he got out of his car and approached the woman while continuing to shout racial slurs, according to a court document," the Sun-Times reports. "When the woman tried to open her door, Friedmann allegedly pushed the door closed and spit in her face. He told the woman he spit on her because he doesn't like Black people, prosecutors said. By this point, the woman's mother had left the store and heard Friedmann yelling slurs and saw him spit on her daughter, prosecutors said."
When the woman got out of her car and tried to take down Friedmann's license plate, that's when he allegedly accelerated his vehicle towards her, forcing her to step aside to avoid being hit. He then crashed into her car twice, according to prosecutors. Witnesses then intervened and he was taken into custody when police arrived.
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