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Christian boasts of his ‘God-given duty to discriminate’ against LGBTQ people during Missouri House hearing

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A Christian activist this week testified to the Missouri House Committee on General Laws that he believed Americans had a divine calling to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans.

The Kansas City Star reports that Missouri businessman Ron Calzone told lawmakers this week that barring discrimination against the LGBTQ community would be defying God’s will that gay people face discrimination.

“I believe that we have a God-given right to discriminate,” he said. “We actually have a God-given responsibility, a duty, to sometimes discriminate.”

When asked during his testimony if businesses should be allowed to discriminate against people with freckles, he argued that they should.

“If a restaurant owner doesn’t want to serve people with freckles, that should be his choice,” he said.

Calzone testified as part of an effort to stop Missouri from passing legislation aimed at preventing discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Missouri Rep. Greg Razer, who is sponsoring one of the bills under consideration, told the Kansas City Star that letting discrimination continue in the state would do massive damage to young LGBTQ teenagers.

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“I was a closeted teenager,” he explained. “LGBT teenagers are five times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts. Yet what we get from the leadership in this building is silence and inaction.”

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QAnon authors in a fight over doing an audiobook — because they think their followers can’t read

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the authors of a popular book for believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory are in a bitter fight over whether or not to release an audiobook version.

QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening came out last year and peaked near the top of the Amazon bestseller list in March. One of the book's co-authors, Dustin Nemos, is publicly attacking another co-author, who goes by the name of "JoeM," for his "petty and hostile and paranoid" refusal to help produce an audiobook, and notes that it is necessary because a disproportionate number of QAnon believers are elderly, have bad eyesight, and may not be able to read the book as text. JoeM, for his part, has accused Nemos of being a "grifter" who is trying to make a buck off of true believers.

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Missouri governor appoints judge who fundraised for crisis pregnancy center to help decide Planned Parenthood’s license

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On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) has appointed former Macon County Associate Circuit Judge Philip Prewitt to the Administrative Hearing Commission, a state agency that oversees disputes between the state and organizations seeking licensure.

Prewitt, a former Republican candidate for office, once fundraised on Facebook for Ray of Hope Pregnancy Care Ministeries, a "crisis pregnancy center" that masquerades as a health care facility in order to trick women seeking abortions into listening to anti-abortion propaganda. In 2015, the Missouri Supreme Court reprimanded Prewitt for the post encouraging people to donate, saying that it violated judicial ethics rules.

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Trump being a ‘compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus’ is why he failed on Iran: Conservative columnist

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President Donald Trump's highly-criticized decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has resulted as was warned, with the country reviving its nuclear program, a conservative columnist explained in The Washington Post on Monday.

Conservative Max Boot took a victory lap in the hard-hitting column, reminding that he had signed a March 2016 letter by 121 Republican foreign policy analysts warning about Trump's approach.

"I wish we had been wrong, but we were all too right," Boot wrote.

"Trump has shown no ability to grow in office; but then it’s hard to learn if you all you read is Fox News chyrons. He is today the same compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus he was at the start of the 2016 campaign," Boot said. "Only now, the stakes are much higher."

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