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Rep. Madison Cawthron (R-NC) spoke to the Henderson County school board about why mask requirements in schools are wrong. While he was there, however, one person spotted what appeared to be a knife underneath Cawthorn's wheelchair, wrote New York Magazine.
The photo spread and the district was forced to contact authorities, promising to cooperate with their investigation in the interest of "the safety of our staff, students, and members of the public in our schools and on our properties." It's a Class 1 misdemeanor in North Carolina to bring a knife onto public school property, though the Henderson County Sheriff's office already said they're letting him off of any accountability.
"Although unacceptable, occasionally a person inadvertently possesses a knife," the statement said.
A political action committee asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to investigate "and take appropriate action."
"The letter includes further documentation about when and where Cawthorn carries the knife in the form of a photograph published in the January 18, 2021 issue of New York," said the report. "The image, taken by photographer Gabriella Demczuk on the morning of January 6 as Cawthorn made his way to speak to the crowd that would go on to storm the Capitol, shows the congressman's fist raised in the air."
There's "an object bearing a knurled, rounded metallic-colored end with a black face, a large hole, and an apparent screw head, bearing a strong resemblance to the Microtech SBD Dagger," said the note.
It's also a violation of Washington, D.C. laws against the possession of a dangerous weapon and rules against weapons in the U.S. Capitol. Rules say that he can have the knife in his office, but not on the floor of Congress.
"Per the Capitol Police, knives fall under the related, 'dangerous weapons' category, and it's not clear if a similar exception is made for members of Congress who carry them," said New York Magazine.
The piece recalled an excerpt from John Boehner's recent autobiography in which Rep. Don Young (R-AK) "pulled a ten-inch knife from his pocket (he was known for carrying one or more knives everywhere he went), flipped the blade open, and held it up to my throat."
The Raleigh News & Observer asked Cawthorn if he brought his knife on school property, but he pretended, "I don't really know anything about that."
During an interview in his office in January, New York Magazine confessed, "I've always got a hunting knife on me."
A new analysis from the Pew Research center revealed that the word "evangelical" no longer means born-again. Instead, the data shows that it has become more about President Donald Trump and being a Republican.
NBC News reported that the term has become less about faith, religion or the church and instead become a political distinction.
"People who embrace the label use it to signal that they're against immigration, science and abortion and to signal a belief that discussions of racism in America are antithetical to their idea of America," said NBC.
According to the Pew survey, Trump scored more evangelical support in 2020 than he did in 2016. Sixteen percent of people moved from calling themselves "evangelical" from 2016 to 2020. That group, however, didn't support Trump in the election.
NBC also cited a recent PRRI survey showing that evangelicals don't blame the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on militias, white supremacist groups, Donald Trump or conservative media. They instead blame left-wing groups, to the tune of 57 percent. Also, 68 percent of white evangelicals in the survey say that Trump is a "true patriot."
Writing for the New York Times on Sunday, columnist Charles Blow took the data to its natural conclusion, that evangelicals have exchanged religion for power.
He recalled an editorial by Franklin Graham denouncing former President Bill Clinton for his extra-marital affair. Donald Trump didn't get the same treatment when it was revealed he had an interest with adult film star Stormy Daniels when his wife was recovering from having their child.
"Mr. Clinton's sin can be forgiven, but he must start by admitting to it and refraining from legalistic doublespeak," wrote Graham in 1998. "According to the Scripture, the president did not have an 'inappropriate relationship' with Monica Lewinsky — he committed adultery. He didn't 'mislead' his wife and us — he lied. Acknowledgment must be coupled with genuine remorse. A repentant spirit that says, 'I'm sorry. I was wrong. I won't do it again. I ask for your forgiveness,' would go a long way toward personal and national healing."
It has become clear that starting with Graham, evangelicals have followed to abandon principles and turn to worship power, he explained.
"The hypocrisy of white evangelicals, taken into full context, shouldn't have been shocking, I suppose, but as a person who grew up in the church (although I'm not a religious person anymore), it was still disappointing," he wrote. "I had grown up hearing from pulpits that it was the world that changed, not God's word. The word was like a rock. A lie was a lie, yesterday, today and tomorrow, no matter who told it. I had hoped that there were more white evangelicals who embraced the same teachings, who would not abide by the message the Grahams of the world were advancing, who would stand on principle."
NBC's report noted that there might be more people calling themselves evangelicals, but that those people have found Jesus so much as evangelicalism is now a place accepting of racism, against immigrant and LGBTQ people and searching for some kind of 1950s "misplaced nostalgia."
Blake Chastain, host of the "Exvangelical" podcast told Axios that people would once "meet at a bar and speak in hushed tones about 'how weird that church was.'" Those conversations now happen on social media where people are finding that they're not alone. Searches for "Exvangelical" have increased, Google Trends said. So is "religious trauma."
Former far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was duped by a deep-fake video of President Joe Biden appearing to fall asleep.
During a Facebook live session, Netanyahu mocked it by doing his own imitation of him falling asleep. It's a rare move by someone who just months ago was the prime minister and is trying to regain power, Axios noted. They explained that a Likud Party member posted an edited video of Biden meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett making it seem like Biden fell asleep.
The false story went viral in Israel, the report said, particularly among supporters of the former prime minister. Twitter designated the tweet "manipulated content." Still, Netanyahu continued to promote the lie, appearing Sunday saying, "I heard Biden was very attentive to what Bennett had to say… He dropped his head in agreement."
After Netanyahu was called out for the lie, he blamed the media for showing "a manipulative picture" and swore he never said anything about Biden. It's unclear if he was saying that his Facebook Live video was manipulated or if the Biden video was.
"Former Prime Minister Netanyahu knows and cherishes president Biden as a friend of Israel for 40 years. His criticism was directed only at Naftali Bennett who spoke at length about nothing during his visit to the White House,'' the Likud Party said in a statement, according to Axios.
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