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During a segment on The View this Monday about "toxic femininity," the show's resident conservative Alyssa Farah Griffin said that while society has come a long way in calling out men for their toxic behavior, women have been given a pass for the most part.
"We've come a long way in kind of critiquing the some of the male practices that are not helpful and that needed to be called out," Griffin said, adding that she thinks "women have made a ton of progress, but we can also be each other's worst enemies."
Griffin went to say that some of the worst bosses she's had have been women, as well as "colleagues in the workplace."
As Griffin was talking, co-host Ana Navarro interjected, saying, "That's what happens when you work with Kellyanne Conway," referencing Griffin's past work for the Trump administration.
Navarro's comment seemed to draw a mixed reaction from audience, and prompted Griffin to suggest that Navarro was proving her point.
"Well, I I can't really get a word in without you attacking me, so I wouldn't say this is a totally different -- this is like a totally different environment," Griffin shot back.
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\u201cSpeaking in a segment about "toxic femininity," Alyssa Farah Griffin calls out The View for being hostile to other women:\n"I can't really get a word in without you attacking me ... this isn't like a totally different environment of women supporting each other."\u201d— Nicholas Fondacaro (@Nicholas Fondacaro) 1670258905
A right-wing activist was investigated over a cryptic social media post claiming to know about the cause of a mass power outage in central North Carolina.
Emily Grace Rainey, a former U.S. Army psychological operations officer, posted about the outages that left nearly 40,000 customers without power, but Moore County sheriff Ronnie Fields told WRAL-TV that he prayed with her and determined her claims were not credible.
"Yes, we had to go and interview this young lady and have a word of prayer with her, but it turned out to be nothing," Fields said.
The sheriff asked the public not to post false or unverified claims about the outage, which was caused by gunshots at Duke Energy substations, because he said that took time away from their investigation.
"The power is out in Moore County and I know why," claimed Rainey, who had urged her Facebook followers to contact the sponsors drag show scheduled in Southern Pines.
Rainey, who claims to be the head of the conservative Moore County Citizens for Freedom, confirmed that sheriff's deputies had questioned her about the posts and suggested the outages were connected to the drag show.
"God works in mysterious ways," Rainey posted. "I used the opportunity to tell them about the immoral drag show and the blasphemies screamed by its supporters. God is chastising Moore County. I thanked them for coming and wished them a good night. Thankful for the LEOs service, as always."
Fields said the outages were being investigated as a criminal matter but declined to say whether his office believed there was a link to the drag show.
Rainey resigned from her commission as an officer in October 2021 following a U.S. Army investigation into her involvement in leading a group from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., for a rally that led to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.
She was charged in with injury to personal property after she removed yellow tape covering up playground equipment during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
\u201cWatch Moore County NC Sheriff Ronnie Fields answer a reporter\u2019s question about Emily Rainey & her social media posts & how they visited her to ask about them and prayed with her & have deemed them to be false. #MooreCounty\u201d— Diana, Humanoid Lizard Alien Pirate Queen (@Diana, Humanoid Lizard Alien Pirate Queen) 1670190102
Texas megachurch pastor returns to 'cheers and whistles' after quitting over 'inappropriate’ relationship
According to a report from the Christian Post, a Texas megachurch pastor who stepped down from his post in late August after it was discovered he was in an "inappropriate" relationship with a woman who is not his wife had a triumphant return on Sunday.
With the New York Times reporting that Matt Chandler was greeted with "whistles and cheers" as he took the stage at the Village Church in Dallas, the Post added that it appears that all is forgiven and his dalliance has been consigned to the past.
In August it was reported that Chandler quit after his Instagram relationship with an unidentified woman became public, whereupon he told his congregation, "I fell short."
At that time, Christianity Today reported, "The relationship was not sexual or romantic, Chandler told his church, but the elders believed the frequent and familiar direct messages exchanged over Instagram were 'unguarded and unwise' and 'revealed something unhealthy in me.' Chandler said he agreed with their assessment and was grateful for the spiritual oversight."
As the Christian Post is now reporting, his departure lasted just over three months and "elders at The Village Church had announced that Chandler would return to preaching as the church celebrates its 20th anniversary."
In an email to congregants, they stated, "We asked a lot of Matt, including time spent in study and prayer, personal reflection, and multiple intensives with trusted outside experts. Matt has completed everything asked of him with submissiveness, steadfastness, and humility, and we have received positive feedback from all involved."
The report adds that Chandler's brief downfall followed his being confronted "about his behavior in the church's foyer several months ago."
"The Village Church elders commissioned an independent law firm, identified by The New York Times as, Castañeda and Heidelman, to investigate Chandler's messaging history across social media platforms, cell phone and email," the report added. "They concluded that Chandler 'violated our internal social media use policies, and more importantly that, while the overarching pattern of his life has been above reproach, he failed to meet the 1 Timothy standard for elders of being above reproach in this instance.'"
As for his Sunday resurrection, the NYT reported, "The church’s all-male board of elders joined Mr. Chandler onstage on Sunday morning, laying their hands on him in prayer. Josh Patterson, another pastor, described the group as unified in restoring Mr. Chandler to leadership," adding, "Mr. Patterson compared Mr. Chandler to an athlete who has undergone surgery on his knee and been cleared to play by his doctor, but may still feel timid about using it. 'Your knee is good,' Mr. Patterson told Mr. Chandler, to another round of sustained applause."