CHICAGO – The 7-year-old girl killed Sunday afternoon while with her father in a McDonald’s drive-thru was a first grade student who attended a Chicago public school in Humboldt Park and Chicago detectives are investigating her fatal shooting as possibly targeting her father, according to police. Jaslyn Adams, 7, was shot six times Sunday as she and her father waited in a drive-thru line at the McDonald’s, 3200 W. Roosevelt Road in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side, a preliminary police report states. A responding police officer took the gravely injured child in a squad car and ru...
In interviews with USA Today's Will Carless, three men with ties to the Wisconsin chapter of the far-right Proud Boys confessed that they expected something more along the lines of a drinking club when they joined up -- only to find the organization riddled with racism, homophobia and some members glorifying murder and rape.
According to 40-year-old Army veteran Daniel Berry, a friend at a Wisconsin VFW recommended the Proud Boys to him by pointing out, "The group was vocal in its support for then-President Donald Trump, whom Berry had voted for. They called themselves 'Western chauvinists' and said they welcomed true men. That sounded about right for Berry, who considers himself a dyed-in-the-wool patriot," so he checked them out and sent them an email.
What he found later -- after being invited into a private chatroom -- disgusted him.
"Berry and two other men, who asked not to be named because they fear violent repercussions from members of the Proud Boys, provided a unique view into an organization that has become a magnet for racists and violent extremists," the report states. "Their accounts reveal the face of a group that masks itself as a harmless, multiracial drinking club, one that reaches new members by preaching free speech and patriotism. At least in Wisconsin, the men said, the Proud Boys stands less for brotherhood and more for the racial hatred espoused by outmoded organizations like the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nations."
Calling the Proud Boys a "cult," Berry said he expected to find discussions about national security and red-meat conservative issues like gun rights.
After joining, a visit to a second chatroom revealed an entirely different organization.
"Participants in the chatroom didn't use their real names. But upon joining, applicants were required to send Proud Boys leaders a copy of their state-issued ID cards," the report states, marking the next step to acceptance.
Then came a link to a Telegram chatroom.
"The second chatroom was swamped with every type of shocking content imaginable, the men said, with participants posting photos and videos of people getting killed and seriously injured. Users swapped the most explicit pornography they could find, often featuring people defecating. The images flowed in a septic tide of racist, antisemitic and homophobic banter," Carless wrote.
According to one of the other recruits who asked that his name not be revealed, "Videos of Muslims being set on fire or blown up? Check. Memes intended to laugh at Holocaust-era Jews? Check. Pictures of women being raped? Check. Memes poking fun at raped women? Check. I could go on, but you get the point."
Berry -- who quit the group -- added that protestations against the content were met with scorn ("Fit in or f*ck off") and it was best to remain quiet.
"And so it was in your best interest, if you want to stay with the group, to just roll with what they were saying, and basically get on board with that inflammatory stuff," he explained.
With the report noting that the Proud Boys have found fertile ground recruiting young, white loners looking for acceptance, Samantha Kutner of the Intuitive Threat Assessment, which specializes in studying violent extremism, said the Wisconsin group is not an outlier when it comes to violent or racist rhetoric.
"It's true that for some Proud Boys, involvement might be just meeting up once a month with the boys and drinking and complaining about the wife and then going home," she explained. "But when you look at the group as a whole, and its aims, they are a violent, crypto-fascist, extremist organization."
As for Berry, who quit five months ago, he revealed he "heard from someone inside the Wisconsin Proud Boys that his life has been threatened. He stopped leaving the house when his wife is home. He sleeps during the day and keeps vigil at night, walking the perimeter of his property and relying on his guard dog to warn him of intruders."
I was in the wrong, not just in joining the group, but the things that I did," he admitted. "I did this to myself, and I am not the good guy here."
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Meghan McCain lashes out at faithful Joe Biden for doing 'great spiritual damage to himself and harm to the country'
"The View's" Meghan McCain lashed out at President Joe Biden for his pro-choice politics and anti-abortion beliefs conflicting with the Catholic church. It's part of an ongoing threat from the U.S. Catholic Bishops, who voted by 73 percent to deny Biden communion for his politics.
It has caused a huge rift in the church over the weekend, with parishioners who saw the church ignore Republican Catholics pushing policies antithetical to the church while Donald Trump was in office. The hypocrisy is something that co-host Sunny Hostin called out, noting that former Attorney General Bill Barr is Catholic, but ushered in the death penalty for federal crimes. Despite opposition to the death penalty, the Catholic church remained mum on it. She also noted that Newt Gingrich cheated on his wife with his now-wife Callista Gingrich, who ultimately became the Ambassador to the Vatican, without complaint from the church.
But it was McCain who falsely claimed that Biden was somehow unmaking the Hyde Amendment, a congressionally passed law that bars federal funding for abortion. McCain claimed that Biden was now overstepping the Hyde Amendment and paying for abortions from the government, which is patently false.
Still, McCain said that she is abandoning her support of Biden due to the issue of the Hyde Amendment.
"It's not unprecedented," McCain said. "When it comes to the separation of church and state, the onus is on the government, not the church. They will try to impede every possible way they can and influence every way they can. Everybody's spiritual journey and relationship with God is their own personal journey, and I don't try to proselytize my journey and other people's. If you're a devout Catholic, abortion is a cardinal sin that can do deep spiritual harm to you."
Abortion isn't actually a cardinal sin, the cardinal sins are the seven deadly sins envy, gluttony, greed or avarice, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath.
McCain went on to say that she doesn't understand the argument that someone can personally oppose something while allowing it legally. The argument among pro-choice communities is that no one has the right to impose their rule over someone else's medical decisions. It's a major reason that conservatives oppose being forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine, or opposed to mask mandates. Government rule in medical decisions has long been opposed by conservatives, the only exception, however, is in women's health, where they believe it is allowed.
"For me, this is a deep paradigm shift for how I view President Biden because if he is for the federal funding of abortion, and I know the women on this show disagree with me, but as far as I'm concerned, abortion is murder, and that means the government funding of killing of the unborn, and we have to as pro-lifers fight for the lives of the unborn, and that is a doctrine as old as the Catholic church itself," McCain continued. "So, he has to choose -- his official stance by the way is he's personally opposed to abortion, but doesn't feel he has the right to impose this view on the rest of the country, and it just -- for someone who claims to be pro-life, I don't understand this argument. I'm personally opposed to murder, but if you want to murder a little bit, it's fine because it's not my problem. It doesn't register with me. I don't get it, so it's ultimately up to the church, but he's walking a very fine line here, and ultimately, all of these issues are life and death for Catholics, for devout Christians, and he's going to have to ultimately talk to his creator when the time comes as we all do, and reconcile his politics with his -- with his personal faith, and I believe that he's doing grave spiritual harm to himself and harm to this country."
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Influential Christian 'historian' praises Hungary's law that bans LGBT content from being viewed by those under 18
Speaking on The Victory Channel this Wednesday, right-wing pastor and self-proclaimed "historian" David Barton praised legislation recently passed by Hungary's National Assembly, which bans portrayals of LGBT people to those under 18-years-old.
According to Barton, an influential figure in the evangelical movement, Hungary is a former Soviet bloc nation "that we would describe as very young Christian nations."
"They're heavily Christian, heavily influenced by Christian teaching values," Barton said in a video flagged by Right Wing Watch. "You have Hungary, you have the Czech Republic, you have Romania, you have Ukraine, and you have Poland, and they are trying to have their policy line up with traditional biblical values. They believe that God will bless their nation if they do those things."
Barton praised Hungary, saying that "most American Christians" wouldn't have publicly supported the legislation "because we're so scared of getting beat up on by media and others."
"But that is a biblically correct position that you have; there are moral rights and wrongs and sexuality, and those are five nations in Eastern Europe that have been trying to uphold biblical standards on morality, and good for them."
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