A freshman U.S. Congressman quickly made a name for himself Thursday morning at a weekly early morning meeting of Republican lawmakers. GOP Rep. Rick Allen of Georgia quoted Bible verses and told his fellow Republicans that they are "going to hell" if they vote for the a vital spending bill later that morning because of an attached amendment that would protect LGBT workers.
Congressman Allen "launched the GOP's regular policy meeting in the Capitol basement by reading a Bible passage condemning homosexuality and suggesting that supporters of the LGBT provision, which passed the House the night before, were defying Christian tenets, attendees said," The Hill reports.
Rep. Allen "opened the weekly GOP conference meeting with a prayer about the LGBT issue, prior to the vote," Politico reports.
"A good number of members were furious," one Republican told Politico. "There was some Scripture that was read and the like. ... Nothing good was going to happen to those that supported [the LGBT provision]. A good number of members were furious."
A few moderate Republicans who supported the LGBT protections bill reportedly walked out of the room.
“Many members were visibly disturbed by the comments,” a GOP source in the room told The Huffington Post.
"It was f---ing ridiculous," one GOP lawmaker also in the room, said, according to The Hill. "A lot of members were clearly uncomfortable and upset," a GOP leadership aide also said.
A sdmall selection of videos that are available of events happening thrpughout the USA at the moment.
There does not appear to be video of Rep. Allen's remarks, nor is it clear exactly which biblical scriptures he quoted.
Some of the leaflets making the rounds, from groups or individual churches
Some of the violence
CLINTON — A trip to the men’s restroom at a Walmart in Clinton quickly escalated into a full-fledged struggle when one man criticized another for bringing his 5-year-old daughter with him.Attacked for not looking feminine enough
Christopher Adams said his 7-year-old son, Kyler, and 5-year-old daughter, Emery, both had to go when the family visited the store Sunday to buy blinds and storage bins, so he took them both inside the men’s restroom in the back of the store.
“This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal,” Adams recalled Tuesday. “Then he just, like, turns to me and starts freaking out, dropping the ‘F-bomb,’ and what he was freaking out about was that my daughter was in the men’s bathroom.”
Adams said the man told him it was “inappropriate,” and soon began to push him after Adams gave him a terse response.
The father said he tried to usher his kids away from the man.
“When I turned back around, I got sucker-punched right here,” Adams said, pointing to his left eye, which still was bruised.
From there, Adams said he was punched in the face and kicked in the knee multiple times during the struggle in which the dad ultimately defended himself, forcing the man out of the restroom.
“I just slammed him on the ground and just held him until associates from Walmart could get there,” Adams said.
Clinton Police Lt. Shawn Stoker said the man was cited at the scene for disorderly conduct, and the city attorney was screening a potential assault charge.
A woman in Paintsville, Kentucky, said she was assaulted by a man this week for looking like a "dike," according to a Facebook post that's been shared more than 13,600 times, and has now been set to private.
According to a May 11 statement, Brittany Nicole Wallace was viciously assaulted because of her appearance. He apparently told her that he would "beat me like the man I want to be," and that "people like me make him hate the world."
"Anyone that knows me knows that I tried my best to fight back. The truth is he was bigger and stronger than me," she wrote."...This has not only physically but mentally and emotionally damaged me."
Wallace's post posits that if she donned a more "feminine" appearance, others would have stepped in and the attack might have not happened at all.
A Paintsville police spokesperson told ATTN: that the assailant had been arrested and jailed following the incident. Wallace, the spokesperson said, was taken to a nearby medical center.
Some of the politics
Eleven states and state officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Obama administration over federal guidance directing schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms....