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KristoTaliban Pastor Robert Jeffress: We Allowed Atheists and Infidels to “Pervert Our Constitution”

KristoTaliban Pastor Robert Jeffress: We Allowed Atheists and Infidels to “Pervert Our Constitution”
By Beth Stoneburner
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/07/16/robert-jeffress-we-allowed-atheists-and-infidels-to-pervert-our-constitution/

Not only is America a Christian country, but the Constitution has been perverted by infidels and atheists, according to MAGA cultist and Trump sycophant Pastor Robert Jeffress.

He made the comments on his “Pathway to Victory” broadcast during a series of episodes earlier this month promoting the Christian Nation myth. In the excerpt below, he was complaining about Supreme Court decisions that removed mandatory Bible readings from public schools.

And here’s the question: What has changed? What has changed? In these 150 years​, has the Constitution changed and nobody told us? Is that what happened? Of course not. What has happened is we have allowed the secularists, the humanists, the atheists, the infidels, to pervert our Constitution into something our Founding Fathers never intended. And it is time for Americans to stand up and say ‘Enough! We’re not going to allow this in our Christian country anymore.’ It is time to put an end to this.

It’s been said before, but conservative Christians like Jeffress always mistake religious equality for persecution because they’re so used to receiving special treatment.

It’s time to once again reiterate that the Bible says far more about welcoming the immigrant and serving the poor and marginalized than anything about abortion or LGBTQ issues — which Jeffress also brought up elsewhere in his episodes. (Interestingly enough, helping the poor would also result in fewer abortions, a fact Jeffress never seems to care about.)

Pretending we live in a Christian Nation doesn’t make it true. Lying about the past won’t change reality either. The fact remains if our government treated atheism or Islam the way we’ve historically treated Christianity, Jeffress would never stop whining about it.

KristoKracker Krazies

A few stories of the KristoKracker Krazies who want to kill their followers.

Evangelist Joshua Feuerstein, Back on Facebook, Mocks People Wearing Face Masks

Christian evangelist and hate-preacher Joshua Feuerstein was temporarily banned from Facebook but made his unceremonious return this week, cranking out a fresh dose of insanity to his 2.6 million followers.

Take, for instance, this video condemning face mask mandates as something only “sheep” would follow.

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/07/15/evangelist-joshua-feuerstein-back-on-facebook-mocks-people-wearing-face-masks/

‘Not Asking for Permission’: Hundreds of California Churches Plan to Open May 31

Nearly 500 California pastors are preparing to open their doors on Sunday, May 31st – whether or not they have guidance from the state. 

“The churches are not asking for permission,” said Bob Tyler, a religious freedom attorney advising the pastors. “The governor is sitting here as a dictator, trumping the Constitution and is kind of hanging on to this state of emergency for as long as he can hold it.”

Tyler says the pastors, including Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, Matt Brown of Sandals Church in Riverside, and Danny Carroll of Water of Life Community Church in Fontana, have signed a petition and plan to advise Gov. Gavin Newsom of their plans which include social distancing. 

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2020/may/not-asking-for-permission-hundreds-of-california-churches-plan-to-open-may-31

Evangelical Churches Sue California Governor Over Ban On Singing During Services

Gavin Newsom is violating religious liberty rights by prohibiting singing and chanting at worship services as the state tries to curb COVID-19, the suit says.

The evangelical congregations insist Newsom is infringing on their religious liberty by forcing them to stop singing and chanting during indoor services, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento.

“To prohibit group singing and chanting is to effectively prohibit corporate Christian worship,” the complaint states.

California’s health department updated its guidelines for houses of worship on July 1, adding new restrictions on singing and chanting. The guidelines explain that these activities “negate the risk reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing” since there is a greater chance that COVID-19 will spread through “contaminated exhaled droplets.” 

But the Northern California churches ― Calvary Chapel of Ukiah, Calvary Chapel of Fort Bragg and River of Life Church in Oroville ― don’t appreciate the government telling them how to worship. The churches are seeking an injunction against the health department’s ban in a lawsuit that names Newsom and three health officials as defendants

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/california-churches-sue-gavin-newsom_n_5f10b3d8c5b6d14c3364ffed.

190 pastors in Nevada demand churches be allowed in-person services

Pastors and other religious leaders from around that state are demanding that restrictions on in-person services be lifted immediately, reports KTNV in Las Vegas. Some 190 of them signed a letter objecting to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s emergency order limiting gatherings to 10 people, including in churches. They say it is unnecessary.

David Oberg, pastor of Faith Alive Christian Center in Reno, summed it up in a press release: “We simply ask for him to reconsider that decision and allow us the freedom of religion and to peacefully assemble again.”

https://christianaction.org/top-stories-of-the-day/190-pastors-in-nevada-demand-churches-be-allowed-in-person-services/

Christian leaders rally in Raleigh demanding reopening of churches

Churchgoers from across the state gathered in downtown Raleigh Thursday to rally against Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order and demand the right to hold services inside their buildings.

The group leading the charge, Return America, is led by pastors and Christian educators. During the rally, the group announced that they had filed a lawsuit against Cooper over not allowing indoor assemblies at churches.

Berean Baptist Church, Pastor of the church and Return America President Ronnie Baity and People’s Baptist Church filed the federal lawsuit to block enforcement of rules covering religious services. Those filing the suit say the state’s restrictions violate the First Amendment and treat churches differently from retailers.

https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/christian-leaders-rally-in-raleigh-demanding-reopening-of-churches/19097741/

‘The governor is a servant of the state. I am a servant of God’: 3 pastors defend why they’re leading the charge to reopen churches

Diego Mesa was driving in Southern California on Thursday evening when he passed shops selling donuts, clothes, and cannabis.

It boggles his mind that these businesses were marked as essential and permitted to reopen on May 8, as Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan moved into its second stage. Churches, however, were shelved until the plan’s third phase — lumped in with personal care, exercise, and entertainment facilities.

“Our ideals differ in what we view as essential,” Mesa told Business Insider. “When we are deemed as non-essential, there’s an agenda there.”

As the pastor of the Abundant Living Family Church in Rancho Cucamonga, Mesa is among more than 1,200 religious leaders in California who’ve signed a Declaration of Essentiality for Churches, vowing to host in-person services on May 31, Pentecost Sunday, with or without Newsom’s blessing. 

https://www.businessinsider.com/pastors-leading-charge-reopen-churches-coronavirus-first-amendment-2020-5?op=1

Entitlement may lead to chronic disappointment

Entitlement may lead to chronic disappointment
Case Western Reserve University
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160913134442.htm

Entitlement — a personality trait driven by exaggerated feelings of deservingness and superiority — may lead to chronic disappointment, unmet expectations and a habitual, self-reinforcing cycle of behavior with dire psychological and social costs, according to new research.

Entitlement — a personality trait driven by exaggerated feelings of deservingness and superiority — may lead to chronic disappointment, unmet expectations and a habitual, self-reinforcing cycle of behavior with dire psychological and social costs, according to new research by Case Western Reserve University.

In a new theoretical model, researchers have mapped how entitled personality traits may lead to a perpetual loop of distress, in a literature review published in the Psychological Bulletin.

“At extreme levels, entitlement is a toxic narcissistic trait, repeatedly exposing people to the risk of feeling frustrated, unhappy and disappointed with life,” said Joshua Grubbs, the primary author of the paper and a recent PhD graduate in psychology from Case Western Reserve.

“Often times, life, health, aging and the social world don’t treat us as well as we’d like. Confronting these limitations is especially threatening to an entitled person because it violates their worldview of self-superiority,” said Grubbs, now a clinical psychology professor at Bowling Green State University.

Reacting to perceived injustices, entitled people may direct their anger outward, blaming others, while reassuring themselves of their own specialness — thus beginning the cycle again.

The study — based on a review of more than 170 academic papers — outlines the cycle as a three-stage process:

• First, entitlement creates a constant vulnerability to unmet expectations.

• Unmet expectations then lead to dissatisfaction and other volatile emotions.

• Emotional distress demands a remedy, leading to the reinforcement of superiority.

“Reassurance stemming from entitlement can provide temporary relief from the very distress caused by entitlement,” said Julie Exline, co-author of the study and a professor of psychological sciences at Case Western Reserve.

But these benefits are short-lived; long-term consequences associated with entitled behavior include poor relationships, interpersonal conflicts and depression.

“The entire mindset pits someone against other people,” Exline said. “When people think that they should have everything they want — often for nothing — it comes at the cost of relationships with others and, ultimately, their own happiness.”

Previous studies show entitlement is on the rise — so-called “millennials” see themselves as generally more entitled than previous generations; entitled traits have an especially fertile breeding ground in the strong current of individualism valued by American society and culture, Exline says, though pinning blame for the phenomenon is difficult.

And while there is no clear path for a person to break out of the cycle of entitled behavior, previous research shows that traits of humility and gratitude can protect against the distress associated with entitlement.

By creating a sense of safety and security, psychologists have helped entitled people feel more connected to others by finding common ground in the limitations and suffering present in all human lives.

“Yet, this may be too much to ask,” Grubbs said. “It’s often unacceptable for entitled people to consider they are not the exception to the rule.”

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Joshua B. Grubbs, Julie J. Exline. Trait Entitlement: A Cognitive-Personality Source of Vulnerability to Psychological Distress.. Psychological Bulletin, 2016; DOI: 10.1037/bul0000063

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What the explosion in viral ‘Karen’ videos and public meltdowns tells us about entitlement

What the explosion in viral ‘Karen’ videos and public meltdowns tells us about entitlement
By Lindsay Dodgson
https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/what-the-explosion-in-viral-karen-videos-and-public-meltdowns-tells-us-about-entitlement/ar-BB16P7yi?li=BBnb7Kz

Publicly broadcasting entitled tantrums has become a massive trend in the last few years. During lockdown, it’s taken on a life of its own, with seemingly endless videos capturing people throwing angry fits about being asked to wear masks and even pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in their neighborhood.

Whether people are behaving inappropriately in higher numbers, or they are just being called out for it more, is unclear. But according to therapist and YouTuber Kati Morton, it’s definitely true that everyone’s anxiety levels are higher than normal. This means our fight or flight response is going into hyperdrive.

“We can’t fight or run from the coronavirus like we could from a bear,” she told Insider. “So all of that energy is caught up inside of us causing us to feel irritable, on edge, hypervigilant, and stressed out.”

Anger is a secondary emotion, meaning it often boils up inside to cover up something else like anxiety, fear, or shame. Some psychologists therefore label it as a “positive” emotion, because it helps us steer clear of the uncomfortable ones and makes us feel strong and powerful instead.

However, if we spend our whole lives broadcasting the blame outwards with anger instead of focusing inwardly and taking accountability, we can fall into the trap of the “entitlement mindset.”

‘At extreme levels, entitlement is a toxic narcissistic trait’

Entitlement means believing you should receive recognition without earning it. It’s the belief you are superior to others because of your race, gender, sexuality, or nationality, and you have difficulty accepting others as equals if they are different.

In 2016, a group of researchers from Case Western Reserve found that having an exaggerated sense of superiority and deservingness led to a “perpetual loop of distress.”

“At extreme levels, entitlement is a toxic narcissistic trait, repeatedly exposing people to the risk of feeling frustrated, unhappy and disappointed with life,” said psychologist Joshua Grubbs, the primary author of the paper.

“Oftentimes, life, health, aging, and the social world don’t treat us as well as we’d like. Confronting these limitations is especially threatening to an entitled person because it violates their worldview of self-superiority.”

By reacting to these perceived injustices with anger reassures themselves of their own specialness, and the cycle continues, he said.

Research from 2002 also found that entitlement, when studied as a trait of narcissism, was associated with higher levels of anger in a sample of 130 male college students. So while it doesn’t excuse the behavior, the psychology of entitlement may help us understand the rage that seems so prevalent in the world right now.

The ‘Karen’ mindset

Many instances of entitlement have been catalogued by Instagram pages like @karensgoingwilds over the last few months. They have been collecting footage from people all over the US who identify “Karens” — a term that’s been adopted for a white woman, or sometimes a man, who is caught committing acts of racism in public.

Some examples include videos of white women calling the police on innocent people, blocking people from leaving parking lots, and screaming beyond sense. The exponential movement for catching this over-the-top behavior on camera seemed to begin with Amy Cooper — the “Central Park Karen” — who threatened a Black man by calling the police on him when he asked her to put a leash on her dog.

Psychologist Perpetua Neo told Insider one reason for the rage we see in people acting incongruously in public could be related to the uncertainty they feel right now. Not only is there an ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but there have also been hundreds of stories of police brutality dominating the news, and there is more necessity than ever for people to face up to their own privileges and prejudices.

“Nobody likes to admit they are fearful or anxious, so it becomes another kind of poison, and metamorphizes into something else,” said Neo. “The ‘Karens’ are clearly quite angry about something and they need to scapegoat somebody who is different to them.”

Someone who is entitled has their own ideas of where they fit in society and what their rights are, and they are not used to those being challenged.

Neo said there’s a sense of “How dare you?” that encompasses an entitled person’s dislike of being told what to do. This can be seen when a simple request of being asked to wear a mask can turn into an intense altercation as defensiveness becomes extreme and the entitled person lashes out.

It can be particularly rage-inducing if a white person is criticized by someone younger than them or a person of color if they’re used to ignoring the benefit they’ve received from injustices their entire lives.

“They think. ‘You’re worse than me, you’re subordinate to me, you’re stupid,'” said Neo. “And I know the system is on my side, the white person, so let me call the cops on you.”

Individualism vs Communitarianism in society

Morton said it could also come down to the fact the US is quite an individualistic society. An individualist mindset means your actions are centered around your own rights and needs, with less attention being placed on your community. In comparison, communitarianism is more about being aware and connected to society, and being mindful about how your choices affect everyone.

People in a communitarian society, like in Japan and Taiwan, have worn masks for decades, in part because they have a heightened awareness for one another’s health. Someone who is more individualistic may be less likely to wear a mask even now in the midst of a pandemic for selfish reasons: It’s uncomfortable, it makes them look scared and weak, or they don’t believe they’ll get sick so they don’t see the point.

“We stocked up on toilet paper so that our family wouldn’t run out, we didn’t think about how that could affect someone else,” said Morton of the individualistic mindset. “Wearing a mask protects others from your germs, which requires us to think of what’s good for our country as a whole instead of what’s good for just us.”

As entitlement videos continue to spread online, there’s been an inevitable backlash to the trend of people being called out when they make a scene in public. But Neo said that’s an attempt to misdirect from the actual problem.

“Basically that’s gaslighting you, making you responsible for how uncomfortable they feel as a result of their own actions,” she said. “Fundamentally, they think, ‘I’m allowed to be racist and scold people and basically be abusive.'”

Trumpturd Terrorists: Vehicle strikes multiple protesters in Washington, 2 people sent to hospital

Vehicle strikes multiple protesters in Washington, 2 people sent to hospital, The unidentified 27-year-old suspect is in custody and faces multiple charges.
By William Mansell and Christina Carrega
https://abcnews.go.com/US/vehicle-strikes-multiple-protesters-washington-hospital/story?id=71606896

An overnight protest on a closed Washington state freeway ended with two women in the hospital after a motorist barreled into the crowd, according to Washington State Patrol.

For weeks, law enforcement authorities have warned pedestrian protesters not to use the highways as the setting for protests.

“The freeway is simply not a safe place…We feared something like this would happen,” said Captain Ron Mead, commander of Washington State Patrol field operations for District 2, at a press conference Saturday morning.

A 27-year-old man from Seattle is accused of driving his car onto the closed I-5, going around the vehicles that were supporting the protesters, and striking the pedestrians standing in the shoulder of the road, said Mead.

“We don’t know exactly where the vehicle came on, but we suspect he came on, on the wrong way of a ramp and entered the southbound lane of I-5, he did not come through on one of the closure lanes we had posted,” said Mead.

Interstate 5 between SR 520 and I-90 was closed multiple times in the last 24 hours due to protests.

A 32-year-old woman from Bellingham and a 24-year-old woman from Seattle were hit and taken to a nearby hospital.

The younger woman is in critical condition after suffering life-threatening injuries while the other victim is in stable condition.

The unidentified driver stopped the all-white sedan and was taken into custody for questioning. Mead said the driver passed a sobriety test and there’s no indication that the car was stolen.

Here are two pictures of the suspect vehicle that struck two protesters on I-5 this morning. Investigation into motive and point of entry in to I-5 are still under investigation. pic.twitter.com/gU1QH6TFTu— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) July 4, 2020

“At the very least, he is looking at vehicle assault charges, felony hit-and-run, but those could be upgraded depending on the progress of the investigation,” said Mead, adding, “We don’t know if it’s a targeted attack, but that remains the focus of our investigation.”

Mead said police have made efforts to keep cars and pedestrian separated during protests in order “to try and avoid this.”

“As a result, my hope is the protesters will reconsider their desire to be on the interstate. I cannot guarantee their safety, plain and simple,” said Mead.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Washington State Police.

Trumpturd Terrorist: Protesters in Indiana and New York injured in alleged car attacks, days after Seattle demonstrator was killed

Protesters in Indiana and New York injured in alleged car attacks, days after Seattle demonstrator was killed
By Bill Hutchinson
https://abcnews.go.com/US/protesters-indiana-york-injured-alleged-car-attacks-days/story?id=71647189

Protesters were injured in New York and Indiana by drivers who authorities say appeared to deliberately target demonstrations just days after a Black Lives Matter march on a Seattle freeway turned deadly.

A demonstrator in Bloomington, Indiana, and two others in Huntington Station, on New York’s Long Island, were hurt Monday evening during peaceful protests, police said. The driver who allegedly ran over two people in New York was arrested, while police were still searching Tuesday afternoon for the operator of a red car who fled following the Indiana incident.

“This only fuels our fire even more. I promise you I’ll be right back out here [Tuesday],” Patrick Ford, one of the organizers of the Bloomington civil unrest, told ABC affiliate station WRTV in Indianapolis.

Ford said several hundred protesters had gathered in downtown Bloomington to demonstrate and show support for Vauhxx Booker, a Black civil rights activist and a member of the Monroe County, Indiana, Human Rights Commission, who said he was attacked on the Fourth of July by a group of white people who shouted racial slurs and called for someone to “get a noose.” The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement is investigating the attack that was caught on cellphone video and has gone viral since being posted on social media.

Booker was let go after a group of people intervened and filmed part of the attack.

Ford said Monday night’s incident unfolded as the protest in front of the Monroe County Courthouse was ending.

Bloomington police said that about 9:26 p.m., officers were called to the area after getting a report of a personal injury crash, and upon arriving learned a vehicle that injured protesters had fled the scene.

Protester Geoff Stewart, 35, told WRTV that the suspect was driving a red four-door Toyota. He said he asked her to wait to drive in the area until demonstrators cleared the street.

“A woman driving in the vehicle had come up to the stop and had started revving her engine towards us and we tried to stop her and let her know that crowd is clearing up [and] just wait a second,” Stewart said. “But she and her passenger both wanted to go right away.”

He said the car began to nudge into him and another protester who was in front of the vehicle with her hands on the hood of the car. He said he and the other protester jumped on the car as the driver accelerated around a vehicle blocking the street in support of the demonstration.

Stewart said he grabbed onto the driver’s side door, while the other protester jumped on the front of the hood.

“I was trying to block her vision so she would slow down,” Stewart said. “I tried to pull myself as far into her way to kind of obstruct her view, but she drove through red lights and made her turn up here that threw both of us off the car.”

The Bloomington Police Department said the other protester, described as a 29-year-old woman, suffered lacerations to her head and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she was treated and released.

Bloomington, Indiana, police are looking to question this man and this woman in a red car suspected of driving into protesters, injuring one, on July 6, 2020.Bloomington, Indiana, police are looking to question this man and this woman in a red car suspected of driving into protesters, injuring one, on July 6, 2020. Blomington Police Department

Police said witnesses provided them with a license plate number for the car and several videos of the incident.

Ryan Pedigo, a Bloomington police captain, told ABC News Tuesday afternoon that police are still searching for the vehicle and attempting to identify the driver and her male passenger.

The Long Island incident happened around 6:45 p.m. Monday during a Black Lives Matter protest in Huntington Station.

Suffolk County Police said they arrested the driver who allegedly hit two people taking part in a Black Lives Matter protest.

Police said Anthony Cambareri, 36, of Coram, New York, drove into the protesters hurting them as they and others participated in a demonstration on the street. The two victims were taken to Huntington Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver sped away, but police caught him a short time later.

Cambareri was arrested on charges of third degree assault. He was issued a desk appearance ticket and will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a date yet to be determined.

The incidents in New York and Indiana came just three days after a protester was killed and another was injured when a car barreled into a Black Lives Matter protest on a closed freeway in Seattle.

Protester Summer Taylor, 24, was killed early Saturday on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Demonstrator Diaz Love, 32, was seriously injured in the episode that occurred about 1:40 a.m., according to police.

The driver, Dawit Kelete, 27, who is Black, allegedly got onto the freeway by going the wrong way on and off ramp, police said. Surveillance video showed the white Jaguar Kelete speeding and swerving around a vehicle blocking the roadway in support of the protest before striking Taylor and Love, police said.

State police said the suspect continued to drive south on the freeway and was chased by a demonstrator in a car for about a mile before the protester managed to get in front of the Jaguar and force it to pull over.

Kelete was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault. He appeared in court on Monday and a judge set his bail at $1.2 million.

A photo of Summer Taylor, who suffered critical injuries and died after being hit by a car while protesting on July 4, 2020, sits among flowers at the King County Correctional Facility where a hearing was held for the suspect, July 6, 2020, in Seattle.A photo of Summer Taylor, who suffered critical injuries and died after being hit by a car while protesting on July 4, 2020, sits among flowers at the King County Correctional Facility where a hearing was held for the suspect, July 6, 2020, in Seattle. Elaine Thompson/AP

He remained in custody on Tuesday at the King County Jail, according to online jail records.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is expected to file formal charges against Kelete by Wednesday afternoon.

Trumpturd Terrorists: Protester dies after struck by speeding car at Black Lives Matter freeway demonstration in Seattle

Protester dies after struck by speeding car at Black Lives Matter freeway demonstration in Seattle. One other demonstrator hit by the luxury vehicle was critically injured.
By Bill Hutchinson
https://abcnews.go.com/US/protester-dies-struck-speeding-car-black-lives-matter/story?id=71617592

A young protester has died from injuries suffered when a luxury car plowed into Black Lives Matter demonstrators Saturday on a Seattle freeway that has been shut down for days due to the civil unrest, police said.

Summer Taylor was pronounced dead at a local hospital hours after a 27-year-old man in a white Jaguar drove onto a closed section of Interstate 5 where ongoing demonstrations have been occurring and slammed into Taylor and another protester, Diaz Love, 32, who was seriously injured, police said.

Surveillance video captured the 2013 Jaguar apparently speeding down the freeway, swerving around cars supporting the protest that were blocking the lanes and striking Taylor and Love, who were walking on the shoulder, knocking them into the air, over the roof of the vehicle and onto the pavement.

“Absolutely heartbreaking. Summer Taylor was only 24-years-old, peacefully protesting for Black Lives Matter when they were struck by a car,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, said in a statement posted on Twitter Sunday morning. “Thinking of their family during this difficult time and everyone in the movement today.”

The incident unfolded about 1:40 a.m. on Saturday when the driver who was arrested and identified by authorities as Dawit Kelete, 27, of Seattle, allegedly entered the closed freeway by going the wrong way on an exit ramp and drove at high-speed toward a crowd of people protesting the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, authorities said.

“Very candidly, we don’t know, at this point in the investigation, what the motive was, what the reasoning was,” Capt. Ron Mead of the Washington State Patrol said at a news conference.

Mead said that that according to the preliminary investigation drugs or alcohol were not factors in the incident.

Following the episode, authorities cleared I-5 and warned protesters that anyone caught attempting to march on to the freeway will be arrested.

“The freeway is simply not a safe place … We feared something like this would happen,” Mead said.

Mead said the driver was initially arrested on charges of vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run. Kelete remained in jail without bail on Sunday.

“Those [charges] could be upgraded depending on the progress of the investigation,” Mead said.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a tweet that “many others were almost hit and witnessed this horrific event.”

Early this morning two women were hit by a car and very seriously injured while peacefully protesting. Many others were almost hit and witnessed this horrific event. Our city stands beside their friends, families and loved ones in praying for these women and all who were there.— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) July 4, 2020

Prior to news of Taylor’s death, friends had established a GoFundMe page in hopes of helping Taylor recover from the injuries.

“Summer is an incredibly strong and independent spirit,” wrote Becky Gilliam, who organized the GoFundMe page that as of Monday morning had raised more than $62,000.

Gilliam wrote that Taylor worked at a veterinary clinic and described Taylor as a “bright and caring person who’s presence elicits joy and laughter in others.”

For weeks, law enforcement authorities have warned pedestrian protesters not to use the highways as the setting for demonstrations.

The section of Interstate 5 through downtown Seattle has been closed multiple times in recent weeks due to large-scale protests.

Taylor was pronounced dead after being taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Love of Bellingham, Washington, was in serious condition at Harborview, Mead said.

Love had been broadcasting the protest for about two hours on Facebook Live under the caption “Black Femme March takes I-5.” The video ended abruptly after someone, according to the Associated Press, is heard yelling, “Car!”

State police said the suspect continued to drive south on the freeway and was chased by a protester in a car for about a mile before managing to get in front of the Jaguar and forcing it to pull over.

The incident came about a month after a man allegedly drove a car drove through a barricade and brandished a gun at a group of protesters that had commandeered a section of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and turned it into an autonomous zone. Following several shootings, police cleared out the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone, or CHOP zone, last week.

Louisiana priest convicted of molestation released on bond

Louisiana priest convicted of molestation released on bond
By AP
https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2020/04/louisiana-priest-convicted-of-molestation-released-on-bond/

OPELOUSAS, Louisiana — A former Louisiana priest convicted of molesting an altar boy was released from jail on bond over coronavirus safety concerns.

Michael Guidry, 77, was released Friday nearly a year after he pleaded guilty to molesting a 16-year old boy after giving him alcohol in Guidry’s home, The Advertiser reported. The victim said in a civil lawsuit that he woke up one day in 2015 after doing chores in Guidry’s home and found the former priest molesting him, The Advocate reported. The victim told authorities about the molestation when he was an adult, four years after it happened.

Guidry, who served as the priest of St. Peter’s Church in Morrow, was then sentenced to 10 years in prison in April 2019, KATC-TV reported.

His release on bond from St. Landry Parish jail comes amid objections from state prosecutors after his defense attorney, Jane Hogan, requested an emergency appeal hearing because of the virus outbreak. Guidry had been awaiting another sentencing hearing after a request to reconsider his 10-year sentence was denied by a judge in September, KATC-TV reported.

Kevin Bourgeois, a volunteer at a New Orleans nonprofit group for survivors of clergy abuse, told KATC-TV Guidry’s release on bond sends a message to survivors that “their life is not as important as this sex offender’s life.”

Judge Alonzo Harris, the same judge who sentenced Guidry last year, had set the bond for Guidry. During that sentencing, the judge said “there are some things in life you just can’t tolerate and one is sexual abuse on our children by priests.”

Guidry will be placed on house arrest with an ankle monitor while on bond, and the court has also instructed him to not make contact with the victim.

Tommy Guilbeau, a defense attorney that is not involved in the case, said while it’s “highly unusual” for a felon convicted of child molestation to be on house arrest, not releasing them at this time would be “condemning them to die in a petri dish of COVID-19.”

The victim’s parents and siblings told the court last year that the abuse caused chaos and pain in their family. The family declined to comment to KATC-TV due to a gag order.

The AP does not usually name victims of sexual assault.

Buffalo Diocese files for bankruptcy after hundreds of sex abuse claims

Buffalo Diocese files for bankruptcy after hundreds of sex abuse claims. Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has led the diocese since December.
By Cayla Harris
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Buffalo-Diocese-files-for-bankruptcy-after-hundred-15091849.php

The Buffalo Diocese, temporarily headed by Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, filed for bankruptcy Friday morning as it grapples with hundreds of lawsuits alleging decades of child sexual abuse and cover-ups.

It is the second New York diocese to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy – which allows for reorganization of assets instead of liquidation. The Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy in September. The decision was largely anticipated as the Buffalo diocese, facing more than 250 lawsuits over the past six months alleging sexual abuse, has emerged as the most-named defendant in all Child Victims Act cases.

The state’s Child Victims Act in August opened a one-year window temporarily eliminating the statute of limitations for civil cases involving sex crimes. Since then, more than 1,600 cases have been filed statewide, many of them resurfacing decades-old allegations.

In a filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of New York – first reported by The Buffalo News – the Buffalo Diocese identified $10 million to $50 million in assets and $50 million to $100 million in liabilities. In court filings, Scharfenberger asserted that the filing was necessary “in order to respond to claims stemming from the Child Victims Act in an equitable and comprehensive manner, and to reorganize the financial affairs of the Diocese in order to permit it to continue to fulfill its ministries to the Catholic faithful of the Diocese.”

“We have no more urgent work than to bring about justice and healing for those harmed by the scourge of sexual abuse,” Scharfenberger said in a Friday statement.

The decision puts all lawsuits against the diocese on pause as leaders determine how best to address the allegations and compensate accusers. It does not affect the daily operations of local parishes.

Scharfenberger, who is temporarily leading the Buffalo Diocese after the resignation of its former Bishop Richard Malone in December, will address the media in Buffalo at a 1 p.m. news conference. He had been weighing the decision for months, repeatedly telling reporters that a decision would come “soon.”

“Whatever we do has to be done in a way that puts victims first,” Scharfenberger told Albany reporters in December, acknowledging that bankruptcy could freeze litigation but may also offer more equal payouts to survivors who have filed claims. “We want to look at all of those things, and then that might be the best way to go.”

He said at the time that the Albany Diocese is not considering a bankruptcy filing, and likely would not for “the next year or so.” The Albany Diocese has also faced its share of Child Victims Act cases, though far fewer, at about 65. The Albany Diocese serves about half the number of Catholics as the Buffalo Diocese.

“The decision in Buffalo does not affect the Diocese of Albany in any way,” Albany Diocese spokeswoman Mary DeTurris-Poust said in an email. “Until we know the full financial scope of the CVA as it relates to the Diocese of Albany, we cannot and will not make any decisions. We have nothing to announce, other than that we continue to respond in justice to survivors of abuse and urge anyone who has suffered such abuse to come forward.”

Survivors and attorneys, reacting to Friday’s filing, criticized the decision as a roundabout way of denying victims their day in court. They noted that bankruptcy allows the diocese to avoid releasing certain information and files about priests and clergy accused of abusing children – documents that would typically be unearthed during the discovery process.

Manhattan-based attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents dozens of survivors suing the Buffalo Diocese, said the diocese “is using bankruptcy to continue to conceal the truth about predator priests.”

State Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, a sponsor of the Child Victims Act, said the filing could help reveal “how deep the pockets are of the institution” – but at the expense of preventing survivors from speaking out in front of a judge in a public courtroom.

“It’s despicable that an institution that was responsible for the abuse of thousands of young people across the state of New York would try to hide behind the bankruptcy laws to prevent these individuals from receiving the entirety of the claim due to them,” he said.

Time For Vigilantist Justice Against Roman Catholics

Disturbing Report Uncovers Alleged Child Sex Abuse in Fiji’s Catholic Schools

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/07/13/disturbing-report-uncovers-alleged-child-sex-abuse-in-fijis-catholic-schools/

Over the weekend, New Zealand’s TV 1 News aired a disturbing report about Catholic priests allegedly abusing children on the island nation of Fiji. One of the victims said on camera that when he attended a Catholic school, priests would lure boys up to their bedrooms using candy and oranges (rare treats), then sexually assault them.

But where did these priests come from? That’s the kicker: Many of them were kicked out of the Catholic Church in New Zealand and Australia because they were accused of sexual abuse. Instead of moving them to another local parish, as we’ve seen in the U.S., some of them went to Fiji, where they found new victims in a culture that reveres men of God.

Catholic Church a big winner in US’s huge Covid-19 cash giveaway

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thefreethinker/2020/07/catholic-church-a-big-winner-in-uss-huge-covid-19-cash-giveaway/

New York Diocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling airily suggested that the RCC simply took what was rightfully theirs, and just wanted to be ‘treated equally and fairly under the law.’

Many of the millions handed to the RCC, according to the Religious News Service, went to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups. And one beneficiary was a treatment centre for Catholic paedophile priests which received a loan of between $350,000 to $1 million.

An Associated Press analysis of federal data released this week found that the church’s haul may have reached – or even exceeded – $3.5 billion, putting it among the biggest winners in the US government’s pandemic relief efforts.

Time for these scumbags to pay for their Crimes Against Humanity and their Crimes Against the Children of the World.

If the courts, judges, and legislative bodies will not do what is right?

THEN ALL VICTIMS AND ALL SURVIVORS SHOULD RISE THE FUCK UP AND TAKE THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS AND START HUNTING DOWN THESE FUCKING ROMAN CATHOLIC PEDOPHILES, THEIR PEDOPHILE PIMPS AND ANY SCUMBAG, LIKE SAY BILL DONOHUE OF THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE, WHO DEFENDS THESE SCUMBAGS AND ATTACK THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS?

SHOULD ALL BE PUT ON THEIR FUCKING KNEES AND FUCKING EXECUTED.

IF THE COURTS WILL NOT DO WHAT IS RIGHT? IF THE LAW WILL NOT DO WHAT IS RIGHT? THEN WE THE SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS MUST TAKE THE LAW INTO OUR OWN HANDS.

TIME TO HUNT DOWN THESE PERVERTED PEDOPHILE SCUMBAG ROMAN CATHOLICS AND PUT THEM ON THEIR FUCKING KNEES AND GIVEN A FULL FRONTAL LOBOTOMY.