Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Family Research Council trying to sell Trump's border wall nonsense

Trump gave his speech Tuesday night on the border wall and government shutdown.  By all counts, it was a disaster which didn't help him any.  He received much criticism and the Democratic response drew higher numbers.

But if you were a supporter and follower of groups like the Family Research Council, which claims to stand for truth, honesty, and good Christian values,  no one can blame you for having a less negative view of Trump's speech.

In a recent piece, the Family Research Council bends over backwards to scare its followers about the crimes allegedly committed because Trump's wall isn't there:

"These coyotes [guides and smugglers] know what they're going to do in the middle of nowhere," Maria says quietly from a soup kitchen in Nogalas. For most women, the entire trip is one, non-stop sexual assault. When she couldn't keep up with her group, one of the coyotes leading Maria's caravan said he'd wait for her -- but only if he could have sex with her daughter. She refused, and he left them. If it weren't for Border Patrol, Maria remembers, they would have died. "It's awful," she shakes her head, "making this trip as a woman." 
 Younger girls are even bigger targets. Older men promise their parents they'll take them to America, only to sell them to brothels by the border or force them into sex slavery once they get there. Along towns like Mapastepec and Frontera Comalapa, the houses of prostitution are full of young women who were tricked or trafficked. Their moms or dads send them anyway, knowing with 80 percent certainty in some countries that they'll be raped -- or never seen again. 
. . . While the media's attention is usually on the hardship of these immigrants, they're far from the only victims. When drug smugglers and gang members cross into the U.S., they rarely leave their culture of violence behind. "In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records," the president said during his primetime appeal for more border security last night, "including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings." Thousands of Americans -- from 16-year-old girls to Air Force veterans -- have been viciously murdered by the wave of criminals entering our country illegally. "This is a humanitarian crisis," the president insisted. But more than that, it's a crisis for the future of our country. Every American is hurt -- either physically, or emotionally, or economically by the people who refuse to enter our country legally.

You will notice that FRC didn't talk about Trump's repeated lies about Mexico paying for the wall. FRC didn't mention the constant nauseating strain of lies told by Trump and his Administration to justify the border wall. Lastly, FRC didn't mention the misleading statements Trump made during his speech.

'Police say trans woman assaulted in bathroom' & other Wed midday news briefs

An incident which the religious right probably won't be talking about.

Police: Two Women Assault Transgender Woman In Bathroom - How ironic is it that in North Carolina, home of a huge battle a few years ago regarding an anti-transgender bill pushed partly by the lie that trans women will attack people in bathrooms, an incident like this in which a trans woman is  assaulted in a bathroom happens. I don't know what angers me more - the fact that the assault happened or how the incident will disappear from lack of people caring to make noise about it. Such a different reaction it would have been if the people involved were reversed.

Evangelical activists want LGBT people excluded from anti-lynching bill - Sufficient amount of hell hasn't been raised over this yet. "Evangelical activists" my black ass. 

Jared Polis sworn in as Colorado governor: “This is a moment in history” - Jared Polis made history yesterday when he was sworn in as the first openly-gay governor in American history.  

Neighbors won’t tolerate church’s anti-LGBTQ sign & they’re taking to the streets over it - Oh hell yes! 

U.S. Right Wing Cheers Swearing-In of Brazil’s Far-Right President - Self-explanatory.