The Christian nationalist boot camp pushing anti-trans laws across America

The Christian nationalist boot camp pushing anti-trans laws across America.

“But Lundstrum’s bill didn’t take the views of these medical experts into account. Instead, the bill relied on two powerhouses of Christian nationalist political advocacy: the Family Research Council and the Arkansas affiliate of the Family Policy Alliance, the political arm of Focus on the Family. Founded in 1977 by the anti-LGBTQ psychologist James Dobson, Focus on the Family has worked to shape the views of tens of millions of U.S. evangelicals on sexuality and gender—and how they should engage politically in order to ensure that that government be guided by a “biblical worldview.””

AOC Says Biden’s Refusal to Condemn Israeli Attacks on Palestinians ‘Takes a Side—the Side of Occupation’

The New York Democrat criticized Biden for failing to acknowledge “what precipitated this cycle of violence—namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa.”

AOC Says Biden’s Refusal to Condemn Israeli Attacks on Palestinians ‘Takes a Side—the Side of Occupation’

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday evening that President Joe Biden’s “blanket” remarks emphasizing Israel’s right to self-defense effectively excuse the country’s human rights violations as it continues to assail the occupied Gaza Strip and brutally repress Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

But the president, who mentioned his earlier phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, notably did not denounce Israel’s attacks on worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound earlier this week, nor did he condemn Israel’s killing of civilians and destruction of residential buildings with airstrikes on Gaza—an ongoing bombing campaign that has left more than 80 Palestinians dead.

“Blanket statements like these with little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence—namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa—dehumanize Palestinians and imply the U.S. will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong,” said Ocasio-Cortez, echoing other critics’ depiction of Biden’s comments as a “green light” for Israel to continue its deadly attacks.

Walk the walk Joe, then I’ll believe the talk

The Human Rights Campaign says the White House is preparing to directly confront the flood of anti-trans and LGBTQ legislation. The Department of Justice may also join the fight.

This President has made and broken too many promises already for me to just blindly accept him at his word.

As Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice at the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & HIV Project, said “I guess I appreciate the platitudes. But we need action. Things are desperate.”

The Wedge Issue That’s Dividing Trumpworld

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/08/07/wedge-issue-dividing-trumpworld-392323

 

A group of social conservatives wants the president to embrace anti-transgender issues to reverse his sagging poll numbers. Some Trump advisers think it’s political suicide.

 

In late September, during the final tense weeks of the Kentucky governor’s race, a few hundred thousand voters started seeing ads in their Facebook feeds, YouTube channels and text messages. One spot showed a teenage boy dominating a high school girls wrestling competition. The other showed a boy easily winning a girls track race. Both ads posed the same question: Is this fair?

The ads were the brainchild of Terry Schilling, a conservative activist, who runs a think tank called the American Principles Project and thinks ads like these are precisely what Republicans need to win this fall’s elections. Schilling, 34, who works out of an office in the Washington suburbs, has a simple and slightly contrarian philosophy that social issues—not economics—win elections. In the fall, Schilling had watched from a distance as Matt Bevin, a Trump ally seeking to become Kentucky’s first two-term Republican governor, struggled to pull ahead of Democrat Andy Beshear despite flogging economic development records as part of his closing pitch to voters. Beltway Republicans were beginning to brace for a defeat that would not only cost the party a precious governorship, but potentially further weaken the president’s shaky hold on suburban voters.

That’s when Schilling and his think tank colleagues put the final touches on a risky plan to introduce an issue that, up until that moment, had not come up in the Kentucky campaign.

 

A Conservative Push to Make Trans Kids and School Sports the Next Battleground in the Culture War – The New York Times

A Conservative Push to Make Trans Kids and School Sports the Next Battleground in the Culture War – The New York Times:

The Kentucky governor’s race has turned into a kind of testing ground to see how transgender issues could rally support for President Trump.

Department of Education Takes Aim at Trans Athletes

Department of Education Takes Aim at Trans Athletes

An anti-LGBTQ+ group has filed a complaint saying trans high school athletes violate Title IX.

The Department of Education, which is under Secretary Betsy DeVos has taken up an anti-trans complaint filed by an anti-LGBTQ+ legal group in Connecticut. According to the complaint, the school’s trans-inclusive policy has “denied equal athletic benefits and opportunities for girls” says a new AP report.