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No trump supporter is ever allowed to whine about religious freedom ever again

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by Kangaroo Feathers, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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    From the Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, The Rev. Gini Gerbasi, who was forced off the grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square:

    "Friends, I am ok, but I am, frankly shaken. I was at St. John's, Lafayette Square most of the afternoon, with fellow clergy and laypeople - and clergy from some other denominations too. We were passing out water and snacks, and helping the patio area at St. John's, Lafayette square to be a place of respite and peace. All was well - with a few little tense moments - until about 6:15 or so. By then, I had connected with the Black Lives Matter medic team, which was headed by an EMT. Those people were AMAZING. They had been on the patio all day, and thankfully had not had to use much of the eyewash they had made. Around 6:15 or 6:30, the police started really pushing protestors off of H Street (the street between the church and Lafayette Park, and ultimately, the White House. They started using tear gas and folks were running at us for eyewashes or water or wet paper towels. At this point, Julia, one of our seminarians for next year (who is a trauma nurse) and I looked at each other in disbelief. I was coughing, her eyes were watering, and we were trying to help people as the police - in full riot gear - drove people toward us. Julia and her classmates left and I stayed with the BLM folks trying to help people. Suddenly, around 6:30, there was more tear gas, more concussion grenades, and I think I saw someone hit by a rubber bullet - he was grasping his stomach and there was a mark on his shirt. The police in their riot gear were literally walking onto the St. John's, Lafayette Square patio with these metal shields, pushing people off the patio and driving them back. People were running at us as the police advanced toward us from the other side of the patio. We had to try to pick up what we could. The BLM medic folks were obviously well practiced. They picked up boxes and ran. I was so stunned I only got a few water bottles and my spray bottle of eyewash. We were literally DRIVEN OFF of the St. John's, Lafayette Square patio with tear gas and concussion grenades and police in full riot gear. We were pushed back 20 feet, and then eventually - with SO MANY concussion grenades - back to K street. By the time I got back to my car, around 7, I was getting texts from people saying that Trump was outside of St. John's, Lafayette Square. I literally COULD NOT believe it. WE WERE DRIVEN OFF OF THE PATIO AT ST. JOHN'S - a place of peace and respite and medical care throughout the day - SO THAT MAN COULD HAVE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH!!! PEOPLE WERE HURT SO THAT HE COULD POSE IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH WITH A BIBLE! HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO STEP OVER THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES WE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE WE WERE BEING TEAR GASSED!!!!

    I am deeply shaken. I did not see any protestors throw anything until the tear gas and concussion grenades started, and then it was mostly water bottles. I am shaken, not so much by the taste of tear gas and the bit of a cough I still have, but by the fact that that show of force was for a PHOTO OPPORTUNITY. The patio of St. John's, Lafayette square had been HOLY GROUND today. A place of respite and laughter and water and granola bars and fruit snacks. But that man turned it into a BATTLE GROUND first, and a cheap political stunt second. I am DEEPLY OFFENDED on behalf of every protestor, every Christian, the people of St. John's, Lafayette square, every decent person there, and the BLM medics who stayed with just a single box of supplies and a backpack, even when I got too scared and had to leave. I am ok. But I am now a force to be reckoned with."

    So yeah, new rule. No trump supporter is ever allowed to complain about their religious freedoms ever again.
     
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  2. Father Heathen

    Father Heathen Veteran Member

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    Okay, let's strap in tight for the incoming spin, or the very least smug, dismissive comments that dodge rather than address.
     
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  3. sun rise

    sun rise "Let there be peace and love among all"
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    Too much of a wall of words but I get the point.
     
  4. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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    Yes, who knew that political awareness might require reading 2 whole paragraphs. The whole thing smacks of, like, effort, right? I wonder what's on TV instead?
     
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  5. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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    Hard to imagine what they'll come up with. The usual bootlicking excuses for handwaving police brutlity are going to be a hard sell on this one.

    I have no doubt they'll try to come up with something, but I am curious to see just how inappropriate and desperate it will be.
     
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  6. sun rise

    sun rise "Let there be peace and love among all"
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  7. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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  8. Father Heathen

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    https://7news.com.au/sunrise/on-the...er-terrifying-on-air-police-assualt-c-1075321

    Police used violence to clear out the press and peaceful protesters who were practicing their 1st amendment rights just so Trump could awkwardly pose with a bible in front of a church for his fundie base to slurp up.

    It's ironic that those who eagerly ride Trump's pony are often those who bellow loudly about faith and patriotism, yet clearly hold no regard for what either Jesus or America stood for.
     
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  9. Father Heathen

    Father Heathen Veteran Member

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    Dying in an actual, literal dumpster fire would be poetic irony.
     
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  10. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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    trump Presidential Library design proposal
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  11. Stevicus

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    They also shouldn't complain about "Big Gov" coming in to interfere in the private sector, although they lost moral standing on that point during the Cold War.
     
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    Sometimes, when I'm out and about, I listen to the local Fox News affiliate on the radio. There's a local guy on there in the mornings - kind of like a Mark Levin wannabe, but he's stuck in some one-horse town and doing the right-wing radio spiel. Even many Republicans don't like him, as he is rabidly pro-Trump but tearing down other Republicans like Senator McSally and Governor Ducey. I probably shouldn't even listen to him, but he's really a trip. It's like entering an alternate reality. Of course, it's all "fake news" and "planned riots" to make Trump look bad.

    I even heard Sean Hannity arguing with one of his callers on his show, as the caller was trying to say that Floyd must have died from natural causes and it had nothing to do with the officer with the knee in his neck. Even that was too much for Hannity to accept. It's kind of surreal listening to Rush and Hannity taking calls from people who are too right-wing for even them to handle.

    A lot of people talk about Fox News TV, but it's the right-wing radio which is really something to behold. Spend enough time listening to that, and you'll see what I mean.
     
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    fantome profane Keep safe, and keep your neighbours safe.
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    I laughed out loud when I read that. Who would ever wannabe that?
     
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    Trump Viking burial proposal.
     
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    tytlyf The Mind Eye

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