Right Wing View – Mov Soc http://movsoc.org/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:03:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://movsoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/mov-soc-icon.png Right Wing View – Mov Soc http://movsoc.org/ 32 32 The United States Supreme Court authorizes the return of prayer in public schools. It’s disturbing | Moira Donegan https://movsoc.org/the-united-states-supreme-court-authorizes-the-return-of-prayer-in-public-schools-its-disturbing-moira-donegan/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:19:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/the-united-states-supreme-court-authorizes-the-return-of-prayer-in-public-schools-its-disturbing-moira-donegan/

OOn Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned decades of precedent governing the separation of church and state and achieved one of the Christian right’s longest-standing goals: the return of official Christian prayer. in public schools.

Kennedy v Bremerton School District had a strange path to the Supreme Court. Originally filed in 2015, the case involves Joseph Kennedy, a former football coach at a public high school in a Seattle suburb, who sued the community that employed him for religious discrimination after the school objected to his habit of making public and ostentatious Christian prayers on the 50-yard line during football matches, surrounded by young athletes. Kennedy lost at the district and circuit levels; he moved to Florida in 2019, which technically should have rendered his case moot. But the Supreme Court still agreed to hear his case. This week, they ruled in his favor, 6-3.

The facts of what happened with Coach Kennedy in the school district are disputed, but only because Kennedy himself keeps revising them. In allowing Coach Kennedy to pray publicly at school, while performing his official duties as a public official, Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the majority, characterized the prayers this way: “Mr. Kennedy prayed during a time when school employees were free to talk with a friend, call for a restaurant reservation, check email, or attend to other personal matters. He offered his prayers quietly while his students were otherwise busy.

Sam Alito, with his agreement, asserted that Kennedy “acted in a purely private capacity”. This is Kennedy’s version of events. But the evidence suggests things looked different. In her dissent, Judge Sonya Sotomayor questioned the idea that the coach offered his prayers “quietly, while his students were otherwise busy”. She included a photo of Coach Kennedy during one of her nightly prayers. In the photo, he stands surrounded by a dense group of dozens of high school footballers, in uniform and kneeling at his feet. Kennedy speaks with a football helmet in his hand, stretched above his head in what looks like a gesture of command. Spectators can be seen in the background, watching from the stands. Quiet and private it was not.

The court held that the school was required to allow this: that by attempting to maintain the separation of church and state—as required by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment—they were in fact violating Coach Kennedy’s free exercise rights. Thus, the court allowed the Free Exercise Clause to effectively override the Establishment Clause, denying Americans like Coach Kennedy’s students the freedom of religion that the church-state divide had previously afforded them. . It should not escape us that in making this decision and overturning a decades-old test to establish the effectiveness of measures of separation of church and state, the court relied on a version of the facts which is patently false.

All of this could have been avoided, for in fact, during Kennedy’s tenure, the school district struggled to balance the coach’s desire for prayer with its own obligations to remain religiously neutral. Since he started coaching in 2008, Kennedy, an evangelical Christian, first prayed to himself at games, a practice no one had a problem with. He says he got the initial idea for a movie, the 2006 low-budget Christian football drama “Facing the Giants,” which he saw on television. The film features a fictional coach who prays with his high school football team. But at some point, Kennedy’s prayer became louder and more public. He stood on the 50-yard line just after the final whistle and prayed out loud. The teenage athletes, both on his team and on the opposing side, knelt with him in a great scrum; Kennedy mixed her prayers with pep talks. Kennedy says the visible center of the field was an important place for him. “It made sense to do it on the battlefield,” he told reporter Adam Liptak.

It was these public prayers, conducted while Kennedy was acting in his official coaching capacity, that became a problem. The school tried to accommodate Kennedy, offering him ways to exercise his faith that did not involve the students and risked giving the impression that his religion was endorsed by the public school. Kennedy refused and hired a lawyer. He eventually left school – voluntarily – and began to claim that the district’s policies amounted to both religious discrimination and a violation of his free speech rights.

Kennedy and the First Liberty Institute, the conservative legal group funding his lawsuit, have tried to portray him as a First Amendment hero. Prior to his departure from Bremerton, Kennedy spent months working with his media-savvy legal team to draw attention to his own prayers. Football games have become a chaotic mess of culture war politics, with journalists, politicians and evangelical Christians flocking to the field to watch Kennedy’s demonstrations and join him in prayer. Parents complained of the chaotic “rushes” of Kennedy fans, who ran with phones stretched across the stands to join his prayer circles at the end of games, sometimes knocking people over. The players were made uncomfortable, with one telling his father that he feared that if he didn’t pray, he “wouldn’t play so much”. The other coaches weren’t thrilled either. Indeed, school district-sponsored football games were more about Kennedy’s religious practice than football itself.

As it has done with increasing frequency during this term, the court threw out a long-standing precedent for a conservative outcome in Kennedy: Lemon v. Kurtzman, the 1971 case that established a three-part test for compliance with the establishment clause. The new right-wing court, it seems, is not at all interested in upholding the Establishment Clause. By ruling in favor of Kennedy, they have opened the door for any Christian public servant to claim discrimination if limits are placed on their religious expression while performing their duties, and jeopardize any public body that attempts to maintain a separation between the private religious actions of their employees and their own public official actions. And they have made America’s public schools vulnerable to the religious inclinations of their teachers and administrators, which can now be exercised in ways to coerce student participation.

The Supreme Court seems ready to allow this. Why? Because its conservative supermajority has taken a radically expansionist view of the First Amendment’s free exercise clause, interpreting the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion in a way that effectively tramples on the freedoms of others. An emerging trend in conservative thought—supported by a growing body of jurisprudence emanating from the Republican-controlled federal bench—has begun to define what were once considered standard features of the separation of church and state as oppressive discrimination against Christians.

This is an absurd argument, which would not hold water in this court if made by a non-Christian. But Kennedy had a listening ear and a maximalist decision. “It’s protected speech,” Amy Coney Barrett said bluntly of Kennedy’s prayer circles during closing arguments. For Christians, at least, the Supreme Court redefined religious freedom – as a religious privilege.

Darwin Nunez will not replace Sadio Mané but Diogo Jota will https://movsoc.org/darwin-nunez-will-not-replace-sadio-mane-but-diogo-jota-will/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 18:20:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/darwin-nunez-will-not-replace-sadio-mane-but-diogo-jota-will/

Diogo Jota is the one who will truly replace Sadio Mané at Liverpool – not Darwin Nunez or Luis Diaz. The attacker has the specific skill.

Sadio Mane left Liverpool this week in what is the club’s biggest departure for a long time. Yes, Philippe Coutinho’s exit was a big deal, but it is the Reds who lose one of their key players from their most successful side in decades.

And Mané has been a key player in many ways. Mainly he was single because he is a world class footballer. The Senegalese star delivered some of the greatest moments under Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool claimed every trophy.

Then there’s the fact that Mane was Klopp’s first major signing. He was the trigger for it all, the one who brought in the specific skills Liverpool needed to make their new plan work.

But Mané is also unique under Klopp in another way. He has been the go-to when a change is needed in attack, having played every role in the top three during his time at Liverpool. Starting on the right wing, Mané moved to the left when Mohamed Salah arrived.

He was also Roberto Firmino’s cover in the middle as Klopp trusted Mane to play comfortably in any role. This meant that as long as Liverpool had their number 10 available, they could build a world-class attack.

And luckily, they haven’t lost that skill.

Diogo Jota could replace Sadio Mané

Because Mané has moved, it is difficult to say who replaces him. Luis Diaz takes his place on the left wing but the two played side by side last season – so he’s not a substitute.

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However, Darwin Nunez does not really replace him. He’s a completely different type of player – as much replacing and upgrading on Divock Origi as Mané.

Instead, the true Mané’s replacement is Diogo Jota. He is now the one who does not have a defined role in the team and the one who can play all three roles in the future. Mainly known from the left, the Portuguese star has also become a fantastic centre-forward.

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Michael Owen now sees him as a wonderful goalscorer.

“The timing of his runs is absolutely brilliant,” Owen said. Premier League productions. “Very, very dangerous in the air.”

His two feet mean Jota can also play from the right, something Klopp tried more often last season. And that will be incredibly handy because Salah is really the only player in the squad who can play there now that Mane is gone.

Jota may not have quite the same first-team role as Mane, but he will fill that vital all-rounder void.

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Commentary: There’s no doubt — Donald Trump did it | Columnists https://movsoc.org/commentary-theres-no-doubt-donald-trump-did-it-columnists/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 01:15:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/commentary-theres-no-doubt-donald-trump-did-it-columnists/

There are right-wing Republicans who still think Donald Trump sits at the right hand of God.

Some apparently believe he IS God.

They hold this man in reverence even after nationally televised congressional hearings provided evidence that Trump, then President of the United States, was perfectly willing to allow a non-American mob to lynch his supposed friend, Mike. Pence, because the incumbent vice president wouldn’t. violate the law of the country.

This after local and state officials testified that Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, pressured them by jailing them if they didn’t pull thousands more votes out of nowhere to ensure the Republican nominee – and the current president – would be re-elected.

This after Trump, despite repeated pleas from his aides, hesitated to call in the insurgent army that was attacking the Capitol and threatening to kill Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

This after Trump learned he had lost the 2020 election but was determined to stay in power despite the will of the people.

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After all of this, and more, there are Americans who see Donald Trump as a hero rather than the tyrant he is.

Many right-wing Republicans say all of the testimony that has come out in the past two weeks is a lie. Most of those making this claim have not watched any part of the hearings, arguing, as their fearless leader has repeatedly done, that it is all fake news. After all, it’s easier to sustain the lie when you refuse to hear the truth.

These are not vindictive democrats testifying. Instead, nearly all are lifelong Republicans. Many are members of the former president’s own staff. With the exception of Giuliani and attorney John Eastman, nearly everyone in the Trump administration told him, in essence, that there was no voter fraud, that he had lost the election.

The president, either out of ego or mental illness, refused to believe those close to him. Reportedly, he kept crying ‘fraud’ and pulling numbers out of thin air – the number of dead people who voted in Georgia, the number of fraudulent votes in Arizona.

He stood idly by and did nothing while his arrogant supporters threatened state officials who would not break the law and claim fraud where there was none. In taped conversations, he pressured state officials to do his bidding, telling them they would be considered heroes if they broke the law and criminals if they weren’t doing it.

All this is not speculation. All of this is real. The phone calls were recorded at the White House. The threats were investigated by local, state and federal law enforcement officials. From Election Day to January 6, America was besieged by the country’s own president and his dogmatic supporters.

This is not a slam to the Republican Party because, as I said, most of those who have testified have been Republicans. However, these are the men and women who put the interests of the country above the will of the party, and for that they are to be commended.

Wherever the January 6 hearings take us, be it a criminal indictment against Trump or other sanctions, the issue is not resolved. Reportedly, some of those convicted in the Capitol insurrection have already vowed to do the same in 2024 if Trump or a candidate of his choice is not elected.

This is serious, especially since the results of each of the last two presidential elections have incited violence. If you remember, there was fire, looting and robbery in the days after Hillary Clinton was defeated in 2016. America seems to be heading down the dangerous path of a third world country where violence determines its rulers.

Donald Trump is no hero. He is, as the evidence shows, an egomaniac who was more concerned with staying in power than obeying the law. Still, there are those who would like to declare him a saint, and weak Republican candidates who won’t condemn him for fear of losing their elective offices.

Coincidentally, the Watergate hearings were televised last week (it’s the 50th anniversary of the burglaries) and the similarity between Richard Nixon’s actions and Donald Trump’s is strikingly similar. Both men were determined to stay in power at all costs.

The difference was that Nixon was surrounded by lawless staffers. Members of the Trump administration stood up and did the right thing.

Nixon should have been prosecuted but was pardoned by Gerald Ford.

I doubt there is anyone in power who will forgive Donald Trump if he is charged and convicted.

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Curtis’ stance on abortion challenged in campaign worker’s Project Veritas video https://movsoc.org/curtis-stance-on-abortion-challenged-in-campaign-workers-project-veritas-video/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 23:48:45 +0000 https://movsoc.org/curtis-stance-on-abortion-challenged-in-campaign-workers-project-veritas-video/

Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, speaks to reporters during a summit at the Malouf Foundation in Logan on April 17, 2021. Curtis’ position on the state’s “trigger law” on abortion has came into question on Tuesday as a far-right investigative journalism agency captured an alleged member of the Republican congressman’s campaign saying he is “remaining silent” about his beliefs to keep votes going. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Rep. John Curtis’ stance on the state’s abortion “trigger law” came into question on Tuesday as an extreme investigative journalism agency right captured an alleged member of the Republican congressman’s campaign saying that Curtis was “staying silent” about his beliefs. maintain the voices.

But Curtis’ campaign alleges his opponent is behind the group targeting his campaign.

Abortion ban ‘trigger law’

Utah’s trigger law would go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

SB174 would ban abortions in most cases, but it allows exceptions if the mother’s life is in danger, if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or if two physicians who practice “medicine fetomaternal” both determine that the fetus has a severe defect that is uniformly diagnosable and ultimately fatal.

The Veritas Project Report — which is circulating on social media — shows a conversation between an undercover reporter posing as a campaign volunteer and Daniel Stephens, field manager for Curtis’ Provo campaign.

Project Veritas, founded by activist James O’Keefe, has been criticized in the past for its use of deceptively edited videos and undercover operations to entrap or embarrass politicians or media organizations. The Washington Post won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for expose the group’s attempt to deceive the Post writing about a fake victim, which is among other examples in the band’s history of using deception and out-of-context quotes to support right-wing causes.

Curtis is running for re-election in Utah’s 3rd congressional district and is opposed in the Republican primary by Chris Herrod.

According Stephens LinkedIn Profilehe has worked on the Curtis campaign since January.

“He doesn’t like trigger laws. He didn’t say it, that’s the problem,” Stephens said of Curtis in the video.

Asked by the undercover reporter why Curtis can’t say he opposes the Trigger Law, Stephens said: “He’s not going to win. People think we’re a RINO (Republican in name only), and people think we’re an establishment curator.”

The five-minute video is taken from a low angle, and Stephens’ face is somewhat obscured by light from a window behind him.

Curtis denies the allegations

On Wednesday after the video was released, Curtis’ team sent a statement from Curtis released last month in which he expressed dismay at the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade and said he would “welcome a decision overturning Roe v. Wade.”

“Assuming an eventual decision is consistent with this draft, I find cause for celebration. As someone who lived through the five decades of Roe v. Wade, I cannot begin to imagine the totality of the suffering and unspoken cries of the unborn child during this time,” Curtis said in the statement.

He added that he and his wife “mourned the loss of not only the unborn child, but also their unrealized contributions to our world.”

“I would welcome a decision overturning Roe v. Wade and trust lawmakers at all levels of government to pass legislation consistent with their values, which I believe should include the preservation of life,” Curtis said in the press release.

In a statement provided to KSL.com, his campaign spokeswoman Adrielle Herring said Curtis’ voting record “still stands conservative,” and she claimed he had been “pro-life through and through.” end”.

She added that Utah’s trigger law “aligns” with Curtis’ values ​​and “he believes its provisions are appropriate to preserve life.”

Herring further accused Curtis opponent Herrod of “flying to (Washington), D.C. to recruit dishonest organizations to come to Utah and tell Utahns how to vote” and asked him to “stop to bring the swamp to Utah”. She noted that this year marks Herrod’s third run against Curtis for the job.

Herring and another spokesperson did not respond to questions about Stephens’ status in the campaign.

KSL.com reached out to Herrod for comment on Curtis’ campaign claims.

Campaign agent resigns after video

When asked how Curtis maintains his image, Stephens replies in the video, “He stays quiet.”

The campaign worker goes on to say that Curtis switched parties shortly before the 2017 election in order to run as a Republican.

According to reports, Curtis actually reregistered as a Republican in 2006. Curtis, who was previously mayor of Provo, said he switched parties in 2000 to run for a state Senate seat as a Democrat to counter “one-party dominance.” Curtis also served as chairman of the Utah County Democratic Party for one year from 2002 to 2003.

When asked why Curtis switched parties, Stephens said Curtis “saw that it was inefficient to be a Democrat in Utah Valley or Utah County.” Stephens further states that voters in the area are “not ready to do the research, they want it to be easy”.

Several times in the video, the undercover reporter asks leading questions, such as, “So we can manipulate this and use it to win. Do you think people in Utah really notice his policies if he’s a Republican? checked in ?”

“The idealistic part of me wants to say yes, but I know, no,” Stephens says in the video.

Stephens later shares his personal opinion on the trigger law, calling it “restrictive”.

“I don’t think that solves the problems. I think you’re going to come across a lot more unhealthy, marginalized communities that are receiving unproductive care,” he said.

Stephens adds that Curtis “doesn’t like trigger laws”, but when asked if Curtis said that, Stephens said no.

“I don’t usually share that with people,” Stephens said at one point during the recording.

In a press release, Project Veritas notes that he then showed the video to Stephens, in person, in Provo. In a video of this interaction between Project Veritas founder O’Keefe and Stephens, Stephens says the original video is “completely taken out of context.”

He also criticizes Project Veritas’ method of sending a reporter posing as a volunteer, as well as the leading questions asked by the reporter. Stephens also wonders why Project Veritas didn’t include parts of the video that showed him praising Curtis’ work in Congress.

“I’m a 24-year-old who works for a campaign, a field manager, someone who passes out signs, someone who is in charge of the campaign, who makes sure grassroots efforts are moving forward , and you think my comments are exactly what the politician believes,” Stephens said.

But after seeing snippets of the original video, Stephens said, “It’s a shame I said that. I think it was, you know, bad of me. Unfortunately, it associates Congressman John Curtis has a negative image, and that’s on me.”

Stephens then called a campaign manager and tendered his resignation via video. Campaign manager Adrielle Herrings tells O’Keefe that Stephens is not a campaign spokesperson but refuses to speak to O’Keefe in person, according to the video.

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Kuemper fired after allowing 5 goals in the Avs’ 6-2 loss | Sports News https://movsoc.org/kuemper-fired-after-allowing-5-goals-in-the-avs-6-2-loss-sports-news/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 04:44:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/kuemper-fired-after-allowing-5-goals-in-the-avs-6-2-loss-sports-news/

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Colorado not only failed to take control of the Stanley Cup Finals after a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 3 on Monday night, but also found itself with questions on goalkeepers.

Darcy Kuemper, after rarely being tested in a 7-0 Game 2 win on Saturday night that put the Avalanche up 2-0 in the series, was taken off midway through the second after giving up five goals on 22 shots

“I don’t think he had a good night… neither did our team,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.

Kuemper left Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Edmonton with an upper-body injury and was replaced by Pavel Francouz, who was in goal for a four-game sweep against the Oilers .

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There were talks about who would start the Tampa Bay series, but a now healthy Kuemper got the call and things were going well for Colorado until the Lightning returned home for Game 3 and turns the tables on the Avalanche. After being the team that struggled to pressure the Lightning to make mistakes and hold it to 16 shots in Game 2 on Monday night, the Avalanche have been hot on their heels with some number of poor defensive turnovers that saw Kuemper unable to make the big save on Tampa Bay’s ensuing shots. .

“I think it was on us, of course,” Colorado right-winger Mikko Rantanen said of the skaters in front of Kuemper. “Grade-A (scoring chances) in the slot. We know Darcy is a great goaltender and will bounce back.

The end for Kuemper came when Tampa Bay tough Pat Maroon scored 5-2 with a close backhand at 11:15 of the second. The goal came after Colorado defender Josh Manson made an errant pass behind the net.

Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon replied “just shake it” when asked what his message to Kuemper would be.

“He’s been great all year,” added MacKinnon. “Every mistake we made, they took advantage of.”

Francouz, 6-0 this playoffs, allowed one goal on 10 rake shots.

Although Kuemper went 8-3 in the playoffs this year, there was immediate speculation about the goaltender starting Game 4 on Wednesday night.

Almost forgotten is the fact that Colorado leads the series 2-1.

“It’s fun, it’s awesome,” MacKinnon said. “Good or bad, we’re not going to trade places with anyone in the world.”

NOTES: MacKinnon did not score in the series. He had six shots on goal and 13 total shot attempts on Monday, … The Avalanche ended up beating Tampa Bay 39-32. They also blocked 27 shots and missed the net on 13 others.

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How Louis Theroux Became a “Jiggle Jiggle” Sensation at 52 https://movsoc.org/how-louis-theroux-became-a-jiggle-jiggle-sensation-at-52/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 21:16:11 +0000 https://movsoc.org/how-louis-theroux-became-a-jiggle-jiggle-sensation-at-52/

Four or five times a week these days, an old friend will contact Louis Theroux and say, “My daughter keeps running around the house singing your rap” or “My wife was practicing for your rap. in his Pilates class. Passing in front of an elementary school, Mr. Théroux has the feeling of being watched, a feeling confirmed when he hears a kid shouting behind him: “My money don’t jiggle jiggle”.

Her agent fielded dozens of requests for personal appearances and invitations to perform. Mr Theroux, a bookish and somewhat anxious 52-year-old British-American documentary maker, turned them all down, not least because, as he said in a video interview from his London home, “I don’t not try to make it as a rapper.

But in a way, he already has: Mr Theroux is the man behind “Jiggle Jiggle”, a sensation on TikTok and YouTube, where it has been streamed hundreds of millions of times. He delivers the rap in an understated voice that bears traces of his Oxford upbringing, giving a fun cadence to the lines “My money don’t jiggle jiggle, it folds/I’d like to see you wiggle, wiggle, for sure .”