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November 2017
It's not only free speech faultlines at ordinary universities..

Quote:Liberty University, the evangelical Christian college founded by the late political firebrand and Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell, removed visiting anti-Trump evangelical author Jonathan Martin from its campus and its president announced he would be permanently barred. Martin, a longtime critic of Liberty University’s close association with the Trump administration, was visiting the Lynchburg, Virginia, campus earlier this week as a guest of Johnnyswim, a band that was performing on campus, and had planned to host a prayer meeting with like-minded students the following morning. Instead, Martin told Vox, armed security guards escorted him out of the backstage area following the show.

Since the younger Falwell took over Liberty in 2007, the university has expanded. Its assets have grown from $100 million to $1.7 billion, and on-campus enrollment has spiked from 9,600 to about 14,000 (over 100,000 students take additional courses online). This has made Liberty, and by extension Falwell, an even more powerful voice in American evangelicalism.

The younger Falwell has historically had little tolerance for dissent among faculty. Last year, Mark DeMoss, longtime confidant and chief of staff of Falwell Sr., was forced to resign from Liberty’s board of trustees after criticizing the younger Falwell’s choice to personally endorse Trump for president. In 2015, Falwell rescinded the invitation of Jonathan Merritt, an alumnus of the school currently at the Atlantic, to speak on campus as a result of some articles critical of Liberty, telling him, “You don't seem to remember who your friends are.”
Liberty University booted an anti-Trump Christian author from campus - Vox
Quote:Speaking with "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said that there's a "special place in hell" for child molesters, and said that Moore "has to do more explaining than he has done so far." But, he argued that the timing of the allegations made him think that "we here in Washington have to be careful as well in this."

"It's interesting," Bannon said this week. "The Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped that dime on Donald Trump, is the same Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped the dime this afternoon on Judge Roy Moore."
Trump administration officials distance themselves from Roy Moore - Business Insider

Yes, you always have to be careful with accusations that are not proven, but there is nothing suspect about the timing (which is what Judge Moore's defenders use as argument to dismiss the allegations out of hand or even veer into conspiracy theory like Bannon):
  • Was the timing of Weinstein's or Spacey's accusations suspect? Not more so.
  • In fact, the explosion of harassment cases in the news is likely what has provoked women to come forward now.

Quote:Nearly 40 percent of Alabama evangelicals said in a new poll that they are more likely to vote for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore following allegations of sexual misconduct against him. A JMC analytics poll found that 37 percent of evangelicals surveyed said the allegations make them more likely to vote for the GOP Senate candidate in the upcoming election.
Poll: 37 percent of Alabama evangelicals more likely to vote for Moore after allegations | TheHill
Where do you find these people..

Quote:Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday criticized Republicans for distancing themselves from Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, while saying that Moore was a Democrat at the time he allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with teenage girls. “Did you know that before 1992, when a lot of this was going on, that Judge Moore was a Democrat?” Limbaugh said on his radio show. “Nobody said a word.” “When he supposedly was attracted to inappropriately-aged girls — he was a Democrat,” Limbaugh added.
Limbaugh: Moore was a Democrat at time of sexual misconduct allegations | TheHill

Quote:In a rambling interview on Wednesday morning, Roy Moore’s attorney, Trenton Garmon, tried to explain and defend the way Moore is responding to various accusations of sexually abusing young girls. When hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle asked why Moore would need to ask a girl’s parents for permission to date her, Garmon suggested that Velshi comes from a “diverse background” and could not understand Alabama culture. “Culturally speaking, obviously there’s differences,” Garmon began. “I looked up Ali’s background there, and wow, that’s awesome you’ve got such a diverse background. It’s really cool to read through that.” Before he could continue, Ruhle pounced, demanding to know what Velshi’s background has to do with dating 14-year-old girls. “In other countries, there’s arrangement through parents for what we would refer to as consensual marriage —” “Ali’s from Canada,” Ruhle countered.
Roy Moore’s attorney claims MSNBC host is too ‘diverse’ to understand Alabama dating norms – ThinkProgress
Quote:The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday on Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett’s nomination to a federal appeals court. Two decades earlier, however, Willett questioned the need for laws protecting women against discrimination in a memo to his boss, then-Gov. George W. Bush (R-TX). The memo mocked the policy positions of the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women, which Bush planned to praise in an official proclamation. “Issue-wise,” Willett wrote regarding the Texas women’s group, “they support the ERA, affirmative action, abortion rights, legislation adding teeth to the Equal Pay Act, etc. and they regularly line up with the AFL-CIO and similar groups.”

The future judicial nominee also urged Bush to strip language from the proclamation supporting women’s right to receive equal pay for equal work, as well as their right to be free from sexual harassment in the workplace. “I resist the proclamation’s talk of ‘glass ceilings,’ pay equity (an allegation that some studies debunk), the need to place kids in the care of rented strangers, sexual discrimination/harassment, and the need generally for better ‘working conditions’ for women (read: more government).”
Here’s how a Trump judicial nominee really feels about laws protecting women against discrimination – ThinkProgress
What does this act of self-denial tell you?

Quote:A vocally anti-LGBTQ lawmaker has resigned his position after being caught having sex with another man. Wesley Goodman, a Republican Ohio state representative serving his first term, resigned earlier this week after it came to light that he’d engaged in “inappropriate behavior” of a sexual nature with another man earlier this autumn. Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger confirmed the incident in a statement: “I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations. “It became clear that his resignation was the most important course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.”

Another Washington Post story suggests this is not the first time Republican lawmakers have been made aware of Goodman’s private sexual behavior, and that not all of his behavior has been consensual in nature. According to documents and correspondence obtained by the Post, Tony Perkins — of the conservative Christian Family Research Council — had privately urged Goodman to drop out of the Ohio state representative race following reports that he had fondled an 18-year-old at a campaign fundraiser, alongside other similar incidents.
Anti-LGBTQ lawmaker resigns over gay sex scandal - Vox
Quote:Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai is going on the offensive in his attempt to allow corporations to carve up the internet for cash. On Tuesday Pai claimed that tech companies were being hypocritical by advocating for net neutrality while they “block or discriminate against content they don’t like” — specifically conservative content. According to Pai, “Edge providers” like Google and Facebook pose a much bigger threat to a free, open internet then the FCC’s planned repeal of net neutrality, because they discriminate against differing viewpoints. He singled out Twitter, claiming that the company had a “double-standard when it comes to suspending or de-verifying conservative users’ accounts as opposed to those of liberal users.”

But the unspecified “conservatives” that Pai was referring to weren’t conservatives at all — they were neo-Nazis and white supremacists, to whom Twitter finally got around to banning and de-verifying on November 16, following a storm of criticismAmong those accounts were people like Jason Kessler, who organized the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that left one counter-protester dead; neo-Nazi Richard Spencer; and the far-right founder of the English Defense League, Tommy Robinson. Twitter also permanently banned far-right troll Baked Alaska, who tried to return to the site using a new account. ThinkProgress discovered and reported on that new account and Twitter subsequently banned him once more.

What makes Pai’s comments even more ironic is that many conservatives actually loathe the FCC’s plan, believing, like progressives, that a net neutrality repeal would only lead to increased corporate control of the internet and stifle the creativity that allowed websites to bloom from dorm-room start-ups into products used all over the world. As The Intercept reported, commenters on Breitbart, the Daily Caller, and the Blaze — three popular right-wing websites — were all incensed over the FCC plan, with one poster calling the repeal “a heist and a hijacking” and another describing the plan as “the opposite of a free market.” Even Trump acolyte Julian Assange tweeted in support of net neutrality..
Trump’s FCC chairman says Twitter banning Nazis is an attack on the conservative movement – ThinkProgress

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