NBC News reports that James Alex Fields Jr., who drove his car into a crowd protesting white supremacists at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, has been sentence to life in prison.
James Alex Fields Jr. pleaded guilty to 29 of 30 hate crime charges in March in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty for murdering civil rights activist Heather Heyer and injuring more than 30 others when he intentionally mowed them down on a side street with his car on Aug. 12, 2017.
The 30th charge, which included a possible death sentence, was dropped. U.S. Attorney General William Barr directed and permitted prosecutors not to seek the death penalty.
Prosecutors have said that Fields has shown no remorse for the violence and had a history of racist and anti-Semitic behavior.
James Alex Fields, driver in deadly car attack at Charlottesville rally, sentenced to life in prison Fields pleaded guilty to 29 of 30 federal hate crime charges in March. Image: James Alex Fields Jr. James Alex Fields Jr. at the Unite the Right rally pic.twitter.com/gPadLikCeU— Lynnette (@Lynnett72514891) June 28, 2019
According to reports, Fields admired Adolf Hitler keeping a photo of the German dictator next to his bed.
A former classmate of Fields testified during his trial that on a high school trip to a German concentration camp, Fields said aloud, “This is where the magic happened.”
This isn’t the end of legal troubles for Fields, though.
He has also been convicted on state charges, including first-degree murder, five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three counts of malicious wounding and one hit and run count for injuring dozens of others with his vehicle.
He has a sentencing hearing set on July 15 regarding those charges.
The jury in that case has reportedly recommended life in prison plus 419 years.
Former Superman star Dean Cain found himself struggling to answer why he’s speaking at the virulently anti-LGBTQ convention, the so-called ‘Values Voter Summit’ hosted by the hate group, Family Research Council.
GLAAD took to Twitter to ask Cain why he’s appearing at the hate rally.
Cain got a little annoyed at being called out.
Check it out below.
👋 @RealDeanCain – We know that you’ve professed your support for LGBTQ people in the past, so why are you speaking at an event hosted by the anti-LGBTQ activists at @FRCdc? #VVS18
FRC actively supports so-called “conversion therapy.” Their senior fellow @spriggfrc has testified in support of it in New Hampshire, Washington DC, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Just look at his recent tweets: https://t.co/SVWeOhUp0y
Here’s the thing, @RealDeanCain: Allies should not turn a blind eye to the people, groups, and rhetoric that propel this event. There is no event on the calendar that is more rabidly against LGBTQ people and our rights. #VVS18
I’m not there to do anything other than discuss the film, GOSNELL. And I’m pro-choice. That will probably take-up the bulk of the time. I’m not there to preach or to lecture—I hope they ask about my support for gay rights. I haven’t studied their record.
Over the weekend, Kevin Swanson hosted Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
While Swanson has made some pretty insane remarks in the past, this speech verges on performance art. To call this a ‘meltdown’ would be polite.
Check this speech Swanson gave at the conference after interviewing Huckabee and Jindal.
“There are families, we’re talking Christian families, pastors’ families, elders’ families from good, godly churches, whose sons are rebelling, hanging out with homosexuals and getting married and the parents are invited. What would you do if that was the case? Here is what I would do: sackcloth and ashes at the entrance to the church and I’d sit in cow manure and I’d spread it all over my body. That is what I would do and I’m not kidding, I’m not laughing….I’m grieving, I’m mourning, I’m pointing out the problem.
“It’s not a gay time! These are the people with the sores! The gaping sores! The sores that are pussey and gross, and people are coming in and carving happy faces on the sores! That’s not a nice thing to do! Don’t you DARE carve happy faces on open pussey sores! Don’t you ever do that! Don’t you ever do that!
“I tell you don’t do it. Sack cloth and ashes. This is what America needs. America needs to hear the message. We are messed up.
Swanson has often underlined his stone-cold belief that the Old and New Testaments call for the death penalty for gays and lesbians. Not as a metaphor, but literally the execution of folks like me.
And what’s really frightening is Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee were proud to speak at this man’s event.
The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams took one more look at the haters who trolled outside the Supreme Court during last week’s oral arguments for marriage equality.
“With the Supreme Court likely ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, chances are this would be the last hurrah for the Hate Class of 2015, Before they moved on to the real world. I wanted to commemorate them.” Watch the clip below:
Steven Hotze speaks at Janet Porter’s “Restrain the Judges” press conference in front of the Supreme Court where they delivered “restraining orders” to the Supreme Court demanding that the justices not hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.
The activists, including Scott Lively, Peter LaBarbera and Bill Owens, also announced that they were filing a motion asking Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to recuse themselves from the case because they, in Lively’s words, “deliberately officiated at so-called homosexual wedding ceremonies.”
Steven Hotze of Conservative Republicans of Texas, a Roy Moore acolyte who has been advocating for a bill in his state barring the use of funds to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples if the state’s marriage ban is struck down, declared that gay marriage is “not a marriage, it’s a mirage, because it’s counterfeit, it’s a lie, it’s untrue.”
A decision in favor of marriage equality, he warned, “would force individuals to have to condone, accept, even celebrate sexual immorality among certain elements of the population and teach it to the children.”
“It would criminalize Christianity,” he added. “The pastors would be forced to have to marry those of the same-sex.”
They are literally making lies up now. Bald-faced lies. Not one LGBT activist has ever said pastors should be forced to officiate a same-sex wedding. Nor has anyone raised the idea of “criminalizing Christianity.”
But they just keep lying and lying and lying.
Ignore them, please. Just be aware of this kind of negativity and hate exists.
In advance of his hate rally tomorrow outside the chamber of the Charlotte City Council, David Benham pens this op-ed published by the Charlotte Observer.
“Do you enjoy the freedom to live according to your conscience without being forced to promote ideas or behaviors contrary to your convictions? Do you believe men should be prohibited from using women’s restrooms? Should a gay T-shirt maker be forced to create anti-gay marriage T-shirts? Should a Muslim baker be mandated to make a gay wedding cake? That’s exactly what this ordinance will do if passed. There are two obvious and disturbing common sense aspects to this provision. First, by allowing transgendered males to enter women’s restrooms our City is forcing all women, including mothers and daughters, to be put in uncomfortable situations in the privacy of bathrooms, locker and shower rooms.
“Second, it opens the door for male heterosexual predators to pose as women under the guise of being transgender. Remember, being transgendered is a psychological state of mind that anyone can claim, no matter what clothes they wear. From Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Olympia, Wash., there are real examples of heterosexual men dressing like women and entering women’s rooms with intent to commit crimes. Historically, civil rights have never been provided to protect behaviors or psychological states of mind.”
Speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters convention, David Benham also revealed he had found the “cure” to homosexuality:
“We had so many people from the gay community reaching out to us and one man in particular from the city of Chicago reached out — and he said things to me that made me lose my appetite,” said Said David Benham to a crowd at the National Religious Broadcasters convention recently. “But I simply responded in love.”
“After a little conversation back and forth, I found out he loved baseball … and I got him tickets to a Cubs game,” Benham continued. “He shot me a Facebook post and said, ‘I was not expecting that — and I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I’ve chosen to walk away from my lifestyle.’”
There. Like magic. Tickets to a Cubs game. Who’d have ever thought?
Via JoeMyGod, check out the “huge” turnout for the Foundation For Moral Law’s hate rally this morning on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol.
Not thousands. Not even a hundred.
To be honest, this is probably a very representational photo of the opposition to same-sex marriage in the US. You basically have a tiny, fringe minority of haters, like these folks, who make the noise.