Roy Moore Campaign: You Can’t Serve In Congress As Muslim Because You Have To Be Sworn In With A Bible

Wait.

Seriously.

You’ve got to check out Roy Moore campaign spokesman Ted Crockett, who was left speechless when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked him about Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s claim that Muslims cannot serve in Congress because the oath of office requires swearing on a bible.

Jake Tapper: “You don’t actually have to swear on a Christian bible. You can swear on anything, really. The law is not that you do have to swear on a Christian bible. That is not the law. You don’t know that?”

Crockett: (pause, pause, pause….) “I know that Donald Trump did it when we made him president.”

Tapper: “Because he’s Christian and he picked it. That’s what he wanted to swear in on.”

Umm – freedom of religion? First Amendment?

Watch below.

And then there’s his response when asked if Roy Moore believes if homosexual conduct should be illegal. Watch below.

Congrats, Alabama! Here’s your team. This is classic ‘crash and burn’ stuff.

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Review Trump Muslim Travel Ban

The Supreme Court announced today that it will review the constitutionality of President Trump’s revised Muslim travel ban this fall.

The decision includes allowing part of the ban to go into effect.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Trump’s revised executive order, issued in March, limited travel from six mostly Muslim countries for 90 days and suspended the nation’s refugee program for 120 days. The time was needed, the order said, to address gaps in the government’s screening and vetting procedures.

Two federal appeals courts have blocked critical parts of the order.

The administration had asked that the the lower-court ruling be stayed while the case moves forward. The court granted part of that request in its unsigned opinion.

“We grant the government’s applications to stay the injunctions, to the extent the injunctions prevent enforcement of” Mr. Trump’s executive order “with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., ruled last month that the limits on travel from the six countries violated the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion. Relying on Mr. Trump’s statements during the presidential campaign, where he called for a “Muslim ban,” the court said the order “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, recently blocked both the limits on travel and the suspension of the refugee program. It ruled on statutory rather than constitutional grounds, saying Mr. Trump had exceeded the authority granted him by Congress.

So, if you are a foreign national in one of those six Muslim-majority countries with a close family member in the United States, or a job offer from an American company, or an invitation to lecture an American audience, or an offer of admission from an American university, you can obtain a visa.

If you have no concrete ties or true business connection to the U.S., the Trump ban can keep you out of the U.S.

What I don’t understand is: the purpose of the ban was to give the Trump administration 90 days to examine immigration processes. I’m assuming they’ve been doing this review anyway? By October we’ll be long past 90 days. By October shouldn’t the review be concluded and immigration rules adjusted?

Trump Silent On Terrorist Attack Targeting Muslims

Terrible attack this morning in London leaving 10 dead.

Via CNN:

A man arrested after a van plowed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London is now being held on suspicion of terrorism offenses, police say.

A man died and 10 people were injured in the assault, the latest in a series of terror attacks to hit the UK this year.

The 47-year-old white man was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and then arrested at the scene, officials said.

Eyewitnesses reported chaotic scenes as the incident unfolded just after midnight, when evening Ramadan prayers had finished.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was directed at Muslims and condemned it as “every bit as sickening” as deadly Islamist attacks that hit the country in recent months.

President Trump, who usually leaps to his Twitter account to denounce terrorist attacks, has been strangely silent this morning.

But then, the targets here appear to be Muslims, and Trump does have a history of moving slowly in terms of standing up for the Muslim community.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Nationwide Ban On Trump’s Travel Ban

Get ready for a new Twitter rant from Donald Trump.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Virginia, has upheld an injunction against President Trump’s travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries.

The executive order would have banned people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days.

As I recall, the point of the “ban” was to give the Trump administration time to examine ways to improve national security. But, hasn’t it been more than 90 days by now anyway? Haven’t they figured out what it was they wanted to figure out?

The ruling notes that Trump’s executive order “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

See the text below.

Newt Gingrich Says Muslims Should Be Tested And Deported

In the wake of yesterday’s deadly massacre in Nice, France, Newt Gingrich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he believes “every person who is of a Muslim background” should be tested to see whether they “believe in sharia,” and if so, those Muslims should be deported.

Gingrich went on to say that anyone who visits a website that favors ISIS, for whatever reason, should be convicted of a felony. So, if you click over to a website just to see what kind of crazy they are serving, you go to jail.

This is some seriously whack stuff, kids.

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It’s notable that Donald Trump’s newly-minted running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has openly opposed demonizing Muslims in America.

Donald Trump Would “Look Into” Continuing Tradition Of LGBT Pride Proclamation

ABC News’ Jon Karl asked the presumptive Republican nominee if he would continue some of the minority outreach that the Obama administration has conducted the past 8 years including presidential proclamations for LGBT Pride month and hosting Ramadan dinner with Muslims:

Trump then went on to argue that he is stronger on the issue than is presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, because he says that she has accepted money from countries that do not respect gay rights through the Clinton Foundation.

“I’m better for women and I’m better for gays. I am better for a lot of people and I think people are starting to see that,” Trump said.

Trump also indicated to Karl that he’d be open to continuing the tradition of hosting an Iftar dinner in celebration of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, as both President Obama and Bush have done.

“It wouldn’t bother me. It wouldn’t bother me,” Trump said. “It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought to but it wouldn’t bother me.”

Note how Trumpster repeats everything he says. Strange tick, isn’t it?

Of course, what the Donald isn’t repeating here is that he’s told right wing Republicans and pundits that if he were elected he would make nominations to the Supreme Court that would tilt the court far right which could lead to overturning marriage equality in the future. Trump has already stated he isn’t in favor of same-sex marriage.

And I’m sure Muslim hear a lot of “hospitality” in the phrase “it wouldn’t bother me.” How very welcoming.

UK Citizens Petitions Parliament To Bar Donald Trump From Country

Over 200,000 UK citizens have petitioned Parliament asking MPs to debate barring Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump from entering their country over his proposed policy of barring Muslims from the United States:

A petition calling for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be barred from entering UK has gathered more than 200,000 names, so MPs will have to consider debating the issue.

The petition went on Parliament’s e-petition website on Tuesday. It was posted in response to Mr Trump’s call for a temporary halt on Muslims entering the United States.

Chancellor George Osborne criticised Mr Trump’s comments but rejected calls for him to be banned from the UK. Any petition with more than 100,000 signatures is automatically considered for debate in Parliament.

But remember – if he’s elected president (oh my sides…) we’ll be “respected” around the world.

Riiiiiight.

White House: Donald Trump’s Toxic Rhetoric Is Disqualifying

From Bloomberg Business:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest addressed Donald Trump’s proposal on temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S. at a news conference on Tuesday.

He said Trump’s rhetoric is toxic and offensive, calling out Republican presidential candidates for not condemning the billionaire.

“What he said is disqualifying and any Republican who’s too fearful of the Republican base to admit it has no business serving as president either,” the press secretary said.