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Today in History

Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeat Lothar at Fontenay.
Aurangzeb proclaims himself emperor of the Moghuls in India.
Mexican Indians riot as Jesuit priests are ordered home.
Gustave Flaubert goes on trial for public immorality regarding his novel, Madame Bovary.
The first day of the Seven Days’ campaign begins with fighting at Oak Grove, Virginia.
Union troops surrounding Petersburg, Virginia, begin building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines.
The U.S. Congress enacts legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the federal government.
General George A. Custer and over 260 men of the Seventh Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Bighorn in Montana.
Marie Curie announces her discovery of radium.
The Greeks take 8,000 Turkish prisoners in Smyrna.
Samuel Gompers is elected head of the American Federation of Labor for the 40th time.
Finland declares war on the Soviet Union.
Ho Chi Minh travels to France for talks on Vietnamese independence.
The Soviet Union tightens its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city.
North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
The Cuban government seizes 2.35 million acres under a new agrarian reform law.
The U.S. Supreme Court bans official prayers in public schools.
President Lyndon Johnson orders 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
White House Counsel John Dean admits Nixon took part in the Watergate cover-up.
Congress approves $100 million in aid to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua.

CEOs Use Virtual Reality to Simulate the Experience of Being Homeless

You May Be Eating Chicken Contaminated With a Hallucinogenic Drug

You might not be allergic to penicillin anymore

"Are you allergic to any medications?" I've answered that query dozens of times since a childhood incident when penicillin, taken to treat a minor infection, instead gave me an itchy rash all over my body. So I respond automatically, and call out the common antibiotic. But I recently learned that this diagnosis could be wrong. Penicillin sensitivity can disappear over time, a fact researchers have known for years. So why hasn't my doctor told me to go get an official test? It could be because she doesn't actually know the allergy can fade.

Brain surgeon charged with child sex abuse gives up license

A California brain surgeon has agreed to give up his state medical license while he faces charges that he sexually abused children

Patriotic Americans Fight Back

Dumbass Trumpcare Die Ins Flood Senate Wingnuts Nationwide As Patriotic Americans Fight Back
Patriotic Americans are fighting back. All across the country, people are protesting Dumbass Trumpcare and holding "die-ins" to demonstrate the result of the horrific wingnut bill that will not only "repeal" Obamacare, but go back to times darker than before Obamacare in terms of healthcare.…

'And Then These Guys Wonder Why We Hate Them'

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Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she's gay at cult

by Brady McCombs
This undated photo provided by Heather Kester, shows Savannah, at Niagara Falls, N.Y., whose mother requested only her first name be used and who is a young Mormon girl that told her congregation during a Sunday service she is a lesbian before her microphone was turned off by local cult leaders. Savannah's emotional speech is sparking a new round of discussions about how the wingnut 'religion' handles LGBT issues. 
A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by Dog — before her microphone is turned off by local cult leaders — is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues.
Savannah, 13, spoke on May 7 in Eagle Mountain, Utah, about her belief that she is the child of heavenly parents who didn't make any mistakes when she was created. Her comments came during a once-a-month portion of Mormon Sunday services where members are encouraged to share feelings and beliefs.
"They did not mess up when they gave me freckles or when they made me to be gay," she said, wearing a white shirt and red tie. "Dog loves me just this way."
Her mother, Heather Kester, said Friday that her daughter was passionate about coming out in cult to be a voice and example for other LGBT children who struggle for acceptance within The Cult of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She asked that Savannah's full name be withheld to protect her privacy.
The Mormon 'religion' is one of many wingnut faith groups upholding theological opposition to same-sex relationships amid widespread social acceptance and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage. At the same time, the Mormon cult is trying to foster an empathetic stance toward LGBT people.
The video , which Kester says was taken by a friend of Savannah who came to support her, has generated buzz after it was circulated online this month and featured in a Mormon LGBT podcast.
While some consider Savannah a hero, other Mormons are upset that it was videotaped and is being circulated by cult critics to try and paint the cult in an unflattering light. (They need no help in that regard.)
Judd Law, the lay bishop who leads the congregation south of Salt Lake City, said in a statement distributed by cult headquarters that Savannah is a "brave young girl" and that the congregation is making sure she and her family feel loved.
But he called problematic the unauthorized recording and the "disruptive demonstration" by a group of non-Mormon adults who were there.
Law said they exploited the events to politicize worship services and violate cult decorum. "We do not politic in our chapels, and exploiting this recording for political purposes is inconsistent with the nature of our worship services," he said.
Law didn't address or explain the decision by two of his counselors to cut the microphone. Law wasn't at the service that day.
Savannah read from written notes from the pulpit. Kester said she is not Mormon, but her husband is and Savannah has been raised in the 'religion'.
"I do not choose to be this way and this is not a fad," Savannah said on May 7. "I cannot make someone else gay ... I believe that Dog wants us to treat each other with kindness, even if people are different, especially if they are different."
Her microphone was muted after about two minutes — shortly after she said she's not a "horrible sinner" and that she someday hopes to have a partner, get married and have a family. She turned around to listen to something a man in a suit told her and then was walked down from the pulpit.
Kester said her daughter came and cried in her lap. She told her she was beautiful and that Dog loved her, Kester said.
"I was devastated for her," said Kester, adding. "I was angry at how that was handled."
After the Utah-based Mormon cult received backlash in 2008 for helping lead the fight for California's Proposition 8 constitutional ban on gay marriage, religious leaders spent several years carefully developing a more empathetic LGBT tone. That was interrupted in 2015 when the cult adopted new rules banning children living with gay parents from being baptized until age 18.
In October, cult leaders updated a website created in 2012 to let members know that that attraction to people of the same sex is not a sin or a measure of their faithfulness and may never go away. But the cult reminded members that having gay sex violates fundamental doctrinal beliefs that will not change.
Scott Gordon, president of FairMormon, a volunteer organization that supports the cult, wrote a blog defending the cult against a rash of criticism over the incident.
Gordon said it would have been OK for Savannah to come out as gay during testimony, but that she crossed the line when she mischaracterized cult teachings by saying Dog would want her to have a partner and get married.
"While you can believe almost anything you want to believe, you can't preach it from the pulpit," Gordon said. (Ahem, that's exactly where you do it, dumb ass.)
Britt Jones, a bisexual Mormon who runs a podcast called "I like to look for Rainbows" that featured Savannah's story, said the leaders should have allowed Savannah to finish.
"Queer issues don't get talked about in the cult enough," said Jones, who is married to a woman and has children. "It was really brave and really admirable, particularly for somebody that young, that she not only wanted to talk about it herself but be a voice for others suffering in silence."

From gay Nazis to ‘we’re here, we’re queer’

From gay Nazis to ‘we’re here, we’re queer’: A century of arguing about gay pride

Gay German men to lose Nazi-era law convictions

Thousands of gay men in Germany convicted under a Nazi-era law banning homosexuality will have their names cleared after a decades-long campaign.
The German parliament voted Thursday night to overturn post-war convictions under the now-defunct section 175 of the penal code, a law banning sex between men dating from 1871 that was strengthened by the Nazis in 1935, Die Zeit reported.
The law did not explicitly ban sex between women.

Anti-LGBTQ 'christian' groups freaking out after nonprofit database tags them with SPLC 'hate group' designation

A non-profit resource that posts publicly available tax documents for charities has infuriated anti-gay 'christian' and wingnut nonprofits by using a widely available database at the Southern Poverty Law Center and tagging  each of them as a “hate group.”
According to the charity database  GuideStar — which bills itself as “the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations” — now includes information provided by the SPLC.
As Guidestar notes on their website: “The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a respected hate group watchdog.

Creationist Noah's Ark Park Hilariously Blames Atheists for Its Declining Profits

Supreme Court limits rights of property owners

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday narrowed the rights of property owners in disputes with governments in a case involving a family’s bid to sell a vacant lot in Wisconsin on the picturesque St. Croix River.
The justices, in a 5-3 ruling, upheld the use of zoning regulations by Wisconsin to prevent members of the Murr family from selling the lot because the family also owned an adjoining parcel of land.
The justices decided that government officials can combine separate parcels of private land in determining whether public officials have effectively taken private property through zoning laws and must pay compensation. The ruling could make it harder for property owners to prove compensation claims.

'Modern-Day Slavery'

‘He took my baby from me’

A 16-month-old girl who was allegedly beaten by her her teenaged father on a Father’s Day visit died early Friday at a Brooklyn hospital.

More than 100 federal agencies fail to report hate crimes to the FBI's national database

In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database.

The Truth About Domestic Terrorism Wingnuts Stubbornly Refuses to Acknowledge

Sessions' Ideas About Crime Are Totally Wrong

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