Ringo Starr against homophobia in North Carolina, USA

This music video is called All You Need Is Love – The Beatles (with lyrics).

From CBS in the USA:

Ringo Starr Latest To Cancel North Carolina Concert

April 13, 2016 4:21 PM …

In a news release, the onetime Beatles drummer said he was joining with Bruce Springsteen and other artists as he called off an All Starr Tour show that had been planned for June 18 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina over the law, known as HB2.

“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred,” Starr said in the release. “Spread peace and love.”

Starr’s release said the law “opens the door to discrimination everywhere.”

“How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended,” he said in the release. …

The North Carolina law further bars local governments statewide from prohibiting discrimination in public places based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A new statewide nondiscrimination law doesn’t contain those specific protections.

In announcing the cancellation of his concert, Starr asked his fans to support organizations fighting to overturn the law.

“As Canned Heat sang, ‘Let’s work together.’ And The Beatles said, ‘All you need is love,’” Starr’s release said.

Because of the same law, Springsteen this past Friday announced the cancellation of a concert that had been planned for last Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them,” Springsteen wrote Friday. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.” …

The new law would also make clear local governments can’t require area businesses to pay workers above the current minimum wage, with some exceptions.

Bruce Springsteen against homophobia in North Carolina, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

GOP [Republican] Politician Calls Bruce Springsteen A ‘Bully’ For Caring About Gays

11 April 2016

While many people are cheering Bruce Springsteen’s decision to cancel a North Carolina concert in light of the state’s new anti-LGBT legislation, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) is not one of them.

Read more here.

TENNESSEE PASSES ANTI-LGBT LEGISLATION “Tennessee legislators on Monday passed a bill that could jeopardize access to mental health treatment for LGBT individuals, part of a string of recent anti-LGBT legislation in the South.” [Marina Fang, HuffPost]

Governmental homophobia in North Carolina, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

The Wilmington 10: North Carolina Urged to Pardon Civil Rights Activists Falsely Jailed 40 Years Ago

28 December 2012

As the new year approaches, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue is being urged to pardon a group of civil rights activists who were falsely convicted and imprisoned 40 years ago for the firebombing of a white-owned grocery store. Their conviction was overturned in 1980, but the state has never pardoned them.

We’re joined by one of “The Wilmington Ten,” longtime civil rights activist Benjamin Chavis, who served eight years behind bars before later becoming head of the NAACP. We also speak to James Ferguson, a lead defense attorney for The Wilmington Ten; and to Cash Michaels, coordinator for The Wilmington Ten Pardons of Innocence Project and a reporter for the Wilmington Journal where he has been covering the activists’ case.

By Mollie Reilly, Deputy Politics Editor, The Huffington Post in the USA today:

North Carolina Governor Signs Bill Banning Cities From Protecting LGBT People (UPDATE)

“This is a direct affront to equality, civil rights, and local autonomy.”

03/23/2016 03:21 pm ET

North Carolina’s General Assembly voted Wednesday to block cities and counties from passing protections against LGBT discrimination in a wide-ranging bill that could have enormous implications for the state.

HB 2, which passed in a special session, would set a statewide anti-discrimination policy, banning employers and businesses from discriminating against employees or customers based on their race, color, country of origin, religion, age or “biological sex.” The bill offers no protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and prevents local governments from passing any nondiscrimination policy that goes beyond the statewide standard.

The bill also pre-empts local employment ordinances governing wages, benefits, employee protections and leave policies. It would prevent schools from allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

The measure passed 83-25 in the House of Representatives, and 32-0 in the state Senate. (Senate Democrats walked out of the chamber before the vote.)

Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said he signed the bill Wednesday night.

“This bill essentially repeals 50 years of non-discrimination efforts and gives lawmakers in Raleigh unprecedented control over our city and local governments,” Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue said in a statement. “North Carolina Republicans want to pass what would potentially be the single most discriminatory act in the country. This is a direct affront to equality, civil rights, and local autonomy.”

Republican lawmakers called the state’s General Assembly into a special session with the goal of blocking Charlotte’s anti-discrimination measure from going into effect. That measure, which passed last month in a 7-4 vote, bans businesses from discriminating against customers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. …

Arkansas and Tennessee have laws preventing cities from enacting protections for LGBT people. However, North Carolina’s bill is unprecedented in its scope.

In addition to blocking anti-discrimination protections across the state and imposing standards for single-sex bathrooms, the bill also prevents cities and counties from raising the minimum wage.

The bill would also end anti-discrimination protections for veterans. At least two North Carolina jurisdictions — Greensboro and Orange County — have anti-discrimination ordinances in place banning bias based on military or veteran status. Under the new measure, cities and counties would be prohibited from passing protections for veterans or service members.

Stephen Peters, the Human Rights Campaign’s national press secretary and a Marine Corps veteran, criticized this consequence of the bill.

“Thousands of LGBT veterans have fought to secure our freedom, only to have the rug pulled out from under them by the North Carolina legislature’s willingness to wipe protections for local veterans off the books,” he said in a statement. “Gov. McCrory must take a stand for fairness and equality for all and veto any bill that would increase the risk of discrimination.”

During debate, state Rep. Grier Martin (D) introduced an amendment that would add protections for veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity to the bill. Rep. Paul Stam (R), a veteran, argued he doesn’t think it’s necessary to protect veterans from discrimination — despite reports to the contrary. The assembly voted to table the amendment.

HB 2 drew immediate rebuke from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper (D), who is challenging McCrory in the fall.

“North Carolina is better than this,” Cooper said in a video statement. “Discrimination is wrong, period. That North Carolina is putting discrimination into the law is shameful.”

United States Ted Cruz-ite preacher wants girl scout leaders killed

This video from the USA says about itself:

Ted Cruz at KILL THE GAYS rally

13 December 2015

Ted Cruz attended the National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa in November. Infamous “Kill-the-gays” pastor Kevin Swanson introduced Cruz to the stage.

By Curtis M. Wong in the USA:

Pastor Wants Girl Scout Leaders To Be Executed For Supporting Gays

“Frozen” foe Kevin Swanson has set his sights on another big American icon.

03/15/2016 03:52 pm ET

After he blasted the hit Disney film “Frozen” and the Harry Potter books for being too “pro-gay,” Pastor Kevin Swanson has now set his sights on the Girl Scouts of America.

Swanson, who is a pastor at the Reformation Church of Elizabeth, Colorado, slammed the Girl Scouts for promoting “lesbianism, abortion and contraception for 14-year-old girls” among its participants on Monday’s installment of his weekly radio show, “Generations with Kevin Swanson,” Right Wing Watch first reported.

He then implied that scout leaders should be put to death, specifically by having “a millstone be hanged” around their necks and “drowned at the bottom of the sea,” for their actions toward young girls.

“Jesus means what he says. You’ve got to take what he says, and you have to apply it,” he said. “Don’t train your little girls to be feminists.”  …

Later in the broadcast, Swanson praised evangelist Franklin Graham, who has publicly vowed not to buy Girl Scout cookies this year because of the scouting organization’s “support of transgender rights and homosexuality.”

“I’m just thankful that, finally, another protestant leader is willing to stand up against this American icon that has been used as a tool of the left for many, many decades,” Swanson said.

As easy as it may seem to just laugh off the pastor’s claims, Swanson has been dominating headlines with his outrageous views since the start of the 2016 U.S. election cycle. In November 2015, he was the chief organizer behind the National Religious Liberties Conference, which was attended by Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.

It was at the conference that Swanson delivered his tirade against Harry Potter in a convoluted speech, pointing to author J.K. Rowling‘s 2007 revelation that she always thought of Dumbledore the wizard as a gay man.

If there were any lingering doubts about where his political allegiances lie, Swanson has also argued that Hillary Clinton will turn children gay if she’s elected.

When it comes to Swanson’s wrath, it seems like no American icon will be spared.

Ted Cruz’s New Adviser Is Even More Anti-Muslim Than Donald Trump. Here are some of the most Islamophobic theories spun out of the mind of Frank Gaffney: here.

A top Ted Cruz donor runs a company accused of stealing seniors’ Social Security, Medicare, and VA checks. (Sarah Posner, HuffPost)

Disgraced Televangelist Jim Bakker Compares Bernie Sanders To Hitler. Huh?!? Here.

After blaming gays, UKIP blames refugees for British flooding

This video from Britain says about itself:

7 December 2015

Schools, hospital services and travel have been disrupted after Storm Desmond brought winds, torrential rain and flooding to parts of the UK. This footage of the floods and the damage caused was shot over the last two days and is from members of the public who have given the BBC permission to use it. It has been confirmed that a new record was set for the amount of rain that fell in Cumbria in a 24-hour period.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Ukip candidate links flooding caused by Storm Desmond with Syrian refugees

Stephen Poulter mused on whether the arrival of Syrian refugees could have triggered the severe weather

Lizzie Dearden

8 December 2015

A former Ukip candidate has linked the devastation wreaked by Storm Desmond with the arrival of Syrian refugees in Britain.

Stephen Poulter, who claims to be one of the Eurosceptic party’s first members and unsuccessfully stood in this year’s local elections in Basingstoke, Hampshire, has a photo with Nigel Farage as his Facebook profile picture.

He had called for support for affected families on the social networking site before musing on the possible cause of flooding in northern England and Scotland.

“Now, I am not religious in any way. But it seems funny that the so called refugees have been sent up north from the Syrian Camps,” Mr Poulter wrote on Facebook.

“Is’nt it funny that as soon as they do. The floods start up that way. I wonder????? (sic)” …

One commenter Mr Poulter for his “good point”, wondering if the severe weather was an “omen of things to come”, but not all of his followers seemed to appreciate his apparent allusion to divine punishment for the arrival of asylum seekers. …

“We still have anti-UKIPers posting David Silvester “gay flood” jokes about us. What in the name of bloody hell good do you think this will do?!”

Mr Silvester, then a Ukip councillor for Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, was suspended from the party for making his now infamous comments in 2014.

Having quit the Conservative Party in protest at David Cameron’s support for same-sex marriage, he blamed the passage of the law for devastating floods in England.

“I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same sex marriage Bill,” Mr Silvester said. …

The Independent has approached Mr Poulter for a comment.

Why does UKIP look for ridiculous supposed ’causes’ for the flooding in Britain? Why does it not look for far more probable causes?

One cause is global warming. And UKIP are global warming denialists (like the now almost defunct neo-fascists of the British Nazi … oops, ‘National’ Party).

Among other causes are rich landlord toffs, burning peatland for grouse shooting, thus releasing water much quicker than usually, causing floods below the landlords’ hunting grounds. And UKIP much prefers to have a conflict with LGBTQ people, or with poor refugees, to having a conflict with rich toff grouse (and hen harrier) killers.