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‘If we settle for permission, we will never have liberty again’

Stacey Shiflett — pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Dundalk, Maryland — on Tuesday read from an “intimidating” cease-and-desist letter he said he received from Baltimore County’s Department of Health and Human Services, warning that the church “could be subject to a fine of up to $5,000” if further in-person services were held in violation of executive orders.

Shiflett asked those watching the video to pray for him and the church in light of the developments, saying that he and other church members have had it with not being able to gather.

“We’re not satisfied with teleconferencing and Zoom services,” he said. “We want to go back to church the way God intended, the way our Constitution intended.”

What happened next?

Well, Shiflett went right ahead and not only held a Wednesday night service for 100 attendees in the 600-capacity sanctuary, Fox News reported — but also he tore up the cease-and-desist letter in the middle of his sermon.

“Pharaoh doesn’t get to dictate to God’s people how they worship their God,” Shiflett said with a raised voice. “God’s the one that defines the parameters, God’s the one that communicates his will and his plan for his church — not Egypt.”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

He then told the congregation that “the Bible says to the New Testament church ‘not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together as the manner of some is, but so much the more as you see the day approaching,’ and the closer we get to Jesus coming back, the more church we ought to be having, not less church!”

Then holding the letter aloft, Shiflett told the powers that be — in a manner of speaking — to let his people go.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

“So I’m tearing up this cease-and-desist order right here,” he said, “and I’m telling you right now, we’re gonna do it God’s way! … God tells us how to worship him — nobody else gets to do that!”

What’s the background?

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan last Friday moved from a statewide stay-at-home order to a safer-at-home public health advisory in the continuing fight against the coronavirus, noting that churches and houses of worship “may begin to safely hold religious services, at up to 50 percent capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged.”

But the reopening plan also “empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings” — and that spelled bad news for Calvary Baptist, as well as Friendship Baptist Church in Baltimore City, both of which are located in jurisdictions where officials are still adhering to a stay-at-home order that limits indoor services to just 10 people.

But both churches held services Sunday anyway under Hogan’s directive — 50% capacity — and troubles soon commenced. While Shiflett was served notice by county officials, the Rev. Alvin Gwynn, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, pointed to a police car parked in front of his church that he said was meant to intimidate him and service attendees.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

“The city has no legal standing,” Gwynn told WBAL-TV. “What are they going to do? Have officers come and take body cameras and record you and then go back and talk to their attorneys to see what they can do with them or not? That’s nothing but intimidation.”

‘If we settle for permission, we will never have liberty again’
“Either we have liberty to worship, or we have permission to worship,” Shiflett told Fox News in the aftermath. “It has become abundantly clear that if we settle for permission, we will never have liberty again.”

He added to the cable network that other Maryland churches plan on reopening this Sunday over Memorial Day weekend and that organizers of a ReOpen Maryland freedom rally invited him to offer a prayer at the Friday event.

“We’re challenging our local officials to render the church essential so we can get our doors back open,” he told Fox News.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced Thursday morning that he would allow retail stores and some personal services to reopen Friday morning, WJZ-TV said, but the story doesn’t mention churches.

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: Pastor tears up cease-and-desist letter during sermon: ‘God tells us how to worship him — nobody else gets to do that!’

An engineer who knew the murdered researcher was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a car nearby, authorities said

A University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researcher “on the verge of making very significant findings” about the coronavirus was found shot to death over the weekend, NBC News reported.

What are the details?

Bing Liu — a 37-year-old assistant professor — was shot around noon Saturday inside his Ross Township home, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, adding that an autopsy indicated he was shot multiple times, including in the head, neck, and torso.

Ross police believe Liu was shot by another man — Hao Gu, 46, of Pittsburgh — who subsequently entered his car parked about 100 yards away and killed himself, the paper said. Investigators told NBC News that Gu died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police said the apparent murder-suicide wasn’t connected to Liu’s research, WTAE-TV reported, adding that Gu was an engineer and that the men knew each other on a personal level. The station also said smartphone data shows frequent communication between the two but that the communication is in Chinese as both men were Chinese nationals.

A formal medical examiner ruling on the cause and manner of Gu’s death is pending, the Post-Gazette reported.

Authorities declined to disclose a possible motive for the homicide but told the paper nothing was stolen from his townhouse, there was no forced entry, and no other suspect is at large. Liu had the front and rear patio doors open at the time he was killed because the weather was nice, police added to the paper.

WTAE said Liu’s wife found his body in the couple’s bedroom with a tablet and smartphone. The Post-Gazette said his wife was not home at the time of the shooting and that neighbors said the couple were mostly quiet and kept to themselves.

Ivet Bahar, head of the computational and system biology department in Pitt’s School of Medicine, told the paper the couple had no children, that Liu was an only child, and that both of his parents lived in China.

“He was a very talented individual, extremely intelligent and hard-working,” Bahar said of Liu, the Post-Gazette reported.

Liu’s work

Liu earned his doctorate at the University of Singapore in 2012, the paper said, adding that he came to the U.S. and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University under renowned computer scientist Edmund M. Clarke and then moved to the university and Bahar’s lab about six years ago.

The university statement said Liu co-authored over 30 publications, including four in 2020, the Post-Gazette said, adding that Behar said he had just begun research on the novel coronavirus.

“He was just starting to obtain interesting results,” she told the paper. “He was sharing with us, trying to understand the mechanism of infection, so we will hopefully continue what he was doing.”

The school of medicine’s statement said Liu “was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis of the following complications. We will make an effort to complete what he started in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence,” the Post-Gazette reported.

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: Medical researcher ‘on the verge of making very significant’ coronavirus discoveries found shot to death

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said he would pick former first lady Michelle Obama “in a heartbeat” to be his vice presidential running mate for the 2020 race to the White House.

What are the details?

In an interview with Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV that ran Monday, Biden was asked regarding Obama, “If she said to you she’d be willing to be your running mate, would you ask her?”

“Oh, I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden replied. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman.”

The station also quoted Biden as saying “the Obamas are great friends,” but that “I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” although the latter statements don’t appear on KDKA’s video broadcast.

‘We’re just beginning the process’

Biden — who was vice president under former President Barack Obama — also told the station he’s in the early stages of choosing a running mate.

“In terms of who to pick, we’re just beginning the process,” he also told KDKA. “We’ll shortly be announcing the committee I’ve named to review this and begin to look through the backgrounds of the various potential nominees. And that’s just getting underway.”

‘We should have had a woman president already in Hillary’

Biden added to the station that while he won’t commit to a woman of color as his running mate, he is still committed to have a woman run with him.

The station quoted Biden as saying “I think it’s really important now that we establish once and for all we should have had a woman president already in Hillary [Clinton]” and that “there are a number of qualified women out there,” although the latter statements don’t appear on KDKA’s video broadcast.

“I think it is very important that my administration look like the public, look like the nation,” he told the station. “I committed there will be a woman of color on the Supreme Court [but that] doesn’t mean there won’t be a vice president [who’s a woman of color] as well.”

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: Joe Biden: I would pick Michelle Obama as my vice presidential running mate ‘in a heartbeat’

A CAIR official blasted Trump’s words as a ‘bigoted attempt to use American Muslims as a political football’

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of bias against Christians and Jews — and wondered if coronavirus social distancing policies will be enforced against Muslims during Ramadan.

“They go after Christian churches, but they don’t tend to go after mosques,” Trump said of Democrats during a news conference Saturday.

What are the details?

A reporter asked Trump about his retweet of conservative author Paul Sperry’s Twitter post, which asked, “Let’s see if authorities enforce the social-distancing orders for mosques during Ramadan (April 23-May 23) like they did churches during Easter.”

During Ramadan — a 30-day period which begins Thursday — Muslims don’t eat or drink between dawn and sunset.

Trump replied, “I would like to see that. And, you know, I just spoke with leaders and people that love mosques. They love mosques. And I’m all in favor of that. But I would say that there could be a difference. And we’ll have to see what will happen, because I’ve seen a great disparity in this country. I’ve seen a great disparity.”

The president then turned his attention to Democrats in Congress, particularly freshmen U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Ilhan Omar (Minnesota), Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), and Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts).

“I mean, I’ve seen a very strong anti-Israel bent in Congress with Democrats,” Trump said, adding that it “was unthinkable seven or eight or 10 years ago. And now they’re into a whole different thing between Omar and AOC — I say AOC plus three; add them on. You have — I mean, the things that they say about Israel are so bad. And I — I can’t believe it.”

Omar and Tlaib both have made multiple anti-Semitic statements.

‘They go after Christian churches, but they don’t tend to go after mosques’

Then apparently turning back to Democratic governors who’ve made headlines for enforcing coronavirus stay-at-home orders prior to Easter, Trump said he would be “very interested” to see what happens over Ramadan “because they go after Christian churches, but they don’t tend to go after mosques. And I don’t want them to go after mosques, but I do want to see what their — what their bent is.”

But when a reporter asked Trump if he’s suggesting “imams wouldn’t follow social distancing,” the president said no, adding that he just had a “tremendous” phone call with imams, rabbis, and ministers.

“I am somebody that believes in faith,” Trump also said. “And it matters not what your faith is, but our politicians seem to treat different faiths very differently. And they seem to think — and I don’t know what happened with our country — but the Christian faith is treated much differently than it was. And I think it’s treated very unfairly.”

As it happens, a mosque in New York is reportedly still open for daily prayers amid the coronavirus pandemic — and Muslims are still allowed gather in the mosque’s prayer room for calls to prayer throughout the week.

CAIR blasts Trump

The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned Trump’s words, saying on Sunday that he promoted a “notorious anti-Muslim bigot’s tweet questioning whether U.S. mosques will be treated differently during the upcoming month of Ramadan than churches were treated during Easter amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.”

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement that Trump’s “bigoted attempt to use American Muslims as a political football just before the holy month of Ramadan was as divisive as it was insulting. Mosques across our nation have already announced plans to remain closed indefinitely because the American Muslim community, unlike President Trump, recognizes the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.”

Awad added that the president’s “claim that American mosques — many of which have been protested, threatened, vandalized and even bombed in the years since he launched his first presidential campaign — receive preferential treatment compared to other faiths is an Islamophobic fantasy. Instead of fanning the flames of bigotry to distract the public from his own failures, the President should focus on combating the continued spread of the coronavirus.”

Here’s a clip of Trump’s news conference via CAIRtv, which called them “incoherent”:

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: President Trump: Dems ‘go after Christian churches, but they don’t tend to go after mosques’; wonders if social distancing will be enforced for Ramadan

‘The people on the left hold themselves out as being science-driven … they think they’re smarter, but they won’t look at facts that won’t meet their narratives’

Alex Berenson is a former reporter who worked for the New York Times from 1999 to 2010 where he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katrina.

After that stint he devoted himself to writing books full time. Last year, his project “Tell Your Children” was published, which deals with the science around cannabis and mental illness.

But Berenson has again come into prominence amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, as he’s been posting data analysis revealing a disturbing conclusion: The models that have dictated mass business closures — and that have swiftly collapsed the American economy — are deeply flawed.

A closer look at what Berenson is seeing

Fox News reporter Adam Shaw spoke with Berenson in detail regarding what he’s been learning — and he pulled no punches with his conclusion: “The response we have taken has caused enormous societal devastation; I don’t think that’s too strong a word.”

“In February I was worried about the virus. By mid-March I was more scared about the economy. But now I’m starting to get genuinely nervous,” he tweeted Wednesday. “This isn’t complicated. The models don’t work. The hospitals are empty. WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT INDEFINITE LOCKDOWNS?”

More on what Berenson’s been doing from the cable network:

Recently he’s been focusing on discrepancies within the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) model. That model has come under renewed scrutiny as it has revised its metrics multiple times. It once predicted more than 90,000 deaths by August but recently issued a new estimate that has the figure closer to 60,000. Government officials say it’s a model that’s moving with what the country is doing.

And while Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of national experts on the White House coronavirus task force, said indicators show social distancing is working — “what you do with data will always outstrip a model. You redo your models, depending upon your data, and our data is telling us that mitigation is working” — Fox News said Berenson insists those models already figure in social distancing and other measures.

“Aside from New York, nationally there’s been no health system crisis. In fact, to be truly correct there has been a health system crisis, but the crisis is that the hospitals are empty,” he told the cable network. “This is true in Florida where the lockdown was late, this is true in South Carolina where the lockdown was early, it’s true in Oklahoma where there is no statewide lockdown. There doesn’t seem to be any correlation between the lockdown and whether or not the epidemic has spread wide and fast.”

Fox News also said Berenson has argued on Twitter that the drop in cases has come before lockdowns would have had an impact since it takes time for social distancing to work due to the time lag between infection and symptoms:

It’s the economy, stupid

The tattered state of the U.S. economy due to widespread business shutdowns isn’t lost at all on Berenson.

“There was incredible pressure to do something … so these lockdowns all cascaded, every governor tried to outdo the next,” he told Fox News. “And no one stopped and said, ‘OK what about Japan? They don’t seem to have a terrible epidemic, they wear masks, maybe we should wear masks.'”

Berenson added to the cable network that “we’re in a bad spot because there’s clearly a dangerous political dynamic right now — the economy is in freefall, a lot of people are hurting. If we acknowledge what is clearly happening … the people who made these decisions, I think there’s going to be a lot of anger at them, so they don’t want to acknowledge it, so they say, ‘Oh, it’s the lockdown that saved us.'”

More from Fox News:

Berenson is not a known partisan. His Twitter feed and other works contain few references to specific politicians, and there’s no indication that he’s in this to bash or defend Trump or either political party. But he noted that, like with his conclusions on marijuana, there has been a distinct lack of interest from the left.

“I went to Yale, and I worked for the New York Times,” he told the cable network. “The people on the left hold themselves out as being science-driven, as being smarter; they think they’re smarter, but they won’t look at facts that won’t meet their narratives.”

Here’s Berenson talking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson about the conclusions he’s reaching:

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: Former NY Times reporter sounds alarm over flawed coronavirus models that have tossed economy into ‘freefall’ — and blasts the left

‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested’

Matt Mooney told KDVR-TV he was playing tee ball with his 6-year-old daughter and his wife at Donelson Park in Brighton, Colorado, on Sunday afternoon when three police officers showed up to inform him that he was violating social distancing guidelines put in place to slow the coronavirus spread.

The 33-year-old added to the station that he refused to provide his identification to the officers because he was certain he wasn’t breaking any laws.

‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested’

His daughter, however, wasn’t so sure.

“She’s like, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested,'” Mooney recalled to KDVR. “At this point I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way they’re going to arrest me, this is insane.’ I’m telling her, ‘Don’t worry, Daddy’s not going to get arrested. I’ve done nothing wrong. Don’t worry about it,’ and then they arrest me.”

Image source: KDVR-TV video screenshot

He told the station the officers handcuffed him right there in front of his daughter.
Former Brighton City Councilman Kirby Wallin recorded a good chunk of the incident on his cellphone during which he narrates the action, saying at one point, “He’s being taken by the Brighton police for playing softball with his daughter in an empty park,” KDVR reported.

What happened next?

Mooney told the station he spent about 10 minutes in the back of a patrol car before he was released. He also observed that the cops weren’t exactly practicing what they were preaching.

“During the contact, none of the officers had masks on, none of them had gloves on, and they’re in my face handcuffing me, they’re touching me,” Mooney added to KDVR.

Wallin was dumbfounded by the scene, later telling the station, “I find it hard to believe with all the things going on in our communities, the only way to resolve a situation like this was to handcuff a father in front of his daughter.”

Image source: KDVR-TV video screenshot

Bottom line: Mooney told the station he deserves an apology.

What did the police have to say?

Acting Brighton City Manager Marv Falconburg called Mooney on Tuesday in an attempt to arrange a meeting with Cmdr. Frank Acosta to offer an apology on behalf of the police department, KDVR noted in a follow-up story.

“Falconburg conveyed an apology, however Mr. Mooney has declined the offer for an in-person meeting,” police told the station in an email.

Police said officers were dispatched to the park about 4:30 p.m. Sunday because a citizen was concerned about a “large group of people,” KDVR said, adding that when officers arrived, a group of about 12 to 15 people appeared to be playing softball.

Image source: KDVR-TV video screenshot

“Although the officers asked them to disperse due to the park being closed, which was incorrect, disbursement was needed due to the state’s public health order regarding group gathering. The Brighton Police Department is currently conducting an internal investigation into what led to officers detaining Mr. Mooney while responding to the complaint,” the department added to the station. “While the investigation sorts through the different versions of what took place by witnesses who were at the park, it is evident there was an overreach by our police officers.”

Brighton police told KDVR that officers have to interpret several changing state public health orders and local closures, and there may have been a misunderstanding about the park closure.

“It is imperative that we improve communication with our front line first responders so they are up to date on the latest rules in place regarding COVID-19 for addressing public safety,” the department noted to the station. “This is an opportunity for us to come together and do better for the community. We are deeply sorry for the events that took place on Sunday and the impact on Mr. Mooney, his family, and the community.”

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: Dad handcuffed and led away by cops in front of 6-year-old daughter for violating social distancing. They were playing tee ball at a park.

CNN’s Don Lemon indeed has a flair for the dramatic. When he taxis down his moral runway and commences his dramatic takeoffs, he fills his soliloquies against conservatives, Republicans — and particularly President Donald Trump — with plaintive sighs and lengthy, rather uncomfortable pauses during which he stares at viewers or makes faces.

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

Now what?

During Lemon’s Monday night program, he berated Trump over his behavior at a White House coronavirus press briefing earlier in the day for “taking time to argue with reporters and air his grievances.”

At issue for Trump were questions from Fox News’ Kristin Fisher and ABC News’ Jonathan Karl about a report from the HHS Office of the Inspector General about hospital shortages of coronavirus testing kits and medical masks — and Lemon didn’t like Trump’s attitude.

“This is a president who just cannot handle the truth,” he noted. “A president who has to make everything about him. He needs to be praised at every second. He is so thin-skinned. A president who just loses it whenever he hears someone or something that he perceives as criticism.”

After one particular tense exchange between Trump and the media, Lemon asked, “Did you ever think you’d hear the president of the United States react that way? Ever? I know some of you think it’s cute. It’s not. It’s sad. It’s sad.”

‘Mad as hell’

Soon Lemon flipped on his pause-and-sigh switch for viewers and to add more drama to the mix invoked the name of a noted character from “Network,” the critically acclaimed 1970s movie about television news that in many ways has come true in the last few decades.

“I have to be honest with you,” Lemon confessed. “For the last couple of weeks, when I walk into this building, I get in front of this camera, I swear I feel like I’m in the movie ‘Network.’ I feel like Howard Beale. Americans are mad as hell. What are you going to — how much more can Americans take?”

“Every single day berating people, lying,” he added before bringing up a debunked left-wing talking point about Trump. “First, ‘[The coronavirus is] a hoax.’ Then, ‘All along I knew it was serious. It was a pandemic.’ How much more? How many people have to die?”

Lemon ended his segment by invoking the fictional newsman Beale once again: “Americans, are you mad as hell? How much more are you going to take?”

Megyn Kelly can’t take much more of Lemon

With that former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly ripped off Lemon’s mask:

“CNN still pretends [Lemon] is an objective news anchor (yeah, sure) while the [mainstream media] recoils in horror at the bias of Fox/OANN, etc.,” Kelly wrote. “Who do they think they’re kidding?”

Indeed, Lemon is listed on CNN’s website as the “anchor” of his program, a title traditionally reserved for journalists who deliver the news with, shall we say, a bit more objectivity.

“He is a host of an opinion driven show in which his opinions are front and center. Thus, he is a host rather than a news anchor,” DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News less than a year ago. “People who watch his show surely know all of this and are happy to hear his insights. His show does discuss news topics, but it is not designed as an objective news show.”

Oh, and if you haven’t been introduced to the Academy Award-winning performance of Peter Finch, the actor who played Howard Beale in “Network,” feast you eyes and ears on this:

(H/T: Mediaite)

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: CNN’s Don Lemon gives yet another dramatic anti-Trump monologue — and even quotes iconic movie. Then Megyn Kelly rips off his mask.

‘Deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX’

TheBlaze last month highlighted a federal lawsuit filed by three biological female athletes who are challenging the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s policy of letting biological males compete in girls’ sports.

And now Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell have a prominent ally: Attorney General William Barr.

What are the details?

Barr signed a “statement of interest” Tuesday arguing against the policy of the CIAC, the board that oversees the state’s high school athletics, the Associated Press reported.

The conference lets athletes compete according to their identified genders and bases the policy on state law requiring schools to treat students similarly, the AP said. The CIAC also noted that its policy follows Title IX, the federal law that gives girls equal educational opportunities, including in athletics, the outlet added.

Hold on a sec

The Justice Department filing isn’t down with that.

“Under CIAC’s interpretation of Title IX, however, schools may not account for the real physiological differences between men and women. Instead, schools must have certain biological males — namely, those who publicly identify as female — compete against biological females,” Barr and the other department officials wrote, according to the AP. “In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.”

What did the CIAC have to say?

CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini told the outlet that its transgender policy is based on federal and state guidance and that multiple courts and federal agencies — including the Justice Department — have acknowledged the term “sex” in Title IX is ambiguous.

Lungarini added to the AP that the historical usage of the term “has not kept pace with contemporary science, advances in medical knowledge, and societal norms.”

What did the ACLU have to say?

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood — the biological male sprinters who identify as females and who have dominated girls’ track in Connecticut — and told the outlet it’s troubling that the U.S. government is entering the fray to “make clear that it does not believe girls who are trans enjoy protections under federal law.”

“Our clients are two high school seniors who are just trying to enjoy their final track season of high school and who now have to contend with the federal government arguing against their right to equal educational opportunities,” Chase Strangio, deputy director for Trans Justice at the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, told the AP. “History will look back on these anti-trans attacks with deep regret and shame. In the meantime we will continue to fight for the rights of all girls to participate in the sports they love.”

What’s the background?

Alliance Defending Freedom — which is representing Soule, Mitchell, and Smith — argues that as a result of the CIAC policy “two males were permitted to compete in girls’ athletic competitions beginning in the 2017 track season. Between them, they have taken 15 women’s state championship titles (titles held in 2016 by nine different Connecticut girls) and have taken more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions from female track athletes in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone.”

Mitchell would have won the 2019 state championship in the girls’ 55-meter indoor track competition, “but because two males took first and second place, she was denied the gold medal,” the legal firm said.

Miller won that race with a state record time of 6.95 seconds, the Associated Press reported. Yearwood took second place with a time of 7.01 seconds, and the third-place sprinter — Mitchell — hit the tape at a distant 7.23 seconds.

Soule finished eighth in the 55-meter sprint — and missed qualifying for the New England regionals by two spots, the outlet said. She told AP had Miller and Yearwood not run, she would’ve been in the regional race to show her abilities to more college coaches.

“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” Soule told the outlet. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”

As for Smith, she won the 400-meter dash at last June’s New England Regional Championships — and no biological males competed in the event, ADF said. But when she lined up for the 200-meter dash, a biological male ran against her and won; Smith came in third.

“Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. Forcing them to compete against boys isn’t fair, shatters their dreams, and destroys their athletic opportunities,” ADF Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb said. “Having separate boys’ and girls’ sports has always been based on biological differences, not what people believe about their gender, because those differences matter for fair competition. And forcing girls to be spectators in their own sports is completely at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics. Connecticut’s policy violates that law and reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women.”

The spring track season is on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but conference officials have put off a decision on whether to cancel it.

Holcomb added to the AP that because the lawsuit also asks for changes to the state record book, the lawsuit will go forward even if it’s not resolved before the seniors graduate.

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: Policy letting transgender females compete against biological females now has prominent opponent: Attorney General William Barr

A Bojangles’ restaurant locked out supporters of President Donald Trump after his rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, Monday night — and the manager who made the decision is out of a job.

What are the details?

The Monroe Road restaurant in question is a 10-minute walk from the venue where Trump spoke to more than 10,000 people, the Charlotte Observer reported, adding that the rally was full, and attendees without seats watched it on a big screen in the parking lot.

Afterward, rally attendee Michael Furick posted to Facebook that he and other Trump supporters were locked out of the restaurant.

“Bojangles locked the doors to the Trump rally last night and denied service,” Furick wrote. “Ironic because the rally was at Bojangles arena. @bojangles this is pretty distasteful. I walk up to the door and people are gathered around and stated they would not serve Trump supporters.”

Among Furick’s photos accompanying his post is one of a restaurant employee making a “stop” gesture with his hand to those outside. The Observer said Furick acknowledged the employee was gesturing back to him because he’d raised his middle finger after being locked out.

Another photo shows other people standing outside the restaurant with some holding Trump signs from the rally, the paper said. Furick told the Observer at least two dozen other people previously stood outside the restaurant before he took the photo, and they also were denied food.

Later, the shift manager who made the call to lock the doors called his manager, who showed up and unlocked the doors, allowing everyone to purchase food, the Observer said.

Now some Trump supporters said they’ll boycott the chicken restaurant chain after being refused service even though they arrived nearly an hour before closing time, the paper added.

What happened to the manager who locked the doors?

Bojangles’ noted on Facebook in regard to the “unfortunate incident” that the manager “made a bad decision to close the dining room. We apologize. That manager is no longer employed by Bojangles’.”

Would you like a MAGA Culpa with your biscuits, sir?

Brian Little, head of Bojangles’ communications, told the Observer in an interview Tuesday that the restaurant was likely overwhelmed with customers following Trump’s rally.

“We apologize for anyone who felt they were treated in a way that was disrespectful,” Little told the paper, which added that he didn’t confirm if those locked out of the restaurant were given any explanation for its sudden closure.

“This is not in line with who we are as a business. We serve everyone who wants to purchase one of our [items],” he told the Observer, noting that the “young shift manager” on duty was wrong to lock the doors despite feeling overwhelmed and overreacted.

“He didn’t know what to do,” Little told the Observer. “He just closed the restaurant.”

‘You’re not gonna serve us? Yeah, you are. Or you’re gonna get rolled over.’

“If you don’t want me there, you’re not going to offend me,” Furick told WCNC-TV after the incident. “It’s not like ‘Bojangles’, you broke me.’ You’re not gonna break me, you know what I’m saying? I’m not Kathy Griffin. You know what I mean? You ain’t gonna break me.”

He added to the station that “it’s not all about the Bojangles’. It’s about every company and corporation that sits there and tries to tell us what we need to say, what we need to wear. You’re not gonna serve us? Yeah, you are. Or you’re gonna get rolled over.”

Furick also told WCNC that he won’t speculate about the political views of the Bojangles’ manager who locked out him and other Trump supporters, but he may be visiting other fast-food restaurants in the future.

And that sign on a Bojangles’ door?

The station added that since Monday another post hit social media accusing a Bojangles’ on Rocky River Road of displaying a sign that said, “No one allowed in store wearing Trump hats or shirts. You will be asked to leave.”

But Bojangles’ said the sign wasn’t posted by an employee.

“That sign was posted by a customer not a Bojangles’ employee,” the spokesperson for the restaurant told WCNC. “As soon as it was discovered it was removed. Again, that sign was not put up by a Bojangles’ employee. Bojangles’ welcomes ALL customers.”

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: Trump supporters locked out of Bojangles’ restaurant following president’s rally. Manager who made decision now out of a job.

Daniel Sprague said the woman, after punching him, grabbed the hat off his head and yelled, ‘How dare you!’

As TheBlaze has frequently reported, some leftists go berserk at the sight of red hats proclaiming Make America Great Again — the iconic slogan for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — and sometimes even turn violent.

Well, one of them has struck again — and for more reasons than one, the culprit most definitely chose the wrong target.

What are the details?

Daniel Sprague — a retired New York City police officer — was visiting The Stage bar in Nashville recently to celebrate his 50th birthday, WSMV-TV reported.

Sprague’s wife got him a bunch of nifty attire for the occasion, the station said.

Including a red MAGA-styled cap that reads “Make Fifty Great Again.”

“People were just coming up to me and, you know, just loving the little word play on the hat and taking pictures and wishing me happy birthday,” Sprague recalled to WSMV.

But a woman in the bar had enough of the celebration.

“At one point a female came up from behind me, spun me around, and punched me in the face and then grabbed my hat off my head and was just yelling, ‘How dare you!'” Sprague added to the station.

The punch left a deep cut on Sprague’s cheek that he told WSMV “goes to the bone”; he added to the station that she likely was wearing a ring or had a set of keys in her hand as she threw the punch.

What happened next?

The woman hasn’t been identified, but Sprague told the station he filed a police report and will press charges if she’s found.

“We can’t just go around as a society [and act violently] because somebody has a political opinion that doesn’t match theirs,” he added to WSMV.

Republican New York City councilman Joe Borelli — a friend of Sprague’s — got word of the incident and posted the following to Twitter:

Here’s the video report from WSMV:

Anything else?

Again, this incident is not the first of its kind: TheBlaze has noted reports of leftists flipping out at MAGA hat-wearers, taking off or knocking the caps off their heads, spitting at the wearers, and actually stealing the hats as video runs.

(H/T: Louder With Crowder)

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: Retired NYPD officer says woman punched him in face, left it bloody on his birthday over red cap that looks like MAGA hat

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