GOP cannot abide job protections for gay, lesbian Americans

In an embarrassment to Speaker Paul Ryan, conservative House Republicans succeeded in killing their own party’s energy-and-water appropriations measure Thursday.

The reason?

The bill contained an amendment approved earlier on the House floor that would have barred federal contractors from discriminating against gay, lesbian and transgender Americans. Some 130 House Republicans decided that they could not bring themselves to vote in favor of legislation containing such job protections, thus dooming the GOP spending bill to failure. In the end, only 106 Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

One of the most prominent opponents of the measure was U.S. Rep. Rick Allen of Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. According to both Politico and The Hill, the Augusta Republican opened the weekly policy meeting of the House Republican caucus by reading Bible verses condemning homosexuality, followed by a prayer suggesting that anyone who voted in favor of the spending bill was taking an anti-Christian, anti-Biblical stance.

The performance reportedly drove at least a few of Allen’s fellow Republicans to walk out of the meeting in disgust. “A good number of members were furious,” one GOP congressman told Politico.” “I thought the comments were wildly out of bounds and especially inappropriate given that this was supposed to be a prayer,” Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania told The Washington Post.

Nonetheless, at the end of the day, Allen and his anti-gay colleagues got their way. The bill was rejected on the House floor.

Georgia Republicans Austin Scott, Lynn Westmoreland, Doug Collins, Barry Loudermilk, Jody Hice and Tom Graves joined those voting against their own party’s bill. (Georgia Democrats also voted no, in their case because their caucus opposes the overall bill.)

UPDATE from Roll Call:

The verses read by Allen condemning gays included a passage stating that “they which commit such things are worthy of death”:

“Georgia Rep. Rick W. Allen led the opening prayer by reading from Romans 1:18-32, and Revelations 22:18-19. An aide to Allen told CQ that Allen did not mention the upcoming vote on the Energy-Water spending bill or an amendment it included from Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York that would prevent federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Passages in the verses refer to homosexuality and the penalty for homosexual behavior. “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet,” reads Romans 1:27, which Allen read, according to his office.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them,” read lines 28-32, which Allen also read, according to his office.

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xxxzzz
xxxzzz

Democrats can't abide the government not being able to force your employer to peek into your bedroom.  Some things are none of the business of your employer or the government.  Yet the Democrats want to make it their business.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

For the folks who enjoy research.

(Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5)(II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21) (Deut 22:13-21) (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30) (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)(Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)(Gen 19:31-36)

Mark Kappler
Mark Kappler

How can I quit receiving Bookman views. I never get right wing views.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

For  Corey, from well below:


You are the only poster who has had the kindness to write truth to me about this abuse of many years.  The gay man who mocked me unmercifully for years on this blog did so, not because he disagreed with my positions, as Jay Bookman implied, but simply because he did not like who I am.  It was cruel and unusual abusiveness because it went on for years without Bookman's stopping it, even with my request of Bookman to do so.  That gay person was a personal friend of Bookman's so that, in my opinion, friendship trumped doing the right thing, even if another is scarred.  


Yes, I have resentment, but for good reason.  I am well beyond that now, but that abuse will never be forgotten and  it should not be forgotten until an apology is made to me, with real contrition, by both of these friends, who together made that abuse possible.  Many homosexuals patron this blog for a reason.  Some of them offered support to the homosexual man who attacked me, personally, for so many years on this blog. Injustice cannot lie dormant, forever.  Truth, eventually, will be known by all regarding this sad and deliberately cruel encounter, that went on for years, without ceasing.  Just so you know the true story.  Karma, awaits.


Thank you for your kind words to me.

Mustang100
Mustang100

The Democrats do not realize that normal people are sick and tired of having these mental degenerates out front all the time. They will realize it in November, though.

Most people simply do not care if Timmy decides to wear panties and go around with a tampon shoved up his butt. They've been around, and doing it, since forever.

Now, IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID. Government assistance (taxpayer funded free stuff) in the private sector is at an all time high. Why? 94+ million American workers have no jobs.

James Beck
James Beck

Funny how they cherry pick what parts of the Bible they find so important. I think they should pay close attention to that "He who is without sin" thing a lot more and worry about who others love and have sex with a *lot* less.

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

and the verses that say snakes talk..and that tattoos, eating shellfish and working on the sabbath are abominations. Working on the sabbath warrants death.

Nancy Williams
Nancy Williams

Why why shouldn't every person have job protection, they shouldn't Debra Fish?

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

she's a hateful hypocrite who hides behind her bible..ignore the troll

Bob Hunt
Bob Hunt

follow the slime slick and you'll catch up to Jay Bookman,,, he leaves a trail

Allen Gregory
Allen Gregory

And 35% of the people in this photo above have cheated on their spouses (low end of the statistics). So much for "sacred".

Lou Harrisn
Lou Harrisn

Allen Gregory, you nothing about these people. You are just spewing from your Libtard mouth, facts non existent

Kerry Hill
Kerry Hill

Allen Gregory most conservatives live in glass houses and are hypocrites so I'm thinking 50%

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

I wonder how many of those hypocrites drink alcohol, gossip, lie, bear false witness against their neighbor on a daily basis?

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

Allen..statistics show that the divorce rate of evangelicals is around 50%..funny how they overlook that little verse in the OT about the sin of divorce.

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

Lou Harrisn actually you might want to use that little google option and search the divorce rate of fundamentalists ..its really not that hard..when you do we can watch your hypocritical head explode

Rannie Hammond
Rannie Hammond

Vote blue for our children and grandchildren future .

Airdale
Airdale

In the mid 1950's a radio station sent out a reporter to read one of the first ten amendments to the constitution to people on the street.  They were not told that the statement was one of the amendments to the constitution.  They were asked if they thought it would be a good law.  Overwhelmingly, they said no.  And people wonder where Trump supporters are coming from?

foo2u
foo2u

Little boots sheetz...

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

P. J. O'Rourke on why Republicans could vote for Clinton:

"She's wrong about absolutely everything, but she's wrong within normal parameters." 

As opposed to The Donald...

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

From the Washington Post, ways that Clinton can convince Republicans to vote for her: 

"She can assure Republicans what she will not do. She won't start a trade war with China, pull back from NATO, give Japan and South Korea nukes, offend Sunni Arab allies, or order the military to commit war crimes. She knows enough not to suggest we try to get a "discount" on our debt. She could even be more explicit: She's not going to blunder into a nuclear war."

rimsky
rimsky

@Nick_Danger She knows enough not to suggest we try to get a "discount" on our debt//////

Even I know most of the debt is held by the money bags (1%), pension funds, etc. in this country .

The Twunt better not screw around with these money bags.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@honested @rimsky @Nick_Danger 

People decide through their own efforts whether or not they eat that week. Just kidding. Gubment welfare programs provide them plenty of food stamps. How many starving Americans do you run into every day.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

@Nick_Danger Just tell them she is going to build a wall along our southern border. It will be taller than Trumps and she will get, not only Mexico, but also Guatemala, to pay for it.


then drop the mike.

KUTGF
KUTGF

Off topic but rather disgusting: People who make the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour can’t find an affordable place to live anywhere in the country, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition....Some states have more affordable markets. But none of them are cheap enough for a minimum wage earner. In order to afford a two-bedroom apartment while earning $7.25 an hour, someone would have to have nearly three full-time jobs, putting in 112 hours a week every single week of the year. “If this worker slept for eight hours per night,” the report notes, “he or she would have no remaining time during the week for anything other than working and sleeping.”

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

@KUTGF That's why we have bridges. I live under a quite affordable 4-laner.

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF I do not know anyone that makes $7.25 per hour. My 19 year old son makes $9:00 now and started at $8:00 part time at a retail store, right out of HS. 

rimsky
rimsky

@KUTGF Boot strap man boot straps.  Character building too.

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF Did I say that no one makes $7:25? I said I did not know anyone and used my son as an example. My son's friend in 20 and makes over $9 at a grocery store. Not sure what he started at. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Finn-McCool @KUTGF Oh I don't believe in cable.  I have a theatre box set up thanks to Frigidaire. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @KUTGF 

Apparently, you don't know anyone who is not a delusional religious freak either.

Besides yourself, just who's opinions do you represent?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @KUTGF So what you are saying is that your post was nonresponsive nonsense of total foolishness because it did not address the minimum wage issue. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@rimsky @KUTGF 

Plenty of illegals who can't even read or write English, let alone Spanish, bootstrap it and do just fine over here. Why can't native born folks do the same?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@KUTGF What would you say the age distribution of those earning minimum wage is?  I'll wager 50% are college-age or younger.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

One size fits all!

In other words, central command and control.

Worked well for the USSR back in the day, and even Venezuela now.

Lol

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @KUTGF I see... so because your son makes X, no one else makes only minimum?  Really? 

But if that is the case, then you should have no problem agreeing to a minimum wage increase.