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Reps. Jim Banks and Marjorie Taylor Greene Censored on Twitter for Acknowledging Basic Biology

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A century ago, American women fought for the right to participate in our country’s representative democracy alongside men.

Today, American women are fighting for the right to simply be recognized as distinct from men.

Let’s pray that this second movement is as successful as the first.

Two Republican members of Congress found themselves censored on Twitter last week for stating a simple biological fact about Dr. Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender nominee to be confirmed by the Senate to a federal position as President Joe Biden’s Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary and, now, the first openly transgender four-star officer to serve in any of the nation’s uniformed services.

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Biden announced last week that Levine had been appointed a four-star admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the United States’ “first-ever female four-star admiral.”

As you may have pieced it together by now (and if not, don’t feel bad, it’s sheer confusion all around), Levine is transgender, which means that he — yes, he — is a man, and thus, not the first female anything, much less the first female admiral in the USPHSCC.

Levine lived the first 40 years of his life as a man, and while he has long hair, a preferred pronoun, and, according to Reuters, has undergone “sex reassignment surgery” to convince his body to align with his inner “gender identity.” The legal world, the mainstream media, and contemporary American culture might pretend he’s a woman, but the pesky Y chromosome written into his DNA when he was hand-crafted in his mother’s womb by the creator of the universe certainly indicates otherwise.

So while anyone can agree that, as a man trying to live his life as a woman he certainly qualifies as the first transgender four-star admiral of a branch of the uniformed services that hardly anyone ever thinks about, it is no doubt wildly offensive to all the actual women in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who might qualify for this decorated office that he’s being called the “first-ever female four-star admiral.”

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Jim Banks of Indiana agreed.

Of course, it is dangerous to agree that a man simply cannot be a woman these days, and while Greene and Banks are certainly perfectly accustomed to controversy and censorship, this earned them quick retribution on social media.

Banks’ offending tweet read, “the title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man,” which The Post Millennial noted, was considered a violation of Twitter’s policy that users may not “promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

Banks was suspended from his account, as The Associated Press reported.

A notice under the tweet on Banks’ account reads “This tweet is no longer available.” However, another Twitter post commenting on Levine’s promotion Wednesday remains up, and gets the same point across.

Greene was smacked for a similar offense, writing, “A dude who lived the first 50 years of his life as a man isn’t the first female anything.”

The congresswoman was informed that her tweet “violated the Twitter Rules about hateful conduct. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

Greene has not been suspended. The Post Millennial notes that the tweet remained up due to Twitter’s policy on accounts belonging to public officials.

However, her tweet had sharing restrictions placed on it, as Newsbusters reported. It’s a less severe form of censorship than Banks’ suspension, but it’s censorship nonetheless.

Let’s get down to brass tacks here — these elected members of Congress were censored because gender theory is predicated on a lie, and nothing is more dangerous to a fallacious philosophy than those who speak the truth.

Nothing about the leftists’ philosophy today makes sense. They claim to be the party of women, but they only seem to consider women’s empowerment to be empowering them to do anything men traditionally do — as though the traditional work of making a home and raising a family, one of the most important vocations in the world, is somehow inferior.

They claim to support feminism, but all the efforts over the last century to provide spaces for women in sports have gone completely out the window now that more men who claim to be women want to compete against women.

They claim to care about “equal rights” for all, yet don’t even protect the equal rights of humans in the womb and constantly clamor to force Americans into an intersectional caste system in which dissidents are inferior, second-class citizens.

The refrain of the fictional dictatorial regime in George Orwell’s 1984, “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength,” has never been more representative of the real-life powers that be in today’s twisted world.

I earnestly sympathize with those who struggle with gender dysphoria, and I think it is an egregious failure on the part of society as a whole that these individuals have been weaponized in one of the most bizarre and twisted cultural movements the world has ever known, rather than presented with compassionate care that doesn’t involve dramatic medical alterations of the bodies God gave them.

This isn’t about them — this is about the very nature of truth and the ability to speak it.

It is significantly more dangerous to state a simple fact — “Rachel Levine is not female” — than it is to go along with the lie — that “Rachel Levine is a woman.”

It doesn’t matter if you believe that Levine is made in the image of God and deserving of his most fundamental human rights. If you believe that his most fundamental human rights don’t include the right to be regarded as something he’s not by all other members of society — no matter what their personal convictions are — you’re a thought criminal and must be silenced.

And that, ultimately, is the scariest part. It is one thing for others to dismiss us as bigots — it is quite another to insist we do not have a right to speak this dangerous truth.

Their demand for our silence speaks volumes.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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State Trooper Came Mere Inches from Losing His Life, Dashcam Caught the Whole Thing

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Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine.

For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman.

Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them.

According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire.

The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire.

What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release.

“One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said.

But that was not all.

“Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.”

The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.”

The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital.

The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes.

“Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary to keep people safe on the road and to help those stranded, but we need motorists’ help so we can all go home at night,” Idaho State Police Sgt. Brandalyn Crapo said.

“Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles and workers isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the law. Drivers need to be alert to emergency lights and vehicles and always alert to what’s happening around them. That keeps all of us safe.”

Idaho law requires drivers to slow down, change lanes or both when passing police and other emergency vehicles that are stopped on the roadway.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine. For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman. Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them. Idaho State Trooper injured while helping man on the freeway. Notice how quickly the trooper jumped in front of the man. pic.twitter.com/2TuCTIYGdE — Yoshi The Patriot (@rinohuntah) December 3, 2021 According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire. The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire. What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release. “One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said. But that was not all. “Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.” The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.” The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital. The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes. “Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary…

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Store Apologizes After Employee Sign with Instructions on How to Deal with Africans Goes Public

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An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store.

An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au.

In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor.

“Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read.

The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense.

“We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.”

The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store.

“It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said.

A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation.

“Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any main point been reported, this is unfair, unfair news,” he tweeted.

ABC reported that a spokesperson for wholesaler Metcash, which operates the IGAs, said the company had the offending sign removed.

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any IGA store across the country,” a spokesman said.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local communities across Australia, we will ensure ALL IGA employees continue to create a shopping environment where all are welcome and equal,” the spokesman said.

The store now has a new note.

“We would like to apologies [sic] to anyone that got offended by the note we had … it was not our intention to offend,” the note says.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store. An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au. In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor. “Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read. ‘Completely unacceptable’: IGA supermarket under fire for sign racially profiling African customers https://t.co/83nMJg7SgU — Natalie Spencer (@natscloset) December 2, 2021 The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense. “We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.” The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store. “It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said. A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation. “Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any…

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