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North Carolina's Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson insists straight people are superior to LGBT+ people because heterosexuals can reproduce.
Robinson made the comments while speaking at Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem on November 14.
Ron Baity, the church's pastor, introduced Robinson to the congregation, saying he was "a breath of fresh air here in North Carolina."
Robinson, who is running for N.C. governor in 2024, said homosexuals are "what the cows leave behind."
He also referred to LGBT+ people as "maggots" and "flies" and he called homosexuality a sin.
Robinson told the congregation that homosexuality serves no purpose in God's plan.
"If homosexuality is of God, what purpose does it serve? What does it make? What does it create? It creates nothing."
Robinson made headlines earlier this year when he called homosexuals and transgenders "filth," and said teaching LGBT+ curriculum in schools was "child abuse."
He said "there's no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality -- any of that filth."
"And yes, I called it filth, and if you don't like that I called it filth, come see me and I'll explain it to you," he said in a leaked video.
In response to the controversy, Robinson told the News & Observer:
"We are talking about this kind of filth being spread in our classrooms and being spread to our children... My personal beliefs and spiritual beliefs about homosexuality are not pertinent. I will fight for folks' rights to be secure in their persons every day that I'm in this office. But we will not allow it to be spread to classrooms and to children."
LGBT+ rights advocates protested outside Robinson's office on Friday, and activists read a list of names of transgender people who were killed this year.
The American Medical Association has decided you can no longer use common terms such as "morbid obesity" or adjectives like "vulnerable," "marginalized" or "high-risk."
The title of the AMA's new guidance is "Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concept." Download the PDF here.
The AMA has issued a long list of "dehumanizing language" that you should avoid and use "person-first" language instead.
Rather than describing people as Covid-19 "cases," you should use "persons with Covid-19."
Women like pop singer Lizzo are still considered obese but they are no longer "morbid."
READ ALSO: Study: Obese People are more at risk of dying from Covid-19
Morbid obesity is an actual medical condition that means being more than 100 pounds over the ideal body weight. It also means a body mass index (BMI) over 35. MO negatively affects a woman's health.
However, the AMA says "morbid obesity" is offensive to women who are obese. The new terminology is "People with obesity."
"The Homeless" should be referred to as "People who are experiencing homelessness."
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Instead of calling prisoners "Inmates," The AMA suggests you use "Person with mobility disability."
Check out more banned words and their appropriate substitutes below:
- Disabled Person – People who are experiencing (condition)
- Blind - People with vision impairments
- Minorities or minority - (People from) racial and ethnic groups
- black - Lower case black denotes a color, not a person
- Caucasian - white
- Illegal immigrant - Undocumented immigrant
- Slave - enslaved person
- Low-income people - Underpaid people
Most people who are traveling for Thanksgiving have probably already arrived at their destinations by now. For those who haven't hit the road yet, here are some tips on what to expect.
NBC's Kerry Sanders spoke to experts in the travel industry for advice on how to prepare for the days ahead.
Make sure you plan in advance
It might be too late for this one. Thanksgiving is on Thursday. Experts say customers traveling by air can expect much longer wait times at the airport. Get to the airport at least 2 hours in advance. If your Auntie was traveling, I would go to the airport the day before my flight to familiarize myself with the airline check-in procedures.
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Remember Covid-19 protocols are in place
Covid-19 protocols are still in place at most airports. Federal law requires that all passengers, including fully vaccinated travelers, wear face masks at all times when using public transit, including buses, trains and airplanes. You can be fined hundreds of dollars or banned if you forget to wear one.
This is another reason to get to the airport, train or bus depot hours early to see what the Covid protocols are.
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Prepare for higher gas prices at the pump
If you plan to drive to your destination, prepare for higher gas prices at the pump. The average cost of gasoline this Thanksgiving is around $4 a gallon. You can download the GasBuddy mobile app which helps you save money on gas. The app allows you to find and pay for gas in the app. You can also track your gas usage and download a log for tax purposes.
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Keep calm while traveling
Nerves are frayed when travelers hit the road during a holiday. Everyone is eager to get where they're going as quickly as they can. But every traveler has that same thought. Experts advise that passengers keep calm and focus on getting to their final destinations safely and in one piece.
If you're involved in an airline incident, such as punching a flight attendant, you can expect to be arrested and fined up to $37,500. And your family's Thanksgiving will be ruined.
If you're driving and someone cuts you off, take a deep breath. You don't know what that other driver is going through. A loved one may be in the hospital, or the driver may have lost his job. Keep a cool head and be thankful for your blessings this holiday.
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One of Malcolm X's daughters, Malikah Shabazz, has died from unknown causes at age 56. Ms. Shabazz was found unresponsive by her daughter in her Brooklyn home on Monday.
Malikah, left, is pictured with her twin sister, Malaak, center, and sister, Qubilah, right, at their mother Betty Shabazz's funeral in New York in 1997.
NYPD officers responded to a 911 call from the home at 4:40 p.m., according to Newsweek.
The city's medical examiner also responded to the home and determined her death is not suspicious and there is no foul play indicated.
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Malikah is one of six daughters born to Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X. Betty Shabazz (center) and daughters Malaak, Malikah, Ilyasah and Qubilah (left to right) are pictured together at the "Malcolm X" New York City Premiere on November 16, 1992.
Malikah died just days after two men were exonerated of her father's murder. Malcolm X was killed during a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan on February 21, 1965.
Three men were convicted in 1966 and sentenced to life in prison. Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam spent two decades maintaining their innocence.
Aziz was paroled in 1985. Islam, who was released in 1987, died in 2009.
They were exonerated by a judge on Friday.
Mujahid Abdul Halim confessed to shooting Malcolm X. He was granted parole in 2010.
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Henry Ruggs III missed a mandatory breathalyzer test, which he claims happened because missed a call.
Ruggs is charged with killing a woman and her dog during a high-speed crash in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Ruggs was required to take random breathalyzer tests as a condition of his bail. However, he missed one of the tests, which could land him back in jail.
He was back in court on Monday to explain to the judge why he missed the mandatory test.
Ruggs' lawyers submitted testimonials from two people who claim they were with Ruggs when he missed the call to take the test and he didn't hear the signal from the monitor.
"He should not be punished because his case attracts so much attention," his lawyer told the judge.
According to TMZ, Ruggs is now required to wear two ankle monitors that continuously test his alcohol levels 24/7.
One ankle monitor is a continuous alcohol device and the other is a GPS monitor.
Judge Suzan Baucum said she was "comfortable with a higher level of monitoring," but she warned Ruggs, "if there are any misses, if there are any problems, if there is any alcohol detected in your system, you need to know that's going to be problematic for this court going forward."
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Kyle Rittenhouse was cleared of all charges in a Kenosha, Wisconsin courthouse on Friday.
The jury deliberated four days before delivering the not guilty verdicts.
Rittenhouse, 18, broke down in tears before leaving the courtroom a free man.
Twitter reacted with outrage and relief after the not guilty verdicts were read in open court.
MSNBC political commentator Joy Reid tweeted: "In the Rittenhouse case, the 13th juror was the judge."
One Twitter user wrote: "No justice, again. #JacobBlake was shot 7 times by a police officer and they let that officer off... Rittenhouse is guilty no matter what the verdict."
Another person tweeted: "White Priviledge is reaI."
And a third user wrote: "Would Kyle Rittenhouse have been found not guilty if he was black?"
A Kenosha, Wisconsin jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on 5 counts in his murder trial on Friday. The verdicts were announced after the jury deliberated for four days.
Rittenhouse collapsed on the floor in tears after the verdicts were read. The emotional teenager faced life in prison if found guilty of killing two Antifa protester and wounding another during unrest in Kenosha last summer.
Judge Bruce Schroder thanked the jury, telling them they were "wonderful".
"I couldn't have asked for a better jury to work with," he said.
18-year-old Rittenhouse was released to walk out of the courtroom a free man.
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Two of the three men convicted in the assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X will be exonerated.
Manhattan's district attorney Cy Vance will ask a judge to exonerate Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam after an investigation determined the FBI and the New York Police Department withheld evidence.
"These men did not get the justice that they deserved," Vance said in an interview with The New York Times.
"What we can do is acknowledge the error, the severity of the error."
The men were accused of fatally shooting Malcolm X as he spoke at the podium in the Audubon Ballroom in NYC in 1965.
Mujahid Abdul Halim, now 80, was released from prison in 2010. He confessed to the murder but insisted the other two, Aziz and Islam, were innocent.
Aziz, 83, was released from prison in 1985. Islam was released in 1987 and died in 2009.
Aziz had always maintained his innocence.
In a statement to PEOPLE by his attorneys, Aziz said he is "glad" that others "are finally seeing the truth we have all known."
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Dozens of NYC sanitation workers have been suspended without pay for three weeks for submitting falsified vaccination cards.
The sanitation workers submitted the vaccine cards in compliance with the Biden administration's Covid-19 vaccine mandates.
The cards verified that the workers received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines, ABC News reports.
New York City's Sanitation Department followed up on the validity of the vaccine cards which were all issued by the same southern Brooklyn CVS store.
The department discovered that CVS stopped administering single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines in May.
"These are very concerning allegations and we take them very seriously," Sanitation Department spokesman Joshua Goodman told ABC News. "Getting vaccinated is important to public health, and we do not tolerate anyone faking something that is a requirement of city employment."
"Anyone found to have faked their vaccination will be suspended without pay," Goodman added.
According to ABC NYC affiliate WABC, over 87% of the department's roughly 10,000 employees are either fully or partially vaccinated.
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The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial surprised everyone by asking to rewatch the drone video footage that the prosecution allegedly withheld from the defense.
According to Fox News, the request by the jury was not "unexpected" for a complicated case.
Late Tuesday, the jury retired for the night after failing to reach a verdict. Two jurors allegedly withheld their verdicts out of fear of public "backlash".
Rittenhouse's legal team filed a motion for a mistrial late Tuesday after they learned the prosecution had a high-definition video of Rittenhouse shooting the first victim.
The defense argued that the high-def video was not given to them until Friday or Saturday.
On Wednesday morning, the jury halted deliberations again to request they be allowed to rewatch the drone footage of the August 25, 2020 shooting of Antifa protester Joseph Rosenbaum.
The prosecution explained to Judge Bruce Schroeder why the copy of drone footage was "compressed" which caused the video to be blurred.
Assistant District Attorney James Kraus claimed he sent the high-definition video footage to one of Rittenhouse's attorneys. He claims the video was "compressed" by the lawyer's Android phone.
Evidence is usually emailed between attorneys via Dropbox.
Watch the video below.