Christian Theocracy: Man Forced to Leave Town Meeting After He Wouldn’t Stand for Pledge of Allegiance


Trouble was apparent after one man refused to stand for an invocation.

“We’d appreciate it if you would rise, or you may leave the room,” Winter Garden, Florida, Mayor John Rees told the man during a city commission meeting Thursday.

The man — identified as by a city official as Joseph Richardson, 51, the Orlando Sentinel reported — wasn’t budging.

“I don’t believe I have to do that, thank you,” he replied.

Rees didn’t take action at that point and went forward with the invocation. But afterward, Rees turned his attention again to the seated man.

“Now, sir, please stand while we do the pledge,” Rees said. “You don’t have to pledge, but please stand. Children have to in school, too.”

Richardson — who was videotaping the exchange — replied that students aren’t required to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, either.

Rees said standing for the pledge shows “respect for our country” and not standing isn’t “fair to our troops.” Rees told Richardson he had “one of two choices.”

Richardson said he wasn’t required to stand, and then the mayor got police Chief George A. Brennan involved, the Sentinel noted.

“Chief, ask him to either stand or please escort him out ’til we get through the pledge,” Rees said.

Brennan is seen on camera standing in front of Richardson and asking him, “What are you going to do?”

Richardson opted to leave on his own. He was not arrested, the Sentinel reported.

After the mini dust-up, Rees offered no apologies.

“I just said, ‘Either stand or go in the hallway.’ He wouldn’t,” Rees, 64, told the Sentinel. “It wasn’t premeditated. I just reacted. It hit me. I said it. I gave him an option…Life will go on.”

Interestingly, Richardson has asked city officials on several occasions to allow him to give an invocation, the Sentinel reported.

“As a resident of Winter Garden, I would like our city to be known for its inclusiveness for all points of view and its respect for all individuals,” Richardson wrote in a May email, the Sentinel reported. “Opening up the commission meeting invocations to everyone would be a wonderful step in that direction.”

The Sentinel couldn’t reach Richardson for comment.

Baylor Johnson, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, told the paper that the mayor’s actions were wrong.

“People are not required to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance or a sectarian prayer or any kind of compulsory expression just to attend a public meeting,” Johnson told the Sentinel.



The Sadness and Shame of ‘Jonah from Tonga’

by Alisi Tulua


It is hard to unpack the debilitating sadness and frustration I felt watching the HBO series Jonah from Tonga; so hard that it took me a long time to write this down. I imagine that the same is felt by my fellow Tongan brothers and sisters who have watched the show.

I am Tongan. I was born and raised in Tonga and grew up here in America. What does that mean exactly? It means that I was raised fully immersed in the sanctity of respect, humility, and love that fostered a home of over twenty brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and grandparents.

The Tongan language emphasizes the closeness of our relations to one another by the nonexistence of Tongan words for cousin, aunt, or uncle; you are brothers and sisters with mothers, fathers, and grandparents that raise you with core values that hold you closely as a community unit that is family. These relationships are woven so tightly that the sanctity of that closeness holds us accountable to respecting each other at all costs. Understanding our closeness defines how we treat one another, how we treat others outside of our culture, and how strongly we hold on to a community centered in the Tongan identity; even outside of our homelands.

Jonah from Tonga defiles the core values of our Tongan culture and rips apart the fabric that holds us together as a family; as a community. Its vile depiction of our relationships with each other as brothers and sisters, as children of our parents, as members of a larger community, ravishes the sanctity of this respect.

While I cry alongside the larger American community about the brown-facing that misappropriates our identity, my bones are broken, my heart ripped out, and my voice muted because this show violates our culture in a way that feels like being physically violated. Its explicit nature restricts any discussions within my family and its false depiction of Tonganess nulls any analysis. Its mainstream reach is scary because of its ability to define who Tongans are in the eyes of outside communities. Worst of all, its mainstream broadcast normalizes this as Tonganess to the 43% of our community that are youth and didn’t have the privilege of being immersed in the core teachings of Tongan culture.

I came across Jonah from Tonga as I was scrolling through the TV listing at my parents’ house this weekend. My parents were sitting right behind me as I pressed the remote so hard to advance the listing past the show. I felt so much shame fill my face as my mother asked me why that show had Tonga in its title. I couldn’t bring myself to show her, much less explain to her, what the show was about.

“Tamai mo Fa’e (Dad and Mom), you didn’t sacrifice your life across the ocean dreaming greatness for us, for your dreams to be so disgustingly depicted for the world to believe through this show.” Jonah from Tonga IS NOTTongan.

Alisi Tulua is a community organizer who lives in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Tonga and grew up in Monterey, California. She holds a M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of California, San Diego.



Tinkerbell’s Tantrum(Update and more update)

While demonstrating with Bloodstained Men & Friends at the San Francisco Pride Festival, activist Brother K was accosted and assaulted by a young woman  who is a femicunt creature dressed as a fairy.


anybody have any info of that femicunt creature post it in the comment section.



that didn’t take long. the femicunt’s name is Emily Hopper

recently started school at San Jose City College, San Jose California



check out this shit  wrote on her facebook wall

“Ive had to make mistakes to figure out who i am. Everyone has. But confidence is loving all the good and bad parts of you. And how you treat others reveals how secure you are with yourself. You will get no where in life hating yourself or others. This isn’t directed towards anyone, just something I’ve had to learn, and wish i learned earlier in my life. Love yourself”.



let this be a lesson never believe anything a femicunt says.



it’s would be a shame if the San Jose City College community avoid her like the plague knowing she is a mentally unwell femicunt bitch prone to voilence.



more here

  1. According to pol psychologists she has a mental disorder and daddy issues. Please be careful while dealing her in real life. This was also verified by her friends in the video.



femicunt creature bitch probe to voilence