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Avenatti Makes So-Called “White Supremacist” Gesture During Wednesday Presser

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During a Wednesday evening press conference during which shady attorney Michael Avenatti categorically denied allegations of domestic abuse levied against him, he appeared to flash what has become a signal of white supremacy to the fake news media.

“I have never struck a woman,” he said during the press conference. “I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career, and I’m going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing. I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman.”

But all the while, he was making the “OK” hand gesture, which the political left now says is a symbol of white power.

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NBC tried to ruin a Coast Guard serviceman’s life for making the symbol on television during Hurricane Florence coverage.

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“A member of a U.S. Coast Guard team responding to Tropical Storm Florence in South Carolina appeared to flash a white power hand gesture in the background as a captain was being interviewed Friday by MSNBC,” the news outlet said. “A man in a red shirt was seen casually displaying the ‘OK’ hand signal against the right side of his face as he sat at a table in the background.”

“While the gesture appears innocuous and may have started as an online troll campaign, it has seemingly become a symbol used by alt-right supporters to ‘trigger’ liberals with the implicit suggestion that white nationalist views have become more prominent,” the report said.

Was Avenatti implicitly suggesting that he is part of the apparently-growing white nationalist movement?

Big League Politics reached out to the author of the NBC piece, Dennis Romero, to see if he was covering Avenatti’s apparent dog whistle, but he did not immediately respond to our comment request.

USA Today made the same claim.

“The symbol has been called a ‘trolling gesture’ by the Anti Defamation League. The ‘OK’ sign’s association with the white power movement started out as a 2017 hoax campaign aimed at drumming up false outrage,” they wrote in reference to the same incident. “The organization says that the symbol has been used by some known white supremacists, its use has increased since 2017 and its meaning is continually evolving.”

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Southern Baptist Convention President Attacks Opponents of Critical Race Theory as Closet Racists, Neo-Confederates, and Pharisees

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The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear, has blasted leaders and pastors who’ve made “closet racists” and “neo-Confederates” feel more at home in their churches than people of color.

His criticism came during an address at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee meeting on Monday.

Let me state this very clearly, as clearly as I can, critical race theory is an important discussion and I am all for, as I hope you would be, robust theological discussion about it,” Greear said. “For something as important as what biblical justice looks like in the world today, we need careful, robust, Bibles open, on our knees discussion. But we should mourn when closet racists and neo-Confederates feel more at home in our churches than do many of our people of color.”

Greear also compared Southern Baptist Convention leaders to the Pharisees in their opposition to Critical Race Theory, stating that although they believe “correct doctrine,” they are closing their hearts to the full Gospel message by attacking CRT.

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The Pharisees who resisted Jesus, we know more than any other group in the world had correct doctrine. It was their spirit that Jesus said disqualified them from the Kingdom of God. They weren’t content with what the Bible said. For example, they weren’t content with how exactly the Bible said it, so they created what has come to be known as a hedge about the law, conflating the traditions of men, Jesus said, with the commands of the law,” he said.

Jeff Maples, covering Greear’s address for Reformation Charlotte, says that Greear is referring to “vocal anti-Marxist critics” when he uses the terms “neo-Confederates” and “Pharisees.”

If Greear were after unity, he’d denounce the heresy that is swarming the denomination and call for unity around the truth. Instead, Greear labels those who defend biblical doctrine as ‘pharisees’ and calls on the denomination to repudiate them,” Maples writes, adding that Greear’s comparison of certain SBC leaders to Pharisees is based on an incorrect understanding of how the New Testament presents the Pharisees.

Greear also demonstrated a complete lack of understanding of Jesus’ issue with the Pharisees when said that the Pharisees in the New Testament had correct doctrine, but that their problem was that they opposed Jesus. The Scriptures, however, do not teach that the Pharisees had correct doctrine—Jesus’ problem with them is that they were false teachers, just like those who push Critical Race Theory.”

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