According to a Fox32 reporter who has been following the Jussie Smollett “hate crime” incident, Chicago police have confirmed that the two men originally suspected of attacking Smollett – both friends and “Empire” extras – purchased the rope that was allegedly placed around his neck.
#CPD sources confirmed detectives were able to show the 2 Nigerian brothers questioned by police had purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at an Ace hardware,” Rafer Weigel said on Twitter. “The brothers agreed to cooperate with police who are investigating whether Smollett made up the story after police threatened to charge them with battery. The brothers attorney said both brothers knew Smollett. There are unconfirmed reports that Smollett paid the two brothers to perform the alleged scheme.”
whether Smollett made up the story after police threatened to charge them with battery. The brothers attorney said both brothers knew Smollett. There are unconfirmed reports that Smollett paid the two brothers to perform the alleged scheme. (2/2).
— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 16, 2019
The alleged attack looks increasingly to be a hoax, an ever-growing problem in a society that treats victimhood as a form of currency. Earlier reports from police confirmed that the attack was staged, but the exact status of Smollett’s role is uncertain.
Smollett’s two friends – the men who purchased the rope and allegedly attacked him – were arrested Friday night, but were both cleared by police, indicating that they were likely part of a plot conceived by Smollett.
Just last week, Smollett criticized those who did not believe his story in a teary-eyed ABC interview. The performance may have been Smollett’s crowing achievement as an actor, and was worthy of one of dumb awards they dole out in Hollywood.
The actor will be “held accountable” by Chicago Police if they find that the alleged attack was a hoax, which appears likely.
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California’s Santa Clara County, Reportedly the Last Place in America to Prohibit Indoor Worship, Finally Lifts Ban Following Supreme Court Order
Santa Clara County is home to Silicon Valley.
The Supreme Court issued an order on Friday that required California’s Santa Clara County to lift its prohibition on indoor religious services.
Santa Clara County is home to Silicon Valley and the city of San Jose. It may have been the last place in the United States to maintain its indoor worship ban prior to the Supreme Court order, which came almost a full year after the in-earnest beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in America.
Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose said in a Friday night statement that “I join all Catholics and people of faith in Santa Clara County in expressing our satisfaction in tonight’s U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting Santa Clara County’s ban on indoor worship services. Santa Clara was the only county in the country to continue such a ban. Banning indoor worship and yet allowing people to gather at airports, personal services establishments, and retail shopping is unconstitutional—and the Supreme Court has said so several times.”
Religious services in Santa Clara County, however, cannot take place at more than 20 percent capacity and without strict mask, social distancing, and sanitization protocols.
After hearing the South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom case, SCOTUS ruled on February 5 in favor of the former and effectively mandated that the state of California lift its ban on indoor religious services. Santa Clara County tried to maintain that the ruling didn’t apply to them because their county directives did not specifically target religious worship, but the court is evidently not buying that explanation given Friday’s order.
The decision back in 2020 to deem religious services “non-essential” was disastrous and evil from the beginning. Glad the Supreme Court has been doing its part to rectify that injustice.
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