Ted Sandmann, father of viral Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann, is now pushing for anti-doxxing legislation that would have allowed criminal charges against journalists and social media users who spread personal information about his son and called for physical violence against him.
As the Sandmann family prepares for legal action against those who spread lies and threats of violence about the Covington Catholic students, the Sandmann patriarch is calling for the Kentucky legislature to pass anti-doxxing legislation that would have protected his son.
The legislation, Kentucky Senate Bill 240, would “create a new felony of disseminating personally identifying information on the Internet about a minor,” allowing police to seek criminal charges against the many journalists and social media users who spread fake news about Sandmann.
“Had this legislation been in place today, prosecutors might be able to bring criminal charges against people like Reza Aslan (a television commentator) who responded to fake news about my son by tweeting a screenshot of Nick looking at Phillips and writing ‘Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s,’” said Sandmann, mentioning that Bakari Sellers of CNN agreed with Aslan.
“For the pain, fear and anxiety these two men caused Nicholas and my family, I think they deserve a criminal charge,” he added.
Without this bill, the Sandmann family has been forced to seek damages in civil court, and has retained Atlanta-based L. Lin Wood, one of the best defamation lawyers in the country, for the purpose of holding journalists, politicians, and other public figures accountable for their false statements.
Wood spoke with Big League Politics regarding the legal action earlier this year:
“The members of the mob who falsely attacked or threatened Nick Sandmann should be on notice that his attorneys will identify them and will take aggressive legal action against them to achieve full accountability for their wrongdoing and willful mistreatment of this young man,” Wood told Big League Politics.
“While our focus is to seek redress for the damage wrongfully inflicted upon Nick, we hope that a byproduct of our efforts for Nick will be to effectuate a sea change in how people in our society treat each other, especially when our children are involved. Nick is not the first victim of a premature rush to judgment based on false information, personal or political agendas, rumors and speculation. Hopefully, through our efforts for Nick and the efforts of an army of individuals and entities who support him and the rule of law, a lesson will finally be learned. We will be relentless in our pursuit of justice for Nick. This is not a threat – this is a fact.”
The Diocese of Covington has since admitted that they were factually incorrect and apologized for jumping to conclusions about the Covington Catholic teens, and a private investigator’s report confirms the teenagers did nothing untoward during their interaction with Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
For his part, Phillips was most recently spotted assaulting a Breitbart video journalist and then running from the scene.
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New York Times Writer Blames Evangelical Christians for Chinese Coronavirus
Not China’s Communist Party.
A New York Times writer published a column largely assigning blame for America’s Chinese coronavirus epidemic on Evangelical Christians.
In Stewart’s column, titled ‘The Religious Right’s Hostility to Science is Crippling Our Coronavirus Response,’ she frames conservative Christians for a supposed lacking national effort to contain the disease. Stewart alleges that Christians within the administration are preventing the federal government from recognizing ‘science,’ repeating a trope long alleged by liberals that their political opponents are supposedly ignorant of the discipline.
In the article, Stewart claims that “Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown.”
She fails that recognize that scientific experts on viral outbreaks such as Dr. Anthony Fauci have informed the federal government’s response since the beginning of the crisis.
Stewart fails to mention that it was progressive liberals across the world who largely opposed international travel bans, a scientifically verifiable means of virus transmission and spread. The European Union lagged well behind the United States and Canada in placing curbs on travel across borders.
Perhaps most egregiously, she fails to even so much as assign any culpability for America’s coronavirus epidemic on the Chinese Communist Party, which failed to so much as even admit the scale of the problem as the disease first took the form of a true public health pandemic in China. The CCP’s negligent cover-up of the coronavirus epidemic in undoubtedly the most ‘unscientific’ governmental approach to the virus, with grave consequences. And China’s authoritarian leaders are by no means conservative Christians.
Stewart’s reaching move to blame Evangelicals for the coronavirus outbreak in America is merely a reactionary take from a cultural liberal seeking to impute political commentary in the midst of a pandemic.
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