On April 9, 2020, Texas Congressman Chip Roy introduced H.R. 6471, a bill that posthumously awards a Congressional Medal to Dr. Li Wenliang.
Dr. Li was the daring doctor who first called attention to the spread of the Wuhan Virus. He then warned his medical colleagues over social media about the spread of the virus.
Roy noted that Li “did so in the face of the communist Chinese government that tried nearly everything to stop him. He was detained, questioned, and forced to sign a document confessing that he spread illegal rumors.”
Regardless of the virus spreading, Li continued treating patients in Wuhan. In a tragic turn, Li fell to the virus.
Before he died, Li sent a text message to the New York Times: “If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier, I think it would have been a lot better. There should be more openness and transparency.”
I am proud to author legislation to honor Dr. Wenliang — a truly courageous doctor who saved countless lives by telling the world about the dangers of coronavirus. Awarding Congress’s highest civilian award to Dr. Li would not only honor his brave action to warn other about the spread of COVID-19, but also call global attention to China’s lack of transparency and censorship of speech.
The Texas congressman reminded his followers on April 14 that he introduced this bill in a time when hysteria is so high and any kind of positive action is being drowned out by media noise.
He tweeted, “I have introduced legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Li Wenliang. Dr. Wenliang was the brave Wuhan doctor who first sounded the alarm about the spread of #coronavirus.”
I have introduced legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Li Wenliang.
— Rep. Chip Roy (@RepChipRoy) April 14, 2020
Let’s hope the rest of Congress joins in Roy in co-sponsoring this bill.
Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit
She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.
A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.
Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.
Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.
A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.
Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.
So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.
Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”
Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:
The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.
Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.
Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”
He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”
Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.
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