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War on Christmas: Irish Police Claim Kisses Under Mistletoe are ‘Rape’

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Early this month, the Police Service of Northern Ireland deleted a tweet warning people that a kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas is “rape” after being brutally mocked for it.

“If you bump into that special someone under the mistletoe tonight, remember that without consent it is rape #SeasonsGreetings,” the police force tweeted to their 159,000 followers.

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Immediately, Twitter users sprang into action to blast the force for trivializing something as serious as rape by comparing it to the silly holiday tradition — including James Dalton, who had ran as a UKIP parliamentary candidate in the 2017 general election.

“Perhaps a refresher course on the definition of ‘rape’ wouldn’t go amiss? An embarrassing tweet which trivialises a thoroughly despicable crime,” Dalton responded.

Others responded to Dalton by laughing that they thought the PSNI account was a parody when they first saw their tweet.

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After the force deleted the misguided tweet they posted a follow up message — pretty much doubling down on their original claim.

“We posted a message on Twitter yesterday that some may have taken out of context but the message remains the same; when you are out socialising over the Christmas period, please remember without consent it is rape,” the new tweet read.

The tweet was reportedly part of the force’s “without consent” campaign that they launched in 2013, which aims to educate the public on the need for affirmative consent.

“So, British police say ‘bumping’ someone is ‘rape’. Meanwhile, there is silence on Rotherham, where hundreds of young girls faced years of genuine abuse. Special interest groups have ruined our police force,” MGBA News wrote of the tweet.

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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.

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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.

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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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