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'Grave Sin!' Bishops move to punish Biden for pro-abortion stance with Church ban

The former Delaware Senator is only the second Catholic to be elected US President, after John F Kennedy. He regularly attends Church services, where the ritual of the Holy Communion (Eucharist) is performed. The act commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples and is the most important ritual in the Catholic Christian faith.

However, conservative bishops are reportedly angry that Mr Biden supports the right of women to have abortions.

On Thursday, prelates debated at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) a motion that called for a teaching document on politicians who support abortion.

This could potentially bar the US President from receiving the Eucharist.

Bishops voted overwhelmingly to adopt the motion, by a majority of 168 to 55, with 6 abstentions.

The decision to put the motion to the conference has divided the US Catholic community.

Marianne Duddy-Burke, the executive director of Dignity USA which supports LGBTQ Catholics, accused bishops of behaving “in a brazenly partisan manner”.

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In proposing the motion, he said: “We weren’t targeting particular individuals or limited to one issue, but I think we need to accept the [Church’s] discipline that those who obstinately persist in grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

The document will now be drafted by the doctrine committee of US bishops and will be debated again at the next bi-annual US Catholic Bishops Conference in November.

When asked about the bishops’ decision, the US President replied: “That’s a private matter and I don’t think that’s gonna happen.”

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Olympics bans ‘Black Lives Matter’ apparel, could punish athletes for social protests

Olympics bans 'Black Lives Matter' apparel

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The postponed 2020 Summer Olympics are just 80 days away from taking place in Tokyo against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. It will be an Olympics unlike any other — with no international fans.

Athletes will have to pass a battery of nasal COVID-19 tests and are just one positive result away from ruining years of hard work and training.

Millions of eyes will be on Olympics bans ‘Black Lives Matter’ apparelthe Games all over the world. It’s a tremendous stage — both for athletic triumph and possibly social change. Who can forget this image of Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos with fists raised during the 1968 Olympic Games to protest racism.

US athletes Tommie Smith (C) and John Carlos (R) raise their gloved fists in the Black Power salute to express their opposition to racism in the USA during the US national anthem, after receiving their medals on Oct. 17, 1968 for first and third place in the men’s 200m event at the Mexico Olympic Games. At left is Peter Norman of Australia who took second place. (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)

But the Olympics continue to ban athlete protests and could punish athletes who choose to protest anyway. That means raising a fist or kneeling during the national anthem as many professional U.S. athletes have done over the past year risks punishment.

Those athletes could even be sent home.

IOC bans ‘Black Lives Matter’ gear

The International Olympic Committee got very granular with what is not allowed. It said specifically that the slogan “Black Lives Matter” will be banned from athlete apparel at the Summer Olympics.

It’s part of the IOC’s long-standing ban on “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” on the playing field, the medal stand or during the Games’ official ceremonies.

More generic words like “peace,” “respect,” “solidarity,” “inclusion” and “equality” will be allowed on T-shirts.

So far, the IOC has not said what types of punishment athletes could face for violating these rules. It only said it would treat each violation on a case-by-case basis.

United States players wear a sweater with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” and most take the knee as the national anthem is played prior to the international friendly women’s soccer match between The Netherlands and the US at the Rat Verlegh stadium in Breda, southern Netherlands, Friday Nov. 27, 2020. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Pool via AP)

IOC says majority of athletes support ban on protests

The IOC athletes’ commission cited support to uphold Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter from more than two-thirds of about 3,500 replies from consulting athlete groups. The IOC said 70% of athletes polled do not think it’s appropriate to demonstrate during competition, and 67% said it’s not appropriate either on the medal stand.

Athletes breaching Rule 50 can be sanctioned by three bodies: the IOC, their sport’s governing body, and their national Olympic committee (NOC).

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee pledged in December not to sanction athletes for peacefully protesting at the Olympic trials.

Many governing bodies for different Olympic sports also have said they would not punish athletes for protesting, including World Athletics, the global governing body for track and field.

Nonprofits step up to support athletes, push to reform ‘Rule 50’

Many groups have promised legal support for athletes who protest. The World Players Association union said the IOC’s decision was a move it expected.

“Any athlete sanctioned at the Tokyo Olympics will have the full backing of the World Players,” said Brendan Schwab, the union’s executive director.

And the group Global Athlete also issued a statement, encouraging athletes to “not allow outdated ‘sports rules’ to supersede your basic human rights.”

Noah Hoffman is heavily involved with Global Athlete. He’s a two-time Olympian, having competed in cross-country skiing in both Sochi in 2014 and PyeongChang in 2018. Though he thoroughly enjoyed both of his Olympic experiences, he told Nexstar’s Andrew Marden that he strongly believes that it is time to “elevate the voice of the international athlete.”

“We envision an Olympics where the athletes are the center of the show, more than the host country or the politics around it or the sponsors,” Hoffman said. “It is this huge spectacle where the athletes are an afterthought.”

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Man United footage shows police officer punching protester

Manchester United have issued further official comment on Sunday’s chaotic scenes inside and outside of Old Trafford, as they promise to identify individuals who were responsible for ‘criminal activity’.

Hundreds of Manchester United supporters were involved in furious demonstrations at the home of the multiple-time English champion ahead of Sunday’s (eventually postponed) fixture with arch-rivals Liverpool.

The target of the fans’ ire, the Glazer family, have remained tight-lipped in the wake of the furious protests but the club itself have reacted by saying that while they respect the right of their supporters to peacefully protest, any fans found to have engaged in violent activity will be subject to penalties from both the police and the club itself.

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Following events yesterday, while many fans wanted to exercise their right to protest and express their opinion peacefully, some were intent on disrupting the team’s preparation and the game itself, as evidenced by activity at the Lowry Hotel and at the stadium,” the club announced in a statement posted to its official website.

Reports in mainstream and social media that protesters were able to access the stadium and pitch via a gate opened by club staff are completely incorrect. 

After breaking through barriers and security on the forecourt, some protestors climbed the gates at the end of the Munich tunnel, then forced access to a side door in the stand, before opening an external door that let others through to the concourse area and the pitch.

A second breach occurred when a protestor smashed the door of a disability access lift, enabling a group to enter the stand.”

Hundreds of Manchester United fans were captured on the television broadcast invading the pitch, with numerous other instances of supporters uploading videos of the pitch invasion to social media.

However, there were more serious scenes outside the famous ground. The Manchester United team bus was obstructed from departing at the nearby Lowry Hotel, while there were also significant confrontations and violent scenes with Greater Manchester Police – with three reported to have suffered injuries in the fracas, one suffering a serious facial wound after being struck with a glass bottle. This police offer was rushed to hospital for “emergency treatment“, per reports in the media.

Further video footage released on Monday also shows members of the police force clashing protestors, with one clip appearing to suggest that a fan was punched several times by an officer while being detained by three others.

According to police, the 28-year-old man in the clip was arrested for suspicion of theft from a vehicle and public order offences. Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Branch have announced an investigation into the circumstances of the arrest and the video footage of it.

The club statement continues to say that while the majority of the demonstrations were entirely peaceful, fans identified as having engaged in criminal damage will be subject to prosecution while also receiving punishment from the club.

The majority of our fans have and will condemn criminal damage, along with any violence towards club staff, police or other fans, and these now become a police matter,” the statement added.

The club has no desire to see peaceful protestors punished, but will work with the police to identify those involved in criminal activity, and will also issue its own sanctions to any season ticket holder or member identified, per the published sanctions policy.

Information on the rescheduling of the game and any possible implication on other fixtures will be announced after discussion and agreement with the Premier League.

We remain committed to dialogue and engagement with our fans through the Fans Forum and other appropriate channels.

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UFC novice Pimblett insists he ‘doesn’t care’ about death threats

UFC newcomer Paddy Pimblett has revealed gory threats of violence against his family he claims to have received from Georgians on social media, adding that he sees his feud with Guram Kutateladze and Liana Jojua as “irrelevant”.

Freshly-signed UK fighter Pimblett says he has received graphic descriptions of how he will be attacked after calling Georgians “stupid” and saying it was “no wonder” that Russians “terrorize their lives”.

Sweden-based Georgian UFC fighter Guram Kutateladze has criticized Pimblett and offered to fight him, and flyweight Liana Jojua also took the comments, which Pimblett says were light-hearted, to be about the Russo-Georgian conflict of 2008, saying she was “ashamed” to read them because her grandparents had died in the conflict.

“Is that one a woman?” Pimblett asked RT Sport when asked about Jojua’s outrage, adding that his jibes, in which he also called Kutateladze a “fake Russian”, were partly a reflection of Liverpool wit and an upbringing that was devoid of education about upheaval in the Georgia region.

“Someone told me she’s one and two in the UFC but I haven’t got a f***ing clue. I don’t know these people. All these fighters mentioning me are irrelevant to me. It shows how important I am to them.

“To me, calling someone a fake Russian isn’t very offensive. I’ve been called a fake Swede because of my hair. I don’t start going, ‘Oh my god, he’s racist.’ Look at his picture – he looks like Khamzat [Chimaev].

“He looks like a fake Russian. He’s not Russian, is he? He’s Georgian. ‘You’re a fake Russian – shut up, you.'”

The 26-year-old said he had been annoyed by so many people contacting him about the row and wanted to beat Kutateladze “just to shut up all these Georgians who are sending me messages on Instagram, doing my head in.”

“I don’t care what he’s got to say,” emphasized Pimblett. “It makes no difference to my life, and nor do all these Georgians messaging me saying they’re going to kill my family.

“It means nothing. They can message me all they want saying they’re going to come and f**k my mum and do this and that, but it’s not going to happen, is it?

“I’ve had major messages off Georgians saying they’re going to come and rape my mum and dad and make me watch, stuff like that. I’ve just been laughing at them because it’s hilarious.

I’ve sent my address to a few Georgians saying, ‘come and see me. I will be here every morning.’ No one’s turned up and they won’t turn up.

“No-one’s going to punish me. I wasn’t talking about any sort of war. I didn’t even know they’d been to war – it’s not something that we get taught in English schools.

“I deleted the tweet because it obviously got people’s backs up, but I wasn’t talking about the war.”

Pimblett compared his self-professed ignorance to the lack of knowledged he believed Georgians would have about the Hillsborough Disaster that killed 96 football fans at a match in England in 1989.

“It’s like saying to them that Argentina and England had the Falklands War,” he suggested. “I’ll say, ‘you’ve been terrorized’ – it’s just a word.

“Georgia and Russia having a war is not something that’s on the news in our country, so how the f**k am I supposed to know that?

“It’s like me saying to them, ‘Do you know what Hillsborough is?’ No, they don’t. I wouldn’t have jumped off the handlebars and said, ‘you’re talking about 96 people who died there.'”

‘The Baddy’ made his name with his flamboyant Cage Warriors performances before describing himself as the UFC signing of the decade when he agreed a deal at the end of last month.

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“He’s a nobody who wants to be a someone,” he said, comparing himself to 29-year-old Kutateladze, who volunteered to “welcome” Pimblett to the UFC by providing his first opponent.

“If he beats me, he becomes a someone. I might not have had a UFC fight yet but I’ve got more followers than most UFC fighters.

“He probably looks at me and thinks, ‘oh, he’s a small skinny kid’. I know my skills and he wouldn’t get near me – that’s why I laughed it off.

“Guram called me a kid because I still look like a kid. I’m good-looking, whereas he looks like he’s about 45 and he’s had about seven kids.

“I’m not an idiot on the internet who needs people to accept them. I say what I want, when I want.”

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