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Ralph Reed Working on Behalf of MSNBC Parent: Report

Evangelical strategist Ralph Reed is doing Capitol Hill consulting work in an unofficial capacity on the behalf of NBC Universal’s parent company, Comcast, according to the Washington Blade. Reed’s Duluth-based PR firm, Century Strategies, is said to have been on retainer with Comcast for the better part of a the past decade.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a5118a5b46970cReed’s work for Comcast, which has owned MSNBC since 2011, is common knowledge amongst Hill insiders.

"It's widely known because Ralph's been on conference calls," one insider told The Blade. "It's been at least eight years; it's been quite some time."

Though unconfirmed it is likely that Reed is functioning in a role just shy of lobbying, assisting in Comcast’s $45.2 billion acquisition of Time-Warner Cable. Reed made headlines earlier this month after drawing comparisons between various legal fights advancing Marriage Equality and Dred Scott v. Sanford.  

“Only six of them, six out of those 17, six out of 50 states, [legalized same-sex marriage] by referendum or by state legislature,” he said, according to Politico. “In every other case, it was imposed by courts. Just like the courts had to impose Dred Scott. Because they couldn’t do it on the country because the country didn’t agree with it. The country, by the way, doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage.”

Dred Scott, widely recognized as being one of the Supreme Court’s worst decisions of all time, is frequently trotted out to raise the spectre of judicial activism, governmental overreach, and flat out war.

Reed debated whether opposition to same-sex marriage was tantamount to discrimination with MSNBC newshost Rachel Maddow on Meet The Press in 2013. Check out the clip AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ralph Reed and Franklin Graham Demonize Gay Families on Easter Edition of 'This Week': VIDEO

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Franklin Graham and Ralph Reed brought their anti-gay hate to ABC's This Week today, in a discussion about gay adoption and gay parenting, introduced by focusing on Russia's draconian adoption laws.

Said Reed: “The social science on this is clear. This isn’t about Vladimir Putin, this is about what’s best for children here in the United States. The social science is irrefutable: a child who grows up in a home without the mother and father present, and they both very unique procreative, nurturing, and socializing roles, they’re nine times more likely to end up dropping out of high school; they’re five times more likely to end up in poverty; and they’re three times more likely to end up addicted to drugs and alcohol.”

Said Cokie Roberts: “But the social science is also irrefutable that a child raised in an orphanage is in much worse shape than a child raised in a home. And the fact that people are willing to take these children and raise them, and raise them in a loving way, is clearly better for these children.”

Asked Martha Raddatz: “Would you agree with that? Would you rather have a child sitting in an orphanage than have gay parents?

Said Reed: “I think the social science is just simply not in yet on same-sex couples. I think the law has every right to set an ideal. And the ideal is a mother and a father.”

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Ralph Reed: 'The Last Acceptable Form of Bigotry' Is Directed Against Evangelicals - VIDEO

Ralph ReedOn Tuesday, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed stopped by former Arizona congressman J.D. Hayworth’s NewsMax show to warn that “bigotry against evangelical Christians is the last acceptable form of bigotry left in the country.”

Reed, who last year called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act “a dagger aimed at the heart of religious freedom,” fittingly made the comments moments after Hayworth delivered a rant about how Muslim-Americans are apparently imposing Sharia law in Minnesota.

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Ralph Reed: Conservatives Can't Put the Gay Marriage Genie 'Back in the Bottle'

2_ralphreedMichelangelo Signorile interviewed former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed at CPAC on Friday and said that even though he believes the Republican party and every GOP candidate that will seek the nomination for president will be in favor of 'traditional marriage', he says a long sought after federal marriage amendment is dead in the water:

"Even if you passed a federal marriage amendment, I would assume it would grandfather in anyone who's been married, so I don't know. It was always a very difficult option. I don't think we ever got 50 votes in the U.S. Senate for that amendment. So, we always knew that the amendment was going to be very difficult to pass."

Reed added that trying to pass such an amendment would be "trying to put the genie back in the bottle."

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Ralph Reed Calls ENDA 'a Dagger' in 'the Heart of Religious Freedom'

Right-wing religious activist and pundit Ralph Reed ripped the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in a USA Today editorial published last night.

2_ralphreedWrites Reed, in part:

What its supporters call the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, should really be labeled the "Trial Lawyers Full Employment Act." It burdens any business with 15 or more employees with new threats of litigation, frivolous law suits and additional compliance costs.

I oppose workplace discrimination in all its ugly forms and believe in respecting the individual's essential dignity. I have worked with and hired gay employees my entire career. But ENDA criminalizes hiring and promotion based on the subjective criteria of sexual orientation and gender identity — an often fluid standard that can be known only by violating an employee's right to privacy. Employers, including schools, would be required to allow men to show up for work dressed as women, or women as men. Personal objections aside, this is an unnecessary disruption of the workplace.

It is also a dagger aimed at the heart of religious freedom for millions of Americans. The bill's so-called religious exemption is vague and inadequate. Based on previous court rulings, faith-based charities may be subject to harassment and junk lawsuits.

Despite Reed's religious freedom claims, ENDA actually has a broad religious exemption as currently written — too broad for some LGBT activist groups.


Rachel Maddow Rips Jim DeMint for Suggesting Christians are the Victims of the SCOTUS Rulings: VIDEO

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On Meet the Press today, Senator Jim DeMint claimed religious people who oppose gay marriage were being "denied dignity" by Justice Kennedy's statement that  'To oppose gay marriage is to deny dignity to people who deserve equal protection'. DeMint was quickly slapped down by Rachel Maddow.

Said DeMint:

What I'd say, David, is he is denying dignity to the millions of Americans who, for moral or religious reasons, believe that gay marriage is wrong. As you just said, you've got 37 states where the people have decided that they want to protect the marriage between a man and a woman because they know that that's the environment where children can thrive and succeed. I mean, that's been proven. So it's not about the desires of adults, it's really about the best environment for children. We're talking all about politics, but the reason governments at the state level and the federal level have recognized marriage between a man and a woman is because it's better for our country and it's better for children.

Replied Maddow:

Justice Kennedy addressed that issue specifically in his ruling. He says that by denying marriage rights to same-sex couples who have kids, you’re humiliating and demeaning those kids. By denying their families equal protection under the law by the parents who are raising them and who love them and who make their family. So we can put it in the interests of children, but I think that cuts both ways. And the ruling cuts against that argument. I mean, gay people exist. There’s nothing we can do in public policy can do to make more of us exist or less of us exist. And you guys for a generation have argued that public policy ought to demean gay people as a way of expressing disapproval of the fact that we exist. But you don’t make any less of us exist, you are just arguing for more discrimination. And more discrimination doesn’t make straight people’s lives any better.

Replied Reed:

David, I really can't let that go. I mean, this suggestion that because somebody wants to affirm the institution of marriage that they're ipso facto intolerant? By that argument, Barack Obama was intolerant 14 months ago. By that argument, 342 members of the House, 85 members of the Senate (including, by the way, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Pat Leahy) who all voted for this law, and Bill Clinton who signed it into law, were intolerant and motivated by an animus and a hatred for gays.

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