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Americans Growing Anti-Gay, Want Even More Religion In Their Politics

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A shocking new poll finds Americans are growing more anti-gay and want even more religion infused into politics.

Six years into the Obama presidency, it looked like Americans were finally growing to embrace their LGBT friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Support for same-sex marriage was at an all-time high and the GOP and religious right had practically embarrassed themselves into near-obscurity.

Or so we thought.

A new and extensive Pew poll reveals an America growing more to the right than to the left, fearing religion is losing its hold on the country — and wanting that hold back.

ssm.jpgToday, 50 percent of Americans now say they believe homosexuality is a sin, up five points — more than a 10 percent increase — from just one year ago.

And support for same-sex marriage dropped five points, from 54 percent to 49 percent.

Americans are spilt on whether businesses that provide wedding services — caterers, florists, and bakers — should have to treat their LGBT customers the same as their heterosexual customers. 47 percent say they believe those businesses should be able to refuse to perform any service for same-sex couples, while 49 percent believe they should have to treat every one equally.

And Pew finds Americans want more — not less — religion in politics.

Their new poll finds a four-point increase “in the share of Americans saying there has been ‘too little’ expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders.”

Currently, 41% say there has been too little religious talk from political leaders, while 30% say there has been too much and 23% say there has been about the right amount of religious speech from politicians. During the last midterm campaign, 37% said there had been too little religious talk, 29% said “too much” and 24% said there had been about the right amount.

59 percent of Americans want their Congressmen to have “strong religious beliefs.”

And there’s a growing call to allow churches to endorse candidates — which is currently illegal, albeit never prosecuted.

“The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections (from 43% to 49%),” Pew reports.

The share who say there has been “too little” expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders is up modestly over the same period (from 37% to 41%). And a growing minority of Americans (32%) think churches should endorse candidates for political office, though most continue to oppose such direct involvement by churches in electoral politics.

More than seven out of every ten Americans “now say that religion is losing influence in American life.” And they’re not happy about it.

56 percent of Americans call this perception that religion is losing its grip on the nation a “bad thing,” and just 12 percent see it as positive.

 

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Trump May Deliver Convention Speech and Accept GOP Nomination From the South Lawn of the White House

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President Donald Trump may make yet another move to obliterate longstanding norms and the separation of politics from matters of state by accepting the GOP nomination for president and delivering his convention speech, all televised across the nation, live, from the vaunted South Lawn of the White House.

“Republican National Convention planners are considering the White House South Lawn,” The Washington Post reports.

It is yet another unprecedented move, one that fits in well with Trump’s usurpation of the power and trappings of the Oval Office for personal and political gain, and his equating of the Office of the Presidency with himself.

“Every White House staff member who participates in this violates the Hatch Act,” law professor and former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter says.

The Hatch Act “does not apply to ‘rooms in the White House or in the residence of the Vice President, which are part of the residence area or which are not regularly used solely in the discharge of official duties,'” the Post notes.

The New York Times reported Monday the interior of the White House is also being considered by the RNC.

 

 

 

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Trump Nominee Has Called to ‘Shoot People’ at the Border and Warned About Allowing ‘Wrong Culture’ Into the US

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President Donald Trump’s nominee to become the next Ambassador to Germany has repeatedly called for martial law at the U.S.-Mexico border, and has called for “shooting people” there if necessary, along with ensuring people bringing the “wrong culture” cannot be allowed into the United States.

His focus is not just on the U.S.-Mexico border. Germany may take issue with him too.

Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, CNN reports, “has a history of making xenophobic and racist comments about immigrants and refugees in both Germany and the US.”

Macgregor has “referred to Muslim refugees in Germany as ‘unwanted invaders,'” while advocating to not protect Germany from Russia – a policy that aligns well with Trump.

“The Germans, like the Koreans and the Japanese, are tired of this American troop presence on their soil. And I think that if you want the Germans to step up and assert themselves as the great power that they are, one of the first steps in that direction is to change our relationship with Germany in terms of military power. Make it clear to them that we are not going to be the first responder,” said Macgregor in 2019. “We will continue to be allied and we will support, but we’re not going to rush hundreds of thousands of troops to the Polish border to deal with the Russians.”

He also claimed “The Germans, thanks to us, don’t feel obligated to defend themselves.”

While he doesn’t want active U.S. troops protecting Germany, he does want them in the United States, protecting us from immigrants and asylum seekers.

“Macgregor warned that the most serious threat to US national security was in Mexico and that the country undermined ‘the very strengthened cohesion of our society,'” CNN reports. “He claimed that ‘hostile Islamist cells’ operating out of South America were coming into the US through the US border.”

“Well, the only solution is martial law on the border, putting the United States Army in charge of it and closing it off would take about 30, 40,000 troops. We’re talking about the regular army. You need robust rules of engagement. That means that you can shoot people as required if your life is in danger,” he said in 2019.

Macgregor also “often demonized immigrants and refugees. He warned Mexican cartels were ‘driving millions of Mexicans with no education, no skills and the wrong culture into the United States, placing them essentially as wards of the American people.’ He repeatedly advocated to institute martial law at the US-Mexico border and ‘shoot people’ if necessary.”

Read CNN’s entire report here.

 

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Watch: Trump Dangerously Claims Beirut Explosion That Killed Dozens Was a ‘Bomb’ Despite No Official Confirmation

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The world has been stunned by a massive explosion in Beirut that has caused the deaths of at least dozens of people, and thousands more wounded.

No cause has been announced, but during his coronavirus press briefing President Donald Trump declared it was a “bomb” and an “attack.”

This video is one of many showing the blast.

“I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel it was” an attack, Trump told reporters. “This was not a, uh, some kind of a manufacturing a explosion of event. This was a, uh, seems to be according to them, they would know better than I would but they seem to think it was a, uh, attack. It was a bomb of some kind.”

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CNN fact checker Daniel Dale urges caution:

 

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