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‘This Is What I Believe’: Iowa Republicans Working To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

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Same-sex marriage has been legal in Iowa since 2009, but nearly two dozen Republican lawmakers are working to change that.

The Iowa State Supreme Court ruling that struck down its same-sex marriage ban prompted Dennis Guth to enter politics and to run for the state senate. 

“My concern for the godless direction of our government has grown over the years,” Guth’s campaign website reads. “In April 2009, when the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion that same sex couples could not be denied the ‘right’ to obtain a marriage license, I was reminded of a quote from English philosopher Sir Edmund Burke. He said ‘All that is required for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ I knew I could no longer do nothing.”

Guth is now State Senator Guth.

In 2013, the farmer, homeschooling parent, and board member of the controversial anti-gay group the Family Leader, announced that gay people are hazardous to his family’s health.

Now, Senator Guth is sponsoring a bill to amend the State of Iowa’s constitution to read, “marriage between one man and one woman [is] the only legal union that is valid or recognized in the state.” Ten other Republican lawmakers have signed up to sponsor the legislation.

Republican State Representative Greg Heartsill has introduced similar legislation in the Iowa House. 

“Guth acknowledged in remarks on the Iowa Senate floor last week that he faces a ‘seemingly impossible task’ in trying to pass the resolution in the Democratic-controlled chamber,” the Des Moines Register reports. “But he added, ‘This is what I believe,’ and he wants his children and grandchildren to embrace those same values.”

There are currently a total of 23 Republicans sponsoring the two bills.

In 2013, Sen. Guth also pushed a similar bill to end same-sex marriage, by explaining the story behind the popular Iowa-based musical, “The Music Man.”

 

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‘Jesus Was Not a Socialist!’ Fox News Panel Explodes Over Jesus Christ’s Political Views

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Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was “more of a socialist” than a capitalist.

During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is “antithetical to Christianity.”

But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.

“We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison.”

“You do not have to be a socialist to be a Christian!” Jeffress shot back. “Socialism is antithetical to Christianity and if they nominate Bernie Sanders, they are not going to be able to attract any faith voters.”

“I totally disagree,” Dawkins-Haigler retorted. “People would have said that Jesus was more of a socialist than anybody we’re talking about today.”

The remarks stopped Fox News host Pete Hegseth cold.

“Why was Jesus a socialist?” he exclaimed.

“Because Jesus did not sit with the establishment, he overturned tables of the tax collectors, he sat with people who were lepers,” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “He made sure he healed people who people thought should not have been healed.”

“So we have to be very careful how we use this language and try to take ownership of who God is,” she added.

“That’s a big claim,” Hegseth interrupted again, giving the floor to Jeffress.

“No! Jesus was not a socialist!” Jeffress opined. “He said render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and to God the things that are God’s. He was compassionate. Church is to be compassionate, but you don’t have to believe in socialism, which is nothing but communism light and is absolutely is opposed to everything that is Christian.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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Trump National Security Advisor Blasted for ‘Weaponizing’ Classified Intel Against Bernie Sanders as Nevada Caucuses

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President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was blasted online on Saturday for a smear against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while Nevada Democrats were caucusing to choose the DNC’s 2020 presidential nominee.

Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post, broke news on Saturday about what Robert O’Brien said in an interview to air on Sunday.

O’Brien was quickly criticized for his comments. Here is some of what people were saying:

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Internet Heaps Praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for His ‘Must Watch’ Destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his “fiery rebuke” of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were “bullsh*t.”

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

As former President Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich put it: “At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper ‘s fiery rebuke of Blagojevich’s narrative could not have been more necessary. This is what real journalism looks like.”

You can see similar comments — as well as video — below:

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