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Jeb Bush opted for a “kinder, gentler” but clear attack on same-sex marriage while at Liberty University today.

Likely Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush delivered the keynote address to 34,000 students, faculty, friends, and family from the stage atop Liberty University‘s sprawling football field Saturday morning. Unsurprisingly, given his audience, his speech focused on Christianity as the elder Bush brother tried to position himself as a religious warrior prepared to battle the federal government and federal judges on issues from a woman’s right to choose, to Obamacare regulations providing strong standards of healthcare and contraception services, to one of the largest issues facing the religious right: same-sex marriage.

Calling for a stronger “Christian voice” around the world, the former Florida governor took aim at the President on religious freedom, claiming the Obama administration is “demanding obedience, in complete disregard of religious conscience—and in a free society, the answer is no.”

“What should be easy calls in favor of religious freedom have instead become an aggressive stance against it,” Bush told the crowd.

“There are consequences when you don’t genuflect to the latest secular dogmas. And those dogmas can be hard to keep up with. So we find officials in a major city demanding that pastors turn over copies of their sermons,” Bush said, referring to Mayor Annise Parker, whose attorneys subpoenaed a wide range of documents from pastors who brought a lawsuit against Houston’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

“Or federal judges mistaking themselves for elected legislators, and imposing restrictions and rights that do not exist in the Constitution,” Bush continued, taking subtle aim at the more than 60 federal and state legal rulings in support of same-sex marriage in just two years, bringing marriage equality to the vast majority of American citizens.

“Or an agency dictating to a Catholic charity, the Little Sisters of the Poor, what has to go in their health plan — and never mind objections of conscience,” Bush said, attacking an Affordable Healthcare law requirement mandating free contraception coverage in health care plans.

“I don’t know about you, but I’m betting that when it comes to doing the right and good thing, the Little Sisters of the Poor know better than the regulators at the Department of Health and Human Services,” he said.

“Somebody here is being small-minded and intolerant, and it sure isn’t the nuns, ministers, and laymen and women who ask only to live and practice their faith,” he railed.

Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell also founded Liberty University, in 1971. Today it is the largest Evangelical Christian university in the world, and a platform for the Republican Christian right. Senator Ted Cruz announced his presidential campaign there in March. The university is closely affiliated with Liberty Counsel, a far right wing Christian law firm that wages war on the rights of the LGBT community.

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Image: Screenshot via Liberty University/YouTube
Portions of transcripts via Politico, Yahoo News, WSJ

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Buttigieg Blasts Trump Allies’ Homophobia: ‘I’m Not Going to Be Lectured on Family Values From the Likes of Rush Limbaugh’

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg responded to two top Trump allies’ anti-gay hate this week by proudly defending his husband and his marriage.

“I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as the political leader of the United States,” the former South Bend, Indiana mayor told Fox News Sunday, after laughing them off.

“I am in a faithful, loving, committed marriage. I’m proud of my marriage. And I’m proud of my husband,” Buttigieg declared. “America has moved on and we should have a politics of belonging, that welcomes everybody – that’s what the American people are for.”

“I’m saddened for what the Republican Party has become if they embrace that kind of homophobic rhetoric.”

Fox News’ Chris Wallace played video of Limbaugh calling Buttigieg, “A gay guy 37-years old [who] loves kissing his husband on debate stages,” and asking, “Can you see Trump have fun with that?”

He also showed a clip of former Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka, who has been tied to a Nazi-linked group, saying: “Why is a homosexual man lecturing us on the sanctity of life in the womb. Just a little curious there – strange!”

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Bill Barr Ouster Demanded by Over 1100 Ex-Justice Dept Officials in Scathing Letter

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According to a report from the New York Times, over 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials have signed on to a letter calling for Attorney General Bill Barr to step down.

The report states the letter insists, “Each of us strongly condemns President Trump’s and Attorney General Barr’s interference in the fair administration of justice,” adding those actions “require Mr. Barr to resign.”

The Times notes that signers of the letter come from across the political spectrum, adding, “Protect Democracy, a nonprofit legal group, gathered the signatures from Justice Department alumni and said it would collect more.”

Pointing out that the impetus for the letter is related to Barr’s interference in the Roger Stone case that led to prosecutors who handled it resigning en masse, the Times also reports that the signees, “Also urged current government employees to report any signs of unethical behavior at the Justice Department to the agency’s inspector general and to Congress.”

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Internet Disgusted After Trump Retweets Gross Video of Texas Mayor in Bathroom: ‘I Think You Have Hit a New Low’

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For some reason Donald Trump decided on Saturday to retweet a video of a Texas mayor who was unaware he was still wearing a hot mic when he went to the bathroom, which stunned even Trump’s regular critics on Twitter.

Trump pushed out the tweet with the video that stated, “THIS IS HILARIOUS. Mayor of Georgetown in the US excused himself to go & use the washroom in the middle of a meeting & forgot to switch off his mic on his tie & this is what happened.”

Not everyone agreed, with one commenter pointing out the putative Leader of the Free World “… has too much time on his hands.”

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