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‘Declaration of Dependence on God’ to Appear in Newspaper Ads Nationwide

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Donald Trump wants to be known as the “law and order” candidate, but some of the GOP presidential nominee’s most prominent religious advisers are vowing to defy laws on abortion and same-sex marriage. 

Two members of Trump’s evangelical advisory council, as well as a member of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, are among those who’ve signed the “Declaration of Dependence Upon God and His Holy Bible” — which appeared in a full-page ad in The New York Times on Sunday. 

The anti-gay, anti-choice declaration, which is modeled after the Declaration of Independence, was written by Pastor Andrew Wommack (pictured), a Colorado Springs evangelist and “faith healer” who claims the document was “divinely inspired.” Among other things, Andrew Wommack Ministries has a strong presence in Uganda, and in 2013 Wommack endorsed the African nation’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Law, also known as the “Kill the Gays” bill, which would have made being LGBT and HIV-positive punishable by death.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” Wommack’s declaration states. “Since our Creator gave us these rights, we declare that no government has the right to take them away. Among these rights is the right to exercise our Christian beliefs as put forth in God’s Holy Bible.” 

The declaration goes on to say that God granted life at conception and instituted marriage between one man and one woman, giving only heterosexual couples the responsibility of raising children. 

“We therefore respectfully reserve the right to refuse any mandate by the government that forces us to fund or support abortion,” the declaration states. “We also oppose same-sex marriage, polygamy, bestiality, and all other forms of sexual perversion prohibited by Holy Scripture. … Therefore, we, the undersigned — not only as Christians but also believing we have the constitutional rights as Americans to follow these time honored Christian beliefs — commit to conducting our churches, ministries, businesses, and personal lives in accordance with our Christian faith and choose to obey God rather than man.” 

Wommack reportedly has raised $500,000 to publish the declaration in newspapers across the country. He’s also hoping to get one million signatures on the document, but as of Tuesday it had only about 71,000. 

“Satan is fighting for the heart and soul of this nation,” Wommack declares in a video promoting the declaration (above). 

Right Wing Watch reports that those who’ve signed the declaration include Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and televangelist Kenneth Copeland, both members of Trump’s evangelical advisory council; Seven Mountains dominionist Lance Wallnau, a member of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump; and Family Research Council executive vice president Jerry Boykin, who was among the retired military leaders behind a recent letter endorsing Trump that was promoted by his campaign. 

Trump opposes abortion rights and has said he would appoint justices to the Supreme Court who would overturn same-sex marriage. So in many respects, the declaration appears to be nothing more than a thinly veiled endorsement of the GOP nominee. 

McClatchy reporter Maria Recio asked Karen Conrad, director of marketing for Andrew Wommack Ministries, whether the declaration was in response to a specific court case related to religious liberty. 

“It’s probably more (aimed) at the elections than anything,” Conrad said. 

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For decades White House press secretaries, military officers, and reporters have used the words “tick-tock” to denote an overview of a conversation, or a chronological telling of a series of events – and not the now-popular Chinese app “TikTok,” which some allege has major national security implications.

And yet, the far-right-wing website Daily Caller, a veteran Fox News host, and many others on the social media site Twitter attacked Karine Jean-Pierre Monday afternoon, after the White House Press Secretary told the press: “I know there was a tick-tock that went out to all of you from the National Security Council that was pretty detailed on how everything broke down for the past week.”

Inside Elections’ Jacob Rubashkin mocked The Daily Caller, (which was founded by Tucker Carlson,) for getting something so basic so wrong.

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Longtime journalist Keith Olberman blasted several people on Twitter who assumed the worst, including veteran Fox News reporter David Asman.

He didn’t stop there.

 

 

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The U.S. House Committee on Ethics has begun questioning staffers for embattled Rep. George Santos, who on Friday was accused of sexual harassment and improper hiring practice by a prospective aide the New York Republican interviewed and hired.

CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona, reporting the committee’s questioning, calls it “a sign that the committee is looking into some of the allegations against Santos, though it doesn’t necessarily mean a formal investigation has been launched yet.”

“It is unclear what exactly the committee asked these staffers about, but multiple ethics complaints have been filed against Santos,” Zanona adds.

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Most recently, a prospective staffer filed a complaint that the congressman made an unwanted sexual advance.

Two New York Democrats last month also filed an ethics complaint against Santos over his financial disclosure reporting.

 

 

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Its first hearing isn’t until Thursday but already Chairman Jim Jordan‘s Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government is being mocked after the list of witnesses was released.

NBC News’ Garrett Haake reports testifying before the committee on Thursday will be ex-Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and former FBI special agent Nicole Parker.

Gabbard left the Democratic Party and is now an independent and a Fox News contributor. In 2019, Hillary Clinton suggested she was a Russian asset being groomed for a third-party presidential run. She sued the former Democratic presidential nominee and former U.S. Secretary of State but later dropped the defamation lawsuit.

Also, Gabbard “shared false information,” Forbes reported last year, “about U.S. involvement in Ukraine biological laboratories … giving credence to an unfounded Russian-backed conspiracy theory the U.S. has warned could serve as justification for Russia to use biological and chemical weapons against Ukraine.”

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Sen. Johnson, who narrowly won re-election after being among the top promoters of Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” is a conspiracy theorist who uses his Senate seat to spread false information about COVID and a host of other crises.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza branded Johnson the “Senate’s leading conspiracy theorist” just one year ago. The Washington Post reported last May that Sen. Johnson “expressed openness” to “a fervent anti-vaccination” commentator’s “idea that maybe the coronavirus vaccines are a conduit for deliberately giving people AIDS.”

Sen. Grassley has come under fire for his racist remarks about COVID-19, dangerously false claims about the IRS, and apparent falsehoods about the January 6 insurrection and its participants.

Last year The American Independent reported Grassley told a constituent “what you said is accurate.” According to The Independent, the constituent said during a town hall: “Knowing that the FBI and Capitol Police were complicit in Jan. 6, what have you done to get the political prisoners being held in gulag conditions out on bail?”

Some were quick to mock Chairman Jordan’s choice of witnesses to testify before his subcommittee’s first hearing.

“Johnson actively pushed the WI legislature & the VP to overturn the election. Tulsi used her perch in Congress to secretly meet with Assad & whitewash his war crimes. so in a sense, they are indeed experts on weaponizing gov’t.,” mocked former Hillary Clinton foreign policy spokesperson Jesse Lehrich.

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Jim Manley, a top aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, described the panel as “low energy.”

NBC News Justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly pre-deflated Parker’s possible contributions, citing her as saying: “’I was never asked to participate in anything that was political,’ Nicole Parker said in one of her Fox News hits (Hannity, specifically).”

Even CNN did not hide its skepticism, beginning its reporting with this line: “The GOP-led House select subcommittee on so-called weaponization of the federal government will draw upon a prominent ex-Democrat, two of their Republican Senate colleagues, and a former FBI agent in their first public hearing to discuss how they believe the government has been weaponized against conservatives, multiple sources familiar with the plans tell CNN.”

 

 

 

 

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