Pastor Says LGBT People’s Behavior Is ‘Filthy’ and ‘Degrading’
At 12:00 PM Friday,Â Donald Trump will place his left hand on the Lincoln bible, raise his right hand, and be sworn in as President of the United States.
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Trump will say.
But about an hour or two before he stands on the west frontÂ steps of the U.S. Capitol,Â Donald Trump and his family will attend a private prayer service for them and about 300 invited guests, including Mike and Karen Pence, atÂ St. John’s Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House. That service, CNN reports, will be led by pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church inÂ Texas.
Pastor Jeffress is far from an unassuming, little-known man of the cloth.
His Dallas-based church boasts a membership of 12,000. He is a long-time Fox News contributor and political pundit, and sits on Trump’s evangelical advisory board. His views are well-documented.
So it should come as no surprise to Trump or his supporters that Pastor Jeffress is one of the most divisive, controversial, and un-Christian ministers in America.
How bad is Robert Jeffress?
Christian conservative hero Tim Tebow in 2013, after learning about Jeffress’ views, canceled a guest speaking engagement at Jeffress’ church.Â
Jeffress has an opinion on just about everything.
Just two days before the 2012 election, JeffressÂ said, â€œI am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know heâ€™s not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes. President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.â€Â
Four years earlier, in 2008, Jeffress delivered a controversial sermon (audio here) titled, â€œGay Is Not OK,” which featured this condemnation:Â “What they [homosexuals] do is filthy. It is so degrading that it is beyond description. And it is their filthy behavior that explains why they are so much more prone to disease.”
That same year, theÂ Dallas ObserverÂ reported that Jeffress “said Mormon Mitt Romney wasÂ a member of a ‘cult’Â and who, in September, said that ‘Christians are uniquely favored by God, [while] Mormons, Hindus and Muslims worship a false god.’ And in the 1990s, he said that homosexuality causes ‘the deaths of tens of thousands every year through AIDS.’ He’sÂ super-tolerant. Then again, JeffressÂ has done quite a bit for the gay community: In 1998, while he was pastor at the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, he protested the library’s carrying such titles asÂ Heather Has Two MommiesÂ andÂ Daddy’s Roommate, which only served to make them more popular.”Â
Just two weeks before the Supreme Court handed down its 2015 ruling on Obergefell, finding the Constitution does allow same-sex couples the right to marry, Jeffress appeared on Fox News, invoking the Holocaust, and tying it to supposed persecution of Christians.
“Christians,” Jeffress falsely told Sean Hannity, areÂ “losing their business because they believe in traditional marriage.”
“This isnâ€™t imaginary,” Jeffress said. “Itâ€™s real. And sure, it doesnâ€™t rise to the level of having your head chopped off by ISIS in the Middle East, but itâ€™s all the same attitude that allows for those attacks.”
“I want to remind people that, you know, the Nazis werenâ€™t able to take the Jews to the crematoriums, immediately,” Jeffress said, without a moment of remorse. “The German people wouldnâ€™t have allowed for it. Instead, the Nazis had to change public opinion. They marginalized the Jewish people, disparaged them, and make them objects of contempt.”
Hannity interrupted, to ensure Jeffress really thought “Christians are being marginalized the way Jews in Germany were?”
“Absolutely. They are being marginalized right now,” Jeffress insisted. “Treated as objects of contempt by the media and once that happens then the taking away of further rights will be very easy.”
But Barack Obama and LGBT people are far from Jeffress’ only targets of hate.
Jeffress has also called Islam and Mormonism heresiesÂ “from the pit of hell,”Â suggested that the Catholic church wasÂ led astray by Satan, accused Obama of “paving the way”Â for the AntichristÂ and spread false statistics about theÂ prevalence of HIV among gays, who he said live aÂ “miserable” and “filthy” lifestyle.In recent years, Jeffress has frequently denounced Islam, calling it an “evil religion” that “promotes pedophilia”Â because the Prophet Muhammed married a 9-year-old girl. (Many modern Muslim scholars disagree about her age.) The pastor has also said that Mormons, Muslims and HindusÂ “worship a false god.”
He has called homosexuality “degrading,” andÂ linked it to pedophilia, alcoholism, depression and suicide, while insisting that his remarks are rooted in concern for gays — a way of showing them the true path to salvation.
Of course, there’s more.
In 2015, after the terror attacks in Paris, Jeffress “denounced Islam, calling it an evil and false religion,” according to a local Dallas Fox News affiliate.
There are so many more examples, but the bottom line is, if Trump has chosen Pastor Robert Jeffress to help him lead the way for the next four or eight years, America as we know it is in grave danger.
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DOJ Spokesperson Tells Fox News Bill Barr Is Opening Investigation Into Unmasking by Obama Administration During 2016 Election
Dept. of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec says Bill Barr has authorized the opening of an investigation into “unmasking” that took place before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election by the Obama administration. It is the latest move by the Attorney General to further politicize the DOJ in an effort to re-write history as President Donald Trump would like it told.
Barr has tasked John Dash, a U.S. Attorney in Texas, with conducting the investigation.
Kupac made the announcement on Fox News Wednesday night, telling host and frequent Trump advisor Sean Hannity that Barr has concerns about the “frequency” and the “motivation” of unmasking requests.
“When you’re looking at unmasking as part of a broader investigation,” Kupac told Hannity, “who was unmasking whom, can add a lot to our understanding about motivation and big picture events.”
Unmasking, the act of requesting to learn the identity of a U.S. individual caught up in Intelligence Community telephone intercepts of foreign actors, is perfectly legal, which Kupac noted.
The Trump administration escalated unmasking requests, nearly doubling them in 2018, as this LA Times Legal Affairs Columnist notes:
Authorized NSA "unmasking" (I think we need a new word for this) requests in last 4 years:
— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) May 15, 2020
But Sean Hannity painted a far different picture for his Fox News supporters.
“I have been told by my sources now Kerri, for years, that there have been unmasking at an increase of three-fold in the second term of the Obama administration. Um… I’ve been told that even members of Donald Trump’s family have been unmasked. Members of the media have been unmasked.”
Hannity could have actually done some basic research to get actual facts.
It’s important to note that in administrations that don’t politicize intelligence and turn the Dept. of Justice into a weapon for the president’s re-election, any announcement of a major investigation would be made in a non-partisan environment like the DOJ’s press briefing room, and all regular media outlets would be included.
DOJ spokesperson announces an unmasking probe pic.twitter.com/5ibxOxZR4H
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 28, 2020
‘Political Hack’ Kellyanne Conway Destroyed for Condescendingly Comparing Standing in Line to Vote to Buying Cupcakes
White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway for the second time on Wednesday is drawing outrage for her offensive remarks. After painting a target on the back of the Twitter executive responsible for preventing disinformation and hoaxes, she’s now under fire for comparing standing in line to vote to standing in line to buy cupcakes.
On Wednesday, Conways remarks drove her to the number two slot on Twitter’s top trending items, just below the SpaceX launch.
“People are very proud to show up and go to the polls,” Conway told reporters. “They really are. I mean they wait in line at Georgetown Cupcake for an hour to get a cupcake,” she said, somewhat condescendingly.
“So I think they can probably wait in line to do something as consequential and critical and constitutionally significant as cast their ballot.”
Kellyanne: If you can stand in line for a cupcake, you can stand in line to vote pic.twitter.com/iTEvPZjNu7
— Peter Wade 🤦♂️ (@brooklynmutt) May 27, 2020
Not all of America waits in line to buy cupcakes in Washington, D.C. And those who wait in line the most to vote generally live in poor and minority neighborhoods.
Americans can and do wait in line, often for hours, to vote. They shouldn’t have to. In the middle of a pandemic Americans want the opportunity to not contract – or spread – the deadly virus the President she works for has made even worse.
One American, U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan, Democrat of Wisconsin, had the perfect response to Conway’s condescension.
To be clear, Georgetown Cupcakes in D.C. right now is delivery only.
So if that’s your arbitrary standard Kellyanne, I think it’s time that our country has national vote-by-mail. https://t.co/AyNttIxJTC
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 27, 2020
His remarks were echoed by others:
— Janet Johnson (@JJohnsonLaw) May 27, 2020
And still others had a few words to share about Conway’s comments:
It is so glaringly obvious they want to create two voting systems, one for them and their voters and one for the rest of us. Similar to the legal system they’ve created for themselves. Rest assured, Kellyanne and everyone in the WH will vote-by-mail. Because it is convenient. https://t.co/GhHt3FvJdB
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) May 27, 2020
If you can mail people checks you can mail people ballots.
Is she living in a fantasy world where criminals don’t want to steal checks but really want to vote?
— JRehling (@JRehling) May 27, 2020
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) May 27, 2020
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 27, 2020
.@KellyannePolls assumes that those in line for a cupcake are those hesitant to vote in person. Numerous immuno-compromised individuals aren’t buying cupcakes & they would like to vote.
— Indivisible NE Iowa (@IndivisibleNEIA) May 27, 2020
.@KellyannePolls is a paid propagating debunked BS, with the gall of comparing vote by mail to cupcakes from the party who believes guns are just like cars.
This is a transparent effort to suppress & disenfranchise your constitutional right to vote bc they fear it https://t.co/oJlAAcKYoz
— Trinity (@TrinityResists) May 27, 2020
Voting is a constitutional right.
Eating fancy cupcakes is a luxury
There’s a big difference Kellyanne
But you knew that already. pic.twitter.com/gyOBX2FKFC
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) May 27, 2020
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“I don’t give a fuck about being factual,” Dilley said. “I make shit up all the time.”
“I don’t give a fuck,” he continued. “My objective is to destroy Democrats, OK? To destroy liberals, liberalism as an idea, Democrats, and anything that opposes President Trump. That’s my goal. I’ve never made any bones about that.”
“You don’t have to fact check me because I don’t give a fuck,” Dilley added. “I fucking make up shit sometimes, from time to time. I don’t care. I don’t care. Democrats know it. Republicans know it. I don’t mind admitting it. I don’t give a shit … When I get a chance to shit on the left, I don’t mind making shit up. No, not at all.”
On Tuesday, Dilley praised the president’s baseless accusation that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had something to do with the 2001 death of a woman who worked in Scarborough’s congressional office and urged his listeners to start “investigating” whether Scarborough may have also been involved in the 1996 death of JonBenét Ramsey.
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
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