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ABC News: Hundreds of Christian Anti-Gay ‘Conversion Camps’ for Kids ‘Operating Across the Country’



Parents Paying Tens of Thousands of Dollars a Year for Pastors to Beat Their Kids Straight

ABC News’ “20/20” Friday night will report on anti-gay so-called conversion therapy camps run by pastors and preachers who use “the Bible and sometimes the belt” to try to change children from being homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual. 

Despite the practice being emotionally damaging and dangerous, despite being opposed by every major medical organization in the country, and linked to self-harm and suicide, Christian parents are still sending their children away to these torture camps.

On Friday’s “Good Morning America” ABC News’ Brian Ross previewed his report, which will air tonight. A linked ABC News report says the “investigation found a cottage industry of so-called conversion camps operating across the country.” 

“Christian ministries or camps, where gay teens are sent by parents who want their children to change their sexuality,” Ross says.

The Blessed Hope Christian Academy, Ross says, is run by a Christian pastor who charges $21,000 a year to “deal with teenagers who consider themselves gay.” And he says parents give written consent for their children to be hit if they “act up.”

The pastor on hidden camera says “it is going against the word of God. It is not biblically right.”

Susan Cottrell of Freedhearts on camera says, “for every camp like this there are a hundred more that nobody knows about.”

Ross also shows another camp, “unlicensed, and surrounded by barbed wire.” As the clip continues, the “Christian pastor,” Ross says, “has a track record of physical abuse and cruelty.”

At the end of the clip, ABC’s Robin Roberts pay tribute to her very religious mother for accepting her “as a gay woman.”




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‘Falwell Should Step Down’: GOP Leader Calls for Liberty University to Find a New President After ‘Appalling’ Behavior



The vice-chair of the House Republican Caucus called for Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. to step down.

“Jerry Falwell Jr’s ongoing behavior is appalling,” Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) posted on Twitter.

“As a Music Faculty Advisory Board Member and former instructor [at Liberty University], I’m convinced Falwell should step down,” Walker said.

“None of us are perfect, but students, faculty, alumni and [the Liberty University choir] deserve better,” he explained.

Walker was a baptist pastor prior to his political career.

Falwell, Jr. has been in a scandal ofter posting — and then deleting — a picture of him holding a woman who is not his wife on a yacht — with both of the pants unbuttoned.

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Biden Epically Destroys ‘Insecure Bully’ Trump After President Says He ‘Hurt God’: ‘My Faith Teaches Me to Love My Neighbor’



Joe Biden is hitting back – epically and eloquently – after President Donald Trump attacked the former vice president Thursday.

In what some mocked as a “deranged” rant from an Ohio tarmac Trump told supporters Biden has “No religion. No anything. Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He’s against God.”

Thursday night the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee responded, with 301 words focused on his faith.

Biden is a devout and practicing Catholic. Trump has been attacking Biden’s faith all week. On Wednesday the president’s re-election campaign released an attack ad essentially mocking Biden praying. Some slammed the president for “anti-religious bigotry.”

In a post on Medium, Biden responded to Trump’s latest assault by writing, in part, “My faith teaches me to love my neighbor as I would myself, while President Trump only seeks to divide us.”

“My faith teaches me to care for the least among us, while President Trump seems to only be concerned about his gilded friends,” Biden continued. “My faith teaches me to welcome the stranger, while President Trump tears families apart. My faith teaches me to walk humbly, while President Trump teargassed peaceful protestors so he could walk over to a church for a photo op.”

Biden also called his Catholic faith, “the bedrock foundation of my life,” that “provided me comfort in moments of loss and tragedy,” and has “kept me grounded and humbled in times of triumph and joy.”

He also noted, “like the words of so many other insecure bullies, President Trump’s comments reveal more about him than they do about anyone else.”

Read Biden’s entire response here.


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White Nationalism Supporter Stephen Miller Says Dems Stand for ‘Modern-Day Fascism’ Which Could Lead to ‘True Nightmare’



White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who has a clearly demonstrated affinity for white nationalism, accused Democrats in Washington, D.C., of supporting an agenda that would effectively institute “modern-day fascism.”

On Tuesday, Miller gave an interview to “Breitbart News Tonight” with host and Breitbart News Washington Political Editor Matt Boyle justifying the Trump administration’s deployment of federal officers to Portland, Oregon, and other cities as part of the Department of Justice’s “Operation Legend.” Miller went so far as to claim that President Donald Trump “saved the city of Portland,” which last night saw its 70th consecutive day of demonstrations against police violence.

Federal agents deployed to Portland have been filmed beating Black Lives Matter protesters, tear-gassing a group of mothers, fracturing a protester’​s skull with an impact round, and yanking people off the street ​and into unmarked vehicles​, detaining them without explanation. The Nation reports that the Department of Homeland Security instructed agents how to arrest journalists and legal observers and expose them to tear​ gas without being held legally liable for violating a restraining order against such tactics.

But it is Democrats in the nation’s capital​, Miller said, that support fascism via so-called “cancel culture.”

“What the Democrats in Washington stand for right now is, in effect, a modern-day fascism that says, ‘If you don’t think what we think, if you don’t believe what we believe, if you don’t act, then you’re going to be written out of society,” Miller said. “That is fundamentally contrary to everything we stand for as an open, tolerant, pluralistic society.”

“If that agenda ever gained power, if they could actually put law behind that thought process, we would be living in a true nightmare,” Miller said.

Boyle replied, “No wonder why you are a senior adviser to President Trump.”

In a series of investigative reports last year, The Southern Poverty Law Center revealed emails sent from Miller to then-Breitbart News editor Katie McHugh that made clear Miller’s obsession with far-right thought and white nationalist hate. In one excerpt from the series, Miller was seen giving editorial directions to Breitbart News, ​using his influence to have​ the site attack his perceived political opponents and to launder his agenda to a mainstream conservative audience.


This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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