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Trump Cabinet Secretaries Attend Bible Study Led by Extremist Pastor ‘Not Biblically Qualified for Spiritual Leadership’

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‘It Is the Estimation of These Men That Ralph Drollinger Is Not Biblically Qualified for Spiritual Leadership’ His Own Board Members Charged

A large number of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet Secretaries attend a weekly bible study group led by a right wing extremist pastor whose own ministry declared him “not biblically qualified for spiritual leadership.” The group is sponsored by Vice President Mike Pence.

“Health Secretary Tom Price, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo are just a few of the regulars,” Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) reports Monday. “America’s top cop, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, also attends the study.”

“Nearly all Cabinet officials attend Bible lessons with [a] right-wing pastor who compares Trump to biblical heroes,” Sarah K. Burris at Raw Story adds.

The pastor, apparently sourced by Vice President Pence, is Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries. 

In 2009 California’s Capitol Weekly reported “five board members resigned from Capitol Ministries,” of which Drollinger is president.

“This group included John Anderson, a Grace Church member who is now on the Board of Directors of Capitol Commission. In communication with current or former Capitol Ministries board members and others, Grace officials noted on Sept. 24 ‘It is the estimation of these men that Ralph Drollinger is not biblically qualified for spiritual leadership.'”

If Drollinger’s own board members deemed him “not biblically qualified for spiritual leadership,” why is he in the White House leading some of the most powerful people in America in Bible study?

On May 21, 2004, the L.A. Times reported Drollinger “wrote in a Bible lesson that women lawmakers with young children at home are sinners.”

Three days later Church Central reported Drollinger “claimed that the Bible says God has given men and women different roles. ‘Man’s is, primarily, to be a breadwinner, and women’s is to be at home nurturing their children,’ he said.” It also reported that when Drollinger called Catholicism a false religion, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is Catholic, kicked Drolliniger out of the governor’s offices.

Theologian Diana Butler Bass calls Drollinger “anti-women, anti-Catholic, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Jewish.”

And adds:

Insisting the “Trump Cabinet Bible study is making history,” CBN claims a “spiritual awakening is underway at the White House.”

Journalist Amy Sullivan (who tweeted about the above stories) offers this interesting push back:

CBN, which is Fox News for far right wing Christian evangelicals, also claims Trump’s cabinet has “been called the most evangelical Cabinet in history.” CBN does not cite any source for that ludicrous claim. 

But CBN does cite Drollinger himself, speaking about the cabinet members who attend his bible study.

“These are godly individuals that God has risen to a position of prominence in our culture,” the pastor who has been called “not biblically qualified for spiritual leadership” tells CBN.

Drollinger says Attorney General Sessions will “go out the same day I teach him something and I’ll see him do it on camera and I just think, ‘Wow, these guys are faithful, available and teachable and they’re at Bible study every week they’re in town.'” 

CBN also reports Drollinger “teaches weekly studies in the U.S. House and Senate and now leads about a dozen members of President Trump’s Cabinet in weekly studies of the scriptures.”

At Raw Story, Burris notes “Drollinger sees Pence as a character like biblical stars Joseph, Mordecai and Daniel, all of whom rose to stand beside heads of government in history. Though Joseph is known for always doing the moral thing. Mordecai almost pushed his cousin into slavery. And Daniel committed crimes to avoid committing biblical sins.”

 

 

 

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'THIS REVELATION SHOCKED ME'

‘Could Have Killed One of Our Colleagues’: Former Trump Official Rips Him for Hiding Positive COVID Test

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Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah on Wednesday shredded her one-time boss for concealing his positive test for the novel coronavirus last fall.

Appearing on CNN, Farah told Jake Tapper that she was stunned to learn from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows that Trump had tested positive for the virus days ahead of his first debate with President Joe Biden and decided against informing his staff members.

“Very few things shock me and this revelation shocked me,” she said.

Farah went on to explain that she had not been informed of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, and accused the former president of recklessly endangering his own staff members.

“This demonstrates a flagrant lack of regard for public health and for the well-being of others,” she said. “At this time in the White House, I had staffers who were pregnant. I had one who is a multi-time cancer survivor. Plenty of people in the West Wing over 65. We could have killed one of our colleagues and instead they decided to not tell anyone, putting every one of us at risk.”

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'CLARIFYING THINGS'

Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book

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Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”

Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.

What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:

The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.

“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”

Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.

Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:

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Watch: Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running for Governor of Georgia

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Stacey Abrams has just announced she is running for governor of Georgia. Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than six years ran for governor in 2018, losing by a slim margin to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a race many saw as tainted by his voter suppression actions.

Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.

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