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US Senate Candidate Repeatedly Appears With Pastor Who Says Gays Are ‘Worthy of Death’

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Roy Moore Has Appeared on Radio Show of Pastor Who Calls for Gays People to Be Executed and Says That AIDS Is ‘God’s Retribution’

The leader in the race for the nomination to be the Republican Party’s candidate for the U.S. Senator from Alabama, Roy Moore, has a history of appearing on the radio program of a right wing Christian pastor who calls for gays people to be executed and says that AIDS is “God’s retribution.”

Moore, who resigned as the state’s Supreme Court chief justice after being suspended until the end of his elected term over his actions against same-sex marriage, at least five times has appeared with Pastor Kevin Swanson, as CNN reports. As recently as February Moore appeared on Swanson’s show.

Just how anti-gay is Pastor Swanson?

In late 2015 Swanson held a political religious liberty conference, attended by Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on Swanson’s conference, saying a “significant portion” of what was talked about during the event “was the exact contours, the exact language of what they believe is a biblical commandment that gay people in the United States should be rounded up and executed.”

“It really was a ‘kill the gays’ call to arms,” Maddow observed. “This was a conference about the necessity of the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality.”

Here’s what Swanson said during that conference:

“In fact in Romans 1 Paul affirms that this particular sin is worthy of death,” Swanson says of homosexuality in the video above. “The Old and New Testament, I believe both speak with authority and we outta receive it.”

So vile and offensive are Pastor Swanson’s remarks that even Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign was forced to say he should not have appeared with Swanson.

But Roy Moore has shown no intention of distancing himself from Swanson.

“In one appearance,” CNN reports, “Moore and Swanson criticized state legislation that would ban discrimination against gays, with Moore saying it was an example of the government trying to tell citizens what they were allowed to think and believe.”
In response to a request for comment on Moore’s appearances with Swanson, Moore spokesperson Brett Doster told CNN: “Appearing in any interview is never an endorsement of the interviewer. Responding to CNN is a great example.”

Moore has made a career of being virulently anti-gay. It is a cornerstone of his political image, regardless of how he now tries to suggest he merely follows the law.

CNN adds that “Moore himself has been outspoken against LGBT rights, calling homosexuality an ‘inherent evil,’ as well as ‘abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God’ in a 2002 opinion he issued as chief justice. Moore was suspended as chief justice in 2016 for instructing Alabama’s probate judges to defy a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”

On his Senate campaign website Moore says:

As a husband, father, and grandfather, I know the importance of the future we leave to our posterity. 

A strong family based on marriage between one man and one woman is and should remain our only guide and model. I oppose abortion, same-sex marriage, civil unions, and all other threats to the traditional family order.

Federal funding for Planned Parenthood or any form of abortion should be stopped.

We must remain a moral and virtuous people, “One Nation under God.” I support freedom of worship and the recognition of that God upon Whom we have always relied in peace and war.

Moore is leading in the race against Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the seat when Jeff Sessions became Trump’s Attorney General. Earlier this month it was reported Moore did not know what DACA is.

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Pence Suggests Unnamed Trump SCOTUS Nominee Should Skip Committee and Just Be Confirmed Before ‘Election Issues’ Arise

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Vice President Mike Pence is in full campaign mode now, making the rounds on news channels and holding re-election rallies. On Tuesday the Indiana Republican told Fox News Business’ Lou Dobbs that perhaps President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee should just skip the usual Judiciary Committee hearings and get confirmed by the U.S. Senate immediately.

Pence said the nominee should get a committee hearing, but only “if needs be.”

He might have been thinking that since Chairman Lindsey Graham has already said there are enough votes to confirm, even though no one knows who the nominee is, why take up valuable time when the outcome has, for the first time in U.S. history, been preordained without even a facade of interest in vetting.

Insisting that Trump has “a duty” under “the Constitution to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court,” Vice President Pence said, “we respect the role of the Senate to advise and consent but President Trump truly believes that the Senate should move thoroughly thoughtfully and quickly and and move to consideration a hearing, if needs be and ultimately to a floor vote because we you know we have, we have major issues in the country today.”

What are the major Supreme Court issues?

“You know, Lou with all of the talk about universal unsolicited mail and validating where we see states around the country that are now, extending the deadline,” Pence said, referring to President Trump’s lie that voting by mail will make the election “rigged.”

“There is a possibility that election issues may come before the Supreme Court in the days following the election and all the more reason why we should have nine justices on the Supreme Court to, to be able to resolve any issues that may arise then or on any other matters.”

In other words, Trump wants a justice on the nation’s top court prepared to hand him the election.

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‘Soldiers for Christ’: Trump Cabinet Bible Study Teacher Calls Elections a ‘Spiritual Battle’ That ‘Believers Will Win’

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Ralph Drollinger, a Bible study teacher who uses his extraordinary access to top government officials in the United States and abroad to push right-wing policies as biblically mandated, distributed a Bible study Monday telling readers that “it is imperative that committed Christians be praying for an outcome that glorifies our Lord, and that believers will win office.”

“Don’t misinterpret the elections: they are first and foremost a spiritual battle requiring mature, spiritual weaponry,” Drollinger wrote in a Bible study distributed Monday. He also repeated his assertion that the only prayers that God hears and acts on are those of Christians.

In previous writings, Drollinger has demonstrated little respect for Christians who interpret the Bible differently than he does. He has called the “social Gospel” that motivates millions of liberal American Christians “a perversion of scripture” and “not Christianity whatsoever!” He has called Catholicism “one of the primary false religions of the world.” He urges public officials not to take part in “syncretistic” events like the National Prayer Breakfast, arguing that by participating in events that combine different forms of belief, attendees invite God’s wrath rather than his blessing.

Drollinger holds Bible study sessions for members of the House and Senate as well as Trump’s Cabinet while his written Bible studies are distributed widely and used by Capitol Ministries leaders active in state and local governments and foreign governments. Drollinger writes in this week’s Bible study that only people who are “mature in Christ” can be “ideal candidates for public office.”

Drollinger, whose Capitol Ministries is committed to evangelizing public officials and “discipling” them to his biblical worldview, writes that elections are “a critical time” for a public official who is “a soldier for Christ.” Drollinger writes that “when the believer wields the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and Satan reacts through his minions, there will exist critical times or seasons for necessary petitioning—that is, if you are a soldier for Christ.”

In “Oaks in Office,” his handbook for public officials, Drollinger wrote that “the critical and preeminent duty of the Church in an institutionally separated society” is “to evangelize and disciple—to Christianize—the leaders of the State and its citizenry.” Nevertheless, Drollinger insists that he is not a Christian nationalist because he does not believe in changing the structure of government to give the church an official role. He says he supports institutional but not influential separation of church and state.

Among Drollinger’s many fans within the Trump administration is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has used his position to open doors for Drollinger to bring his proselytizing and right-wing-policy-promoting ministry into the inner circles of government in foreign capitals.

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

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McEnany: ‘The Fact That We Have Come Nowhere Near’ 2 Million Coronavirus Deaths Is ‘a Testament’ to Trump

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump’s misleading and false claim that the coronavirus “affects virtually nobody,” and insisted that it is “a testament” to Trump that 2 million Americans have not died from COVID-19.

The U.S. just crossed the tragic marker of 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.

“As you’ve heard several doctors in the Task Force note from this podium, we were looking at the prospect of 2 million people potentially perishing from the coronavirus in this country,” McEnany told reporters Tuesday, suggesting wrongly that doing absolutely nothing would have been a legitimate course of action Trump could have taken.

She called the more than 200,000 deaths, “a testament to the hard work done by the Task Force and this President.”

On Monday at a rally in Ohio Trump told supporters the coronavirus “affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. That’s it.”

“You know, in some states, thousands of people, nobody young” dies, Trump added. “Below the age of 18, like, nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows. You look — take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.”

McEnany told CNN’s Jim Acosta Tuesday afternoon that President Trump was “giving critical information” at Monday night’s rally when he said the virus “affects elderly people” and “that’s it.”

 

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