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Franklin Graham Says ‘I’m Not Condemning Anyone’ After Being Blasted for Telling Pete Buttigieg to ‘Repent’ Being Gay

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Franklin Graham is looking to turn down the heat he caused when he thought he could get away with telling a gay man his homosexuality was unacceptable and he must “repent” or go to hell.

Last week the Christian evangelical minister and anti-gay activist attacked Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, warning the Indiana politician he will suffer “eternal damnation” if he does not “repent” his homosexuality.

“God’s Word defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised, or politicized,” Graham wrote, attacking Buttigieg, who occasionally mentions his husband, and has even kissed him on stage.

That did not sit well with many, including some conservatives, who turned around and blasted Graham, telling him to “shut up,” calling him a “disgrace,” and letting him know his time has passed.

Graham is now engaging in a bit of “repentance” himself, trying to regain a modicum of credibility after having holy hell rained down on him.

Related: Right-Wing Pastor Falsely Claims Pete Buttigieg Wants to Turn America Into a ‘Homocracy’

The 66-year old Christian revivalist minister once again took to Facebook, this time trying to claim he had not criticized, judged, or even had not suggested Buttigieg would be going to hell.

“I’m not condemning anyone, I’m not the judge, I don’t make the rules—God does,” a much less judgmental Graham wrote over the weekend. “And His rules are spelled out clearly in His Word, the Bible. It’s up to each person to decide for themselves what their response to a loving God will be.”

“Whether you’re the mayor of South Bend, the president of the United States Donald J. Trump, Franklin Graham, or anyone else—it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done—we’re all guilty and need God’s forgiveness,” Graham wrote, suggesting all of a sudden he’s no better, no more enlightened than Buttigieg.

“God is willing to forgive our sins if we will repent (turn from those sins, leave them, go the other direction),” Graham explained.

That’s a far cry from preaching about “repentance” and “eternal damnation.”

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Barr to Be Honored for ‘Christlike Behavior’ Today With Award From Right Wing Catholic Group With Strong Ties to Trump

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Attorney General Bill Barr will be honored for his “Christlike behavior” at Wednesday’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, according to Roman Catholic Sister, author, and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean.

The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast says Barr will be presented with its Christifideles Laici Award during today’s 16th annual prayer event.

“In Honor and Gratitude for Fidelity to the Church, Exemplary Selfless and Steadfast Service in the Lord’s Vineyard,” are the words inscribed on the award.

The event is being sponsored by several groups, including Alliance Defending Freedom, which appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

President Donald Trump is expected to address the group today during its virtual ceremony.

Among the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast’s founders are Pat Cipollone, President Trump’s White House Counsel; former Republican Senator Rick Santorum; and Joseph Cella, President Trump’s Ambassador to Fiji, and a former Trump transition team member who co-founded the right wing activist group Catholic Vote.

Another founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast is Austin Ruse, the president of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM).

Perhaps the most notable founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast is the group’s president, conservative judicial activist Leonard Leo.

Leo also serves as co-chairman of the Federalist Society, the far right group responsible for promoting the illegitimate belief that the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted by judges according to how the nation’s founders thought.

President Trump, for the first time in history, has effectively farmed out the approval process for federal court judges and even Supreme Court justices he nominates, to the Federalist Society.

The award to Barr is being condemned by notable Catholics, including Sister Prejean, and Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large at America magazine.

 

 

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Trump-Loving Catholic Priest Accuses Biden-Harris Supporters of Wanting ‘Terrorists’ and ‘Bloodshed’

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A very pro-Trump Catholic priest went ballistic after the first joint public appearance of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Wednesday afternoon, attacking Americans showing support for a Biden-Harris landslide.

Those tweeting #BidenHarris2020Landslide with a desire for it are seeking a landslide of – bloodshed of #unborn babies – persecution of the church – economic debt – criminals in our neighborhoods – new terrorists in the world – taxes,” wrote Father Frank Pavone. “And they don’t have the integrity to face it.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden is a devout, practicing Catholic.

It is unusual for members of the clergy to be so open in advocating their political preferences of one candidate over another.

Related: Bishop Blasted for Attacking Biden-Harris as ‘First Time in Awhile’ Dems Not Running a Catholic (They Are)

Father Pavone, who is also the national director of Priests for Life, an anti-abortion, anti-choice organization,  was not done, offering more commentary attack Democrats.

He also promoted a tweet from the official Trump campaign:

And later accused Democrats of “concocting” “delusional fantasies.”

In fact, taking a look at Father Pavone’s Twitter feed reveals what appears to be an unabashed endorsement of President Donald Trump.

On Wednesday he even promoted the Trump campaign’s “Make America Great Again” slogan to tweet out his work, a Fox News-like presentation supporting Trump talking points, mixed with graphic anti-abortion imagery.

 

 

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Anti-LGBTQ Right-Wing Activist Tells Christians to Build an Underground Railroad and Prepare to Wage Violent Revolution

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Scott Lively, a Trump-loving former GOP gubernatorial candidate, is telling Christians it is their “duty” to build an underground railroad and prepare to wage a violent revolution in response to what he foresees as the impending persecution of Christ-followers.

As Right Wing Watch’s Kyle Mantyla reports, Lively used his online “Breaking News Bible Study” (video below) on Sunday to warn his supporters “they need to establish a modern-day Underground Railroad for Christians to escape coming persecution and prepare to wage a violent revolution against those who seek to use the current COVID-19 pandemic to impose a socialist End Times ‘emerging Beast government’ on the United States.”

Lively heads a Massachusetts-based anti-LGBTQ hate group, has been directly linked to Uganda’s infamous “Kill the Gays” bill, and says “homosexuals [are] the true inventors of Nazism” in his book The Pink Swastika. He faced a crimes against humanity lawsuit that was dismissed in 2017 over jurisdictional issues.

“We need to be establishing a network of believers everywhere that can operate in an underground fashion,” Lively told his followers in his truly disturbing screed. “Because if this thing continues in the trend that it seems to be, we may be evolving here at a revolutionary speed [and] entering into an emerging Beast government.”

“We’re going to need to have something like an Underground Railroad in which believers who are fleeing persecution are going to be able to have some way of escape,” he continued. “If these people truly are intending to destroy America so they can bring in their global socialist system, or even a nationalist socialist system, then violence is appropriate in response in the most measured possible way. That’s the idea. If at all possible, you disarm the zombies trying to kill you without hurting them. But if it’s not possible, you do whatever is necessary to stop them from killing you and your family or putting you into slavery. That I believe is the duty of an American.”

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