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Right Wing Group Head Falsely Fearmongers the LGBT Equality Act Will Make Christianity ‘Against the Law’

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The head of a “go-to” group providing pseudo-science for the far right is claiming the LGBT Equality Act will be the end of Christianity, a 2000+ year old religion practiced by 2.3 billion people – more than any other religion – across the planet.

“I think it’s really super important for all listeners to realize this law, if it passes, if this bill becomes law, it impacts everyone. And a better name for it is the ‘Death to Christianity Act.’ OK? That’s going to be the umbrella,” Michelle Cretella, the executive director of the cleverly-named American College of Pediatricians (not to be confused with the professional organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics,) said. Right Wing Watch was the first to report on her remarks.

“Christianity, it will cease to be publicly practiced. It’ll become against the law,” Cretella claimed, with zero proof.

Cretella made her astonishing claims Friday, speaking on “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins.” Perkins is the head of the Family Research Council, a far right wing organization that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of active anti-gay hate groups. The American College of Pediatricians does as well.

Guest host Sarah Perry, FRC Action’s Director of Partnerships, and Cretella also claimed, falsely, the legislation would force doctors to “do harm to” transgender children.

The House of Representatives is getting ready to vote Friday on the long-awaited Equality Act, which would extend protections to LGBTQ people in areas from housing and employment to credit, banking, public accommodations, and jury service, among others.

On Tuesday televangelist Pat Robertson claimed if the Equality Act becomes law it will force God to “vomit out” America.

The Trump administration has announced it opposes the bill.

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Franklin Graham Cries ‘Discrimination’ as UK Venues Ban Him Over His ‘Divisive’ Anti-LGBTQ Extremism

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Franklin Graham‘s planned tour of the UK has run in to a snag: It appears few in the UK want him there. The far right evangelical Christian leader with strong ties to President Donald Trump had announced a UK tour starting in June, but as word spread venues started canceling on him, or pulled out of negotiations. At issue: Graham’s anti-LGBTQ extremism.

ACC Liverpool, a convention center adjacent to the John Lennon Peace Monument has blocked Graham, calling him “divisive” and saying he is “incompatible” with their values.

“Over the past few days we have been made aware of a number of statements which we consider to be incompatible with our values,” the ACC Liverpool said in a statement, as The Guardian reports. “In light of this we can no longer reconcile the balance between freedom of speech and the divisive impact this event is having in our city. We have informed the organizers of the event that the booking will no longer be fulfilled.”

The mayor of Liverpool supports the decision:

A London venue has also backed out of negotiations in the wake of “an All Out petition calling on The O2 to refuse to host Graham, with the petition gaining more than 8,500 signatures by early Tuesday morning,” Newsweek reports.

Graham is accusing his UK opponents of discrimination – while falsely suggesting all Christians support him and his beliefs.

“We feel that we are being discriminated against because of our religious beliefs,” Graham said. “Cancelling venue contracts based on the demands of one very vocal group, without consideration for the views and rights of the Christians who contracted for the venue, including the views of thousands of other Christians who support it and who would be negatively impacted, does far more to harm and divide society than simply letting the events go on as planned.”

He also called it “wrong for venue managers and local officials to make a decision that disadvantages Christians,” as if all LGBTQ people are not Christian.

Graham, who says Satan is behind LGBTQ advocacy, had more strong words in response to the lockout, in an open “letter to the LGBTQ community in the UK.”

“The rub, I think, comes in whether God defines homosexuality as sin. The answer is yes,” he told his 8 million Facebook followers. “But God goes even further than that, to say that we are all sinners—myself included. The Bible says that every human being is guilty of sin and in need of forgiveness and cleansing. The penalty of sin is spiritual death—separation from God for eternity.”

“I invite everyone in the LGBTQ community to come and hear for yourselves the Gospel messages that I will be bringing from God’s Word, the Bible. You are absolutely welcome,” he claimed.

 

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Trump Expected to Give Anti-Abortion Extremists Huge Gift When He Addresses ‘March for Life’ Attendees in Person

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As Trump Becomes First President to Address Anti-Abortion Extremists He Launches Threat Against California Over Abortion Coverage

As his impeachment trial is successfully moving forward President Donald Trump is working hard to please those most supportive of him: evangelical Christians. On Friday, they will receive two tremendous gifts from the president they, more than any other group, support.

President Trump on Friday will become the first U.S. president to address – in person – the annual March for Life rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The March for Life is a group of anti-abortion extremists who have ties to radical anti-LGBTQ hate groups, and who advocate not only to make abortion illegal but promote the false claim that birth control is abortion. Abortion is not only legal but has been affirmed as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump is not only showing up to speak at the March for Life but he is expected to use his appearance to announce his administration today is planning “to announce action against California over its requirement insurers cover abortions,” The Wall Street Journal reports.

The new attack comes from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, which is headed by Roger Severino.

Severino is a religious and anti-LGBTQ extremist who previously served as CEO and counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a far right legal group that, among other cases, successfully advised in the anti-abortion Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case. It has been called “God’s Rottweilers.”

Under Severino, the Trump administration will attack California for its “requirement that private health insurance policies include abortion coverage,” the Journal explains, even though the State won that right in court.

The Dept. of Health and Human Services will go after California, threaten to withhold federal funds under the guise that California is engaging in discrimination, and President Trump likely will make that announcement today to his supporters at the March for Life rally.

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Watch Live: Trump to Announce ‘Big Action’ to Promote Public School Prayer

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President Donald Trump is promising “big action” that will promote school prayer, at a 2 PM White House event Thursday, “Guidance on Constitutional Prayer in Public Schools.” Thursday is also Religious Freedom Day.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that praying in school is legal, but promotion of prayer or religion in public schools is illegal. The administration has not released details of its plan, but has a long track record now of instituting unconstitutional or illegal policies and then fighting lawsuits in court. Trump’s Muslim travel ban, and co-opting of Defense Dept. funds to build his border wall are just two examples.

“We think this is going to be another Christian nationalist attempt to redefine – really, weaponize – religious liberty,” Elizabeth Cavell, Freedom From Religion Foundation’s associate counsel, says.

Just three days into the new year President Trump made the inflammatory “big action” promise to Christians evangelical supporters at a Florida megachurch.

“We will not allow faithful Americans to be bullied by the hard left,” Trump said, as Time reported. “Very soon, I’ll be taking action to safeguard students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools. We’re doing a big action, Attorney General Bill Barr.”

“They want to take that right, can you believe it?” Trump told the attendees at the El Rey Jesus Church in Miami.

In fact, no one is trying to “take that right,” but the Supreme Court has been crystal clear on what is, and is not, constitutional when it comes to prayer in schools.

Some may try to use whatever support for school prayer the President and Attorney General Bill Barr offer as an opportunity to attack LGBTQ students or even teachers or administration officials.

Trump is known for making big promises, including to the conservative evangelical community, and getting them to believe his claims, however false. He spent years attacking the Johnson Amendment, which bans faith-based entities from supporting political candidates. He claimed, “I’ve gotten rid of the Johnson Amendment.” That’s false.

Instead, he signed an executive order directing the IRS to exercise maximum discretion in enforcing tax laws for religious organizations, including churches, under the Johnson Amendment.

But evangelicals believed his falsehoods.

You can watch Trump’s 2 PM event at C-SPAN.

NCRM will embed the White House live video feed when it become available.

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