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‘Love This Guy’: Franklin Graham Praises Mayor for Having ‘A Lot of Guts’ After He Attacked LGBT People

Evangelical empire scion Franklin Graham has made attacking LGBTQ people a core principle of his self-styled “ministry,” aka Facebook. After New Jersey Mayor Alfonso Cirulli delivered an 11-minute anti-gay screed during a township committee meeting Graham took to social media to praise the Republican for calling the LGBTQ community “an affront to almighty God.” “Love this guy—he’s got a lot of guts!” Graham told his nearly 8 million followers on Facebook. Mayor Cirulli thad old elected town officials he opposes the state’s new law that requires schools to learn about the contributions...
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‘Broadest Protection of Religious Exercise’: Trump’s New Labor Rule Would Allow Massive Discrimination by For-Profit Companies

President Donald Trump’s Labor Department on Wednesday announced a new rule that not only would codify the “right” to discriminate into practice, but would help corporations do so. The new rule applies to federal contractors, who employ up to one quarter of all employees. As NCRM reported earlier, it would allow any company, corporation, or organization with a federal contract that claims it is either religious or faith-based or follows any sort of belief system – so-called “religion-exercising organizations” – to discriminate based on those beliefs. The word “religion” appears...
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Anti-LGBTQ ‘Straight Pride’ Organizers Again Fail to Meet Permit Deadline but Insist Event Will Still Take Place

The City of Modesto, California gave the organizers of a “straight pride” parade until 5 PM Tuesday to obtain and submit proof of insurance required to hold their event. It was a second chance for The National Straight Pride Coalition to follow the rules, which they were unable to do once again. Last week their request for a permit was denied, on the grounds their chosen venue was inappropriate, and because they reportedly had lost their insurance. But National Straight Pride Coalition founder Don Grundmann (photo) insists some sort of event will take place...
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Here’s the Truth About the Shadowy Group Behind the National Prayer Breakfast

The National Prayer Breakfast is a relatively uncontroversial affair these days. Presidents from both parties make a habit of attending it, and giving simple speeches about what their faith means to them, and leaders from around the world join them. But a new Netflix documentary miniseries, “The Family”, explores the shadowy group known as the Fellowship, which originally set it up in 1935. The Fellowship began as a secretive fraternity of evangelical men, first organized under the leadership of a man named Abraham Veride, who was attempting to gather business...
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Huckabee Blames ‘Lack of Thought and Prayers’ for Domestic Terror Mass Shootings (Video)

Ignores Daughter’s Complicity in White Supremacy of Trump Administration Says ‘Thoughts and Prayers Are ‘The Only Thing That’s Ever Really Going to Help’ Mike Huckabee showed up on Fox News Monday morning to weigh in on the weekend’s two domestic terror mass shootings that have now left 31 people dead in Texas and Ohio. The twice-former GOP presidential candidate insisted the problem central to mass shootings is “the lack of thought and prayers,” and too little religion – not too many guns, or the racist, white supremacist beliefs of President Donald Trump...
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Bishop Tells Students Men Are Gay Because Their Parents Engaged in an ‘Abnormal’ Sex Act – and Liked It

‘A Desire Is Born, and Then the Desire Is Passed on to the Child’ Bishop Neophytos Masouras of Morphou’s Church of Cyprus, a Greek Orthodox Church in Akaki, told primary school students that men are gay because their parents engaged in an “abnormal sexual act,” and the mother enjoyed it. The enjoyment is apparently a pre-requisite. “It happens during the parent’s intercourse or pregnancy. It follows an abnormal sexual act between the parents. To be more clear, anal sex,” the Bishop told students during a “spiritual meetings of dialogue,” the...
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Pastor Refuses Funeral for Dying Tennessee Man Because His Son Is Gay

A Sweetwater, Tennessee pastor is refusing to grant a 71-year old man’s dying wish: to be buried in the first church he ever attended. Jessie Goodman (photo, right) says his father is dying and only has a days left to live. He told ABC affiliate News 9 that Pastor Jay Scruggs of Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church will not bury his father if Jessie or his fiancé “take part in any way,” including just attending the ceremony. “They’re punishing my dad for a lifestyle choice I’ve made. It’s not me up there in a casket....
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Hundreds of Orgs, Political and Religious Leaders Demand Pompeo Abolish His Anti-LGBTQ ‘Commission on Unalienable Rights’

‘Harmful to the Global Effort to Protect the Rights of All People and a Waste of Resources’ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday was sent letters signed by hundreds of human rights organizations, activists, and supporters, along with religious and political leaders demanding he abolish his newly-formed anti-LGBTQ and anti-women “Commission on Unalienable Rights.” Pompeo claimed it was an effort to “provide fresh thinking” about the government’s role in the promotion and advocacy of “natural law and natural rights,” which is right-wing code for anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice. The...
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Bragging That ‘Discrimination Is No Longer Tolerated in Texas’ Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Surrounded by still-wrapped Chick-fil-A sandwiches, soda cups, supporters, and a small cow with the words “eat mor chikin” on its side, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott Thursday evening told reporters that “discrimination Is no longer tolerated in Texas.” He then signed a bill that not only allows but enables anti-LGBT discrimination. “No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners gave to a church, the Salvation Army, or to any other religious organization,” Gov. Abbott, apparently under the impression he represents businesses and not people, preached. Today I signed the ⁦@ChickfilA⁩...
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Anti-Gay Hate Group Is Suing to Force Boston to Give Special Right to Fly Christian Flag at City Hall

An anti-gay hate group is suing the City of Boston on behalf of its client to force the “City on a Hill” to allow the Christian flag to be flown at City Hall. Liberty Counsel, which appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay hate groups, is accusing the City of Boston of religious discrimination. Boston says it cannot fly non-secular flags. Hal Shurtleff, the director and co-founder of Camp Constitution, the organization that wants to fly the Christian flag, claims the city’s refusal is unconstitutional. “There’s no question...
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