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Crime Supreme Court WTF?!

Christian Group Tied To Amy Coney Barrett Faces Charges Of Sexually Molesting Children

A far-right Christian group with extensive ties to Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has allegedly been allowing children to be sexually abused over the years and reportedly refused to punish the adults accused of committing the crimes.

The Washington Post reports that the group, known as “People of Praise,” is a offshoot of the “Christian movement of the early 1970s, which adopted practices described in the New Testament of the Bible, including speaking in tongues, the use of prophecy and faith healing.”

But all of their claims of piety hid a darker secret which came to light when Katie Logan called the Eden Prairie, Minnesota Police Department to report a crime:

“Her high school physics teacher had sexually assaulted her two decades earlier, she said. She was 17 and had just graduated from a school run by a small Christian group called People of Praise. He was 35 at the time, a widely admired teacher and girls’ basketball coach who lived in a People of Praise home for celibate men.”

Logan also told the dean of the school she attended of the abuse. The dean believed Logan and relayed her complaint to another official at the school.

But nothing happened, according to the Post, and the teacher remained as a staff member at the school:

“Dave Beskar remained at Trinity School at River Ridge until 2011, when he was hired to lead a charter school in Arizona. In 2015, he returned to the Minneapolis area to become headmaster of another Christian school. Beskar denies that any inappropriate sexual activity took place.”

Logan, who is now 37, says despite her warnings, People of Praise swept her complaint under the rug:

“People of Praise leaders failed me. I think they wanted to protect themselves more than they wanted to protect me and other girls.”

Members of a Facebook support group, “PoP Survivors” also allege they were abused by staffers at schools run by the religious organization:

“The Post interviewed nine people in the Facebook group — all but one of them women — who said they were sexually abused as children, as well as anotherman who says he was physically abused. In four of those cases, the people said the alleged abuse was reported to community leaders.”

Justice Barrett, it turns out, was raised in a People of Praise community in Louisiana and remains active in the South Bend, Indiana, branch of the group.

Though her involvement in the group never came up during her Supreme Court confirmation, Barrett was asked about her religious beliefs when she was nominated to the federal appeals court. She said then:

“It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions, whether they derive from faith or anywhere else, on the law.”

Men are in control of the decisions made inside People of Praise. The group is led by an all-male board of governors and husbands usually make all the decisions for their wives and children. Wives are not permitted to “take over” for the husbands when it comes to decision making.

Despite the allegations against members of the group, Craig Lent, chairman of the religious group’s board of governors, issued a statement which reads:

“People of Praise has always put the safety of children far above any reputational concerns.”

However, Lent refused to answer any written questions from the Post.

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Donald Trump Religion

Christian Broadcaster Asks Trump If God Put Him In Office – His Answer Is Incredibly Revealing

Donald Trump loves to pretend that he’s religious and cares about issues that are important to Christians, especially evangelical Christians, but his only real interest is in securing their votes, because Trump has never expressed any interest in spiritual matters, has cheated on all three of his wives, and bragged that he enjoys grabbing women by the genitals.


Despite all that, Trump sat down this week for an extensive interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, and Brody asked the president if he thought perhaps God had put him in the White House. Specifically, Brody posed this question to Trump:

“I want to ask you, on the evangelical front. I’ve asked Sarah Sanders, Mike Pompeo, they all give me the same answer I say, was President Trump put in office for such a time as this. Did God put President Trump in office for such a time as this? I never asked you that question. What do you think?”

Rather than saying yes or no, Trump responded:

“Well, I don’t know what they said.”


Did you get that? He doesn’t know what they said. In other words, Trump cannot respond to the question until he knows exactly what has been said about him by his underlings. That’s what’s important to him, not any spiritual matters or questions of the afterlife and eternity. By knowing what they said, Trump believes he can more fully pander to those watching the interview.

Brody then told Trump:

“They said yes.”

All of sudden, the president became overly verbose, remarking:

“Okay. Because I have, Ben Carson said the same thing. You know, Ben Carson came to me because he ran a very effective campaign. And he did a good job. He really did. You know, he came in one of the top people. And he said to me, you know, you’re gonna win. I said, Ben, I’m running against you. What are you telling me? He said you’re going to win because God put you here for this occasion. I said, What a lovely thing to say. That was the first one that I heard from Ben Carson. And it was during the campaign, I was running against him, and he was saying, I’m gonna win. He’s a very high-quality guy. He’s done a great job in the administration.”


Be sure and note he still hasn’t answered the question!

Brody then asked if Trump “buys” what his cabinet members have said about him being in office because God put him there. Trump replied:

“I almost don’t even want to think about it. Because you know what, all I’m gonna do is, I hope it’s true. All I’m going to do is I’m going to do my best. And part of what I’m doing my best one is for the religious community beyond evangelical, evangelicals a very big part is very important to me.”

What?! That’s gibberish and more pandering. And it’s also proof that Trump couldn’t care less about evangelicals, God, or religion. He just wants their votes, and he’s willing to say whatever’s necessary to make sure they support him come November.

Saint Donald? Hardly. That’s not a halo you see over Trump’s head. It’s horns he’s twisted into a circle.

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Immigration Racism WTF?!

Televangelist Gets Shredded For ‘Biblical’ Defense Of Donald Trump (VIDEO)

Why is it that so many alleged “Christians” support Donald Trump, even though nearly everything the president says and does is in direct opposition to the teachings of Jesus Christ?

A perfect example of this could be found on CNN Friday evening when a panel of guests discussed Trump’s highly offensive remarks about “shithole” countries. One of the guests, Pastor Mark Burns, said there was a biblical defense for what Trump had said:

“A man who does not take care of his own home, his own home, their own people, is worse than an infidel. We have somehow forgotten that in America.”


Fellow panelist Kirsten Nelson then reminded Burns:

“What you just were quoting was about the government. We’re talking about the people coming over. What you’re basically saying is if you come from an s-hole country that you’re an s-hole person. That’s not correct.

“This country is filled with people who came from terrible countries, terrible governments and they fled here and they came here. That’s the exact kind of people I think a pastor would be saying, we would want them to come to the country, and they’ve been major contributors to this country.”

Eventually, Burns relented some and admitted that as a Christian, the Bible tells him to help the poor and homeless. That led host Erin Burnett to respond with this line that put Burns in his place:

“But don’t let them into your home, God forbid.”

Apparently, Pastor Burns doesn’t know (or doesn’t care) that hypocrisy is one of the greatest sins of all.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Religion The Trump Adminstration

Sexual Predator Trump Touts ‘Judeo-Christian’ Values At Voters Summit

President Donald J. Trump, the very same man who has bragged about grabbing women by the genitals and commented that he was sexually attracted to daughter, Ivanka, became the first sitting president to ever speak at the annual Values Voters Summit. Miraculously, the building did not collapse from the weight of the hypocrisy.

The ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in northwest Washington was packed for Trump’s speech, and members of the audience often gave the head of state a standing ovation.

Trump began his remarks by proclaiming:

“We don’t worship government, we worship God. Our founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. And how times have changed. But you know what? Now they’re changing back again.”

And Thomas Jefferson had his own version of the Bible which omitted the miracles of Christ. Jefferson also wrote:

“But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”


Next, Trump told the raucous audience that Christian America could expect to make a big comeback under his leadership:

“We are stopping all our attacks on Judeo-Christian values. We don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct. You’ll go to department stores and they say ‘Happy New Year’ instead.”

One wonders if stores owned by Jews or Muslims will be required to comply with Trump’s “Merry Christmas” edict.

Incredibly, Trump also touched on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, saying:

“We’re gonna be there. It’s not a question of choice. We love those people. When America is unified, no force can break us apart. We love our families, we love our neighbors, we love our country.”

Translation: Trump is gonna send more paper towels and then declare the island has been rebuilt better than before.

The irony of Christian conservatives embracing a man as immoral and downright evil as Donald Trump proves that religion has little to no value in today’s upside-down world.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Corruption Espionage WTF?!

Trump’s ‘Christian’ Attorney Says Morals, Ethics Don’t Matter In A Campaign (VIDEO)

Jay Sekulow, who serves as one of President Trump’s attorneys, is also Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, which claims to be a “Christian” organization. So what Sekulow said Sunday morning on CNN’s State of the Union is more than a bit hypocritical.

Host Jake Tapper asked Sekulow about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians who have connections to the Kremlin:

“I understand you’re a lawyer but you’re also a man of faith. Isn’t it kind of important whether or not what Donald Trump Jr., [Paul] Manafort and [Jared] Kushner did, isn’t it important, whether or not it’s legal, whether or not it’s wrong? Whether or not it’s ethical?”

Sekulow’s response proved that he may claim to be a person of faith, but he’s also a blatant hypocrite:

“You’re conflating three perspectives here, Jake. The legality: was the meeting and what took place legal or not? Almost every legal expert says it’s not illegal. Then you’re trying to put a moral and ethical aspect to it and it’s easy to do that in 20/20 hindsight but not when you’re in the middle of a campaign.”

Wait a minute! If you’re in the middle of a campaign it’s OK to do things that are unethical and immoral? Sekulow continued:

“I’m not a campaign lawyer and I wasn’t a campaign lawyer as the meetings were taking place. Everybody looking backwards and saying would’ve, should’ve, could’ve. But to go back a year later and say this is what should have happened when the meeting was 20 minutes and a series of meetings that took place days and days for months, I don’t think that’s fair to Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner or Paul Manafort for that matter.”

It’s eminently fair to them. They took the meeting, so now they have to answer for their actions. Isn’t that what both the law of man and the law of the Bible state, Mr. Sekulow?

Tapper, sensing that Sekulow was trying desperately to minimize the culpability of the three men who had the meeting with the Russian officials, pushed back:

“Not with the governments of hostile foreign powers, Jay. That’s not normal. You could talk about opposition research all you want, but it’s a Russian government attorney. That’s what this was billed at. With high-level intelligence on Hillary Clinton? For all Don Jr. knew, from the FSB, successor to the KGB. That was coming from human intelligence. He had no idea where it was coming from, normal oppo is legally obtained.”

In other words, it’s freaking treason! It’s always been treason and it always will be. And it’s wrong. It’s wrong a year ago, a month ago, a week ago, and it’ll be wrong until the end of time. There’s no way around that. None!

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org