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NOM president invokes MLK to claim anti-LGBT movement is ‘true civil rights’

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The president of the anti-LGBT group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) this week used the memory of Dr. Luther King, Jr. to make the assertion that the “true civil rights” movement was his fight against equal rights.

During a rally at the Utah state capitol on Monday, NOM President Brian Brown called on lawmakers to defend Utah’s prohibitions against same sex marriage.

“Not all of us here may be of the same denomination — there are Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, people of no religious denomination that understand that marriage is by definition the union of a man and a woman, and it demands a defense,” he told the crowd. “But I will say that it’s pretty likely that those of us here share some respect for our savior Jesus Christ. And that most of us have been told at one time or another that we shouldn’t say something like this at a gathering at the Capitol, or that belief shouldn’t affect what’s in the best interest of our state or our government.”

“Well, I say that is a lie and it is wrong!”

“Throughout history, people of faith have stood up against gross injustices, stood up for true civil rights,” Brown said, adding that the “truth” of the Civil Rights Movement was that King and other leaders had fought because of their faith.

“Dr. King in prison, to have his home fire bombed, to stand for the truth no matter what,” he said. “It was faith, that courage to fight for the truth.”

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“We are standing up for the civil rights of all when we stand up for the truth about marriage,” Brown insisted. “Blessed are you when you are persecuted!”

Watch this video, uploaded by YouTube user Drew Stelter.

(h/t: Right Wing Watch)

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Ben Stein: Black people have a ‘very deep attachment’ to feeling like ‘they’ve been victimized’

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On Monday's edition of Fox Business' "Trish Regan Primetime," conservative writer and actor Ben Stein complained about how African-Americans refuse to be grateful for what President Donald Trump is doing for them because they have an "attachment" to feeling like "they've been victimized."

"Let me ask you, though, Ben, in this environment, we're now looking at the lowest unemployment rate for black Americans in the history of the United States of America under none other than President Trump," said Regan. "Is any of that loyalty starting to shift? I mean, are traditional black Democrats saying, hey, maybe the Democratic Party has failed me? Maybe I need to rethink this?"

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‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission

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On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.

"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."

"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."

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US foes are goading Trump because they know he’s a ‘blow-hard and full of bluster’: CNN analyst

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President Donald Trump walked back from the brink of atrocities last week, from calling off a military strike against Iran to pushing back planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in major American cities.

On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told anchor Wolf Blitzer how foreign adversaries have been emboldened to challenge Trump — because for all his bombast, they know they are calling a bluff.

"I think Donald Trump is pretty well a known quantity at this point," said Toobin. "I mean, I think people around the world know he's a blowhard, knows he's full of bluster. But that's no reason to get into a war."

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