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‘Prayer warriors’ protest pro-LGBT documentary, and film star’s response is perfect

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An LGBT rights activist fired back at “prayer warriors” who protested outside the screening of a documentary film about him and his late partner’s relationship.

The award-winning documentary “Bridegroom” is based on a viral video recorded by Shane Bitney-Crone, who was barred by anti-gay family members from attending the funeral of his partner of six years.

Conservative Christian activists sent out a Facebook “prayer warrior” call to action and protested a screening Monday of the film, which was directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, at University of Texas at Tyler, reported Towleroad.

The group formed a prayer circle in the lobby, Crone said in a Facebook post, and he watched as they prayed to the “Heavenly Father” to “help everyone inside that theatre to see the truth.”

Crone said he invited the group to attend a post-film question-and-answer session, and he said they seemed shocked by his hospitality and apologized that other Christians had discriminated against him.

He said he appreciated their sympathy, but Crone said he disagreed when they argued that he had a choice whether to act on his “impulses to sin.”

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“If all sins are equal, then it’s hard for me to comprehend why an entire group of you would have an emergency prayer session outside of the screening of a film that tells a love story about two men,” Crone said.

“If you are willing to go to such great lengths to stop everything you’re doing to try and ‘save’ everyone who came to the screening, shouldn’t you be having these same kind of prayer circles around divorce attorneys’ offices to ‘save’ people from acting on the sin of divorce?” he added.

Crone said he can’t understand why some Christians single out homosexuality as a sin that must be stopped when they believe that everyone is a sinner to some degree.

“I am shocked by the amount of time, energy, and money people spend trying to deny LGBT people equal rights,” he said. “Imagine if that same time, energy, and money were spent combatting world hunger or curing cancer.”

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“The world would be a healthier, happier place, I am sure,” Crone added.

Watch this video report on Crone’s appearance in Texas posted online by KLTV:

KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140804748423118848

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Trump seethes and calls Fox ‘fake news’ after seeing a story that made him mad

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Trouble appears to be brewing between President Donald Trump and the cable news station he loves: Fox News.

In a tweet Monday night, the president lashed out at the network over its polling and called it “fake news’ — an epithet he usually reserves for mainstream outlets:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140768516288782336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Matthew Gertz, who has previously noted that Trump appears to record news segments and watch them a few hours later, suggested that the president appeared to be reacting to an earlier segment from Special Report with Bret Baier. The segment showed that, even according to Fox News’ polling, Trump trails every single leading candidate in the Democratic field in head-to-head matchups.

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