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Anti-LGBT Christians compare themselves to possibly gay German priest who tried to kill Hitler

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Conservative Christians are escalating their rhetoric against the LGBT rights movement as the Supreme Court appears set to weigh in on same-sex marriage at the end of this term.

According to Think Progress, one group of anti-LGBT rights crusaders is comparing their quest to deny same-sex couples equal protection under U.S. law to a failed plot to murder Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler during World War II, an effort that was led, in part, by pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Far-right Christian pastor Rick Scarborough was reportedly the first to compare himself and other anti-LGBT Christians to Bonhoeffer, saying that the U.S. is approaching a “Bonhoeffer moment” with regards to the rights of LGBT Americans.

“Because of the trends and cultural shifts that we have witnessed in culture over the past 40 years, we have all known that this day would likely come and Christians would be put at odds with the culture and the courts,” the pastor — a close supporter of recently announced Republican 2012 candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — reportedly said during a conference call with other evangelicals.

“I believe we are there. We are approaching a Bonhoeffer moment in America,” Scarborough said.

The meme was quickly parroted by other anti-LGBT crusaders like attorney Mat Staver of the Christian legal firm the Liberty Counsel, who said, “this is indeed a Bonhoeffer moment” later in the call.

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In another conference call, Scarborough again invoked Bonhoeffer, saying that anti-LGBT activists must “fight until we die” to stop same-sex marriage from being universally recognized in the U.S. and for LGBT Americans to receive the same protections under the law as their heterosexual peers.

“We don’t capitulate, we fight until we die, we push back with all our might,” Scarborough said. “This is a Dietrich Bonhoeffer moment for every preacher in America. This is a moment where we find whether the Christians who claim to know Jesus really confess Christ, that is what we’re attempting to find out.”

Scarborough and his confederates have apparently decided that while the U.S. LGBT rights movement does not have a specific “Hitler,” the rise of equal rights and protections for LGBT citizens poses as great a threat to the world as the Nazi Party did when Hitler began his march across Europe.

Theological scholars point out, however, that Bonhoeffer was hardly an ideological match for today’s purblind, angry U.S. Christians.

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Nancy Duff of Princeton Theological Seminary wrote of Bonhoeffer that you “can’t turn [Bonhoeffer] into an American evangelical…The same can be said for liberal Christians with his traditional theological language. Both sides have to look at the whole picture and be challenged by his work.”

Furthermore, wrote Think Progress’ Jack Jenkins, “there is one other thing conservatives who invoke Bonhoeffer seem either to have forgotten or simply choose to ignore: many scholars believe the famed theologian was gay. Although Bonhoeffer reportedly died a virgin (he was hanged before marrying his fiancé Maria von Wedemeyer), a recent biography entitled Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, argues that he experienced a same-sex attraction to Eberhard Bethge, one of his male students.”

Jenkins concluded, “no matter how you read his theology or history, the reality is that Bonhoeffer was killed while courageously standing up for the oppressed, which includes LGBT people — both during World War II and today. Christians who center their faith on anti-LGBT theology will likely to continue invoking his name for their causes, but the idea that Bonhoeffer, who repeatedly railed against the blindness of ‘bourgeois’ Christians, would consider their fight his own is dubious at best.”

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Donald Trump: ‘My life has always been a fight’

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The full interview with President Donald Trump finally aired on ABC Sunday, revealing the shocking way that he views his life.

Trump lamented that he's had such a hard life, as the son of multi-millionaires who paid to get him out of trouble multiple times.

"You're a fighter. You, you, it feels like you're in a constant kind of churn--" host George Stephanopoulos began.

"Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight," Trump said. "And I enjoy that I guess, I don't know if I enjoy it or not, I guess -- sometimes I have false fights like the Russian witch hunt. That's a false fight. That's a made-up, uh, hoax. And I had to fight that."

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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Israel’s Netanyahu just christened a building named after Trump — that doesn’t even exist

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent his Father’s Day dedicating a new Trump Tower-type building that hasn't been built in a town that doesn't exist.

Standing in front of a large sign saying "Trump Heights," Netanyahu, who is being forced back into another election, announced the building before planning even began, Axios reported.

A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949). Happy Birthday Mr. President!! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/fdYWzokFLK

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