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Josh Duggar: Christians who aren’t allowed to discriminate against gays are victims of discrimination

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Reality television star Josh Duggar believes Christians should enjoy a special right to discriminate against LGBT people or be made victims of discrimination themselves.

The star of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” who works for the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, said Christians were being forced into silence on social issues such as same-sex marriage, reported CNS News.

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“Right now in America there is an agenda to silence people of faith, those who hold a dissenting opinion,” Duggar said. “That’s not what America was founded on. America was founded on respect, tolerance, and really not discriminating against people based on their religious convictions.”

Duggar, the eldest of 19 children and affiliated with the Quiverfull movement, described his Christian views as mainstream orthodoxy.

“Orthodox Christianity, in general, and all faiths, really, ascribe to the fact that the family is central to everything,” he said. “When you look at our economy right now and you look at all the other issues — national security, immigration, all these issues that we face in our country — it all goes back to when you have strong families, you have a strong economy, you have a strong nation.”

Duggar said the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality was “fundamental” to preserving the “bedrock” of family life.

“Only one other country in the entire world has ever redefined marriage, and that was Brazil, when they stepped in through the court system to do that,” Duggar claimed.

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In fact, 18 countries worldwide legally approved same-sex marriage through legislative action or court rulings, and two others – Mexico and the United States – recognize same-sex unions in at least some regions.

He compared the case to the Roe v. Wade decision that overturned state bans on legal abortion.

“I think that in 1973 the court had another decision that they said we’re going to decide this once and for all, and Roe v. Wade, when that was handed down it only began the debate that still continues today and obviously we know where that issue stands now,” Duggar said.

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“All of Americans understand that the issue is not going away, so I think what we have to realize is this is only the beginning of a larger discussion — and what’s really at stake here is the American family,” he added.

He urged Christians to speak “with civility” when they called for legal discrimination against LGBT people.

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“It’s very clear that this is a debate that’s not going to go away, and I think what we have to do is we have to come to this and we have to talk with civility,” Duggar said. “We have to go out there and we have to be clear in what we believe and we have to be firm in saying, look, this is where I stand.”

Watch an interiew with Duggar posted online by CNS News:

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WATCH: Franklin Graham tells Jeanine Pirro coronavirus pandemic is because of people sinning

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Franklin Graham blamed sinners for the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.

Host Jeanine Pirro noted the growing death toll and wondered how God could let that happen.

"Well, I don't think it's God's plan for this to happen," Graham said.

"It's because of the sin that's in the world, judge," he argued.

"Man has turned his back on God, we have sinned against him, and we need to ask for God's forgiveness and that's what Easter's all about," he continued.

"This pandemic, this is the result of a fallen world that has turned its back on God," he added.

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Drought causing water shortage amid coronavirus crisis in Chile

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With historically low river flows and reservoirs running dry due to drought, people in central Chile have found themselves particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic.

Years of resource exploitation and lax legislation have allowed most reservoirs in that part of the country to run dry.

"There are now 400,000 families, nearly 1.5 million people approximately, whose supply of 50 liters of water a day depends on tankers," Rodrigo Mundaca, spokesman for the Movement for the Defense of Water, the Earth and the Protection of the Environment, told AFP.

One of the main pieces of advice to protect people against coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly.

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Trump warns of ‘tough week’ ahead — after the United States surpassed 300,000 coronavirus victims

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US President Donald Trump warned Americans on Saturday to brace for a "very horrendous" number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days as the total number of global fatalities from the pandemic soared past 60,000.

As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.

Europe continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, however, accounting for over 45,000 of the worldwide deaths, and Britain reported a new daily high in fatalities.

There are now more than 1.17 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world and there have been 63,437 deaths since the virus emerged in China late last year.

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