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Michigan anti-LGBT auto shop owner invites public to ‘God and Country’ forum — and chaos ensues

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A “God and Country” forum hosted Thursday by an anti-LGBT Michigan body shop owner ended in disaster as protesters challenged a parade of conservative crackpots denouncing homosexuality, the media, and President Barack Obama.

Brian Klawiter, who gained Internet fame in April after posting a Facebook rant against servicing cars owned by gay people, invited anti-LGBT activists to harangue community members for nearly four hours at an event center in Jensen, reported MLive.

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“We are in the mess we are in because we have stopped talking about our sin in school,” said “Coach” Dave Daubenmire, who lost a legal battle against the ACLU over forcing high school football players to pray with him.

“You were raised with biblical values — this generation has not,” Daubenmire said over jeers.

Klawiter encouraged audience participation, and protesters repeatedly questioned the speakers’ assertions and periodically chanted “gay is OK.”

At one point, a verbal disagreement turned physical when a Klawiter supporter positioned against the stage to defend the speakers put his hands on protester Bev Pels’ face.

Deputies escorted the man and then Pels out of the Jenisen Center for the Arts, but no charges were filed.

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Protesters said they were upset that Klawiter held the event at a building operated by the public school, but school officials said they had no control over the event’s content.

Republican National Committee member and former state representative Dave Agema, who is probably best known for his offensive Facebook posts, repeated some bogus statistics on homosexuality that led Democrats and Republicans alike to demand his resignation.

Klawiter told the crowd about growing up in foster care after his parents’ divorce, saying his story showed that determination and Christian faith can overcome any difficulty.

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Controversial youth minister Bradlee Dean, who sued Rachel Maddow for suggesting he agreed with Muslim laws against homosexuality, ranted for at least an hour and a half against what he believes is anti-religious indoctrination in public schools.

The so-called “heavy metal minister” repeatedly referred to the president by his full name, Barack Hussein Obama, and showed purported photos of aborted fetuses on an overhead screen.

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After protesters challenged his claims, Dean told them to shut their “pie holes” and dismissed them as “McDonaldland kiddies.”

After the event, dozens of protesters waved rainbow flags, sang, and danced.

“They’re not loving speakers — they’re not there to send a positive message,” said Naomi Goedert, who protested the event. “They’re there to preach hate.”

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Three right-wing ‘boogaloo’ militants arrested on terrorism charges in Las Vegas: report

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On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced that three far-right militants with ties to the "boogaloo" movement have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in Las Vegas, according to The Seattle Times.

"Federal prosecutors say the three white men with U.S. military experience are accused of conspiring to carry out a plan that began in April in conjunction with protests to reopen businesses closed because of the coronavirus and later sought to capitalize on protests over the death of a Minneapolis man in police custody," reported Michelle Price and Scott Sonner.

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‘Trump became what we feared’: New Lincoln Project ad accuses Trump of using the Bible as a prop to boost his polls

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A brutal new ad from the GOP group The Lincoln Project called "War Zone" is attacking President Donald Trump for becoming what Americans have feared he would.

He didn't come out of hiding this week to help calm the nation or to bring Americans together.

"He wasn't there to offer words of calm and comfort," the ad said. "Instead, he became what we all feared. Evoked the worst of our past. Threatened our governors and states. He ordered our own soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan to flood the streets, instructing them to turn against Americans. Used churches and the Holy Bible as political props. He didn't invoke the Lord to give us wisdom, but to boost his polls."

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James Mattis takes swipe at Trump: We have gone ‘three years without mature leadership’

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On Wednesday, The Atlantic reported that President Donald Trump's former Defense Secretary James Mattis has written a furious condemnation of the president, saying he is incapable of "mature leadership" and accusing him of deliberately trying to turn Americans against one another.

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” wrote Mattis, according to the article. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand — one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values — our values as people and our values as a nation ... We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

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