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Jimmy Carter: Jesus would support same-sex marriage — but not abortion

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, says he finds Christian basis for supporting civil marriage rights for same sex couples. However, the Huffington Post reports, Carter does not believe Jesus would support abortion rights for U.S. women, except in three specific circumstances.

In an interview about how faith informs his political beliefs, Carter says it is difficult for him to spiritually reconcile certain reproductive rights afforded every human woman under international law with his understanding of the Bible.

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“I have a hard time believing that Jesus, for instance,” Carter tells HuffPo Live host Marc Lamont, “would approve abortions, unless it was because of rape, or incest, or if the mother’s life was in danger.”

Carter explains he has supported abortion rights in office because he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which Carter believes protect the right to abortion. “That’s been the only caveat” to the ex-president’s ability to stay true to his religious faith while in politics, Carter says.

The former governor of Georgia’s interpretation of Jesus-endorsed public policy issues is more in line with United Nations human rights treaties in the realm of same-sex marriage rights.

“I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage,” Carter tells a Huffington Post reporter. “But that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else.”

Raw Story has previously reported on the various forms of sexual morality advocated for in the Christian Bible, many of which justified the enslavement of women and the sexual exploitation of their bodies.

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Watch Jimmy Carter interpret the Bible to the Huffington Post, as it relates to women’s reproductive rights and same-sex marriage in the United States:


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Veteran Republican operative shames the GOP — and warns they won’t get rid of Trumpism ‘for at least a generation’

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Stuart Stevens is a veteran Republican campaign operative from five presidential races. When he spoke to PBS's Judy Woodruff Wednesday, he lamented the GOP failed the moral test it was presented with Donald Trump.

"Well, I think there's been two strains in the party. Call it an Eisenhower strain going back to the '50s and a McCarthy strain," Stevens said, recalling when the GOP would talk about expanding their party and bringing in more African-American voters. "Now we don't even hear any talk anymore of a big tent. And we seem to have settled into a very comfortable white grievance identity."

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Seth Meyers mocks Trump’s Axios interview where he ‘couldn’t even remember his own BS — that’s how fried his brain is’

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In his response to President Donald Trump's bizarre interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, "Late Night" comedian Seth Meyers explained the Trump interview in a single photo:

"You know something has gone horribly wrong when a journalist interviewing the president looks like that," said Meyers. "That's the face you make when your dad gets drunk and decides to tell you about the night you were conceived."

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Former Trump ambassador tells Rachel Maddow ‘it’s a big red flag’ that Trump is trying to hide investigation of Turnberry scam

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Former acting ambassador to the U.K., Lewis Lukens, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that the inspector general raised questions to him and embassy staff in the U.K. about President Donald Trump's demand for the ambassador to lobby for the British Open to be hosted at Trump's golf course in Scotland.

According to Lukens, he told those questioning how to go about getting the British Open at Trump Turnberry, and Lukens said he was clear that it was "unethical" and "possibly illegal." Still, Trump's cronies persisted.

He explained that when the inspector general did the investigation they went back to Washington to write up the report and that it should have been released by now, but it obviously has not. Today, the acting IG, who took over just three months ago, abruptly resigned.

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