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Catholic League’s Bill Donohue melts down on CNN after pope tells him to apologize to gays

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Catholic League President Bill Donohue, who has been a crusader against LGBT rights, insisted on Tuesday that Pope Francis’ call for Christians to apologize to gay people did not apply to him.

During a recent return flight from Argentina, the pope said that “the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended, but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.”

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“The church must say it is sorry for not having behaved as it should many times, many times — when I say ‘the church,’ I mean we Christians, because the church is holy; we are the sinners,” the pontiff added. “We Christians must say we are sorry.”

On Tuesday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Donohue if he planned on following the pope’s advice and apologizing to LGBT people.

“No,” he Donohue replied. “As a matter of fact, I want an apology from gays. I’ve been assaulted by gays. I’ve never assaulted a gay person in my entire life.”

“The idea of a blanket apology because you are a member of some demographic group, I mean, I don’t know what church teaching is it that you have a problem with that maybe the church should apologize for?”

Cuomo observed that the pope was instructing Donohue to be “out there fighting for the poor, to be fighting for things that are good, and not spending so much time fighting to get gays from getting married.”

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“Why did you spend so much energy on this?” the CNN host wondered. “Why is so important to you?”

Donohue suggested that CNN was to blame for repeatedly interviewing him about his anti-LGBT views.

“Your producers only want to talk about LGBT,” he charged. “I don’t care what gay people do. I don’t want to have a lifestyle thrusted in my face though. That’s a different kind of thing altogether.”

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“What do you mean thrusted?” Cuomo asked. “How are they putting their gay on you?”

Donohue explained that businesses should only be allowed to discriminate against LGBT people to provide services for a “wedding ceremony.”

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According to Donohue, Pope Francis intended to say that Christians could “condemn certain manifestations” of sexual behavior “though he didn’t complete the sentence.”

“You know you have a hostility and an animus toward these behaviors,” Cuomo noted. “You might as well own it.”

“Show me where Jesus said we should spent time saying we should not let people be who they are?” the CNN host pressed.

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“There are mobster lifestyles,” Donohue quipped.

“A mobster is not a gay person,” Cuomo shot back. “A terrorist is not a gay person.”

“I just want the apology,” Donohue concluded. “They could send it by Fedex.”

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast June 28, 2016.

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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.

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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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