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Baptist church complains about being branded ‘pedophile congregation’ after controversial pastor defended Roy Moore

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The Highland Gardens Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama is complaining about an angry backlash after former Pastor Earl Wise reportedly said he would back Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore even if all of the allegations were true.

“He’s not the pastor here anymore. He hasn’t been here since June,” a church representative told The Christian Post in defense. The representative refused to give her name.

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“I don’t know how much these women are getting paid, but I can only believe they’re getting a healthy sum,” the Boston Globe quoted Pastor Wise as suggesting. “How these gals came up with this, I don’t know. They must have had some sweet dreams somewhere down the line.”

The pastor seemed to suggest that 14-year-olds could be to blame for sexual assault inflicted upon them by an adult.

“There are some 14-year-olds, who, the way they look, could pass for 20,” the pastor explained.

Now, Pastor Wise’s former congregation are experiencing backlash after his controversial remarks.

“They are calling our church saying this is a pedophile congregation and stuff like that,” the Highland Gardens Baptist Church noted.

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“You know, we’re not a pedophile church. We can’t help how he comments,” the representative argued. “He’s not our pastor anymore. He doesn’t represent us anymore here.”


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GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."

"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.

"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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