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Christian preacher: The government should execute gay people because Jesus

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Christian preacher Matt Powell says the government should execute gay people because the Bible says so.

“As far as homosexuality goes, you know, I believe the Bible puts the death penalty on it,” Powell told atheist YouTube personality Skylar Fiction in an interview.

“I believe it’s disgusting,” Powell added, speaking of homosexuality. Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta first reported on Powell’s remarks.

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At one point Fiction felt the need to ask Powell if he were just trolling him, because his views are so extreme they resemble the Westboro Baptist Church.

“You don’t believe that gay people should be stoned to death, do you?” Fiction, attempting to clarify Powell’s remarks, asked.

“I believe the Bible puts the death penalty on it,” Preacher Powell responded, referring to homosexuality. “Obviously, not by me or anybody in a regular society, obviously. I believe it’s the government’s job to execute criminals. I believe that the Bible says clearly that homosexuality is a criminal crime. It’s a crime. It’s one of the worst crimes ever,” the preacher said. He added that not all sins are created equal.

“Is that what you’re advocating for? That our government should stone gays to death to execute them?” Fiction again asked.

“By whatever means they execute people. And obviously, I believe in humane, you know, putting to death,” Powell continued. Fiction reminded him that execution is not humane.

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Powell also said, falsely, that every study shows gay people contract HIV/AIDS at a rate 50 times higher than non-gay people.

Later in the interview Fiction pressured Powell to explain why he believes God is good. Powell was unable do so, other than by saying God says he is.

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Ethics committee warns sitting federal judges not to affiliate with the Federalist Society

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On Wednesday, the Judicial Conference's Codes of Conduct Committee, a national panel of high-ranking federal judges responsible for policy-making on U.S. courts, released a draft advisory opinion warning federal judges against affiliating with the Federalist Society, one of the nation's foremost associations of conservative and libertarian lawyers.

The opinion also singled out the American Constitution Society (ACS), the Federalist Society's progressive counterpart.

"The Committee advises that formal affiliation with the ACS or the Federalist Society, whether as a member or in a leadership role, is inconsistent with Canons 1, 2, 4, and 5 of the Code," stated the opinion. "Official affiliation with either organization could convey to a reasonable person that the affiliated judge endorses the views and particular ideological perspectives advocated by the organization; call into question the affiliated judge's impartiality on subjects as to which the organization has taken a position; and generally frustrate the public's trust in the integrity and independence of the judiciary."

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Donald Trump’s Secretary of State apparently thinks Spanish is spoken in Lebanon

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The president of United States is often criticized for getting his facts wrong, especially when it comes to understanding the world.

Trump made up the country of "Nambia" while not knowing that Bhutan and Nepal (which he pronounced "nipple") are real countries. He said the country of Belgium "is a beautiful city" and once told the prime minister of India that the country does not share a border with China (their shared border is 2,500 miles).

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‘Schumer is the Devil!’ Screaming pro-Trump protester storms the Senate gallery before being seized by Capitol police

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On Wednesday, during the second night of arguments in the impeachment trial, the Senate chamber was startled by a screaming protester — evidently opposed to removal of President Donald Trump — charging the gallery before being seized and thrown out by Capitol police.

The protester, who reportedly was shouting about abortion and calling on senators to dismiss the charges, was ordered ejected from the chamber by Chief Justice John Roberts. He continued to shout as he was being removed from the premises.

A protester just burst into the Senate gallery, Gallery 5, across chamber from the dais, yelling something like "Jesus Christ! They're trying to overturn the election!" Capitol Police instantly grabbed him and pulled him out to the hall. Yelling continued. #impeachmenttrial

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