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Pro-Trump evangelist Franklin Graham slams Jimmy Carter by saying God will punish gays with fire and death

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The Rev. Franklin Graham criticized pro-gay marriage comments made by the former President Jimmy Carter by saying that gay people will receive the same punishment as the Biblical towns of Sodom and Gomorrah.

After a 2015 HuffPost Live interview Carter gave where he said Jesus would have approved of same-sex marriage resurfaced, Graham took to Facebook to express his dissent.

“He is absolutely wrong when he said Jesus would approve of gay marriage,” the son of the late Rev. Billy Graham wrote. “Jesus didn’t come to promote sin, He came to save us from sin.”

“The Bible is very clear,” Graham’s post continued. “God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality. God defines sin in His Word—it’s not up to our opinion, the latest poll, or a popular vote.”

Graham went on to write that he finds it “very troubling is that some people may read what President Carter has said and believe it, whether it was this week or from a video 3 years ago that is now recirculating.”

To illustrate that God disapproves of homosexuality, the evangelist included a from the Book of Romans that included what many conservative Christians consider to be a rebuke of sex between people of the same gender.

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“For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due,” part of Graham’s excerpt from Romans 1:24-27 read.

In most readings of the Biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah, God punishes the townspeople for engaging in homosexual acts and “vice.” It’s a common refrain among right-wing Christians to argue against homosexuality.

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Supreme Court rejects Virginia GOP’s last-ditch attempt to block fair legislative elections

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On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, shutting down the Virginia GOP's last ditch effort to rig the upcoming state legislative election taking place this November.

In 5-4 decision, the justices held that the House of Delegates has no standing to appeal the decision made by the lower court. The vote broke along unusual lines, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing for a majority with Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch, and Justice Samuel Alito writing a dissent joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh.

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Gun-loving Parkland teen loses admission to Harvard over racist texts

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A pro-gun Parkland school shooting survivor has lost his admission to Harvard University over recently revealed racist remarks.

Kyle Kashuv broke with many of his classmates on gun safety laws after a February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and he was accepted to attend the Ivy League university after working as a conservative activist.

However, the 18-year-old Kashuv announced Monday, that admission was rescinded after texts and other derogatory comments he made nearly two years ago were reported.

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Shell-shocked manufacturers hammer Trump’s plan to impose sweeping new China tariffs: ‘We’re barely profitable now’

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The Post reports that the Trump administration is considering new tariffs on virtually all imports from China, which is receiving major pushback from representatives attending hearings being held by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

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