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WATCH: Racist insists slavery wasn’t the only reason for the Civil War — but hilariously fails to name others

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The owner of a “Muslim-free” gun shop was stumped into silence in a new documentary about Trayvon Martin when he was asked to name one cause for the Civil War besides slavery.

Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply, was interviewed in an episode of the docuseries “Rest In Power,” where he insisted the Confederate flag was not a racist symbol.

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“The majority of people believe that it is a symbol of heritage, that it is a symbol of our history, that people think is associated with the South, and the South was fighting for slavery — that’s a common misconception about what actually took place,” Hallinan says.

Hallinan was banned from YouTube over his anti-Muslim views, and Martin’s acquitted killer George Zimmerman auctioned a Confederate flag painting to help pay the gun shop owner’s legal bills after he was sued for religious discrimination by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“When you study the history, that was one thing that the war was about,” Hallinan says. “People don’t go to war for one issue.”

The interviewer asks Hallinan to name three other issues that contributed to the Civil War.

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“I’m not a historian,” Hallinan says. “I mean, you’re putting me on the spot for something I — you know.”

Hallinan sits in silence for a moment, and the interviewer asks him to identify just two other causes for the Civil War.

“In general, the war was about tyranny,” Hallinan says, and the interviewer asks him to define that term. “Tyranny is any time a government overreaches, and they control a life too much.”

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That’s when the interviewer twists the knife.

“Like slavery?” he says, and Hallinan opens his mouth but sits in stunned silence.


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UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report

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Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.

A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.

But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.

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‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys

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In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.

"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.

The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.

"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."

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Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors

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A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.

"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.

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