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Evangelists preaching the ‘gospel of Trump’ are being pilloried for their ‘toxic Christianity’ by their fellow pastors

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Pastor Robert Jeffress (left) and President Donald Trump (right). Image via Jeffress' Twitter.

American Christians who have grown appalled at seeing some of their religious leaders whole-heartedly embrace Donald Trump are pushing back hard in rallies and in manifestos at what they call a new form of “toxic Christianity.”

According to a report from the Guardian, a nascent movement is pushing back at the ‘Gospel of Trump” preached by some evangelical leaders who are more than willing to overlook his un-Christian attitude towards immigrants as well as Trump’s alleged affairs with adult film stars and Playboy models.

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At a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Rev. Vince Anderson called out some of Trump’s policies, following each example with “I don’t think Jesus woulda done it that way,” joining other Christian pastors who have become more vociferous in their criticism of the president.

That rally was one of 30 organized by Vote Common Good, designed to encourage Christian voters to flip Congress to the Democrats to rein in Trump.

According to the organization’s executive director, Doug Pagitt, “We have been really dumbfounded and dismayed by the level of support that evangelical leaders have given to Trump. We have a moral obligation and a religious obligation to offer a different voice. Our faith compels us to speak out.”

It is Pagitt’s belief that he can change the hearts of up to 20 percent of the 81 percent of evangelicals who voted for Trump in 2016.

“They may have voted for Trump, but they are not supportive. Many of them had no idea it could be this bad,” he explained. “They’ve watched the rhetoric turn into horrible life implications for people, such as separating children and parents at the border, and they see it as contrary to human decency.”

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“They are generally silent, and most feel alone and isolated. We want to stand with them, look them in the eye and tell them their faith calls them to do something different in the polling booth this time,” he continued.

According to Tony Campolo, a veteran pastor who helped found Red Letter Christians designed to combat “toxic Christianity,” he is ashamed of the perception of his faith due to Christian Right leaders.

“This movement started because the word evangelical had collected a great deal of ugly baggage,” Campolo relayed. “If I describe myself as evangelical, the red flags go up. People immediately assume I’m anti-gay, anti-women, anti-environmentalist, anti-immigrant, pro-gun – all these things that I am not.”

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He then lamented, “The word evangelical had negative connotations before Trump, but it has picked up momentum because of Trump.”

You can read more here at The Guardian.

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Scientists alarmed as first ever nest of giant ‘murder hornets’ is found in the United States

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After months of meticulous tracking, authorities in the western US state of Washington on Friday said they had uncovered the first ever nest of the deadly Asian giant hornet in the country.

The nest was found on Thursday by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists on a property in Blaine, near the border with Canada, the agency said in a statement.

It added that an attempt to eradicate the nest of wasps -- the world's largest hornet species also known as the "murder hornet" -- would take place on Saturday.

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Mormons fed up with Trump’s vulgar rhetoric and behavior are flocking to the Democratic Party

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Mormons in the United States have traditionally been reliable Republican voters, but some members of the conservative church put off by President Donald Trump are switching sides and backing veteran Democrat Joe Biden.

Support for Trump among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which emphasizes family values and morals, is especially lagging among women.

Experts say that could have a significant impact in some key battleground states -- notably Arizona and Nevada, where Mormons represent six percent of the population.

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‘Nuts!’ The Lincoln Project mocks Jared and Ivanka for their ‘comical’ threat to sue over Times Square billboards

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The Lincoln Project on Friday night fired back at White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump for threatening to sue over billboards in Times Square attacking their response to the coronavirus crisis.

The ads show the couple smiling alongside coronavirus death tolls for New Yorkers and Americans.

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Kushner and Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, on Friday sent a letter to the Lincoln Project warning that the billboards were defamatory. “Those ads show Ms. Trump smiling and gesturing toward a death count of Americans and New Yorkers, and attribute to Mr. Kushner the statement that “[New Yorkers] are going to suffer and that’s their problem” (alteration in original), with body bags underneath,” the letter read.

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