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Franklin Graham schools Mayor Pete on homosexuality

Pete Buttigieg (Campaign photo)

Pete Buttigieg (Campaign photo)

Samaritan’s Purse chief Franklin Graham on Tuesday rebuked Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for the second time in weeks.

The first time was over Buttigieg’s attacks on Vice President Mike Pence’s faith.

This time it was over Buttigieg’s flaunting of his homosexuality.

Graham posted online his comment, after Buttigieg said God doesn’t favor one political party or another:

“Presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is right – God doesn’t have a political party. But God does have commandments, laws, and standards He gives us to live by. God is God. He doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever,” Graham wrote.

“Mayor Buttigieg says he is a gay Christian and he wants to unite people behind him. I’m sure there will be many people who will want to follow. But as a Christian I believe what the Bible says. God’s Word defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised, or politicized. The Bible defines marriage as between a man and a woman – not two men, not two women.

“Mayor Buttigieg also said that to him, ‘the core of faith is regard for one another.’ We are definitely to support and help each other – no question. But that does not come above believing and being obedient to what God says is truth. Without that foundation, we really can’t help anyone in a way that impacts their eternity. The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world – to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation.”

His earlier comments about Buttigieg came only weeks ago.

That’s when he said Buttigieg doesn’t have the authority to redefine sin.

That followed the Indiana mayor’s harsh comments about Pence’s faith-based stance on same-sex marriage.

The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, an Episcopalian, targeted Pence’s beliefs in a speech o the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

“That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand … if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me – your quarrel, sir, is with my creator,” said Buttigieg.

Graham, also CEO of the Billy Graham Association, reacted via Facebook.

“To set the record straight, Mr. Mayor,” he wrote, “the issue isn’t whether somebody has a problem with who you are – the issue is that we all have a problem with God because of our sin.

“And it applies to every single human being. God loves us, and the Bible says we are all sinners who need God’s forgiveness, which He offers if we repent and turn from our sin and put our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ,” Graham wrote.

“We don’t define sin, God does in His Word, the Bible. Using new terms like ‘Progressive Christianity’ and the ‘Christian Left’ may sound appealing to some, but God’s laws and standards do not change. He says, ‘For I am the Lord, I change not.’ I believe what the Bible says is truth.”

In his speech to the advocacy group, Buttigieg said his marriage to a man made him a “better human being.”

“Yes, Mr. Vice President,” he said, “it has moved me closer to God.”

CNN reported Pence responded to Buttigieg’s attack with: “He knows better. He knows me.”

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Trump gets urged to file criminal complaint over Mueller probe

President Donald Trump (video screenshot)

President Donald Trump (video screenshot)

Tom Fitton, the chief of government watchdog Judicial Watch, says President Trump should file a criminal complaint over the Mueller investigation.

“It’s that bad. He’s a crime victim,” he said while being interviewed by the “Justice with Judge Jeanine” program on Fox News. “Peter Strzok and people like that who abused their offices for political purposes, they victimized him and many others. There’s got to be criminal accountability.”

Fitton, whose organization repeatedly has sued to obtain information about the Hillary Clinton email scandal, the players who created the “Russia collusion” meme and more, said, “If I were the president I’d walk over to the Washington headquarters, Washington field office of the FBI and lodge a criminal complaint.”

Judge Jeanine Pirro was discussing the release of the report from FBI special counsel Robert Mueller, which found, after two years of Democrats confirming the evidence of collusion was there in plain sight, no collusion on the part of the Trump campaign.

She said a long list of Obama administration officials, including then-FBI chief James Comey, deputy Andrew McCabe, agent Strzok, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, DNI James Clapper and CIA chief John Brennan, are responsible.

Fitton explained, “They’re trying desperately to hold on to and keep propped up their hoax. And it was a knowing lie in my view. They all knew there was never Russia collusion and they concocted pretextual intelligence reports working also with the Clinton campaign as part of that to go after President Trump with an illicit and unprecedented, unprecedented spying campaign.”

He continued, “It’s not just a DOJ-FBI scandal, judge as you point out, the CIA, NSA, office of director of National Intelligence, and the State Department were all part of this. Was all hands on deck going after then-candidate Trump and then it continued and morphed into the corruptly formed Mueller investigation.

“As you and I discussed I think the last time I was on this program, there should never have been a Mueller report.

“As far as I’m concerned. This monstrous report is just another abuse of power by the Mueller special counsel operation, designed to defame and political hamper the president as opposed to shed light on anything substantial,” he said.

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Dems cheer Bernie calling Netanyahu government ‘racist’

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of running a “racist” government.

At a CNN event Monday, alongside other Democratic candidates, Sanders said, to applause, the “fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who I think is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly.”

“The United States gives billions of dollars in military aid to Israel. I just believe that the U.S. should deal with the Middle East on a level-playing-field basis,” he said.

“In other words, the goal must be to try to bring people together and not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing and, dare I say, racist government.”

An Israeli cabinet minister reacted Tuesday.

“We condemn statements like that made by Sanders, which was really strange,” Tzachi Hanegbi, a minister in Netanyahu’s cabinet told Israel’s Reshet 13 TV, according to Reuters.

“The Israeli government is not a racist government, nor does it include a single racist minister,” he said.

“To be right wing is not illegitimate, and it is odd that the Democratic Party allows one of its senior members to not respect the democratic choice of the State of Israel.”

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FBI admits Hillary emails found in Obama White House

Hillary Clinton jokes with reporters Aug. 18. 2015, in Las Vegas about whether she "wiped" her email server clean before giving it to the FBI (Screenshot)

Hillary Clinton jokes with reporters Aug. 18, 2015, in Las Vegas about whether she “wiped” her email server clean before giving it to the FBI (Screenshot)

A senior FBI official has admitted under oath the bureau found emails sent from Hillary Clinton’s unsecured server in President Obama’s executive office in the White House.

E.W. Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, made the disclosure to Judicial Watch as part of court-ordered discovery into the Clinton email issue, the Washington watchdog said Tuesday.

“This astonishing confirmation, made under oath by the FBI, shows that the Obama FBI had to go to President Obama’s White House office to find emails that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy or hide from the American people,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement Tuesday.

“No wonder Hillary Clinton has thus far skated – Barack Obama is implicated in her email scheme,” he said.

Fitton was referring to the more than 30,000 emails under subpoena that were thoroughly deleted through an application called BleachBit by order of Clinton’s State Department team.

When James Comey announced in July 2016 that the FBI had decided not to refer criminal charges in the case, the then-FBI director, nevertheless, said Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information.

More than 100 emails on her server contained classified information, including 65 emails deemed “Secret” and 22 “Top Secret.” Another 2,093 emails were retroactively marked classified by the State Department.

Judicial Watch is trying to find out whether Clinton intentionally attempted to evade the Freedom of Information Act by using a non-government email system.

Priestap helped oversee both the Clinton email and the 2016 presidential campaign investigations.

Judicial Watch said Priestap also disclosed that nearly 49,000 Clinton server emails were reviewed as result of a search warrant for her material on the laptop of Anthony Weiner. The former congressman, who is serving a federal prison sentence for transferring obscene material to a minor, was married to longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

U.S District Court Judge Royce Lamberth has ordered Priestap, along with Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers and Clinton aides, to be deposed or answer written questions under oath.

The court ruled the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

‘Cover-up’ discussions

Earlier this month, Judicial Watch released 422 pages of FBI documents showing evidence of “cover-up” discussions related to Clinton’s unauthorized email system within the company that managed it.

A Platte River Networks email sent in December 2014 says: “Its [sic] all part of the Hillary coverup operation I’ll have to tell you about it at the party.”

The documents obtained by Judicial Watch also show Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough forwarding “concerns” about classified information contained in the Clinton emails.

Judicial Watch also obtained Clinton’s 2009 classified information Non-Disclosure Agreement bearing her signature.

And documents show Platte River Networks’ use of BleachBit on the Clinton server to delete files. The program was downloaded on March 31, 2015, according to a computer event log. Over the next half hour it was used to delete the files on the server at a time when they were under subpoena.

The October 2016 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was filed after the Justice Department failed to comply with a July 2016 FOIA request.

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Insider reveals Trump’s campaign to protect Christians

President Donald Trump (White House photo)

President Donald Trump (White House photo)

When President Donald Trump was a candidate back in 2016, he made commitments that he would support evangelical Christians in expressing their faith, and in opposing abortion.

Since his election, helped by support from that population, some of his efforts have been in the headlines, such as the release of Christian pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey’s prison system to which he had been banished in what apparently was a series of staged claims.

Trump’s also appointed two justices to the Supreme Court that, by their background, could be expected to hold a disapproving view of rampant abortion.

But other efforts on the president’s part haven’t been so public.

Like the one revealed recently by Mick Mulvaney, chief of staff.

Explains a report by Daily Caller News Foundation, Trump, when he has world leaders visiting him in the White House, routinely asks them what they are doing for religious minorities.

Or tells them they are not doing enough.

Mulvaney’s comments came recently at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

“What you don’t know about is what goes on behind closed doors,” he said. “I very rarely talk about my private meetings with the president, the stuff that goes on what goes on outside the private eye, but I can assure you that I have been sitting with him in the Oval Office, in the cabinet room, with leaders around the world, where he will look at them and say ‘Now, you’re not doing enough to take care of the Christians in your country,’ or, ‘Thank you for helping Christians in your country.’”

The report explained Mulvaney was “a special guest speaker at the breakfast as a Catholic leader.”

He said Trump frequently has worked on the problem of persecution of Christians and other religious minorities.

“Mulvaney referenced the first-ever State Department Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom attended by 600 people from around the world as well as President Trump’s role in the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from his two-year imprisonment in Turkey,” the report said.

“That’s pretty powerful stuff, to be a leader of a foreign nation sitting in the Oval Office with the president of the United States and have him say, ‘Look, I need you to do more to help religious minorities,’” Mulvaney said.

It’s an issue, he explained to the Daily Caller, that “hasn’t been articulated in the Oval Office in way too long.”

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‘Trump Town!’ Netanyahu wants to name area for U.S. president

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (video screenshot)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (video screenshot)

In the wake of his election victory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to push for a “new community” in the Golan Heights to be named for U.S. President Donald Trump.

It would be called Kiryat Trump, which means “Trump Town” in English.

His announcement came in the form of a video posted on YouTube.

“All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said.

“Therefore, after the Passover holiday, I intend to bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump.”

The Golan Heights has been a disputed region between Israel and Syria for years.

In 1967, Israel seized the territory in the Six-Day War, and then annexed it in 1981. But America and other countries did not officially recognize Israel’s claim.

In March, Trump moved to change that by signing a proclamation in the Diplomatic Room of the White House.

“This was a long time in the making,” Trump said at the time. “Should have taken place decades ago.”

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CBS resurfaces 1970 alarmist climate-change clip

(FOXNEWS) — CBS dug up for Earth Day a decades-old news clip about pollution and the environment urging people to “act or die,” while its current morning show hosts endorsed punitive fees on some urban motorists.

CBS “This Morning” played the vintage video of Walter Cronkite in 1970 endorsing the Earth Day as “a day set aside for a nationwide outpouring of mankind seeking its own survival.” In another clip, Cronkite says: “The gravity of the message of Earth Day still came through. Act or die.”

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