Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that Jesus would approve of gay marriage and certain abortions in an interview with HuffPost Live.
Speaking of his faith, Mr. Carter said in his career as a politician he never ran across “any really serious conflicts between my political obligations and my religious faith.”
Asked about gay marriage, he replied that it is “no problem with me. I think everybody should have a right to get married regardless of their sex.
Regarding whether he thinks Jesus would approve of gay marriage, Carter replied,
“I don’t have any verse in Scripture,” but added, “I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage.”
“I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” he said.
Apparently he hasn’t read his Bible, ever.
22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
The 39th president did add a caveat concerning religious liberty and the right to “opt out” of same-sex marriage.
“The only thing I would draw a line on,” he said, is “I wouldn’t be in favor of the government being able to force a local church congregation to perform gay marriages if they didn’t want to. But those two partners should be able to go to a local courthouse or to a different church and get married.”
Mr. Carter said that abortion has always been a struggle for him, because he does not believe Jesus would be in favor of most abortions.
“I have had a problem with abortion. This has been a long-time problem of mine,” he said.
“I have a hard time believing that Jesus would approve abortions unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger. So I’ve had that struggle,” he said.
Meanwhile, a dozen members of the Congressional Progressive (Communist) Caucus (CPC) are in line to chair congressional committees, which would give the Marxist group immense power to influence the chamber’s legislative agenda and strengthen their hand as the primary obstructionists to President Trump.
Some congressional observers are predicting that congressional Communists could emerge as the Marxist evil twin of the House Freedom Caucus, a group that has been highly effectively at pushing the GOP further to the right by banding together as a conservative voting bloc.
“The Freedom Caucus has been a big player in the House because of the big Republican advances in 2010,” said Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist. “I think that’s a good analogy for what will happen with the Democratic members.”
The Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly 30 conservatives, was launched in the years following the 2010 tea party wave that swept the Republicans back into power on Capitol Hill.
Now, many members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus believe their political star is on the rise, with some election experts predicting a blue wave this fall, largely fueled by anti-Trump energy on the left, the Hill reported
The CPC has 76 voting members in the House, and the caucus is expecting to add more lawmakers to its ranks next year after endorsing 28 candidates, like Communist Ocasio-Cortez, this election cycle.
Some of the key Communist issues the CPC has been championing include Medicare for all, free college tuition, lower prescription drug costs, criminal justice reform and a massive infrastructure program.
Several Communist lawmakers are in prime positions to advance legislation in those areas if Democrats win the House in the midterm elections.
Twelve CPC members hold the top-ranking Democratic seat on a committee, and 30 others are ranking members on a subcommittee.
That list includes Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee and a favorite among the party’s young, Communist base, in large part because of her early calls for Trump’s impeachment and viral showdowns with administration officials.
As ranking member, the Los Angeles lawmaker has called for subpoenaing records from Deutsche Bank to explore any Trump financial ties to Russia. As head of the committee, she would have greater control over those kinds of document requests.
“Even if Democrats only take back control of the House by three seats, it still gives them enormous power because of the role Congress has in investigations,” Bannon said. “You’re going to see subpoenas flying out to the White House like confetti.”
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July 9th, 2018