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America's Best Christian Mrs. Betty Bowers Explains Religious Freedom: VIDEO

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America's Best Christian Mrs. Betty Bowers is back and is here to tell you how religious freedom works. She decides to make a visit to ISIS and 'compare notes.' Conservative Christians and the Islamic State have a lot in common, after all. For instance, "Imposing our faith on others...You call it a caliphate, we call it no separation between Church and State." Betty points out the hypocrisy underlying the dog whistle of religious freedom that has become the new favorite complaint among conservative Christians against LGBT rights activists. Says Bowers, "If I discriminate against or criticize you it's called religious freedom. If you return the favor, it's called persecution."

Watch as Betty schools us on the ins and outs of religious freedom, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Married Tennessee Pastor Embezzled Thousands from Church, Spent it on Manhunt Membership

HolderRev. Boyd Watson Holder Jr, a Kingsport, Tennessee pastor, embezzled more than $60,000 from his church's coffers and put it to his own uses, said a Sullivan County grand jury last Wednesday after members of the pastor's congregation brought their concerns to police, the TimesNews reports.

They alleged that between $70,000 and $100,000 had been discovered missing from the church's bank account, believing that the discrepancies coincided with Holder's tenure.

Holder was reportedly the only person who could access the funds, according to a KPD incident report — and when questioned about the money by church members, responded, "It is none of your business."

Court documents show that Holder used some of the money on gay dating websites, one of which was Farmers Only, and the other Online Buddies (aka Manhunt).

The investigation has also exposed two additional police reports on Holder, one in which he was written up for being caught in a sex act with another man in a rear lot of a vacant building. The other details an assault on a man in Holder's church, in which Holder forcibly removed a man from a pew by the belt. No charges were filed.

Holder's Twitter profile says: "Father of two beautiful children and a wonderful wife, Sharon. We have the best Church Family!"

He was arrested last Thursday night at Victory Apostolic Church.


TLC Pulls '19 Kids and Counting,' Issues Statement in Wake of 'Heartbreaking' Molestation Allegations

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TLC has issued a statement on its decision to pull 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule in the wake of allegations that Josh Duggar sexually abused five underage girls over a decade ago. 

JoshduggarJosh, the eldest son of the Duggar clan featured on the show, resigned from his position as executive director of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council's lobbying arm yesterday, saying in a statement "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends."

Wrote the network on its Facebook page:

Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.

Last November, a petition calling on TLC to cancel the show over the Duggars' "LGBT fear mongering" caught fire on the internet and amassed over 100,000 signatures. 


Mike Huckabee Stands By Duggar Clan in Wake of Molestation Allegations, Decries 'Bloodthirsty Media'

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Mike Huckabee is throwing his support behind reality TV's embattled Duggar clan in the wake of allegations that eldest son Josh Duggar sexually abused five underage girls over a decade ago. 

Josh Duggar resigned from his position as executive director of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council's lobbying arm yesterday, saying in a statement "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends."

Wrote Huckabee on Facebook:

Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.' He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one's judgement is not mature. No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility. Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims. Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness. We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends. In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support

In Touch, the tabloid that broke the story earlier this week, reported yesterday that Duggar patriarch Jim Bob waited more than a year after his son Josh confessed to sexually molesting several female minors before contacting police. 

The Washington Post notes Huckabee recently received the endorsement of the Duggar family in the 2016 presidential race. 

The Duggars are the stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and have been active opponents of LGBT rights. The network announced today it would pull the show from its schedule as a result of the controversy. 


Jeb Bush Says It's 'Hard to Imagine' How America Will 'Succeed' If Gay Marriage Is Legalized: VIDEO

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Hoping to convince right-wing Christians he's sufficiently bigoted enough to earn their votes this election, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doubled down on his opposition to LGBT rights in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody on Sunday.

"To imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, committed child-centered family system is hard to imagine," said Bush. "“So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide, I don’t know what they are going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”

He continued:

“It has to be — if we want to create a right to rise society, where people, particularly children born in poverty — if we want to have them to have a chance, it should be a core American value. We have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart and soul.”

Bush also reiterated his support for Christian businesses owners' right to refuse service to gay couples:

“A big country, a tolerant country ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs. We should be able to figure this out. This should not be that complicated gosh it is right now."

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Rush Limbaugh Blames Same-sex Marriage, Gay Clergy For America's Decline in Christian Followers: AUDIO

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It didn't take long for conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh to weigh in on Pew's recent study showing that the number of identifying Christian's has steadily declined over the last decade, with the radio host blaming, you guessed it, gay marriage.

Limbaugh shared his reasoning on his radio show on Tuesday, specifically citing churches that perform same-sex weddings and ordained gay clergy are the reason for the diaspora:

"They have left their churches because of social issues and the evolution of their churches to social areas they didn't want to go and don't feel comfortable being in. If you look at the evangelical churches, they haven’t lost anything. Their membership is holding pretty steady. Where the message has remained, where the mission has remained the same, where the members of the church don’t think any corruption is taking place. They're still hanging in there.

You can listen to Limbaugh discuss Pew's study, AFTER THE JUMP

[h/t Raw Story]

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