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But FBC Dallas' little simp covers for him, so all is good....

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-prayer-breakfast-jibes-jolt-204832170.html

Associated Press

Trump's prayer breakfast jibes jolt many faith leaders

DAVID CRARY
Associated Press
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Prayer Breakfast - a Washington tradition since 1953 - is by custom a respite from partisan bickering. President Donald Trump shattered that tradition Thursday with aggressive remarks that buoyed his allies but dismayed a wide spectrum of faith leaders.

“A bipartisan prayer breakfast is the last place one would expect to find political attacks on opponents,” said the Rev. Tom Lambrecht, general manager of the conservative United Methodist magazine Good News. “Our country would benefit from a return to the kind of civility and grace reflected in Jesus’ words.”

Trump set the tone for his remarks even before speaking - holding up two newspapers with the headline “ACQUITTED” to herald the Senate’s vote Wednesday against removing him from office.

In a keynote address before Trump’s speech, Arthur Brooks, a Harvard professor and president of a conservative think tank, had decried a “crisis of contempt and polarization” and urged his listeners to ”love your enemies."

“I don't know if I agree with you,” said Trump. He then took a swipe at Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who had cited his faith in becoming the only Republican to vote for Trump's removal.

“I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong," Trump said.

“Nor do I like people who say, 'I pray for you' when you know that is not so,” Trump added, in a reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has offered that message even as she led the impeachment effort.

Pelosi, a practicing Catholic, reiterated that she often prays for Trump.

“I pray hard for him because he’s so off the track of our constitution, our values, our country,” she said after the breakfast. “He really needs our prayers.”

One of Trump’s leading allies in the conservative Christian evangelical community, the Rev. Robert Jeffress of the Southern Baptist megachurch First Baptist Dallas, embraced the president’s remarks.

“I think the president was completely right in what he said,” Jeffress said. “It’s not politically correct, but he didn’t get to be president by being politically correct.”

Jeffress, who said he dined with Trump and Prayer Breakfast organizers at the White House on Wednesday, said the criticism of Pelosi was justified.

“When you have been under nonstop attack for the last three years from people who want to destroy you and your family, it’s a little hard to hear them say, ‘I want to pray for you,’ ” he said. “It’s hypocritical.”

As for Romney, Jeffress contended that the senator’s decision to vote for Trump’s removal “seems more based on self-promotion than religious beliefs.”

Among Romney’s fellow Mormons in Utah, views were mixed.

“I don’t like that he’s the only member of the U.S. Senate on the Republican side who says, ‘I’m a man of God’ so he has to vote a certain way,” said former GOP legislator Mike Noel.

However, Emma Petty Addams, executive director of Mormon Women for Ethical Government, said Romney “really exemplifies the way faith can be used in the public sphere in a very positive way.”

The Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the Christian social justice group Sojourners, took note of Trump’s assertion that faith should not be used as a justification for doing what someone knows is wrong.

"Apply this logic to Trump's white evangelical supporters: they are willing to trade off and even sell out Jesus for the reward of getting judges they like in the Supreme Court,” Wallis said via email. “Jesus taught us to welcome immigrants, to reject the use of racial bigotry, to avoid lying and to respect and love all people as they are made in the image of God.”

Professor Robert Franklin, who teaches moral theology at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, also evoked Jesus.

“If the president is feeling persecuted, he would be well served to spend quality time with his pastor while studying what Jesus did when he was persecuted,” Franklin suggested. “The religion of Jesus promotes the virtues of humility, self-accountability, forgiveness and reconciliation.”

A Conservative Jewish rabbi in Encino, California, Noah Farkas of the Valley Beth Shalom congregation, asserted that both Romney and Pelosi “are moved by their respective faith traditions.”

“I find it deeply problematic that the president uses the National Prayer Breakfast to lambaste the faith of his opponents,” Farkas said. ”He forgets the history of faith in this country, and disrespects others who speak from their sense of faithful conscience.”

At Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia - where Trump ally Jerry Falwell Jr. is president - English professor Karen Swallow Prior said Trump’s breakfast remarks prompted her to reflect on how religious faith can be politicized.

“The problem with such statements is not Trump himself, but rather they reveal how American Christianity has become a kind of currency whose value depends on whose possession it’s in,” she wrote via email.

Toward the end of his remarks, Trump conceded that these issues of faith are not simple.

“I'm sorry. I apologize. I'm trying to learn. It's not easy,” he said. “When they impeach you for nothing and then you're supposed to like them, it's not easy folks. I do my best."

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I didn't think it was possible, but President Donald Trump has surpassed Ronald Reagan as the greatest United States president of my lifetime  ....

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10 minutes ago, KirtFalcon said:

I didn't think it was possible, but President Donald Trump has surpassed Ronald Reagan as the greatest United States president of my lifetime  ....

 

THAT'S your response???? You have always been around the bend, but I think the cheese finally fell off of your cracker. 😲

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12 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

 

THAT'S your response???? You have always been around the bend, but I think the cheese finally fell off of your cracker. 😲

I’ll go kirt even one better; Trump’s likeness needs to put on Mt.Rushmore!😋👌🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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PRESIDENT Trump will have a HUGE turnout from faithful Christians this election..........we will put him in office for 4 more wonderful years.......maybe the chamber of commerce RINOs have finally learned that without us, the GOP loses.........

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PRESIDENT Trump says the same things we REAL AMERICANS say and think daily......that's why we continue to vigorously support him......

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Just now, WestHardinfan1 said:

PRESIDENT Trump says the same things we REAL AMERICANS say and think daily......that's why we continue to vigorously support him......

I'd like to think that most Americans aren't unlawful, corrupt, obnoxious, vulgar, immoral, foul, coarse, uneducated, inappropriate, and unfit for public society,  much less public office, but go with that. 

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5 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

I'd like to think that most Americans aren't unlawful, corrupt, obnoxious, vulgar, immoral, foul, coarse, uneducated, inappropriate, and unfit for public society,  much less public office, but go with that. 

PRESIDENT Trump is only all of that in the unstable, sociopathic minds of you libturds......WE REAL AMERICANS LIKE HIM.......

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3 hours ago, BarryLaverty said:

Very sad...all of that noise. 

I listened to President Donald J. Trump speaking yesterday at that prayer breakfast & I saw nothing wrong with anything he said; He was Much more calm than I would have been, had they put me through all you haters have put him through...🤨

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He was at a PRAYER breakfast, not a gathering of the red hat cult. He lacks dignity and decorum and respect. 

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2 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

He was at a PRAYER breakfast, not a gathering of the red hat cult. He lacks dignity and decorum and respect. 

:sleep:

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14 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

He was at a PRAYER breakfast, not a gathering of the red hat cult. He lacks dignity and decorum and respect. 

It wouldn’t matter WHAT he said Or Did to You; You Hate him

No Matter What he does.🤨

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1 minute ago, CarthDawg77 said:

It wouldn’t matter WHAT he said Or Did to You; You Hate him

No Matter What he does.🤨

Oh, I do hate the man. He is on the top of the short list.

And, he could shoot YOU in the toe, and you would tell him how much you admired his aim and how you didn't need that toe anyway, and what a honor it was to be shot by such a great American. 

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12 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

Oh, I do hate the man. He is on the top of the short list.

And, he could shoot YOU in the toe, and you would tell him how much you admired his aim and how you didn't need that toe anyway, and what a honor it was to be shot by such a great American. 

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27 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

Oh, I do hate the man. He is on the top of the short list.

And, he could shoot YOU in the toe, and you would tell him how much you admired his aim and how you didn't need that toe anyway, and what a honor it was to be shot by such a great American. 

Such a sad little man you are Barry/Larry/Mary...😕

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4 minutes ago, CarthDawg77 said:

Such a sad little man you are Barry/Larry/Mary...😕

Then, you would offer another toe for his shooting, and you might even help steady his aim the next time to make sure he got the right toe...well, because he is such a great American. The greatest! 

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32 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

Oh, I do hate the man. He is on the top of the short list.

And, he could shoot YOU in the toe, and you would tell him how much you admired his aim and how you didn't need that toe anyway, and what a honor it was to be shot by such a great American. 

You want to talk Christian values, and then say YOU HATE someone.  Allllrighty then!!!

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How did obama do at the prayer breakfasts?  Or did he even bother to attend?  I don't recall.

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4 hours ago, BarryLaverty said:

I'd like to think that most Americans aren't unlawful, corrupt, obnoxious, vulgar, immoral, foul, coarse, uneducated, inappropriate, and unfit for public society,  much less public office, but go with that. 

No sense in dissing your fellow democrats like that, Barry. 

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5 hours ago, WestHardinfan1 said:

PRESIDENT Trump will have a HUGE turnout from faithful Christians this election..........we will put him in office for 4 more wonderful years.......maybe the chamber of commerce RINOs have finally learned that without us, the GOP loses.........

Correction:  false Christians not faithful Christians. 

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4 minutes ago, PepeSilvia said:

Correction:  false Christians not faithful Christians. 

Well screamer.......an atheist isn't a good judge of who is and is not a Christian.........

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