Pulpit of deplorables

Donald Trump books the most antigay of antigay clergy for his doomsday inauguration


Donald Trump can’t find any musicians to perform at his inauguration next month (sad!), but he’s having no trouble booking antigay pastors to stand by his side as he’s sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America.

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It was just announced that Rev. Franklin Graham will be one of several antigay religious figures who will speak at the doomsday event. Graham, of course, has been an outspoken advocate against LGBTQ people for years.

Not only did he once refer to gay people as “the enemy” and gay rights as “evil,” but he supported a constitutional amendment in North Carolina banning same-sex marriage, claimed pro-gay businesses enable predators, praised Russia’s gay propaganda law, accused Marvel’s X-Men franchise of turning kids homosexual, and once refused to buy cookies from a group of Girl Scouts because he said they supported LGBTQ equality.

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Graham will be joined by a slew of other antigay bigots on inauguration day. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference will also be speaking at the event.

Rodriguez, who once called marriage equality the “legal catalyst for the marginalization of Americans who embrace a biblical worldview,” will deliver the opening prayer. Alongside him will be Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who once warned that gay marriage will turn everyone Asian, and Pastor Paula White, who once accused the Supreme Court of trying to radically transform marriage “via the conduit of judicial and executive fiat.”

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So far, no Imam or representative of the Islamic faith is expected to speak at the event. (No surprise there.) In fact, the only non-Christian speaker will be Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre who, thankfully, doesn’t appear to have a record of homophobia and, in fact, runs the Los Angeles’ Museum of Tolerance, which recognizes LGBTQ persecution.

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