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"I'll keep you in suspense, OK?": The NRA needs to drop Trump TODAY and end the suspense.

Every hour that passes since this sentence was uttered by the NRA's officially endorsed candidate is another hour of NRA-induced and NRA-sponsored suspense.

The NRA needs to end the suspense and clarify where it stands on the US Constitution, now.









The NRA Has Aired 1 in 6 of All Pro-Trump TV Ads

The gun lobby has launched a $22 million ad-blitz to defeat Clinton.

Oct 19, 2016



As more Republicans abandon their support for Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association has launched a more than $22 million ad blitz to help elect him and defeat Hillary Clinton. As reported by the Center for Public Integrity, the gun lobby is responsible for 16 percent of all pro-Trump television ads aired during this election cycle.

The NRA ads mostly target residents in the swing states of Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, and and are tailored to court women—a demographic that's expected to largely vote against Trump. According to CPI, the NRA has been behind about 1 of every 8 presidential TV ads aired in Ohio in October. (It's aired about 1 in 9 presidential ads in North Carolina and about 1 in 20 ads in Pennsylvania during the month.)</p>

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/nra-television-ads-spending-hillary-clinton-donald-trump

"When Trump demeans and assaults women, I consider it flat out blasphemy" ( #ChristianWomenPreach )


Dr. Serene Jones

“As a devoutly Christian woman, I am deeply appalled and righteously enraged by the demeaning and hateful words and actions of Trump towards women - and towards so many others. As a Christian, I believe that God loves all women and girls and has created us with bodies and lives and hopes and dreams that are truly sacred. We are precious in God’s eyes. So when Trump demeans and assaults women, I consider it flat out blasphemy; it’s against God, it’s death-dealing, not life-giving. God calls women to fullness of life and freedom. Trump, it’s seems, wants to either grope or imprison us.”
- Dr. Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary





RELIGION

Here’s Why These Christian Women Don’t Want To Live In Donald Trump’s America

PREACH, sisters.


10/14/2016 06:01 pm ET

Carol Kuruvilla 

Associate Religion Editor

When women of faith get together, powerful things can happen.

This week, more than 700 Christian women clergy and lay leaders signed a letter strongly denouncing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s callous attitude towards sexual assault. They also went one step further by calling out Christians who have stood by Trump and even tried to shrug off his misogyny as “macho” talk that’s “low on [Christians’] hierarchy of concerns.”

Well, these Christians are concerned. And they refuse to remain silent about it.

The Huffington Post reached out to a few of the women who signed the letter organized by Faith in Public Life, an advocacy group that amplifies the voices of faith leaders. In their responses, many of the women pointed out the Christian men that are often quoted in the press and are part of Trump’s advisory councils don’t speak for all Christians. As the historian and author Diana Butler Bass told The Huffington Post, it’s women who form the backbone of the church.

“All the women. The women who preach, the women who write theology, the women who pray, the women who serve ... Those who weep and mourn for the pain they’ve suffered,” Bass wrote. “And that church is rarely heard in public because it is too busy living its faith.”

The time has come to listen to these women preach.

Join the conversation at #ChristianWomenPreach.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/christian-women-donald-trump_us_580123d6e4b0162c043bdd7d





"...she walked to church and prayed for you. Prayed for patience, for forgiveness."


How do we respond to threats after our endorsement? This is how


What is the correct response to these threats? Today, I offer you a few.



Mi-Ai Parrish, The Republic | azcentral.com 10:19 p.m. MST October 15, 2016

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The endorsement question we faced

More than a year ago, The Republic’s editorial board began taking a stand against the actions and positioning of Donald Trump. In piece after piece, we made it clear that his principles weren’t conservative. They were bad for the party, bad for Arizona, dangerous for America.

But in its more than 125 years, The Republic had never endorsed a Democrat for president. So, over the many months of the campaign, we found ourselves with this question: Endorse no one, or endorse a Democrat for the first time in our history?

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What is the correct response to any of the vile threats against me? What is the correct response to the more disturbing actions and words directed against so many others?

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First, to those who called

To the anonymous caller who invoked the name of Don Bolles — he’s the Republic reporter who was assassinated by a car bomb 40 years ago — and threatened that more of our reporters would be blown up because of the endorsement, I give you Kimberly. She is the young woman who answered the phone when you called. She sat in my office and calmly told three Phoenix police detectives what you had said. She told them that later, she walked to church and prayed for you. Prayed for patience, for forgiveness. Kimberly knows free speech requires compassion.



Investigators examine the car of Don Bolles, investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic, who died on June 13, 1976. (Photo: The Republic)


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http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/2016/10/16/publisher-response-to-threats-after-republic-endorsement-clinton-trump/92058964/

Why does the NRA support sexual predators?

Gundamentalism is a filthy, filthy religion.

Right-Wing ‘Crusaders’ Militia Group Plotted Terror Attack On Muslim Immigrants, FBI Charges


WASHINGTON ― Three Kansas men who were allegedly part of a domestic terrorist group called “the Crusaders” were arrested by the FBI on Friday, charged with plotting to carry out an attack on Muslims living in the state.

The men are identified as Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen, and are all in their late 40s. They belonged to a group that espoused “sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs,” according to an FBI agent’s affidavit, and allegedly plotted to attack Muslim immigrants, focusing on an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas.

According to the Department of Justice, the trio allegedly stockpiled firearms, ammunition and explosive materials, and discussed parking four vehicles filled with explosives at the four corners of the apartment complex in order to set off a massive explosion.

The attack, which the men allegedly said would “wake people up,” was planned for Nov. 9, one day after the presidential election, according to the DOJ.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/militia-terror-plot-fbi-kansas_us_58014995e4b0162c043c1e90?section=&

NRA Buys Deck Chairs on Trump's Titanic

(X-posted from GD-2016: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512505933 )


ready for a Republican civil war

NRA Buys Deck Chairs on Trump's Titanic


Oct 13, 2016 11:58 AM EDT

By Francis Wilkinson

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the National Rifle Association this year has already broken its record for political spending, backing the Republican Party with more than $36 million. More than $21 million of that sum was devoted to attacking Hillary Clinton or supporting Donald Trump.

"The blitz cements the NRA’s status as a key cog in Republican electoral efforts," reported the Trace. "This cycle, it has paid out more than any other conservative group aside from three Super PACs formed to back GOP presidential candidates."

Trump is not looking like a shrewd investment. Republican strategists fear he could take the Republican Senate majority down with him, and even, if he tries extra hard, blow up the Republican majority in the House.

Clinton, meanwhile, is more overtly hostile to the NRA than any presidential candidate in history. She campaigns with mothers of victims of gun violence, aggressively champions universal background checks and advertises her willingness to "take on the gun lobby."

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https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-10-13/nra-buys-deck-chairs-on-trump-s-titanic

NRA Buys Deck Chairs on Trump's Titanic


ready for a Republican civil war

NRA Buys Deck Chairs on Trump's Titanic


Oct 13, 2016 11:58 AM EDT

By Francis Wilkinson

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the National Rifle Association this year has already broken its record for political spending, backing the Republican Party with more than $36 million. More than $21 million of that sum was devoted to attacking Hillary Clinton or supporting Donald Trump.

"The blitz cements the NRA’s status as a key cog in Republican electoral efforts," reported the Trace. "This cycle, it has paid out more than any other conservative group aside from three Super PACs formed to back GOP presidential candidates."

Trump is not looking like a shrewd investment. Republican strategists fear he could take the Republican Senate majority down with him, and even, if he tries extra hard, blow up the Republican majority in the House.

Clinton, meanwhile, is more overtly hostile to the NRA than any presidential candidate in history. She campaigns with mothers of victims of gun violence, aggressively champions universal background checks and advertises her willingness to "take on the gun lobby."

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https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-10-13/nra-buys-deck-chairs-on-trump-s-titanic

VP Joe Biden Calls Trump's Alleged Behavior a 'Cardinal Sin'



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Biden went on to explain his work in combating sexual assault over his career and why he is so passionate about Trump’s comments, which he made without, apparently, knowing he was being recorded.

“My dad used to say the greatest sin of all is abuse of power, and the cardinal sin of all is a man raising his hand or taking advantage of a woman,” Biden said. “And here’s a guy who says, ‘I’m a star … so I can go in, intimidate women into allowing me to assault them and assume they’re not going to say anything.’ That is the ultimate abuse of power, and I don’t understand how anyone can remotely justify that.”

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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/vp-joe-biden-calls-trumps-alleged-behavior-cardinal/story?id=42771735

‘Liberty is not Trump U.': Students protest Donald Trump

(X-posted from GD:2016 http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512503751 )

Students at Liberty University have issued a statement against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as young conservatives at colleges across the state reconsider support for his campaign.

A statement issued late Wednesday by the group “Liberty Students United Against Trump,” strongly rebuked the candidate as well as the school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., for defending Trump after he made extremely lewd comments about women captured in a 2005 video. The students wrote that Falwell’s support for Trump had cast a stain on the school’s reputation.

“We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell’s endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history,” the statement reads. “Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him. . . He has made his name by maligning others and bragging about his sins. Not only is Donald Trump a bad candidate for president, he is actively promoting the very things that we as Christians ought to oppose.”

The Liberty University student manifesto against Trump comes a day after the University of Virginia college Republicans voted to rescind the group’s endorsement of his candidacy for president. The chairman of the college Republicans at Hampden-Sydney, Tanner Beck, posted a statement on Facebook noting that Trump “has gone from simply being an embarrassment to our party, to a potentially permanent stain on our brand and our country.”

The students at Liberty University wrote that they felt compelled to speak out in light of Falwell’s steadfast support for Trump even after the candidate’s comments about women and sexual assault.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/10/12/liberty-is-not-trump-u-students-protest-donald-trump/
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