April 24, 2019

Rev. Franklin Graham is blasting 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg again in a string of anti-gay tweets.

The pro-Trump preacher said Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana should be "repentant" for being gay instead of being "praised or politicized," he wrote in a tweet on Wednesday. Buttigieg, who is openly gay and Christian, recently said Democrats and Republicans could agree that "God does not have a political party."

"God doesn't have a political party," Graham affirmed. "But God does have commandments, laws & standards," wrote Graham on Twitter. "Mayor Buttigieg says he's a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women."

Earlier this week, Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association condemned anti-LGBT hecklers at the 2020 candidate's Iowa rallies, but also berated the candidate with Leviticus scriptures, which calls same-sex relationships an "abomination," reports the New York Daily News.

Graham's campaign against the 2020 hopeful comes as his church tries to demote the "success of the gay agenda." Buttigieg's campaign has not responded to Graham's outburst. Tatyana Bellamy-Walker

April 3, 2019

Brunei's billionaire leader is calling for "stronger" Islamic teachings despite global outrage about laws that brutally target LGBT citizens.

"I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger," said Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in a press conference on Wednesday, per CNBC.

While the southeast Asian nation has always outlawed gay sex, a stricter policy introduced Wednesday calls for residents to be stoned to death if they are found guilty of breaking the law. The penal code also includes public flogging as punishment for abortion and amputation for theft, and makes extramarital sex punishable by death for Muslims.

Both the European Union and the United Nations have blasted the anti-gay legislation as "cruel and inhumane" punishments that violate international human rights laws. Celebrities are also condemning the laws — earlier this week, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and singer Elton John called for a boycott of two luxury hotels in California owned by the royal family of Brunei.

Brunei's prime minister issued a statement defending the country's right to implement laws as it sees fit and describing the code's goal of "deterring acts that are against the teachings of Islam." Tatyana Bellamy-Walker

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