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The Bible is so vast that anyone can find quotes to justify their particular position What I don't understand is why Fundamentalists prefer quotes from the Old Testament to those from the New Testament, which is the one where you find Jesus's teaching...
The day we finally accept religion was invented to control the masses & make others rich & powerful, that the bible, Koran etc have all been UNDENIABLY proven false, & that the very concept of 'God' is a laughable lie,will be the day the whole of humanity can finally move forward
What an incredibly dense JOKE .@LozzaFox is 🙄 Attacking the portrayal of Sikhs who fought in the War - he calls it 'Forcing Diversity' & 'Institutionally Racist'. They gave their lives! I suppose the Bible is forcing diversity with Queen of Sheba & the Black Eunuch 🙄
I know you're busy, I know life is moving fast, but if you keep telling yourself that you'll open the Bible when you have more time, that time may never come. Even if it's little chunks at a time, be intentional.
Dream Big! The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18 that without a vision, the people perish! Set goals and train your mind into developing a mentality whereby it is not an option but a necessity to achieve them! Renew your mind daily!
Y'all doing Bible Plans this year right?
@NissyTee18 Jan
I'm on this read the Bible in a year plan w/ my fiancé & today this prayer really spoke volumes: "Thank you that although you love me as I am, you love me too much to leave me as I am" Yes "come as you are" but just know transformation, in the most beautiful way, is inevitable.
@Kiran_MH26 Jan
I have a spare copy of the Children's Writers & Artists' Handbook 2020 - ie the bible for anyone wanting to know the process of publishing, & it's full of writing tips too (incl from me)! I found my agent in this. Reply with your current read & I'll randomly pick a winner at 9pm. https://t.co/FL6Y9zdqO5
The Bible shows us what matters to God – that's how we know what to pray for. #ExploringPrayer
Far right extremists known as Republicans are saying their bomb was dropped in the name of Jesus & their President was doing my work, but I doubt he's even read my biography! (It's called the Bible btw. Available at all good book stores.) Is Donald Trump a real Christian?#WW3
So I'm trending on Twitter but not for a good reason.😩 Thanks President Dickwad! To be clear, the message of the Bible was Love thy Neighbour, NOT bomb thy Muslim because they've discovered a big oil field & thy President wants better approval ratings. TRUMP IS NO CHRISTIAN.

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Nebraska governor attacked for issuing day of prayer to end abortion

by Calvin Freiburger

Even though issuing a public statement asking for prayers obviously carries no legal force, the Freedom From Religion Foundation accused the governor of violating the freedom of conscience of citizens in your state.

William Gibson I was losing a sense of how weird the real world was

by Sam Leith

Interview William Gibson: 'I was losing a sense of how weird the real world was' Sam Leith The writer who invented 'cyberspace' – and possibly the most influential living sci-fi author – on the challenges of keeping up with a reality even stranger than fiction William Gibson in Vancouver. Photograph: Benoit Paillé I n 2016, William Gibson was a third of the way through his new novel when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. 'I woke up the day after that and I looked at the manuscript and the world in which the novel was set – a contemporary novel set in San Francisco – and I realised that that world no longer existed. That the characters' emotional basis made no sense; that no one's behaviour made any sense. Something of this tremendous enormity had just happened and I felt really lost – and sort of mournful. I was losing this book.' The great chronicler of the future had been overtaken by events. This had happened once before. Gibson had been 100 pages into Pattern Recognition – the first of his novels set in a near contemporary version of reality – when the Twin Towers fell, forcing him to rewrite that novel's world and the backstories of its characters. His future had to catch up with the present. That said, Gibson's futures have always got a little tangled up with the present. Probably the most influential living writer of speculative fiction, his best known aphorism is 'the future's already here – it's just not very evenly distributed'. Two or three generations of readers have now seen the futures he envisaged in his three trilogies of novels coming dismayingly into being around them. Virtual digital spaces, artificial intelligence, corporations superseding nation states, extreme body modification, and the insane metastasis of the marketing and branding industries ... Gibson was on to all these things when Black Mirror's Charlie Brooker was still in short trousers. And his influence endures. Just last week, Dominic Cummings – a fan – referenced Gibson's character Hubertus Bigend in a Downing Street job advert . This latest twist in reality – Trump's election – meant Gibson had to go to back to the drawing board with the new book, just as he had with Pattern Recognition. For a long time he didn't think the book that was to become Agency could be salvaged. He went through 'at least two hard publishing deadlines' as he tried to find a way of bringing it back to life. He had his heroine, Verity, and her encounter with Eunice – the AI entity around whom much of the novel's plot revolves. But how could he make them fit into a post-Trump world? 'I thought, you know, this is never going to happen. And it really threw me – for about six months. All I could do was read the news feed and feel worse about that. But eventually I realised that I wanted to believe I was living in a stub. That something had split off and that things weren't supposed to be this way. It wasn't supposed to be as dire. And having had that passing thought, I thought – wait a minute! Verity is in a stub. And suddenly it worked. I had a framework that was coming together.' He retconned, in other words, what was originally intended to be a standalone work into something that is now more straightforwardly a sequel than anything else in his canon. Agency reprises the setup and many of the characters of his last book, The Peripheral . That novel – which, fans of Gibson's strangely little-filmed canon will be pleased to hear, is about to be adapted for Amazon Prime by the team that made Westworld – is set between a London of the early 22nd century, after an unspecified apocalypse called the Jackpot has wiped out 80% of the population, and a near future town in rural America. As we discover, the latter is a 'stub': an alternative timeline in which technologists (and, more tellingly, hobbyists) of the future are able to meddle. Agency is set between that far future London and another stub – a present day San Francisco where Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election – and describes its protagonist Verity's relationship with the dizzyingly powerful Eunice as they attempt to avert that stub's version of the civilisation-ending Jackpot. If someone claiming to be from the future had shown me Boris Johnson I'd have told him to fuck off 'My specific time travel gimmick in these books,' Gibson says, 'is that it's impossible to physically visit the past, so you have to do it digitally. But immediately on contacting the past you create a stub, because that contact didn't happen in your past so you create an alternate history. And that spares me all of that tedious paradoxical stuff that bogs down time travel stories.' He pinched a version of the idea, he's generous enough to acknowledge, from Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner's 1985 short story 'Mozart in Mirrorshades'. As a Canadian writer who initially marked his territory in a future Japan, what attracted him to setting his post-Jackpot world in London? He doesn't see it as so much of a jump. 'On my first three or four visits to Japan I immediately thought that Tokyo had more in common with London than with any other city,' he says. 'These disproportionately large sites of former empires, huge concentrated populations, recent wartime trauma, lots of fatalities. They're capitals of island nations. But also cultural things: the fanatical attention paid to specific individual classes of objects. In London you could probably find a speciality shop for almost anything. And you certainly could in Tokyo. All these parallels. I'm curious that I've almost never seen it mentioned anywhere.' In a way Gibson came to fiction late. Born in South Carolina, steeped in William Burroughs and Henry Miller, he dropped out of high school and spent his late teens and early 20s travelling and experimenting with drugs and the counterculture. When he 'washed up' in Canada in the 1960s – initially, he claimed to have been dodging the Vietnam draft – he ran Toronto's first 'head shop'. In the mid 70s, having started a family, he went to university to study English literature – and what he learned there helped to rekindle his childhood interest in writing science fiction, which was properly kickstarted when he fell in with John Shirley, Shiner and Sterling. American Gothic, 1930, by Grant Wood. Photograph: Grant Wood/Art Institute of Chicago/Getty Images It's a happy accident that, at 71, Gibson looks like a more benign version of the pitchfork-toting male figure in Grant Wood's painting American Gothic. His 1982 short story 'Burning Chrome' is credited with popularising the term 'cyberspace' ('A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts ... A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding'). His 1981 short story 'Johnny Mnemonic' was made into a film starring Keanu Reeves in 1995, but Gibson's breakthrough only came with 1984's Neuromancer . He famously wrote this rip-roaring, noir-inflected fantasy of burned out hackers and technologically augmented ninjas – which gave birth to the whole 'cyberpunk' genre – on a manual typewriter, and he freely talks of himself as a late adopter. So maybe the poetic, rather than technological, turn in that description of cyberspace is the way to read him. He magpies futuristic sounding stuff. 'I was actually able to write Neuromancer because I didn't know anything about computers,' he says. 'I knew literally nothing. What I did was deconstruct the poetics of the language of people who were already working in the field. I'd stand in the hotel bar at the Seattle science fiction convention listening to these guys who were the first computer programmers I ever saw talk about their work. I had no idea what they were talking about, but that was the first time that I ever heard the word 'interface' used as a verb. And I swooned. Wow, that's a verb. Seriously, poetically that was wonderful. 'So I was listening to it as an English honours student. I would take it back out, deconstruct it poetically, and build a world from those bricks. Consequently there are other things in Neuromancer that make no sense. When the going gets really tough in cyberspace, what does Case do? He sends out for a modem. He does! He says: 'Get me a modem! I'm in deep shit!' I didn't know what one was, but I had just heard the word. And I thought: man, it's sexy. That really sounds like it could be bad news. And I didn't have anybody to read it and … I couldn't Google it.' Actually, he acknowledges later, 'I think Google's changed my writing a bit. I now realise that anyone who's seriously into the text is going to be Googling everything as they go along – or anything that strikes their eye. It actually adds a different level of responsibility. I can't be quite as random now.' He has to ensure that the made up stuff is definitely and securely made up, and that the real, Googleable stuffis accurate. Gibson is active on Twitter as @greatdismal, though joining it wasn't an obvious Gibson move. He initially expected to spend five minutes or so on the site, hence the odd handle: he happened to have been reading a history of the Great Dismal Swamp, near his childhood home in Canada, when he created a temporary account. 'I'm sort of glad though that I didn't have @realwilliamgibson or something,' he says, 'because it doesn't get me what I'm interested in. It's nice to see people react to one's work but what I want is information that I wouldn't be able to get anywhere else. Back when I was writing the early books I'd go to this wonderful shop in Vancouver where I'd buy $300-worth of foreign magazines – like Japanese fashion magazines – and cart it all home and pile it beside my desk. What I was paying all that money for was a stack of curated novelty from global sources. And as soon as I had Twitter I had more curated global novelty than I could ever access. 'Pretty soon the newsstand closed – not because I wasn't supporting it, but that had something to do with it. When you had to buy an actual hard copy of Gothic ämp; Lolita Bible to find out about the Gothic Lolita subculture, it's really something. It felt really special because, you know, your next door neighbour wasn't going to find it on Twitter.' Keanu Reeves and Dina Meyer in Johnny Mnemonic, directed by Robert Longo (1995). Photograph: Allstar/20 Century Fox/Sportsphoto Ltd Gibson has said in the past that he's more interested in writing about the human reaction to technology than technology itself. And what started him writing SF as an adult was that missing human element: 'What the science fiction of my youth generally seemed to lack was … everything that made literary naturalism a radical proposition.' In his early teens he'd devoured mid-century American SF such as Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov . When he got older – in distaste for the reactionary politics and 'its assumption of a world that's basically entirely American, a whole universe that's entirely American' – he turned his back on that, reading British new wave ( JG Ballard , M John Harrison ) and getting his American 'science fiction vitamins', as he puts it, from Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut . So when he returned to SF at college, 'It was as though I had been present at the birth of Nashville swing and gone back looking for it and found the Nashville of the early 70s,' he says. The disappointment was galvanising. 'It helped to form the idea that, you know, maybe I could actually do that.' Thus, as much as his books are populated with nanotech assemblers, haptic recon commandos, gunpacked ceramic Michikoids and all that sort of malarkey (he admits to being 'loosey goosey' with the science), they aren't weightless fantasies. His characters eat, and have love lives and in some cases have kids and spend most of the novel looking after them. Wilf – a principal protagonist in the future London of The Peripheral – spends most of Agency babysitting: 'As the narrative went on I realised that what he mostly needed to do was mind the baby – otherwise he's going to have to leave it with the nanotech pandas. And, you know, that's the naturalistic part of it. That's life.' One character suffers something we'll all recognise – a 'momentary pang of phonelessness'. And, hilariously, Agency prominently features a kickass combat drone – like a sort of R2D2-size Swiss Army deathknife, but the heroes have to spend the whole time lugging its battery pack and charger around after it. 'That's a part of my kit as well,' says Gibson, patting the smartphone resting on a spare battery pack by his coffee. 'I don't want people to forget about the charger. You're lugging it around. You'd be lost without it.' The lazy shorthand with which he's sometimes described is as a prophet. How does he feel about that? An albatross around the neck, an encouraging compliment – or just part of the job? 'It's actually ... It seems to be a thing. But I've been discounting it actively throughout my entire career. I don't think you could find a single interview with me in which I don't make the point that I've got it wrong easily as often as I've got it sort of right.' He certainly gets it right in one respect in Agency: the flashpoint crisis in the book's contemporary timeline concerns a Turkish invasion of northern Syria, complicated by Russian interference, after the US pulls out. The book would have been at the proof stage by the time Trump announced his withdrawal from the region last year. Every fiction about the future is like an ice-cream cone, melting as it moves into the future 'The person who designed that crisis,' Gibson says, 'is someone with a job in government in the United States. He's been a very good friend for quite a while, and given his professional background, I knew that he could give me something. I didn't specify that part of the world. I just said I need a Cuban missile crisis-like event that could happen now. He came up with that one almost immediately. What's been very eerie for me is seeing the actual place names I used on the news. I wrote to him immediately. He said: 'Well why do you think I put it in there? If that sort of thing happens it's going to happen there.'' Subcontracting crisis design, it bears noticing, is an extremely William Gibson thing to do. Does it matter to try to get it right, though? 'Every fiction about the future is like an ice-cream cone,' he says, 'melting as it moves into the future. It's acquiring archaism by the second. And I'm sure that Neuromancer, for instance, will ultimately be read for what it tells the future about the past. That's ultimately all we can get from old science fiction. That's the fate of antique science fiction. All science fiction eventually becomes vintage – mine included. But I knew that. I knew that before I even started writing it. And I've always found it delightful. It's a delightful thought, as I'm working, that one day this will all just be completely archaic and hokey. But it's my job to make that take quite a while.' A 13-year-old reader of Neuromancer now, he points out, might well guess: 'This is about what happened to all the cellphones. This cyberspace thing exists because something happened to the cellphones.' And, indeed, Gibson stopped setting his novels mainly in the far future around the turn of the millennium. He changed mode. 'Since Pattern Recognition I've been writing novels of the recent past. They've tended to be published in the year after they actually take place. After the publication of All Tomorrow's Parties [1999] I had a feeling that my game was sagging a bit. Not that there's anything particularly wrong with that book – but I felt that I was losing a sense of how weird the real world around me was. Because I was busy writing novels and whatever, and I'd sort of glance out of the window at the day's reality and I'd go: 'Whoah! That was really strange.' Then I'd look back down at my page and realise that that was stranger than my page, and I began to feel … uneasy.' So he cast around contemporary culture 'for the elements of things that I had found sufficiently weird to feel that I was still doing what I had done before'. When readers don't notice that these books are set in the present day, he says, 'This is a good sign. This is what I wanted.' He adds: 'The really scary thing about actual futurity, for me, is the newsfeed of the present day. It's something I could never have imagined. If it had been pitched to a Hollywood producer a decade ago they'd say: 'Get outta here, never darken my door. This is ridiculous!' If I had a little window into 2019 back in 1981, instead of saying, here's some made up future shit, but what they're actually showing me is all of this – I'd say some of this is so stupid. I cannot use this clownish, ludicrous behaviour by these ridiculous politicians who are beyond parody. I mean, in 1984 if someone claiming to be from the future had shown me Boris Johnson I'd have told him to fuck off and quit pretending to be from the future.' The Peripheral and Agency, Gibson says, will definitely be joined by a third novel to form a trilogy. This mechanism for opening an infinite branching universe of possible 'stubs', after all, gives him maximal room for manoeuvre. 'I couldn't prove this, but this is my hunch,' he says. 'I think this is what my creative unconscious was doing with Agency and part of why it took so long – to design a sort of universal flexible joint between The Peripheral and an even more actual sequel to it. 'Agency is a sort of connector. It's universal because it's designed to cope with anything – whatever is happening in the next few years short of complete nuclear destruction – in which case it won't matter. For me it's open-ended in a lot of ways so I'm hoping that what I've designed will prevent me from having a repeat of that experience I had on 9 November. That's what I've been trying to build.' Something future proof? 'Heh, yes. Future proof. But that seems like, you know ... hubris. Major hubris.' • Agency is published by Penguin on 23 January. To order a copy go to guardianbookshop.com . Free UK pämp;p over £15,

As a vicar I know it’s time the Church stopped telling people to be abstinent

by Canon Simon Butler

Since becoming a vicar in 1997, I have married over 200 couples. Of these, I can recall just one who had decided to refrain from sex before marriage.

The imperfect vessel Why white evangelicals see Trump as King Cyrus

by Adam Gabbatt

The imperfect vessel: why white evangelicals see Trump as King Cyrus Donald Trump looks on as he visits McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia, on 2 June 2019 to visit with Pastor David Platt. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images B efore the end of 2016 there was little in Donald Trump's life, or frequently offensive political campaign, to suggest that as president he would be hailed as God's appointee on Earth, be beloved by born-again Christians, or compared to a biblical king. Yet that is exactly what has happened in the three years since Trump took office, as he has surrounded himself with a God-fearing cabinet and struck up an unlikely but extremely beneficial relationship with white evangelical supporters. It's a relationship that, for Trump, has ensured unwavering support from a key voter base and for his religious supporters, seen a conservative takeover of the courts and an assault on reproductive and LGBTQ rights . It's also a relationship that is raising concerns about what another four years of Trump governance could achieve when it comes to fulfilling the policy ambitions of his evangelical backers. 'It's incredibly troubling,' said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United , a non-partisan organization dedicated to the separation of church and state. 'Trump is conferring unparalleled privilege on one narrow slice of religion,' Laser said. 'He confers privilege in exchange for constant loyalty at the ballot box, no matter what he does.' The unlikely alliance between those nominally following biblical interpretations of right and wrong, and a thrice-married man who has been credibly accused of sexual assault and infamously paid off a pornographic actor, has thrown up a rich – and bizarre – cast of characters. A sustained effort by influential Christian voices to justify Trump's personal misdeeds and political cruelty has led to the frequent portrayal of Trump as a flawed vessel for God's will. In particular, Trump has been compared to King Cyrus, who, according to the Bible, liberated the Jews from Babylonian captivity, despite himself being a Persian ruler. Pastors from the Las Vegas area pray with then candidate Donald Trump during a visit to the International Church of Las Vegas, and International Christian Academy on 5 October 2016. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP One of the first to make the Trump-Cyrus connection is Lance Wallnau. Wallnau, a business consultant who styles himself as a doctor – his LinkedIn page credits Phoenix University of Theology as his alma mater, but the university had its 501c3 status revoked by the Internal Revenue Service in 2017 and its campus appears to be a PO Box in Arizona – claims the 'the Lord spoke' to him during the election period. According to Wallnau God said, specifically: 'Donald Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness.' Wallnau is not alone on this. Mike Evans, an evangelical leader who was invited to speak in front of Trump at a White House faith dinner, is also onboard with the Cyrus analogy. He explained the idea to the Christian Broadcasting Network in 2017 . '[Cyrus] was used as an instrument of God for deliverance in the Bible, and God has used this imperfect vessel, this flawed human being like you or I, this imperfect vessel, and he's using him in an incredible, amazing way to fulfill his plans and purposes,' Evans said. At a campaign rally in Florida last week to launch a push for evangelical support Trump was introduced on stage by the Miami mega-church pastor Guillermo Maldonado as Cyrus. 'Father, we give you the praise and honor and we ask you that he can be the Cyrus to bring reaffirmation, to bring change into this nation, and all the nations of the Earth will say America is the greatest nation of the Earth,' Maldonado said. Rank-and-file evangelicals have also embraced the imperfect vessel concept, and Wallnau is now selling Trump-Cyrus 'prayer coins' – the king is in the background, a brooding profile of Trump is in the foreground – for $45 a coin. 'If you're a faith community and you make a political deal with the president, and sell your soul, you stretch to come up with a theological justification, and this seems to be the go-to, this idea,' Laser said. The concept has since gone international, with Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, making the comparison in March 2018. Cheered on by these, and other, prominent figures – the televangelist Paula White, who claims Trump has been 'raised up by God' and was appointed to lead Trump's Faith and Opportunity Initiative in November is among them – white evangelical Christians have continued to support Trump. In return, they have been rewarded with attacks on reproductive rights and the freedoms of LGBTQ people, and the appointment of scores of conservative judges. They have also watched people with the same evangelical beliefs appointed to key government positions, as Trump has stacked his cabinet with devout Christians, some of whom have been explicit about how their faith influences their approach to government. 'Many of Trump's political appointees have, as their primary qualification, the fact that they are committed to a very distinct, conservative religious agenda,' said Katherine Stewart, author of an upcoming book The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism . 'Absent the Trump administration, many of them would never have been seen near the halls of power, and so they owe everything to Trump and his people.' The tomb of the Persian king Cyrus the Great, at Pasargadae outside Shiraz, Iran, who some conservative Christians see as providing the template for President Trump. Photograph: Caren Firouz/Reuters Among them is Mike Pompeo, Trump's secretary of state, who was criticized in October for promoting his own speech 'Being a Christian Leader', where he opined on how he asks God for direction in his work, on the state department website. In 2015 Pompeo also confirmed he believes in the Rapture, the concept of an end of days event – usually some sort of catastrophe – whereby Jesus Christ will return to Earth and escort qualified believers into heaven. Other committed evangelicals include Vice-President Mike Pence, who as governor of Indiana signed a law which allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people, citing religious freedom. Some of the people Trump has appointed are already making a difference. Ben Carson, who has been in charge of housing and urban development since 2017. Under Carson's leadership, Laser pointed out, Hud has proposed legislation which would allow federally funded homeless shelters to discriminate against transgender people, on religious grounds. Meanwhile, the concept of Trump channelling God's will has gained credence at the highest levels of the US government. Rick Perry, another evangelical member of Trump's cabinet who serves as energy secretary, echoed the theory of an imperfect biblical figure in November – albeit choosing different examples from Cyrus. 'God's used imperfect people all through history. King David wasn't perfect. Saul wasn't perfect. Solomon wasn't perfect,' Perry told Fox News in November, during an interview which was nominally about the impeachment hearing. Perry added that God had chosen Trump for the presidency. There are signs that the alliance will continue to remain strong. In March 2019 Pew Research found that 'white evangelical Protestants' continued to overwhelmingly support Trump, where most other religious groups were as divided as the American people as a whole. It is that support that Trump, the imperfect vessel, will be counting on in November 2020.

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Mike Pompeo accuses NPR host he launched f-word tirade at of 'LYING' to him

show ad My f-word rant at NPR host was supposed to be SECRET says Mike Pompeo: Secretary of State claims reporter lied about his behavior and broke their 'off the record' deal - but ADMITS telling her to point to Ukraine on a map Mary Louise Kelly, host of All Things Considered, revealed how Pompeo hurled the f-word after he became angry during an interview She asked him when he had defended fired Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and pressed him during an 11-minute recorded interview His aide stopped by shouting 'thank you repeatedly.' When it ended, Kelly said on air, he leaned in at her and glared Shortly after he had her summoned to his private living room and started shouting at her, using the f-word repeatedly Pompeo, 56, ordered aides to bring a blank map and demanded Kelly, 47, point to Ukraine - which she did - then told her: 'People will hear about this.' Now he makes public statement claiming she agreed to go off the record - and pointedly doe snot deny shouting at her, threatening her and using the f-word Statement then confirms he asked her to point at Ukraine on a blank map and says: 'Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine' implying she got it wrong By Geoff Earle, Deputy Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com Published: 11:13 EST, 25 January 2020 | Updated: 15:15 EST, 25 January 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo effectively confirmed threatening a female NPR host, shouting the f-word at her repeatedly and demanding she point at Ukraine on a blank map in a statement Saturday morning by accusing her of breaking an agreement to go 'off the record.' All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly had revealed the astonishing conduct by Donald Trump's top diplomat Friday, telling how she was summoned to his private quarters at the State Department after she asked about Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in an interview which Pompeo and his press adviser abruptly cut off. During the f-word laced tirade he said: 'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?' On Saturday Pompeo issued a statement which accused her of breaking an agreement to go off the record - in effect confirming her account and simply claiming it should have been kept secret. He also accused her of being 'on a quest to hurt President Trump and this administration.' And he confirmed the most bizarre part of her account of his tirade - that he demanded an aide bring a blank map without names of countries - and point to Ukraine. 'It is worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine,' he said, in effect accusing her of not knowing where Ukraine is, although also raising the possibility that it is Pompeo who does not. It remains unclear why he has blank maps in his office. Pompeo  accused Kelly of 'violating the basic rules of journalism and decency' by reporting their encounter. Going 'off the record' is a two-way agreement between a journalist and the person they are speaking to not to report what they said; Kelly says she never agreed to go off the record. Kelly had told how Pompeo said 'people will hear about this,' making it unclear how the meeting was 'off the record.' He also claimed she had agreed not to ask about Ukraine in their on-air interview, which she had said on air was untrue. 'This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and his Administration,' he said. 'It is no wonder that the American people  distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity. He said: 'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?' He used the f-word in that sentence. Mary Louise Kelly on Mike Pompeo 'It is worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine.' Pompeo has been to neither country as secretary of state but is due in Kiev next week. Kelly is a veteran foreign affairs reporter who has covered Afghanistan and Pakistan, and has lived in the UK and Italy. The astonishing outburst was disclosed by on the program by Kelly Friday, who said: 'He shouted at me for about the same amount of time as the interview itself.' Pompeo hurled the abuse after his interview with NPR's flagship news show at the State Department turned stormy, when Kelly asked about Ukraine, prompting the secretary of state to claim: 'I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran.' Kelly said that his 'people' had been told she would ask about Ukraine as well as Iran, and pressed him on his handling of Yovanovitch. WhatsApp messages from indicted Rudy Giuliani sidekick Lev Parnas' phone revealed last week how a Republican congressional candidate sent messages implying that he had the ambassador under surveillance. Pompeo eventually launched an investigation, at the same time suggesting that the messages did not show anything had happened. In the interview Kelly asked him twice about Yovanovitch, pressing him on whether he had defended her - which he claimed he had - and asking: 'Sir, respectfully, where have you defended Marie Yovanovitch?' Pompeo replied: 'I've defended every single person on this team. I've done what's right for every single person on this team.' Kelly aksed: 'Can you point me toward your remarks where you have defended Marie Yovanovitch?' and Pompeo replied: 'I've said all I'm going to say today. Thank you. Thanks for the repeated opportunity to do so. I appreciate that.' As he refused to answer further questions his aide, Katie Martin, the deputy assistant secretary in the bureau of global public affairs and a former Republican operative, intervened, saying repeatedly 'thank you' to cut off the interview. Kelly said that Kelly then leaned in close to her and 'glared' at her for 'several seconds,' then aides asked her to see him in his private living room, and not to bring a recording device. It was there 'where he shouted at me,' Kelly said, adding: 'He asked: "Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?" 'He used the f-word in that sentence and many others. 'He asked me if I could find Ukraine on a map. I said yes, and he called out for aides to bring us a map of the world with no writing. 'I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map away. He said: "People will hear about this."' Pompeo, a West Point graduate who left the Army as a captain after a spell as a tank commander in West Germany, where he rose to squadron maintenance manager, has previously been director of the CIA before becoming Donald Trump's top diplomat. The twice-married Republican, a former deacon and Sunday school teacher who keeps an open Bible on his desk, had been under pressure to run for Senate in Kansas amid fears the seat will go to Democrats but has declined. He will visit Ukraine next week, making his first trip to the country at the heart of Trump's impeachment. As Trump's Senate trial on impeachment charges continues, the State Department announced Friday that Pompeo would travel to Kiev as part of a five-nation tour of Europe and Central Asia. Since November, Pompeo has twice previously canceled plans to visit Ukraine, most recently just after the New Year when developments with Iran forced him to postpone it. Pompeo will also visit Britain, as it finalizes its divorce from the European Union, along with Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on the trip. Trump's impeachment on charges of abuse of office and obstruction of Congress hinges on his policy toward Ukraine. Witnesses told House investigators that Trump wanted Ukraine to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden's son in return for releasing critical military aid to Ukraine. Pompeo has sought to stay above the impeachment fray and his stop in Ukraine will likely test his ability to continue to do so while leading diplomatic efforts to boost ties between Washington and Kiev that have been complicated by the process. One of the impeachment witnesses, William Taylor, was until Jan. 1 the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Pompeo had appointed Taylor to the post over the summer to take over from Marie Yovanovitch, whose tour was abruptly cut short last May after Trump's personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani made unsubstantiated allegations against her. Yovanovitch testified that Trump supporters had mounted a smear campaign against her. Just before the trip was announced, Giuliani said he would be presenting evidence of corruption involving the Bidens and Ukraine. Such allegations, even if they are unproven, may distract from Pompeo's mission in Kiev, which is to show U.S. support for the country in the face of Russian aggression. Taylor departed Kiev just a day before Pompeo was to have arrived on his previously planned trip. The position was temporary and time-limited by law but his tenure could have lasted until mid-January. His departure prompted complaints from lawmakers that his departure was similar to Yovanovitch's early recall and sent a poor message to the embassy in Kiev and career diplomats more generally, as well as to Ukrainian authorities. In Kiev, Pompeo will meet with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose July 25 phone call with Trump triggered the whistleblower complaint that led to Trump's impeachment. In that call, Trump disparaged Yovanovitch - who he had already fired - and asked Zelenskiy for 'a favor,' suggesting he wanted Ukrainian authorities to investigate Biden's son, Hunter Biden, for corruption. Trump has said the call was 'perfect' and has denied doing anything wrong. In his meetings, Pompeo will 'reaffirm U.S. support for Ukraine´s sovereignty and territorial integrity' as the country continues to battle Russia-backed separatists in the east, the State Department said. Pompeo also will honor Ukrainians who have died in the conflict, which intensified after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in 2014, in a move condemned and rejected by most of the international community. The senior official said Pompeo would underscore that the U.S. will never recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea. A senior official previewing Pompeo's earlier planned trip to Kiev, said the secretary would discuss Zelenskiy's anti-corruption efforts but would not comment on whether the secretary would raise Trump's desire for an investigation into Hunter Biden and his role on the board of a Ukrainian energy company or discredited claims that Ukraine and not Russia was responsible for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In addition, Pompeo plans to meet Ukrainian religious, civic and business leaders for talks on human rights, investment and economic and political reform, the department said. Pompeo will begin his trip on Jan. 30 in London, where he will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson and underscore the administration's desire to forge a free-trade trade deal with Britain as it exits the EU. From Ukraine, Pompeo will travel on to Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan before returning home in time for Trump's State of the Union address to Congress on Feb. 4. Human rights, energy independence and economic reform will top Pompeo's agenda at each of those stops. In Minsk, the secretary plans to affirm the U.S. commitment to improving ties with Belarus, which has had a strained relationship with Russia. President Alexander Lukashenko has pursued better relations with the West since Russia's annexation of Crimea as Belarus is wary that Russia could try to absorb it. In September, the U.S. and Belarus agreed to upgrade diplomatic ties by returning ambassadors to each other's capitals after an 11-year break.

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Church Of England Fails LGBTQ+ Community Again By Saying Sex Is For Straight Marriages Only

by Lucy Connolly

Yesterday, the Church of England once again reiterated that sex is for heterosexual marriages only, stating those in gay or straight civil partnerships should be sexually abstinent. The ‘guidance’, which confirms the Church’s stance on marriage and sex outside of marriage, comes after the introduction of mixed-sex civil partnerships in 2019. The statement claims those …

Screaming Woman ‘Possessed’ During New Wellness Fad Has Everyone Confused

by Emily Brown

A video of actor Julianne Hough undergoing an ‘energy-cleansing exercise’ has left viewers completely baffled, with many thinking she was actually possessed by some sort of demon.  The former Dancing with the Stars champion, 31, appeared at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 22, where she was joined on stage by holistic …

How White House Farm Murderer Jeremy Bamber Still Denies The Crime 35 Years On

by Sara C Nelson

Pain etched across his features, Jeremy Bamber looked close to collapse at the funeral of his adoptive parents and sister.Clutching the hand of his girlfriend Julie Mugford, clad in a chic black mourning veil, it was impossible to view the then 24-year-old as anything but a man crushed with grief.On August 7, 1985, June and Neville Bamber, both 61, had been shot dead in the family farmhouse in Essex. Their six-year-old grandsons Daniel and Nicholas had been murdered in their beds – apparently by their mother, Jeremy's sister, Sheila "Bambi" Cafell. Police said the 26-year-old then took her own life.  The farm house was locked from the inside, so the possibility of an intruder was immediately eliminated. Sheila, who had mental health problems and had stopped taking the medication she had been prescribed for schizophrenia, was found dead, with the gun still in her hands and a bible balanced on her chest.Jeremy said he had received a frenzied phone call from his father on the night of the tragedy, telling him to fetch help because Sheila had gone "berserk" with a gun.Tabloids picked over details of Sheila's life, depicting her as "drug-crazed", and her brother as a handsome man suffering under the weight of a terrible loss. Press coverage of the funeral, including the now iconic image of Jeremy breaking down in tears outside the church, plastered the media.Jeremy, who stood to inherit nearly £500,000 after the deaths, fed the tabloid appetite by dining out in fancy restaurants and taking holidays in the south of France. But nine weeks after the deaths, and immediately after his return from one of his European sojourns, Jeremy was arrested on suspicion of the murders. Within 14 months he had been charged and convicted of killing his own parents, sister and nephews, with the judge describing him as "evil, almost beyond belief".Jeremy is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole and is one of the few prisoners in the UK subject to a whole-life order. His conviction has been the subject of several appeals and reviews.Now ITV's dramatisation of the tragedy – White House Farm – will examine how botched police work and the stigmatisation of a treatable mental health condition almost led to a murderer slipping free. Lawyers for Bamber had asked ITV to postpone the series in light of a current legal challenge, but this was refused by the broadcaster.Freddie Fox takes the role of Jeremy Bamber, with Cressida Bonas playing his sister Sheila. Her former husband and father of her twin boys Colin Caffell is portrayed by Mark Stanley and Mark Addy is Detective Sergeant Stan Jones, an officer who pursued the truth even in the face of opposition from his seniors. The courtroom scenes were filmed at Chelmsford Crown Court, where Bamber was convicted. Ahead of the show, Fox said: "I cannot and would not give an opinion on whether I feel Jeremy Bamber is guilty or innocent. It is not my place to do that, but obviously he is a psychologically interesting person who is both articulate, well-spoken, well-educated, determined and, quite possibly, manipulative. It was a very interesting balance to strike."Director Paul Whittington said: "One of the big things for me in telling this story was to understand the attitude towards mental illness at that time and how that can still inform attitudes today. A lack of understanding about mental health was definitely part of the flaws of the initial investigation."It's important for Sheila's ex-husband and father of their twin boys Colin Caffell, who has been very supportive of this project, that we see Sheila as a wonderful mother as well as someone who suffered from mental illness. The portrayal of Sheila is one of the most important things about this drama." Colin Caffell, who was heavily involved in the project and wrote his own account of the tragedy in his book In Search of The Rainbow's End, said: "Sheila was a passionate young woman, hungry for loving affirmation, but with no real concept of how beautiful she actually was. Before she was diagnosed and medicated she could be explosive as a way of dealing with her frustration. "But she was only ever destructive towards inanimate objects, breaking things in order to cause a reaction in others, usually me. As a mother of twins, she was always kind and loving, playful like a lioness with her cubs, never, ever angry with them."People forget the details of this case but so many have stuck in their mind that Sheila was a drug addict. She was not a drug addict. Sheila was very subdued by her prescribed medication."Indeed Detective Sergeant Stan Jones, played by Addy, held doubts about the murder-suicide theory from the start.Addy said: "Mental illness was viewed very differently in the 1980s. People knew relatively little about it, so you could see how people would initially have accepted she must have gone 'crazy' and carried out the murders. She was a troubled soul but not a killer."Caffell added: "It reminds the viewer of the brutality of the whole thing. And the fact that Sheila, a slip of a girl at 5ft 7ins, couldn't overcome Nevill Bamber, a man who was six foot four, an active farmer who lifted bales. There was no way Sheila could have achieved that… She had never picked up a rifle in her life and certainly never knew how to fire one or reload one."The murder-suicide theory – backed by the phone call Jeremy claimed he received from his father on the night of the deaths – meant police didn't think there was a crime scene to keep intact and as a result, people were walking through the house and through the blood immediately after the murders at a time when forensics were a relatively new tool.  Gemma Whelan, who plays Jeremy's cousin Ann Eaton, said: "There was a bloody-minded attitude that the police felt certain they knew what had happened and wanted to close the case as soon as they could to move on from the media spotlight."The turning point came when Jeremy's girlfriend Julie Mugford, played by Alexa Davies, finally cracked and told police that her lover had planned and executed the murders.Jeremy's arrest followed soon afterwards.His case has since been the subject of several appeals and reviews by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.Jeremy's legal team at Quality Solicitors Jordans described the current case for appeal as "complex", but said if successful it "would be one of the UK's most notorious miscarriages of justice".In October the Mirror carried a story about a telephone note that referring to a call made by Jeremy on the night of the killings, allegedly showing he was not at the scene at the time. Jeremy had argued two calls were made to police on the night of the murders, one from himself and another from his father, but the prosecution at his trial had alleged there was only one which was made by Jeremy at 3.26am from the scene.The new note is said to refer to a call, timed at "approximately 3.37am", from Jeremy.His legal team argue it shows Jeremy could not have made a 3.26am call from the farm and returned to his home 3.5 miles away in Goldhanger to make the second call, the newspaper said.Bamber found the note among thousands of police documents released to him in 2011. It is reported the note states: "We received a telephone call at the P.Stn (Police Station, Witham)."The officer (PC West) at CD Control (Chelmsford) was on the phone and told us that he was relating information to us and still had the informant (Jeremy Bamber) on the other telephone."The legal team suggests the new note could support an alternative theory that Sheila carried out the murders before taking her own life.Jeremy has said his father called him and said Sheila had "gone crazy".The jury at his Chelmsford Crown Court trial were directed to disregard Jeremy's claims that he had called police from his home. The note is said to come from an interview with a PC Myall, of Essex Police, during the Dickinson Inquiry into the force's handling of the case.Last month Jeremy's legal team confirmed that judicial review proceedings had been issued against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over "serious non-disclosure which our client says have occurred".A statement from Quality Solicitors Jordans said: "We have been engaged in an extensive dialogue with the CPS for some time as our investigation in conjunction with the team supporting this case has uncovered what appears to be significant evidence pointing to the fact that there has been a miscarriage of justice. However, in order that we can progress this case further, essential further disclosure is required which has been set out to the CPS in precise terms. "It is disappointing that the CPS has chosen not to engage with that process and accordingly there is no alternative but to pursue that judicial review, particularly in circumstances where it appears that this may demonstrate that a misleading position was placed before the jury in relation to the forensic evidence." The solicitors' statement added: "We do not propose to comment further upon the matter whist judicial review proceedings are underway. We are aware that this case gives rise to huge media interest, but we would recommend caution whilst proceedings are underway in view of the consequences to this litigation and any future appeal."Indeed, Jeremy's legal team had asked for the programme to be postponed, though not cancelled.They said: "This arises in the context of an ongoing and very active process to seek the return of the case of Jeremy Bamber back to the Court of Appeal, including importantly judicial review proceedings which have been issued against the Director of Public Prosecutions relating to serious non-disclosure which our client says have occurred."As a result of this, we have written to the producers of the drama series and invited them to postpone the broadcast of this series whilst matters are resolved in the High Court. We have intimated that we are concerned that such a drama series by nature will place a fictitious narrative in the public domain which may be counter-productive to the administration of justice in due course."A spokesperson for Essex Police said: "Jeremy Bamber's conviction for killing five people, including two children, has been the subject of several appeals and reviews by the Court of Appeal and the Criminal Cases Review Commission over a number of years."These processes, including a number of Essex Police internal reviews, have never found anything to suggest that Bamber was wrongly convicted of these murders 35 years ago."White House Farm airs on ITV on 8 January 2020 at 9pm and will continue weekly on Wednesday for six episodes. Related... Jeremy Bamber Lawyers Fail To Postpone ITV Dramatisation Of The White House Farm Murders

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‘Not Pastor John’s finest hour,’ says whitelighttheory over on Reddit and you’ll see why. And just a couple of comments that it prompted. ‘I will bet anything that this is in defense of Trump and his actions.’ turtletitan8196 ‘When interpreting the Bible to fit your political agenda goes wrong.’ relax-and-enjoy-life ‘Eye witnesses are notoriously unreliable …

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5 Jan
Christian women have to wear Burkahs. Why don't they? The bible says women should cover their heads ( 1 Corinthians 11 2-16).?

by Anonymous

Christian women have to wear Burkahs. Why don't they? The bible says women should cover their heads ( 1 Corinthians 11 2-16).?

4 Jan
Atheists do u think anything from the bible is beneficial to every day people?

by Anonymous

Atheists do u think anything from the bible is beneficial to every day people?

4 Jan
Why do a lot of Christians never want to read the Bible, go to church, or listen to worship music? Do they not care about God?

by Anonymous

Why do a lot of Christians never want to read the Bible, go to church, or listen to worship music? Do they not care about God?

4 Jan
Why isn't Asmodeus (Ashmedai in Hebrew) mentioned in a Protestant bible ?

by Anonymous

Why isn't Asmodeus (Ashmedai in Hebrew) mentioned in a Protestant bible ?

3 Jan
Fellow potheads why do fundies make laws against us drugs are legal in bible ?

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Fellow potheads why do fundies make laws against us drugs are legal in bible ?

3 Jan
JW women have to wear head coverings when reading the Bible with their husbands?

by Anonymous

JW women have to wear head coverings when reading the Bible with their husbands?

2 Jan
Does the bible condemn pimping or is it just the wh0res who get condemned?

by Anonymous

Does the bible condemn pimping or is it just the wh0res who get condemned?

2 Jan
Christians, what did satan get going in this world to draw people away from the bible and Jesus?

by Anonymous

Christians, what did satan get going in this world to draw people away from the bible and Jesus?

30 Dec
Should every child in America be required to read the Bible?

by Anonymous

Should every child in America be required to read the Bible?

Christianity Stack Exchange Questions

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2 Jan
Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?
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8 Jan
If both the Orthodox and Catholic Church affirm salvation by grace trough faith, why did the protestant reformation happened?
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16 Jan
Last married pope?
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22 Jan
Is 1Corinthians 15:27 problematic for trinitarians?
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22 Jan
What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Michael is not Jesus?
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12 Jan
Is there a 'just interest rate'?
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29 Dec
Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life?
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6 Jan
Am I considered to be Catholic?
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13 Jan
What are the Catholic reasons for believing Jesus is God rather than a Prophet?
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