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Kenneth Copeland #fundie #mammon #racist msn.com

A wealthy televangelist explains his fleet of private jets: ‘It’s a biblical thing’

In the waning days of 2015, renowned televangelist Kenneth Copeland laid out exactly why he needs a luxury private jet to do his job: you can’t “talk to God” while riding commercial.

Criticized at the time for his use of extravagant planes, Copeland argued travel for his work would be difficult, nay, impossible without them. The Texas-based preacher invoked his mentor, prosperity gospel preacher Oral Roberts, who Copeland said faced unsolicited requests for prayer when he flew on public airliners, “agitating his spirit.”

“You can’t manage that today, in this dope-filled world, get in a long tube with a bunch of demons,” Copeland told fellow televangelist Jesse Duplantis, who’s faced similar backlash for asking his followers to bankroll a $54 million jet. “And it’s deadly.”

Copeland’s defense, viewed by millions and widely mocked at the time, did little to help his case. Many figured the “demons” he spoke of were the same people he was asking for donations. The preacher was asked to clarify his remarks last month by “Inside Edition” reporter Lisa Guerrero, and the exchange has recently gone viral, reigniting conversations about televangelists and the tax-exempt status of churches.

Captured on video confronting Copeland as he got into a car, Guerrero pressed him repeatedly on his 2015 comments, at one point asking: “Do you really believe that humans are demons?”

“No I do not, and don’t you ever say I did,” Copeland responded, visibly perturbed. He added, “It’s a biblical thing, it’s a spiritual thing, it doesn’t have anything to do with people. People? I love people. Jesus loves people. But people get pushed in alcohol. Do you think that’s a good place for a preacher to be and prepare to preach?”

The questioning centered around Copeland’s Gulfstream V jet, which he announced he’d purchased from Tyler Perry in Jan. 2018. Declining to state how much he spent on the aircraft, which is one of three in his possession, Copeland said Perry made the plane “so cheap for me I couldn’t help but buy it.” He again asserted the plane was necessary for his work, which has sent him to nearly every continent and allowed him to spread his message to thousands of people.

“If I flew commercial, I’d have to stop 65 percent of what I’m doing, that’s the main reason,” he said.

Copeland said he was a “very wealthy man” and acknowledged using the private jets to travel to his vacation homes. Guerrero asked how he would respond to those who say preachers shouldn’t live so luxuriously.

“They’re wrong,” he replied “It’s a misunderstanding of the bible that … if you go into the old covenant, do you think the Jewish people believe you should be broke?”

Guerrero follows up: “Are you saying that Jewish people appreciate money more?”

“They believe in wealth,” Copeland said.

“Some people would find that offensive,” Guerrero responds.

“Wait a minute now, I’m not talking about some people,” Copeland explains, before mentioning the Abrahamic Blessing. “I’m talking about the bible.”

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Mohamed Satim Diman #fundie msn.com

Deaths of Harapan reps a divine sign from Allah, says BN man

Former Selangor opposition leader Mohamed Satim Diman has suggested that the deaths of Pakatan Harapan elected representatives is a sign from above."Why are there so many by-elections? Because the incumbents passed away. It is curious... where are they from? Harapan," he told a ceramah in Semenyih last night."They are not from BN. Are they any BN elected representatives who have passed away?"Satim, the Puchong Umno chief, also pointed out that all the deaths occurred in Selangor.

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Brian Ellison #fundie msn.com

A Michigan candidate for US Senate has proposed arming homeless people with pump-action shotguns in an effort to reduce crime.

Brian Ellison, who is running against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, says homeless people are “constantly victims of violent crime” and providing them with firearms would provide a deterrent.

Ellison, a Libertarian who is expected to be the party’s candidate in the November midterm election, said he had settled on pump-action shotguns for practicality purposes.

“Frankly I think the ideal weapon would be a pistol,” he told the Guardian, “but due to the licensing requirements in the state we’re going to have a hard enough time getting homeless people shotguns as it is.

“Getting them pistols is probably next to impossible. The pistols need to be registered, people have to have addresses.”

Carrying a concealed pistol is illegal without a permit, Ellison said, “whereas open-carrying a long gun is completely legal”.

“So we thought that pump-action shotguns were a suitable alternative to a pistol.”

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Flip Benham #fundie msn.com

A pastor this week defended GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore for pursuing "younger ladies," following accusations that Moore harassed and assaulted teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

Pastor Flip Benham suggested Monday on an Alabama radio show that there was nothing wrong with dating younger women, saying that Moore never did so without their parents' permission.

"The lady that he's married to now, Ms. Kayla, is a younger woman. He did that because there is something about a purity of a young woman, there is something that is good, that's true, that's straight and he looked for that," Benham told radio hosts Matt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg in an interview first highlighted by the liberal media watchdog Right Wing Watch.

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Tom Keevers or stranger #racist msn.com

CHICAGO - FBI agents are talking to Des Plaines police about a Facebook post in which a Des Plaines man allegedly threatened to lynch U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson.

Special Agent Garrett Croon said Tuesday that FBI agents "are aware of a social media posting generated in Des Plaines, IL and are in contact with local authorities" - potentially raising the stakes for 54-year-old Tom Keevers, who denies posting the racist message on Facebook last week.

Keevers on Monday told the Chicago Tribune that he was set up by a stranger who created a phony Facebook post attributed to him and then shared it on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. But he gave conflicting accounts, at times saying he had never threatened to lynch Wilson and at other times saying he could not remember what he wrote in a since-deleted thread about the congresswoman, while insisting the post appeared to him to be a harmless "joke."

Des Plaines police said Monday that they were investigating the post, which reads "Need ten good men to help carry out a lynching. Must have own horse and saddle. Rope will be provided."

Tuesday's FBI statement pointedly says the post was "generated in Des Plaines," a line that Croon stood by when told that Keevers denies authoring the post.

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Gwyneth Paltrow #fundie msn.com

Call her Gwyneth the Vampire Repeller.

Just in time for Halloween, when all sorts of nasty spirits are out, Gwyneth Paltrow unveils “Psychic Vampire Repellent” on her lifestyle website, Goop, so users can remove negative energies from their life.

The pseudo-holistic product is a “protection mist” that promises to “banish bad vibes” and “shield you from the people who may be causing them.”

Ingredients include “sonically tuned water” (whatever that is), rosewater, sea salt, rosemary, juniper, lavender, ruby, bloodstone, moonlight, and love. Seriously.

The product features a disclaimer that it has not been evaluated by the FDA and should not replace the advice of a medical professional. Obviously, as a medical professional would definitely recommend garlic and sunlight as ingredients. That’s just good vampire hunting.

A related product is a “Chill Child - Kid Calming Mist,” which you can “spray into the air around your wild child’s aura to restore peace to the environment.”

So when Timmy is having a tantrum, just spray him with Chill Child and all will be well. Or you may have to grab the Vampire Repellent.

Both products run for $30 for a 3.4 oz bottle and were developed by Paper Crane Apothecary.
Paltrow also opened her first permanent brick-and-mortar Goop location in Los Angeles at Brentwood Country Mart over the weekend. Called “Goop Lab,” the store sells the infamously Bohemian and bizarre products Paltrow sells on her site like Moonlight Catalyst, an anti-aging serum with fermented pumpkin enzymes and ashwagandha dietary supplement, which promotes immue health and “sexual vitality.”

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Illegal gold miners in Brazil #racist msn.com

Authorities: Gold miners at a bar bragged about slaughtering members of a reclusive Brazilian tribe

The outside world might never have heard about the suspected massacre if not for some barroom boasting by a group of miners fresh from working an illegal gig in the Amazon jungle.

The garimpeiros had bragged that they’d come across members of a reclusive, uncontacted Amazonian tribe near Brazil’s border with Peru and Colombia, authorities say.

The tribe members were greater in number — there were as many as 10 — but the gold miners said they’d gotten the better of them and killed the entire lot, said Carla de Lello Lorenzi, communications officer for Survival International in Brazil.

The miners cut the tribe members’ bodies so that they wouldn’t float, Lorenzi said, then dropped them into the Jandiatuba River.

The miners had collected tools and jewelry from the indigenous dead, corroborating their story.

An unidentified person who overheard the story was disturbed by it, recorded the miners’ conversation and turned the audio over to authorities. They have since launched an investigation into what, if confirmed, would be one of the largest mass murders of uncontacted people in decades.

Advocates for stricter protective measures say the suspected massacre is evidence that the Brazilian government isn’t doing enough to safeguard the more than 100 vulnerable tribes that have never made contact with the outside world — and have no desire to.

“If these reports are confirmed, [Brazilian President Michel Temer] and his government bear a heavy responsibility for this genocidal attack,” said Survival International’s director, Stephen Corry. Corry said the government has slashed funds for an agency that protects the tribes, leaving them “defenseless against thousands of invaders — gold miners, ranchers and loggers — who are desperate to steal and ransack their lands.”

“All these tribes should have had their lands properly recognized and protected years ago — the government’s open support for those who want to open up indigenous territories is utterly shameful, and is setting indigenous rights in Brazil back decades.”

According to the New York Times, the government closed five of the 19 bases it uses to monitor uncontacted tribes and prevent incursions by miners and loggers.

Three of the closed bases were in the Javari Valley, home to more uncontacted tribes than anywhere else on Earth.

For obvious reasons, little is known about the indigenous group involved in the suspected killings.

Locally, Lorenzi said, they’re known as Fleicheros, or “the ones who throw arrows,” but their language and customs — and how they interact with at least two other uncontacted tribes in the immediate area — remain a mystery.

But the tribe members are not the only people in that part of the Amazon, Lorenzi said. It is illegal to mine there, but prospectors have brought earth-moving equipment to the area, leaving giant craters that can be seen from the sky.

They also bring violence, according to the government, which says garimpeiros are responsible for threats, child prostitution and killings.

Even their nonviolent presence in the protected lands can be dangerous to uncontacted tribes, which lack the immunity to fight the diseases that miners and loggers bring.

Any contact can be contentious and even violent, with the uncontacted usually getting the worst of it because, as Lorenzi told The Post, “it’s usually bows and arrows against guns.”

Details about those contacts remain hazy, because they involve two groups of people unlikely to speak to authorities.

Still, tales of the worst violence sometimes get out. Survival International documented the story of Marisa Yanomami and Leida Yanomami, survivors of the Haximu massacre in 1993:

“The gold-miners killed our brothers and sisters and also killed our father with machetes; some of them were killed with guns,” they told the organization. “After the first 10 people died, at the start of the war, we moved to another place to hide and stayed in our shabono (communal house), but the next day, the miners appeared again.”

In a statement on its website, the Brazilian National Indian Foundation, or Funai, said it had prompted the federal public prosecutor’s office to investigate the most recent allegation.

The government has also trumpeted its latest operation against incursions on protected lands. In August, it shut down an illegal mining operation. Soldiers destroyed four dredging machines and fined mining operators $1 million for environmental crimes.

Investigations are tough undertakings. The site of the suspected killing, for example, is a 12-hour trek by boat during the dry season. And it involves a group of people with their own language and a centuries-long wariness of outsiders.

Even the details of the killing are sketchy, Lorenzi said. And the vacuum of information speaks to another fear advocates have: that these types of violent interactions happen a lot more frequently than is reported.

“That’s highly probable, yes, because it’s so difficult to document,” she said. “It’s the uncontacted versus illegal miners who think they can get away with anything.

“Unfortunately, a lot of the time they do.”

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Robert Jeffress #fundie msn.com

Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers who preached the morning of his inauguration, has released a statement saying the president has the moral authority to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil,” Jeffress said. “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”

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Richard Newton, Juggalo #fundie msn.com

(Not fundie per se, but since Juggalos are kinda a cult, I am submitting anyway.)

An ax-wielding man demanding to hear an Insane Clown Posse song was arrested Monday after an hours-long standoff in front of Kiss 108 studios in Medford, Mass., WBZ-TV reported.

A little after 1:30 p.m. Monday, police responded to 911 calls about a man in a red car who was wielding weapons and complaining about his failed attempt to request My Axe by the Insane Clown Posse.

"He got out of his car with a machete, stopped a girl who worked up on the second floor and said 'I want you to play a song for me,'" Doreen Schaivone WBZ-TV, the CBS station in Boston.

State police and SWAT officers with the North East Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council spent three-hours trying to take the man, later identified by police as 38-year-old Richard Newton, into custody NECN-TV reported.

According to NECN-TV, people reported that Newton was drinking beer in his car.

Dylan Sprague, vice president of programming at iheartradio.com, which owns the radio station, told the Boston Herald, Newton never contacted the station about playing the song, but said employees heard him talking about it.

“He definitely was talking about requesting a song,” Sprague said.

Newton later surrendered and was taken to the hospital for medical evaluation, Lt. Joseph Casey told theBoston Herald.

“He was obviously undergoing some sort of crisis,” Casey said.

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Marison Griffiths #fundie msn.com

[Comments below the article "Nearly 160 Inmates Escape in Massive Philippine Jail Break"]

@Keith Biodrowski

Marison Griffiths dont bet on it bud your good buddy likes tossing peeps out of helicopters expect your children to be next yeash

Keith Biodrowski Yes, but they were bad people. Corrupt people of power who steal aide money and corrupt cops who aid drug pushers. He was Mayor of Davao before he took office and he cleaned that place up very well. And he's doing a hell of a job so far. I wish a few American officials fell out of a helicopter from time to time.

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Paul Bantick #fundie msn.com

Trevor Davies: And a typical response from a hissy fitter! You want to give a Country up to an un-elected clique who want a modern version of the Louis XIV, Napoleone Bounaparte, Wilhelm II, Adolf Hitler, type of super state? Then I suggest you move to one of those Countries. This Country had fought all those above and lost almost two million men and more than three times as many wounded, with countless others affected and cast into despair, to keep Europe free from dictatorship, Oh! And that Britain stays a democratic, independent nation and where the will of the people is respected, and that will was to get out of the E.U.

And who the hell are you to say why people voted the way they did? Gut feeling is just as much part of rational thought as just using ones brains. in fact, using the gut and the brain is doubly advantageous, and if one throws in the heart too it's threefold,

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Deborah and Bruce Leonard #fundie msn.com

Before this week, few people knew about what went on inside the brick walls of the Word of Life Christian Church in the village of Chadwicks, within the town of New Hartford, New York. But the recent beating to death of Lucas Leonard, a teenage church member, has begun to pull back the veil on the mysterious group, and details from law enforcement of the incident are consistent with what academics call “religious abuse” and possibly cult-like practices.

Police say that following Sunday Mass on October 11, six church members, including the 19-year-old’s parents Bruce and Deborah Leonard, beat him so he would confess his sins during a “counseling session.” The beating was so bad that family members eventually took Lucas to a hospital, where he died from blunt force trauma to his abdomen, back, thighs and genitals. Law enforcement later found that his brother, Christopher, also showed signs of assault. He too was hospitalized.

Deborah and Bruce Leonard face manslaughter charges and are each being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. A felony hearing was scheduled for Friday. Four more church members, including the boys’ half sister, face assault charges.

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Adam Edward Welker #fundie msn.com

[On Brittany Maynard's choice to end her life.]

Are you completely insane? Suicide is a very, VERY big no no, as stated in the Bible. Yes, it's between her and God. That doens't mean she's going to heaven. And it doesn't mean we have to support it or legalize it. Are you trying to send people to hell? Do you have any idea what hell is really like? This is nuts. Where does it end? My dog died and I don't feel like living anymore? I stubbed my toe and I don't want to wait for it to heal? You people are nuts.