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Trump promises anti-LGBT group their views would 'no longer be silenced'

President Donald Trump has become the first U.S. president to speak at the Values Voter Summit, an anti-LGBT conference, where on Friday he told the crowd their anti-LGBT views would "no longer be silenced".

"I am honored and thrilled to be the first sitting president to address this gathering of friends, so many friends," Trump declared. "I pledged that in a Trump administration, our heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before."

Trump received a standing ovation when he talked of appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Trump noted he signed a religious liberty order on the National Day of Prayer that eased enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, which regulated political activity of churches.

"We will not allow government workers to censor sermons or target our pastors, our ministers, our rabbis," Trump said. "These are the people we want to hear from and they're not going to be silenced any longer."

The annual three-day conference is organized by a coalition of Christian conservative groups, including the Family Research Council (FRC). It aims to "preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government," according to the event's website.

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists FRC as an extremist group with an anti-LGBT ideology. Among those in the crowd were white supremacists, far right activists and religious extremists who oppose the equality of LGBT people.

The FRC's website reads, "Homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed...We oppose the vigorous efforts of homosexual activists to demand that homosexuality be accepted as equivalent to heterosexuality in law, in the media, and in schools."

Trump concluded, "We will defeat every evil, overcome every threat, and meet every single challenge. We will defend our faith and protect our traditions. We will find the best in each other and in ourselves. We will pass on the blessings of liberty, and the glories of God, to our children. Our values will endure, our nation will thrive, our citizens will flourish, and our freedom will triumph."

80 percent of white evangelicals cast their vote for Trump last November, according to exit polls.
What a frigging liar. He told LGBTQ people he'd be their best friend. Sadly he is their worst enemy.
Posted by Lou Ann Hamilton on Fri, 10/13/2017 4:13 PM
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chump needs to be silenced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Paul Higdon-Smith on Fri, 10/13/2017 4:19 PM
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50 years we've had two lines in Leviticus thrown in our faces as proof of "sin". You could open the Bible to any RANDOM PAGE....and chances are this guy has violated, desecrated or ignored the Scripture printed there. Yet he's the honored hero at a "values voter" gathering organized by "a coalition of Christian organizations".

Fake values. Fake Christians. Just a bunch of neurotic goobers as faded and plastic as The Fish on their bumpers.
Posted by Chris Duffy on Fri, 10/13/2017 4:40 PM
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The hate must stop. He, his beliefsand his behavior is not acceptable. My husband and I support equality for all.
Posted by Pat O'Brien on Fri, 10/13/2017 5:26 PM
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Welcome to the alt right nationalist party! Sinclair Lewis wrote \u201c When Facism comes it will be wrapped in a flag carrying a bible\u201d It's fair to say we have arrived, Religeous freedom act to discriminate against the LGBTQ, attacks on freedom of speech and right to protest, all journalism as fake news, strip the poor from their healthcare, and using our flag as a symbol and ignoring what it stands or kneels for! Seems he has read the book The thiRD Reich, and if you doubt it look at how Puerto Rico is being treated, and the people he calls out, and yet not one word of the soldiers who died in Niger!
Posted by Christine Peters on Fri, 10/13/2017 6:53 PM
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What an assface!
Posted by Becky Bailey Bush on Fri, 10/13/2017 10:59 PM
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Dayna Schacke
Posted by Mya Rayne on Sat, 10/14/2017 2:16 AM
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