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Trump To Speak At Christian Anti-LGBT Event

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be speaking at the Pastors and Pews event in Orlando, Florida, on Aug. 11.

The evangelical Christian private event is sponsored by the American Renewal Project, founded by Christian activist David Lane, according to Bloomberg Politics.

According to, the event will include controversial Christian historian David Barton, who has said God won't allow a cure AIDS because it's a punishment against homosexuals; Mat Staver, a Christian lawyer who represented Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her failed efforts to deny gay people marriage licenses; pastor Ken Graves, who has warned about "militant homofascism"; and Bill Federer, a Christian activist and historian who has said President Barack Obama has denigrated the Judeo-Christian faith and advanced Islam.

Trump is expected to speak about repealing the Johnson Amendment, which says churches can lose their tax-exempt status if they promote political candidates, but Lane wants more from the GOP nominee.

Lane told Bloomberg Politics he hopes Trump will fight for Christians and Christian businesses that discriminate against LGBT people:

That’s a good first step. But what about the religious liberty of Christian photographers, Christian bakers, Christian retreat centers, and pastors who believe same-sex intercourse and marriage is sin?

These Christians were simply living out their deeply held convictions of their Christian faith when they politely refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding. Doesn’t the First Amendment give us all a right to our beliefs? Homosexual totalitarianism is out of the closet, the militants are trying herd Christians there.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was also invited to the event, but will not attend, according to Lane.

A recent poll by The Washington Post/ABC News found that Trump leads Clinton with white evangelical Protestant voters by 76 percent to 18 percent; among white non-evangelical Protestant voters, Trump is at 55 percent, while Clinton has 38 percent.

Bloomberg Politics notes that Trump has been married three times, is not a regular churchgoer, is not familiar with the Bible and said that he hasn't asked God for forgiveness; he also made a fortune from gambling casinos and has been pro-choice.

Sources: Bloomberg PoliticsThe Washington Post, / Photo credit: Flickr

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