1. TIL that apparently Jon (not John) Voight has been producing videos — like this one RTed and now pinned by Trump — for some time.

It’s sometimes difficult to grasp his exact argument, but there’s a LOT of Christian nationalism in them.
2. “The Declaration of Independence is carved on the wall of heaven.”
3. And really this whole video, in which Voight becomes visibly emotional while delivering a prayer/blessing on what appears to be Rudy Giuliani’s podcast.
(H/t @GrahamVyse)

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18 Oct
At the International Church of Las Vegas, where Trump is attending this morning, a worship band is singing while flag-wavers twirl American flags emblazoned with the Statue of Liberty. (Technically, a violation of the U.S. flag code)

No one onstage I can see is wearing masks.
Pastor Marc Goulet says, "I don't care what anyone says—I love my president."

Later his wife, Pastor Denise Goulet, recounts a story of Trump asking her during his last visit to the church if she enjoys what she does.

Then they shout at the POTUS that he's "doing a great job!"
Pastor Marc Goulet reads a list of things he wants to thank the president for.

Among them:

° Johnson amendment EO
° Giving "a voice to the unborn"
° Moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem
° Choosing judges who "stand for conservative and Judeo-Christian values"
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6 Oct
Side note as we track many flouting CDC regulations: When GOP Sen. James Lankford learned he'd been exposed to COVID positive Sen. Lee, he literally *drove across the country alone* to maintain quarantine.

He remains in quarantine despite testing negative, citing CDC guidelines.
The response of Lankford, who holds an MDiv and worked in student ministry, is notable when compared to Trump officials as well as so many faith leaders.

Note: Per CNN, Lankford has been spotted in the past wearing masks when others refused to do so. cnn.com/2020/09/15/pol…
And to be clear, Lankford was quick to disclose his quarantining publicly (to us here at @RNS, and then later via Twitter).

He also disclosed his intention to keep quarantining despite the negative test result.
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1. John Hagee, an evangelical Trump advisor who has tested positive for COVID-19, didn't attend the Rose Garden event.

He DID attend a Sept 15 WH event—10 days before his diagnosis, w/in the 14-day incubation period.

Appears 100s were there—and largely flouted COVID precautions
2. Like, the headline for CNN's coverage at the time was literally "White House largely disregards coronavirus precautions during Abraham Accords signing."

And this approach they mention sure aged poorly...

3. Since the event was all about brokering a peace deal, guests included people from *all over the world.*

Also lots of U.S. dignitaries.
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4 Oct
1. Thread of faith leaders who were at the SCOTUS Rose Garden event—w/Fr. John Jenkins of Notre Dame (in red), who's since tested COVID-19 positive—but aren't quarantining per CDC guidelines.

First is Paula White (in blue), who says she's tested negative. Image
2. Jack Graham, like White, preached today.

Per @emmillerwrites, he says he's "ridiculously healthy" but doesn't mention a COVID test. Also clearly isn't quarantining.

I *believe* this is him in yellow. Image
3. Jentezen Franklin is also preaching this morning, opening his sermon by praying for healing for the president and the First Lady.

Doesn't mention in that same introduction whether he's been tested, etc.

That's him in the green. ImageImage
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1. Look, there's a LOT of news right now, but this is something I think is worth paying attention to.

Faith leaders are condemning the arrest of an undocumented immigrant *on church grounds* by ICE, arguing it violates govt “sensitive locations” policy. religionnews.com/2020/09/21/ice…
2. This is a *significant* development.

For several years now, religious groups have participated in the “New Sanctuary Movement,” in which participants let undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation live in houses of worship in hopes their cases will be dropped.
3. The movement — which started under Obama — essentially holds the federal government to its word, relying on the fact that it the 2011-era internal policy will be enforced.

But under the Trump administration, things have escalated.
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In which the FEC commissioner declares that Church Militant is "one of the best sources for #Chatholic (sic) News available today" and does "not consider them fringe in any way."

This is…in response to CM tweeting out a *false* account of an exchange between me and Trainor?
*Technically, FEC Chairman, not commissioner.
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