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Video Surfaces: Warnock prayed for Fidel Castro, reminding parishioners that U.S. also had a complex history

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A video of Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat contending for one of Georgia’s two contested Senate seats, has resurfaced of him praising communist Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

The 2016 video shows Warnock behind his church’s podium, giving a eulogy for Castro days after the dictator had passed away.

“We pray for the people of Cuba in this moment. We remember Fidel Castro, whose legacy is complex. Don’t let anyone tell you a simple story; life usually isn’t very simple. His legacy is complex, kind of like America’s legacy is complex,” Warnock said.

“While we focus on political prisoners in Cuba, you saw the folks standing here this morning,” he continued. “If some people get slapped on the hand for the same crime and others go to federal prison, then we too have our own political prisons because politics more than the crime politics of race and class. And in that sense, many of us have sisters and brothers who are political prisoners. We are about to pray to a man who was a political prisoner.”

Weeks before the video resurfaced, Warnock denied praising the communist leader and blamed incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, his Republican opponent, for running “smear ads” against him, while being interviewed on CNN.

When asked if he understood why “so many people view Castro as a murderous tyrant and not someone to be celebrated,” he responded, “I’ll tell you what I understand. I understand why Kelly Loeffler’s trying to change the subject.”

“Do you understand why people would be appalled by anyone celebrating Fidel Castro?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked.

“Well, absolutely, and I never have,” Warnock said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESix8q1Cn8w&feature=emb_title

Loeffler has warned that Warnock is a “radical liberal” who’d “change America.”

You can follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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