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Right-wing preacher Lance Wallnau took to his webcast “Truth & Liberty Coalition” recently to talk about Trump’s reelection in 2020. Wallnau shared with his viewers that he believes God allowed Democrats to make gains in the 2018 elections so that America would see how radical the party is becoming. He believes that Americans will quickly turn back to Trump in 2020 after seeing what the Democrats will do over the next two years. Wallnau claims the enemy will gain momentum, just for God to shut him down in the long run.

Pastor Andrew Wommack joined Wallnau on the webcast, and agreed with many of Wallnau’s views. Wommack further backed Wallnau by saying he believes Trump’s leadership will “exorcise” the demons out of the country.

“I was talking to a White House communications director who was a dear friend of mine,” Wallnau stated, “and she said to me that before she went to work at the White House, she had a dream. And she had a dream that there were going to be years of plenty before there was going to be years of challenge and that she came into Trump’s administration with the belief that we’re going to have two terms for this president because the Lord showed it to her.”

“The Lord is letting the enemy fully manifest so the American people can mobilize appropriately to take charge of the future that God has for them,” he added. “What’s happening is brilliant. The Lord is allowing the enemy to produce a manifestation of what he is to produce a crisis of decision so that we can choose life and not death. And in the boundaries of God’s time for America, I believe that Donald Trump will be put back in office because the left, like the devil, is overextending it’s hand.”

“It’s just like when you cast a demon out of a person, which I’ve done many times, they manifest and they manifest many times by screaming and yelling,” replied right-wing pastor Andrew Wommack. “I think we are seeing an exorcism in the United States. Praise God.”

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One-fourth of registered voters believe God wanted Donald Trump to be president. The breakdown of which voters, though, is really not all that surprising. Forty-five percent of Republicans and 9 percent of Democrats believe God wanted it.

The question was asked in light of White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders telling CBN: “I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”

Of all voters, 25 percent say they believe God wanted Trump to be president, while 62 percent disagree and 14 percent don’t know, according to a new Fox News survey.

Over half of white evangelical Christians, 55 percent, feel God put Trump in office. Only 3 in 10 evangelicals said categorically that they didn’t think Trump had God’s explicit support in the election. That drops to 36 percent among Protestants and 20 percent among Catholics.

Fox News said its poll surveyed 1,004 registered voters between February 10 and 12, with a margin error of 3 percentage points.

The poll’s findings are in line with another survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, NBC stated. That poll found that 28 percent of adults believed God played a “major role” in the 2016 election and 13 percent a “minor role.”

Some voters voiced their concern in how the poll was worded, saying that God appoints all leaders, Trump included.

“Romans 13,” a person wrote on Fox News’ Facebook page, “let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

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The world’s largest religious festival was in full swing for the most auspicious day of the 48 day Kumbh Mela festival in India. The new moon day, the Mauni Amavasya, saw nearly 55 million Hindu devotees taking ritual baths at the confluence of three rivers in northern India. The gigantic crowds were only a portion of the enormous numbers that have visited the festival since it began. As of February, the festival is only half complete, but over 120 million people have already made a pilgrimage to the area. Tens of millions more are expected to arrive before the festival ends in early March.

“We are not throwing random figures about the number of visitors to the Kumbh,” said Rajeev Rai, a senior official. “Our calculations are based on observation from drone cameras and helicopters.”

Kumbh Melas take place every three years and are rotated between four locations. These locations are Haridwar in Uttarakhand, Nashrik in Maharashtra, Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh and Allahabad, also called Prayagraj, in Uttar Predesh. The festival is always held on the banks of the river. In Haridwar, the festival takes place on the banks of the Ganges. In Nashrik and Ujjain, the festival takes place on the banks of the Godavari and Shipra respectively. The Kumbh Mela in Allahabad is held at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible, legendary Sarasvati.

According to Hindus, the Kumbh Mela locations are the places where Vishnu spilled drops of Amrita, the elixir that gives the gods their immortality. It is considered the largest peaceful gathering in the world and is said to be the world’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims. The 2019 Kembh Mela in Allahabad hosts a tent city that is larger than the island of Manhattan in the United States.

Hindus who attend the festival make it a point to bathe in the rivers as it is believed that doing so will bring about salvation and cleanse them of their sins. Dealing with more earthly sanitation, however, is a herculean task for each city that hosts it. Allahabad completely overhauled its infrastructure, constructing over 300 km of new roads and building an entire airport to allow visitors to fly in from Delhi. Whether this will be enough to hold up under the sea of humanity that has descended upon Allahabad has yet to be seen. To make the numbers even more unbelievable, 2019’s Kumbh Mela was only an “ardh Kumbh” or “half-size” festival. There is good news for the harried workers on that front, though. The next full Kumbh in Allahabad will not occur until around 2157, so the city has plenty of time to prepare for that endeavor.

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Super Bowl ads are supposed to be funny and clever, but some come under scrutiny when they push the limit. Zaxby’s ad this year took a jab at Chick-fil-A for not being open on Sunday’s, and it got a major recation. Most of it not in the positive way Zaxby’s had intended.

The Zaxby’s commercial showed former NFL player Jeff Saturday and former Major League Baseball player Rick Monday, headed to a restaurant together on Sunday. Jeff Saturday struggles to open the door of a restaurant, asking Monday if he thinks it might be closed. “No man,” Monday responds while pointing to the sign on the door. “Push!” The two find themselves at Zaxby’s, and are seen eating a plate of chicken. “Hand-breaded chicken, fresh-made salads and world-famous sauces. On Sunday and every day, only at Zaxby’s,” the narrator says.

Although the Zaxby’s ad never mentioned Chick-fil-A directly, it is common knowledge that America’s No. 1 fast-food chain is the only one to stay closed on Sundays for religious purposes. Zaxby’s YouTube channel also titled the commercial, “Zaxby’s Sunday (And Every Day) Chicken,” making the message even more obvious.

In an unrelated Facebook post Zaxby’s shared on Super Bowl Sunday, commenters shared exactly how they felt about their commercial’s sly jab at Chick-fil-A.

Facebook user Stephen Andrew Dyer commented: “Just saw your superbowl commercial, made me hungry for some GOOD CHICKEN!! Can’t wait to get it at Chick Fil A tomorrow.”

Christy Amanda Black wrote, “I’m glad Chick-Fil-A honors a day off for their employees to attend church! You’re not superior – just greedy!”

“My biggest takeaway from your commercial: The only reason to eat here is because Chick-fil-A is closed,” Billy Proto wrote. “Not exactly a great marketing campaign.”

“Unbelievable how you have to talk down to a competitor for closing on Sunday. Not sure how this promotes your business. Done!” Kevin Mings wrote on Zaxby’s Facebook page.

One user, Gerald Wolfe, told the chain that he is a fan of Zaxby’s, “but the commercial taking a ‘cheap shot’ at Chick-fil-A for choosing to be closed on Sundays, so their employees can attend church and spend time with their families, was in very poor taste.”

Chick-fil-A’s website says its founder, Truett Cathy, “made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia.”

“Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today,” it says.