A senior Anglican minister has urged Christians to pray for Prince George to be gay as "the fastest way" to force the Church of England to support same-sex marriage.

 The Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth, the provost who runs St. Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland, said "the fastest way" to force the denomination to allow gay people to wed would be if the future monarch and supreme head of the Church of England were gay, according to The Times.

 Holdsworth serves in the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Church of England's sister institution, which since June has allowed same-sex marriage.

 The 51-year-old minister, who is gay and campaigned for gay marriage to be allowed in the Scottish Episcopal Church, asked Christians to pray for George, the elder child of Prince William and the former Catherine Middleton, now called the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, "to be blessed one day with the love of a fine young gentleman."

"A royal wedding might sort things out remarkably easily though we might have to wait 25 years for that to happen," Holdsworth wrote in a blog post. "Who knows whether that might be sooner than things might work out by other means?"

 Recently, George's uncle, Prince Harry, announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, a divorced American actress.

 In his latest blog post, Holdsworth writes that he wrote the post about two years ago, although it is now that media have picked it up.

"The post was entirely about the Church and its policies around LGBT inclusion," he wrote. "I could spend the next few weeks defending that post and keep reminding people what it was originally about. However, it seems to me that isn't likely to be fruitful. The ironic comment that I made quite a while ago could be seen as hurtful to members of the Royal Family, a group of people whom I actually rather admire."

 He added, "The debate about the Church and sexuality will go on. I'm not interested in continuing it through a conversation about Prince George. I would urge others, those who agree with me strongly and those who disagree with me strongly, to turn our attentions to the actual matter at hand?"

 A former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth condemned the call as "unkind" and "profoundly un-Christian."

"If you're going to pray for Prince George, pray for him to be happy ... and pray for him to discharge his duty as prince, to be married and have children," he was quoted as saying. "It is not a kind prayer. It is not a blessing, it's more like a curse from a fairytale. I would say it's profoundly un-Christian."

 The Church of England defines marriage as between a man and a woman and rejects homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture.

 In January, The Christian Post reported that Holdsworth allowed a reading from the Quran during a service that included a rebuttal of the Christian belief that Jesus is the son of God.

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I pray I really do, but not for this, I wonder if England sees it coming?

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 Judge Orders Mueller To Prove  Russia Meddled In Election 

Judge Dabney L. Friedrich

A Washington federal judge on Thursday ordered special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to clarify election meddling claims lodged against a Russian company operated by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Bloomberg.

Concord Management and Consulting, LLC. – one of three businesses indicted by Mueller in February along with 13 individuals for election meddling, surprised the special counsel in April when they actually showed up in court to fight the charges. Mueller’s team tried to delay Concord from entering the case, arguing that thee Russian company not been properly served, however Judge Dabney Friedrich denied the request – effectively telling prosecutors ‘well, they’re here.’

Concord was accused in the indictment of supporting the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian ‘troll farm’ accused of trying to influence the 2016 US election.

On Thursday, Judge Freidrich asked Mueller’s prosecutors if she should assume they aren’t accusing Concord of violating US laws applicable to election expenditures and failure to register as a foreign agent.

Concord has asked Dabney to throw out the charges – claiming that Mueller’s office fabricated a crime, and that there is no law against interfering in elections.

According to the judge’s request for clarification, the Justice Department has argued that it doesn’t have to show that Concord had a legal duty to report its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Rather, the allegation is that the company knowingly engaged in deceptive acts that precluded the FEC, or the Justice Department, from ascertaining whether they had broken the law. -Bloomberg

On Monday, Friedrich raised questions over whether the special counsel’s office could prove a key element of their case – saying that it was “hard to see” how allegations of Russian influence were intended to interfere with US government operations vs. simply “confusing voters,” reports law.com.

During a 90-minute hearing, Friedrich questioned prosecutor Jonathan Kravis about how the government would be able to show the Russian defendants were aware of the Justice Department and FEC’s functions and then deliberately sought to skirt them.

“You still have to show knowledge of the agencies and what they do. How do you do that?” Friedrich asked.

Kravis, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, argued that the government needed only to show that Concord Management and the other defendants were generally aware that the U.S. government “regulates and monitors” foreign participation in American politics. That awareness, Kravis said, could be inferred from the Russians’ alleged creation of fake social media accounts that appeared to be run by U.S. citizens and “computer infrastructure” intended to mask the Russian origin of the influence operation.

“That is deception that is directed at a higher level,” Kravis said. Kravis appeared in court with Michael Dreeben, a top Justice Department appellate lawyer on detail to the special counsel’s office. -law.com

Concord pleaded not guilty in May. Their attorney, Eric Dubelier – a partner at Reed Smith, has described the election meddling charges as “make believe,” arguing on Monday that Mueller’s indictment against Concord “doesn’t charge a crime.”

“There is no statute of interfering with an election. There just isn’t,” said Dubelier, who added that Mueller’s office alleged a “made-up crime to fit the facts they have.”

Dubelier added that the case against Concord Management is the first in US history “where anyone has ever been charged with defrauding the Justice Department” through their failure to register under FARA.

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