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Florida Lawmaker: Require Schools Screen D'Souza Movie Because 'The Truth Will Set You Free'

Florida state senator D. Alan Hays is defending his bill to require public school students to watch conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza’s anti-Obama movie “America” by arguing that the movie will help to “remove politics from the educational system” and also turn kids against President Obama.

“I think the educational system failure is the biggest reason that the current occupant of the White House sits there. I think his occupancy of the White House is an indictment of our educational system all across America and we need to get back to teaching the truth,” Hays said in an interview with Newsmax today. “We need to remove politics from the educational system, we need to teach history as it happened and teach it truthfully showing the whole story, and that’s what this movie does quite well.”

When asked, however, the Republican lawmaker could not name a single example of a “mistruth” taught in public schools.

Hays made a similar statement in an interview with pseudo-historian David Barton last month, when he contended that the “embarrassment” of President Obama’s election is proof that “our students have not been properly educated.”

In the Newsmax appearance, Hays predicted that his bill will pass the state legislature and earn the support of Gov. Rick Scott since D’Souza’s movie is about the truth and “the truth will set you free.” Critics, he alleged, are simply “afraid of the truth.”

“I will put Americanism and patriotism right up beside any other system that anybody wants to put at it, and give them honest presentations, I guarantee you that Americanism is going to win every time,” he continued. “My word to anybody of another thought process: bring it on. Are you afraid of the truth? And if you’re not, then don’t object to showing this movie.”

Louie Gohmert Thanks Sandy Hook Truther, Pledges To Watch Conspiracy Theory Video

While guest-hosting yesterday’s edition of the Family Research Council radio show “Washington Watch,” Rep. Louie Gohmert fielded a call from a Sandy Hook truther who asked the Texas congressman to watch and pray over a video, Sofia Smallstorm’s “Sandy Hook Hoax: Ultimate Case Closed Debunked.”

Sandy Hook truthers generally believe that the elementary school shooting was a hoax designed to justify the enactment of new gun laws.

Gohmert was quite receptive to the caller’s suggestion: “I will sure do that, Sandy, I’m always learning new things and appreciate the input. Thanks for that thought and I will check out Sofia Smallstorm’s video and find out what it is that is so compelling.”

Pat Robertson Warns Gays Threaten Christians: 'Have Open Sex With Anybody Or Else You Leave'

Pat Robertson said today that the gay community is preparing to drive Christians out of business and turn America into a “perverse” place that is ripe for “destruction.”

Responding to a 700 Club report about a Colorado baker who refused service to a gay couple, Robertson warned that “what our civil rights commissions and others are saying is, ‘We want to endanger our society and set it up for the judgment of God and if you Christians don’t like it then get out.”

He said that just like those in Sodom who demanded that people have sex with them, gay people today are threatening Christians: “What the gays are saying is, ‘we’re going to drive you out of town, either you conform to us or you must leave.’ That’s the message that’s being put out, it’s the same message that there was in Sodom and Gomorrah: You’re either going to have sex with angels or have open sex with anybody or else you leave, or you go out of business. That’s America, you don’t want that, do you?”

Todd Akin Says God Protected Him During 'Legitimate Rape' Controversy

Former congressman and failed U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin said yesterday that he believes God shielded him against liberal attempts to “make fun” of him during the fallout of remarks he made about women’s bodies and “legitimate rape.”

In an interview with Janet Mefferd, Akin once again suggested that his comments about “legitimate rape” were part of a fight against spiritual evil.

“It was just a very, very intense time, yet in all of those things, I felt the Lord’s protection and His comfort, and that’s something that people who don’t know the Lord can’t understand that,” he said.

He also accused Democrats of employing “Saul Alinsky-techniques” to “destroy” and “make fun” of him because he was “standing up for truth and they don’t like that.”

Larry Klayman: Obama And Putin Are Secretly Working Together To 'Literally Destroy The World'

Warning that “President Barack Hussein Obama is literally destroying the world,” Larry Klayman says Congress must impeach and remove “this socialist/communist, racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-white commander in chief.”

In a WorldNetDaily column last week, titled “Muslim-Marxist Obama Must Be Removed Now!,” the right-wing legal activist claims Obama is working with Vladimir Putin, the Iranian government and “the leftist, self-hating, Marxist Jews he surrounds himself with” to destroy Israel and the U.S.

“Obama and his enablers,” Klayman writes, “represent the greatest threat to the survival of our nation in the entire 238 year history of the republic. Obama must be removed NOW by any legal means, or we will soon perish not just as a nation, but also as individuals.”

President Barack Hussein Obama is literally destroying the world. If you thought that Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were bad, there is no comparison to this socialist/communist, racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-white commander in chief whom I frequently refer to sarcastically, but realistically, as the “Mullah in Chief.”



In his zeal to do a number on Jews and Christians, as “we are no longer a Christian nation,” but instead one that feathers the nest of Obama’s own people, his actions and frequently lack thereof in the Middle East also speak for themselves. Not only has he furthered an already nuclear Islamic Republic of Iran, which now likely possesses the bomb to use against Israel, the United States and other Western interests, but he has sent taxpayer funding to Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza and against which many Israelis are now giving their lives to eradicate for the benefit of not just the Jewish state, but all of us. And, these are just two examples.

As a result, not only is Israel and our own nation in dire jeopardy of these Islamic threats, but also all of Western Europe, if not the world, is in jeopardy. And, should just a few oil fields blow up as the Middle East burns, our own economy and the world economy will go into a nosedive, with a likely second Great Depression.

Of course, I believe that Obama is aware of all of this. His foreign (and domestic) policy is not naïve or incompetent; it is calculated to bring not just Israel but the United States and its allies to its knees. The damage is not just limited to the Middle East, but also stems from his complicity with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, a former head of the evil KGB and, like Obama, a fellow communist in sheep’s clothing. Let there be no mistake! Obama and his leftist comrades in the White House and elsewhere in his administration – including the leftist, self-hating, Marxist Jews he surrounds himself with for cover – do not just sympathize with a Muslim caliphate, but also Putin’s march to reconstitute the Soviet Union by annexing Crimea, Georgia and the eastern if not entirety of Ukraine. How else can one explain Obama’s inaction to the Hitleresque actions of Putin’s Russia, which has been following the Fuhrer’s playbook to a T?

The bottom line is this: Obama and his enablers, including the National Security Agency whose spying on all Americans is meant to enslave us all to this treacherous and calculated tyranny, represent the greatest threat to the survival of our nation in the entire 238 year history of the republic. Obama must be removed NOW by any legal means, or we will soon perish not just as a nation, but also as individuals.

BarbWire: 'Pray That God Cuts Short The Obama Presidency, And Punishes All Those Who Enabled It'

Matt Barber’s website BarbWire has published yet another column calling on God to remove President Obama from office.

Lee Duigon writes today that Americans should “pray that God cuts short the Obama presidency, and punishes all those who enabled it, and erases their foul works from the face of the earth.”

He asks God to “save us” from Obama — whom he claims is more focused on “cracking down” on Christians over gay marriage than enforcing immigration laws — and his supporters: “Rid us of these wicked, lawless rulers. Amen.”

What does the Bible say is the purpose of the civil government? “Rulers” are to be a terror to evildoers (Romans 13:3). But the Obama Regime does everything backwards, so now the government is a terror to peaceable, law-abiding citizens, and the criminals’ best friend.



Want to break our immigration laws? Well, come on in! There will be a slight delay while the “president” draws up an executive order giving you all blanket amnesty, but in the meantime, help yourselves to all the freebies you can grab. The stupid American taxpayer is paying for it.

And don’t worry about law enforcement! We’ve got all we can handle, cracking down on bake sales, Christian bakers who won’t create cakes for same-sex imitation weddings, and all those “war on women” malefactors who don’t what to be forced to pay for someone else’s abortion.

People, please… Pray that God cuts short the Obama presidency, and punishes all those who enabled it, and erases their foul works from the face of the earth.

We have sinned against the Lord, and this Regime has been imposed on us as a scourge. But now the tool used by the Lord boasts itself against Him, and takes His name in vain. We confess our sins, O God–now save us. Not for our sakes, but for your own holy name’s sake.

Rid us of these wicked, lawless rulers. Amen.

Jody Hice: Americans Must 'Rise Up' To Defend God's Laws In Government, Ten Commandments

In a 2003 interview with the Trinity Broadcasting Network, right-wing pastor Jody Hice, who is now the GOP nominee for an open U.S. House seat in Georgia, claimed that America must follow God’s law or slide down a slippery slope to catastrophe.

Hice, who also told host Ben Kinchlow that Satan is to blame for legal efforts to separate church and state, warned of “disastrous” attempts to “shove God’s law out of the way” in public life.

After Kinchlow said that without “Judeo-Christian” principles in government “people end up killing each other,” Hice claimed that the Ten Commandments “predate Christianity” and therefore do not represent an establishment of religion.

Hice also described his campaign to place copies of the Ten Commandments throughout public buildings is part of a spiritual battle to save America.

“Are we going to be a nation that is led by people who acknowledge God? Who acknowledge God’s law and acknowledge the role of God’s law in our society and the founding of our country? Or are we going to be led by people who totally reject God?” Hice continued. “It’s a frightening thing if we don’t rise up.”

Another Ex-Gay Leader Renounces Movement, Religious Right's Anti-Gay Tactics

In the latest blow to the ex-gay movement, GLAAD today posted an essay from ex-gay activist Yvette Cantu Schneider denouncing the movement.

Schneider once spoke along with John Paulk, an ex-gay representative for Focus on the Family who also left the movement and now says he is gay, on a panel with the ex-gay group NARTH on the legitimacy of ex-gay pseudo-science, and was featured in a Family Research Council statement as “living proof that homosexuals can change.”

Jeremy Hooper details how Schneider was a top ex-gay advocate for several Religious Right groups:

Yvette Cantu Schneider has one of the most robust pedigrees of anyone who has ever worked in the so-called "ex-gay" movement. From the late nineties right through to the second decade of the twenty-first century, Yvette managed to find herself laboring for and with just about every top anti-LGBT group and activist you've heard of. From her high-profile start at the Family Research Council to her work with California's Proposition 8 campaign—with many stops, at many different groups and campaigns along the way—Yvette became one of that movement's most visible faces and certainly one of the most known women in a line of "work" known mainly for its male spokespeople.

To this day, Yvette remains one of the key people who anti-gay voices like to cite in order to prove that "change" works. In a December 19, 2013, press release concerning the Duck Dynasty brouhaha, notorious anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera, who was a colleague of Yvette's during their shared time at the Family Research Council, cited Schnieder as an example of a person who has "ovecome homosexuality through faith in Jesus Christ." "Ex-gay" websites continue to list her as among their ranks and push her story as a source of inspiration. The American Family Association continues to sell a video, "It's Not Gay," in which Yvette appears as a talking head. They all still claim Yvette as being both an example and a worker bee for their side.



In a nutshell: Yvette no longer wishes to identify with the "ex-gay" or anti-LGBT movement; is sorry for the pain she caused as part of that world; is highly questioning of the idea of "ex-gay" itself; and is now fully supportive of LGBT people, our truths, and our families. Yvette has made her sincerity clear to me, saying "as opposed to when I was doing things for the Christian Right out of duty and obligation, I'm doing it because I want to and feel it's the right thing to do." She hopes that by speaking out, she can start to undo any damage she might've helped to impart.

Schneider writes for GLAAD about how she played a part on behalf of the Religious Right’s anti-gay political agenda:

That evening was the Fine Line event in support of Proposition 8 at The Rock Church in San Diego. It would be simulcast to churches across California in an attempt to sway the God-loving, church-going faithful to vote for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between a man and woman. I was a panelist; the token “ex-gay” spokesperson, chosen to vouch for the evangelical Christian belief that while people may not choose to be gay, they can certainly choose not to stay gay. Every detail of the event had been pre-planned and rehearsed. The texts, phone calls, and emails from viewers and attendees asking questions were actually written and recorded in advance by those of us who would serve on the panel. But for some reason, as the event drew near, I couldn’t shake the nerves. My heart wasn’t in this event; deep down I knew I didn’t belong here. But I played my part, and delivered my lines.

This young woman adored her father, and wanted things in their household to remain as they had always been. She feared that the advent of gay marriage would ruin any chance of her father staying with the family. I told her she didn’t have the power to change anyone; no one does. The best she could do was to love and spend time with her father. He was still the same man she had always known and loved. As she sobbed over the breakup of her parents and family, an errant thought darted through my head: If we as a society didn't condemn homosexuality, gay people wouldn't feel pressured into marrying heterosexually, against their true attractions, and families wouldn't be torn apart when the gay spouse could no longer continue the ruse. I had seen a number of gay Christians marry an opposite sex partner, only to leave when they couldn't pretend any longer. It wasn't fair to the spouse, the kids, or themselves. My doubts about the efficacy of change and the evangelical Christian stance against gay rights of any kind nagged at me.



I spent the next few years digging deep within my soul to unearth my true self--the authentic me who celebrates the worthiness and equality of all people. The me who knows we all deserve to be who we are, not who others want and expect us to be. It was only when I embraced this true self that I regained my life. It meant shedding many of the beliefs I had espoused for decades—beliefs about what it means to be gay, and what it means to treat people with dignity and respect.

Jody Hice Warns Satan Is Behind Plot To 'Chip Away' At 'Our Christian Rights'

Jody Hice, the Georgia pastor and radio host who recently won the GOP nomination to succeed Paul Broun in the U.S. House, appeared on TBN’s “Praise The Lord” program in 2003 to promote his campaign to defy “judicial terrorists” by placing copies of Ten Commandments in public buildings.

While speaking to host Ben Kinchlow, Hice alleged that Satan is “infiltrating our society” through efforts to separate church and state and is behind judges who have “chipped away” at “our Christian rights.”

Hice also warned that the world is in the Last Days: “We have very few years, I certainly can’t put any time limit, but as rapidly as our world is changing and our nation is changing, we have little time.”

He added that America is transforming into Europe, a continent so overcome with “depravity” that “you can feel the darkness with the removal of God from society.”

Todd Akin: September 11 Attacks Proved Liberals Are Wrong About Everything

In the second part of his sad, self-pitying interview with WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah last week, Todd Akin argued that the September 11, 2001 attacks shocked liberals into “silence,” arguing that liberals don’t believe “there are really bad people in this world” and “don’t think we need any defense in America.”

While he spent most of the interview criticizing Hillary Clinton for representing an accused rapist while working as a defense attorney for a legal aid group in Arkansas — because apparently individuals suspected of committing crimes do not deserve representation in court — he then complained that “we almost live in a culture where people want to believe something even though it isn’t true.”

The former Missouri congressman and failed Republican Senate candidate went on to say that 9/11 disproved everything liberals believe, leaving them “shocked to find that one of their life premises was totally wrong.”

“You can drive your Prius around with your yoga stickers and whatever, but these people still hate you,” he said. “Liberals want to believe, ‘can’t we all love each other, coexist?’ A coexist sticker didn’t keep those planes from hitting the towers.”

Akin also complained that he went through an “execution” during his failed bid for the U.S. Senate and called Mike Huckabee, who campaigned for him and wrote the foreword to his new book, a “champ” for standing by him.

He also thanked Newt Gingrich, Tony Perkins, Oliver North, David Barton and Farah for “having the courage” to support him throughout the campaign.

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