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Pat Robertson: Gay Marriage Will Stifle Free Speech, Just Like In Bob Jones University Case

Pat Robertson warned today that a Supreme Court decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage would have devastating consequences, telling viewers of “The 700 Club” that marriage equality will jeopardize the free speech of religious broadcasters like himself who oppose gay marriage.

Curiously enough, Robertson broadcasts from Virginia, a state with marriage equality, and is freely able to denounce gay marriage on a regular basis without facing any legal consequences.

“Isn’t it chilling to think that a practice that was abhorrent and stigmatized for so many years has now become the dominant weapon of the left to hurt those who share traditional values?” he asked.

Robertson also addressed the Supreme Court’s 1983 in Bob Jones University v. US, in which the court found that the IRS did not violate the Constitution by stripping the evangelical university of its tax exempt status because of its rules barring interracial relationships. According to Robertson, such a rule never existed: “Bob Jones never prohibited men and women of different races from getting married, they never had any laws, as I understand, they merely said in their statement of faith, they didn’t believe that the Bible supported interracial marriage and interracial activity. That was their belief.”

He quickly added that while he disagreed with the university’s stance, he feared that the ruling would open the door to religious persecution by the government.

Robertson’s claim that Bob Jones University didn’t have an enforceable rule barring interracial relationships is simply false.

“There is to be no interracial dating,” declared the university’s rule book in the 1990s. “Students who become partners in an interracial marriage will be expelled. Students who are members of or affiliated with any group or organization which holds interracial marriage as one of its goals or advocates interracial marriage will be expelled. Students who date outside of their own race will be expelled.”

Up until 2000, the university stated that it had “a rule prohibiting interracial dating among its students”:

God has separated people for His own purposes. He has erected barriers between the nations, not only land and sea barriers, but also ethnic, cultural and language barriers. God has made people different one from another and intends for those differences to remain. Bob Jones University is opposed to intermarriage of the races because it breaks down the barriers God has established. It mixes that which God separated and intends to keep separate. Every effort in world history to bring the world together has demonstrated man’s self-reliance and his unwillingness to remain as God ordains.

Sound familiar?

The rule, which was put into place in the 1950s, was only lifted when it received national attention after George W. Bush, then a candidate for president, made a campaign appearance at the South Carolina school.

The rule stemmed from the teachings of Bob Jones Sr., the university’s founder, who made the case that anyone who believes the Bible should oppose interracial marriage, just as televangelists like Robertson are arguing about same-sex marriage today.

Conservative Pundit: Millions Will Flee America, Demand Secession Over Gay Marriage

WorldNetDaily founder and editor Joseph Farah issued an emergency plea to governors today asking them to consider seceding from the union if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on same-sex marriage.

“We need a Promised Land. We need an Exodus strategy,” Farah wrote. “Are there any governors or legislatures out there among the 50 states willing to secede to offer a refuge for the God-fearing?”

If not, Farah says that foreign nations that prohibit same-sex marriage should prepare for “a pilgrimage by millions of Americans” fleeing marriage equality.

Will a U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring “same-sex marriage” a “right” warrant secession by some state willing and eager to reclaim America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and foundation?

You know it’s inevitable, right?

The fix is in. Two members of the Supreme Court have personally officiated at same-sex “marriages.” I count three solid votes against it. The chances of reaching five are somewhere between slim and none.

I’ve heard some chatter about civil disobedience. That’s all well and good. But I don’t see much in the way of serious organization taking place.

What I do see is a lot of grass-roots concern. I know there are millions of Christians, Jews and others who would pull up stakes and move to another country that honored the institution of marriage as it was designed by God – a union between one man and one woman.

As Jesus said it: “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh.”

Is there one state in 50 that would not only defy the coming abomination, but secede in response? The rewards could be great. I would certainly consider relocating. How about you?

The founders of this country found a place of refuge in America and shaped it into the greatest self-governing nation in the history of world. Just think what one state could do if it simply stuck to the principles that made this country great? Americans wouldn’t have to cross an ocean to rediscover what brought most of our ancestors here. We could simply drive.

Are any states so inclined?

I haven’t heard this question raised by anyone else. So I’m raising it now. We don’t have much time before the nine high priests in black robes decide to follow Baal instead of the One True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

We need a Promised Land. We need an Exodus strategy.

If not a state, are there any nations in the world interested in a pilgrimage by millions of Americans?



And here’s the second question: Are there any governors or legislatures out there among the 50 states willing to secede to offer a refuge for the God-fearing?

Erik Rush: 'Violent Civil Disobedience' Needed To Stop Liberals, Gay Marriage

Writing today in WorldNetDaily, Erik Rush says that “violent civil disobedience — vigilantism — may be the only practical response” to supposed efforts by “the political left” to use the government to persecute conservatives and wipe out religious freedom through gay marriage.

Rush calls on conservatives not to yield to the “satanic minions in our government” who are bent on using gay marriage to criminalize Christianity and painting all conservatives as “potential terrorist threats.”

“In fact, when otherwise rational, law-abiding Americans suddenly realize that the last of their liberties have been legislated, regulated and executive-ordered away, their response just might make the left’s accusations in the opening paragraph a self-fulfilling prophecy,” he writes.

Those on the left routinely typify their opponents as intolerant, hateful and potentially violent. This has increased in volume and frequency under the Obama administration, which codified these mischaracterizations into Department of Homeland Security policy; DHS has designated pro-lifers, patriots, constitutionalists, Christians, amnesty opponents, gun enthusiasts, military veterans and other groups as potential terrorist threats.

In keeping with their hypocrisy and incongruity, leftists conveniently omit the fact that they have carried out more terrorism, pogroms, mass murders and genocide than any political group in history. As regular readers will be aware, projection of their antisocial character defects onto opponents is a hallmark of the left’s methodology.

Their objective is to convince as much of the citizenry as possible that their warnings are at least somewhat plausible. This way, when DHS Storm Troopers arrive in the wee hours to collect their neighbors, they will accept the cover story without protest: The detainees were involved in a terrorist plot to carry out large scale “hate crimes” against illegal immigrants, homosexuals, or some species of endangered grouse.

What we are in fact seeing is the political left, through deception, incrementalism and outright violation of the Constitution, insidiously maneuvering rational, law-abiding Americans into a position so untenable that at some elusive but inevitable point, violent civil disobedience – vigilantism – may be the only practicable response.

There are a few very sobering commentaries published recently that address the de facto criminalization of Christianity in the wake of Canada having legalized “gay marriage” in 2005. One is Lea Z. Singh’s “Same-sex ‘Marriage’ and the Persecution of Christians in Canada,” written for Crisis Magazine.



So, how might American Christians react to such developments here? The reason I ask is because the wheels are already in motion. The satanic minions in our government absolutely must bring about these societal transformations in order to “kill off” God and establish the State as the ultimate arbiter of morality. Rending the family unit asunder will ensure that the State becomes the individual’s sole guide, instructor and authority from cradle to grave.

I’m not inclined to think that We the People will respond as submissively as Canadians did to a similar scenario transpiring here. In fact, when otherwise rational, law-abiding Americans suddenly realize that the last of their liberties have been legislated, regulated and executive-ordered away, their response just might make the left’s accusations in the opening paragraph a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Michael Savage: 'In My Day' Caitlyn Jenner Would Be 'In A Straitjacket'

Michael Savage yesterday offered a very reasonable take on Caitlyn Jenner’s gender transition, telling listeners that she is “mentally ill,” “psychotic” and “jealous of his sick ugly daughters.”

“In my day, that’s a mental illness, they’re put in a mental hospital, they’re given medication, they’re put in a straitjacket, they’re put in a locked ward and they’re guarded around the clock from hurting themselves or others,” Savage said. “In this demented, sick, Western world of ours, this is now considered a lifestyle choice.” He also called Jenner a symbol of “the death of America” and the nation’s unraveling.

“As Islam is rising, America is dying,” Savage continued. “As Christianity is being crushed around the world, what is rising, Islam? Why is it rising? It’s not because the people who are joining Islam necessarily want to cut other people’s heads off, it’s because they’re vomiting from the putrid garbage being spewed down their throats from the vermin of Hollywood.”

Alex Jones: Caitlyn Jenner Distracting Us From Obama Civil War

During a rant yesterday about how President Obama “could cause a civil war” by supposedly trying to “restrict the Second Amendment,” “InfoWars” host Alex Jones abruptly switched topics by talking about Caitlyn Jenner’s interview with Vanity Fair. But apparently, the two aren’t so disconnected, as Jones explained that Jenner’s announcement is actually a plot to distract Americans from Obama’s evil schemes.

“I don’t like being force-fed constantly this weird, one agenda,” Jones said. “The obsession, it’s got to be from like five, six years, because I cover media, with trannies and transvestites. Just constantly force-feeding it, shoving it down my throat, pun intended, as if it is the only thing in the universe, the only thing in the world. What’s behind the agenda?”

Jones said the sinister agenda is to make “the coolest thing to be is a tranny or a transvestite” and glorify a “creepy old guy.”

Michael Savage: Obama Preparing For Anti-White Violence, Dictatorship

Last week on “The Savage Nation,” Michael Savage warned that white people in South Africa are facing a wave of violent attacks, which he said could be heading to the U.S.

Comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Hirohito, Savage said that “we are a hair’s breadth away from dictatorship, an absolute dictatorship.”

“Barack Obama is such a maniac for power and control, he is so evil in my estimation, he has such evil intent towards this nation that unless he is stopped right now through impeachment, which I don’t care whether it will win or lose, it will expose this man for what he really is, unless he is stopped right now, it will get much worse before it gets at all better,” Savage warned.

Pat Robertson: Adult Movies Lead To Demonic Possession

Today on “The 700 Club,” a viewer wrote in to ask Pat Robertson if her son’s “mental issues” are God’s punishment for her purchase of a Ouija board while he was a child.

Robertson said that demonic possession was certainly a possibility, since he once knew of a case where a demon entered a woman’s body after she watched an X-rated movie, “and the demon said, ‘I had permission.’”

“So you gave the demons permission to come into your home when you had a Ouija board,” he explained, advising the woman to seek both professional medical help and an exorcism for her son. “Close the door and send the demon away,” he told her. 

Conservative Pundit: 'The Nation May Not Survive' Caitlyn Jenner's Gender Transition

Cliff Kincaid of the conservative group Accuracy In Media is beside himself that many media outlets are using female gender pronouns to describe Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, and referring to her by the name she recently announced in a Vanity Fair interview.

Kincaid wonders today in BarbWire if Jenner’s gender transition is just “a hoax” to promote an upcoming reality TV show about her story and asks why people aren’t calling her “a pervert or a lunatic.”

The greatest threat of all, Kincaid claims, is to the children, deriding support for Jenner an “extremely damaging” message to kids that will imperil the future of America.

“The truth is that the media have already bought into this hoax and are too far gone, and the United States may be on the inevitable decline as well,” Kincaid writes, warning that “the nation may not survive, as it becomes a laughingstock before self-destructing or becoming easy pickings for a determined foreign adversary.”

On this basis, journalists are supposed to disregard reality and accept whatever various sexual minorities or psychologically disturbed individuals claim to be the case.

This flies in the face of normal rules of objective reporting, which require that things be covered in the way they are, not as people wish them to be.



How does growing one’s hair long and wearing a dress make Bruce Jenner into a woman? Some might say it makes him appear to be crazy, a pervert or a lunatic.

The issue of Vanity Fair featuring the photos of “Caitlyn Jenner” has not yet hit newsstands, but the photos are appearing everywhere in the media, including on the Fox News Channel, where Megyn Kelly declared “Caitlyn Jenner” to be a “courageous” figure.

The rest of the media are also falling into line. “She has finally made her debut,” reported CNN. “Caitlyn Jenner, Formerly Bruce, Introduces Herself in Vanity Fair” was the headline in The New York Times. The paper now calls her “Ms. Jenner.”

But where is the evidence that this is anything but a hoax?



During a period when America desperately needs strong families grounded in the traditional male-female relationship, this message of sexual confusion can have an extremely damaging impact on young people who may be going through challenging periods in their lives.



The truth is that the media have already bought into this hoax and are too far gone, and the United States may be on the inevitable decline as well.

The “courage” we really need is that which stands up to this decline and affirms the traditional relationships based on America’s founding values. But it appears it is just too much to ask for this kind of courage from the media.

America’s families will pay the price. The nation may not survive, as it becomes a laughingstock before self-destructing or becoming easy pickings for a determined foreign adversary.

AFA Continues Crusade Against Conservative Pundit Guy Benson Because He's Gay

When Guy Benson of the conservative outlet Townhall publicly came out as gay, it was only a matter of time before American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer issued a statement claiming that “Benson must be replaced” since he, as a prominent gay conservative, is “particularly dangerous to the conservative cause.”

Today, Sandy Rios, the American Family Association’s director of governmental affairs, told the AFA’s news service OneNewsNow that Benson’s presence at the upcoming Western Conservative Summit is “a serious problem” since he supports marriage equality, which she claims will lead to mass persecution “against Christians and social conservatives.”

A conservative activist and radio talk show host calls it troubling that an open homosexual will speak at an event featuring GOP presidential hopefuls.

Several GOP candidates will take part in the Western Conservative Summit 2015 scheduled for June 26-28 in Denver.

Also present at the Summit will be conservative author Guy Benson, the public editor at Townhall.com who recently revealed that he is homosexual and supports same-sex "marriage." Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association, calls it a mistake when social conservatives, especially Christians, embrace someone who supports gay "marriage."

"I think it's a serious problem," says Rios, "especially as we hurdle toward a Supreme Court decision where very likely the Supreme Court will decide against Christians and social conservatives, and very likely the persecution that will result from that decision will be exponential."



The schedule of events shows Benson is scheduled to appear at a Saturday luncheon to discuss the topic, "Why the Left wants to end discussion."

Rios says Benson is not the only summit participant with a problematical view of homosexuality. She says journalist Mary Katharine Ham also supports same-sex marriage and special rights for homosexuals.

Rick Wiles: 'Murderous Islamic Thugs' Are Sitting On Hillary Clinton's Lap

On yesterday’s edition of “Trunews,” Christopher Farrell of Judicial Watch spoke to host Rick Wiles about his group’s claim that the U.S. compound in Benghazi was “arming Al Qaeda” and coordinating arms shipments to Islamic terrorists in Syria, which raises questions as to why then Islamic terrorists attacked the compound in 2012.

Wiles said that there would have been “calls for the arrest of Barack Obama” had people realized that he was secretly sending arms to terrorists (which he wasn’t).

Wiles claimed that just as Gary Hart’s “presidential campaign was stopped in its tracks because a photograph surfaced of him with a pretty blonde sitting on his lap, now we have murderous Islamic thugs sitting on the lap of Hillary Clinton and nobody cares.”

The two then brought up the discredited conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton murdered Vince Foster.

A Republican-led investigation by the House Select Committee on Intelligence, like other investigations, found that Judicial Watch’s allegations about arm shipments to Syria don’t hold water:

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