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Rep. Steve Stockman Makes Transphobic Joke While Criticizing Obamacare

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) yesterday called into The Steve Deace Show where he accused President Obama of acting like an emperor on issues like health care reform and the Defense of Marriage Act.

“It’s amazing what they’re saying is covered by Obamacare,” the congressman continued. “If you decide to become transgender you can also get that covered…‘The next time I call your show,’” he said in a high-pitched voice.

Live Action Praises Church-Bombing Cult Leader Protesting Abortion Rights At High Schools

Jered Ragon of Abolish Human Abortion has been holding anti-abortion rights demonstrations in front of Texas high schools with graphic photos, protests that have upset many local parents and students. But Ragon is winning support from Live Action, Lila Rose’s anti-choice organization that is notorious for posting deceptively edited videos meant to smear groups such as Planned Parenthood.

A spokesman from Rose’s group in an interview with the Christian Science Monitor commended Ragon and insisted that school children “are not babies running around, these are young adults who must be educated on what they are getting into.”

Maybe Live Action might want to do a little bit more research into the demonstrators they support, as Ragon was actually a leader of a cult group and served time in jail for attempting to bomb a church:

Burleson police arrested two men Wednesday and one Thursday who cited religious beliefs in attempting to detonate a bomb at Victory Family Church in Burleson.

According to reports, the suspects — Dayton Lee Calaway, 19, of Burleson, Michael Philip Plaisted Jr., 18, of Burleson, Jered Michael Ragon, 18, of Burleson, and an underage boy — twice attempted to detonate the device before being interrupted by a deacon. Police discovered the device propped against the church door.



Although Burleson Police Cmdr. Chris Havens declined to elaborate on the bomb, he said it was a simple, homemade device, the plans for which could probably be easily found on the Internet. Had the device detonated it would have caused a substantial explosion and probably led to a fire in the church, he said.

Plaisted and Calaway implicated Ragon during interviews after their arrests, Burleson Detective Tom Catron said, and all three subsequently admitted to involvement in a religious group that made the bomb. Ragon voluntarily came in for questioning and was arrested then, police said.

Although the name of the group the three associate with is unknown, Havens said the men identified themselves as radical Christian activists who oppose government and organized religion.

“They said the act at the church was a test of the device itself and to get the attention of the community,” Havens said.

Group members share common beliefs about the demise of society, which they believe has become too focused on self-improvement and self-gratification and lost it’s focus on the glorification of God, police said. The group is attempting to wake up society by committing destructive acts, according to reports. Group members further believe there are too many denominations and churches, and there ought to be only one.



Police consider the group domestic terrorists, Havens said.

Staver: ENDA Will Incite A Revolution, Turn Restrooms Into 'Free-For-Alls'

Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver has been busy waging a fight against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), appearing yesterday on a Tea Party Unity conference call as well as on VCY America’s radio show Crosstalk. He warned that President Obama and gay rights advocates are targeting “common values and religious principles” with bills like ENDA.

“I think that if that continues to move forward in that respect we’re moving down the road toward a revolution; you’re either moving to persecution or you’re moving to revolution or you’re moving to both,” Staver said on the TPU call. “Unless there is a reversal of this huge government intrusion into our basic shared liberties, we’re moving toward revolution or we’re moving to persecution or both.”

He previously predicted that the Supreme Court’s decisions on the marriage cases would spark a revolution or civil war.

Staver, who previously warned that ENDA will lead to death and sexual assault, told Crosstalk host Vic Eliason that ENDA is a “very dangerous bill” that will “literally turn all women’s restrooms into free-for-alls for some man or some voyeur or some person who wants to do mischief or harm.”

Seventeen states already have employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity (PDF), and yet Staver never seems to find actual cases of “free-for-alls” taking place in women’s restrooms.

Buchanan: Pope Francis 'Sowing Seeds Of Confusion'

Pat Buchanan does not seem to be a fan of Pope Francis, skewering the new pope in his latest column for “sowing seeds of confusion among the faithful” and not being aggressive enough in the “culture war.”

He warned that if the Catholic Church places a greater emphasis on social justice, it will only aid the “cultural revolution preached by Marxist Antonio Gramsci” that seeks the church’s destruction.

Yet here is further confirmation His Holiness seeks to move the Catholic Church to a stance of non-belligerence, if not neutrality, in the culture war for the soul of the West.

There is a small problem with neutrality. As Trotsky observed, “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” For the church to absent itself from the culture war is to not to end that war, but to lose it.

What would that entail? Can we not already see?

In America, the family has disintegrated. Forty percent of working-class white children are born out of wedlock, as are 53 percent of Hispanic children and 73 percent of black children. Kids from broken homes are many times more likely to drop out of school, take drugs, join gangs, commit crimes, end up in prison, lose their souls and produce yet another generation of lost souls.

[Laurie] Goodstein quotes the Holy Father as listing among the “most serious of the evils” today “youth unemployment.” And he calls upon Catholics not to be “obsessed” with abortion or same-sex marriage.

But is teenage unemployment really a graver moral evil than the slaughter of 3,500 unborn every day in a land we used to call “God’s Country”?



The cultural revolution preached by Marxist Antonio Gramsci is continuing its “long march” through the institutions of the West and succeeding where the violent revolutions of Lenin and Mao failed. It is effecting a transvaluation of all values. And it is not interested in a truce with the church of Pope Francis, but a triumph over that church, which it reviles as the great enemy in its struggle.

Indeed, after decades of culture war waged against Christianity, the Vatican might consider the state of the Faith.

Our civilization is being de-Christianized. Popular culture is a running sewer. Promiscuity and pornography are pandemic. In Europe, the churches empty out as the mosques fill up. In America, Bible reading and prayer are outlawed in schools, as Christian displays are purged from public squares. Officially, Christmas and Easter do not exist.



“Who am I to judge,” Pope Francis says of homosexuals.

Well, he is pope. And even the lowliest parish priest has to deliver moral judgments in a confessional.

“[S]ince he became pope,” writes Goodstein, Francis’ “approval numbers are skyrocketing. Even atheists are applauding.”

Especially the atheists, one imagines.

While Pope Francis has not altered any Catholic doctrines in his interviews and disquisitions, he is sowing seeds of confusion among the faithful, a high price to pay, even for “skyrocketing” poll numbers.

If memory serves, the Lord said, “Feed my sheep,” not “get the smell of the sheep.” And he did not mean soup kitchens, but more importantly the spiritual food essential for eternal life.

But then those were different Jesuits. And that was long ago.

Gaffney: Gays And Women In Military Are Inviting War; 'God Help Us'

Earlier this year, Sandy Rios claimed that women in combat positions and the “homosexual takeover” of the military have destroyed the military’s effectiveness. Therefore it was no surprise when her Veterans Day guest Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy made a similar statement, arguing that gay and female service members have jeopardized the country’s security and the strength of the military. Gaffney also repeated the false claim that the military is now persecuting Christians and turning the practice of one’s faith into “a career-threatening activity.”

“God help us if we have to go to war again,” Gaffney told Rios, “especially if we invite war by this kind of behavior and weakness as we have in the past.”

The social engineering piece of what I think of as the Obama wrecking operation: you put in the effort to put homosexuals in the military and change the ethos of the institution in that way; you put women into combat and you change the ethos of the institution that way; you put every Christian in uniform on notice for the practice of their faith as possibly a career-threatening activity. You through all that into the mix on top of the other kinds of hallowing out — the lack of training, the lack of maintenance, the lack of modernization, the lack of research and development — and you really have I’m afraid put us in the position where we are breaking the only military we have. And God help us if we have to go to war again, and we will, especially if we invite war by this kind of behavior and weakness as we have in the past.

'Swallowed By Satan': On Becoming A Gay Nazi Porn Star Witch

Warning: This post contains graphic language.

It’s no wonder that Bryan Fischer is such a big fan of Swallowed by Satan, as the book almost reads like a Religious Right activist’s imagining of what the “gay lifestyle” is really like. Author Joseph Sciambra portrays the gay community as a violent, animalistic, hyper-sexual and demonic place that poses many dangers for young people, who he writes are “getting used-up and eventually pulverized on the homosexual millstone.”

For example, he writes about how he felt the need to “recruit” young men in a “sickeningly vampiristic” gay practice:

My first sex-club venture inadvertently exposed a dirty, but far from secret, reality within the gay community: the constant need for young new recruits. Since the gay population cannot naturally reproduce itself, they rely on those entering the lifestyle to renew their always aging and dwindling numbers. My first lover in the bathhouse was a man from another generation. As it goes, older and experienced gay men will almost always initiate the young and naive into the world of gay sex.... The procedure is sickeningly vampiristic. The young draw some imagined male power from their partners during an inaugural sexual encounter, while the older males feed off the youthful innocence and vigor of the new converts.

“I took a sick pleasure in having sex with other men,” Sciambra recounts, “especially young guys, as I thought I could be passing death over to them.”

Sciambra writes in detail about engaging in oral sex with a demonic creature who had “a very long and serpent like tongue” through a glory hole. He also claims to have had sex with a demonic figure while shooting a pornographic film. Not to mention the time he had sex with a pilot mid-flight while he was traveling across the country to have group sex with political elites in Washington.

Not only was Sciambra a member of a gay witch sex cult, but his girlfriend (that’s right, he had a girlfriend at one point) was part of a community of witches, who introduce him to Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey.

Eventually, Sciambra joined a Neo-Nazi organization in Idaho, which he explained was a natural fit since he “had already been well trained by the equally vicious haters in the perpetually malevolent gay community.”

“In a certain way, the world of Neo-Nazism was no different from gay culture: they were both obsessed with the masculine ideal, conformity to a singular agenda, an extreme hatred for all those who disagreed with their principles,” he adds.

Sciambra first became interested in Nazism after acquiring a Nazi soldier’s hat after a German businessman paid him to beat him up and have sex with him on camera while dressed as a Nazi. But the hat ended up having a power over him: “Clothed in a relic of the past, the dead ghosts of buried degenerates could take over my body”…much like in The Simpsons episode “Treehouse of Horror: Hell Toupée.”

Sciambra recalls how he began to idolize and fantasize about Adolf Hitler, who he viewed as the “ultimate male” and “a new messiah, superman reborn.” But Hitler wasn’t enough for him and he began to pursue “the darker side of the occult.”

“The draw towards Satanism was also linked with my desire to push the limits of porn,” he writes.

Finally, after injuring his rectum during more group sex, Sciambra joined that Catholic group Courage—which encourages gay people to live a life of celibacy—as well as a Latin Mass monastic community…only to depart when he suspected that one of the priests was sexually abusing students at a local Catholic school.

He tried to leave it all behind by going to Los Angeles, but sensed that the city was dominated by demons: “I almost uncontrollably freaked out when I got closer to LA. All the evil that I knew was still there.”

Schlafly Warns Of Amnesty For Polygamous Muslims On Welfare

Phyllis Schlafly appeared on Crosstalk last week, where she went through her usual argument about why Latino immigrants don’t make good Americans because they are less likely to vote Republican and hold conservative political views. She told host Jim Schneider that immigrants used to “be proud to be an American” and “became good people,” unlike “the people who are coming in now” who “don’t agree with the fundamentals of America.”

Schlafly also warned that immigration authorities are allowing Muslim immigrants to practice polygamy and have “a bunch of wives who will now go on our welfare.” She also agreed with a caller who said that the Obama administration will bring in tens of millions of Muslim immigrants in order to impose Sharia law.

Schlafly: I would like to know if our immigration authorities are letting in people who believe in polygamy. Polygamy is against our law. We’ve brought in thousands of Muslims; I want to know if they made them sign a pledge to assure they’re not bringing in a bunch of wives who will now go on our welfare. Nobody can answer that question, I can’t get any answers to that question.



Caller: See anything that Obama’s had on the front burner so far has destroyed this country and is ripping it away, and we also can’t forget about when we bring in with this amnesty bill these illegal Mexicans and whoever else wants to come in, we’re going to bring in 40-50 million Muslims with them all to destroy our constitution. I think people should keep that in mind and we’ll be under Sharia law shortly.

Schlafly: It is true. They’ve brought in lots of Muslims and in fact they’ve brought a lot into the St. Louis area where I live. Get somebody to answer the question: do you make sure they’re not bringing polygamists in?

Just in case where you were wondering where the figure of 40-50 million Muslims comes from, a regular Crosstalk guest Avi Lipkin claims President Obama plans to “bring in 50-100 million Muslims” in order to impose Sharia law.

Responding to another caller who told a story of undocumented immigrants using phony Social Security numbers in order to find employment, Schlafly added that “a lot of them get on the highway drunk and kill people too.”

Studies show that immigrants actually have a lower crime rate than native-born Americans.

'Swallowed By Satan': The Case Of The Demon Discharge

Warning: This post contains graphic language.

Yesterday, Bryan Fischer brought Joseph Sciambra onto Focal Point to discuss Sciambra’s new book, Swallowed By Satan, which is a tale of his journey out of homosexuality, neo-Nazism, and Satan worship. Like other ex-gay activists, Sciambra offers harrowing accounts of early sexual trauma, drug abuse and risky sexual behaviors, including public sex and flashing men.

While Sciambra says he identified as gay, he also claims he was obsessed with female pornography (describing it as a “succubus”) and regularly frequented female sex workers and brothels. Sciambra explains that he began to sleep with men because “women did not have the physical strength for the type of abuse I needed,” and as a result he fell into Satan’s digestive tract until “my continued presence in his bowel became an irritant [and] I was passed out”:

Satan swallowed me whole. I would spend a decade in his gut. Miraculously, a protective layer prevented my full destruction in the digestive tract of the devil. When my continued presence in his bowel became an irritant, I was passed out onto the street. To be stepped upon and washed away into the gutter.

Much of the book is dedicated to graphic accounts of Sciambra having brutal sex with other men; he claims that he hears different voices, which he seems to think are demonic spirits, that tell him to engage in activities such as sadomasochism and pornography. He even writes about having sex with demonic figures.

In one story, he goes to a club to get “gang-banged” and during sex “conceives” a demon in his anus. After sex, the demon “gushed from my body” in his discharge and “would grow and pitilessly hover about me. Sometimes, it spoke.”

All I could think about were the magical claims by [occultist] Alester Crowley that anal sex unleashed a rare form of demonic spirit. In fact, he taught that these devils would be conceived within the anus during sodomy. I believed this wholeheartedly. I wanted these entities to take me over.... Then, with no warning, a rush of liquid gushed from my body. It was slimy and mixed with blood. I gave birth to the devil I prayed for. In the coming years, it would grow and pitilessly hover about me. Sometimes, it spoke.

He warns readers that he opened himself up to occult practices by innocently using a Ouija board as a child and contends that part of homosexuality is a “pseudo-religion [that is] certainly Satanic.”

The voices in his head told him to “debase” himself through sex in order to get closer to Satan: “[I]n my debasement, I received a congratulatory elevation from the devil. I was doing his work. My pain was only alleviated in evil.”

“I think my further descent into hell started with an occult sex ritual that I engaged in” with “a gay cabal of male witches,” where he had group sex with a man with “the head of a goat or ram.”

“I knew that what I would be drinking upon was the darkness of hell,” Sciambra writes while describing a different account of sadomasochistic group sex. “They had prepared my walking remains for the final immolation. I was on the altar, the knife was raised, and I was ready to go.”

Finally, injured by all the group sex, Sciambra went to the hospital with his mom and he saw demons appear over his hospital bed: “Then, a huge empty space opened up behind the bed’s headboard. An immense open and salivating mouth breathed a stinking and moist heat upon the back of my neck. I was being pulled up and outwards. I heard a voice say, ‘Open-wide.’”

Southern Baptist Official Calls David Barton's Propaganda 'Satanic'

Yesterday, we noted that a top Southern Baptist Convention official blasted David Barton and Kenneth Copeland for their “profoundly ignorant” comments on soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Barton and Copeland advised soldiers not to look for psychosocial help, and instead can simply “get rid of” PTSD by reading the Bible because they are God’s warriors. Joe Carter, the communications director for the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, elaborated in a blog post for The Gospel Coalition.

He calls the two right-wing speakers “fools” who are “among the last people who could be relied on to intelligently interpret a text,” adding: “Their mishandling of Scripture is inexcusable, but what makes it unconscionable is they use God’s Word to shame and berate veterans with PTSD.”

“Barton is still, inexplicably, trusted by many conservative evangelicals, he has himself built his reputation on twisting and misrepresenting historical documents for ideological and propagandist purposes,” Carter writes. “For Copeland and Barton to resurrect this ‘blame the victim’ trope and coat it with the veneer of Biblical warrant is Satanic.”

"Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes." Proverbs gives us two approaches and expects us to use wisdom in knowing when they should be applied.

How then should we answer the fools Copeland and Barton? While it is tempting to ignore them completely, I believe that would be a mistake. Had they merely proffered another laughably inept reading of the Bible, it would have hardly been worthy of notice. Throughout his career, Copeland has been accused of various heresies, most of which he created through his inept handling of Scripture. And though Barton is still, inexplicably, trusted by many conservative evangelicals, he has himself built his reputation on twisting and misrepresenting historical documents for ideological and propagandist purposes. They are, in other words, among the last people who could be relied on to intelligently interpret a text.

Yet many people will erroneously believe that Copeland and Barton speak as experts on the Bible and that their interpretation is the natural result of a literal or inerrant view of Scripture.

To those who are unclear on that point, let me express what I believe is the shared opinion of Biblical scholars, intelligent laymen, and just about anyone else who has ever bothered to read the Bible: Copeland and Barton's application of Numbers 32:21-22 to modern veterans suffering from PTSD is one of the most profoundly stupid interpretations ever uttered.

When those verses are read in the context of the chapter, and in the context of book of Numbers, and in the context of the Old Testament, and in the context of the entire Bible, it becomes almost impossible to imagine how anyone with an elementary school level of reading comprehension could have come up with such an interpretation.



Their mishandling of Scripture is inexcusable, but what makes it unconscionable is they use God's Word to shame and berate veterans with PTSD. Barton and Copeland imply that PTSD is due to guilt over actions carried out in wartime that leads to self-condemnation. This is a profoundly ignorant view of both the causes of combat-induced PTSD and the motivations behind medical and psychological based treatment.

PTSD is psychological trauma that can change how the brain and mental processes function. While in combat, veterans are exposed to the stresses of hyper-violence while living in a near constant state of hyper-vigilance. As psychiatrist Jonathan Shay explains in Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character:

A human enemy strikes not only at the body but also at the most basic functions of the human mind. The Vietnamese enemy defeated the soldier's perception by concealment and his ability to understand what he saw by camouflage. The basic mental state of intention and will was attacked by ambush, deception, surprise, and anticipation . . . . The cumulative effect of prolonged attacks on mental function is to undermine the soldier's trust in his own perceptions.

On returning from combat, the veteran is no longer exposed to violence, yet the reflex for hyper-vigilance -- whether conscious or subconscious -- may remain intact and beyond the person's control. "Exposed to continuous threats of warfare," says Shay, "the body remains mobilized for battle indefinitely." Veterans suffering from PTSD can lose some of the authority over mental processes, such as perception and memory, which civilians take for granted.

Throughout most modern wars, from World War I to Vietnam, both the military and civilian worlds denied or downplayed the existence of this form of psychological trauma. It wasn't until the post-Vietnam era that the medical community began to recognize that experiences of PTSD sufferers were not only real, but also that the causes were likely rooted in genes and brain chemistry, rather than a defect in the veteran's character.

For Copeland and Barton to resurrect this "blame the victim" trope and coat it with the veneer of Biblical warrant is Satanic. Christians need to counter this demonic, gospel-destroying message by letting the men and women who are suffering from combat related PTSD know what the Bible really says about hope, healing, and deliverance through Christ Jesus.

Ted Nugent Blames Liberals And Welfare Programs For Gun Violence

National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent knows the real culprit for gun violence: welfare programs. In his latest column, Nugent that the “social welfare programs designed, engineered and promoted by liberals have wreaked havoc on black families across America” and encouraged “urban street rats.”

“Don’t hold your breath waiting for the president or any other liberal to tell you this,” Nugent laments. “That would be blowing a huge truth hole in the liberal lie that continues to wreak havoc on urban America.”

Even with the overwhelming majority of murders being committed by gangbangers, according the central planners in D.C., it surely must be the NRA that is at least partially complicit because they fight against the central planners’ “common-sense” gun control regulations.

Rarely do you hear the president or his hapless vice president blame the murders and mayhem on those who pulled the trigger. Instead, they blame the NRA, institutional racism, the GOP, global warming, Wall Street bankers, spotted owls and adrift polar bears. The ugly truth is that urban street rats are responsible for the nightly shootouts in every large urban area in America.

If Mr. Obama wants to blame something for this other than the punks who pulled the trigger, he might want to inform America that for the past 50 years social welfare programs designed, engineered and promoted by liberals have wreaked havoc on black families across America.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the president or any other liberal to tell you this. That would be blowing a huge truth hole in the liberal lie that continues to wreak havoc on urban America.

America has been punked.
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