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Rick Santorum: Democrats 'Sold Their Souls' For Immigrant Votes

Several months ago, fact-checkers completely debunked one of Rick Santorum’s talking points, that all of the net new jobs created in the U.S. since 2000 went to immigrants. However, just because the contention has absolutely no factual basis, doesn’t mean the former senator and likely presidential candidate has stopped making the claim.

Santorum trotted out the dishonest talking point once again during his speech today to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

Not only did Santorum push the patently false claim, he then blamed Democrats for the mythical problem of immigrants stealing 6 million jobs from U.S. workers.

“The sad part is that the Democratic Party that used to be the party of working people have now sold their souls because they have read the polls and they realize the more people they can bring into this country, the higher percentage of votes they’re going to get,” Santorum said. “So they’re for unlimited immigration. Why? Because they’re going to get a high percentage of those votes, that’s what they care about. They care about workers who see their wages depressed and opportunities scarce? No. No they’ve long abandoned working men and women.”

Anti-Choice Activist Admits New Laws Are Designed To Close Planned Parenthood Clinics

Conservative activists and politicians sometimes let it slip that targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws, aren’t medically necessary measures but are really just efforts designed to close abortion clinics. For example, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryan admitted last year that he signed new regulations into law in order to shut down the state’s sole abortion clinic and “make Mississippi abortion-free.”

David Fowler of the Family Action Council of Tennessee made a similar acknowledgment while speaking to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on yesterday’s edition of “Washington Watch,” where the two were discussing a new Tennessee law establishing “a 48-hour waiting period and in-person counseling before a pregnant person can receive abortion care.” 

Fowler said that he hopes that Tennessee lawmakers will now enact even tougher anti-choice regulations, such as an ultrasound requirement, as part of his campaign to close Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, particularly one in Memphis.

He told Perkins he wants the Memphis clinic shut down because it has “become an abortion destination" for women from other states like Mississippi, where it has become difficult to find an abortion provider.

“You can actually see some of those [clinics] shut down,” Perkins said.

“You could,” Fowler replied. “Because we didn’t have informed consent laws, waiting period laws, clinic regulations, Memphis in particular did become a hub because states like Mississippi and Arkansas had strong laws. That was part of our argument, we’ve become an abortion destination.”

“We might see some of those places close and good riddance,” Fowler added. 

Tony Perkins: Gay Rights Destroying America's 'Warrior Culture' And Chance Of Survival

Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” a caller told host Tony Perkins that both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts “are done” as organizations because of policies that he perceived as too accepting of gay people.

Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, responded by lamenting that the Boy Scouts have been “infected with political correctness” and “moved away from their moral standard of being morally straight and clean and moving into open homosexuality.”

Pointing to the Boy Scouts’ years-long ban on water-gun fights, which only recently became a source of right-wing outrage, Perkins said that “the Boy Scouts are unfortunately becoming a thing of the past.”

“Unfortunately, the Left is not stopping with the Boy Scouts, they are trying to do the same thing to our nation’s military as well,” Perkins added. “It’s a sad commentary because it’s what I call the emasculation of our culture, or the feminizing of our culture, making boys soft. You cannot survive as a culture, you have to have warriors, you have to have a subculture that’s a warrior culture, that’s just a reality, and that’s being dismantled, one organization, one piece at a time.

Louie Gohmert Once Again Fuels Jade Helm 15 Fears

Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club” today profiled right-wing fears about the U.S. military’s Jade Helm 15 exercise, a conspiracy theory that reporter Jennifer Wishon blamed on “the fact that a vast majority of Americans simply don’t trust the government, a level of mistrust that has peaked under the Obama administration, driven by what many believe to be violations of the Constitution and civil liberties.”

Wishon interviewed Rep. Louie Gohmert, a purveyor of the Jade Helm 15 theory, to confirm that President Obama is in fact to blame for fears that the U.S. government is about to invade Texas and impose martial law.

“At first, people were not sure what to think: Do we have to worry about martial law? Is our federal government coming in and gonna practice imposing martial law on Texas?” Gohmert told Wishon. “This is actually taking areas of our home country, the United States, and saying Texas is hostile, Utah is hostile, Southern California is hostile and we’ve got to take it back from the ‘hostiles.’ I find that incredibly offensive.”

After explaining that the Jade Helm 15 map looks a bit too much like the electoral college results from the 2012 election, Gohmert blamed the whole right-wing freak-out on Obama: “When my own commander-in-chief through his subordinates is just fine with, for games purposes, declaring an enemy of two or more of your states, I got a real problem with that, that is one of the most insensitive, outrageous things that a military commader could do.”

Gohmert’s conspiracy theory, as well as being unhinged, isn’t even internally consistent, as the Jade Helm map lists the blue state of New Mexico as “leaning hostile” and the red state of Arizona as “leaning friendly.”

Ted Cruz To Speak Alongside Gay-Wedding-Crasher Flip Benham, 'Faggots'-Basher Wellington Boone

Sen. Ted Cruz and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise addressed the “Watchmen on the Wall” summit today, an event sponsored by the radical Family Research Council, whose leaders have defended Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill, pushed the expulsion of gay people from the U.S. and fear an imminent anti-Christian holocaust in the U.S.

One speaker, anti-abortion-rights crusader Flip Benham, will speak alongside his sons, Religious Right activists David and Jason Benham. Along with his anti-abortion work, the elder Benham is notorious for heckling same-sex couples at their weddings, screaming at Muslim worshipers, organizing disruptions of liberal church services and linking gay people to Satan. The young Benhams have similar views, describing gay rights as demonic and stoking fears about homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation.”

Another “Watchmen” speaker is E.W. Jackson, who joined the FRC after badly losing his race for lieutenant governor of Virginia and who has described gays as “perverted,” “degenerate,” “very sick people” and linked the Democratic Party to the Antichrist.

Wellington Boone will also speak at the event, even though he once told the audience at another FRC conference that he wishes he could call people “faggots.” At a 2006 event featuring FRC President Tony Perkins and Mitt Romney, Boone delivered a speech about the dangers of an island full of “sodomites,” defending laws making homosexuality a crime punished by the death penalty.

Michael Savage: Stop Obama 'Before He Kills All Of Us'

Michael Savage warned his listeners on Tuesday about President Obama’s “grand strategy for stealing America in 2016 and giving it to the bowling pin,” which he said involves fomenting a devastating race war in which gang members “intimidate” and “frighten you not to vote.”

“You have Satan in the White House,” Savage said, or, rather, shouted. “You have an absolute fork-tongued Satan every day in every way trying to bring the country to its knees, trying to turn black against white, white against black, Americans against the police, everyday Satan does it.”

Savage said that he is simply trying to save us all from death at Obama’s hands: “I see the country on fire. I see the man with the matches and the lighter fuel and I see him playing with the lighter fuel and the matches every day and I’m standing here like a fireman screaming, ‘Fire in the theater!’ Get the child out of the White House. He is going to set the nation on fire like he set the world on fire. Stop him before he kills all of us.”

“And if you think I’m paranoid then you’re really sick or you are stoned on medical marijuana and you don’t know what the hell you’re doing yourself,” he added for good measure.

RNC Teams Up With Extremist David Lane Once Again

Earlier this year, the Republican National Committee teamed up with the American Family Association and the American Renewal Project to take dozens of RNC committeemen on a trip to Israel. The trip stoked controversy because of the radical track record of the AFA and its then-spokesman Bryan Fischer, particularly his claims that gay people are to blame for the Holocaust, that Jewish Americans shouldn’t have equal constitutional rights and that Jewish immigrants should be required to convert to Christianity.

Just as radical is the head of the American Renewal Project, David Lane, whose brand of Christian Nationalism views the separation of church and state, LGBT equality and religious pluralism as dangers, calling on conservative Christians to “wage war” against these supposed threats.

The RNC’s official faith-outreach arm is now working with Lane to hold a training session at today’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference:

As we’ve reported, Lane isn’t just your everyday conservative activist, but has extreme views about how gay rights will lead to terrorist attacks and America’s “utter destruction.” He has also lashed out at prominent Republican leaders who support gay rights and attacked Mitt Romney for worshiping the “false god of Mormonism.”

  • Feared that God might destroy the U.S. just as he punished Nazi Germany: “If we get judgment like Nazi Germany, I’m assuming we go to rebel, and God says ‘I’m done.’”
  • Favorably quoted a Christian author who said that “same-sex marriage practiced universally is suicide. To survive gays and lesbians are parasites, depending for their cultural survival on couples that birth the next generation.”
  • Explained why homosexuality is a threat to freedom: “Homosexuality is debauchery. God’s loyalty and fidelity — that guard the nation — make sustainable freedom dependent on seeking virtue.”
  • Predicted that homosexuality will lead to the destruction of America: “Homosexual desire and marriage is unnatural and — more so — is a symptom of advanced cultural decay and precursor to the collapse of the Republican Party and the nation.... The mark of a decadent society is the exaltation and normalization of sin — which leads to the death.”
  • Compared Republicans who support marriage equality to politicians who backed slavery in the run-up to the Civil War.
  • Called the separation of church and state a “lie” and a “fabricated whopper” used to stop “Christian America – the moral majority – from imposing moral government on pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media.”
  • Claimed that while “America was a Christian nation” since its founding, now it must choose between being “a Christian nation or a pagan nation.”
  • Said America needs a “thorough cleaning from pornography, abortion, homosexuality, filth from TV and Hollywood, racism, and injustice.”
  • Congratulated a pastor for exposing Mitt Romney’s belief in the “false god of Mormonism” during the 2012 GOP primaries.
  • Lamented that the “‘religion of secularism’ has produced red ink as far as the eye can see, homosexuals praying at the Inauguration, tax-funded abortion, homosexual marriage in several States, Evangelicals held in contempt, and God expelled from the classrooms of America — and the public square.”
  • Warned that while America has “grovel to the false god of Islam,” “America, a Christian nation in heritage and culture, is being dismantled brick by brick.”

Anti-Gay Pundit: Gays, Like Murderers, Live A 'Dangerous' And 'Deadly Lifestyle'

Bill Muehlenberg, author of “Strained Relations: The Challenge of Homosexuality,” took to BarbWire today to claim that “loving homosexuals means telling them they don’t have to be homosexual.”

He writes that just as it wouldn’t be considered hateful to tell a slave-owner that slavery is wrong or demand that a murderer stop killing people, people who believe that “talking about a ‘cure’ for homosexuality is harmful and hateful are also unbiblical and unhelpful.”

“The only haters here are the activists who want people to stay trapped in an unhealthy and deadly lifestyle, and the confused Christians who reject Scripture for worldly wisdom,” he writes.

When you are loving in the biblical sense, you cannot be indifferent to the lost, to the plight of those heading the wrong way, to those on a one-way trip to hell. To love such people means you will warn them, you will wave [sic] the red flag, you will do everything in your power to get them off the road to ruin.

It is only when you hate someone that you will not think of their welfare – both temporal and eternal. Thus the Christian who pleads with the homosexual to be set free from his dangerous and dead-end lifestyle is acting out of love.



Those pushing this line might as well say opposing the criminal gangs wanting to hook kids on drugs is being hateful. They might as well say Wilberforce was “hating on” the slave owners as he stood up for blacks. Sorry, but to love people means resisting what enslaves them.

By this unhelpful advice, Wilberforce should have just shut up about abolition, and not make people feel guilty about their sinful activities. Loving people always means telling them the truth. Loving homosexuals means telling them they don’t have to be homosexual.

And those who claim that talking about a “cure” for homosexuality is harmful and hateful are also unbiblical and unhelpful. They might as well tell a murderer: “Hey, Jesus loves you, but I certainly won’t try to cure you of your desire to kill. Feel free to keep on doing it. I don’t want you to feel guilty after all, or feel hated on.”



The only haters here are the activists who want people to stay trapped in an unhealthy and deadly lifestyle, and the confused Christians who reject Scripture for worldly wisdom.

Michael Savage Explodes: 'Satan' Obama Acts Like Charles Manson, Wants Race War

On Monday, Michael Savage lit into President Obama for restricting the use of military-style equipment for local police forces, which the conservative talk show host said was part of the president’s plot to cripple the police and possibly impose martial law.

Savage, replying to a caller who told him about Charles Manson’s belief in an impending race war, said that “the rhetoric of Obama and Sharpton and Holder is not too far from that of Charles Manson and Manson’s vision of stirring up the black population to conduct a race war.”

“The devil in the White House went out and attacked the police again, did you hear that today?” he said, referring to a speech Obama delivered at an event for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. “No one will believe that he did this, he did it again, the Satan did it again. Do you realize what a lie that is? Do you realize he’s justifying the looting, he’s justifying the burglary that triggered some of this, he’s justifying the killing of the police? The very same Satan who just said that, so far as I know, has not apologized for what he did in Ferguson and what he did in Baltimore; instead the Satan is doubling down on fomenting racial hatred.”

He added: “How could a president continue to push such hatred? The rhetoric is no different, by the way, than that of Al Sharpton or that of the grand wizard of the — who is the grand wizard of race hatred in America? The Black Panthers. And who is the number two grand wizard of racial hatred in America? The Nation of Islam.”

Savage said that by “demilitarizing” the police and “militarizing the military,” Obama may be “preparing for something astronomically unbelievable.” This led him to rant about black-on-white crimes while shouting about how the “slick Satan” and “evil liar” in the White House is stirring up “an epidemic of killing police by minorities, by the way.” 

Sandy Rios: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Showed No Honor By Participating In Gay Marriage Case

Earlier this spring, the American Family Association led an unsuccessful campaign to demand that Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan recuse themselves from the marriage equality cases at the Supreme Court because they had officiated weddings for same-sex couples.

Sandy Rios, the AFA’s governmental affairs director, continued the tirade on her radio show yesterday, saying that the fact that Ginsburg officiated at another gay couple’s wedding this weekend shows just how “dishonorable” she is.

“We are living in lawless times where there really is no honor,” Rios said, “and for the left it’s the means to an end, you know the honorable thing to them is getting gay marriage legalized, it doesn’t matter how dishonorable they are in the process.” 

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