Brian Tashman's blog

Ted Cruz: Gay Marriage Is The Greatest Threat To Religious Freedom In American History

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the Republican presidential candidate who believes that the gay “jihad” may soon lead to the imprisonment of pastors and the end of free speech, told a right-wing radio host yesterday that the legalization of same-sex marriage represents the greatest threat to religious liberty in the history of the United States.

“We are seeing today profound threats to religious liberty in America, I think the greatest threats we’ve ever seen,” Cruz told conservative author and talk radio host Eric Metaxas.

Cruz said that the fights over “religious freedom” laws in Indiana and Arkansas were “heartbreaking” examples of how the Democratic Party has “gotten so extreme and so radical in its devotion to mandatory gay marriage that they’ve decided there’s no room for the religious liberty protected under the First Amendment.”

He added that while “Democrats joined with big business in vilifying an effort to protect our religious liberty,” too many Republican leaders and presidential candidates “ran and hid in the hills.”

“We’re a nation that was founded by men and women who were fleeing religious oppression and coming to seek out a land where everyone of us could worship God Almighty with all of our hearts, minds and souls, and that is under profound jeopardy today,” Cruz said.

Cruz later claimed that Solicitor General Donald Verrilli had said during last month’s Supreme Court marriage equality arguments that if marriage equality is legalized nationwide, the IRS will start denying tax-exempt status to churches. (In the exchange Cruz referred to, Verrilli had said nothing of the sort.)

“The next step on this,” he said, “is your church being told it now pays income taxes on the tithes that are given each week, that it is now singled out and discriminated against, that universities like Notre Dame or Georgetown and Brigham Young or any university that is founded as a Christian university, if it continues to follow biblical teachings on marriage, the federal government is asserting the power to discriminate and persecute them.” This led Metaxas to warn of “parallels” to what occured in Nazi Germany.

Metaxas seemed to be pleased with Cruz’s responses, especially compared to his GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush, whom Metaxas criticized for failing to forcefully denounce marriage equality and hiring “top people in his campaign who are very aggressively pro-same-sex-marriage.” 

Anti-Gay Pundit: Homosexuality 'A Factor' In Amtrak Crash

Anti-gay pundits such as Charles C. Johnson and the editors of WorldNetDaily are making hay over the news that the engineer of the fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia on Tuesday was a supporter of gay rights and may be gay himself.

Today on her radio program, American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios also mentioned the engineer’s sexual orientation, saying it was likely “a factor” the crash.

“Now I am not saying, I am not inferring to those of you that are gay rights activists and like to monitor this show, I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,” Rios said. She then suggested that the engineer could have possibly been “going through some confusion that has to do with the very core of who they are,” and mentioned the story of an airline pilot who “put his entire plane at risk because he had an emotional, angry outburst to something that happened,” which she says was related to hormone therapy he was receiving.

Rios added: “I don’t know, but I think it is something to be discussed and I think it’s a factor and I doubt you will hear it anywhere else.”

Right-Wing Radio Host: Don't Buy Girl Scout Cookies Since The 'Freaks' 'Pimp Abortion And Gender Identity Garbage'

Yesterday, Houston-based conservative talk show host Sam Malone lashed out at Girl Scouts troops that accept transgender girls, lamenting that the organization’s “wheels fell off the truck a long time ago.” “That’s just as close as godless and communism as you can get,” Malone said of the Girl Scouts, before arguing — falsely — that the Girl Scouts “took God out of their oath.”

“The Girl Scouts are a joke,” he continued, “and now the Girl Scouts welcome transgender, trannies, whatever.”

Malone added that he refuses to buy Girl Scout cookies since the group “pimps abortion and gender identity garbage” to kids: “I don’t buy the cookies. I don’t want nothing to do with that organization. You drop God, you drop Sam. You drop ethics, you drop morality, you drop the sanctity of life and you pimp abortion and gender identity garbage — what kind of a freak are you?”

Conservative Pundit: LGBT Equality Leads To Islamic Domination

Religious Right “historian” Bill Federer appeared on the American Family Radio show “Today’s Issues” yesterday to promote his book, “American Minute,” which he said is needed more than ever because Americans are forgetting about their Christian history, leading to Islamic rule.

Federer claimed that Europe “went from a Judeo-Christian past into a neutral-secular-gay-agenda present and now it’s going into an Islamic future,” arguing that “the sexual confusion agenda is simply a transition phase” that will soon “be taken over by Islam.”

The U.S. military, Federer said, is undergoing such a process, claiming that Christian service members are being “pushed out or into the closet” as the result of gay rights laws, “and now we are seeing the introduction of Islam and these proselytizing classes under the guise of teaching you to be sensitive to the Muslim, but they are making large numbers of converts to Islam in the military.”

And we all know how prescient Federer’s analysis of history can be, as he once wondered if Obama will start a war and fake an assassination attempt against him in order to win the 2016 election.

Jesse Lee Peterson: African Americans Were Better Off Before Civil Rights

Conservative talk show host Jesse Lee Peterson told WorldNetDaily in an interview today that African-American “civil-rights leaders” are “worse than the Ku Klux Klan and skinheads combined,” blaming them for the recent riots in Baltimore.

WND notes that Peterson believes “that African-Americans are worse off now than they were before the civil rights movement.” The right-wing pundit told the outlet that African Americans can only make progress once they “overcome their false sense of victimhood and stop blaming whites.”

“Modern-day civil-rights leaders are the worst enemy of black Americans,” he charged. “These black ‘leaders’ are worse than the Ku Klux Klan and skinheads combined.”



Peterson believes the situation in Baltimore is an outgrowth of the culture of grievance adopted by too many African-Americans. He even charges that African-Americans are worse off now than they were before the civil rights movement.

“Blacks are less independent. The black family unit, for the most part, has been destroyed. Blacks today are more dependent on government programs and handouts,” he said.



“I cannot think of any notable positive developments taking place at this time,” he said. Regarding the disintegration of public order in Baltimore, Peterson said nothing will change unless blacks stop trying to blame everyone else for their community’s problems.

“Blacks need to get over their ‘blackness’ and become Americans rather than ‘African-Americans,’” he said. “They must overcome their false sense of victimhood and stop blaming whites. They need to stop relying on the government and leaders so they can become independent and think for themselves.”

End Times Pundits: Pope Francis Turning Church Into The Whore Of Babylon

The Vatican’s decision yesterday to recognize Palestine as an independent state upset two End Times commentators, who told WorldNetDaily that the move may potentially lead to millions of deaths, a surge in anti-Semitism and the Last Days.

Joel Richardson claimed that Catholic Church under Pope Francis “has capitulated to the spirit of the age, has turned their back on the God of Israel, and has stumbled headlong into the darkness,” while Carl Gallups alleged that the move “gives credence to the theory of many evangelicals that the church is foretold in Revelation as the Harlot and will be given over to apostasy.”

The diplomatic recognition of the “state of Palestine” by the Vatican will open the door to a new wave of anti-Semitism and endanger millions of Israeli Jews and Arabs, charge several leading evangelicals who have written about the end times.

And the controversial decision by Pope Francis is even leading to allegations the Roman Catholic Church will be an adversary to Christians and the state of Israel during those times. New York Times bestselling author and filmmaker Joel Richardson slammed the decision as “an act of profound hatred toward the Jewish people globally.”



“To support a Palestinian state without demanding that they first unequivocally renounce and repent of their plans for the Jewish people is to have a hand in the violence that follows,” he said. “Today the Catholic Church has committed an act deeply grievous to the God it claims to represent.”

Talk-show host, pastor and author Carl Gallups agrees that the impact of the Vatican’s decision will be catastrophic. However, the author of “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation” says he isn’t surprised.

Gallups told WND: “This really should come as no huge shock to the world, especially to the Christian world, because this pope has made similar statements supporting the Palestinian cause. As far as I know, this is the first time he’s called for a Palestinian state explicitly, however. And this is disturbing prophetically and geopolitically, because it will fuel the current wave of anti-Semitism that is sweeping the globe.

“It is important to remember there has never been a nation state in that area except Israel. So some kind of ‘Palestinian nation’ is only going to be used to fuel this fire by the leftists and godless who are mobilized by hatred of Israel and Jews. Though I’m an evangelical, I find it so tragic that this statement is coming from the pope, who so many believe should be a bastion of Christianity. But this pope is a leftist theologically speaking and politically speaking,” he said.

Gallups says the foreign-policy stance of the Vatican may presage deep divisions between the Roman Catholic Church and evangelical Christians.

“This decision gives credence to the theory of many evangelicals that the church is foretold in Revelation as the Harlot and will be given over to apostasy,” he said. “It’s very disturbing but not completely shocking coming from this pope and at this time in history. Again, we are living in prophetic times.



Richard [sic] said that in recognizing Palestine as its own state, the Catholic Church “has capitulated to the spirit of the age, has turned their back on the God of Israel, and has stumbled headlong into the darkness.”

Rick Wiles: God Is Sending Drought And Famine To Punish Us For Gay Marriage, Legal Abortion

Yesterday on “Trunews,” End Times radio host Rick Wiles said that God is using bird flu and other viruses, along with the California drought, to punish America until it decides to ban same-sex marriage and criminalize abortion.

“Add it up: Bird flu is killing tens of millions of chickens and turkeys, a mysterious virus is killing millions of piglets, a mysterious colony-collapse disorder is killing billions of honeybees, California is in the throes of a mega-drought unlike anything seen in over 1,200 years. Why? The answer is very simple: America is in a state of rebellion against almighty God,” Wiles said.

Americans are “obsessed with sexual perversion” and “murder millions of babies,” Wiles said, “and we wonder why the food supply is diminishing? God is cutting off America’s food supply. It will get worse in the days ahead if the nation does not repent.” Wiles claimed the U.S. can repent by “shutting down the abortion clinics, all of them” and “abolishing same-sex marriage,” along with “closing down the pornography industry.”

“If this nation does not repent, the final stage of judgment will be sent: it is war,” Wiles said. “If America refuses to humble herself before almighty God, he will humble us before foreign conquerors who will possess the land that he gave to our ancestors who were devout Christians.”

Another End Times newscaster, Bill Koenig of World Watch Daily, has similarly linked the California drought to marriage equality and abortion rights.

Anti-Gay Missouri GOP House Speaker Caught Sexting With Intern

The Kansas City Star today reported that the speaker of the Missouri House, Republican John Diehl, sent several sexually charged text messages to a female college freshman who was working as an intern in the state legislature.

Diehl, who is married, has championed the Religious Right’s anti-gay agenda in the state house, and has in turn been praised by state conservative groups for his “moral leadership.”

Earlier this year, Diehl and the president pro-tempore of the state Senate filed an amicus brief in defense of the state’s anti-gay-marriage amendment, leading the Missouri Family Policy Council, the state affiliate of the Family Research Council, to praise the speaker “for demonstrating moral leadership and true integrity in standing up for the sacred institution of marriage and the family values of the people of Missouri.” The state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention thanked him for “fighting to defend biblical marriage.”

“Missourians owe a debt of gratitude to Speaker of the House Tim Jones, Senate President Pro Tempore Tom Dempsey and Speaker of the House-designee John Diehl for intervening on behalf of the state in the Jackson County case where state Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs ruled that 10 same-sex couples married in other states, but now living in Missouri, are entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual married couples,” said Don Hinkle, editor of the Missouri Southern Baptist newsletter The Pathway. “Their action took political courage and they are to be commended for their leadership.”

Diehl also co-sponsored a 2012 bill to ban Gay-Straight Alliances in public schools, which read: “Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction shall be provided in any public school.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch at the time called it a “hateful and unconstitutional attack on individual rights” and slammed Diehl for backing “a loathsome bill in a cynical attempt to garner support from the right wing.”

Herb Titus: Gay Marriage Will Lead To Slavery And Death

Christian reconstructionist Herb Titus, one of the leaders of the Christian Nationalist movement, appeared on “Trunews” earlier this week to speak with host Rick Wiles about “what is at stake in the upcoming Supreme Court decision about same sex marriage.”

According to Titus, quite a bit, as he predicted that marriage equality will lead to the enslavement of Christians and even their deaths. Titus warned that soon enough, gay rights advocates will ban opponents of same-sex marriage from taking jobs as lawyers and doctors by denying them government licenses. Future lawyers and doctors, Titus and Wiles predicted, will soon have to renounce their faith just to receive their credentials.

“Christians would eventually be reduced to the social status of gypsies,” Wiles said, to which Titus replied: “We’ll become slaves.”

Titus added that the remaining Christians in the U.S. will be forced to pay a form of the Jizya, a tax relegating non-Muslims to second-class citizenship. “Very much in the Islamic tradition, you basically are fined or you’re taxed if you’re going to live, but you better keep your mouth shut because if you don’t we’ll kill you,” Titus said.

Titus also claimed that American Christians will face the same kind of state-sponsored discrimination and “reeducation” experienced by Christians under communism, warning that gay people “are already placed in very high positions” in the government.

“You see an infiltration at the highest levels of people who are either involved in the same-sex lifestyle or who are very sympathetic to it and supportive of it,” Titus said. “Plus the fact that what you see is that these people are vicious, they don’t hold back, they threaten not just with lawsuits but also with threats of force. They are very much like the Muslim juggernaut we are seeing around the world. We should not be surprised if they will use legal force along with illegal force to get there way.”

Wiles added, “We are being confronted by the ‘gaystapo.’”

Homeschooling Leader: 'Your Kids Are Going To Be Bludgeoned To Death Intellectually And Spiritually' In Public Schools

Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins hosted Mike Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association to discuss the purported threat gay rights poses to freedom in the U.S. Farris, who once worried that the Obama administration would let the United Nations take kids who wear glasses from their homes, didn’t disappoint, joining Perkins in calling on parents to take their kids out of public schools because of their LGBT-inclusive policies.

“The forces of officialdom,” Farris said, are “making it very difficult to see that anything other than your kids are going to be bludgeoned to death intellectually and spiritually if they’re remaining in the schools.”

Farris warned that there is a “philosophical war” in America, claiming that “the new, arriving orthodoxy is imposing a form of heresy trials and if any of us believe something that’s wrong, we’re going to find ourselves coerced and facing very serious legal consequences if we insist on believing that we don’t accept the articles of faith of same-sex marriage, of what I believe and you believe are sinful activities, being called right and good and wonderful.”

Lamenting that public school educators are no longer permitted to “share Christ” with their students, Farris said that “good people with good intentions are being thwarted and people with evil intentions are being promoted.”

Share this page: Facebook Twitter Digg SU Digg Delicious