Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Family Research Council official Craig James spoke to Ken Barun of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association about Franklin Graham’s upcoming 50-state tour “to encourage Christians to get out and vote, and to cast their ballots for candidates who uphold biblical principles.”
Barun, who worked for Nancy Reagan in the White House, told James that upon seeing the White House lit up in “the gay colors” to celebrate LGBT Pride Month in June, “it was like someone stabbed me in the gut.”
“To cast sin in front of that house was abominable,” he said.
James agreed with Barun’s assessment, telling a story about how one of his friends thought his late grandparents “would throw up” if they knew what America is like today.
Robertson fielded a question on today’s “The 700 Club” from a viewer who wanted to know why American society is “so sad and lost in the 21st century.” Robertson promptly blamed the Supreme Court for removing the influence of the Bible from society with its rulings on the separation of church and state, abortion rights, homosexuality and gay marriage.
“What have we done?” he asked. “The Supreme Court has ruled against prayer and Bible study in the schools, it has ruled against almost everything having to do with religion in our public life, it has ruled that abortion is a constitutional right, it has ruled that homosexuality is a constitutional right, it has now ruled that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right.”
Robertson continued: “It has done everything it can, and schools and educators throughout the society have done everything they can to turn us away from God. It is small wonder that our society is in chaos and it will be small wonder if God doesn’t judge us. It’s just a question of how soon judgment is going to fall on this nation.”
Donald Trump has really perfected the art of Twitter, using it as a platform to peddle right-wing conspiracy theories about everything from climate change to President Obama’s birth certificate.
In a recent Twitter storm, Trump retweeted followers who attacked Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly — who faced heated attacks from the Trump campaign for her role as a moderator in the opening GOP presidential debate — as a “bimbo” and went after Jeb Bush for knowing how to “speak Mexican.”
Trump, who recently posted a video that used comments from Bush’s mother to mock the candidate and retweeted a follower who wrote that Bush “has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife,” also tweeted that the former governor is “ashamed” of his family:
Right-wing talk radio host Michael Savage visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently and was shocked to discover that several Muslim women were similarly enjoying the museum’s cultural offerings, he reported on Friday.
After praying that the U.S. will soon “get a president who A) loves America and B) changes everything in America back to the way it was” and that the country will “stop bringing in haters of America,” Savage said he was “perplexed” to see “a fair number of women in burqas or head coverings” during his recent trip to the museum.
“I asked myself, why are they in this citadel of Western civilization?” he said. “Their culture stands opposed to Western civilization, they seem to hate Western civilization, what are they doing here? I didn’t understand it. What are they walking around a museum for if they hate everything about Western civilization?”
Savage continued: “You come to America as a tourist, you’re wearing a headscarf or a burqa and you look like you’re from the deep part of that culture that you’re portraying with your chattel bondage, why are you in a museum that represents Western civilization at its finest? What are you gaining from this? And if you like it so much, why don’t you join Western civilization instead of frowning upon it?”
Last Friday, right-wing pastor and Fox News contributor E.W. Jackson appeared on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program to advertise a press conference and rally he is organizing with the Media Research Center to demand the National Portrait Gallery remove a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from its “The Struggle for Justice” exhibit.
Jackson told FRC President Tony Perkins, the host of the program, that Sanger’s statue belongs in a “Hall of Infamy or Shame” that includes “Ku Klux Klansmen, Adolf Hitler and Mao Zedong,” saying that she doesn’t belong alongside “Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks as if she was some hero of justice.”
After Perkins falsely claimed that Sanger wanted to “eliminate the black race,” Jackson accused liberals of “rewriting history.”
There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger's early efforts. She, like we, saw the horrifying conditions of ghetto life. Like we, she knew that all of society is poisoned by cancerous slums. Like we, she was a direct actionist - a nonviolent resister. She was willing to accept scorn and abuse until the truth she saw was revealed to the millions. At the turn of the century she went into the slums and set up a birth control clinic, and for this deed she went to jail because she was violating an unjust law. Yet the years have justified her actions. She launched a movement which is obeying a higher law to preserve human life under humane conditions. Margaret Sanger had to commit what was then called a crime in order to enrich humanity, and today we honor her courage and vision; for without them there would have been no beginning. Our sure beginning in the struggle for equality by nonviolent direct action may not have been so resolute without the tradition established by Margaret Sanger and people like her. Negroes have no mere academic nor ordinary interest in family planning. They have a special and urgent concern.
Recently the subject of Negro family life has received extensive attention. Unfortunately, studies have overemphasized the problem of the Negro male ego and almost entirely ignored the most serious element - Negro migration. During the past half century Negroes have migrated on a massive scale, transplanting millions from rural communities to crammed urban ghettoes. In their migration, as with all migrants, they carried with them the folkways of the countryside into an inhospitable city slum. The size of family that may have been appropriate and tolerable on a manually cultivated farm was carried over to the jammed streets of the ghetto. In all respects Negroes were atomized, neglected and discriminated against. Yet, the worst omission was the absence of institutions to acclimate them to their new environment. Margaret Sanger, who offered an important institutional remedy, was unfortunately ignored by social and political leaders in this period. In consequence, Negro folkways in family size persisted. The problem was compounded when unrestrained exploitation and discrimination accented the bewilderment of the newcomer, and high rates of illegitimacy and fragile family relationships resulted.
Today in the segment of his “The 700 Club” program in which he dispenses (often questionable) advice to viewers, televangelist Pat Robertson responded to a question about whether God can heal broken relationships by recalling the story of an acquaintance whose relationship he said God deliberately ended.
Robertson said he once knew a man who was deeply in love with a woman, but the woman didn’t think he was wealthy enough to support her lifestyle so broke things off.
“But guess what happened to the woman,” Robertson continued. “She had an incurable disease and became an invalid. In other words, he would’ve been committed to a lifetime of care for a sick wife and God in his love spared him of that torment.”
Ted Cruz is partnering with the American Renewal Project, the right-wing organization led by Christian Nation extremist David Lane, for what the Washington Post describes as “an ambitious 50-state campaign to end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood.”
Lane won’t be the only radical activist organizing this campaign:
More than 100,000 pastors received e-mail invitations over the weekend to participate in conference calls with Cruz on Tuesday in which they will learn details of the plan to mobilize churchgoers in every congressional district beginning Aug. 30. The requests were sent on the heels of the Texas Republican’s “Rally for Religious Liberty,” which drew 2,500 people to a Des Moines ballroom Friday.
The Tuesday conference calls with pastors will begin with a message from Cruz, who will be followed on the call by Doug Stringer, a pastor who works with American Renewal and Response USA to plan statewide prayer rallies at the request of conservative governors such as [Bobby] Jindal and [Rick] Perry.
“The Response” prayer rallies Stringer organized for Jindal and Perry featured prayerguides similarly blaming Hurricane Katrina and deadly tornadoes on abortion rights and gay marriage.
As Peter mentioned earlier, Cruz has had no problem aligning himself with the most extreme of Religious Right activists, and has even borrowed their rhetoric verbatim:
Cruz has been positioning himself as the champion of religious liberty and defender of the conservative Christians he says are the targets of a “jihad” by gay-rights activists and an “atheist Taliban.” On Friday night he held a “Rally for Religious Liberty” in Iowa highlighting victims of “religious persecution” — in other words, business owners who have refused to provide wedding-related services to same-sex couples and gotten into trouble for violating anti-discrimination laws.
End Times preacher Carl Gallups spoke to WorldNetDaily yesterday about the Shemittah prophecy of something badhappening in September, citing an article from a Russian government-owned news agency, Sputnik, claiming that the U.S. is “gearing up for onrushing economic collapse.”
Carl Gallups, a pastor, former law-enforcement officer and author of the upcoming book “Be Thou Prepared,” observes: “With the onslaught of predicted ominous events scheduled to occur in or around September of this year, as well as the actual scheduled events possessing possible prophetic overtones, a lot of people certainly are tuned in to the end of this year with a laser focus. Sadly, it sometimes seems the Russian media is more reliable and eclectic in its reporting than is the American media. Given the fact that the United States media often seems loathe to report on anything biblical or Christian in nature, unless it is excoriating or marginalizing them, this should not surprise us.”
Gallups says the Russian media’s focus on September may reflect a political and even religious agenda. After all, he notes, “Russia and Putin have made a big deal lately about the infusion of ‘Christian influence’ in Putin’s ‘new’ Russian culture.
In a separate interview with the far-right outlet, the preacher attacked a public school in San Francisco for organizing a gay history class, claiming that the classes won’t tell students about “the history of the major civilizations that ultimately met their demise concurrent with the rise of rampant sexual promiscuity and deviancy within those cultures, especially embracing and accepting homosexuality.”
Describing homosexuality as “one of the most dangerous sexual lifestyles on the planet,” he lamented that “this is just the beginning of the social rot that is to come.”
Carl Gallups, a pastor, former law enforcement officer and author of the upcoming book “Be Thou Prepared,” accuses teachers of ignoring the real history of homosexuality.
“One has to wonder if that class will include the history of the major civilizations that ultimately met their demise concurrent with the rise of rampant sexual promiscuity and deviancy within those cultures, especially embracing and accepting homosexuality,” said Gallups.
Gallups referenced the treatment of ancient societies in the Bible that condoned homosexuality, including the Canaanites, and Sodom and Gomorrah. “After all,” said Gallups, “those documents have been a monumental part of world history and history classes the world over for many thousands of years.”
Gallups also expressed doubt the writings of the Apostle Paul would find their way into the class.
Gallups asked: “If the complete and unwashed history of homosexuality is to be taught in government schools, with taxpayer money – should not the gay history that is ultimately taught be accurate and comprehensive? Or will it simply be a watered down mishmash of cherry picked topics designed to support, promote, and prop up the new politically correct homosexual lifestyle, despite the historical warnings against it and the health dangers that accompany one of the most dangerous sexual lifestyles on the planet? Sadly, I think we all know the answers to these questions.”
Gallups charged Americans are witnessing nothing less than “government-sponsored social engineering courses.”
“America should not be surprised, and certainly not shocked, by its public schools formulating gay history classes; and this is just the beginning of the social rot that is to come,” he said.
Televangelist Pat Robertson responded to the dramatic market sell-off today by suggesting that it was only a foretaste of God’s judgment for legal abortion and federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
Following a report on demonstrations against Planned Parenthood that took place this weekend, the “700 Club” host said that God is not pleased with the Obama administration’s position on Planned Parenthood and abortion rights, as made clear by today’s market slide.
“We will pay dearly as a nation for this thing going on,” he said. “And possibly if we were to stop all this slaughter the judgment of God might be lifted from us. But it’s coming, ladies and gentlemen. We just had a little taste of it in terms of the financial system, but it’s going to be shaken to its core in the next few months, years or however long it tastes and it will hurt every one of us.”
Earlier in the program, Robertson claimed that the market crash was prophesied by Jonathan Cahn, who believes that something bad will happen in late September as part of the biblical Shemittah cycle. Today’s market turmoil, according to Robertson, is a sign that conditions will only get worse next month.
“This thing is hitting with great force and if Cahn is right on that Shemittah we could be in for some really rough days in the markets,” he said, before urging his viewers to buy gold in preparation for greater market deterioration.
“It looks like the writing about the Shemittah was right on the money, it’s starting to happen and the height of it will be the middle of September so we’re a month away from trouble,” Robertson continued. “You don’t know where to go, there is no place to hide financially except for the Lord.”
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who chairs Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, introduced the Texas Republican at the candidate’s “Rally for Religious Liberty” in Des Moines on Friday.
Schultz told the crowd that just as Jesus Christ threw the moneychangers out of the Temple, Cruz will go to Washington D.C. to “throw the moneychangers out.”
“When you read the Scriptures and when you look at our country’s history, you can see that God prepares and raises special men and women to protect and fight for His people and I believe this is one of those moments in time,” Schultz said. “Ted Cruz is that man who God has prepared for this moment in time to be our champion, to fight for our husbands, our wives, our children, our grandchildren, for our country.”
The video was captured by the Iowa conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts.