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Star Parker Celebrates Mark Sanford's Return to Congress

Star Parker is out with a new column congratulating Mark Sanford for winning his race for Congress, calling him a “consistent, principled, and courageous conservative” who has “pulled in two streams of conservatives – the economic conservatives and the social conservatives” throughout his political career.

The ringing endorsement of a politician who used taxpayer dollars to pursue an extramarital affair which led to divorce and censure by the legislature is particularly rich because Parker has made a career railing against the left for supposedly promoting promiscuity and weakening the institution of marriage.

At last year’s Values Voter Summit she derided Sandra Fluke as a “national icon for sexual promiscuity” who needs to learn from her own “sexual rampage,” and she told James Dobson in an interview that “sexual promiscuity” along with “sexual irresponsibility and immorality” are responsible for the country’s economic crisis.

Parker’s salute to Sanford as a “seasoned, principled, and exciting conservative politician and leader” even includes a dig at Jason Collins: “Perhaps if Sanford's adultery were a gay affair liberal's would be more understanding.”

Put me down as happy to see former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford coming back to Washington. Earlier this week he handily defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a special election for a House seat he himself once held.



He has always been a consistent, principled, and courageous conservative. And he has always done it with showmanship and clarity that gets the points across to voters.

He unfurled this showmanship in this campaign of redemption, in which he was combatting not just his opponent, but also his deeply tarnished image as result of serious ethical transgressions during his second term as governor.

The story is well known. While governor, Sanford conducted an adulterous affair, disappeared to visit the woman in Argentina, lied about his whereabouts, and misused state funds in making the trip.

Sinful stuff.

He survived to serve out his second term as Governor, but departed as what seemed to be permanently damaged political goods.



Those personal transgressions have, of course, been raw meat for those on the left.

According to Alexandria Lapp, executive director the House Majority Pac, which poured some $450,000 into ads and mail against Sanford, "The House Republican Caucus has added yet another ethically challenged embarrassment who will be an albatross around the neck of every Republican forced to answer for Sanford's embarrassing and reckless behavior."

The irony does not drip but pours forth like a tsunami when liberals start talking about morality and ethics.

A few weeks ago Washington Wizards basketball player Jason Collins announced that he is gay. This was an event of such apparent import that he received a congratulatory phone call from the leader of the Democrat Party, President Obama, and an official tweet from first lady Michelle. Both expressed their pride and joy about Collins' courageous coming out.

The plight of Carolyn Moos, the woman with whom Collins was living for eight years, and to whom he at one point was engaged, was apparently of no interest to the Obamas, despite the President's supposed great concern for women's affairs, nor was the deceptive life that Collins lived with her.

Moos, 34, expressed distress at eight wasted prime years with Collins, who she said she never had a hint was gay and living a double life, and with whom she actually believed marriage and children were in the cards.

Perhaps if Sanford's adultery were a gay affair liberal's would be more understanding.

When the National Republican Congressional Committee pulled their support from Sanford's race following the news that he trespassed in the home of his former wife (to watch the Super Bowl with his son), support came in from both FreedomWorks PAC and the National Right to Life PAC.

Sanford's persona pulled in two streams of conservatives – the economic conservatives and the social conservatives – that many see at odds with each other.

A seasoned, principled, and exciting conservative politician and leader is exactly what Republicans need today.

Welcome back to Washington, Mark Sanford.

Truth In Action Ministries Pushes Fake Story of Athlete Supposedly Punished for Religious Expression

It apparently doesn’t matter that a Texas student athlete who had claimed he and his team were disqualified from a race over a religious gesture recanted his allegations and admitted that he made it all up, as it appears that Religious Right groups intend to pursue the story anyway.

The debunked accusation, promoted by Fox News and even Gov. Rick Perry, was featured as the top story on Liberty Counsel’s radio show Faith & Freedom even after the student and his father both acknowledged that the disqualification had nothing to do with religious expression.

Today, Truth In Action Ministries today is promoting the fabricated case as well, with Newcombe citing the fictitious account to warn of the imminent threats to the freedoms of religion and speech.

Virtually every week there is some outrageous story of an alleged violation of the separation of church and state. They’re becoming so frequent that they are often met with a collective yawn.

The crazy thing about all this is how removed this is from the clear intent of the founders themselves---as seen in their documents, in their actions, in their words, etc.

One recent incident that blows me away is that involving a high school junior sprinter in a competition in Texas. His team, the Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals, had a chance to compete at the state level, until he did something egregious.

What did he do? What was his crime? After a successful run, as one of four runners (100 meters each in a relay), he pointed his finger to the sky---in a gesture of thanksgiving to God.

This one gesture now disqualifies his team because it was supposedly an “excessive celebration”---which is not allowed.

His father was dumbfounded, according to Alexander Marlow of Breitbart News (May 3, 2103): "It was a reaction," said the father, "You're brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you're blessed."

It dawned on me that if that young man had given an obscene gesture to his team’s opponents, and he were likewise punished, the ACLU would have been at that young man’s defense faster than he had run the 100-meters.

Let me ask a question in this case: Where’s the church? Where’s the state?

Why is it that any sort of Christian expression in the public arena is not allowed, but virtually every other expression is allowed?

Harvey: Gay News Sites Trick Kids into Becoming Gay

Linda Harvey of Mission America is worried that “homosexual news blogs” and other websites “that are sympathetic to the social and political goals of the homosexual movement” may actually trick young people, who could simply be visiting such sites in order to research the debate on same-sex marriage, into becoming gay by putting them in close reach of “homosexual-themed pornography.”

“Schools, Hollywood and even the top leaders in our country are all busy selling homosexuality to kids,” Harvey warned, adding that pornography and other “deceptive influences” are also “convincing [kids] to believe they are gay.”

She concluded by arguing that the belief that people do not choose to be gay is a “lie” and a “pervasive fiction.”

I’ve gotten calls over the years from parents who are brokenhearted because a young son or daughter has revealed a homosexual preference. My role is not to be a psychologist but I try to share some resources with parents who are coping with such a tough situation and they often share with me that pornography played a part, particularly with boys, in convincing them to believe they are gay. But usually by the time this comes out the feelings and fantasies have been nurtured for years. It seems to me that in the present climate where schools, Hollywood and even the top leaders in our country are all busy selling homosexuality to kids that we have to watch those other deceptive influences that can chime in on top of all this to stir feelings in a young person that were not in play before.

Internet pornography can be the kerosene on an already simmering fire of adolescent hormones and confusion, and these feelings can bring them to precisely the wrong conclusion. Manipulating feelings in the wrong direction is what pornography does anyway. Homosexual-themed pornography is extremely accessible to young people if they ever visit any websites covering the gay agenda as news. For instance, if your child was during a report on same-sex marriage just researching the political issue and visiting sites that are sympathetic to the social and political goals of the homosexual movement may quickly bring them in touch with explicit images because many of the homosexual news blogs have soft-porn gay dating sites or worse as ads. So what is the reaction of your son or daughter to such graphic images?

If they feel a curiosity it may start a process of wondering if they could be homosexual. This is not true of course but the really tragic thing is they are not likely to share this question with you the parent, it just seems too personal. If they follow up and visit these sites some will experience sexual feelings and mistake these for the pervasive fiction of some inborn gay identity. After all, isn’t this the message that kids get everywhere that ‘some of you are destined for homosexuality and there is nothing you can do about it so just go with it and be proud’? All of this, of course, is a lie. Adolescents will feel sexual feelings because they are in puberty and erotic images can evoke in an often unhealthy way a human sexual response.

Keyes: Giving Young People Condoms like Giving Children Guns for 'Game of Russian Roulette'

During yet another appearance on the Talk to Solomon Show, Alan Keyes maintained that allowing young people to obtain condoms is like a parent who “handed their child a six-shot revolver with one bullet in it and said, ‘go ahead and play spin the barrel and put the barrel to your head and fire,’ that’s what you’re doing when you tell them that they’re safe using a condom.”

Keyes added that a condom “is not real protection” as it “is not going to protect you over 80 percent of the time,” which is laughably untrue.

“It’s essentially playing a kind of biased game of Russian roulette,” Keyes continued, “We’re pretending that encouraging our kids to do this is consistent with loving them and with having a responsible attitude toward them, that’s insane.”

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Phyllis Schlafly Lashes Out At Sheryl Sandberg: 'Feminism Is at War with Mother Nature'

Eagle Forum head Phyllis Schlafly, unsurprisingly, is not a fan of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In. Schlafly dedicated her last radio alert to criticizing Sandberg’s “feminist arguments” for being “at odds with what most women really want out of life” and starting a “war with Mother Nature.”

The media have given a lot of attention in the past few weeks to a new book called Lean In by Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Of course she is a feminist, and she makes the typical feminist complaint that not enough women are CEOs and in other important business and political positions. However, there is a lot in her book that shows what's wrong with feminism. Sandberg is troubled by what she views as women's lack of professional ambition. She thinks women "sabotage" themselves by not pursuing career opportunities as aggressively as men do.

However, Sandberg's feminist arguments and conclusions are at odds with what most women really want out of life. A lot of smart women have different priorities and they make trade-offs to order their lives around marriage and children. Sandberg is disappointed when she sees women making career decisions to fit with having a family. But smart young women know they will probably want to work fewer hours in order to be at home with their own babies.

It's smart to plan ahead and not do as feminists and women's studies courses advise which is to plot a career without any space for husband and children. Too many women come to their senses only after age 40 and then find it's too late to have a husband or children. Feminism is at war with Mother Nature, and Mother Nature is still winning.

Hutcherson: Homosexuality 'Destroyed Every Civilization It Has Touched'

Ken Hutcherson is very angry that a fellow Christian Post contributor, Dave Thompson, lauded Jason Collins for coming out and is lamenting that many church leaders “have denied the grace of Christ for gay couples.” Hutcherson, who said that Satan was behind Collins’ decision to come out as gay, criticized Thompson for having “stated that Jason Collins is brave.”

“Your defense of homosexuality is without merit because it has destroyed every civilization it has touched and that is shameful,” Hutcherson writes, “Like gambling, porn, alcohol and drug abuse, and sex addition, homosexuality destroys the family like nothing else, and eventually the soul that God turns over to a reprobate mind.”

Your defense of homosexuality is without merit because it has destroyed every civilization it has touched and that is shameful. Let's stop with the rhetoric and speak in the truest sense of love, and that is what I am about to do.

Like gambling, porn, alcohol and drug abuse, and sex addition, homosexuality destroys the family like nothing else, and eventually the soul that God turns over to a reprobate mind. (Romans 1: 24-30)

Mr. Thompson, in your desperation to justify this sin of 'choice,' you have stated that Jason Collins is brave and you commended him for his stand. You have also stated many conservative pastors agree with you.

Oh please, as we say in Alabama, do you think I fell off the turnip truck to believe such a ludicrous statement? Sir I may have been born at night, but not last night. …

Those who have no concern for his salvation are exploiting Jason Collins. I would be the first person to invite Jason to our church, because we would not condemn him, but love him in the truest sense, being followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And yes, we would help him to understand the true love of Jesus Christ, and not the false hope you would give to him.

Noson Leiter: 'Barbaric' Gays Promote 'Homo-Terror' and 'Child Molestation' But God Will 'Vanquish' Them

Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency and one of the Religious Right’s favorite rabbis appeared yesterday alongside Rick Scarborough for a Tea Party Unity conference call.

Leiter, who blamed Hurricane Sandy on New York’s marriage equality law, said that the “end game” of the gay rights movement is “child molestation.”

“They are after our kids,” Leiter said, “They are after the bibles and guns that Americans cling to but they are also after us and after our kids.”

He warned that while gay rights advocates “will not rest until all of their opposition is totally eliminated,” ultimately they will lose because “the Lord will vanquish evil.”

The end game is that we are the target. It’s not that they are stepping on all of our rights and basically advancing the cause of child molestation in order to get to some other goal, that is part of their goal. The nature of radical pederasty basically involves the victimization of kids. The acceptance of NAMBLA, the North American Man Boy Love Association, that organization which has been traditionally accepted by mainstream homosexual activists in their marches historically, that reflects more than just the radical fringe, that reflects the unstated agenda, ultimately that’s what these people are after: they are after our kids. They are after the bibles and guns that Americans cling to but they are also after us and after our kids. If we don’t understand that we understand nothing; when we understand that and we know what the enemy is after then we can properly formulate a strategy of exposing it and addressing it. This is not going to stop, there is an existential struggle between not homosexuals but the homosexual activists who will not rest until all of their opposition is totally eliminated, co-opted and converted to their side. And that will not happen; we are on the winning side. The Lord will vanquish evil and hopefully it will be speedily in our days.

Leiter pointed to the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-bullying bill in New York, as proof that “much of the homosexual agenda is predicated on predatory practices targeting youth” and pushing the “spiritual and emotional child molestation” of children.

He mentioned that he is working with ex-gay activist Greg Quinlan to stop legislation in New Jersey limiting the practice of ex-gay therapy on youth, which he asserted would have children be “molested by the state.”

Leiter went on to list a whole litany of claims that reveal the “terrorist and barbaric tactics” of gay rights supporters: arguing the children of same-sex parents are at risk for “molestation and trafficking” and live in “cruel” households, military service members are deterred from “complaining about homosexual advances” in the ranks and that conservatives are now the targets of “homo-terror.”

Much of the homosexual agenda is predicated on predatory practices targeting youth. I would suggest people look at the information on the Dignity for All Students Act in New York state, the homosexual indoctrination in schools is a major issues that could be attacked on that basis. It’s like spiritual and emotional child molestation, that’s a term people may want to use. There are bills in California and proposed in New Jersey and New York seeking to ban reparative therapy, as Greg Quinlan referred to it as the Jerry Sandusky bill that we just testified against this week in New Jersey. That basically takes away the opportunity of victims of child molestation to get the help they need, the reparative therapy they need to repel unwanted sexual feelings of same-gender attraction. These kids are to be condemned to a lifetime of thinking that they are homosexual when they really are not because the left does not want them to have that autonomy, that freedom of choice to opt for the therapies that can help them. So basically they are allowing children to be molested yet again; after they’ve been molested once they’re going to be molested by the state if this type of legation stands. That’s another example of how we can attack the barbarism in the radical homosexualist movement.

Transgender legislation, facilitating child molestation via increased access to victims like New York state’s ‘bathroom bill’; supporting homosexualist terrorism under the guise of fighting hate like the SPLC targeting the FRC, facilitating that homo-terror attack on the FRC a while ago; targeting businesses like Chick-fil-A for their expression of biblical faith; homosexual adoption, which victimizes the most defenseless by exposing them to the hazards of molestation and trafficking and other aspects of the homosexual upbringing including the cruel deprivation of the father and mother-led family; homosexuals in the US military, infringing on religious liberties of servicemen and chaplains and fostering an environment more hostile to complaining about homosexual advances; the branding of non-politically correct groups of Jews and Christians as dangerous extremists in a recent US Army presentation; the attack in Washington state on a florist for not delivering flowers to a so-called homosexual wedding. These are all examples of terrorist and barbaric tactics and strategies and policies of the homosexualist movement.

Paul Cameron: 'When They're Partnered, Gays Do Nastier Things' Than 'When They're Just Flirting From Bathroom To Park'

Paul Cameron of the Family Research Institute recently sat down with anti-gay talk show host ‘Coach’ Dave Daubenmire to elaborate on his latest “findings” that gays in relationships face more severe health risks than single gays and heterosexuals.

Cameron said that he was mildly “pro-gayish” before he started studying the issue but “then I saw what they did and I thought, ‘boy this is something that is really not only disgusting but this probably has medical consequences.’”

He claimed that “partnered” gays “do nastier things” than “when they are just flirting from bathroom to park,” and as a result have higher rates of HIV infections.

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Texas Education Official to Investigate Whether Schools Teach 'Roles of Men and Women in a Traditional Way'

The Texas Board of Education member who is leading the committee to review CSCOPE, a curriculum that has been the target of several right-wing conspiracy theories, told a Republican women’s group that his committee will “look at whether or not [CSCOPE lessons] treat the roles of men and women in a traditional way.”

Republican Marty Rowley also told the group that CSCOPE had “a definite leftist bent” but that it is not as left-wing as Common Core, promising to block “any opening or opportunity for Common Core to weasel its way into Texas.”

Like CSCOPE, Common Core has come under attack from conservative figures.

The comments were first spotted by Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, who notes that right-wing activists in Texas have consistently criticized textbooks “for including information on birth control, line drawings of self-exams for breast cancer and other content they found morally objectionable.”

“As folks began to look at those lessons what they began to see was there was a definite leftist bent to some of those lessons, particularly in the area of social studies and it became of great concern to folks, myself included,” said Rowley, R-Amarillo, during the Midland County Republican Women meeting Wednesday.

Rowley represents Midland as the District 15 SBOE member and was recently appointed chairman of an ad hoc committee to review the CSCOPE social studies curriculum this summer.



“We have some specific criteria that we’re looking at (regarding the CSCOPE lessons). We’re going to look at whether or not they treat the roles of men and women in a traditional way. That’s part of the operating rules and things that we’re looking at,” Rowley said. “We’re going to look at whether or not they treat American exceptionalism in a particular way and whether they enforce the belief that America is an exceptional nation.”



“I’ve looked through (the Common Core Standards) and it’ll curl your eyebrows. It’s not something you’ll enjoy reading. You think CSCOPE’s to the left, you ought to read Common Core,” Rowley said. “My concern is if we just say do away with this entire curriculum that 75 percent of our school districts use, they’re going to go shopping for something else. I don’t want to create any opening or opportunity for Common Core to weasel its way into Texas.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/9/13

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  • Good As You: One Million Moms seeks Mouse House’s mass discrimination.
  • Joe.My.God: FRC: We Need “Divine Intervention” To Stop Gay Marriage In Minnesota. 
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