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Fox News Pundit Todd Starnes Has Meltdown Defending Confederate Flag And Monuments

Fox News pundit Todd Starnes has spent the past few days attacking pastors and elected officials, Republican and Democratic alike, who have called for the removal of the Confederate flag and other Confederate memorials from South Carolina state property following the Charleston church shooting.

Starnes, the network’s resident culture-warrior, who has lamented the South’s loss in the “War of Northern Aggression,” accused advocates of removing Confederate symbols of “cultural cleansing,” a common refrain of Confederate apologists.

“Maybe they could just paint a rainbow flag on top and call it the General Sherman,” Starnes wrote on Fox Nation yesterday. “He culturally cleansed the South, too.”

Starnes followed this article with a complete meltdown on Twitter, defending not only the Confederate flag but also statues honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. He likened the removal of the Confederate flag to the violence and destruction of shrines perpetrated by ISIS, along with actions taken by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

Alan Keyes Suggests Charleston Massacre Was Gay Rights Terrorism

Many right-wing politicians and pundits are still in denial that the Emmanuel AME church massacre was about racial hatred, despite the statements of witnesses and the shooter’s own manifesto.

Take, for example, Alan Keyes, who told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg yesterday that he does not believe that the shooting was racially motivated but was actually an incident of pro-gay, anti-Christian violence. Keyes, a Republican politician and conservative activist, said that he has personally experienced more animosity due to his religious beliefs than to his race, so concluded that the massacre must have been caused by religious hostility and thus is the latest example of the supposed “persecution” of Christians in America.

He said that the “storyline” focusing on the racial component of the Charleston shooting was “fabricated without much regard for the facts,” dismissing people who seek to “play the race card” and “play games with race” in wake of the shooting. Keyes then suggested that Dylann Roof, the shooter who left behind an extensive white supremacist manifesto, might actually have been committing a terrorist act on behalf of gay rights.

President Obama and people who want to “satisfy this or that sense of themselves and their sexual passions” created an anti-Christian climate which may have inspired the shooter, Keyes said, speculating that Roof may have been trying to “intimidate” people who oppose “the destruction of traditional marriage.”

E.W. Jackson, a Religious Right activist and Fox News contributor, similarly linked gay people and Obama to the shooting.

Sandy Rios: Obama Created Racial 'Unrest' Behind Charleston Shooting

American Family Association official Sandy Rios, speaking on her radio program last week, accused President Obama of “using” the Charleston church massacre “to try to whip people into an emotional frenzy about disarming the American people.”

Rios, who previously said that Obama “enjoyed” the shooting because it offered him an opportunity to “remove guns from the hands of the American people,” told a caller that the president is “dangerous” and “stirred a lot of this unrest up.”

She said that not only has Obama “made racial tensions much worse,” but he has also released tens of thousands of immigrant “murderers” and “robbers” onto “our streets.”

Rios also spoke to a caller who claimed that the Sandy Hook and Aurora massacres were false flag events designed give the government “another reason to get the guns,” blaming the Aurora movie theatre shooting on a government “mind control program” that peddled “reuptake inhibitors.”

“Mao did it, Lenin did it, Stalin did it, Hitler did it, Pol Pot did it, when they take the guns, it’s over,” he said.

Rios responded that “everything you said was true, I don’t know about the inhibitor part, but certainly what Mao did with the guns and the whole move to remove our ability to protect ourselves and that it is the only thing standing between us and tyranny.”

Mike Huckabee Pledges To Block Gay Marriage If Elected President

Yesterday, Mike Huckabee chatted with Iowa radio host Steve Deace and Religious Right organizer Bob Vander Plaats, who led Huckabee’s 2008 campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, about the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on gay marriage.

He said that if elected president, he would simply ignore any Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality until Congress passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide…which he would then veto.

“Until the Congress of the United States puts on my desk a bill that basically defies the laws of Nature and Nature’s God and defies the longstanding tradition of marriage, the federal government will not recognize same-sex marriage because there is no law that requires it and that would be true for the military and it would be true for all federal institutions,” Huckabee said. “If the Congress decides that they want to pass enabling legislation, they could put it on my desk and I would veto it, and they can attempt to override it. That’s the process.”

Huckabee said that even his detractors should sympathize with his anti-gay-marriage stance: “If liberals were subjected to a conservative court that forced them to tithe their income to scripture or forced them to go to church or forced them to believe something that they don’t want to believe, they would say, ‘We can’t do that, that would go against our conscience.’ And I would say, ‘You are exactly right and we can’t have such a ruling. This is why I find this very unsettling is because liberals will rue the day when the sword they use to enact their agenda is the sword of the court rather than to do it by way of the people’s elected representatives.”

Of course, legalizing gay marriage won’t force opponents like Huckabee to marry someone of the same sex or officiate a same-sex couple’s wedding.

“There can be no surrender on the point of the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage,” Huckabee said, claiming that the ruling “goes to the heart of who we are as Americans and whether or not religious liberty lives or dies.”

He vowed not to “surrender to a tyranny that frankly would defy everything we are as a country,” lamenting that even people who went to law school have decided to “acquiesce to this judicial supremacy.”

Michael Savage: Obama Inciting Race War, 'May As Well Be Charles Manson'

On Friday, right-wing radio host Michael Savage compared both President Obama and Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof to Charles Manson, claiming that both the president and the shooter are trying to create a race war in America.

“It’s the scenario that Charles Manson wanted, to start a race war, which he called Helter Skelter, which was committing these horrible murders in the Hollywood Hills and then blaming it on blacks and then there would be a murderous rampage against blacks by frightened whites,” Savage said. “Well, now it’s the reverse and we’re all fearing a murderous rampage against whites by blacks to provoke an internecine war of near extermination. That is what we could have happen here in this country right now.”

Savage said that like Roof, Obama is trying to “stir the people up” and foment racial violence. While debating with a caller, Savage said that Obama is “a diehard, divisive man who has wrecked the country with his Helter Skelter, he may as well be Charles Manson.”

As Savage explained, public schools and secular government are also to blame for the attack because Roof was “raised on the liberal credo, the credo of Obama and Hillary Clinton, which is ‘do what you feel like doing,’ that there is no Christianity, ‘if it feels good, do it, want to engage in sex, go ahead, want to be a woman while you’re a man, go ahead, you want to use drugs, go ahead, you don’t feel good, pop a pill, you don’t feel good, go to the crackpot with a stethoscope and he’ll give you some drugs.”

“You see, all Christian values have been driven out of the schools and the culture by the liberals, they’ve been replaced by a vacuum, do as you please and do whatever you want,” he said.

Anti-Gay Activists Have A Hot New Song That Will Top The Charts

The anti-gay documentary “Light Wins,” just as expected, has been a source of absolute insanity. GOP leaders like Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee had no problem with appearing in the far-right film, which featured a who’s who of fringe and extreme right-wing activists.

The movie, which attempted to give hope to anti-gay activists fearing the worst, ends with a fun new song reminding people that “no matter how loud its shouted, sin is not a civil right!”

Listen to an excerpt of the song here:

As we've reported, the film has portrayed homosexuality as a deadly children's toy:

The film also claimed that homosexuality is lighting America on fire:

After all, the far-right activists in the film blame gay marriage for Noah's flood.

Right-Wing 'Documentary': Gay Rights, Like Communism, Can Be Defeated

Janet Porter, the creator of the anti-gay film “Light Wins,” says in the “documentary” that opponents of the gay rights movement should look to Ronald Reagan for inspiration. Just as Reagan brought down the Soviet Union, Porter dubiously claims, conservatives can still beat the odds and roll back the tide in favor gay rights.

As Dr. John Diggs adds, communism may be coming to the U.S.: “Political correctness, as people may not recall, is a term that was born in the Soviet Union where thousands if not millions of people died because they tried to quash religion and because they tried to quash political dissent by sending people to gulags. Don’t let this happen in America.”

Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality claims that America “will crumble like all civilizations before who embraced and celebrated sexual immorality,” adding that homosexuality is “the only sexual sin that has its own parade.”

Rep. Steve King of Iowa, who appears in the movie along with fellow Republican politicians Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Tim Huelskamp and Louie Gohmert, cites a successful campaign to kick three Iowa Supreme Court justices off the bench in retribution for their support of marriage equality as a reason anti-gay activists should have hope.

The documentary ends with Porter calling on people to shine their (smart phone) lights in the darkness, “because in the battle between darkness and light, light wins.”

We have posted excerpts here:

Anti-Gay 'Documentary': Gays 'Grooming' Kids In Public Schools

Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, along with several GOP congressmen, recently appeared in an anti-gay documentary called “Light Wins.” They joined several fringe activists, including Theodore Shoebat, who calls for the execution of gay people, and Scott Lively, the pastor who helped craft Uganda’s notorious anti-homosexuality law, in the film, which was the brainchild of extreme anti-gay activist and former Huckabee campaign official Janet Porter.

In the documentary, Porter laments that “prayer, God and his commandments were kicked out of the classroom because they might influence children not to lie, steal and kill,” and now the “void” has been filled by “a dark agenda that robs children of their innocence and puts their life at risk.” “With the redefinition of marriage comes a state invitation to indoctrinate your child,” she adds.

Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality says that schools now teach kids “dangerous sexual practices under the guise of equality” and Dr. John Diggs claims that gays will now “groom” young people, “perhaps for their own purposes down the line.”

Judith Reisman, the Liberty University law professor, says that public schools that make “out gay novels” available to students are all violating federal obscenity laws because such schools effectively “groom children for sex.” “We need to get parents a class action lawsuit against the schools, against the school superintendents, against individual teachers,” Reisman says. “We could sue Planned Parenthood off the face of the earth.”

We have posted excerpts here:

Fox's Todd Starnes: Obama Acting Like A 'Hip-Hip Artist' Instead Of President

In an interview with podcast host Marc Maron that was released yesterday, President Obama took on institutionalized racism by saying that the fight against race discrimination is “not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public.”

Shocking nobody, the conservative pundits at Fox News completely missed the point of Obama’s remark and are now attacking him for using the n-word.

Conservative author and Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli called the president the “rapper in chief” who is “dividing our country,” while Fox News pundit Todd Starnes wrote that the president undermined “the dignity of the Oval office” and should remember that he’s “not a hip-hip [sic] artist.”

Right-Wing Pastor Blames Charleston Massacre Victim For Church Shooting Because He Was Pro-Choice

This post has been updated: The original post listed Douglas Wilson as the author because of the title, "Douglas Wilson’s Glorious Response to Russell Moore’s Racial Grandstanding." However, the post was written by JD Hall. 

Yesterday, Fox News pundit Todd Starnes tweeted out an article by conservative pundit JD Hall defending the Confederate flag hanging next to South Carolina’s capitol building in the wake of the mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston.

Hall criticized Southern Baptist Convention official Russell Moore for calling on the state to take down the Confederate flag, saying that instead of talking about the flag, people should be speaking about the “culture of death” in the U.S.

Hall wrote that Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the Emanuel A.M.E. church and a state senator who was one of the nine people killed in the shooting, is partly to blame for this “post-modern culture of death” since he supported a woman’s right to choose.

“[T]his murderer was carrying out the foregone conclusion of Planned Parenthood and Clementa Pinckney’s worldview,” he wrote.

1. Before evangelicalism’s public relation experts jump on the Charleston shooting like white-guilt on rice, remember that the problem is not a flag, but is sin – and the solution is Gospel. Hashtagging your scolding tweets#TakeItDown as though the problem is symbolism of a bygone era dyed on a piece of cloth not only grossly oversimplifies history and is misunderstanding of abiding heritage, but it places the impetus for change upon the outside, external cup and not the internal hatred of the heart. As Russell Moore is calling for removal of the Confederate Flag, as a wholesale rejection of ALL of the southern state’s shared heritage, he overlooks the fact that the Southern Baptist Convention still has buildings named after slaveholders like Boyce, Broadus and Manly. Why not call for those buildings to be renamed, as they are representative of that same bygone era with a shameful and sinful asterisk belonging to slavery? Would it be because Moore could argue that the heritage left behind by Boyce, Broadus and Manly cannot be reduced to their ownership of slaves? No, he dare not make that argument – the press would devour him! So why not take the log out of your own eye? It’s because that wouldn’t be popular. His Southern Baptist base would crumble beneath his feet. That would receive no accolades.

So, instead of preaching the Gospel as the solution to racial reconciliation, Russell Moore is reaching for the low-hanging fruit of symbolic imagery abused by racist, sinful, maniacs. Evangelicals never cease to amaze me in their ability to overlook the “evangel” in almost every single important, teachable and tragic moment of our culture for the appeal of cheap applause.

2. And this one may be a hard pill to swallow: The problem isn’t the Confederate Flag. It’s a culture of death, in which men like Clementa Pinckney use their political power to fight for the “right” of parents to kill their children because they don’t want them around. It’s a heart bent on sin and fully corrupt that causes a young man to exercise his wicked choice to abort people he didn’t want around, either. The problem is that our post-modern culture thinks a baby is only a live human being if the mother wants him or her. A product of post-modern culture, this church shooter didn’t view these people as human beings deserving to live because he didn’t want them. This is the post-modern culture of death we live in; this murderer was carrying out the foregone conclusion of Planned Parenthood and Clementa Pinckney’s worldview. The problem is systemic and innate and deep, and can’t be summarized by something as simple as a flag. It’s not racism (alone) that is the problem, but our over-all lack of belief in the sanctity of human life, whether or not you want someone around – they’re still a person deserving life. Pinckney’s view and Planned Parenthood’s view and apparently Dylann Roof’s view is that someones’ life is only valuable if you personally want them. THAT, my friends, is the problem. We live in and promote a culture of death, and we get death. (emphasis added)
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