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Creationists: Thorns On Plants Debunk Evolution

In an Institute for Creation Research radio bulletin, Dr. John Morris claimed that thorns on plants are proof that evolution is nothing but a myth. He told co-host Chris O’Brien that Genesis 3 includes a curse on plants as “thorns and thistles are a direct result of Adam’s sin.”

He claims on a certain ryegrass, a certain fungus sometimes “grows unchecked” and “chokes out the plant” because “a particular gene in the fungus was turned off through mutation.”

“Mutations are thought to be the main mechanism by which evolution occurs but every mutation we see is harmful, not helpful as evolution requires,” Morris argued. “Face it Chris, evolution just doesn’t work, it doesn’t fit the facts and it certainly doesn’t agree with the ‘back to Genesis’ truth of creation.”

Larry Klayman And Alex Jones Discuss Plans To Overthrow Obama

Larry Klayman paid a visit yesterday to Alex Jones’s radio show to invite the conspiracy theorist to his upcoming Washington, D.C. rally calling for a coup against President Obama. Jones was, to say the least, enthusiastic.

“The Obama gang really, fundamentally hates America and hates freedom,” Jones said, criticizing the Obama administration as “crony capitalist kleptocrats” who want to “socialize” the US by using “the communist model to take over.”

“Even I cannot believe how evil Obama and his supporters are,” Jones said.

Klayman told Jones that participants in his rally will issue a new Declaration of Independence “because if you read the Declaration of Independence it is exactly identical to the situation we have today.” “We have to rise up,” Klayman continued. “We will succeed in the end but we need to show force.”

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Michael Brown Cites Bogus Article To Defend Harassment Hoax

In a column for Charisma today, conservative activist Michael Brown says he was too smart to fall for a hoax article about a middle school that “requires children to cross dress”…. but then goes ahead and cites another bogus story about transgender harassment in a Colorado school.

Apparently, an article about a Maryland school that mandates cross-dressing has gone viral, even though it came from the satirical National Report. Brown defended those who mistook the article for a real news story, calling it “a case of fiction being frighteningly close to truth.” He compared the fake Maryland school to a Wisconsin school that held a “a voluntary event that called for boys to dress like girls and girls to dress like boys” and a reported incident of a transgender girl in Colorado harassing other students in the bathroom.

But Brown fails to mention that the Colorado story was also a hoax, and the Religious Right group Brown mentions admitted that they manufactured the story. The girl who was targeted by the smear campaign was recently placed on suicide watch.

The article’s headline was absolutely shocking—“Maryland Middle School Requires Children to Cross Dress For ‘LGBTQ Appreciation Day’”—and not surprisingly, the article quickly went viral.

The good news is that it was a hoax.

The bad news is that it was so close to reality, most readers took it seriously, and it was only after I read a few paragraphs into the article that I realized it wasn’t true. This is a case of fiction being frighteningly close to the truth.



Unfortunately, there was enough in the article that sounded plausible for many people to believe every word of it, even though it got progressively outrageous.

A concerned mother sent me the link, asking if I had seen it, and when I replied that I believed it to be a hoax, she said she had initially believed it because of what she had already seen in her children’s schools. It hardly seemed over the top to her.

After all, back in May, it was reported, “Parents of students at a Wisconsin elementary school are up in arms over the theme ‘Gender Bender Day.’” Yes, “Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities in Milwaukee recently celebrated School Spirit Week with a series of events for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. ... Members of the student council chose Friday as ‘Gender Bender Day,’ a voluntary event that called for boys to dress like girls and girls to dress like boys.”

This time, the story was not a hoax.

Nor was it a hoax when the Pacific Justice Institute reported last month that parents at Florence High School, “located near Colorado Springs, became irate when they learned that a teenage boy was entering girls’ bathrooms and, according to some students, even making sexually harassing comments toward girls he was encountering. When the parents confronted school officials, they were stunned to be told the boy’s rights as a self-proclaimed transgender trumped their daughters’ privacy rights. As the controversy grew, some students were threatened by school authorities with being kicked off school athletic teams or charged with hate crimes if they continued to voice concerns.”

Bradlee Dean: Liberals Belong In Prison Because That's Where They Want To Go

Bradlee Dean, who will be speaking at the upcoming rally that is calling for a coup against President Obama, over the weekend told listeners of his radio show that liberals “violate the laws of our constitutional republic” and as a result “belong” in jail: 

The question I have for you is, where do these people belong? Well, if you look at prison, everyone is treated equality; if you look at prison, they get free food; if you look to the prisons, they get free medical health care; when you look to prisons, you see the only ones who have guns are the police and the guards; isn’t that what they want? If that’s what they want then let’s send them to jail because that’s where they belong because it’s communism; if it was constitutional and it was lawful, then why do we have prisons?

Dean’s co-host, his wife Stephanie, applauded his logic, and Dean said that prison “is what they want.”

Southern Baptist Spokesman Condemns Barton And Copeland For 'Shocking And Unconscionable' PTSD Remarks

David Barton is coming under fire from the Southern Baptist Convention, with a spokesman for the conservative denomination’s political arm condemning the pseudo-historian’s recent remarks on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The right-wing activist recently spoke to televangelist Kenneth Copeland about PTSD, suggesting that soldiers are warriors for God and therefore should never suffer from such a condition. They advised against psychological help and said that simply reading the Bible will “get rid of PTSD.”

Joe Carter of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission said their remarks demonstrate how Barton and Copeland are “profoundly ignorant about theology and history,” arguing that by “downplaying the pain of PTSD” they have “denigrate[d] the suffering of men and women traumatized by war.”

Carter, who also writes for The Gospel Coalition and The Acton Institute, added: “[F]or them to denigrate the suffering of men and women traumatized by war — and to claim Biblical support for their callow and doltish views — is both shocking and unconscionable.”

Grove City College professor Warren Throckmorton, whose book Getting Jefferson Right helped convince Thomas Nelson to pull Barton’s book on Jefferson from publication, noted that Barton and Copeland’s “naïve and potentially offensive” comments show “they do not have knowledge of the condition.”

PTSD has been a recurring issue among military veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs classifies PTSD as a mental health problem that can occur after a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster. In 2011, 476,515 veterans who were diagnosed with PTSD received treatment VA medical centers and clinics.

“Just telling someone to get rid of it is naive and potentially offensive to someone who is suffering with PTSD. It is obvious that they do not have knowledge of the condition,” said Warren Throckmorton, a Grove City College psychology professor who has written on Barton. “Copeland and Barton err theologically as well by taking specific Scriptures written in relationship to Israel and apply them to American armies.”

This isn’t the first time Copeland and Barton have been “profoundly ignorant about theology and history,” said Joe Carter, an editor and communications director for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

“But for them to denigrate the suffering of men and women traumatized by war — and to claim Biblical support for their callow and doltish views — is both shocking and unconscionable,” Carter said. “Rather than downplaying the pain of PTSD, they should be asking God to heal our brothers and sisters.”

Fischer: Love Your Gay Child By Telling Them They Are Going Down 'A Road Of Destruction And Death'

After televangelist Pat Robertson gave “advice” to a parent of a gay son, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association was asked today by a caller what he would do if one of his children came out as gay. Fischer said that he would “love them unconditionally” and would not “toss them out of my life;” however, he would tell them that being gay is a “decision that is self-destructive.”

“I would love them unconditionally; I would appeal to them to make different choices with their sexuality; I would appeal to them not to go down that road because it’s a road of destruction and death but I would love them unconditionally.”

Klayman: We Will Overthrow 'Evil' Obama For 'Destroying This Country'

Larry Klayman promoted his upcoming rally to overthrow President Obama during an appearance on talk show host Jeff Crouere’s radio show, where he said that “Obama is evil and he is destroying this country.”

Repeating his call for an Egyptian-style revolt, Klayman said that “impeachment doesn’t work” and only a coup can depose Obama.

Klayman: After we peacefully and non-violently get rid of Obama and some of these other leaders, we’re going to need to regroup and we’re going to need to think things through — perhaps another constitutional convention — but we have to take care of business first. We have got to get rid of this guy. He’s evil, Obama is evil and he is destroying this country.

Crouere: Is impeachment a possibility through Congress?

Klayman: It doesn’t work. We’ve never impeached and convicted any president in our history, that’s another reason for a constitutional convention; we need another way to get rid of presidents peacefully and legally. Impeachment doesn’t work. We’ve never done it. The only time presidents have left office is when they’ve been forced to resign and that’s why we need to go to Washington and make our point. They see the masses in Washington like what happened in Egypt a few months ago with the Muslim Brotherhood president Morsi, who Obama by the way supported and still supports.

California GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Addresses Nativist Hate Group Summit

Republican Tim Donnelly, the California state assemblyman and candidate for governor, addressed a recent meeting of The Social Contract Press, an anti-immigrant hate group with close links to white nationalist leaders. Donnelly is a well-known champion of the Nativist movement, and even blamed DREAM Act activists for why he was cited and released after he carried a loaded gun into an airport.

He warned that the US is on the verge of becoming “some kind of socialist banana republic where freedom is just something that people had a long time ago” due to “unchecked illegal immigration.”

Rios: Report On Gay Waiter Who Received Anti-Gay Message A 'Ruse' To Help ENDA

American Family Association radio host claims that the Overland Park, Kansas, waiter who in lieu of a tip received an anti-gay message from a customer staged the incident to help the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) pass the Senate. Rios offered absolutely no evidence to back up her claim, besides her gut feeling that the story was a “ruse” to aid ENDA, even though the waiter didn’t face discrimination from his employer.

“I smell a rat in this story,” Rios said, later adding: “I don’t believe a Christian couple wrote this note, I think it was a ruse because it was the week ENDA was being voted on.”

Gohmert: Obamacare Created Secretive Security Force

Janet Mefferd spoke with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Friday about a Department of Homeland Security solicitation for a security contractor “at various locations throughout the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.” While Gohmert said he didn’t know much about it, he claimed that the health care reform law may be creating a security force no one knows about.

Mefferd responded by launching into a composite of conspiracy theories hooked on President Obama’s 2008 call for a “national civilian security force” — which was actually just a plan to boost groups such as the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps (a plan that never got funding anyway) — including a right-wing conspiracy theory about DHS stockpiling ammunition that is so ridiculous that even Breitbart News doesn’t buy it.

The congressman, for his part, wondered about “the provisions in [Obamacare] for the President’s own Commissioned and non-Commissioned Officer Corps,” speculating that these officers could be deployed in non-health related emergencies. “Are they using weapons to train or are they being taught to use syringes and health care items?” he asked.

The scary, dangerous group Gohmert seems to be referring to is the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which trains “emergency response teams” to “respond to public health crises and national emergencies such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or terrorist attacks, both here and overseas.” The Affordable Care Act contained a provision setting up a Ready Reserve Corps for public health responders who work for the Commissioned Corps but not on a full-time basis.

Gohmert said that he would investigate the “secret security force” in Minnesota and Wisconsin, adding the caveat that he wouldn’t mind it if it was “something that’s going to protect the borders.”

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