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Kevin Swanson: Paris Massacre Was 'A Message From God'

After rallying with Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal at his anti-gay conference in Iowa two weeks ago, far-right pastor Kevin Swanson returned to his "Generations Radio" program to discuss the terrorist attacks in Paris, specifically focusing on the Bataclan theater massacre.

According to Swanson, the mass shooting at the theater was "a message from God" since it targeted fans of the rock band Eagles of Death Metal and reportedly occurred as the band played a song titled "Kiss the Devil."

"When you get a wake-up call like what happened at France's 9/11 last Friday night at the concert,” Swanson said, “I think we all need to pay attention to what's happening: This is a message from God. God is shooting a shot across the bow and we better be paying attention to this."

Swanson, who described the concert as "a worship service to the Devil," said that he would ask survivors of the massacre: "Did you love the Devil's works as your friends were being shot up in the massacre?"

"Did you appreciate the works of the Devil as your friends were being shot up in that concert?" he added.

Linda Harvey: Mizzou Protesters May Join ISIS, Commit Terrorist Attacks

Mission America's Linda Harvey is no fan of the students protesting the University of Missouri's handling of incidents of racial bias on campus, warning in a column today that "ISIS recruiters could come in behind the disturbances at the University of Missouri and other colleges and reap a great harvest."

"This can only end badly," she writes of the protesters. "When we see the carnage in Paris and look at the mob rule taking over a Midwestern American campus, surely we can see that terrorist attacks loom in our nation’s future."

Today’s irresponsible social media, vile extremism and flat-out ignorance in “higher” education create a dangerous Playdoh student who can be molded by race baiters, sexual anarchists, anti-capitalists and even worse– terrorists.

ISIS recruiters could come in behind the disturbances at the University of Missouri and other colleges and reap a great harvest, because even their student leaders think the real problem is “hate speech” which makes them feel “unsafe.” Their boiling points are low, because their own distress over imaginary “microaggressions” is high.

Welcome to our sorority house, local imam and your friends from Syria. Tell us what to think.

Busy verbally and politically trashing the heritage of parents, grandparents, military heroes and western civilization in general, their hyper-sensitive ears can only tolerate “diversity,” which is nothing of the kind but actually a rigid template of destructive agendas: feminism, “LGBTQ” behaviors, non-Judeo-Christian faiths, and racialism.


This can only end badly. When we see the carnage in Paris and look at the mob rule taking over a Midwestern American campus, surely we can see that terrorist attacks loom in our nation’s future.

When are we going to hold colleges accountable for their lack of actual diversity, their aversion to free speech and even more foundationally, their deliberate suppression of the truth?

Pat Robertson: God Didn't Heal Cancer Victim Because Maybe She Hated Her Husband

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson fielded a question from a viewer who asked if God heard their prayers for a friend’s wife who had cancer and then passed away. Robertson said that God may have received the viewer’s prayers but then rejected them, leading him to speculate wildly as to why God let the woman die.

“You don’t know what went on with that wife,” he said. “You don’t know what was in her heart. You don’t know what sin she had committed. You don’t know how much unbelief was there. You don’t know whether she hated her husband. You don’t know any of these things.”

“You’ve been praying and God says, ‘Okay, I’m sorry, but the answer is no,’” he added.

Pat Robertson Now Says That Pride, Not Homosexuality, Was The Sin Of Sodom

Televangelist Pat Robertson has frequently warned that victories for LGBT equality will turn America into the biblical city of Sodom and therefore bring about God’s judgment.

That made it all the more surprising when “The 700 Club” host alluded today to Ezekiel 16:49 to assert that Sodom was destroyed due to pride, not homosexuality: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”

“Pride, the Bible says, idleness and abundance of bread, neither were they thankful, that was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah,” Robertson said. “He didn’t talk about homosexuality.”

We’ll keep this in mind next time Robertson says that homosexuality is inciting divine wrath.

Michael Savage Threatens To Leave America For Russia Because It's 'The Best Country Left On The Planet'

Jumping on a report that actor Robert De Niro may take Russian citizenship, Michael Savage said on his “Savage Nation” program last week that he’d consider leaving the U.S. for Russia as well in order to flee America before it turns into the Soviet Union.

“I’ve thought of it,” Savage said. “If this keeps up — imagine how crazy the world has become. The left is so fanatical, we’re becoming so much like the ex-Soviet Union. I’m thinking about which country to move to if it gets worse. So I’m saying, maybe I’ll have to go to Russia, it seems to be the best country left on the planet, run by a decent leader.”

However, Savage ultimately concluded that it would be too difficult for a man of his age to learn Russian.

Todd Starnes: Mizzou Protests Will Destroy America

Fox News pundit Todd Starnes appeared on “Washington Watch” last week to share “his analysis on exactly what’s happening on the University of Missouri campus.”

As one could imagine, neither Starnes nor the program’s host, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, were particularly sympathetic to the protests of the university’s handling of race issues, which they labeled as a threat to the survival of America.

They even questioned whether state universities should still receive public funding. “We could be funding the demise of America,” Starnes said. “We are funding these colleges and universities and they’re the ones that are espousing these fascist and socialist ideas.”

Starnes went on to say that if people don’t “wake up” and “stand up and say we’re not going to tolerate this with our tax money, then we may not have a country much long.”

Extremist Congressman: God Raising Up Ted Cruz To Save America's Soul

Ted Cruz has picked up the endorsement of Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who is not only an influential political force in the first-in-the-nation caucus state but also a prominent face of the anti-gay and anti-immigration movements.

“For almost a year now, my regular prayer has been that God would raise up a leader whom he will use to restore the soul of America,” King said in a video message, asking Iowans to “do your duty for God and country, come to caucus, and support Ted Cruz for president of the United States.”

The congressman made waves nationally when he suggested that young immigrants are mostly drug smugglers who’ve “got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” but he’s been making similar comments for years, once likening immigrants to livestock while calling for an electrified border fence and depicting immigration as a “slow-motion Holocaust” and “a slow-rolling, slow-motion terrorist attack on the United States.” He has a long record of portraying immigrants as a violent threat that will destroy the country and civilization itself.

King has also been a leader among opponents of LGBT equality, warning that same-sex marriage will usher in socialism, leave children raised in warehouses instead of families and “throw this country into an endless trauma.” The congressman has also baselessly asserted that gay rights laws have legalized man-lawnmower marriage and pedophilia.

While Cruz may be happy that King thinks that God is backing his candidacy, he shouldn’t be complacent: King previously said that a Mitt Romney win in 2012 would be a victory for God.

WND Pundit: Ban Muslims From Public Office

WorldNetDaily columnist Lord Christopher Monckton suggested yesterday that in response to the Paris terrorist attacks, the U.S. should consider prohibiting Muslims from holding public office “on grounds of a grievous and life-threatening conflict of interest.”

According to Monckton, this ban will include President Obama. While the Constitution prohibits such a religious test, Monckton says that people should weigh “whether we should any long regard Islam as a religion at all.”

“For while one may tolerate another’s religion, if that ‘religion’ increasingly seems to be the wellspring of terrorism, and if that ‘religion’s’ leaders say and do nothing to deter the terrorists, and if that ‘religion’s’ adherents, such as Mr. Obama, are also sullenly silent, then perhaps, after all, it is Islam itself that should no longer be tolerated,” he wrote.

Monckton claims that Obama is trying to distract people from the problem of terrorist attacks not only because he’s a secret Muslim but also in order to push policies combatting climate change, which Monckton says is “a pretext for inflicting totalitarian control on those who would prefer to be free.”

As usual, there has been near-total silence from those Islamic mullahs who, we are told, are “moderates.” It is their silence that is leading me, among others, to wonder whether we should any longer regard Islam as a religion at all.

And that is a shame: for it was the formidable scholarship of Islam, in the Damascus and Baghdad of the 9th to the 12th centuries, that kept civilization alive while Christian Europe was in the intellectual doldrums of the Dark Ages. Also, Islam upholds some of the Christian teachings – on abortion and homosexuality, for instance – that Christian bishops nowadays seem too politically correct to defend.

However, the conclusion can no longer be avoided: Today, except perhaps in the Ahmadiyya sect, there is no such thing as moderate Islam. And even the Ahmadiyya Muslims seem not to have spoken out in condemnation of the latest atrocity perpetrated in the name of Allah.

What does the “leader” of the free world have to say about these events? Mr. Obama made the usual ritualistic noises of outrage, but at no time did he mention the inconvenient truth that the terrorism that destroyed 3,000 of his fellow citizens in New York in 2001, and that has been responsible for numerous outrages before and since, is Islamic.

Instead, Mr. Obama has said, over and over again, that global warming is a greater threat than terrorism. He began saying this in January 2008, during a campaign speech, when he asserted that the “immediate danger” from oil-funded terrorism “is eclipsed only by the long-term threat from climate change, which will lead to devastating weather patterns, terrible storms, drought, and famine.”

Why, then, does Mr. Obama state, over and over again, that non-existent global warming is a greater threat than Islamic terror? One reason is that the eco-fascists, like their predecessors in Nazi Germany, have adopted environmentalism as a pretext for inflicting totalitarian control on those who would prefer to be free.

They clambered on to the bandwagon without checking the science first. They did not care whether the small clique of fellow-extremists in academia who fabricated the global-warming scare were right. All they cared about was the opportunity to set up a global new world order, the most conspicuous feature of which is that none of its leaders will be elected.

As for Mr. Obama, who is on record as having spoken of “my Muslim faith,” he must redeem his failing “presidency” by making it quite clear that he is not a terrorist sympathizer. He is, of course, entitled to his “Muslim faith,” for your nation was born of a desire to replace the Catholic and then Protestant intolerance of Europe with a more open-minded approach to other people’s faith.

Yet a true leader has to get his priorities right. And Mr. Obama’s whining about the non-threat of global warming and his culpable silence on the fact that people who call themselves Muslims are responsible for nearly all terrorist acts around the world are no longer acceptable.

For while one may tolerate another’s religion, if that “religion” increasingly seems to be the wellspring of terrorism, and if that “religion’s” leaders say and do nothing to deter the terrorists, and if that “religion’s” adherents, such as Mr. Obama, are also sullenly silent, then perhaps, after all, it is Islam itself that should no longer be tolerated.

Perhaps Mr. Obama and others who share his Muslim faith should be debarred from holding any public office on grounds of a grievous and life-threatening conflict of interest. To be silent in the face of Islamic terror is to be a sympathizer with that terror.

Savage: The Obamas Give Me 'Post-Radio Stress Disorder'

Last year, right-wing radio host Michael Savage told a veteran that he doesn’t believe in post-traumatic stress disorder and said he was “sick and tired with everyone with their complaints about PTSD.”

Which brings us to yesterday’s show, where Savage was so upset about Michelle Obama’s recent speech on girls’ education that he revealed that he had developed “post-radio stress disorder” from reporting on the first lady and the president. Savage explained that the symptoms of PRSD include eating food … and that’s about it:

We’re living in insane times, but I didn’t expect anything different. I knew what we’d get when he was put into power. And every time I get off the air every day, after every show I suffer PRSD, I suffer post-radio stress disorder, every day. It manifests itself in different ways, PRSD. For example, during my break — you think post-radio stress disorder is a joke? Ask my family. What do you think I did during this break? I ate a chicken leg from a hot chicken brought to me from a supermarket. Then I ate an entire veal parmesan from a supermarket unheated. I gave Teddy [his dog] a piece of steak from a restaurant Sunday night. We’re both happy. He’s lying under the desk, smiling. I’m sitting on top of the desk, not smiling. Because living well is the best revenge, let me tell you.

This then prompted Savage to claim that several campus demonstrations on race issues are “being orchestrated by the White House.”

David Vitter: Gays Have 'Shoved' Same-Sex Marriage 'Down The Throats' Of Christians

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., addressed the Jefferson Baptist Church in Baton Rouge yesterday in an attempt to burnish his conservative credentials as he campaigns for governor.

Vitter, who is perhaps best known for his involvement in a prostitution scandal, announced at the beginning of his speech that he had received the endorsements of a number of Religious Right activists and organizations, including Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a former Louisiana state lawmaker.

In his speech, Vitter criticized the notion of the separation of church and state and denounced the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, claiming that gay rights advocates want their views “shoved down the throats of folks who have sincerely held religious views that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

After declaring his support for a bill that grants legal protections to those who oppose same-sex marriage, Vitter said that the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling “will clearly unleash all sorts of assaults against conservative Christian beliefs who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. And make no mistake about it, those assaults are coming on churches, pastors and believers who are trying to live their faith in a quiet but important way, including in terms of how they choose to live their lives and run their businesses.”

“They want to make believers like us second class citizens,” he said. “They want to completely push us out of the public square and in some cases persecute folks who simply want to live their faith in terms of how they do business and other things.”

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