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Rep. Pete Olson: If Hillary Wins, 'We'll Be Surrendering To ISIS Within A Year'

Last week, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, appeared on “The Sam Malone Show,” where he warned that “if Mrs. Clinton becomes our president, we’ll be surrendering to ISIS within a year.”

Olson said that Trump was rising in the polls despite the recent coverage of his birther conspiracy theory, which Olson criticized as a media-manufactured distraction.

“People are getting his message about less government, lower taxes, strong defense,” he said. “I mean, the defense thing’s huge. I mean, if Mrs. Clinton becomes our president, we’ll be surrendering to ISIS within a year. Hey, Israel, you’ve gone bye-bye. Palestine, you’ve got your nation. Hey North Korea, go crazy.”

Putin's American Fans Cheer His Persecution Of Gays, Ignore His Persecution Of Christians

Pastors thrown in jail. Religious texts criminalized. Evangelism outlawed.

These are all events that Religious Right activists— inaccurately —predicted would happen during President Obama’s time in office. But sadly, these are acts that are all too common around the world.

Most recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his attacks on Christians who belong to denominations other than the Russian Orthodox Church, particularly Protestants, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Last month, Putin signed a law curtailing evangelism under the guise of combating “extremism,” a decision that is part of a broader trend of Putin’s government clamping down on dissidents, journalists, human rights activists and the LGBT community.

Even before this new law came into effect, religious minorities in Russia and Russian-controlled parts of Ukraine faced not only legal persecution but also violent attacks, including abductions and killings, from government-backed militias. Since the law was signed, state-sponsored attacks on religious minorities have only increased.

But none of this has stopped Putin’s American fans from singing his praises, even while they claim that President Obama has made the U.S. dangerous for Christians.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have enthusiastically praised Putin as a brilliant and mighty trailblazer while at the same time accusing President Obama of hounding Christians at home. In fact, Trump has claimed that the U.S. government is specifically targeting him with a tax audit because he’s “ a strong Christian .”

U.S.-based Religious Right leaders, many of whom are now supporting Trump, have similarly spent years praising the Russian president for supposedly championing Christianity and for leading an infamous crackdown on LGBT Russians.

Conservative religious leaders like Franklin Graham, Brian Brown and Bryan Fischer have praised Putin for his attacks on LGBT rights. American LGBT rights opponents have descended on Russia in recent years to cheer on the government’s growing repression of sexual minorities, including laws curbing gay adoption and curtailing free speech that supports LGBT rights. Religious Right leaders have called Putin a “lion of Christianity,” “the moral leader of the world” and the protector of “traditional Christianity.”

Televangelist Rick Joyner recently said that “there is much more freedom of religion in Russia than there is in America,” where “we no longer have freedom of speech,” and radio host Rick Wiles called Putin an instrument of God sent to punish “the United Gay States of America.”

In reality, Putin’s government has done the very thing that right-wing activists falsely accuse President Obama of doing: arresting Christians, threatening churches and permitting Sharia law in majority-Muslim areas.

But it is Obama they falsely charge with being an enemy of religious liberty, and Putin they shower with praise in spite of his well-documented attacks on freedom.

The admiration for Putin from this segment of the Religious Right reveals an ugly reality behind their claims of religious oppression at the hands of the LGBT rights movement. For these activists, it seems, the persecution of LGBT people is actually more important than preserving true religious freedom, even when the welfare and freedoms of other Christians are at stake.

(This post also appears on the Huffington Post).

Pat Robertson: 'Radical Socialist' Obama Will Bring 'Death To This Country'

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson responded to a story about conservatives criticizing Obama administration regulations by claiming that the president is a socialist who is hell-bent on destroying America.

“The left, ladies and gentlemen, the so-called progressives, want one thing: They want to bring socialized life to America and they want to control every aspect of the life you and I live,” the televangelist said.

Robertson said President Obama “is trying his dead-level best to impose his view of socialism on this nation and I think we need to call it what it is, he’s a radical socialist and he was nurtured in the school of radical, whatever you call it, revolution and his teachers are those who hate America.”

Obama’s policies, he added, will lead to government control over “everything you do” and “it will be death to this country.”

Rick Wiles: President Trump Will Uncover The Truth About Obama's Birth Certificate

On Friday, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles thanked Donald Trump for taking on “the birth certificate issue” and urged him to “just leave the issue alone until January 20th” of next year, Inauguration Day, when the real investigation into the veracity of President Obama’s birth certificate can begin.

Wiles said that Trump should drop the issue of Obama’s birth certificate, which he said “is not even a good forgery, it’s a sloppy forgery,” until he takes office as president:

The forgery was so, so bad that we could spend hours just talking about how ludicrous it was. Here’s what Donald Trump can do. When he goes in the White House, he will have access to the White House server, right? Obama put his birth certificate—he put an image, not the birth certificate, he put an image of what he said was his birth certificate, he put it on the White House website. That is now government property. Barack Obama is not permitted to remove it from the White House website. That is U.S. government property.

So, if his birth certificate image disappears on January 20, 2017, that can only mean one thing: The Obamanistas cleaned the White House server to get that image off the server before the Trump people arrived. So, Mr. Obama, you just leave your fake birth certificate digital image on the White House website so that when Mr. Trump gets there, he can have an official verification of whether that is an authentic birth certificate. Just leave the issue alone until January 20th.

Trump, like Wiles, has repeatedly suggested that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery, a myth he continued to promote well after the president released a long-form copy of the document, despite recent claims to the contrary from Trump and his campaign.

Ex-Rep. Paul Broun: President Obama Is A 'Domestic Enemy'

On Friday, after telling far-right radio host Rick Wiles that America is coming under God’s judgment and approaching collapse, former Georgia Republican congressman Paul Broun claimed that domestic enemies are running the country.

“We’re being destroyed for a lack of knowledge and we’re headed down a road that’s going to lead to the total destruction of our liberty and freedom and a total destruction of what our founding fathers gave us,” he said. “A total destruction of those things that I believed in very firmly when I, as a young man, raised my right hand and said when I was sworn in to the United States Marine Corps that I would defend and uphold the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic.”

Broun continued: “One of those domestic enemies of the Constitution is Barack Obama. Another one is Nancy Pelosi. Another one is Harry Reid. But so is Mitch McConnell. And Paul Ryan. And most of the members of the U.S. Senate as well as the U.S. House of Representatives. We’ve got to get rid of them. Well, we’ve got to make them change from their wicked ways or get rid of them and put people in place who are going to stand firm with a biblical worldview as well as a constitutional governmental view as our founding fathers meant it.”

Former GOP Rep. Paul Broun: God Will Judge America For Abortion And Homosexuality

Ex-Rep. Paul Brown, R-Ga., warned in an interview with the far-right radio program “Trunews” yesterday that “we’re headed to an economic collapse” and that God is preparing to judge America for abortion rights and the success of “the homosexual rights agenda.”

Broun told host Rick Wiles that “religious freedom, the freedom of assembly and the freedoms that we have to own firearms all are being greatly eroded,” claiming that the country can only be saved if there is a “revival” in churches and across the country.

“We’ve got to have pastors being bold and speaking the truth about everything,” he said. “We’re killing over a million babies every year through abortion in this country. God is a holy, righteous God and he cannot and will not continue to bless this land while we’re killing all these unborn babies. And we’re destroying the family through all this political correctness and through the homosexual rights agenda. Now it’s up to them and it’s between them and God what they do, but the thing is, that’s a sin just like my sin and we need to recognize that, but we don’t and should not promote sin from a public policy perspective.”

Rick Wiles: Hillary Clinton Has A Body Double, Fakes Her Campaign Rallies

Citing videos he viewed on the internet, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles on Friday suggested that Hillary Clinton is faking her campaign stops, claiming that in videos of the events, the images that appear on the attendees’ smartphones are not images of the rallies.

“She’s nowhere to be seen, the flags are not there, you can’t even distinguish what they are looking at, it’s nowhere to be seen on the stage,” he said. “Are they faking her personal appearances?”

Wiles also alleged that Clinton’s campaign sent out a body double to speak to the press outside of her daughter’s apartment after she had fallen ill at a September 11 memorial event: “I personally think it was a double. I don’t think Hillary passed out on the curb and then an hour or two later was walking around smiling and grinning. That just doesn’t happen in normal life.”

Joseph Farah: Hillary Clinton's Election Will Lead To God's Judgment On America

Yesterday, WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah appeared on E.W. Jackson’s “Awakening” radio program to warn that the U.S. will witness national devastation and divine judgment if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

“This is an evil woman,” he said of Clinton. “We will not be able to recognize this country and what it was if we give her four years in the White House. Slam the door shut on a future America that has any semblance of liberty and justice.”

While he said the election of Ronald Reagan “brought a blessing on this country” that “lasted more than 10 years,” Farah predicted that Clinton’s election would lead to God’s judgment.

“If we reward her non-accomplishment, her non-achievement and her self-interested self-dealings that are so evident, we are asking God to judge us very, very sternly,” he said.

God Tells Jim Bakker Not To Believe The Polls Showing Trump Losing

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker recounted a recent discussion he had with God about the state of the presidential race. God, Bakker said, hinted to him that the polls showing Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton are wrong: “I said, ‘God, what’s going on?’ I said, ‘It looks like Trump’s not gonna make it the way it’s going.’ And do you want to know what God said to me? He said, ‘You know, the polls could be wrong.’”

Bakker reported that God told him that Trump voters live in fear of anti-Trump “hatemongers” and as a result are reluctant to express their support for the GOP presidential nominee to pollsters.

“He said, ‘The people are in fear in this country, the church is in fear,’” Bakker recalled, “and he said, ‘They’re afraid to even say that they’re voting for Trump. They don’t want to tell anybody. They’re afraid.’ Now, I’m not saying I’m right, I’m just saying this is what happened this week, a few days, a few hours ago. Donald Trump fans are afraid to say they’re on his side because they are in fear of the hatemongers, they’re afraid for their lives.”

Michael Savage Wants To Run A New HUAC In Donald Trump's Administration

On Tuesday, right-wing radio host Michael Savage said he wants Donald Trump to restore the House Un-American Activities Committee or a similar committee focused on “hunting down subversives” and volunteered to lead the inquiry himself.

“We need a new HUAC but you can’t call it HUAC,” Savage said, “but we have to unmask the traitors within because we’re facing grave danger from these traitors.”

Savage named dozens of supposedly “subversive” groups that he wants investigated, including People For the American Way, the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn, Center for American Progress, Black Lives Matter, Media Matters and the National Council of Churches.

“If Trump wins, which is a longshot by the way with the voter fraud that’s on the horizon, the electronic fraud is being set up as I speak by the vermin that work for Soros and others, they’re going to steal the election as sure as I’m sitting here, but if Trump should win, that’s when our work really would begin,” he said.

Trump has appeared on Savage’s show several times and even floated the possibility of naming him to a position in his administration. Savage has previously said that Trump should “rule by decree” and deliberately violate the civil rights of liberals.

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