On “The 700 Club” today, Pat Robertson criticized a Washington judge’s ruling that a florist who denied service to a same-sex couple seeking flowers for their wedding violated a state antidiscrimination law, calling the verdict “crazy.”
“This is outrageous,” Robertson said, “To tell a florist that she’s got to provide flowers for a particular kind of wedding? What if somebody wanted to marry his dog? She’s got to have flowers for that? What if there’s a polygamous situation where a guy has five wives and he wants to have five ceremonies and she’s going to be forced by the law to provide them flowers? This is crazy.”
He then pointed to a case from the 1980s in which a federal court ruled that Georgetown University must accommodate a gay student group to argue that schools and businesses should shut down rather than accommodate gay people.
David Barton is outraged that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg nodded off during the State of the Union address last month, which Ginsburg attributed to the “very fine California wine” that Justice Anthony Kennedy had shared at dinner that evening.
Barton writes in a WorldNetDaily column today that while he isn’t personally “calling for the removal of Ginsburg for her recent faux pas,” Justice Ginsburg’s nap represented bad behavior and disrespect to the U.S. Constitution, both offenses warranting impeachment and removal from office.
You may recall pictures of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sitting on the front row in the House Chamber sleeping during President Obama’s State of the Union Address. News recently broke explaining why: “I wasn’t 100 percent sober.”
A State of the Union message is a constitutionally mandated duty (Article II, Section 3), and for those who respect the Constitution, this address is serious stuff. But apparently not to Justice Ginsburg – which probably is not surprising given that her rulings routinely reflect a general dismissal of the Constitution and that she publicly advises leaders in other nations to seek something better than the U. S. Constitution for their country.
Regardless, it is certain that public intoxication by a Supreme Court justice does not inspire faith in the Judiciary. Luther Martin (one of the 55 delegates who framed the U. S. Constitution) warned: “It is necessary that the supreme judiciary should have the confidence of the people,” and to ensure this, the founders made certain that the federal bench could be ridded of those who embarrassed or misused it.
Citizens today might be dubious of such a statement, for we have long been told (and wrongly so) that federal judges have lifetime appointments. They do not – and it was the Founding Fathers themselves who specifically stipulated that federal judges could serve only for the duration of “good behavior” (Article III, Section 1). So as long as a judge acted right, he could stay on the bench, but if he acted otherwise, he could be removed. Nowhere in the Constitution is there any mention of, much less guarantee for, lifetime appointments for judges.
The first federal judge to be removed from the bench came at the behest of President Thomas Jefferson. That judge, John Pickering, was no obscure lightweight. Originally placed on the federal bench by President George Washington, Pickering had been a framer of the New Hampshire Constitution, served as the state’s governor, was selected as a delegate to frame the U.S. Constitution (but declined) and was subsequently a ratifier of the federal Constitution. So why was he removed? Among the reasons given was public intoxication (as well as a public disrespect for God). The Founding Fathers considered this to be bad behavior for a judge.
Don’t think I am calling for the removal of Ginsburg for her recent faux pas. Rather, I am pointing out that the current notion that federal judges are unaccountable because they have lifetime appointments is one of the greatest lies of our lifetime.
If America ever again expects the federal courts to be just one of three so-called “co-equal” branches rather than the supreme branch they have become, then we must recover the notion that our federal judges are not unaccountable demigods.
Rep. Steve King is furious that the U.S. plans to increase the number of refugees from the Syrian Civil War admitted into the U.S. from just 500 to between 1,000 and 2,000, which the Iowa Republican said is actually a plan to resettle “tens of thousands” of “quasi-refugees.”
“The President just appears to have no fear of the consequences of doing stupid things,” King said during an interview today on Newsmax. “You’re not going to get Syria fixed if you take the people out of there that need to be the ones doing that work to fix it and there’s no way to avoid through that network of getting ISIS members and terrorist and future terrorists brought into America. That’s like creating a hole and bringing people through it.”
King, who is one of the GOP’s top anti-immigrant voices, said President Obama “seems to believe that he can pour people into America here that we know are the sources of death and violence.”
Last week, Frank Gaffney invited Cliff Kincaid of the right-wing group Accuracy In Media to discuss Pope Francis on his “Secure Freedom Radio” program, and unsurprisingly, neither are fans of the new pope.
Gaffney, who just led a conference featuring likely Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, also spoke with Kincaid about how, in Kincaid’s words, the Pope is “sounding much like Obama” with his “socialist nonsense.”
Kincaid alleged that President Obama and Pope Francis are both working together to restore the Soviet Union: “It looks like Pope Francis is working with Obama to reconstitute the old Soviet empire.”
E.W. Jackson, the anti-gayactivist and unsuccessful GOP nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia, hosted a conference call this weekend to discuss his upcoming “National Reconciliation Service in Response to Ferguson and Racial Unrest.”
Jackson said America suffers from a “lack of leadership,” which explains “why we have a Supreme Court and many federal district courts that really don’t care about what the true definition of marriage is and have decided that they’re going to rewrite the rules with regards to marriage.”
“What’s next?” he asked. “Are we just going to head into the abyss of moral and spiritual and cultural relativism in which nothing matters but who has the might, power, the influence to make something happen, to make it acceptable, that there is no ultimate right and wrong, no absolutes? Is that where we’re going? It seems to be. We’re coming to a time where we’re going to have to stand up against it even if it means civil disobedience, even if it means going to jail.”
Jackson also criticized President Obama, who Jackson believes is an “evil presence” and mostlikelya Muslim, for being “so quick to condemn our country, so quick to condemn Christianity and so dead-set on defending Islam, no matter what, defend Islam.”
“Unless we speak clearly, unless pastors speak clearly to what is actually happening in our country, we are doomed,” Jackson said.
Back in 2003, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore became a hero in the eyes of many Religious Right activists when he defied a court ruling to remove a Ten Commandments monument that he installed in Alabama Supreme Court building's rotunda. After defying a federal court's ruling to move the monument out of the courthouse, Moore was eventually removed from his position by the state's court of the judiciary, only to return to his old post nearly 10 years later after winning the 2012 election.
Now, Moore is back in the national spotlight thanks to his demand that state judges refuse to abide by a federal court ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. And, once again, right-wing activists are rallying to Moore’s defense, endorsing his claim that state sovereignty and his personal reading of the Bible trump the authority of the federal courts.
Leading anti-gay groups including the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council have defended Moore, portraying his standoff with the federal judiciary as the latest example in their increasingly absurd victimization narrative. As they see it, Moore is facing unfair treatment because of his deeply-held religious beliefs and is taking a courageous stance against judicial overreach... and Satan.
Here are five of the ways that right-wing activists are defending Moore's anti-gay campaign:
5) Roy Moore IsJust Like Martin Luther King, Jr.
American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer is upset that some critics have compared Moore to the Southern leaders who openly defied federal laws and court orders during the civil rights era. Fischer, for his part, thinks that Moore is more like civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
The federal judge in the marriage case, according to Fischer, is the one "standing in the doorway" like Alabama Gov. George Wallace and following in the footsteps of Jim Crow supporters.
4) Roy Moore IsJust Like The Apostle Paul
After interviewing Moore on her radio program, American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios said that "Justice Moore in Alabama is standing on solid ground" while "the other justices around the country and attorneys general who have rushed to accommodate these federal judges have been out of line in doing that."
Rios added that "if the law contradicts something God has said in scripture" then people should "disobey the law."
"You may, like Justice Moore, lose your job, you may, like [the Apostle] Paul, lose your life," she said. "Some people may not like the way Justice Moore has done this but I admire any man who follows God, who is willing to give up things very precious to him in order to take a stand."
3) Roy Moore IsStopping Satan In His Tracks
Cindy Jacobs, a self-proclaimed prophet, said God told her that Alabama will become a beacon of light to the nation that will stop Satan's control over the judiciary.
Jacobs proclaimed: "God says, 'There will be an anointing come out of Alabama that is going to reserve the judicial activism that has been in this nation,' says God. 'I am going to give weight to your voice, I am going to give strength to your voice, I say Alabama will be a first fruit state that will be a bastion that will begin to undo the agendas to take the values of Jesus Christ out of this nation,' God says. 'And I'm going to use Alabama to reverse what Satan has done and it will tip the nation.'"
2) Roy Moore Is Stopping Non-Existent Hate Speech Laws
The right-wing legal group Liberty Counsel has praised Moore and pledged to "aggressively defend" any Alabama judge who follows his orders to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples. These judges, Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver wrote in an email to supporters, are facing "an all-out assault from radical homosexual organizations, which are threatening and demonizing these law-abiding judges.”
Although Staver told supporters last week that Liberty Counsel had “filed suit to have same-sex 'marriages' [in Alabama] cease until the United States Supreme Court rules on the issue early this summer," he told a conservative radio network just a day earlier that he thinks the state "does not have to obey" any Supreme Court decision that favors marriage equality.
Staver even claimed that Moore is preventing Alabama from following in the footsteps of states where "Christians and people of faith and values have been silenced through ‘hate speech’ laws."
Of course, laws prohibiting hate speech are unconstitutional and do not exist anywhere in America.
1) Roy Moore Stopping God's Wrath
The Alabama Republican Party is thrilled that Moore is flouting federal courts. Its chairman, Bill Armistead, wrote on the state party website that Moore's actions may fend off divine wrath:
So, how is it that God’s truth can be turned on its head as the debate now rages in Alabama regarding the meaning of marriage? The answer is that we, as a society, have become our own god. We have made God in our image. But, God will not be mocked. The State of Alabama and the United States of America will reap God’s wrath if we embrace and condone things that are abhorrent to God, such as redefining marriage as anything other than a union between one man and one woman.
Along with “prohibiting public funds for any activity licensing or supporting same-sex marriage; prohibiting public employees from recognizing same-sex marriage licenses; prohibiting spending public funds to enforce certain court orders,” the constitutionally dubious bill [PDF] also states that “[n]o employee of this state and no employee of any local governmental entity shall violate or interfere with the implementation of this act and continue to receive a salary, pension or other employee benefit at the expense of taxpayers of this state. If a judge violates this act, the judge shall be removed from office.”
“So which one’s the biggest threat? And you know, every day our young people, adults too, but especially our young people, are bombarded at school, in movies, in music, on TV, in the mall, in magazines, they’re bombarded with ‘homosexuality is normal and natural.’ It’s something they have to deal with every day. Fortunately we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day, and that’s what I mean,” Kern said back in 2011.
Kern also wants to make it law that any business can legally discriminate against “any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person, group or association.”
Renew America columnist Sylvia Thompson warned yesterday that if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on same-sex marriage, all Christians will be treated like “de facto criminals” which will further “the persecution of Christians in America.”
Such a ruling, according to Thompson, “will be purely a lawless decision aimed at the destruction of Judeo-Christianity, because its truths are the only impediment to the rampant hedonism that is the homosexual movement.”
She added that the LGBT rights movement is simply another part of “Satan’s game plan” to attack Christians: “Hitler's Nazis did it, Stalin's communists did it, and Islam's faithful are doing it to this day. Persecuting Christians.”
In a few months, five god-wannabes on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will issue an edict that enshrines homosexual sodomy into American law. There is the possibility that sanity and decency will reign and the Justices will take a lesson from the abortion ruling of some forty years ago – a ruling that tarnished the soul of America and is still being protested to this day. Given the rotted state of American culture and the deeply flawed occupants of the current court, that possibility is slim. What remains to be seen is if biblical Christians will bow to this travesty against Almighty God as they did to the killing of the unborn.
Unlike the abortion ruling that targeted only those involved directly or indirectly with women's health, criminalizing an opposition to sodomy (which a ruling to force homosexual marriage upon the states would effectively do) affects all biblical Christians. This ruling would render us de facto criminals, unable to uphold that law. We cannot accept homosexual behavior or any other sexual behaviors condemned by God, including adultery, fornication, incest or bestiality.
Although it is destined to get worse, the persecution of Christians in America has already begun. Homosexual activists have targeted many individuals and businesses solely because they are Christian. Steadfast Christians such as J. Matt Barber and Peter LaBarbara of AFTAH (Americans for Truth about Homosexuality), among others, have chronicled many such accounts. Christians are being dragged through the legal system by homosexuals riding the wave of immoral filth that Barack Obama and others of his ilk have visited upon the country.
This ruling, if rendered, will be purely a lawless decision aimed at the destruction of Judeo-Christianity, because its truths are the only impediment to the rampant hedonism that is the homosexual movement. Criminalizing Christianity in America paves the way for unbridled persecution of Christians under law. Throughout the ages, Satan's game plan has not changed. Hitler's Nazis did it, Stalin's communists did it, and Islam's faithful are doing it to this day. Persecuting Christians.
On Friday's edition of "Trunews," host Rick Wiles spoke with guest Brett Creamer about a "series of dreams and visions” Creamer had “in which he saw a tsunami wave strike the southeastern United States, and the aftermath of an economic collapse in which private property is seized from middle-class homeowners and given to illegal immigrants."
Wiles said that Creamer's dreams confirmed his suspicions that Obama may one day seize all private property, especially the homes of conservatives, and hand over the land to undocumented immigrants.
"There's a real possibility that all private property could be confiscated in the United States of America," Wiles said. "Could it be hard for you to imagine Barack Obama taking homes from middle class, conservative people and giving them to illegal immigrants who just came into the country? That's a no-brainer for me, that is a redistribution of wealth."
Wiles also feared that Obama, whom he called the "Muslim communist occupy[ing] the White House," is "waging jihad against the constitutional republic" and will soon "surrender the entire country to invading Russian and Chinese troops on American soil."
The End Times radio host alleged that Obama supports Boko Haram's attacks in which it is "slaughtering Christians and burning churches" and [is]that the president is "helping the Muslims takeover" Nigeria.
Yesterday on "Crosstalk," Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality said that there is still hope for gay people. Just as murderers sitting on death row who repent for their crimes can be saved, LaBarbera said, gay people can similarly repent for their homosexuality and seek deliverance from God.
He told host Vic Eliason of Voice of Christian Youth America that much like "people who are on death row for murder who get saved and will be in Heaven, we need to apply that love to people struggling with homosexuality or embracing that sin."
LaBarbera warned, however, that Satan is deceiving people on "issues of sexuality and gender," including Bruce Jenner, who according to several media reports may soon come out publicly as transgender.
He also railed against growing acceptance of gay people in the U.S. military while discussing reports about a home on an Arizona air base flying a rainbow-themed American flag. LaBarbera was outraged, pointing to the flag as a sign of the "homosexualization of the military."
"This corrupts the morals of young people and these men in the service and naturally there's a whole world, it's disgusting, but there's a world of gay porn where they fetishize men in uniform," LaBarbera said. "Why would you open up the military to a perversion like this?"