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Pat Robertson: Gay People And Hillary Clinton Are Out To Destroy Freedom

On “The 700 Club” today, televangelist Pat Robertson once again charged that the gay rights movement is bent on destroying freedom, telling viewers that the gay community seeks to impose “totalitarian” socialism on America. He also implicated Hillary Clinton in the supposed gay plot to destroy liberty, claiming that she “wants to do away with the First Amendment, or at least part of it.”

Robertson was speaking about Indiana’s “religious freedom” law, which he falsely suggested was no different from the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“Now this bunch of gays, what they have done is single out — for example, there will be a city and there will be five bakeshops, four out of the five will do wedding cakes for anybody that wants them, gay, lesbian, Muslim, Hindu, anybody, they’ll do cakes. One little company says, ‘No, we’re Christian, we won’t do homosexual wedding cakes.’ So they sue that one and force that one, because the idea now is not tolerance, it is conformity, they’re going to make you go along with their lifestyle whether you like it or not,” Robertson said.

“That’s not freedom, ladies and gentlemen, that is totalitarian coercion, and that’s what those people want. Liberals are not liberal, they are totalitarian socialists. They want the government to force everybody into their mold.”

Anti-LGBT Group: Gay Marriage Violates Separation Of Church And State

The Family Research Council announced today that it has partnered with Rick Santorum’s film company, EchoLight Studios, to produce a short film for churches to air during the April 26 event “Stand for Marriage Sunday: Religious Freedom at Risk.

In the film, which features appearances by Santorum and Mike Huckabee, the FRC warns that a Supreme Court ruling striking down bans on same-sex marriage would jeopardize religious freedom and undermine the separation of church and state. The film mentions cases in Oregon and Washington state where a baker and florist, respectively, were sued for violating their states’ non-discrimination laws — not marriage laws — for refusing service to gay customers. (The baker and florist both lost their cases).

The new FRC film, narrated by the group’s president, Tony Perkins, points to the lawsuits as signs of a dark future in which the government will infringe on the rights of religious people in order to promote gay equality.

Watch highlights here:

The Five Worst Attacks On Hillary Clinton In The Last Five Days

Long a target of frenzied right-wing smear campaigns, Hillary Clinton faced attacks during her tenure as secretary of state from activists and pundits who claimed she was trying destroy the U.S., impose Sharia law and shut down churches across America. And that doesn’t even include the Benghazi truthers who have tried to exploit the deadly 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Libya by coming up with bizarre, easily debunked, conspiracy theories about Clinton’s handling of the incident. 

Now that Clinton has officially announced her second presidential run, the right-wing media has kicked off its latest round of Clinton-bashing. Here are just five of the lowlights from the last five days of right-wing anti-Clinton hysteria.

5. Maybe She’s A Lesbian…

While Family Research Council President Tony Perkins argues that Clinton’s inclusion of two gay couples in her campaign launch video shows that she ultimately seeks “the complete demotion of the natural family,” the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios has a different explanation. Rios said on her radio show yesterday that “rumors swirl” about Clinton’s own sexual orientation, claiming that the former first lady and senator has a long history of “embracing homosexuality” and promoting “lesbianism.”

4. ‘Permanent Darkness’

Shortly after the news of Clinton’s impending announcement broke on Friday, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre kicked off his group’s annual summit — attended by several GOP presidential hopefuls — by rolling out a list of purported “scandals” that he blamed on Clinton, including the 1993 death of White House aide Vince Foster.

LaPierre also trotted out his patented paranoia, telling the NRA crowd that “Hillary Rodham Clinton will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair, forced upon the American people to endure.”

Rafael Cruz, Sen. Ted Cruz’s father and close adviser, delivered a similarly bleak message in a speech to a Georgia Tea Party group, asserting that “if we have someone like Hillary Clinton elected in 2016, you might as well kiss this country goodbye, this country’s gone.”

3. Chipotle? Scandal!

In another sign that Clinton will be criticized no matter what she does, one Fox News panel slighted her for visiting an Iowa Chipotle with her aide Huma Abedin, whom host Andrea Tantaros suggested was hungover. Tantaros even speculated that Clinton only ordered food from Chipotle because she is afraid that Sen. Marco Rubio may be consolidating the Latino vote.

2. Persecuted White Men

Bill O’Reilly, a staunch defender of the persecuted white Christian man, said that Clinton’s candidacy has potential because “traditional American values” are under assault. Reacting to the announcement of Clinton’s presidential bid, the Fox News host said that she has an “advantage” in a climate like today’s where “if you’re a Christian or a white man in America, it’s open season on you.”

1. Too Ugly To Be President

Surprising nobody, sexist attacks on Clinton’s age and looks began as soon as the news broke about her announcement. Fox News pundit Sean Hannity laid out his compelling case against Clinton like so: “She’s aging, out of ideas, often shrill, apparently, according to oral reports, angry and clearly not inspiring.” Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman called her the “Wicked Witch of the Left,” saying she is only “technically a woman.”

Don Feder, a Religious Right activist with the World Congress of Families, took it even further, writing that Clinton’s “hideousness factor” should preclude her from the presidency.

“Lyndon Baines Johnson was the last profoundly ugly candidate to be elected president, and he was a legacy of the martyred JFK,” Feder wrote. “Voters don't want a leader who looks frazzled or frumpy. We're told that Lincoln was too homely to be elected president in an age of television and paparazzi. But Lincoln's homely face had a dignity, a gravitas. If nothing else, we want a face that reassures us, not one that scares us, a la Night of the Living Alinskyites.”

Rand Paul: 'No' On DREAM Act And Birthright Citizenship

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul recently sat down with the far-right outlet WorldNetDaily to discuss immigration reform, an issue about which he has been all over the map. The Republican presidential candidate, who stated in 2013 that any legal status for undocumented immigrants should “start with DREAM Act kids” but backed last year’s GOP plan to end the program that protects DREAMers from deportation, told WND that “I would’ve voted ‘no’" on the DREAM Act.

Paul also told WND’s Taylor Rose that he wants to end birthright citizenship, a key provision of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, claiming that it is turning the U.S. into “a magnet for the world” and lets “everybody come in here, have children and they all become citizens.”

Paul added that while it isn’t “fair” to send DREAMers “back to Mexico,” it also isn’t fair “to say they can stay and everybody else like them from Mexico can come also.”

“The DREAM Act alone I would’ve voted ‘no’ on because the DREAM Act didn’t fix the border,” he said. This led the senator to criticize the Motor Voter Act, saying that it has allowed for undocumented immigrants to commit voter fraud.

When Rose asked Paul about the unemployment rate in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota, the senator blamed it on immigration, adding that he “hasn’t met any farmers who say Americans will pick crops.”

“Americans are unwilling to work for $8 an hour and pick crops because they can sit at home and watch soap operas for government pay for 10 bucks an hour,” Paul said. “The problem is, we have a very generous safety net, maybe overly generous. What I say is if they look like you or look like me and they hop out of their truck, they shouldn’t be on disability.”

Referring to a “picture of a Social Security office floating around the internet,” he said that Americans won’t take low-paying jobs because it is easier to claim that they are disabled in order to collect Social Security benefits.

Louie Gohmert: Gays Are Persecuting 'Christians All Across America'

In an interview on the “Faith & Liberty” radio show last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, repeated his refrain that “Christians are the only people that it is politically correct to persecute” in America, warning that the U.S. is “not going to continue to see the blessings that America has experienced in the past” because of this supposedly widespread anti-Christian persecution.

When host Dave Garrison posited that gay people have become the “intolerant” ones, Gohmert agreed and said that it is “extremely unfortunate that Christians all over the country now are being persecuted for believing what Moses said” about marriage.

Tony Perkins: Hillary Clinton Seeks 'The Complete Demolition Of The Natural Family'

In his daily “Washington Update” email to Family Research Council members last night, the group’s president, Tony Perkins, once again castigated Hillary Clinton for including two gay couples in her presidential campaign kickoff video.

Perkins, who said on his “Washington Watch” radio show yesterday that the inclusion of the gay couples in the video shows that Clinton’s “definition of family is a bit different” from his, wrote in the email that Clinton’s aim is “the complete demolition of the natural family.”

“Over her long career as a senator and America’s top diplomat, Hillary Clinton has been a global advocate for abortion-on-demand and the complete demolition of the natural family, making her anything but an ally of children or the family,” Perkins wrote. “Even her presidential announcement video made a point of elevating the homosexual agenda above other key American priorities.”

Attacking Clinton as “out of touch” for focusing on “radical fringe issues” like gay rights, Perkins demanded that GOP presidential hopefuls take a vocal stance on social issues and “contend with those in far away [sic] places trying to kill people because of their religion — while also contending with those here at home who want to kill the freedom of religion.”

Over her long career as a senator and America’s top diplomat, Hillary Clinton has been a global advocate for abortion-on-demand and the complete demolition of the natural family, making her anything but an ally of children or the family. Even her presidential announcement video made a point of elevating the homosexual agenda above other key American priorities. “I’m getting married this summer to someone I really care about,” says one man in the video before the camera pans to him holding hands with another man. “When families are strong,” viewers hear Mrs. Clinton saying, “America is strong.” In the next frame, another same-sex couple is featured. Proving once again just how out of touch the Left is with mainstream America, the ad ignores the military and the global threat in favor of radical fringe issues.

If the two minutes of Hillary’s YouTube announcement demonstrated anything, it’s that Republicans need a candidate who is in clear contrast to the Obama-Clinton agenda -- not just in rhetoric, but in record. After the failures of the last two Republican bids for the White House, a number of GOP hopefuls seem anxious to verify their conservative credentials on a full-portfolio of issues. Obviously, they’ve gotten the message that voters are not looking for a Republican, they are looking for a conservative leader who has the courage to act and undo what this administration has done. We need a leader who will not apologize for America’s exceptionalism, but embrace the source of it. And we need a leader who will contend with those in far away [sic] places trying to kill people because of their religion -- while also contending with those here at home who want to kill the freedom of religion. In this year’s field, there is reason for optimism with candidates who have fought for children and families.

Louie Gohmert: Obama Administration Is The 'Enemy Within'

In an interview on Ohio Christian University’s “Faith & Liberty” radio program last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, blasted the Obama administration’s handling of the Iranian nuclear negotiations, claiming that the White House “betrayed” Israel “by showing their enemies their nuclear program.”

“Those are the kind of things that an enemy does,” Gohmert said. “An enemy within. There will be consequences for the betrayals of this administration. As the leaders of our country, it is a little scary the kind of betrayals there have been.”

Gohmert said that while he has been “praying that God would be merciful and give us better government that we deserve,” American voters have picked leaders who were not God’s “choice.”

“We’re going to be accountable for the bad leaders that we have and we have leaders that do things that harm the world, harm Christianity, harm Israel and we’re accountable for that,” Gohmert said.

Rafael Cruz: 'Diversity' And Nazi-Inspired Common Core Are Destroying America

In an address to an anti-Common Core rally in the early GOP primary state of South Carolina in February, Rafael Cruz warned that the Common Core education standards are a Hitler-like plan for “brainwashing” children.

Cruz’s son, presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, has made “repealing” the academic standards a key plank of his campaign, even though they are adopted by states and not part of any federal statute that can be repealed. The elder Cruz told the group, South Carolina Parents Involved in Education, that “Common Core is not about education, Common Core is about control.”

“In Nazi Germany, Hitler said, ‘Give me the children and I will rule the world.’ That’s what’s behind Common Core,” he said. “It’s brainwashing of our children, it’s changing and destroying the foundations that have made America the greatest country on the face of the earth.”

Later in the speech, Cruz said that Common Core is “molding the minds to adopt a secular worldview which destroys American exceptionalism, which destroys the historical foundations of America, which destroys what has made America a unique place in the world.”

After warning that government “brainwashing” is bringing about the “destruction of our Judeo-Christian foundation” and “our religious liberty,” Cruz blasted “the concept of ‘diversity,’” which he called “totally opposite of what made America great.”

“Diversity is the opposite of the melting pot,” he continued. “It is just trying to divide everybody into a series of little groups that all become something else than Americans, that all are being portrayed as victims of an evil society, and as victims they have no choice but become dependent on almighty government.”

Tony Perkins Attacks Hillary Clinton For Counting Gay Couples As Families

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins was not happy that Hillary Clinton included two gay couples in her campaign launch video, in which she says that “when families are strong, America is strong.”

“Her definition of family is a bit different,” Perkins said on his “Washington Watch” radio program yesterday. “She actually had same-sex couples there in her video.”

Perkins then asked his guest, Terry Jeffrey of the conservative outlet CNSNews, if GOP presidential hopefuls will address the marriage debate during the campaign.

Jeffrey was not optimistic, citing what he called the “almost incomprehensible” interview that Rand Paul recently gave to CNN on the subject and warning that “married folks with families” are going to stay home from the polls if Republicans are not vocal in their opposition to marriage equality.

“So it seemed to me that Rand Paul yesterday was essentially surrendering the marriage issue,” Jeffrey said. “If you have a candidate that does that, a Republican Party candidate who does that in the fall election, then there is going to be millions of voters all over America — especially people who are married folks with families who get out and go to work and support and raise their own kids and believe in the Judeo-Christian moral tradition that made America great and made America free — you will have millions of voters like that say ‘wait a minute’ and they’re going to be turned off and some of them, quite frankly, aren’t going to want to vote for somebody who takes that position.”

Perkins agreed with Jeffrey’s assessment, alleging that Mitt Romney lost the election because he didn’t take a more vocal stand on social issues.

Anti-Muslim Pundit: Capitol Police Should Arrest Muslim 'Terrorist' Lobbyists

Conservatives were outraged last year when several Muslim-American groups launched an umbrella organization with the mission of “coordinating the efforts of Muslim organizations” and “bridging the gap between national and local leaderships.”

John Guandolo, a disgraced former FBI agent who has a long history of peddling conspiracy theories, including claims that CIA director John Brennan and President Obama are secret Muslims and that Tennessee is falling under Sharia law, joined the American Family Association’s Sand Rios yesterday to attack the group, the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, for organizing a National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Guandolo said that the activists involved are “terrorists” who should have been arrested by the police.

“They’re Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas organizations, why are they being allowed up on Capitol Hill,” he said. “Where is the Capitol Police? Where is the FBI? I encourage all of your listeners to call DHS. You know, DHS has a ‘see something, say something’ program where you can go online or you can call them, I’d call them and say, ‘There are terrorists up on Capitol Hill today and I’d like to know what you are doing about it.’”

Rios directed her indignation at Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist who some on the far right believe is a Muslim Brotherhood agent, and GOP strategist Karl Rove: “We are weak and it started under President Bush. What’s the matter — President Bush, why did you do this? Why did you listen to people like Grover Norquist and Karl Rove, who allowed the worst kind of Islamists to come into your office and mislead you and set us on a trajectory that I’m not sure we can recover from?”

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