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Cruz, Huckabee And Jindal Will Join Pastor Who Wants Gays Put To Death

The organizer of the “National Religious Liberties Conference” in Des Moines, Iowa, announced today that Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal have committed to speaking at the summit, which will take place next month. One speaker at the conference, Iowa radio host Steve Deace, has said that Ben Carson has also RSVP’d for the event, although Carson’s name was not included in today’s press release.

Kevin Swanson, the conference’s chief organizer, is a far-right pastor and host of the “Generations Radio” program, on which he has frequently claimed that the government should put gay people to death, warned that the Girl Scouts and the movie “Frozen” turn girls into lesbians and blamed natural disasters on gay people and women who wear pants. (Update: Swanson is not the only activist speaking at the conference who backs the death penalty for homosexuality).

We have documented Swanson’s radical record in great detail, including his tirades against William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Desmond Tutu and Taylor Swift.

Swanson on homosexuality:

  • Defended a Ugandan measure to make homosexuality a criminal offense punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty, saying he was glad the country was “standing strong” by adopting extreme anti-gay laws.

And there’s more!

  • Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina were divine punishments of “pro-homosexual” cities.
  • Homosexuality is a “disease.”

Swanson on women:

  • Helping women in Kenya own their own cows will “obliterate” the family.

Swanson on pop culture:

  • Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry sing “demon songs.”

Swanson on other topics:

Pat Robertson: Kids 'Celebrate Satan' On Halloween

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson issued his annual warning about Halloween, this time in the introduction to a story about a Ugandan woman who blamed her frequent nightmares on her family’s relationship with a witchdoctor.

Robertson said that the woman's story was a cautionary tale to all the children dressing up in costumes this Halloween, whom he believes unwittingly “celebrate Satan” during the holiday.

Mike Huckabee Inadvertently Praises Fetal Tissue Research At GOP Debate

At last night’s Republican presidential debate, Mike Huckabee offered a convenient solution to all of America’s health care concerns: Rather than focus on improving access to health care, why not just cure all the diseases that make people sick?

“We don't have a health care crisis in America, we have a health crisis,” he said. “And until we deal with the health of Americans and do what we did with polio — when I was a little kid, we eradicated it. You know how much money we spent on polio last year in America? We didn't spend any. We’ve saved billions of dollars.”

Huckabee conveniently failed to mention that we wouldn’t have the polio vaccine — among others — without fetal tissue research, a practice he wants to ban and has roundly criticized in the wake of deceptive sting videos targeting Planned Parenthood.

“One of the earliest advances with fetal tissue was to use fetal kidney cells to create the first poliovirus vaccines, which are now estimated to save 550,000 lives worldwide every year,” CNN reported. “In the early days of making the vaccine, researchers infected fetal kidney cells in Petri dishes to produce a large amount of virus that they could then harvest, purify and use to vaccinate people. (The virus evolves to become less deadly when it infects cells out of the body, and thus could safely be given to people to prime their immune system for the real thing.) Today manufacturers of the polio vaccine use other types of human cells, which weren’t available in the mid-1900s. They also use monkey cells, which they originally avoided for fear that making the vaccine in animal cells could put people at risk of diseases from other species. Many of our other common vaccines, such as chicken pox, rubella and shingles, have been produced in tissue derived from fetuses, particularly two electively terminated pregnancies from the 1960s.”

Seeing that Huckabee has floated the idea of using the National Guard to raid abortion clinics and promised to outlaw abortion by executive fiat, he should probably give a close look into the development of the polio vaccine.

Ted Nugent: South Carolina Teen Who Was Violently Arrested 'Had It Coming'

NRA board member Ted Nugent came to the defense of the South Carolina police officer who was fired after his violent arrest of a black high school student, writing in WorldNetDaily today that “that high school brat had it coming.”

Nugent, proudly boasting that he was challenging “political correctness” and “liberal denial freaks,” wrote that he was proud of the officer for having “yanked the Spring Valley High School defiant brat out of her classroom desk and dragged her kicking and squealing like the disobedient punk she is.”

“Act like an animal and you will end up being treated like an animal,” he added.

I would like to obliterate the obscenity of political correctness yet once again by offering a huge Nuge thank you and SALUTE to Columbia, South Carolina, Senior Deputy Ben Fields. You know, that master of “improvise, adapt and overcome” good citizen cop all good Americans have come to admire and respect, who yanked the Spring Valley High School defiant brat out of her classroom desk and dragged her kicking and squealing like the disobedient punk she is.

As the liberal denial freaks recoil in feigned horror at such “unnecessary” violent disruption by the good officer Fields, I am proud to stand with the many millions of Americans who know damn well she had it coming, and clearly long overdue at that.

Here's a basic principle of life for anybody with a soul: obey!

By all accounts, the brat, like so many undisciplined brats before her, simply refused to obey the rules, refused to obey the teacher, refused to obey the principal and refused to obey officer Fields.

By all these consistent indicators, how much do you want to bet she disobeyed her parents and every other authority figure her entire life, and got away with it?

Finally, somebody did the right thing and gave the poor child a dose of reality that will probably save her life, unless she is let off again. Political correctness still reigns supreme, and a guy that did the right thing has been fired. I still stand with Fields.

Obey and you won't get ripped from your desk and put under control.

Act like an animal and you will end up being treated like an animal.

Tony Perkins: Criticism Of Pro-Censorship Group Is An Attempt To Silence Christians!

Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Family Research Council officials Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg chatted about the World Congress of Families, the international gathering of social conservative activists taking place this week in Salt Lake City, which Sprigg will be attending.

The two were upset that LGBT advocacy groups have criticized the World Congress of Families, with Perkins insisting that criticism of the event amounts to an attempt to “silence” conservative Christians and Sprigg laughably asserting that “the vast majority” of the discussions at the Utah conference “really don’t have anything to do with homosexuality.”

This is a tad ironic, since the World Congress of Families actually backed a Russian law censoring pro-LGBT speech.

The group, an offshoot of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, signed on to a statement [PDF] defending the notorious speech law, which bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships” to minors and has been used to criminalize speech in favor of LGBT rights:

We acknowledge that the Russian law protects the innocence of children and the basic rights of their parents recognized in the international legislation and treaties. With its new law Russia is protecting genuine and universally recognized human rights against artificial and fabricated "values" aggressively imposed in many modern societies. We also note that the concepts of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are not outlined in the existing binding international treaties and agreements.

We thus call for respect of the sovereignty of the Russian people and we invite all organizations and people who feel responsible for the protection of the innocence of children and their rights, the natural family and parental rights to stand up for Russia, as well as for Ukraine and Moldova suffering the same pressure due to similar laws.

World Congress of Families spokesman Larry Jacobs hailed the law as a “great idea,” and Alexey Komov, the organization’s representative in Russia, similarly boasted that “a huge number of people and human rights organizations around the world are supporting Russia in an effort to protect their children and their family values from aggressive immoral propaganda.”

So while Sprigg and Perkins are attacking groups for merely criticizing the World Congress of Families, it is the World Congress of Families that has actually supported efforts to censor speech.

Rafael Cruz: LGBT Community Will 'Try To Legalize Pedophilia'

Ted Cruz’s father and campaign surrogate Rafael Cruz addressed today’s convening of the anti-LGBT World Congress of Families in Salt Lake City, where he told one attendee following his remarks that one of the goals of the LGBT community is to legalize pedophilia.

The elder Cruz, who has previously claimed that gay members of the Boy Scots are “potential sexual predators” and criticized gay rights as a demonicdangerous and anti-American agenda, said in a video posted by Political Research Associates that “the thing that they’re going to push is to try to legalize pedophilia.” He made the comments while speaking to J. Lester Feder of BuzzFeed News, who asked him about similar statements he had made linking the gay rights movement to pedophilia earlier that day.

When the questioner asked if he thought “the LGBT community is going to push that,” Cruz replied, “Yes I believe so.”

PRA told us that the question initially posed to Cruz was: “During the panel, several speakers alluded to a connection between LGBT people and pedophilia. Do you think that’s true?”

Ben Carson's Budget Plan Makes Absolutely No Sense

CNBC is hosting tonight's Republican presidential debate, and the business news network is likely to press candidates on their views on fiscal and economic policy. This presents a great opportunity to raise questions about the proposals offered by the new GOP frontrunner, Ben Carson, who is leading polls among Iowa Republicans and tops the most recent New York Times/CBS News survey of Republican voters nationwide.

While Carson's string of bigoted and head-scratching statements have received the most attention from the media, his fiscal plan deserve scrutiny, as it relies on pure fantasy. His policies include:

Essentially, Carson plans to dramatically reduce revenues with huge tax cuts for high earners (while raising taxes on the 47 percent of people who — while responsible for paying other forms of taxes — do not owe federal income taxes), approve some spending cuts while reversing the current dip in defense spending, and then magically balance the budget by the end of his first term all the while running the risk of creating a global financial crisis due to his refusal to raise the debt limit.

As Tim Worstall of the conservative Adam Smith Institute wrote in Forbes, Carson's plan flies in the face of "the simplest of logic and mental arithmetic."

The watchdog group Citizens for Tax Justice ran the numbers on Carson's Bible-based 10 percent flat tax, and the results were striking. The group found that his proposal "would yield tax revenues of only $1.1 trillion." Compare that to the country's current budget outlook, where the government expects to take in approximately $3.5 trillion in tax revenue and spend around $4 trillion. Carson's proposal would cover just over a quarter of current spending levels.

However, Carson has not revealed where he would find trillions of dollars in cuts to balance the budget, which he would require himself to do through the Balanced Budget Amendment. Instead, Carson would balloon the deficit, which this year sunk to $435 billion, by $3 trillion.

Carson insists on the stump that a freeze on federal spending will balance the budget in just four years: "We don't raise it one penny for three or four years and the budget will be balanced, just like that."

But he offers no realistic plan to make up for the massive revenue shortfall resulting from his biblical tax policy.

Carson said that he would impose a government hiring freeze and order cuts for departmental budgets of between 3 to 4 percent. Slate's Jordan Weissmann points out that even if "you were to cut all federal outlays, including Medicare, Medicaid, military spending, and social security, by 4 percent, you would save less than $150 billion." Weissmann also noted that a strict government hiring freeze "would only save about $50 billion over a decade."

Weissmann's admittedly generous estimates are even more generous when you consider the fact that Carson has said he would not cut defense spending, the largest outlay of U.S. discretionary spending, and that his Medicare and Medicaid replacement plan would likely cost more than the current health system.

Even using Weissmann's figure, which is already too kind, Carson doesn't come anywhere close to making up for the trillions of dollars in lost revenue that would result from his flat tax.

The presidential candidate also doesn't seem to understand how the debt ceiling works.

The debt ceiling allows the government to borrow money in order to “fund obligations already legislated by Congress.” Without doing so, the U.S. is at risk of default.

In an interview with Marketplace, though, Carson said he would oppose raising the debt ceiling and pledged that if elected president he "would not sign an increased budget." Of course, increased budget spending is not the same as raising the debt ceiling, which covers money Congress has already allocated. He also told Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal that he would prevent a default on the debt by telling the government to "get on the stick." Carson similarly told The Hill that "there will not be any budget signed that increases our debt ceiling" when he's president.

Economists across the board agree that a failure to raise the debt ceiling would have catastrophic effects on not just America's economy but also the global financial system.

While Carson is quite sure that his policies will balance the budget "just like that" and foreclose any need to raise the debt ceiling, his plan would, if anything, lead to a huge increase in the deficit while at the same time risking a financial crisis.

Carson's proposal is an obvious pipe dream in which the U.S. can easily fix its fiscal problems with enormous tax breaks for high earners and vague spending cuts, and it should not be taken seriously even by a media that always tries to find “both sides” to a story.

But it appears that Carson's disastrous plan hasn't disqualified him in the party that invariably touts the laughable claim that it is the party of fiscal responsibility. Carson is now the leading Republican contender, and his closest rival thus far is, well, Donald Trump.

Right-Wing Pundit Prays God Will Punish Hillary Clinton Since Republicans Failed To

Channeling Michele Bachmann, WorldNetDaily columnist and Fox News regular Morgan Brittany predicted today that Hillary Clinton is set to win the presidential election and “it’s obvious that there is nothing to stop this inevitable victory except an act of God.”

Upset that Clinton didn’t trip up during her testimony before the Benghazi Special Committee last week, Brittany wrote that Clinton’s election is now unavoidable: “At this point it doesn’t look like anything can stop the Clintons from returning to the White House. If none of our best interrogators can get anything to stick, no one can.”

Wondering if Clinton’s “nomination and eventual presidency has been a set up from the get-go,” Brittany wrote that she will continue to “hope and pray that at some point the Clintons will have to answer for all of their lies, corruption and greed to a higher power, and perhaps at that point justice will finally be served.”

I must admit that in all of my years on this earth I have never seen two people get away with more lies, obfuscation and corruption than Bill and Hillary Clinton. After listening to her 11 hours of testimony about Benghazi this week, I was sure that some way, somehow she would be held accountable for something. Alas, that idea was just wishful thinking. I was at least hoping that after her emails showed that she knew the Benghazi attack was not connected to the video she would have said that she was sorry for what she told the victims’ families – but of course, she couldn’t do that, could she?

At this point it doesn’t look like anything can stop the Clintons from returning to the White House. If none of our best interrogators can get anything to stick, no one can. She snookered them into holding the hearing in public so that she could pull out the sympathy card, firmly holding her head high as they “bullied” her. I’m sure she had months with an acting coach to pull that off.

Her nomination and eventual presidency has been a set up from the get-go. Anyone who doesn’t see it has to be blind, and the sad thing is that it doesn’t look like anything can be done about it. The fix has been in for years, and that’s why the Democratic Party has no viable candidate running except her. Jim Webb knows it, Chaffee knows it (both of whom have dropped out of the race), even Bernie Sanders knows that he is just there as a sham candidate. The media will continue its fake reporting, gushing over how wonderfully presidential she is and pretending that this is an actual election. As such, it’s obvious that there is nothing to stop this inevitable victory except an act of God.

The Republican donor class certainly isn’t doing anything to counter her at this point. Who knows? Could they even want her to win?

I just hope and pray that at some point the Clintons will have to answer for all of their lies, corruption and greed to a higher power, and perhaps at that point justice will finally be served.

Linda Harvey: LGBT Youth Possessed By 'Demonic Spirits'

Mission America’s Linda Harvey dedicated her weekly WorldNetDaily column today to likening the LGBT community to “a Halloween haunted house,” claiming that “our increasingly bizarre youth culture now conjures up the godless spirit of Halloween every day to molest the souls of vulnerable kids.”

She decried an ESPN story about a young gay lacrosse player, lamenting that “denying one’s actual male heterosexual biology is heroic and courageous in the truth-free ‘LGBT’ parallel universe,” and similarly criticized a trans teen’s decision to have sex reassignment surgery as a “sham.”

“Welcome to sexual-anarchist America, where it’s Halloween every day,” Harvey wrote. “And it’s just as spooky and godless as the real Halloween on Oct. 31. Demonic spirits are hard at work in the souls of many confused, defenseless children, seducing them to embrace nightmares of mutilated identity and dehumanizing sexual practices.”

It’s ghastly and menacing, fiendish and chilling. Have we entered a Halloween haunted house?

No, we’re navigating the horrifying and ugly world of American sexuality, which is becoming an outright freak show. Our increasingly bizarre youth culture now conjures up the godless spirit of Halloween every day to molest the souls of vulnerable kids.

A 12- year- old lacrosse player declared himself to be “gay” back in August, and ESPN broadcast this to the whole world. There goes any chance for this boy to grow up in privacy and be allowed the freedom to change his mind. No, that would be homophobic. Better to trap him with this false label for the good of the movement. Denying one’s actual male heterosexual biology is heroic and courageous in the truth-free “LGBT” parallel universe.

And the sports media’s embrace of this anti-male, child-threatening agenda is a baffling voodoo trick in and of itself.

A 17-year-old Chicago girl recently had healthy breasts amputated because she read about the possibility of becoming “transgendered” and decided this was the answer to her depression and suicidal tendencies – and her parents said, “Well, OK.” So Emily is now called “Emmett” and has just begun hormone therapy to (supposedly) become a male.

Which will never happen. It’s all a sham, and our children are the innocent victims. This child was advised and treated by Lurie Children’s Hospital and homosexual HIV-positive pediatrician Dr. Robert Garofalo.

Similarly, “Gavin” Grimm, a wannabe boy in Gloucester County, Virginia, has launched a battle over her demand to invade the privacy of boys in their school restroom. A federal judge ruled this summer that Title IX sex discrimination federal law does not apply, unlike the ACLU and the Obama administration maintain.

Title IX is based on biological, not imaginary gender. So this girl has now sued for a new judge, presumably one less in touch with reality.

Welcome to sexual-anarchist America, where it’s Halloween every day. And it’s just as spooky and godless as the real Halloween on Oct. 31.

Demonic spirits are hard at work in the souls of many confused, defenseless children, seducing them to embrace nightmares of mutilated identity and dehumanizing sexual practices.

Carl Gallups: Making Fun Of Conservative Christians Will Lead To Another Holocaust

In an interview with WorldNetDaily last week, End Times author Carl Gallups said that conservative Christians in America are facing horrendous persecution, warning that simple jokes will put America on the path of Nazi Germany, but this time with a genocide targeting Christians.

After warning that the Obama administration is plotting to “take the guns” so “the population can be brought into submission,” he said that America is transforming into Nazi Germany. Christians, according to Gallups, are a chief target of this diabolical scheme because freedoms, such as the right to bear arms, are rooted in Christianity.

“Every nation that has eventually and finally either enslaved its people or Nazi Germany, just eliminated and exterminated whole sections of the undesirable populations, they didn’t begin with gun control, they began with a marginalization of that population, lampooning, lambasting [and] making fun of.” He added that the entertainment industry and public schools, which he referred to as “government reeducation camps,” were contributing to anti-Christian bias in America.

Gallups went on to warn that the Kim Davis saga and jokes about conservative Christians may cause the religion to be banned altogether. “You lampoon them first and then finally you get to the point where in most countries it’s outlawed,” he said. 

He then connected the shooting at a black church in South Carolina with the supposed persecution of the Kentucky clerk, saying, “There’s the targeting, Kim Davis, Houston, the church in South Carolina, the targeting of Christians and the government, rather than making peace, rather than speaking words of wisdom and words of balance, it’s this radical agenda of ‘we just got to take the guns.’”

Gallups praised Tennessee Lt. Gov. Chris Ramsey for calling on Christians to buy guns, saying that people like Ramsey know that Christians in America “are being targeted” due to the “huge Islamic influx,” “the radical abortion movement” and “the radical homosexual movement,” which he said plans to use the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling to “bring the whole culture down.”

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