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Right Wing Round-Up - 9/17/14

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/17/14

  • The National Organization for Marriage needs donations because "the next six months may determine the future of marriage in America for generations to come!"
  • Poor people in America are not really poor, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation explains, because some of them own TVs and cars and have internet access.
  • Anne Graham Lotz responds to Jews who were upset by her assertion that they need Jesus to be saved by quoting the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans, which really ought to convince them.
  • Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana is not happy about judges allowing gay partners to be listed as the "spouse" on death certificates: "[R]ather than fully force same-sex marriage upon a state, they are chipping away at this through a public policy matter, knowing that this weakens marriage laws and [that] future judges can totally overturn the law by pointing back at these decisions."
  • Brian Camenker of MassResistance says that Scott Brown is nothing more than a liberal carpetbagger.
  • Finally, Vision America asks you to sign its voter pledge: "To restore religious freedom, I pledge to vote wisely in the upcoming political party primaries and general elections, and by reviewing factual data in Vision America Action's Voter Guide."

Glenn Beck's Self-Serving And Incoherent Standard Of Anti-Gay 'Hate'

As we have noted several times before, Glenn Beck seems to make a very self-serving distinction between strangers who hold anti-gay views and are therefore bigots and haters and other people who hold those exact same views but just so happen to be Beck's friends, in which case they are amazing uniters and a true force for good.

Nothing better demonstrates this disconnect that a segment from Beck's radio show today where he praised students at James Madison University for responding to an anti-gay preacher on campus by singing a hymn.

The preacher, according to Beck, was telling the students that they are all sinners who hate Jesus and were destined for Hell.  Eventually, the students began singing a hymn, which drowned out the preacher, and Beck was positively giddy.

"This is a perfect example of you do not defeat hate with hate," Beck said. "You defeat it with love."

The question, then, is just what was this preacher saying that was so "hateful" by Beck's standard? And how does anything he said in any way differ than the things that David Barton, Mat Staver, Tony Perkins, or any other Religious Right leader says every single day?

The same person who posted the video of the students singing also posted another video of the preacher before he was drown out and, to our ears, there was nothing said by him that we don't hear literally dozens of times every single day from all manner of Religious Right activists:

Next week, Beck is going to be speaking at the annual Values Voter Summit, which is hosted by a handful of anti-gay organizations, including The Family Research Council, the American Family Association, American Values, and Liberty Counsel, and which regularly features dozens of anti-gay activists as speakers.

So again, what differentiates what this campus preacher said, which Beck qualifies as unmitigated "hate," from what the people with whom Beck is eager to stand at the Values Voter Summit say every single day on their right-wing radio programs?

If there is a coherent explanation of what separates this preacher from, say, the Benham Brothers or Mat Staver or David Barton, all of whom Beck adores, we'd love to hear it.

Klingenschmitt: Satan Is Silencing God's Prophets Through Ex-Gay Therapy Bans

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt reacted to a recent decision by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upholding New Jersey's ban on the use of sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors by declaring that Satan is using lawmakers to silence the prophets of God.

"There is a demonic spirit of persecution that is in some politicians," he said. "The Devil is influencing them to persecute Christians and they're using the courts to do it, they're using these laws to do it, they want to silence the prophets!"

Those who practice such therapy, Kilngenschmitt said, are prophets who have been "called to help these people get free of their sin."

"This court is commanding psychologists, if you prophesy, if you quote the Bible, you're going to lose your license," Klingenschmitt declared. "You know what? They're the ones who are wrong and you're the ones who are right if you're trying to help a teen get free of their sin":

Staver: Contraception Mandate Just Like Nazi Gas Chambers

The topic of today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program was the lawsuit filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor against Obamacare's contraception accommodation for non-profit religious organizations, which Matt Barber and Mat Staver once again compared to Nazi Germany.

Under the accommodation, non-profit religious organizations that object to providing contraceptive coverage for employees simply have to file a letter noting their objections and then they "will not have to contract, arrange, pay for or refer contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds" as such contraception coverage will then be provided separately by the insurance provider.

That compromise, to Barber and Staver, is nothing short of pure evil and no different than the Nazis forcing people to gas the Jews.

"If you are being forced to pay for the gas in the chamber that is injected into that chamber to kill a Jew, that's one thing." Staver said. "On the other hand, if you are required to say 'you go right, you go left,' the ones that go to the left, they go to the gas chamber, you don't have to pay for that, but you have to make the decision to do it, it's the same thing. Whether I have to exchange a dollar or ten dollars or a thousand dollars to facilitate the death of a human being or whether I have to say 'I can't do it, I can't pull the trigger so therefore don't make me pull the trigger,' consequently since I've objected now a third party has to pull the trigger. There's no difference."

Barber agreed, saying that those who object "are still being forced to be complicit in that abortion homicide," which is exactly what President Obama wants because he "in large part, lives his life to enable people to kill others."

"This is good versus evil," Barber said, "and there's little question who's on the side of good here and who's on the side of evil":

Rick Joyner Says The Second Law Of Thermodynamics Disproves The Theory Of Evolution

During his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program last week, Rick Joyner set out to discuss the topic of "Bedlam on the Border" but quickly got distracted and ended up explaining instead how the Second Law of Thermodynamics fundamentally disproves the theory of evolution.

As Joyner explained it, the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that "everything will trend toward disorder unless it is acted upon by an outside, intelligent source." That is, of course, not what the law says at all, but in Joyner's understanding, it proves that evolution is false.

Joyner argued that the Second Law of Thermodynamics proves "absolutely to the kazillionth power" that all of the events necessary to create life on earth could not have happened by accident, before asserting that "a lot of people don't understand how that impacts the theory of evolution."

But Joyner does.

"It fundamentally disproves the theory of evolution," he said. "The theory of evolution is impossible. It is absolutely impossible. That's why they've never found the missing link. It doesn't exist. If it existed, you'd be finding it everywhere all the time. It would be everywhere you look ... And sooner or later, we've got to realize how stupid the theory of evolution is. You have really got to be out of touch to believe something like that":

Allow us to remind everyone that Joyner personally spent eight hours in Heaven recently, so he obviously knows what he is talking about.

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/16/14

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/16/14

  • Glenn Beck will be speaking at the Values Voter Summit again this year.
  • According to CBN's David Brody, just about every leading GOP presidential hopeful supports legislation "that would ban abortions in America after twenty weeks."
  • This is the actual title of Phyllis Schlafly's latest radio commentary: "Attacks on Religious Freedom Remind Us of Vietnam."
  • Bryan Fischer seems to think that Ray Rice has a good chance of being reinstated by the NFL because his suspension violates the Fifth Amendment's double jeopardy clause.
  • Finally, how is Kirk Cameron going to win the war on Christmas when his film will only be in theaters for two weeks?

Glenn Beck's Gut Tells Him The Vote For Scottish Independence Will Lead To 'Global Destabilization'

Most of Glenn Beck's crazy theories seem to originate somewhere in his gut, beginning with little more than a "feeling" that something is wrong and then migrating to his brain where he attempts to shape it into some quasi-coherent theory with varying degrees of success before eventually expelling it out his mouth.

Watching the process take place is truly something to behold and it happened not once, but twice, during yesterday's morning staff meeting as Beck first sought to explain why President Obama is using the term "ISIL" instead of "ISIS," though he struggled mightly to do so because the theory that he came up with did not fit with his worldview or even make any sense.

Later in the meeting, Beck went through the process again when he issued a dire warning about the upcoming vote on Scottish independence, saying that it would lead to widespread civil war and "global destabilization."

After admitting that something about this independence vote bothers him but he doesn't really know what it is or why, Beck concluded that world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin are "licking their chops over this" because it can be used to justify splitting apart Ukraine while setting a precedent for "civil war all over the world," as Beck spun out some convoluted theory about how this vote for independence is "going the opposite direction of where the power is going," whatever that means.

"This is what my gut's been telling me," Beck said. "There's something wrong here. There's something really big ... there's a really huge consequence to this. That's what it is. This leads to global destabilization":

'Call Me Crazy': Glenn Beck Links Fears Of Airborne Ebola To Nigerian Prison Guards

Glenn Beck spent his entire opening monologue on his television program last night essentially scaring the living daylights out of his audience by warning that a global Ebola pandemic may be just around the corner and will be brought into the United States by Nigerian prison guards.

Citing fears that the Ebola virus could mutate into an airborne respiratory virus that could be passed by a cough or a sneeze, Beck then connected that to a "tip" he received from one of his The Blaze readers, who informed him that Texas is facing a shortage of prison guards and is therefore bringing in workers from Nigeria to fill those positions, which has reportedly been going on for years.

"There is this weird twist that nobody seems to be talking [about]," Beck said. "The only thing we know about Nigeria is that ... Ebola is breaking out! So we're hiring people from Nigeria who are going back and forth to their country. Does that really seem like a good policy, for a number of reasons? And again, what pops out is Ebola!"

"Call me crazy," he concluded, "but letting Nigerians roam freely in and out of our country as they work as correctional officers in prisons, also in transportation and food service, might seem like something we should look into":

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