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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 11/23/15

  • Liberty Counsel stands ready and willing to lead the fight in the War on Thanksgiving: "Liberty Counsel recognizes that Thanksgiving is a religious holiday. Despite society’s attempt to minimize religious expression and the Christ-centered focus of this holiday season. If your religious rights are being challenged this Thanksgiving Day, or Thanksgiving time, contact Liberty Counsel at 407-875-1776."
  • His scandals appear to have finally caught up with him, as Republican Sen. David Vitter lost his bid to become governor of Louisiana.
  • Alex McFarland says President Obama's Syrian refugee policy is "empowering and aiding and abetting terrorists -- this amounts to treason. It is borderline treasonous!"
  • Larry Klayman says there is only one hope for America: "The bottom line, dear and fellow patriots: If the Republicans do not act and fail to institute meaningful impeachment and conviction proceedings to legally remove the Muslim sympathizer in the White House before it is too late, then We the People should demand that those responsible, Republican House and Senate leaders themselves be impeached and convicted."
  • Finally, FRC's Peter Sprigg is not happy about companies adopting gay-friendly policies: "I'm not sure that all of these policies have been adopted because these companies think that it helps to operate their businesses better. I think it's more of a matter of bowing to political correctness and, in some cases, actually wanting to avoid the threat of being accused of bigotry. So, I question the sincerity of some of these policies."

The Fog Of War: Conflicting Targets In The War On Christmas

Last week, the American Family Association released its "Naughty or Nice List," designed to let consumers "know which companies are Christmas-friendly" so they can patronize them this holiday season in an effort to fight back against the "secular forces in our country that hate Christmas because the word itself is a reminder of Jesus Christ."

Today, Liberty Counsel released its own "Naughty or Nice List," which likewise "applauds retailers who acknowledge the reason for the season, and exposes those who do not."

We have looked over both lists and realized that conservative Christians activists who intend to use them to plan their holiday shopping are going to find themselves very confused as to just which retailers are "naughty" and which are "nice," considering that several stores received opposite designations on the American Family Association and Liberty Counsel lists.

For instance, Liberty Counsel lists Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy, CVS and Staples as "nice," while the AFA lists those same stores as either "naughty" or "marginal":

Conversely, the AFA lists Dick's Sporting Goods, The Gap, Old Navy and TJ Maxx as "nice," while Liberty Counsel lists them all as "naughty":

Mike Huckabee Makes Up False Claim As Proof 'There Is A War On The Christian Faith In This Country'

During Friday night's "Presidential Family Forum" in Iowa, Mike Huckabee attempted to gin up outrage among the conservative Christian audience by falsely claiming that the federal government is working to deport a family from Germany who have sought asylum in America in order to homeschool their children.

Homeschooling is illegal in Germany and in 2010, the Romeike family sought political asylum in America, arguing that they would face fines, imprisonment and loss of custody of their children if they were deported back to Germany. The case worked its way through the legal system for years until the Supreme Court finally refused to grant their appeal, only for the Department of Homeland Security to announce in 2014 that the Romeikes would be granted "indefinite deferred action status" and be allowed to remain in America.

But that is not the story Huckabee told during a discussion of education at the forum on Friday night. Instead, the former Arkansas governor declared that "every Christian believer in this country [should be] absolutely livid" over the fact that "this week, the Justice Department of the United States started deportation process against the Romeike family to send them back to Germany, which will take their kids from them."

"The very week the president wants to bring Syrian refugees to America and import them," Huckabee stated, "he wants to deport a Christian family."

Such an action, Huckabee insisted, is proof that "there is a war on the Christian faith in this country that is being carried out by this administration."

Given that the case of the Romeike family has been an important issue for the Religious Right for years, one would think that if the government had reneged on its pledge to allow them to remain in the country and begun the process of deporting them, that might have made some news. 

But we have been utterly unable to find a single news article reporting this or a single piece of evidence to back up Huckabee's claim. We even called the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been representing the Romeike family from the beginning, to ask if their organization had any knowledge of this and were informed that HSLDA is unaware of any steps taken by the DOJ to deport its clients.  

Carly Fiorina: 'People Of Faith Make Better Leaders'

On Friday night, seven Republican presidential hopefuls gathered around a fake Thanksgiving table in Des Moines, Iowa, for a "Presidential Family Forum" hosted by The Family Leader, an influential Religious Right organization headed by Bob Vander Plaats.

Moderator Frank Luntz promised the event would be an "adult conversation" about the issues important to the conservative Christian activists in the audience and the candidates bent over backwards to appeal to these voters, with Carly Fiorina declaring at one point that all the people on stage, as well as all the people in the audience, "are people of faith who love our God" and that is important because "people of faith make better leaders."

"I do think it's worth saying," Fiorina declared, "that people of faith make better leaders because faith gives us humility, faith teaches us that no one of us is greater than any other one of us, that each of us are gifted by God. Faith gives us empathy; we know that all of us can fall and every one of us can be redeemed. And faith gives us optimism, it gives us the belief that there is something better, that there is someone bigger than all of us. And so I think it's important that we elect a leader of faith and that we elect a leader, as well, who knows that more prayer, not less, is necessary in public life and in all our lives."

Luntz then followed up on Fiorina's statement by declaring that "I can back that up statistically," asserting that "every single positive factor that you can describe is directly correlated to someone's relationship with faith, with God, and all the pathologies that you would criticize are directly related to a rejection of God."

Right Wing Round-Up - 11/20/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 11/20/15

  • Peter LaBarbera attacks Target for supporting the Equality Act or, as he refers to it, the "Criminalizing Christianity Act" or "Homosexual Superiority Act."
  • Bruce Engelman of Triumph Baptist Church is calling on "Christians across the globe to unite and to demand a public apology for the remarks that President Obama has made in Turkey, and elsewhere this week, denigrating evangelical Christians of all faiths and stripes."
  • A typically reasonable column from BarbWire's Gina Miller: "None of what Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) does makes sense, unless you realize that he is a tool of the devil. His motivation is to do the evil will of his spiritual father, who hates everything of God."
  • Matt Barber says the fact that the National Portrait Gallery is displaying a photo of transgender activist Sylvia Rivera "establishes once again how far America has fallen from grace, that we are a nation in rebellion against God."
  • Finally, Theodore Shoebat once again insists that gays must be put to death: "In the sodomite utopia, children, youths and young men would be raped; pederasty would be completely acceptable, and not only that, it would be mandatory. This is the truth and this is why the Bible says that sodomites are to be put to death. They are all evil and slaves to the darkness. Its not just Muslims that we should expose, but the sodomites."

Daniel Lapin Tells Liberty University There Is Nothing Wrong With Profiteering

I recently finished reading Princeton history professor Kevin M. Kruse's extremely interesting new book, "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America," which explains that the Religious Right's claim that America is a Christian nation founded for Christian purposes was a trope first cooked up by right-wing industrialists and preachers back in the 1930s to fight against President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal policies.

Bankrolled by business interests, a "Spiritual Mobilization" effort was organized in the late 1930s for the purpose of using religion to promote a right-wing, pro-business agenda that was, in many ways, the precursor to today's Religious Right.

I couldn't help but think of Kruse's book and this movement while watching Rabbi Daniel Lapin deliver remarks at Liberty University's convocation earlier this week, where he dedicated his entire speech to asserting that making money is a sign of God's approval because "making money means you are delivering value to another one of God’s children. You are caring for another child of God."

As such, Lapin was outraged by the "slandering of business" that manifests itself in the idea that wealthy people are "giving back to society" when they donate to charity because it implies that when they are making money, they are doing so by ripping people off.

Lapin even went so far as to defend "profiteering," which is a term generally applied to people who seek to make "an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency."

"Profit isn't plunder," Lapin argued, "it's good, it's evidence that you are pleasing God's other children. They make up a word like 'profiteering,' see 'profiteer' sounds like 'sneer' or 'jeer.' Somehow it's evil to make a profit. What does it mean? That you're charging too much? Well, let people go and buy it from somebody who will charge less, you'll go out of business."

Such phrases are dangerous, Lapin insisted, because they are part of an anti-capitalist effort to brainwash people into thinking "that it is impossible to make money honorably and in a godly fashion."

Right Wing Round-Up - 11/19/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 11/19/15

  • John Kasich is now walking back his proposal to create a government agency tasked with spreading Judeo-Christian values around the world.
  • Glenn Beck finally finds a college protest that he can support.
  • Erick Erickson declares that "the American left hates Americans more than they hate ISIS."
  • Ted Cruz launches a National Prayer Team.
  • JG Smoothy explains that "the only difference between the far-lefty and the Jihadist is that one of them will put bacon in their Caesar salad. In reality they both hate America and desire to reshape it into something we totally abhor."
  • Finally, Mike Huckabee is now being sued by the band Survivor for playing the song "Eye of the Tiger" during his Kim Davis rally earlier this year.

Jan Markell: 'God Has Turned On America Because The Leftists So Disdain Him'

End Times radio host Jan Markell was a guest on American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" program yesterday, where she told host Tim Wildmon that God has turned His back on America because liberals "hate God."

Wildmon declared that today's "secular progressives" are different than liberals of the past who were "still patriotic" and loved America, whereas secular progressives like President Obama "have such disdain for the traditions of our country."

Markell agreed, and blamed it on public schools, asserting that "they began to hate America and to hate capitalism in more recent years and, as a result, we've got a mess on our hands now, thanks to the secular progressives."

"The root is they hate God," Markell stated, "and once you hate God, then God turns on you and I'm afraid God has turned on America because the leftists so disdain Him. Why should He keep us in our favor, seeing as a progressive doesn't see Him in a positive light?"

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