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Right Wing Round-Up - 5/24/16

  • Warren Throckmorton: With David Barton as Principal Officer, Non-Profit Mercury One Again Gave $100k to Barton’s Wallbuilders For Disaster Relief.
  • Peter Montgomery @ Religion Dispatches: Competing Visions of Family & Freedom at UN; Methodists Try to Avoid Schism on Sexuality; Catholic Cardinal Denounces LGBT ‘Demonic Ideology’; Global LGBT Recap.
  • Matthew Yglesias @ Vox: Republican Jewish Coalition won't say where all the anti-Semitic invective is coming from.
  • Allegra Kirkland @ TPM: Great White Hope: Trump Unites Generations Of White Nationalists.
  • Zachary Roth @ MSNBC: Far-right nativists eye Kris Kobach for Donald Trump’s vice president.
  • Robin Marty @ Care2: There May Soon Be No Place Left in the South for Abortions After The First Trimester.
  • Zack Ford @ Think Progress: How A Conservative Law Firm Is Duping Schools Into Passing Anti-Transgender Policies.
  • Ken Meyer @ Mediaite: Sam Bee Breaks Down How the Religious Right Devised Conservative Obsession with Abortion.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/24/16

  • We just realized that right-wing pastor Paul Blair is running for a seat in the Oklahoma legislature.
  • Rep. Renee Ellmers explains why she endorsed Donald Trump: "Women are forward thinking and they don't care what's happened in the past."
  • The Alabama State Republican Executive Committee passed a resolution in support of Roy Moore that calls on "the Court of the Judiciary to drop the politically motivated charges against" him.
  • Phyllis Schlafly says that "our society was built on a foundation of the traditional family unit with men and women accepting their responsibilities. Transgenderism is a threat to traditional gender roles and to the foundation of American society."
  • The Illinois Family Institute declares that "the public school system is not broken. On the contrary, it is doing exactly what it was designed to do: indoctrinate the next generation into a socialist perspective of voluntary slavery."
  • Finally, Judith Reisman warns that gays "aim to wipe out all morality – whatever legal mechanisms that have protected the weak from the strong for thousands of years, to allow hypersexualizing all, expecting still normal folks to 'get over it.' It will be all ages for sex and include no limitations. There are to be no boundaries or regulations with regard to sexual identity or behavior. Indoctrination of all, at least by kindergarten, that one’s sexuality is a fluid, changing construct."

Glenn Beck Plans To Bring The Greatest Conservative Thinkers Together To Lay Out 'A 100-Year Plan' To Save America

Whenever Glenn Beck's candidate of choice fails to become president, he responds by literally going back to the drawing board and dreaming up ambitious plans to fundamentally reshape America from the ground up.

After President Obama was re-elected in 2012, Beck's strategy to save this nation involved everything from "completely redesigning the media, preparing and strengthening families, protecting Israel, defending the Constitution and liberty, and even finding new sources of energy."

Beck's plans were so grandiose that they even involved the creation of a massive $2 billion city that would be used to "deprogram" the American people and teach them "the truth."

None of those plans ever materialized, of course, and instead Beck placed all his hopes in the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz, only to see them dashed when Cruz dropped out of the race.

Predictably, Beck has now decided that it's once again up to him to come up with another grand scheme that'll change the tide; this time by bringing together the "greatest thinkers in conservative/libertarian minds today" to lay out "a 100-year plan" for how to save America.

Those who are willing to sell out their principles in support of Donald Trump will not be invited, Beck said, as he instead plans to reach out to people like Mary Matalin, Mark Levin, George Will and Robbie George and invite them to a two-day meeting where they will be tasked with coming up with a 100-year plan for how the conservative movement can rebuild the nation in the decades to come.

Theodore Shoebat: Women Who Have Abortions Should Be Lined Up Before A Firing Squad And Shot

In his latest video, extremist right-wing activist Theodore Shoebat blasted Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin for vetoing legislation that would have made it a felony to perform an abortion in any situation other than to save the life of a pregnant woman and criticized Donald Trump for backing away from his statement that women who receive abortions should face some sort of punishment.

Shoebat, who was recently featured in Janet Porter's anti-gay documentary "Light Wins" along with several Republican presidential candidates, members of Congress and leading anti-gay activists, insisted that Trump was right when he initially said that women who get abortions should be punished but then was pressured into issuing a "bullcrap" clarification only because he wants to win the election.  

"He should have never retracted his statement," Shoebat asserted, because "if you really believe it's murder, then the woman has to be punished. That is the logical conclusion."

A woman who has an abortion is not the victim, he said, "she's a selfish slut who needs to be punished."

Shoebat blasted Fallin as a "witch" for vetoing this piece of legislation, insisting that the three-year prison term the law would have carried "is not really a big deal" and, in fact, does not go far enough.

It makes no sense to punish only doctors for performing abortions, Shoebat declared, "because the woman is actually more guilty" and "the biggest criminal" since without her consent, no abortion would ever take place.

As such, both women who have abortions and doctors who perform them should be lined up before a firing squad and shot, he said.

"Yeah, arrest all the abortion doctors and put them before a firing squad and kill 'em," Shoebat said, "but do not exempt the woman. The woman also needs to be in front of that firing squad as well."

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/23/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks -5/23/16

  • Todd Starnes has an "exclusive" report over the weekend that "Donald Trump has agreed to meet privately with some of the nation’s most prominent Evangelical leaders." That is quite a scoop, considering that Time had the same "exclusive" report last week.
  • Larry Tomczak prays for President Obama every day because he "cannot for the life of me understand his obsession with the LGBT agenda, especially transgenderism."
  • Carl Gallups tells conservative Christians who oppose Donald Trump not to be so "self-righteous about who is going to be president."
  • That argument probably will not be swaying Steve Deace: "If you are supporting Donald Trump, or flirting with doing so, you are playing a very dangerous game. There is simply no moral, biblical, or even strategic case for doing so, near as I can tell."
  • Larry Klayman says that Trump's "proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigration does not even go far enough! The ban should not be temporary but permanent, less we sow the seeds of our own destruction, European-style!"
  • Finally, apparently Newt Gingrich has his fingerprints all over Trump's campaign.

Glenn Beck: 'I Guarantee You The Next Stop On This Train Is Pedophilia'

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program today by reacting to the announcement by Hershey Park that its guests and employees are allowed to use the restrooms that match the gender with which they identify by declaring that the next step will be the normalization of pedophilia.

"If you don't stand up now," Beck declared, "I guarantee you the next thing that will be mainstreamed" will be pedophilia.

The push for transgender equality is "not normal," Beck insisted, unlike the fight for gay marriage, which was something he claimed that the American public would have accepted within the next few years on its own.

"Transgender bathrooms have come out of nowhere," he stated, "and are being jammed down our throat. I guarantee you, I guarantee you the next stop on this train is pedophilia. I guarantee it. They will normalize pedophilia."

Anti-Gay Activists 'Stand Against The Demonic Influences' That Are Attacking Roy Moore

On Saturday, anti-gay Religious Right activists rallied in Montgomery in support of Alabama Supreme court chief justice Roy Moore, who has been suspended from his position by the state's judicial inquiry committee for attempting to defy federal court rulings on marriage equality. 

The event kicked off with a prayer from pastor Rusty Johnson, who called upon God to not only bless the rally and Justice Moore, but also "to stand against this militant homosexual movement that is invading our land, stand against the demonic influences that have come not only to the state of Alabama but across the United States of America" by granting to Christians "the power and authority" to "cast these wicked spirits out of our society."

Kayla Moore, who is the wife of Justice Moore and currently runs the the Foundation for Moral Law that he started, delivered the keynote address, during which she spent several minutes attacking Ambrosia Starling, a drag queen who was a member of the coalition that filed a complaint against Moore.

Conflating Moore's suspension with the current right-wing outrage over transgender equality, Moore declared that she will not stand by and watch as men are allowed to enter the restroom with one of her granddaughters, which then prompted her to voice her outrage that her husband has been removed from the bench based on a complaint filed by "a man dressed as a woman."

"This man dresses as a woman, with makeup, a blonde wig, a dress, jewelry and calls himself a drag queen," Moore complained, as she demanded that the press investigate and expose him. "He works a regular job during the day and, at night, dresses as a woman and goes into nightclubs and bars. Now, I ask the press, who is he? Who is this man who hides his true identity? I charge you, find out who he is and let us know."

After declaring that her husband did not serve in Vietnam to protect the rights of people like Starling "because up to the last couple of years ago, it was a mental illness," she then read a reworked version of Martin Niemöller's famous "First They Came For The Socialists" anti-Nazi quote.

"First they came for the bakers, but we sat back because we don't bake cakes. Then they came for the florists and we sat back because we don't arrange flowers. Then they came for the clerks and the judges and we sat back because we don't issue marriage licenses and we don't judge. But then they came for me and there was no one left to defend me."

How The Religious Right Browbeat A Private School In Rehiring An Anti-LGBT Religious Right Activist

Last week, we noted that Family Research Council executive vice president Jerry Boykin announced that he had been fired from a teaching position he held at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. Boykin asserted that he had lost his job because of comments he had made earlier in the year at a Religious Right conference where he had voiced his opposition to transgender protection efforts by declaring that "the first man that walks in my daughter’s bathroom, he ain't going to have to worry about surgery."

Boykin, a notoriously anti-gay and anti-Muslim right-wing activist, claimed that he was only joking but that the "LGBT community once again came after me" and pressured "the college leadership to terminate me and they did."

Predictably, the incident became a rallying cry for the likes of Ted Cruz, who used it to fundraise for his own Senate re-election bid, and Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, who wrote a column decrying the upposed persecution of Boykin.

Thanks to the outcry from Christian conservatives, Hampden-Sydney backed down and rehired Boykin, who called it "a victory for academic freedom and free thought on a college campus." 

Interestingly, Andrew Beaujon of The Washingtonian reported today that the entire story of Boykin's alleged firing was apparently an utter misrepresentation of what actually took place and was seemingly whipped up for the purpose of browbeating the college into re-hiring Boykin.

According to Hampden-Sydney College, the position held by Boykin "was created to be a rotating position, allowing Hampden-Sydney to bring distinguished individuals from a wide variety of professional backgrounds to the campus." 

The decision not to renew Boykin's contract had reportedly been made back in March, well before concerns had even been raised about his "jokingly" violent remarks: 

If the “LGBT community” indeed went after Boykin, its campaign was remarkably incompetent. Asked about the existence of such an effort, Hampden-Sydney spokesperson Tommy Shomo says, “There was a letter from Hampden-Sydney constituents expressing concerns over some of Gen. Boykin’s  public remarks, recent and past, and questioning his association with the College.” Shomo says the letter was received in April, after the college had already decided, in March, not to renew.

But thanks to the outrage generated by the false narrative created by Boykin, Cruz, Starnes and other Religious Right activists, Hampden-Sydney College was forced to back down and rehire Boykin for one more year:

After discussions with Hampden-Sydney College, Gen. Jerry Boykin has accepted another year's contract to teach in the College's Military Leadership and National Security minor as Wheat Professor. Boykin stated, he "loves the college and its students and would be honored to teach for another year."

Interim President Dennis Stevens said he was pleased that General Boykin will be with Hampden-Sydney for one more year.

At the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, the College will continue with its plan to restore the Wheat Professorship to short-term appointments in order to bring multiple perspectives on leadership to its students.

None of this should come as a surprise, since constantly alleging that he's been the victim of anti-Christian persecution has been a hallmark of Boykin's career.

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/20/16

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