Right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton appeared on the "Hagee Hotline" yesterday to promote the new edition of his discredited book on Thomas Jefferson and revealed what issues Jefferson would care about if he were alive today and voting in the upcoming presidential election. Amazingly, they just so happen to be the same issues that Barton himself cares about!
"When you look at your leaders, you look at religious beliefs," Barton said. "And I don't mean theological beliefs, I mean where are you with God. Because Jefferson is very clear, it's written in stone on the Jefferson Memorial that the liberties of a nation are only secure as long as the people are convinced that those liberties come from God and that if you violate them, you will initiate God's wrath. That's Jefferson's own statement. So that's the first place; if you've got somebody who doesn't really include God in what they do, then you've got a problem."
Barton, who earlier this year openly stated that Jefferson would endorse Ted Cruz — which is pretty convenient considering that Barton is running a pro-Cruz super PAC — went on to claim that Jefferson would also be opposed to legal abortion, marriage equality, gay rights and even the income tax:
David Lane says that Christians must not allow "secularists" to win the next election: "We must not wait around for them to place an additional three to four secularists on the U.S. Supreme Court; handing them a Hillary Clinton victory in November is political and cultural suicide."
Dennis Prager says that "the most profound thinkers in America are conservative."
Sandy Rios asserts that any Republican can beat Hillary Clinton in the general election because "she cannot even win among her own voters" in the Democratic primaries. Um, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump don't seem to be able to win among their own voters in the Republican primaries either.
Day Gardner says that if we don't elect Donald Trump "we will continue to spiral down into an abyss from which we will never recover."
Finally, Scott Lively has produced a helpful video explaining why homosexuality is so much worse than other sins:
There are few Religious Right activists who can match American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer when it comes to relentless hatred and hostility toward the LGBT community, so it stands to reason that if he starts heaping praise upon something, there is a very good chance that that thing is awful.
Naturally, Fischer kicked off his radio broadcast today by showering praise upon a piece of legislation signed into law today by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant that gives businesses, organizations and government officials the right to openly discriminate against gay people in the name of "religious liberty."
In Fischer's warped view, the new law actually prohibits discrimination by protecting the rights of Christians to discriminate against others ... because not being allowed to discriminate is itself a form of discrimination.
Hailing the new law as "outstanding" and "the best in the nation," Fischer rejoiced that Christians in his home states of Mississippi are now protected from "invidious discrimination" by "heterophobic bigots."
"Martin Luther King Jr. was all about protecting rights of conscience," Fischer laughably proclaimed. "That's what drove him; the right of conscience and protecting the right of conscience. Martin Luther King Jr. would be ecstatic with this bill. He would love this bill."
Apparently Fischer thinks that King was organizing and protesting not to end racial discrimination but rather in favor of the right of whites to openly discriminate against blacks in the name of "conscience."
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck took a call from a young woman who said that though she is not yet old enough to vote, she would support Ted Cruz if she could because he is the only candidate who "makes the Bible his compass and bases his standards on something that is unchangeable."
Beck replied that people don't actually have to use the Bible as their compass because the Founding Fathers wove the Bible directly into the Constitution and so if we just follow the Constitution, we will be following God's will as well.
"You don't necessarily have to use the Bible as you compass," Beck said, "because the founders used the Bible as the compass to enact the laws of the Constitution. The laws, the amendments are all based on natural law and God's law. So, our politicians, all they need to do is use the Constitution as their compass and they'll be in line with nature's God and nature's laws."
Anti-gay activist Mark Creech of the Christian Action League, who once declared that gay marriage is "an attempted gang rape of our culture," is organizing a show of support for North Carolina's recently passed anti-LGBT law.
In a video posted on his website, Creech asks people to demonstrate their "strong support" for the law and to push back against the "smear campaign" against it by joining him for a rally on Monday, April 11, at the state Capitol where they will hear from anti-gay activists like David and Jason Benham, Harry Jackson, Frank Turek, Ron Baity and others speak out in defense of the law and the lawmakers who enacted it:
Writing in WorldNetDaily yesterday, fringe right-wing "academic" Judith Reisman recounted her close friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who would eagerly read her "research" and meet her for lunch whenever she was in town:
Good I kept a record of our tête-à-tête. I’ve tried to stay inside the bounds of our actual conversation. We talked about pornography, and I say about 70 percent of our kids are being exposed, and about private schools and religious schools having sex education that was really traumatic for children. What about the teachers? he asks; and I say this is everywhere with teachers’ permission. I tell him about the libraries having pornography on the computer screens and how that impacts the child who views it; he is nodding, agreeing, commenting. I tell him about my experiment with the peripheral vision of children flipping speedily through ladies magazines, recalling the small dog picture 30 pages past. They capture everything that arouses their interest. I say he could try that with his own grandkids, except that the ladies magazines aren’t necessarily safe anymore. He asks, what about women, seems like there are more women into pornography. I say yes; and that is a huge risk since women are the ones closest to the children; they change the diapers, and arousal is nondiscriminatory – women are becoming part of the problem.
Sitting across from him at lunch, talking and talking, I ask, “But, what shall I call you? Justice Scalia?”
“Why not call me Nino,” he answers, kind of turning in his chair.
“Well, that’s fine,” I said. “I’m Judith.”
From then on it was Nino and Judith, except that he switched to “Judy,” both of us being old enough to go back in time. In semi-formal letters and emails I would usually address him as “Justice Scalia, Sir!”
After this kind reception, I would meet with Nino in his chambers whenever I got to Washington, on average, once or twice a year – assuming he was also in town.
I recall going over my paper on pictorial pornography, answering his questions, clarifying the charts and graphs, etc. There was the time he came into the office in shorts, having left the tennis court to make his appointment with me – ever generous, ever gracious.
We exchanged books, a few of mine for a few of his. He promised to read my books. I always doubted that he read them fully, but enough so that he could opine.
When we lost him, I had been working on a paper we had talked about and that Justice Scalia was waiting to see. The paper has a history that deserves commentary for another time. It was accepted by the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Journal on Gender, Race, and Justice, titled “Nearly 60 Years After His Death, Alfred Kinsey’s Pansexual Worldview Takes Root In Marriage Decisions” (by Judith A. Reisman and Mary E. McAlister, Esq.).
Claimed that sex education classes are designed to brainwash children into thinking they might be gay, transgender or “all kinds of other things” and “these kids become fodder for adult predators, that’s exactly what they become."
Asserting that Gay-Straight Alliance clubs and anti-bullying campaigns are modeled on Hitler Youth efforts to “sever schoolchildren from their parents’ religious and sexual training."
Wrote that condoms are not meant for anal sex and called for a “class action lawsuit by AIDS victims and their loved ones” against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Planned Parenthood and teachers and school systems that promoted condom use.
Last year, Reisman joined various other anti-gay activists, as well as several GOP presidential hopefuls and members of Congress, in appearing in Janet Porter's anti-gay film "Light Wins," where she asserted that public schools should face class action lawsuits from parents for illegally "grooming" children for sex:
The Massachusetts-based anti-gay hate group MassResistance is seeking donations to create local chapters in other states.
The Media Research Center was unimpressed with last night's episode of The Simpsons in which Waylon Smithers revealed that he is gay.
Don Boys explains that women who pose nude are "sluts": "They may be prosperous sluts, or poor sluts, or pretty sluts, or plain sluts, but sluts just the same ... Celebrities who whine about leaked nude photos are hypocrites as well as sluts. They never should have posed nude for the camera."
Lee Duigon fumes that "Hillary Clinton, representing millions of American voters, recently spoke before a gathering of assorted sodomites, pledging to fight for 'transgender rights,' God help us, and poncing around in a leather outfit of a kind reminiscent of the bondage and discipline scene."
A helpful message from Mat Staver: "Sorry, men -- You can't go into and expose yourselves in the women's restrooms."
Finally, Theodore Shoebat recounts the time that he saw some topless "bear chested" women on a beach and was so disgusted that he called them a bunch of prostitutes.
Televangelist Jim Bakker interviewed the Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin on his television program last week, where the two warned that if Christians don't start standing up for their religious liberty, then all the freedoms in America will soon be lost.
Boykin asserted that the government no longer recognizes "freedom of religion" and will only protect the "freedom of worship," meaning that Christians are allowed to believe in their faith but are prohibited from actually practicing that faith in the public square, just as happened in Nazi Germany.
"In the public square, you can't live your faith," Boykin warned. "And I'm telling you, if America doesn't wake up and start rejecting this idea of freedom of worship versus freedom of religion, we're not going to have any freedom at all, of any kind."
Bakker readily agreed, insisting that it has gotten to the point where people cannot even pray, preach or read the Bible any more ... despite the fact that he happens to host a television show where he prays, preaches and reads the Bible every single day.
"If [the government] stormed in these doors right now and arrested me, I would not be surprised," he declared.
Were this to happen, it would certainly not be Bakker's first experience with getting arrested.