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Beck Warns Those Who Don't Believe In Global Warming Or Abortion Rights Might Wind Up In Internment Camps

Glenn Beck delivered another one of his incoherent, stream-of-consciousness lessons on today's radio program, inspired by Justice Antonin Scalia's recent statement that, in a time of war, it was entirely possible that the Supreme Court would allow the government to set up internment camps for those perceived to be enemies of the nation.

This, of course, is exactly the sort of thing that Beck has been warning about for years, so he seized on Scalia's statement in order to deliver some bizarre rebuke to President Obama for supposedly being responsible for the biggest "missed opportunity in all of world history" by not being like Jesus when he was elected and uniting the entire country, and instead choosing to be evil and punish his enemies.

We genuinely have no idea what Beck is talking about, but according to him, America is headed down a course to where people who do not believe in climate change or support abortion rights or Obamacare will soon be rounded up and tossed into prison camps.

"It was a group of people who said 'we know we're right,'" Beck said. "Global warming; sound familiar? We know we're right and if you're standing in the way, you're standing in the way of Manifest Destiny. Sound familiar; Obamacare? We know we right and if you don't, you're standing in the way of progress. Sound familiar? Sound like abortion advocates? We know we right and if you don't agree with us, there's no place for you in this state. That's why Scalia is saying it's going to happen again":

Klingenschmitt: People Not Going To Heaven Do Not Deserve Equal Treatment By The Government

"Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt dedicated a segment on today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program to decrying the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as nothing more than a "bathroom bill" that would allow men to use the women's restrooms and "violate your wives' and daughters' privacy in every public restaurant in America."

We have heard that sort of line from Klingenschmitt and his ilk before, but it is the justification behind this position that is really most remarkable. In defense of this position, Klingenschmitt cited a passage from 1 Corinthians 6 that declares that "neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God" to proclaim that, since gay people will not go to Heaven, they should not be entitled to any sort of governmental benefits here on earth.

"If they're not going to get eternal benefits in Heaven," Klingenschmitt asked, "why should we give them government rewards here on this earth? I don't think we should":

In essence, Klingenschmitt has declared that every person who will not be going to Heaven according to the beliefs espoused by his particular Christian faith ought to be denied "rewards" by the United States government, which apparently includes equal and fair treatment under the law.

Glenn Beck Gets Into Character To Demonstrate ... Something

Glenn Beck has spent several segments on his radio show mocking other networks for their embarrassingly bad bit in which program hosts dress up and attempt to produce humorous skits in an effort to dramatize an issue or explain a point.

Obviously, when other people do it, it is painful and excruciating to watch and the results are inevitably stupid and not at all funny, but when Beck does it, it is brilliant ... which is why, last night, he transformed his television program into a black and white film noir spoof so that he could explain why the proposed MyRA savings plan is no different than playing a slot machine by telling some confusing story about a down-on-his luck chump named Lucky and a legless prostitute named Charlie:

As we noted the other day, at this point Beck's radio and television programs are becoming nothing more than displays of his own hypocrisy, as he mocks, attacks, and criticizes others for doing the exact things he does on a regular basis.

Right Wing Round-Up - 2/4/14

Right Wing Leftovers - 2/4/14

  • For just $25, Rick Santorum will "add your name to the copy of the U.S. Constitution that we’ll send President Obama."
  • Dennis Prager says "Leftism is a religion. It even has a Bible - the editorial page of your newspaper (The New York Times)."
  • On his radio show today, Glenn Beck spent an hour talking with Ted Cruz as well as another segment interviewing Greg Abbot.
  • Janet Parshall says the recent Grammy awards proves that America has embraced the morals of ancient Rome.
  • Bryan Fischer is a conservative because "liberalism kills children."
  • Finally, Jim Garrow hopes that people who have been dismissed from the military will take advantage of "having been loosened from the constraints of obedience to a master [and] serve the nation in a new way, recognizing that the fight against a domestic enemy takes on the aspects of a guerrilla war."

Another School District Forced To Clarify Todd Starnes' Misinformation

Yesterday, Todd Starnes published a new column in which he asserted that students at a Colorado high school had been banned from celebrating America:

Students and parents at a Colorado high school are outraged after administrators turned down their request for a spirit week day honoring America because it might offend non-Americans.

“They said they didn’t want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants,” a 16-year-old member of the student council told me. “They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.”

The student council at Fort Collins High School had proposed having a day to celebrate the United States during next week’s Winter Spirit Week. The young people pitched “’Merica Monday” – and invited their classmates to dress in patriotic colors. Their proposal was promptly shot down by administrators.

As we noted last week, when it comes to anything written by Starnes, it is always wise to wait until the people being vilified in his column have had a chance to weigh in and explain their side of the story because it is usually quite different than the version presented by Starnes. 

And his latest column was no exception, as the school district became the focus on protests today and was forced to issue a statement asserting that Starnes' column "could not be further from the truth" and explaining that the suggested spirit day name was rejected because school officials felt the slag use of the word "'Merica" was disrespectful:

We regret that the recent decision regarding My Country Monday was viewed as not patriotic. This could not be further from the truth. The original intent of Spirit Week at Fort Collins High School was to unify the student body.

When students first proposed Merica Monday, building administrators felt that it was against this unifying theme and disrespectful to our country. Merica is a slang term that is often used in a negative, stereotypical way to describe life in the United States. This is what led administrators to discuss alternatives with students.

We were surprised that our community interpreted these actions as anti-American. Fort Collins High School is a proud public school in America and supports many activities to celebrate this great nation. Due to this outpouring of sentiment and misinterpretation of intentions, school administrators have decided to rename the first day of Spirit Week America Day as opposed to Merica Day.

We look forward to enjoying the creativity and energy of FCHS students as they celebrate their patriotism next week.

This is just one more example of Starnes' dedication to providing "the most accurate information possible":

A Case Study In Why Religious Right Myths Never Die

Just last week, we noted that the story of Brynn Williams, a six-year old public school student who was supposedly banned from delivering her Christmas presentation in class because of its Christian content, was totally false.

This particular case was ginned up by a California-based group called Advocates for Faith & Freedom which has now decided, even though the entire case is bogus, to continue trying to make an issue out of it:

Legal group Advocates for Faith and Freedom is defending two California students who were censored by school officials when they shared their Christian faith.

The families of Isaiah Martinez and Brynn Williams asked for legal assistance after teachers prevented them from sharing the true meaning of Christmas ...

Williams, a Temecula Valley first grader, brought a Star of Bethlehem from her family's Christmas tree as a show-and-tell assignment, OneNewsNow reported.

The little girl was told by the teacher to sit down before she could share her story.

The legal group has scheduled meetings with each school district and is demanding that the students be allowed to pass out items with the Christmas story and to finish a presentation about Jesus without interruption.

"The pendulum has swung so far in the wrong direction that often school officials, teachers feel entitled to be able to express hostility toward Christian students in the faith," says Robert Tyler, general counsel at Advocates.

The Constitution does not permit that, says Tyler, and instead requires a "neutrality toward all religions."

Advocates is also demanding that each school district adopt a model policy that will protect the religious liberties of all students. The model policy would then be utilized nationwide.

The fundamental issue upon which AFF based its case has been revealed to be utterly false, but the organization is pressing forward nonetheless ... and this is exactly why we always says that Religious Right myths never, ever die.

Right Wing Round-Up - 2/3/14

Right Wing Leftovers - 2/3/14

  • Nothing make the Right rally around someone they hate faster than seeing that person "attacked" by the media, which explains why Chris Christie has suddenly been invited to speak at CPAC after being snubbed in previous years.
  • Glenn Beck seems to think that the late Ken Hutcherson was somehow responsible for the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl victory.
  • Rick Green is not happy about a lesbian couple appearing on the show "Good Luck Charlie": "We should be loving people by telling them the truth and helping them find healthy relationships and lifestyles, not deceiving another generation with images that misrepresent a lifestyle. Disney now joins the political agenda that puts a pretty face on the sexual deviancy of our culture."
  • Peter LaBarbera says gay activists are trying to "co-opt Christianity" by "fooling Christians into believing that gay rights is consistent with biblical Christianity."
  • It is nice to see Pamela Geller branch out from her Muslim-bashing into transgender-bashing.
  • Finally, Larry Klayman did not like the recent State of the Union Address: "Last Tuesday, fraudulently elected President Barack Hussein Obama treated the American people to yet another empty and frightening speech. Not even eligible to be standing on the podium addressing a joint session of Congress for the State of the Union Address – as Obama is not a natural born citizen, as required by the Constitution, sired in the United States by two citizen parents – the socialist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and anti-white, anti-Israeli, Muslim-sympathizer-in-chief spewed forth a masterful performance, all the while ignoring the cancer that has metastasized in his administration – a cancer that threatens the continued existence of our severely wounded nation."

Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Bryan Fischer

One of the amazing things about monitoring the Religious Right on a daily basis is realizing the frequency with which right-wing figures engage in abject hypocrisy, seemingly unaware of their own past behavior or public statements.

Take Bryan Fischer's radio program today, for instance, when he and a caller named Bobby had a somewhat contentious exchange stemming from a recent comment made by Paul Reville, the former secretary of education for Massachusetts, was said that "the children belong to all of us."

The debate between Fischer and Bobby was not particularly interesting, but what was interesting is that when Fischer returned from the break, he admitted that he might have been a little too hard on Bobby. Fischer didn't necessarily think he had been unfair and defending his behavior during the previous segment by insisting that the caller had needed some "tough love" because he was refusing to answer Fischer's simple questions.

"He was trying to avoid answer the question," Fischer said, in his own defense. "And that's why I wasn't going to let him skate on the question ... You needed a little tough love there buddy, because you were trying to skate on what was a simple and straightforward and honest question and it was my responsibility to kind of hold you to account for facing the truth":

Now let us contrast Fischer's "tough love" approach to callers on his own show to his behavior when he appeared on Alan Colmes' radio program a few years ago where he literally refused to answer any of Colmes' question, simply repeating the same talking point over and over and over again because he did not like the line of questioning. 

To top it off, Fischer then complained that Colmes' interview was nothing but "gotcha journalism," complaining that "there was an answer that he was going to pester me until I gave it and then he could grab it and say 'gotcha,'" which is why Fischer insisted on simply parroting his talking points over and over again:

Today, Fischer literally did this very thing to a caller on his show and defended his actions on the grounds that the caller needed some tough love because he was refusing to answer the questions. But when the roles were reversed, Fischer was outraged because it was nothing more than "gotcha journalism" when it happened to him.

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