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Some Helpful Tips From The 'Hagee Hotline' On How To Survive The Next Movie Theater Shooting

On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," Matthew Hagee interviewed commentator Wendy Patrick about last week's shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana and what can be done to combat the problem of mass shootings in America.

One might expect any such conversation to touch upon issues like gun control or improved mental health screening and treatment, but those issues did not come up in this interview. Instead, Patrick lamented that mass shootings have put "a serious damper" on the prospect of going to the movies and so she offered up some excellent ways for people to still enjoy this activity while remaining vigilant about the very real possibility that they might wind up in the center of another violent incident. 

"The silver screen is one of our most treasured activities," Patrick said. "From date night to family night, from soda pop to popcorn, everyone loves the movie theater experience. Unfortunately, as you point out, the spike in movie theater shootings in recent years has put a serious damper on this cherished pastime. Now when we go out to local movie theaters, we're not just excited, we're anxious. It's hard to enjoy the thrill of an adventure movie when you fear the violence on the screen in front of you might be recreated in the aisle next to you."

Among Patrick's key recommendations is to always attend the movies with friends because there is "safety in numbers" and you will have multiple "sets of eyes and ears" to use to spot potential shooters, who most likely will be there alone. On top of that, people should also consider going to matinee showings because they are less crowded and therefore less like to be targets for mass shooters.

Once in the theater, Patrick recommends that people do "a practice run" on how to escape the theater if someone starts shooting and to make note of good places to hide within the theater in case escape is impossible.

Most importantly, "keep a low profile," she said, "and I mean that literally; it is harder to shoot people who have ducked down beneath the seats because the shooter can't see you."

Schlafly: GOP Hopefuls Must Vow To Defy Gay Marriage Ruling Until We 'Decide Whether We Want To Overturn It'

In an interview with far-right pastor and Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmit today, Phyllis Schlafly declared that the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling should simply be ignored while "we the people" decide if we want to overturn it.

"There's nothing in the Constitution about homosexual marriage," Schlafly said. "The judges made it up and some people think that because they did and the Supreme Court has spoken, therefore we have to accept it. We don't."

Likening the ruling to the Dred Scott decision, Schlafly said that "we don't have to obey it just because a few judges said so," before declaring that GOP presidential hopefuls must declare that they will flout the decision, something several candidates have already done.

"We just don't believe in accepting what some judge says is the new law," she said. "The Constitution starts with 'we the people,' and so what we need to do is say just because the Supreme Court has handed down a decision, we'll re-evaluate it and we'll decide whether we want to overturn it or not."

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/28/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/28/15

  • ALIPAC's William Gheen won't "eat at McDonald's anymore because I know how many illegal immigrants they are hiring" and there is "a big problem with illegal immigrants relieving themselves all over the place."
  • Mat Staver says that "America needs to invite God back into the public schools."
  • Eunie Smith of the Eagle Forum of Alabama says that Alabama must never accept the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling because "the preservation of our constitutional Republic rests upon state officials who will refuse to allow five lawyers (two of whom should have recused themselves due to prejudicial behavior) to rob us of our free, representative form of government."
  • The American Family Association urges parents to pull their sons out of the Boy Scouts now that the organization has dropped its ban on gay scout leaders.
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer's understanding of the First Amendment grows more incoherent by the day, as now he insists that "Congress" means "the entire federal government."

'Love And Sex Are Not Synonymous': The Right's Latest Feeble Effort To Defeat #LoveWins

Anti-gay activists have been reeling ever since the Supreme Court issued its ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. In response, David Barton and Rick Green interviewed Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University on "WallBuilders Live" today, seeking his advice about how Christians should now go about arguing against gay marriage in the face growing support for marriage equality..

Piper, Green and Barton were all convinced that they have truth and logic on their side when, in reality, their arguments were little more than straw men that are capable of convincing only people who already shared their convictions.

For instance, all three men were all extremely impressed with their argument that sex does not equal love, which is the sort of thing that only works on people who refuse to realize that gay couples can actually love one another.

Piper explained that the best way to combat the "love wins" argument is simply to point out that "sex and love aren't the same thing."

"This isn't about love, it's about sex," he said, "so call a spade a spade. Define your terms. The debate in the culture right now is a debate of what sexual acts is acceptable, it's not a debate about love, so distinguish between the two. There are lots of people I love that I don't have sex with, nor should I have sex with. Love and sex are not synonymous, period!"

Gay sex, of course, was decriminalized over a decade ago, so obviously the marriage movement was not about seeking permission to have sex, but rather about committed couples wanting to express their love and have their families recognized and protected by the law.

But despite the obvious absurdity of Piper's argument, Green was convinced.

"That's good," he cooed. "You're spot-on, brother."

Barton was equally impressed.

"That's a great point. Love and sex are not the same thing," he said. "You don't have sex with everyone you love and because you have sex with someone doesn't mean you love them and so we've given away that argument. Sex equals love? No, it does not. It never has. It doesn't with prostitution ... That's a great point."

The fact that these men cannot even comprehend the possibility that gay couples might be having sex because they are in love does not bode particularly well for their efforts to win the battle against the idea that "love wins."

Matthew Hagee: Christians Will Soon Be Designated 'Enemies Of The State'

On Sunday, Matthew Hagee delivered a sermon warning the congregation at Cornerstone Church that they are on the verge of being declared "enemies of the state" by a hostile government that may soon begin locking Christian pastors up in prison.

"We find ourselves in a world where we can no longer take for granted the freedom we have to worship," Hagee said. "We must ask the question: Are Bible-believing Christians in danger of losing the liberty of practicing their faith? Do we now live in a world where those who believe and obey the Ten Commandments run the risk of being declared enemies of the state? A few years ago, this question would have seemed extreme; today, it cannot be ignored."

Just as Christians in Iran are imprisoned for preaching the Gospel, Hagee warned that soon the same thing could begin to happen in America now that "our government has legalized by a vote of 5 to 4 what God calls an abomination."

"How have we become so confused that we celebrate one athlete's sex change and call it courageous and we boo another athlete's willingness to bend his knee in the end zone and thank God for his physical strength and ability?" he asked, comparing Caitlyn Jenner to Tim Tebow.

"We call an act of terrorism on an army base 'workplace violence,'" he continued, "and we identify someone who goes to church, reads his Bible and owns a gun as an extremist. We give a half billion dollars a year to the murderous organization Planned Parenthood, who, in the name of science, take the dollars that you earn at your job and use them to sell the severed heads of unborn children and then we turn around and threaten churches with the loss of their tax exempt status if they refuse to bless sodomy at the altars and teach it to their children in the schools."

Christians may soon find themselves tagged as enemies of the state, Hagee declared, and so they must decide today "whose side are you on?"

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/27/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/27/15

  • With every passing day, Franklin Graham is sounding more and more like Bryan Fischer.
  • Speaking of Fischer, his understanding of the First Amendment remains consistently incoherent.
  • Mark Creech says that Donald Trump must seek God's forgiveness for his "support of gambling."
  • Gov. Scott Walker's recently hired two staffers for his presidential campaign who both ran Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition at one point.
  • Eugene Delgaudio says his Democratic opponents "want my demise" because they cite the SPLC's coverage of his long history of insane views and comments.
  • Finally, Mike Huckabee encourages churches to donate to FRC's Watchmen on the Wall effort:

Fischer: Obama 'Rude' To Criticize Laws Criminalizing Homosexuality

On Friday, Bryan Fischer blasted President Obama ahead of his trip to Kenya over reports that Obama would use the trip as an opportunity to criticize the country's laws that make homosexuality a crime punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment. Over the weekend, Obama did exactly that, but his criticism was promptly dismissed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and now Fischer is outraged that Obama was so "rude" and is heaping praise upon African nations that maintain harsh anti-gay laws.

African leaders, Fischer said on his radio program today, know that "there is something abnormal, there is something immoral, there is something unhealthy, there is something unnatural about homosexual behavior" because the continent has been ravaged by AIDS.

"These political leaders know what homosexual behavior does," he said, and they "want something better for the African people than what homosexual conduct give them."

These leaders do not need someone like Obama lecturing them, Fischer continued, because they "are more enlightened" than the United State on this issue.

"We are smart enough, we are bright enough, we are intelligent enough, we are sane enough to make this kind of behavior contrary to public policy," Fischer said, as he approvingly laid out what he believes the correct African position on this issue to be. "We're not going to embrace it, we're not going to promote it, we're not even going to make it legal."

Nevertheless, President Obama went to Kenya and criticized laws criminalizing homosexuality which, Fischer said, "in my mind just makes him rude."

Klingenschmitt: Remove Your Sons From The Boy Scouts Before They Are Abused By Gay Child Molesters

Today, the Boy Scouts National Executive Board is expected to lift the organization's ban on gay scout leaders and Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt is not happy about it, warning parents on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today to remove their sons from the organization before they are molested.

"If your boy is in one of those organizations, you need to get the out of there," Klingenschmitt said, "because what they're going to do is promote homosexual men to mentoring and camping with your boys in the woods and it will lead to child abuse."

He went on to cite Matthew 18:6 to declared that it would be better for these gay child molesters to be tossed into the sea and drowned than to be allowed to "cause a child to sin," praying that God will "rescue the Boy Scouts organization from this political correctness that has openly forced men who are guilty of all kinds, who are openly admitting that they are engaged in all kinds of sodomy."

The Boy Scouts are "thumbing their nose at God," Klingenschmitt warned, as he begged God's forgiveness because the organization is opening the door to "the abusers and the molesters who will take advantage of this and will cause harm to innocent children."

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