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Phil Burress Predictably Changes His Tune On Rob Portman As Election Approaches

Back in 2013, Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he was reversing his longstanding opposition to marriage equality and explained that this development was spurred by the fact that one of his children is gay.

Predictably, that news did not sit well with anti-gay activists in Portman's home state of Ohio, who immediately blasted Portman for the shift. Nobody was more outraged than Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values, who urged Portman to put his son into ex-gay therapy and vowed to work to defeat Portman if he ran for re-election in 2016:

Burress—whose group is the Ohio affiliate of the Family Research Council and of Focus on the Family’s political arm Citizenlink—predicted that Portman will lose his race for reelection because of his marriage equality support: “I find this rather amusing, he stands no chance whatsoever. He’s seen his numbers, he knows what his numbers are and so do we. He is basically lost, he’s not even going to hold his own seat in ‘16.”

“People will vote but they just will not vote for somebody who’s wrong on these nonnegotiable issues. If they’re wrong on life, marriage or religious freedom, they’ll go to the polls and vote but they just won’t vote for them,” he said. “I have been saying this and screaming it from the treetops: If Rob Portman decides to run in the primary in 2016, he is on the ballot in 2016, Ohio will again have two Democratic senators. This is not our fault, this is his fault if we lose this seat.”

When Portman announced that he was seeking re-election, Burress issued a press release declaring that “Senator Portman has alienated conservatives and is very likely to lose in 2016 because the conservative base will not vote for him. Senator Portman should step down before the 2016 election so that conservatives can support a pro-life/pro-natural marriage candidate."

Burress also was part of an effort featuring "conservatives from all 88 counties [in Ohio] who are pro-life and pro-natural marriage [who] are joining their voices in opposition to Senator Portman’s attempt to be re-elected." He also declared that "there are three non-negotiables for social conservatives—life, marriage and religious liberty. On my scorecard Portman scores a 'D' on life, 'F' on marriage and 'F' on religious liberty. Portman no longer deserves our support."

Despite all of Burress' bluster, Portman easily won the Republican primary back in March and now that the general election is approaching, Burress has predictably changed his tune and is now saying that Portman's Democratic opponent, Ted Strickland, is so bad that Portman must be re-elected so that President Obama cannot use his final days in office to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court:

"Ted Strickland was a horrible governor,” Burress insists. “He left it in tremendous financial problems. And so the fact that Portman is winning is not because of Portman – this is just a message that Strickland is so bad."

Burress also maintains it is essential that the Republicans hold on to the Senate – regardless of who is elected president.

"The Senate takes its seat before the president does,” the conservative leader pointed out. “So if the Senate was to go to the Democrats, President Obama would have about 15 days to appoint the position to the U.S. Supreme Court. It would give them a five vote majority. So it is very important that we keep the Senate."

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/31/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/31/16

  • Scott Lively says that "it is not mere coincidence that the collapse of the social order in the West has tracked both the decline of respect for the Bible (especially the Old Testament) and the rise of the LGBT movement."
  • Jim Garlow participated in a conference call between Donald Trump and faith leaders yesterday and "came away from the call ... profoundly encouraged at what I heard."
  • A warning from Phil Burress: "Everything from the NRA to religious freedom … you can kiss it all goodbye if Hillary gets elected."
  • Phyllis Schlafly declares that "it is clear that abortion and American values can never co-exist."
  • Frank Gaffney says "Hillary Clinton has arguably done more personally for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamist cause than any other U.S. official."
  • Finally, Brian Brown remains very alarmed by the lack of support that NOM is receiving: "I have to tell you, with less than 72 hours left in the membership drive I am really worried we're going to fall short of our goal.We need to raise $52,500 to avoid devastating cuts to our programs, and we've only raised $44,124 thus far. That means we have less than three days to raise $8,376 — and I am very concerned."

Glenn Beck Says Obama's Failure To Fix Race Relations 'Will Go Down As The Biggest Missed Opportunity' In American History

From the moment that Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Republicans put into action a plan to fight him on everything from the inside in Congress while the Religious Right mobilized itself as a "resistance movement" that would wage the battle on every front from the outside.

But on his radio show today, Glenn Beck blamed President Obama for failing to bring the country together during his time in office, calling his presidency "the biggest missed opportunity in all of American history."

Beck, who mere months into Obama's presidency was calling him a racist who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture," said that Obama is entirely to blame for not solving the problem of race relations in this nation.

"Barack Obama, when he was elected, was a miss of the greatest opportunity any president has ever had," Beck said. "If Barack Obama would have been a uniter, not a divider and would have been a healer of race relations, we would have taken off in a completely different direction and we would have had a whole new American century in front of us. It would have been the greatest thing to ever happen. I think it will go down as the biggest missed opportunity in all of America history."

Third Party Presidential Candidate Tom Hoefling Says Donald Trump Is A 'Reprobate' Who Despises Christians

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed Tom Hoefling, a longtime right-wing activist who is now running for president as the America's Party candidate.

Klingenschmitt asked Hoefling to respond to arguments that conservative Christians who vote for a third-party candidate instead of Donald Trump are simply helping to elect Hillary Clinton. Hoefling dismissed those concerns by noting that Trump is a "reprobate" who hates Christians.

"Untruths are the chief cornerstone of the arguments Republicans are making to try to coerce us into supporting, really, a man that I consider to be a reprobate," he said. "You know, he's not a run-of-the-mill sinner. He's someone who not only committed serial adultery but went into a book that he was writing and bragged about it. That's the mark of a reprobate. That's not somebody that I want in the most powerful office in our land and in the world."

"Donald Trump, and I'm speaking directly to Christians right now," Hoefling continued, "he despises you. When he stood up and gave that speech in Cleveland, you know, he threw a few moldy scraps of bread to the evangelicals who support him, but you can just tell from his demeanor, he's not one of you, he doesn't believe what you believe and you can't trust this man."

Another Of David Barton's False Claims Gets Easily Debunked

After having watched hundreds of DVD specials and live presentations delivered by right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton and listened to thousands of his daily radio programs, we have concluded that his work is so routinely riddled with errors and misrepresentations that just about any factual claim that he makes ought to be checked for accuracy.

One of the claims that we have heard him make dozens of times in recent years is that the College Board's Advanced Placement U.S. history standards have replaced topics such as D-Day, Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust with anti-American propaganda.

When Barton made this assertion again yesterday in a meeting that was broadcast on Periscope, we decided to finally look into it and, predictably, discovered that it is totally false.

"World War II is of interest to me because of what's happened to AP History," Barton said. "AP History is the last history course that kids will take in high school. Right now, colleges do not require any course in American history for graduation, so it's the last course that most kids take. There's 460,000 kids that take the course and they're considered the brightest history kids in America. In the standards that came out for AP History in September 2014—the College Board puts them out because the College Board is the one that does the 47 AP tests for all classes—in those standards, they took out Hitler and the Holocaust and D-Day and Pearl Harbor and Patton and everything else. They have six statements in there and that's all on World War II and one of the statements is, 'America dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, raising questions about American values.' And all six statements they have are all negative."

If you look into this claim, it turns out to be so utterly false that the authors of the College Board's AP U.S. history standards released a letter in 2015 debunking it.

As the authors explained, instructors who are teaching AP U.S. History courses are obviously already well-versed in history and would know enough to include the important topics like Hitler and the Holocaust when teaching World War II and therefore did not need to be instructed to do so by the AP guidelines:

The AP U.S. History course is an advanced, college-level course – not an introductory U.S. history course - and is not meant to be students’ first exposure to the fundamental narrative of U.S. history. Because countless states, districts, and schools have their own standards for U.S. history teaching, we did not want to usurp local control by prescribing a detailed national curriculum of people, places, and events. As a result, we created a framework, not a full curriculum, so that local decision makers and teachers could populate the course with content that is meaningful to them and that satisfies their state mandates (such as teachers choosing to discuss the heroic World War II experiences of Bob Dole, Daniel Inouye, or Dorie Miller).

Many of the comments we have heard about the framework reflect either a misunderstanding of U.S. history or a very limited faith in history teachers’ command of their subject matter. The Curriculum Framework was written by and for AP teachers – individuals who were already experts in U.S. history and its teaching. Based on feedback from other AP teachers outside the Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee, we did not think it necessary to specifically identify Martin Luther King, Jr., among the post-war “civil rights activists” mentioned in the framework. Any United States History course would of course include King as well as other major figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Dwight Eisenhower. These and many other figures of U.S. history did not appear in the previous AP framework, either, yet teachers have always understood the need to teach them. Critics who believe we have omitted them from the course are misunderstanding our document, and we request that they examine the AP Practice Exam as evidence of our determination that AP students must be exposed to a rich and inclusive body of historical knowledge.

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/30/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/30/16

  • Colorado Right to Life spokesman Bob Enyart says that "liberals generally, in fact, support protecting the guilty and killing the innocent."
  • Former Texas governor Rick Perry will be among the contestants on the next season of "Dancing With The Stars."
  • On his radio show today, David Barton accused us of stalking him. We'll make you a deal, David: If you stop lying, we'll stop writing about all of your lies.
  • Alveda King will not endorse a candidate for president: "Believe me, it takes quite a bit of courage to stand up to the pressure of not endorsing, even to the point of being called a coward. However, I still love everyone, and I still love America."
  • Finally, do you want to see a movie featuring Kenneth Copeland as the head of a Latin American drug cartel who finds God? Of course you do!

David Barton Is Writing A God-Filled Government Textbook For Use In Public Schools

Earlier today, Tim Barton, the son of right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton, broadcast a meeting on Periscope that he and his father held with representatives of Gateway Church about drafting a curriculum to be used in conjunction with his "Foundations of Freedom" DVD series.

During the conversation, Barton revealed that he has been contracted to write a God-filled government textbook that can be used in public schools all over the nation.

"I just contracted," Barton said, "about two weeks ago, we're doing a government textbook, a national government textbook but it will be very much in this kind of vein but it will meet the Texas TEKS standards and all the national standards for any state, it can be used in any state, except it will have a lot of God in it."

"After we get done with this," he continued, "our next project is to write a history curriculum. We've got these old history books and you cannot read an old history book without seeing God all over the place because God was just involved."

Glenn Beck Says He'll Go To Jail Rather Than Reveal Confidential Sources In Boston Marathon Bombing Lawsuit

Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered Glenn Beck to disclose the names of the confidential sources that his network relied upon when he spent a month in 2013 accusing Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi man who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, of being an al Qaeda "control agent" and the "money man" who financed the terrorist attack and recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry it out.

Alharbi has since sued Beck for defamation and slander and now Beck and his producers are refusing to abide by the judge's order to reveal the sources who provided the information he used to smear Alharbi so that Alharbi's lawyers can depose them.

On his radio show today, Beck said that this order is part of an effort by the government to "shut people up" and declared that he is willing to go to prison rather than reveal his sources.

"There is an effort from the government to shut people up," Beck said. "You have the government under Barack Obama, investigating reporters who are leaking things, investigating whistleblowers. You currently have a case that I'm involved in in Boston where the judge is saying I have to release my confidential sources."

"First of all, I'm happy to say I don't know the confidential sources," Beck claimed. "I specifically said the entire time, 'I don't want to know any facts I can't go on the air with and I certainly don't want to know the names of the confidential sources.' I was asked by a reporter today, 'So, this could mean jail time for somebody ... Are you willing to go to jail for [it]?' Yes! And every reporter in America should be willing to go to jail for confidential sources. Every one in America. And everyone in America, left or right, better protect that, otherwise journalism is you know it is over."

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