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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

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/20/16

  • Dave Daubenmire is just about at his wit's end: "I saw this week that President Obama’s approval rating is nearing 50% again. What in the world is wrong with people? Have we fallen so far that the American people approve of this obvious Son of Satan?"
  • After being fired from a teaching position at Hampden-Sydney College, Jerry Boykin has now been re-hired for at least a year.
  • Tucker Carlson says that Glenn Beck "acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg's manservant" during the recent meeting at Facebook.
  • Some Orwellian language from Louisiana Right to Life on a new 72-hour waiting period law: "This important bill empowers women considering abortion with additional reflection time before an abortion so they can consider their options more effectively."
  • Ben Carson and Tony Perkins are organizing a meeting between Religious Right leaders and Donald Trump.
  • Finally, Janet Porter has released a new video promoting her campaign against Target: VIDEO

Kim Davis: Gays Were Trying To Shove The Supreme Court Ruling 'Down My Throat And Make Me Eat It For My Dinner'

On the latest episode of "Truths That Transform" from D. James Kennedy Ministries, the organization's president, Frank Wright, interviewed Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis about her fight against the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision, during which she refused to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because doing so conflicted with her religious beliefs. 

Davis, who imposed her personal religious view on the entire county, told Wright that she was simply following the law because the Supreme Court had no authority to strike down Kentucky's law banning gay marriage or to make her violate the Bible and that those who were demanding that she do her job were trying to shove the ruling down her throat. 

"I was obeying my law," she insisted. "I had couples bring in the whole Supreme Court ruling and I said, 'You know, I really don't need to see this because that's not a law, that's a ruling' [and they'd say] 'Well, why won't you do this?' And so then I go to the Bible and I'd tell them, [and they'd respond,] 'Don't be reading me the Bible.' Well, you asked why I couldn't issue you a marriage license and I'm explaining to you, I'm showing you why I cannot. They didn't want to hear that though. They wanted to shove that paper down my throat and make me eat it for my dinner."

Theodore Shoebat: Hillary Clinton Should Be Put To Death For Witchcraft

Earlier this week, extremist anti-gay activist and ardent Donald Trump supporter Theodore Shoebat posted a video praising the presumptive Republican nominee for releasing a list of possible Supreme Court nominees.

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, liked what he saw of Trump's list and ran through a handful of court decisions that some of the potential nominees have handed down, which allowed him to share his reasonable thoughts on a variety of topics.

Among the issues that Shoebat discussed were his contention that blacks were better off picking cotton and beans on the plantation as slaves than they are today, that police should unleash attack dogs on those who attend gay pride parades or comic book conventions and that "sluts" who use contraception should be arrested. 

Shoebat had particular praise for Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals judge Steven Colloton for issuing a decision in 2014 upholding the constitutionality of the death penalty, which Shoebat again said should be applied to gays ... as well as to witches like Hillary Clinton.

"We need judges who uphold the death penalty for evildoers," he said. "We need judges who would uphold the death penalty for those, not just murderers, obviously murderers deserve death, I think most people would agree with that. But you also have other people who deserve the death penalty, not necessarily murderers; people who are involved in witchcraft, who promote witchcraft. Witchcraft is very, very dangerous, very demonic and look how much destruction it has caused in the United States. Look at Hillary Clinton. That's a witch that needs to be arrested and put to death. Most definitely. As the scriptures says, I believe in Leviticus, 'Thou shall not suffer a witch to live.'"

"Homosexuals also need to be put to death," Shoebat continued, "because it is evil, it is demonic and it is against human nature."

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/19/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/19/16

  • FRC prays in the wake of the confirmation of Eric Fanning, the first openly gay Secretary of the Army: "May God raise up a president and Congress who will end the exploitation of our military and the sexual assault epidemic that has exploded in all our services since DADT was overturned. May military readiness replace the LGBT agenda as the chief goal of our DOD and military chiefs."
  • This is the title of Alveda King's latest press release: "There is a Battle for the Seed in the Toilets."
  • Linda Harvey says that "America must say NO to the gender manipulation of minors. Both physicians and parents need to be held civilly and possibly criminally liable for taking vulnerable children down these roads."
  • Phyllis Schlafly applauds Donald Trump for his list of possible Supreme Court justices: "I know and like most of them and have a few favorites that I will share with Mr. Trump at the right time."
  • Finally, Janet Porter remains very bitter over having lost her bid to  win the Republican nomination for a seat in the Ohio state senate.

David Barton: With Ted Cruz Out, Conservative Christians Must Become More Engaged In Electing God-Fearing Candidates To Office

David Barton, the Religious Right psuedo-historian and activist who ran a major super PAC supporting Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy, released a video today laying out the path for conservative Christian activists to take now that Cruz, the candidate they had long prayed for, has dropped out of the presidential race. 

The results of the GOP presidential primary, he said, drive home three life lessons: 1) Nothing catches God by surprise; 2) God cares how you respond to adversity; 3) All things work together for good according to God's plan.

As such, Barton said that conservative activists cannot now abandon all that they have fought for and must, instead, "become more engaged" and get to work electing people who will operate according to "the timeless principles given to us by God" to local, state and federal offices.

"We become more engaged and we get our neighbors engaged," Barton said. "We need to make sure our neighbors are registered to vote and that they choose God-fearing leaders and that, above all, we teach ourselves and others to think and act biblically."

Pat Robertson Says Drug Addicts Who Won't Work Or Get Treatment Should Be Left To 'Starve To Death'

On "The 700 Club" today, Pat Robertson responded to a question from a viewer who wanted to know what the proper Christian response is to drug addicts in her town who are, she complained, using up government and hospital resources that she has to pay for with her tax dollars. Robertson responded that it was time for some tough love and that drug addicts who refuse to work or seek treatment should simply be allowed to starve to death.

A viewer from Massachusetts cited a Boston Herald article about the strain that addicted and mentally ill "super-utilizers" are putting on Boston's hospitals and Medicaid system and complained that she's finding it hard to be charitable toward drug addicts who are intentionally overdosing and wasting resources that she is paying for with her taxes.

Robertson responded by citing 2 Thessalonians 3:10, which says that "if anyone will not work, neither shall he eat," as justification for allowing addicts to starve to death.

"There are a bunch of people who are just bums and they're trying to ride in on the charity of others," Robertson said. "Tough love will say, 'I'm not going to give you something.' ... If these people are out drugging themselves, let 'em starve to death. I know that sounds hard, but that's the way it's got to be."

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/18/16

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