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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/18/15

  • Predictably, Ted Nugent is overjoyed that Donald Trump is running for president.
  • The Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution declaring that "we will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United States Supreme Court."
  • Don Boys declares that "homosexuals are not included into decent society because of their disgusting, depraved, and dangerous behavior."
  • Phyllis Schlafly warns that "a decision recognizing same-sex marriage would assist the efforts of those who want to silence supporters of traditional marriage."
  • Finally, Julio Severo wants to see Scott Lively appointed "as a U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Children and their Protection against the LGBT Agenda."

Defamation Suit Against Glenn Beck Has Potentially Become Significantly More Expensive

Last year, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi sued Glenn Beck after Beck spent the weeks following the Boston Marathon bombing openly accusing Alharbi, who was injured in the attack, of being an al Qaeda control agent and the "money man" behind the terrorist bombing.

Long after Alharbi had been cleared by law enforcement authorities, Beck spent program after program insisting that the United States government was covering up the truth and was protecting Alharbi at the behest of Saudi Arabia. Unsurprisingly, Alharbi eventually sued Beck for defamation and slander.

While Beck's lawyers have unsuccessfully attempted to get the lawsuit dismissed, the judge in this case has not been particularly sympathetic to Beck's defense and, to make matters worse, has now allowed Alharbi to amend his lawsuit to add a count of "unjust enrichment," which has "significantly upped the amount of a possible judgment" he could receive if he wins his suit:

It is now clear that indeed false statements were made by Beck about Alharbi and it should not be difficult for Alahrbi to prove that his reputation was harmed by those statements, however, the case does not end there.

In the landmark Supreme Court case of New York Times v. Sullivan and in a series of cases since then including Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts, the Supreme Court ruled that when it comes to public officials and public figures, there is an additional burden of proof for a plaintiff alleging he has been defamed by the media.  In those cases, a plaintiff will not be successful in a defamation case unless he can prove in addition to the statements being false and that he was harmed by the statements that the statements were made with malice either knowing the statements were false or with a reckless disregard for the truth.  This higher standard makes it much more difficult for a public official or public figure to win a defamation lawsuit.  Thus Beck’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by arguing that Alharbi was a public figure and Alharbi had not alleged that Beck had made his statements with malice.  In December the judge denied Beck’s motion.

Now in a significant ruling, Judge Patti B. Saris has allowed Alharbi to amend his defamation lawsuit by adding a count for unjust enrichment.  In allowing this count to be added to the complaint, Judge Saris has significantly upped the amount of a possible judgment.  In her decision, Judge Saris stated that “Massachusetts courts have recognized that misuse of confidential information may lead to unjust enrichment.”  Judge Saris also cited the defamation and unjust enrichment lawsuit brought by former Minnesota Governor and former Navy SEAL, Jesse Ventura against Chris Kyle, the author of the book and the subject of the movie “American Sniper.”  In the book and in a later interview with Bill O’Reilly about the book, Kyle described an alleged bar fight involving Ventura during a wake for one of Kyle’s comrades killed in action.  In his O’Reilly interview account of the fight, Kyle quoted Ventura as saying the Seals deserved to “lose a few” due to their involvement in an unjust war in Iraq.  In Kyle’s version of the altercation, Ventura ended up “on the floor” with a black eye.  The case went to trial after the death of Kyle and ended with a largely reported verdict in favor of Ventura, the plaintiff.  What was less reported was the jury’s verdict consisted of an award of $500,000 for defamation and $1.35 million for unjust enrichment.

Jindal: 'The Left Is Trying To Take God Out Of The Public Square'

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called into Glenn Beck's radio program today, where he warned that an "unholy alliance between big business and the radical left" is persecuting Christians by opposing legislation designed to allow Christian business owners to discriminate in the name of "religious liberty."

"Look at the fight in Indiana over religious liberty," Jindal said. "You had this unholy alliance between big business and the radical left going after the religious liberty and conservatives. Look, the radical left wants to tax and regulate businesses out of existence. They think profit is a dirty word, so these businesses need to be careful who they're making these alliances with."

That prompted Beck to warn that if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on gay marriage, Christians will be on the verge of  being stripped of their rights of conscience, to which Jindal responded that "America didn't create religious liberty; religious liberty created the United States of America and the left is trying to take God out of the public square":

Enlow: American Pharoah's Triple Crown A Prophetic Sign Christians Will Soon Control The Seven Mountains

Johnny Enlow is a leading proponent of Seven Mountains Dominionism, the idea that right-wing Christians should institute a "virtual theocracy" in America by gaining control of the "mountains" of business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion throughout the nation, so much so that he literally wrote the book on it.

Today, he is out with a column declaring that the fact that American Pharoah recently became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years is a prophetic sign that "we're going into the Promised Land of the tops of the 7 mountains of society":

I believe that American Pharoah winning speaks prophetically of a place and role that America is about to more fully step into as it relates to world affairs and the world economy ... I see the 37 years (time since last triple crown) as connecting to Genesis 37 when Joseph is first introduced to us and given the coat of many colors. In my book, The 7 Mountain Mantle: Receiving the Joseph Anointing to Reform Nations, I write much about this chapter telling of the coming Josephs who would arise in every mountain and be instrumental in the reforming of society. It's also significant that Joseph was 37 years old when the famine started that ultimately impulsed Egypt to an even more lead nation status. Because of the Joseph solutions implemented by Pharaoh, it says that "all nations came to Joseph," Egypt, and Pharaoh for their own survival (see Genesis 41:57).

I believe that the United States position in world economics is about to be greatly strengthened and that there will also be a corresponding weakening of many other nations' economic positions – with the United States increasingly being in a place of dictating terms of economic rescue for many nations. Significant economic shakings are coming, but they will end up greatly strengthening the United States' position in the world and not weakening it.

The Josephs will be bold as lions during this season and in the midst of much upheaval will greatly prosper ... The word Belmont means "beautiful mountain." The coming ever-changing landscape of world economics and world events, while chaotic at times, will increasingly tend towards the 7 mountains of society (media, economy, government, education, family, celebration arts, religion) being increasingly populated and positively affected by the rising sons and daughters of the King. The "stakes" have been about the mountains of culture properly reflecting the originally, designed image of God that was meant to function in society. We will now see a significant acceleration of change in every area of culture, as great shining ones will arise as never before ... I've shared for some time that there would be a release of the great angel of the mountain of economy this coming Rosh Hashanah. This timing correlates perfectly with the message to us by American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown.

Right Wing Round-Up - 6/17/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/17/15

  • FRC's Peter Sprigg cannot support Donald Trump in his run for president because Trump invited Catilyn Jenner to be a judge at the Miss USA Pageant.
  • What a surprise, Peter LaBarbera is outraged yet again.
  • Janet Mefferd warns that anti-gay Christians should not be having dialogues with pro-gay Christians: "We are to have no fellowship with darkness. We can’t 'dialogue' with any professing Christian who’s in open rebellion against the Word of God. We can’t 'dialogue' with anybody who is deceiving and misleading the Body of Christ on any sin while claiming to be a Christian!"
  • Ron Crews of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty says there is "an almost cult-like determination to advance the hyper-homosexualization of the military."
  • And FRC's Travis Weber agrees, declaring that the government is "requiring certain beliefs about homosexuality," which is a violation of Constitution's prohibition on religious tests for holding public office.

Michigan GOP Lawmaker Wants School Officials Held Criminally Liable For Teaching Students About Homosexuality

Earlier this year, Religious Right activist Janet Porter announced that she had produced a documentary called "Light Wins: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity," which featured a who's who of anti-gay activists, Republican members of Congress, and GOP presidential candidates warning that gay rights activists are out to destroy Christianity and put Christians in jail.

Nothing quite sums up the anti-gay insanity that fundamentally drives this movie like this segment in which an anti-gay activist wearing a doctor's coat says that placing one's genitals in "the tract where you expel waste" is nothing short of perversion, while Liberty University's Judith Reisman says that teaching children about homosexuality is "grooming the child for sexual activity" and is a crime.

Not to be outdone, Gary Glenn, who is a long-time anti-gay activist who also happens to be a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, declares that public school officials ought to be held criminally liable if students are taught about homosexuality and then contract some sort of sexually transmitted disease.

"If some young person hears at school that it's okay to be gay and then comes down with a fatal disease as a result," Glenn said, "school officials should be held legally liable, individually and in their official capacities, financially and maybe even criminal":

Right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton also makes an appearance to warn that God does not approve of Christians who do not speak out in opposition to homosexuality while Porter trots out her favorite claim that gay marriage was responsible for Noah's flood.

The Supreme Court's possible legalization of gay marriage, Porter warns, means that "we are uniquely and distinctly positioned for the return of Christ like no other time in history":

Beck: Donald Trump Is 'The Biggest Flaming [Ass] That You Could Possibly Imagine'

Glenn Beck covered Donald Trump's presidential announcement live on his radio broadcast yesterday, playing Trump's speech while he and his co-hosts relentlessly mocked the reality TV star as an utter clown and a buffoonish egomaniac.

Beck's derision toward Trump did not sit well with Trump supporters in his listening audience and today, several of them called into Beck's radio show to blast him for not supporting the real estate mogul's candidacy. But Beck was unmoved, declaring that "Donald Trump is the most arrogant man I have ever seen" and the "biggest flaming [ass] that you could possibly imagine."

Beck said that he might run for president as well, just to highlight what a joke Trump's campaign is and how he is nothing but an "embarrassment."

After co-host Stu Burguiere warned that allowing Trump to actually participate in Republican presidential debates would be a total catastrophe because Trump would just turn them into an utter circus, Beck said that it is people like Trump who make voters think that the Republican Party is nothing but a group of idiots.

"Donald Trump coming in and doing this to the Republicans is going to make all of us look ridiculous," Beck said. "Anybody who is a conservative, we are going to look absolutely like clowns. It's just a shame."

President Santorum Will Protect Children From Gay Marriage

Earlier this month, Rick Santorum participated in a conference call organized by right-wing pastor E.W. Jackson, during which the 2016 presidential hopeful spent most of his time promoting his economic plans.

But Santorum's agenda to provide economic opportunity to blue collar workers was obviously not what participants on the call were interested in because as soon as Santorum agreed to answer some questions, the very first thing he was asked about was what he would do as president about the fact that "our children are being forced to accept lifestyles that are totally against our values." The caller demanded to know why "is it that our government allows people that hurt children by way of child molestation" to impose their views upon this nation.

Santorum, who is not unfamiliar with having to field questions from unhinged audience members, responded to the question about child molestation by talking about same-sex marriage. "That's one of the reasons why I talk about the importance of focusing on the nuclear family," he said, adding that the next president must take a stand for the rights of children to be raised by a mother and a father.

If the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage, he continued, "that doesn't mean we won't fight and try to push back both as the Congress should and as the president should as a co-equal branch of the government."

"Depending on what they rule," Santorum said, "we would certainly make sure that we are protecting children and that we are creating an optimal atmosphere for every child, as I said, that have their birthright, which is to be raised by their mother and father."

'They Worship At The Altar Of Death': Matt Barber Says Legal Abortion Is Modern-Day Baal Worship

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber hailed a move by the Texas legislature to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving funds from a state program designed to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings.

Even though the money from this fund did not go toward providing abortion services, Staver and Barber praised the move as a step toward ending abortion by falsely claiming that every tax dollar Planned Parenthood receives ultimately frees up other money to be used for abortion services and so cutting off this funding will shrink the money available for abortion.

A commitment to totally cutting off all federal funding to Planned Parenthood should be a non-negotiable position for every candidate running for president in 2016, Barber said, because legal abortion is modern-day Baal worship.

"This is the left's sacred cow," he said. "It's like a religious ritual, a religious rite. They worship at the altar of death, of child dismemberment. It's like Baal worship of old, worshiping Moloch, where they would sacrifice innocent human beings. There's no difference. They're just not putting them in a furnace and worshiping an idol, but they really are worshiping an idol, the idol of abortion, and they're killing the babies in this clinical setting. It's no different from child sacrifice of old."

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