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Right Wing Leftovers - 4/25/14

  • Glenn Beck spoke at Liberty University today. There was some crying involved.
  • A poll commissioned by Citizens for Community Values Action shows, shockingly, "a decline in support for same-sex marriage in Ohio."
  • Robert Oscar Lopez warns S.E. Cupp not to support gay adoption because, in doing so, "we are encouraging a whole new generation of homewreckers – gays who want to be parents and figure out that the cheapest way to do it is to seduce someone of the same sex who is currently in a rocky marriage with children."
  • Right-wing activists have released a Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi report. We are sure it is very informative.
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer proudly declares that "I am the only conservative in America" that is willing to come to Cliven Bundy's defense.

Bryan Fischer Is Inadvertently Making Sense: 'There Are Consequences For Making A Foolish Declaration'

As we have noted several times before, Bryan Fischer is a lot of things, but self-aware is not one of them and he continues to demonstrate this fact regularly on his radio program, as he did once again today.

Fischer spent part of a segment discussing the fact that Dan Haseltine, lead singer of the Christian rock band Jars of Clay, had announced his support for gay marriage. In response to this announcement, Fischer said, some Christian radio stations have begun boycotting the band and refusing to play their songs while some fans have deleted their albums from the music libraries.

Haseltine, not surprisingly, does not appreciate such responses, but Fischer was entirely unsympathetic, declaring (approximately 5:00 in) that it was because "you are rejecting the authority of the word of God and maybe Christians have a problem with that."

"If you want to do that, that's fine" Fischer added, "but then don't complain when there are consequences for making a foolish declaration like that":

For once, we completely agree with Fischer! As we always say, the flipside of the First Amendment is that while everyone is free to say whatever they believe, that doesn't mean that they are also exempt from suffering the consequences of voicing those beliefs.

Of course, it is usually the Religious Right that loudly screams "persecution" anytime someone that they agree with actually suffers consequences for making foolish declarations ... like when Bryan Fischer said that A&E's decision to suspend Phil Robertson for making anti-gay comments was proof that Christians were being persecuted for refusing to accept the Mark of the Beast:

When Christian radio stations refuse to play Haseltine's music, that is just the "consequences" of his "foolish declaration," according to Fischer.

But when A&E temporarily suspended Robertson for his "foolish declaration," Fischer went on and on about how Christians were being oppressed, persecuted, and prohibited from engaging in commerce.

The Prophet Glenn Beck Warns That Society Is 'Too Far Gone' And Only The Bible Can Save Us

With every passing day, Glenn Beck's transformation into the self-appointed prophetic leader of a doomsday cult grows more pronounced as he uses his network to issue increasingly dire warnings about the impending and inevitable destruction of America while literally thumping his Bible.

Just take a look at yesterday's morning meeting where Beck harangued his staff that "the system" is in a full-fledged nosedive.

"It's in a straight pitch down," Beck proclaimed. "That's what our society is doing right now. Straight pitch down!"

The only solution, of course, is the Bible.

"This has all the answers," Beck said while smacking his hand upon his Bible. "This is the only answer. Period. We are too far gone. Any other fix won't do it ... This is the only parachute. Jump out of the plane!"

Todd Starnes Gets Definitively Debunked

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about the amazing coincidence that was at the center of one of Todd Starnes' recent columns about a young girl who had allegedly been told that she was not allowed to pray before eating her lunch in her elementary school lunch room.

As it turned out, the young girl just so happened to be the daughter of the man who is the Vice President of Sales at the Christian publishing house that is publishing Starnes' next book, which just so happens to be all about how religious liberty is under attack in America.

Even after this rather curious connection was pointed out and the school said there was no evidence that the incident had even happened, the parents and their lawyers at the Liberty Institute continued to demand an investigation and an apology from the school; at one point even arranging a line-up of school employees so the girl could identify just which teacher had allegedly told her that she was not allowed to pray.

The school at the center of this "controversy" bent over backwards to satisfy the parents and conducted a full investigation into the incident. Yesterday, the school district announced its findings and, as expected, found the allegations to be completely bogus:

School officials said Wednesday that they can't find any evidence to suggest that a kindergartner was told not to pray in a Seminole County elementary lunchroom.

But the school district apologized anyway, and a lawyer for the girl's parents said they are satisfied with the outcome.

"We found zero evidence an incident ever occurred," said district spokesman Mike Lawrence. "There's no proof whatsoever."

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As for the identified staffer, a school-district investigator has concluded that "there is no way possible that person was anywhere near the lunchroom" that kindergartners and first-graders use. In addition to the student and her family, the district has interviewed staffers, the accused adult and Gabriella's classmates, Lawrence said.

Predictably, the parents and their right-wing attorney are trying to use the fact that the school issued a perfunctory apology to spin this as a victory:

In a statement, Jeremy Dys, the family's attorney, said, "We are grateful for the apology offered by Seminole County Schools. The Perez family gladly accepts this apology, along with the assurances to the community by the School Board that students in Seminole County School are free to exercise their First Amendment freedoms while at school."

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/24/14

  • Oliver Willis @ Media Matters: VIDEO: Cliven Bundy's Racist Comments.
  • Josh Feldman @ Mediaite: Bundy Explains ‘Negro’ Remarks: ‘I’m Wondering’ If They’re ‘Better Off Being Slaves.’
  • Joe Jervis: PolitiFact Rates Ralph Reed's Claims About Gay Parenting As Totally False.
  • Sarah Jones @ Wall of Separation: Moore Extremism: Alabama’s Infamous ‘Ten Commandments Judge’ Is As Big A Zealot As Ever.
  • Chris Rodda: Pentagon to Join in “One Voice United in Prayer” (On Separate Days in Separate Locations, Depending On What Religion You Are).
  • David Edwards @ Raw Story: NH lawmaker: Women deserve less pay because they don’t work hard like men.

Right Wing Leftovers - 4/24/14

  • Cliven Bundy cannot be a racist because, his son says, "two vehicles full of black men" protected him during the Watts Riots in 1965 and "he felt that they were his guardian angels."
  • After having repeatedly declared that Bundy was a Godly man of prayer, Glenn Beck has now abandoned him completely.
  • Bryan Fischer, on the other hand, is predictably defending Bundy's racist remarks.
  • April 30 is the National Day of Repentance.
  • Gary Bauer says there is a "misinformation campaign waged by media elites" designed to isolate those who oppose marriage equality.
  • The Pacific Justice Institute is asking the Supreme Court to agree to hear its lawsuit against California's prohibition on using "ex-gay" therapy on minors.

Beck Goes Full Barton, Claims One-Third Of The Constitution And Declaration Came Straight From Deuteronomy

On today's radio broadcast, Glenn Beck went full David Barton, claiming that one-third of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence came straight out of the Bible; more specifically, right out of the Book of Deuteronomy.

Continuing his argument from last night that the Bible is the "cookbook" of America's system of government, Beck echoed David Barton's claim that the Founding Fathers were so well-versed in the Bible that they quoted it continually in their correspondence.

When Barton made this very claim on Beck's show a few years ago, we pointed out that it was total nonsense, but Beck cited it as true nonetheless this morning before adding his own bizarre assertion that "thirty-three percent of every federal line in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence ... comes from the Book of Deuteronomy":

Not surprisingly, this claim is also pure Barton bunk, as Chris Rodda explained back when Barton made this claim on Beck's program in 2010.

But even worse, Beck somehow managed to utterly misrepresent things even further by claiming not that one-third of the quotes from the Founders came from the Bible, which is what Barton misrepresents the original study to claim, but that one-third of our Constitution and Declaration of Independence came straight out of Deuteronomy.

Fischer: 'Gay Activists Are Like Leeches'

Bryan Fischer is still miffed by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's decision to withdraw from the culture war over marriage, declaring on his radio program yesterday that gay activists are like leeches for whom no amount of blood is ever enough.

Pointing to opposition to efforts by Chick-fil-A to open restaurants in New York City, Fischer cited Proverbs 30:15 to proclaim that "gay activists are like leeches."

"The point here," Fischer said, "is that with the homosexual lobby, you cannot ever give them enough. Don't even try. There's no point in making concessions. There's no point in capitulating. There's no point in yielding to their demands. There's no point in offering them some kind of appeasement in the hopes that they will leave you alone, that they will leave you in peace. It won't work":

Glenn Beck Wants The Bible Taught In Public Schools Because It Has Been 'The Only Textbook We Needed'

Glenn Beck has been on a kick recently hailing the Bible as the solution to every single one of our nation's problems, so it comes as no surprise to see him now throwing his support behind an effort led by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green to get the Bible taught in public schools all over the nation.

Hailing the Green family as "true Americans" during his morning meeting, Beck turned directly to the camera and urged viewers to shop at Hobby Lobby in order to support them because "these people are the best."

On last night's television program, Beck then interviewed Jerry Pattengale, who is overseeing the development of this Bible curriculum program, declaring that trying to build a Western democracy without studying the Bible is like trying to become a chef without ever reading a cookbook.

"This is our cookbook," Beck said of the Bible. "If you don't understand this, you ain't gonna be able to make anything that looks like a Western government and a free society."

Later in the discussion, Beck said that the more he reads the Scriptures, the more convinced he becomes that the Bible is "the only textbook we needed" because every piece of human wisdom comes directly out of that book.

"I really, truly believe," Beck proclaimed, "you could use that book and that book alone and teach a man to be a great man with no other book than that":

Matthew Hagee: 'What Happened In 1492 Happened Again Last Week In The Ukraine'

Last year, John Hagee released a book entitled "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change" which claims that God is sending signs to humanity in the form of multiple blood moons and that the world is "going to see something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world."

As Hagee explained in an op-ed published in The Christian Post, there will be four blood moons over the next two years and each will occur on days "that are significant to Israel and also occur during Jewish Feasts," which is a sign that "God is getting ready to change the course of human history once again."

On this week's installment of the "Hagee Hotline," Matthew Hagee seized upon reports that anti-Semitic flyers were distributed in Eastern Ukraine last week allegedly telling Jews to register with the local government and pay or fee or else have their possessions confiscated and be deported as proof that the signs of the blood moon were coming true.

Though the flyers were widely regarded as being a hoax, Hagee said that the distribution of such flyers was a repeat of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, which also reportedly took place during a blood moon.

"What happened in 1492 happened again last week in the Ukraine," Hagee said, "on the first of four blood moons":

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