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Right Wing Leftovers - 7/8/13

  • Glenn Beck, David Barton, and others are organizing some sort of "rapid response" effort through which to mobilize activists to turn out in protest of right-wing outrages.
  • Anti-Mormon activist Bill Keller wants to know "why Christians would provide much of the funding for Mormon cult member Glenn Beck's "Man in the Moon" event this past weekend at the home of his cult in Salt Lake City, Utah, which really was Beck's coming out party and a showcase for his Mormon cult."
  • For some reason, the RNC decided not to show this awesome Donald Trump video during the convention.
  • Mike Huckabee, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Marilyn Musgrave, Penny Nance and others are rallying in Texas in support of the state's restrictive anti-abortion legislation.
  • On a related note, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appeared on Bryan Fischer's radio program where he guaranteed that the legislation will be passed.
  • Coincidentally, today Gov. Rick Perry announced that he will not seek re-election.

Glenn Beck Is Suspicious About Teresa Heinz Kerry And Hillary Clinton Hospitalizations

Yesterday, Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, was rushed to this hospital after apparently suffering from some sort of seizure ... but Glenn Beck isn't buying it because he just doesn't trust anything that the government says, which is why he suspects that the entire thing was orchestrated as a distraction from the "huge scandal" that Secretary Kerry was on his boat while a military coup took place in Egypt last week.

While it may be true that Heinz Kerry (or, as Beck called her, "Mrs. Ketchup") did end up in the hospital, Beck "can't give you any sympathy now because you've lied to us too many times" ... just as when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized with a blood clot last year in an effort to cover-up Benghazi.

Though Clinton's blood clot was tied to a concussion she received after she fainted while suffering from the flu, Beck said "if she really had some weird thing in the hospital, then it should prohibit her from ever becoming president.

"She shouldn't be President of the United States if she going into the hospital for some sort of heart condition or brain condition or whatever she was in the hospital for," Beck said, "or was that just a scam so that we didn't talk about [Benghazi]"?

Staver: With DOMA Ruling, 'We're Crossing Into The Realm Of Revolution'

Last year, Mat Staver warned that if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, it could lead to a civil war. And now that the Court has done that by striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, Staver is once again issuing that same warning. 

Saying that the DOMA decision is actually worse than Roe v. Wade because that decision never forced anyone to get an abortion whereas now Christians are being forced to capitulate and accept gay marriage as legitimate under fear of persecution, Staver claimed that the nation is "crossing into the realm of rebellion, we're crossing into the realm of revolution" just like the nation faced heading into the American Revolution:

Klingenschmitt: Justice Kennedy's DOMA Decision Is 'Blasphemy'

"Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt is predictably dismayed by the Supreme Court decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, striking down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, declaring that in striking down the legislation, the Court majority has ruled that Christians are evil.

Asserting that Jesus was inside the hearts of those in Congress who passed DOMA (and the Holy Spirit was inside President Bill Clinton when he signed it,) Klingenschmitt said that with this ruling, Kennedy looked into the hearts of those responsible for this law and declared that they had "an evil motive." 

"He's looking at Jesus in us and calling him evil," Klingenschmitt fumed. "He's looking at the Holy Spirit in us and calling it a demon.  Justice Kennedy, you are full of blasphemy":

'I Am Your Moon. And You Are My Beasts': The Birth Of Glenn Beck's Independence Day Extravaganza

Tens of thousands of Glenn Beck acolytes gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah over the Independence Day holiday weekend to participate in Beck's multi-day "Man in the Moon" event, which is just the latest annual reminder of Beck's inflated sense of self-importance.

While the centerpiece of the event was the "Man in the Moon" stage show, which Beck promised was going to permanently "change the way we celebrate Fourth of July," the gathering featured a variety of exhibits, presentations, and speeches which, at least according to The Blaze, were all met with wild applause.

For instance, when Sen. Mike Lee praised the Constitution, "the audience erupted in cheers and applause" and when he attacked the Supreme Court, "the audience applauded wildly."

Elsewhere, Rep. Louie Gohmert "received a standing ovation" when he stood up from the audience to praise Michelle Malkin during her remarks as she railed against immigration reform, for which she received "wild applause" from the crowd.

David Barton also spoke at the event and, amazingly, he too "was greeted with intense applause and a standing ovation."

Heck, even a couple that survived a plane crash received a "chorus of applause."

But the highlight of the weekend was the "epic rendition of America’s story" as told from the moon's perspective in the "Man in the Moon" show, during which "the crowd erupted in applause throughout the show. From start to finish, attendees cheered as America’s story was told in great fanfare."

The actual Man in the Moon, not surprisingly, was portrayed by Beck himself and according to this report from the Salt Lake Tribune, the entire thing was as maudlin and bizarre was one would expect from an epic Glenn Beck production:

As Beck began narrating — telling a somewhat biblical version of the evolution of mankind — he took on the role of a watchful moon admiring sister Earth, calling her "Blue," and his face became superimposed upon the giant stage moon.

The moon witnessed mankind, referred to as "the beasts," become greedy and violent and lose its way.

Noah’s ark rode out the flood, followed by a Tower of Babel scenario.

Fast forward, and the Man in the Moon touched upon the evils of slavery and praised Abraham Lincoln.

Dancers illustrated man’s creation of electricity. And, with the coming of the Industrial Revolution, a giant robot in the corner of the stage began moving its arms and upper body.

War was signaled by the sound of sirens as the stage went dark and fireworks shrieked into the sky.

Images of Hitler, and the Man in the Moon told of World War II ending as an atom bomb exploded on screen.

Beck then took the stage as himself again, saying that is how the story ended, for now, but that new chapters would be written.

The audience then watched video of John F. Kennedy speak of reaching for the stars and sending men to the moon.

A visibly aged and wrinkled moon concluded with an impassioned speech about the "puzzle" that is mankind.

"I cannot tell you how your story ends, because I am not the author. You are," said the Man in the Moon. "Love, love one another. I cannot wait to see what you decide to do."

"I am your moon. And you are my beasts," the moon continued, promising to be there in mankind’s darkest hour "to remind you that on the morrow, the sun shall return."

The moon began to spin to the sound of upbeat country music, fireworks once again exploded overhead, and the show was over.

But perhaps the most amazing aspect of the show was that it opened with a flag "raising" ceremony in which "two men dressed in soldiers’ garb who were suspended in the air upside down actually 'lowered' the American flag" upside-down from the ceiling in "an effort to show that America is in distress":

Beck: Food Network Dropping Paula Deen Is McCarthyism

Conservatives seem to have developed a belief lately that the First Amendment's right to free speech also entitles one to immunity to criticism or repercussions for the things that one might say.

This theory was once again on display on Glenn Beck's television program last night when he opened with a long monologue defending the importance of the First Amendment by blasting the on-going fall-out surrounding comments made by Paula Deen, seemingly taking the position that Deen, and everyone else, ought to be able to say anything they want without having to worry about suffering any sort of consequences ... because apparently the possibility of there being ramifications for actions is nothing more than McCarthyism.

Beck literally compared the practice of "discouraging people from speaking their minds" to putting explorers like Magellan and Columbus in jail or preventing Martin Luther King from standing for civil rights, saying that the Food Network's decision not to renew Deen's contract has "contributed to the growing un-American atmosphere of fear and silence; hello, Joseph McCarthy!"

Somehow, this is all related to Nancy Pelosi being booed while speaking at the Netroots Nation conference last weekend, which Beck cited as proof that "eventually progressives run out of people to blame and they go after anyone, anyone who's not in power, and they'll go after liberals as well; welcome to the America that you've helped create":

Right Wing Round-Up - 6/24/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 6/24/13

  • "Coach" Dave Daubenmire is quite proud of being a "right-wing wacko" and being featured on this blog.
  • This is the spectacle with which Glenn Beck is going to forever change the Fourth of July?
  • Of course, Muslim terrorists were responsible for the Colorado wildfires.
  • Rick Santorum is now the head of a Christian movie studio. Seriously.
  • On tomorrow's radio program, Focus on the Family president Jim Daly will interview U2's Bono.
  • Finally, Steve Deace says "We don't need an Islamist invasion. Our elites are doing a great job of destroying these United States of America just fine on their own."

Gohmert: Kids Don't Need Sex-Ed Because This Isn't The Soviet Union

On today's episode of "WallBuilders Live," David Barton and Rick Green were joined by Rep. Louie Gohmert for a discussion about the dangers posed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the organization's "indoctrination" of students.

Predictably, Green, Barton, and Gohmet all repeated the absurd right-wing talking point that the SPLC has been "linked to domestic terrorism," but Gohmert seemed primarily dismayed by the idea that kids might be learning about sex.

Kids don't need to learn about these things, Gohmert insisted, because "mankind has existed for a pretty long time without anyone ever having to give a sex-ed lesson to anybody" but now such instruction is commonplace in public schools ... and it all reminds him of the Soviet Union:

Let the kids be innocent.  Let them dream. Let them play. Let them enjoy their life. You don't have to force this sexuality stuff into their life at such a point. It was never intended to be that way. They'll find out soon enough.  And, in fact, ... mankind has existed for a pretty long time without anyone ever having to give a sex-ed lesson to anybody.  And now we feel like, oh gosh, people are too stupid to unless we force them to sit and listen to instructions.  It's just incredible.

And there is a natural law that parents should be involved in education, they should know about, they should be part of the training - that's a law of nature; Alan Keyes was just talking about it this weekend when we were together. That is such an important part of nature and yet that is the very thing that some of these liberals want to take away.

And it reminds me so much of the summer that I was an exchange student in the Soviet Union back in the Seventies and I was shocked when they were saying 'no, the children don't belong to parents, they belong to the state.' And if any parent said anything in front of their children negative about the wonderful Soviet Union, then we will take their children away and give them to somebody more deserving.  And I just thought how horribly shocking that was, that of course parents were the ones who love the children, not the state. And I thought thank God that we don't have that in our country.

And now I've seen this coming with a lady from MSNBC saying "hey, children belong to the state" ... and it just sent chills because it took me back to the Seventies when that's what the Soviet Union used to say and we know how well that worked out.

Citing MLK, Gary Glenn Calls On Christians And Governors To Ignore Any Pro-Marriage Equality Ruling From SCOTUS

Last week, the Frederick Douglass Society hosted a Junteenth Celebration in Michigan at which Gary Glenn of the American Family Association spoke.

During his remarks, Glenn declared that the Republican Party had been formed for the express purpose of fighting slavery and defending marriage, which inspired him tie Martin Luther King's famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail" to the forthcoming Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality by calling on Christians and the governors of the states which have outlawed gay marriage to ignore any ruling that might strike down those laws.

"With the heritage we have from the freedom fighters and the Freedom Riders who came before us," Glenn declared, "God forgive us if we fail to stand. But if we do, as Martin Luther King said we should do to fulfill our Christian duty, we will threaten those, we will over come those who threaten our faith and freedom.  And we will be proud to stand with you in that struggle for our faith [and] we will be blessed for doing so":

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