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Sen. James Lankford And Rep. Randy Forbes Want To Protect 'Corporate Conscience' So Christians Are Free To Discriminate

Earlier this year, the restaurant chain Chipotle stopped selling pork at several hundred stores after cutting ties with one of its suppliers for violating the chain's animal welfare standards.

Today, Sen. James Lankford and Rep. Randy Forbes published a truly absurd op-ed in The Christian Post using Chipotle as an example of the importance of protecting the "corporate conscience" of Christian business owners who want to discriminate against gay customers.

Seemingly unaware of the very clear difference between a company refusing to do business with a particular supplier and one openly discriminating against an entire class of people, Lankford and Forbes argue that "protecting corporate conscience" is vital so that the right of Christians to discriminate against gays is protected in the name of religious freedom:

It is crucial that the same freedom enjoyed by the leadership of Chipotle remains equally available to business owners of faith. Indeed, much more so as freedom of religion is explicitly protected by the First Amendment. We cannot simultaneously laud the leaders of a business motivated by a commitment to environmental sustainability and discriminate against the leaders of a business motivated by religious belief.

If a decision based on moral convictions is celebrated, shouldn't a decision based on the free exercise of religion – a right guaranteed in the Constitution – be even more so?

To be sure, religious freedom is not just a choice of convenience – it is a fundamental right given to all Americans by the Constitution. As we recognize Chipotle's decision, let's remember that a clear constitutionally supported civil right of religious freedom should be cherished and respected in every corner of this nation.

We live in a country whose laws respect freedom and diversity, and our Constitution has always had robust protections for all Americans to live and work by their religious convictions. Americans do not check their religious freedom at the door when they leave their home or place of worship and enter the public sphere.

We must not fall prey to the hypocrisy of defending the freedom of operating a business on convictions of sustainability, but reject that same freedom when the convictions are based in faith.

Right Wing Round-Up - 3/17/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/17/15

  • Amid mounting questions about misuse of funds, Rep. Aaron Schock abruptly announced today that he is resigning from Congress.
  • What kind of prophet is Glenn Beck when he admits that the actual order, place, and timing of the events that he has predicted "will vary wildly"?
  • Speaking of Beck, we challenge you to watch this segment from last night's program explaining what is "really" going on in Ferguson and see if you can manage to understand any of it.
  • Frank Turek says that the Supreme Court cannot possibly find a right to marriage equality in the Constitution because "every person has the same equal right to marry someone of the opposite sex."
  • Bryan Fischer's latest column: "Homosexual Relationships Cannot Satisfy the Purposes of Marriage."
  • Finally, Fox News contributor Stacey Dash and D-list actor Kevin Sorbo need a half-million dollars so they can make a movie about Meriam Ibrahim: "We know that if Hollywood makes this movie then Meriam’s story will be made completely politically correct, Christianity will be watered down, and Sharia Law will be protected." 

Fischer: Discrimination Against Homosexuality Is Not Discrimination Against People

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer praised Gordon College in Massachusetts for maintaining its policy prohibiting students, faculty and staff from engaging in "homosexual practice."

Fischer, who has long favored the criminalization of homosexuality, hailed the move, declaring that this is the "good kind" of discrimination that should underlie all of our public policy while laughably asserting that this sort of discrimination does not target people, but simply behavior.

"Discrimination against sexually immoral behavior is good," he said. "I'm not talking about discrimination against people here, not even talking about discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. It's based on their behavior. We discriminate against sexually immoral behavior, not against the person because unless they act out on it, unless they do something, unless the commit an immoral act they're not properly the subject of these kind of policies. But if they engage in that kind of behavior, then it's appropriate that be a subject or a matter for discrimination of the good kind":

Catholic League Boycotts St. Patrick's Day Parade Because 'You're Not Going To Double Cross Bill Donohue'

Last year, after organizers of New York's St. Patrick’s Day parade announced that a gay organization would be allowed to march for the first time, the Catholic League's Bill Donohue announced that his group would boycott the parade.

Donohue's excuse for not marching was that he had been "betrayed" because he was told that if a gay group was allowed to march then so too would an anti-choice group be allowed to participate, but then organizers did not follow through on that promise.

Yesterday, Donohue appeared on Steve Malzberg's Newsmax program to discuss the issue, asserting that "my own people, Irish Catholics, did me in" but now, at least, people have learned that "you're not going to double cross Bill Donohue."

Allowing gays to march in the parade is an "affront," Donohue said, because "gays have their own parade."

"Why does anybody who happens to be gay or straight have to have their own banner to march in anybody's ... parade. Just blend in like everybody else," he said.

"It's regrettable what's happened," he continued. "I'm very happy about the stand I took and I've been praised by a lot of people for at least somebody's going to draw a line in the sand. You're not going to double cross Bill Donohue":

Right Wing Round-Up - 3/16/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/16/15

  • Mike Huckabee seems to have found some pretty unconventional ways to line his pockets.
  • Last week, Rick Scarborough, James Dobson, Mat Staver, James Robison, and dozens of other pastors gathered for a conference call on the threat supposedly posed to "traditional marriage" by the Supreme Court.
  • The Benham brothers will now be writing a regular column for WND.
  • The NRA actually sent out a note to its members from Glenn Beck about his anti-Grover Norquist crusade
  • Caleb Moore, the son of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, was arrested once again for drug possession.
  • Finally, Dwight McKissick says that comparing the push for gay rights to the push for civil rights is "tantamount to high crime and treason."

Glenn Beck's Prophetic Burden: 'I Don't Want To Be This Guy'

With every passing week, Glenn Beck is more and more convinced that we are on the verge of World War III and that he is the only one who realizes it and so he is spending program after program laying out his prophetic vision about how Russia and ISIS are going to drag the world into a wholesale religious conflagration. 

The details of Beck's theory are too confusing to even bother trying to explain but, in short, he is convinced that ISIS is set on taking over all of Europe, which will allow Vladimir Putin to stir up dormant Christian nationalism that he has planted in Russia and neighboring nations which will allow him to foment resistance and ultimately push ISIS out, thereby guaranteeing Russia's fascist control over the entire region.

After Beck spent an entire segment scrawling an incoherent map on his chalkboard to demonstrate how this will all play out, co-host Stu Burguiere helpfully summed up Beck's convoluted theory as "Russia versus the Caliphate trying to divide up Europe," which prompted Beck to predict that in this coming conflict, the West will side with Russia and fascism.

"You watch. That's what's coming," Beck said. "That's what's coming."

Beck then sat back down at his desk and started once again complaining that he doesn't "want to be this guy" who spends all of this time laying out dire scenarios on his chalkboard, but that is what God has called him to do and so he will continue doing it "because there's nobody else that sees the world the way I see it."

"I don't want to be this guy," he said. "I'm tired of this. I can't tell you how much I want to get away from the damn chalkboard and I don't want to be the guy telling you the bad news. But it's part of my job and it's part of my calling and so I will do it."

If you don't want to buy into Beck's warnings, he said, you are free to ignore him but "there's no reason to call me a kook or anything else."

"I don't want to be this guy," he said, before urging listeners to tune in to this television show tonight where he will lay all of this out in greater detail ... on his chalkboard:

James Robison: When Conservative Christians Take Control Of Government, 'Oh, The Demons Shudder!'

On his "Life Today" program this morning, James Robison interviewed Todd Starnes about his recent book "God Less America" and the two agreed that if conservative Christians in America could simply come together, they could save this nation by voting every member of Congress out of office and make "the demons shudder!"

"This is the thing you’ve got to understand as a Christian," Robison said. "In a democracy where the majority rules and where we're the ones who choose, then those we choose reflect the heart conscious and convictions of those who vote or who don't vote. Too many Christians have checked out. You've been told it's politically incorrect for church people to be involved. That's one of the biggest lies that ever came through the lips of Satan. Do not believe it! Of all people on this earth that ought to stand up and protect the precious and be light to illuminate the way out of this present and pressing darkness, we're the ones to do it."

"Hey, government, we can take control," he continued. "There are only 500 of you. We can get rid of the whole bunch in one smooth swoop and we can really reroute the whole ship! ... All hell is trembling — the gates of hell tremble. The very fact that people who love God and know God and love their neighbor, whatever stand up, speak up, and become a shining city set on a hill, oh, the demons shudder!"

Right Wing 'Army' Will Save Texas From 'Public Approval And Acceptance To Homosexual Activity'

Next Monday, March 23rd, Conservative Republicans of Texas, with the support of over 100 state officials, will host a Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally outside the state capitol at which Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will be the keynote speaker.

Last week, the organization's president, radical right-wing activist Steven Hotze, released a video calling for activists to "join our army to protect biblical marriage" and prevent Texas from having "to grant public approval and acceptance to homosexual activity."

"It's time for Christians and conservatives to draw a line in the sand and to rise up and take a stand for God's truth about marriage," Hotze said. "A fierce battle for the soul of Texas has begun. The liberals and their pro-homosexual allies want to force Texans to redefine marriage and to accept homosexual mirage [sic] as morally right. The idea that homosexuals could be married is a mirage. It is contrary to God's moral order. It's a counterfeit. It's a fake. It's a lie."

"The homosexuals and their supporters are using the liberal federal judges to redefine marriage against the will of the people of Texas," he continued, "which will force Texans to grant public approval and acceptance of homosexual activity. This will lead to homosexual behavior being taught to school children":

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