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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/18/15

  • Grover Norquist says that he welcomes the NRA investigation into him that has been fomented by Glenn Beck's attacks, saying that he hopes it will "put an end once and for all" to the campaign against him.
  • Donald Trump will not be renewing his TV show because he is launching a presidential exploratory committee. This is going to be so awesome!
  • Dick Cheney says that President Obama is "the worst president of my lifetime, without question." Try not to choke on the irony.
  • Bryan Fischer asserts that "43% of homosexuals admit that they've had more than 500 sexual partners in one lifetime."
  • Finally, while Glenn Beck is busy saying that boycotting companies is basically fascism, his website is reporting that anti-gay activists are calling for the president of American Baptist College to be fired for allowing a lesbian pastor to speak on campus. Will Beck spend a single minute decrying this? We won't hold our breath.

Beck: Netanyahu's Victory Shows That 'The Lord Does Exist And He Is Sitting On His Throne'

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck declared that the victory of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party in yesterday's Israeli election proves that "the Lord does exist."

Repeating the bogus right-wing claim that the Obama administration had used tax dollars to fund an anti-Netanyahu election campaign, Beck declared that "our administration is completely out of control and criminal," but that God carried Likud to victory despite the president's dirty tricks.

"The Lord does exist and he is sitting on his throne," Beck declared, saying that there was no way that Netanyahu should have won the election and the fact that he did is proof that "God exists."

"God exists for us as well," he continued. "No matter what they have, no matter how dirty they play it, if we do what we're supposed to do, the scales will be even. God will have his thumb on the scale":

Beck: Dolce & Gabbana Boycott Is Like Locking Galileo In The Tower

Glenn Beck is outraged over the fact that Elton John has called for a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana after the fashion designers voiced their opposition to same-sex families and in vitro fertilization, saying that such a boycott is like locking Galileo in a tower for opposing the conventional science of the day.

Beck spent the opening monologue of his television program last night warning that "we are on the path of putting Galileo back in the tower" because progressives are out to destroy anyone who holds different opinions and cited the Dolce & Gabbana boycott as evidence.

"Is this the kind of freedom that we're at?" Beck asked. "Anyone who feels the same as Dolce and Gabbana, let me ask you, are they empowered to express their view or are they now afraid that Hollywood and progressives will come after them? The party of progress is making progress indeed, back to the Dark Ages, back to the days when differing scientific views were labeled heresy and black magic. As the march toward conformity continues, America gets farther and farther away from the place where those who will change the world with art and science and music, those who will bring on the next Renaissance just might find themselves locked up in a tower and sadly never paint the next Mona Lisa":

Fischer: Obama Wants Clinton To Lose So He Can Continue To Weaken America

As we have noted before, as long as Bryan Fischer has some source that he can cite, he is willing to treat even the most unverified and baseless statements as fact, so long as they support his agenda or conspiracy theories.

Fischer demonstrated this trait once again on his radio program yesterday, citing the bogus claim put forth by discredited right-wing journalist Ed Klein that White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was responsible for leaking the Hillary Clinton email story to the media as evidence of his theory that President Obama doesn't want Clinton to become the next president so that he can continue his efforts to destroy America.

As Fischer sees it, since Obama's mission is to weaken and undermine America, he will be better positioned to continue doing that once he is out of office if there is a Republican in the White House.

"He can criticize at will," Fischer said. "He can tee off, he can complain, he can whine, he can condemn, he can criticize, he can fly all over the world as a former president, running down this country to anybody who will pay him a handsome fee to come and speak."

"If his agenda is to weaken this country," he continued, "if his agenda is to transform this country into something that you and I don't recognize, I believe he feels he can do that better if Hillary Clinton loses than if Hillary Clinton wins. I think this is all about President Obama wanting to preserve his ability to continue to be a community agitator":

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

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