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Just Days From Failure, Rick Green Finds A Convenient Excuse To Start Over

Last month, we reported that Rick Green, David Barton's right-hand man at WallBuilders, had launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $45,000 to fund a reality television program featuring his family "traveling the nation’s historical sites and teaching about American exceptionalism and our Constitution."

The effort had not been particularly successful as, with just nine days to go, Green had only raised a little over half of the money he needed:

As luck would have it, the Religious Right is currently up-in-arms that Kickstarter had allegedly "censored" a campaign by conservative filmmakers to raise money to produce a movie about Kermit Gosnell, which was all the excuse that Green needed to justify re-launching his effort using a more "family friendly" service called FaithLauncher and starting over, as he announced in an email he sent out today:

Two weeks later, we are more than halfway to our funding goal with plenty of time to reach it. But last night I learned something that made me immediately regret my decision to do business with them and has caused me to kick Kickstarter to the curb.

As you may have seen in the news, successful documentarians Phelim & Ann McAleer (Fracnation, Mine Your Own Business, Not Evil Just Wrong) had their new project rejected by Kickstarter. The Gosnell Movie tells the horrific story of mass murder in Gosnell’s abortion clinic and exposes the media for ignoring the worst mass murderer in U.S. history. But the Kickstarter execs were concerned about offending their community by talking about abortion, despite the fact they have multiple projects about rape, stabbing, and more.

Kickstarter executives most certainly have the right to accept or reject any project they choose. That is the free market at work and I’d fight and die for their right to do so freely.

However, it cuts both ways.

We also have the free market right to choose vendors that support our values. Or at the very least, that do not reject our values. This is not a perfect science and not always possible. Conservatives are often forced to use market-dominated products like Apple or Google, despite the fact their corporate management supports left-wing causes.

But there is no monopoly on crowd funding sites. There are more than twenty options and I even found one that specifically supports faith-based projects, FaithLauncher.

Interestingly, Green's Kickstater page is still operational as of the writing of this post, so we are not quite sure what Green means when he says that he decided "to kick Kickstarter to the curb" other than that it provided him with a convenient excuse to re-launch his fundraising effort which appeared destined to fail to reach its stated goal.

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/4/14

Right Wing Leftovers - 4/4/14

  • FRC's Tony Perkins was on hand as Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a new Arizona-like "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" into law during a private ceremony.
  • Don Feder lays out the "10 Pillars of Patriotism."
  • Judie Brown, founder of American Life League, is outraged that President Obama gave a rosary blessed by the Pope to Nancy Pelosi: "I'm horrified, because as a Catholic, I think it's sacrilegious for someone like Pelosi – who is allegedly a Catholic – to accept anything from a pro-abortion president, but specifically when it is a rosary. It's a sacrilege for the president to have given it to anybody or to have accepted it in the first place. He has no faith."
  • You have been warned: "Without Revival, Our Civilization Will Become Like Sodom and Gomorrah."
  • Finally, Stuart Shepard blames groups like PFAW for an incident in which a little girl was allegedly told that she could not pray before lunch, even though the entire thing was false and ginned up by Todd Starnes.

Beck: Being Conservative Is Not A Choice

Following his opening segment railing against the firing of Brendan Eich, Glenn Beck spent the second segment of his radio program today warning that conservatives are being treated like pariahs in American society for their beliefs, which is unfair because they really have no choice but to hold such beliefs because that is what God commands.

"Those of us who believe in God," Beck said, "we don't feel we have a choice" but to be conservatives.

Just as being gay is not a choice, Beck said, because nobody would intentionally choose to live a life that results in them be discriminated against, likewise, nobody would choose to be conservative for the same reasons.

"Who would choose, in today's society, who would choose to say 'yes, I really believe in God,' and 'yes, I'm a conservative,' and 'yes, I don't agree with the president"? Beck asked. "Who would choose that?":

Beck: Gay Activist Groups 'Are Becoming Nothing But A Terrorist Organization'

Glenn Beck reacted to the news that Brendan Eich had resigned from his new position as CEO of Mozilla following an outcry and boycotts stemming from his support for California's Proposition 8 exactly as you would expect Glenn Beck to react: with a lot of shouting punctuated by a diatribe about whether he is supposed to use the words "gay," "homosexual," or "queer."

He doesn't know which one to use, Beck said, because gay activists groups "are becoming nothing but a terrorist organization" who are continually changing the rules in order to keep people in a constant state of fear:

That Person Who Was Mean To Rep. Pete Olson On Twitter Needs To 'Get The Heck Out Of America'

When the news broke earlier this week of another shooting at Fort Hood, Texas Republican Congressman Pete Olson's office sent out a tweet asking for people to pray, to which someone else on Twitter responded that what is needed is not prayer but for "cowardly congressman" to stand up to the NRA:

Apparently, this Twitter exchange was deeply upsetting to Olson because, when he appeared on Steve Malzberg's program yesterday to discuss the shooting, he brought it up four separate times during the ten minute interview.

Olson said he was experiencing a "deep anger" because this "cold, heartless liberal" did not support his call to prayer and instead sought to use the tragedy to promote a political agenda.

"Outrageous," Olson said. "Outrageous. So I'm angry about that."

Olson proceeded to mention this tweet several more times during the discussion and even closed out the interview by asking listeners of the program to go on to Twitter themselves and "respond to that women who gave the outrageous comment" and send her a message to "get the heck out of America":

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/3/14

Right Wing Leftovers - 4/3/14

  • Just because the claim that President Obama has surrendered control over the internet has been repeatedly debunked, that is not going to stop Liberty Counsel from repeating it.
  • The Family Leader is mad that Progress Iowa is "bullying" Bob Vander Plaats by making fun of him in a comic book.
  • Today was "Abstinence Day on the Hill," where teen activists lobby their legislators in support abstinence education.
  • FRC prays against the SPLC: "May God intervene to stop the systematic defamation of those who honorably defend Biblical values. May believers everywhere pray and stand with all such. May they know spiritual and physical safety and God's protection from every scheme formed against them!"
  • Finally, Alex McFarland knows what is responsible for the shooting at Fort Hood: "[W]e've cheapened life and we've told generations of public school students that there is no creator God, there's purposeless evolution – and now since 1973, we've murdered ten times more human beings than Adolph Hitler through abortion."

Bryan Fischer Wonders If Teaching The Ten Commandments Could Have Prevented Fort Hood Shooting

On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who expressed her sorrow over yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood and said that the key to preventing these kinds of things is for Christians to get back to abiding by the Ten Commandments, especially the practice of honoring the Sabbath on Saturday, as God intended.

While Fischer did not agree with the caller about the proper day for recognizing the Sabbath, he did agree about the importance of honoring the Ten Commandments, saying that maybe the shooter responsible for the attack at Fort Hood would not have done so had he grown up being taught the Ten Commandments in school.

Perhaps, Fischer speculated, had the message that "God said 'thou shall not murder'" been driven home to him, things would have been different.

"Somehow or other, that message didn't penetrate to this guy," Fischer said. "And part of it could be that he's just never heard it":

Glenn Beck And God Have Big Plans For His Network And The Nation

After experiencing something of a meltdown on yesterday's radio broadcast, Glenn Beck returned to his television program last night to reiterate his new conviction not to pay attention to what is happening with the politicians in Washington, DC anymore because it is distracting him from his much bigger responsibility, placed upon him by God, to build his The Blaze network into a massive bulwark for the truth.

Saying that, last month, his website had 35 million unique visitors, Beck declared he wanted that number to be 100 million (nearly one-third of the entire US population) by the 2016 election. Why? Because God has some grand plan in the works that will save America and spread across the entire world.  And while Beck admits that he doesn't understand what that grand plan is, he does know that it is happening already because, just five years ago, he hosted a gathering on the National Mall where they begged that "the next George Washington" would step and turn this nation around.

And now "it's happening!," Beck said. "It's happening. Mark it. Declare it. It's happening: Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz":

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