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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 10/29/14

  • Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that the subpoenas sent to five area pastors have been withdrawn.
  • David Benham was on hand in Ohio last night to a support radical right-wing pastor's fight against a local strip club.
  • A good question: "Is Ebola a Sign of Judgment or a Prophetic Warning?"
  • Is anyone surprised that there is now a right-wing effort underway to get nurse Kaci Hickox fired from her job for refusing to submit to involuntary quarantine after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone?
  • Janet Mefferd is not happy with Russell Moore for "playing right into the hands of Big Gay."
  • Personhood Alliance has announced a "ground-breaking campaign to launch pro-life ballot initiatives at the county and municipal level across the country in 2015."
  • Finally, Phil Robertson says that Christians need to "vote godly!"

Matthew Hagee: Shooting In Canada Is A Sign Of The End Times

Last week, a Canadian man went on a shooting rampage in Ottawa, killing a soldier before entering Parliament, where he was killed by the parliamentary sergeant-at-arms.

Naturally Matthew Hagee sees this as further proof that the End Times are approaching, saying on this week's "Hagee Hotline" that the attack was "absolutely" tied to Christ's imminent return.

We are seeing "wars and rumors of wars," just as Jesus prophesied, Hagee declared, which is proof that we are living in the final days:

For the record, Hagge has also insisted that the Supreme Court's DOMA ruling, the shooting at the Navy Yard, Obamacare, climate change, and the Ebola outbreak are all proof that the End Times are near.

David Barton Is 'Grateful' That The Most Recent 'Left Behind' Movie Bombed

On the "WallBuilders Live" radio program today, David Barton declared that he was "grateful" to see that the most recent "Left Behind" remake had bombed at the box office because, he said, the books and movies teach an unbiblical eschatology that causes Christians to check out of the culture wars as they simply wait for Jesus to take them away in The Rapture.

"The movie is a complete bust," Barton rejoiced. "It did really pathetic at the box office ... and quite frankly I was somewhat happy the movie was a bust."

Barton said that the books, written by influential Religious Right leader Tim LaHaye, and the movies, initially starring the likes of Barton's pal Kirk Cameron, promote a false eschatology, which is the theological belief about how the End Times will unfold. He said the "Left Behind" series has convinced too many Christians that "it is a waste of time to get involved" in the affairs of the world because nothing they do will change anything and they won't be around to suffer when everything falls apart anyway.

Barton said that this belief conflicts with Jesus' explicit teaching that Christians are to occupy the world until He returns and so he "was really grateful that the movie didn't do well because I didn't want that mentality going out there. It violates way too many things in the Bible."

"I think the movie not doing well is [a sign] that hopefully our eschatology is beginning to change for a more sound biblical direction in America," he said. "Maybe we're getting a little more mature and a little wiser over some things":

CitizenLink: Forcing Obama To Veto Anti-Abortion Legislation Helps Republicans In 2016

Yesterday, Tom Minnery and Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family's CitizenLink were discussing the need for conservative Christians to vote in the upcoming election, with Minnery saying that it was important so that Republicans can control both the House and the Senate and then pass right-wing legislation that President Obama will then veto, which will help the Republicans in the 2016 presidential election.

"It's always important to highlight the difference between conservatives and liberals," Minnery said. "The issue of marriage, the issue of sanctity of human life, the issue of religious liberty more and more, are issues that highlight the differences."

If Republicans take control of Congress, Minnery hopes that they will then pass various pieces of anti-abortion legislation that Obama will inevitably veto, which will help Republican candidates who will be running for president in the next election.

"Highlighting it during these next two years will be a good thing," Minnery said, as Shepard reminded viewers that "it's always important to keep an eye on the long term, on the big picture ... because it's the long term movement we're looking for":

Right Wing Round-Up - 10/28/14

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 10/28/14

  • Upon leaving office, Michele Bachmann hopes to become the next Newt Gingrich.
  • Sarah Palin is "hopefully running for office in the future" apparently just to stick it to all the "haters."
  • While traveling to Canada, Peter LaBarbera was stopped by customs officials once again and had some of his materials confiscated.
  • Bryan Fischer says Religious Right voters need to decide now to get behind either Ted Cruz or Mike Huckabee for president in 2016.
  • Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has denounced ex-gay "reparative therapy."
  • Finally, Deacon Keith Fournier declares that anti-gay Christians will never stop fighting gay marriage: "The belligerent effort to silence supporters of marriage is fully underway. We will not, we must not, be silenced. The former President of the United States pandered to the Human Rights Campaign. We will resist them."

What A Difference A Year Makes In The Life Of Glenn Beck

The midterm elections are less than a week away and Glenn Beck has been noticeably disinterested, very rarely even discussing the key races or the election in general on his radio or television program in recent weeks.

Perhaps realizing that he should at least pretend to feign interest in the election, Beck hosted a "one day only comprehensive midterm coverage" episode on his radio program yesterday during which he interviewed a handful of Republican candidates while barely managing to conceal his utter boredom.

In the last week or so, Beck has repeatedly said that he hates politics and politicians and doesn't want to cover these issues any more because there is no difference between the two parties:

"Stop making it seem like there are two parties. There’s no Republicans or Democrats. There are progressives and non-progressives. There are those progressives, and then those who believe in the Constitution. I happen to believe in the Constitution. The progressive party was started by the Republicans. Period. And you’ll notice, you’ll notice as soon as I started saying that, you’ll notice how quickly the establishment started to run from me."

Beck's disinterest can be traced back to the loss of Tea Party challengers to Republican incumbents during the GOP primaries earlier this year, in which "founder-quality" candidates like Matt Bevin and Chris McDaniel failed in their efforts to unseat Republican senators Mitch McConnell and Thad Cochran, respectively ... and which Beck did not handle well.

Ever since then, Beck has soured on electoral politics, which is rather interesting since it seems to be diametrically opposed to the message that he was delivering just over a year ago when he told his audience not to give up on politics because they were just on the verge of completely taking over the Republican Party.

"I don't think people realize how close you are to winning," Beck said on his radio program last summer. "Don't you see, in six years we haven't been this close to taking over taking over the Republican Party ... The next election, you're there": 

Now, "the next election" is here ... and Glenn Beck is nowhere to be seen.  

Barton: 'We Have An Inalienable Right To Marriage To Be A Man And A Woman And No Other Combination'

On a "Believer's Voice of Victory" episode scheduled to air on Thursday, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton told televangelist Kenneth Copeland that no government can ever legalize same-sex marriage because "we have an inalienable right to marriage to be a man and a woman and no other combination."

Barton said that the institution of marriage was created by God long before government ever existed, and therefore "government can't get over into God's jurisdiction."

"Whatever God did in Genesis 1-8, government will protect but it cannot redefine, it cannot change," he said:

E.W. Jackson Tells Black And Hispanic Christian Voters That The Democrats Secretly Hate Them

Two years ago, E.W. Jackson launched an effort calling for "a mass Exodus of Christians from the Democrat [sic] Party" on the grounds that the party's support for marriage equality was an attack on God and the Bible.

Jackson's effort, of course, had no discernible impact on the 2012 election but it did help him raise is profile with the Republican Party, which one year later backed his disastrous bid for lieutenant governor of Virginia.

Naturally, this year Jackson is once again calling for an “exodus”again this year, releasing a video in which he calls upon black and Hispanic Christian voters to leave the Democratic Party, telling them that if they were to dare to talk about their faith, "you will quickly find out how much they really hate you":

"Christians are being denied employment," Jackson says, "fired from their jobs, losing their businesses, facing discipline in the military and problems in school for daring to stand up for marriage as a union between one man and one woman. This is pushed by Democrats and yet Christians vote for them. To keep voting for these people is destructive of our pastors, our churches, our Constitution and our society. How long do you think God will put up with that?"

"I've heard the excuse that Democrats help the poor. Do you really think we can defy God on the one hand and prosper on the other?," he asks. "The only thing Democrats have done is create more poor people - more unemployed, higher black unemployment, and lower income for those who are working. Democrats want a captive and dependent group of people who will vote for them at election time. Where are the poorest black communities in America? Where are most young black men being murdered? In cities controlled by Democrats? What are Democrats doing about it? Nothing!"

"So you think Democrats love black, Hispanic and poor people? They reward some of our so called Civil Rights leaders if they support Planned Parenthood's mass abortion of our babies and march in the gay rights parade. But stand up with dignity and courage as a black or Hispanic Christian man or woman and say this is against the word of God and I will not support it or vote for those who do. You will quickly find out how much they really hate you."

"Do not sell your soul and vote against the Word of God for the sake of the Democrat Party," Jackson pleads.

Right Wing Round-Up - 10/27/14

  • Kyler Geoffroy @ Towleroad: Ted Olson Says We've Reached the 'Point of No Return' In the Gay Marriage Legal Fight.
  • David Edwards @ Raw Story: Pat Robertson: Oil investments are biblical because they don’t send ‘condoms through pipelines.’
  • Joe Jervis: Brian Brown Robocalls In San Diego: Carl DeMaio Could Do Damage For Decades!
  • Jeremy Hooper @ GLAAD: Restating #GLAADCAP's purpose in hopes critics might actually listen.
  • Kevin Drum: John Boehner Still Hasn't Sued Obama Over Obamacare. Why Not?
  • Brendan James @ TPM: Arizona Candidate Struggles To Explain Vote For 'Birther' Bill.
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