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'Klingenschmitt Has No Business In Public Office'

Yesterday the Colorado Springs Independent ran an article noting that electing Gordon Klingenschmitt to a seat in the state House of Representatives is probably not going to help the area's image, given Klingenschmitt's long history of insane statements.

So radical is Klingenschmitt that even Republican leaders in the state are working to distance themselves from him and to distance him from the party, largely in response to his recent statement that gay Democratic congressman Jared Polis would soon join ISIS and begin beheading Christians here in America:

The incident has prompted some party leaders to try to put him at arm's length. "Gordon does not speak on behalf of the Republican Party, and his comments in no way reflect the views of the Party," state GOP spokesman Owen Loftus said in a statement.

Although El Paso County GOP Chairman Jeff Hays told KOAA that Klingenschmitt is "part of our team," party executive Daniel Cole says via email that "In parts of the KOAA interview that did not air, Chairman Hays indicated, and now wants to emphasize, that he does not condone Gordon Klingenschmitt's comments. Klingenschmitt does not speak for the party or for other candidates, and the party does not speak for him."


Klingenschmitt declined to be interviewed for this story. In a February interview, he told the Independent he keeps his politics and religion separate. Fornander disputes that, citing his repeated references to religion during his campaign, including a comment that only people who are going to heaven are entitled to equal treatment under the law.

That kind of thing is beyond the pale for retired state Sen. Andy McElhany. "In my opinion, Klingenschmitt has no business in public office," the Republican says, "because he's more than extreme." McElhany added that electing someone like Klingenschmitt doesn't help the region's image.

Which brings us back to [El Paso County Democratic Party executive Christy] Le Lait. "At some point, the people in this county are going to have to ask themselves, 'What do we want?'" she says. "Are we serious about bringing jobs and economic development, or are we OK with being called the capital of crazy?"

The idea that Klingenschmitt will keep his religion and politics separate is laughable considering that we have multiple examples of Klingenschmitt saying exactly the opposite. As a matter of fact, just yesterday he said that America's foreign policy needs to be based on his interpretation of the Bible.

On top of that, he has defended the Second Amendment on the grounds that the Bible says Christians need to own weapons in order to protect themselves from "left wing crazies."

He has said that gay marriage can never be legalized because it violates God's law and defended anti-gay laws on the grounds that recruiting children into homosexuality is "totally illegal in the economy and law of God."

He has declared that those who cannot enter church are not entitled to use public facilities, said that those who will not enter Heaven are not entitled to equal protection under the law, and asserted that gay people should face discrimination as a matter of public policy.

Nothing better demonstrates the absurdity of Klingenschmitt's claim that he will separate his religion from his politics than this clip of him openly declaring that "American law needs to reflect God's law":

Despite the copious evidence that, as Colorado's former Republican Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany put it, "Klingenschmitt has no business in public office," Klingenschmitt has managed to outraise his Democratic opponent nearly 15-1 in the race for the seat representing a heavily Republican district:

Gordon Klingenschmitt, the Republican aiming to win House District 15 on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs, has raised $44,914 to date, while Democratic candidate Lois Fornander has raised $3,312.

Klingenschmitt: America Must Base Foreign Policy On The Bible Or Face God's Judgment

On yesterday's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt responded to reports that the Obama administration had ordered the Pentagon to stop sending weapons and equipment to Israel without prior approval from the White House by warning that such a move is putting this nation at risk of receiving God's judgment.

Klingenschmitt declared that "the Scriptures call for Washington" to ensure that America's foreign policy is based upon the Bible, saying that "the foreign policy of our national security to protect American interests ought to be in line with Joel chapter three."

In Joel 3, God warns that nations will be put "on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land."

"Who is He talking about there?" Klingenschmitt warned. "He's talking about America if we are among those who have scattered Israel among the nations and divided up God's land":

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/3/14

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/3/14

  • Concerned Women for America and Mike Huckabee are organizing a "Stand With Israel Rally."
  • After he retires from the Senate in a few months, Sen. Tom Coburn is going to launch an effort in support of the right-wing plan to organize a Convention of the States.
  • Gina Miller warns that Facebook "is the face of burgeoning communist censorship.  It is the face of the anti-Americanism of the radical Left. It is the face of the metastasizing tyranny that is fast growing in our nation."
  • Tough guy Todd Starnes is back with more foreign policy advice: "That’s how you respond to Islamic radicals. You grab a gun. You stand your ground and blow those evil sons-of-guns to kingdom come."
  • The phrase "the thing that ... feels the most true to me" perfectly sums up Glenn Beck's entire worldview.
  • Finally, Franklin Graham says the End Times are near: "As I read the news, I can't help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns to rescue His church and God pours out His wrath on the world for the rejection of His Son."

Boykin: Obama Can't Handle Foreign Policy Because He's Surrounded By Experts On Marxism, Gay Rights, And Climate Change

On yesterday's edition of "Washington Watch," Family Research Council president Tony Perkins interviewed FRC's Executive Vice President Jerry Boykin about the Obama administration's response to Islamic radicals in the Middle East, in particular the takeover of the residential annex to the U.S. embassy in Libya by militia forces, which Boykin declared was essentially an "invasion" of the United States.

"By international law, that is sovereign American soil," Boykin said. "We've been invaded, Tony, but you won't hear that out of this president or this media."

Boykin went on to assert that this incident demonstrates that nobody in the Obama administration knows anything about foreign policy because Obama has only surrounded himself with people who are experts on Marxism, gay rights, and climate change.

"I just think that our president is inept. I think that his administration is incapable of dealing with these foreign policy things. He's surrounded himself by people that advise him that the only thing they're experts on is Marxism, socialism, LGBT agenda, and climate change. Otherwise they don't know anything about foreign policy and he hasn't reached out to the people who do":

Florida Lawmaker: Make Students Watch Dinesh D'Souza's Movie Because America Owes It To Those Who Died Protecting Freedom

Florida state Senator Alan Hays was the guest on "WallBuilders Lives" today, explaining the need for his legislation that would require every eighth grade student in the state to watch Dinesh D'Souza's ridiculous film "America: Imagine The World Without Her."

As Hays explained to host Rick Green, requiring schools to show this film will help to stimulate an intellectual exchange of ideas among students who otherwise will learn "nothing but a bunch of dogma."

And this is vitally import, he explained, because "over the years, there have been hundreds of thousands of Americans who have given their lives on foreign soil to defend freedom here in America and around the world and we owe it to them to protect that freedom."

"It's our obligation to keep that freedom going," Hays said, "and this movie can play a very important role in that":

Matthew Hagee: Christians Cannot Support Gay Marriage Or Abortion Rights Because They Must 'Vote The Bible'

On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," Matthew Hagee told his viewers that, as Christians, they are required to "vote the Bible," which means that they cannot ever vote for any candidate who supports reproductive rights or marriage equality.

Hagee declared that if Christians would just vote the Bible on these two issues alone, "we would find ourselves with principled leadership that can lead this country back to what we are supposed to be."

"If you see a politician who says that he's pro-choice or she's pro-choice, you cannot vote the Bible and vote for that politician," Hagee said. "If you see a politician that wavers on what the definition of a marriage should be, you cannot vote the Bible and vote for that individual":

Michele Bachmann's Simple Solution To ISIS: 'Defeat Them And Be Done With It'

Glenn Beck invited Rep. Michele Bachmann on to his television program last night to discuss the threat that ISIS poses to the Middle East and the rest of the world, during which she laid out her simple solution to solving the crisis: Kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, defeat his army of radical Islamic fighters, and "be done with it."

When Beck wondered why the U.S. hasn't just sent an elite sniper team in to kill al-Baghdadi, Bachmann said that is exactly what needs to happen, declaring that ISIS only has 12,000 fighters, which will be no match for the U.S. military.

"This is something we can accomplish," she said, to which Beck replied that he, like most Americans, is "tired of war."

"Well, who isn't?" Bachmann responded. "So defeat them, defeat them right away, get serious about it, defeat them and be done with it instead of dragging this out."

When Beck wondered if it was actually possible to defeat Islamic militants like ISIS, Bachmann assured him that it was, saying that such groups have been defeated several times throughout history.

But despite those repeated defeats, Bachmann said, "they have an ideology that tells them to reconstitute" ... which seems to undermine her claim that defeating these sorts of groups is an easy thing to accomplish, does it not?

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/2/14

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/2/14

  • Todd Starnes, Rick Santorum, Oliver North, Kirk Cameron, and the Benham Brothers are among those scheduled to speak at Liberty University this semester.
  • Scott Lively is running for governor in Massachusetts in order to "restore a biblical worldview among conservatives here in this state and other values voters."
  • It is always worth reminding people that Kimberly Daniels is a sitting city councilwoman in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Laurie Higgins is predicatbly outraged that Judge Richard Posner did not buy the Religious Right's arguments against gay marriage.
  • Uh oh, creationists have "evolutionists on the run."
  • Finally, Glenn Beck returned from vacation with some smart thoughts on the news that various female celebrities had their private photos stolen and posted on the internet. Just kidding.
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