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Right Wing Leftovers - 9/13/13

  • Employees at Focus on the Family are facing yet another round of layoffs.
  • Meet the new, hard-line, action-oriented Heritage Foundation.
  • This is what happens when Glenn Beck tries his hand at topical comedy. This sorry spectacle literally went on for half an hour.
  • A poll commissioned by FreedomWorks found that "78 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents self-identify as fiscally conservative and socially moderate." That cannot be good news for the Religious Right.
  • Rand Paul loves the peaceful Jesus
  • Finally, FRC prays that God will stir "His people to righteous action and move Congress to stop Obamacare, with its oppression, abortion, and socialistic, anti-liberty scheme!"

Fischer: It Is 'Ignorant, Ignorant, Ignorant' To Think Human Behavior Can Impact The Climate

As he does every day, Bryan Fischer began his radio program with a Bible reading and discussion, in this case, a passage from Psalm 135 which he cited not only as proof that God struck down the Native Americans so that the United States could be established by Christians, but also as proof that there is nothing that human beings can do to influence the climate.

Verse 7 of the Psalm declares that "He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses."  As such, Fischer said, "that's why it is dumb, dumb, dumb; it is stupid, stupid, stupid; it is ignorant, ignorant, ignorant to think that there is anything that man can do to control the climate through human behavior."

"If you want to do something about the climate," Fischer said, "you want to do something about the weather, there is only one thing that we can do to affect climate or affect weather and that is to pray to Yahweh":

Beck: Obama Can 'Get Away With Murder Because He's Likeable And He's Black'

It is always fascinating to hear what comes out of Glenn Beck's mouth when he asserts that he is simply stating "facts," mainly because it provides an insight into just how truly warped Beck's view of the world has become.

Today on his radio broadcast, Beck repeatedly asserted that it was just a fact that President Obama "doesn't know who Americans are" because for his entire life "he has been surrounded by people who hate the United States of America. That's not a slam on him, that is a fact. It's just a fact"

Bizarrely declaring that Obama "is not a sports fan" because "he didn't grow up here [and] he wasn't immersed in the culture," Beck went on to claim that Obama did not "earn" the Presidency of the United States, saying rather that "he was chosen by the [George] Soroses of the world" to become president because he would be able to "get away with murder because he's likeable and he's black":

Is Bryan Fischer Too Bigoted Even For The Values Voter Summit?

The last time Bryan Fischer spoke at the Values Voter Summit was back in 2011, when organizers tried to hide his involvement in the conference because of his long history of unabashed bigotry.  The effort failed as the decision to allow him to speak badly backfired when Mitt Romney, who was also speaking at the event, called out Fischer's bigotry from the stage and repudiated it.

In 2012, VVS organizers wised up and dropped Fischer from the program altogether, though Fischer insisted at the time that he was not being shunned, but was simply giving up his normal speaking slot to AFA President Tim Wildmon:

“The explanation is quite simple,” Fischer wrote. “I was filling in the last couple of years for our president, Tim Wildmon, who has had scheduling conflicts in the recent past. As a devoted father, he didn’t want to miss any of his son’s high school football games. Now that his son has graduated, he’s back on the podium at VVS, and I happily defer to him. I will be there, broadcasting my radio program on both Thursday and Friday as I have done in previous years.”

The next annual VVS is taking place next month and once again it looks like organizers have decided to drop Fischer from the program since he appears nowhere on the list of confirmed and invited speakers.

Despite the fact that the AFA is one of the primary sponsors of the event, neither Fischer nor Wildmon appear on the speakers' list even though other radical Religious Right activists like Rick Scarborough, Janet Porter, Jerome Corsi and AFR radio host Sandy Rios are all confirmed:

Is it really possible that Bryan Fischer has finally become so toxic that he is not being allowed to speak at an event that his own organization is co-sponsoring?

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/12/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 9/12/13

  • Glenn Beck will soon be offering an email service.  Seriously.
  • It is not much of a surprise to learn that Floyd Corkins was not taking his prescribed anti-psychotic medication at the time he attacked the Family Research Council.
  • Erik Rush calls President Obama "an enormous pussy."
  • Pat Robertson's Operation Blessing has issued a statement responding to charges made in a new documentary about Robertson's misuse of charity resources for personal gain.
  • Finally, Andrée Seu Peterson thinks that gays should give up their push for equality for the good of society: "Even if you, homosexual, believe you have a legal right to practice homosexuality and to even marry, would you consider—for the sake of the children who would have to be raised with two fathers and no mother, or two mothers and the forfeit of a father—choosing to 'suffer wrong' and to 'be defrauded'? Would you put away your desires for a greater good, and avoidance of harm?"

Fischer: Stopping Terry Jones' Koran-Burning 'Is Really No Different Than What The Pharisees Did To Jesus'

Yesterday, radical anti-Islam pastor Terry Jones was arrested while transporting nearly three thousand copies of the Koran that had been soaked in kerosene which he intended to burn in protest of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Jones was charged with illegally carrying a firearm and unlawful conveyance of fuel and the latter charge struck Bryan Fischer as laughable as he defended Jones' right to burn the Koran on his radio program today, saying that using this sort of trumped-up charge to stop him "is really no different than what the Pharisees did to Jesus."

"They had to find some kind of trumped up charge," Fischer said, "in order to accuse him and convict him before the Sanhedrin; they tried to suborn testimony, they couldn't even get these counter-witnesses, these false witnesses to agree with each other but that was what they were trying to do, find some kind of trumped-up charge to get him in trouble.  So that's what they did with Terry Jones":

Now Glenn Beck Is Dismissing Romney As Just Another 'Progressive'

On his radio broadcast this morning, Glenn Beck told some story about how, last week, he had rescued a lost sheep that had disappeared from his ranch over a year ago and, in typical Beck fashion, he saw it as some sort of allegory for the nation about how God allowed President Obama to win in order to ensure that the Tea Party remains awake and saves the nation and ultimately rescues all the "lost sheep" in America and blah, blah, blah.

While telling the story, Beck made an absolutely remarkable statement in passing when, around the 3:45 mark, he speculated that if Mitt Romney had won the election, he too might be pressing for military action in Syria "because, in the end, we all found out that he was the progressive."

Just think about that statement.

During the campaign, Beck spent every day telling his audience that Romney's performance was divine providence, that his victory was going to be a massive mandate and a work of God and that Romney was a modern-day George Washington and Abraham Lincoln:

But now Beck is dismissing him as just another progressive. 

If that is true, then why was Beck so enthralled with him during the election? Just where was Beck's self-proclaimed "gift" for being able to look into someone eyes and see their heart or his vaunted ability to see down the road and predict what will be coming our way? 

Beck says Romney revealed himself to be a "progressive" during the final presidential debate, which took place on October 22.  Yet two days after that, Beck was comparing Romney to George Washington on his radio broadcast.

If Beck knew that Romney was a "progressive" during the election, why didn't he warn his audience instead of repeatedly likening him to towering figures such as Washington and Lincoln? 

We have an archive full of examples of Glenn Beck saying utterly ridiculous things, but this current effort to rewrite his own history has to be one of the most fundamentally dishonest things he has ever said.

Napolitano: Syria's Use Of Chemical Weapons Is Just Like President Clinton's Murder Of The Branch Davidians

Judge Andrew Napolitano was the guest on Glenn Beck's television program last night where Beck introduced him as "the man who actually can save our nation" before the two men sat down for a discussion about the possibility of military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons against civilians.

Napolitano said any such action by the United States would be illegal because the US has not been attacked, is not in danger of imminent attack, nor has an ally been attacked. 

Furthermore, he said, Syria's use of chemical weapons was no different than what the Clinton administration did to the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas back in 1993.

"Who's used chemical weapon on their own people," Napolitano asked. "How far are we from Waco, Texas where federal agents used chemical weapons to murder 76 Americans in 1993 in the Clinton Administration? Can you imagine if China or Russia wanted to bomb us to punish us for what we did at the time? Come on! Where are we going with this?"

Barton Cites Decade-Old Survey As Proof Abortion Will Be Illegal In Twenty Years

One of the great things about David Barton is that once he has adopted a talking point, he continues to repeat it regardless of how absurd or out of date it has become.

For example, earlier this week Barton appeared on "Praise the Lord" where he told hosts Matt and Laurie Crouch that legal abortion will not be an issue in twenty years because God has sent a new generation of teenagers who are overwhelmingly pro-life.

Claiming that polls show that 72% of teens oppose abortion, Barton said they were "an answer that God has sent with a new generation; we just gotta train these guys right and turn them loose to get this thing fixed":

If you actually bother to find the poll Barton cites, you discover that it is from 2003 and it found that 72% of teens thought that abortion was morally wrong.

If you trust Barton, then abortion should be illegal within the next decade, since the poll he is using it over ten years old.  The only problem is that the teens in that survey are now adults and according to a Gallup poll conducted in May of this year, 50% of adults ages 18-29 consider themselves to be pro-choice while 41% consider themselves to be pro-life.

Of course, as with so many of Barton's other talking points, he doesn't bother to mention any of that because doing so would completely undermine the very claim that he is making.

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