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Right Wing Leftovers - 9/10/13

  • Rick Santorum will be joining Mat Staver, Rick Scarborough and others at a "Pastors for Virginia" luncheon next week.
  • Gary Bauer can't quite figure out how to attack President Obama over Syria, complaining that he's seeking Congressional authorization only so he can blame Congress if anything goes wrong.
  • Glenn Beck declares "write it down in your calendars, because this is the week that America lost its superpower status."
  • Russell Moore bemoans the dangers of pornography and fornication.
  • Finally, every were Cindy Jacobs goes, miraculous events occur: "At the evening service a little black boy of around eight years of age was healed of a large lump on his rib cage. The power of God overcame him and he fell under the power for almost two hours. When he got up he described how God visited him and took him to heaven in a vision. Joel 2:28 says the young men shall see visions. He was so transformed by the vision he glowed! I asked him if he would begin to pray for those present who needed healing and God started doing wonders through the small boy. Another youth who was prayed for, walked over, took the hand of a lady in a wheel chair and she got up and walked! Not only did she walk but she regained her eyesight!"

Bryan Fischer Doesn't Need 'Evidence' Before Making Wild Accusations

As we noted the other day, the Religious Right's current anti-Christian discrimination victim/cause célèbre is Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk who claims that he was "relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage."

The Air Force says that Monk is lying which, of course, the Religious Right sees simply as further proof that Monk is not only being discriminated against, but now threatened and intimidated.

On his radio broadcast today (which, for some reason, the AFA has stopped posting on YouTube), Bryan Fischer focused his attention on the fact that Monk's commanding officer was a lesbian when he asserted, utterly without evidence, that she broke the law by serving openly in the military before the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Despite having literally nothing upon which to base that assertion, Fischer declared that the lesbian officer was allowed to break the law by serving before DADT was repealed and so now knows "that there are no rules that are going to restrain homosexuals that are in the military":

If she's an open lesbian and she is his commander, that means she's been in the military for a long time. You don't get there in a year and a half or two years.

So this means that she was serving in the military as a lesbian, as an out and open homosexual long before Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed.

She was breaking the law. She was violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  She was in violation of military policy, military law, she was breaking the law established by Congress. And yet there she was apparently serving quite openly in the military even though what she was doing - everybody knew who she was, knew what she was about - and yet she was allowed to completely break the law.

So she understands now that there are no rules that are going to restrain homosexuals that are in the military; it's carte blanche for them. They can get away with absolutely anything now in the military.

Beck: Military Action Against Syrian Is Designed To Cover Up Benghazi

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck declared that proposed military action against Syria had nothing to do with the use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad against civilians, but was really all about "oil and money" and the desire to construct a pipeline across Syria on behalf of the nation of Qatar.

But that was last night's theory.

This morning, on his radio program, Beck had an entirely new theory about what is really going on and it turns out that the push for military strikes against Syrian is all about covering up for our gun-running operation through Benghazi.

As Beck explained today, the United States was running weapons and missiles to the Syrian rebels through Benghazi and now is afraid that Assad is soon going to defeat the rebels and capture all of the weapons the US had supplied and put them on display for the world to see.  As such, the Obama Administration is now claiming that Assad used chemical weapons to provide justification for our effort to try to destroy those weapons and cover up our involvement.

"Why would Assad use chemical weapons?" Beck asked. "Why? Maybe there's a possibility that he didn't. Maybe there's a possibility that some of the weapons that are being use to do horrible things are weapons that we either lost or helped smuggle.  And so this whole thing is about covering the trail of the lost weapons from Benghazi":

Beck: 'That's Why I'm Against War; Because It's A Progressive Idea'

In recent weeks, Glenn Beck has been opening his nightly television program with short "behind the scenes" clips of the morning meetings he holds with his top-level staff.  The clips are fascinating because they generally consist of Beck lecturing a bored-looking group of staffers who peck away on their computers while Beck hectors them with whatever pseudo-historical lesson/quasi-spiritual prophecy he is promoting on that particular day.

On last night's program, where Beck explained that military action in Syria is all about oil and how President Obama is just like Dick Cheney, he began with a clip from that morning's meeting where he told his uninterested captive audience that he used to support the idea of toppling dictators and spreading democracy ... until he realized "that was progressive thinking."

And since, for Beck, "progressives" are literally responsible for every bad thing that is happening around the world and has even happened in history, he has been forced to change his position.

"That's why I'm against war," Beck said, "because it's a progressive idea":

Klingenschmitt: Atheists Are Vile, Corrupt, And Demon-Possessed

In the last few weeks, we have heard Religious Right activists cite Bible verses to declare that those who do not have a proper "fear of the Lord" cannot be wise or have understanding and cannot be a good scientist or mathematician because they do not possess true knowledge.

Today, on his "Pray in Jesus Name" show, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt followed that pattern when he said that those who do not believe in God cannot be good because "God is not ruling in their heart and the Holy Spirit is what makes good inside of us."

Citing Psalm 14:1, Klingenschmitt asserted that atheists are possessed by demonic spirits that cause them to defy God, meaning they are corrupt and vile; therefore there is no such thing as a good atheist:

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/9/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 9/9/13

  • Despite the fact that Home Depot says it hasn't changed its policies, the American Family Association continues to insist that its boycott was a success.
  • Regent University President Carlos Campo has resigned unexpectedly and rather mysteriously.
  • Mat Staver says the "gay agenda" is all about "absolute dominance, and not only dominance, but forcing people to affirm homosexuality as normal."
  • Richard Land says pretty much the same thing: "The gay and lesbian and transgender folks don’t want to live and let live. They want their behavior affirmed as normal and healthy, and they want anyone who disagrees with that for whatever reason to be ostracized to the level of Klansmen."
  • Finally, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire will be joining his good friend James David Manning for a rally, which does not surprise us at all.

Wiles: US Will Carry Out False Flag Terrorist Attack In US To Justify Military Action Against Syria

On Friday's broadcast, End Times radio host Rick Wiles asserted that President Obama was pressing for military action against Syria on behalf of his "spiritual father," King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who groomed and financed his rise to power in America.

Calling for Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Boehner, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and others to be arrested and tried for treason, Wiles warned that the US will carry out a "false flag" terrorist attack in the United States that it could blame on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as justification for military action:

We know who is behind this war: Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, Barack Obama's pappy; it's his spiritual father. [Secretary of State John] Kerry admitted to it when he revealed that the Arabs offered to reimburse the US for the full expense of taking out Assad. In other words, the Arabs told Mr. Obama they're interested in renting American troops as mercenaries  to fight Arab wars with American blood and guts. 

No wonder Mr. Obama is so determined to make this war happen; his master has spoken, the Saudi King, the monarch. The same monarch who financed and groomed little Barry Soetoro's rise to fame in American politics.

It also makes me wonder who much Saudi money has greased the palms of McCain and Graham.

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All these people, all of them in Washington - Obama, Biden, Clinton, Boehner, McCain, Lindsey Graham, all of them - they should be arrested for criminal acts of treason.

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Lindsey Graham told folks in South Carolina that if the US doesn't bomb Syria soon, terrorists might sneak a nuclear bomb into Charleston Harbor.

Hmmmmm.  I wonder of ol' Lindsey has some inside information about that false flag event that's going to happen soon to persuade the American people into accepting their war.

Personally, I think the opposition to the war is creating a very dangerous situation. They psychopaths in control of the West are determined to shed blood.  There is a hidden agenda and they're getting fed up with little peon Americans standing up and saying no more war.

I fear these insane madmen will give us an event that will shock the world. The anniversary of 9/11 is Wednesday. Mark my words, if there is a terrorist attack in the US soon, within hours the Feds will announce that they have found Bashar al-Assad's fingerprints on the bomb fragments and a lock of his hair.

David Barton Explains Why Academics And Historians Attack His Work

Despite the fact that the Religious Right still loves him, there can be no doubt that David Barton's reputation has suffered in recent years due, in large part, to the efforts of many Christian historians and professors who have worked diligently to debunk his pseudo-history.

Barton, of course, doesn't see it that way, as he explained to a conference last year when he declared that the real reason all these professors were attacking him is because they are hostile to any teaching about God.

Asserting that the true purpose of history is to chronicle the way in which God has carried out his plans through humanity, Barton said that professors at Christian universities had been trained in secularism by their professors and were now intent on indoctrinating their own Christian students with that same agenda. 

As such, when he wrote a book challenging that agenda, academic historians attacked him because "by and large, that profession as a whole is now the most hostile to God things of any profession in the nation":

What's been interesting is that in the last twenty to thirty years, you've also had lots of Christians join in and say 'hey, you can't teach this kind of stuff.' Now why in the world would Christians join with all these other groups to say you shouldn't be teaching providential history? Why would Christians join in to say you gotta keep history secular?

And the answer is probably found a great passage that Jesus gave us in Luke 6:40 where he says 'every student, when he is fully trained, will be like his teacher.' What happens is you've got a whole lot of [professors] at Christian schools that were trained by really secular guys and every student when he's fully trained will be like his teacher.

And so what happens is all these guys go through and get their PhDs but they've been trained by really secular-minded, higher criticism type guys and when they get there, they just communicate on to these Christian kids, or whatever kind of kids they've got, whatever they've been taught.

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That's why today if you do something like try to put God in history, you're going to get nailed.  A book that we did, "The Jefferson Lies," made all sorts of national news because all these professors came out [and said] Jefferson didn't believe in God, he wasn't religious, he was a great atheist. I mean, they just went bonkers when we went back through and showed all the things Jefferson did ... but man if you try to get God back into the position that we ha him in history for three hundred years, it just drives these PhDs nuts.

Now there are some good PhDs, there are some good professors out there, great guys, but by and large that profession as a whole is now the most hostile to God things as any profession in the nation.

Among The Religious Right, David Barton's Reputation Remains Untarnished

Over the weekend, Politico ran a profile of David Barton which pointed out that he remains extremely popular with the Religious Right and members of Congress, despite the fact that he is the author of the "least credible history book in print" and his "scholarship" is laughable.

The piece noted that even his supporters have been forced to secretly edit videos and programs posted on their websites in order to remove some of Barton's more egregious falsehoods, yet they continue to stand by him, as Barton brags that the mounting evidence of his fundamentally inaccurate history has not damaged his reputation one iota:

During their campaign to point out the errors in Barton’s work, his Christian critics asked two of the nation’s biggest evangelical advocacy groups, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, to stop promoting his faulty scholarship.

The FRC responded by quietly pulling from its website a popular video showcasing clips of Barton leading one of his Capitol tours. FRC Vice President Kenyn Cureton said the video was removed because of “a few historical inaccuracies.”

But the group continues to promote Barton elsewhere on its website as a “good friend” and “close ally.”

Focus on the Family, meanwhile, edited two videos on its website featuring a lengthy interview Barton gave to Focus radio. The editing deleted a segment in which Barton declares that Congress printed the first English-language Bible in America — and intended it to be used in schools. That’s one of Barton’s signature stories — it’s a highlight in his Capitol tour — but historians who have reviewed the documentation say it’s simply not true. Focus also cut an inaccurate anecdote about a contemporary legal case, which Barton cited to make the point that society today punishes people of faith.

Asked why the videos were edited, Carrie Gordon Earll, a senior director of public policy at Focus on the Family, at first said they had not been, though before-and-after footage can be publicly viewed on websites archiving Focus broadcasts. Earll then said she could not comment beyond a statement noting that Focus “has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with David Barton” and respects his “broad base of knowledge” about early American history.

In an interview with POLITICO, Barton said his remarks were sometimes taken out of context but defended his scholarship as impeccable.

And he said the controversy last summer did no damage to his standing, “not at all.”

If anyone knows anything about taking things out of context, it would be Barton, since that is a central feature of his "scholarship."

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