Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.
During his remarks, Huckabee said the fact that President Obama called gay football player Michael Sam is a sign that the culture in America has gone into an "utter collapse" and decried boycotts against anti-gay businesses as "economic terrorism."
"The values that so many of us hold dear are values that are under assault today," Huckabee said. "I never believed that in such a short period of time, the culture in America would go into utter collapse. If you told me just a few years ago that one day the President of the United States would use his precious time in the Oval Office to call people up simply to congratulate them for being gay, I would say, 'No, surely he'll call a veteran and thank them for their service, for losing a limb or a leg.' But even when Chris Kyle was murdered, his widow didn't get a phone call, but a gay football player who came out did."
Huckabee went on to warn that religious liberty is under attack in America, citing the criticism that Chick-fil-A received several years ago after the company donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups and the restaurant's president said that marriage equality was "inviting God's judgment on our nation."
The backlash against the company, Huckabee said, was nothing short of "economic terrorism":
Rep. Louie Gohmert was a guest on the "Point Of View" radio program on Friday where he and host Penna Dexter discussed a recent column in the New York Times noting that Christian positions on issues such as slavery and gender roles have changed dramatically over the centuries and advocating that a similar ideological shift must take place on the issue of gay marriage.
The Texas congressman, of course, was not persuaded, declaring that the Scripture is clear that homosexuality is a sin and today, Christians who stand by the position are being "abused and misused."
America was founded by Christians who were seeking to escape persecution, Gohmert said, "and ended up with giving us the freest nation, until more recently, as people try to take our freedoms away."
"They came to avoid persecution for being Christians," he said. "Look where we are today. Now it is really Christians are the only group in America that it is politically correct to abuse and misuse":
Last month, we posted a clip of David Barton asserting that God will never allow scientists to find a vaccine for HIV/AIDS because such a vaccine would eliminate the divine "penalty" for homosexuality, which would contradict the teaching found in Romans 1.
As "evidence" of this position, the Religious Right psuedo-historian and GOP activist claimed that the virus that causes AIDS is constantly mutating, making it impossible to inoculate against. He pointed to news stories about various failures by researchers to successfully test an experimental vaccine as "proof" of his assertion.
As Warren Throckmorton reported at the time, the stories that Barton cited were utterly unrelated and did not prove his point at all:
In the video, Barton first showed the Popular Science headline and then said:
The headlines came out and said, for the first time ever an HIV vaccine shows success in trial. Oh my gosh, I guess there is, I guess I must have misinterpreted the Bible, cause the Bible’s true, and then six weeks later, they came out with this that says, NIH halts trial of HIV vaccine after it fails to work. The newspaper said it worked but none of the medical evidence said that it worked. So they still don’t have a cure.
The problem with Barton’s presentation is that the second headline didn’t come out “six weeks later.” Rather it came out four years later in 2013 and was about an entirely different attempt to create a vaccine.
The Yahoo News article Barton referred to (the second headline) is only available via Internet Archives and is dated April 26, 2013. The Yahoo article linked to the NIH announcement that the HVTN 505 clinical trial had been halted. The HVTN 505 trial results had nothing to do with the earlier success of RV 144. The RV 144 trial was reported in 2009, the same year that the HVTN 505 started. The NIH has more on the HVTN 505 trial on the NIH website.
Barton got the time frame wrong and made it appear that the two headlines were related to each other.
Mat Staver defends a Methodist church's decision to fire to lesbian day care workers because "this is the inevitable conflict that will continue to escalate when you elevate same sex rights to a protected status."
Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Lindsay Graham, Joni Ernst, and Reince Priebus will all be participating in the Susan B. Anthony List's Campaign for Life Gala and Summit next week.
Anne Graham Lotz gets in on the "blood moons" fun.
A conservative alternative to the New York Times' bestseller list has been launched because apparently one was needed.
Russell Moore prays for a "sexual counter-revolution."
Finally, Deacon Keith Fournier declares that "the assault on marriage is diabolical": "Our cultural battles over marriage and the family are presenting symptoms of something deeper and more sinister. The struggle we face is, at root, a spiritual one. We fight for the souls of men and women in this hour and the loving plan of God for the whole human race. We face fierce opposition from the devil. Yes, I said it, the devil."
On today's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner declared that God is using radical Islam to punish the world for accepting "perversion and abortion."
"What is happening with radical Islam rising in the earth is judgment from God against perversion and abortion," Joyner said. "I believe God is using it just the way He used the heathen nations around Israel; whenever Israel fell into apostasy, He would use the heathen nations around Israel to discipline them ... I believe this challenge of Islam all over the world, God is allowing it — it's not His spirit, it's contrary to His spirit — but He is allowing it to bring judgment on both perversion and abortion":
On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer made the case that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death following his conviction for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing in the most Fischer-esque way possible: explaining that Noah's Flood was the result of society not using the death penalty.
As Fischer explained it, "God had prohibited the death penalty prior to the Flood" and it resulted in so much chaos and bloodshed that God was left with no choice but to kill almost all of mankind.
"When people say we ought to just get rid of the death penalty, we just ought to get rid of capital punishment and society would be so much better off," he said, "well, we tried that; we tried that from the creation to Adam until the Flood ... And what happened? It was chaos. It was vigilante justice. And people began killing other people simply because they got insulted or because they got injured or because they got wounded. So there was no sense of proportionality, justice was a matter of each man talking the law into his own hands. It was total chaos and the result was the entire world had become so corrupt that God had to wipe the whole thing out and start over":