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Nunnelee: DOD's Bible Decision is 'Another Example of Government Assault on Religion'

As we noted last month, the Religious Right and their allies in Congress are very angry about a decision by the Defense Department to no longer allow publication of editions of the Bible carrying the official emblems of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Now, Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) has sent a letter to the Defense Department on behalf of himself and several other members of Congress demanding to know "how the decision to revoke this trademark permission was made and what the Department of Defense is doing to ensure that the religious freedom of the members of our military is preserved and protected."

This morning, Nunnelee was on "Today's Issues" with Tony Perkins where we asserted that "this is just another example of government assault on religion" while voicing his outrage over the whole thing because "to say that you can't link your service in the United States Military and the comfort that you find in the Word of God is just absurd." 

And it is absurd ... but that is not what anyone is saying, of course; the Defense Department is not telling members of the Armed Forces that they can't take comfort in the Bible, but merely that B&H Publishing no longer has permission to publish editions of the Bible that bear official military emblems. In fact, a B&H spokesman told Fox News that the company had merely "replaced the official seals with generic insignias [and the Bible] continue to sell well and provide spiritual guidance and comfort to those who serve.”

But for Nunnelee, it is proof that there is clearly an "assault on religious liberty practiced by Christians" which is designed to undermine the Bible:

David Barton says Gov. Perry is Raising Millions to Promote Anti-Obama Film

The guest on today's edition of "WallBuilders Live" was Gerald Molen, the producer of the new anti-Obama film "2016: Obama's America," which is based on the book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" by Dinesh D'Souza.

Molen was on the program to discuss a recent incident in which a scheduled speech he was to deliver to some high school students was supposedly canceled because of his conservative views, but after the interview, David Barton and Rick Green talked about how excited they were about his forthcoming film, with Barton revealing that Texas Governor Rick Perry was so enamored with it that he has "agreed to raise millions to put this thing in theaters":

Green: Well this new project he's doing - you know we had Dinesh on when he wrote the book "The Roots of Obama's Rage." I love Dinesh D'Souza, I think he's the C.S. Lewis of our day, just a great guy. But to make this a movie now that's going to reach far more people that's actually going to be in theaters even.

Barton: Well, I was just with Governor Perry and Governor Perry has agreed to raise millions to put this thing in theaters. He is committed to this thing in a big way ...

Green: To getting the truth out there for people to really know ...

Barton: He said it's phenomenal ... because they called him and asked him to help and he said "is it okay if I see the movie first before I agree to raise [money]?" And so he saw it and, man he is all over this thing.

Fischer: Jesus' Teaching is 'Virtually the Foundation of the Second Amendment'

On yesterday's radio program, Bryan Fischer was discussing the Right's latest conspiracy theory about how the United Nations is plotting to take away our guns and destroy our Second Amendment rights though the Arms Trade Treaty.

During the discussion, Fischer ventured into David Barton territory when he claimed that Jesus preached the right to self-defense and therefore his teaching is "virtually the foundation of the Second Amendment":

We not only care about the First Amendment on Focal Point, we also care about the Second Amendment. And remember, the Second Amendment, this is basically the right to self defense, this is the right to protect yourself, it's the right to bear arms in your own defense, it's our surest guarantee against a tyrannical takeover by some occupying power or even by our own government. A government is stopped, they are stalled, they have to be mindful of the fact that the American citizens have arms, so there's a limit to what they can get away with under the use of force.

So the Second Amendment is very important to us. Jesus, his teaching [is] virtually the foundation of the Second Amendment because, remember, one time he told his disciples "look, the time is going to come when you're going to need a sword - if you don't have a sword, sell everything you've got and buy one, you're going to need one for your own protection." So Jesus [was] legitimizing the use of the right of self-defense, endorsing the right of self-defense, and that's what is enshrined in the Second Amendment.

The pasage Fischer is citing comes from Luke 22:

He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

“That is enough,” he replied.

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/11/12

Right Wing Leftovers - 7/11/12

  • After being ordered to pay the legal fees of Rachel Maddow and others that he sued, Bradlee Dean is now demanding that the judge who issued the ruling be removed from the case for being biased and prejudiced against him.
  • Looks like Washington DC will be getting its own Bible museum.
  • "God Wants Ron Paul to Be President."
  • FRC's resident homophobe Peter Sprigg lays out all the ways in which "The Obama Administration Promotes the Homosexual Agenda."
  • Wendy Wright says that the Gates Foundation "is not seeking to eliminate poverty, but rather to eliminate poor people -- to eliminate those who don't meet their standards of living."
  • Finally, poor Kirk Cameron has been "persecuted by the mainstream media, mercilessly subjected to an unreasonable amount of scrutiny" for opposing gay marriage.

The Heroic Tales of Kamal Saleem

Listening to "ex-terrorist" Kamal Saleem tell his life story is like listening to the Forrest Gump of terrorism as he relates who he was an extremely important figure working in terror networks ranging from Al Qaeda to those established by Moammar Gadhafi to Saddam Hussein.

Recently, Saleem has become the Religious Right's favorite ex-Muslim as he spreads some of today's craziest and wild conspiracies which the Right seemingly accepts uncritically despite the fact that his biography is rather questionable.

For the last week, Saleem has been the featured quest on Liberty Counsel's "Faith and Freedom" radio program where he has been regaling Mat Staver with tales of being trained to be a terrorist from the age of seven, when he first led a mission to smuggle weapons into Israel from Syria.

As Saleem explained today, that mission was such a success that he became a hero and was then tasked with recruiting other children for future missions, which he succeeded in doing. Saleem claims that he recruited another child named Mohammed but only after promising Mohammed's mother that he would let nothing happen to him and that Mohammed would return alive.

Now eight years-old, Saleem claims to have led a second weapons smuggling mission into Israel, only this time, when they emerge from the tunnel they had used to sneak into the country, they were confronted by the Israeli military "which started hitting us with everything they've got," killing Mohammed after he "took shrapnel through his esophagus and severed his spine," prompting Saleem to pick him up, put him on his shoulders, and run back across the border in Syria, with Mohammed serving as a shield to absorb the bullets being fired at him by the pursing Israeli soldiers: 

Sounds plausible to me.

Fischer: Gays are Driven by a 'Dark, Venomous, Demonic Hatred'

On yesterday's radio program, Bryan Fischer declared that there is "plenty of hatred in the debate over homosexuality," but it is all coming from gay activists and their supporters who are driven by a "heterophobic," "Christophobic," "dark, venomous, demonic hatred": 

I am convinced that there is plenty of hatred in the debate over homosexuality, there's a lot of hatred, there's a lot of vitriol, there's a lot of venom - it is coming from homosexuals themselves. The real haters are homosexuals. The real venom is coming from those that support the homosexual agenda, either homosexual activists, homosexuals, or those that support the homosexual agenda. They are the real haters. There is a heterophobic hatred, there is a Christophobic hatred that is just seething, there's a dark, venomous, demonic hatred that is in the homosexual community.

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/10/12

  • PFAW: Five Major Corporations Ditch ALEC.
  • Towleroad: Alan Chambers Thinks 'Praying Away The Gay' Is 'Lazy Stereotype.'
  • Igor Volsky @ Think Progress: Republican Rep: I Don’t Think Someone Who Is Diagnosed With A Brain Tumor Should Have Health Care Provided.
  • Dan @ TFN Insider: Barton Peddles Lie That Obama Administration Calls All Abortion Opponents ‘Terrorists.’
  • Josh Feldman @ Mediaite: Religious Scholars Compare Hotel Pornography To Civil Rights Struggle.
  • Adele Stan @ AlterNet: Religious Right's Ralph Reed Field-Tests Plan for Beating Obama.

Right Wing Leftovers - 7/10/12

  • The organization formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund has changed its name and is now called the Alliance Defending Freedom.
  • Just what you need: an eight-part video series on building strong families from James Dobson.
  • Bryan Fischer's shtick is really growing tiresome.
  • Frank Turek suggests that we all "simply decided to interpret the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare as a 9-0 vote to overturn Obamacare."
  • It is amazing the sorts of tales Kamal Saleem tells Religious Right audiences who just accept them without question.
  • Finally, Gary Bauer says "the 'tyrants of tolerance' have an extremely totalitarian impulse and routinely seek to intimidate and silence their opposition."

The Beckification of John Hagee

Recently, John Hagee unveiled a new internet endeavor called Global Evangelism Television (GETV) which seems to be a one-stop destination for all your John Hagee Ministries-related needs.  The website features live events along with music videos, short messages, looks behind the scenes, and  current and archived sermons

In addition, it seems that Hagee has started producing Glenn Beck-like programs, such as this recent video entitled "The Agenda to Destroy America" in which Hagee spent a half-hour talking directly to the camera about how Communists have succeeded in taking over America, just as Beck's favorite philosopher W. Cleon Skousen had predicted in his 1958 book "The Naked Communist."

As Hagee explained, today hard-working Americans are having their money confiscated by a "massive socialist government" that is giving their money to "deadbeats who can work but won't work."  This type of government, Hagee warned, "eventually leads to civil violence [and] you're seeing some of that civil violence with the Occupy Wall Street group" and creates an environment that eventually gives rise to ruthless political leaders like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and even the Antichrist:

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