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Right Wing Leftovers - 4/5/13

  • Rick Santorum is considering another run for president in 2016 because, if recent history has demonstrated anything, it is that GOP presidential candidates who can't even win the nomination the first time have a really good track record of winning the next time around.
  • Did you miss NOM's sparsely-attended anti-marriage rally outside the Supreme Court?  Now you can watch all the boring speakers.
  • Michael Brown explains that "there is no such thing as an unrepentant, born-again Christian prostitute."
  • Edward Hudgins of The Atlas Society says the GOP should take up all the Religious Right leaders who are threatening to leave the party on their offer and show them the door.
  • Finally, Tony Perkins for Senate?

Fischer Urges Caller to Flee Gay-Friendly Church

On today's radio program, Bryan Fischer took a call from a woman named Vicki in Illinois who called in to get his advice on whether or not she needed to find another church because the one she is currently attending is gay-friendly and has not only an lesbian pastor but openly gay Sunday School teachers.

Not surprisingly, Fischer urged her to get out of that church immediately, saying that being in that environment was going to corrupt her children by getting them to think that homosexuality was okay which will "destroy them in body and soul and spirit."

Instead, Fischer counseled, she needs to find a church run by a "happily married pastor" who "has a biblical view of homosexuality that it is a sin [and] that it's not something that a healthy society ever ought to embrace":

How Bryan Fischer Sees the World

One of the most interesting things about watching Bryan Fischer's program on a daily basis is learning to understand the bizarre manner in which he views the world.  And it is not his vehement hostility to Muslims, or gays, or liberals that demonstrate his warped view of reality but simpler things like how he interprets seemingly benign comments and events.

On yesterday's program, Fischer provided a good example of the sort of lens through which he views the world when he ripped President Obama for supposedly insulting the people of Iowa by sharing a story in which Michele Obama said she could understand why people would want to own guns.

While speaking in Denver earlier this week, Obama was making a point about why it is so hard to make any progress on gun control legislation, saying that people on "both sides of the debate sometimes don't listen to each other.  The people who take absolute positions on these issues, on both sides, sometimes aren't willing to concede even an inch of ground." 

The key to overcoming this was to build trust, Obama said, and try to understand the positions of people with different points of view. In demonstrating this, he told a story about something Michelle said to him:

And so one of the questions we talked about was, how do you build trust?  How do you rebuild some trust?  And I told the story about two conversations I had.  The first conversation was when Michelle came back from doing some campaigning out in rural Iowa.  And we were sitting at dinner, and she had been to like a big county, a lot of driving out there, a lot of farmland.  And she said, if I was living out in a farm in Iowa, I'd probably want a gun, too.  If somebody just drives up into your driveway and you're not home -- you don't know who these people are and you don't know how long it's going to take for the sheriffs to respond.  I can see why you'd want some guns for protection.

But for Fischer, this story does nothing but demonstrate Obama's "sneering contempt for everybody in middle America; it is condescending, it is patronizing, it's insulting" because Obama is basically saying that "Iowa is some kind of third world country" and a murderous hell hole:

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/4/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 4/4/13

  • It is pretty entertaining to see the Religious Right ripping Bill O'Reilly for his arrogance and ignorance, especially since they only seem to have discovered it once he upset them.
  • Case in point, Bill Keller has issued a $10,000 challenge to O'Reilly to debate him.
  • To hear Mat Staver and Matt Barber describe it, The Awakening Conference is just about the most important thing ever.
  • Speaking of Staver, he received the Faith Community Leader of the Year Award at the Weyrich Awards Dinner, which is a good reminder that radical Religious Right anti-gay voices are regularly honored within the movement.
  • Finally, and on a related note, Steve Deace takes on "laughabe gay marriage cliches" like "homosexuality is in nature so it’s natural" by declaring "there’s also the licking of one’s own genitals, the flinging of one’s own feces, and the eating of live prey and then vomiting it back up to feed your offspring in nature, too."

Staver: Legalizing Gay Marriage Will Be 'the Beginning of the End of America'

Yet again, Liberty Counsel dedicated its "Faith and Freedom" radio program today to warning about the dire consequences that would result if the Supreme Court recognizes the constitutionality of marriage equality, with Mat Staver proclaiming that not only would it undermine religious freedom, but "a major disruption to our society [and] the beginning of the end of America":

Wiles: God Promised I'd Get a 'National Audience Just Before the Judgment Strikes'

Back in January, we discovered Rick Wiles' TruNews radio program after it was mentioned in an email from Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, mentioning that he had been a guest on the program. In looking through Wiles' archives, we noticed that he regularly interviewed a variety of Religious Right activists that we monitor here and so we started listening to his programs ... and then we kept listening when we realized that it was going to be a source of nonstop craziness.

Last week on the program, both Wiles and Southern Baptist Convention president Fred Luter agreed that it was no coincidence that North Korea was threatening nuclear war with the United States at the same time the Supreme Court was hearing two cases involving gay marriage.

The attention from that clip eventually led to Alan Colmes inviting Wiles onto his radio program to explain his views. And according to Wiles, all this attention he is receiving is proof that God's judgment is just around the corner.

As Wiles explained on his program today, when God first gave him a vision of America on fire back in 1998, God also promised that He would give Wiles a nation audience through which to spread his message "just before the judgment strikes" ... and that is exactly what is happening now:

This ministry was birthed by the Holy Spirit in 1998 following a life-changing spiritual vision that I experienced in April that year. I saw American cities on fire; I saw American refugees staggering out of those cities with a bewildered look on their face, they were amazed that they had even survived  whatever had happened.  I didn't know what to the cities, I just saw the cities burning.  And I asked God what I was seeing in the vision and he said "this is your nation's future if America does not repent." And I asked him why he was revealing it to me and he said "I am calling you today as a watchmen to warn your nation, tell them to repent and return to me and I will forgive them.

In 1999, just before this radio program took off, the Lord made two promises to me: he told me that if I accepted this call to warn America, he promised that no harm would come to my family and the second thing that he told me was "I will give you a national audience just before the judgment strikes."

Monday evening, Fox News Radio called and we went on the Alan Colmes Program and after that interview, a friend of mine called me and he said "hey, I heard the interview and you did good but I tell you what, I'm not feeling good about this Rick."  And I go "why?" And he said  "because I remember what you told me." He said "you said the Lord told you in [19]99 he'll give you a national audience just before the judgment strikes and I don't know that this is a good sign that Fox News is now interviewing you."

Fischer: Bill O'Reilly Is a 'Pompous, Arrogant Windbag' Who is 'Insulting Us to Our Face'

Bryan Fischer is furious with Bill O'Reilly over his recent statement that opponents of marriage equality do nothing but "thump the Bible" as Fischer ripped into him on his radio program yesterday, calling O'Reilly "blindly ignorant" of all the non-Scriptural arguments opponents of gay marriage have made.

Fischer admitted that anti-gay activists have indeed thumped their Bibles and have done so because it contains the revealed word of God, but they have made other arguments as well, but O'Reilly - who "a lot of the times just comes across as a pompous, arrogant windbag" - has just been "completely oblivious to this." Fischer was outraged by this "insult, this ridicule, this mockery of ordinary Americans who do believe in the Bible as the revealed word of God." 

"The implication," Fischer declared, "is [that] we're a bunch of neanderthal, redneck, hillbilly Bible-bangers.  That is essentially what he is saying were are ... He's insulting us to our face": 

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/3/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 4/3/13

  • Mark Sanford disappeared from his job as Governor of South Carolina and left the country in order to carry on an extra-marital affair and now he is the Republican nominee for Congress ... because the GOP is the party of family values.
  • It looks like Charisma magazine is engaged in some sort of tiff with TBN.
  • Samuel Rodriguez has a book coming out and the news release likens him to Martin Luther King, Jr and Billy Graham.
  • Apparently there really is no need for conservatives to worry because "the Left will soon be extinct."
  • Finally, because we can never get enough of efforts to link gay marriage to Sodom and Gomorrah, here is another one from Gary Cass: "God’s retribution on Sodom and Gomorrah for homosexual sin is used as a severe warning of what will come to all who refuse to repent of their sin."
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