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A Stupid Post Written Simply To Get Glenn Beck To Shut Up About Hillary Clinton's Twitter Account

Glenn Beck has become obsessed with a recent story from The Daily Mail that reported that nearly half of the accounts that follow Hillary Clinton on Twitter are either fake or inactive and he repeatedly cited this story on his television program last night and on his radio show today as proof that Clinton is a total phony and a fraud:

She can’t even be honest about the fans on her social media sites. A study was done of her Facebook page. Again, we had to go across the ocean. We had to go to I think it was The Guardian in England to get anybody in the media to do a job. They found something odd about her followers. Seven percent of her followers were from Baghdad. That’s not really comforting or real. And on Twitter, it was revealed that 15%, about 544,000 of her Twitter followers, are bogus accounts. If her team is willing to lie about Facebook and Twitter fans and make people up just out of whole cloth, what else are they willing to lie about?

The Daily Mail based its conclusion on the results generated by two websites — StatusPeople.com and TwitterAudit.com — which claim to be able to determine just how many "real" followers any given Twitter account actually has.

We have no way of determining how accurate either of these websites or their findings are, but simply in the interest of making Beck shut up about this stupid point, we decided to run his Twitter account through them and in both cases, the number of fake or inactive followers that he has far surpassed Clinton:

Anti-Gay Activists Vow To Repeal Marriage Equality Laws Across The Country If They Win At SCOTUS

James Dobson's "Family Talk" radio program today once again featured a discussion between Mat Staver, Rick Scarborough, and Tim Wildmon about what anti-gay Christians should expect from an upcoming Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of state bans on gay marriage.

During today's discussion, Staver repeatedly declared that marriage "is not a state's rights issue" and so, if the arguments against anti-gay marriage win at the Supreme Court, then Religious Right activists will go to work outlawing gay marriage in states where it is currently legal.

Staver argued that, like slavery, the issue of marriage equality is something that cannot be left up to the individual states to decide and Dobson agreed, warning that allowing gay marriage in some states but not in others would lead to chaos.

When Wildmon noted that allowing the individual states to decide the issue for themselves was the best outcome that anti-gay activists could hope for from this Supreme Court case, Staver agreed, but said that if that happens, then they must get to work repealing marriage equality in the states where it already exists.

"The best thing we can hope for at that level is the Supreme Court says there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage," Staver said. "But now that work has to go down, after June, if we get that decision which I pray that we do, our work's not done because we have to go back and undo the mess that the previous Supreme Court confusion has caused."

Not only would they seek to reinstate bans in states where local or federal judges had struck them down, Staver said, but they would also work to repeal marriage equality laws passed by voters or legislatures in places like New York.

"This is such a fundamental issue, it is not a state's rights issues any more than life is a state's rights issue or slavery is a state's rights issue," Staver said. "Those issues are so fundamental they transcend geography."

Ted Cruz Asks Pastors To Preach And Pray Against Gay Marriage Ahead Of SCOTUS Arguments

As Peter noted the other day, right-wing Christian nationalist and Religious Right power broker David Lane recently sent out an email to thousands of pastors, asking them hold a two-hour prayer service on Tuesday, April 28, the day that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans because "America is on the verge of learning something that can be learned in no other way, rebellion against God brings consequences. There is no safety in distance from God."

Today, CBN's David Brody reported that Lane has recruited Sen. Ted Cruz to send out his own email to these same pastors, asking them to preach against gay marriage on the Sunday before the case is heard and then pray for two hours on the day of the oral arguments:

How will the American church respond?

The prophet Daniel described the people who know their God as people who do two things: display strength and take action (Daniel 11:32).

How can the church rise to the occasion in this situation? Along with my friend David Lane of the American Renewal Project, I urge you to consider the following –

1)    Preach about biblical marriage on Sunday, April 26.

We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation’s understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?

2)    Lead prayer services on Tuesday, April 28.

Prayer moves our God to intervene in history. Prayer softens our hearts and brings us into alignment with the heart of God. The church has not shared the truth about marriage well: it is time to repent and commit ourselves to courage on this front.

Regardless of what happens in the Supreme Court, or anywhere else, we know that the truth will never be obsolete. The union of man and woman in marriage will always be relevant. People will continue to need marriage, and to desire it – because we are made in the image of God, creatures who value authentic companionship and intimate connection.

That leaves us only one question. Will we be on the right side of history, the side occupied by the Author of history? Otherwise we will fall victim to the fashions of the times.

Will we discard an institution, ordained by God, which has brought so much stability and happiness to the human family? Or will we stand in its support? Rightly or wrongly, the Supreme Court will take a stand on marriage this summer. Let’s take ours now.

God bless America,
Senator Ted Cruz     

P.S. Thank you, as the prophet Daniel might have said, for taking action in defense of marriage. Marriage was God’s idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us. But how could we miss a chance to stand with Him on behalf of something so wonderful?

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/15/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/15/15

  • The right-wing Council for National Policy will be grilling the GOP presidential candidates at a secret two-day meeting next month.
  • Alaska Right to Life has disaffiliated itself from the National Right to Life Committee, citing NRLC’s willingness to back rape and incest exceptions in abortion bans.
  • Jeb Bush will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University in May.
  • Nancy Pearcey explains that the problem with marriage equality is that "engaging in homosexual practice requires individuals to contradict their own anatomy."
  • Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List says that Marco Rubio is "a true believer" when it comes to opposing legal abortion.
  • Finally, Franklin Graham will be "traveling in 2016 to all 50 U.S. states in an attempt to rally Christians to vote in political elections and to run for office."

Glenn Beck On ISIS, 'The Bubba Effect,' And America's Impending Collapse

Glenn Beck freaked out on his radio program today over the utterly unsubstantiated claims made by the right-wing group Judicial Watch that ISIS has set up a terrorist training camp in Mexico, just eight miles from the U.S. border.

Blindly accepting the report without question, Beck repeatedly warned that "ISIS is here" while predicting that the terrorist group would soon carry out an attack that would lead to the dissolution of the United States.

As Beck explained it, everyone knows that the southern border is not secure, making it easy for terrorists to easily cross into this country. And when these terrorists cross over and finally carry out an attack in America, it'll unleash the "Bubba Effect," which is Beck's theory that an "overbearing government" is pushing people over the edge until they respond with violence, which will then spiral out of control and result in the wholesale breakdown of society.

"This will lead to the Bubba Effect," he said. "That when the Feds finally come in and they're trying to tell you how to live your life and something bad has happened, some big terrorist strike and they're telling you what you have to do to prepare while they're washing their hands of the terrorist strike, while they're blaming it on everything but them.  While they're telling you that you're going to have to change your life and adjust, somebody is going to stand up and say, 'Go to Hell. I'm not doing what you are telling me to do because you knew about this the whole time and you did nothing!'"

"They came across our southern border and we were the ones telling you to seal our southern border and you did nothing," Beck screamed. "So go to Hell. That's going to happen and it's not going to happen with just a group; it's going to happen with a group of states. They will say enough is enough. You did nothing to protect us."

"That's why they're watching us," he continued. "They're more afraid of the people than they are ISIS."

"ISIS is here," he concluded, somberly. "ISIS is here":

Scarborough: Gay Marriage Will Make It 'Illegal' To 'Share The Gospel'

On his radio program today, Family Talk's James Dobson hosted a discussion with Rick Scarborough of Vision America, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, and Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association about how anti-gay Christians should react if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage.

As usual, most of the talk revolved around the call for right-wing Christians to engage in civil disobedience and resist any such ruling but, at one point, Scarborough and Dobson went off on a tangent, attacking President Obama for voicing his support for bans on "ex-gay" conversion therapy for minors, with Scarborough fuming that such bans will outlaw the teaching of the Gospel and are turning America into a nation like Saudi Arabia.

Scarborough said that if the Supreme Court strikes down gay marriage bans, then "our nation is now sanctioning a lifestyle that God forbids." He warned that such a ruling will endanger children by telling them that such relationships are okay while making it "illegal for me to share the Gospel with a child."

"That child grows up in his life never knowing right from wrong from a biblical perspective and they die and crash into Hell," Scarborough said. "So what we're discussing has eternal consequences."

Dobson was likewise outraged, saying that teaching young children about homosexuality is "draconian" and blasting Obama for opposing conversion therapy.

"What does the president of the United States, who knows nothing about this issue, have to do with telling the rest of us how live our lives?" Dobson bellowed.

"That's the kind of thing you'd hear if you were trying to teach the Scripture in a Muslim country," Scarborough added. "You can't say that in this country":

Barber: Christians Are Being Persecuted By An 'Islamo-Progressive Axis Of Evil'

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber likened the supposed "persecution" of Christians in America to the attack in Kenya earlier this month in which Islamic terrorists killed 147 people, saying that Christians all over the world are under attack from the "Islamo-progressive axis of evil."

Barber said that while those murdered in Kenya were victims of "hard persecution," at the same time "right here in the United States, Christians at an escalating rate are experiencing a softer persecution, but it's still anti-Christian persecution."

Just as John the Baptist was beheaded for speaking out against "sexual immorality," so too are Christians being persecuted in America today, Barber said.

"You have those who are pushing for sexual immorality and acceptance of sexual immorality and Islamists kind of both targeting Christians for persecution," he said, "some with hard persecution, others with more of a soft persecution. We're not being beheaded here in the United States yet but certainly advocates of sexual relativism are what I call the Islamo-progressive axis of evil."

"So-called progressives, they have a common enemy," Barber continued. "The common enemy is truth, is Christ, is Christians, is Christ followers":

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/14/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/14/15

  • After being re-elected to the NRA board, Grover Norquist has voluntarily stepped aside until the organization completes its Glenn Beck-backed inquisition into his supposed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Bryan Fischer tells GOP presidential hopefuls that "there is no possible way for them to out-pander a hardcore liberal like Hillary on homosexuality."
  • Phyllis Schlafly knows what is really to blame for the shooting of Walter Scott: "It was caused by the obnoxious anti-father rulings of the family courts."
  • Paul Kengor asserts that "Marx and Engels and friends would be absolutely thrilled that gay marriage is offering a sledgehammer not only to remold the family but to bludgeon religious believers."
  • Michael Brown says that "we are seeing the most sustained anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-Christian attack in our history, and its common root is the attempt to demonize believers and remove the influence of God and His Word from society."
  • Finally, Brian Camenker and Amy Contrada warn that "liberals and LGBT activists are vicious, bullying, lying, hypocritical, angry, and fanatically dedicated. Such a large-scale denial of reality requires it. They have no interest in fairness – only force."
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