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Right Wing Round-Up - 11/13/15

  • Peter Montgomery @ Religion Dispatches: New Mormon Anti-Gay Policy Sparks Mass Exodus From Church; Christian AID Workers in Africa Refuse to Help Gay Refugees; Ukraine Rejects, Then Accepts EU-Required Gay Rights Law; Global LGBT Recap.
  • Kevin Drum: The Strain of Losing to Ben Carson Has Finally Driven Donald Trump Crazy.
  • Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Carson points to secret info to defend ridiculous claim.
  • Caitlin Cruz @ TPM: Ann Coulter: 'Different Ethnic Groups Have ... Different Predilections For Crimes'.
  • John Wright @ Towleroad: Anti-LGBT Activist Calls For Texas GOP To Move Convention Out Of Dallas Over Trans Protections.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 11/13/15

  • Glenn Beck has now completely dropped his principled opposition to the use of boycotts, declaring on his radio program today that "the time has come for boycotts."
  • Speaking of Beck, isn't his assertion that Ted Cruz possesses an "audiographic memory" that allows him to exactly repeat anything he hears verbatim because it "imprints on him an audio file" somewhat undercut by the fact that Cruz was unable to perfectly reenact a scene from "The Princess Bride"?
  • Burt Prelutsky says that "more and more, as you look around the world or at our own political landscape, it seems to be the case that Satan has thrown open the doors and furloughed the worst offenders, perhaps following the lead of his friend and close associate, Barack Obama, who is doing his best to release killers, rapists and terrorists from our prisons and from Guantanamo."
  • Bradlee Dean blasts the "American people who have tolerated those who have committed the crimes of a foreign, Third-World dictator in their own country."
  • Finally, Peter LaBarbera says that "in most cases open homosexuals who gain elected office end up promoting homosexuality, because they have this desperate need to rationalize their sexual sin."

Klingenschmitt: Candidates Who Manifest The 'Spirit Of God' Will Always Win Election 'Unless The People Are Evil'

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday, Colorado Republican state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt hailed the election of Matt Bevin as governor in Kentucky last week, declaring that voters will always elected godly candidates ... unless, that is, the voters are evil.

"Congratulations, governor-elect," Klingenschmitt said, "for manifesting and representing the spirit of God in your campaign. People, when they see God inside of a candidate, they will vote for him every time because people are drawn to the spirit of God."

"When people see true freedom in the heart of a candidate, he can always win an election," Klingenschmitt continued. "Unless the people are evil, and then they will vote against the spirit of God that is in him."

David Lane's Bold Efforts To Recruit 1,000 Pastors To Run For Office Shows Lackluster Returns

Last year, David Lane, an influential Religious Right activist and Christian nation extremist, announced a bold plan to recruit 1,000 pastors to run for political office in 2016:

A prominent evangelical Christian leader has launched an effort to recruit 1,000 pastors willing to run for political office, hoping to inject religious issues and candidates into the 2016 election.

David Lane, the founder of the American Renewal Project, said he hopes he can persuade pastors to run for offices as varied as school board and city council to the state legislature and Congress. He’s scheduled an organizing meeting in January in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

"Government is not going to save America. Wall Street is not going to save America. The Republican party is not going to save America. If America is going to be saved it will be done by Christian men and women restoring a Judeo-Christian culture to the country," Mr. Lane said in an interview with The Washington Times.

Mr. Lane said he was inspired by his own pastor Rob McCoy, who ran for the state assembly in California. Mr. McCoy was narrowly defeated by the Democratic candidate who spent $6 million against him.

"After I watched that happen the reason I emailed pastors asking them to pray for 30 days is that if they do half as good as my pastor did, if 1,000 pastors in 2016 felt like the Lord was calling them to run for office, and they each had 300 volunteers, then that’s 300,000 people on the grass-roots level," Mr. Lane said.

To achieve that goal, Lane has held a series of Issachar Training sessions all over the country aimed at mobilizing an army of conservative pastors to run for office, often with the support of Republican presidential hopefuls and members of Congress.

Lane has been at this for a year now, and what does he have to show for it?

According to the headline of this Washington Times article today, Lane has managed to meet about half of his stated goal: "500 pastors heed call to run for office, restore Christian values in U.S."

However, if you actually read the article, you quickly learn that the figure of 500 pastors represents only those who have voiced an interest in possibly running for some office at some point in the next three years. And of those 500 who have expressed interested, merely a third might actually run for office at some point: 

His goal was to recruit 1,000 pastors across America to start walking the godly talk by campaigning for public office. The project was dubbed “Issachar,” after the Old Testament founder of one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Mr. Lane, the California-based founder of the American Renewal Project (Mr. Gingrich dubbed it “Pastors and Pews”), appears to be halfway to that goal just a few days before his recruitment and training effort holds its first event in the Washington, D.C., area.

“Two thousand pastors and spouses have attended our Issachar Training in 2015,” Mr. Lane said proudly.

As of Thursday, 508 pastors have agreed in writing to consider running for political office over the next three years, according to Issachar Project Director Steve W. Michael.

“After our Issachar events, we do live calls with our folks on [a] ‘hot list,’ folks who seem reasonably certain to run, and our ‘mild list,’ less definite about running but definitely interested, and ‘cold list,’ people who don’t sound eager to run but may persuade others to,” Mr. Michael explained.

He said the “hot” contingent numbers about one-third of the combined 508 “hot and mild” total.

Lane set out to recruit 1,000 pastors to run for office in 2016 and spent an entire year traveling the country mobilizing right-wing Christian activists for that purpose, yet was only able to find approximately 150 who even "seem reasonably certain" that they might run for office at some point in the next three years. 

Right Wing Round-Up - 11/12/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 11/12/15

  • Peter LaBarbera is apparently relocating the headquarters of his Americans For Truth About Homosexuality organization to Washington, D.C.
  • Paul Hair says "I revere the American Founding and love humanity. Thus, I hate what America has become."
  • A Republican state legislator is targeting the University of Missouri for daring to research the question of whether a state law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is effective. 
  • FRC prays against Planned Parenthood: "May the right actions of Congress and the prayers of your people mitigate the judgment that is now upon America."
  • Finally, Gordon Klingenschmitt says that a court victory for Christian street preachers who were harassed while preaching at an Arab-American festival is also a victory for Muslims "because now they have a right to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ which can save their souls from Hell."

Fischer: 'The Last Place We Are Going To Want To Put A Child Is In A Lesbian Household'

Recently, a judge in Utah ordered that a foster child be removed from a home with two lesbian parents and placed with a heterosexual couple on the grounds that "kids in homosexual homes don’t do as well as they do in heterosexual homes."

Predictably, Bryan Fischer came rushing to that judge's defense on his radio program today, declaring that "no culture would ever want to adopt policies that are harmful, dangerous and risky to children."

"That means we should never countenance policies that place children in same-sex households, whether it's foster care or whether it is adoption," he said.

Fischer also came out against single-parent adoptions as well, before citing Mark Regnerus' repeatedly debunked study to claim that children raised by lesbians are 10 times more likely to be sexually abused.

"The risk of sexual abuse, unwanted sexual touching, is 10 times higher in a lesbian household than in a heterosexual household," he said. "So if we care about the sexual purity, the sexual integrity of our children, which I do, then the last place we are going to want to put a child is in a lesbian household."

"So good for this judge," he concluded. "I am 100 percent standing behind him."

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Hurricane Gordon Was A Sign Of God's Support For Me

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Republican state legislator from Colorado and Religious Right activist, spoke at a "Prayer For Our Warriors Conference" at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Arizona recently, the same event at which fellow right-wing pastor Rick Scarborough declared that God would give us the cure for AIDS if only this nation would repent for tolerating homosexuality. 

For his part, Klingenschmitt dedicated his speech to recounting his battle back in 2006 when he was a Navy chaplain over supposedly being prevented from praying in the name of Jesus while serving in his official capacity, for which he was eventually court-martialed. (In reality, he was disciplined for appearing in uniform at a political rally.)

As Klingenschmitt explained in his remarks, he intentionally violated Navy policy and then brought it to the attention of his superiors, only to find out that the Navy was initially willing to just give him a slap on the wrist and allow him to return to his job. But Klingenschmitt wanted to be a martyr and so he insisted on receiving a full court-martial and being put on trial for his actions, which is exactly what he received ... and was then found guilty. 

But even though he lost his case in court, Klingenschmitt knows that he won his case in Heaven because "on 14 September, 2006, the same day I was literally found guilty of worshiping in public in a Virginia Beach courtroom, 1,000 miles off the Virginia coastline, Hurricane Gordon is swelling at full strength."

"My first name is Gordon," Klingenschmitt helpfully explained in case anyone missed the significance. "Glory to God! Hallelujah! God is doing signs and wonders in the heavens."

Right Wing Round-Up - 11/10/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 11/10/15

  • Scott Lively warns that the Obama administration is working "to rapidly polarize the society to the point of violence by conservatives, which will serve as a pretext for 'defensive' police-state measures to suppress what they have already begun to spin as the rise of neo-Nazism." 
  • Larry Tomczak mourns for all of the ways in which President Obama has destroyed America.
  • Steven Andrew says that Christians must vote for Mike Huckabee otherwise "church workers, teachers, and others could end up in jail." 
  • For once, Todd Starnes manages to be a voice of reason.
  • The AFA's Tim Wildmon is urging activists to contact Congress and "urge them to pass a resolution that Title IX should be interpreted to recognize that transgendered students may be required to accept accommodations that respect the rights of non-transgendered students."
  • Finally, Janet Porter endorses plans by anti-choice activists to protest outside of the homes of Ohio state legislators who do not support her radical Heartbeat Bill legislation.
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