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Glenn Beck: Flying The Confederate Flag 'Makes No Sense' Whatsoever

Later today, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a press conference to reportedly call for the Confederate flag to be removed from the grounds of the state capitol in the wake of the racist shooting at a Charleston church last week.

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck said that while this issue should be left up to the people of South Carolina, he supports removing the flag because flying "the Confederate flag makes no sense to me whatsoever."

"It's a flag of another country," Beck said. "Why are you flying that? Are you proud that you were another country at some point?" 

On top of that, he added, it is a symbol of slavery, saying that if you look at the constitution of the Confederacy, "there's no ifs, and, or buts" that slavery was the central issue of the Civil War.

"It was not about state's rights because you didn't have a right as a state in the Confederacy to go against slavery," he said.  "So there's no state's rights there. That's not about state's rights."

"This is a legacy of rebellion against the United States that had everything to do with slavery," he continued. "It wasn't about state's rights, it was about slavery. And that was a [rebellion] that was put down; we have healed since then and it was only brought back as a symbol against the civil rights movement. It's a thing of the past."

Porter: 'With The Homosexualizing Of Marriage Comes The Criminalization Of Christianity'

Faith2Action's Janet Porter was a guest recently on Gordon Klingenschmitt's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, where she warned that a Supreme Court ruling striking down state bans on gay marriage would result in the "criminalization of Christianity."

"We have, at this moment, freedom hanging by a thread," Porter declared. "If the Supreme Court rules wrong, if they homosexualize marriage, with the homosexualizing of marriage comes the criminalization of Christianity. That's what a stake."

As such, Porter is urging people to engage in "high octane" prayer and fasting because "our freedoms are at stake" and also to prepare themselves to disobey the court's ruling because "we need to be able to obey God rather than men."

Lapin: 'The State Religion Of Secular Fundamentalism' Seeks To Obliterate Christianity

Rabbi Daniel Lapin was among the speakers today at Ralph Reed's "Road To Majority Conference," where he declared that "secular fundamentalism" has become an "official state religion" and that, just like Islam, it is seeking to "obliterate" Christianity from American society.

"The only form of sex that the official state religion of secular fundamentalism despises is the sex described as ideal in God's book, the Bible," Lapin said. "All other forms of sex [are] highly desirable and indeed brave and courageous to practice, but what you and your spouse do, that's retrogressive and negative."

"It's exactly what the Muslim hoards did when they invaded Spain in the eighth century," he continued. "They obliterated every sign of Christianity and that's what the state religion of secular fundamentalism does as it conquers our society, works at obliterating the only hope this country has, which is a fervent, revived Christianity."

Peterson: White People's Anger Over Being Falsely Labeled Racist Will Lead To More Racist Attacks Like SC Shooting

Steve Malzberg interviewed Jesse Lee Peterson on Newsmax TV yesterday about the shooting at a South Carolina church where a white gunman killed nine black churchgoers in an attempt to start a race war, during which Peterson bizarrely claimed that racism is not an issue in America today.

"[President Obama] implied that racism is still an issue in America today for black people from white folks, when it's absolutely not true," Peterson said. "You have the Department of Justice and others calling it a hate crime even before they knew, before the dust settled, they called it a hate crime, which is encouraging or verifying for a lot of angry black people that racism is a problem."

Even more bizarrely, Peterson then went on to say that white people are being unfairly labeled as racist and so "white people need to start speaking up instead of holding that anger in" because otherwise more violent incidents like this will happen.

"They need to speak out to the country, to black Americans and tell them, 'I am not a racist, I am not your problem, you need to take care of your own life, you need to get married, raise your own children, get away from the government taking care of you, drop your anger so you can see that I am not your problem,'" Peterson advised. "White Americans have been made to feel for the last 50 years or so that they are to blame for the situation in the black family and in the black community when it has nothing to do with white racism but everything to do with the lack of moral character."

White people, Peterson said, are being made to feel guilty and fearful about being called racist which is building up anger inside of them that will lead to more white people carrying out violent race-based attacks like the one in South Carolina:

Right Wing Round-Up - 6/18/15

  • PFAW: PFAW Foundation Mourns the Loss of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a Member of Our Family.
  • Andrew Kaczynski @ BuzzFeed: Ben Carson Compares Abortion To Slavery.
  • David Edwards @ Raw Story: Rick Santorum thinks white Charleston shooter chose victims at black church ‘indiscriminately’.
  • Jeremy Hooper: The one where Brian Brown attacks @FakeDanSavage's son at an anti-gay church conference.
  • Andrew Kirell @ Mediaite: Fox’s Steve Doocy and Guest Wonder Whether Charleston Shooting Part of ‘War on Christians’.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/18/15

  • Predictably, Ted Nugent is overjoyed that Donald Trump is running for president.
  • The Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution declaring that "we will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United States Supreme Court."
  • Don Boys declares that "homosexuals are not included into decent society because of their disgusting, depraved, and dangerous behavior."
  • Phyllis Schlafly warns that "a decision recognizing same-sex marriage would assist the efforts of those who want to silence supporters of traditional marriage."
  • Finally, Julio Severo wants to see Scott Lively appointed "as a U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Children and their Protection against the LGBT Agenda."

Defamation Suit Against Glenn Beck Has Potentially Become Significantly More Expensive

Last year, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi sued Glenn Beck after Beck spent the weeks following the Boston Marathon bombing openly accusing Alharbi, who was injured in the attack, of being an al Qaeda control agent and the "money man" behind the terrorist bombing.

Long after Alharbi had been cleared by law enforcement authorities, Beck spent program after program insisting that the United States government was covering up the truth and was protecting Alharbi at the behest of Saudi Arabia. Unsurprisingly, Alharbi eventually sued Beck for defamation and slander.

While Beck's lawyers have unsuccessfully attempted to get the lawsuit dismissed, the judge in this case has not been particularly sympathetic to Beck's defense and, to make matters worse, has now allowed Alharbi to amend his lawsuit to add a count of "unjust enrichment," which has "significantly upped the amount of a possible judgment" he could receive if he wins his suit:

It is now clear that indeed false statements were made by Beck about Alharbi and it should not be difficult for Alahrbi to prove that his reputation was harmed by those statements, however, the case does not end there.

In the landmark Supreme Court case of New York Times v. Sullivan and in a series of cases since then including Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts, the Supreme Court ruled that when it comes to public officials and public figures, there is an additional burden of proof for a plaintiff alleging he has been defamed by the media.  In those cases, a plaintiff will not be successful in a defamation case unless he can prove in addition to the statements being false and that he was harmed by the statements that the statements were made with malice either knowing the statements were false or with a reckless disregard for the truth.  This higher standard makes it much more difficult for a public official or public figure to win a defamation lawsuit.  Thus Beck’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by arguing that Alharbi was a public figure and Alharbi had not alleged that Beck had made his statements with malice.  In December the judge denied Beck’s motion.

Now in a significant ruling, Judge Patti B. Saris has allowed Alharbi to amend his defamation lawsuit by adding a count for unjust enrichment.  In allowing this count to be added to the complaint, Judge Saris has significantly upped the amount of a possible judgment.  In her decision, Judge Saris stated that “Massachusetts courts have recognized that misuse of confidential information may lead to unjust enrichment.”  Judge Saris also cited the defamation and unjust enrichment lawsuit brought by former Minnesota Governor and former Navy SEAL, Jesse Ventura against Chris Kyle, the author of the book and the subject of the movie “American Sniper.”  In the book and in a later interview with Bill O’Reilly about the book, Kyle described an alleged bar fight involving Ventura during a wake for one of Kyle’s comrades killed in action.  In his O’Reilly interview account of the fight, Kyle quoted Ventura as saying the Seals deserved to “lose a few” due to their involvement in an unjust war in Iraq.  In Kyle’s version of the altercation, Ventura ended up “on the floor” with a black eye.  The case went to trial after the death of Kyle and ended with a largely reported verdict in favor of Ventura, the plaintiff.  What was less reported was the jury’s verdict consisted of an award of $500,000 for defamation and $1.35 million for unjust enrichment.

Jindal: 'The Left Is Trying To Take God Out Of The Public Square'

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called into Glenn Beck's radio program today, where he warned that an "unholy alliance between big business and the radical left" is persecuting Christians by opposing legislation designed to allow Christian business owners to discriminate in the name of "religious liberty."

"Look at the fight in Indiana over religious liberty," Jindal said. "You had this unholy alliance between big business and the radical left going after the religious liberty and conservatives. Look, the radical left wants to tax and regulate businesses out of existence. They think profit is a dirty word, so these businesses need to be careful who they're making these alliances with."

That prompted Beck to warn that if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on gay marriage, Christians will be on the verge of  being stripped of their rights of conscience, to which Jindal responded that "America didn't create religious liberty; religious liberty created the United States of America and the left is trying to take God out of the public square":

Enlow: American Pharoah's Triple Crown A Prophetic Sign Christians Will Soon Control The Seven Mountains

Johnny Enlow is a leading proponent of Seven Mountains Dominionism, the idea that right-wing Christians should institute a "virtual theocracy" in America by gaining control of the "mountains" of business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion throughout the nation, so much so that he literally wrote the book on it.

Today, he is out with a column declaring that the fact that American Pharoah recently became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years is a prophetic sign that "we're going into the Promised Land of the tops of the 7 mountains of society":

I believe that American Pharoah winning speaks prophetically of a place and role that America is about to more fully step into as it relates to world affairs and the world economy ... I see the 37 years (time since last triple crown) as connecting to Genesis 37 when Joseph is first introduced to us and given the coat of many colors. In my book, The 7 Mountain Mantle: Receiving the Joseph Anointing to Reform Nations, I write much about this chapter telling of the coming Josephs who would arise in every mountain and be instrumental in the reforming of society. It's also significant that Joseph was 37 years old when the famine started that ultimately impulsed Egypt to an even more lead nation status. Because of the Joseph solutions implemented by Pharaoh, it says that "all nations came to Joseph," Egypt, and Pharaoh for their own survival (see Genesis 41:57).

I believe that the United States position in world economics is about to be greatly strengthened and that there will also be a corresponding weakening of many other nations' economic positions – with the United States increasingly being in a place of dictating terms of economic rescue for many nations. Significant economic shakings are coming, but they will end up greatly strengthening the United States' position in the world and not weakening it.

The Josephs will be bold as lions during this season and in the midst of much upheaval will greatly prosper ... The word Belmont means "beautiful mountain." The coming ever-changing landscape of world economics and world events, while chaotic at times, will increasingly tend towards the 7 mountains of society (media, economy, government, education, family, celebration arts, religion) being increasingly populated and positively affected by the rising sons and daughters of the King. The "stakes" have been about the mountains of culture properly reflecting the originally, designed image of God that was meant to function in society. We will now see a significant acceleration of change in every area of culture, as great shining ones will arise as never before ... I've shared for some time that there would be a release of the great angel of the mountain of economy this coming Rosh Hashanah. This timing correlates perfectly with the message to us by American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown.

Right Wing Round-Up - 6/17/15

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