Kyle Mantyla's blog

Glenn Beck Can't Believe People Can't See That We're Living Under God's Judgment

Last night, Glenn Beck told his studio audience that he simply cannot believe that his fellow Americans cannot clearly see that this nation is under God's judgment. 

God wants us all to be happy and get along, Beck said, but He also gives us free will, which we are using to make terrible choices, leading us to suffer the consequences of violating God's laws.

"Because of our choices as a nation," Beck said, "He's really clear, I mean, He does this every time. My gosh, I can't believe that we are the people that you read in the scriptures where you're going, 'These people are are so stupid.' I mean, I can't believe it, every time you read it and I've never understood it. I think I remember asking when I was young, 'How come the people in the Bible are always so stupid? Didn't they see?' No. No, they didn't see, and it's amazing to be living in that time and seeing how many people are just blind to it."

"So what does He do? He wakes us all up," Beck continued. "At some point, dad walks in the room right before you're going to be late for school and he turns on the light and rips the sheets off of you and all of a sudden you're freezing when you were toasty warm and he's like, 'Get up, now!' That's what's coming, but He's only doing it because He loves us."

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/11/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/11/16

  • David Lane declares that "America is being assaulted by two fascism's: militant Islamic fascism and militant homosexual fascism."
  • Donald Trump will be speaking at the Values Voter Summit again this year.
  • Ann Coulter's latest column is every bit as reasonable as expected: "Craven Republicans who blame Trump for the media's lies may as well blame a rape victim for wearing a short skirt. Except with Trump, it's the Muslim standard: They're blaming a woman's rape on being a woman." 
  • Michael Bresciani asserts that "Trump is no knight in shining armor, but he is without doubt a Good Samaritan willing to step out from all those within the beltway and help."
  • Finally, FRC prays for voter I.D. laws: "May future presidents take seriously their biblical, constitutional duty to exercise true justice! May they nominate judges at every level who will affirm common sense systems, programs, and protections to prevent voter fraud. May God deliver our nation from the lawless spirit that has pervaded our land from the White House to the city streets. May He intervene to prevent voter fraud this year and expose every criminal act. May criminals be exposed, and brought to justice!"

Bryan Fischer's First Amendment Theory Is So Incoherent That Even He Doesn't Understand It

As we have noted several times before, American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer regularly promotes an entirely incoherent theory about the First Amendment, insisting that its prohibition against an establishment of religion only applies to Congress while also insisting that its prohibition against infringing upon the free exercise of religion applies to just about any government entity.

Fischer made this nonsensical argument against on his radio program today when he praised Joe Kennedy, a former assistant high school football coach who is now suing his school district for firing him for refusing to stop praying with students after games. 

Despite the fact that, time and again, Fischer has insisted that the provisions of the First Amendment only apply to Congress and therefore cannot be violated by any other entity, Fischer bizarrely declared that the school district has violated Kennedy's First Amendment rights.

"Good for you, coach Joe Kennedy," Fischer declared. "He's taking the district to court for violating his First Amendment rights, which is exactly what they've done ... What does the First Amendment say? It says that Congress—and Bremerton [School District,] they interpret that to mean any governmental authority, that would include schools because they're government schools—is not allowed to prohibit the free exercise of religion. What did Bremerton School District do when they told Joe Kennedy, 'You can't pray at midfield after a game'? They prohibited his free exercise of religion! They told him, 'Your constitutional right—even though this is government property and the government is specifically prohibited from infringing on your free exercise rights—we are going to destroy the First Amendment here, doesn't apply in Bremerton, doesn't apply on a football field, you have lost that right. You have not only lost that right, you have lost your job.'"

Fischer's current assertion that Bremerton is violating Kennedy's First Amendment rights directly contradicts his longstanding assertion that only Congress can possibly violate the First Amendment. As he wrote just last year:

The truth is that it is constitutionally and historically impossible for a school to violate the First Amendment. Why? Easy. Because a school is not Congress.

As the very first word in the First Amendment makes clear, the First Amendment applies to Congress and Congress alone. “Congress shall make no law...” The only entity that is restrained by the Founders’ Constitution is Congress. Since Congress is the only entity restrained by the First Amendment, Congress is the only entity that can violate it. 

Anti-LGBT Russian Documentary Featuring Scott Lively Is Now Available In English

Back in 2014, extremist anti-gay activist Scott Lively appeared in a virulently anti-gay documentary that aired on Russian television:

While Lively's views can't find much domestic audience, they play well in Vladimir Putin's Russia. Lively's anti-gay zeal is on display in Sodom, a new documentary that aired on Russian television last month, to much acclaim. The film was produced by famously anti-gay TV host Arkady Mamontov, who once implied that the Chelyabinsk meteorite explosion was caused by the gay rights movement. The film aired on Rossiya-1, Russia's main government-funded TV channel.

"For American homosexuals, this man, Scott Lively, is public enemy number one," intones the film's narrator. On camera, Lively speaks about the gay "agenda," which seeks "anti-discrimination policy" in the name of ultimate "societal conquest." Lively insists that "The average American is not in favor of homosexuality. But they are afraid to speak publicly about it, because the gays have so much power and they can do harm to those people."

Lively brings the film's producers to the headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. Set against a dramatic soundtrack, Lively paces outside. "This organization, instead of focusing on the true needs of people around the world, they are trying to declare that homosexuality is a human right," Lively says. "They spend vast amounts of money to promote this agenda around the world instead of defending genuine human rights."

Now, for the first time, that documentary has been made available in English.

It begins by recounting the story of Sodom and Gomorrah before declaring that the "Phoenician demon" that was at work there is still "satiating his belly with human sacrifices [and] devouring youth and children today" through gay rights activism.

"Evil is now called virtue and darkness light," the narrator intones. "Sin and debauchery are becoming a cult."

Lively eventually appears on camera to rail against the LGBT-friendly "Queen James Bible," which he calls "an abomination before God."

"There is no sacred ground for the homosexuals," Lively says. "There is nothing that they will not do to promote their agenda. There is no opposition that they will accept at any level. They must conquer every opponent and the spirit that has produced this book, this false Bible, this gay theology is the heresy of the modern world."

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/10/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/10/16

  • Gary Cass has some thoughts on the Olympics: "Is it politically incorrect to lament there isn't an Olympic Scimitar event so the Muslims could have a chance to win at least one medal? The closest we got was an American Muslim chick wearing a hijab who lost at fencing. Muslims apparently like swords."
  • Frank Gaffney accuses Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school, of committing "political warfare" on behalf of "Islamic supremacists."
  • John Neihof takes to the AFA website to declare that "we often say that God will punish our nation for our sins. True. However, His judgment is already upon us. Sterility is judgment. It is not so much that God will punish us with some future grave punishment for our abandonment of His design. We have embraced divorce. We have embraced cohabitation. We have embraced illegitimacy. We have embraced the auto-erotic sterility of pornography. We have embraced same-sex marriage. We have embraced sterility socially, biologically, and spiritually. Our nation has abandoned the virtuous blessing of reproduction. We have welcomed God’s judgment! Abortion, same-sex marriage, transgender... The curse of sterility is a self-imposed curse we have embraced, and called it good. Ours is a self-imposed curse against nature."
  • The Christian Post says that "Evangelicals should not vote for Hillary Clinton."
  • Linda Harvey wonders "How many unborn children died the day Cecile Richards spoke to an adoring DNC?How many middle and high school children this year will be deceived into believing they were born homosexual? Or born in the wrong sex body? And many will never hear another viewpoint, or learn they can turn away from these destructive behaviors.These are the real victims in today’s America."
  • Finally, Scott Lively issues a call to arms: "What will make America (and Europe) great – and safe – again is assertive, resolute, paternalistic and decidedly masculine Christianity. It’s time for the church of Jesus Christ to 'man up,' throw off the shackles of political-correctness in all of its forms, take back the culture from the atheists, libertines and radical feminists, and set an example of strength and order."

Glenn Beck Appears To Cite Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory To Justify Not Revealing His Confidential Sources In Defamation Lawsuit

As we noted earlier today, a federal judge issued a ruling yesterday ordering Glenn Beck to reveal the names of several confidential sources upon whom he relied during his 2013 crusade to prove that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi was "the money man" who financed and orchestrated the Boston Marathon bombing.

Alharbi is now suing Beck for defamation and demanding to know the identities of Beck's sources so that they can be deposed by his lawyers, and the judge overseeing the case has ordered Beck's legal team to reveal them.

Beck kicked off his radio program today by discussing the conspiracy theory that a Democratic National Committee staffer was recently murdered, supposedly because he was some sort of whistle-blower who was going to expose Hillary Clinton. And while Beck did not directly address the defamation lawsuit or the judge's ruling in his comments, it was quite obvious that he was using this conspiracy theory as justification for his refusal to reveal the sources behind his attack on Alharbi.

"Read the papers," Beck said. "Read the internet. Sources are under attack. Confidential sources are under attack and you cannot reveal confidential sources because there are sources that are concerned about this very kind of thing ... I am convinced, after talking to people in the government and talking through others to sources, I am absolutely convinced that people feel this way; that if I say anything [they will be killed.]"

"Have we crossed a line to where our government or our politicians or our political institutions now feel comfortable enough to where they will kill you?" Beck asked. "Now that sounds crazy, but are we not moving towards Russia?"

More Bad News For Glenn Beck: Judge Sides Against Him On Key Issues In Boston Marathon Bombing Defamation Case

Yesterday, the federal judge overseeing the defamation lawsuit filed against Glenn Beck by Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and whom Beck spent a month accusing of being an al-Qaida "control agent" and the "money man" who financed and orchestrated the attack, issued a ruling ordering Beck to identify the confidential sources that he relied on when making these claims so that Alharbi's lawyers can depose them:

U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris ruled that Beck must disclose the names of two Department of Homeland Security employees who allegedly gave a Beck producer information backing up the radio and TV host's claim that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the attack.

The judge said deposition testimony from Beck and two of his top deputies at the time — Joel Cheatwood and Joe Weasel — was "vague and often contradictory" about what the sources said and when they said it. She also noted that the key sources spoke directly only with Weasel, who claimed to record the information on Post-It notes "which he then discarded."

Saris said she ordered the production of records from several government agencies, but they were not of help in confirming what the Beck aides were allegedly told. "None of the documents supports the idea that Alharbi was the 'the money man' financing the Boston Marathon attacks," the Boston-based judge wrote in her 61-page ruling.

As the judge's ruling makes clear, there is no evidence to back up Beck's assertion that Alharbi was "the money man" behind the bombing other than the say-so of Beck's confidential sources. And that is bad news for Beck, as the judge also dismissed his legal team's effort to assert that Alharbi was a "limited-purpose public figure," which would have required Alharbi to prove that Beck knew that the allegations that he was making against Alharbi were false or that he made them with reckless disregard for the truth. Instead, the judge ruled that Alharbi was merely a private figure who was thrust into the news by events beyond his control and therefore he simply needs to prove that Beck was negligent in leveling these public allegations.

And, according to the judge, Alharbi looks to have a strong case since Beck's legal team was unable to produce any documentation to support Beck's claim that Alharbi financed and orchestrated the terrorist bombing, which he continued to make long after claims about Alharbi's involvement in the attack had been debunked by the government, investigators and even reporters from Beck's own network:

As a private figure, Alharbi is only required to prove negligence as opposed to malice. See Ravnikar, 782 N.E.2d at 510-11. Under the negligence standard, “the defendants are required to act reasonably in checking on the truth or falsity of the communication before publishing it.” Jones v. Taibbi, 512 N.E.2d 260, 269 (Mass. 1987) (internal quotation marks and alterations omitted). At this stage, the plaintiff has put forward enough evidence for a reasonable jury to conclude that the defendants did not act reasonably in verifying the truth of the broadcasts about Alharbi, particularly the May 8 statement that Alharbi was the “money man.”

To begin with, the defendants have put forth no admissible evidence that the statements are true. At the summary judgment hearing, the plaintiff highlighted an email from Weasel to Cheatwood on April 22, which states that another staff member of TheBlaze, Sara Carter, was “getting a very different picture” about Alharbi’s connection to the Boston Marathon bombing from her sources. Weasel Decl., Docket No. 117, Ex. 18, at 84. According to Weasel, Carter reached out to the FBI and ICE on the record to ask about the plaintiff’s involvement and the government documents provided by Source 2. Her sources allegedly responded that “Alharbi is considered innocent and not connected to the bombings or the suspects.” Id. at 85. Her sources also corroborated Secretary Napolitano’s testimony that Alharbi was temporarily placed on the terror watch list as a “precaution” before the government “determined whether he was more than a witness from the scene of the crime.” Id. at 84. 

According to the defendants, TheBlaze’s determination that Alharbi was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing was ultimately based on the two government documents they received from Source 2, and Source 1’s and 2’s explanation of these documents. The documents themselves are dated April 15 and 16, and the defendants agree that they were created in the immediate  aftermath of the bombing. Although the documents refer to Alharbi as a “suspected terrorist,” who is “armed & dangerous,” and mention the § 212(a)(3)(B)(i)(II) designation, they do not say anything about Alharbi being the “money man” or otherwise funding the attacks. 

When asked specifics about what Sources 1 and 2 told the defendants at his deposition, Weasel testified that the sources did not explain when the alleged financing took place, how any funds were transferred, the amounts of financing, what the financing was used for, or how the financing was otherwise accomplished. See Weasel Dep., Docket No. 109, Ex. H, at 160. Thus, the plaintiff has put forward enough evidence to demonstrate a genuine issue with respect to whether the defendants were negligent. 

David Barton: Christians Who Refuse To Vote For Donald Trump Will Have To Answer To God

Last night, My Faith Votes, the Religious Right effort overseen by Ben Carson that seeks to mobilize millions of Christians to vote in 2016, hosted another teleforum, this one featuring Religious Right activist and pseudo-historian David Barton, who told participants that they will answer to God if they fail to vote for Donald Trump.

Barton ran a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC during the Republican primary, but quickly shifted his support to Trump once it was clear that he would be the GOP nominee, even going so far as to declare that Trump is obviously "God's guy" in this election. As such, it came as no surprise to hear Barton tell caller after caller last night that Christians must vote for Trump and will have to answer to God if they don't. 

Barton said that Christians who refuse to support Trump are just looking for "excuses" and would probably have refused to vote for biblical leaders like King David because he was a murderer and adulterer or Noah because "he had trouble with drunkenness" or Lot, who slept with his own daughter.

Christians who won't vote for Trump, Barton said, need to realize that "maybe God's got a different standard than what we do. Maybe at a national leadership level, there are people who do good things for the nation who have character flaws ... What God calls great leaders wouldn't fit your litmus test, but maybe you need to catch up with where God is rather than expecting God to catch up with where you are."

"Voting is not a right, it is a responsibility," Barton said. "God wants you to be locked in that room with a ballot box and don't come out until you vote. And if you have that approach, then you're going to have to find the best you can of what is there and vote for it."

"We will stand before God one day and answer for everything we've said and thought and done," he continued. "[God will say,] 'I gave you your country, what did you do that with?' 'Well, I didn't do anything because I didn't like any of the candidates.' Really? You think God is going to buy that? In Matthew 25 and Luke 19, the guy who was given something to do and didn't do anything with it, he's the one who got in trouble with the master. He's going to say, 'I gave you a vote. What did you do with that vote I gave you?' 'Well, I couldn't use it for anybody.' And again, we're back to Matthew 25 and Luke 19 where Jesus turned to him and said, 'Wait a minute, you didn't do anything with what I gave you, at all?' And that is the one who got thrown into outer darkness."

"That mentality that this is my choice is the wrong choice," Barton said. "It should be this is my accountability; I will account to God and I have to vote because He put that ballot in my hand and I'm going to have to account to Him for what I did with it. And I can't use the false standard of I have to have somebody perfect because there is nobody perfect except for Jesus and, by the way, when He was on earth, they didn't think He was perfect; we only think He's perfect now. Back then, they called him a winebibber and a glutton; he had all sorts of campaign ads run against him. So nobody is going to fit the criteria, so let's get God's mind on this thing instead of finding excuses ... [because] you will answer to God for what you do with that ballot and what you do with this country."

Share this page: Facebook Twitter Digg SU Digg Delicious