Kyle Mantyla's blog

Glenn Beck Says $400 Million Payment To Iran Is 'Much Worse' Than The Iran-Contra Scandal

Like so many other uninformed right-wing commentators, Glenn Beck is predictably outraged by a report that the United States sent $400 million in cash to Iran earlier this year, declaring on his radio program today that this transfer is "much worse" than the Iran-Contra scandal and that President Obama and Hillary Clinton will now have blood on their hands if any of that money is used to finance terrorist operations.

As we noted yesterday, this transfer was announced by the State Department back in January and openly reported on at the time and stemmed from the settlement of a dispute between the U.S. and Iran over undelivered weapons dating back to 1979. But conservative commentators don't care about the basic facts of the matter and are, instead, falsely claiming that the transfer was a ransom paid by the U.S. for the release of several American hostages being held by Iran.

Beck is convinced that this payment was made in cash so as to make it "untraceable" so that it can be used by Iran to finance Islamic terrorism around the world, thereby making it far worse than the Iran-Contra scandal.

Iran-Contra may have been illegal, Beck said, but it was carried out to further American interests and was therefore "a very pro-American thing to do," whereas "this is the president breaking the law, giving our tax dollars, $400 million in cash, to a terrorist state."

"Terrorism that is sponsored by Iran will be on the hands of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton because they're paying for it," Beck declared, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Clinton left the State Department back in 2013, three years before this payment was made. "Any time there is a terrorist you can trace back to Iran who is walking around with money in his pocket, you can thank Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Period!"

President Trump? President Clinton? Either One Ends With Glenn Beck In Jail

On Tuesday night, Glenn Beck appeared on "Tomi," the nightly political commentary program hosted by Tomi Lahren that airs on Beck's The Blaze network, to promote his latest book, which is rather ironically titled "Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control." 

During the discussion, Beck asserted that it doesn't really matter, at least for him, whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton gets elected in November because he'll wind up in jail under either one.

Under a Clinton presidency, Beck said, "I think we're looking at Argentina, I think we're looking at Evita," while under a Trump presidency, "we're looking at Mussolini."

America is facing the choice between a fascist dictator with Trump or a communist one with Clinton, Beck said he told his daughters recently, and "either one of those end with dad in jail."

Sam Rohrer: Having Women In Positions Of Political Leadership Is A 'Mark Of Judgment' Upon A Nation

Earlier this week, the American Pastors Network dedicated its daily "Stand in the Gap" radio program to discussing the question of whether it is "biblical to have women in positions of government," during which APN board member Gary Dull argued that women should not be elected to such positions because it is "very clear in the scripture that a woman should not be in authority over men."

Yesterday, APN president Sam Rohrer appeared on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program to discuss the issue, where he provided a more "enlightened" answer to this question by insisting that while it's not necessarily unbiblical for women to hold positions of political authority, it is a sign that a society is under God's judgment. 

Like Dull, Rohrer cited a verse from Isaiah 3 declaring that "youths oppress my people, women rule over them" when a nation is under judgment to assert that having women in leadership positions is "a mark of judgment" upon a nation.

"It was a mark of the lack of male leadership in positions to which God had called them," he said. "They rejected who God was, they departed, walking away from him — and I think we can draw the parallels to our country, obviously ... When that happens, [leaders] become tyrants or oppressors and God said, 'And women shall be rulers over you.' And that's where a lot of the context comes from, that that's an anathema." 

"God does raise up women," Rohrer said, "there is no question about it, but the real condemnation is not the women in office, the condemnation is the disregard and the absolute inability for male leadership to perform as God intended it and I believe that that's the application for us now."

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/3/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/3/16

  • Back in April, NOM vowed to defeat three Missouri Republican lawmakers who refused to support legislation that would have sanctioned anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of "religious liberty." Last night, one of those three Republicans was defeated in the GOP primary and NOM is taking credit.
  • Newsweek reports that "for all [Donald Trump's] boasting of his acumen and flaunting of his wealth, the self-proclaimed billionaire has often been a lousy businessman."
  • Don Boys longs for a politician who will declare "as to homosexuals, I promise to never call them 'gays' but homosexuals, perverts, or sodomites. That is not hatred but good, standard English. Those terms provide a perfect understanding of the point of discussion and do not bow to the political and incorrect use of 'gay.' Whoever first called homosexuals 'gay' either did not understand what “gay” meant or did not know anything about homosexuality."
  • David Whitney says that Democrats are "so devoted to this Satanic vision they intend to force every nation in the world to comply with it through the means of bribery of those other governments with U.S. Foreign aid and Foreign policy to promote sodomy."
  • Finally, a proclamation from John Piper: "The supernatural monster who orchestrates the kidnapping, enslaving, and thousand-fold drugging, selling, raping, and killing of girls around the globe is the same one who has masterminded the murderous cultural delusion — from the highest court to the lowest porn-flick — that the practice of sodomy is delightful, not deadly."

Bryan Fischer: $400 Million Payment To Iran Is 'Our Sharia Compliant President Paying A Jizya Tax'

Conservative politicians and commentators are outraged today by a report that the United States sent $400 million in cash to Iran earlier this year on the day that Iran released four American hostages that it had been holding, falsely claiming that the payment was essentially a ransom paid to the Islamic republic.

In reality, the payment was part of a settlement over hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons that Iran had purchased from the U.S. prior to the overthrow of the Shah in 1979 but which were subsequently never delivered when diplomatic relations between the two nations were severed.

This was openly announced by the State Department back in January and even mentioned in news reports about the release of the hostages on the same day. 

But American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer obviously doesn't care about the simple truth of the matter and instead used it as an excuse to attack President Obama for supposedly paying a jizya submission tax to Iran on his radio show today.

"Basically, he's being Sharia compliant here," Fischer said. "Our president is a fan of the Islamic faith, he's a Muslim sympathizer and one of the doctrines of Islam is that if you are an infidel nation, you must pay a submission tax. It's called jizya ... What this is is a jizya tax. Our Sharia compliant president paying a jizya tax, a submission tax to an Islamic government."

Glenn Beck's Current Caliphate: Russia Is Trying To Collapse America And Foment Revolution

For the last week, Glenn Beck has been laying out his latest convoluted theory about what is "really" going on with the Russian hack and suspected leak of documents from the Democratic National Committee, which he summarized last night on Fox News by explaining that "Russia is trying to take down Hillary Clinton, destabilize our election and foment revolution on our streets."

On his radio program today, Beck begged his audience to heed his warning because he supposedly has an amazing record of making accurate predictions and he has the same feeling about this theory as he had about his warning of a coming caliphate.

"We have a pretty decent record on some pretty big things," Beck said. "I feel a growing sense that I — and I don't know if this is right yet, so take it with a grain of salt — but I'm beginning to believe that this is the same kind of ... I'm feeling the same way I did at the beginning the caliphate prediction, if you will, that it's the same kind of thing, that people are going to dismiss it and I need to warn you about this."

Russia is "trying to collapse" America "into revolution by going after Hillary Clinton, the DNC and our confidence in the election process," Beck warned. "Now we can either choose to pay attention to it and prepare and have hope in the future because we are not burying our heads in the sand or we can eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. It's our choice. This program is going to cover this in the coming weeks and months and we're going to be prepared for whatever might come out way, God forbid that it does."

Bryan Fischer Rewrites History Regarding His Feud With Mitt Romney

American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer has an amazing ability to "misremember" history, especially when doing so allows him to conveniently ignore his own well-documented record of unmitigated bigotry.

In the latest example, Fischer dedicated a portion of his radio program yesterday to promoting the upcoming Values Voter Summit, which ended with him recounting that the last time he spoke at the annual event back in 2011, he was denounced from the stage by Mitt Romney, who would go on to secure the Republican presidential nomination:

Our values ennoble the citizen, and they strengthen the nation. We should remember that decency and civility are values too. One of the speakers who will follow me today, has crossed that line I think. Poisonous language does not advance our cause. It has never softened a single heart nor changed a single mind. The blessings of faith carry the responsibility of civil and respectful debate. The task before us is to focus on the conservative beliefs and the values that unite us – let no agenda, narrow our vision or drive us apart.

In Fischer's retelling of the episode, he falsely claimed that Romney attacked him because he had criticized the Romney campaign for hiring a national security and foreign policy spokesman, Richard Grenell, who was openly gay:

In reality, Romney criticized Fischer because of his long history of unapologetic bigotry and not because of the Grenell incident, which didn't occur until months after Romney called him out from the stage. It was, in fact, because Fischer was so outraged by Romney's criticism of him that he waged his one-man war against Grenell in the first place, which ultimately resulted in Grenell resigning from the Romney campaign.

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/2/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/2/16

  • Some interesting insights into Glenn Beck's lawsuit against his own former CEO.
  • Laurie Higgins warns that efforts to protect the rights of transgender students mean "that eventually all restrooms, locker rooms, and showers will be co-ed."
  • The AFA's Walker Wildmon calls for an end to Muslim immigration and says that "if [Donald] Trump wins and we change our policy to spend the time and energy suspending immigration from countries we deem a significant risk, then we must be willing to monitor mosques." 
  • Bryan Fischer says that naming a Navy ship after Harvey Milk is building a "'Jerry Sandusky Stadium' at Penn State."
  • Finally, the AFA shares Fischer's outrage and has launched a petition urging activists to "contact your members of Congress now, urging them to get involved in stopping plans to name a United States military ship after known sexual predator and pedophile Harvey Milk."
Share this page: Facebook Twitter Digg SU Digg Delicious