Franklin Graham has announced that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will pull its accounts from Wells Fargo because the bank ran an ad featuring a lesbian couple.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio warns that "there’s a push afoot nationally to sign up more Hispanics to be able to vote. But you have to be careful now [because] if you legalize these guys, these people, they are going to vote."
Larry Tomczak frets that the ABC Family program "Becoming Us" is being used "to further pervert the lives of our children and grandchildren."
Gov. Scott Walker says that he would support an effort to amend the constitution if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage.
Finally, Scott Lively has some thoughts: "Bruce 'Caitlyn' Jenner is no more an actual woman than Star Trek’s Michael Dorn is an actual Klingon."
All last week, Glenn Beck promised that he would make a major announcement on Monday morning about some new campaign, saying "I believe my entire life has led to this point."
This morning, Beck made that announcement but, in typical Beck fashion, he first spent nearly an hour and a half delivering a long-winded and self-aggrandizing monologue full of references to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King and passages of Scripture as he railed about how America has gone completely off the rails, fuming that this nation only cares about things like Caitlyn Jenner, abortion rights, and transableism at a time when Christians are being slaughtered by ISIS in the Middle East.
"We are no longer a country that I recognize," he said. "We are no longer a people that I recognize. We are no longer a nation in which I care to call myself a member of. We've become a place where our citizenship is more of an indictment than an honor ... We are a country that has not only lost its way, but history will show that we have lost our ever-loving minds."
Eventually, Beck finally got around to announcing a new "Never Again Is Now" campaign to raise awareness of the crisis in the Middle East and a relief effort organized by his Mercury One charity to provide supplies and aid to those displaced and threatened by ISIS.
But there is more to the effort than simply providing relief to the victims of ISIS, as Beck is personally launching a speaking tour of churches in order to wake up Americans to the threat posed by things like gay marriage and to train them to carry out boycotts, civil disobedience, and nonviolent resistance ... and just like Martin Luther King, Beck will be kicking this effort off in Birmingham, Alabama.
"If you think there is trouble now, what happens when the Supreme Court decides to say that homosexual marriage is the law of the land?" Beck asked. "Will this administration then force our churches to comply? Will you be forced to violate your own faith? We must together wake the most powerful force on earth: the people of God."
"I'm going to begin," he continued, "where Martin Luther King began. On 8/28, I'm going to be in Birmingham, Alabama in a church just down the street from where Martin Luther King began his historic stand against Bull Connor ... We are going to begin to gather like-minded people and we are going to begin to train ourselves for non-violent resistance and civil disobedience. We're going to begin to train ourselves for boycotts and sit-ins. We're going to do all of the things that we thought were too radical or too hippy-like to do because we have to understand that we are now David and Goliath has all of the power. But we all know how that story ends."
Frankly, we are surprised that Beck has the time for this new effort since we assumed that he must still be hard at work building the $2 billion "Independence Park" libertarian utopia that he promised us over two years ago.
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Janet Mefferd was entirely unimpressed with Megyn Kelly's softball interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
Ryan Bomberger declares that "the gay rights flag is dripping with the blood of the unborn."
Gee, who ever would have guessed that Ben Carson's presidential campaign would collapse into chaos?
Jennifer LeClaire warns that the new television show "Lucifer" is a "demonic forerunner" to the rise of the Antichrist, designed to "[prepare] the way for Satan himself with deceiving agendas that target the confused, hurt and lost."
Burt Prelutsky says that Obama shares "the instincts of Stalin, Hitler, Franco, Mao, Castro and Mussolini, but, fortunately, he lacks their power to kill dissidents or even have them exiled to Siberian gulags. The most he can do is sic the IRS on them, which is contemptible, but not fatal."
Finally, Monica Cole of OneMillionMoms brags of getting the television show "Black Jesus" cancelled, which must come as news to Cartoon Network, which renewed in back in December.
Next week, Religious Right activist Jim Garlow will be hosting a four day conference at his California megachurch called the "Future Conference: What You Thought Was Coming ... Is Here Now." That sort of a dire warning perfectly matches up with what Glenn Beck has been saying for the last several months, so naturally Beck invited Garlow on to his radio program yesterday to promote the event.
Garlow's conference is coming at the perfect time, Beck said, because society is about to collapse and America needs passionate pastors who are willing to give up their lives if necessary in the fight against the coming persecution of Christians. Fortunately, the Black Robe Regiment that he and David Barton established a few years back has managed to cobble together at least 10,000 pastors who are willing to do just that.
"The number in the Black Robe Regiment is about 70,000 now," Beck said. "The number that I think will walk through a wall of fire, you know, and possible death, is anywhere between 17,000 and 10,000. That is an extraordinary number of people that are willing to lay it all down on the table and willing to go to jail or go to death because they serve God and not man."
Garlow was in complete agreement, saying that the necessity of being willing to die is "honestly where we are."
"We've come to that moment," he said. "People like you and me and, thank God, many others are digging in very deeply and laying the benchmark of where we're going to stand on these issues."
"You're going to see these 10,000 to 20,000 pastors begin to stand up," Beck promised, "and say 'it doesn't matter if I lose my church, it doesn't matter if I lose my building, it doesn't matter if I lose my life, I will not sit down!'"
Matt Barber is predictably unhappy that the residents of Ireland overwhelmingly voted to legalize gay in their country, declaring on Liberty Counsel's "Faith and Freedom" radio program today that Ireland is now in rebellion against God and has succumbed to the "cancer" that will ultimately destroy western civilization.
"What we saw happen in Ireland was clearly a mass rebellion against God's design, clear design, millennia-old design for the institution of marriage," he said. "As history has shown over and over again, any society that abandons monogamous man-woman marriage as a central aspect of that culture and embraces sexual relativism as they have now done in Ireland, that culture and that society is not long for the world."
Barber went on to say that not only has this vote brought "great shame and great embarrassment on the Irish people," but it also signals that the cancer of moral relativism is sweeping across western civilization.
"I don't know how much longer we can expect [to survive]," he said. "Certainly, this novelty of so-called gay marriage is going to be one of the primary, I believe, drawbacks that end up potentially leading to the end of western civilization as we certainly know it now, at least."
Rest assured that the National Organization for Marriage has a plan in place "in the event the court rules against us, illegitimately deciding that defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman is somehow unconstitutional."
Rick Perry has become the latest Republican to announce that he is seeking the 2016 presidential nomination.
Ted Baehr is not supportive of Caitlyn Jenner's transition: "Bruce is clearly suffering from the delusion that 'changing' one’s sex will make one happier. This is akin to the alcoholic thinking that one more drink will help get him through the day, the drug addict thinking that one more drop of acid will make him feel better, or the adulterer thinking that leaving his wife for his mistress will make his life much better."
FRC prays for a desperately needed "spiritual awakening and moral renewal" in America.
Finally, Jan Markell says that "somebody has to pave the way for the anti-Christ, and I believe Barack Obama is doing that."
It is obvious that Glenn Beck lives in a very isolated bubble and that if certain information and/or events do not happen to penetrate that bubble, then he is confident that such information and/or events do not exist.
This was perfectly demonstrated on his radio program today when he and his co-hosts had a discussion about Caitlyn Jenner's gender transition and Beck absurdly proclaimed that nobody thinks it is a big deal and even conservatives have no problem with it.
"I wish you happiness," Beck said. "I don't hate Bruce or Caitlyn and I don't know anybody who does. What's so striking here is, if you're a liberal, you would expect there to be a massive outrage, especially since he came out and said he was conservative ... Have you heard any push back from any conservative? You didn't hear any of that."
This is laughable, especially since we have written several posts in just the last few days of Religious Right activists doing just that.
Bryan Fischer said Jenner's transition is a sign that America is "morally corrupt" and on the verge of destruction, while Alex McFarland has called it "demonic" and Sandy Rios said it was "a human tragedy." Michael Savage said that Jenner belongs in a straitjacket, and Beck's good friend Ted Nugent said that Jenner was mentally ill and a "Bizzarro World Planet of the Apes over the cuckoos nest clockwork dayglo orange Mad Magazine spoof on life."