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Right Wing Round-Up - 12/30/14

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 12/30/14

  • Glenn Beck is readying a new program called "The Root" which will expose what is really going on behind today's biggest stories. The first episode will explain the "real reasons behind Putin and Russia’s geopolitical maneuvers."
  • The Harry Potter series is pro-gay, so conservative Christians beware!
  • Nearly 30 percent of the new teachers hired by Lynchburg city schools are graduates of Liberty University.
  • Matt Barber says gay marriage is "evil" and he is willing to lead the fight against "homofascism."
  • Laurie Cardoza-Moore's documentary on Israel has been nominated for an "Emmy." Of course, OneNewsNow never bothers to explain that is it just a local Emmy.
  • Kansas will keep its "dual track" voting system, at least for now.
  • Finally, Scott Lively says the attacks on Bill Cosby are part of a plot to "manipulate Whites into giving up on Blacks."

A Banner Year For David Barton: From Pseudo-Historian To Time Traveler

2014 was another banner year for David Barton, who once again managed to continue to spread his particular brand of Christian America pseudo-history and patently absurd statements around the world while somehow maintaining his reputation as a well-respected Religious Right activist and speaker.

Seemingly no amount of nonsense from Barton can diminish his standing among conservative Christian activists, so it was not particularly surprising to see him spend 2014 spreading misinformation and shoddy history without consequence.

Barton's quasi-theocractic political philosophy was at work throughout the year as he tried to argue that the Bible was the basis of our Constitution and warned Christians that not voting is evil because America's prosperity depends upon electing senators who will confirm godly judges.

Failure to do so, he warned, causes the entire nation to suffer.

Ungodly leaders like President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Barton said, are incapable of fighting terrorism because they have no moral compass. Even worse, their failure to adequately support Israel will result in God striking America with natural disasters.

After rejecting an effort to draft him to run for the U.S. Senate, Barton amazingly had no qualms about lecturing everyone else that refusing to run for office when asked is "pure selfishness." We can only guess what sort of legislation Sen. Barton would have proposed, given that he has repeatedly argued that the Bible should be the foundation of public education (which could go a long way toward explaining why Barton himself is apparently so bad at math.)

In addition to asserting that the Founding Fathers did not allow women to vote in order to "keep the family together," Barton also argued that Christians in America "have an inalienable right to marriage to be a man and a woman and no other combination."

Barton also praised Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" for being "quite graphic" when making controversial anti-gay statements because, in doing so, he made homosexuality seem "very repugnant, which is what it should be."

Predictably, Barton was once again a reliable source of a variety of laughably absurd assertions this year, such as the claim that families on welfare receive $61,000 a year in government benefits and his declaration that America must have "a biblical view on computer programming." But those pale in comparison to Barton's ridiculous claim that the Founding Fathers were well-versed in the theory of evolution and openly rejected it because it had really been established in 500 B.C.

Perhaps the most amazing feat Barton managed to pull of in 2014 was the invention of time travel, because that seems to be the only possible way in which he could manage to speak to more than 600 groups every year while also working fourteen hours a day on his ranch.

2014: The Year In Glenn Beck

Like last year, 2014 gave us another cavalcade of bold proclamations, failed predictions, bizarre conspiracy theories, and all-around craziness from Glenn Beck.

After starting off the year by declaring that he, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh would be hosting a massive pre-election "conservative summit" that never materialized, Beck spent a good bit of time patting himself on the back for supposedly being opposed to bigoted anti-gay laws being passed in Russia, while simultaneously aligning himself with bigoted anti-gay activists in America, including many who openly supported the very laws that Beck claimed to oppose.

But Beck couldn't be bothered to worry about that bit of hypocrisy when he was busy facing off against demonic powers that were trying to keep his network off television, probably because the network is being led by God, who had big plans and "absolute miracles" lined up for Beck this year.

As the year went on, Beck began to fancy himself as something of a prophet who had been sent by God to issue all sorts of dire warnings that were now all coming true. America has become engaged in full-fledged demon worship, he warned, and now Christians and God are under attack and the nation is just begging to be destroyed. Obviously, the Bible was the only possible solution and should serve as the foundation of our politics and our education system.

If the nation did not finally start listening to him, Beck warned, America was doomed.

Oddly, 2014 was also the year in which Beck openly soured on America, declaring that this nation is "the stink on the crap pile" and asserting that it has become a badge of "eternal dishonor" to be an American. At one point, Beck even threatened to burn an American flag because our society has gone completely insane and become a danger to the entire world.

One of the main reasons why America had become so terrible was because President Obama is a sociopath and a dictator who has been fomenting revolution and was on the verge of rounding up conservatives and sticking them in internment camps. Pretty soon, he warned, revolutionaries would begin pulling people from their cars and executing them in the streets.

And these sorts of warnings should obviously be taken seriously, because Beck has the ability to see the future, about two years ahead of everyone else.

None of these sorts of things would happen if Beck were president, he assured his audience, because he would be able to fix the problems in the Department of Veterans Affairs in an hour and would defeat ISIS by dropping a fuel air bomb on them and pounding the Middle East into glass.

Predictably, Beck was also a constant source of bizarre conspiracy theories and dire warnings, such as his theory that the missing Malaysian airplane had been hijacked for use in a terrorist attack against America and his warning that immigrants crossing the southern border would lead to an Israeli/Palestinian-type of conflict in the U.S.

In addition to delivering a few of his trademark incoherent messages, Beck also found time to praise parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated, accuse the Associated Press of "raping" Bill Cosby, liken the U.S. government to Nazi Germany and warn that America is headed toward mass starvation.

After predicting that the Ebola virus would become airborne and be brought into the United States by Nigerian prison workers, Beck then spent a week in October completely freaking out after a handful of American healthcare workers contracted the disease, warning that it could spell the end for this nation and telling his audience not the listen to anything the government says. Instead, Beck called upon millions of Americans to march on Washington demanding a ban on travel from West African nations, screaming that failure to do so was "literally going to be the death of us all."

Perhaps the biggest story of the year was Beck's revelation that for several years he had been suffering from a variety of mysterious ailments that nearly ended his career, but somehow instead merely convinced him to re-focus his energies on becoming the Walt Disney of Jesus movies.

All the while, hanging over Beck's head has been a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing whom Beck repeatedly asserted was actually an al Qaeda operative responsible for orchestrating the attack. Beck's lawyers tried to get the case dismissed, but their novel legal arguments failed to persuade the judge, who has allowed the suit to move forward.

Rather fittingly, Beck closed out the year with a special television program in which he sent a dire message from forty years in the dystopian future, recounting how 2014 was the year in which "we all went dead inside" and the entire world began to completely fall apart:

Klingenschmitt Praises Fayetteville For Repealing Non-Discrimination Ordinance By Voting 'Against The Devil'

Earlier this month, residents in Fayetteville, Arkansas, voted to repeal a non-discrimination ordinance that anti-gay activists claimed would have allowed male sex offenders to use women's restrooms. Now, Gordon Klingenschmitt is predictably elated that Christians in the city stood up and voted "against the Devil."

Klingenschmitt praised the vote on a recent "Pray In Jesus Name" program, saying that the ordinance was the result of a demonic spirit of anti-Christian persecution that seek to force Christians to "fork over their children" so they can be indoctrinated into sin.

But fortunately, Klingenschmitt said, Christians in Fayetteville "took a stand ... and voted 52-48 against the Devil" by repealing the non-discrimination ordinance:

Barber: Non-Discrimination Policies Are Discriminatory Against Christians

After refusing to comply with San Jose State University’s non-discrimination policy earlier this year, the school’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter lost its status as an officially recognized campus organization and Matt Barber is outraged, fuming on a recent "Faith and Freedom" radio program that Christians are becoming open targets for discrimination all over America.

As Barber sees it, not allowing Christians to discriminate against gays is itself discrimination against Christians.

"It's an excuse to discriminate against Christians," Barber said of such non-discrimination policies, "that's all it is and it's stupid. It's just plain stupid. Imagine going to the African American organization on your campus and saying that you have to allow an open, avowed white supremacist as the leader of this African American organization, maybe a student branch of the NAACP. That is no different than what we are talking about here, but because it's Christians, and this is the truth, really the last group here in the United States that is fair game, that is an open target for discrimination such as this are Christians":

Right Wing Round-Up - 12/23/14

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 12/23/14

  • Gov. Bobby Jindal is inviting pastors to attend his "The Response" prayer rally by telling them that "the time has come for pastors to lead the way and reset the course of American governance."
  • The IRS investigation carried out by House Republicans did not find any link to the White House.
  • In a long and rambling Facebook post, Glenn Beck lays out his theory that The Hobbits are a lot like Americans ... or something.
  • A Canadian judge has found Peter LaBarbera not guilty of "mischief" after he was arrested there earlier this year.
  • Don Boys says Christians are under attack from "heathens, homosexuals, and humanists."
  • Finally, Mike Huckabee is apparently set to be a guest on Jim Bakker's television program early next year.

Barton: The Founding Fathers Opposed The Theory Of Evolution, Which Was Established In 500 B.C.

Back in October, David Barton spoke at First Christian Church in Kernersville, North Carolina, during which he doubled down on his infamous claim that the Founding Fathers opposed the teaching of evolution, despite the fact that Charles Darwin didn't even come up with the theory until several decades after America was founded.

How is this possible, you ask?

Well, according to Barton, the theory of evolution was established way back in 500 B.C. and so the Founding Fathers knew all about it nearly a century before Darwin wrote his book.

As Barton explained, the Founding Fathers took positions on everything from the legality of abortion to gays in the military long before those topics became contentious culture war issues in the Twentieth Century. And since the Bible says that "there is nothing new under the sun," it stands to reason that the Founding Fathers also opposed evolution.

"Did you know the Founding Fathers had extensive writings on the problems with evolution and why creationism was right?" Barton asked. "You think evolution came in with Darwin? No, no, no. Everything Darwin argued had been established 500 years B.C. All Darwin did was take all the evolutionary thought that was out there and put it in one book to make it really easy to read. That wasn't original thinking by Darwin. It was there by 500 B.C. That's why the Founding Fathers had huge writings on evolution and creation":

Camenker: Gay Student Clubs Love To Recruit 'Kids From Christian Backgrounds'

Gordon Klingenschmitt recently interviewed Brian Camenker of the anti-gay group MassResistance on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program where the two men warned that LGBT-themed clubs in public schools are bent on recruiting "vulnerable" Christian students.

When Klingenschmitt asked Camenker if there is an effort afoot in Massachusetts public schools to use taxpayer dollars "to recruit the children of Christians" into homosexuality, Camenker assured him that there certainly is.

"I have seen over the years, a movement of, in general, where you have kids who are very vulnerable, maybe having troubles at home, maybe having their own issues and the gay clubs will say 'the reason you're not fitting in is because you're really gay,'" Camenker said. "And they will take them under their wing and they will persuade them to come out because this is who you really are. And pretty soon these kids are getting involved in these really horrible behaviors, horrible things at the meetings. We've seen it up close and we've seen the anxiety that the parents go through when their kids are suddenly taken over by this."

"Yes, they love getting kids from Christian backgrounds," he continued. "That seems to be something that they particularly enjoy to do":

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