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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/7/16

  • The American Family Association's Tim Wildmon says Mississippi's new anti-LGBT law was necessary because gay activists are "ruthless and can make your life a living hell if they zero in on you ... They are loud, obnoxious, rude, profane, demanding and intolerant of any opposing viewpoint. It’s all gay, all the time, or they will come after you, your family, and your job."
  • FRC prays that every state will pass similar anti-LGBT laws: "May pastors teach their flocks about the realities of the war being waged upon them. May they enlist Christian citizens to do their part to protect their children and grandchildren from becoming victims of SOGI laws. May every state legislature and Congress pass effective laws, replacing ineffective laws with ones that truly protect the religious liberty for all Americans. May pastors organize Culture Impact Teams to help their people defend their communities!"
  • Thanks to the Religious Right's relentless echo chamber, the Washington Times reports that "sixty-three percent of respondents in the LifeWay Research survey said they agree or strongly agree that Christians are facing growing levels of persecution, up from 50 percent in 2013." 
  • Jan Markell says that Sen. Al Franken is "one of these Jews who hates his own identity."
  • Finally, because Glenn Beck has no sense of self-awareness, he actually spent an entire segment on radio today mocking Alex Jones for spewing wild and unfounded conspiracy theories.

Wayne Allyn Root Explains Why Liberals On Welfare Are Responsible For All The Violence At Trump Rallies

There are few people in America who can match Donald Trump when it comes to shameless narcissism and self-promotion, but right-wing activist Wayne Allyn Root certainly shares many of those same traits, which is why it is not surprising that Root has been a vocal supporter of Trump's presidential campaign and has been tapped to speak at Trump campaign rallies.

Earlier this week, Root appeared on One America News to defend Trump amid the criticism he's been receiving for his various incoherent and contradictory stances on whether women should face "some form of punishment" for having abortions. Root dismissed the entire controversy on the grounds that abortion is not an important issue because it is settled law and the only thing that matters is jobs and the economy and that is all that Trump should be focusing on.

Eventually, the conversation turned toward the tendency for acts of violence to occur at Trump rallies, which Root blamed entirely upon liberals who are on welfare.

As Root explained, conservatives like him have jobs, homes and families to protect and so they would never act violently because they can't afford to be sued or go to jail. 

"But the liberal crowd," he stated, "they're all on welfare, they don't own a home, they rent, they don't own a business, they have nothing to protect. They get arrested, they're out tomorrow, they don't care. It's not the Right that's ever violent; that's an absolutely ludicrous storyline."

David Barton Says That Candidates Who 'Don't Respect The Bible' Won't Respect The Constitution

On his "WallBuilders Live" radio program yesterday, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton asserted that voters must employ a religious test when it comes to voting because how the presidential candidates "look at the Bible will tell you how they're going to look at the Constitution."

"If your religious faith is such that it doesn't connect you to God, you're not going to be good for the country," he stated. "How they look at the Bible will tell you how they're going to look at the Constitution. I'm not saying the Bible and the Constitution are the same thing, but I'm saying you have the same view toward authority, you have the same view toward there are absolutes, there are standards that should be followed and must be followed."

"The fervency with which someone follows their religious faith, a biblical faith, is nearly always a direct indicator of how well they will follow the Constitution," Barton claimed. "If they don't respect the Bible, they won't respect other firm, fixed documents like the Constitution, so we, as citizens, ought to engage in that type of personal religious test for our president."

Glenn Beck And Sam Rodriguez: Persecution Of Christians Is Coming Because America Is Engaged In Modern-Day Baal Worship

Last night, supposedly "moderate" evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez appeared on Glenn Beck's television show to promote his new book. During the conversation, Beck and Rodriguez agreed that full-scale persecution of Christians is coming to American because the country is now engaged in modern-day Baal worship.

"I think people think that I'm nuts," Beck said, "and they think that if you think this way, there's something wrong with you. But let me ask you this, have you spent any time serious time considering, gosh, the time period we're entering in, I may have to make the same kind of choices that [Dietrich] Bonhoeffer did?"

Rodriguez assured Beck that he's "not crazy" because "many Christians have had conversations" about this very topic.

"There's a great probability that in our lifetime," Rodriguez stated, "that we may have to be imprisoned and suffer great persecution, prosecution, as a result of our commitment to biblical truth, to Jesus, to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are there, my friend. That's not hyperbole."

The next election is vital, he continued, because "we may be voting in a Jezebel or an Ahab" who will force Christians "to sacrifice truth on the altar of Baal."

"If people would just look up Baal and Moloch from the Scriptures," Beck responded, "we are worshiping them right now, we just don't know it, just in a different way. You used to have to sacrifice your children; it was promoted to have sexual intercourse and if you got pregnant, you brought the baby to the altar and killed the baby. I mean, it's the same thing. It was worship the god of finance, the god of war and the god of the earth. I mean, we're there!"

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/6/16

  • John Fea @ Religion News Service: Why making the Bible Tennessee’s state book is a bad idea. 
  • Andy Cush @ Gawker: State Senator Emails AP English Teacher to Offer His Thoughts on Beloved (Too Many Breasts).
  • Andy Towle @ Towleroad: Wisconsin Elects Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley, Who Wrote ‘Homosexual Sex Kills’.
  • Kevin Drum: The Guy Behind the Planned Parenthood Sting Videos Is Now In Trouble With a Second State.
  • Allegra Kirkland @ TPM: Cruz: When I Attacked ‘New York Values,' I Meant The Liberal Ones.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/6/16

  • Donald Trump reacted with typical restraint and class following last night's loss in the Wisconsin Republican primary.
  • Family Watch International's Sharon Slater does not approve of sex-ed: "It's destructive. It's pornographic. It's designed to change all the sexual and gender norms of society by sexualizing children everywhere. It's probably one of the most insidious attacks on the health and innocence of children ever imagined."
  • Linda Harvey is not a fan of the Day of Silence: "Satan is laughing as he messes with the minds and bodies of our dear children. This event is a blatant exercise in mental, emotional, physical and spiritual molestation as our children become apologists for sodomy and gender confusion."
  • Rep. Dave Brat will be joining anti-gay activist E.W. Jackson for a "Pastors & Leaders Briefing Luncheon" tomorrow.
  • Finally, Gary Cass has released part two in his series on "Why Donald Trump Is Not A Christian":

Modern-Day MLK Glenn Beck Volunteers To Be Punched In The Face By Trump Supporters

Convinced that 2016 will see a repeat of the riots and assassinations of 1968 and that God has been preparing his audience for years for this moment to save America, Glenn Beck is now contemplating going to Cleveland for the Republican convention this summer, where he hopes to become this generation's Martin Luther King Jr. by allowing himself to be punched in the face by angry Donald Trump supporters.

Alarmed by longtime Trump ally Roger Stone's threat to disclose the hotel room numbers of any Republican delegates who try to "steal" the nomination from Trump at the convention, Beck declared on his radio program today that perhaps God has been preparing him and his audience to go to Cleveland and link arms around the hotels in order to protect the delegates by taking a beating.

"This may be what we have been preparing for," Beck stated. "This is maybe what I've been prepared for, this is maybe what I've been hearing, what I'm supposed to do and I haven't understood it ... I do believe that Martin Luther King was right; where there is good versus evil and it is side by side, Americans will always side with good." 

"This is about good versus evil," he said. "I'm wondering if we're supposed to go to Cleveland ourselves and I don't know yet what, ring those hotels, stand someplace arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder and be immovable and let them punch us in the face."

David Barton: Thomas Jefferson Would Have Agreed With Me On Everything

Right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton appeared on the "Hagee Hotline" yesterday to promote the new edition of his discredited book on Thomas Jefferson and revealed what issues Jefferson would care about if he were alive today and voting in the upcoming presidential election. Amazingly, they just so happen to be the same issues that Barton himself cares about!

"When you look at your leaders, you look at religious beliefs," Barton said. "And I don't mean theological beliefs, I mean where are you with God. Because Jefferson is very clear, it's written in stone on the Jefferson Memorial that the liberties of a nation are only secure as long as the people are convinced that those liberties come from God and that if you violate them, you will initiate God's wrath. That's Jefferson's own statement. So that's the first place; if you've got somebody who doesn't really include God in what they do, then you've got a problem."

Barton, who earlier this year openly stated that Jefferson would endorse Ted Cruz — which is pretty convenient considering that Barton is running a pro-Cruz super PAC — went on to claim that Jefferson would also be opposed to legal abortion, marriage equality, gay rights and even the income tax:

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/5/16

  • PFAW: Backgrounder: The Judicial Crisis Network: Behind The Group Spreading Misinformation About Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland.
  • Tasneem Nashrulla @ BuzzFeed: Impeachment Process Begins Against Alabama Governor Over Sex Scandal.
  • Michael Fitzgerald @ Towleroad: Linda Harvey Blames ‘Spiteful Lesbian Lawyers’ for Ruining Pro Sports.
  • Eric Hanaoki @ Media Matters: Trump Ally Roger Stone's Scrubbed Tweets: "Stupid Negro," "Fat Negro," "Muff-Diver," "Elitist C*nt," "DIE BITCH".
  • Rachel Ford @ Friendly Atheist: Samantha Bee Examines the Other Scary Religious Fanatics on Ted Cruz’s Campaign Team.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/5/16

  • David Lane says that Christians must not allow "secularists" to win the next election: "We must not wait around for them to place an additional three to four secularists on the U.S. Supreme Court; handing them a Hillary Clinton victory in November is political and cultural suicide."
  • Dennis Prager says that "the most profound thinkers in America are conservative."
  • Glenn Beck continues his feud with Sarah Palin.
  • Sandy Rios asserts that any Republican can beat Hillary Clinton in the general election because "she cannot even win among her own voters" in the Democratic primaries. Um, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump don't seem to be able to win among their own voters in the Republican primaries either.
  • Day Gardner says that if we don't elect Donald Trump "we will continue to spiral down into an abyss from which we will never recover."
  • Finally, Scott Lively has produced a helpful video explaining why homosexuality is so much worse than other sins:
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