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Ted Cruz Will Bring Unity To America By Uniting Republicans Against The Media

Speaking to a press gaggle earlier this month at a conference organized by radical pastor Kevin Swanson, Sen. Ted Cruz said that he is qualified to unite a divided nation because he united his fellow Republican presidential candidates against the moderators of a recent CNBC debate.

“You have been a champion of conservative values and issues,” an unidentified reporter asked Cruz in an exchange broadcast by Indiana Christian radio host Joyce Oglesby, who was at the conference. “What are you going to do to bring unity to a divided nation?”

“It’s a great question, and let’s talk about unity for a second,” Cruz responded. “How do you bring unity? You know, we saw a moment of unity last week in the debate when I called out the debate moderators. One of the great results that happened was you saw all the Republicans on stage come together and be united, standing behind that charge of the ridiculous bias, the dripping condescension, the assumption in each of those media questions that anyone who actually believes in the conservative principles that America was built on is somehow a blithering idiot. That unity was encouraging.”

Although Cruz did show great success in uniting his fellow candidates against debate moderators asking them hard questions, his attendance at a conference that ended with a call to execute unrepentant gay people may not have been the best way to show that he can bring Americans together.

Right-Wing Pundit: Obama Created Middle East Crisis In Order to 'Inundate This Country With Radicals'

Joe Miller, the one-time Republican nominee for Senate from Alaska who now hosts a right-wing radio program, invited pastor Carl Gallups to his program recently to discuss the war in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis, which Gallups said was all part of President Obama’s plan to bring “millions of Muslim refugees” to the U.S. in order to either allow Democrats to “stay in office forever” or to bring about a “Muslim overthrow of the United States.”

Miller asked Gallups if in fact “this was the plan all along, to create conflict in the Middle East, have a refugee crisis and inundate this country with radicals.”

Gallups recalled that Avi Lipkin, a conservative activist and the source of many right-wing conspiracy theories, told him when Obama was first running for office that “the Arabs are predicting that deep into Obama’s term in office that he will, quote, create a crisis in the Middle East, which will then create a surge in Islamic terrorism, which will create a Muslim refugee crisis.”

This, Gallups recalled Lipkin saying, would lead to “an influx of many millions of Muslim refugees into the United States, which “Muslims will use it as a Trojan horse vehicle for getting terrorists into an on American soil.”

Lipikin has also passed this theory to End Times radio host and conspiracy theory enthusiast Rick Wiles, who shared it on his radio program earlier this week.

Lipkin’s intelligence is so reliable that in 2012 he predicted that President Obama would “bring in 50 to 100 million” Muslims to America so that “America will be Muslim by 2016." So far, since the civil war in Syria began, the U.S. has taken in only about 2,000 Syrian refugees.

Later in the conversation, Miller and Gallups discussed what Obama’s motive might be for this grand conspiracy.

Miller asked why the U.S. wouldn’t demand that all Syrian refugees stay in Turkey — which is already housing at least 1.7 million refugees from the conflict — “unless you’ve got some sort of ulterior motive, in other words, maybe the Trojan horse or maybe some political motive.”

“I mean, the Democrats, the left, are always looking for some way to broaden their coalition,” he said, “and they’ve looked toward, you know, illegals before, now maybe they’re looking toward Muslims.”

Gallups replied that this political sheme is “a huge part of it,” but that there could be even more sinister motives.

“You can go pretty deep in this conspiracy theory if you want,” he said, “you could go all the way down to a Muslim overthrow of the United States ushered in by Muslim sympathizers, or you can just back it up a few notches and say what you just said, which we know for a fact, we’ve heard various political operatives admit they are attempting to use the broken border or the created broken border situation to bolster the rolls of the Democrat voters. They want to be able to stay in office forever in a, quote, legal way. It’s a drummed-up illegal legal way, but that is a plan, we know that. So certainly this feeds directly into that if, in fact, it’s not something even more sinister than that, Joe.”

HHS Challenger: Contraception Mandate Isn't Valid Because It Contradicts 'The Law Of God'

Alveda King, an official with Priests for Life, which is among the groups challenging the HHS contraception coverage mandate at the Supreme Court, declared today that the regulation the groups are challenging is not valid in the first place because it contradicts “the law of God.”

Priests for Life and its allies are challenging the mechanism allowing religiously affiliated nonprofits to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage mandate by informing the government that they will not provide such coverage to their employees. In other words, they are not required to provide health coverage for contraceptives, but are still claiming that their religious liberties are being violated because they have to file paperwork informing the government that they are opting out of the requirement, which allows the government to arrange coverage through a different mechanism.

Even the requirement that groups with religious objections to birth control file a form that might lead to a woman getting health coverage for contraception, King writes in a press release today, is not a valid law because “[i]n order for the laws of a nation to be valid, they must at the very least harmonize with, and not contradict, the law of God,” and the HHS mandate does not meet this requirement.

Understanding that the U. S. Supreme Court speaks and rules from a position of common law — human law, and operating under a measure of authority to govern, in America theirs is the highest rule of law that humans can make. Yet the rule of the SCOTUS is not the final word.

In the end, natural law, God's law will always trump common law. Do not fear or be confused or deceived. Remain prayerful. Keep looking up. God will have the final word in this matter.

As to the decisions before us regarding the HHS Mandate, in contrast to God's law, the civil laws and common laws of nations are not written on anyone's conscience or mind.

They are not written in the physical creation. Nor are they appended to the Bible. The civil laws of nations are only written in their own law books.

Consequently, the validity and force of such laws are based solely on national authority. There is no other supporting evidence or "witness" to testify for the validity of specific civil laws.

Consequently, in order for the civil laws of any nation to be authoritative, they must at least be supported by the testimony of another source and that they are consistent with God's delegation of authority to civil governments.

This is more thoroughly explained in Romans 13:

"Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God..."

In order for the laws of a nation to be valid, they must at the very least harmonize with, and not contradict, the law of God.

Unfortunately, for women, the HHS Mandate does not conform to this formula which is why I stand with Priests for Life in the complaint against the HHS Mandate.

Rep. Brian Babin: 'Mary And Jesus Didn’t Have Suicide Bomb Vests Strapped On Them'

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, has been a leading voice of efforts to restrict refugee resettlement in the U.S. and is the sponsor of a bill to defund the resettlement program, which has gained traction as many have scapegoated Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Brietbart News’ Stephen Bannon invited Babin on to his SiriusXM program on Tuesday to discuss these efforts to block refugees, where he asked the congressman to respond to people who might call anti-refugee activists “haters.”

“What they’re going to bring up over the holiday season is, ‘Mary and Joseph were refugees. Mary and Joseph when they went into Egypt were refugees,’” Bannon said.

“Well, Steve, I would just say this,” Babin responded. “Mary and Jesus didn’t have suicide bomb vests strapped on them, and these folks do. You can see it in technicolor in Paris.”

Rand Paul: Iraqi Refugees Moving To America Like If Founding Fathers Moved To England

Sen. Rand Paul came up with an interesting analogy in an attempt to argue against refugee resettlement yesterday, saying that Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement in the U.S. “when we won the war” is “sort of like us winning the revolution and our Founding Fathers decide to take political asylum in England.”

Paul, who has used the “we won the war” logic while discussing Iraqi refugees before, fought back against criticism of his legislation to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. in an interview with Breitbart News, saying it’s “ridiculous to say it has anything to do with hate” because “you’ll never meet someone who is more fair-minded than myself, who believes in individual rights of every individual no matter what their religion is.”

Paul recalled the arrest of two Iraqi refugees in Kentucky who were accused of sending weapons to Al Qaeda in Iraq, the sole case of terrorism charges among the 745,000 refugees admitted to the U.S. since the September 11 attacks. (None have been accused of planning domestic attacks). “My question at the time was why did we admit 60,000 Iraqi refugees when we won the war?” Paul asked. “I thought you got political asylum if you lost the war.”

“Here’s my point also is that if they were pro-Western, which many of them probably are, they would have been the best people to rebuild Iraq in a reasonable fashion,” the Kentucky Republican added. “It would be sort of like us winning the revolution and our Founding Fathers decide to take political asylum in England. You know, it just makes no sense at all.”

Among the many obvious faults with Paul’s analogy is that, as Think Progress has noted, “Many of the Iraqis seeking asylum are people who helped the United States military or contractors as translators and guides,” a somewhat different relationship than the American revolutionaries had with England.

GOP Candidates Really Don't Want To Talk About 'Kill The Gays' Conference

A couple of weeks ago, we reported extensively on a conference in Iowa organized by extremist pastor Kevin Swanson, at which three Republican presidential candidates joined Swanson on stage shortly before he went off on a series of rants about how the biblical punishment for homosexuality is death, Harry Potter is bringing God’s judgment on America, and how if your gay child gets married you should show up to the wedding covered in cow manure.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ran a segment on the conference, but other than that, as a number of commentators have noted, the media has been strangely silent on the Republican candidates’ participation in this event.

Today, Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu reports that she reached out to the campaigns of the three candidates, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal (who has since dropped out of the presidential race), and found them rather reluctant to talk about it.

A spokesperson for Huckabee, who at the event deflected a question about Swanson’s extremism, told Basu after viewing video of some of Swanson’s remarks that Huckabee “appreciated the opportunity” to speak at the conference. The Cruz and Jindal campaigns didn’t bother to reply at all. (Before the conference, Cruz had been asked about his participation by CNN’s Jake Tapper, but brushed off the question.)

Calls and emails seeking a reaction to Swanson's remarks by spokespeople for Cruz and Jindal (who suspended his campaign Tuesday) went unanswered. Huckabee’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart asked for documentation and was sent a video link. She responded the next day saying, "Gov. Huckabee appreciated the opportunity to speak with an audience in Iowa about the importance of standing up for our religious liberties."

Basu also reached out to The Family Leader, an influential Iowa conservative group that sponsored Swanson’s conference and will be hosting candidates for a “presidential family forum” later this week. A Family Leader spokesman at least went as far to say that the group doesn’t condone executing gay people, but didn’t comment on the wisdom of sponsoring Swanson’s conference:

Asked if Vander Plaats or the Family Leader condemn Swanson’s remarks, Drew Zahn, its director of communications wrote in an email: “The Family Leader absolutely condemns any call for violence against homosexuals. Our involvement with the conference was intended to advocate and preserve our First Amendment religious liberties and the rights of conscience for all Americans. The Family Leader consistently advocated the Bible's principle of treating others as you would be treated, a principle come to life in the friendship between TFL President Bob Vander Plaats and One Iowa's Donna Red Wing.”

But Zahn wouldn’t say whether the organization would express those views to Swanson, or would have withdrawn sponsorship from the program if they had known what he would say.

We really wonder how long Cruz and Huckabee will be able to continue to plead ignorance about Swanson’s extremism after being asked about it repeatedly.

Ben Stein: Maybe Obama Hates America Because He's 'Part Black'

In an interview with Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg yesterday, conservative pundit Ben Stein called President Obama a “bad joke” and a “very real danger” to America, speculating that the president may have a “strong hatred of America” because “he’s part black.”

“I think the question is why is he so angry at America?” Stein said. “I don’t think there’s much question that he does not wish America well. He has a real strong hatred of America. Is it because he’s part black? I don’t know. Is it because his father was mistreated by the British in Kenya? I don’t know.”

Tony Perkins: Refugee Resettlement Shows Obama & Liberals 'Hate America'

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said on his radio program last night that efforts to resettle some Syrian refugees in the U.S. show that President Obama and liberals “hate America” and that the “ideals of America” are “foreign to them.”

Perkins addressed the attempts by a number of governors to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states after a Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the terrorists who attacked Paris last week. (How the passport got there, and whether it is real, are still unclear.)

Perkins took a call from a listener who asserted that “Islamic people, I think, in general do not come here to enjoy the values of America” and instead immigrate to America for “ominous” reasons.

“I think we need to really start being serious about what are we going to do with our Muslims who are here now, never mind bringing more in,” the caller said.

Perkins agreed with the caller’s concerns, saying that while he believes in religious freedom, Christianity and Judaism are religions, “not a political, economic, judicial system, a military system as Islam is.” He cited statistics from a sham, unscientific online poll commissioned by the anti-Muslim group Center for Security Policy, which he claimed showed that the majority of American Muslims “want Sharia law.”

“Notice how Christian nations open their doors to everybody, how we’re welcoming to the hurting, to the poor, to the helpless?” Perkins said. “It’s those values that make us what we are. But it’s those values that are changed when you have no cogent immigration system, no means of controlling and assimilating people into the country so they become American and America doesn’t become something else.

“You see, the president and the left, they hate America. They deny the whole idea of American exceptionalism, the ideals of America. That’s foreign to them. They deny what makes us exceptional and so therefore they want to change it.”

Earlier in the program, Perkins declared that in allowing the resettlement of Syrian refugees, President Obama is bucking his oath of office. “The president has an obligation to protect Americans from all enemies foreign and domestic,” he said. “And we’ve seen time and time again where the governors are actually doing what the president should be doing. But the president has the orientation of a community organizer, not a president of the United States.”

He again defended the governors who are trying to block refugees, saying that President Obama “doesn’t care” if there’s a Paris-like attack on the U.S. because he's not up for reelection and is “doing everything he can to, I think, promote Islam in this country.”

Rick Wiles: 'Jihad Barry' Leading An 'Islamic Invasion Of America'

Yesterday, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, End Times radio host Rick Wiles returned to one of his favorite subjects, claiming that the Syrian refugee crisis is all part of “Jihad Barry” Obama’s plot to “lead an Islamic invasion of America.”

Wiles cited the words of Avi Lipkin, who has recently been spreading the rumor that there are ISIS plants in every church in America, saying that Lipkin told him as far back as 2011 that “Barack Obama was going to lead an Islamic invasion of America, that there was going to be chaos in the Middle East and it would be the cover to migrate millions of Muslims into the West.”

Wiles said that while, at the time, people “couldn’t imagine it,” recent events are bearing out Lipkin’s prediction.

“I’m telling you, this is what’s going on,” he said, “this mass migration is not an accident, it’s not the fruit of bad policy, it’s the fruit of deliberate policy. This is a man who is deliberately hitting beehives, going from tree to tree hitting a beehive with a baseball bat. He knows what he’s doing, and this is to create total confusion in the West. I’m talking about Barack Obama, this man is Jihad Barry. He is a jihadist.”

Although people might laugh now, he said, “I believe history will prove me to be right.”

Todd Starnes: Obama Would Rather See A US City Nuked 'Than Profile Someone Who Might Be A Terrorist'

Falsely suggesting that Syrian refugees are being admitted into the U.S. without being vetted, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes claimed today that the Obama administration “would rather have a nuclear bomb go off in an American city than profile someone who might be a terrorist.”

In an interview with St. Louis radio host Jamie Allman this morning, Starnes first claimed that Muslims hadn’t done enough to denounce 9/11 and the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and then absurdly claimed that the Obama administration “objects” to vetting refugees.

“I just think it’s prudent to take your time and vet these people coming into the country,” he said. “And the Obama administration objects to this, but the fact of the matter is it may be a moot point, Jamie, we just don’t know who’s been coming across our southern border and I suspect that we’ve got a lot of these folks just lurking and living among us.”

In reality, those applying for refugee resettlement in the U.S. go through a stringent vetting process that takes an average of two years to complete.

“Jamie, I honestly think that with this administration, the moral high ground, they would rather have a nuclear bomb go off in an American city than profile someone who might be a terrorist,” Starnes added. “I think they think in their minds, the moral high ground, that would be the moral high ground. It’s just really outrageous.”

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