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Frank Pavone: 'More Important' That Politicians Oppose Abortion Than Address 'Poverty, Immigration, War And Peace, Homelessness'

Father Frank Pavone, who heads the group Priests for Life, has been hard at work in radio interviews and event appearances trying to convince Catholic voters to overcome their qualms and support Donald Trump in the presidential election simply because he opposes abortion rights while Hillary Clinton supports them.

This has led Pavone to make some interesting leaps of logic, such as telling one radio caller who worried about Trump’s decidedly un-Catholic stances on issues like nuclear war and war crimes that a possible nuclear war under Trump was less of a concern than the definite continuation of legal abortion under Clinton.

Pavone confronted these issues again in an appearance on Tuesday on the Catholic radio network Relevant Radio, when host Drew Mariani asked him about Tim Kaine’s recent prediction that the Catholic Church will eventually change its position on marriage equality. (Mariani mistakenly said that Kaine also predicted that the Church will change its stance on abortion; Kaine, who is pro-choice, has long discussed his personal “faith-based opposition” to abortion.)

The Democratic vice presidential nominee, Pavone said, “represents a brand of thinking” among some Catholics who talk about social justice issues like “poverty, immigration, war and peace, homelessness, health care” when really abortion is “a more important and weighty issue than all these other issues” and it is “more important that someone be right on abortion than they be right on these other issues.”

In fact, he said, “you cannot be right on these other issues if you are wrong on abortion.”

It was such a disservice to the Church. I mean, he represents a brand of thinking, we find it in the Church, we even find it among some clergy, you know, talk about social justice but ignore the core of social justice, which is the right to life. You cannot be right on these other issues, whether it’s poverty, immigration, war and peace, homelessness, health care—let me make a very clear statement here: Not only is abortion a more important and weighty issue than all these other issues and not only is it more important that someone be right on abortion than they be right on these other issues, but I will say it this way, you cannot be right on these other issues if you are wrong on abortion.

And the reason is, to allow abortion is to allow an attack on what is the core, the heart, the foundation of all these other issues, this is the right to life. If I say a baby’s life can be taken, well then I’ve just said his health care can be taken and so can his education and his right to vote and his right to immigrate and his right to anything else, to be protected from terrorism. What does it mean to say the baby should be protected from terrorism if I can get the abortionist to go in there with forceps and chop his head off? I don’t understand. This is basic logic and the people like Tim Kaine who present themselves to us to lead this nation, not only are they contradicting Catholic faith, they’re contradiction reason and they’re contradiction the purpose of public service, which is to serve the public, not to kill the public.

Trump's Birther Lies Pile Up

Yesterday, after Donald Trump refused to tell The Washington Post whether he believes President Obama was born in the United States, his campaign released a statement ludicrously claiming that Hillary Clinton started the birther conspiracy theory and boasting that Trump "brought this ugly incident to its conclusion” by forcing Obama to release his long-form birth certificate in 2011.

“Having successfully obtained President Obama's birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States,” concluded the statement from Trump’s communications adviser Jason Miller.

Trump is now set to deliver remarks addressing the birther issue this morning, which we can expect will repeat some of these same lies.

Trump may pretend, as his campaign has insisted, that he gave up birtherism after Obama made his birth certificate public. That claim is easily disprovable.

As recently as January, Trump was fanning the flames of birtherism, answering a question from CNN on the president’s birthplace: "Who knows? Who cares right now? We're talking about something else, OK?”

“I mean, I have my own theory on Obama. Someday I'll write a book,” he added. “I'll do another book. It'll do very successfully.”

In 2014, Trump said: “Either it’s fine, or he was born in Kenya, or, in my opinion there’s a very good chance he was born here and said he was born in Kenya. Because if you were born in Kenya, you got into colleges and you got aid. Very simple.”

Then there was the time in 2013 when he insinuated on Twitter that the death of a Hawaii health official in a plane crash was related to a cover up of the facts surrounding Obama’s birth:

But even if Trump had given up birtherism in 2011, that still wouldn’t exonerate him from having been a key driver of the racist myth. Trump taking credit for bringing birtherism to its “conclusion” is like an arsonist wanting thanks for a fire he started.

As Brian wrote recently:

For years, Trump has suggested that President Obama fabricated his birth certificate in order to be eligible to run for president. As evidence of this, he has cited the work of Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “Israeli Science,” the conspiracy theory clearinghouse WorldNetDaily and an unnamed “extremely credible source.”

Trump has falsely claimed that the president spent millions of dollars “to keep this quiet” and wrongly suggested that the president’s grandmother confessed to witnessing his birth in Kenya.

“He cannot give a birth certificate,” he told radio host Laura Ingraham in 2011. He added: “He doesn’t have a birth certificate or, if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now somebody told me, and I have no idea whether this is bad for him or not but perhaps it would be, that where it says ‘religion’ it might have ‘Muslim,’ and if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion by the way, but somebody said, ‘Maybe that’s the reason he doesn’t want to show it.’ I don’t think so. I just don’t think he has a birth certificate and everybody has a birth certificate.”

As well as being a leading proponent of the racist birther conspiracy theory, Trump doesn’t seem to have met any conspiracy theory about Obama that he isn’t willing to entertain. He has speculated that Bill Ayers wrote Obama’s book “Dreams From My Father,” that Obama never attended Columbia University, that Obama is secretly Muslim, and that his wedding ring has an “Arabic inscription” on it.

Trump's New 'Pro-Life' Adviser Wants To Ban Abortion Without 'Abominable' Exceptions

Donald Trump announced today that he is forming a new “pro-life coalition” that will be led by Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List. Dannenfelser, who warned in January that Trump would not deliver on the anti-choice movement’s priorities of appointing like minded Supreme Court justices and defunding Planned Parenthood, has come around to Trump since he became the GOP nominee and began promising the anti-choice movement what it wanted.

Trump’s pick of Dannenfelser to head his campaign’s anti-abortion effort shows just how willing he is to hand his reproductive rights policy over to the anti-choice movement. Dannenfelser is a savvy political operative, but she has also been very clear about her ultimate goal: to criminalize abortion in America, without exception.

When the House passed a bill last year banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy with a narrow exception for rape and incest survivors, Dannenfelser said that the bill’s rape exception was “regrettable” and “intellectually dishonest,” saying that she’d like to see all abortions banned at “any stage” of pregnancy. In a press conference, Dannenfelser said that although her group supported the legislation, “the rape exception is abominable.”

Dannenfelser has also held a hard line against abortion-ban exemptions for women whose health is at risk, saying in 2012 that her group would not support a candidate who supported health exceptions.

While Dannenfelser’s ultimate goal is to ban abortion without exception, she has said that the best way to achieve that goal is for anti-choice politicians to avoid discussing those exceptions. After Rep. Todd Akin made his infamous “legitimate rape” comment in 2013, the SBA list started training GOP lawmakers to avoid discussing why they want to withhold abortion rights from rape survivors.

Asked in 2015 what she thought it would take for GOP leaders to fully embrace a no-exceptions abortion policy, Dannenfelser responded, “It’s going to take winning.” She cited anti-choice victories in the 2014 elections where “we had unapologetic pro-life people who didn’t talk about rape and incest.”

During the GOP presidential primary, she attacked Republican candidates who criticized their opponents for holding no-exceptions policies. Earlier this year, her group targeted an anti-choice GOP congresswoman who had delayed a vote on the 20-week bill because she was concerned about a police reporting requirement in its rape exception.

Dannenfelser is also a fierce opponent of Planned Parenthood, saying last year that shutting the women’s health provider down would “liberate” its employees, “whose hearts are so calloused over.”

Later in 2015, Dannenfelser mocked Planned Parenthood’s “gender-based, grievance-oriented politics,” saying that “real women who truly love what womanhood really is” should also be concerned about “equal rights” for men in health care.

“I love men!” she declared. “What about men’s health? I mean, do we have anything to say about men’s health and the particular health problems that men have? Do we ever talk about the ‘men’s gap’ when we’re moving into an election?”

Dannenfelser, however, has been trying to claim the mantle of feminism for the anti-choice movement. The Susan B. Anthony List is named after the suffragist pioneer; Dannenfelser declared last year that “abortion-centered feminism is dead.”

In January, Dannenfelser signed a letter along with other female anti-choice leaders urging GOP primary voters to “support anyone but Donald Trump.” The group claimed both that Trump couldn’t be “trusted” to back them on abortion policy and that they were “disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular.”

Now, it seems, Trump has made enough promises to the anti-choice movement that Dannenfelser is satisfied on the first count and willing to overlook the second.

Mat Staver: Legal Abortion Will 'Bring God's Wrath Down On A Nation'

At last weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the conservative legal group Liberty Counsel distributed a new booklet written by its founder and chairman, Mat Staver, titled “Planned Parenthood Exposed!”

Staver’s booklet is mostly a rehashing of the Planned Parenthood smear videos produced by David Daleiden last year, but it ends on a more apocalyptic note.

Noting that Daleiden based his project on a similar effort by anti-abortion activist Mark Crutcher, who, in the late 1990s, also tried to attack legal abortion with a flawed “investigation” of the practice of fetal tissue research, Staver writes that Daleiden has given America “one more chance” to “bring fetal tissue trafficking to a halt” and “ultimately, to end legal abortion in America.”

If the U.S. fails to take this opportunity to criminalize abortion, he writes, we will face the wrath and judgment of God, just as God cursed Cain after he murdered Abel:

Now, America gets one more chance to make that happen—and it’s crucial we keep pressure on politicians to bring fetal tissue trafficking to a halt. And, ultimately, to end legal abortion in America.

The stakes are enormous—for the unborn, for America and each one of us.

That’s because God is just and will act to avenge the lives of innocents taken by abortion. When Cain killed Abel, God told him, “The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground So now you are cursed from the earth” (Genesis 4:10-11). Just as Abel’s blood cried out to God for justice and brought a curse on Cain, the blood of more than 58 million precious unborn humans—the most innocent of victims—also cries out to God.

And just as God cursed Cain, so too His curse rests on our nation which protects the right of a mother and her doctor to end the life of her child. The shedding of innocent blood pollutes or defiles a land and will bring God’s wrath down on a nation, as it did ancient Israel

Likewise, the death of innocent preborn infants, their blood spilled (and harvested) in abortion facilities across America, invites God’s judgment on modern America. “The Lord hates…the shedding of innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17) and holds people accountable for what they do to protect the innocent from murder…

E.W. Jackson: NFL Players Protesting Because Obama Doesn't Love America

Bishop E.W. Jackson, a conservative activist and the 2013 GOP nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia, linked NFL players’ recent protests during the National Anthem to President Obama, saying yesterday that if we had “a black president who was willing to express sincere affection, honor, respect for the flag, for the national anthem, for our country,” the players wouldn’t be protesting.

“You know, I don’t want to draw too direct a line, but I think this is worth saying,” Jackson told radio host John Fredericks. “I think that if we had had for the last seven and a half years, a black president who was willing to express sincere affection, honor, respect for the flag, for the National Anthem, for our country, I think people like [Colin] Kaepernick would have been hard pressed to do what he is doing.”

Instead, Jackson said, Obama “goes abroad and criticizes our country” and “refused to wear the American flag lapel pin” during his 2008 campaign.

“Frankly, we really need a president who loves our country and is willing to give a full-throated expression of [it],” he said, “I think that would have damped down a lot of this nonsense, but right now it seems to be open season on America.”

Pat Boone: War On Christmas Causing God To Reject America

In a column for WorldNetDaily this week, entertainer and conservative activist Pat Boone declared that “America is abandoning God” and that, as a result, God is lifting “His hand of protection” from the nation, leading us to a presidential election “between two candidates no current majority wants.”

“He knows we’re headed toward financial ruin, escalating internal violence, loss of world leadership, moral corruption and eventual collapse of our government—unless we collectively call Him back into our national life!” Boone wrote.

Boone elaborated on his point in an interview with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg yesterday, saying that developments such as the “War on Christmas” and rulings against government-sponsored school prayer are causing God to “step aside.”

“First of all, we have to acknowledge that God has not abandoned us, we have abandoned Him,” Boone said. “We’ve allowed those in charge in various ways to take God’s name off of our buildings, to prevent even Christmas displays, even saying—they tried to prevent saying ‘Merry Christmas,’ as if that was an offense to somebody. And they won’t let school kids say prayer before the beginning of a school day, even a voluntary silent prayer, because that’s a recognition of religion or supposedly an establishment of religion. It is not!” (In reality, public school students are allowed to engage in voluntary individual prayer.)

“So we, if we allow this to happen, we shove God aside, He is a gentleman, He will step aside as he did with Israel,” Boone said.

He added that God is “waiting for us to call Him back in and if we do, then we can have an America again.”

Steve King Is A Walking Late Night Joke

On his program on Monday night, comedian Jimmy Fallon reacted to Hillary Clinton’s comment that a number of Trump supporters fall into a “basket of deplorables” by joking, “So, if you're keeping track, Trump supporters are deplorable, and Hillary supporters are deportable.”

Fallon’s “deportable” remark could have been a reference to Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King’s characterization of Michelle Obama’s guest at last year’s State of the Union Address as “a deportable.” 

King, however, did not see any criticism in Fallon’s joke and instead was thrilled when Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson played him a clip of Fallon’s monologue in an interview yesterday.

“Did I say that or did he say that?” King asked, to which Mickelson replied: "Fallon is stealing your lines now.”

“Well, that’s okay,” King said, “I’m happy if he can just repeat them over and over again. I recall making a statement that the first lady invited a deportable in to sit next to her during the president’s State of the Union address and I can’t think of any way to undermine the rule of law any more effectively than to do that.”

John Guandolo: CNN Journalists Are 'Enemies Of The State' And 'Shills For The Enemy'

John Guandolo, the disgraced former FBI agent turned anti-Muslim speaker, was not happy with CNN’s coverage of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, telling Virginia talk radio host Rob Schilling on Monday that the network’s coverage was dominated by “enemies of the state” and “shills for the enemy like Fareed Zakaria and others.”

“I noticed when I was kind of scanning through the channels,” he said, “I landed on CNN and listened and there they were talking about how anti-Muslim activity is up in America and Americans don’t understand Islam and we’re awesome and it’s our fault, you know, our handling of Iraq and Afghanistan has created ISIS and it was just, it was an absolute assault on the United States, quite frankly, by shills for the enemy like Fareed Zakaria and others on CNN. And these people are enemies of the state and it’s a propaganda war that we’re in.

“And it was disgusting to watch just speaker after speaker, and it was as if it was a chance for us to talk about how we need to be nicer to Islam and the Muslim community and not differentiating between the people in some cases and the fact that Islam is a totalitarian ideology.”

Guandolo also called on Americans to gain the “courage” to start “speaking the truth” about Islam, including confronting any pastor who teaches tolerance by kicking “his ass right out of church.”

“If 10 million Americans just started speaking the truth in their workplace, in their churches, when their pastors say things like, you know, ‘Everything’s okay, all behavior’s okay, Jesus said love each other and that means you tolerate all behavior,’ somebody ought to step up out of the pew, grab that guy by the ear and kick his ass right out of the church,” he said.

“Until we decide that we’re going to stand on principle and stand on truth, we’re going to continue to watch these things and this nation go down the tubes,” he added.

ACT For America Speaker Blasts 'Un-Jews' Who Disagree On Israel Policy

At a conference last week hosted by ACT for America, a conservative rabbi addressing the summit blasted what he called “un-Jews” who disagree with conservatives on U.S. policy in Israel.

After Rabbi Jon Hausman and evangelical pastor Jack Hibbs delivered presentations to the conference, an audience member asked Hausman: “Why does there seem to be so many so-called ‘self-hating Jews’ and why don’t they vote in Israel’s interests?”

“It’s an interesting phenomenon,” Hausman said, “one that my brother and I, we like to call them the ‘un-Jews.’ And I think it really stems from a lack of facility with traditional Jewish texts and traditional Jewish values, so they’ve replaced those values with the op-ed page of the New York Times.”

Pro-Trump Super PAC Teams Up With Birther For 'Super Trump' Time Square Billboard

A super PAC supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy, headed up by his longtime friend Roger Stone, is teaming up with a notorious anti-Obama conspiracy theorist to erect a digital billboard in Times Square showing the GOP presidential nominee as the superhero “Super Trump.”

WorldNetDaily’s chief birther correspondent, Jerome Corsi, reported over the weekend that Stone’s Committee to Restore America’s Greatness is bankrolling a Times Square run for a billboard designed by Joel Gilbert. Gilbert provides a preview on his YouTube channel:

Gilbert became a celebrity in the far right in 2012, when he released a film positing the alternative birther theory that President Obama was actually born in the United States but that his “real father” was labor activist Frank Marshall Davis, who raised him from birth to lead a communist takeover of America. Gilbert mailed his movie, “Dreams From My Real Father,” to voters in swing states but anecdotal evidence suggested that its lurid depictions of a woman who Gilbert falsely claimed was Obama’s mother turned off more voters than it won over.

Gilbert’s inability to swing the 2012 election with his groundbreaking journalism, however, did not stop him from continuing to build on the story by exposing the president’s nose job and his secret Muslim wedding ring.

Gilbert told Corsi that he was inspired to make his “Super Trump” design after watching Trump “jet around the country in his airplane” and that he thought the design would appeal to both millennials and older generations:

Gilbert explained he designed his image of the superhero because he could envision a large number of Millennials voting for Trump, and he wanted to appeal to a younger audience. But he also felt older Americans would appreciate the Superman takeoff because many who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s watched the television show in which Superman, played by actor George Reeves, fought for “Truth, justice, and the American way.”

The filmmaker created an accompanying poster, which Corsi reports “he expects could go viral on the Internet.”

According to Corsi, the billboard project is being funded by a donation from Bob Shillman of California, a board member of the David Horowitz Freedom Center:

“When I was a kid, Superman was my idol,” Shillman explained to WND. “The digital billboard concept was appropriate for Trump because Trump is bringing change to presidential politics, just like the digital billboard concept is innovative, bringing presidential politics into pop culture.”

Shillman also mentioned he liked debuting the “Super Trump” billboard in Times Square because New York City is Trump’s home base of operations.

“The billboard animation was designed to appeal to everyone who loves America and wants to see this country restored to its former greatness,” Shillman said. “I’m proud to have the opportunity to sponsor it.”

In a statement on the super PAC’s website, Stone explains: “Donald Trump will fight tirelessly for millions of people who are fed up with the weak, incompetent, and poor leadership from career politicians in both parties. Failed policies of both Bill and Hillary Clinton have brought America to the brink, it’s no surprise that a Herculean effort is needed to make America great again. Donald Trump is heroic enough for that task.”

According to the committee, the billboard will run from today through Friday in Times Square and along a highway in Florida.

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