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Coulter: College Loans Are Subsidy For Teaching Kids To Hate Republicans And White People

Ann Coulter is not a fan of President Obama’s plan to provide tuition-free community college, or of federal college loans in general. Coulter told Florida radio host Joyce Kaufman on Monday that such programs are just a “scam” to “subsidize the most left-wing industry in America, that spends its days indoctrinating kids to hate Republicans.”

“And to hate white people,” Kaufman added. “The whole white privilege thing that’s going on there is killing me.”

“Yeah, and they’re never called to account for it,” Coulter agreed.

In New Video, PFAW Calls Out RNC For Partnering With The American Family Association

People For the American Way released a new video today calling out the Republican National Committee for accepting an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel for several dozen of its members from the American Family Association, an organization with a long record of promoting bigotry against LGBT people and non-Christians.

The trip is being organized by David Lane, an influential Christian nationalist strategist.

Shortly before the RNC trip began, the AFA stripped its spokesman Bryan Fischer of his official title at the organization but retained him as a host on its radio network.

PFAW previously called on the RNC to cancel the trip, but it has moved forward.

Trent Franks: Withdrawal Of Abortion Ban 'One Of The Great Disappointments In My Life'

Last month, on the eve of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, House Republican leaders canceled a planned vote on a national 20-week abortion ban after Republican women and moderates objected to a provision that would have exempted rape survivors only if they filed a police report on their assault.

In an interview with Janet Parshall on Wednesday, the bill’s author, Rep. Trent Franks, said that the cancellation of the vote was “one of the great disappointments in my life.”

Pinning the change of plans on a “certain group within” the GOP, he lamented, “it’s always the water inside the ship that sinks it.”

Franks, who originally introduced the bill with no exceptions except to save the life of the pregnant woman,told Parshall that he objected to the rape exception in the first place because “none of us have any control over how we’re conceived.” He added that the reporting requirement shouldn't be a problem because after 20 weeks of pregnancy “most of the questions about sexual assault and all those other questions have been answered long before then.”

According to Eagle Forum, Franks told the group last year that "If I die and Roe v. Wade stands ... I will die a failure."

Earlier in the interview, Franks linked legal abortion in the U.S. with the brutal murder of a Jordanian pilot by the so-called Islamic State, saying, “Whether it’s the Jordanian pilot, whether it’s terrorism, all of the tragedies of the world, generally, are traced back to a lack of compassion for our fellow human beings, a lack of commitment to our fellow human beings.”

“If we don’t have the courage or the will as a country to protect the most innocent of all  children, these little pain-capable unborn babies — if we don’t have the courage to protect them, I am afraid that we will never have the courage or the will to protect any kind of liberty of any sort for this country or for anyone,” he said.

Janet Mefferd Slams Interfaith 'Garbage' At National Prayer Breakfast, Suggests Christians Stop Attending

Janet Mefferd was, unsurprisingly, not pleased with President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday, and suggested on her radio program last night that Christians should stop attending the interfaith event.

Mefferd wasn’t only perturbed by the president’s comments on Islam, but was also outraged at the presence of the Dalai Lama, all of which she said revealed “the fundamental problem with interfaith prayer breakfasts in general.”

After reading excerpts from Obama’s 2012 prayer breakfast speech in which he pointed out similarities in the teachings of some of the world’s major religions, Mefferd said she didn’t know why Christians in the audience didn't walk out because Obama’s interfaith “garbage” does nothing “to spare me from Hell.”

There you go. That is the fundamental problem, and this seems to me to be the fundamental problem with interfaith prayer breakfasts in general. You know what, God is not the God of civil religion, folks. I know that we have a long tradition in this country that was always assumed to be a Christian gathering. It was one thing when you have people who are maybe, you know, Presbyterians and Baptists and Lutherans coming together, that sort of thing. It’s a new ballgame now. Now it’s the Dalia Lama and the Muslim imam and these sorts of things. I don’t know how many Christians were there and who all made up the audience in this thing, but I don’t know why they’re sitting there. You can’t redeem this sort of stuff. You just can’t.

I don’t know how you can listen to this garbage. ‘Well, you know, all the major religions say love your neighbor.’ What does that do to spare me from Hell? What does that do? You know, I don’t really care about moral teachings of great philosophers from history because I’m concerned about where my soul is going to go when I’m dead.

Earlier in the program, Mefferd took calls from a number of listeners who suggested that President Obama is secretly Muslim, including one caller who cited a right-wing meme about President Obama praising the mosque of the man who beheaded a coworker in Oklahoma.

“This is the same man, Janet, who changed his U.S. name, Barry, to Barack Hussein Obama,” the caller added. “Do you not know, once you become a Muslim, you agree, all Muslims agree that Sharia law should be the law of the land? I am not surprised…this man keeps revealing who he is and whose side he really is.”

“Yeah,” Mefferd agreed, “it’s just so blatant.”

End-Times Fanatic Joel Rosenberg Speaks To RNC Members On AFA Israel Trip

As Rachel Maddow noted last night, the Republican National Committee is not eager to talk about the fact that 60 of its members are currently on an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel with Christian nationalist organizer David Lane that was funded by the American Family Association.

Lane and the AFA don’t only promote a Christian nationalist view of the U.S. government and push smears against those of other religions and fellow Christians who do not share their views, but the AFA has a troubling history of bigotry toward secular Jews in the U.S. and Israel.

So it should come as no surprise that Lane and the AFA invited Joel Rosenberg to speak to RNC members, considering that Rosenberg is an End Times alarmist who promotes the apocalyptic narrative that Jews in Israel must convert to Christianity to prepare for the second coming of Christ, and used to exult on his website that “Jews are turning to Jesus in record numbers, and they are getting excited about His Second Coming.”

Rosenberg tweeted on Wednesday that he had spoken with RNC members on the trip about his new book, “The Third Target”:

Rosenberg also tweeted photos of himself with some members of the RNC delegation, including former Puerto Rico Gov. Louis Fortuno and former Mitt Romney advisor Ron Kaufman:

Rosenberg specializes in linking natural disasters and other calamities to God’s displeasure with secularism and reproductive rights. He has said that Hurricane Sandy was part of God’s plan to “get our attention and call us to repent of our sins and turn back to faith in Jesus Christ and back to reading and obeying the Bible”; tied the Newtown school shooting to Jon Stewart and the so-called “War on Christmas”; and even claimed that God let the September 11, 2001, attacks to happen “to shake America, to get our attention, to wake us up.”

Rosenberg alsofrequently likens legal abortion in the United States to the atrocities of Nazi Germany, and says that it will bring about similar punishment from God:

Rosenberg is hardly a new friend of the Republican Party. Back in 2011, he led a delegation to Israel that included a number of GOP congressmen, including Rep. Louis Gohmert, who took the opportunity to give a copy of Rosenberg’s latest novel to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bob Vander Plaats Says His Warnings Of Parent-Child Marriage, Self-Marriage Are 'Starting To Come True'

In an interview with the Iowa Republican yesterday, Bob Vander Plaats of the Religious Right group The Family Leader said that all of his dire warnings about the consequences of marriage equality are “starting to come true.”

“A lot of the things that we said early on that people said were red herrings, that we’re just trying to scare people, they’re starting to come true,” he said. “A woman wants to marry herself, a dad wants to marry a daughter, three people out on the East Coast want to get married, polygamy laws are getting labeled as unconstitutional. So it’s not about redefining marriage, it’s about un-defining marriage.”

Vander Plaats was at the state capitol hosting his group’s annual rally against marriage equality and distributing copies of David Barton’s “Founders’ Bible” to every state legislator.

h/t Good As You 

Stewart Rhodes Warns Connecticut Gun Law Will Spark Civil War

In an interview on Armed America Radio in December, in which he also warned that the Obama administration is using things like Ebola and immigration to spark a “race war” and tighten federal control, Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes warned that Connecticut’s enforcement of a gun law it passed in 2013 will turn gun owners against the police and start a civil war.

The 2013 law banned high capacity magazines and some assault weapons, but allowed people who already had such weapons to keep them. However, some gun owners in the state have refused to register their weapons, thereby running afoul of the cutoff date — nonetheless, state authorities say they have no plans to confiscate those weapons.

Rhodes, however, is pretty sure this door-to-door confiscation is going to happen and that when it does, gun owners are going to start giving police their weapons “bullets-first.”

“I think it will be a civil war, frankly,” he said. “I think it’ll depend upon whose door they go to first, but I think eventually they’re going to run into a veteran, or just a hard-core gun owner, a Three Percenter, who’s going to say, ‘I’m not going to give them to you, you’re going to get them bullets-first.’ And that’s how it’s going to go.”

“There’s going to be gun owners who are going to fight back,” he said. “And once that starts, there are other gun owners who are not going to sit and wait for them to come to their door, they’re going to go active right now.”

He added that police officers should refuse to enforce the law out of fear for their lives: “You have a duty to defend the Constitution and keep your oath. And it’s more important that you do that than your pension, it’s more important than your job, because you’re not going to have either one if it turns into a civil war and we open the gates of hell. And that’s just the bottom line.”

Stewart Rhodes: Government Using Ferguson Riots, Ebola & Immigration To 'Spark A Race War'

Stewart Rhodes, whose anti-government Oath Keepers group deploys unofficial militias to places like the Bundy ranch and Ferguson, Missouri , claimed in an interview on Armed America Radio in December that Obama administration officials are using the Ebola virus, immigration, and the riots in Ferguson to “spark a race war” that will ultimately allow them to destroy the Constitution.

Discussing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision not to send the National Guard to Ferguson to quell the violent elements of protests after a grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown’s death, Armed America Radio host Mark Walters told Rhodes, “There is speculation that there were powers at the highest levels of our government that asked him not to do that for the optics.”

“Well, absolutely,” Rhodes agreed. “They knew there were outside communist agitators there for months training people on how to do this stuff and, as you said, they knew precisely what was going to happen that night.”

“You have to wonder why,” he added, “I think you’re on the same track I’m at, where I believe this was intentional to maximize the pain, maximize the chaos, and then be able to say, ‘Hey, here’s the solution, we’ve got to cut down on the First Amendment, we need more monitoring of groups, we need a police-state mindset.’”

Later in the program, Rhodes called Obama an “agent of destruction,” and said that since the Republican Congress is unlikely to impeach the president in the next two years, Americans will have to “step up and take care of business” themselves by forming militia units at the southern border and in cities.

“I see the American people being left with the only real option they ever had, which is to get up and do it themselves, which is to go and go to the border, go and stop the looting and the rioting, take the responsibility that’s always been in their hands to serve as the militia of the people and to step up and take care of business,” he said. “That is going to be the only answer.”

“What we are in is a fourth-generation-warfare assault on the Constitution,” he warned. “They’re using everything they possibly can, whether it’s Ebola or immigration or riots, and trying to spark a race war, trying to divide and conquer the American people. I think you can see an economic attack too coming right up.”

Anti-Choice Women's Groups Reportedly Pushed For Rape Reporting Requirement In Abortion Ban

Earlier this week, the National Review posted an audio recording of a call that a constituent of Rep. Renee Ellmers made to the North Carolina Republican’s office about her role in delaying a vote on a national 20-week abortion ban, which reveals, among other things, that prominent anti-choice women’s groups pushed for a requirement that rape survivors file police reports before being allowed an exemption from the ban.

Ellmers and other Republican women and moderates had objected to a provision that exempted rape survivors only if they first reported the assault to the police, warning that it could become a political liability for Republicans. In response, the GOP leadership withdrew the bill on the eve of a planned vote to work out what Sen. Lindsey Graham later called “this definitional problem with rape.”

In the call posted by National Review, an Ellmers staffer explains in frank detail the political machinations behind the wording of the rape exception and the ultimate withdrawal of the bill.

As we have noted, an earlier version of the bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks and approved by the House Judiciary Committee in 2013 included no rape exception at all. But after what the Ellmers staff called a “huge communications error” from Franks, when he suggested that rape rarely results in pregnancy, Republican leaders quietly snuck in a rape exception to the bill before putting it up for a vote on the House floor.

The Ellmers staffer revealed that prominent anti-choice women’s groups, including the Susan B. Anthony List and Concerned Women for America, objected to the rape exception and were instrumental in getting GOP leaders to modify it to include the reporting requirement.

These groups, the staffer said, told Republicans, “well, if you’re going to make an exception for rape and incest, it’s going to have to be reported to law enforcement officials.”

The staffer told the constituent that the rape exception was bad policy because it puts the federal government in the position of “identifying what is an is not rape”… and creates a “loophole” by which she alleged women would lie to law enforcement about being raped in order to access legal abortion.

The conversation starts at about the 3:00 mark in this video:

Malzberg: 'I'm Not Going To Vaccinate My Kid So That Some Female Won't Get Cervical Cancer Maybe When She's 60 Years Old'

Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg seemed slightly disappointed yesterday when he invited conservative pundit Ben Stein on to his program to discuss the controversy over Sen. Rand Paul’s comments on vaccines, and Stein responded in an uncharacteristically reasonable way.

“The science is 100 percent clear-cut that vaccinations have nothing to do with autism,” Stein said, adding that he was “very, very disappointed” with Paul for perpetuating the “hoax.”

In response, Malzberg insisted that Paul was only talking about the “reaction that he has seen” to vaccinations from some parents, for instance Malzberg’s own reluctance to get his teenage son an HPV vaccine in order to protect “some female” from cervical cancer in the future.

“I’m not going to vaccinate my kid so that some female won’t get cervical cancer maybe when she’s 60 years old,” he said.

“Now, there you’re totally right and if that’s what Sen. Paul meant,” Stein responded. “If he meant that certain vaccines have reactions, he’s absolutely right about that and I congratulate him for saying that.”

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