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'Tremendous': Scott Walker Scores Hightly In The Glenn Beck Primary

For the last several weeks, Glenn Beck had been growing increasingly concerned about the fact that he could not seem to secure an interview with Scott Walker, warning recently that "something is not right" with Walker or his campaign because the Wisconsin governor seemed to be intentionally avoiding appearing on any of Beck's shows.

This morning, Walker finally appeared on Beck's radio program for a half-hour interview and managed to easily win Beck over by responding to some hard-hitting questions such as how his family was holding up and "how is your soul?"

His soul, Walker assured Beck, was in fine shape because everything he has done, including possibly running for president, has been done "not for title, not for fame or fortune," but rather because it has been his "calling."

Beck was clearly quite taken with Walker and thanked him for appearing on his radio program, urging him be the leader that all of the hard-working Americans who listen to Beck's show so desperately want. Walker, in return, thanked Beck for being a leader in the fight for liberty and declared that he looked forward to being on Beck's show "plenty more times."

When the interview was over, Beck could barely contain his excitement, repeatedly saying that among Walker, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, GOP primary voters have lots of "tremendous" candidates from which to chose and crediting his Tea Party audience for making that happen.

"It's because of you," Beck said. "It is because of the Tea Party. It is because of you that we have these guys ... These guys are directly because of you. Don't ever feel like you didn't make a difference":

Wildmon: The Left Hates Us Because We 'Represent God's Message Of A Moral Standard Having To Do With Sexuality'

The American Family Association's Tim Wildmon was the guest on "WallBuilders Live" today, discussing his organization's "bigotry map," which it recently released in response to the Southern Poverty Law Center's decision to designate his organization as an anti-gay hate group several years ago.

The AFA released this map in a desperate attempt to brand the organization's critics as "bigoted anti-Christian zealots" for daring to point out the AFA's own unrelenting stream of vitriolic bigotry, with Wildmon explaining that it is necessary for the AFA to fight back against the "sexual anarchists" who attack them simply because they "represent God's message of a moral standard having to do with sexuality" in America.

"One of the things that the secular humanists, secular progressives like Obama and others want to push is sexual anarchy," he said. "They really want to force GLBT, homosexual politics on America because they hate the Christian moral standard having to do with sex because it judges some things as moral and immoral and they can't stand that.  They can't stand God telling them how to behave. And we, as Christians in this country, represent God's message of a moral standard having to do with sexuality and God's word teaches that homosexuality is a sin and they can't tolerate that. So they go after us as the messenger"

Happy '212 3B' Anniversary, Glenn Beck!

Two years ago this week, Glenn Beck set out on a crusade to blow the lid off the government conspiracy that was covering up the fact that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, was really an al Qaeda "control agent" who was responsible for financing and orchestrating the entire attack.

In the days following the attack, Beck began warning that "this is a turning point in America history," claiming that his The Blaze network had discovered that the government and the media were engaged in a cover-up of the truth behind the bombing, infamously giving the government three days to come clean before his network broke one of the biggest stories in history:

When those three days passed without the government admitting to this supposed cover-up, Beck then dedicated all of his coverage to reporting that Alharbi, who was briefly considered a "person of interest" by investigators before being completely cleared, had received a "212 3B" designation during the investigation, which Beck claimed meant that he was terrorist who must be deported.

For Beck, that was evidence that Alharbi was really an al Qaeda control agent who had financed the entire operation and recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry out the attack:

When other reporters investigated Beck's claims and dismissed them, Beck grew more and more outraged about what he saw as an ongoing cover-up, proclaiming that the burden of proof rested upon the government to disprove his claims and boldy declaring that anyone who dared to try and refute his allegations would only wind up looking like a fool:

Shortly thereafter, Beck's crusade was essentially derailed when he interviewed a former INS special agent who undercut much of his case by pointing out that the "212 3B" theory under which Beck had been operating "doesn't make sense."

After that, Beck more or less dropped the issue publicly, though he continued to insist that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the attack and that there was a conspiracy afoot to cover it up:

In 2013, Alharbi sued Beck for defamation and slander and late last year, a federal judge rejected Beck's absurd attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed. 

Fischer: 'There Is An Absolute Direct Link' Between Low Military Morale And The Repeal Of DADT

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer spent part of a segment discussing an article in USA Today reporting that morale among those enlisted in the Army is low, which he naturally blamed on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

The article itself reports that the Army began to study morale back in "2009 in the midst of two wars and as suicide and mental illness were on the rise" and mentions nothing about the repeal of DADT, which makes sense considering that the policy wasn't officially repealed until September, 2011. But Fischer sees right through that charade, explaining that the Army knew that the repeal of DADT was coming and was so worried about its inevitable impact on morale that it started this program to counteract it years before it even happened.

"There is an absolute direct link" between low morale in the military and the repeal of DADT, Fischer asserted. "So the military, starting in 2009, I think they could see this thing coming. I think they were worried about the impact of gays in the military on military morale so they spent $287 million since 2009 trying to pump up the morale of the United States military and it ain't working!"

James Dobson Does Not Understand Bisexuality: 'That's Orgies!'

Last year, we produced a report noting that, prior to the passage of the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, anti-gay Religious Right activists issued all sorts of dire warnings about how the law would lead to Christianity being outlawed and pastors being tossed into prison. Five years after it was signed into law, none of their predictions had come true, but that is not stopping these same activists from continuing to issue the same sorts of absurd warnings.

Today, for the third day in a row, James Dobson dedicated his radio program to discussing the Supreme Court's upcoming marriage equality case with Mat Staver, Rick Scarborough, and Tim Wildom and, once again Scarborough warned that efforts to ban the use of "ex-gay" conversion therapy on minors will result in Christianity being outlawed and pastors being arrested and imprisoned.

Scarborough actually cited the 2009 Hate Crimes law in making his case, claiming that it was written so that any pastor who preaches against homosexuality can be charged as an accessory to a hate crime if someone who hears that sermon goes out an attacks somebody.

After admitting that this has not actually happened since the law was enacted, Scarborough warned that it will happen if conversion therapy for minors is banned.

"Once this law is passed, they're going to quickly mold around a whole legal strata of laws where they can begin coming after the more visible," he said. "They're going to do that with the most visible preachers, like us who are right now on the broadcast."

Later in the program, Dobson took issue with pastors "who are compassionate toward those who have attractions to same-sex individuals."

"I would like them to think, just for a moment, about 'LGBT,'" Dobson said. "The 'B' stand for bisexual! That's orgies!  Are you really going to support this?"

David Barton Assures Glenn Beck That The Government Can Outlaw Homosexuality

As we have noted before, Glenn Beck is fond of bragging that he doesn't even know anyone who could be considered to be "anti-gay" despite the fact that he works closely with a great many such people on a regular basis. The only way Beck can plausibly claim not to be aware of the anti-gay views espoused by even close personal friends like David Barton is if he is intentionally choosing not to listen to what they say, which actually seems to be the case.

Last night, Beck featured Barton on his television program for the entire hour and much of the discussion involved efforts to protect the "rights" of Christian business owners to discriminate against gay people in the name of protecting religious liberty. At one point, Barton made the argument that the government is overstepping it jurisdiction by requiring Christians to violate their consciences because that is a right granted to them by God, which he sought to illustrate by comparing it to someone repainting some else's car simply because they didn't like the original color.

Beck agreed, saying that, by the same token, "the government can't say 'you can't be a homosexual' because ... that's how you practice your life."

Not so fast, Barton responded.

"To some degree. But the government has always taken stands on behavior that undermine the government itself," Barton said. "And that's where morality has always ... see, consanguinity, the government's always gotten involved; you can't marry your brother and sister, you can't marry your first cousin. So there's always been things that protect the moral climate of the society ... You've always had standards on behavior":

Barton was very clearly pushing back on Beck's notion that the government has no right to outlaw homosexuality,  which, given Barton's anti-gay rhetoric and belief that our public policy must operate according to the Bible, would only come as a surprise to someone who has intentionally been trying to ignore Barton's well-documented views.

Young People For: Civic Engagement Intern

Young People For (YP4) is seeking an enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated Civic Engagement intern with high initiative and attention to detail to assist the Fellowship team in daily department operations, with a specific focus on assisting YP4 run its civic engagement and advocacy projects for Fall of 2015.

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.

Young People For (YP4) is a progressive leadership development program focused on identifying, engaging, and empowering the next generation of progressive leaders. YP4 is dedicated to identifying young campus and community leaders, engaging them, and supporting them with the skills and resources they need to create change. Together, People For and YP4 are building a long-term network of emerging leaders committed to protecting our nation's fundamental rights and freedoms.

YP4 has three overarching priorities: 1) to diversify leadership in the progressive movement; 2) to support young leaders to effect change in their communities now; and 3) to ensure that young leaders are sustained in their leadership over the long term. The core of YP4 is our one-year Fellowship Program for progressive college students, which supports and empowers them to create progressive social change on their campuses and in their communities. The Alumni Program works with the alumni of the one-year Fellowship to continue to support their development as progressive leaders and participants in the progressive movement.

YP4 works with young activists from across the country to engage thousands of youth and voters from other marginalized communities in the electoral process, on issue-based campaigns, and in uplifting the voices of progressive youth in political and policy discussions. The YP4 Civic Engagement Intern will assist YP4’s Advocacy Associate in running the organization’s non-partisan voter engagement initiatives, issue  campaigns, and capacity building and communication strategies.

The position is located in Washington, DC and reports to the Advocacy Associate.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the Young People For team in managing non-partisan voter engagement initiatives.
  • Support the Young People For team in managing and updating its website.
  • Contribute to the YP4 Blog, social media, and special projects.
  • Research current youth leadership programs, college activism, and leadership development curriculum.
  • Conduct research on social issues as they affect young people and the fellowship class on the local, state, regional, and national level.
  • Support the Young People For team to plan and execute its various trainings.
  • Assist Fellowship staff members with day-to-day communication with Fellows as needed.
  • Perform administrative support and duties as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with grassroots, political, student or youth organizing and/or leadership development.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well organized, detail-oriented and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work effectively with a variety of people.
  • Excellent written communications skills.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team.
  • Familiarity with MSOffice applications and SALSA CRM; experience with online communities and interest in web-based tools to advance progressive causes.
  • Familiarity with the progressive community, and a commitment to the issues that Young People For Fellows and alumni work on.

To apply: Send resume and statement of interest to Human Resources at hr@pfaw.org and put YP4 Civic Engagement intern in the subject line.

People For the American Way Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

'This Is Not The Bundy Ranch' Implores Mine Owner At Center Of Latest Oath Keepers Standoff

An Oregon mine owner who called in the Oath Keepers and their network of anti-government activists to provide “security” in a dispute with the Bureau of Land Management is now fed up with the “circus” that has showed up in his town trying to turn the conflict into another Bundy ranch standoff.

The co-owner of Sugar Pine Mine told the Medford, Oregon, Mail Tribune that an Oath Keepers camp near his mine has “taken on a life of its own” thanks in part to the “absolute bullshit” being circulated on social media.

"We don't need any more volunteers, we're not under attack, this is not the Bundy Ranch," he said, according to the paper. "Please stop calling the BLM and threatening their personnel."

The co-owner of a Josephine County mining claim at the center of a land-use dispute with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says an armed security presence by members of the Oath Keepers movement has "taken on a life of its own," and he is pleading for calm after supporters apparently phoned in threats to BLM employees.

"We don't need any more volunteers, we're not under attack, this is not the Bundy Ranch," said Sugar Pine Mine co-owner Rick Barclay. "Please stop calling the BLM and threatening their personnel."



Barclay said the ranger's visit made him and Backes worried the BLM would remove or destroy their equipment before they could appear in court to appeal the order.

"So I went to the Oath Keepers (to ask for security) and they said, 'OK,'" Barclay said.

The Oath Keepers is a nationwide organization made up of former and current U.S. military and law enforcement personnel who have pledged to disobey all "unconstitutional" orders. The group received significant media attention for its participation in a 2014 standoff with the BLM over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle, which had been corralled by the agency for illegally grazing its lands. After Bundy's armed supporters confronted BLM rangers last April, the agency backed down and released the cattle.

Armed volunteers affiliated with the Oath Keepers began arriving Tuesday and set up camp at a "staging area" on private property on Camp Joy Road. Now things have gotten out of control, Barclay said, describing the fervor surrounding their presence has turned the event into a  "circus."

"What you're seeing is mostly a spectacle caused by social media and 'keyboard commandos' whooping it up," he said. "A lot of the stuff going around on social media is absolute bull----."

Barclay said the Oath Keepers' security presence is only intended to secure the mine and their property until he and Backes can be heard by a judge, and he blamed the BLM for creating the dispute.

"We are a constitutional republic — we are a nation of laws," he said. "The BLM would not be in this position had they followed the law."

Still, he expressed eagerness to put the matter to rest. "As soon as I get my court arrangements made, the Oath Keepers are leaving," he said. "It's OK. It's going to be OK."
 

A Stupid Post Written Simply To Get Glenn Beck To Shut Up About Hillary Clinton's Twitter Account

Glenn Beck has become obsessed with a recent story from The Daily Mail that reported that nearly half of the accounts that follow Hillary Clinton on Twitter are either fake or inactive and he repeatedly cited this story on his television program last night and on his radio show today as proof that Clinton is a total phony and a fraud:

She can’t even be honest about the fans on her social media sites. A study was done of her Facebook page. Again, we had to go across the ocean. We had to go to I think it was The Guardian in England to get anybody in the media to do a job. They found something odd about her followers. Seven percent of her followers were from Baghdad. That’s not really comforting or real. And on Twitter, it was revealed that 15%, about 544,000 of her Twitter followers, are bogus accounts. If her team is willing to lie about Facebook and Twitter fans and make people up just out of whole cloth, what else are they willing to lie about?

The Daily Mail based its conclusion on the results generated by two websites — StatusPeople.com and TwitterAudit.com — which claim to be able to determine just how many "real" followers any given Twitter account actually has.

We have no way of determining how accurate either of these websites or their findings are, but simply in the interest of making Beck shut up about this stupid point, we decided to run his Twitter account through them and in both cases, the number of fake or inactive followers that he has far surpassed Clinton:

Anti-Gay Activists Vow To Repeal Marriage Equality Laws Across The Country If They Win At SCOTUS

James Dobson's "Family Talk" radio program today once again featured a discussion between Mat Staver, Rick Scarborough, and Tim Wildmon about what anti-gay Christians should expect from an upcoming Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of state bans on gay marriage.

During today's discussion, Staver repeatedly declared that marriage "is not a state's rights issue" and so, if the arguments against anti-gay marriage win at the Supreme Court, then Religious Right activists will go to work outlawing gay marriage in states where it is currently legal.

Staver argued that, like slavery, the issue of marriage equality is something that cannot be left up to the individual states to decide and Dobson agreed, warning that allowing gay marriage in some states but not in others would lead to chaos.

When Wildmon noted that allowing the individual states to decide the issue for themselves was the best outcome that anti-gay activists could hope for from this Supreme Court case, Staver agreed, but said that if that happens, then they must get to work repealing marriage equality in the states where it already exists.

"The best thing we can hope for at that level is the Supreme Court says there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage," Staver said. "But now that work has to go down, after June, if we get that decision which I pray that we do, our work's not done because we have to go back and undo the mess that the previous Supreme Court confusion has caused."

Not only would they seek to reinstate bans in states where local or federal judges had struck them down, Staver said, but they would also work to repeal marriage equality laws passed by voters or legislatures in places like New York.

"This is such a fundamental issue, it is not a state's rights issues any more than life is a state's rights issue or slavery is a state's rights issue," Staver said. "Those issues are so fundamental they transcend geography."

Ted Cruz Asks Pastors To Preach And Pray Against Gay Marriage Ahead Of SCOTUS Arguments

As Peter noted the other day, right-wing Christian nationalist and Religious Right power broker David Lane recently sent out an email to thousands of pastors, asking them hold a two-hour prayer service on Tuesday, April 28, the day that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans because "America is on the verge of learning something that can be learned in no other way, rebellion against God brings consequences. There is no safety in distance from God."

Today, CBN's David Brody reported that Lane has recruited Sen. Ted Cruz to send out his own email to these same pastors, asking them to preach against gay marriage on the Sunday before the case is heard and then pray for two hours on the day of the oral arguments:

How will the American church respond?

The prophet Daniel described the people who know their God as people who do two things: display strength and take action (Daniel 11:32).

How can the church rise to the occasion in this situation? Along with my friend David Lane of the American Renewal Project, I urge you to consider the following –

1)    Preach about biblical marriage on Sunday, April 26.

We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation’s understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?

2)    Lead prayer services on Tuesday, April 28.

Prayer moves our God to intervene in history. Prayer softens our hearts and brings us into alignment with the heart of God. The church has not shared the truth about marriage well: it is time to repent and commit ourselves to courage on this front.

Regardless of what happens in the Supreme Court, or anywhere else, we know that the truth will never be obsolete. The union of man and woman in marriage will always be relevant. People will continue to need marriage, and to desire it – because we are made in the image of God, creatures who value authentic companionship and intimate connection.

That leaves us only one question. Will we be on the right side of history, the side occupied by the Author of history? Otherwise we will fall victim to the fashions of the times.

Will we discard an institution, ordained by God, which has brought so much stability and happiness to the human family? Or will we stand in its support? Rightly or wrongly, the Supreme Court will take a stand on marriage this summer. Let’s take ours now.

God bless America,
Senator Ted Cruz     

P.S. Thank you, as the prophet Daniel might have said, for taking action in defense of marriage. Marriage was God’s idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us. But how could we miss a chance to stand with Him on behalf of something so wonderful?

Glenn Beck On ISIS, 'The Bubba Effect,' And America's Impending Collapse

Glenn Beck freaked out on his radio program today over the utterly unsubstantiated claims made by the right-wing group Judicial Watch that ISIS has set up a terrorist training camp in Mexico, just eight miles from the U.S. border.

Blindly accepting the report without question, Beck repeatedly warned that "ISIS is here" while predicting that the terrorist group would soon carry out an attack that would lead to the dissolution of the United States.

As Beck explained it, everyone knows that the southern border is not secure, making it easy for terrorists to easily cross into this country. And when these terrorists cross over and finally carry out an attack in America, it'll unleash the "Bubba Effect," which is Beck's theory that an "overbearing government" is pushing people over the edge until they respond with violence, which will then spiral out of control and result in the wholesale breakdown of society.

"This will lead to the Bubba Effect," he said. "That when the Feds finally come in and they're trying to tell you how to live your life and something bad has happened, some big terrorist strike and they're telling you what you have to do to prepare while they're washing their hands of the terrorist strike, while they're blaming it on everything but them.  While they're telling you that you're going to have to change your life and adjust, somebody is going to stand up and say, 'Go to Hell. I'm not doing what you are telling me to do because you knew about this the whole time and you did nothing!'"

"They came across our southern border and we were the ones telling you to seal our southern border and you did nothing," Beck screamed. "So go to Hell. That's going to happen and it's not going to happen with just a group; it's going to happen with a group of states. They will say enough is enough. You did nothing to protect us."

"That's why they're watching us," he continued. "They're more afraid of the people than they are ISIS."

"ISIS is here," he concluded, somberly. "ISIS is here":

Scarborough: Gay Marriage Will Make It 'Illegal' To 'Share The Gospel'

On his radio program today, Family Talk's James Dobson hosted a discussion with Rick Scarborough of Vision America, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, and Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association about how anti-gay Christians should react if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage.

As usual, most of the talk revolved around the call for right-wing Christians to engage in civil disobedience and resist any such ruling but, at one point, Scarborough and Dobson went off on a tangent, attacking President Obama for voicing his support for bans on "ex-gay" conversion therapy for minors, with Scarborough fuming that such bans will outlaw the teaching of the Gospel and are turning America into a nation like Saudi Arabia.

Scarborough said that if the Supreme Court strikes down gay marriage bans, then "our nation is now sanctioning a lifestyle that God forbids." He warned that such a ruling will endanger children by telling them that such relationships are okay while making it "illegal for me to share the Gospel with a child."

"That child grows up in his life never knowing right from wrong from a biblical perspective and they die and crash into Hell," Scarborough said. "So what we're discussing has eternal consequences."

Dobson was likewise outraged, saying that teaching young children about homosexuality is "draconian" and blasting Obama for opposing conversion therapy.

"What does the president of the United States, who knows nothing about this issue, have to do with telling the rest of us how live our lives?" Dobson bellowed.

"That's the kind of thing you'd hear if you were trying to teach the Scripture in a Muslim country," Scarborough added. "You can't say that in this country":

Barber: Christians Are Being Persecuted By An 'Islamo-Progressive Axis Of Evil'

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber likened the supposed "persecution" of Christians in America to the attack in Kenya earlier this month in which Islamic terrorists killed 147 people, saying that Christians all over the world are under attack from the "Islamo-progressive axis of evil."

Barber said that while those murdered in Kenya were victims of "hard persecution," at the same time "right here in the United States, Christians at an escalating rate are experiencing a softer persecution, but it's still anti-Christian persecution."

Just as John the Baptist was beheaded for speaking out against "sexual immorality," so too are Christians being persecuted in America today, Barber said.

"You have those who are pushing for sexual immorality and acceptance of sexual immorality and Islamists kind of both targeting Christians for persecution," he said, "some with hard persecution, others with more of a soft persecution. We're not being beheaded here in the United States yet but certainly advocates of sexual relativism are what I call the Islamo-progressive axis of evil."

"So-called progressives, they have a common enemy," Barber continued. "The common enemy is truth, is Christ, is Christians, is Christ followers":

PFAW Foundation and Leadership Programs Support #Unite4Marriage

Marriage equality supporters are currently organizing around the April 28 oral arguments before the Supreme Court and a ruling expected in the coming months on whether the fundamental right to marry enshrined in the US Constitution is limited to opposite-sex couples. There will be events in DC and in communities across the country.
PFAW Foundation

Gary Cass: Satan Using 'Gay Abortionists' To 'Attack Humanity'

A few months ago, Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission began producing a regular "Defending a Christian Worldview" webcast in which he weighs in on issues that have been in the news in the previous week.

On the most recent installment, Cass explained that gay marriage and abortion are both satanic attacks on the image of God and His command to "be fruitful and multiply."

Warning that "gay abortionists" are out to "destroy the fruit of heterosexuality," Cass declared that Satan uses both abortion and gay marriage to "attack humanity at the core of their essence where the image of God resides, to destroy them sexually, to destroy the fruit of their womb."

"If you're Satan, that makes perfect sense," he said. "It's all an attack on the image of God":

Huckabee: Obama Calling Michael Sam Is A Sign Of America's 'Utter Collapse'

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

During his remarks, Huckabee said the fact that President Obama called gay football player Michael Sam is a sign that the culture in America has gone into an "utter collapse" and decried boycotts against anti-gay businesses as "economic terrorism."

"The values that so many of us hold dear are values that are under assault today," Huckabee said. "I never believed that in such a short period of time, the culture in America would go into utter collapse. If you told me just a few years ago that one day the President of the United States would use his precious time in the Oval Office to call people up simply to congratulate them for being gay, I would say, 'No, surely he'll call a veteran and thank them for their service, for losing a limb or a leg.' But even when Chris Kyle was murdered, his widow didn't get a phone call, but a gay football player who came out did."

Huckabee went on to warn that religious liberty is under attack in America, citing the criticism that Chick-fil-A received several years ago after the company donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups and the restaurant's president said that marriage equality was "inviting God's judgment on our nation."

The backlash against the company, Huckabee said, was nothing short of "economic terrorism":

Gohmert: 'Christians Are The Only Group In America That It Is Politically Correct To Abuse And Misuse'

Rep. Louie Gohmert was a guest on the "Point Of View" radio program on Friday where he and host Penna Dexter discussed a recent column in the New York Times noting that Christian positions on issues such as slavery and gender roles have changed dramatically over the centuries and advocating that a similar ideological shift must take place on the issue of gay marriage.

The Texas congressman, of course, was not persuaded, declaring that the Scripture is clear that homosexuality is a sin and today, Christians who stand by the position are being "abused and misused."

America was founded by Christians who were seeking to escape persecution, Gohmert said, "and ended up with giving us the freest nation, until more recently, as people try to take our freedoms away."

"They came to avoid persecution for being Christians," he said. "Look where we are today. Now it is really Christians are the only group in America that it is politically correct to abuse and misuse":

David Barton Once Again Claims That The Bible Says There Will Never Be An AIDS Vaccine

Last month, we posted a clip of David Barton asserting that God will never allow scientists to find a vaccine for HIV/AIDS because such a vaccine would eliminate the divine "penalty" for homosexuality, which would contradict the teaching found in Romans 1.

As "evidence" of this position, the Religious Right psuedo-historian and GOP activist claimed that the virus that causes AIDS is constantly mutating, making it impossible to inoculate against. He pointed to news stories about various failures by researchers to successfully test an experimental vaccine as "proof" of his assertion.

As Warren Throckmorton reported at the time, the stories that Barton cited were utterly unrelated and did not prove his point at all:

In the video, Barton first showed the Popular Science headline and then said:

The headlines came out and said, for the first time ever an HIV vaccine shows success in trial. Oh my gosh, I guess there is, I guess I must have misinterpreted the Bible, cause the Bible’s true, and then six weeks later, they came out with this that says, NIH halts trial of HIV vaccine after it fails to work. The newspaper said it worked but none of the medical evidence said that it worked. So they still don’t have a cure.

The problem with Barton’s presentation is that the second headline didn’t come out “six weeks later.” Rather it came out four years later in 2013 and was about an entirely different attempt to create a vaccine.

The Yahoo News article Barton referred to (the second headline) is only available via Internet Archives and is dated April 26, 2013. The Yahoo article linked to the NIH announcement that the HVTN 505 clinical trial had been halted. The HVTN 505 trial results had nothing to do with the earlier success of RV 144. The RV 144 trial was reported in 2009, the same year that the HVTN 505 started. The NIH has more on the HVTN 505 trial on the NIH website.

Barton got the time frame wrong and made it appear that the two headlines were related to each other.

Barton's claim was entirely false but he continues to repeat it nonetheless, as Throckmorton discovered when Barton spoke at Faith Baptist Church in Knightdale, North Carolina this weekend:

Rick Joyner: God Is Using Radical Islam To Punish The World For 'Perversion And Abortion'

On today's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner declared that God is using radical Islam to punish the world for accepting "perversion and abortion."

"What is happening with radical Islam rising in the earth is judgment from God against perversion and abortion," Joyner said. "I believe God is using it just the way He used the heathen nations around Israel; whenever Israel fell into apostasy, He would use the heathen nations around Israel to discipline them ... I believe this challenge of Islam all over the world, God is allowing it — it's not His spirit, it's contrary to His spirit — but He is allowing it to bring judgment on both perversion and abortion":

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