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All Of Glenn Beck's Dark Prophetic Visions Are Now Beginning To Come True

As we have noted several times in the past, Glenn Beck has a tendency to wildly vacillate between proclamations of impending doom that are followed, a short time later, by triumphant declarations that everything is going to turn out just fine.

Back and forth he constantly sways, one week warnings that utter destruction is inevitable and then, a few weeks later, joyously promising that huge miracles are in the works.

Lately, Beck has been on an upswing, predicting that success beyond his imagination was just over the horizon because all of his prayers were starting to be answered. But now it seems that the showdown between the federal government and anti-government activists over the last week in Nevada has soured Beck once again and so he has now returned to warning that dark, dark days are ahead for this nation.

Referencing the standoff in Nevada, Beck reiterated his position on his radio show today that anyone who is advocating the use of violence cannot and must not consider themselves to be a fan of his whatsoever, repeatedly asserting that God does not support threats or calls to violence.  As such, Beck beseeched his audience to humble themselves and turn to God as the solution to all of our problems; but even then, he warned, something has already been set in motion that is going to tear this nation apart.

Revealing that he has been experiencing deeply disturbing "personal promptings" for several years that have been so frightening that he has been reluctant to even discuss them, Beck said that, on Saturday, he realized that they were finally beginning to occur.

"I do believe we are entering dangerous times," he warned. "They are the times that have been foretold, they are the times that I have, on a different scale, seen coming as well. I believe what has been set in motion now is new and different and will tear us apart":

Donohue: No Institution 'Has Less Of A Problem' With Sexual Abuse Than The Catholic Church

The Catholic League's Bill Donohue was a guest on yesterday's edition of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV where he was asked by guest-host Ed Berliner what Pope Francis could do to "clean up the Catholic Church" and put an end to the sexual abuse of children within the church.

Donohue responded that there was not much the Pope could do ... mostly because sexual abuse of children is not a problem in the church any more.

"This problem that took place," Donohue asserted, "was between approximately 1965 and 1985. That coincides with the sexual revolution and then the discovery of AIDS in '81."

"What I am saying," he continued, "is that this problem has largely been checked."

Declaring that other institutions, such as public schools, have a much worse problem with sexual abuse than does the church, Donohue said there was no problem for Pope Francis to even address.

"So what can this Pope do? About what? I mean, I don't know of a single institution which has less of a problem, proportionately speaking, today than the Catholic Church when it comes to the sexual abuse of minors":

Schlafly: Increase The Pay Gap So Women Will Have Better Opportunities To Find A Husband

Phyllis Schlafly has never been a big fan of feminism or of efforts to promote equality between men and women in general. Schlafly is, after all, notorious for her stated belief that it is impossible for a husband to ever rape his wife because "when you get married you have consented to sex."

Given this sort of outlook, it is not surprising that Schlafly opposes things like the Paycheck Fairness Act and efforts to close the gender pay gap, arguing in an op-ed published in The Christian Post that closing the pay gap will actually harm women.

As Schlafly sees it, women want to marry a man who makes more money than they do.  As such, if women and men make the same amount, then women will be less likely to get married because they will be "unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate."

The solution, obviously, is to increase the pay gap so that men will earn more than women so that women, in turn, will have a better opportunity to find husbands:

Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don't have the same preference for a higher-earning mate.

While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap.

Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.

Obviously, I'm not saying women won't date or marry a lower-earning men, only that they probably prefer not to. If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to marry at all.

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The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.

Birds Of A Feather: Senate Hopeful Chris McDaniel Joins Bryan Fischer In Studio

Last week, controversy erupted over various comments Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel, who is challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in the GOP primary, made when he worked as a right-wing radio host back in 2005 and 2006.

McDaniel initially dismissed the criticism he received over his comments, asserting that trying to hold him accountable for the things that he said was somehow a desperate cheap shot, though he later attempted to distance himself from some of his past statements.

Naturally, if you are a former right-wing radio host trying to downplay various controversial things you have said in that capacity in the past, the best course of action is to appear, in person, alongside a vehemently anti-gay, anti-Muslim bigot and borderline theocrat like Bryan Fischer on his radio program, which is exactly what McDaniel did today:

Not surprisingly, Fischer didn't see anything particularly offensive about any of the things that McDaniel had said while McDaniel asserted that "no harm was meant" by any of his comments and insisted that using things he said ten years ago against him reeks of desperation:

'I Want Nothing To Do With You,' Beck Tells Those Threatening Violence In Anti-Government Standoff

While just about the entire right-wing movement has rallied behind Cliven Bundy, the Nevada cattle rancher locked in a battle with the federal government over his refusal to recognize the government's control over public grazing lands, Glenn Beck, of all people, is refusing to do so.

This showdown ought to be the sort of thing that Beck eagerly embraces and you can tell that it is causing his extreme consternation not to be able to do so, but he is very concerned about the fact that the anti-government forces that have lined up behind Bundy are issuing threats of violence, which is why he penned an open letter over the weekend saying that he cannot side with them and, instead, calling for people to turn to God:

I do not mean to lecture you or anyone else. I am so far away from a perfect man. In fact I am very much the “dispensable man”, the opposite of the man I am striving to be, but I am working on it. I pour over my scriptures like never before. I rarely am with out them. I read them day and night, in bed, in the car, on the set, and at the dinner table and yet I am a million miles from where The Lord needs his people. For this too, I repent. ”I am sorry Lord for not being ready for your call.” I am one that is finding there is no oil in my lamp.

Never try to create your own miracles. Every time you will fail and make it worse. Moses thought he would make it better when he killed the Egyptian but it only delayed freedom.

I worry about the rancher and his family. The ranchers around him and all around the country. I was blowing the warning trumpets on this kind of usurpation long ago. But any fan of mine knows that I have also said that I will never call for arms with the state of our faith.

I, too, am a rancher but the ultimate rancher is God and we are His flock. I will follow His voice for it is the only one I recognize.

I am sorry, but as all MY real fans know, I believe Ghandi, MLK, Bonhoeffer and Jesus were right. I will follow their example. I know what that means or meant for them.

But I will stand with The Lord.

That message was not well-received on Beck's Facebook page, which prompted him to declare that "those of you calling for violence over this Nevada standoff are not supporters or any kind of long-term fan of mine":

Beck discussed the situation again on his radio program today, saying that he would be speaking with Bundy later in the broadcast and reiterating that he was very disturbed by the violent threats being issued by those who had rallied around Bundy, asserting that God does not support what they are doing and therefore "I will have nothing to do with you":

Barber: Transgender Equality Guidelines Are A 'War On Women' That Have Legalized Sexual Harassment

There are few issues that as clearly highlight the Religious Right's undisguised bigotry quite like transgender equality as it is a topic that people like Matt Barber and Mat Staver can't even discuss except with sneering contempt, as they did on today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast.

Barber and Staver are disgusted by the fact that the Office of Personnel Management has issued guidelines (dating back to 2011) "Regarding the Employment of Transgender Individuals in the Federal Workplace," which Barber said is nothing more than a full-scale "War on Woman" through which sexual harassment has now been legalized:

We're talking about men in skirts here. That's what we're talking about. Let's just not beat around the bush with all the PC nonsense that the Left likes to use, transgender, transsexual,  we're talking about men in skirts and high heels and lipstick that want to go in - some of them because they get their jollies doing it, others because they're completely and utterly sexually confused - they want to go in an use the ladies showers and the ladies locker rooms whether or not they're biologically still or whether or not they've had a surgery to cosmetically make them appear more like a female, which they never do.  People can pretty much look and still tell this is a man that has gone under the knife. It's really sad.

But here, President Obama and this Obama administration, talk about the War on Women, they have now officially made for federal employees sexual harassment the law of the land. This creates an environment where now women cannot even comfortably use a bathroom or the showering facilities and locker facilities without fear that some man, leering man, is gonna be there in the locker room or the bathrooms along with them and that is sexual harassment because if they feel harassed and made uncomfortable by that, sexual harassment is a subjective analysis here, they're being sexually harassed.

Talk about the War on Women, President Obama has launched one.

Staver: 'We're Seeing The Beginning Groundswell Of A Potential New American Revolution'

Mat Staver recently appeared on the "Light of the Southwest" Christian television program on God's Learning Channel where he warned, yet again, that America is headed toward a second American Revolution led by conservative Christians over the issues of gay marriage, abortion, and religious liberty.

"We're seeing the beginning groundswell of a potential new American Revolution," Staver said, asserting that if the government continues to trample on religious liberty, the nation will soon "run into that decision point of persecution and/or revolution."

Likening inevitable Christian resistance to this forthcoming persecution to the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s, Staver said that, just as Martin Luther King preached non-violence, he hopes that the next revolution will follow that same path ... "but you never know what happens":

Glenn Beck Sees An Amazing Biblical Parallel In Latest Tale Of Alleged Christian Victimization

Earlier this week, the newest Religious Right tale of supposed anti-Christian victimization emerged out of Pennsylvania, involving a school that allegedly refused to allow a first-grade student to hand out cards featuring a religious message on Valentine's Day.

Donald and Ellen Abramo, with the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, have now sued Shafer Elementary School in Nazareth, PA claiming that they son had been prevented from distributing cards that said:

"St. Valentine was imprisoned and martyred for presiding over marriages and for spreading the news of God's love. In honor of St. Valentine's Day, I want you to know that God loves YOU!!!"

Predictably, Todd Starnes has now picked up the story and turned it into a column, which all but guarantees that the allegations are either overblown if not outright false, but since the school has so far refused to comment, it is impossible to know at this point.

But that is not stopping Glenn Beck from weighing in, as he did during yesterday's morning meeting when he directly compared the incident to the stoning to death of Stephen the Apostle for spreading the Gospel.

"You know what this reminds me of?," Beck asked his staff upon hearing the story, "the Martyrdom of Stephen the Apostle ... This is the same kind of thing":

Matt Barber Started His New Website Because 'We Are At War' With Satan

Matt Barber was recently the guest on Cliff Kincaid's "America's Survival" program recently where the two men discussed how "Homosexual Fascists Use Putin-like Tactics" to destroy their enemies.

During the program, Kincaid asked Barber about his new BarbWire website and why he felt the need to start this new project, to which Barber replied that it was built because "we are at war" with Satan and so the website was designed to play a key role in waging "spiritual warfare."

"We are going to take a firm position," Barber explained, "we're not going to take even an inch step backward in this culture war. We recognize that we are at war here with the radical progressive left in the United States of America and so we are going to cut through all of their nonsense, all of their propaganda, the lies of the enemy; you know, as a Christian site, the enemy being the Prince of the Earth, Satan himself, that's what we're up against here. And this is very much spiritual warfare":

Beck Tells The Rest Of The World To 'Run From Us' Because America Is Becoming 'A Danger To The Human Race'

Earlier this week, the EPA released the results of an internal investigation that found that the agency had failed to fully disclose possible long-term health risks to eighty-one subjects who had agreed to participate in experiments that involved breathing in diesel exhaust and other pollutants.

Because neither Beck nor anyone on his staff could apparently be bothered to do any basic research into what the EPA report actually said, Beck spent a segment on his radio program utterly misrepresenting it by falsely asserting that the EPA had been secretly poisoning people with diesel fumes without their knowledge ... just like the Nazis did!

"I hope the entire world sees the monster that we are turning into," he stated. "People for the rest of the world, you need to see how far America has gone off track. Please, run from us; we are becoming a global danger ... We are a danger to the human race":

Religious Right Warns RNC Not To Hold 2016 Convention In Las Vegas

The Republican National Committee is currently in the process of selecting the location for the 2016 national convention and among the cities in the running is Las Vegas, Nevada.

That, of course, is not sitting well with Religious Right activists who have now dashed off a letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus warning him that the RNC had better choose a different place to hold the convention:

The leaders sent a letter last week to Republican chairman Reince Priebus, putting him on notice that picking Vegas would generate friction. They call the city a “trap waiting to ensnare. … What could go wrong? The answer is obvious.”

Leaders from the religious right who have joined the effort include Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association; Phyllis Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum; Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition; Paul Caprio, director of Family-PAC; and James Dobson, president of Family Talk ministry.

“The GOP is supposedly interested in reaching out to conservatives and evangelicals. Maybe that’s just a front, but if they really mean it this is not the way to do it,” Dobson said Tuesday. “Even though Vegas has tried to shore itself up and call itself family-friendly, it’s still a metaphor for decadence. There’s still 64 pages of escort services in the yellow pages. … You can’t have it both ways.”

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Excerpts from social-conservative leaders’ letter to Republican Party Chairman Reince Preibus warning against selecting Las Vegas to host the 2016 GOP convention:

“In spite of ‘family-friendly’ outreach in the past decade, Las Vegas remains a metaphor for all things decadent. And looking at the yellow pages, one can see that it still delivers. With 64 pages of escort services and countless gambling casinos, it remains a trap waiting to ensnare.”

“At a time when the base needs to be motivated, this is no time to mute or offend them in any way. It may seem strange, silly even to some that conservatives would object to something that COULD be so innocuous. Surely there are shows and great restaurants and beautiful hotels. … What could possible go wrong? The answer is obvious, and wisdom dictates the chance not be taken.”

“There are several wonderful venues being considered. We are not advocating for any of them. But we urge you to reject Las Vegas and celebrate the vibrancy and strength of the Republican Party in a place not at odds with its values.”

Glenn Beck Responds To Stabbing Attack By Warning That America Is Headed For Mass Starvation

When the news broke yesterday morning that a student at a Pennsylvania high school had gone on a stabbing rampage that had injured nearly two dozen people, Glenn Beck briefly addressed it on his radio program.

After wondering why the students at the high school didn't just collectively rush and subdue the assailant before he could injure so many people, Beck said that all anyone could do at this point was to pray for this nation because we will soon face unspeakable misery because of our decision to "go against universal principles."

It was not God who made this student attack his fellow students with a knife, Beck said. Rather, it was a result of the fact that "we have disconnected from universal principles."

And because America has become so detached from those principles, this nation is headed toward mass starvation which will not be a punishment from God but simply the logical end result of embracing Marxism.

"We are now doing things that go against natural law," Beck warned. "And because of that, we will pay a very heavy price":

Beck: Holder's Exchange With Gohmert Was 'A Threat Against A Congressman'

Last week Glenn Beck had something of a meltdown on his radio program that ended with him screaming into his microphone about how he wasn't going to waste his life paying attention to every little thing that happens in Washington, DC any more.

So, naturally, he spent a good portion of today's radio broadcast fuming about a tense exchange that occurred between Rep. Louie Gohmert and Attorney General Eric Holder during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing yesterday, declaring that Holder is "dirty" and had literally threatened Gohmert during the confrontation, which is proof that the entire Obama administration is "out of control."

"That is a threat against a Congressman on the oversight committee," Beck said. "Wake up, America!"

"These guys are the worst people I have met," he continued. "Holder is out of control. He's a very bad guy and he is out of control. Just remember that as our doors are broken into":

Gordon Klingenschmitt Reveals That Life Actually Begins Before Conception

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt quizzed his viewers on when life begins.

Does it begin, he asked, when a heartbeat can be detected? Or perhaps somewhere around 22-24 weeks when a fetus is able to survive outside of the womb? Or maybe it begins at the moment of conception?

But it was a trick question, Klingenschmitt revealed, and all of those answers were wrong because life actually begins before conception "in the mind and heart of God":

Once Again David Barton Claims That The Constitution 'Came Right Out Of The Bible'

As we noted yesterday, we make an effort to watch every presentation that David Barton delivers because we just never know when he is going to drop in some new pseudo-historical claim that five minutes of research reveals to be an absurd misrepresentation of the truth. Last month, Barton spoke at Victory Christian Center in Austin, Texas where he did just that yet again.

Near the end of his presentation, Barton made his standard claim that the Founding Fathers knew that the Bible applied to every aspect of life, which is why they directly quoted and cited the Bible countless times when drafting the Constitution, asserting that both Alexander Hamilton and John Adams explicitly cited Luke 11:20 as the reason why the United States has a written Constitution.

Barton then repeated his claim that the idea for the separation of powers came out of the book of Jeremiah, but also added a new one, asserting that a passage from 1 Samuel is "the reason we have circuit courts and courts of appeals."

"It came right out of the Bible," he said:

As usual, Barton provides no documentation during his presentation so it is almost impossible to even try to track down the sources he is using to make these claims unless you have a copy of his "The Founder's Bible." Fortunately, we have a copy of his book, so we were able to take a look at his sources and, predictably, they do not support Barton's claims at all.

His assertion that both Hamilton and Adams cited Luke 11:20 as the reason that the United States has a written Constitution rests entirely upon the fact that they both used some version of the phrase "finger of God" when talking about the Constitution:

“For my part, I sincerely esteem it a system which, without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.” (Alexander Hamilton)

"It is impossible to any man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution." (John Adams)

Luke 11 says:

14 Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” 16 while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. 18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; 22 but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

How Barton concludes that the United States has a written Constitution because of one phrase in the book of Luke about casting out demons and which has nothing to do with writing or constitutions or government whatsoever is anybody's guess.

Barton also claims that America has circuit and appellate courts because of this passage from 1 Samuel:

15 Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 16 And he went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah. And he judged Israel in all these places. 17 Then he would return to Ramah, for his home was there, and there also he judged Israel. And he built there an altar to the Lord.

For some reason, Barton attributes the idea of such courts to James Kent, a Founding-era attorney and scholar who was practicing law in New York at the time that the Constitution was being written and literally played no role in its drafting or construction, as far as we have been able to determine.

Barton's claims are nonsense and his scholarship is laughable, but he will continue to spread his misinformation all over this nation to gullible audiences of conservative Christians who are so eager to embrace Barton's message and worldview that they can't be bothered to hold him accountable for his relentless dishonesty.

Fischer: It Is Now A Crime To Be A Christian In America

Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a New Mexico photography studio that had refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony on the grounds that doing so was a violation of the owner's religious beliefs. The New Mexico Supreme Court had ruled against the photographers and ordered them to pay attorney's fees.

Now, according to Bryan Fischer, by rejecting their appeal, the Supreme Court has effectively declared that being a Christian in America is a crime.

"It is now a criminal offense," Fischer said on his radio program yesterday, "it is now a punishable offense, you can be fined for being a Christian in the United States of America. For living, behaving as a Christian, it has now become a crime in the United States of America":

Another Lesson In False History From David Barton

As part of our regular monitoring, we try to watch every David Barton presentation that we can find because, even though it is generally all of the same material, every once in a while he works in some absurd new point that we don't want to miss.

But, for the most part, Barton's presentation is more or less the same every time he delivers it, regardless of how it is billed, so even when he is supposedly speaking about "Why Common Core Is A Failure," the presentation turns out to be the standard one that we have heard a hundred times before.

Listening to Barton repeat the same points time and again occasionally inspires us to do a bit of research into some of the more innocuous claims that he makes and, inevitably, we discover that even on these sorts of benign issues, Barton's history cannot be trusted.

One of Barton's favorite points to drive home during his presentations is that, before the Bible was removed from public schools, school children were better educated and far more mature than they are today. As such, boys as young as 12 or 13 were routinely heading off to college or serving in government positions or otherwise engaging in a wide array of activities that today are not done until people are much older.

To help illustrate this point, Barton flashes an ad on the screen that supposedly ran seeking riders for the Pony Express that read:

WANTED. YOUNG, SKINNY, WIRY FELLOWS. NOT OVER 18. MUST BE EXPERT RIDERS. WILLING TO RISK DEATH DAILY. ORPHANS PREFERRED.

The ad always generates a good laugh from the audience, but Barton uses it to highlight the "not over 18" requirement to demonstrate that, once upon a time, young men were routinely sent out to do dangerous jobs because they were expected to be fully mature by the time they became teenages ... and that was because they were taught the Bible from a young age.

Yesterday, after having heard Barton repeat this claim yet again, we decided to investigate and, lo and behold, it turns out that the ad is a complete fabrication:

The advertisement has been famous for generations: "Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred."

It's on T-shirts and other souvenirs celebrating the short-lived Pony Express that carried mail between St. Joseph, Mo., and San Francisco from April 3, 1860, to late 1861.

Joseph Nardone, national executive director and historian of the Pony Express Trail Association, spent years searching through newspaper archives looking for the ad, before concluding it's a hoax dating no earlier than 1902.

As a matter of fact, author Christopher Corbett has written a book examining the mythology that surrounds the Pony Express that is entitled, appropriately enough, "Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express."

In a presentation that Corbett delivered in 2011 at the National Postal Museum, he revealed that he had scoured the historical records in eight states along with various libraries and was unable to find any evidence that the ad was real, concluding that it had been made up by a newspaper writer long after the Pony Express had ceased operation:

Of course, as with so much else that Barton "teaches" during his presentations, the simple fact that this entire claim is false is probably not going to stop him from continuing to repeat it.

Crampton: Banning 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Is Just Like Promoting Eugenics

Matt Barber and Steve Crampton began today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast by attacking Rep. Nancy Pelosi for accepting the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood last month, but the discussion quickly got sidetracked into criticism of efforts to outlaw the use of "ex-gay" reparative therapy on minors, with Crampton comparing it to efforts by mental health professionals to promote eugenics in the early 1900s in order to sterilize and eliminate "undesirables":

And the side to the whole eugenics movement that I think still underlies the abortion industry in America is that it was pioneered by and championed by the so-called experts.

In 1909, California adopted laws forcing sterilization of those they deemed unfit. It took some six decades before they stopped the practice, during which time sixty thousand Americans were sterilized involuntarily by the experts. We're talking the California Psychiatric Association, in particular.

Interestingly enough, here we are today at Liberty Counsel litigating against the California psychiatrists and the American Psychiatric Association that so many folks hold in high regard and now they're touting theories about homosexuality rather than eugenics, but the theories are equally devoid of any kind of scientific basis.

And what I want to say to our listeners is beware the experts. So often, it is the experts that get us into the deep, deep weeds and the darkest places of the experience of humanity and so blindly following them can get us into horrific places.

Just Days From Failure, Rick Green Finds A Convenient Excuse To Start Over

Last month, we reported that Rick Green, David Barton's right-hand man at WallBuilders, had launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $45,000 to fund a reality television program featuring his family "traveling the nation’s historical sites and teaching about American exceptionalism and our Constitution."

The effort had not been particularly successful as, with just nine days to go, Green had only raised a little over half of the money he needed:

As luck would have it, the Religious Right is currently up-in-arms that Kickstarter had allegedly "censored" a campaign by conservative filmmakers to raise money to produce a movie about Kermit Gosnell, which was all the excuse that Green needed to justify re-launching his effort using a more "family friendly" service called FaithLauncher and starting over, as he announced in an email he sent out today:

Two weeks later, we are more than halfway to our funding goal with plenty of time to reach it. But last night I learned something that made me immediately regret my decision to do business with them and has caused me to kick Kickstarter to the curb.

As you may have seen in the news, successful documentarians Phelim & Ann McAleer (Fracnation, Mine Your Own Business, Not Evil Just Wrong) had their new project rejected by Kickstarter. The Gosnell Movie tells the horrific story of mass murder in Gosnell’s abortion clinic and exposes the media for ignoring the worst mass murderer in U.S. history. But the Kickstarter execs were concerned about offending their community by talking about abortion, despite the fact they have multiple projects about rape, stabbing, and more.

Kickstarter executives most certainly have the right to accept or reject any project they choose. That is the free market at work and I’d fight and die for their right to do so freely.

However, it cuts both ways.

We also have the free market right to choose vendors that support our values. Or at the very least, that do not reject our values. This is not a perfect science and not always possible. Conservatives are often forced to use market-dominated products like Apple or Google, despite the fact their corporate management supports left-wing causes.

But there is no monopoly on crowd funding sites. There are more than twenty options and I even found one that specifically supports faith-based projects, FaithLauncher.

Interestingly, Green's Kickstater page is still operational as of the writing of this post, so we are not quite sure what Green means when he says that he decided "to kick Kickstarter to the curb" other than that it provided him with a convenient excuse to re-launch his fundraising effort which appeared destined to fail to reach its stated goal.

Applying McCutcheon's Logic to Voter ID Laws

If only the courts were as solicitous of the right to vote in elections as they are of the right to purchase them.
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