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Fischer: 'If You Legalize Drugs, We're Going To See More Cops Getting Shot In Connection With Routine Traffic Stops'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer put forth a rather novel anti-marijuana legalization argument when he claimed that legalizing pot would lead to more police officers being killed.

Citing the recent killing of two police officers in Mississippi, Fischer seized upon the fact that one of the suspects was a regular user of "spice," a synthetic form of marijuana, while ignoring the fact that the suspect also reportedly had a history of mental health problems, to declare that drug legalization will result in more cops being killed.

"You see something like this, where he is high, smoking spice every day," Fischer said, "and you have people out there saying, 'Look, we just need to legalize drugs, the problem is we have too many drug laws, we have too many people incarcerated for drugs, let's just legalize drugs.' Well, here's one of the things you're going to see more of, if you legalize drugs, we're going to see more cops getting shot in connection with routine traffic stops":

Kathleen Turner Discusses Abortion Access, the 'Personhood' Movement on 'All In With Chris Hayes'

People For the American Way Foundation board member Kathleen Turner appeared on “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday to discuss the “personhood” movement and how it’s working in concert with its rivals in the anti-choice movement to end abortion access, especially for low-income women.

Turner said that she sees “personhood,” which would give fertilized eggs and fetuses the same rights as people, as “a Trojan horse.”

She explained:

The fact is because [personhood] has been soundly defeated in several states – Mississippi, North Dakota – that one thinks that it’s a non-issue. But in fact at the same time, there’ve been hundreds, hundreds of bills in every state that have made it more and more difficult to access any kind of healthcare, not just abortion.

Watch the full clip here:

To learn more about the personhood movement, be sure to check out PFAW Foundation’s new report, “The Personhood Movement: Where It Comes from and What It Means for the Future of Choice,” and read Kathleen Turner’s piece in RH Reality Check, “Think the “Personhood” Issue Is Over? Think Again.”

This post originally appeared at People For the American Way Foundation.

Staver: Gay Marriage Will Lead To Another Holocaust And 'The Ghettoization Of Christianity'

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver seized on right-wing fears that anti-gay organizations will lose their tax-exempt status if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage to predictably warn that the U.S. is on the verge of turning into a modern-day Nazi Germany.

"We're talking about the ghettoization of Christianity," Staver said, "and this is what happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany, they put the Jews in ghettos, they put other people in ghettos. They took away their ability to earn a living, then they isolated them to ghettos, they stigmatized them, they ultimately destroyed their humanity in the minds of others and then the next step was easy, in the sense that they had gone to the point where they had lost respect for humanity."

"This is a serious manner because this ghettoizes Christianity," he continued. "This stigmatizes those who have Christian beliefs. This ultimately punishes those and prohibits those individuals from earning a living or working in the marketplace. And this is the beginning of ultimately dehumanizing the person and when you dehumanize the person, terrible things can happen":

PFAW Foundation Board Member Kathleen Turner Discusses Abortion Access, the “Personhood” Movement on “All In with Chris Hayes”

People For the American Way Foundation board member Kathleen Turner appeared on “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday to discuss the “personhood” movement and how it’s working in concert with its rivals in the anti-choice movement to end abortion access, especially for low-income women.

Turner said that she sees “personhood,” which would give fertilized eggs and fetuses the same rights as people, as “a Trojan horse.”

She explained:

The fact is because [personhood] has been soundly defeated in several states – Mississippi, North Dakota – that one thinks that it’s a non-issue. But in fact at the same time, there’ve been hundreds, hundreds of bills in every state that have made it more and more difficult to access any kind of healthcare, not just abortion.

Watch the full clip here:

To learn more about the personhood movement, be sure to check out PFAW Foundation’s new report, “The Personhood Movement: Where It Comes from and What It Means for the Future of Choice,” and read Kathleen Turner’s piece in RH Reality Check, “Think the “Personhood” Issue Is Over? Think Again.”

 

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Franklin Graham To Save America With Right-Wing 'Prayer Rallies' In All 50 States Before 2016 Election

Franklin Graham recently announced that he will be leading "prayer rallies" in all 50 states next year, designed to mobilize conservative Christians to vote and run for office because, among other things, "LGBT activists, abortion rights advocates, aggressive atheist groups, and others who ignore God’s Word are trying to shove their agenda down our throats":

In 2016, I plan to hold prayer rallies in all 50 states. I believe God has called us to this. We’re naming it the Decision America Tour. I want to challenge Christians across our land to boldly live out their faith and to pray fervently and faithfully for our nation and all its leaders. I want to encourage Christians to get out and vote in the coming election year. We will not be endorsing any political candidates, but I will urge people to vote for those on the ballot who uphold biblical principles, and I will be sharing the life-changing truth of God’s Gospel in every state.

Can you imagine what a difference it could make if in the next election Christians went to the polls in unprecedented numbers? And if Christians ran for every elected office available at all levels—local, state, and national? School board members, city council members, judges, mayors—all of these are such critical positions. Just think of what would happen if the school board in your own community was made up of Christians. I’ll bet things would begin to change for the better in those schools.

Jesus said we are to be the salt and the light in this world. Salt preserves and can bring healing. We are to speak the truth of God’s Word to a society that is racing in the opposite direction, in moral decline, at warp speed. Jesus said that as lights, we are to shine brightly—up on a lampstand so everyone can see and not hidden under a basket.

Jesus instructs us, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV).

Friends, America is in trouble. At age 62, I’ve lived long enough to learn that no political party or politician is the answer. The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son. We can’t sit idly by any longer. LGBT activists, abortion rights advocates, aggressive atheist groups, and others who ignore God’s Word are trying to shove their agenda down our throats. We need to take every opportunity to speak up for biblical standards and let our lights shine. We need to work to preserve our religious freedoms so that we can continue to proclaim the Gospel freely. If we as Christians stand together and let our voice be heard, I believe God can use us to make a difference. I hope you will start praying with us now.

In a video announcing the tour, Graham says the goal is not only to get "Christians to vote for candidates, men and women who will stand for biblical values," but also to mobilize "Christians to run [for office] at the local level, the state level, the federal level [and] raise up an army of men and women who are willing to get into the political field and hold to biblical values" in an effort to save America.

Glenn Beck Furious That Michelle Obama Dared To Note America Still Struggles With Racism

Surprising nobody, Glenn Beck spent an entire segment of his radio broadcast this morning attacking First Lady Michelle Obama for daring to address America’s enduring struggle with racism and prejudice in her commencement address at Tuskegee University in Alabama over the weekend.

After playing a few excerpts from Obama's speech, Beck and his co-hosts accused the first lady of hating America and of attempting to justify the behavior of those who rioted in Baltimore instead of delivering a message that told graduates that, despite whatever problems this nation may have, they can overcome them and still manage to achieve great things.

That, of course, was exactly the message of Obama's speech, but Beck chose to ignore that so that he could instead accuse her of trying to foment racial tension in an effort to drag this nation back to the 1960s.

"White people in droves went out to vote for you," Beck fumed, "and you were somehow invisible so much that you became the president and first lady of the United States of America? Tell me about the troubles that you have seen!"

"The whites have never felt it," Beck said, mocking the idea that only black people have felt the slights of discrimination and bigotry. "I mean, the conservatives have never felt it! The jobs that we are suddenly bypassed for because we're conservative, because of our viewpoint. The religious that are mocked on a daily basis and belittled. Yeah, we've never felt that. We don't know what it's like."

"We are not the country of Martin Luther King's time any more," Beck bellowed. "We are being dragged back to those days":

Barber And Staver: Gay Marriage Is Like Defacing The Sistine Chapel And Shaking A Fist At God

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber said that the push for marriage equality is nothing more than an attempt to destroy what God has created and likened it to someone tossing paint all over Michelangelo's masterwork on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

"Assume that you're looking at Michelangelo," Staver said. "He spends all of his life preparing and perfecting the art of painting that only he can do and such great artistic work that it literally stands the test of history and ripples through time. And so, as part of his creative effort, he paints hours and weeks and days and years on the Sistine Chapel ... Here somebody walks into the Sistine Chapel with a paint bucket and a big brush and says, 'Michael, you got it all wrong, this is frankly ugly' and gets up there and thinks he knows better and starts splashing paint all over this beautiful painting and destroying it."

"And yet, here we've got God, who is the creator," he continued, "who knows the creation that He created and the crown jewel of all the magnificent things He created is you and I in His image that has the unitive, the procreative, and the spiritual component. And then the created being shakes its fist at God and says, 'Ah, no, we've got a better idea God and we're going to change what you created and we're going to elevate it and promote it and put laws around it and try to protect it because we think we know better.' The audacity of the created being, shaking its fist at the natural creation of God almighty."

Barber was in complete agreement, saying that "to try to build on this building block of vile affections and abominations something that is supposed to be equal to, akin to, what God created, God's union of a man and a woman, is offensive. It's shaking its fist at God":

Beck: As Today's Civil Rights Leaders, We're 'Going To Take A Billy Club To The Head'

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck continued to warn his audience that unrest in Baltimore and elsewhere is all a "set-up" and part of a well-coordinated effort to undermine social cohesion and the only people who can stop it are Beck's audience members, who are the leaders of the modern-day civil rights movement.

"I've said this from the very beginning that I believe our audience is the civil rights leaders," he said. "They are the civil rights leaders of this time, you just don't know it yet ... What we're fighting for are those basic civil rights: I am a man, treat me as a man."

And as today's civil rights leaders, Beck and his audience have to be prepared to take a beating in order to save this nation.

"The reason why non-violent resistance works is because you're going to take a billy club to the head," Beck declared. "And you're going to take it and when people see that, people — as long as you're not too far gone, and we may, we're approaching this time — as long as we're not too far gone as human beings, people will see that image and they will say, 'That's wrong, that is wrong, I may not even agree with him a hundred percent but I know that's wrong.' And that's what leads to reconciliation: no hatred. It's tough, but that's our mission":

'We're Being Set Up': Glenn Beck Warns His Audience To Prepare For The Time When He Is Murdered In The Night

Glenn Beck closed out his radio program yesterday with a 10-minute monologue warning his audience that everything that is happening in Baltimore and Ferguson and elsewhere is all a giant set-up, designed to create instability so that the federal government can take control of police departments all over the nation ... but nobody will listen to him.

"We’re being set up, guys. We are absolutely being set up," Beck said. "And I don’t know — this is what I pray every night: 'I don’t know how to do this, Lord. I don’t know what you want. I don’t know — I don’t know what you want.' I can’t wake up anyone. Oh, if I had the voice of an angel. I can’t wake anybody else up. They’ve smeared me. I’ve helped them smear me. I don’t have any credibility. Nobody is listening. I can tell you what’s coming. I’ve told you every step of the way. I know what’s coming next."

Linking a recent statement from Al Sharprton to an intentional misrepresentation of President Obama's 2008 statement about creating a civilian security force, Beck warned that the federal government is arming local police departments with military equipment in preparation for taking them over while "grassroots" agitators are being brought in to create civil unrest in major cities for the purpose of providing an excuse for the government to do just that.

"This is the biggest show ever," he warned. "That’s all that’s happening right now. This is a show. We’re watching a script and a play play out in front of us. None of this stuff is real. Those riots in Baltimore. That wasn’t real ... At some point, there will be a straw that breaks the camel’s back, and it will set the whole country on fire. And what happens? We will cry out for police help. The police will be overwhelmed. The DOJ will say, 'We’re going to take over policing, we’ll coordinate it from here.' And you’re done. It’s lights out, republic."

"That’s what’s coming," Beck said. "That’s what’s coming":

Amazingly, Beck wasn't done, as he then went on to implore his audience to prepare for the day when Beck and people like him are murdered in the night in order to silence their voices.

"If you look back at history, what happens to people who have voices and can cobble together people and be a leader?" he asked. "If you go back to what happened with the Armenian genocide, what is the first thing the Turks did? What is the first thing the Nazis did? You have a Night of Long Knives. The Armenian genocide. Any of the Armenians that could lead, any mayor, any writer, any person that was a hero in war, in one day, in each city, they would kill about 1,000 people. They'd just slaughter them. And they were all the leaders of the community. Anyone that people would rally around and follow. They were killed, day one. They just disappear, or they’re killed." 

"There are 10 million people that listen to this show. They cannot kill 10 million people in one night. You were born for a reason, and you’re listening to this show for a reason," Beck stated. "Prepare for a time when voices like mine or others are no longer heard and yours is the only voice."

Seemingly surprised by what he just spent the last 10 minutes saying, Beck finally fell silent before declaring "I can’t believe I just said all of that."

Rios: Christians Will Be Vilified, Like Pamela Geller, If SCOTUS Legalizes Gay Marriage

The American Family Association's director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, was a guest on the AFA's "Today's Issues" radio program this morning where she warned that if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage, Christians who preach against homosexuality will be treated as provocateurs, not unlike anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, who organized the event in Texas last week at which two Islamic terrorists were killed.

"Pam's event has been called provocative, what she was doing in soliciting cartoons being drawn was called provocative and I supposed, you know, you could say it is," Rios said. "I would say that if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage, so much of what we say and write at AFR will be provocative in the same way. We will be saying things to incite, to anger, to provoke — at least from their viewpoint — because, no, it's the law, it's legal, it's okay. You can't say something against what's been made legal and this is where we're going to get into some really rough terrain, I think":

God Helped Ben Carson Ace His College Chemistry Final By Giving Him All The Answers In A Dream

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was among the featured speakers at the official National Day of Prayer gathering in Washington, D.C. this morning where he told the story about the time that God helped him ace his college chemistry final by providing him with all of the answers in a dream.

As Carson explained it, his goal of becoming a doctor was nearly derailed in his first semester at Yale University when he was failing his chemistry class to such an extent that he would not have been able to pass even if managed to get an A on the final exam. Fortunately for him, this particular professor had a policy that anyone who was failing the class could receive double credit on the final and so Carson asked God for a miracle before committing himself to study for the exam the night before.

But instead of studying, Carson fell asleep and had a dream in which he was alone in an auditorium as some "nebulous figure" wrote out chemistry problems on the blackboard.

"When I went to take the test the next morning, it was like 'The Twilight Zone,'" Carson said. "I opened that book and I recognized the first problem as one of the ones I dreamed about. And the next, and the next, and the next, and I aced the exam and got a good mark in chemistry. It worked out okay and I promised the Lord he would never have to do that for me again":

Dobson: Gay Marriage Will Be 'The Death Knell Of Religious Liberty In America'

Today is the annual National Day of Prayer, which is overseen by Shirley Dobson, wife of Religious Right icon James Dobson. So naturally, James was given 10 minutes this morning to warn attendees at the official event in Washington, D.C. of the dire implications for this nation should the Supreme Court legalize gay marriage.

Echoing his belief that such a ruling could lead to civil war, Dobson warned that legalizing gay marriage would undermine and weaken the family and tear this nation apart because "it will divide us further and the implications of it are breathtaking."

Among the implications about which Dobson is particularly worried is the fact that parents will supposedly no longer be able to teach their children that homosexuality is a sin because public schools will be teaching the opposite.

"It has implications for the school. Textbooks are going to have to be re-written and re-illustrated to comply with the law," he warned. "It reaches every corner, every dimension of society. We are talking about the death knell of religious liberty in America":

Steve King: Legalizing Gay Marriage 'Throws This Country Into An Endless Trauma'

Rep. Steve King appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program yesterday, where he warned that a Supreme Court ruling striking down state bans on gay marriage "throws this country into an endless trauma."

Likening any such ruling to Roe v Wade, the Iowa Republican declared that "the public will not accept a huge decision of the Supreme Court that's not a decision of the people" before confusingly comparing it to the Dred Scott decision by seemingly suggesting that it would take a constitutional amendment and decades of legislation to overturn any decision legalizing gay marriage.

"Dred Scott back in 1857, the court thought that they were going to solve the slavery question by telling Congress that they couldn't free the slaves and telling the county that slaves could never be citizens," King said. "They made that decision and that helped move us towards a civil war ... Then in 1866, there was a civil rights act; that wasn't enough to get the job done. There was the Thirteenth Amendment that freed the slaves. The Fourteenth Amendment that guaranteed them full citizenship and then we still were a hundred years before we got the Civil Rights Act."

"If all of that to eliminate slavery, do they really think that they can do what they're going to do to marriage, with one decision of the Supreme Court and society is going to accept that?" he asked. "Society is in for a long battle":

Bryan Fischer Demands Conservative Commentator Be Fired For Being Gay

Earlier this week, it was reported that Guy Benson, the political editor at the conservative website Townhall.com,  reveals in his forthcoming book that he is gay.

Unsurprisingly, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer has wasted no time in demanding that Benson now be fired from his position at Townhall.com:

Benson is young, smart, and articulate and often appears on Fox News as a pundit on all manner of political issues. This makes him particularly dangerous to the conservative cause.

Now I don’t know Mr. Benson, and he certainly seems like a particularly nice and friendly individual. But this is not about his personality. It’s about his politics.

Townhall, by the way, is owned by Salem Media Group, which describes its mission as “targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values.” To my knowledge, Salem has yet to explain how paying an openly homosexual activist to be the political editor of its main public policy publication is consistent with this mission.

If Salem leadership is to be at all true to its own mission statement, Benson must be replaced. His values on homosexuality are not Christian, family-themed, or conservative.

It remains to be seen whether Fischer's demand will be heeded, but he does have a track record of managing to force gay conservatives out of their jobs.

Arkansas Pastor Rips Gov. Hutchinson's 'Total Lack Of Parenting' For Raising Son Who Supports Gay Marriage

Last month, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that he would not sign a state "religious freedom" bill unless it was changed so that it more closely mirrored the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Among the reasons that Hutchinson cited for opposing the bill in its original form was that even his own son has signed a petition asking him to veto it.

On the "WallBuilders Live" radio program today, Arkansas pastor Tim Brooks ripped Hutchinson's "total lack of parenting" for raising up a son who would support marriage equality.

"Our governor came on our local TV stations and said, 'My son has signed a petition for me to repeal this and I, on the other hand feel this way about it,'" Brooks fumed. "And he said on TV, 'This is clearly a generational issue where my son and his generation feel this way, my generation, however, feels this way'; clearly making this a generational issue that Arkansas has got to come to terms with and deal with."

"And Rick, I was appalled," Brooks continued. "I didn't know biblical mandates were generational. I thought there is another case for a total lack of parenting. At somewhere in this line, our governor did not transfer his values into his son's life. When he said, 'I think this way but my son thinks another way,' clearly he didn't parent in morality":

Trey Ware: America Is Suffering Riots, Terrorist Attacks, And Gay Marriage Because The 'Nation Left God'

On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," host Matthew Hagee had a discussion with local San Antonio conservative radio host Trey Ware about the attack on an anti-Islam event in Texas carried out by two Islamic radicals over the weekend. Ware declared that the attack, along with the unrest in Baltimore and the push for marriage equality, are all the result of America having abandoned God.

After saying that blaming organizers of the anti-Islam event for the attack is "blaming the victim, like what happens in certain rape cases," Ware said that this is all part of an ever-worsening "spiritual battle."

"There is no doubt that America, when we decided, as a nation I'm talking about, years ago to say, 'No, God, we don't want you in the schools, we don't want you anywhere,' and churches even said we don't want you in the churches, then God said 'okay,'" Ware said. "And we are now reaping what we have sown in America society. These riots that we have seen, the discussion about homosexual marriage that you and I are going to talk about today, and even the situation where terrorists are in our country, a lot of this is because we as a nation left God":

Bachmann: The Clinton Foundation Is 'An International Money Laundering Ring'

Steve Malzberg interviewed Michele Bachmann on his Newsmax radio program yesterday about the supposed Clinton Foundation "scandal," which the former congresswoman addressed with her typical nuance and perspicacity.

"This Clinton Foundation," she said, "is in effect an international money laundering ring to benefit the Clintons personally" so that they can "live the life of potentates."

"What's the best way to continue that lifestyle?" Bachmann asked, rhetorically. "Start an international foundation and get people to give you big money. But they use poor people as human shields for their pompous lifestyle":

Glenn Beck Wants Ted Cruz's 'Velvet Hand' In Control When America Descends Into Martial Law

On his radio broadcast this morning, Glenn Beck continued his incoherent attempt to explain away his comment from yesterday that he was not sure that Ted Cruz would be able to govern if he were elected president, claiming now that what he was saying is that only President Ted Cruz will be able to save America when it inevitably descends into martial law sometime in the next eight years.

"The world is about to change," Beck stated. "Mark my words, this next presidency, we will see martial law ... In this next presidency, we will see martial law, either regionally or across the entire country, I don't know. But you will see martial law because there's going to be a breakdown of the system."

"Now there is two ways that this goes," he continued. "Either the system breaks down and we go into martial law, the government closes the banks, we do what we did in the Great Depression and there are riots on the street and so we have to have martial law and it's a complete crackdown and you never get your freedoms back. Or we're better people and we do what Americans have always done and that is unite in times of crisis. I don't which way it's going to go."

Saying that it is important to have a "constitutionalist" in power when this societal breakdown comes, Beck said, "I want Ted Cruz because I believe we are going to face tough times and we may go into martial law and I want somebody that will take that and with a velvet hand, put uprisings down if we have them and then let the hand off and restore our freedoms again":

Young People For: Civic Engagement and Advocacy Associate

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and policy 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 Foundation 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 activism 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 change on their campuses and in their communities. The 2015-2016 fellowship class is comprised of 150 fellows from 120 communities in 41 states and is the next generation of YP4's growing network of over 1,500 alumni across the nation.

The position is located in Washington, DC.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Train and support YP4 fellows and alumni to implement impactful and nonpartisan civic engagement programs on campuses and in communities, with a particular emphasis on non-partisan organizing.
  • Act as the YP4 liaison for the ongoing courts matter campaign, which engages fellows and alumni on judicial nominations and the courts as an avenue to advance progressive change.
  • Lead the revision and creation of YP4 Little Black Books (LBB) to share strategies and tips for youth organizing.
  • Work to identify opportunities to successfully engage and uplift the voices of YP4 and PFAWF communities on issues that are important to the YP4 community (e.g. educational equity, LGBTQ equality, economic justice, racial justice, etc.).
  • Coordinate with the broader People For the American Way Foundation work and the work of its affiliate People For the American Way, as permitted, in their policy activities and to effectively utilize YP4’s networks in the organizations’ greater advocacy goals (e.g. money in elections, voter empowerment, progressive judiciary, etc.).
  • Provide research and curriculum support on civic participation and engagement to help prepare materials, manuals, curriculum, and handouts for all Regional Trainings, mentorship program, and the annual National Summit.
  • Coordinate strategies to keep alumni and fellows engaged with YP4 issues and campaigns via the YP4 blog.
  • Assist with external outreach to YP4 network and broader progressive movement through one-on- one phone contact, newsletters, new media, and the YP4 website.
  • Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of communications and media strategy to promote YP4 fellows and their work on the ground.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1-3 years’ experience with grassroots, political, non-partisan vote, student or youth organizing
  • 1-3 years’ experience in youth leadership development and social justice activism ideal.
  • College degree required.
  • Familiarity with the progressive community, legislative, and judiciary processes.
  • Experience with communications, social media, and web-based communications as a tool for network and program growth is ideal.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience through various mediums, including email, conference calls, public speaking engagements and in-person coalition meetings
  • Familiarity with MSOffice applications; experience with online communities and interest in web-based tools.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well-organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team.
  • Ability and willingness to show creativity and initiative to seek out new approaches and contacts.
  • Flexibility, resourcefulness, reliability and tenacity for handling multiple issues and meeting frequent deadlines.
  • Interest in developing professional skills and open to feedback
  • Ability and willingness to work additional hours and travel when needed.
  • Commitment to the values and issues of Young People For and People For the American Way Foundation.

To apply: Send resume and statement of interest to Human Resources at hr@pfaw.org.

People For the American Way is an equal opportunity employer.

Glenn Beck Incoherently Tries To Explain Away His 'Ted Cruz Can't Govern' Statement

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck made a rather surprising statement when he declared that he was not sure that Ted Cruz could govern effectively if he were to be elected president. Beck made the remark during a segment in which he was just randomly assessing whether any of the potential GOP candidates could govern, seemingly based on some random criteria that only Beck understood. (He also declared that Mike Huckabee would also be unable to govern if elected president.)

It was pretty obvious that even Beck did not understand whatever it was he was trying to say at the time, and predictably, he is now lashing out at everyone else for supposedly taking his "Ted Cruz can't govern" statement out of context, complaining about it on his website:

As we were discussing the challenges for Cruz and others, I mentioned that Cruz might have a tough time putting together a coalition because of all the work the media and politicians on left and right have done vilifying him. The way I tried to poorly summarize that was to say that “I’m not sure he could govern.”

Of course, the media has jumped all over that as if Vladimir Putin just came out as anti-Russia. But, context is key here. The specific example we used to discuss what we meant by “coalitions” and to “govern” was George W. Bush’s infamous decision in the midst of bailout mania as he “abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” Bush quite clearly built a broad coalition to govern in that instance, but I don’t consider that something to aspire to.

This is also why we talked about how Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Mccain would be able to “govern” even though I am not a fan of any of them. Stu caught how ridiculous the way the Cruz comment sounded immediately: “you can’t think he’s the best candidate if you don’t think he can govern.”

This is obviously true. Executing the nations “policy, actions, and affairs” as the dictionary definition reads is something I consider Ted Cruz to be quite capable of. Avoiding George W. Bush type “coalitions” is precisely why I like him.

He also complained about it on his Facebook page:

So, the media as always made this into a really big deal without context.

My question to these nitwits is this: how could I give full throated support to Ted and then not think he could govern?

I couldn't, unless

A: I am a psycho
B: I have changed my mind
C: you missed the context

The answer is C. Context matters.

I don't believe that things are going to stay the same. I believe the events that are coming are going to be so dramatic that the Republic will literally be hanging in the balance.

The country will do one of two things:

a: tear itself apart
b: come together as we always do in a crisis.

I wish I could bank on B, but I no longer know my country.

If we choose A, we will go into some sort of martial law and it will be imperative that we have a president that knows and respects the constitution and the people and will give the power back as Lincoln did.

If we choose B, then a man with vision and clear principles can and will govern.

This next president will indeed chart the course for the future and it will result in freedom unlike we have ever had due to hi tech and the constitution.

Or it will end in global an oligarchy and Russian style totalitarianism due to hi tech and the lack of a constitution.

I feel totally comfortable with Ted Cruz as the man to lead us through troubled times.

Least of all because of his father who has seen this movie before in Cuba and has raised his son for times such as this.

Please help me fight the anti ted spin and lies. If you see this story please help correct it in the comment sections and in chain emails.

Unsurprisingly, Beck's defense of himself make no sense. In the clip that we posted, Beck says that Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, and Jeb Bush all "could govern" while Huckabee and Cruz could not. Beck has publicly been a champion of Rubio, Walker, and Paul and has not been at all shy about voicing his deep dislike for Bush. 

If his standard for what qualifies a candidate as being able to "govern" is George W. Bush, whom Beck is now specifically citing as the sort of president that he doesn't want to see, then why are Rubio, Paul, and Walker on his list? And why is Huckabee not on that list, given that Beck thinks that Huckabee is a liar and "a very dangerous man"?

Beck's explanation is utterly incoherent, especially since his citation of George W. Bush as an example of bad governing is not what he said during the segment yesterday. Immediately following the end of the video we clipped yesterday, Beck and co-host Stu Burguiere had this exchange:

Burguiere: We can all look back now and it feels different in hindsight, but at the time, no one was more vilified than George W. Bush, who ran the country for eight years ... I mean, 'Bush is a terrorist' were sold in mainstream t-shirt stores in the mall.

Beck: And he couldn't govern at the end, he couldn't govern at the end and why he could govern; he couldn't govern at the beginning and he couldn't govern in the end. It was 9/11 that brought us all together.

Burguiere: Eh, there might be something to that, but towards the end he was governing the way that he was building coalitions towards the ends for things like, you know, removing capitalism to save it. I mean, that's the stuff he got broad consensus on.

Beck: Yes. That's the reason why Jeb Bush could govern.

It was not Beck who was initially arguing that George W. Bush was the negative standard for governing, since he explicitly asserted that Bush couldn't govern and it was Burguiere who was challenging Beck's assertion. On top of that, Beck then went on to say that Chris Christie and Rick Perry both "could govern" which is equally confusing if he was supposedly citing Bush's poor governing as the standard against which he was judging the current crop of candidates considering that Beck likes Perry and vehemently dislikes Christie.

The problem here is not that Beck's statement is being "taken out if context" but simply that there is no coherent explanation for why Beck thinks that Paul, Rubio, Walker, Bush, Perry, and Christie all "could govern" while Huckabee and Cruz could not.

And that is because Beck literally had no idea what he was talking about when he made this statement in the first place.

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