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E.W Jackson: Charleston Church Shooter Was A Left Wing Socialist

Anti-gay Religious Right activist and Virginia GOP politician E.W. Jackson stopped by Colorado Republican state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt's "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently to discuss his theory that the murder of nine black churchgoers by a white supremacist gunman in South Carolina was not primarily a racist hate crime but was rather an attack on Christianity

While acknowledging that the shooter "was motivated by race," Jackson was careful to point out that the fact that the attack took place in a church means that "this is clearly another attack on Christians and Christianity."

"There's increasing hostility against Christians because of the biblical positions that we're taking in this sort of post-Christian world that we're starting to live in and we're starting to experience in our country," Jackson said.

Klingenschmitt then added that the shooter, Dylann Roof, was "demon possessed," which prompted Jackson to declare that the shooting "was a demonic spiritual act."

"We, as Christians, understand that there is more behind this than just a human being going in an attacking other human beings because of their race," Jackson said. "The fact that he did it in a church, we know is a satanic or demonic act."

Klingenschmitt and Jackson, apparently under the bizarre impression that the Nazis were liberals, then went on to assert that Roof, who had cited the work of the right-wing Council of Conservative Citizens in his racist manifesto, had "socialist leanings" and was a left-wing radical because he embraced Nazi imagery and slogans.

"Hitler was not a right-wing person, he was not a conservative," Jackson declared. "Hitler was a socialist ... So when people see these symbols and want to somehow associate it with conservatives, they're completely wrong because that is simply not the history of socialism, which is exactly what Hitler called his party, the National Socialist Party."

"Unfortunately," he continued, "we have a very strong left-wing cabal in this country that are really extreme statists who want the state to control everything and it's a very dangerous place to go."

Obamacare Comes Out Stronger Than Before

A strong majority rejects conservative activists' attack on Obamacare, but this case should never have made it this far.
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'It's Time To Go': Glenn Beck Warns That The Time Of 'Book Burnings, And Re-Education, And Death' Is Now Here

Glenn Beck opened his television program last night by declaring that "it's time to go now" because everything he has been warning about for the last decare is now all coming to fruition.

Beck said that he sat all of his children down on Sunday night and told them that "now is the time, kids, this is the time that I have been preparing you for almost your whole life now, since September 11th. This is the time."

He then went on to discuss the latest execution video released by ISIS in which several men were drowned in a cage, while others were executed by having explosives wrapped around their necks. Falsely claiming that the men featured in this video were killed because they were Christians — in reality, they were accused of being spies — Beck warned that "the time of sorrows" has begun and would soon make its way to America.

As evidence, Beck pointed to the firing of Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, whom he falsely claimed lost his job simply for opposing same-sex marriage at church, insisting that he "was never preaching this at work." That, of course, is entirely untrue, as Cochran was fired explicitly for promoting his anti-gay views at work.

Beck continued with his misinformation campaign by then repeating his likewise untrue claim that the University of California has banned phrases such as "America is a melting pot," before inevitably warning that all of this can only end in death.

"When you get down to banning ideas, the next step is banning books," Beck warned. "First step. They soften the ground, biblical views can get you fired, expressing the idea of merit is bad. What's next? I will tell you: book burnings, and re-education, and death. That's not something I'm predicting, that's not something I'm projecting, that's not something I'm cheering for, I'm not using hyperbole, I'm looking solely at history."

PFAW Foundation Statement on Fair Housing and Obamacare Wins at the Supreme Court

In a 5-4 decision today, the Supreme Court upheld the use of disparate impact analysis under the Fair Housing Act, which allows fair housing and Civil Rights advocates to show that government actions disproportionately harm affected communities instead of being required to find a “smoking gun” proving that intentional discrimination occurred. The Court also upheld the clear intent of Congress in allocating subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, dismissing a partisan attempt to undermine the law.

“Today’s ruling in the Fair Housing Act case is an important win for fair housing and for equality under the law,” said Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation. “The Fair Housing Act was passed into law just days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King and it stands as a tribute to his work and legacy. As last week’s murders in Charleston make perfectly clear, our nation’s long struggle with racism is far from over. But not all racism is so easily identified. Today’s decision means we still have a powerful tool to advocate for justice in one of the most critical areas of our nation’s public policy.

“The Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell is unquestionably the correct one, but in a sane court system, there’s no way this case would have made it to the Court, let alone received the support of three Justices. This decision should be a reminder of how much is at stake in our nation’s highest Court, and how critical it is that Americans consider the Supreme Court as we choose our next president.”

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Barber: Gay Rights Activists Are 'Pawns' Of Satan

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Matt Barber declared that the persecution of Christians is on the rise in America and around the world because secular progressives, gay rights activists, and ISIS are blind to the fact that they are the pawns of Satan.

"We also need to be praying for those who are persecutors, for Islamists, for secular progressives because, as Ephesians 6:12 says, 'Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm,'" Barber said. "These people don't even realize that they're being used as pawns in the spiritual war."

"Even though they can deny God," he continued, "Satan loves that they can deny the existence of God, or they'll even deny his existence. They don't realize that they're vulnerable to being used ... They don't even realize that healing is available, that salvation is available, that eternal life is available through Christ and through Christ alone because they are blinded and their hearts are hardened."

Beck And Barton Warn That SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision Will Legalize Pedophilia And Outlaw The Bible

Glenn Beck opened his television program last night by previewing the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage with David Barton of WallBuilders and Kelly Shackelford of the Liberty Institute.  The three Religious Right activists warned that if gay marriage bans are struck down, churches will be stripped of their tax-exempt status, average citizens will be fired from their jobs simply for attending a church that opposes gay marriage, and the government may even attempt to strip Beck of his broadcasting license because his church won't perform gay marriages ...spectacular incidents that haven't occurred in any of the 37 states that already have marriage equality.

To kick things off, Barton flalsely claimed that 2009's hate crimes law protected pedophiles, which means that if the Supreme Court now legalizes gay marriage, pedophilia will also become legally protected.

Not to be outdone, Beck later chimed in to warn that anti-gay churches will lose their tax-exempt status, people will lose their jobs for attending such a church, and ultimately the Bible will be outlawed as a "hate book."

"Maybe right away, maybe not right away, but definitely it will happen," Beck declared.

Beck: God Will Punish America For SCOTUS Jerusalem Passport Ruling

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court issued a ruling declaring that Congress did not have the power to force the State Department to issue passports to American children born in Jerusalem and list them as having been born in Israel. The issue of Jerusalem and its position as the capital of Israel is a contentious international topic and the court majority ruled that the issue of "which governments are legitimate in the eyes of the United States and which are not" is something that is reserved for the Executive Branch and not Congress.

On his radio program last night, Glenn Beck declared that this decision has broken America's covenant with God and therefore God will punish this nation as a result.

"I think we're going to pay for this one," Beck said. "We are told that if we stand against Israel what will happen to us. This is the United States government. George Washington made a contract, we're in a covenant with God; us and the ancient nation of Israel, those are the only two that have this kind of a covenant. We will pay for this one. Things are going to get tough."

Staver: Obama's Support For Caitlyn Jenner Is Proof 'We've Got Evil ... Residing In The White House'

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber were aghast at Caitlyn Jenner's gender transition and were utterly outraged that President Obama had praised Jenner's courage on Twitter, with Staver declaring that "we've got evil that is actually residing in the White House."

Barber declared that instead of celebrating Jenner's transition, "people need to be in mourning, need to be praying for him, he needs to be pitied," asserting that "our world is upside down right now."

Staver agreed, saying, "You know, we've got evil that is actually residing in the White House, as well because of that."

"It's just evil to applaud evil," he said. "And as the person who has the highest position in the United States to come out and use that position to literally applaud something that's evil  ... This is nothing to applaud; this is the sign of a sick society."

Photo Captures Powerful Protest of Confederate Flag Two Months Before Emanuel AME Tragedy

This April, a group of more than 100 progressive African American clergy gathered in Columbia, South Carolina for the Spring Training Institute of People For the American Way Foundation’s African American Ministers Leadership Council. Among a week of trainings, advocacy meetings at the state capitol, and strategic conversations about the Black Lives Matter movement, this ecumenical body of women and men took time to gather together for a prayer in front of the capitol where the confederate flag still waves.

That week, less than two months before our friend and brother Reverend and State Senator Clementa Pinckney, along with members of the congregation, were massacred at Emanuel A.M.E. church by a shooter who embraced the Confederate flag, clergy stood hand in hand in prayer, reflection, and even tears for the removal of this symbol of hate and bigotry.

The public prayer was the culmination of ongoing work led by South Carolina faith leaders like Reverend and State Representative Terry Alexander. Rep. Alexander has long been a guiding voice in this push, meeting with other elected officials and advocating strongly for its removal.

Why did we pray that day that started out with dark clouds and rain and turned into one of sunshine and light? Because the Confederate flag remains a visible, strategically placed reminder of a southern heritage that embraced slavery, segregation and hate. Because a symbol rooted in the dehumanization of Black Americans is still prominently waving at the capitol, still validated by a government body.

We first prayed facing this symbol of disunity – a symbol of the painful past – for a present and future of peace, unity, and prosperity as a people and a country. We then prayed and sang with our backs turned to it, rejecting the division and pain that it continues to represent. In memory of the love and compassion of Senator Pinckney and the eight others, it’s time for the state of South Carolina to do the same.

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Fischer: If You're Going To Take Down The Confederate Flag, You Should Also Remove 'The Rainbow Flag Of The Gay Reich'

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer once again contributed some of his typically well-reasoned and insightful thoughts on the controversy over the Confederate flag by demanding that if this flag is going to be removed, so too should the rainbow flag, which is the symbol of "the Gay Reich."

"If we are going to remove symbols of oppression from our culture," Fischer said, "if we come to the point where we say any flag that represents bigotry, any flag that represents hatred, any flag that represents slavery or oppression needs to be removed, then I want to suggest to you that the next flag to go ought to be the rainbow flag of the Gay Reich."

"The rainbow flag represents the gay lobby, it represents Big Gay, it represents what I'm calling for the first time today, I'm introducing a new term: the Gay Reich," he continued. "They've got a flag just like the Nazis had their flag."

"That flag is a symbol of slavery and oppression and bigotry and prejudice and bias," Fischer said. "So if we're going to go after symbols of oppression, we ought to make the rainbow flag the next target for removal in our culture."

Beck: Nonexistent University Of California Policy Will End In 'A Bullet To The Head'

On his radio program this morning, Glenn Beck voiced his outrage over reports that the University of California had supposedly banned phrases such as "America is the land of opportunity" and "America is a melting pot" on the grounds that they are "microaggressions" that could potentially offend others.

In reality, the university had simply held "seminars to make people aware of how their words or actions may be interpreted when used in certain contexts." Nobody was required to attend these seminars and "no one at the University of California is prohibited from making [these sorts of] statements."

But that basic detail was lost on Beck, who decided to react to this phony story like he always does: by warning that it will end with beatings in the street and a bullet to the head.

Calling the University of California "a re-education camp," Beck warned that the university had officially banned certain thoughts and so it is only a matter of time before it bans any books which contain those thoughts. From there, it was just a short step to attacking the people who hold those views and beating them in the streets. And if that doesn't get them to shut up, Beck said, "you just kill a few of them and everybody else shuts up."

"You ban not just words but thought; next thing, you're going to be banning books," Beck warned. "And the step after that is a bullet to the head."

Glenn Beck And Star Parker See The Upside Of Charleston: More Guns In The Inner City

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck interviewed right-wing activist Star Parker about last week's racist shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Beck and Parker were both encouraged that positive developments would come out of this tragedy ... such as more people who live in the inner city deciding that they need guns for self-protection.

"This weekend, I heard with the gun debate, black families in Chicago and inner cities going, 'No, no no, it's time now to arm," Beck said. "It's going the other direction. While the left is pushing for gun control, the inner city, the African Americans are the ones saying, "No, no, no."

"I'm glad they are getting to the place where they embrace our constitutional right to bear arms, the Second Amendment," Parker responded. "Because if you think about why there is so much murder in the black community, especially our at-risk communities where we have concentrated poverty through welfare policy, the blacks, only 16 percent even own an arm. So when you have an unarmed people, then those that are armed, the gangsters, will come and wreak havoc over your community."

"I hope that it takes a little bit of time" for blacks in the inner city to fully arms themselves, Parker added, "because we don't want a race war."

Bryan Fischer Insists The Confederate Flag 'Is A Democratic Issue'

On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer urged GOP presidential candidates and the Republicans who control South Carolina's government not to "accept the premise" that Republicans are responsible for addressing the controversy over the Confederate flag because "this is a Democratic issue."

"This is not a Republican issue," Fischer laughably asserted. "They didn't invent the flag. They didn't design the flag. They didn't fly the flag. They didn't march behind the flag. They didn't got to war with this flag at the head of their troops. This is a Democratic issue. The Democrats are the ones responsible for the existence of the Confederate flag ... This is a Democratic issue. This is a Democrat symbol. This was invented by Democrats. It was flown by Democrats."

It should be left up to Democrats, Fischer continued, to decide what to do "with your Confederate flag ... It's your flag, it's your issue. You need to decide what you want to do with it."

Glenn Beck: Flying The Confederate Flag 'Makes No Sense' Whatsoever

Later today, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a press conference to reportedly call for the Confederate flag to be removed from the grounds of the state capitol in the wake of the racist shooting at a Charleston church last week.

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck said that while this issue should be left up to the people of South Carolina, he supports removing the flag because flying "the Confederate flag makes no sense to me whatsoever."

"It's a flag of another country," Beck said. "Why are you flying that? Are you proud that you were another country at some point?" 

On top of that, he added, it is a symbol of slavery, saying that if you look at the constitution of the Confederacy, "there's no ifs, and, or buts" that slavery was the central issue of the Civil War.

"It was not about state's rights because you didn't have a right as a state in the Confederacy to go against slavery," he said.  "So there's no state's rights there. That's not about state's rights."

"This is a legacy of rebellion against the United States that had everything to do with slavery," he continued. "It wasn't about state's rights, it was about slavery. And that was a [rebellion] that was put down; we have healed since then and it was only brought back as a symbol against the civil rights movement. It's a thing of the past."

Porter: 'With The Homosexualizing Of Marriage Comes The Criminalization Of Christianity'

Faith2Action's Janet Porter was a guest recently on Gordon Klingenschmitt's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, where she warned that a Supreme Court ruling striking down state bans on gay marriage would result in the "criminalization of Christianity."

"We have, at this moment, freedom hanging by a thread," Porter declared. "If the Supreme Court rules wrong, if they homosexualize marriage, with the homosexualizing of marriage comes the criminalization of Christianity. That's what a stake."

As such, Porter is urging people to engage in "high octane" prayer and fasting because "our freedoms are at stake" and also to prepare themselves to disobey the court's ruling because "we need to be able to obey God rather than men."

Lapin: 'The State Religion Of Secular Fundamentalism' Seeks To Obliterate Christianity

Rabbi Daniel Lapin was among the speakers today at Ralph Reed's "Road To Majority Conference," where he declared that "secular fundamentalism" has become an "official state religion" and that, just like Islam, it is seeking to "obliterate" Christianity from American society.

"The only form of sex that the official state religion of secular fundamentalism despises is the sex described as ideal in God's book, the Bible," Lapin said. "All other forms of sex [are] highly desirable and indeed brave and courageous to practice, but what you and your spouse do, that's retrogressive and negative."

"It's exactly what the Muslim hoards did when they invaded Spain in the eighth century," he continued. "They obliterated every sign of Christianity and that's what the state religion of secular fundamentalism does as it conquers our society, works at obliterating the only hope this country has, which is a fervent, revived Christianity."

Peterson: White People's Anger Over Being Falsely Labeled Racist Will Lead To More Racist Attacks Like SC Shooting

Steve Malzberg interviewed Jesse Lee Peterson on Newsmax TV yesterday about the shooting at a South Carolina church where a white gunman killed nine black churchgoers in an attempt to start a race war, during which Peterson bizarrely claimed that racism is not an issue in America today.

"[President Obama] implied that racism is still an issue in America today for black people from white folks, when it's absolutely not true," Peterson said. "You have the Department of Justice and others calling it a hate crime even before they knew, before the dust settled, they called it a hate crime, which is encouraging or verifying for a lot of angry black people that racism is a problem."

Even more bizarrely, Peterson then went on to say that white people are being unfairly labeled as racist and so "white people need to start speaking up instead of holding that anger in" because otherwise more violent incidents like this will happen.

"They need to speak out to the country, to black Americans and tell them, 'I am not a racist, I am not your problem, you need to take care of your own life, you need to get married, raise your own children, get away from the government taking care of you, drop your anger so you can see that I am not your problem,'" Peterson advised. "White Americans have been made to feel for the last 50 years or so that they are to blame for the situation in the black family and in the black community when it has nothing to do with white racism but everything to do with the lack of moral character."

White people, Peterson said, are being made to feel guilty and fearful about being called racist which is building up anger inside of them that will lead to more white people carrying out violent race-based attacks like the one in South Carolina:

Defamation Suit Against Glenn Beck Has Potentially Become Significantly More Expensive

Last year, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi sued Glenn Beck after Beck spent the weeks following the Boston Marathon bombing openly accusing Alharbi, who was injured in the attack, of being an al Qaeda control agent and the "money man" behind the terrorist bombing.

Long after Alharbi had been cleared by law enforcement authorities, Beck spent program after program insisting that the United States government was covering up the truth and was protecting Alharbi at the behest of Saudi Arabia. Unsurprisingly, Alharbi eventually sued Beck for defamation and slander.

While Beck's lawyers have unsuccessfully attempted to get the lawsuit dismissed, the judge in this case has not been particularly sympathetic to Beck's defense and, to make matters worse, has now allowed Alharbi to amend his lawsuit to add a count of "unjust enrichment," which has "significantly upped the amount of a possible judgment" he could receive if he wins his suit:

It is now clear that indeed false statements were made by Beck about Alharbi and it should not be difficult for Alahrbi to prove that his reputation was harmed by those statements, however, the case does not end there.

In the landmark Supreme Court case of New York Times v. Sullivan and in a series of cases since then including Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts, the Supreme Court ruled that when it comes to public officials and public figures, there is an additional burden of proof for a plaintiff alleging he has been defamed by the media.  In those cases, a plaintiff will not be successful in a defamation case unless he can prove in addition to the statements being false and that he was harmed by the statements that the statements were made with malice either knowing the statements were false or with a reckless disregard for the truth.  This higher standard makes it much more difficult for a public official or public figure to win a defamation lawsuit.  Thus Beck’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by arguing that Alharbi was a public figure and Alharbi had not alleged that Beck had made his statements with malice.  In December the judge denied Beck’s motion.

Now in a significant ruling, Judge Patti B. Saris has allowed Alharbi to amend his defamation lawsuit by adding a count for unjust enrichment.  In allowing this count to be added to the complaint, Judge Saris has significantly upped the amount of a possible judgment.  In her decision, Judge Saris stated that “Massachusetts courts have recognized that misuse of confidential information may lead to unjust enrichment.”  Judge Saris also cited the defamation and unjust enrichment lawsuit brought by former Minnesota Governor and former Navy SEAL, Jesse Ventura against Chris Kyle, the author of the book and the subject of the movie “American Sniper.”  In the book and in a later interview with Bill O’Reilly about the book, Kyle described an alleged bar fight involving Ventura during a wake for one of Kyle’s comrades killed in action.  In his O’Reilly interview account of the fight, Kyle quoted Ventura as saying the Seals deserved to “lose a few” due to their involvement in an unjust war in Iraq.  In Kyle’s version of the altercation, Ventura ended up “on the floor” with a black eye.  The case went to trial after the death of Kyle and ended with a largely reported verdict in favor of Ventura, the plaintiff.  What was less reported was the jury’s verdict consisted of an award of $500,000 for defamation and $1.35 million for unjust enrichment.

Jindal: 'The Left Is Trying To Take God Out Of The Public Square'

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called into Glenn Beck's radio program today, where he warned that an "unholy alliance between big business and the radical left" is persecuting Christians by opposing legislation designed to allow Christian business owners to discriminate in the name of "religious liberty."

"Look at the fight in Indiana over religious liberty," Jindal said. "You had this unholy alliance between big business and the radical left going after the religious liberty and conservatives. Look, the radical left wants to tax and regulate businesses out of existence. They think profit is a dirty word, so these businesses need to be careful who they're making these alliances with."

That prompted Beck to warn that if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on gay marriage, Christians will be on the verge of  being stripped of their rights of conscience, to which Jindal responded that "America didn't create religious liberty; religious liberty created the United States of America and the left is trying to take God out of the public square":

PFAW Foundation Mourns the Loss of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a Member of Our Family

On behalf of the entire PFAW family, we extend our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims, and to all the members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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