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Ryan Sorba Calls Homosexuality a Hobby

During the Awakening 2012’s panel on the “LGBT Agenda,” right-wing activist Ryan Sorba said that homosexuality is a hobby akin to playing basketball and surfing, as part of his argument that conservatives should “stop using the word gay” since it may lead people to believe that “they’re born gay.” In fact, Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber kindly provided us the headline for this post!

Watch:

Sorba: The other issue is, a lot of people lose their confidence when they talk about this issue, because the other side is so good at putting you into a corner with their terms, which is why this panel is so important, because he who defines the terms controls the debate. Stop using the word gay, because implicit in the notion of a gay identity is the fact that they’re born gay and that it should be a fundamental human right, but fundamental human rights are based on human nature not on capricious desires. If fundamental human rights are based on capricious desires, guess what, we’d have every group on this planet with a different hobby arguing for fundamental rights and benefits based on the fact that they play hockey, based on the fact that they play basketball or surf, or anything that they’re interested in.

Barber: Did you catch that, Brian? I can see the Right Wing Watch headline now, ‘Sorba Calls Homosexuality a Hobby.’ I just gave it to you, go ahead and use that.

Romney Successfully Wooing the Religious Right with Promises of Right Wing Judges

Last week, we unveiled a campaign featuring a website, web ad, and report exposing Mitt Romney’s dangerous agenda for America’s courts, as demonstrated by the fact that Robert Bork has been tapped to lead Romney's constitutional and judicial advisory team.

As the report noted, Romney's choice of judicial advisors "spells serious trouble for the American people" ...  and it is no surprise that it is also music to the ear of the Religious Right.

On today's episode of "WallBuilders Live," David Barton and Rick Green invited Jordan Sekulow, who worked for Romney back in 2008, to make the case as to why the Religious Right can and should support Romney.  While Green was skeptical at first, Barton needed no convincing because Jay Sekulow (Jordan's father) was going to be involved in picking Romney's judges and that was all he needed to hear:

This has not been a hard thing for evangelicals to get over and support Romney and it shouldn't be a hard thing. When Romney ran four years ago, he wasn't my first choice but the reason I never got really worried about Romney was Jay Sekulow. And I tell you he has been very intimately involved in helping get folks like Alito and Roberts on the court. And four years ago, I heard that Sekulow is the guy that Romney has tapped to choose his judges and I said "that's it." I don't have any trouble with Romney because Isaiah 1:26 tells me the righteousness of nation is determined, not by the legislature, but by its judges. And if Romney's got folks like Sekulow picking his judges, I can live with that in a heartbeat.

When Jordan Sekulow joined the program, he made the case that conservatives should support Romney because he has pledged to nominate judges like Samuel Alito and John Roberts and has filled his campaign with people who are going to keep his feet to the fire:

Green: How important is it for us to recognize that if Romney is president, who has his ear? Who are the people that will consider those judges versus another four years of Obama if he gets another quarter of the judiciary appointed?

Sekulow: You've already got people who are long-time Romney supporters like my dad, who has argued thirteen cases before the Supreme Court and was very involved with President Bush - he was one of four people that were involved in the nomination process in the Bush White House - and so if you like Alito and Roberts, these are the kind of people. You have Judge Bork, who was filibustered by the Senate, voted down by the Senate actually, and he is on the Romney committee.

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You want Kagan and Sotomayor, and I was at the Supreme Court during the 'Obamacare' oral arguments, you probably don't want more of that, or do you want more Alito and Roberts? And he's made those pledges; I think we need to come to the campaign say "alright, you made these pledges, we're going to keep you honest to them and keep your feet to the fire."

Religious Right Leaders Urge GOP to Fix Relationship with Heaven-Sent Latinos

A major theme at the Freedom Federation’s Awakening conference last weekend was the need for more effective outreach to Hispanic Christians. Religious Right leaders who are trying to bring more Latinos into the conservative political movement know they are swimming upstream against the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the GOP primaries and the Tea Party, the impact of anti-immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama, and the hostility of GOP elected officials to the DREAM Act. They fear that the well-earned antipathy of Latino voters toward the GOP could prevent them from defeating Barack Obama, which they believe is necessary to prevent the country’s slide into socialist, secularist tyranny.

Several strategies for repairing the breach were on display.

To GOP leaders and the conservatives attending the Awakening, organizers and speakers delivered a surprisingly blunt denunciation of the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has led to the disastrously low polling numbers for Mitt Romney and the Republican Party. At Saturday’s panel on immigration, if you closed your eyes you could almost imagine that you were at a La Raza-sponsored gathering. All the panelists talked about the need for multifaceted “comprehensive immigration reform,” a term that has been vilified by right-wing activists and Republicans as code for “amnesty.”

The Southern Baptists’ Richard Land said it was “absurd” to deport teens whose parents had brought them to the US as children. “I was depressed and angered by the response that Rick Perry got at the debate when he was defending the in-state tuition for the children of undocumented workers in Texas,” said Land, who decried those who “would condemn them to the margins of society and waste a precious national recourse.” During the presidential primary, Land lamented, “the Republican party has painted itself into a corner, and then having surveyed the damage, applied a second coat.” He said many people think Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would be the best possible running mate for Romney, because his support for a “conservative DREAM Act” (which falls far short of the real thing) would be a step toward improving a “dismal and indefensible policy by the Republican Party and the Republican candidates.”


Robert Gittelson, a businessman and co-founder of Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, called strategies to push immigrants to “self-deport” by making their lives miserable – Romney’s stated approach -- “unbiblical” and “cruel.” Barrett Duke, Vice President for Public Policy and Research and Director of the Research Institute of the Southern Baptist’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, talked about a paper he has co-written with Land for Regent University’s law journal, which reviews Bible verses about treatment of strangers. He criticized an “offended citizen” or “law and order” approach to illegal immigration, urging conservatives to take a love-thy-neighbor perspective. “I am not a citizen of the United States first,” he said, “I am a Christian first.”

Panelists even opposed Arizona’s wildly-popular-among-conservatives SB 1070. Regent University president Carlos Campo said the law was “impractical” and made it “almost impossible” for law enforcement not to engage in ethnic profiling. Gittelson worried that if the law is upheld by the Supreme Court, 21 to 23 states would pass similar laws within a year.

And Regent University’s Campo even cautioned against putting too much emphasis on “assimilation,” saying that the “melting pot can burn off some important things.” Land added that the US had been enriched in its culture, cuisine, and music by waves of immigration, though all agreed on the importance of English remaining a common language in the US.

Friday night’s opening session was devoted to Hispanic outreach. Samuel Rodriguez, head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, was scheduled to give the keynote, but he was kept away by a basketball injury so organizers showed his speech from a previous gathering. Rodriguez tries to sell conservatives on bringing Latino evangelicals into the movement; he gets a warm reception by preaching a Religious Right-Tea Party view of government, saying the big-government “Pharaoh” wants to silence Christians and make people dependent on the government.

But Rodriguez and others are also pushing an even bolder strategy for convincing white evangelicals to take a friendlier view of undocumented immigrants – one that was picked up on by other speakers at the Awakening. You could call it the Hispanic Exceptionalism corollary to the theory of divinely inspired American Exceptionalism that is a constant refrain at these gatherings. According to this Hispanic Exceptionalism theory, illegal Hispanic immigrants have actually sent by God to save America from itself.

Self-proclaimed “apostle” Cindy Jacobs told Awakening attendees that God has gathered Latino people to the United States and given them a special emphasis on families and children. As RWW has reported, Rodriguez recently made the same pitch on evangelist James Robison’s TV show. “Now, why has God permitted these Hispanics to arrive in America in the 21st Century? I think it’s a prophetic purpose, and that is to redeem Christianity or we will end up even worse than post-modern Europe.” Rodriguez said the Hispanic community “can once again help make the gospel of Jesus Christ, the church, the most influential institution in America” and he warned that “when we talk about deporting, we are deporting Christianity in America in the 21st century.”

Fischer Intends to Drag RNC into his War on Romney

Yesterday, we noted that Bryan Fischer has launched a full-scale war against Mitt Romney for having hired an openly gay man to serve as his campaign's foreign policy and national security spokesman.

On his radio program yesterday, Fischer revealed that he does not intend to limit his crusade to the Romney camp, but intends to drag the entire Republican Party into it by demanding that the RNC publicly declare where it stands on this issue:

That raises the question about where the Republican Party is at. We need to get some clarification. I called the RNC this morning, had my producer Jan Bryan call the offices of the Republican National Committee, we need some clarification on this. Where is the Republican Party on the issue of homosexual behavior. Do they consider homosexual behavior something that's healthy or harmful? What is their position on Governor Romney hiring somebody who is a homosexual activist to a prominent spokes position? We need to get some answers from the RNC. And, predictably, the Republican National Committee has not called me back.

ALEC Double Whammy: Whistleblower Complaint and Another Corporate Departure

It’s been a rough start to the week over at the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Common Cause has submitted a formal whistleblower complaint against ALEC to the IRS this morning, alleging that the organization has flouted federal tax laws by portraying themselves as a tax-exempt charity and misusing their 501c3 status by acting primarily as a lobbying organization, according to a press release.

501c3 organizations have very strict limitations on lobbying, and ALEC consistently states on its tax returns that it does not engage in lobbying. But it’s hard to see how an organization that helps facilitate meetings between corporate representatives and state legislators, produces model legislation and coaches state legislators on how to advocate for and defend such legislation can be considered anything BUT lobbying.

Corporations provide the vast majority of ALEC’s funding. But since their membership dues are written up as donations to a “charitable” organization, they can deduct the dues from their taxes – leaving the American taxpayers to make up the difference, says Common Cause president Bob Edgar. “Corporations that have been funding this organization have, in fact, been lobbying and getting a tax break. The taxpayers of the United States have been paying for a lobbying operation because these corporations can take this off on their taxes.”

The 4,000 pages of internal ALEC documents submitted to the IRS make the case that ALEC is an active lobbying organization, and by law, the IRS is required to launch an investigation.

As if that isn’t headache enough, a thirteenth company, Procter & Gamble, has ended its membership in ALEC. As a P&G spokesperson told Color of Change, the company “made the determination that ALEC does not help P&G compete for consumers’ loyalty and support.”

The pressure is now on Johnson & Johnson, one of the companies still connected to ALEC and a target of a petition drive to get ALEC-member corporations to leave the organization, to explain how ALEC’s extreme agenda benefits their consumers when their major competitor P&G concluded it did not.

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Bryan Fischer Launches Full-Scale Attack on Romney Campaign's Gay Spokesman

As we noted earlier today, Bryan Fischer is positively livid that Mitt Romney's campaign hired Richard Grenell to serve as its foreign policy and national security spokesman because Grenell is openly gay.

So it was no surprise that Fischer dedicated a segment to discussing the issue today on his radio program, where he began by asserting that most gay men have hundreds, if not thousands, of "random, frequent, and anonymous sexual encounters and that becomes a significant issue when we're talking about appointing somebody to a post as sensitive as a spokesman for national security and foreign policy": 

Later Fischer brought up the fact that the LDS Church opposes homosexuality and demanded to know whether Romney agreed with that position and, if so, explain why he would appoint an openly gay man to serve on his campaign.  If Romney said he didn't agree with that position, then Fischer said there would be no reason for social conservatives to vote for him:

Bill Dallas: 'God Does not Want Girls to Marry Other Girls'

For months now, we have been writing about a Religious Right voter registration and mobilization effort called Champion The Vote. The goal of the effort is to utilize new technology to get "5 million unregistered conservative Christians to register and vote according to the Biblical worldview in 2012."

Today, Champion The Vote's President and CEO, Bill Dallas, was the guest on "WallBuilders Live" where he and Rick Green discussed the importance of getting Christians registered to vote ... so that they can take back the culture and Dallas won't have to talk to his young daughter about gay marriage:

My little six year old comes running up to me - she goes to a Christian school, first grade, she goes to church and we keep a very tight protection on her, we watch what friends she plays with outside of school, so we keep pretty tight reins on what she's being taught. But she comes running up to me and she goes "Daddy, can a girl marry another girl." She asked me that last night, Rick.

Can a girl marry another girl and immediately I look over at my niece and I realize they must have been talking, my nine year old niece must have said "did you know that girls can marry other girls." Well, my six year old doesn't know that, it's not what she's taught at school. So what is my response, Rick? She's asking can a girl marry another girl. The technical answer is yes! But I can't say that to her because it would confuse her, so I immediately switch the conversation and I say "God does not want girls to marry other girls, God does not want boys to marry other boys." I kind of re-directed the answer but then I have to stop and explain and we talked to our niece.

But the real answer is, in reality yes they can. And so what is happening is that the salt and light culture that we're supposed to be as Christians is slowly being deteriorated and so these types of conversations are happening more and more because this is what the culture is.

So how do you stop it? Well, we can get angry and we can try to bash the other side, but do people realize that we have the numbers? If we would just stand up and be righteousness, then what would happen is those conversations wouldn't happen because the laws would then reflect us.

Beck: Barton will Receive 'a lot of the Credit in the Afterlife' for Saving America

Last week, David Barton was once again a featured guest on Glenn Beck's program, this time promoting his new book "The Jefferson Lies."

In introducing the segment, Beck said to Barton that "when we save the country, a lot of the credit in the afterlife is going to go to you," while Barton gave all the credit to God, suggesting that God has placed these historical documents in his hands because "He wants it saved and preserved for the country":

As an aside, I found this clip via professor John Fea's blog, who commented that he didn't "even know where to begin with this video" and lamented the success that Barton has had promoting his false history:

Barton's book is currently ranked #31 at Amazon. It is really sad that the American past is being manipulated for political propaganda in this way. I say this as an historian and an evangelical Christian.

Fea is an Associate Professor of American History at Messiah College and the author of the excellent book "Was America Founded As a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction" which I  wrote about several times last year, and his comment raises a question that I have been wondering about for a long time, which is why bona fide historians seem so unwilling to take a stand against Barton and his partisan manipulation of history. 

For academic historians to generally remain silent as Barton's brand of pseudo-history becomes increasingly popular seems, to me, to represent a serious disservice to their field of expertise. Barton's brand of partisan history remains popular, at least in part, because actual historian so rarely speak out against Barton's flagrant misuse and misrepresentation of history.

Fea laments that Barton's book is so popular while simultaneously saying he doesn't even know what to say about this video.  Those two things are not unrelated. 

If historians, and especially evangelical historians like Fea, remain reluctant to get involved in the task of debunking and discrediting Barton and his pseudo-history, they can expect to continue seeing books by the likes of Beck and Barton at the top of the best-sellers list.

UPDATE:  Fea has responded to this post and makes several fair points in defense of his own efforts to debunk Barton's phony history.

Introducing YP4 Featured Fellows

Young People For (YP4), a program of People For the American Way Foundation, is a year-long leadership development program that helps a diverse set of student leaders turn their idealism into actions that advance social change on their campuses and in their communities. YP4 Fellows design and implement a capstone project called the Blueprint for Social Justice.

We’ll be highlighting the work of some of our outstanding Fellows here. This month, we’re pleased to introduce Crystal Obiukwu, representing Ohio State University.

“My Blueprint is a program that will teach young women, specifically teens, about reproductive justice and how to advocate for reproductive justice in their communities… I want to live in a world that truly embodies progressive values. I want a country where everyone has the ability to reach their full potential. I really want a world that is democratic and people oriented.

“I’ve mainly been involved in the feminist community and the reproductive rights community on my campus. I am starting to get involved in anti-racist work and I’ve been involved with my schools Occupy movement. I feel like my life experience and my identity as a Nigerian American woman brings a new perspective. Right now my university is dealing with a lot of hate crimes and racism on campus. We had a person come to a Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi vigil with a gun holster to intimidate activists, “Long Live Zimmerman” was spray painted on the Black cultural center on campus, and swastikas and the n-word were spray painted on an Obama mural in an area near students and a predominantly black neighborhood. This all happened within 48 hours. Previously an Islamaphobic ad that was funded by an extreme right-wing group was placed in our newspaper.

“Activist, students, and faculty immediately held an impromptu meeting after the 2nd hate crime had occurred. Two actions and a list of 3 demands were created. The next day we had over 200 students and activist go to the board of trustees meeting to read our demands and make them address racism on campus. Our demands were 1) have hate crime alerts go out to students so they can be informed about racism on campus, 2) have diversity be a priority at Ohio State with a diverse body of students and faculty that is representative of the country’s population, and 3) inclusion not tolerance; we want a campus that is genuinely inclusive of all kinds of students. We also had a sit-in in our student union until our first demand was met.

“All of the great student activists around me who do amazing work inspire me. The fact that they can be both students and accomplish incredible things inspires me to do my best as an activist.”

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An Outraged Bryan Fischer Issues a List of Demands for Mitt Romney

Last week, it was announced that Mitt Romney‘s campaign had hired Richard Grenell to serve as its foreign policy and national security spokesman. Grenell happens to be openly gay, which has predictably raised the ire of Bryan Fischer, who has had a long-running grudge against Romney.

So, of course, Fischer has now written a new column calling the move a "deliberate poke in the eye to the pro-family community" and demanding that Romney answer some specific questions and take several specific steps to "contain the collateral damage from this spectacularly misbegotten decision":

For starters, he can answer one question for the American people: “Gov. Romney, is homosexual behavior healthy or harmful? Yes or no?”

If he answers “Yes,” how can he expect the pro-family community to support him? If he answers “No,” then why he is putting someone who engages in such behavior in such a prominent position in his campaign?

Here’s a follow-up question: “If your appointment wasn’t about homosexuality, why are so many gay groups celebrating your choice?”

If the Secret Service scandal teaches us one thing, it is this: a man’s private sexual conduct matters when we’re talking about public office.

Given the propensity for members of the homosexual community to engage in frequent and anonymous sexual encounters, the risk to national security of having a homosexual in a high-ranking position with access to secret information is obvious.

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Romney needs to make the following public commitments, and the sooner the better, if he is to have any hope of generating even modest enthusiasm in the base. And he needs to remember that he cannot win without the base. If he’s going to pander, he’d better start pandering in a big, fat hurry.

1. Publicly support the North Carolina marriage amendment. He needs to go to North Carolina and publicly declare his support for its marriage amendment, which will be on the ballot May 8. He must not hide behind the skirts of the 10th Amendment, as he has sought to do on RomneyCare. We must hear him say, loudly and clearly, “I support natural marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and I urge North Carolina voters to vote for man-woman marriage on May 8.”

2. Commit to a vigorous defense and implementation of DOMA. Then in his Liberty University address on May 12, he must publicly declare that he will aggressively defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. “I hold the institution of marriage in the highest regard, and will faithfully discharge my duty as your president to uphold and defend the laws of the United States. My administration will pursue the most vigorous defense of DOMA possible, and it will be faithfully implemented on my watch.”

3. Revoke federal spousal benefits for domestic partners of homosexuals.Then, also in his commencement address, he must publicly declare that he will revoke President Obama’s illegal decision to grant spousal benefits to gay partners of federal employees, which is flatly prohibited by DOMA. He needs to tell the good folk at Liberty, “I believe in natural marriage, and I believe in following the law. I will honor the institution of natural marriage in all my public policy decisions, and so on my first day in office, I will issue an order reserving federal spousal benefits exclusively for husbands and wives in natural marriages.” And he needs to make it clear that this includes Richard Grenell as well.

4. Support reinstatement of the ban on homosexual conduct in the military. He must declare a change of position on homosexuality in the military, and openly support the reinstatement of the ban on homosexual conduct in the armed forces. He must say, “As commander-in-chief, I publicly support reinstatement of the ban on homosexuality in our military. We must make unit cohesion, military recruitment, and military readiness our highest priorities. We cannot allow the introduction of sexual tension into the ranks to detract from our mission of protecting and defending the people of the United States. The armed forces should not be used as a laboratory for social engineering, and that will not happen on my watch.”

5. Support right of chaplains to teach biblical view of homosexuality. He must also declare that, as commander-in-chief, he will support the right of military chaplains to openly criticize the normalization of homosexual behavior. “As your commander-in-chief, I will respect freedom of religion, speech and conscience for all our military chaplains. They will have the freedom under my leadership to teach a biblical view of marriage and sexuality without any fear of punishment.”

6. Publicly pledge to veto ENDA. He must declare that he opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and will veto it if it reaches his desk. ENDA will provide special employment protections for those who engage in unnatural sexual behaviors and will subject every values-driven employer who makes unnatural sexual conduct an issue in personnel decisions to a potentially crippling lawsuit. “As president, I will protect the constitutional rights of every employer in America to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association. I will see to it that my administration vigorously defends the right of every values-driven employer to hire employees who reflect his values and the values of his company.”

Fischer: 'The Environmental Movement is Fundamentally Anti-Human' and Satanic

Sunday was Earth Day and Brian Fischer thought it was important to dedicate a few minutes of his program last Friday to warning his listeners about the dangers of environmental movement, because it is "fundamentally anti-human" and "bears the imprint" of Satan:

That's why I want you to understand that the environmental movement is fundamentally anti-human, it is fundamentally anti-human. And this bears the imprint of the Father of Lies because the Father of Lies, remember hates human beings. Why? Because we are made in the image of God. He wants to stamp out human beings because we remind him God. Well, environmentalists have the same exact agenda: they want to wipe humanity off the face of the globe. Do not be deceived about this; this is the ultimate goal of the environmentalists.

Jacobs: Satan Seeks to Destroy God's Model for the Family and Install Tyranny

The third annual Awakening conference was held this weekend and, unlike the first two which took place at Liberty University, this year's conference was held down in Orlanda, Florida.  But other than that, the event was similar to those held in previous years, featuring various breakout sessions mixed with a few plenary session featuring panel discussions, messages from various Republican leaders, and time for worship. 

This year, attendees were treated to video messages from the likes of Marco Rubio, Allen West, and Newt Gingrich, interspersed between addresses from leaders like Richard Land, panels featuring various Religious Right activists like Matt Barber and Rick Scarborough, and praise and worship services led by Lou Engle.

The event kicked off Friday evening the with a panel discussion on "Religious Liberty, Life and Family" that featured several Hispanic leaders ... and Cindy Jacobs, whom moderator Mat Staver repeatedly referred to as "Wendy."

And, as you would expect, Jacobs kicked off the panel by declaring that "Satan wants to steal God's family and create tyranny to have a people he can rule over" and is doing so by undermining God's design for the family as featuring one man and one woman:

David Barton Takes Credit for Obama's Easter Message

Back in February, David Barton released a document declaring that President Obama was "America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President" and today, on his "WallBuilders Live" radio program, Barton credited that document with pressuring President Obama to release a "powerful Easter address." Barton claims that the White House Press Secretary was asked about his document and suggests that it was that "embarrassing situation" that forced the administration to issue the Easter greeting earlier this month:

Barton: A few weeks ago we put out a piece through WallBuilders that was entitled "America’s Most Biblically-Hostile President." And unbeknownst to me, that actually made it to the White House. And so at the White House press conference, they actually asked the Press Secretary about it ... and asked "what do you have to say about this list?" What list? And they went down the list and the Press Secretary [said] "I didn't realize all those things had happened." And they said "so, does that mean no comment?" [And the Press Secretary said] "I'll have to look more at this."

And so that was a few weeks ago. And so lo and behold, what happens this past Easter was that President Obama came out with a powerful Easter address, I mean a Jesus Christ, Bible .., this was like Billy Graham ... We haven't had that in three and a half years.

Green: Amazing how, in an election year after being called on the carpet for how anti-Christian they've been ...

Barton ... I don't care why it came, it came. And the reason is, a hundred years after you and I are dead, if the Lord hasn't come back, this is going to still be there in the presidential records for other generations to read and see about Jesus Christ and the Resurrection and what it means on Easter ... It is good news and if it took an embarrassing situation in a press conference to do it, who cares.

Like so many other claims that Barton make, he rarely provides any evidence or details to support his assertions, which makes them difficult to verify.  Not surprisingly, we have been unable to find any reports or transcripts to support his statement that the White House was ever asked about his document, much less commented on it.  That, of course, doesn't mean it never happened, so if anyone out there happens to have any evidence that it did, we'd love to see it, so drop us a line or send us a Tweet.

Jacobs: People will be Required to get a RFID Implant to Receive Health Care

Earlier this year, Cindy Jacobs unveiled a new and improved United States Reformation Prayer Network which promised to "make a major shift in 2012" for this nation through targeted prayer that impact "some of the most significant decisions in the history of the United States." And for a mere $15 a year, anyone could become a part of the effort.

But it seems like the USRPN needs more supporters, as Cindy and Mike Jacobs released a video earlier this week touting the importance of the effort and urging people to join. In it, they attempted to convince viewers of the value of signing up by listing some of the ways in which the USRPN has been active already this year along with the sorts of information that only USRPN subscribers have gotten ... such as the news that the health care reform legislation apparently requires everyone to get an RFID chip implanted in their finger in order to receive health care:

Fischer: There was no Room for a Silver Spoon Because Obama was Stuffing his Face with Dog

Earlier this week, President Obama was speaking in Ohio where he was making the point that it is important that every person being given a fair shot at success because he, like so many others, "wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth."  The press widely reported the remark as being a shot at Mitt Romney, though the White House insists that it wasn't.

Bryan Fischer played the Obama clip on his radio program yesterday and tied it to the Right Wing's favorite story this week about how, as a child living in Indonesia, Obama was "introduced to dog meat," leading Fischer to comment that Obama "had no room for a silver spoon in there [because] he was stuffing his face with dog that he hunted and killed and skinned and barbequed himself":

Rios: 'There are Tons of People in Government' who are Communists

On yesterday's "AFA Today" radio program, Buster Wilson welcomed fellow AFA Radio Host Sandy Rios on to the program to discuss Rep. Allen West's recent allegation that were some 80 members of Congress who were members of the Communist Party.

Both Wilson and Rios were convinced that West was absolutely right, as Obama himself "admits to receiving Marxist training" and has filled his administration with open Marxists.  In fact, there was so much evidence that Communists have infiltrated the government that Wilson could not understand "why the Left would mock those of us on the Right who call attention to it."

But Rios explained that mockery was all part of an effort to discredit those who point out that "there are tons of people in government ... who embrace Socialism/Communism, even if they don't call it that": 

UPDATE: Rios has posted a column on AFA's OneNewsNow seemingly suggesting that Obama is some sort of Communist plant who is aiming to help rebuild the Soviet Union:

The FBI waged war against Communist subversives from its earliest years until the 1980s when President Ronald Reagan brought the godless "Evil Empire," soaked in the blood of millions slain by Joseph Stalin, to its knees.

Yet the American Left idolized that empire and its ideology. The KGB was actively recruiting young American college students at the time young Bill Clinton mysteriously showed up in Russia while travel was still forbidden. In their own manifesto, Prairie Fire, William Ayres and Bernadine Dorn wrote: "We are a guerrilla organization .... We are communist women and men .... We need a revolutionary communist party in order to lead the struggle, give coherence and direction to the fight, seize power and build the new society." The Weather Underground sought the "violent over throw of the United States government."

The Marxist Barack Obama Sr. came to America and married Ms. Stanley Dunham, who he met in Russian class. Frank Marshall Davis, an editor of a Communist newspaper in Chicago with a damning FBI dossier, was a close friend to Ms. Dunham's father and later a mentor to his grandson, Barack Obama Jr., referred to affectionately as "Frank" in Dreams from my Father.

From the cousin Obama campaigned for, Kenyan Marxist Prime Minister, Raila Odingo, to Green Job Czar-Communist, Van Jones, to former White House communications director Anita Dunn, whose favorite political philosopher was Mao Zedong, to senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, daughter-in-law of Vernon Jarrett, philosophical friend and coworker of Frank Marshall Davis, the circle of Soviet romanticists surrounding the President seems endless.

So, what did the administration mean about resetting relations with Russia? And if this proclivity to "make it up" to the weakened Russians, handing them the tools to reclaim power, is already in place, is the gutted Space Shuttle Discovery a metaphor of what comes next?

Religious Right 'War' Room: This Weekend's Awakening Conference

The Freedom Federation – an anti-Obama amalgam of Religious Right groups, "apostolic" ministries, and the corporate-funded astroturf Americans for Prosperity – is holding its third annual Awakening conference in Orlando, Florida this weekend. Here’s how it describes the event:

Uniting our Voices Around Shared Values: Turning Voices into Votes

A war is raging against our shared values. Our faith and freedom are under attack. Silence in the face of this war is not an option. Decisive action is needed. Join with others who share the core values that make America a great nation. Take a stand for righteousness and justice and be part of a new revolution to take back America. The time has come to turn our voices into votes and to change the course of history.

Outreach to the Hispanic community is a major goal of this year’s Awakening and the theme of Friday’s opening night session.  That marks a continuation of the Freedom Federation’s efforts to re-brand the Religious Right as a multiracial and multigenerational movement, and to re-brand the culture war as a “social justice” movement. Last year’s gathering included a major effort to claim a religious grounding for the anti-tax, anti-government agenda of Grover Norquist and the Tea Party.

This year’s conference features Samuel Rodriguez, the head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who tries to sell the Religious Right’s culture war to Latinos while trying to get Religious Right leaders to make themselves more palatable to Latinos.  Rodriguez recently said that Latinos are here to “bring panic to the kingdom of darkness” and “make the gospel of Jesus Christ, the church, the most influential institution in America.”  He said God has sent illegal immigrants here to “redeem Christianity” in America.

Also scheduled to address this year’s conference is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a favorite of Tea Party and Religious Right leaders who describe him as the party’s Latino Ronald Reagan. Rubio is reportedly concocting a hollowed-out version of the DREAM Act that will try to help Romney and the GOP fix their well-earned image as hostile to the aspirations of millions of immigrants.

A new feature at this year’s Awakening is Patriot Camp on Saturday for kids ages 5-15.  Organizers promise that kids will learn about “the Christian principles on which America was founded,” which is important since, “As most Christians know, our true American heritage is not taught in schools, especially not in an objective manner.”

Notably for this Obama-bashing group, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is sending a video presentation; senior Likud official Moshe Ya'alon, Vice Premier, Minister of Strategic Affairs, is also listed as a speaker.  Also on the list, some of whom might appear by video: Former GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, and Reps. John Mica and Allen West. West has been warming up for the conference by announcing, McCarthy-style, that dozens of progressive members of the House of Representatives are communists.

The list of speakers is a Who’s Who of the Religious Right and conservative legal movements, including characters like spiritual warrior Lou Engle and Cindy “God kills birds when America supports gays” Jacobs, who once haunted the fringes of the far right but have since been welcomed into a movement seeking to build the broadest political base possible.  Among them:

  • John Stemberger: head of the Florida Family Policy Council who chaired the 2008 campaign that outlawed marriage equality in Florida. Awakening organizers say he has “a unique understanding" of law and government. You could say that: He has argued that only Christians are capable of creating a free society. As a lawyer he once sued a rental car company when an Irish customer was involved in a fatal crash; he argued that the company should have known that an Irish customer “would have a high propensity to drink alcohol.” (He later apologized.) 
  • Rick Scarborough:birther, self-proclaimed “Christocrat,” and Rick Perry backer who said last year that he refused to endorse Romney in the primary because he is a Mormon. At the 2010 Awakening, Scarborough called Obama a “Marxist president.” Scarborough stated a few months ago that AIDS is God’s judgment for engaging in an immoral act. 
  • Frank Gaffney: his infamous anti-Muslim bigotry, including charges that fellow conservatives are Islamist sympathizers, is so virulent that he was denounced by the American Conservative Union.  
  • Harry Jacksonpoint man for the Religious Right’s anti-gay racial wedge strategies, defender of the National Organization for Marriage’s cynical racial wedge politics, and all-around right-wing activist, who recently called for believers to form a “fifth column” to undermine America’s secularist culture from within.  
  • Rick Joyner:  a dominionist and self-proclaimed prophet who recently warned people to get out of California because God is going to punish America for not being sufficiently supportive of Israel,  Joyner heads the Oak Initiative.
  • Richard Land:  the primary political spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, Land supports the criminalization of homosexuality and recently told NPR that “The Bible tells us that socialism and neo-socialism never worked. Confiscatory tax rates never work.” Land was recently pushed into apologizing both for racially inflammatory remarks about the Trayvon Martin case and for having plagiarized them from right-wing columnists. 
  • Janet (Folger) Porter: an anti-abortion activist who famously brought fetuses to “testify” for Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill,” declared during the 2008 GOP primary that God had chosen Mike Huckabee to lead the nation. Her radio show was dropped by a Christian radio network unhappy with her political embrace of Christian dominionists. 
  • Mat Staver: heads Liberty Counsel, recently called the “homosexual agenda” a “moral iceberg” that threatens religious freedom.  At the 2010 Awakening, Staver agreed with a questioner that the health care reform law had a provision that gave Obama the power to create an army of brownshirts that could take control of communities. 

Should be more fun than Disney World.  Watch for updates.

ALEC Update: 12th Corporation Drops Out

Yum! Brands, the parent company of fast food chains such as KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, has decided to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council, according to Color of Change. This makes Yum! The 12th company to disassociate from the organization in recent weeks.

This is a significant decision because it comes after ALEC’s decision to disband the Public Safety and Elections Task Force, the part of the organization responsible for the voter suppression and “Stand Your Ground” laws that exemplify ALEC’s extreme agenda and helped galvanize the recent corporate exodus from the group.

Think Progress notes that Yum! held a leadership position on a different committee: Labor and Business Regulation, which fought to repeal laws guaranteeing paid sick leave to workers. The corporation also was a member of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force.

Responsible members of the business community are realizing with or without the Public Safety and Elections Task Force, ALEC’s extreme agenda is bad for business.

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Boykin: Secret Service Scandal Really the Fault of President Clinton

As Brian has noted several times already this week, Tony Perkins appears somewhat obsessed with the scandal involving Secret Service agents who solicited prostitutes while on detail with President Obama in Colombia.  In particular, he seems intent on trying to blame the scandal on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the culture of deviance it has supposedly created within the military.

On today's installment of "Today's Issues," Perkins and Tim Wildmon brought Jerry Boykin on the program to give his thoughts on the topic ... with Perkins asking how the military is supposed to conduct itself within this climate of moral "schizophrenia" created by the Obama administration while Boykin blamed it mostly on President Bill Clinton:

Perkins: This administration has been a part of bringing about, really, a schizophrenia in our military and in government service, with overturning Don't Ask, Don't Tell, saying what most societies have always held as immoral now saying it's legal. How does our military, how does our government operate in this, really, relative standard of moral conduct?

Boykin: I think, first of all, a lot of this goes back to the Bill Clinton era when we had Secret Service agents that clearly knew what the president was doing with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office in the evening hours and so forth. And there were Secret Services agents that were observing, certainly not every detail of what was going on, but they knew what was happening and they were required to suppress it and I think that began what I would see as a pretty rapid moral decline, certainly within the secret service.

But I think, in a larger sense, it is indicative of the moral decline within our society and, quite frankly, since this administration took over and repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell - which is at the very core of the cohesion and readiness of our military, of people being able to trust and respect each other - and that was repealed, I think that that has increased the pace of our decline morally within our government institutions, particularly the military and then the Secret Service falls right in behind them.

Pat Robertson Suggests that 'The Poor Jews Don't Understand' the Root of Antisemitism

Today on the 700 Club, televangelist Pat Robertson said that Satan is using Antisemitism to destroy Israel in order to “wipe out that consciousness that people have of the existence of God.” But Robertson added that “the poor Jews don’t understand that, it’s too cosmic for most of them to grasp, especially because they don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah.”

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