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Mike Huckabee: Support The Fair Tax Because 'Giving Proportionately Is Biblical'

Mike Huckabee was the guest on James Robison's "Life Today" television program this morning, promoting his new book "God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy," which seems to be focused on defending "real America" from all those phonies and snobby elitists who live in New York, Washington, D.C., and Hollywood.

After lamenting that America is no longer a place where women who use profanity are considered to be "trash," Huckabee made his case for the "fair tax," which is a proposal to scrap all federal taxes and replace them with a 30% tax on consumption, because that is what is biblical.

"I believe in the biblical understanding of stewardship," Huckabee said. "Everybody should have something invested. God doesn't say, 'Oh, you're too poor, don't give anything.' He says, 'Everyone give a tithe.' ... I'm telling you something, giving proportionately is biblical."

Huckabee added that an additional bonus of the fair tax is that "we would get rid of the I.R.S.."

"They would be gone," he said. "Done forever and forever!"

PFAW Foundation: Marriage Cases Will Throw a Spotlight on Closely Divided Court

People For the American Way Foundation today applauded the decision of the Supreme Court to hear four cases concerning the fundamental right to marry enshrined in the United States Constitution.

“This is unquestionably an important step towards marriage equality for all Americans,” said Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation. “Since the Sixth Circuit got this wrong and denied people in four states their basic rights, the Supreme Court did the right thing by taking these cases. Now the Court needs to do the right thing by making a clear statement about the Constitution’s guarantee of fundamental equality for all people. The time is long overdue for every American to have the right to marry the person they love.

“That said, this is likely to be yet another five-four decision from the Court that gave us Citizens United and Hobby Lobby and gutted the Voting Rights Act. That should be a reminder that our fundamental rights are in jeopardy in our nation’s highest court — and the future of the Court and these rights will be in the next president's hands. Americans should be able to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of ordinary Americans — whether that’s the right to marry, or to vote, or to be treated fairly on the job, or to control their own reproductive health.

“Today is an important step towards full equality for same-sex couples—and a powerful reminder that every American should be concerned about the balance of the Supreme Court.”

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Beck: Our Founding Principles Require That Christianity Receive Preferential Treatment

For the last three years, right-wing Christian groups have been distributing Bibles to students in the Orange County, Florida, public schools system every January on "National Freedom of Religion Day." This year, after atheist groups and Satanists sought to likewise distribute materials to students, the school system suspended the program and Glenn Beck is predictably furious.

On his television program last night, Beck insisted that not allowing Christianity to have a preferred place in American society is a violation of the very principles upon which this nation was founded.

"We are clearly a Judeo-Christian nation," he said while warning that society has now begun to "coddle those who disagree with Judeo-Christian values."

"We are becoming openly hostile to our own foundation," Beck said. "We have tolerated and excused and embraced the ideals that are in direct opposition to our founding principles."

After slamming the Florida school system for not even having "enough spine left to stand up to Satanists," Beck insisted that this is not an issue of equal treatment or free speech. 

"We lie to ourselves and we say it's our principles, we believe in free speech," he said. "It's not our principles of free speech. This is national suicide":

Fischer And Rios Are Outraged That A Muslim Congressman Is Allowed To Serve On The House Intelligence Committee

Earlier this week, Democratic Rep. André Carson of Indiana was named to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which has thrown the Right into a tizzy because Carson is Muslim.

On Bryan Fischer's radio program yesterday, he and Sandy Rios, both of the American Family Association, shared their disbelief over the appointment, with Rios voicing concern because Carson has received money from Muslim organizations while Fischer declared that it blows his mind that America would ever allow a Muslim to serve in such a position.

"We just had this Muslim terrorist attack in Paris," he said. "Everybody is saying we've got to ramp up our effort to stop the threat of Islam in our country, and now it's like putting a fox inside the hen house":

Fischer: Duke Is 'Inviting The Demons Of The Abyss' Onto Campus By Allowing Muslim Prayer

Beginning tomorrow, members of the Muslim Students Association at Duke University will be allowed to use the campus chapel bell tower to issue the weekly call to prayer and the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer is predictably alarmed.

After declaring on his radio program today that Muslim Students Associations are nothing more than terrorist sleeper cells, Fischer went on to warn that Muslim prayers "are like a power pill" for the "demonic counterfeit god" Allah and so, by allowing Muslim students at Duke to use the bell tower to issue the call to prayer, the school is "inviting the demons of the abyss onto that campus."

"When Muslim students go to prayer," he said, "they're appealing to Allah, this demonic counterfeit god, to manifest his presence on the campus of Duke and he will. That's what's dangerous about this. It's not harmless, it's not just a matter of innocent accommodation or innocent multiculturalism or innocent diversity. It is an extremely dangerous thing for Duke to do":

Glenn Beck Praises Woman Who Tore Down Satanist Display: 'I'm Glad At Least Somebody Is Standing Up'

Shortly before Christmas, Glenn Beck was up in arms that a Satanic display had been allowed to go up in Florida's Capitol building, insisting that Satanists had no right to put up such a display and warning that allowing such a thing was a sign that "destruction is coming our way."

A few weeks later, a woman named Susan Hemeryck was arrested after trying to tear down the display and today she called into Beck's radio show to explain her actions, saying that she was obligated to do it because her Catholic faith requires that she "stand up to evil and confront it."

When Beck asked Hemeryck how it felt to now be considered a religious extremist facing possible legal consequences, she replied that she feels that she is in good company.

"The Bible is full of saints and prophets who spent time in prison for their faith," she said, "and if that's the way it is going to go for me, then I am proud to be in that company."

At the end of the call, Beck wished Hemeryck luck and declared that he hoped that he would have the courage to do the same thing that she did.

"I don't know what decision I would have made in your situation," Beck said. "I guess I would hope that I would do the same thing that you did. I guess. I'm not sure. I'm not sure. But I'm glad at least somebody is standing up and saying 'no'":

Fischer: 'It Is Impossible To Blaspheme Muhammad' Because Allah Is A Demon God

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer argued that countries like France have no need to pass laws outlawing blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad — not because of free speech, but because, Fischer argues, it is impossible to actually blaspheme him since Allah is a false demon God.

"It is impossible to blaspheme Muhammad," he said. "You cannot do it. Why? Because you can only blaspheme the True and Living God and Muhammad does not represent the True and Living God ... Blasphemy is something that you can only commit against the True and Living God and we know, from the biblical standpoint, that Allah is represents a demon god":

Ready, Set, Bang: Glenn Beck Warns That The World Is About To Go Up In Flames ... Again

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck issued a typically dire warning to his audience: the world is about to go up in flames.

Saying that the "and so it begins" message he received from God last year was merely a warning that all of the catastrophic predictions he has been making for the last decade are about to come true, Beck said that the world is a like a racer lined up at the starting line, merely awaiting the "ready, set, go" command.

"Last year was the 'ready,'" Beck said. "I believe the Charlie Hebdo [attack] was the 'set' and I think the 'go' is coming and it's coming soon ... I warn you and I beg you with everything in me to hear me, please hear me. The world is on the precipice of fascism, communism, anarchy, and theological nightmares. Nightmares!"

David Barton Again Falsely Claims The Average Welfare Family Receives $61,000 A Year In Benefits

A few months ago, David Barton appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program, where he falsely asserted that the "average welfare family" receives $61,000 a year in government benefits.

As we pointed out at the time, this was an entirely misleading claim first put forth by the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee back in 2012 that was, as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explained, derived by relying on "a series of serious manipulations of the data that violate basic analytic standards and are used to produce a potentially inflammatory result."

But just because the claim is false, that certainly is not going to stop Barton from repeating it, as he did when he appeared on Daystar's "Marcus and Joni" program yesterday:

John Hagee: 'Anti-Semitic' Obama Is Sticking His Finger 'In The Eye Of God'

A few months ago, televangelist John Hagee came under fire for calling President Obama "one of the most anti-Semitic presidents in the history of the United States of America" and eventually had to walk back that statement, claiming that he misspoke and merely meant to call Obama "one of the most anti-Israel presidents in U.S. history."

On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," however, Hagee once again called Obama "anti-Semitic" as he slammed him for not attending the unity march in Paris, saying that in skipping the rally, Obama was telling Jews all over the world that he doesn't care about their safety and security and was sticking his finger "in the eye of God."

"Not going to Paris sends a very clear message to the American Jewish community," Hagee said. "And that message is: we simply don't care. The clear message to Israel: you are alone; if you really get in a jam, don't look toward America for help. The president simply does not care."

"When you attack the Jewish people, you are picking a fight with God Almighty," he continued. "When you pick a fight with the Jewish people, you are sticking your finger in the eye of God. Wake up, America! Let's get involved in this global fight against anti-Semitism.  God Almighty is watching and it means a great deal to our national security because if we walk away from Israel, God will walk away from us."

Hagee went on to urge activists to contact Republicans in Congress and press them to pass a resolution declaring that any attack against Israel will be considered an attack against America in order to make Obama veto it, thereby exposing him "as the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel person that he is":

Gov. Jindal, Sen. Lankford To Speak At Christian Nationalist's Training Session For Pastors Running For Office

Last week, we noted that David Lane, the secretive and radical Religious Right activist who is organizing Gov. Bobby Jindal's upcoming "The Response" prayer rally, is also behind an effort to get 1,000 pastors to run for political office.

Lane is seeking to transform America through the election of hundreds of right-wing pastors who share his Christian Nationalist agenda and, to that end, has organized a training session to take place the day before Jindal's prayer rally called "Issachar Training: Men and Women of Issachar," which will feature advice for pastors on how to run for office from Jindal, Sen. James Lankford, and others:

Dear Pastor,

Please prayerfully consider being my guest at a pastors’ briefing hosted by my friends at the American Renewal Project. We are going to discuss the importance of raising up the next generation of leaders in America who understand these challenging times and know what to do about them. There is a great need for the kind of leaders we read about in the Old Testament, “The Men of Issachar” (1 Chronicles 12:32). We need such men and women of wisdom today who will accept the challenge to restore our Judeo-Christian heritage in America.

On January 23, 2015, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pastors will be given an exclusive opportunity to explore the Call to Serve. I ask you to spend time in prayer seeking the Lord’s guidance for the role He has for you to play in protecting Religious Liberty in our nation. As we make an appeal for leaders of faith to rise up and engage America in the public square with Biblical values, we are trusting you will hear God’s call on your life for this mission.

Our goal is to educate, and encourage leaders by informing them and inspiring them of their Biblical, historical roots, and to step out in courage to join us in this journey of faith.  The call is not to take our nation back, but to get back to God. The time has come for pastors to lead the way and reset the course of American governance.

I hope you will join us for an evening of information and inspiration as we all work together in the mission of bringing America back to God. A formal invitation is coming to you. Let me encourage you to register online by means of the link provided in the invitation, as soon as you receive it.

Blessings,

Governor Bobby Jindal

Schedule

3:00-4:00PM    Dr. Bruce K. Waltke: Proverbs and Politics

4:00-4:30PM    Governor Bobby Jindal (LA): Spiritual State of the Union

4:30-5:00PM    Senator James Lankford (OK): A Call to Serve

5:00-5:45PM    Dave Hageman: How To Recruit and What To Look For

5:45-6:15PM    Steve Michael: First Steps In Running For Office

6:15-6:45PM    Dave Hageman: Campaign Mechanics 101

6:45-7:00PM    Q&A From Session

7:00-8:00PM    Break for dinner

8:00-8:15PM    CA Assemblywoman Shannon Grove Messaging Your Race

8:15-9:00PM    Dr. Bruce K. Waltke: Proverbs and Politics

9:00-9:15PM    Setting up your finance committee

9:15-9:30PM    Pastor Rob McCoy: A Pastor's Experience As A Candidate

9:30-10:00PM  Senator James Lankford (OK): A Call to Action

Bryan Fischer Falsely Claims President Obama Blamed Charlie Hebdo Victims For Their Own Deaths

We don't know what world Bryan Fischer is living in, but he seems to inhabit some parallel universe in which President Obama blamed the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre for their own deaths.

On his radio program today, Fischer was discussing allegations from the Florida Family Association that the FBI and the FAA had conspired a few months ago to censor their efforts to fly an banner around MetLife stadium accusing AIG of sponsoring jihad by advertising on Al Jazeera.

Somehow that sent Fischer off on a tangent in which he declared that because a White House spokesman once said that Charlie Hebdo had the "right" to publish a cartoon mocking Islam and Muhammad but that it might not be good "judgment," President Obama was "essentially saying we think capital punishment is the appropriate punishment for blasphemy."

"This is, in essence, President Obama's words: 'They really, in essence, have nobody to blame but themselves,'" Fischer ridiculously declared:

This is especially absurd considering that, just last week, Fischer himself literally suggested that the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack brought it upon themselves since the massacre was God's punishment for their blasphemy.

As we have noted several times before, Bryan Fischer is a lot of things, but self-aware is not one of them.

President Obama 'Is The Face Of Islam In America'

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed Bill Warner, who runs the website PoliticalIslam.com, to get his thoughts about last week's terrorist attack in Paris. 

Eventually the conversation turned to Klingenschmitt's concern that President Obama is "promoting Islam with American tax dollars," which prompted Warner to declare that, under Sharia law, Obama is a Muslim, which makes him "the face of Islam in America."

"He always, as I say, chops wood and carries water for Muhammad," Warner said. "He clearly represents them in his foreign policy speeches. He represents them in his White House spokesmen. He is the face of Islam in America":

Glenn Beck On Mike Huckabee: 'He Is A Liar To Your Face. He Is A Very Disingenuous Man'

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck took a call from a listener who wanted to know why he has made "disparaging comments" about Mike Huckabee in the past and asked Beck to provide some specific evidence to support his obvious dislike of Huckabee.

Predictably, Beck kicked things off by labeling Huckabee "a progressive" and blasting him for supporting Common Core, but then also declared that Huckabee is a liar and "one of the most disingenuous men I have ever, ever met" because he is someone who cynically uses his faith for political purposes.

"He is Jeb Bush, hiding behind the cross," Beck said. "He is a liar to your face. He is a very disingenuous man":

Glenn Beck Warns The Religious Right Against Supporting Vladimir Putin And Russia's 'Heterofascism'

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck ran the first episode in a three-part series on Russia called "The Red Storm," through which he promises to explain what is "really" going on in Russia, expose what is behind the incursion into Ukraine, and reveal Vladimir Putin's true agenda.

In typical Beck fashion, he traced the origin of Russia's contemporary domestic and foreign policies not just back to Charlemagne, but all the way back to the Apostle Andrew, declaring that Putin's true agenda is to establish Russia as the "third Rome" and the spiritual center for Orthodox Christianity, all in a cynical effort to consolidate his own power.

Interestingly, Beck warned Religious Right activists in America not to buy into Putin's scheme, specifically calling out the World Congress of Families for building a "disturbing partnership" with Christian leaders in Russia who have close ties to Putin.

While WCF "seems to be a good group," Beck warned, they also appear "to have bought Russia's salesmanship that they are the new global champion of Christianity. I warn you, be careful":

Also interestingly, on his radio show yesterday, Beck again spoke out against the increasing persecution of gays in Russia, warning that there is a growing threat of "heterofascism" emerging in the country:

As we previously have noted in our own coverage of these same issues, the people in America who are lining up to heap praise upon Putin as a "lion of Christianity" just so happen to be the same Religious Right activists with whom Beck regularly aligns himself time and again.

If Beck is truly alarmed by the rise of "heterofascism" in Putin's Russia, perhaps he ought to stop associating with the American activists who are so eagerly cheering Putin on.

Beck Blames Obama For Closing Of Ohio Bridal Shop After Ebola Scare

Last year, after a handful of American healthcare workers contracted the Ebola virus, the nation was thrown into a panic, thanks, in part, to the incessant fear-mongering and crazy conspiracy theories promoted by the right-wing media.

Among the leading promoters of this panic was Glenn Beck, who spent day after day warning his audience that Ebola could spell the end for this nation and begging them not the listen to anything the government said.

Eventually, Beck completely lost it and called upon millions of Americans to march on Washington and demand a ban on travel from West African nations, screaming that failure to do so was "literally going to be the death of us all."

The crisis subsided shortly thereafter, but not without repercussions, as a bridal shop in Ohio is now going out of business as a result of the stigma attached to it after a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola visited the store shortly before she became ill.

And Glenn Beck knows exactly who is to blame for this: President Obama.

"Here's how his policies affected real people," Beck said on his radio program on Friday. "This is the policy where they didn't quarantine people. This is how it affects real people ... This is one of the saddest, most tragic stories and one of the biggest beacons of how irresponsible it was of our government not to quarantine people":

Donohue: If Someone Kills 'Piss Christ' Artist, It Will Be The Artist's Own Fault

The Catholic League's Bill Donohue created a bit of controversy last week when he responded to the deadly attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed a dozen people by declaring that the victims essentially brought the attack upon themselves by intentionally insulting Muslims and other religious believers.

Donohue's statement was met with outrage even by other conservatives, but Donohue has consistently defended his position, telling Newsmax's Steve Malzberg on Friday that if an outraged Christian were to kill artist Andres Serrano over his infamous "Piss Christ" image, it would partially be Serrano's own fault.

"I don't mind Mel Brooks. I don't mind edginess. I don't even mind irreverence," Donohue insisted. "I do have a problem with toilet speech."

Artists must stop producing "filth," he declared, saying that while he would be opposed to someone killing Serrano for his "Piss Christ" image, it would be Serrano's own fault were that to happen.

"Had he exercised restraint, he wouldn't be dead," Donohue asserted:

Bryan Fischer's Incoherent Theory Of The First Amendment

For years now, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer has doggedly argued that the First Amendment only applies to Congress, meaning that no entity other than Congress could ever exceed its limitations or violate the rights it protects:

First, the amendment applies only to Congress. "Congress shall make no law..." No other entity is restrained by the First Amendment. Since the amendment applies only to Congress, it is legally, historically and constitutionally impossible for a state, a county commission, a city council, a school board, a school principal, a school teacher or a student to violate the First Amendment. This is for one simple reason: none of them is Congress. Violating the First Amendment is something only Congress can do.

Despite the fact that Fischer has time and again insisted that "the First Amendment applies only to Congress," he is now inexplicably fuming that the firing of Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran is somehow a violation of the First Amendment:

Cochran has been stripped of every right that is cherished and protected under the First Amendment. His freedom of religion, gone. His freedom of speech, gone. His freedom of the press, gone. His freedom of association, gone. When I say that homosexuality is the enemy of freedom, the First Amendment, and virtually the entire Constitution, this is what I’m talking about.

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Cochran is considering legal action, as well he should. Either the First Amendment means what it says, in which case Cochran has an unassailable legal argument, or the Constitution doesn’t mean anything at all. It’s about time we found out the answer to that question.

As we have noted before, Fischer insists that "violating the First Amendment is something only Congress can do," and since local government is not Congress, he has no grounds to complain about any non-congressional entity supposedly violating the First Amendment.

According to Fischer's own well-established theory, his entire complaint that the city of Atlanda violated Cochran's First Amendment rights is utterly incoherent considering that the city of Atlanta is not Congress.

Bryan Fischer Suggests The Charlie Hebdo Attack Was God's Punishment For Magazine's Blasphemy

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer speculated that the attack by radical Muslim terrorists on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed twelve people may have been God's retribution for the magazine's blasphemy.

Given that the magazine, in addition to mocking Islam and Muhammad, also had a long record of running satirical articles and cartoons about Christianity and Jesus, Fischer raised the possibility that this attack was punishment for the magazine's repeated violation of the commandment that "you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain."

"They made a career out of taking the name of God, the God of the Bible, the father of the Lord Jesus," said Fischer, who has made the case in the past that instituting anti-blasphemy laws in America was entirely feasible.

Noting that Exodus 20 states that "the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain," Fischer theorized that just as God regularly sent "idolators" to attack Israel as a "rod of correction" in order to "discipline his own people" for their transgressions, so too had God used these radical Muslim attackers as retribution for against Charlie Hebdo for its anti-Christian blasphemy.

Absurdly, Fischer started this all off by attempting to distance himself from his own outrageous theory by laughably insisting that he was "not saying that this is what I believe" but was merely throwing the theory out there "just for your thinking":

Even In Victory, David Barton Misrepresents The Truth

For more than 20 years, David Barton had been dogged by allegations that he had, early in his career, spoken at events hosted by racist and anti-Semitic groups. His appearances before such groups had first been reported back in early 1990s by organizations like the Institute for First Amendment Studies, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Anti-Defamation League but Barton always insisted that while he may have spoken before such groups, he was not aware of their views when he did so.

In 2010, at a time when Barton had been brought in by the Texas State Board of Education to help shape the state's social studies standards, two Democratic candidates running for the Education Board produced a campaign video that asserted that Barton was "known for speaking at white supremacist rallies." In response, Barton sued these two candidates for libel and defamation, contending that the video falsely portrayed him as a supporter of white supremacists.

Last month, Barton prevailed in his lawsuit and reportedly received a million-dollar settlement and an apology. Predictably, he is now spinning this as a complete and total victory, declaring on his radio program today that his work has now been vindicated in court.

A lot of folks who try to use Barton's materials, he said, have often found themselves dismissed because "oh, you're quoting Barton, he's a discredited historian, he makes up his history. Well, guess what? For those people who have used those quotes and been beat up for it, this now vindicates them as well."

"We don't want people to be drug down because we get beat up," he said. "We want them to be able to use historical quotes and not get their brains beat in and so this really is a vindication for everybody who is concerned about original intent and everybody who wants to quote things about the faith of the Founding Fathers or things like that. Now you've got a way when they said 'oh, that's all made up,' no, no, no, here's a judgment, here's a defamation suit, here's the court judgment that says that stuff was defamatory, that was false and defamatory."

Barton's lawsuit focused solely on the claim that he was "known for" speaking at white supremacist rallies and had nothing to do with the shoddy nature of the pseudo-history that he regularly produces and which has been well-documented.

But in typical Barton fashion, he was unable to even tell the truth about the results of his own defamation lawsuit.

You could not ask for a more perfect demonstration of Barton's common practice of spreading deliberate misrepresentation to further his own agenda than this.

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