Last week, the American Family Association released its "Naughty or Nice List," designed to let consumers "know which companies are Christmas-friendly" so they can patronize them this holiday season in an effort to fight back against the "secular forces in our country that hate Christmas because the word itself is a reminder of Jesus Christ."
Today, Liberty Counsel released its own "Naughty or Nice List," which likewise "applauds retailers who acknowledge the reason for the season, and exposes those who do not."
We have looked over both lists and realized that conservative Christians activists who intend to use them to plan their holiday shopping are going to find themselves very confused as to just which retailers are "naughty" and which are "nice," considering that several stores received opposite designations on the American Family Association and Liberty Counsel lists.
For instance, Liberty Counsel lists Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy, CVS and Staples as "nice," while the AFA lists those same stores as either "naughty" or "marginal":
Conversely, the AFA lists Dick's Sporting Goods, The Gap, Old Navy and TJ Maxx as "nice," while Liberty Counsel lists them all as "naughty":
During Friday night's "Presidential Family Forum" in Iowa, Mike Huckabee attempted to gin up outrage among the conservative Christian audience by falsely claiming that the federal government is working to deport a family from Germany who have sought asylum in America in order to homeschool their children.
Homeschooling is illegal in Germany and in 2010, the Romeike family sought political asylum in America, arguing that they would face fines, imprisonment and loss of custody of their children if they were deported back to Germany. The case worked its way through the legal system for years until the Supreme Court finally refused to grant their appeal, only for the Department of Homeland Security to announce in 2014 that the Romeikes would be granted "indefinite deferred action status" and be allowed to remain in America.
But that is not the story Huckabee told during a discussion of education at the forum on Friday night. Instead, the former Arkansas governor declared that "every Christian believer in this country [should be] absolutely livid" over the fact that "this week, the Justice Department of the United States started deportation process against the Romeike family to send them back to Germany, which will take their kids from them."
"The very week the president wants to bring Syrian refugees to America and import them," Huckabee stated, "he wants to deport a Christian family."
Such an action, Huckabee insisted, is proof that "there is a war on the Christian faith in this country that is being carried out by this administration."
Given that the case of the Romeike family has been an important issue for the Religious Right for years, one would think that if the government had reneged on its pledge to allow them to remain in the country and begun the process of deporting them, that might have made some news.
But we have been utterly unable to find a single news article reporting this or a single piece of evidence to back up Huckabee's claim. We even called the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been representing the Romeike family from the beginning, to ask if their organization had any knowledge of this and were informed that HSLDA is unaware of any steps taken by the DOJ to deport its clients.
Moderator Frank Luntz promised the event would be an "adult conversation" about the issues important to the conservative Christian activists in the audience and the candidates bent over backwards to appeal to these voters, with Carly Fiorina declaring at one point that all the people on stage, as well as all the people in the audience, "are people of faith who love our God" and that is important because "people of faith make better leaders."
"I do think it's worth saying," Fiorina declared, "that people of faith make better leaders because faith gives us humility, faith teaches us that no one of us is greater than any other one of us, that each of us are gifted by God. Faith gives us empathy; we know that all of us can fall and every one of us can be redeemed. And faith gives us optimism, it gives us the belief that there is something better, that there is someone bigger than all of us. And so I think it's important that we elect a leader of faith and that we elect a leader, as well, who knows that more prayer, not less, is necessary in public life and in all our lives."
Luntz then followed up on Fiorina's statement by declaring that "I can back that up statistically," asserting that "every single positive factor that you can describe is directly correlated to someone's relationship with faith, with God, and all the pathologies that you would criticize are directly related to a rejection of God."
Bankrolled by business interests, a "Spiritual Mobilization" effort was organized in the late 1930s for the purpose of using religion to promote a right-wing, pro-business agenda that was, in many ways, the precursor to today's Religious Right.
I couldn't help but think of Kruse's book and this movement while watching Rabbi Daniel Lapin deliver remarks at Liberty University's convocation earlier this week, where he dedicated his entire speech to asserting that making money is a sign of God's approval because "making money means you are delivering value to another one of God’s children. You are caring for another child of God."
As such, Lapin was outraged by the "slandering of business" that manifests itself in the idea that wealthy people are "giving back to society" when they donate to charity because it implies that when they are making money, they are doing so by ripping people off.
Lapin even went so far as to defend "profiteering," which is a term generally applied to people who seek to make "an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency."
"Profit isn't plunder," Lapin argued, "it's good, it's evidence that you are pleasing God's other children. They make up a word like 'profiteering,' see 'profiteer' sounds like 'sneer' or 'jeer.' Somehow it's evil to make a profit. What does it mean? That you're charging too much? Well, let people go and buy it from somebody who will charge less, you'll go out of business."
Such phrases are dangerous, Lapin insisted, because they are part of an anti-capitalist effort to brainwash people into thinking "that it is impossible to make money honorably and in a godly fashion."
End Times radio host Jan Markell was a guest on American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" program yesterday, where she told host Tim Wildmon that God has turned His back on America because liberals "hate God."
Wildmon declared that today's "secular progressives" are different than liberals of the past who were "still patriotic" and loved America, whereas secular progressives like President Obama "have such disdain for the traditions of our country."
Markell agreed, and blamed it on public schools, asserting that "they began to hate America and to hate capitalism in more recent years and, as a result, we've got a mess on our hands now, thanks to the secular progressives."
"The root is they hate God," Markell stated, "and once you hate God, then God turns on you and I'm afraid God has turned on America because the leftists so disdain Him. Why should He keep us in our favor, seeing as a progressive doesn't see Him in a positive light?"
After declaring that France has a long history of killing Christians and therefore needed to be punished, Shoebat asserted that those who died while attending an Eagles of Death Metal concert were "worshippers of the devil" and got what they deserved:
The French committed a terrorist attack against Christian Serbs, suffering under the Muslims, and now the liberals in France are suffering under the very people they helped. They need the suffering, God is allowing it to happen to get France to realize that the ways of their ancestors are superior to the secular trash that they have sucked up; the ways of Charles Martel, the ways of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the ways of Godfrey of Bouillon, the ways of Tancred, the ways of Bohemond, the ways of Hugh I, the ways of St. Louis, the ways of all of those who fought for the supremacy of the Cross and the Christian Faith. These are the men who France should model themselves after, and not feminist garbage or the evil reprobates of Charlie Hebdo. Let France be again a flower and crown of Christendom; let it beam with the light of Christ, let its government put the modernists and sodomites to death and reward the righteous!
I see a lot of people are putting the flag of France on their profile pics. Is this going to be another little trend that everyone starts doing? Lets get one thing straight, Planned Parenthood slaughters more people in a day than what those terrorists ever did.
The Muslims have slaughtered thousands in Nigeria. The cartels in Mexico have butchered tens of thousands. In the San Fernando area in Tamaulipas a cartel slaughtered over 200 people, raping all of the women and cooking people in giant vats of acid, and laughing as they heard human beings scream in agony. Yet when people in France die, all of a sudden a trend is formed out of it. I guess French people are esteemed more worthy of our consideration than Africans, Mexicans, and unborn children. In the despotism of trends, human beings are a currency. In the exchange rate, one French is worth a thousand Mexicans.
The people who were killed in the rock concert, what were their last words? They were singing a song, “Kiss the devil”. They died, not as martyrs for Christ, but as worshippers of the devil. They were worshipping Satan, and we are suppose to feel sorry for them? They kissed the devil, and the devil came to them and slaughtered them. I say, to hell with them. The Lord works in mysterious ways.
The attacks in Paris is part of God’s Providence. Suffering is needed, in order to bring people to the One Who suffered for them.
William Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition and founder of the Government Is Not God PAC, was a guest on Gordon Klingenschmitt's "Pray In Jesus Name" program today, where he was asked to share his "expertise" on last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.
As Murray explained it, such attacks should not come as a surprise since France and Europe as a whole have been "overrun" by Muslims because European women are too selfish and short-sighted to dedicate their lives to having children.
"Here is the core issue," Murray stated, "Europe has been importing hundreds of thousands of Muslims because the women of Europe don't want to have children. They want to play, they want to have fun, they want to go on long vacations, they want to have money, they want to have cars, they want to have nice apartments, they're secularly motivated, the church is almost dead in Europe ... They don't believe that the propagation of the species is the most important thing that they're here for, they think that the most important thing that they're here for are the secular reasons, to have fun. That's what they believe they're on earth for, to spend money and to have fun. So they're importing these hundreds of thousands of Muslims in in order to work because they simply don't have children."
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer stated that he prays every night against the "plans that Satan is working" through President Obama.
While he insisted that he was not claiming that Obama is demon-possessed, Fischer said he is positive that Satan is planting thoughts in Obama's mind "that are contrary to the word and will of God" and convincing him to act upon them.
"I believe that Satan has an agenda that he is working through our current president," Fischer stated. "We don't pray against President Obama; we pray against the work and the strategy and the purposes that Satan is working through this president."
Glenn Beck dedicated his television program last night to recounting how he has supposedly accurately predicted the course of global affairs since 9/11, right down to last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Utilizing at least six chalkboards, Beck recounted a host of predictions he has made over the years which, he claims, have all come true.
Given his amazing track record, Beck then went on to warn that 2016 is going to be a reoccurence of 1968, in which America will be plagued with social unrest and assassinations of political leaders ... or maybe it'll happen in 2017 ... or maybe it'll never happen, he doesn't know.
"I hate even saying this," Beck said, "but I'm telling you that I have a very strong feeling that next year will be 1968 all over again. We are going to be ripe for assassinations. Massive instability is coming our way. It might be next year, it might be 24 months, it might never happen, I don't know, but we have a pretty good track record."
As usual, Beck conveniently hedged his bets so that if anything like this does happen, he can claim to have predicted it, while if it doesn't happen, he can just ignore it, as he does with all of his predictions that never came true.
Tom DeLay appeared on Newsmax Prime yesterday, where he declared that President Obama is a coward who has "surrendered to ISIS" and so Republicans need to dedicate themselves to putting pressure on Obama and the Democrats to launch a full-scale war against ISIS.
"We have a president that is feckless, that is incompetent, that has no idea what he's doing," DeLay declared, "and Congress has to say it, Congress has to stand up."
"If I was there," he continued, "I would suspend all legislation for the rest of the year .... and focus on going to war and eliminating ISIS and go to the American people in their districts and in their states, explain what's going on here, explain what has to happen, show them a president that is a coward and stand up for the people when they rise up. First place I would go is I would go to every state that has a Democrat senator and every district that has a Democrat House member and I would physically move my members into those districts and start holding town meetings and hang Obama around these Democrats and weaken their resolve to support this horrible strategy of Obama's. Then you can build a pressure cooker that might force the president to do the right thing."
Glenn Beck reacted to last week's terrorist attacks in Paris by once again claiming that everything he has been warning about since 9/11 has now come true.
Conveniently ignoring the fact that he has been repeatedly declaring that World War III has begun since back in 2013 and that all of his previous warnings about the arrival of his predicted global chaos have always come in response to incidents and situations that have nothing to do with the current crisis, Beck is positive that this time, he's been proven right about it all of it!
The "first shots in World War III" were fired "in France on Friday," Beck stated. "It's not going to be declared by anybody to be World War III yet ... But make no mistake, you're at the beginning of a global war."
When future history book are written, Beck predicted, the Syrian refugee crisis "will be seen as a Trojan Horse invasion by the Islamists in Europe" that was aided by the United Nations and "socialists worldwide."
"What happened on Friday was a final fulfillment of the chalkboard at Fox," Beck proclaimed. "It is now finished."
"I said it to my kids this weekend, now I'll say it to you," Beck warned. "I am sorry kids, but everything I have been talking to you about since September 11 — I know that we've had signs here and there that it was beginning or that it was getting closer — but I'm sorry, kids, everything that I have seen coming, the storm has now arrived. It's time to grow up."
James Dobson dedicated his radio program today to the dangers supposedly presented by "bathroom bills," which is a pejorative term favored by the Religious Right as it seeks to fight policies designed to allow transgender individuals to use restrooms, locker rooms and similar facilities of the gender with which they identify.
In an effort to terrify and mobilize his audience to oppose such policies, Dobson absurdly claimed that he recently read a story about a group of football players who were allowed to enter the girls' bathroom and take photos of girls while they were using the toilet.
"It just takes my breath away," Dobson said. "I just read an example of a case where a girl was in the bathroom and the whole football team came in and took pictures, you know, selfies, if you will, over the top of her in the bathroom. I mean, have we gone absolutely nuts?"
Dobson's guest, Tim LeFever of the Capitol Resource Institute, then piped up to declare that things like this are "going to happen" more and more frequently because such incidents are "certainly one of the implications" of nondiscrimination ordinances as people with nefarious intentions figure out ways of "gaming the system."
On her radio commentary this morning, Mission America's Linda Harvey declared that President Obama's support for the Equality Act and his appearance on the cover of Out magazine are signs that America is under God's judgment.
"Remember that radical homosexual bill on Congress I've been telling you about?" Harvey asked. "The so-called Equality Act? Well, our president Barack Obama has announced he is endorsing this legislation, which would make homosexual behavior and gender confusion civil rights under U.S. law, just like race or religion."
"And to make matters even worse," she continued, "he just became the first sitting U.S. president to appear on the cover of a homosexual magazine. Obama's photo is on the front of Out magazine because he was named its ally of the year for 2015. Friends, America seems to be under judgment when we have such misguided leaders."
On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday, Colorado Republican state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt hailed the election of Matt Bevin as governor in Kentucky last week, declaring that voters will always elected godly candidates ... unless, that is, the voters are evil.
"Congratulations, governor-elect," Klingenschmitt said, "for manifesting and representing the spirit of God in your campaign. People, when they see God inside of a candidate, they will vote for him every time because people are drawn to the spirit of God."
"When people see true freedom in the heart of a candidate, he can always win an election," Klingenschmitt continued. "Unless the people are evil, and then they will vote against the spirit of God that is in him."
Recently, a judge in Utah ordered that a foster child be removed from a home with two lesbian parents and placed with a heterosexual couple on the grounds that "kids in homosexual homes don’t do as well as they do in heterosexual homes."
Predictably, Bryan Fischer came rushing to that judge's defense on his radio program today, declaring that "no culture would ever want to adopt policies that are harmful, dangerous and risky to children."
"That means we should never countenance policies that place children in same-sex households, whether it's foster care or whether it is adoption," he said.
Fischer also came out against single-parent adoptions as well, before citing Mark Regnerus' repeatedlydebunked study to claim that children raised by lesbians are 10 times more likely to be sexually abused.
"The risk of sexual abuse, unwanted sexual touching, is 10 times higher in a lesbian household than in a heterosexual household," he said. "So if we care about the sexual purity, the sexual integrity of our children, which I do, then the last place we are going to want to put a child is in a lesbian household."
"So good for this judge," he concluded. "I am 100 percent standing behind him."
Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Republican state legislator from Colorado and Religious Right activist, spoke at a "Prayer For Our Warriors Conference" at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Arizona recently, the same event at which fellow right-wing pastor Rick Scarborough declared that God would give us the cure for AIDS if only this nation would repent for tolerating homosexuality.
As Klingenschmitt explained in his remarks, he intentionally violated Navy policy and then brought it to the attention of his superiors, only to find out that the Navy was initially willing to just give him a slap on the wrist and allow him to return to his job. But Klingenschmitt wanted to be a martyr and so he insisted on receiving a full court-martial and being put on trial for his actions, which is exactly what he received ... and was then found guilty.
But even though he lost his case in court, Klingenschmitt knows that he won his case in Heaven because "on 14 September, 2006, the same day I was literally found guilty of worshiping in public in a Virginia Beach courtroom, 1,000 miles off the Virginia coastline, Hurricane Gordon is swelling at full strength."
"My first name is Gordon," Klingenschmitt helpfully explained in case anyone missed the significance. "Glory to God! Hallelujah! God is doing signs and wonders in the heavens."
On "The 700 Club" today, Pat Robertson declared that the existence of gay-friendly churches is a sign that we have reached the "last stage of Gentile world apostasy."
Robertson was responding to a question from a viewer who wanted to know how someone who is gay could consider themselves to be a Christian, saying that such a person must be "misguided and a hypocrite."
"There have been gay churches for many years," Robertson responded. "They have communion, they do all kinds of things, they have gay pastors and so forth and they'll tell you that, yes, they love Jesus and all this. The truth is, if you read Romans, the last stage of Gentile world apostasy has to do with rampant homosexuality."
This is the point we have currently reached, Robertson added, and "it's a shame."
Ever since the Supreme Court struck down state gay marriage bans back in June, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel has been leading the legal fight on behalf of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who ultimately went to jail for repeatedly refusing to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Saying that Davis has been raised up by God to take a stand against gay marriage, Staver has repeatedly dismissed arguments that Davis should resign from her elected position if she cannot or will not carry out its basic duties, so we were rather surprised to hear Staver declare that Houston mayor Annise Parker ought to resign from her position if she is unhappy that voters recently repealed the city's non-discrimination ordinance.
On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Staver's cohost Matt Barber asserted that Parker was so upset by the election results that she is now essentially urging companies to boycott her own city, prompting Staver to, without irony, declare that Parker ought to simply resign and "let somebody else do" the job if she feels that she cannot represent the "taxpayers and citizens" that she was elected to serve.
"That is like a CEO of a company who says you need to boycott our company," Staver said, "stop buying products from our company because we have a policy that I, the CEO, don't agree with even though the board of directors has ultimately voted for this policy, so stop patronizing our company. Well, you know what, if that's what your feeling is, resign from the company. Mayor, if you want people to boycott Houston, why don't you just resign and let somebody else who wants to run the mayor's office and represent the city of Houston and all of the taxpayers and citizens of Houston? Why don't you just let someone else do it because, frankly, you haven't been doing a very good job."
Vision America's Rick Scarborough spoke at a "Prayer For Our Warriors Conference" at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Arizona recently, where he reiterated his view that AIDS is God's judgment for sin and declared that we'd probably be able to find a cure for the disease if this nation would simply repent for tolerating homosexuality.
Earlier in his remarks, Scarborough complained that we at People For the American Way regularly monitor his speeches and blasted our founder, Normal Lear, for having established an organization that has supposedly "subverted the truth" by regularly attacking "those of us who stand for God and country without apology."
Apparently, in Scarborough's world, standing for God and country takes the form of declaring that AIDS "was God's judgment on a sinful generation."
"I believe that God would probably give us the cure for AIDS today," he stated, "if we put our foot down and said, 'We not longer tolerate this, we're not going to fund it with healthcare, we're going to hold you accountable.' I believe if we started repenting across this country, some sharp probably Christian or Jewish researcher would find the AIDS cure."
Scarborough also noted that since his comments were probably being monitored by PFAW, this statement would most likely be the only thing that we would report on from his speech.