If you’re having trouble keeping track of the rapidly falling state marriage bans, you’re likely not the only one. In the latest of a dizzying streak of pro-equality decisions, a judge in Colorado struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban yesterday.
District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree stayed the ruling, which means that same-sex couples in Colorado cannot yet begin to marry.
In his decision, Judge Crabtree plainly noted that the ban “bears no rational relationship to any conceivable government interest.” He also underscored the discrimination faced by same-sex couples in the absence of marriage equality:
‘The Court holds that the Marriage Bans violate plaintiffs' due process and equal protection guarantees under the Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution,’ Crabtree said in his ruling.
‘The existence of civil unions is further evidence of discrimination against same-sex couples and does not ameliorate the discriminatory effect of the Marriage Bans.’
Appearing on Steve Malzberg's Newsmax radio program yesterday, Rep. Steve King called upon the governors of the states along the southern border to call out their national guard units and seal the border because otherwise America will be overrun with billions of undocumented immigrants by the time President Obama leaves office.
Saying that since Obama has the resources necessary to close the border but is refusing to do so, King therefore urged border governors to call up their National Guard units and do it themselves because soon "it won't be any longer a question of whether we can deport eleven million people; it will be tens of millions more and the question will be how many billion people can we let into the United States?"
"And I say that term 'billion,' I didn't just pull it out of the air," King made clear, "there's seven billion people on the planet and over half of them would like to be in America":
Matt Barber appeared on Janet Mefferd's radio program yesterday in order to discuss a recent article in Politico Magazine entitled "Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage" which both he and Mefferd, of course, dismissed as nothing but pro-gay liberal propaganda.
During the course of the discussion, Mefferd asked Barber what he thinks about the fact that gay groups are being allowed to form at some Christian universities, with Barber replying that parents ought to think twice before allowing their kids to attend such a school because they'd certainly never let them attend a school that allowed "a pedophilia-affirming club or an incest-affirming club" to form on campus.
"I would just ask parents to do a test," Barber said. "Replace LGBT or gay with any other sexual sin. If there's an adultery-affirming club at your potential university where you're sending your kids. Or a pedophilia-affirming club or an incest-affirming club. Well, homosexuality is among all of the sins, the sexual sins that are clearly itemized throughout Scripture in both the Old and New Testament. But for some reason, the propaganda has stuck and it's this particular sexual sin that gets special treatment":
Rep. Louie Gohmert was among the speakers at last night's "Celebrate America" event, the three week long revival effort organized by "holy laughter" pioneer Rodney Howard-Browne, where he proved once and for all that God exists because "you couldn't get everything unless there was something that was the creator of everything."
Quoting an old friend from back in Texas, Gohmert said that he feels sorry for atheists because regardless of how smart they think they are, they have to admit that they believe "the equation that nobody plus nothing equals everything."
"How embarrassing for an intellectual to have to say 'yeah, I believe that,'" Gohmert said. "Nobody plus nothing equals everything."
"Well, you couldn't get everything unless there was something that was the creator of everything," Gohmert wisely concluded, "and that's the Lord we know":
Andrew Gillum is the Director of Youth Leadership Programs at People For the American Way Foundation.
Julián Castro, current mayor of San Antonio, was just confirmed in the Senate by a 71-26 vote to lead the Housing and Urban Development Department. Castro, one of the earliest members of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network, is the first to become a Cabinet member.
I remember meeting Julián at our very first YEO convening in 2006, and being impressed with his passion to serve and better his community in Texas. We are incredibly proud of Julián and excited to see what he’ll accomplish in this new position. His proven leadership in fostering urban revitalization and economic growth make him a natural fit for this position, where he will be able to combat homelessness and help secure access to affordable, quality housing for more Americans.
Julián’s confirmation yesterday demonstrates how supporting young elected officials in our movement can reap tremendous results. I often say that YEOs are the state and local leaders of today as well as the national leaders of tomorrow. While Julián will be the first (former) YEO member to serve in a cabinet level post, I am sure he won’t be the last.
Glenn Beck is organizing a relief effort along the southern border in Texas next week to deliver food, supplies, and toys to churches that are housing thousands of undocumented refugees from Central America. Beck's effort to provide this sort of assistance has caused a lot of controversy among his loyal audience and he addressed the topic directly on his radio program today, reminding his listeners that even though he has been right about countless things in the past, he knows that "I have never been more right on anything in my life" than he is on this issue.
And he trusts that his audience will continue to stand by him and support him, telling them for the second straight day that he knows they have been chosen by God to save this nation.
"There is no other audience in the history of mass communication like this audience," Beck told them. "Period! And I have said this to you since September 11th and this does not come from me, this comes from my gut, this comes from The Prompting, whatever you want to call it, you are going to be responsible for a great change. You are going to be the ones that save the nation":
The following is a guest blog by Beth Huang, 2010 Fellow of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young People For program.
Last Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in two critical cases with major implications for working women. The Supreme Court ruled once again that corporations are people, this time conferring religious rights that trump workers’ rights to access full healthcare. In a dissent to the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg noted “that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.” Justice Ginsberg’s dissent reveals the real impacts of denying coverage of contraception for low-wage working women -- something the slim five-justice, all-male majority fails to comprehend.
To compound the attack on working women, five male Justices severely undermined the ability of care workers – 95 percent of whom are women – to collectively bargain in the case Harris v. Quinn. This assault on working people stems from the Justices’ view that the care workers in the case are not “real” public employees and thus the union cannot charge the appropriate agency fee to all of them for its bargaining services. This ruling serves the interests of anti-worker extremists at the expense of these invaluable workers who care for our families and our children.
It’s clear: a majority of Justices are trampling over the rights of working women. In light of these attacks, it’s time to organize for gender equity and economic justice for working women.
Back in 2010 when I was a student, Young People For helped me develop organizing skills that have led me to effectively advocate for and with women and workers. Through my work in student labor organizing as an undergraduate and since graduation, I have seen that workers’ rights are women’s rights, from having access to comprehensive healthcare to having a voice on the job. To build an economy that works for today’s students and youth, we need to organize locally and train new leaders in the broad effort to advance our agenda for gender equity and economic justice.
At the Student Labor Action Project a joint project of Jobs with Justice and the United States Student Association, we’re doing just that by building student power to advance an agenda that protects the rights of current workers and promotes a more just economy for students to enter when they graduate. Our campaigns focus on demanding funding for public higher education, which we know is a major source of good jobs and upward mobility for women and people of color; pushing back on Wall Street profits that fuel the student debt crisis; and raising the working conditions for Walmart workers, 57 percent of whom are women.
The Supreme Court’s decisions last week underscored the urgency of organizing for these changes. Women’s access to equal rights, power in the workplace, and comprehensive healthcare depends on it.
Bishop E.W. Jackson, who was the Republican Party's nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia last year, spoke at last night's "Celebrate America" event where he loudly proclaimed that "America was ordained by Almighty God" and therefore Christians must take a stand and declare that, no matter what the government says, God's definition of marriage will never change.
"We've got to make up our minds that we wrestle not against flesh and blood," Jackson bellowed, "but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We've got to make up our minds that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into obedience to Jesus Christ. We've got to stand up!"
"We're not going to shut up," he continued, "and we're not going to stop. We're not going to quit. I don't care what anybody says, I don't care whether it's the president or the Supreme Court, a marriage is union between one man and one woman and that's all it will ever be!"
On this week's "Hagee Hotline," Matthew Hagee answered a question from a viewer who was wondering if Obamacare will "increase the risk of America supporting a one world government" by assuring her that it most certainly does.
As Hagee explained, Obamacare makes people more dependent upon the government, which is conditioning them to accept "the kind of global dictatorship that is described in the End Times" and to ultimately take the Mark of the Beast.
Acceptance of Obamacare, Hagee said, is teaching people "to look at a leader in the future and say 'certainly, you can give me a mark and that mark will keep me in terms of trading and doing all of the things that I want to do, buying and selling of goods and services, no problem; I'll do it because you're the government and you said I need it.'"
Legislation like Obamacare, he concluded, "leads us on a path and in a direction that in the end will take us to what the Bible describes as a one world government":
Continuing his role as a prophet of God and his habit of lecturing his staff during the morning meeting about whatever random thoughts he's had that day, Glenn Beck declared yesterday that it is the role of his company to serve as the calm voice of reason that will show the nation the way through the darkness and confusion.
Just as Beck was told by God to remain calm and rational back in 2007 during his interview with Al Sharpton even though he wanted to "rip him apart," Beck said that prompting was correct because at that end of the interview, he was the "clear winner" because he remained "calm and rational" and that same prompting applies today, as it is the role of Beck and his company to stand in front of the nation and calmly beg them to simply look at the truth.
"When everybody else is running in one direction," Beck said, "we are to stand and say 'stop, don't, please, I love you, please don't do that, wrong direction, please go the other way. Come with me. There's people, there are friends, it makes sense, it's the world you understand where we all have to work hard, but it's okay. It's okay. Please come with us":
Watching Glenn Beck's daily radio program is frequently an exercise in schizophrenia, as he inevitably spends several segments railing against those with whom he disagrees, calling them corrupt, immoral, and downright evil, only to then spend several subsequent segments talking about the importance of reaching out to those with whom one disagrees and loving one's enemies.
The latter message has been Beck's obsession for the last several months, and though it certainly doesn't seem to have actually changed his personal behavior toward his own perceived enemies in any way, he is positive that it is the key to saving the entire world.
As he declared on his program today, Beck's audience currently has "an extraordinary opportunity to be people of light, to be a beacon of hope and courage" for all of humanity ... and this is a message that has come directly from God.
"Mark my words," Beck declared, "I have said things and made predictions on this program and I know the difference between me and Him and let me tell you, this is not coming from me. This is a global movement; you will be a source of light, of hope, and encouragement for all the world to see":
Rodney Howard-Browne, a pioneer of the Holy Laughter movement, is currently leading a three-week long revival event in Washington, DC called "Celebrate America" that is featuring a variety of Religious Right leaders.
Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver was among the first speakers to participate over the weekend where he declared that America is a modern day Pompeii that is on the verge of total destruction because of its embrace of things like abortion and gay marriage.
As Staver explained, not all sins are equal because, according to 1 Corinthians 6, sexual sins alone are committed against one's own body and so they are "unique from any other sin."
As such, he said, by accepting homosexuality and gay marriage, our society is "moving into a direct attack on who God is."
"When you destroy human sexuality," Staver proclaimed, "and when you destroy human life created in the image of God and you destroy God's creation of marriage as man and woman, husband and wife, male and female, when you destroy that, you destroy your understanding of who God is. That's where we are moving right now in America":
Days after the Supreme Court handed down its damaging 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS issued an order that underscored the danger that Hobby Lobby poses for women’s health.
In Wheaton College v. Burwell, SCOTUS temporarily granted relief to Wheaton College, a religious institution that is “categorically” opposed to providing contraceptive services, from the contraception coverage compromise solution that the Court explicitly endorsed in Hobby Lobby. The order says that Wheaton may be exempt from submitting a form that would inform the government that they object to covering birth control. Wheaton College argued that submitting this form would make it “complicit in the provision of contraceptive coverage.” The temporary order indicates that the Court’s majority may accept this problematic argument.
In what Think Progress called a “blistering dissent” to the order, Justice Sonia Sotomayor — joined by the two other female Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — sharply criticized the order. Sotomayor wrote in the dissent:
“Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today.”
While this order is temporary until the case may be heard in front of the Court, the female Justices’ strong dissent demonstrates not only the division within the Court, but also the importance of having diversity on our courts. Women on the bench provide a critically important perspective on all cases, but especially those that deal with women’s lives. It is more important than ever, when women’s rights are under assault, that women are more fairly represented at all levels of government.
Former Bush administration official and current anti-gay activist Robert Reilly was a guest on Jesse Lee Peterson's radio program yesterday, promoting his new book "Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything" where he explained that the ultimate goal of gay activists is to make society accept the lie that homosexuality is okay in order to alleviate their own guilt about their "morally disordered" behavior.
Likening gays to criminals who justify their thievery, Reilly said that they seek to rationalize their own "sodomitical acts" as acceptable and then force everyone else to buy into the lie as well so they can avoid having to face "all the guilt that would normally accrue to their behavior."
Peterson agreed, saying that "homosexuals who are pushing this know that they are wrong, inside themselves they have guilt and they think that if they can convince the world that homosexuality is normal, then the guilt will go away."
But that guilt will never go away, Peterson concluded, "because it's wrong even if everybody says that it's right."
"You've diagnosed this whole thing absolutely correctly," Reilly responded:
Today's installment of Gordon Klingenschmitt's "Pray In Jesus Name" program featured an interview with none other than "Coach" Dave Daubenmire in which the two men agreed that what America needs today is the establishment of a "manly Christianity" that will raise up warriors for God.
Fuming that Christian men "have refused to stand up and engage in the cultural battle" and instead hired Republican "mercenaries to fight the fight that I believe God mandated the church to fight," Daubenmire declared that America desperately needs "a manly Gospel and a manly Christianity" because the contemporary church has become "sissified."
"I'm after men," Daubenmire said. "I want to train up Godly men who will serve the Lord in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I want to defend the Lord, not sit on his lap":
Bryan Fischer began his radio program yesterday by declaring that while he was in church over the Independence Day holiday weekend, he was struck by the revelation that "a lack of patriotism is a sin against God."
As Fischer explained, God has providentially cared for and protected the United States of America since its creation and so a refusal to be patriotic is an insult to God.
"A failure to be a patriotic American is a sin against God," Fischer said, "because it's a refusal to thank him for his goodness, for his providential care over this nation from the beginning":
In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, Miranda noted how anti-gay activists were excited by the prospect that the decision had set a precedent that could now be used to exempt Christian businesses from having to comply with anti-discrimination laws when it comes to issues like gay marriage.
On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast, Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber addressed exactly this issue, saying that he is hopeful that anti-gay Christians will now have a solid defense when they refuse to "be an indentured servant" by providing services to "a counterfeit gay marriage" because this ruling was "a strong rebuke of all those sexual orientation laws around the country in cities and municipalities and states that say somehow gays win, Christians lose, sexual orientation trumps all."
"This decision, if you read between the lines," Barber asserted, "it says religious freedom is sacrosanct, including for the business owner."
Saying that nowhere in the Constitution does it say that Christians are required to participate in sin by providing services for a gay wedding that mocks God, Barber believes that this decision "sends a strong signal" that religious liberty is protected by the Constitution and by law while sexual orientation is not.
"Clearly the First Amendment and RFRA, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, read through the prism of this decision," Barber said, "I believe bodes very well for Christians who say 'we will not partake and give any recognition to fake same-sex marriage'":
On Friday's installment of the "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast, Matt Barber said that he would be celebrating Independence Day by praying that God will withhold His judgment from this nation because America is on the verge of total destruction.
As co-host Mat Staver explained, our entire system of government was built upon the self-evident fact that God exists, declaring this to be so obvious that "any idiot" ought to be able to see it, just as everyone knows that the sun rises in the East.
"The fact that there is a God who's a creator and we are endowed by these liberties," Staver said, "is self-evident truth."
Barber agreed, warning that "we are either in judgment as a nation or approaching judgment as a nation because we have, as a nation and our nation's leadership has turned its back on God and the Judeo-Christian principles of our founding."
Paraphrasing Ruth Graham, Barber then said that if God doesn't destroy America, He'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah, adding that he was going to spend his Independence Day focusing on the hope that America will fall to its knees and pray in order to turn away God's inevitable hand of judgment:
Ever since Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., proposed a constitutional amendment designed to restore to Congress and state governments the ability to regulate the raising and spending of money in elections, Republicans and conservatives have absurdly been decrying it as an effort to gut the First Amendment.
On today's "WallBuilders Live" radio program, David Barton attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for supporting this amendment, saying that his support for it proves that Reid is "an atheist Mormon" who doesn't realize that he will one day have to answer to God for trampling all over our God-given rights:
Barton: He has actually proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would re-write the First Amendment to take away original protections and limit the protections in the First Amendment.
What it also tells me is, and he's apparently a Mormon guy, that's fine. He is probably an atheist Mormon, Mormon in name only and the reason I say that is that so many Mormon folks are so conservative on the Constitution and such great defenders ... And so, when you look at what he's doing, the Bill of Rights is laid out in the Declaration of Independence, you start with the first belief that there's a Creator, the second belief that the Creator gives us certain inalienable rights, the third belief in the Declaration is that government exists to protect those rights inalienable rights.
So eleven years later when the Founding Fathers did the Bill of Rights they said, hey, these are those rights that we were talking about that the government is not allowed to touch because these come from the Creator and government exists to protect rights from the Creator. So that's why we've never messed with the Bill of Rights because they were always off limits to government because they came from God directly to man, they did not go through government to get here.
If you don't have the belief that you will answer to God for what you do, you will sell your country, you will sell your kids' future, you will sell everything going on and that's where we're getting. And so it's not just a belief in God, it's the belief that you answer to God and you believe that, and see that's where Harry Reid is not. You know, he may believe in God, he probably says he does; I don't think he has any cognizance of having to answer to God for what he does.