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Prepare For The End Times To Start Next Week ... Possibly ... But Maybe Not

For months, various Religious Right activists have been warning that some sort of calamity will strike America in September as God unleashes His judgment for abortion, and gay marriage, and general disrespect, possibly even bringing about the End Times.

These same activists, of course, have also been very careful to hedge their bets, repeatedly acknowledging that nothing at all might happen because God "doesn't have to work according to our schedule or understanding." But the feeling that some  sort of spiritually significant event is about to occur seems to be one that is widely shared among the Religious Right's End Times fanatics, such as Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries.

Markell appeared on American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" earlier this week, where she was asked whether Christians should expect the End of Days to begin next week and she declared that indeed they should ... possibly ... but maybe not ... but, still, it might be wise to be prepared just in case.

"I think because there are about 25 things converging in September," she said, "I think the question is: Could all of this be coincidence? Of the 25 — and we can't go through them all — between the Shemitah, the Jewish high holy days, the Pope's visit, and so much more, a global government, the discussion of the United Nations at the end of September, the list goes on and on and on and on."

"Having said that," she hedged, "do we go out on a limb and start predicting end of the world type things? I think we've got to be really careful with that because, remember, there had been some people who have tried the date setting throughout the last 50 years or so and then those dates don't come to pass and then Christians stand with egg on their face."

"But, on the other side of the coin," Markell then pivoted, "when you've got between 20 and 30 things converging in September ... at the very least, we need to sound a warning to be prepared."

Christians should store up food and water and money, Markell recommended, "but I don't think we should go off the deep end."

A Contrite Glenn Beck Apologizes For Calling Sarah Palin A 'Clown'

Near the beginning of his radio broadcast yesterday, Glenn Beck unloaded on Sarah Palin, calling her a "clown" and declaring that he was embarrassed that he ever supported her.  By the end of the program, Beck's fury had subsided and he began to feel remorseful that he had lost his temper and said such harsh things, but by then it was too late.

Last night, Beck sought to make amends, writing an absurdly long piece on Facebook apologizing for having called her a clown and explaining the source of their strained relationship, while also defending his position that her support for Donald Trump makes no sense:

We all have bad days and bad moments.

Today was one of mine.

I stand by all of my comments on Sarah Palin EXCEPT when I called her a clown. It was unkind, childish and wrong of me to name call.

What I should have said is this:

I don't know what she really believes. I don't think she is who I thought she was and haven't for sometime.

When I saw her interview Donald Trump on her tv show I was stunned. Not that she interviewed him, but that she agreed with him and backs him.

I have seen her speak many times about many topics and I just don't understand her. But I am sure she doesn't agree or understand me often as well.

I haven't had a relationship with Sarah since about the time of the shooting of Gabby Giffords. Nothing to do with that at all, but it was around that time that she withdrew from me and my team and it was because, as Todd told me on the phone, "we have been told who our real friends are." I was stunned. I had backed her hard in every way I knew how. At that time I really believed in her and in fact I really believed she had the ability to change the world for the better.

While I have reached out since we have not spoken in an any meaningful way since.

I don't know what they were told or by whom, but I can guess as it most likely was the same person that tried to drive a stake through my relationship with mark Levin and Sean Hannity and did for several years.

Thank God, I finally reached out to them, because I had been "told" things about them and they were the same lies that they were told about me.

Celebrity, fame and TV/radio are poison to humans I believe. At least it has been to me. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

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 I have not reached out to Sarah for quite some time as I do not believe there is a repairable relationship but I also have never said anything publicly or privately about her that I would regret until today.

She is not a clown. Obviously.

This however is the only thing I regret saying.

I do not understand her position and love of Trump. He is clearly a progressive, not a small government constitutionalist.

He was for the bailouts, he is for the idea that the government can just take private land from someone and give it to someone else because they will pay more taxes. Shameful.

There are so many warning signs, policy wise, that the size of the list is frankly shocking.

But he is also a bully, sexist, cruel, an ego manic and narcissist in ways that makes Barack Obama seem like Saint Francis.

He is so thin skinned that he destroys anyone who crosses him. It should be noted that this is a trait held by some of the 20th centuries greatest dictators and absolutely NOT something that I find comforting in a president.

As Sarah Palin holds a unique place with the tea party, I expect more from her. Perhaps this is wrong of me. To support Trump and ignore his very disturbing policies makes you a populist at best. But I am almost alone in this it seems. At least with almost anyone in my job. Maybe they all have a personal relationship with him or I am just wrong.

As I told her once off air, "you have a great power and while I'm not deeming you Spider-Man, with that power and pulpit comes great responsibility."

What principles that the tea party is founded on is she promoting with her love of trump?

So how did I get from disagreement to "clown?"

My -- unrighteous -- anger came from her speech at the Iran rally.

I am at a point that I cannot see past the dying children at the hands of Isis, and I truly believe that we are at a point of no return with God if we don't act now to stand for His principles.

I heard her speech after Donald's speech, which his was a clown show, and I couldn't believe that this is how we are dealing with this issue.

This was wrong of me.

Who do I think I am by thinking that everyone should see this issue the same way or adopt the same approach?

It was wrong of me, but because I know she is religious - in a very real way - I again expected more from her.

So today, what you heard was a very old frustration that I have never voiced where I feel wrongly accused and judged by her and Todd which frankly is no ones business and should not have been discussed on air, at least not in the heat of a moment. That is my problem not hers.

It was Coupled with total confusion on her love affair with Donald Trump (made worse in my head by my lack of ability to grasp what 30% of small government Self proclaimed constitutionalist, values and religious people see in him.

Coupled with His speech and combining hers with his in my head,

coupled with my unwillingness to play the stupid "game" one second longer -- because I truly believe that we are at a point of choosing and the consequences are much more grave than ever before as God will not be mocked.

So, the truth is:

I don't have a relationship with her and most likely now never will. That is okay, she is not losing any sleep over this, I am sure;

We don't see eye to eye on things. That is okay but some of them are large ticket items;

I do hear her speak sometimes and I don't know what I saw in her. But, that is probably my fault because I probably projected many things that I wanted to believe she stood for.

With all of that said: none of that makes her a clown.

Saying what you mean and meaning what you say is a rough road to walk if you want to have lots of friends in
Powerful places. Especially if you are as weak in the restraint in the tongue as I am.

It may mean that I don't have a single listener left in the end but I would rather be true to myself, principles and to my God than to parties, cliques or popularity. But I never want to lose anyone because I said something cruel or untrue.

I am okay with losing friends or popularity over the truth. What I am not okay with is spouting off in anger or frustration and being a poor example to my children.

That is where I owe Sarah Palin an apology. I was unkind and inaccurate.

It is really ironic, I am the one looking for and preaching unity.

I just held an event called restoring unity. But unity on principles. We don't all have to agree but we do have to recognize the time and answer to a higher call.

In some cases it may even mean we lose an election. But I think it is high time we lose elections for what we believe and stand for. Not because we backed horses or policies that made us think we could win.

'Sarah Palin Has Become A Clown': Glenn Beck Is Now 'Embarrassed' That He Ever Supported Her

Yesterday, Glenn Beck traveled to Washington, D.C., so that he could be seen by God speaking out against the nuclear deal with Iran. Following the event, Beck was disappointed that nobody is really listening to his message and later that evening, after he appeared on CNN, he grew even more despondent that what he felt were some of the best parts of his discussion with Don Lemon were ultimately edited from the broadcast.

On his radio program today, Beck let loose on just about everything and everyone, including Sarah Palin, who also spoke at the Iran rally, calling her a clown and declaring that he is embarrassed that he ever supported her.

"I'm going to say it," Beck declared, "I don't care what Sarah Palin says any more. Sarah Palin has become a clown. I'm embarrassed that I was once for Sarah Palin. Honestly, I'm embarrassed."

"I don't know who she is any more, I don't know what she stands for," Beck continued. "I saw a clip of her talking to Donald Trump. What the hell is that? I don't even know who she is any more ... Don't care. I don't care."

Brian Brown: Gay Marriage Is 'The Supreme Lie Of The Land'

The National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown was among the speakers at this week's rally in support of Kim Davis, where he likened her stand to the fight against slavery and compared her to Rosa Parks while declaring that gay marriage is "the supreme lie of the land."

Christians have always refused to "bow down to pagan idols," Brown declared, and Davis refused to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because "we know in our hearts, we know in our minds, that same-sex marriage is not the supreme law of the land, it is the supreme lie of the land."

"When one person stand up and says, 'I will not be bullied, I will not comply,'" Brown continued, "that person is Kim Davis and I hope she is a hero and a message for all of us. Stand for truth, regardless of what happens. Do not comply with unjust authority!"

Hagee: Iran Deal Puts America In The 'Direct Line Of Fire To Receive The Judgment Of God'

On this week's "Hagee Hotline," John Hagee continued to issue dire warnings that America will face the wrath of God if this nation reaches any sort of nuclear deal with Iran.

"I want you to hear this verse, it's God's foreign policy statement toward Israel," Hagee declared, "'I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you.' This nuclear treaty is America's curse on the future of Israel. If our Congress does not vote this down ... we, the United States of America, are in direct line of fire to receive the judgment of God. The day America turns its back on Israel will be the day God turns his back on us."

Young Elected Officials Network Crosses 1,000 Member Threshold

This month People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, the first and only national initiative to provide a network of support to the newest generation of progressive leaders at every level of elected office, surpassed the 1,000 member mark. Recently, hundreds of those members from across the nation gathered at the YEO Network National Convening 2015 to participate in collaborative discussions and issue-based training sessions.

The YEO Network began ten years ago as a small group of elected officials dedicated to promoting progressive values, and has since grown to over 1,000 members making a difference in local school boards, state legislatures, and the United States Congress. Past and current members of the Network include rising stars like Congressman Joaquin Castro and his brother, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, who attended the first YEO convening a decade ago.

“The commitment and passion young elected officials bring to their offices every day proves that this 1,000 member mark is only the beginning for our network,” said Andrew Gillum, director of youth leadership programs at People For the American Way Foundation. “Ten years in, we are continuing to build and grow each day to build a stronger, more equal, more just country.”

“The YEO Network has come to symbolize the power of young, progressive leadership,” said Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way Foundation. “Each elected official in this network is making real change in their community. But this isn’t only about the work that 1,000 young leaders are doing all across the country—it’s about the collective force of a movement that’s literally changing the face of our nation. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together in the next ten years.”

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Anti-Gay Psuedo-Historian David Barton Tapped To Run Ted Cruz's Super PAC

David Barton is a long-time Religious Right activist and Christian nation pseudo-historian whose 2012 book about Thomas Jefferson so shoddy that it was pulled from circulation by its Christian publisher. Promoting inaccurate, misleading, and downright false information has been a hallmark of Barton's career and a centerpiece of his effort to institute a virtual theocracy in America in which our nation's laws are literally based upon the Bible.

Naturally, he has now been tapped to take over the super PAC supporting Ted Cruz's presidential campaign:

David Barton, an influential Christian author and activist, is taking charge of the leading super-PAC supporting Ted Cruz.

The super-PAC, Keep the Promise PAC, is the umbrella for a group of related pro-Cruz political committees that raised $38 million in the first half of the year, more than the super-PACs supporting any other candidate with the exception of Jeb Bush.

"From the outset, the Keep the Promise PACs made their mission to provide a voice for the millions of courageous conservatives who are looking to change the direction of the country," Keep the Promise PAC said in a statement today. "Barton's involvement is an important step signaling that the effort will not be run by a D.C. consultant but by a grassroots activist."

A long-time vice-chairman of the Texas Republican Party, where he is based, Barton is notorious for exaggerating his own accomplishments and for regularly making outrageous statements such as his assertions that the Founding Fathers opposed the teaching of evolution, that the Bible opposes Net Neutrality, and that Jesus opposes the minimum wage.

He believes that demons control the government and is also a Second Amendment radical who insists that there should literally be no limits on what sort of weapons individuals can own, including tanks, jet fighters, or nuclear weapons.

But most of all, Barton is vehemently anti-gay, claiming that schools are forcing students to be gay and that the government should regulate gay sex. Recently, he has been telling audiences that the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage will force all student athletes to share the same locker rooms and churches to hire pedophiles to run their nurseries while requiring the military to protect those who engage in bestiality.

Barton also believes that homosexuality is "reprehensible and disgusting" and "very repugnant" and that the government can outlaw it. He has also repeatedly asserted that a cure for AIDS will never be found because the disease is God's punishment for sin:

And now he has been placed in charge of coordinating millions of dollars to help elect Ted Cruz to be the next president.

Beck: This Is The Week America Seals Its Fate And Becomes 'An Enemy Of God'

Glenn Beck is in Washington, D.C., today to speak at a rally in opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and even though he knows the deal cannot be defeated, he is intent on speaking so that God will see him standing against it.

Beck has said that his message will be so full of dire prophetic warnings that it will sound like incomprehensible rambling to anyone listening, but God and His people will understand exactly what he is saying. He kicked things off last night on his television program with a tearful monologue warning his audience that this week will be the time when America finally seals its fate because "we are going to become an enemy of God."

"We are not hopeless because He is our hope," an emotional Beck declared, "but we have dealt with Him falsely and He is going to withdraw his protection and it is going to be stunning when it happens."

"This is it. I'm telling you this is the last call," he continued, standing in front of his chalkboard as he warned that within a year, America will be so divided that we literally will not even be able to understand one another. "I am telling you, please, Dear God, listen to me, please. Please! We are here. This is the moment that historians will look back and say, 'They would have survived, but they chose death instead.'"

"Please, grab your children, grab your friends," he warned, "and you get them in the boat right now and you stand, you declare, even in your own room by yourself, you stand up and you say the words out loud, 'Lord, I choose life. I reject what is happening in my own country, they do not speak for me.' And then you get down on your knees and you beg Him for protection because He can no longer be our God. He has to withdraw ... We're going to feel the full ramifications of what it feels like to choose death."

Barton: Jailing Kim Davis Violates The Constitution's Prohibition On 'Ex Post Facto' Laws

David Barton took to his Facebook page yesterday to pen a defense of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and her refusal to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, asserting that requiring her to do so violates the Constitution's prohibition on ex post facto laws.

Ex post facto refers "to a criminal law that applies retroactively, thereby criminalizing conduct that was legal when originally performed," and Barton, like others, bizarrely argues that since gay marriage was not legal nationwide when Davis ran for her county clerk position, requiring her to issue gay marriage licenses now is unconstitutional:

The third major criticism of Davis is that she is she knew what she was getting into and therefore should never have run for office. But this is a factually inaccurate statement. Davis ran for office in 2014; the Court issued its personal opinion in 2015 – a year after she was in office. She did not know that she was going to be asked to implement a federal policy that no American in the history of the Constitution had ever before been asked to enforce: issue a license for a homosexual marriage. She is now being punished for refusing to do something that was not part of her job description when she took office. In fact, her punishment smacks of an “ex post facto” policy. As even the very progressive Wikipedia explains, “An ex post facto law is a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences (or status) of actions that were committed, or relationships that existed, before the enactment of the law.” The Constitution explicitly prohibits this in Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 3, yet this is dangerously close to, if not exactly what is happening to Davis – except that it is not a law under which she is being jailed but rather the decree of a judge; but the results are the same.

Barton's understanding of ex post facto laws is laughable and therefore his entire argument is ludicrous since Davis is not being punished retroactively for something that was legal at the time she did it, but is rather being held in contempt of court for violating a judge's orders to stop preventing her office from issuing licenses to same-sex couples in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision.

Davis is currently breaking the law and that is why she is facing legal troubles.

'Lock Me Up': Mike Huckabee Volunteers To Go To Jail On Kim Davis' Behalf

Today, GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee joined a handful of hardcore anti-gay activists for a rally in support of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who has become a Religious Right hero for briefly going to jail rather than allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

At the end of his remarks today, Huckabee sanctimoniously declared that he is willing to spend years in jail on Davis' behalf in opposition to the legalization of gay marriage.

"I have a message for the judge," Huckabee proclaimed, "and I say this with all my heart: If this judge believes that somebody must be put in jail because a person is willing to stand on the biblical definition of marriage ... Let Kim go, but if you have to put someone in jail, I volunteer to go. Let me go. Lock me up if you think that's how freedom is best served."

"I am willing to spend the next eight years in the White House leading this country," he thundered, "but I want you to know, I'm willing to spend the next eight years in jail but I'm not willing to spend one day under the tyranny of people who believe they can take our freedom and conscience away!"

Davis may indeed soon be headed back to jail as her lawyer, Mat Staver, said that she will continue to break the law in defiance of court orders when she returns to work later this week.

Staver: Requiring Kim Davis To Do Her Job Is Like Forcing Her 'To Grant A License To Sodomize Children'

Mat Staver, the Liberty Counsel attorney who is representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis during her ongoing refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, appeared on the "WallBuilders Live" radio program today, where he said that requiring Davis to issue such marriage licenses is like requiring her to provide licenses to "sodomize children."

"A clerk provides licenses to do something," Staver explained. "A license to operate a motor vehicle on the road, a license to build a particular facility or a license to do this or a license to do that or a license to operate a business. So that person is licensing someone to do something and in this case, they're licensing what? They're licensing something that is directly contrary to the core of their religious convictions, to engage in sinful activity among same-sex relations and sanction something that is contrary to the Scriptures and that is marriage of two people of the same sex."

"To force someone like that to give a license for something that will legalize, that will put a stamp of approval on something that is absolute rebellion against God, sinful, then that is a direct collision of unprecedented magnitude," he continued, saying that requiring Davis to do her job is like requiring her "to grant a license to engage in pornography, to grant a license to sodomize children or something of that nature."

'We're The Government': Jerry Boykin Says Our Government Was Founded To Be Run By Christians

The Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin joined Rick Joyner for a "special update" on Sunday where Boykin asserted that Christians must be involved in politics because the Constitution came directly out of the Bible and the Founding Fathers created our system of government to be run by Christians.

Insisting that the separation of church and state is a myth, Boykin declared that the church was primarily responsible for the success of the American Revolution and as well as the abolition of slavery and suggested that Christians who refuse to get involved in politics are cowards.

"You don't have the courage to stand for what you believe in," Boykin said, "because the church has always been a dominant factor in the politics of America and the 56 men who signed that document were men of faith. When they came back and wrote that Constitution, they wrote that Constitution and derived all of the principles out of that Constitution out of the Bible. So when you hold up a Bible, you need to hold up the Constitution right next to it and say, 'This Constitution came from this Bible and every freedom that's given in this Constitution came from the Bible.'"

"When Christians say we shouldn't be involved in politics, you've got to be kidding me," he continue. "We're the government."

Barton: Kim Davis Should Not Be In Jail Because 'Man's Law Is Not Allowed To Contradict God's Law'

Glenn Beck drove to Houston today to attend the funeral for Deputy Darren Goforth, who was ruthlessly gunned down last week at a local gas station.

Joining Beck on the trip was David Barton and his wife Cheryl and, on the way to the funeral, Beck and Barton had a conversation about the jailing of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis for preventing her office from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, and Beck uploaded a video of it to his Facebook page.

While Beck said that he sympathizes with Davis, he cannot understand why she has not been fired for refusing to do her job. Barton, predictably, responded by asserting that Davis is entirely in the right to refuse to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because "the Founding Fathers made it real clear that the laws of God are higher than the laws of man."

"This is a law of God. Man's law is not allowed to contradict God's law," Barton said, which means there can be no justification for jailing Davis because she is upholding God's law.

Barber: Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses 'Would Be The Most Hateful Thing' Kim Davis Could Do

On an upcoming episode of the "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver discuss the case of Kim Davis with Matt Barber, who, though he has has reportedly left Liberty Counsel to start his own ultra-right wing website called BarbWire, still regularly appears as Staver's co-host on the organization's daily radio program.

Staver and Barber discussed Liberty Counsel's representation of Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who has been jailed due to her ongoing refusal to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, with Barber declaring that if Davis relents and agrees to issue such licenses, it would be "the most hateful thing that she could do."

If Kim Davis were to put her "put her stamp of approval ... on counterfeit gay marriage," Barber said, "that is the least compassionate, most hateful thing that she could do, to issue same-sex marriage licenses to people who are about to enter into a counterfeit and false institution that is rooted in mortal sin, in the sin of homosexual immorality."

Homosexuality is an "abomination," Barber continued, "and if she were to engage in this, she would be leading others and supporting others in sin, putting her own self in danger of judgment. She wants a clear conscience before she stands before God."

Glenn Beck Warns That 'God Will Take His Mighty Arm' And Wipe America Off The Map

Glenn Beck long ago transitioned from a self-described "rodeo clown" into a full-blown apocalyptic End Times preacher, so it was no surprise to see that his television program last night consisted mostly of him delivering a sermon to his studio audience warning that God is going to utterly wipe this nation out for passing the Iran nuclear deal and for failing to close down Planned Parenthood.

Preaching once again from the book of Jeremiah, Beck declared that "history books will remember us as people who chose death over life" and proclaimed that when future generations look at what caused "our demise," they will point to the Iran deal and Planned Parenthood as black scars on our record.

Beck went on to relate that, as a Mormon, he believes that "the Constitution is divinely inspired and that this land is sacred," and so God's warning through Jeremiah to Israel applies equally to America today. As such, Beck warned that, just like ancient Israel, "if we go awry, God will take his mighty arm and he will wipe it clean."

And that is exactly what is about to happen.

'There Will Be Blood': Bryan Fischer And Caller Agree The Kim Davis Controversy Is 'A Pivotal Point In American History'

American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer spent the first hour of his radio broadcast today voicing his outrage at the news that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis had been held in contempt of court and taken into custody for her ongoing violation of court rulings ordering the county clerk's office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Fischer was not alone it his outrage, as he took a call from a listener who declared that conservatives are tired of "being pushed back to a cliff" and called for "a massive national demonstration of solidarity" with Davis, warning that if 10 million people do not come together and "flood Washington, D.C.," then all will be lost.

"The media belongs to the Antichrist," the caller said. "We're at the point now where there must be a massive national upheaval. If we cannot have it, I will predict, I will prophesy to you, there will be blood and it will be massive."

Fischer agreed, declaring that "this is a pivotal point in American history" and asserting that Davis will "wind up being the person on which American history turns."

Asserting that this is proof that "every advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty," Fischer proclaimed that every GOP presidential candidate must now be "pushed to the wall, backed into a corner" and forced to state a position on the controversy because this issue is now "the dividing line in the GOP nomination campaign."

Glenn Beck Will Oppose Iran Deal So He'll Be Seen By God 'When Daddy Comes Home'

Earlier this week, Glenn Beck announced that he would be speaking at a "Stop The Iran Nuclear Deal" rally in Washington, D.C. next week in order to be seen by God taking a stand for righteousness and life. While it is now clear that opponents of the deal do not have the votes needed to defeat it, Beck said he will still be attending the rally because he wants to ensure that he is seen doing the right thing "when Daddy comes home."

Admitting that he is completely out of ideas on how to change the course of this nation and so now all that is left is prayer and supplication, Beck said that even though he cannot stop the Iran deal, he is still going to speak out.

"I'm not there to speak to you, I'm not there to speak to Congress," he said. "I am there so I am standing before God Almighty so He sees me doing what I'm supposed to do because when Daddy comes home, I don't want Him asking, 'Did you do all the things I asked you to do?'"

PFAW Foundation Applauds McAuliffe’s Restoration of Voting Rights

People For the American Way Foundation today applauded Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s moves to restore the voting rights of more than 10,000 Virginia citizens with criminal records. By streamlining the restoration process and by removing barriers that prevented formerly incarcerated persons from being able to vote, run for office and serve on juries, McAullife has restored the rights of more Virginians than any other Governor in a four year term.

“This is unquestionably a step towards a more just and more democratic system,” said Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation. “We’ve seen that continuing to prevent ex-offenders from registering to vote serves no purpose other than increasing stigma and contributing to the ongoing war on voting rights. Governor McAuliffe should be applauded for his efforts to include more citizens in our elections, and other elected officials should follow his lead.”

“Felon disenfranchisement is just one of the ways that opponents of voting rights have kept people of color away from the ballot box,” said Minister Leslie Watson Malachi, PFAW Foundation’s Director of African American Religious Affairs. “Allowing formerly incarcerated persons to raise their voices as full citizens brings us a small step closer to a system that truly reflects a government of, by and for all the people. We are committed to continuing to work to make sure that all Virginians are ready and able to cast a vote that counts on Election Day.”

 

 

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Kim Davis And The Religious Right's Bizarre Definition Of 'Reasonable Accommodation'

It is kind of amazing that defenders of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has ordered her office not to issue any marriage licenses in order to avoid abiding by the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling, actually think that it is entirely reasonable to force the more than 20,000 residents of the county to accommodate Davis' personal religious convictions rather than require her to simply do her job.

Like Mat Staver yesterday, Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family's Citizenlink insists today that the 23,333 residents of Rowan County, Kentucky, "could easily drive to any neighboring county" in order to obtain a marriage license and should be forced to do so because "an elected official has a right to a reasonable accommodation for her faith."

The idea that it is reasonable to make tens of thousands of people drive to a different county to obtain a marriage license because their clerk simply refuses to do her job, or even to let her subordinates do theirs, is laughable, as is Shepard's argument that it is gay rights activists who are trying to force their views on Davis when, in reality, it is Davis who is forcing her views on an entire county by demanding that all residents accommodate her religious convictions. Of course, if the clerks in the surrounding counties likewise refused to follow the law, Religious Right activists would defend them as well.

Predictably, Shepard goes on to claim that the true reason that gay rights activists are waging this fight is because they are in pain and are lashing out.

"My observation is that the activists are sincerely hurting," he said, "yet their worldview will not allow them to see any connection between the pain they're feeling and the life they're living, so they look for someone to blame and the focus right now is on any Christian who would take a stand for God's timeless design for marriage and relationships."

'I'm Not Apocalyptic! We Are Suicidal': Another Apocalyptic Warning From The Prophet Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck was spitting fire on his radio program this morning from the get-go, opening with a declaration that "we are living in a culture of death" and only growing more and more apocalyptic as he ranted, uninterrupted, through the entire segment about how America is rapidly committing suicide.

"I want you to understand, we're done as a nation," Beck warned. "We're not going to get any more warnings on this. Evil is rampaging right now. It is beyond anything I have ever seen anywhere in my life and if you think it is going to stay put, if you think it's not going to grow, if you think this is as bad is it could get, you are sadly mistaken."

Things like the nuclear deal with Iran, civil unrest in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, the persecution of Christians, and even allowing transgender students to use proper facilities in public schools are all going to spread and grow worse, Beck proclaimed, until eventually this nation simply collapses.

"We are a nation hell-bent on our own destruction," Beck thundered. "God's not going to punish us. I saw in the New York Post, 'Glenn Beck is again with his apocalyptic preaching,' I'm not preaching to you and I'm not apocalyptic! We are suicidal and all I'm doing is telling you."

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