One of the entertaining thing about monitoring the Religious Right is watching them explain how seemingly every election signals some sort of broad national trend or carries with it some deep philosophical implication that supports their political agenda.
When Republicans lose, it is always because they did not take a stand for the Religious Right's agenda and so the voters rejected them for being insufficiently conservative. But when Republicans win, it is inevitably because the candidate stood for conservative Christian values and the victory is therefore proof that Americans embrace that worldview ... leading to absurdly overblown pieces of "analysis" like this from Matt Barber declaring that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's win in the recent recall election signals "a shift of the tectonic plates" and the "implosion [of] the progressive movement":
I think it's a shift of the tectonic plates here and this is just an early tremor of the earthquake that is going come of implosion with the progressive movement ... It's a microcosm that shows that the American people have rejected radical secular socialism, the agenda of the unions, liberal causes and that they adopting fiscal responsibility, family values, the things that made this the greatest nation on earth.
Secular socialism has been an abject failure everywhere and every time it has been tried and we find ourselves headed down that path in this country right now and we need only look to Europe to see where that leads us and it's disaster. And Wisconsin, as I mentioned, is the early tremors, the American people saying "no, the secular socialist progressive ideology has failed in Europe, it's failed every time it's been tried, it's going to fail here in the United States, we reject it and we're heading back to our founding principles!"
All this week, Rick Joyner is once again hosting Jerry Boykin for a series of programs for his daily "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" television show where the two have been discussing their conspiracy theories about how the Muslim Brotherhood are working with Marxists in order to destroy America and its Judeo-Christian values and heritage.
Today, Boykin revealed that one of the ways this is being accomplished is through public school textbooks, which are being "deliberately altered to rob us of our identity [and our] pride in being Americans" in order to undermine the Judeo-Christian base upon which this nation was founded. And the reason this is happening is because Leftists are out to destroy Christianity in order to fully implement Marxism in America:
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has created damage-control web site, “I Stand With ALEC,” asking people to submit a letter to members of ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board and member legislators in support of the ultra-conservative, secretive organization. The form letter is here:
Stand With ALEC
Dear [Decision Maker],
As our economy continues to struggle, the need for strong leadership that promotes free markets and free enterprise is more crucial than ever. It's through limited government and a stronger private sector that we can create jobs and grow our economy. As a member of ALEC, I expect you to work on these types of solutions.
But I've seen in the news that these values, and groups that support them, are under attack by extremists. Groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are important defenders of these free market ideals. You should know that this is exactly the kind of organization I expect you to work with. Don't let extremists sway you any other way.
It is through free-market, limited government and pro-growth principles that we can get the states and whole nation back on the right track. As a customer, I'll be watching closely to ensure that you represent those views in your decisions.
[City, State ZIP]
After the massive outrage sparked by revelations that ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force was responsible for the proliferation of “Stand Your Ground” laws in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin, ALEC tried to disavow that committee and claimed that it was “refocusing [its] commitment to free-market, limited government and pro-growth principles.”
ALEC’s portfolio of harmful policies goes much farther than that, including model bills that disenfranchise voters, destroy public education, block access to healthcare, damage the environment, weaken public safety and harm working families. So far, 19 corporations, 4 non profit organizations and 54 state legislators have left the organization for these reasons.
If ALEC thinks it can repair its reputation by asking the American people to send reassuring letters to its members, it should think again. A petition drive and phone campaign led by People For the American Way Fundation, Color of Change and other organizations has already directed over 500,000 signatures and calls to ALEC’s corporate members demanding that those companies end their ALEC memberships immediately. The American people have already spoken on this one, and they don’t stand with ALEC.
It has been a few days since Bryan Fischer went off on a good old fashioned anti-gay rant, but today he was back in peak form, citing a bunk study that claims that kids raised in same-sex households suffer as adults as proof that gays are incapable of forming lasting, loving relationship while declaring that people who believe in the theory of evolution should be most opposed to gay unions because gay couples cannot procreate ... and then, just for good measure, topping it all of by declaring that allowing gay parents to adopt is "a form of sexual abuse":
Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center, the group which blends typical right-wing warnings about looming one world government with conspiracies about efforts to protect the environment, on Monday’s edition of Crosstalk claimed that carbon dioxide (CO2) is not a threat to humanity or the earth at large because “trees give off carbon dioxide; all the plants around us give it off.” In fact, DeWeese said the earth may not have enough CO2, and called people who believe in human-influenced climate change “idiots.”
However, trees and plants break down CO2 as part of photosynthesis and therefore play an important role in combating the escalating rates of CO2 in the atmosphere. Deforestation, on the other hand, leads to increased rates of CO2.
DeWeese: The bottom line is, CO2 is not a poison to human beings, CO2 is not affecting the atmosphere, there is absolutely no evidence, I can say this with absolute confidence, there is no evidence of man-made global warming causing problems. We are actually going through a cooling period right now, which is going to increase over the next few years, it’s cyclical, it happens. I used to have a weatherman in my hometown who started the weather by saying ‘whether it’s cold or whether it’s hot, we’ll always have weather, whether or not’ and that’s exactly what this is. Every time we have a dry season or we have strong hurricanes or we have a really hot summer or a mild winter, these idiots start this drumbeat again, ‘global warming, see here’s what it is.’ They tried to say that this year is the warmest on record, it’s not. They will just keep coming up with his stuff, it’s just craziness.
Trees give off carbon dioxide; all the plants around us give it off. The fact is some scientists have done some studies saying we’ve got a carbon dioxide shortage right now. That then causes plants to die, that causes environmental damage.
While one Religious Right writer last week claimed that the environmental movement came from Nazi Germany, DeWeese told host Jim Schneider of VCY America that environmentalism actually came from communist leaders who were looking for a new way to destroy freedom after the fall of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc:
Schneider: Aren’t we really talking about a worldwide, socialistic plan with this?
DeWeese: Absolutely, there is nothing else, that’s what it’s about. We wouldn’t give up our liberties in America when we were facing the Cold War and the Soviet Union and they tried to make the argument that Marx was superior, we wouldn’t give up our liberties then. When Communism fell back in the beginning of the 1990s, all these leaders of these countries, these communist countries and some of the organizations connected to them went into the environmental movement and they got us to start to sacrifice our liberties with the threat of environmental Armageddon. These Chicken Little scares that ‘the world is coming to an end, it’s selfish for you to want to have your job, build your home and have your family when the earth is going to come to an end, there is nothing you can do, you can’t escape.’ That’s been the argument all this time. There is no science to it. There is no science that supports this environmental Armageddon, these scare tactics that they are using but they continue to do it so that’s what we’re up against here.
The other day we noted that Rick Joyner has been issuing a variety of dire prophecies about what is in store for America, ranging from demonic Nazism, the destruction of California, the rise of race riots and now an impending economic collapse that is going to lead to martial law and a return to the barter system while, at the same time, reassuring Christians that they can be protected.
Now Joyner is warning of an impending Bird Flu epidemic that is going to devastate the global economy ... but once again he and his gang of prophets will come to the rescue because they have to power to stop it, just like how they rebuked some recent outbreak of Asian Flu and stopped it dead in its tracks:
This afternoon, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would discontinue its membership in ALEC, making it the 19th corporation to do so.
The running tally of organizations and legislators leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council, as of today:
• Corporations: 19
• Non-profits: 4
• State Legislators: 54
ALEC’s agenda is as secretive as it is extreme, but the American people are sending a loud and clear message that legislation drafted by corporate lobbyists has no place in our statehouses.
PFAW President Michael Keegan said the following after Johnson & Johnson’s announcement:
“The extreme ALEC agenda harms all of us on a daily basis. It’s disturbing that so many American companies still have a hand in advancing legislation that suppresses the right to vote, impedes access to health care, weakens public education and jeopardizes public safety. I commend the persistence of the hundreds of thousands of activists who have demanded accountability from corporations supporting the ALEC agenda. Johnson & Johnson’s departure from ALEC is a big victory, and the other corporate funders who have yet to leave ALEC should take note.”
Today, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), making it the 19th corporation to do so. Johnson & Johnson’s decision comes on the heels of a major petition drive and phone campaign asking corporations to stop funding ALEC’s extreme agenda. The company was also the target of radio ads throughout the state. Johnson & Johnson held a seat on ALEC’s “Private Enterprise” Board of Directors.
“The extreme ALEC agenda harms all of us on a daily basis,” said Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation. “It’s disturbing that so many American companies still have a hand in advancing legislation that suppresses the right to vote, impedes access to health care, weakens public education and jeopardizes public safety. I commend the persistence of the hundreds of thousands of activists who have demanded accountability from corporations supporting the ALEC agenda. Johnson & Johnson’s departure from ALEC is a big victory, and the other corporate funders who have yet to leave ALEC should take note.”
A petition drive and phone campaign led by People For the American Way Foundation, Color of Change, the Center for Media and Democracy, CREDO Action, Progress Now, SumOfUs and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee has resulted in over 500,000 signatures and calls to ALEC’s corporate members, demanding that those companies end their membership with ALEC.
Last year, Warren Throckmorton began writing a series of blog posts about the false claims made by David Barton about Thomas Jefferson, which eventually culminated in a new book he co-authored called "Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President."
At the time when Throckmorton was just beginning this undertaking, he was invited to appear on a radio program hosted by Paul Edwards to discuss his work alongside Barton himself, who had initially agreed to appear on the program but then reneged once he learned that he'd actually have to defend his work against someone who could challenge his false claims and set the record straight. Barton eventually agreed to appear on the program but refused to debate Throckmorton directly, insisting that he would only speak with Edwards.
Throckmorton has not been the only one working to debunk Barton's brand of right-wing pseudo-history, as history professor John Fea has also taken on Barton's work in both his book "Was America Founded As a Christian Nation?" as well as on his blog.
Today, Fea reported that he and Barton were invited to appear on a radio program hosted by Jerry Newcombe of Truth in Action Ministries last night to discuss Barton's work ... and once again, when faced with the prospect of having to defend his work against someone capable of setting the record straight, Barton backed out:
Newcombe didn't waste any time bringing up David Barton's new book on Thomas Jefferson. He thought that Barton's argument in the book was on the mark and he questioned why I had called him a "pseudo-historian." He reminded me that "pseudo" was a derivative of the Greek word for "liar."
I responded to Newcombe by saying some of the same things I have written about numerous times here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. I think Barton's work is problematic for two reasons.
First, he often gets his facts wrong. (On this point I gave a plug for Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter's e-book, Getting Jefferson Right). Newcombe defended Barton by pointing to the numerous "unconfirmed quotations" that Barton put on his website after he was called out by historians. He saw this as a mark of Barton's integrity. I wonder if Barton will do the same thing about some of his factual inaccuracies and misleading interpretations in The Jefferson Lies.
Second, Barton misrepresents the past by manipulating it for his own partisan political views. Historians need to be somewhat removed from the political process so that they can interpret the past in a disinterested and nonpartisan way. If they get too broiled in promoting causes they lose some of their integrity as historians.
I was originally supposed to appear on the show with David Barton, but Barton backed out.
UPDATE: Fea clarifies that Barton was not necessarily scheduled to be on at the same time as him, but rather later in the program:
I think I should clarify. I was never scheduled to be on the Newcombe show AT THE SAME TIME as Barton. He was going to follow me. In other words, we were never scheduled to be on the air together. All I know is that I was contacted by a publicist (who was contacted by Newcombe) who asked me to appear on the show. I was told that Barton would be on the air following my interview with Newcombe. Then a day or two later I was told that Barton would not be on the show. I should say that this has happened more than once. Draw your own conclusions.
White nationalist and former National Review columnist John Derbyshire has a new column on VDARE about this:
VDARE.com contributors and readers all want the same thing: a rational immigration policy that preserves the historic white-European ethnic core of the American nation[.]I have signed on to it; I have for 12 years been writing in support of it; and yet … here am I with an Asian wife!What's up with that?
Much as we love liberty, a liberty that would swamp our ethnic core, from which all our liberties derive—a liberty incompatible with V1—is not to be tolerated. So forget about that liberty.All right, let's try a different liberty: the liberty to marry whomsoever you want to marry. Might that be incompatible with V1?Yes, it theoretically might; though I don't, in present circumstances, think it is. It depends on your estimate of how wide, and how unsatisfied, is the desire of white Americans to marry people of other races. […]With all due allowances, though, marrying out doesn’t seem to be a huge enthusiasm among white Americans.
In the end, it's a question of numbers. If, in some given decade, a thousand, or ten thousand, Chinese or Mexicans settle in the U.S.A., no-one should mind or care. If they were all to marry U.S. citizens, it's still no-one's business. It's not the thousand or the ten thousand that effects demographic revolution: it's the million and ten million. As the late great Enoch Powell used to say: "Numbers are of the essence."To put it slightly differently, it's how you salt your stew. A little salt actually improves the taste; but if the chef were to dump a whole box of salt in there, you'd have a reasonable complaint against the chef.
‘Less than 1.5 percent of middle-class white women and about 3.0 percent of lower-class white women are sexually attracted to black men.’He added: ‘Whopping numbers, huh? Hide your daughters and girlfriends!’
A crowd, a neighborhood, a race, a nation, is unfortunately not an individual, and in many life situations statistics—what baseball managers call “going with the percentages” —must be our guide.Mate selection is not one of those situations.
The differences in average IQ among races has been fairly well-established, with Asians having the highest IQ scores, whites next, and blacks third. This order – Asians, whites, blacks – or the reverse order, can be seen in many aspects of life and society.
Today's episode of the American Family Association's "Today's Issues" featured Jeffrey Daly, a Christian attorney and pastor at Jesus Christ Fellowship in Lake County, California, discussing his book "The Spiritual Battle For the White House."
When Tim Wildmon asked Daly to explain just what he meant by "spiritual battle," Daly explained that for the last one hundred years the country has been sliding towards secularism, but when President Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, he was really bowing down to a pagan god and it "ripped the final shred of divine covering over the White House":
Now Joyner is warning of an impending economic collapse that is going to lead to martial law and a return to the barter system, and so he is urging his viewers to stockpile both food and items of high trade value. But it is not all doom and gloom, as Joyner reassured his audience that during this time of deprivation "we are going to see miracles like multiplying of food" ... just like the time Joyner and crew fed a huge group of people with just one casserole dish that never ran out:
Last week, Bryan Fischer was making his case, yet again, that it is liberals who hate women ... especially stay at home moms. This prompted Fischer to go off on a tangent and declare that women can have more influence staying home and raising the next generation of leader than she can by "going out in the world and making her mark out there":
It's not possible to overestimate that value that stay-at-home moms, what they contribute to society by investing their full energies in the children. Where does the next generation of leaders come from? It comes from moms, and dads, who are invested in the lives of their children. So a woman can have far more influence, far more significant impact on the world by giving herself wholly to growing her children up to be responsible, mature adults than she can by going out in the world and making her mark out there.
The implication here, of course, is that "the next generation of leaders" - and every generation of leaders, for that matter - will be men since every woman should be at home raising children instead of "going out in the world and making her mark out there."
Liberty Counsel attorney Harry Mihet grew up in Communist Romania and lived there until his family fled to America and now, in his capacity as a right-wing culture warrior, never misses an opportunity to warn that sees America heading down the road toward communism.
So it was no surprise to see Mihet featured on today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program entitled "Is American Becoming Communist?" where he warned that things like the contraception mandate are just "communism by any other name."
Host Matt Barber completely agreed with Mihet, declaring that groups like People for the American Way, the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State are "anti-theist" groups that "display a marked hostility towards religious freedom" and are seeking to make all citizens loyal to the state by "engaging in religious cleansing" ... which is "uncannily similar" to what took place in communist Romania: