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Young Elected Officials Network Policy Internship

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young Elected Officials Network and its Young People For youth leadership programs; and carries out nonpartisan civic participation activities.

The Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network is looking for an outstanding candidate for a summer and/or fall internship with our Washington, DC policy team. The YEO Network is a program that engages young progressive elected officials in all levels of government. Located in Tallahassee, FL and Washington DC, the YEO Network supports and equips members through policy and research assistance, skills and issue training, personal and professional development, and meaningful networking opportunities. The YEO Network is working to transform the political vision of our elected leaders into progressive action.

Internships with the YEO Network provide students with an opportunity to gain comprehensive insight into the political process by working to build coalitions, researching and supporting policy creation and exchange, and supporting the professional development of elected officials from all levels of office across the country. Internships are unpaid, but we are happy to work with students to arrange academic credit and other professionally enriching opportunities. We also offer a flexible and part time schedule.

In the Policy Internship program, interns will work in many different capacities. Duties will include:

  • Building relationships with elected officials from a variety of offices in communities, states, and regions across the country;
  • Performing legislative and policy research on cutting edge progressive ideas from think tanks, partner organizations, and YEOs;
  • Creating communications strategies to share opportunities and policy with network members;
  • Assisting in organizing skills, policy, and issues education opportunities for elected officials in the form of newsletter articles, teleconferences and national convenings;
  • Building relationships with national and regional partners, and participating in meetings, conference calls, and coalition-building initiatives;
  • Helping to maintain the daily operations of the Young Elected Officials Network;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Schedule is flexible. To apply, send resume and statement of interest, including your availability and desired start date, to hr@pfaw.org.  Include "YEO Internship" in subject line of email.

People For the American Way is an equal opportunity employer.

Gohmert Cites Deaths In Afghanistan As Evidence Obama Doesn't Want Soldiers To Be Able To Defend Themselves

Rep. Louie Gohmert was the guest on the "WallBuilders Live" radio program today, where he was hailed by hosts David Barton and Rick Green as the voice of "common sense" in Washington, DC as he promoted his effort to repeal the policy prohibiting military members from carrying weapons while on base.

The repeal effort is difficult, Gohmert explained, because "we're battling an administration that is determined to keep out military from being able to defend themselves properly" and, as proof, he cited the fact that the number of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan has increased during President Obama's administration:

Look at the fact that even though this Commander in Chief has only been in command of the battle in Afghanistan for five and a quarter years where [George W.] Bush was about seven and a quarter, President Bush was commander when there was really quite a war and there were 625 precious American lives that were taken in that seven and a quarter years. President Obama comes in and he's trying to wind things up, wrap things up but people end up being killed in his five and a quarter years - going back, halfway through May - it was 1,628; so over a thousand more deaths under Commander Obama than there were under Commander Bush in Afghanistan. There are many times more seriously wounded military members under Obama than there were under Bush, so this is serious stuff.

Of course, the reason there were more casualties and injuries in Afghanistan under President Obama than there were under President Bush is because there were tens of thousands more soldiers in Afghanistan under Obama than under Bush:

By November, 2001 there were 1,300 troops in Afghanistan, a month later those numbers would double to 2,500.   The footprint of U.S. forces would remain small for years, not rising above 10,000 until 2003 and not reaching 20,000 until 2006.

By then a resurgent Taliban brought requests from military commanders for additional forces.  By late 2008 the Bush administration met some of those requests so that by the time that President Obama entered office in January, 2009 there were 34,400 U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.

But military commanders requested even more forces of the new Obama administration which had campaigned on a platform to end the war in Iraq and re-focus the military fight in Afghanistan.

By March, 2009 President Obama had ordered 21,000 additional forces to Afghanistan.  Six months later months later he ordered an additional 33,000 surge forces to meet a request by Gen. Stanley McChrystal for more troops to focus on a counterinsurgency mission.

U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan eventually peaked at 100,000 in August 2010 and from March to May of 2011.  Nearly ten times the number of forces there almost a decade before.

But President Obama had placed a timetable for the presence of the elevated surge numbers setting July, 2011 as the beginning of the draw-down of those forces.  By the end of 2012 American troop levels had returned to pre-surge levels of 68,000.

In his State of the Union address in February, 2013 President Obama announced that in a year’s time the size of the U.S. force would be reduced by half.

Klingenschmitt: ENDA Executive Order Is Anti-Christian Tyranny

Last week, it was announced that President Obama would be signing a executive order banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees by federal contractors and Gordon Klingenschmitt is predictably outraged, declaring on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program that these sorts of anti-discrimination bans are nothing more than tyrannical anti-Christian persecution.

"I think this is outright tyranny," he said. "And it's a demonic spirit of persecution, it's anti-Christian persecution ... We should have a First Amendment right to opt out and yet we're being denied access to twenty eight million jobs now being given favoritism to people because of the way they have perverted sex and they're being denied to Christians because they happen to believe the Bible":

Roberts Court Upholds but Limits EPA's Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

In a mixed ruling, the Roberts Court shuts down some avenues of greenhouse gas regulation, while upholding others.
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Barton: Vote Based On The Ten Commandments

During his recent appearance on "America Stands 2014: Election Coverage In The Spirit Of Faith," David Barton explained that Christians must have a "biblical worldview" that guides everything that they do, including determining how they vote by basing it entirely on the Ten Commandments.

As Barton sees it, God listed his top four political issues right in the Ten Commandments when He require that He be acknowledged while also prohibiting murder, adultery, and stealing, which translates into protecting religious expression, opposing abortion, opposing gay marriage, and protecting private property.

Other issues, such as immigration or the economy, are less important, Barton said, and should not serve as a primary reason for supporting any candidate since these issues did not make God's top ten.

"For a biblical voter," Barton explained, "when I got vote in November, I've got to say out of the top ten, I've got to look at those four things" and vote accordingly:

David Barton Says San Antonio's Non-Discrimination Ordinance Has Criminalized Christianity

Last fall, the city council in San Antonio, Texas passed a non-discrimination ordinance that added protections for sexual orientation and gender identity to the existing law. These sorts of non-discrimination ordinances exist in hundreds of cities all over the nation but, for some reason, David Barton is obsessed with lying about this one in particular, appearing recently on a program called "America Stands 2014: Election Coverage In The Spirit Of Faith" where he declared that in passing the ordinance, the city council had voted to "criminalize Christian beliefs and behavior" in the city of San Antonio.

Barton falsely claimed Christians who oppose gay marriage or criticize homosexuality are now barred from running for office and, if already serving in office, would be removed from their position, charged with a crime, and fined $500 a day, while also asserting that Christian-owned companies are now prohibited from doing any business with the city:

None of that is true, of course, as the ordinance passed by San Antonio simply prohibits city officials and departments from engaging in "discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, or disability" and explicit contains an exemption for religious organizations ... but that won't stop Barton from repeatedly lying about it.

Barber: Gay Rights Activists Are 'Homofascists' And 'Absolute Thugs'

Friday's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast was dedicated to Mat Staver and Matt Barber warning that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is "a tragedy" that "must not pass" because, if it does, it will be the end of religious liberty in America.

Citing the firing of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich and supposed persecution of Phillip Monk, Barber spent a good portion of the broadcast railing against the "homofascists" in the gay rights movement who seek to use ENDA to utterly destroy religious freedom.

Calling ENDA the "crown jewel of the radical, sexual anarchist progressive left," Barber said that gay activists want to see it pass in order to "make sacrosanct all sorts of sexual perversion to the detriment of those who want to exercise and live out their lives and carry out their faith."

This push to destroy anyone who does not share their agenda, Barber said, is why more and more people are finally realizing that gay activists are "absolute thugs," which is exactly what they warned would happen, he said, before "Obama homosexualized the military" by repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

"We have seen a military that used to recognize honor, dignity, things of that nature," Barber said, "now recognizes, as we've flipped it on its head, and now perversion is the order of the day instead of honor, dignity, service, and so forth":

Bryan Fischer Proclaims That Anti-Gay Discrimination Is Good: 'It's A Virtue And It's Necessary'

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer called on anti-gay activists to "reclaim the word discrimination" because discrimination against gays, he repeatedly asserted, is a good thing.

"Discrimination, when it comes to sexual behavior," Fischer proclaimed," is not bad, it is good, and it is necessary. The alternative is utter social chaos. So [it's] time, ladies and gentlemen, to reclaim the discrimination word when it comes to sexual matters. It's not bad; it's good. It's a virtue and it's necessary":

Ralph Reed Calls For The IRS To Be Razed To The Ground

Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road To Majority" conference today, Ralph Reed declared that after Republicans gain total control over Congress in the midterm elections, conservatives "are not going to stop" until they completely abolish the IRS and raze its headquarters to the ground "and build a monument on the rubble so that future generations will know that we stood up and stopped tyranny":

Later, Reed once again promised big results in the midterm elections, saying "the cavalry is on its way" but also warning that there is only one thing that can truly save America, and that is for us to undergo a "moral and spiritual awakening that will call our nation back to brokenness, humility, reliance, and dependence upon Almighty God":

Huckabee: Failure To Stop Gay Marriage Will Unleash God's Judgment Upon This Nation

Mike Huckabee closed out the March for Marriage today with a speech dedicated primarily to excoriating the nation's judicial system for striking down various bans on gay marriage and demanding that legislators, political leaders, and citizens alike all stop abiding by such rulings, warning that failure to do so will result in God unleashing his judgment upon this nation.

"There is no doubt in my mind," Huckabee said, "that this country would not exist had it not been for the providential hand of God. And I'm also convinced that if we reject his hand of blessing, we will feel his hand of judgment":

William Owens Never Marched 'One Foot For The Same Sex To Get Married'

Rev. William Owens, president of the NOM front organization known as the Coalition of African-American Pastors, spoke at today's March for Marriage where he declared that he had participated in "the real civil rights movement" and "didn't march one yard, one foot for the same sex to get married."

Saying that the push for marriage equality is nothing but a "bully movement," Owens declared that the fight against gay marriage is the modern civil rights movement and, as such, activists must refuse to comply with laws recognizing it and be willing to go to jail if necessary.

"Remember," Owens said, "it took two hundred and some years for the blacks to get their freedom; it will take us time but we can't do it just making speeches and talking, we got to show our force to America, we've got to let these politicians know, these weak-kneed, back-kneed, slimy backed politicians from the president on down know that we will not take it any more":

Brian Brown Is Confident That Anti-Gay Activists 'Stand On The Right Side Of History'

Speaking at the March for Marriage rally today, National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown declared that those fighting against marriage equality will never give up and will eventually be victorious because "we stand for the truth about marriage."

"We know that some day," Brown proclaimed, "whether it's one year, ten years, twenty years, or decades from now, people will look back at this time and remember those of us who stood up for the truth."

Then, quoting Abraham Lincoln, Brown declared that anti-gay activists "stand on the right side of history":

Jim Garlow Prophetically Declares That God's Definition Of Marriage Will Rule The Land

Jim Garlow kicked off today's national March for Marriage with a prayer, asserting that no court or legislature can ever change God's definition of marriage as between one man and one woman and therefore repenting on behalf of America before issuing a prophetic declaration that "marriage shall rule within the land, one man, one woman marriage will be established in this nation in honor of who you are as Almighty God":

BarbWire Says Those Who Love America Are 'Forced To Lower Their Head In Shame'

In a column posted on Matt Barber's BarbWire website today, Michael Bresciani declares that those who truly love America can only hang their heads in shame when they see how President Obama has utterly destroyed this once great nation.

From turning the military into a "pink army" by repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell to launching "inexcusable, unconstitutional, antichrist, un-biblical and unconscionable" attacks on religious liberty, Bresciani says that Obama has done nothing but bring shame upon this nation:

Then, would be the rush to save our children from the onslaught of Common Core, HEW and LGBT irresponsibility which now endangers our children – from pre-school and up. We would remind those who think they are on the right path that the bible clearly declares that when a nation begins to disregard the morality, safety and even the lives (the unborn) of their own offspring the promise of scripture is that the demise and complete failure of that nation is perilously near.

Finally, we would stop pretending as do the gays, Godless, and government growers that we actually have something to be proud of in our choice for a pop-culture president who has singly done more to hurt and destabilize our nation than any other president in our history.

Because even Nixon had the good sense to resign when he was caught red handed and Bill Clinton, in the end, admitted to his lies and apologized to the nation we will not be able to cut Mr. Obama any slack. In fact, we may want to impeach, and if current matters about the Gitmo five, Benghazi and the IRS scandal are not resolved, we may be forced to bring him to trial for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Sadly, in the meantime, anyone who has ever loved this country is forced to lower their head in shame at the corruption and willful recalcitrance and degenerative actions of the president and his bevy of liberal lackeys who seem to think our once great nation is their personal playground.

We can seek out the latest designer fashions offered and promote all the perpetual entertainment and party pursuits of the un-Godly that this nation can produce, but for the moment the perception of good times is overshadowed by the reality of America’s shame. It is a dark and tattered garment we now adorn.

David Barton Is Reportedly Exporting His Theocratic Pseudo-History To Former Soviet Republics

Glenn Beck began his radio program today by reacting to the news that Justina Pelletier has been returned to her family. During the segment, he revealed that David Barton has been contacted by high-ranking government leaders in an unnamed former Soviet state because they believe that he knows "more about the underpinnings of [the American] republic than anybody else" and want Barton to help them "put those underpinnings together" in their own country.

"He's on his way over to former Soviet states to help them," Beck reported. "Is that not incredible? And it's not just like a couple of people; I think it's the main people in the government [who] are saying 'help us'":

America's History of Amending the Constitution to Expand Democracy (And Overturn the Supreme Court)

The 28th Amendment would overturn cases like Citizens United and enhance political democracy and the First Amendment.
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Beck: 'Whatever Is Opposite Is Most Likely Right, Now'

During yesterday's morning meeting, Glenn Beck once again held court for his staff, standing in the middle of the room and declaring that President Obama has so decimated the country that the only way for anyone to find "true north" any more is to do exactly the opposite of whatever the government and society recommends.

"Whatever is opposite is most likely right, now," Beck proclaimed, declaring that Obama has completely disoriented America has a nation and a people that nobody can even tell where the truth lies any more.

"Your equilibrium is off, your sense are off," Beck said. "Turn around" and head in the opposite direction:

Klingenschmitt: 'There Is A Demonic Spirit Of Drunkenness That Wants To Kill You'

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today, Gordon Klingenschmitt reacted to a recent World Health Organization report that found that excessive consumption of alcohol was responsible for over three million deaths in 2012, warning that drunkenness leads to demonic possession.

As Klingenschmitt explained, alcohol itself is not the problem, but excess consumption of alcohol leads to drunkenness, debauchery, and demonic possession, asking "what kind of spirits do you want inside of you? Do you want liquid spirits which are actually, by the time you get done with the lust and the drunkenness and the debauchery become a demonic spirit that you consent to by an act of your free will."

Citing 1 Peter, Klingenschmitt warned that "there is a demonic spirit of drunkenness that wants to kill you":

Glenn Beck Has An Explanation For Any Outcome In Iraq

Glenn Beck spends a large portion of every program laying out grand theories about how current and future events will unfold and then patting himself on the back whenever he thinks things are working out just as he predicted while utterly ignoring all of the times that he was laughably wrong.

To make things easier on himself, Beck is now conveniently covering all of his bases when it comes to the crisis in Iraq by predicting, on the one hand, the President Obama will not provide significant military support to stop ISIS from taking over the country because he genuinely "believes the world would be a safer place if a caliphate would happen over there."

On the other hand, Beck asserted that if Obama does provide military support, it is because his progressive "overlords" have decided that continuous war is good for the economy and so they are "pulling his strings" in order to force the US to get directly involved in the conflict.

Regardless of what happens, Beck can now claim to have predicted it since he has a conspiracy theory that accounts for either possible outcome:

The Prophet Glenn Beck Speaks Again: 'The Great Humbling' Is Coming

Glenn Beck took a victory lap on his television broadcast last night, claiming that despite all the mockery he received, the current crisis in Iraq proves that all of his warnings about a global caliphate are coming true, going so far as to compare himself to the Apostle Paul who, in Acts 27, warned his captors not to try and sail for Rome because a storm was coming. 

The captors, of course, did not listen and when the storm came, they all went running to Paul to ask what to do:

Later in program, Beck was shown holding court during his morning staff meeting where he prophesied that America has become so arrogant that God has no option but to humble and destroy us.

"Because I know the one thing the Lord absolutely destroys every time," Beck lectured, "no matter what, destroys it ever time is arrogance. And because his people are arrogant, he will humble us. A humbling, that's the next phase. The great humbling. We are going to be humbled":

Keep in mind that the warning that God will humble anyone who becomes too arrogant is coming from a man who, earlier in the program, likened himself to the Apostle Paul.

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