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Supreme Court Distorts Religious Liberty Law in Hobby Lobby Decision

WASHINGTON — In response to today’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., People For the American Way Foundation President Michael Keegan released the following statement:

“Arguing that ‘closely held’ for-profit corporations have religious rights and can use those ‘rights’ to deny needed health care to employees is absurd. Threatening to prevent millions of women from accessing birth control doesn’t protect anyone’s religious liberty — it is a distortion of the very idea of religious liberty.

“Unfortunately, this decision is not surprising coming from a Court that ruled only four years ago that corporations have the political rights of real people. Hobby Lobby is one more step in the Supreme Court majority’s ongoing attack on the rights of everyday Americans, handing corporations even greater power over our lives. What rights will corporations be given next? This decision opens up a minefield, potentially paving the way for all kinds of harmful claims in the name of corporate religious rights.”

Earlier this year, People For the American Way Foundation Senior Fellow Jamie Raskin authored a report on the case titled, “The Gospel of Citizens United: In Hobby Lobby, Corporations Pray for the Right to Deny Workers Contraception.”

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'Respected Prophet' Cindy Jacobs Warns That Another 9/11 Is In The Works

Yesterday, "respected prophet" Cindy Jacobs issued a prophetic warning after God informed her that "another attack on the scale of 9/11 [is] being planned" and America must "close the gates" and pray in order to be protected:

A few months ago The Lord had me issue a warning called 'Shields Up' to pray for the protection of our nation. Tonight, while reading my Bible, the following passage leapt off the page:

"And He has confirmed His words which He spoke us and against our judges, and judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster, for under the whole heaven such has never been done as was done in Jerusalem" (Dan. 9:12).

It does not take a prophet to realize that America is in trouble! We know there are many radical extremists who hate us—this is not new. However, as I read the verse this evening I was shaken by it. This is what I am hearing: "There is an another attack on the scale of 9/11 being planned!"

As I prayed to pinpoint how to intercede, I immediately heard these words: "Close the gates! All borders must be closed to terrorists and those who would aid them."

This includes all airport customs checkpoints as well as border crossings. We must pray for our customs and border agents to have eagle eyes to "see" any potential persons trying to make their way into the United States. We must also pray for all points of public transport.

The good news is that prayer works! This is a call upon every praying person everywhere to stand in the gap and pray for the protection of the nation.

If a terroist attack is carried out at some point in the future, Jacobs will undoubtedly cite it as proof of her prophetic gifts. Of course, if no such attack occurs, Jacobs will still cite it as proof of her prophetic gifts, since she claims to have prevented terrorist attacks through prayer and prophecy several times before.

Daubenmire: America Deserves The Wrath Of God For Celebrating Debauchery

On his "News With Views" program today, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire proclaimed that America has no hope of escaping God's judgment and rightly so, since "we deserve the wrath of God" for tolerating and celebrating the most vile and debaucherous sins.

"Look at the debauchery that we've codified into law in America," Daubenmire fumed. "Look at how we give standing ovations to the greatest sinners in America. They get the highest places at the White House, they get to go visit the President, the most debaucherous of all ... and we gave a standing ovation to those who practiced them."

As such, America - and in particular American Christians - are therefore wholly deserving of suffering the wrath of God "for having floundered and having spoiled and having squandered all the blessings of liberty that God gave to us":

Roberts Court Strikes Down Clinic Buffer Zone Law

With the Chief Justice writing the majority opinion, the Roberts Court votes to strike down a Massachusetts clinic buffer law.
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Land: 'The Ultimate Rebellion Against God's Creation Is Transgenderism'

Earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden spoke out against anti-gay discrimination around the world, declaring that the fight for gay rights is the "civil rights issue of our day" and saying that no culture has an excuse to practice prejudice and intolerance.

Richard Land, not surprisingly, did not agree with Biden's remarks, telling Newsmax TV today that his comments were "simplistic" and "wrong-headed" because "deeply-held religious convictions" cannot be brushed off merely as social or cultural values.

"The Bible," Land said, "is quite clear that homosexual behavior and lesbian behavior is a rebellion against God's order and perhaps the ultimate rebellion against God's creation is transgenderism. You know, I was born this way but I don't want to be this way so I'm going to change my gender; I don't know how you can have a more ultimate rebellion against God's creation and God's order than that."

For Biden to put the government "on the side of lowering religious convictions to the level of cultural and social values," Land concluded, "is ignorant at best and malicious at worst":

Glenn Beck Compares Chris McDaniel's Loss To 'The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion'

Glenn Beck is still fuming over Chris McDaniel's loss to Thad Cochran in Mississippi's run-off election and is especially outraged that black voters turned out to vote for Cochran because they were supposedly mobilized by a campaign to paint McDaniel as a racist who would take away their stuff.

After reading from a New York Times article about black Democrats who were voting for Cochran because "people still need stuff," Beck says that Tea Party candidates like McDaniel are being smeared with "bogus race charges" akin to the rabidly anti-Semitic "Protocols of the Elders Of Zion."

If you can get black voters to support a candidate by promising them free stuff, Beck said, then you have to paint their opponent as a racist by saying "well, at least Thad Cochran isn't trying to drink to blood of African Americans and is quite honestly making matzah balls out of the little Christian children over here too."

"It's the Protocols of the Elders of Zion," Beck said. "That's really what we're turning into. What a surprise, 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion,' oh, that's right, that was a Marxist-Communist thing. I forgot all about that.  How interesting it is that history always repeats itself":

Bryan Fischer Can't Understand Why Anti-Gay Bigots Are Demonized For Living In The World Of Common Sense

During his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer and a caller commiserated over the fact that American society is so "twisted around" these days that people who, based on common sense and science, oppose gay rights are demonized and treated like pariahs.

"You and I are people that are living in the world of common sense," Fischer told the caller. "We're living in the world of reality, we're living in the illumination of the Word of God that says homosexuality is a sin ... We live in the world of science ... We live in that world, it's the world of reality, it's the world of truth, it's the world of research, it's the world of medicine, it's the world of health, it's the world of science. And you're exactly right, this is skewed thinking here where all of a sudden we're the ones that are demonized":

Tenth Circuit Protects Right to Marry

A federal appeals court rules that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
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Matt Barber Puts On A Question-Begging Clinic

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Mat Staver and Matt Barber were discussing the topic of "How Does One's Worldview Affect One's View of Government" during which they tried to explain the difference between theistic and atheistic worldviews, with Staver asserting that a belief in God is "the critical question" that must be addressed when discussing the issue of worldview.

Barber agreed, laying out a rather circular explanation as to why the Christian worldview is the correct one, explaining that since Jesus and the Bible are the standards of truth, therefore believing in them means that one's worldview is "closer to the truth":

Everybody has a worldview, as you said, and they can't all be right. And no one person's worldview is a hundred percent right except for one person who walked the earth and that's Jesus Christ himself. He had the perfect worldview. He is the way, the truth, and the life and, going toward what you're talking about here, the worldview that says there is a god versus the worldview that says there isn't a god, clearly the worldview that says there is a god is closer to truth because Christ is god. He is the way, the truth, and the life.

So the worldview, the theistic worldview, is closer to god. We can get closer and closer and closer to the truth, which is the Word of Truth, which is scripture, the Bible. So the closer your worldview aligns with scripture, the closer your worldview is to truth.

Barber does not seem to realize that the existence of God is at the center of the division between the theistic and atheistic worldviews and so simply declaring that the theistic worldview is the correct one because God exists is begging the very question that is at issue.

Indiana’s Marriage Ban Struck Down

In another win for equality, today U.S. District Judge Richard Young struck down Indiana’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Because the judge did not stay the ruling, the Indianapolis Star reports that couples can begin getting married right away.

Not a single state marriage ban has been able to withstand a challenge in federal court in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, which struck down part of DOMA.

Congratulations, Indiana!

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Beck On Cochran Win: 'We've Been Played! We're Pawns. Period.'

Glenn Beck, as one would expect, is not very happy with Thad Cochran's run-off victory over Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel last night, fuming on his radio program this morning that Cochran's fellow Senators, especially Orrin Hatch, who rallied to Cochran's side are "out and out evil" and declaring that "Washington DC is not a place of representative democracy any more."

Saying that elected leaders like Cochran desperately cling to power because it is the only thing that keeps them alive, Beck ranted that Congress has now become an aristocracy while the citizens are treated like dispensable pawns in a chess match.

"Pawns mean nothing," Beck said. "They can be eaten and taken, it doesn't matter. They're there to block and that's it You can lose them all day long and you can still win the game. I got news for you gang: we've been played! We're pawns. Period. Period.":

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":

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