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Fischer: It Is Now A Crime To Be A Christian In America

Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a New Mexico photography studio that had refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony on the grounds that doing so was a violation of the owner's religious beliefs. The New Mexico Supreme Court had ruled against the photographers and ordered them to pay attorney's fees.

Now, according to Bryan Fischer, by rejecting their appeal, the Supreme Court has effectively declared that being a Christian in America is a crime.

"It is now a criminal offense," Fischer said on his radio program yesterday, "it is now a punishable offense, you can be fined for being a Christian in the United States of America. For living, behaving as a Christian, it has now become a crime in the United States of America":

Another Lesson In False History From David Barton

As part of our regular monitoring, we try to watch every David Barton presentation that we can find because, even though it is generally all of the same material, every once in a while he works in some absurd new point that we don't want to miss.

But, for the most part, Barton's presentation is more or less the same every time he delivers it, regardless of how it is billed, so even when he is supposedly speaking about "Why Common Core Is A Failure," the presentation turns out to be the standard one that we have heard a hundred times before.

Listening to Barton repeat the same points time and again occasionally inspires us to do a bit of research into some of the more innocuous claims that he makes and, inevitably, we discover that even on these sorts of benign issues, Barton's history cannot be trusted.

One of Barton's favorite points to drive home during his presentations is that, before the Bible was removed from public schools, school children were better educated and far more mature than they are today. As such, boys as young as 12 or 13 were routinely heading off to college or serving in government positions or otherwise engaging in a wide array of activities that today are not done until people are much older.

To help illustrate this point, Barton flashes an ad on the screen that supposedly ran seeking riders for the Pony Express that read:

WANTED. YOUNG, SKINNY, WIRY FELLOWS. NOT OVER 18. MUST BE EXPERT RIDERS. WILLING TO RISK DEATH DAILY. ORPHANS PREFERRED.

The ad always generates a good laugh from the audience, but Barton uses it to highlight the "not over 18" requirement to demonstrate that, once upon a time, young men were routinely sent out to do dangerous jobs because they were expected to be fully mature by the time they became teenages ... and that was because they were taught the Bible from a young age.

Yesterday, after having heard Barton repeat this claim yet again, we decided to investigate and, lo and behold, it turns out that the ad is a complete fabrication:

The advertisement has been famous for generations: "Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred."

It's on T-shirts and other souvenirs celebrating the short-lived Pony Express that carried mail between St. Joseph, Mo., and San Francisco from April 3, 1860, to late 1861.

Joseph Nardone, national executive director and historian of the Pony Express Trail Association, spent years searching through newspaper archives looking for the ad, before concluding it's a hoax dating no earlier than 1902.

As a matter of fact, author Christopher Corbett has written a book examining the mythology that surrounds the Pony Express that is entitled, appropriately enough, "Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express."

In a presentation that Corbett delivered in 2011 at the National Postal Museum, he revealed that he had scoured the historical records in eight states along with various libraries and was unable to find any evidence that the ad was real, concluding that it had been made up by a newspaper writer long after the Pony Express had ceased operation:

Of course, as with so much else that Barton "teaches" during his presentations, the simple fact that this entire claim is false is probably not going to stop him from continuing to repeat it.

Crampton: Banning 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Is Just Like Promoting Eugenics

Matt Barber and Steve Crampton began today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast by attacking Rep. Nancy Pelosi for accepting the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood last month, but the discussion quickly got sidetracked into criticism of efforts to outlaw the use of "ex-gay" reparative therapy on minors, with Crampton comparing it to efforts by mental health professionals to promote eugenics in the early 1900s in order to sterilize and eliminate "undesirables":

And the side to the whole eugenics movement that I think still underlies the abortion industry in America is that it was pioneered by and championed by the so-called experts.

In 1909, California adopted laws forcing sterilization of those they deemed unfit. It took some six decades before they stopped the practice, during which time sixty thousand Americans were sterilized involuntarily by the experts. We're talking the California Psychiatric Association, in particular.

Interestingly enough, here we are today at Liberty Counsel litigating against the California psychiatrists and the American Psychiatric Association that so many folks hold in high regard and now they're touting theories about homosexuality rather than eugenics, but the theories are equally devoid of any kind of scientific basis.

And what I want to say to our listeners is beware the experts. So often, it is the experts that get us into the deep, deep weeds and the darkest places of the experience of humanity and so blindly following them can get us into horrific places.

Just Days From Failure, Rick Green Finds A Convenient Excuse To Start Over

Last month, we reported that Rick Green, David Barton's right-hand man at WallBuilders, had launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $45,000 to fund a reality television program featuring his family "traveling the nation’s historical sites and teaching about American exceptionalism and our Constitution."

The effort had not been particularly successful as, with just nine days to go, Green had only raised a little over half of the money he needed:

As luck would have it, the Religious Right is currently up-in-arms that Kickstarter had allegedly "censored" a campaign by conservative filmmakers to raise money to produce a movie about Kermit Gosnell, which was all the excuse that Green needed to justify re-launching his effort using a more "family friendly" service called FaithLauncher and starting over, as he announced in an email he sent out today:

Two weeks later, we are more than halfway to our funding goal with plenty of time to reach it. But last night I learned something that made me immediately regret my decision to do business with them and has caused me to kick Kickstarter to the curb.

As you may have seen in the news, successful documentarians Phelim & Ann McAleer (Fracnation, Mine Your Own Business, Not Evil Just Wrong) had their new project rejected by Kickstarter. The Gosnell Movie tells the horrific story of mass murder in Gosnell’s abortion clinic and exposes the media for ignoring the worst mass murderer in U.S. history. But the Kickstarter execs were concerned about offending their community by talking about abortion, despite the fact they have multiple projects about rape, stabbing, and more.

Kickstarter executives most certainly have the right to accept or reject any project they choose. That is the free market at work and I’d fight and die for their right to do so freely.

However, it cuts both ways.

We also have the free market right to choose vendors that support our values. Or at the very least, that do not reject our values. This is not a perfect science and not always possible. Conservatives are often forced to use market-dominated products like Apple or Google, despite the fact their corporate management supports left-wing causes.

But there is no monopoly on crowd funding sites. There are more than twenty options and I even found one that specifically supports faith-based projects, FaithLauncher.

Interestingly, Green's Kickstater page is still operational as of the writing of this post, so we are not quite sure what Green means when he says that he decided "to kick Kickstarter to the curb" other than that it provided him with a convenient excuse to re-launch his fundraising effort which appeared destined to fail to reach its stated goal.

Applying McCutcheon's Logic to Voter ID Laws

If only the courts were as solicitous of the right to vote in elections as they are of the right to purchase them.
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Beck: Being Conservative Is Not A Choice

Following his opening segment railing against the firing of Brendan Eich, Glenn Beck spent the second segment of his radio program today warning that conservatives are being treated like pariahs in American society for their beliefs, which is unfair because they really have no choice but to hold such beliefs because that is what God commands.

"Those of us who believe in God," Beck said, "we don't feel we have a choice" but to be conservatives.

Just as being gay is not a choice, Beck said, because nobody would intentionally choose to live a life that results in them be discriminated against, likewise, nobody would choose to be conservative for the same reasons.

"Who would choose, in today's society, who would choose to say 'yes, I really believe in God,' and 'yes, I'm a conservative,' and 'yes, I don't agree with the president"? Beck asked. "Who would choose that?":

Beck: Gay Activist Groups 'Are Becoming Nothing But A Terrorist Organization'

Glenn Beck reacted to the news that Brendan Eich had resigned from his new position as CEO of Mozilla following an outcry and boycotts stemming from his support for California's Proposition 8 exactly as you would expect Glenn Beck to react: with a lot of shouting punctuated by a diatribe about whether he is supposed to use the words "gay," "homosexual," or "queer."

He doesn't know which one to use, Beck said, because gay activists groups "are becoming nothing but a terrorist organization" who are continually changing the rules in order to keep people in a constant state of fear:

That Person Who Was Mean To Rep. Pete Olson On Twitter Needs To 'Get The Heck Out Of America'

When the news broke earlier this week of another shooting at Fort Hood, Texas Republican Congressman Pete Olson's office sent out a tweet asking for people to pray, to which someone else on Twitter responded that what is needed is not prayer but for "cowardly congressman" to stand up to the NRA:

Apparently, this Twitter exchange was deeply upsetting to Olson because, when he appeared on Steve Malzberg's program yesterday to discuss the shooting, he brought it up four separate times during the ten minute interview.

Olson said he was experiencing a "deep anger" because this "cold, heartless liberal" did not support his call to prayer and instead sought to use the tragedy to promote a political agenda.

"Outrageous," Olson said. "Outrageous. So I'm angry about that."

Olson proceeded to mention this tweet several more times during the discussion and even closed out the interview by asking listeners of the program to go on to Twitter themselves and "respond to that women who gave the outrageous comment" and send her a message to "get the heck out of America":

Bryan Fischer Wonders If Teaching The Ten Commandments Could Have Prevented Fort Hood Shooting

On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who expressed her sorrow over yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood and said that the key to preventing these kinds of things is for Christians to get back to abiding by the Ten Commandments, especially the practice of honoring the Sabbath on Saturday, as God intended.

While Fischer did not agree with the caller about the proper day for recognizing the Sabbath, he did agree about the importance of honoring the Ten Commandments, saying that maybe the shooter responsible for the attack at Fort Hood would not have done so had he grown up being taught the Ten Commandments in school.

Perhaps, Fischer speculated, had the message that "God said 'thou shall not murder'" been driven home to him, things would have been different.

"Somehow or other, that message didn't penetrate to this guy," Fischer said. "And part of it could be that he's just never heard it":

Glenn Beck And God Have Big Plans For His Network And The Nation

After experiencing something of a meltdown on yesterday's radio broadcast, Glenn Beck returned to his television program last night to reiterate his new conviction not to pay attention to what is happening with the politicians in Washington, DC anymore because it is distracting him from his much bigger responsibility, placed upon him by God, to build his The Blaze network into a massive bulwark for the truth.

Saying that, last month, his website had 35 million unique visitors, Beck declared he wanted that number to be 100 million (nearly one-third of the entire US population) by the 2016 election. Why? Because God has some grand plan in the works that will save America and spread across the entire world.  And while Beck admits that he doesn't understand what that grand plan is, he does know that it is happening already because, just five years ago, he hosted a gathering on the National Mall where they begged that "the next George Washington" would step and turn this nation around.

And now "it's happening!," Beck said. "It's happening. Mark it. Declare it. It's happening: Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz":

Gordon Klingenschmitt Says Gay Couples Raising Children Is Child Abuse

Last month, two women were arrested on charges of child abuse after a bruised and malnourished 8 year-old girl was in the couple's home, along with two other children.

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt discussed the case to argue that even if gay couples who have children do not physically abuse them, they are still abusing their kids by depriving them of either a mother or a father.

"Even if a child is not physically abused," Klingenschmitt asked, "what's the next worst thing you can do to a child?  Is to take away their mother."

"In the case of homosexual couples who get 'married,' so to speak," he continued, "and then they adopt children, even if they never physically harm those children, they are taking away that child's right to a mother, or maybe they're taking away that child's right to a father. And that, in my opinion, is also abusive":

In McCutcheon Decision, Talk of Constituents Seems Out of Place

Chief Justice Roberts waxes eloquent about responsiveness to constituents in an opinion about responsiveness to non-constituents.
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Glenn Beck Does Not React Well To Obama's Health Care Victory Lap

These days, Glenn Beck's TV and radio programs are little more than exercises in projection and hypocrisy, so it was no surprise to see him have a complete meltdown on his radio program today over President Obama's remarks yesterday hailing reports that more than seven million people had signed up for health insurance under Obamacare.

Declaring that the seven million figure was obviously phony, Beck flew into a rage against Obama and the "rat bastards" in the media who refuse to hold him accountable for his pathological lying.

"This guy," Beck said of Obama, "you put him in a military uniform, I'm not kidding you, you put him on a balcony in a military uniform, this guy is a full-fledged dictator."

"He's a sociopath!," Beck proclaimed, later in the broadcast. "He's sociopathic!."

Then, after an hour of ranting about Obama and the press and the Republicans, Beck finally snapped and declared that he is "not going to pay attention to these people any more, I am not going to waste my life," screaming that "I have a right to pursue my happiness, I have a right to do what I was born to do!"

"My state of mind is great," he concluded, "'cause I've had enough":

Upon returning from the commercial break, Beck resumed railing against all of these same people while simultaneously asserting that he was done paying attention to them.

Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision is Great News for Billionaires

The American people should have the power to prevent government of, by, and for the wealthy.
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Beck: USDA's 'Two-Bite Club' Is Government Propaganda Just Like The Nazis Produced

Have you heard about "The Two-Bite Club"? It is a children's storybook/coloring book produced by the USDA back in 2009 that is available for free download which is designed to encourage children "to try foods from each food group by eating just two bites."

Glenn Beck just found out about it yesterday and he is, surprisingly, not a fan of the book because it pretty much the same sort of propaganda that the German government produced under the Nazis.

Beck pulled a copy of an anti-Semitic book published in 1936 called "Trust No Fox on his Green Heath And No Jew on his Oath" from his personal collection and leafed through it during his morning meeting, saying in a sing-song voice "isn't it great when storybooks about cats and foxes are all put together, isn't that wonderful?"

"C'mon kids," he continued, "let's download the latest government propaganda":

Gohmert: America Will Be Judged By God For Pressuring Israel 'And It Isn't Going To Be Pretty'

Rep. Louie Gohmert was a guest on Steve Malzberg's program yesterday where he was asked his thoughts on the possibility that the United States could release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of the effort to reach a deal in the on-going Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Gohmert said that he wasn't familiar with the terms of a possible Pollard release, but did know that the Obama administration has been "twisting arms" of the Israeli leadership behind the scenes in ways that is putting this nation in danger of suffering the wrath of God.

"Since I do believe the Bible," Gohmert explained, "those nations that divide Israel are going to be judged and it isn't going to be pretty. I'd hate to be the country that betrays Israel, that demands that they give up land that had been given to them. I think that we're in real trouble with the pressure that this administration's doing":

Fischer: 'I'm Absolutely Fine With A Fifteen Year Incarceration For The Crime Of Adultery'

On his radio broadcast yesterday, Bryan Fischer was lamenting the consequence of allowing women and gays to serve in the military because, he claimed, it leads to sexual tension and assault. While reading from a Washington Times article about the effort to crackdown on sexual offenders in the military, Fischer made an aside to note that soldiers who engage in adultery while in the service can face up to fifteen years in prison and announced this is a policy that he supports in general.

"I will be honest with you," he said. "I'm absolutely fine with a fifteen year incarceration for the crime of adultery. It is a crime! It destroys people's lives. It destroys families. It breaks up civilizations. You wanna lock 'em up for fifteen years, I have zero problem with that whatsoever":

Jim Garlow Says 'Crushing Expression Of The Gospel' Is The Ultimate Goal Of Gay Rights Activists

Jim Garlow was the guest on AFA's "Today's Issues" broadcast yesterday, discussing the recent decision, and sudden reversal, by World Vision to allow legally married gay Christians to work for the organization.

Near the end of the conversation, host Tim Wildmon asked Garlow just where the push for equality would ultimately end, wondering if eventually it will just become so commonplace and accepted that being gay won't even be an issue any more.

"When is the gonna stop, here?" Wildmon asked.

"The short answer," Garlow responded, "is persecution."

"The short answer is persecution of Christians," he continued, in response to Wildmon's expression of surprise. "It is staggering across America the depths of persecution believers are already beginning to experience. This is not about homosexual marriage; this is about crushing expression of the Gospel":

The Amazing Coincidence Behind Todd Starnes' Latest Christian Victimization Column

Earlier today we wrote a post about a new Religious Right tale of supposed victimization emerging out of Florida involving a young girl who was allegedly told that she was not allowed to pray in the lunchroom before eating her lunch.

The whole thing seemed rather suspect, as these tales usually are, since it emerged from a video posted on YouTube by the girl's parents and was then immediately turned into a column by Todd Starnes, who is notorious for ginning up these sorts of one-sided, fake controversies:

A Florida school district is giving teachers a refresher course on religious liberty after the parents of a five-year-old kindergarten student said a teacher told their daughter that she was not allowed to pray before eating her lunch time meal.

Marcos Perez, of Oviedo, Fla., said the incident occurred earlier this month in the lunch room at Carillon Elementary School.

He said his daughter  was sitting at a table about to eat when she bowed her head and began to pray.

“A teacher saw her and told her, ‘you’re not allowed to do that,’” he said.

Perez said his little girl replied, “But it’s good to pray.” The teacher alleged replied, “It’s not good.”

He said his daughter tried to pray once more but was admonished by the teacher. The child was not formally punished, he said.

“She’s a really good girl and if there are rules, she follows them,” he said. “She knows the biblical values we are raising her with. She was really conflicted but she wanted to submit to the authority.”

Perez said he and his wife were so upset over the incident they sat down with a video camera and had their daughter recount what happened. They posted the video to YouTube. And they also tried to reassure their daughter that she had done nothing wrong.

As we noted this morning, school officials are denying the incident took place, but now that the story is gaining some national attention, local media outlets have begun reporting on it and revealing interesting things ... such as the fact that this young girl's father, Marcos Perez, just so happens to be the Vice President of Sales at the Christian publishing house that is publishing Todd Starnes' next book:

School officials have not interviewed the girl, who has been pulled from kindergarten at Carillon by her parents, who said they intend to home school her.

Her father is vice president of sales at Charisma House, a Lake Mary-based Christian book publisher. The company is currently promoting the book "God Less America: Real Stories from the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values," by Todd Starnes.

Just last month, Charisma House issued a press release that featured none other than Perez promoting Starnes' forthcoming book:

“We are highly anticipating the release of God Less America,” said Marcos Perez, vice president of sales at Charisma House. “From a sales standpoint, we believe this contest will engage our partnering bookstores and add to the momentum that is already building for this book release.”

FOX News commentator Todd Starnes’s highly anticipated book God Less America(FrontLine/Charisma House) uses both recent news stories and compelling interviews with today’s top conservative leaders to bring to light what is happening across our country. In his award-winning, satire-meets-serious writing style he strikes an important blow in today’s culture wars.

What are the chances that one month before Starnes' book, in which he seeks to catalog just how religious liberty is being squashed in America, is released, an incident like this takes place that perfectly exemplifies the very thing that Starnes' book claims to chronicle? 

Even more amazingly, it just happens to involve the daughter of the very man responsible for promoting Starnes' book!

What an amazing coincidence!

Barber: World Vision Has Clearly Fallen Under Satan's Deception

One of the downsides of recording daily radio segments for Religious Right activists like Matt Barber and Mat Staver is that they often record several at a time with plans to air them on some future date. Normally, that is not a problem, but sometimes they record segments about an issue that has changed dramatically between the time of the recording and the time of the airing, as was the case with today's broadcast in which they furiously attacked the Christian charity World Vision for announcing that legally married gay Christians would be welcome in the organization.

World Vision quickly reversed course but Barber and Staver had already recorded today's commentary in which Barber said the organization had clearly fallen under Satan's deception on the issue of gay marriage:

More of a concern than their compromising their values is that they're compromising non-negotiable Biblical truth and Biblical principles.

The President of World Vision USA, Richard Stearns, has said in the past quote 'no one ever died of gay marriage.' Well, I would introduce him to the plague of AIDS.

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The spiritual warfare is palpable, Mat. And the Father of Lies is using this issue to deceive the multitudes and many within the church are falling under his deception; World Vision is one organization that has clearly fallen under his deception.

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