Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio broadcast today with a discussion of Deuteronomy 22, in particular the prohibition against women wearing men's clothes or men wearing women's clothes, asserting that this is God's way of saying that He does not approve of transgenderism, which is why people recoil upon seeing transgender individuals.
Deuteronomy 22: 5 states:
A woman shall not wear a man's garment, nor shall a man put on a woman's cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.
Fischer assured his audience that this does not apply to people who are just "fooling around" by dressing up as the opposite sex or prohibit unisex styles of clothing, but rather it is a prohibition on people presenting themselves as members of the opposite sex, because doing so in "an abomination."
"What the word 'abomination' refers to is this just internal kind of glitch that we get when we see that," Fischer said. "That comes from God because God reacts to that the same way that we do. We see transgenderism on display and there's something inside us that recoils against that. There's something inside us that says that is not normal. There's something inside us that says that is not right. And God feels exactly the same way about that as we do. That inner recoil that we experience when we see that on display, we got that capacity from God because we are made in his image":
Just last week, Fischer made a very similar argument for why people supposedly recoil at the thought of "homosexual behavior."
On his television broadcast last night, Beck grew increasingly manic during his opening monologue as he tried to explain to his audience his utter horror over the new Nicki Minaj video which features lots of Nazi-like imagery.
Saying that the video is "the most degrading thing I have seen," Beck then sought to explain that this video was somehow a violation of the Torah's requirement to keep kosher because it was mixing "graphic, awful sex with the images of death."
God commands Jews to keep kosher, Beck explained, because "milk is life" and "meat is death" and so "you don't put life and death together." And that is exactly what Nicki Minaj did in her video, Beck said, which is why, when you see it, "every warning bell in you goes off."
"That's not keeping kosher," he said. "You're mixing life and death. You put those two together, it is the height of evil, okay? That's what God is trying to tell us with keeping kosher. That's sacred! Creating life is sacred. Death, not good! Don't put those two together. Well, that's what happened. When you see that video, that's exactly what happened":
Glenn Beck ran an hour-long commercial-free broadcast of his television program Monday night so that he could tell his audience about a series of health problem that he has been battling for the last several years. Recounting everything from seizures and inexplicable pain to vision problems and vocal chord paralysis, Beck revealed that, at one point, doctors informed him that he probably had no more than five years left before he was completely incapacitated by various medical problems. Eventually Beck announced that thanks to changes in diet, lifestyle changes, and therapy from the doctors at the Carrick Brain Center in Dallas, he has largely overcome those problems.
In response to Beck's revelations, some medical experts came forward to say that Beck's diagnosis and the treatment he has been receiving were nothing but pseudo-scientific quackery. Beck, in turn, took to Facebook last night to say that he can't believe that people could be so "nasty" as to assert that his medical issues were fake, saying that anyone who would say such a thing is obviously just a sad and lonely person who is out to pick a fight:
Just a note before I go to bed. A couple of thoughts.
I am reading the go giver. It is great! A must read for anyone that wants to change the world.
Also, I have read some pretty nasty things about how I am faking my illness. Yep. That's me. I am making it all up. So incredible. Anyway, I just want you to know that soon, I will not be holding my sweet wife back from answering these posts herself. You don't want a piece of her, because she is about to give it to you. . Of course, I might just be making her up as well. Maybe I am not even married, I am just saying I am to sell gold rings.
I love it when The Lord gives me the wisdom and peace to just laugh at how people treat us. Even better is when he also couples it with real empathy.
I first laugh and then wonder how dark and lonely their life must be that they really believe that people are that evil that they would actually live this big of a lie over multiple years. Then it hits you. How lonely they must be that they want and need to pick fights just to have someone notice them.
It is sad.
Anyone else remember Beck saying last year that the health issues then impacting Hillary Clinton and Teresa Heinz Kerry were probably government cover-ups?
Yesterday, Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, was rushed to this hospital after apparently suffering from some sort of seizure ... but Glenn Beck isn't buying it because he just doesn't trust anything that the government says, which is why he suspects that the entire thing was orchestrated as a distraction from the "huge scandal" that Secretary Kerry was on his boat while a military coup took place in Egypt last week.
While it may be true that Heinz Kerry (or, as Beck called her, "Mrs. Ketchup") did end up in the hospital, Beck "can't give you any sympathy now because you've lied to us too many times" ... just as when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized with a blood clot last year in an effort to cover-up Benghazi.
Though Clinton's blood clot was tied to a concussion she received after she fainted while suffering from the flu, Beck said "if she really had some weird thing in the hospital, then it should prohibit her from ever becoming president.
"She shouldn't be President of the United States if she going into the hospital for some sort of heart condition or brain condition or whatever she was in the hospital for," Beck said, "or was that just a scam so that we didn't talk about [Benghazi]"?
Last week, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire wrote a column asking the reasonable question of whether President Obama is merely mentally ill or rather demon-possessed, concluding that either way he is a "sick, dangerous man."
Now, Daubenmire has turned that column into the basis for his latest "News With Views" video commentary, asserting today that Obama is a sociopath, not unlike serial killer Ted Bundy.
Declaring that Obama had no father, no mother, no home, no school, no country, and no religion, Daubenmire could only conclude that Obama is either seriously mentally ill or demon-possessed.
"People will say, 'You know Coach, it is probably a little bit of both,'" Daubenmire said, "and I'd say it appears to me that he is not a Christian man but he is of his father the Devil and the works of his father he will do":
Tomorrow, for the first time, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., will host a Muslim prayer service and Bryan Fischer is predictably outraged, urging his listeners to call the cathedral and complain that allowing this prayer service to take place violates the Ten Commandments.
On his radio program today, Fischer gave out the cathedral's phone number and encouraged his listeners to call and voice their opposition by complaining that the prayer service is really an effort to convert the cathedral into a mosque and is in violation of the very first of the Ten Commandments.
"This is one of the Ten Commandments," Fischer said. "You shall have no other gods before me. Allah is another god. The Bible says you, as a nation, shall have no other gods before me ... Make your objections known, that you object to the National Cathedral being turned into a mosque. That was not the purpose for which it was built. The purpose for which it was built is to worship the God that made America great and you object to it being used to worship a god of a completely different religion":
We didn't think such a thing was possible, but Glenn Beck's warnings about net neutrality have become even more bizarre when, on his radio program today, he said that an incident in which activists confronted FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on the issue earlier this week is a sign that "revolutionaries" would soon begin pulling people out of their cars and offices and murdering them in the streets.
After playing a short clip from a video showing net neutrality activists blocking Wheeler's car as he tried to leave for work on Monday, Beck beseeched the country to heed his warning that revolution is coming.
"I am begging America to listen to me," Beck said. "Please listen to me. You are dealing with revolutionaries ... Revolutionaries will come and they will pull you out of your car and shoot you. They will pull out of your office, your bank, they will pull you out of your plush political office, they will pull you out of your anchor chair, they will pull you out of wherever you are when they decide revolution is here and you've betrayed the revolution."
"This is a harbinger," he warned. "Wake up. Wake up. They're playing by different rules. They're not playing by all the rules you think they are. Wake up. Please, dear God, wake up before it's too late":
Not all of last's week election results were welcome by the Religious Right since, in addition to Republican gains, marijuana was also legalized by voters in two states and the District of Columbia.
Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver is very alarmed by these developments, saying on his "Faith and Freedom" radio program today that while he is normally an advocate of limited government, such is not the case when it comes to marijuana because pot smoking drivers and crane operators are putting everyone else at risk!
When Staver is driving down the road, he explained, he has a right "to be safe in my person" which is being undermined if other people are smoking pot because "it puts everyone out on that road at risk."
"The crane operator that's lifting this huge crane object over the top of a building in downtown Orlando or wherever it might be puts somebody at risk if they're there smoking marijuana," Staver warned.
Of course, driving or operating heavy machinery under the influence are already crimes in every state and legalizing recreational use of marijuana will not change those laws in any way. But if Staver is so concerned about remaining "safe in his person" in all public situations, we have to wonder how long it will be before he is launches a crusade to also outlaw the recreational use of alcohol and reinstate Prohibition?
Network neutrality is the idea that [internet service providers] should treat all internet traffic equally. It says your ISP shouldn’t be allowed to block or degrade access to certain websites or services, nor should it be allowed to set aside a "fast lane" that allows content favored by the ISP to load more quickly than the rest.
On his radio broadcast today, Beck delivered a truly amazing diatribe against net neutrality during which he ironically made the case for net neutrality without even realizing it, mainly because he has no idea what he is talking about.
"Net neutrality is the global warming of the internet," Beck asserted, falsely claiming that the government is seeking to regulate the internet which, he claims, will ruin "the freedom of the internet."
Beck's view is entirely backwards, as net neutrality actually seeks to preserve the open and free internet that he was praising, so it was only natural that Beck then launched into a passionate attack on net neutrality by claiming that it would allow the government to shut down voices that it doesn't like.
Beck's own The Blaze network relies heavily upon the open and free internet that net neutrality seeks to preserve, but Beck apparently doesn't realize that and so he spent an entire segment arguing against it by claiming that internet service providers can seek to shut down his network by slowing down access to the content he produces, thereby making it more difficult for consumers to access.
Under current FCC regulations, such actions are prohibited and the entire purpose of net neutrality is to permanently prevent exactly that sort of thing from becoming legal. As such, one would think that Beck would support it ... but no.
"Because the government is only going to protect those who are playing ball with the government," Beck claimed.
Things got even more bizarre when co-host Pat Gray weighed in, demanding to know why the Obama administration was claiming that it wants to ensure that the internet remains free and accessible.
"It already is!" Gray said. "It can't get any more free and it can't get any more accessible that it is right now ... There's not a problem now, so don't create one."
Today's free and open and accessible internet is the very thing that net neutrality is designed to preserve, but apparently nobody on Beck's entire staff can understand that basic fact.
Appearing on the "Bible News Radio" program on Monday, newly elected Republican legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt voiced his confusion as to why his election to a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives has generated so much controversy and criticism, wondering "why would people hate a chaplain?"
Klingenschmitt, who has a long and well-documented history of saying an endless stream of truly insane things, seemed utterly mystified as to why his becoming an elected representative would be of concern to anyone.
"I'm just a guy who believes the Bible," he said. "I love Jesus. I love people. I'm a man of faith and compassion."
Klingenschmitt asserted that while he has defended the religious freedom of atheists, Jews, and Muslims, he is unfairly being singled out for harassment because he is a Christian.
"There is a backlash against the name of Jesus," Klingenschmitt said. "People do not want God to rule their hearts and a lot of people are offended when a chaplain or a man of faith gets elected to political office. But thank God, the voters in my district were very conservative and very open to religious freedom":
On his radio broadcast on Monday, Bryan Fischer praised Sen. Ted Cruz's opposition to President Obama's support for net neutrality by falsely claiming that it prevents customers from being allowed to pay more for faster internet service.
Like the National Religious Broadcasters, Fischer's opposition to net neutrality seems rooted in a complete lack of understanding about what net neutrality actually is, since he falsely insists that preserving the principle of an open internet would prevent service providers from offering plans with different internet speeds.
Charging different prices for different internet speeds is already a common practice, obviously, but Fischer laughably claims that net neutrality — which is the standard that is currently in place — would outlaw this practice.
"We can't let internet providers give people who are willing to pay more money faster speeds on the internet," Fischer said, paraphrasing his misunderstanding of net neutrality. "We can't charge people less if they're willing to accept slower speeds on the internet":
Gary Cass sent out a fundraising email to supporters of his Christian Anti-Defamation Commission today seeking donations so that his organization can continues its fight against the "tyrannical state" which seeks to "force us to comply with unjust laws that promote an anti-Christian agenda."
In particular, Cass warned that "homosexuals are demanding rights that don't exist at the expense of our legitimate, God-given rights" and so he desperately needs donations to fight back against the idea that people are born gay because it "mocks God, confuses our children, corrupts our culture and damns the souls of those who refuse to forsake their sin and follow Christ":
To argue a person is born a homosexual, and therefore has no control over his sexual urges, is a denial of their fundamental humanity. We live in a world where MAN HAS MORAL AGENCY AND IS ACCOUNTABLE for his actions. Our whole judicial system is predicated on this assumption.
We don't let people get away with theft or murder because they claim to have been born with urges they can't control. There are lots of sexual urges that are contrary to God's will and must not be indulged, including adultery, fornication, rape, incest and a myriad of corrupt things that are too scandalous to be mentioned.
Yet, there is a sense in which we can concede sinful urges are "normal." We know mankind is fallen in sin and we are all born with sinful impulses. But, we still expect people to obey the laws of nature and the moral law of God, otherwise we could use our fallen natures to justify ANY sinful act.
We all laughed when comedian Flip Wilson would quip, "the Devil made me do it," yet, when homosexuals say, "my genetics made me do it," we are supposed to take them seriously. Mankind is always blame shifting. THE TWISTED "BORN THAT WAY" ARGUMENT ULTIMATELY SHIFTS THE BLAME TO GOD!
Must we allow sinful desires to be expressed even though they are harmful and self-destructive? As a Christian we say absolutely NOT. Sin has corrupted man's sexual desires and this requires that we repent and submit our sexuality to God.
No one is born a homosexual and to argue that homosexuals have no "choice" in the matter is an emotional argument, not a logical or factual one. Homosexuality is a sad, disordered, unnatural lifestyle completely at odds with the laws of nature and the Bible. The "born this way" myth is just another liberal hoax meant to silence those who oppose their twisted behavior.
The only thing standing between a full-blown, sexually corrupt culture is the Christian church and our commitment to Scripture. Unfortunately the old, liberal mainline protestant churches have been co-opted by homosexuals and are dying. Now new attempts are being made to co-opt the conservative evangelical church.
While we have empathy for people trapped in homosexuality, it's not loving to allow the "born homosexual" lie to go unchallenged. Homosexuality mocks God, confuses our children, corrupts our culture and damns the souls of those who refuse to forsake their sin and follow Christ.
National Religious Broadcasters, the televangelist group that pledges to “be for the First Amendment what the NRA is for the Second Amendment,” today blasted President Obama’s support for net neutrality, saying that the president’s position “sends a particularly poor signal to communist China.”
In a statement, NRB calls net neutrality a “power grab of the internet” and says that the policy somehow threatens “free speech” and distracts from the Federal Communications Commission’s mission of “promoting the values of free speech, free exercise of religion, and a free press for citizen user-generated content that is transmitted over the Internet.”
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, spoke out today against the President’s call for increased government control over the Internet.
“Free speech and free enterprise are the bedrock of the Internet,” stated Dr. Johnson. “This federal power grab being advocated by President Obama is, unfortunately, right in line with others by this Administration. It sends a particularly poor signal to communist China, where he is visiting this week.”
“Let me say that the President does have a valid concern that providers not block legal online content that they do not prefer or like,” continued Dr. Johnson. “Indeed, I would challenge him to consider that ‘edge providers’ like Facebook also should not engage in viewpoint censorship.”
“However, he is very wrong to insist that the FCC unilaterally assume heavy-handed Title II authority over the Internet,” asserted Dr. Johnson. “If the FCC feels it needs such power, the Executive Branch should ask Congress for it, and see what the people’s representatives permit. That is how our Republic works.”
In its public filing last summer with the FCC on this net neutrality proceeding, NRB stated:
We believe that the Commission has sufficient, though narrow, authority under section 706, as well as ancillary jurisdiction under Title I of the Communications Act of 1934, to provide an adequate basis for limited, restrained jurisdiction; but asserting jurisdiction under Title II with its heavy hand of telecommunications regulations is ill-advised….Moreover, we believe that this narrow range of FCC authority should be fixed on two objectives: (1) fostering competitive, free enterprise innovation regarding Internet services, applications, and devices, and (2) promoting the values of free speech, free exercise of religion, and a free press for citizen user-generated content that is transmitted over the Internet.
Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program today with a reading from the Book of Deuteronomy which, he claimed, proves that God supports a flat tax.
Echoing the sorts of claims that we routinely hear from David Barton, Fischer read from Deuteronomy 14, in which God instructed the Israelites to "be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year," citing it as evidence that "God believes in a flat tax."
"That's what a tithe is, it's a tax," Fischer said. "It's a tax on the labor of your hands, it's a tax on the fruit of your labor. It's a tax on the grapes that you produce, the grain that you harvest, the wine that you produce, the oil that your olive trees produce. It's a ten percent tax. It was a flat tax":
After the Republican gains in last week's election, right-wing activists immediately sent a letter to Senate Republicans urging them not to re-institute the 60-vote threshold for overriding filibusters against judicial nominees when they take control of the Senate in the next term, after Democrats eliminated it through the so-called "nuclear option" last year.
Among those who signed on to the letter was Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver, who discussed the importance of banning the use of the filibuster on today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast by asserting that doing so would somehow teach the Democrats a lesson by forcing President Obama to now nominate more moderate judicial candidates.
Staver and co-host Shawn Akers both seemed convinced that not re-instituting the 60-vote filibuster threshold would somehow constrain Obama for the remainder of his term and gloated as if this was sort of ironic comeuppance for the Democrats for having changed the rule.
"The Democrats wanted to hurt America by taking it away," Staver said, "and putting in these radical nominees. Now they're going to have the live with the medicine. They're going to live with what they did. We shouldn't re-institute it on these judges and this will help us block these radical judges. Obama is either gonna not be able to appoint anybody to the bench or he's going to have to moderate and bring some people in that are not these radicals that he's been putting on the benches across the country":
Of course, the entire point of doing away with the filibuster was because Republicans, who were in the minority, had been using it to routinely block the Democratic majority in the Senate from confirming President Obama's judicial nominees. They went so far as to use the filibuster to prevent President Obama from filling any vacancies on the critically important D.C. Circuit Court, and vowed to continue to do so regardless of who he nominated.
Next term, the Republicans will be in control of the Senate and will be able to block the confirmation of Obama's judicial nominees simply by virtue of being the majority party. The likelihood of Democrats seeking to block any of President Obama's judicial nominees is virtually nonexistent, so maintaining the ban on the use of the judicial filibuster will literally have no impact whatsoever.
In 2012, People For the American Way Foundation published a memo highlighting many of the legislative and administrative tactics states were using to undermine voter participation in elections, all under trumped-up claims of “voter fraud.”
Now according to a new Brennan Center report, recently-enacted restrictive voter laws may have helped tip the scales in the 2014 midterm elections this past Tuesday. A number of states around the country have implemented restrictions to voting, including new voter ID laws, cuts to early voting, and faulty voter purges. These changes have been found to have a negative impact on low-income voters, minority communities and young voters.
As quoted in a Mother Jones article yesterday, report author Wendy Weiser pointed out, "In several key races, the margin of victory came very close to the likely margin of disenfranchisement." One example from the article:
North Carolina Senate: Republican House state speaker Thom Tillis beat incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan by 48,000 votes.
In 2013, North Carolina enacted a law—which Tillis helped write—limiting early voting and same-day registration, which the Justice Department warned would likely depress minority turnout. During the last midterms in 2010, about 200,000 North Carolinians cast their ballots during early voting days that the state's new voting law eliminated.
To read more about the attack on voters and how you can help fight back, check out The Right To Vote section on our website.
While appearing on NewsmaxTV today, Richard Land echoed Phyllis Schlafly's call for Republicans, now that they have gained control of the Senate, to refuse to confirm even one more judge nominated by President Obama for the remainder of his term in office.
Land said that Senate Republicans need to simply inform Obama that there is now "a two year moratorium on any confirmation of federal judges."
"The American people have lost confidence in your leadership as president," Land recommend that the GOP tell Obama, "and we're going to not confirm any judicial nominations in the Senate until after the American people have had an opportunity to elect a new president":