Glenn Beck dedicated the opening monologue on his television program last night to hailing Sen. Rand Paul's announcement that he is running for president, declaring it to be "a really good day" for America when candidates like Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz throw their hats into the ring.
Beck, however, isn't quite sure about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, saying that for two months, he has been trying to get an interview with Walker and so far, Walker has refused.
And that can only mean that there is something very, very wrong with Walker or his campaign.
"Something is not right with Scott Walker," Beck said. "Either he is avoiding me, he's avoiding this audience because he doesn't want to be seen with you, or his staff is out-of-control incompetent. We've been trying to get an interview with him for almost two months; for some reason, we can't get a single interview with him. That is highly unusual for somebody who is offering 15 minutes or an hour of time for a media empire that has a footprint of 50 million people. Something's not right with Scott Walker":
It seems that whenever a Christian receives any sort of criticism for speaking out against marriage equality, the entire Religious Right immediately begins to complain that said person's right to free speech is being violated and screaming about how they are facing persecution at the hands of modern-day fascists.
So it is interesting to watch anti-gay activists freak out over the fact that a lesbian pastor has been invited to speak at American Baptist College in Tennessee, as demonstrated by the fact that Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber are demanding that the college president be fired for allowing it to happen.
Recently, ABC president Forrest Harris responded to the controversy by defending the speech and saying that "it's sad that people use religion and idolatry of the Bible to demoralize same-gender-loving people" and that "we can't be guided and dictated by a first-century world view." In return, Barber and Staver responded by using their radio program today to call for Harris to be fired.
"Hasn't [Harris] disqualified himself for this particular leadership position," Barber asked, "when he's calling God a liar and completely attempting to discredit the truths of Scripture, saying that Scripture isn't even true? How can he even be in this position of authority and be trusted to carry out the duties of a Christian president of a university."
"I don't think he can," Staver responded. "I think he ought to be removed. I think the alumni and supporters of the association ought to remove him ... For a president of a college like that that has a Christian tradition, that person has no right leading that college. They ought to remove him":
Shortly before the 2012 presidential election, Bryan Fischer declared on his radio program that if President Obama was re-elected, "America has no future" because Obama's victory would hasten God's judgment upon this nation.
Contrary to Fischer's dire warning, it seems that America will somehow miraculously survive Obama's second term, so now Fischer is warning that if America does not elect a "fearless Christian" leader as president next time, "we will be finished as a nation."
"If we repeat the mistake we made the last two times," Fischer said on his radio program today, "if we do not have a man with Solomon's faith, discernment, and wisdom in the Oval Office in 18 months, I think we will be finished as a nation ... If we want to save this country, we simply may have no alternative but to elect a man with the godly faith and wisdom of a Solomon in 2016."
Fischer went on to declare that since government was created by God, all elected officials are "every bit as much a servant of God or a minister of God as your pastor is when he stands behind the pulpit on Sunday and they are there to do God's work":
Tom DeLay appeared on Steve Malzberg's Newsmax program yesterday to defend Indiana's "religious freedom" law against the attacks from people who "have chosen to be homosexuals," saying that conservative Christians must be ready to "fight this battle to the bitter end."
"This is the result of the gay agenda," DeLay said. "We're now seeing what the gay agenda is all about ... What they're trying to do is to undermine religious liberty so that they become an accepted sexual orientation. That's what's going on here and we have got to fight this battle to the bitter end because once you let the government dictate to you what you believe and what your values are, then this country's finished."
"This isn't about discrimination," he continued. "We love people that have chosen to be homosexuals. The problem is we abhor the sin."
DeLay went on to say that if he owned a business, he'd have no problem serving a gay customer, provided that he didn't know about their sexual orientation.
"But if he comes in and asks me to undermine my values," he said, "undermine my religious liberty, then I have the right to stand up for what I believe in and not serve him. It's not discrimination; it's the government telling us how we are to act, what we are to believe, and that has got to be fought with every ounce of our being":
As wehavesaidtimeandtimeand timeagain, Bryan Fischer is a lot of things, but self-aware is not one of them; a trait that he demonstrated once again on his radio show yesterday when he declared that the god worshiped by gay rights activists is vengeful, vitriolic, and hateful.
Outraged by the criticism and threats directed against an Indiana pizza parlor that said it would refuse to cater a gay wedding, Fischer declared that since people "become like the god that you worship," then the god that is worshiped by gay activists must be absolutely awful.
"Think about what you see in the homosexual community," he said, "and what it tells you about the god that they must worship. Whether they recognize it or not, whether they know it or not, but the god that they worship is vengeful, he is vitriolic, he is venomous, he is hateful, he drives his followers to trap a good-hearted American family in their home, like Anne Frank, in fear of their lives simply for what they believe."
"So if you turn out to be like the god that you worship," he asked, "what kind of god must homosexual activists serve?"
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer took a call from a doctor in Tyler, Texas, who suggested that AIDS victims ought to sue gay rights groups for not warning them about the health risks associated with homosexuality.
The caller said that, as a doctor, he is constantly warning his patients that there are health consequences for people who engage in behaviors such as drinking or smoking, just as "there are consequences for homosexual behavior."
Saying that criticism of Indiana's "religious freedom" law is no different than a group of smokers threatening to kill him and burn down his doctor's office for warning about the dangers of smoking, the caller predicted that "one of these days, some smart group of lawyers is going to get a couple of guys with AIDS and they're going to sue the people that are promulgating the lie that a behavior, a choice, is good because all it does is it increases their risk to disease, illness, and suffering."
Fischer, not surprisingly, was in complete agreement, saying that just as any doctor who told his patients that there was nothing wrong with drinking or smoking would be sued for medical malpractice, so too should gay rights groups be sued by "some homosexual who is dying of HIV/AIDS ... for shortening his life with bad medical advice":
On Saturday evening, right-wing televangelist John Hagee hosted a special program designed to promote his "Four Blood Moons" theory which contends that the occurrence of four lunar eclipses on Jewish feast days over the last two years is a sign from God that "something dramatic [will] happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world."
Moderated by conservative radio host Joe Pagliarulo, the program featured Hagee, pseudo-historian David Barton, Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, and astronomer Hugh Ross, a creationist who runs a ministry called Reasons to Believe which seeks to "spread the Christian Gospel by demonstrating that sound reason and scientific research" support Creationist beliefs.
Ross' participation in the event was something of a mystery since, from his opening remarks, he made it very clear that he did not subscribe to Hagee's premise in the slightest, saying that there is no statistical significance to these blood moons because they are very common and that Hagee is merely retroactively attaching spiritual significance to these routine events.
Hagee, of course, did not particularly appreciate the fact that Ross was completely undermining the entire premise of the show, as well as his book and movie based upon this premise, and so he challenged him to explain how it was possible for blood moons to occur on significant Jewish holiday in two consecutive years.
Ross responded that lunar eclipses are so common that it is "mathematically inevitable" that one would be able to link them up to significant events in the Bible or in the history of Israel if that is what one set out to do. The Bible, Ross said, does say that there will be signs from God, but they will be rare things like an asteroid hitting a body of water and turning the water to poison, not common things like a lunar eclipse.
"My problem with the blood moons is that it's not rare," Ross said. "It's hindsight. You're looking at different events in Israel's history and looking at different events in America's history and you're finding fits."
"These blood moons are visible here but not in Israel," Ross stated at one point, much to Hagee's surprise. Explaining that "a total lunar eclipse basically is visible to about one-third to one-half the earth," Ross asked why, if these blood moons are so significant to Israel, they are visible in America but not in Israel.
Hagee clearly was not aware of this fact, as all he could come up with as a response was that "I don't have an answer for why Israel can't see it":
Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera appeared on recent episode of "America's Survival," where he and co-host Jerry Kenney made their case against homosexuality by likening it to rape, eating feces, eating children, murder, incest, and drinking poison.
After Kenney boldly declared that "I don't believe in gay people" on the grounds that nobody can prove to him "scientifically" that there is any genetic cause of homosexuality, he asserted that claiming that gay people are just "born that way" is like saying that a rapist ought to be free to rape because he was "just born a rapist."
Kenney then went on to say that there is nothing "natural" about homosexuality because whenever it occurs in nature "it doesn't occur for very long." This led him to assert that homosexuality can't be genetic because, if it was, "it [would] have died with the very first person that had the gene mutation."
Even if one does accept the claim that homosexuality is natural, Kenney continued, that still doesn't justify it because "there are a lot of things that are natural that aren't necessarily good."
"In nature, animals rape one another," he said. "So should rape be okay? Some animals eat their own waste, is that okay? Animals eat their young. Is our new standard now, in this society that we've brought down and as long as we're at the animal level then it's okay?"
"Wouldn't murder be natural?" asked LaBarbera. "Wouldn't incest be natural?"
On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, as Mat Staver and Matt Barber discussed Liberty Counsel's effort to defend Puerto Rico's ban on gay marriage, Barber once again shared his view that the push for marriage equality is literally satanic.
"From the spiritual level," Barber asked, "who is the Lawless One? Who is the Great Deceiver referred to in Scripture? The Lawless One is the Father of Lies himself and so this kind lawlessness, we know who is behind it. We know who is behind this push to redefine marriage, from a spiritual standpoint. If God designed human sexuality and designed them male and female, we know who is attacking God's design for human sexuality, God's design for the differences between the sexes and coming together in the institution of marriage as one as one flesh. And it also is a representation of the church, of Christ's relationship with the church, the bride of Christ. And so that is something that Satan hates, it is something that he wants to attack and undermine, so from a spiritual standpoint, isn't it what this all kind of derives from?"
On a recent episode of "America's Survival," hosts Cliff Kincaid and Jerry Kenney agreed that the five Supreme Court justices who wrote the ruling in United States v. Windsor, which struck ruling striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act back in 2013 are literally insane and need to be removed from the court and placed in straitjackets.
Kenney said that since the justices ignored the law and instead based the ruling entirely on emotion, "they ought to be removed from the bench" because "they have proven that they have absolutely lost it, that they have no grasp of reality whatsoever."
Kincaid was in complete agreement.
"I think they are insane," he said. "They should be straitjacketed":
On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber railed against criticism of Indiana's recently-enacted "religious freedom" law, saying that such leftist "propaganda" was no different than how the Nazis demonized Jews in Germany.
After Staver asserted that gay rights activists are out to destroy religious freedom, Barber responded by warning that attacks on the Indiana law were laying the groundwork for persecution of Christians in America.
"You wonder how, in Nazi Germany, the propagandists were able to get an entire nation of people on board with persecuting to Jews the level that they're doing," Barber said. "We see it being repeated here with an entire nation of people, these leftists media propagandists, getting them on board for a soft persecution, at least at this point and time, of Christians here in the U.S.":
Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program this morning furious about two things: an interview CNN's Chris Cuomo did recently with a representative of the Indiana Family Institute and an Indiana pizzeria that closed down after receiving threats and criticism for saying that it would refuse to provide service to a gay couples' wedding.
The pizza restaurant has since been inundated with over $200,000 in donations from supporters, but Beck is outraged about the entire ordeal, declaring that gay rights activists have become modern-day Nazis who are leading an Inquisition that will turn into a Christian holocaust.
"What kind of America are you building, you frickin' Nazis," Beck fumed. "What kind of Nazi regime are you building? Wake up! ... You are following a Nazi group. I don't know who is even leading this, but you're becoming Nazis."
"We need to start putting them into the robes of the Inquisition," he continued. "That's the way we need to start looking at these people because this is the Inquisition, gang. You think that there isn't a Christian holocaust coming?"
Earlier this week, Colorado state representative Gordon Klingenschmitt issued a public apology for his recent statement that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman in the state was due to the "curse of God upon America" for legal abortion and announced that he would be suspending his daily "Pray In Jesus Name" television program for the remainder of Colorado's legislative session.
Apparently, this suspension does not begin until next week, since today Klingenschmitt uploaded several new programs to his YouTube channel, including one in which he predicted that a century from now, twenty percent of Americans will be gay due to successful efforts by gay rights activists to "recruit" schoolchildren.
Citing a recent Gallup poll that unsurprisingly found that places like San Francisco have a larger openly gay population than cities like Birmingham, Alabama, Klingenschmitt stated that this is "proof" that gays recruit children.
Saying that the 2010 census found that less than one percent of the population was gay whereas now it is up to around three percent, Klingenschmitt warned that the gay population is growing, especially in areas of the country "where they don't believe the Bible," through the recruitment of children.
"This proves to me that the Bible works," he said. "That when people believe the Bible, they promote holiness and they invite the Holy Spirit to rule their hearts, they don't have all these homosexual addiction problems that they have in places where they don't believe the Bible and they reject the Bible and they teach the children in California schools that homosexuality is a good thing and they celebrate Harvey Milk Day and they have all kinds of policies to promote that in the classroom. Well, no wonder their population is growing! They're recruiting people into the movement on the left coast."
"The disparity in the population proves to me that it is a recruitment effort for your children," Klingenschmitt continued. "And thank God they're resisting that in Alabama. I wish the rest of America would protect their children as well as they do in Alabama, which is why they have a lower percentage of children recruited, according to the Gallup poll, in the state of Alabama."
Klingenschmitt then went on to warn that children raised in same-sex households are more likely to be gay, which is further proof that children are being recruited, meaning that "in a hundred years, if we continue to allow this recruiting effort across America, all of the children in all of the public schools, if we don't stop this, will be re-educated that this is a good thing."
"And I predict in a hundred years," he said, "twenty percent of Americans could become homosexual":
On his radio program yesterday, during which he warned that efforts to clarify Indiana's "religious freedom" law would lead to Christians being placed in slavery, Bryan Fischer suggested that if Christians business owners are required to provide services to gay weddings, they should do so while delivering a sermon on the evils of homosexuality the entire time.
"Yeah, I will bake your same-sex marriage wedding cake," Fischer said, "but I am going to preach the Gospel to you the whole time I am doing it. I am going to warn you about the abominable nature of the behavior you're engaged in. I'm going to warn you about mocking God. I'm going to warn you about blaspheming the true and divine nature of true marriage. I am going to warn you about the mortal danger you are in of suffering hellfire and eternal damnation."
"You come in to get a wedding cake from me and you're a homosexual," he said, "you'll get your wedding cake, but you are going to get a sermon in the process":
Glenn Beck took to his Facebook page this morning to announce the release of a new series of denim jeans and jackets from his 1791 clothing line and, in typical Beck fashion, he managed to do so in pretty much the most sanctimonious and self-aggrandizing way imaginable.
Beck explained that whenever he used to go shopping with his daughters, they could never find clothes that fit them properly and, as a result, he "vowed if I ever had a chance I would start a fashion line that was cool, hip, and great quality that would come in sizes that would fit."
Now that day has come and Beck is finally able to help the women of the world realize their "fundamental God given rights" to "feel pretty" and it is all thanks to "the power of a dads [sic] love for his daughter":
Today I make good on that promise. 1791 is proud to announce our new line of women's Denim. We begin with denim jacket and jeans.
They were designed for and tested on all the girls in my life. It has taken us almost two years to get the design just right.
I am proud that finally I can rest knowing any dad who feels the way I do about the most beautiful girl ever born, my daughter, will be able to feel that way when she slips into her favorite jeans, blouse and jacket.
My wife who is a little more like the current runway models and my daughter who is more classic both can wear and love their new 1791s.
I kind of think it is one of those fundamental God given rights. To feel pretty.
Because you are.
As we grow so will our selection and sizes because it is time we celebrate real diversity. After all, God made us different colors, shapes and sizes.
Please check out the beginning of our new line of women's clothing at 1791.com and see what the power of a dads love for his daughter can build.
Unfortunately for Beck, his announcement is not quite being met with the chorus of accolades that he apparently expected, but rather comment after comment from fans wondering exactly how they are supposed to be able to afford his new $150 jeans:
These are great! But most women can't afford a $150 pair of jeans
I wish you had made them more affordable!!! I can't spend $300 on 2 pairs of jeans when I spend that much every season for clothes for my family of 4.
That's a nice story and a nice idea, but I wonder if Glenn could have paid $160 for a single pair of jeans back then? Ouch. I think you've lost touch with what it's like to live on the edge in modern day middle-income America. If I bought a pair of your jeans, if have to use this week's grocery $. And then some. Sigh.
Remember when you weren't rich or famous? Yeah, that describes your fan base.
You're kidding right? $170 for a pair of jeans? $76 for a flannel shirt? NO ONE I know can afford to shop there. We are all working stiffs with mortgages and kids and car payments; we work most days from 7-5 and Saturdays too.
Oh wow, a pair of jeans that comprises my grocery budget for the week. Not cool. While they are probably awesome, not for poor folk like me, fat or not.
These would be great if they were actually affordable to working-class families. I applaud your determination and the reason why this clothing line started, but these are not jeans that "real" people can afford. $170 for a pair of jeans is nothing to the Hollywood elite, but a good chunk of a working man's (or woman's) paycheck better spent on food for the family. Great quality or not, the average American will not be buying these.
I heard you talking about them on the radio. I went to the web site and was excited to buy a pair. Than I saw the price. $ 150.00 for middle class women is to expensive for me. I wish I could have ordered a pair. Lower the price please so that normal people can purchase a pair.
LOVE the idea, but $150 for a pair of jeans? NOPE!
You had great things to say.......BUT........for the most part, your audience can't afford these clothes! I thought you were in touch?!
ONE pair of jeans ($150), ONE flannel shirt ($90), and ONE T-shirt ($24) = $264 (plus tax). Get real.
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer voiced his opposition to any effort to clarify Indiana's "religious freedom" law, warning that doing so will result in Christians in the state being pushed into slavery.
As Fischer explained it, when Gov. Mike Pence said that the law should be clarified to make clear that no business will have the right to deny services to customers, he seemed to be signaling that religious bakers or florists or photographers will be compelled to provide their services to gay weddings, which is unconstitutional because slavery was outlawed under the Thirteenth Amendment.
"I'm afraid Governor Pence is dangerously close to allowing the homosexual lobby to get the state of Indiana," he warned, "to compel people to provide labor against their will. What do we call it when people are compelled to provide labor against their will? Involuntary labor, what do we call that, ladies and gentlemen? That is involuntary servitude, that is slavery, that is something that is forbidden by the Thirteenth Amendment":
A few weeks ago, Matthew Hagee warned on his weekly "Hagee Hotline" program that since same-sex unions cannot naturally produce children, by legalizing gay marriage "you are taking away the ability of that society to survive."
Apparently convinced that this is a compelling and intelligent argument, Hagee repeated it on yesterday's program, declaring that it is an "economical fact" that America needs more people and so allowing gay marriage will inevitably lead to the total collapse of society.
"It is impossible for same-sex marriage to do what biblical marriage does: create children," Hagee said. "Without the procreation of children, the American society economically, will fail; culturally, will fail. It is not a matter of right or privilege, it's a matter of survival":
On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," televangelist Matthew Hagee called upon viewers to contact their legislators in support of legislation like Indiana's "religious freedom" law, warning that if they don't, "we will lose the battle for righteousness in America."
"We have turned out back on values that have made us great," Hagee said, "and we have embraced the values that deteriorate society. We accept what others in past civilizations would have called appalling and yet we call appalling any individual who is willing to stand up and speak truth based on their convictions."
After asserting that God is very clear in both the Old and New Testament that homosexuality is "an abomination," Hagee called upon "people of faith and those who love truth" to contact their legislators in support of efforts to fight gay rights because this is a war between good and evil.
"Believe me, it is a war," he said. "It is a war between good and evil. It is a war between light and darkness. It is a war in which you have to make up your mind to either fully engage or become an ally of the Adversary who would like to see a lie become a truth and the truth become a lie":
On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer seized upon a news report that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who is believed to have deliberately crashed a German flight last week, killing everyone on board, had "trawled gay porn websites and sites relating to suicide" to raise the possibility that Lubitz's alleged homosexuality may have played a role in the crash.
As Fischer explained, "it's striking that one of the health risks that's associated with homosexual behavior is an increased risk of suicidal ideation ... Now we are discovering that, perhaps, [Lubitz] was involved in homosexuality, was taking drugs for depression, and perhaps that would explain his suicidal crash of that plane":
Lubitz had a girlfriend at the time of the crash, a fact that seemed to be lost on Fischer, who has suggested in the past that homosexuality is a chosen behavior rather than an innate orientation.
Glenn Beck opened his radio program today by continuing his defense of the recently passed Indiana law that allows business owners to discriminate in the name of "religious freedom" by warning that attacks on such laws will lead to people being placed in concentration camps and killed.
Declaring that "gay activists will boycott, will make it uncomfortable, they'll smear them, they'll just ratchet up the hate" against any business owner who refuses to provide services to a same-sex wedding in an attempt to drive them out of business, Beck insisted that everyone just has to "heal our hearts" and realize that religious business owners are not motivated by hate but rather by their faith.
"Let's stop forcing each other to do things," Beck begged. "You don't change anything. That ends up in concentration camps. You just start grinding and grinding and grinding away until you're in separate worlds and nobody talks to each other and then, whoever has the power, round 'em up and kill 'em because those guys are the problem."
"That's how it happens," he said, which prompted his co-host Stu Burguiere to quip that Beck managed to make it a mere fourteen minutes into the radio show today before he started warning about people being rounded up and locked away in concentration camps: