On yesterday's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Mat Staver recounted a recent trip he made to Peru where he was hailed by government leaders for his anti-gay work in America and given a medal for his efforts to help prevent Peru from being taken over by President Obama godless colonialism.
On today's broadcast, Staver continued to discuss his trip, revealing that he was praised and thanked for his work everywhere he went, including during a rally at a soccer stadium where he was brought to tears by tens of thousands of people cheering for him.
As Staver explained, the trip has ultimately strengthened his resolve to fight harder at home as well as against Obama's efforts to colonize the world with his godlessness; a sentiment with which co-host Matt Barber readily agreed, because "America is exporting evil:
Barber: America is exporting evil to nations around the world and there is a thirst across the world for truth and Scripture is transcendent truth and biblical values are truth and the truth of Scripture and the way, the truth, and the life who is Christ is the glue that holds together any nation and once we abandon that truth, as we've seen throughout history, that nation will ultimately self-destruct. They don't want that to happen in Peru.
Staver: One of the things that is interesting is, you know, Obama is a colonialist or an imperialist with regards to exporting anti-God, anti-family values. And while he might want to pull away from colonialism in the understood sense of exporting the country to another country, he certainly is doing that very same thing to undermine God and values in these countries. And so he's working hard through this administration to fund programs and undermine the sanctity of human life and marriage in Peru and other Latin American countries and, frankly, around the world.
This, I believe God has opened up some amazing opportunities. It really encouraged me to continue to fight the battle here in America and also to stand for our brothers and sisters in Latin America and other parts around the world who also still share these same Judeo-Christian values and that America, ultimately, is trying to undermine. We need to stand for this value of what ultimately makes America great, these Judeo-Christian values.
On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored Senator Udall’s amendment proposal, SJRES 19, adding a key progressive voice to the amendment movement. With Warren’s endorsement, the entire Massachusetts’s congressional delegation is now in support of amending the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and related cases.
In a speech two months ago, Senator Warren decried the overwhelming influence of money in politics and noted that “Congress needs power to address all of the ways in which corruption threatens the health of our political system.” That notion – that Congress and the states should have the constitutional authority to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes – is at the heart of what the Udall proposal does.
To date, 16 states, 500 cities/towns, and over 150 members of Congress have called for a constitutional amendment. To learn more about the amendment movement, visit: www.united4thepeople.org.
Over the weekend, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia collectively reached a deal with Iran in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for a loosening of sanctions against the nation.
"The main reason that we ought to stand with Israel," Fischer explained, "is because God does. We, as a Christian nation, ought to stand with Israel because God does."
Citing God's promise to Abraham in the Bible that anyone who honored Abraham would be honored by God while anyone who dishonored Abraham would be cursed by God, Fischer asked "now what did Barack Obama and John Kerry just do to Israel? They just dishonored Israel; they just dishonored the descendents of Abraham ... If we bless Israel, God will bless us. If we dishonor Israel, God will withdraw his blessing from us and replace that with a curse":
The following is a guest post by Campbell, California Mayor Evan Low, a member of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network.
In 2009, I became the youngest openly gay mayor as well as the youngest Asian-American mayor in the country. Some journalists wrote about how I was making history, but I like to point out that I was preceded by a number of other courageous “firsts.”
I became mayor 35 years after Kathy Kozachenko was the first openly LGBT person elected to public office, and 32 years after Harvey Milk – affectionately known as “the mayor of Castro Street” – was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the same state I serve today.
This week marks the anniversary of the tragic end of Milk’s short time in office, when he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Supervisor Dan White. But the legacy of Harvey Milk and other LGBT trailblazers is very much alive. Today there are more than 500 openly LGBT elected or appointed officials serving our country. Through their service and that of public officials representing other marginalized communities, it is clear that our democracy works best when our lawmakers reflect the nation’s diversity.
That’s not to say that things are always easy for LGBT elected officials. Like Milk, I have received my share of hate mail, with messages like: “We don’t want the homosexual agenda in our community.” As I have told reporters before, I don’t know what is on that so-called agenda, other than basic equality for all people.
One issue that’s certainly on my agenda is the end of the FDA’s ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. In a petition that now has more than 62,000 supporters, I wrote:
…recently, I hosted a blood drive on city property, but was banned from donating blood myself.
As the mayor of Campbell, providing for the welfare of the general public is a top priority. As a gay man, however, I am conflicted in my advocacy for blood drives. Under current U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines, a man who has sex with another man is deferred for life from donating blood. The ban was imposed in 1983 when there were no reliable tests for screening blood for HIV/AIDS. It was also made during a time of mass medical confusion and cultural homophobia associated with HIV/AIDS. The current FDA ban is wildly outdated and perpetuates unfair labels against gay and bisexual men that live on through decades of discrimination.
These kinds of stereotypes are not unlike the ones Harvey Milk was fighting nearly four decades ago, and why he, like I do today, encouraged LGBT people to come out whenever possible – to dispel the harmful lies about our community with the truth. Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk and founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, continues his uncle's legacy, and we are so fortunate to have Stuart carry the torch.
In a tape Milk recorded before his death, he said, “I have never considered myself a candidate. I have always considered myself part of a movement.” I think he would be proud of the movement that lives on in his spirit today.
We have written a lot in recent months about the efforts by the Religious Right to export their homophobia and help other nations institute draconian anti-gay policies that these activists have been unable to implement here in the United States.
So it was with great interest that we listened to today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program as Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver revealed that he had recently returned from Peru where he had been invited to help the government fight President Obama's colonialist effort to force an anti-God agenda upon the nation.
As Staver explained, he was invited down by a member of the Peruvian Congress and given a red carpet treatment, meeting with several high-ranking government officials and even awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor:
I recently returned from Peru and it was quite an eye opening experience. I was invited there and I had an opportunity to speak to Congress and also the head of the attorneys and the head of the judiciary and the head of all the educational accrediting body as well.
And one of the things that they are concerned with is that America is trying to undermine that Judeo--Christian foundation, particularly the Obama administration is funding through the State Department and other ways pro-abortion initiatives, pro-LGBT initiatives, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, etcetera, and same-sex marriage initiatives.
So consequently when we came, they looked to us for somebody who could help them and they knew everything about what we were about. They knew about cases that Liberty Counsel was involved with, they knew about my involvement in education and they knew about all these different areas. So when I spoke to Congress, I was supposed to be there at ten o'clock in the morning on a Thursday and I was there in a room and I looked out through the chamber, which was the Senate chamber, and we had to delay the meeting until about 10:30 because it was packed and people were standing in the aisles and standing in other places. They had put in an extra row of seats and there was at least a hundred people, attorneys from around Peru, that could not get in, they were standing out in the aisle and they could not get into this event.
Sitting in the very front row was a general in the Peruvian Navy, he had all of his regalia on. Next to him was another high-ranking member of the military, Navy Seals, members of Congress, judges, the number one person over all of the attorneys in Peru was sitting at a table with me, he co-sponsored this event. And there's educators, there's teachers, there's young people.
And my message was about worldview and two different worldviews, one with God and one without God and how it makes a difference in law and policy. And then I took it down to specifics such as abortion and marriage and that these are part of God's natural created order, that there's a sanctity of human life because we are created in God's image and marriage is part of God's natural created order and it is part of the very first form of government and that we must protect those and I encouraged the Peruvians to stand strong.
So after that, we got an ovation, a standing ovation there, and to my amazement then, the next part of the ceremony was they awarded me a Congressional Medal of Honor.
They were very appreciate to us that we were there to help them in any way so that they could maintain that Judeo-Christian foundation. What we see is an imperialist America, a colonialist America under this Obama administration exporting anti-God, anti-values to these countries in Latin America and around the world.
UPDATE: Here is video of Staver speaking in Peru and a screencap of him receiving the medal:
Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber was the guest on Rick Wiles' End Times radio program yesterday where the two discussed the dangers of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which Barber warned would criminalize Christianity while it simultaneously legalizes sexual harassment:
ENDA, the euphemistically titled the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and it's a euphemism because it does exactly what it purports to prevent and that is that it codifies into law workplace discrimination. ENDA is effectively the criminalization of the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic.
Imagine a federal bill that opens up women's restrooms to men who can, willy-nilly, depending on the day, if they feel like it that day, their gender expression and identity is as a woman and that means that they have free reign over the women's bathrooms; that, on it's very face, is sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is a subjective analysis. If a woman feels put in a position of apprehension for her safety and if she feels like that she is being sexually harassed ... it is sexual harassment for a women in an area where she has a right to privacy and where men should stay out; just because somebody calls themselves a female, objectively he is a male! He will always be a male, just because you go through some kind of sex change mutilation surgery and cosmetic surgery and change your outward appearance. But this law would say even whether you go through that surgery or not, men have free reign on the women's restrooms in every place of employment across the country and don't think that these cross-dressing men won't take advantage of that.
A few weeks ago, we posted a clip of David Barton and Kenneth Copeland asserting that those who serve in the military are "ministers of God" and therefore are to be "esteemed and venerated" for their service. As such, Copeland asserted that soldiers should never suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because the Bible says that they are to be "guiltless before the Lord" and Barton wholeheartedly agreed.
David Barton and WallBuilders have a long unwavering and proven record of unequivocal support for those in the Armed Forces, including their families, as well as military personnel and veterans suffering from PTSD. David not only has several children and family members serving in the military but we also regularly highlight numerous military heroes on our daily radio program and send out blasts in support of the military. Additionally, we actively raise money for groups who work to help heal our warriors, including those suffering from PTSD. Yet despite this unflagging support, Right Wing Watch, Huffington Post, and others from the liberal secularist left recently circulated a short clip, taken out of context from a long interview David did on a Veteran’s Day program stressing the importance of spiritual components in the treatment of PTSD. As a result of the inaccurate “reporting” of these so-called “news” outlets, many who saw those reports voiced concern to us over what they had been wrongly told. It is lamentable that while we support multiple approaches for PTSD treatments, the critics are so hostile to religion that they flatly dismiss possible spiritual solutions. Rest assured that we will continue our demonstrated record of support for using all available resources to assist those suffering from PTSD. And we will continue to work closely, as we have been, with top military and medical officials who on a daily basis treat these men and women who make so many sacrifices to preserve and protect the freedoms for the rest of us.
We encourage you to watch the full program for yourself to see the entire context (link provided below)!
We too encourage everyone to watch the full program where you will see that Barton's and Copeland's words were not, in any way, taken "out of context." In fact, the entire context of the program was that God believes in war and soldiers are the ministers who carry out His justice, which is exactly what Barton was saying in the segment that we published!
But perhaps we should not be surprised that Barton willfully misrepresents what taking something out of context actually means since literally taking things out of context is part of his standard operation procedure.
On his television program last night, Glenn Beck relayed anecdotal evidence from workers with his Mercury One charity who are on the ground in Illinois to assist with the tornado recovery effort to declare that their efforts have been so successful that victims are telling FEMA trucks to go away because they do not want or need government assistance.
Pointing to a sign declaring "Please No More Donations," Beck rejoiced that the community had come together to such an extent that places are being overwhelmed with assistance. Of course, underneath the "No More Donations" plea are further instructions as to where donations should be left. The rest of the sign is difficult to read, but it seems to be directing donations to some other location, presumably because, in every disaster like this, victims and aid organizations are overwhelmed with "SWEDOW—Stuff We Don’t Want."
But based on Beck's reporting, this is all a sign that freedom is on the march and FEMA is no longer necessary ... just as Beck predicted two years ago when he began his Mercury One charity:
When the teaching of Isabel Allende’s internationally renowned novel The House of the Spirits was challenged in a North Carolina school district last month, advocates from all corners spoke out in its defense, including PFAW Foundation president Michael Keegan and North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti. Now, Isabel Allende herself has joined the conversation.
Yesterday the School Library Journal reported that Allende has mailed a letter, along with copies of her book, to the Watauga County school board, superintendent, and the principal of Watauga High School.
After acknowledging that being in the position of defending her own book is “unusual and awkward,” Allende points out in her letter that The House of the Spirits is “considered a classic of Latin American literature and it is taught in high schools, colleges, and universities in all Western countries, including the USA for more than two decades.” She expresses concern about the practice of book censorship in general:
Banning of books is a common practice in police states, like Cuba or North Korea, and by religious fundamentalist groups like the Taliban, but I did not expect it in our democracy.
Allende’s letter comes as the book undergoes a multi-step review process in the county. Last month an advisory committee comprised of teachers, students, and parents voted unanimously not to remove the book from the curriculum, but that decision has been appealed.
Earlier this month, two male West Point cadets were married at U.S. Military Academy's Cadet Chapel and "Dr. Chaps' Gordon Klingenschmitt is predictably disgusted because the altar has now been desecrated by having acts of sodomy performed upon it.
"When they take over the building," Klingenschmitt said, "that altar has now been desecrated; it's no longer sacred in the eyes of the Christians who believe the Bible because it's been consecrated with acts of sodomy performed on the Christian altar":
As we noted yesterday, the entire Religious Right movement is in the process of freaking out over the fact that President Obama read a version of The Gettysburg Address that did not include the phrase "under God." The simple fact that Obama was asked to read that specific version by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns does not, according to the Right, in any way absolve him of this grave sin, with Liberty Counsel fuming that "he has certainly failed to acknowledge God and Biblical values throughout his presidency" and Gary Bauer declaring that "God is not amused."
Most furious of all is Bryan Fischer who insists that Obama deliberately read the version that did not include "under God" because he is a "Christophobic bigot."
Obama as "deliberately insulted the faith of 300 million Americans," Fischer said. "There's no way this was not deliberate and intentional. So, to me, this is just more evidence of President Obama's anti-Christian bigotry. He is a Christophobic bigot; he has an intolerance, he has a dislike, he has an animus for Christianity":
On Monday, we noted that "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt was continuing to take a victory lap after having filed multiple bogus copyright complaints against our YouTube account that resulted in our account being terminated approximately two weeks ago.
Claiming that we had been stealing and misrepresenting his copyrighted content, Klingenschmitt said that if we removed all of our videos of him from our account, "then I may be willing to drop the case and forgive them."
As we pointed out, we didn't need Klingenschmitt to forgive us because our videos are protected by Fair Use and we had already filed counter-claims with YouTube asserting as much.
Last night, we were alerted by YouTube that the counter-claim we had filed in response to Klingenschmitt's first bogus copyright claim against our account had been decided in our favor and, as a result, our account has been restored.
Klingenschmitt originally filed a series of copyright claims against several of our videos, so a handful of them are still unavailable but we have already filed Fair Use counter-claims on them and so we fully expect that they will soon be restored as well.
In honor of this ridiculous saga coming to an end, we've decided to post a few of our "favorite" Klingenschmitt videos that he didn't want the world to see:
Back when Liz Cheney announced her intention to challenge Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi in the Republican primary, Bryan Fischer declared that Cheney was not a patriot because she was insufficiently anti-gay and had, in fact, been compromised because her sister Mary is a lesbian.
But now that Mary and Liz are publicly feuding over Liz's opposition to marriage equality, Fischer has come rushing to her defense, declaring that Liz is the paragon of Christian tolerance while Mary is an "intolerant lesbian bigot."
"It's very clear here that Liz Cheney is not the intolerant bigot," Fischer said, "it is Liz Cheney's sister who is, in fact, the intolerant bigot."
As part of an effort aimed at honoring the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has produced a project featuring famous Americans reciting the speech. The version of the speech read by President Obama for the project did not include the phrase" under God" which, of course, has thrown the Right into a frenzy, despite the fact that Obama was asked to read the very first draft of the speech which did not include that phrase.
Glenn Beck was among those freaking out about it, screaming that it was all intentional on the part of Obama because "the man has an issue with God" and "he is changing our history, he is changing our traditions":
Ironically, earlier in the program, Beck went on and on about the importance of always telling the truth and correcting the record when one makes a mistake so as not to spread false information.
We won't be holding our breath expecting him to actually follow through on that principle.
Several months ago, David Barton told an audience that they could not continue to patronize Starbucks because of the company's support for marriage equality, declaring that "you can't drink Starbucks and be biblically right."
Given this position, it was no surprise to see that the guest on today's "Wallbuilders Live" was Chris Walker of 2nd Vote, an app designed to allow conservatives to know which companies support liberal policies so they can avoid shopping there or buying their products.
As Barton explained, shopping at places like Starbucks that support a liberal agenda is basically like committing treason against God:
God does draw a distinction, sometimes that's called holiness or sanctification or whatever theological terms you want to use, but there is right behavior and wrong behavior. And one of the things God makes really clear is you're not to be helping the bad guys advance their agenda which is against God.
Sometimes we do that without realizing that we do it. We're kind of really ignorant of sometimes the people we help and what they stand for and so we've got a guest on today that's giving us a really high-tech tool to help us understand whether certain companies or groups or people are absolute enemies of God; now, I'm not talking about people who differ with us theologically on this point or that, I'm talking about the whole value system, people who reject God's value system across the board and if we go help them, then we're in trouble with God because we're helping the enemies. It'd be like an act of treason if this were a military term, but to do that spiritually, you can't go join the enemies of God and expect God to bless you on all the values and all the things he said was right and wrong.
Harry Jackson has worked closely with Mike and Cindy Jacobs for several years, but we were still a little surprised to see him film something of an infomercial for their Generals International ministry that aired during the most recent episode of "God Knows."
In an effort to raise money for the Jacobs' ministry, Jackson recounted a time when America was on the brink of war and Mike and Cindy called a meeting of top religious leaders in Washington, DC where they revealed, through divine inspiration and revelation, when the war would start and how it would unfold.
As such, Jackson told the viewers, if they are willing to donate financially to the Jacobs' ministry, they too can receive just such "prophetic anointing" for themselves:
And what sort of miraculous gifts can one expect to receive through partnering with Generals International? Well, as Mike Jacobs later explained, a translator who once worked for him when they were preaching in a foreign nation was able to fix a trucking company's broken radio system simply by laying his hands upon it:
A little over a week ago, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt filed a series of bogus copyright complaints against our YouTube account that eventually resulted in our entire account being terminated by YouTube. Following the removal of our account, Klingenschmitt sent out a press release declaring that we "repeatedly stole, copied, and re-published without permission" his videos and bragging that he had been successful in "silencing their hate-speech campaign."
In an interview with The Christian Post today, Klingenschmitt continued to brag about what he had done, saying that he was forced to get our account terminated because we were supposedly stealing his content and misrepresenting it as our own while removing comments from our videos that voiced support for him:
In an interview with The Christian Post, Klingenschmitt explained that he began filing complaints against RWW "because I got tired of their theft, copyright infringement, and piracy of my original video content."
"They copy my videos and republish them under their own brand and logo, pretending as if they were the original creators, raising money for their cause, and failing to give credit," said Klingenschmitt.
"Then they allow their followers to post comments, including death threats against me, and refuse to delete those death threats despite their admin power and history of moderating or deleting other comments in my favor, which they don't like."
Klingenschmitt also told CP that if RWW halts their alleged piracy of his content and remove the threats from their comments section, "then I may be willing to drop the case and forgive them."
It should come as no surprise that literally nothing Klingenschmitt claims is actually true. The videos we post are not theft or copyright infringement and are protected by Fair Use. On top of that, no reasonable person could ever mistakenly believe that we were the "original creators" of the Klingenschmitt clips, or any other clip, that we have ever posted. Certainly, no rational person would believe that we are the "original creators" of any of the dozens of Pat Robertson or Glenn Beck clips posted to our account.
Furthermore, as we explained before, we do not moderate the comments posted on YouTube, so we certainly were not engaging in the practice of removing comments in Klingenschmitt's favor.
Finally, we already had filed counter-claims against Klingenschmitt's first two copyright claims when our account was terminated. Based on extensive past experience and YouTube's guidelines for handling such claims, we expect that the first of these counter-claims will be decided within ten working days from the date they were submitted. As such, we hope that within the new few days, the first of Klingenschmitt's bogus claims against our account should expire, thus negating the "three strikes" that took down our account and resulting in the restoration of our account and all of our videos.
We don't have to beg Klingenschmitt's forgiveness and hope that he'll "be willing to drop the case and forgive" us because, by the middle of this week or so, his effort to shut us down by filling frivolous copyright claims against us should have run its course. Hopefully our account will be back up and running soon, simply by virtue of us having followed YouTube's standard procedure for challenging those who file phony copyright claims.
End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles recently spoke to a representative of the Zombie Response Team, which trains people to prepare for a zombie apocalypse in a non-ironic way, about the popularity of zombies and shows like “The Walking Dead.” While Wiles was skeptical of an imminent breakout of zombies, he did however point to a 2012 military training scenario which centered around a zombie invasion as proof that the government is up to something big, or not, he is just asking the question!
After Zombie Response Team co-founder Morgan Bernhart told him that headshots are the most effective way to neutralize a zombie, Wiles wondered if the military exercise means that maybe “the government is prepping the public for mass executions of people.”
“Once you get down this road of being bizarre there is no limit to how bizarre you can think, you know?” Wiles said. “I’m trying to figure out: What are they up to? What are they preparing for?”
Wiles: Morgan, if there really was a zombie apocalypse — whatever that is — if there really was one, what would have to be done with the zombies?
Bernhart: I mean it would really depend on what—
Wiles: If you got like five of them on your porch, what do you do with them?
Bernhart: Headshots, that’s all you got to do.
Wiles: Headshots, okay. So if there really is a zombie apocalypse, anybody who is infected with whatever is being labeled as zombieism, they will have to be executed, you can’t have any contact with them, they just have to be taken out.
Bernhart: Unfortunately, that would be the hard truth of it.
Wiles: So do you think there is a possibility that the government is prepping the public for mass executions of people?
Bernhart: I really couldn’t answer that. I don’t know.
Wiles: I’m just speculating. This is all so bizarre to me. Hey, if the government is dressing up like zombies and that’s bizarre then my scenarios can be bizarre too because they’re bizarre. Once you get down this road of being bizarre there is no limit to how bizarre you can think, you know? I’m trying to figure out: What are they up to? What are they preparing for?
A few months ago, Family Research Council Executive Vice President Jerry Boykin spoke at a Men's Prayer Breakfast at William Jessup University where he discussed the "4 P's of Biblical Manhood."
During his speech, Boykin told the male audience that Jesus was not the weak, effeminate, "feminized" figure taught in church today but was really a ripped, tough, strong "man's man" who smelled bad!
As Boykin explained, Jesus was a carpenter and stone mason for most of his life, which required him to be constantly lifting heavy pieces of wood and stone. All this lifting, in turn, meant that Jesus had calluses on his hands and "big, bulging biceps, big ole veins popping out of his arms, thin waist, [and] strong shoulders."
"He was a man," Boykin said. "He was a man's man, but we feminized him in the church ... He was a tough guy and that's the Jesus that I want to be like. That's the side that I want to be like. But we've feminized Jesus in the church and the men can't identify with him anymore; not the kind of men that I want to hang out with, they can't identify with this effeminate Jesus that we've tried to portray. He was a tough guy. He was a man's man":