Ted Cruz Is 'Thrilled To Announce' The Endorsement Of Linda Harvey

Earlier this year, we reported that a handful of right-wing activists in Ohio, including anti-gay activist Linda Harvey of Mission America, had issued a press release announcing their support for Ted Cruz but that these endorsements had not been officially promoted or announced by the Cruz campaign.

That changed yesterday when the Cruz campaign "announced the endorsements of more than 30 key Ohio leaders, including clergy, elected officials, and activists," including three of the activists we highlighted in our original post: Harvey, Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values Action and Molly Smith of Cleveland Right to Life.

“I am thrilled to announce such outstanding endorsements from Ohio leaders,” said Cruz. “These are some of Ohio’s top conservative leaders and they add to our incredible list of courageous conservatives from all across the Buckeye State.”

In honor of the Cruz campaign's announcement, we decided to republish our earlier post in order to remind everyone just whom Cruz is embracing: 

Perhaps Harvey thinks that Cruz will be the president she has longed for who will issue “an Emancipation Proclamation … to free America from the tyranny of sodomy.”

Harvey, who is boycotting so many pro-LGBT businesses that she complains she is running out of places to shop, has just this year:

Harvey has also advised parents not to let gay doctors or nurses treat their children, even when they’re hospitalized, and has insisted that “there is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human.”

Burress and Smith also have anti-gay records that allow them to fit right in with their fellow Cruz supporters. Burress, whose Citizens for Community Values is the Ohio state affiliate of the Family Research Council, was an influential player in the passage of waves of anti-gay-marriage legislation in the 1990s and early 2000s, although his true passion is fighting against pornography. Smith, the head of Cleveland Right to Life and a leader of the fetal personhood group Personhood Alliance, has clashed with the National Right to Life Committee over her anti-gay activism.

Both Burress and Smith have fought to stop the Republican Party from becoming too friendly to gay people, attacking Ohio Sen. Rob Portman when he came out in favor of marriage equality. Burress, who called Portman “a very troubled man,” urged the senator to put his gay son into ex-gay therapy and later vowed to run a primary challenger against him.

Glenn Beck: For Ten Years, God Has Been Preparing My Audience To Save America By Electing Ted Cruz

On his radio program this morning, Glenn Beck revealed an epiphany that he had over the weekend when he realized that everything he has done over the last decade has been orchestrated by God for the purpose of saving this nation by electing Ted Cruz as president.

As Beck explained, the various Restoring Honor, Restoring Courage and Restoring Love events that he has hosted over the years were things that he didn't even want to do but did anyway because he was being compelled by God to do so. Though he didn't understand the purpose of any of the events at the time, Beck has now realized that they were all part of God's master plan to prepare Beck's audience to save America.

Beck reached this conclusion after seeing the protests surrounding Donald Trump's campaign rallies over the weekend, which he said is finally showing America that both Trump and the protesters will tear this nation apart and that Cruz will be this nation's only hope for survival.

Once Marco Rubio and John Kasich drop out when they fail to win their respective home states in this week's Republican primaries, Beck said that Republicans will realize that they have to either back Trump or Cruz and when that happens, "Cruz turbos and the republic is saved."

Beck marveled at how God has so perfectly orchestrated everything for this moment.

"You think we're that genius to be able to put that together?" he said. "You think we had this master strategy that put that together? When I was in Ohio this weekend and that dawned on me, I'm like, 'Holy cow!' I've been wondering what it was for. It's for this moment. Honor. Courage. Love. Honor, courage, love. It was for this moment because this is the audience that is going to save the republic."

"I am filled with the spirit, I am filled with the truth on this one," Beck continued. "This is the moment this audience will save the republic ... Everything I have talked about for almost a decade and a half is all coming into play this summer and that tells me that God has had a master plan the whole time."

David Barton Claims That 'Biblical Teachings' Have Reduced Violent Crime In Las Vegas By 75 Percent

Last month, right-wing psuedo-historian David Barton appeared on "The Patriot and The Preacher" radio program, where he claimed that "biblical teachings" were responsible for a 75 percent reduction in violent crime in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Barton said that he was "a math and science guy" before God "providentially" led him into the study of American history, prompting him to reiterate his claim that it was in this capacity that he discovered that the removal of mandatory prayer from public schools was responsible for a steep decline in academic achievement. For example, Barton believes that the end of school-sponsored prayer led to a significant drop in SAT scores.

Barton claimed that he could prove this via "double causation," which he later called "double correlation," by showing that just as removing organized prayer from public schools leads to lower test scores, adding the "God factor" to schools increases test scores.

"There appears to be a God factor in this thing," he said, "and we were able to document actually 47 categories of government-kept statistics that plummeted at that point in time when we told God to take a hike. Apparently He did and it hasn't worked out too well for us since then. But when God is reintroduced back into policy, for instance, in Las Vegas, the churches there worked with the police department to teach morals in the city, the violent crime rate has gone down 75 percent in Las Vegas by the reintroduction of biblical teachings back in the city through the police department and the churches."

As usual, it is almost impossible to determine where Barton is getting this information since he never bothers to cite any sources, but our best guess is that he is referring to a recent documentary called "Vegas Vikings" about a community outreach effort that claims to have reduced the crime rate by 75 percent in one Las Vegas neighborhood.

Edit Memo: Not Just the Supreme Court: Republicans’ Blockade of Judicial Nominees Started Long Before SCOTUS Vacancy

To: Interested Parties
From: Paul Gordon, Senior Legislative Counsel, People For the American Way
Date: March 14, 2016
Re: Not Just the Supreme Court: Republicans’ Blockade of Judicial Nominees Started Long Before SCOTUS Vacancy

Senate Republicans’ vow to block anyone nominated for the Supreme Court by President Obama, no matter who it may be, has rightly gotten a lot of headlines. Their refusal to even consider a president’s Supreme Court nominee is unprecedented. Unfortunately, this campaign of obstruction is just latest extension of their obstinate refusal to responsibly fulfill the constitutional duty of considering the president’s nominees across all levels of the federal judiciary. Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley is leading the party’s strategy to keep vacancies open for as long as possible on our nation’s federal circuit and district courts.

This isn’t the first time that Grassley has led his party in seeking to block Obama from filling important judicial vacancies, regardless of who he might nominate. In 2013, Grassley sought to eliminate three vacant judgeships from the critically important 11-member DC Circuit Court of Appeals, rather than allow Obama to fill any of them. This was two months before the president had even nominated anyone for these seats. When his eventual nominees appeared before the Judiciary Committee, Republican members followed the lead of then-Ranking Member Grassley in opposing them regardless of their legal acumen, their professional experience, or their judicial temperament. Ted Cruz, for instance, made clear to Patricia Millett that he would join Grassley’s effort to block her confirmation “irrespective of your very fine professional qualifications.” During this high-profile partisan confrontation that Grassley created over the nation’s second most powerful court, he supported his obviously political position with principled-sounding claims that were repeatedly shown upon investigation to be without merit.

Since the GOP took control of the Senate, he has used his position as chairman of the Judiciary Committee to drastically slow down the consideration of President Obama’s judicial nominees. Perhaps the most notorious example is the nomination of L. Felipe Restrepo of Pennsylvania to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. With the tacit cooperation of home state senator (and fellow Republican) Pat Toomey, Grassley did not even hold a confirmation hearing until seven months after Restrepo’s nomination, even though Toomey claimed to support the nomination and Restrepo had already been thoroughly fully vetted for a district judgeship just two years earlier. He was approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee last July, but then languished on the Senate floor for half a year until Republicans finally allowed a confirmation vote in January. The delay had nothing to do with Restrepo’s qualifications: When he was finally confirmed, it was with overwhelming bipartisan support, with only six senators voting against him.

The current slowdown is a sharp departure from the norm, even considering other times when the White House and Senate are controlled by different parties. For instance, at this point in George W. Bush’s last two years, the Democratic-controlled Senate had confirmed 40 circuit and district court nominees. In contrast, the GOP-controlled Senate in President Obama’s last two years has only confirmed 16 judges so far. 2015 saw only 11 confirmations, the fewest since 1960, more than half a century ago, a time when there were hundreds fewer judgeships to fill than today.

March 9 saw a typical example of the Grassley model on the Senate floor, where he or one of his GOP colleagues on the Judiciary Committee actively – and needlessly – block votes on long-delayed, fully-vetted consensus nominees. Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski made a simple request of her colleagues: to hold a confirmation vote on two consensus district court nominees from Maryland and Tennessee. Paula Xinis has been awaiting a floor vote since she was approved by the Judiciary Committee by unanimous voice vote on September 17, nearly half a year ago. Tennessee’s Waverly Crenshaw has been waiting even longer: the committee advanced him – also by unanimous voice vote – way back on July 9. Each nominee has the support of their home state senators, two Democrats and two Republicans. Yet Sen. Mikulski’s request for a vote was blocked by Republican Judiciary Committee member John Cornyn of Texas, so individuals and businesses in Maryland and Tennessee are denied fully functioning federal courts.

In response to this floor action (or, more properly, floor inaction), the Judiciary Committee’s Ranking Democrat, Sen. Patrick Leahy, noted the connection to the constitutional crisis over the current Supreme Court vacancy: “While Republicans refuse to even consider the next Supreme Court nominee, I would think they would at least allow consensus lower court nominees to be confirmed.” Unfortunately, the GOP’s obstructionism reaches every level of the federal judiciary.

The American system of justice, where everyone can be assured of their fair day in court when their rights are violated, depends on having enough judges to hear those cases. But since Republicans took over the Senate, the number of circuit and district vacancies has nearly doubled (from 40 to 73), and the number of those vacancies officially designated by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts as “judicial emergencies” has skyrocketed from 12 to 32.

So the refusal of the Senate GOP to do their job on judicial nominations is not new; it’s been their deliberate policy toward the entire federal court system. What’s new is the extension of that policy to the radical and irresponsible position that the Senate majority can refuse to perform its constitutional responsibility to give the president’s nominee fair consideration As chairman of the Judiciary Committee and architect of the party’s approach to judiciary matters, Chuck Grassley bears key responsibility for the harm his party is doing to the federal judiciary.

The damage is particularly bad when the vacancies occur at the circuit court level. Unlike district courts, circuit courts issue decisions that bind every federal court within their region. And since the Supreme Court takes so few cases each year, it is usually the circuit courts that have the last word on how the Constitution or federal laws will be interpreted in the regions they cover.

Fortunately, President Obama has nominated a number of highly qualified and respected individuals to serve on circuit courts around the country. When Democrats controlled the Senate, then-Chairman Patrick Leahy worked cooperatively with Republican home state senators to process circuit court nominees in a timely manner, such as when Iowan Jane Kelly was given a committee hearing less than a month after being nominated. Now that Grassley is chairman, it is imperative that he, too, work with home-state senators and fellow committee members to ensure that President Obama’s circuit court nominees have open hearings and timely committee votes. Indeed, several of these nominees could already have had their hearings by now.

Donald K. Schott of Wisconsin for the 7th Circuit (Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin): Nominated on January 12 (more than two months ago), Schott would fill a seat that has been empty for more than six years, the oldest circuit vacancy in the nation. He was evaluated and found qualified by the state’s bipartisan six-member Federal Nominating Commission, three appointed by Sen. Ron Johnson and three appointed by Sen. Tammy Baldwin. A longtime partner at a major national firm, Schott has extensive litigation experience at both the state and federal levels, and at both the trial and appellate levels. He has regularly been recognized as one of the best lawyers in the state. He also has strong support in the Wisconsin academic legal community.

Justice Myra Selby of Indiana for the 7th Circuit (covering Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin): Justice Selby was nominated on January 12 (more than two months ago). She had developed expertise in health care issues as a private practitioner and as a high-ranking state government official when she was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in the 1990s, becoming both the first woman and the first African American to serve on that court. Knowing the enormous impact that courts have on the lives of everyday Americans, Justice Selby led efforts to increase the state high court's accessibility to the Indiana public through public education and outreach. Since retiring from the state court, she has had a successful practice as a partner in the Indianapolis branch of a major law firm, while also chairing a state commission that studies ways to increase racial and gender fairness in the legal system. Upon confirmation to the Seventh Circuit, she would become the first African American from Indiana and the first woman from Indiana to serve on that court.

Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl of North Dakota for the 8th Circuit (covering Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota): Nominated on January 28, Puhl has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office in North Dakota since 2002, gaining substantial experience prosecuting a variety of criminal matters. Her expertise across different areas of the law has led to her being named to a number of leadership roles, including Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator, National Security Cyber Specialist, Human Trafficking Coordinator, and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator. Puhl has played a major role in fighting human trafficking in North Dakota. Upon confirmation, Puhl would be the first woman ever to serve as a federal judge at any level in North Dakota, circuit or district. In addition, even though the 8th Circuit covers seven states, it has only had two women judges in its history.

Judge Abdul Kallon of Alabama for the 11th Circuit (covering Alabama, Florida, and Georgia): Judge Kallon was nominated on February 11. An immigrant from Sierra Leone, he began his legal career in Alabama, had extensive litigation experience, and became a partner in a major law firm based in Birmingham. His exemplary reputation in the legal community earned him the support of Alabama Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby when President Obama nominated him as a district judge in 2009. The Senate confirmed him unanimously for that position, and he has continued to earn the respect of the Alabama legal community. Upon confirmation, Kallon would become the first African American from Alabama to serve on the 11th Circuit (or on its predecessor court, the 5th Circuit, which used to include Alabama). The judgeship he would fill has been vacant since 2013 and has been formally designated a judicial emergency.

Judge Lucy Haeran Koh of California for the 9th Circuit (covering Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington): Koh was nominated on February 25 and would bring a wide range of professional experience to the bench. She spent several years at the Department of Justice, earning awards and recognition for her work as a prosecutor. She then moved to private practice and became a litigator and partner at a major law firm. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger then appointed her as a state judge in 2008. Her success at all these endeavors led President Obama to nominate her to become a federal district judge, and the Senate confirmed her unanimously in 2010. Upon confirmation to the 9th Circuit, Judge Koh would be only the second Asian American woman ever to serve on a federal circuit court. The vacancy she would fill has been formally designated a judicial emergency.

Nominations like these are important, but they don’t get the national attention that Supreme Court vacancies do. What’s important to note, however, is that when Chuck Grassley and his fellow Republicans claim some lofty-sounding principle to defend their planned and unprecedented Supreme Court blockade, they don’t have clean hands. Instead of doing their jobs of efficiently vetting and voting on judicial nominees in a timely manner, they’ve been stalling them at all levels.


Theodore Shoebat: 'There Is A Satanic Conspiracy To Stop Trump'

On Friday night, Donald Trump-loving militant anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat posted a video responding to the cancellation of a Trump campaign rally in Chicago amid scuffles and protests, declaring that opposition to Trump is satanic and blasting Religious Right activists who oppose Trump for having sided with the "Muslims" and "sodomites" who oppose the GOP frontrunner.

"Listen up, evangelicals," he said. "You're all supposed to be for family values and all that and you're saying, 'Oh, we've got to go against Donald Trump,' but you're in agreement, whether you know it or not, you are in agreement with the Muslims, you are in agreement with the dangerous La Raza crowd, you are in agreement with the homosexual elites, you're in agreement with all of these people, you are part of the same crowd in this situation. You're part of the same damn crowd."

Shoebat singled out Trump (and Theodore Shoebat) critic Michael Brown for being in agreement with "sodomites" and "La Raza terrorists," saying the entire effort to stop Trump from winning the Republican nomination is a satanic conspiracy.

"The evangelicals who are going against Donald Trump are part of a satanic conspiracy," he stated. "When you have sodomites, Black Muslims and Muslims, and La Raza supremacists, when you've got white homosexual elites and socialists like the Bernie Sanders crowd, when you've got all these guys getting together to go against one man, the Devil is working something. This is a satanic conspiracy to stop Trump."

Glenn Beck Says The NRA Board Supports Grover Norquist Because He 'Cried At A Hearing'

Glenn Beck continues to promote his campaign to get right-wing anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist removed from the board of the National Rifle Association on the grounds that Norquist is a front man for the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic radicals, rolling out a new effort today aimed at mobilizing his listeners who are NRA members to vote to recall Norquist.

As Beck explained on his radio program today, Norquist is a "shill" for the Muslim Brotherhood and "a very shifty man" who has greatly endangered this nation by associating with "really bad people" and vouching for known "terrorists," referring to the bogus claim that Norquist is a secret agent working for the Islamist group.

Norquist is "a really bad mole," Beck said, and therefore it is vitally important that he be removed from the NRA board via this recall effort.

For its part, the NRA is urging members not to remove Norquist from the board, saying that the allegations against him are without "factual support":

... the NRA itself and a "Who's Who" of national conservative leaders have rallied Norquist's defense, saying the allegations are nonsense ... The NRA has examined all the criticisms of Norquist and found them baseless and strongly urged all NRA members to vote "no" on the recall.

"Given the staleness of all allegations [and] the lack of factual support," concluded a special NRA panel, "we disagree with the Petitioner in this case and recommend a NO vote."

Of course, Beck entirely dismissed the NRA's position by asserting that the board was moved to sympathy simply because Norquist wept during an inquiry into the allegations against him, speculating that other board members are afraid that they too will be targeted for removal if the effort against Norquist is successful.

"The board made their recommendation on a couple of things," Beck said. "Grover Norquist cried at the hearing and said, 'Gee, I just don't know why they're coming after me and my family.' And the board looked at him and, I believe, said, 'There by the grace of God go I, it's gonna be me; they come after him then they're going to come after me for something else and anybody can be thrown off the board and it'll be a witch hunt.' That's not true. Grover Norquist is in a special category."

Glenn Beck: A Vote For Trump Or Clinton Carries 'A Very Heavy Eternal Price'

Glenn Beck welcomed a live audience onto his television program last night for a discussion about the election and the conversation eventually turned to whether or not people would be willing to support Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the general election, which Beck said he could not do because such a vote would carry "a very heavy eternal price."

Beck's audience was nearly unanimous in its opposition to Trump in the Republican primary, but many seemed willing to vote for him over Clinton ... but not Beck.

"I've made a promise to myself before this whole process started," he said, "that I wouldn't buy into the 'lesser of two evils,' that I would pay attention to the last word in that sentence: evil."

As Beck explained, "the Republic is at stake" with this election because both Trump and Clinton are threats to our most basic constitutional rights.

Since both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were "God-inspired," Beck said, the government was created for the purpose of protecting our God-given rights, which is why he refuses to play a role in squandering those rights by voting for either Trump or Clinton.

"If we are the generation that loses those rights, we're going to pay a heavy price," he said, "a very heavy eternal price ... I'm not going to face my maker if I drop dead and have Him go, 'By the way, remember those crazy rights? You were alive then, weren't you? What did you do? Who did you vote for?'"

"I can't in all good conscience say, 'Well, because I thought Donald Trump would protect them,'" he continued, "or, 'I really thought Hillary Clinton would protect them.' I know neither of them will and I don't think the Lord is the kind of guy who says, "Well, we'll go a little evil.'"

Dinesh D'Souza Says His New Movie Is So 'Emotionally Powerful' It'll Cause Democrats To Need Counseling

Dinesh D'Souza joined Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV last night to promote his upcoming "Hillary's America" movie, which he said is going to be so traumatic for Democrats that they may need to seek counseling after seeing it.

In the film, which he brags is "gonna earn me life in prison," D'Souza makes the case that Democrats have been responsible for just about every awful thing that has ever happened in America.

"Our film is the most powerful emotional and intellectual attack on Hillary and the Democratic Party that you can ever imagine," D'Souza said, humbly. "It's about this whole sordid history of a party that has, from the beginning, been defined by subjugation, exploitation and theft. Not just slavery, but continuing with segregation, Jim Crow, the Black Codes, opposing voting rights for blacks, opposing the 13th Amendment, emancipation, the Ku Klux Klan, forced sterilization, support for fascism, Japanese internment during World War II."

"This is the true history of the Democratic Party and progressivism," he stated, "and those things have been swept under the rug and we bring them to light in such an emotionally powerful way that I sometimes think we may need to have counselors outside the theater for Democrats who happen to wander in."

David Barton Falsely Claims He's Been Labeled A Hate Group By The FBI

Last month, David Barton spoke at a Christian men's conference called "Testing of the Bulls," where he falsely claimed that his WallBuilders organization has been designated as a hate group by the FBI for opposing gay marriage.

"In this culture, in this day," Barton said, "if you speak out, you will be attacked. There is no question about it. The other side has found one of the greatest political tools that exists is being able to harass you for what you believe and what you say, so we don't want to say certain things."

Barton then once again repeated his false claim that a nondiscrimination ordinance passed in San Antonio, Texas, fines Christians who oppose marriage equality $500 a day and prohibits them from serving in public office, before claiming that he's now been tagged as a hate group by the FBI.

"Look me up," he said. "The FBI has got me on their site. I'm one of the hate groups in America. They just came out with a new list for this year, I'm on the list as a hate group because I think marriage should be between a man and a woman."

For some reason, that elicited a rousing round of applause from the audience as Barton then claimed that "they use my name at military briefings when they talk about domestic terrorists."

None of this, of course, is true. Barton was merely once listed as one of "30 new activists heading up the Religious Right" in a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center but has somehow managed to spin that out into a claim that he's been labeled a domestic terrorist by the federal government.

Gary Cass Seeks Donations For Project To Warn Voters That 'Donald Trump Is Not A Christian'

Back before the 2008 election, Gary Cass and his Christian Anti-Defamation Commission released a series of videos explaining "why Barack Obama is not a Christian."

Today, Cass sent out an email seeking donations to fund another series of videos, this time explaining why Donald Trump is not a Christian. 

Cass is alarmed that Trump is doing well among evangelical voters in the Republican primaries and says that it's very important for him to produce this video series in order to explain to them that "Donald Trump is NOT a Christian" because America cannot afford to "sit by while our faith is commandeered for four more years by another unregenerate 'Christian' president."

Despite his claims, the life, values and words of Donald Trump have yet to show any fruit of a repentant sinner saved by God's grace. His theology, policies and demeanor are often in blatant opposition to the Christian faith. Is Trump really any different from Bill Clinton, who went to church, held up his Bible all while cheating on his wife? ... Let's not sit back and watch as Donald Trump hijacks our faith for his political gain. Our allegiance is to the Kingdom of God, not any particular political party. We need your help to create three powerful videos on why Donald Trump is Not a Christian. Click here to donate today. With your help we can make a difference for the Kingdom of God.

We have witnessed the Obama Administration co-opt our faith over the past seven years, causing incredible moral and spiritual confusion. President Obama claims to be a Christian, but he is the most pro-abortion president in our history. President Obama claims to be a Christian, but he is radically for homosexual marriage. These, along with many other facts about President Obama's theology, make it clear that he's not a Christian by any biblical or historic measure.

If Donald Trump campaigns as a Christian it will bring reproach on the Church because he's clearly ethically compromised by his own words and deeds. In our video campaign we will document Trump's spiritual claims, his moral scandals and his vacillating social and political policies.  Together these show that Trump is clearly not a Christian. After Trump, we will be doing the same on Hillary Clinton's claim to be a Christian.

We can produce and distribute these videos for just $2,500 a piece. Please, help us raise $7,500 by April 1st to fund this vital campaign. If we don't get the truth out about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's fake-Christianity we will continue to see our faith undermined by "Christians" in public office.

Click here to donate today. Let's not sit by while our faith is commandeered for four more years by another unregenerate "Christian" president.

Theodore Shoebat Says Anti-Gay Activists Are Carrying Out 'An Inquisition' To Get Him To Renounce His Extremist Views

As part of an ongoing feud with his fellow anti-gay activists, militant extremist Theodore Shoebat is revealing details about other activists' unsuccessful efforts to get him recant his calls for violence against gay people.

We first started highlighting Shoebat and his open calls for gays to be put to death after he was featured in Janet Porter's anti-gay documentary "Light Wins" last year, along with several Republican presidential candidates, members of Congress and leading anti-gay activists.

In response, according to Shoebat, Peter LaBarbera contacted Porter and urged her to get Shoebat to "clarify" his views and state that he did not actually believe that gays should be put to death, but Shoebat refused to do so. As a result, LaBarbera denounced Shoebat and distanced himself from his views, which Shoebat is now likening to Peter's denial of Christ. In a post yesterday, he accused LaBarbera of carrying out "an inquisition" against him for the purpose of appeasing "useless sodomites" like gay blogger Joe Jervis:

I remember when I posted my video of me calling thirteen pro-homosexual and homosexual bakeries and asking them for a cake that says “Gay marriage is wrong,” and being denied service every time. The video went viral. Not too long after this happened, Janet Porter a well known conservative personality who I respect, contacted me asking if I would allow her to use clips of my video to add to her documentary exposing the homosexual agenda. I said it would be no problem. The documentary has been out for some time and has already had showings in select theaters in the United States.

But then, the spirit of fear crept its way inside. Peter LaBarbera, an Evangelical who is in the documentary, was confronted by the leftist media on the fact he is in the same documentary with me, the man who believes in God’s law that says that sodomites are to be put to death. Instead of defending the law of the Bible, which he claims to believe, this hireling decided to push for me to recant my statements, and said that if I didn’t that I should be removed from the documentary. Janet called me urging me to make a statement to “clarify” what I really believed, that I really don’t believe in the death penalty for sodomites, but simply in the anti-sodomy laws that were once enacted in Texas.

To be honest I was quite hesitant to do this because to do so would mean recanting all of my writings in support for the death penalty. Janet sent me the first draft of the statement to receive my stamp of approval. The draft stated:

“While I have had homosexual activists call for my death and beheading, etc., I have not called for anyone to take the life of those practicing homosexual behavior. I do want the laws of the United States to once again make sodomy illegal as they did prior to the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling because such practice is not only immoral, but physically dangerous, as well.”

But Peter LaBarbera objected to the draft and expressed his dissatisfaction with it, pushing for me to recant my position that an inquisition should be established to uproot homosexuality and other perversities. Peter LaBarbera responded to the draft with this email to Janet:

“Not good enough, if he called for an “Inquisition” against homosexuals. We need to look at the exact comments and craft a statement based on those. I do not have time to do that today or tomorrow as I’m driving to DC. We need transcripts of the exact comments and then he needs to disavow that approach (or clarify what he meant). Otherwise people will keep asking about those specific comments.”


Peter LaBarbera was blocked from entering Canada, and he goes before the media showing how persecuted he is, but yet he wants to block me — a Christian — from being in a documentary for being more politically incorrect than him. And at the same time, he kisses the feet of the sodomite to deny me as Peter denied Christ. A filthy sodomite who calls himself “Joe My God”, began to attack LaBarbera for being in the documentary with me. Peter LaBarbera quickly went on Twitter to appease the sodomite, even going to far as to address him with the blasphemous title of “Joe My God”:

Why would a Christian address an evil person with such a blasphemous title as “Joe My God”? It is truly pathetic how these modern Christians get on their hands and knees for these useless sodomites. The sodomites make up such a small part of the population, and yet the Christians, who are supposedly the majority, are terrified of them. Caesar wanted the whole world to address him as kyrios, or lord. And yet you never see any of the early Christians ever address Caesar as kyrios. In fact, St. Paul went directly against this idea when he said “that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:11), that is that Christ is Kyrios. Yet this Peter LaBarbera wants to do an inquisition on me, firmly saying “We need to look at the exact comments” and “We need transcripts of the exact comments and then he [Theodore Shoebat] needs to disavow that approach”, while at the same time he runs to some sodomite to get his approval. What an absolutely pathetic person. Peter LaBarbera does not want to respect God, but rather “Joe My God”.

This is why the Christians keep losing ground and the sodomites keep gaining ground. Instead of using the attention that controversy brings, Christians run away from controversy. This is why Christendom is drowning.

Tim Wildmon Says Secular Humanism And Progressivism Are Satanic

Last year, American Family Association president Tim Wildmon spoke at a right-wing conference called "Messages for a Rebellious Nation," where he declared that secular humanism and progressivism are satanic.

"Fundamentally, at its core, secular humanism, if that's what you want to call it — politically, it's called progressivism — but it's the idea that man is God," he said, "began to become front and center in our culture and it took the place ... of the Judeo-Christian worldview. The Judeo-Christian values system that our country was built on is being replaced by secular humanism, which is of Satan."

How Glenn Beck Manages To Make Such 'Accurate' Predictions

Glenn Beck fancies himself as something of a prophet who is "right probably 80 percent of the time." On his radio show today, Beck revealed how he is able to be so "accurate" when he subtly began changing the prediction that he made several times last year that 2016 would be "a modern-day 1968" during which America will see "riots in the streets, political chaos, and assassinations."

Beck originally predicted that it will all come to a head at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia in July when Black Lives Matter and other progressive activists let loose and create chaos in the streets.

"I think you can mark this down on your calendar. You can take 2016 and scratch it out and write 1968," Beck said on his television program in August of last year. "Trouble is coming for the Democratic convention, real trouble."

He said the same thing on his radio program at the time, warning that just like 1968, Philadelphia is going to see "a violent Democratic convention."

Beck's initial predication was focused entirely on warnings about the Democratic convention, but today he subtly shifted it and started talking about the possibility of strife at the Republican convention if the GOP establishment tries to use a brokered convention to deny either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination even if they are leading in delegates.

"I've been saying this for years," Beck said today, "2016 is going to be 1968 ...  It was trouble on the floor of the convention that lead to the riots in 1968. Do you think that people are going accept Reince Priebus and his games of the GOP?"

The only way for candidates like Marco Rubio or John Kasich to win the nomination, Beck said, is through a brokered convention and "that leads to 1968, something I've been warning about for a long time."

When Beck first made this prediction last year, it hinged entirely on his warnings about the Democratic convention but now he is changing that prediction so that it better corresponds to real world developments, while insisting that he has been making the same prediction "for years."

But what else can you expect from someone who has an amazing ability to declare that his predictions have come true even when they haven't and an even more amazing ability to conveniently ignore all of the predictions that he made which turned out to be demonstrably false?

Theodore Shoebat Supports Violent Vigilante Attacks Against Gay Rights Activists

Last month, we posted a video in which militant anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat declared that Jesus would have personally beaten gay people to death, which prompted anti-gay activist Michael Brown to fire off a column denouncing Shoebat and calling his views "utter rubbish."

That, in turn, set off a battle pitting Theodore and his father Walid against Brown and other anti-gay activists who have denounced the Shoebat family's extremist views.

Yesterday, Theodore and Brown finally faced off in a debate on Brown's "Line of Fire" radio program and Shoebat posted video of his side of the conversation in which he made clear his support for violent vigilantism against gay activists.

When Brown asked him point blank if he thinks it is a good thing when militant Christian activists go out and physically attack activists marching in gay pride parades in other countries and whether he'd like to see the same thing happen here, Shoebat was unequivocal.

"I'll give you a short answer," he said. "To the first question: yes; to the second question: yes, absolutely."

Shoebat said that physically assaulting gay activists was theologically justified and praised the nations where it takes place, saying that "I wish America had this stuff."

When Brown asked Shoebat his thoughts on an incident in Israel last year in which six people were stabbed by an anti-gay militant during a gay pride parade and one young woman died, Shoebat said that "it really doesn't bother me, to be honest with you."

"They see it as protecting their society from this invasion," he said, "and it is an invasion."

Shoebat then proceeded to again praise authorities in Peru for having turned fire hoses on gay rights activists because "you have to have a society that has a cultural hatred for homosexuality, they despise it so much they don't want to tolerate it."

David Barton And Michele Bachmann Explain Why Christians Must Only Elect 'God-Conscious People'

On the latest episode of his "Foundations of Freedom" series, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton was once again joined by former Rep. Michele Bachmann to discuss the topic of "God and government" and how "we, as a nation, have a duty not to be secular."

God and religion are to be infused through all of society and government, Barton and Bachmann said, explaining that the best way to achieve that result is by electing Christians.

"We need to elect people to office who are willing to acknowledge God," Barton said, "because if they're secular going in, they're not going to protect your liberties."

"Amen," replied Bachmann, saying that Christians should "elect people who are pre-lobbied to do the right thing." The easiest way to do that, she said, is for Christians to gather together groups of 25 or 50 voters and then ask candidates for public office to come and speak to them so that they can ask those candidates about their views.

Barton supported that idea because "that's an easy way to find out whether they're God-conscious people and if they're not, you don't want them in government because they'll take your liberties."

"And that's the point," Bachmann declared. "You are more protected in this society if you have people who respect the law and who respect the Lawgiver than if you have someone who believes they are law unto themselves. That's what we want!"

Cruz Campaign's Michigan State Legislative Co-Chair Wants To Outlaw Homosexuality

As we have noted before, people who hate gays sure do seem to love Ted Cruz, and that trend continues as his presidential campaign continues to rack up support and endorsements from a variety of extremist anti-gay activists.

To this ever-growing list we can now add Michigan state lawmaker Gary Glenn, who has been tapped to serve as one of the campaign's state legislative co-chairs.

Prior to winning his seat in the state legislature, Glenn served as president of the American Family Association of Michigan, the state arm of the anti-gay hate group the American Family Association, where he promoted a variety of anti-gay positions and even called for the criminalization of homosexuality:

Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, has added his voice to a growing chorus of American leaders calling for the re-criminalization of homosexuality in the U.S.

In an e-mail to Michigan Messenger, here’s how Glenn responded when asked if he supported the criminalization move proposed by the Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg’s comments last week on Hardball:

“The short answer to your question is yes, we believe that states should be free to regulate and prohibit behavior that’s a violation of community standards and a proven threat to public health and safety — including, as most of the United States did throughout its history, homosexual behavior.”

Last year, Glenn appeared in a film made by fellow anti-gay activist Janet Porter in which he declared that public school officials ought to be held criminally liable if students are taught about homosexuality and then contract some sort of sexually transmitted disease.

"If some young person hears at school that it's okay to be gay and then comes down with a fatal disease as a result," Glenn said, "school officials should be held legally liable, individually and in their official capacities, financially and maybe even criminal":

You can read the Cruz campaign's announcement here:

Today, Ted Cruz continued to build on the campaign’s strong Michigan leadership team with endorsements from several conservative legislative leaders. The endorsements expand the Michigan Leadership team to over 100 members, including county chairs in all 83 counties and faith leaders from all across the state. Over 4,000 volunteers have signed up to help with the campaign.

“I am thrilled to announce the addition of such outstanding conservative legislators to our Michigan leadership team,” said Cruz. “These courageous conservatives are coalescing behind our campaign because the people of Michigan are tired of career politicians in Washington and want someone who has a record of fighting for our values and the Constitution.”

“Ted Cruz can bring to Washington what conservatives in the state legislatures across the nation have been yearning for — consistent conservative leadership,” said Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck.

State Legislative Co-Chairs Michigan:

United States Congressman Justin Amash
State Senator Patrick Colbeck
Former State Senator Bruce Patterson
State Representative Lana Theis
State Representative Joel Johnson
State Representative Gary Glenn
State Representative Ray Franz
State Representative Tom Hooker
Former State Representative Fulton Sheen

Jerry Boykin Falsely Claims 'The Naked Communist' Was Written And Published By The Communist Party USA

Rick Joyner was joined by the Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin on the most recent episode of his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, where the two lamented that young people are supporting the Bernie Sanders campaign because they have been inculcated with socialism by the public school system.

"The socialists had a systematic plan for taking over our educational system and they have pretty much done it," Joyner said, adding that students today "were educated by socialists to be socialists."

Boykin agreed, saying that communists in America specifically laid out a plan to do just this back in 1958.

"In 1958, there was a book written called 'The Naked Communist,'" he said. "It was written and published by the Communist Party USA and they laid out all the things they were going to do to take over America in time. It was a long term strategic plan."

That is, of course, totally false, as "The Naked Communist" was a book written by W. Cleon Skousen, a far right-wing conspiracy theorist and slavery apologist.

'Mama, What Were You Doing When Our America Fell To Tyranny?'

When right-wing radio host and commentator Gina Loudon spoke at CPAC on Saturday, she revealed that she has dedicated her life to fighting for conservative principles so that she'll be able to tell her children that she did all she could to save this nation when they are all locked up in a gulag 20 years from now.

Loudon explained how she became especially motivated after meeting Kitty Werthmann, a woman who survived Nazi rule in Austria as a child and then became a right-wing hero in America by warning that President Obama was following Adolf Hitler's path.

"After I met Kitty, I had nightmares," Loudon said. "Every night I would go to sleep and I would picture myself in a gulag across from one of my children, with them asking me, 'Mama, what were you doing when our country fell to tyranny?' Let me tell you something, my friend — every moment, every step, every interview, every book I've written, everything I've done from the day I met Kitty Werthmann has been so that I can answer that question should it ever arise 20 years from now and my child sits across from me in a gulag and asks me, 'Mama, what were you doing when our America fell to tyranny?'"

"I can promise you this," she told the CPAC audience, "every one sitting in this room, you're going to have an answer."

Dinesh D'Souza Says His 'New Movie Is Gonna Earn Me Life In Prison'

Back in 2012, Dinesh D'Souza released a "documentary" claiming that President Obama held "Third World anti-American" views and was working to systematically weaken and undermine this nation.

Two years later, D'Souza pled guilty to using straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions and was sentenced to eight months in a confinement center and five years of probation. 

Those two events are unrelated — D'Souza admitted to making the illegal donations — but he is convinced that he was specifically targeted and persecuted by the Obama administration for having made the anti-Obama film.

Appearing at CPAC on Saturday to promote his latest laughable film, which asserts that the main goal of the Democratic Party from its founding to today has been to "steal America," D'Souza declared that if his last movie got him "eight months in the slammer, this new movie is gonna earn me life in prison."

"It is a sordid history of the Democratic Party from the very beginning all the way through Hillary [Clinton]," D'Souza said of his film. "The Democrats want us to believe that they're the party of equal rights and human rights and civil rights. The truth is the Democrats are the party of slavery, and Indian removal, of broken treaties and the Trail of Tears, they're the party of segregation and Jim Crow and lynching and the Ku Klux Klan, they're the party of Japanese internment, and opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Bill of 1968."

"This is their actual history," he continued, "so what they do is they try to cover it up and the way they try to cover it up is by blaming America, America did this and America did that. But the reality is that America didn't do it, the Democrats did."

“Hobby Lobby II” Distorts the Principle of Religious Freedom

The following is a guest blog by Rev. Faye London, a member of the VASHTI Women’s Initiative within People For the American Way Foundation’s African American Ministers Leadership Council.

The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell case – which has now been consolidated with similar cases under the name Zubik v. Burwell – is a continuation of a strategy by the Right to gut the Affordable Care Act since they have been unable to repeal it. All of these cases are framed as "religious freedom" cases, yet trying to limit women’s reproductive freedom is based on a twisted understanding of what the original Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was meant to address.

Congress passed RFRA more than 20 years ago when the Supreme Court refused to protect native and indigenous individuals from being denied government benefits because of drug tests detecting peyote, a substance that was used in their religious ceremonies. RFRA was passed to protect people from having their free exercise of religion violated by the government.

Like so many others, this law has become a victim of targeted reinterpretation. In 2014, the Hobby Lobby decision made it legal for a corporation to act as an individual with regard to religious freedom. It also redefined religious freedom, so that people and corporations could use RFRA to avoid obeying laws that offend their religious beliefs, but don’t actually limit their free exercise of religion. Several states also considered laws intended to make it legal for any person or business to cite religion in order to ignore laws prohibiting discrimination against same gender loving people. And while that aspect of the debate was all over the news, the threat to women’s health posed by laws like this grew quietly in the background.

The case now at the Supreme Court attacks a vital piece of the puzzle by which ACA protects women's health by requiring health insurance to include contraception coverage without charge. There is an accommodation already in the law that sets an alternative route to coverage for women who work for nonprofit religious organizations that disapprove of contraception. All the organization has to do is fill out a very short and simple form or write a letter stating that as an organization they do not want to provide contraception, and they are relieved from that responsibility and the government takes over, directing the insurance company to pay for the contraception rather than the religious nonprofit. The Little Sisters of the Poor organization and others are saying that signing a one-page form is an "undue burden" on them morally, as it still constitutes participation in opening the way for women to access "sinful" contraceptive care.

This new trend is just another way to strip rights from poor people who depend on these services for survival. It is not about religious freedom. The accommodation is sufficient to protect the Little Sisters' religious freedom. This is about controlling women's bodies (and particularly poor women's bodies, since women of means can afford to pay out of pocket), in order to make space for those who would relieve themselves of any responsibility for ethical treatment of their employees or the public.

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