Right-wing televangelist Kenneth Copeland spoke with pseudo-historian David Barton this week for another series of broadcasts designed to encourage conservative Christians to vote in the upcoming election.
On a program scheduled to air tomorrow, Copeland told Barton that, prior to the last presidential election, God had told him that he would "like the way this election turns out," which caused a lot of confusion for Copeland given that President Obama was re-elected. Copeland said that he recently asked God what He meant by this and learned that it was all part of God's plan to sour America on "progressive socialism."
"At the time of this last presidential election, very, very few people in this country had any idea what progressive socialism was," Copeland said, asserting that God told him that He allowed Obama to be re-elected because "without a proper diagnosis, it's very difficult to treat and receive healing from a sickness or disease."
The Obama administration's "agenda to push progressive socialism with everything they got," Copeland said, has now allowed America to "get a diagnosis of what progressive socialism is and how it doesn't work ... and now we know why we don't want it":
After having spent nearly all of last week growing increasingly freaked-out about the Ebola threat, Glenn Beck had toned down the nonstop coverage this week until the news broke last night that a doctor in New York City had tested positive for the virus after returning from treating patients in Guinea.
That news, coupled with reports of a hatchet-wielding man having attacked police in New York City and the shooting in Canada earlier this week, prompted Beck to fume on his radio broadcast today that President Obama simply does not care about keeping America safe from disease or from what he is now calling "psychotic Islam."
"How does he survive being this wrong on so many things?" Beck asked, without a hint of irony, concluding that our society has gotten to the point that America has become "an abomination" that is on the verge of suicide, which is why our young people are trying to join ISIS.
"Because we in the West don't stand for anything anymore, our children are bored" and have nothing to believe in, Beck said, which is why it should come as no surprise that "our children are actually going over and trying to join ISIS because they know we have built something that is a complete and total fraud ... What we have built is an abomination."
"We are a nation on a suicide course," Beck said later in the segment, warning that when America goes down, it will take the entire world with it.
"They always have said when America sneezes, the rest of the world gets a cold," he said. "Well what happens when America gets Ebola?"
Most of this week's "WallBuilders Live" radio program has consisted of excerpts from the new DVD series "Constitution Alive! A Citizen's Guide to the Constitution" featuring Rick Green and David Barton. On yesterday's program, Barton explained that that the Constitution’s requirement that members of Congress and the president take an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" was the Founding Fathers' way of infusing religion into the document since an oath is a "direct appeal to God" to hold lawmakers accountable for their actions and "there is no such thing as a secular oath."
Any oath that is not made to God, Barton said, must instead rely on "the goodness of man and there's not a whole lot in me that says the goodness of man is great. Just look back across the Twentieth Century and the one hundred and fifty million lives that were lost because Stalin wasn't good and Hitler wasn't good and Tojo wasn't good and Pol Pot wasn't good."
The Founders knew this, Barton said, and so they "tied religion to the Constitution to give it strength" through these oath requirements, asserting that any attempt to implement the Constitution without religion is like trying to breathe on the moon.
"You and I, if we go to the moon and breathe there, we'll die," Barton said, "because that's not our atmosphere. And if you take a secular atmosphere to the Constitution, it will die because that's not its atmosphere. It was birthed and created in a religious atmosphere and if you take that air out of the room, it will suffocate. It will die because it's not made that way":
Last month, Jesse Lee Peterson wrote a column for WND suggesting that if anti-gay Christian business owners are going to be required to serve gay customers, they ought to do so by informing any gay customers "upfront that they would take their money and donate it to a conservative Christian law firm to fight against same-sex marriage."
Shortly after posting that column, Peterson discussed this "solution" on his radio program and, during the course of that discussion, declared that business owners should be free to discriminate against anyone they choose. As such, Peterson said, it was wrong civil activists to launch sit-ins and protests against racially discriminatory business owners during the Civil Rights Era.
"It was wrong during the so-called Civil Rights Movement," Peterson said, "when they forced private white businesses like cafes and restaurants and things like that, when they allowed black people to do sit-ins on private white businesses, those folks who did not want black people in there."
Arguing that any business owner that wanted to refuse service to black customers had every right to do so, Peterson said that "it was wrong to let blacks do sit-ins on private businesses."
"You can't take away someone else's freedom like that just to make someone else feel good," he said:
Peter LaBarbera was the guest on Cliff Kincaid's "America's Survival" program last week where the two spent an entire hour railing against all things gay, with LaBarbera warning that Americans cannot trust the government to handle the Ebola threat because it has never taken the steps necessary to stop gay men from spreading HIV.
Nobody in the government is telling young men "do not practice anal sex, do not practice homosexual behavior," LaBarbera griped, complaining that the government is instead "promoting" homosexuality even though it spreads disease and represents a danger to public health.
LaBarbera was particularly outraged about bath houses where "homosexual men go for indiscriminate, anonymous sexual contact with other men," demanding to know why the CDC and the federal government have not shut them all down.
"Condom-less anal sex and homosexual promiscuity are the two largest risk factors in the spread of disease," LaBarbera said. "They can't even close down a bath house? I mean, they're not serious about that disease so why should we trust them on Ebola?"
Later in the interview, Kincaid and LaBarbera discussed allegations that gay Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio had sexually harassed a former staff member. DeMaio said the allegations were false and prosecutors determined that there was not enough evidence to press charges, but LaBarbera sees it as just the latest example of a "homosexual politician" getting caught in a sex scandal.
"You know, it makes sense," he said, "if homosexuality is a perversion, as we both believe it is, if it's immoral, you would expect all of these homosexual politicians and candidates, like DeMaio, to be involved in these awful sex scandals and, lo and behold, they are":
In the wake of a ruling striking down his state's gay marriage ban, a North Carolina magistrate resigned from his position rather than perform same-sex weddings, and for this he is being hailed as a hero by Gordon Klingenschmitt for "rising up and taking back your country."
On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program posted yesterday, Klingenschmitt praised magistrate John Kallam for resisting "the government's absolutely tyranny" as well as "these demonic judges who are imposing the Devil's law upon the people":
Rep. Louie Gohmert was an in-studio guest on the "Point Of View" radio program yesterday, where he went off on a bizarre tangent about Ancient Greece in trying to make the case that allowing gays to serve in the military "is not a good idea."
The Texas Republican had been railing against the Obama administration's decision to send several thousand members of the U.S. military to Western Africa to assist in the effort to control the Ebola outbreak, saying that it was just the latest example of the administration demonstrating its fundamental disdain for the military.
Somehow that discussion eventually prompted him to launch into criticism of the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the most perfectly Gohmert-esque fashion imaginable.
"I've had people say, 'Hey, you know, there's nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks,'" he said. "Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it's a different kind of fighting, it's a different kind of war and if you're sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into a big, planned battle, then you're not going to last very long. It's guerrilla fighting. You are going to be ultimately vulnerable to terrorism and if that's what you start doing in the military like the Greeks did ... as people have said, 'Louie, you have got to understand, you don't even know your history.' Oh yes I do. I know exactly. It's not a good idea":
Yesterday, the organization FCKH8.com released a video featuring a bunch of young girls railing against inequality and sexism while dropping lots of F-bombs in the process and Glenn Beck is predictably outraged, calling the video "despicable" and saying that the parents who allowed their daughters to appear in the video have scarred them for life.
"No parent says to a six year-old girl, 'Hey, hey, hey, you can say this,'" Beck declared. "Go ahead. It's cool. Use the F-word. Drop the F-bomb a few times. Nobody says that. Nobody! Nobody who is a decent parent ever would say that."
"It's despicable," he continued. "This is going to scar them. This is setting their feet on a path, they have shaped these girls and taught these girls something that you will never be able to unteach them":
On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today, Colorado pastor and GOP state house candidate Gordon Klingenschmitt railed against a situation in Kentucky in which a t-shirt printing business was found to have violated the city's nondiscrimination ordinance when it refused to print up shirts for a local gay organization, which he cited to declare that it is the goal of gay activists to force Christians to violate God's law and end up in Hell.
Insisting that measures which bar discrimination against gay customers are a violation of the First Amendment, Klingenschmitt proclaimed that gay rights activists are driven by a demonic spirit that seeks to force Christians to "disobey God" so that they will wind up in Hell.
"They want your soul," Klingenschmitt said. "They won't be satisfied with your money. They don't really want the t-shirts. They want your soul. They want you to disobey God so that you go to Hell with them. It's not enough that they go to Hell for disobeying God, they want you to disobey God so that we all go to Hell. That's the Devil's goal in the end":
Last week, right-wing pundit, activist, crackpot, and conspiracy theorist Wayne Allyn Root appeared on the "Point of View" radio program to warn that President Obama must be removed from office immediately "before he kills all of us."
Fuming that Obama has not sealed the southern border or banned travel to the U.S. from West African countries, Root warned that Ebola-ridden terrorists would soon be walking into America and infecting the entire population and Obama is allowing this to happen because he was "sent here to destroy this country."
"One man is taking down the entire America," Root declared. "This was his plan. It's not a mistake. It's not a coincidence. It's not fate. One man was sent here to destroy this country. I don't know who it was. Was it the Soviet Union? Was it communist forces? I don't know who it is. Was it the Bilderbergs that want the world under One World control? I don't know, Kerby. All I know is there's someone in office who is either mentally unstable or is so incompetent that he has got to be removed, or he is purposely taking down this country."
"We've got to remove him from office and fast," Root said, "before he kills all of us":
While campaigning for a couple of Democratic candidates over the weekend, President Obama urged voters to grab their friends, co-workers, and even get "Cousin Pookie" off of the couch and encourage them all to vote in the upcoming elections.
Obama has cited "Cousin Pookie" since at least 2008, as Mediaite explained, "as a means [of] energizing minority communities that may not be as inclined to vote as others" but this latest incident seems to have outraged Alveda King, who says she is "very disturbed" by it.
Speaking to J.D. Hayworth on his Newmax radio show today, King attacked Obama for apparently disrespecting the "educated, intelligent people in our nation who are concerned about the moral bankruptcy" of this country before bizarrely holding up a recent issue of Newsmax's magazine featuring Al Sharpton on the cover, which then sent her off on some incoherent tangent.
"I think President Obama has anointed Al Sharpton. Well, for me, God has anointed Jesus of Nazareth," she said. "And that's who my uncle Martin Luther King, Jr. served and my daddy A.D. King and Daddy King, my grandaddy. Read 'King Rules,' my book."
"So to bring up 'Cousin Pookie' as if that could give us solutions to these terrible problems, I'm very disturbed about that reference," King stated:
As a general rule, whatever movie or book that Glenn Beck has recently seen or read is absolutely amazing and contains all of the answers that America needs at this moment and so everyone should see or read it immediately!
As Beck is currently reading Jonathan Cahn's "The Mystery of the Shemitah: The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America's Future, the World's Future, and Your Future!," naturally he is convinced that it is the most important book currently in print and so he is talking about it a lot on his radio and television shows and lecturing his staff about it, as he did during yesterday's televised staff meeting.
This book is a follow-up to Cahn's "The Harbinger," which was quite possibly one of the stupidest books ever written, purporting to explain how the 9/11 terrorist attacks were foretold in the Book of Isaiah and how the subsequent construction of the Freedom Tower was an act of defiance against God that will lead to further judgment.
The Shemittah is a Sabbath year on the Jewish calendar during which fields are to be left fallow, no agriculture is to take place, and debts are to be forgiven. It began last month and, according to Cahn's new book, these requirements are going to be imposed upon America in the coming year by God whether we like it or not.
Beck is, of course, entirely convinced that this is true, telling his staff that because America made an "Abrahamic covenant with God" upon the nation's founding, we are being held to the obligations of the Shemitah year and "it is wiping us out" because "God is warning us."
"I don't think it ends the way we want it to end," Beck said. "But we've entered a new period. I can feel it. We've entered a new period. And so it begins":
For those who may not know, "and so it begins" is Beck's shorthand phrase for his belief that everything he's been warning about for the last several years is now all coming true.
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer reacted to a situation in Idaho where the owners of a for-profit wedding chapel have sued the state for the right to discriminate against gay customers on religious liberty grounds by proclaiming that gay activists are seeking to impose "secular sharia" on every Christian in America.
"It's never enough for the homosexual lobby," Fischer said. "That's what we have got to understand, ladies and gentlemen. It is never, ever enough for the homosexual lobby. They will not be content until you and I are completely silenced, repressed, punished, locked away and locked up. Do not mistake me on this! They are determined and they are relentless."
Gay activists are, in fact, just like Nazis and radical Mullahs, Fischer said, except they seek to impose "secular sharia" in America:
For the time being, Glenn Beck appears to have moved on from his increasingly panic-stricken rants about the threat posed by Ebola and has now turned his attention instead to the situation in which five Houston-area pastors were subpoenaed as part of a lawsuit against the city for rejecting petitions challenging a local anti-discrimination ordinance.
Beck interviewed one of those pastors on his radio program today, during which he declared that this case is the most dangerous thing he has ever seen.
"This is more dangerous to the Republic of Texas than Ebola is," Beck said. "This is more dangerous than anything I have ever seen."
Calling on religious leaders and laypersons from all over America to rise up in opposition to this, Beck said that "this is the most dangerous thing I have seen and we are becoming openly hostile to God. It doesn't end well when a nation like ours does that."
Once again, David Barton has joined prosperity gospel preacher Kenneth Copeland for another week of programs encouraging Christians to be sure to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, especially for candidates running for the U.S. Senate because it is through judges that America with either be cursed or blessed.
Citing passages from II Chronicles and Psalms, Barton declared that the Bible tells us that judges are to be "ministers of God" and are therefore obligated to "make the same decision that [God] would make" when hearing cases.
If Christians "want our land to be blessed," Barton said, "it won't be blessed without righteousness. And if you want righteousness, it comes from the judges." And since, under our system of government, federal judges must be confirmed by the Senate, Christians must be dedicated to electing members of the Senate who will only confirm judges that will follow God's rules.
"If you want righteousness in the land, you'd better get involved and you'd better look at the Senate races in your state and you'd better figure out which of these persons running for Senate is going to be the best on judges," Barton said, "because if you want God to restore the land, you gotta start with judges":
Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, was a guest on James Robison's "Life Today" program this morning, where he called upon Christians to vote according to "what the Word of God says" because there is a movement at work that seeks "to silence Christians in America."
Rodriguez warned that Christians cannot afford to sit out this election because "today's complacency is tomorrow's captivity" and just as Christians in other countries are being killed by terrorists, so too are Christians in America being silenced by those who promote "moral relativism and cultural decadence."
"There is an attempt, believe it or not, to silence Christians in America," he said. "There is a war against our Judeo-Christian value system. And we speak against terrorist groups that are doing so many horrific things to our brothers and sisters in Christ and other religious minorities around the world but in our own nation, from a political standpoint, from a legislative standpoint or a public policy standpoint there is an attempt to silence Christendom. There is an attempt!"
Earlier today, Glenn Beck announced that his company was selling a t-shirt featuring the slogan "Love Is Contagious" in an effort to raise money for his Mercury One charity for use in the fight against Ebola.
This was just the latest manifestation of Beck's current conviction that love is the only thing that can save this nation ... so naturally he spent a good portion of his radio program today having a screaming meltdown about how government incompetence is "literally going to be the death of all of us" and declaring that millions of Americans should be gathering in protest outside of the White House, demanding a ban on travel from West African nations.
Saying that once the Ebola crisis spirals out of control, people will ask why God allowed this to happen, to which Beck responded that it will not have been God that caused this, but government incompetence and arrogance which "is putting the lives of millions of people at stake."
"I haven't see anyone in Washington say 'Hey, you know what? I was wrong about ISIS,'" Beck fumed, growing more and more outraged. "'You know what? I was wrong about Benghazi. You know what? I was wrong about the caliphate. Oh, you know what? It seems I was wrong about the economy. Oh, I was wrong about health care. OH, I SEEM TO HAVE BEEN WRONG!!!!!'"
Government leaders should be humbling themselves before God and starting to follow His guidance, Beck said, instead of holding their "chin up like Mussolini" and continuing to act like dictators:
Peter LaBarbera appeared on the "Point of View" radio program yesterday where he proclaimed that America must embrace "Christian oriented law" so that groups like his Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, the Family Research Council, and the America Family Association will no longer be smeared as "hate groups" because of their anti-gay activism.
Saying that gay activists no longer believe in tolerance, LaBarbera declared that such activists are intent on destroying anyone who will not embrace the "fiction" that gay relationships are acceptable by attacking them as haters.
Lamenting that a number of Religious Right groups have been classified as anti-gay hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is costing them access to the media and undermining their credibility, LaBarbera said that the solution is "to return to a basic law, a Christian oriented law that does not try to grant civil rights status to a sin, which is homosexuality."
Think about that: LaBarbera advocates repealing all laws that ensure equal rights and protections for gays and then complains about the fact that his organization is considered to be an anti-gay hate group:
Rick Santorum was on Steve Malzberg's radio program on Newsmax yesterday where he slammed the Obama administration's response to the Ebola outbreak, saying that it perfectly demonstrates why conservatives do not trust the government or experts while also insisting that it is just the latest example of President Obama failing to protect America from global threats.
"We are seeing epic mistrust of government for a variety of reasons," Santorum said. "But now we're seeing incompetence, in my opinion, on display." Insisting that people who know nothing about fighting or containing Ebola are demonstrating more common sense than the so-called experts when it comes to dealing with the virus, Santorum said that this is exactly why conservatives must fight against liberal efforts to turn everything over to the government and the experts.
"We are now seeing another case, whether it was the [Obamacare] website or now the CDC," he said, "we cannot trust these experts who portray themselves as the people that we should be bowing to in this situation and letting them decide what we do."
Saying that he is "very concerned that we don't have a handle on this," Santorum said that President Obama is "not protecting America, he's not doing what is right for America" and that "this is a pattern."
"The president is not protecting America when it comes to fighting against ISIS, fighting against radical Islam," he said. "He has got a pattern of behavior when it comes to the international community of putting them before America and it is not a good thing":