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Beck: Bill Nye Is Like Those Who Tried To Silence Galileo

On his television broadcast last night, Glenn Beck again dedicated his opening monologue to decrying Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent comment that "extreme conservatives ... have no place in the state of New York," warning that Cuomo is on the wrong side of history and will be looked back upon with shame by future generations.

But it is not just Cuomo who is on the wrong side of history; so are supporters of Common Core and even Bill Nye, because, according to Beck, his opposition to teaching Creationism makes him no different from those who tried to silence Galileo:

Windsor's Ripples of Equality

Citing Windsor, a 9th Circuit panel rules that government classifications based on sexual orientation are subject to heightened scrutiny.
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Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Glenn Beck

There can be no better demonstration of Glenn Beck's raging hypocrisy than the perfect example he inadvertently provided on his television program last night.

Extremely disturbed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's statement that "extreme conservatives ... have no place in the state of New York," Beck dedicated his entire opening monologue last night to warning that this is just the sort of rhetoric that led to the Holocaust and declaring that "if this is the way that America is going, then I renounce my citizenship."

"If this is what America is going to become," Beck said, "I don't want to be an American any more":

During his monologue, Beck said that it is never right to banish a group of people simply based on what they believe and that any leader who suggest doing so ought to be widely denounced by people on all sides of the political spectrum.

So, of course, Beck followed up that passionate monologue with a segment in which he interviewed none other than John Hagee, who has declared on multiple occasions that atheists are not wanted in America and should get on a plane and leave the country:

After spending his entire twenty minute monologue decrying those who say that people holding certain beliefs are not welcome in America, Beck then sat down to interview a man who has, on multiple occasions, done the very thing he just spent his entire monologue denouncing and Beck said nothing ... other than strongly encouraging his viewers to donate to Hagee's organization.

What Exactly Is Glenn Beck's Definition Of 'Anti-Gay'?

Glenn Beck apparently lives in complete isolation from the world around him because there is no other way to explain how he can go about decrying the anti-gay fascism that is rising in Russia on his radio broadcast yesterday while simultaneously declaring that "I don't know anybody who is anti-gay, at least not any of my friends."

We have no idea what Beck's definition of "anti-gay" must be if it doesn't apply to the people that he surrounds himself with since, as we pointed out last week, his good friend Ken Hutcherson was probably best known for being a vehemently anti-gay activist who once called for a ban the promotion of homosexuality.

And let's not forget that Rabbi Daniel Lapin, whom has appeared on Beck's show numerous times, has said that "barbarism has sex in the canal through which dead, useless, waste material is excreted" and declared that people with AIDS should have been rounded-up and quarantined during the early days of the AIDS crisis.

And what about Beck's good friend David Barton, who has said that gay sex should be regulated by the government and asserted that it is a sign that a nation is going through a spiritual revival when it stops tolerating homosexuality. Barton has predicted that gay marriage will lead to people marrying dogs and horses and said that it doesn't matter what the Supreme Court rules, homosexuality ought to always remain illegal. Repeatedly declaring that homosexuality is "an aberration" that "violates the laws of nature," Barton has also proclaimed it to be "reprehensible" and "disgusting" and stated that science will never find a cure for AIDS because the disease is God's punishment for those who engage in "shameful sexual acts."

Barton also has close ties to rabidly anti-gay activist Scott Lively and even spoke at a fundraiser for Lively's group. Lively, of course, has been instrumental in spreading the Religious Right's anti-gay animus all over the world and took partial credit for the crackdown in Russia, declaring it to be "one of the proudest achievements of my career."

In fact, just about the entire Religious Right movement in America has praised Russia's anti-gay laws, admitting that the laws passed in Russia are exactly the sort of "public policy that we've been advocating."

Beck brings anti-gay activists on to his radio and television programs with shocking regularity and is close friends with several people who perfectly represent exactly what it means to be "anti-gay."

But Beck declares that he doesn't even know people who are anti-gay, which raises the question of just what his definition of the term could entail if none of his good friends meet it.

Judge Strikes Down PA Voter ID Law

In 2012, over the protests of thousands of Pennsylvanians, forty five organizations, and every Democrat in the state legislature, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law one of the strictest voter ID requirements in the country. The Speaker of the Pennsylvania House acknowledged that he pushed the law to help Mitt Romney win the state.

This morning the two-year-old law was ruled unconstitutional. Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley wrote that law was a “substantial threat” and that it would hinder the ability of many to vote freely.

In the ruling, Judge McGinley stated

“Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election; the Voter ID Law does not further this goal.”

People For the American Way Foundation’s African American Ministers Leadership Council said of the law last year:

“The purpose of this law has been clear from the beginning. It was meant to keep African Americans, students, and other traditionally suppressed communities from  exercising our hard-won right to vote. Even the law’s supporters have admitted that there is absolutely no evidence of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania. Instead, this law is a purely political attempt to disenfranchise citizens who have every right to vote. I am dismayed at today’s decision and hope that as this case moves through the courts, our judges recognize the ugly intent and real consequences of voter ID.”


 

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Another Helpful Lesson From Glenn Beck: 'There Is No Retirement Community For The Animal World'

Every once in a while, Glenn Beck delivers an extended monologue on his radio show that quickly degenerates into an incoherent stream-of-consciousness jumble of whatever talking points happen to be floating around in his head, resulting in utterly perplexing segments like this one from yesterday's radio program.

Beck was initially talking about the need to create a society in which every person had maximum freedom to succeed or fail but were also required to take personal responsibility for the consequences of their own failure or success. Somehow that morphed into some point how big government "progressives" like President Obama and Newt Gingrich and the Democrats and the Republicans all embrace "Satan's plan" to create a system in which nobody has to take personal responsibility because they are controlled by the government.

"That is Satan, man," Beck said, before then going off on a tangent based on Rabbi Daniel Lapin's claim that God doesn't want people to retire, which is why the word "retirement" doesn't appear in the Bible. In fact, Beck explained, there is no natural right to retire at all because that is a human concept.

"Do you see the older lions going off to a retirement community?" Beck asked. "They're eaten. That's what happens; they're eaten. There is no retirement community for the animal world":

Judge In Scott Lively Case Has Gay Family Members And Spent A Year In Kenya, So He Must Be Reprimanded

Last year we noted that Gary Cass and his Christian Anti-Defamation Commission were seeking to raise $30,000 in order to fund a campaign against Federal Judge, Michael Ponsor who refused to dismiss the lawsuit against anti-gay Scott Lively over his role in allegedly fomenting anti-gay persecution in Uganda.

Cass promised that his organization would release "incriminating evidence" against Ponsor and now he has begun doing so. As fare as we can tell, CADC's "case" against Ponsor seems to consist of the fact that one of the lawyers involved in this case once clerked for him and Ponsor once made a donation to some umbrella organization that donated to one of the groups involved.

Oh, and Ponsor has gay family members and once spent a year in Kenya:

- Judge Michael Ponsor has been a known proponent of the radical homosexual agenda since early 90’s, before it was a large movement in American politics. After being appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, during his judicial ceremony, Ponsor told the assembled crowd, "We have a proud, vibrant gay and lesbian community" in Western Massachusetts.

- Ponsor has multiple homosexual family members, including his daughter and his former second wife and mother of his two children. During Ponsor’s first marriage, his wife was largely immersed in the pro-lesbian feminist groups.

- Ponsor has direct relations with the country of Uganda, were the plaintiff’s organization (SMUG) is from.  Ponsor spent a year in Kenya (Uganda's neighbor) as a young man. He speaks the Ugandian language, Swahili, and seems to be more invested in the Ugandan people then in the American citizens he is supposed to serve. During the hearing, Ponsor addressed the courtroom, saying "I'm pleased to adjudicate issues that affect the people of Uganda," and added that that it was "good to see the people whose interests are directly affected." Well, maybe he ought to move to Uganda!

- The plaintiff’s local counsel, Luke Ryan, was Ponsor’s law clerk for two years. Ryan is also an energetic supporter of Arise for Social Justice, a group that has actively demonstrated in front of Reverend Scott Lively’s downtown coffee house mission.

- Lastly, the plaintiff ‘s organization received the judge’s indirect donations. Ponsor and his wife have made donations to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. This foundation has donated money to the plaintiff’s legal organization, the Center for Constitutional Rights, for eight consecutive years, starting in 2005 to 2012.

So Cass is doing the only logical thing and calling upon activists to "contact the Judiciary Committee today and urge that Congress reprimand Ponsor for his activist decision and protect the bench from further radical activism."

Brownback To Rally Christian 'Freedom Fighters' To 'Cause A Revolution' And Take Back America

Back when he served in Congress, Sam Brownback had close ties to a variety of fringe Religious Right activists, even living with prayer warrior Lou Engle for several months at one point.

Since becoming Governor of Kansas, Brownback has continued this practice, declaring statewide Days of Restoration and showing up at prayer rallies that were overflowing with modern day prophets and apostles. And the trend continues, as next month Brownback will speak at an Awakening Freedom Tour in Lenexa, Kansas that is designed to encourage right-wing Christians to get involved in the culture wars and "cause a revolution" by mobilizing "freedom fighters" who will "take this country back":

A Kansas-based ministry is hosting a series of events across the state focused on equipping Christian to get involved in a cultural battle.

Entitled the Awakening Freedom Tour, the first gathering will be held on Saturday, February 8, at Lenexa Baptist Church.

Donna Lippoldt, founder and director of Culture Shield Network – which is hosting the event – says the focus is to address the moral decline in the U.S. and confront the effort to remove God from the public dialogue.

Lippoldt, Donna“We need revival, we need a Great Awakening, but it is time to cause a revolution,” she says. “We need to get some freedom fighters up and going to take this country back.”

The inaugural event will feature speakers such as Neil Mammen, Governor Sam Brownback and Donna Lippoldt.

Fischer Scientifically Proves That Transgender People Can Cure Themselves Through Prayer

Citing a recent column by Fox News' quack psychologist Keith Ablow, Bryan Fischer dedicated a segment of his radio program today to declaring that transgender people do not really exist because transgenderism is simply a lie of Satan that can be defeated through consistent prayer.

Fischer, of course, made this very claim in attempting to prove that his anti-transgender bigotry is rooted in science.

"Who are the people operating in the realm of science?" Fischer asked. "Well, it's us because we know you're either male or female by DNA assigned to them at the moment of conception by a creator God who doesn't make those kind of mistakes."

Fischer went on to assert that "there is something wrong" with the thinking of every transgender person caused by the fact that they have listened to lies implanted in their minds by Satan. As such, the solution is simply to reject such lies in the name of Jesus and, in time, "they will be free of their gender confusion."

"If we embrace the truth that we find in the Scriptures," Fischer concluded, "that you are either male or female, DNA does lie, anatomy doesn't life, and you take authority over any lie that comes into your mind, then you eventually will be thinking straight about your sexual identity. So we're the ones that are operating in the realm of science here":

Students Take Action to Fight Money in Politics

In our continuing efforts to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases and restore Government Of, By, and For the people, PFAW Foundation is helping coordinate the Students United For Democracy coalition – a group of student activists and good government groups working to raise awareness of our country’s money in politics problem and pass resolutions on college campuses calling for a constitutional amendment.

For far too long, students have been pushed to the margins of our political system.  From rising education costs to uncertain environmental and economic futures, it is clear that government often fails to act in the interest of students and young people. As explained in PFAW Foundation’s report, “Students and the Movement to Amend the Constitution,” each of these issues is intricately connected to the role that big money plays in our political system. Rather than protecting the interests of all, public officials often look out for the interests of those who pay for their campaigns, and students – who are taking on record levels of student debt –students simply could not afford to “pay to play” even if they wanted to.

Yet the country and its young people are waking up.  Sixteen states and 500 cities and towns have already passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.  In 2014, student governments will be adding their voices to this nationwide call.

If you want to get involved with campaign, please email us.  Also, please be sure to check out the website and follow SU4D on Facebook and Twitter.

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E.W. Jackson Complains That He Was Portrayed As A 'Nutcase' During His Run For Office

E.W. Jackson, the failed Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia last year, appeared on the AFA's "Today's Issues" program recently where he complained that the mainstream media misrepresented his past statements and record in order to portray him as a "nutcase."

Jackson said that he was "very hurt" by the supposedly unfair attacks on him "because when people say things about you that aren't true and they skew things that you said and try to turn you into a nutcase and make you seem like you're really completely outside of the mainstream of American thinking, you know that's not fun":

The reality, of course, is that what painted Jackson as a "nutcase" was not a "skewing" of his past statements, but simply quoting them verbatim.

Beck: Obama Or Christie Would Totally Bomb America If It Served Their Purposes

During yesterday's morning meeting, Glenn Beck told his staff that he wasn't sure that President Obama or perhaps a future President Chris Christie would oppose government-orchestrated false flag attacks on the United States if such attacks served their political purposes.

Citing Operation Northwoods, a proposed series of false flag attacks against the United States designed to provide justification for military action against Cuba back in 1962 that was ultimately rejected by President Kennedy, Beck said that if such a plan was offered to someone like Barack Obama or Chris Christie today, they would endorse it.

"Is anybody sitting here telling me," Beck said, "that Chris Christie or Barack Obama would say that? If it served their purposes, ends justify the means, I'm not sure Operation Northwoods doesn't happen":

Beck: Obamacare Is A Violation Of The Separation Of Church And State

Shortly before issuing his warning that, in the future, Christians will be hunted down and oppressed by gay activists, Glenn Beck explained, as only he can, that Obamacare is a religion and therefore a violation of the separation of church and state.

As Beck sees it, mandating that citizens purchase health insurance is essentially requiring "tithing to their church; the church of man, the church of Washington, DC."

"They are making you pay tithing," Beck said, "and bow down to that God and if not, you are an illegal citizens. That is what they were talking about with the separation of church and state. You are not forced into any man's belief. That's the difference. And here we have a group of people, these fascists - let's start calling these progressives what they are: they are fascists":

Beck Warns That, Sixty Five Years From Now, Gay Activists Will Be Arresting Christians

Glenn Beck had a truly amazing segment on his radio broadcast today in which he played a fifty five year old audio clip of some district attorney in Florida sternly warning an audience of young people not to engage in homosexuality because they would be found out and arrested.

After playing the clip, Beck asserted that the man featured in the clip was "a monster" and that nobody today would ever dream of saying anything like that.

Oh really? Maybe Beck ought to take a look around our archives featuring post after post of contemporary Religious Right leaders calling for homosexuality to be criminalized in America and praising foreign governments for implementing draconian anti-gay laws in their countries. Heck, even Beck's best friend David Barton has said that homosexuality should be illegal and regulated by the government.

Most ironic of all is the fact that Beck said this while wearing a hat in memory of his good friend Ken Hutcherson, who recently passed away, who was probably best knows for being a vehemently anti-gay activist who once called for a ban the promotion of homosexuality.

But then Beck took a step further and warned that if America continues on its current course, sixty five years from now it will be progressives and gay activists who will be delivering statements like this to Christians, vowing to track them down wherever they are and toss them in prison:

Klingenschmitt: NYT's David Kirkpatrick Will Go To Hell With al Qaeda For His 'False' Benghazi Report

Several weeks ago, The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick produced a long report on the 2012 attack on Benghazi that largely debunked many of the right-wing talking points about the tragedy. Among Kirkpatrick's findings was that al Qaeda played no role in the attack, but "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt is not buying that at all, insisting on today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program that any Muslim who refuses to denounce passages in the Quran calling for infidels to be killed is "part of al Qaeda."

"If you're a follower of this false prophet [Muhammad] who tells you to go and kill other people the way [Osama] bin Laden did," Klingenschmitt said, "you are part of al Qaeda because you're following these extremist verses."

Klingenschmitt then went on to declare that "the spirit of lying" was inside of Kirkpatrick for having written this "false" report which means that, according to the Bible, Kirkpatrick is doomed to Hell.

"So al Qaeda and Mr. Kirkpatrick, you will have eternity together to look forward to":

Fischer: Only Property Owners Should Be Eligible To Vote

On his radio show yesterday, Bryan Fischer called for ending Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, as well as the elimination of the minimum wage ... all in order to help the poor and those struggling to make ends meet, of course.

So logically this discussion resulted in Fischer eventually calling for a return to an electoral system in which only people who own property can vote.

"You know, back in the day, in the colonial period," Fischer said, "you had to be a landowner, a property owner to be eligible to vote and I don't think that's a bad idea. And the reason is very simple: if somebody owns property in a community, they're invested in the community. If they're renters, they're going to be up and gone; they could leave the next day ... [P]eople that are not property owners - it's like people that pay no taxes, they have no skin in the game. They don't care about the same things that somebody does who is rooted in the community":

Breaking: Federal Judge Rules Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Oklahoma Unconstitutional

Today a federal judge found Oklahoma’s ban on marriages for same-sex couples to be unconstitutional. While this is great news, same-sex couples are not yet able to marry in the state because the decision is stayed – in other words, on hold – pending appeal.

As victories for marriage equality continue to stack up across the country, it is increasingly clear that the march toward full equality nationwide cannot be halted. Congratulations, Oklahoma!
 

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We Are More Than Happy To Help Bryan Fischer Get His Message Out

Frequently, when we grab a clip of some Religious Right figure saying something outrageous that ends of generating some unwanted attention, the person featured in the clip responds by alleging that we took their remarks "out of context" and misrepresented their views (of course, they never actually explain how we supposedly misrepresented their views or what exactly the context was in which they said it that would make it not seem totally crazy.)

So it is always nice when Bryan Fischer sticks up for us by acknowledging that the clips we post feature him saying things exactly as he would present them himself.  And he did it again today while appearing on David Pakman's radio program when Pakman asked Fischer right at the beginning if he, like Gordon Klingenschmitt, objected to the manner in which we feature clips from his show on this blog.

Though he accused us of "cyberstalking" him, he also said that our clips are "exactly the same one that I would have picked if it had been up to me" and are helping him get his message out:

When I look at the clips that RightWingWatch has chosen to use from my program, I'll go there, I'll view the clips, I'll see what they have picked to post and in every case so far, they have picked a clip that would be exactly the same one that I would have picked if it had been up to me. So RightWingWatch is simply helping me to get my message out ... I know that RightWingWatch is cyberstalking me, but from my vantage point, there actually helping me get my message out and frequently what I will do, David, is I will send a tweet out to the link of RightWingWatch's coverage of my program because I like the clip that they picked and I will thank them, give them credit, for helping me get my message out.

Beck And Crew Have A Good Laugh Over The Absurd Idea That People Should Know Who Malala Yousafzai Is

On the radio program this morning, Glenn Beck and co-hosts Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere were discussing a story on The Blaze about people who are angry that Margaret Thatcher was included in a Microsoft commercial "Celebrating the Heroic Women of 2013."

Gray responded that he was outraged that someone like Thatcher, who is "one of the greatest women of the past century," was featured along side someone like Malala Yousafzai.

"I've never heard of Malala Yousafzai," Gray said, sneeringly. "Who is that?"

Neither Beck nor Burguiere really seemed to have any idea who she was either, as the best that they could come up with was that she was some Pakistani "activist for schools" and that there was some tragedy  ... or something.

Gray was not impressed, saying sarcastically "that's a cause we've all been screaming about for how long."

That eventually prompted Burguiere to jokingly mock Gray for being "so stupid" that he didn't know who Malala Yousafzai is as they all laughed and laughed over the idea that it even mattered:

Yousafzai is, of course, the young woman who was shot in the head by the Taliban back in 2012 over her activism on behalf of the rights of women and education and has since become a global icon for human rights.

But why would three grown men holding jobs requiring them spend hours a day talking about politics and international affairs on a national broadcast be expected to know anything at all about something as insignificant as that?

Beck Foresees A Dire Google/Attack Of The Clones/Terminator Future

It is no secret that Glenn Beck is terrified by the future of technology and especially the inevitable rise of Terminator-like machines which is probably only a few years away.

Beck's terror is only growing more acute amid reports that Google is buying up robotics companies because that, coupled with the supposed systematic efforts to remove Christianity from the military, has him convinced that the world is hurtling toward an Attack-of-the-Clones-like nightmare:

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