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Barton: Being A Good Scientist Or Mathematician Requires A Proper 'Fear Of The Lord'

Last week, we posted a clip of Bryan Fischer explaining that liberals can never be wise because they do not have the "fear of the Lord" that is required for true wisdom.

It comes as no surprise that a similar view is shared by David Barton, who claims that our entire educational system was based on the assertion from Proverbs that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." As such, Barton said, if someone wants to be a good scientist or mathematician, they must first have the proper "fear of the Lord."

But in recent decades, Barton lamented, education has become increasingly secular and the Bible is not required to be read in public schools any more, which is why people are far less educated today than they were in the past.

"When we had a God-fearing approach to education," Barton asserted, "our educational knowledge was so much higher than what it is now.  Just something as simple as having prayer in school and having a daily Bible reading.  Did you know, back when we did that in schools, America was number one in the world in literacy? We had the highest literacy rate in the world.  The last forty years we said 'ah, we don't want any religion in schools.'  We're now 68th in the world in literacy. Our knowledge of even how to read has fallen through the floor; correlates exactly to the time we said 'oh, fear of the Lord can't be part of our knowledge":

'Clownish': Staver and Barber Outraged By 'The Transgender Traitor,' Chelsea Manning

Shortly after Bradley Manning was convicted of leaking classified information and sentenced to prison, it was announced that the former Army Intelligence Analyst would transition, undergo hormone therapy, and live as a woman named Chelsea.

Predictably, this is not sitting well with Mat Staver or Matt Barber, who cannot believe that this "transgender traitor" is being taken seriously.

Barber declared that any movement is only as strong as its weakest link and "the weakest link in that big, long LGBTQAAALMNOP ... alphabet soup of the absurd, the 'T' for transgender is the weakest link because it is so far removed and detached from reality ... that it is clownish."

Staver agreed, saying that the next time an airline tried to charge an overweight passenger for a second seat, that person should just argue that "I'm a skinny man trapped in an obese man's body": 

Fischer: Gay Activists Are Modern Day Nazi Stormtroopers

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer returned to his favorite theory that gays are modern day Nazis.

We already know that Fischer believes that Adolf Hitler was gay, that the Nazi Party was started by gays, and that Hitler filled the ranks of his Stormtroopers with gays because they were the only ones he could find who were "savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders."

And so, logically, gay activists today are modern day Nazis who seek to do to Christians just what the Nazis did to the Jews ... minus the violence, at least for now.

Asserting that "there are some serious pathologies associated with homosexual behavior," Fischer ran through his theory about connection between gays and Nazism as supposed proof that "everywhere you go, when gay activists gain the upper hand, they are thuggish, totalitarian, and repressive."

"Just as the homosexual Stormtroopers for Hitler were to exterminate and eliminate the opposition and beat them into silence," Fischer stated, "that's what homosexual activists want to do today":

Klingenschmitt: Christian Photographers Should Print Anti-Gay Scripture On The Back Of Gay Wedding Photos

Last month, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that a photography studio's refusal to photograph a same-sex wedding was a violation of the state's anti-discrimination laws and "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt is not happy about the ruling.

But he does have a novel solution: any Christian photographer who photographs a gay wedding should just print anti-gay verses of Scripture on the back of every photo.

Klingenschmitt said Christian business owners should print Romans 1:32, which he claims declares that gays are "worthy of death," on the back of all their business cards and announce that if any gay couples hires them to photograph their wedding, they are going to print the same verse on the back of each and every photo:

Fischer: America Will Never Elect A Saggy, Old Woman Like Hillary Clinton As President

It is well established that Bryan Fischer is unapologetically sexist, especially when it comes to the issue of a woman becoming President of the United States, so it is no surprise that he has recently begun attacking possible Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in blatantly sexist ways.

He did so again on his radio broadcast today, predicting that Clinton will not become president because voters don't want to "elect an old woman to the Oval Office ... She's just going to be too old, going to be too saggy, gravity will have done too much of its mojo on her; she's just going to look old and tired next to virtually anybody that the Republicans run out there":

Rapert: 'It's More Important To Do What Is Right By God' Than By My Constituents

Earlier this month, Janet Porter hosted a 10th Anniversary Faith2Action Banquet featuring Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, as well as Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert, the man responsible for the passage of the state's "Heartbeat Bill" over the Governor's veto.

During his remarks at the banquet, Rapert stated that it is not the will of 80,000 constituents that he represents but rather the will of God because "there's only one vote that matters and that's when I stand before the Lord at the judgment seat."

"It's more important to do what is right by God," Rapert said, "than it is to please those that would rather have me talk about pro-life but not really do much about pro-life."

He then went on to discuss the recent showdown in Texas over its own restrictive abortion legislation, saying of those who where there protesting the legislation that "I've never had a glimpse of Hell or heard a real demon, but I believe that must be what they sound like ... It's spiritual warfare":

Hagee: Those Who Believe In Separation Of Church & State Will Answer To God

On this week's "Hagee Hotline," Matthew Hagee responded to a question from a viewer about how she should respond to people who support the separation of church and state by telling her that such people will ultimately have to answer to God for believing this deception.

Claiming that the government uses the idea of separation of church and state to discourage Christians from getting involved in politics, Hagee said that one's faith must determine how they vote.

"As a Bible-believer," Hagee counseled, "you should never vote for someone who is pro-abortion. According to Bible standards ... they're pro-murder."

As for those who believe in the separation of church and state, Hagee said that he "would like to see what God's opinion of your position is when you meet him in eternity":

Glenn Beck Has It All Figured Out: Military Action Against Syria Is A Progressive Plot To Establish One World Government

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck explained to his listeners was is "really" going on with the talk of possible military action against Syria over its use of chemical weapons against civilians, revealing that the entire thing is part of a progressive/UN plot to create a one-world government.

Saying that it made no sense that the US would intervene militarily in Syria when it did nothing during the Rwanda genocide nearly twenty years ago, Beck explained that progressives in the US and around the world are seeking to weaken the United States' position as the lone superpower and are therefore pushing the nation toward a military conflict with Russia and China over Syria in order to allow the UN to step in and broker a peace deal that averts World War III and results in the establishment of a One World Government:

Barton: Atheism Is A Religion And Violation of Separation Of Church And State

Rep. John Fleming was the guest on "WallBuilders Live" today, discussing his effort to prevent the military from creating positions for atheist chaplains. After Fleming alleged that the proposal itself was nothing more than an effort to drive religion out of the military, David Barton blamed the entire thing on the Supreme Court, delivering a convoluted argument alleging that atheism is itself a religion and therefore should be banned from public school in the name of separation of church and state:

The Supreme Court opened the door to all of this. Back in decisions like U.S. vs Seeger and others, the court, in their dislike for traditional religion, they defined religion as whatever someone believes so sincerely and so strongly that it affects the way they act.

Now, if that's the case, by the court's definition, atheism and humanism would be religious because they affect the way people act.  But if that's the case, then why don't we have the separation of church and state with them, if they're a religion?

Darwinism and evolution is a religion. Why don't we say 'hey, we can't teach Darwinism in school. That affects the way people behave.  I demand separation of church and state. Get Darwinism out of the classroom.'

Or why don't we say 'hey, I don't see any prayers going at graduation; that's atheism!  I demand separation of church and state. Atheism has chaplains, they're a religion. Get atheism out of the schools.'

Hmmm, so not having prayer in school is now a violation of the separation of church and state? So what is the solution?  To require prayer?  Because that's somehow not a violation? 

Today I Am Inspired, Today I Am Hopeful

Today I am inspired, today I am hopeful.

Not because we have won the fight that our Civil Rights leaders began. Not because we have created the world of which Dr. King dreamed. But because, 50 years later, we are still fighting. 50 years later, we march on.

As Dr. King said 50 years ago, ‘1963 is not an end, but a beginning.’ Those who marched in 1963 knew they wouldn’t heal all of our country’s wounds. They knew that new wounds would open and new struggles would arise. What they gave us was a framework for the fight, a blueprint for justice.

As we gather on the National Mall today to commemorate that day in 1963, let’s remember Dr. King’s words. The Civil Rights Movement didn’t shut the door on our painful past. Instead, it opened the door to a more just future.

Today, we are still fighting for equal access to the ballot box; for a criminal justice system that dispenses equal justice under the law; for the right to unionize and earn a living wage; for women’s equality; for the recognition of all families in the eyes of the law; for the rights and dignity of immigrants; for economic opportunity and access to the American dream.

The March on Washington gave a loud and clear signal that change is not only possible, it’s necessary.

As we begin the next 50 years of the fight, we must heed the call of 1963. We must call injustice by its name. We must keep on pursuing the dream, no matter how difficult, no matter how long the fight.

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Statement from the African American Ministers Leadership Council on 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi, director of People For the American Way Foundation’s  African American Ministers Leadership Council, released the following statement commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom:

Today I am inspired, today I am hopeful.

Not because we have won the fight that our Civil Rights leaders began. Not because we have created the world of which Dr. King dreamed. But because, 50 years later, we are still fighting. 50 years later, we march on.

As Dr. King said 50 years ago, ‘1963 is not an end, but a beginning.’ Those who marched in 1963 knew they wouldn’t heal all of our country’s wounds. They knew that new wounds would open and new struggles would arise. What they gave us was a framework for the fight, a blueprint for justice.

As we gather on the National Mall today to commemorate that day in 1963, let’s remember Dr. King’s words. The Civil Rights Movement didn’t shut the door on our painful past. Instead, it opened the door to a more just future.

Today, we are still fighting for equal access to the ballot box; for a criminal justice system that dispenses equal justice under the law; for the right to unionize and earn a living wage; for women’s equality; for the recognition of all families in the eyes of the law; for the rights and dignity of immigrants; for economic opportunity and access to the American dream.

The March on Washington gave a loud and clear signal that change is not only possible, it’s necessary.

As we begin the next 50 years of the fight, we must heed the call of 1963. We must call injustice by its name. We must keep on pursuing the dream, no matter how difficult, no matter how long the fight.
 

Barber & Staver: Remaining Silent On Abortion Is Just Like Staying Silent During The Holocaust

Likening legal abortion once again to the Nazi Holocaust, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber said on the most recent "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast that those who remain silent on the issue today are no different than those who remained silent while the Nazis murdered millions of Jews, warning that they will be judged accordingly by history.

"This is our modern day holocaust," said Staver, before going on to assert that those who do not speak out in opposition to abortion are standing on the wrong side of history.

Barber then expanded on that point, saying there is "an exact comparison" between the two and declaring that "posterity will view those who stood in silence or who tacitly accepted this abortion holocaust just as history views those who silently stood by and allowed the Nazis to murder millions of Jews":

Lonegan: It's 'Weird' Cory Booker Won't Say If He's Gay; 'I Personally Like Being A Guy'

Today, the Washington Post published a piece on Corey Booker, the Democratic candidate for the US Senate from New Jersey, in which Booker acknowledged that the fact that he is not married has lead to speculation that he is gay.

Booker wouldn't confirm anything, but stated that such speculation is perfectly fine with him and, in fact, said "some part of me thinks it’s wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, 'So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.'"

Booker's Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, was asked about Booker's response by Newsmax's Steve Malzberg this afternoon, and said he didn't know if Booker is gay but thought it was "weird" that he was unwilling to answer the question, speculating that maybe "it helps get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous."

But Lonegan was sure of one thing: Steve Lonegan is a real man because "as a guy, I personally like being a guy" and he is certainly not one of those sorts who goes in for things like manicures and pedicures like Cory Booker does!

"It was described as his peculiar fetish," Lonegan said. "I have a more peculiar fetish: I like a good Scotch and a cigar, that's my fetish. But we'll just compare the two":

Glenn Beck Isn't Going To Stop Saying Something Just Because It Is False

Last week we noted that Glenn Beck had started promoting a new conspiracy claiming that a racist, anti-gay black nationalist Department of Homeland Security employee named Ayo Kimathi was responsible for the shortage of ammunition in this country, because he was buying it all up for the government in preparation for a coming race war.

Beck insisted that Kimathi was "in charge of buying all of the bullets for the Department of Homeland Security," which, as we pointed out, was totally false.

Kimathi's actual position was as a "Small Business Specialist" within the ICE Office of Acquisition Management, meaning that it was his job to "provide advice to small business owners on individual procurement opportunities and how to do business" with the various government agencies.

As the SPLC, which first broke the story, reported, "among his duties at DHS and ICE is speaking at various vendor events. He’s one of the agency’s public faces. It is his job to advocate for small business owners 'white, black, historically disadvantaged, disabled veteran-owned, everybody.'"

Helping small businesses navigate the government procurement system is, obviously, not quite the same thing as being "in charge of buying all of the bullets for the Department of Homeland Security" ... so, of course, Beck repeated the same false claim on his radio broadcast today.

"At the Department of Homeland Security," Beck said, "he is the acquisitions officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement who is in charge of buying all the weapons and ammunition for the government ... This is the guy who's in charge of buying it all":

It wasn't true when Beck said it last week and it was just as untrue when he repeated it today - and it will continue to be untrue every time Beck repeats it in the future, which he will most certainly will do because he simply does not care that it is false, so long as it feeds his narrative and helps him promote his agenda.

Fischer: Liberals Can't Be Wise Because They Don't Fear The Lord

Bryan Fischer began his radio program yesterday with a discussion of Psalm 111; in particular, the verse that states that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding."

"That is the basic divide in our culture," Fischer claimed, asserting that liberals cannot be wise or have any understanding because they do not fear the Lord.

"We talk everyday for two hours about how clueless people on the left are. Why is that? Because they do not have the fear of the Lord.  You cannot be clued in, you can't be discerning, you can't be perceptive, you can't be wise unless you begin with a holy reverence for God":

Justice Ginsburg Speaks Out Against Citizens United

With little over a month before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a money in politics case that some are calling the next Citizens United, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke out this week on the damage that Citizens United v. FEC continues to cause to our democracy. 

Discussing the infamous 2010 Supreme Court decision that paved the way for unlimited corporate spending to influence our elections, Ginsburg told Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News:

“You take the limits off and say, ‘You can spend as much as you want,’ and people will spend and spend,” she said. “People are appalled abroad. It’s a question I get asked all the time: Why should elections be determined by how much a candidate can spend and why should candidates spend most of their time these days raising the funds so that they will prevail in the next election?”

It’s a great question, and one with a clear answer – they shouldn’t.

Justice Ginsburg is not alone in her concerns about the damage done to our democratic system.  A 2012 Brennan Center national poll found that nearly seven in ten respondents agree that “new rules that let corporations, unions and people give unlimited money to Super PACs will lead to corruption.” 

And this is not the first time Justice Ginsburg has publicly commented on the Citizens United decision. Early last year, Justices Ginsburg and Breyer released a statement in conjunction with a Court order in a campaign finance case out of Montana stating that:

Montana’s experience, and experience elsewhere since this Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm’n, make it exceedingly difficult to maintain that independent expenditures by corporations “do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.”  A petition for certiorari will give the Court an opportunity to consider whether, in light of the huge sums currently deployed to buy candidates’ allegiance, Citizens United should continue to hold sway.

It is also not the first time she has commented on the Roberts Court more generally.  In an interview with the New York Times this weekend, Ginsburg called the current court “one of the most activist courts in history.”

In October, the high court will hear arguments in a case considering similar issues, McCutcheon v. FEC, for which People For the American Way Foundation submitted an amicus brief.  In this case, the Supreme Court could take the damage of Citizens United one step further by eliminating the caps on how much money an individual can contribute – in total – in each two-year campaign cycle.  It other words, the court would be striking down another protection against wealthy special interests overpowering our political system, allowing even more big money to flow into our elections.

Just what our democracy needs.  PFAW Foundation Executive Vice President Marge Baker noted last month:

Protecting the legitimacy of our political system, and restoring the faith of the American people in that system, is vital to a working democracy.

And as Justice Ginsburg highlighted this week, elections shouldn’t be determined by who has the biggest wallet.
 

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Fischer: Russia's Anti-Gay Law Is Exactly The Sort Of 'Public Policy That We've Been Advocating'

On his radio broadcast this afternoon, Bryan Fischer delivered a vigorous defense of Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law, saying that, if anything, it doesn't go far enough.

Fischer commended Russia for trying to reestablish their Christian heritage and for understanding that "homosexual behavior is a moral evil."  Fischer lamented that, for now the law only bans the spread of homosexual propaganda to teenagers, but remains hopeful that Russia will eventually realize that homosexuality is a "moral evil" for everyone.

Even still, Fischer said, "at least they're ahead of us on recognizing that it's a moral evil to propagandize this lifestyle among teenagers."

Fischer then wondered by so few in the anti-gay activists have been willing to stand up in defense of Russia's bigoted law, especially since "this is public policy that we've been advocating and here is a nation in the world that is actually putting it into practice":

John Lewis and a new generation of movement leaders

"And I say to all the young people, you must get out there and push and pull and make America what America should be for all of us . . . I'm not tired. I'm not weary. I'm not prepared to sit down and give up. I am ready to fight and continue to fight. And you must fight."
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McCullough: Obama Is A Racist And A 'Flaming Hypocrite'

Despite the fact that authorities are saying that race did not play a role in the shooting death of Christopher Lane or the beating that killed World War II vet Delbert Belton, commentators on the right are absolutely convinced that it did.

As such, "AFA Today" broadcast host Kevin McCullough blasted President Obama on Friday for failing to speak out about either crime, which apparently proves that Obama is racist and a "flaming hypocrite":

Please Mr. Obama, explain to me your silence, explain to me your deafness to the cries of people that genuinely hurt.

What's that?  All we have is crickets?

Oh, because you're a flaming hypocrite. I get it.  Okay.  As long as we understand the game as it's being played. As long as we understand that it's okay for you to be a racist in the White House while accusing everyone else to be a racist.  As long as we understand that that's the way it works; now we know.  Now we've been made fully aware and now we can operate in a world where truth exists because we now see for ourselves that you're nothing but a flaming, hypocritical opportunist that seeks to prop up your own advantage via created outrage and anger when it doesn't exist and totally willing to be a total flaming hypocrite when it does exist on the other hand.

The fact that you're a two-bit circus squaller [sic] about this and that you're out there and your willing to chase that ambulance when you think there's a buck in it for you and you're not willing to take a stand, take a morally righteous stand to defend people that are shot down or beaten to death flashlights simply because they happen to be race that is different than the people attacked them.

Mr. President, I'm grateful; you're helping me today, Mr. President, you're helping me understand that racism comes in all forms and colors and that you yourself exhibit it as much as anybody else does, especially those that you've accused of it in the past.

Marching On Washington, Again

This weekend People For the American Way Foundation turned out en masse for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington.

Some could remember the original march well.  Some had driven across the country to be there on Saturday.  

Our reasons for being there were as diverse as the range of topics covered by the speakers. Some wanted to see an end to Stand Your Ground laws; others spoke in support of immigration reform, LGBT equality, or voting rights. 

But everyone stood in solidarity with those who marched half a century ago, while calling attention to the ongoing need to fight for social, economic, and racial justice.  Everyone raised their voices in support of justice for all

We saw Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) – just 23 years old when he spoke at the original March on Washington – take the podium again, speaking passionately about the need to protect the right to vote.  He called it “precious…almost sacred.”  Lewis recalled:

I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote.…I am not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us.

Members of the PFAW Foundation family also took the podium.  Young People For (YP4) alum Sophia Campos spoke in personal terms about the need for change in immigration policies, saying: 

I grew up in this country undocumented. My family is immigrant… A million people have been deported in the last five years….It’s our black and brown bodies in these cells that are being detained.

Another YP4 alum, Dream Defenders leader Phil Agnew, also spoke at the rally, calling on young people to take the lead in the progressive movement.  Young people, he said, are “here today to join in a conversation that will shake the very foundations of this capital.” 

And Rev. Charles Williams, an active member of PFAW Foundation’s African American Ministers Leadership Council, was named by the event organizers as being part of the next generation of leaders.

We came to honor those who marched 50 years ago, but also to call attention to the critical justice issues facing our country today.  As PFAW Foundation President Michael Keegan wrote last week:

That’s what this week is about: making sure that we, as a country, continue to strive to fulfill the promise of justice for all -- the American Way.

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