On this week's "Hagee Hotline," John Hagee continuedtoissue dire warnings that America will face the wrath of God if this nation reaches any sort of nuclear deal with Iran.
"I want you to hear this verse, it's God's foreign policy statement toward Israel," Hagee declared, "'I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you.' This nuclear treaty is America's curse on the future of Israel. If our Congress does not vote this down ... we, the United States of America, are in direct line of fire to receive the judgment of God. The day America turns its back on Israel will be the day God turns his back on us."
This month People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, the first and only national initiative to provide a network of support to the newest generation of progressive leaders at every level of elected office, surpassed the 1,000 member mark. Recently, hundreds of those members from across the nation gathered at the YEO Network National Convening 2015 to participate in collaborative discussions and issue-based training sessions.
The YEO Network began ten years ago as a small group of elected officials dedicated to promoting progressive values, and has since grown to over 1,000 members making a difference in local school boards, state legislatures, and the United States Congress. Past and current members of the Network include rising stars like Congressman Joaquin Castro and his brother, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, who attended the first YEO convening a decade ago.
“The commitment and passion young elected officials bring to their offices every day proves that this 1,000 member mark is only the beginning for our network,” said Andrew Gillum, director of youth leadership programs at People For the American Way Foundation. “Ten years in, we are continuing to build and grow each day to build a stronger, more equal, more just country.”
“The YEO Network has come to symbolize the power of young, progressive leadership,” said Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way Foundation. “Each elected official in this network is making real change in their community. But this isn’t only about the work that 1,000 young leaders are doing all across the country—it’s about the collective force of a movement that’s literally changing the face of our nation. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together in the next ten years.”
Naturally, he has now been tapped to take over the super PAC supporting Ted Cruz's presidential campaign:
David Barton, an influential Christian author and activist, is taking charge of the leading super-PAC supporting Ted Cruz.
The super-PAC, Keep the Promise PAC, is the umbrella for a group of related pro-Cruz political committees that raised $38 million in the first half of the year, more than the super-PACs supporting any other candidate with the exception of Jeb Bush.
"From the outset, the Keep the Promise PACs made their mission to provide a voice for the millions of courageous conservatives who are looking to change the direction of the country," Keep the Promise PAC said in a statement today. "Barton's involvement is an important step signaling that the effort will not be run by a D.C. consultant but by a grassroots activist."
Glenn Beck is in Washington, D.C., today to speak at a rally in opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and even though he knows the deal cannot be defeated, he is intent on speaking so that God will see him standing against it.
Beck has said that his message will be so full of dire prophetic warnings that it will sound like incomprehensible rambling to anyone listening, but God and His people will understand exactly what he is saying. He kicked things off last night on his television program with a tearful monologue warning his audience that this week will be the time when America finally seals its fate because "we are going to become an enemy of God."
"We are not hopeless because He is our hope," an emotional Beck declared, "but we have dealt with Him falsely and He is going to withdraw his protection and it is going to be stunning when it happens."
"This is it. I'm telling you this is the last call," he continued, standing in front of his chalkboard as he warned that within a year, America will be so divided that we literally will not even be able to understand one another. "I am telling you, please, Dear God, listen to me, please. Please! We are here. This is the moment that historians will look back and say, 'They would have survived, but they chose death instead.'"
"Please, grab your children, grab your friends," he warned, "and you get them in the boat right now and you stand, you declare, even in your own room by yourself, you stand up and you say the words out loud, 'Lord, I choose life. I reject what is happening in my own country, they do not speak for me.' And then you get down on your knees and you beg Him for protection because He can no longer be our God. He has to withdraw ... We're going to feel the full ramifications of what it feels like to choose death."
David Barton took to his Facebook page yesterday to pen a defense of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and her refusal to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, asserting that requiring her to do so violates the Constitution's prohibition on ex post facto laws.
Ex post factorefers "to a criminal law that applies retroactively, thereby criminalizing conduct that was legal when originally performed," and Barton, like others, bizarrely argues that since gay marriage was not legal nationwide when Davis ran for her county clerk position, requiring her to issue gay marriage licenses now is unconstitutional:
The third major criticism of Davis is that she is she knew what she was getting into and therefore should never have run for office. But this is a factually inaccurate statement. Davis ran for office in 2014; the Court issued its personal opinion in 2015 – a year after she was in office. She did not know that she was going to be asked to implement a federal policy that no American in the history of the Constitution had ever before been asked to enforce: issue a license for a homosexual marriage. She is now being punished for refusing to do something that was not part of her job description when she took office. In fact, her punishment smacks of an “ex post facto” policy. As even the very progressive Wikipedia explains, “An ex post facto law is a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences (or status) of actions that were committed, or relationships that existed, before the enactment of the law.” The Constitution explicitly prohibits this in Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 3, yet this is dangerously close to, if not exactly what is happening to Davis – except that it is not a law under which she is being jailed but rather the decree of a judge; but the results are the same.
Barton's understanding of ex post facto laws is laughable and therefore his entire argument is ludicrous since Davis is not being punished retroactively for something that was legal at the time she did it, but is rather being held in contempt of court for violating a judge's orders to stop preventing her office from issuing licenses to same-sex couples in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision.
Davis is currently breaking the law and that is why she is facing legal troubles.
Today, GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee joined a handful of hardcore anti-gay activists for a rally in support of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who has become a Religious Right hero for briefly going to jail rather than allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
At the end of his remarks today, Huckabee sanctimoniously declared that he is willing to spend years in jail on Davis' behalf in opposition to the legalization of gay marriage.
"I have a message for the judge," Huckabee proclaimed, "and I say this with all my heart: If this judge believes that somebody must be put in jail because a person is willing to stand on the biblical definition of marriage ... Let Kim go, but if you have to put someone in jail, I volunteer to go. Let me go. Lock me up if you think that's how freedom is best served."
"I am willing to spend the next eight years in the White House leading this country," he thundered, "but I want you to know, I'm willing to spend the next eight years in jail but I'm not willing to spend one day under the tyranny of people who believe they can take our freedom and conscience away!"
Davis may indeed soon be headed back to jail as her lawyer, Mat Staver, said that she will continue to break the law in defiance of court orders when she returns to work later this week.
Mat Staver, the Liberty Counsel attorney who is representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis during her ongoing refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, appeared on the "WallBuilders Live" radio program today, where he said that requiring Davis to issue such marriage licenses is like requiring her to provide licenses to "sodomize children."
"A clerk provides licenses to do something," Staver explained. "A license to operate a motor vehicle on the road, a license to build a particular facility or a license to do this or a license to do that or a license to operate a business. So that person is licensing someone to do something and in this case, they're licensing what? They're licensing something that is directly contrary to the core of their religious convictions, to engage in sinful activity among same-sex relations and sanction something that is contrary to the Scriptures and that is marriage of two people of the same sex."
"To force someone like that to give a license for something that will legalize, that will put a stamp of approval on something that is absolute rebellion against God, sinful, then that is a direct collision of unprecedented magnitude," he continued, saying that requiring Davis to do her job is like requiring her "to grant a license to engage in pornography, to grant a license to sodomize children or something of that nature."
The Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin joined Rick Joyner for a "special update" on Sunday where Boykin asserted that Christians must be involved in politics because the Constitution came directly out of the Bible and the Founding Fathers created our system of government to be run by Christians.
Insisting that the separation of church and state is a myth, Boykin declared that the church was primarily responsible for the success of the American Revolution and as well as the abolition of slavery and suggested that Christians who refuse to get involved in politics are cowards.
"You don't have the courage to stand for what you believe in," Boykin said, "because the church has always been a dominant factor in the politics of America and the 56 men who signed that document were men of faith. When they came back and wrote that Constitution, they wrote that Constitution and derived all of the principles out of that Constitution out of the Bible. So when you hold up a Bible, you need to hold up the Constitution right next to it and say, 'This Constitution came from this Bible and every freedom that's given in this Constitution came from the Bible.'"
"When Christians say we shouldn't be involved in politics, you've got to be kidding me," he continue. "We're the government."
Glenn Beck drove to Houston today to attend the funeral for Deputy Darren Goforth, who was ruthlessly gunned down last week at a local gas station.
Joining Beck on the trip was David Barton and his wife Cheryl and, on the way to the funeral, Beck and Barton had a conversation about the jailing of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis for preventing her office from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, and Beck uploaded a video of it to his Facebook page.
While Beck said that he sympathizes with Davis, he cannot understand why she has not been fired for refusing to do her job. Barton, predictably, responded by asserting that Davis is entirely in the right to refuse to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because "the Founding Fathers made it real clear that the laws of God are higher than the laws of man."
"This is a law of God. Man's law is not allowed to contradict God's law," Barton said, which means there can be no justification for jailing Davis because she is upholding God's law.
On an upcoming episode of the "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver discuss the case of Kim Davis with Matt Barber, who, though he has has reportedly left Liberty Counsel to start his own ultra-right wing website called BarbWire, still regularly appears as Staver's co-host on the organization's daily radio program.
Staver and Barber discussed Liberty Counsel's representation of Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who has been jailed due to her ongoing refusal to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, with Barber declaring that if Davis relents and agrees to issue such licenses, it would be "the most hateful thing that she could do."
If Kim Davis were to put her "put her stamp of approval ... on counterfeit gay marriage," Barber said, "that is the least compassionate, most hateful thing that she could do, to issue same-sex marriage licenses to people who are about to enter into a counterfeit and false institution that is rooted in mortal sin, in the sin of homosexual immorality."
Homosexuality is an "abomination," Barber continued, "and if she were to engage in this, she would be leading others and supporting others in sin, putting her own self in danger of judgment. She wants a clear conscience before she stands before God."
Glenn Beck long ago transitioned from a self-described "rodeo clown" into a full-blown apocalyptic End Times preacher, so it was no surprise to see that his television program last night consisted mostly of him delivering a sermon to his studio audience warning that God is going to utterly wipe this nation out for passing the Iran nuclear deal and for failing to close down Planned Parenthood.
Preaching once again from the book of Jeremiah, Beck declared that "history books will remember us as people who chose death over life" and proclaimed that when future generations look at what caused "our demise," they will point to the Iran deal and Planned Parenthood as black scars on our record.
Beck went on to relate that, as a Mormon, he believes that "the Constitution is divinely inspired and that this land is sacred," and so God's warning through Jeremiah to Israel applies equally to America today. As such, Beck warned that, just like ancient Israel, "if we go awry, God will take his mighty arm and he will wipe it clean."
American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer spent the first hour of his radio broadcast today voicing his outrage at the news that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis had been held in contempt of court and taken into custody for her ongoing violation of court rulings ordering the county clerk's office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Fischer was not alone it his outrage, as he took a call from a listener who declared that conservatives are tired of "being pushed back to a cliff" and called for "a massive national demonstration of solidarity" with Davis, warning that if 10 million people do not come together and "flood Washington, D.C.," then all will be lost.
"The media belongs to the Antichrist," the caller said. "We're at the point now where there must be a massive national upheaval. If we cannot have it, I will predict, I will prophesy to you, there will be blood and it will be massive."
Fischer agreed, declaring that "this is a pivotal point in American history" and asserting that Davis will "wind up being the person on which American history turns."
Asserting that this is proof that "every advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty," Fischer proclaimed that every GOP presidential candidate must now be "pushed to the wall, backed into a corner" and forced to state a position on the controversy because this issue is now "the dividing line in the GOP nomination campaign."
Earlier this week, Glenn Beck announced that he would be speaking at a "Stop The Iran Nuclear Deal" rally in Washington, D.C. next week in order to be seen by God taking a stand for righteousness and life. While it is now clear that opponents of the deal do not have the votes needed to defeat it, Beck said he will still be attending the rally because he wants to ensure that he is seen doing the right thing "when Daddy comes home."
Admitting that he is completely out of ideas on how to change the course of this nation and so now all that is left is prayer and supplication, Beck said that even though he cannot stop the Iran deal, he is still going to speak out.
"I'm not there to speak to you, I'm not there to speak to Congress," he said. "I am there so I am standing before God Almighty so He sees me doing what I'm supposed to do because when Daddy comes home, I don't want Him asking, 'Did you do all the things I asked you to do?'"
People For the American Way Foundation today applauded Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s moves to restore the voting rights of more than 10,000 Virginia citizens with criminal records. By streamlining the restoration process and by removing barriers that prevented formerly incarcerated persons from being able to vote, run for office and serve on juries, McAullife has restored the rights of more Virginians than any other Governor in a four year term.
“This is unquestionably a step towards a more just and more democratic system,” said Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation. “We’ve seen that continuing to prevent ex-offenders from registering to vote serves no purpose other than increasing stigma and contributing to the ongoing war on voting rights. Governor McAuliffe should be applauded for his efforts to include more citizens in our elections, and other elected officials should follow his lead.”
“Felon disenfranchisement is just one of the ways that opponents of voting rights have kept people of color away from the ballot box,” said Minister Leslie Watson Malachi, PFAW Foundation’s Director of African American Religious Affairs. “Allowing formerly incarcerated persons to raise their voices as full citizens brings us a small step closer to a system that truly reflects a government of, by and for all the people. We are committed to continuing to work to make sure that all Virginians are ready and able to cast a vote that counts on Election Day.”
It is kind of amazing that defenders of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has ordered her office not to issue any marriage licenses in order to avoid abiding by the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling, actually think that it is entirely reasonable to force the more than 20,000 residents of the county to accommodate Davis' personal religious convictions rather than require her to simply do her job.
Like Mat Staver yesterday, Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family's Citizenlink insists today that the 23,333 residents of Rowan County, Kentucky, "could easily drive to any neighboring county" in order to obtain a marriage license and should be forced to do so because "an elected official has a right to a reasonable accommodation for her faith."
The idea that it is reasonable to make tens of thousands of people drive to a different county to obtain a marriage license because their clerk simply refuses to do her job, or even to let her subordinates do theirs, is laughable, as is Shepard's argument that it is gay rights activists who are trying to force their views on Davis when, in reality, it is Davis who is forcing her views on an entire county by demanding that all residents accommodate her religious convictions. Of course, if the clerks in the surrounding counties likewise refused to follow the law, Religious Right activists would defend them as well.
Predictably, Shepard goes on to claim that the true reason that gay rights activists are waging this fight is because they are in pain and are lashing out.
"My observation is that the activists are sincerely hurting," he said, "yet their worldview will not allow them to see any connection between the pain they're feeling and the life they're living, so they look for someone to blame and the focus right now is on any Christian who would take a stand for God's timeless design for marriage and relationships."
Glenn Beck was spitting fire on his radio program this morning from the get-go, opening with a declaration that "we are living in a culture of death" and only growing more and more apocalyptic as he ranted, uninterrupted, through the entire segment about how America is rapidly committing suicide.
"I want you to understand, we're done as a nation," Beck warned. "We're not going to get any more warnings on this. Evil is rampaging right now. It is beyond anything I have ever seen anywhere in my life and if you think it is going to stay put, if you think it's not going to grow, if you think this is as bad is it could get, you are sadly mistaken."
Things like the nuclear deal with Iran, civil unrest in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, the persecution of Christians, and even allowing transgender students to use proper facilities in public schools are all going to spread and grow worse, Beck proclaimed, until eventually this nation simply collapses.
"We are a nation hell-bent on our own destruction," Beck thundered. "God's not going to punish us. I saw in the New York Post, 'Glenn Beck is again with his apocalyptic preaching,' I'm not preaching to you and I'm not apocalyptic! We are suicidal and all I'm doing is telling you."
It is not a coincidence that Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who is currently at the center of a heated legal battle over her refusal to allow the county office to issue any marriage licenses in order to avoid having to provide them to gay couples, is being represented by Mat Staver and his organization Liberty Counsel, as both he and the organization have a long history of vehemently anti-gay activism. While the Supreme Court has rebuffed Davis' legal challenges, Staver has continued to insist that she and other anti-gay clerks are justified in violating the law.
Today, Staver appeared on Steve Malzberg's Newsmax program, where, amazingly, he declared that it was entirely reasonable for the more than 20,000 residents of Rowan County, Kentucky, to have to drive 30 minutes to another county in order to obtain a marriage license in order to protect Davis' personal religious convictions.
"The simple issue that can be resolved is her religious conscience and convictions," Staver said. "You have 120 counties in Kentucky and you have additional jurisdictions that can issue licenses. So it's 130-plus venues; you drive 30 minutes in any direction in Kentucky and get a marriage license. You don't have to force Kim Davis herself to issue the license."
Staver went on to warn that if Davis, who has also ordered deputy clerks not to issue marriage licenses, is actually required to do her job as an elected official and public employee, soon the government will go after churches, Christian universities, and Christian businesses as well because "what the end goal is is to stamp out freedom."
On yesterday's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner revealed that, prior to the start of last year's NFL season, God personally told him that the New England Patriots would win the Super Bowl and that it would be "a prophetic message that patriotism is going to win this year."
Joyner said that God regularly shows him "through sporting events some prophetic scenarios," and so, last year, he asked God when He was going to let the Carolina Panthers finally win a Super Bowl. God reportedly told Joyner "don't give up on the Panthers," which Joyner interpreted to mean that the Panthers would not have a very good year but "it could end up good," which is exactly what happened when the team made it into the playoffs despite having a losing record and even won a Wild Card game.
But more importantly, God told Joyner that the Patriots would win the Super Bowl, though Joyner wisely decided not to share that information publicly because otherwise people would have used it to gamble.
"The Lord told me the Patriots were going to win," he said. "I knew the Lord said and he was saying it as a prophetic message that patriotism is going to win this year. And that's what's going to win and you're going to see Americans becoming patriotic again. And I knew that was a message and I think that's important for us to understand and, for that reason, I was kind of happy when the Patriots won it all, I knew we're going to see this unfold."
Near the end of his radio program yesterday, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer once again heaped praise upon Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis for preventing her office from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, in defiance of court orders, calling her a "hero" and likening her to someone who refused to send Jews to Nazi death camps or to return runaway slaves to their owner.
"What would be think today of a clerk in her position and this is a clerk that controls entrance in and out of the town of Auschwitz?," Fischer asked. "There's this box car that pulls up and she knows that there are Jews in the box car that are headed to the gas chambers and yet she has to sign a certificate allowing this train to proceed through Auschwitz to get to the other side of town. Now, the law says you have got to do it ... What would we think of her if she said, 'No, I'm not going to sign that certificate'? I think we would regard her today as a hero for honoring her conscience when it came to an important issue."
"And then you think about Dred Scott," he continued. "What would we think if we had a lower court judge, a magistrate, let's say, in Wisconsin, who said, 'I'm not going to sign that warrant. You want me to sign a warrant to go kidnap or capture a fugitive slave and return him to slavery? I'm not going to do it even though the Supreme Court says that that negro has no rights.' I think that we would regard that guy today as a hero and that's how I look at Kim Davis."