Back in February, Phyllis Schlafly was the guest on Rick Scarborough's Tea Party Unity call where she fielded questions from participants on a range of topics, including whether those pushing for immigration reform are doing so in order to place millions of new immigrants on government programs so as to bankrupt the nation.
Schlafly, not surprisingly, declared that that is exactly what President Obama is trying to do:
Caller: My name is Jim Mason, I am the state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots here in Nebraska. Mrs. Schlafly, concerning the illegal alien issue and the influx coming into the nation, we are looking at somewhere between ten and thirty million that will be allowed amnesty. The cost to be able to have this number on relief could be all but unsustainable for the nation. Is that the intent of these pro-illegal alien groups? Are they hoping to fundamentally change the United States away from the way that it is now? Are they trying to bankrupt the nation intentionally? I'm just curious.
Schlafly: Well, people have different motives and maybe some of them have sincere motives - I wouldn't indict everybody, but I think it's clear, what you said, that it is Obama's motive. And I do believe that that is what Obama's motive is. Now there are other people who have been co-opted into supporting him for various innocent and other reasons but I do think that these socialist-minded people really want to destroy our system. They hate us!
Anti-Islam activist Frank Gaffney was the featured guest on Rick Scarborough's Tea Party Unity conference call last week where he issued his standard warnings about the massive infiltration of Muslim Brotherhood agents into the US government.
During the Q & A segment of the call, Scarborough asked Gaffney if he thought the tragedy in Benghazi would hurt Hillary Clinton if she runs for president in 2016, which prompted Gaffney to proclaim that "no one has done more to undermine women's rights" throughout the world than Clinton by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood before asserting that both Clinton and her long time aide Huma Abedin, whom Gaffney believes to be a Muslim Brotherhood operative, need to be held accountable:
Hillary Clinton made this speech ... the irony is she spoke about the plight of women at this event and the truth of the matter is, I would argue that perhaps no one, save only the President of the United States himself, but no one has done more to undermine women's rights in a larger part of the world than Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State because she presided over and was the handmaiden of this effort to promote the Muslim Brotherhood.
And one other data point on this Rick, I believe it is going to be very important to hold her accountable for having had a women closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood at her right hand for over twelve years now and how has left the State Department where she was the Deputy Chief of Staff on the same day the Hillary Clinton left office and is almost certainly going to be helping her in her presidential run in the days ahead, Her name is Huma Abedin and she needs to be held accountable and so does Hillary Clinton.
On more than one occasion over the last several years, Mike McManus of Marriage Savers, often with his wife Harriet, has appeared on various Religious Right radio program that we monitor and spoken at their events. Mostly his message has focused on the topic of strengthening the institution of marriage, but it came as no surprise to learn when he appeared on Bryan Fischer's radio program on Friday that he shares the Right's bigoted anti-gay views.
When Fischer asked him why gay couples are supposedly uninterested in actually getting married, McManus responded that they are really just interested in "trying to destroy the institution of marriage, which they can't really participate in" before declaring that gays are afflicted with a "perversion" due to having been molested as children:
On today's radio program, Bryan Fischer took a call from a woman named Vicki in Illinois who called in to get his advice on whether or not she needed to find another church because the one she is currently attending is gay-friendly and has not only an lesbian pastor but openly gay Sunday School teachers.
Not surprisingly, Fischer urged her to get out of that church immediately, saying that being in that environment was going to corrupt her children by getting them to think that homosexuality was okay which will "destroy them in body and soul and spirit."
Instead, Fischer counseled, she needs to find a church run by a "happily married pastor" who "has a biblical view of homosexuality that it is a sin [and] that it's not something that a healthy society ever ought to embrace":
One of the most interesting things about watching Bryan Fischer's program on a daily basis is learning to understand the bizarre manner in which he views the world. And it is not his vehement hostility to Muslims, or gays, or liberals that demonstrate his warped view of reality but simpler things like how he interprets seemingly benign comments and events.
On yesterday's program, Fischer provided a good example of the sort of lens through which he views the world when he ripped President Obama for supposedly insulting the people of Iowa by sharing a story in which Michele Obama said she could understand why people would want to own guns.
While speaking in Denver earlier this week, Obama was making a point about why it is so hard to make any progress on gun control legislation, saying that people on "both sides of the debate sometimes don't listen to each other. The people who take absolute positions on these issues, on both sides, sometimes aren't willing to concede even an inch of ground."
The key to overcoming this was to build trust, Obama said, and try to understand the positions of people with different points of view. In demonstrating this, he told a story about something Michelle said to him:
And so one of the questions we talked about was, how do you build trust? How do you rebuild some trust? And I told the story about two conversations I had. The first conversation was when Michelle came back from doing some campaigning out in rural Iowa. And we were sitting at dinner, and she had been to like a big county, a lot of driving out there, a lot of farmland. And she said, if I was living out in a farm in Iowa, I'd probably want a gun, too. If somebody just drives up into your driveway and you're not home -- you don't know who these people are and you don't know how long it's going to take for the sheriffs to respond. I can see why you'd want some guns for protection.
But for Fischer, this story does nothing but demonstrate Obama's "sneering contempt for everybody in middle America; it is condescending, it is patronizing, it's insulting" because Obama is basically saying that "Iowa is some kind of third world country" and a murderous hell hole:
Yet again, Liberty Counsel dedicated its "Faith and Freedom" radio program today to warning about the dire consequences that would result if the Supreme Court recognizes the constitutionality of marriage equality, with Mat Staver proclaiming that not only would it undermine religious freedom, but "a major disruption to our society [and] the beginning of the end of America":
Back in January, we discovered Rick Wiles' TruNews radio program after it was mentioned in an email from Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, mentioning that he had been a guest on the program. In looking through Wiles' archives, we noticed that he regularly interviewed a variety of Religious Right activists that we monitor here and so we started listening to his programs ... and then we kept listening when we realized that it was going to be a source of nonstop craziness.
Last week on the program, both Wiles and Southern Baptist Convention president Fred Luter agreed that it was no coincidence that North Korea was threatening nuclear war with the United States at the same time the Supreme Court was hearing two cases involving gay marriage.
The attention from that clip eventually led to Alan Colmes inviting Wiles onto his radio program to explain his views. And according to Wiles, all this attention he is receiving is proof that God's judgment is just around the corner.
As Wiles explained on his program today, when God first gave him a vision of America on fire back in 1998, God also promised that He would give Wiles a nation audience through which to spread his message "just before the judgment strikes" ... and that is exactly what is happening now:
This ministry was birthed by the Holy Spirit in 1998 following a life-changing spiritual vision that I experienced in April that year. I saw American cities on fire; I saw American refugees staggering out of those cities with a bewildered look on their face, they were amazed that they had even survived whatever had happened. I didn't know what to the cities, I just saw the cities burning. And I asked God what I was seeing in the vision and he said "this is your nation's future if America does not repent." And I asked him why he was revealing it to me and he said "I am calling you today as a watchmen to warn your nation, tell them to repent and return to me and I will forgive them.
In 1999, just before this radio program took off, the Lord made two promises to me: he told me that if I accepted this call to warn America, he promised that no harm would come to my family and the second thing that he told me was "I will give you a national audience just before the judgment strikes."
Monday evening, Fox News Radio called and we went on the Alan Colmes Program and after that interview, a friend of mine called me and he said "hey, I heard the interview and you did good but I tell you what, I'm not feeling good about this Rick." And I go "why?" And he said "because I remember what you told me." He said "you said the Lord told you in 99 he'll give you a national audience just before the judgment strikes and I don't know that this is a good sign that Fox News is now interviewing you."
Bryan Fischer is furious with Bill O'Reilly over his recent statement that opponents of marriage equality do nothing but "thump the Bible" as Fischer ripped into him on his radio program yesterday, calling O'Reilly "blindly ignorant" of all the non-Scriptural arguments opponents of gay marriage have made.
Fischer admitted that anti-gay activists have indeed thumped their Bibles and have done so because it contains the revealed word of God, but they have made other arguments as well, but O'Reilly - who "a lot of the times just comes across as a pompous, arrogant windbag" - has just been "completely oblivious to this." Fischer was outraged by this "insult, this ridicule, this mockery of ordinary Americans who do believe in the Bible as the revealed word of God."
"The implication," Fischer declared, "is [that] we're a bunch of neanderthal, redneck, hillbilly Bible-bangers. That is essentially what he is saying were are ... He's insulting us to our face":
Ever since returning from his short Easter break, Bryan Fischer has been on a kick of arguing that all you really need to know about anything can be found in the Bible and if the Bible says that something is true or immoral or whatever, that is all you need to know about it.
During the opening segments on his show this week, Fischer has twice made this very case, asserting that he is a Christian because the resurrection of of Jesus Christ is "an objective historical fact ... with abundant eyewitness testimony and no rational alternative explanation." And it is an objective fact because the Bible says that it is ... and we know that the Bible is one hundred percent true because "every time we can cross-check the Bible's record of history against external sources, it matches matches up every time."
As such, Fischer explained, "when the Bible makes claims about history, geography, the origin of all things, when it makes claims about morality and truth, you can trust everything that [it says]":
On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Matt Barber and Mat Staver once again made their case against marriage equality, with Barber declaring that tolerance "of all forms of sexual deviant behavior" is "a cancer that brings down societies" and linking it to the strange theory that gay marriage was the catalyst for Noah's flood.
That prompted Staver to chime in and remind everyone about Sodom and Gomorrah, which God had to destroy because it "had gotten to the place where men were raping men for their own self-gratification" ... with Barber adding that "it was homosexuality and cross-dressing that were central to that":
Glenn Beck has been on quite a roll the last few weeks, freaking out about Common Core and "System X," warning of Muslim Brotherhood conspiracies and the rise of Nazis, all while urging his audience to start hording cash.
And we had posted video of it all, but if you tried to watch any of these clips today, you would discover that they have all been removed thanks to several frivolous YouTube copyright violation complaints filed by The Blaze:
In fact, the last ten Beck videos we posted have all been yanked:
Beck is currently engaged in an effort to get his Blaze programming carried on television because every family in America needs "a source of news and analysis that you can trust and that doesn't betray your values":
This journey for truth that we are on is much bigger than you and I; the future of liberty is hanging in the balance. All of us have a choice to make: sit on the sideline, or get involved.
If we succeed then we change the media. If we change the media, we control the debate. If we control the debate, we change politics.
And if we change politics, we change the country.
Beck is trying to pressure cable providers into helping him broadcast his paranoid conspiracy theories into millions of homes across this country and apparently he does not appreciate our efforts to chronicle and highlight these same paranoid conspiracy theories, so this crusader for truth decided that the best course of action was to demand that nearly a dozen of our videos be removed.
We have already filed counter-notifications with YouTube on every one of these videos, pointing out that they are protected by Fair Use, so we expect to see them restored in the next ten days.
If Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus really thinks that one of the keys to moderating the GOP's image and appealing to new voters is to get the party to stop acting like "Old Testament heretics" on the issue of gay marriage, well, good luck because how Priebus thinks that is going to be possible when you have people like Bryan Fischer in the party is beyond us.
On his broadcast today, Fischer dedicated an entire segment to making the case that God says homosexuality is immoral and that is all there is too it and so this ought to be the central argument made against it every single time.
"God's wisdom trumps man's wisdom every time," Fischer declared, "and it does so in every circumstance ... It is immoral behavior and we shouldn't have any hesitation in saying that. We ought to have no qualms about declaring that it is immoral, sinful behavior. How do we know that? Because we have God's perspective, we have God's counsel, we have God's wisdom and that trumps man's wisdom. It does not matter what man says about homosexual conduct; we know that it is immoral and sinful behavior because God has revealed that to us in his word and has revealed it to us in nature":
Earlier this year, Rick Scarborough of Vision America launched a new organization called Tea Party Unity, which seeks to become a "unique clearinghouse and town hall forum where various existing Tea Party leaders can communicate and exchange ideas to help all Tea Parties become more effective."
Scarborough is a notoriously vociferous anti-gay activist, the sort who insists on referring to gay people as "sodomites" and proclaiming that AIDS is God's punishment ... so, of course, one of the first people to participate in a conference call promoting Scarborough's new effort was none of than Rep. Louie Gohmert.
During the course of the call, Gohmert was asked about his opposition to any gun control legislation, which he explained by bizarrely linking the topic to gay marriage and bestiality:
In fact, I had this discussion with some wonderful, caring Democrats earlier this week on the issue of, well, they said "surely you could agree to limit the number of rounds in a magazine, couldn't you? How would that be problematic?"
And I pointed out, well, once you make it ten, then why would you draw the line at ten? What's wrong with nine? Or eleven? And the problem is once you draw that limit ; it's kind of like marriage when you say it's not a man and a woman any more, then why not have three men and one woman, or four women and one man, or why not somebody has a love for an animal?
There is no clear place to draw the line once you eliminate the traditional marriage and it's the same once you start putting limits on what guns can be used, then it's just really easy to have laws that make them all illegal.
Earlier in the discussion, Gohmert called on Christians to take a more active role in politics ... because otherwise their churches are going to be forced to hire cross-dressing Satan-worshipers:
You need to educate yourselves on the issues. You need to understand that when there is a law being pushed, as it has for several years, that says that religious institutions should not be exempt from discrimination laws, that it is going to devastate the church, the synagogue, the places of worship that hire people because ultimately they're saying you have to hire whatever Satan-worshiper, whatever cross-dresser you think might be immoral, that's against your religious belief. You are going to be forced to abandon your religious beliefs, and we've been seeing that with some of the requirements under Obamacare.
The freedom of the church is at risk nowadays ... Law always reflects someone's morality, so if Christians are not involved in making sure it reflects their morality as a majority, according to polls, then it's going to reflect a lack of morality or some immorality. So the law will reflect somebody's and it better be the majorities that believe in God.
On yesterday's program, shortly after saying that Ben Carson had been the victim of the Left's "demonic hatred," Bryan Fischer urged listeners to always stand on the word of God and refuse to apologize, compromise, or ever back down because they are involved in "spiritual warfare" and must stand firm against as they wrestle "with these dark, satanic powers."
Those who oppose Fischer's bigoted and theocratic worldview, he insisted, are being used by demonic forces and "what's animating these people, the energy they're drawing on, the energy that is being fed to them is coming from the powers of darkness":
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer weighed in on the controversy over recent remarks made by Ben Carson to predict that Carson would never run for public office because he has realized that he cannot survive against "the hatred that exists in the homosexual activist community."
"The raw, unvarnished, vitriolic hatred and animus and hostility" has "completely blown [Carson] away," Fischer speculated, because "he had no idea of the demonic hatred that exists on the part of the media and secular fundamentalists against people who support the idea, defend the idea, of natural marriage":
Last week, Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber appeared on Steave Deace's radio program last week to discuss the Supreme Court hearings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act where he made the dire prediction that if DOMA is struck down, it will lead to wholesale persecution of Christians.
Citing the case of Bob Jones University v. United States in which the Supreme Court ruled that the IRS could revoke the school's tax-exempt status because of its racist policies, Barber predicated that if DOMA is struck down, "we automatically become the modern day racists" and that the nation would see "the criminalization of Christianity":
As soon as DOMA is overturned, the floodgates open. All of those [state] constitutional amendments are wiped out and schools like Liberty University, for instance, and private organizations with Christian ownership, we know the homosexual activists already have their gay married people planning to come and apply to Christian universities so that they will have a court challenge. The persecution is going to run rampant if gay marriage becomes the law of the land; there is just no questioning and that is a big part of the motive behind it.
If the federal government puts its official stamp of approval on homosexual behavior and says that it's equal to, in every way, natural heterosexual behavior up to and including marriage, then that officially pits the federal government against those who hold a Judeo-Christian worldview relative to sexual morality. We automatically become the modern day racists.
It's like the Bob Jones decision that said - which was a ultimately good decision - that said Bob Jones University could not have a ban on interracial dating. Well, they are going to apply that same type of logic to this. Basically, all bets are off; it will be the criminalization of Christianity.
It's the government against Christians if gay marriage becomes the law of the land and that's not hyperbole.
And every day he grows even more obsessively paranoid about it, leading him to proclaim this morning on his radio program that Common Core is "the biggest story in American history":
When you look at what they're gathering on people and the laws that they've just changed to do it; and it changes our relationship with security, it changes the relationship of families, it changes the relationship of the state with the Constitution, it changes all of education, it changes the way our children are going to be able to get jobs, whether they are going to be a serf or a lord, it changes everything.
I believe Common Core is the biggest story in American history because if you don't stop it, American history is over as you know it.
Last night, Glenn Beck spent a good ten minutes randomly placing colored dots all over his chalkboard, laying out his vision of the future in which the world is systematically overtaken by a combination of China, Russia, Islam, and Nazism, which will reduce most of the Western World to third world conditions.
In the case of America, Beck prophesied that we will see parts of the country give rise to Nazi control before eventually becoming co-ruled by some combination of Islam and China, in which China uses Islam as its enforcers to subjugate us and "get rid of anybody who is standing up."
And so it only stands to reason that this is "why Common Core is here, because it will train us to be a serf state":
Despite the fact that we spend hours every day watching Glenn Beck's radio and television programs, we are often completely mystified by whatever "point" it is he is trying to make because ... well, the ravings of a paranoid conspiracy theorist are generally kind of hard to follow.
Case in point was last night's program where Beck warned that the government and corporations have teamed up to implement something he calls "System X' designed to turn the nation's schoolchildren into cogs in a corporate machine.
He spent a good deal of time talking about it on his radio program again today and, as best we can understand, Beck's theory is that the 2009 stimulus legislation contained $5 billion dollars designated to be given to states in support of public education, but carried a requirement that any state accepting the money must set up a "longitudinal data system." The data gathered by such a system, Beck insists, is being harvested by the federal government and stored in a massive facility in Utah and will be used by both the government and corporations to monitor every student from the time they enter school for the purpose of controlling their futures. From the moment a child enters school, his or her future will be determined and those with skills deemed valuable by the corporations will be guided into areas that serve the needs of the corporations while all the others "will be a cog in the machine forever."
Beck is particularly obsessed with page 44 of a document entitled "Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance—Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century" [PDF] put out by the Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology. In a section on "behavioral task performance," the report mentions various methods researchers have used for measuring how students respond to challenges. Among the methods used have been some studies that employed various sensors and cameras, photos of which were included in the report:
Even though, on the very next page, the report says such devices "may not be practical for use in the classroom" and that the measurements they take are "dependent on the use of highly constrained tasks in digital learning environments, which may be difficult to translate into use in the classroom," Beck is convinced that "your kids are going to be poked and prodded like 1984" and will have wristbands and cameras attached to them so that they can be monitored at all times:
So when you start hearing others on the Right and GOP members of Congress warning about the dangers posed by Common Core, this is what they are talking about. And you can thank Glenn Beck.