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Farah: FCC Study Is Just Like What Happened During The Holocaust

WND's Joseph Farah was the guest on "Understanding the Times with Jan Markell" over the weekend to discuss "the possible loss of press freedom in America which could trickle down to Christian radio and TV [because this] is what happens when a President appoints himself as king."

One area of concern for Farah and Markell was the totally bogus right-wing freak-out over the FCC supposedly placing government "monitors" in newsrooms all over the nation in order to control the news. Even though the entire story was total nonsense, Farah and Markell logically declared that this is a sign that America is heading in the direction of Nazi Germany.

Farah asserted that the Founding Fathers knew that America would only succeed so long as the citizens were both moral and informed, but thanks to the government, media, and education, Americans today have become secularized, demoralized, and uninformed, which has put this nation in danger.

"After the Holocaust, everybody said 'never again,' Farah warned. "But it will happen again when the same conditions are repeated and that's exactly what we see today."

"That's very true," Markell agree. "This happened in Nazi Germany, so this really troubles me":

Rick Wiles: Military Under Attack From 'Jesus-Hating, Demon-Possessed People Who Despise The Christian Cross'

As we noted just last week, it is remarkable that Religious Right activists and members of Congress continue to appear on Rick Wiles' End Times radio broadcast, given that he is a full-blown conspiracy theorist and general crackpot.

But Religious Right still go on his show, just as Travis Weber of the Family Research Council did on Friday to discuss the FRC's latest religious freedom campaign which was, of course, inspired by a recent Todd Starnes column. Weber had an increasingly difficult time offering reasonable-sounding responses to Wiles' increasingly deranged questions, such as his assertion that incidents like the one covered by Starnes' column are "a demonic attack against Christianity" as part of a spiritual war being waged by "Jesus-hating, demon-possessed people who despise the Christian cross."

Weber agreed that this was spiritual warfare, but encouraged Christians to take a public stand in defense of their faith, just as Dietrich Bonhoeffer did. That comment prompted Wiles to note that Bonhoeffer was hanged as a result of his stance and warn that the same thing would soon begin to happen in America.

"This is the course it's going," Wiles declared, "that the people who do take a stand are going to be incarcerated, they're going to be killed and the wimpy, cowardly, timid little church world is not going to do anything."

Eventually, the discussion turned to the crisis in Ukraine as Wiles asserted that Russia has embraced Christianity while the United States has shunned it. The two countries, Wiles predicted, are going to end up at war and "we're going to go into battle with an atheistic, Jesus-hating, pro-homosexual, pro-lesbian, pro-transgender military and we're going to go up against another military carrying a Christian cross."

For this part, Weber once again agreed, asserting that in the US, the military has unconstitutionally established a religion of secularism:

How Money in Politics Undermines Diversity in Elected Office

During a speech to a packed audience at the University of Washington on Monday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was asked by a student what problems need to be fixed in order to see more women and people of color in government. 

Sotomayor’s answer, as reported by The Seattle Times, was simple: “Money.”

“Money,” Sotomayor said to laughter. “No, seriously. Look at what’s happening in politics. What’s talking the loudest is money.” For more minorities and women to gain more of a foothold in government decisions, “we’re going to have to work the political system at the highest level,” she said.

Justice Sotomayor is right. Today our country is represented by leaders who, as a whole, look little like the electorate they are supposed to represent and serve. Women are a majority of the population, and yet only make up 20% of the Senate and 18% of the House, putting us 83rd in the world for women’s political representation. We have only one openly LGBTQ person and only a handful of people of color in the US Senate – in 2012 there were no African Americans. This picture is not only problematic in itself, but it also has broad implications for policy outcomes.

It’s true that we have also seen some promising developments in political representation in recent years. The 113th Congress is the most diverse in history, with a record number of women and minorities elected, as well as a number of firsts. As the policy director for the Young Elected Officials Network, I am heartened by the changing faces of leadership at all levels of government, and what this means for our country both symbolically and substantively. But, like Justice Sotomayor, I’m also concerned that our country’s money in politics problem is standing in the way of further progress.

Much has been said lately about the impact of money in politics on political representation. At The Atlantic’s Shriver Report summit on women and poverty in January, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted,

If you reduce the role of money in politics and increase the level of civility in debate, more women will run for office… We say to women, we want you to go raise 12 million dollars, and by the way, subject yourself to 10 million dollars in negative publicity.

The influence of money in politics not only fuels corruption and the elevation of special and powerful interests, but it exacerbates the imbalance of power as a whole in our country by creating barriers to political representation for communities who are already marginalized. It perpetuates a system where the country is led by people who don’t understand the daily lived and embodied experiences of their constituents.

On Capitol Hill, we see the effects of this imbalance play out each day. From thwarted gun violence prevention efforts to legislation attacking women’s reproductive health voted on by committees and panels made up entirely of men, we continue to have elected leaders who side against the demonstrated wishes of its voters and with the moneyed interests.

We must pursue reforms that transform our electoral processes, even the playing field for all candidates, and restore the power to the people by reducing the outsized influence of big money and protecting the rights of voters. All indications show that we get better results for everyone when there’s diversity in governing bodies.

It’s both common sense, and a matter of basic human rights.

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Fischer: Feminists Have A 'Fundamental Level Of Insecurity' About Their Own Femininity

It is no surprise that Bryan Fischer is not much of a fan of the "Ban Bossy" campaign, saying on his radio broadcast today that the problem with feminists is that they want to be like men because they are insecure about their own femininity and therefore refuse to acquiesce to the role prescribed for them by God in the Bible.

Feminists, Fischer said, have "some kind of fundamental level of insecurity about their own nature, about their femininity, some kind of insecurity about being a woman."

"We don't need women trying to be like men," he added. "We need more women whose ambition in life is to be a woman":

Rick Wiles: Columbine And Sandy Hook Were Carried Out By 'MK Ultra Mind Control Assassins'

As we noted the other day, Rick Wiles is a reasonable and rational man, which is why it makes sense that other Religious Right activists, political candidates, and members of Congress regularly appear on his End Times radio program.

After all, why would anyone on the Right see any need to try and distance themselves from someone like Wiles, who kicked off yesterday's broadcast by declaring that 9/11 was carried out by a "sinister global secret government" that is also responsible for mass shootings like Columbine and Sandy Hook, which were carried out by "MK Ultra mind control assassins":

There is a sinister global secret government taking shape on planet earth. The 9/11 attack was the opening attack in an on-going psychological warfare operation to use horrific, bloody events for maximum mass shock purposes to condition the public to accept per-conceived thoughts about  security versus freedom.

Adolf Hitler's Nazis burned down the German Reichstag and used the shock, horror, and anger to justify giving Hitler dictatorial powers.

George Bush, whose grandfather did business with the German Nazis, used 9/11 to justify the USA Patriot Act and the establishment of Homeland Security and the TSA. Duped by the Religious Right, millions of gullible church members flocked to the polls to re-elect him.

Today, an imposter named Barry Soetoro resides in the White House, pretending to be the president.

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[This] regime will have to convince gullible Americans who do not know their history that their gun-owning neighbors are a threat and menace to society. Such an operation has been underway for many years.

Mass shooting events such as the Columbine school shooting and the Washington Beltway Sniper are being carried out by MK Ultra mind-control assassins who were programmed to go on a murder spree.

The regime moved to another level on December 14, 2012 when a gunman allegedly went on a bloody rampage in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Sandy Hook was timed to coincide with the political agenda of the socialist Democrats such as Barry Soetoro, Chuckie Schumer, and Dianne Feinstein to pass stringent federal gun control laws.

It was not a coincidence. The shooting event was timed to coincide with the gun control initiative.

Fischer: People Only Tell Pollsters They Support Marriage Equality So They Don't Look Like Bigots

Bryan Fischer is not impressed by polls showing continually increasing support for marriage equality, especially among young people who identify as Republicans, telling his radio audience that gay marriage is winning right now only because liberals and the media have brainwashed Americans into thinking that people who oppose it are bigots.

Americans don't want pollsters to think they are bigots when asked their opinion on the issue, Fischer asserted, so they just say that they support in order to tell the pollster what he or she wants to hear.

But while marriage equality is winning at the moment, it will not win in the end because, as Fischer said, "the truth never goes out of style":

Money Buys Political Access, New Study Confirms

We can file this under news that should shock no one: a new study has found that members of Congress and their top staffers are significantly more likely to meet with political donors than with other constituents. 

The study – carried out by researchers at Yale and UC Berkeley in partnership with CREDO Action – sought to answer the question, just how much do donations buy access to elected officials in our political system?

Matea Gold at the Washington Post explains the experiment:

Last summer, a group of CREDO fellows e-mailed congressional offices seeking meetings to discuss the measure, sending one of two different form letters.

The first e-mail had the subject line: “Meeting with local campaign donors about cosponsoring bill.” The body of the e-mail said that about a dozen CREDO members “who are active political donors” were interested in meeting with the member of Congress in his or her home district to discuss the legislation.

The second e-mail stripped out the donor references and instead said “local constituents” were looking to meet the member of Congress.

…The e-mails went out to 191 members of Congress – all members of the same political party – who had not already co-sponsored the bill….The results: Only 2.4 percent of the offices made the member of Congress or chief of staff available when they believed those attending were just constituents, but 12.5 percent did when they were told the attendees were political donors. [emphasis added]

Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel notes that the study could have implications for court cases like the infamous Citizens United v. FEC, which paved the way for unlimited corporate political spending. In the majority Citizens United opinion, Justice Kennedy argued that “independent expenditures do not lead to, or create the appearance of, quid pro quo corruption. In fact, there is only scant evidence that independent expenditures even ingratiate.”

Terkel points out that the new study may debunk the claim that there isn’t evidence that “independent expenditures,” such as those made to a super PAC rather than directly to a candidate, can curry favor with elected officials:

In this experiment, the lawmakers knew nothing about the donors, such as whether they had donated to their campaign in particular, or how much they gave and when. In fact, they could simply have been a donor to a super PAC.

Even so, the Supreme Court’s too-narrow understanding of “corruption” as tit-for-tat exchanges (for example, political bribes) may limit the study’s implications for Citizens United and cases like it.  But it does throw into stark relief how problematic the Court’s frame for understanding political corruption continues to be. When money can buy access to elected officials, we have a serious democracy problem.
 

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David Barton, Who Refused To Run For Office, Now Says Refusing To Run For Office Is 'Pure Selfishness'

For the second time in one week, we have now watched David Barton appear on a Religious Right television program where he lectures Christians on the necessity of running for political office as the host mutely sits there and nods in agreement without ever pointing out that, just a few months ago, Barton himself did the very thing he is now saying that Christians must never do.

Appearing on "The Difference With Matthew Hagee" yesterday, Barton repeated the Parable of the Thornbush while declaring that a Christian who refuses to run for office when asked to do so by his or her fellow Christians is being selfish.

"If your fellow citizens tell you they want you in office, you don't have a right to say no," Barton said. "That's pure selfishness."

Of course, just four months ago a movement to draft Barton to run for the US Senate in a challenge to Sen. John Cornyn that was championed by none other than Glenn Beck was quashed when Barton declared that running for office was not right for him because his "role is to continue educating, equipping, and inspiring citizens through the work we do at WallBuilders." 

Keep in mind that this is literally the exact sort of selfishness that he says Christians cannot display when asked to run for office:

Barber & Staver: 'President Obama Clearly Hates Christianity'

As Brian reported last week, Mat Staver is very upset that Rajiv Shah, a Hindu USAID official, was allowed to deliver the keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast last month, saying it was proof of Obama's "insensitivity to Christianity."

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Staver and co-host Matt Barber continued to complain about it, with Barber asserting that the National Prayer Breakfast organizers never should have agreed to allow an "anti-Christian speaker" to speak at the event even if it meant that Obama would not attend because, by refusing to attend, it would demonstrate to everyone that "President Obama clearly hates Christianity" and reveal that he "does not respect religious freedom":

Staver: This is President Obama who brings into the National Prayer Breakfast someone who doesn't mention Jesus, somebody who is not a Christian, somebody who is not a believer in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is Obama, who goes after Little Sisters of the Poor because he doesn't really care for religious freedom.

Barber: Unbelievable, Matt. And shame on the organizers of the National Prayer Breakfast. They should have just let the chips fall where they may; President Obama clearly hates Christianity. He claims to be a Christian but he hates what the Bible teaches, so let him not come. That speaks volumes. The American people already know he's anti-Christian. Just let him be anti-Christian. They don't need an anti-Christian speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Staver: Unfortunately they didn't want that to happen ... because it would be the first time in the history of the prayer breakfast that a president didn't show up.  But I would say it's par for the course for President Obama not to show up. Let him not show up because it reveals who he really is: somebody who does not respect religious freedom.

For the record, Shah did positively mention Jesus several times during his remarks.

Rick Wiles: 'America Has Been Overthrown By A Nazi Dictatorship'

Given that End Times radio host Rick Wiles is a sane and reasonable man with a long history of being right about a vast number of things, it is only logical for us to be alarmed when we learned from him today that America has been overthrown by Nazis.

As Wiles was preparing to interview John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, on his radio program yesterday, he furiously declared that America has been taken over by a Nazi dictatorship as the culmination of a plot set in motion following World War II. This same Nazi movement is also behind the events in Ukraine, which will lead to World War III where America and other Western nations will be the evil Axis Powers while Russia and China will be the good guys:

I've warned the American people for fifteen years this day would arrive and it is here. No more warnings. America has been overthrown by a Nazi dictatorship. It is in power now.

Tens of thousands of German Nazis were important to America after World War II. They taught America's elite how to set up a Nazi dictatorship. We are now in the new Nazi nightmare. So don't blame it on that buffoon in the White House, Barack Obama. He is merely their little stooge, just like George Bush and Dick Cheney and Bill Clinton were their stooges too.

Bush and Cheney gave us the Patriot Act and Homeland Security and the TSA. Barack Obama is using all of them, put in place by Bush and Cheney to enslave us in this Nazi regime.

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Viktor Yanukovych, the elected Ukrainian president ousted by the revolution, said today that Ukrainian cities are being patrolled by masked gunman and that the new revolutionary government is purging the Ukrainian military of patriotic officers. Wow. That sounds like what Barack Obama is doing to the US military.

Wake up, American people. This country has been overthrown by Nazis. They are trying to take over the world.

In World War III, America and the West will be the Axis Powers. Russia and China will be the Allied Forces. Everything is upside down. God have mercy on us.

Ralph Reed: Social Issues Aren't Going Away, So GOP Needs To 'Stand And Fight' Against Gay Marriage And Abortion Rights

After delivering his remarks at CPAC, Ralph Reed sat down with the PolitiChicks to discuss the lack of attention given to social issues like gay marriage or abortion at the conference. Reed said it was unfortunate that these issues did not receive more attention not only at CPAC but from Republican candidates in general "because I think they're winning issues."

These sorts of social issues "never go away," Reed said, so any Republican running for office needs to just "plant your feet, stand and fight, and make it clear where you stand."

What is particularly upsetting to the GOP's right-wing base, Reed said, is that Democratic leaders like President Obama or Vice President Biden have no qualms about publicly declaring their support for marriage equality while "too many of our guys, they run for the tall grass even when the question comes up":

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Daubenmire: 'You Cannot Separate The Sinner From His Sin'

"Love the sinner, hate the sin" is a phrase we have heard countless times from right-wing Christians attempting to pass off their anti-gay bigotry as an act of love. We have never quite understood how that was supposed to work and neither does "Coach" Dave Daubenmire who declared on his latest video commentary that the concept, while nice in principle, is pretty much nonsense.

"That isn't anywhere in Scripture," Daubenmire said of the trite phrase. "You cannot separate the sin from the person. The person becomes poisoned with the sin and for us to be able to say 'well, I love the sinner but I hate that sin," that just doesn't fly."

"Folks, you cannot separate those two things," he declared. "You cannot separate the sinner from his sin":

John Benefiel: America Is Cursed Because Ancient Egyptians Dedicated This Continent To Baal

John Benefiel, the self-proclaimed "apostle" who was involved in Gov. Rick Perry's "The Response" prayer rally came to our attention a few years ago after we discovered videos of him proclaiming that the Statue of Liberty is a demonic idol and that homosexuality in an Illuminati conspiracy, was the guest on Cindy and Mike Jacobs' "God Knows" program recently where he detailed his efforts to break Baal's control over the United States of America.

Benefiel, who believes that his prayers can cause earthquakes, explained to the Jacobs that Baal is a "counterfeit Jesus," meaning that while Jesus is the son of God, Baal is the son of Satan and wields control not only over America but over many of nations on the earth.

How exactly did Baal come to rule over America, you ask? Not because of homosexuality or abortion or any of the other reasons that we normally hear from these sorts of Religious Right activists, but rather because ancient Egyptians sailed to this continent thousands of years ago and dedicated this land to him.

Citing the work of pseudo-scholar Barry Fell, Benefiel asserted that it is an established fact that ancient Egyptian Baal-worshipers came to America and left thousands of rock carvings spread all over the nation literally claiming the land in the name of Baal:

Daubenmire: My Critics Are Doing The Work 'Of Their Father, The Devil '

Ever since he was rejected for a head coaching position at a local high school in Ohio, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire has been playing the victim, claiming he was discriminated against and had his character assassinated and was all but abandoned by his brothers in Christ.

Over the weekend, Daubenmire took his sob story to Linda Harvey's radio program where he asserted that he was denied this coaching position simply because he believes that marriage ought to be between one man and one woman.

Anyone even vaguely familiar with Daubenmire's videos knows that it not at all true, as he has a long history of saying outrageous and bigoted things; a tendency which he demonstrated once again during this very interview with Harvey when he asserted that people who criticize him are pawns of Satan, lamented that society has gotten to a point where people are no longer ashamed of being gay, and likened gay marriage to pedophilia and incest:

Harvey: These are the folks that are the biggest bullies of all ...

Daubenmire: To stand up and blatantly and boldly and without a conscience right at your face, I don't know how people can do that other than they're of their father, the Devil and the works of their father they will do. That's the only way I can explain it.

Harvey: I truly believe that's the case too. These folks are not operating out of a Christian goodness of anybody's heart because they do not love the truth

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Daubenmire: What ever happened to shame, Linda? See, there was a day when someone would not come out of the closet because it was shameful. You didn't want people to know that about you. And unfortunately, sexual behavior is a behavior, it's not an orientation, it's a behavior. And you and I know that many of the people who are caught in the homosexual lifestyle, Linda, they're switch-hitters. They swing both ways. So I ask people, are you born bi-sexual? Are you born a pedophile? I mean, we've got to begin thinking this stuff through, especially as Christians and unfortunately we just have not given a great deal of thought to it but rather just swallow what the liberals try to cram down our throat.

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Linda, I have people say to me, you know, they say all the time Coach that you discriminate. I say tell me where the discrimination is. I can't marry a man and the guy next door to me can't marry a man. Either one of us can marry a woman.

They say you guys get to marry the one you love. I say that's not true. I can't marry my daughter. I can't marry three women. I can't marry my son. I can't marry whoever I want to just because of love. That's not it. But see again, we're not real clear in our own thinking about some of the lines that they're hooking us up with.

Harvey: The reason this agenda is advancing is because people are willfully ignorant.

Somewhere down the road, these latest remarks will probably be quoted back to Daubenmire or used against him and he'll respond by once again playing the victim, claiming that he's being attacked simply for being a Christian who believes in the Bible.

Klingenschmitt: 'It's A Tragedy Every Time Somebody Comes Out Of The Closet'

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed Michel Brown about a variety of issues, including the announcement by NFL prospect Michael Sam that he is gay.

Brown said that Sam was being selfish by coming out because he was putting himself ahead of the good of any team that drafts him by forcing the team to have to deal with his sexuality. Brown went on to lament that our culture has reached a point where it celebrates "when a man says that I am attracted to other men," at which point Klingenschmitt joined in to declare that "it's a tragedy every time somebody comes out of the closet."

"It's not something we should be celebrating," Klingenschmitt said:

Book Wars: The Right’s Fight to Redefine America

For decades, the Religious Right in the United States has used public school students as pawns in its "culture wars," fighting to impose a political agenda on textbooks and curricula in school districts across the country. This campaign has included fights over sex education, school-led prayer, publicly funded vouchers for religious institutions, and much more. In this report, we examine recent developments in one aspect of this campaign: the fight to shape what children learn by controlling their access to books in school libraries and curricula, and the content of their textbo

John Cornyn Meets With And Supports Dr. Steve Hotze

Just last week, Dr. Steve Hotze made news for sending out a Republican Party fundraising letter in which he declared that "our Founding Fathers would be furious to find out that the Constitution was being interpreted to allow sodomites to marry."

This sort of rhetoric is not at all surprising coming from someone like Hotze, who was responsible for anti-gay mailings that attacked Houston mayor Annise Parker and who believes that "medical problems are frequently caused by personal sin":

Hotze was able to better articulate his views in 1986, when he was one of dozens of ministers, professionals and laypersons who signed the Coalition on Revival's Manifesto for the Christian Church. The coalition claims on its Web site to be a national network of religious leaders aligned in a mission "to help the Church rebuild civilization on the principles of the Bible so God's will may be done on earth as it is in heaven." They want all aspects of life -- government, science and education -- to adhere to fundamental biblical beliefs. These beliefs include the following:

• A wife may work outside the home only with her husband's consent

• "Biblical spanking" that results in "temporary or superficial bruises or welts" should not be considered a crime

• No doctor shall provide medical service on the Sabbath

• All disease and disability is caused by the sin of Adam and Eve

• Medical problems are frequently caused by personal sin

• "Increased longevity generally results from obedience to specific Biblical commands"

• Treatment of the "physical body" is not a doctor's highest priority

• Doctors have a priestly calling

• People receiving medical treatment are not immune from divine intervention or demonic forces

• Physicians should preach to their patients because salvation is the key to their health

So naturally, when Hotze was in Washington, DC last week, he was invited to have a personal meeting with Sen. John Cornyn to discuss Cornyn's support for Hotze's lawsuit against Obamacare:

Barton Says More Christians Were Killed For Their Faith Last Year Than In The Previous 2000 Years Combined

As we have pointed out before, the key to David Barton's success is the fact that his audiences blindly accept everything he says without question, never bothering to actually verify any claim that he makes. It has gotten so bad that Barton is now basically free to say things that, with even a moment's thought, any person ought to be able to realize cannot possibly be true. 

But still, nobody ever challenges him and so we end up witnessing exchanges like this one from "WallBuilders Live" today where he boldly declares that more Christians were murdered for their faith last year alone than in the last two thousand years combined!

"There were more Christians martyred for Jesus Christ last year," Barton told his co-host Rick Green, "than in the previous two thousand years combined. Just last year."

"It's hard to imagine," responded Green:

A study by Open Doors released earlier this year reported that there were 2,123 such "martyr" killings of Christians  globally in 2013:

Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.

Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 "martyr" killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said.

So if there were more killings last year than in the previous two thousand years combined, that means that either, up until 2013, there had basically been only one Christian killed per year or, more likely, Barton is just terrible at math.

Barber: 'Pretty Soon Christians Are Going To Have To Start Wearing A Yellow Cross'

"Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt recently interviewed Matt Barber during the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, where the two discussed the legal discrimination bill that was vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

As Barber explained, such laws are necessary because gay activists are intent on forcing Christians to participate in sinful activity and adopt a "post-modern, pagan view of human sexuality" or else risk being run out of business or thrown into jail.

"You know, pretty soon," Barber warned, "Christians are going to have to start wearing a yellow cross. Are we in 1939 Germany here"?

Likening modern-day American Christians to Jews under the Nazi regime seems to be Barber's favorite comparison at the moment.

Still More Proof That Religious Right Myths Never Die

As we have noted time and again, once a tale of supposed anti-Christian persecution makes its way into the Religious Right echo chamber, it never, ever dies and simply continues to be repeated as true for years even after it has been debunked.

The most recent example comes courtesy of Janet Porter, who has made the tale of two middle school girls who were allegedly forced to ask one another for a kiss as part of an anti-bullying seminar the focus of her most recent daily commentary:

Middle school girls who were part of a mandatory “anti-bullying” presentation in New York were forced to obey the teacher’s instructions to ask other girls for a lesbian kiss.

This indoctrination session was conducted at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, New York, and the Parents were never informed.

Remember when they yanked the Ten Commandments off the school walls because they might influence children not to steal, lie and kill? Now, the homosexual activists are welcomed in to the schools to push their agenda on unsuspecting children.

If you’re unable to pull your children out of the government schools, you must be more vigilant than ever.

If this tale sounds familiar, that is because it first surfaced nearly a year ago after being promoted by none other than Todd Starnes, only to be quickly debunked by school officials:

[Red Hook Central School District  Superintendent Paul] Finch said the student volunteers worked with the school’s principal, Katie Zahedi, and other guidance counselors about the workshop’s format. Zahedi explained on a Facebook forum, according to the Journal, that the role-playing mentioned by Coon was “not to pretend to be gay” but to practice saying “no.”

“In planning the discussion, we made it clear that absolutely no discussion of any sexual acts is appropriate to middle school, and they used the examples of a kiss,” [school principal Katie] Zahed Zahedi wrote. “It was a separate activity for boys and girls and ultimately about respect and safety.”

Whats more, the Red Hook School District website posted important facts to clarify inaccurate reporting about the workshop:

- Contrary to a few media reports, female students were not forced to engage in any “lesbian kissing”.
- Contrary to a few media reports, male students were not told to carry condoms.
- Contrary to a few media reports, sexual activity among young adolescents was not condoned or promoted in any way.

The school district also posted an email it sent to Fox News regarding its report of the workshop. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

These sessions were designed by the building leadership in an effort to have eighth graders treat each other with respect and to develop in our young adolescents an appreciation for personal dignity. To suggest that we would condone or promote sexual activity among teenagers is absurd. It is equally absurd to suggest that an activity, designed to have young women feel more confident saying no to unwanted advances from boys, is in some way promoting a lesbian lifestyle. It is my understanding that the role playing activity is part of a program supported by conservatives such as Laura Bush.

The definitions given to students, while overly granular in my opinion, were put forth to make sure that students understand that all gender identities and/or sexual orientations are protected in law in New York State as part of an effort to curb harassment, discrimination, and bullying. It is our intent to adjust this document and be less granular in future lessons.

In response to concern about the workshop from parents, the school the following week hosted an open meeting to receive feedback.

“Having attended the parent information session last week, I can speak with absolute certainty that the parents present at the meeting appreciated the District’s intent and left knowing that the middle school principal will adjust for any implementation weaknesses moving into the future,” Finch wrote in his letter to Starnes.

This entire tale was exposed as totally bogus literally almost a year ago but Religious Right activists like Porter will continue to use it as an example of anti-Christian persecution for years to come simply because the truth of such stories is far less relevant to them than is a story's usefulness in promoting their agenda.

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