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Mike Huckabee Touts Endorsements From Anti-Gay Extremists And End Times Fanatics

Just last week, Mike Huckabee was burning bridges with many Religious Right leaders by accusing them of being a bunch of sell-outs and frauds who don't really want to see an end to legal abortion and gay marriage and of having insufficient faith in God, all because they are not backing his presidential campaign. 

But apparently there are still a handful of Religious Right activists who have the virtue and moral fortitude to stand with Huckabee, despite his poor poll numbers, and endorse his candidacy, as reported by CBN's David Brody today:

It’s Iowa or bust for Mike Huckabee and with just a few weeks to go before the big Iowa Caucus, he’s trotting out some key endorsements from notable pro-family conservatives. The Brody File has the exclusive.

Among the group endorsing Huckabee are Dr. Tim LaHaye, minister and author of the New York Times best-selling Left Behind book series; Dr. Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of SkyLine Church;” Art Ally, founder and president of Timothy Plan, America’s first pro-life and pro-family mutual fund company; Dr. Eric M. Wallace, President & Co-Founder of Freedom’s Journal Institute and Janet Folger Porter, Founder and President Faith2Action. It’s a solid list. 

Religious Right activist Tim LaHaye, of course, is the author of the Left Behind series and an End Times fanatic who has warned that President Obama is trying to destroy America and, as he told Huckabee, is bringing about the Armageddon:

Jim Garlow is an anti-gay activist who played a key role in the passage of California's Proposition 8. He has warned that gay marriage is a "demonic" and satanic force that will destroy America and force Christians underground where they will form a resistance movement in order to save America from the tyranny that is sweeping the nation. He has repeatedly declared that he is willing to die fighting against gay marriage:

Janet Porter, who has long been a vocal supporter of Huckabee's, is also a longtime radical right-wing activist who is now running for a seat in the Ohio state senate. An avowed conspiracy theorist, Porter has spent years warning that Obama would orchestrate food shortages in order to starve conservatives to death while using a swine flu outbreak as an excuse to lock them up in concentration camps. She has also suggested that Obama was raised by Soviet agents since he was a child, would personally negotiate with Osama bin Laden and make sure that people are denied "lifesaving treatment" based on "their political views."

Fortunately for Huckabee, Porter has repeatedly claimed that her prayers put George W. Bush in the White House.

When she is not praying that God will give conservative Christians control over the government and the media, Porter has been busy warning that increasing acceptance of gay rights will turn Christians into criminals who will eventually be rounded up and tossed in jail. This culminated in an anti-gay film she recently produced called "Light Wins" that featured none other than Mike Huckabee, along with several  Republican members of Congress and anti-gay activists who warned that gay activists are "grooming" and endangering children, for which they should be held criminally liable. Huckabee told viewers that gay equality is putting the freedom of religion and speech in jeopardy, which Porter portrayed as a nationwide conflagration:

God Killed Operation Save America's Rusty Thomas To Convince Him To Join The Ministry

On a recent "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed Operation Save America's Rusty Thomas about his right-wing, anti-choice activism, which Thomas explained all began back when God literally killed him in order to convince him to join the ministry. 

As Thomas explained, God had "separated me from my mother's womb and called me to preach His word," but Thomas had disobediently ignored that calling and instead sought to become an actor. But just as his acting career was beginning to take off, God appeared in Thomas' bedroom and killed him in order to make him change direction.

"He literally came into my room one night and killed me," Thomas proclaimed, "literally sucked me out of my body and He had some pointed words for me, such as, 'Son, if you don't get this right, I'm going to take you out.' I literally know what death is like; you're checking out of your body and you can't stop it, you're going. And I remember screaming, whether somebody heard me or not, I remember screaming, 'Oh God, please give me another chance' and he put me back into my body and I had two fiery revelations: (a) I got the fear of God, which I did not have before as child of God, and (b) I thought it was a good idea to go into the ministry."

New Report Examines Supreme Court’s Ideological Agenda for Corporations and Unions

A new report released today by People For the American Way Foundation explores how the Supreme Court’s extreme pro-corporate agenda over the years has been matched by increasingly dangerous attacks on working people.

Corporations, Unions, and Constitutional Democracy” by PFAW Foundation Senior Fellow Jamie Raskin explores how the Roberts Court’s right-wing majority has established a precedent for privileging corporations over individuals, while at the same times twisting First Amendment doctrine to undermine the right of workers to band together to win fair treatment in the workplace.

“In recent years, we’ve seen an increasingly extreme pro-corporate agenda from the Supreme Court, most notably in Citizens United,” said Marge Baker, Executive Vice President at People For the American Way Foundation. “What hasn’t received as much attention is the Court’s relentless attacks on working people. Today, the Friedrichs case represents the most deliberate attempt yet to replace the Court's longstanding precedent with an ideological pro-corporate agenda."

As Raskin writes in the report:

“The First Amendment has become the fulcrum of major constitutional decision-making related to both corporations and unions. It is the magical source of the unprecedented new political rights and powers conferred on corporations by Citizens United. It is also the putative basis of legal and juridical attacks on unions and their right to collect agency fees from workers they represent. It will be the terrain of struggle over growing efforts to grant dissident shareholders opt-out rights and objector rebates equivalent to what union objectors enjoy today.”

Raskin, who serves as a constitutional law professor at American University Washington College of Law and a Maryland State Senator, in addition to his role as PFAW Foundation Senior Fellow, is available to discuss the report and the Supreme Court’s recent decisions. Please contact media@pfaw.org to schedule an interview.

You can find the full text of the report at: http://www.pfaw.org/media-center/publications/corporations-unions-and-constitutional-democracy-when-it-comes-politics-ro

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Peter LaBarbera Says The Biggest 'Danger Right Now In America Is Gayria Law'

Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality was a guest on Janet Mefferd's radio program last week, where the two discussed the lawsuit that ultimately shut down the ex-gay "reparative" therapy group JONAH, which LaBarbera said is a sign that "gayria law" is taking over America.

After saying that faulting ex-gay organizations for failing to turn all gays straight is like blaming drug rehab clinics for the failure of patients to kick drugs, LaBarbera blamed the shuttering of JONAH on the rise of "gayria law."

"This effort to squelch dissent is just extraordinary," he said, "and I think it is really unique to the homosexual movement ... I'm calling it gayria law. We talk about sharia law, but I think the bigger danger right now in America is gayria law, it's this all-encompassing drive, this totalitarian drive to enforce gay power everywhere, and it's growing."

Theodore Shoebat Blasts Peter LaBarbera And Other Anti-Gay Activists As Filthy, Soulless Pigs

One of the reasons that we started regularly covering extremist right-wing activist Theodore Shoebat and his open calls for gays to be put to death was because he was featured in Janet Porter's anti-gay documentary "Light Wins" along with Republican presidential candidates, members of Congress, and leading anti-gay activists.

Once Shoebat's views began to be exposed, his allies in the "pro-family" movement began to distance themselves from him, and Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, who is an anti-gay extremist in his own right and who also appeared in Porter's documentary, disavowed Shoebat and his call to execute gays.

That, of course, did not sit very well with Shoebat, who blasted LaBarbera in his latest video as a "filthy pig" and a "traitor" for refusing that stand by Shoebat and his calls to put gays to death.

"You betrayed Christ. You betrayed Christianity when you turned your back on me," Shoebat fumed, blasting LaBarbera for having acquiesced to the "sodomites" instead of "standing by me, a fellow Christian."

"You betrayed true Christianity," Shoebat said. "When God demands the death penalty for the sodomite, you go against God himself ... You are an enemy of Christ and all of you cowards, you superficial empty skeletons, you walking tombs, you soulless, superficial reprobates who call yourself Christians, you are false prophets. You are pigs! You are worse than pigs, you are lower than Sodom and Gomorrah because you deceive people. You portray yourself as promoters of family values and Christianity, but you're nothing but demonoids."

Conservative Commentator Says 'Jewish Guilt' Causes Jews To Cast A 'Suicide Vote' For Democrats

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday, Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed right-wing radio host and political commentator Josh Bernstein, who offered his insightful opinion about how "Jewish guilt" regularly causes Jews to cast a "suicide vote" in support of Democratic candidates.

"I believe that most Jews that are not religious, that are more secular, are more in favor of being Democrats because of Jewish guilt," Bernstein explained. "Jews are known as the chosen people and, in the Torah, there is a section called Tikkun Olam, which means 'to heal the world.' So Jews, as the chosen people, they're usually more wealthy, they're usually more educated and they usually are in an upper eschalon in society ... and so there's an internal guilt that they feel about that. And so what they do instead is that they vote for, quote, the disenfranchised or the little guy or the people that need a leg up in society. But what they don't understand is that typically the folks that they vote for are the most anti-Semitic so, in essence, it becomes a suicide vote."

"If you look at it from a biblical perspective," he concluded, "and you look at what the Torah says, you can understand quite succinctly why Jews are more liberal."

A Dejected Mike Huckabee Is Now Just Burning Bridges With The Religious Right

Mike Huckabee has made no secret of his disappointment in fact that Religious Right leaders have failed to rally around his presidential campaign, with many of them instead backing Ted Cruz.

Huckabee recently spoke with Fox News pundit Todd Starnes about his feelings toward the leaders of the Religious Right establishment who, he feels, abandoned him and he did not hold back as he accused them of not actually wanting to see an end to abortion or gay marriage because they raise too much money campaigning on those issues.

"As I've often said, 'I don't go to them, I come from them,' but because of that I do understand them. And a lot of them, quite frankly, I think they're scared to death that if a guy like me got elected, I would actually do what I said I would do, and that is I would focus on the personhood of every individual, we would abolish abortion based on the Fifth and 14th Amendment, we would ignore the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision. And you know what the result would be?

A lot of these organizations wouldn't have the ability to do urgent fundraising because if we slay the dragon, what dragon do they continue to fight? And so, for many of them, it could be a real detriment to their organization's abilities to gin up their supporters and raise the contributions, and I know that sounds cynical but, Todd, it is what it is."

Huckabee then went on to flat-out accuse the individuals and organizations that shunned his campaign of operating by "secular standards" and not really believing in the power of prayer or in God's ability to do great things, saying that they "will talk about prayer but [they] really don't necessarily believe that it will change things."

PFAW Foundation: Alabama Judge Should Follow the Constitution or Resign

Earlier today, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order once again commanding probate judges in the state to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision requiring states to stop discriminating against same-sex couples seeking to get married.

In response, People For the American Way Foundation President Michael Keegan issued the following statement:

“Today’s order from Judge Moore may be full of intricately tortured reasoning, but the end result is plain: he’s ignoring the United States Supreme Court and ordering other judges to do the same. Despite his claims, there aren’t any complicated legal principles in play: same-sex couples in Alabama have the same constitutionally guaranteed right to marry in Alabama as in the rest of the country.

“There’s no question that Judge Moore is deeply opposed to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell. And as a private citizen he has that right. But as a public servant his responsibility is to uphold the law whether he likes it or not. No amount of twisted legalese can obscure the fact that Moore should either abide by the Supreme Court’s decision or resign.”

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Fischer: Obama's Gun Control Efforts Aimed At Preventing Climate Change Deniers From Owning Guns

Yesterday, Glenn Beck absurdly warned that President Obama's executive action on background checks for gun buyers would prohibit anyone who seeks mental health treatment from owning a gun. Today, American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer took this nonsense a step further on his radio program when he declared that Obama's action will prohibit anyone who doesn't believe in climate change from owning a gun.

As Fischer explained it, those who represent a danger to themselves or others due to mental illness are not allowed to possess a gun and since Obama thinks that climate change poses a serious threat, it only stands to reason that Obama believes that anyone who doesn't share his view about climate change is mentally ill and represents a threat to everyone else and therefore cannot be allowed to own a gun.

"If you are a danger to yourself or to others because of a mental health issue, then you can be denied the right to own a gun," Fischer said. "If you and I deny that man-caused global warming is anything to worry about, then that's going to make us a danger to others and unfit to own a gun."

Professional Crier Glenn Beck Is Deeply Suspicious Of Obama's Tears

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio broadcast this morning by voicing his deep suspicions about President Obama growing emotional while discussing victims of gun violence yesterday, raising the possibility that Obama wiped Vicks under his eye in order to make himself cry.

As a professional crier, Beck knows a thing or two about weeping on air and spent the opening segment of his show questioning Obama's apparent emotion during yesterday's press conference precisely because, unlike Beck himself, Obama does not regularly cry on camera. As someone who cries regularly, Beck explained that his tears are obviously genuine whereas the tears of someone like Obama, who does not cry at the drop of a hat, are highly suspect ... especially since they seemed to perfectly timed.

"I’m not saying that it’s manufactured, but I’m not not saying that either," Beck said. "He's never welled up before. But suddenly, at this crucial moment, where this moment can actually change the course, he cries ... I don’t know if anybody else saw this, I was fascinated by the the fact that he reached up to touch his eye before there was any tears. Did anybody notice that? ...  All you have to do is just have a little bit of Vicks or a little bit of onion or anything on your finger, and then you reach up and you touch your eye. That then is underneath your eyelid and the vapor goes up and you can't stop crying."

Beck disingenuously claimed that he was willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, which is more than liberals are ever willing to give him, saying that if he were to react to Obama's tears as liberals react to his, he'd be calling Obama "a lying sack of crap" who has no heart and who is "manufacturing this only to make money and to get his way."

Theodore Shoebat Wants Blasphemers Burned At The Stake To Prevent Cannibalism

Radical right-wing activist Theodore Shoebat posted a video yesterday once again railing against the evils of Hinduism and calling for those who commit blasphemy against Christianity to be burned at the stake in order to prevent society from slipping into cannibalism.

After declaring that European nations need to invade and re-colonize India and forcibly convert all Hindus to Christianity, Shoebat declared that individuals who carry out "vehement" or "vindictive" attacks against Christianity or sacred Christian symbols ought to be arrested by the state and burned at the stake.

"That stuff cannot be tolerated," he explained, "because as soon as you allow attacks on Christianity to be enabled and to thrive, then the Christian spirit begins to decay, it begins to decline and all sorts of moral evils take place like public acts of sodomy, public acts of desecration and degenerate behavior and murder. It just spirals and it goes on and on and pretty soon you have cannibalism, pretty soon you have bestiality and pedophilia."

Beck: Obama's Gun Control Efforts Will Lead To More Suicides And 'Back Alley Medicine For People With Depression'

Glenn Beck was outraged by President Obama's executive action to expand background checks for gun buyers and predictably spent several minutes on his radio program today spinning out a conspiracy theory about how this will now lead to a new black market filled with doctors and psychiatrists who will refuse to cooperate with the new mandates.

Citing an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that it had removed "unnecessary legal barriers under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule" that had prevented states from reporting crucial information about individuals "who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution or otherwise have been determined by a lawful authority to be a danger to themselves or others or to lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs" to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, Beck declared that Obama is really attempting to take guns away from anyone who seeks any sort of mental health treatment or even has a family member who seeks treatment for something like ADD.

Of course, the HHS explicitly explained that "seeking help for mental health problems or getting treatment does not make someone legally prohibited from having a firearm, and nothing in this proposed rule changes that," but Beck didn't care, instead insisting that this change will lead to people refusing to seek treatment for mental health issues, which will in turn lead to more suicides and create a black market for mental health treatment.

"Now, if you're a gun owner and you know that the government is going to find out that your son or daughter or you or your wife, they're going in for medication for depression or whatever," Beck asserted, "and you know that once that's reported, the government will come in and take your guns, how many people are going to say, 'No, no, no, let's not go to a doctor.'"

"You're going to see depression, suicide and everything else" skyrocket, Beck claimed. "Think of the things now that this is going to create black markets for. Black market doctors; this will become back alley medicine for people with depression, people with kids who are having problems, they will look for doctors who will not report anything. This is nuts. Absolutely nuts."

Gordon Klingenschmitt Says Gays Are Driven By A 'Demonic Spirit Of Lust' To Persecute Christians

Gordon Klingenschmitt is outraged by a Massachusetts court decision finding that a Catholic school discriminated against a man when it rescinded a job offer to him after learning that he was gay and married, declaring that the lawsuit demonstrates that gay people are driven by a "demonic spirit of lust" to persecute Christians.

The Colorado Republican lawmaker said on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday that the lawsuit shows that "there is a demonic spirit here of persecution against the church" and that gay people do not simply want to be left alone but rather are intent on "coming after the church."

"They're coming after us," Klingenschmitt warned. "They don't care about the First Amendment. They don't care about the Constitution. They just want power. And this is not about sexuality any more, it's about power and that's a demonic spirit of lust; not just lust for another man, but lust for power over the Christian people who yearn to breathe free":

Gordon Klingenschmitt Blames Demonic Influence For Failure To Defund Planned Parenthood

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, Colorado state lawmaker and Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt blamed the "demonic spirit of murder" for congressional failure to defund Planned Parenthood.

"Did you know there is also a spiritual world that is influencing these key players?" Klingenschmitt asked. "When the evil spirit, the spirit of Satan influences people to sin and the people humanly choose sin, they're listening to and cooperating with and collaborating with and contracting with that evil spirit who gets inside of them and becomes manifest through their behavior."

"So you see the invisible spirits, the Holy Spirit of God with his angels and the demonic spirits are speaking to each of these human actors in this scenario," he continued, "and we can discern, for example, upon those who promote a pro-abortion agenda the demonic spirit of murder who is influencing them and forcing us, as taxpayers, to collaborate with them to fund the killing of innocent children and that is wrong and that is evil and that is demonic."

Scott Lively Begs For Money And Calls For Passage Of Russian-Style Anti-Gay Laws Around The World

Anti-gay activist Scott Lively closed out 2015 by publishing a couple of open letters to his fellow anti-gay activists begging for money and urging them to join him in pushing to the passage of Russian-style anti-gay laws in America and elsewhere.

Lively bragged that he is being targeted by gay activists because his Abiding Truth Ministries is "one of the most feared and hated pro-family organizations in the world ... because we know more about the history, strategies and tactics of their movement than just about anyone on our side." The downside of being so "feared" is that he is now facing a lawsuit stemming from his anti-gay activism in Uganda, which is why Lively was begging for donations:

My friends, SMUG v Lively is truly a David v Goliath battle. I’m running a one-man office on a shoestring budget of less than $120,000 per year, provided almost entirely by donations of $50 and $100 from average people. Our donor base is small, mostly elderly, and very difficult to expand due to the success of the anti-Lively propaganda. While Liberty Counsel has been funding our legal defense, this lawsuit has nevertheless caused us major financial hardship and seriously threatens our future.

Frankly, I question whether ATM will survive the decade without greater support from the individuals scattered across the society who recognize the danger of the LGBT agenda and are willing to stand with us financially against it. That can only happen if the people who already support us encourage their like-minded friends and allies to donate to us. 

In a separate "letter to the international pro-family movement," Lively declared that "the Leaders and Activists of the LGBT movement are malicious deceivers and evil-doers, deliberately subverting civilized society and viciously attacking all opponents to advance their selfish and self-destructive interests" and called for anti-gay activists to focus on preventing the passage of antidiscrimination ordinances that protect sexual orientation in places where they don't already exist and repealing them where they do. 

Lively went on to recommend that his fellow anti-gay activists likewise work to pass Russian-style laws banning gay "propaganda" in America and around the world:

We need to build international pro-family solidarity on a foundation of genuine moral authority, meaning it must rest on the premise that homosexuality itself is personally and socially harmful, and not pretend that our only social and political interests are the "welfare of children" or the "definition of marriage." That pretense is a product of the same diseased pro-family "leadership" that marched the American pro-family movement from one disastrous defeat to the next for the past three decades, and it is now being exported to the rest of the world by the same men.

The beauty of the Russian law is it cuts right to the heart of the real problem of LGBT advocacy: the recruitment of children. What I mean by recruitment of children is not primarily the sexual exploitation of young people by adult homosexuals, though that represents a dark current within the larger “gay” culture, especially among the men. What I mean is the normalization of homosexual conduct and culture to children and youths, leading them to engage in homosexual experimentation among themselves and subsequently self-identify as "gay." An entire generation of American, British and Canadian children has been enslaved to this corrupt culture and ideology through the very propaganda that Russia has now banned.

While numerous countries of the African continent have chosen a much stricter approach, seeking to deter all homosexual conduct through harsh criminal sanctions, the Russian law balances the privacy rights of adult homosexuals (who choose to live discretely outside the mainstream of society) with the need of the nation to protect its children from the ravages of sexual perversion. It deters the LGBT lobby from attempting to mainstream the "gay" lifestyle, while granting the individual members of its community the "right to be left alone" that was the original stated goal of their movement in its early years, before it adopted the militant fascist tactics it is known for today.

Bryan Fischer Says Dinosaurs Were Just Giant, 1,000-Year-Old Lizards

On his radio program today, Bryan Fisher laid out his theory about where dinosaurs came from, explaining that they were simply lizards that grew very large because they lived for 1,000 years.

As Fischer explained, prior to Noah's flood, the average human lifespan was 912 years, so logically the lifespans of animals and reptiles and the like were also much longer during this period. And since reptiles continue to grow until they die, Fischer said, it stands to reason that a lizard that lived for 1,000 years would eventually grow to be the size of a dinosaur.

Asserting that there is "no reason to doubt" the Bible when it says that Methuselah lived for 969 years, Fischer declared that if some salamanders today can live for hundreds of years and grow to be several feet in length, then obviously lizards before the flood could live for a thousand years and grow even larger. 

"I'm thinking that could be the explanation for dinosaurs," he said. "They were just like reptiles that just like grew for a 1,000 years, kept growing, kept growing, kept growing."

Theodore Shoebat Wants The Government To Send SWAT Teams To Shut Down Yoga Studios

Extremist right-wing activist Theodore Shoebat dedicated his most recent video to railing against the evils of Hinduism, declaring that if he was a dictator, he would invade India, destroy all Hindu temples and force everyone to convert to Christianity.

After complaining, without a hint of irony, that he regularly gets compared to ISIS for his beliefs, Shoebat proclaimed that he would not hesitate to invade India and force all Hindus to convert to Christianity while also outlawing the practice of yoga in America.

"You need to Christianize the land," he stated. "We need to destroy these false religions, end of story. Hinduism is an evil, demonic, anti-Christ religion. It needs to be uprooted from the earth and it has no place in the world."

"Yoga? Outlawed," Shoebat continued. "And anyone who teaches yoga? Punished by the state ... I think the U.S. government needs to crack down on this evil, demonic thing called yoga ... You're teaching yoga, have the SWAT team bust open the doors to that place and just arrest everybody."

People Who Hate Gays Sure Do Love Ted Cruz

In his most recent column, Religious Right activist Matt Barber announced that he is endorsing Ted Cruz for president, saying that Cruz is being raised up by God "for such a time as this."

Barber is the founder of the website BarbWire.com, which is a repository of wild conspiracy theories and viciously anti-gay rhetoric, which is to be expected since Barber himself has a long history of anti-gay activism.

Barber has repeatedly stated that gay marriage is "Satanic" and a cancer and that gay rights activists are fascists, thugs and the "pawns of Satan." He said that legalizing gay marriage is an act of defiance against God, for which this nation will face divine wrath. He is notorious for having once said that gay male relationships constitute nothing more than "one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it 'love.'" He has called for the passage of Russian-style anti-gay laws in America and has said that he has been "called by God" to tell gays that AIDS is God's punishment for their sin and that it is his mission to wipe out the "sexually immoral scourge of same-sex marriage."

With these sorts of views, Barber fits right in among Cruz's other anti-gay endorsers, including the National Organization for Marriage, which exists for the purpose of fighting gay marriage, anti-gay Iowa radio host Steve Deace, who regularly rails against the "rainbow jihad," and influential Iowa Religious Right activist Bob Vander Plaats, who has warned that gay marriage will lead to "a parent marrying their child."

Cruz has also scored endorsements from anti-gay activist Michael Brown, Rep. Steve King, who has said that gay marriage will lead to people marrying lawnmowers and "throw this country into an endless trauma," and Religious Right icon James Dobson, who has made a career out of warning that gay marriage will destroy America and Western civilization.

Cruz named a rabidly anti-gay Republican legislator to lead his campaign in Virginia and another anti-gay activist to serve as co-chair and welcomed the endorsement of a North Carolina pastor who likened gay people to "maggots" and murders and stated that Ebola was God's judgment on America for accepting homosexuality:

Cruz also welcomed the endorsement of radical right-wing activist Flip Benham, who has crashed the weddings of same-sex couples in protest and declared that gays want to kill Christians because "the homosexual community" is "the most violent community there is":

On top of that, one of Cruz's super PACs is being run by David Barton of WallBuilders, a right-wing pseudo-historian who has called for the federal regulation and outlawing of gay sex because it is "very repugnant" and "reprehensible and disgusting." He has warned that gay marriage will force male and female students to share the same locker rooms, that it has legalized pedophilia and bestiality and will now force churches to hire child molesters to run their day care centers.

Barton has even declared that scientists will never find a cure for AIDS because the disease is God's punishment for homosexuality:

So Barber is just the latest in a long line of Religious Right activists to throw their support behind Cruz, all of whom seem to have one thing in common: a visceral dislike of gays.

Scott Lively Removes Theodore Shoebat From His List Of 'Pro-Family Heroes'

Last week, we noted that rabidly anti-gay activist Scott Lively had released a list of "Top Ten Pro-Family Heroes" of the year which included an "honorable mention" for Theodore Shoebat, an anti-gay activist so extreme that he openly calls for the implementation of a global "inquisition" aimed at forcing gays to submit to Christianity or be put to death.

Here is a screen cap of Lively's original list. You can see Shoebat listed in between Julio Severo and Mission America's Linda Harvey, who helped Lively draft the list:

At some point after we pointed out Shoebat's inclusion on Lively's list of "pro-family heroes," the list was quietly updated and Shoebat's name was removed. Here is a screen cap of the list as it currently appears on Lively's website:

Six GOP Hopefuls Vow To Enshrine Anti-Gay Discrimination Into Law

In the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling, anti-gay Religious Right groups rallied around a piece of legislation known as the First Amendment Defense Act, which would prohibit the federal government from "taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage."

In essence, the law would give individuals and businesses a license to openly discriminate against gay people and others in the name of "religious liberty," so naturally anti-gay groups have lined up in support of the legislation.

Today, several of these groups — the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America, Family Research Council Action — announced that six GOP presidential hopefuls have all signed a pledge to, if elected to the White House, push for the passage of the FADA within their first 100 days in office:

American Principles Project has joined together with Heritage Action for America, the action arm of the Heritage Foundation, and FRC Action, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, to invite each of the candidates running for President to sign the following pledge:

“If elected, I pledge to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and sign it into law during the first 100 days of my term as President.”

So far, six candidates have signed the pledge:

•   Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

•   Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida)

•   Dr. Ben Carson

•   Carly Fiorina

•   Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania)

•   Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas)

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Maggie Gallagher, Senior Fellow at American Principles Project, released the following statement:

“It has become clear that the First Amendment Defense Act is rapidly becoming a signature issue that unifies the GOP. Three out of the four top contenders for the nomination — Carson, Cruz, and Rubio — have pledged to prioritize passing FADA in their first 100 days of office. Additionally, Bush, Graham, Paul, and now for the first time, Donald Trump, have publicly expressed support for FADA. Real, concrete protections for gay marriage dissenters appear to be just one election victory away.”

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