Beck did so again today, concluding that Obama is nothing more than "a scared little boy whose daddy left him and his mom abandoned him" ... based entirely upon the choice of artwork that Obama placed in the Oval Office.
Beck reached this obviously scientific conclusion by noting that Obama was free to decorate the Oval Office with any works of art that he wanted, but instead chose to retain many of the same pieces of art that hung in the office under President Bush, which means that "the guy doesn't even know what his own art is" and that Obama is therefore totally lacking in substance or identity.
"I think it's because he doesn't know who he is," Beck reasoned "and that's what makes him 'me, me, me, I, me, look at me!' because he's hiding. There is nothing there. There's nothing there. I think he's a scared little boy whose daddy left him and his mom abandoned him."
Last year, Franklin Graham joined James Dobson at an event in Colorado where the two warned against allowing gay people into churches because, according to Graham, they are representatives of "the Enemy" who wants to "devour our homes" and "devour this nation."
On his radio program today, Dobson played excerpts from his discussion with Graham at the event, in which called for Christians to keep their kids away from gay people and to take over school boards across the nation in order to remove gay-friendly programs.
"We have allowed the Enemy to come into our churches," Graham said. "I was talking to some Christians and they were talking about how they invited these gay children to come into their home and to come into the church and that they were wanting to influence them. And I thought to myself, they're not going to influence those kids; those kids are going to influence those parent's children."
"What happens is we think we can fight by smiling and being real nice and loving," he continued. "We have to understand who the Enemy is and what he wants to do. He wants to devour our homes. He wants to devour this nation and we have to be so careful who we let our kids hang out with. We have to be so careful who we let into the churches. You have immoral people who get into the churches and it begins to effect the others in the church and it is dangerous."
Graham then went on to lament that "homosexuality is taught to be okay" in schools and "that is why I want to get the school boards back" before insisting that he loves gays and therefore feels obligated to tell them that "you cannot stay gay and call yourself a Christian."
That eventually promoted Dobson to rail against the entire LGBT agenda by once again absurdly misunderstanding bisexuality.
"You know what the 'B' stand for?" Dobson asked. "Bisexual. That's orgies! That is lots of sex with lots of people!"
On her program last Friday, Rachel Maddow also took note of the fact that the leading 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls had no problem participating in an event organized and co-hosted by an extremist like Scarborough:
The event itself was broadcast on Saturday morning from the headquarters of the Family Research Council, the group led by Perkins, and wound up being four hours of sanctimonious self-pity and mind-numbing dullness interspersed by short videos submitted by Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, and Rick Santorum all blatantly pandering to the Religious Right.
After Bush kicked things off by providing a vague promise to be a "strong advocate of religious liberty" as president, Carson turned things up a notch by declaring that "the greatest threat to religious freedom in America today is secular progressivism," as demonstrated by the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision, and vowing that, if elected president, he will work with Congress to pass legislation exempting Christians from having to recognize this decision.
Carson was followed by Cruz, who insisted that Christians "face an unprecedented attack on our first freedom from an aggressive secular state that seeks to push faith out of the public square entirely" and likewise promised that, if elected president, he'll make it his first order of business to see that "the persecution of religious liberty ends today."
Later in the broadcast, Carly Fiorina told those watching that "religious liberty is under assault in our country" and that America needs a leader who will fight to "take our country back." And that leader should be her, Fiorina explained, because "my faith has been tested in good times and in bad and never found wanting."
She was followed by Huckabee, who trotted out his standard campaign promise to simply ignore the Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage and abortion and essentially outlaw them both through executive action.
Up next, Rubio declared that "it shouldn't surprise us, this all-out assault on our liberties, because we have a president that, when he was a candidate the first time, he said that those of us that have traditional values are bitter people who cling to our guns and to our religion." He went on to promise that, as president, he will proudly "stand up for those" who are called "bigots and haters" for opposing gay marriage and abortion.
Santorum finally closed things out by decrying the "virulent assault" on religious liberty in America as demonstrated by "the lack of tolerance" for those who oppose gay marriage, promising that, as president, he will not only sign the First Amendment Defense Act, but "then we'll move further" and reverse the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.
Yesterday, extremist anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat posted a new video declaring that "dykes are criminals" and calling for SWAT teams to raid the homes of gay couples and seize their children.
Outraged by a report about a lesbian couple who had been charged with child abuse, Shoebat spent nearly a half-hour furiously ranting about how all gays are inherently criminals who need to be prosecuted by the state.
"Dykes are criminals," he stated. "Two dykes that are supposedly married, that's not marriage, that's a criminal partnership. That's an agreement between two criminals. We're gonna commit this crime, we're going to corrupt children, we are going to take the natural order and tell people to disobey it, we are going to cause a revolution against the natural order that God designed ... That's what these dykes are, they're just pure criminals. They're rebels. This is a revolution. We're not seeing love, we're not seeing marriage, we're seeing a revolution."
"I believe sincerely within my heart," he continued, "that if you have two dykes or two faggots who have children, those children are in an immense amount of danger. They are in danger of being raped, they are in danger of being molested, they are in danger of being assaulted, murdered, killed. And for the good of that child, the state needs to bust open the doors of those sodomites and confiscate those children. I really believe that within myself. If I had the power, I would send the SWAT team or the National Guard and I would say, 'Guys, there are the homes that we know for a fact have two fags and they have a child with them. Go in there, you arrest those two faggots and you take that child.' And the SWAT team would go in there, bust the door open, arrest the two faggots like the terrorists they are, and save that child from this tyranny. Because that's what this is, this is tyranny."
Right-wing psuedo-historian and Republican political operative David Barton recently released an 18-part DVD series called "Foundations of Freedom" that features Barton and various guests explaining everything from "the formation of American law and the judicial system to biblically-based economics, science, government [and how] our Founding Fathers used the Bible as a blueprint for America’s freedoms."
Among the guests featured in the series is Michele Bachmann, who was still a member of Congress at the time of filming, and who, in an episode that recently aired on TBN, declared that LGBT-inclusive hate crimes laws are a form of "tyranny."
"That's what's so brilliant about our form of government and God's form of government," Bachmann said, "that we are equal before the law. God's says He's not a respecter of persons, He's not partial, so why should we, why should government be partial? ... A creator God created us equal."
That discussion eventually led to Barton and Bachmann to lament the passage of hate crimes legislation back in 2009 that included protections against crimes based on sexual orientation, which Bachmann declared was tyranny.
"It's political correctness that rules the day," she said. "So when you're part of a favored group, then you get special benefits that nobody else gets. That's the very form of tyranny because when government supposedly gives something — government has nothing to give, they have to take it away from other people. So when they give it to that certain group, that means, by definition, they're taking it away from you."
The hate crimes law, which Barton and other anti-gay activists falsely claimed would lead to the imprisonment of pastors who preach from the Bible, did not "give" anything to specific groups nor take anything away from anyone else, but merely added sexual orientation and gender identity to other characteristics covered by existing hate crimes statutes, such as gender, race, religion, disability and national origin.
Tom DeLay joined Steve Malzberg on his Newsmax TV program yesterday to discuss the news of the day, during which he voiced his displeasure that Congress allowed President Obama to deliver his State of the Union address and declared that there are legitimate questions regarding Ted Cruz's eligibility to be president.
DeLay kicked things off by declaring that he was "a little upset that the Congress even invited [Obama] to come give the State of the Union" because "he's a lawless president" and so Congress "should have disinvited him."
Eventually, the topic of Donald Trump's "birther" attacks on Ted Cruz came up and DeLay made it clear that while he is not defending Trump and "would never vote for him," the questions about Cruz's eligibility are serious and something that Cruz needs to address.
"I gotta say, I've had this problem ever since Cruz announced," DeLay stated. "There is a difference between the definition of natural born and naturalization and it has not been settled by any branch of government. So I think Cruz needs to address this in some way because I think it is a cloud right now in Iowa."
When Malzberg asked if Cruz should take the issue to the courts, DeLay responded that "that's probably the most expedient way to do it."
"He's going to the courts if he's the nominee," DeLay stated. "The Democrats will use every avenue available to them, they sued me over a ballot issue. They'll sue him. He'll end up in the courts one way or another."
Bryan Fischer was "grossly disappointed" in Nikki Haley's Republican response to last night's State of the Union address and spent twosegments of his radio show today ripping the South Carolina governor as a feckless "toady" and a "lackey" for the Republican establishment.
Fischer was particularly outraged that Haley had dared to say that Republican "would respect differences in modern families, but we would also insist on respect for religious liberty as a cornerstone of our democracy."
"What does she mean by that?" Fischer asked. "She means that the Republican Party has officially embraced sodomy-based marriage. That's what that means. The Republican Party has officially embraced sodomy-based marriage and the entire homosexual agenda."
"You parse that," he continued to fume, "we're not going to invest one ounce of energy as a party, as ruling-class Republicans, we're not going to invest one ounce of energy in fighting to protect natural marriage. We're not going to invest one ounce of energy to try to preserve the right of children to be raised by a mom and a dad. We know from the research, it's a form of child abuse for a child to be raised in a same-sex household. It is a form of child abuse; all of the best in social research confirms that and here is Nikki Haley saying we're not going to fight for those children, we're not going to fight for the children that are subjected to a form of child abuse by being raised in a same-sex household."
Glenn Beck typically does notreact well to President Obama's State of the Union addresses, so naturally he was a little bent out of shape this morning after having watched Obama's final address last night. But amid his outrage and disgust, Beck did discover one little piece of good news: World War III is coming.
Beck, of course, has been warning that WWIII is just around the corner since 2013 and while the supposed tipping point isconstantlychanging, Beck is now more convinced than ever that it is going to happen soon, precisely because Obama mocked the idea last night.
Beck, who has an amazing track record of being wrong about pretty much everything, declared on his radio program today that if Obama mocks something, then "you can take it to the bank that that is going to happen."
"What did he mock last night, for the first time?" Beck asked. "Stunning, stunning that he mocked it ... He mocked you if you believed that we were at the beginning of World War III. Mocked you. That's crazy. Take it to the bank we are at the beginning of World War III. The president says it's definitely not going to happen; I think that is all the evidence that you need that it is definitely going to happen."
"I've never seen a man more wrong when it comes to what the world is going to do and what our enemies are going to do," Beck continued, without a hint of irony or self-awareness. "I've never seen anybody more wrong."
Yesterday, Iran briefly detained 10 Navy sailors after their small boats experienced mechanical problems and inadvertently drifted into Iranian waters. Almost immediately, Iran promised to release the soldiers and did so early this morning.
But last night, while the process was being worked out and the sailors were still being held by Iran, Rep. Louie Gohmert appeared on Dana Loesch's television and delivered a predictably Gohmertian response to the situation by declaring that the United States should put our armed forces on high alert and inform Iran that we will begin destroying its naval fleet if the sailors are not immediately released.
"When our Navy ships have problems, we don't call Iran," Gohmert blustered, "we call the rest of the Navy, we can call the Air Force, the Army, the Marines, the Coast Guard. We don't call Iran!"
"For the Iranians to even issue a statement at all saying, 'We are going to release them soon,' tells you that they control whether or not they can leave," he continued. "That situation should not be allowed to happen ... We should demand that Iran let these people go, our Navy men or women, whatever they are, let them go or we're going to start taking your ships out one at a time."
Right-wing pseudo-historian and David Barton, who also leads one of the Keeping the Promise Super-PACs backing Ted Cruz, appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program today to promote the republication of his book "The Jefferson Lies" by the fringe website WorldNetDaily after it was yanked from shelves by its previous publisher back in 2012 due to its inaccuracies.
Barton used the opportunity to explain that Thomas Jefferson "came out very clearly" against LGBT rights because they violate the the law of nature and the Bible.
"He actually introduced a bill that said that laws should be those that are recognized by the Bible," Barton said. "Marriage should be based on biblical recognition. So he said marriage has got to be defined by what the Bible defines it as. That's the law that he introduced. He also said that sexual relations were designed for procreation, not for entertainment. And therefore, in that basis, that's how you define marriage, is procreation. So sexual relations was designed by the Creator, throughout the law of nature, for procreation. Anything that violates that, violates the laws of nature. And he came up also on the issue of marriage and he said, 'Taking from the states the moral rule of their citizens and subordinating to the federal government would break up the foundations of the union.' You leave it at the states, not the feds."
As usual, Barton didn't bother to explain just what legislation Jefferson introduced that defined marriage according to the Bible, so it is impossible to verify. But the quote that Barton cited from Jefferson about leaving issues of "moral rule" to the states had nothing to do with the issue of marriage whatsoever, as Jefferson was discussing the case of Cohens v. Virginia in which the Supreme Court "reaffirmed its right to review all state court judgments in cases arising under the federal Constitution or a law of the United States."
Rafael Cruz closed out the weekly prayer call organized by Ted Cruz's presidential campaign last week by asking God to bring about a spiritual and political revival that will mobilize millions of Christians to elect his son as the next president of the United States.
"Ted is no more than the instrument that You have lifted up to be a servant of Yours, Father," the elder Cruz began, "and I pray, Lord God, that as such, for God to continue to guide his every step, Father. That everything he does, Father, is at the very center of Your word, that You give him revelation, Father, of what he needs to do. Father, that the peace that surpasses all understanding be upon him, upon Heidi, upon Caroline, upon Catherine, upon each and every one in his campaign and each and every one of the volunteers, Father. That we may know that in spite of all the attacks, Father, that we are in the center of Your will, Father and Lord God, righteousness will prevail."
"So we commit this campaign to You, Father," he continued, "we commit this next three or four months to You, Father, that righteousness will prevail, Father. That You'll wake up that sleeping giant, Father. Lord God, we did it in 1980 when we mobilized millions of Christians, millions of Christians across America to help elect whom I consider the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln, president Ronald Reagan. Father, we needed it big in 1980, we can do it again, Father. I pray, Lord God, that You create an awakening, Father, a movement, a spiritual revival and political revival, Father, to restore America again to that shining city on a hill to Your glory, Father."
Tonight, President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address and among his guests will be Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court's gay marriage case last year.
That, obviously, it not sitting well with the National Organization for Marriage, which fired off an angry press release today demanding that Republicans respond by leaving "an empty chair in the front of the chamber to represent the more than fifty million Americans whose votes in support of traditional marriage were stolen by the US Supreme Court":
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today sharply condemned President Obama for inviting Jim Obergefell, one of the plaintiffs whose case was used by the US Supreme Court to impose same-sex 'marriage' on the nation, to attend the State of the Union speech and called for the Republican leadership to set aside a vacant seat in the front of the chamber in honor of the missing 50 million voters whose votes were stolen by the Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell v Hodges case.
"It's an outrage that President Obama is honoring the extermination of true marriage in our nation's laws as a result of an anti-constitutional, illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "President Obama is trying to honor something that is completely dishonorable because it strips from the law the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and substitutes a fiction from the left that marriage can be anything you want it to be."
NOM reminded the nation that voters in thirty-one states cast over 50 million ballots defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Supreme Court ruling obliterated those votes.
"The Republican leadership ought to set aside an empty chair in the front of the chamber to represent the more than fifty million Americans whose votes in support of traditional marriage were stolen by the US Supreme Court," Brown said. "It's a national insult that President Obama would celebrate such an affront to democracy."
Brown also pointed out that since the Obergefell ruling imposing gay 'marriage', countless Christian small business owners have been subjected to extreme punishment by the government for refusing to abandon the truth of marriage.
"If the President wanted to do justice concerning this ruling, he would have invited all the people of faith who have been victimized by it — bakers, florists, photographers, nonprofit groups, etc. — and apologized to them and the American people for the supreme lie that is same-sex 'marriage.' The Obergefell ruling has exposed the falsehood that there would never be consequences for redefining marriage, our most fundamental and important social institution."
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.
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."
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 email@example.com to schedule an interview.
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."
One of the reasons that we started regularly covering extremist right-wing activist Theodore Shoebat and his opencalls 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.
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."
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."
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."
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.”