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AFA Targets Burger King For 'Promoting And Encouraging Abhorrent Behavior' With Proud Whopper

On Friday, Bryan Fischer voiced his disgust that Burger King had sold an LGBT pride themed Whopper at a San Francisco location a few weeks back and announced that the American Family Association was going to be issuing an action alert in response, warning that "if this kind of nonsense" isn't stopped, it'll spread across the nation.

"When people sit down to eat a hamburger," Fischer said, "the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex":

Today, the AFA issued that action alert, asking activists to email Burger King and warn that "promoting and encouraging abhorrent behavior will drive families away":

Burger King recently promoted the "gay pride" message with a rainbow Whopper wrapper at one of its stores. Unless there is some pushback from consumers, there is a real possibility that they could expand this promotion.

During this year's annual gay pride event in San Francisco, the Burger King location along the parade route sold a "Proud Whopper" with fanfare promotion by the corporate office.

It was the same Whopper as always, but in a rainbow-colored wrapper.

Fernando Machado, Burger King's Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management defended the company's promotion, telling USA Today that the "Proud Whopper…showcases who we are as a brand," adding, "It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression."

Why you should care

Unless Burger Kings sees a backlash for promoting cross-dressing and homosexual conduct as normal behavior, it will expand the promotion to other cities and additional stores next year.

TAKE ACTION

We have prepared an email that you can send directly to Burger King executives.

In addition, a copy of your email will be sent to the Burger King Franchise Association, reinforcing your message that promoting and encouraging abhorrent behavior will drive families away. 

The prewritten letter from AFA tells Burger King that the company's promotion of "abhorrent behavior" is an "insult to families,' which is why the letter-sender will now be boycotting the restaurant chain:

I am offended by Burger King's stunt in offering a so-called "Proud Whopper" in San Francisco. What were you thinking?

Your celebrated promotion of cross-dressers and homosexuality is an insult to families and I find your celebration of abhorrent behavior as a reason to dine elsewhere.

I hope you will learn from this publicity blunder and realize that while most stores did not participate in the corporate-approved program, the damage has been done and affects the image of all Burger King outlets.

Barton: God Will Strike America With Drought And Weather Disasters For Not Supporting Israel

David Barton appeared on TBN's "Praise The Lord" program last week where he warned that America is going to suffer the wrath of God for not properly supporting Israel because "any time you go after the Jews, God comes after you."

Asserting that since God personally established Israel's boundaries, Barton said that politicians had "better get God's permission" before they start advocating any changes to those boundaries because "if you start messing with that, you're messing directly with God."

Countries like the United States that are not siding with Israel will suffer the consequences, he warned, as God strikes this nation with extreme weather, droughts, productivity declines, and agricultural disasters:

Jerry Boykin Wants To Know Why The US Didn't Kill Bowe Bergdahl

Yesterday, The Daily Caller posted an interview that Ginni Thomas conducted with the Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin in which he called for President Obama to be impeached over the Veterans Affairs scandal and Benghazi while wondering why captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was not killed by the US government like Anwar al-Awlaki had been.

As Boykin sees it, the trade of five Taliban leaders in exchange for Bergdahl's return was "so phony" because Bergdahl was a known deserter who was no different than al-Awlaki.

"Al-Awlaki was an American citizen," Boykin said. "He was assassinated by the Obama administration because he was a traitor, he had turned on America. I'm glad he's dead. I have no issue with that. But what's the different between al-Awlaki and Bowe Bergdahl?"

Saying that Bergdahl had already been found guilty of desertion by the military, for which the punishment is death, Boykin declared that "there's no logic" to the swap "except that this was all about closing Guantanamo and they had to have the sequence of events unfold the way they did so they could release these five people out of Guantanamo":

Bryan Fischer Is Not A Fan Of Burger King's Proud Whopper

As Miranda noted the other day, anti-gay activists were not happy with the news that Burger King is planning to sell an LGBT pride themed burger at one San Francisco location.  On today's radio program, Bryan Fischer said that the American Family Association is thinking about issuing an "action alert" about it out of concern that "if this isn't bottled up in San Francisco, this kind of nonsense, then it's going to be spreading across the entire fruited plain and you're going to be going to your Burger King in Des Moines, Iowa and you're going to have a rainbow color wrapper for your Whopper."

On top of that, Fischer just thinks the entire thing is a disastrous marketing idea because "when people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex":

Glenn Beck Insists That David Barton Is 'An Amazing Uniter'

It came as no surprise that following Bob Barr's recent attack on David Barton during a Republican primary debate, Glenn Beck spent several segments on his radio program today defending Barton, even bringing Barton onto the show so that he could blame the attacks on "a bunch of George Soros-funded bloggers and groups."

Before Barton called into the program, Beck likened the attacks on him to Malcolm X's attacks on Martin Luther King, insisting that Barton "is an amazing man, an amazing uniter ... David is an amazing, decent, honorable, loving, non-bigoted man."

"I've met bigots before in my life," Beck said, "David Barton is the farthest thing from it":

Indeed, where would anyone ever get the idea that David Barton is some sort of bigot?

Bob Barr Challenges Barry Loudermilk To Disavow David Barton's Endorsement

Georgia State Senator Barry Loudermilk is currently seeking the Republican Party's nomination for a seat in Congress and has been touting the endorsement he received from "nationally recognized author, historian and constitutional expert David Barton."

Loudermilk's admiration of Barton is no secret, given that he mindlessly repeats Barton's lies in his own presentations, but now it seems that it is becoming an issue in his campaign as he was asked to repudiate Barton's endorsement earlier this week during a debate with his GOP primary opponent, former Congressman Bob Barr.

A clip from the debate was posted on YouTube by Bartowpolitics showing Barr noting that Loudermilk has very proudly accepted Barton's endorsement despite the fact, Barr said, that Barton "has been roundly and uniformly criticized with facts for taking positions that are anti-Semitic [and] that are against women voting."

Barr asked Loudermilk to disavow Barton's endorsement, but Loudermilk refused to do so, saying that he had no idea where Barr was getting his information and saying that Barton "had done a tremendous job of reintroducing Americans to their true heritage ... so, no, I'm not going to stand out here and disavow an endorsement of somebody that I believe has done a tremendous job in reintroducing Americans to their true heritage":

The allegation that Barton spoke to anti-Semitic groups stems back over twenty years and Barton has consistently insisted that he was not aware of the views of some of the groups that he addressed. 

As for the claim that Barton is "against women voting," that comes from an ironically Bartonesque misrepresentation of a radio program he did earlier this year when he asserted that the Founding Fathers did not grant women the right to vote in order "to keep the family together."

We have listened to literally thousands of hours of Barton's programs and presentations and he can be justifiably criticized for a lot of things (most notably, being a serial liar), but being anti-Semitic and against women voting should not be among them.

Judge Strikes Colorado Marriage Ban

If you’re having trouble keeping track of the rapidly falling state marriage bans, you’re likely not the only one. In the latest of a dizzying streak of pro-equality decisions, a judge in Colorado struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban yesterday.

District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree stayed the ruling, which means that same-sex couples in Colorado cannot yet begin to marry.

In his decision, Judge Crabtree plainly noted that the ban “bears no rational relationship to any conceivable government interest.” He also underscored the discrimination faced by same-sex couples in the absence of marriage equality:

‘The Court holds that the Marriage Bans violate plaintiffs' due process and equal protection guarantees under the Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution,’ Crabtree said in his ruling.

‘The existence of civil unions is further evidence of discrimination against same-sex couples and does not ameliorate the discriminatory effect of the Marriage Bans.’

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Steve King Calls For The National Guard To Seal The Border Before America Is Overrun By Billions Of Undocumented Immigrants

Appearing on Steve Malzberg's Newsmax radio program yesterday, Rep. Steve King called upon the governors of the states along the southern border to call out their national guard units and seal the border because otherwise America will be overrun with billions of undocumented immigrants by the time President Obama leaves office.

Saying that since Obama has the resources necessary to close the border but is refusing to do so, King therefore urged border governors to call up their National Guard units and do it themselves because soon "it won't be any longer a question of whether we can deport eleven million people; it will be tens of millions more and the question will be how many billion people can we let into the United States?"

"And I say that term 'billion,' I didn't just pull it out of the air," King made clear, "there's seven billion people on the planet and over half of them would like to be in America":

Barber: Parents Should Think Twice About Letting Their Kids Attend Christian Colleges That Allow Gay Clubs

Matt Barber appeared on Janet Mefferd's radio program yesterday in order to discuss a recent article in Politico Magazine entitled "Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage" which both he and Mefferd, of course, dismissed as nothing but pro-gay liberal propaganda.

During the course of the discussion, Mefferd asked Barber what he thinks about the fact that gay groups are being allowed to form at some Christian universities, with Barber replying that parents ought to think twice before allowing their kids to attend such a school because they'd certainly never let them attend a school that allowed "a pedophilia-affirming club or an incest-affirming club" to form on campus.

"I would just ask parents to do a test," Barber said. "Replace LGBT or gay with any other sexual sin. If there's an adultery-affirming club at your potential university where you're sending your kids. Or a pedophilia-affirming club or an incest-affirming club. Well, homosexuality is among all of the sins, the sexual sins that are clearly itemized throughout Scripture in both the Old and New Testament. But for some reason, the propaganda has stuck and it's this particular sexual sin that gets special treatment":

Louie Gohmert Proves That God Exists

Rep. Louie Gohmert was among the speakers at last night's "Celebrate America" event, the three week long revival effort organized by "holy laughter" pioneer Rodney Howard-Browne, where he proved once and for all that God exists because "you couldn't get everything unless there was something that was the creator of everything."

Quoting an old friend from back in Texas, Gohmert said that he feels sorry for atheists because regardless of how smart they think they are, they have to admit that they believe "the equation that nobody plus nothing equals everything."

"How embarrassing for an intellectual to have to say 'yeah, I believe that,'" Gohmert said. "Nobody plus nothing equals everything."

"Well, you couldn't get everything unless there was something that was the creator of everything," Gohmert wisely concluded, "and that's the Lord we know":

PFAWF Celebrates Confirmation of Julián Castro as U.S. HUD Secretary

Andrew Gillum is the Director of Youth Leadership Programs at  People For the American Way Foundation.

Julián Castro, current mayor of San Antonio, was just confirmed in the Senate by a 71-26 vote to lead the Housing and Urban Development Department. Castro, one of the earliest members of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network, is the first to become a Cabinet member.

I remember meeting Julián at our very first YEO convening in 2006, and being impressed with his passion to serve and better his community in Texas. We are incredibly proud of Julián and excited to see what he’ll accomplish in this new position. His proven leadership in fostering urban revitalization and economic growth make him a natural fit for this position, where he will be able to combat homelessness and help secure access to affordable, quality housing for more Americans.

Julián’s confirmation yesterday demonstrates how supporting young elected officials in our movement can reap tremendous results. I often say that YEOs are the state and local leaders of today as well as the national leaders of tomorrow. While Julián will be the first (former) YEO member to serve in a cabinet level post, I am sure he won’t be the last.

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Glenn Beck Tells His Audience 'You Are Going To Be The Ones That Save The Nation'

Glenn Beck is organizing a relief effort along the southern border in Texas next week to deliver food, supplies, and toys to churches that are housing thousands of undocumented refugees from Central America. Beck's effort to provide this sort of assistance has caused a lot of controversy among his loyal audience and he addressed the topic directly on his radio program today, reminding his listeners that even though he has been right about countless things in the past, he knows that "I have never been more right on anything in my life" than he is on this issue. 

And he trusts that his audience will continue to stand by him and support him, telling them for the second straight day that he knows they have been chosen by God to save this nation.

"There is no other audience in the history of mass communication like this audience," Beck told them. "Period! And I have said this to you since September 11th and this does not come from me, this comes from my gut, this comes from The Prompting, whatever you want to call it, you are going to be responsible for a great change. You are going to be the ones that save the nation":

The Supreme Court’s Attack on Working Women

The following is a guest blog by Beth Huang, 2010 Fellow of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young People For program.

Last Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in two critical cases with major implications for working women. The Supreme Court ruled once again that corporations are people, this time conferring religious rights that trump workers’ rights to access full healthcare. In a dissent to the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg noted “that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.” Justice Ginsberg’s dissent reveals the real impacts of denying coverage of contraception for low-wage working women -- something the slim five-justice, all-male majority fails to comprehend.

To compound the attack on working women, five male Justices severely undermined the ability of care workers – 95 percent of whom are women – to collectively bargain in the case Harris v. Quinn. This assault on working people stems from the Justices’ view that the care workers in the case are not “real” public employees and thus the union cannot charge the appropriate agency fee to all of them for its bargaining services. This ruling serves the interests of anti-worker extremists at the expense of these invaluable workers who care for our families and our children.

It’s clear: a majority of Justices are trampling over the rights of working women. In light of these attacks, it’s time to organize for gender equity and economic justice for working women.

Back in 2010 when I was a student, Young People For helped me develop organizing skills that have led me to effectively advocate for and with women and workers. Through my work in student labor organizing as an undergraduate and since graduation, I have seen that workers’ rights are women’s rights, from having access to comprehensive healthcare to having a voice on the job. To build an economy that works for today’s students and youth, we need to organize locally and train new leaders in the broad effort to advance our agenda for gender equity and economic justice.

At the Student Labor Action Project a joint project of Jobs with Justice and the United States Student Association, we’re doing just that by building student power to advance an agenda that protects the rights of current workers and promotes a more just economy for students to enter when they graduate. Our campaigns focus on demanding funding for public higher education, which we know is a major source of good jobs and upward mobility for women and people of color; pushing back on Wall Street profits that fuel the student debt crisis; and raising the working conditions for Walmart workers, 57 percent of whom are women.

The Supreme Court’s decisions last week underscored the urgency of organizing for these changes. Women’s access to equal rights, power in the workplace, and comprehensive healthcare depends on it.

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'This Is God's Country': E.W. Jackson Proclaims That 'America Was Ordained By Almighty God'

Bishop E.W. Jackson, who was the Republican Party's nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia last year, spoke at last night's "Celebrate America" event where he loudly proclaimed that "America was ordained by Almighty God" and therefore Christians must take a stand and declare that, no matter what the government says, God's definition of marriage will never change.

"We've got to make up our minds that we wrestle not against flesh and blood," Jackson bellowed, "but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We've got to make up our minds that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into obedience to Jesus Christ. We've got to stand up!"

"We're not going to shut up," he continued, "and we're not going to stop. We're not going to quit. I don't care what anybody says, I don't care whether it's the president or the Supreme Court, a marriage is union between one man and one woman and that's all it will ever be!"

Matthew Hagee Says Obamacare Is Conditioning People To Accept The Mark Of The Beast

On this week's "Hagee Hotline," Matthew Hagee answered a question from a viewer who was wondering if Obamacare will "increase the risk of America supporting a one world government" by assuring her that it most certainly does.

As Hagee explained, Obamacare makes people more dependent upon the government, which is conditioning them to accept "the kind of global dictatorship that is described in the End Times" and to ultimately take the Mark of the Beast.

Acceptance of Obamacare, Hagee said, is teaching people "to look at a leader in the future and say 'certainly, you can give me a mark and that mark will keep me in terms of trading and doing all of the things that I want to do, buying and selling of goods and services, no problem; I'll do it because you're the government and you said I need it.'"

Legislation like Obamacare, he concluded, "leads us on a path and in a direction that in the end will take us to what the Bible describes as a one world government":

Glenn Beck Is The Nation's Calm And Rational Voice Of Reason

Continuing his role as a prophet of God and his habit of lecturing his staff during the morning meeting about whatever random thoughts he's had that day, Glenn Beck declared yesterday that it is the role of his company to serve as the calm voice of reason that will show the nation the way through the darkness and confusion.

Just as Beck was told by God to remain calm and rational back in 2007 during his interview with Al Sharpton even though he wanted to "rip him apart," Beck said that prompting was correct because at that end of the interview, he was the "clear winner" because he remained "calm and rational" and that same prompting applies today, as it is the role of Beck and his company to stand in front of the nation and calmly beg them to simply look at the truth.

"When everybody else is running in one direction," Beck said, "we are to stand and say 'stop, don't, please, I love you, please don't do that, wrong direction, please go the other way. Come with me. There's people, there are friends, it makes sense, it's the world you understand where we all have to work hard, but it's okay. It's okay. Please come with us":

Glenn Beck Has A Message From God: His Audience Will Save The World

Watching Glenn Beck's daily radio program is frequently an exercise in schizophrenia, as he inevitably spends several segments railing against those with whom he disagrees, calling them corrupt, immoral, and downright evil, only to then spend several subsequent segments talking about the importance of reaching out to those with whom one disagrees and loving one's enemies. 

The latter message has been Beck's obsession for the last several months, and though it certainly doesn't seem to have actually changed his personal behavior toward his own perceived enemies in any way, he is positive that it is the key to saving the entire world.

As he declared on his program today, Beck's audience currently has "an extraordinary opportunity to be people of light, to be a beacon of hope and courage" for all of humanity ... and this is a message that has come directly from God.

"Mark my words," Beck declared, "I have said things and made predictions on this program and I know the difference between me and Him and let me tell you, this is not coming from me. This is a global movement; you will be a source of light, of hope, and encouragement for all the world to see":

Staver: Gay Marriage Is 'A Direct Attack On Who God Is'

Rodney Howard-Browne, a pioneer of the Holy Laughter movement, is currently leading a three-week long revival event in Washington, DC called "Celebrate America" that is featuring a variety of Religious Right leaders.

Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver was among the first speakers to participate over the weekend where he declared that America is a modern day Pompeii that is on the verge of total destruction because of its embrace of things like abortion and gay marriage.

As Staver explained, not all sins are equal because, according to 1 Corinthians 6, sexual sins alone are committed against one's own body and so they are "unique from any other sin."

As such, he said, by accepting homosexuality and gay marriage, our society is "moving into a direct attack on who God is."

"When you destroy human sexuality," Staver proclaimed, "and when you destroy human life created in the image of God and you destroy God's creation of marriage as man and woman, husband and wife, male and female, when you destroy that, you destroy your understanding of who God is. That's where we are moving right now in America":

Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, and the Importance of Women Justices

Days after the Supreme Court handed down its damaging 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS issued an order that underscored the danger that Hobby Lobby poses for women’s health.

In Wheaton College v. Burwell, SCOTUS temporarily granted relief to Wheaton College, a religious institution that is “categorically” opposed to providing contraceptive services, from the contraception coverage compromise solution that the  Court explicitly endorsed in Hobby Lobby. The order says that Wheaton may be exempt from submitting a form that would inform the government that they object to covering birth control. Wheaton College argued that submitting this form would make it “complicit in the provision of contraceptive coverage.” The temporary order indicates that the Court’s majority may accept this problematic argument.

In what Think Progress called a “blistering dissent” to the order, Justice Sonia Sotomayor — joined by the two other female Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — sharply criticized the order. Sotomayor wrote in the dissent:

“Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today.”

While this order is temporary until the case may be heard in front of the Court, the female Justices’ strong dissent demonstrates not only the division within the Court, but also the importance of having diversity on our courts. Women on the bench provide a critically important perspective on all cases, but especially those that deal with women’s lives. It is more important than ever, when women’s rights are under assault, that women are more fairly represented at all levels of government.

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