Last week, conspiracy theorist and End Times radio host Rick Wiles informed his audience that he would be stepping away from the microphone and his daily hosting duties for the near future because God had told him to focus his energy on creating a television studio through which he could better promote his dire warnings that the world is doomed.
In the interim, the radio show would be anchored by like-minded guest hosts while continuing to feature exactly the sorts of guests we have come to expect from Wiles' program, such as crackpot preacher James David Manning, who told host Rev. Dr. David Berman yesterday that violent revolution against the US government is inevitable because public schools are indoctrinating kids with homosexuality and teaching them to rebel against the church, which is why so many people have begun stockpiling weapons:
When you reach a moral crisis and a political crisis such as what we have here now, the only way you're going to break the gridlock is that there's got to be some sort of a revolt. That's how our great nation came to be in the first place. I think Thomas Jefferson said that the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of both tyrants and patriots from time to time.
Right now, there is no glimmer of hope that the political class are going to be able to take care of what's going on in our nation, both morally and spiritually. In fact, they're advancing us toward the kingdom of Hell.
You mentioned something a few moments ago that's important; our schools - the federal school system that has no right to be in existence in the first place - is indoctrinating our children with this same-sex business and this sexual identity, they're going after our children, who are very innocent to this process, and they are teaching them to revolt against us. They're teaching them to revolt against the church, against the Constitution, against the nation and so, at some point in time, you're going to see a revolt.
One of the things that has demonstrated that, if you watch the amount of gun sales that have been taking place over the last couple of years, people have stocked up on ammunition. People are not stocking up because they just want to have weapons; they're stocking up because, at some point in time, it's going to happen, Doctor, it's going to happen. There's going to be a revolt.
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer pointed to a recent ABC News report entitled "Polyamory: The End of Marriage?" to proclaim that, just as anti-gay activists predicted, the world was heading toward legalizing polygamy and inevitably pedophilia.
ABC has been running these sorts of sensational stories for years, but Fischer seized upon this recent piece as proof that once marriage is no longer confined to one man and one woman, then "there's no logical place to stop in the kinds of sexual relationships that you will support, you will endorse, you will embrace as a culture."
When anti-gay activists warned that gay marriage would lead to polygamy, Fischer said that everybody laughed at them, but now they have been proven right!
"We were exactly right," Fischer said, "when we said polygamy was the next domino to fall. And after this, the next domino to fall is going to be pedophilia. They're saying the same things to us now, you're exaggerating, but we were right and we'll be proven right":
One of the Religious Right's favorite myths is that the original Pilgrims were socialists who nearly died until they turned to capitalism, after which they held the first Thanksgiving to thank God for blessing and saving them.
This story was the centerpiece of the "Faith and Freedom" program posted on Thanksgiving, where Matt Barber declared that he is thankful that "Obamacare is failing and failing catastrophically" because it is no different than the failed attempt at socialism that nearly doomed the Pilgrims.
"Obamacare is just a much larger version of what happened in the Plymouth Colony," Barber said. "President Obama, people will say it's hyperbole to call him a communist, well, his mother was an avowed communist, he sat under Uncle Frank, Frank Marshall Davis, an avowed communist. President Obama, to say that he has Marxist leanings is an understatement."
Barber went on to assert that Obamacare is nothing but communism by another name and Mat Staver readily agreed, saying that Obama "is a socialist in his mentality, government is the God in his view" and declaring that just "like the colonists in the Plymouth Plantation, it's not working":
Today, Liberty Counsel posted a video in which Mat Staver and Matt Barber highlighted all of the work the organization has done this year, leading off with their fight against Obamacare.
Staver bragged that Liberty Counsel was the first organization to file a lawsuit as soon as President Obama signed it into law, claiming (about 1:40 into the video) that they have put more than 25,000 hours into this case since 2010.
That means that Liberty Counsel spent every waking moment for 1,041 days waging its lawsuit against health care reform:
As luck would have it, today the Supreme Court turned away Liberty Counsel's lawsuit, leaving in place a lower court ruling dismissing it.
Maybe they ought to have spent more time working on it!
On Friday's "News With Views" broadcast, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire told his viewers that, just as he has been warning for a dozen years, the legalization of gay marriage is now leading to the legalization of pedophilia.
"Hey folks, hear me now: the pedophiles are coming," Daubenmire asserted, pointing to the bogus claims made by the American Family Association as evidence.
"We tried to warn you, that's exactly where this slippery slope would take us," he said. "Once, in 2001, when we declared that a man had a right to legal homosexual sodomy with another man, we opened that Pandora's Box ... Now friends, I've got to ask you something: where are we going to draw the line? I remember when I used to go out and used to tell people this is what's coming, here's what's coming and they would laugh and so 'oh, that's never going to happen.' I would say 'oh, yes it is if we allow other debaucherous, immoral, unnatural behaviors to be legalized, how do you say no?' If you say that a man has a right to violate God's laws and marry a man, how can you say that a man doesn't have the right to violate God's law and have sex with a younger man, a prepubescent man?"
Earlier this year, "nine musical artists of different styles, backgrounds, and faiths were invited by Glenn Beck to compose, arrange, and record as a unit" to create a Christmas album called "Believe Again."
On his radio broadcast today, Beck spent a large part of the program promoting the new album during which he read from an insanely grandiose letter that he wrote to those involved in the project in which he predicted that their efforts just might save America and the world from the "spiritual darkness" that is engulfing it.
"Freedom is slipping through the fingers of so many around the world," Beck wrote, "and I think it's about time that we accept the mantle of new civil rights leaders of the world ... Our task is harder right now because much of the world has plunged into darkness and can no longer see the truth. But those of us who are awake have something that the others don't: the power of truth."
"Hopefully with these songs that you will put together," he continued, "travelers from around the world will find their way and help preserve the rights of man."
Warning that America will soon suffer the wrath of God, Beck declared that those who were recording this CD would be spreading the gift of redemption throughout a troubled and frightened world, telling the singers that "your voices will fill the air with praises to our God and King ... Many mighty miracles will be seen in the coming days and I think mighty miracles just may come from what you set out to do":
On the heels of Rick Santorum's flop as a movie mogul, it looks like the professional anti-gay activists over at Liberty Counsel have been bitten by the acting bug and decided to try their hands at filmmaking as well, with the release of a feature film called "Uncommon" starring none other than Erik Estrada:
Liberty Counsel released the trailer to its first feature film, Uncommon. The film about religious liberty in public school stars Erik Estrada (CHiP's), Ben Davies (Courageous), Irma P. Hall (Soul Food), and Grammy Award-winning Christian Musician Jason Crabb.
“Religious liberty in public school is certainly a fitting topic for our first feature film,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Many of the calls Liberty Counsel receives are from parents and students whose speech and religious viewpoints are being censored in the public schools.”
Based on the trailer, the film looks to be exactly as awful as one would expect a movie made by Liberty Counsel to be ... especially one that actually features Mat Staver in an acting role:
It is no secret that "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt is vehemently opposed to any efforts to protect the rights of transgender students in public schools (or anywhere else, for that matter), asserting that letting a transgender student to use the bathroom or locker room is to essentially allow her to visually rape her fellow students.
Klingenschmitt returned to the issue on today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program where he highlighted the situation involving Coy Mathis to accuse her parents of abusing her by dressing her as a girl because "they have a political agenda to push these co-ed bathroom bills into Colorado state law."
"He's being abused by his parents," Klingenschmitt asserted. "These abusive parents now have used this little boy to try and claim that he's a girl to try and tell the world that they ought to let transgender adults into your little girl's public bathrooms!"
"There is a demon of rape inside of this movement," he added, "to violate your daughters":
The following is a guest post by South Dakota State Senator Angie Buhl O’Donnell, a member of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network.
Harvey Milk’s words inspired audiences throughout his life, but his most enduring words may have been the simple push to “come out, come out wherever you are.”
To me, that’s the most important legacy of the political leader we lost 35 years ago this week – his insistence on the far-reaching impact of the very personal act of coming out. Despite the potential downsides, despite the fact that it can feel easier not to come out, Harvey Milk knew that our community must be visible in order to make legal and social equality a reality.
While Milk spent much of his life in urban centers, I believe the urgency to make ourselves visible is even greater in places like South Dakota, where I live. It’s 2013, but some people still think LGBT people only exist in New York or San Francisco. As researcher Mary Gray has written, popular representations of rural LGBT people paint us as “out of place” in states like South Dakota – as people who need to “seek out belonging in an urban elsewhere to find happiness.” But LGBT people are in every part of our country, and we are increasingly visible in the political landscape.
Milk’s legacy has been a personal inspiration for me, as an openly bisexual elected official. Earlier this year, I became a Harvey Milk Champion of Change. While I was honored to be recognized by the White House with an award bearing his name, I actually had some hesitation about accepting. As a bisexual woman married to a man, I was worried about people thinking I didn’t really “deserve” it. But I realized that line of reasoning was not what Harvey Milk would have embraced. His legacy is about sharing your own identity, your own truth in whatever form that might take. Besides, there’s a “B” in “LGBT” for a reason.
While speaking at an event on immigration reform in San Francisco yesterday, President Obama was heckled by protestors demanding that he "stop all deportations."
One of the protestors happened to be standing in the crowd on stage, which has set off alarms for Glenn Beck who fears that people with "leftist ties" in the Obama administration are allowing the security bubble around the president to be routinely penetrated by radical Marxists who represent a violent threat.
"This is craziness," Beck said. "I am not a fan of this president but I want the President of the United States to be secure and the President, I do not believe, is secure. I believe this president is in danger because things are spiraling out of control and he is looking like he is an enemy ... They don't understand why he just won't seize power and do it, so he's a traitor to their revolution":
On yesterday's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Mat Staver recounted a recent trip he made to Peru where he was hailed by government leaders for his anti-gay work in America and given a medal for his efforts to help prevent Peru from being taken over by President Obama godless colonialism.
On today's broadcast, Staver continued to discuss his trip, revealing that he was praised and thanked for his work everywhere he went, including during a rally at a soccer stadium where he was brought to tears by tens of thousands of people cheering for him.
As Staver explained, the trip has ultimately strengthened his resolve to fight harder at home as well as against Obama's efforts to colonize the world with his godlessness; a sentiment with which co-host Matt Barber readily agreed, because "America is exporting evil:
Barber: America is exporting evil to nations around the world and there is a thirst across the world for truth and Scripture is transcendent truth and biblical values are truth and the truth of Scripture and the way, the truth, and the life who is Christ is the glue that holds together any nation and once we abandon that truth, as we've seen throughout history, that nation will ultimately self-destruct. They don't want that to happen in Peru.
Staver: One of the things that is interesting is, you know, Obama is a colonialist or an imperialist with regards to exporting anti-God, anti-family values. And while he might want to pull away from colonialism in the understood sense of exporting the country to another country, he certainly is doing that very same thing to undermine God and values in these countries. And so he's working hard through this administration to fund programs and undermine the sanctity of human life and marriage in Peru and other Latin American countries and, frankly, around the world.
This, I believe God has opened up some amazing opportunities. It really encouraged me to continue to fight the battle here in America and also to stand for our brothers and sisters in Latin America and other parts around the world who also still share these same Judeo-Christian values and that America, ultimately, is trying to undermine. We need to stand for this value of what ultimately makes America great, these Judeo-Christian values.
On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored Senator Udall’s amendment proposal, SJRES 19, adding a key progressive voice to the amendment movement. With Warren’s endorsement, the entire Massachusetts’s congressional delegation is now in support of amending the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and related cases.
In a speech two months ago, Senator Warren decried the overwhelming influence of money in politics and noted that “Congress needs power to address all of the ways in which corruption threatens the health of our political system.” That notion – that Congress and the states should have the constitutional authority to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes – is at the heart of what the Udall proposal does.
To date, 16 states, 500 cities/towns, and over 150 members of Congress have called for a constitutional amendment. To learn more about the amendment movement, visit: www.united4thepeople.org.
Over the weekend, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia collectively reached a deal with Iran in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for a loosening of sanctions against the nation.
"The main reason that we ought to stand with Israel," Fischer explained, "is because God does. We, as a Christian nation, ought to stand with Israel because God does."
Citing God's promise to Abraham in the Bible that anyone who honored Abraham would be honored by God while anyone who dishonored Abraham would be cursed by God, Fischer asked "now what did Barack Obama and John Kerry just do to Israel? They just dishonored Israel; they just dishonored the descendents of Abraham ... If we bless Israel, God will bless us. If we dishonor Israel, God will withdraw his blessing from us and replace that with a curse":
The following is a guest post by Campbell, California Mayor Evan Low, a member of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network.
In 2009, I became the youngest openly gay mayor as well as the youngest Asian-American mayor in the country. Some journalists wrote about how I was making history, but I like to point out that I was preceded by a number of other courageous “firsts.”
I became mayor 35 years after Kathy Kozachenko was the first openly LGBT person elected to public office, and 32 years after Harvey Milk – affectionately known as “the mayor of Castro Street” – was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the same state I serve today.
This week marks the anniversary of the tragic end of Milk’s short time in office, when he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Supervisor Dan White. But the legacy of Harvey Milk and other LGBT trailblazers is very much alive. Today there are more than 500 openly LGBT elected or appointed officials serving our country. Through their service and that of public officials representing other marginalized communities, it is clear that our democracy works best when our lawmakers reflect the nation’s diversity.
That’s not to say that things are always easy for LGBT elected officials. Like Milk, I have received my share of hate mail, with messages like: “We don’t want the homosexual agenda in our community.” As I have told reporters before, I don’t know what is on that so-called agenda, other than basic equality for all people.
One issue that’s certainly on my agenda is the end of the FDA’s ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. In a petition that now has more than 62,000 supporters, I wrote:
…recently, I hosted a blood drive on city property, but was banned from donating blood myself.
As the mayor of Campbell, providing for the welfare of the general public is a top priority. As a gay man, however, I am conflicted in my advocacy for blood drives. Under current U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines, a man who has sex with another man is deferred for life from donating blood. The ban was imposed in 1983 when there were no reliable tests for screening blood for HIV/AIDS. It was also made during a time of mass medical confusion and cultural homophobia associated with HIV/AIDS. The current FDA ban is wildly outdated and perpetuates unfair labels against gay and bisexual men that live on through decades of discrimination.
These kinds of stereotypes are not unlike the ones Harvey Milk was fighting nearly four decades ago, and why he, like I do today, encouraged LGBT people to come out whenever possible – to dispel the harmful lies about our community with the truth. Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk and founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, continues his uncle's legacy, and we are so fortunate to have Stuart carry the torch.
In a tape Milk recorded before his death, he said, “I have never considered myself a candidate. I have always considered myself part of a movement.” I think he would be proud of the movement that lives on in his spirit today.
We have written a lot in recent months about the efforts by the Religious Right to export their homophobia and help other nations institute draconian anti-gay policies that these activists have been unable to implement here in the United States.
So it was with great interest that we listened to today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program as Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver revealed that he had recently returned from Peru where he had been invited to help the government fight President Obama's colonialist effort to force an anti-God agenda upon the nation.
As Staver explained, he was invited down by a member of the Peruvian Congress and given a red carpet treatment, meeting with several high-ranking government officials and even awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor:
I recently returned from Peru and it was quite an eye opening experience. I was invited there and I had an opportunity to speak to Congress and also the head of the attorneys and the head of the judiciary and the head of all the educational accrediting body as well.
And one of the things that they are concerned with is that America is trying to undermine that Judeo--Christian foundation, particularly the Obama administration is funding through the State Department and other ways pro-abortion initiatives, pro-LGBT initiatives, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, etcetera, and same-sex marriage initiatives.
So consequently when we came, they looked to us for somebody who could help them and they knew everything about what we were about. They knew about cases that Liberty Counsel was involved with, they knew about my involvement in education and they knew about all these different areas. So when I spoke to Congress, I was supposed to be there at ten o'clock in the morning on a Thursday and I was there in a room and I looked out through the chamber, which was the Senate chamber, and we had to delay the meeting until about 10:30 because it was packed and people were standing in the aisles and standing in other places. They had put in an extra row of seats and there was at least a hundred people, attorneys from around Peru, that could not get in, they were standing out in the aisle and they could not get into this event.
Sitting in the very front row was a general in the Peruvian Navy, he had all of his regalia on. Next to him was another high-ranking member of the military, Navy Seals, members of Congress, judges, the number one person over all of the attorneys in Peru was sitting at a table with me, he co-sponsored this event. And there's educators, there's teachers, there's young people.
And my message was about worldview and two different worldviews, one with God and one without God and how it makes a difference in law and policy. And then I took it down to specifics such as abortion and marriage and that these are part of God's natural created order, that there's a sanctity of human life because we are created in God's image and marriage is part of God's natural created order and it is part of the very first form of government and that we must protect those and I encouraged the Peruvians to stand strong.
So after that, we got an ovation, a standing ovation there, and to my amazement then, the next part of the ceremony was they awarded me a Congressional Medal of Honor.
They were very appreciate to us that we were there to help them in any way so that they could maintain that Judeo-Christian foundation. What we see is an imperialist America, a colonialist America under this Obama administration exporting anti-God, anti-values to these countries in Latin America and around the world.
UPDATE: Here is video of Staver speaking in Peru and a screencap of him receiving the medal:
Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber was the guest on Rick Wiles' End Times radio program yesterday where the two discussed the dangers of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which Barber warned would criminalize Christianity while it simultaneously legalizes sexual harassment:
ENDA, the euphemistically titled the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and it's a euphemism because it does exactly what it purports to prevent and that is that it codifies into law workplace discrimination. ENDA is effectively the criminalization of the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic.
Imagine a federal bill that opens up women's restrooms to men who can, willy-nilly, depending on the day, if they feel like it that day, their gender expression and identity is as a woman and that means that they have free reign over the women's bathrooms; that, on it's very face, is sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is a subjective analysis. If a woman feels put in a position of apprehension for her safety and if she feels like that she is being sexually harassed ... it is sexual harassment for a women in an area where she has a right to privacy and where men should stay out; just because somebody calls themselves a female, objectively he is a male! He will always be a male, just because you go through some kind of sex change mutilation surgery and cosmetic surgery and change your outward appearance. But this law would say even whether you go through that surgery or not, men have free reign on the women's restrooms in every place of employment across the country and don't think that these cross-dressing men won't take advantage of that.
A few weeks ago, we posted a clip of David Barton and Kenneth Copeland asserting that those who serve in the military are "ministers of God" and therefore are to be "esteemed and venerated" for their service. As such, Copeland asserted that soldiers should never suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because the Bible says that they are to be "guiltless before the Lord" and Barton wholeheartedly agreed.
David Barton and WallBuilders have a long unwavering and proven record of unequivocal support for those in the Armed Forces, including their families, as well as military personnel and veterans suffering from PTSD. David not only has several children and family members serving in the military but we also regularly highlight numerous military heroes on our daily radio program and send out blasts in support of the military. Additionally, we actively raise money for groups who work to help heal our warriors, including those suffering from PTSD. Yet despite this unflagging support, Right Wing Watch, Huffington Post, and others from the liberal secularist left recently circulated a short clip, taken out of context from a long interview David did on a Veteran’s Day program stressing the importance of spiritual components in the treatment of PTSD. As a result of the inaccurate “reporting” of these so-called “news” outlets, many who saw those reports voiced concern to us over what they had been wrongly told. It is lamentable that while we support multiple approaches for PTSD treatments, the critics are so hostile to religion that they flatly dismiss possible spiritual solutions. Rest assured that we will continue our demonstrated record of support for using all available resources to assist those suffering from PTSD. And we will continue to work closely, as we have been, with top military and medical officials who on a daily basis treat these men and women who make so many sacrifices to preserve and protect the freedoms for the rest of us.
We encourage you to watch the full program for yourself to see the entire context (link provided below)!
We too encourage everyone to watch the full program where you will see that Barton's and Copeland's words were not, in any way, taken "out of context." In fact, the entire context of the program was that God believes in war and soldiers are the ministers who carry out His justice, which is exactly what Barton was saying in the segment that we published!
But perhaps we should not be surprised that Barton willfully misrepresents what taking something out of context actually means since literally taking things out of context is part of his standard operation procedure.
On his television program last night, Glenn Beck relayed anecdotal evidence from workers with his Mercury One charity who are on the ground in Illinois to assist with the tornado recovery effort to declare that their efforts have been so successful that victims are telling FEMA trucks to go away because they do not want or need government assistance.
Pointing to a sign declaring "Please No More Donations," Beck rejoiced that the community had come together to such an extent that places are being overwhelmed with assistance. Of course, underneath the "No More Donations" plea are further instructions as to where donations should be left. The rest of the sign is difficult to read, but it seems to be directing donations to some other location, presumably because, in every disaster like this, victims and aid organizations are overwhelmed with "SWEDOW—Stuff We Don’t Want."
But based on Beck's reporting, this is all a sign that freedom is on the march and FEMA is no longer necessary ... just as Beck predicted two years ago when he began his Mercury One charity: