Back in 2008, a revival broke out in Lakeland, Florida led by Charismatic preacher Todd Bentley during which thousands of people supposedly found God, had visions, and experienced divine healings of various diseases. Shortly thereafter, Bentley fell from grace when he divorced his wife and married another woman.
Rick Joyner, a close friend of Bentley's, then set about "restoring" Bentley so that he could eventually "be fully released back into ministry."
And that restoration process must have been a smashing success, because Joyner had Bentley on his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program this week to discuss another revival that he just led in South Africa during which the "Winds of Change Angel" touched Bentley's current wife, causing her to become covered in gold that she could not wash off.
Everywhere they went, Bentley said, everything was covered in gold, from their hotel rooms to the airplanes upon which they flew and even the meeting rooms where they met with local pastors.
"I had one meeting where we were in worship," Bentley said, "and you could see the Cloud of Glory with open eyes and it rained gold. When I say it rained gold, Rick, I actually saw it almost looked like snowflakes of gold coming down":
Responding to reports that the Baltimore Ravens were being paid to promote Obamacare, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts began looking through a report from 2009 that documented which political parties, by team, NFL owners, executives, and players donated to.
When Beck and co-host Stu Burguiere discovered that 97% of the donations made by people affiliated with the Washington Redskins went to the GOP, they knew immediately that this was the reason the team is currently at the center of a debate over whether the term "Redskins" is offensive.
"Oh my gosh!" Beck marveled. "Follow the money."
"I will bet you that is to send a message," he said, claiming that the Redskins are being tortured and having their right to free speech violated by vindictive political operatives.
Of course, the San Diego Chargers and Houston Texas donated both more money and a higher percentage of it to Republicans without being targeted ... but presumably that is all part of the conspiracy theory:
Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program today with an extended rant against NBC, stemming from an incident yesterday when CNBC's Steve Liesman asked for some "Mexican music" to be played while they talked about Ted Cruz.
Saying this was just the latest example of an NBC network intentionally fomenting racial division in America, Beck urged his listeners to start sending out tweets of other example using the hasthtag #NBCRaceCrimes.
As Brian noted earlier this week, the Religious Right has been promoting claims made by the Pacific Justice Institute about a transgender student in a Colorado high school who had supposedly been harassing other girls in the locker room and restrooms.
In reality, there was no harassment, as the entire story originated with the fact that PJI considers the mere presence of a transgender girl to be "inherently intimidating and harassing."
Today, on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt discussed the topic where, in addition to predictably blaming it on a "demonic spirit," he accused this transgender student of "raping, at least visually, these teenage girls" by sharing a locker room with them:
Earlier this year, a right-wing activist named Jim Garrow started claiming that President Obama had instituted a litmus test within the military, requiring leaders to pledge to fire on American civilians if so ordered and purging anyone who refused.
Yesterday, Garrow showed up on Rick Wiles' End Times radio broadcast to claim that for the last forty years, he had been working as an undercover intelligence officer for the US government until he was forced out last month by President Obama for revealing this information.
During the interview, Garrow claimed that everyone in the intelligence community knows that President Obama is bisexual and that he has "little buddies ... brought into the White House even now":
Garrow also revealed that the Obama administration was responsible for the deaths of right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart, journalist Michael Hastings, and novelist Tom Clancy, all of whom knew that Obama was, in reality, an agent of the Saudi Arabian government. In fact, Garrow said, it was the fact that Breitbart couldn't keep his mouth shut about it that caused all three of them to be killed:
Wiles: Is it common knowledge among intelligence agencies that Barack Obama is not an American but indeed a foreign agent?
Garrow: Yes. Yes.
Wiles: But do the other agencies know who he works for?
Garrow: Yes. Yeah, they do.
Wiles: And you think that answer is Saudi Arabia?
Garrow: Well, I know that to be true and that's why Breitbart, Hastings, and Tom Clancy are dead.
Wiles: Okay, Breitbart, no doubt in my mind, taken out. He bragged. I liked Andrew Brietbart but what he did was incredibly stupid. He bragged the day before his death that in the morning he was going to reveal shocking information that would stop the Obama campaign. Mr. Breitbart dropped dead waling home at night and his corpse was blood red.
Garrow: Brighter than that actually. But the point is that he caused the death of Hastings and Tom Clancy because he had been sharing data with them.
Wiles: There's a connection between Breitbart's death and Hastings and Clancy?
Garrow: All of them, yea. All of them. Because of the information that Breitbart gave to Tom Clancy, he was working on a novel that would have exposed Obama as a Saudi agenda, as a Saudi plant in the White House ... He knew exactly who Obama was and he was going to release it in character form in a book . The character was going to be this President of the United States who was a plant. It was going to be the real information about Obama was going to come out in the form of a novel.
It's sad, but you know Breitbart and his big mouth, man, he caused all those deaths in the end.
Wiles: Do you think it was arsenic?
Garrow: No, another poison all together. That's why they didn't post the bodies for five days. That's why the guy who took the blood work and knew the poison that had been used on Breitbart, that's why he was killed.
Wiles: On the morning that the autopsy was supposed to be released.
Garrow: You got it.
Unimpressed by President Obama's remarks on the lackluster rollout of the Affordable Care Act website, Glenn Beck predicted that if the media would just press Obama for three weeks by asking him tough questions, Obama would snap and reveal himself as the monstrous dictator that he truly is.
"He has all of the earmarks of a Marxist dictator," Beck said. "He does":
Folks who read this blog know "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt as the disgraced former Navy Chaplain who brags of having successfully performed an exorcism on a lesbian soldier and who has stated again and again that demonic spirits are behind everything from abortion to gay marriage to ENDA to President Obama to Madonna.
He is the sort of Religious Right activist who openly states that gay should be discriminated against and warns that President Obama is trying to create an atheist army to attack Christians, urging Christians to sell their clothes if need be in order to purchase weapons with which to defend themselves.
To that impressive resume, "Dr. Chaps" can now add candidate for public office in Colorado, as he announced today that he is running for House seat in the state's District 15 with a video introducing himself to the voters:
For some reason, Klingenschmitt's video doesn't touch on any of the important issues like how Obamacare causes cancer or how gay activists are forcing Christians to participate in sodomy or how President Obama is creating an atheist army with which to attack Christians or how all of the nation's laws need to reflect God's laws.
We can only hope that he'll address these topics in future campaign videos.
On the broadcast today, Mat Staver warned that the "red line of liberty" has repeatedly been crossed by President Obama in ways that are much worse than what King George III did to cause the Revolutionary War.
After citing several biblical examples, ranging from Esther to Jesus, of biblical figures rising up against tyrants who sought to snuff out liberty, Staver asserted that the Obama administration has been supporting Muslim terrorists while stigmatizing Christians, saying "this is worse than what we saw with King George in terms of what he did to his people" and warning that the United States finds itself again standing at a crucial point in history.
Staver went on to compare Obamacare to the Boston Massacre, saying that while the massacre only resulted in a handful of deaths, Obamacare is "slaughtering its own" by the tens of thousands by "forcing employers to fund the killing of innocent unborn children."
"It pales in comparison," Staver said, "to the Boston Massacre of five or six people. What we are seeing today is clearly the red line, if it hasn't been crossed already - and I tend to think that it has been crossed - it's certainly right there in front of us. And now we the people are going to have to make a decision: are we going to continue to live in the face of this tyranny?":
For a few fleeting moments on his radio program today, Bryan Fischer and a caller were convinced that they had come up with a simple solution to the nation's health care concerns that didn't require Obamacare or any other convoluted government intervention, suggesting instead that the government should just give every American $2 million in cash to cover their lifetime medical expenses.
The caller pointed out that everyone in his family had insurance coverage for $1 million in medical expenses and wondered why the government didn't just give everyone $1.5 to $2 million a piece to cover their expenses instead of spending more than half a billion dollars on a website that doesn't work.
The claim wasn't true, of course, but Fischer seized upon the idea and repeatedly called it "brilliant," saying that doing so would only cost the government around $600 million dollars, which is less than the website alone supposedly cost.
Of course, there are more than 300 million Americans in this country, so giving each one of them $2 million wouldn't cost $600 million dollars, as Fischer initially calculated, but rather six hundred trillion dollars ($600,000,000,000,000).
Slowly, the reality of this "brilliant" plan dawned on Fischer as he tried to do the calculations, forcing him to abandon the idea once he realized that he was off by a few trillion dollars:
Following the vote in the House of Representatives to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government last week, a House stenographer named Dianne Reidy briefly seized the microphone and began ranting about God and the Freemasons before being removed and sent to the hospital for a psychological evaluation.
On Friday, her husband Dan appeared on the End Times radio broadcast hosted by Rick Wiles where he revealed that, for the last month, Dianne had repeatedly been woken up in the middle of night by God and compelled to read the Bible, as He pressed upon her the need to speak publicly and deliver a prophetic message.
Dan revealed that his wife had no idea what it was she was supposed to say and that God simply spoke through her once she finally acquiesced to His commands to took control of the microphone:
Reidy: She shared with me when she actually stepped up to the podium that she didn't know what she was going to say; that those words that came out were what she prayed 'Lord, I'm your vessel, you speak through me.' So her belief is, and my belief is, is that those words came from God. It's not He coached her, she memorized the words or anything like that. In fact, afterwards, I don't think she even remembered what she said ... She was like, I was just the vessel that God was speaking through and it wasn't for me to know what I said, it was for who was hearing it.
Wiles: I believe God gave a prophetic utterance through your wife. I believe it was an utterance from the Holy Spirit, a very, very solemn, a very severe prophetic warning to the people of the United States.
Reidy: Yes, I agree with you. She was prepared for it and she gave it and as a scribe does, they're all about words and He gave her the words and she recorded the words or spoke the words and she feels her job is done.
For his part, Wiles is convinced that Reidy's rambling statement was a dire warning from God that the Freemasons and the Illuminati are plotting to destroy our constitutional republic and replace it with totalitarian tyranny "because we can see it with the NSA spying, with the TSA groping people, even the park police now don't wear green uniforms, they wear Brownshirts":
Staver and Barber placed the blame squarely on President Obama, claiming that this is part of a systematic policy of hostility toward Christianity, with Barber stating that "it all started by homosexualizing the military, now they want to liberalize the military and ultimately the end game Matt, and there is no question about it, is to completely secularize the United States military and to push to the fringes those who have a biblical worldview."
Staver responded by comparing the Obama administration to the lying and oppressive Soviet regimes of his youth, saying "we can no longer trust our government" and accusing the administration of intentionally working to divide the nation by demonizing Christians.
"President Obama is to freedom," Barber stated, "the enemy within. He is trying to divide and conquer. He's dividing the American people, dividing the military and seek to conquer it for the secular socialist sociopolitical worldview":
On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer responded to a caller who sobbed over the issue of legal abortion by warning that if the United States does not collectively repent for the sin of abortion and beg God's forgiveness, it will result in a second civil war.
"What I'm saying," Fischer explained, "is that if we do not, as a nation, come to the place of national repentance over the sin of abortion, there's going to be civil war again in this country; there is going to be anarchy, there is going to be unrest, there will be growing violence":
Jim Garlow has begun hosting regular webcasts seeking to mobilize pastors in California on behalf of a petition drive that is seeking to repeal a California law that will allow students in the state to use whatever bathroom and participate on whichever sports team they believe matches their gender identity.
He hosted another one this week that featured Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage and Pastor Jack Hibbs in which Hibbs warned that God would judge the Body of Christ if it fails to rise up and repeal this legislation.
"This [bill] is an affront to God," Hibbs declared. "It's an affront to California's kids and those of you who are listening from across the nation, keep this in mind: what happens in California doesn't stay in California. If this is allowed to become implemented on January first, it will eventually get to your state. But, again, this is the most aggressive, the most dangerous bit of legislation against the child and against family than any other in the history of the United States. We've never seen a government pass such an insane bill as this":
In September, Salt Lake City residents voted by mail on whether or not they want the Constitution to be amended to overturn Citizens United and related cases. Last week the results came in, showing resounding support for taking back our democracy. The ballot opinion question was supported by overwhelming 90 percent of Salt Lake City voters who participated in the election.
It was a huge victory for both residents and for the people who worked tirelessly on the initiative. The ballot measure was spearheaded by Move To Amend Salt Lake, who asked voters to support the People’s Rights Amendment, which states:
"Only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with constitutional rights,” and that “Money is not speech and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.”
Last year, Move To Amend Salt Lake gathered more than the required amount of signatures to place the initiative on the ballot. However, following City Council law, the initiative was rejected because it was non-binding. The grassroots group then worked with City Council members to change the process and was successful in putting forward the opinion question to voters in 2013.
By supporting the initiative, Salt Lake City joins the roughly 500 municipalities and 16 states that have called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.
Glenn Beck spent the first half of last night's television program freaking out about something called The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, which he claimed was going to become an American equivalent of the Nazi regime's Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment, before bringing on Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz, to discuss what could be done to defeat this effort to permanently rewrite America's history.
Cruz told Beck that "it almost seemed like I was listening to what was happening in Cuba during Castro," saying it sounded just like "a ministry of misinformation that you have in all the communist countries." In fact, Cruz said, there already is a Ministry of Misinformation in America and it is called the liberal media, which has an evil agenda that seeks to destroy "what this country is all about."
Cruz then went on to trot out the false claim that President Obama omits the phrase "by the creator" when quoting the Declaration of Independence , saying that he does so "because socialism, Marxism requires that government become your god":
For the second time, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire has posted a commentary in which he defends Fred Phelps and his infamous "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church, saying they too are part of the body of Christ.
Working off a passage in 1 Corinthians 12 (which he wrongly attributes to Jesus but was actually written by Paul) that says "just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ," Daubenmire wonders why Christians are so quick to judge people like Phelps or Quran-burner Terry Jones.
They may be "an ugly part of the body that we don't really want to see," Jones says, but they are a part of the Body of Christ nonetheless:
The Associated Press is reporting that Virginia election officials have gone ahead with a planned “purge” of the state’s voter rolls, removing nearly 40,000 names from voter registration lists.
The state’s gubernatorial election is in less than three weeks.
There are signs that some eligible voters may have had their vaild voter registrations revoked in the purge. One local registrar refused to participate, the AP reports, because one in ten names that state elections officers sent him to be removed from the rolls were in fact eligible voters:
One local registrar, Lawrence Haake in Chesterfield County, has defied the state elections board and refused to purge any voters. In an affidavit, Haake says that he conducted a preliminary review that found nearly 10 percent of the names given to him by the state for potential purging were, in fact, eligible voters. He concluded that the risk of purging legitimate voters was too great.
“The list sent to us from the SBE is clearly inaccurate and unreliable,” Haake said in the affidavit.
In our report “The Right to Vote Under Attack,” we documented how flawed voter purges keep eligible citizens from voting.
On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who suggested that Obamacare's individual mandate was really a Mark of the Beast; an assessment with which Fischer agreed, saying that, in fact, we had already gone pretty far down that road before Obamacare was even passed.
Pointing to a case out of Louisiana where the state board of funeral directors unsuccessfully sought to prevent a local monastery from selling caskets without a funeral director's license, Fischer said that government licensing requirements were actually the Mark of the Beast.
"Well what is that?" Fischer asked. "That's the Mark of the Beast. You can't buy, you can't sell without permission from the Beast, without permission from the government. So anytime you've got the government involved in deciding who gets to engage in commerce and who doesn't and they can't engage in commerce unless they get some kind of official permission from the government, that's the Mark of the Beast":
Last month, Rick Santorum spoke at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference where he warned that the Supreme Court's recent DOMA decision would eventually lead to hate crimes prosecutions against Christians while stating that if the GOP ever embraces marriage equality, it will lead to "the destruction of our republic."
Blaming the shift in support for gay marriage on the television program "Will and Grace," Santorum said that Christians are now afraid of speaking out against it for fear of being called bigots and haters. Complaining that the DOMA decision ruled that people who oppose gay marriage do so only because they hate people who are gay, Santorum predicated that churches will eventually lose their tax-exempt status because of it.
"We have hate crimes in this country," Santorum warned, "for hate speech. It's coming."
Saying that "Christians are the most tolerant people in the world," Santorum claimed that Christian opposition to gay marriage is no longer being tolerated and declared that "for the Republican Party to even contemplate going along with this is the destruction of our republic":