When Kevin Swanson decided to invite presidential candidates to his National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines this week, we were alarmed to see that Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal accepted his invitation.
It would be an understatement to call Swanson an extremist. He wants the government to apply Old Testament law in all matters, thinks birth control turns women’s uteruses into “graveyards for lots and lots of little babies,” spoke up for Uganda’s “kill-the-gays” bill, sees constant threats to recruit his daughter to become a lesbian from Disney movies and Girl Scout cookies, and describes homosexuality as a satanic “disease” that causes natural disasters.
In case you needed more evidence of Swanson’s radical beliefs, he dedicated one 2010 radio program to talking with cohost Dave Buehner about how LGBT Pride Month should actually be spent pondering the stoning of gay people. He went on to say that the inclusion of “sodomites in the military” will ultimately destroy America.
In another edition of “Generations Radio,” Swanson repeated his call for the state to adhere to biblical codes by imposing the death penalty for homosexuality and adultery, insisting that “homosexuality is about the most evil thing that can ever happen in a society.”
Following the landmark Obergefell marriage equality ruling, Swanson warned that the Supreme Court had asked “God to come to this nation and wipe it off the face of the map,” once again alleging that there is a link between gay rights and natural disasters.
Swanson also believes that God is making gay people — and Supreme Court justices — literally go insane.
Naturally, Swanson has a dim view of gay parents, telling listeners that “if you want to destroy, utterly destroy kids, raise them in these homosexual homes.”
In an interview with anti-gay activist Paul Cameron, Swanson said that “the homosexuals have wanted to destroy the family for a long time and the result, of course, is a lot, a lot, a lot of children’s sexual and physical abuse, this is part of their agenda.” He specifically pointed to Scotland as a place that “has had this huge blight of homosexuality, leading of course to lots and lots of child sexual abuse.”
And this is the person who Republican candidates will be standing with this weekend.
Michael Savage joined Infowars’ Alex Jones yesterday to discuss their assessments of President Obama’s time in office. Savage, who was promoting his new book, “Government Zero,” quickly became inflamed, calling Obama a “monster, tyrant, leftist bastard.”
Savage explained that he thinks that “slick B.S. artist” Obama is able to get away with “more harm to the world than Marx and Lenin put together” because “he is the smoothest conman in the history of the world.”
Later in the program, Savage alleged that the United States is under a “fascist dictatorship” in which Obama is trying to “crush us under his fist.” He then called for a “people’s tribunal” to be set up if Obama uses an executive order to move on immigration reform.
“If he uses an executive order to go around Congress on immigration, we need 10 million people demanding, immediately demanding, that an impeachment hearing be started, whether or not those cowardly, useless, gangster Republicans do it or not,” Savage said. “We need a people’s tribunal, and find these people guilty of war crimes.”
Speaking at a candidates’ briefing in Iowa last week, Mike Huckabee responded to a question about the status of state anti-sodomy laws, which were struck down by the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas, by launching into a speech about how, as president, he would ignore the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality decision because “the court cannot make law.”
“We have a situation here in Iowa where the federal government has usurped their authority,” a questioner at the Caffeinated Thoughts briefing asked Huckabee. “Sodomy is against the law, on the books, this very day, and the Supreme Court has issued a decree and we have states’ rights here, they have no jurisdiction over Iowa, just as they have no jurisdiction over prostitution in Las Vegas, Nevada. What we are asking for is we’re asking for some brave soul to stand up and say that this is wrong, you’ve violated states’ rights, we’re going to impeach the five justices that voted like they didn’t have a brain in their head.”
“Well, I think, let’s be very clear,” Huckabee responded, “the court cannot make law.”
While he didn’t directly address Lawrence, Huckabee said that the next president should simply ignore the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling.
“It means that the next president ought to have the courage to say, ‘We appreciate the court decision, but we ignore it because it’s not constitutional, there’s nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government the authority to dictate or mandate what the definition of marriage is, and until the elected representatives have decided on this, there’s nothing for us to follow other than, ‘Thank you for your thoughts and opinions,’” he said. The former governor has repeatedly argued that court rulings have no legal authority unless Congress or state legislatures pass new laws.
Huckabee added that his Supreme Court nominees would have to publicly declare that they “do not believe in judicial supremacy.”
Elsewhere in his talk, Huckabee repeated his pledge to ban abortion (and possibly some forms of birth control) through a “personhood” edict granting full constitutional rights to zygotes and fetuses, thereby bypassing any effort to pass a constitutional amendment overturning Roe v. Wade, an idea that he said was “fairy dust.”
In response to an audience member who asked about how to deal with the “mainstream media,” Huckabee responded that Iowans can ask him directly about his views on issues like abortion rights.
“If I tell you that I’m pro-life, demand to test me on that,” he said. “If I tell you that I really don’t believe in judicial supremacy, put me to the test. Ask me just exactly what I would do. If I tell you that we will end abortion, not just by promising to have a constitutional amendment, which is fairy dust to say we’re going to do those [things], but to tell me how I’m going to do it by invoking the Fifth and 14th Amendment, put me to the test and see if I know what I’m talking about.”
At a campaign event in Iowa last week, Ted Cruz’s father and top campaign surrogate Rafael Cruz declared that the U.S. military is now under the leadership of “puppet generals” because President Obama fired “all the generals that were strong on the military.”
At a briefing hosted by the Iowa conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts, Rafael Cruz recalled his son’s interaction with then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, one of these “puppet generals,” at a 2014 Senate Armed Services Committee meeting in which Cruz demanded that Dempsey come up with a plan to defeat ISIS in 90 days. (In his remarks, Rafael Cruz mistakenly referred to it as a Judiciary Committee meeting.)
“You know, Ted Cruz was on the Judiciary Committee talking to one of these puppet generals that Obama has put in power because he has forced to retire or fired all the generals that were strong on the military, and he’s got all these puppet generals. And he was asking one of these puppet generals, ‘What do we have to do to destroy ISIS in 90 days?’ This general said, ‘Well, it is impossible to destroy ISIS in 90 days, all we can do is manage them.’”
Rafael Cruz said that, in contrast, under a future President Ted Cruz, “America will again have the strongest military in the world and the rules of engagement will change.”
This prompted him to go on a tangent about gun laws, falsely claiming that gun-free zones invite mass shootings. “You’ve got military personnel in the base that cannot even carry a weapon, that’s why we’ve had the massacres we’ve had,” he said. “Even in the schools, you know, let me tell you something, all of the people that are committing these massacres are a bunch of cowards. They will only go to gun-free zones.”
Maine and Seattle Voters Approve Reform Measures
WASHINGTON – Yesterday voters in Maine and Seattle approved reform measures aimed at reducing the influence of big money in elections. In Maine, voters passed a ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s clean elections system, increase transparency in political spending, and increase penalties for violations of campaign finance laws. Seattle voters passed an initiative that, among other measures, implements a first-in-the-country “democracy vouchers” system allowing voters to donate money to any participating candidate, aimed at giving candidates an incentive to put more focus on everyday voters and less focus on wealthy donors.
“We already knew that Americans care deeply about getting big money out of elections, and yesterday’s victories showed that voters are taking it upon themselves to make real progress in our cities and states,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president at People For the American Way. “Voters are frustrated with the big money takeover of our democracy, and they’re channeling that frustration into action. The victories yesterday in Maine and Seattle should remind people across the country that change is indeed possible on money in politics.”
This weekend, GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal are scheduled to speak at the National Religious Liberties Conference, an event whose chief organizer, Kevin Swanson, and several other speakers have advocated the death penalty for gay people.
Seeing that Swanson also believes the country’s first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, introduced communism to America, it came as no surprise to see that he invited John Eidsmoe to speak at the summit.
Eidsmoe, who briefly gained national attention in 2012 when then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann identified him as her mentor, is known mostly for his view that the government must impose biblical law.
Like Swanson, Eidsmoe is also no fan of Lincoln, telling a Secession Day rally in Alabama in 2010 that the state had a “constitutional right to secede” and “Jefferson Davis and John C. Calhoun understood the Constitution better than did Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Webster.” Cheering on Confederate leaders at a secessionist rally is par for the course for Eidsmoe, who has a record of addressing white supremacist groups and even denounced the freeing of slaves as “inhumane and irresponsible.” His ties to neo-Confederate groups caused one Tea Party group to drop Eidsmoe from an event.
One theme at the National Religious Liberty Conference will be “interposition,” the idea that elected officials have a duty to defy laws and court rulings that they believe are ungodly, a belief that was popular among Confederates, and later segregationists, trying to preserve racist state laws. (One workshop on interposition will be delivered by an activist who wants gay people to face the death penalty).
Another scheduled speaker, prominent Iowa conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, has suggested that African Americans were better off under slavery, and a radio host appearing at the event, Jan Mickelson, has even called for the reintroduction of slavery (although this time subjugating undocumented immigrants who refuse to leave the U.S.) and said that the Confederacy was wrongly “invaded” by the Union, adding, “I don’t consider the North amongst ourselves.”
But if you’re planning to go to a conference hosted by a pastor who thinks the Girl Scouts, soccer and movies like “Frozen” turn kids gay, then you can’t be surprised when he invites his Confederate-sympathizing friend to the event.
Phyllis Schlafly reacted yesterday to a Department of Education finding in favor of a transgender girl in Illinois by saying that advocates for transgender rights are “trying to turn our boys into peeping Toms.”
“They’re trying to turn our boys into peeping Toms,” Schlafly declared in an interview on Newsmax TV. “I can’t imagine why else they would want to go into their girls’ restrooms.”
She added this cryptic bit of analysis: “The word used is ‘sex’ and ‘sex’ is a word that has a lot of meanings, and they want to use it for this.”
Mike Huckabee reacted yesterday to the news that the Department of Homeland Security was reportedly planning ways to circumvent a Texas judge’s injunction of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration by suggesting that congressional Republicans should stop the Obama administration from functioning altogether by cutting off funding for the White House.
“I think he probably will. Why wouldn’t he?” Huckabee said in an interview on Newsmax TV. “He’s got a Republican Congress that has never tried to slow him down on his unconstitutional actions. They don’t try to slow down the judicial branch when it goes into judicial overreach and practices what Thomas Jefferson would have called judicial tyranny. They’ve ignored the typical checks and balances that are the constitutional duties of the other branches of government. So I think Obama’s going to just go ahead and do whatever he thinks he can get away with, and up until now he’s gotten away with pretty much anything he wanted to do.
“And I hold the Republican Congress responsible and accountable. It’s time for them to step up, and if they have to cut the funding out of the White House and simply not appropriate funds for him to function, they have the power of the purse, they simply need to start exercising it.”
As we noted yesterday, we’ve been going through the archives of homeschooling activist Kevin Swanson’s “Generations Radio” show in preparation for his upcoming conference featuring Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal.
One of Swanson’s primary areas of concern is social trends that he believes turn kids gay, including Girl Scout cookies and the movie “Frozen.” In a 2007 broadcast, Swanson mentioned another institution that he was afraid might make children gay: day care.
Discussing a study that showed that a large number of American children were cared for by a relative, nanny or day care provider, Swanson wondered what horrors lay in wait for America.
“What the study didn’t consider was how these children would continue to erode the family in their lives, when they turn to be 20, 25, 30 years of age, how many will reject meaningful, long-term relationships?” He asked. “Think about that, guys. How many of these kids in day care will abort their children, for example? How many will live in shallow, fornicating relationships at 21 years of age? They’re already doing that — 95 percent of Americans admit to premarital sex. How many of these children will get divorced? How many will have their own children out of wedlock? How many boys will become homosexuals? How many will wind up in prison?”
“You replace human relationships with institutionalizations, my friends, you’re going to reap the whirlwind,” he concluded.
In Virginia, Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio lost his race for re-election last night, which comes as bad news for the anti-gay Right and Delgaudio’s group, Public Advocate of the United States.
Through Public Advocate, Delgaudio has been a constant source of extremist statements, including:
And who could forget this bizarre protest Delgaudio staged where men with bags over their heads chanted against gays in the Boy Scouts:
Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal are slated to appear this weekend at a conference in Des Moines hosted by Kevin Swanson, an extremist pastor and radio host based in Colorado.
We’ve reported extensively on Swanson’s extremist views, including his defense of the death penalty for gay people and worry that the movie “Frozen” will turn kids gay, and have been going back through the archives of his “Generations Radio” program this week to learn about his views on other issues.
One illuminating episode of “Generations Radio” came in 2009, four days after Kansas abortion provider George Tiller was murdered in his church by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder. Calling “Tiller the Killer” a “mass murderer,” Swanson declared that the abortion provider had received his divine “upcommance” and insisted that the deaths of 14 people in a Montana plane crash earlier that year was divine retribution for one of their relative’s owning of abortion clinics.
“It was anarchy and this vigilantism is not a good thing at all,” Swanson said of Tiller’s murder. “But … so was the fact that you had a guy who was in his abortuary for the last 30 to 40 years killing 60,000 babies. That’s anarchy too!”
“If anybody’s keeping count …Let’s see, Tiller killed 60,000 babies, so that’s 60,000 dead babies and one dead abortionist,” he continued. “So, let’s just say, the abortionists are still ahead on this one.”
Swanson’s cohost, Dave Buehner, had a similar attitude. “Let’s just say Tiller was the mass murderer and he died and I’m not shedding a tear for him,” Buehner said. “And I might at times be tempted to cheer that he is no longer killing babies — okay, at all times I’m tempted to cheer.”
“It is interesting that if you live by the sword, you die by the sword,” Swanson continued. “Wasn’t that what Jesus said? And this is really, pretty much, what happens. People tend to get their upcommance, and that’s precisely what happened to Tiller the Killer.”
“I believe, I am convicted of the fact that there is a God in the heavens and He is sovereign over everything that happens, including the fact that George Tiller the Killer is dead,” Swanson said later in the program.
He cited the fact that Tiller’s father, also an abortion provider, had died along with his mother, sister and brother-in-law in a plane crash, and that a 2009 plane crash in Montana had killed 14 family members, including small children, of a man who owned several abortion clinics.
“By the way, a couple of months ago out in Montana there was a plane crash out there where 14 family members of the owner of one of the largest abortion clinic franchises in the country died in that particular plane crash,” Swanson said. “Now, George Tiller the Killer is dead too. Is there a God in the heavens? Is He involved in the affairs of men? That’s what the word of God says. So God’s providence is all over all of these things, we have to believe that God is in the heavens and He rules.”
Later in the program, Swanson turned his ire to the pastors of Tiller’s church, who he said were operating “a synagogue of Satan" because they had not excommunicated Tiller.
In fact, he and Buehner insisted, any church that fails to excommunicate abortion providers, women who have abortions, gay people, divorced people, people who commit adultery, or anyone who supports any of those people, is not a true church at all.
“Do not murder, do not commit adultery, and if a man lies with another man as he lies with another woman, then the two of them has committed an abomination, they both should be put to death,” Swanson listed. “We ought to just ask churches how they feel about some of these Bible verses and if they repudiate these Bible verses, then we ought to repudiate them and say, ‘Well, then you have no part with us. You are not our brothers and sisters and you are part of some of the most evil parts of this nation and we will consider you as such from here on out.’”
He then returned to the subject of Tiller: “Well, ladies and gentlemen, there is a God in the heavens and His is over all these things. There’s a reason why abortionists are being killed in plane crashes, why George Tiller’s father was killed in a plane crash and George Tiller was killed by a vigilante. Whatsoever man sows, that shall he also reap.”
WASHINGTON – People For the American Way (PFAW) congratulates Jeremy McPike (D) for his election to become the next Virginia State Senator in State Senate District 29. McPike will be a strong voice for working families in the district.
With Latinos making up over a quarter of the population in SD-29, Latino voters were an important part of McPike’s winning coalition. Leading up to the election, PFAW ran Spanish-language ads in Northern Virginia – encompassing SD-29 – that encouraged voters to take a stand against Donald Trump’s and the Republican Party’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies by turning out to vote for Democrats in Virginia. PFAW board member and civil rights legend Dolores Huerta also joined McPike, PFAW members, and volunteers to get out the vote, especially in Latino communities in SD-29.
PFAW President Michael Keegan stated:
“Congratulations to Jeremy McPike for his big win. In an off-year election environment, every vote is crucial to victory. The Latino vote clearly played a key role in securing victory.”
“Republicans nationwide must understand that Americans won’t stand for the anti-immigrant Republican Party. The toxic rhetoric of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio is already having an effect at the ballot box. Republicans would be wise to abandon their strategy of attacking Latinos and bashing immigrants and their families.”
For more information about PFAW’s activities in SD-29, or to interview a member of our team, please contact Laura Epstein (email@example.com).
Viral Video Encourages Americans to Take Action and Support Democracy For All Movement
WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C.-based comedian and stay-at-home dad Matt Dundas knows no one can resist a cute baby, and, with the help of his irresistible baby daughter, won best viral video of the week in the Democracy For All Video Challenge, which encourages people to speak out on big money in politics. The Democracy For All Video Challenge, spearheaded by Say No To Big Money and People For the American Way, selects a different best video every week from submissions made by people across the country.
The video created by Dundas, “Money in Politics is Out of Control,” shows the comedian pleading with Americans to support campaign finance reform and to fight against big money in politics while holding his adorable 5-month-old daughter in a baby carrier strapped to his body.
“This is the most important issue in America right now,” said Dundas. “While other issues might be more important substantively, no progress seems possible on those issues until we solve how our elected officials are motivated and influenced. I want my daughter to grow up in a true democracy governed by people that represent the people’s interests, not special interests.”
The video can be viewed at http://democracyforall.com/entries/money-in-politics-is-out-of-control. All of the winning videos to-date are available to view at www.democracyforall.com/winners. People can enter the video challenge by submitting 30-90 second videos between now and Dec. 2. Full details are available at www.DemocracyForAll.com.
“Despite Matt’s video being humorous, it communicates a very serious concern among the people of this country who want equal representation,” said Jeff Haggin, president of Say No To Big Money which created the video challenge. “And those of us, like Matt, who are parents want our children to grow up in a country that will give them fair representation and the ability to lead successful lives.”
The Democracy For All Video Challenge was created by Say No To Big Money and People For the American Way to tap into the creative potential of people in the United States who support a constitutional amendment that would allow for reasonable limits to be set on money in elections. A panel of judges selects the most impactful videos with $1,000 being awarded to the best video each week. At the conclusion of the video challenge, five best in category videos will be awarded $5,000 each, with $25,000 being awarded to the best overall video. Rather than hire an advertising agency to produce the spots, the sponsor organizations developed the Video Challenge to enable the true voice of Americans to be heard and give people across the country a chance to earn money for their efforts.
The Democracy For All Amendment, currently being considered by Congress with 138 cosponsors in the House and 41 supporters in the Senate, would overturn decisions such as Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that paved the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and the super wealthy.
People For the American Way (PFAW) is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American. That means equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. More information is available at www.PFAW.org.
Say No To Big Money is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation for the public benefit with the mission of supporting the ratification of the Democracy For All Amendment that will regulate campaign contributions. Say No To Big Money is nonpartisan and does not promote or take sides on any political issues nor endorse candidates or elections. More information is available at www.SayNoToBigMoney.com.
Yesterday on “The Steve Malzberg Show,” Rick Santorum offered his opinion on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which was successfully repealed yesterday, and a case in Illinois where the Department of Education sided with a transgender girl who accused her public school of carrying out discriminatory policies.
Santorum, naturally, is not a fan of protections for trans youth, which he labeled as “dangerous.”
Just discussing the issue of transgender youth in schools, Santorum said, would harm kids: “I don’t know why children at that age — why this is even an issue, the idea that we are introducing this type of real dangerous confusion for young people at this early age, do we really care about what we’re doing to millions of children who don’t have gender confusion and basically introducing the subject and saying, ‘maybe you should, maybe this is something you should start thinking about at age seven.’ I mean this is really dangerous and it’s going too far because it is having an impact on not just folks who may be in a difficult situation at an early age but many who would never have been in that situation but now are being confronted with it.”
As the dust settles from many important elections around the country yesterday, we have some great news to report.
In the race PFAW put our focus on in Virginia, we won! Progressive Jeremy McPike captured the Senate seat. I’m happy to report that PFAW’s work in this election on the air and on the ground -- which Virginia and regional PFAW members supported with their volunteer time and hundreds of PFAW members from around the country stepped up to support with donations -- was effective.
In addition to the victory in this race, we made important inroads into the Latino community that will be critical in 2016, when Virginia is expected to be perhaps THE most important swing state and the Latino vote could be THE deciding factor. We were proud to produce the first ad ever to use Donald Trump’s hateful immigrant-bashing rhetoric as a vote motivator, rightly tying that bigotry to the Republican brand.
In other great news from Virginia, a radical anti-gay and anti-immigrant county supervisor in northern Virginia, who PFAW’s Right Wing Watch has long tracked, lost his seat. As Right Wing Watch has reported, Republican Eugene Delgaudio has said the “homosexual lobby” wants to make it legal to “rape and murder young boys” and has warned that allowing LGBT people to adopt would lead to gay men “skipping down to adoption centers to pick out a little boy for themselves.” He also referred to his county’s growing Latino immigrant population as “hordes” that are exacting “a greater and greater toll.”
And in both Maine and Seattle, voters dealt a serious blow to big money in politics!
In Maine, a Clean Elections initiative passed by 10 points that strikes back against Citizens United and bolsters the state’s public financing system. In Seattle, by an even wider margin of 20% voters passed a sweeping initiative to limit the influence of big money in politics by, among other things, capping contributions by corporations with city contracts or that spend significant funds lobbying, making it illegal for city officials and their top aides to take lobbying jobs immediately after leaving office, empowering low-dollar donors, and increasing transparency and accountability.
Election Day didn’t bring only good news though.
The results statewide in Virginia were a mixed bag, and because of strong Republican showings in other parts of the state, effective GOP gerrymandering, and, yes, a ton of money spent, the GOP was able to maintain party control of the state Senate.
And in other parts of the South, far-right -- and I mean very far-right -- Republicans won races for governor that will have a tremendously detrimental impact on the people of those states.
In Kentucky, the election of Republican Matt Bevin to governor yesterday means that the more than half a million Kentuckians who have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act could lose their health care very soon. Bevin has promised to eliminate Kynect, Kentucky’s state exchange established under the ACA, and could undo the Medicaid expansion accepted by the outgoing Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, which insured 400,000 people alone and cut the state’s uninsured rate by more than half.
It’s worth noting that Tea Party Governor-elect Matt Bevin’s winning strategy was to turn out his right-wing base by campaigning on themes such as the backlash to marriage equality, support for county clerk and Religious Right cause célèbre Kim Davis, and promises to defund Planned Parenthood.
And, in Texas, there was the defeat of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, leaving Houston the largest city in the country and the only major city in Texas with no nondiscrimination protections for LGBT residents. That election was especially ugly. Anti-equality groups resorted to fearmongering and inflamed prejudice, distorting the true purpose of the ordinance by referring to it derogatorily as the “Bathroom Ordinance.” Sadly, there is still a lot of work to do in Texas and the South.
One thing is clear: yesterday’s wins AND losses both point to the need to keep fighting.
Americans deserve better than the regressive, draconian agenda that right-wing Republicans are offering. And because the Right is so well-funded and tenacious, we must fight to defend our gains -- some on the Right are already talking about legal challenges to yesterday’s victories for the People over big money in politics.
In a 2013 episode of his “Generations Radio” program, Kevin Swanson and his cohost Dave Buehner discussed a Colorado bill that allowed civil unions for same-sex couples. Buehner recounted how he had sent letters to members of the Colorado state legislature urging them to vote against the civil unions bill, causing one member of the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee to write back and tell him that times change and the definition of family must change with them.
Both Buehner and Swanson were aghast at the response, speculating on the myriad implications of acceptance of LGBT rights. “Does that mean that child molestation will be okay in 2040?” Swanson asked. “Yes, Absolutely,” Buehner replied, “because … it would be wrong for a society that would not discriminate against homosexuality to discriminate [against] pedophilia.” Swanson went on to list incest and rape as examples of other sins comparable to homosexuality that could be justified by the same argument.
Swanson, who is organizing a conference with presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal this weekend, concluded that the state senator “just needs to copy that letter, or save it ... That would be a good letter to use for cannibalism or incest or anything else in the years to come.”
In a speech last month, Rafael Cruz repeated his claim that America will be no more if Hillary Clinton becomes president.
Cruz told an audience in Minnesota that they should support his son, Sen. Ted Cruz, in his effort to “take this country back” because “we don’t have any more time.”
If his son fails to win the GOP presidential nomination, he warned, a “mushy, middle-of-the-road, stand-for-nothing moderate like Jeb Bush” will come out on top, “and if Jeb Bush gets the nomination, Hillary will be our next president and this country will be destroyed.”
Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign announced last week that its operation in Alabama would be chaired by state Rep. Will Ainsworth and former state Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead, according to AL.com.
The choice of Armistead and Ainsworth is slightly surprising from a candidate who is trying to position himself in contrast to some of his more far-right competitors in the GOP race.
We first encountered Armistead in the lead-up to the 2012 election, when he urged an audience to watch the insane birther film “Dreams From My Real Father,” which posits that President Obama has been hiding the fact that his real father was labor activist Frank Marshall Davis, who groomed him from birth to stage a communist takeover of America. “This is absolutely frightening,” Armistead told the audience. “I’ve seen it. I verified that it is factual, all of it. People can determine.”
Armistead is also apparently a fan of the work of another anti-Obama conspiracy theorist, Wayne Allyn Root, once distributing to the state party’s email list a column by Root alleging that the president is a clinically diagnosable sociopath.
Armistead is not a fan of LGBT rights, either, writing on the state party’s website earlier this year that Alabama risked inviting "God’s wrath" if it accepted marriage equality:
So, how is it that God’s truth can be turned on its head as the debate now rages in Alabama regarding the meaning of marriage? The answer is that we, as a society, have become our own god. We have made God in our image. But, God will not be mocked. The State of Alabama and the United States of America will reap God’s wrath if we embrace and condone things that are abhorrent to God, such as redefining marriage as anything other than a union between one man and one woman.
Ainsworth, the Rubio campaign’s other Alabama co-chair, takes a similar view of marriage equality. In February, he urged a probate judge in his district to defy a lower federal court ruling requiring the state to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, saying that officials should follow “God’s law, not the unconstitutional and immoral law being manufactured by liberal activists”:
"The probate judge in Marshall County, who is a Democrat, must not capitulate to the ungodly and immoral attacks on traditional marriage," he continued. "If I were in his shoes, I would stand strong and hold my ground in defense of God's law, not the unconstitutional and immoral law being manufactured by liberal activists."
"Marriage can exist only between a man and a woman because it is an institution created and ordained by God, and it is the analogy he used for salvation," Ainsworth said. "Every society that has allowed the marriage covenant to be destroyed has withered away and vanished. I do not believe we should hate homosexuals because every person should be treated with love and respect, but something that is immoral does not become moral simply because an activist judge decided it is legal."
Ainsworth commented on many new writer and politicians saying Alabama needs to avoid "being on the wrong side of history" in trying to prevent gay marriage.
"If the choice is between being on the wrong side of a distorted, immoral, liberal perception of history, or violating God's laws, teachings, and biblical admonitions, I will happily disappoint the liberals every time," Ainsworth said. "During the campaign, my signs carried the slogan 'Fight Obama,' and, make no mistake, the gay rights agenda is the bedrock of Obama's agenda. I will use the upcoming session to look for every legislative remedy and tool that can be used to protect our traditional, conservative Alabama values, and I will continue the fight even after others have surrendered."
After the Supreme Court struck down same-sex marriage bans nationwide, Ainsworth said, “God has told us that marriage exists only between a man and a woman, and His ruling supersedes any ruling by nine appointed judges.”
Last year, Pat Robertson pushed back against “the misconception that I’m sort of right-wing extremist,” in part by citing his belief that he sees “nothing wrong” with transgender people seeking sex reassignment surgery.
The televangelist’s “progressive” views on transgender issues didn’t last long, shockingly enough, and today he lambasted the Obama administration after the Education Department found that “an Illinois school district violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates on a girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room without restrictions.”
Robertson suggested that the transgender student may just want to stare at naked girls: “This transgender stuff, I mean, this was a boy and this boy, we don’t know what surgery was performed on him, if any, we don’t know what his parts are, and yet he wants to go into the girls’ locker room and see all these disrobed little girls running around.”
“They don’t want some little boy in their locker room,” he continued. “He says, ‘I’m not a little boy, I’m a little girl.’ Whoever heard of such nonsense in a great nation like the United States of America? Why are we doing this? And the federal government is doing everything it can to push this agenda.”