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Right-Wing Site Finds 'Proof' Obama Admitted He's A Muslim

The conspiracy theory outlet WorldNetDaily is out with yet another just asking the question article suggesting that President Obama said he was a Muslim in a recent speech.

WND reporter Bob Unruh repeatedly claims in his story, titled "Did Obama Just Say He's A Muslim (Again)?," that C-SPAN reported recently on the president’s supposed admission.

The report that Unruh cites is not actually from C-SPAN but merely a comment that someone made on a C-SPAN video.

This is the earth-shattering quote from the president that the C-SPAN commenter discovered and that Unruh, in turn, reported on: "I think on one hand non-Muslims cannot stereotype, but I also think the Muslim community has to think about how we make sure that children are not being affected with this twisted notion that somehow they can kill innocent people."

More intrepid reporting from the nation’s preeminent birther outlet.

Ben Carson: Media 'Misrepresented' Me By Quoting Me Verbatim

After several conservative activists denounced him for calling the Religious Right’s interference in the Terri Schiavo end-of-life case “much ado about nothing,” Ben Carson is doing what he does best: blaming the media.

Carson told a Tampa Bay Times reporter earlier this week that the Schiavo controversy, in which then-Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida got involved in a family dispute over the fate of a woman who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years, "was much ado about nothing" since "those things are taken care of every single day” in the medical field.

After getting blowback from some of the Religious Right activists who helped make Schiavo’s case into a national news story, Carson told LifeSiteNews yesterday that the media took his remarks out of context:

"I regret that my recent comments about Terri Schiavo have been taken out of context and misinterpreted," he continued.

"When I used the term 'much ado about nothing,' my point was that the media tried to create the impression that the pro-life community was nutty and going way overboard with the support of the patient," Dr. Carson told LifeSiteNews.

Carson's contention that he was really talking about the media's supposedly negative depiction of "the pro-life community" during the Schiavo case prompted the Tampa Bay Times reporter to post a full transcript of the brief exchange.

As any observer could tell, Carson was clearly not talking about the media's portrayal of "nutty" activists, but was in fact focusing on how a family's end-of-life decision became politicized:

Q: Dr. Carson, a few years ago when Gov. Bush was in charge of the state, he and the Florida legislature moved to overturn the court decision on Terri Schiavo to force the feeding tube to be reinserted. What was your view of that as a doctor at the time?

CARSON: Well I said at the time, 'We face those kinds of issues all the time and while I don't believe in euthanasia, you have to recognize that people that are in that condition do have a series of medical problems that occur that will take them out,' " And Your job is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up.

Q: Did you think it was appropriate for congress and the legislature to --

CARSON : -- I don't think it needed to get to that level. I think it was much ado about nothing. Those things are taken care of every single day just the way I described.

LifeSiteNews asked several of the activists who had criticized Carson's statements about his "clarification," and they were not impressed:

[Operation Rescue's Troy] Newman told LifeSiteNews that Dr. Carson's explanation seemed "dubious" considering the context of the story.

Cheryl Sullenger, a senior policy advisor at Operation Rescue, agreed that the doctor seemed dodgy.

"I appreciate that Dr. Carson felt the need to explain his comments concerning the Terri Schiavo situation, but I am not completely convinced that his explanation isn't just an attempt at damage control," she told LifeSiteNews. "I am concerned that he made his original comments while appearing not to completely understanding the fact that Terri was brain damaged, but not terminally ill."

"I remain skeptical about whether Dr. Carson is ready to serve as president, where public policy set by him could mean life or death for innocent people like Terri," Sullenger told LifeSiteNews. "Therefore, I will not be supporting his candidacy."

Trump: 'A Lot Of People Think' Obama Has 'Evil Intentions' With Muslim Refugees

Yesterday, Donald Trump spoke with right-wing radio host Michael Savage about his plan to take on ISIS, bragging that he came up with the U.S. plan to attack the group's oil infrastructure, which he said only started "about two days ago." (The U.S. has actually launched hundreds of attacks against the so-called Islamic State's oil infrastructure since last August.)

"Does anybody say, 'Thank you Donald?" he asked. "Nobody. I've been the only one."

Savage went on to ask Trump what he believes is President Obama's "real reason for flooding America with Muslims from Syria," which Trump said was "hard to imagine."

"Obviously some people think it's evil intentions, I think it's incompetence, regardless, a lot of people think it's evil intentions," Trump continued, before claiming that it is "very easy" for Muslims to enter the U.S. but "virtually impossible" for Christians.

Later in the program, Trump praised Russia's intervention in Syria, claiming that "Russia's been amazing in what they're doing because they're fighting to win."

"I think it's wonderful that they bomb ISIS and that it's great," Trump said, before hailing Putin for "really bombing the hell out of them."

Of course, over 90 percent of Russian airstrikes in Syria have targeted anti-regime rebels rather than ISIS, and have, at times, even provided air cover for ISIS forces during their battles with rebel groups. ​

PFAW Statement on Sanders Plan to Fight Big Money in Politics

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders has released an agenda for addressing the influx of big money in our democracy. His plan outlines reform measures including a constitutional amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo, small donor public financing, and increased transparency in political spending. His agenda also includes measures to strengthen voting rights, such as expanding early voting and restoring the protections of the Voting Rights Act, which were gutted by the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision in 2013.

People For the American Way president Michael Keegan issued the following statement:

“Bernie Sanders has been consistently speaking out about the problem of big money in politics throughout his campaign, and he should be commended for releasing a plan highlighting the solutions.

“Americans are of one mind on the issue of money in politics. Across the board, voters think Citizens United should be overturned and want to see elected leaders put policies in place to fix our broken campaign finance system. Sanders should be applauded for putting the issue front and center in his campaign.”

Sanders’ plan includes numerous policies outlined in the “Fighting Big Money” agenda, a comprehensive platform that People For the American Way and 12 other organizations released in July and have called on every candidate to endorse and prioritize.

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Kevin Swanson: Paris Massacre Was 'A Message From God'

After rallying with Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal at his anti-gay conference in Iowa two weeks ago, far-right pastor Kevin Swanson returned to his "Generations Radio" program to discuss the terrorist attacks in Paris, specifically focusing on the Bataclan theater massacre.

According to Swanson, the mass shooting at the theater was "a message from God" since it targeted fans of the rock band Eagles of Death Metal and reportedly occurred as the band played a song titled "Kiss the Devil."

"When you get a wake-up call like what happened at France's 9/11 last Friday night at the concert,” Swanson said, “I think we all need to pay attention to what's happening: This is a message from God. God is shooting a shot across the bow and we better be paying attention to this."

Swanson, who described the concert as "a worship service to the Devil," said that he would ask survivors of the massacre: "Did you love the Devil's works as your friends were being shot up in the massacre?"

"Did you appreciate the works of the Devil as your friends were being shot up in that concert?" he added.

Ted Cruz Will Bring Unity To America By Uniting Republicans Against The Media

Speaking to a press gaggle earlier this month at a conference organized by radical pastor Kevin Swanson, Sen. Ted Cruz said that he is qualified to unite a divided nation because he united his fellow Republican presidential candidates against the moderators of a recent CNBC debate.

“You have been a champion of conservative values and issues,” an unidentified reporter asked Cruz in an exchange broadcast by Indiana Christian radio host Joyce Oglesby, who was at the conference. “What are you going to do to bring unity to a divided nation?”

“It’s a great question, and let’s talk about unity for a second,” Cruz responded. “How do you bring unity? You know, we saw a moment of unity last week in the debate when I called out the debate moderators. One of the great results that happened was you saw all the Republicans on stage come together and be united, standing behind that charge of the ridiculous bias, the dripping condescension, the assumption in each of those media questions that anyone who actually believes in the conservative principles that America was built on is somehow a blithering idiot. That unity was encouraging.”

Although Cruz did show great success in uniting his fellow candidates against debate moderators asking them hard questions, his attendance at a conference that ended with a call to execute unrepentant gay people may not have been the best way to show that he can bring Americans together.

Right-Wing Pundit: Obama Created Middle East Crisis In Order to 'Inundate This Country With Radicals'

Joe Miller, the one-time Republican nominee for Senate from Alaska who now hosts a right-wing radio program, invited pastor Carl Gallups to his program recently to discuss the war in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis, which Gallups said was all part of President Obama’s plan to bring “millions of Muslim refugees” to the U.S. in order to either allow Democrats to “stay in office forever” or to bring about a “Muslim overthrow of the United States.”

Miller asked Gallups if in fact “this was the plan all along, to create conflict in the Middle East, have a refugee crisis and inundate this country with radicals.”

Gallups recalled that Avi Lipkin, a conservative activist and the source of many right-wing conspiracy theories, told him when Obama was first running for office that “the Arabs are predicting that deep into Obama’s term in office that he will, quote, create a crisis in the Middle East, which will then create a surge in Islamic terrorism, which will create a Muslim refugee crisis.”

This, Gallups recalled Lipkin saying, would lead to “an influx of many millions of Muslim refugees into the United States, which “Muslims will use it as a Trojan horse vehicle for getting terrorists into an on American soil.”

Lipikin has also passed this theory to End Times radio host and conspiracy theory enthusiast Rick Wiles, who shared it on his radio program earlier this week.

Lipkin’s intelligence is so reliable that in 2012 he predicted that President Obama would “bring in 50 to 100 million” Muslims to America so that “America will be Muslim by 2016." So far, since the civil war in Syria began, the U.S. has taken in only about 2,000 Syrian refugees.

Later in the conversation, Miller and Gallups discussed what Obama’s motive might be for this grand conspiracy.

Miller asked why the U.S. wouldn’t demand that all Syrian refugees stay in Turkey — which is already housing at least 1.7 million refugees from the conflict — “unless you’ve got some sort of ulterior motive, in other words, maybe the Trojan horse or maybe some political motive.”

“I mean, the Democrats, the left, are always looking for some way to broaden their coalition,” he said, “and they’ve looked toward, you know, illegals before, now maybe they’re looking toward Muslims.”

Gallups replied that this political sheme is “a huge part of it,” but that there could be even more sinister motives.

“You can go pretty deep in this conspiracy theory if you want,” he said, “you could go all the way down to a Muslim overthrow of the United States ushered in by Muslim sympathizers, or you can just back it up a few notches and say what you just said, which we know for a fact, we’ve heard various political operatives admit they are attempting to use the broken border or the created broken border situation to bolster the rolls of the Democrat voters. They want to be able to stay in office forever in a, quote, legal way. It’s a drummed-up illegal legal way, but that is a plan, we know that. So certainly this feeds directly into that if, in fact, it’s not something even more sinister than that, Joe.”

HHS Challenger: Contraception Mandate Isn't Valid Because It Contradicts 'The Law Of God'

Alveda King, an official with Priests for Life, which is among the groups challenging the HHS contraception coverage mandate at the Supreme Court, declared today that the regulation the groups are challenging is not valid in the first place because it contradicts “the law of God.”

Priests for Life and its allies are challenging the mechanism allowing religiously affiliated nonprofits to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage mandate by informing the government that they will not provide such coverage to their employees. In other words, they are not required to provide health coverage for contraceptives, but are still claiming that their religious liberties are being violated because they have to file paperwork informing the government that they are opting out of the requirement, which allows the government to arrange coverage through a different mechanism.

Even the requirement that groups with religious objections to birth control file a form that might lead to a woman getting health coverage for contraception, King writes in a press release today, is not a valid law because “[i]n order for the laws of a nation to be valid, they must at the very least harmonize with, and not contradict, the law of God,” and the HHS mandate does not meet this requirement.

Understanding that the U. S. Supreme Court speaks and rules from a position of common law — human law, and operating under a measure of authority to govern, in America theirs is the highest rule of law that humans can make. Yet the rule of the SCOTUS is not the final word.

In the end, natural law, God's law will always trump common law. Do not fear or be confused or deceived. Remain prayerful. Keep looking up. God will have the final word in this matter.

As to the decisions before us regarding the HHS Mandate, in contrast to God's law, the civil laws and common laws of nations are not written on anyone's conscience or mind.

They are not written in the physical creation. Nor are they appended to the Bible. The civil laws of nations are only written in their own law books.

Consequently, the validity and force of such laws are based solely on national authority. There is no other supporting evidence or "witness" to testify for the validity of specific civil laws.

Consequently, in order for the civil laws of any nation to be authoritative, they must at least be supported by the testimony of another source and that they are consistent with God's delegation of authority to civil governments.

This is more thoroughly explained in Romans 13:

"Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God..."

In order for the laws of a nation to be valid, they must at the very least harmonize with, and not contradict, the law of God.

Unfortunately, for women, the HHS Mandate does not conform to this formula which is why I stand with Priests for Life in the complaint against the HHS Mandate.

Linda Harvey: Mizzou Protesters May Join ISIS, Commit Terrorist Attacks

Mission America's Linda Harvey is no fan of the students protesting the University of Missouri's handling of incidents of racial bias on campus, warning in a column today that "ISIS recruiters could come in behind the disturbances at the University of Missouri and other colleges and reap a great harvest."

"This can only end badly," she writes of the protesters. "When we see the carnage in Paris and look at the mob rule taking over a Midwestern American campus, surely we can see that terrorist attacks loom in our nation’s future."

Today’s irresponsible social media, vile extremism and flat-out ignorance in “higher” education create a dangerous Playdoh student who can be molded by race baiters, sexual anarchists, anti-capitalists and even worse– terrorists.

ISIS recruiters could come in behind the disturbances at the University of Missouri and other colleges and reap a great harvest, because even their student leaders think the real problem is “hate speech” which makes them feel “unsafe.” Their boiling points are low, because their own distress over imaginary “microaggressions” is high.

Welcome to our sorority house, local imam and your friends from Syria. Tell us what to think.

Busy verbally and politically trashing the heritage of parents, grandparents, military heroes and western civilization in general, their hyper-sensitive ears can only tolerate “diversity,” which is nothing of the kind but actually a rigid template of destructive agendas: feminism, “LGBTQ” behaviors, non-Judeo-Christian faiths, and racialism.

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This can only end badly. When we see the carnage in Paris and look at the mob rule taking over a Midwestern American campus, surely we can see that terrorist attacks loom in our nation’s future.

When are we going to hold colleges accountable for their lack of actual diversity, their aversion to free speech and even more foundationally, their deliberate suppression of the truth?

Rep. Brian Babin: 'Mary And Jesus Didn’t Have Suicide Bomb Vests Strapped On Them'

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, has been a leading voice of efforts to restrict refugee resettlement in the U.S. and is the sponsor of a bill to defund the resettlement program, which has gained traction as many have scapegoated Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Brietbart News’ Stephen Bannon invited Babin on to his SiriusXM program on Tuesday to discuss these efforts to block refugees, where he asked the congressman to respond to people who might call anti-refugee activists “haters.”

“What they’re going to bring up over the holiday season is, ‘Mary and Joseph were refugees. Mary and Joseph when they went into Egypt were refugees,’” Bannon said.

“Well, Steve, I would just say this,” Babin responded. “Mary and Jesus didn’t have suicide bomb vests strapped on them, and these folks do. You can see it in technicolor in Paris.”

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Latinos Vote! Dolores Huerta’s Four-State Tour with PFAW

Over a two-week span, People For the American Way (PFAW) staff and volunteers joined PFAW board member Dolores Huerta for a four-state tour to get out the vote in Latino communities and push back against anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies of Republican presidential candidates.

Huerta attended the last two Republican debates, spreading the message that all of the Republican candidates stand firmly against the priorities of working families and Latino communities. At the start of our tour, leading up to the debate in Colorado at the end of October, Huerta joined Colorado Latino leaders and voters to discuss how the Republican candidates are out of line with Colorado Latinos.

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Huerta also spoke at a rally that thousands attended. As Suzanne Gamboa at NBC News reported:

“Huerta planned to participate in an event with other Latino leaders Wednesday afternoon to launch a voter registration campaign and protest rhetoric of the campaign and some proposals she considered to be anti-Latino.

[…]"The Republican candidates are not really reflecting or even addressing the needs of the Latino community or American families," Huerta said in an phone interview with NBC News.

After Colorado, Huerta traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to get out the vote leading up to municipal elections and to call out North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for signing the severely anti-immigrant HB 318.

After her third radio interview of the morning – which also happened to be the day before Halloween – Huerta posed with the radio hosts of Charlotte’s La Raza 106.1.

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Huerta joined Charlotte voters and activists to deliver an “award” to Gov. McCrory for his ability to disguise himself as a friend of immigrants and then to turn his back on the community.

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After Charlotte, Huerta joined PFAW staff and volunteers to get out the vote in Virginia. PFAW had already begun laying the groundwork in Virginia with Spanish-language ads encouraging voters to head to the polls on Election Day.

The Washington Post’s write-up of the ad included this explanation from PFAW’s Carlos A. Sanchez:

“By highlighting in Spanish how local and national Republican politicians from [former Virginia gubernatorial candidate] Ken Cuccinelli to Donald Trump have demonized immigrants, our ad urges voters to stand up against them by going to the polls."

While on the ground, Huerta mobilized voters and volunteers in State Senate District 29 to support Democrat Jeremy McPike.

Our efforts paid off, as McPike won his race!

To wrap up our four-state tour, Huerta traveled to Wisconsin leading up to the Republican debate there. PFAW joined with Voces de la Frontera Action to shed light on the anti-immigrant, anti-Latino policies of all the Republican candidates.

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Huerta also joined with allies for a Fight for $15 rally urging politicians to support a $15 minimum wage. Watch Huerta discuss her efforts on local CBS.

The 4-state tour is a part of PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program. Stay tuned for more updates on our work!

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Rand Paul: Iraqi Refugees Moving To America Like If Founding Fathers Moved To England

Sen. Rand Paul came up with an interesting analogy in an attempt to argue against refugee resettlement yesterday, saying that Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement in the U.S. “when we won the war” is “sort of like us winning the revolution and our Founding Fathers decide to take political asylum in England.”

Paul, who has used the “we won the war” logic while discussing Iraqi refugees before, fought back against criticism of his legislation to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. in an interview with Breitbart News, saying it’s “ridiculous to say it has anything to do with hate” because “you’ll never meet someone who is more fair-minded than myself, who believes in individual rights of every individual no matter what their religion is.”

Paul recalled the arrest of two Iraqi refugees in Kentucky who were accused of sending weapons to Al Qaeda in Iraq, the sole case of terrorism charges among the 745,000 refugees admitted to the U.S. since the September 11 attacks. (None have been accused of planning domestic attacks). “My question at the time was why did we admit 60,000 Iraqi refugees when we won the war?” Paul asked. “I thought you got political asylum if you lost the war.”

“Here’s my point also is that if they were pro-Western, which many of them probably are, they would have been the best people to rebuild Iraq in a reasonable fashion,” the Kentucky Republican added. “It would be sort of like us winning the revolution and our Founding Fathers decide to take political asylum in England. You know, it just makes no sense at all.”

Among the many obvious faults with Paul’s analogy is that, as Think Progress has noted, “Many of the Iraqis seeking asylum are people who helped the United States military or contractors as translators and guides,” a somewhat different relationship than the American revolutionaries had with England.

Young Elected Officials in Connecticut Push Back Against Proposed Attack on the State’s Clean Elections Law

PFAW Statement in Support of the Legislators Fighting to Protect Clean Elections

This week the Connecticut state legislature proposed a budget that would suspend the state’s clean election law, widely viewed as a model for public financing. In 2014, 74 percent of candidates participated in the state’s clean elections program.

A cohort of young Democratic legislators in Connecticut, several of whom are members of affiliate People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network, are pushing back against the proposal. In a letter, the legislators said the proposal would cause “irreparable damage” to Connecticut’s election process, which in the past has allowed “regular people (and especially young people) to compete based on policy positions and ideas, not who has access to the biggest donors.”

People For the American Way president Michael Keegan released the following statement:

“We stand with the legislators pushing back against the proposed attack on Connecticut’s model clean elections law. The law has helped people without access to big money from wealthy special interests to run for office and become elected leaders in the state.

“Across the board, Americans are calling for solutions to the big money takeover of our democracy, but this proposal does just the opposite. We support the efforts of the young elected officials fighting to protect clean elections in Connecticut.”

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GOP Candidates Really Don't Want To Talk About 'Kill The Gays' Conference

A couple of weeks ago, we reported extensively on a conference in Iowa organized by extremist pastor Kevin Swanson, at which three Republican presidential candidates joined Swanson on stage shortly before he went off on a series of rants about how the biblical punishment for homosexuality is death, Harry Potter is bringing God’s judgment on America, and how if your gay child gets married you should show up to the wedding covered in cow manure.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ran a segment on the conference, but other than that, as a number of commentators have noted, the media has been strangely silent on the Republican candidates’ participation in this event.

Today, Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu reports that she reached out to the campaigns of the three candidates, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal (who has since dropped out of the presidential race), and found them rather reluctant to talk about it.

A spokesperson for Huckabee, who at the event deflected a question about Swanson’s extremism, told Basu after viewing video of some of Swanson’s remarks that Huckabee “appreciated the opportunity” to speak at the conference. The Cruz and Jindal campaigns didn’t bother to reply at all. (Before the conference, Cruz had been asked about his participation by CNN’s Jake Tapper, but brushed off the question.)

Calls and emails seeking a reaction to Swanson's remarks by spokespeople for Cruz and Jindal (who suspended his campaign Tuesday) went unanswered. Huckabee’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart asked for documentation and was sent a video link. She responded the next day saying, "Gov. Huckabee appreciated the opportunity to speak with an audience in Iowa about the importance of standing up for our religious liberties."

Basu also reached out to The Family Leader, an influential Iowa conservative group that sponsored Swanson’s conference and will be hosting candidates for a “presidential family forum” later this week. A Family Leader spokesman at least went as far to say that the group doesn’t condone executing gay people, but didn’t comment on the wisdom of sponsoring Swanson’s conference:

Asked if Vander Plaats or the Family Leader condemn Swanson’s remarks, Drew Zahn, its director of communications wrote in an email: “The Family Leader absolutely condemns any call for violence against homosexuals. Our involvement with the conference was intended to advocate and preserve our First Amendment religious liberties and the rights of conscience for all Americans. The Family Leader consistently advocated the Bible's principle of treating others as you would be treated, a principle come to life in the friendship between TFL President Bob Vander Plaats and One Iowa's Donna Red Wing.”

But Zahn wouldn’t say whether the organization would express those views to Swanson, or would have withdrawn sponsorship from the program if they had known what he would say.

We really wonder how long Cruz and Huckabee will be able to continue to plead ignorance about Swanson’s extremism after being asked about it repeatedly.

Tim Wildmon: ‘It’s Getting To The Point Where I Look At Muslims And I’m Skeptical Of All Of Them’

Dr. Robert Jeffress joined American Family Association president Tim Wildmon on American Family Radio's “Today’s Issuesprogram yesterday to discuss the terrorist attacks on Paris.

Wildmon acknowledged that he’s not sure how people should respond “as Christians” to “the fact that these acts of terrorism are done almost exclusively now by Islamic jihadists.” He concluded that, as a Christian, “It’s getting to the point where I look at Muslims, and I’m skeptical of all of them.” Wildmon allowed that “maybe that’s Islamophobic” but continued on to say it’s a “reality” that all terrorists are Muslim.

Jeffress agreed with the sentiment, adding that the Paris attackers were acting in accordance to Islam. “We all individually want to love Muslims and do everything we can to lead them to faith in Jesus Christ,” Jeffress said, “but, … we’ve got to lay aside political correctness and say what is the truth, and that is these eight suicide bombers in Paris were not acting in opposition to Islam faith, they were acting in concert with what Islam teaches.”

Ben Stein: Maybe Obama Hates America Because He's 'Part Black'

In an interview with Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg yesterday, conservative pundit Ben Stein called President Obama a “bad joke” and a “very real danger” to America, speculating that the president may have a “strong hatred of America” because “he’s part black.”

“I think the question is why is he so angry at America?” Stein said. “I don’t think there’s much question that he does not wish America well. He has a real strong hatred of America. Is it because he’s part black? I don’t know. Is it because his father was mistreated by the British in Kenya? I don’t know.”

Tony Perkins: Refugee Resettlement Shows Obama & Liberals 'Hate America'

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said on his radio program last night that efforts to resettle some Syrian refugees in the U.S. show that President Obama and liberals “hate America” and that the “ideals of America” are “foreign to them.”

Perkins addressed the attempts by a number of governors to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states after a Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the terrorists who attacked Paris last week. (How the passport got there, and whether it is real, are still unclear.)

Perkins took a call from a listener who asserted that “Islamic people, I think, in general do not come here to enjoy the values of America” and instead immigrate to America for “ominous” reasons.

“I think we need to really start being serious about what are we going to do with our Muslims who are here now, never mind bringing more in,” the caller said.

Perkins agreed with the caller’s concerns, saying that while he believes in religious freedom, Christianity and Judaism are religions, “not a political, economic, judicial system, a military system as Islam is.” He cited statistics from a sham, unscientific online poll commissioned by the anti-Muslim group Center for Security Policy, which he claimed showed that the majority of American Muslims “want Sharia law.”

“Notice how Christian nations open their doors to everybody, how we’re welcoming to the hurting, to the poor, to the helpless?” Perkins said. “It’s those values that make us what we are. But it’s those values that are changed when you have no cogent immigration system, no means of controlling and assimilating people into the country so they become American and America doesn’t become something else.

“You see, the president and the left, they hate America. They deny the whole idea of American exceptionalism, the ideals of America. That’s foreign to them. They deny what makes us exceptional and so therefore they want to change it.”

Earlier in the program, Perkins declared that in allowing the resettlement of Syrian refugees, President Obama is bucking his oath of office. “The president has an obligation to protect Americans from all enemies foreign and domestic,” he said. “And we’ve seen time and time again where the governors are actually doing what the president should be doing. But the president has the orientation of a community organizer, not a president of the United States.”

He again defended the governors who are trying to block refugees, saying that President Obama “doesn’t care” if there’s a Paris-like attack on the U.S. because he's not up for reelection and is “doing everything he can to, I think, promote Islam in this country.”

Fed Up Americans Create Online Videos Calling to Overturn Citizens United and Get Big Money Out of Politics

Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Michael Moore, Television Legend Norman Lear, and Academy Award-Nominated Actress Kathleen Turner Join Judging Panel to Award $50,000 to Best Submissions

WASHINGTON – With the 2016 presidential election around the corner, the issue of money in politics is once again coming front and center as Americans express their concern over an election where spending could hit $10 billion. Two advocacy organizations, Say No To Big Money and People For the American Way, have partnered to encourage Americans to produce public service announcements expressing their discontent about the role of big money in politics and calling for an amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United.

The Democracy For All Video Challenge was created to tap into the creative potential of Americans who support a constitutional amendment that allows for reasonable limits to be set on money in elections. A panel of judges awards $1,000 to the best video submitted every week for 14 weeks. Then, from the field of all contest entries, five best in category videos will be awarded $5,000 each (dramatic, creative, student, funniest, original song), with $25,000 being awarded to the best overall video. The contest started August 12 and aspiring producers can enter the video challenge by submitting a 30-90 second video before Dec. 2. Full details are available at www.DemocracyForAll.com/contest.

“Instead of hiring an advertising agency to produce spots promoting campaign finance reform, we decided to enable the true voice of Americans to be heard and give people across the country a chance to earn money for their efforts,” said Jeff Haggin, president of Say No To Big Money.

Judging the final videos will be Michael Moore, Academy Award-winning filmmaker; Norman Lear, legendary television producer and founder of People For the American Way; Kathleen Turner, advocate and Academy Award-nominated actress; Dolores Huerta, civil rights activist and cofounder of United Farm Workers; Kelly Nyks, award-winning documentary filmmaker; Stacey Reiss, Emmy Award-winning television news producer; and Ginna Green, managing director for money in politics and fair courts at nonprofit communications firm ReThink Media.

“There’s nothing better than storytelling for entertaining and informing at the same time,” said Lear. “You don’t need access to a whole production studio today – just a camera and computer. I absolutely love the creativity we’re getting from people from all walks of life. They’re making the case for overturning Citizens United in ways I would never have dreamed of.”

The Democracy For All Amendment, currently being considered by Congress with 140 cosponsors in the House and 41 supporters in the Senate, would overturn cases 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.

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Los Angeles Filmmaker Spoofs “Most Interesting Man” Commercials in Online Video to Raise Awareness About Big Money in Politics

Video Encourages People to Take Action and Contact Their Local Representatives in Support of Reversing Decisions like Citizens United

WASHINGTON – The “Most Interesting Man” may drink Dos Equis, but the “Most Influential Man” aims to show Americans what happens when big money mixes with politics. An independent filmmaker in Los Angeles was this week’s winner 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 Otto Penzato, spoofs the popular “Most Interesting Man” commercials for Dos Equis beer by showing the “Most Influential Man” who controls politics through money. The video aims to show Americans how big money influences politics and threatens democracy.

“As I looked at all the big problems facing this country – climate change, income inequality, environmental protection, banking regulation and on and on – I saw that the obstacle to solving these problems was structural; who are our decision makers listening to,” said Penzato. “The singular obstacle is the issue of big money in politics.”

The video can be viewed at http://democracyforall.com/entries/the-most-influential-man-in-america_02. 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.

 “This video is a great example of using pop culture to illustrate an important point,” said Jeff Haggin, president of Say No To Big Money which created the video challenge. “Otto has created an impactful video that is both entertaining and also conveys a very serious message that will hopefully encourage others to take action.”

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 140 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.

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