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McCutcheon v. FEC Activist Toolkit

McCutcheon v. FEC is a money in politics case with huge implications for our democracy.

Swanson: Mark Twain Was 'Demon-Possessed'

Two of our favorite Religious Right broadcasters got together yesterday, and as you probably already guessed, the conversation was quite educational and informative. For example, we learned from Kevin Swanson, the Colorado pastor and host of Generations Radio, that Mark Twain was controlled by Satan.

Swanson explained his theory about the demonic possession of Twain, among others, while appearing on TruNews with host Rick Wiles.

“Mark Twain was probably the strongest apologist against the Christian faith that America’s ever seen,” said Swanson, claiming that Huckleberry Finn was an “attack on the Christian church” by exposing Christian hypocrisy on issues like slavery. “He mocks Christianity throughout and Huckleberry Finn is an atheist himself.”

Swanson argued that “his book is extremely, powerfully, cynically against the Christian faith” because Twain was possessed by demons.

“Mark Twain himself I believe turned out to be demon-possessed,” he said, citing Twain’s book Letters from the Earth, which he called “one of the most acidic, horrific, evil books I think ever, ever written by any human being in the history of mankind.”

In fact, at different points in the interview Swanson argued that Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean-Jacques Rousseau were also possessed by demonic forces.

Swanson had some harsh words for Charles Darwin as well, calling him a “sadist” who was also “insane.”

“He suffered from multiple, multiple forms of insanity and he confessed himself to be a sadist who enjoyed torturing small animals to death and dreamed of killing and murdering people,” he charged. “Charles Darwin was an extremely evil man, and I think he was ultimately the root of what happened with Adolf Hitler and eugenics and racist programs.”

AFA Wants Toni Morrison's 'Pornography' Censored From Common Core

Last month, PFAW Foundation reported on a school board in Colorado that was considering removing Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye from its high school curriculum after parents objected to the book’s frank depiction of racism and sexual violence in the Depression-era Midwest.

In a board meeting last week, the school board decided to continue allowing English teachers to teach the book but to require that students submit a parental permission slip before reading it.

Now, the book’s appearance in the Common Core curriculum’s list of possible high school English texts has drawn the wrath of One Million Moms, an arm of the American Family Association, which is issuing an “ultimatum” for the book to be removed from Common Core's materials.

In an interview with the Christian Post this week, One Million Moms director Monica Cole said Morrison’s work is “no different than pornography” and found the need to condemn a pedophile character’s “use of the Lord's name to justify his actions,” claiming that this character is actually "an extremely sneaky way to involve violence in the school system."

"This book is no different than pornography," Monica Cole, director of One Million Moms, an online advocacy arm of the American Family Association, told The Christian Post in a Monday interview. She then linked pornography to human trafficking, rape, sexual violence, and even sexual slavery.

The author reportedly said "she wanted the reader to feel as though they are a 'co-conspirator' with the rapist," so "she took pains to make sure she never portrayed the actions as wrong in order to show how everyone has their own problems." The book narrates cases of pedophilia, rape, and incest which the author described as "friendly," "innocent," and "tender."

Cole said she was "speechless," that this book would be on the recommended reading list, and she set an ultimatum. "The material that is sexually graphic, we don't agree with it and it needs to be pulled from the curriculum immediately," she stated firmly.

Cole also condemned the pedophile's use of the Lord's name to justify his actions – "I work only through the Lord. He sometimes uses me to help people," the character claims. The director of One Million Moms called this "an extremely sneaky way to involve violence in the school system."

The director asked why books like this one, as opposed to the classics, are recommended to children. She mentioned "millions of books to recommend" as opposed to this one.

Cole stressed that neither One Million Moms nor the American Family Association has yet taken a stand against Common Core in general, but when it comes to The Bluest Eye, she proved more definitive. "Nothing good will come of this," she proclaimed.

The Christian Post also asked Family Research Council senior fellow Peter Sprigg about the book. Sprigg agreed that The Bluest Eye should be censored from Common Core’s recommended reading list and fretted about what Common Core means for "community moral standards," but betrayed a slightly more nuanced understanding of the purpose of fiction:

Cases like this, Sprigg explained, inflame the debate over national education standards. While he emphasized that the Family Research Council has not yet taken a stand on the issue, he defended as legitimate the fear that Common Core "will not leave room for community standards to be applied – especially moral community standards."

While Cole argued that Morrison, the book's author, likely used the book to argue for moral relativism, Sprigg gave her the benefit of the doubt. He argued that Morrison might have just wanted the reader to feel empathy for a wrongdoer – not to condone actions like rape and pedophilia.

Morrison’s book has also come under criticism from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, which warned, “The book — a past selection of Oprah’s Book Club — has graphic sex scenes and descriptions that are likely to make you blush.”

Scarborough: Progressives Use Voter Fraud To Maintain Power And 'Keep Minorities In Bondage'

Far-right pastor Rick Scarborough is not happy about the New Mexico court ruling against a photographer who violated a non-discrimination law covering sexual orientation, warning that “a Rubicon has been crossed” and now citizens must “subordinate their faith to the homosexual agenda.”

Friends, a Rubicon has been crossed. Religious freedom is in dire peril in our republic, as evidenced by the treatment of a Christian couple in New Mexico who run a photography business. They have been told by a court that the price of U.S. citizenship is to subordinate their faith to the homosexual agenda.

Scarborough believes that “the entire leftwing agenda, from radical environmentalism to homosexual ‘marriage,’” is actually unpopular and therefore progressives want to keep people from speaking out: “The Left is terrified of people actually having a say in their future.”

How do they keep winning elections then?

Through voter fraud, of course!

And that is the real reason they are so upset about the passage of new voter ID laws – because it will keep them from stopping the Tea Party takeover.

“They want to keep minorities in bondage to the welfare state and to make sure that the coast is clear for voter fraud,” he writes. “The Tea Party is the last, best temporal hope for America.”

We’re living in a time when people are being lied to by our leaders on a grand scale. One of the biggest whoppers repeated daily by the media is that asking people to show a photo ID in order to vote is evidence of bigotry.

If this were merely a war of words, it would not be so serious. But Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., ignoring two Supreme Court rulings, is using his federal authority to sue the state of Texas over its new voter photo ID law and its recent redistricting. He contends, without proof, that merely asking for IDs is racist.

He’s not alone. At a gathering at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. commemorating the 50thanniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington speech, an assortment of leftwing leaders equated voter ID with racism and called for enactment of the entire leftwing agenda, from radical environmentalism to homosexual “marriage.” The Left is terrified of people actually having a say in their future. They want to keep minorities in bondage to the welfare state and to make sure that the coast is clear for vote fraud.

In the name of compassion, they guarantee more failure like we’ve seen in Detroit and a bigger government to pick up the pieces. They can’t be shamed into doing the right thing, so the only thing to do is to fight back and defeat them. The Tea Party is the last, best temporal hope for America.

We need divine help to restore America, and we need to praise God for giving us this matchless country. And then we need to work as if it’s all up to us.

How Chris Christie Is Leading A 'Sex Cult' And Turning New Jersey Into Gay Saudi Arabia

Conservative columnist Fay Voshell is out with a doozy in The American Thinker today, where she claims that Gov. Chris Christie effectively put “New Jersey on a path similar to countries like Saudi Arabia” by signing a bill banning ex-gay therapy for minors. She warns Christie is now leading a “deeply religious sex cult” that is “determined to exterminate Christian mores, attack religious liberties, and suppress free speech,” including the right to preach and evangelize.

After writing that “abusive conversion therapy [is] already going on in our public schools and workplaces” with “brainwashing” techniques like diversity seminars and sexual harassment workshops, Voshell warns that Christians in New Jersey will face “persecution” as their children will have to see a “progressive high priest as his or her counselor -- one who reinforces homoeroticism.”

“'Howl' is the progressive equivalent of the Apostles' Creed, and homoeroticism the mark of a youth liberated from conventional mores. ‘Coming out’ is almost a holy ritual, very nearly the equivalent of a bar mitzvah or first communion in the Jewish and Christian faiths,” she continued. “The Church risks being eventually banned altogether from attempts to convert people to Christianity -- just as in Saudi Arabia.”

When Chris Christie signed a law against conversion therapy directed at counseling teens experiencing homoerotic feelings, he probably didn't think he had just put New Jersey on a path similar to countries like Saudi Arabia, which forbids conversion from the prevailing Muslim faith.

But forbidding efforts to convert is essentially what the governor did. He expressly forbade conversion from the prevailing progressive religion, whose chief doctrine is that sexual behavior, including the homoerotic behavior of some children, is a sacred, infallible, and therefore unchangeable indicator of what human identity entails.



As is usual with progressives, they are dealing with a red herring while real abuse is going on right under their noses. Few seem to be noticing the reality of abusive "conversion therapy" going on elsewhere, including in our public schools. Have they noticed the abusive "conversion therapy" directed against little boys and girls who dare even to think about guns? Do any of them remember the little guy who, when he brought a cap gun to school, was interrogated for so long he wet his pants? How about the five-year-old girl who was charged with making a "terrorist threat" because she talked about shooting another kid with her pink "Hello Kitty" bubble gun? She had to undergo psychological evaluation and was handed a ten-day suspension, graciously reduced to two days. Her parents are fighting to have the incident expunged from the tyke's school records.

Shall we talk about abusive conversion "therapy" directed at adults? Does anyone care to detail progressives' abusive therapy sessions directed at males at our foremost colleges and universities? This is to say nothing about the "diversity and sensitivity" seminars in the workplace -- seminars that amount to "conversion therapy" sessions. While the purported goal is to ensure no harassment in the work environment ("harassment" vaguely defined as whatever "offends" anyone at any particular moment), doesn't everyone who has been forced to sit through the brainwashing know the intent -- namely, to convert all workers to liberal progressivism by enforcing adherence to their zealously religious maze of rules and regulations?

In addition to overlooking the abusive conversion therapy already going on in our public schools and workplaces, the law also usurps the rights of devout parents to employ a licensed therapist who retains Judeo-Christian sexual ethics. The law ensures that if your kid has expressed homoerotic feelings, he will get a progressive high priest as his or her counselor -- one who reinforces homoeroticism. There will be no licensed therapist who shares your religious views, because Christian therapists will lose their licenses. Your child will be the equivalent of a janissary, a forced convert to a religion not your own.

Further, the punitive law directed against counselors who seek to help teens work through a time of their lives which may include confusion about sexual feelings has broader implications for the church. Conservative denominations are in particular danger of overt persecution, including attempts to silence the proclamation of the gospel, which is never more than one generation away from extinction.



Christian pastors and licensed Christian therapists counsel against ways of living that the Christian way regards as sinful. They try to convert people to Christian mores. But under this new law, preaching Christian sexual ethics will be regarded as hate speech, as it already is in countries like Sweden, whose "hate crime" laws were upheld by theEuropean Court. Christian pastors and therapists can look for increased attempts by the left to forbid conversion to Christianity and its mores, as Christianity's sexual ethics are considered inherently hateful and malevolently discriminatory by the left.

And there's the rub. Progressivism, among other things, is really a competing religion, a sex cult founded on the tenets of the sexual revolution -- a religion with its own doctrines and liturgies. "Howl" is the progressive equivalent of the Apostles' Creed, and homoeroticism the mark of a youth liberated from conventional mores. "Coming out" is almost a holy ritual, very nearly the equivalent of a bar mitzvah or first communion in the Jewish and Christian faiths. Nothing should be permitted to interfere with those first sexual stirrings of youth. Certainly no therapist should attempt to "convert" any youth experiencing attraction to the same sex to heterosexuality. That would be abusive.

Churches need to wake up and see the implications of the new "conversion therapy" laws. They need to see that they are up against a deeply religious sex cult determined to exterminate Christian mores, attack religious liberties, and suppress free speech. If they don't rise up to resist the inroads of radical progressivism, if they do not take measures to protect Christian therapists, pastors, and youth leaders, the Church will be increasingly be sidelined. The Church risks being eventually banned altogether from attempts to convert people to Christianity -- just as in Saudi Arabia.

Governor Corbett's Condescending Anti-Marriage Argument

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has been floundering recently, facing personnel problems and dire poll numbers. But his abysmal public approval ratings aren’t stopping the governor from charging full steam ahead on his extreme agenda. A brief filed by the Corbett administration today in its lawsuit to stop Montgomery County, PA from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples argues that gay marriage licenses have no “value or legitimacy,” and that issuing those licenses is just like issuing marriage licenses to 12-year-olds:

“Had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old . . . is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his ‘license’?”

Unfortunately, we’re all too used to this form of argument, where homosexuality’s legitimacy is dismissed or ridiculed by comparing it to any number of things, from bestiality to alcoholism or even murder. Now, we know that the governor of Pennsylvania is also struggling to understand the concept of consent, which is what makes gay marriage actually nothing at all like children getting married: children can’t consent, adults can. These actions show Corbett’s deep misunderstanding of marriage equality, and an inability (or refusal) to see it for what it is. They also show that, despite the great Supreme Court victories for gay rights this year, there’s still a lot of work to do.

PFAW

Corsi: KGB Behind Democratic Party Strategies

On Tuesday, Jerome Corsi chatted with VCY America’s Vic Eliason about what he insists are President Obama’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, lamenting that Republicans have been “cowered” and refuse to attack Obama and his fellow Democrats over the issue.

Why? Because, he says, Democrats have made Republicans afraid of being called “racist,” a ploy that Corsi claims was originally created by the KGB to advance “a socialist or communist agenda.”

Duh!

The Democrats have cowered many Republicans into thinking that just by calling the Republicans racist they can back off any criticism of Obama. Democrats have been very successful with that technique. By the way Vic, it was a technique first recommended by the KGB to use for the left. It was recommended back in the late 1950s as a way to win the argument and advance as progressives what was really a socialist or communist agenda. Corsi, who believes Obama is married to a Muslim man and wears a secret Muslim ring (which you can see here), even floated treason charges over the allegations that Obama is financing “Muslim Brotherhood agents.”

Corsi, who believes Obama is married to a Muslim man and wears a secret Muslim ring (which you can see here), even floated treason charges over the allegations that Obama is financing “Muslim Brotherhood agents.”

Later in the interview, the WorldNetDaily “journalist” maintained that “Obama is widely regarded as being Muslim Brotherhood,” either as a member or sympathizer, by most people in the Middle East.

If there was ever going to be a charge of treason, or let’s put it even less—how about Iran-Contra where Ronald Reagan was diverting funds from one purpose stated by Congress to paying bribes, essentially, to Iran in a very complicated scheme that benefited the Contras in Nicaragua. That was an enormous problem for Reagan when it surfaced. Iran-Contra pales in significance to this. This is millions of dollars going to a foreign government to pay Muslim Brotherhood agents.



In the Middle East, Obama is widely regarded as being Muslim Brotherhood. Countries that I’ve visited or communicate with, or read in terms of getting translated, it’s very, very clear that the Muslim Brotherhood is—people in the Middle East believe Obama is not only sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood but probably a member, certainly as close to being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. That’s how they perceive him.

PFAW’s Money Out/Voters In Work Highlighted in CNN Article

Yesterday Ben Cohen (co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s) and Edward Erikson had a great op-ed at CNN.com connecting the student debt crisis with the broader issue of big money’s influence in our political system:

But the education system isn't broken -- it's “fixed.” If we're serious about tackling the issue of affordable education and student debt, we need to strike at the root of the problem -- the influence of money in politics.

Private corporations like Sallie Mae -- which own 15% or $162.5 billion dollars of total student debt -- rake in private-island-purchasing profits while students suffer.

Indeed, from student debt bills to workers’ rights legislation to environmental protections, policies that protect everyday Americans will continue to face uphill battles until we can limit the influence of wealthy special interests in our democracy.

Cohen and Erikson point out:

It's time to dam the deluge of cash and corporate influence in Washington once and for all….Thanks to the leadership by groups like People for the American Way, Move to Amend, Common Cause, Free Speech for People and Public Citizen, 16 states have passed referendums calling on Congress to take action and over 150 members of Congress support the amendment strategy.  (emphasis added)

And with so much amendment momentum at the state and local level, PFAW and allies are shifting our focus to Congress. As part of our “160 Summer” campaign, money in politics groups are working toward a goal of getting 160 members of Congress to sponsor an amendment resolution limiting the deluge of big money pouring into our elections by overturning Citizens United.  Has your representative already voiced their support?

As Cohen and Erikson put it, “This is our future and our fight to win.”

PFAW

Right Wing Watch Telebriefing on Anti-Immigration Activists

Last week, People For the American Way issued its latest Right Wing Watch: In Focus report on the stark choice presented to congressional Republicans: stand up for the comprehensive immigration reform supported by a strong majority of Americans, or stand with anti-immigrant extremists using lies and bigotry to derail it.

On Tuesday, we hosted a telebrieifing with PFAW members to discuss the report, the prospects for reform in the House of Representatives and how activists can help make a difference.

If you missed it, you can listen to the call here.

And, of course, take a look at the report itself, Congressional Republicans' Clear Choice on Immigration: Stand With Pro-Reform Majorities or Cave to Anti-Immigrant Extremists.

PFAW

DC Circuit Court Activist Toolkit

In June 2013, President Obama nominated three extremely well-qualified people to fill the three vacancies on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, a court that has been deemed “the second most important in the United States.”  As the nominees - appellate attorney Patricia Millet, Georgetown law professor and appellate advocate Cornelia “Nina” Pillard, and D.C. District Court judge and former public defender Robert Wilkins - make their way out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and towards the Senate floor, Senate Republicans are threatening to ramp up their partisan gridlock by blocking votes on any of them.

The far right has accused the president of trying to “pack” the courts just for making nominations to existing vacancies, as the Constitution calls for.  Senate Republicans have even introduced a bill to eliminate the three judgeships, just to keep President Obama from filling them.

In anticipation of the fight we expect to see this fall, People For the American Way has drafted an activist toolkit for concerned citizens across the United States who understand the importance of the courts, and who know we must stand up against Republican obstruction. Check it out here:

www.pfaw.org/DCCircuitToolkit

PFAW

Gohmert: Iraq Had WMD, 'Rumors' They Moved Stockpile To Syria

Discussing the Syria crisis yesterday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) insisted that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, even though the government’s Iraq Survey Group found that the country did not possess such weapons or the capability of producing them. “Yes, we knew that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” Gohmert said on Washington Watch, citing Saddam Hussein’s 1988 gas attack against Kurds in Halabja.

“There were rumors about them moving over into Syria and other countries but they never were able to verify where they went but we knew he had them,” the congressman charged, referring to false claims that Iraq moved its weapons to Syria. “There was talk about nuclear arms, but we knew he had those and now we know Syria has them.”

The ISG report confirmed that Iraq also had no nuclear program. 

CBN Guest Claims LGBT Protections Harm Rape Survivors

Christian Broadcasting Network host Charlene Israel interviewed Dr. Linda Mintle yesterday about a Pennsylvania bill geared at preventing anti-LGBT discrimination, which Mintle warned would turn Christians into “bigots” by turning “issues of morality” into “civil rights issues.” “No one has tolerance for the view of the Christian who has a different approach,” Mintle lamented.

She even asserted that the bill would harm survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

Pat Robertson’s AIDS Ring Theory Makes Anderson Cooper’s RidicuList

Cross-posted from Right Wing Watch

Pat Robertson’s theory that gay men in San Francisco intentionally infect other people with HIV/AIDS using special sharp rings earned Robertson a spot on Anderson Cooper’s RidicuList last night.

Robertson made the comment on Tuesday’s broadcast of the 700 Club, which his producers then edited out of the version of the show posted online. Luckily, Right Wing Watch found the missing section of the video on the 700 Club’s YouTube account before the network yanked that as well. Since then, Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network has been trying desperately to remove our copies of the video from YouTube – an effort that has just brought more attention to Robertson’s comments.

In his RidicuList segment last night, Cooper played our video of Robertson’s comments, and for context added our clips of Robertson speculating that homosexuality is “related to demonic possession,” wishing for a Facebook “vomit” button to use on pictures of gay couples kissing; advising a man to “move to Saudi Arabia” so he can beat his wife; telling a woman whose husband cheated on her to not worry about it because “he’s a man”; and marveling at the popularity of “50 Shades of Gray” among women.

In a video posted today, Slate also explores CBN’s attempted cover-up of Robertson’s theory:

Sadly, we’re sure that we will have collected many more of Robertson’s unique insights by the time his next turn on the RidicuList  rolls around.

PFAW

Stan Solomon: Trayvon Martin Deserved To Die And So Does 'That Faggot' Dan Savage

Conservative talk show host Stan Solomon is obsessed with the idea that President Obama is fomenting a race war in order to murder white, Christian heterosexuals, so when we noticed he was hosting a special “Race In America” program to commemorate the March on Washington, we knew we had to watch. Solomon -- who regularly interviews conservative figures including Phyllis Schlafly, E.W. Jackson, Larry Pratt and Alan Keyes -- used the occasion to deliver an epic rant accusing Jews, gays, African Americans and Muslims of being pawns of the Satanic left, hailing the murder of Trayvon Martin and announcing that he hopes “that faggot” Dan Savage dies.

Listen to me carefully. No you don’t, kiss my Obama, I don’t give a damn what you do, I know what I’m going to do and I know what people with an ‘I’ and a ‘Q’ are going to do. The left, which is godless and serves Satan, has an agenda. To accomplish their agenda they have to get idiots, morons, numbnuts to do stupid things so the focus will be on them and not on the libs, not on the leftists. Jews, homosexuals, blacks, gays, Islamists, you may think they’re disparate groups, they’re not, they’re all tools. Because while we’re mad at these two punks, we’re mad at Trayvon Martin, that thug that deserves to be dead and I’m glad he’s dead.

Pieces of crap, homosexuals like what’s that one guy’s name? [Dan] Savage. That faggot. That horrible, awful, terrible excuse for a human being who is at the White House promoting attacks on Christians. I hope he dies — he probably will — of every disease known. By the way, I’m sending him a fire hydrant for his birthday, I’m hoping he’ll sit on it; he’ll slide all the way down to the ground. Sorry fire hydrant fans, I don’t mean to insult fire hydrants.

At any rate, do you understand what I’m saying here? These groups are being recruited. Environmentalists, nuclear freeze, it doesn’t make a difference what group it is. If you put anything ahead of doing what’s right in God’s eyes, or better yet ignoring the reality of God, then you’re a tool, you’re a useful idiot.

Solomon then called on his white viewers to buy guns to protect themselves against black and Latino “terrorists.”

“If you’re white, you’re a target,” Solomon contended. “Get a gun, know how to use it, never be without it and don’t leave your family unprotected.” He warned that black and Latino public school and college students are “terrorists in training” who are “being taught” to hate white people. 

“You have to go to college and admit, ‘Oh if you’re white it’s unfair.’ Pretend like you’re black, pretend like you’re a homosexual, which means you are sick and stupid and ignorant and going to die, early,” Solomon continued.

“If somebody comes at you—I don’t give a damn if you’re white, black, pink or purple—and you’re not sure, shoot him and find out later. It’s better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.”

“George Zimmerman knows all about that,” co-host “Chief” Steve Davis replied.

But it didn’t end there.

Solomon, not one to hold back on making racist jokes about Michelle Obama, attacked the first lady over her promotion of healthy eating among youth: “They have that Michelle O-Buick butt Obama’s you know, by the way, she doesn’t eat that crap, she eats like a garbage disposal at a fast food joint. Actually, they might name one after her….They just eat the biggest junk in the world.”

He said he wouldn’t say anything about Malia and Sasha Obama, “except that I wish them the best having crap for parents.”

Pat Robertson's AIDS Ring Theory Makes Anderson Cooper's RidicuList

Pat Robertson’s theory that gay men in San Francisco intentionally infect other people with HIV/AIDS using special sharp rings earned Robertson a spot on Anderson Cooper’s RidicuList last night.

Robertson made the comment on Tuesday’s broadcast of the 700 Club, which his producers then edited out of the version of the show posted online. Luckily, Right Wing Watch found the missing section of the video on the 700 Club’s YouTube account before the network yanked that as well. Since then, Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network has been trying desperately to remove our copies of the video from YouTube – an effort that has just brought more attention to Robertson’s comments.

In his RidicuList segment last night, Cooper played our video of Robertson’s comments, and for context added our clips of Robertson speculating that homosexuality is “related to demonic possession,” wishing for a Facebook “vomit” button to use on pictures of gay couples kissing; advising a man to “move to Saudi Arabia” so he can beat his wife; telling a woman whose husband cheated on her to not worry about it because “he’s a man”; and marveling at the popularity of “50 Shades of Gray” among women.

In a video posted today, Slate also explores CBN’s attempted cover-up of Robertson’s theory:

Sadly, we’re sure that we will have collected many more of Robertson’s unique insights by the time his next turn on the RidicuList  rolls around.

Lopez: Scott Brown Won't Help Ex-Gay Movement Because He Was 'Sexually Abused Himself'

In an American Thinker column today, Robert Oscar Lopez – a professor, columnist, gay erotic novelist, and anti-gay activist who has been lauded by groups such as the National Organization for Marriage – attacks former Republican Sen. Scott Brown for supporting the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and defending New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, claiming that these positions are the result of the sexual abuse that Sen. Brown experienced as a child.

Lopez is upset that Brown wants to open the GOP to include “rich corporate homosexuals who are interested in having in vitro kids by surrogate moms and shutting up anyone who objects” and that he has defended Christie, who recently signed into a law a ban on ex-gay therapy for minors. Lopez then goes into detail about Brown’s nude photo shoot for Cosmopolitan when he was 22 years old.

“Something tells me that someone who feels comfortable disrobing in front of a camera and being gawked at by masturbating strangers won't fully understand why many men and women would want to keep Don't Ask Don't Tell in place,” Lopez writes.

“It isn't as if Scott Brown has been sexually abused himself -- oh wait, yes, he was. Like many women who are sexually assaulted and later become strippers or prostitutes, Scott Brown probably dealt with his sexual trauma by modeling nude ten years after being mauled at a camp.”

Lopez argues that because Brown “dealt with male-male sexual abuse his way,” he must think that “other men should have to figure things out on their own,” rather than seek ex-gay therapy: “He expects other men who don't want to be sexually mauled by homosexuals to be stuck showering inches away from them in Army barracks with no recourse to therapy to avoid falling into homosexual behavior themselves as a consequence of the trauma.”

He claims that due to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, thousands of soldiers have “fallen victim to the sexual anomie” of the military. Christie and Brown, Lopez writes, have succumbed “to their respective worldly vices: posing nude and binge-eating,” and shouldn’t be “anywhere on the national Republican ticket in 2016.”

“[T]o Hades with them both. I'm sick of this crap.”

(HT: RWW reader Matthew Briol)

There is no mention from Scott Brown at all of social conservatives who worry about religious freedom, the sanctity of marriage, and the rights of children to be raised by a mom and dad. (If I were libertarian, I wouldn't be wild about Brown's commentary, either.) So we have a pretty clear idea of what kind of big spenders Scott Brown wants in his "big tent." (Can we please find a new cliché?) I'm thinking rich corporate homosexuals who are interested in having in vitro kids by surrogate moms and shutting up anyone who objects.

Nowhere did Scott Brown mention the fact that Chris Christie had just signed into law a moronic statute making it illegal for minors to get therapy to avoid homosexual behavior. Christie was not content merely to sign this stupid law and join an elite class of like-minded governors including Jerry Brown (who signed the first state ban against "ex-gay" therapy in California). He also belly-flopped into the realms of psychobiology and theology, insisting that gay people are born that way and that homosexuality isn't a sin. To say such a thing, he had to have never read the actual research by sexologists who can find no proof of genetically caused homosexuality. He also must have never read a book called the Bible.



He did pose nude in the early 1980s, and come to think of it, that should have set off alarms in Republican minds when they were hyping up his run for Teddy Kennedy's old seat. Something tells me that someone who feels comfortable disrobing in front of a camera and being gawked at by masturbating strangers won't fully understand why many men and women would want to keep Don't Ask Don't Tell in place.

It isn't as if Scott Brown has been sexually abused himself -- oh wait, yes, he was. Like many women who are sexually assaulted and later become strippers or prostitutes, Scott Brown probably dealt with his sexual trauma by modeling nude ten years after being mauled at a camp. Perhaps he feels that because he dealt with male-male sexual abuse his way, other men should have to figure things out on their own.

He gets to showcase his wounds in interviews and write a book about the whole experience. He expects other men who don't want to be sexually mauled by homosexuals to be stuck showering inches away from them in Army barracks with no recourse to therapy to avoid falling into homosexual behavior themselves as a consequence of the trauma. And now, if a man feels threatened by a homosexual aggressor in the military the way Scott Brown was threatened by a male aggressor when he was ten, there will soon be no chaplains to consult in faith-based terms. The chaplaincy is slowly being cleansed of anybody who doesn't rubberstamp the gay lobby's ideology.

Welcome to Scott Brown's and Chris Christie's brave new world of strong national security: instead of banning discussion of homosexual acts in high-risk situations where naked young soldiers are vulnerable, use the police powers of the state to ban discussion of things that young people with homosexual attractions can do other than become adult homosexuals.

We had to repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell law to see what was in it -- pace Nancy Pelosi -- and now that the law is gone, we have several thousand more men who've fallen victim to the sexual anomie that supporters of Don't Ask Don't Tell, unlike Scott Brown, rightly feared. I am sure that the new laws banning ex-gay therapy will give us more of the same theatrics.

Both Scott Brown and Chris Christie can't connect dots. This whole recent fracas began when Christie bashed Rand Paul for worrying about a police state and then bashed Paul and Jindal for being too much like college professors. Scott Brown, apparently as much of an airhead as Christie, has jumped into his little dinghy, and the two of them want to row off to some island in an alternate universe where conservatives don't care about government interfering with their therapy sessions, stifling their religious beliefs, and listening in to their phone calls. What's important is landing big donors, winning, and succumbing to their respective worldly vices: posing nude and binge-eating. Why think when you can just stuff your mouth, strip naked for a photog, and shout your mouth off in Jersey and Boston accents? So I say, to Hades with them both. I'm sick of this crap.

To paraphrase a line from a great Gilded Age novel, "it is much safer to be fond of dangerous people." In this day and age, with the gay lobby wielding tremendous power and influence, it's safer to agree with them than to get into arguments with them.

Except if you want to run for national office as a Republican. If either Brown or Christie ends up anywhere on the national Republican ticket in 2016, I am voting third party or writing in someone else. I think all conservatives should draw a bright red line at this point.

Bauer: If Planned Parenthood Ally Martin Luther King Were Alive Today, He Would Be Fighting Planned Parenthood

Gary Bauer told members of the Campaign for Working Families that if Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would be an anti-abortion activist fighting Planned Parenthood, which Bauer falsely suggested is attempting to commit black genocide:

Far from promoting Planned Parenthood's agenda, Reverend King would expose its racist roots and point out that it deliberately locates abortion facilities in inner city communities. He would weep at that fact, which has resulted in more than 20 million aborted black babies, a death toll the KKK could not reach in its most deranged dreams.

Bauer might want to do his homework, as King actually received the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood and told executive committee member Cass Canfield that it “will remain among my most cherished possessions”:

Dear Mr. Canfield:

Words are inadequate for me to say how honored I was to be the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award. This award will remain among my most cherished possessions. While I cannot claim to be worthy of such a signal honor, I can assure you that I accept it with deep humility and sincere gratitude. Such a wonderful expression of support is of inestimable value for the continuance of my humble efforts.

Again let me say how much I regret that at the last minute urgent developments in the civil rights movement made it impossible for me to be in Washington to personally receive the award. My wife brought glowing echoes of the wonderful reception and impressiveness of the total occasion.

I am happy to be the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award and I can assure you that this distinct honor will cause me to work even harder for a reign of justice and a rule of love all over our nation.

Sincerely yours,

Martin Luther King Jr.

Bauer may also want to read King’s essay on the importance of family planning and groups like Planned Parenthood for the African American community:

There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger's early efforts. She, like we, saw the horrifying conditions of ghetto life. Like we, she knew that all of society is poisoned by cancerous slums. Like we, she was a direct actionist — a nonviolent resister. She was willing to accept scorn and abuse until the truth she saw was revealed to the millions. At the turn of the century she went into the slums and set up a birth control clinic, and for this deed she went to jail because she was violating an unjust law. Yet the years have justified her actions. She launched a movement which is obeying a higher law to preserve human life under humane conditions. Margaret Sanger had to commit what was then called a crime in order to enrich humanity, and today we honor her courage and vision; for without them there would have been no beginning. Our sure beginning in the struggle for equality by nonviolent direct action may not have been so resolute without the tradition established by Margaret Sanger and people like her. Negroes have no mere academic nor ordinary interest in family planning. They have a special and urgent concern.

Recently the subject of Negro family life has received extensive attention. Unfortunately, studies have overemphasized the problem of the Negro male ego and almost entirely ignored the most serious element — Negro migration. During the past half century Negroes have migrated on a massive scale, transplanting millions from rural communities to crammed urban ghettoes. In their migration, as with all migrants, they carried with them the folkways of the countryside into an inhospitable city slum. The size of family that may have been appropriate and tolerable on a manually cultivated farm was carried over to the jammed streets of the ghetto. In all respects Negroes were atomized, neglected and discriminated against. Yet, the worst omission was the absence of institutions to acclimate them to their new environment. Margaret Sanger, who offered an important institutional remedy, was unfortunately ignored by social and political leaders in this period. In consequence, Negro folkways in family size persisted. The problem was compounded when unrestrained exploitation and discrimination accented the bewilderment of the newcomer, and high rates of illegitimacy and fragile family relationships resulted.

For the Negro, therefore, intelligent guides of family planning are a profoundly important ingredient in his quest for security and a decent life. There are mountainous obstacles still separating Negroes from a normal existence. Yet one element in stabilizing his life would be an understanding of and easy access to the means to develop a family related in size to his community environment and to the income potential he can command.

This is not to suggest that the Negro will solve all his problems through Planned Parenthood. His problems are far more complex, encompassing economic security, education, freedom from discrimination, decent housing and access to culture. Yet if family planning is sensible it can facilitate or at least not be an obstacle to the solution of the many profound problems that plague him.

Cliff Kincaid Reminisces About Time When The Government Classified LGBT People As 'Perverts'

Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy In Media is blaming the massive security leak conducted by Chelsea Manning on President Obama’s support for LGBT rights. Although the leak occurred prior to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Kincaid insists that Obama’s “desire to overturn the homosexual exclusion policy was undoubtedly a factor in Army officials’ looking the other way on Manning.”

Kincaid then tied it all back to Glenn Greenwald, the openly gay reporter who published reports based on information from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

All of these leaks wouldn’t have occurred, Kincaid reasons, in the good old days when the government labeled LGBT people as “perverts.”

CNN's story "Chelsea or Bradley Manning: Addressing transgender people" ignores the other alternative – he/she is simply a pervert who should have been booted out of the service years ago and should never have received a security clearance. The key question – not pursued by the media – is why Manning was allowed to remain in the Army when he was acting in violation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," policy.

Manning will pay a price in prison, but those who permitted this to happen have still not been held accountable.



The buck stops with President Obama, whose announced desire to overturn the homosexual exclusion policy was undoubtedly a factor in Army officials' looking the other way on Manning.

In our August 20, 2010, article "Accused Army Traitor Cruised Gay Bars," we noted that, according to information then developed by CNN, Manning had been cruising the homosexual subculture for several years, under the noses of his military superiors, and even went to gay bars.

Despite this homosexual scandal, Congress voted to repeal the homosexual exclusion policy.

In our article "Pentagon Celebrates Gay Pride During Treason Trial," we noted that Obama's Defense Department hosted a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month event which failed to include any mention, pro or con, of the most celebrated homosexual soldier in American history, Bradley Manning, then on trial for treason.

It was a strange omission. Why weren't they proud of their gay solider?



We don't know everything there is to know about NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who supposedly has a girlfriend that he abandoned in order to flee to China and then Russia. But his handler, Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald, is an open homosexual with Marxist links whose "partner" was detained on his way through London and had his laptop, camera, memory sticks, and DVDs confiscated by authorities.

The media won't remind us of this fact, but two previous NSA defectors to the Soviet Union/Russia, Bernon F. Mitchell and William H. Martin, were also perverts.



At that time, the government frowned on employing homosexuals and "deviates." In fact, a 1950 congressional report was titled "Employment of Homosexuals and Other Sex Perverts in Government" and said that the FBI, the CIA, and the intelligence services of the Army, Navy, and Air Forces were all "in complete agreement that sex perverts in government constitute security risks."

Can you imagine a government report nowadays referring to "perverts?"

Steve King Compares Unemployed to Children Who Don't Do Chores: 'You Get to Eat After You Do the Work'

UPDATED

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King appeared at an event in North Carolina Monday where, according to a Red Alert Politics blogger who attended, he chastised unemployed Americans, saying “I want to see more Americans step up.”

King reportedly compared the unemployed to children who refuse to do chores, implying that those who are out of work should not receive a helping hand:  “Now what kind of a family — if you had six kids and a third of those kids would say ‘I’m not doing the chores, Mom,’… pretty soon those kids would be on the ‘you get to eat after you do the work.’”

Speaking to a group of conservatives in Charleston, S.C., on Monday evening, the Iowa Congressman said that it wasn’t the economy that was sluggish, but the 100 million non-working Americans giving up jobs to “unskilled” illegal immigrants.

“One hundred million Americans aren’t contributing and yet we’re looking out across the board and saying let’s bring in some more people that are uneducated, unskilled and we’re going to put them into the unskilled workforce and somehow we’re going to increase our economy,” King said during the Charleston Meeting. “…I want to see more Americans step up.”

This “middle class standard of living” is the direct result of President Obama propelling the country into a “dependency state,” according to King.

“We borrow money from China to pay people not to work and we say we’re going to grow our GDP because we have sympathy for people that are in this country illegally,” he said.

King equated America to a family, comparing the amount of non-working Americans to children refusing to do their chores.

“Now what kind of a family — if you had six kids and a third of those kids would say ‘I’m not doing the chores, Mom,’” King said. “…pretty soon those kids would be on the ‘you get to eat after you do the work.’”

UPDATE: Raw Story found the video of King’s remarks.

Here, King compares the unemployed to delinquent children:

And here, King claims that President Obama is using unemployment benefits to encourage women “not to have a man in the house” and “pushing the dependency class”  in order to “increase [his] power base.” Later on, King recalls a controversial incident in which he declined to contradict a constituent who called President Obama a Muslim and a Marxist. “I don’t know his religion, I don’t question that at all,” King said. “But my answer was, ‘Well, he’s at least a Marxist.’”

The Gay AIDS Ring Video Pat Robertson Doesn't Want You To See

The Christian Broadcasting Network has embarked on a total and frankly embarrassing cover-up of Pat Robertson’s statement yesterday that gay people in San Francisco try to cut people’s fingers with special rings in order to infect them with AIDS. After editing Robertson’s comments out of their online broadcast of the 700 Club and taking down their own YouTube video featuring the claims, CBN has now filed with a flimsy copyright complaint against Right Wing Watch’s copy of the video on YouTube, causing it to be temporarily removed.

That’s right, CBN is going out of its way to get rid of all evidence of comments made by CBN’s own founder, who even released a statement defending his assertions and insisted that he was once a target of a malicious gay AIDS ring plot. We have uploaded the video to Vimeo which you can watch here, unless CBN tries to take it down (UPDATE: Vimeo pulled the video, but you can now watch it on DailyMotion. UPDATE II: A third party [we wonder who!] complained to DailyMotion and pulled the video, which you can find, for now, at Flickr.com):

This isn’t the first time that CBN has manipulated comments Robertson has made on the channel’s flagship show, The 700 Club. Last year, the network unsuccessfully attempted to edit out Robertson’s call for a man to move to Saudi Arabia in order to beat his wife.

It’s ironic that Robertson believes that gay people are trying to censor him with hate speech laws, when it appears that the only people trying to censor Robertson are his own staff at CBN.

As Steve Benen notes, “Robertson really shouldn’t say things on national television if he doesn’t want people to see them.”

While Robertson’s gay AIDS ring conspiracy theory is outrageous and absurd, it is also ridiculous that the television network Robertson leads is now on a mission to suppress comments that Robertson himself believes are accurate and truthful.

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