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Larry Pratt: States Should Arrest Federal Agents Enforcing Gun Laws

Gun Owners of America’s executive director, Larry Pratt, commended states that have passed laws “nullifying” federal gun regulations, saying that states should arrest federal agents enforcing gun laws that they think violate the Second Amendment, just as they should have ignored the Fugitive Slave Act to arrest slave-catchers coming into northern states.

In an interview on VCY America’s “Crosstalk” program on August 4, Pratt fielded a question from a caller who asked what Americans can do “when the man in the Oval Office lacks competence” and is possibly “borderline insane” like “Nero, Hitler and Mao Zedong.”

The answer, Pratt said, was nullification.

“We’re blessed in this country that we do still have something left of our federal system,” he responded. “And there are a number of states that have passed laws in one area or another that have told the feds, ‘Don’t stick your nose in here.’ And, in fact, in some of the cases, and I’m thinking of Kansas particularly, if they find that you’re involved in unconstitutional activity regarding the Second Amendment in Kansas, they’ll arrest you. And that’s the way it should be.

“That’s what states did in the run-up to the War Between the States. Many of the northern states, I remember specifically Wisconsin enacted legislation that led to the arrest of a slave-catcher who had pursued a slave into Wisconsin, and they nailed him and they put him in jail.”

For Pat Robertson, Levitical Laws Apply To Gays But No One Else

Televangelist Pat Robertson regularly cites the Book of Leviticus as proof that homosexuality is a grave and evil offense, doing so as recent as Monday. But it seems that homosexuality may be the only area in which Robertson still thinks Old Testament admonitions still apply.

The host of “The 700 Club,” who has gotten used to explaining away the Old Testament’s dictates on violence, slavery and polygamy, fielded a question today about whether Christians must obey strict Levitical laws about menstruation.

Robertson laughed off the prospect and seemed unaware of the menstruation passage’s existence, saying that Christians don’t need to obey Leviticus and only need to love God and their neighbors as Jesus said.

Unless you are gay, of course, in which he case you need to abide strictly by Leviticus.

(Hemant Mehta adds: "Leviticus 18:19 — just three verses before the infamous anti-gay passage — mentions menstruating women: 'Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.' I guess he skipped that line during his reading.")

Ted Cruz Renews Pledge To Support Radical Personhood Amendment

Georgia Right to Life, one of the most outspoken proponents of the movement to grant legal “personhood” to fertilized eggs and fetuses, has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president after he signed their candidate pledge promising to “support a personhood amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

GRTL’s pledge, which the group says Cruz signed, asks candidates to affirm that “a continuum of human life and personhood begins at the moment of fertilization” and promise to protect “the civil rights of the pre-born at an embryonic or fetal level.” In practice, personhood would not only criminalize all abortions, it could also endanger some common forms of birth control and put women who have suffered miscarriages at risk of prosecution.

The Georgia group’s advocacy of sweeping personhood measures to ban abortion is so radical that it caused it to split from the National Right to Life Committee. 

When Cruz was running for Senate in 2012, he promised another personhood group that he would cosponsor the Life at Conception Act, a personhood bill that seeks to ban all abortions and even some types of birth control through legislation rather than a constitutional amendment. When Cruz’s presidential rival Rand Paul introduced the bill, however, Cruz never signed on as a cosponsor.

Here is a photo of Georgia Right to Life's Joshua Edmonds presenting Cruz with what appears to be GRTL's endorsement:

 

 

Linda Harvey: LGBT Rights Will 'Wipe Out Free Speech' And 'Obliterate' Christianity

After the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law in 2009, many anti-LGBT activists claimed that it would criminalize free speech and religious expression. They said the exact same thing following the Windsor and Obergefell decisions, and yet gay marriage opponents still have the right to criticize marriage equality, contrary to their own predictions.

Even though none of these predictions about the hate crimes law or marriage equality came true, critics now say that this time they have found the real legislation through which the LGBT rights movement will ban free speech: The Equality Act.

Writing in WorldNetDaily, Linda Harvey of Mission America alleges that the nondiscrimination bill threatens to “silence believers” and “essentially wipe out free speech and religious liberty on the issues of homosexuality and gender change.”

“Christianity is now a target to be obliterated or revised,” Harvey writes, labeling the bill a “fascist attempt to dismantle the First Amendment.”

The “gay lobby” has tried it before. But now that marriage is officially a grand social experiment in our nation, homosexual activists have moved on, updating and re-launching the next weapon of revolution. And it’s a whopper, one that potentially unites homosexual advocates with defenders of Planned Parenthood.

Their enemy? Christians, conservatives and all who are pro-life and pro-family.

The unjust and unequal “Equality Act” was introduced in Congress as H.R. 3185 and S. 1858 just before summer recess. This legislation jumps way beyond any previous anti-discrimination bill and would essentially wipe out free speech and religious liberty on the issues of homosexuality and gender change by declaring these behaviors to be civil rights in America.



Homosexuality is not inborn – it’s not like race – and the behavior is harmful to individuals and societies. These identities and attractions do not characterize separate types of “persons” (as the Obergefell majority ruling incorrectly assumed). So they are not defensible under the 14th Amendment.

As I wrote in a column a few months ago, the left is moving toward the position of telling us what to believe. Christianity is now a target to be obliterated or revised with homosexuality no longer a sin, humans no longer distinctly male and female, abortion a “right” for females and believers painted into a narrow doctrinal corner if we let them do this.

We must not let them do this. This bill should be Priority No. 1 to defeat this year, next year and as long as it takes. Everyone needs to make it clear to congressional representatives that this fascist attempt to dismantle the First Amendment, to defy parental authority and to drive Christians out of jobs simply cannot happen.

The authority to silence believers that the “Equality Act” would provide Christ’s enemies would leap beyond homosexuality and gender confusion. It’s tyranny, and only we the people rising up and saying NO will stop this.

The so-called “Equality Act” is not about equality – we already have that. It’s about calling evil good, calling sin a right, and about punishing and silencing the voices of morality and faith.

Groups Launch Innovative Video Contest With $64,000 In Cash Prizes To Target Out Of Control Campaign Finance System

Say No to Big Money and PFAW Launch Contest With Prize Money Awarded Weekly for User-Generated Videos Encouraging Action on a Constitutional Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Politics

Today Say No to Big Money and People For the American Way, with the backing of more than 150 organizations, are launching the $64,000 Democracy For All Video Challenge, a contest seeking to tap into the creative potential of Americans of all political stripes through short videos in support of a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. From today until December 2, contest entrants can submit a 30-90 second video that includes a call-to-action in support of the Democracy For All Amendment for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money.

“With money already flooding into the 2016 campaigns, we know that Americans get the problem,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president of People For the American Way. “They’re ready to talk about solutions. We want everyday Americans to use their creativity to support getting big money out of politics. We want ordinary people to have a voice, which is why this contest, like the Democracy For All Amendment, embraces the true spirit of the First Amendment.”

“When enough Americans work together in pushing Congress to act, that’s when we’ll repair our broken democracy,” said Jeff Haggin, president of Say No to Big Money. “This contest asks those entering not only to speak out, but to encourage others to take action, too. The contest is designed to cause a chain reaction. When we activate enough constituents, the power of grassroots action will prove greater even than the power of big money.”

The Democracy For All Amendment is a proposal being considered by Congress, currently with 137 cosponsors in the House and 41 supporters in the Senate, that would overturn decisions like Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that paved the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and the super wealthy.

Say No to Big Money, the official sponsor of the contest, and People For the American Way are partnering with Act.TV, Agenda Project, American Family Voices, Coalition to Restore Democracy, Coffee Party USA, Courage Campaign, Common Cause, Free Speech For People, National Priorities Project, PF Pictures, People’s Email Network, Public Citizen, and US PIRG in this effort, with the support of more than 140 other organizations.

Full contest details and rules are available at www.DemocracyForAll.com. Marge Baker and Jeff Haggin are available to speak with press. To arrange an interview, please reach out to Layne Amerikaner at media@pfaw.org.

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Rick Wiles: Gay Marriage 'Sealed' America's Destruction

After making the case that God will use Muslim “avengers” to kill tens of millions of Americans as punishment for legal abortion, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles warned on “The Jim Bakker Show” yesterday that God will soon punish the U.S. for the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality.

Wiles explained that just as the Medes destroyed Babylon, Iran will now destroy the new Babylon … America.

America’s shift into “Mystery Babylon,” Wiles said, came with the Obergefell decision: “I believe on June 26, 2015, when the Supreme Court made the ruling, I believe it was sealed, we made the transition. It’s done … I felt in my spirit such a dark, sickening feeling that something really evil has happened to America.”

Rick Wiles: God Sending Muslim 'Avengers' To Kill Millions As Abortion Rights Punishment

Yesterday, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles stopped by “The Jim Bakker Show,” where the two End Times preachers repeated their warnings that America is about to experience God’s wrath. Wiles explained that God is sending Muslim immigrants to the U.S. to kill millions of Americans as part of divine judgment for the legalization of abortion.

After he recounted how author John Price told him that “there is a direct correlation between the percentages of abortions in a society and the amount of Islamic immigration in the country,” Wiles explained that “the Muslims are being sent in to these Western nations that abort their babies — they’re being sent in as avengers.” 

“If we have murdered 50, 60, 70 million babies, does that say there has to be 50, 60, 70 million deaths in this country to atone for those deaths because America has not repented of those murders?” Wiles asked. “And I believe they are going to be used to extract vengeance, extract revenge, punishment on this country for aborting the babies.”

Bakker added, “Isn’t it crazy, what we perceive to be our enemy and the most evil force on earth, has morality not to murder their own babies.”

Back in February, Wiles told “Trunews” listeners that Muslim immigrants are “are the avengers who are being sent in to avenge for the deaths of innocent babies.”

Jim Bakker's Survival Food Will Let You 'Have Parties When The World Is Coming Apart'

On yesterday’s edition of his eponymous show, televangelist and survival-food peddler Jim Bakker advertised his $160 Creamy Potato Soup Buckets along with a $3,500 “7 Years of Food” package.

“You can have parties when the world is coming apart,” Bakker told viewers as he showed them his dessert food. “You can still have a birthday party!”

But if you don’t take advantage of this generous offer, Bakker warned, “you’re going to dream Jim Bakker on TV telling you ‘get ready’ and you’re going to say, ‘Oh my God, why didn’t I order something?’”

Last year, Bakker told his audience to buy a $3,000 case of desserts like ice cream sandwiches because nine out of ten Americans could die from an imminent nuclear EMP attack.

WorldNetDaily: God May Use Donald Trump To Usher In Second Coming Of Jesus

Back in July, we reported on “prophetic minister” Jeremiah Johnson’s latest “prophetic insight” about how God is using Donald Trump as a “trumpet to the American people” who will “expose darkness and perversion in America like never before.” Johnson even said that God told him that Trump will be much like an American version of King Cyrus, the Persian leader who liberated the Jews from captivity in Babylon.

WorldNetDaily executive news editor Joe Kovacs, fresh from his exposé on the appearance of President Obama’s demon spirit in Kenya, ran with the story today, pointing out that other self-proclaimed prophets have received similar messages from God about Trump.

Kovacks shares Johnson’s defense of his prophecy — in which he claims that he was simply reporting what God told him — and then adds that “the word ‘trump’ appears twice in the King James Version of the Bible, both in the New Testament, referring to trumpet blasts being sounded at the Second Coming of Jesus and the resurrection of the dead.”

Johnson admits he received an “incredibly high volume of accusations, suspicion, and hate” in the wake of his original column, so he proffered this impassioned response on Facebook:

I will not attempt to defend myself here, I will leave that up to the Lord Jesus now and when I stand before Him and give an account for every word I’ve spoken. The goal of this post is to strictly help those who read the article and have questions and what largely appears to be a gross misinterpretation of what was published.



Some Christians appear to be absolutely infuriated at the thought or prophetic word that God is going to use Donald Trump as a Trumpet to expose darkness and bring truth because of His moral background and political views. Perhaps God not being limited, subjected, and dependent to who human beings think He should use for His glory reveals their own issues with God, not a prophetic word.

I, like many of you, was shocked by the word I received regarding Donald Trump. Trust me when I say it was given with fear and trembling. Again, I am not called to prophesy what I think or what my opinion is. I simply deliver the word of the Lord and encourage the saints to test and judge what has been spoken.

I will publicly repent to the body of Christ if what was prophesied does not come to pass.




Brenda McCune, a pro-life activist, said she has been hearing the same message as Johnson.

“I absolutely receive every word of the prophesy in that article,” she said. “Thank you, Jeremiah for being faithful to your call and the Word of the Lord. The Lord has been speaking a similar Word to me, so I confirm that Word, it bears witness in my soul.”

Joseph Eric Benjamin Trimble, who studies at Chesapeake Bible College and Seminary, said he recently heard a sermon about God using “odd men to declare His Truth.”

“I believe it’s one reason we need to pray for our leaders because God can use them without them even knowing it,” he wrote. “Thank you for your boldness in sharing this word. I believe it is dead on and there will be more like him.”

The word “trump” appears twice in the King James Version of the Bible, both in the New Testament, referring to trumpet blasts being sounded at the Second Coming of Jesus and the resurrection of the dead.

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:52)

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

“Is it possible that there is a prophetic link to Donald Trump?” asks Mike Shoesmith during a recent broadcast on the Prophecy News Network.

“Could Donald Trump be a final warning to America to pay attention? To get rid of the liberal cancer which has infested the country? Could Donald Trump and his no-nonsense, anti-political-correctness speech be the final warning from God?”

“Many people, not just this Jeremiah [Johnson], are seeing the possibility that Donald Trump is fulfilling some sort of call from God to maybe not even win the election, but just be a trumpet warning from God to His people,” Shoesmith concluded.

Former CIA Director Stops By Insane Conspiracy Theory End Times Show

Rick Wiles’ End Times radio program “Trunews” is a daily dose of absolutely insane commentary. For example, Wiles believes that President Obama is literally a demon (and likely the Antichrist) who will “slaughter millions of American resistors in a bloody cleansing” and nuke Texas. Wiles also thinks that gay marriage will lead to a nuclear holocaust or a “fireball from space” and that the Ebola virus was a good thing because “Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion.”

So it was quite amusing to see that R. James Woolsey, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, appeared on an episode of “Trunews” last week.

While Wiles didn’t share with Woolsey his theories about demonic flies, the Illuminati’s role in the 9/11 attacks or how gay super-soldiers are taking over America, they did chat about nuclear threats, with the ex-CIA director saying that the U.S. shouldn’t even try negotiating with Iran because its regime can’t be trusted. He said any deal with Iran on its nuclear program would be “suicidal” and “sheer madness.”

End Times Pastor: God Will Punish Us For Teaching Gay Sex In Pre-K

Carl Gallups took his warnings about the gay marriage apocalypse to “The Joe Miller Show” last week, telling the Alaska Republican politician and radio host that the world is being overwhelmed by a “Sodom and Gomorrah spirit” from the U.S., just as Jesus prophesied about “the Last Days.”

“We are now seeing with America, the largest, most powerful, the most prestigious nation that the planet has ever seen, founded upon the word of God itself, the supporter of Israel until this last administration, that nation, the United States, just declared that we are the Sodom and Gomorrah of the world and we are going to export it to the world,” Gallups said. “Jesus said that that would happen.”

He added that gay rights advocates “are going to aim this at the children” through Common Core academic standards in “government schools.”

“Under Common Core,” he explained, “our smallest children in pre-school, kindergarten, etc.” will learn about “the mechanics of homosexual sex because it has now been deemed normal and natural.”

Gun Lobbyist: Gun Restrictions Are Like Banning The Bible

Last week, Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb joined Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt on his “Pray in Jesus Name” program, where he argued that banning specific types of firearms is akin to banning specific books, for instance the Bible.  

Speaking about his group’s contention that the attorney general of Massachusetts is improperly restricting the sale of some semiautomatic handguns, Gottlieb asked viewers to compare the “bureaucracy that is allowed to decide what guns you can own and you can’t own” with a scenario in which “the government was deciding what books you can read or books you couldn’t read.”

“You could have a book about Satan,” he continued, “but you couldn’t have the Bible.”

“A lot of First Amendment, Second Amendment issues are really kind of tied together,” he said, in that “you really can’t unravel the Bill of Rights or shred one part of it without shredding the whole document.”

Michele Bachmann Predicts 'World War III'; Jan Markell Foresees 'Nuclear Apocalypse'

Michele Bachmann took to “Understanding the Times with Jan Markell” this weekend to warn that President Obama has taken the world into the End Times with the Iranian nuclear agreement.

The former Minnesota congresswoman also recounted how she personally urged President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bomb Iran as “one of the greatest acts of peace” rather than pursue negotiations. The nuclear deal, Bachmann said, “ensures World War III,” adding that Obama is “doing everything in his power to put weapons of mass destruction — the most lethal known to man — in the hands of Israel’s greatest enemy, Iran.”

Markell then proceeded to read the words of Christian Zionist activist Jim Hutchens: “What has not been noted is the fact that our narcissistic, self-absorbed president has prematurely achieved his demonic obsession for a legacy. He will be known throughout eternity as the one who jump-started the process that produced the largest and most destructive nuclear holocaust of humanity, the slaughter of a third of mankind, over two and a third billion people. Read Revelations 6:13-19.”

After agreeing with Bachmann’s assessment that the Iranian deal fulfills biblical prophecy, the radio host added that the UN Security Council’s approval of the Iranian nuclear agreement represented a “huge leap” to “a nuclear apocalypse, the days of the Antichrist and the time of Jacob’s trouble.”

Marco Rubio's Fetal Personhood Argument In Disguise

In last week’s GOP presidential debate, Mike Huckabee made an explicit argument in favor of radical fetal personhood laws, claiming that Congress could pass a law granting rights to fertilized eggs and fetuses under the 14th and Fifth Amendments, thus criminalizing all abortion and possibly common forms of birth control in one fell swoop.

But one of Huckabee’s fellow candidates made a very similar comment, which has received less attention because he did not explicitly acknowledge the personhood movement. Here’s what Marco Rubio said when Fox News’ Megyn Kelly asked about his support for abortion bans that have contained exceptions for survivors of rape and incest, a deal-breaker for personhood proponents:

Kelly: You don’t favor a rape and incest exception?

Rubio: I have never said that. And I have never advocated that. What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection. In fact, I think that law already exists. It is called the Constitution of the United States.

And let me go further. I believe that every single human being is entitled to the protection of our laws, whether they can vote or not. Whether they can speak or not. Whether they can hire a lawyer or not. Whether they have a birth certificate or not. And I think future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave them a chance to live.

As Katie McDonough at Fusion pointed out, Rubio’s answer was a “roundabout” personhood argument.

By saying that the Constitution already entitles fertilized eggs and fetuses to “the protection of our laws” and that Congress merely needs to “pass a law” stating that “says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection,” Rubio seems to be arguing for a personhood bill such as that proposed by fellow GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul in the Senate. (Personhood proponents believe that there is a loophole in Roe v. Wade that allows a ban on all abortions and some common forms of birth control to be accomplished legislatively, rather than through a constitutional amendment.)

However, Rubio did not sign on as a cosponsor of Paul’s bill. And the Florida senator has supported abortion bans containing rape and incest exceptions, although he clarified after the debate he did so out of political necessity, not because he supports such exceptions.

Even anti-choice activists are unclear about what Rubio meant in his answer to Kelly. The Christian Post thinks that Rubio was taking the same position on Personhood as Huckabee. Personhood USA, the group behind state-level personhood ballot measures, was more skeptical, writing that while Rubio expressed a “noble sentiment,” he must “repent” for supporting laws containing rape and incest exceptions and “will have to clarify” his position.

What is clear is that Rubio’s answer was calculated to appeal to radical anti-choice activists without being immediately off-putting to viewers who are terrified of fetal personhood laws. Beyond that, he should be asked to clarify what his position on personhood really is.

Michele Bachmann: Obama Fulfilled End Times Prophecy With Iran Deal, So Celebrate!

In an interview with Religious Right radio host Jan Markell this weekend, former Rep. Michele Bachmann once again claimed that President Obama is ushering in the End Times, this time citing the nuclear agreement with Iran as proof of the arrival of the Last Days.

Bachmann claimed that the unanimous UN Security Council vote to approve the agreement was “the most important national security event of my lifetime” because it fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 12:3 that all the nations of the world will unite against Israel, “with the United States leading that charge.” She added that God and “heaven’s armies” will use groups like AIPAC to defeat the deal in Congress and in doing so “prove to the world His power and His strength.”

“There are consequences to doing things like this against God’s covenant land, there are horrible consequences,” Markell said. “Then you throw in some other things such as the Supreme Court decision back in late June and a lot of other things. Judgment isn’t just coming; judgment is already here.”

Bachmann told listeners that they should feel “encouraged” by the fact that they are living in the End Times, explaining that these dark times are actually the best time to be alive since that means the world will soon come to an end.

“The prophets longed to live in this day that you and I are privileged to live in,” Bachmann said.

Predicting the arrival of nuclear war, Bachmann said that Iran will position its future cache of nuclear weapons in Cuba in order to aim them at the U.S.

Pat Robertson: Gay Marriage Part Of 'Flood Of Evil' Destroying America

In an online video congratulating the Religious Right magazine Charisma on its 40th anniversary last week, televangelist Pat Robertson delivered a rather dire warning for America, claiming that “we are confronting right now a tide of evil that is like nothing that any of us have seen before.”

“We have a government that is set about bringing upon iniquity, we have courts that have distorted the Constitution and have turned our moral values on their ear,” he said. “Who would’ve thought, 30 or 40 years ago when we began, that the Supreme Court would’ve said that homosexuality is a constitutional right? Who would’ve thought that the Supreme Court would’ve said marriage between homosexuals was a constitutional right? Who would’ve thought that the slaughter of babies, over 55 million of them, would’ve been declared a constitutional right by the Supreme Court?”

Robertson urged conservatives to raise their voices against the “tiny group of left-wing judges [who] have distorted our culture,” saying that publications like Charisma give him hope that America will not become “overwhelmed by the flood of evil.”

Pat Robertson: Gay And Gay-Accepting Christians Going To Hell

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson railed against a church with a gay pastor, saying that gay Christians and Christians who support gay rights are defying the Bible.

“To have a church saying [homosexuality] is not a sin, it’s okay, they’re leading people down the road to perdition,” he told a viewer who had recently attended an inclusive church. “If I were you, I would stay far away from them.”

Robertson told viewers in an earlier edition of the show that gay Christians are a threat to the faith.

Michael Savage: Megyn Kelly Looked Like A Pig While Questioning Donald Trump

Following last week’s GOP presidential debate on Fox News, conservative talk show hosts including Rush Limbaugh and Mike Levin have been accusing the conservative news channel of trying to undercut Donald Trump’s presidential bid on behalf of the GOP establishment.

Michael Savage, a right-wing radio host who once wished that Trump would rule America as a dictator, also lashed out at debate moderator Megyn Kelly last week, deriding her as “Mayhem Kelly” and “Martha Washington.” He said that Kelly and the Fox News crew have “gone over to the dark side” and are now “working for Hillary Clinton.”

“The more she sells out, the wider her nostrils have become,” Savage said. “Have you seen them flair? This woman was once pretty and the more she has sold out the wider her nostrils have become. They’re almost porcine. She snorts her insults at America.”

Savage then went on to compare Kelly to Beavis from “Beavis and Butt-head,” saying her nose “was reminiscent of Beavis’ nose.”

“She really stepped in it,” Savage added, “she used the same damned Dem tactic, she attacked ‘the war on women,’ poor little women, poor little defenseless women.”

Huckabee Goes All In On 'Equal Protection' And 'Due Process' For Zygotes

In a field of GOP presidential candidates who spent a good part of their first presidential debate trying to out-extreme each other on the issue of abortion restrictions, Mike Huckabee is trying to stand out by going all in on the idea of fetal personhood, which would criminalize abortion under all circumstances and could even ban common forms of birth control. 

As we noted last week, Huckabee seems to have gotten behind the idea that fertilized eggs and fetuses can be granted equal protection and due process rights under the 14th and Fifth Amendments through simple legislation, rather than a constitutional amendment, a legal theory that is disputed by even some major anti-choice groups.

Although Huckabee remains vague on how he would go about granting constitutional rights to zygotes, he seems to have decided that talking about fetal personhood — an idea so unpopular that it has been repeatedly rejected by voters, even in the deep-red states of Mississippi and North Dakota — is his ticket to the GOP nomination.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Huckabee said that the personhood issue is what “separates” him from the other GOP candidates (despite the fact that Rand Paul sponsored a personhood bill in the Senate). He also explicitly rejects the anti-choice movement’s strategy of chipping away at abortion access, saying that although he does want to "eradicate Planned Parenthood," the GOP also needs “to ratchet up this discussion.”

I think it’s time for us to realize that this is not just about us creating a few little restrictions here and there, stopping funding for various organizations. That’s all good, and I’ve been a part of those efforts, signed every piece of legislation imaginable as a governor when I was in Arkansas, helped pass a human life amendment in Arkansas to our state constitution before I even got involved in politics. But I think now that we really need to focus on that this is about personhood, this is about, is that baby a human being? Because if it is, then, David, we have a constitutional responsibility under the Fifth Amendment for due process, we have a responsibility under the 14th Amendment for equal protection, to provide a protection and due process for that person.

So I think we need to ratchet up this discussion and make it not so much about whether we’re going to fund a particular Planned Parenthood organization — which certainly doesn’t need to be funded, they’re butchers, they should have not tax dollars whatsoever. But even if we eradicate Planned Parenthood, you still have 4,000 babies a day that are dying, so why don’t we take the issue where it really belongs, and that’s personhood.

And the one thing that I think separates me from the other candidates, all of whom are pro-life, or they say they are, is that I think it’s time to invoke the Fifth and 14th Amendment and make this an issue of personhood and start protecting innocent life, that’s how we should be approaching this.

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/7/15

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