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Ted Cruz Raises Money For Radical Gun Group To Fight Obama's 'Left-Wing Hatred Of Your Liberty'

Ted Cruz sent a fundraising email on behalf of the radical gun group Gun Owners of America yesterday, boasting that he was “honored to work with GOA” to stop gun legislation after the Sandy Hook massacre and declaring that President Obama’s gun control efforts “have nothing to do with keeping Americans safe, and everything to do with his left-wing hatred of your liberty and your rights under the Constitution.”

Cruz has a close relationship with GOA, boasting of their endorsement at a presidential debate in September, joining a conference call with its members in which he credited the group for his election to the Senate, and appointing the group’s chairman, Tim Macy, to lead the “Second Amendment Coalition” he launched just days after 14 people were shot and killed in San Bernardino, California.

When GOA mobilized to help defeat background check legislation in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, the New York Times identified Cruz as the gun group’s “key ally in the Senate.”

GOA is, in the words of the Southern Poverty Law Center, “a more radical alternative to the National Rifle Association,” which through an absolutist stance against any and all gun regulation has helped to push both the NRA and the gun debate to the right and away from any possible compromise.

But what’s most troubling about GOA is the radicalism of its executive director, Larry Pratt, who has ties to white supremacists and the militia movement and whose insurrectionist view of the Second Amendment is bolstered by a steady stream of conspiracy theories, many of them directed at President Obama. Just this weekend, for instance, Pratt speculated that although the president has tried to remove “pro-American” officers from the military, he has not gotten all of them, so if he were to try to commandeer the military as his own private defense force he would likely meet with a violent insurrection.

Pratt’s and GOA’s extremism is evidently no problem for Cruz, however, who signed on to an email raising funds for the group that sounds exactly like any of Pratt’s rants, declaring that President Obama “hates the 2nd Amendment for the same reason he hates most of what is in the Bill of Rights – it limits the power of government and protects the liberty of individuals” and that the president is “angry at the American people for rising up against him in defense of our liberty.” He urges GOA members to sign a petition calling for the defunding of a potential Obama proposal to expand background checks at gun shows and, of course, to give generously to GOA so that the group can continue “exposing the truth behind the anti-gun politicians’ real agenda of mass confiscation.”

Here are some excerpts:

Dear Fellow Patriot,

This is not a fundraising letter for my campaign.

You see, I am writing you today about something more important than any one man or one election: your 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

My father fled an oppressive regime in Cuba where the people were not citizens, they were mere tools of the state.

That is why, during my time as Texas’ Solicitor General and in the U.S. Senate, I have taken all threats to the 2nd Amendment very seriously. The ability of people to arm themselves has been critical to securing liberty from monarchs and tyrants throughout history. And the 2nd Amendment upholds your fundamental right to protect yourself and your family from harm.

But President Obama disagrees. He hates the 2nd Amendment for the same reason he hates most of what is in the Bill of Rights – it limits the power of government and protects the liberty of individuals.

*** And so, just as he did in 2013, the president is trying to exploit a tragic shooting by unhinged lunatics as a reason to weaken the 2nd Amendment and punish law-abiding citizens. ***

However, he is not bothering to try and pass a law in Congress – he is scheming to do an “end run” around Congress and use Executive Orders to impose more intrusive background checks, restrictions on private sellers, and other illegal anti-gun regulations that will weaken your rights while not doing anything to keep Americans safe.

Congress has a chance to stop him, but we must act quickly and we must hear directly from millions of citizens like you.

Specifically, I am urging pro-2nd Amendment colleagues in the House and Senate to use the appropriations process – the “power of the purse” granted Congress by the Constitution – to defund President Obama’s Executive Gun Grab.

If the Obama ATF has no money to enforce his lawless anti-gun regulations, the president will be powerless to enact his grand schemes to shred the Constitution by executive decree.

Only with a huge grassroots outpouring from the American people can we stop the president’s desperate push for new gun controls . Why am I so confident this can work?

Because I already saw it work back in 2013. Do you remember how, in the wake of the sickening massacre at Sandy Hook, the president chose to use that tragedy as an excuse to further his long-standing hostility to the 2nd Amendment?

Back then, I was honored to work with GOA and lead a massive outpouring of grassroots opposition that shut down the Obama Gun Grab (shocking the media and the D.C. elites), but obviously, the fight is not over.

And, it is clear to me (and I know it is to you) that President Obama’s new plans to impose gun control by Executive Order have nothing to do with keeping Americans safe, and everything to do with his left-wing hatred of your liberty and your rights under the Constitution.

Gun Owners of America – an organization dedicated to no-compromise grassroots lobbying in support of the 2nd Amendment – has developed a massive plan to stop the Obama gun grab dead in its tracks . But there’s not much time to put it into action!

The good news is, we can stop them. But this fight will not be easy – or cheap.

That’s why, in addition to your signed PETITION, I hope you’ll agree to make a generous contribution to help stop the Obama Executive Gun Grab.

Your generous contribution will help pay for GOA’s massive mail, phone, and digital program designed to mobilize upwards of four million Americans to lobby their elected officials. That way, you and I can ensure all my colleagues in the House and Senate really begin to feel the heat.

Your contribution will also help GOA launch a full-scale public relations and advertising campaign nationwide, exposing the truth behind the anti-gun politicians’ real agenda of mass confiscation.

Gun Owners of America has already prepared hard-hitting ads calling on Congressmen and Senators by name to oppose President Obama’s radical, anti-liberty, anti-Constitution agenda.

But GOA needs an urgent – and substantial – influx of dollars from individual citizens to put this nationwide plan into action.

If GOA has the resources to put the full plan into action, we can send a strong message to everyone in Washington that the American people are not going to sit idly by and watch a failed, lame-duck president destroy the 2nd Amendment with his last gasp of power.

If we can send that message loud and clear, I can tell you the last thing any of my fellow senators will want to do in an election year is anger you and the millions of other Americans who take your 2nd Amendment rights seriously .

That’s why I urge you to act TODAY!

We’re staring head-on at one of the most desperate gun-control pushes we’ve ever seen, all brought to us by a president who is angry at the American people for rising up against him in defense of our liberty. President Obama is counting on you to be too distracted by other issues to do anything about his plans to shred the 2nd Amendment with the stroke of a pen in the Oval Office.

 

GOP Rep On Obama: 'Where In The Heck Did This Guy Come From And Who Raised Him?'

On Wednesday, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., joined Houston talk radio host Sam Malone to discuss President Obama’s response to the San Bernardino shooting and the threat from ISIS.

After Malone asked the congressman why President Obama is showing “no leadership” and “can’t say ‘Islamic,’ ‘Muslim,’ whatever,” Kelly said that “most clear-thinking people” now “realize the old saying, if it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. We’ve had seven years of this waddling and quacking going on and we’re finally starting to identify who this person is.”

Kelly said that Obama has checked out of his job as president and “never believed that this was a truly exceptional country.” “Where in the heck did this guy come from and who raised him?” he continued. “That answers everything for you, if you look into the background you say, ‘Now I get it, now I get it.’”

Kelly went on to say that the president only cares about a few issues, terrorism not being one of them:

It’s gun control, it’s climate control and it’s totally no direction on terrorism that’s out of control. It’s, ‘No, no, no, that’s not really a problem and, for God’s sake, whatever you do, watch how you speak, you don’t want to say anything mean about these people.’ Meanwhile, we’re watching as a country, and we listened Sunday night and I think very clearly, if you were still wondering for some unknown reason where this guy’s coming from, you know today he’s not coming from an area that we would have confidence in. He is not coming as our commander-in-chief. He is not coming as the leader of the free world. He is coming on board as a guy who would rather lecture and preach than actually get on the field and get it done, he’s just not going to do it.

Kelly argued that Obama’s remarks “embolden our enemies” and predicted that terrorists would soon gun down a children’s ballet while Obama dithers. “Wake up on and smell the gun smoke, wake up and smell the sulfur,” he said, accusing Obama of “turning his back on the people that he took a vow and an oath.”

Religious Right Leader James Dobson To Endorse Ted Cruz

In an interview yesterday with the Washington Post, James Dobson, the influential founder of Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, revealed that he is likely to endorse Ted Cruz’s presidential bid, noting that the Religious Right is “coalescing around Senator Cruz” thanks to his “strong record on religious liberty, life and marriage.”

Cruz has ramped up his support from the party’s far-right in recent weeks, touting endorsements from an activist who wants abortion doctors executed and others who have linked homosexuality to Ebolatrain crashes and the Holocaust.

While Dobson’s support is unsurprising, it further demonstrates how Cruz is courting — and winning — the support of the leaders of the GOP’s extremist wing.

Dobson has:

  • Alleged that Obamacare will deprive the elderly of life-saving treatments.
  • Insisted that bisexuality means “orgies.”

With a record like that, it is no wonder that he is supporting Ted Cruz.

John Guandolo: Obama Committing 'Treason' By Working With US Muslim Groups With The 'Same Ideology As ISIS'

John Guandolo, an anti-Muslim activist who appeared alongside a number of Republican presidential candidates at an event organized by Frank Gaffney in July, insisted this week that President Obama’s intention to work with U.S. Muslim communities to combat extremism is useless because all U.S. Muslim groups “share the same ideology as ISIS” and that Obama may even be committing “treason” by working with these groups. Guandolo added that the two Muslim members of Congress, Democrats Andre Carson of Indiana and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, speak “the same mantra” as Al Qaeda.

Guandolo told North Carolina talk radio host Vince Coakley on Monday that all Muslim groups share the same ideology, so, “If that’s the ideology and we’re going to rely on the Muslim community in America to help us — because he said we can’t do it without the Muslim community and we can’t do it without our quote-unquote Muslim allies — except the organizations that the U.S. government exclusively rely on to provide advice and counsel on these issues, the Muslim organizations, are all Muslim Brotherhood organizations that share the same ideology as ISIS.”

Guandolo told Coakley that Obama was not ignorant of this. “I think he knows and that the people in charge know and either this is the dumbest, most incompetent group of people ever to be assembled or there’s an intentionality here about it and they know,” he said. “And that means there’s treason going on, and I think we need to start looking legally at what the implications of this are because, as you know, I believe it is treason. I believe this is absolute treason.”

In another interview with Coakley yesterday, Guandolo insisted that the existence of Muslim reform movements proves that all Muslim ideology is the same because “why would you call for a reform if there’s nothing wrong with it?”

“Neither Andre Carson nor Keith Ellison, the two Muslim members of Congress, have ever come out and said, ‘Yes, Sharia is incompatible with U.S. Law, with the Constitution, with federal code,’” Guandolo said, picking up on the argument of Rep. Steve King. “To the contrary, they have said that Sharia is fine, there’s nothing incompatible with it, which is an absolute lie.”

“When you hear things like there are thousands of interpretations of Islamic law,” he said, “that is simply untrue. And whether the person knows it’s untrue, which, in most cases I believe that they do, or if they’re just ignorant, it doesn’t matter. That’s untrue. The bottom line is 100 percent of Sharia law mandates jihad until the world is under Sharia law, period. There’s no version of Islam that doesn’t require that, and Andre Carson and Keith Ellison know it.”

“Neither one of these guys is denouncing Sharia,” he added, “they both have aligned themselves with easily identifiable Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas organizations, and the mantra that they speak is the same mantra, quite frankly, that the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda speak, and they just do it in a little softer tone so it’s not so obvious. But it’s pretty obvious to anybody who’s paying attention to how these people communicate.”

Pat Buchanan Hails Donald Trump For Muslim Immigration Ban, Mass Deportation

Back in 1999, Donald Trump nearly ran for the nomination of the Reform Party, warning that his chief rival at the time and eventual winner of the nomination, Pat Buchanan, was far too conservative and divisive. Of course, now Trump seems to be running to Buchanan’s right, and his former opponent is commending the GOP presidential frontrunner for proposing a sweeping ban on Muslim immigration.

In his syndicated column today, Buchanan claims that Muslims reject America’s “‘Hollywood values’ regarding abortion, adultery and homosexuality” and Americans don’t want to follow the path of European countries that “regret having thrown open their doors to immigrants and refugees from the Islamic world.”

Trump, Buchanan writes, has captured the sentiment of the people who “want people here illegally to be sent back, the borders secured and a moratorium imposed on Muslim immigration until we fix the broken system.”

Calling for a moratorium on Muslim immigration “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” Donald Trump this week ignited a firestorm of historic proportions.

As all the old hate words – xenophobe, racist, bigot – have lost their electric charge from overuse, Trump was being called a fascist demagogue and compared to Hitler and Mussolini.

The establishment seemed to have become unhinged.



With ethnic and sectarian wars raging in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Libya, Nigeria and Somalia, why would we bring into our own country people from all sides of these murderous conflicts? Many European nations – Germans, French, Swedes, Brits – appear to regret having thrown open their doors to immigrants and refugees from the Islamic world, who have now formed unassimilated clusters and enclaves inside their countries.

Ought we not explore why, before we continue down this road?

In some countries of the Muslim world, Americans who embrace “Hollywood values” regarding abortion, adultery and homosexuality can get their heads chopped off as quickly as converts to Christianity.

In what Muslim countries does Earl Warren’s interpretation of the First Amendment – about any and all religious presence being banned in public schools and all religions being treated equally – apply?



Trump’s success tells us that the American people really do not celebrate “globalization.” They think our negotiators got snookered out of the most magnificent industrial machine ever built, which once guaranteed our workers the highest standard of living on earth.

They don’t want open borders or mass immigration. They want people here illegally to be sent back, the borders secured and a moratorium imposed on Muslim immigration until we fix the broken system.

Bradlee Dean Wonders If Barack And Michelle Obama Faked Their Wedding

In another classic just asking the question column for WorldNetDaily, conservative activist and radio host Bradlee Dean lays out a series of questions about President Obama, claiming that we don’t know enough about the president’s birthplace or that of his daughters.

He even demands that Obama release information about his past girlfriends and classmates, along with his graduation and wedding ceremonies (if they even took place).

“No one person has ever come forward from his past,” Dean insists.

We are all aware of the lack of incontestable birth records for Obama; that document managing has been spectacularly successful.

There are, however, several additional oddities in Obama's history that appear to be as well managed as his own birth issue. For example, due to a lack of transparency there are questions about the birth records of his own daughters.

It's also interesting that no one who ever dated him has shown up. The charisma that caused women to be drawn to him so strongly during his campaign certainly would, in the normal course of events, lead some lady to come forward, if only to garner some attention for herself.



Who was the best man at his wedding? Start there. Then check groomsmen.

Then get the footage of the graduation ceremony. Has anyone talked to the professors? It is odd that no one is bragging that they knew him or taught him or lived with him.

When did he meet Michelle, and how? Are there photos there? Every president gives to the public all their photos, etc. for their libraries. What has he released?

Ever wonder why no one ever came forward from President Obama's past saying they knew him, attended school with him, was his friend, etc.?

Not one person has ever come forward from his past. It certainly is very, very strange.

This should be a cause for great concern. To those who voted for him, you may have elected an unqualified, inexperienced shadow man.

Obama has never successfully run a candy store, yet Americans stand down and allows him to destroy their country.

GOP Rep: Obama More Concerned With Calling America 'Racist' Than Stopping Terrorists

Days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush visited a Washington, D.C., mosque to declare that “the face of terror is not the true faith of Islam” and to urge Americans to treat their Muslim neighbors “with respect,” citing stories of American Muslims who were afraid to leave their homes after the attacks.

So, naturally, conservatives have been attacking President Obama for making very similar remarks at the end of an address about the recent the terrorist shooting in San Bernardino.

Joining the fray on Tuesday was Virginia Republican Rep. Robert Hurt, who told Virginia talk radio host John Fredericks that the Obama administration is so obsessed with “the premise that America is racist” that it wants Americans to “not be concerned about all these threats and not be concerned about the fact that 14 people” were killed in San Bernardino.

“I think that this administration begins with the premise that America is racist and America needs to get a grip and get a hold of itself and not be racist and not be concerned about all these threats and not be concerned about the fact that 14 people, innocent people, were murdered at a Christmas party by Islamic terrorists,” Hurt said. “That is their concern, and that is so far away from the real concerns of the American people, who are not racist in general and don’t need to be lectured about how to treat other human beings.”

“Obviously we should have respect for all human beings regardless of their religious faith,” he said. “Obviously. It’s the premise of our country. And we don’t need to have finger-wagging by this administration at a time when they should be sitting in the Oval Office developing strategy, delivering resources to law enforcement, to intelligence agencies to make sure that this never happens again.”

The congressman added that “a lot of it has to do” with “this apologist embarrassment about America and about what this country stands for.”

Dave Daubenmire: Government Will Stage Attacks From Far-Right Groups To Justify Gun Confiscation

Conservative activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire thinks “something stinks” about the recent string of mass shootings, predicting in a column in NewsWithViews.com yesterday that “somewhere, somehow, somebody is directing this entire effort in an attempt to take away our guns.”

Daubenmire speculated that the San Bernardino shooting was a botched attempt to kick off a wave of violence in which terrorist attacks from radical Islamists would be met with attacks on mosques by government agents posing as right-wing extremists, all as part of a duplicitous effort to pave the way for the confiscation of firearms.

While Daubenmire doesn’t know who is responsible — the Bilderbergers, the New World Order, or someone else — he does know that someone or something is orchestrating all of this mayhem.

I believe that terrorism is alive and well in America, but I don’t always believe the “facts” that we are told about the events. I believe that there really is a conspiracy involving those in “high” places. If you are deceived enough to actually believe the narrative coming out of the government and their partners in the media, I really don’t know what to say to you.

We are clearly being conditioned. Although it’s difficult to figure out who the players might be, there is surely no doubt that somebody is trying to set us up. Each time one of these “mass-shootings” occurs there always seems to be a few holes in the “official” story.

I’m not going to take the time to replay every one of the scenarios. Looking for “conspiracies” has become almost a cottage industry on the internet. But one thing that all of these events have in common is a cry for “gun control” and the disarming of law-abiding citizens as the solution to the problem.

Something stinks. Somewhere, somehow, somebody is directing this entire effort in an attempt to take away our guns. We can argue all day long about just who those forces might be, but there can be no doubt that someone powerful is diligently working to advance that agenda.



Imagine this: Another “random” shooting occurs unexpectedly somewhere in the heartland and as expected every available emergency unit responds to the scene. In the recent attack over 350 first responders answered the call. They are sitting ducks for carefully placed bombs remotely exploded when the emergency help races into the building.

Along with the explosion of additional bombs will be a small army of fellow “terrorists” who will descend on the scene with their weapons blazing. This would immediately decimate the first responders and with it a city’s ability to defend the citizenry. Dead cops can’t defend anybody.

What if this “attack” occurred simultaneously in 20 different cities in America?

Although I am not sure of the order of events the second event will be a staged “attack” of a mosque by “right-wing” Christians. Nothing would fit the narrative they have written any better than the poor, peace loving Muslims being attacked by a group of “fundamental” Christians who have not stopped clinging to their God and their guns.

Can you imagine the howls from the left? It would be a two-fer for them; another reason to confiscate all guns while at the same time further demonizing public enemy number one—the Christians. Our government has been warning us for years about the “hateful” pro-lifers lurking outside Planned Parenthood and the radical agenda that these hateful Bible-believers promote.



Some call it the NWO. Some say that “secret societies,” The Illuminati, Bilderbergers, United Nations, or others are behind it all. I am not here to point out who “the man behind the curtain” might be but to hopefully open your eyes to see that there IS a curtain and some shadowy figure is standing behind it. Un-American “President” Obama is merely a front-man.

The 2015 Equine Posterior Award: Vote For Your Favorite Right-Wing Extremist

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It will be quite a contest this year for who takes home People For the American Way’s annual Equine Posterior Achievement Award, which “honors” the individuals leading the Radical Right’s extreme and intolerant agenda.

As the presidential campaign continues to bring out the worst in conservative politics, with the help of right-wing politicians and pundits, there are many possibilities to choose from.

Cast your vote here>>

The 2015 Nominees:

Donald Trump: Who would’ve guessed that Donald Trump, who pushed discredited birther smears of President Obama during the 2012 election, would run such a vile and repugnant presidential campaign?

Whatever he’s doing, it’s working, as GOP voters have rallied behind the candidate who wants to ban all Muslims from entering the country, hopes to round up and deport over 11 million undocumented immigrants, demonizes Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers, levels sexist insults, makes up brazenly false claims about 9/11, tweets fake crime “statistics” based on a neo-Nazi graphic and pokes fun of POWs and people with disabilities.

Trump’s toxic politics of resentment and paranoia, however, hasn’t elicited strong rebukes from Republican leaders, who have seldom criticized the business mogul and have almost unanimously said that they would support him in a general election if he wins the GOP nomination.

Ted Cruz: The winner of the 2013 and 2014 “awards,” Ted Cruz, has maintained his image as a favorite of the Tea Party and the Religious Right movements, even though his only accomplishment in Congress seems to have been putting up pointless political battles, including one which led to a wasteful government shutdown, and becoming the most despised member of the Senate.

He has refused to condemn Donald Trump’s bigoted tirades and policies, while at the same time launching into his own rants about what he sees as the real source of intolerance in America: a nonexistent gay “jihad” on Christians.

Cruz is so intent on appealing to the extreme anti-gay Right that he has even courted the support of a pastor who wants the government to put gay people to death. The Texas senator has also vowed to criminalize abortion and maybe even certain forms of birth control, touting the support of an anti-abortion radical who has said that a just government would execute abortion providers.

Ben Carson: Ben Carson may think that “the power of God” is behind his campaign, but his poll numbers have been falling after he made a litany of false statements, flubbed basic questions about foreignaffairs and economics and ran a campaign based on absurd conspiracy theories, including his frequent claim that modern America is just like Nazi Germany. Carson does, however, have a few new policy ideas: the restoration of McCarthyism and the monitoring of liberal speech on college campuses.

But maybe the retired neurosurgeon will be vindicated if President Obama decides to cancel the 2016 election, a scenario he once warned of.

Mike Huckabee: While former Arkansas governor and Fox News pundit Mike Huckabee may be failing to break out in the polls, he has been effective in bringing farcical ideas once considered to be firmly on the fringe into the political mainstream. For example, Huckabee has touted a radical plan to issue an executive decree outlawing abortion and claimed that as president he would defy the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality ruling, which he warned will destroy America.

Huckabee is always on hand to cheerlead for the Religious Right celebrity of the moment, defending Josh Duggar after he faced scrutiny over a sex scandal and championing Kim Davis, the rogue Kentucky clerk who repeatedly flouted court orders to comply with the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, even self-righteously volunteering to go to jail in her place. He also told pastors that the gay community seeks to destroy all of the churches in the U.S.

Greg Abbott: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has continued his predecessor Rick Perry’s legacy of turning the governor’s office into a source of national ridicule. He gained notoriety for describing discrimination as a Texas value, unsuccessfully attempting to prevent refugees from entering the state and embracing far-right fears that the Jade Helm 15 military exercises would lead to a federal takeover of Texas and imposition of martial law.

He ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor and regularly update him on the Jade Helm 15 trainings, after conservative politicians and media pundits whipped up suspicions that the Obama administration would use the drills to arrest Christians, conservatives and patriotic Americans. When Jade Helm 15 ended in September without any of these dire predictions materializing, Abbott’s office offered little information about what he discovered in his briefings on the matter.

Sarah Palin: After kicking off the year with an incomprehensible and winding speech to a conservative activist group and later losing her Fox News job, Sarah Palin is trying to return to the spotlight by angling for a spot in a future President Trump administration and promoting her new book, “Sweet Freedom.” Palin has used the book tour to promote her characteristically puzzling and vague policy ideas, such as her recent suggestion that we defeat ISIS by … defeating ISIS.

Mat Staver: When Kentucky clerk Kim Davis needed legal representation after she decided to defy the Supreme Court and block her county office from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she turned to one of country’s most virulently anti-gay lawyers, Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver. Staver brought his penchant for dramatic remarks about the supposed persecution of Christians in America to Davis’ case, repeatedly comparing the rogue county clerk to a Jewish person during the Holocaust. He even tried to help Davis by making demonstrably false claims about a massive prayer rally in Peru, support from Pope Francis and death threats from the hosts of “The View.”

While his ludicrous legal arguments were ultimately unsuccessful and Davis eventually stopped preventing her deputy clerks from issuing marriage licenses, Staver used the case to capture the limelight for himself and raise money for his legal group, all the while insisting that Davis’ brief incarceration proved his point that American Christians are in fact under siege.

Ann Coulter: Conservative firebrand and author Ann Coulter has become an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, even crediting her new book , “Adios America,” for inspiring the Republican frontrunner’s harsh anti-immigrant ideas. At a rally with the GOP frontrunner, Coulter said that Trump’s campaign is proof that “God hasn’t given up on America yet,” hailed his plan to ban Muslim immigration as her “best birthday gift ever” and fantasized about serving as Trump’s secretary of homeland security.

Coulter has still found the time to talk about issues outside of immigration reform, such as her belief that women should be stripped of the right to vote:

Jim Bakker: Televangelist andsurvivalistfood salesman Jim Bakker has presented many doomsday prophecies to his viewers, specifically claiming that in the month of September, America would experience an enormous financial collapse, natural disasters and terrorist attacks, including one involving Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.

While his September prophecies didn’t pan out, Bakker still has other dire visions, including his suggestion that ISIS has infiltrated every single church in the U.S., America is on the verge of descending into cannibalism and that he and others may go to jail due to the Jade Helm 15 military exercises and for criticizing political leaders.

Kevin Swanson: Colorado-based pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson had his breakout moment this year when Cruz and Huckabee appeared at his National Religious Liberties Conference, where Swanson repeated his claim that the government must execute gay people who fail to repent, declared that Harry Potter will lead to divine destruction of America, and advised that the best way to respond to a gay family member’s wedding is to show up covered in cow manure.

The event capped off quite a year for Swanson, who on his radio show criticized the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks as devil-worshippers, labeled HIV/AIDS as a sign of “God’s kindness” and “retribution” for gay people’s “sexual habit,” railed against “the homosexual Borg” and Taylor Swift’s “demon songs,” and warned that the U.S. Women’s World Cup team and the Girl Scouts would turn girls into lesbians.

Sandy Rios Doesn't Care If Trump's Plan Is 'Deeply Bigoted' And Totally Unworkable

On her radio program today , American Family Association official Sandy Rios doubled down on her support for Donald Trump’s recommended ban on all Muslim immigrants.

She took issue with Fox News pundit Charles Krauthammer’s criticism of Trump’s plan, lamenting that he was trying to make Trump supporters look like delusional bigots.

“If that’s deeply bigoted, I guess I sign up because I think that’s a great idea myself,” Rios said of the GOP presidential frontrunner’s proposal. “I’m not sure how we’ll do it but I think it’s common sense. That’s my position on it and I’m not ashamed to say that.”

Gun Activists: Obama Raising Private Army Of Undocumented Immigrants, Refugees, Federal Employees & 'Soviet Troops'

Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, perhaps more than any other activist on the Right provides a direct bridge between the Republican establishment and the chain-email conspiracy theories festering on the right-wing internet.

This was perfectly illustrated this weekend when, just one day after Sen. Ted Cruz announced that GOA’s chairman and Pratt’s boss Tim Macy would head up his presidential campaign’s “Second Amendment Coalition,” Pratt took to his “Gun Owners News Hour” radio program to discuss how President Obama is secretly building up a private army that can only be defeated if patriotic members of the military turn against him.

Pratt’s guest on Saturday’s program was Lawrence C. Mackin, the author of a new novel called “The Police Revolt of 2016,” which imagines a ragtag group of police officers and military personnel who must organize a revolution when “a group of radical Islamists allied with Obama's private internal army composed of units from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, are planning to establish an Islamic dictatorship within the United States,” a premise that Pratt said was “not too fictional.”

Mackin came prepared with a great number of conspiracy theories that he had found on the internet, telling Pratt that Obama signed a deal with Russia “to bring Soviet troops into this country in the event that we needed extra security, such as a Super Bowl event, for example” as part of his “plan to build up his private internal army within the United States.”

Also manning Obama’s private army, Mackin said, would be undocumented immigrants and “all the illegal aliens from the Middle East that he’s bringing into this country right now,” who are “all men.”

Mackin also informed Pratt that former DHS secretary Janet Napolitano “stated that she wanted to buy an AR-15 rifle — that’s a personal defense weapon — for every federal employee” so that they could also join “Obama’s private army.”

His book, he told Pratt, is not that “far-fetched” because all of these things are already happening in the Obama administration.

Pratt agreed that the premise was entirely realistic because “as much as the president has tried to cull the military of senior officers who are known to be pro-American … he certainly hasn’t gotten them all, so if it ever did come down the rubber meeting the road, the president really couldn’t be sure that he would be giving an order that would be followed.”

If the president’s plan to build a private army continues, Pratt said, “at some point the guys and gals would say, that’s it, he’s gone too far, today’s the day, let’s go, let’s roll.”

I think we’re at that point right now,” Mackin said, “but again, we’re just looking for a leader.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Pratt brought up the debunked rumor that the nuclear deal with Iran included a mutual defense agreement that would require the U.S. to attack Israel if Israel attacked Iran, which Mackin said was just more proof that Obama is a “radical Muslim.”

Ted Cruz Nabs Another Anti-LGBT Endorsement

Ted Cruz won a major victory in his effort to consolidate support from the Religious Right today when he was endorsed by Bob Vander Plaats, who leads the Iowa-based conservative group, The Family Leader.

Vander Plaats, a two-time gubernatorial candidate who in the two previous election cycles backed Iowa caucus winners Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, respectively, offers one of the most highly sought after endorsements in the state: Donald Trump reportedly joked that he would turn his plane around to join The Family Leader’s presidential forum if Vander Plaats would guarantee him his backing.

Vander Plaats is one of several right-wing figures to coalesce behind Cruz, who has attracted the support of ultraconservative activists like Troy Newman, who wishes the government would execute abortion providers; Ron Baity, a pastor who links gay rights to Ebola; Flip Benham, a convicted abortion doctor stalker who holds protests at gay couples’ weddings; Sandy Rios, a virulently anti-LGBT radio host and hate group official; Dick Black, a Virginia lawmaker with noxious views on marital rape and “baby pesticide”; and Cynthia Dunbar, who thinks gay rights advocacy is “the same type of thing that was done in pre-Holocaust Germany.”

While Vander Plaats and Trump would have made a strong team, as they are both birthers who admire Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Iowa activist said that Trump disqualified himself when he failed to show up at last month’s family forum. Instead, Vander Plaats hailed Cruz as “the most consistent and principled conservative who has the ability to not only win Iowa but I believe to win the nomination.”

The importance of Vander Plaats’ endorsement reveals how the GOP has moved ever so steadily to the right, as Vander Plaats is one of the party’s most extreme figures. Vander Plaats, as we’ve reported, may be sought after by GOP candidates but he should not at all be considered part of the political mainstream:

5) Slavery Rhetoric

Warning Republicans not to “abandon their base” by softening their opposition to gay rights, Vander Plaats insists that fighting same-sex marriage is not a losing issue for the GOP. He believes that Republicans should stand up and be proud of their refusal to support marriage equality, just as the party fought to curb slavery during its founding era.

“We actually stand for what God has designed because, just like with slavery, the truth is on our side,” Vander Plaats said last year in an interview with right-wing talk show host Steve Deace. “We can win this battle.”

He told another outlet that Republicans shouldn’t even take the position that the states should decide their own marriage laws since same-sex marriage, like slavery, is unequivocally immoral: “You don’t leave slavery up to the states, nor should you. It’s either right or it’s wrong.” In a speech in 2012, Vander Plaats said that a court ruling in favor of marriage equality should be viewed as judicial overreach on the level of Dred Scott.

During the last presidential primary season, Vander Plaats tried to get Republican candidates to sign a pledge that, among other questionable provisions, suggested that African-American families were more stable under slavery than they are today.

4) Conspiracy Theories

In Vander Plaats’ world, the right to speak freely about “faithful heterosexual monogamy” is under attack, “Sharia Islam” is a menace in American politics and President Obama’s birth certificate is missing. (Vander Plaats has praised Donald Trump’s quixotic birther crusade as “bold.”)

Perhaps no issue has Vander Plaats more concerned than gay marriage, which he has called a grave threat to liberty and a Satanic plot. One video his group produced showed images of terrorist attacks and shootings alongside stories about same-sex couples’ weddings and gay members of the Boy Scouts to make a point about the “darkness” sweeping America

3) Gay Marriage Predictions

In his campaigns against marriage equality, Vander Plaats has done whatever it takes to scare voters about the dire consequences of gay rights. He warned that the legalization of same-sex marriage would lead to “tyranny” and sanction “a parent marrying their child.”

He defended his group’s comparison of homosexuality to second-hand smoke by explaining that both represent “a public health risk,” adding: “If we’re teaching the kids, ‘don’t smoke, because that’s a risky health style,’ the same can be true of the homosexual lifestyle.”

Vander Plaats also took the time to criticize an Iowa anti-bullying conference that focused on the targeting of LGBT youth, saying that the state should instead be promoting abstinence-only summits.

2) Crush on Putin

Vander Plaats may still be weighing which Republican candidate to endorse this year, but he has already thrown his support behind one foreign leader: Russian President Vladimir Putin. When Putin signed a law that effectively bans speech in support of gay rights, Vander Plaats praised the Russian president for saying “you know what, don’t bring this homosexual propaganda into my country.”

He said that Putin now encapsulates the traditionally American values of “military might, decisive action, core values, morality, beliefs.”

“He’s taken what used to be our strengths, which has now defaulted into our weaknesses because of Barack Obama, no leadership, and he’s making them his strengths and he’s emerging now on the world stage as a newly discovered leader,” Vander Plaats said back in 2013.

1) No Separation of Church and State

While Vander Plaats’ prediction about gay marriage ushering in adult-child marriage has come true in exactly zero of the dozens of states with marriage equality, he was prophetic in one respect: Vander Plaats advocated for governors to ignore court rulings on the marriage question well before it became a widespread sentiment among conservatives.

Vander Plaats insists that a governor can simply set aside any ruling that violates his or her reading of the Bible, insisting that if a judge legalizes marriage equality in a state, the state’s governor should simply issue an executive order “that places a stay on the judge’s decision” since it “goes against the law of nature and the law of nature’s God, which means, it’s against the Constitution.”

Vander Plaats believes that the U.S. government must fall under God’s jurisdiction and follow “God’s principles and precepts,” not just on social issues like marriage but also in economic and foreign policies.

“If you believe what you say you believe, that marriage is foundational and it’s between a man and a woman, which is what He says he believes, then you got to stand up for that, because that’s the law of nature, that’s the law of nature’s God, that’s the Declaration of Independence, which this whole country was founded on,” he said last year.

Vander Plaats specifically pointed to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, calling it a travesty that created a “constitutional crisis” by “defying the law of nature and the law of nature’s God” and “going against the document that predates the Constitution.”

Alex Jones: Democratic Party Is A Nazi Cult

While speaking with conservative commentator Tucker Carlson yesterday, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones insisted that “the average Democrat” now wants the government to round up and murder gun-owners and cheers on assassination threats against Donald Trump.

“It just seems like it’s now a dumbed-down power cult like the Nazis or the Soviets,” Jones said of Democrats, labeling them “deranged crazy people.”

Carlson agreed with Jones’ assessment that the Democratic Party is a “gang” that wholly relies on power-hungry intellectuals and people on welfare, with Carlson claiming the party is devoid of “normal people” and reliant on accusations of white racism to win votes.

Alex Jones And Tucker Carlson Trash 'Hippo' Huma Abedin

Fox News pundit and Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson joined radio host Alex Jones yesterday to discuss Donald Trump’s success in the polls, which led the two commentators to hurl insults at Huma Abedin, a Muslim-American who is one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides, for saying that “Trump wants to literally write racism into our law books” by banning Muslim immigration.

Jones compared Abedin to a hippo featured in a Ringling Bros. poster that was displayed behind Carlson: “Let’s take Huma Abedin, who I notice you have a picture behind you of her on your wall of that Ringling Bros. [poster]. That actually does look like her, Hillary Clinton’s special friend.”

He went on to say that if “Trump or a conservative” had a “special friend” like Clinton does, the media would be all over it. “Her whole background, she seems to just get away with everything,” Jones added. “I think that also sticks in people’s craw that these Democrats and establishment Republicans are above the law, they don’t get reviewed, they don’t get looked at, and then Hillary’s little hippo, she can do whatever she wants, stay in the same hotel room or whatever, this should be looked into.”

Calrson, who was apparently amused by Jones’ joke about Abedin looking at a hippo, took issue with Abedin’s “insane” characterization of Trump’s policies as racist: “That is exactly the kind of language of rhetoric that divides people, that makes people hate each other, that whips the population into a greater frenzy. That’s every bit as irresponsible as anything Donald Trump has suggested and, unlike Donald Trump, she’s actually in a position of power.”

Perkins: 'Only 16 Percent Of Islam Is A Religion' So Immigration Ban Not A 'Religious Test On Muslims'

The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins jumped into the debate over Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. yesterday, citing the same shoddy Center for Security Policy poll as Trump to say that “we shouldn’t be embarrassed to say that we oppose those who want to come to the United States to destroy it.”

In an email to FRC members last night with the subject line “How Do You Solve a Problem like Sharia?,” Perkins did not mention Trump’s proposal directly, but alluded to the “national discussion” about “who should and shouldn’t be in the country.”

Warning that unlike previous generations today’s immigrants don’t want to “come to America and assimilate,” Perkins declared that the U.S. may soon “lose our identity in the shadow of muliticulturalism.”

He then addressed the debate about Muslim immigration, writing, “What most people either don't realize or willfully ignore is that only 16 percent of Islam is a religion — the rest is a combination of military, judicial, economic, and political system. Christianity, by comparison, isn’t a judicial or economic code — but a faith. So to suggest that we would be imposing some sort of religious test on Muslims is inaccurate. Sharia is not a religion in the context of the First Amendment.”

How Do You Solve a Problem like Sharia?

The word "contentious" doesn't begin to describe the American immigration debate over the last two decades. But in recent days, the lines are being redrawn -- and with it, the national conversation. The focus is no longer being dominated by illegal immigration south of Texas but "legal" immigration coming from across the Atlantic, where a bold new enemy is exposing weaknesses in the West's tolerance.

Attacks in Paris, followed by a mass shooting in California have made believers of Americans, who doubted that radicalized Muslims were one of the greatest threats to our nation. Now, with President Obama offering to throw open the door to more Syrian refugees, more voters from both parties are ready to put the brakes on the process until a better, safer vetting protocol is in place.

As the national discussion turns to immigration, people are starting to stake out positions on who should and shouldn't be in the country. But first, we need to consider one of the unfortunate realities -- in America and elsewhere -- which is that the purpose of immigration has changed. It used to exist for people who wanted to come to America and assimilate. Now, in a dramatic shift from even our grandparents' generation, the "sensitivity" and "diversity" doctrine of the modern age is suggesting that we create cultural enclaves, where outsiders come to our country and live as if they never left home.

That doesn't work, as Europe will tell you. Instead, we lose our identity in the shadow of multiculturalism. It's happened in France, and it's happening in Britain. Leaders are learning a painful message that if you tiptoe around the global realities, you'll pay for it. If people want to live in America -- including Muslims -- they need to embrace our Constitution and our culture. Others have said in less artful ways what conservatives have been warning for years: there is no such thing as coexistence between Sharia law and our constitutional republic. That isn't religious prejudice, but an ideological reality.

What most people either don't realize or willfully ignore is that only 16 percent of Islam is a religion -- the rest is a combination of military, judicial, economic, and political system. Christianity, by comparison, isn't a judicial or economic code -- but a faith. So to suggest that we would be imposing some sort of religious test on Muslims is inaccurate. Sharia is not a religion in the context of the First Amendment. Under the framework proposed by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rick Santorum, America wouldn't vet refugees based on religion but an ideology that's incompatible with American liberty. "I've proposed actual concrete things [like eliminating the visa lottery system] and immigration law that would have -- not the effect of banning all Muslims, but a lot of them," Santorum explained.

The bottom line is this: the U.S. Constitution is an agreement between people about how they'll be governed. What good is it if people immigrate to America with the sole purpose of undermining that contract? We shouldn't be embarrassed to say that we oppose those who want to come to the United States to destroy it. And while most Muslims are not radicalized, Sharia certainly encourages it. Based on polling from the Center for Security Policy, that's the system most would choose. The majority of Muslims in America believe they "'should have the choice of being governed by Sharia [law].' Sharia authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won't convert, beheadings, and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women."

In America, we have freedom under the construct of ordered liberty. Even the Wall Street Journal struggles with the clash of these ideologies. "Certainly Islam and the America way of life are compatible in as much as America is capable of welcoming Muslims who are not Islamic supremacists. On the other hand, it's always struck us that categorical statements to the effect that Islam [is peaceful] are far more hortatory than empirical -- which is to say that there is a gap between Islam as it actually exists and Islam as...President Obama would like it to be. How wide that gap is, and how dangerous, we do not know." Nor, I would argue, should we risk the future of our nation to find out.

Brigitte Gabriel: 'Trump Is General Patton Reincarnated'

ACT! for America’s Brigitte Gabriel is, unsurprisingly, a big fan of Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims from the United States, telling Florida talk radio host Joyce Kaufman yesterday that Trump is “General Patton reincarnated.”

“I was talking with a friend of mine this morning,” Gabriel said, “and he said to me, ‘Trump is General Patton reincarnated. Trump is General Patton in a suit. General Patton, if he was alive today, he would be talking exactly like Trump, he would be doing exactly like Trump. This is the type of leaders we used to have which made America great, and what Trump is trying to do is make America great again. He is the General Patton of our lifetime.’ It was so interesting hearing those words, because you sit back and you think, Donald Trump, he has a way of saying words, but boy did he touch a nerve nationwide.”

Sessions Defends Trump On Muslim Ban, Says It's 'Appropriate To Begin To Discuss This'

Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican who helped Donald Trump craft his far-right immigration platform, came cautiously to Trump’s defense today after Trump proposed banning all Muslims from entering the United States. Sessions said that Trump was “treading on dangerous ground” but that it is “appropriate to begin to discuss” the issue.

“Well, he’s treading on dangerous ground,” Sessions told Stephen Bannon on Breitbart News’ SiriusXM program this morning, “because Americans are so deeply committed to freedom of religion, that is a major part of who we are.”

“But,” he added, “at the same time, we’re in an age that’s very dangerous and we’re seeing more and more persons enter and a lot of them have done terrorist acts and a lot of them believe it’s commanded by their religion … So I think it’s appropriate to begin to discuss this, and he has forced that discussion. We may even have a discussion about it in Judiciary Committee today. But, you know, it’s time for us to think this through and the classical, internal American religious principles I don’t think apply providing constitutional protections to persons not citizens who want to come here.”

“As a principle, we want to be not condemnatory of other people’s religion,” he continued. “And there are millions of wonderful, decent, good Muslims, hundreds of millions worldwide, and so we’ve got to be really careful that we don't cross that line and I guess Mr. Trump has caused us all to think about it more concretely.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 12/9/15

  • Sara Jerde @ TPM: Planned Parenthood Gunman Says He's 'Warrior For The Babies' In Court.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 12/9/15

  • Franklin Graham prays that God will open the eyes of leaders who dare to disagree with Trump’s Muslim immigration ban. 
  • Meanwhile, Jeb Bush thinks that Trump is “the other version” of Barack Obama. 
  • Mission America’s Linda Harvey claims Planned Parenthood and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network are “using children as change agents” and acting as “their escort service into hell.”
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