C4

Ted Cruz Says Glenn Beck Might One Day Be a Political Prisoner, Says Glenn Beck

Yesterday, Glenn Beck convened a meeting with top Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), in Washington to discuss innovations in the media. According to Beck, Cruz warned that the government may stifle dissent by placing curbs on the freedoms of speech and the press in the future, putting Beck in the crosshairs.

Beck recounted a portion of the event where Cruz described how his father, who left Cuba during the reign of right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista, was “tortured and held in prison and everything else in Cuba for political dissent.”

Cruz claimed that such repressive tactics might one day come to the US and target Beck: “And he looked at me dead serious and he said, ‘you know Glenn, I hate to bring this up but I can see a time when that’s you, when you’re in prison.’”

“He was serious that we are on a track that resembles Cuba in the 1950s, that if you are a political dissident from this regime that we are on a track, we’re not there now, but we’re on a track that will put people in prison for speaking out,” Beck said.

Watch:

Rep. Stockman: Obama's Election a 'Scam'

Rep. Steve Stockman continues to compete with his fellow Texas Republican Louie Gohmert for the title of nuttiest member of Congress. In an interview with talk show host Steve Deace yesterday he referred to President Obama’s re-election as a “scam.”

When Deace asked him about the Senate immigration reform bill, which he called “Scamnesty,” Stockman thought he was referring to Obama’s election and suggested that the president won due to voter fraud in the uncontested Democratic primary: “Which scam? You mean his election? Is that what you’re talking about? Where you had 120 percent people voting in the primary in just patriotic precincts?”

They eventually did get to talking about the immigration bill, which the congressman said will significantly weaken the Republican Party and “destroy our country.” He also hit Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-reform group FWD.us, calling it “a bunch of leftists” posing as conservatives.

Starnes: America Becoming '1930s Germany' Under Obama

In an interview with American Family Association head Tim Wildmon today, Fox News correspondent Todd Starnes claimed that America is transforming into “1930s Germany” under President Obama’s leadership.

Starnes’ proof? He mentioned a 2009 story about how administration officials under then-social secretary Desirée Rogers debated whether to have a crèche at the White House, ultimately deciding to do so. But in Starnes’s retelling, President Obama personally tried “to get rid of the nativity scene.” Starnes also referred to a brief statement made by Sen. Mark Enzi about a call he received from a constituent who said the IRS requested membership lists from his church. Enzi did not offer any further information.

Apparently all of this means that America is one step away from Nazism:

Starnes: I write about how the President, first Christmas in the White House, wanted to get rid of the nativity scene, that is not exactly the move of a faith-friendly president. I do think that it is a combination; I think that there are a lot of liberals and a lot of secularists that are serving in federal government positions and those folks see the opportunity to crack down because they know no one is going to say anything about it and their behavior is going to go on unchecked. It should frighten every person listening us to know that the IRS told a church in Wyoming that they had to turn over their membership rolls. This is not 1930s Germany gentlemen, this is the United States of America, and unless people of faith stand up and put a stop to this, we very well could be facing a 1930s Germany here.

Wildmon: We need some defenders in the Congress to help us and help average Americans out here against this oppression, against this abuse of power by the IRS.

Pat Robertson, Still Lacking Self-Awareness, Calls Disaster Prophecies 'Nutty' and 'From the Pit of Hell'

Last month, televangelist Pat Robertson admonished viewers to beware false prophets… despite his own terrible track record of predicting events. Today, Robertson received a question from a 700 Club viewer who wondered about people in her church who “speak in tongues and prophesy to people in the congregation about accidents in their future or some great sorrow in their lives” as a result of the “great judgment” of God.

Robertson answered that such works come “from the pit of Hell” and claimed that these people are trying to “dominate other people and so they do it, like, ‘I’ve got a word of God from you.’” He later added that “predictive prophecy about disaster is almost always something from the psychic world, it’s not something from God” and called the prophets “nutty.”

But maybe these self-proclaimed prophets are just taking a cue from Robertson himself. Robertson has made plenty of disaster prophecies, including predicting that a tsunami would hit the Pacific Northwest in 2006 and declaring that God told him that terrorist attacks in 2007 would claim millions of lives, just to name a few.

Trent Franks Goes Akin: His History of Anti-Choice Extremism

At a hearing today on his bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy without exception, Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said he opposed adding a rape exception to the bill in part because “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.” 

Franks added, nonsensically, “But when you make that exception, there’s usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours. And in this case that’s impossible because this is in the sixth month of gestation. And that’s what completely negates and vitiates the purpose of such an amendment.”

Franks’ misinformed, Todd Akin-like comments on the mechanics of pregnancy are just the latest in a long line of extreme anti-choice positions.

Aside from his anti-choice activism, Franks pushes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, has flirted with birtherism, and has claimed that marriage equality is a “threat to the nation’s survival.”

Penny Nance Upset Pastors Would Rather Focus on Fighting Sex Trafficking than Opposing Gay Marriage

As we mentioned yesterday, Concerned Women for America is launching a new campaign to encourage young people to oppose abortion rights and marriage equality. CWA president Penny Nance writes in the Christian Post this week that young people are increasingly supportive of legalizing same-sex marriage because pastors have focused on issues like sex trafficking rather than addressing why gays and lesbians should be barred from marrying.

She urges readers to work towards “thwarting threats to society's foundations and threats to anyone's religious freedom,” warning that if same-sex marriage is legalized then “children, communities, and governments suffer.”

Nance claims right-wing youth will be like David fighting the gay Goliath in the midst of “judicial despots” on the Supreme Court attempting to “redefine God’s law.”

The Supreme Court is reviewing challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Lower courts ruled against these marriage laws, so now the Supreme Court has the opportunity to uphold marriage and return authority for marriage policy to citizens and their elected representatives, or step in as judicial despots and cut the debate short by making a broad stroke ruling. And pastors and conservative politicians are stuck in a game of "Would You Rather?"

• Would you rather address the issue of sex trafficking or marriage? Sex Trafficking.

• Would you rather talk about abortion or the definition of marriage? Abortion.

• Would you rather talk about financial responsibility or marital responsibility? Easy choice.

We are losing battles as Christian conservatives follow their leaders into no man's land -- the land of not actually saying what you believe, where no man is offended because no man actually says anything. The issue of marriage is the perfect example. Many feel it is just too hard to talk about this issue. As it becomes more and more politically incorrect to support marriage only defined as the union between one man and one woman, many have decided to be silent in this area and just focus on other things. "Love," they say.

We all have friends and family who are homosexuals and we love them. We feel for them and we care deeply about their well being. As Christians, our whole belief system is summarized in loving God above all and our neighbor as ourselves. And that is our chief objective.

We know there is a growing proportion of believers who seek to live peacefully in this world yet have a growing realization of their place on today's frontlines. We are unable to feign ignorance any longer, as those who touted 'tolerance', unabashedly refuse to tolerate our belief system.



You and I deserve to have the debate. We'd rather not have the Supreme Court step in and try and decide for a nation how it feels on an issue so important, like it did in Roe v. Wade, forever affecting the ability of states to decide for themselves the public policy best for its citizens. We want traditional marriage preserved and supported in law and culture.

It's time to preach to the choir, because the choir has stopped singing truth and has instead taken up a politically correct tune deafening our culture to the reality of what's at stake. As Martin Luther put it, "If I profess with the loudest voice the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the Devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity."

As Believers we are called not just be a light to this world, but also to be the salt of the earth and preserve our culture by thwarting threats to society's foundations and threats to anyone's religious freedom.

Marriage is the special union crafted as a holy covenant between a man, a woman, and God. Marriage is the only institution by which our children are conceived and the best in which to raise them. Marriage identifies the recognizable authority of a mother and a father who are ordained with the responsibility of rearing the future generation. We could never grant these same responsibilities to two heterosexuals who simply live together because marriage is more than a living arrangement. When the government broadens the definition of marriage beyond its traditional parameters, children, communities, and governments suffer. We are already suffering from a 43 percent out of wedlock birth rate in this nation. Anything that further erodes and diminishes marriage must be avoided for many reasons, not the least of which being the incredible damage wrought on our society.

The time has come to decide whether you will be the David to this Goliath in our culture. Are you willing to sacrifice your time to educate yourself on the statistics that back up our Biblical beliefs? Are you willing to sacrifice your energy to speak truth in love to those who question your beliefs? Are you willing to choose this day whom you will serve?

Whether the Supreme Court rules to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act or not, our mission does not change. We know there is a battle raging, but our 'great commission' with Christ has given us the ability to equip ourselves and be willing to engage. Where the battle rages, loyalty is proved. That one point of loyalty may be different for each of us. It may be marriage, abortion, national sovereignty, religious liberty, fiscal responsibility, support for Israel, or freedom of conscience. Your belief is personal, but your profession of faith must be public. While the Supreme Court, your state, and your local school board can redefine America's laws, they can never redefine God's law. We are willing. Are you?

VDARE Tired of DREAMers' 'Sob Stories,' Fears 'Extinction of White America'

The white nationalist group VDARE is tired of hearing “tearjerkers” about DREAMers, or undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, and doesn’t want to hear another “sob-story about an illegal alien honor student.” The fact that DREAMers include honor students does not help their case, writes a VDARE columnist who is an “anonymous source inside the Beltway,” as “we already have too many lawyers and too few jobs and do not need another left-wing attorney taking up Affirmative Action spots.”

Barack Hussein Obama really outdid himself during his latest immigration speech. [Remarks by the President on Immigration Reform, June 11, 2013]. In almost every single speech he’s given on immigration, he concludes by giving a sob-story about an illegal alien honor student. However, in his latest speech, he bookended the speech with tearjerkers about two illegal aliens.



While the story of the illegal alien honor student has been trotted out by amnesty proponents for years, it seems like this has been the year of the Honor Student Surge.

I oppose the DREAM Act. Assuming these stories are true, they are not representative of the average DREAMer, and we already have too many lawyers and too few jobs and do not need another left-wing attorney taking up Affirmative Action spots.

VDARE’s Nicholas Stix went one step further, alleging that the “Minority Occupied Government” would use immigration reform to push an anti-white “ethnic cleansing” of the job market and ultimately white “extinction”. He goes on to say that white people will also face discrimination in “anti-white, minority and homosexual/feminist-dominated” academia.

“Younger whites will be increasingly unable to support children,” Stix continues. “With jailbreak-style immigration inflows of legal and illegal non-white immigration and an immigrant baby boom, whites will be even more rapidly rendered a minority…. Just as in South Africa today, whites will find themselves a despised, attacked, and increasingly poor minority in what used to be their country.”

This week, the full U.S. Senate is debating S.744, “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” a.k.a. the Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill. What is at stake is not merely the dispossession of the historic American nation—but its extinction.

The Open Borders Lobby, both “Left” and “Right,” has one implicit theme when it comes to labor and immigration—traditional Americans don't count.



Critically, these government-sponsored invaders will enjoy a host of government-originated privileges and programs denied to actual Americans—especially whites.

Amnestied invaders and their relatives will enjoy Affirmative Action at all skill and educational levels (even South Asians are eligible), along with American blacks. The white American working class will be discriminated against throughout the job market.



Traditional Americans, especially native-born whites, will find themselves under increasing pressure to attend college, even if they have no interest in it, because of this ethnic cleansing of working class jobs. When they graduate, they will be trapped by immense student loan debt. They will then find themselves under pressure to attend graduate school, for yet another worthless degree, requiring even more debt.

If amnestied invaders decide to attend college, they will receive preferential admission and enjoy grade inflation (also here), allowing them to get better jobs than native-born white Americans;

Anti-white discrimination in academia and the culture will be dramatically strengthened. Jobs for professors are notoriously being reduced, as universities chop up formerly full-time teaching jobs into part-time adjunct positions. But also, and much less well-publicized: academia has been on a simultaneous hiring binge, creating well-paid, non-teaching positions in what Alan Kors and Harvey Silverglate call, in their eponymous book, The Shadow University —the anti-white, minority and homosexual/feminist-dominated political fiefdoms like “Student Life” and “Multicultural Services” that are reserved for commissars who are anti-white, anti-intellectual, and of dubious educational attainment.



Question: The overwhelming majority of those millions of white Americans who have been “disappeared” from the unemployment rolls are likely doubled-up with parents, siblings, and other relatives, or have spouses supporting them. But what happens when their parents die—or their relatives can no longer carry them?

Answer: the number of white Americans will dwindle—because they will age and die off, and younger whites will be increasingly unable to support children. (One of whites’ countless shortcomings: their belief that one must be able to support children before having them.) With jailbreak-style immigration inflows of legal and illegal non-white immigration and an immigrant baby boom, whites will be even more rapidly rendered a minority.

According to libertarian fantasy, a high-IQ, qualified, diligent, and law-abiding group, even a minority, should see its job prospects and income increase with Open Borders.

But the reality is that, in a thoroughly politicized economy dominated by plutocrats in alliance with a Minority Occupation Government, jobs and power will be deliberately transferred away from labor to capital and from whites to non-whites for reasons of cheapness and of race.

Just as in South Africa today, whites will find themselves a despised, attacked, and increasingly poor minority in what used to be their country—and no one in the Main Stream Media or the government will lift a voice in their defense.

That's what is at stake with this Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill. It's not just dispossession—it's extinction.

For LGBT Seniors Fighting DOMA is About Economic Survival

For the elderly, the fight against DOMA often isn’t only a question of receiving federal recognition for a marriage – it’s also a question of basic economic survival.
PFAW

Swanson: 'Women Do Not Love Their Children' and Society is Coming to an End

Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner of Generations Radio issued a grim prediction for the future of the family last week. The pair cited the results of the recent Pew Social Trends Survey on the rise of “breadwinner moms” as evidence that “women care less about their children” than men do.

Swanson easily explained this apathy. For more than half a century, he said, the “feminist zeitgeist” has been berating women with the message, “You do not love your children, you kill your children,” and, “You get out of that house, you do not raise your children.”

What’s the takeaway message? “Women do not love their children as they used to,” and it’s all Margaret Sanger’s fault.

Swanson: Because there are so many women in the work force, the women’s hearts are not home. There are far more men who say it would be better if moms could stay home because apparently the dads still care about the kids. The moms, it’s a lower percentage Dave, 45% say it’d be better if moms were home, 67% of men say it would be better if moms were home, meaning there are far far more women- or far far more men- who say that it’d be better if moms were home because women care less about their children and about the influence they could have on their children because Dave I think they’re already in the work force and they certainly don’t want to say it’d be better if I were home. That’s the issue.

Buehner: Well Kevin this may run contrary to the social narrative but the social narrative is wrong. Think about it. The vast majority of divorces, they’re filed by women. The vast majority of children who are killed in the womb are killed on the sole discretion of a woman. So when we get this idea in our social narrative that women love children more than men, women love family more than men, are more protective, the data is absolutely the opposite way. That’s why you end up with more men who think it would be good if their children had a functional household and mom was there to raise them.

Swanson: They’ve been the recipient of a culture, a Margaret Sanger culture, Dave, that has told them ‘You do not love your children, you kill your children. You do not love your children, you kill your children. You do not love your children.’ The Betty Friedans have said, ‘You do not love your children. You get out of that house, you do not raise your children. You do not love your children.’ They have been under that nonstop for the last 50 to 60 to 70 to 80 years. The feminist zeitgeist has been incredibly powerful in working in the hearts and minds of so many tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of women in the Western world. Friends, women do not love their children as they used to.

Swanson later took on an apocalyptic tone, asserting that the rise of the career woman also equals “the end of manhood,” “men,” and “fatherhood.” The rise of the female breadwinner means more than unloved children. It also means the demise of society.

Swanson: Here’s the most telling story of all. From the Pew Research, Pew social trends survey that came out just this week. Friends, this is the most telling story of all. We’re going to look at the millennial generation alright. We’re going to put aside the baby boomers, the ‘Gen-Xers’, we’re going to look at the millennials who are 18 to 30 years of age. Here’s the most telling story of all: 78% of moms are working outside of the home amongst the millennials.

Buehner: I’m sorry how many?

Swanson: 78% of moms are working outside of the home. 17% dad is the primary breadwinner. 61% the mom is the primary breadwinner. 29% are single moms. Okay, there it is. That’s it. 17% of dads, 61% of moms. Friends, it’s over. It’s over, it’s done. That’s it. That’s the end of it. It’s the end of manhood, it’s the end of men, it’s the end of fatherhood, it’s done, we’ve gone over the cliff. 61% of moms are primary breadwinners, 17% of dads among the millenialls, and 78% of moms are working outside of the home. It’s over. There will be no more mothers and of course there are no more fathers. It’s over. And that’s the way that the average Christian, Christian homeschooler, Christian public schooler, that’s the way they’re raising their kids. They’re raising their kids such that 61% of their daughters will be the primary breadwinners and 17% of their sons will be primary breadwinners. Those are the numbers and that’s the numbers that came out from the Pew Research last week. And this is not going to last another generation friends. This is the last generation. You all understand, this is the last. Our society, our social systems are not going to last for another generation. This is the end of it. When there are no more dads, no more fathers, it’s over.

Klayman: 'Obama & His Comrades May Be Intending to Seize Absolute Power with the Goal of Relegating We the People as His Slaves'

Larry Klayman is out with a new column arguing that the NSA surveillance program vindicates everything he has said about Obama, but now it may be too late. Klayman, who has filed a class action lawsuit against Obama, administration officials and federal judge Roger Vinson over the matter, refers to Obama as “our American ‘führer’” and argues that he is using the program “to further his pro-Muslim, anti-Israel, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, anti-white, pro-homosexual, pro-illegal immigrant, pro-abortion, pro-atheist, socialist and ultra leftist agendas with what many perceive to be his desire to impose a dictatorial, tyrannical hold on our citizenry.”

He concludes that “it is no longer beyond imagination that Obama and his comrades may be intending to seize absolute power with the goal of relegating We the People as his slaves – never relinquishing power.”

"Nobody is listening to your telephone calls."

These are the words of our American "führer," President Barack Hussein Obama, who, however unbelievable, found it necessary to "reassure" the rabble of this great nation Friday that he, "Big Brother," is not spying on it in the wake of revelations of widespread searches of over 100 million Verizon cellphone subscribers and users and the illegal warrants he had issued and executed on Fox News and Associated Press employees and management. As a Verizon user myself, I am directly affected by these criminal unconstitutional searches and seizures, and I have filed suit to hold Obama, his attorney general, Eric Holder, my alma mater, the U.S. Justice Department, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) Keith B. Alexander, the head of Verizon and the judge who illegally issued the warrant, Roger Vinson, accountable to the people.

It is unlikely Congress will do so, since they are the ones who passed the heinous and perversely applied Patriot Act – which had been repeatedly used as a pretext to violate our privacy. Already establishment politicians like Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, some Republican congressmen and senators like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and sleazy, over-stuffed Bush administration hacks like Karl Rove are incredibly attempting to justify this unprecedented and overly broad intrusion into our privacy, first instituted under President George W. Bush but now taken to the extreme by the "führer," as necessary to combat terrorists. In case of Obama, however, his use of these invasive warrants is likely for other ulterior abusive reasons, meaning that they are a means to further his pro-Muslim, anti-Israel, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, anti-white, pro-homosexual, pro-illegal immigrant, pro-abortion, pro-atheist, socialist and ultra leftist agendas with what many perceive to be his desire to impose a dictatorial, tyrannical hold on our citizenry. Even the liberal commentator on Fox News, Bob Beckel, much to his credit, is outraged and frightened by Obama's illegal power grab. And that's not to mention the New York Times, which has found it necessary to "re-evaluate" Obama and stated in an editorial that "The administration has now lost all credibility."



The die has now been cast for all Americans and the world to see and experience. Coupled with the government's stockpiling of guns and ammunition, intimidation with internal security forces, which deploy black helicopters over our cities firing practice rounds, and other coercive tactics, it is no longer beyond imagination that Obama and his comrades may be intending to seize absolute power with the goal of relegating We the People as his slaves – never relinquishing power.

Perkins: Gays to Blame for Rise of Military Sexual Assaults, Service Members 'Preferred' Don't Ask Don't Tell

On Washington Watch yesterday, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins asserted that the military has experienced a “rise of homosexual assault since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and that service members “preferred” the discriminatory policy. “The ramifications of this, the unintended consequences are far and wide,” Perkins lamented, warning that soon the military will have “quotas” to promote gay and lesbian service members.

Let’s do a quick rundown of Perkins’ claims, shall we?

  • There has been no evidence “suggesting that DADT repeal has led to a rise in violence among service members” [PDF]. 
  • The vast majority of service members said the repeal of DADT has had “no effect” on them and a mere 13% said they “continue to oppose repeal.”

But Perkins seems quite content with spewing baseless arguments as long as it furthers his anti-gay political efforts.

So we’ve seen this rise of homosexual assault since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, so it is this sexualization of the military where sex becomes the focal point and it shouldn’t be. When there was Don’t Ask Don’t Tell nobody knew and that’s the way they preferred it and now it becomes front and center. I was talking with Gen. Jerry Boykin about this about how there will soon be quotas so that people who are openly gay or lesbian, that will be a factor that is considered when they’re promoted in a positive sense, ‘well we’ve got to have so many open homosexuals, so many lesbians, we’ve got to promote them.’ The ramifications of this, the unintended consequences are far and wide.

Rep. Blackburn Falsely Claims Majority Supports Defunding Planned Parenthood

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is encouraging her colleagues in the House GOP to once again attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, even though in the last election 59% of voters said they were pro-choice and 53% opposed efforts to defund the women’s health organization. But not according to Blackburn, who told Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council yesterday that “the majority of the American people,” and “the majority of American women,” oppose abortion rights and Planned Parenthood funding.

Blackburn claimed that Planned Parenthood “outsources” cancer screenings and birth control services and uses federal money “to subsidize the abortion services,” while Perkins worried that the government was creating a “feeder system for the abortion business” by naming it as a “resource” for women.

Contrary to heir assertions, the government is banned from funding abortion services (which represent just 3% of Planned Parenthood services) and the dollars are not fungible.

Perkins: What they do by giving them this federal money is they set them up as a source, a resource, and it becomes a feeder system for the abortion business that that they have.

Blackburn: Well of course, because as you say money is fungible. The money that is coming in the door that they are saying is there for birth control and cancer screenings and pregnancy planning, all of which they are outsourcing, they still have those dollars. Then they have other dollars that are coming in through abortion or either they are using this money to subsidize the abortion services that they are providing through the mechanism of the fact that those dollars are fungible. You do not have an abortion business and another services business; it is all under one umbrella. People don’t like this, whether they are pro-choice or pro-life, they do not like the fact that you are having taxpayer dollars go for abortion services. The majority of the American people are pro-life, the majority of American women are pro-life and because of that we need to make certain that Planned Parenthood does not get this money and that they are not able to use it to support or stand up or expand their abortion services.

Robertson Angered by Jets' 'Shameful' Treatment of Tim Tebow

It seems like everybody has an opinion on Tim Tebow being signed by the Patriots, and that includes Pat Robertson. Robertson, who believes that God will use Tebow to restore the “moral compass in our nation,” said on today’s edition of the 700 Club that the Jets’ treatment of the “tremendous” Tebow was “nothing short of shameful.” “I don’t know what it was,” Robertson lamented, “it was just a travesty.”

Robertson also hailed Tebow’s physical fitness: “Man has he got muscles, he’s been working out, he’s got this chest and muscles.”

“Oh well, the Jets ought to get the ‘Goat of the Year Award,’” Robertson concluded.

Watch:

New “Follow the Money” Report Documents Dangers of Big Money in Politics

Strong campaign finance laws lead to more competitive elections and a greater influence from small donors, according to a new report from the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

The report, released in May, examines state-level elections to gauge the impact of campaign finance laws. Titled "Evidencing a Republican Form of Government: The Influence of Campaign Money on State-Level Elections," it follows the finances of candidates in each state, looking at their donors, expenditures, and disclosures, providing evidence of the deleterious effects that unrestrained campaign spending has on our democracy.

States with high or no contribution limits, for one, have dramatically fewer competitive races than those with public financing. For example, the Institute found that only 6 percent of 2010 elections in Georgia were competitive, compared with 75 percent of elections in Maine. Not coincidentally, Georgia has relatively high contribution limits, with winning candidates raising a median amount of $50,425, while Maine uses public financing and had a much lower fundraising median of $5,844.

Further, removing limits on contributions also appears to crowd out small donors. In Texas, a state where individuals are allowed to contribute unlimited sums directly to campaigns, the median fundraising gap between winners and losers for 2010 was a whopping $255,318. Meanwhile, just 4 percent of 2010 donations in the state were under $250, while 59 percent exceeded $10,000. In fact, the Institute’s data reveals that in Texas, nearly half of all political donations came from a few hundred people. In contrast, in Colorado, which has much stricter contribution limits, the equivalent half of all contributions came from about 35,000 people. The Institute found this pattern to be present in all 50 states.

Lax campaign finance law has a double effect: not only does it reduce the competitiveness of political races, allowing candidates with money to simply overwhelm their opponents with tides of spending, but it also drastically reduces small-donor participation in politics, concentrating power and influence in the hands of those with deep pockets. This, of course, is a problem – as DEMOS has pointed out, the elite “donor class” often has vastly different policy priorities than those of most Americans.

As corporations, wealthy individuals, and special interests continue to adjust their election strategies in the wake of Citizens United, pouring ever more money into political campaigns, the conclusions of this report are cause for worry. Fortunately, the American people are not sitting idly by while our democracy is threatened. We are mobilizing.

PFAW

Robertson: Gays Will 'Destroy' Boy Scouts to 'Accommodate a Few Kids Who Want to do Sex with Each Other'

Earlier this year, televangelist Pat Robertson claimed that the Boy Scouts of America would be opening the door to “predators” and “pedophiles” if the organization ended its ban on gay members. Following the BSA’s decision to lift its ban on openly gay youth, Robertson on the 700 Club today said that it is a “terrible shame” that a “tiny minority” is “willing to rip apart the framework of traditional marriage; to rip apart an organization that has done so much good for young people, the Boy Scouts; to rip apart certain of these other things that we have counted as important in our society; all for one thing: that the way they do sex will be accepted in the mainstream of society.”

“Two percent deciding what the rest of us does,” Robertson warned, “and they are willing to destroy it. Hollywood and the so-called liberal media has jumped on board that this is the new civil rights, well I don’t think so.”

He went on to say that it “breaks your heart” to see the Boy Scouts “torn up in order to accommodate a few kids who want to do sex with each other. It just boggles the mind.”

Watch:

Mike Huckabee Sad He Has To See Gays on TV

Mike Huckabee was joined by Concerned Women for America head Penny Nance yesterday to discuss CWA’s new campaign, Willing 2 Stand, designed to reach out to young people on their opposition to abortion rights and marriage equality. During most of the interview, Nance maintained that conservatives on college campuses were “bullied” and had trouble articulating their views on topics like gay rights.

The former governor and presidential candidate said that “every fear that people had” about the consequences of legalizing same-sex marriage “has in fact come true,” arguing that people have lost “their rights” in states with marriage equality.

Huckabee seemed especially sad that he now has to see “television commercials portraying same-sex couples” while textbooks are “forced” to mention gay marriage.

The very thing that many people and I know CWA was a part of this, saying, this is why the legalization of same-sex marriage is going to be a much bigger issue than just saying we let people love whoever they want to love, that’s not the issue. Will it force businesses—of course everyone will say, oh no people still have their rights, but they don’t. And every fear that people had has in fact come true, that this is being forced in textbooks on how marriage is depicted, we’re now even seeing television commercials portraying same-sex couples, that’s something I guess I didn’t expect to see anytime soon.

Robison: 'Satan Himself' and 'Demonic Forces' Are Behind Push for Marriage Equality

Televangelist James Robison warns that the drive for marriage equality comes from “Satan himself,” writing in a blog post that the debate over legalizing same-sex marriage is part of a “satanic intent to take away freedom” and “a cosmic battle between God and Satan” and “good and evil.”

While discussing marriage equality legislation in Illinois, Robison said that Satan and “and his demonic forces” are pushing the bill in order to grow the size of government as part of a “liberal, inverted, secular agenda.”

Keep in mind the enemy of God – Satan himself – is the father of all lies. He and his demonic forces are fiercely focusing their fury against God’s kingdom purpose and anyone committed to it. What you are witnessing daily in news reports concerning Washington’s bad practices and policies related to the gross abuse of power by the IRS, along with unconstitutional checks on the free press, reveals satanic intent to take away freedom.

What we’re actually witnessing is a cosmic battle between God and Satan; good and evil; right and wrong; absolutes and cultural relativism. It is the collision of two diametrically opposed worldviews. Forget the hypocritical, manipulative rhetoric. One wants to remove God, redefine truth, replace Christianity and the Judeo-Christian ethic. Tragically, this has been happening with nauseating success because many who claim to know and love God have allowed it to happen because of indifference and lack of involvement.

The truth remains, however, that those who have allowed it to happen are the ones who can correct it – and the only ones who can. Those committed to a biblical worldview and God’s kingdom purpose hold the key to the future here and in the hereafter.

Here is an example of what church leaders can do. On Friday, May 31, a significant bill went before the Illinois General Assembly: SB10, the “Religious Freedom Marriage Fairness Act.” Due to the efforts of a coalition of African-American pastors who decided to take a stand against same-sex marriage, the legislature ended its session – without voting on the bill. Led by former Sen. James Meeks, now pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, the group actively campaigned with automated calls, urging voters to contact their local representatives and tell them to vote no for the bill. Clearly, their voices were heard. It was a victory for everyone who supports traditional marriage.

Rep. Greg Harris, the bill’s sponsor, acknowledged that his colleagues wanted more time to talk with their constituents. The bill could come up again this fall for a vote – but it isn’t likely that the bill’s opponents will change their minds. What looked to be unstoppable was at least put on pause. If other professing Christians, pastors, priests, and church leaders will come out of the closet, the present cultural shift away from God could be stopped.



Be on guard: There is a worldview committed to getting through the walls of truth and principles upon which we stand. As the prophet Joel noted, the destructive enemy comes through the windows at any point of vulnerability (see Joel 2:9). We need to be aware that there are opposing worldviews. One has God at the top; the other only acknowledges Him when they think it is advantageous to further their liberal, inverted, secular agenda and force their ways on the American people.

If “we the people” do not call upon God, seek His face and His will, make wise decisions, we will witness the collapse of freedom. We will witness firsthand: small God, big – indescribably big – government, devastating debt, economic and moral collapse. Our worldview and commitment to stand courageously for truth and freedom makes all the difference determining our direction.

Staver: Obama Violating First Amendment by Affirming 'Immoral and Unhealthy' Homosexuality

Mat Staver and Shawn Akers of Liberty Counsel are incensed that a U.S Department of Agriculture newsletter [PDF] promotes an LGBT pride event, or as Staver called it, “the sexual anarchist event.”

On Friday’s edition of Faith & Freedom, Staver said the newsletter is proof that the USDA “intimidates employees if they don’t participate,” while Akers argued that the agency is using Saul Alinsky tactics to wage a “quiet revolution” and a “culture war.”

Later, the two also discussed a brochure on creating an inclusive work environment from DOJPride, an LGBT rights group of Department of Justice employees, which they claim cripples free speech even though it has no enforcement provisions.

“Essentially what we have in this administration is an LGBT affirmative action program,” Staver claimed. “This is the most outrageous violation of conscience and the First Amendment that I have seen within any federal agency to force people’s conscience to affirm something that historically has been, and according to natural law and biblical revelation, is unnatural, immoral and unhealthy.”

Watch:

Pratt: Welfare Unbiblical, Recipients Will 'Vote Against Freedom'

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt has recently gotten involved in the effort to stop comprehensive immigration reform, arguing that immigrants will “vote to take away our guns.”

Pratt employed the same logic in this weekend’s Gun Owners News Hour, when he claimed that the government shouldn’t provide for general welfare because the Bible says the government’s “only responsibility is to kill bad guys and scare the rest of them to death”… and because people who receive government assistance will “vote against freedom and against the right to keep and bear arms.”

The Bible talks about individual responsibility. There is no place in the Bible whatsoever that talks about the government taking over for my family or for my church, which is where the Bible says charity – welfare, if you will – is to be operated. Not the civil authorities, whose really only responsibility is to kill bad guys and scare the rest of them to death.

It’s crucial for the cause of freedom if we continue to allow the government to glow a class of dependents, then you know what’s going to happen. Dependents don’t believe in, don’t want to bother, at a minimum, providing for themselves, really, in any which way. And it is they who will vote against freedom and against the right to keep and bear arms, among many other of our freedoms. So the gun owner has a dog in this fight. We had better come alongside of those economic conservatives that are making the arguments that Austin Hill is making in ‘The Virtues of Capitalism,’ and make sure we return to a capitalistic system.
 

'It Is a Measure of the Depravity of the Homosexual Movement that it will Not Spare the Innocence of Children'

Conservative writer Robert R. Reilly has moved from anti-Islam activism to attacking LGBT equality advocates, warning in a column today that gays and lesbians “use a stealth approach under the cover of issues such as school safety, diversity, and bullying” to “enforce” homosexuality in the classroom.

Reilly, who is “currently completing a book on the natural law argument against homosexual marriage for Ignatius Press,” warns that “the infiltration of higher education by LGBT studies” has led to the proliferation of “LGBT propaganda in elementary schools and high schools.” He claims that gays and lesbians have introduced “shocking” materials into the classroom that are “invitations to obscenity.”

“It is a measure of the depravity of the homosexual movement that it will not spare the innocence of children,” Reilly writes, arguing that the drive “to make the abnormative normative before the children have developed their critical faculties of thought” will promote “evil teaching” that “scandalizes the children.”

He even refers to homosexuality as an “affliction” and a “sickness”: “[R]espect does not require calling the affliction something other than what it is – much less its opposite. One cannot teach about sickness and at the same time call it health.”

The logic works like this: If homosexual acts are moral, as so many now insist, then they should be normative. If they are normative, they should be taught in our schools as a standard. If they are a standard, they should be enforced. And so it has come, and is coming, to be. Education is an essential part of the drive to universalize the rationalization for homosexual behavior; so it must become a mandatory part of the curriculum.

The infiltration of higher education by LGBT studies is well known. However, less attention seems to have been paid to the effort to spread LGBT propaganda in elementary schools and high schools. Because of the young ages of students K through 12, the introduction of pro-homosexual materials has required a special sensitivity from those who are trying to get away with it. They must avoid the explicit nature of the LGBT courses offered at the college level and disguise the effort in terms of something other than what it really is. Therefore, they use a stealth approach under the cover of issues such as school safety, diversity, and bullying.



It is a measure of the depravity of the homosexual movement that it will not spare the innocence of children in the spread of its rationalization, which must embrace everyone at every age, regardless of price. Innocence cannot be left to stand in its way. As shocking as some of the classroom and reading material may be, it is all part of the inexorable logic of the situation playing itself out.

Classroom presentations by homosexuals or on the subject of homosexuality are invitations to obscenity and inevitably lead to the question asked by one boy during It’s Elementary: “How do you guys do it?” The response was, “We are not allowed to talk about our personal sex lives – we can't do that”. Nevertheless, with the question implanted, curious young minds will ineluctably be drawn to the subject of sodomy. “So that’s what those nice guys who talked with us do? There must not be anything wrong with it”. Mission accomplished – to make the abnormative normative before the children have developed their critical faculties of thought.

Everyone who has an affliction deserves respect and consideration. But respect does not require calling the affliction something other than what it is – much less its opposite. One cannot teach about sickness and at the same time call it health. It is much worse to promote moral sickness as moral well-being – especially to children.

To teach children that one’s orientation, sexual or otherwise, gives one license to perform acts that are inherently immoral is an evil teaching. It scandalizes the children. It also degrades the dignity of human free will and responsibility to teach that these acts are inevitable outcomes of “who we are”, rather than as freely chosen deeds with consequences in terms of both moral and physical health.
Share this page: Facebook Twitter Digg SU Digg Delicious