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Jesse Lee Peterson: GOP Must Unite With Alt-Right To Fight Evil

Jesse Lee Peterson is the latest conservative activist to react to Hillary Clinton’s speech tying Donald Trump to the alt-right by attacking Clinton and defending the racist, sexist movement.

In a column yesterday in Breitbart (whose former chairman, now the head of Trump’s campaign, has called “the platform for the alt-right”), Peterson urged “conservatives, the alt-right, and all decent people to unite” to fight “evil” in the form of Clinton and Black Lives Matter.

He adds that the alt-right is correct in its fight “against the attack on whites and men” and defends the “funny, powerful, and true” writing of Breitbart writer Milo Yiannapoulous, who has blamed mass shootings on feminism.

Peterson adds the laughable claim that Trump “has attracted many atheists, homosexuals, blacks and others outside traditional conservatism who disagree with the radicals’ assault on Christians and men.”

I encourage conservatives, the alt-right, and all decent people to unite. And where you disagree, debate but do not hate one another.

As I understand, the alt-right want America and our citizens put first — nationalism over globalism and mass immigration. They mock political correctness and the farcical notion of “racism.” And they fight back against the attack on whites and men.

I agree with those things. If whites (and men) continue their decline, as blacks did the past 60 years, it’s “Adios, America.” (Ann Coulter is 100% right.)

If you disagree, let’s all talk.

Our battle, in reality, is not merely “ideological” or “political,” but spiritual. You may have perfect logic, all the right facts and politics, but with anger, you lose.

Anger destroys your children’s innocence, debilitates their spirit, and turns them away from you. Anger blinds you to reality and separates you from others. You play “God” when you pass judgment on fellow human beings.

Decent people should not be divided.

Donald Trump has attracted many atheists, homosexuals, blacks and others outside traditional conservatism who disagree with the radicals’ assault on Christians and men.

In Hillary’s speech attacking the alt-right, she read Breitbart headlines from writer Milo Yiannopoulos about feminism, birth control and gun control; even though Hillary pretended to be appalled by the lines, they were funny, powerful, and true.

I have no anger. Yet I do not hold back. I strongly tell the truth. At 67, I can yell and shout down the worst, most radical Black Lives Matter agitator, and feel nothing inwardly against her.

I am not angry at Black Lives Matter, Louis Farrakhan, Obama, Crooked Hillary, et al., although they take so many into hell. I understand the bitter spirit that drives them; they cannot help it. Evil’s job is to do evil.

People on the side of good — our job is to fight evil without hatred, to overcome evil with good. Anger without resentment is righteous anger.

 

Yet More Evidence That David Barton Won't Stop Saying Something Just Because It's Demonstrably False

It is clear that once David Barton adopts a new talking point, nothing is going to stop him from repeating it, no matter how many times it is pointed out that the claim he is making is demonstrably false.

Barton demonstrated this again several times recently when he repeated his false claim that Wesleyan University does not offer separate housing for male and female students.

He made this claim earlier this week in a meeting that was broadcast on Periscope, asserting that "there is a Christian college up in Connecticut—Wesleyan College—[that] offers dorm housing for 15 gender identities and male and female aren't options."

Barton made the same false assertion again the other day when he appeared on the "Contending For The Faith" program and declared that "we have a Christian college in the northeast United States, a Christian college that has dorm housing based on 15 different sexual identities; it doesn't offer male and female."

As we noted the first time we heard Barton make this claim, it is entirely false, as the Wesleyan website makes perfectly clear:

As students move through their years at Wesleyan, they have an opportunity to choose an increasingly more independent living option from residence hall doubles to singles to program houses, apartments, and eventually wood frame houses. All of these options are within a 5-10 minute walk to campus. All of our units house both men and women; however, some residence halls are coed on each floor, while other halls offer single-sex floors. Smoking is prohibited in all University Housing. Residential facilities vary by size, room type, and ratio of first-year to upper-class students.

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Student housing at Wesleyan is designed so that first year students live together in residence halls near the center of campus.  Residential facilities vary by size, room type and ratio of first year to upperclass students.  In all locations, first year students comprise at least 50% of the residents.  All of the buildings are coed, however some halls offer single-sex floors.

Gender Neutral Housing:

Wesleyan University assigns roommates for incoming students based on legal sex.  Students choose among the following three options on the housing preference form:  to be assigned according to this policy, to request an exception to this policy, or to be available as a potential roommate for someone who has requested an exception.  Gender neutral housing is available in all student residences.

Phil Burress Predictably Changes His Tune On Rob Portman As Election Approaches

Back in 2013, Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he was reversing his longstanding opposition to marriage equality and explained that this development was spurred by the fact that one of his children is gay.

Predictably, that news did not sit well with anti-gay activists in Portman's home state of Ohio, who immediately blasted Portman for the shift. Nobody was more outraged than Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values, who urged Portman to put his son into ex-gay therapy and vowed to work to defeat Portman if he ran for re-election in 2016:

Burress—whose group is the Ohio affiliate of the Family Research Council and of Focus on the Family’s political arm Citizenlink—predicted that Portman will lose his race for reelection because of his marriage equality support: “I find this rather amusing, he stands no chance whatsoever. He’s seen his numbers, he knows what his numbers are and so do we. He is basically lost, he’s not even going to hold his own seat in ‘16.”

“People will vote but they just will not vote for somebody who’s wrong on these nonnegotiable issues. If they’re wrong on life, marriage or religious freedom, they’ll go to the polls and vote but they just won’t vote for them,” he said. “I have been saying this and screaming it from the treetops: If Rob Portman decides to run in the primary in 2016, he is on the ballot in 2016, Ohio will again have two Democratic senators. This is not our fault, this is his fault if we lose this seat.”

When Portman announced that he was seeking re-election, Burress issued a press release declaring that “Senator Portman has alienated conservatives and is very likely to lose in 2016 because the conservative base will not vote for him. Senator Portman should step down before the 2016 election so that conservatives can support a pro-life/pro-natural marriage candidate."

Burress also was part of an effort featuring "conservatives from all 88 counties [in Ohio] who are pro-life and pro-natural marriage [who] are joining their voices in opposition to Senator Portman’s attempt to be re-elected." He also declared that "there are three non-negotiables for social conservatives—life, marriage and religious liberty. On my scorecard Portman scores a 'D' on life, 'F' on marriage and 'F' on religious liberty. Portman no longer deserves our support."

Despite all of Burress' bluster, Portman easily won the Republican primary back in March and now that the general election is approaching, Burress has predictably changed his tune and is now saying that Portman's Democratic opponent, Ted Strickland, is so bad that Portman must be re-elected so that President Obama cannot use his final days in office to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court:

"Ted Strickland was a horrible governor,” Burress insists. “He left it in tremendous financial problems. And so the fact that Portman is winning is not because of Portman – this is just a message that Strickland is so bad."

Burress also maintains it is essential that the Republicans hold on to the Senate – regardless of who is elected president.

"The Senate takes its seat before the president does,” the conservative leader pointed out. “So if the Senate was to go to the Democrats, President Obama would have about 15 days to appoint the position to the U.S. Supreme Court. It would give them a five vote majority. So it is very important that we keep the Senate."

PFAW Statement on Trump's Immigration Speech

In response to Donald Trump's speech tonight on immigration, People For the American Way (PFAW) Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo issued the following statement:

"Donald Trump's fear-mongering speech was a fundamental distortion of the facts. His lies about immigrants are hurting Latinos and all Americans, and it's sickening to think how dangerous a Trump presidency would be. His mass deportation agenda would devastate families and communities and significantly hurt our economy. His attempts to win by demonizing immigrants and dividing our country will not and cannot succeed; we'll stand up against his hate by voting against him and Republicans this November."

To schedule an interview with Lizet Ocampo, please email media@pfaw.org.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.

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Glenn Beck Says Obama's Failure To Fix Race Relations 'Will Go Down As The Biggest Missed Opportunity' In American History

From the moment that Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Republicans put into action a plan to fight him on everything from the inside in Congress while the Religious Right mobilized itself as a "resistance movement" that would wage the battle on every front from the outside.

But on his radio show today, Glenn Beck blamed President Obama for failing to bring the country together during his time in office, calling his presidency "the biggest missed opportunity in all of American history."

Beck, who mere months into Obama's presidency was calling him a racist who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture," said that Obama is entirely to blame for not solving the problem of race relations in this nation.

"Barack Obama, when he was elected, was a miss of the greatest opportunity any president has ever had," Beck said. "If Barack Obama would have been a uniter, not a divider and would have been a healer of race relations, we would have taken off in a completely different direction and we would have had a whole new American century in front of us. It would have been the greatest thing to ever happen. I think it will go down as the biggest missed opportunity in all of America history."

Michael Savage: EPA Head 'Looks Like The Type That Stuffed The Ovens In Bergen-Belsen'

Far-right radio host Michael Savage had a meltdown yesterday over reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will begin collecting “voluntary, self-disclosed sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) workforce data” from its employees.

Savage even compared “the mean-faced, clipped-hair” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to a Nazi death camp worker: “Take a look at her picture on my website, it makes your blood boil, she looks just like, to me, personal answer, the woman looks like the type that stuffed the ovens in Bergen-Belsen.”

“That’s all that’s on their mind, that’s all that’s on their mind: sexual orientation!” Savage raged. “It’s sickness. When your mind is in the sexual gutter, that’s all you think about.”

“Day and night, day and night, day and night, day and night, gender, gender, gender, sex, sex, sex, that’s all these sickos do!”

Savage said that once he’s elected president, Donald Trump should immediately begin “cleaning the house out, cleaning the garbage out of the White House, taking it down to the studs, getting the infection out of the White House, cleaning it down to the studs, redoing the entire government, throwing these sickos out, arresting some for sedition.”

People For the American Way & Priorities USA Announce Spanish-Language Radio Ads

Today, People For the American Way (PFAW) & Priorities USA announced their plans for Spanish-language radio ads in Nevada that will urge listeners to vote against Donald Trump. The ads will run from September 27th through the election.

The ads will be part of PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program which exposes and counters anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies. This year, PFAW is focused on getting out the vote against Donald Trump and the Republicans’ dangerous agenda. Earlier this summer, PFAW launched this election cycle’s first Spanish-language television ads from an outside group in Nevada and Virginia. The ads targeted Donald Trump for his hateful rhetoric throughout his campaign, and a digital version ran in Colorado, Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida, and Ohio. PFAW also launched bilingual radio ads last week targeting Trump and Republican Senators in Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida. In addition, PFAW has held events across the country targeting Donald Trump and Republican Senators, many with civil rights leader and PFAW board member Dolores Huerta, who has been a key part of the organization’s Latinos Vote! program from the start.

“PFAW launched its Latinos Vote! program five election cycles ago because we saw that Latino voters in critical battleground states can decide who wins and who loses,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “By partnering with Priorities USA to communicate with Latino voters in Spanish in Nevada and other key states, we will drive home the message that Donald Trump is running a divisive, hateful campaign—and that Latino voters in particular can stop him by voting against him.”

“Donald Trump has based his entire campaign on bashing immigrants and Latinos. But we’re the ones with the power to decide this election,” added PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo. “These ads are one of many ways that we’ll encourage Latino voters to hold Donald Trump accountable for his bigoted campaign by voting against him this November.”

“Latino voters will be crucial to ensuring a man as divisive and dangerous as Donald Trump never becomes President of the United States and Priorities is committed to speaking out, reaching out, and turning out the vote,” said Guy Cecil, Chief Strategist at Priorities USA. “We’re excited to partner with People For the American Way and their impactful Latinos Vote! program on this important work. Together we will ensure Donald Trump loses by as much as possible in as many places as possible to send a clear message that his kind of hatred is unacceptable in America.”

PFAW spokespeople are available to discuss this new ad partnership, PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program, and our past partnership with Priorities USA in 2012. To schedule an interview, please email media@pfaw.org.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.

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FAIR: Educating Immigrant Children An 'Ongoing Assault' On America

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a group that has not only criticized the rights of undocumented immigrants but has also attacked U.S. policies on legal immigration, has found a new villain in its war on immigration: immigrant children who are learning English.

In a fundraising email today with the subject line “The dirty secret government doesn’t want you to know...," FAIR’s Dan Stein promotes an upcoming report from his group on “what every parent and taxpayer must know about immigration and the public education crisis,” which apparently will blame troubles in the public education system on the need to help immigrant children who are not yet proficient in English.

“You've probably read about the looming threats of attack from terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda,” Stein writes. “But government doesn't want you to find out about the ongoing assault right here at home on our public education system by skyrocketing immigration costs.”

Stein specifically objects to “unfunded mandates that require states to educate illegal aliens and their children” but also says that the money spent educating all immigrant children who are working to learn English “is diminishing the quality of education for all students”:

You've probably read about the looming threats of attack from terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda. But government doesn't want you to find out about the ongoing assault right here at home on our public education system by skyrocketing immigration costs.

Currently, American tax payers pay $59.8 billion to educate Limited English Proficiency (LEP) public school students and an additional $43.8 billion to educate illegal aliens and their children. If we continue on this path, by 2018 we will need 82,408 more LEP teachers at a projected cost of an additional $6.3 billion.

Add it all up, and that's over $66.1 billion paid by American taxpayers to educate limited English speaking students by 2018! It's hurting the educational opportunities for all Americans.

With shrinking school budgets, the added intake of refugees, illegal aliens, and new immigrants is only creating more of a drain on limited funds and is diminishing the quality of education for all students.

FAIR is fighting to change this by speaking out against unfunded mandates that require states to educate illegal aliens and their children. At a time when immigration is at the forefront, we can't miss out on this opportunity to tell the untold story of immigration's part in the education crisis. With your contribution, you'll be making an impact on the future of America's education system and its youth.

(Emphases are ours.)

Pamela Geller Claims Clinton Will Enforce 'The Sharia' By Shutting Down Breitbart

In an interview with St. Louis radio host Jamie Allman today, anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller claimed that Hillary Clinton has declared that she will “shut down” Breitbart.com if she becomes president, a nonexistent declaration that Geller said represented “the Sharia” and “totalitarianism.”

Geller started out by attacking Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark at a press conference in Bangladesh in which he said that “[p]erhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover [terrorist acts] quite as much” because aspiring terrorists know that they’ll be able to “make some noise.” This, Geller declared, “is the language of the conquered.”

“And partner this,” she added, “with last week’s declaration in an email from Hillary Clinton that she’s going to shut down, for example, the number one conservative website, Breitbart, which as you know I write for, I mean, this is the Sharia, this is totalitarianism, this is very frightening. And what’s even more frightening is that the media’s not talking about it because they’re marching in lockstep, Jamie.”

Not surprisingly, Hillary Clinton has not declared that she will “shut down” Breitbart. Instead, Clinton’s campaign sent an email on August 18, shortly after Donald Trump brought on Breitbart CEO Steven Bannon as his campaign chair, noting that the conservative media has a “right to exist” but pointing out that Breitbart is an extreme example of the conservative media. At no point does the email suggest shutting down Breitbart or any other conservative outlet:

Donald Trump just hired Breitbart's executive director to be his new campaign CEO.

Now, we've had a conservative media in this country for a while. I don't always like what they have to say, but I respect their role and their right to exist.

Breitbart is something different. They make Fox News look like a Democratic Party pamphlet. They're a different breed altogether -- not just conservative but radical, bigoted, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic conspiracy peddlers who never have been and never should be anywhere near the levers of power in this country.

But Donald Trump just gave them a broad new mandate to shape his campaign, his message, the future of the Republican Party, and quite possibly the country.

Trump, on the other hand, has actually threatened to “open up” libel laws so that he can sue media outlets whose coverage he doesn’t like out of existence.

Third Party Presidential Candidate Tom Hoefling Says Donald Trump Is A 'Reprobate' Who Despises Christians

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed Tom Hoefling, a longtime right-wing activist who is now running for president as the America's Party candidate.

Klingenschmitt asked Hoefling to respond to arguments that conservative Christians who vote for a third-party candidate instead of Donald Trump are simply helping to elect Hillary Clinton. Hoefling dismissed those concerns by noting that Trump is a "reprobate" who hates Christians.

"Untruths are the chief cornerstone of the arguments Republicans are making to try to coerce us into supporting, really, a man that I consider to be a reprobate," he said. "You know, he's not a run-of-the-mill sinner. He's someone who not only committed serial adultery but went into a book that he was writing and bragged about it. That's the mark of a reprobate. That's not somebody that I want in the most powerful office in our land and in the world."

"Donald Trump, and I'm speaking directly to Christians right now," Hoefling continued, "he despises you. When he stood up and gave that speech in Cleveland, you know, he threw a few moldy scraps of bread to the evangelicals who support him, but you can just tell from his demeanor, he's not one of you, he doesn't believe what you believe and you can't trust this man."

Kirk Cameron And Ben Carson Team Up For Pre-Election 'Revival'

Three weeks before the election, Kirk Cameron and Ben Carson will host an event featuring “storytelling, worship, inspirational speakers and musical performances that will awaken audiences to return home engaged and committed to making a difference in the real world.”

While the October 18 “Revive Us” event is officially nonpartisan, it is being sponsored by My Faith Votes, a group that Carson chairs that sponsored a meeting between Donald Trump and hundreds of Religious Right leaders back in June. My Faith Votes also promotes conservative activists like Carson, Robert Jeffress, David Barton and Pat Boone who haven’t been shy about their support for Trump.

On a recent My Faith Votes conference call, which also featured Cameron, Carson explicitly called for listeners to back Trump, albeit in his typically perplexing way. In a video for My Faith Votes earlier this year, Carson, a Trump campaign surrogate and adviser, said that the election is a “life or death” moment for America.

“We don’t need a king, we already have a King,” Cameron told CBN in an interview about the “Revive Us” event today. “What we need is to remember who we are and whose we are and begin electing leaders who will represent the King’s ways in our land because they’re good for everybody.”

Surely Trump’s belief that “I alone can fix it” will reassure Cameron that he doesn’t intend to rule like a king.

Tony Perkins: Obama's Attacks On Religious Liberty 'Just As Dangerous' As Terrorism

The Family Research Council has been one of the central groups playing up the Religious Right’s claims that conservative Christians are facing severe persecution in America today, a claim that relies on a constant stream of easily debunked tales of martyrdom .

The FRC fell back again on these martyrdom stories in a fundraising email from the group’s president, Tony Perkins, in which Perkins lists a number of debunked tales of Christian persecution in the military in order to claim that President Obama’s focus on “undoing the foundation of faith” in the armed forces is “just as dangerous” as the rise of “a new terrorist group”:

There is a grave threat to America's military you won't hear about from the mainstream media. No, it's not a new terrorist group. But it's just as dangerous. President Obama is bent on undoing the foundation of faith that has been a source of strength to America's servicemen and women since Valley Forge. In the irony of ironies, those charged with defending your religious freedom are losing theirs.

Christian servicemen and women need you to stand with them NOW because the persecution they are suffering is going from bad to worse. All you have to do is look at the growing number of those serving our country in uniform who have been punished just for remaining true to their faith.

Army Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn was issued a career-stopping reprimand for the "crime" of mentioning in a suicide prevention class how Scripture helped him through troubled times.

Chaplain Wes Modder was nearly drummed out of the Navy because he gave a biblical answer to a question a sailor asked him about same-sex marriage.

And the persecution of Christians in the military doesn't stop with chaplains whose very job it is to provide spiritual counseling.

Monifa Sterling, a Marine Lance Corporal, was court-martialed for daring to post a Scripture verse in her workstation.

When Air Force Sergeant Phillip Monk wouldn't affirm same-sex marriage, his commander threatened to ruin his career.

These aren't isolated incidences. Individuals in the service who dare to live their faith are being singled out and put in the crosshairs, not for doing anything wrong, but for what they believe. No one who puts on our nation's uniform should ever be forced to deny his or her faith to serve our country. And no organization in Washington does more to defend the religious freedom of our troops than FRC.

FRC is urging the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to make the religious freedom of our servicemen and women a top priority. We are pressuring the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force to stop the persecution that is threatening the careers of so many dedicated service members. We are building a strong coalition of high-ranking military officers -- past and present -- to push back against President Obama's efforts to expunge faith from the military.

(Emphases are ours.)

Another Of David Barton's False Claims Gets Easily Debunked

After having watched hundreds of DVD specials and live presentations delivered by right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton and listened to thousands of his daily radio programs, we have concluded that his work is so routinely riddled with errors and misrepresentations that just about any factual claim that he makes ought to be checked for accuracy.

One of the claims that we have heard him make dozens of times in recent years is that the College Board's Advanced Placement U.S. history standards have replaced topics such as D-Day, Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust with anti-American propaganda.

When Barton made this assertion again yesterday in a meeting that was broadcast on Periscope, we decided to finally look into it and, predictably, discovered that it is totally false.

"World War II is of interest to me because of what's happened to AP History," Barton said. "AP History is the last history course that kids will take in high school. Right now, colleges do not require any course in American history for graduation, so it's the last course that most kids take. There's 460,000 kids that take the course and they're considered the brightest history kids in America. In the standards that came out for AP History in September 2014—the College Board puts them out because the College Board is the one that does the 47 AP tests for all classes—in those standards, they took out Hitler and the Holocaust and D-Day and Pearl Harbor and Patton and everything else. They have six statements in there and that's all on World War II and one of the statements is, 'America dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, raising questions about American values.' And all six statements they have are all negative."

If you look into this claim, it turns out to be so utterly false that the authors of the College Board's AP U.S. history standards released a letter in 2015 debunking it.

As the authors explained, instructors who are teaching AP U.S. History courses are obviously already well-versed in history and would know enough to include the important topics like Hitler and the Holocaust when teaching World War II and therefore did not need to be instructed to do so by the AP guidelines:

The AP U.S. History course is an advanced, college-level course – not an introductory U.S. history course - and is not meant to be students’ first exposure to the fundamental narrative of U.S. history. Because countless states, districts, and schools have their own standards for U.S. history teaching, we did not want to usurp local control by prescribing a detailed national curriculum of people, places, and events. As a result, we created a framework, not a full curriculum, so that local decision makers and teachers could populate the course with content that is meaningful to them and that satisfies their state mandates (such as teachers choosing to discuss the heroic World War II experiences of Bob Dole, Daniel Inouye, or Dorie Miller).

Many of the comments we have heard about the framework reflect either a misunderstanding of U.S. history or a very limited faith in history teachers’ command of their subject matter. The Curriculum Framework was written by and for AP teachers – individuals who were already experts in U.S. history and its teaching. Based on feedback from other AP teachers outside the Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee, we did not think it necessary to specifically identify Martin Luther King, Jr., among the post-war “civil rights activists” mentioned in the framework. Any United States History course would of course include King as well as other major figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Dwight Eisenhower. These and many other figures of U.S. history did not appear in the previous AP framework, either, yet teachers have always understood the need to teach them. Critics who believe we have omitted them from the course are misunderstanding our document, and we request that they examine the AP Practice Exam as evidence of our determination that AP students must be exposed to a rich and inclusive body of historical knowledge.

Mike Pence Lamented 'AIDS Activists' Speaking At GOP Convention, Published Anti-Gay Articles In Indiana Journal

Twenty years ago, Mike Pence was wishing for a Republican convention that was a bit more, for lack of a better term, Trumpian. Writing in the Indiana Policy Review, a magazine published by a statewide think tank of the same name that he once ran, Pence lamented that the 1996 Republican National Convention had become “an endless line of pro-choice women, AIDS activists, and proponents of Affirmative Action.”

Instead, Pence preferred the divisiveness of the GOP convention held four years earlier, when Pat Buchanan delivered his infamous “culture war” speech. He blamed the 1996 event’s relative civility for the drop in television viewership from the previous convention.

Pence, now the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, was clearly advocating for a smaller-tent Republican Party, one that would not court African Americans, women or the LGBT community.

“Like it or not,” Pence wrote, “traditional Pro-Family conservatives make up the bedrock of modern Republican electoral success.” This seems to be exactly the strategy the Trump campaign is deploying today, believing they can win without the support of moderates or minorities.

Pence’s attack on AIDS activists was especially odd. Mary Fisher, a Republican who worked in the Ford administration, was the HIV positive woman who spoke at the convention that year. She had previously addressed the 1992 convention in a speech that was ultimately published in the anthology “Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999.” Norman Mailer wrote that during Fisher’s 1992 speech, “the floor was in tears, and conceivably the nation as well.”

In 1996, Fisher appeared on stage with Hydeia Broadbent, then six years old, who was born HIV positive and abandoned as an infant. Fifteen years later, Broadbent was named one of the “Top 100 African-American History Makers in the Making" by the Grio.

It is doubtful that Pence’s objection was to these specific “AIDS activists.”  His objection was likely that at the time, HIV/AIDS was still viewed as a gay issue. Pence clearly did not consider LGBT individuals part of the “pro-family” party he envisioned the GOP to be.

In addition to Pence’s own writing, during his time as president of the Indiana Policy Review, the journal published several anti-gay pieces.

In one item titled “The Pinked Newsroom,” published in the December 1993 issue, the publication lamented that The Wall Street Journal took part in a job fair for gay journalists. The piece claimed that “gaydom” was a “pathological condition” and argued that LGBT editors and reporters should not keep their sexuality a secret because it might slant their coverage. “[T]he more extreme of the gay movement consider themselves members of a sexual determined political party,” the piece explained.

A few months earlier, in August 1993, the journal, with Pence on the masthead, published a piece objecting to the idea of gay people serving in the military. The article, written by Col. Ronald Ray, a senior fellow at the [name foundation], stated that “homosexuals are not as a group able bodied. They are known to carry extremely high rates of disease brought on because of the nature of their sexual practices and the promiscuity which is a hallmark of their lifestyle.”

The article went on to list what the author described as “‘gay’ sexual practices” in great detail. It then claimed that proponents of allowing gays to serve in the military ignore “counter-espionage case histories involving homosexuals who became traitors through blackmail.”

Finally, Ray attempted to link homosexuality to pedophilia by citing NAMBLA and quoting a publication which claimed that “the love between man and boys is at the foundation of homosexuality.”

Reading his own words and those published in a journal with his name on top of the masthead, it’s clear that two decades ago Pence sought to turn the GOP into a party that appealed only to a small base of far-right conservatives. 

Sound familiar?

David Barton Is Writing A God-Filled Government Textbook For Use In Public Schools

Earlier today, Tim Barton, the son of right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton, broadcast a meeting on Periscope that he and his father held with representatives of Gateway Church about drafting a curriculum to be used in conjunction with his "Foundations of Freedom" DVD series.

During the conversation, Barton revealed that he has been contracted to write a God-filled government textbook that can be used in public schools all over the nation.

"I just contracted," Barton said, "about two weeks ago, we're doing a government textbook, a national government textbook but it will be very much in this kind of vein but it will meet the Texas TEKS standards and all the national standards for any state, it can be used in any state, except it will have a lot of God in it."

"After we get done with this," he continued, "our next project is to write a history curriculum. We've got these old history books and you cannot read an old history book without seeing God all over the place because God was just involved."

Eagle Forum President: 'You're Not Racist If You Don't Like Mexicans'

Ed Martin, the former chairman of the Missouri GOP who now runs Phyllis Schlafly’s group Eagle Forum, gave some interesting remarks about Mexicans and Muslims to a St. Louis area Tea Party rally over the weekend, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Ed Martin, who ran for Missouri attorney general four years ago and now is the chief spokesman and ally to conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, said at a Tea Party rally in the St. Louis area Sunday:

"You're not racist if you don't like Mexicans. They're from a nation. If you don't think Muslims are vetted enough, because they blow things up, that's not racist."

Martin told the Post-Dispatch in a written statement that his comments regarding Mexicans were aimed only at illegal immigrants.

Regarding his comments on Muslims, he said: "My point is that it is not racist to make clear that some Muslims should not be coming to America. They are not a race but a religion and there are white, black and brown Muslims and we need to make sure that the ones who wish us ill are not allowed to enter America."

Martin has been at the center of an ugly internal feud at Eagle Forum. Longtime board members, including some of Schlafly’s own children, have objected to her choice of Martin to replace her at the group she founded and to her endorsement of Donald Trump for president.

Former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson will be headlining Eagle Forum’s upcoming national conference in St. Louis.

Glenn Beck Says He'll Go To Jail Rather Than Reveal Confidential Sources In Boston Marathon Bombing Lawsuit

Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered Glenn Beck to disclose the names of the confidential sources that his network relied upon when he spent a month in 2013 accusing Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi man who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, of being an al Qaeda "control agent" and the "money man" who financed the terrorist attack and recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry it out.

Alharbi has since sued Beck for defamation and slander and now Beck and his producers are refusing to abide by the judge's order to reveal the sources who provided the information he used to smear Alharbi so that Alharbi's lawyers can depose them.

On his radio show today, Beck said that this order is part of an effort by the government to "shut people up" and declared that he is willing to go to prison rather than reveal his sources.

"There is an effort from the government to shut people up," Beck said. "You have the government under Barack Obama, investigating reporters who are leaking things, investigating whistleblowers. You currently have a case that I'm involved in in Boston where the judge is saying I have to release my confidential sources."

"First of all, I'm happy to say I don't know the confidential sources," Beck claimed. "I specifically said the entire time, 'I don't want to know any facts I can't go on the air with and I certainly don't want to know the names of the confidential sources.' I was asked by a reporter today, 'So, this could mean jail time for somebody ... Are you willing to go to jail for [it]?' Yes! And every reporter in America should be willing to go to jail for confidential sources. Every one in America. And everyone in America, left or right, better protect that, otherwise journalism is you know it is over."

Trump Ally: No Voting Rights For Women Using Free Birth Control & Welfare Recipients

Wayne Allyn Root, a Donald Trump admirer who often claims to be in frequent contact with the GOP candidate has led campaign rallies for him in Nevada, said yesterday that people who receive federal benefits such as Medicaid, welfare and food stamps should lose their right to vote, as should women who use “free contraception” under the Affordable Care Act.

Root’s plan would cut a large swath of Americans from the voter rolls: Roughly one in five Americans benefit from means-tested benefit programs, while 67 percent of women with private health insurance use copay-free contraception through the Affordable Care Act (which, by the way, is paid for by insurance companies, not by the federal government).

Root told Virginia radio host Rob Schilling yesterday that much of the energy behind Trump’s campaign, as he discusses in his new book “Angry White Male,” is that the country is “evenly divided between the makers and the takers,” so “the middle class is basically paying, paying, paying and the poor get everything free, and it’s a disaster.”

Root said that he had recently seen a map on the internet showing that if only “taxpayers” had been allowed to vote, the 2012 election would have been “a Republican sweep.”

“So if the people who payed the taxes were the only ones allowed to vote, we’d have landslide victories,” he said, “but you’re allowing people to vote. This explains everything! People with conflict of interest shouldn’t be allowed to vote. If you collect welfare, you have no right to vote. The day you get off welfare, you get your voting rights back. The reality is, why are you allowed to have this conflict of interest that you vote for the politician who wants to keep your welfare checks coming and your food stamps and your aid to dependent children and your free health care and your Medicaid, your Medicare and your Social Security and everything else?”

Root quickly amended his statement to say that receiving Social Security and Medicare shouldn’t disqualify someone from voting, but “in general most of the things I just rattled off should preclude you from voting.”

“Social Security should not, Medicare should not, because you paid into the system,” he said. “But all the other stuff, all the other goodies, free Obama phones, free contraception, you know what, you can get them but you shouldn’t be allowed to vote, it’s a conflict of interest. Take that away, we’d win every single election in this country.”

Michael Savage: President Trump Must Violate The Civil Rights Of Liberals To Save America

Conservative radio host Michael Savage has high hopes for a Donald Trump presidency, urging the GOP nominee yesterday to “rule by decree” and to pick Savage for a post in his administration if he is elected.

Savage said Trump should launch a “crusade” against the “radical left-wing fringe controlling this country,” even if it means undermining their civil rights. Savage said that Trump should launch inquiries into “treasonous” organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, “the head of the serpent” that “must be broken apart,” with a renewed “House of Un-American Activities Committee investigation.”

“The left wing will go insane,” he said. “They’ll say, ‘Savage, you’re violating our civil rights.’ They’ll say, ‘You do not have probable cause to bring people in to investigate them.’ They might be right. But we need to do exactly that for our survival.”

He continued: “Tell me how a society that is open like ours, that is democratic like ours, can survive when enemies of freedom, enemies of democracy are destroying society by using the very freedoms we have in place because of the U.S. Constitution?”

Avi Lipkin: Merrick Garland Was Involved In A Cover-Up Of The Oklahoma City Bombing

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday, Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed right-wing conspiracy theorist and wannabe Israeli lawmaker Avi Lipkin, who reiterated his belief that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

Lipkin said that he was in Oklahoma at the time of the bombing and knew immediately that it was "an Islamic bomb because truck bombs are an Islamic way of doing things." 

Lipkin said that he told this to a local television station but "the next day, the FBI visited, confiscated the interview and said, 'For reasons of national security, change your story.' So this is the beginning of the cover-up."

Klingenschmitt and Lipkin said that then-president Bill Clinton was responsible for pinning the bombing on Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols so that it could be blamed on a "crazy, Christian right-wing militia."

"This whole thing about hating the Christians started not with Obama," Lipkin said, "it started with the Clintons."

Lipkin then managed to tie the cover-up to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia because Obama's nominee to replace Scalia, Merrick Garland, "was deputy to Janet Reno during the Oklahoma City bombing, so he's part of the cover-up!"

"I'm risking my life" by talking about this, Lipkin said, "because people who came forward with the information were killed."

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