On his radio program on Friday, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer advised listeners that if they feel that they must attend a gay couple’s wedding, they should first send the couple a letter explaining why they do not support the marriage. At least one listener was not happy with this advice, and called into Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ “Washington Watch” program last night to voice his disagreement with Fischer.
The caller, who identified himself as “Ricky,” told Perkins that he was “shocked” by Fischer’s suggestion since a true Christian would only attend a gay couple’s wedding in order to interrupt the ceremony and tell the participants that they are going to Hell.
“The only reason that any Christian would ever attend a homosexual wedding is when the preacher says, ‘Is there any objection to the wedding,’ you stand up and say, ‘Yes, according to the Bible, sodomy, you will burn in Hell for this.’ That is the only reason why any Christian would ever attend a sodomite wedding,” Ricky told Perkins.
Perkins replied by saying that Ricky brought up a “good point” but that he doubted that a gay couple would “invite people to raise any objections to it.” He added that silence in the church about divorce has diminished the significance of the institution of marriage, leading “to this wholesale redefinition of marriage as a result.”
The American Family Association is calling for divine intervention in the upcoming marriage cases before the Supreme Court, telling its members in a recently released prayer guide that the court’s marriage equality ruling will be “the most important decision in the history of America.”
The AFA’s prayer guide [PDF] urges readers to ask God to spare America from His wrath if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage, claiming that such a ruling would be inspired by Satanic influences.
“Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places,” the prayer guide reads. “We know that Satan hates all that you are and stand for, and that the attack on marriage and the family comes ultimately from him. We know he is a deceiver, a liar and the father of all lies, and we know that many in our culture have believed his lies about sexuality, including members of our Supreme Court. We pray that your Spirit will reveal to each of these justices every lie they have believed, whether that lie comes from the world, their own flesh, or the devil himself.”
Heavenly Father, we freely confess as the people of the United States that we are a sinful people. We confess our many sexual sins, the sins of lust and pornography, of sexual immorality, of adultery, of unbiblical divorce, and of homosexuality. We confess that our sexual sins have led to the death of 56 million innocent babies while still in the womb.
We know these sins merit your wrath and your judgment. We tremble for our country when we reflect that you are a just God and your justice cannot sleep forever. We beg you to forgive us of our many sins, and cause a spirit of repentance and spiritual renewal to sweep across this land.
We plead with you not to hold our sins against us as the Supreme Court deliberates over the institution of marriage. We acknowledge that if sexual behavior which is an abomination in your sight is not just protected but celebrated by the highest court in our land it will inevitably bring your judgment upon our land.
Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. We know that Satan hates all that you are and stand for, and that the attack on marriage and the family comes ultimately from him.
We know he is a deceiver, a liar and the father of all lies, and we know that many in our culture have believed his lies about sexuality, including members of our Supreme Court. We pray that your Spirit will reveal to each of these justices every lie they have believed, whether that lie comes from the world, their own flesh, or the devil himself.
Wherever any of them have given you any access to their minds and hearts, we pray that your Spirit will take full advantage and speak to their souls with power and conviction. We pray in the name of Jesus that you by your mighty power will restrain the voice of the evil one, if only for a moment, so that in the supernatural quiet you create they may each hear your still small voice speaking truth to them and warning them of the consequences of ignoring your voice. Urge them, we pray, to honor you and the institution of marriage you have created for our own good.
Conservative activist David Horowitz told Florida talk radio host Joyce Kaufman on Friday that President Obama’s “heart is with the enemy,” which is why he is allowing terrorists to “walk across” the southern border carrying nuclear weapons.
When Kaufman asked Horowitz about the U.S. program to resettle refugees from the Syrian civil war, he warned that the president is “importing our enemies,” adding that Obama and his party have “destroyed our southern border so it’s easy for terrorists to get here.”
“All they have to do is walk across that border,” he said, “and they’re going to do it, and when they come they’re going to bring chemical, biological and eventually nuclear weapons, so don’t kid yourself.”
Kaufman agreed, citing an unfounded Judicial Watch report about an ISIS training camp near the border with Mexico and the president’s recent prayer breakfast remarks to declare that the president has “lost it.”
“He’s a traitor,” Horowitz added. “His heart is with the enemy.”
Rick Santorum appeared on Tony Perkins’s “Washington Watch” radio show yesterday to discuss national security threats from ISIS and Iran, but Perkins eventually moved the discussion to the “domestic threats” to the country: namely, gay marriage.
Perkins thanked Santorum for working with the Family Research Council on creating a short film about the dangers of marriage equality, which will be shown in participating churches on the Sunday before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Santorum told Perkins that, for the first time ever in U.S. history, religious liberty is under assault from a new secular theocratic system:
For the first time in the history of our country, the government is attacking people, prosecuting people, calling for people to be rehabilitated, constraining in the military with our chaplaincy. We now see chaplain after chaplain being dismissed for not accepting the secular orthodoxy that this administration wants to put forward, criticizing people for holding biblical truth and counseling them in a biblically coherent way. We see businesses being prosecuted. We see all sorts of activity on the legislative front, where they are pushing — as we saw in Indiana — pushing bills that simply protect employees’ rights to be able to practice their faith consistent within an employment situation. And those things which were unanimously passed are now being fought against.
It’s a hostility to religion that we’ve never seen in the history of our country. And I read an interesting article the other day; it’s actually not the free exercise of religion that is being attacked, it’s actually a new religion that is being established. So we have the state establishing a new religion, a secular state religion, a secular orthodoxy that everybody is going to have to comply with. We don’t have as the threat was at the time of our Founders, the Church of England imposing the English church on America. We have now the secular church that is being imposed on this country and anybody that defects is subject to persecution and prosecution. That is a very serious threat to liberty in America.
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson responded to a CBN report about an effort to organize a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution by warning that Hillary Clinton would use such a process to outlaw criticism of political leaders.
Robertson was referring to Clinton’s comments that she is open to a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates to corporate and dark money in elections. Robertson's warning makes no sense considering that the ruling was delivered in 2010, and political criticism was very lively and legal before then.
“Hillary Clinton actually wants to restrict the First Amendment right of free speech so that they will protect the political class so that people will be prohibited under the Constitution from criticizing politicians,” Robertson said. “It’s appalling, but that’s what she said.”
To: Interested Parties
From: Michael B. Keegan, President, People For the American Way
Date: April 21, 2015
Re: Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino Rhetoric from Republican Leaders
In examining the rhetoric of Republican elected officials and candidates surrounding Latinos and immigration policies over the last few years, People For the American Way found overwhelming evidence that extreme anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric remains a cornerstone of the GOP.
From Steve King referring to immigrants as “130-pound” drug runners with “calves the size of cantaloupes” to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s warning that a majority Hispanic population in the U.S. could lead to an ethnic cleansing, it’s clear that deeply-entrenched anti-immigrant, anti-Latino sentiments shape the Republican Party’s world view. No GOP candidates in the 2016 elections can ignore the depth of hostility party leaders have shown toward these communities.
Likely Presidential Candidates
Said President Obama’s executive orders were like decrees of a “Latin American dictator.” [Bloomberg, 3/7/15]
Called President Obama’s executive actions on immigration “an abuse of power.” [CNN, 11/21/14]
Said that immigrants “are more fertile” than native-born Americans. [NPR, 6/4/13]
Said immigrants come to the U.S. for “easy acquisition of public support through welfare programs.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]
Blamed measles outbreak on immigrants: “We have to account for the fact that we now have people coming into the country sometimes undocumented people who perhaps have diseases that we had under control.” [Talking Points Memo, 2/3/15]
Claimed President Obama’s executive action is part of a “nefarious agenda” to bring government-dependent voters to the U.S. [Right Wing Watch, 11/21/14]
Speaking about Obama’s executive actions on immigration, said: “Our president is very much like Putin.” [The Daily Caller, 11/21/14]
Said: “People who refuse to comply with the rules must forfeit chances of legalization in the future. Anyone caught involved in voter fraud should be immediately deported and have his citizenship revoked.” [National Review, 11/12/14]
Called anti-immigrant firebrand Steve King a “friend,” saying, “I don’t back away from my relationship with him one inch.” Has also campaigned for him multiple times. [NJ.com, 10/25/14]
Said: “I want every child who comes to New Jersey to be educated, but I don’t believe that for those people who came here illegally, we should be subsidizing with taxpayer money, through in-state tuition their education.” Christie later flip-flopped on this position. [Fox News Latino, 10/16/13]
As the Newark Star-Ledger editorial board put it: “Christie Has His Eyes On The Presidency. And If He Has To Roll Over Latinos To Get There, He’ll Do It.” [American Bridge]
Sen. Ted Cruz
Claimed President Obama’s immigration actions are like “counterfeiting immigration papers, because there’s no legal authority to do what he’s doing.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]
Called DACA “lawless” and “wrong.” [America’s Voice, 9/9/14]
Supports Arizona’s radical anti-immigrant law: "The federal government is utterly failing to secure our borders. When Arizona stepped in to address out-of-control illegal immigration, liberal groups attacked Arizona and the Obama Administration sued the State.” [Texas Tribune, 6/25/12]
Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier stated that Sen. Cruz's “top priority” is ending the deferred action program. [Politico, 7/16/14]
Said immigration bill “sets up affirmative action…for those who are here illegally.” [The National Review, 6/19/13]
Said Mitt Romney should end DACA, which would restart deportations of immigrants who came to the country as children. [Huffington Post, 8/28/12]
Claimed President Obama’s executive actions are “wholly unconstitutional,” an “insult to the American people,” and like the “tyranny of King George.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]
Said we should focus on what to do about immigrants who are “rushing over because they've heard there’s a bowl of food just across the border.” [Bloomberg, 3/7/15]
Claimed some immigrants come to the U.S. just because they heard there’s "free food, free drivers licenses." [Think Progress, 3/7/15]
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
Said that some legal immigrants “want to come and, in some ways, they want to overturn our culture they want to come in and almost colonize our countries.” [MSNBC, 1/19/15]
Decried political incorrectness and multiculturalism and said of immigrants who do not embrace American exceptionalism, “that’s not immigration, that’s invasion.” [Right Wing Watch, 1/26/15]
Said: "There is nothing wrong with saying that English is our language, and we’re going to teach American exceptionalism to our children in civics. I’m tired of hyphenated Americans.” [Talking Points Memo, 2/26/15]
Suggested that the U.S. alter its immigration laws in order to reject Muslims who might “want to come and try to impose some variant of Sharia law.” [Mediaite, 3/18/15]
Called Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration “a cynical attempt to change the topic.” [Bloomberg, 11/20/14]
Sen. Rand Paul
Responding to an interview question after he ran away from DREAMers, Paul said: “I’ll be honest with you, I’m not interested in being filmed and berated by people [DREAMers] who broke the law and are here illegally to try and convince me about policy.” [Think Progress, 8/7/14]
Declared that he “would’ve voted ‘no’” on the DREAM Act. [Right Wing Watch, 4/15/15]
Said: “Washington liberals are trying to push through the so-called DREAM Act, which creates an official path to Democrat voter registration for 2 million college-age illegal immigrants.” [Salon, 8/25/14]
Equated President Obama’s immigration action with internment camps for the Japanese: “Think of what happened in World War II where they made the decision. The president issued an executive order. He said to Japanese people, ‘We’re going to put you in a camp. We’re going to take away all your rights and liberties and we’re going to intern you in a camp.’ We shouldn’t allow that much power to gravitate to one individual.” [MSNBC, 11/12/14]
Claimed birthright citizenship, as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment, is turning the U.S. into “a magnet for the world” and lets “everybody come in here, have children and they all become citizens.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/15/15]
Said we ought to “fire the CBO” for finding that immigration reform reduces the deficit. [Right Wing Watch, 7/8/13]
Joked to Glenn Beck: “I’m thinking about lobbying to become an illegal immigrant so I don’t have to participate in Obamacare.” [Right Wing Watch, 6/26/13]
Claimed the U.S. “give[s] too great an incentive for illegal immigrants to cross our borders seeking these handouts.” [Rand Paul 2016, 5/5/10]
Said: “As a United States Senator, I will vote for any bill that strengthens border security, including the construction of a physical or electronic fence.” [Rand Paul 2016, 5/5/10]
Said: “I propose a ban on all taxpayer-funded services to illegal immigrants. There are cities near our borders where illegal immigrants literally cross our borders simply to go to our schools and hospitals. This travesty is wrong and must be stopped.” [Rand Paul 2016, 7/6/10]
Said: “I think that the federal DREAM act is just amnesty and I’m not for amnesty.” [National Journal, 9/21/11]
Politifact called “pants on fire” on Perry’s claim that "over 3,000 homicides" were committed by "illegal aliens over the course of the last six years." [Politifact, 7/23/14]
Asserted that “if the federal government does not do its constitutional duty to secure the southern border of the United States, the state of Texas will do it!” [The Nation, 7/23/14]
Said: “When I’m the president of the United States, you’re not going to see me going after states like Arizona or Alabama, suing sovereign states for making decisions.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]
Declared that he “would love to defund the immigration order.” [America’s Voice, 12/15/14]
Referred to a path to citizenship as “code for amnesty” in 2010. [PBS, 9/13/14]
Said: "If you grant amnesty, as the governor proposes that we do, in any form, whether it's back of the line or so forth, you will destroy any chance we will ever have of having a legal immigration system that works here in America.” [Washington Post, 3/20/13]
Speaking to DREAMers, he said: “You’re doing harm to your own cause because you don’t have a right to illegally immigrate to the United States.” [America’s Voice, 8/26/14]
**Rubio once supported a path to citizenship through comprehensive immigration reform, but has since backpedalled significantly, believing that the Senate bill was a mistake. [Think Progress, 10/28/13]
Stated, “Yeah I would” veto the DREAM Act. [National Journal]
Said George Bush’s immigration reform plan in 2006 provided “incentives for illegal immigrants to raid the Social Security system and lie about their work history.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]
Said: “What Gov. Perry's done is he provided in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Maybe that was an attempt to attract the illegal vote--I mean, the Latino voters. But you attract Latino voters by talking about the importance of immigration. You talk about the importance of having English as the official language of this country.” [On the Issues]
Campaign ad said that “13 million illegal aliens were counting on” his opponent, Bob Casey. [America’s Voice,1/22/15]
Said that "you can't be here for 20 years and commit only one illegal act ... because everything you're doing while you're here is against the law ..." [Spencer Daily Reporter, 12/8/11]
Claimed: “When people tell me the problem is just illegal immigration, they’re wrong. They’re wrong…Part of the reason is that we’re bringing floods of legal, not illegal, legal immigrants into the country.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]
Pushed to limit even legal immigration: “In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying, we will make adjustments…the more I’ve talked to folks – I’ve talked to Senator Sessions and others out there, but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today – is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward.” [Journal Sentinel, 4/21/15]
Spoke out against a path to citizenship: “I don’t believe in amnesty.” [Slate, 3/1/15]
Supported Arizona’s extreme anti-immigrant law, SB 1070: "As governor, I will sign similar legislation to the Arizona law.” [The Cap Times, 11/11/10]
His 2011 budget ended a program that gave in-state college tuition to children of undocumented immigrants. [American Bridge]
Twice in four months, had to fire staff for anti-immigrant remarks including:
Current Members of Congress
Rep. Steve King (IA)
Claimed that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are “130-pound” drug runners with “calves the size of cantaloupes.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/22/13]
Compared immigrants to dogs when he “suggested America had the ‘pick of the litter’ when it comes to immigrants.” [Mediaite, 7/21/13]
Said that DREAMERs protesting at the right-wing Iowa Freedom Summit come from another planet. [Right Wing Watch, 1/24/15]
Compared the congressional GOP’s standoff with President Obama over immigration reform to the fight against ISIS, saying that the Republican caucus should be prepared to “use all the constitutional means at our disposal” and not take a government shutdown or impeachment proceedings off the table.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/20/14]
Suggested that Central American migrants who are apprehended at the southern border can be "delivered to the address of their choice" while they await a deportation hearing, and “that might be a crack house, it might be an MS13 house, it might be a cat house.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/4/14]
In a conversation about responding to the President’s immigration executive actions, Steve King said, “there’s probably no better time to fight than now and no better time to risk a government shutdown than now.” [Right Wing Watch, 12/10/14]
Told a story about going out with border patrol agents who would “catch and release” immigrants like a recreational fisher because they “like their jobs” and want to keep them. [Right Wing Watch, 3/6/14]
Said executive action by President Obama providing deportation relief for some undocumented immigrants living in the United States would perhaps irrevocably destroy “our constitutional republic” by turning the United States into a “lawless third-world nation” and Obama into a “king.” [Right Wing Watch, 10/22/14]
Claimed America is becoming “a third-world country” because of “the things that are coming at us from across the border,” including illegal drugs, Central American children of “prime gang recruitment age,” ISIS, a childhood respiratory illness that has spread in recent weeks, and the Ebola virus. [Right Wing Watch, 10/21/14]
Said undocumented immigrants who wish to join the military are “mercenaries” rather than “patriots.” [Right Wing Watch,4/28/14]
Claimed DREAM Act could lead to the end of the family as it would “equalize all parenthood and that means that you can’t let children be raised by a mom and a dad in a home.” [Right Wing Watch, 6/24/13]
Argued that the Senate’s immigration bill will do great damage to “American liberty” and “the underpinnings of the pillars of American exceptionalism.” Said undocumented immigrants and their children and grandchildren will “be taught to disrespect” the rule of law and collect tens of thousands of dollars in welfare benefits. [Right Wing Watch, 5/17/13]
Warned that immigration reform with a path to citizenship “destroys our republic.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/16/15]
Urging the GOP to “stick with” anti-immigration planks, King said, “I’m just no great fan of identity politics.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/16/15]
Rep. Mo Brooks (AL)
Said: “As your congressman on the house floor, I will do anything short of shooting…illegal aliens.” [Think Progress, 6/29/11]
Suggested Congress should pass a contempt citation against the president for his “reckless conduct,” and then Obama would drop his executive actions since he, like Richard Nixon, doesn’t want to “incur the wrath that comes with a contempt citation with potential fines and jail time.” [Right Wing Watch, 2/3/15]
Said: “At some point, you have to evaluate whether the president’s conduct aids or abets, encourages, or entices foreigners to unlawfully cross into the United States of America. That has a five-year in-jail penalty associated with it.” [Slate, 11/19/14]
Claimed Obama’s immigration actions are part of a plot to “dilute the vote of American citizens by bringing in millions of foreigners who are going to be dependent on welfare and handouts and hence will be dependent on the Democratic Party for their livelihoods.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/24/14]
Asserted that immigration reform is a “political power play” by Democrats to “dilute the voting power of Americans who are alive and voting today” and “change America as we know it.” [Right Wing Watch, 9/19/14]
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX)
Claimed that “the penetration of criminals and terrorists across our southern border” represents a threat to the U.S. comparable to the threat of a nuclear strike from Iran against Israel. [Right Wing Watch, 7/30/14]
Called President Obama’s immigration policy the real “war on women” because it allowed immigrants to cross the border to rape women. [Right Wing Watch, 7/30/14]
“Texas and the United States is [sic] being invaded and we’re in danger,” Gohmert said, before alleging that most of the unaccompanied minors are lying when they tell border patrol agents that they are escaping gang violence in Central America and have been coached to make such claims. [Right Wing Watch, 7/30/14]
Accused Obama of bringing in central American immigrants to vote illegally for Democrats. [Right Wing Watch,7/8/14]
Implied that President Obama was orchestrating the child migrant crisis in order to recruit millions of people to cast fraudulent ballots for Democrats and seize Texas from Republican control. [Right Wing Watch, 7/8/14]
Rep. Lou Barletta (PA)
Said that policies friendly to undocumented immigrants "reward people who want to tear down our laws and make us a third-world country." [Right Wing Watch, 4/14/14]
Compared the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country to the 9/11 terrorists. [Right Wing Watch,4/10/14]
Rep. Trent Franks (AZ)
Asserted that Obama’s immigration executive actions “literally could be the death of the Republic.” [Right Wing Watch, 12/3/14]
Wrote that “Arizona took a necessary step” in passing the extreme anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070. [The Hill, 6/25/10]
Rep. Lamar Smith (TX)
Said the “extreme fringe of the Democratic Party” is supporting an executive action providing deportation relief to some undocumented immigrants because it “wants to treat those from other countries better than we treat our own American citizens” and ultimately is “banking” on the votes of new immigrants. [Right Wing Watch, 11/18/14]
Expressed dismay at undocumented immigrants joining the military and cited a disputed study to claim that the Obama administration is “aiding and abetting crimes in America by intentionally releasing illegal aliens back into our communities.”[Right Wing Watch, 4/10/14]
Sen. David Perdue (GA)
Said: “If you look at the legal immigration problem, it may be as big or bigger than the illegal problem.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/20/14]
Rep. Walter Jones (NC)
Claimed that Republicans have “constitutional duty” to impeach Obama because of his immigration executive actions. [Right Wing Watch, 2/11/15]
Rep. John Fleming (LA)
Said that unlike “the way it worked traditionally in America,” today’s immigrants “come from countries where they look to the government, that’s their tradition is that the government takes care of them.” [Right Wing Watch, 12/9/14]
Sen. Tom Coburn (OK)
Predicted that because of the President’s executive actions, “you're going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could see violence.” [USA Today, 11/20/14]
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA)
When a constituent asked whether the U.S. should put explosive devices on the border to prevent immigration, Rep. Loudermilk laughed off the question and said that he opposed the idea "because there’s a lot of Americans who work [there] and kids around the border as well.” [Right Wing Watch, 2/25/15]
Rep. Frank Wolf (VA)
Said terrorists are crossing America’s southern border thanks to President Obama’s supposed refusal to administer immigration law. [Right Wing Watch, 8/6/14]
Rep. Mike Kelly (PA)
Claimed Obama’s immigration actions will push the country into an “internal crisis” not seen since the days leading up to the Civil War. [Right Wing Watch, 11/19/14]
Rep. Jody Hice (GA)
Suggested that people might have to take up arms in response to “a government that refuses to secure our borders.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/22/14]
Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA)
Said we can track immigrants just like “Fedex can track packages coming” into the country. [People For the American Way, 9/25/14]
Current State Elected Officials
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach
Claimed it’s possible that a Hispanic majority in the U.S. could conduct an “ethnic cleansing.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/20/14]
Said the military would “put aside” its high standards by admitting DREAMers. [Right Wing Watch, 6/5/14]
Claimed immigration advocates are like the KKK, “just not wearing white cloaks.” [Right Wing Watch, 6/18/13]
Texas State Rep. Tony Tinderholt
Said “we are being thieved” by undocumented immigrants who are “taking the lifeblood of our country.” Immigrants want a better life, “but that better life for them is free stuff.” [Right Wing Watch, 9/22/14]
Maryland County Council Member and Christian Reconstructionist Michael Peroutka
Asserted that Obama’s immigration action “certainly is an act of treason because it’s aiding and abetting the enemies of America and giving them comfort and aid.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/21/14]
Tamara Scott, Iowa RNC Committeewoman
Said child migrants from Central America may have been “highly trained as warriors” and could “rise up against” U.S. citizens. [Right Wing Watch, 8/22/14]
Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Claimed that the media and the administration are suppressing photos of child migrants and the families at the border because they are actually teenage “gangbangers.” [Right Wing Watch, 6/20/14]
Said: “The White House is incompetent and the dumping of illegals is intentional.” [Right Wing Watch, 6/20/14]
Former Elected Officials and Candidates
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN)
Said that if President Obama were to take executive action to prevent the deportation of some undocumented immigrants living in the United States, his goal would be to “flood our nation with millions of sure-thing Democrat [sic] voters” who would rely on “the United States government as their source of supply.” [Right Wing Watch, 10/31/14]
Claimed: “Our pockets are being picked and innocent people are being killed by illegal aliens and hurt and robbed and beaten and raped by criminal foreign nationals that are in our country.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/5/14]
Said that illegal immigration is a “war against the American people.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/5/14]
Asked: “When are we going to get serious and really deport and deport right on the border?” [Right Wing Watch, 8/5/14]
Claimed that Obama is deliberately inviting child migrants into the country in order to establish a Democratic voting bloc and begin “transforming America into a Marxist economic model.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/25/14]
Said immigration reform “means you don’t have a future and a hope.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/5/13]
Former Rep. Steve Stockman (MI)
Called the influx of Central American child refugees at the southern border an “invasion of our nation.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/16/14]
Explained, “There are more people coming across the border than those we sent in invasion of France” in World War II. [Right Wing Watch, 7/16/14]
Claimed Obama “basically told everybody in Mexico our doors are open, come up, come up, please,” and that they’re “all going to have a great time because y’all are going to be legal.” “He’s going to be the President of the United States and Mexico. [Right Wing Watch, 5/17/13]
Said immigration reform would only help Obama in his plan to “destroy America.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/16/13]
Former Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
Referring to the “tsunami of unaccompanied children,” and the President’s executive actions, Dewhurst said that “If we don’t stop the bad guys at the border, they’re going to be in your hometown tomorrow.” [Right Wing Watch, 9/26/14]
Claimed that unaccompanied minors fleeing drug-related violence in Central America are just a distraction engineered by President Obama: “This whole conversation about the unaccompanied children, ladies and gentlemen, this is a mirage, it is a public relations effort, this is an effort by the Obama administration to divert your attention.” [Right Wing Watch, 9/9/14]
Former Sen. Candidate and Rep. Paul Broun (GA)
Announced that the only immigration law he wants is one “that makes English the official language of America.” [Right Wing Watch, 2/24/14]
Said comprehensive immigration reform would be “disastrous for Republicans” and “disastrous for anybody who is freedom-loving.” [Right Wing Watch, 2/24/14]
Asserted that if the House GOP compromises at all on immigration, “America, economically, is doomed because we cannot afford to put these people on government largesse.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/9/13]
Former Rep. Allen West (FL)
Claimed that President Obama intends to “flood the country with illegals,” whom he suggested are to blame for a respiratory disease outbreak among children, despite having no evidence to substantiate his claim. [Right Wing Watch, 10/3/14]
Former Pres. Candidate Alan Keyes
Accused the president of “importing” undocumented immigrants “in order to facilitate what I think is an overthrow of our Constitution.” [Right Wing Watch, 12/11/14]
Former AK Sen. Candidate Joe Miller
Said immigration will hurt the “integrity” of the population and destroy the second amendment. [Right Wing Watch, 3/3/15]
Former Pres. Candidate Donald Trump
Said: “Now especially with Ebola, how about when that starts happening down in that area and people just walk into the country.” [Right Wing Watch, 10/16/14]
Former Pres. Candidate, CO Gov. Candidate, and Rep. Tom Tancredo (CO)
Responding to the crisis of Central American refugees at the southern border, suggested Obama should “sign an executive order saying all these people ought to be returned. Put them on buses or planes, send them back to the countries from which they came and have the governments there take care of it.” Added that the child migrant crisis is “all part of a plan” by President Obama to “fundamentally transform America.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/11/14]
Former AZ Gov. Candidate Andrew Thomas
Campaign ad boasts he is “the only candidate who stopped illegal immigration,” and he promises that as governor he will stop illegal immigration again “before it’s too late.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/23/14]
Former Sen. Jim DeMint (SC)
On immigration reform, claimed Democrats “are much more interested in new voters and union members than they are in fixing the system and honoring our heritage of immigration.” [Right Wing Watch, 1/30/13]
Last week, the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), a small group associated with the National Organization for Marriage, presented Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore with its first “Letter from the Birmingham Jail Courage Award,” comparing Moore’s defiance of federal courts on marriage equality to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s civil disobedience during the civil rights movement.
Moore accepted the award by comparing federal court decisions in favor of marriage equality to the infamous Supreme Court decisions in Plessy v. Ferguson and Dred Scott. Reading a passage from the dissent in Plessy, Moore said it “seemed to ring very true in the issue before this country today about same-sex marriage and taking away the institution of marriage as between one man and one woman.”
The blog Left in Alabama captured the video:
After the presentation of the award, a reporter in the audience repeatedly asked Moore and CAAP President William Owens how they thought legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples would undermine marriage for straight people.
“It takes away the very definition ordained of God,” Moore responded. “A different definition destroys the definition of marriage. It’s not about the right to marry. There is a right to marry in our Constitution and the constitutions of the majority of the states, but it’s between a man and a woman.”
Owens took a different tack: “First of all, it’s not natural law and it’s immoral. It’s not natural for man to be married to a man. That is not natural. And that’s what this award is about. Dr. King emphasized it must line up with natural law. And if you believe that so much that a man should marry a man or a woman should marry a woman, go try it with electricity.”
WASHINGTON – Following a wait for a Senate floor vote more than twice as long as those of the past seven attorneys general combined, it appears that Loretta Lynch will finally receive a vote in the Senate to confirm her as the next U.S. Attorney General. Ms. Lynch would be the first African American woman to hold that position.
People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker released the following statement:
“We congratulate Loretta Lynch on the announcement of her well-deserved, and long overdue, confirmation vote. Despite being eminently qualified, Ms. Lynch has waited for a vote on the Senate floor more than twice as long as the past seven attorneys general combined.
“We look forward to a prompt vote and to Ms. Lynch becoming the next attorney general of the United States.”
Republican leaders may want Rep. Steve King of Iowa to make himself scarce during the 2016 presidential election season, but the vocal far-right congressman made it clear in a speech to the Susan B. Anthony List’s gala last week that he intends to do nothing of the sort. Instead, he said, he would work to pressure the party’s candidates to take strong stances against abortion rights and LGBT equality in order to assure that the next president can “restore the soul of America” that was destroyed by President Obama.
“There are some of the candidates that think if they don’t come to Iowa, they don’t have to deal with Steve King,” the congressman told the anti-choice group. “But tomorrow morning at six o’clock I’m going to get on a plane and go to New Hampshire and next May 9, I’m going to be in South Carolina. And we are going to push full-spectrum constitutional conservatism — life and marriage — all the way through this.”
King told the group that the candidates were “good people” and that Republicans are “going to have a good nominee.” But he said that likeminded conservatives still need to pray “that God raises up a president whom he will use to restore the soul of America” after the country has been “deconstructed from the White House” by “a man who is taking on the pillars of American exceptionalism with…a procedural jackhammer.”
From a mailman flying a gyrocopter to the Capitol to protest big money in politics, to Hillary Clinton making the issue a centerpiece of her campaign, to Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Lindsey Graham being asked about their stances on campaign finance reform at Q&A events, it’s clear that money in politics is shaping up to be a major issue in 2016. Yesterday The Washington Post’s Matea Gold reported on the grassroots push to spotlight the topic of big money’s influence on our democracy:
[F]ive years after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision — which held it was unconstitutional to ban independent political spending by corporations and unions, and helped set off a financial arms race — there are signs that politicians are beginning to confront a voter backlash.
….For those who feel strongly about it, the 2016 primaries and caucuses — and the up-close access they bring to the presidential contenders — offer a ripe opportunity to elevate the topic.
In New Hampshire, nearly 500 people have volunteered to attend public forums and press the White House hopefuls about money in politics, Weeks said.
In an interview aired Friday on National Public Radio, PFAW Executive Vice President Marge Baker underscored the importance of top candidates elevating this issue:
"When the leading candidate for president says she's going to make reducing the influence of money in politics one of the four pillars in her campaign, you know that that's going to be a major issue in 2016," Baker said. "So this is a very, very big deal."
While there are many issues that divide Americans, addressing the big-money takeover of our political system is not one of them. That both Lindsey Graham and Hillary Clinton expressed support for an amendment to get big money out of politics in the past two weeks underscores the fact that fighting to fix our broken democracy is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good politics – across the political spectrum.
Virginia Del. Bob Marshall, the sponsor of a measure that would go beyond the state’s existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act to explicitly allow discrimination against LGBT people, complained in a radio interview earlier this month that business that oppose such bills are implying that “heterosexuals cannot be the best and the brightest.”
Falsely claiming that a controversial “religious liberty” measure recently debated in Indiana was no different from the RFRA already on the books in Virginia and other states, Marshall told talk radio host John Fredericks that he took issue with a letter Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe published in the Indianapolis Star inviting businesses to relocate to his state’s “open, inclusive and thriving business environment.”
Such rhetoric, Marshall complained, is derogatory to straight people: “When you actually look at the rhetoric, that you need these laws to hire the best and the brightest, that kind of like is a sweeping statement that says that heterosexuals cannot be the best and the brightest.”
Marshall also objected to claims that legislation like his would diminish the rights of LGBT people. “My question is, what possible rights can a person who has this inclination have that you don’t have right now?” he asked. “I mean, homosexuals go to public schools, they can go to colleges, they vote, they drive cars, they have businesses, they go to country clubs. I don’t know what else is needed.”
In a speech to a Gladewater, Texas, conservative group last week, former Rep. Allen West blamed high school football injuries on the end of state-sponsored prayer in schools, saying that when he was in high school, “I don’t remember anyone getting carted off that field paralyzed.”
Discussing a conflict between the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the University of Tennessee about sectarian prayers before football games, West said that in the days of state-sponsored school prayer, there was no problem with football injuries.
“Now see, I remember growing up in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia,” he said. “I went to Grady High School and I played football and we didn’t have all this high-speed gear and everything like that, there was no such thing about ‘targeting.’ I mean, you were not a tough football player unless you did try to hit someone head-on. And even in high school, before every game at Grady Stadium, the pastor would come down and pray before every football game. I don’t remember catastrophic injuries. I don’t remember anyone getting carted off that field paralyzed.”
Needless to say, West’s selective view of the history of football injuries is not exactly accurate.
Last month, far-right talk show pundit Pete Santilli hosted Harlem pastor James David Manning, notorious for his desire to “stone homos” and combat “Obama’s homo-demons,” to discuss a recent incident in which Manning claimed that “a sodomite” sent him a package filled with feces. “The sodomites are the most vicious, demonic, vile people,” Manning said.
“I’ve dealt with all kind of people, I’ve lived in the ghetto, I’ve been black all my life, I’ve been through prisons and jail, I’ve dealt with evil people, I’ve done things myself, I’ve dealt with Obama supporters, Obama lovers, Obama worshipers, I have never in my life encountered anybody has routinely evil as the sodomite. These are vicious people.”
Later, when Santilli asked him if the “promotion of sodomy” comes “directly from Satan himself,” Manning said that Satan created homosexuality.
“When we oppose the sodomites, this is not just a battle between the heterosexuals and the homosexuals,” Santilli responded, “this is a battle between good and evil, a battle between God and Satan himself. Sir, I appreciate you leading this charge in the ‘homosexual Armageddon,’ per se.”
Judicial Watch, the right-wing legal group founded by conspiracy theorist Larry Klayman, has been pushing to conservative media its new claim that the terrorist group ISIS has set up camp just south of the U.S. border with Mexico.
This weekend, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins spoke with Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, about the allegations, and Perkins announced that “authorities have confirmed” the group’s report about an ISIS base a few miles south of El Paso, Texas.
Actually, authorities have done exactly the opposite: The U.S. Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Northern Command, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Mexican government have all denied Judicial Watch’s report. Reporters who have visited the location of the supposed ISIS base have also found no evidence at all of it existing.
Fitton nonetheless told Perkins that Judicial Watch’s research is so reliable that the group actually recently prevented a terrorist attack from occurring in the U.S.
“There was going to be an imminent attack around September which we reported, I think it was averted as a result of our report,” Fitton said, before acknowledging that DHS and other agencies have denied his group’s account of an ISIS border camp.
According to Fitton, the government is only disputing Judicial Watch’s work is “because it gets in the way of the open borders agenda, it gets in the way of the amnesty agenda.”
Yesterday, “InfoWars” host Alex Jones marked the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing the only way he knows how: by insisting that the attack, which left 168 people dead, was a government “false flag” operation aimed at discrediting conservative talk radio and “the liberty movement.”
Jones called the Oklahoma City tragedy a Nazi-inspired “open-and-shut” false flag that was used to paint all conservatives as terrorists.
Last month, when a pregnant woman in Colorado was brutally attacked and her unborn child cut from her womb, the state’s influential fetal “personhood” movement saw a grisly opportunity.
Over the past few weeks, the Colorado-based Personhood USA has been touting a recent YouGov poll finding broad support for allowing prosecutors to press murder charges in similar violent attacks on pregnant women that lead to the death of a fetus. Although Colorado imposes heavy penalties on crimes against pregnant women, it has stopped short of adopting a “fetal homicide” law categorizing such attacks as murder.
The problem for personhood advocates is that while the general public is ready to throw the book at people who attack pregnant women, they do not share the personhood movement’s goal of criminalizing abortion. While 76 percent of respondents in YouGov’s poll wanted to charge a pregnant woman’s attacker with murder, only 17 percent wanted a complete ban on abortion.
As we explored in a recent series on the personhood movement, anti-choice groups have attempted to use fetal homicide laws as a back door to imposing abortion restrictions, using them to build up a body of law establishing “personhood” for fetuses. After two unsuccessful attempts to establish fetal personhood by ballot measure in Colorado, last year Personhood USA pushed a modified measure focusing on crimes against pregnant women. The measure failed, but less badly than had the group’s previous attempts.
The personhood movement’s insistence on advocating for the total criminalization of abortion, with no middle ground, has put it at odds with the most influential anti-choice groups, which share the same goal but are willing to take a more incremental approach to get there.
This conflict is playing out once again in Colorado, where the Republican state senate president has introduced a fetal homicide bill with an explicit exemption providing for abortion rights. The state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) supports the bill, but Personhood USA and Colorado Right to Life — which was kicked out of NRLC in 2007 — oppose it, saying that language preventing the prosecution of pregnant women and medical professionals undermines the ultimate anti-abortion goal.
The Denver Post reported on the split this weekend:
Personhood USA, an organization that pushed the ballot initiatives, opposes the bill because the language protects abortions — aligning it with the state's Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro Choice groups, which are concerned that it could threaten the legality of abortions.
And two prominent Colorado anti-abortion organizations are split on the measure.
"We believe that we want to protect every baby we can," said Sarah Zagorski, the executive director of Colorado Citizens for Life, which is an affiliate of the National Right to Life organization. "I don't think (the bill) says anything about how we view abortion right now."
But Colorado Right to Life's Rosalinda Lozano sees it differently.
"It was an opportunity for (Cadman) to really stand strong on life, and the way it is written he is actually affirming abortion," she said. "The Republican Party is really trying to get away from the life issue. ... They are preparing for 2016 and this is not an issue they want to fight about in a presidential election."
In an interview with End Times broadcaster Jan Markell that was aired this weekend, former Rep. Michele Bachmann said that people should “not despair but rejoice” that the world has reached the “midnight hour” and that “we in our lifetimes potentially could see Jesus Christ returning to earth and the Rapture of the church.”
The former Republican congresswoman from Minnesota said that President Obama’s policies, including support for marriage equality and nuclear negotiations with Iran, are to blame for the world’s imminent demise. “We need to realize how close this clock is to getting towards the midnight hour,” Bachmann said. “Barack Obama is intent, it is his number one goal, to ensure that Iran has a nuclear weapon.”
Bachmann made similar comments in the first half of her interview with Markell, which aired last week, insisting that Obama’s presidency will bring about natural and economic disasters along with the arrival of the Last Days.
After Bachmann said that Obama intends to “lift up the agenda of radical Islam,” Markell added that legal abortion and marriage equality for gays and lesbians are bringing about divine punishment on America.
“You are right,” Bachmann responded, lamenting that God will soon lift His “hedge of protection” over “pagan” America “and we will suffer the consequences as a result.”
“That’s why so many Christians I think are sad and despairing because we know what the word of God says,” she said. “But it is also a chastening as individual believers for our good and that, to me, is extremely exciting.”
Furious that a large group of San Francisco-area Catholics have written a letter protesting the anti-gay rhetoric of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, conservative talk show host Michael Savage said last week that gay rights supporters are “the Nazis of today.”
Savage said that the Archbishop’s “narrow-minded critics” should just leave the Roman Catholic Church and stop “persecuting the rest of us.”
“This is how bullies operate,” he said. “They’re the bullies, the Nazis of today are these bullies.”
Savage, who is seemingly under the impression that LGBT equality will end all heterosexual relationships and curtail procreation, later claimed that gay rights advocates will ultimately “destroy the human race” by teaching “children filth and pollution.”
“They want to eliminate the difference between the sexes, they want you to believe that God made man and woman identical,” Savage said. “Go tell that to the duck in the pond. You people are so stupid that you’ve lost touch with reality. Somehow Donald Duck knows who Daisy Duck is. He doesn’t mount Billy Duck or there would be no eggs and no ducks. So Donald Duck has more brains than these hundred people.”