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PFAW and Allies Call on Platform Committees to Incorporate Money in Politics Reforms

As the Democratic and Republican platform drafting committees gear up in advance of the party conventions, PFAW joined other national democracy organizations this week in submitting letters calling for the committees to include a comprehensive package of reform measures to fight big money in politics in the platforms.

Specifically, the groups called for the policy reforms outlined in the “Fighting Big Money” agenda — which was released by 13 reform organizations last year — to be incorporated. These measures include: a constitutional amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United, small donor public financing, a restoration of the Voting Rights Act, increased disclosure of political spending, and stronger enforcement of existing campaign finance rules.

The letters note that the presidential candidates have talked about the need to reform our big money system throughout their campaigns, and polling consistently shows that voters of all political backgrounds agree. With an overwhelming majority of Americans frustrated with our out-of-balance political system, incorporating a comprehensive reform agenda within the party platforms is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.

You can read the letters to the DNC and RNC platform committees here and here.
 

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Conservative Radio Host: Orlando Club Targeted Because Patrons Were Unarmed, Not Because They Were Gay

Conservative South Florida radio host Joyce Kaufman, who briefly served as chief of staff to former Republican Rep. Allen West, said today that she did not believe that the terrorist who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando this weekend targeted the location out of animosity toward gay people, but instead because he knew that club-goers would be unarmed.

“How long does he have to be the president before he figures out that what we had happen in Orlando was a terrorist act?” Kaufman asked of President Obama, who called the massacre an “act of terror and an act of hate.”

“I don’t care if the guy was gay, I don’t care if his wife took him there, he launched an attack of terror against the patrons of the Pulse nightclub,” Kaufman said. “I don’t look at them as gay patrons, they are the patrons, they are fellow human beings. It could have been any nightclub in anywhere in any country. When you’re crazy like that, the last thing I think you’re concerned about is the gender preference of your victims. I just don’t believe it. I don’t think this was a hate crime, I think this was an act of terrorism, I think he knew he had a group of people who were in a gun-free zone and who don’t carry guns for the most part anyway … I don’t know any gay men who carry.”

While Florida concealed carry permit holders are not allowed to bring firearms into establishments that serve alcohol, the Orlando attacker did confront “good guys with guns”: He exchanged fire with an off-duty police officer who was guarding the club and two other police officers during the attack.

Yesterday, Kaufman interviewed former Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt, who said that politicians who support gun regulations are “complicit” in the Orlando shooting. Kaufman and Pratt urged listeners to defy gun-free zone regulations and carry firearms even where they are prohibited.

“Listen, I have had it with no-gun zones, I have had it with soft targets, and I recognize the fact that from now on, I’m responsible for my security,” Kaufman said, to an “amen” from Pratt.

They two said that if they had been in the club that was attacked, things would have turned out differently.

“Had I been one of those people cowering in the bathroom, I would have done more than text home,” Kaufman said.

“Yeah, shooting a text and shooting a gun are really enormously different in how effective they can be against a dirtbag with a gun,” Pratt said. “And for our legislators to keep insisting that somehow we are going to be better off in a gun-free zone, that makes them complicit. And I’ll say it to their face, they are complicit with what happens in Orlando…”

“And you and I both agree that what they’re forcing people to do is become lawbreakers themselves,” Kaufman said. “Law-abiding citizens are not going to abide by these laws in the future because they want a fighting chance.”

“Not if they want to survive and they go to any place that’s quote-unquote ‘gun free,’” Pratt responded.

Kaufman added that gun-free zones are impeding her “free access to places”: “Look, I don’t have to march into a post office with a gun or into a federal courthouse with a gun, but I’ll be darned if I’m told where I can eat, where I can drink, where I can dance by the government. And since I don’t go without a gun, they have begun to impinge upon my free access to places.”

Donald Trump, Who Opposes LGBT Rights, Claims Mantle Of LGBT Community

Days after telling a meeting of anti-LGBT activists that he is with them “100 percent,” Donald Trump sent a tweet today thanking the LGBT community for what he apparently thinks is its uniform support for his presidential candidacy.

Trump is trying to use the massacre in Orlando to win support for his cause of attacking all Muslim-Americans, including LGBT Muslims.

We know that Trump is pretending to be a friend to LGBT people in order to justify his discriminatory proposals, such as his proposed ban on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims from stepping foot in the U.S., because his own words and actions make clear that he is no ally of the LGBT community.

He has sharply criticized the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling and pledged to appoint judges “as close to Scalia as you could find,” referring to the late justice known for his broadsides against gay people and the “homosexual agenda.”

Not only would Trump radically reshape the judiciary, where many key LGBT issues are decided, but he has also vowed to sign anti-LGBT activists’ top legislative priority, the misnamed First Amendment Defense Act, which would give legal approval to discrimination against LGBT people, and gave his blessing to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ attempt to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

And that’s not to mention the fact that his attacks on women, Latinos and immigrants are also attacks on many LGBT people.



Frank Amedia, a pastor who serves as Trump’s “liaison for Christian policy,” describes HIV/AIDS as “a disease that comes because of unnatural sex.” Trump’s frequent campaign surrogate Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist preacher, has blasted gays for living a “filthy,” “miserable” and “perverse” “lifestyle” that he says encourages child abuse and the coming of the Antichrist.

One of Trump’s top advisers, Ben Carson, made waves during his unsuccessful presidential bid with his bizarreludicrous and offensive diatribes against gay rights.

Trump has also partnered with Harlem’s notorious 'stone homos' pastor James David Manning and far-right radio show host Alex Jones, who thinks the LGBT rights movement is a “suicide cult” bent on the destruction of humanity.

Trump is not interested in promoting LGBT rights. He is simply opportunistically trying to use a community hit by tragedy as cover for his own bigotry.

David Barton's Brilliant New Defense Against Criticism: I'm Rubber, You're Glue

Pseudo-historian David Barton seems to have come up with a new talking point for hitting back at those who criticize right-wing Christians: I know you are, but what am I?

On his "WallBuilders Live" radio show yesterday, Barton mistakenly claimed that Romans 2:21 says that those who condemn others are often only condemning themselves because they are guilty of the very things for which they are attacking others, which he used to attack those who criticize the Religious Right (it's actually Romans 2:1 that says this).

"Usually what they accuse you of is what they're guilty of," he said. "They yell intolerance at us when they're the intolerant ones. They yell bigotry at us, they're the bigoted ones. They yell anti-science at us, they're the anti-science. You get used to when people call you names, it's because they're very conscious and sensitive of what that looks like because they are one."

Apparently Barton was so pleased with this ingenious argument that he repeated it on today's show, declaring that when "they accuse us of being the haters or whatever; no, that's because they look in a mirror and they know how to recognize a hater when they see one because they see one every morning."

Dave Daubenmire: Gays Murdered In Orlando Were On The Devil's Team

On his “Pass the Salt” show on Monday, Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire addressed this weekend’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, claiming that the gay people murdered in the massacre were sacrificed by the devil in order to advance his larger goal of implementing gun control and siccing the government after Christians.

“This shooting down in Orlando, Florida? It will soon be my fault,” Daubenmire said. “It will soon be the fault of radical, right-wing Christians.”

Daubenmire said that the massacre in Orlando showed that “the devil is willing to sacrifice some of his own team in order to get our big players” and warned that gun control will lead to the killing of conservative Christians.  

“How long did it take before Obama started talking about gun control?” Daubenmire asked. “How long did it take before you saw him on CNN talking about gun control? How did they get the guns? How long did it take? Not very long, because, see, we’re losing sight of the fact that if they get their guns, our guns, there’ll be more death. There’ll be a lot more death. And when they get their guns, can anybody tell me who’s gonna be dying?”

He said that it's not "gonna be the guys in the ghetto" who are killed due to gun control because "they’re already killing each other,” but rather conservative Christians who are resisting "bowing politically correct to Islam, politically correct to abortion, politically correct to homosexuality” who will die under increased gun control. Daubenmire declared that Islam is “the new religion” and “anybody who’s against this new religion, they’re going to get it.”

Pat Robertson: Gays & Islamists Are Allies So 'Let Them Kill Themselves'

Today on “The 700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson reacted to the massacre at an Orlando gay club by making the absurd claim that liberal LGBT rights advocates have aligned themselves with radical Islamists and are now reaping what they have sowed.

Robertson said that liberals are facing a “dilemma” because they love both LGBT equality and Islamic extremism, and that it is better for conservatives like himself not to get involved but to instead just watch the two groups kill each other.

“The left is having a dilemma of major proportions and I think for those of us who disagree with some of their policies, the best thing to do is to sit on the sidelines and let them kill themselves,” he said.

Earlier in the program, Robertson went into more detail about what he called “the dilemma of the liberals, the so-called progressives, because they have two favored groups. One, the Muslims. Number two, the homosexuals.”

We’re looking at a favored group by the left, the homosexuals, and that in Islam is punishable by death or imprisonment or some sanction, so what are the left going to do? How are they going to describe it? And they don’t know quite what to do now. The fact that this Islamic gentleman opens fire in a gay nightclub and kills almost 50 homosexuals, that says something and tells the fact that Islam is against homosexuality, so the liberals are going to be scrambling to find some rationale, I think they’re going to have a hard time doing it.

In the meantime, Donald Trump is riding high because he said we should screen these people and he’s absolutely right. We should screen them. So the left is saying, ‘Oh you’re anti-Muslim, you’re racist’ and all this. Suddenly, that part of the narrative doesn’t play too well and they’re stuck as to what to do. But Trump is enjoying a victory.

Robertson went on to criticize President Obama for being soft on terrorism and sticking to “the narrative” that Islam is not inherently violent, irresponsibly ignoring the fact that “radical Islam is in the religion of Islam.”

He added that the issue of homosexuality and the Islamic world is “a murky picture” because Lawrence of Arabia may have spent the night with a sheikh who tried to “perform homosexual acts” on him.

UPDATE: The Christian Broadcasting Network released a statement today saying that Robertson was “clearly” using the word “killing” metaphorically during his discussion of a mass murder.

Theodore Shoebat On Orlando Massacre: It's 'The State's Job To Kill The Sodomites,' Not Vigilantes

Last night, extremist anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat posted an hour-long video in response to the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend in which he, like his father, expressed no sympathy for those "sodomites" who died because the entire tragedy was nothing more than "scum killing scum."

Both Islam and homosexuality are aberrations, he declared, and "Muslims kill each other all the time [and] sodomites kill each other all the time," so this case of a Muslim killing dozens of gay people was nothing more than "mutant killing mutant, devil killing devil."

"Sodomites are criminals" and do not deserve the prayers of Christians, Shoebat stated. "The sodomites who were killed in this club were not innocent people. They were not good people. They were not people who were just victims who we should just feel sorry for. It was scum killing scum."

The real victims of this attack, Shoebat said, are people like him who are being unfairly painted as radicals and likened to ISIS simply because they openly advocate putting gay people to death.

Shoebat, who last year was featured alongside several congressmen and GOP presidential candidates in an anti-gay "documentary," stated that he does not support the actions of the man who opened fired on the nightclub — not because he doesn't think that gay people should be killed, but simply because executing gay people is the job of the government, not vigilantes.

"I don't believe in vigilantism, but I do believe in the government killing the sodomites," he explained. "I do believe in the government arresting the sodomites and executing them for homosexuality. Under my rule, that sodomite club in Orlando, it would have been destroyed, it would have been demolished, bulldozed and all the bastards in there would have been arrested, tried, found guilty for homosexuality and executed."

"What this guy did was vigilantism," Shoebat stated, which he doesn't support because it's "the state's job to kill the sodomites."

Trump: All My Judges Will Be 'Picked By The Federalist Society'

Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” Donald Trump lashed out at his conservative detractors who have continued to criticize him even after he all but clinched the GOP presidential nomination.

Trump, who said that such foes decided to “immediately stop talking about me and my views” following the terrorist attack in Orlando, accused the “jealous” and “pathetic” Mitt Romney and others of trying to put Hillary Clinton in the White House.

“Even though I’m going to appoint great judges, you know, we could have as many as five judges, and she’s going to appoint super radical liberals and I’m appointing, you know, you saw the 11 names I gave, and we’re going to have great judges, conservative, all picked by the Federalist Society,” he said.

Last month, Trump released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees crafted by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, two far-right groups.

Alex Jones Blames The Orlando Massacre On The LGBT Community

After describing this weekend's massacre in Orlando as a false flag attack, conspiracy theorist broadcaster Alex Jones said on his radio program on Sunday that the LGBT community is to blame for the deadly terrorist attack at a gay nightclub.

Jones, a close ally of Donald Trump, was particularly angry that President Obama addressed the fact that the assault was directed at LGBT people, claiming that the community frequently hypes the threat of anti-LGBT violence in order to take control of the education system “so you can sexualize my children and indoctrinate them into your cult.”

The “InfoWars” broadcaster accused LGBT and radical Islamic leaders of working together so they can promote pedophilia and abuse children. “No wonder the radical left is allied with Islam, they’re a bunch of perverts, they want access to our kids,” he said.

Later in the program, Jones said that he does not hate gay people, he simply hates “the fake, flamboyant, you’re going to run society, you’re going to tell our five-year-olds how to live” agenda that gay rights activists purportedly promote.

LGBT leaders, he said, have backed liberal policies that led to the Orlando attack: “I charge the left and I charge Obama and I charge the LGBT community in general with endangering America and with the blood of these 50-plus innocent men and women who did not deserve to die, who did not deserve to have bullets fired into them and all the other hundreds of thousands of other liberals and gays and others in the Middle East that have been murdered in the last five years under the Al Qaeda/ISIS onslaught that our government and CNN has pushed and said is a good thing.”

The Death Cycle: Mass Shootings, Terrorism, And The Economics Of The NRA

While most American mourn the dead in Orlando and struggle to make sense of the largest mass shooting in American history, the reaction in the boardrooms of gun manufacturers and at the NRA might be a bit different.

Mass gun deaths — far from tragic events for these organizations  are now a significant contributor to their bottom lines. It is all part of a perverse cycle of guns, death and profit that fuels the firearms industry.

Here is how it works:

1. A mass shooting/terrorist attack garners significant media attention.

2. Public figures suggest it might be time to put in place some reasonable and widely agreed upon gun safety legislation; for example, improving our background check system, limiting the ability of those on the terrorist watch list to purchase guns, and the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban.

3. The NRA, along with allies in the conservative media, frighten their supporters into believing that Democrats — and, for the past eight years, President Obama — are going to take their guns away.

4. Gun and ammo sales spike with weapon makers profiting from the panic.

5. The weapons makers contribute generously to the NRA, which launches all-out campaigns using financial, lobbying and grassroots muscle to defeat any gun regulations, while pushing for even greater access to guns.

6. More guns make the next attack even more likely.

This is part of what University of Florida criminologist Gary Kleck identifies as the “Obama effect.” Mass shootings and the fear of new restrictions on guns, he writes, "motivat[e] gun owners to get more guns, and perhaps some non-owners to get one 'while the getting is good.'"

The fake panic created by the NRA has led to a boom for the firearms industry during the Obama years. The Washington Post reported that “in 2009, according to the ATF, gun makers produced 5.6 million guns. By 2013 their annual production had just about doubled, up to 10.9 million guns that year.”

What is driving these purchases is not a need to replace old or broken guns. Kleck points out that guns, unlike most consumer products, “are simple machines made of extremely durable materials.” In addition, most are well cared for by their owners. Hence there is no need to replace them every few years like other household items.

Therefore, gun manufacturers rely on two elements to markets guns. First, make them better (more deadly) and second, create the impression of scarcity and the need for immediate purchase, driven by the fear of potential new gun laws. The NRA takes on this role with gusto, consistently pointing to an invented threat from a tyrannical federal government.

At the same time, the organization plays an active role in promoting weapons. For example, the AR-15, which was used in Orlando to murder 49 people this past weekend, has been promoted by the NRA in nearly two dozen tweets.

Meanwhile, the NRA’s quest to liberalize gun laws has only made it easier for the perpetrators of mass violence to procure these weapons, only adding to the cycle of death.

Terrorists and those who wish to commit acts of terror have become part of this violent cycle. According to the number crunchers at FiveThirtyEight.com, "every terrorist attack in the U.S. last year in which someone other than the perpetrator was killed involved guns.” In fact, “from 2002 to 2014, 85 percent of people killed by terrorists in the U.S. were killed using guns.”

This is, in part, because of the ease with which anyone can buy a gun in the United States. FiveThirtyEight cites Arie Perliger, director of terrorism studies at the U.S. Military Academy, who explains “that U.S. terrorists are turning to guns because since Sept. 11, the federal government has monitored the use of explosives and the trade of materials that can be turned into explosives.”

According to Jeffrey Simon, author of “Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat,” guns are “less likely [than explosives] to result in a terrorist operation being compromised.”

Hence, the acts of terror the NRA’s political advocacy assists now help pad the bottom line of their benefactors in the gun industry. They, in turn, supply the NRA with funds to contribute to politicians who support their deadly legislative agenda, creating yet another perverse cycle of dollars and death.  

Donald Trump Will Ask NRA For Tips To Prevent Terrorism

Today in New Hampshire, Donald Trump defended his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country and blamed the massacre in Orlando on America’s immigration system, despite the fact that the shooter was born in the U.S.

Trump repeated the bogus claim that Hillary Clinton will not only “ban guns” and begin “abolishing the Second Amendment,” but will also “bring vastly more radical Islamic immigration into this country.”

“She wants to take away Americans’ guns and then admit the very people who want to slaughter us," he said. "Let them come into the country, we don’t have guns, let them come in, let them have all the fun they want.”

He then added that he “will be meeting with the NRA” to “discuss how to ensure Americans have the means to protect themself in this age of terror.”

John Haller: LGBT Acceptance A Sign Of 'End Times'

On Jan Markell’s radio show Saturday, John Haller of Ohio’s Fellowship Bible Chapel said that the LGBT “agenda” is a sign of the End Times on par with “actual wars.”

“The Scripture says that eventually people will be given over to a reprobate mind and they will essentially lose the ability to reason,” Haller said. “Another way of saying it a little less politically correct would be, they lose the ability to reason and they think like morons. And I think that we are exactly at that time. I think it will get worse. We are seeing that play out right in front of our eyes.”

“Both the days of Noah and the days of Lot existed in the historical context. What was going on then was wickedness and violence filled the earth in the days of Noah, and homosexuality was running rampant in Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Lot. This is exactly what we’re seeing,” he added.

Haller said that France has become a warzone, saying, “This is happening all over the world, let alone the fact that actual wars are taking place, but then we have the, what I would call the LGBTQIANDIA+ agenda. They keep adding letters to that.”

Citing the Bible, Haller said that the recent mainstream support of LGBT people indicates the Second Coming of Jesus is near.

“Over Jesus’ life, up until the last week when he rode into Jerusalem, of all the Messianic prophecies — rough estimate  40 percent of those prophecies about his first coming were fulfilled in roughly 33 years," Haller said. “Sixty percent of them were fulfilled in the last week. And so what you saw was this exponential increase in the acceleration of these prophecies coming to pass. That’s exactly what’s going to happen in the End Times, and I talk every week about the convergence of all these different lines of Bible prophecy, from Israel to morality to one-world government, one-world religion.

“All of these things were in play, and they all converge and finish at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, but as we get closer to that time, the lines converge and it’s almost like we’re in the vortex, for lack of a better example, the vortex of a tornado, where it’s very turbulent.”

Ted Cruz, Who Attended Event Calling For Gays To Be Put To Death, Delivers Characteristically Smug Response To Orlando Attack

Seemingly attempting to outdo Donald Trump in trying to come up with the most cynical and thoughtless responses to the massacre in Orlando, Ted Cruz released a statement yesterday condemning liberals for what he claims is insufficient condemnation of anti-LGBT violence perpetrated by groups like ISIS and the Iranian government:

For all the Democrats who are loud champions of the gay and lesbian community whenever there is a culture battle waging, now is the opportunity to speak out against an ideology that calls for the murder of gays and lesbians. ISIS and the theocracy in Iran (supported with American taxpayer dollars) regularly murder homosexuals, throwing them from buildings and burying them under rocks. This is wrong, it is evil, and we must all stand against it. Every human being has a right to live according to his or her faith and conscience, and nobody has a right to murder someone who doesn’t share their faith or sexual orientation. If you’re a Democratic politician and you really want to stand for LGBT, show real courage and stand up against the vicious ideology that has targeted our fellow Americans for murder.

Aside from ignoring the ongoing efforts to battle ISIS terrorists and making false claims about U.S. tax money going to Iran, Cruz said that liberals are too cowardly to condemn those who call “for the murder of gays and lesbians,” absurdly suggesting that U.S. leaders haven’t already condemned terrorist atrocities and ISIS’s ideology.

We wonder why Cruz himself didn’t display such heroism when he spoke at a conference late last year where the main speaker, Kevin Swanson, a longtime and notorious advocate of the government instituting the death penalty for gay people, said repeatedly on stage that the Bible calls for gays and lesbians to be put to death and argued that America should introduce capital punishment against unrepentant homosexuals once society is moved in that direction.

That conference was also attended by Cruz’s father and his then-rivals in the GOP presidential race Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal.

The summit, called the National Religious Liberties Conference, even distributed literature calling for the death penalty for gay people and others, mentioning stoning and throwing people off cliffs as possible forms of executions.

And yet Ted Cruz now has the gall to lecture liberals about the importance of showing “real courage" in the face of those who want to put gays to death.

Update: Cruz also once compared LGBT rights advocates to jihadists.

Jim Bakker's Guest Warns That Hillary Clinton Has The 'Spirit Of Antichrist'

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker hosted Don and Mary Colbert of “Divine Health” and Mark Taylor, a Florida man who claims that God told him that Donald Trump will be the next president, to discuss the upcoming election.

Unsurprisingly, they were all enthralled with Taylor’s “message from God,” and were quite confident that the prophecy will materialize and God will put Trump in the White House.

Don Colbert, for his part, urged viewers to stand with Trump or face “the spirit of Antichrist” found in Hillary Clinton:

When I saw this prophecy, when the spirit of God hit me like someone slapped me in the face, it awakened me and I said, ‘Wait, whose side am I going to be on?’ Remember Moses? Remember the Korah rebellion? Remember the people that sided with Korah, how the earth opened up and swallowed them?

Well, we as Christians have got to make the right choice because if we don’t, this nation is in decline and this nation will be in judgment and our children and our grandchildren will not have the great America that we want for them.

That spirit of Antichrist is majorly on one of these candidates, and that’s Hillary Clinton, and Jesus even said there will be many Antichrists in the world; well, that spirit of Antichrist is on our president right now. So, as Christians, we have got to turn out and vote. If we don’t turn out and vote, we are electing Hillary Clinton.

Anti-LGBT Pastor Steven Anderson Applauds Orlando Massacre: 'There's Fifty Less Pedophiles In The World'

Update: The video has been removed from YouTube.

In a video message posted yesterday, virulently anti-LGBT pastor Steven Anderson reacted to the terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by happily announcing that “there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world.”

“These homosexuals are a bunch of perverts and pedophiles, that’s who was a victim here, a bunch of disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar,” he said. He later added: “The good news is that at least 50 of these pedophiles are not going to be harming children anymore. The bad news is that a lot of the homos in the bar are still alive, so they’re going to continue to molest children and recruit people into their filthy homosexual lifestyle.”

Anderson explained that he didn’t approve of the shooter’s actions … but only because he thinks the victims should have been put to death by the government. “These people all should have been killed anyway, but they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in, they should’ve been executed by a righteous government,” he said.

Anderson said that gun owners and pastors are the real victims of the tragedy, predicting that the government will use the massacre as an opportunity to confiscate firearms, demonize Christians and outlaw hateful speech.

At the end of the day, Anderson said, the victims were on their way to an early death from AIDS and syphilis anyway.

Praying With Gordon Klingenschmitt Can Free Transgender People From The 'Demonic Spirit Of Lying'

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, Colorado Republican state lawmaker and Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt declared that transgender individuals are literally possessed by demonic spirits, but that he could exorcise them of these demons if they would simply pray with him.

Klingenschmitt was discussing the declaration by the University of North Carolina system that it would not "enforce a law requiring transgender students to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates" when he declared that transgender people are possessed by a "demonic spirit of lying."

"If a man feels like a woman inside," Klingenschmitt stated, "it's not because there's actually a woman inside of him, it's because there's a demonic spirit of lying inside of him. And I'm sure he does feel like a woman. I'm sure those feelings are very real and yet, they're lies. They're very real lies."

Those feelings are "coming from the devil," Klingenschmitt explained, because transgender people have "allowed that demonic spirit to manifest inside of you," which is causing them "to have the feelings that the devil wants you to have."

"You will feel like a woman inside and there is a demon inside of you, causing you to feel that way," he said. "And what you need is simply to renounce the spirit of lying ... We can pray right now and Jesus Christ will come into your heart and give you freedom and give you deliverance and you will feel like a man again, the man that God made you to be."

Donald Trump Once Again Suggests Obama Is A Terrorist Sympathizer

Fresh from congratulating himself “for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” Donald Trump made the rounds on the morning shows today, where he hinted that President Obama may actually be rooting for the terrorists.

Inae Oh of Mother Jones reports:

Referring to Obama and the threat of terrorism, Trump said during a call-in with Fox & Friends, "He doesn't get it or he gets it better than anybody understand. It's one or the other." Gets it better than anybody understands? In other words, Obama has a secret—and nefarious—agenda.

"We're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind," Trump continued. "And the something else in mind, you know, people can't believe it. People cannot—they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the ways he acts and can't even mention the words radical Islamic terrorism. There's something going on. It's inconceivable."

When asked about his comments later on Good Morning America, Trump reiterated the same message, insinuating the president is willfully ignoring the problem.

"There are a lot of people that think maybe he doesn't want to get it," he told Savannah Guthrie. " A lot of people think maybe he doesn't want to know about it. I happen to think he just doesn't know what he's doing."

As we’ve noted in the past, Trump has consistently suggested that President Obama is not only a secret Muslim but also a supporter of terrorist groups.

Trump has falsely claimed that Obama is actively aiding ISIS and said that when it comes to Obama’s approach to terrorism, “maybe he doesn’t want to get rid of the problem.”

At one campaign rally, Trump said that the president is ignoring the threat of terrorism for surreptitious reasons: “We can’t close our eyes. I don’t know what’s wrong with Obama, he wants to close his eyes and pretend it’s not happening. Why is he so emphatic on not solving the problem? There’s something we don’t know about. There’s something we don’t know about.”

Alex Jones: Orlando Attack Was A False Flag

Yesterday, InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said that the brutal attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was all part of a massive government scheme to flood America with Muslims so that they will commit terrorist attacks, thereby giving the government a reason to confiscate firearms and outlaw hateful speech.

“Our governments are bringing these people in and they’re allowing them to operate openly in our society so they can attack us and then have our freedoms taken,” Jones said. (In fact, the shooter was a U.S.-born citizen.)

Jones, who claims that the government has been involved in other attacks like 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing, has been praised by Donald Trump, a past guest on his show, for having an “amazing” reputation.

Trump Ally Roger Stone Calls Huma Abedin A 'Terrorist Agent'

Roger Stone, an informal adviser and confidant to Donald Trump, appeared this morning on “Breitbart News Daily,” where he accused Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin of potentially being a spy for Saudi Arabia and radical Islamist groups.

“Now that Islamic terrorism is going to be front and center, there’s going to be a new focus on whether this administration, the administration of Hillary Clinton at State, was permeated at the highest levels by Saudi intelligence and others who are not loyal Americans,” he said. “I speak specifically of Huma Abedin.”

Stone said that Abedin, who has been the target of several far-right conspiracy theories, comes from a family of “hardcore Islamic ideologues” and “has a very troubling past, she comes out of nowhere.”

“We have to ask: Do we have a Saudi spy in our midst? Do we have a terrorist agent?” he added.

In the past, Stone has suggested that Abedin is Clinton’s secret lesbian lover.

Walid Shoebat: 'The Only Ones Moaning Over Fifty Gays Slaughtered Are Liberals, Idiots And Gay Lovers'

Walid Shoebat, a supposed ex-terrorist who is now an extremist anti-Islam and anti-gay activist, responded to this weekend's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by attacking gays, Jews, and liberals and declaring that it ought to be illegal to be gay or Muslim in America.

Shoebat was especially upset with "dumb Jews" like Sam Seder, who mocked him for saying that he refuses to fly on commercial airlines because a pilot may be a Muslim:

Instead of complementing us, the mocking liberal Jew Sam, Seder, says that we, not the Muslim “should be under watch”.

This is how the system from media to government repays Christian converts from Islam.

Who is laughing now Mr. Seder? Boy you are dumb and I can’t feel sorry for dumb Jews.

Even when we point a stupid Jew to Evangelical Christians, they too get angry since in their view a Jew can do no evil.

The whole culture is dumber than a nail.

Liberals and gays should all screw each other. Finally I could watch TV and could care less.

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The only ones moaning over fifty gays slaughtered are liberals, idiots and gay lovers.

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The U.S. supports Muslim terrorists in Syria so long they get at Russia and Bashar Al-Assad and kill Syrian soldiers. And now I am supposed to only care when gays are killed and I am supposed to jump up and down?

I don’t care about gays who are Muslim loving anti-gun liberals. Stupid people who hate life die. Stupid people who hate life always die.

The haters of God love death.

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The FBI doesn’t care since the system is impossible to fix unless of course to be “Muslim” should be illegal and to be “Gay” should also be illegal since gays are disgusting and are Muslim-loving anti guns.

Agents have their hands tied by politicians and the system will never make this politically incorrect change, so all I can say is “enjoy the death toll”.

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