Eagle Forum’s Virginia Armstrong, who leads the group’s Court Watch Project, writes in a “Court Watch briefing” today that the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 have displaced the “Judeo-Christian/Constitutionalist worldview” in favor of “Humanism/Reconstructionism,” which she warns “wreaks havoc with the concepts of absolute truth and inherent logic of the Law.”
Armstrong writes that the gay rights cases have pushed America to the “breaking point” and into the “danger zone” that will undermine the rule of law.
Has America has bent over backwards too far in its spiritual, moral, and constitutional life so that we are in danger of “breaking”? This question is central to our current series of Court Watch Briefings. The question has been precipitated by America’s Culture War and echoes the anguished cry of the Father in the famous musical production, “Fiddler on the Roof,” who felt that revolutionary changes in his world were pushing him to the “breaking point.”
We are proving that America is indeed in the “danger zone” and is in dire need of a massive “straightening up process.” Nothing more clearly demonstrates this fact than the recent same-sex marriage decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court — Perry v. Hollingsworth and Windsor v. U.S.
The Humanist/Reconstructionist position on epistemology is fatally flawed at every turn, as revealed in the pro-homosexual court decisions in Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. U.S. We must remember that Perry/Windsor reflect far more than the specific issues and positions of the immediate parties to the cases. Rather, they afford us a panoramic view of the entire homosexual rights battle and should be viewed in that light.
The real conflict in Perry/Windsor and similar cases is that of the whole Culture War conflict — the War of Worldviews between Humanism/Reconstructionism and the Judeo-Christian/Constitutionalist worldview. What is at stake, as Harold Berman demonstrates in his analysis (to which we have been referring), is the “very collapse of our entire Western legal tradition.” The Perry/Windsor epistemology wreaks havoc with the concepts of absolute truth and inherent logic of the Law — key components of the Western legal tradition outlined by Professor Berman. And as Nancy Pearcey of Houston Baptist University’s Schaeffer Center so cogently states, “The clash between these two understandings of morality [the Judeo-Christian v. the Humanistic] will determine whether liberty is gained or lost in the 21st century. It is imperative to reassert the transcendent moral truths that undergird freedom in every society.”
As we have noted several times, right-wing groups are falsely claiming that the Obama administration has relinquished control of the Internet to a United Nations-controlled group. In fact, quite the opposite is true: Politico reports that the administration rebuffed calls from Russia and China to give authority to the United Nations-led International Telecommunication Union, and instead completed a sixteen year transition of Internet oversight to a US-backed nonprofit.
Naturally, Obama critics are now alleging that the president did the opposite of what actually occurred and handed over authority to the UN body.
Religious Right leader Jay Sekulow today emailed members of the American Center for Law and Justice to warn that “the President wants to hand over control of the Internet to a multinational group, including corrupt dictatorships in China, Russia, and Iran,” warning that the move could “mean censoring the Church if it reaches out to Islamic lands” and “exposing our own computers to greater risk of fraud and other cybercrimes.”
So there you have it: the Obama administration rejects efforts to relinquish Internet oversight to the UN, and conservative activists decide to attack him anyway by falsely claiming that he did the exact opposite of what he did.
There is simply no excuse for the Obama Administration’s latest move.
The President wants to hand over control of the Internet to a multinational group, including corrupt dictatorships in China, Russia, and Iran.
China, Russia, and Iran have all signaled they want greater control over the Internet, including control over what we see and write.
Does this mean censoring the Church if it reaches out to Islamic lands?
Does this mean exposing our own computers to greater risk of fraud and other cybercrimes?
America has kept the Internet free for a generation; let’s keep it free. Stand with the ACLJ and stand against the Obama Administration’s latest attack on your liberty.
Responding to a caller who said that he recently debated with a gay Christian over the church’s stance on homosexuality, Land recounted the story of a woman who left his church to become a Satanist. He explained that God consequently had her killed, and said the story should serve as a warning for gay Christians.
Land: If this person has had a genuine experience with the Lord and they have trusted the Lord as their Savior, I believe that this person will be in Heaven. Having said that, is this person in an active homosexual relationship?
Caller: He is at this point, yes.
Land: Well I believe that the Lord also says that those who are his children he will chastise and he will spank. If a Christian is in a homosexual relationship or if a Christian is in an adulterous relationship for instance, outside of marriage, a heterosexual relationship, God will seek to convict that person and God will chastise that person and God will judge that person. Let me just give you an answer that’s analogous: When I was in my first church, I was pastor of a church in New Orleans when I was a seminary student, I had a woman in the church who had become a Christian and she got involved through a personal relationship with a man, she got involved in Satanic worship and she went around the French Quarter saying that she used to think that Jesus was the messiah but that now she believed the Devil was the angel of light.
I went to her and I talked to her about 1 Corinthians 5 where Paul says to give over someone for the destruction of the body for the salvation of the soul. I talked to her about 1 Corinthians 11 and I said, ‘If you are really a believer, then God’s not going to let you be a stumbling block and God’s not going to let you continue in this kind of sin, and God will chastise you and God will ultimately remove you if necessary. Now if you go along and nothing happens to you, then I have to believe that you were never part of us and 1 John 2:19 applies, you’ve gone out from us because you were never part of us and you went out from us that it might be made manifest you were not part of us.’
She rejected my counsel and six weeks later at the age of around 25 she dropped dead of a cerebral hemorrhage. I believe that God removed her because she was his child and she was a stumbling block to others. So if this person goes on and is perfectly happy in this homosexual relationship and nothing happens to him, then I would have to believe that he has never had a conversion experience. If he has had a conversion experience, the Lord is not going to let him go, the Lord is going to continue to convict him and to chastise him, to bring him back, as he did David.
Later in the broadcast, Land talked to a caller who said that Obama is a “Communist Muslim terrorist” who “might as well be Satan personified.”
Land didn’t contest the caller’s claims but said that in his opinion, “President Barack Obama is a judgment of God on the United States” because of Roe v. Wade and the legalization of abortion.
“I believe that Barack Obama, his presidency, is a judgment of God on the United States,” Land said.
Caller: Satan couldn’t wait for a gentleman like this to be in power. This Communist Muslim terrorist president we got in there, this tyrant, bald-faced lying person in there, he couldn’t wait for somebody like that to get in there because this person might as well be Satan personified, a bunch of Satanists up there running our country. They’re there because the church has not been enforcing the victory like we should and they’ve just been — God has been put responsibility on that’s not his, he’s been blamed and accused for things, we wonder why we don’t have revival, that’s partly it.
Land: I certainly think that elections have consequences and frankly I think that President Barack Obama is a judgment of God on the United States because we have allowed 54 million of our unborn citizens to be aborted legally in the United States since 1973. We have had a situation where we have allowed thirty percent of our unborn children every year since 1973 to be killed before they had a chance to live outside their mother’s womb. God is not going to allow that kind of slaughter to go unjudged, if God would send his chosen people, the Israelites, into Babylonian captivity, he will judge the United States and I believe he is judging the United States. I believe that Barack Obama, his presidency, is a judgment of God on the United States.
Rising from her chair in the Senate chamber of the capitol building in Concord, New Hampshire – the country’s oldest chamber still in use, housing democratic debate since 1819 – State Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-21) was unequivocal in her warning:
“Citizens United is threatening our citizen-led legislature.”
Senator Clark’s words came yesterday afternoon as she spoke out in favor of SB 307, a bill that she introduced. The legislation calls for a committee to examine the different constitutional amendments that are under consideration in the 113th Congress that would overturn Citizens United. But in its most recent form, SB 307 needed a corrective amendment to realign the bill towards its original intent. The amendment would have declared that the committee would assume a constitutional amendment was necessary and discuss which proposal would be best, rather than to debate whether or not a constitutional amendment was needed in the first place.
By this point, the people of New Hampshire had already conveyed, through organizing, through polling, through walking across the state in the dead of winter, through the 48 town hall meetings that had just passed Citizens United amendment resolutions earlier in March, that the debate was long over: the country needs constitutional reform, and it needs it now.
Unfortunately, Senator Clark’s corrective measure failed on a 12-12 vote, with only one Republican, Senator Russell Prescott (R-23), crossing party lines to vote in favor. Russell stated on the Senate floor,
“I just can’t make the leap… that a corporation has the same First Amendment rights as people.”
Notably, State Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-2) – whose district includes Bridgewater, Bristol, Dorchester, Groton, Piermont, Plymouth, and Tilton, towns that all had just voted in favor of an amendment – refused to support Senator Clark’s correction.
However not all hope is lost for New Hampshire to become the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment this legislative session. SB 307 passed with the incorrect intent of examining the need for an amendment. It will most likely be paired with a much stronger version of the bill from the House in conference committee, which could result in the stronger measure coming back to the Senate. So it’s important to keep the pressure up.
In the face of such obstruction, a quote from Winston Churchill comes to mind:
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
Senator Clark and the people of New Hampshire have brought the truth to Concord; it’s only a matter of time before the legislature acts on it.
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
After turning the children of America gay, it turns out that Disney’s hit film Frozen is also tricking kids into embracing witchcraft. Of course, that is just one of several anti-gay conspiracy theories we uncovered this week.
5. Gays Part Of New World Order/Freemason/Marxist Conspiracy
Religious Right pastor Scott Lively, who has played a role in influencing anti-gay laws in countries such as Uganda and Russia, explained in a recent interview that he believes the gay rights movement is a demonic, Marxist and Masonic plot to impose the New World Order.
“The whole New World Order system is a Marxist system, and there are different components of it, but the fact is that the homosexuals are the foot soldiers, they’re the main foot soldiers of this agenda,” he said.
4. Muslim-Americans Putting Republicans In ‘The Back Of The Bus’
GOP politician Lou Ann Zelenick has dedicated her career to opposing the right of Muslim residents of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to build a mosque in their town. After losing that battle, now anti-Muslim activists have moved on to fighting the planned construction of a cemetery next to the mosque.
At a recent court hearing addressing the legal challenge against the cemetery, Zelenick and her supporters snapped at a Muslim student journalist and a reporter for the local NBC affiliate.
Zelenick told the student journalist that she is “tired of having to be at the back of the bus.”
3. Frozen Turns Kids To Witchcraft
After arguing that the Disney film Frozen is turning children gay, pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson is now worried that Frozen is luring kids into witchcraft. While speaking with his co-host Steve Vaughn, who alleged that Frozen undermines faith in God, Swanson said that Frozen and other “magical tales turn out to be a means by which children are led into witchcraft.”
2. Arrests Of Democrats Are Part Of A Democratic Conspiracy
Leave it to Rush Limbaugh to claim that the arrests of three Democratic politicians on corruption charges are part of a Democratic conspiracy. Yesterday, Limbaugh said that FBI investigations into the elected officials are part of a Democratic plot to purge the party of “bad apples” before the midterm election in November: “It is entirely possible that what is going on here is that the head honchos of the Democrat party [sic] are basically behind an effort to take out all of their bad apples before the election, make them old news by the time the election comes around. The timing here is obviously curious and it really is hard to believe the FBI would be working against the wishes of the regime. Isn’t it?”
1. Satan Behind Abortion Rights, Gay Equality
According to televangelist Pat Robertson, Satan is the driving laws to protect abortion rights and legal equality for gays and lesbians as part of his attempt to wipe out the human race and “oppress” people of faith.
Robertson explained his views during a rant in which he insisted that Jesus wouldn’t have served a gay couple because the couple would have already been stoned to death.
Yesterday on Washington Watch, Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council sat down with Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land to discuss of Military Religious Freedom Foundation founder Mikey Weinstein, who is loathed by the Religious Right for his work against religious coercion in the military. Boykin urged listeners to pray for Weinstein because “he could be just like the Apostle Paul, if we could ever get him to open up and see the light” and become “a tremendous asset in the Christian world.”
Land added that the Religious Right’s opponents are pawns of Satan who need deliverance: “We do need to pray for our enemies, those that oppose us, because they’re victims. Our enemy is the Devil, our enemy is that old lion that walks about seeking whom he may devour and who is the god of this age and the prince of the power of the air and he has these people in their thrall.”
The same goes for gay rights advocates who criticized the charity World Vision for reversing its policy on married gay employees, he said.
“It’s not that we hate gays, it’s that we love scripture and love gays enough to tell them what the truth is,” Land said. “And the truth is that God does not condone same-sex sexual relations, period. They are an abomination to him and if we really love these people we are going to tell them the truth.”
Steve Sailer of the white nationalist site VDARE – also known as the originator of the now-popular “Sailer Strategy” for an all-white GOP – has a modest proposal for a new, segregated government leadership.
Sailer, who has apparently had quite enough of President Obama, suggests in a blog post today that “a giant empire like modern America would be better off splitting the roles of ceremonial Head of State and utilitarian Head of Government, rather than in getting them all entwined.”
He recommends that the new ceremonial position would be the perfect fit for “some senior black entertainment or athletic figure” such as Morgan Freeman or Oprah Winfrey.
He laments that instead of putting an African-American in a purely ceremonial role, “out of that urge, we elected a part time college professor to fill both jobs in a mediocre fashion.”
Having spent about 15 seconds in The Presence in 1987, Oprah remains the greatest natural politician I've ever met.
Personally, I think a giant empire like modern America would be better off splitting the roles of ceremonial Head of State and utilitarian Head of Government, rather than in getting them all entwined. The Premier or whatever we'd call him would, in today's culture, typically be some senior black entertainment or athletic figure: James Earl Jones in the past, Morgan Freeman today, Oprah tomorrow, maybe David Robinson after her.
Instead, out of that urge, we elected a part time college professor to fill both jobs in a mediocre fashion
WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah writes today that President Obama is not a Christian but “an enemy of believers – a tormenter of Christians, a persecutor,” who believes that “God is truly the enemy because He is the author of liberty.”
Obama is steering America to an “ungodly destination” by using “abortion and homosexuality as battering rams against the Christian faith,” Farah warns, leading to “disaster, catastrophe, death, destruction, misery [and] hopelessness.”
I can’t tell you how many times I was instructed and admonished about Jesus’ words from Matthew 7, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
But, as a Christian, scripture informs me that we will know people by their fruits. Obama’s fruits were well-known and well-documented by the time he first ran for president. Any true believer in the One True God would have had the discernment to view what he had sown and reaped.
Today it’s growing increasingly clear that far from being a believer, as Obama claimed in 2008, he is an enemy of believers – a tormenter of Christians, a persecutor.
I believe Obama and the agenda he personifies have used abortion and homosexuality as battering rams against the Christian faith.
For the proponent of unlimited government, God is truly the enemy because He is the author of liberty. He is the enemy because no one must serve a higher god than government. Men have been placing themselves in God’s place, divining right from wrong, since the Garden of Eden. There’s nothing new under the sun. It always leads to one end – disaster, catastrophe, death, destruction, misery, hopelessness.
Obama can scarcely take all the blame for our arrival at this ungodly destination. Believers are more responsible. They let it happen. They continue to allow it to happen. They have the power to direct the nation in a reverse course – just as the children of ancient Israel had the power.
The Washington Post today looked into Rand Paul’s efforts to build a national political operation as he gears up for a presidential campaign, and revealed that Paul had hired Fritz Wenzel to serve as his pollster:
For the rest of this year, his national team’s chief duties will be to take the lead in their respective states in planning fundraisers and meet-ups and helping Paul’s Washington-based advisers get a sense of where support is solid and where it’s not. This is especially important in key early primary battlegrounds, such as Iowa and New Hampshire, and in areas rich in GOP donors, such as Dallas and Chicago.
“A national leadership team is an important step, and it’s a critical one for the movement going forward,” said Fritz Wenzel, Paul’s pollster. “Rand has tremendous momentum, and the formation of this team will guide him as he gets closer to a decision and [will] serve as a foundation for a campaign.”
Wenzel runs Wenzel Strategies, the group behind several wildly inaccurate and conspiratorial polls, especially through its work as the polling arm for the far-right website WorldNetDaily. Wenzel’s group has:
Since Rand Paul is trying to distance himself from his own and his father’s extremist views, tapping WorldNetDaily’s pollster is probably not a good start to his effort to rebrand himself as a serious Republican leader.
In a speech to the Pearland, Texas, Tea Party last week, Center For Immigration Studies policy analyst Stephen Steinlight said that he would like to bring back the anti-communist McCarran Act in order to ban all Muslim immigration into the US.
Steinlight made his comments in response to audience member who asked, “Which is the quicker ticking time bomb: the illegal immigration through basically just amnesty, or the Muslim infiltration through radicals crossing the border?”
“I don’t know what on earth we can do about Muslim immigration, I really don’t,” he said. “I mean, if I had my druthers, we would bring back something like the McCarran act in the 50s, which barred communists and fascists on the grounds that they believe in things that are subversive to the Constitution. Well, Muslims believe in things that are subversive to the Constitution.”
“I think Islam is not so much a religion as a hideous totalitarian political creed looking for world supremacy,” he added.
He also criticized President Obama for associating with groups supposedly connected with the Holy Land Foundation trial (in 2010, a federal judge found that prosecutors had violated the Fifth Amendment rights of a number of American Islamic groups by naming them in connection with the trial). “I mean this is an administration that seems to despise our friends and love our enemies,” he said.
Questioner: Which is the quicker ticking time bomb: the illegal immigration through basically just amnesty, or the Muslim infiltration through radicals crossing the border? Which is the greater ticking time bomb for us?
Steinlight: Well, good question. I would say that they represent dangers, each in its own way, that are almost equal in their potential to be deeply harmful. I mean, Western Europe is going, if not gone. I don’t know what on earth we can do about Muslim immigration, I really don’t. I mean, if I had my druthers, we would bring back something like the McCarran act in the 50s, which barred communists and fascists on the grounds that they believe in things that are subversive to the Constitution. Well, Muslims believe in things that are subversive to the Constitution.
And we know that, we know that from their own writing and we know that from the Holy Land trial in 2008, all the organizations signing a document that said, we will destroy their evil house from inside. And, by the way, as you know, the people who are signatories have that document have been welcomed into the White House, have been honored. I mean this is an administration that seems to despise our friends and love our enemies.
It’s a great danger. I think Islam is not so much a religion as a hideous totalitarian political creed looking for world supremacy. And the only, the saving grace there is that the numbers, at least up to now, have been relatively know. But the capacity to do great damage is still there. I mean, it only took, what, 18 people, to destroy the World Trade Center.
In a speech to a Texas Tea Party group last week, Center For Immigration Studies senior policy analyst Stephen Steinlight warned that comprehensive immigration reform “amounts to a plot against America” that will kill the Constitution and cause Americans to “lose our liberty.” He called GOP reform supporters “psychotic,” joked that he’d like to attack pro-immigration religious leaders with “a baseball bat,” and speculated about a potential war between Texas and the federal government over immigration enforcement.
In a speech to the Pearland Tea Party on March 18, Steinlight posited that the Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal “amounts to a plot against America,” warning that it if it were to pass, “America will become California and the GOP will wither and die.” Republicans who support the bill, he said, “are psychotic, so greedy as to be politically blind, or just stupid.”
He went on to warn that if comprehensive immigration reform passes, “we will lose our liberty and become a one-party state" and the nation will “be balkanized along ethnic and cultural lines and lose its cohesion,” bringing about “the erosion of the middle class and the emergence of a vast, restive permanent underclass” (a theory straight of the Heritage Foundation’s infamously biased immigration study). He added that for good measure, “We will watch the Constitution become a dead letter, as the rule of law is overthrown.”
But Steinlight saved his greatest contempt for the many religious leaders who support immigration reform, saying, “God help me, find a baseball bat, there would be a whole lot fewer of them around.”
We’ll scrutinize the Gang of Eight’s draft bill, S744, because it’s the establishment’s policy template on both sides of the aisle, they’re all the same. Irredeemably flawed, it amounts to a plot against America
This [inaudible] guest worker program, what it means is an exponential increase in a constituency that will make the Democratic party the permanent ruling party in America. It will make the Democrats the PRI of the United States. All America will become California and the GOP will wither and die. The center of American politics will lurch far to the left. Republicans who support amnesty are psychotic, so greedy as to be politically blind, or just stupid.
If comprehensive immigration reform passes, we will lose our liberty and become a one-party state, we will watch our nation be balkanized along ethnic and cultural lines and lose its social cohesion, as we witness what is an essence a population transfer from another country with a different language, a different culture, which will become the dominant demographic in this country. We will witness the erosion of the middle class and the emergence of a vast, restive permanent underclass. We will watch the Constitution become a dead letter, as the rule of law is overthrown.
We did a study, a huge study, we got a lot of money from our main donor. And, by the way, we divided the study along religious lines, because we were interested in watching, because religious leaders – God help me, find a baseball bat, there would be a whole lot fewer of them around – but they are all of them, right across the spectrum, are the leaders of the amnesty. From the Conference of Catholic Bishops to every Jewish organization to the National Conference of Churches, all of them are all in the same league.
During the question-and-answer session of the presentation, an audience member asked Steinlight if the federal government would “go to war” with Texas if people in the state were to start “taking care of our own border.”
Steinlight replied that if that happens, “The federal government will send the United States Army into Texas and disarm you, violently or nonviolently.”
He compared such an event to the National Guard enforcing desegregation in the South, but told the audience member not to be offended by the comparison to segregationists.
Questioner: Now what would happen if the state of Texas, the Texas militia, just decided to heck with the federal government, put our militia on the border, started taking care of our own border? Would the federal government come after us?
Questioner: Would they actually bring in the military to do it?
Steinlight: I believe they would.
Questioner: So they would go to war with their own people to keep these people…
Steinlight: That’s correct. I mean, obviously, I’m not talking about the same context at all, so don’t be offended. If you think about what happened, say, in the South, during desegregation, when governors who wanted to defend integration used the National Guard – the federal government sent the 101st Airborne Division out. What I’m telling you right now is that if Texas militia, in Washington language, ‘takes the law into its own hands,’ that is to say tries to enforce the law that the federal government will not enforce, right? The federal government will send the United States Army into Texas and disarm you, violently or nonviolently. They will not permit it. They will regard it as an act of sedition. I’m not saying it in a supportive way, I’m saying there’s no other path they would take.
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Jim Garrow appeared on The Truth Is Viral earlier this month to warn that President Obama is “a totalitarian with a tendency to chop off heads” who is ushering in an Islamist-Marxist “overthrow of America.”
In fact, Garrow said, Obama will establish “the workers’ state” but only “after he becomes the Twelfth Imam,” a reference to a belief in Twelver Shiite Islam about the return of the Twelfth Imam.
He doesn’t know what an American is, he doesn’t know how to act like an American, he doesn’t know what to believe as an American, so he doesn’t present as an American, so he has constantly to be coached as to how he should act and what he should say. Otherwise, the totalitarian — that’s what I like to call him by the way. You mix up the Muslim part of him and you throw in the Marxist part of him, what do you got? You got a totalitarian with a tendency to chop off heads. He has no idea how to act but he is dedicated to the overthrow of America. Since the early years as he was taught, America is an evil thing. It is the Great Satan on the Muslim side and on the commie side from his grandparents he was taught that the proletariat would rise up against the bourgeoisie and the workers’ state could be brought to bear in the United States. Of course, that is partly what he’s after, now that’s after he becomes the Twelfth Imam.
Garrow also repeated his claim that Obama will fake communication with aliens in order to shore up his place in history, and that he will make the announcement in Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico.
The deal that’s been given to Obama, he has been given the assignment, the task, in order to put his place in history, this is going to be the defining moment for Obama that separates him from everybody, there will be an announcement soon that there has been contact on a number of different fronts with a number of different nations from alien life forms and that Mr. Obama has been asked by the collective community of the world, the United Nations included, to be the spokesperson for the world to this alien race. Of course the alien race has also requested that the most powerful nation in the world be represented as the people that they want to talk to. This will fix in time and space the fact that the alien presence is going to be made known to the rest of the world, all over the world at the same time and that Mr. Obama has been chosen to be the one to communicate, to be the communicator.
And I believe the announcement is supposed to be made in Roswell, New Mexico, Area 51.
But he wasn’t done there.
Garrow also said that Obama will begin selling federal land in the US to China in order to settle debts owned by the Chinese.
According to Garrow, China already has 250,000 troops stationed in the US posing as students, businesspeople and tourists who are ready to seize the property.
There are 250,000 Chinese troops in America right now. You can’t tell who they are because they look like students, they look like businesspeople, they look like all sorts of folks, tourists, whatever. There are 250,000 of them in the United States ready to move, to be the boots on the ground to take possession of the natural resources.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture yesterday on the nomination of John B. Owens to a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit—one that has been declared a judicial emergency and which has been vacant for almost 10 years. This moves forward the Senate judicial confirmations process that has been relentlessly slowed down by GOP obstruction. In an atmosphere of constant delays, it is commendable that Sen. Reid is taking action to get nominees confirmed, especially circuit court nominees.
Because of obstruction by Senate Republicans, nominations for the circuit court have been made particularly cumbersome. As we explained last month, if Senators refuse to provide “unanimous consent” to schedule a vote, Sen. Reid is forced to file a cloture petition to allow a yes or no vote on the nominee. Once cloture is invoked, Senate rules allow the minority to insist on “post-cloture debate”— up to 30 hours for circuit court nominees.
With six circuit court nominees now on the Senate calendar, (including the most recent addition, Fifth Circuit nominee Gregg Costa, who was recommended unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning) and more in the pipeline, Republicans can tie the Senate up for 180 hours of needless “post cloture debate” – that is weeks of floor time that could be spent doing something useful. Time is growing short to get them all confirmed by the end of the year. One easy answer is for Senate Republicans to forego their delaying tactics and permit the Senate to both confirm judicial nominees and perform the other important work waiting to be done. Until that happens, Sen. Reid should be applauded for pushing the process forward.
Religious Right activist Frank Turek claimed yesterday that Thomas Jefferson would lead a second American Revolution against the teaching of evolution.
In an interview on Washington Watch, Turek told the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins that by proscribing Creationism, public schools have effectively declared “that the Declaration of Independence is unconstitutional.”
“If [Jefferson] were to come back to America today and find that his tax dollars were going to pay public school teachers to teach his school children that his Declaration of Independence was unconstitutional, I think he’d start the Second American Revolution,” Turek insisted.
Perkins agreed: “I think you’re right.”
Turek: If these bureaucrats are going to say that we can’t mention Creation anywhere in school, I ask them this question: Are you telling me that the Declaration of Independence is unconstitutional? Because the Declaration of Independence talks about our Creator, it says we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, it says that we were created. Please don’t tell me the Declaration of Independence is unconstitutional. I think I know what Thomas Jefferson would do, the man who said that taxation without representation is tyranny, if he were to come back to America today and find that his tax dollars were going to pay public school teachers to teach his school children that his Declaration of Independence was unconstitutional, I think he’d start the Second American Revolution.
Perkins: I think you’re right.
Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly said today in her radio bulletin that the “the peculiar ideology of the feminists” is harming boys because it is encouraging “girls to enter boys’ fields” of study and employment. Apparently, some fields are reserved for boys, who Schlafly laments now “dislike school and have less interest in attending college” due to the nefarious actions of “a powerful network of feminists.”
“The feminists are at war with Mother Nature, and Mother Nature keeps winning, so the feminists are constantly angry at what they call patriarchy,” Schlafly added.
She also expressed concern about the emergence of a game called “Circle of Friends.” But as Slate’s Amanda Hess explains, “Circle of Friends” is just another name for freeze tag.
Many people do not realize the peculiar ideology of the feminists. They are not promoting equality of male and female; they are for interchangeability of the genders. The feminists are at war with Mother Nature, and Mother Nature keeps winning, so the feminists are constantly angry at what they call the patriarchy.
The feminists oppose competitive games where somebody wins and somebody else loses, and they manifest this particular ideology starting in elementary schools. The feminists do not like games that boys like such as the game of tag. Some feminists suggest a game called "Circle of Friends," a non-competitive version of tag, and that silliness has been implemented in a few schools. Taking winners and losers out of the game of tag and having them play non-competitive versions of other games are supposed to make rambunctious boys in grades K-through-3rd grade less competitive and less aggressive.
The scholar Christina Hoff Sommers has written extensively on the barriers that boys face in school and college. She points out that a powerful network of feminists is working to promote training for girls to enter boys’ fields, and have co-opted large sums of our tax dollars to spend lavishly to guide girls into fields dominated by boys. Here is one of one of Christina Hoff Sommers' helpful pieces of advice: "Instead of spending millions of dollars attempting to transform aspiring cosmetologists into welders, education officials should concentrate on helping young people, male and female, to enter careers that really interest them." Right now, boys are the under-served population requiring attention. When you reflect on how boys are treated in public schools, it's no wonder that they dislike school and have less interest in attending college. In many colleges, boys are now only about 40% of the student population.
Since we are tasked with watching the 700 Club every day, we were rather amused when televangelist Pat Robertson insisted in a recent interview with The Blaze that he is a “mainstream” pundit and not “some sort of right-wing extremist.” As Robertson explained today on his show, it is actually liberals who are the real zealots.
Robertson began his rant by falsely claiming that the Affordable Care Act is a government takeover of the health care system: “The government shouldn’t be providing health care, that’s not their job; the government should make an opportunity for the private sector to provide [health insurance].” (Of course, that is exactly what the Affordable Care Act does by establishing private health insurance exchanges.)
“This thing has been an absolute disaster,” Robertson continued. “The president has been willing to destroy the health supply of our entire nation to accommodate the left-wing, this is left-wing ideology and we’ve got to resist it. You’ll find it in terms of the labor market, you’ll find it in terms of environmentalism. The left are people who are filled with this righteous zeal, they’re zealots and they don’t have a balanced perspective on life. Whenever they get in charge of something, they ruin it.”
He later remarked that “extremists” and “fanatics” run the Democratic Party: “They’re not facing reality, that’s what these extremists do, they don’t face reality, and those of us who have any kind of sense about the world that we live in have got to stand up against these fanatics because they are fanatics but unfortunately they control one of the major parties in America.”
The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer spent part of yesterday’s program talking about the arguments in the Hobby Lobby case, including the fear that if the Supreme Court exempts the business from the contraception coverage mandate, it could open the door to broad religious exemptions from many types of employment regulations .
Fischer declared that this fear was preposterous, because, he claimed, nobody would ever sue on religious grounds to evade the minimum wage requirement (which Fischer said that he in fact has religious objections to) or to discriminate in hiring on the basis of gender. But he then went directly on to tell about how he himself had discriminated on the basis of gender when he was hiring for receptionist and secretary positions at his church.
“I wanted the most welcoming, inviting, hospitable voice I could find on our end of the line,” he said. “And I said, guys, don’t bother to apply. I’m discriminating on the basis of gender here, males need not apply for this position.”
“One of the things that God has built into women,” he continued, “I believe, is he’s designed them to be warm, to be hospitable, to be open-hearted, to be open-handed, to have their arms open, to be welcoming, to be receptive, to create a nurturing, welcoming environment.
“I’ve got other jobs I want guys to do in the church, but this job is going to be reserved for a woman because of the unique things that God has built into women.”
He then invited the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to sue him.
Radio host and pastor Kevin Swanson, who previously warned that Frozen is a Satanic movie that turns kids gay, today claimed that Frozen and similar movies “are the means that children are led into witchcraft” and are part of Hollywood’s attempt to turn children away from God.
Swanson’s Generations Radio co-host Steve Vaughn argued that Frozen character Anna considers herself to be God: “If God does not exist and we are ourselves God, then we make up the rules and we can let ourselves go, we can let ourselves by, we save ourselves. That’s what a lot of these movies do. Even with Frozen, Anna saved herself, she had the frozen heart and she did an act of love and saved herself. That’s just the way it is, when you’re God you make up the rules.”
“These magical powers you find in these movies often times not attributed to God himself, God is not recognized, God is not worshiped, God is not seen as the source of power and thus many of these magical tales turn out to be a means by which children are led into witchcraft,” Swanson said.
Vaughn: If God does not exist and we are ourselves God, then we make up the rules and we can let ourselves go, we can let ourselves by, we save ourselves. That’s what a lot of these movies do. Even with Frozen, Anna saved herself, she had the frozen heart and she did an act of love and saved herself. That’s just the way it is, when you’re God you make up the rules and what I just did wasn’t wrong according to me.
Swanson: I wish that people would step back and ask: What’s the ethic? What’s the basic metaphysic? In many of these movies produced in Hollywood, God is not the source of power, God’s not the ultimate source of ethics. And when God’s not the source of power, then power is something that is achieved from within oneself or within the closed universe, something to discover from within the closed universe. These magical powers you find in these movies oftentimes not attributed to God himself, God is not recognized, God is not worshiped, God is not seen as the source of power and thus many of these magical tales turn out to be a means by which children are led into witchcraft.
Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition emailed members yesterday to inform them that Hobby Lobby’s challenge of the contraception coverage mandate is necessary to stop the Obama administration and Planned Parenthood’s supposed “agenda of population control” and attempts to diminish freedom in America.
She added that the HHS mandate is part of a larger attack on freedom coming through the “IRS scandal” and “Islamic shariah law both at home and abroad.”
We are just one breath away from freedom.
Today the oral arguments for the Hobby Lobby case was heard in Washington, and in the snow and rain hundreds of folks turned out in support of religious liberty.
The world is seeing it for what it is.
Even the media has started to turn on Obama.
Families faced with crippling increases have nowhere to turn.
...but the Obama administration is bent on pushing its agenda of population control.
Planned Parenthood and the Obama administration have been scheming for this for the last six years. This is their time – their only time – to cram it through.
Traditional Values Coalition remains the largest Christian organization in America fighting back against Obamacare and the HHS Mandate, with over 43,000 churches and ministeriums and millions of Christian, Bible-believing Americans supporting our work.
...and should it come down to a U.S. Supreme Court justice nomination fight, it will be TVC on the camera, TVC in the halls of power, TVC working the committee rooms – because few organizations in Washington have the access and confidence to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill.
Hobby Lobby is just the tip of the iceberg. Between the IRS scandal, the attacks on the religious liberties on military chaplains, the silencing and shaming of those standing up to the horrors of Islamic shariah law both at home and abroad, few voices have the courage to stand up and do what is right – even when it’s unpopular.