Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson told one curious viewer that indeed demons and Satan are real. However, he cautioned the viewer against seeking out ministers who preach nonsense and claim that they can cast out demons.
“Most people don’t know what a demon is like and you get these people who are into demon-casting-out ministry and it’s a lot of hokum and they can do a lot of psychological damage to people, telling them that they have demons,” Robertson said.
Robertson then seemed to contradict his own point by advising viewers of the prayer he personally uses “that takes care of demons.”
Of course, Robertson has a long record of “demon-casting out” himself, calling on members to rebuke the demonic spirits in their sweaters, household objects, artwork and games like Dungeons & Dragons.
He also believes that adopted children can bring “demonic influences” into their new home, homosexuality is “related to demonic possession” and people who practice karate are “inhaling demonic spirits.”
So if you need someone to cast out demons, just ask Pat Robertson, not one of the ministers preaching “hokum.”
In an interview with WorldNetDaily’s radio network posted today, Phyllis Schlafly declared that she was “tired of” Republican presidential “losers,” and said that at last week’s CPAC she was impressed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
In particular, Schlafly liked Jindal’s comments about immigrants not becoming “hyphenated Americans,” saying that “these illegals…don’t want to be assimilated into America.”
“I also thought a very good speech was made by Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, who covered a lot of important issues, and particularly the fact that we do not want a lot of these illegals to be assimilated, and they don’t want to be assimilated into America,” she said. “I think anybody that’s let into this country for permanent residency should want to be an American, and if they don’t want to be an American and abide by our constitutional laws, we shouldn’t let them in.”
After announcing the formation of an exploratory committee for his likely presidential campaign, Ben Carson appeared on CNN’s “New Day” this morning, where he outlined his view that homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice.
“A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay,” Carson said. “Did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
Carson’s absurd statement shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he has a long record of making similarly offensive and inaccurate claims about gay people. Here are just five of Carson’s most notorious anti-gay comments:
5) Gay Marriage Part Of Marxist Plot Against America
In a speech to the National Organization for Marriage last year, Carson warned that “neo-Marxists” who plan to “bring America down” and impose the “New World Order” have their sights set on “attacking” religion and families. Carson cited the book “The Naked Communist” — a favorite of anti-UN conspiracy theorists — as proof that movements such as the gay rights struggle are designed to “weaken the structure of America.”
Carson also claims that gay marriage supporters are among the “hateful,” “enemies” of the American people and that any federal judge who rules in favor of marriage equality should be removed from office.
4) Gay Rights ‘Compromise’
Carson said last year that he had found a “compromise” that could satisfy gay marriage opponents and supporters alike: gay people can’t get married. He explained that while gay people “can do what they want to do” and “form some other kind of relationship and call it something else,” they should not be allowed to get married since that would be like arguing that 2+2=5.
3) Affirming Churches Offend God
While the likely GOP presidential candidate frequently claims that he is a victim of anti-Christian prejudice, Carson has no problem attacking Christians who accept gay people and churches that perform same-sex weddings. Carson told Religious Right icon James Dobson last year that such Christians are “distorting” marriage” and are “really going pretty deep into the finger-in-your-eye to God.”
2) Gay Marriage Threatens Free Speech
Carson contends that liberals who criticize his views are trying to restrict “the freedom of speech [and] the freedom of expression.” He told CPAC last year that he will never give in to those “who have tried in many cases to shut me up” since it should be obvious to all that while “gay people should have the same rights as everyone else,” they “don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage.”
1) Grouping Gay People With Pedophiles
As Carson sees it, gay people are trying “to impose their lifestyle on everyone else,” and it is up to Carson to speak up against them. In a 2013 interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, he even went so far as to group gay people with people who want to have sex with children and animals.
“Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said. “It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn't matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition. So he, it’s not something that is against gays, it’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications.”
In the past few weeks, there has been renewed media attention on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to drop out of Marquette University before completing his college degree, as various reporters try to unravel the story of the potential presidential candidate’s final college years.
Although this sort of attention to an unusual detail in the life of a potential presidential candidate is nothing new, birthers like Donald Trump have been accusing the media of a “double standard” for covering Walker’s college years while supposedly neglecting Obama’s — a reference to the birther myth that the president has “sealed” his college transcripts in order to hide something about his identity.
But it turns out that it’s not just people like Trump who are using this talking point. In an interview with radio host Dana Loesch at CPAC last week, Walker gave a nod to those who are skeptical of President Obama’s history.
Referring to the stories about the Wisconsin governor’s college days, Loesch told Walker, “You’ve already been more vetted than the commander-in-chief.”
“Yeah,” Walker responded. “And more written about my college days than the president. I unsealed my records!”
This Sunday on Univision America Network’s “Newsmaker Sunday with Fernando Espuelas,” Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader and board member of People For the American Way, discussed the dangers of the Kochs’ Libre Initiative to the Latino community. During the interview, Huerta emphasized that despite the image the Libre Initiative is trying to project to Latino voters, the organization is actually working to get anti-immigrant and anti-worker candidates elected.
“We’ve got to let our community know that Libre, which is funded by the Koch brothers, are not our friends,” Huerta said.
Dolores Huerta: The one thing that’s really concerning just now is that the Koch brothers have started a new initiative, called Libre, which targets Latino voters. They’re really deceiving the voters and trying to make them think that they’re supporting immigration reform, but at the same time, they are supporting all of the Republican candidates that are right now trying to keep Obama’s executive actions from taking effect. They’re putting unlimited amounts of money into getting politicians elected that are anti-immigrant, anti-workers, anti-clean environment, and they’re going to try to confuse Latino voters into thinking that they’re their friends. We’ve got to let our community know that Libre, which is funded by the Koch brothers, are not our friends.
Fernando Espuelas: In particular in the 2014 cycle, Libre spent millions of dollars to bring down certain Latino candidates in Florida and elsewhere, with what objectively would seem to be lies in their commercials. Do you think this is a real menace going forward, including in 2016?
Dolores Huerta: Oh I think so! Basically they’ll just be telling a lot of lies and making people think that the candidates they’re supporting are pro-immigrant, at the same time that they’re voting against everything that we’re trying to get for immigration reform. So it’s a very deceptive, but very well-funded operation….We [have to] spread the message that when people hear the word libre, it doesn’t mean libre [free], it means cadenas, it means chains, just the opposite of libre. This is a ruse that is going to try to entrap people, try to confuse them. We want to do a better job to inform and to educate the Latino voting public who your friends are and who your enemies are. And one of those big enemies is going to be Libre, the group that wants to put us in chains. There’s a good saying in Spanish, dar gato por liebre, so this is dar gato por Libre.
You can listen to the entire interview here:
For more information about the Libre Iniative, see People For the American Way’s report, “The Libre Initiative: The Koch Brothers’ Focus on Latino Voters.” The report is also available in Spanish here.
Likely Presidential contenders Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal will headline the American Renewal Project’s Pastors and Pews event in Iowa next week, according to the Des Moines Register. By leading the event, Cruz and Jindal ally themselves with one of the most inflammatory voices in the Republican Party: David Lane, who founded the American Renewal Project.
“By standing with David Lane, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal show their extreme anti-gay allegiances and their blatant disregard for the fundamental American value of embracing religious freedom,” said People For the American Way President Michael Keegan. “We deserve to know why Cruz and Jindal would align themselves with David Lane and this event.”
All members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) have been invited to attend the event. RNC chair Reince Priebus also has previously sung the praises of David Lane, and Priebus ignored calls from PFAW and others to cancel the recent RNC trip to Israel that Lane organized.
PFAW’s Right Wing Watch blog has long documented the bigoted statements of David Lane. Here are some of the key examples:
“Homosexuals praying at the Inauguration” of President Obama in 2013 will provoke God’s wrath in the form of “car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa.” [7/23/13]
“Our long-term strategy must be to place the Bible in Public Schools as the principle [sic] textbook of American education.” [1/29/15]
“America was founded by Christians, as a Christian nation.” [7/17/13]
Republicans who support marriage equality are like politicians who backed slavery in the run-up to the Civil War. [1/29/15]
While “America was a Christian nation” since its founding, now it must choose between being “a Christian nation or a pagan nation.” [7/17/13]
Americans “grovel to the false god of Islam”; “America, a Christian nation in heritage and culture, is being dismantled brick by brick.” [1/29/15]
See more here.
On her radio program this morning, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios claimed once again that young immigrants are responsible for a recent outbreak of Enterovirus D68, even though health experts have found that there is no link between immigrants and the debilitating illness. After reading a Washington Post story about the illness that didn’t mention any connection with immigration, Rios went ahead and suggested that Central American children who “were shuttled to unknown place around the country” spread Enterovirus D68 to other kids.
Rios backed up this assertion by claiming that immigrant children don’t have any basic understanding of hygiene and are largely unvaccinated, despite the fact that Central Americans have a higher vaccination rate than U.S. youth. She even claimed that the kids don’t even know how to use the bathroom.
“We have vaccinations and hygiene and cleanliness and we teach people in western civilization how to go to the bathroom properly, how to take care of things, how to do things in a sanitary way,” Rios said. “Do you not think that when we open our borders to a glut of people from another world who have never been trained, don’t know that, that that’s not going to bring in disease?”
Walid Shoebat, a right-wing activist and frequent Fox News guest who has built his career around the questionable claim that he is an “ex-terrorist,” told Alaska politician and radio host Joe Miller in an interview last week that Islamists in the Middle East are seeking to introduce an anti-Christian tyranny that will ultimately “bring in homosexual rights” and “rights to cannibalism” because “that’s how tyrannies work.”
“The Islamification process is not just the idea of making it difficult for Christians like you see in the Palestinian arena,” he told Miller.
“Now it’s really transforming into something more. In other words, tyranny begins at that stage, in which tyranny wants to basically bring in homosexual rights, pretty soon it will be rights to cannibalism, rights to polygamy, rights to [etc.] And that’s how tyrannies work. It’s not just Islamo-tyranny, but any tyranny, this is how it works,” he said.
When Brody asked Carson for his views about “this whole F.C.C. net neutrality thing,” Carson gave a baffling response that seemed to have nothing to do with net neutrality, which ensures that internet service providers treat all internet content equally, as he suggested that the principle of the open internet somehow will lead to more secrecy and less privacy.
Carson told Brody that President Obama and others want to “impose another level of secrecy and control in the private lives of citizens” through net neutrality, arguing that officials should instead focus on “exploring ways to allow people to do what they want to do, they’ve been doing it for years, so why should we now impose a layer of government control.”
As we noted earlier, former GOP Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller is launching a new chapter as a right-wing radio host, and recruited an all-star cast of activists to be guests on his show in its opening weeks. Miller set the tone for the program with his very first guest, prominent anti-immigration activist and Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, who discussed with Miller the “cultural damage” being done by high levels of immigration.
Miller lamented to Kobach that too many people “react with sympathy and empathy” to undocumented immigrants when really President Obama’s executive actions on immigration amount to “the destruction of a nation.”
“If you’ve got a country that doesn’t protect its borders, doesn’t protect the integrity of its people, what do we become?” he asked.
He added that immigration reform would endanger the Second Amendment because “there’s no concept of the Second Amendment in Mexico, people don’t have the right to have guns, they don’t understand the constitutional right here.”
Kobach picked up on the argument, fearing that since “our schools aren’t pushing American culture and our American creed anymore,” immigrants are failing to assimilate, resulting in both “economic damage” and “cultural damage.”
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson said that the Islamic world has largely embraced violent extremism “like a trigger went off” and “something activated this latent spirit in Islam.”
Robertson said that while Christians in the Middle East should love their Muslim neighbors, they must “be aware that they are trying to kill you.”
Earlier in the program, the televangelist repeated his frequent refrain that President Obama is aiding Islamic extremists, telling listeners that Obama has “a desire to somehow weaken America, weaken western power and build up Islam.”
“His action time and time again is favoring Islam and not favoring America and what we would call western democracy,” Robertson said.
Yesterday People For the American way joined more than fifty other organizations in sending a letter to President Obama asking him to issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose all of their political spending.
Right now, corporations with government contracts are able to funnel unlimited sums of dark money to influence the elections of those who can put pressure on the officials deciding who is awarded future contracts. Contracts should be awarded to those best for the job, not those who can shell out the most political cash.
But with the stroke of a pen, President Obama could require that government contractors disclose their political spending. This would increase transparency and accountability in our democracy and bring us closer to the “better politics” the president called for in his State of the Union address – a politics in which we “spend less time drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter.”
And we are indeed drowning in dark money. In 2014's ten most competitive Senate contests, more than 70 percent of outside money spent in support of the winner was from dark money groups.
As the letter notes,
Six years into your presidency, and five years after the Supreme Court issued its tragically misguided ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, we’re now living in a Wild West campaign spending world… Against this backdrop, it is imperative that you act.
Tamara Colbert of Mama Grizzly Radio took to WorldNetDaily today to blast “Swami Obama” for his support for net neutrality, or as she calls it, “net brutality.”
Colbert, who seems completely unaware of the principle behind net neutrality, baselessly alleged that the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules will enable the government to “regulate speech on the Internet,” telling readers to “kiss the First Amendment goodbye, right behind the rest of the Constitution.”
Warning that net neutrality will help Obama “brutalize Americans” and transform “America into a socialist utopia no better than what Hugo Chavez did to Venezuela or Castro’s Cuba,” she wrote that Obama is acting like an abuser who beats his spouse in order “to control you.”
“It’s all poop – everything the federal government touches turns to poop – health care, airport security, education, the IRS, the EPA, the federal courts … and now the Internet,” Colbert said. “It’s time to stop the abuse and clean up the poop.”
Last week the FCC ruled in favor of Net Neutrality, which is anything but – according to the two opposing FCC commissioners who, dare I say, are heroes who tried to alert the public as to the tyranny once again about to be forced upon us for the sake of the greater good. Ajit Pai and Mike O’Reilly, the two Republican commissioners, said that these new rules will crush innovation, increases taxes and fees and finally give the FCC policing power over the Internet. This isn’t Net Neutrality; it’s net brutality!
What is more insidious, which many of us on the conservative side predicted, is that progressives see this as a victory enalbing [sic] them to now control and regulate speech on the Internet. Let the beatings continue, as we kiss the First Amendment goodbye, right behind the rest of the Constitution in the toilet of government-run anything. The most ironic and idiotic statement came from Commissioner Mignon Clyburn who said that America’s “Framers would be pleased” with the 332-page plan (to destroy the Internet).
The deception isn’t just Houdini sleight of hand, but that of an abuser – who lures you in with all the niceties and gifts for months of wooing, only to backhand you at the first chance he gets to remind you where your place is in his world. At first you’re shocked and try to justify that he was just tired; had a bad day; didn’t really mean it. You shake it off because the package looks so good, and everyone else thinks he’s wonderful, so you wonder if it’s “you.” That’s hope.
Before you know it, the emotional and physical abuse is spattered in between the gifts – which come less frequently now and typically get thrown at you, like scraps from the table, to keep you hanging by a sheer thread that everything is OK. Now your abuser thinks that you like the beatings because you don’t speak up. Your silence is a deafening seal of approval for his sadistic treatment of you, and from here things only get worse. He doesn’t really love you; he wants to control you. Here’s the change.
Net Neutrality is anything but neutral; it’s biased. Swami Obama and his administration are out to brutalize Americans – see how generous he has been with the wooing of America. He said a lot of things on the campaign trail in 2007 that hoodwinked many to fall in love with the concept of the first black president. Meanwhile, he is thinking, as most abusers do, that he just has to be nice and kind to gain control of the relationship.
Let’s face it: The American people who have supported Swami Obama are traumatized by being abused for more than six years and the progressive beat-down that lasted for another 90 years prior to Obama. The free stuff was there to get everyone hooked – free Internet, free phones, food stamps, affordable health care, unlimited unemployment benefits and free community college. When millions of Americans stood up to say “no” to the abuse, they got backhanded by the mainstream media, progressives on Capitol Hill (both sides of the aisle mind you) and Hollywood hacks, until they fell back in line, albeit a bit worse for wear, discouraged and demoralized. And just like magic, the swami didn’t have his hand on any of it. The scars from emotional abuse don’t leave fingerprints.
Net Neutrality is a major step in this screwed-up relationship to fully control an abused populace into believing that suddenly now everyone is going to have free Internet. Only now the Swami is gearing up for his last trick – he’s got less than two years to finish fundamentally transforming America into a socialist utopia no better than what Hugo Chavez did to Venezuela or Castro’s Cuba.
Seriously, does anyone think that the Thomas Edison light bulb or a toilet that used enough water to actually flush poop down was a direct threat to society? Seriously? I’m laughing as I write this because the key connection here is POOP. It’s all poop – everything the federal government touches turns to poop – health care, airport security, education, the IRS, the EPA, the federal courts … and now the Internet.
It’s time to stop the abuse and clean up the poop.
Joe Miller, who as the Tea-Party backed Republican Senate candidate in Alaska in 2010 was defeated by a write-in campaign for incumbent Lisa Murkowski, lost his second Senate bid last year and has now apparently decided to reinvent himself as a right-wing radio host.
Last month, Miller launched a radio program that is broadcast online and on a couple of stations in Alaska, and in his first few weeks managed to secure interviews with conservative activists including Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt, Ret. Major General Paul Vallely and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Signaling the ease with which he’s transitioning from a politician to a radio host, Miller also scored interviews with a number of prominent birthers, including WorldNetDaily’s Jerome Corsi, attorney Herb Titus and, of course, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whom he thanked for his “admirable” ongoing effort to prove that the president’s birth certificate is a forgery.
Miller told Arpaio that he knows something’s not right with Obama’s record, falsely claiming that the president has spent “millions” to “protect his college records” and that “there’s really no dispute” that “his Selective Service registration card that’s been published is a forgery.”
He added that the media is enforcing a “double standard” in questioning why Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left college before graduating. “You talk about a double standard. I mean, here you’ve got a media attacking Scott Walker because they don’t know why he left school the last year, and yet they don’t lift a finger on President Obama,” he said.
Arpaio agreed that the president’s background is so questionable that “I don’t think he would be hired in our office when you get right down to it,” and lamented that it’s “a little strange” that he’s the only one investigating the long-moot birth certificate issue.
“It is,” Miller responded. “And any time that you stand up and you say, hey, look, I’m going to stand for what’s right, you end up being the target on it. And the stand that you’ve taken, not just on that issue but on illegal aliens and the other issues you’re facing, are admirable.”
Franklin Graham wants everyone to know that the White House has been “infiltrated by Muslims,” even though he can’t name a single one. The right-wing pastor seems upset that any Muslims are allowed to serve in the U.S. government at all, telling Pat Robertson’s son, Gordon, on the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that Muslims are now running the show and will begin to persecute Christians in America, with Obama’s help.
“We’re going to see persecution, I believe, in this country because our president is very sympathetic to Islam and the reason I say that, Gordon, is because his father was a Muslim, gave him a Muslim name, Barack Hussein Obama,” he said. “His mother married another Muslim man, they moved to Indonesia, he went to Indonesian schools. So, growing up his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam. It wasn’t Christianity, it was Islam.”
“There are Muslims that have access to him in the White House, our foreign policy has a lot of influence now from Muslims. We see the Prime Minister of Israel being snubbed by the president and by the White House and by the Democrats and it’s because of the influence of Islam. They hate Israel and they hate Christians, and so the storm is coming,” Graham said.
Later in the program, Graham also lamented that the Bush administration “allowed Muslims to come into various governmental agencies,” warning that “you now have radical Islamists that are advising various levels of government and it’s going to get worse.”
“We as Christians are going to lose,” he said.
On his Facebook page, he also accused these unnamed Muslim advisers of anti-Semitism:
Why is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being shunned by the liberal media, congress, and President Barack Obama? I believe it’s because this administration has been heavily influenced by Muslims speaking into and giving advice in various areas of the White House. They are anti-Israel and anti-Semitic—and they are influencing the president who as we all know was raised with a strong Muslim influence in his life. His father and his stepfather were Muslims and he attended Islamic schools. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been a friend to the US and deserves our respect. They’re treating our friend and ally as an enemy.
Potential GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina stopped by “Sandy Rios In The Morning” on Friday at CPAC, where she and Rios discussed reports that the Clinton family’s charitable foundation received donations from foreign countries. Fiorina, who has close ties to the foundation, dedicated part of the interview to attacking Hillary Clinton over the contributions.
Towards the end of the interview, Rios told Fiorina to “remember that Hamas and Hezbollah does [sic] charity work too, I’m not talking about yours, but you said that the Clinton Foundation does good work, that’s the way the left always operates, they do some good stuff.”
Fiorina said that she will at least credit the foundation for doing “some good work in Haiti,” but “now we see that there is a corruption in that foundation that is truly problematic.”
“Very dangerous, actually,” Rios added.
Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage spoke to Sandy Rios last week at CPAC to promote his group’s “March for Marriage,” which will coincide with Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.
Brown told Rios that marriage equality advocates are using “ludicrous” and “absurd” arguments while seeking to give the judiciary so much power that it threatens “the nature of what it means to have a constitutional republic.”
“We need to stand up against it because if they can do this on marriage, folks who are concerned about gun rights, taxes, anything, if we give the courts the power to rewrite our constitution at will, then we have lost our republican form of government and that’s something everyone should be standing up and saying ‘no we’re not going to accept this,’” Brown said.
On Thursday’s edition of “Trunews,” End Times radio host Rick Wiles invited pastor Robert Jeffress to discuss his new book, “Countdown to the Apocalypse: Why ISIS and Ebola Are Only the Beginning.” But minutes before Jeffress even appeared on the program, Wiles stole the show by outlining his predictions for the new year, which he said he revealed in an email last November.
According to Wiles, President Obama will soon declare himself a dictator who will lead the “progressive-socialist-communist faction of the Democratic Party” to perpetual power as he rallies “progressives to march over the Potomac River with him to their final glory as communist comrades.”
“Metaphorically, Barack Obama will shout, ‘The die is cast!’” Wiles said. “He will tell his hardcore communist supporters, ‘It is all or nothing. There is no turning back. We must conquer or die.’”
I sent out an urgent email on November 3, 2014, the day before the U.S. elections, I sent this out to our partners alerting them to what I expected would happen after Election Day in 2014. I said: ‘In the remaining weeks of 2014 and throughout 2015, Barack Obama will strike like a thunderbolt against all persons who dare to oppose his communist agenda. Persecution will come down on patriots, conservatives, and Protestant evangelical, Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians who speak against him. He will defy the U.S. Senate. He will consolidate power in Washington. He will rule by executive decrees. He will act like a “dictator in perpetuity.” He may even refuse to leave the White House in January 2017.’
I summarized what I believe would happen starting the day after the U.S. midterm elections November 4, 2014. I said: ‘The Democrats will be ousted from control of the Senate. Control of the Senate will swing to America’s conservative ruling class in the Republican Party. The Republicans will also sweep control of many state governorships and legislatures.’ Check that off, it happened.
I also said: ‘Metaphorically, Barack Obama will shout, “The die is cast!” He will tell his hardcore communist supporters, “It is all or nothing. There is no turning back. We must conquer or die.”’ Check that one off too. I also said Barack Obama will ‘brazenly defy the new conservative U.S. Senate.’ Check it off, he’s done it, he doesn’t even recognize them, he doesn’t need them.
I said: ‘With lightning speed, he will rule by executive decree. He will arrogantly mock his critics and dare them to stop his agenda.’ Check it off, he’s done that one too. I said, ‘He will rally the progressives to march over the Potomac River with him to their final glory as communist comrades. In desperation of being the darling of the progressive-socialist-communist faction of the Democratic Party, Mr. Obama will promise them everything they’ve ever dreamed of forcing onto America and he’ll do it through executive orders.’ Check it off, he’s doing it right now.
While Girl Scouts across the country spent this past weekend selling and distributing Girl Scout cookies, many right-wing activists will not be joining the rest of us in enjoying Thin Mints and Samoas.
For the past several years, conservative groups have urged their members not to touch the cookies, warning that doing so will support communism, abortion and homosexual indoctrination. The Girl Scouts’ right-wing detractors commonly cite the discredited myth that the group is funding Planned Parenthood, and the even stranger that it is turning children into lesbian, socialist activists.
Here are the three wildest claims that right-wing activists make about the girls’ empowerment organization:
1) Girl Scouts Push ‘Lesbianism’ On Children!
The Girl Scouts’ strong stance against discrimination has put the organization in the far right’s crosshairs, with anti-LGBT activists claiming that the Girl Scouts’ acceptance of lesbian and bisexual members really means that they are somehow pushing “lesbianism” on children.
Back in 2013, Mission America’s Linda Harvey accused the Scouts of teaching “homosexual lifestyles” to girls, along with “an attitude of suspicion toward males in general.” One right-wing columnist, Jane Chastain of WorldNetDaily, alleged last year that the Scouts not only promote legal “prostitution,” but send children home from camp telling “stories of lesbianism.”
Perhaps no one captures this particular paranoia better than Religious Right radio host Kevin Swanson, who once literally begged his listeners to not purchase Girl Scout cookies.
“I don’t want to support lesbianism, I don’t want to support Planned Parenthood and I don’t want to support abortion, and if that be the case I’m not buying Girl Scout cookies,” Swanson said on his “Generations Radio” program in 2013. “Please, I beg of you, do not buy Girl Scout cookies. Please, I beg of you, stop buying Girl Scout cookies. And if you do, take a big black magic marker and cross out all of the references to Girl Scouts of America on all of the signs and all of the boxes because we do not want to promote that organization.”
Swanson added that Girl Scouts will eventually become voters who will put “a communist in the White House in the year 2020.”
2) Girl Scouts Promote Abortion And ‘Promoscuity’!
Conservatives were incensed when Girl Scouts of the USA tweeted out a Huffington Post article on notable women of 2013, asking Twitter followers who they thought was the ‘woman of the year.’ The article mentioned people like Malala Yousafzai and Beyoncé, but also included a lengthy video chat during which Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis and her famous filibuster against an anti-abortion bill were mentioned. While the Scouts didn’t endorse anyone in the post, conservatives seized on the tweet to resurrect the myth that Girl Scout cookie sales fund Planned Parenthood.
One Family Research Council official, Cathy Ruse, said in 2012 that the “radicals” leading the Girl Scouts seek to “promote abortion” and “push for same-sex marriage,” alleging that Scout leaders believe that “abortion and sex-ed and promiscuity for very young girls is a good thing.”
FRC president Tony Perkins warned on the same 2012 radio program that the people behind the Scouts’ “liberal indoctrination” efforts are “not having kids so they want to make sure they can get our kids.” He said that by encouraging “promiscuity,” future Scouts will need to go to Planned Parenthood clinics: “[I]t makes sense for Planned Parenthood to want to be teamed up with the Girl Scouts because that’s a client base for them if they can get this information into their hands to encourage promiscuity and behavior that would lead them into Planned Parenthood clinics.”
The even group went so far as to target the Girl Scouts in a prayer alert.
Fox News pundit Todd Starnes has also called on his fans to boycott the cookie drives, saying last year that cookie-buyers should seek out more “wholesome alternatives” since “Girl Scout money was helping to fund Planned Parenthood.” American Family Association president Tim Wildmon also called for a cookie boycott last year, saying that “buying Girl Scout cookies serves only to further facilitate a very liberal pro-abortion agenda.”
Dan Gainor of the conservative Media Research Center was boycotting Girl Scout cookies as early as 2012, boasting that his entire office had sworn off the cookies since they were “destroying young women in America.”
3) Girl Scouts Commit ‘Child Abuse’ By Accepting Transgender Girls!
The far-right lit into the Girl Scouts in 2012 after one troop in Colorado decided to accept a 7-year-old transgender girl, citing its chapter’s policy that “if a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout.”
Perkins urged FRC members to boycott the Scouts since they “decided to admit boys who dress as girls” and Ruse said that the organization’s inclusive policy amounted to child abuse: “You’ve got a cross-dresser in the front office, you’ve got little boys admitted as little girls and those poor little girls in those troops have to pretend this is a girl? That’s child abuse in some people’s estimation.”