TheDove TV’s “Focus Today” show on Monday featured conservative commentator Josh Bernstein, who claimed that if Donald Trump's campaign would hire him, he could "guarantee" to get the presumptive GOP nominee a 20-point lead over Hillary Clinton by August 1, presumably through his brilliant plan to have Trump feature female speakers at the Republican National Convention in an effort to combat his sexist, racist image.
Trump should "turn the convention into literally a Lifetime Channel type of convention,” Benstein advised. “I would have three- or four-to-one female speakers over male speakers, preferably folks that worked for him, that came up through the Trump organization and can tell their personal stories about Donald Trump, because the left and the media has painted him as some kind of sexist or racist and I think that those images can be put on display.”
Bernstein also recommended that the Trump campaign should "hire me, because I guarantee I can get him over 20 points by August 1.”
Newman’s views are so extreme that he said a man convicted of murdering an abortion provider was “little more than a political prisoner” who should have been allowed to argue that he was performing a “justifiable defensive action” and “present a defense that claimed that the killing of the abortionist was necessary to save the lives of the pre-born babies that were scheduled to be killed by abortion that day.”
In addition to our personal guilt in abortion, the United States government has abrogated its responsibility to properly deal with the blood-guilty. This responsibility rightly involves executing convicted murderers, including abortionists, for their crimes in order to expunge bloodguilt from the land and people.
Rejecting that innocent blood is to reject the only standard that is effective against innocent bloodshed, excluding the lawful execution of the murderers, which is commanded by God in Scripture.
While speaking with a group of evangelical leaders in New York on Tuesday, Donald Trump appeared to question Hillary Clinton’s faith, according to a brief video clip released by conservative activist E.W. Jackson. “We don't know anything about Hillary in terms of religion,” the presumptive Republican nominee told the audience, according to a transcript by The Hill. “Now, she's been in the public eye for years and years, and yet there's no — there's nothing out there.”
This statement is just Trump’s latest lie — Clinton is a Methodist who has spoken about her faith and its impact on her politics. However, conservatives have for decades used similar falsehoods to attack Democratic presidential candidates.
President Obama has spent eight years facing accusations about his faith. Donald Trump, echoing other conservatives, has accused him of being a secret Muslim. At the same time, conservatives have made the contradictory attack that Obama attended a Chicago church that was racist.
During his presidential campaign in 2004, John Kerry’s Catholicism was called into question. The conservative Weekly Standard called Kerry “a curious kind of Catholic” while some conservative bishops decided to deny him communion.
Bill Clinton, a Baptist, spent his eight years in the White House facing accusations about his faith from the Christian Right. The New York Times reported in 1994, “Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition called Mr. Clinton's inauguration a ‘repudiation of our forefathers' covenant with God.’” This was just one of a litany of attacks, innuendo and unproven accusations hurled at the president by those purporting to represent Christianity.
Even Michael Dukakis faced ugly accusations about his commitment to the Greek Orthodox Church. During the 1988 election, James G. Jatras, who worked for the Senate Republican Policy Committee, called Dukakis a "renegade, an outcast" who "severed [his membership in the religion due to his] marriage outside the church" because his wife was Jewish.
Riling up adherents into believing the latest Democratic standard-bearer represents an antireligious force that must be opposed has long been part of the Christian Right playbook … one that often proves useful in organizing and fundraising efforts.
As the Times noted in their 1994 article, Jerry Falwell’s attacks on Clinton were part of an effort that “sold tens of thousands of the videotapes for ‘donations’ of at least $40 plus $3 for shipping.” The same piece cited other Christian conservatives using direct mail to fundraise off tawdry accusations against the president.
Trump might be rewriting the book on how conservatives campaign for the White House, but when it comes to attacks on Hillary Clinton’s religion, he is just rehashing an old tired pattern of attacks.
Following the meeting that Donald Trump held with hundreds of Religious Right activists yesterday, a handful of leaders sat down for a press conference where they took questions from reporters. At this press conference, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins and the Susan B. Anthony List's Marjorie Dannenfelser perfectly displayed just how flimsy their supposed standards are when it comes to backing political candidates.
When it comes to Trump, whose history of unapologetic narcissism, pathological dishonesty and willingness to say whatever benefits him at the moment are undeniable, both Perkins and Dannenfelser made it clear that they simply do not care about any of those things because, right now, Trump is willing to tell them what they want to hear.
Admitting that Trump has a long history of doing things, saying things and taking positions that are in direct contradiction to the supposed values of the Religious Right, Perkins rationalized backing Trump by declaring that forgiveness is the core of the Christian faith.
"One of the things about the evangelical community that people have a hard time understanding," Perkins said, 'is we forgive. We're all sinners, we all have messed up ... When we ask people to say, 'I was wrong, forgive me, I want to do the right thing today going forward,' more than anybody else evangelicals in this country can accept that."
When a reporter pointed out that Trump does not ever actually asks for forgiveness — in fact, Trump once infamously said that he has never asked God for forgiveness — Perkins responded by declaring that "when you look at the leaders that were used throughout scripture in the Bible, almost to a 'T' each and every one of them were flawed in some form or fashion and made bad choices at some point in their life. That's the good thing about the Christian faith is it's going forward, it's not looking back."
Dannenfelser, who earlier this year signed on to a letter urging voters in Iowa "to support anyone but Donald Trump" because "Mr. Trump cannot be trusted" on the issue of abortion, also came to Trump's defense, declaring that the presumptive GOP nominee is working hard "to become the person that he says that he is."
Brushing aside the debacle a few months back when Trump said that if abortion is outlawed, women who receive them should face some sort of punishment, only to then repeatedly flip-flop on the issue, even claiming at one point that he wanted to leave abortion laws the way they are, as he scrambled to do damage control, Dannenfelser spun the episode as something for which Trump deserves a lot of credit.
"To give him a lot of credit, only a person with some humility, which he doesn't get credit for, would go back and correct his comments, which he did," Dannenfelser said. "I've actually found on the abortion issue that he's done that more on that particular issue than almost any other, a willingness to correct himself and move ahead. And I think that shows an ability to become the person that he says that he is."
Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver appeared on “Crosstalk” on Monday to reflect on the upcoming anniversary of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, declaring that same-sex marriage will usher in pernicious consequences for America.
Staver, who gainednotoriety for representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis during her attempt to defy the ruling, compared gay rights advocates to communist dictators who sought to suppress religious groups, predicting that Davis “is not going to be the last one jailed.”
Same-sex marriage, Staver said, “puts every household at risk because same-sex marriage, by its nature, says that, ‘boys and girls, you don’t need moms and dads,’ that they are completely irrelevant, that two men or two women are just as good as a mother and a father and that’s a complete lie from the pit of hell. It’s just simply not true. To deprive forever a boy of ever having the opportunity of a father or a mother or a girl of a father or a mother is damaging and we will see the damage that is ultimately reaped against these children as they grow up and become our future leaders.”
Later, Staver criticized LGBT rights supporters for using the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando “to promote the homosexual, LGBT agenda — as shameful as that is.”
After six years in the Senate, where his main achievement has been renouncing an immigration reform bill that he helped to write, Florida Republican Marco Rubio has decided to reverse his pledge to retire and run for re-election.
Rubio has gained a reputation for hating his job and seems to have all but given up on doing it, racking up the Senate’s “the worst attendance record, missing 35 percent, or 120 of the 339 roll votes” last year. He even skippedvotes on bills that he talked about on the presidential campaign trail. One of his presidential campaign surrogates, ex-rival Rick Santorum, was unable to name a single accomplishment of Rubio’s since he joined the Senate:
Rubio has missed more votes than any other senator this year. His seat is regularly empty for floor votes, committee meetings and intelligence briefings. He says he's MIA from his J-O-B because he finds it frustrating and wants to be president, instead.
"I'm not missing votes because I'm on vacation," he told CNN on Sunday. "I'm running for president so that the votes they take in the Senate are actually meaningful again."
Sorry, senator, but Floridians sent you to Washington to do a job. We've got serious problems with clogged highways, eroding beaches, flat Social Security checks and people who want to shut down the government.
If you hate your job, senator, follow the honorable lead of House Speaker John Boehner and resign it.
The senator has told colleagues and advisers that he would like to run for president again, either in 2020 or 2024. But he increasingly came to believe that doing so from the private sector would be difficult.
On Saturday, disgraced former FBI agent John Guandolo joined Greg Corombos on his conservative WorldNetDaily show, where he claimed that Muslim “jihadis” will soon stage “multiple operations in conjunction with the Marxist and socialist groups like Black Lives Matter,” a group he holds responsible for “burning and looting cities.”
Guandolo claimed that under Islam’s Sharia law, Omar Mateen’s murder of 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando was lawful. He warned that “the global Islamic movement says that it’s gonna begin its turn from its total focus on the Islamic world where it is seeking to impose Sharia Islamic law on the Muslim world first, and then on the non-Muslim world, and that turn is gonna begin this year, potentially into early 2017 but likely before the end of this year.”
Guandolo said that once Sharia law is imposed worldwide, “instead of a couple people in San Bernardino, several people in Brussels, and a lone shooter in Orlando, you’re gonna have dozens of jihadis doing multiple operations in conjunction with the Marxist and socialist groups like Black Lives Matter, which will be, you know, burning and looting cities like they did in Ferguson and Baltimore. And if those events are precipitated, which they likely will be, from a cyber attack, power grid attack where power is lost in several states, or something similar to that, then it’s gonna be truly much, much more horrific.”
In the wake of the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made the absurdclaim that he was a better ally of the LGBT community than Hillary Clinton. And nothing better demonstrates just how absurd this claim is than the fact that Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council, completely agrees with Trump on this point.
Speaking with reporters following a meeting between Trump and hundreds of Religious Right activists yesterday, Perkins was asked about Trump's comments and declared that he agreed "100 percent."
"What he was saying is no American, regardless of your political ideology or your life choices, should be living under the threat of a terrorist attack on the streets of the United States of America," Perkins said. "I agree 100 percent with that. No American, no American, which they are under Barack Obama, living in fear because of Islamic terrorists coming to this country; so yes, LGBT, Catholic, Protestant atheist — as one who wore the uniform as a United States Marine and was a police officer, no American, no American should live in fear and that is exactly what Donald Trump was saying and evangelicals believe the same thing."
"That's why our military is filled with evangelicals who are willing to lay down their lives for the rights of people to live in ways they might not agree with, but not to live in fear," he continued. "So, yes, I agree with what Donald Trump said and I think most evangelicals would as well."
The stubborn refusal by Senate Republicans to consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court has caused the Supreme Court to deliberate with only 8, rather than its full complement of 9 justices. Senators have a constitutional responsibility to give fair consideration to the president’s nominee to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, yet they continue to neglect this responsibility as it has been 100 days since President Obama nominated Judge Garland to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Scalia’s death earlier this year.
On Thursday, top lawyers from 44 United States companies, such as Nike and Qualcomm, released a letter calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to move forward on this nomination, emphasizing that “[t]he business community has a great interest in avoiding the legal uncertainty that could result if the vacancy remains unfilled for an extended period of time.”
Bloomberg reports: “The signers of the letter include Michael Fricklas of Viacom; Hilary Krane of Nike; David Ellen of Cablevision Systems Corp.; Ivan Fong of 3M Co.; Donald J. Rosenberg of Qualcomm Inc.; Lori Schechter of McKesson Corp.; and Audrey Strauss of Alcoa Inc. The letter was spearheaded by Jonathan Schwartz, general counsel of Univision Communications Inc.”
On Monday, Roger Stone spoke with Alex Jones about the firing of Donald Trump’s campaign manager (and Stone nemesis) Corey Lewandowski along with a rally that Stone and Jones are planning to hold to oppose any effort at the Republican National Convention to “steal” the GOP presidential nomination away from Trump.
“Come hell or high water, I’m coming,” Jones said of the upcoming rally in Cleveland. “Come hell or high water, everybody needs to be there.”
The two claimed that local officials are trying to stoke violence among the various RNC demonstrators, which led Jones to wonder if they should hold a rally before the convention where “we all wear gag balls in our mouth.”
“If they steal the nomination, it will cause a revolution,” Jones said. “They’re that arrogant, though. Obviously, common sense is, he’s won more votes than any Republican in history, he’s the nominee, he’s the populist, he’s got 25 percent of blacks going for him, Republicans can’t even get 10 percent, he’s got the gays all behind him now, he’s reaching out, we’re finding the real Donald Trump that you and I already knew. It’s total victory.”
Jones said that if Trump is somehow defeated at the convention, we will reach the point where he will be forced to give blowjobs to people like George Will: “At what point do I not get on my knees then and bow down and ask George Will to pull it out? Do I bow to George Will and say no to George Will, ‘I’m not getting on my knees and do a you know what’?”
“See you in Cleveland and get your gag ready,” Stone said.
Earlier today, right-wing activist E.W. Jackson tweeted out a short video of Donald Trump telling a gathering of Religious Right activists not to be "politically correct" and just blindly pray for all elected officials (as the Bible instructs) but to pray specifically for him and his campaign.
"You can pray for your leaders, and I agree with that, pray for everyone," Trump said, "but what you really have to do is you have to pray to get everybody out to vote, and for one specific person. We can’t be politically correct and say we pray for all of our leaders because all of your leaders are selling Christianity down the tubes, selling the evangelicals down the tubes, and it’s a very, very bad thing that’s happening."
Sure, you can offer up rote and generic prayers for leaders if you want, Trump was telling these activists, but you should really concentrate on offering up your real prayers for me and my presidential campaign and not those leaders who "are selling Christianity down the tubes."
Shortly after this meeting, Jackson hosted a conference call where he insisted that Trump did not say what Jackson's own video showed him saying.
"Let me just address one thing that he said during our steering committee meeting," Jackson stated, "when he said, 'Don't buy this political correctness you gotta pray for everybody' ... There are some people who say, 'Oh, Donald Trump said don't pray for all your leaders, only pray for him.' Look, folks, I was in the room. Donald Trump acknowledged that we're supposed to pray for everybody. He acknowledged that. But what he was trying to say was, after that he said don't let political correctness stop you from realizing I gotta pray for everybody [but] you gotta pray for this campaign, you have got to pray for new leadership in this country."
"Basically, he didn't say it quite the way I would say it," Jackson continued, "but he made clear we do have some specific prayers that we need to be praying right now. I don't disagree with that and I never interpreted anything he said as don't pray for everybody, just pray for me. This is the idiocy that you get from the left, they want to try to twist and turn everything but that is not what he said. I was in the room, I wasn't 15 feet from the man when he was talking about those issues. He was saying, 'Don't say we're just praying for everybody because you can pray for everybody but right now, we have to get very specific about praying for a specific outcome in this election."
On Monday, David Kupelian of WorldNetDaily joined host Perry Atkinson on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program to discuss what they claim is liberals’ rejection of the Bible’s teachings. During the interview, Kupelian claimed that colleges are “teaching rape,” which he blamed on "sex week."
“We kind of say, oh, this, isn’t it crazy what they do on college campuses and they complain about the rape culture,” Kupelian said. “They’re teaching rape on college campuses. They have sex week, which was dreamed up at Yale, and it’s on all of these Ivy League colleges where, for a week, it’s center stage on campus, teaching children how to have sex with everything that moves.”
Kupelian continued, “And I don’t mean to be crude, but I’m saying when you’re teaching children this, okay, you are really messing with their minds, okay, but also, you are violating and you’re teaching people to violate the Ten Commandments. And, in turn, that makes it very difficult to have a strong, loyal family unit because you’ve already had a hundred sex partners and it continues after you’re married…” He blamed such sexual promiscuity for divorces and remarriages.
Kupelian also criticized Facebook’s gender options and claimed that these genders “didn’t exist” when he and Atkinson were kids.
The Family Research Council, whichroutinelymalignsgaymilitaryservicemembers, is now attacking a bill that would make it easier for veterans to access fertility services if they have been wounded in combat, claiming that it undermines “pro-life” principles.
The Military Times reports that the group believes the bill may open the door to “human cloning” and “3-parent embryos” and may aid treatments that lead to the destruction of embryos:
A prominent conservative group hopes to derail a congressional effort to give wounded veterans access to fertility services through the VA, saying it could lead to human cloning and three-parent embryos.
The Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council sent an email last week to congressional staff working on the final Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, voicing opposition to a provision that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to cover fertility services for former troops with injuries that cause infertility.
In the email, an FRC representative called the language in the Senate bill, penned by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., “terrible,” adding that it was "broad enough to cover reproductive technologies from IVF to human cloning to 3-parent embryos.”
“It does not have any restrictions on whether treatment would include the creation of human embryos, the storage of or freezing of human embryos or whether and how embryos that are left over would be destroyed,” according to the correspondence.
Roughly 1,800 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans received injuries to their groins, genitalia or spinal cords that make it difficult to have children without medical assistance, and while the Defense Department provides some advanced fertility treatments to these service members while they are on active duty, the VA is barred by law from doing so.
Since 2012, Murray has pressed her fellow lawmakers to cover fertility services for these veterans, most recently in a rider to the fiscal 2017 VA funding bill.
In the email, the FRC said the Murray provision “violates principles … which pro-lifers have fought to maintain for years.”
Today, Donald Trump’s campaign announced the formation of his Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, which includes right-wing figures ranging from ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann to Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.
After retiring from Congress on the heels of a campaign scandal, Bachmann has not let up in her radical preaching.
[...Anything] about Hillary in terms of religion. She’s been in the public eye for years and years and yet there’s nothing out there, there’s, like, nothing out there. She’s going to be an extension of Obama but it’s going to be worse because with Obama you had your guard up, with Hillary you don’t and it’s going to be worse. So, I think people were saying, some of the people were saying, ‘Let’s pray for our leaders.’ Well, you can pray for your leaders, and I agree with that, pray for everyone, but what you really have to do is you have to pray to get everybody out to vote, and for one specific person. We can’t be politically correct and say we pray for all of our leaders because all of your leaders are selling Christianity down the tubes, selling the evangelicals down the tubes, and it’s a very, very bad thing that’s happening.
In another video, Trump called himself a “tremendous believer” and reiterated his pledge to make department stores like Macy’s post signs saying “Merry Christmas.”
Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman did not give their lives 52 years ago today so that Congress could allow the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the voting protections it achieved to continue to unravel. We owe it to them and the countless others who put everything on the line in defense of voting rights to make sure – once and for all – that all eligible citizens can register to vote and cast a ballot that counts.
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson railed against America’s “culture of death” that “delights in killing people,” warning that God will soon punish America for making abortion legal.
Robertson said that “we have to look at the spiritual roots” of abortion rights, blaming the right to abortion on Satan: “The enemy of our soul is Satan and he hates people, he hates human beings, and the idea is if humans can kill other humans, the devil wants to do everything to help it.”
“It’s a shocking holocaust,” he said. “And we as Americans seem to think it’s okay. Well, it’s not okay. And one day, a righteous, holy God is going to demand an accounting for every drop of blood that has been spilled of innocent, unborn babies. And we just keep it mind, when it happens it’s going to be awful.”
On his television program last night, Glenn Beck followed up on his new theory, which he claims offers America one last hope to avoid destruction by turning back to God, by pointing to the Six-Day War, which he declared is impossible to explain without acknowledging God's direct intervention on behalf of Israel.
Pundits, historians and military analysts don't like to talk about this war, Beck said, "because this battle represents an inconvenient truth for the faithless [as] there is literally no way to describe this war if you take out one thing, and that is the power of God."
Just as God directly intervened on Israel's behalf in this war, Beck explained, so too did He intervene on America's behalf during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 by creating "miracle after miracle after miracle after miracle."
The point of all this, Beck said, is that if we are humble and seek God's protection, then "He will help us with survival."
"We cannot separate ourselves from the plans of heaven," he declared. "When you are humble enough to make sure you are on His side, He will intervene and if you are humble and worthy, He will ensure your survival."