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Mike Huckabee Defends Ex-Gay Therapy, Warns Gay Rights Will Outlaw Christianity: 'God Help Us All'

In a conference call with conservative pastors today organized by the anti-gay Family Research Council, Mike Huckabee let loose with a litany of falsehoods about how marriage equality will lead to the “criminalization of Christianity” and demanded that states simply defy the Supreme Court if it strikes down bans on same-sex marriage.

“Christian convictions are under attack as never before,” Huckabee said in the call, which was meant to rally pastors to participate in the FRC’s upcoming “Stand for Marriage” event. “Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great nation. We are moving rapidly towards the criminalization of Christianity.”

The former governor and likely GOP presidential candidate predicted that the government will bring “criminal charges” against those who oppose gay rights and pastors who preach against gay marriage. He even defended ex-gay therapy, claiming that the government is barring chaplains from telling those they counsel to “seek assistance” for a “homosexual lifestyle.”

Huckabee also blasted the “ruling class” and “donor class” for treating opponents of gay rights as “pariahs,” adding that “supposedly conservative donors and conservative office holders are running away from the issue.”

(Audio note: Because of apparent technical difficulties with the conference call, there are beeping noises throughout the call signifying participants dialing in.)

Huckabee told the pastors that no matter what politicians or the polls say about the legalization of gay marriage, God is against it and so they should stand strong against the “small minority pushing this agenda.”

Huckabee claimed that if same-sex marriage bans are struck down nationwide, any pastor who refuses to conduct a same-sex wedding would be breaking the law.

“If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says ‘I can’t perform that wedding’ will now be breaking the law,” he said. “It’s not just saying, ‘I’m sorry you have a preference.’ No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil for sure and possible criminal penalties for violating the law…. If you do practice biblical convictions and you carry them out and you do what you’ve been led by the spirit of God to do, your behavior will be criminal.”

This, of course, is a categorically untrue claim that has not materialized in any of the dozens of states where marriage equality has been adopted.

“God help us all,” he said.

Donald Trump: Obama Letting In Drug Lords To Help The Democratic Party

While speaking yesterday with conservative talk show host John Fredericks, Donald Trump said that Central and South American countries are sending immigrants “they don’t want” to America while “keeping their good.”

“The ones we are getting are the drug lords, we’re getting the gang members, and we’re getting some people that are fine, but we’re not getting the best and finest from South America, believe me,” Trump said. Trump accused President Obama of deliberately keeping the border unprotected because he wants to “build up the Democrat [sic] Party.”

He also went after Jeb Bush, whom he repeatedly referred to as “George Bush,” and Marco Rubio, for their stances on immigration. “All of them are weak, Rubio was very much in favor of letting them come, letting come and now all of the sudden he’s trying to toughen up,” Trump said. “They say he’s the new John F. Kennedy. Give me a break, this is not the new John F. Kennedy.”

Trump also went on a rant about Bowe Bergdahl, claiming that the U.S. “should send him back” and “drop him right in the middle of those characters and they will take care of him.” “In the old days you’d execute Berghdal, when this country was strong and powerful and meant something, you would execute Berghdal,” he added.

'Clinton Cash' Author Previously Involved In Discredited Shirley Sherrod Smear Campaign

Former Bush speechwriter Peter Schweizer’s new book, “Clinton Cash,” which alleges that Hillary Clinton used the State Department to do favors for Clinton Foundation donors, is coming under close scrutiny for its unsupported claims and Schweizer’s long history of conservative advocacy.

That advocacy includes an episode in 2010 when Schweizer and his then-colleagues at BigGovernment.com led a racially charged smear campaign against Shirley Sherrod, at the time an official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The smear effort started when BigGovernment.com’s late founder Andrew Breitbart posted a video of Sherrod speaking at an NAACP event, which the site edited to make it appear as though Sherrod admitted to mistreating a white farmer due to racist feelings. Breitbart’s video left out crucial details where Sherrod said that she actually learned that such feelings were wrong and helped the farmer in his struggle. The farmer in question also disputed claims that she acted in a racially prejudicial way. But that didn’t stop conservative media from picking up the video, ultimately leading to the USDA firing Sherrod.

After his video was exposed as deceptive, Breitbart tried to pivot by claiming that he was really more interested in the Pigford case, a civil rights class action suit involving the historical discrimination against black farmers seeking government loans, in which Sherrod was a plaintiff.

Breitbart alleged that Sherrod was really fired as part of a government cover-up of some sort of under-the-table-reparations-vote-buying scheme for African-Americans in which the government was handing out Pigford settlement money to unjustified claimants. His allegation about the real reason for Sherrod’s firing — like the edited video — was without merit, but it gave him a new way to attack Sherrod and the Obama administration at the same time.

In 2011, Schweizer, a BigGovernment.com contributor, appeared on End Times conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles’ “Trunews” program to discuss the allegations, defending Breitbart’s role in the Sherrod affair and repeating discredited talking points about a supposed cover-up and a black-vote-buying scheme championed by Obama.

Schweizer defended Breitbart by saying the conservative media star “didn’t see the original” video of Sherrod’s remarks and “apologized for that,” adding that “the principle was still there, that there was selective justice taking place.” He also agreed with Breitbart’s false claim that the administration only “went after” Sherrod as a result of the Pigford episode: “What we believe happened is that when Sherrod became the public figure as a result of this incident, it gave people a peek at Pigford.”

“Why was there this amazing reaction to this incident? Why was Shirley Sherrod such a hot figure, as it were, that the White House itself intervened and wanted to drop it so quickly? And we believe it was because they did not want attention given to Pigford,” he said. Several months before the interview, the Los Angeles Times reported that USDA emails at the time show that the deceptive video and the resulting conservative media firestorm were the causes of Sherrod’s ousting.

Schweizer also wondered why Obama, then a “senator from Illinois where there are only, as far as we can tell, maybe a handful of black farmers, and of course he comes from an urban background, he’s not a rural senator,” had such a “long and personal interest in Pigford” and wrote letters “to the USDA telling employees to shut up about the fact that they believed there was widespread corruption.”

“It led us to believe and led us to the conclusion that there was a huge political element to Pigford that involved Barack Obama and involved basically buying votes,” he said.

Schweizer told Wiles that then-Sen. Obama tried to “shut up” Pigford whistleblowers: “That’s really because Barack Obama and others see this for their benefit as a way to buy votes. They are passing out $50,000 checks to people who they believe, and I think he’s correct, will ultimately be voting for him. So it’s wealth redistribution, it’s passing the money around to your patrons and it’s sticking taxpayers with a bill that to date is more than $2 billion.”

Scott Lively: Only 'Pitchforks And Torches' Can Stop Gay Marriage

Anti-LGBT pundit Scott Lively argues in a column today that the only way to stop the legalization of gay marriage is to form an “angry mob” that will take to “the streets, pitchforks and torches held aloft, ready to tear down Frankenstein’s castle with their bare hands if need be.”

“The only way to deter the elites is with the threat of the mob,” Lively writes in a piece posted in the right-wing outlets BarbWire and WorldNetDaily. “They need to see the pitchforks and torches to know they’ve gone too far and need to back down. That’s where we are today in America. The elites want to eliminate the natural family to create a better class of serfs: state-bred children for the factories and the battlefield — easier to control, dulled by drugs and sexual promiscuity … and bread and circuses.”

Calling for liberals and conservatives to unite behind opposition to gay rights, he warns that marriage equality is akin to GMO foods or medication that is “destroying bodies” with “poisonous ‘remedies.’”

The battle today is for marriage, the core of the natural family. Every human being on this planet will be harmed if the elites are allowed to destroy it by mutation. It is no different than Monsanto destroying natural foods or seeds by mutating their DNA, or Big Pharma destroying bodies by flooding the health industry with artificial, often poisonous “remedies.” Our common paradigm in the grassroots for guiding society should be natural vs artificial across the board, including natural marriage and family: rejecting the counterfeit alternatives to the self-evident design of our ecology — and our physiology.

The natural family is the ecosystem of humanity! It must be preserved at all costs.

How? By a populist uprising! The elites need to see the angry mob — liberals and conservatives together — surging through the streets, pitchforks and torches held aloft, ready to tear down Frankenstein’s castle with their bare hands if need be. For Christians it’s Jesus and the money-changers time! Making a whip of cords like He did with His own hands, and letting these arrogant puppet masters know we mean to use it (metaphorically speaking).



The only way to deter the elites is with the threat of the mob. They need to see the pitchforks and torches to know they’ve gone too far and need to back down.

That’s where we are today in America. The elites want to eliminate the natural family to create a better class of serfs: state-bred children for the factories and the battlefield — easier to control, dulled by drugs and sexual promiscuity … and bread and circuses.

Tony Perkins: Obama & Gay Rights Movement Inspire ISIS To Murder Christians

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has tried to use violence against Middle East Christians as a way to attack gay rights and campaign finance reform efforts in the U.S., and now he is linking the firing of Atlanta fire chief Kevin Cochran, who was found in violation of city employment practices when he distributed to employees a self-published book that included attacks on homosexuality, to the slaughter of Christians by the terrorist group ISIS.

Perkins tells FRC members in an email today that they should donate to his group so that it can stop the “administration’s persecution of Christians within our borders” and stand up for people like Cochran, insisting that the Atlanta official’s firing has emboldened anti-Christian violence abroad.

“The same rampage of ‘political correctness’ that attacked Kelvin Cochran's freedom to believe is coming to your state, your town, your church. Christians you know are targets . . . maybe Christians in your own home,” Perkins writes. “The same rampage of hate that destroyed the career of Kelvin Cochran tells the killers in ISIS, who closely watch America's domestic affairs, that our government doesn't value freedom of belief.”

I'm emailing you with the month more than half gone, and the struggle for the freedom to believe—the God-given freedom to live your faith without punishment—under growing attack.

That's why it's urgent that FRC receive enough funds from friends like you to TRIPLE our $50,000 "Free to Believe" Challenge Grant. Response from friends has been so strong that we have set a goal to triple the challenge.

This grant will help achieve our new goal of receiving $150,000 by April 31.

Why is this so urgent?

Ask Christian wives, mothers and daughters overseas. Their husbands, sons and fathers are being beheaded or shot by radical Islamic jihadists like ISIS. They are being driven from their homes. Children are being martyred. And our administration has done little to help, and for months resisted calling this massacre of Christians by Islamic jihadists what it is.

As General Boykin and I testified before the United Nations on Friday April 17, our administration's persecution of Christians within our borders is emboldening the attack on Christians worldwide.

Why would Islamist butchers fear our government, or believe the United States would defend Christians elsewhere when they do nothing to help Christians under attack for their faith right here in America?

Ask Kelvin Cochran—a veteran fire chief with a stellar record—who was fired by the City of Atlanta . . . for writing a book that expressed the biblical view of morality. Yes, fired. If Kelvin Cochran can be fired, any Christian is at risk.

If our government won't call religious genocide overseas what it is, any Christian, any place, is at risk.



The same rampage of "political correctness" that attacked Kelvin Cochran's freedom to believe is coming to your state, your town, your church. Christians you know are targets . . . maybe Christians in your own home.

The same rampage of hate that destroyed the career of Kelvin Cochran tells the killers in ISIS, who closely watch America's domestic affairs, that our government doesn't value freedom of belief.

No Christian is safe.

Janet Porter: Gay Marriage To Blame For Noah's Flood, Will Usher In End Times

Faith 2 Action founder and anti-gay filmmaker Janet Porter has a message for the Supreme Court: Strike down bans on same-sex marriage, and the whole world may be doomed.

In her daily radio bulletin today, Porter once again claimed that gay marriage was responsible for Noah’s Flood.

She even suggested that such a move by the court could lead to the Second Coming: “If this is true, we are uniquely positioned for the return of Christ like no other time in history.”

Ted Yoho, Anti-Gay Group Spox Blame Democrats For LGBT Rights 'Distraction'

When the Family Research Council’s Craig James was guest-hosting the organization’s “Washington Watch” program last night, an interview with Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., inevitably turned toward the upcoming Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.

Remarkably, James, whose group lives and breathes opposition to LGBT rights, blamed liberals for pushing marriage equality in order to distract voters “away from reality.”

Yoho, a staunch opponent of marriage equality, declared that if politicians focused on issues like the national debt and immigration, “these smaller things” like marriage equality “will solve themselves.”

“Here we are in the 21st century redefining an institution that has been around for thousands of years,” Yoho said in response to a question from a listener about the impact of a potential Supreme Court decision, “And we’re spending time — and I’m not saying it’s important not to have those discussions —but we’ve got $18.2 trillion [in debt], we’ve got a broken foreign policy, we’ve got immigration that doesn’t work and so we need to start fixing the major things and I think a lot of these smaller things that are important to people they will solve themselves.”

James, apparently forgetting that his boss at the Family Research Council has warned that a ruling in favor of gay marriage will lead to a revolution, called the whole debate on marriage a Democratic-manufactured distraction “away from reality.”

“It’s a distraction of the 10th degree,” Yoho said. “We’re getting this stuff thrown at us and we really need to start focusing on major issues.”

EW Jackson: Conservative Christians 'Must Enlist In This War' Against Gay Rights

E.W. Jackson, the unsuccessful Virginia GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, released a video last week which he said he had to make even though he was “supposed to be heading to an airport to get on a plane” because he was so worried about the gay rights movement’s “onslaught against Christianity.”

In the video, Jackson calls the debate surrounding Indiana’s since-amended “right-to-discriminate” law “an all-out war against Christianity.” “You black Christians who voted for people who support this, it’s time to wake up,” he says, telling African Americans that they voted for people who “hate the faith you represent.”

Jackson shared the video with his supporters in an email with the subject line “Totalitarianism or Tolerance? Freedom or Force?,” warning that “all Christians and fair-minded citizens must enlist in this war” against the “pro-same-sex ‘marriage’ hoards” before they usher in “totalitarianism.”

“It is as monstrous as the dictatorial regimes which force their citizens to bow or suffer,” he wrote. “We keep hearing that most of the American people now support same-sex 'marriage.' That's like saying all of the people in Cuba vote for Castro as President. No one dare do anything else.”

Unfortunately, our liberty is under attack like never before, and the solemn warnings of our Founding Fathers are as relevant as they were on the day they uttered them. One of the most recent attacks on Liberty occurred in Indiana when pro-same-sex 'marriage' hoards demanded that the Indiana Legislature strip business owners and others of their First Amendment rights to freedom of conscience and expression. They would force Christians to support or participate in same-sex ceremonies as a requirement of being allowed to do business. This is creeping totalitarianism, under the guise of tolerance and fairness. It is as monstrous as the dictatorial regimes which force their citizens to bow or suffer.

We keep hearing that most of the American people now support same-sex 'marriage.' That's like saying all of the people in Cuba vote for Castro as President. No one dare do anything else. When the homosexual radicals label you a bigot and hater for your Christian principles, there are many who choose to express the opinion that is safe. When government and businesses become a mob labeling a fairly mild law a symbol of hatred and discrimination, the message is clear that opponents better keep their mouths shut or lose their jobs and livelihood. This intimidation must stop, but sincere believers must not be moved.

It is a lie that opposition to same-sex 'marriage' is the same as Jim Crow segregation and bans on interracial marriage. The truth is that racial ideology was created to justify slavery and the continued subjugation of people based on skin color. On the other hand, Christians have believed in marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman for 2000 years. We did not create this narrow definition in response to anything, not even the anti-Christian gay rights movement. There is no comparison between homosexuality and race. One is behavior with profound moral implications and the other is a neutral physiological characteristic.

In the brief personal message below, I exhort fellow Christians and ministers to take a STAND. The time for languishing on the sidelines of the battle for Liberty is over. There can be no spectators. All Christians and fair-minded citizens must enlist in this war. Either we will fight for our liberty or we will lose it!

Michele Bachmann: Obama Administration 'Persecuting' Conservatives

While allegations that the IRS subjected conservative groups to special scrutiny have completely unraveled, the right-wing Truth in Action Ministries is still standing by them, releasing a video this week featuring ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann, radio host Bryan Fischer and former Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land about the Obama administration’s supposed misuse of the tax agency for political purposes.

Bachmann alleges in the video that “the Internal Revenue Service took it upon themselves to persecute American citizens based upon their beliefs, whether they’re conservative, whether they were Christian.” Land, claiming that the phony scandal was much worse than Watergate, demands that IRS officials “go to jail” for their purported attempts to “diminish the freedoms of American citizens.”

Fischer, for his part, claims in the video that the IRS became the government’s “religious police.” “Leftists and bureaucrats in the federal government are now trying to use the IRS to repress and to punish religious speech they don’t like and political speech they don’t like,” he says. “And now they are looking at cracking down on churches, they’ve made some kind of secret deal with an atheist organization that they are going to monitor churches for any kind of political communication from the pulpit, and this is beginning to sound a lot more like communist China or communist Vietnam than it is the United States of America.”

The video concludes with Land calling the IRS the Obama administration’s “weapon … against those who would dare to criticize the government.”

“It’s like pointing a gun at your political opponents,” he says. “That is a violation of so many of the Bill of Rights it would take more time than we have to discuss them.”

Watch highlights here:

Rand Paul Says It's 'Sexist' To Think He Was Being Sexist With Female Reporters

In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul pushed back against claims that he has a pattern of interrupting and acting rudely towards female reporters, saying that the real sexists are the people who criticize his treatment of women journalists.

“The funny thing about it is that it’s kind of a sexist position to think that somehow women announcers are less capable to handle themselves than men,” Paul said when Conway praised his testy response to Savannah Guthrie’s questions about his changing foreign policy positions. “I don’t think that, but everybody that was complaining about it, thinking it had something to do with gender, basically that’s insulting to the people doing the questioning.”

“Really the problem is that we have a lot of media that are just so far on the left that we just don’t have any neutral questions,” Paul continued. “If you go on there as a Democrat, they laugh and yuck it up and talk about how great things are going, but it’s a little bit different when Republicans are on the national news.”

PFAW Criticizes Jeb Bush’s Support For Deporting DREAMers & Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Jeb Bush said he would repeal DACA & DAPA, President Obama’s executive actions that protect DREAMers and their families from deportation.

In response, People For the American Way Political Director Randy Borntrager released the following statement:

“Ending President Obama’s executive actions means subjecting millions of hard-working immigrants to deportation. By stating his intent to repeal these actions, Jeb Bush announced his unabashed support for deporting DREAMers.

“After years of gridlock in Congress and Republicans' vehement opposition to immigration reform, Jeb Bush's calls for legislation to protect DREAMers is a farce. The next President must protect DREAMers and immigrant families whether or not Congress takes action, and Jeb Bush just told us that he absolutely won’t.”

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Rand Paul Asked About Military Coup Conspiracy Theory

As Rick Santorum found out earlier this year in Charleston, GOP presidential hopefuls should get ready to field questions about bizarre conspiracy theories, not just from activists but also influential conservative talk show hosts in early primary and caucus states like Iowa.

For example, Iowa-based radio host Jan Mickelson asked Sen. Rand Paul to respond yesterday to a burgeoning far-right conspiracy theory surrounding a military training exercise known as Jade Helm 15, which some on the far-right believe will lead to martial law.

Paul told Mickelson that he had only heard of Jade Helm in passing and would look into it.

But Mickelson implied that the issue would not be going away for Paul and his fellow GOP candidates. Saying that he “gets emails about this every day,” Mickelson told the senator, “It’s making some people nervous, but it doesn’t take much to make people nervous nowadays.”

Clinton Recognizes the Key Role of Supreme Court Nominations in Protecting Our Democracy

The Clinton campaign talks about how her Supreme Court nominees would affect the right to vote and money in politics.
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Friendly Tip: Tell A Gay Couple They Are Going To Hell On Their Wedding Day

On his radio program on Friday, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer advised listeners that if they feel that they must attend a gay couple’s wedding, they should first send the couple a letter explaining why they do not support the marriage. At least one listener was not happy with this advice, and called into Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ “Washington Watch” program last night to voice his disagreement with Fischer.

The caller, who identified himself as “Ricky,” told Perkins that he was “shocked” by Fischer’s suggestion since a true Christian would only attend a gay couple’s wedding in order to interrupt the ceremony and tell the participants that they are going to Hell.

“The only reason that any Christian would ever attend a homosexual wedding is when the preacher says, ‘Is there any objection to the wedding,’ you stand up and say, ‘Yes, according to the Bible, sodomy, you will burn in Hell for this.’ That is the only reason why any Christian would ever attend a sodomite wedding,” Ricky told Perkins.

Perkins replied by saying that Ricky brought up a “good point” but that he doubted that a gay couple would “invite people to raise any objections to it.” He added that silence in the church about divorce has diminished the significance of the institution of marriage, leading “to this wholesale redefinition of marriage as a result.”

AFA: Pray Against Satanic Gay Marriage

The American Family Association is calling for divine intervention in the upcoming marriage cases before the Supreme Court, telling its members in a recently released prayer guide that the court’s marriage equality ruling will be “the most important decision in the history of America.”

The AFA’s prayer guide [PDF] urges readers to ask God to spare America from His wrath if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage, claiming that such a ruling would be inspired by Satanic influences.

“Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places,” the prayer guide reads. “We know that Satan hates all that you are and stand for, and that the attack on marriage and the family comes ultimately from him. We know he is a deceiver, a liar and the father of all lies, and we know that many in our culture have believed his lies about sexuality, including members of our Supreme Court. We pray that your Spirit will reveal to each of these justices every lie they have believed, whether that lie comes from the world, their own flesh, or the devil himself.”

Heavenly Father, we freely confess as the people of the United States that we are a sinful people. We confess our many sexual sins, the sins of lust and pornography, of sexual immorality, of adultery, of unbiblical divorce, and of homosexuality. We confess that our sexual sins have led to the death of 56 million innocent babies while still in the womb.

We know these sins merit your wrath and your judgment. We tremble for our country when we reflect that you are a just God and your justice cannot sleep forever. We beg you to forgive us of our many sins, and cause a spirit of repentance and spiritual renewal to sweep across this land.

We plead with you not to hold our sins against us as the Supreme Court deliberates over the institution of marriage. We acknowledge that if sexual behavior which is an abomination in your sight is not just protected but celebrated by the highest court in our land it will inevitably bring your judgment upon our land.



Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. We know that Satan hates all that you are and stand for, and that the attack on marriage and the family comes ultimately from him.

We know he is a deceiver, a liar and the father of all lies, and we know that many in our culture have believed his lies about sexuality, including members of our Supreme Court. We pray that your Spirit will reveal to each of these justices every lie they have believed, whether that lie comes from the world, their own flesh, or the devil himself.

Wherever any of them have given you any access to their minds and hearts, we pray that your Spirit will take full advantage and speak to their souls with power and conviction. We pray in the name of Jesus that you by your mighty power will restrain the voice of the evil one, if only for a moment, so that in the supernatural quiet you create they may each hear your still small voice speaking truth to them and warning them of the consequences of ignoring your voice. Urge them, we pray, to honor you and the institution of marriage you have created for our own good.

David Horowitz: 'Traitor' Obama Letting Terrorists Bring Nukes Over Southern Border

Conservative activist David Horowitz told Florida talk radio host Joyce Kaufman on Friday that President Obama’s “heart is with the enemy,” which is why he is allowing terrorists to “walk across” the southern border carrying nuclear weapons.

When Kaufman asked Horowitz about the U.S. program to resettle refugees from the Syrian civil war, he warned that the president is “importing our enemies,” adding that Obama and his party have “destroyed our southern border so it’s easy for terrorists to get here.”

“All they have to do is walk across that border,” he said, “and they’re going to do it, and when they come they’re going to bring chemical, biological and eventually nuclear weapons, so don’t kid yourself.”

Kaufman agreed, citing an unfounded Judicial Watch report about an ISIS training camp near the border with Mexico and the president’s recent prayer breakfast remarks to declare that the president has “lost it.”

“He’s a traitor,” Horowitz added. “His heart is with the enemy.”

Rick Santorum: Obama Established A Secular Theocracy

Rick Santorum appeared on Tony Perkins’s “Washington Watch” radio show yesterday to discuss national security threats from ISIS and Iran, but Perkins eventually moved the discussion to the “domestic threats” to the country: namely, gay marriage.

Perkins thanked Santorum for working with the Family Research Council on creating a short film about the dangers of marriage equality, which will be shown in participating churches on the Sunday before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Santorum told Perkins that, for the first time ever in U.S. history, religious liberty is under assault from a new secular theocratic system:

For the first time in the history of our country, the government is attacking people, prosecuting people, calling for people to be rehabilitated, constraining in the military with our chaplaincy. We now see chaplain after chaplain being dismissed for not accepting the secular orthodoxy that this administration wants to put forward, criticizing people for holding biblical truth and counseling them in a biblically coherent way. We see businesses being prosecuted. We see all sorts of activity on the legislative front, where they are pushing — as we saw in Indiana — pushing bills that simply protect employees’ rights to be able to practice their faith consistent within an employment situation. And those things which were unanimously passed are now being fought against.

It’s a hostility to religion that we’ve never seen in the history of our country. And I read an interesting article the other day; it’s actually not the free exercise of religion that is being attacked, it’s actually a new religion that is being established. So we have the state establishing a new religion, a secular state religion, a secular orthodoxy that everybody is going to have to comply with. We don’t have as the threat was at the time of our Founders, the Church of England imposing the English church on America. We have now the secular church that is being imposed on this country and anybody that defects is subject to persecution and prosecution. That is a very serious threat to liberty in America.

Pat Robertson: Hillary Clinton Wants To Ban People 'From Criticizing Politicians'

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson responded to a CBN report about an effort to organize a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution by warning that Hillary Clinton would use such a process to outlaw criticism of political leaders.

Robertson was referring to Clinton’s comments that she is open to a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates to corporate and dark money in elections. Robertson's warning makes no sense considering that the ruling was delivered in 2010, and political criticism was very lively and legal before then.

“Hillary Clinton actually wants to restrict the First Amendment right of free speech so that they will protect the political class so that people will be prohibited under the Constitution from criticizing politicians,” Robertson said. “It’s appalling, but that’s what she said.”

PFAW Edit Memo: Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino Rhetoric from Republican Leaders

To: Interested Parties
From: Michael B. Keegan, President, People For the American Way
Date: April 21, 2015
Re: Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino Rhetoric from Republican Leaders

In examining the rhetoric of Republican elected officials and candidates surrounding Latinos and immigration policies over the last few years, People For the American Way found overwhelming evidence that extreme anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric remains a cornerstone of the GOP.

From Steve King referring to immigrants as “130-pound” drug runners with “calves the size of cantaloupes” to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s warning that a majority Hispanic population in the U.S. could lead to an ethnic cleansing, it’s clear that deeply-entrenched anti-immigrant, anti-Latino sentiments shape the Republican Party’s world view. No GOP candidates in the 2016 elections can ignore the depth of hostility party leaders have shown toward these communities.

Likely Presidential Candidates

Jeb Bush

Said President Obama’s executive orders were like decrees of a “Latin American dictator.” [Bloomberg, 3/7/15]

Called President Obama’s executive actions on immigration “an abuse of power.” [CNN, 11/21/14]

Said that immigrants “are more fertile” than native-born Americans. [NPR, 6/4/13]

Ben Carson

Said immigrants come to the U.S. for “easy acquisition of public support through welfare programs.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]

Blamed measles outbreak on immigrants: “We have to account for the fact that we now have people coming into the country sometimes undocumented people who perhaps have diseases that we had under control.” [Talking Points Memo, 2/3/15]

Claimed President Obama’s executive action is part of a “nefarious agenda” to bring government-dependent voters to the U.S. [Right Wing Watch, 11/21/14]

Speaking about Obama’s executive actions on immigration, said: “Our president is very much like Putin.” [The Daily Caller, 11/21/14]

Said: “People who refuse to comply with the rules must forfeit chances of legalization in the future. Anyone caught involved in voter fraud should be immediately deported and have his citizenship revoked.” [National Review, 11/12/14]

Chris Christie

Called anti-immigrant firebrand Steve King a “friend,” saying, “I don’t back away from my relationship with him one inch.” Has also campaigned for him multiple times. [NJ.com, 10/25/14]

Said: “I want every child who comes to New Jersey to be educated, but I don’t believe that for those people who came here illegally, we should be subsidizing with taxpayer money, through in-state tuition their education.” Christie later flip-flopped on this position. [Fox News Latino, 10/16/13]

As the Newark Star-Ledger editorial board put it: “Christie Has His Eyes On The Presidency. And If He Has To Roll Over Latinos To Get There, He’ll Do It.” [American Bridge]

Sen. Ted Cruz

Claimed President Obama’s immigration actions are like “counterfeiting immigration papers, because there’s no legal authority to do what he’s doing.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]

Called DACA “lawless” and “wrong.” [America’s Voice, 9/9/14]

Supports Arizona’s radical anti-immigrant law: "The federal government is utterly failing to secure our borders.  When Arizona stepped in to address out-of-control illegal immigration, liberal groups attacked Arizona and the Obama Administration sued the State.” [Texas Tribune, 6/25/12]

Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier stated that Sen. Cruz's “top priority” is ending the deferred action program. [Politico, 7/16/14]

Said immigration bill “sets up affirmative action…for those who are here illegally.” [The National Review, 6/19/13]

Said Mitt Romney should end DACA, which would restart deportations of immigrants who came to the country as children. [Huffington Post, 8/28/12]

Mike Huckabee

Claimed President Obama’s executive actions are “wholly unconstitutional,” an “insult to the American people,” and like the “tyranny of King George.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]

Said we should focus on what to do about immigrants who are “rushing over because they've heard there’s a bowl of food just across the border.” [Bloomberg, 3/7/15]

Claimed some immigrants come to the U.S. just because they heard there’s "free food, free drivers licenses." [Think Progress, 3/7/15]

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Said that some legal immigrants “want to come and, in some ways, they want to overturn our culture they want to come in and almost colonize our countries.” [MSNBC, 1/19/15]

Decried political incorrectness and multiculturalism and said of immigrants who do not embrace American exceptionalism, “that’s not immigration, that’s invasion.” [Right Wing Watch, 1/26/15]

Said: "There is nothing wrong with saying that English is our language, and we’re going to teach American exceptionalism to our children in civics. I’m tired of hyphenated Americans.” [Talking Points Memo, 2/26/15]

Suggested that the U.S. alter its immigration laws in order to reject Muslims who might “want to come and try to impose some variant of Sharia law.” [Mediaite, 3/18/15]

Called Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration “a cynical attempt to change the topic.” [Bloomberg, 11/20/14]

Sen. Rand Paul

Responding to an interview question after he ran away from DREAMers, Paul said: “I’ll be honest with you, I’m not interested in being filmed and berated by people [DREAMers] who broke the law and are here illegally to try and convince me about policy.” [Think Progress, 8/7/14]

Declared that he “would’ve voted ‘no’” on the DREAM Act. [Right Wing Watch, 4/15/15]

Said: “Washington liberals are trying to push through the so-called DREAM Act, which creates an official path to Democrat voter registration for 2 million college-age illegal immigrants.” [Salon, 8/25/14]

Equated President Obama’s immigration action with internment camps for the Japanese: “Think of what happened in World War II where they made the decision. The president issued an executive order. He said to Japanese people, ‘We’re going to put you in a camp. We’re going to take away all your rights and liberties and we’re going to intern you in a camp.’ We shouldn’t allow that much power to gravitate to one individual.” [MSNBC, 11/12/14]

Claimed birthright citizenship, as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment, is turning the U.S. into “a magnet for the world” and lets “everybody come in here, have children and they all become citizens.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/15/15]

Said we ought to “fire the CBO” for finding that immigration reform reduces the deficit. [Right Wing Watch, 7/8/13]

Joked to Glenn Beck: “I’m thinking about lobbying to become an illegal immigrant so I don’t have to participate in Obamacare.” [Right Wing Watch, 6/26/13]

Claimed the U.S. “give[s] too great an incentive for illegal immigrants to cross our borders seeking these handouts.” [Rand Paul 2016, 5/5/10]

Said: “As a United States Senator, I will vote for any bill that strengthens border security, including the construction of a physical or electronic fence.” [Rand Paul 2016, 5/5/10]

Said: “I propose a ban on all taxpayer-funded services to illegal immigrants.  There are cities near our borders where illegal immigrants literally cross our borders simply to go to our schools and hospitals.  This travesty is wrong and must be stopped.” [Rand Paul 2016, 7/6/10]

Rick Perry

Said: “I think that the federal DREAM act is just amnesty and I’m not for amnesty.” [National Journal, 9/21/11]

Politifact called “pants on fire” on Perry’s claim that "over 3,000 homicides" were committed by "illegal aliens over the course of the last six years." [Politifact, 7/23/14]

Asserted that “if the federal government does not do its constitutional duty to secure the southern border of the United States, the state of Texas will do it!” [The Nation, 7/23/14]

Said: “When I’m the president of the United States, you’re not going to see me going after states like Arizona or Alabama, suing sovereign states for making decisions.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]

Marco Rubio

Declared that he “would love to defund the immigration order.” [America’s Voice, 12/15/14]

Referred to a path to citizenship as “code for amnesty” in 2010. [PBS, 9/13/14]

Said: "If you grant amnesty, as the governor proposes that we do, in any form, whether it's back of the line or so forth, you will destroy any chance we will ever have of having a legal immigration system that works here in America.” [Washington Post, 3/20/13]

Speaking to DREAMers, he said: “You’re doing harm to your own cause because you don’t have a right to illegally immigrate to the United States.” [America’s Voice, 8/26/14]

**Rubio once supported a path to citizenship through comprehensive immigration reform, but has since backpedalled significantly, believing that the Senate bill was a mistake. [Think Progress, 10/28/13]

Rick Santorum

Stated, “Yeah I would” veto the DREAM Act. [National Journal]

Said George Bush’s immigration reform plan in 2006 provided “incentives for illegal immigrants to raid the Social Security system and lie about their work history.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]

Said: “What Gov. Perry's done is he provided in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Maybe that was an attempt to attract the illegal vote--I mean, the Latino voters. But you attract Latino voters by talking about the importance of immigration. You talk about the importance of having English as the official language of this country.” [On the Issues]

Campaign ad said that “13 million illegal aliens were counting on” his opponent, Bob Casey. [America’s Voice,1/22/15]

Said that "you can't be here for 20 years and commit only one illegal act ... because everything you're doing while you're here is against the law ..." [Spencer Daily Reporter, 12/8/11]

Claimed: “When people tell me the problem is just illegal immigration, they’re wrong. They’re wrong…Part of the reason is that we’re bringing floods of legal, not illegal, legal immigrants into the country.” [America’s Voice, 1/22/15]

Scott Walker

Pushed to limit even legal immigration: “In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying, we will make adjustments…the more I’ve talked to folks – I’ve talked to Senator Sessions and others out there, but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today – is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward.” [Journal Sentinel, 4/21/15]

Spoke out against a path to citizenship: “I don’t believe in amnesty.” [Slate, 3/1/15]

Supported Arizona’s extreme anti-immigrant law, SB 1070: "As governor, I will sign similar legislation to the Arizona law.” [The Cap Times, 11/11/10]

His 2011 budget ended a program that gave in-state college tuition to children of undocumented immigrants. [American Bridge]

Twice in four months, had to fire staff for anti-immigrant remarks including:

  • “I will choke that illegal Mex cleaning in the library.”
  • Referring to people on a bus trip: “Nobody speaks English & these people don’t know how 2 control their kids. #only3morehours #illegal aliens.”
  • “I see Satan” when I see undocumented immigrants. [American Bridge]

Current Members of Congress

Rep. Steve King (IA)

Claimed that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are “130-pound” drug runners with “calves the size of cantaloupes.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/22/13

Compared immigrants to dogs when he “suggested America had the ‘pick of the litter’ when it comes to immigrants.” [Mediaite, 7/21/13]

Said that DREAMERs protesting at the right-wing Iowa Freedom Summit come from another planet. [Right Wing Watch, 1/24/15]

Compared the congressional GOP’s standoff with President Obama over immigration reform to the fight against ISIS, saying that the Republican caucus should be prepared to “use all the constitutional means at our disposal” and not take a government shutdown or impeachment proceedings off the table.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/20/14]

Suggested that Central American migrants who are apprehended at the southern border can be "delivered to the address of their choice" while they await a deportation hearing, and “that might be a crack house, it might be an MS13 house, it might be a cat house.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/4/14]

In a conversation about responding to the President’s immigration executive actions, Steve King said, “there’s probably no better time to fight than now and no better time to risk a government shutdown than now.” [Right Wing Watch, 12/10/14]

Told a story about going out with border patrol agents who would “catch and release” immigrants like a recreational fisher because they “like their jobs” and want to keep them. [Right Wing Watch, 3/6/14]

Said executive action by President Obama providing deportation relief for some undocumented immigrants living in the United States would perhaps irrevocably destroy “our constitutional republic” by turning the United States into a “lawless third-world nation” and Obama into a “king.” [Right Wing Watch, 10/22/14]

Claimed America is becoming “a third-world country” because of “the things that are coming at us from across the border,” including illegal drugs, Central American children of “prime gang recruitment age,” ISIS, a childhood respiratory illness that has spread in recent weeks, and the Ebola virus. [Right Wing Watch, 10/21/14]

Said undocumented immigrants who wish to join the military are “mercenaries” rather than “patriots.” [Right Wing Watch,4/28/14]

Claimed DREAM Act could lead to the end of the family as it would “equalize all parenthood and that means that you can’t let children be raised by a mom and a dad in a home.” [Right Wing Watch, 6/24/13]

Argued that the Senate’s immigration bill will do great damage to “American liberty” and “the underpinnings of the pillars of American exceptionalism.” Said undocumented immigrants and their children and grandchildren will “be taught to disrespect” the rule of law and collect tens of thousands of dollars in welfare benefits. [Right Wing Watch, 5/17/13]

Warned that immigration reform with a path to citizenship “destroys our republic.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/16/15]

Urging the GOP to “stick with” anti-immigration planks, King said, “I’m just no great fan of identity politics.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/16/15]

Rep. Mo Brooks (AL)

Said: “As your congressman on the house floor, I will do anything short of shooting…illegal aliens.” [Think Progress, 6/29/11]

Suggested Congress should pass a contempt citation against the president for his “reckless conduct,” and then Obama would drop his executive actions since he, like Richard Nixon, doesn’t want to “incur the wrath that comes with a contempt citation with potential fines and jail time.” [Right Wing Watch, 2/3/15]

Said: “At some point, you have to evaluate whether the president’s conduct aids or abets, encourages, or entices foreigners to unlawfully cross into the United States of America. That has a five-year in-jail penalty associated with it.” [Slate, 11/19/14]

Claimed Obama’s immigration actions are part of a plot to “dilute the vote of American citizens by bringing in millions of foreigners who are going to be dependent on welfare and handouts and hence will be dependent on the Democratic Party for their livelihoods.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/24/14]

Asserted that immigration reform is a “political power play” by Democrats to “dilute the voting power of Americans who are alive and voting today” and “change America as we know it.” [Right Wing Watch, 9/19/14]

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX)

Claimed that “the penetration of criminals and terrorists across our southern border” represents a threat to the U.S. comparable to the threat of a nuclear strike from Iran against Israel. [Right Wing Watch, 7/30/14]

Called President Obama’s immigration policy the real “war on women” because it allowed immigrants to cross the border to rape women. [Right Wing Watch, 7/30/14]

“Texas and the United States is [sic] being invaded and we’re in danger,” Gohmert said, before alleging that most of the unaccompanied minors are lying when they tell border patrol agents that they are escaping gang violence in Central America and have been coached to make such claims. [Right Wing Watch, 7/30/14]

Accused Obama of bringing in central American immigrants to vote illegally for Democrats. [Right Wing Watch,7/8/14]

Implied that President Obama was orchestrating the child migrant crisis in order to recruit millions of people to cast fraudulent ballots for Democrats and seize Texas from Republican control. [Right Wing Watch, 7/8/14]

Rep. Lou Barletta (PA)

Said that policies friendly to undocumented immigrants "reward people who want to tear down our laws and make us a third-world country." [Right Wing Watch, 4/14/14]

Compared the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country to the 9/11 terrorists. [Right Wing Watch,4/10/14]

Rep. Trent Franks (AZ)

Asserted that Obama’s immigration executive actions “literally could be the death of the Republic.” [Right Wing Watch, 12/3/14]

Wrote that “Arizona took a necessary step” in passing the extreme anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070. [The Hill, 6/25/10]

Rep. Lamar Smith (TX)

Said the “extreme fringe of the Democratic Party” is supporting an executive action providing deportation relief to some undocumented immigrants because it “wants to treat those from other countries better than we treat our own American citizens” and ultimately is “banking” on the votes of new immigrants. [Right Wing Watch, 11/18/14]

Expressed dismay at undocumented immigrants joining the military and cited a disputed study to claim that the Obama administration is “aiding and abetting crimes in America by intentionally releasing illegal aliens back into our communities.”[Right Wing Watch, 4/10/14]

Sen. David Perdue (GA)                    

Said: “If you look at the legal immigration problem, it may be as big or bigger than the illegal problem.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/20/14]

Rep. Walter Jones (NC)

Claimed that Republicans have “constitutional duty” to impeach Obama because of his immigration executive actions. [Right Wing Watch, 2/11/15]

Rep. John Fleming (LA)

Said that unlike “the way it worked traditionally in America,” today’s immigrants “come from countries where they look to the government, that’s their tradition is that the government takes care of them.” [Right Wing Watch, 12/9/14]

Sen. Tom Coburn (OK)

Predicted that because of the President’s executive actions, “you're going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could see violence.” [USA Today, 11/20/14]

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA)

When a constituent asked whether the U.S. should put explosive devices on the border to prevent immigration, Rep. Loudermilk laughed off the question and said that he opposed the idea "because there’s a lot of Americans who work [there] and kids around the border as well.” [Right Wing Watch, 2/25/15]

Rep. Frank Wolf (VA)

Said terrorists are crossing America’s southern border thanks to President Obama’s supposed refusal to administer immigration law. [Right Wing Watch, 8/6/14]

Rep. Mike Kelly (PA)

Claimed Obama’s immigration actions will push the country into an “internal crisis” not seen since the days leading up to the Civil War. [Right Wing Watch, 11/19/14]

Rep. Jody Hice (GA)

Suggested that people might have to take up arms in response to “a government that refuses to secure our borders.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/22/14]

Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA)

Said we can track immigrants just like “Fedex can track packages coming” into the country. [People For the American Way, 9/25/14]

Current State Elected Officials

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach

Claimed it’s possible that a Hispanic majority in the U.S. could conduct an “ethnic cleansing.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/20/14]

Said the military would “put aside” its high standards by admitting DREAMers. [Right Wing Watch, 6/5/14]

Claimed immigration advocates are like the KKK, “just not wearing white cloaks.” [Right Wing Watch, 6/18/13]

Texas State Rep. Tony Tinderholt

Said “we are being thieved” by undocumented immigrants who are “taking the lifeblood of our country.” Immigrants want a better life, “but that better life for them is free stuff.” [Right Wing Watch, 9/22/14]

Maryland County Council Member and Christian Reconstructionist Michael Peroutka

Asserted that Obama’s immigration action “certainly is an act of treason because it’s aiding and abetting the enemies of America and giving them comfort and aid.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/21/14]

Tamara Scott, Iowa RNC Committeewoman

Said child migrants from Central America may have been “highly trained as warriors” and could “rise up against” U.S. citizens. [Right Wing Watch, 8/22/14]

Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Claimed that the media and the administration are suppressing photos of child migrants and the families at the border because they are actually teenage “gangbangers.” [Right Wing Watch, 6/20/14]

Said: “The White House is incompetent and the dumping of illegals is intentional.” [Right Wing Watch, 6/20/14]

Former Elected Officials and Candidates

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN)

Said that if President Obama were to take executive action to prevent the deportation of some undocumented immigrants living in the United States, his goal would be to “flood our nation with millions of sure-thing Democrat [sic] voters” who would rely on “the United States government as their source of supply.” [Right Wing Watch, 10/31/14]

Claimed: “Our pockets are being picked and innocent people are being killed by illegal aliens and hurt and robbed and beaten and raped by criminal foreign nationals that are in our country.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/5/14]

Said that illegal immigration is a “war against the American people.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/5/14]

Asked: “When are we going to get serious and really deport and deport right on the border?” [Right Wing Watch, 8/5/14]

Claimed that Obama is deliberately inviting child migrants into the country in order to establish a Democratic voting bloc and begin “transforming America into a Marxist economic model.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/25/14]

Said immigration reform “means you don’t have a future and a hope.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/5/13]

Former Rep. Steve Stockman (MI)

Called the influx of Central American child refugees at the southern border an “invasion of our nation.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/16/14]

Explained, “There are more people coming across the border than those we sent in invasion of France” in World War II. [Right Wing Watch, 7/16/14]

Claimed Obama “basically told everybody in Mexico our doors are open, come up, come up, please,” and that they’re “all going to have a great time because y’all are going to be legal.” “He’s going to be the President of the United States and Mexico. [Right Wing Watch, 5/17/13]

Said immigration reform would only help Obama in his plan to “destroy America.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/16/13]

Former Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

Referring to the “tsunami of unaccompanied children,” and the President’s executive actions, Dewhurst said that “If we don’t stop the bad guys at the border, they’re going to be in your hometown tomorrow.” [Right Wing Watch, 9/26/14]

Claimed that unaccompanied minors fleeing drug-related violence in Central America are just a distraction engineered by President Obama: “This whole conversation about the unaccompanied children, ladies and gentlemen, this is a mirage, it is a public relations effort, this is an effort by the Obama administration to divert your attention.” [Right Wing Watch, 9/9/14]

Former Sen. Candidate and Rep. Paul Broun (GA)

Announced that the only immigration law he wants is one “that makes English the official language of America.” [Right Wing Watch, 2/24/14]

Said comprehensive immigration reform would be “disastrous for Republicans” and “disastrous for anybody who is freedom-loving.” [Right Wing Watch, 2/24/14]

Asserted that if the House GOP compromises at all on immigration, “America, economically, is doomed because we cannot afford to put these people on government largesse.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/9/13]

Former Rep. Allen West (FL)

Claimed that President Obama intends to “flood the country with illegals,” whom he suggested are to blame for a respiratory disease outbreak among children, despite having no evidence to substantiate his claim. [Right Wing Watch, 10/3/14]

Former Pres. Candidate Alan Keyes

Accused the president of “importing” undocumented immigrants “in order to facilitate what I think is an overthrow of our Constitution.” [Right Wing Watch, 12/11/14]

Former AK Sen. Candidate Joe Miller

Said immigration will hurt the “integrity” of the population and destroy the second amendment. [Right Wing Watch, 3/3/15]

Former Pres. Candidate Donald Trump

Said: “Now especially with Ebola, how about when that starts happening down in that area and people just walk into the country.” [Right Wing Watch, 10/16/14]

Former Pres. Candidate, CO Gov. Candidate, and Rep. Tom Tancredo (CO)

Responding to the crisis of Central American refugees at the southern border, suggested Obama should “sign an executive order saying all these people ought to be returned. Put them on buses or planes, send them back to the countries from which they came and have the governments there take care of it.” Added that the child migrant crisis  is “all part of a plan” by President Obama to “fundamentally transform America.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/11/14]

Former AZ Gov. Candidate Andrew Thomas

Campaign ad boasts he is “the only candidate who stopped illegal immigration,” and he promises that as governor he will stop illegal immigration again  “before it’s too late.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/23/14]

Former Sen. Jim DeMint (SC)

On immigration reform, claimed Democrats “are much more interested in new voters and union members than they are in fixing the system and honoring our heritage of immigration.” [Right Wing Watch, 1/30/13]

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Roy Moore Compares Anti-Gay Fight To Resisting Slavery & Segregation

Last week, the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), a small group associated with the National Organization for Marriage, presented Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore with its first “Letter from the Birmingham Jail Courage Award,” comparing Moore’s defiance of federal courts on marriage equality to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s civil disobedience during the civil rights movement.

Moore accepted the award by comparing federal court decisions in favor of marriage equality to the infamous Supreme Court decisions in Plessy v. Ferguson and Dred Scott. Reading a passage from the dissent in Plessy, Moore said it “seemed to ring very true in the issue before this country today about same-sex marriage and taking away the institution of marriage as between one man and one woman.”

The blog Left in Alabama captured the video:

After the presentation of the award, a reporter in the audience repeatedly asked Moore and CAAP President William Owens how they thought legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples would undermine marriage for straight people.

“It takes away the very definition ordained of God,” Moore responded. “A different definition destroys the definition of marriage. It’s not about the right to marry. There is a right to marry in our Constitution and the constitutions of the majority of the states, but it’s between a man and a woman.”

Owens took a different tack: “First of all, it’s not natural law and it’s immoral. It’s not natural for man to be married to a man. That is not natural. And that’s what this award is about. Dr. King emphasized it must line up with natural law. And if you believe that so much that a man should marry a man or a woman should marry a woman, go try it with electricity.”

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