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David Barton: 'The Way You Get AIDS Now Is You Have To Violate God's Standard Of Sexuality'

Last week, David Barton, the Religious Right pseudo-historian and GOP operative who is currently running a major super PAC in support of Ted Cruz's candidacy, spoke at a conference organized by the North Carolina Pastors Network, where he asserted that despite the success in evangelizing other nations, Christian converts are still engaging in unbiblical behavior as demonstrated by the fact that they are still getting AIDS and electing gays to public office.

In audio kindly provided to us by Freedom for All Americans, Barton can be heard explaining that "America is the single biggest influence in helping Christianize the rest of the world" but lamenting that the success in winning people to Christ has not necessarily translated into changes in behavior as these Christian converts continue to largely live by "secular values." 

"If you look at places in Africa," he said, "there are several nations in Africa that are 90 percent professing Christians, they call themselves a Christian nation, 90 percent of the population is Christian. In the last 25 years, in those 90 percent Christian nations, the AIDS rate has gone up, government corruption has soared through the roof, mistreatment of women is skyrocketing and poverty is increasing. Now tell me how, in a 90 percent Christian nation, you get this much bad fruit?"

"If you live by the Bible, you're not going to have the sexual misbehavior that leads to AIDS," he continued. "If you practice sex within marriage between a man and woman, AIDS is an impossibility, [other than through] a blood transfusion and now that we've checked that, we haven't had blood transfusion problems for about the last 15 years. So the way you get AIDS now is you have to violate God's standard of sexuality."

To further illustrate his point, Barton pointed to some unnamed nation in Central America that is also supposedly a 90 percent Christian nation but which "just had an election [where] they elected open homosexuals as their national leaders."

"Now how do you do that in a 90 percent Christian nation?" he asked. "1 Corinthians says that homosexuals will not enter the kingdom of heaven; you're a 90 percent Christian nation and you elect open homosexuals to elect the 90 percent that are Christian?"

In the past, Barton, who currently runs a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC, has repeatedly asserted that God will never allow us to find a cure for AIDS because the disease is His punishment for sin.

PFAW Applauds Restoration of Voting Rights in Virginia

WASHINGTON – On Friday Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that he would take executive action to restore voting rights to over 200,000 previously incarcerated people in the state. The move would remove one of the nation’s harshest restrictions on the voting rights of ex-offenders, which disproportionately affects the African American community: according to The Sentencing Project, in Virginia currently one in five African Americans is unable to vote. The state previously blocked people with prior felony convictions from voting for the rest of their lives.

People For the American Way President Michael Keegan released the following statement:

“We applaud Gov. McAuliffe for taking this important stand in support of a democracy that works for everyone. Restrictions on the voting rights of ex-offenders are one of the most pernicious forms of voter suppression. His move on this issue should be a model for other states looking to live up to our country’s core principle of government of, by and for the people.

“This is a historic step forward towards a country where all people have access to the ballot box — a promise that so many have fought to make a reality throughout our country’s history. It’s especially significant in a state that for years was one of the worst offenders in voter disenfranchisement. When people who have served their time are still categorically prevented from participating in our democracy, that’s not only morally wrong, it weakens our political system for everyone. Our democracy is at its strongest when every voice can be heard and every person can cast a vote that counts.”

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Cruz Montana Leadership Team Includes 'Agenda 21 Speaker'

Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign announced its "Montana Leadership Team" this weekend and, as the eagle-eyed Montana Cowgirl points out, true to form for the Cruz campaign, it's full of some interesting characters.

Maybe the most notable member of the leadership team is Dan Happel, whom the Cruz campaign's press release actually identifies as an "Agenda 21 Speaker."

Here's a newspaper report from one speech Happel delivered about the nonbinding UN sustainable development plan:

“A lot of people have never heard of Agenda 21,” said Happel, “but it drives 90 percent of federal legislation.” He said it is an agenda, a blueprint for the 21st Century, that involves creating a one-world government, socialist in structure and communist at heart, that will destroy our constitution and destroy the middle class, transferring America’s wealth to the Third World.

He traces the beginning of the agenda to a meeting of 35 to 40 international bankers and world leaders called the Club of Rome which met in 1968. It was here that the decision was made to use “environmentalism” as the tool to unite people worldwide and subsequently bring them under one government.

“They decided to use environmentalism as a tool to promote political ideas and agendas which otherwise would be so wildly unpopular that they would have no chance of being implemented,” said Happel.

The agenda began to be implemented through ideas of Smart Growth, zoning regulations, wilderness bills, wildlands and endangered species initiatives.

“In this way private property can be increasingly controlled and ultimately eliminated,” said Happel. He said that government agencies, especially federal government agencies, have been co-opted by the oligarchic elite that designed the agenda and are implementing it with the use of facilitators in the “public process,” a method he said was invented in Stalin’s Russia to control the people with a semblance of participation.

The agenda calls for the establishment of wilderness zones with corridors that would involve relocating most Montanans to some large city, like Seattle, where they would be housed like sardines in compact housing developments, deprived of automobiles, and basically held hostage to some job in the city. Meanwhile vast areas of land would be reclaimed for wilderness to be used by the rich oligarchy.

Happel claims the bulk of environmental legislation is a result of this agenda, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, Natural Grasslands Act and the Endangered Species Act. He said they are part of a plot to create wilderness corridors from the Yucatan to the Yukon, “and it all involves taking property and taking the rights away from anybody left with any property.”

Happel said it came down to whether you believe in the United Nations Charter or the Declaration of Independence. “Which side are you on?” he asked.

Happel then launched into politics, stating that RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and turncoats had taken over the Republican Party.

“At the national level we don’t have a prayer,” he said. “At the local level we can do it. I did it.”

This shouldn't come as a huge surprise, since Cruz himself has enthusiastically promoted right-wing conspiracy theories about Agenda 21, warning during his 2012 Senate campaign that the plan "subverts liberty, our property rights and our sovereignty" and is attempt to abolish "golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads."

Also on Cruz's Montana team, Montana Cowgirl reports, are a state legislator who spoke along with Happel at a 2013 event hosted by a rural secessionist group that based some key parts of its philosophy on the work of a white supremacist.

Also on the team is another state legislator who was once chosen to lead the state's House Education Committee despite her interesting educational background:

Sarah Laszloffy, alumnus of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, where students of all ages come to learn how to live “a supernatural lifestyle” —including useful skills such as “how to cast out demons” and other practical solutions to life’s most pressing problems.  [screenshot] Bethel’s members also purport to have the ability to heal people through prayer and bring the dead back to life.
 

 

Donald Trump’s Pyramid Scheme for America

This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

For a man who constantly brags about his success, Donald Trump sure does like to play the victim. In his latest round of self-pity, the billionaire mogul has decried the delegate-allocation system in Colorado, where his rival, Ted Cruz, won the Republican presidential primary contest in a landslide. 

Trump’s campaign is built around earned media and stadium-sized rallies, and never established the “ground game” critical to win states like Colorado, where delegates are elected by state convention attendees. Predictably, his spokeswoman Katrina Pierson called the process “rigged” and a “pyramid scheme.”

While “pyramid scheme” may be an odd way to describe Colorado’s delegate system, the word accurately reflects many of Trump’s campaign promises.

Trump the businessman knows a little something about pyramid schemes. 

He has endorsed, and in some cases put his name on, companies accused of operating like pyramid schemes, where the first people who sign up reap almost all of the benefits, while the vast majority of people, often lured to buy in with assurances of making huge sums of money, are left in the dust.

The Washington Post reported that one such multilevel marketing company, the Trump Network, “often gave the impression of a partnership that was certain to lift thousands of people into prosperity.” In reality, the alternative-medicine sales company had dismal outcomes and left many people feeling scammed and deceived.

Trump’s pitch for the group sounds like one of his stump speeches, promising to save the American dream from the destructive work of the greedy. 

“Americans need a new plan, they need a new dream,” he said while pitching the company in 2009. “The Trump Network wants to give millions of people a renewed hope and with an exciting plan to opt out of the recession. Let’s get out of this recession right now with cutting edge health and wellness formulas.”

In his campaign addresses, Trump likes to remark that “the American Dream is dead - but if I win, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before.” Add a bit about “health and wellness” and you have a Trump Network infomercial. 

In 2009, Trump boasted that the Trump Network had sparked “unbelievable enthusiasm” and was “a phenomena” that was “going to be really amazing, really amazing.” But the group was selling discredited and suspect treatments and ended up as one of his many business failures.

His work with the company resembles his time on the campaign trail, where he pretends to fight the corrupt political process and financial system while making vague, ambitious promises of national and personal redemption.

He tells supporters that we “are going to start winning again and we’re going to win so much, you are going to be so happy, we are going to make America so great again, maybe greater than ever before.” Trump will not only make you rich, he says, but he will even “get rid of your depression.”

But like in any pyramid scheme, with Trump’s proposals, the ones at the very top will benefit while everyone else loses out.

Under Trump’s massive $12 trillion tax plan, “the top 1 percent of Americans will receive an average tax break of $227,000 per year while the bottom 20 percent will receive an average tax cut of only $250,” according to Citizens for Tax Justice, which found that “the majority of Trump’s tax cut would go to the top five percent of taxpayers.” 

But the biggest winners of Trump’s tax cut won’t be the top five percent. They won’t even be the top one percent.

“[T]he benefits would be overwhelmingly skewed to the highest-income taxpayers, with those in the top 0.1 percent (who make $3.7 million or more) getting an average tax cut of more than $1.3 million,” says Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Center.

Forget about Voodoo Economics. This is Pyramid Scheme Economics.

The supposedly populist candidate also promises to pay off the entire $19 trillion national debt in just eight years — “very easy” — but one estimate found that his huge tax cut for the rich alone will grow the debt by almost 80 percent

Just fulfilling his pledge to balance the budget would be mathematically impossibleunder the proposal he has laid out to do so.

Trump’s plan, if ever implemented, would wreck the economy. And that is not even counting the human and economic costs of his massive deportation scheme.

On the campaign trail, Trump is marketing his candidacy the same way he pitched his bogus health business: I am going to save the American Dream and make us rich.

But like any pyramid scheme, it is bound to fail, and take many people down with it.

PFAW

Paranoia-Rama: Sharia Law Is Here, Civil War And Slavery Are Coming

RWW's Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week's most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.

This week, far-right activists broadcast their fears about America falling to Islamic rule, bloodshed and slavery. Any day now.

5) Sharia Courts

Jerry Boykin, an official with the Family Research Council who also serves as a national security adviser to Ted Cruz, is very worried that Sharia law is on the verge of taking hold in the U.S.

While speaking with Fred Jackson of the American Family Association, Boykin said that Sharia courts have already been established in Michigan and Texas, urging people to “wake up and take a stand against this and recognize the nature of the threat.”

Unfortunately for Boykin, rumors about Sharia courts in Michigan and Texas are bogus. The story about Sharia law in Michigan came from a fake news article, and the allegation about a Sharia court in Texas was actually a gross right-wing misrepresentation of a religious mediation panel similar to ones used by many Christians and Jews. The Houston Chronicle called the allegation the “2015 Texas Hoax of the Year.”

4) Civil War

The Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, is always on the lookout for the coming civil war, which its founder, Stewart Rhodes, believes may soon arrive with armed patriots on one side and liberals, anarchists, gang members and radical Islamists on the other.

On its website, the group posted a message from Brandon Smith, who predicted that the election of Hillary Clinton would trigger an “outright civil war” while a Trump victory would signal a possible left-wing uprising:

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, if Hillary Clinton is chosen by the establishment to take Obama’s place, the result would probably be outright civil war in the U.S. The level of hatred among conservatives for that woman is so stratospheric I cannot see any other outcome. It might not happen immediately, but a solid bet would be conflagration within her first term.

With a Trump win, I could also see at the very least nationwide riots similar in tone to those that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, with the social justice cultists running wild with their goofy slogans and molotov cocktails. These people are a paper tiger however, and are only a threat if they manage to convince a majority of the ethnic American population to follow their lead.

3) Buy Food Buckets Before It’s Too Late

Televangelist Jim Bakker knows that he has been called by God to warn people about the need to stock up on food, telling viewers this week to purchase survival food buckets to prepare for the coming crime wave and terrorist attacks caused by American immigration policy.

2) Liberalism Causes Depression

Feeling sad lately? Maybe even insane?

Well, David Kupelian of WorldNetDaily knows who to blame for that: liberals.

According to Kupelian, “the left is such a toxic influence, it is driving people crazy,” literally.

He told radio host Rick Green that the “insane,” “mad” and “hard, atheistic left that has taken over most of our institutions” has pushed patriotic Americans “completely over the edge”: “I’m talking about into drug addiction, into every type of addiction, food addiction, pornography, all the rest of it; into suicide, mental illness, depression.”

1) Putting Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill Will Lead To Slavery

Leave it to InfoWars to come up with the most fearful reaction to the decision to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill and move Andrew Jackson to the back. The conspiracy theorist network posted this column by Mac Slavo arguing that the move will inevitably lead to the “enslavement” of the masses:

Jackson narrowly succeeded in staving off banker domination of the U.S. during his day.

Of course, Andrew Jackson, who was the United States’ seventh president, was also a complete controversy his entire lifetime. It is no surprise that the same people who took down the Confederate flag from the South on the back of a mass shooting tragedy are now trying to tear down the image of a particularly controversial and intriguing figure from the American past.



Erasing Andrew Jackson from the faces of the fiat funny-money that is passed around by an increasingly ignorant and dependent society (which itself has adopted digital currency as the new norm) will further cut off the past from the masses, and ensure their enslavement.

Can Donald Trump Hold The Same Policy Position For Longer Than 24 Hours?

Donald Trump, it seems, has mastered the art of the flip-flop.

The GOP presidential frontrunner's strategy seems to be: Make a statement in an interview, see if it sticks and, if the backlash is swift, release a statement saying that you never really meant what you said and instead agree with whatever is currently the more popular opinion on the matter.

Yesterday, Trump changed his stance on North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law in less than 24 hours, offering one opinion on “Today” in the morning and another on “Hannity” that night.

The shift, which came after Trump faced criticism from his leading GOP rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and conservative activists, was far from the first time Trump has made such an abrupt change in a policy position. Here are just five instances where the GOP presidential frontrunner has made similarly swift reversals:

1) Abortion

Trump has made a big deal out of the fact that he, like Ronald Reagan, was once adamantly pro-choice but is now an opponent of abortion rights. When asked at a MSNBC town hall event if he believes women should be punished for having abortions if he is successful in outlawing the procedure, Trump meandered before eventually concluding that “there has to be some form of punishment.”

In a statement released hours later, Trump said that it should be left to the states to determine what, if any, punishment women should face for having an illegal abortion. His campaign then sent out yet another statement saying that Trump would only seek to punish abortion providers rather than the women who have abortions, stating that the woman is, in fact, “a victim.”

The next day, following his reversal, Trump defended his initial answer, saying that he “didn’t see any big deal” about his original remarks about punishing women and boasting that “a lot of people thought my answer was excellent.”

One day after that, Trump switched his view on choice yet again, saying wouldn’t want to see abortion outlawed after all: “The laws are set and I think we have to leave it that way.” Naturally, his campaign backtracked within hours, saying that Trump only meant that he wouldn’t personally seek to change abortion laws but that “he will change the law through his judicial appointments.”

2) Nuclear proliferation

On March 26, Trump said that nuclear proliferation is the “biggest” problem he sees in the world.

“It’s a very scary nuclear world,” he told the New York Times. “Biggest problem, to me, in the world, is nuclear, and proliferation.”

In the very same interview, Trump floated the idea of letting Japan acquire nuclear weapons because he is tired of the U.S. having to defend its ally.

On March 29, when Anderson Cooper asked him to clarify his remarks, Trump said that he wanted not only Japan but also South Korea and Saudi Arabia to acquire nuclear weapons so the U.S. could save money on military assistance and because “it’s going to happen, anyway.” In the same conversation, Trump also told Cooper that he would oppose nuclear proliferation and doesn’t want to see nations like Saudi Arabia have nuclear weapons.

3) War crimes

The morning after Trump declared at a presidential debate in Detroit that he would order members of the military to commit war crimes and use illegal torture techniques — “If I say do it, they’re going to do it” — his campaign released a statement quoting the candidate as saying that he acknowledges “that the United States is bound by laws and treaties and I will not order our military or other officials to violate those laws.”

But just hours after that statement came out, Trump bragged at a Michigan rally about his support for torture, later explaining that he seeks to expand and broaden the rules on torture to compete with ISIS.

4) Guest workers

At the Detroit debate, Trump said that despite what his official website says about guest workers, he would approve of an expansion of the guest worker visa program. “I’m changing. I’m changing. We need highly skilled people in this country,” he said, remarks that surprised many, considering that he is running on a strict anti-immigrant platform.

Of course, Trump's campaign later put out a statement saying that the candidate was in fact sticking with his original opposition to guest worker visas.

Then-rival Marco Rubio said in a response to the flip-flop-flip: “Tonight, Donald Trump finally took an actual position. But as soon as the debate was over, his handlers made him reverse himself. The Republican nominee cannot be somebody who is totally clueless on so many issues, including his signature issue.”

5) Refugees

It took just one day for Trump to reverse his stance on the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

On September 8, he told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that “on a humanitarian basis, with what’s happening you have to” take in some refugees. “They’re living in hell, and something has to be done,” he said.

On September 9, he told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would oppose any resettlement of refugees from the conflict. Eventually, Trump declared that he would deport Syrian refugees already settled in the U.S.

While not a complete flip, Trump has also tried to change his tune on his proposed ban on Muslims from entering the country. On the same day that he released a statement stating that he wants “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims from entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” he told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that certain Muslims, such as those serving in the military and those he is personally friends with, would be allowed to come in. He later clarified again that his sweeping ban would not apply to the “very rich Muslims” that he knows.

Linda Harvey: LGBT Movement Helping Turn Kids Into 'Sexual Barbarians'

Back in March, Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign proudly announced the endorsements of "some of Ohio's top conservative leaders," including Mission America's Linda Harvey and Cleveland Right to Life's Molly Smith. Harvey is one of the most extreme anti-LGBT activists in the country, while Smith lastgarnered national attention when she a ngered some of her fellow anti-abortion activists by working against the reelection of Sen. Rob Portman when he came out in favor of marriage equality.
 
In January, Harvey joined Smith on her daily radio program for an interview thatSmith recently re-posted on her website, in which they discussed how LGBT rights will turn children into "selfish" "sexual barbarians" and repeated unfounded claims about a link between homosexuality and pedophilia.
 
Smith lamented that "we are destroying our children" by failing to "recognize the devastation that is happening to our children through promoting this unhealthy, abomination style of sexual contact." Harvey agreed that "we are looking at a generation of kids that are coming up who will have, who will be such, or at least a fair number of them will be such sexual barbarians."
 
Harvey said that when children are "sexualized early" they learn to toss "people away from your own pleasure," and that the same thing happens with homosexuality because "when you take pregnancy out of the mix, the opportunities are infinitely more and it seems as though the consequences are less."
 
Someone with that mindset, she said, "is just that much more selfish, that much more immediate-gratification-oriented, and there are so many character issues that are related to letting that happen."
 
Smith responded that it's important to "help" people when a "life incident that has turned them to homosexual behavior, we need to support them to turn back again and to become fully functional human beings." She added that she made her comments "with love."
 

The two then discussed an interview that Smith recently conducted with Walt Heyer, a man who formerly identified as a transgender woman and has written about being abused as a child, which Smith cited as proof that "the abuse that's going on within the homosexual community" is being covered up.
 
"So we are being told to be quiet about the abuse that's going on within the homosexual community, we're not allowed to talk about it unless it happens to be a pastor or a priest, and then it's all over the place about how they are pedophiles," she said. "I mean, yeah. The same thing is going on within the supposed mainstream homosexual behavior too."
 
"Right, and Christianity tends to put a lid on those human impulses," Harvey responded.
 

 

Pat Boone: The Government Should Outlaw Blasphemy And Punish Saturday Night Live If It Blasphemes Again

Conservative musician and activist Pat Boone has been on the warpath against Saturday Night Live ever since the program aired a sketch parodying the right-wing’s persecution complex, criticizing the show’s cast members as Satanic and bound for hell.

In an interview last night with Alan Colmes, Boone said that “there should be regulations that prohibit blasphemy” and that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should punish networks that air such blasphemous programming.

When Colmes asked if he would “like the FCC to declare that a show like Saturday Night Live or any other show can’t do that kind of humor,” Boone agreed: “You cannot do blasphemy, yes.”

Boone, insisting that “at least 90 percent of the American public” wants this kind of censorship, specifically said that SNL or any program that calls “God by some profane name” would be in violation of such a blasphemy restriction, and that those who commit the offense should lose their license.

Boone, a birther conspiracy theorist, also lashed out at the media, claiming that members of the media are covering up the truth about the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate.

He said that he personally asked Donald Trump why he doesn’t talk about the president’s birth certificate as much as he did in the past and “he said, ‘Look, I’ve taken a lot of heat for this and I don’t want to deal with it anymore.’”

Now, Boone lamented, no one wants to address the “legitimate questions” about the birth certificate “because nobody wants to face the ridicule.”

Bryan Fischer: Anti-LGBT Officials Are American Heroes, Like Harriet Tubman

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer declared that officials who refuse to accept marriage equality or transgender rights will one day be recognized as heroes, just like Harriet Tubman.

Responding to the news that Tubman will replacing Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, Fischer noted that she is hailed as a hero today for breaking an unjust law in favor of obeying a "higher law."

"Because everybody recognizes that morally her cause was right, she's a hero," Fischer stated. "And I'm suggesting the same thing when it comes to the homosexual agenda."

Fischer said that elected or school officials who defy court rulings on gay marriage or laws allowing transgender individuals to use the facilities that match their gender identity will be seen as American heroes.

"The heroes," he predicted, "are going to be those elected officials, those school board officials, those principals that say, 'No, that's not going to happen on my watch.'"

Fischer has previously said that there should be an "Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households."

David Horowitz: Thank 'White Christian Males' For Ending Slavery

Every year, David Horowitz, the editor of the conservative Frontpage magazine, hosts a “restoration weekend” where he brings together anti-Muslim activists and GOP politicians at a posh beach resort. Guests in the past few years have included GOP presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz , former presidential candidate Ben Carson, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Rep. Steve King of Texas, former Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who now runs the influential Heritage Foundation.
 
This is why we feel obligated to continue writing about the fact that Horowitz is someone who no self-respecting politician would want to associate with.
 
In the latest example of this, Horowitz gave an interview to Indianapolis talk radio host Greg Garrison yesterday in which he cited a “terrific” video by someone who appears to be a Men’s Rights Activist called “I Love My White Male Privilege!” before launching into a rant about how the Black Lives Matter movement and President Obama are racist and everyone should be thanking “white Christian males” for ending slavery.
 

Horowitz stated that Black Lives Matter is a “racist movement” but that Republicans don’t criticize it because they’re “afraid of being called racist.”

Garrison interjected that “there’s nothing more racist” than using the term “white privilege,” which prompted Horowitz to recommend “a terrific video on the web called ‘I’m Proud of My White Male Privilege.’”
 
“It points out something, actually, that I conducted a campaign in 2001 about,” he said. “It’s black Africa that enslaved blacks. White people didn’t go to Africa and throw nets over black heads, they went to slave markets and bought them from black African kings who had enslaved them.
 
“It’s America who ended slavery, it was not until white Christian males in England and America said slavery was wrong. And this country was founded on the proposition that all men and women of all races have the right to liberty given by God that governments can’t take away. And then we gave 350,000 lives to end the institution here, and actually American and England are responsible for ending it throughout the western hemisphere and in many parts of Africa, while it still exists today. So the legacy of America, the president has said racism is in the DNA of America. No, liberty is in the DNA of America! The president is a racist and, as I said, a traitor.”

Ted Cruz Won't Stop Lying About LGBT People

As Sen. Ted Cruz began emerging as the favorite of establishment Republicans looking to stop Donald Trump from winning the party's presidential nomination, there was a brief period in which Cruz unconvincingly attempted to portray himself as more mainstream than he actually is. The maneuvering didn’t last long, as Cruz is now attacking Trump from the right for not being anti-LGBT enough.

Cruz released an online ad along with a blistering statement yesterday attacking the GOP presidential frontrunner for criticizing a radical new anti-LGBT law in North Carolina, which he claimed would allow "grown men" to "use little girls' public restrooms":

"Donald Trump is no different from politically correct leftist elites. Today, he joined them in calling for grown men to be allowed to use little girls’ public restrooms. As the dad of young daughters, I dread what this will mean for our daughters - and for our sisters and our wives. It is a reckless policy that will endanger our loved ones.

"Yet Donald stands up for this irresponsible policy while at the same time caving in on defending individual freedoms and religious liberty. He has succumbed to the Left's agenda, which is to force Americans to leave God out of public life while paying lip service to false tolerance.

"This is not real tolerance. The Left wants to force its belief system onto Americans across the country and silence people of faith in the public square. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump is all too eager to join them. This simply confirms that the same man who favored partial-birth abortion and still supports public funding for Planned Parenthood will sacrifice principle on the altar of political correctness. Trump will not defeat political correctness. Today he bowed to it."

Along with being patently bigoted, the allegation that transgender people and others are using nondiscrimination laws to assault and molest children is without factual basis.

Indeed, Cruz has made false and derogatory claims against the LGBT community throughout his political career and his presidential campaign.

Back in 2014, Cruz said that there was “a real risk” that pastors would soon be hauled off to jail and face hate crime charges if they opposed same-sex marriage or declined to officiate at a gay couple’s wedding. The previous year, he had claimed that the prosecution of pastors was “the next step” in the marriage equality movement.

Before the Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality ruling, Cruz argued that the legal challenges to gay marriage bans were not only “heartbreaking” but also a “real threat” to “our liberties.” Earlier this year, he alleged that the “disastrous” and “fundamentally illegitimate” ruling has led to the “persecution” of Christians. He told one conservative radio host in 2014 that anti-gay civil disobedience may be necessary in the face of what he recently described as LGBT advocates’ “jihad” against “people of faith who respect the biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

Following the Obergefell ruling, Cruz told a group of radical anti-gay activists that in a Cruz administration, “we will not use the federal government to enforce this lawless decision that is a usurpation of the authority of we the people in this country.”

Cruz told the same group that he also opposes advances in LGBT rights in the military, criticizing President Obama for being “more interested in promoting homosexuality in the military than he is in defeating our enemy” and making the military “promote transgendered [sic] soldiers.” “The role of the military is not to be some left-wing social experiment,” he continued, pledging that as president he would “stop the shameless politicizing of our military to push a left-wing agenda that is contrary to the values and contrary to who we are as an American people and a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values.”

Cruz even signed a National Organization for Marriage pledge in which he vowed not only to overturn Obergefell but also to “prevent the promotion of a redefined version of marriage in public schools and other government entities,” sign a bill legalizing anti-gay discrimination and order the Justice Department to investigate the supposed persecution of gay rights opponents.

The group later endorsed Cruz, which shouldn’t be surprising since he surrounds himself with all sorts of anti-gay extremists, and at one point courted the support of a preacher who believes in the death penalty for homosexuality.

Endorsers embraced by Cruz's campaign, as we’ve reported in the past, “have included North Carolina activists who have referred to gay people as Satan’s minions; a North Carolina pastor who has likened gay people to 'maggots' and linked them to Ebola; an Oklahoma preacher who warns that homosexuality is part of a demonic communist conspiracy to bring down America; a Virginia radio host who has blamed gays for everything from terrorism to train derailments; and a Virginia lawmaker who has sponsored an assortment of bizarre anti-gay bills.”

Two of Cruz's most vocal endorsers, Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, have defended a Ugandan measure that would have punished gay people with death or lengthy prison terms. He has repeatedly boasted of the endorsement he received from “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, who told a Cruz rally that Americans should “rid the earth” of gay marriage advocates.

With a record like this, Cruz’s disparaging attack on transgender people should leave no one surprised.

Glenn Beck Is Going To Write A Contemporary History Book About How America Was Lost ... By Not Electing Ted Cruz

Glenn Beck spent most of his radio program yesterday freaking out about criticism of anti-LGBT laws in states like North Carolina and Mississippi, as well as the supposed rise of Satanism in America, which prompted him to warn yet again that this nation is engaged in Moloch worship.

At one point, Beck declared that he is going to bring together a group of historians to help him write a contemporary history book so that when America is lost forever should we fail to elect Ted Cruz as president, there will be a true record of how this country imploded.

"I'm going to find some history professors," Beck said, and "we're going to write a history book of the last, probably, 50 or 60 years. Because, I'm telling you, the history of the last 20 years will all be gone; it's going to be written by the winners and I got news for you gang, this election is showing us — honestly, if Ted Cruz doesn't win, progressivism is the way forward and the country will be lost as we know it. We'll still be the United States of America, just not the way know it. We're going to have a different world and everything that happened will be distorted, capitalism will begin to look [like] it never worked, freedom never worked. Somebody has to document this and really document it well and put it on the shelves of every home."

AUL: Stall Supreme Court Nominee To 'Roll Back Roe v. Wade'

Anti-choice groups have made no secret of the fact that they are pressuring Senate Republicans to continue their blockade of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in the hope that a Republican-nominated justice will vote to undo Roe v. Wade.

Americans United for Life, the group that shapes the anti-choice movement’s legal strategy, made this argument explicitly in an email today asking members to pressure their senators to keep up the blockade of Garland.

Clarke Forsythe, the group’s acting president, claims in the email that the “only reason abortion advocates are pushing this nomination is to roll back the pro-life gains in courts and legislatures across the country” and promises that “the right Supreme Court” will roll back Roe.

AUL is one of a number of anti-choice groups, including the Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women for America, the Family Research Council, Priests for Life, the clinic protest group Pro-Life Action League and David Daleiden’s attorneys at Life Legal Defense Foundation, who have launched a website targeting Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, urging them to continue to stall Garland’s nomination.

Forsythe writes, under the subject line “You Have the Power to Help Roll Back Roe v. Wade”:

Dear Friend,

Do you believe Roe v. Wade can be rolled back? At Americans United for Life, we know that the answer is YES … with the right Supreme Court.

For more than 40 years, we pro-life Americans have been working to overturn the destructiveness of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the twin cases that brought incredible devastation to mothers and their unborn children, making both vulnerable to the profiteering of a greedy abortion industry. With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court hangs in the balance today, making it vital that NO appointment to the high court occur until after the voters weigh in on Election Day. You can help make that happen.

Please click here to contact your U.S. Senators, telling them to wait until after the election to deal with the opening on the Supreme Court.

All that AUL has been working for since 1971 is at stake in President Obama’s attempt to put a fifth pro-abortion justice on the Supreme Court. Don't let them crush democracy on the abortion issue for another two or three decades. No president has been more firmly committed to the abortion industry than Barack Obama, making his pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, the wrong choice to be added to the fragile balance in a fractured court.

Please click here to contact your U.S. Senators now.

Judge Garland is President Obama’s pro-abortion pick to tempt some Republicans to act now to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. But it’s important to remember that President Obama, Vice President Biden and even Sen. Chuck Schumer, all urged the Senate to hold the line against Supreme Court picks late in a president’s term. The only reason abortion advocates are pushing this nomination is to roll back the pro-life gains in courts and legislatures across the country.

Please contact your Senators today, asking them to let Americans have a voice in deciding the future of the Supreme Court, through their choice of leadership. Click here to contact them now, and please forward this to friends and family so that we all can have a voice in whether all people are welcomed in life and protected in law.

With so many Justices on the Supreme Court nearing retirement, the time is now to let your Senators know that it matters to you who sits on the nation’s Supreme Court.

Thank you for standing with Americans United for Life at this important time. We can make a difference.

Sincerely,

Clarke Forsythe,
Acting President & Senior Counsel
Americans United for Life

Jim Bakker: Buy Food Buckets Because Politicians Are Letting Terrorists Sneak Through The Border

Jim Bakker continues to find new and terrifying ways to pitch his buckets of survival food, warning viewers yesterday that they need to stock up to prepare for the threat of terrorists and criminals coming across the southern border.

The conservative televangelist said that he has “a burden and a calling to get America ready” even as “the politicians are saying, ‘Oh, it’s not about having security on our border, it’s about being friendly.’”

“I don’t mind being friendly to the Mexicans who are picking the crops and they are great bricklayers and great people,” he continued, “but there’s criminals coming in, there’s terrorists coming in, there’s drugs coming that’s killing America’s kids!”

Bakker lamented that he is under attack simply for speaking common sense.

Pat Boone: Those Behind SNL's Christian Movie Parody Are Going To Hell

As Brian noted yesterday, conservative activist and musician Pat Boone was outraged by a recent Saturday Night Live skit called "God is a Boob Man" that poked fun at the Religious Right's persecution complex by parodying movies like "God's Not Dead."

And since Glenn Beck is always on the cutting edge of what is hip and cool, he brought Boone onto his radio program today so that Boone could warn all those involved that they have committed an unpardonable sin and are bound for hell.

Boone is not looking to receive any sort of apology from SNL or NBC for the skit, he said, but simply wanted to issue a very sobering warning by citing the story of "Korah's Rebellion" from Numbers 16, in which hundreds of Israelites who rose up to challenge Moses' authority were swallowed alive by the earth.

"When you speak against God and his purpose, we don't have to ask for an apology," Boone said. "We need to stand up for what's true and right, but then step aside because they're answering to Him, not to us. That's outright sacrilege and, as you know, I don't think people will be offended by this, Jesus said that every sin a man can commit can be forgiven except against blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Well, the Holy Spirit is God and that sin is not to be forgiven in this world or the world to come. So my feelings now are not so much anger as sadness for what I fear is ahead for the people that are doing these things."

Saturday Night Live used to be such a good show but it has lost its way, Boone insisted, saying that he'd like to ask if the show's creator, Lorne Michaels, would find it funny if somebody did a sketch that "portrayed his mother as a diseased whore."

Utah GOPer Says Access To Pornography Violates His 'Right To Not View It'

The sponsor of a recently passed Utah resolution declaring that “pornography is creating a public health crisis” appeared on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program yesterday to defend the measure, which the governor signed on Tuesday, and allege that the availability of pornography is violating his “First Amendment right to not view it.”

State Sen. Todd Weiler, a Republican, urged libraries and McDonalds restaurants with WiFi to block pornography websites, claiming that he has heard anecdotally that children go to McDonalds to view pornographic websites: “I said to McDonalds, ‘You’re a family restaurant and you market to children, why would you want to be a purveyor of pornography?’”

“You know, the librarians will put their hands over their hearts and talk about the First Amendment and yet if these libraries and these McDonalds were giving cigarettes to our children, we’d all be up in arms, we’d be picketing them,” he said. “But somehow it’s okay if they deliver pornography to them.”

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and the host of the program, compared the availability of pornographic websites at such locations to “second-hand smoke,” saying that children and families can end up watching porn from other people’s computers and “the public has a right not to be confronted with this.”

“That’s what I think is often lost in the First Amendment discussion,” Weiler said, “because someone may have the First Amendment right, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, to view pornography, but what about my First Amendment right to not view it?”

Weiler went on to hail British Prime Minister David Cameron for his government-led push to block pornographic websites in the U.K., mentioning that he asked Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to introduce a similar plan in the U.S. 

Ben Carson And The GOP's Debt Delusion

Ben Carson, taking a break from acting as Donald Trump’s worst surrogate, has hit the media circuit this week to denounce the Treasury Department’s decision to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill while keeping President Andrew Jackson on the back.

Carson, however, didn’t appear to be upset that the Treasury Department didn’t pick his mother to appear on the currency, an idea he floated at a Republican presidential debate. (Carson wasn’t the only candidate who couldn’t name a woman outside of his immediate family to appear on a bill.)

In an interview yesterday with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, Carson expressed anger at the decision since “Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget.” (Actually, that was Bill Clinton). Carson said that “we can find another way to honor” Tubman, such as “a $2 bill.” Of course, the $2 bill already exists, and features Thomas Jefferson.

Carson returned to Fox News later that night to tell Megyn Kelly about his proposed currency compromise: “We can have a $200 bill, but, you know, Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually eliminated the national debt. That's no small feat here … We also had the possibility of putting one person on the front of the bill and one on the back of the bill.”

Kelly interjected to note that his proposal reflects what the Treasury Department has already announced: Jackson is staying on the $20 bill but will appear on the back while Tubman is featured on the front.

Carson was outraged nonetheless.

The former GOP presidential candidate may be interested to learn that, as NPR reports, the U.S. entered a long-term economic depression following Jackson’s move to pay off the debt.

Jackson, NPR reports, “took advantage of a huge real-estate bubble” by selling off federal land and then directed much of the budget surplus to the states, whose banks began “printing massive amounts of money” and continued to exacerbate the massive real-estate bubble.

“It was a huge crash, and the beginning of the longest depression in American history,” historian John Steele Gordon told NPR. “It actually lasted six years before the economy began to grow again.”

Carson’s view shouldn’t be that surprising, since, during his presidential campaign, he didn’t know what the debt limit was and introduced a budget plan so nonsensical that one conservative writer said that it defied “the simplest of logic and mental arithmetic.”

But he isn’t alone on the GOP side, as Donald Trump has vowed to pay off the entire national debt in eight years. “Very easy,” he said.

Phyllis Schlafly Almost Picked Michele Bachmann To Succeed Her 'But She Knew Nothing About Politics Outside Of Her Own Domain'

Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly offered more details about the turmoil within her organization, Eagle Forum, in an interview with far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones yesterday, claiming that the group of dissidents who she says are trying to oust her from her position in the group are also targeting her son and disclosing that she once considered former Rep. Michele Bachmann to be a potential successor before deciding against it.

Schlafly’s handpicked successor, Ed Martin, was recently voted out by a group of Eagle Forum board members who suggested that he was mismanaging the organization and manipulating the 91-year-old Schlafly into making unwise decisions, such as her very public endorsement of Donald Trump.

The group voted to install Schlafly’s daughter, Anne Cori, as the organization’s new executive director, and insists that removing Martin, not Schlafly, is their only objective.

Schlafly, however, believes that the board vote was invalid and actually directed at ousting her, claiming that the dissidents, including her daughter, are targeting her because she didn’t join them in supporting Ted Cruz.

She gave more information to Jones yesterday, alleging that Cori was “at one time” in line to succeed her at Eagle Forum but that she decided against naming her daughter to lead the group, a move which may have helped to motivate Cori to launch the supposed coup.

Bachmann, Schlafly revealed, was also floated as a potential successor, but the former Minnesota congresswoman was taken out of the running due to concerns about her experience and the breadth of her knowledge.

“A lot of our people wanted us to pick Michele Bachmann, and she certainly has a lot of talent, a very fine speaker, and so forth,” she said, “but she knew nothing about running an organization and she knew nothing about politics outside of her own domain.”

Schlafly says her daughter “lined up with some of the people who thought they could get good jobs at Eagle Forum if they got rid of me” and that Cori “is trying to tell me that she’s just doing this for my benefit, but I don’t need somebody to do something for my benefit, I’ve gotten along quite well all these years.”

Schlafly said that the turmoil started when the Eagle Forum leaders who endorsed Cruz “did it in a way that made it look like it was Eagle Forum doing it” and leaked membership lists to the Cruz campaign. She alleged that Cori and others are now also trying to remove her sons, John and Andy, from their posts in the organization.

“The only thing they’ve done is divide my family,” she said. “My daughter is with the group that is leading the assault on my leadership and they want to get rid of my son, so extremely valuable in my organization, one of them is both a lawyer and an accountant and he’s very good with the money, he always errs on the safe side of things ... Then we’ve got another son they want to get rid of and he’s the one who has written a lot of these amicus briefs that we’ve filed with the Supreme Court in important cases.”

“I represent Eagle Forum and they tried to throw me out but, at any rate, I’m still here,” she said.

Oath Keepers Website Warns Clinton Victory Could Lead To 'Outright Civil War'

In an article published on the website of the anti-government organization Oath Keepers last week, Brandon Smith, who often writes for the organization, reviews what he calls “The Weirdest Possible Outcomes For The Strangest Election In U.S. History,” including what he says is the strong possibility that a victory by Hillary Clinton would provoke “outright civil war.”

Although he believes that “the winner of the election is already predetermined,” Smith goes through a number of scenarios that he thinks are possible, including “Convention-Inspired Conflicts And Riots,” which will be “a fantastic method to continue the distraction of the public away from greater problems”; a “Surprise Combined Ticket” in which “Trump and Cruz or Clinton and Sanders might actually combine forces at a brokered convention”; “Widespread Election Fraud On Both Sides”; a “Postponed Election”; and “Civil War.”

A Clinton win, he said, would “probably” result in civil war, while a Trump win could lead to war if he exploits the rioting of “social justice cultists” in order to seize power:

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, if Hillary Clinton is chosen by the establishment to take Obama’s place, the result would probably be outright civil war in the U.S. The level of hatred among conservatives for that woman is so stratospheric I cannot see any other outcome. It might not happen immediately, but a solid bet would be conflagration within her first term.

With a Trump win, I could also see at the very least nationwide riots similar in tone to those that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, with the social justice cultists running wild with their goofy slogans and molotov cocktails. These people are a paper tiger however, and are only a threat if they manage to convince a majority of the ethnic American population to follow their lead.

The greater danger is if Trump is actually an agent for the establishment rather than anti-establishment. If Trump responds to rioting using unconstitutional measures or exploits the crisis to overstep the bounds of federal power, at that point we will know exactly who he works for. Again, with Trump, everything is a gamble and we won’t know until we know.

Pamela Geller: Obama Is Enforcing Sharia

Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller despaired in a radio interview today that the 28 classified pages of the 9/11 Commission Report that some say contain evidence of Saudi Arabia’s complicity in the 2001 terrorist attacks will never be made public because within 50 years, the U.S. will “be living under the boot of Sharia.”

Geller told St. Louis talk radio host Jamie Allman this morning that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are already, in fact, enforcing Islamic law in the United States.

“The more jihad there is, the more Sharia enforcement there is,” she said, “the more you are admonished, the more you are clubbed about the head like a baby seal to be kind and be aware of backlash-ophobia, any criticism of jihad and Sharia is considered racist even though Islam is not a race. That’s where we are and it’s getting worse.”

Geller said she disagreed with those who say that “it’s getting better” because Donald Trump is “bringing up these important subjects,” claiming that Trump’s rhetoric has just made Obama “enforce Sharia” to a greater extent: “No! What happens is, is the more anyone talks about it, the more the Islamophobia enforcement team, Obama’s team at the Department of Justice, at the U.S. Attorneys office, goes into action to enforce Sharia, that’s what’s happening.”

She then addressed the issue of the 9/11 Commission Report. “When is this going to become declassified?” she asked. “In 50 years? I mean, it will never become declassified in 50 years because we’ll be living under the boot of Sharia. And don’t think it can’t happen, because it’s happening. Under these hate speech laws, you cannot criticize Islam.”

As evidence of the supposed imposition of hate speech laws in the U.S., she cited the State Department’s original assertions that the 2012 Benghazi attack was connected with an anti-Islam video (“That’s Sharia, ladies and gentlemen!”) and an out-of-context line of a speech Obama gave after the 2012 attack (“That is Sharia!”).

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