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Pat Robertson: Gays & Islamists Are Allies So 'Let Them Kill Themselves'

Today on “The 700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson reacted to the massacre at an Orlando gay club by making the absurd claim that liberal LGBT rights advocates have aligned themselves with radical Islamists and are now reaping what they have sowed.

Robertson said that liberals are facing a “dilemma” because they love both LGBT equality and Islamic extremism, and that it is better for conservatives like himself not to get involved but to instead just watch the two groups kill each other.

“The left is having a dilemma of major proportions and I think for those of us who disagree with some of their policies, the best thing to do is to sit on the sidelines and let them kill themselves,” he said.

Earlier in the program, Robertson went into more detail about what he called “the dilemma of the liberals, the so-called progressives, because they have two favored groups. One, the Muslims. Number two, the homosexuals.”

We’re looking at a favored group by the left, the homosexuals, and that in Islam is punishable by death or imprisonment or some sanction, so what are the left going to do? How are they going to describe it? And they don’t know quite what to do now. The fact that this Islamic gentleman opens fire in a gay nightclub and kills almost 50 homosexuals, that says something and tells the fact that Islam is against homosexuality, so the liberals are going to be scrambling to find some rationale, I think they’re going to have a hard time doing it.

In the meantime, Donald Trump is riding high because he said we should screen these people and he’s absolutely right. We should screen them. So the left is saying, ‘Oh you’re anti-Muslim, you’re racist’ and all this. Suddenly, that part of the narrative doesn’t play too well and they’re stuck as to what to do. But Trump is enjoying a victory.

Robertson went on to criticize President Obama for being soft on terrorism and sticking to “the narrative” that Islam is not inherently violent, irresponsibly ignoring the fact that “radical Islam is in the religion of Islam.”

He added that the issue of homosexuality and the Islamic world is “a murky picture” because Lawrence of Arabia may have spent the night with a sheikh who tried to “perform homosexual acts” on him.

UPDATE: The Christian Broadcasting Network released a statement today saying that Robertson was “clearly” using the word “killing” metaphorically during his discussion of a mass murder.

Theodore Shoebat On Orlando Massacre: It's 'The State's Job To Kill The Sodomites,' Not Vigilantes

Last night, extremist anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat posted an hour-long video in response to the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend in which he, like his father, expressed no sympathy for those "sodomites" who died because the entire tragedy was nothing more than "scum killing scum."

Both Islam and homosexuality are aberrations, he declared, and "Muslims kill each other all the time [and] sodomites kill each other all the time," so this case of a Muslim killing dozens of gay people was nothing more than "mutant killing mutant, devil killing devil."

"Sodomites are criminals" and do not deserve the prayers of Christians, Shoebat stated. "The sodomites who were killed in this club were not innocent people. They were not good people. They were not people who were just victims who we should just feel sorry for. It was scum killing scum."

The real victims of this attack, Shoebat said, are people like him who are being unfairly painted as radicals and likened to ISIS simply because they openly advocate putting gay people to death.

Shoebat, who last year was featured alongside several congressmen and GOP presidential candidates in an anti-gay "documentary," stated that he does not support the actions of the man who opened fired on the nightclub — not because he doesn't think that gay people should be killed, but simply because executing gay people is the job of the government, not vigilantes.

"I don't believe in vigilantism, but I do believe in the government killing the sodomites," he explained. "I do believe in the government arresting the sodomites and executing them for homosexuality. Under my rule, that sodomite club in Orlando, it would have been destroyed, it would have been demolished, bulldozed and all the bastards in there would have been arrested, tried, found guilty for homosexuality and executed."

"What this guy did was vigilantism," Shoebat stated, which he doesn't support because it's "the state's job to kill the sodomites."

Trump: All My Judges Will Be 'Picked By The Federalist Society'

Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” Donald Trump lashed out at his conservative detractors who have continued to criticize him even after he all but clinched the GOP presidential nomination.

Trump, who said that such foes decided to “immediately stop talking about me and my views” following the terrorist attack in Orlando, accused the “jealous” and “pathetic” Mitt Romney and others of trying to put Hillary Clinton in the White House.

“Even though I’m going to appoint great judges, you know, we could have as many as five judges, and she’s going to appoint super radical liberals and I’m appointing, you know, you saw the 11 names I gave, and we’re going to have great judges, conservative, all picked by the Federalist Society,” he said.

Last month, Trump released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees crafted by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, two far-right groups.

Alex Jones Blames The Orlando Massacre On The LGBT Community

After describing this weekend's massacre in Orlando as a false flag attack, conspiracy theorist broadcaster Alex Jones said on his radio program on Sunday that the LGBT community is to blame for the deadly terrorist attack at a gay nightclub.

Jones, a close ally of Donald Trump, was particularly angry that President Obama addressed the fact that the assault was directed at LGBT people, claiming that the community frequently hypes the threat of anti-LGBT violence in order to take control of the education system “so you can sexualize my children and indoctrinate them into your cult.”

The “InfoWars” broadcaster accused LGBT and radical Islamic leaders of working together so they can promote pedophilia and abuse children. “No wonder the radical left is allied with Islam, they’re a bunch of perverts, they want access to our kids,” he said.

Later in the program, Jones said that he does not hate gay people, he simply hates “the fake, flamboyant, you’re going to run society, you’re going to tell our five-year-olds how to live” agenda that gay rights activists purportedly promote.

LGBT leaders, he said, have backed liberal policies that led to the Orlando attack: “I charge the left and I charge Obama and I charge the LGBT community in general with endangering America and with the blood of these 50-plus innocent men and women who did not deserve to die, who did not deserve to have bullets fired into them and all the other hundreds of thousands of other liberals and gays and others in the Middle East that have been murdered in the last five years under the Al Qaeda/ISIS onslaught that our government and CNN has pushed and said is a good thing.”

The Death Cycle: Mass Shootings, Terrorism, And The Economics Of The NRA

While most American mourn the dead in Orlando and struggle to make sense of the largest mass shooting in American history, the reaction in the boardrooms of gun manufacturers and at the NRA might be a bit different.

Mass gun deaths — far from tragic events for these organizations  are now a significant contributor to their bottom lines. It is all part of a perverse cycle of guns, death and profit that fuels the firearms industry.

Here is how it works:

1. A mass shooting/terrorist attack garners significant media attention.

2. Public figures suggest it might be time to put in place some reasonable and widely agreed upon gun safety legislation; for example, improving our background check system, limiting the ability of those on the terrorist watch list to purchase guns, and the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban.

3. The NRA, along with allies in the conservative media, frighten their supporters into believing that Democrats — and, for the past eight years, President Obama — are going to take their guns away.

4. Gun and ammo sales spike with weapon makers profiting from the panic.

5. The weapons makers contribute generously to the NRA, which launches all-out campaigns using financial, lobbying and grassroots muscle to defeat any gun regulations, while pushing for even greater access to guns.

6. More guns make the next attack even more likely.

This is part of what University of Florida criminologist Gary Kleck identifies as the “Obama effect.” Mass shootings and the fear of new restrictions on guns, he writes, "motivat[e] gun owners to get more guns, and perhaps some non-owners to get one 'while the getting is good.'"

The fake panic created by the NRA has led to a boom for the firearms industry during the Obama years. The Washington Post reported that “in 2009, according to the ATF, gun makers produced 5.6 million guns. By 2013 their annual production had just about doubled, up to 10.9 million guns that year.”

What is driving these purchases is not a need to replace old or broken guns. Kleck points out that guns, unlike most consumer products, “are simple machines made of extremely durable materials.” In addition, most are well cared for by their owners. Hence there is no need to replace them every few years like other household items.

Therefore, gun manufacturers rely on two elements to markets guns. First, make them better (more deadly) and second, create the impression of scarcity and the need for immediate purchase, driven by the fear of potential new gun laws. The NRA takes on this role with gusto, consistently pointing to an invented threat from a tyrannical federal government.

At the same time, the organization plays an active role in promoting weapons. For example, the AR-15, which was used in Orlando to murder 49 people this past weekend, has been promoted by the NRA in nearly two dozen tweets.

Meanwhile, the NRA’s quest to liberalize gun laws has only made it easier for the perpetrators of mass violence to procure these weapons, only adding to the cycle of death.

Terrorists and those who wish to commit acts of terror have become part of this violent cycle. According to the number crunchers at FiveThirtyEight.com, "every terrorist attack in the U.S. last year in which someone other than the perpetrator was killed involved guns.” In fact, “from 2002 to 2014, 85 percent of people killed by terrorists in the U.S. were killed using guns.”

This is, in part, because of the ease with which anyone can buy a gun in the United States. FiveThirtyEight cites Arie Perliger, director of terrorism studies at the U.S. Military Academy, who explains “that U.S. terrorists are turning to guns because since Sept. 11, the federal government has monitored the use of explosives and the trade of materials that can be turned into explosives.”

According to Jeffrey Simon, author of “Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat,” guns are “less likely [than explosives] to result in a terrorist operation being compromised.”

Hence, the acts of terror the NRA’s political advocacy assists now help pad the bottom line of their benefactors in the gun industry. They, in turn, supply the NRA with funds to contribute to politicians who support their deadly legislative agenda, creating yet another perverse cycle of dollars and death.  

Donald Trump Will Ask NRA For Tips To Prevent Terrorism

Today in New Hampshire, Donald Trump defended his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country and blamed the massacre in Orlando on America’s immigration system, despite the fact that the shooter was born in the U.S.

Trump repeated the bogus claim that Hillary Clinton will not only “ban guns” and begin “abolishing the Second Amendment,” but will also “bring vastly more radical Islamic immigration into this country.”

“She wants to take away Americans’ guns and then admit the very people who want to slaughter us," he said. "Let them come into the country, we don’t have guns, let them come in, let them have all the fun they want.”

He then added that he “will be meeting with the NRA” to “discuss how to ensure Americans have the means to protect themself in this age of terror.”

John Haller: LGBT Acceptance A Sign Of 'End Times'

On Jan Markell’s radio show Saturday, John Haller of Ohio’s Fellowship Bible Chapel said that the LGBT “agenda” is a sign of the End Times on par with “actual wars.”

“The Scripture says that eventually people will be given over to a reprobate mind and they will essentially lose the ability to reason,” Haller said. “Another way of saying it a little less politically correct would be, they lose the ability to reason and they think like morons. And I think that we are exactly at that time. I think it will get worse. We are seeing that play out right in front of our eyes.”

“Both the days of Noah and the days of Lot existed in the historical context. What was going on then was wickedness and violence filled the earth in the days of Noah, and homosexuality was running rampant in Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Lot. This is exactly what we’re seeing,” he added.

Haller said that France has become a warzone, saying, “This is happening all over the world, let alone the fact that actual wars are taking place, but then we have the, what I would call the LGBTQIANDIA+ agenda. They keep adding letters to that.”

Citing the Bible, Haller said that the recent mainstream support of LGBT people indicates the Second Coming of Jesus is near.

“Over Jesus’ life, up until the last week when he rode into Jerusalem, of all the Messianic prophecies — rough estimate  40 percent of those prophecies about his first coming were fulfilled in roughly 33 years," Haller said. “Sixty percent of them were fulfilled in the last week. And so what you saw was this exponential increase in the acceleration of these prophecies coming to pass. That’s exactly what’s going to happen in the End Times, and I talk every week about the convergence of all these different lines of Bible prophecy, from Israel to morality to one-world government, one-world religion.

“All of these things were in play, and they all converge and finish at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, but as we get closer to that time, the lines converge and it’s almost like we’re in the vortex, for lack of a better example, the vortex of a tornado, where it’s very turbulent.”

Ted Cruz, Who Attended Event Calling For Gays To Be Put To Death, Delivers Characteristically Smug Response To Orlando Attack

Seemingly attempting to outdo Donald Trump in trying to come up with the most cynical and thoughtless responses to the massacre in Orlando, Ted Cruz released a statement yesterday condemning liberals for what he claims is insufficient condemnation of anti-LGBT violence perpetrated by groups like ISIS and the Iranian government:

For all the Democrats who are loud champions of the gay and lesbian community whenever there is a culture battle waging, now is the opportunity to speak out against an ideology that calls for the murder of gays and lesbians. ISIS and the theocracy in Iran (supported with American taxpayer dollars) regularly murder homosexuals, throwing them from buildings and burying them under rocks. This is wrong, it is evil, and we must all stand against it. Every human being has a right to live according to his or her faith and conscience, and nobody has a right to murder someone who doesn’t share their faith or sexual orientation. If you’re a Democratic politician and you really want to stand for LGBT, show real courage and stand up against the vicious ideology that has targeted our fellow Americans for murder.

Aside from ignoring the ongoing efforts to battle ISIS terrorists and making false claims about U.S. tax money going to Iran, Cruz said that liberals are too cowardly to condemn those who call “for the murder of gays and lesbians,” absurdly suggesting that U.S. leaders haven’t already condemned terrorist atrocities and ISIS’s ideology.

We wonder why Cruz himself didn’t display such heroism when he spoke at a conference late last year where the main speaker, Kevin Swanson, a longtime and notorious advocate of the government instituting the death penalty for gay people, said repeatedly on stage that the Bible calls for gays and lesbians to be put to death and argued that America should introduce capital punishment against unrepentant homosexuals once society is moved in that direction.

That conference was also attended by Cruz’s father and his then-rivals in the GOP presidential race Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal.

The summit, called the National Religious Liberties Conference, even distributed literature calling for the death penalty for gay people and others, mentioning stoning and throwing people off cliffs as possible forms of executions.

And yet Ted Cruz now has the gall to lecture liberals about the importance of showing “real courage" in the face of those who want to put gays to death.

Update: Cruz also once compared LGBT rights advocates to jihadists.

Jim Bakker's Guest Warns That Hillary Clinton Has The 'Spirit Of Antichrist'

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker hosted Don and Mary Colbert of “Divine Health” and Mark Taylor, a Florida man who claims that God told him that Donald Trump will be the next president, to discuss the upcoming election.

Unsurprisingly, they were all enthralled with Taylor’s “message from God,” and were quite confident that the prophecy will materialize and God will put Trump in the White House.

Don Colbert, for his part, urged viewers to stand with Trump or face “the spirit of Antichrist” found in Hillary Clinton:

When I saw this prophecy, when the spirit of God hit me like someone slapped me in the face, it awakened me and I said, ‘Wait, whose side am I going to be on?’ Remember Moses? Remember the Korah rebellion? Remember the people that sided with Korah, how the earth opened up and swallowed them?

Well, we as Christians have got to make the right choice because if we don’t, this nation is in decline and this nation will be in judgment and our children and our grandchildren will not have the great America that we want for them.

That spirit of Antichrist is majorly on one of these candidates, and that’s Hillary Clinton, and Jesus even said there will be many Antichrists in the world; well, that spirit of Antichrist is on our president right now. So, as Christians, we have got to turn out and vote. If we don’t turn out and vote, we are electing Hillary Clinton.

Anti-LGBT Pastor Steven Anderson Applauds Orlando Massacre: 'There's Fifty Less Pedophiles In The World'

Update: The video has been removed from YouTube.

In a video message posted yesterday, virulently anti-LGBT pastor Steven Anderson reacted to the terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by happily announcing that “there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world.”

“These homosexuals are a bunch of perverts and pedophiles, that’s who was a victim here, a bunch of disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar,” he said. He later added: “The good news is that at least 50 of these pedophiles are not going to be harming children anymore. The bad news is that a lot of the homos in the bar are still alive, so they’re going to continue to molest children and recruit people into their filthy homosexual lifestyle.”

Anderson explained that he didn’t approve of the shooter’s actions … but only because he thinks the victims should have been put to death by the government. “These people all should have been killed anyway, but they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in, they should’ve been executed by a righteous government,” he said.

Anderson said that gun owners and pastors are the real victims of the tragedy, predicting that the government will use the massacre as an opportunity to confiscate firearms, demonize Christians and outlaw hateful speech.

At the end of the day, Anderson said, the victims were on their way to an early death from AIDS and syphilis anyway.

Praying With Gordon Klingenschmitt Can Free Transgender People From The 'Demonic Spirit Of Lying'

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, Colorado Republican state lawmaker and Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt declared that transgender individuals are literally possessed by demonic spirits, but that he could exorcise them of these demons if they would simply pray with him.

Klingenschmitt was discussing the declaration by the University of North Carolina system that it would not "enforce a law requiring transgender students to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates" when he declared that transgender people are possessed by a "demonic spirit of lying."

"If a man feels like a woman inside," Klingenschmitt stated, "it's not because there's actually a woman inside of him, it's because there's a demonic spirit of lying inside of him. And I'm sure he does feel like a woman. I'm sure those feelings are very real and yet, they're lies. They're very real lies."

Those feelings are "coming from the devil," Klingenschmitt explained, because transgender people have "allowed that demonic spirit to manifest inside of you," which is causing them "to have the feelings that the devil wants you to have."

"You will feel like a woman inside and there is a demon inside of you, causing you to feel that way," he said. "And what you need is simply to renounce the spirit of lying ... We can pray right now and Jesus Christ will come into your heart and give you freedom and give you deliverance and you will feel like a man again, the man that God made you to be."

Donald Trump Once Again Suggests Obama Is A Terrorist Sympathizer

Fresh from congratulating himself “for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” Donald Trump made the rounds on the morning shows today, where he hinted that President Obama may actually be rooting for the terrorists.

Inae Oh of Mother Jones reports:

Referring to Obama and the threat of terrorism, Trump said during a call-in with Fox & Friends, "He doesn't get it or he gets it better than anybody understand. It's one or the other." Gets it better than anybody understands? In other words, Obama has a secret—and nefarious—agenda.

"We're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind," Trump continued. "And the something else in mind, you know, people can't believe it. People cannot—they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the ways he acts and can't even mention the words radical Islamic terrorism. There's something going on. It's inconceivable."

When asked about his comments later on Good Morning America, Trump reiterated the same message, insinuating the president is willfully ignoring the problem.

"There are a lot of people that think maybe he doesn't want to get it," he told Savannah Guthrie. " A lot of people think maybe he doesn't want to know about it. I happen to think he just doesn't know what he's doing."

As we’ve noted in the past, Trump has consistently suggested that President Obama is not only a secret Muslim but also a supporter of terrorist groups.

Trump has falsely claimed that Obama is actively aiding ISIS and said that when it comes to Obama’s approach to terrorism, “maybe he doesn’t want to get rid of the problem.”

At one campaign rally, Trump said that the president is ignoring the threat of terrorism for surreptitious reasons: “We can’t close our eyes. I don’t know what’s wrong with Obama, he wants to close his eyes and pretend it’s not happening. Why is he so emphatic on not solving the problem? There’s something we don’t know about. There’s something we don’t know about.”

Alex Jones: Orlando Attack Was A False Flag

Yesterday, InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said that the brutal attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was all part of a massive government scheme to flood America with Muslims so that they will commit terrorist attacks, thereby giving the government a reason to confiscate firearms and outlaw hateful speech.

“Our governments are bringing these people in and they’re allowing them to operate openly in our society so they can attack us and then have our freedoms taken,” Jones said. (In fact, the shooter was a U.S.-born citizen.)

Jones, who claims that the government has been involved in other attacks like 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing, has been praised by Donald Trump, a past guest on his show, for having an “amazing” reputation.

Trump Ally Roger Stone Calls Huma Abedin A 'Terrorist Agent'

Roger Stone, an informal adviser and confidant to Donald Trump, appeared this morning on “Breitbart News Daily,” where he accused Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin of potentially being a spy for Saudi Arabia and radical Islamist groups.

“Now that Islamic terrorism is going to be front and center, there’s going to be a new focus on whether this administration, the administration of Hillary Clinton at State, was permeated at the highest levels by Saudi intelligence and others who are not loyal Americans,” he said. “I speak specifically of Huma Abedin.”

Stone said that Abedin, who has been the target of several far-right conspiracy theories, comes from a family of “hardcore Islamic ideologues” and “has a very troubling past, she comes out of nowhere.”

“We have to ask: Do we have a Saudi spy in our midst? Do we have a terrorist agent?” he added.

In the past, Stone has suggested that Abedin is Clinton’s secret lesbian lover.

Walid Shoebat: 'The Only Ones Moaning Over Fifty Gays Slaughtered Are Liberals, Idiots And Gay Lovers'

Walid Shoebat, a supposed ex-terrorist who is now an extremist anti-Islam and anti-gay activist, responded to this weekend's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by attacking gays, Jews, and liberals and declaring that it ought to be illegal to be gay or Muslim in America.

Shoebat was especially upset with "dumb Jews" like Sam Seder, who mocked him for saying that he refuses to fly on commercial airlines because a pilot may be a Muslim:

Instead of complementing us, the mocking liberal Jew Sam, Seder, says that we, not the Muslim “should be under watch”.

This is how the system from media to government repays Christian converts from Islam.

Who is laughing now Mr. Seder? Boy you are dumb and I can’t feel sorry for dumb Jews.

Even when we point a stupid Jew to Evangelical Christians, they too get angry since in their view a Jew can do no evil.

The whole culture is dumber than a nail.

Liberals and gays should all screw each other. Finally I could watch TV and could care less.

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The only ones moaning over fifty gays slaughtered are liberals, idiots and gay lovers.

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The U.S. supports Muslim terrorists in Syria so long they get at Russia and Bashar Al-Assad and kill Syrian soldiers. And now I am supposed to only care when gays are killed and I am supposed to jump up and down?

I don’t care about gays who are Muslim loving anti-gun liberals. Stupid people who hate life die. Stupid people who hate life always die.

The haters of God love death.

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The FBI doesn’t care since the system is impossible to fix unless of course to be “Muslim” should be illegal and to be “Gay” should also be illegal since gays are disgusting and are Muslim-loving anti guns.

Agents have their hands tied by politicians and the system will never make this politically incorrect change, so all I can say is “enjoy the death toll”.

PFAW Statement on Orlando Shooting

In response to this morning’s mass shooting in Orlando, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan issued the following statement:

“On behalf of all the members of People For the American Way, I want to express my deepest sympathy to all those affected by today’s shooting. The victims, their families and the entire Orlando LGBT community are in our thoughts.

“But our sympathies are not enough. This tragedy, the worst mass shooting in American history, is the result of a toxic brew of intolerance and easy access to firearms. Today is a heartbreaking reminder that despite decades of progress, anti-LGBT hatred and violence is still a deadly reality, and it’s crucial that we recommit ourselves to challenging bigotry in all its forms. It’s a reminder, too, that a nation awash in guns isn’t inevitable. It’s the result of policy choices driven by pro-gun extremists and enabled by politicians who refuse to stand up to them. Our elected leaders could take sensible steps to keep weapons of war away from those who would use them to murder innocent people. They’ve simply chosen not to.

“As we mourn the victims of this horrible tragedy, it would be inexcusable to ignore the steps we can take to prevent the next one.”

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Trump: America Is A Judeo-Christian Nation Because 'That's The Way It Is'

In an interview following his speech at the Road to Majority summit today, Donald Trump told Christian Broadcasting Network pundit David Brody that he agrees America is a “Judeo-Christian nation” because “that’s the way it is.”

Trump also vowed to reach out to Religious Right movement figures, mentioning his upcoming meeting with a variety of extreme activists and preachers hosted by Ben Carson.

Larry Pratt Compares Ninth Circuit To King George: 'We Know How That Turned Out'

Larry Pratt, the former executive director of Gun Owners of America, reacted yesterday to a Ninth Circuit ruling that there is no constitutional right to carry concealed weapons outside of the home, saying that the court was displaying a “totalitarian mindset” like that of King George III “and we know how that turned out.”

“The Ninth Circuit clearly is showing the mentality of a totalitarian mindset,” Pratt told WorldNetDaily’s Radio America. “And they were the very kind of people that our forefathers objected to and sent letters of remonstrance to King George saying ‘you got it wrong, stop doing this.’ And King George was tone-deaf, and we know how that turned out.”

Jeff Sessions: Keep 'Secular Mindset' Off The Supreme Court

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, warned in a speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference today that “the courts are at risk” in the upcoming presidential election, lamenting that at least one current Supreme Court justice displays a “secular mindset.”

Sessions said that as the committee’s ranking member during the confirmation hearings of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, “I felt, like so many of you, the court hasn’t been performing in a way we like it to.”

He repeated a criticism of Sotomayor that conservatives had leveled at her during her confirmation hearings, expressing dismay that she had approvingly quoted legal scholar Martha Minow’s observation that in the law "there is no objective stance but only a series of perspectives — no neutrality, no escape from choice in judging," an acknowledgment of the hidden assumptions and biases that all judges bring to the law.

Sessions said the quote “still makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.”

“You see, this is a postmodern, relativistic, secular mindset and I believe it’s directly contrary to the founding of our republic,” he said.

“So I really think this whole court system is really important,” he added later in the speech, “and the real value and battle that we’re engaged in here is one to reaffirm that there is objective truth, it’s not all relative. And that means some things are right and some things are wrong, and we’re getting too far away from that in my opinion and it’s not healthy for any country and it’s really not healthy for a democracy like ours that’s built on the rule of law.”

Trump: Hillary Will Flood America With Terrorists

Donald Trump told Religious Right activists today that, as president, he will stop refugees from coming to America and will instead focus on the real victims of persecution: American Christians.

Trump, who read the majority of his speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference off a teleprompter, kicked things off by bragging about how well he has “done with the evangelicals and with the religion, generally speaking.”

He went on to talk about the need “to restore faith to its proper mantel in our society” and “respect and defend Christian-Americans” along with the need to reject refugees fleeing war and violence.

“Hillary will bring hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of whom have hostile beliefs about people of different faiths and values and some of whom absolutely and openly support terrorism in our country,” he said after demonstrators briefly interrupted his speech. Trump later added: “We have to take a rest. We have to take a timeout.”

Hillary Clinton has said that the U.S. should accept 65,000 refugees escaping the war in Syria, while Trump has consistently lied throughout the campaign about the refugee crisis.

Trump also repeated his vow to appoint conservative judges to the bench, boasting that the judges on his list of potential Supreme Court nominees “are all pro-life.”

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