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Anne Graham Lotz Says Terrorist Attacks Are Just God's Way Of Demonstrating His Love

Anne Graham Lotz, the End Times preacher and daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, joined Jan Markell on her radio show “Understanding the Times” last week to discuss her claims that the Last Days have arrived. Luckily for us, there is still time to save humanity because “that’s why God sends us wake up calls.”

According to Lotz, God “allows the terrorists to strike or a tornado to rip through our city” to get our attention, “because, for whatever reason, we don’t seem to give him our attention until we’re desperate. And, so, if we don’t give him our attention then he’s going to allow things to happen to make us more and more desperate until we do cry out.”

Lotz suggested that a potential Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality may be a sign that the end is near: “I think that Supreme Court decision, and I agree with you that the Enemy is coming like a flood, and that’s one of his tactics. They hit us at every level, at every angle, so that we feel overwhelmed and so we just want to retreat and say ‘just don’t come near me.’” Such a “retreat,” Lotz said, would only hasten the arrival of the End Times, warning that gay people are asking "to join an institution that, actually, by its very definition, they can’t join. So if the Supreme Court changes that legally in America, they are very seriously defying God.”

Lotz concluded that “there are three reasons that we could pass that tipping point, and one is that reason. The second one is abandoning Israel, and the third one is the abortion, you know, aborting babies for convenience. And women can scream and holler about it and say they don’t do that, but the statistics show that they do. They use it for birth control. And those three reasons alone would demand that God judge America.”

Iowa Conservatives Float Prosecuting Organizers Of Anti-Bullying Summit

Iowa state Rep. Greg Heartsill has been rallying his fellow Republicans against the Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth, an annual event organized by the anti-bullying group Iowa Safe Schools.

On Friday, Heartsill spoke to talk show host Jan Mickelson, who frequently hosts GOP presidential candidates on his Iowa-based program, about the conference, and was also joined by Republican state Rep. Steve Holt.

Mickelson was so outraged about the event that he said that the organizers should be criminally prosecuted for violating obscenity laws, and Heartsill said that he plans to be in contact with the county attorney for Polk County, where the conference was held, to see if summit organizers broke the law.

“There’s possibility a criminal element,” Heartsill said.

Holt agreed with Mickelson’s assessment, claiming that the summit material “seems to violate Iowa law.”

“If this were attempted just a generation ago, there would be people in jail already,” Mickelson said, adding: “We really have quickly deteriorated as a culture.”

Jeb Bush's Five Worst Moments

After accidentally announcing his presidential candidacy back in May, Jeb Bush is making his White House bid official today in Miami. He is a favorite of some of the GOP’s billionaire backers, hoping that he is more electable than the fifteen other likely and announced presidential candidates. But while some party brokers may find Bush to be the most electable candidate, he has staked out far-right stances on issues such as women’s rights, while building a suspect record on business, personal privacy and voting rights.

5) Shaming Women, Chipping Away at Rights

Before GOP-controlled legislatures across the country passed a flood of new measures restricting abortion rights following the 2010 wave election, Bush championed anti-choice laws, such as later-term bans and parental notification, while governor of Florida. CNN reports that Bush "vigorously sought restrictions on abortion while governor," noting that "Bush's abortion activism shocked some state officials who believed he was reaching beyond the powers of his office."

In 2003, Bush unsuccessfully tried to get the courts to appoint a guardian for the fetus of a 22-year-old disabled woman with cerebral palsy and autism, who became pregnant after being raped by an operator of a state-supervised group home.

In 2005, he intervened in the case of 13-year-old girl, known as L.G., who was a ward of the state and was 13½ weeks pregnant when she tried to get an abortion. Bush fought hard to prevent the procedure, but was overruled by a judge.

Courts rebuffed Bush’s attempt to give fetuses personhood rights and dropped a legal challenge in the case of a pregnant 13-year-old girl, but it's no wonder that he has boasted of being "probably the most pro-life governor in modern times."

Such an approach to women's rights becomes even less surprising considering Bush’s musings about "the restoration of shame," where he waxed nostalgic for "shotgun weddings" and times when unmarried pregnant women faced stigmatization and disgrace in their communities.

4) Terri Schiavo Fiasco

In a cynical, political stunt designed to please Religious Right voices within the GOP, Bush attempted to interfere in one family’s legal case regarding end-of-life decisions. The dispute centered around Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who was in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years after experiencing "massive and irreversible brain damage." Her husband said that she had told him that she would not want to be kept alive in such circumstances, while her parents disputed the findings surrounding her medical condition.

Florida courts sided with her husband, but Bush felt that he knew better, successfully urging the state legislature to pass a law giving “Bush the power to intervene in the case.” The law was struck down by state courts as patently unconstitutional, but helped turn one family’s tragedy into a national controversy and Religious Right crusade, sparking several violent threats against her husband.

When a state law didn't work, Bush helped convinced a GOP-led Congress and his brother, the president, to pass and sign a law giving Schiavo’s parents the power to appeal in the federal courts, which ultimately decided not to hear their legal challenges.

Nonetheless, Bush still tried to intervene in the case by attempting to bring Schiavo under state custody, another ploy rejected by the courts. The governor had also suggested — falsely — that her husband had been abusive and had him investigated. Bush is now touting his handling of the Schiavo case as proof of his conservative credentials.

3) Business Ventures Gone Bad, Very Bad

Being the son of President George H.W. Bush gave him a leg-up in business ventures, so when Bush traveled to Nigeria on a visit to secure a major deal for an industrial water pumps company called the M.W.I Corporation, he was greeted "as a hero." The company was eventually "found guilty in a federal civil case of misleading the U.S. government to secure taxpayer-funded loans," as the group hid tens of millions of dollars it paid to a Nigerian middle-man when it successfully applied for loans from the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The middle-man was accused of "using Ex-Im loan money to bribe Nigerian officials ... with suitcases full of cash."

Another company with close Bush ties, the manufacturer InnoVida, had its leaders sent to jail after they were convicted of fraud. The Ideon Group, a credit card company linked with Bush, was run into the ground, and board members, including Bush, had to settle lawsuits over charges of "stock manipulation and weak oversight." Bush also sat on the board of a Swiss soap maker which made false financial reports, where he was once again sued for "insufficient oversight."

Bush continued to rise in the business world, despite this record, when he was tapped as a consultant for Lehman Brothers. After hiring Bush, Lehman secured deals with the Florida's State Board of Administrators, where Bush had served as a trustee while governor, which ended up costing the state over $1 billion in losses. Lehman also dispatched Bush to win the help of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim to stave off the firm's collapse, a mission nicknamed "Project Verde" which ultimately failed. But Bush landed on his feet, as he then served as an adviser to Barclays, the British bank which took over much of Lehman's portfolio.

2) Alternating Answers On Iraq

Jeb Bush says his brother, former president George W. Bush, will be his chief adviser on the Middle East, along with Iraq War architect Paul Wolfowitz. Therefore, it was no surprise when Jeb Bush originally said that he would still invade Iraq knowing what we know now that the country did not have weapons of mass destruction, a position shared by his brother.

The criticism of his comments was swift, even from conservative talk show hosts like Laura Ingraham, who said: "You can't still think that going into Iraq, now, as a sane human being, was the right thing to do."

Bush tried to do damage control by appearing on Sean Hannity’s radio show, telling the friendly interviewer that he "interpreted the question wrong," but still wouldn’t reveal his position whether he would still invade Iraq. "I don’t know what that decision would have been, that's a hypothetical," he told Hannity. The next day, Bush still refused to say whether he would invade Iraq even though the country didn’t have WMDs, saying such a prospect would be a "disserve" to soldiers.

Eventually, following mounting criticism, Bush said that he "would not have gone into Iraq," his fourth and possibly final answer on the matter, while adding that he blames the conflict in Iraq on President Obama.

1) 2000 Voting Debacle

Just prior to the 2000 election, Bush oversaw an effort to purge voting lists of convicted felons who are barred from voting. However, the process was "riddled with mistakes" and resulted in around 12,000 wrongly purged voters, disproportionately African Americans. Just prior to the 2000 election, the Brennan Center for Justice reported that "Florida registrants were purged from the rolls if 80 percent of the letters of their last names were the same as those of persons with criminal convictions," and on top of that, the lists used to find voters to purge from the rolls included many Floridians who were not felons.

The problems affecting minority voters didn't end there.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights further found that Bush and other statewide officials, in a "gross dereliction" of duty, had "ignored" mounting evidence of election-related problems, noting that "while African Americans comprised about 11% of all voters in Florida in the November 2000 presidential election, African Americans cast about 54% of the ballots that were rejected in the election." Far from an equal process, the report found that counties with larger Hispanic and black populations "were more likely to use voting systems with higher spoilage rates" than wealthier, predominantly white counties. These spoiled ballots broke heavily for Al Gore, according to a Florida State University analysis.

George W. Bush officially won Florida by a 537 vote margin.

Right-Wing Radio Host: Gay Marriage Leads To 'Enslavement'

The right-wing outlet WorldNetDaily spoke today to Phyllis Schlafly, the founder of Eagle Forum, and far-right talk show host Carl Gallups about the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. Schlafly said that people should worry about the emergence of anti-Christian “persecution” if the court decides to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage, while Gallups predicted that Christians may even face “enslavement.”

Gallups repeatedly insisted that the legalization of gay marriage will allow the government to force pastors to officiate same-sex couples’ weddings, a baseless prediction and an event that has never happened in the thirty-seven states that already have equal marriage laws.

Even worse, Gallups says, people will experience “economic destruction” unless they rise up and “take measures like our Founding Fathers took.”

Schlafly also highlighted the danger posed to private individuals and businesses because of homosexual activists looking for targets for lawsuits. And she mourns the loss of the free country she says she has lived in “all of my life.”

“Persecuting Christians … that’s not the country we live in. We have the First Amendment. We have freedom of religion. That was a basic element of American policy. And now many, many people think we are about to lose it, and Obama is doing nothing to calm their fears.”

Carl Gallups, a radio host, pastor, and author of “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” is one of those people. He says American pastors may face a real test of faith.

“If the Supreme Court declares homosexual marriage to be the law of the land, pastors will have a lot of important decisions to make. If the government were to focus in on the churches and say you have to perform gay weddings or give up tax-exempt status, what will these preachers do? Will they stand on the word of God, and with the historical foundation of civilized societies, or will they cave in – in the name of financial and political expediency?”



Gallups warns what is at stake is the creation of nothing less than a new legal and religious order built upon the destruction of the First Amendment.

He maintains, “If the government can force a church to perform homosexual weddings, then in effect the First Amendment to the Constitution has been completely destroyed. At that point, the government is creating a new religion, a new state church, because they are saying what Christianity is and is not.



Gallups looks to history for examples of how Americans can resist the kind of possible “enslavement” he sees coming for Christians.

He asks believers: “When the First Amendment is gone – trampled in the dirt under our nose, and we are forced to submit to godlessness at gunpoint or economic destruction, will we roll over and put ourselves under the tyranny of those who would desire to enslave us and dominate us? Or will we take measures like our Founding Fathers took?”

He continued, “Never forget, our Founding Fathers stated in the Declaration of Independence that it was our duty to take the same stand that they took should a future ‘regime’ threaten to do to us what King George did to the colonies. Many believe that day might quickly be approaching. That’s a tough thing to consider, but I think pastors, Christians, and every freedom loving, Constitution-loving American had best consider the possibility.

“[The Founding Fathers] began with every peaceful means at their disposal, until violence was eventually threatened and inflicted upon them. At that point it came time to defend their lives, the lives of their families, church families, and neighbors – and their freedom.

“I hope and pray that this never happens. That’s why I, and so many others like me, are working fervently to restore and preserve our constitutional republic with every peaceful and prayerful means possible. Because as long as the Constitution, and especially the First Amendment, is upheld, the government cannot force us to perform a homosexual wedding – in so doing they would be establishing our religious tenants with government decree and sanction. We can easily co-exist with people of different beliefs. But once the First Amendment is gone and the government can tell people what to do in the deep matters of biblical faith that is tyranny – and that is something different altogether.”

Phyllis Schlafly does not believe it will come to anything like that because “the American people won’t put up with it.”

PFAW's New Spanish-Language Ad Criticizes Jeb Bush For His Record on Immigration, Minimum Wage

As Jeb Bush formally announces his presidential campaign today, People For the American Way launched a Spanish-language digital ad challenging his record of extremism. The ad highlights his opposition to raising the minimum wage and his stance against a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, two issues important to the Latino community.

The ad is running on social media and Univision.com, starting this morning, in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia.

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PFAW Releases Spanish-Language Ad Criticizing Jeb Bush

As Jeb Bush formally announces his presidential campaign today, People For the American Way launched a Spanish-language digital ad challenging his record of extremism. The ad highlights his opposition to raising the minimum wage and his stance against a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, two issues important to the Latino community.

“Everyone in our community would suffer under a Jeb Bush presidency – from parents of DREAMers hoping to be citizens one day, to seniors who rely on Medicare, to working people trying to provide for their families,” said civil rights leader and People For the American Way board member Dolores Huerta. “It’s important that we get out the facts and make sure people understand that Jeb Bush doesn’t share our values.”

The ad is running on social media and Univision.com, starting this morning, in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Watch the ad here:

Ad script:

Narrador: El Candidato Presidencial del Partido Republicano Jeb Bush está completamente desconectado de nuestra comunidad.

Sus políticas sobre inmigración condenan a inmigrantes indocumentados a un estatus de segunda clase sin la opción de hacerse ciudadanos.

Y como gobernador de la Florida, luchó muchas veces contra aumentos al salario mínimo, bloqueándonos una vida mejor.

Y ahora que quiere ser Presidente…

Jeb Bush: I’m against raising the minimum wage. [Traducción: “Estoy en contra de aumentar el salario mínimo.”]

Narrador: Jeb Bush…no está con nosotros.

People For the American Way es responsable por el contenido de este anuncio.

Translation:

Narrator: The Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush is out of touch with our community.
His immigration policies would condemn undocumented immigrants to a second class status without the option of becoming citizens.

And as Governor of Florida, he fought increases to the minimum wage many times, blocking us from a better life.

And now that he wants to be President…

Jeb Bush: “I’m against raising the minimum wage”

Narrator: Jeb Bush just isn’t for us.

People For the American Way is responsible for the content of this advertising.

 

People For the American Way Lanza Anuncio Publicitario en Español Criticando a Jeb Bush

Mientras Jeb Bush hoy se prepara para anunciar formalmente su postulación a la presidencia, People For the American Way lanzó un anuncio publicitario digital criticando su historial extremista. El anuncio pone de manifiesto su oposición al aumento del salario mínimo y su postura en contra de un camino hacia la ciudadanía para inmigrantes indocumentados, dos temas de mucha importancia en la comunidad latina.

“Todos en nuestra comunidad sufrirían bajo una presidencia de Jeb Bush – desde padres y madres de DREAMers con la esperanza de algún día ser ciudadanos, a personas mayores que dependen del Medicare, y a la clase trabajadora que lucha cada día para proveerle a su familia”, dijo la líder pro derechos civiles e integrante de la junta directiva Dolores Huerta para People For the American Way. “Es importante hacer saber los hechos y asegurarnos que la gente entienda que Jeb Bush no comparte nuestros valores.”

El anuncio será difundido en las redes sociales y en Univision.com desde hoy en los estados de la Florida, Colorado, Carolina del Norte, y Virginia.

Vea el anuncio aquí:

Guión:

Narrador: El Candidato Presidencial del Partido Republicano Jeb Bush está completamente desconectado de nuestra comunidad.

Sus políticas sobre inmigración condenan a inmigrantes indocumentados a un estatus de segunda clase sin la opción de hacerse ciudadanos.

Y como gobernador de la Florida, luchó muchas veces contra aumentos al salario mínimo, bloqueándonos una vida mejor.

Y ahora que quiere ser Presidente…

Jeb Bush: I’m against raising the minimum wage. [Traducción: “Estoy en contra de aumentar el salario mínimo.”]

Narrador: Jeb Bush…no está con nosotros.

People For the American Way es responsable por el contenido de este anuncio.

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Richard Land: Gays Seizing America's 'Cultural Icons'

Richard Land, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s political arm, appeared on “Sandy Rios In The Morning” this week to discuss growing support for gay rights and acceptance of homosexuality in the U.S.

Land blamed such trends on “a broad cultural assault on biblical values through the media, through entertainment [and] through MTV,” specifically calling out the “gay and lesbian, bisexual community” for its “sustained campaign” to “propagandize” Americans.

“These people have gone after the icons in our culture,” Land said. “They’ve gone after the military, they’ve gone after the Boy Scouts, they’ve gone after Disney, and you’re seeing a gradual waning of the influence of the worldview that made America what it is, the Judeo-Christian worldview.”

Paranoia-Rama: Abortion Caused The Drought, 'Wrecking Ball' Obama Ushering In The End Times

It seems that immigration, gay rights and legal abortion are all about to destroy America, and there is nothing conservatives can do to stave off destruction until President Obama leaves office … unless, of course, Hillary Clinton gets elected, in which case we’re all doomed.

North Carolina Lt. Gov: New Marriage Discrimination Law 'Doesn't Discriminate Against Anybody'

Dan Forest, the Republican lieutenant governor of North Carolina, joined Craig James on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program yesterday to discuss a new law in his state that allows public officials to temporarily stop performing marriages if they want to avoid marrying a same-sex or even an interracial couple. Forest supported the bill, which the legislature passed over the veto of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

Forest told James that the federal court that had struck down North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage had overstepped its role because not only did it say the marriage ban was unconstitutional, it said that officials in the state “have to perform those marriages” and “went so far as to making sure that law was going to be enforced in North Carolina.”

Forest said that far from being unconstitutional, the new law is actually “upholding the Constitution” because the legislature is the one that assigns duties to magistrates. He added that the law “doesn’t discriminate against anybody, instead it does just the opposite” by supposedly protecting the religious freedom of state magistrates.

“Help me out here, because I’m just somewhat of a country boy,” James added sarcastically. “Go find someone else who will perform your ceremony! What’s wrong with that concept?”

The two then predictably declared that opposition to the new law is just anti-Christian persecution.

“You’re not telling them they can’t have a ceremony,” Forest said, “it’s just protecting the religious beliefs of those who don’t want to do it.”

“So, really what this is from the other side, from the left, this is saying that ‘we are not tolerant of you, we’re not tolerant of your beliefs, you do not fit into our great diverse rainbow of diversity here. We will accept everybody but Christians.’” Forest added. “And so that’s really what’s going on here, is it’s very focused on Christians only and so that’s why we’re seeing these issues.”

Savage: Deport Immigration Activists, Put Undocumented Prisoners In 'Internment Camps'

On Wednesday’s broadcast of “The Savage Nation,” conservative talk radio host Michael Savage wrapped up a lengthy anti-immigrant rant by criticizing “The New Colossus,” a sonnet by Emma Lazarus that’s inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. Calling the poem “stupid,” Savage falsely claimed that it was authored by communist activist Emma Goldman.

Savage quickly corrected himself, but the mention of Goldman led him to insist that more people should be deported, like Goldman, and that the U.S. should reestablish the House Un-American Activities Committee, recommending that the new HUAC order the deportation of people who “work against America” such as people who work for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“I love McCarthy,” he said, adding that “real American” military veterans should run the new HUAC. He eventually returned to immigration: “No more immigrants, end of story.”

He said that the U.S. should “work out a deal with Russia” and “build internment camps somewhere in Siberia” for undocumented immigrants in the prison system, and also deport “greedy little NYU graduates” who work as immigration attorneys.

PFAW and Allies Urge New Hampshire Governor to Veto Attack on Voting Rights

On Thursday, People For the American Way members and supporters in New Hampshire joined local election authorities, lawmakers, civil rights groups, and affected voters to call on Governor Maggie Hassan to veto SB 179 and end the rollback of voting rights.

The bill, SB 179, would require voters to live at the same address for 30 days before registering to vote, chipping away at the state’s same-day registration law, and also open up public access to private voter information at the local level.

Over 80 people packed the lobby of the Legislative Office Building, including many state legislators.  Speakers included State Senator David Pierce; Gilles Bissonnette, legal director for the ACLU; State Representative and Plymouth State University student Travis Bennett; moderator for the town of Freedom Don Johnson; and Manchester moderator and president of the Manchester NAACP Woullard Lett. They addressed the unconstitutionality of the 30 day waiting period, the fact that there is no evidence of a problem with “drive by voting,” and the bill’s disproportionate effects on students, the poor, and people of color.

 

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Perry: Obama Lacks 'Executive Experience' To Fight ISIS

Former Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry told conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch on Wednesday that President Obama hasn’t shown any “engagement to stop ISIS,” which he attributed to the president’s “lack of being able to really connect the dots” and “lack of executive experience.”

Loesch asked Perry to respond to the president’s comment that the U.S. doesn’t “yet have a complete strategy” for training Iraqi defense forces to fight ISIS “because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well about how recruitment takes place, how the training takes place, so the details of that are not yet worked out.”

Perry said that he was “stunned” and claimed that the president, who is leading a coalition that has been hammering ISIS with airstrikes, has shown a “lack of engagement to stop ISIS.” This shows, he said, that the president of six years “has a hard time connecting the dots from time to time, of understanding,” due to his “lack of executive experience” and “a philosophical void when it comes to understanding what it takes to keep America safe.”

“I think that’s the reason ISIS has gone forward, I think that’s the reason Putin is standing there basically laughing at us as we have one lack of impact after another in the global world that we’re living in,” he said.

GOP targets Latinos’ ability to vote

This piece by People For the American Way Political Coordinator Carlos A. Sanchez originally appeared in Fox News Latino.

Even as a diverse coalition of Americans unite around the principle that voting rights are an essential American principle that needs to be protected, the Republican Party remains firmly committed to doing the opposite. Their continued push for policies that make it more difficult for people to vote disproportionately affects minority and young voters.

Republicans – including leading Presidential candidates – have for years been pushing initiatives that make it harder to vote. Jeb Bush supports states’ efforts to enact voter ID laws, and as governor, he restricted early voting and infamously purged 12,000 eligible voters before the 2000 presidential election. Marco Rubio asked, “What’s the big deal?” with voter ID laws. Scott Walker enacted what has been described as “one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the country.”

Voter ID laws systematically target Latinos’ and other minorities’ ability to vote. In 2012, measures to restrict voting could have affected over 10 million Latino voters. A Brennan Center for Justice study reported, “In Colorado, Florida, and Virginia, the number of eligible Latino citizens that could be affected by these barriers exceeds the margin of victory in each of those states during the 2008 presidential election.”

And it’s no accident that these laws disproportionately affect Latinos. A separate study from last year found “a solid link between legislator support for voter ID laws and bias toward Latino voters, as measured in their responses to constituent e-mails.” And yet another study that was released earlier this year found that even in states without voter ID laws, Latinos were targeted: “Election officials themselves also appear to be biased against minority voters, and Latinos in particular. For example, poll workers are more likely to ask minority voters to show identification, including in states without voter identification laws.”

Some Republicans have explicitly made known their intentions of suppressing Latino and African-American voters in order to win elections. Over 30 years ago, ALEC-founder and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation Paul Weyrich spoke plainly:  “I don’t want everybody to vote…As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” Republican after Republican has continued in his footsteps: An Ohio GOP County Chair stated he supports limits on early voting because, “I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban – read African-American – voter-turnout machine.” Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai believed voter ID laws would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” Former GOP Precinct Chair Don Yelton used the “n” word as he tried to deny that a voter ID law in North Carolina was racist (and he explained that “the law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt”). Conservative activist and notoriously anti-immigrant Phyllis Schlafly said, “The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama’s ground game.” Schlafly’s Eagle Forum endorsed Marco Rubio in his run for Senate (here’s a lovely picture of the two of them) and applauded Scott Walker for his opposition to legal immigration.

The Republican response to the growing power of minority voters could not be clearer: shut them out of the election process. Under the guise of fighting voter fraud, despite a striking absence of evidence that fraud exists, Republican-led chambers across our nation have moved in concert to restrict access through the polls for political reasons. It’s that simple.

What’s even more upsetting is to hear a group who claims to represent the best interests of a community choose to ignore the facts in favor of their funder’s agenda.  Daniel Garza, executive director of the Libre Iniative, said he’s fine with voter ID laws and that he doesn’t think Republicans are trying to suppress the Latino vote. Libre is a Koch-funded GOP shadow group that time and again turns its back on the Latino community – for example, Libre supported Republican candidates who opposed immigration reform in 2014. Garza’s support for voter ID laws is yet another instance of him and Republicans supporting a policy that’s devastating to Latinos.

It’s time for the Republican Party to end their campaign against voting rights—and for people like Daniel Garza to stop giving them cover when they do it.

Carlos A. Sanchez is the Coordinator of Political Campaigns for People For the American Way.

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Anti-Choice Leader: Abortion Ban's Rape Exception Is 'Abominable' but Politically Necessary

Sen. Lindsey Graham is pushing for a vote on a 20-week abortion ban, similar to one recently passed by the House. While he has the support of major anti-choice groups including the Susan B. Anthony List, Americans United for Life and the National Right to Life Committee, some in the anti-choice movement are balking at a provision that exempts rape survivors if they undergo a 48-hour waiting period.

At a press conference yesterday, LifeSiteNews confronted Graham and some of the bill’s supporters about the rape exception, which SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said she accepted for political purposes even though it is “abominable.”

“No one should give up or give over a rape exception unless there is simply no chance of saving those other children,” she told the anti-choice outlet, adding that in drawing the line at 20 weeks, they’ve “excepted…most children” from the ban, but that “it’s a place that we can actually get the legislation through”:

Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, who moderated the press conference and whose organization has been a prominent backer of the 20-week ban in its current form, said that she believes that rape exceptions are "abominable."

"I agree. I agree that the rape exception is abominable," she told LifeSiteNews. "I also know that with it, we were able to move forward, and we have the potential of saving 15,000 to 18,000 children a year. No one should give up or give over a rape exception unless there is simply no chance of saving those other children. I really believe that."

I also think that -- look at this bill, it's a 20-week bill. We left out every other child. We've excluded, and excepted, most children from this. So by the same argument, I reject that, but I also know that we've found a sweet spot that we can get common ground on, and it's a place where the country is, and it's a place that we can actually get the legislation through."

Dannenfelser told a conservative radio program after the House passed its version of the bill that she found the rape exception “regrettable,” “just wrong” and “completely intellectually dishonest,” but that politicians sometimes require them for “political” reasons.

Ann Coulter: Americans May 'Flee' To Canada To Avoid Latino Immigrants

Ann Coulter, author of “Adios, America!” and Gavin McInnes, host of “Free Speech” radio, advocated for strengthening the Canadian border as Americans might need to flee the country in the future due to immigration. McInnes joked that those fleeing America will be “the new draft dodgers.”

Providing listeners with her own version of history, Coulter warned that “crazy diversity” is taking over America due to our immigration policies, recommending that the government implement “a total moratorium” and eventually let in immigrants from countries like the Netherlands and the United Kingdom: “Shut down all of the pro-immigration, anti-American groups. Shut down the entire immigration bureaucracy. We’ll get our files in order, we’ll assimilate the ones already here, and then we’ll start it up again and get more Brits and Dutch.”

McInnes, a Canadian immigrant, responded, “When you say we’ll assimilate, the ones that you mean are the Canadian immigrant who came here in ’99. You wouldn’t want him to have to go back, right? If he brought a lot of jobs and he’s a safe guy.”

“Yeah, I think we’ll keep him,” reassured Coulter. “It’s crazy how hard it is for Canadians to immigrate!” She continued that “a lot of comedy writers and comedians are Canadians. I can’t believe what they have to go through!”

At first McInnes reasoned, “Why is there a border there? Let’s just knock that down.” However, he was easily persuaded by Coulter’s logic that “we’re gonna want to keep it there, because if this book doesn’t work, that’s where we’re all going to have to flee to.” Based on Ann’s calculations, “it’ll take Latin America another century to make it up to that border. So we want to keep that border very strong.”

At least “they don’t like the cold,” concluded McInnes.

Michael Savage Wonders If Obama Will Get Sex Reassignment Surgery, Wants Him Arrested

Yesterday on “The Savage Nation,” host Michael Savage responded to an email question about whether President Obama would soon invite Caitlyn Jenner to the White House, which led Savage to posit that Obama will tell the liberal news site Salon after leaving office that he has “interests in that direction.”

The right-wing radio host exploded into a rant about the president and Michelle Obama: “It’s like two gangster liars took over the country.”

“I can’t take it anymore,” Savage shouted. “He’s a liar, he’s a BS artist and a criminal as far as I’m concerned.”

Savage also demanded that Congress “impeach and arrest” Obama “for the crimes against America” while also wondering about his supposed weight lost and if he “has an illness.”

“I know he has a mental illness of progressivism, I know that that’s an illness that’s incurable, but maybe the physical illness can be treated by the geniuses at the hospitals there,” he added.

Ann Coulter: 'Women Should Not Have The Right To Vote,' But They 'Can Still Write Books'

Ann Coulter, the far-right pundit and author of the new anti-immigration book “Adios, America!,” recently voiced her disdain for both immigrants and female voters on the radio show “Free Speech” with Gavin McInnes. While McInnes is himself an immigrant from Canada, he apparently had no problem bashing immigration from America’s Southern neighbors.

Coulter explained that Ted Kennedy’s ’65 immigration act was “specifically designed to change the demographics of this country. When it went through, as with Obamacare, surrounded with lies, a miasma of lies: ‘this will not change the demographic of America; we’ll get basically the same people we’ve always gotten.’” But, instead, Coulter asserted, this act “was specifically designed to bring in peasant cultures who would remain poor for generations, remain on government support, so that you would have a solid block of Democratic voters, and it worked.”

According to Coulter, “Obama never would have been elected, I mean certainly wouldn’t have been reelected – Romney won bigger against, I mean, if the demographics of this country had not changed so dramatically because of immigration, Romney would have won a bigger landslide than Reagan did against Carter in 1980.”

McInnes, also brought up women voters, prompting Coulter to share her position that “women should not have the right to vote.” She continued that while women should not vote, “We can still write books! We can run for office.”

“You just can’t vote,” McInnes reiterated.

This is not the first time Coulter voiced her support for female disenfranchisement. In 2007, Coulter said that “If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat [sic] president.” Coulter described this as a “pipe dream” and a “personal fantasy” of hers that women, especially the single women who “are voting so stupidly,” will finally be silenced.

Later in his conversation with Coulter, McInnes purposed another novel idea: “How about if you don’t pay tax, you can’t vote?”

“That was what my father always said,” responded Coulter. “Well, technically what he said was you can vote if you weren’t getting back stuff from the government. If you’re breaking even, okay. But not if you’re getting more from the government than you are paying in, well than you’re just voting for more stuff for yourself.”

Michael Savage Draws Link Between Caitlyn Jenner, Obama And ISIS

On Friday, far-right radio host Michael Savage continued to rail against Caitlyn Jenner, calling her a “degenerate,” a “psychopath” and a “very sad, sick individual.” Savage even managed to make a connection between Jenner’s gender transition and the rise of extremists like ISIS:

I ask you, do you think that radical Islam is rising around the world in a vacuum? They’re not rising around the world in a vacuum. This nation was once a torch of liberty to the world. This nation was once a torch of heroes to the world. This nation was once looked up to around the world, but since we’ve put this demented anti-American into the White House, the nation has imploded. It has collapsed morally, militarily, anyway you want to look at it. So therefore, when a nation collapses morally or socially, what rises up in its place? Bruce Jenner. The putrid garbage being spewed by Hollywood has now produced a freak-show where the freaks are now running America.

He lamented that “the freaks and the perverts and the anti-Americans are a very small minority and yet they are ruling over this nation. That is how a man as demented as Bruce Jenner can be held up as a symbol of something wonderful and wholesome.”

Savage also further expounded on his theory about how President Obama is ushering in the downfall of America on his Monday broadcast, insisting that “the skids were greased for him early on.”

“Everything was done for him. He never worked a day in his life. He went to a very expensive high school in Hawaii, Punahou, at full scholarship, paid for by some very wealthy liberals who were cultivating from early-on to become what he has become,” Savage said. “This child was handpicked.”

According to Savage, as a result of this sinister left-wing plot, Obama thinks that he is all-powerful and should be able to rule “without limits.”

What’s his ultimate goal? On Tuesday, Savage said that the Obama administration (and Israel) actually created ISIS in order to bring down the Syrian government due to the Assad regime’s close ties with Iran.

“If my allegation is correct that ISIS is in fact our totem army and we are allowing them to rape, kill and murder with impunity, blow up churches, is that the future of America? A Christian-free zone? Is that the vision of the Bilderberg’s?” Savage asked.

John Kasich Kicks Off Presidential Bid By Addressing Religious Right Gathering

The Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Religious Right group led by disgraced right-wing lobbyist Ralph Reed, is holding its annual “Road to Majority” conference next week. Nearly every Republican presidential candidate has signed up for the event, and today, the FFC announced that Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be addressing the conservative summit.

Kasich recently made waves by tapping John Weaver and Fred Davis, two veterans of John McCain’s 2008 campaign, to work for his increasingly likely campaign for president.

The conference is cosponsored by radical right-wing groups such as Concerned Women for America, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family & Property and the World Congress of Families, and will feature speeches from Religious Right favorites such as Reps. Steve King and Louie Gohmert, Fox News pundit Todd Starnes, Christian Broadcasting Network “reporter” David Brody, pastor Jim Garlow, rabbi Daniel Lapin and activists like Phyllis Schlafly, Lila Rose and Gary Bauer.

Clearly, no right-wing activist is too radical or corrupt for Republican presidential candidates to embrace, which is why Kasich, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham and Carly Fiorina have no qualms about attending this event organized by someone like Reed.

Reed is best known for his involvement in the Jack Abramoff scandal, where he organized a Christian Coalition anti-gambling campaign in Alabama with the help of secretive funding from Mississippi tribes that owned casinos – who just so happened to be Abramoff’s clients that didn’t want business competition from the neighboring state. Reed denied knowing the source of the funding, even though investigators uncovered emails from Abramoff asking Reed to send invoices for approval from a Mississippi tribe which controlled major gaming interests. Abramoff later said that Reed “didn't want it out that he was getting gambling money,” adding that Reed was “a tap dancer and constantly just asking for money.”

North Carolina Pastor Speaks Out About Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Marriage Law

In response to a bill authorizing public officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages becoming law in North Carolina this morning, Dr. Terence K. Leathers – a pastor at Mt. Vernon Christian Church in Clayton, North Carolina and a member of People For the American Way's African American Ministers In Action – released the following statement:

“Shame on our legislature for making this harmful and unnecessary bill become law. As a pastor, I believe this is not only a blow for the dignity of all North Carolinians but also a blow for true religious liberty.

“Governor McCrory did the right thing when he vetoed this bill, and the fact that our legislature overrode it shows just how far they will go in misusing the principle of religious liberty in order to discriminate. This is a sad day for our state.”

Last week, Dr. Leathers published an op-ed in The Huffington Post calling on the legislature not to misuse religious freedom to license public officials to discriminate.

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