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Peter LaBarbera Praises Uganda, Colonial Era Anti-Gay Laws

On The Janet Mefferd Show yesterday, Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality praised “countries like Uganda and Jamaica” for refusing to “follow the American path” and passing draconian anti-gay laws. He warned that the decriminalization of homosexuality opens a “Pandora’s box” and countries like Uganda “don’t want to learn this from America, we’ve become a very decadent nation and they want to preserve Judeo-Christian morals.”

LaBarbera also waxed nostalgic for the good ol’ days when homosexuality was a crime in the US — falsely claiming that gay people never went to jail — and also hailed anti-gay laws in the colonial era, when homosexuality was punishable by death.

Mefferd defended Uganda’s government from criticism by Secretary of State John Kerry, attacking him for trying to “strong-arm nations across the world on the LGBT issue.”

“These people are a joke,” she said.

A Caliphate From Sea To Shining Sea

End Times broadcaster Jan Markell believes that a new Muslim-American coalition that plans to encourage civic participation in the Muslim community and combat extremism is part of a plan to build a Caliphate “from sea to shining sea.”

She told the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow today that Muslim-American groups represent “forces of evil” that “can’t stand America,” warning that Muslim-Americans will “vote for radical leftists” in order to “take over” America.

Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, says it shouldn't surprise anyone that most Americans don't trust those groups. "They've got a track record which shows, number one, they can't stand America," she says. "They say that they love America, but we all know that that's just blatantly false."

USCMO, however, identifies as one of its "challenges" an external "vociferous cabal of extremists [that] increasingly maligns Islam to turn America dangerously against itself" – and the need to counter "the falsifiers seeking to mislead and betray American society ...."

In contrast, Markell maintains some members of USCMO want to establish a Muslim caliphate "from sea to shining sea" – and will not rest until they achieve their goal.



According to a recent report by The Washington Times, the group plans to conduct a census that will create a database that will be used to help promote the rights and goals of its members in upcoming elections. The goal is to have that database completed in time for the 2016 presidential election. Markell admits she's concerned USCMO wants to enhance Islamic participation in U.S. elections.

"We know what side of the aisle they're going to vote for. They're going to vote for radical leftists," says Markell. "America's being taken over – and I say that very cautiously because it's too shocking for most Americans to comprehend that we are being taken over by, quite frankly, forces of evil that are just shocking.

BarbWire: 'Don't Negotiate With Queer Terrorists'

Matt Barber’s BarbWire website today published yet another unhinged reaction to the fallout over the Boston and New York St. Patrick’s Day parades’ banning of LGBT groups. Jeff Allen writes on the site that the parades “have become the latest pawn in the homosexual hijacking of this country.”

“As the militant homosexual activists aggressively sweep through our society in their hostage-taking enterprise, they trample on religious rights — and numerous other freedoms — leaving only debauchery in their wake,” he writes.

Allen laments that corporations and universities are eager to “ride the ‘gay’ bandwagon on its path to perdition” and that “public officials cower in fear and cave to their every terrorist-like tactic.”

“What the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers and every other religious group, cultural edifice or icon of morality need to do is implement a ‘we don’t negotiate with “queer” terrorists’ policy,” he concludes. “Or else all will be lost to the homosexual hijackers.”

When the celebration of a godly Catholic Saint becomes a flashpoint for the homosexual agenda, it’s just another sure sign that things have really spiraled out of control in America. How is it that the St. Patrick’s Day parades in Boston and New York have become the latest pawn in the homosexual hijacking of this country?

In the current cultural clash between morality and decadence, apparently nothing is considered sacred or beyond the tainting touch of the “gay lobby.”

As the militant homosexual activists aggressively sweep through our society in their hostage-taking enterprise, they trample on religious rights — and numerous other freedoms — leaving only debauchery in their wake. Through their shameless “gay” gangland style thuggery, they defile and hypersexualize everything that they come into contact with. And the “Big Beer” brouhaha is just their latest attempt to distort a holiday observance, which is supposed to be about commemorating a heroic, holy man, into more perversity on parade. The homosexual wrecking ball has “come out” in full vengeance mode with corporate sponsors, professional sports organizations, elected officials, mainstream media outlets, Hollywood celebrities, and universities all drooling and panting to be the first to ride the “gay” bandwagon on its path to perdition. 

And homosexuals claim that they want equal treatment under the law, but as soon as they are told that they will be treated like any other citizen who breaks public decency laws, they throw a hissy fit. Apparently, they don’t really want equal treatment; what they demand is special treatment. They think that they are entitled to some sort of “protected class,” above-the-law status that allows them to brazenly break the law with impunity, and sadly, in most places and in many ways, that’s exactly what were witnessing as public officials cower in fear and cave to their every terrorist-like tactic!

Therefore, the “coexist” meme is a falsehood of epic proportions; it’s really “Leftist code” for the legal authorization of the anti-Christian forces – of which the virulent homosexual hijackers have become the worst offenders – to run roughshod over anyone with whom they disagree. In their twisted idea of coexistence, Christians and conservatives must live under the heel of the homofascists.

What the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers and every other religious group, cultural edifice or icon of morality need to do is implement a “we don’t negotiate with ‘queer’ terrorists” policy. Or else all will be lost to the homosexual hijackers.
 

People For the American Way Statement on the Death of Fred Phelps

According to reports, Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) and its virulently anti-gay protests, died yesterday.

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

“Fred Phelps made a name for himself by protesting the funerals of soldiers and hate crime victims. In particular, he spent decades causing immeasurable pain to LGBT people and their families. My thoughts are with all those people today.

“Very much in spite of himself, Fred Phelps was an important figure in the movement for LGBT equality. Other right-wing leaders have chosen their words more carefully, and the WBC even protested some far-right activists for being insufficiently hateful, but plenty of Religious Right leaders have always agreed on Phelps’s core message: that God reacts to gay people with divine punishment in this world and damnation in the next. Fred Phelps just said what so many anti-gay activists have always believed.

“When Americans were faced with the choice of accepting their LGBT neighbors or endorsing Phelps’s unfiltered hate, they chose the former. He showed anti-gay bigotry for what it really is: profoundly un-American. Phelps lived to see a nation that more and more decisively rejected his vile message. That’s his legacy.”

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Urgent Action Needed on Georgia Early Voting Bill on Last Day of Legislative Session

Updated March 21: Georgia's legislative session closed without final action being taken on HB 891. According to Facing South, "House sponsors declined to take up a vote on the revised bill, and HB 891 was dead." The report quotes Kelli Persons of League of Women Voters of Georgia, "The message here is that it's very important . . . to pay attention to what's happening at the local level," in reference to the bill's impact on municipal early voting.
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Elaine Donnelly Fears Military Will 'Become A Magnet' For Transgender Service Members

Anti-LGBT activist Elaine Donnelly said yesterday that a push to end the ban on transgender military service members will create an “incentive” for people seeking sex reassignment surgery to join the Armed Forces, turning the military into a transgender “magnet.”

In an interview with Janet Mefferd, the Center for Military Readiness head criticized the Palm Center and prominent donor Jennifer Pritzker, a transgender veteran and billionaire, for its study that called for an end on the ban on transgender service.

“Why doesn’t she take her billion-plus dollars and set up a hospital there in San Francisco and they can do the transgender surgery, the very expensive hormonal treatments both before and after, instead of expecting the military to be the source of this very specialized and expensive medical treatment?” Donnelly asked.

“Now some people can see an incentive that would be created if young people who for whatever reason are confused about their sexuality — why, who knows, it baffles me — but if they decide, ‘well I know that my medical benefits are going to be covered,’ and so you join the military and if you know the military has to pay all of these medical benefits, then it becomes like a magnet.”

“The military is not there to be a magnet for people who have personal problems or medical problems or are sexually confused or whatever, it’s there to defend the country,” she added.

Joel Rosenberg Predicts Imminent Divine Punishment Over Abortion Rights

Joel Rosenberg today repeated his warning that God will soon punish America for legalizing abortion, telling Pat Robertson on the 700 Club that America will be treated more harshly than Nazi Germany and suggesting that Christians who don’t fight abortion are like those who collaborated with the Nazi government.

“If we get to sixty million [abortions], we will have killed ten times more Americans than the Nazis killed of the Jews,” Rosenberg said. “Now we know the judgment that came on Nazi Germany, and we feel like it was correct, it was just. What do we think is going to happen?”

AFA's One Million Moms Joins Graham Cracker Boycott

The American Family Association subsidiary One Million Moms is joining calls from fellow anti-gay activists to boycott Honey Maid graham crackers over an ad that includes a same-sex couple.

The group is asking members to email Honey Maid to tell the company that they were “highly offended” by its “disrespect of millions of American families by supporting the homosexual agenda.”

In a statement, the group said Honey Maid — and its parent company Nabisco — “should be ashamed of themselves” for their “attempt to normalize sin” by “pushing the LGBT agenda.”

Nabisco should be ashamed of themselves for their latest Honey Maid and Teddy Graham cracker commercial where they attempt to normalize sin. Right away it shows two men with a baby, followed by other families, and ends with different families pictured including the one with two dads. This commercial not only promotes homosexuality, but then calls the scene in the advertisement wholesome. The ad states, "Everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family. This is wholesome."

One Million Moms stands up for Biblical truth which is very clear in Romans 1:26-27 about this particular type of sexual perversion.

Honey Maid is also using the hashtag #thisiswholesome. There is concern about the way this ad is pushing the LGBT agenda, but an even greater concern is the way that they are changing the meaning of the word "wholesome."

This is truly sad. If this is what Honey Maid thinks is wholesome, then my family will no longer purchase Honey Maid or Nabisco products.

Erik Rush: Founders Would Kill 'The Radicals In Our Government'

Conservative pundit Erik Rush has repeatedly called for the execution of Obama administration officials, and today in WorldNetDaily claims that the Founders would back him up: “America’s founders would burn them in a pile, as I’ve become fond of saying, only stopping short of asserting that’s what we ought to do with them.”

Rush writes that young voters need to learn that President Obama is akin to “a calculating, treasonous international criminal with the agenda of rivaling history’s most notorious tyrants,” who is leading the country “toward oligarchical collectivism, all in plain sight.”

Like many disgusted (and some horrified) Americans who have recently become politically engaged, the specter of the conspiracies that exist, and the true extent to which our political leaders have been corrupted, may be more than the aforementioned 20-somethings can process just yet. The distance between gauging President Obama as a failure versus a calculating, treasonous international criminal with the agenda of rivaling history’s most notorious tyrants is pretty vast.

Then there’s the cabal of progressive, elitist Republicans who’ve managed to pass themselves off as conservatives for so long that even many conservatives think they’re conservatives. They and the radicals in our government are merrily shepherding us toward oligarchical collectivism, all in plain sight. America’s founders would burn them in a pile, as I’ve become fond of saying, only stopping short of asserting that’s what we ought to do with them.

All of these machinations conspire to confuse even the astute – and most American voters are not that astute at present.

Yet this does not mean that all is lost – otherwise I’d probably be living in a fortified compound someplace right about now. The efforts being made by the political left – whether it be venomous so-called correspondents on MSNBC, the Obama administration mobilizing federal agencies to target patriot groups, or the overall efforts to marginalize and discredit conservatives and libertarians on numerous fronts – are indicative of their fear.

Peroutka: Rand Paul's 'Agree To Disagree' Plan 'Formula For Total Chaos, Tyranny And Anarchy'

The Institute on the Constitution’s Michael Peroutka, like Sen. Ted Cruz, will not agree with Sen. Rand Paul’s suggestion that the GOP needs to “agree to disagree” on social issues in order to attract young voters.

In fact, Peroutka told radio host Steve Deace yesterday that Paul’s suggestion is “really a formula for total chaos, tyranny and anarchy.”

“It’s really an un-American and unbiblical worldview,” he added. “It flies in the face of Americanism.”

“Right and wrong is already determined,” he explained. “You can’t give it over to some generation of people -- I don’t care how media savvy they are, I don’t care how relevant they might seem. That’s not where truth and right and wrong comes from.”
 

Catholic League's Bill Donohue Wants To Lead 'Straight Is Great' Contingent At NYC Pride Parade

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League announced today that the controversy over the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade’s ban on LGBT groups has inspired him to apply to march at the New York pride parade with a “Straight Is Great” banner.

Donohue told conservative talk show host Steve Malzberg that if his application is approved he will “bring a big wedding cake” to the pride parade, in what he seems to think would be a slight to LGBT people.

Donohue told Malzberg that he’s had his “last pint” of Guinness after the beer company dropped its sponsorship of the St. Patrick’s Day parade over its anti-gay policy, adding that he will burn his Guinness cap. “I’m going to go after Guinness big time, nonstop, relentlessly,” Donohue said, arguing that the company is “trying to stick it to Roman Catholics.”

Rafael Cruz Defends Ex-Gay Therapy: 'Sexual Orientation Is A Choice'

Ted Cruz’s dad and top political surrogate Rafael Cruz recently addressed the National Religious Broadcasters convention, where he took part in a February 25 panel discussion with Religious Right activists Jay Sekulow, Todd Starnes and Craig and Janet Parshall.

During the discussion, Cruz defended businesses engaging in anti-gay discrimination and harmful and discredited forms of ex-gay “therapy” for minors which were recently restricted in California and New Jersey. New Jersey’s law was signed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a possible 2016 presidential rival to the younger Cruz.

“Sexual orientation is a choice, it’s not a civil right,” Cruz said while discussing cases of anti-gay discrimination in business. “The left is trying to redefine the issue as a civil right, not as a personal choice. They have gone to the extent to even try to make it illegal for counselors to administer to these people that have certain sexual tendencies to try to work with them from the Christian, biblical standpoint.”

Cruz later added that he opposes gay rights — which he believes are part of a Communist plot and lead to child abuse — because he loves gay people and does not want to “prostitute the Gospel.”

Klingenschmitt: 'Child Molesting' Is 'A Favorite Recruiting Tool Of Adult Homosexuals'

This week, Gordon Klingenschmitt sent out yet another insane anti-gay email to members of his Pray In Jesus Name Project criticizing Sen. Al Franken’s Student Non-Discrimination Act, or what Klingenschmitt calls the “Homosexual Classroorms [sic] Act.”

After alleging that “one half of all adult homosexuals report having once been victims of sexual abuse before age 13,” Klingenschmitt writes that gay people see child molestation as “a favorite ‘recruiting’ tool of adult homosexuals. They violate children, and when the victim is later confused, they lie and say ‘you were born that way.’”

Minors are not mentally mature enough to consent to sex with adults, which makes it statutory rape. Did you know the average age of first sexual experience for heterosexuals is 17, but for homosexuals it is 12? One half of all adult homosexuals report having once been victims of sexual abuse before age 13.

Child molesting is therefore a favorite "recruiting" tool of adult homosexuals. They violate children, and when the victim is later confused, they lie and say 'you were born that way.'



This summer Franken snuck his pro-bullying legislation which threatens to defund any public school that fails to promote homosexuality (bullying Christian kids to reject their parents' religious beliefs), by inserting the language from his failed "Homosexual Classroorms [sic] Act" (aka Student Non-Discrimination) into Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)'s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly known as No Child Left Behind).

The result is Al Franken's "No Child Left Unmolested" amendment, which mandates a pro-homosexual federal curricula for all public schools, and defunds any school that resists. He deceptively campaigns it will stop bullying, but actually it bullies your Christian kids and teachers, removing power from parents and school boards, by threatening to withhold funds, if they refuse to teach kids that sin is normal.

Janet Mefferd Upset Honey Maid's Graham Crackers Push 'The Gay Propaganda Machine'

Conservative talk show host Janet Mefferd said yesterday that she will no longer buy Honey Maid’s Graham Crackers because one of their advertisements features a same-sex couple with their child.

Discussing a Huffington Post article on the new ad, Mefferd took issue with Honey Maid’s use of the world “wholesome” to describe same-sex couples.

Mefferd told her Facebook fans yesterday that she is “so done with this brand” and “even more done with the constant onslaught from the Gay Propaganda Machine.”

Terry Jeffrey Warns Of Obama's Bisexual-Communist Plot To 'Capture Our Kids'

When the Obama administration proposed last month an in increase in funding to states that “would be distributed to local school districts and other partner providers” that offer pre-school programs, CNS News editor-in-chief Terry Jeffrey responded by accusing President Obama of “federalizing 4-year-olds” and putting them in the “custody of government employees.”

Yesterday, Jeffrey took his over-the-top claims of forced pre-schooling and government indoctrination to The Janet Mefferd Show, where he said pre-school and the entire public school system actually come straight from The Communist Manifesto.

“They want to capture our kids,” Jeffrey said. “I think basically the vision that [Kathleen] Sebelius and Obama are articulating for American kids is very much in the Marx-Engels model spelt out in the Communist Manifesto. They want our kids to believe in what they believe in and not what we believe in. And quite frankly I believe that what they believe in is wrong and I don’t want them raising America’s kids.”

After Mefferd said that the pre-school proposal reminds her of Brave New World, Jeffrey said that pre-school is a Communist idea to bring down the family.

“I mentioned The Communist Manifesto calls for abolishing the family,” he said. “I think Obama and Sebelius favors something akin to that.” He pointed to the president and cabinet official’s support of legalizing same-sex marriage as proof of their nefarious Communist thinking.

Jeffrey insisted that the government is intent on “exposing children to things that they shouldn’t be exposed to at all” in order to convince them to support gay and abortion rights.

He also feared the government will indoctrinate kids into bisexuality, while admitting he doesn’t know what bisexuality means: “They have this agenda that’s spelt out in all sorts of agencies around the government, including HHS and the Department Education, for advancing what they call LGBT equality. It’s not just gay, they also put in bisexual and transgender. Now, I don’t know what they mean by bisexual, I don’t even think they can explain it, but I don’t want them explaining it to my kid or anybody else’s kid.”

Tony Perkins Claims Gay Rights Will Bring Down The US Economy

On Monday’s edition of Washington Watch, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said marriage equality and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will lead to America’s economic collapse.

Perkins’ argument is a little hard to follow, but the gist of it is that gay rights will somehow weaken America to the point that Russia and China feel emboldened to “move away from the US Dollar as the international standard” and once “there’s no confidence in the dollar, this house of cards that has been built comes tumbling down. So there goes the economy all because we ignored the morality of the issues of this administration.”

Perkins went on to make the false claim that the US is the only country that is able to “monetize the debt,” and doesn’t seem to realize that the reason Greece “couldn’t print more money” is because it is a member of the Eurozone and therefore does not have a national currency.

We don’t deal with the social issues. We let this president redefine the military through pushing the military, forcing the military to embrace open homosexuality, redefine the definition of marriage, we’ve weakened our military and he’s pushed his radical health care policy draining our government of the resources it needs to perform its constitutionally mandated duties, and so Russia makes a move.

As I’ve talked with General [Jerry Boykin, FRC’s vice president], the US currency being the world standard, if that’s taken away, if Russia convinces China and others to move away from the US Dollar as the international standard, here’s what happens: America is no longer able to just print money. See, no other country has been able to do what we have done in terms of $17 trillion in debt because we can just monetize the debt; Greece, their financial problem wasn’t as bad as ours but they couldn’t print more money.

We have the benefit — because everybody uses our standard, our dollar — we’re able to print more money. But as soon as people start to back away from that and there’s no confidence in the dollar, this house of cards that has been built comes tumbling down. So there goes the economy all because we ignored the morality of the issues of this administration.

Mark Creech: Antichrist Obama Will Cause God To Destroy America Like Tower Of Babel

Rev. Mark Creech, the head of North Carolina’s American Family Association affiliate, the Christian Action League, is out with a new column in the Christian Post suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist and explaining that America is tempting God to punish us like he destroyed the Tower of Babel.

“Many Bible scholars believe this very type situation will repeat itself in the last days – the day before Christ's return,” Creech writes of Babel. “A strong man will rise up, commonly believed to be the anti-Christ. He will unite the world in a cultural, political, and religious federation. As in Babel, the end will reflect a world determined to be rid of God.”

He adds that we’re seeing such a situation in America, implying that President Obama is the Antichrist who will bring about the Earth’s last days: “A popular leader rises who is given almost god-like, messianic qualities by the media and others – one who single-handedly seeks to concentrate power – one the Christian Left and proponents of the erroneous doctrine of social justice treat as an anointed one.”

“Our culture has largely abandoned trust in God for the opiate of government provision and hope, while endorsing via legalization abominable acts that God condemns,” he warns. “Fair warning, America! Look to Babel. This can't end well.”

The story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis chapter 11 is a historical narrative of the first recorded form of government gone awry. The apostle Paul wrote, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (I Corinthians 10:11).

What are some of the principles in this account that forewarn us of the corruption of governments and their ultimate end?

First, beware of charismatic leadership that unifies the masses in rebellion to God. The Bible says Nimrod was "a mighty one in the earth" (Genesis 10:9).

Second, beware of governmental concentrations of power in rebellion to God

Third, beware of a false religious or moral premise that influences government in rebellion to God.

It's frightening when true religion or morality is co-opted for some wicked enterprise and denigrated to the point that its objective becomes exactly the opposite of what it was meant to represent. This is more likely the scenario that occurred in Babel.

Genesis also says the Lord descended in judgment upon the scene. God is longsuffering and reluctant to supernaturally interfere in wrath, but He will never indefinitely stand for His purposes being thwarted. God confounded their language and forced the families of the earth to move away from Babel and accomplish what God had intended all along. That's the way it always works.

Many Bible scholars believe this very type situation will repeat itself in the last days – the day before Christ's return. A strong man will rise up, commonly believed to be the anti-Christ. He will unite the world in a cultural, political, and religious federation. As in Babel, the end will reflect a world determined to be rid of God.

Nevertheless, no matter what an individual's eschatological persuasion, the fact is, nations have seen this state of affairs occur throughout history over and again. And, it never ends well.

We're seeing it in America. A popular leader rises who is given almost god-like, messianic qualities by the media and others – one who single-handedly seeks to concentrate power – one the Christian Left and proponents of the erroneous doctrine of social justice treat as an anointed one. Our culture has largely abandoned trust in God for the opiate of government provision and hope, while endorsing via legalization abominable acts that God condemns.

Fair warning, America! Look to Babel. This can't end well.

Pat Robertson & Ralph Reed Will Save America By Restoring The Religious Right

Pat Robertson’s protégé Ralph Reed, who formerly ran Robertson’s Christian Coalition and now leads the Faith & Freedom Coalition, appeared on the 700 Club today to discuss his new book, “Awakening.”

Reed said that after the GOP’s defeat in the 2012 election, he realized that the United States can only “turn around” and return to greatness if the Religious Right rises into a powerful political force as it did in the 1980s.

Robertson added that Reed’s book seems to take “a page out of my playbook” from his 1988 presidential campaign. “I think great minds think alike,” Reed agreed.

Larry Pratt: Liberals 'Privately Rejoice' At Mass Shootings Like Sandy Hook

Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt, who previously claimed that liberals were happy about the Boston Marathon bombing, said in an interview last week that the “gun control crowd” “privately rejoice” at events like the Sandy Hook massacre.

When a caller told Pratt, who was a guest on VCY America’s Crosstalk on Thursday, that he thought the Sandy Hook shooting “stinks of a conspiracy,” Pratt responded that “the gun control crowd” are “opportunistic.”

“My guess is that privately they rejoice when something like this happens,” he added. “Because they immediately go to their buddies in the media and they immediately start shedding their crocodile tears, pushing for more gun control.”

Later in the interview, a caller asked whether President Obama wants to impose martial law on the United States. Pratt agreed that he probably did but that the military wouldn’t follow the order.

That led the show’s host, Vic Eliason, to ask, “Is there an effort to generate chaos so that martial law would step in?”

Pratt responded, “I guess it’s a possibility because we know the president is a dyed-in-the-wool socialist, he’s going to fundamentally transform the country, and he’s been doing quite a job toward that. But I just don’t think that he would have the means to carry that out.”


 

Frank Gaffney Warns Obama Is Aiding 'Stealth Jihadist Groups' By Relinquishing Federal Control Of The Internet

Frank Gaffney is joining other conservative activists in pushing grossly misinformed criticisms of a recent decision to “relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet,” which the Center for Security Policy said yesterday in a radio bulletin would assist “various enemies of freedom – including hostile nations, stealth jihadist groups like the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and UN bureaucrats,” in their efforts to “dictate what the Internet can and can’t do.”

“Enabling that to happen is just the latest example of President Obama’s systematic efforts to diminish our country in ways that undermine liberty,” Gaffney warned.

Gaffney is either intentionally distorting the new policy or has no idea what he is talking about, as the decision was actually a rebuke to countries that wanted a stronger role for the United Nations:

Supporters of an Obama administration decision to untether the group that manages Internet infrastructure are challenging Republican criticism as misplaced or even politically motivated.

The Commerce Department announced Friday that it would give up oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages .com and other domain names, when the current contract expires in fall 2015. The decision triggered backlash from some in the GOP, who worry the move hands authoritarian countries the power to take over the Internet.

Advocates see the opposite: a necessary step toward a more global Internet and one less susceptible to strong-arming tactics.



ICANN, a non-profit based in Los Angeles, has managed the nuts and bolts of the Internet under a long-time contract with the United States. But the U.S. role has worried countries like China and Russia, who want another organization to take ICANN’s place. They’ve tried to empower an alternative authority, the United Nations-led International Telecommunication Union.



But Democrats and Internet experts believe the move actually lessens the power of the United Nations’ agency and makes the entire playing field more fair.

“It’s not a good news item for the ITU,” said Nick Ashton-Hart, the Geneva representative for the Computer & Communications Industry Association and a former ICANN official. “If the U.S. was to try and maintain the master key, it would have been more likely to result in the fragmentation of the Internet,” because other countries could claim a similar role.



If the agency hadn’t relinquished its oversight, the ITU could continue to argue that ICANN functioned as a pawn for the U.S. government, said former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), who oversaw the Energy and Commerce subcommittee with jurisdiction over ICANN. “This will reduce the level of global controversy.”
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