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PFAW Statement on Confirmation of Judge Dale Drozd

Inching Forward is Not Enough: The GOP Must End its Relentless Obstruction of Judicial Nominees

WASHINGTON – Today Judge Dale Drozd was confirmed by the Senate to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of California. Drozd was voted out of committee with overwhelming bipartisan support four months ago, but only today did the Senate GOP leadership end their needless obstruction of his confirmation. He was only the seventh judge confirmed this year, an inexcusably small number.

People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker released the following statement:

We congratulate Judge Drozd, a highly qualified nominee, on his long overdue confirmation today. But inching forward on the critical task of judicial confirmations is not enough. That a vacant seat classified as a judicial emergency sat open for so long while Republican leadership dragged their feet is an insult to all the Americans waiting for their day in court.

Despite a judicial vacancy crisis and a plethora of highly qualified nominees, the Republican led-Senate has scheduled votes on a total of seven judges this Congress. This is the slowest rate of judicial confirmations since the 1950s, when there were far fewer vacancies to fill. The GOP needs to stop putting politics above the basic functioning of our judicial system.

People For the American Way has a new edit memo detailing the latest information on judicial nominations, including:

  • Comparisons between today’s rate of judicial confirmations and the rate during the last two years of George W. Bush’s presidency, when Democrats controlled the Senate.
  • Comparisons between today’s number of judicial vacancies and judicial emergencies and those during Bush’s last two years.
  • Information on some of the many examples of how Republicans are blocking confirmation votes on qualified nominees.

PFAW Executive Vice President Marge Baker and PFAW Senior Legislative Counsel Paul Gordon are available to speak with the press. To arrange an interview, please contact Layne Amerikaner at media@pfaw.org.

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Michael Savage Assumed UCC Shooter Was A Muslim

Right-wing radio host Michael Savage suggested last week that the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon was a plot by President Obama to distract the public from the Syrian Civil War.

Savage also claimed that the community college shooter was almost certainly a Muslim, possibly tied to Al Qaeda and ISIS, but that the media would refuse to report such facts. He cited the fact that one of the Americans who thwarted a potential terrorist attack on a train in France hailed from the town in Oregon where the shooting took place as evidence that the shooter was likely a radical Islamist seeking revenge. 

Of course, the deceased shooter was not a Muslim and actually identified as “not religious but spiritual” on his Spiritual Passions dating account, and seemed to have interest in the occult and white supremacy.

CNN reported that the shooter left writings which indicate that he “studied past mass shootings and identified with the perpetrators of those rampages. The shooter also expressed frustration at not having a girlfriend and being a virgin, the law enforcement officials say.”

Right-Wing Pundits Blame School Shooting On Liberals, Feminists

WorldNetDaily columnist Carl Jackson knows who is really to blame for the Umpqua Community College shooting: Liberals.

As Jackson put it, liberals who back the separation of church and state should be held responsible for the shooting because they prevented schools from teaching students how to pray to God:

It didn’t take long for President Obama to blame the object – a gun – used by the murderer of the Umpqua Community College massacre in Roseburg, Oregon, rather than the murderer himself. Nor did he mention the fact that the victims were shot execution style in the head as they confessed their Christian faith to the murderer one at a time, when asked at gunpoint. If leftists were as adamant about keeping God in schools, as they are about keeping guns off school campuses, I believe we’d have fewer mass shootings.

Without the God of the Bible, morals are relative. The victims of the murderer, which happened to be Christian, valued life. The murderer, obviously, did not. We can continue to pretend, and get nowhere, that pieces of metal are responsible when acts of evil like this occur, or we can choose to address the real issue: the lack of eternal consequences taught to our kids today. If a person grows up believing he’ll be punished in this life, and the one to come, by committing such a heinous crime, do you think he’d be more or less likely to murder someone? This is such an important and obvious question. Unfortunately, the left refuses to ask it. As a result, we have a generation of kids that don’t understand cause and effect. If God isn’t talked about in our schools, why should we act surprised when students act like it?

Leftists want to blame guns and extremists whenever these atrocities repeat themselves. However, it is unchecked evil that’s to blame – evil often brought on by the left’s pursuit of a completely secular America. The truth is, if the left valued life as they claim, they’d place more gun-toting, Black Lives Matter hated cops on campuses to protect our kids from harm. Perhaps they’d even consider abiding by the Second Amendment and allow the good guys to conceal their guns. You don’t stop evil by banning guns! You stop evil by killing evil people! The left can’t understand this. Without God as a source of objective truth, how could they?

But Jackson’s rant about how church-state separation contributes to school shootings pales in comparison to that of Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos, who said that feminists should be held responsible for suppressing men’s need “to shoot things.”

Masculinity isn’t fragile, as a spiteful, sociopathic feminist Twitter hashtag recently claimed. But — and here’s where some man-hating feminists almost get it right — it is powerful, and exciting, and it does have a flip-side if not properly respected. At its best, male competitiveness is the driving force behind most of society’s progress. We would be nowhere without the patriarchy, from the internet and space travel to the road under your feet and the roof on your house. The same thing that drives mass shooters inspires courage, too.

That doesn’t mean masculinity is “toxic.” What’s toxic is society’s attitudes towards men. Masculinity only becomes “toxic” when it is beaten down and suppressed and when men are told that what and who they are is defective. It becomes toxic when young boys are drugged in school because they don’t conform to feminine standards of behaviour.

What’s worse is that the media ridicules, criticises, punishes and demonises masculinity, then uses the product of its own hatred to justify more man-hating, in a Kafkaesque cycle of progressive insanity that has only one, inevitable consequence: more innocent dead people.

Progressives don’t see the irony in going after “straight white men.” But they are hypocritical bigots, hounding people for gender, skin colour and sexuality and saying that essential male characteristics are wrong. Men must be allowed to compete. To fight. To shoot things. Today’s man-punishing, feminised culture is creating killers by suppressing these urges. We have to stop it.

The confusion and alienation that so many young men feel today drives some to drop out of society completely and to retreat into pornography and video games. But others — the less stable, less supported, less able to cope with their natures — become progressively more angry until they explode in rage and pain.

Who Really Won At Values Voter Summit (It Was Me)

Last week, I, a progressive, attended Values Voter Summit. I was there to soak up the conservative vibes and better understand the far-right. I expected to leave with nothing more than a disconcerted feeling, having listened to people disparage gay and transgender people and degrade women’s health for two days. Instead, I left with what every college student wants most: a $25 Chipotle gift card.

Here’s what happened. It was Saturday and I was at the first breakout session of the afternoon, “The Silencing of Free Speech for Christians in the Media and in Education.” The session was a panel on Christian persecution, which according to panelists Dave Garrison of Ohio Christian University, Kate Obenshain of Fox News, and Kelly Shackelford of Liberty Institute, is sweeping the nation through things like gay rights and reproductive freedom.

Obenshain opened the session by calling for any students in the audience (whom she probably assumed were all from Liberty University, since the event was heavily attended by LU students) who knew the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. If anyone wanted to come to the front of the room and recite it, she said, they would be rewarded with a $25 gift card to Chipotle. Her challenge was met with silence. The group of LU students sitting at the front of the room apparently either did not know the Preamble to the Constitution that every speaker at the Summit had invoked, or were too nervous to stand in front of the crowd.

Obenshain asked again, and when she was met with silence again she said she would open the floor to any adults in the room.

It was at that moment that I thought, “Hey, I’m a student… I’ve known the Preamble since 7th grade… I like Chipotle…” and raised my hand. I was called to the front of the room and handed a microphone. Pausing after each clause (because I had memorized the Preamble by watching Schoolhouse Rock and needed to sing it in my head), I recited the Preamble. The crowd applauded, Shackelford shook my hand, and I was handed my reward. I hurried back to my seat, met on my way back with high fives from older men in the audience.

Not to sound ungrateful for free food, but I’ve often considered that, if I could do that day again, I might do a few things differently. In a perfect world, I would have identified myself, and let it sink in that the person in the room who knew the Constitution was a progressive college student there for an internship with a progressive organization.

All in all, at least after a weekend of homophobia, transphobia, and thinly veiled racism and misogyny, I got a good story… and four free burritos.

Michael Savage Suggests UCC Shooting Was An Obama Conspiracy To Distract From Syrian Civil War

Michael Savage has been cheering on Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, which has mostly targeted anti-regime rebels rather than ISIS forces, insisting that Russian involvement in the country’s civil war has terrified President Obama, whom Savage has accused of supporting ISIS.

After asking his listeners last week if they back Russian airstrikes in Syria, Savage implied that the shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon was an act arranged to distract the American public from the conflict in Syria.

“By the way, at the same time, right on schedule, ‘Sorry I can’t notice it, there is a shooting at an Oregon community college, 10 dead, right on schedule!” Savage shouted. “I’m sorry, I’m not generally given to conspiracy theories, but it seems to be a very convenient way to get Obama’s abject disastrous failures as a foreign policy moron off the headlines. Now we’re all focused on the deaths at a community college. I didn’t say that it was orchestrated by the government, but I’m starting to wonder: How do these things happen so conveniently for a failure like this? Where is Obama? What fundraiser is he at? Where is he hiding?”

White Nationalist Won't Let Frank Gaffney Throw Him Under The Bus That Easily

Last week, Frank Gaffney, an influential player in Republican politics despite his long record of promoting conspiracy theories and anti-Muslim sentiment, caused a stir when he invited well known white nationalist Jared Taylor onto his radio program to discuss efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in Europe and the U.S.

After the Southern Poverty Law Center, followed by Media Matters and Right Wing Watch, pointed out that Gaffney had lavished praise on a white nationalist activist, Gaffney wrote that he had simply wanted to discuss “a recent article” by Taylor and was “unfamiliar with Mr. Taylor’s views on other matters and did not discuss or endorse them.” He said that if he had known Taylor’s full history, he would not have invited him on the program, and then pulled the interview with Taylor from his website.

Now Taylor is fighting back, writing an open letter to Gaffney accusing him of caving to “lefty” organizations when “there has been no criticism of you from any conservative source.” He reminds Gaffney that “you were aware of some of my views, and found them insightful.”

Taylor notes that the article that Gaffney “admired” was very clear about his “basic views on race.” Indeed, Taylor’s article, “Is This the Death of Europe?,” begins with a quote from “The Camp of Saints,” a book that the SPLC notes “is revered by American white supremacists”; in the first paragraph, he warns that “a million wretched, brown-skinned people” wanting to “feed on the wealthy white West” will eventually ensure that “Europe is snuffed out”; and so on from there.

From Taylor’s open letter to Gaffney:

Mr. Gaffney, these people are not your friends. They hate you. They want to silence you and drive you out of respectable society. Why do you let them decide whom you may invite on your program? Why do you let them set the bounds of legitimate discussion? This is the great and perhaps fatal weakness of “conservatives”–to have conceded some strange moral power to people who hate them.

The statement on your website says you weren’t aware of all of my views when you invited me on your program, and that you now find you disagree with some of them. I believe you. But you were aware of some of my views, and found them insightful. I’m sure you don’t insist on complete agreement with all your guests. Why does disagreeing with me on some matters make me a pariah? Because the SPLC says so?

Removing our interview from your website does not mean it never happened. We will be posting a transcript shortly. What is much more dismaying is what removing the interview says about you. If you wanted to make a record of our disagreements, the manly thing would be to invite me back on your program and explain to me why I am wrong.

To your credit, you did call me personally to tell me that you were taking down the interview. I salute you for that. But your reasons made no sense. You said you were opposed to all forms for supremacy: white, black, or Hispanic. I tried to explain that wanting to live in a majority-white society is no more “supremacist” than Japanese wanting to live in a majority-Japanese society or Israelis wanting to live in a majority-Jewish society. In fact, my basic views on race should have been clear in the article “ Is This the Death of Europe?” that you admired.

It is a great pity that your name and mine have been linked in yet another success by people who despise you–and me–to stamp out the public exchange of views they don’t like. You care deeply about the preservation of certain values; so do I. But we must never trim our sails for fear of what our detractors might say. We will never succeed if we let our enemies set the boundaries of how we should act.

Chuck Missler: Homosexuality Proves That America Is Doomed

During televangelist Jim Bakker’s September “Prophetic Conference,” pastor Chuck Missler said that there is little to no hope that America can avoid God’s judgment, insisting that the U.S. is already experiencing divine wrath. “It’s going to get darker and darker and darker,” he said.

Missler lamented that hate crime laws have supposedly criminalized the freedom of speech while members of the media are somehow not in jail for treason: “We have a media that is the lapdog of the government. The purpose of the media in a democracy is to inform the electorate; we have a media that takes pride in shaping opinions rather than informing them and that should be a crime and they should be tried for treason in effect because that’s their job.”

Increasing acceptance of homosexuality, Missler said, is a sign that “there is a judgment of God prevailing and it’s going to increase,” in addition to the fact that “the people who are trying to destroy America have taken over.”

Ben Carson Cites Fake Thomas Jefferson Quote To Argue That Gun Control Is 'Ridiculous'

Ben Carson reacted to the shooting of ten people at an Oregon community college last week by warning that it would be used as “an excuse to grab people’s guns.”

“My thinking is that we’re not going to use that as an excuse to take people’s guns, that’s ridiculous, guns don’t kill people,” Carson told Iowa conservative radio host Jan Mickelson on Friday.

Carson also falsely claimed that the shooter targeted the college because it was “a gun-free zone.” The school was in fact not a gun-free zone and several students on campus were concealed carrying at the time of the shooting.

Later in the interview, Carson cited a fake Thomas Jefferson quote to claim that gun regulations don’t work:

The people who want to get rid of our gun rights, I want them to tell me how exactly that stops these kinds of incidents from happening. Because the people who are going to commit these crimes, they don’t care about your silly rules, they’re not going to pay attention to them. So all you’re going to do is create more vulnerability, as Thomas Jefferson said. He said the people who are going to be disadvantaged are the ones who are law-abiding.

The passage to which Carson seems to be referring was actually written by am 18th century Italian philosopher ; Jefferson transcribed the passage in a notebook, and historians disagree on what his thoughts on it were.

Jim Bakker: My Black Underwear Signals God's Wrath On America

Last month, televangelist Jim Bakker predicted that September would see a financial meltdown, several natural disasters and some horrible event involving Pope Francis’ trip to America. He backed up his predictions by citing the work of Jonathan Cahn, who had brought his own September doomsday prophecy to Bakker’s program and others, including Glenn Beck’s and Pat Robertson’s.

During one of his September shows, Bakker pointed to another signal that something terrible would occur that month: God had told him to dress all in black, right down to his underwear.

“I went to get dressed and I pray about what I wear, I really do, I know I look stupid sometimes, but the last time God told me to wear a color was red, and what happened that day? The stock market crashed,” Bakker said. “Today, God said, ‘I want you to wear all black.’ Even my shoes are black. My underwear is black. My socks are black.”

When Bakker’s wife and co-host, Lori, complained such details were “TMI,” Bakker disagreed: “No, it is not too much information because when God says, ‘Get the sin out,’ He meant, ‘Get the sin out.’ When you take over your enemy, you are to destroy every part of the enemy. I am in mourning because people aren’t ready.”

Jonathan Cahn: Hurricane Joaquin May Hit DC As Punishment For Gay Marriage

It looks like Jonathan Cahn has blown another prophecy.

Over the weekend, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins interviewed Cahn about his recent speech at the FRC-hosted Values Voter Summit. Cahn, who gained Religious Right fame after predicting, unsuccessfully, that last month would be a period of chaos and turmoil, possibly culminating in a massive financial collapse or natural disaster, now says that his September doomsday prophecy actually extends all the way until September 2016

In his interview with Perkins, Cahn pointed to Hurricane Joaquin as a sign of God’s wrath for America’s legalization of gay marriage, legal abortion and the United Nation’s treatment of Israel, suggesting that the hurricane would strike Washington, D.C., because that’s “where the leadership is.”

However, he was careful to hedge his bets, saying that his point stands “whatever happens, whether it peters out or not.”

He said that the name Joaquin is based on the name of the evil king Jehoiakim, and could be a sign that God knows that American leaders have “crossed a gigantic line” and “overruled the word of God massively” when they “legalized the killing of the unborn in 1973 and now we have the striking down of marriage.” Cahn said that the White House’s decision to celebrate LGBT pride month with rainbow lights was another “act of desecration” that will “provoke judgment.”

Perkins agreed, saying that while “those on the left like to mock these things,” American leaders throughout history have viewed hurricanes as signs that “God is trying to send us a message.”

In the end, Hurricane Joaquin did not hit Washington D.C.

Ann Corcoran Warns Obama Wants To 'Diversify Every Town In America'

Ann Corcoran, the head of Refugee Resettlement Watch and the leading voice against efforts to settle refugees in the United States, warned last month that President Obama is using Syrian refugees as part of his plot to “diversify every town in America” as he goes about “changing America by changing the people, literally.”

Corcoran, who has previously warned that refugee resettlement is being used to “rub diversity in the noses of conservative communities” and push “the whole multicultural meme,” told the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney on his “Secure Freedom Radio” program, “There’s going to be a demographic examination of your town to see how diverse you are, and you will be rewarded if you’re sufficiently diverse and you will be not rewarded with government grants and so on and so forth if you’re insufficient in the diversity area. It is really, he is changing America by changing the people, literally.”

Gaffney shared Corcoran’s concerns, saying that Obama “was about the fundamental transformation of America, and a key element of that strategy, it certainly seems, through the refugee resettlement and other techniques … has been to change the population, change the demographics of our society.”

Gaffney then asked Corcoran to respond to “a working hypothesis of mine” that refugees are being resettled in places where the Obama administration wants to change the political “representation.”

Corcoran agreed that “it seems to me that they’re targeting districts that have been traditionally red districts or red states,” like Texas and her “very conservative, very insular community” in Maryland that “would have been the last place on earth you would think would be the best place to bring a bunch of third-world refugees.”

Last week, Gaffney invited prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor onto his program to discuss refugee resettlement, though he later said he was unaware of Taylor’s views and pulled the interview from his website.

Mike Huckabee: Boycott Rainbow Doritos! But Chick-Fil-A Boycott Was 'Economic Terrorism'

Back in 2012, Mike Huckabee came to Chick-fil-A’s defense after the restaurant chain faced criticism for its founder’s anti-gay statements and for donations the company’s foundation had made to anti-gay groups. Huckabee organized a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” in an attempt to block what he described as “economic terrorism” targeting the company. On his Fox News show, he said he would never call for a boycott of Starbucks, Apple or Amazon even though he disagrees with their leaders’ politics.

Huckabee, however, seems to have changed his tune on culture-war boycotts. Time reports that Huckabee has “called on Christians to boycott all snacks made by” Frito Lay after it released limited edition Rainbow Doritos to benefit the anti-bullying It Gets Better Project. Huckabee had demanded that the group apologize and cut its ties with Dan Savage, who founded the anti-bullying group.

The GOP presidential candidate’s anti-Frito Lay campaign reportedly came at the behest of David Lane, a Republican organizer who has linked gays to everything from car bombs to America’s looming destruction and who bizarrely suggests that the creation of Rainbow Doritos could destroy America and curtail religious freedom.

When it became clear that Frito-Lay would not back down, Huckabee and Lane called on Christians to boycott all snacks made by the company in order to protest the perceived connection to Savage, whom they call an “anti-Christian bully.” In a letter to over 100,000 pastors, Lane wrote that “tolerance for Frito-Lay’s brazen corporate support of hate speech by Dan Savage— that were it directed toward Muslim’s, would warrant a Justice Department investigation and prosecution— is chipping away at the very character and soul of the American experience.”



Savage is no longer actively affiliated with the It Gets Better Project, but he did start the idea of It Gets Better, a series of videos by prominent people assuring LGBT youth that if they’re being bullied, it won’t last forever. The idea is to comfort LGBT teens who may be contemplating suicide because of bullying or isolation. “Its hilarious to read that ‘we’re gonna boycott Doritos,’” Savage says. “Michelle Obama’s probably going to call to thank me for getting so many right wing nuts to give up snacks. Maybe they’ll be a little thinner.”



Savage says the backlash to the LGBT Doritos is a perfect analogy for a general attitude towards gay rights. “I don’t see how a gay bag of chips limits anyone else’s religious freedom,” he says. “You don’t have a right to live in a world without bags of gay chips, and it doesn’t infringe on anyone’s private beliefs of practices if there’s a bag of gay chips out there.

Lane disagrees. “He’s promoting an agenda that we believe will collapse America,” Lane says. “Homosexuals used to have a libertarian position: ‘let me do what we do in the privacy of my own home.’ They’ve moved into a totalitarian position: ‘you’re going to participate in our weddings, or we’re going to bankrupt you.’ The next step is fascism: ‘you’re going to cheer at our weddings, or we’re going to put you in jail.”

Religious Right Groups: 'Disregard Obergefell' Because Minority Found It Unconstitutional

In a column published last week, the former head of the Alabama Baptist State Convention and the president of Alabama Eagle Forum pressed the Alabama Supreme Court to declare that the Obergefell decision on marriage equality will not take effect in Alabama.

Southern Baptist leader Dr. John H. Killian and Eagle Forum’s Eunie Smith demanded that the state body take up a case filed by Liberty Counsel, the same group representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, asking the court to “disregard the Obergefell opinion which four members of the United States Supreme Court said was completely unconstitutional.” They also urged the court to hear from two probate judges who, like Davis, refuse to issue marriage licenses.

“Alabamians elected justices to the Alabama Supreme Court with confidence that they would judge rightly in the fear of God, in step with the Constitution of the United States and the Alabama Constitution, and representative of the traditional values that Alabamians cherish,” the pair write. “We anxiously await their decision. Duty to God, the preservation of our constitutional republic, and the future of families and children require no less than a prompt and resolute decision in this case.”

Obergefell will be a catalyst for the further deterioration of the family, religious liberty, and the values and principles that have made America great. Massive litigation fees will be incurred as Christians in Alabama stand firm on their convictions in businesses, churches, and in the public square. Judicial activism following Obergefell will only intensify as the sentiments of men and women – no matter how "supreme" – are allowed to trump the rule of law found in the plain text of the Constitution and the "law of Nature and of Nature's God."

In March, the Alabama Supreme Court exhibited a remarkable understanding of these issues when they issued a permanent injunction that halted same-sex marriage in this state. Liberty Counsel – with a brief filed on behalf of Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program - has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to affirm its injunction and disregard the Obergefell opinion which four members of the United States Supreme Court said was completely unconstitutional.

That request has been pending in the Alabama Supreme Court for nearly three months.

Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams and Probate Judge John Enslen of Elmore County, have asked for an "Emergency" Petition and a "Protective Order" to protect their sincerely held beliefs in light of the prosecution of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis.

So far those petitions also remain unanswered.

Alabamians elected justices to the Alabama Supreme Court with confidence that they would judge rightly in the fear of God, in step with the Constitution of the United States and the Alabama Constitution, and representative of the traditional values that Alabamians cherish. We anxiously await their decision.

Duty to God, the preservation of our constitutional republic, and the future of families and children require no less than a prompt and resolute decision in this case. The Alabama Supreme Court should act immediately to protect the sincerely held religious beliefs of our citizens and the sanctity of the institution of marriage – as adopted by 81% of Alabama voters. They should not leave the citizens of Alabama to wonder, "Where is the Supreme Court of Alabama?"

Frank Pavone: Support For Planned Parenthood Would Be Lower If Pollsters Just Lied

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, who has described himself as “close to” the Center for Medical Progress’ smear of Planned Parenthood, argued this week that public support for Planned Parenthood has been inflated because pollsters aren’t lying to poll respondents about the nature of the organization’s federal funding.

In an interview on Ave Maria Radio on Wednesday, Pavone reacted to a Pew poll finding that 60 percent of Americans support federal funding to the women’s health provider by saying that surveys should instead ask, “Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in the country, do you believe your taxpayer money should fund those abortions?”

The reason pollsters don’t ask the question that way may be because, under federal law, no federal funding goes to the organization’s abortion services except in very limited cases.

Pavone also insisted that “much of the American public does not even realize that Planned Parenthood does abortions” because “they cleverly hide it in the very title of the organization. ‘Planned Parenthood’ sounds something like you’re in favor of parenthood, not that you’re in favor of snuffing it out.”

Pavone also reasoned that Planned Parenthood must not be interested in providing health care to low-income people because if it, was it wouldn’t attract campaigns to defund it, or something:

If you, Planned Parenthood, really believe that, if you believe that you are so necessary to provide so many good things to people that otherwise wouldn’t have them, then why do you act so irresponsibly doing this immoral things that most of the public rejects, doing potentially illegal things that you’re now being investigated for? If you really consider yourself to be such an important part of society’s service to people, clean up your act! If you think that if you close your doors, all these people are going to be out of services, then shouldn’t you be more careful that the government doesn’t have to come in and close your doors? Stop the immoral and illegal activity!

'The National Association For The Abortion Of Colored People': Values Voter Summit And The Right's Reaction To The NAACP

Ryan Bomberger, founder of the anti-choice group Radiance Foundation, attended Values Voter Summit last week to talk about his vehement opposition to the NAACP because of its support for reproductive rights. Bomberger is not new to Values Voter Summit or to inflammatory language regarding the NAACP; he spoke about the same issue at the Values Voter Summit in 2013. 

At this year’s summit, Bomberger participated in a panel moderated by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins with anti- abortion activist Lila Rose and South Carolina teen Roy Costner, who became a right-wing hero after reading the Lord’s Prayer at his valedictorian speech. Perkins introduced Bomberger, who is featured in Perkins’ new book “No Fear,” by giving a brief summary of his “extraordinary work” inspired by God: “Ryan and his wife, they took on the NAACP,” who were “targeting African-American babies and promoting abortion in [black] communities.”

Bomberger recalled a dispute he had with the NAACP after he condemned “their radical pro-abortion actions,” going so far as to call them the “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People” in an article. The audience broke into whistles and applause when Bomberger detailed how he didn’t let the NAACP “silence” him when they sued him for trademark infringement for his article, which Bomberger characterizes as the NAACP not “recognize[ing] free speech as a civil right.”

Attacks on the NAACP from the right are nothing new. Alveda King has made similar accusations of the NAACP targeting black communities for abortion, calling the instances of abortions of black babies “genocide.” The NAACP has faced continuous attacks for its support of gay rights: Matt Barber called their resolution to support marriage equality “offensive,” and the Coalition of African American Pastors, a group linked to the National Organization for Marriage, asserted that Martin Luther King Jr. would have wanted them to denounce gay rights, a claim not exclusive to that group. Conservative talk show host Dennis Prager has accused the NAACP of “incit[ing] hatred of America generally and white America specifically.” A column in WorldNetDaily referred to the NAACP as one of Obama’s “SS stormtroopers.” Other right-wing activists have called the group “treasonous” and a “joke.”

Paranoia-Rama: Another Bachmann Prophecy, NASA's Leftist Martian Plot And The UN-Caliphate

While we are disappointed that the many prophecies about a financial crash or a natural disaster hitting the U.S. in September were pretty much a bust, right-wing commentators have new predictions about America’s future, this time involving Mars, Pope Francis and the United Nations.

Mark Crutcher: CBC 'Sold Their Souls To The Devil' By Supporting Planned Parenthood

Mark Crutcher, the Texas anti-choice activist who inspired David Daleiden’s attack on Planned Parenthood , has recently turned much of his attention to arguing that legal abortion is the equivalent of “black genocide.” Crutcher brought his case to VCY America’s “Crosstalk” earlier this week, where he declared that African-American groups that support reproductive rights have “sold their souls to the devil” and “sold their own community down the river.”

Crutcher attacked the Congressional Black Caucus for holding an event in support of Planned Parenthood, saying that it was no different than if they had come out to “celebrate the Ku Klux Klan or the American Nazi Party.” CBC members, he said, “have completely sold their souls to the devil and they have sold their own community down the river”:

For these people in the Black Congressional Caucus, who, by the way, have a long history of selling out the black community in a lot of areas, but this one in particular, for these people to come out here now and celebrate this organization would be absolutely no different than for them to come out and celebrate the Ku Klux Klan or the American Nazi Party. In reality, Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation and the rest of the American abortion industry has done far more to wipe out the black community than the Klan ever dreamed of.

Just to give you an example of that, in four days, the American abortion industry wipes out more black people than the Ku Klux Klan killed in 150 years, and they do that every four days. So these people that you’re talking about, these politicians that you’re talking about, have completely sold their souls to the devil and they have sold their own community down the river because it is politically expedient for them to do so.

Crutcher also took aim at Black Lives Matter protesters who have expressed support for Planned Parenthood, comparing them to freed slaves who “would go into business for themselves and they would buy slaves”:

They are ambitious people who know that their ambitions can only be satisfied by supporting the abortion lobby, the population control people, so they will sell their own people down the river in order to do that. …

During the days of slavery, there were incidences … where slaves would earn their freedom, be set free by some method or another by the person who was their slaveowner, and then those people would go into business for themselves and they would buy slaves. So you would have black, African-Americans who were former slaves who now owned slaves.

Richard Land 'Dismayed' By Trump’s Evangelical Support

Russell Moore, an influential evangelical leader who serves as the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s political arm, has not been shy about his disapproval of Donald Trump, even as Trump continues to lead polls of Republican-leaning evangelical voters. It turns out that Moore’s predecessor, Richard Land, has similar feelings about The Donald, telling a Christian radio program this week that he was “dismayed” by Trump’s “mystifying and somewhat depressing” popularity among evangelicals.

“I guess I would have to say that I’m somewhat dismayed that Donald Trump is doing as well as he is among evangelicals,” Land told South Carolina pastor Kevin Boling on his radio program on Tuesday. “I frankly take that as a failure on our part to adequately disciple our people. I mean, Donald Trump’s a showman, Donald Trump’s a master at manipulating the media, but when we have so many good candidates, from an evangelical perspective, why perhaps as many as one fifth of evangelicals are supporting Donald Trump, who among other things is in his third marriage, has acknowledged that he’s never really had anything that he’s needed to ask God for forgiveness for, I find mystifying and somewhat depressing.”

Land said the better choices for evangelicals would be Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.

Richard Land: Obama's Presidency 'Is A Direct Judgement Of God On America For Killing 57 Million Babies'

Richard Land, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s political arm who is now president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary, repeated his claim on Tuesday that Barack Obama’s presidency is “a direct judgment of God on America” for legal abortion.”

“In our society, there’s an idea abroad that unborn babies are not fully human beings and don’t deserve the protection of the law,” Land told South Carolina pastor and radio host Kevin Boling. “That’s resulted in 57 million babies being killed, it’s resulted in a rise in euthanasia and rationed health care to the elderly and a brutalization and devaluation of human life in the United States. And I believe it’s also brought about the judgment of God.

“You know, nobody ever talks about the fact that if you wantonly turn your back on God and you engage in horrific and barbaric activities, God’s going to judge you. I believe that Barack Obama being president of the United States is a direct judgment of God on America for killing 57 million babies.”

Land added that the only reasons “why God has not judged us more severely than he has” is that “we have blessed Israel” and that “in spite of all of our paganism in this country we still provide 90 percent of the manpower and 95 percent of the funding for the worldwide missionary effort of the Christian faith.”

Earlier in the conversation, Land disputed the right-wing conspiracy theory that President Obama is secretly a Muslim, saying that the president is “a very typical example of a 21st century mainline Protestant who has a very cafeteria approach to biblical truth”

He added, however that the president is “sympathetic to a lot of anti-American causes,” citing Dinesh D’Souza’s movie “America,” to claim that Obama has “an anti-colonial bent that he got from his father and he just thinks America is a bad influence in the world, and everything ought to be done to withdraw American influence and to have other influence.”

The Vatican Contradicts Liberty Counsel's Claims About Kim Davis' Meeting With Pope Francis

UPDATE: It turns out the only private meeting held at the venue was with one of Francis’ former students, who is gay, and his partner.

The Religious Right legal group Liberty Counsel boasted in a statement and at least two fundraising emails this week that their client, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, had a private meeting with Pope Francis during his recent visit to Washington and that the pope thanked Davis for her courage in denying marriage licenses to gay couples.

“Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we're doing and agreeing, you know, it kind of validates everything,” Davis said in an interview following the meeting.

While the pope did speak vaguely about the rights of conscientious objectors (a term that does not describe Davis), the Holy See — unlike Liberty Counsel — remained mum about the meeting.

But it seems that Davis’ lawyers attempt to paint Pope Francis as a Davis supporter has forced the Vatican to issue a statement claiming that the encounter between the pope and Davis has been greatly exaggerated, as she was one of dozens of people who met the pope only briefly at a stop in Washington, D.C.

Liberty Counsel has already had to retract claims that 100,000 Peruvians held a prayer rally for Davis and that the hosts of “The View” had threatened to kill the clerk.

Gerard O’Connell of the Catholic publication America writes that “a short but clear statement from the Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., ... effectively deflates and denies the widespread misinterpretation in much of the media about that encounter.”

At that same time, he said, Pope Francis also “met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City.”

He explained that “such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the pope’s characteristic kindness and availability.” But, he added, “the only real audience granted by the pope at the nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.”

Then, in the key passage of the statement, Lombardi clarified that “The pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.”

Father Thomas Rosica, who frequently assists Lombardi on matters relating to the Anglophone world, told reporters that there were “several dozens of people” in the Nunciature (the Holy See’s Embassy) for before the pope departed for New York. He said the pope would “have known little” about Mrs. Davis, apart from her name, and found it hard to give credence to Davis’s account that she had spent 15 minutes alone with the pope. There simply was not time, he said; the time was very limited and the people were scattered in small groups in different locations on the one floor of the building, and each had a very brief greeting with him, nothing more. Moreover, Rosica said, each of those present had been cleared by the U.S. Secret Service before entering the nunciature.

CBS News reports that a “ highly placed source inside the Vatican claims the Pope was blindsided” by the Davis meeting, adding that “[n]ot even Lombardi knew about it ahead of time, nor did the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which would have opposed it.”

“A close advisor to Pope Francis tweeted that the Pope was, in his words, ‘exploited’ by those who set up what the CBS 2 source says was a ‘meeting that never should have taken place,’” the report continued.

Reuters also spoke to a Vatican official who expressed a “sense of regret” about the meeting.

However, Davis’ lawyer and Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver is holding firm in his claim that the two had a much more meaningful encounter:

However, Davis' lawyer, Mat Staver, told The Associated Press that the Vatican initiated the meeting as an affirmation of her right to be conscientious objector.

"We wouldn't expect the pope to weigh in on the particulars of any case," Staver said Friday.

He said Vatican personnel initiated the meeting on Sept. 14, the day she returned to work, saying the pope wanted to meet her. He said Vatican security picked up her and her husband from their hotel and told her to change her hairdo so she wouldn't be recognized since the Vatican wanted the meeting kept secret.

Staver disputed a Vatican spokesman's claims that the pope only met Davis in a receiving line. He said the couple was in a separate room with Francis and Vatican personnel.

News of the meeting sent shockwaves through the U.S. church, with Davis' supporters saying it showed the pope backed her cause and opponents questioning whether the pope had been duped into meeting with her.

Initially the Vatican only reluctantly confirmed the meeting but offered no comment.

On Friday, Lombardi met with Francis and issued a fuller statement to "contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired." Francis has made clear he dislikes being used for political ends, and Lombardi's statement appeared intended to make clear that the encounter should in no way be exploited.



An assistant to Lombardi, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, said he believed the pope would have been given a list of names of the several dozen people who were invited to the embassy to bid farewell as he left Washington, but was unaware of the details of her case or any possible implications of the meeting.

"I don't think he knew the details, the full biographies of each person, except for the names of the people there," Rosica said.
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