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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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Clayton, NC Pastor Speaks Out About Discriminatory 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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Right-Wing Pundits Rail Against Gay Military Leaders

During his remarks at the Pentagon’s celebration of LGBT Pride Month on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor, who has served in the Army for 27 years, introduced his husband to attendees. Predictably, Taylor’s remarks and other speeches by LGBT service members did not go over well with the far-right, including talk show host Michael Savage, who on Tuesday blasted the Pride event and even managed to draw a connection to ISIS.

“So this is the world we’re living in,” Savage sighed. “This is what Obama has done to America, this is what he has done to the military. A man, a general now, introduces his husband at an event like this. Do you have any idea why ISIS is insane as they are? Do you have any idea that you are looking at two sides of a coin here? You see a ninth-century view of the world from a point of view of ISIS, and you see a view of the world that is so warped and so accepted in America as the norm, that most people’s heads are spinning around the world not understanding how a super power became a ‘stupid power’ in one generation.”

Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy In Media was similarly enraged, taking to BarbWire to castigate “Obama’s Orwellian Armed Forces”:

Indeed, the “wife” or “husband” of a top U.S. general was on display during the Pentagon gay pride ceremony on Tuesday, as reported by Rowan Scarborough of The Washington Times. He noted that Brigadier General Randy S. Taylor introduced his husband, Lucas, at a Pentagon event on Tuesday. Another top Pentagon official, Air Force General Counsel Gordon O. Tanner, also has a husband.

In Obama’s Orwellian Armed Forces, two men make a marriage, even if one takes the title of “wife” and the other “husband.” Or, perhaps, both are husbands. Who knows? I may have to consult the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association for the latest instructions on the correct terminology.



It appears that over the past several years, Obama has been acting as a seamstress, weaving things into the fabric of America that didn’t exist until he took office.

Left behind in the wake of this exercise in building a new nation are the remnants of the old America—traditional values, a strong military, and a constitutional system based on free enterprise and limited government.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reacted to the event by asking members of his group to pray for the “good soldiers” who, he says, are facing discrimination because the Obama administration is “catering to” gay service members:

Back during the congressional debate over DADT, the military's service chiefs were promised that the Equal Opportunity guidelines would not change -- which, like many other assurances, has turned out to be a bold-faced lie that greased the wheels of repeal. As we've witnessed in the four years since, once the camel's nose was under the tent, the dominos started to fall. Under an affirmative action-type system, what troops do in the bedroom will transcend what they do in battle when it comes to key personnel decisions. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that the military will start catering to gays, lesbians, and transgenders at the expense of good soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. As they have with every incremental change, activists will leverage this new standing as a way to demand access and force affirmation.



Faith and military service have been an inseparable piece of the American fabric for centuries. And to watch that fabric unravel at the hands of a radical few is painful -- but not irreparable. Courage, the same kind that led the great men and women of this country to put on their uniform, is needed more now than ever. Pray for our troops -- not only that they would have the fortitude to fight the enemies abroad, but the agenda within. (emphasis added)

WorldNetDaily, a far-right outlet, spoke about the event with conservative writer Paul Kengor, who said that it denigrated religion and lamented that same-sex relationships are no longer subject to discrimination in the military:

He told WND: “What you’re seeing here is the Left’s and Obama’s fundamental transformation of the military. This is the cultural revolution and long march through America’s most cherished institutions that the radical left, particularly the cultural Marxists, have long sought. This is a takedown.

“They were very shrewd. They understood that once you captured culture via education, media, and Hollywood, the rest would fall in due course. And as Americans become increasingly secular and individualistic and relativistic, they’ve been fairly easy prey. The left took the public schools, the universities, media and social media, Hollywood, and now the Boy Scouts and even the military.”

As evidence of this deliberate campaign, Kengor cited the media’s celebration of Bruce Jenner’s transformation to “Caitlyn” and the recent spate of television shows targeted at children and young people celebrating transgenders.

Kengor observes: “I must say that I’m tempted to congratulate them. They’ve worked long and hard and patiently at this. Unfortunately, it’s just such a shame because they’re ruining what was once a great country. The left laughed at Ronald Reagan’s description of America as a Shining City Upon a Hill. Well, they can take comfort in the fact that it ain’t no Shining City no more.”

Kengor believes military culture is simply following the same cultural trends as the rest of society. He notes homosexuality and other sexually deviant behavior was once seen as a reason to deny a security clearance. However, as public morality has shifted, Kengor argues it is impossible to expect the military to remain permanently aloof from society.

“As for military men openly acknowledging gay ‘husbands’ – hey, why not? Once upon a time in America, such a spousal arrangement would have been a huge security risk inviting instant possibility of blackmail,” he said.

“But that’s no longer the case in a culture and country where behavior like this is celebrated as a joyous expression of liberation and self-expression. In the new fundamentally transformed America, these two soldiers are no longer security risks; they’re cultural icons. They’re the new heroes. They are the new G.I. Joes.”

Kengor warns Americans the new sexually progressive military is unlikely to produce the kinds of legendary military heroes prior generations of Americans once idolized. Indeed, Kengor says many heroic Americans would find no place in the armed services of today.

“I guess I’ll be the one to ask the politically incorrect but obvious question: What would George Patton think of this? Of course, we all know that he was a mere hate-filled homophobe whose abiding anti-marriage-equality bigotry should have forever disqualified him from disserving our military.”

More importantly, said Kengor, the transformation of the military into a pro-homosexual and pro-transgender force is only a step toward what he sees as the left’s final goal of driving religion entirely out of public life.

“Marriage is within their grasp. What’s next? The greatest foe of all: God and religion. A victory there would be the secular left’s ideological apotheosis.” (emphasis added)

Ann Coulter's 'Adios America': The GOP's Immigration Policy Unplugged

In her new book “Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” Ann Coulter works tirelessly to hand-pick the perfect “immigrant gone wrong” stories to convince us to deport them all. Coulter, an immigration reform opponent who hopes the government will “round up and deport 11 million illegals,” argues that “the only thing that stands between America and oblivion is a total immigration moratorium.”

Claiming that Democrats only support immigrant rights to get more votes, Coulter tells Republicans that “there is simply no reason for [them] to legalize 30 million people who will vote 8-2 against them.” This book, endorsed by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Phyllis Schlafly, and Roy Beck of the anti-immigrant group Numbers USA, proves to be one of Coulter’s most outlandish works yet.

Coulter starts us off with sound advice regarding the type of immigrants we should and should not be letting in to America. According to Coulter, America needs to draft immigrants like the New England Patriots draft players. “No one guilts them into taking a blind kid with one leg over an All American – much less the blind kid’s cousin,” she quips. Because we are in a “sellers’ market,” Coulter urges the Land of the Free to turn away “immigrants’ elderly relatives arriving in wheelchairs,” as well as “cripples, illiterates, and the desperately poor.”

“Earlier immigrants proved their heartiness by vomiting all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to get here,” she asserts, implying that those who risk life and limb to enter into the U.S. today simply don’t cut it. And in case you were confused, “America is not a ‘nation of immigrants,’ it is not an ‘idea,' it was never ‘diverse,’ and ‘diversity’ is a catastrophe.” And, she says, America is white: “Without the white settlers, what is known as 'America' would still be an unnamed continent full of migratory tribes chasing the rear end of a buffalo every time their stomachs growled.”

Moreover, America was virtually perfect before the arrival of “brown people,” Coulter informs us. And no, she is not referring to African Americans who, just in case you were murky on your history, were “freed by Republicans, then discriminated against for another century— mostly by Democrats— until Republicans finally got the Democrats to stop.” Instead, Coulter is referring to Latin American and Asian immigrants, who “don’t get to piggyback on the black experience in America.”

“What’s going to happen when a mostly white senior population is being supported by a mostly brown younger population,” Coulter wonders, before asserting that “despite a hegemonic propaganda campaign about all cultures being equal, they aren’t.” She continues that “there’s nothing good about diversity, other than the food, and we don’t need 128 million Mexicans for the restaurants.”

And when it comes to Somalis, “even Somalia doesn’t want Somalis,” so why should we?

Coulter presents cold, hard facts to back up her claims, especially her argument that immigrants are inherently violent. “Ninety percent of the names on the U.S. Marshals’ list of most wanted criminals would not have been recognizable as names fifty years ago,” she claims. And, moreover, “the dream of many 'Dreamers' is to rob, assault, and murder Americans.”

“When it comes to multiculturalism,” Coulter warns, “you can’t say, We love the empanadas— but we don’t want forty-year-old men raping their nieces. You don’t get to choose. This is not a buffet.”  And just so everyone is clear, “gang rape, child rape, elder rape, and murder rape are highly correlated with specific ethnic groups— ethnic groups we are bringing to America by the busload.”

What about white rapists? They simply do not exist, writes Coulter. This is because “white, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon America” is alone in the world as a haven for minorities, women, children, plants, and animals. None have fared so well in any other culture.” America, a nation that has apparently been “taking rape seriously since the first settlers arrived,” is chock-full of “neurotic” women and journalists who cook up “false accusations of rape against American white men.” In fact, “under the diversity regime, everyone gets special rights and privileges, except white men.”

“You can’t make a governing Democratic coalition without breaking a few girls,” Coulter remarks.

Because of all this, Coulter advises Republicans to quit trying to appeal to black and Latino voters and just stick to recruiting white voters by stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment. Or, as she puts it, Republicans “should be unapologetically opposing the transformation of America into a Third World country.”

Coulter’s “advice” for Republicans seems to be resonating in a party that recently quashed an immigration reform bill making its way through Congress. Years after the GOP released an “autopsy” report urging Republicans to “embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform” in a way that “takes into consideration the unique perspective if the Hispanic community,” Republican leaders now seem to be coming around to Coulter’s perspective that immigration reform is bad for the country and that Republicans should campaign on their anti-immigrant stances rather than trying to broaden the party’s appeal beyond its traditional base.

“When Republicans ignore white voters, they lose. When they ignore minorities and drive up the white vote, they win,” Coulter asserts.

Coulter isn’t screaming into a void: it appears that many right-wing presidential hopefuls are following suit. 

Coulter, who credits white nationalist Peter Brimelow for her anti-immigrant politics, praises the hardline “self-deportation” platform that Mitt Romney embraced in his 2012 presidential bid. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently told Glenn Beck that he seeks to reduce legal immigration levels, while Rick Santorum has boasted that he has tried to lower legal immigration rates for years and chastises the Democratic Party for “selling their souls” by backing immigration reform. These candidates have cynically touted their anti-immigrant streaks as a way to attract white working class voters, just as Coulter recommends.

The Republican Party seems determined to confront the shifting demographics of the American electorate not by changing their policies, but by attempting to change the demographics. It says a lot that it’s Ann Coulter who is leading the charge.

Ben Carson: Iowa Housing Discrimination Settlement Shows America Is Becoming Communist

Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson is up in arms about a recent agreement between the city of Dubuque and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to fix what HUD said was a racially discriminatory system for the way the city distributed federally funded housing vouchers and has been asking the GOP presidential candidates who come on his show to comment on it.

Last week, Mike Huckabee told Mickelson that the agreement, in which Dubuque has agreed not to discriminate in housing vouchers against people moving to the area from predominantly African American areas like Chicago and Milwaukee, amounted to “redistributing poverty.”

In an interview yesterday, Ben Carson also addressed the Dubuque agreement, saying it was reminiscent of “communist countries.”

When Mickelson told him that the agreement means that “people in Eastern Iowa, for instance, have to recruit from Chicago their poverty-afflicted individuals to bring them to Iowa in order to qualify for Section 8 housing,” Carson was aghast.

“Right, this is just an example of what happens when we allow the government to infiltrate every part of our lives,” he said. “This is what you see in communist countries where they have so many regulations encircling every aspect of your life that if you don’t agree with them, all they have to do is pull the noose. And this is what we’ve got now. Every month, dozens of regulations — business, industry, academia, every aspect of our lives — so that they can control you.

“And this is exactly what Thomas Jefferson predicted. He said the people would become lackadaisical, they would not be vigilant, the government would grow, it will infiltrate every part of their lives, it will take over. But just before, just before we become another type of government, the people will wake up. I’m hoping that t

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