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Donald Trump: Your Equine Posterior Achievement Award Winner

Ted Cruz 's Equine Posterior Achievement Award winning streak has come to an end, with Donald Trump taking a clear majority — 53.3% — this year, relegating Cruz to a distant second. People For the American Way’s Equine Posterior Achievement Award “honors” the politicians and pundits who reach new lows in right-wing extremism.

Trump proved that he truly deserved the award when he boasted recently that he was named “Man of the Year” by WorldNetDaily, the bizarre conspiracy site that thinks President Obama is a demonic leader bent on throwing Americans into FEMA camps.

The Republican presidential frontrunner has shown that he is not constrained by facts. He tweeted, and then defended his decision to tweet, fabricated, racist crime statistics that he said “came from sources that are very credible”. (In fact, they were from a neo-Nazi website.) He falsely claimed that “thousands and thousands” of Muslim-Americans in New Jersey celebrated on 9/11, which he said was unprovable simply because the media was conspiring to cover up footage of the celebrations. He absurdly claimed that the unemployment rate in the U.S. is at 42 percent. He alleged that the Obama administration plans to take in 250,000 Syrian refugees, which helped lead to his call for a blanket ban on all Muslims from entering the country. And, of course, he accused the Mexican government of sending rapists and murderers to the U.S.

As one libertarian writer put it, “Trump is proving himself to be a fabricator of colossal untruths and an expert liar.”

But Trump’s falsehoods are driving the media’s narrative of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Just see how Trump’s suggestion that Cruz may not be able to serve as president because of his Canadian birthplace led to several days of media coverage on the matter, even though experts roundly concur that the Texas senator is in fact eligible.

Trump’s use of paranoid politics, particularly warning that immigrants want to enter the U.S. to commit crimes and that terrorists are crossing the southern border in order to commit acts of terror has proven effective in the GOP primary. This may be because the Republican base has gotten used to years of politicians similarly suggesting that President Obama is an un-American — if not anti-American — leader who is letting immigrants “take” jobs from Americans and ignoring threats from radical Islamists.

When not focusing on the purported threats from the Obama administration, immigrants and Muslims, Trump knows what’s really important: fighting the War on Christmas.

Rick Wiles: U.S. Government Will Side With Terrorists In Coordinated Attack On America

After warning that America will soon be thrown into a third world war with Russia, End Times radio host Rick Wiles told televangelist Jim Bakker this week that the U.S. is about to be hit by a string of terrorist attacks with the backing of government officials.

Wiles recounted previous conversations he had with disgraced ex-FBI agent John Guandolo, who emerged as an anti-Muslim activist after leaving his position due to a sex scandal. Wiles warned that the day will come when all of the mosques in the U.S. will call on Muslims to “commit acts of terror” simultaneously, lamenting that there will be “certain elements of the U.S. government that will be on the side of the jihadists.”

The broadcast then turned to a message from evangelist Perry Stone, who alleged that ISIS has weapons warehouses in all 50 states and has set up “sleeper cells” in “Knoxville, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky and throughout the Southeast, including in the mountains of West Virginia.”

After Bakker asked Wiles why politicians “want to disarm America totally,” the End Times broadcaster said it was because “they are trying to overthrow the constitutional republic of the nation.”

Hillary Clinton Lays Out Her Vision For the Supreme Court

In an op-ed today in the Boston Globe, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes on what may be the biggest issue at stake in the 2016 election: the future of the US Supreme Court.

The court’s decisions have a profound impact on American families. In the past two decades alone, it effectively declared George W. Bush president, significantly weakened the Voting Rights Act, and opened the door to a flood of unaccountable money in our politics. It also made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, preserved the Affordable Care Act not once but twice, and ensured equal access to education for women.

On Election Day, three of the current justices will be over 80 years old, which is past the court’s average retirement age. The next president could easily appoint more than one justice. That makes this a make-or-break moment — for the court and our country.

That’s true. As People For the American Way recently laid out in our Judgment Day report, virtually every single important issue—from voting rights to guns to reproductive freedom to workplace fairness to the environment and beyond—will be at stake before the Supreme Court. And because the Justices most likely to retire in the next few years come from both sides of the bench, our country has the opportunity to pull the Court from its dangerous rightward lurch of the last decade—or to solidify a far-right majority for a generation.

But just as important as preventing the next president from appointing more Justices in the mold of Scalia, Thomas and Alito, we need to elect a President who will appoint extraordinary jurists who understand the profoundly progressive nature of our constitution. In her op-ed, Senator Clinton lays out what that looks like.

As president (and a lawyer and former law professor), I’ll appoint justices who will protect the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or political viewpoint; make sure the scales of justice aren’t tipped away from individuals toward corporations and special interests; and protect citizens’ right to vote, rather than billionaires’ right to buy elections.

Secretary Clinton isn’t alone in laying out a progressive vision for the Court. Senator Bernie Sanders has spoken repeatedly about the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United and how we need to "overturn this disastrous decision.”  And Governor Martin O’Malley has promised to “appoint judges who don't think corporations are people.”

All of this is good news for progressives—and why People For the American Way has been pushing so hard for more conversation about the importance of the Supreme Court as we head into the 2016 election. But it’s not enough.

In the coming weeks and months we’ll continue to push candidates of both parties to make clear what kind of judges they’d appoint to our nation’s highest courts, because, as Secretary Clinton says, “There’s a lot at stake in this election. Nowhere is this clearer than in the US Supreme Court.”
 

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Ben Carson: Gay Marriage Jeopardizes 'Live And Let Live,' Free Speech

Back in November, Ben Carson appeared on “Kingdom Connection with Jentezen Franklin,” to discuss how the U.S. Constitution “was written at an eighth-grade level” so “that the American people could understand it.”

However, Carson said that “the people who claim they are constitutional scholars,” like justices on the Supreme Court, are making a “mess” because, he alleged, they haven’t read the Constitution.

The Republican presidential candidate alleged that gay rights advocates want to classify certain speech as “hate speech,” claiming that they use “hate speech ridicule” to silence others and don’t believe in “live and let live.”

The way it works now is they target you and they have all kind of hate speech ridicule, if there’s a way they can bring action against you they will do that, try to ruin your life. Look at all the people who because of their religious convictions and their belief in what the Bible says have lost their livelihood and they’re put in jeopardy over the gay marriage issue, when in fact this is supposed to be a country where you live and let live. I personally don’t have any problem with any two people, regardless of what their feelings are, of living together, of getting a lawyer to create some documents so they can share property and have hospital visitation rights, but to change the definition of marriage, the problem is once you do that for one group, why wouldn’t you have to do that for the next group?

“Everybody gets equal rights, but nobody gets extra rights, extra rights to change everything for everybody else to suit them,” he added.

Carson went on to warn that “the secular-progressive movement” is bent on “beating people down so that they are silent” and having them “sit down and shut up so they can drive the boat.” If evangelical Christians don’t “stand up,” Carson warned, “it’s going to be too late.”

Alex Jones: Maybe Aliens Really Do Run The World!

When Donald Trump appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio program last month and hailed Jones’ “amazing” reputation, we pointed out that among other beliefs Jones has promulgated on his InfoWars network, he has floated the idea

New Hampshire House Votes Down Bill on Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

PFAW New Hampshire Organizer: Elected Officials Failed to Carry Out the Will of the People

Today, after initially voting in favor of the measure, the New Hampshire House ultimately voted against S.B. 136, a bill in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United and allow lawmakers to set reasonable limits on money in elections. In March 2015, the bill was passed unanimously in the state Senate.

“Today our elected officials failed to represent the 72 percent of Granite Staters who oppose the Citizens United decision,” said Lindsay Jakows, New Hampshire Campaign Organizer with People For the American Way (PFAW). “Instead, opponents of the measure used extraordinary procedural tactics to kill the bill after it had already passed. This was a miscarriage of democracy. But make no mistake: Granite Staters are paying attention, and care deeply about this issue. On Election Day, voters will remember which representatives stood on the side of reform and which stood on the side of wealthy special interests."

People For the American Way has been working with ally groups to organize residents to speak out in favor of S.B. 136, including by encouraging New Hampshire PFAW activists to call their representatives and urge them to support the bill.

Support for overturning decisions like Citizens United is strong both in New Hampshire and across the country. Local activism has pushed 69 towns in New Hampshire to pass resolutions in support of an amendment, more than a dozen of which passed in 2015 alone. Sixteen other states have already officially called for an amendment. A national Bloomberg Politics poll released in September found that 78 percent of Americans believe the Citizens United decision should be overturned.

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Brigitte Gabriel: 'America Will Not Survive If Hillary Wins'

Yesterday, Brigitte Gabriel of the anti-Muslim group ACT! for America appeared on “The Sam Malone Show,” where Malone, a Houston-based radio host, hailed her as “one of the top national security experts in the world.”

Gabriel offered a positively dystopian vision of America, warning that “the country is so weakened right now” and “falling apart in every direction from every side and from within and from without,” all thanks to President Obama. She explained:

Our president weakened our military, our president weakened our intelligence services, our president made us the laughing stock of the world, our president is weakening the American public. Us here at home, as citizens, our ability to protect ourselves, our ability to have free speech, to stand up and speak the truth, every citizen right now, everywhere where you go, you are concerned about what to say. Is anybody going to get offended? Is the government monitoring my calls? Can I write this? What is anybody going to say about me? Where does it end? And this year is so scary because it looks like our president is unstoppable, basically.

She said of Obama: “He’s trying to become the dictator America never had.”

When Malone asked what would happen — “gosh forbid” — if Hillary Clinton were to win the presidential election, Gabriel suggested that wouldn’t happen because Donald Trump and other Republican candidates would “basically destroy her” and “evaporate Hillary.”

“Hillary is not going to win because America will not survive if Hillary wins,” she said. “Listen, this is an election about survival. This is not a regular election. This is an election about survival, period. America has to make a decision whether we want to survive or we want to evaporate.”

Ted Nugent: 'Racist' 'Freak' Obama Is 'The Enemy Of Freedom'

As you might have guessed, NRA board member and conservative musician Ted Nugent is not exactly happy with President Obama’s executive actions on gun violence.

“The president’s a freak,” Nugent announced on “The Joe Pags Show” yesterday. “The president is a Saul Alinsky master of puppetry.”

Resuscitating the NRA-bolstered myth that “the most innocent lives in the United States of America have been lost in every instance in gun-free zones,” Nugent asked of Obama: “What kind of evil-facilitating, complicit freak would want more gun-free zones? That’s like literally saying, this is the whitewater rapids where all the children have died, line the children up to jump in the whitewater rapids. This is Fedzilla at its most evil. This is Fedzilla on the side of criminals.”

He then went on to accuse Obama of “being racist” in his remarks on the death of Trayvon Martin, whom Nugent called “a known drug addict” and “a known thug.”

Nugent also told Pags, a San Antonio radio host, that soldiers and veterans consistently tell him that “the commander-in-chief is the enemy of America,” while insisting that several states have already eliminated the Second Amendment.

“Our president and his administration is the enemy of freedom,” he said.

Alex Jones: Gun Owners Will Be Forced Into Ghettos And Rounded Up Like Jews In Nazi Germany

President Obama’s executive actions on gun violence prevention didn’t sit well with Alex Jones of InfoWars, who declared yesterday that the president is now a “dictator” who is set to eliminate gun ownership, disappear gun owners and commit false flag attacks.

Jones kicked things off by calling for Congress to impeach the president, accusing him of putting cayenne pepper in his eye in order to tear up when he talked about the children killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, which Jones believes was “staged” by the government. “He put something in his eye, probably pepper or something, cayenne pepper, or some oil, to cause the eye to tear,” Jones said.

Jones said that these measures come “directly out of Nazi Germany,” predicting that the government will soon restrict the travel of gun owners and force them into ghettos, where they will then be rounded up by government agents.

“They’re coming for our guns to enslave us,” Jones said. “They admit that.”

He then added, or more accurately, shouted, that commentators like Piers Morgan, Michael Moore and Fareed Zakaria are “enemy, military officers” who “hold rank in the globalist system” and are given “hundreds of millions of dollars” in order “to destroy America.” Jones wasn’t done just yet:

They want false flags and they’ve laid the groundwork in media, in entertainment, in culture, that patriots that are promoting private property, the family, the Second Amendment and pro-life are racist scum who deserve to be racist and who are going to blow things up so they can blow things up and blame it on us.

I’m telling you, as sure as the sun came up this morning, they’ve got the teams on the ground, in place, waiting for the phone calls, with the trucks loaded with the plastic explosives, to blow up federal buildings, and they are going to blame me, by name, and Matt Drudge, by name, and Rush Limbaugh, by name, and Donald Trump, by name, within 20 minutes of the bombs going off, or a special-ops team from Europe shooting up a school, killing a patriot, leaving them at the scene.

I know their playbook, I know what they’ve done before, I know this Justice Department, and God help us is all I can tell you, God help us. This is the takeover of the republic, this is the fall of the republic.

He went on to claim the Aurora mass shooting was a government conspiracy and railed against the government for putting “cancer viruses in the vaccines.” After comparing Obama to dictators throughout world history, Jones said that Obama is using his race as a free pass for imposing dictatorial policies: “‘Cuz I’m black and so it’s okay!’”

In addition, Jones reported that Louis Farrakhan told him that “they put Obama in to neutralize black people and further enslave us.”

He also had a message for abortion rights supporters and people who enjoy fun: “Of course we’re in trouble folks, we don’t even protect babies. Of course they’re going to take the guns, of course they’re going to take your pensions, idiots. I’m talking to those of you out there that laugh all day. All you trendies with your smart phones and your fun and your craft beers and the whole world is just your little fun land, you were given all of this to lull you into a false sense of security.”

Jones concluded by warning that shady forces want people to be “so sexually drunk” that they don’t care about the globalist overthrow of America.

PFAW Calls on President Obama to End Raids

In response to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids targeting for deportation children and families who have come to the United States fleeing violence in Central America, People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan stated:

“It is deeply distressing to see the Obama administration deporting children and families seeking refuge from violence and creating fear in immigrant communities through their raids. Refugees and immigrants deserve our protection; instead, these raids are tearing up families and threatening the lives of innocent people.

“The values our country was founded on, and the values that President Obama has articulated throughout his administration, urge a very different policy from the one we’re seeing. We need real solutions to our broken immigration system, not dangerous and destructive raids harming immigrant communities.”

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Pat Robertson: Don't Let Your Child Get 'Wrapped Up' In The Gay 'Lifestyle'

Today on “The 700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson gave out more of his patented advice on how parents should treat their gay children, this time telling a parent of a 17-year-old girl who identifies as gay to love her but to make sure she knows that they “don’t accept the lifestyle.”

“It’s a difficult thing,” Robertson said. “Many young people, they think they’re transsexual and they think they’ve got to have a sex-change operation, they’ve got to do this, that, and the other and they don't really know what they’re talking about because they’re too young to know. I have a feeling the same thing — there’s nothing that says somebody can’t be attracted to the opposite sex.”

He added: “Young girls have crushes and they have crushes on their teachers and they have crushes on other girls as well as boys, that’s one of those things that happens but that’ll get differentiated as she gets older, but if she gets wrapped up in that lifestyle, she may never get out of it.”

Self-Proclaimed Prophet: False Flag Attacks Coming To Miami, San Francisco And Chicago…Maybe

On Tuesday, Rachel Baxter of Valor Christian Academy shared with “TruNews” host Rick Wiles “a prophetic message given to her by the Holy Spirit, about false flags and the start of World War III.” Wiles read a prophecy from Baxter, who says that God told her that “false flags” are coming to America and that they could take place in Miami, San Francisco and Chicago.

These false flags, she added, may lead to world war, but she is waiting for more specific information to flesh out her prophesy.

Wiles, who has long claimed that the U.S. and Russia are about to go to war, took Baxter’s prophecy as proof that a conflict is coming between the two nations.

“The Lord is going to allow very wicked, evil men and women to carry out diabolical plots and plans that will bring destruction and eventually lead to world war,” he said. “And my guess is, other nations will be blamed for these events, and most likely it will be Russia and other countries. We will be told by the news media and government officials that these things were caused by the Russians or whatever and we’ve got to go to war.”

Bryan Fischer Can't Stop Making Stuff Up

In a column this week defending Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the country, Bryan Fischer of American Family Radio insisted that Japan has issued similar restrictions on Muslims, and that is why the country doesn’t face terrorism:

There is a simple reason we never read about jihadi attacks in Japan. There are no Muslims there. No Muslims, no terrorists.



Dr. Mordechai Kedar, writing in The Jewish Press, offers some of the details (emphasis mine throughout):

This country keeps a very low profile on all levels regarding the Muslim matter: On the diplomatic level, senior political figures from Islamic countries almost never visit Japan, and Japanese leaders rarely visit Muslim countries. The relations with Muslim countries are based on concerns such as oil and gas, which Japan imports from some Muslim countries. The official policy of Japan is not to give citizenship to Muslims who come to Japan, and even permits for permanent residency are given sparingly to Muslims.



Islamic proselytization is forbidden in Japan, it is very difficult to import Qur’ans into the country, and there are very few mosques. In Japan, Muslim men are expected to pray at home, not in mosques or in the middle of the street as they do in France. Islamic organizations are not allowed, so the Japanese do not have to deal with the incessant stream of propaganda coming from pro-jihadi groups like CAIR. There is only one imam in Tokyo, a city of over 13 million people.

Virtually the only Muslims who are in Japan come as employees of foreign companies. And even that is the exception rather than the rule. “The official policy of the Japanese authorities is to make every effort not to allow entry to Muslims, even if they are physicians, engineers and managers sent by foreign companies that are active in the region.”

As the myth-busting website PolitiFact notes, the claim that Japan imposes special restrictions on Muslims emerged in a right-wing meme that consisted of nothing but false claims.

"The chain email is nothing but malicious falsehood," said Kumiko Yagi, a professor at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Graduate School who has written extensively about Islam and other religions.

Kamada Shigeru, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Tokyo, agreed, saying that all four of the claims we spotlighted are wrong.

He said Japan doesn’t discriminate in permanent residency on the basis of religion and that "propagation" of Islam is not banned. He added that the Koran or other religious books in Arabic can be imported.



Meanwhile, there is nothing in Japanese nationality law that prevents Muslims from becoming naturalized citizens. The requirements concern length of residency, age, a history of "upright conduct," the ability to support oneself and a willingness to give up other nationalities. There is no mention of religion.



The graphic says that in Japan, "permanent residency is not given to Muslims," the "propagation of Islam" is banned, "one cannot import a Koran published in the Arabic language," and "Muslims cannot even rent a house."

Each of these four statements is incorrect, and the overall point of the graphic -- that Japan keeps itself free from radical Islam by discriminating against all Muslims -- is dramatically off-base. We rate these claims Pants on Fire.

Warren Throckmorton also points out that Japan’s own government claims that Muslims in Japan face less discrimination than they do in western nations.

In 2013, Fischer similarly relied on a right-wing meme to falsely claim that Japan has banned Muslims, the Quran, mosques and the teaching of Islam.

Apart from Fischer’s inaccurate description of Japan’s policies towards Islam, he also ignores the fact that Japan has indeed faced terrorist attacks ... but not from radical Muslims.

The extremist Aum Shinrikyo cult was behind a sarin attack on Tokyo’s subway system in 1995, an attack that “left 13 people dead, and more than 6,000 others suffering the effects of the nerve gas.” The group also conducted a deadly sarin gas attack in 1994.

The police found “hundreds of tons of chemicals in raids on Aum Shinri Kyo (Supreme Truth) doomsday cult,” including “extensive preparations for chemical and biological attacks.” The police also broke up other plots to conduct “guerrilla raids against parliament and prime minister's residence.” One subway cleaning woman later discovered bags in a subway station restroom with enough cyanide gas “to kill, in theory, 10,000 people.”

“Nearly 200 members of the cult were convicted in connection with the Tokyo sarin attack and a string of other terror attacks and assassinations,” the Huffington Post notes.

Japan also has a history of violent attacks from both far-left and far-right groups.

Perhaps Fischer may consider performing a simple Google search next time he wants to use his column to repeat right-wing myths.

Anti-Gay Activists Rally Behind Roy Moore, Who Touts 'States' Rights'

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is winning plaudits from Religious Right groups after he issued an administrative order directing probate judges in his state not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore was an anti-gay activist in his own right before returning to the court in 2013, founding the far-right Foundation for Moral Law, which has published yesterday’s order on its website.

Moore told the far-right site WorldNetDaily that the Obergefell case provides “a wonderful time to teach the people of our country about states’ rights,” explaining that his order reflects the fact that “states do have powers.”

Already, Moore is winning support from those who called on state and local officials, such as Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, to defy the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling.

Phillip Jauregui of the Judicial Action Group:

This Order is both courageous and very well-reasoned. We need more federal and state officers like Chief Justice Moore who understand that the job of the Federal Judiciary is not to legislate from the bench, but rather to simply decide disputes between parties consistent with the text of the Constitution. Judicial opinions, like Obergefell v. Hodges, that purport to set policy for all of America are simply not supported by the Constitutional grant of powers given to the Judiciary.

Thank God for Chief Justice Moore! Please keep him, his family, and his staff in your prayers!

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel:

“I applaud Chief Justice Roy Moore for this order reaffirming the marriage law in Alabama,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The Alabama Supreme Court issued an order in March 2015 barring probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses after a federal court in January of last year overturned Alabama's voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman,” Staver explained. “In Alabama and across America, state judiciaries and legislatures are standing up against the federal judiciary or anyone else who wants to come up with some cockeyed view that somehow the Constitution now births some newfound notion of same-sex marriage."

“The opinion of five lawyers on the U.S. Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage is lawless and without legal or historical support," Staver concluded.

National Organization for Marriage:

These legal developments are consistent with the developing resistance in America to the Supreme Court's attempt to legislate from the bench when it comes to marriage, ignoring the federal constitution in the process and inventing out of thin air a "right" to same-sex 'marriage.'

The American people reject judicial activism of the US Supreme Court and their attempt to redefine marriage. They continue to support marriage as it has existed throughout our nation's history, the union of one man and one woman.

Sanctity of Marriage Alabama:

Sanctity of Marriage Alabama applauds Chief Justice Roy Moore for doing his job and clarifying what is, in fact, the current law in Alabama. Chief Justice Moore has a constitutional duty (see Ala. Code 12-2-30) as head of the judicial system to "[take affirmative action to correct any] situation adversely affecting the administration of justice within the state." He has done this today. We expect that the associate justices of the Alabama Supreme Court will once again follow the line of duty before God and the Constitutions of the United States and Alabama as they did back in March."

Bryan Fischer of American Family Radio:

Ben Carson: Government Should Spy On Classrooms And Libraries

In a meeting with The Des Moines Register’s editorial board today, Ben Carson defended his proposal to crack down on political bias on college campuses by saying that the Department of Education should have the power to secretly monitor classrooms and libraries to root out and uncover potential bias.

He said that the same surveillance could also root out inefficiencies in federal government agencies.

Carson, ironically, then railed against the “craziness” of “safe zones” on campus that try to “shelter” students from offensive language. He has regularly claimed that the “P.C. Police” wants to restrict “the freedom of speech [and] the freedom of expression.”

In the meeting, Carson again wildly misrepresented an incident at Florida Atlantic University to justify his position.

Ben Carson suggested on Wednesday that the Department of Education and other government agencies should secretly enter classrooms, libraries and other government offices to track instances of political bias and inefficiency.

Carson, a Republican presidential candidate, was responding to a question from The Des Moines Register’s editorial board regarding prior statements he’s made calling for federal monitoring of colleges and universities for political bias.

“Basically, when complaints are heard, you know, from students or from other faculty members, you would go in and investigate,” Carson said. “You can do that rather surreptitiously.”



When pressed by an editorial writer whether surreptitious federal investigations into college classroom discussions would amount to policing people’s thoughts, Carson answered that such action is appropriate any time federal money is involved.



“I believe in the secret shopper concept for all government agencies,” he said. “I believe that there should be people out there who are acting as consumers and seeing if we are taking care of them appropriately.”

He went on, “Not just classrooms and libraries, but anything that the taxpayers are paying for. We ought to be monitoring it and making sure it is done appropriately.”

Roy Moore Tries To Block Gay Marriage In Alabama, Again

Roy Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is trying to stoke yet another fight with the federal judiciary over marriage equality. 

Moore, a Republican with a harsh anti-gay record, was elected to serve as chief justice in 2012 after being removed from that same office in 2003 for defying a federal court ruling on his installation of a Ten Commandments monument in the courthouse rotunda. 

Early last year, Moore similarly challenged a federal court’s ruling striking down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, cementing his status as a Religious Right hero and martyr.

It appears that he is not backing down from that fight, as today Moore released an administrative order, provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center, claiming that probate judges must abide by a state law barring same-sex marriage, despite the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling.

Confusion and uncertainty exist among the probate judges of this State as to the effect of Obergefell on the "existing orders" in API. Many probate judges are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in accordance with Obergefell; others are issuing marriage licenses only to couples of the opposite gender or have ceased issuing all marriage licenses. This disparity affects the administration of justice in this State.



Yet the fact remains that the administration of justice in the State of Alabama has been adversely affected by the apparent conflict between the decision of the Alabama Supreme Court in API and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell.



IT IS ORDERED AND DIRECTED THAT:
Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect.

As Bryan Lyman of the Montgomery Advertiser pointed out, Alabama’s attorney general directed state agencies to comply with Obergefell, which struck down state bans on same-sex marriage.

Moore hinted that he would issue such an order back in July, when he claimed that states should defy gay marriage because it is “unlawful” and violates “higher law,” much like Nazi decrees. He has also stated that gay marriage is a Satanic plot that will usher in divine punishment and “literally cause the destruction of our country.”

In September, Moore vocally backed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her fight to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, comparing her to Holocaust victims.

The Foundation for Moral Law, which Moore founded and is currently led by his wife, Kayla Moore, also called on states to defy Obergefell and said it was “determined” to fight the decision in Alabama.

In a statement from his wife in June, which Moore shared on his Facebook page, the group said Obergefell was invalid and illegitimate: “Not only does the U.S. Supreme Court have no legal authority to redefine marriage, but also at least 2 members of the Court’s majority opinion were under a legal duty to recuse and refrain from voting. Their failure to recuse calls into question the validity of this decision.”

Elsewhere, Republican lawmakers in several states are trying to nullify Obergefell.

GOP legislators in Michigan and Tennessee are attempting to pass legislation negating the ruling in their states, and the Spartanburg Herald Journal reported yesterday on two Republican legislators in South Carolina who want to see the state challenge the marriage equality ruling:

Rep. Bill Chumley, R-Woodruff, and Rep. Mike Burns, R-Taylors, pre-filed a bill in the House to define marriage as between one man and one woman. He also aims for his bill to invalidate same-sex marriages in South Carolina. The bill is titled as the South Carolina Natural Marriage Defense Act.

"I represent the people, and the people have shown several times that they are opposed to this, and are in favor of traditional marriage," Chumley said.



The Supreme Court ruling in June legalizing same-sex marriage came down to a 5 to 4 vote, Chumley said. He said the split vote was indicative of the views of all Americans.

"Apparently, those four people believe like we do," he said. "I do believe that something that's a close vote like that sends a message, it's not cut and dry."

An Arizona Republican lawmaker has also filed a bill that would prohibit the state from implementing any executive order or Supreme Court decision.

HB 2024 would forbid the state from using its resources to implement any presidential executive order unless it had been approved by Congress and found to be constitutional. Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, said he crafted it even before President Obama announced on Tuesday he is taking executive action to redefine who is a gun dealer and subject to requirements to do background checks.



But HB 2024 also would extend the same language to decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Finchem said that, absent congressional action, there is no reason that Arizona should have to do anything — or use state resources — to comply with court rulings.

In fact, Finchem told Capitol Media Services it’s wrong to even call what comes from the high court a “ruling.” And he derided the idea that the justices created “case law.”

“It’s not law at all,” he said.

“It’s case opinion and past practice, past application,” continued Finchem who got seven other Republicans to sign on as co-sponsors of the measure. And he said that it really is just the opinion of the majority of justices in a given case.

“The court can pass an opinion all day long,” he said. “But until that opinion goes back to Congress and becomes an enactment, and is signed into law, a statute, by the president, it’s not operable.”



One ruling in that category is the decision by the justices that states cannot deny the right to wed to same-sex couples. The net effect was to tell states that if they issue marriage licenses they have to make them available to all couples regardless of sexual orientation.

Finchem said he sees no reason why the justices, on their own, can force that on states. He said civil marriage is essentially a creation of the Internal Revenue Service on the premise the taxing agency needed to know who was entitled to certain benefits.

“If the federal government wants to issue a gay marriage license, they’re free to do that,” Finchem said. “But it’s not a state license.”

More to the point, he said the federal government — and a federal court — cannot force the state to do something when it’s contrary to the state’s own constitution.

Cruz Launches Homeschool Coalition Led By 'Christian Patriarchy' Adherent

Ted Cruz made an effort to win over an influential subgroup of conservative evangelicals this week, announcing the formation of a “Homeschoolers For Cruz” coalition. While an estimated 1.8 million children in the U.S. are homeschooled, Cruz is aiming at a very specific segment of these: the politically powerful Christian conservative homeschooling movement.

Signaling this, one of the three co-chairs of the new coalition is William Estrada, an official with the influential Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Another is Vicki Crawford, a homeschooling mom and conservative activist who used to work at the Iowa conservative group The Family Leader and has helped to mobilize homeschoolers in her state to back Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann and the effort to oust state supreme court judges who ruled in favor of marriage equality. As of November, Crawford was also a paid Cruz campaign staffer.

Another important faction in the conservative homeschooling movement is also represented in Cruz’s coalition by the final co-chair, Marlin Bontrager, whose family singing group performed at the Iowa event where the coalition was announced.

A hint at Bontrager’s ideology can be found in his statement in the Cruz campaign’s press release, in which he notes that he is “a homeschooling father of ten and the leader in my home.” Homeschoolers Anonymous reports that, as his “leader” comment hints, Bontrager is indeed an adherent of the “Christian Patriarchy” movement, which has been rocked by a number of scandals in recent years:

Estrada’s endorsement of Cruz comes at a curious time, considering the efforts HSLDA has made over the last couple years to distance itself from the Christian male supremacy movement known as “Christian Patriarchy.” Marlin Bontrager, who co-chairs the coalition with Estrada, is a long-time supporter of the now-disgraced Christian Patriarchy advocate Doug Phillips and his organization Vision Forum. Bontrager has his family in ATI [Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute], both performing as well as participating in the Children’s Institute, ALERT Academy, and other ATI institutions. Bontrager endorses Above Rubies, the Duggar family, and Michael and Debi Pearl.

We provided a brief summary of “Christian Patriarchy” last year when the Duggar family, who are also associated with the movement, were facing their own scandal:

The Quiverfull ideology, as Kathryn Joyce explained in her fascinating book “Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement,” is shared by a loose coalition of families living out a theology of “male headship and female submissiveness” in which a woman is expected to submit fully to her husband’s leadership while giving birth to, raising and homeschooling as many children as possible in order to repopulate the Earth with what one proponent called “warriors for God.”

As Homeschoolers Anonymous points out, Cruz also spoke last year at a conference led by Kevin Swanson, a radical pastor who has himself advocated Christian Patriarchy, as did several other speakers at the conference.

Ammon Bundy: Bible Supports Militia's Seizure Of Federal Land

Yesterday on “The Liberty Roundtable” radio program, Ammon Bundy defended his seizure of a federal building in Oregon, claiming that the Bible supports his militia’s actions.

He explained that the federal government is wrongly prohibiting economic development on the property he seized, insisting that God would rather have the land be developed: “We read in Genesis where God gives the earth to man, he did not give it to government, he gave it to man to care and to cultivate, and that means to take care of it and to use it. That is necessary and that is what the Lord has done.”

Bundy went on to say that the government is violating “scriptural” precepts by controlling land, before arguing that his militia needed to use “shock and awe” to “remove the chains of tyranny and the chains of oppression so the people can regain a hope.”

Santorum & Huckabee: Instead Of Gun Laws, Obama Should Oppose Abortion Rights

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum reacted to President Obama’s executive action on gun-sales background checks yesterday by saying that the president should instead use his role as “an African-American male from a big city” to address the “breakdown of the family” and oppose abortion rights.

“The president was in a unique position as a president of the United States, an African-American male from a big city, where this problem is the most acute,” Santorum told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg, “and he’s done virtually nothing about it except focus on the object that is used in the commission of the crime instead of the fundamental underpinnings of why these crimes are being committed because of this breakdown of society caused by the breakdown of the family.”

Santorum also implied that the president was hypocritical for caring about gun deaths when he voted in the Illinois legislature against the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act,” an unnecessary anti-choice messaging bill that he was concerned would undermine Roe v. Wade . The former Pennsylvania senator falsely claimed that this vote means that Obama “was for killing children after they were born if the mother wanted that child to be killed.”

“So the idea that this president is out there talking in very passionate terms, and, I think, compelling and sincere terms, about innocent lives lost and has advocated for the taking of innocent lives through abortion and even infanticide,” he said, “and then sat on the sidelines as a person who could probably do more to solve the problems of the inner cities as an African-American president and done nothing with respect to the helping and improving of the family, I just think that it’s, again, the problem with liberalism is that it looks for simple solutions that have good soundbites instead of looking at the fundamental problems that are a little more complex and difficult to deal with.”

Santorum’s fellow Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made a similar statement in a Facebook post today, asking Obama why he is promoting gun background checks rather than granting “personhood” rights to fertilized eggs and fetuses.

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Rick Wiles: Obama Cried At Gun Violence Press Conference Because 'He's So Happy' To Be Starting A Civil War

End Times radio personality Rick Wiles invited Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, onto his program yesterday to discuss President Obama’s executive action expanding background checks on gun sales, which the two agreed could lead to civil war.

Wiles told Pratt that he thought Obama, whom he called “The Fuhrer His Royal Majesty King Barry Obama I,” teared up at the press conference announcing the move because he “was so overjoyed.”

Pratt wasn’t so sure, saying, “I am surprised to learn that tears were spotted coming from his eyes, because if there ever were a cold fish on two feet, he is the one,” and wondering if Obama “found a way” to make tears come out of his eyes.

“I think he cried because he’s so happy that the civil war he’s wanted to start for seven years is ready to happen,” Wiles said. “I think that’s why he’s crying.”

“Well, if he were to push some of the things that he’s done, that indeed could happen,” Pratt responded.

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