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Anti-LGBT Groups: Girls Scouts Running A 'Dangerous' 'Social Engineering Experiment On Children'

The Religious Right has long been suspicious of the Girl Scouts, which activists have claimed turns girls into promiscuous, abortion-having lesbian socialists. Anti-Girl-Scout sentiment is on the rise yet again on the Right since the organization has announced that it will allow transgender girls to join the Scouts on “a case-by-case basis.” Concerned Women for America’s Penny Nance has been making the rounds on conservative media, calling the policy a “slap in the face to Christian parents,” and a few petitions are circulating urging people to make their displeasure known to the organization.

CitizenGo, the international petition platform that the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown sits on the board of, is warning that the Girl Scouts are no longer merely “teaching girls that abortion and lesbianism are normal and admirable,” but are now running “a social engineering experiment on children”:

Although their cookies may be tasty, the Girl Scouts of America (GSA) has long promoted radical agendas, including teaching girls that abortion and lesbianism are normal and admirable. But now, they've gone even further to promote a sexual ideology to children.

In accordance with the new policy, the GSA website now reads, "If the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe."

In plain English, this means that families will be forced play gender make-believe and accept biological boys as girls. Boys in skirts and make-up, sharing tents with young vulnerable girls will now become an accepted part of the Girls Scouts program. This obviously puts children at risk and treats a recognized mental health problem as normative.

It's a tragedy that GSA leadership is willing to run a social engineering experiment on children, both the confused boys and the innocent girls wondering why a boy in a dress is in the bathroom with them.

If you believe that the GSA has gone too far with normalizing a radical sexual ideology, please sign our petition to the Girl Scouts of America, telling them that the Girl Scouts program is for girls, period!

Meanwhile, the American Family Association and its affiliate One Million Moms, seem to have picked up some of the same talking points, warning that the Girl Scouts’ “dangerous policy” will “put young innocent girls at risk” by forcing them to associate with “[b]oys in skirts, boys in make-up and boys in tents.”

Sign our petition to tell the Girl Scouts of America to stop this nonsense by rescinding this dangerous policy now!

The group says on its website, "If the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe."
This means girls in the organization will be forced to recognize and accept transgenderism as a normal lifestyle. Boys in skirts, boys in make-up and boys in tents will become a part of the program. This change will put young innocent girls at risk.

Adults are willing to experiment on our kids - both the boys who are confused and the girls who will wonder why a boy in a dress is in the bathroom with them.

The Girl Scouts of America has lost its moral compass and needs your encouragement to rescind this new policy. Since 2003, bad policies like this have resulted in GSA's enrollment dropping by over one million girls, almost 27% of its membership.
 

Anti-Gay Pundit: Homosexuality 'A Factor' In Amtrak Crash

Anti-gay pundits such as Charles C. Johnson and the editors of WorldNetDaily are making hay over the news that the engineer of the fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia on Tuesday was a supporter of gay rights and may be gay himself.

Today on her radio program, American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios also mentioned the engineer’s sexual orientation, saying it was likely “a factor” the crash.

“Now I am not saying, I am not inferring to those of you that are gay rights activists and like to monitor this show, I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,” Rios said. She then suggested that the engineer could have possibly been “going through some confusion that has to do with the very core of who they are,” and mentioned the story of an airline pilot who “put his entire plane at risk because he had an emotional, angry outburst to something that happened,” which she says was related to hormone therapy he was receiving.

Rios added: “I don’t know, but I think it is something to be discussed and I think it’s a factor and I doubt you will hear it anywhere else.”

Fischer: Gays Should Be Banned From Working For The TSA

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer called for gay people to be banned from working for the Transportation Security Administration on the grounds that gay security screeners at airports are "repeatedly" sexually assaulting passengers.

Citing literally four examples, Fischer declared that incidents of "passengers being sexually groped by TSA agents of the same sex" are being reported "almost every day" and so the only logical solution is to ban gay people from working for the TSA.

"Just based on recent experience, based on what's happening, based on passenger complaints," Fischer said, "I'm thinking maybe it's time for the TSA, maybe it makes sense, just common sense, if our concern is to protect passenger safety, if our concern is to protect the sexual integrity of those that fly America's airways, then one of the things we may need to do at the TSA is start discriminating in our hiring practices on the basis of sexual orientation":

PFAW Criticizes Jeb Bush for Taxpayer Funding of Anti-Gay Group

In an International Business Times article from earlier this month, Andrew Perez and David Sirota reported that Jeb Bush, as governor of Florida, used taxpayer funds to subsidize a company owned by the far-right, anti-gay American Family Association (AFA).

Specifically, the “lucrative tax break” that Bush delivered helped the company’s production of “Web filter technology to prevent Internet users from seeing pornography or information about homosexual relationships or transgender identities.”

In the article, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan pointed out that Bush’s actions highlight his extremism as an elected official:

"That Jeb Bush gave taxpayer money to a subsidiary of a hate group whose founder has compared homosexuality to theft and murder and has claimed that gay people target children speaks volumes about who Bush is as an elected official,” said Michael Keegan of the liberal activist group People for the American Way. “If there was any question about his extremism before, this eliminates any shred of doubt.”

People For the American Way has long monitored the far-right, homophobic actions and rhetoric of the American Family Association. When Bush first provided the tax break to AFA’s company, PFAW was one of the leading groups to call him out on it. In 2001, PFAW President Ralph G. Neas and PFAW Florida Director Lisa Versaci urged Bush to rescind his support for an organization whose president had declared: “For the sake of our children and society, we must oppose the spread of homosexual activity! Just as we oppose murder, stealing, and adultery.”
 

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Fischer: Support For Gay Rights Is 'Evidence That Satan Exists'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer was praising an effort by Texas legislators to preemptively defy any Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage when he went off on a tangent to declare that support for gay rights in America is "evidence that Satan exists."

Citing a CDC survey that found that less than two percent of the adult population identifies as gay or lesbian, Fischer said that it is crazy that the tiny minority group has been able to bully the rest of the nation into accepting their "sexual deviancy."

"They are like bullies on the playground that are pushing everybody else around," Fischer said. "They have got their boot on our throats. I mean, it's just ridiculous that such a small percentage of the American population should be able to push the normalization of sexual deviancy on a nation of of 320 million people and to be able to demonize the people that are standing up for sexual normalcy and are standing up for God's standard of sexuality and marriage, to get them demonized as hate-filled, homophobic bigots."

"It's just kind of really an amazing thing if you stop and think about it," he continued. "And if you need evidence that Satan exists, I gotta tell you, that's it":

Right-Wing Activist: 'Jews May Have To Flee' America Due To Obama's Mythical Muslim Refugee Plot

American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios today spoke with Conservative Review editor Daniel Horowitz about refugees from predominantly Muslim countries settling in the U.S., which Rios had previously decried as a “strategic colonization.”

Horowitz, citing zero evidence, blamed anti-Semitism on college campuses on the “flood” of Muslim foreign nationals who study in U.S. universities on student visas, warning that Jews may soon “have to flee” the U.S.

The two then discussed a resettlement program of 300 refugees, mostly from Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Southern Idaho. According to the Associated Press, while approximately 4 million people have fled Syria in the midst of its civil war, “the U.S. has resettled just 648 Syrians,” a development which Rios and Horowitz depicted as a deluge.

Horowitz also claimed that President Obama and his administration, along with the United Nations, are deliberately targeting Republican-leaning states for the resettlement of Muslim refugees. (In fact, six of the 10 states that accepted the most refugees voted for Obama’s re-election in 2012.) “It’s no coincidence that Obama, the Obama administration, led by the UN, the UN also gets a bite at the apple, they have some say in this, that they are choosing these red areas,” he said.

“It’s the death of a Republic,” Horowitz said. “And why would anyone willing do that? It’s not good for the country, it’s not good for immigrants, it’s not good for the people here.”

Fischer: 'If You Legalize Drugs, We're Going To See More Cops Getting Shot In Connection With Routine Traffic Stops'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer put forth a rather novel anti-marijuana legalization argument when he claimed that legalizing pot would lead to more police officers being killed.

Citing the recent killing of two police officers in Mississippi, Fischer seized upon the fact that one of the suspects was a regular user of "spice," a synthetic form of marijuana, while ignoring the fact that the suspect also reportedly had a history of mental health problems, to declare that drug legalization will result in more cops being killed.

"You see something like this, where he is high, smoking spice every day," Fischer said, "and you have people out there saying, 'Look, we just need to legalize drugs, the problem is we have too many drug laws, we have too many people incarcerated for drugs, let's just legalize drugs.' Well, here's one of the things you're going to see more of, if you legalize drugs, we're going to see more cops getting shot in connection with routine traffic stops":

Rios: 'Cleanse' Your School Board Of Those 'Homosexualizing Schools'

Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition stopped by “Sandy Rios in the Morning” today to discuss the Fairfax County, Virginia, school board’s recent decision to approve a gender identity nondiscrimination measure. Lafferty, who in her last appearance on the show called for schools to ban transgender teachers altogether, lamented the vote’s passage, decrying the “crazed board members” who backed the change.

Rios, the director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association, told Lafferty that LGBT rights advocates have been “homosexualizing schools” for over two decades, warning that LGBT themes are “folded into the texts of almost every discipline.”

“Look at the polls showing how our kids feel about homosexuality, even Christian kids,” Rios continued. “Does anybody think that’s by accident? It’s because they are inundated with a steady flow — even in those nice, good schools that you think you have. Good teachers have been silenced and for the most part they have folded.”

She warned that parents only have two options: “You’ve either got to run for school board and cleanse your local governance of these kinds of people making these horrible decisions or you’ve got to pull your kids out of school. I don’t see another choice.”

“You are putting your children in such great danger now,” she said. “Danger because of the confusion, because of the temptation, because of the indoctrination. You’re not helpless to do something about it, but you will be.”

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/7/15

  • When he was governor of Florida, Jeb Bush's administration gave a $600,000 tax subsidy package to an internet-filtering company owned by the American Family Association.
  • Phyllis Schlafly says that the fight against immigration reform "is do-or-die for America."
  • Peter LaBarbera is alarmed by the news that an editor at Townhall.com is gay because while gay conservatives "may be conservative on a bunch of issues, and do wonderful work on those issues, but when it comes to homosexuality, they become gay rights activists."
  • The only people who want to know Glenn Beck's thoughts on "the media of the future" are people who don't actually ever listen to Glenn Beck because, if they did, they would know that he is the last person on earth who they should be asking.
  • Some helpful advice from Jennifer LeCalire: "If you live in a region where false Mary worship is rising, you'll notice that Jezebel's witchcrafts rise again in May. That's because of the traditional 'May Crowning' ritual that takes place to honor the Virgin Mary as 'the Queen of May.'"
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer keeps citing the recent terrorist attack in Texas as evidence that America needs to ban Muslim immigration despite the fact that both of the men who carried out the attack were native-born Americans.

Rios: Christians Will Be Vilified, Like Pamela Geller, If SCOTUS Legalizes Gay Marriage

The American Family Association's director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, was a guest on the AFA's "Today's Issues" radio program this morning where she warned that if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage, Christians who preach against homosexuality will be treated as provocateurs, not unlike anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, who organized the event in Texas last week at which two Islamic terrorists were killed.

"Pam's event has been called provocative, what she was doing in soliciting cartoons being drawn was called provocative and I supposed, you know, you could say it is," Rios said. "I would say that if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage, so much of what we say and write at AFR will be provocative in the same way. We will be saying things to incite, to anger, to provoke — at least from their viewpoint — because, no, it's the law, it's legal, it's okay. You can't say something against what's been made legal and this is where we're going to get into some really rough terrain, I think":

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/6/15

  • Mike Huckabee has already secured the coveted endorsement of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
  • Randall Murphee of the American Family Association defends his organization's regular use of boycotts.
  • Joseph Farah wonders if the time has come for Christians to "recognize they have effectively failed to serve as salt and light in their culture and begin withdrawing from American 'mainstream' society for the sake of their own children and obedience to God rather than man."
  • Glenn Beck interviewed Rep. Steve King on his radio program today and King promised Beck that he could come along the next time King travels to Egypt to meet President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
  • Finally, Dave Daubenmire is not buying all of the claims made by Religious Right leaders that they will not obey any Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage: "So now, they say it is time to disobey. WE WILL NOT OBEY! I hear them bombasting in regard to their anticipated defeat in the Supreme Court’s homo-marriage decision. Really? They are going to go to jail? James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Matt Staver, Franklin Graham, Jerry Johnson, Rick Santorum, Keith Fornier, Rick Scarborough—they’re willing to go to jail? REALLY?"

Bryan Fischer Demands Conservative Commentator Be Fired For Being Gay

Earlier this week, it was reported that Guy Benson, the political editor at the conservative website Townhall.com,  reveals in his forthcoming book that he is gay.

Unsurprisingly, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer has wasted no time in demanding that Benson now be fired from his position at Townhall.com:

Benson is young, smart, and articulate and often appears on Fox News as a pundit on all manner of political issues. This makes him particularly dangerous to the conservative cause.

Now I don’t know Mr. Benson, and he certainly seems like a particularly nice and friendly individual. But this is not about his personality. It’s about his politics.

Townhall, by the way, is owned by Salem Media Group, which describes its mission as “targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values.” To my knowledge, Salem has yet to explain how paying an openly homosexual activist to be the political editor of its main public policy publication is consistent with this mission.

If Salem leadership is to be at all true to its own mission statement, Benson must be replaced. His values on homosexuality are not Christian, family-themed, or conservative.

It remains to be seen whether Fischer's demand will be heeded, but he does have a track record of managing to force gay conservatives out of their jobs.

Sandy Rios: Muslims 'Colonizing' Texas And Tennessee

Sandy Rios, the American Family Association’s governmental affairs director, dedicated her radio program today to discussing the recent attempted attack on a “Draw Mohammad Contest” organized by Pamela Geller in Garland, Texas.

While chatting about the incident with a listener who lives in Garland, Rios warned that “there has been a real strategic colonization of Muslims around the country.”

“They’ve targeted places like Tennessee, Texas, places that are strong bastions of conservatism and opposition and there have been some intentional stuff going on here,” Rios said. “The whole mode of jihad is to move in and multiply and gradually overtake.” Rios added that while she would “never mistreat” a Muslim neighbor, she would find it “hard to be gracious” since she knows that they are only moving to her community to wage jihad and she “recognizes what the end game is.”

The listener, David, claimed that Muslim residents of Garland have turned the community into a “war zone” and have set up “a no-go zone, if you will,” in the form of a Muslim school. He also said the nearby city of Richardson “has been taken over by Muslims who have settled there.”

Religious Right Activists: Ban Transgender Teachers

Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition spoke with the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios this morning about her group’s campaign to block a proposal in Fairfax County, Virginia, that would add gender identity to the county education system’s nondiscrimination policy.

Lafferty told Rios that “confused” transgender students should only be allowed to use single-occupancy restrooms, while transgender teachers shouldn’t be allowed to teach altogether. “These individuals are psychologically unhealthy and they shouldn’t be teaching in the class,” Lafferty said.

Lafferty cited the high suicide ideation rate among people who identify as transgender as a reason for schools to bar transgender teachers: “We know these people are trouble and they need help, but they shouldn’t be put in the classroom.”

“It’s a scary thing,” Rios said. “It’s frightening and it’s sad and the suicide rate is high and so this is not normal, it never will be normal. It’s harmful and most of all, though, our job is to protect our children. We need to help those that are confused sexually, yes, but we do not help them at the expense of the safety of our kids.”

Rios added that supporters of the measure represent “the face of intimidation and evil.”

Religious Right Activists: God Will Punish America For Gay Marriage

American Family Association official Sandy Rios and Liberty Counsel attorney Harry Mihet agreed yesterday that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality could usher in divine wrath upon America.

Discussing the Supreme Court marriage cases on Rios’ American Family Radio program, Mihet warned that a decision striking down state-level bans on gay marriage would be a “sledgehammer that the homosexual lobby is going to use to tear down any and all resistance that still remains to the movement, beginning with the church and people of faith.” Rios agreed, saying that Christians in America must prepare to “lose their livelihood” over the issue.

The two berated their fellow Christians who are not fighting against gay marriage, saying that their “silence” on the issue is inviting God’s wrath.

“When I look at the response of the church in this situation and the silence, I really sometimes think, often, that this is God’s doing too, that he must bring judgment because he’s a just God and he must judge his own people,” Rios said. “I just feel God’s supernatural hand in all of this, as much as I dread it, it just seems like a just God is going to have to allow his people some suffering in order to sort them out.”

Mihet said that God is “giving people over to their evil desires” who will then suffer the consequences of their “evil choices.” “God is going to allow us to experience all of what it means to unravel the natural definition of marriage and the institution that has been at the base of our society for so long,” he warned.

Bryan Fischer: 'Bruce Jenner Is On A Suicide Train'

On his American Family Radio program today, Bryan Fischer blamed President Obama for violence erupting in the Baltimore protests over the death of Freddie Gray, which somehow led him to discuss revelations about Bruce Jenner’s transgender identity.

Fischer said that just as “the homosexual lobby” blames conservatives for “homosexual suicides,” then they must also hold Obama responsible for “the race riots in Baltimore.”

“That’s the tragedy about Bruce Jenner, by the way,” Fischer said. “Forty-one percent of all transgenders [sic] attempt suicide at some point so Bruce Jenner is on a suicide train.”

Fischer: Legalizing Gay Marriage Will 'Turn The Bible Into Mein Kampf'

Bryan Fischer spent two segments on his radio program today reading from his latest column, in which he warns that if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage, Christians will be turned into pariahs and find their churches and ministries stripped of their tax exempt status and shut down.

But the first order of business, Fischer warned, would be to "turn the Bible into Mein Kampf" and prohibit it from being studied or read in schools or public places.

"Anyone who opposes the normalization of homosexuality will be treated as a racist," Fischer warned. "Anyone, from that day forward, in America who opposes the normalization of homosexuality, who opposes same-sex marriage, will be lumped together by the Supreme Court with the Nazis, with the KKK, with slave holders, and with Aryan supremacists. The Bible will be classified as hate speech from the beginning to the end and it won't be long before efforts are made to ban the Bible in public schools, to ban it in school libraries, to ban in it public libraries and to forbid the study of the Bible or the reading of the Bible on any campus in any public setting":

Fischer's warning makes no sense, of course, considering that the reading, study, and purchase of "Mein Kampf" is currently entirely legal in this country.

AFA: Pray Against Satanic Gay Marriage

The American Family Association is calling for divine intervention in the upcoming marriage cases before the Supreme Court, telling its members in a recently released prayer guide that the court’s marriage equality ruling will be “the most important decision in the history of America.”

The AFA’s prayer guide [PDF] urges readers to ask God to spare America from His wrath if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage, claiming that such a ruling would be inspired by Satanic influences.

“Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places,” the prayer guide reads. “We know that Satan hates all that you are and stand for, and that the attack on marriage and the family comes ultimately from him. We know he is a deceiver, a liar and the father of all lies, and we know that many in our culture have believed his lies about sexuality, including members of our Supreme Court. We pray that your Spirit will reveal to each of these justices every lie they have believed, whether that lie comes from the world, their own flesh, or the devil himself.”

Heavenly Father, we freely confess as the people of the United States that we are a sinful people. We confess our many sexual sins, the sins of lust and pornography, of sexual immorality, of adultery, of unbiblical divorce, and of homosexuality. We confess that our sexual sins have led to the death of 56 million innocent babies while still in the womb.

We know these sins merit your wrath and your judgment. We tremble for our country when we reflect that you are a just God and your justice cannot sleep forever. We beg you to forgive us of our many sins, and cause a spirit of repentance and spiritual renewal to sweep across this land.

We plead with you not to hold our sins against us as the Supreme Court deliberates over the institution of marriage. We acknowledge that if sexual behavior which is an abomination in your sight is not just protected but celebrated by the highest court in our land it will inevitably bring your judgment upon our land.



Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. We know that Satan hates all that you are and stand for, and that the attack on marriage and the family comes ultimately from him.

We know he is a deceiver, a liar and the father of all lies, and we know that many in our culture have believed his lies about sexuality, including members of our Supreme Court. We pray that your Spirit will reveal to each of these justices every lie they have believed, whether that lie comes from the world, their own flesh, or the devil himself.

Wherever any of them have given you any access to their minds and hearts, we pray that your Spirit will take full advantage and speak to their souls with power and conviction. We pray in the name of Jesus that you by your mighty power will restrain the voice of the evil one, if only for a moment, so that in the supernatural quiet you create they may each hear your still small voice speaking truth to them and warning them of the consequences of ignoring your voice. Urge them, we pray, to honor you and the institution of marriage you have created for our own good.

Wildmon: The Left Hates Us Because We 'Represent God's Message Of A Moral Standard Having To Do With Sexuality'

The American Family Association's Tim Wildmon was the guest on "WallBuilders Live" today, discussing his organization's "bigotry map," which it recently released in response to the Southern Poverty Law Center's decision to designate his organization as an anti-gay hate group several years ago.

The AFA released this map in a desperate attempt to brand the organization's critics as "bigoted anti-Christian zealots" for daring to point out the AFA's own unrelenting stream of vitriolic bigotry, with Wildmon explaining that it is necessary for the AFA to fight back against the "sexual anarchists" who attack them simply because they "represent God's message of a moral standard having to do with sexuality" in America.

"One of the things that the secular humanists, secular progressives like Obama and others want to push is sexual anarchy," he said. "They really want to force GLBT, homosexual politics on America because they hate the Christian moral standard having to do with sex because it judges some things as moral and immoral and they can't stand that.  They can't stand God telling them how to behave. And we, as Christians in this country, represent God's message of a moral standard having to do with sexuality and God's word teaches that homosexuality is a sin and they can't tolerate that. So they go after us as the messenger"

Fischer: 'There Is An Absolute Direct Link' Between Low Military Morale And The Repeal Of DADT

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer spent part of a segment discussing an article in USA Today reporting that morale among those enlisted in the Army is low, which he naturally blamed on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

The article itself reports that the Army began to study morale back in "2009 in the midst of two wars and as suicide and mental illness were on the rise" and mentions nothing about the repeal of DADT, which makes sense considering that the policy wasn't officially repealed until September, 2011. But Fischer sees right through that charade, explaining that the Army knew that the repeal of DADT was coming and was so worried about its inevitable impact on morale that it started this program to counteract it years before it even happened.

"There is an absolute direct link" between low morale in the military and the repeal of DADT, Fischer asserted. "So the military, starting in 2009, I think they could see this thing coming. I think they were worried about the impact of gays in the military on military morale so they spent $287 million since 2009 trying to pump up the morale of the United States military and it ain't working!"

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