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Barber: OWS is an AstroTurf Movement Made up of People who Hate America

Matt Barber is convinced that liberals are out to indoctrinate school children in every possible way and is pointing to this OneNewsNow article about organization helping a group of kids write a song about Occupy Wall Street as further proof.

On the "Faith and Freedom" radio program today, Barber used this article as a jumping off point to rail against the Occupy Wall Street movement in general, which he claimed was nothing more than an "astroturf" movement created by George Soros and run by people who hate America:

This, again, brings us back around to the larger subject of this Occupy Wall Street, this astroturf movement that's been funded from [George] Soros down and from every other angle, taking a bunch of over-educated, over-indulged white youth and attempting to force change ... So we shouldn't be surprised that this group, this Occupy Wall Street movement, which has been endorsed by the Messiah himself, President Barack Obama, that they are now trying to infiltrate the schools and corrupt the minds of children.

I think the Occupy Wall Street movement, the larger movement, is anathema to the idea of American Exceptionalism. In fact, I would go so far as to say that many of those involved in this movement hate America as it was originally formed and founded as a free market country rooted in the Judeo-Christian ethic.

Matt Barber Sees a Sexual Conspiracy in Everything

Last week, the Associated Press ran an article about new sexual education guidelines that were released by a coalition of health and education groups.  The guidelines had various requirements based on grade level and in paraphrasing the suggestions for second graders, the AP wrote that "students should use the correct body part names for the male and female anatomy, and also understand that all living things reproduce and that all people have the right to not be touched if they don't want to be."

And that, of course, was proof to Matt Barber that liberal groups are trying to sexually indoctrinate young children:

The guidelines say that students should use the correct body part names for the male and female anatomy. How dare they! That's up to parents to decide!

And understand that all living things reproduce and that all people have the right not to be touched - okay, that's good. I sit down with my children and I teach them at. Again, this is for parents. Now, educating children about potential sexual abuse, that's a good thing, but listen to this: the right not to be touched if they do not want to be touched. Again, don't you love how they inject the poison pill into that. So again, this is the values neutral notion.

Children as young as second grade, you have the right not to be touched unless you want to be touched. If you want to engage in sexual behavior and you're in second grade, why, more power to you, second grader. No time to watch SpongeBob, you want to go hook up with some other second grader? It's disgusting, it's despicable what they're doing and I don't know about you folks, but it makes me angry!

Of course, if anyone is "sexualizing" these recommendations, it is Barber, as he is the one assuming that telling children that they have the right to tell people not to touch them "if they do not want to be touched" is really some nefarious plot to encourage second grade students to engage in sexual behavior.

Barber: Gays Seek to 'Desecrate' Church Property

On yesterday's edition of Liberty Counsel's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Matt Barber complained that now that gay activists had corrupted the military, it is up to the church stand up and oppose the "contamination of our culture with this sexual sin" because gays are trying to force the church to affirm their "spiritually, physically, emotionally" destructive lifestyles:

I have asserted for years now that this, again, has never been about equality, never been about tolerance, you hear the term "celebrate diversity." The political strategy here, the legal strategy is - and even with the last vestige of the embracing of sexual morality, of biblical sexual morality, the church, even the military is gone now, so now the church is essentially left as defenders of sexual morality and opposing the contamination of our culture with this sexual sin, whether it's homosexual sin, the embrace of adultery, fornication, whatever.

This has never been about celebrating diversity or equality; it's about, yeah, you celebrate diversity, you affirm our demonstrably destructive, spiritually, physically, emotionally, our lifestyle, under penalty of law, or else. And that goes for you too, church. You either allow us desecrate your property with our counter-biblical, sinful civil union ceremony or we will see that you are sanctioned by the United States government. 

Staver Wants to See Diverse Viewpoints on College Campuses?

Sometimes you have to marvel at the utter lack of self-awareness among Religious Right leaders. 

Take, for instance, Mat Staver who is complaining about the lack of diversity on college campuses:

Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel says it is common for conservatives and Christians to have a disadvantage on college campuses.

"Perhaps 90 to 95 percent of the people in college campuses or on law school campuses are registered Democrats, are avowed liberals," he estimates. "They're identified as liberal with regards to political views; and so conservatives -- and certainly Christians, but obviously conservatives -- are a distinct minority."

He suggests college campuses should strive to avoid having the entire faculty dominated by just one ideology and instead encourage diverse viewpoints and ideas.

In addition to being the head of Liberty Counsel, Staver is also Dean of the Liberty University Law School - a university that blocks access to critical newspapers, teaches Creationism and right-wing anti-abortion and anti-gay views as it instructs students how to ignore the law, all while refusing to allow the formation of a Democratic Club on campus "solely based upon the moral issues of abortion and marriage."

If Staver really thinks that college campuses ought to encourage diverse viewpoints, maybe he ought to try instituting that policy on his own campus

A $370K Bonus for Saving Yourself for Marriage?

The Day of Purity is a project of Liberty Counsel that encourages students to use Valentines Day to "make a public demonstration of their commitment to remain sexually pure, in mind and actions."

Amber Haskew, the Day of Purity Coordinator, was the guest on Liberty Counsel's "Faith and Freedom" radio program today where she explained the many benefits of saving oneself for marriage ... like the fact that people who do earn nearly $400,000 over their lifetimes:

This figure comes from a 2005 Heritage Foundation report that didn't actually provide any data to support this assertion, but simply predicted that students who abstain are also likely to do better in school and therefore have higher lifetime earnings:

Teens who abstain are likely to have greater future orientation, greater impulse control, greater perseverance, greater resistance to peer pressure, and more respect for parental and societal values. These traits are likely to contribute to higher academic achievement. In short, teen virgins are more likely to possess character traits that lead to success in life. Moreover, the practice of abstinence is likely to foster positive character traits that, in turn, will contribute to academic performance ... In our society, greater educational attainment leads, on average, to higher lifetime incomes. Because they are more successful in school, teen virgins can expect to have, on average, incomes that will be 16 percent higher than sexually active teens from identical socio-economic backgrounds. This will mean an average increase of $370,000 in income over a lifetime.

Liberty Counsel Accuses Macy's of Rape Cover-Up

The right-wing legal foundation Liberty Counsel is representing a former Macy’s employee who was fired when she violated company policy and refused to allow a transgender woman to use the woman’s changing room to try on clothes. In the weeks since the incident, Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver has made the rounds to disparage and attack transgender Americans as well as Macy’s for respecting the rights of LGBT customers.

Staver has previously warned that Macy’s policy could lead to rape by enabling male rapists to claim they are female and then assault women in changing rooms. Today on Faith & Freedom, Staver went even further by repeating accusations made by an unnamed tipster that Macy’s is actively covering up a string of sexual assaults, including rape, at its stores. Staver did not seem to know much about the tipster or his claims, but that did not stop him from repeating them. Staver’s deputy, Matt Barber, went on to say that he wasn’t surprised by the accusations. After all, Barber said, the “homosexual activist lobby and people who are trapped in the homosexual lifestyle” are “in constant rebellion with order, with their natural order, with natural law, with biology.”

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Staver: We also have another individual that contacted us, Matt, who said that he was sort of a trouble shooter, I forgot the exact title that he was working in in Macy’s, and he brought to Macy’s the issue of these men going into the women’s fitting rooms.

Barber: Probably working in corporate security or loss prevention.

Staver: Loss prevention or something of that nature. He brought to their attention articles from around the country where people had gone into Macy’s, and some other stores but specifically Macy’s, women had gone in and they had been sexually assaulted in these fitting rooms by men that have been coming into those fitting rooms, and even rapes. He brought this to the attention of Macy’s to address this policy and he said rather than address it he was terminated.

Barber: Not surprising, they are pulling the wool over their own eyes here. That’s the hallmark of the homosexual activist lobby and people who are trapped in the homosexual lifestyle, they are in constant rebellion with order, with their natural order, with natural law, with biology, obviously a man can’t be a woman and a woman can’t be a man. Groups like the Human Rights Campaign are constantly raising the bar, moving the goal posts if you will, they have their Corporate Equality Index and they use that in order to strong arm companies into signing off on every single one of their demands.

Liberty Counsel's Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

Back in August, Liberty Counsel and other Religious Right organizations were incensed when LGBT rights advocates called on companies to drop out of the Charity Give Back Group because the CGBG was directing proceeds to anti-gay organizations such as the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and Liberty Counsel. Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel’s Director of Cultural Affairs, said that activists leading the pressure campaign wanted to put conservatives “behind bars” and were “using economic terrorism.” Such remarks were especially ironic at the time since Liberty Counsel led similar pressure campaigns against schools that permit the Day of Silence, McDonalds and Starbucks.

Today, in an interview with the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow, Liberty Counsel attorney Matt Krause praised the decision by Lowe’s to cave in to a pressure campaign by the far-right Florida Family Association to pull its advertisements from All-American Muslim. The FFA pressured advertisers by complaining that the show was portraying Muslims as regular Americans rather than showing stereotypical Muslim terrorists. Krause commended Lowe’s for agreeing with the FFA that the show did not “genuinely reflect the values of its customers”:

A Christian legal group applauds Lowe's for standing by its decision to pull advertisements from a show on Muslims living in America. The North Carolina-based Charlotte Observer reports that Lowe's will not change its decision to pull commercials from TLC's All-American Muslim. The decision came after the Florida Family Association and the American Decency Association requested that constituents e-mail the show's advertisers because of the program's failure to present the lives of radical Islamic believers truthfully. The company has stood firm on its move, even after Muslim groups launched their own petition drive.

"We applaud Lowe's for taking the steps that they think [are] correct by pulling the advertising," says Matt Krause, litigation counsel for Liberty Counsel. "And if they don't feel that the show or the contents of the show genuinely reflect the values of its customers, then we say that that's terrific that they're standing by their decision."

So just to be clear, Liberty Counsel believes that when gay rights advocates ask businesses to drop out of the politically-geared CGBG, it is “economic terrorism.” But when a fringe anti-Muslim group demands companies refuse to advertise on All-American Muslim just due to the fact that it is a reality show about Muslim-Americans, it is a “terrific” act that is worthy of applause.

Staver: Gay Rights is 'The Most Significant Threat to Religious Freedom That We Face'

Yesterday on Truth that Transforms, the radio program of Truth in Action Ministries, Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver maintained that pastors in America are experiencing legal punishment for preaching against homosexuality. Staver claimed that the “homosexual rights agenda” is “without a question, the most significant threat to religious freedom that we face in the future.” He argued that gays and lesbians do not care about “tolerance” and “coexisting,” saying that “it has always been about dominance.” He went on to repeat the falsehood that organizations are being classified as anti-gay hate groups because of their position on marriage equality, when in fact the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose hate group classifications do not have legal weight, clearly notes that “not one of them was listed because of their position on same-sex marriage.”

Staver told host John Rabe that American pastors, as they supposedly are in Canada and Scandinavian countries, are facing legal penalties for speaking against gay rights. As Kyle pointed out when discussing a similar claim from David Barton, the “Hate Crimes Legislation was signed into law in October 2009 and not one pastor, priest, or preacher has yet been charged with a hate crime for preaching against homosexuality.”

Carmen Pate: What would you see as the greatest threat to our religious freedom here in America today?

Mat Staver: Well I think the greatest threat is the prevalence of the apathy that we sometimes have and just simply the lack of knowledge of the threat being there, I think that’s certainly the base line. Beyond that though I think that there is a clash that’s coming and it is very significant, and it is the clash between religious freedom and the homosexual rights agenda. There will be a winner and there will be a loser. And it’s not necessarily because of those who advocate religious freedom, it’s because of those who advocate the homosexual rights agenda. It’s no longer about tolerance and it never has been about tolerance, it’s never been about coexisting and so forth, it has always been about dominance. The dominance is that the homosexual rights agenda trumps everything else and if you disagree with it or if you have a different view, say for example even on marriage, then you will be labeled and you already see labels being thrown out there as a hate group, a hater. Someone that does not have the same access to a public facility, to have the same opportunity as a Christian club on campus or any other public venue or benefit that is otherwise open to people of various viewpoint except for your viewpoint because of your religious viewpoint, particularly as it relates to homosexuality. I think, without a question, the most significant threat to religious freedom that we face in the future.

John Rabe: If you look in countries, like some of the Scandinavian countries, what you’ve actually had pastors in churches being disciplined for standing up and offering a biblical perspective on homosexuality, or preaching from the bible about homosexuality, you’ve had cases in Canada where people are called before hate crimes tribunals for offering the biblical perspective. Is that something that could happen in the United States of America?

Mat Staver: Well it’s something that is happening in the United States of America and it is something that could escalate to a more significant level.

Religious Right Activists Warn that Gay Rights will Bring About Communist, Satanic Domination

On Americans For Truth About Homosexuality Radio Hour, Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel and Religious Right activist Paul Blair joined AFTAH’s Peter LaBarbera in exposing the surreptitious Satanic-Communist-‘Homosexualist’ conspiracy to take over America…and the world.

LaBarbera criticized Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using “homosexualist semantics” in her speech defending the human rights and dignity of the LGBT community, and went on to commend countries with severe laws that punish gays and lesbians and face of American pressure to decriminalize homosexuality. Blair said that the communists are trying to “inculcate homosexual values, or lack of values, into the American culture” in order “to destroy the family” and create “a global utopia.” Barber readily agreed with Blair and said those “trying to impose a globalist, communist structure” are using the gay rights movement as a “polar ice cutter,” arguing that “homosexual activism, undermining the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic and doing away with it, that is the ice breaker that breaks the ice so that the bigger communist ships and the redistributionist ships” can take hold:

Referencing Family Research Council senior fellow Peter Sprigg’s condemnation of the LGBT rights directive, LaBarbera warned that we have “now become a force for evil in the world,” and Blair, once again, said that Satan is the source and “ultimate conspirator” behind “the force of communism, the force of the radical homosexual agenda, the secularist movement in America”:

Blair: Isaiah talks about in his day and age, and we’re seeing it now, where right is turned into wrong and wrong is turned into right and bitter waters have become sweet and truly we have turned the world upside down. You look at some of the things we’ve got going on in America and you would think we moved into the Twilight Zone. But ultimately all of these forces—the force of communism, the force of the radical homosexual agenda, the secularist movement in America—they all have the same source, the same ultimate conspirator, and that is Satan.

Not to be outdone, Barber claimed that Satan is behind words like ‘gay’:

Barber: Proponents of God’s objective truth relative to sexual morality and sexual sin, we’re not as crafty as the Enemy, the Enemy being Satan, what we’re talking about here is Satanic, this is sin. Those who are defenders of sin and who embrace and identify based upon giving into such sinful temptations, they are very good at crafting the language and arguing semantics. If we play by their rules and let them define the terms, then we’re off to a marked disadvantage. Unfortunately, too many people in churches and in para-church organizations and pro-family organizations across the country have adopted the euphemistic language of homosexual activists and it puts us at a distinct disadvantage.

Barber: People Hate Tim Tebow Because he is Saving Himself for Marriage

It is fascinating to watch all the Religious Right activists who have jumped on the Tim Tebow bandwagon fume that not everyone shares their adoration for him.  It is even more fascinating to watch them try to come up with explanations as to why the Denver Broncos quarterback has become such a polarizing figure.

The question of why so many people dislike Tebow was the topic of Liberty Counsel's "Faith and Freedom" program today where Matt Barber offered up a new explanation that we had not heard before - people hate Tebow because he is saving himself for marriage:

Tim Tebow is proud to acknowledge that he is saving himself, respecting God's design for human sexuality between a man and a woman within the bonds of marriage. He also is an advocate for purity. This young, good looking, strapping, athletic man is defying our pop culture today, so that drives them crazy even further.

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We need to be praying for Tim Tebow because the Scripture also says we fight not flesh and blood but powers and principalities and Tim Tebow's going to be in the enemies cross-hairs right now because he is being salt and light as we're commanded to do, so he's going to be under assault. There's going to be tremendous temptation on him with young women throwing themselves at him and so forth. We need to pray that Tim Tebow will remain strong.

Bachmann, Gingrich and Santorum to Participate in Forum hosted by Radical Anti-Choice Activists

Republican presidential candidiates Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have signed on for a “Presidential Pro-Life Forum” hosted by Personhood USA and moderated by Iowa conservative radio personality Steve Deace. The three candidates along with Rick Perry have already announced their support for personhood laws.

Personhood USA wants abortion and even common forms of birth control banned without exception, and personhood laws may even outlaw in-vitro fertilization and the treatment of problem pregnancies. The group launched unsuccessful referendums in Colorado and Mississippi, and has characterized President Obama as the “Angel of Death” and likened opponents to Nazis.

The other organizations listed as hosts of the forum are just as radical, if not more so.

The Call is led by Lou Engle, who has claimed that legal abortion may lead to civil war and is responsible for the Joplin tornado. Engle has also used his The Call prayer rally to bolster Ugandan legislation that would criminalize and in some cases give the death penalty for homosexuals. Moreover, Engle has compared gay rights to Nazism, advocated for Seven Mountains dominionism, and said that both gays and Muslims are demonic.

Another organization hosting the forum is the Oak Initiative, a project of South Carolina pastor Rick Joyner, who has argued that God will imminently destroy California, Hurricane Katrina was God’s judgment for homosexuality, “extremist Islam” is God’s judgment for “perversions” and “abortions,” and that very soon “God’s judgment is going to come upon Hollywood.” Joyner also believes that President Obama may be a Muslim and that Muslims are trying to take control of Michigan, school textbooks and Christianity. Like Engle, Joyner is a proponent of Seven Mountains dominionism.

Both Engle and Joyner are closely affiliated with the New Apostolic Reformation, which believes that God is raising up modern day apostles and prophets, and another cosponsor, the Freedom Federation, includes the NAR groups Generals International, led by the self-proclaimed prophet Cindy Jacobs, and Harvest International Ministries of self-proclaimed apostle Che Ahn.

Three Republican candidates for the nation’s high office including Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Senator Rick Santorum, and Speaker Newt Gingrich have confirmed their participation in the Presidential Pro-Life Forum on Tuesday, December 27, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm CST. The national tele-town hall and radio simulcast will be hosted by Personhood USA and their partner organizations: National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition, Liberty Counsel, Bott Radio Network, Freedom Federation, Frederick Douglass Foundation, Champion the Vote, Oak Initiative, The Call, Georgia Right to Life, Rock for Life, and Iowa Right to Life. An invitation has been extended to the remaining GOP presidential candidates.

The 90-minute pro-life tele-town hall will feature the candidates discussing their views on the rights of the preborn and other issues of great importance to pro-life voters. Pro-life groups around the nation are inviting their members to attend. Callers will have an opportunity to ask questions via email and give instant feedback to thoughts and ideas shared.

Nationally-syndicated radio host Steve Deace, whose influence in the Iowa Caucuses has been highlighted by numerous national media outlets, will broadcast the event live on his Salem Network program. Last week, four candidates, Bachmann, Santorum, Gingrich, and Gov. Rick Perry, signed Personhood USA’s Personhood Republican Candidate Pledge, declaring their intentions to stand with President Ronald Reagan in supporting “the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death.”

“We’re pleased to see the candidates standing for the rights of every person to live, love, and be loved. The time has come to end the 40-year reign of the abortion industry, once and for all,” said Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA. “This is an opportunity for everyone who understands that ‘all men are created equal’ to hear from the candidates their plans to recognize the most fundamental rights of every human being, no matter their age. Come, take advantage of this interactive and important event, and be a voice for the voiceless.”

Barber Says 'Atheists Have Their Own Holiday'...April First

Liberty Counsel is spending the holiday season the best way they know how, by ratcheting up the rhetoric on the supposed “War on Christmas” and demanding that stores say “Merry Christmas” to customers and politicians place sectarian symbols in the public square. The group has been particularly outraged over Rhode Island’s display of a “Holiday Tree,” even comparing it to a military threat from North Korea and accusing Governor Lincoln Chafee of “kow-towing to the Commies,” saying he “is well-suited for survival at the North Korea border.” Of course, Liberty Counsel fails to mention that Chafee’s Republican predecessor also called it a “Holiday Tree,” but evidently Republicans get a free pass during the “War on Christmas.”

Today on Faith & Freedom, Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber said that Chafee is “joining forces with radical atheist groups to offend a majority percentage of Americans.” The funnyman went on to joke, “On April First we have April Fool’s Day, so atheists have their own holiday! So I don’t understand why they’re in such a fuss!”

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Barber's Slippery Slope: A Short Step from Satanism to Bestiality in the Military

A few weeks ago, we noted that anti-gay activist Paul Blair was contemplating a run for the Oklahoma state Senate, prompted by threats he received after speaking out against a local anti-discrimination policy.

So it was no surprise that Blair was recently on Peter LaBarbera's radio program where the two spent most of the program discussing the threats they have received and complaining how differently such things would be treated if Christians did them to gay activists.

Also joining them on the program was Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber, who has never been shy about vocalizing his own pure and unabashed disgust for all things gay.  So eventually Barber trotted out the false Religious Right claim that the military was going to legalize bestiality and managed to link that to the Religious Right outrage over the fact that the Air Force Academy had constructed a worship center for Wiccans:

Now it is legal in the United States Armed Services, if this gets through the House and is signed by President Obama, bestiality will be legal in the ranks of the Armed Services. It boggles the mind.

But this is that slippery slope we're on, so I guess we shouldn't be surprised to find that the United States Air Force Academy recently built a shrine - a Satanic Wiccan shrine - so that Wiccans can worship at the Air Force Academy.

Once you open the door to evil, it doesn't take long for it to fall completely apart.

Mat Staver's Vilification of Transgender Community Reaches New Heights

Liberty Counsel chairman Mathew Staver appeared on In the Market with Janet Parshall to discuss the organization’s latest case against Macy’s, which terminated an employee, Natalie Johnson, for refusing to follow company policy regarding the rights of LGBT customers. Staver, who last week told Vic Eliason of VCY America that the case is a result of the “LGBT sexual anarchist agenda gone awry” and that adults will begin identifying as children so they “can go and use the little kiddies restroom,” contended that the trans-friendly policy could lead to an increase in rape and sexual assaults as women in fitting rooms now “may be watched by a peeping tom or even worse, sexually assaulted or raped.” He went on to say that people who are transgender are similar to anorexics and bulimics, and do not deserve legal rights.

Staver: But even if they bring Natalie back that fixes one problem, but the big problem and the major problem is this policy. As you mentioned before the break, this really puts every woman at risk. A father doesn’t want to take his twelve, thirteen year-old daughter there to go to Macy’s and let her go into a woman’s fitting room, not knowing whether there may be some pedophile, pervert, or some other kind of person who’s waiting to do a sexual assault on this young woman, or your wife. Any woman does not want to go into a men’s restroom, a men’s fitting room, or a woman’s fitting room, thinking that they may be watched by a peeping tom or even worse, sexually assaulted or raped, and in fact this is a liability waiting to happen and Macy’s needs to fix this problem.



We’re going to see this unless we ultimately wake up and stop this radical agenda, because what this so-called movement, they keep changing the alphabet around, now it’s LGBT and it’s LGBTQ, and now I just came across LGBTQQI, there’s all kinds of new alphabets to this, bottom line is this though: they believe that you should be able to be anyone you want to be in your mind. So, objective biology and physiology, how you’re actually born and how you look, really doesn’t make any difference. What makes a difference is what you think in your mind. It’s kind of like anorexic bulimia, obviously someone they believe they are overweight when they’re really not, here, if they believe that they are a woman and they’re really a man, well instead of addressing the issue, they want you to have some legal protection for it.

Liberty Counsel Compares North Korean Military Threat to Bogus "War on Christmas"

Liberty Counsel, in an alert to members today, compared North Korea’s threat against South Korea over a church group’s Christmas light display near the DMZ to the so-called “War on Christmas” in America. North Korea reacted furiously to the Christmas lights which could be seen in some cities near the border, leading to a not-so-thinly veiled threat against its southern neighbor.

This caught the eye of Liberty Counsel, which has been fighting the purported “War on Christmas” in America and likened Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee to the totalitarian Communist state for naming a Holiday Tree in the state capitol.

Of course, Liberty Counsel failed to mention that Chafee’s Republican predecessor former Gov. Donald Carcieri also called the tree a Holiday Tree. “It appears Gov. Chafee is well-suited for survival at the North Korea border,” the group claims. “His policies are better for kow-towing to the Commies than celebrating Christmas.”

You might be a communist if…You ban poinsettias from a government school; You rename a Christmas tree a “holiday” tree in a state building…or You threaten your neighbors with unexpected consequences if they want to put up Christmas lights. North Korea has claimed that South Korea’s plan to place three Christmas light displays in the shape of large trees is “a mean attempt for psychological warfare.” Their official site states, “The enemy warmongers ... should be aware that they should be held responsible entirely for any unexpected consequences that may be caused by their scheme,” according to the Associated French Press.



Here in America, a Texas school banned Santa; a California school went another step and also banned poinsettias and Christmas trees, alleging that each was too religious. In addition, Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island renamed a Christmas tree a holiday tree against the wishes of the tree’s donor and the outcry across his state. It appears Gov. Chafee is well-suited for survival at the North Korea border. His policies are better for kow-towing to the Commies than celebrating Christmas.

Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel, commented: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to millions of people who live in repressive regimes like North Korea, where their faith is tested everyday. America needs to be a beacon of hope to the world. It is an important lesson to Americans to not let the ‘grinches’ steal our Christmas spirit here in the land of the free.”

Tim Goeglein Says George W. Bush Possessed an Aristotelian "Greatness of Soul"

For eight years, Timothy Goeglein served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison where he served as the middle man between the Oval Office and the Religious Right.

Goeglein served in this capacity until it was discovered that he had plagarized several columns he had been writing for an Indiana newspaper over the years and he subsequently resigned, eventually landing a new job as the main lobbyist for Focus on the Family.

Since leaving the White House, Goeglein has not been shy about proclaiming his undying admiration for his former boss, calling President Bush the "most pro-life and pro-family president in the history of the United States" and a "great thinker" who was "the instrument in God's hand" that kept America safe and who will one day be recognized by historians as one of the nation's greatest leaders.

Goeglein has now written a book about his time with Bush entitled "The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era" and this week is a guest on Liberty Counsel's "Faith and Freedom" radio program where he is promoting.

And judging by today's episode, Goeglein's love of President Bush has in no way abated, as he declared that Bush was one of those men who possessed an Aristotelian "a greatness of soul":

Matt Barber and Janet Mefferd Dismiss Violence Against LGBT Community as "Nonsense"

The Religious Right erupted against the Obama administration’s new policy to protect the rights of LGBT people around the world with warnings that God will punish America and calls for urgent prayers against the initiative. Yesterday, Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber joined Janet Mefferd to attack not only the administration’s directive to support LGBT-rights abroad but also to dismiss the ample evidence of violence against people as a result of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Both Barber and Mefferd earlier defended countries that criminalize homosexuality, and while speaking together they both claimed that violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is not a problem. Apparently, Barber and Mefferd do not believe that arresting, imprisoning and punishing people because they are gay are forms of violence, and choose to ignore the overwhelming evidence of persecution of LGBT people throughout the world.

Barber dismissed concerns about violence against the LGBT community as “nonsense” and said that efforts to protect the rights and dignity of LGBT people are “unconscionable” and “disgusting.”

Barber: You don’t force other nations to put their stamp of approval, the official government stamp of approval, on disordered, sinful behavior.

Mefferd: Here’s a question I had too. In all the stories I was reading yesterday about this directive, in none of them did I see any break down of statistics on the number of homosexuals and transgenders worldwide who are being tortured, persecuted and killed for being gay, have you seen any statistics like that?

Barber: Of course not, it’s nonsense. It’s Orwellian New Speak.



Barber: His latest actions I think bring shame upon this nation that he has pledged to serve in that again he’s embarrassed us in the eyes of nations around the world by pushing this radical—and it is a radical sexual anarchist agenda—and telling other nations ‘you will sign off on this radical sexual anarchist agenda or you will get no U.S. foreign aid.’ That is extortion, it is unconscionable, it is disgusting but it is in keeping with this radical president’s M.O.

The United Nations has consistently pointed to the “abuses that target LGBT people, including killings, torture, rape, violence, disappearances, and discrimination in many areas of life” and Lutheran Social Services found that violence against the LGBT community in the developing world is “horrific” as “people from the LGBT community are beaten, killed, tortured, psychologically tormented, or jailed because of their sexual orientation.” The group also notes that the government is often responsible for promoting anti-gay attacks, as many times “the police will not protect individuals and may be the worst perpetrators of the violence.”

According to the ILGA’s 2011 report [pdf] on “State-Sponsored Homophobia,” 76 countries criminalize homosexuality, five of which have the death penalty. The ILGA noted that for many LGBT people, particularly in Africa, the situation has “worsened” with increases in “harassment, humiliation, extortion, arbitrary arrests, judicial violence imprisonment, torture, hate crimes and honor killings.” Corrective rape against lesbians is also on the rise in countries like South Africa and Jamaica.

Rather than do actual research, Barber and Mefferd are so committed to their anti-gay ideology that they even try to whitewash the unmistakable cases of violence against LGBT people throughout the world.

Staver Warns that Transgender Rights Will Lead to Adults Using The "Little Kiddies Restroom"

Mat Staver appeared on Crosstalk yesterday with Vic Eliason to discuss the firing of a Macy’s employee who refused to follow company policy on transgender customers. Staver’s Liberty Counsel is now representing the employee, who would not let a transgender woman use a woman’s fitting room, and he has launched a campaign to pressure Macy’s to alter store policy by adding “a third dressing room for transgender individuals.” During the interview, Eliason asked Staver what would happen “if I envision myself as being a kangaroo” or “a monkey or a walrus,” and Staver claimed that rights for transgender people would mean that adults can identify themselves as children and therefore “go and use the little kiddies restroom.”

Listen:

Staver: This was a man, everyone recognized it’s a man, going into the women’s restroom. Now whether that person has good or ill intentions towards women, no one knows, but the fact of the matter is when you defy common sense and when it says ‘women’s fitting room’ and you allow people other than women in that fitting room, you’re just asking for trouble. This is just an absurd policy, this is the so-called LGBT sexual anarchist agenda gone awry, I mean this is the absurdity to which this agenda goes when you ultimately follow it to its logical conclusion.

Eliason: If I envision myself as being a kangaroo, I mean let’s go outside of the gender of humanity, somebody might think I’m a monkey or a walrus, you’d say ‘Vic if you said that they would send you to the nut house, they would send you to the insane asylum.’

Staver: Well what happens if someone says, ‘I’m an adult but I identify myself as a child, I can go and use the little kiddies restroom,’ or silly things like that. But that’s where it goes to.

Liberty Counsel, Family Research Council Enraged by Move to Consider Gay Rights in Foreign Aid

That was fast.

Just moments after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the United Nations in a historic address that the United States that the United States is committed to protecting LGBT people overseas from persecution and discrimination, and will use foreign aid as an instrument to defend their rights, Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber attacked Clinton and President Obama for having an “obsession with the radical homosexual activist agenda.” Clinton called out abuses such as violence against the LGBT community, including “corrective rape,” along with the criminalization and demonization of homosexuals.

But that was too much for Barber, who earlier this year joined Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver in blasting the Obama administration for withholding aid to Malawi because the country outlaws homosexuality. Barber told the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow that the Obama administration is “trying to force nations to adopt America’s immoral positions on issues of sexuality” while supposedly ignoring “real human rights abuses”:

The announced policy, according to Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel Action, "displays the arrogance of the Obama administration."

It is "frankly offensive," says the attorney, that President Obama "feels compelled to export American culture's decline in morality, and export that immorality to other nations that are trying to adhere to traditional principles relative to human sexuality."

Barber also notes that the administration is apparently ignoring the fact that foreign nations -- like the United States -- are sovereign countries. He adds that the U.S. is "using essentially blackmail and the purse strings" of the nation to force countries to change their moral principles.

"What about nations where Christians are driven out of the nation or executed?" he asks. "And this Obama administration, instead of focusing on real human rights abuses, is trying to force nations to adopt America's immoral positions on issues of sexuality."

Barber believes there is an "obsession with the radical homosexual activist agenda that seems to drive this Obama administration."

UPDATE: Family Research Council senior fellow Peter Sprigg also denounced the new policy to defend LGBT rights abroad, lashing out at the administration for “imposing an alien ideology on other countries”:

"It is startling that President Obama is prepared to throw the full weight and reputation of the United States behind the promotion overseas of the radical ideology of the sexual revolution. If he did the same on other issues, his own liberal allies would undoubtedly accuse him of cultural imperialism. Threats to withhold foreign aid from poor countries unless they conform their laws to the views of Western radicals are unconscionable.

"The United Nations, like the United States, remains sharply divided on the issue of whether special rights should be granted on the basis of sexual conduct, sexual orientation or gender identity. No treaty or widely accepted international agreement has established homosexual conduct as a human right, yet the Obama administration's actions seem guided by this fiction.

"President Obama should increase efforts to defend human rights that are widely recognized, such as religious liberty, rather than appeasing his domestic allies by imposing an alien ideology on other countries."

Religious Right Hoping to Exploit Hispanic Frustration with Obama

Even before the opening bell at the Values Voter Summit, the Liberty Counsel hosted a breakfast on messaging and outreach to Hispanic Americans. Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver shared the stage with Tony Calatayud, a Miami-based activist who works for the Spanish language arm of Christian radio Salem Communications.   Calatayud, who helped Marco Rubio get elected to the U.S. Senate from Florida, now travels the country helping to identify and support conservative Hispanic candidates with the group Conservadores.

Staver said that Hispanic unhappiness with Barack Obama is “a really good thing going into 2012.” Calatayud agreed. The growing Hispanic community could be a huge electoral force for conservatives, he said, if only Republicans would stop alienating Hispanic voters with “idiotic” anti-immigrant rhetoric. He said “the Hispanic evangelical movement in this country is exploding” and said repeatedly that Hispanics are “conservative in nature” and share the Religious Right’s values on social issues. Polls suggest, in fact, that Latinos are pro-LGBT equality, but also that Latino evangelicals are more politically conservative than Latino Catholics.
 
Calatayud argued that conservative leaders need to make a “covenant” with “Kingdom-minded” Latino leaders and support an approach to immigration that includes four points: border security first; family reunification; a guest worker program; and “just integration” (a term he attributed to Sam Rodriguez) of the 12-15 million undocumented people already in the country. Calatayud said he didn’t want to hear the word “amnesty” ever again; he and Staver complained about Republicans who use the word “amnesty” to describe anything short of mass deportation. Calatayud got a polite but quiet hearing from the audience for his presentation on immigration; the only applause came when, in response to a question, he affirmed his belief that everyone must learn English.
 
Calatayud also insisted that the eventual Republican candidate must build a “covenant” relationship with Latino evangelical pastors and devote real money to campaign outreach. He said he had hoped Marco Rubio would run this time around; he predicts Rubio will not accept a VP slot this year, but believes he will be the GOP nominee in 2016 or 2020.
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