In an interview with Newsmax TV on Monday, former Southern Baptist Convention policy head Richard Land, agreed with Graham’s comments, accusing the president of promoting “extreme gay rights” by speaking out against Kenya’s law, which punishes homosexuality by up to 14 years in prison.
Land also accused the administration of "trying to blackmail governments overseas” to lift anti-LGBT restrictions.
“The military is not a social organization,” he said. “The military is not a place where we try out experiments. The military is designed to kill people and break things. The purpose of the military is to train a fighting force to defend this country and to fight our battles. It’s not to fight the battles of sexual identity or orientation. It’s to fight the battles that threaten American sovereignty and American freedom.”
He then compared providing medical care to transgender people to elective breast enhancement surgery: “We don’t do breast enhancements, which would be a part of that. If we’re going to do it for somebody who’s transgender, would we not do it for a female who said, ‘I’d feel better about myself if I was a 38D rather than a 34A?'”
The military, Huckabee concluded, is “not designed to be a social club or some type of organization where we help people feel better about themselves," adding, "if there's something that makes it difficult for you to defend this country, maybe the military is not the right place for you."
Huckabee has pledged to restore the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy for gay and lesbian service members if he is elected president.
Richard Land, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s political arm, said yesterday that a conservative group’s new series of videosfalsely claiming that Planned Parenthood is “selling aborted baby” parts may be the “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” of the fight against legal abortion.
“I think that this may be the equivalent of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’” Land said on Newsmax TV. “You know, when Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote that book, she put a human face on slavery. And Lincoln met her after the war had started and said, ‘I’m finally glad to meet the woman who wrote the book that started the war.’ I think that you may, the American people may now be forced to confront the evil and the barbarity and the savagery of the pro-abortion movement.”
Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo managed to tie two of the biggest issues of the week together on Tuesday when he railed against efforts to take down Confederate flags, saying that the Koran is an even more dangerous symbol, and then claimed that thanks to the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality decision, such comments will soon be illegal.
When Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg asked Tancredo to discuss a Facebook post he recently wrote comparing the Confederate flag to the Koran, Tancredo responded that efforts to “erase” the flag are misguided.
“However,” he continued, “there is something else out there, our president really happens to enjoy it, we teach about it in the public schools, we tell people, kids in the public schools to respect it. It’s called the Koran and it’s responsible for far more, far more murders, enslavement, the most horrible things, and it’s still going on. It’s not history, it’s still happening. And that, we don’t ban it, heavens no, we even tell kids we gotta read it in our schools and respect it.”
Malzberg then changed the subject, asking Tancredo about the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, which Tancredo said was connected. Not only will the decision eventually lead to the criminal prosecution of pastors, he claimed, but soon “everything I just said” about the Confederate flag and the Koran will be “outlawed” due to the institution of unconstitutional hate speech prohibitions.
“Mark my words, that’s what’s coming,” he said. “Dark days ahead, Steve.”
Warning that the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision puts religious freedom “absolutely, unquestionably and unequivocally” at risk, former Southern Baptist Convention political official Richard Land said today that the decision could even land pastors in jail for refusing to perform same-sex marriages.
“Unless we have a spiritual awakening in America, the battle for traditional marriage is over and the battle for religious freedom has begun,” Land told Newsmax’s J.D. Hayworth.
“I know it’s difficult for liberals to understand this, but we have convictions,” he said. “And convictions can’t be coerced and they can’t be intimidated and they can’t be threatened. We’re going to speak the truth in love. Just because five lawyers say same-sex marriage is legal, that doesn’t make it moral and that doesn’t make it right.”
When Hayworth asked him if the Supreme Court’s decision means pastors could end up in jail for refusing to perform marriages for gay and lesbian couples, Land responded that “it could” after a few “intermediate steps.”
Of course, in the dozens of states that allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry before last week’s decision, not one pastor has been thrown into jail for refusing to perform such a marriage, just as nearly 50 years after the Supreme Court struck down interracial marriage bans, clergy are still free to refuse to perform such marriages. Even some of Land’s fellow Southern Baptist leaders have denied the possibility that pastors will be sent to jail for refusing to perform gay couple’s weddings.
Steve Malzberg invited Rep. Steve King onto his Newsmax program on Friday to discuss issues ranging from the church shooting in Charleston, which King blamed on prescription medication, to undocumented immigrants, whom he said have killed “multiples of the victims of the September 11 attacks,” to Caitlyn Jenner, whom he said illustrates “how far this society has gone from rational thought.”
The Iowa Republican also had some thoughts on Hillary Clinton’s slam of Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric in his presidential announcement. King said that Clinton unfairly made the “presumption that perhaps there will be some white people that might discriminate against some not-so-white people on the basis of being inspired by Trump’s speech.”
He also attempted to criticize the former secretary of state for inconsistency: “It’s Hillary that says ‘I’m not going to channel my husband,’ but she would channel Donald Trumps announcement speech instead to try to gain a political advantage out of that.”
David Horowitz, the conservative activist whose annual retreats have attracted GOP presidential hopefuls including Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry, alleged in an interview with Newsmax TV yesterday that Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin leaked information to the militants who killed four American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
“Look, Hillary Clinton, this woman is a criminal,” Horowitz told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg. “This woman got four people killed in Benghazi. She, you know, disclosed her private emails to Huma Abedin, a Muslim Brotherhood operative that showed where Ambassador Stephens was all the time, making him a perfect target.”
In the interview, Tancredo reiterated the accusation before alluding to accusations that the president is secretly Muslim and asserting that the president finds Christianity and Western Civilization “disdainful.”
“Listen, this president, no matter how he tries to portray himself in terms of his religious proclivities — because he’s never been baptized, to anybody’s knowledge, in a Christian church — we do know, of course, of his past participation in Islamic religion in terms of schooling and that sort of — so, the reality is he is not a Christian,” he said. “I don’t think he cares one twit about what Christians say. And I think, this is my belief, that he is antagonistic to Christianity because it is part of Western Civilization, and that is what he also finds disdainful.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee celebrated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign victory during an interview today with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg, lauding Netanyahu as “a Churchill in a world of Chamberlains.”
When Malzberg asked Huckabee why President Obama has “extraordinary disdain for Israel in general,” Huckabee responded that Obama has “an extraordinary sense of identity with and sympathy for many of the other Middle Eastern nations.”
Huckabee added that the president also resents Israel and Netanyahu’s strength: “I think he resents the strength of Israel. I think he resents very much the strength of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is absolutely forthright in his understanding of what the threats are with Islamic jihadism, a term that President Obama cannot bring himself to utter nor can his administration. I believe as a result of that he finds that Netanyahu represents what he can’t be, and that’s a very strong leader who can keep his word.”
In an interview with Newsmax posted online today, Sen. Ted Cruz said that it would be a “travesty” for the Senate to hold a vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. attorney general, saying she would be “materially worse” than Attorney General Holder.
Cruz told Newsmax host John Bachman, “We have the ability to defeat this nomination, and there are two ways to do so. Number one, if every Republican on the Judiciary Committee simply votes no, the nomination is dead.”
“Secondly,” he added, “even if the committee votes on her nomination, leadership has the authority simply not to report the nomination to the floor.”
“If leadership brings it to the floor, the Republican Senate will have put in place an attorney general who will continue the lawlessness and abuse of power of President Obama,” he said. “I think that would be a travesty, I think it would be an abdication of our responsibility, I certainly hope we don’t do that.”
In an interview on Newsmax today, Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., criticized President Obama’s recent summit on violent extremism as a “feel-good thing on something that’s very serious” and contended that what America really needs to do to fight extremism at home and abroad is to stop “taking God out of this country.”
Yoho told host J.D. Hayworth and fellow guest Michael Flanagan, both former GOP congressman: “Congressman Flanagan said we’ve got to get God back into a lot of these principles in our country that we were founded on, and I agree. We’re taking God out of this country, they’re fighting for their God, and all I can say is the person who has God on their side is going to win this. And I think we all need to huddle around and get back to some basics in this country.”
Rep. Blake Farenthold, Republican of Texas, stopped by Newsmax today to discuss President Obama’s request that Congress approve an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in the fight against the so-called Islamic State.
Farenthold said that he would prefer an AUMF without restrictions on the use of ground troops because “if we’re going to go into this, we need to go all in.” But he added that he would rather put Chuck Norris in charge of the whole thing because the president isn’t “committed to the war on terror.”
“I’m not a big fan of President Obama’s, but he was elected president, so that makes him commander-in-chief, so we need to give him full authority to do what he does,” he said. “Quite frankly, I think Chuck Norris would be the one to send in, not President Obama.”
“You’ve got a president who I don’t think is committed to the war on terror, does not realize that the threat is from radical Islam and not just a few crazies out there. I don’t think he gets it and I don’t think his heart’s behind it, and that really worries me,” he added.
In an interview with Newsmax today, conservative activist Star Parker — who has spent this week repeatedlyaccusing President Obama of “verbal rape” — attacked the president for his comments about the attack on a Jewish deli in Paris, saying that what “the radical extreme of Muslims and this president and all secularists have in common is they hate that biblical worldview, so therefore they hate America and they hate Israel.”
Parker said that the president’s actions have awakened those who “did not notice that we have been as a country taken over by extremists, by secular humanists who have a worldview in statism,” comparing the current political climate to the years before the Civil War.
“Some think the Tea Party is over and it’s not,” she said. “This is a momentum in our society that is not going to blow away any time soon, because most Americans who are the hard-working, who are the diligent, the god-fearing, understand that we’re in a very prayerful crossroads similar to an 1850s, where we can’t go on like we’ve been going for the last 50 or 60 years.”
“I believe that [Obama’s comment] builds the resolve in the American people that Israel’s values are our values, the core fundamental beliefs of America, our exceptionalism, our national allegiance, our limited role of government, our free markets, and our tradition,” she said. “This is what we have in common, and this is what secularists don’t like, and Barack Obama’s a secularist. And, in fact, it’s what he and the Muslims have in common, the radical extreme of Muslims and this president and all secularists have in common is they hate that biblical worldview, so therefore they hate America and they hate Israel.”
David Horowitz was invited to Newsmax today to discuss a new DHS information service for people with questions about the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on deportation relief, which he said showed that “we let all aggressors of color get to be victims.”
“I mean, it’s not just the immigration issue,” he continued. “It’s the race issue, too. We had a lynch mob out there in Ferguson for months that spread then to the rest of the country, and they were called protesters, and it’s like there was some hurt inflicted on them. What is the hurt in taking down a criminal like Michael Brown, who’s assaulting a police officer?”
“So the left has successfully changed the equation so that if you’re here illegally, somehow we should be sympathetic to you, and somehow you have rights, and somehow we want to heed your complaints. This is suicidal,” he said.
Later in the interview, Horowitz declared that “the president of the United States is a racist” and claimed that President Obama had appointed Rev. Al Sharpton, the “chief racist” and “chief lynch-mob leader in the country,” as his “race relations advisor.” The president is “backing these lynch mobs,” he added.
In an interview on Newsmax today, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee complained about President Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast speech — in which he said that groups like the so-called Islamic State “pervert and distort” the Muslim faith — by claiming that the president refuses to say that the Islamic State's ideology is a “perversion” of Islam, and implying that the president has blamed Christians for the group's violence.
“It is just unimaginable why he feels that he has to be the number one defender of all things Islam,” Huckabee said. “I’m not an anti-Islamicist, I’m not. But I feel like I can call something out for what it is."
"And there are many moderate Muslims across the world who are appalled by this," he continued. "Thank god for King Abdullah, thank God for President al-Sisi in Egypt, thank God here in America for Dr. Zuhdi Jasser and others who are willing to speak out. But they’re willing to say something that the American president won’t say, that it is Islam and that there is a perversion of it that is very deadly and dangerous, and that it isn’t Christians’ fault that people are having their heads cut off.”
President Obama and members of his administration, of course, have repeatedly stated that terrorist groups like the Islamic State distort Islam, something for which they get endlessly attacked by the Religious Right.
Burkman asked Gaffney “whether Obama just has no comprehension of foreign policy” or if “at a more sinister level, does he not see himself as representing the United States?”
“I think the president is of the view that Islam, not radical Islam, but the authoritative version of Islam is in fact a legitimate and desirable and, well, laudable enterprise,” Gaffney responded. “And there are many Muslims who would meet all of those tests. Unfortunately they don’t include, to my way of thinking, the authorities of Islam or those who are following their tenets.”
“The folks who believe in the traditions and institutions of Islam are, I’m afraid, part of the problem,” he continued. “To the extent the president is admiring of them and enabling of them, I think isn’t just a problem of not understanding what’s afoot here. I think it’s a deep sympathy for it. And it translates into an empowering and emboldening of the jihadists who are our mortal enemies.”
“The science is 100 percent clear-cut that vaccinations have nothing to do with autism,” Stein said, adding that he was “very, very disappointed” with Paul for perpetuating the “hoax.”
In response, Malzberg insisted that Paul was only talking about the “reaction that he has seen” to vaccinations from some parents, for instance Malzberg’s own reluctance to get his teenage son an HPV vaccine in order to protect “some female” from cervical cancer in the future.
“I’m not going to vaccinate my kid so that some female won’t get cervical cancer maybe when she’s 60 years old,” he said.
“Now, there you’re totally right and if that’s what Sen. Paul meant,” Stein responded. “If he meant that certain vaccines have reactions, he’s absolutely right about that and I congratulate him for saying that.”
Conservative pundit Betsy McCaughey, inventor of the Obamacare "death panels" rumor, visited the Newsmax show “America’s Forum” today to urge listeners to vaccinate their children in the wake of a measles outbreak in California that health officials have pinned on people who refuse to be vaccinated. But it’s not just anti-vaxxers who are to blame for the outbreak, McCaughey said. She also blamed the measles outbreak on immigrants, saying that “sadly our federal government is not taking any responsibility at all for preventing people who are carrying measles from entering the country.”
J.D. Hayworth, the former Arizona congressman and host of “America’s Forum,” was eager to blame the measles outbreak on immigrants as well, particularly the Central American children who fled to the southern border earlier this year who, as far as we know, have absolutely no connection to the measles outbreak that started at Disneyland. (In fact, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, where most of the children came from, have higher measles vaccination rates than the U.S.)
“You’re just talking about legal immigration, and you take a look at the last year and the influx of juveniles from Central America and obviously we have problems, so there are a couple of reasons at work,” Hayworth said.
“So, Betsy, you’re telling us that part of it is an anti-vaccine movement, but the other part is illegal immigration,” he prompted.
“We’re allowing it to be carried into the country and that’s wrong,” she said.
There is a long tradition of the anti-immigrant movement of attempting to blame disease outbreaks on immigrants, which was revived in force by the right-wing media in connection to the crisis at the border this summer. Back in August, Hayworth memorably had his fearmongering about child immigrants carrying diseases shut down by an infectious disease expert, but he doesn’t seem to have learned anything from the experience.
Former congressman Allen West wants to make sure that the new GOP majorities in the House and Senate are put to good use, and what better way to do the people’s business than by asking President Obama whether he supports terrorism or freedom?
West, who now heads the conservative National Center for Policy Analysis, spoke to Newsmax host Steve Malzberg yesterday about the need for the Republican-led Congress to expose Obama’s anti-American agenda.
“The most important thing that they have to do is evidence who Barack Obama is,” West said. “We have to put the president in the position to say of whose side are you on: Are you on the side of liberty and freedom or the Islamic terrorists? Are you on the side of the American people and true economic recovery or do you just want to continue to run around the country to talk about free community college tuition?”
Judicial Watch founder and litigious anti-Obama crusader Larry Klayman claimed in an interview with Newsmax yesterday that President Obama’s remarks on income inequality are a sign that “he sees everything in terms of race and religion” and that he has “dismantled this country in many ways as a payback” for discrimination against African Americans.
“If you’re talking about income equality all the time, that’s what he’s talking about, he believes in his heart, he sees everything in terms of race and religion,” he said. “And in my view, and this may sound harsh, but I think people are starting to believe it, is that he believes that this country had to pay back for years of invidious discrimination to African Americans — and it was terrible discrimination, I agree — and he has dismantled this country in many ways as a payback. And also with the Muslim world, he doesn’t like Israel, he’s done everything he can to harm them.”
“I don’t mean this in a racial way, but all of us are equal, we’re all the same and he favors what he considers to be his people over everybody else,” he added. “It wasn’t right when white people did it to African Americans, it’s not right that he’s now doing it to others in this country.”