Glenn Beck opened his television program last night by previewing the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage with David Barton of WallBuilders and Kelly Shackelford of the Liberty Institute. The three Religious Right activists warned that if gay marriage bans are struck down, churches will be stripped of their tax-exempt status, average citizens will be fired from their jobs simply for attending a church that opposes gay marriage, and the government may even attempt to strip Beck of his broadcasting license because his church won't perform gay marriages ...spectacular incidents that haven't occurred in any of the 37 states that already have marriage equality.
To kick things off, Barton flalsely claimed that 2009's hate crimes law protected pedophiles, which means that if the Supreme Court now legalizes gay marriage, pedophilia will also become legally protected.
Not to be outdone, Beck later chimed in to warn that anti-gay churches will lose their tax-exempt status, people will lose their jobs for attending such a church, and ultimately the Bible will be outlawed as a "hate book."
"Maybe right away, maybe not right away, but definitely it will happen," Beck declared.
Janet Porter, founder and president of Faith2Action, compares homosexuality to a deadly children’s toy in her new anti-gay documentary “Light Wins,” which features appearances from Republican leaders Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul.
Porter ominously questions: “If hundreds of thousands of people died from a product that’s being marketed to your children, would you want to know about it? A lethal product like that would have more than a warning label, it would be pulled from the shelves and anyone caught selling it would be held legally liable?” The answer would be yes, Porter explained, “unless that product happened to be homosexual behavior, a behavior responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands.”
Anti-gay activist John R. Diggs, Jr. explains to viewers that the facts regarding the deadliness of homosexuality come from “the biggest sources of medicine, whether it be the Center for Disease Control, National Institute of Health, the Journal of the American Medical Association.” For this reason, Diggs suggests that gay people who are angry about what he is saying “speak to the most anti-gay force in the world, and that is Mother Nature herself.”
Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton also chimes in, saying that in order for a revival to take place, Americans must “address the homosexual issue” and “confront it head-on.” Michigan state Rep. Gary Glenn adds that it is possible to save gay individuals because “there have been thousands of people who have” gotten out of the homosexual “lifestyle.”
Porter laments that her prophesized criminalization of sexual orientation conversion therapy has come to fruition. Now, “licensed counselors in California and New Jersey are forbidden from giving hope to minors who do not want same-sex attractions.” Even if pastors “do anything other than encourage homosexual behavior, they will lose their license to counsel,” she claims. Porter, dramatically positioned in front of a closing iron door, warns that “for those who want help leaving homosexuality, that door is closed.”
Earlier this year, Religious Right activist Janet Porter announced that she had produced a documentary called "Light Wins: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity," which featured a who's who of anti-gay activists, Republican members of Congress, and GOP presidential candidates warning that gay rights activists are out to destroy Christianity and put Christians in jail.
Nothing quite sums up the anti-gay insanity that fundamentally drives this movie like this segment in which an anti-gay activist wearing a doctor's coat says that placing one's genitals in "the tract where you expel waste" is nothing short of perversion, while Liberty University's Judith Reisman says that teaching children about homosexuality is "grooming the child for sexual activity" and is a crime.
Not to be outdone, Gary Glenn, who is a long-time anti-gay activist who also happens to be a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, declares that public school officials ought to be held criminally liable if students are taught about homosexuality and then contract some sort of sexually transmitted disease.
"If some young person hears at school that it's okay to be gay and then comes down with a fatal disease as a result," Glenn said, "school officials should be held legally liable, individually and in their official capacities, financially and maybe even criminal":
Right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton also makes an appearance to warn that God does not approve of Christians who do not speak out in opposition to homosexuality while Porter trots out her favorite claim that gay marriage was responsible for Noah's flood.
The Supreme Court's possible legalization of gay marriage, Porter warns, means that "we are uniquely and distinctly positioned for the return of Christ like no other time in history":
David Barton appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program this morning where he warned that if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage, it will lead to the elimination of gender-specific locker rooms for all college athletes.
After claiming that the legalization of gay marriage will force churches to hire "a homosexual youth director" despite the fact that it conflicts with their religious beliefs, Barton went on to assert that it will also require male and female college athletes to share one locker room.
"Because sex also means gender identification," Barton said, "Title IX, which is what all the colleges use for sports, it goes out the door as well. So all your locker rooms now become one locker room, you can't distinguish between male and female."
"This destroys all of society," Beck added:
It should be pointed out that nothing like this has occurred in any of the 37 states that already have marriage equality.
On the "WallBuilders Live" radio program today, David Barton warned that LGBT rights activists are seeking to "evangelize" public school students in order to recruit them into homosexuality.
Reacting to reports that an elementary school in Maine had read "I Am Jazz," a book about a transgender child, to young students, Barton warned that this was part of an effort by LGBT activists to evangelize young kids into thinking that they are gay.
"This is evangelism," Barton said. "This is exactly how you evangelize. You raise questions. You give examples. You share stuff, you create relational stories. They're doing evangelism for transgenders."
Barton then went on to once again cite his favorite 19th century source to explain that this is exactly why homosexuality should be illegal.
"The simple answer goes back to a law book in 1814 is that folks like this, like homosexuals, they have to recruit kids," he said. "That's the only way they can keep their movement alive because adults don't go there. You have to recruit kids. And so that's why, back in 1814, they were explaining why we don't allow homosexuality, why our laws are against that, because you're evangelizing kids for that lifestyle."
Rep. Louie Gohmert was the guest on today's "WallBuilders Live" radio broadcast, where he warned that if the Senate does not stop President Obama's deal with Iran, it will be the end for America.
If leaders in the Senate "continue to be wimps" and refuse to stop the Iran deal, he warned, then "that will be written up as the downfall of Israel and the United States."
"I think Israel is going to come through, by the grace of God," Gohmert said, "but if we are this stupid in helping our enemy come after us, then we would be, in the eyes of history, deserving of what we get":
Later, David Barton chimed in to declare that support for the nation of Israel is the most important issue of the 2016 election because nothing else will matter if God stops blessing America.
"If you believe in the Bible, if you think the Bible is true, then you have to take is seriously when God says, 'Whoever blesses Israel, I'll bless, whoever curses Israel, I'll curse,'" he said. "If God actually means what He says and, of course, He says He does, then that's got to be a number-one issue in the next election because I don't care how good you are on the economy, I don't care how good you are on education, I don't care how good you are on defense, if you're bad on Israel, we're not going to be a blessed nation":
Today's "WallBuilders Live" radio program was dedicated entirely to an interview that Rick Green and David Barton recently conducted with Kent Hovind, the right-wing folk hero known as "Dr. Dino" from his days running Dinosaur Adventure Land, a creationist theme park in Florida.
Hovind has spent most of the last decade in prison for "structuring" in an effort to avoid paying federal income tax on the grounds that all of the money generated by his theme park belonged to God. He is currently facing even more legal troubles stemming from his alleged efforts to illegally prevent the government from selling off properties seized from him in the original tax case.
Today's WallBuilders interview was entirely one-sided, as Green and Barton more or less allowed Hovind to tell his side of the story unchallenged as he repeatedly insisted that he had never broken any laws and had never done anything wrong and, at one point, even compared himself to Job.
After Green noted that Hovind has not received much support from the conservative Christian community because many believe Hovind to be nothing more than a tax protestor, Hovind insisted that he was nothing of the sort.
"People who say that about me," Hovind asserted, "are doing the same thing Job's friends did to him. Bildad, Eliphaz, and Zophar, they said 'Job, you had to do something wrong or this wouldn't have happened.' Their whole song and dance for the whole book of Job was 'Job, you had to sin.' Finally, God had to explain it to them in Chapter 42, guys, go tell Job you're sorry. And so maybe that will happen in my case":
Barton's thesis and his scholarship were so roundlycriticized that ultimately his book was pulled from publication by the publisher. Despite the fact that he produced one of the least credible works of historical scholarship in recent memory, Barton continues to defend his book and even featured the authors of a new book on Jefferson on his radio program yesterday, claiming that their book supports and validates the claims that he made in his own book.
And Barton was very intent on letting his audience know that these authors both held a Ph.D, making sure to mention it three times in less than a minute:
That's why, we we came out with the book "The Jefferson Lies" that tore down all this stuff, man, the left went viciously through the roof and said "oh, that's not true." Well, now it turns out that other scholars, a couple of Ph.Ds have come out with a new book called "Doubting Thomas" that indeed reaches the same conclusions that we did on the faith of Jefferson ... And so now Ph.Ds are out with this kind of stuff and we thought this is good because people need the apologetics on Thomas Jefferson because if you can take Jefferson away from left then it becomes very naked what they're trying to do. They're trying to impose their own personal agenda. It no longer has anything to do history or credibility. And so this will be a fun interview to look at Jefferson through the eyes of two PH.Ds who have done research work on Jefferson that has not been done in this generations for sure and I don't think this kind of work has been done in Jefferson in the last one hundred years, quite frankly.
Their theological degrees are utterly irrelevant, but Barton's insistence on repeatedly noting that the authors both held "Ph.Ds" seemed pretty clearly designed to create the false impression that they were historians by trade.
As we have noted before, Glenn Beck is fond of bragging that he doesn't even know anyone who could be considered to be "anti-gay" despite the fact that he works closely with a great many such people on a regular basis. The only way Beck can plausibly claim not to be aware of the anti-gayviewsespoused by even close personal friends like David Barton is if he is intentionally choosing not to listen to what they say, which actually seems to be the case.
Last night, Beck featured Barton on his television program for the entire hour and much of the discussion involved efforts to protect the "rights" of Christian business owners to discriminate against gay people in the name of protecting religious liberty. At one point, Barton made the argument that the government is overstepping it jurisdiction by requiring Christians to violate their consciences because that is a right granted to them by God, which he sought to illustrate by comparing it to someone repainting some else's car simply because they didn't like the original color.
Beck agreed, saying that, by the same token, "the government can't say 'you can't be a homosexual' because ... that's how you practice your life."
Not so fast, Barton responded.
"To some degree. But the government has always taken stands on behavior that undermine the government itself," Barton said. "And that's where morality has always ... see, consanguinity, the government's always gotten involved; you can't marry your brother and sister, you can't marry your first cousin. So there's always been things that protect the moral climate of the society ... You've always had standards on behavior":
Barton was very clearly pushing back on Beck's notion that the government has no right to outlaw homosexuality, which, given Barton's anti-gay rhetoric and belief that our public policy must operate according to the Bible, would only come as a surprise to someone who has intentionally been trying to ignore Barton's well-documented views.
Last month, we posted a clip of David Barton asserting that God will never allow scientists to find a vaccine for HIV/AIDS because such a vaccine would eliminate the divine "penalty" for homosexuality, which would contradict the teaching found in Romans 1.
As "evidence" of this position, the Religious Right psuedo-historian and GOP activist claimed that the virus that causes AIDS is constantly mutating, making it impossible to inoculate against. He pointed to news stories about various failures by researchers to successfully test an experimental vaccine as "proof" of his assertion.
As Warren Throckmorton reported at the time, the stories that Barton cited were utterly unrelated and did not prove his point at all:
In the video, Barton first showed the Popular Science headline and then said:
The headlines came out and said, for the first time ever an HIV vaccine shows success in trial. Oh my gosh, I guess there is, I guess I must have misinterpreted the Bible, cause the Bible’s true, and then six weeks later, they came out with this that says, NIH halts trial of HIV vaccine after it fails to work. The newspaper said it worked but none of the medical evidence said that it worked. So they still don’t have a cure.
The problem with Barton’s presentation is that the second headline didn’t come out “six weeks later.” Rather it came out four years later in 2013 and was about an entirely different attempt to create a vaccine.
The Yahoo News article Barton referred to (the second headline) is only available via Internet Archives and is dated April 26, 2013. The Yahoo article linked to the NIH announcement that the HVTN 505 clinical trial had been halted. The HVTN 505 trial results had nothing to do with the earlier success of RV 144. The RV 144 trial was reported in 2009, the same year that the HVTN 505 started. The NIH has more on the HVTN 505 trial on the NIH website.
Barton got the time frame wrong and made it appear that the two headlines were related to each other.
In an interview at a Cleveland Right to Life Event last year, self-proclaimed historian David Barton declared that “no nation” has ever survived more than 80 years past a collapse of “premarital purity and postmarital fidelity.”
“In regards to the moral standing of other democracies, including ancient Rome, how is the United States measuring up today?” an interviewer asked Barton in an edited clip posted on YouTube by the anti-choice group.
“Well, we got real trouble,” Barton responded.
“…Pre-marital purity and post-marital fidelity…no nation, any nation in 5,000 years has ever survived two generations past that, so it’s gone within 80 years,” he said. “So Rome’s the same way.”
The comments start about 20 seconds into the clip: