One of the most interesting aspects of monitoring David Barton, the right-wing pseudo-historian who is currently running one of Ted Cruz's presidential Super PACs, is watching how the claims that he makes become more and more dishonest as the misinformation that he spreads goes unchecked by his audience and associates.
A few weeks ago, Barton appeared on Glenn Beck's television program to promote a new survey conducted by Christian pollster George Barna, which they all falsely claimed had found that the vast majority of churchgoers wanted to hear their pastors preach against things like legal abortion and gay marriage.
As we pointed out at the time, "92% of the total respondents" of Barna's survey were conservative Christian activists, meaning that it really only represented the views of "spiritually active Christians who hold politically conservative views." But despite the fact that this survey was absurdly biased and represented only the views of a narrow segment of the Christian population, Barton has been hard at work falsely claiming that it represents the views of all churchgoers as he seeks to encourage pastors to start preaching on the issues that are central to his right-wing political agenda.
Last night, Barton appeared on Beck's television program again to misleadingly promote this same survey, which he did this time by claiming that it shows that churchgoers are "unanimous" in wanting to hear these sorts of right-wing issues preached from their pulpits.
Barton, without a hint of irony, stated that conservatives tend to remain quiet on contentious cultural issues because "they're concerned about truth" and often don't feel that they know enough to be able to comment intelligently on such issues, unlike liberals, who don't care about the truth at all and "will just throw stuff out all the time."
He then proceeded to explain his theory that 20 percent of the population will "oppose everything all of the time," which means that if a survey finds that 80 percent of people support something, then it is essentially unanimous. As such, he said that Barna's survey, which supposedly found that upwards of 80 percent of all churchgoers want to hear anti-abortion and ant-gay sermons, means that American congregations are unanimous on these positions.
"It's a landslide," he said. "When I see a poll that has 80 percent, that tells me it is unanimous. You';re going to have 20 percent of the people who don't think the sun comes up in the east and goes down in the west, so you'll always have 20 percent who are loudmouths on the other side. When you get 80 percent, you're talking unanimous."
Doomsday prophet Glenn Beck issued a dire warning to America on his radio program today, declaring that this nation will soon beg the Lord to destroy us simply so we can escape the evil that we have unleashed upon the world.
What set Beck off this time was the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from outside the Oklahoma state capitol earlier this week, which, for some reason, he falsely conflated with the installation of a statue of Satan in Detroit back in July.
Beck literally read from this Time Magazine article, dated July 27, about the satanic statue as he repeatedly insisted that its unveiling had taken place last Saturday night, just days before the Ten Commandments monument was removed in Oklahoma.
The (false) juxtaposition of these two events, Beck warned, is proof that America has crossed a line into pure, unadulterated evil.
"I warn you America," he stated, choking back tears, "you will be the darkest nation to ever, ever exist on this planet. Evil will not destroy us, it will pervert us, it will use the technology and the strength that we have, it will use us for dark purposes. In the end, we will beg the Lord above to destroy us! We will beg for destruction to stop the evil that we will bring to this earth."
The fact that nobody cares "that there is a statue to Lucifer that has been erected last Saturday in Detroit" is outrageous, Beck said.
"Let me tell you, it is a big deal," he warned. "God will not be mocked on his own land, by his own people."
Allow us to also point out that immediately following this extended rant, Beck then interviewed Sen. Marco Rubio about his presidential bid.
Glenn Beck's response on his radio program this morning to yesterday's mass shooting at a community college in Oregon was rather schizophrenic.
After spending the first hour of the show reading a prayer to God and telling his audience not to focus on the anger and hatred that seemingly motivated the attack, but rather to hold up those who reacted heroically, Beck then spent an entire segment discussing his acquisition of a golden ticket from the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," during which he grew increasingly emotional and teary-eyed as he recounted the plot of the film, especially the climatic line, "so shines a good deed in a weary world."
After urging his listening audience to focus on those who did just this sort of a "good deed" in the wake of the shooting instead of focusing on the negative, Beck then returned from a commercial break and spent the next segment furiously attacking President Obama as a small, sad, and pathetic man for daring to politicize this nation's seemingly endless wave of mass killings.
"I just have to tell you this, and I believe I speak by commandment," Beck said, without a hint of irony. "Stop listening to the liars."
He then played a clip of Obama speaking yesterday about the shooting, saying that these mass killings are "something we should politicize," and then proceeded to spend ten minutes ripping the president to shreds.
"This is the history of this man," he declared. "It's obscene! And it's time we start saying those words. 'Mr. President, that is obscene. We deserve better than this. We demand better than this.' ... This man just came out and said this needs to be politicized! I refuse to be divided by him anymore. He is a very small, sad man."
"He is not worth your time," Beck continued. "It is really, truly sad to see how little our president had made himself and how little he has made the presidency of the United States. It is truly sad and pathetic."
While we are disappointed that the many prophecies about a financial crash or a natural disaster hitting the U.S. in September were pretty much a bust, right-wing commentators have new predictions about America’s future, this time involving Mars, Pope Francis and the United Nations.
Glenn Beck had another meltdown on his radio show today, brought on by the international community's struggle to figure out a cohesive and unified plan for dealing with the threat posed by ISIS, but which eventually branched out to include everything from the failure of Christians in America to vote in great enough numbers to the Hillary Clinton email controversy.
After declaring at one point that "we're a despicable nation," Beck began to grow more and more agitated until he finally just started screaming into his microphone.
"Stop listening to the people who got us into this situation in the first place!" he bellowed. "It's all happening and you're still listening to those people. What the hell is wrong with us? It's time to turn some tables over."
"Do you realize it's about 60 percent of Christians aren't even registered to vote? 60 percent! You've been standing around with your hands in your pockets, doing what? You're losing your culture! There have been more people that have been slaughtered for Christianity, in the name of Christ, in last five than the previous 2,000 years," he claimed, dubiously. "This is the time of persecution! And we're sitting around with our hands in our pockets."
Beck then began to rail against the imprisonment of American pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran, which somehow morphed into a rant about the 2016 election.
"You're listening to liars and you know you're listening to liars," he said. "There isn't a Democrat within the sound of my voice that doesn't know that Hillary Clinton, every time she opens her mouth, is a liar ... Fool me once, same on you; fool me a million times, how many times has it been? Fool me this many times, shoot me in the head."
Glenn Beck dedicated his television program last night to issuing dire warnings about "Agenda 2030," an international effort to fight poverty, hunger, war and inequality over the next 15 years, declaring that the plan is really nothing more than a ruse designed to give the UN the power it needs to create a global government.
Beck is not sure if this is the one-world government warned of in the Bible that signals the End Times, mostly because he believes the End Times government will come in the form of the Islamic Caliphate. But maybe the Caliphate will adopt Agenda 2030 as it takes over the world? Who knows? But either way, it is bad news!
"I don't know if this is the global one-world government of the Beast, I have no idea," he said. "I personally think it's the Caliphate. Now, will the Caliphate eventually morph and use this too? I don't know. But I know a global government is coming and I know it's bad."
This is all despite Gaffney’s long track record of pushing outrageous conspiracy theories , including birther and “secret Muslim” theories about President Obama, panic about Sharia law coming to the United States, and embarrassing campaigns against people he thinks are infiltrating the American government or the GOP or the NRA or CPAC on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The two discussed their aversion to the Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe. Gaffney asked Taylor, according to SPLC’s transcript:
At some point there will be a very vigorous resistance to the infusion into these countries of large numbers of people who don’t assimilate, many of them Muslim who bring with them a Sharia ideological program that is antithetical to the culture and civilization and polities of European nations. Do you anticipate, as we’re seeing now evidence of increasing violence, notably against women, on the part of these refugees, not all of them by any means but some, rapes now becoming a serious problem in some of the refugee holding areas, and demonstrations and in some cases worse that are breaking out in various parts of Europe when they’re not accommodated to their satisfaction, that you may see in fact Europe devolving once again into the types of cataclysms that it has from time immemorial with, you know, blood letting taking place. Is that overreaching at this point or perhaps just a distant possibility?
We have unleashed now what would not be an exaggeration to call almost demonic forces. We have close to a million now of these so-called refugees, most of whom are young men. They are young, single men. Most of whom have never seen a woman in a bikini in their lives. Most of them are part of, as you say, this Sharia culture that despises any woman who walks around with her face uncovered, with her legs bare. These people are going to be all sorts of trouble for Europe for many, many years to come.
Taylor is an unapologetically racist activist. He has written that "Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears"; he has urged white people to “rekindle” their “instinctive preference for their own people and culture.” Taylor has been active in the effort to build alliances between American white nationalists and the European far-right, participating in a meeting in Budapest last year, where he told his “European brothers” that “the genetic and cultural effect of alien immigration is no different from armed invasion.”
While Taylor is largely shunned by mainstream right-wing circles, he has expressed an affinity for Donald Trump, telling the New Yorker that “I’m sure he would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit.”
When Media Matters asked Gaffney to explain his interview with Taylor, CSP sent them a statement claiming that Gaffney invited Taylor exclusively to discuss refugee policy and “was unfamiliar with Mr. Taylor's views on other matters and did not discuss or endorse them.” The group did not explain how Gaffney was able to lavish praise on American Renaissance without being familiar with its contents.
While Gaffney’s already lengthy record of extremism hasn’t yet caused major GOP figures to distance themselves from him, Gaffney’s decision to elevate Taylor and his work should cause him to lose all credibility among candidates and officials who wish to be taken seriously in the future.
UPDATE: In a statement on the Center for Security Policy's website, the group says that Gaffney's compliments to Taylor were "routine" and that if he had done his "due diligence" before the interview, he would not have invited Taylor as a guest:
Yesterday’s program included a conversation with Jared Taylor concerning a recent article by him addressing the dire implications for Europe, its people and civilization of large numbers of migrants from nations in which shariah-adherence is the norm. The host was unfamiliar with Mr. Taylor’s views on other matters and did not discuss or endorse them.
Subsequently, Mr. Gaffney had a chance to examine those views and the American Renaissance website on which they appear. There is much there with which he strongly disagrees. Had due diligence been done beforehand, such disagreements would have resulted in Mr. Taylor not being invited on the show, routine compliments to such guests not made and an offer to appear again not extended.
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck revealed that he is trying to organize a Republican presidential primary debate that will feature only the candidates that he and his audience could support, thereby excluding the "progressives" like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and Donald Trump.
Unfortunately for him, Reince Priebus and the RNC will not give Beck's network permission to host that type of a limited debate but Beck thinks he has found a loophole that will allow him to do so nonetheless ... though it may require him to start a church that will exist for all of one night.
As Beck explained, a loophole exists that allows churches to invite specific candidates to participate in a discussion forum or debate and so he intends to reach out to some of the megachurches in the Dallas area about hosting just such an event as a front so that Beck's network could then organize, conduct and broadcast it.
But if he can't find a church in which to host his debate, Beck might just have to start his own one-day church.
"I'm thinking about starting the Church of the Glenn," he said. "Now, I'm just going to try it out for a little while. I may not be interested in doing it for very long; it might be just like, one night, on a Thursday when we try it ... The Spirit moves me and sometimes the Spirit will say, 'Open a church' and the very next day, after we do a big event, it might say, 'Close down your church.'"
Jesus has told him, Beck continued, facetiously, "that I should open my church maybe in like a giant movie sound stage. Oh my gosh, I just realized, this is a giant movie sound stage! Who would have thunk? The first miracle of the Church of Glenn!"
Last night, Glenn Beck dedicated his entire television program to a one-on-one interview that he recently conducted with Carly Fiorina. Unsurprisingly, the interview was not particularly hard-hitting as Beck didn't really bother to challenge the Republican presidential hopeful on anything that she said, choosing instead to focus on important issues like the "the state of her soul."
During the discussion, Fiorina attacked Donald Trump for using eminent domain to take private property for the benefit of his businesses, laughably asserting that she has a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters attending her rallies because they know that she will fight against the "crony capitalism" which benefits only the rich and the powerful.
"Crony capitalism is alive and well," she told Beck. "When you have big, powerful, complicated, costly government, only the wealthy, the powerful, the big and the well-connected can handle it and all the rest of us are getting crushed. And people see that, they feel it in the bones. In their bones, people know if something is so complicated I don't understand it, I'm getting screwed."
Fiorina, for the record, walked away with $40 million when she was fired from Hewlett-Packard back in 2005 and currently has a net worth of $59 million, so we'd love to know exactly how she qualifies as one of "the rest of us [who] are getting crushed" by a system that is rigged to benefit the wealthy.
Last week, a video emerged showing a visually impaired student at Huntington Beach High School in California being repeatedly punched in the face by a fellow student, until a third student stepped up to defend the victim by punching the bully in the head and knocking him to the ground.
Glenn Beck's The Blaze website covered the story and Beck discussed it on his radio program today, voicing his outrage that the student who stepped up to defend his fellow student was supposedly suspended from school for doing so.
"There is a story out of California that is just infuriating," Beck said. "There is a football player at a high school and he sees this other kid just wailing on this blind kid ... So everybody is just standing around, doing nothing, and finally this high school football player comes up and grabs the guy who is wailing on him and throws him down to the ground ... Who gets expelled? The football player! This is insane! Absolutely insane!"
That does seem pretty crazy .... probably because, as usually is the case, Beck was totally wrong. The school district made clearseveraltimes that the student who stepped up to defend this victim was, in fact, never suspended, and even released a statement clearly explaining that fact:
In the Education Code it is a school district’s responsibility to protect student records, as well as to be of personal support to their families. We want to thank the family of the student who came to the aid of his fellow classmate, as they have granted us permission to share the following information:
Their student has not been suspended over the past two school days. He has been eligible to attend school with all privileges both Thursday and Friday of this week, and this eligibility will continue.
It took us literally three minutes to find that piece of information, but apparently Beck, onceagain, cannot be bothered to do a simple Google search before going on the air and spreading misinformation.
Glenn Beck felt that his television program last night was so important that he took to Facebook to tell his fans that "if you only watch one show the rest of this year from me on the blaze, make it today's." What his viewers found if they tuned in was David Barton promoting Seven Mountains dominionism, a movement that believes that Christians must gain control of the seven main cultural centers in order to create a "virtual theocracy" in America:
Barton has been openly promoting Seven Mountains since 2011 and now Beck is likewise on board, declaring in a separate Facebook post last night that "there are seven hills of culture. If you plan on surviving as a culture you must have these seven hills."
But all of this dominionist rhetoric was really just a lead-up to the release of a poll conducted by Christian pollster George Barna that reportedly found that churchgoers want their pastors to deliver more sermons opposing things like gay marriage and abortion rights and Islam.
The poll itself was conducted by Barna through the American Culture and Faith Institute, which just so happens to be "the public opinion research arm of United in Purpose," a Religious Right effort started several years ago for the purpose of mobilizing millions of right-wing Christians to vote.
To hear Barton, Beck and Barna tell it, the poll found that the average churchgoer is simply dying to have their pastor take on a whole host of controversial issues from the pulpit:
Top 12 Issues the Church Wants to Hear:
1. Abortion: Beginning of life, right to life, contraception, adoption, unwed mothers. 91%
2. Religious persecution/liberty: Personal duty, government duty, church response, global conditions. 86%
3. Poverty: Personal duty, government role, church role, homelessness, hunger, dependency. 85%
4. Cultural restoration: Appropriate morals, law and order, defensible values and norms, self-government. 83%
5. Sexual identity: Same-sex marriage, transgenderism, marriage, LGBT. 82%
6. Israel: Its role in the world, Christian responsibility to Israel, US foreign policy toward Israel and its enemies. 80%
7. Christian Heritage: role of Christian faith in American history, church role in US development, modern-day relevance. 79%
8. Role of Government: Biblical view, church-state relationship, personal responsibility, limitations. 76%
10. Self-governance: Biblical support, personal conduct, impact on freedom, national sovereignty. 75%
11. Church in politics/government: Separation of church and state, legal boundaries, church resistance to government. 73%
12. Islam: Core beliefs, response to Islamic aggression, threat to US peace and domestic stability. 72%
Throughout the program, all three men repeatedly created the impression that this was a poll of average "church-going, Bible-believing people" and that pastors have been failing to address the issues that their congregations care most about:
But if you actually bother to read the poll, you discover that "conservatives represented 92% of the total respondents" and that it's findings primarily reflected the desires of "spiritually active Christians who hold politically conservative views."
It should not come as a surprise to anyone that conservative Christians want their pastors to preach against abortion and gay rights, but obviously conservatives are not the only ones filling the pews on Sundays.
In Barna's poll, 92% of respondents were conservative, while the other 8% were "moderates"; unsurprisingly, the moderates did not share the conservative views at all:
Christian conservatives were twice as likely as Christian moderates to desire more information (67% vs. 31%). Christian moderates, in contrast, were five times more likely to say that churches should not be involved in politics at all ... It is helpful to note that there are huge differences in the opinions of conservative Christians and moderate Christians on the importance of receiving biblical teaching on these matters from their church. Comparing their answers on the dozen most important issues to conservatives, realize that the average gap between the two segments is 30.2 percentage points, with the conservatives indicating a higher level of interest on each of these twelve subjects.
Predictably, nobody on Beck's show last night bothered to point out this rather important fact, as they repeatedly presented the poll as representing the views of regular churchgoers instead of the views of right-wing Christians, which is what it actually represents.
To make matters worse, the misleading poll findings are now being used by Beck and Barton to launch an effort aimed at pressuring pastors into preaching on the issues that the conservatives want to hear about.
Beck even posted a sample letter on his website for people to use in urging their pastors to address these issues:
We also want to encourage you to be bold in providing a Biblical perspective and spiritual guidance on the important moral, social and cultural issues confronting us today. As never before in our history, we are facing complex problems, and there is a competing cacophony of voices telling us what to think about these issues. We need clear guidance on what the Scriptures tell us about such issues such as abortion, religious persecution, sexual identity, bioethics and so much else. Our thinking, our children and our families are under attack from so many secular voices telling us how to think about these issues.
We understand many of these things will be seen as controversial to some, but this is all the more reason we need a clear spiritual perspective on them. Everyone seems to have their own opinion, but we want to know what the Bible says on each of these issues.
We have recently discovered we are not alone in our hunger for clear guidance on specific issues. A recent survey conducted by national pollster George Barna of the American Culture & Faith Institute shows that the overwhelming majority of serious Bible-minded church-goers are also hungering for relevant information.
We want – indeed, we need – to hear what God says about these things, which are pressing in upon our thinking from so many directions. We want you to know that if you will take leadership in teaching us about these things, we will have your back – we will ourselves stand up to the critics – we will stand with you and for you. We want to become better disciples and think like Jesus thought on all of these issues.
A few years ago, Beck and Barton launched the National Black Robe Regiment, which was designed to mobilize "courageous and patriotic ministers who will provide leadership and speak out on the pressing issues of the day."
We are guessing that that effort must not have been much of a success if Beck and Barton have now been forced to launch a separate effort misleadingly designed to get congregations to pressure their pastors into preaching on the issues that only conservative Christians care about.
Glenn Beck dedicated a segment of his radio program today to reiterating his conviction that the arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school was some sort of set-up by radical Muslim activists, insisting today that it was entirely appropriate for police to arrest and handcuff the ninth grader because they had no way of knowing whether his clock was actually just the timer for a bomb that was to be delivered to someone else at the school who was carrying explosives.
While Beck had literally no evidence to support any of his suspicions, he declared that the police had no choice but to arrest and handcuff Mohamed because he might have decided to "go crazy" and try to run and then, if something were to have happen to him, "it's the cop's fault, so they have to put him in handcuffs."
"They should have arrested him," Beck stated. "That's exactly how you build a bomb."
Asserting that the police had no idea why Mohamed had brought his clock to school, Beck said the police had no choice but to arrest him. "You have to say, 'What is your motivation? Is there anybody else involved? Are you bringing the timing device? Does somebody else in school have explosives?'"
You would think that Beck would be a little more careful about basely spreading accusations like this considering that the last time he did so, he wound up getting himself sued.
Glenn Beck dedicated his television program last night to revealing "the truth" about what really happened when 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, insisting that the entire thing was a set-up and part of an "influence operation" by radical Muslims who are waging "civilization jihad" in America.
Beck brought Beth Van Duyne, the mayor of Ahmed’s hometown of Irving, Texas, on to the show to defend the school and police officials who detained the ninth grader. Van Duyne has been a hero to anti-Islam activists ever since she falsely alleged that local Muslim leaders were trying establish Sharia courts, prompting a national fight in which she was openly supported by Beck himself.
Van Dunye was rather circumspect in her comments on Beck's program, insisting mainly that only one side of the story was being reported and complaining that everyone from the media to President Obama were jumping to unfair conclusions.
Beck's other guest, Jim Hanson of the anti-Islam organization Center for Security Policy, was far less reserved in his comments, as he declared unequivocally that everything about the situation "was a P.R. stunt, it was a staged event" designed by Islamic radicals for the purpose of undermining anti-terrorism security protocols.
"They did that to create the exact scenario that played out," Hanson said. "They wanted people to react and they wanted to portray this kid as an innocent victim ... I don't think there is any question he was put up to it by someone else who wanted him to take that in to create this exact scenario. As you mentioned, fear and panic, and then out of that to be able to say, 'Look at him, he's a nice, nerdy little kid,' and that the police overreacted and all these things ... They want a Muslim-privilege exemption to 'see something, say something' and that's what this is about."
Anti-gay activists are waging a "superhuman effort" to defeat Houston's anti-discrimination ordinance because "part of the homosexual agenda is to destroy religious freedom."
Don't you just hate it "when apostles and prophets use prophetic witchcraft against you"?
An excellent point from Paul Hair: "Liberty University invited Bernie Sanders to speak to its students and promote his Marxist ideology, and if it is open to hosting this politically correct evil advocate, Liberty should be open to hosting a politically incorrect evil advocate next."
Glenn Beck has made no secret of the fact that he is not a fan of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, nor has he hidden his confusion about how anyone who considers themselves to be a member of the Tea Party could ever support Trump's effort.
On his radio program today, Beck began to flesh out a theory that he thinks can explain what is really going on with Trump's campaign, promising that once he can prove it, he will lay it all out on his chalkboard. As it stands now, Beck's theory is that Trump's campaign is really an effort by "big business" to discredit and destroy the Tea Party once and for all.
As Beck sees it, his listening audience contains more Tea Party members than that of any other right-wing radio host and yet Trump consistently fares poorly when Beck's network takes its monthly presidential poll. If his audience doesn't support Trump and his audience contains lots of Tea Party members, then Trump's support cannot be coming from the Tea Party, Beck reasons. Of course, actual scientific polls show Trump leading among Tea Party supporters.
"The Tea Party is eating its own," Beck said. "If I'm a guy who is a Republican establishment guy or I'm a liberal, I want to destroy the Tea Party. But if I'm a businessman, I want to destroy it as well. The reason why the GOP isn't suffering with their goals on campaign funds is because big business just wants business to go on. They know how to play the game. Look, Donald Trump as said, 'I give to everybody." He knows how to play the game. He doesn't know how to play the game with a libertarian, small government guy who says, 'There's no game for you to play here, Donald, and we stand by the Constitution.' So you can't buy that person or bully that person out of their house any more."
"It makes sense that he doesn't want the Tea Party," Beck continued. "So what's as good as getting the presidency of the United States? Discrediting and destroying a movement that stands for true principles. Small government and maximum freedom, stand for those who want to disrupt the system that makes everybody rich."
"I think is is really important that you stand up," he warned, "and you separate yourself as a tea partier and say, 'That is not us, that is not us.'"
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
This has been a very sad week for Right Wing Watch as it marks the end of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises that caused an uproar within right-wing media, although something tells us that there will be more bizarre conspiracy theories to look out for…
5) Glenn Beck Was Right! See, This Thing He Read On The Internet…
Obviously, ISIS doesn’t exactly have territory throughout Europe, as Beck predicted, but now he has finally found proof that he was right all along: an online petition calling on Munich to end its Oktoberfest celebrations out of respect for Muslim refugees.
"A caliphate will be established. It will cause chaos. It will spread and begin to destabilize Europe and the western...
As the myth-busting website Snopes points out, the petition on Change.org to ban Oktoberfest was not started by a person living in Germany and “even if the petition were written in earnest, it would represent one person’s opinion and not that of all Muslim refugees.”
“Additionally, the viewpoint expressed by the petition appears to be a minority opinion, as the petition has only managed to muster a few hundred signatures, and the majority of those appear to have come from people who signed in order to add hateful comments,” Snopes continues. “Those comments lead us to believe that this petition may was created by an Internet troll in order to foment outrage. The fact that this petition was posted on 11 September, a day on which items critical of Islam tend to reach fever pitch, supports this hypothesis.”
Other petitions on the website, which can be submitted by anyone for any reason, include demands that President Obama “allow a high school student to have a party after homecoming and for WaWa to bring back roast beef sandwiches.”
Of course, Beck is desperate to find anything to support his claim that the caliphate is gaining a foothold in Europe, even if the “proof” comes from something just as credible as a chain letter. Next, Beck will demand that if you don’t send this email to seven other people, you will be cursed for life and your first crush will never love you.
4) ‘They’re Going To Eat Their Children’
Like Beck, televangelist Jim Bakker comes up with apocalyptic predictions, warns of impending financial crashes, nuclear EMP attacks and divine judgment, sells costly prepper food, urges viewers to buy gold, pushes bogus narratives about anti-Christian persecution in America and promotes a generally dystopian view of the world and its future.
Bakker, however, is a bit more honest about his role as a doomsday prophet.
While selling his survivalist food buckets earlier this month, Bakker said that in order to survive America’s impending collapse, people need to store their food in secret, because otherwise others will come for it. Even their “sweet neighbors” will do whatever it takes to get food, Bakker warned: “They’re going to eat their babies…they’re going to eat their children.”
3) First They Came For Kim Davis…
Next week, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis will receive an award at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit for her decision to go to jail rather than allow deputy clerks in her county to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
The Religious Right has latched on to Davis’ defiance of the courts, despite the fact that her cause is deeplyunpopular in the rest of the country.
The head of Liberty Counsel, the anti-gay group representing Davis and a cosponsor of FRC’s summit, has repeatedlycompared Davis to a Jewish victim of Nazi Germany.
Another Religious Right hero who has similarly defied the federal courts on marriage equality, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, is so enchanted with Davis that he rewrote the famous anti-Nazi poem, “First They Came For The Socialists,” to make it about Davis’ plight:
While Moore hoped that Davis’ commitment to using a public office to impose her religion on others would inspire more conservatives to get involved in U.S. politics, one far-right activist said that Davis’ experience is proof that Americans should “flee” the country to safer shores.
“God tells us how to solve the problem, he says flee,” John Price said. “There’s a time to fight and there’s a time to flee.”
2) Islamic Training Camps In The US: Just Asking The Question
The day following the CNN Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump held a rally in New Hampshire where he fielded a question from a man who had something to say: “We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one, you know he’s not even an American. We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of them?”
Trump responded vaguely about how he is “going to be looking at a lot of different things,” and his campaign manager later insisted that Trump just wants to stay focused on the “bigger issue” of Obama “waging a war against the Christians in this country.”
Anyone who follows the far-right media could have expected that GOP presidential candidates would eventually be confronted with claims about radical Islamic training camps in the U.S.
“Fears of ‘Muslim training camps’ have simmered on the far right for years, especially since the rise of the Islamic State,” writes Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post. “World Net Daily and Judicial Watch — the latter an advocacy group that has successfully sued for records from Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department — have published stories that allege FBI knowledge of dozens of camps, many across the deep South.”
As Max Fischer points out at Vox, Fox hosts like Bill O’Reilly and Lou Dobbs both pushed claims about secret Islamic training camps throughout the U.S., and “just this spring, FBI arrested a Tennessee man named Robert Doggart who was plotting to lead a far-right militia on a killing spree against a heavily Muslim community in New York state. Doggart believed the community was a ‘Muslim Jihadist Training Camp,’ according to a post he made on his web site.”
But maybe President Obama really was plotting to engineer such dastardly deeds, but was exposed by true heroes like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Rep. Louie Gohmert who gave legitimacy Jade Helm 15 paranoia.
Now that Jade Helm 15 is over, the same politicians and pundits who used the military drill to promote baseless fears about the Obama administration will quickly find a new conspiracy theory to latch onto as the cycle endlessly repeats itself.
On his television program last night, Beck issued yet another warning that America will soon experience a massive economic collapse, though, of course, he "could be wrong" because he is terrible at timing. On top of that, Beck also warned that 2016 will be "a modern-day 1968," during which America will see "riots in the streets, political chaos, and assassinations."
"Quite honestly, I believe that God doesn't have any choice but to remove His protection from us because we're not worth protecting," Beck warned. "I beg you to have your ducks in a row. The hour is later than we believe it is and morning is here. A lot of people will tell you that I'm selling fear. I'm not; I'm selling love."
The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins appeared on Glenn Beck's television show last night to promote his new book, "No Fear," and both men warned that God's judgment will rain down upon this nation if Congress fails to defund Planned Parenthood.
"I fear God much more than I fear man," Beck said. "I believe that the Lord has made it so clear on Planned Parenthood, couldn't be more clear on Iran, more clear on 'black lives matter' versus 'all lives matter.' I fear that we are at Jeremiah."
Perkins agreed, saying that God always "presents the evidence before He passes judgment" and that the Planned Parenthood smear videos are God's evidence of America's wickedness.
"This is why it is so important what Congress is doing," Perkins said. "I've had this discussion with congressional leaders, this is our moment, our opportunity. If we say this is just another political deal and we're going to back down, I fear for the country and what may occur."
In conjunction with his "Never Again Is Now/Restoring Unity" rally in Birmingham, Alabama, last month, Glenn Beck announced the creation of something called "The Nazarene Fund," through which he is seeking to raise $10 million dollars to help relocate refugees who are fleeing the chaos and violence in places like Iraq and Syria.
With that money, Beck hopes to be able to save more than 2,000 refugees, which he repeatedly points out is more than the number of Jews that Oskar Schindler saved during World War II, and is even vowing to personally lead some of these refugees into the United States by marching them across the southern border, even if doing so lands him in jail.
Of course, as the name suggests, this effort is aimed only at saving Christians because, as Beck emphasized several times during his radio program today, he has no way to tell "which is the good Muslim and which is the bad Muslim."
"There is no differentiation between them that we can actually tell," Beck explained. "I wish we could take the Muslims who have been marked for death because they will not play the game of ISIS, but I don't know whose side you're on because you have not stood up en masse and differentiated yourself. So I can't figure that one out, that's beyond me to figure out. So I can try to help those we can figure out ... The right thing is to save people's lives, especially those who you know are not here to kill us, not here to convert us or behead us. Again, I wish I could say this about others, but the only ones I know for sure don't want to convert or kill us are those Christians in the Middle East who have been marked for death."