Glenn Beck dedicated a portion of his television program last night to the remainder of his one-on-one interviewwith Sen. Ted Cruz, in which the GOP presidential hopeful declared that those who believe in climate change do not bother to cite facts in support of their position because, for them, it is a religion.
Pointing to a recent congressional hearing in which he grilled the president of the Sierra Club about the supposed lack of data and evidence for the existence of global warming, Cruz told Beck that "climate change is not science, it's religion."
"Look at the language where they call you a 'denier,'" he said. "Denier is not the language of science. Look, I'm the child of two scientists ... The essence of the scientific method is to start with a hypothesis, then look to the evidence to disprove the hypothesis; you're not trying to prove it, you're trying to disprove it. Any good scientist is a skeptic; if he's not, he or she should not be a scientist. But yet the language of the global warming alarmists, 'denier' is the language of religion, it's heretic, you are a blasphemer. The response from the Sierra Club, 'We have decreed this is the answer, you must accept it.' And so he didn't know his facts because he just knew his religion."
It’s not surprising that the World Congress of Families in Salt Lake City would have a particularly Mormon flavor, given that the city is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The conference's opening session on Tuesday morning included a keynote by Mormon Apostle Russell Ballard during which he played a video of children singing a song about Mormon theology and explained how the church’s commitment to “traditional family” is grounded in its religious beliefs about eternal marriage.
WCF registration bags included a copy of the Church’s 1995 “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” which argues marriage is essential to God’s eternal plan. It also promotes conservative ideas about the complementarity of the sexes, saying, “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” The proclamation states,
By divine design fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.
What has Beck been pushing on his legions? “Leap,” first published in 1981, is a heavily illustrated and factually challenged attempt to explain American history through an unspoken lens of Mormon theology. As such, it is an early entry in the ongoing attempt by the religious right to rewrite history. Fundamentalists want to define the United States as a Christian nation rather than a secular republic, and recast the Founding Fathers as devout Christians guided by the Bible rather than deists inspired by French and English philosophers. “Leap” argues that the U.S. Constitution is a godly document above all else, based on natural law, and owes more to the Old and New Testaments than to the secular and radical spirit of the Enlightenment. It lists 28 fundamental beliefs — based on the sayings and writings of Moses, Jesus, Cicero, John Locke, Montesquieu and Adam Smith — that Skousen says have resulted in more God-directed progress than was achieved in the previous 5,000 years of every other civilization combined. The book reads exactly like what it was until Glenn Beck dragged it out of Mormon obscurity: a textbook full of aggressively selective quotations intended for conservative religious schools like Utah’s George Wythe University, where it has been part of the core freshman curriculum for decades (and where Beck spoke at this year’s annual fundraiser).
But more interesting than the contents of “The 5,000 Year Leap,” and more revealing for what it says about 912ers and the Glenn Beck Nation, is the book’s author. W. Cleon Skousen was not a historian so much as a player in the history of the American far right; less a scholar of the republic than a threat to it. At least, that was the judgment of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, which maintained a file on Skousen for years that eventually totaled some 2,000 pages. Before he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen’s own Mormon church publicly distanced itself from the foundation that Skousen founded and that has published previous editions of “The 5,000 Year Leap.”
As Beck knows, to focus solely on “The 5,000 Year Leap” is to sell the author short. When he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen had authored more than a dozen books and pamphlets on the Red Menace, New World Order conspiracy, Christian child rearing, and Mormon end-times prophecy. It is a body of work that does much to explain Glenn Beck’s bizarre conspiratorial mash-up of recent months, which decries a new darkness at noon and finds strange symbols carefully coded in the retired lobby art of Rockefeller Center. It also suggests that the modern base of the Republican Party is headed to a very strange place.
Sarah Posner noted Skousen’s connections with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch:
When the elder Skousen died in 2006, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), paid tribute to him on the Senate floor, and even included a poem he wrote about his friend. Hatch detailed how Skousen helped launch his political career, sending a letter to 8,000 "friends," urging them to support Hatch's 1976 Senate candidacy. According to a 1980 account in the New York Times by the inimitable Molly Ivins, Skousen's Freeman Institute was active in several other Republican campaigns as well, including one to unseat Sen. Frank Church, the Idaho Democrat who chaired the Church Commission that investigated intelligence abuses in the wake of Watergate.
"From that first campaign," Hatch went on in his tribute on the Senate floor, "to every day I have served in the U.S. Senate--Cleon has been there for me, through highs and lows--buoying me up, giving suggestions, discussing principles and issues, and above all else being a true, supportive friend. I can never overstate what his support has meant to me throughout my years of service." Hatch added that Skousen's writings, including The 5,000 Year Leap, "have been used by foundations, and in forums across America for many years. His writings and words leave an indelible legacy of knowledge and beliefs that have touched many people and will continue to inspire and educate generations to come."
Yesterday, Glenn Beck sat down with Sen. Ted Cruz to discuss his presidential campaign and the Texas Republican boasted that he is uniting conservatives of all stripes behind his candidacy by acting as a leader “who will do what they said they would.”
Cruz also criticized more moderate Republicans for their stances on “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants, calling it “a defining issue in this election.”
“Barack Obama meant it when he said he wants to fundamentally transform this nation by letting millions of people into this country illegally from all over the world, making them citizens and doing to America what was done to California,” he said. “He wants captive voters.”
Obama, of course, never said anything close to that. In a speech delivered five days before the presidential election in 2008, Obama told supporters that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” by pushing Wall Street reform and “policies that invest in our middle class.”
However, many conservative activists havefalselyclaimed that the remark was really about bringing immigrants into the U.S.
If Obama is planning to bring people in “illegally” so they can then become citizens and therefore be eligible to vote, he’s not doing a very good job of it. The number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. has leveled off during Obama’s presidency and the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill endorsed by the president would make eligible undocumented immigrants wait about 13 years before they could become eligible for American citizenship.
Glenn Beck dedicated his entire television program last night to a one-on-one interview with Sen. Ted Cruz in which the GOP presidential hopeful once again declared that mobilizing right-wing Christians is they key to solving this nation's problems, proclaiming that if his campaign can mobilize 10 million more Christians to vote in the 2016 election, he will win it in a landslide.
Beck noted that Rafael Cruz, Ted's father and chief surrogate, is out on the campaign trail on his behalf, working to motivate pastors to mobilize their congregations to vote because supposedly "54 million Christians didn't vote last time around" and so the key to a Cruz election victory lies in "waking the churches up."
"Absolutely yes," said Cruz. "Imagine in 2016, only 44 million Christians stay home. Now, if that happens, we have done a horrible job; I mean, what a miserable failure if 44 million stay home. But if an extra 10 million evangelical Christians show up on election day, we will not be up at two or three in the morning wondering what happened in Ohio or Florida; they'll call the election at 8:37 PM. That's the difference!"
the Texas Republican went on to assert that his father's efforts, coupled with David Barton's work to restore the "Black Robe Regiment," is paying dividends because he is "seeing more and more pastors waking up and being energized."
Cruz has been heavily courting Religious Right leaders, as Politico reported just today that he is now working with former Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler and has been courting activists such as Tony Perkins and Bob Vander Plaats.
For more than a year, Cruz has aggressively courted social-conservative leaders such as Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, who has not endorsed yet but will appear next month with Cruz at a South Carolina rally for religious liberty. One critical movement convener, Paul Pressler, on whose ranch Christian leaders gathered in early 2012 to throw their support behind Rick Santorum, has already backed Cruz. And the Cruz campaign expects two other influential Iowa leaders — The Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats and Rep. Steve King, whose son is working for Cruz’s super PAC — to line up behind him. “I think it would be a stunner if they didn’t,” said a senior Cruz operative.
Republicans have tried for years to use the terrorist attack — which led to the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens — to go after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is testifying before the committee today. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently admitted that the special committee was formed to bring down Clinton’s popularity in advance of the 2016 presidential election.
Of course, uncovering facts has never been the GOP’s primary motivation when it comes to Benghazi (or much else). As these five instances show, Republicans and their allies in the conservative media have been much more concerned with creating bizarre scenarios to claim that the administration, and fellow Republicans, are suppressing the truth of the attack.
1) ‘No Evidence’ But What The Hell…
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch unveiled an elaborate conspiracy theory earlier this year, alleging that the Obama administration wanted Libyan militants to kidnap Stevens in order to then do a prisoner swap for terrorist Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted in the U.S. for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. However, the compound attackers botched the job after Stevens died, Fitton said, and therefore we can never know if the administration was actually ready to release Abdel-Rahman.
Fitton conceded in an interview with WorldNetDaily’s Jerome Corsi, a fellow Benghazi truther, that there is “no evidence” to support his theory.
“Given what we know now, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the terrorist attack on Benghazi could have been a kidnapping attempt aimed at releasing the Blind Sheik,” Fitton said.
He noted, however, there is “no evidence” that the Obama administration may have been complicit in any kidnapping plot related to the Benghazi attack.
And since he can’t find any evidence to substantiate this claim, Fitton is pretty sure that there must have been a cover-up, insinuating that the State Department was trying to stop his group from receiving corroborating information.
2) Cover-Up Of The Cover-Up!
When President Obama first proposed bombing the Syrian regime after it used chemical weapons on civilians in Ghouta, Glenn Beck knew that Obama didn’t want to stop such war crimes — but instead wanted to cover up what really happened in Benghazi.
According to one conspiracy theory, Stevens was actually organizing an operation to transfer weapons from Libya to Syria to aid Islamic extremists (which of course raises the question of why these extremists would then want to attack the American post in the first place).
Seizing on that conspiracy theory, Beck speculated that it wasn’t the Assad regime that used the chemical weapons in Ghouta, but rebels using weapons delivered from the U.S. via Benghazi. Now, Beck reasoned, Obama wanted to bomb Syria because he was “covering the trail of the lost weapons from Benghazi.”
Beck later claimed that David Petraeus stepped down as CIA director not because he leaked classified information to his mistress but because he was about to blow the Benghazi scandal wide open. Beck’s theory ran into a slight hitch when Petraeus publicly praised Clinton’s response to the attack.
Beck has also alleged that the administration “let them die” in Benghazi after issuing a stand-down order, an accusation refuted on his very own news website.
While we weren’t surprised that Beck would pick up a conspiracy theory from such a website, it was a bit more shocking when a U.S. senator brought up WND’s conspiracy theory in a hearing with Clinton. At a 2013 hearing, Sen. Rand Paul demanded that a dumbfounded Clinton tell him if the U.S. was transferring weapons from Libya into Syria via Turkey.
Paul admitted that he didn’t “have any proof” before suggesting that the gun-running scheme was what was really happening “and the cover-up was an attempt to massage and get over this issue without getting into the gun trade.”
Investigations, including one led by Republicans, have found that Stevens was trying to find weapons, but in order to keep them out of the hands of extremists, with no evidence at all that he then sent those weapons to Syrian groups.
4) Marijuana A Benghazi Distraction!
Ben Carson is very upset about the Obama administration’s push to reform American drug laws. The GOP presidential candidate told Joseph Farah, the editor of WorldNetDaily (notice a theme?), that the administration’s push to liberalize laws on marijuana, along with its stance on the trademark of the Washington Redskins, is all part of a plot to “distract people” from the Benghazi attack.
Carson told Farah last year that most people now just think Benghazi “is a singer.”
“And these people vote and they have no idea,” he lamented.
Carson isn’t the only one to latch onto the “distraction” theme. Conservative activist Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union dedicated a column in the Washington Times about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s since-lifted suspension by insisting that the “Deflategate” scandal was part of an effort to distract people from Benghazi. Iowa radio broadcaster Steve Deace similarly wonder if NFL prospect Michael Sam’s decision to come out of the closet was also just a Benghazi distraction.
5) Benghazi Special Committee Is Part Of The Benghazi Cover-Up!
Since every single official committee, including ones led by Republicans, that has investigated the Benghazi attack has ended up debunking the conspiracy theories percolating through the right-wing media, a group of conservative activists has launched the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi to find the real truth.
This unofficial committee has embraced so many conspiracy theories surrounding the attack that its members even believe that the GOP-led Benghazi Special Committee is aiding the cover-up!
One member, Ret. Navy Adm. James “Ace” Lyons, told, guess who, WorldNetDaily, that committee chairman Trey Gowdy needs to go, lamenting that “this is a continued cover-up.”
One year ago, many Americans were riddled with anxiety over a possible outbreak of the Ebola virus in this nation after a handful of healthcare workers contracted the disease while treating an infected traveler from Liberia.
"Are you out of your minds? ... This is about you being so unbelievably incompetent, you are putting the lives of millions of people at stake," Beck shouted as he went completely off the rails:
Beck's nightmare scenario never came close to materializing and after the Ebola panic waned, Beck simply moved on and conveniently forgot all of the dire false warnings that he had issued in the midst of the crisis.
But we have not forgotten. In fact, we have been saving two videos from one year ago, when Beck's panic was at its peak, in which he warned that if the government did not completely ban travel from West African nations, infected individuals would continue to arrive in America and spread the disease throughout poor, black neighborhoods in large cities. In response to widespread outbreaks, Beck warned on October 3, 2014, officials would have to barricade off those areas and quarantine everyone living within them ... and "then the race riots start."
Obviously, these predictions turned out to be totally wrong, but had anything even remotely like this actually occurred, Beck would have immediately claimed to have foreseen it and would continue to cite it for years to come as proof of his prophetic gift.
But since nothing of the sort ever came true, Beck simply ignores these demonstrably false warnings because nothing can undermine his belief that he is "an oracle" with an amazing ability to accurately predict the future.
Nothing seems to irritate Glenn Beck quite like people who mock or dismiss his self-proclaimed prophetic ability to predict the future. Whenever anyone dares to do so, Beck is quick to respond with a rundown off all of the things he claims to have predicted years before they came to fruition, ranging from 9/11, to the 2008 economic crisis, to the rise of "the Caliphate."
Just last weekend, Beck fumed on Facebook that if someone was able to predict the stock market as accurately as he has been able to predict the future, that person would he hailed as "an oracle":
I can tell you what happens in the next five years. But no one has asked me.
Wouldn't someone who nailed the stock market this accurately be called an oracle even if he was wrong on other things?
If he predicted the 08 market crash (which by the way I did beginning in 04), wouldn't someone want to know what he says is coming next?
Beck could tell us "what happens in the next five years," he says, if we would just be willing to ask.
That is an interesting boast, especially since today marks the second anniversary of a screaming meltdown in which Beck warned that America was "definitely" two years away from a time when he would be forced out of business as the nation descended into a dystopian nightmare.
"I think a year from now, definitely two, most Americans are going to be working part-time," Beck said on October 15, 2013. "There will be some IMF global tax that will add an extra 10 percent on everything and people like me will be out of business."
The elite, Beck went on to warn, would have access to things like Google glasses while the rest of society would be reduced to "little worker bees" who, through Common Core, would be trained to serve as nothing more than cogs for the corporations.
"This isn't science fiction, this is science fact!" Beck screamed. "You pieces of garbage, you people in the press, open your damn eyes!"
Somehow, none of that has happened despite Beck's prophecy that it was all "definitely" just two years away, which is difficult for us to comprehend, especially since Beck has also assured us that he is always two years ahead of everyone else in knowing what is coming just around the corner.
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.