On a recent episode of his "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Religious Right activist and Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt railed against the ABC television network for developing a new drama about the "fictional town of Grace, Missouri [that] centers on a family of adult siblings whose lives are upended when their stalwart minister father reveals to his family that he is gay."
"ABC News [sic] is defaming and attacking the true church by mocking the Bible and even mocking pastors who denounce homosexuality," Klingenschmitt complained, before reciting the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah as a warning.
"Why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? Because of the sin of homosexuality," he declared. "So, if you're a pastor of a megachurch and you don't believe the Bible, beware; you're bringing sodomy and maybe the consequences thereof upon America, and we discern that demonic spirit inside of the producers at ABC television."
On a recent episode of his "Pray In Jesus Name" show, Gordon Klingenschmitt reacted to the news that the Army will pay for gender reassignment surgery for Chelsea Manning, who is currently in prison for leaking classified information, by declaring that providing this surgery violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on imposing cruel or unusual punishments.
After predictably declaring that Manning is possessed by a "demonic spirit of lying," Klingenschmitt asserted that providing her with the surgery amounts to "government castration of prisoners."
"Oh my gosh," he said, "I thought that was cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. So when the ACLU says he has a constitutional right to this castration, no! The Constitution says the opposite, that your not allowed to treat prisoners with cruel and unusual treatment. That's clearly a violation ... of his constitutional rights."
"This man is not only confused," Klingenschmitt said, "now the Obama administration has joined the demonic spirit in the deception and now they're violating his constitutional rights by castrating him."
On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today, Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt responded to Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment by declaring that she is un-Christian and possessed by a "demonic, evil spirit of hatred."
"She's talking about you, the viewer of this program," Klingenschmitt declared. "If you believe the Bible, Hillary deplores you! Now, those are just the facts; let's discern the spirits, let's take a moment and say what is it inside of Hillary that makes her deplore us? She's labeling an entire category of people as we're deplorable, does that mean she deplores us? Does that say something about what's inside of her, not what's inside of us?"
"What is inside of her but the spirit of hatred?" he continued. "This demonic, evil spirit of hatred and deploring is not inside of us, it's inside of her toward us. And her behavior, her hatred makes her a very hateful woman, a very deploring woman. Do you see it inside of her? Can you look inside of her and say, 'That must be a Christian woman who loves Jesus, who loves the Bible and even loves her enemies'? ... No, she deplores us. By her own confession now, she is manifesting the spirit of hatred and that makes her anti-Christian."
Klingenschmitt closed out the segment by praying that God will deliver Clinton "from this demonic spirit of hatred."
Five years ago today, the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy officially came to an end. And, five years later, conservatives’ dire predictions about the consequences of the policy’s repeal have yet to come true.
This falls into a familiar pattern. Many of the same activists and commentators have made similarly apocalyptic—and unfounded—warnings about the effects of hate crimes laws and marriage equality.
Here are just five of the bogus claims made by those who opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:
Just two years ago, Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who is now a Colorado Republican state lawmaker, approvingly read a quote from Chaplain John R. Kauffman, who said that gay service members will be “taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels.”
Conservative columnist Laurie Roth said that thanks to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, military service members would be free to have intimate moments with goats and boars.
3) ‘Virtual Genocide’
In 2011, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer predicted that after the policy’s repeal took effect “the homosexual lobby” would be “committing one hate crime after another against service members” who objected to homosexuality.
“We are going to see principle-driven officers, one after another, become the victims of systematic hate crimes,” he said. “This is going to be a pogrom. This is going to be virtual genocide, military genocide, career genocide for people of faith in the military perpetrated by the homosexual lobby.”
4) Reinstatement of the Draft
Before the congressional vote to repeal the policy, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins criticized President Obama’s “drive to repeal the ban on open homosexuality in the military” by warning that it “could have this unintended consequence: It could bring back the draft.”
He said that supporters of the repeal wanted to “appease a small base of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi” and “sacrifice the lives of young Marines who are putting their life on the line for this nation.”
“I don’t know how they can live with that, knowing that the blood of those young Marines will be on their hands,” he added.
Perkins’ fellow Religious Right activist Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness similarly warned that the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “could put remaining troops in greater danger” and “break the All-Volunteer Force.”
“The draft will return with a vengeance and out of necessity,” Fischer wrote. “What young man wants to voluntarily join an outfit that will force him to shower naked with males who have a sexual interest in him and just might molest him while he sleeps in his bunk?”
5) ‘Sitting Around Getting Massages All Day’
In 2014, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said that gay service members, just like in Ancient Greece, won’t perform well in battle because they will be “sitting around getting massages all day” from their same-sex lovers rather than preparing for battle, making them “vulnerable to terrorism.”
On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed Tom Hoefling, a longtime right-wing activist who is now running for president as the America's Party candidate.
Klingenschmitt asked Hoefling to respond to arguments that conservative Christians who vote for a third-party candidate instead of Donald Trump are simply helping to elect Hillary Clinton. Hoefling dismissed those concerns by noting that Trump is a "reprobate" who hates Christians.
"Untruths are the chief cornerstone of the arguments Republicans are making to try to coerce us into supporting, really, a man that I consider to be a reprobate," he said. "You know, he's not a run-of-the-mill sinner. He's someone who not only committed serial adultery but went into a book that he was writing and bragged about it. That's the mark of a reprobate. That's not somebody that I want in the most powerful office in our land and in the world."
"Donald Trump, and I'm speaking directly to Christians right now," Hoefling continued, "he despises you. When he stood up and gave that speech in Cleveland, you know, he threw a few moldy scraps of bread to the evangelicals who support him, but you can just tell from his demeanor, he's not one of you, he doesn't believe what you believe and you can't trust this man."
Lipkin said that he was in Oklahoma at the time of the bombing and knew immediately that it was "an Islamic bomb because truck bombs are an Islamic way of doing things."
Lipkin said that he told this to a local television station but "the next day, the FBI visited, confiscated the interview and said, 'For reasons of national security, change your story.' So this is the beginning of the cover-up."
Klingenschmitt and Lipkin said that then-president Bill Clinton was responsible for pinning the bombing on Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols so that it could be blamed on a "crazy, Christian right-wing militia."
"This whole thing about hating the Christians started not with Obama," Lipkin said, "it started with the Clintons."
Lipkin then managed to tie the cover-up to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia because Obama's nominee to replace Scalia, Merrick Garland, "was deputy to Janet Reno during the Oklahoma City bombing, so he's part of the cover-up!"
"I'm risking my life" by talking about this, Lipkin said, "because people who came forward with the information were killed."
On his most recent "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Religious Right activist and Colorado Republican state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt voiced his outrage over a move to include significant LGBT rights milestones and activists in the history and social science curriculum in California public schools.
Klingenschmitt said that a "demonic spirit of predatory sexual perversion" has invaded California schools and that parents around the country must remove their children from public schools.
"It's the same demon that is now in pedophilia, when adults are coming after children, has now invaded the California legislators," Klingenschmitt said, "who are now imposing their will — and this is not about freedom, this is about power, it's about power over children, over Christian children, over your children — to force them to learn all kinds of perversion. This is abuse, and it's yet another signal that parents must remove their children from public schools and homeschool your children."
"Children nationwide will be infected with this monstrosity," he declared, as he prayed that God would "protect the children from this pedophile spirit of abuse that is now invading the public school system in California."
Klingenschmitt's activist career is grounded in his claim that he was fired from a post as a military chaplain because he prayed "in Jesus' name." In reality his lost the job because he violated military rules in appearing at a political event in uniform. When Klingenschmitt sued, a federal judge found that he had never been ordered not to pray in the name of Jesus and that along with defying orders by appearing in an official capacity at the political event he had been found to have an "unsatisfactory" job performance.
But those facts didn't stop Klingenschmitt from sending out an email to his followers on Sunday recalling how Pence, when he was the head of the conservative Republican Study Committee in Congress, had met Klingenschmitt in a "divine appointment" in the halls of Congress and championed his cause.
Klingenschmitt credits Pence with spearheading a letter from a few dozen conservative members of Congress objecting to a Bush administration Pentagon policy that The Hill described at the time as calling for "nonsectarian prayers" after the emergence of "allegations that evangelical Christians wielded so much influence at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs that anti-Semitism and other forms of religious harassment had become pervasive."
If you remember my story, you know in 2005 the U.S. Navy punished my chapel sermons in writing, then wrote a policy that banned praying "in Jesus' name" which cost my career.
That year I walked the halls of Congress, meeting any Members who'd defend religious freedom for Chaplains. Friends told me "go see Mike Pence" the Congressman from Indiana who was then chairman of the powerful Republican Study Committee, composed of the 70 most conservative Congressmen.
So I went to Congressman Pence's office. I had just missed him, but I glanced at his official photo to get a visual impression of his face, (something I never did otherwise), and a half-hour later I turned a hallway corner, and literally bumped into him. It was a divine appointment.
"You're Mike Pence!" I said, immediately recognizing his face from the photo.
"Yes I am!" he smiled.
He was very attentive, and although he was on the way to another meeting Congressman Pence said to me, "walk with me and tell me your story." We walked and talked for 10 minutes together.
I told Pence how 65 Chaplains were suing the Navy, all denied promotion for praying and preaching "in Jesus' name." I showed him documents how they punished me for quoting the Bible in chapel.
He looked me in the eye and said "OK, I get it. I'm with you 100%."
Pence kept his word. The next week every member of his committee, all 70 members led by Mike Pence and Walter Jones, signed a letter to the President on my behalf, demanding he let Chaplains pray "in Jesus' name."
One year later Congress ordered the Navy to reverse their bad prayer policy and we won.
I know from personal experience, Mike Pence is a Christian, Conservative, Republican, as he freely admits "in that order" and I've seen him stand up for chaplains' rights.
Religious Right activist and Colorado state lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt had a chance to interview Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson at the Western Conservative Summit held in Denver earlier this month. On a recent episode of his "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Klingenschmitt sat down with Robertson, who shared his wisdom on the tie between legal abortion and ISIS and revealed his fantasy that Donald Trump will turn to Christ with the help of his spiritual advisor, Phil Robertson.
Robertson kicked things off by warning that the world is descending into lawlessness, which can all be linked back to the legalization of abortion.
"We've killed 60 million of our own children," he said. "ISIS is saying to us, 'Well, if you didn't think your own children were worth anything, why do you think we're worried about what your life is worth? We don't think you're worth anything, that's why we're killing you. Just like you kill your children, that's why we kill you. We don't think you're worth anything.'"
"If we could have stood there and told them, 'No, to us life is precious,'" Robertson said, then things would be different, but sadly "we lost the moral high ground."
Later, Robertson said that he would be voting for Donald Trump in November only because he doesn't like Hillary Clinton and hopes that Trump will be better.
Ideally, Robertson said, "we convert Mr. Trump" to Christianity so that all of his past scandals and indiscretions that will be brought up during the campaign will be rendered moot because he has been born again.
"If he but be born again, he could then tell them, 'That's the old me, I've been born again, this is the new Donald Trump,'" Robertson said, envisioning a cabinet meeting where he would be introduced to the world as President Trump's spiritual advisor.
"Now, that would send a shock wave through America," he said. "The left-wingers would be jumping out of buildings."
Gordon Klingenschmitt dedicated two recent episodes of his "Pray In Jesus Name" program to interviewing Kendal Unruh, a longtime Religious Right activist who is now leading a "Free The Delegates" effort aimed at changing the rules at the upcoming Republican National Convention in hopes of preventing Donald Trump from receiving the nomination.
When Klingenschmitt, a Colorado GOP lawmaker, noted that such a move would likely alienate the millions of voters who supported Trump during the Republican primaries, Unruh asserted that Republicans actually didn't vote for Trump and that he only won because Democrats crossed over to vote for him as a "Trojan horse" that would destroy the GOP and that she has been raised up by God to stop this from happening.
Those who voted from Trump, Unruh declared, "are not in the Republican Party. There's 3.3 million Republicans that voted for Donald Trump, he got 14 million votes; the rest of those were Democrats and independents that came in and flooded open primaries and blanket primaries. The Democrats and independents took advantage of same-day voter laws and they gave us a Trojan horse candidate."
Convention delegates are "obligated to be the firewall to tyranny" and resist "mob rule," she stated, which is why convention rules must be changed in order to deny Trump the nomination before he can ruin the GOP's "godly, conservative, pro-life, pro-family heritage."
"We're not destroying the party," she insisted. "We're actually saving the party."
"Trust God for the outcome of this," Unruh declared. "I believe that God put me in this position to be here for such a time as this."
Glenn Beck is clearly oblivious to the concept of irony, which is why his next book is called "Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fear for Power and Control."
Liberty Counsel has filed a motion to dismiss the case against Scott Lively.
Landon Schott calls on conservative Christians to reclaim the rainbow: "The rainbow remains a symbol of righteous covenant from God, to His people. The rainbow doesn't belong to the gay community; it belongs to the body of Christ. It's time to reclaim the rainbow for its righteous cause!"
Linda Harvey warns that "committed anti-freedom leftists are working diligently to compel you, your children, your church and your workplace to actively honor sexual sin."
Finally, Gordon Klingenschmitt says that he is broke after spending $36,000 of his own money on his losing bid for higher office in Colorado.
Back in 2014, Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt won a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives despite this long history of saying truly outrageous things. Unsurprisingly, Klingenschmitt's brief term in office was repeatedly marked by controversy. At one point, he was even stripped of a committee assignment after saying that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman in Colorado was the result of "the curse of God upon America" for allowing legal abortion.
Klingenschmitt, though, never quite seemed to learn his lesson and announced last year that he would be running for a seat in the state Senate in 2016 while continuing to voice hisradicalviews on his daily "Pray In Jesus Name" program.
Last night, voters went to the polls in the state's primary and Klingenschmitt lost badly to his Republican rival by a margin of 62 to 38 percent.
Klingenschmitt, who believes that the most godly candidate will always win "unless the people are evil," predictably blamed the voters for thwarting the will of God that he be elected.
Instead of saying that the election results reflected the will of God, as religious candidates often do when they lose, Klingenschmitt said that his loss just shows that "God's will is not always done in this world":
East of downtown at The Airplane Restaurant, Klingenschmitt's speech took on a religious tone.
"I work hard to establish God's kingdom, not my own, and, as you know, God's will is not always done in this world," Klingenschmitt told dozens of supporters beneath model airliners hanging from the ceiling.
Retta Blodgett, who volunteered for Klingenschmitt's campaign, was disheartened by the results.
"I'm disappointed because the kind of competition his opponent ran was a dirty campaign," she said. "The fact that he (Klingenschmitt) could go into the government and take a stance and not worry about what people thought - that's what conservatives need now to get our country back."
Klingenschmitt fielded handshakes and pats on the back from throngs of supporters encouraging him to keep faith.
"I thank God for the opportunity to run a clean race on my side, even if that was not reciprocated," he said in an interview. "I'm disappointed that people can lie, steal and cheat and violate their cadet honor oath and still win elections. I kept my cadet honor oath, and I ran with integrity, and I hold my head high."
On a recent episode of his "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Religious Right activist and Colorado state lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt weighed in on the controversy surrounding Nattaphon Wangyot, a transgender student in Alaska who recently competed in the girls' track and field state finals.
Klingenschmitt accused the high school senior of being possessed by "a demonic spirit of cowardice" and a "demonic spirit of lying" for competing against female athletes.
"Not only is it cheating and lying," he said, "but it's perversion and it's confusion. And I don't think it is even in this boy's best interest. There is also a spirit of cowardice here. Why do I say cowardice? Because he's afraid to compete with the other boys. If he were really a man and he were able to run so fast, he wouldn't have to beat up on these girls."
"There is also a sprit of theft," Klingenschmitt continued, declaring that Wangyot is "depriving these other girls of their college scholarships" because they lost "to this boy who pretends to be a girl."
Klingenschmitt closed out his commentary by praying that school officials would take a stand against "these liars and cheaters who would want to steal from the other athletes."
On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, Colorado Republican state lawmaker and Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt declared that transgender individuals are literally possessed by demonic spirits, but that he could exorcise them of these demons if they would simply pray with him.
Klingenschmitt was discussing the declaration by the University of North Carolina system that it would not "enforce a law requiring transgender students to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates" when he declared that transgender people are possessed by a "demonic spirit of lying."
"If a man feels like a woman inside," Klingenschmitt stated, "it's not because there's actually a woman inside of him, it's because there's a demonic spirit of lying inside of him. And I'm sure he does feel like a woman. I'm sure those feelings are very real and yet, they're lies. They're very real lies."
Those feelings are "coming from the devil," Klingenschmitt explained, because transgender people have "allowed that demonic spirit to manifest inside of you," which is causing them "to have the feelings that the devil wants you to have."
"You will feel like a woman inside and there is a demon inside of you, causing you to feel that way," he said. "And what you need is simply to renounce the spirit of lying ... We can pray right now and Jesus Christ will come into your heart and give you freedom and give you deliverance and you will feel like a man again, the man that God made you to be."
On his most recent "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Religious Right activist and Colorado Republican state lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt brought an interracial couple on to make the argument that opposition to gay marriage is nothing like opposition to interracial marriage.
Ruth Bryant White, a fringe presidential candidate in 2008, and her husband Steve told Klingenschmitt that gay relationships are not legitimate because they are based on lust and violate the laws of God.
Same-sex relationships, Ruth White said, are nothing like interracial relationships because "when you're dealing with someone of the same sex ... they're bringing their dirty laundry and bedroom stuff to the people and it is not a civil right."
After she asserted that "God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of the homosexuality" and that the Bible says that gays are consumed by "the lusts of the flesh," Klingenschmitt declared that the difference between gay marriage and interracial marriages like the Whites' is that "homosexuality is based on lust, which God forbids as a sin, but your marriage is based on love, which God commands between one man and one woman."
"They're using it, saying that homosexuality is a civil right," Ruth White declared. "There is nothing civil about it in any way shape, form or fashion. And even if it was a civil right, God's word take precedence over anything that man's law can do ... Now we've got Christians who were living a straight life now that are going back into the homosexual lifestyle. That's a lust, that's a demon ... They put that over God and His word? And they're will to burn for eternity for that?"
On his "Pray In Jesus Name" show recently, Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed right-wing radio host and political commentator Josh Bernstein about the current state of the election. Bernstein, who also serves as the spokesman for the Association of Mature American Citizens, a Tea Party version of the AARP, is someone whom wehavementioned a few times, but never really paid much attention to ... at least until he called us "pinheads" on Klingenschmitt's show.
That prompted us to take a look at Bernstein's "TV show," which consists of little more than a YouTube channel, where we found insightful clips like this one where he explains that Hillary Clinton could become the first lesbian president, which is fitting since President Obama is the first gay president.
"The best unkept secret in Washington, D.C., is that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian," Bernstein said, as he declared that the investigation into her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state will finally prove that she has had multiple same-sex relationships, most notably with key aide Huma Abedin.
Clinton has had affairs with the likes of Yoko Ono and actress Markie Post, as well as with Webb Hubbel, who is Chelsea Clinton's real father, Bernstein asserted. He added that Bill and Hillary decided to raise Chelsea as their own purely for political gain because they are "the most corrupt family in American history."
Clinton "would be the first lesbian president," he said, which "is probably fitting because we already have the first gay president in Barack Obama."
Multiple members of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church that Obama attended knew that he was gay and then "ended up dead because they were probably going to tell their stories," Bernstein said. "There is definitely some mystery surrounding Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton."
Colorado Republican state lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt was joined by his fellow anti-gay Religious Right activist Peter LaBarbera on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, where the two decried the Obama administration's guidelines for public schools on how to protect the rights of transgender students, which LaBarbera said are just further proof of Obama's promotion of "moral evil."
"Obama never really let the Constitution get in his way," he said, "as we saw with his systematic destruction of the definition of marriage, Chaps. He's all about the homosexual agenda and now we have actual very strong evidence that that's the number-one agenda item for Barack Obama."
"For whatever reason, Barack Obama has chosen the promotion of homosexualism and transexualism now as one of his major achievements," LaBarbera continued. "This is really the president that has promoted in this area the greatest moral evil by far of any president of the United States."
On his latest "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Religious Right activist and Colorado Republican lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt declared that Caitlyn Jenner needs an exorcism to rid her of the demonic "spirit of insanity."
Responding to false reports that Jenner is planning to transition back to male, Klingenschmitt asserted that "it would be a dumb statement for someone to try to say that he wants to stay a woman because he's not a woman. He's never been one. His DNA has never changed. He still has male XY chromosomes. He is not a woman, he is a man. In fact, he still has male parts, I'm told."
"The spirit of insanity inside of this man, Bruce Jenner," Klingenschmitt said, has made Jenner choose sin and "has brought him down a path of destruction ... It is a mental illness. Of course, we think it is a demonic illness. The man needs an exorcism."
Klingenschmitt then rebuked the "demonic spirit of delusion" that has taken hold of Jenner and prayed that she would "detransition from evil and from sin and from the devil."
Earlier this month, we posted a video of Colorado GOP state legislator and Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt tying himself in knots attempting to defend the right of a school district to discriminate against atheists. This week, Klingenschmitt outdid himself when he spent six minutes on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program justifying a decision by the Citadel to deny "a request from an incoming Muslim student to wear a traditional religious headscarf as part of her uniform."
Klingenschmitt, who claims to be a champion of the freedom of religious expression in the military and has even created his own bogus persecution account, said that he could not support allowing a female Muslim soldier to wear a headscarf along with her uniform because it was a signal to Muslim combatants to rape the other female soldiers instead of her.
Klingenschmitt cited passages from Sura 33 in the Quran that he falsely claimed give Muslim men the right to rape any woman who is not wearing proper covering during times of war. As such, he said, if a female Muslim soldier was allowed to wear a headscarf, then she would be signaling to our enemies that she is a Muslim who should not be raped, but that it was okay for them to rape the non-Muslim female soldiers.
"If you're at war and you're looking out over the battlefield and you're wondering which women are safe to rape," he said, "you don't [rape] the women with headscarves because those are Muslims and you do rape the women without headscarves because those are not Muslims."
"The Citadel is thinking about letting a woman wear a headscarf with her military uniform as a symbol that the other women are open to be raped and she is not open to be raped by Muslims," Klingenschmitt stated. "It's a symbol to your Muslim enemies — we fight terrorists who are often Muslim — it's a symbol to them, 'please don't rape me, rape the other women in uniform because they're not wearing a headscarf.'"