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Colorado's Demon-Hunting State Legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt Loves Mike Pence

One person who is unambiguously thrilled with Donald Trump's choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate is Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, the demon-hunting Religious Right activist who is currently serving out the end of his term as Republican member of Colorado's state legislature.

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."

Not surprisingly, Klingenschmitt was also a big fan of the RFRA bill that Pence signed in Indiana that was meant to enable anti-gay discrimination.

From Klingenschmitt's email:

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.

David Barton Will Train Right-Wing Christians To 'Regain' Control Of Government And Implement Biblical Public Policy

Last week, David Barton spoke at Charis Bible College's "Summer Family Bible Conference" to promote the Seven Mountains based "School of Practical Government" that he is establishing at Andrew Wommack's Charis Bible College in Colorado for the purpose of training right-wing Christians how to take control of all levels of government. 

Barton, who is currently in Cleveland helping to shape the GOP platform ahead of the Republican National Convention, said that Christians must "regain this arena that God has originally given to us." To this end, the main purpose of Barton's school will be to instill in students the proper "biblical worldview" because having the correct biblical worldview is key to implementing biblical public policy. 

People who haven't read the Bible "won't have a clue about marriage, they won't have a clue about abortion, they won't have a clue about God made them male and female, end of story," Barton said, which is why these are "not the kind of people that we want to put in office."

Graduates of Barton's school, on the other hand, will know the Bible verses that set out the proper public policy for everything from the minimum wage to estate taxes.

"You'll know what God says about the capital gains tax," Barton promised, "you'll know what God says about the progressive income tax, you will know what God says about due process rights ... All of these are public policy issues and if you know the position that God has taken on public policy issues, then you get much better policy coming out."

Tancredo: Obama Possibly A Muslim, ‘Hates The America You And I Love’

During anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform’s “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” radio row last month, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., claimed that President Obama “hates the America you and I love” and is bent on transforming American culture via the mass immigration of non-assimilating Muslims.

“What does this man care about the Constitution or the Supreme Court?” Tancredo asked the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney on his June 23 “Secure Freedom Radio” program.

“When we recognize that one of the very first things [Obama] ever really promised during a campaign, during his first campaign, was something no one really paid attention to until recently, and that is that he said, ‘I have every intent to thoroughly transform the United States of America,’” Tancredo said. “Well, if you understand that and if you understand he’s still totally committed to that, and that everything he does is designed to do that, then you can understand why he presses the issue of immigration so much, because especially immigration from Muslim countries, especially Islamic immigration, will help him in that endeavor. It does eventually thoroughly change and transform America. It reaches his goal. He hates the America you and I love.”

“Many of us have always raised the issue when we talk about immigration, we raise the issues of the impact on low-skilled labor, the lack of jobs, the cost of the education system, the cost of the medical system in America,” Tancredo said. “All these things are true, but they pale in comparison by the danger posed by massive immigration, both legal and illegal, of people who don’t want to be American.”

He continued, “Our own government is saying, ‘Don’t assimilate. There’s nothing here of value, there’s no reason for you to attach yourself to that old America. You wanna be separate and apart and we’ll help you do that. It is to change the culture in that way and for all times, in their estimation, in their hope, and I fear so often that they are ahead of us here.”

In an interview with Baltimore radio host Tom Marr at the FAIR event the same day, Tancredo wondered if Obama wants to transform America because he’s secretly Muslim.

“I often wonder what he actually was thinking, what went through his mind, each time he had to put his hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, and say he was going to, you know, he swore to uphold the Constitution. What was going through his mind at the time?” Tancredo asked. Both Marr and Tancredo suggested that Obama wanted to have his other hand on the Quran.

“There’s always the, you know, is he really a Muslim? And for them, it is perfectly acceptable to lie about this kind of thing in order to accomplish the goal,” Tancredo said. Tancredo also claimed the best way to transform America for years to come, as he said Obama does, is to bring in millions of immigrants who don’t assimilate and intend to change America.

Gordon Klingenschmitt, Colorado's Most Famous Anti-Gay, Demon-Hunting Legislator, Loses His Bid For Higher Office

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 his radical views 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."

Tancredo: Trump Will Help Win Environmentalists To The Anti-Immigrant Movement

On Wednesday, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., joined conservative radio host John DePetro at anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” radio row, where Tancredo claimed immigrants degrade the environment and expressed his hope that Donald Trump might help the anti-immigrant movement achieve its long-held goal of winning over the environmentalist movement.

“There’s another area in which we and Donald Trump, I think, has the ability to begin to communicate with another group that we’ve had a difficult time with over the years, and that’s the environmentalists, because if you concentrate on this issue, if you think about it for any length of time, you will recognize that massive immigration, both legal and illegal, has a significant impact on the environment,” Tancredo said.

The anti-immigrant movement has long tried to “greenwash” itself in a so far unsuccessful effort to build alliances with major environmentalist groups.

Tancredo claimed that “everybody coming to Colorado will soon have to actually make reservations to get into the national park. All of the park systems throughout the country are being eroded and degraded by the massive numbers of people, the water supply, you name it.”

“I mean, even Colorado, there’s no way that we can possibly keep up with the infrastructural needs of the state because of the massive number of people coming there from all over, not just from other states but, of course, all over the world,” Tancredo said. “And so there is a degradation of the environment with massive numbers, and a lot of people in that movement understand that.”

Americans, Tancredo said, “can find common ground” on immigration restriction and environmental protection.

“A person like Trump, I think, can actually begin to make inroads where we hadn’t before, and this is one area,” he said.

Tancredo: Make Americans Pass 'Civics Literacy' Test To Vote

On Wednesday’s “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” radio row, an annual event hosted by the anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., suggested to conservative radio host Matt Tompkins that in order to vote, all Americans should take the same “simple, stupid” American citizenship test given to immigrants.

Tancredo said gaining U.S. citizenship shouldn’t be easy because “it’s like anything else, you know, if you work hard for something, it maybe has more value to you and you actually can determine if a person really wants it, you know, to become an American citizen. I don’t want it to be like candy you hand out.”

“Here’s what I’d like,” Tancredo continued. “I would like a civics literacy test for everyone in America to vote. Before you can vote, take a civics literacy test, and you know which one it would be? It’s the civics test we give to every single immigrant.”

According to Tancredo, “If we expect somebody to come here from another country, another culture, another language, to pass a simple, stupid test,” Americans should be required to pass the same test ... though, he said, most Americans probably would not be able to do so.

Pastor Dave Love: The Obama Administration's Transgender Rights Directive Came Straight From The Pit Of Hell

James Dobson has found a new hero in local Colorado pastor Dave Love and was so impressed by a recent sermon he delivered ranting against the Obama administration's guidelines regarding the rights of transgender students in public schools that he aired a long excerpt of it on his radio show today.

In his sermon, Love declared that he doesn't care what the government says or how the Supreme Court rules because he will never accept marriage equality or transgender rights, because both things come straight from the pit of hell.

"No culture can survive when they lose their balance between right and wrong," he preached. "Our president and this administration has put our children at risk. Our kids are no longer safe in public education, they're no longer safe from the perversion of this world in our public schools. When you see the evil that is being handed down, a directive from the president himself that encourages this perversion, I have only one thing to say: The Lord rebuke you. To give a directive to allow this, to allow our children in elementary school to use the opposite sex bathroom is pure evil and society, through our leaders, is calling evil good and good evil and justice is being taken away from the righteous. And [this] way of thinking is a philosophy that is demonic and comes from the pit of hell. This is a philosophy from Satan himself."

"The attack on the family unit is real and it's being authored by none other than Satan himself to try and destroy the moral fabric of our society," Love continued. "The devil has come to steal, to kill, to destroy. The issue is not about homosexuality, the issue is about marriage. The issue is not about transgenders using bathrooms or locker rooms of their choice, the issue is that Satan wants to ruin, absolutely ruin, the fabric of society so he can steal the innocence of your children by having them be in public schools that [are] going to allow for this transgender behavior. He wants to steal the innocence of your kids to destroy and kill the foundation of this nation, which is built on Judeo-Christian values."

Praying With Gordon Klingenschmitt Can Free Transgender People From The 'Demonic Spirit Of Lying'

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."

Marriage Equality Is Not A Civil Right Because Gays Are 'Bringing Their Dirty Laundry And Bedroom Stuff To The People'

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?"

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Caitlyn Jenner Needs An Exorcism To Rid Her Of The Demonic 'Spirit Of Insanity'

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."

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Letting A Muslim Soldier Wear A Headscarf Will Lead To Non-Muslims Being Raped

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.'"

Colorado GOP Official Compares Obama To A Chimp

Correction: The post previously labeled Bonzo as a monkey, when he is in fact a chimpanzee.

Linda Sorenson, chair of the Delta County, Colorado, Republican Party, posted a racist Facebook meme last week depicting President Obama as a chimp, according to Jason Salzman of the blog Big Media.

She reportedly told Salzman that she was only joking but doesn’t “care if people are offended by it.”

Delta County Republican Chair Linda Sorenson shared an image on her Facebook page last week depicting Ronald Reagan nursing a chimpanzee. The photo is sandwiched by the phrase, “I’ll be damned… Reagan used to babysit Obama.”

Sorenson told me in a very brief phone interview today that it was a joke.

“I really don’t care if people are offended by it,” she told me of the post, which was sent to me by a source. “Un-friend me. Stop looking at me on Facebook.”

Gordon Klingenschmitt Calls Anti-Bullying Bill 'No Child Left Unmolested'

When far-right pundit and anti-gay activist Gordon Klingenschmitt won election to Colorado’s House of Representatives in 2014, he suggested that he might be toning down his extremist rhetoric, which had included charges that gays want to rape children and that President Obama is ruled by 50 demons.  "I would say it is time for people of good will on both sides of the political debate to come together to have reasonable discussions about these issues," he told the Colorado Springs Gazette after his election. “Maybe that includes me. Maybe I need to tone down my rhetoric…”

Whatever motivated that particular moment of introspection (Klingenshmitt said he had been receiving death threats), it didn’t last, as RWW’s continuing coverage of “Dr. Chaps” makes clear. During his first year as a legislator he was temporarily stripped of his seat on the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee after saying that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman was a sign that God had cursed America for allowing legal abortion.

Today Klingenschmitt is reviving a charge he made three years ago against anti-bullying legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota. Religious Right groups have long opposed efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying in schools. Language from Franken’s Student Non-Discrimination Act is included in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, complains Klingenschmitt, who calls it the “No Child Left Unmolested” amendment. He says it “mandates a pro-homose xual [sic] federal curricula for all public schools” and “bullies your Christian kids and teachers” and threatens schools with lack of funding “if they refuse to teach kids that sin is normal.”

Franken’s “No Child Left Unmolested” amendment will teach your kids to violate your Christian values, and like the Brownshirts teach your kids to report YOU as a hater or bully, if you fail to endorse homose xuality as normal. Is there no end to their depravity?

In the same email, Klingenschmitt attacks the Obama administration’s directive on the rights of transgender students as “a direct threat tantamount to child abuse.”

Last April, Klingenshmitt announced that he is running for the state Senate; the primary election will be held on June 28.

Klingenschmitt’s annoying use of “homose xual” — with a space in the middle of the word — is presumably meant to let his missives sneak through “family friendly” filtering software promoted by Religious Right groups.

 

David Barton Will Train Christians To Take Control Of Government And Transform America Into The 'Nation That God Wants It To Be'

Last month, we noted that right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton plans to launch a "School of Practical Government" at Andrew Wommack's Charis Bible College in Colorado, which will be based heavily in Seven Mountains dominionism.

Seven Mountains theology teaches that conservative Christians are to take control of the seven primary institutions, or "mountains," that shape and control our culture — (1) Business; (2) Government; (3) Media; (4) Arts and Entertainment; (5) Education; (6) Family; and (7) Religion — and use them to implement biblical standards and spread the Gospel.

In a promotional video from the new school, Barton again specifically linked it to Seven Mountains theology, saying that Christians are commanded to take control of the Seven Mountains but have failed to do so when it comes to government, which is why he is launching a school of "practical" government to train people on how to do just that. 

"The Charis School of Practical Government is designed to make a difference in the culture," Barton said. "It's designed to transform the culture, community by community and state by state. In Luke 16:8, Jesus lamented that the children of this world are wiser and more shrewd than the children of light. This shouldn't be. We have the wisdom of the scriptures and insight of the Spirit, so God's people, of all folks, should be shrewder and wiser than others and this is particularly true in the political arena. After all, Joseph was certainly head and shoulders above all the other political folks in his day, as was Daniel in his day and Nehemiah in his day and so many others in their day."

Explicitly citing the "major Christian teaching today about the Seven Mountains," Barton said that Christians are to be engaged in all seven of these areas in order to transform America into "what God wants it to be," especially government.

"After all, when God founded His nation of Israel," Barton stated, "He delivered to them a comprehensive code of 613 laws that covered every aspect of public policy, from criminal justice to education, from the military to immigration, from foreign policy to economics to taxes and everything in between. So the Bible definitely gives us much guidance in each of these areas, but too many Christians today that God is silent in the areas of government and public policy, but He is not."

It is worth remembering that Barton is not only an influential Republican activist but also runs one of the main super PACs supporting Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz Is 'Honored' To Have The Support Of Colorado's Demon-Hunting, Anti-Gay Exorcist State Legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt

We have noted several times before that there seems to be no activist who is too extreme to be embraced by Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, so we were not particularly surprised when the Texas senator recently announced that infamous demon-hunting, anti-gay exorcist/state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt would be part of his Colorado leadership team.

David Barton Will Be Training Christians To Conquer The 'Mountain' Of Government

A few weeks ago, we noted that a Christian college in Arkansas had launched the "David Barton School of Political Science" ... and that, yes, that is its actual name.

On his radio program today, Barton revealed that this program is just one of many that he is helping to found and coordinate at Christian colleges around the country, including one at Andrew Wommack's Charis Bible College in Colorado where Barton is setting the curriculum and will serve as a part-time instructor at the "School of Practical Government."

When Barton and Wommack discussed the new program recently, Barton explicitly linked it to Seven Mountains Dominionism, which he has preached before

Seven Mountains theology teaches that Christians are to take control of the seven primary institutions, or "mountains," that shape and control our culture — (1) Business; (2) Government; (3) Media; (4) Arts and Entertainment; (5) Education; (6) Family; and (7) Religion — and use them to implement biblical standards and spread the Gospel. 

Christians, Barton said, have not had much success in taking over the government "mountain" and that is why he and Wommack have started a school to provide activists with the practical skills they'll need to go out and put government "back in the position God wants it."

"The need for it is pretty simple," Barton explained. "A lot, in the Christian community, we hear about the Seven Mountains or the Seven Mountains of Influence and it really is the deal that when they went into the Promised Land, there were these seven mountains that had to be conquered and you look at them today and you say, well, that's business, that's education, that's government, that's media, that's whatever. One of them is government and that's something that we've stayed away from for a long time. Proverbs 29:2 says that when the wicked rule, the people groan; it doesn't take a hearing aid to hear all the groaning going on. It's because the righteous have not been involved."

Barton's school will train students in what the Bible teaches about the role and purpose of government so that "when they come out of here, [they] can go make a positive impact in restoring the nation, putting it back in the position God wants it, in a position that righteousness exalts a nation."

Anti-Choice Group Starts 'All-Out Effort To End Abortion In Colorado Springs' As Targeted Clinic Reopens

A Colorado-based anti-choice group announced in an email to supporters yesterday that it is launching an “all-out effort” to ban abortion in Colorado Springs, where a Planned Parenthood that was the target of a deadly shooting in November is just reopening.

Personhood USA, which is based in Denver, has failed dismally in its efforts to pass state-level fetal “personhood” laws that would criminalize all abortions and could threaten common forms of birth control. Today, in an email to supporters, the group’s communications director Jennifer Mason hints that it is now changing its strategy to focus on passing city-level personhood measures … starting in Colorado Springs:

It's happening. We knew it would. After the tragic shooting at Planned Parenthood in late November, they had closed their doors through the holiday season. Now Planned Parenthood is re-opening their doors, all set to kill innocent babies once more.

The shooting in November killed three people, among those pro-life hero Officer Garrett Swasey. Thinking of the shooting brings tears to my eyes. Thinking of the fact that Planned Parenthood will re-open its doors and kill innocent babies compounds that grief and adds a large dose of nausea. I can't bear the thought that a place that has killed countless of innocent children will re-open to kill countless more.

We unequivocally oppose all violence, including abortion-related violence, against born and unborn people alike. That is why we must legally close Planned Parenthood's doors...by making abortion illegal city by city across the U.S.

It's no surprise that while we are launching our city-by-city campaign to make abortion illegal, starting in Colorado Springs, Planned Parenthood is re-opening a clinic there. Please pray about supporting this effort - with your help, we can get the legal paperwork filed and begin this all-out effort to end abortion in Colorado Springs today.

Interestingly, it was a former Personhood USA staffer who defected to the newly formed Personhood Alliance who declared back in 2014 that “the statewide personhood ballot measure is dead for now” and recommended that the movement should focus instead on passing municipal ballot measures.

UPDATE: RH Reality Check has more details:

The initiative has been in the works for more than a year, and was not crafted in response to Planned Parenthood’s announcement this week that it will soon reopen its Colorado Springs clinic , where three people were killed on November 27, Personhood USA spokeswoman Jennifer Mason told RH Reality Check in a phone interview.

“We had actually planned to do it before the tragic shooting there,” said Mason, explaining that her organization has a base of volunteers and supportive churches in Colorado Springs. “When Planned Parenthood announced that they were reopening, that confirmed for us that this was the right place to start …. The people who reached out to us in Colorado Springs don’t want any violence, including abortion, there.”

Mason said she’s working with attorneys to finalize the language of the measure, which will be similar to one of the statewide amendments soundly rejected by voters in 2014. She said her group is just beginning the legal process of putting a measure on the ballot, and she hopes to file the paperwork within the next two months.

Gordon Klingenschmitt Says Gays Are Driven By A 'Demonic Spirit Of Lust' To Persecute Christians

Gordon Klingenschmitt is outraged by a Massachusetts court decision finding that a Catholic school discriminated against a man when it rescinded a job offer to him after learning that he was gay and married, declaring that the lawsuit demonstrates that gay people are driven by a "demonic spirit of lust" to persecute Christians.

The Colorado Republican lawmaker said on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday that the lawsuit shows that "there is a demonic spirit here of persecution against the church" and that gay people do not simply want to be left alone but rather are intent on "coming after the church."

"They're coming after us," Klingenschmitt warned. "They don't care about the First Amendment. They don't care about the Constitution. They just want power. And this is not about sexuality any more, it's about power and that's a demonic spirit of lust; not just lust for another man, but lust for power over the Christian people who yearn to breathe free":

Gordon Klingenschmitt Blames Demonic Influence For Failure To Defund Planned Parenthood

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, Colorado state lawmaker and Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt blamed the "demonic spirit of murder" for congressional failure to defund Planned Parenthood.

"Did you know there is also a spiritual world that is influencing these key players?" Klingenschmitt asked. "When the evil spirit, the spirit of Satan influences people to sin and the people humanly choose sin, they're listening to and cooperating with and collaborating with and contracting with that evil spirit who gets inside of them and becomes manifest through their behavior."

"So you see the invisible spirits, the Holy Spirit of God with his angels and the demonic spirits are speaking to each of these human actors in this scenario," he continued, "and we can discern, for example, upon those who promote a pro-abortion agenda the demonic spirit of murder who is influencing them and forcing us, as taxpayers, to collaborate with them to fund the killing of innocent children and that is wrong and that is evil and that is demonic."

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