Latinos Vote! Dolores Huerta’s Four-State Tour with PFAW

Over a two-week span, People For the American Way (PFAW) staff and volunteers joined PFAW board member Dolores Huerta for a four-state tour to get out the vote in Latino communities and push back against anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies of Republican presidential candidates.

Huerta attended the last two Republican debates, spreading the message that all of the Republican candidates stand firmly against the priorities of working families and Latino communities. At the start of our tour, leading up to the debate in Colorado at the end of October, Huerta joined Colorado Latino leaders and voters to discuss how the Republican candidates are out of line with Colorado Latinos.

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Huerta also spoke at a rally that thousands attended. As Suzanne Gamboa at NBC News reported:

“Huerta planned to participate in an event with other Latino leaders Wednesday afternoon to launch a voter registration campaign and protest rhetoric of the campaign and some proposals she considered to be anti-Latino.

[…]"The Republican candidates are not really reflecting or even addressing the needs of the Latino community or American families," Huerta said in an phone interview with NBC News.

After Colorado, Huerta traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to get out the vote leading up to municipal elections and to call out North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for signing the severely anti-immigrant HB 318.

After her third radio interview of the morning – which also happened to be the day before Halloween – Huerta posed with the radio hosts of Charlotte’s La Raza 106.1.

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Huerta joined Charlotte voters and activists to deliver an “award” to Gov. McCrory for his ability to disguise himself as a friend of immigrants and then to turn his back on the community.


After Charlotte, Huerta joined PFAW staff and volunteers to get out the vote in Virginia. PFAW had already begun laying the groundwork in Virginia with Spanish-language ads encouraging voters to head to the polls on Election Day.

The Washington Post’s write-up of the ad included this explanation from PFAW’s Carlos A. Sanchez:

“By highlighting in Spanish how local and national Republican politicians from [former Virginia gubernatorial candidate] Ken Cuccinelli to Donald Trump have demonized immigrants, our ad urges voters to stand up against them by going to the polls."

While on the ground, Huerta mobilized voters and volunteers in State Senate District 29 to support Democrat Jeremy McPike.

Our efforts paid off, as McPike won his race!

To wrap up our four-state tour, Huerta traveled to Wisconsin leading up to the Republican debate there. PFAW joined with Voces de la Frontera Action to shed light on the anti-immigrant, anti-Latino policies of all the Republican candidates.

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Huerta also joined with allies for a Fight for $15 rally urging politicians to support a $15 minimum wage. Watch Huerta discuss her efforts on local CBS.

The 4-state tour is a part of PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program. Stay tuned for more updates on our work!


Klingenschmitt: Candidates Who Manifest The 'Spirit Of God' Will Always Win Election 'Unless The People Are Evil'

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday, Colorado Republican state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt hailed the election of Matt Bevin as governor in Kentucky last week, declaring that voters will always elected godly candidates ... unless, that is, the voters are evil.

"Congratulations, governor-elect," Klingenschmitt said, "for manifesting and representing the spirit of God in your campaign. People, when they see God inside of a candidate, they will vote for him every time because people are drawn to the spirit of God."

"When people see true freedom in the heart of a candidate, he can always win an election," Klingenschmitt continued. "Unless the people are evil, and then they will vote against the spirit of God that is in him."

Kevin Swanson Defends Linking Gay Kiss To Colorado Wildfires

At this weekend’s National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa, which featured GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal, conservative radio host Steve Deace revealed that a Republican presidential candidate had dropped out of the summit after learning of the extremism of the conference’s organizer, Kevin Swanson. (Although Deace didn’t name the candidate, Ben Carson was at one point named as a confirmed speaker but later disappeared from the event’s schedule.)

Deace said that the candidate’s campaign manager had called him up and asked him about Right Wing Watch’s reporting on Swanson, including Swanson’s support for the death penalty for gay people and his blaming of natural disasters in his home state of Colorado on such affronts to God as gay people marrying and feminist women who wear pants. Deace said that he laughed and assured the campaign manager that these were all lies made up by Right Wing Watch, but that the candidate dropped out anyway.

It might be more difficult for Deace to pretend that we fabricated all of these statements after this weekend’s conference, where Swanson repeated both views with great enthusiasm. After yelling quite a bit about Leviticus, Swanson clarified on Saturday that he does not actually want the U.S. to implement the death penalty for gay people at the moment, but instead to wait and give them time to repent first.

Then, in the same speech, Swanson declared that anyone who believes in God must see that there “might be a connection” between wildfires and flooding in Colorado and the state’s government refusing to enforce biblical law, and specifically a picture that ran on the front page of the Denver Post showing Colorado’s House speaker kissing his husband after a vote on civil unions.

“You see, when this happens, it is the most egregious, the most abominable, the most arrogant insult to Almighty God,” Swanson said of the Denver Post photo. “And then, the very same year, we had the very worst fires, the most devastating fires we ever did in the state and the worst floods. In the very same year, we had the most devastating floods and the most devastating fires and the worst possible legislature in terms of well, any standard of God’s laws as conveyed in [the Bible].”

“You’ve got to believe that God is the judge of the earth and indeed there might be a connection between the worst flood, the worst fires, and the worst government in the history of the state of Colorado,” he said.

He then defended his statement that thanks to gay rights and pro-choice laws, Colorado might be becoming worse than North Korea, saying, “Well, they murder. We put homosexuals on the front page of newspapers.”

America is held to a higher standard, he said, because of its “godly heritage” stemming from “white guys” like Irish immigrants.

“We’ve got a heritage, we’ve got a great heritage, goes back 2,000 years,” he said.
“Seems to me there’s a lot of white guys in America with a lot of heritage that goes all the way back to the 500s and 600s with Patrick and others. Friends, is America a more evil nation than North Korea in the eyes of God? And I say maybe. Maybe not, I don’t know. But I’d say we’re getting pretty close.”

Kevin Swanson Aghast That Christians Support 'Death Penalty Crime' Of Gay Marriage

This weekend, three Republican presidential candidates are slated to appear at a conference in Iowa hosted by homeschooling activist and conservative radio host Kevin Swanson, who, as we have previously reported, has a variety of radical views ranging from defending the death penalty for homosexuality to thinking that Girl Scout cookies and the movie “Frozen” turn girls into lesbians to having a troubling grasp on the science of birth control.

In preparation for this weekend’s event, we’ve been going back to the archives of Swanson’s “Generations Radio” program, which include a 2013 program in which he responded to a Christian listener who objected to his anti-gay rants by calling gay marriage “a death penalty crime from the word of God” and agreeing with his cohost’s assessment that the Bible allows two men to marry if “at the ceremony, you stone them.”

In the May, 2013, program, Swanson read from a letter from a pro-gay-rights Christian listener, calling the letter “outrageous,” “perverted” and “as bad as it gets” and comparing the letter-writer to the Pharisees.

“He’s in support of a death penalty crime from the word of God, he’s in support of homosexual marriage,” Swanson said. “Amazing.”

Swanson lamented that so few Christians were willing to stand up for the Old Testament prohibitions on homosexuality and object to other sins plaguing the nation “because it takes courage and it takes faith to talk to the sick body of our dying carcass of a nation.”

Swanson’s cohost, Dave Buehner, also thought it was amusing that the letter-writer had said that the Bible doesn’t forbid gay marriage, saying, “nowhere does it forbid marrying a giraffe” either.

“Let’s grant him his point,” Buehner said. “A man can marry a man or a man can marry a giraffe and then at the ceremony, you stone them.”

“Okay, all right,” Swanson replied. “So he’s right. This is how bad it gets, my friends.”

Klingenschmitt Prays That God Will 'Save The Children From The Perverts In Houston'

Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, a Religious Right activist and Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, predicted on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program on Saturday that a vote to repeal Houston’s nondiscrimination ordinance next week will succeed because the people who say they are “undecided” in polls are actually “against sharing public bathrooms with crossdressing men but they’re afraid to tell the pollsters.”

Latching on to the Right’s favorite transphobic angle in fighting antidiscrimination measures, Klingenschmitt claimed that the ordinance allows transgender women to “expose themselves to little girls” in restrooms and concluded that transgender people are possessed by “a demonic spirit.”

“God is against you, Mayor Annise Parker,” he declared after predicting that “the lesbian mayor will eventually have egg on her face.”

“Father, save the children from the perverts in Houston,” he prayed.

Klingenschmitt: Mecca Crane Collapse Was The 'Consequence' Of 'Praying To Satan'

Earlier this month, a crane collapsed outside the Grand Mosque at Mecca during a storm, killing 107 Muslim worshipers, which Colorado Republican state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt declared on his "Pray In Jesus Name" show today was "the consequence of their sin" for "praying to Satan."

"There are two different Gods," he said. "There is the true God, Jehovah, the father of Jesus Christ, and there is a false god, Allah, who is the father of the false prophet Muhammad. Now which one were they praying to when an 'act of God' dumped this crane on their heads and killed 107 people? I think they were praying to a false god."

"You could either say Allah wanted to kill them," he continued, "or you could say this is the consequence of their sin when they were really praying to Satan."

"Boy, these people really have a hard time discerning which God they should be praying to," he stated.

While admitting that accident may simply have been the result of natural causes, Klingenschmitt nonetheless proceeded to pray for the Muslims who "are bringing destruction upon themselves" by worshiping "the false God of Satan who has destroyed them, both physically and spiritually; physically in this horrible accident and spiritually when their souls are cast into Hell."

Klingenschmitt's Defense: Gays And Pedophiles Are Possessed By Different Demons

Gordon Klingenschmitt dedicated his most recent "Pray In Jesus Name" show to responding to the criticism he has received after using an earlier program to urge parents to remove their sons from the Boy Scouts before they are molested as a result of the organization's decision to lift the ban on gay scout leaders.

After justifiably complaining that some of his words were taken out of context and insisting that he never called for gay scoutmasters to be drowned in the sea, Klingenschmitt brought on his close friend Janet Porter of Faith 2 Action to defend him from the "lies" and to pray against the attacks on him.

As Klingenschmitt explained, he never claimed that all gay men are child molesters ... and that is because gay men and child molesters are clearly possessed by different demons.

"There are clearly two different demons at play here," he said. "There is, of course, a demon of homosexuality in those who openly parade their sodomy in the streets. But then there's a different demon of child molesting that is inside some of these reported molesters ... I'm not saying that all of the homosexual are child molesters, I never claimed that. But I'll tell you in this case, all the child molesters in the Boy Scouts are homosexual. And how can I tell that? Very simple, it's logical, there were no girls in the tents. Those are men molesting boys and their attraction to other men, or even other boys, is a different demon and we're calling that out."

GOP Lawmaker Who Claims Gays Are Child Molesters Praises Activist With Child Molestation Convictions

Religious Right activist and Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt claims that “child molesting” is “a favorite ‘recruiting’ tool of adult homosexuals” and warns that allowing openly gay men to be Boy Scout troop leaders will “lead to child abuse.” These gay child molesters, he adds, should be drowned.

So it comes as no surprise at all, then, to learn this:

A few weeks before Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt found himself in hot water for saying Jesus said child molesters should be drowned, he interviewed a man on his show who has been convicted twice of sexual assault on a child and called him a "new friend."

David Dorty, who is active in El Paso County politics and is with the American Conservatives of Color, appeared on Klingenschmittt's video ministry Pray in Jesus' Name (PIJN) News on July 16.

Dorty, as The Gazette reported in March, has twice been convicted of sexually assaulting a child, once by a person in a position of trust.

Dorty, and those who stand beside him, say he has been reformed through the help of God.

Klingenschmitt made no distinction between redeemed and unredeemed child molesters when he quoted a bible verse about causing children to sin.

Gordon Klingenschmitt Gets Himself Into Trouble Yet Again Over Anti-Gay Remarks

Earlier this year, Colorado Republican state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt set off a controversy in his home state when he declared on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman was the result of "the curse of God upon America" for the sin of legal abortion. His fellow legislators were quick to denounce his remarks and Klingenschmitt was even stripped of a committee assignment, prompting him to eventually apologize and suspend production of his television program until the end of the legislative session.

The session ended back in May and Klingenschmitt has been posting daily programs ever since, including one earlier this week in which he warned parents to remove their sons from the Boy Scouts now that the organization has lifted its ban on gay scout leaders.

Klingenschmitt warned that allowing gay scout leaders "will lead to child abuse" and declared that these gay men, who he claimed would sexually assault children, would be better off being drowned in the sea:

Unsurprisingly, Klingenschmitt's latest comments have set off another round of controversy in Colorado, forcing the state Republican Party to distance itself from him once again:

On Wednesday, the Colorado Republican Party issued a statement addressing Klingenschmitt's remarks.

"We strongly condemn Gordon Klingenschmitt's highly offensive comments. As we've said in the past, Gordon does not speak on behalf of the Party, nor do his words reflect our Party's values," the statement said.

Klingenschmitt's remarks are being denounced by people on all sides of the political spectrum and, predictably, Klingenschmitt is once again playing the victim:

Gay members of Colorado Statehouse, who work with Klingenschmitt in Denver when session is in, called for leaders of the Republican caucus to denounce the "hate speech."

"While I personally get along very well with him, when he makes statements like this, I wonder which Gordon Klingenschmitt I'm talking to: the nice guy who is very friendly to me and sits next to me in committee or the guy who makes incendiary statements about drowning good honorable people like me who are gay," Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver said.

Assistant Minority Leader Polly Lawrence, R-Roxborough Park, reiterated that Klingenschmitt does not speak for House Republicans.

"Rep. Klingenschmitt's inflammatory rhetoric was once again hurtful and does not represent the views of our caucus," she said in a statement that mirrors what leadership's position has been on Klingenschmitt from before he took his seat in the House chamber.

The executive director of One Colorado, Dave Montez, called the lawmaker's comments reprehensible.

"After making numerous comments over the past year attacking lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families, Representative Klingenschmitt just can't seem to get enough," Montez said in a statement. "Gay adults are involved in scouting for the same reasons everyone else is; to serve youth, and to help them grow into good, strong citizens. These comments are reprehensible and he should be ashamed of himself for making them."

In a text message to The Gazette, Klingenschmitt accused others of misquoting him.

To a large extent, those outraged by his comments have focused on the Bible quote and accuse Klingenschmitt of calling for violence against gay men by using the quote.

"Of course the gay groups want me to stop quoting the Bible in church," Klingenschmitt said in his text message. "I will not apologize for quoting Jesus' words from the pulpit. If they are easily offended, they should take it up with Jesus, not with me."

Klingenschmitt: Remove Your Sons From The Boy Scouts Before They Are Abused By Gay Child Molesters

Today, the Boy Scouts National Executive Board is expected to lift the organization's ban on gay scout leaders and Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt is not happy about it, warning parents on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today to remove their sons from the organization before they are molested.

"If your boy is in one of those organizations, you need to get the out of there," Klingenschmitt said, "because what they're going to do is promote homosexual men to mentoring and camping with your boys in the woods and it will lead to child abuse."

He went on to cite Matthew 18:6 to declared that it would be better for these gay child molesters to be tossed into the sea and drowned than to be allowed to "cause a child to sin," praying that God will "rescue the Boy Scouts organization from this political correctness that has openly forced men who are guilty of all kinds, who are openly admitting that they are engaged in all kinds of sodomy."

The Boy Scouts are "thumbing their nose at God," Klingenschmitt warned, as he begged God's forgiveness because the organization is opening the door to "the abusers and the molesters who will take advantage of this and will cause harm to innocent children."

Perkins: Christians Should Pull Their Kids Out Of Public Schools Because Of Gay Marriage Ruling

Colorado state legislator (and anti-gay demon-hunting exorcist) Gordon Klingenschmitt attended the Western Conservative Summit in Denver last month, where he interviewed Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council about the Supreme Court decision striking down state bans on gay marriage.

Perkins told Klingenschmitt that Christians should now pull their children out of public schools in the wake of the decision, before their children wind up being indoctrinated "into immoral sexuality."

"With this decision," Perkins said, "this will be used as a club to force conformance across the spectrum. I think we're now at a point where parents who are given the authority and responsibility by God to educate their children .... now, I think we're at a point where parents have to seriously consider removing their children from government schools that are going to be teaching and indoctrinating their children into immoral sexuality and this redefinition of marriage."

Santorum: SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling Proves 'Man On Dog' Warning Was Accurate

Back in 2003, not long before the Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing sodomy in 13 states in the Lawrence v. Texas decision, then-Sen. Rick Santorum made his infamous statement that if the court struck down such laws, it would ultimately destroy marriage and the family because then "you have the right to anything," including pedophilia and "man on dog" relationships:

If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does ... [I]t destroys the basic unit of our society because it condones behavior that's antithetical to strong healthy families. Whether it's polygamy, whether it's adultery, where it's sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family ... In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.

On the day that the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide last month, Santorum was speaking at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado, where he held a press conference to provide his thoughts on the ruling. State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt was on hand for the Q&A and today posted footage of it on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program.

The very first question Santorum received linked the gay marriage decision back to his infamous "man on dog" comment, which prompted Santorum to declare that exactly what he had predicted has now come true.

"What I say is if you have the right to consensual sexual activity," he said, "then it opens the door to a variety of different things. And this ruling did it. This ruling followed up with what I said would happen if the Supreme Court ruled the way it did and the Supreme Court has followed their line of reasoning that I identified very early on that if consensual sexual activity is a constitutional right, then we have to, it leads logically, as you saw in the court's opinion, that all things, that all the rights come with that."

When he was asked if the Supreme Court's decision now opened the door to polygamy, Santorum said that he couldn't see any legal basis for banning it because the court "has certainly opened the door for a variety of other things that are going to happen."

Tom Tancredo: Marriage Equality Will Criminalize Support For The Confederate Flag, Criticism Of Islam

Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo managed to tie two of the biggest issues of the week together on Tuesday when he railed against efforts to take down Confederate flags, saying that the Koran is an even more dangerous symbol, and then claimed that thanks to the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality decision, such comments will soon be illegal.

When Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg asked Tancredo to discuss a Facebook post he recently wrote comparing the Confederate flag to the Koran, Tancredo responded that efforts to “erase” the flag are misguided.

“However,” he continued, “there is something else out there, our president really happens to enjoy it, we teach about it in the public schools, we tell people, kids in the public schools to respect it. It’s called the Koran and it’s responsible for far more, far more murders, enslavement, the most horrible things, and it’s still going on. It’s not history, it’s still happening. And that, we don’t ban it, heavens no, we even tell kids we gotta read it in our schools and respect it.”

Malzberg then changed the subject, asking Tancredo about the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, which Tancredo said was connected. Not only will the decision eventually lead to the criminal prosecution of pastors, he claimed, but soon “everything I just said” about the Confederate flag and the Koran will be “outlawed” due to the institution of unconstitutional hate speech prohibitions.

“Mark my words, that’s what’s coming,” he said. “Dark days ahead, Steve.”

Rick Santorum Interviewed By Gordon Klingenschmitt, Colorado's Premier Anti-Gay Demon-Hunting Legislator

Last year, Gordon Klingenschmitt was elected to a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, despite the fact that he was a long-time Religious Right activist with a well-documented history of making outrageous statements. Unsurprisingly, Klingenschmitt's tenure in office has been racked with controversy precisely because he has continued to make those sorts of statements, but that did not dissuade Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum from agreeing to be interviewed by Klingenschmitt for his daily "Pray In Jesus Name" program.

Klingenschmitt managed to interview Santorum when he was recently campaigning in the state and ask him about Indiana's effort to pass a law that would have granted business owners the right to discriminate against customers, particularly gay ones, in the name of "religious liberty."

Santorum falsely claimed that the original Indiana law was merely designed to protect religious "employees from discrimination at the workplace" and lamented that "those who are defending religious liberty backed down, they're not willing to take the fight and be called all sorts of names and take the blows for standing up for religious liberty in the face of a media onslaught that doesn't care about the truth."

Gordon Klingenschmitt's Bizarre Understanding Of What Constitutes 'Imposing Religion' Upon Students

Last month, a public school teacher sued his Colorado school district for allegedly allowing school officials to openly promote Christianity to students, claiming that a local pastor is regularly allowed to use the school's public address system to "preach his evangelical Christian messages" and that prayer meetings, Bible studies, and Christian events are held during school hours.

Among the complaints listed in the lawsuit is the allegation that this local pastor also hosts weekly Bible study session on campus over the lunch period, which students refer to as "Jesus pizza."

And Gordon Klingenschmitt, who happens to be a Republican member of the Colorado state legislature as well as a Religious Right activist, is outraged ... at this teacher for objecting, declaring on his most recent "Pray In Jesus Name" program — without a hint of irony — that teachers "don't have a right to impose religious views upon the students."

"If you don't want to attend their 'Jesus pizza,' that's fine," Klingenschmitt said. 'You don't have to attend, but you don't get the right to sue to attend their 'Jesus pizza' because you're a teacher. Let the students organize themselves and have their own event. That's what the Supreme Court rules!"

Aside from the fact that this teacher is not suing for the right to attend these religious events but rather to put an end to them, Klingenschmitt is bizarrely arguing that it is perfectly fine for school officials to sanction and promote Christian events during school hours whereas efforts to stop that from happening is an effort to "impose religious views upon the students."

Gordon Klingenschmitt Would Require Mandatory Ultrasounds, Then Still Deny Women The Right To Choose

As Miranda has noted several times in recent months, there is a deep rift within the anti-choice movement between the "incrementalists" who seek to ban abortion by gradually chipping away at access and legal protections and the "immediatists" who will only support efforts that seek to immediately and completely outlaw abortion.

Whereas the "incrementalists" are willing to accept some exceptions to anti-choice legislation for political reasons, "immediatists" decry such exceptions as a sell-out of the movement's core mission to outlaw and criminalize abortion.

Not surprisingly, Colorado Republican state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt falls into the latter category, as he questioned the anti-choice bona fides of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for signing a law forcing women to get an ultrasound before seeking an abortion because the law still allows the women to get an abortion afterwards.

As Klingenschmitt explained on his most recent "Pray In Jesus Name" program, letting women still get an abortion after forcing them to undergo an ultrasound defeats the purpose of implementing anti-choice laws in the first place.

"Some of these ultrasound bills do inadvertently give permission to abort some children if an ultrasound is taken," Klingenschmitt said. "In other words, first you have to jump through all these hoops and then you can kill the baby. Those seven words — 'and then you can kill the baby' — are inadvertently in a lot of these so-called pro-life laws."

"My point is," he continued, "make them get the ultrasound but then you still can't kill the baby after you get the ultrasound."

Klingenschmitt On Pot Legalization: 'Do You Really Want To Be Devoured By The Devil?'

Now that the Colorado legislative session has ended, so too has state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt's self-imposed suspension of his daily "Pray In Jesus Name" program, which he announced only a few months ago after his claim that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman in his state was due to the "curse of God upon America" for legal abortion sparked controversy, leaving even many of his fellow Republicans outraged.

Now that the controversy has blown over and the legislative session has ended, Klingenschmitt has returned to regularly praying about the news and discerning the spirits on his television program, as he did today when he warned that marijuana legalization leads to people being "devoured by the Devil."

Recounting a story about a Colorado business owner who supposedly moved his company out of the state after voters legalized pot, Klingenschmitt declared that people who smoke pot are inviting a "demonic spirit of drunkenness" to take control of them.

"When you begin hallucinating, I'm told, and you begin seeing these images," he said, "you're having apparitions and you are seeing and interacting with and welcoming to rule your heart a demonic spirit of drunkenness. That's not recreational. It's evil."

Citing 1 Peter 5:8, which says, "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour," Klingenschmitt somberly asked, "Do you really want to be devoured by the Devil?"

Senator Chaps? Gordon Klingenschmitt, Colorado's Premier Demon-Hunting Legislator, Announces Bid For State Senate

Just two days ago, Colorado's demon-hunting gay-exorcising state Rep. Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt had his seat on House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee restored after having been stripped of it last month amid the controversy stemming from his statement that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman in the state was due to the "curse of God upon America" for legal abortion.

Klingenschmitt eventually apologized for his remarks, suspended his daily television program, played the victim by lashing out at the media, and then generally kept his head down in the ensuing weeks in an effort to simply wait out the controversy. And now that it seems to have passed, Klingenschmitt held a town hall meeting last night to triumphantly announce that he is now running for a seat in the state Senate:

What was billed as a town hall meeting turned into a half-hour tease for Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt's announcement that he plans to run for a state Senate seat.

Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, went through a list of his accomplishments in the state Legislature Wednesday at the Airplane Restaurant. He also discussed his attempts to "fight for Republican principles" that didn't make it through the Democrat-controlled House. He took a small handful of questions limited to constituents in House District 15, teasing his "plans for 2016" along the way, before announcing he plans to run for Senate District 12.

The seat is held by Senate President Bill Cadman, who will reach his term limit in 2016.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 captured video of Klingenschmitt's announcement:

Colorado Anti-Choice Groups Split Over Reaction To Attack On Pregnant Woman

Last month, when a pregnant woman in Colorado was brutally attacked and her unborn child cut from her womb, the state’s influential fetal “personhood” movement saw a grisly opportunity.

Over the past few weeks, the Colorado-based Personhood USA has been touting a recent YouGov poll finding broad support for allowing prosecutors to press murder charges in similar violent attacks on pregnant women that lead to the death of a fetus. Although Colorado imposes heavy penalties on crimes against pregnant women, it has stopped short of adopting a “fetal homicide” law categorizing such attacks as murder.

The problem for personhood advocates is that while the general public is ready to throw the book at people who attack pregnant women, they do not share the personhood movement’s goal of criminalizing abortion. While 76 percent of respondents in YouGov’s poll wanted to charge a pregnant woman’s attacker with murder, only 17 percent wanted a complete ban on abortion.

As we explored in a recent series on the personhood movement, anti-choice groups have attempted to use fetal homicide laws as a back door to imposing abortion restrictions, using them to build up a body of law establishing “personhood” for fetuses. After two unsuccessful attempts to establish fetal personhood by ballot measure in Colorado, last year Personhood USA pushed a modified measure focusing on crimes against pregnant women. The measure failed, but less badly than had the group’s previous attempts.

The personhood movement’s insistence on advocating for the total criminalization of abortion, with no middle ground, has put it at odds with the most influential anti-choice groups, which share the same goal but are willing to take a more incremental approach to get there.

This conflict is playing out once again in Colorado, where the Republican state senate president has introduced a fetal homicide bill with an explicit exemption providing for abortion rights. The state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) supports the bill, but Personhood USA and Colorado Right to Life — which was kicked out of NRLC in 2007 — oppose it, saying that language preventing the prosecution of pregnant women and medical professionals undermines the ultimate anti-abortion goal.

The Denver Post reported on the split this weekend:

Personhood USA, an organization that pushed the ballot initiatives, opposes the bill because the language protects abortions — aligning it with the state's Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro Choice groups, which are concerned that it could threaten the legality of abortions.

And two prominent Colorado anti-abortion organizations are split on the measure.

"We believe that we want to protect every baby we can," said Sarah Zagorski, the executive director of Colorado Citizens for Life, which is an affiliate of the National Right to Life organization. "I don't think (the bill) says anything about how we view abortion right now."

But Colorado Right to Life's Rosalinda Lozano sees it differently.

"It was an opportunity for (Cadman) to really stand strong on life, and the way it is written he is actually affirming abortion," she said. "The Republican Party is really trying to get away from the life issue. ... They are preparing for 2016 and this is not an issue they want to fight about in a presidential election."

Tom Tancredo: Obama 'Not A Christian,' Finds Western Civilization 'Disdainful'

Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo joined Steve Malzberg on Newsmax today to discuss his latest WorldNetDaily column, in which he argues that by negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama is “flirting with treason.”

In the interview, Tancredo reiterated the accusation before alluding to accusations that the president is secretly Muslim and asserting that the president finds Christianity and Western Civilization “disdainful.”

“Listen, this president, no matter how he tries to portray himself in terms of his religious proclivities — because he’s never been baptized, to anybody’s knowledge, in a Christian church — we do know, of course, of his past participation in Islamic religion in terms of schooling and that sort of — so, the reality is he is not a Christian,” he said. “I don’t think he cares one twit about what Christians say. And I think, this is my belief, that he is antagonistic to Christianity because it is part of Western Civilization, and that is what he also finds disdainful.”

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