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Ohio Minister Denounces Trump County Chair Kathy Miller

Yesterday, the Guardian published an article in which Trump Mahoning County Chair Kathy Miller made comments including that “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected.” Following the article’s publication, Miller resigned her position. In response to Miller’s remarks and subsequent resignation, Dr. Carolyn Hurst, an Ohio doctor, clergywoman and member of People For the American Way’s African American Ministers in Action, released the following statement:  

“While I’m thankful that Kathy Miller has resigned and apologized for her reprehensible remarks, the incident speaks to the troubling rise in racism from Donald Trump’s campaign. Miller’s comments go hand-in-hand with other racist language that Trump and his allies use and uplift.

“It’s scary to imagine how much worse this could get for all Americans, especially those of color, if Donald Trump became president. This November, it’s up to Ohioans to reject bigotry, racism, and discrimination through the casting of their votes for one who works to unite us as Americans and not divide us.”

Trump and his campaign and companies have a long history of racism. As just a few examples: His companies engaged in racial discrimination, Trump delayed in condemning former KKK grand wizard David Duke, and Trump has repeatedly elevated white supremacists throughout his campaign.

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Frank Amedia: God Has Called Trump To Tear Down Walls

Update: Charisma reports that Amedia no longer has a formal role in Trump’s campaign. We’ve updated this post to reflect that.

This morning, Donald Trump joined an event for pastors in Cleveland co-hosted by his former “liaison for Christian policy,” Frank Amedia. At the event, Amedia repeated his claim that Trump has been called by God to lead the nation, ironically insisting that Trump supporters “want to tear the walls down of division in the country” that are stopping their candidate.

Amedia asked the audience to join him in a “Jericho shout,” a reference to the biblical Battle of Jericho in which Joshua’s army collapses the city’s walls with a trumpet call and a shout.

“We want to tear the walls down of division in the country and the walls that have built themselves up to oppose a man that God has called to bring us to a new place,” Amedia said of Trump. “We are on a journey together. And it is a movement, even as Mr. Trump says, but this movement is also a Kingdom movement that we know God has released running parallel.”

“Lord, we ask you to release a spirit upon this nation to vote and to vote those principles of faith that we believe in so dearly,” he prayed, asking that God might let Trump’s “airplane sail on the wings of an angel.”

American Bridge captured the video:

At the same event, another pro-Trump pastor, Darrell Scott, warned that Trump is under “ concentrated satanic attack” and boxing promoter Don King declared that Trump will “lead us to the Promised Land.”

Trump To Attend Ohio Pastors' Meeting Hosted By Tsunami-Stopping Prophet

Back in May, we reported that Ohio pastor Frank Amedia was serving as a volunteer “liaison for Christian policy” for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, setting up meetings for the candidate with conservative religious figures. Amedia, as we noted at the time, is part of a controversial movement of self-proclaimed “prophets” and once claimed to have single-handedly stopped a tsunami from hitting Hawaii.

On Wednesday, Amedia will be co-hosting an event in Columbus in which Trump will meet with pastors in an “intimate setting.”

Amedia sent out an invitation to the September 21 event on Saturday, writing, “I am honored to co-host with Rev. Darrell Scott this important convocation of Pastors and Leaders in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, September 21 to meet with Donald Trump in an intimate setting. I am extending an invitation to you and your pastors and leaders to be our special guests.”

According to the invitation circulated by Amedia, the event’s primary host will be pro-Trump Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott and will also feature Michael Cohen, the head of Trump’s “National Diversity Coalition,” who told a reporter last year that spousal rape doesn’t exist.

Along with claiming to have stopped a tsunami from hitting Hawaii, Amedia has called AIDS “a disease that comes because of unnatural sex” that can be avoided by those who choose a “wholesome life” and said that he’s ready to be thrown into a furnace in protest of LGBT equality.

In June, Amedia insisted that Trump had been “raised up” by God to help pave the way for the Second Coming.

UPDATE: The meeting, which will be held at Scott’s church, will immediately precede a “town hall meeting on African-American concerns” that will be aired that evening by Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

Ohio Activists Petition To Classify Abortion As 'Aggravated Murder'

Activists in Ohio have filed a petition with Attorney General Mike DeWine seeking to put a constitutional amendment on the state’s ballot that would classify abortion as “aggravated murder.”

The proposed amendment would “prohibit abortion of all unborn human beings, without exception, and [classify] it as aggravated murder in the State of Ohio.” Its authors claim that it would not affect “genuine contraception” or “IVF procedures that respect the right to life of newly created human beings”—carefully worded qualifications that seem designed to ease public discomfort about the amendment while not actually creating exceptions.

Under Ohio law, “aggravated murder” can be punished by death or life in prison.

Cleveland.com reports that the amendment petition was submitted by Ohio activists Laura Burton, Anthony Dipane and Dustin Paulson. Although the news outlet reports that the activists are “not connected with Right to Life or other organized anti-abortion rights groups,” the language of the amendment is identical to a bill posted on the website of Abolish Abortion Ohio, a state group connected with the group Abolish Human Abortion. Dipane and Paulson are both associated with Abolish Abortion Ohio.

In a Facebook post about the proposed amendment, Paulson wrote that he and his allies were calling on legislators to ignore “the unjust rulings of an unjust Supreme Court” and “defy the higher magistrates” (i.e. the courts) on the issue:

We're calling our fellow citizens, Ohioans, Christians, to repent of their apathy and capitulation during this war on the unborn.

They've seen their neighbor left for dead and passed by on the other side.

The legislators who are sworn to uphold the Constitution, not the unjust rulings of an unjust Supreme Court, have helped to codify their murders.

Our message is simple and unchanging:

-Repent with us for failing to do for the least of these what we would most certainly have done for Christ.

-Call for, and only for, the uncompromising abolishment of abortion in our state and nation.

-Defy the higher magistrates who have become unquestionable kings in our nation, no matter the cost to state and country.

An Oklahoma bill seeking to classify abortion as first-degree murder this year was similarly pushed by the “abolitionist” group in the state. That bill foundered, but the Oklahoma legislature soon passed another bill seeking to make abortion a felony, which was vetoed by the state’s Republican governor.

Phil Burress Predictably Changes His Tune On Rob Portman As Election Approaches

Back in 2013, Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he was reversing his longstanding opposition to marriage equality and explained that this development was spurred by the fact that one of his children is gay.

Predictably, that news did not sit well with anti-gay activists in Portman's home state of Ohio, who immediately blasted Portman for the shift. Nobody was more outraged than Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values, who urged Portman to put his son into ex-gay therapy and vowed to work to defeat Portman if he ran for re-election in 2016:

Burress—whose group is the Ohio affiliate of the Family Research Council and of Focus on the Family’s political arm Citizenlink—predicted that Portman will lose his race for reelection because of his marriage equality support: “I find this rather amusing, he stands no chance whatsoever. He’s seen his numbers, he knows what his numbers are and so do we. He is basically lost, he’s not even going to hold his own seat in ‘16.”

“People will vote but they just will not vote for somebody who’s wrong on these nonnegotiable issues. If they’re wrong on life, marriage or religious freedom, they’ll go to the polls and vote but they just won’t vote for them,” he said. “I have been saying this and screaming it from the treetops: If Rob Portman decides to run in the primary in 2016, he is on the ballot in 2016, Ohio will again have two Democratic senators. This is not our fault, this is his fault if we lose this seat.”

When Portman announced that he was seeking re-election, Burress issued a press release declaring that “Senator Portman has alienated conservatives and is very likely to lose in 2016 because the conservative base will not vote for him. Senator Portman should step down before the 2016 election so that conservatives can support a pro-life/pro-natural marriage candidate."

Burress also was part of an effort featuring "conservatives from all 88 counties [in Ohio] who are pro-life and pro-natural marriage [who] are joining their voices in opposition to Senator Portman’s attempt to be re-elected." He also declared that "there are three non-negotiables for social conservatives—life, marriage and religious liberty. On my scorecard Portman scores a 'D' on life, 'F' on marriage and 'F' on religious liberty. Portman no longer deserves our support."

Despite all of Burress' bluster, Portman easily won the Republican primary back in March and now that the general election is approaching, Burress has predictably changed his tune and is now saying that Portman's Democratic opponent, Ted Strickland, is so bad that Portman must be re-elected so that President Obama cannot use his final days in office to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court:

"Ted Strickland was a horrible governor,” Burress insists. “He left it in tremendous financial problems. And so the fact that Portman is winning is not because of Portman – this is just a message that Strickland is so bad."

Burress also maintains it is essential that the Republicans hold on to the Senate – regardless of who is elected president.

"The Senate takes its seat before the president does,” the conservative leader pointed out. “So if the Senate was to go to the Democrats, President Obama would have about 15 days to appoint the position to the U.S. Supreme Court. It would give them a five vote majority. So it is very important that we keep the Senate."

Dave Daubenmire: Gays Murdered In Orlando Were On The Devil's Team

On his “Pass the Salt” show on Monday, Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire addressed this weekend’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, claiming that the gay people murdered in the massacre were sacrificed by the devil in order to advance his larger goal of implementing gun control and siccing the government after Christians.

“This shooting down in Orlando, Florida? It will soon be my fault,” Daubenmire said. “It will soon be the fault of radical, right-wing Christians.”

Daubenmire said that the massacre in Orlando showed that “the devil is willing to sacrifice some of his own team in order to get our big players” and warned that gun control will lead to the killing of conservative Christians.  

“How long did it take before Obama started talking about gun control?” Daubenmire asked. “How long did it take before you saw him on CNN talking about gun control? How did they get the guns? How long did it take? Not very long, because, see, we’re losing sight of the fact that if they get their guns, our guns, there’ll be more death. There’ll be a lot more death. And when they get their guns, can anybody tell me who’s gonna be dying?”

He said that it's not "gonna be the guys in the ghetto" who are killed due to gun control because "they’re already killing each other,” but rather conservative Christians who are resisting "bowing politically correct to Islam, politically correct to abortion, politically correct to homosexuality” who will die under increased gun control. Daubenmire declared that Islam is “the new religion” and “anybody who’s against this new religion, they’re going to get it.”

John Haller: LGBT Acceptance A Sign Of 'End Times'

On Jan Markell’s radio show Saturday, John Haller of Ohio’s Fellowship Bible Chapel said that the LGBT “agenda” is a sign of the End Times on par with “actual wars.”

“The Scripture says that eventually people will be given over to a reprobate mind and they will essentially lose the ability to reason,” Haller said. “Another way of saying it a little less politically correct would be, they lose the ability to reason and they think like morons. And I think that we are exactly at that time. I think it will get worse. We are seeing that play out right in front of our eyes.”

“Both the days of Noah and the days of Lot existed in the historical context. What was going on then was wickedness and violence filled the earth in the days of Noah, and homosexuality was running rampant in Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Lot. This is exactly what we’re seeing,” he added.

Haller said that France has become a warzone, saying, “This is happening all over the world, let alone the fact that actual wars are taking place, but then we have the, what I would call the LGBTQIANDIA+ agenda. They keep adding letters to that.”

Citing the Bible, Haller said that the recent mainstream support of LGBT people indicates the Second Coming of Jesus is near.

“Over Jesus’ life, up until the last week when he rode into Jerusalem, of all the Messianic prophecies — rough estimate  40 percent of those prophecies about his first coming were fulfilled in roughly 33 years," Haller said. “Sixty percent of them were fulfilled in the last week. And so what you saw was this exponential increase in the acceleration of these prophecies coming to pass. That’s exactly what’s going to happen in the End Times, and I talk every week about the convergence of all these different lines of Bible prophecy, from Israel to morality to one-world government, one-world religion.

“All of these things were in play, and they all converge and finish at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, but as we get closer to that time, the lines converge and it’s almost like we’re in the vortex, for lack of a better example, the vortex of a tornado, where it’s very turbulent.”

Daubenmire Criticizes Churches For Embracing Diversity, 'The Devil'

On his “Pass the Salt” program Thursday, Ohio-based Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire criticized Christian churches for supporting LGBT people and people of color, calling diversity “the devil” and a threat to white Christians.

He also distanced Christianity from Judaism, claiming that “Jews without Jesus are lost” and that the [inaccurate] phrase “Judeo-Christian” is used by Christians because they “don’t want to offend the Jews.”

After showing a documentary on the threat of "white genocide", Daubenmire warned that there is a movement afoot to destroy "white, Christian, heterosexual men" because they are the ones who "have spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world, and if we can get them silenced, the Gospel is silenced."

Daubenmire blasted Christian churches for their growing acceptance of LGBT people and people of different ethnicities.

“I just saw today on the internet, some big Christian singer — I don’t know who he, don’t know his name ‘cause I don’t follow that stuff — came out as a homo and the Church is embracing him,” Daubenmire said. “Embracing the homo. But see, it’s another minority that we’re being taught to embrace. Now, most of us probably feel a little bit uncomfortable talking about white folks, and that’s what they’ve done to us, see.”

“It’s only the white, Christian, heterosexual male that can save the world,” Daubenmire said, only to immediately correct himself: “We can’t save the world, that was a terrible phrase. We’re the only ones that can contend for Western civilization. We are it.” 

“Why are they bringing these Muslims here?” Daubenmire asked. “Wait a minute, why do they hate Trump? It’s a spiritual war raging in front of us, and who is the number one acceptor of diversity? You got it, that big steeple down the road. They bought, again, into the lie of the devil. See, the devil will never come frontal and tell you what he’s gonna do. He comes in like an angel of light. ‘Oh, we’re diverse and we love all people.’” 

Daubenmire said the U.S. will be minority white nation by 2050 and warned that with this demographic change, “Judeo-Christian values and principles go out the window. Western civilization — we don’t like to say this —  was founded and settled by white WASPs.”  He cited Europe’s diverse population and London’s Muslim mayor. “It’s coming to a city near you,” he said. 

As part of this spiritual war, Daubenmire said, society aims for “the elimination of the white, Christian, heterosexual male, at least his voice, his right to speak.”

Daubenmire also rejected the idea of “Judeo-Christian values,” insisting that people must stop using the term because “it’s white Christians that spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not white Jews. It’s white Christians.”

“We say ‘Judeo-Christian’ because we don’t want to offend the Jews,” Daubenmire argued, again asking himself, “Jews — oh, Lord do I have to say it? Jews without Jesus are lost. They’re lost. They’re just as lost as the Muslims. It’s Christian values. Christ-centered values, not Judeo-Christian values. We understand our roots. We understand the roots of Christianity. We understand that we’ve come out of Judaism. We understand that. We understand that. But we’re not a Judeo-Christian society, we’re a Christian society.”

Daubenmire: Christians Are Not Obligated To Help Muslims

Ohio-based Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire said yesterday that Christians are not obligated “to be giving money to feed those Muslims.”

Daubenmire agreed with one of the guests on his "Pass The Salt" program, which he hosts via Google Hangouts, who argued that the Bible’s call for Christians to bear each other’s burdens is “not talking about everybody" but only applies to Christians and not to non-Christians in places like “Zambia and oh-my-gosh-where.” 

Daubenmire agreed, saying that although he supports giving money to Christians in need, the Bible tells him only "how Christian brothers are supposed to relate to Christian brothers, not how Christian brothers are supposed to relate to the lost world.”

He continued, “You telling me I’m supposed to be giving money to feed those Muslims? Are you kidding me? Sorry. Individually, I may want to, but do I have an obligation to do that? No.”
 

 

Dave Daubenmire: White, Heterosexual Christians Are The Only Hope For America

Ohio Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire posted a video message this morning declaring that Satan is out to destroy white, heterosexual Christian males because they represent the only hope for saving America.

“The attack that’s going on in America today is against the white, heterosexual male,” he said. “That’s the battle. If Satan can get control of the family, if they can get the white, heterosexual male removed from the scene, if they can get him ‘de-balled,’ if I will, if they can do that, there is nothing to hold back the forces of darkness in America.”

“It’s not racist, it’s the truth,” he added.

Daubenmire then argued that the war on poverty caused fatherless African-American households because the government became the parent. Now, he said, the government's “sights are set on the white, heterosexual male.”

He declared that there are “forces of darkness that are working to overthrow this nation and overthrow this world on behalf of the prince of the power of the air, the prince of darkness.” To control the world, Daubenmire argued, these forces will first have to defeat white, heterosexual, Christian American males.

Daubenmire then asked why Syrian refugees are not being sent to Africa instead of the U.S. and determined that it is “because America, at one time, was a white, heterosexual Christian country, the greatest country the world has ever seen.” He concluded by reassuring viewers that “this battle is real.”

Daubenmire: Real Men Would Use 'Pitchforks And Torches' To Settle Transgender Bathroom Debate

On “Talkback with Chuck Wilder” this Tuesday, Ohio Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire suggested men today need to “man up” with “pitchforks and torches” to fight transgender people’s use of bathrooms that match their gender identity.

“What would our forefathers have done?” Daubenmire asked. “What would they have done two generations ago if the president of the United States tried to tell them to let men walk into their kids’ bathrooms?” Daubenmire answered his own question: “There’d have been pitchforks and torches. They’d have gone downtown and they’d have gotten things straightened out.”

“They would say, ‘We need that committee that was talking to the Salem witches,’” Wilder said. Wilder and Daubenmire then discussed whether witches are male or female. “Whatever, it doesn’t matter,” Daubenmire said.

“What’s wrong with us, Chuck?” Daubenmire asked. “How is it that we’re so sissified that daddies are going to let perverts violate their daughters’ restrooms?” He agreed with Wilder’s statement that that “political correctness” and “insisting on diversity” are the main problems that led to this. Wilder said that under Obama, areas require “X amount of Chinese, black, white, I’m sure we gotta get the Syrians in there now. Diversity, I’m telling you, it’s scary. You know, let America be America without any prejudice, and it should work perfectly.”

Daubenmire then discussed the consequences of ending government-mandated prayer in public schools and the resulting “ungodly government” that we have today. “The son of Satan himself has seized the White House,” he said, coming back to a theme he had discussed earlier in the program. “I’m not calling [President Obama] the Antichrist, but certainly the spirit of Antichrist is at work in him and we see the devil’s kids are mandating rules and regulations that God’s children have to follow.”

Daubenmire: Obama Is The Devil's Son

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire, an Ohio-based Religious Right activist, called President Obama “the most unchristian president in the history of America” and the son of the devil on conservative radio show “Talkback with Chuck Wilder” on Tuesday.

Wilder asked Daubenmire about a recent column in which Daubenmire blasted the “demon,” “Son of Satan” “Bathhouse Barry Obama” for his administration’s recent directive on transgender rights in public schools, particularly calling out African-American pastors who have supported Obama because their “promotion of this demon simply based on skin color has contributed to the destruction of this nation.”

During the interview, Daubenmire suggested that Obama may be gay, which he has done in the past, and that Michelle Obama is “a tranny.”

“We spoke earlier in this program about some of the background of Obama, as to whether he was gay and whether his wife’s a tranny and all this kind of stuff, whether it’s tabloid stuff, who knows, but the fact that people are even talking about this ought to tell us something, Chuck,” Daubenmire said.

He attributed Obama’s interest in race issues and transgender rights to his need to serve “his father, the devil.”

Wilder asked Daubenmire about the theory that President Obama is secretly gay, citing the conspiracy theory clearinghouse WorldNetDaily as a “reliable” source of information on this topic, adding that every time he tries to look up information on it his computer crashes, a likely Obama administration plot.

Daubenmire replied that he is well-versed in this topic: “I know a lot more than I say. I mean, I know a lot about a lot of stuff, Chuck.”

I’ve never seen, not only with Obama but with Hillary, I have never seen such demonic, supernatural protection around them, like I’ve never seen. How can you explain all of the things that Hillary has clearly done, Chuck, and yet 40 percent of the people would consider voting for her? How could so much information be out there regarding the real nature of the Obamas and all that stuff — some of it not true, but it’s reached a point where it’s believable. We can believe that stuff, Chuck. And I just believe there’s a demonic protection around — you know the Scriptures say ‘Evil spirits in high places, that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities and powers.’ Evil spirits in high places, and I happen to be a Christian man who believes that to be the truth and that there are kings and kingdoms that are ruling over the White House and over the Clinton family and over that establishment.

“We have a cultural war that’s going on, we would be downright foolish if we didn’t understand that there was demonic activity taking place in our very midst,” he added later in the program. “And the fact that the guy in the White House who claims to be a Christian yet does everything as non-Christian as a man could possibly do, and we think he’s dumb, we think, ‘Oh, how can that man be so stupid? How can he do those things?’ Chuck, listen, brother, this brother, this guy is of his father, the devil, the works of his father, he will do. Now how do I know that? The Scriptures tell us that. Jesus said to some people that he met, ‘You are of your father, the devil, and the works of your father, you will do.’”

Modern-Day MLK Glenn Beck Volunteers To Be Punched In The Face By Trump Supporters

Convinced that 2016 will see a repeat of the riots and assassinations of 1968 and that God has been preparing his audience for years for this moment to save America, Glenn Beck is now contemplating going to Cleveland for the Republican convention this summer, where he hopes to become this generation's Martin Luther King Jr. by allowing himself to be punched in the face by angry Donald Trump supporters.

Alarmed by longtime Trump ally Roger Stone's threat to disclose the hotel room numbers of any Republican delegates who try to "steal" the nomination from Trump at the convention, Beck declared on his radio program today that perhaps God has been preparing him and his audience to go to Cleveland and link arms around the hotels in order to protect the delegates by taking a beating.

"This may be what we have been preparing for," Beck stated. "This is maybe what I've been prepared for, this is maybe what I've been hearing, what I'm supposed to do and I haven't understood it ... I do believe that Martin Luther King was right; where there is good versus evil and it is side by side, Americans will always side with good." 

"This is about good versus evil," he said. "I'm wondering if we're supposed to go to Cleveland ourselves and I don't know yet what, ring those hotels, stand someplace arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder and be immovable and let them punch us in the face."

PFAW Endorses Ted Strickland for Senate

Today, People For the American Way (PFAW) announced its endorsement of former Governor Ted Strickland in his race to unseat Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).

“Strickland is exactly the type of leader that Ohioans and all Americans need in the Senate today,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “He has a strong record of standing up for core Constitutional values and fighting for working families, from his work to ban discrimination based on sexual identity or gender identity to his investments in public education and quality, affordable healthcare. Strickland has long understood the critical importance of fair and just courts. While his opponent has engaged in harmful partisan politics, refusing to hold hearings or a vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Strickland will fulfill his Constitutional duties in the Senate by giving fair consideration to judicial nominees.”

"I am honored to have received this endorsement from People for the American Way, an organization that shares my deep commitment to the fundamental ideas of justice, equality and economic opportunity for every American,” said Ted Strickland. “In the Senate I will stand up for these values because they are the foundation of an America where working people can succeed and have a fair shot at building a good life for themselves and their families. Whether the challenge is fair wages, protecting retirement security or affordable education, I will never stop fighting for the interests of Ohio’s working people — that’s where I’m from, that who I care about and that’s who I’ll always put first.”

As a Senator, Strickland will continue his long history of creating jobs and protecting Constitutional freedoms. Among Strickland’s many accomplishments, when Strickland served as governor of Ohio, unemployment went down and schools went from being ranked 27th in the country to fifth best. He increased diversity in the state’s judiciary branch, including appointing Ohio’s first ever Latino appellate judge. In addition, Strickland strongly supports a woman’s right to choose, and he has defended the critical work of Ohio’s Planned Parenthood. While Strickland’s opponent has voted against overturning Citizens United, Strickland understands the importance of ensuring everyone has an equal voice in our democracy, and will work to make our political system more fair for everyone.”

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.

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Anti-Choice Activist Dave Daubenmire Says 'Of Course A Woman Should Be Punished' For Having An Abortion

Right-wing activist "Coach" Dave Daubenmire posted a short video today praising Donald Trump for saying that abortion should be outlawed and that woman who have abortions should be punished.

Though Trump quickly backtracked on the latter point, Daubenmire, who regularly leads protests outside of Planned Parenthood facilities in his native Ohio, praised the billionaire mogul for being "the most pro-life candidate running for president."

"Donald Trump said a woman, if she kills her baby, ought to pay a price," Daubenmire said. "If the dad takes a gun and shoots the unborn child, don't they charge him with murder? [Ted] Cruz and [John] Kasich, they just want to charge the doctor. Well, the woman is the one most responsible! She's the one hiring the doctor to kill the baby! Friends, when we have laws without punishment, our laws are merely suggestions. Of course a woman should be punished when killing her baby! Of course she should. Donald Trump is the most pro-life candidate of them all."

Radical Right-Wing Activist Janet Porter Loses Her Bid For Office In Ohio

After years of failing to get the Ohio legislature to pass a radical piece of anti-abortion legislation that she had drafted, long-time Religious Right activist Janet Porter announced back in December that she was running for a seat in the Ohio state senate. 

Since 2011, Porter had been pressuring the Ohio legislature to pass the "Heartbeat Bill," which would outlaw abortion at the moment a fetal heartbeat can be detected, without success. Finally, after years of frustration, Porter decided to take matters into her own hands by launching a primary challenge to Republican state senator Larry Obhof.

Thanks to her many years of radical right-wing activism, Porter was able to rack up endorsements from the likes of James Dobson, Mat Staver, Larry Pratt, Mike Huckabee, Phyllis Schlafly, Jerry Boykin, Gordon Klingenschmitt and Troy Newman. At one point, Porter even campaigned on the fact that she was one of the "most-watched" right-wing activists on this very blog: 

Janet is the Left-Wing’s second “most-watched” woman in America, according to “Right Wing Watch," a group dedicated to “monitoring and exposing the activities of the right-wing movement.” The enemies of life and liberty are watching, and they only watch those whom they consider to be a threat. The highest ranking woman is former congresswoman and presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann with 588 “reports,” Janet at 448, and Governor Sarah Palin with 376.

She even wore this fact as a badge of honor in a campaign ad:

Over the weekend, Porter asked her supporters to engage in three days of prayer and fasting ahead of last night's Ohio primary, but it looks like it didn't do much good, as she was soundly defeated by the incumbent:

Ted Cruz Is 'Thrilled To Announce' The Endorsement Of Linda Harvey

Earlier this year, we reported that a handful of right-wing activists in Ohio, including anti-gay activist Linda Harvey of Mission America, had issued a press release announcing their support for Ted Cruz but that these endorsements had not been officially promoted or announced by the Cruz campaign.

That changed yesterday when the Cruz campaign "announced the endorsements of more than 30 key Ohio leaders, including clergy, elected officials, and activists," including three of the activists we highlighted in our original post: Harvey, Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values Action and Molly Smith of Cleveland Right to Life.

“I am thrilled to announce such outstanding endorsements from Ohio leaders,” said Cruz. “These are some of Ohio’s top conservative leaders and they add to our incredible list of courageous conservatives from all across the Buckeye State.”

In honor of the Cruz campaign's announcement, we decided to republish our earlier post in order to remind everyone just whom Cruz is embracing: 

Perhaps Harvey thinks that Cruz will be the president she has longed for who will issue “an Emancipation Proclamation … to free America from the tyranny of sodomy.”

Harvey, who is boycotting so many pro-LGBT businesses that she complains she is running out of places to shop, has just this year:

Harvey has also advised parents not to let gay doctors or nurses treat their children, even when they’re hospitalized, and has insisted that “there is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human.”

Burress and Smith also have anti-gay records that allow them to fit right in with their fellow Cruz supporters. Burress, whose Citizens for Community Values is the Ohio state affiliate of the Family Research Council, was an influential player in the passage of waves of anti-gay-marriage legislation in the 1990s and early 2000s, although his true passion is fighting against pornography. Smith, the head of Cleveland Right to Life and a leader of the fetal personhood group Personhood Alliance, has clashed with the National Right to Life Committee over her anti-gay activism.

Both Burress and Smith have fought to stop the Republican Party from becoming too friendly to gay people, attacking Ohio Sen. Rob Portman when he came out in favor of marriage equality. Burress, who called Portman “a very troubled man,” urged the senator to put his gay son into ex-gay therapy and later vowed to run a primary challenger against him.

New Poll Shows Obstructionist Stance on Supreme Court Vacancy is Hurting Toomey and Portman With Voters

Note to senators in tough reelection battles: putting your Washington DC party bosses over the Constitution by standing in the way of filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court is not only the wrong thing to do for our country, it’s also making voters less likely to support you.

New Public Policy Polling surveys released today show that large majorities of voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio, where Senators Pat Toomey and Rob Portman are running for reelection, want the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death to be filled this year. According to the polling memo:

  • Strong majorities of voters – 58/35 in Ohio and 57/40 in Pennsylvania – think that the vacant seat on the Supreme Court should be filled this year. What’s particularly noteworthy about those numbers – and concerning for Portman and Toomey – is how emphatic the support for approving a replacement is among independent voters. In Ohio they think a new Justice should be named this year 70/24 and in Pennsylvania it’s 60/37.
  • …Voters are particularly angry about Senators taking the stance that they’re not going to approve anyone before even knowing who President Obama decides to put forward. By a 76/20 spread in Pennsylvania and a 74/18 one in Ohio, voters think the Senate should wait to see who is nominated to the Court before deciding whether or not to confirm that person. Toomey and Portman are out of line even with their own party base on that one – Republicans in Pennsylvania think 67/27 and in Ohio think 63/32 that the Senate should at least give President Obama’s choice a chance before deciding whether or not to confirm them. [emphasis added]

Perhaps most notable for the senators, more than half of voters (52 percent in both states) say they would be less likely to vote for Toomey or Portman if they “refused to confirm a replacement for Justice Scalia this year no matter who it was.” Among independents, the numbers were even higher.

Senators Toomey and Portman would be wise to take heed of their constituents, and of the Constitution, and stop refusing to even consider any Supreme Court nominee, regardless of his or her credentials. Any nominee must be treated fairly and honestly. The Supreme Court is far too important to be held hostage to the overtly political obstruction of GOP senators.

PFAW

Mike Huckabee Returns The Favor, Endorses Janet Porter For State Senate In Ohio

Back before he dropped out of the presidential race, Mike Huckabee spent an a lot of time blasting the Religious Right for failing to support his campaign as most of the movement leaders lined up behind Ted Cruz, while he was reduced to scrounging up endorsements from fringe candidates like Janet Porter.

Porter has long been an ardent Huckabee supporter, so it was no surprise to see Huckabee eagerly welcome her support, despite her radical views and long history of promoting bizarre conspiracy theories, ranging from warning that President Obama would orchestrate food shortages to starve conservatives to death to speculating that Obama would use swine flu fears as an excuse to lock conservatives up in prison camps.

She also released an insane anti-gay movie last year in which Huckabee was prominently featured.

Porter, of course, is currently running her own campaign for elected office in Ohio and Huckabee has now returned the favor by releasing a video endorsing her bid for a seat in the state senate:

Cruz Gets Another Anti-Gay Endorser: Linda Harvey

As Kyle pointed out a few weeks ago, people who hate gay people sure do seem to love Ted Cruz.

Today, Cruz can add another name to his long list of anti-gay endorsers: Mission America’s Linda Harvey, who as a columnist and host of a conservative radio show spreads some of the most extreme anti-gay rhetoric in the country.

Harvey announced her support for Cruz in a joint press release with a number of Ohio conservatives, including Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values and Molly Smith of Cleveland Right to Life. The release directs supporters to the website of Keep The Promise, a pro-Cruz Super PAC led by Religious Right activist David Barton, but the endorsements have not been promoted by the PAC or the Cruz campaign, at least not yet.

Perhaps Harvey thinks that Cruz will be the president she has longed for who will issue “an Emancipation Proclamation … to free America from the tyranny of sodomy.”

Harvey, who is boycotting so many pro-LGBT businesses that she complains she is running out of places to shop, has just this year:

Harvey has also advised parents not to let gay doctors or nurses treat their children, even when they’re hospitalized, and has insisted that “there is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human.”

Burress and Smith also have anti-gay records that allow them to fit right in with their fellow Cruz supporters. Burress, whose Citizens for Community Values is the Ohio state affiliate of the Family Research Council, was an influential player in the passage of waves of anti-gay-marriage legislation in the 1990s and early 2000s, although his true passion is fighting against pornography. Smith, the head of Cleveland Right to Life and a leader of the fetal personhood group Personhood Alliance, has clashed with the National Right to Life Committee over her anti-gay activism.

Both Burress and Smith have fought to stop the Republican Party from becoming too friendly to gay people, attacking Ohio Sen. Rob Portman when he came out in favor of marriage equality. Burress, who called Portman “a very troubled man,” urged the senator to put his gay son into ex-gay therapy and later vowed to run a primary challenger against him.

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