Glenn Beck got rather riled up on his radio program today, fuming at the Republican Party for supposedly ignoring the values of the Tea Party movement and thereby allowing the Democrats to co-opt the movement's messaging during the Democratic National Convention this week.
"Here's the message the GOP - shame on you - needs to hear," Beck said, "You don't know your ass from your elbow!"
Democrats, Beck claimed, realized that average voters connect with "the Tea Party values, the constitutional values, the red, white and blue values, the values of our founders" and so the party co-opted that messaging and put it front and center during the convention in an effort to appeal to moderate and conservative voters who are uneasy about supporting Donald Trump.
The Tea Party movement was on the verge of victory and of finally saving America, Beck said, but the GOP squandered the opportunity by nominating Trump, thus allowing the Democrats to cynically appropriate Tea Party messaging in order to trick voters into supporting Hillary Clinton.
"GOP, RNC idiots!" Beck seethed. "You idiots! Maybe after you get your ass handed to you by a bunch of Marxist revolutionary radicals who have just cloaked themselves as you, maybe you'll figure it out!"
In a column posted yesterday, right-wing theologian Wayne Grudem denounced Christians who don’t plan to vote for Donald Trump in November, even going so far as to suggest that refusal to back Trump is a sin.
“This year we have an unusual opportunity to defeat Hillary Clinton and the pro-abortion, pro-gender-confusion, anti-religious liberty, tax-and-spend, big government liberalism that she champions,” he said. “I believe that defeating that kind of liberalism would be a morally right action. Therefore I feel the force of the words of James: ‘Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin’ (James 4:17).”
Grudem said that as president, Trump would appoint justices to the bench who would “likely overturn Roe v. Wade” and “return control of marriage to the states.”
Under a Clinton presidency, Grudem predicted, there would be “thousands of people losing their jobs” because “Christian business owners will be targeted” by the government.
If this election is close (which seems likely), then if someone votes for a write-in candidate instead of voting for Trump, this action will directly help Hillary Clinton, because she will need one less vote to win. Therefore the question that Christians should ask is this: Can I in good conscience act in a way that helps a liberal like Hillary Clinton win the presidency?
Under President Obama, a liberal federal government has seized more and more control over our lives. But this can change. This year we have an unusual opportunity to defeat Hillary Clinton and the pro-abortion, pro-gender-confusion, anti-religious liberty, tax-and-spend, big government liberalism that she champions. I believe that defeating that kind of liberalism would be a morally right action. Therefore I feel the force of the words of James: “Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17).
Some may feel it is easier just to stay away from this messy Trump-Clinton election, and perhaps not even vote. But the teachings of Scripture do not allow us to escape moral responsibility by saying that we decided to do nothing. The prophet Obadiah rebuked the people of the Edom for standing by and doing nothing to help when the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem: “On the day that you stood aloof, on the day that . . . foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.” (Obadiah 1:11).
The current liberal agenda often includes suppressing Christian opposition to its views. So a liberal court would increasingly nullify rights of conscience with respect to forced participation in same-sex marriage ceremonies or expressing moral objections to homosexual conduct. Already Christians are being pushed out of many occupations. Florists, bakers, and professional photographers have had their businesses destroyed by large fines for refusal to contribute their artistic talents to a specific event, a same-sex wedding ceremony to which they had moral objections.
If Clinton appoints just one more liberal justice, it is likely that many Christian business owners will be targeted. Hobby Lobby won its 2014 Supreme Court case (again 5-4), so it was not compelled to dispense abortifacients to its employees, but that case could be reversed (the four liberal justices in the minority, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, are still on the court). If that case is overturned, it would force Hobby Lobby out of business, because the Green family had said they would shut down the company of 23,000 employees and over $3 billion in annual sales if they lost the decision. The implications for other Christian business owners with pro-life convictions are ominous.
These incidents show that it is not an exaggeration to say that, under a liberal Supreme Court resulting from Hillary Clinton’s election, Christians would increasingly experience systematic exclusion from hundreds of occupations, with thousands of people losing their jobs. Step-by-step, Christians would increasingly be marginalized to the silent fringes of society. Is withholding a vote from Donald Trump important enough to pay this high a price in loss of freedom?
If Trump would appoint a replacement for Scalia from his list of 11, and probably one or two other Supreme Court justices, then we could see a 5-4 or even 6-3 majority of conservative justices on the Supreme Court. The results for the nation would be overwhelmingly good.
Such a Supreme Court would finally return control of the nation to the people and their elected representatives, removing it from dictatorial judges who repeatedly make law from the bench.
Such a court would likely overturn Roe v. Wade and return abortion laws and the regulation of abortion to the states.
It would also protect freedom of conscience for Christians who object to participating in abortions, or dispensing abortifacient medicines, or who do not wish to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies. It is also possible that a conservative Supreme Court would eventually return control of marriage to the states.
But the most likely result of not voting for Trump is that you will be abandoning thousands of unborn babies who will be put to death under Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court, thousands of Christians who will be excluded from their lifelong occupations, thousands of the poor who will never again be able to find high-paying jobs in an economy crushed by government hostility toward business, thousands of inner-city children who will never be able to get a good education, thousands of the sick and elderly who will never get adequate medical treatment when the government is the nation’s only healthcare provider, thousands of people who will be killed by an unchecked ISIS, and millions of Jews in Israel who will find themselves alone and surrounded by hostile enemies. And you will be contributing to a permanent loss of the American system of government due to a final victory of unaccountable judicial tyranny.
The latest missive, or “Oak Leaf,” from the dominionist Oak Initiative, is a scolding “Message to the Never Trump Voters!” from Rick Warzywak, head of Transformation Michigan and state co-director of the Michigan Oak Initiative. Warzywak chastises, “If even the Supreme Court was the only issue to vote for him that should be enough – the future of your children and grandchildren are at stake. He has given us his pro-life constitutional sound [sic] nominations!”
The Michigan Oak Initiative sponsored a three-day event in June with the theme “America Hanging in the Balance – Election 2016” which featured the Family Research Council’s Jerry Boykin, a founding board member of the Oak Initiative, as the keynoter.
Warzywak, who identifies himself as a supporter of Ted Cruz and Ben Carson, peppers Never Trump conservatives with a long, long series of questions, among them:
What has Donald Trump personally done to you to not vote for him? Have you picked up an offense from someone? Why are you so critical of this man? … Do you consider him your enemy? Do you believe he hates you; has he cursed you; has he spitefully used you; do you have bitterness in your heart toward him? How should one respond if you are a Christian conservative?
Warzywak uses these questions as set-ups for Bible verses about loving your enemies and forgiving those who have done you wrong. (Of course, Donald Trump’s personal theology is a little different, as he told Liberty University students in 2012: if someone does you wrong, you’ve got to “get even!”)
Warzywak warns, “Accusations, slander, and criticism is what nurtures division, especially in the body of Christ,” and suggests that Never Trump conservatives may be being led astray by Satan: “As a Christian have you ever considered that the enemy of our souls may be deceiving and using those who have hardened their hearts against Trump?”
He never explains why all these same questions might be asked about people who have hardened their hearts against Hillary Clinton, whose Christian faith is well-known, which is also the case about running mate Tim Kaine. Warzywak does say he will continue to pray that HIllary Clinton’s “eyes would be opened,” though he says she and President Obama “have chosen to harden their hearts it appears.” But he has more hope for Trump, who may be “a babe in Christ.” Writes Warzywak, “With Donald Trump I can see a veil being lifted and his eyes being opened. If we diligently pray for him and stop the accusations, the Scripture below will manifest because he is open to a biblical worldview paradigm.”
Warzywak has more than a few questions for those who say they will vote their conscience:
1. Does my conscience stand for a conservative pro-life U.S. constitutionally-based Supreme Court (Trump gave us a list of pro-life constitutionally sound judges that he would nominate)?
2. Does my conscience allow a candidate to take office who would most assuredly nominate liberal judges that would impact my children and grandchildren’s lives for the next forty years (look at Trump’s nominations)?
3. Does my conscience agree with restoring the rule of law and order in our nation (Trump will restore that)?
4. Does my conscience agree with protecting Christian liberties, our freedom of speech, and eliminating the 501(c)3 tax status so pastors could speak freely (Trump said he would do all of these)?
5. Does my conscience realize that our present open borders is allowing in gang cartels, ISIS, and Muslim extremists that endanger all American lives, including my own family possibly (Trump understands)?
6. Does my conscience allow NO vetting of refugees from nations who are predominantly Muslim (Trump will vet and stop this illegal immigration—Hillary will not and increase immigration)?
7. Does my conscience see radical Islam as a threat and realize it must be addressed? (According to Ret. Lt. General Jerry Boykin a Cruz campaigner said we must vote for Trump and has Generals advising Trump.)
8. Does my conscience see the plight of people in our inner cities and jobs needed to bring hope back to all minority groups (policies of last eight years have failed)?
9. Does my conscience support police, our military, and border agents who need our help and they overwhelmingly support Donald Trump?
10. Does my conscience realize that Common Core in our educational system is detrimental to our children (Trump would eliminate)?
11. Does my conscience see that Obamacare is destroying our health care system in America (Trump will repeal and reinvent new strategy)?
12. Does my conscience see a need to preserve our second amendment as it was designed to stop oppressive government (Trump said he would protect—endorsed by NRA)?
13. Does my conscience favor Socialism/Globalism or freedom (Hillary is a pure progressive socialist and globalist)?
14. Does my conscience value having a Christian on the Presidential ticket and Christians advising the President (Pence and a Christian advisory team has been assembled)? Hmmmmmmmmmmm
15. Does my conscience allow me to judge another person’s heart (Trump) when the Bible says only God looks at the motive and intents of the heart?
Warzywak is a close associate of Lou Engle who organized one of Engle’s “The Call” rallies in Detroit in 2011 to target the Muslim population in nearby Dearborn and the rest of the state. Warzywak is “Prayer Strategy Coordinator” for one of Engle’s projects, the “Moravian Night Watch.” The project recruits teams of people around the country to sign up for time slots between midnight and 6:00 a.m. when they will gather by conference call to pray for a Great Awakening and divine intervention for the nation.
A website about the project’s statement of purpose praises the International House of Prayer movement for promoting a global prayer movement around “the bridal paradigm” emphasizing “lovesick adoration for Jesus” and “the surrendered posture of the heart to God’s love as such” – which the Moravian Night Watch website calls “primarily a feminine mode of prayer.” That needs to be balanced, they say, with a more “aggressive” and “masculine” form of “contending” prayer:
Other dimensions of prayer are also vital, including more masculine expressions that wield the authority of Christ for the sake of war against dark powers, bringing transformation to society by breaking through in heavenly dimensions…Contending prayer is focused and aggressive. It realizes there is a mission and mandate to prayer, conflict to overcome, battles to engage, and victory to secure. This is done in a spirit of humility (not elitism!) and submission (not fleshly domination!) to advance the kingdom of God on earth.
Last night, David Barton delivered a presentation at a Patriot Academy gathering in Austin, Texas, which, as usual, was filled with all sorts of misrepresentations and falsehoods. This time, Barton falsely claimed that prior to the use of atomic weapons against Japan during World War II, the United States had specifically warned Japanese civilians of "exactly which cities we were going to bomb and when."
Barton was complaining that the Advanced Placement history standards for WWII only present the U.S. in a negative light and don't teach that the U.S. put its own forces in danger in an effort to protect Japanese civilians by letting Japan know in advance exactly which cities were going to be targeted.
"We dropped 70 million pamphlets in Japan telling the Japanese exactly which cities we were going to bomb and when and what bombs we would use on them," Barton said. "We said, 'We do not want to hurt civilians but we are going to destroy the military side of this, we urge all civilians to leave Nagasaki, to leave Hiroshima.' We gave 29 cities that we were going to bomb because they were loaded up with military stuff. And, by the way, they said, 'We have a bomb that has never been seen by the world before, it is the equivalent of 5,000 B-29s dropping their bombs at the same time. It's one bomb; you need leave those cities, get out of those cities, we don't want to hurt you' ... Because we told them what cities we were going to be bombing, we'd also told the Japanese where they could set up their guns to shoot our planes down as we come over. So we put ourselves in jeopardy in that."
If it seems unlikely that the U.S. military would warn its enemy of "exactly which cities we were going to bomb and when," thereby providing them with an opportunity to shoot down our airplanes, that is because it never happened.
What actually happened was that the U.S dropped millions of leaflets on dozens of cities, warning that "some or all of the cities named on the reverse side will be destroyed by American bombs" and urging residents to evacuate:
Read this carefully as it may save your life or the life of a relative or friend. In the next few days, some or all of the cities named on the reverse side will be destroyed by American bombs. These cities contain military installations and workshops or factories which produce military goods. We are determined to destroy all of the tools of the military clique which they are using to prolong this useless war. But, unfortunately, bombs have no eyes. So, in accordance with America's humanitarian policies, the American Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate the cities named and save your lives. America is not fighting the Japanese people but is fighting the military clique which has enslaved the Japanese people. The peace which America will bring will free the people from the oppression of the military clique and mean the emergence of a new and better Japan. You can restore peace by demanding new and good leaders who will end the war. We cannot promise that only these cities will be among those attacked but some or all of them will be, so heed this warning and evacuate these cities immediately.
After the first atomic bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima, the U.S. then dropped another leaflet urging Japan to surrender or face another atomic bombing:
TO THE JAPANESE PEOPLE:
America asks that you take immediate heed of what we say on this leaflet.
We are in possession of the most destructive explosive ever devised by man. A single one of our newly developed atomic bombs is actually the equivalent in explosive power to what 2000 of our giant B-29s can carry on a single mission. This awful fact is one for you to ponder and we solemnly assure you it is grimly accurate.
We have just begun to use this weapon against your homeland. If you still have any doubt, make inquiry as to what happened to Hiroshima when just one atomic bomb fell on that city.
Before using this bomb to destroy every resource of the military by which they are prolonging this useless war, we ask that you now petition the Emperor to end the war. Our president has outlined for you the thirteen consequences of an honorable surrender. We urge that you accept these consequences and begin the work of building a new, better and peace-loving Japan.
You should take steps now to cease military resistance. Otherwise, we shall resolutely employ this bomb and all our other superior weapons to promptly and forcefully end the war.
EVACUATE YOUR CITIES.
ATTENTION JAPANESE PEOPLE. EVACUATE YOUR CITIES.
Because your military leaders have rejected the thirteen part surrender declaration, two momentous events have occurred in the last few days.
The Soviet Union, because of this rejection on the part of the military has notified your Ambassador Sato that it has declared war on your nation. Thus, all powerful countries of the world are now at war with you.
Also, because of your leaders' refusal to accept the surrender declaration that would enable Japan to honorably end this useless war, we have employed our atomic bomb.
A single one of our newly developed atomic bombs is actually the equivalent in explosive power to what 2000 of our giant B-29s could have carried on a single mission. Radio Tokyo has told you that with the first use of this weapon of total destruction, Hiroshima was virtually destroyed.
Before we use this bomb again and again to destroy every resource of the military by which they are prolonging this useless war, petition the emperor now to end the war. Our president has outlined for you the thirteen consequences of an honorable surrender. We urge that you accept these consequences and begin the work of building a new, better, and peace-loving Japan.
Act at once or we shall resolutely employ this bomb and all our other superior weapons to promptly and forcefully end the war.
EVACUATE YOUR CITIES.
The U.S. did not warn Japan "exactly which cities we were going to bomb and when," as Barton claimed, as that would obviously have been lunacy, as Gregg Herken explained:
But there was never any specific warning to the cities that had been chosen as targets for the atomic bomb prior to the weapon’s first use. The omission was deliberate: The United States feared that the Japanese, being forewarned, would shoot down the planes carrying the bombs.
Yesterday on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” Mike Pence defended the “extremely considerate and kind” Donald Trump from President Obama’s suggestion that Trump is a “demagogue,” and said he was insulted that anyone would ever tag Trump in such a way: “I don’t think name calling has any place in public life.”
This is surely news to “Crooked Hillary,” “Liddle Marco,” “Lyin’ Ted,” “Crazy Megyn,” “Crazy Bernie,” “Pocahontas,” “Low Energy Jeb,” and as recently as this morning, “Little Michael,” among others.
HT: Sopan Deb.
Mike Pence criticizes POTUS for speech - "...I don’t think name calling has any place in public life..." (?!?!) pic.twitter.com/cc82tUDV4o— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) July 29, 2016
The website GetReligion.org has been around in various permutations for more than a decade, providing a home for conservative-leaning criticism of mainstream media coverage of religion and, more specifically, news coverage that misses or ignores the importance of religion to a story. “The press…just doesn’t get religion,” is the site’s tagline, a quote from journalist and political analyst William Schneider. But a recent post by contributor Jim Davis seems to fall solidly in the “not getting it” category.
In a post about a gay American pastor who was detained by police and expelled from Russia, Davis writes that the Associated Press “blows a minor incident into a major issue.” Davis may be trying a little too hard to strike a snarky tone. Here’s how his story starts:
Don’t read this yet. Get yourself a chair. Put down that cup of whatever you're drinking.
The Associated Press reports that — Dun-dun-DUNN! — Russia doesn't like gays. And especially pro-gay-rights churches.
I know, right? That might have knocked your socks off.
AP learned this terrible truth as a missionary of the Metropolitan Community Church was arrested, then ordered out of Russia. Try to get through this without fainting...
The Associated Press story strikes me as a pretty straightforward recounting of what happened to Jim Mulcahy, an American pastor with the gay-friendly Metropolitan Community Churches. According to the story, Mulcahy was sitting around a table with friends when four uniformed police showed up at the door, took the teacup out of his hand, and took him to the police station, “threatening to handcuff him if he refused to cooperate.” He was ordered out of the country on vague charges of engaging in unspecified religious activity (according to the story, police had said they heard he was planning to conduct a wedding for a gay couple).
Davis responds: “What? They took his teacup? The threatened to cuff him? The monsters!”
If I were unexpectedly arrested in a foreign country, denied access to important medication, and ordered out of the country, I don’t think the experience would feel like a big joke. I don’t know Davis but I expect the same would hold true for him. But Davis goes on with a tone that suggests Mulcahy should have known that the Russians don’t like gays, and so he shouldn’t be surprised at what happened to him. And he says AP is making a mountain out of a molehill.
OK, maybe I've been a bit cavalier with this. I wouldn't be amused if, say, a Jew or Baptist were arrested just for trying to practice their faith. I fully get the right for freedom of expression for everyone, including those with whom I disagree.
Still, on a scale of religious persecution, the Mulcahy-Samara story rates somewhere below a 2. Cloddish cops, stringent laws, a flinty judge, those are all there. But shootings, hate speech, mass expulsions – or throat cuttings, as happened to an elderly priest in France yesterday – this story doesn't come close. I suspect that if it weren't about gays, it might not have gotten AP's attention at all.
This comparison doesn’t make sense. It’s not as if the extensively-covered killings he mentions were ignored by the AP so they could run with Mulcahy’s story. In fact, what got the AP’s attention was that “the arrest was filmed by state-controlled channel NTV, whose reports often take an especially truculent, pro-Kremlin stance.” That suggests the arrest was staged to provide an anti-gay and anti-American propaganda boost for the Russian government. That makes it newsworthy, especially since strongman Vladimir Putin is participating in a mutual admiration society with Republican presidential contender Donald Trump.
The AP story doesn’t ignore the religion angle, reporting on Russia’s growing intolerance of free expression by LGBT people, and on new restrictions on public expression of religion by any churches other than the Russian Orthodox Church, which is closely aligned with Putin's government.
As we have noted before, many American religious conservatives have been willing to overlook Putin’s crackdown on dissent, free speech and religious freedom because they admire his anti-gay policies and his defense of “Christian civilization” against the secular democracies of Western Europe.
To paraphrase Davis, if this story were about the arrest and expulsion of an American pastor who wasn’t a gay man, I suspect Davis and Get Religion wouldn’t have been so dismissive of it.
Wayne Allyn Root, the Donald Trump campaign surrogate who predicted in 2014 that we would all die from Ebola if President Obama wasn't forced out of office, wrote in a column today that Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last night “could have been written by Lucifer himself, to be delivered by the anti-Christ.”
Root blasted Obama as a “psychopath, sociopath and ego-maniac who rules as a tyrant" and claimed that the president sees himself as a god who can exploit “ignorant, naïve and gullible voters.”
“Lucifer himself would be proud,” Root wrote.
I give both political and business speeches all over America, and all over the world. I know a great speech when I see and hear one. Obama’s speech last night at the DNC was masterful. It was one of the greatest political speeches I’ve ever heard.
There was one problem: It was 100 percent fiction, fraud and fantasy.
If it were given by any CEO in America at a shareholders meeting, or a press conference in front of the media, that CEO would face life in prison for fraud and misrepresentation.
Any screenwriter in Hollywood could have made it up out of thin air and won an Academy Award. It could have been a speech written by Bernie Madoff.
It could have been written by Lucifer himself, to be delivered by the anti-Christ.
Obama railed against believing in gods. “No man is a god” was a central theme in his speech. No man can save you. No man can save America. No man can turn around an economy. He was aiming all that at Donald Trump. Except he was describing himself.
Obama is the one who was elected by portraying himself to ignorant, naïve and gullible voters as a god who could walk on water.
Obama himself is the psychopath, sociopath and ego-maniac who rules as a tyrant, by issuing executive orders, ignoring the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, and making believe Congress doesn’t exist. Every word directed at Trump described Obama, Obama’s last eight years of rule and Obama’s voters.
Lucifer himself would be proud.
Glenn Beck opened his show today by arguing that a key difference between conservatives and progressives is that conservatives make their case using facts, whereas progressives make their case using stories. Progressives, Beck claimed, always win because emotional stories are more powerful than facts for many people.
Conservatives, he argued, must take this lesson to heart and learn to present their views using effective storytelling if they are to have any chance of turning America around and pointed to the Christian film "God's Not Dead" as a perfect example of how not to do that and, as a consequence, why conservatives keep losing.
"I know a lot of people liked 'God's Not Dead,'" Beck said. "I didn't. I don't think I've ever said this on the air. I walked out of it."
Beck said that he went to see the film with his daughter and neither could stand it because it was so poorly done and one-sided and that they walked out after 40 minutes.
"It might feel good to have a movie come out where we get to slap people across the face," he said," but that's not helpful."
Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said that Democratic Party under President Obama “is not that much different from the Democratic Party 50 years ago that was out to manipulate African-Americans.”
“They’re still manipulating them,” Gohmert said.
The Republican congressman also criticized Arizona Sen. John McCain, who is facing a GOP primary challenge from the right, claiming that the immigration reform legislation McCain has championed in the past “will turn Texas blue, and that’s what the Democrats want, it will basically ruin Arizona when you have people that come in that don’t understand what it takes to maintain a republic.”
In her syndicated column today, Ann Coulter lashed out at Hillary Clinton for featuring the Mothers of the Movement, a group of African-American mothers who have lost children to gun violence and police abuses, at the Democratic National Convention.
Titling her column “When Do The Mothers Of ISIS Speak?,” Coulter criticized the DNC for “celebrating the anti-police group Black Lives Matter” and including Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, whose only “claim to fame,” according to Coulter, is “raising a hoodlum” and “giving birth to, and then carefully nurturing, a violent, cop-assaulting criminal.”
Whatever questionable choices were made at the Republican National Convention last week, I didn’t hear of a single speaker whose sole accomplishment was raising a delinquent who attacked a cop.
But as the country reels from the cold-blooded murder of five policemen in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge, Lezley McSpadden, mother of Mike Brown, America’s most famous cop-assaulting criminal, appeared on stage at the Democratic National Convention.
Welcome to Hillary’s convention, celebrating the anti-police group Black Lives Matter!
If Brown’s mother had done something noteworthy, apart from raising a hoodlum – perhaps pioneering a cardiac stent that will save people’s lives – then one could understand her being a “headliner” at the Democrat’s convention. But, as I understand it, her sole claim to fame is giving birth to, and then carefully nurturing, a violent, cop-assaulting criminal.
Donald Trump, along with every other Republican ever to run for president, is required to repeatedly “disavow” David Duke – someone he’s never met, never mentioned, never thought of – and certainly didn’t invite to speak at his convention.
But Hillary invites to her convention the mother of a man whose criminality destroyed a police officer’s life, tore the country apart and gave birth to a murderous cop-hating movement. Will a single reporter ask Hillary to disavow that?
On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer declared that "it is not possible for homosexual behavior to be a constitutional right" because all our rights come from God and God would never sanction homosexuality.
Fischer was complaining that students today are not taught the proper role of government, which, according to him, is to secure the rights that have been given to us by God. Given that government can only protect our God-given rights, Fischer said, it stands to reason that "homosexual behavior can never be a right."
"It is not possible for homosexual behavior to be a constitutional or moral or ethical or legal right," Fischer said. "Why? Because our rights come to us from God and would never, under any circumstances, ever grant human beings the right to engage in homosexual behavior."
NOTE: Sadly, this scheme fell apart when Thor announced today he would not run for president. See the update below.
For the last few days, Stu Burguiere, one of the co-hosts of Glenn Beck's daily radio program, has been promoting a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton from winning the required 270 electoral votes to become president that he is calling "Bailout 2016."
The plan involves finding a third party candidate who can be placed on ballots in deep red states like Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and possibly a few others, around whom "Never Trump" conservatives could rally for the purpose of hampering Trump without helping Clinton in order to create a scenario in which no candidate can secure the necessary number of electoral votes.
As the plan explains, if a third party candidate could win the popular vote in a few conservative states, it could deny Trump a handful of electoral votes that he would need to win the election outright, thereby sending the election to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, which would then hopefully choose this third party candidate to be president and save America from either a Trump or a Clinton presidency.
Among the names floated by Burguiere when he first laid out this plan was Brad Thor, a right-wing author of thriller novels who is probably best known for getting Beck's radio show suspended earlier this year after Trump supporters accused him of calling for Trump's assassination.
During President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, Burguiere and Thor came together on Twitter to rally behind this plan and it looks like Thor is all in:
If we could chart a path to 15% in polls, so that I could debate, I would gladly run. pic.twitter.com/AXVQhVXKOY— Brad Thor (@BradThor) July 28, 2016
If you're serious about a 3rd party - I'll take it https://t.co/YMw1HTuIYH— Brad Thor (@BradThor) July 28, 2016
Only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for Conservatives to do nothing. If I do something, would you support me pic.twitter.com/QWkc6i1P1R— Brad Thor (@BradThor) July 28, 2016
Would vote for Brad Thor as a serious Third Party candidate:— Brad Thor (@BradThor) July 28, 2016
Ha ha. We're going to do it. https://t.co/IXf0jkLeHW— Brad Thor (@BradThor) July 28, 2016
Update: Despite all of Thor's bluster on Twitter last night, he appeared on Beck's radio program today to declare that he is not, in fact, running for president:
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck said that he doesn't understand what has happened to his former Fox News colleague Sean Hannity or understand how Hannity can sleep at night given his shameless shilling for Donald Trump.
Beck and his co-hosts were discussing the fact that Hannity declared that Ted Cruz "blew it" when he spoke at the GOP convention last week and refused to endorse Trump, but then called Bernie Sanders "a gutless coward" for endorsing Hillary Clinton. Beck and crew pointed out that Hannity was basically ripping Cruz for not doing the very thing that he was now ripping Sanders for doing.
"There are too few honest brokers" in the media today, said Beck's co-host, Pat Gray, pointing specifically to the likes of Hannity and Tucker Carlson as people whose positions have become utterly incoherent as a result of their support for Trump.
"I've heard the Sean Hannity" clip, Beck said, "and it is jaw-dropping. And I say this as a friend of Sean Hannity's: I don't know how he sleeps at night, I really don't."
"He's got to have some justification in his head," Beck said. "I'd like to know what the hoop is that he's jumping through because this is truly dramatic."
Steve Crampton, a Religious Right activist who is running for a seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court , said last month that the U.S. is at risk of becoming a “slave nation” if attacks on “religious freedom” and the “rule of law” continue. He in particular praised the Alabama Supreme Court’s resistance to the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down gay marriage bans.
Crampton told Cleveland Right to Life’s Molly Smith that the federal government is “running roughshod over states and their rights” and that “it’s essential, if we’re going to preserve our liberties as our founders intended, that states reassert themselves.”
“One of the seminal issues, I believe, in our day, in our state of Mississippi as elsewhere, is how far does the federal government go constitutionally in basically ordering the states around,” he said. “And I think the big example that we have, maybe the most glaring one nationally right now, is what’s going on in Alabama, where the state Supreme Court has issued very fine opinions and very studied analyses of the issue of same-sex marriage and whether the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Obergefell opinion is actually binding on a state that was not a party to that lawsuit and that had, as Mississippi has, its own state marriage amendment that unequivocally protects marriage as between one man and one woman.”
“So, long and short of it is,” he continued, “all of our freedoms, I think, today are grave risk, in particular religious freedom. I believe it is under attack as never before in our nation’s history. And because religious freedom is the first freedom, it’s foundational, if it goes, everything goes. So it’s a time when either we stand up or we shut up and become almost a slave nation. Because the rule of law is at grave risk.”
When Marco Rubio cited the deadly attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando as a reason he was changing his mind and running for re-election to the U.S. Senate, many LGBT allies immediately noted that the Florida senator and failed presidential candidate has never been an ally of the LGBT community.
“To be using the tragedy in Orlando as a time to reflect on his Senate career, when his career and his promises on the campaign trail have been anti-LGBTQ consistently, it’s just staggering to think he would be using this moment for his own personal ambitions,” said Jay Brown of the Human Rights Campaign at the time.
It comes as no surprise, then, to see that Rubio is slated to address an event in Orlando next month that will feature some of the country’s most vehement anti-LGBT activists.
The Orlando-based Liberty Counsel Action, an extreme anti-LGBT group whose affiliate is famous for representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her stand against the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, announced in an email today that the Florida Renewal Project will be hosting an event called “Rediscovering God in America” in August. The event will be headlined by Rubio, who will speak alongside anti-LGBT activists David Barton, Bill Federer, Ken Graves and Mat Staver.
The event will put Rubio in the company of some of the most extreme anti-gay activists in the country:
View the invitation here:
Responding to reports that a Russian intelligence operation was behind the hacking and release of emails from Democratic National Committee staff members, Donald Trump today urged Russia to commit cyber-espionage and hack emails that have not been recovered from Hillary Clinton’s server.
Following his press conference, Trump made similar comments on Twitter:
If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton's 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
Trump has deep financial ties to Russia and has spoken warmly of Vladimir Putin, defending the Russian president from accusations of committing human rights abuses and siding with him when it comes to issues like the future of NATO. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is a former adviser to the former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who is living in exile in Russia following the Euromaidan protests, and other advisers have Russian ties as well.
Attention all hackers: You are hacking everything else so please hack Obama's college records (destroyed?) and check "place of birth"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2014
Yesterday, right-wing radio host Michael Savage reacted to the killing of a French priest by two ISIS terrorists by warning that President Obama is bringing terrorists into the U.S. and may have let ISIS take over the government.
“That devil in the White House has flooded America with people from countries that never belonged here,” he said, before recounting a time he left an eyeglass store because he saw a Muslim family shopping there and, using his telepathic powers, realized that the father “doesn’t work” and is on welfare.
“I walked out muttering to myself, ‘This is the America of the future!’” he said. “This is the America of the future: Don’t work, practice a religion that hates everybody else. How in the world can a nation survive this? A nation can survive its fools and even the criminals, but it cannot survive an enemy within; it cannot survive a traitor within.”
Savage then said that people on the terrorist watch list could be working for the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the White House and “every department of this country.”
“How do we know how many work in this government?” he asked. “It’s as though we’ve been occupied already. Every day I wake up and I think that the government itself has been occupied by ISIS or ISIS sympathizers or ISIS propagandists. It doesn’t matter anymore because there’s no discussion of it at the DNC — what does that tell you Hillary will do if, God forbid, that harridan criminal is elected?”
A conversation with a caller then led Savage to rant that lawyers should be on the terrorist watch list because they want Americans to die and that the family members of people on the watch list should be deported as well.
Charisma magazine is highlighting an exchange between televangelist and noted survivalist huckster Jim Bakker and Ramiro Peña, senior pastor of Christ the King Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, that took place on Bakker’s show last week.
While asking Peña a question about the future of the Supreme Court, Bakker said that he believes his TV ministry will be shut down unless Donald Trump wins the presidential election:
If Donald Trump isn’t elected, do you envision America to look good, bad or ugly? What will it look like, say, four years from now if we do not change the court? I know what the last eight years — we have seen the greatest deterioration. I’m afraid if we have another four years we will not even be able to function. I believe that they’ll shut me down. I believe they’re gonna shut anybody outside the church, all religious activity down. What will America look like if we don’t get on the right track?
Let me speak to the church for just a moment. Just hear me, church. If we don’t elect Donald Trump president, we’re going to end up electing someone who we absolutely know will put justices on the Supreme Court that will be pro-abortion, that will be pro-gay-marriage, that will rob us of religious liberty, will continue to take away and wear away at our right to bear arms. That is the kind of jurist who will be on the Supreme Court and on the federal bench…
Peña noted that Trump has released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees that was vetted by the Federalist Society, and said that if he is elected Trump would have the opportunity to name at least three, and maybe as many as five, justices to the high court:
He has said he will appoint pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. So on that point, if for no other reason, even if you don’t like some of the things that he has said or done, for that point alone, for the sake of the Supreme Court, and the future of our nation that Pastor Jim is talking about, that’s why I am so convinced that he must be elected the next president of the United States.
During his recent appearance at Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, Texas, David Barton added a new anti-transgender wrinkle to his standard presentation that, unsurprisingly, contains a blatant falsehood.
After repeating his false claim that the Supreme Court banned mandatory Bible reading in public schools over concerns that it was causing "brain damage," Barton claimed that it is actually society that has been suffering brain damage since removing the Bible from schools, pointing to a policy at Wesleyan University that he said bans separate student housing for male and female students.
Recounting that he had recently participated in a cattle drive where "none of us had any difficulty telling the difference between male and female" cattle, Barton said that "there was no gender identity crisis that we had; only in America as we become more secular do we have difficulty seeing what's obvious throughout all of nature."
Barton then pointed to a Newsmax article about an "Open House" option at Wesleyan University that "works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and the vivacity of gender, sex, and sexuality, and we work to be an anchor of the amorphous, chaotic, and beautiful queer community" and used it to falsely claim that all student housing at the university was "based on 15 different sexual orientations and you know what's missing? They do not offer housing for male or female, but they've got everything else, just not male or female."
As students move through their years at Wesleyan, they have an opportunity to choose an increasingly more independent living option from residence hall doubles to singles to program houses, apartments, and eventually wood frame houses. All of these options are within a 5-10 minute walk to campus. All of our units house both men and women; however, some residence halls are coed on each floor, while other halls offer single-sex floors. Smoking is prohibited in all University Housing. Residential facilities vary by size, room type, and ratio of first-year to upper-class students.
Student housing at Wesleyan is designed so that first year students live together in residence halls near the center of campus. Residential facilities vary by size, room type and ratio of first year to upperclass students. In all locations, first year students comprise at least 50% of the residents. All of the buildings are coed, however some halls offer single-sex floors.
Gender Neutral Housing:
Wesleyan University assigns roommates for incoming students based on legal sex. Students choose among the following three options on the housing preference form: to be assigned according to this policy, to request an exception to this policy, or to be available as a potential roommate for someone who has requested an exception. Gender neutral housing is available in all student residences.