Fighting the Right

An Exercise In Projection: John Whitehead Warns Of Government 'Paranoia'

Every since the Obama administration announced the creation of a new position within the Department of Justice that is to be focused on countering domestic terrorism, right-wing activists have been whipping up fears that the government is going to start persecuting Christians and conservatives.

On the American Family Radio's "Focal Point" program yesterday, guest host Janet Mefferd dedicated two segments to discussing this new supposed threat with John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, who declared, without a hint of irony, that the creation of such a position is rooted in government "paranoia." That is, the paranoia that government officials supposedly have about conservatives.

When Mefferd demanded to know what authority the government has to "go after right-wing extremists as a pre-crime target ... This is a violation of the Constitution," Whitehead responded by chalking it all up to government paranoia and then proceeded to warn that the Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling millions of rounds of ammunition that it plans to use against American citizens.

"We're dealing with some paranoid people," he warned. "When you have the Department of Homeland Security, which we know now, several years ago, purchased 1.6 million hollow point bullets for their agents; they were not looking out toward ISIS."

Whitehead went on to claim that a local police chief he knows of has likewise been stockpiling military-style weapons and equipment in preparation for the possibility of having to put down an uprising of local citizens, prompting Whitehead to warn gun owners not to post anything on social media about owning weapons because SWAT teams are just itching to carry out violent raids against perceived threats, such as the names of eight million gun owners which he claims are being cataloged and stored in databases so the government knows who to "round up in times of emergency."

Carl Gallups: Making Fun Of Conservative Christians Will Lead To Another Holocaust

In an interview with WorldNetDaily last week, End Times author Carl Gallups said that conservative Christians in America are facing horrendous persecution, warning that simple jokes will put America on the path of Nazi Germany, but this time with a genocide targeting Christians.

After warning that the Obama administration is plotting to “take the guns” so “the population can be brought into submission,” he said that America is transforming into Nazi Germany. Christians, according to Gallups, are a chief target of this diabolical scheme because freedoms, such as the right to bear arms, are rooted in Christianity.

“Every nation that has eventually and finally either enslaved its people or Nazi Germany, just eliminated and exterminated whole sections of the undesirable populations, they didn’t begin with gun control, they began with a marginalization of that population, lampooning, lambasting [and] making fun of.” He added that the entertainment industry and public schools, which he referred to as “government reeducation camps,” were contributing to anti-Christian bias in America.

Gallups went on to warn that the Kim Davis saga and jokes about conservative Christians may cause the religion to be banned altogether. “You lampoon them first and then finally you get to the point where in most countries it’s outlawed,” he said. 

He then connected the shooting at a black church in South Carolina with the supposed persecution of the Kentucky clerk, saying, “There’s the targeting, Kim Davis, Houston, the church in South Carolina, the targeting of Christians and the government, rather than making peace, rather than speaking words of wisdom and words of balance, it’s this radical agenda of ‘we just got to take the guns.’”

Gallups praised Tennessee Lt. Gov. Chris Ramsey for calling on Christians to buy guns, saying that people like Ramsey know that Christians in America “are being targeted” due to the “huge Islamic influx,” “the radical abortion movement” and “the radical homosexual movement,” which he said plans to use the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling to “bring the whole culture down.”

Meet The Anti-Gay Foundation Behind The Utah World Congress Of Families

The executive director of this year’s World Congress of Families (WCF), which meets this week in Salt Lake City, has said that despite organization’s efforts to oppose LGBT rights around the world, opposition to same-sex marriage “has never been an emphasis” of the gathering. But opposition to marriage equality is a major priority of one foundation that appears to be a major financial backer of the Utah conference.

Although the WCF is a project of the Illinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, this year’s event is being organized by the Utah-based Sutherland Institute, and a donation page for the event directs contributions to the institute. The institute has also apparently been soliciting funds specifically for the World Congress of Families event, with the Michigan-based Earhart Foundation giving it $20,000 last year earmarked for the conference.

While we won’t have further information on the funding of the event until this year’s tax forms are filed, the Sutherland Institute has at least until recently been supported largely by one Utah family’s charitable foundation.

The GFC Foundation (it stands for God, Family and Country) is run by Sutherland Institute’s chairman and interim president Stan Swim, whose father  the Sutherland Institute’s founder — and grandfather were also Utah-based philanthropists. Swim serves on the WCF’s board of directors and signed the deal to host the upcoming conference. Swim’s foundation has helped to fund previous World Congresses in Warsaw and Amsterdam. In the five years from 2009 through 2013, the most recent for which tax documents are available, GFC contributed $392,500 directly to the Howard Center.

GFC is a major funder of the Sutherland Institute, and the two organizations share some leadership. In addition to Swim’s dual roles, Sutherland Institute’s former president Paul Mero has long served on the foundation’s board. In 2011, the foundation provided almost half of the institute’s $1.3 million in revenue; in 2012, it provided over half of the $1.4 million that the institute brought in. In 2013, GFC nearly doubled its contribution to Sutherland, giving the organization $1.2 million, making up the bulk of the grants it distributed that year. The institute’s 2013 tax documents are not yet publicly available, so it’s unclear what portion of the organization’s budget GFC’s grant represented.

The Sutherland Institute has also been a top beneficiary of the Foundation for the American West, another charitable group established by the Swim family, which in turn receives substantial yearly contributions from the GFC Foundation. The GFC Foundation contributed about $1.2 million to the Foundation for the American West from 2009 through 2013; the Foundation for the American West contributed roughly the same amount to the Sutherland Institute during that time.

Along with funding the Sutherland Institute, the GFC Foundation appears to be directly involved in organizing this week's conference: A recent WCF newsletter instructed organizations wanting to exhibit at the Salt Lake City event to contact a GFC events staffer.

Although the Sutherland Institute is the primary beneficiary of the GFC Foundation’s largesse, the other social conservative causes that the foundation backs provide further hints about its ideology. Along with regular contributions to Mormon educational institutions and to Utah cultural programs, the GFC Foundation has been a major contributor to groups fighting marriage equality.

From 2011 through 2013, the foundation contributed $270,000 to the National Organization for Marriage as it attempted to fight back the gradual march toward marriage equality in the states. During that time, it also contributed $150,000 to the Ruth Institute, which was then a program affiliated with NOM. It also contributed $150,000 to the Marriage Law Foundation, which is run by a top Sutherland Institute staffer, making up about 60 percent of that organization’s budget.

Notably, the GFC Foundation has helped to fund some of the social science research that is being used to argue against marriage equality. In 2013, the foundation contributed $30,000 to the Institute for Family Studies, the think tank run by conservative family scholar Brad Wilcox and $7,500 to the Austin Institute, the think tank run by Mark Regnerus. Regnerus’ 2012 study of gay parenting, in which Wilcox played a key role, has been used by activists around the world to push back against gay rights, despite the fact that it has been exposed as severely flawed. GFC has also given five-figure grants to Wilcox’s Ridge Foundation and the Witherspoon Institute, which helped to fund Regnerus’ study. (Regnerus and Wilcox will both, incidentally, be speaking at this week’s event.)

The GFC Foundation has also been a major backer of the Utah Eagle Forum, the state affiliate of Phyllis Schlafly’s organization, led by the irrepressibly anti-gay Gayle Ruzicka. The foundation contributed $10,000 to Ruzicka’s group in 2013 and $20,000 each year in 2009 and 2010. In the intervening years, whether by coincidence or not, the Swim-affiliated Foundation for the American West filled the gap, giving Utah Eagle Forum $20,000 each in 2011 and 2012.

The GFC Foundation’s apparent work through the Sutherland Institute to host the World Congress of Families fits neatly into this pattern of funding the fight against advances in LGBT rights.

Rick Wiles: God Is Making Liberals Go Insane

On Friday’s edition of “Trunews,” WorldNetDaily managing editor David Kupelian told host Rick Wiles that liberals are on the brink of throwing conservatives in jail for allegedly being insane, when it is actually liberals who “are the sick ones” driving everybody insane.

Kupelian, who was promoting his book “The Snapping of the American Mind,” said that “the social sciences are run by the left” and these liberal leaders will soon say that conservatives are “crazy” and therefore “can’t own guns,” when it is in fact liberals who are have increased rates of mental illness brought on by “crazy leftist colleges,” the sexual revolution and abortion rights, citing discredited claims that abortion contributes to mental health issues in women.

“Utopia is what we had before they came along,” he said of liberals. “America was the most wonderful, wealthy, there was more happiness per capita and more opportunity in America than any nation in history, they want to take that and fundamentally transform it. Those guys are the sick ones.”

Wiles had his own thoughts on the matter: “I believe, David, the reason they’re going insane is that God has turned them over to a reprobate mind.”

“I believe that too,” Kupelian said, before saying that he really just wants to bring Americans together.

Poll Has Ben Carson Now LEADING Trump

A New York Times/CBS News poll has Ben Carson now leading Donald Trump in the GOP presidential contest. Apparently all somebody had to do to edge out Trump was to sink to his level and then keep going, by spewing even more extreme and bigoted positions!

For example, here are just a few of the things Carson has gotten press for over the last few weeks:

  • He compared abortion to slavery -- and women who have abortions to slaveholders -- and reiterated his belief that all abortions should be banned, even in cases of rape and incest.
  • He said he thought someone who is Muslim should not be president because that person’s religious beliefs are not “consistent with the Constitution,” despite the Constitution’s explicit rejection of religious tests for office.
  • He blamed the Holocaust on gun control, saying that if not for Hitler confiscating guns, Germans -- Jews and non-Jews alike --would have fought back against his plans for genocide.
  • He also blamed the victims of the Oregon mass shooting for not attacking the shooter, saying HE “would not just stand there and let him shoot me.”

The reason Carson’s rise amidst these controversial comments is so important is because it shows that the more hateful and detached from reality a candidate appears, the more the far-right base will favor him.

Make no mistake -- the demagogues of the Religious Right and the Tea Party are a problem, but base voters they are so eager to please with wild internet-fueled conspiracy theories and naked bigotry are arguably the bigger problem.

A September poll from Public Policy Polling found that 54 percent of Republican voters believe the president is a Muslim. Let that sink in.

This isn’t just benign wackiness that’s confined to Republican nominating contests, it’s a SIGNIFICANT chunk of the American electorate. And it’s the people who represent those views who are now IN CHARGE of Congress and fighting to get into the White House!

Rep. Paul Ryan looks all set to come in as the new Speaker of the House -- and there’s a faction of House Republicans who are accusing this rigidly anti-choice, Medicare-slashing Ayn Rand fanboy of being “too moderate!”

And whoever the eventually wins the GOP nomination for president, we know he or she will be one of the most right-wing candidates, pursuing one of the most extreme right-wing agendas, ever.

The GOP lives to serve its base. Let’s not forget exactly who is in charge. Ben Carson’s rise is a good reminder.

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World Congress Of Families Swag: Skousen's '5000 Year Leap'

It’s not surprising that the World Congress of Families in Salt Lake City would have a particularly Mormon flavor, given that the city is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  The conference's opening session on Tuesday morning included a keynote by Mormon Apostle Russell Ballard during which he played a video of children singing a song about Mormon theology and explained how the church’s commitment to “traditional family” is grounded in its religious beliefs about eternal marriage.

WCF registration bags included a copy of the Church’s 1995 “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” which argues marriage is essential to God’s eternal plan. It also promotes conservative ideas about the complementarity of the sexes, saying, “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” The proclamation states,

By divine design fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.

Also included in the registration bag was a copy of right-wing Mormon author W. Cleon Skousen’s “The 5000 Year Leap,” a 1981 book that zoomed to the top of best-seller-lists in 2009 when Glenn Beck discovered it and began gushing about it on his show. Alexander Zaitchik wrote about it for Salon:

What has Beck been pushing on his legions? “Leap,” first published in 1981, is a heavily illustrated and factually challenged attempt to explain American history through an unspoken lens of Mormon theology. As such, it is an early entry in the ongoing attempt by the religious right to rewrite history. Fundamentalists want to define the United States as a Christian nation rather than a secular republic, and recast the Founding Fathers as devout Christians guided by the Bible rather than deists inspired by French and English philosophers. “Leap” argues that the U.S. Constitution is a godly document above all else, based on natural law, and owes more to the Old and New Testaments than to the secular and radical spirit of the Enlightenment. It lists 28 fundamental beliefs — based on the sayings and writings of Moses, Jesus, Cicero, John Locke, Montesquieu and Adam Smith — that Skousen says have resulted in more God-directed progress than was achieved in the previous 5,000 years of every other civilization combined. The book reads exactly like what it was until Glenn Beck dragged it out of Mormon obscurity: a textbook full of aggressively selective quotations intended for conservative religious schools like Utah’s George Wythe University, where it has been part of the core freshman curriculum for decades (and where Beck spoke at this year’s annual fundraiser).

But more interesting than the contents of “The 5,000 Year Leap,” and more revealing for what it says about 912ers and the Glenn Beck Nation, is the book’s author. W. Cleon Skousen was not a historian so much as a player in the history of the American far right; less a scholar of the republic than a threat to it. At least, that was the judgment of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, which maintained a file on Skousen for years that eventually totaled some 2,000 pages. Before he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen’s own Mormon church publicly distanced itself from the foundation that Skousen founded and that has published previous editions of “The 5,000 Year Leap.”

As Beck knows, to focus solely on “The 5,000 Year Leap” is to sell the author short. When he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen had authored more than a dozen books and pamphlets on the Red Menace, New World Order conspiracy, Christian child rearing, and Mormon end-times prophecy. It is a body of work that does much to explain Glenn Beck’s bizarre conspiratorial mash-up of recent months, which decries a new darkness at noon and finds strange symbols carefully coded in the retired lobby art of Rockefeller Center. It also suggests that the modern base of the Republican Party is headed to a very strange place.

Sarah Posner noted Skousen’s connections with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch:

When the elder Skousen died in 2006, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), paid tribute to him on the Senate floor, and even included a poem he wrote about his friend. Hatch detailed how Skousen helped launch his political career, sending a letter to 8,000 "friends," urging them to support Hatch's 1976 Senate candidacy. According to a 1980 account in the New York Times by the inimitable Molly Ivins, Skousen's Freeman Institute was active in several other Republican campaigns as well, including one to unseat Sen. Frank Church, the Idaho Democrat who chaired the Church Commission that investigated intelligence abuses in the wake of Watergate.

"From that first campaign," Hatch went on in his tribute on the Senate floor, "to every day I have served in the U.S. Senate--Cleon has been there for me, through highs and lows--buoying me up, giving suggestions, discussing principles and issues, and above all else being a true, supportive friend. I can never overstate what his support has meant to me throughout my years of service." Hatch added that Skousen's writings, including The 5,000 Year Leap, "have been used by foundations, and in forums across America for many years. His writings and words leave an indelible legacy of knowledge and beliefs that have touched many people and will continue to inspire and educate generations to come."

The Hatch connection brings us full circle, as this morning’s session at the World Congress of Families ended with a, um, memorable rendition of a song written by Hatch

Jan Markell: Obama Ushering In Antichrist With Climate Change Agenda

Fred Jackson of the American Family Association filled in for his colleague Sandy Rios today on her morning radio program, as Rios was in Utah moderating an anti-gay summit.

One of Jackson’s guests included End Times preacher Jan Markell, who described the Obama years as “a real nightmare drama,” lamenting that the president’s “goal and intent is to make us a one-world system and at some point in time, we certainly don’t know when, the Antichrist will lead that system.”

Warning that President Obama was “trained” as a child to “diminish the role of the world’s superpower” and has since worked diligently to bring down America, Markell claimed that the president’s support for action on climate change could give way to the rise of the Antichrist.

“His goal is to usher in global government, they happen to be using the agenda of the United Nations and even Pope Francis, for that matter, of climate change,” she said. “You and I know that God changes climate; we don’t change climate, God changes climate. But these one-worlders, starting with Barack Obama, are using climate change as the issue that could perhaps be summed up, ‘pollution knows no borders so we must not have any borders,’ but the real essence of all that is, ‘the world will be one.’ The Bible tells us that, Revelation 13 says there’s coming a global government, there is going to be a single leader whose title will be the Antichrist and he’s waiting in the wings.”

Later in the broadcast, Markell agreed with Jackson’s assessment that the refugee crisis in Europe is proof that God has “taken down any hedge” of protection around the continent because of its purported abandonment of Israel, warning that Europe “is being made a part of the caliphate.”

She said that liberals only “think about some kind of equal opportunity for everyone” when they should be worried that “Islam is on the march” and “the caliphate is on the march” throughout Europe.

Ken Ham Worries That If We Allow Gay Marriage People Will Just Stop Wearing Clothes

Ken Ham, whose organization Answers In Genesis runs the Creation Museum and is currently building a replica of Noah’s ark, joined the Point of View radio program last week to discuss his worries that younger generations of Christians no longer believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible.

Ham says he urges pastors to drop the phrase “Bible story” and instead “emphasize that it’s a book of history because Christianity is based in real history, it’s a history you can trust.”

He warned that losing a literal interpretation of the Bible could threaten not just Creationism but also the concept of marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman, and even the wearing of clothing.

“The doctrine of marriage is based there upon the literal history of Genesis,” he said. “But if that history is not true, if there was no literal Adam and Eve, then what is marriage, why is it to be a man and a woman? It’s only a man and a woman because God invented marriage, and he invented marriage when he made the first marriage, Adam and Eve.”

He added that “the origin of clothing is right there in Genesis,” so “if you abandon Genesis’ literal history of marriage and say marriage can be two men or two women or whatever you want, well why not abandon clothing?”


Michael Savage: Black Lives Matter Are Obama's Brownshirts And 'Secret Private Army'

Conservative talk radio host Michael Savage, who last week compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler, suggested today that Black Lives Matter supporters “are Obama’s shock troops, they’re the Brownshirts that Hitler had in Germany.”

In an interview with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg, Savage said that “the secret private army that Barack Hussein Obama has been talking about, that’s what they’re building.”

He has previously claimed that Obama will arm Crips and Bloods gang members to create a personal army.

Michael Savage: Obama Acting Like Hitler, But Attacking White Men

Fuming over President Obama’s immigration policies, Michael Savage declared last week that the president is a “psychopath” who is “equally insane” and “as crazy as Adolf Hitler.”

Accusing the president of “invading his own country” with immigrants, the conservative talk radio host worried that America as we know it will soon be destroyed because of Obama’s leadership.

“Hitler was a psychopath, no one on earth would disagree with that except Nazis who still exist,” he said. “What did Hitler do? He invaded other countries to impose his nation’s, let us say, distorted values and race upon other countries. What is Obama doing? He’s invading his own country with people of other races and other cultures and other languages to wipe away the predominant language, the predominant culture of his own nation. Barack Obama is as equally as mad as Adolf Hitler in that regard.”

A distraught Savage urged listeners to “prepare for the tsunami of foreigners, of illegal aliens, of those opposed to Christianity and Judaism that the psychopaths who are ruining America are rushing across the borders as quickly as they can to make certain that the white male in particular no longer has a voice in his own nation.”

Later in the program, Savage mentioned news headlines that confirmed his suspicions that rape is part of the immigrant “lifestyle” and that politicians are using immigrants to “intimidate the population.”

He then jumped on a story about ISIS recruitment in America to baselessly allege that the government is refusing to arrest ISIS supporters and is actually inviting ISIS members into the country. “We’re not a sane nation and we have an enemy within that wants them back here,” Savage said. “What else are you going to conclude? Either the presidency is filled with morons or they want them back here.” 

These “fanatical jihadis” in the U.S., Savage said, are probably now driving for Uber and banning dogs from their cars. “They’re not taking me over in my country, I’d call the police before I give into one of them, I’d tell them to go back to the hellhole he came from if he doesn’t like dogs, ‘Go back where you came from, this is America.’”

BarbWire Pundit: Armed White People Must Stop Obama Before He Sparks Nuclear War Against America

Far-right columnist Sylvia Thompson took to BarbWire today to call upon “white political leaders” to remove President Obama from office, claiming that if the president hadn't been able to “intimidate guilt-conflicted white people,” he “would have been impeached and likely in prison for treason by now.”

Obama’s crimes, Thompson writes, include trying “to enable a Muslim nation to wage nuclear war with America and Israel,” imposing “a polluting homosexual, anti-Christian agenda upon the military ranks destroys unit cohesion and literally terrorizes male members with the prospect of sodomy rape,” and attempting “to overrun America with third-world people” and “invaders.”

“Donald Trump’s entry onto the political scene to oppose that scheme is a saving grace for our nation,” she continues, praising his “testicular fortitude.”

However, she warns that if Trump and other conservative leaders cannot spark a “movement to counter all the harm that Barack Obama has done to this nation, I think there will be massive disruption. Those folks in the National Rifle Association ads currently running on television seem very serious to me, and that is a good thing.”

The term legacy carries positive connotations of something bequeath that is to the receiver’s benefit. Everything that Barack Obama does is calculated to destroy America, which he despises. This man no more cares about legacy than he fears being properly prosecuted by the white political leaders whose responsibility it is to remove him from office.

I focus on white leaders, because whites are still in the majority and they fill the majority of political offices. If the majority of political operatives were of some other ethnicity, I would lodge my complaint against that group. Ethnicity is an issue only because Barack Obama is half-black and he uses that fact to intimidate guilt-conflicted white people. Otherwise, he would have been impeached and likely in prison for treason by now.

Barack Obama’s sole aim has been, since he first entered politics and continues as he winds down this presidency, the complete destruction of America as it was founded.

Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran has nothing to do with legacy but rather to enable a Muslim nation to wage nuclear war with America and Israel—the two nations that he most despises. Does anyone wonder why Russians praise Vladimir Putin despite what the rest of the world might think of him? Putin cares about his country, that’s why.

Obama despises the American military because traditionally it has been a mainstay of America’s strength, and our strength infuriates him.

Imposition of a polluting homosexual, anti-Christian agenda upon the military ranks destroys unit cohesion and literally terrorizes male members with the prospect of sodomy rape. Such rapes have increased since the forcing of open homosexuality in the ranks, against the will of a majority of members I might add. Couple that with an infiltration of women, for whom all standards of strength must be reduced, and Obama attains his goal of emasculating and demoralizing the forces.

Obama lawlessly declares open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens, because he wants to overrun America with third-world people who bring little more than dependency with them. This tactic not only does not ensure a legacy, but rather it guarantees the eventual conversion of America itself into third-world status, if it is allowed to continue.

Bill Clinton started the travesty of increasing the numbers of third-world immigrants at the expense of culturally more suited immigrants from European and European-influenced nations, but Obama has taken the trend to lawless, destructive extremes. He is fully aware that many of these invaders have no intention of assimilating.

It is only the outcry of a majority of Americans that holds back this hateful invasion scheme, and Donald Trump’s entry onto the political scene to oppose that scheme is a saving grace for our nation.

Many, many Americans are thoroughly fed up with Barack Obama and the spineless crop of political leaders who ignore his criminality. It is yet unknown whether Republicans will ever garner the backbone to become a true opposition party and hold him accountable. Promising signs are the House conservatives’ getting rid of establishment types John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker and Speaker hopeful, respectively, and Donald Trump’s entry into the 2016 presidential race with enough money and testicular fortitude to tell the Establishment and the Left where to shove it.

Should these positive trends not continue and the 2016 election cycle yield no movement to counter all the harm that Barack Obama has done to this nation, I think there will be massive disruption. Those folks in the National Rifle Association ads currently running on television seem very serious to me, and that is a good thing.

Anti-Gay Warm-Up Act To World Congress Of Families: 'This Is War'

On Monday, the day before the World Congress of Families conference opened in Salt Lake City, some of America’s most strident anti-gay voices convened for an all-day session they dubbed #Stand4Truth.

Turnout was small — about 50 during the day, a bit more in the evening — and the lunchtime press conference was delivered to a room devoid of press, but organizers filmed the speakers in hopes of turning the footage into a documentary or other resource for anti-gay activists.

The 11-hour-plus event (counting short breaks for lunch and dinner) was hosted by Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, one of the groups sponsoring the gathering. Also sponsoring the event was the Family Research Council, whose senior fellow Peter Sprigg delivered the morning keynote; Rev. Bill Owens of the National Organization for Marriage-affiliated Coalition of African American Pastors delivered the afternoon keynote.

Sprigg, who is also scheduled to speak at WCF on Wednesday, set the tone for the day by challenging the “gay identity paradigm” and urging social conservatives to avoid as much as possible using the words “gay” and “lesbian” because he said they refer to someone’s innate identity. Sprigg urged activists to separate sexual attraction, sexual behavior, and a person’s self-identification and instead to focus on gay relationships, which he called “objectively harmful to the people who engage in it and to society at large.”

He was also one of many speakers who insisted that advocacy for anti-gay policies is not motivated by hate but by love. For example, Sprigg said that while he mourns the gay men who died of AIDS, “the reason they died is because they chose to have sex with men, not because conservatives told them not to. We do no one a kindness by denying the truth.”

Sprigg, who argued against legal nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, was one of several speakers who spoke, directly or indirectly, in opposition to this year’s “Utah compromise,” in which the Mormon Church agreed to support passage of limited LGBT nondiscrimination protections in return for religious liberty exemptions. Sprigg warned that compromise with the LGBT rights movement is “unwise” and “unsustainable.”

Also arguing for an uncompromising stance and “zero affirmation of the gay rights paradigm” was Americans For Truth About Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera, who urged anti-gay activists to stop playing defense and go on the offense, reclaiming the moral high ground by always opposing homosexual behavior. One way to go on offense, he said, would be by proposing state bans on hormone therapy and surgery for transgender youth.

Other notable anti-gay activists who addressed the gathering included Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver (via video) and Brian Camenker of MassResistance. Camenker said he respectfully disagreed with those who called for always speaking the truth in love. “I think there is a place for being insulting and degrading, and I think I can back that up by scripture,” he said. “I think we have to look at this as a war, not as, you know, a church service.” Rios agreed, saying, “I do think that evangelicals have gotten a little bit soft and not understood warfare.”

Camenker said that in the Old Testament, “God has two sets of laws regarding how you treat your fellow man.” One is how you treat your neighbor, who you might work with and forgive. “There’s a whole different set of rules for people who want to tear down society, who want to push immorality, who want to tear down the moral structure of society.” That set of rules is “very brutal,” he said. “God says those people who want to do that must be destroyed.”

He said the LGBT movement is a “house of cards” that is “held together by force, intimidation, and propaganda” and can be destroyed by standing up to it, the way communism was. “We are in a war,” he repeated, saying of gay-rights advocates, “They would send us to concentration camps if they could.”

Among the other participants were North Carolina’s Michael Brown, Houston Pastor Dave Welch, ex-gay therapists Robert Vazzo and David Pickup, and former California lieutenant governor and anti-porn activist John Harmer.

One premise of the #Stand4Truth gathering is that the LGBT movement and their allies in the media suppress evidence about the causes of homosexuality, the medical and mental health harms associated with it, and the possibility of change through “authentic” ex-gay therapy. The evening session began with a panel seemingly designed to portray LGBT people as lost and miserable: a few “ex-gays,” a person who experienced “transgender regret” and Canadian activist Dawn Stefanowicz, an author whose book “Out From Under” recounts growing up with a gay father and his many sex partners and is portrayed as a cautionary tale against gay parenting.

More to come.

Ted Cruz: Obama 'Letting Millions Of People Into This Country Illegally' To 'Fundamentally Transform This Nation'

Yesterday, Glenn Beck sat down with Sen. Ted Cruz to discuss his presidential campaign and the Texas Republican boasted that he is uniting conservatives of all stripes behind his candidacy by acting as a leader “who will do what they said they would.”

Cruz also criticized more moderate Republicans for their stances on “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants, calling it “a defining issue in this election.”

“Barack Obama meant it when he said he wants to fundamentally transform this nation by letting millions of people into this country illegally from all over the world, making them citizens and doing to America what was done to California,” he said. “He wants captive voters.”

Obama, of course, never said anything close to that. In a speech delivered five days before the presidential election in 2008, Obama told supporters that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” by pushing Wall Street reform and “policies that invest in our middle class.”

However, many conservative activists have falsely claimed that the remark was really about bringing immigrants into the U.S.

If Obama is planning to bring people in “illegally” so they can then become citizens and therefore be eligible to vote, he’s not doing a very good job of it. The number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. has leveled off during Obama’s presidency and the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill endorsed by the president would make eligible undocumented immigrants wait about 13 years before they could become eligible for American citizenship.

Theodore Shoebat Praises Russia, Again Calls For Gays To Be Executed

Last week, Russian lawmakers introduced legislation that would make it illegal for anyone to admit that they are gay, imposing jail time or fines on anyone who makes a "public confession of his non-traditional sexual orientation."

Predictably, radical anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat is championing the effort, posting a video over the weekend declaring that "this is what needs to be done" and, once again, calling for gays to be put to death.

"It's the sublime words of Moses that tell us how to deal with this evil," he stated. "Those who have sex with animals, men who have sex with men, women who have lesbian intercourse with each other, they are to be arrested and they are to be executed."

Celebrating the fact that "the laws in Russia are increasingly becoming more and more intense against this evil," Shoebat predicted that eventually Russia will start putting gays to death because "the average Russian wants execution for this nonsense and absolutely, I completely agree."

Homosexuality is "straight up evil," Shoebat declared as he asserted that any Christian who does not support putting gays to death is nothing but a fraudulent liar and a heretic.

Michael Savage: 'Republicans Have Egg All Over Their Face' After Clinton Benghazi Hearing

Conservative pundits have largely panned the performance of Republican members of the Benghazi Special Committee at last week’s hearing with Hillary Clinton, describing it as a “disaster” and “waste of time.”

Radio talk show host Michael Savage similarly tore into Republicans last week for failing to trip up Clinton. “I think it’s over, I think she comes out the winner and I think Republicans have egg all over their face,” he said.

“I don’t even know why they went ahead with the hearings,” Savage said, lamenting that they didn’t call upon former generals whom he claim “know the truth” about the nonexistent Benghazi stand-down order. “How do they expect to win this fight if they have no smoking gun?”

Savage ended up arguing that the GOP’s performance was so weak that the Republican committee members must have been secretly trying to help Clinton.

Because Republicans didn’t ask her about the refugees entering Europe, Savage reasoned, “I’m starting to get a sneaky feeling that the whole committee hearing is somewhat staged, that they’re all in on it together because nothing’s coming of this.”

“There’s something wrong with this picture,” he said.

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Planned Parenthood Execs Possessed By Demons, 'Blood Dripping From Their Fangs'

Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, the Religious Right activist and Colorado state representative, is adept at “discerning the spirits” within his adversaries and applied his talents to the leaders of Planned Parenthood on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program this weekend.

Absurdly claiming that a recent Planned Parenthood decision to stop accepting legal reimbursements for fetal tissue donation at the two clinics that currently accept such reimbursements was an “admission that they were selling aborted baby parts,” Klingenschmitt declared that the women’s health organization’s executives should be “in jail for multiple felonies, not only for killing children — some justices think that’s legal, in God’s eyes it’s never legal — but profiting for it.”

“I don’t believe these people for a moment, do you?” he asked. “In fact, we can discern upon them the spirit of lying, the spirit of death, the spirit of murder, the spirit of greed. I mean, whenever I look at a picture of those executives, if you look in the spirit, at the demons inside of them, you can see the blood dripping from their fangs. These people are just evil.”

Ted Cruz: 'If An Extra 10 Million Evangelical Christians Show Up On Election Day,' I'll Win In A Landslide

Glenn Beck dedicated his entire television program last night to a one-on-one interview with Sen. Ted Cruz in which the GOP presidential hopeful once again declared that mobilizing right-wing Christians is they key to solving this nation's problems, proclaiming that if his campaign can mobilize 10 million more Christians to vote in the 2016 election, he will win it in a landslide. 

Beck noted that Rafael Cruz, Ted's father and chief surrogate, is out on the campaign trail on his behalf, working to motivate pastors to mobilize their congregations to vote because supposedly "54 million Christians didn't vote last time around" and so the key to a Cruz election victory lies in "waking the churches up."

"Absolutely yes," said Cruz. "Imagine in 2016, only 44 million Christians stay home. Now, if that happens, we have done a horrible job; I mean, what a miserable failure if 44 million stay home. But if an extra 10 million evangelical Christians show up on election day, we will not be up at two or three in the morning wondering what happened in Ohio or Florida; they'll call the election at 8:37 PM. That's the difference!"

the Texas Republican went on to assert that his father's efforts, coupled with David Barton's work to restore the "Black Robe Regiment," is paying dividends because he is "seeing more and more pastors waking up and being energized."

Cruz has been heavily courting Religious Right leaders, as Politico reported just today that he is now working with former Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler and has been courting activists such as Tony Perkins and Bob Vander Plaats.

For more than a year, Cruz has aggressively courted social-conservative leaders such as Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, who has not endorsed yet but will appear next month with Cruz at a South Carolina rally for religious liberty. One critical movement convener, Paul Pressler, on whose ranch Christian leaders gathered in early 2012 to throw their support behind Rick Santorum, has already backed Cruz. And the Cruz campaign expects two other influential Iowa leaders — The Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats and Rep. Steve King, whose son is working for Cruz’s super PAC — to line up behind him. “I think it would be a stunner if they didn’t,” said a senior Cruz operative.

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.

Pat Robertson Hails Guatemalan Dictator Charged With Genocide

Following a Christian Broadcasting Network report today about the victory of comedian Jimmy Morales in Guatemala’s presidential election, televangelist Pat Robertson praised one former Guatemalan president: Efraín Ríos Montt.

Unlike Morales, Ríos Montt came to power in a coup, although his military regime was overthrown in another coup just one year later.

“At the height of the bloodshed under Ríos Montt, reports put the number of killings and disappearances at more than 3,000 per month,” Patrick Daniels of the Guatemala Solidarity Network noted. “Such was the extent of the violence that in 1999 the UN commission concluded that it constituted acts of genocide.”

His regime specifically targeted indigenous communities with violence and displacement, and in 2013 Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide for crimes committed against the Maya Ixil community. “Hunger, systematic rape and forced displacements were all used as tools of war against the Ixil people,” the BBC reported. However, the conviction was overturned due to a legal technicality and Ríos Montt was later declared unfit to stand for retrial.

Today, Robertson gushed over Ríos Montt, claiming that he was the real victim because he was targeted by liberals just for being a good Christian.

“I know Efraín Ríos Montt, who was the president there,” Robertson said. “He’s a terrific guy, he was with the El Verbo Church and they had a marvelous government but the left got after him and he couldn’t survive. They just went after him and attacked him and attacked him, the United States State Department went after him, it was terrible.”

Kim Davis' Attorneys: The Government Is Coming After Us!

Just as Kentucky clerk Kim Davis played the victim after she defied court orders and continued to discriminate against same-sex couples, so too have her lawyers at Liberty Counsel been readily playing the victim after they came under fire for, among other things, repeatedly telling falsehoods during Davis’ unsuccessful legal battle.

In an email to members yesterday, Liberty Counsel head Mathew Staver found another opportunity to embrace the victim narrative, this time highlighting a new Justice Department effort to combat homegrown extremism.

Unsurprisingly, conservative activists have reacted to the DOJ program by predicting that the government will begin to go after Republicans, veterans and gun owners, the exact same claim they made after the Department of Homeland Security issued a report on far-right domestic terrorism in 2009.

Back when the DHS report was released, Liberty Counsel offered its members cards declaring “I’m Proud To Be A Right-Wing Extremist,” which included the group’s phone number just in case cardholders were “confronted by an agent of the Department of Homeland Security.” While it seemed odd for groups like Liberty Counsel to deliberately equate themselves with violent organizations, it presented a new way to raise money and raise the alarm about coming governmental persecution.

In its latest email about the supposedly looming government attack on conservatives, Liberty Counsel compares itself with Christians who are actually facing persecution in the Middle East and insists that the U.S. government considers conservative Christians “more dangerous than radical jihadists and ISIS.”

“Mentored by radicals, including Bill Ayers, President Obama embraces ideologies that conflict with Christian values and the very principles upon which our nation was founded. That's why we are now in the Obama administration's crosshairs,” the email says. “Help us continue to stand against the radical onslaught being waged against Christians right here in America.”

A dangerous new chapter in the persecution of Christians is underway. No, not in the Middle East, but shockingly, right here in the United States!

Last week, we learned through that President Obama's assistant attorney general for national security, John Carlin, revealed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is creating a new position called the "Domestic Terrorism Counsel," to combat the "real and present threat" of domestic terrorism...

And who are they identifying as posing that threat? Christians!

…in the opinion of President Barack Obama and his administration, you and I are considered more dangerous than radical jihadists and ISIS operatives which the State Department admits are being actively recruited in the United States.

Even more troubling is the fact that the DOJ is depending on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to help root out domestic terrorists. In earlier messages, we explained how the SPLC operates, placing groups — including conservative, Christian groups — on its "Hate List" based on their ideology, not their propensity for violence. Liberty Counsel has been added to that list!

As columnist Bryan Fisher so aptly wrote about the DOJ's methods of identifying domestic extremists, "[T]he folks at SPLC are still useful to the DOJ, which is desperate to paint conservative Christians as a greater threat to our domestic tranquility than people who are determined to decapitate us in the name of Allah."

Given the facts, why would the Obama administration name the SPLC as the DOJ's right arm in the effort to root out “domestic terrorists"?

Look no further than Barack Obama himself. Mentored by radicals, including Bill Ayers, President Obama embraces ideologies that conflict with Christian values and the very principles upon which our nation was founded. That's why we are now in the Obama administration's crosshairs.

…we can no longer ignore the increasing legislative and legal efforts to discredit and demonize our faith. This latest announcement should drive all of us to reinforce the walls for a battle that is already well underway!

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