We knew Donald Trump was about to go off on one of his trademark rants at a rally in South Carolina last night when he said of Muslims: “I know so many, they’re so great, they’re such good people.”
Much as he tends to compliment immigrants before attacking them as likely rapists and murderers, Trump then said that the government must be concerned about Muslim refugees because “there’s something going on.”
He also said that there is something about President Obama that makes him ignore this supposed threat from Muslims: “We can’t close our eyes. I don’t know what’s wrong with Obama, he wants to close his eyes and pretend it’s not happening. Why is he so emphatic on not solving the problem? There’s something we don’t know about. There’s something we don’t know about.”
He went on to urge attendees to report their neighbors if they’re suspicious of them, adding, “most likely you’ll be wrong and that’s okay.”
The birther presidential candidate previously said that “some people think” Obama wants to bring in Syrian refugees because he has “evil intentions.”
In her WorldNetDaily column yesterday, Mission America’s Linda Harvey lamented that Religious Right activists like herself who boycott pro-LGBT businesses are running out of places to shop.
“Well, it’s that time again — time to get out the Christmas list and start hitting the stores,” she wrote. “The problem is — what stores? For any Christian who wants to spend hard-earned dollars with family-friendly, Christian-affirming retailers, restaurants and service providers, the list is growing shorter all the time.”
Harvey urged readers to avoid stores such as Macy’s, Target, Walmart and JC Penney, along with items from Mattel, Levi-Strauss and General Mills. For online shoppers, Harvey said that Amazon, Google and Facebook should also be off-limits.
Companies that post high scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, Harvey wrote, are joining “Satan’s Office Party” and “the nation’s leading self-declared enemies of Christians.”
While this may be difficult, Harvey hopes that LGBT rights opponents remember the risks of adopting “anti-American, pro-deviance legislation” supported by these companies and think “about the grave harm homosexuality is doing to American culture, to our schools, to our freedoms, to our churches.”
Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver spoke recently at a "Standing for Jesus Christ Conference" in Delaware where he discussed his work defending Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in her fight to prevent her office from issuing marriage licenses because she disagreed with the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.
Staver declared that Davis could not simply resign from her position just because she was unwilling to carry out her duties as an elected official, but had to remain in office because otherwise she would be sending a signal that Christians are not allowed to run for or hold public office.
We cannot "just cleanse our elected officials of Christians or those who believe in what everyone has believed through millennia of human history that marriage is a union of a man and a woman because five people — because five people! — disagree with God," Staver bellowed.
This sort of "persecution" of Christians will eventually spread to all levels of society, Staver warned.
"It's coming to every facility, every organization, every person that has deeply Judeo-Christian beliefs with regards to marriage as the union of a man and a woman," he stated, before declaring that the lighting of the White House in rainbow colors in celebration of LGBT Pride Month was a devastating shock to the entire world and "put a deep, solar plexus punch in their gut."
"What is happening in our country is happening around the world,"Staver asserted. "This is the greatest attack in our modern times on the church that we have ever seen."
Frank Pavone, the head of Priests for Life, explained a key part of his movement’s strategy for stopping abortion rights yesterday, telling a Catholic radio network that “pro-life” activists must resist Planned Parenthood’s efforts to “destigmatize abortion” by reinforcing anti-abortion stigma and lifting it “up high for people to see.”
“They survive, these Planned Parenthood efforts survive to the extent that abortion is destigmatized,” Pavone told Ave Maria Radio’s “Catholic Connection” program. “To the extent that you cannot get the stigma out of it, that you cannot get people to say they don’t regret it, that you cannot get people not to cringe when they hear the details of abortion, that is a plus for our side that we have to continue to exploit, in the best sense of the term. We exploit the stigma of abortion, we lift it up high for people to see, we reinforce it.”
He added that lifting up this stigma is important for stopping Planned Parenthood from “convincing medical students and doctors and nurses to take part in abortion” and thus causing a shortage of providers.
“We know it’s true,” he said in an interview yesterday with Virginia-based radio host John Fredericks. He cited a Washington Post article which he said “took into account police officers from Jersey City who saw these taking place.”
But John J. Farmer Jr., then the New Jersey attorney general and the state’s chief law enforcement officer, said on Tuesday that he ordered an investigation that very day and found the reports to be bogus, more wild stories born in the stricken hours after the attacks.
Open jubilation at the mass death, Mr. Farmer said, might quickly be followed by rioting and more deaths. “If true, we would have had to mobilize the State Police and National Guard and locked the place down,” he said.
“We followed up on that report instantly because of its implications,” he added. “The word came back quickly from Jersey City, later from Paterson. False report. Never happened.”
Austin Ruse of C-FAM, a group that works to push social conservative policy at the UN, emailed supporters early this morning to boast that his group and its allies had successfully removed reproductive rights language from a UN resolution on youth yesterday, which he called “a breathtaking achievement given the fact that the radical left at the UN hungers and thirsts to enslave young people to the sexual revolution.”
Ruse also noted a debate that took place yesterday over the inclusion of comprehensive sex education in a resolution on the rights of children. “Comprehensive sexuality education,” Ruse contended, “is a phrase created in the pits of hell by wicked individuals who wanted to undermine family and ultimately to destroy any institution that stands between the family and the state." (Efforts to remove the sex-ed language failed.)
In an interview today with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Sen. Marco Rubio said that the Supreme Court’s rulings on marriage equality and abortion rights in the Obergefell and Roe decisions, respectively, are “not settled law.”
The Republican presidential candidate said that states should “do everything possible within the constraints that its placed upon us” to curtail abortion rights, before insisting that government officials “ignore” Supreme Court rulings if they believe they conflict with “God’s rules.”
“We are clearly called, in the Bible, to adhere to our civil authorities, but that conflicts with also a requirement to adhere to God’s rules,” he said. “When those two come in conflict, God’s rules always win. In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally violate and sin, violate God’s law and sin, if we’re ordered to stop preaching the gospel, if we’re ordered to perform a same-sex marriage as someone presiding over it, we are called to ignore that. We cannot abide by that because government is compelling us to sin.”
Brody, unsurprisingly, took that as an endorsement as Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ stance that she could flout the Supreme Court and refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
I’m in Iowa -- the heartland of America. Earlier today, I sat down with Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio. I asked him about same-sex marriage being so-called "settled law.” He had some interesting things to say about the moral conflict many Christians face when the Bible commands to obey civil authorities but also the overlying mandate to follow God’s law. What do you think of what Rubio had to say? Watch below. We'll have much more on this next week AFTER THANKSGIVING on The 700 Club. This is just a little taste of what's to come.
Rick Wiles has warned of an upcoming World War on his show “TruNews” in the past, but this week he had an even more dire warning.
Wiles declared that “World War III has started,” which, he said, is all the doing of President Obama: “I also believe future historians will record that Barack Obama was the Adolf Hitler of the Third World War — a dangerous, mentally unstable madman who set the world on fire.”
He lamented that Obama was able to create the war while “the zombie-like public sat on their hands and watched.”
A member of the executive committee of the Republican Party of Texas has proposed a resolution calling for a vote during the March 1st GOP primary on whether Texas should leave the U.S.
The Houston Chronicle reports today that executive committee member Tanya Robertson “already has support from a few other members” for her resolution, noting that she “got the idea for the resolution from the Texas Nationalist Movement.”
A member of the executive committee for the Republican Party of Texas plans to introduce a resolution at the group's next meeting, which would add to the party's primary ballot a non-binding measure for Texas secession. Party leadership calls the prospect unlikely.
Tanya Robertson, State Republican Executive Committee member for Senate District 11, which covers parts of Harris, Galveston and Brazoria counties, said she'll present the resolution at the committee's December 4 meeting in Austin, and that she already has support from a few other members.
"There's been a big groundswell of Texans that are getting into the Texas independence issue," she said, citing conversations she's had with constituents. "I believe conservatives in Texas should have a choice to voice their opinion."
Robertson got the idea for the resolution from the Texas Nationalist Movement, a small secessionist group that has tried but so far failed to raise the necessary 75,000 signatures to put a non-binding secession vote on the March ballot. When she heard that news she thought she could help, though she isn't a member of the TNM.
The Texas Nationalist Movement, a far-right anti-government group, is hoping to include a resolution on the March primary ballot reading: “The State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation. FOR or AGAINST.”
In an email to supporters yesterday, Liberty Counsel chairman Mathew Staver repeated hisclaim that the U.S. is turning into Nazi Germany, warning that the “oppressive” Obama administration is working with liberal groups to push “America’s Christians into a ‘spiral of silence.’” This same “spiral of silence had devastating results in Nazi Germany,” he added.
“We need to stop the ‘spiral of silence’ in America induced by the Obama administration to mute the voices of their adversaries,” he wrote.
We are living under an oppressive regime that is pushing America's Christians into a "spiral of silence." I am calling on every friend of Liberty Counsel to rise up and be heard!
German political scientist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann coined the term "spiral of silence." Noelle-Neumann began her career working for a newspaper during Hitler's era. She found that people conceal their views when they think they are in the minority or may face reprisal for their beliefs. Of course, the spiral of silence had devastating results in Nazi Germany.
Silencing people of faith in the public square has always been the goal of those who realize the influence that pastors, churches, and people of faith have on elections and the culture. We have countless times seen and experienced the oppression of America's churches, ministries, and Christian believers by the Obama administration's use of the Department of Justice, the IRS, and even non-government organizations like the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Canter [sic].
It's time to stand against this oppression! Pastors and Christian leaders must cast off fear, remove their muzzles, and replace them with a megaphone. We need to stop the "spiral of silence" in America induced by the Obama administration to mute the voices of their adversaries.
We MUST recapture our government, our culture, and our freedom from the clutches of tyrannical leadership, rampant socialism, and moral relativism.
Liberty Counsel believes God's answer for America is going to come through her committed Christian pastors and other church leaders in every community and state in our nation.
Over the past few weeks, we have been covering the parade of increasingly extreme activists whom Sen. Ted Cruz is embracing as he seeks to shore up the hard-right vote in the Republican presidential primary.
“This is one of those stories that I recognize the beltway media doesn’t sort of have its feelers out for,” Maddow said. “As Ted Cruz ascends in the polls and as his lift in the polls is driven basically entirely by very, very conservative Religious Right voters, this is part of understanding why and this is one of the things that he should explain to people who may have some justifiable concerns about who he’s building his campaign on.”
Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program yesterday by repeating the Religious Right's favoritemyth that the Pilgrims were a bunch of socialists who nearly starved to death until they discovered the wonders of capitalism as he made the case that the entire purpose of America is to spread the Gospel of Jesus throughout the world.
"I believe God's basic calling on this nation," Fischer said, "is to fulfill the Great Commission. That is what God has called the United States to do. So all of our machinery is to be harnessed toward that one great enterprise, the fulfillment of the Great Commission, to take the teaching of Christ to all the nations and teach them to do everything that Christ has commanded us to do, to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That is the calling of God on the United States."
"So this means the entire machinery of our country," he continued, "every bit of it is all designed by God. His intention is that every network, every component, every segment of this society would work together, work in harmony for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission."
Conservative activist David Horowitz, who has close ties with a number of prominent Republican elected officials, argued against the U.S. resettlement of Syrian refugees yesterday by implying that the U.S. rightly refused refugees from Nazi Germany during World War II.
In an interview with Bobby Gunther of WAEB in Pennsylvania, Horowitz stated his strong opposition to accepting Syrian refugees and, in an effort to emphasize his point, compared the current situation with the United States’ position during World War II. “Forget this refugee thing, we’re in a war!” Horowitz said. “You want to take refugees from Nazi Germany during the Second World War? Come on!”
Indeed, public opinion was strongly opposed to accepting refugees during World War II, with many citing fears that Jewish refugees would represent an internal threat to America.
Horowitz ended his commentary by stating that the Obama administration is “treasonous” for accepting refugees.
Glenn Beck dedicated a good part of his radio program this morning to laying out his case that the Obama administration is directly responsible for the rise of ISIS, the establishment of the self-proclaimed caliphate and, by extension, the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Relying entirely upon one heavily redacted Defense Intelligence assessment from 2012 that was released back in May, Beck entirely misrepresented its findings to declare that the Obama administration sought to use Al Qaeda in Iraq, the precursor to ISIS, to foment a proxy war in Syria in order to topple the Assad regime and allow the creation of a "Salafist Principality" in Eastern Syria.
"Now, I want to make this very clear," Beck said. "I'm charging that this president was the architect behind much of what was going on. I am charging that the president was not surprised by this at all. I'm charging that the president knew clearly these things would happen."
"ISIS is the fruit of Obama," he declared. "No good fruit can grow from a bad tree ... In reality, they saw ISIS coming, they wanted ISIS to come. Would Paris have happened if we would have destroyed ISIS in the first place rather than contain them, rather than arm them, rather than coddle them? This president sowed these seeds. We are now reaping what has been sown by our own president. Do not allow him to plant any more seeds!"
Beck's entire argument relies upon his false claim that these were "key goals" of the Obama administration when, in reality, the intelligence assessment asserted that these were merely "future assumptions about the crisis." The assessment simply noted that the on-going Syrian civil war could evolve into a proxy war, with the Syrian regime getting support from Russia, Iran, and China; not that this was in any way the goal of the Obama administration, as Beck asserted.
In addition, the assessment noted that Syrian "opposition forces will try to use Iraqi territory as a safe haven for its forces" and that "if the situation unravels, there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria." Such an outcome was not, as Beck claimed, the administration's goal. In fact, the assessment notes in the very next bullet point that such developments would carry the threat of "dire consequences" for the region by providing Al Qaeda in Iraq an "ideal atmosphere" to thrive and by giving it "renewed momentum," which would represent a "grave danger" to efforts to unify and stabilize Iraq.
This week on his program on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze radio network, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke warned that if the U.S. continues to accept Syrian refugees, it will amount to “national suicide,” comparing refugees to contaminated cans of SpaghettiOs
“Campbell’s soup recently had a recall on SpaghettiOs,” Clarke explained. “A couple of cans of SpaghettiOs turned up with plastic chips in them. Campbell’s doesn’t know how they got in there. You know what Campbell’s had to do? They had to recall that entire lot of SpaghettiOs.”
Clarke said that Campbell’s had to “reasonably” and “safely” assume that every can was contaminated, and therefore had to recall all of the SpaghettiOs. The same logic, according to Clarke, should be applied to Syrian refugees because every one might be a terrorist. Thus, he said, the U.S. must put a full stop to accepting refugees from the war-torn country.
After linking the recent terrorist attacks in France to the country’s support for Palestinian statehood, End Times preacher Jonathan Cahn told televangelist Jim Bakker yesterday that America could face terrorist attacks as part of God’s wrath over the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Cahn, who described terrorist attacks as the “second harbinger” of God’s judgment on a nation, claimed that God will punish nations like the U.S. and France for their gay marriage “apostasy” by lifting up violent extremists.
He said that the “second harbinger,” or terrorism, could come to America due to its support for marriage equality “in a way that is greater than the first,” a reference to the September 11 attacks.
Savage voiced concern that the government was going to go after him for his anti-ISIS work, but Gambino reassured him, saying, “I’ll break a few legs, I’ll break an arm or two. Listen, you have to do certain things for the good of the world.”
Gambino also told Savage that he saw “with his own eyes in Bay Ridge” Arab Americans celebrating the 9/11 attacks.
Yesterday, End Times preacher Jonathan Cahn appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” for a program titled “Shocking France and Harbinger Connections” to discuss his claim that the Paris terrorist attacks were tied to biblical prophecy.
Cahn linked the massacre in Paris to the French government’s support for a UN resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which according to Cahn, angered God and became a curse on France.
Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer reached deep into the well of anti-Obama conspiracy theories in an interview with Janet Mefferd last week, claiming that the fact that the president was once spotted reading a book by Fareed Zakaria shows that he is intent on making America “level” with the rest of the world by bringing in terrorists in the form of Syrian refugees.
The president wants to admit refugees from the Syrian civil war, Spencer said, “because he’s a leveler and he believes that the United States is the problem in the world.”
As evidence, he cited the fact that Obama was photographed in 2008 reading a copy of Zakaria’s “The Post-American World,” which Spencer — not exactlyaccurately— claimed argues that the U.S. should be “weakened militarily, politically and economically.”
“I think it’s unarguable that that’s been Obama’s program,” he said. “It certainly has weakened America in all those ways. And the thing is that this Syrian refugee crisis is part of the same thing, that he brings everyone over here, brings even jihadis over here, and here again then we’re just like the rest of the world where this kind of thing like the Paris attacks happens with much more frequency than it has here up to now. And it’s all part of this socialistic leveling and anti-American stance that the president has had not only as president, but throughout his career.”