The armed anti-government group Oath Keepers unveiled its strategy to prevent school shootings last week, announcing its intention to form college — and eventually high school — chapters, which the group will use to train students to “stop submitting and cooperating in their own murders” and resist the coming government “death camps.”
In an article on the group’s website, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and media director Jason Van Tatenhove wrote that the students killed in the recent shooting at a community college in Oregon died because they were “conditioned” to be “passive, submissive and ‘non-violent.’”
The two went on to warn that this “conditioning” makes children not just “submissive” to mass shootings, but also to “government violence, abuse, and oppression”:
Remember, this passive victim conditioning makes them submissive not just to private violence, abuse, and oppression, but also to government violence, abuse, and oppression. And we believe this is the big-picture goal of such social conditioning – a nation of passive, submissive, and obedient serfs. Those of us who are police, military and first-responder veterans understand the need for the warrior mindset of decisive action, and we need to pass it on. It is our duty to teach our young people to defend themselves and each other. This effective answer does not rely on politicians, but will be done by the people themselves, and we will lead the way.
In an interview with Red List News, the two went into more detail, with Van Tatenhove warning that anti-bullying programs in schools, specifically, are “brainwashing children” into being “docile.”
“Whether it’s an active shooter that kills them, or later on a death camp somewhere down the road because they’ve been conditioned never to fight back,” he warned, “it only leads to death.”
Rhodes agreed: “The same submissive and servile, sheep-like mindset that children are being taught is exactly what they’re going to do politically, too, when it comes to their own government. They’re never going to stand up to it. So I think the conditioning is intentional to make them easily murdered by mass shooters, and I also think it’s intentional to make them servile and submissive before the powers that be who want a compliant, submissive population.”
Last month, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles interviewed fellow Religious Right activist Bradlee Dean about how God was sending Hurricane Joaquin to strike cities like New York or Washington, D.C., as divine wrath for government funding of Planned Parenthood. Of course, despite their predictions, Hurricane Joaquin ended up steering away from those cities.
He said that there would be a “window of extreme danger” in the financial system between September 13 and October 9, when there would be a major “financial plunge of the Dow Jones stock index, possibly thirty percent or more.”
It turns out that this prediction also didn’t materialize, as the Dow Jones actually went up in this “window of extreme danger.”
Leave it to the folks at the far-right Christian Action League, the American Family Association’s North Carolina affiliate, to come up with an anti-gay twist to the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
In a column for BarbWire today, the group’s executive director, Mark Creech, rewrites the childhood fairy tale into a rather confusing attack on gay rights and the Supreme Court.
Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who loved her grandmother supremely. The grandmother had given to her a little cap of red velvet, which suited her so well she would never wear anything else. Thus, everyone called her Little Red Riding Hood.
For a little while longer the wolf spoke with Little Red Riding Hood, mostly telling her about the way wolves are wrongly perceived by people. “Wolves are nothing to be feared, they just want to be treated like everybody else,” he told her.
While on her way, Little Red Riding Hood pondered, “Yes, I think I can understand how the wolf must feel. Perhaps he is a victim, as he says, and his way is not decadent.”
“Oh grandmother,” she said, “What big ears, eyes, hands, and mouth you have.”
“Certainly you can appreciate diversity,” replied the wolf. And just when he thought the time was right, he sprang from the bed to eat Little Red Riding Hood.
A woodcutter nearby heard her screams and rushed to save her.
He overcame the wolf with his trusty axe. The townspeople hurried to the scene, cheered and supported the woodcutter, except for five foolish judges.
The five foolish judges declared the woodcutter prejudiced, bigoted, and intolerant. They said he had no right to defend either the grandmother or Little Red Riding Hood. They said the axe must be cast away.
Standing with the five foolish judges were also some clever foxes, relatives of the wolf, who argued the wolf’s proclivity for carnage was completely normal. In fact, to suppress the wolf’s appetites, something which was inherent to his nature, would be wrong, they said. Besides, it was claimed that grandmothers are like old traditions that need to give way to the new anyhow.
And so, on the basis of these considerations, not only did the mindset of many of the townspeople start to change, but the wolf was lauded and praised. Many townspeople would fly the wolf flag from atop their village cottages and buildings. An advocacy group called WUVS, standing for “Wolves, Underfed, Voracious, and Famished,” fought to give wolves special protections in law. And no one dared challenge the true nature of the wolf for fear his house, his livelihood, and even his freedom might be taken away.
So the years passed, grandmother was dead and Little Red Riding Hood would live her life in confusion, always in danger of many wolves and never to enjoy the basket of goodies with her grandmother, whom she had known and loved for so long.
I would not do all the work for the reader here, but if it helps, in this fable of Little Red Riding Hood, the Grandmother is traditional marriage. The wolf is homosexual activism. Little Red Riding Hood is an unsuspecting public, and, in another way, children and their future. The basket of assorted goodies signifies the many blessings and joys of real marriage. The woodcutter is true religion’s opposition to so-called gay rights. His axe is state constitutional amendments to define marriage as one man and one woman. The five foolish judges are the U.S. Supreme Court justices who ruled to redefine marriage for the nation. The clever foxes are professionals who argue homosexuality is inherent, fixed, unalterable, and normal. The townspeople represent ever-changing public opinion.
Sen. Ted Cruz told conservative Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday that if he is elected president, “one of the things that will stop immediately” are efforts to resettle some of the millions of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war.
“President Obama’s proposal to bring in tens of thousands of Muslim Syrian refugees makes no sense and I think it’s crazy,” the Texas Republican said, falsely conflating the refugees who are travelling to Europe with those who would be resettled in the U.S. and ignoring the intensive screening process for refugees.
“It is lunacy for President Obama to be bringing people into this country who are coming here to commit jihad to murder innocent Americans,” Cruz said in the interview, which was first flagged by Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski and Megan Apper. “It doesn’t make any sense and, sadly, it’s the result of the ideological extremism of this president and his unwillingness to protect our national security.”
“The real solution here is electing a new president,” he added, “because, unfortunately, there are consequences when you elect a commander in chief who is a radical and a zealot and is undermining our country.”
Later in the interview, Cruz implied that he would support taking only Christian refugees because Syrian Muslims would “put at jeopardy the safety and security of Americans.”
A few weeks ago, we noted that Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee had launched a boycott against Frito-Lay over the release of Rainbow Doritos, which benefited the anti-bullying It Gets Better Project, despite his previous stance that such boycotts were "economic terrorism."
Supporting Huckabee in this effort was extremist Christian nationalist David Lane of the American Renewal Project, who recently penned a column explaining the need for the boycott on the grounds that Frito-Lay had partnered with an organization that was founded by "anti-Christian bully Dan Savage."
By doing so, Lane said, Frito-Lay has proclaimed "solidarity with sexual anarchy" and is fueling America's "rebellion against God" by spreading "Carcinogenic Secularism":
This Madison Avenue maneuvering by Frito-Lay to capitalize on and exalt homosexual acceptance in America fuels a rebellion against God's created order for life. Sexual sin, including the sin of homosexuality, seeks gratification in the denial of God's order. Sinful acts have rebellion against God for their root, but the fruit from that tree will never satisfy the soul. God equates rebellion with witchcraft, "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry" (1 Samuel 15:23).
Because virtue is a key component of freedom, Frito-Lay positions itself at the forefront of undermining liberty in America. The snack maker has become an apostle for anarchy. As one Bible scholar wrote, "Widespread, systemic violations of law brings on anarchy, both as its natural consequence and as its fitting punishment, and with anarchy comes an oppressive multiplicity of rulers and factions."
Dan Savage has a spiritual problem. And, like me, he needs Jesus Christ.
Take three minutes to watch Mr. Savage spew his rage at high schoolers in 2012. Then, take three minutes to pray for him.
Mr. Savage is the distinct outcome of a decadent, godless society ruined (and now ruled) by secularists. Like a rotten apple, Savage sours his realm with vice. Carcinogenic Secularism has reached every vestige and segment of society: government, the bureaucracy, the courts, public education, universities, media, and Hollywood. The Supreme Court's June edit legalizing homosexual marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges, was not "harmless triviality but rather that perversion of truth which makes good evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20)."
Wayne Allyn Root, the far-right activist who was the Libertarian Party’s nominee for vice president in 2008 and has spent the Obama administration promoting avery confusing conspiracy theory about the president’s time at Columbia, has naturally gravitated toward the candidacy of Donald Trump. In fact, as Root told Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway on Tuesday, he is a bit of a pen pal with Trump and thinks he may have even inspired the candidate’s tax plan.
Root said that the Republican frontrunner “emails back and forth with me,” “says nice things about me on this Twitter account” and wrote a “beautiful quote for the back of my book.”
“I do know that I emailed him what I thought the tax plan should be for America and his new tax plan was out last week and I thought it was fantastic and it was pretty damn close to what I recommended,” he added.
“At least he listens some of the time to what I have to say, and that’s pretty cool,” Root said. “If he gets elected president, maybe I can be Karl Rove.”
Donald Trump joined Michael Savage on his program “The Savage Nation” earlier this week to discuss Trump’s proficiency in making deals and how his skill would solve America’s problems with China, Russia and ISIS. Before Trump finished the interview, Savage implored Trump to consider him for the head of the National Institutes of Health “when” Trump is elected president.
Savage is extremely unhappy with the current state of the NIH: “We have such corruption right now in science itself that there’s virtually almost no real, honest science anymore, and the best evidence I have for that is the fake global warming research. Almost every study [that] comes out is warped, it’s all corrupt.” Savage proposed that Trump appoint him head of the NIH so that he can “clean up” the corruption and America can have “real science and real medicine again.”
Trump responded, “I think that’s great,” adding, “I hear so much about the NIH and it’s terrible.” He told Savage that he knew he would bring “common sense” to the institution.
Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller warned yesterday that President Obama is planning to grant asylum to 10,000 of the millions of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war because he is a “jihadi” and a “tyrant” who is leading a “government at war with its own people.”
“It’s an army,” Geller agreed. “The majority are young, fit and male. Four out of five are not from Syria. Why not go to a country where they speak the language and have the same culture? Why wouldn’t they go to Muslim countries?”
“Why is this being dumped on Europe?” she asked. “Because ISIS warned …that they intended to send an army of ISIS operatives in a migration to Europe.”
“And then you have that jihadi in the White House saying that he’s going to take, you know to ‘offer assistance,’ hundreds of thousands in,” she continued. “Well, does Europe offer assistance to us and take in Mexicans and Central Americans? He is the most dangerous man in the world, because he has the most power and he is the leader of the free world and he is aiding and abetting the global jihad movement at every turn, every turn.”
Geller added that the “tyrant” Obama is “dumping these communities from jihad nations” in American cities. “This is a government at war with its own people,” she said.
Kaufman didn’t want to stop there. “Forget about some of these scary-looking men,” the radio host said, “here we are in Broward County, where they’re dumping families and now we have to have Arabic translators in elementary schools, we have a number of new families on food stamps and housing assistance and certainly you can’t get a job if you can’t speak English and you have five kids you’ve got to raise. And I’m looking at this situation, so, even if they don’t send in a jihadi soldier, they’re sending me families of these jihadi soldiers so I can raise them.”
“Well, that’s Al Hijra, that’s the immigration jihad,” Geller agreed.
Rep. Chris Smith, the New Jersey Republican who is a leading proponent of U.S. engagement in international social conservative causes, is scheduled to headline a conference in Ireland tomorrow aimed at preserving the country’s laws criminalizing abortion.
The theme of the conference, organized by the Irish anti-abortion group Pro-Life Campaign, is the defense of Ireland’s Eighth Amendment, which introduced a constitutional ban on abortion. Abortion is outlawed in Ireland unless a pregnant woman’s life is in danger, but even in those cases, doctors can be hesitant to operate for fear of running afoul of the law. According to a recent Amnesty International report, at least 4,000 Irish women travel to other countries each year to obtain safe and legal abortion. Others have faced harrowing experiences where they are “essentially forced to wait until their condition deteriorates sufficiently in order for doctors to justify a medical intervention.”
On his program “The Savage Nation” this week, Michael Savage connected the theory of evolution to attacks on masculinity in America, which, according to Savage, will lead to the destruction of the country. Savage accused the government of “targeting” the fittest Americans, “whether it’s a boy on a playground or an athlete on a football field," and posited that America is witnessing a “devious madness” as the government attempts to ensure that “the weakest thrive while the fittest die off.”
“If that’s not suicide, national suicide, please, tell me what is,” Savage said. “When a nation takes its masculine pride and attempts to de-ball it at every turn, by drugging it, by debasing it, by inhibiting it, tell how that nation can survive.”
Savage claimed that it is the “radical, sick feminists” and “racists” who hate white people that are inflicting this liberal “sickness” on the nation. “This is a nation that is the deep throws of illness,” Savage explained. “It would be too easy to call it a mental illness… I’ve redefined the illness America’s suffering from as an autoimmune disease. America is suffering from what is the equivalent of political AIDS.” Savage went on to clarify that the virus invading the country and “destroying it from within” is the “Democrat Socialist Party.”
“There’s no one who can disagree with me, no one, and if they do then they’re mentally insane,” he said.
Theodore Shoebat posted a video yesterday calling for the institution of a "Christian collectivist society" in America in which collective punishment is imposed and where those who refuse to submit to Christianity are put to death.
As Shoebat explained, the problem with America is that it is too individualistic, only punishing criminals for the crimes they have committed instead of imposing collective punishments in an effort to root out the beliefs or behaviors that led to the crime in the first place.
For instance, he said, the correct response to the crimes of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer would have been to punish him for his transgressions, but then to also outlaw homosexuality because "it leads to serial killers, it leads to cannibalism, it leads to murder" and is a danger to the collective Christian society.
Non-Christians would be allowed to live in this society, Shoebat magnanimously stated, provided that they "respect and honor the Christian faith." Those who refuse to do so and seek to promote any sort of "diabolical belief system or an explicitly anti-Christian sentiment" would be put to death.
In an interview with far-right radio host Rick Wiles on Tuesday, Family Research Council Vice President Jerry Boykin blamed President Obama and his supporters for the recent mass shooting in Oregon and then suggested that we at Right Wing Watch encourage “lone wolf” attacks on Christians “using the exact same tactics” as ISIS and Al Qaeda.
Wiles spoke with Boykin about the massacre following a monologue in which the conspiracy-theory-minded radio host suggested that the shooting at Umpqua Community College was “staged” by a government “death squad” seeking to “build public support for disarming the American people of their firearms.”
While reports are mixed as to whether the Oregon shooter targeted Christians, Boykin portrayed him as a man who was inspired by the Obama administration’s purportedly anti-Christian policies.
“Right here in America, the church, the Christian church, has been so demonized and denigrated by the current administration and those that support this administration that I think that you have to expect this because there are enough crazies out there that when you constantly hammer the U.S. Christian church, you have to expect that there is going to be some reaction and that’s what we’re seeing,” Boykin said.
“I can tell you that this is the fight of the future,” he added. “It’s not just about having to bake a cake or take photographs for a gay wedding, this is about literally about life and death for Christians in the future. It’s coming.”
Wiles then suggested that the shooter may have been inspired by reading Right Wing Watch, leading Boykin to claim that we use the “exact same tactics” as the Islamic State and Al Qaeda to encourage “lone wolf” attacks against Christians.
Wiles said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the shooter — who identified himself on a dating website as “conservative, Republican” and wrote about “his racial animus toward black people and general feelings of anger about being isolated and unable to make relationships” — was “a frequent visitor to Right Wing Watch.”
Boykin, for his part, said that Right Wing Watch and the Southern Poverty Law Center are “ultraliberal, anti-Christian and anti-American organizations,” adding that Right Wing Watch was established by the “Soros, anti-American, Marxist entity that is also anti-Christian” People For the American Way.
But they did have some good words for us: Boykin commended us for our accuracy, saying that we “actually in many cases print exactly what we said” and Wiles added, “They’ve never misquoted me, I’m not going to say that they misquote me but they definitely want to paint an image of people like you and I as dangerous wackos.”
“This is the tactics of Al Qaeda and ISIS,” Boykin added, “where they will call for people to take action against Western targets, against Christians and infidels and then these so-called lone wolfs will go out and perpetrate an act of violence which normally results in somebody’s death. So what we’ve got is we’ve got Right Wing Watch and Southern Poverty Law Center and People For the American Way all using the exact same tactics as these Middle East terrorist groups, as these Islamic extremist groups. It’s sad that that kind of thing happens in America. There is no dialogue. There is no debate. They are going to try and shut us down by striking fear into our heart.”
Dr. Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, one of the main organizers of this weekend’s protest rallies at Planned Parenthood clinics, said on Tuesday that even if Planned Parenthood were to stop performing abortions, she would still want to strip it of federal funding because it promotes a “corrupt view of human sexuality” including “sex for recreation, sex for mere pleasure.”
“Planned Parenthood from the top to the bottom is a corrupt organization,” Miller told Ave Maria Radio’s Teresa Tomeo, “corrupt in its view of the sanctity of human life and corrupt in its view of human sexuality. And I say even if Planned Parenthood didn’t perform one single abortion, just the mere fact that its sexual ethic is corrupted means right there, should be the reason right there, that they should not receive any federal money. The kind of sexual ethic that Planned Parenthood promotes is sex for recreation, sex for mere pleasure.”
“Unfortunately we live in a culture that believes in that sexual ethic and so Planned Parenthood gets $528 million of federal tax money,” she added.
“Trunews” host Rick Wiles spoke with fellow Religious Right pundit Bradlee Dean last Thursday about the GOP’s attempt to deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood, with Wiles suggesting that the failure to defund the women’s health organization would cause God to punish America by directing Hurricane Joaquin towards New York.
“Congress will refuse to defund Planned Parenthood but God will defund the United States,” Wiles said. “Get ready, the big attitude adjustment is coming. And if you still have money invested in stocks, I think you’re down to a few days to get it out. There’s a potential Category 4 hurricane moving towards New York City, Joaquin, ‘God will judge.’”
“There’s a hurricane moving through the Atlantic today, Joaquin,” he said later in the interview. “Joaquin means, ‘God will judge.’ It appears that it’s going to be a Category 4, perhaps by the time this radio program is heard tonight across America it will be a Category 4, it’s headed towards somewhere between Washington, D.C., and New York City. Is anybody other than me putting this together that there is a hurricane named ‘God will judge’ headed towards New York City?”
Wiles and Dean also used the interview to criticize Planned Parenthood over false claims that the group sells fetal tissue for profit, with Wiles declaring that Planned Parenthood officials “should be in handcuffs right now” and “making license plates in a prison.”
“There ought to be state police raids in every state,” he said. “They’re killing babies, they’re chopping babies up. This is worse than the Nazis did in Germany.”
“I talked to Troy just a couple of weeks ago,” he added, “and to show you the totalitarian, authoritarian government in which we are dealing with which is un-American today, in the people’s White House, people need to understand that Loretta Lynch just brought forth a lawsuit against Troy Newman and those that actually produced the video of Planned Parenthood self-incriminating themselves concerning their crimes against the innocent in the womb.”
While we are unaware of any Justice Department action taken against Troy Newman and the CMP, Dean said that the failure to defund Planned Parenthood means that “judgment is on its way.”
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
While some conservatives are using the latest mass shooting as an opportunity to offer warnings about government conspiracies and Nazi tyranny coming to America, Religious Right activists continue to harp on old memes about government persecution and the dangers of LGBT rights.
5) The Black Underwear Prophecy
Televangelist Jim Bakker often invites his guests to offer their “prophetic” view of current events, like the California drought (a good thing!) and Jade Helm 15 (a bad thing!).
But sometimes, Bakker delves into prophecy of his own, like when he predicted that the U.S. would experience a massive financial crash or get hit with devastating natural disasters on September 13 of this year.
Of course, neither prayer nor the Bible are outlawed in schools, but the myth survives, with the help of a steady stream of debunkedstories about school officials disciplining students for praying over their lunches.
This week, Focus on the Family held its an annual “Bring Your Bible To School Day,” telling participants about a case in Broward County, Florida, where a student was allegedly banned from reading the Bible.
As Sarah Jones points out, “facts don’t appear to matter to Focus on the Family.” In reality, the student in question wasn’t disciplined for reading his Bible, but because he refused to read an assigned book. “The Broward School District claimed it was told Giovanni was reading the Bible when he should have been reading an assigned book, not during free-reading time,” CBS News reported. “The district stressed that any student may read the Bible, or any other religious book, during free time.”
3) Another Discredited Fox Report
Speaking of fabricated stories, Fox News recently jumped on an incident where a woman claimed that she was “kicked out of a sporting goods store after alerting a manager that a man had frightened her young daughter in the women's restroom.”
Naturally, Fox’s report used the claim to both knock the retailer, REI, and to demonize trans rights.
Seeing that the allegation came from the Pacific Justice Institute, a group that has pushed similar stories that have ended up on Fox News before being debunked, it came as no surprise when REI reported that after “reviewing relevant video footage,” it “found no evidence to suggest that a man entered the women’s restroom on the date in question” and also found no evidence that the customer was kicked out of the store.
But something tells us that this story will continue to percolate through the right-wing media, even after being exposed as false.
2)High Alert For Hitler
Ben Carson wants Americans to know that the stage is set for the rise of an Adolf Hitler-like leader in the U.S. as a result of the “control of thought and control of speech,” which he says is destroying this country.
He also sounded off on measures to prevent gun violence, claiming that Hitler and other tyrants only were able to carry out their actions because people didn’t have firearms, a notion rejectedbyresearchers who have actually studied such dictatorial regimes.
Right-wing commentators have been stepping over each other in the last week trying to havetheworstpossiblereaction to the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, but the response from End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles truly was in a class of its own.
The “Trunews” host suggested that the shooting was actually the work of a “secret death squad” that goes around “this country staging mass shootings in order to build public support for disarming the American people of their firearms.”
As evidence, he cited “the mysterious appearance of similar looking persons at the scenes of recent mass shooting,” a claim he likely picked up from an online meme that merely shows four women with brown hair in tears.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV yesterday that there is rising anti-Christian sentiment in America because people “buy into the PC methodology.”
“I don’t think most people, if they really stopped and thought about it would say, ‘I’m anti-Christian,’ but they buy into the PC methodology and hence they find themselves going with that crowd,” he said.
One way to stem the tide, he said, would be for Congress to pass legislation undermining the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. “I’m not an anarchist, it is the law of the land, but that doesn’t mean we can’t change it,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that there isn’t a reason that we have separation of powers and checks and balances, and clearly when one branch oversteps their boundaries, it’s time for the next one to act.”
Later in the interview, Malzberg claimed that President Obama doesn’t care about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East or terror attacks in Israel, falsely claiming that the White House didn’t respond to an attack that killed three rabbis in a Jerusalem synagogue last year.
“I don’t think he’s moved by dead Christians or dead Jews,” Malzberg said, “I think he’s moved by dead Muslims and dead thugs at the hands of police.”
“Well, you know, the sad thing is that a lot of people are buying into his way of thinking,” Carson responded, “and it’s very dangerous. We need to understand that America is a unique place. You can be, you can have an American dream. But is there a dream for any other place? I don’t think so. And we shouldn’t be so anxious to give it up, give up all our values and principles for the sake of political correctness.”
Televangelist Pat Robertson has invited presidential candidates to a series of candidate forums at Regent University, the school he founded and for which he still serves as dean.
The first to take him up on the invitation is Jeb Bush, who will speak later this month at a forum that will include an interview with Robertson and a session moderated by Jay Sekulow, the head of the Regent-affiliated American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Jay’s son, Jordan Sekulow, is the former executive director the ACLJ and is Bush’s liaison to the Religious Right.
While Robertson has said that he believes Bush and John Kasich should team up for a “dream ticket” in 2016, the former Florida governor should perhaps be wary of Robertson’s support, as the televangelist once assured Mitt Romney that God told him that he would defeat President Obama and have a successful two-term presidency.
There are also other reasons to be wary, as Robertson has built a career out of being one of the mostintolerantvoices in America.
Roll Call reported yesterday on some interesting behind-the-scenes wrangling that’s going on as House leaders convene a panel to investigate Planned Parenthood. The staunchly anti-abortion Rep. Trent Franks, Roll Call reports, is “serving as an informal liaison” between GOP leaders and outside anti-choice groups that are seeking to influence which members are picked for the select subcommittee.
There’s also one GOP congresswoman whom the anti-abortion movement really does not want the Planned Parenthood committee: Rep. Renee Ellmers.
But Ellmers got on the wrong side of the anti-choice movement earlier this year when she led a group of Republicans who objected to a 20-week abortion ban because its rape exception was too harsh on rape survivors, which she warned could turn off young voters. The House had planned to vote on the bill during the annual March for Life on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. When Ellmers’ objections led the vote to be cancelled at the last minute, anti-choice leaders were furious, and Sen. Lindsey Graham memorably pleaded that he needed “help to find a way out of this definitional problem with rape.”
It later came out that anti-choice groups including the Susan B. Anthony List and Concerned Women for America had lobbied for the tightened rape exception, which would have only exempted rape survivors if they first filed a report with law enforcement. After the 20-week-ban debacle, the National Right to Life Committee threatened to go after Ellmers “at the polls.”
Now, CWA’s Penny Nance is saying that Ellmers “could potentially distract from the overall mission” of the Planned Parenthood committee and Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee is saying that to “reward her with a seat on the special panel would be inappropriate, to put it mildly.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the influential anti-choice group Susan B. Anthony List, dismissed the women's healthgap in an interview with a West Virginia radio show on Tuesday, saying that Planned Parenthood’s talk about women’s health care is just “gender-based, grievance-oriented politics” and that “real women who truly love what womanhood really is” want “equal rights” for men, including a focus on “men’s health.”
“It’s as if men or other people don’t even matter,” WVHU radio host Tom Roten told Dannenfelser in a discussion of Planned Parenthood. “It just seems like a way to get to people is to talk about ‘women’s health, women’s health, women’s health.’ What about the females who are being aborted? What about those women and their health?”
“Yeah, equal rights for unborn women,” Dannenfelser responded. “But, look, I’m with you, Tom. I love men! What about men’s health? I mean, do we have anything to say about men’s health and the particular health problems that men have? Do we ever talk about the ‘men’s gap’ when we’re moving into an election? I mean, real women who truly love what womanhood really is have enough confidence to go ahead and also really love men and truly see that, yeah, really, equal rights. So this gender-based, grievance-oriented politics is something that I hope the Republican Party will not fall into.”
“I’m not going to pretend that women’s health issues aren’t riveting, but so equally are men’s,” she added. “But the things that are so easily manipulated are the emotions that lead to feeding the lies, and we cannot buy into this lie that somehow Planned Parenthood is the central distributor of women’s health in general, they’re simply not. They are a population-limiting organization, that’s in their 990s, that’s their mission, that’s who they are. They’re not centrally positioned to do much beyond that.”
Planned Parenthood’s 990 tax filings, for the record, do state the organization’s mission as “ensuring the provision of reproductive and complementary health care services.”
But President Obama wasn’t only wrong about the cause of mass shootings, Perkins said, he is also possibly to blame for them.
“Could the religious hostility that the president and his policies have fostered have something to do with this?” Perkins said, citing the mixed reports that the UCC shooter specifically targeted Christians.
He added: “Could his policies that have pushed us away from family formation and from marriage have something to do with the moral implosion that’s taking place in our country? Could the president’s lawlessness —remember, he’s the president who had an attorney general who was in contempt of Congress; Lois Lerner who plead the Fifth because she didn’t want to tell about how they were using the IRS to target conservatives and release confidential information; didn’t want to talk about running guns in Mexico that took the lives of U.S. Border Patrol agents — I think the president’s priorities are misplaced. But he’s trying to seize this, in my opinion, trying to use this to advance his anti-Second Amendment political agenda.”
Later in the program, Perkins said that the teaching of evolution, the separation of church and state and the legalization of abortion have made Americans lose “the value of human life,” making Americans numb to such shootings.