Fighting the Right

Klingenschmitt: Atheists Are Vile, Corrupt, And Demon-Possessed

In the last few weeks, we have heard Religious Right activists cite Bible verses to declare that those who do not have a proper "fear of the Lord" cannot be wise or have understanding and cannot be a good scientist or mathematician because they do not possess true knowledge.

Today, on his "Pray in Jesus Name" show, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt followed that pattern when he said that those who do not believe in God cannot be good because "God is not ruling in their heart and the Holy Spirit is what makes good inside of us."

Citing Psalm 14:1, Klingenschmitt asserted that atheists are possessed by demonic spirits that cause them to defy God, meaning they are corrupt and vile; therefore there is no such thing as a good atheist:

Frank Gaffney Pushes Conspiracy Theory That US Had Foreknowledge Of Chemical Weapons Attack

Last week on Secure Freedom Radio, Frank Gaffney interviewed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) about the crisis in Syria and asked him about a conspiracy theory, recently publicized by Rush Limbaugh, that the United States knew ahead of time about an imminent chemical weapons attack in Syria. As the story goes, Syrian rebels got hold of the weapons and staged the attack in order to give the US an excuse to intervene in the civil war.

Gaffney inquired:

One particularly troubling thing is we had just yesterday Rush Limbaugh among others picking up on a report by a former congressional staffer by the name Yossef Bodansky to the effect that a US Ambassador to Syria was in the company of rebels in Turkey shortly before the attack that took place on the 21st of August and was being told there was about to be a war changing event that would bring the United States in on the side of the rebels. I just wonder in light of the fact that some of these chemical weapons might have migrated into other hands, do you think we’re doing due diligence even to understand the authority of this claim that the administration has made that Assad was responsible for this attack? At the very least, it seems to me that question ought to be sorted don’t you think?

The radio host later claimed that “this is in fact, I believe, a formula for a war.”

Johnson didn’t directly respond to the allegations and only argued that Obama administration officials haven’t offered Senators enough time to review the evidence.

PFAW Releases Report on Extremism of VA Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli

WASHINGTON – The Virginia gubernatorial candidacy of far-right Republican Ken Cuccinelli may be a test of how far the GOP is willing and able to take its recent lurch to the right, argues a new report from People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch.  As a bellwether for the course of the Republican Party, Cuccinelli’s success or defeat in this race – as well as the party’s continued embrace or rejection of his extremism – will be telling for the future of our country’s political landscape.

The report, Ken Cuccinelli: The Attorney General of the Tea Party, provides an in-depth look at the extreme positions Cuccinelli has taken throughout his career. Cuccinelli’s record provides no dearth of examples of his extreme ring-wing politics and policies, including:

• Filing suit against the Affordable Care Act just five minutes after it was signed into law.
• Supporting radical “personhood” legislation which would criminalize all abortions.
• Suing the EPA for seeking to regulate greenhouse gases.
• Comparing the deportation of undocumented immigrants to pest control.

The report also outlines Cuccinelli’s positions on gay rights, voting rights, education, guns, and more.

“If the GOP is serious about their ‘rebranding,’ supporting a candidate who compares undocumented immigrants to rats, wants to radically turn back the clock on women’s rights, and thinks ‘homosexual acts’ are ‘intrinsically wrong’ is not the way to go,” said People For the American Way president Michael Keegan. “Virginians – and all Americans – deserve better than that.”

The report notes, “In the first test for a Republican Party that is still reeling from the disastrous 2012 election, Virginia’s gubernatorial race could have provided the GOP an opportunity to temper its ultraconservative platform or restrain its partnership with the Tea Party. But the choice of state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli to be the party’s presumptive nominee for governor indicates that the GOP is moving even further to the right and letting go of any pretense of moderation or bipartisanship.”

The full report is available at www.pfaw.org.

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Bachmann: We Need God's Help To Defeat Hillary Clinton In 2016

After a lengthy interview with Jan Markell about President Obama’s supposed push for an Islamic caliphate, Michele Bachmann spoke to the Christian Right radio host about the 2016 presidential election, immigration reform and the Last Days.

Bachmann pushed back on Markell’s fera that Hillary Clinton will be elected president: “I don’t at all because I look at the story of David and Goliath, all David needed was one smooth stone to fell the giant. It wasn’t the stone, it wasn’t David, it was the strong right arm of a Holy God.”

She said that if “we repent, if we cry out to God, we have no idea what the Lord God will do for us in 2016.”

After telling Markell that the GOP needs to discover what its “positive, big picture message solution needs to be,” she responded to a question about support for Israeli policies within Congress to chastise Republicans who supported immigration reform.

She said that just as lawmakers need to stand by Israel “if Iran decides to drop a nuclear weapon on Israel,” the GOP must stand firm on immigration: “It’s not when times are good, it’s when times are bad when you count your friends. I got to tell you, I’ve been shocked and appalled by the conservatives who have gotten on board this train of amnesty for illegal aliens; I’ve been absolutely floored.”

“For some reason they’re on a political suicide journey to make sure that this happens,” Bachmann warned. “This will hurt and forever structurally change our country into the future and I think it will hurt us from a national security perspective as well.”

Bachmann then explained how she sees the “signs of the times.”

“We are in times that are unprecedented,” Bachmann said. “These are the times of birth pangs, we’re seeing the intensity of age and the speed and rapidity that these events are starting to speed up so fast that we can hardly get our minds about it.”

Marell lamented “that many are heartbroken because we’ve watched this wonderful country of ours just tank more and more and more because of this secular humanist, hardcore, atheistic, left who is hell bent on socialism for America.” 

Wiles: US Will Carry Out False Flag Terrorist Attack In US To Justify Military Action Against Syria

On Friday's broadcast, End Times radio host Rick Wiles asserted that President Obama was pressing for military action against Syria on behalf of his "spiritual father," King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who groomed and financed his rise to power in America.

Calling for Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Boehner, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and others to be arrested and tried for treason, Wiles warned that the US will carry out a "false flag" terrorist attack in the United States that it could blame on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as justification for military action:

We know who is behind this war: Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, Barack Obama's pappy; it's his spiritual father. [Secretary of State John] Kerry admitted to it when he revealed that the Arabs offered to reimburse the US for the full expense of taking out Assad. In other words, the Arabs told Mr. Obama they're interested in renting American troops as mercenaries  to fight Arab wars with American blood and guts. 

No wonder Mr. Obama is so determined to make this war happen; his master has spoken, the Saudi King, the monarch. The same monarch who financed and groomed little Barry Soetoro's rise to fame in American politics.

It also makes me wonder who much Saudi money has greased the palms of McCain and Graham.

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All these people, all of them in Washington - Obama, Biden, Clinton, Boehner, McCain, Lindsey Graham, all of them - they should be arrested for criminal acts of treason.

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Lindsey Graham told folks in South Carolina that if the US doesn't bomb Syria soon, terrorists might sneak a nuclear bomb into Charleston Harbor.

Hmmmmm.  I wonder of ol' Lindsey has some inside information about that false flag event that's going to happen soon to persuade the American people into accepting their war.

Personally, I think the opposition to the war is creating a very dangerous situation. They psychopaths in control of the West are determined to shed blood.  There is a hidden agenda and they're getting fed up with little peon Americans standing up and saying no more war.

I fear these insane madmen will give us an event that will shock the world. The anniversary of 9/11 is Wednesday. Mark my words, if there is a terrorist attack in the US soon, within hours the Feds will announce that they have found Bashar al-Assad's fingerprints on the bomb fragments and a lock of his hair.

Bachmann: Obama Aids 'Islamic Jihad' And 'Embraced The Worldview Aspirations Of The Muslim Brotherhood' To Restore the Caliphate

Last year, Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared alongside End Times broadcaster Jan Markell to warn that President Obama is trying to “lift up the Islamists” and impose “Islamic speech codes” that would “take away the free speech rights of the American people.”

The Minnesota congresswoman visited Understanding The Times again this weekend to discuss with Markell why she believes Obama shares the same “worldview” as Islamist groups.

Bachmann recently visited Egypt to endorse the brutal repression of opposition groups, even falsely linking the Muslim Brotherhood to the September 11 attacks. She told Markell that President Obama demanded that Egypt’s military government return deposed President Mohamed Morsi to power (he did not) because the president has “embraced” the Muslim Brotherhood’s “worldview.”

“Now why in the world would we want to put these Islamist fanatics back in power, that hate Jews, that want to see the destruction of that West; why would you do that unless the Obama administration embraced the worldview aspirations of the Muslim Brotherhood?” Bachmann asked.

“This is a worldview issue,” Bachmann explained. “The Islamic view of the world seeks domination… They are seeking to expand their domination across the world.”

The congresswoman claimed that his 2009 Cairo speech, which she called “one of the weirdest speeches you will ever read,” the president said that “as President of the United States it is his duty to further some of the goals and aims of the Muslim religion, one of which is to be able to pay their tithe.”

Even though then-President Hosni Mubarak praised the address, Bachmann alleged that the speech was meant to derail Mubarak and empower the Muslim Brotherhood.

Bachmann told Markell that Obama’s speech was “the green light” for Islamists to rise up.

“What’s weird about all of this is if you just objectively look at every action that Barack Obama has taken as President of the United States, the fruit of his actions have lifted up the aims and goals of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic jihad, and his actions have taken down Israel,” Bachmann charged. “Every intelligent leak, unprecedented intelligence leaks, all have been to the detriment to Israel, almost as if to defend a signal: don’t try to defend yourselves because the United States won’t be there for you.”

Bachmann went on to accuse Obama of inviting Muslim Brotherhood agents into the government.

She agreed with Markell’s claim that that administration officials have an “affinity” for the Muslim Brotherhood. “Obviously this has something to do with the affinity of Hillary Clinton for Islam and the affinity of Barack Obama for Islam,” Markell said.

“Yes, again, this is a worldview issue,” Bachmann replied. She said that the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to “revive the Ottoman Empire” with the administration’s approval: “They are committed to reestablishing a global caliphate. What is very weird is that the Obama administration has bent over backwards to do everything that they can to reach out with what they call an engagement strategy.”

Of course, none of this would’ve happened if we had just listened to Michele Bachmann and elected her as president.

“I hate to say I told you so,” Bachmann said, maintaining that Al Qaeda is using Libyan oil to “further global jihad” and now the “black Islamic flag flies over Libya, flies over Tunisia” – which, for the record, are not controlled by Al Qaeda.

David Barton Explains Why Academics And Historians Attack His Work

Despite the fact that the Religious Right still loves him, there can be no doubt that David Barton's reputation has suffered in recent years due, in large part, to the efforts of many Christian historians and professors who have worked diligently to debunk his pseudo-history.

Barton, of course, doesn't see it that way, as he explained to a conference last year when he declared that the real reason all these professors were attacking him is because they are hostile to any teaching about God.

Asserting that the true purpose of history is to chronicle the way in which God has carried out his plans through humanity, Barton said that professors at Christian universities had been trained in secularism by their professors and were now intent on indoctrinating their own Christian students with that same agenda. 

As such, when he wrote a book challenging that agenda, academic historians attacked him because "by and large, that profession as a whole is now the most hostile to God things of any profession in the nation":

What's been interesting is that in the last twenty to thirty years, you've also had lots of Christians join in and say 'hey, you can't teach this kind of stuff.' Now why in the world would Christians join with all these other groups to say you shouldn't be teaching providential history? Why would Christians join in to say you gotta keep history secular?

And the answer is probably found a great passage that Jesus gave us in Luke 6:40 where he says 'every student, when he is fully trained, will be like his teacher.' What happens is you've got a whole lot of [professors] at Christian schools that were trained by really secular guys and every student when he's fully trained will be like his teacher.

And so what happens is all these guys go through and get their PhDs but they've been trained by really secular-minded, higher criticism type guys and when they get there, they just communicate on to these Christian kids, or whatever kind of kids they've got, whatever they've been taught.

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That's why today if you do something like try to put God in history, you're going to get nailed.  A book that we did, "The Jefferson Lies," made all sorts of national news because all these professors came out [and said] Jefferson didn't believe in God, he wasn't religious, he was a great atheist. I mean, they just went bonkers when we went back through and showed all the things Jefferson did ... but man if you try to get God back into the position that we ha him in history for three hundred years, it just drives these PhDs nuts.

Now there are some good PhDs, there are some good professors out there, great guys, but by and large that profession as a whole is now the most hostile to God things as any profession in the nation.

Ken Cuccinelli: The Attorney General of the Tea Party

Cuccinelli's become a right-wing rock star by picking fights with the Obama administration, scientists, colleges, and supporters of gay, immigrant and reproductive rights, while allying himself with birthers, climate change deniers, the Religious Right and the Tea Party.

Does David Barton's 'Sober-Minded Scholarship' Include Attacks On Gays, Native Americans And Science?

While David Barton’s egregiously bad and outright dishonest scholarship makes him a laughable figure among historians, as Politico’s Stephanie Simon points out, his work continues to be popular among conservative activists and GOP politicians. Barton, himself a leader of the Texas Republican Party, pushes an avowedly partisan take on history while at the same time claiming that any criticism of his work is politically-motivated.

Although Barton’s biggest critics include scholars from conservative and evangelical institutions, Republican leaders don’t seem to mind Barton’s routinely debunked claims about the nation’s founding era. In fact, the widely discredited claim at the core of Barton’s historical analysis -- that the Founding Fathers were all evangelical Christians who would’ve even been farther to the right than the average Tea Party member -- is exactly what makes him an esteemed figure on the right.

Simon mentions that Barton will undoubtedly have a significant role in the upcoming Republican presidential primary and has earned the praise of potential candidates including Ted Cruz, commentators such as Glenn Beck and key GOP figures in Iowa.

But what Barton lacks in credentials as a real historian he makes up for with absolute confidence in his work, so much so that Simon writes that analysts believe he “brings an air of sober-minded scholarship to the culture wars.”

Examples of Barton’s “sober-minded scholarship” include his beliefs that:

And the list goes on.

While Ted Cruz said that he is “not in a position to opine on academic disputes between historians,” he would do well to remember that this is irrelevant when it comes to David Barton, who is not a historian at all.

Government Is Not God PAC: Obama Should've Been 'Removed From Office' For His 'Socialist, Islamist, And Pro-Homosexual Agendas'

William Murray’s Government Is Not God PAC is predictably upset that the Treasury Department and the IRS, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision that struck down the federal component of DOMA, will recognize legally married same-sex couples.

The conservative group said the decision was just more proof that Obama is a “tyrant,” lamenting that “in more rational times, he would already have been impeached and removed from office” for pursuing “his socialist, Islamist, and pro-homosexual agendas.”

It should come as no surprise that Obama has just exceeded his authority to redefine marriage under federal law.

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services are going to recognize homosexual marriages even in states that define marriage as a one-man, one-woman union.

According to Ryan Anderson, with The Heritage Foundation:

The agencies announced that they will recognize same-sex couples as married provided that they were married in states that have redefined marriage, even if they now reside in states that retain the historical definition of marriage. As Treasury and IRS put it, “The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.”

Anderson continues:

Given the Supreme Court’s ruling on Section 3 of DOMA, the federal government should look to each state’s definition of marriage as governing for federal law. This respects both federalism and democratic self-government. A bad Supreme Court ruling should not allow federal bureaucrats to redefine marriage across America for their agency.

But, of course, since Obama views the Constitution as an impediment to his socialist, Islamist, and pro-homosexual agendas, he will impose his policies on Americans without regard for the legality of whatever he wishes to do. A leader who operates this way is called a tyrant. In more rational times, he would already have been impeached and removed from office. But, don’t expect that to happen – especially since the Senate is still under the control of the Obama clone Harry Reid.

Among The Religious Right, David Barton's Reputation Remains Untarnished

Over the weekend, Politico ran a profile of David Barton which pointed out that he remains extremely popular with the Religious Right and members of Congress, despite the fact that he is the author of the "least credible history book in print" and his "scholarship" is laughable.

The piece noted that even his supporters have been forced to secretly edit videos and programs posted on their websites in order to remove some of Barton's more egregious falsehoods, yet they continue to stand by him, as Barton brags that the mounting evidence of his fundamentally inaccurate history has not damaged his reputation one iota:

During their campaign to point out the errors in Barton’s work, his Christian critics asked two of the nation’s biggest evangelical advocacy groups, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, to stop promoting his faulty scholarship.

The FRC responded by quietly pulling from its website a popular video showcasing clips of Barton leading one of his Capitol tours. FRC Vice President Kenyn Cureton said the video was removed because of “a few historical inaccuracies.”

But the group continues to promote Barton elsewhere on its website as a “good friend” and “close ally.”

Focus on the Family, meanwhile, edited two videos on its website featuring a lengthy interview Barton gave to Focus radio. The editing deleted a segment in which Barton declares that Congress printed the first English-language Bible in America — and intended it to be used in schools. That’s one of Barton’s signature stories — it’s a highlight in his Capitol tour — but historians who have reviewed the documentation say it’s simply not true. Focus also cut an inaccurate anecdote about a contemporary legal case, which Barton cited to make the point that society today punishes people of faith.

Asked why the videos were edited, Carrie Gordon Earll, a senior director of public policy at Focus on the Family, at first said they had not been, though before-and-after footage can be publicly viewed on websites archiving Focus broadcasts. Earll then said she could not comment beyond a statement noting that Focus “has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with David Barton” and respects his “broad base of knowledge” about early American history.

In an interview with POLITICO, Barton said his remarks were sometimes taken out of context but defended his scholarship as impeccable.

And he said the controversy last summer did no damage to his standing, “not at all.”

If anyone knows anything about taking things out of context, it would be Barton, since that is a central feature of his "scholarship."

American Family Association At Last Finds 'The Real Problem With Homosexuality'

As you probably already know, no organization in the country talks more about the issue of homosexuality than the American Family Association. Even gay rights groups talk about LGBT issues less than AFA spokespeople like Bryan Fischer. But it seems that until now the AFA has not uncovered the “real problem” behind gay rights. The group even took issue sprinter Tyson Gay’s name.

But the wait is over. Today, AFA blogger Ray Rooney Jr. writes a column entitled “The Real Problem With Homosexuality.”

According to Rooney, the real reason homosexuality is wrong — no, it’s not that gays are Nazi Stormtroopers — is because gay people want everyone to know that they have sex with someone of the same sex.

Unlike “normal people” (read: heterosexuals), who never disclose that they have sex with someone of the opposite sex, gays just want to “broadcast to the world the details of their sex lives.”

“I am fed up with the gay community,” Rooney complains, because he is “just sick of hearing about how one group of people demand that everyone in the world accept who they have sex with!”

What I find perverse about homosexuality is the insistence from the gay community that I should know about their sexual proclivities. Normal people understand that sex is an extremely intimate and therefore private act. I would find it troubling, if not disgusting, for anyone to talk publicly about what kind of sex they like to practice. Normal people do not want to broadcast to the world the details of their sex lives. There is something wrong with those who want complete strangers to know who they like to have sex with.

Medical statistics tell me homosexuality is unhealthy. My Christian faith teaches me it is unrighteous. Common sense tells me it is unfruitful and unnatural. But none of that is why I am fed up with the gay community. I’m just sick of hearing about how one group of people demand that everyone in the world accept who they want to have sex with!



I wonder if all the stories making the news today about bakers and florists being forced to cater to homosexuals would be stories but for people announcing who they like to have sex with? I mean, did the offended customers come in and ask for a wedding cake or flowers for their wedding and were denied service because they looked like homosexuals? Or did the customer come in and announce their sexual preference and then demand service? I suspect the latter.

I believe homosexuality is wrong. Just like I believe adultery and sex outside of marriage is wrong. But even though I believe I have good reasons for opposing homosexuality as a normative lifestyle based on science, medicine, and faith, that is not why I strongly oppose it. I believe anyone who insists everyone know what they do in their bedroom and with whom is perverse. Normal people do not define themselves solely on the basis of who they are sexually attracted to.

Perkins: Use Health Care Funds To Bomb Syria

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) appeared on Washington Watch yesterday with Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, where he spent most of his time asserting that Republicans have a mandate to defund Obamacare because they did so well in the 2010 midterms and never mind that whole election last November.

After Jordan insisted that the GOP-led House should strip funding from Obamacare by using the budget and debt ceiling debates as leverage, the Religious Right leader came up with a brilliant plan to tell President Obama that Congress will only approve military action against Syria if the money comes out of Obamacare: “You could even take it to the issue of Syria. If the President wants to expend resources in going into Syria, maybe you should have to choose between funding Obamacare and funding a war in Syria, can’t do both.”

Of course, conservative leaders were not as concerned with the trillions of dollars spent in the Iraq war.

Barton: Everything The Bible Says Will Eventually Be Confirmed By Science

Today on "WallBuilders Live," David Barton returned to one of his favorite themes: that all true science and knowledge must correspond to the Bible.

As Barton has said before, all science that contradicts the Bible is false science. As such, it will eventually be realized that things like salt are good for you because that is what the Bible says; in fact, you can basically just take all of your healthcare recommendations straight from Bible.

Today, Barton added that everything the Bible says on every issue will eventually be confirmed by science: 

Barton: If God tells you to do it, I guarantee you at some point they will find scientific evidence on why that it is the right thing to do. It may be against the culture, it may not make any sense, who knows what, it doesn't matter.

And we have learned, after years of doing this and seeing literally thousands of stories like this that, you know what, if it's in the Bible, science is eventually going to show that that's the right stuff and the right thing to do.

If God says it and it's in the Scriptures, I don't care if its homosexuality or marriage, I don't care whether it's economics or debt, I don't care whether it's education and studies; if God says to do it, it's going to be the right thing to do and it will help me and benefit me.

Rick Green: And eventually it will be proven out.  Whether it's six months or six hundred years, at some point it's going to get proven out.

Obviously, it is now only a matter of time before modern science conclusively proves that adulterers, homosexuals, heathens, blasphemers, and rebellious children must be put to death, just like the Bible says.

Wake Rick Wiles Up From His Gay 'Nightmare' Before Everyone Dies

Rick Wiles on Wednesday interviewed fellow End Times broadcaster Jonathan Hansen of World Ministries International to discuss the coming world war that President Obama is planning since he is the Antichrist after all.

Hansen believes that the government may soon “pull the chord” and launch “World War III,” which he claims was also detailed to him by a congressman who revealed that only people who get to a certain part of Idaho will survive the bloodshed.

I had a member of the House contact me and he warned about the struggle going on in America right now and he shared with me that because of what we’re doing, as far as on television and radio trying to warn America, he gave me grid coordinates. He said if we don’t stop this insanity, they are going to crash the economy, it’s going to crash and there’s going to be blood flowing through America; but if you can get yourself and your family to this grid coordinates—you have to get a pilot—we will keep you alive…. All I know is, I did get a hold of a pilot and he said it’s in Idaho.

Wiles, who believes that LGBT equality and openly gay Boy Scouts will trigger a nuclear war with North Korea, lamented that he is living in a gay “nightmare” thanks to Obama’s gay rights efforts:

Wiles: We have the President of the United States going to a foreign nation at a summit meeting of world leaders and gay rights is his number one issue.

Hansen: Can you believe that? Can you believe that?

Wiles: This is like out of a nightmare. I don’t even know where I’m at anymore. This is so bizarre what’s happening in the world, I couldn’t make this stuff up.

Hansen: I’ve said that different times, I’ve gone into offices and in one of our offices I sat down saying, you wouldn’t think we’re in America anymore, I would have never thought it forty years ago.

Pat Robertson Threatens Legal Action Against Filmmakers For Exposing Charity Scam

Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network is already weighing legal action against two filmmakers over their documentary depicting the televangelist’s egregious misrepresentations of the activities of his charity, Operation Blessing.

An Operation Blessing spokesman told The Virginian-Pilot that they are “considering legal action” against Lara Zizic and David Turner, whose film “Mission Congo” will hold its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival, over the film’s supposed “false and defamatory” content.

CBN has a history of going after Robertson’s critics; for example, they recently embarked on an unsuccessful push to cover up a video of Robertson — first posted here on Right Wing Watch —arguing that gay men wear special rings that they use to infect random people they meet with HIV/AIDS.

Chris McGreal of The Guardian reports that the film depicts how Robertson diverted charitable activities to help mining projects that he owned and grossly exaggerated the work of Operation Blessing among Rwandan refugees.

The bulk of the thousands of doctors and nurses struggling to save lives – as about 40,000 people died of cholera – were volunteers for the international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The Bible readers were hired by the American televangelist and former religious right presidential candidate, Pat Robertson, and his aid organisation, Operation Blessing International.

But on Robertson's US television station, the Christian Broadcasting Network, that reality was reversed, as he raised millions of dollars from loyal followers by claiming Operation Blessing was at the forefront of the international response to the biggest refugee crisis of the decade. It's a claim he continues to make, even though an official investigation into Robertson's operation in Virginia accused him of "fraudulent and deceptive" claims when he was running an almost non-existent aid operation.



Mission Congo, by David Turner and Lara Zizic, opens at the Toronto film festival on Friday. It describes how claims about the scale of aid to Rwandan refugees were among a number of exaggerated or false assertions about the activities of Operation Blessing which pulls in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in donations, much of it through Robertson's televangelism. They include characterising a failed large-scale farming project as a huge success, and claims about providing schools and other infrastructure.

But some of the most damaging criticism of Robertson comes from former aid workers at Operation Blessing, who describe how mercy flights to save refugees were diverted hundreds of miles from the crisis to deliver equipment to a diamond mining concession run by the televangelist.



The documentary describes how dredges, used to suck up diamonds from river beds, were delivered hundreds of miles from the crisis in Goma to a private commercial firm, African Development Company, registered in Bermuda and wholly owned by Robertson. ADC held a mining concession near the town of Kamonia on the far side of the country.



The pilot said he joined Operation Blessing to help people. Of the 40 flights he flew into Congo, just two delivered aid. The others were associated with the diamond mining. "We're not doing anything for those people," he said. "After several months I was embarrassed to have Operation Blessing on the airplane's tail." He had the lettering removed.



Robertson's activities in Congo were initially exposed by a Virginia newspaper, the Virginian Pilot, in the 1990s. The investigation by Bill Sizemore prompted the attorney general in Virginia, where Operation Blessing is registered, to order a probe by the state's office of consumer affairs.

Its report concluded that Robertson made "fraudulent and deceptive" statements with claims to be ferrying doctors and medical aid to Goma when he was delivering diamond-mining equipment. It accused Operation Blessing of "misrepresenting" what its flights were doing, and of saying that the airstrip at Kamonia was part of the aid operation when it was "for the benefit of ADC's mining operation".

It also said Robertson had falsely portrayed the Dumi farm as hugely successful when it had already failed.

"Pat Robertson made material claims, via television appeals, regarding the relief efforts. These statements are refuted by the evidence in this case," the report said.



Robertson has been embroiled in mining controversies elsewhere in Africa. He supported the then president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, during that country's civil war without revealing at the time that he had an $8m investment in a Liberian gold mine. Taylor was already indicted by a UN war crimes tribunal at the time and was later convicted of crimes against humanity.

Full disclosure: The filmmakers conducted research in People For the American Way's archives.

Porter: Under Obamacare 'We Are All Dead'

For several years Janet Porter insisted that recently passed laws protecting LGBT Americans, such as the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Law, would throw anti-gay activists like herself in jail. Of course that never happened, but then again, Porter also predicted that President Obama would personally meet and negotiate with Osama bin Laden and look how that turned out.

The Faith2Action leader is now using a similar line of attack against Obamacare, which she believes will literally kill conservatives.

While speaking at a Tea Party rally she organized outside the offices of House Speaker John Boehner, Porter forecasted that conservatives are “all dead” if Obamacare is fully implemented.

Porter linked Obamacare to the debunked conspiracy theory about IRS targeting of conservative groups, warning that imaginary death panels will punish Tea Party members.

Watch:

Our very lives are at stake. Not only are we paying for the abortion mandates, we’ve got IRS sitting on the death panels. Sarah Palin was right, they are going to decide who lives or dies. If they use the same tactics, we are all dead. If the IRS treats health care like they treat the Tea Party, we are all dead.

Hey Glenn Beck, Let Us Refresh Your Memory

In a short interview published in the New York Times, Glenn Beck wonders why we can't all just get along ... and then proceeds to demonstrate exactly why we can't all just get along:

How did your fans respond to your support of gay marriage?
I don’t care. The point is that government shouldn’t be involved in marriage.

Did you hear any reaction?
Can we stop dividing ourselves? Do racists exist? Yes. Do bigots exist? Yes. But most of us are not. Most Americans just want to get along. Why can’t we do that? What has happened to us?

I think there’s a misperception that your show is more political than it actually is.
Unfortunately, because of the news of the day, we have spent most of our time on politics. What people don’t ever understand is this: I’m the guy who lives in Dallas who did not get an invitation to the George Bush Presidential Library opening. He didn’t like me. I had called for his impeachment. I didn’t call for Obama’s impeachment. People think I just hate this president. No, I hate power and those who do everything they can to hold onto it.

But you said you were going to hunt down progressives like an Israeli Nazi hunter.
Oh, I will. I think these guys are the biggest danger in the world. It’s the people like Mao, people that believe that big government is the answer, it always leads to millions dead — always.

First of all, his supporters who oppose gay marriage probably are not going to appreciate being called bigots.

Secondly, it is amazing that Beck can't understand why Americans can't all just get along, right before he asserts that progressives "are the biggest danger in the world."

Gee, Glenn, do you think that maybe spending hours every single day blaming all of the world's problems on the people with whom you disagree might just be playing some small role in sowing division within the nation?

Finally, Beck claims that he hasn't called for President Obama's impeachment, which comes as a surprise to us, because we've heard him call for impeachment over the supposed cover-up of Saudia Arabia's role in the Boston Marathon bombing as well as over the IRS scandal:

Apparently Beck doesn't think that declaring that "it is time to appoint a Special Counsel to explore impeachment of this president" qualifies as calling for his impeachment; nor, presumably, does saying that failure to impeach Obama means America is now living under tyranny.

Fischer: Is President Obama Secretly A Muslim Who Is Lying About Being A Christian?

Bryan Fischer dedicated a segment of his radio program today to laying out his latest theory that President Obama may secretly be a Muslim who is practicing taqiyya and claiming to be a Christian in order to advance the cause of Islam around the world.

As Fischer sees it, as a child, Obama was raised as a Muslim but then claims to have become a Christian.  Since the penalty in Islam for apostasy is death, Fischer said, Muslim clerics ought to have issued a fatwa against Obama, calling for him to be put to death.

But that hasn't happened, which suggests that Obama is still a Muslim who is simply lying about being a Christian for the benefit of Islam.

"Is President Obama ... taking advantage of that doctrine of taqiyya?" Fischer asked. "Is he pretending to be a Christian, falsely and taking cover under the doctrine of taqiyya because his role as the president is advancing the cause of Islam? I mean, who knows?"

Bishop Paprocki: No One In The World Handled Child Abuse Cases Better Than Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic bishop who suggested that voting for Democratic candidates will doom a person to Hell recently sat down with the Washington Times, which is controlled by the Unification Church, to discuss how Catholics should respond to issues like same-sex marriage. Ignoring the advice of former Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams that Christians shouldn’t mistake unpopularity for persecution, Springfield, Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki said that the United States is now a “pagan” culture no different from the era of the Roman Empire when Christians were oppressed and martyred.

He was especially offended by a David Letterman joke about the Catholic Church child abuse scandal, which he reflected “anti-Catholic bigotry” and “profound ignorance.”

According to Paprocki, no institution in the world has handled sex abuse cases better than the Catholic Church: “Certainly, we have had our unfortunate share of scandals and sin and the church is dealing with that. I would venture to say that of any institution in the country – perhaps in the world – I don’t think anyone is dealing with it as responsibly as the Catholic Church has.”

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In other parts of the interview, Paprocki expressed resentment that his anti-gay stances could be viewed as bigotry and maintained that same-sex couples can never have a real marriage.

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