Fighting the Right

Michele Bachmann: Trump's Immigration Policies Will Turn America Back To God

Former congresswoman and current Donald Trump adviser Michele Bachmann hailed Trump’s recent speech on immigration yesterday, saying that she was cheering on her feet while watching his address.

Bachmann told Family Research Council chief Tony Perkins on his “Washington Watch” program that Trump “hit a total grand slam,” explaining that his policies of mass deportation, building a border wall and curtailing legal immigration will stop America from turning “against God.”

Bachmann explained that in order to turn the country back to God, we must abandon immigration policies that “prefer those who do not hold to a Christian worldview”:

We saw President Trump last night, very clearly. It was extremely presidential. But what he did was hit a total grand slam on what I believe is the most important public policy issue facing the nation. I think for your audience, for you and I, we recognize the number one issue facing this nation is a nation that has been turning its way against God, that’s number one, but number two in public policy would be immigration.

And why is that true? Because we have historically been a Judeo-Christian nation decidedly built on a biblical worldview and since 1965 America’s stated immigration policies have been to prefer those who do not hold to a Christian worldview and that’s had a profound impact on the United States.

Alt-Right Leader: Donald Trump's Immigration Speech Sounded Like It Came From One Of Us

Yesterday, Jared Taylor and Paul Kersey, two white nationalists and alt-right activists, spoke about Donald Trump’s recent speech on immigration in a podcast for Taylor’s American Renaissance magazine.

Keyser, who runs a racist blog called Stuff Black People Don’t Like, hailed Trump’s address as “one of those speeches that our grandkids will study if things go our way,” congratulating Taylor for having a major party’s presidential candidate champion the anti-immigrant ideas he has been peddling for years.

“He came through with a speech that I think was nothing short of brilliant,” Taylor said. “I don’t think anybody in the entire alt-right could have written a better speech for him.”

“It was a complete repudiation of ‘The New Colossus’ that was regrettably placed on the Statue of Liberty in 1903,” Keyser said of Trump’s speech, referring to the Emma Lazarus poem welcoming “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Trump, he added, wants to make America’s immigration system resemble “a high-end club as opposed to a cheap roadhouse where American liberty is routinely, I won’t use the word I want to use, but it’s raped on a nightly and a daily basis. It’s such an exciting time to be alive.”

Keyser, who has called on Trump to remove “The New Colossus” from the Statue of Liberty on the first day of his presidency, reiterated his attack on the poem: “We don’t need your huddled masses.”

“It’s hard to imagine the sentiments behind anyone who would put up a poem welcoming ‘the wretched refuse of your teeming shores,’” Taylor added. “That is what the Statue of Liberty is supposed to be welcoming? Wretched refuse? Gosh, what kind of suicidal, psychopathic country is going to want something like that?”

Donald Trump's Extremist Allies: Who's Who At The Values Voter Summit 2016

Donald Trump is slated to join conservative activists and a number of GOP elected officials at next weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the annual Washington, D.C., event sponsored by the Family Research Council.

The GOP nominee has been busy recruiting Religious Right leaders, often while waving the Bible in the air and boasting about his plans to appoint conservative jurists to the bench and end the “War on Christmas.”

The activists joining Trump at the Values Voter Summit are some of the country’s most extreme opponents of LGBT rights, vocal conspiracy theorists and outspoken critics of the separation of church and state:

Tony Perkins

As the president of the Family Research Council, the summit’s main sponsor, Tony Perkins heads the organization’s efforts to erode gay rights, reproductive rights and the separation of church and state.

Perkins himself frequently reflects the extreme views of his organization. He has:

  • Warned that LGBT rights advocates will launch a holocaust against Christians, placing those who oppose same-sex marriage into “boxcars.”
  • Denied that there is a correlation between anti-gay bullying and depression and suicide, saying instead that gay and lesbian teens know they are “abnormal” and therefore “have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict.
  • Warned that lawmakers who voted to repeal the military ban on openly gay service members would have “the blood of innocent soldiers on their hands.”
  • Predicted that marriage equality would “create a revolution” that would “break this country apart.” and lead to “the dissolution of the republic.”
  • Called Islam “evil.”
  • Said Obama is paving the way for the Antichrist.

Jerry Boykin

Family Research Council vice president and retired Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin sparked a controversy when, as a high-ranking official in the Bush Defense Department, he framed the fight against terrorism as a holy war between Christianity and Islam. He has since built a career as a Religious Right speaker, specializing in anti-Muslim rhetoric and anti-Obama conspiracy theories. He has:

  • Suggested that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell led to the “absolute destruction” of our military.

Peter Sprigg

Peter Sprigg is a senior fellow for policy at the Family Research Council, where he supports policies including criminalizing homosexuality and exporting homosexuals. Sprigg:

  • Advocated for gay relationships to be outlawed and met with “criminal sanctions,” calling homosexuality “objectively harmful to the people who engage in it and to society at large.”
  • Defended Uganda when it sought to make homosexuality a crime warranting long jail sentences and in some instances the death penalty, saying that Uganda was under attack from those trying to force the “homosexual agenda down the throats of other countries.”
  • Insisted that homosexuality can “go away” once “the underlying psychological problems are addressed.”

James Dobson

James Dobson is the founder of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family and currently hosts the “Family Talk” radio program. Recently, he signed on to advise Trump as part of the GOP nominee’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board. Dobson:

  • Alleged that Obamacare would deprive the elderly of life-saving treatments.
  • Insisted that bisexuality means “orgies.”

Todd Starnes

Fox News commentator Todd Starnes has become notorious for filing false reports based on right-wing conspiracy theories, especially about the supposed persecution of Christians in America, which of course makes him a favorite “journalist” among conservative activists. Starnes has also:

  • Speculated that public school officials oppose abstinence-only programs in order to protect their “condom profits” from the “free condoms” they distribute.
  • Asserted that Obama refuses to take action against ISIS because he wants to “accommodate the Islamic faith at the expense of all other faiths.”
  • Blamed Obama for “orchestrating” the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in an effort to exacerbate racial tensions.
  • Baselessly accused the University of Wisconsin of intentionally inflating grades to boost the academic performance of minority students.
  • Said that defeats for anti-gay activists are a sign of “the end of days.”
  • Compared officials who back the removal of Confederate symbols from government property to ISIS terrorists.

Phil Robertson

“Duck Commander” Phil Robertson and his family were already reality TV celebrities when they were launched into a new role as right-wing activists after Robertson made racist and homophobic comments in a 2013 magazine interview. Since then, Robertson has appeared at Republican events and in campaign ads, including one for Ted Cruz, and he is now starring in a “Christian war film” called “Torchbearer,” directed by Trump campaign CEO Steven Bannon. Robertson has:

  • Claimed black people during Jim Crow were not mistreated but were “singing and happy.”
  • Described marriage equality as “wicked” and “evil” and said of its supporters: “We have to rid the earth of them.”
  • Suggested that AIDS is God’s “penalty” for “immoral conduct.”
  • Attacked secular government as Satanism.

David and Jason Benham

Twin brothers Jason and David Benham were catapulted to national attention when an HGTV show that they were set to star in was canceled following revelations about their anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-Muslim activism. Since the show’s cancellation, the brothers have become martyrs in the eyes of the Religious Right, which has lifted them up as an example of the supposed persecution of conservative Christians in America. One or both of the brothers have:

  • Urged the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, to deny permits to an LGBT Pride event, calling it a “vile” and “destructive” activity that “should not be allowed in our city.”
  • Called an Islamic community center a “den of iniquity” and referred to Muslims as “the enemy attacking" America.
  • Organized a prayer rally to coincide with the 2012 Democratic National Convention, declaring that America must repent for “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation.”
  • Led protests outside of abortion clinics, praising anti-choice demonstrators for taking a stand at “the gates of hell” and confronting the “altars of Moloch.”

William Federer

William Federer is a conservative author, columnist and media commentator who focuses on the role of Christianity in American history. He has been embraced by many Republican leaders such as Ben Carson, who plagiarized from Federer’s writings without attribution. Federer has:

Michele Bachmann

While she is no longer a member of Congress, having retired in the midst of a campaign finance scandal, Michele Bachmann has continued to be a vocal conservative activist and End Times forecaster. Bachmann, who recently became a member of Donald Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, has:

Allen West

Former congressman Allen West has remained active in conservative politics since losing his re-election bid in 2012, joining Fox News as a contributor and becoming executive director of the National Center for Policy Analysis. West has:

  • Demanded that Khizr Khan seek God’s forgiveness for his “stunt” at the Democratic National Convention.
  • Said feminists were making men “subservient” and denounced the “women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness.”
  • Wondered if Obama was waging “biological warfare” against Americans through enterovirus D68 or the Ebola virus.

Star Parker

Star Parker is a longtime Religious Right activist who is particularly active in anti-gay and anti-choice advocacy. She has called legal abortion a “genocide” on par with slavery and the Holocaust and blamed “sexual promiscuity” for nearly all financial and societal problems. At previous Values Voter Summits, she claimed that God was getting ready to punish America for marriage equality and legal abortion, urged gay people to “keep it private” and lamented that “homosexuality is now dividing us and bringing horrible hostility into the public square.” Parker has also:

  • Said LGBT-inclusive rules in schools amount to the “molestation” of children.
  • Tied same-sex marriage to failing public schools.
  • Mused that family life for African Americans was “more healthy” under slavery than it is today.
  • Referred to the Congressional Black Caucus as “the overseer today” that wants to torture black people and keep them “uneducated” and “on the plantation.”

Elaine Donnelly

A veteran of social conservative campaigns such as the successful effort to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness is an outspoken critic of attempts to include LGBT people and women in the military. She has:

  • Criticized a Pentagon office focusing on preventing sexual harassment, saying it would become the “Office of Male Bashing.”
  • Insisted that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell “could put remaining troops in greater danger, and break the All-Volunteer Force.”
  • Called on the military to ban same-sex wedding ceremonies on bases.

Kirk Cameron

Actor Kirk Cameron has emerged as a favorite on the Religious Right speaker circuit, where he publicizes his movies about the War on Christmas and preaches about how he is persecuted for being conservative. Cameron also styles himself as a historian, although he is not very good at it. He has:

  • Made a film about how bananas disprove the theory of evolution.
  • Said of homosexuality: “I think it's unnatural, I think it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many foundations of civilization.”
  • Urged voters to oppose Obama in order to “hold back the flood of moral and spiritual evil that has been pouring into the country.”

Glenn Beck Won't Stop Saying Something Just Because It Happens To Be False

Earlier this year, we noted that Glenn Beck shares a tendency with his good friend David Barton to incessantly repeat talking points despite the fact that what they are saying is simply not true. Just yesterday, we pointed to evidence of Barton doing this again and last night on his television program, Beck followed suit.

Beck was speaking with his studio audience and telling them that most of the innovation that has happened in America over the last decade has been because of the internet, but now that is under threat because of government regulation.

To illustrate this point, Beck repeated his false claim that Bill Gates had recently stated that he never would have been able to start Microsoft today because of onerous government regulations and the need to hire lobbyists.

"Bill Gates just recently said two things," Beck asserted. "He couldn't start Microsoft today if the laws were like they are now, he would not be able to do it under the regulations ... The second thing he said was the biggest mistake Microsoft made was that Apple didn't make, we didn't think we needed lobbyists. Apple, when they started, hired lobbyists right away. That's their biggest mistake as a corporate giant."

Bill Gates, of course, never said those things, as we noted the last time Beck made this claim:

What actually happened was that Brad Silverberg, who served as senior vice president at Microsoft for nine years, was asked "what were Bill Gates's worst decisions as CEO?" and he suggested that not hiring lobbyists was a key mistake:

Top of the list for me is that Bill did not engage – either himself or the company – in the political process early enough.  When Microsoft’s competitors were effectively lobbying the government, Bill’s attitude was the government should just go away and leave Microsoft alone.  In his view the company was competing hard but fairly; it was creating value for customers and that should be enough.  Well, this approach of not constructively engaging the government and concerned politicians, of not alleviating  concerns that were not going to go away, was a disaster.  The US federal government, many states, and the EU all essentially declared war on Microsoft, and Microsoft paid a devastating price.

Intel did a better job figuring out how to negotiate with the government and avoided the catastrophic fate Microsoft suffered.  Google has done a better job with the US government but it seems the EU is on Google’s case now.

Gates didn't say that failing to hire lobbyists was the worst mistake he ever made, nor did he claim that he couldn't start Microsoft today because there is too much regulation. Those were things that Beck simply made up after apparently misreading news articles and then, as usual, proceeding to making false declarations based on his own lack of information.

But obviously Beck is not going to stop saying this just because it happens to be totally untrue.

'Dr. David Barton' Tries To Boost His Credentials As His Scholarship Comes Under Attack

John Fea, a professor of American history and chair of the history department at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, has been a vocal critic of David Barton and the misinformation that he tries to pass off as history. 

Barton, predictably, has not taken too kindly to Fea calling him out for his shoddy work and vowed earlier this week to strike back at those "Christian college professors who are very, very bad at what they’re teaching" and singled Fea out by name.

The focus of Barton's ire was a piece that Fea published recently titled "Why the Founding Fathers wanted to keep ministers from public office," in which he explained that "the founders who crafted the original state governments ... thought it was a good idea for ministers to stay out of politics," so much so that several state constitutions "banned clergymen from running for office."

This historical fact obviously conflicts with Barton's entire narrative of American history, so he felt compelled to release a rebuttal to Fea's piece yesterday titled "No Professor Fea, The Founders Did Not Want Ministers to Stay out of Politics."

We'll let Fea and Barton fight over the historical details and instead simply highlight one rather odd thing from Barton's reply:

Notice that Barton is billed as "Dr. David Barton" despite the fact that his own biography states that he "holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Pensacola Christian College."

This is now the third time in recent weeks where Barton has suggested that he has a Ph.D. despite having admitted earlier this year and last year that he doesn't have a Ph.D.

Has Barton earned a Ph.D. or not? Or, more likely, is he simply using the honorary doctorate that he received from Pensacola Christian College to justify passing himself off as "Dr. David Barton" in order to try and boost his credentials because his "scholarship" is coming under attack?

This seems like a very simple question that Barton ought to be more than willing to answer in order to put the issue to rest.

David Duke: Trump Has Sent 'A Very Implicit, Almost Explicit' Message To White Nationalists

David Duke and other white nationalists loved the speech Donald Trump delivered last night about immigration and the former KKK leader continued to shower praise on the GOP presidential nominee on his radio show today.

And who better to discuss it with than Andrew Anglin, the editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer and a vocal Trump supporter.

Trump’s speech, according to Duke, “was a very implicit, almost explicit” signal “that we’ve got to take America back and that we’ve got to defend the heritage of the people that created America” because “there is a purposeful effort to ethnically cleanse us from the land our forefathers created and built.”

Duke, who is running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, said that he has worked against “massive immigration” throughout his entire career and promised that, if elected, he will immediately work to curb immigration and “restore this country to the heritage of the people who created this nation—respect for all races but damn well we are going to make sure that our people survive and prosper and we preserve America as fundamentally a nation of Western, Christian civilization where the people of Western, Christian descent have a right to be preserved and promoted and go to the stars.”

Duke said that if he makes it into the Senate, he will be the lone voice for white people and a vocal opponent of the “Jewish establishment in this country, the Jewish mafia, that controls media, banking and politics.”

“They are leading our country to disaster,” he said. “That doesn’t mean every single Jew is doing it, but there’s no question that the Jewish establishment is doing this. It’s not anti-Semitic to simply tell the truth that this powerful Jewish economic, political and banking establishment is absolutely the driving force for the destruction of western civilization.”

“Well, the truth is anti-Semitic,” Anglin added.

Michael Savage: Obama Will Steal The Election From Trump

Michael Savage expressed outrage yesterday over reports that the Department of Homeland Security is trying to work with states to combat potential security risks, which the conservative radio host said amounts to “an absolute coup.”

He alleged that President Obama is addicted to criminal behavior much like a drug addict, describing him as “a man who is seeking a greater thrill to see what he can get away with next” who “has to escalate his crimes against America.”

Savage, a fervent supporter of Donald Trump, said that Obama administration officials “are basically telling us that if Trump wins, they’ll suspend the election because something is going to happen, or they’re going to take control of the election to make sure Trump can’t win.”

Trump himself has similarly claimed that if he loses the election, it will be because it was “rigged” against him.

Alex Jones And Jerome Corsi Warn Of 'October Surprise False Flag Attacks'

Confident of Donald Trump’s imminent victory, Alex Jones speculated wildly yesterday about “October Surprise false flags” meant to dislodge Trump and put Hillary Clinton in the White House.

Jerome Corsi, a right-wing author and vocal promoter of the birther conspiracy theory, warned that “there’s going to be some unexpected wars, there’s going to be another terrorist attack, there’s going to be possibly even an assassination attempt.”

After Jones wondered if the government “could activate their jihadi forces they brought in,” Corsi said liberals could release “stories about sex,” such as Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal, as part of a “false flag manipulation of the news” that covers up other, more significant scandals.

“Donald Trump is the last real hope we have to preserve any freedom in this country,” Corsi said. “The possibility of losing the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, you go on, with Hillary Clinton is real. There will be no religious freedom, no gun freedom, no Second Amendment.”

Ironically, Corsi told Jones back in 2011 that he believed that “Donald Trump was subterfuge” and “working with Obama” to discredit the birther movement.

Trump Hispanic Adviser Distances Himself After Immigration Speech, Calls Hispanic Advisory Board 'A Scam'

Update: In an email to the RNC, Peña said he will continue to support Trump and “remain an active member” of his Hispanic advisory team.

Less than two weeks ago, Texas pastor Ramiro Peña was named a member of Donald Trump’s Hispanic advisory board.

Soon afterward, Peña appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show,” where he explicitly endorsed Trump and said on several occasions that God is using Trump to save the country and will judge America if we don’t elect him president.

Peña, however, changed his tune yesterday after Trump gave a speech on immigration in which he reiterated the same policies on mass deportation and building a border wall that he has promoted throughout his presidential bid.

According to Politico, Peña called the Hispanic advisory council “a scam” that is “simply for optics,” declaring that Trump “lost the election last night” and explaining that he now finds it “difficult” to “continue to associate with the Trump campaign.”

Pena delivered a harsh condemnation in an email to senior Trump and Republican National Committee leaders, obtained by POLITICO.

"I am so sorry but I believe Mr. Trump lost the election tonight," said Pena, a pastor at Waco's Christ the King Church. "The 'National Hispanic Advisory Council' seems to be simply for optics and I do not have the time or energy for a scam."

Pena addressed his message to Jennifer Korn, the RNC's national director for Hispanic Initiatives, along with Karen Giorno and Alan Cobb, both senior Trump advisers. Helen Aguirre Ferre and Lourdes Aguirre, both RNC Hispanic outreach officials, were copied as well.

"I will pray over the next couple of days but it is difficult to [imagine] how I can continue to associate with the Trump campaign," he wrote. "I owe my national audience an explanation."

Alex Jones: 'I Cannot Believe The Effect We're Having. It Is Biblical.'

Yesterday, Alex Jones heralded the growth of his InfoWars conspiracy theory outlet, which has gained more attention thanks to one of its biggest fans: Donald Trump.

InfoWars’ “reporting” has also been increasingly embraced by Fox News.

Jones, who believes he has been under attack from Satan, aliens, liberals determined to flee to “off-world colonies,” Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Kimmel, said on his radio program yesterday that InfoWars is currently subject to a “sickening behind-the-scenes attack” but that God is leading him through.

“God’s taken me through it,” he said. “It’s been very painful. We’ve made it through it. Other waves are coming. Still, I cannot believe the effect we’re having. It is biblical.”

Jesse Lee Peterson: GOP Must Unite With Alt-Right To Fight Evil

Jesse Lee Peterson is the latest conservative activist to react to Hillary Clinton’s speech tying Donald Trump to the alt-right by attacking Clinton and defending the racist, sexist movement.

In a column yesterday in Breitbart (whose former chairman, now the head of Trump’s campaign, has called “the platform for the alt-right”), Peterson urged “conservatives, the alt-right, and all decent people to unite” to fight “evil” in the form of Clinton and Black Lives Matter.

He adds that the alt-right is correct in its fight “against the attack on whites and men” and defends the “funny, powerful, and true” writing of Breitbart writer Milo Yiannapoulous, who has blamed mass shootings on feminism.

Peterson adds the laughable claim that Trump “has attracted many atheists, homosexuals, blacks and others outside traditional conservatism who disagree with the radicals’ assault on Christians and men.”

I encourage conservatives, the alt-right, and all decent people to unite. And where you disagree, debate but do not hate one another.

As I understand, the alt-right want America and our citizens put first — nationalism over globalism and mass immigration. They mock political correctness and the farcical notion of “racism.” And they fight back against the attack on whites and men.

I agree with those things. If whites (and men) continue their decline, as blacks did the past 60 years, it’s “Adios, America.” (Ann Coulter is 100% right.)

If you disagree, let’s all talk.

Our battle, in reality, is not merely “ideological” or “political,” but spiritual. You may have perfect logic, all the right facts and politics, but with anger, you lose.

Anger destroys your children’s innocence, debilitates their spirit, and turns them away from you. Anger blinds you to reality and separates you from others. You play “God” when you pass judgment on fellow human beings.

Decent people should not be divided.

Donald Trump has attracted many atheists, homosexuals, blacks and others outside traditional conservatism who disagree with the radicals’ assault on Christians and men.

In Hillary’s speech attacking the alt-right, she read Breitbart headlines from writer Milo Yiannopoulos about feminism, birth control and gun control; even though Hillary pretended to be appalled by the lines, they were funny, powerful, and true.

I have no anger. Yet I do not hold back. I strongly tell the truth. At 67, I can yell and shout down the worst, most radical Black Lives Matter agitator, and feel nothing inwardly against her.

I am not angry at Black Lives Matter, Louis Farrakhan, Obama, Crooked Hillary, et al., although they take so many into hell. I understand the bitter spirit that drives them; they cannot help it. Evil’s job is to do evil.

People on the side of good — our job is to fight evil without hatred, to overcome evil with good. Anger without resentment is righteous anger.


Yet More Evidence That David Barton Won't Stop Saying Something Just Because It's Demonstrably False

It is clear that once David Barton adopts a new talking point, nothing is going to stop him from repeating it, no matter how many times it is pointed out that the claim he is making is demonstrably false.

Barton demonstrated this again several times recently when he repeated his false claim that Wesleyan University does not offer separate housing for male and female students.

He made this claim earlier this week in a meeting that was broadcast on Periscope, asserting that "there is a Christian college up in Connecticut—Wesleyan College—[that] offers dorm housing for 15 gender identities and male and female aren't options."

Barton made the same false assertion again the other day when he appeared on the "Contending For The Faith" program and declared that "we have a Christian college in the northeast United States, a Christian college that has dorm housing based on 15 different sexual identities; it doesn't offer male and female."

As we noted the first time we heard Barton make this claim, it is entirely false, as the Wesleyan website makes perfectly clear:

As students move through their years at Wesleyan, they have an opportunity to choose an increasingly more independent living option from residence hall doubles to singles to program houses, apartments, and eventually wood frame houses. All of these options are within a 5-10 minute walk to campus. All of our units house both men and women; however, some residence halls are coed on each floor, while other halls offer single-sex floors. Smoking is prohibited in all University Housing. Residential facilities vary by size, room type, and ratio of first-year to upper-class students.


Student housing at Wesleyan is designed so that first year students live together in residence halls near the center of campus.  Residential facilities vary by size, room type and ratio of first year to upperclass students.  In all locations, first year students comprise at least 50% of the residents.  All of the buildings are coed, however some halls offer single-sex floors.

Gender Neutral Housing:

Wesleyan University assigns roommates for incoming students based on legal sex.  Students choose among the following three options on the housing preference form:  to be assigned according to this policy, to request an exception to this policy, or to be available as a potential roommate for someone who has requested an exception.  Gender neutral housing is available in all student residences.

Phil Burress Predictably Changes His Tune On Rob Portman As Election Approaches

Back in 2013, Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he was reversing his longstanding opposition to marriage equality and explained that this development was spurred by the fact that one of his children is gay.

Predictably, that news did not sit well with anti-gay activists in Portman's home state of Ohio, who immediately blasted Portman for the shift. Nobody was more outraged than Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values, who urged Portman to put his son into ex-gay therapy and vowed to work to defeat Portman if he ran for re-election in 2016:

Burress—whose group is the Ohio affiliate of the Family Research Council and of Focus on the Family’s political arm Citizenlink—predicted that Portman will lose his race for reelection because of his marriage equality support: “I find this rather amusing, he stands no chance whatsoever. He’s seen his numbers, he knows what his numbers are and so do we. He is basically lost, he’s not even going to hold his own seat in ‘16.”

“People will vote but they just will not vote for somebody who’s wrong on these nonnegotiable issues. If they’re wrong on life, marriage or religious freedom, they’ll go to the polls and vote but they just won’t vote for them,” he said. “I have been saying this and screaming it from the treetops: If Rob Portman decides to run in the primary in 2016, he is on the ballot in 2016, Ohio will again have two Democratic senators. This is not our fault, this is his fault if we lose this seat.”

When Portman announced that he was seeking re-election, Burress issued a press release declaring that “Senator Portman has alienated conservatives and is very likely to lose in 2016 because the conservative base will not vote for him. Senator Portman should step down before the 2016 election so that conservatives can support a pro-life/pro-natural marriage candidate."

Burress also was part of an effort featuring "conservatives from all 88 counties [in Ohio] who are pro-life and pro-natural marriage [who] are joining their voices in opposition to Senator Portman’s attempt to be re-elected." He also declared that "there are three non-negotiables for social conservatives—life, marriage and religious liberty. On my scorecard Portman scores a 'D' on life, 'F' on marriage and 'F' on religious liberty. Portman no longer deserves our support."

Despite all of Burress' bluster, Portman easily won the Republican primary back in March and now that the general election is approaching, Burress has predictably changed his tune and is now saying that Portman's Democratic opponent, Ted Strickland, is so bad that Portman must be re-elected so that President Obama cannot use his final days in office to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court:

"Ted Strickland was a horrible governor,” Burress insists. “He left it in tremendous financial problems. And so the fact that Portman is winning is not because of Portman – this is just a message that Strickland is so bad."

Burress also maintains it is essential that the Republicans hold on to the Senate – regardless of who is elected president.

"The Senate takes its seat before the president does,” the conservative leader pointed out. “So if the Senate was to go to the Democrats, President Obama would have about 15 days to appoint the position to the U.S. Supreme Court. It would give them a five vote majority. So it is very important that we keep the Senate."

Ralph Reed: Evangelicals Will Turn Out For Trump & Keep Clinton From Running Away With Election

Last weekend political operative Ralph Reed appeared on the "Journal Editorial Report" on Fox News to talk about evangelical voters (by which he seemd to mean white evangelicals) and Donald Trump.

Asked by The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot how Trump is doing among evangelicals relative to previous Republican nominees, Reed said Trump is “hitting at the industry standard” and possibly “heading, really, to the highest we have ever seen.” Reed said that George H.W. Bush had gotten 82 percent of the evangelical vote in 1988 and George W. Bush got 78 percent in 2004, which was matched by Mitt Romney.

Reed cited four recent polls that he said have reliable data on evangelical voters, saying that they show an average of 73 percent support for Trump and 18 percent for Hillary Clinton. He called evangelical voters “the largest single constituency in the electorate,” saying they constitute between 24 and 27 percent of the electorate, with Catholics who frequently attend mass adding another nine percent. “So this is bigger than the Hispanic vote, bigger than the African American vote, and bigger than the feminist and gay vote combined,” Reed said.

Reed said Trump is winning support by showing up at evangelical events, asking for their vote, and telling them that he shares their values and wants to see their “role in society enhanced.” Beyond that, said Reed, he is winning their support based on:

“…his fealty to their positions on the sanctity of life, on traditional marriage, on support for the state of Israel, on religious freedom, particularly that progeny of cases before the Supreme Court like Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor, and finally, his full-throated opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, which I think resonates powerfully in this community because they consider Iran to be an existential threat to the survival of the state of Israel.

Gigot asked why Clinton was doing so well in traditionally Republican states like Georgia. Reed noted that Georgia has a large number of African American voters, which makes it competitive. Reed said Trump’s trouble in battleground states reflects that he’s had a rough few weeks, but he said he believes Trump has “turned the corner” and he still believes if Trump gets and stays on message, it’s going to be getting “a lot better for him, not only in those red states, but nationally and in the battleground states.”

I’m not in the prediction business, but based on what we’re seeing anecdotally, these voters of faith are gonna turn out, and they’re gonna turn out in huge numbers, and I think he’s gonna to get north of 75 percent of the vote, and if that is baked into the cake, there is no way that she runs away with this election. I think it’ll be competitive.

In an email touting his Fox appearance, Reed wrote that his Faith and Freedom Coalition “is undertaking the most ambitious voter education effort in its history to educate, inform, mobilize and turn out voters of faith in 2016.”

FFC is training hundreds of volunteers in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and other key states who will staff its 31 field offices in 11 states andknock on over 1 million doors between now and November 8.  Be a part of history!   Sign up for our Volunteer Strike Force…

FFC will distribute 30 million voter guides in an estimated 117,000 churches nationwide, make over 15 million get-out-the-vote phone calls, and reach 2.4 million voters at their homes with personal visits.  If you can’t volunteer door-to-door or do not live or can’t travel to a battleground state, you can still be a part of FFC’s Strike Force by calling voters across the country from your own home…


Glenn Beck Says Obama's Failure To Fix Race Relations 'Will Go Down As The Biggest Missed Opportunity' In American History

From the moment that Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Republicans put into action a plan to fight him on everything from the inside in Congress while the Religious Right mobilized itself as a "resistance movement" that would wage the battle on every front from the outside.

But on his radio show today, Glenn Beck blamed President Obama for failing to bring the country together during his time in office, calling his presidency "the biggest missed opportunity in all of American history."

Beck, who mere months into Obama's presidency was calling him a racist who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture," said that Obama is entirely to blame for not solving the problem of race relations in this nation.

"Barack Obama, when he was elected, was a miss of the greatest opportunity any president has ever had," Beck said. "If Barack Obama would have been a uniter, not a divider and would have been a healer of race relations, we would have taken off in a completely different direction and we would have had a whole new American century in front of us. It would have been the greatest thing to ever happen. I think it will go down as the biggest missed opportunity in all of America history."

Michael Savage: EPA Head 'Looks Like The Type That Stuffed The Ovens In Bergen-Belsen'

Far-right radio host Michael Savage had a meltdown yesterday over reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will begin collecting “voluntary, self-disclosed sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) workforce data” from its employees.

Savage even compared “the mean-faced, clipped-hair” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to a Nazi death camp worker: “Take a look at her picture on my website, it makes your blood boil, she looks just like, to me, personal answer, the woman looks like the type that stuffed the ovens in Bergen-Belsen.”

“That’s all that’s on their mind, that’s all that’s on their mind: sexual orientation!” Savage raged. “It’s sickness. When your mind is in the sexual gutter, that’s all you think about.”

“Day and night, day and night, day and night, day and night, gender, gender, gender, sex, sex, sex, that’s all these sickos do!”

Savage said that once he’s elected president, Donald Trump should immediately begin “cleaning the house out, cleaning the garbage out of the White House, taking it down to the studs, getting the infection out of the White House, cleaning it down to the studs, redoing the entire government, throwing these sickos out, arresting some for sedition.”

People For the American Way & Priorities USA Announce Spanish-Language Radio Ads

Today, People For the American Way (PFAW) & Priorities USA announced their plans for Spanish-language radio ads in Nevada that will urge listeners to vote against Donald Trump. The ads will run from September 27th through the election.

The ads will be part of PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program which exposes and counters anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies. This year, PFAW is focused on getting out the vote against Donald Trump and the Republicans’ dangerous agenda. Earlier this summer, PFAW launched this election cycle’s first Spanish-language television ads from an outside group in Nevada and Virginia. The ads targeted Donald Trump for his hateful rhetoric throughout his campaign, and a digital version ran in Colorado, Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida, and Ohio. PFAW also launched bilingual radio ads last week targeting Trump and Republican Senators in Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida. In addition, PFAW has held events across the country targeting Donald Trump and Republican Senators, many with civil rights leader and PFAW board member Dolores Huerta, who has been a key part of the organization’s Latinos Vote! program from the start.

“PFAW launched its Latinos Vote! program five election cycles ago because we saw that Latino voters in critical battleground states can decide who wins and who loses,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “By partnering with Priorities USA to communicate with Latino voters in Spanish in Nevada and other key states, we will drive home the message that Donald Trump is running a divisive, hateful campaign—and that Latino voters in particular can stop him by voting against him.”

“Donald Trump has based his entire campaign on bashing immigrants and Latinos. But we’re the ones with the power to decide this election,” added PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo. “These ads are one of many ways that we’ll encourage Latino voters to hold Donald Trump accountable for his bigoted campaign by voting against him this November.”

“Latino voters will be crucial to ensuring a man as divisive and dangerous as Donald Trump never becomes President of the United States and Priorities is committed to speaking out, reaching out, and turning out the vote,” said Guy Cecil, Chief Strategist at Priorities USA. “We’re excited to partner with People For the American Way and their impactful Latinos Vote! program on this important work. Together we will ensure Donald Trump loses by as much as possible in as many places as possible to send a clear message that his kind of hatred is unacceptable in America.”

PFAW spokespeople are available to discuss this new ad partnership, PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program, and our past partnership with Priorities USA in 2012. To schedule an interview, please email

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.


FAIR: Educating Immigrant Children An 'Ongoing Assault' On America

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a group that has not only criticized the rights of undocumented immigrants but has also attacked U.S. policies on legal immigration, has found a new villain in its war on immigration: immigrant children who are learning English.

In a fundraising email today with the subject line “The dirty secret government doesn’t want you to know...," FAIR’s Dan Stein promotes an upcoming report from his group on “what every parent and taxpayer must know about immigration and the public education crisis,” which apparently will blame troubles in the public education system on the need to help immigrant children who are not yet proficient in English.

“You've probably read about the looming threats of attack from terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda,” Stein writes. “But government doesn't want you to find out about the ongoing assault right here at home on our public education system by skyrocketing immigration costs.”

Stein specifically objects to “unfunded mandates that require states to educate illegal aliens and their children” but also says that the money spent educating all immigrant children who are working to learn English “is diminishing the quality of education for all students”:

You've probably read about the looming threats of attack from terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda. But government doesn't want you to find out about the ongoing assault right here at home on our public education system by skyrocketing immigration costs.

Currently, American tax payers pay $59.8 billion to educate Limited English Proficiency (LEP) public school students and an additional $43.8 billion to educate illegal aliens and their children. If we continue on this path, by 2018 we will need 82,408 more LEP teachers at a projected cost of an additional $6.3 billion.

Add it all up, and that's over $66.1 billion paid by American taxpayers to educate limited English speaking students by 2018! It's hurting the educational opportunities for all Americans.

With shrinking school budgets, the added intake of refugees, illegal aliens, and new immigrants is only creating more of a drain on limited funds and is diminishing the quality of education for all students.

FAIR is fighting to change this by speaking out against unfunded mandates that require states to educate illegal aliens and their children. At a time when immigration is at the forefront, we can't miss out on this opportunity to tell the untold story of immigration's part in the education crisis. With your contribution, you'll be making an impact on the future of America's education system and its youth.

(Emphases are ours.)

Pamela Geller Claims Clinton Will Enforce 'The Sharia' By Shutting Down Breitbart

In an interview with St. Louis radio host Jamie Allman today, anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller claimed that Hillary Clinton has declared that she will “shut down” if she becomes president, a nonexistent declaration that Geller said represented “the Sharia” and “totalitarianism.”

Geller started out by attacking Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark at a press conference in Bangladesh in which he said that “[p]erhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover [terrorist acts] quite as much” because aspiring terrorists know that they’ll be able to “make some noise.” This, Geller declared, “is the language of the conquered.”

“And partner this,” she added, “with last week’s declaration in an email from Hillary Clinton that she’s going to shut down, for example, the number one conservative website, Breitbart, which as you know I write for, I mean, this is the Sharia, this is totalitarianism, this is very frightening. And what’s even more frightening is that the media’s not talking about it because they’re marching in lockstep, Jamie.”

Not surprisingly, Hillary Clinton has not declared that she will “shut down” Breitbart. Instead, Clinton’s campaign sent an email on August 18, shortly after Donald Trump brought on Breitbart CEO Steven Bannon as his campaign chair, noting that the conservative media has a “right to exist” but pointing out that Breitbart is an extreme example of the conservative media. At no point does the email suggest shutting down Breitbart or any other conservative outlet:

Donald Trump just hired Breitbart's executive director to be his new campaign CEO.

Now, we've had a conservative media in this country for a while. I don't always like what they have to say, but I respect their role and their right to exist.

Breitbart is something different. They make Fox News look like a Democratic Party pamphlet. They're a different breed altogether -- not just conservative but radical, bigoted, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic conspiracy peddlers who never have been and never should be anywhere near the levers of power in this country.

But Donald Trump just gave them a broad new mandate to shape his campaign, his message, the future of the Republican Party, and quite possibly the country.

Trump, on the other hand, has actually threatened to “open up” libel laws so that he can sue media outlets whose coverage he doesn’t like out of existence.

Third Party Presidential Candidate Tom Hoefling Says Donald Trump Is A 'Reprobate' Who Despises Christians

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed Tom Hoefling, a longtime right-wing activist who is now running for president as the America's Party candidate.

Klingenschmitt asked Hoefling to respond to arguments that conservative Christians who vote for a third-party candidate instead of Donald Trump are simply helping to elect Hillary Clinton. Hoefling dismissed those concerns by noting that Trump is a "reprobate" who hates Christians.

"Untruths are the chief cornerstone of the arguments Republicans are making to try to coerce us into supporting, really, a man that I consider to be a reprobate," he said. "You know, he's not a run-of-the-mill sinner. He's someone who not only committed serial adultery but went into a book that he was writing and bragged about it. That's the mark of a reprobate. That's not somebody that I want in the most powerful office in our land and in the world."

"Donald Trump, and I'm speaking directly to Christians right now," Hoefling continued, "he despises you. When he stood up and gave that speech in Cleveland, you know, he threw a few moldy scraps of bread to the evangelicals who support him, but you can just tell from his demeanor, he's not one of you, he doesn't believe what you believe and you can't trust this man."

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