Fighting the Right

Pavone: Cecile Richards Speaking At Georgetown Like Inviting ISIS, Drug Dealers Or The Mob

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, spoke at Georgetown University yesterday at the invitation of a student group, an event that was not welcomed by the Washington Archdiocese or the conservative Cardinal Newman Society.

Also displeased with the Catholic school’s welcoming of Richards was Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, who said on a Catholic radio program on Tuesday that inviting Richards was the equivalent of trying to “understand terrorism” by inviting “representatives of ISIS” to campus or inviting “the biggest mobsters to come in because we have to understand both sides of the debate about organized crime.”

In an interview with Teresa Tomeo on Ave Maria Radio’s “Catholic Connection,” Pavone blasted Georgetown for “adding to confusion, contention and division within the church on the most important issue of our day,” asking if there are “no better speakers in the world to stimulate the intellects of these students than people who preside over killing hundreds of thousands of children every year.”

He said he didn’t buy the argument that inviting someone like Richards to speak was allowing “inquiry into all different positions.”

“I mean, do we inquire, do we try to understand terrorism by inviting representatives of ISIS to come and speak?” he asked. “Or let’s get some of the biggest drug dealers in the country to come and talk about their business because, after all, we have to understand both sides of the issue of drug abuse. Why don’t we invite the biggest mobsters to come in because we have to understand both sides of the debate about organized crime? Are they doing that? Maybe I’m missing it, but do these universities invite these kinds of people too?”

“You know,” Tomeo said, “this is what I don’t get, why this issue is only talked about in terms of ‘both sides’ of a controversial issue when it comes to abortion and artificial contraception or even so-called same-sex marriage.”

“Yeah, the fact is the other side of these things is so totally bankrupt, unacceptable, outrageous, and has no place in civilized society that that should be self-evident right from the start,” Pavone responded. “Why do you have to think twice about why it’s wrong to kill a baby? See, that’s what I don’t understand either. I mean, you mean to tell me these students have to think twice about whether killing a child is wrong?”

We’ll just note that conservatives have been wringing their hands for years about intolerant liberals supposedly shutting down opposing speech on college campuses.

Richard Land: LGBT Rights Advocates Practice 'Child Abuse'

Yesterday, Religious Right leader Richard Land appeared on “Sandy Rios in the Morning” to defend North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law, citing information he received from a group called the American College of Pediatricians.

Despite the group’s official-sounding name, the ACP is actually a tiny fringe organization launched by anti-gay activists who objected to the mainstream medical community’s greater acceptance of LGBT identities. The leading organization in the pediatric field, the American Academy of Pediatrics, has joined other health and children’s groups in calling for the repeal of the North Carolina law.

Nonetheless, Land cited the an ACP paper titled “Gender Ideology Harms Children” in an effort to substantiate his claim that nondiscrimination measures are “confusing and doing psychological harm to 98 percent of the boys and 88 percent for the gender-confused girls who eventually figure out that they are girls and that they are boys in order to further confuse and confirm in their confusion the small minority that don’t.”

“These people are practicing psychological and physiological child abuse on a whole generation of our nation’s children and it’s up to us as responsible and clear-thinking adults to stop them,” he added.

Land has previously said that gay couples with children are also practicing “child abuse.”

Ted Cruz Adviser Falls For Internet Hoaxes About 'Sharia Courts' In Texas And Michigan

Ted Cruz’s national security adviser Jerry Boykin repeated roundly debunked internet-fueled rumors about “Sharia courts” in Texas and Michigan in a radio interview on Monday.

Boykin, in an appearance on “Sandy Rios in the Morning,” alleged that agents of the Muslim Brotherhood are gaining influence in the U.S. government to further the Islamist group’s goal of “changing our culture in general and forcing us to essentially modify our own behavior in what I think is a dangerous way.”

After alleging that Islamic law has gained a foothold in Europe, the Family Research Council official said that “it is reported that you have a Sharia court in Texas, for example, and Michigan, and you’re going to see more of that if people don’t wake up and take a stand against this and recognize the nature of the threat.”

Boykin’s reports, however, are nothing but online rumors.

The supposed imposition of Sharia law in Michigan is likely a reference to a widely shared article from the National Report, a fake online news magazine that is like an unfunny version of the Onion.

The claim that a Sharia court was established in Texas refers to a religious mediation panel similar to ones used by many Christians and Jews throughout the country.

The Houston Chronicle called the Sharia court story its “2015 Texas Hoax of the Year,” noting that the panel’s “rulings are nonbinding and work within the guidelines of U.S. law” and only rule on noncriminal matters like marital and business disputes. Indeed, the mediation panel was actually launched in 2012 and functioned without issue until conservative websites and chain emails falsely implied that it was imposing Sharia law.

Boykin’s claims about Islamic law taking hold in parts of Europe are similarly dubious and are likely based on mediation panels similar to ones that are led by Christians and Jews.

But such internet-fueled conspiracy theories may be part of the security advice Ted Cruz is now receiving.

'Do Not Doubt This Book': Bryan Fischer Falsely Claims Reuters Has Debunked The Theory Of Evolution

Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program today by hailing what he claimed was a Reuters article that debunks the theory of evolution once and for all.

"You know, I tell you frequently, 'Do not doubt this book,'" Fischer said, in reference to the Bible. "Here's a story from Reuters to start the program off today about the creation/evolution controversy; this is Reuters, now, this is not a press release from the American Family Association or from the Institute for Creation Research, this is a Reuters piece on ChristianToday.com."

"Listen to this," Fischer declared as he began to read the article. "'The long-standing debate between Creationism and evolution just recently tipped once again in favor of the biblical belief that God created all living and non-living things here on Earth, thanks to the discovery of lizards encased in ambers.'"

If it seems odd that Reuters would make such a declaration, that is because Reuters never made it. The article Fischer read was not a Reuters piece at all, but rather a one-sided report from Christianity Today that was simply illustrated with a Reuters photo.

Aside from the fact that Fischer was entirely wrong about the source of the article, he also ran into a bit of trouble with the fact that these lizards are reportedly nearly 100 million years old, since that obviously conflicts with his creationist belief that the earth is only a few thousand years old. 

So how did he address that? By simply dismissing it, of course.

"We don't believe these are 99 million years [old]," he stated. "I believe the earth is about 6,000 years old, maybe 10,000 at the max, but the Bible does not permit you to believe that the universe is 99 million years old. That's just not going to work."

"Ladies and gentlemen," he concluded. "Do. Not. Doubt. This. Book."

Fischer was so enamored with this article that he mentioned it several times throughout his program today, at one point declaring that the theory of evolution is "a complete sham, it's a scam, it's a hoax" that was "developed to find some kind of excuse to disrespect God."

Self-Proclaimed Prophet: God Will Make Donald Trump President And Kill His Enemies

On Monday, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles invited self-proclaimed prophet Mark Taylor to his End Times news program to discuss “his amazing 2011 prophecy that Donald Trump has been marked by God to lead America.”

Taylor explained that God told him that Donald Trump will be the next president and that anyone who criticizes him will be struck down, explaining that God has been preparing Trump for his entire life to become an extraordinarily successful president who will fight Satan.

Naturally, Wiles was overjoyed by his “amazing” prophesy.

Taylor also alleged that God made Fox News host Megyn Kelly “violently ill” for asking Trump “gotcha” questions at the first GOP presidential debate: “God was firing a warning shot: Don’t attack my anointed. Period.”

“The kingdom of darkness is attacking this man like never before,” Taylor said. “God is using this man — he’s not rattling the gates, because when you rattle the gates you don’t make entry — this man is literally splitting the kingdom of darkness right open.”

He claimed that protests at Trump rallies are a sign that “the kingdom of darkness is actually noticing the authority that God has put on this man and those are demons manifesting at this man’s rallies.”

“God is using him to literally split hell right open and stop this New World Order,” he added.

Taylor then compared Trump to Jesus Christ and said that he is “absolutely” sure that Trump will be elected president in November.

Indeed, Taylor said that God has already started killing people to further Trump’s presidential ambitions.

Kobach: Maybe Obama Opposes Proof Of Citizenship Laws Because He's Not A Citizen

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the influential anti-immigration operative who has been involved in both Donald Trump’s border wall policy and the immigration case currently before the Supreme Court, called into question President Obama’s birthplace on his radio program this weekend.

In response to a caller who wondered if the Obama administration’s opposition to restrictive voting laws such as a proof-of-citizenship requirement in Kansas is because the president himself is “not a citizen of the United States,” Kobach said that there are “interesting things” about the question of Obama’s citizenship that “just made you scratch your head.” He added that “maybe” the caller’s theory about the president’s opposition to voting restrictions was correct.

Kobach was speaking on his radio program on Kansas City’s KCMO on Sunday about a column in the Kansas City Star — which Kobach calls the “Kansas City Red Star” — blasting him for his role in enacting restrictive voting laws in Kansas and around the nation, when a listener identified as “Jim from Iowa” called in.

Jim told Kobach he didn’t understand “what the big deal” was about a law championed by Kobach requiring people to present proof of citizenship when registering to vote “because our president, his little grandma said he was born in Africa, he waited two years before he sent out that fake birth certificate, he got a scholarship to a place, a college in California that only gives it to foreigners, so what’s the difference?”

(Just to be clear, Obama’s grandmother did not say he was born in Kenya,his birth certificate is not fake, and he did not get a scholarship meant for foreign students.)

At first, Kobach didn’t address the birther issue, noting instead that Obama is indeed “opposed to Kansas” and “doesn’t like voter ID laws.”

But the caller persisted, saying, “He’s not going to bring up proof of citizenship because he’s not a citizen of the United States, he’s not supposed to be the president, his own grandma said he was born in Africa, what else do you need? And that birth certificate thing was all fake, it took him two years, like I said, to get it sent out. How did he get the scholarship to that college in California that only foreign people get it? How did he get that? How come everybody lets it go?”

“You know, you’re right,” Kobach responded, “and of course that issue’s kind of water under the bridge these days, but there were some interesting things. Like there was that one thing, it just made you scratch your head, there was that one thing that the Harvard Law Journal printed which described Barack Obama as a ‘young student born in Kenya.’ Now, he says that was wrong, and maybe it was wrong, but anyway, maybe you’re right, maybe that’s why he doesn’t talk about proof of citizenship, because he, you know, he would rather not bring up the citizenship issue. Of course, now he’s got nothing to worry about, he’s in office for the remaining year.”

(We don’t know what head-scratching “Harvard Law Journal” article Kobach was referring to, but he could have been getting it mixed up with a promotional flier for one of Obama’s books that mistakenly described him as being born in Kenya, which birthers have made much of.)

When Jim asked if Obama could still “get in trouble” for lying about his birthplace, Kobach responded that “at this point there’s not really any forum in which the facts will be further” examined.

“Well, why didn’t everybody do something about this eight years ago?” Jim demanded.

“Well,” Kobach said, “as you may recall, there was quite a kerfuffle about it back then.”

“Did you notice everybody that was complaining, they shut up like overnight?” Jim said. “I think they were all threatened just like Old Lady Clinton threatens everybody if you don’t do what she wants. I think they’re all threatened, that’s why they all shut up real fast.”

“Well, who knows?” Kobach said. “That whole issue has been a truly strange one, that’s for sure.”

Perhaps they will have to wait until Trump, Kobach’s preferred candidate for president, fulfills his promise to write a book about Obama’s real birthplace.

Glenn Beck Thinks A Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Automatically Confers Credibility

Glenn Beck dedicated his television program last night to once again promoting his ongoing campaign to get right-wing anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist removed from the board of the National Rifle Association on the grounds that Norquist is supposedly a front man for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Predictably, Beck brought right-wing activists Kenneth Timmerman and Frank Gaffney — who, just this week, was blasted by former NRA president David Keene as an unhinged conspiracy nut — onto the program to make the case against Norquist.

Beck went to great lengths to try to bolster Timmerman's credibility by mentioning three times that he had once been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Timmerman "is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee," Beck said in opening the show, so that gives him "some real credibility." 

In case viewers weren't convinced, Beck mentioned it again — twice — during his introduction.

"Just so you know, he comes to the table with a little bit of credibility," Beck said. "He was nominated a few years ago for a Nobel Peace Prize."

Of course, just about anybody can be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, so simply being nominated doesn't automatically mean that the nominee is credible, now does it?

Frank Gaffney: 'We're Toast' If A Republican Doesn't Win In November

Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” Ted Cruz’s national security adviser Frank Gaffney warned that if voters elect a president who will continue the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy, then America is doomed.

“If we have four more years of this kind of policy of weakness and emboldening of our enemies and undermining of our allies and diminishing of our country, we’re toast,” Gaffney said.

He added: “There is a general recognition, I think, among the Republican contenders that more of the same is a formula for disaster for our country on national security and homeland security grounds, most especially.”

Pat Boone: God Will Punish Saturday Night Live For 'Taking Satan's Side'

Conservative activist and musician Pat Boone is positively outraged by a recent Saturday Night Live skit called “God is a Boob Man” that poked fun of the Religious Right’s persecution complex with a fake trailer for a “God’s Not Dead”-style movie.

Boone, apparently unfamiliar with the concept of parody, was outraged that the skit didn’t accurately represent movies like “God’s Not Dead” or “God’s Not Dead 2.” “It’s made up,” Boone told the far-right site WorldNetDaily, “and criticizing us for something we didn’t do.”

Indeed, Boone said that the SNL skit is part of a larger “evil” and “violent” agenda to attack America, the Bible and God, and that those behind it will be sent to hell.

“God is not thin-skinned. But he does demand reverence. If you have any brains at all you don’t pitch yourself against someone who created all things, the God of the Bible,” he said. “They don’t have to apologize to Christians [but] when you come against God and the Holy Spirit who are one and the same, you are bringing upon yourself eternal condemnation.”

Boone told the Hollywood Reporter that the SNL crew was “taking Satan’s side” and that “believers in God deserve an apology” for the “outright sacrilege.”

In an interview with WorldNetDaily, “God’s Not Dead 2” producer Michael Scott also criticized SNL for not portraying his movie accurately, again not seeming to understand how satire works.

Boone, in an interview, told WND, “The parody is a parody of a movie that doesn’t exist. The movie that we made has nothing whatsoever to do with homosexuality … there’s not a reference to anyone Jewish. [There’s] nothing whatsoever in the parody that relates to the film itself.”

“It’s made-up … and criticizing us for something we didn’t do.”

He suggested perhaps homosexuals should be offended, since they are “portrayed as more bigoted than the Christians. For them to be portrayed as demanding that God be declared gay is so over the top. I don’t think any responsible member of the homosexual community would want to identify with that.”

The attack on the film is part of an agenda, he noted.

“It’s because the battle between good and evil is heating up. All you have to do is look at the enemies of America and democracy and Christianity, and for that matter Judaism. The enemies have become increasingly violent and depraved, very much outspoken in their ridicule,” he told WND. “The anti-Bible people are more virulent, violent.”

He said, “God is not thin-skinned. But he does demand reverence. If you have any brains at all you don’t pitch yourself against someone who created all things, the God of the Bible.”

He added, “They don’t have to apologize to Christians [but] when you come against God and the Holy Spirit who are one and the same, you are bringing upon yourself eternal condemnation. … I shudder when I think about what [will happen] when they continue in this mindset. You can disparage deity, you can debunk divinity, and libel God, but when he says the only reason we exist is to fear him, to reverence him…

“For those who dissent and disagree and reject God there is a place already prepared – for the devil, his angels and those who side with him,” he said.

“God’s Not Dead 2” producer Michael Scott and Rice Broocks, who authored the book on which the first movie was based, both told WND they recognize humor, they recognize parody, but this went way beyond, distorting and twisting the message the movie portrays.



Scott told WND in an interview criticisms such as the “SNL” skit can “push things too far” and “cause divisions.”

Louie Gohmert: 'The Hippies And The Troublemakers' Are Taking Over

Earlier this year, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, attributed the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders to the fact that “we let some of the hippies from the ‘60s” start “teaching the teachers” in universities.

Gohmert brought up the subject again in an interview Monday with Armed America Radio’s Mark Walters, where he explained that “a lot of the hippies and the troublemakers from the ‘60s and the early ‘70s” figured out that instead of “blowing up the Pentagon or blowing up police cars,” they could just become teachers.

This means, he said, “that the socialists that wanted to destroy the country in the ‘60s and ‘70s have figured out you just miseducate the kids and you’re well on your way to taking over the country.”

It’s thanks to these same teachers, he said, that “people have heard over and over how horrible guns are.”

AFA's Rob Chambers Blames Criticism of Anti-LGBT Laws On Satan

The American Family Association's nation field director, Rob Chambers, appeared on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program yesterday to discuss his organization's boycott against PayPal, which the group launched after the company canceled a planned expansion in North Carolina in response to a new anti-LGBT law.

When the program's host, Steve Johnson, asked Chambers why there was so much criticism of recently passed anti-LGBT laws in states like North Carolina and Mississippi, Chambers responded by naturally blaming Satan.

"This is spiritual warfare," Chambers said. "Satan is not bound by good, certainly, but basically distorts truth and he is a master of that. I believe the media, Hollywood, they understand what this bill, or new law, actually does but they are distorting it because that's the only way that Satan plays and Satan will try to attempt to win is through deceit and deception."

Dolores Huerta Joins CASA In Action to Mobilize Latino Voters Against Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino Rhetoric & Policies

MANASSAS, VA - On Tuesday, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta joined Virginia Latino leaders and voters for a community conversation on the critical importance of the Latino vote in Virginia. The event, organized by CASA In Action, People For the American Way, NARAL Virginia, and Take Action Virginia, focused on the anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies of not just the Republican presidential candidates, but also of local and statewide Republican leaders. Participants emphasized how Latino communities in Virginia have the opportunity to use their voting power to decide election outcomes.

CASA in Action's Luis Aguilar began the conversation by outlining how impactful the Latino vote in Virginia, and in Prince William County specifically, can be. As he stated, "The Latino vote isn't just important, it's necessary" for those seeking office. Virginia Latinos have successfully mobilized against anti-immigrant politicians in the past. Aguilar explained, "When we're faced with attacks, we fight back through voting. It's not just Donald Trump; we're dealing with terrible Republican leaders here in Virginia. We deal with this every day, and that's why we're so focused on engaging new voters who are part of the rising American electorate. We will push towards progressive legislation that benefits our communities and electing politicians who will stand for our values."

One key example of the power of the Latino vote, Aguilar explained, comes from the defeat of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who in his campaign had compared immigrants to rats. This serves as an important reminder, though, that this work is long from over. As Huerta stated during the conversation, "Ken Cuccinelli took his hate from Virginia to Texas," as he now is working for the Ted Cruz campaign for president.

Huerta, whose tireless organizing history includes co-founding the United Farm Workers, founding and serving as president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and serving on the board of People For the American Way, has been traveling across the country getting Latino communities ready to vote and discussing with communities the extremism of local and national Republicans alike. "Our power is in our vote," Huerta stated. She emphasized the importance of voter education and mobilization: "The only way we can organize against the hatred is to get people to vote. It's important for us to go door to door, talk about the importance of voting and how to vote. It's a long road ahead, but we can make it happen."

J. Walter Tejada, former Arlington County Board member and a leading voice for Virginia Latinos, emphasized that "candidates who support our communities, they will win. We have it in our power to decide the results of the 2016 election." As one of the current examples of Republicans working against Latino communities, Tejada discussed the current Supreme Court vacancy: "Republicans in the Senate are turning their backs on the priorities of Latinos and all Americans. They're abdicating their responsibility to do their job, as described, in the Constitution to give fair consideration to Supreme Court nominees. They can't invoke the Constitution only when it's convenient from their point of view, and then be the Grand Obstructionist Party when policies might go against their ugly, conservative interests."

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Tony Perkins: If Americans Followed Obama, The Koran Would Be The State Book Of Tennessee

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, devoted his “Washington Watch” radio program yesterday to discussing a Tennessee bill making the Bible the state’s official book, which was vetoed by the state’s Republican governor after being approved by its legislature.

At one point, a listener called in to share his wish that “the United States government would enact a bill where the Holy Bible was the Bible of the United States,” noting that many government buildings have references to the Bible on them.

Perkins responded that “if the left has their way, they’re going to break out the jackhammers and the sandblasters and they’re going to try to take that off of the buildings. They’re trying to certainly take it out of the hearts and minds of people, especially our children, as they drive it far from our schools and now from the public square, and eventually they’re going to get back around to these buildings.”

He told the caller that he was right that “the best defense is a good offense” and that “we need to show that, you know what, the American people are not going to take this lying down. We have every right to have our views reflected in our government by our elected officials.”

Perkins then returned to a conversation he had had with an earlier caller who had opposed the Tennessee bill and asked Perkins how he would feel if a state named the Koran its official book.

“Well, if the Koran as the state book could get through Tennessee,” he said, “our nation is a lot worse off than I ever thought, even though after we’ve had Barack Obama for seven years and I know he’s done everything he can to promote Islam in this country, but we’re not at that point yet because the American people are not following him.”

Donald Trump Won't Raise The Minimum Wage Because He Will Get Everyone A High-Paying Job

Donald Trump, who once complained that wages are “too high,” told conservative radio host Joe Pags this weekend that he opposes a minimum wage increase because, under his tax plan, everyone will get job offers and America will no longer be “a Third World country.”

Trump, seeming to misspeak, said his tax proposal is “the biggest tax increase by far of anybody” and that “the middle class is so well taken care of.” (In reality, Trump’s $12 trillion tax plan will mostly benefit the top 0.1 percent.) Thanks to massive tax cuts and additional taxes on importers, Trump explained, the economy will boom and the minimum wage will be obsolete.

“We’re going to bring so many jobs back that the minimum wage, even at the higher number, will be not such a good number, people are going to make more than that,” he said.

“That’s not a lot either, in all fairness,” he added. “But we’re going to bring jobs back so much and so many that the minimum wage will hopefully be a figure that people won’t want to think about.”

Trump also boasted that Apple products will be made in America when he’s president.

“Somebody will say, ‘Oh they’re going to cost more.’ That’s right, but we’re going to have a lot more jobs and that’s going to offset it,” he said.

North Carolina Activist Slams 'Social Terrorists' Opposing Anti-LGBT Law

Mark Creech, who as the head of the Christian Action League of North Carolina has been a leading proponent of the state’s new law mandating discrimination against transgender people , wrote on his group’s website this weekend that LGBT rights advocates opposing the law are “social terrorists” using “totalitarian tactics.”

North Carolina, Creech wrote, “has had its name maligned about as bad as calling a virgin a whore” when it was simply trying to “rise up and take the whip from the task masters [sic] hand.”

To smear someone means to sully, vilify, or soil a good reputation. It carries with it the idea of smudging or blurring the truth.

Since the North Carolina General Assembly passed HB 2, my beloved state has had its name maligned about as bad as calling a virgin a whore. The state has certainly been as innocent.

But who is interested in the truth when a leftist media, celebrities, sports organizations, and various corporate entities are crying out, “bigot,” “hater,” “homophobe,” etc. When you sling mud it sticks. It doesn’t have to be true. People move away as fast as a Jew did in Bible times from possible contact with a leper whenever hearing, “unclean, unclean.”

Thank you. Well said, Governor. Still, figuratively speaking, don’t expect these social terrorists like the HRC to let-up on the pressure. There is no meaningful dialogue with them, only total domination. They are an unbending, immovable, aggressive, insistent force that would have every norm and moral turned on its head – every objection to their way vilified, penalized, fined, and criminalized by law.

Even though some big businesses have come out against the Tar Heel state, threatening to leave or not to bring their companies as promised because of HB 2, in a way they’re victims of HRC’s totalitarian tactics too.

Nevertheless, there is only so long one can get away with coercing people into submission. Eventually they will rise up and take the whip from the task masters hand. For the present, that appears to be happening in states like Mississippi and my own, North Carolina.

So call us names. Smear our state’s character. Listen to the parrots of political correctness. Heed the heavy hand of the HRC, if you will. Eventually, the truth will win out and the fog of a million lies will ebb away in the brightness of God’s light.

Grassley Promises Anti-Choice Activists He'll Hold The Line Against Garland

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, joined a conference call of anti-abortion activists hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List last night to assure them that he would continue to hold the line and refuse to hold a Judiciary Committee hearing on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

Also joining the call were Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana and Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, who delivered an opening prayer.

Grassley told the activists that when someone asked him for an update on the nomination last week, he said that “an update would suggest that something has changed” and that he still intends to block any nominee until the next president takes office.

He said that preventing “another liberal” from joining the Supreme Court was necessary to keep “even the reasonable restrictions on abortion that have been enacted into law through the democratic process” from being “swept away.”

Grassley cited a recent National Right to Life poll which he said found that “about 80 percent of Americans don’t believe that abortions should be available after the first trimester.” (It was more complicated than that.)

“But we know that justices who embrace the view that the Constitution is a living document don’t share that view that you and I share,” he said. “The American people, through their elected representatives, should be making these policy decisions, not unelected judges. These are life-and-death issues that we’re fighting for. They show just how important this fight over who’s going to fill Scalia’s seat is.”

In response to a question from SBA List president Marjorie Dannefelser, Grassley suggested that news reports characterizing Garland as moderate are a misleading ploy by the media (one that, if he was correct, he himself and some of his Republican colleagues would be in on).

When Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were nominated, he said, “always in these headlines at the time they were nominated, that adjective was the word ‘moderate,’ just like Garland. Well, we know how those four have turned out. So don’t believe what you read in the press about people’s basic philosophy, because they got it all wrong and probably intentionally all wrong.”

When Dannenfelser asked Grassley to respond to the argument that the Senate is neglecting its job by refusing to even consider Garland’s nomination, Grassley repeated his claim that it would actually be a waste of taxpayer money to give Garland a hearing.

“Well, we could have a hearing, we aren’t going to have a hearing, but let’s just suppose we could have a hearing,” he said. “And I know 52 people, at least 52 in the Senate, aren’t going to approve it. So you have a hearing and you spend a lot of taxpayers’ money gearing up for it, you spend a lot of time of members, a lot of research that has to be done by staff, and then it ain’t going to go anyplace.”

“It’s like getting dressed up for the prom but you don’t get to go,” Dannenfelser said.

Get Ready For 'AmeriGEDDON,' The UN-EMP Attack-Martial Law Invasion Movie We've All Been Waiting For

Right-wing pundits have been warning for years about the possibility of the government engineering false-flag events designed to justify martial law and door-to-door gun confiscation. Now, those fears have been brought to the silver screen with “AmeriGEDDON,” a new film by Mike Norris, son of conservative action star Chuck Norris.

“AmeriGEDDON,” according to promotional materials, presents a “dire warning of a wake up [sic] call of what might be our future when a globalist terrorist organization aligned with the United Nations disables the United States power grid and institutes Martial Law.”

Judging from its trailer, the movie cobbles together a wide array of current right-wing fears, showing what would happen if the U.S. government, in collaboration with the United Nations, launched a false-flag nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack to destroy the country’s energy system.

Since most Americans haven’t been wise enough to stockpile weapons and survival food, the movie shows, the government would finally be able to impose martial law under the guise of restoring order. “A strong America is the only thing standing in the way,” says a villainous member of the global elite. “The country only needs a little chaos … The vanity of nationalism will quickly fade. These are but the birth pangs of a New World Order.”

The trailer even features a cameo by David Knight, a real-life host on Alex Jones’ InfoWars network. The film’s website touts the endorsement it has received from the Oath Keepers, an extremist militia group that fears that the government will soon set up “death camps.”

Executive producer Gary Heavin, the founder of Curveswrites on the film’s blog that a “shadow government” that worships Satan is using President Obama as a “puppet” to further its interests, warning that “anti-American policies” like “the open border, the import of un-vetted Syrians, the decimation of our armed forces and the financial bankrupting of our country can best be explained by understanding the true intent of the globalists running our country.”

“I wrote this script almost two years ago,” he explained. “Everything is in place for this evil and vile plan to be initiated. Please support this movie so that we can wake people up. Perhaps some will prepare.”

Elsewhere on the blog, an unnamed writer hails Donald Trump as a modern-day William Wallace who can save America, while decrying Hillary Clinton as “a one-woman crime wave who has a trail of deaths that would make Longshanks proud” and who is determined “to rape and pillage our country.” “Let’s expose these bastards and take our country back!”

Find more information about “AmeriGEDDON” in its the About page:

AMERIGEDDON, coming to theaters nationwide May 13, 2016, has been described as “the movie the establishment doesn’t want you to see.” Showing what happens when a not-so-future U.S. government conspires with the United Nations to stage an attack on the energy grid, AMERIGEDDON depicts a country ruled by martial law in which citizens are stripped of their constitutional rights and their guns. A group of patriots fight back and rescue the country from slipping into irreversible chaos.

AMERIGEDDON’s release in an election year is not coincidental. The film illustrates a dystopian future all patriots must guard against and is a call to action to preserve the Second Amendment and stop executive rule by fiat. Director Mike Norris, son of Chuck Norris, asks for like-minded Americans to support the film.

“The fact that a recent poll showed a majority of Americans are enraged with the federal government points to a frenzy of unrest with the dictatorial way in which our country has been run,” said Norris. “My family has long been involved in protecting the rights of Americans. We are concerned about the future and and [sic] see this film as a call to action. We urge people to join us in theaters and show Hollywood and politicians that true patriots will fight for their rights and want to see their values represented on-screen.”

A collaboration between Norris and entrepreneur and writer Gary Heavin, AMERIGEDDON seizes on fact-based threats and asks the ultimate question, “What happens when government turns on the people it’s supposed to protect?”

Executive Producer Gary Heavin believes the film’s message warning is timely. “We made a movie that is fun to watch but it is based in reality. In AMERIGEDDON, survivors of an EMP attack on the United States must live in a state of martial law led by the United Nations. American soldiers must decide whom they serve, second amendment rights are curtailed and food, water and survival become our primary concerns—unfortunately, these are all likely scenarios resulting from a very real threat,” said Heavin. “I believe if we can entertain while we inform, more people will wake up; and if we hope to restore our freedom we must share the truth with as many people as possible.”

Co-written by Norris and Heavin, the film features Marshall Teague (THE ROCK), Annalynn McCord (“Dallas”, “90210”), Dina Meyer (“Starship Troopers”), Spencer Neville (“Days of Our Lives”), Mike Norris (“Walker, Texas Ranger”), Diane Ladd (JOY) and India Eisley (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”).

David Barton: The Concept Of Adolescence Is Unbiblical

On the latest episode of his "Foundations of Freedom" series, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton repeated his claim that the concept of adolescence is entirely unbiblical.

Joined by his "WallBuilders Live" co-host Rick Green, Barton asserted that "adolescence is a term that never existed in the Bible because there was never a time when you were not to be a man or a woman."

"That's why David was just a teen, maybe a pre-teen, when he slew the lion and the bear and Goliath," he stated. "King Josiah was 8 years old when he started to reign. Samuel, they say he may have been somewhere between 4 and 12 when the Lord spoke to him and called him to his ministry there with Eli. Jesus was 12 years old when he was in the temple confounding the doctors of the law."

"In the Hebrew culture," Barton continued, "when you were 13 years old, you were a man. You went from being a boy to being a man. When you turned 13, no longer were your parents responsible for you because you're a man, you answer for your own decisions, you make your own decisions."

In an effort to bolster his argument, Barton later went on to repeat his false claim that the Pony Express was staffed with young orphans who rode hundreds of miles a day alone across the country. 

Rafael Cruz: 'Tremendous Religious Persecution' In America Part Of Plan To Impose Communism

Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, who has a long history in the fringes of the militia movement and once addressed a neo-Nazi event, now peddles various conspiracy theories while telling elected officials that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to make sure that they fear assassination. So, naturally, Rafael Cruz, the father and campaign surrogate of Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz,joined Pratt on his radio program last weekend to promote his recent book and his son’s presidential candidacy.

The younger Cruz has close ties to Gun Owners of America, including raising money for it, speaking to its members , boasting of its endorsement at a Republican debate, and appointing its chairman to head his campaign’s “Second Amendment Coalition.”

Rafael Cruz told Pratt that he was “so grateful” for GOA’s work, before launching into a discussion of how President Obama’s attempts to “take our guns away” and the “tremendous religious persecution” of Christians and Jews in America is all part of a plan to impose a murderous communist dictatorship.

Pratt, discussing the Batista and Castro regimes in Cruz’s native Cuba, mused that “arguably it could have made a difference” in Cuba “had people been able to defend themselves and had there been the militia tradition that we still sort of have in the United States.”

Cruz responded that the issue of gun rights is “critical” right now in the U.S., especially given the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“That means if we get one more liberal justice with the same mind, we could all lose our right to keep and bear arms,” he said. “And I’ll tell you what, look at history, every dictator that has taken away the guns from the population have then used those guns to kill the population by the millions. Stalin did it, Hitler did it, Mao did it, Pol Pot did it, Castro did it, they’ve all done it. And Obama has been trying for the last seven years to take our guns away!”

Later in the interview, Cruz alleged that there is “tremendous religious persecution in America,” specifically against Christians and Jews, which he says is all part of an effort to destroy God and impose communism.

“You know, Larry, if we look at America,” he said, “there is tremendous religious persecution in America, more specifically, persecution against Christians and Jews in America. Well, we’ve got to realize that that is not the objective, that is only the means. You see, communism, socialism, Marxism — we can’t get caught up in semantics, it’s all the same — it requires for government to become your god. And in order for government to become your god, the must destroy the concept of God, and that’s what’s behind this attack on religion.”

The mutual admiration between Pratt and the Cruz family was evident during the hour-long interview.

“Thank you for standing in the gap, my brother,” Cruz told Pratt. “I know that you have been very instrumental in protecting that fundamental right for us.”

“Well, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Sen. Ted Cruz on more than one occasion,” Pratt replied.

This prompted Cruz to proudly bring up his son’s efforts to stop gun legislation in the wake of the Newtown school massacre. In particular, he said he was proud of the “leadership” his son his son showed in the infamous condescending lecture he delivered to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., at a committee hearing, which prompted Feinstein to tell Cruz, “I am not a sixth grader.”

Cruz told listeners to Google the exchange “if they want to get a laugh,” assuring them that they would “get a laugh for sure.”

“You know, she does have a point,” Pratt responded. “If he even implied that she was a sixth grader, it would have been insulting to a sixth grader, so I’m glad he’s not guilty of that.”

The two then erupted in laughter.

Pat Robertson: Many Transgender People Are Frauds

Yesterday on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson said he was “simply appalled” by the negative reaction to North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law, claiming that the law is “perfectly reasonable” and that it was passed because “we don’t want men going into women’s bathrooms, we don’t want predators going out where little girls are, we don’t want voyeurs having free access to the women’s locker rooms during games when they’re changing clothes.”

The televangelist contended – without any basis in fact or reality – that while there are some people who truly are transgender, many people identifying as transgender are frauds.

“People like that are relatively rare,” Robertson said. “So much of this other stuff is put up, it’s put on and it’s just a fraud. And it’s one more opportunity for the left to demonstrate against some aggrievement they claim to have that doesn’t exist. This is a phony, phony, phony cause to get involved in. ‘Well, I’ve got to look after the transgenders.’ This is nonsense.”

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