Being interviewed by Todd Starnes is a rite of passage that nearly all phony Religious Right martyrs undergo as they turn themselves into the latest victims of anti-Christian bigotry, so it came as no surprise that Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis offered an “EXCLUSIVE” interview with the Fox News pundit today.
Telling Starnes that she is “prepared to go to jail” if she is held in contempt of court for preventing the county from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Davis added that she refuses to step down from her position as an elected official because she is “a vessel God has chosen for this time and this place” who wants to use the county office to spread “God’s word.”
The four-times-married clerk also said that others should learn from her “sordid past” and repent: “They too can receive the cleansing and renewing, and they can start a fresh life and they can be different. They don’t have to remain in their sin, there’s hope for tomorrow.”
“I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to go to jail, I sure am,” Mrs. Davis told me in an exclusive interview. “This has never been a gay or lesbian issue for me. This is about upholding the word of God.”
“This is a heaven or hell issue for me and for every other Christian that believes,” she said. “This is a fight worth fighting.”
“I would have to either make a decision to stand or I would have to buckle down and leave,” she said, pondering her choices. “And if I left, resigned or chose to retire, I would have no voice for God’s word.
She once lived for the devil, but now she lives for God. She’s a sinner saved by grace.
So how does she handle the reporters and talking heads who call her a hypocrite?
“All I can say to them is if they have a sordid past like what I had, they too can receive the cleansing and renewing, and they can start a fresh life and they can be different,” she said. “They don’t have to remain in their sin, there’s hope for tomorrow.”
Davis did not seek the national spotlight. She had no intention of becoming a spokeswoman for religious liberty, and she bristles at the idea that she is a hero of the faith.
“I’m just a vessel God has chosen for this time and this place,” she said. “I’m no different than any other Christian. It was my appointed time to stand, and their time will come.”
Such remarks come as no surprise from an official who earlier this week cited “God’s authority” as a reason why she doesn’t have to respect the court system and who told one gay couple at her office that they should prepare for God’s judgment.
Another Kentucky clerk who refuses to follow the marriage equality ruling, Casey Davis (no relation), has said that he is not only willing to go to jail over the matter, but is even ready to lose his life.
Pat Robertson has emerged as one of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ staunchest defenders, even warning that orders for Davis to do her job as a public official by respecting the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling may lead to divine retribution in the form of a massive financial collapse.
Today, the “700 Club” host continued to defend Davis, claiming that she has no responsibility to follow the court’s decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage.
The televangelist explained that the ultimate goal of “the gays” is to put Davis and other gay rights opponents in prison for their stance.
The Constitution says the supreme law of the land is the Constitution, duly ratified treaties and laws passed by the Congress and signed into law by the president. That’s the law. Judicial decisions do not constitute the law. You’re not obligated to do that.
So this whole thing is — putting her in jail and so forth — is nonsense. But it will happen and it’s just the beginning, it’s the warmup of this battle. And I want you to know right now, you’ve heard it here, the gays do not just want to be recognized, they do not want to be accepted, they do not want to have just freedom, they want everybody to agree with them and everybody who doesn’t agree with them and does not comport with their way of thinking, they want to be punished, put in jail, or fined. That’s the way they want it and you might as well get used to it.
It is kind of amazing that defenders of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has ordered her office not to issue any marriage licenses in order to avoid abiding by the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling, actually think that it is entirely reasonable to force the more than 20,000 residents of the county to accommodate Davis' personal religious convictions rather than require her to simply do her job.
Like Mat Staver yesterday, Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family's Citizenlink insists today that the 23,333 residents of Rowan County, Kentucky, "could easily drive to any neighboring county" in order to obtain a marriage license and should be forced to do so because "an elected official has a right to a reasonable accommodation for her faith."
The idea that it is reasonable to make tens of thousands of people drive to a different county to obtain a marriage license because their clerk simply refuses to do her job, or even to let her subordinates do theirs, is laughable, as is Shepard's argument that it is gay rights activists who are trying to force their views on Davis when, in reality, it is Davis who is forcing her views on an entire county by demanding that all residents accommodate her religious convictions. Of course, if the clerks in the surrounding counties likewise refused to follow the law, Religious Right activists would defend them as well.
Predictably, Shepard goes on to claim that the true reason that gay rights activists are waging this fight is because they are in pain and are lashing out.
"My observation is that the activists are sincerely hurting," he said, "yet their worldview will not allow them to see any connection between the pain they're feeling and the life they're living, so they look for someone to blame and the focus right now is on any Christian who would take a stand for God's timeless design for marriage and relationships."
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said in a statement today that he had called Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to congratulate her for her “courage and humility” in defying the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality.
Huckabee’s stance doesn’t come as a surprise, as the former Arkansas governor has said that gay people can never be truly married and called the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling illegitimate. Huckabee even signed a pledge vowing to defy the court on marriage, a pledge coincidentally authored by Davis’ attorney, Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver.
“Because Congress has made no law allowing for same sex marriage, Kim does not have the constitutional authority to issue a marriage license to homosexual couples,” Huckabee said in the statement, before applauding her for refusing to bow “to the false God of judicial supremacy” and defending herself against “Washington elites who have nothing but disdain for us, our faith and Constitution.”
Another presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said that Davis’ decision to break the law is “part of the American way.” Shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision, Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., said that clerks in his state should be allowed to deny marriage licenses to gay couples if it conflicts with their personal beliefs, even though in 2009 the governor tried to fire a local official after he denied a marriage license to an interracial couple after citing personal objections to interracial marriage.
"I spoke with Kim Davis this morning to offer my prayers and support,” Huckabee said. “I let her know how proud I am of her for not abandoning her religious convictions and standing strong for religious liberty. She is showing more courage and humility than just about any federal office holder in Washington.
"Kim is asking the perfect question: 'Under what law am I authorized to issue homosexual couples a marriage license?' That simple question is giving many in Congress a civics lesson that they never got in grade school,” Huckabee added. "The Supreme Court cannot and did not make a law. They only made a ruling on a law. Congress makes the laws. Because Congress has made no law allowing for same sex marriage, Kim does not have the constitutional authority to issue a marriage license to homosexual couples.
"Kim is a person of great conviction,” Huckabee continued. “When people of conviction fight for what's right they often pay a price, but if they don't and we surrender, we will pay a far greater price for bowing to the false God of judicial supremacy. Government is not God. No man - and certainly no unelected lawyer - has the right to redefine the laws of nature or of nature's God. Five unelected lawyers have abused their power by ruling in favor of a national right to same-sex marriage with no legal precedent and with nothing in our Constitution to back it up. They have violated American's most fundamental right guaranteed by our Constitution - religious liberty.
"I stand with Kim Davis and every American of faith under attack by Washington elites who have nothing but disdain for us, our faith and the Constitution,” Huckabee concluded.
End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles knows that the recent dive in the stock market is a sign that God is getting ready to destroy America due to the country’s policies on legal abortion and marriage equality.
Wiles said yesterday that the “meltdown on Wall Street” is punishment for the financial system’s links to “Planned Parenthood’s fetal meat markets,” lamenting the people’s indifference to “the precious blood of innocent children flowing beneath their feet through the city sewage system.”
When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, Wiles said, “the courthouse of Heaven” ruled in favor of America’s destruction.
“The days of the nation are numbered and God shall bring it to an end very soon," Wiles warned. "The time for repentance has passed, a guilty verdict has been rendered against America. Judgment has been decreed.”
After fielding questions from slavery apologist Douglas Wilson about gay marriage and Planned Parenthood in a recent Google hangout with Religious Right activists, Mike Huckabee also told the fringe pastor about his vision for the Supreme Court.
Huckabee said that Antonin Scalia is his “favorite” justice on the bench, adding that the justice had proved himself to be “a heck of a shot” on their hunting trips together. Huckabee also complimented the “brilliant” Samuel Alito, the “very solid legal scholar” Clarence Thomas and even Chief Justice John Roberts, commending his dissent in the Supreme Court’s “derogatory” marriage equality ruling.
“I would find out if they had been cloned and, if they had, I’d go look for those people,” he said referring to Scalia and Thomas.
Glenn Beck was spitting fire on his radio program this morning from the get-go, opening with a declaration that "we are living in a culture of death" and only growing more and more apocalyptic as he ranted, uninterrupted, through the entire segment about how America is rapidly committing suicide.
"I want you to understand, we're done as a nation," Beck warned. "We're not going to get any more warnings on this. Evil is rampaging right now. It is beyond anything I have ever seen anywhere in my life and if you think it is going to stay put, if you think it's not going to grow, if you think this is as bad is it could get, you are sadly mistaken."
Things like the nuclear deal with Iran, civil unrest in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, the persecution of Christians, and even allowing transgender students to use proper facilities in public schools are all going to spread and grow worse, Beck proclaimed, until eventually this nation simply collapses.
"We are a nation hell-bent on our own destruction," Beck thundered. "God's not going to punish us. I saw in the New York Post, 'Glenn Beck is again with his apocalyptic preaching,' I'm not preaching to you and I'm not apocalyptic! We are suicidal and all I'm doing is telling you."
Mike Huckabee recently chatted with a number of conservative activists, including slavery apologist and anti-gay extremist Douglas Wilson, in a Google hangout, where he addressed the deceptively edited videos targeting Planned Parenthood and discussed plan to outlaw abortion through executive fiat.
When Wilson proposed that Huckabee give David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the sting videos, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Huckabee called it “a great idea,” praising Daleiden as “a Wilberforce for our time,” a reference to British abolitionist William Wilberforce.
Beyond just “defunding one abortion organization,” Huckabee vowed to “be the president that would invoke the Fifth and 14th Amendments to declare that it is imperative that we afford unborn children their constitutional rights of the Fifth and 14th Amendment.” He said that this presidential declaration would bequeath personhood rights “at the moment of conception,” saying that he is tired of conservatives having to “play the defensive role for 42 years when all along we had the Fifth and 14th Amendments.”
During a recent Google hangout with right-wing activists, Mike Huckabee pledged that if he becomes president he will sic the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service on Planned Parenthood, but also said that such steps are “secondary” to his “more important” plan of outlawing abortion through a sweeping executive fiat that grants personhood rights to zygotes.
Huckabee vowed that he will criminalize abortion, no matter the consequences: “I think that the bolder and more important and more urgent position is to invoke the constitutional rights of the unborn, recognizing them as persons, expecting lawsuits, expecting extraordinary pushback, and goodness, perhaps riots in the streets.”
“I think that we have tinkered around the edges so long that we failed to go back to the original purpose of the Bill of Rights and we have simply not applied it,” Huckabee said. “Frankly, I don’t know of any of us who are pro-lifers who would argue, ‘well that is really not a person,’ so the question is: Do we believe that the unborn child is a person? If we do, then we ought to act like that is a person and give them the protections that they are due under the Constitution.”
GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee promised in a recent Google hangout with conservative activists that he will never call gay people’s marriages “marriage” because “marriage does have a definition and that’s not it.”
Huckabee fielded a question from Douglas Wilson, a controversial Reconstructionist pastor who once proposed exiling gay people and coauthored with a Southern separatist a pamphlet defending slavery, about what he would do to prevent “the same-sex mirage” from victimizing Christians, prompting the former Arkansas governor to declare that he would not recognize same-sex couples as married.
“The agenda here is not simply to have the freedom for same-sex relationships called marriage, I refuse to say that that’s marriage because marriage does have a definition and that’s not it,” Huckabee said. “The assault is on something deeper than just the institution of marriage.”
Predicting that gay marriage will put Christian-led hospitals and universities “out of business,” Huckabee said he would direct the Justice Department to defend people who are supposedly being oppressed by gay marriage. He specifically pointed to the Oregon bakers who violated a state nondiscrimination law — not marriage law — by denying service to a gay couple.
“I’d love for the Department of Justice to be sent in to defend the Klein’s against an outrageous attack on their religious liberty,” he said.
In the conversation, which W. Scott Lamb of Reformation Press posted online two weeks ago, Huckabee also repeated his call for elected officials to defy the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling and his warning that gay marriage will lead to anti-Christian persecution.
It is not a coincidence that Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who is currently at the center of a heated legal battle over her refusal to allow the county office to issue any marriage licenses in order to avoid having to provide them to gay couples, is being represented by Mat Staver and his organization Liberty Counsel, as both he and the organization have a long history of vehemently anti-gay activism. While the Supreme Court has rebuffed Davis' legal challenges, Staver has continued to insist that she and other anti-gay clerks are justified in violating the law.
Today, Staver appeared on Steve Malzberg's Newsmax program, where, amazingly, he declared that it was entirely reasonable for the more than 20,000 residents of Rowan County, Kentucky, to have to drive 30 minutes to another county in order to obtain a marriage license in order to protect Davis' personal religious convictions.
"The simple issue that can be resolved is her religious conscience and convictions," Staver said. "You have 120 counties in Kentucky and you have additional jurisdictions that can issue licenses. So it's 130-plus venues; you drive 30 minutes in any direction in Kentucky and get a marriage license. You don't have to force Kim Davis herself to issue the license."
Staver went on to warn that if Davis, who has also ordered deputy clerks not to issue marriage licenses, is actually required to do her job as an elected official and public employee, soon the government will go after churches, Christian universities, and Christian businesses as well because "what the end goal is is to stamp out freedom."
In an interview yesterday with Jan Mickelson, the Iowa radio host who recently offered a spirited defense of slavery, Rick Santorum said that it is time that the U.S. get tough on Muslim refugees seeking asylum in the U.S., alleging that the Obama administration is bringing in “radical Muslims” and LGBT refugees into America as part of the president’s plan to remake the country and undermine cultural values.
After Mickelson asked Santorum if America “should be importing Islam,” Santorum said he would do away with immigration laws which he says favor “immigrants from countries that we do not have a lot of immigrants from, and a vast majority of them are Muslim countries.”
The GOP presidential candidate also said that he would oppose the United Nations if it tries to resettle Muslim refugees in the U.S., claiming that if elected he would take “Christians and Jews” fleeing the the Middle East because they are “being most persecuted” in countries like Iraq and Syria. Santorum went on to repeat the debunked claim that the administration is discriminating against non-Muslim refugees while trying to “bring in folks who are potential radical Islamic sympathizers.”
“They believe that America will be better off if we bring in people that are nothing like and share none of the values of what made America a unique and great country,” he said. “And let’s be honest, if you look at radical Islam, it’s about as antithetical to the American first principles to anything you’d want to see, but in President Obama’s mind, that’s a good thing for America because, of course, America is flawed and America needs to be changed and needs to be more influenced by these other cultures and other religions.”
The former Pennsylvania senator eventually made his way to attacking the administration for giving asylum to LGBT people fleeing hostile nations: “If you look at who Barack Obama has put in the State Department and the kind of efforts that they have ongoing, it’s not just radical Muslims but they are also taking — one of their highest priorities is to take people who are persecuted because of their gender identity, that’s another area that the president has focused on and making sure that we bring people into this country.”
As Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis continues to bar her office from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of the Supreme Court, the Religious Right is attempting to turn her into the latest martyr in the supposed persecution of Christians in America.
Davis’ attorneys at the far-right legal organization Liberty Counsel have urged her to break the law, insisting that any court ruling in favor of gay marriage is inherently illegitimate because it violates religious precepts. Another Kentucky clerk who is also refusing to issue marriage licenses boasted that he is willing to lose his life over the matter.
While violating court orders is a bridge too far for some Religious Right activists like Maggie Gallagher and Ryan T. Anderson, other conservative pundits see Davis as a hero for taking on the “gaystapo” and Satan himself.
Franklin Graham took to Facebook today to congratulate Davis for “standing up against the evil being forced on us,” warning that if others don’t emulate Davis, “we won’t even recognize the America that our children and our grandchildren will be left with.”
In a fundraising letter yesterday, the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown called Davis “the latest victim of gay intolerance and government discrimination and persecution of marriage supporters,” defending her defiance by explaining that the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage was “illegitimate” since “two men cannot be married to each other, nor two women — regardless of what any court states.”
The Foundation for Moral Law, the group founded by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who led his own battle in defying the federal court system on marriage, issued a statement from its president — Moore’s wife Kayla Moore — commending Davis as an example for all Americans and arguing that the Supreme Court’s ruling can be flouted since it defies divine law.
Anti-gay pundit Bill Muehlenberg similarly hailed Davis as a “supersaint” for refusing to “submit fully to the homosexual jackboot” and “the gaystapo,” claiming that she is among the “modern day Christian martyrs.”
When the militant homosexual lobby and its supporters tell you no one will be adversely impacted when homosexual marriage goes through, they are lying. They knew full well that everything changes – for the worse. Everyone must bow the knee and submit fully to the homosexual jackboot. … Try telling these folks that homosexual marriage will not impact them. And while you are at it, try telling Kim Davis this. She is a committed Christian and a Kentucky county clerk who will not allow her faith to be violated by the militants.
She has been another supersaint, standing strong for her faith in the face of severe persecution.
Yet again we see the intolerant activists, coupled with the heavy arm of the rainbow state, seeking to break the will and the resolve of ordinary men and women who choose to put the Lord Jesus Christ over and above the tide of filth and perversion sweeping the land.
These are modern day Christian martyrs, standing steadfast for biblical truth despite everything the gaystapo can throw at them. I and others have been warning about this for many years now. We said this is exactly where we would get to when we start granting special rights to this militant sexual lifestyle group.
Not to be outdone, BarbWire content editor Gina Miller said that the embattled clerk is waging a spiritual war against Satan’s gay army.
Those of us who have been closely watching the advance of this dark movement see exactly where it’s headed: the criminalization of Christianity. We have been warning of this for years, and it’s becoming clearer by the day that we’re right. While the aggressive, God-hating homosexual activists hurl their vicious lies and senseless insults at us, we are being proven right, inch by inch, day by day, as the homosexual/“transgender” behemoth claims more ground of our freedoms. Just ask the Kleins of Sweet Cakes bakery, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Bakery and numerous others who came before Kim Davis in their resistance to the hijacked-rainbow brigade’s evil schemes.
I have repeated myself over and over again for years now. The homosexual movement, including its related perversions like “transgenderism,” has nothing to do with “equality” or marriage (other than to destroy it). It’s about the destruction of freedom, and specifically, the destruction of Christian freedom. Truth does not change, and the truth about homosexuality does not change. Homosexual behavior is sin. It’s destructive and dangerous. It’s unnatural. It’s immoral. It’s a gross perversion of God’s design for human sexuality. It’s naturally repulsive to those who retain a functioning moral compass. The same goes for “transgenderism.” People who imagine or pretend that they are members of the opposite sex are in open, degenerate rebellion against God, reality and nature. Whether this is due to mental illness or not, it’s still dead wrong.
The God-haters in this movement and their fellow travelers in positions of power will not stop until Christianity is criminalized. At its heart, this is a manifestation of the battle Satan has waged against God and His people. It is demonic influence that drives these homosexuals to target Christians, in order to crush their freedoms. This county clerk in Kentucky is a target because she is a Christian. These Godless degenerates now have the force of bad law on their side. Bad law—immoral law—is tyranny. Tyranny is what Satan desires over humanity, and he will get it, as the Bible has forewarned us.
The radical homosexual movement is one of the foremost tools the devil is using to topple our freedom, and if we had a thousand county clerks like Kim Davis stand up to this lawless edict from the federal courts, we might stand a chance of beating it back. But there are not many Christians of such courage today.
Dark times are falling on this nation, and there are numerous fronts of evil that are working in concert to destroy the Godly foundation of freedom upon which the United States was founded. Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) is an enemy of all that is right and true, and he is certainly a treasonous enemy of our country. He is a strong supporter and pusher of the militant homosexual agenda. He is part of God’s judgment on this wayward nation that has forcefully expelled God from the public square. Whether it’s the communistic “global warming” agenda, the homosexualist agenda or even the lunatic “black lives matter” racist agenda, all these are heads of the same tyrannical hydra. They all seek to bring tyranny down on the American people. (emphasis added)
In a direct mail piece sent out this week, the Family Research Council warns that a “crackdown” on Christians in the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling has begun and urges supporters to contribute “as generously as possible” to help FRC fight the “onslaught.”
Calling the Obergefell ruling a “tragedy,” FRC president Tony Perkins warns that the “enemies of biblical truth and devotion to the same … are circling ready pounce, and protection for Christians is urgently needed.”
This protection, he writes, comes in the form of the so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which would sanction discrimination against LGBT people, single mothers and others in a wide range of private and public services.
The crackdown has begun.
I told you barely eight weeks ago that I believed a crackdown was coming and your own religious freedom would be in jeopardy. I didn’t really know it would hit this fast and hit this hard.
But here it is.
Some state government agencies and officials are already penalizing people for their moral and religious convictions about marriage!
What we are seeing are the side effects of a tragedy. It was a tragedy in the first place that the justices voted, but the slimmest of majorities, 5 to 4, to force a redefinition of marriage on all 50 states, invalidating the votes of over 50 million Americans.
This cataclysmic determination was made not by the overwhelming vote of the people throughout America—they voted otherwise—nor by elected lawmakers—but by five unelected liberal lawyers wearing black robes. They simply agreed that this would be settled policy—and not on the basis of the text of the Constitution, but based on their own personal analysis and apparently their own policy preferences.
Result: The First Amendment, and your freedoms that are protected under it, are under attack.
This can’t wait. This is not just a matter of “holding the line.” This is a matter of turning back a huge assault and protecting your fundamental freedoms.
What we’ve witnessed since the same-sex marriage ruling is a colossal push toward snuffing out your most cherished freedom, your religious freedom—your right to believe—crushing your constitutional rights as a Christian by forcing you to embrace practices that contradict biblical truth.
The onslaught is under way!
It is a tragedy that the moral and religious beliefs of people and faith-based organizations should need to be protected from oppression by our own federal government, especially given our nation’s history of recognizing, respecting and protecting those beliefs.
Ironically, individuals and nonprofit organizations could face the loss of tax-exempt status, disqualification, loss of professional license, or be punished by the federal government simply for believing in marriage as the union of a man and a woman, as President Obama himself professed just three years ago.
Yet now, in the wake of the high court’s same-sex marriage decision, enemies of biblical truth and devotion to the same—the President’s own allies—are circling ready pounce, and protection for Christians is urgently needed.
Conservative activists who are pushing for the state and federal defunding of Planned Parenthood’s health services to low-income women frequently claim that community health care clinics can easily pick up the slack if Planned Parenthood’s services are no longer available to millions of women.
A map of community clinics compiled by the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Susan B. Anthony List has been making the rounds in conservative social media and has been shared by groups who claim that these health centers’ ubiquity makes Planned Parenthood unnecessary.
A story in the New York Times today highlights just one example of why that is very wrong. Louisiana, the Times’ Jackie Calmes reports, is facing a crisis of sexually transmitted diseases and the state’s two Planned Parenthood clinics, neither of which performs abortions, have been at the forefront of fighting it, including conducting nearly 20,000 STI tests last year.
Dr. Stephanie Taylor, who runs a private health center in New Orleans, told Calmes, “You can’t just cut Planned Parenthood off one day and expect everyone across the city to absorb the patients.”
The author of a recent study of community health services told the Times that it is “absurd” to claim that Planned Parenthood’s services could be easily replaced:
“Somebody says, ‘Oh, we’ll just move $500 million over.’ First of all, most of that is Medicaid, so you can’t just move it over,” said Sara Rosenbaum, a professor at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services, which recently released results of a three-year study of community health services and family planning nationwide.
She called it “an absurd claim” that other health providers could replace Planned Parenthood, especially in the South and the Midwest. With the Affordable Care Act, Ms. Rosenbaum said, health centers “have been just overwhelmed with patients because of the expansion of insurance coverage.”
That experience was borne out in Texas after it cut off funds for Planned Parenthood, when rather than transferring to another provider, tens of thousands of women simply slipped through the cracks. Jill Filopovic summarized Texas’ experience:
We know what happens when you defund Planned Parenthood, because we've seen it in Texas. The result? More than half of women now experience at least one barrier to reproductive health care in that state. Some 30,000 Texas women vanished from the ranks of those receiving government-funded family planning services. Planned Parenthood clinics shuttered, and the largest drops in the number of Texas women receiving state family planning services occurred in the same places where those clinics closed down. Health care providers in the state made 63,581 fewer claims for birth control than they did when Planned Parenthood was a provider receiving state funds. Without access to contraception and with limited access to safe abortion, some of the state's poorest women are even turning to illegal and unsafe abortion methods when they get pregnant.
In other words, cutting funding from Planned Parenthood doesn't mean that women will simply go to other clinics. It means tens of thousands will lose their health care provider.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine acknowledged this problem before a Senate vote on Planned Parenthood funding in July (Collins ended up voting to advance a defunding bill, claiming that her vote was merely a procedural move):
“The problem is, in my state and many others, Planned Parenthood is the primary provider of women's health services in certain parts of my state, and as I understand the amendment, and again I'm still reviewing it, it immediately defunds Planned Parenthood,” Collins said. “So I don't know how you would ensure that all of the patients of Planned Parenthood could be absorbed by alternative care providers.”
As Peter has noted, Planned Parenthood critics also sometimes claim that so-called crisis pregnancy centers, which are meant to steer women away from abortion, could pick up some of Planned Parenthood’s work. What they usually don’t say is that such centers often refuse to supply contraception.
On yesterday's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner revealed that, prior to the start of last year's NFL season, God personally told him that the New England Patriots would win the Super Bowl and that it would be "a prophetic message that patriotism is going to win this year."
Joyner said that God regularly shows him "through sporting events some prophetic scenarios," and so, last year, he asked God when He was going to let the Carolina Panthers finally win a Super Bowl. God reportedly told Joyner "don't give up on the Panthers," which Joyner interpreted to mean that the Panthers would not have a very good year but "it could end up good," which is exactly what happened when the team made it into the playoffs despite having a losing record and even won a Wild Card game.
But more importantly, God told Joyner that the Patriots would win the Super Bowl, though Joyner wisely decided not to share that information publicly because otherwise people would have used it to gamble.
"The Lord told me the Patriots were going to win," he said. "I knew the Lord said and he was saying it as a prophetic message that patriotism is going to win this year. And that's what's going to win and you're going to see Americans becoming patriotic again. And I knew that was a message and I think that's important for us to understand and, for that reason, I was kind of happy when the Patriots won it all, I knew we're going to see this unfold."
Pat Robertson, who last week suggested that turmoil in the stock market was divine punishment for government funding of Planned Parenthood, today alleged that the legalization of gay marriage will anger God to the point that it will lead to a massive financial crash.
While repeating his defense of Kentucky official Kim Davis, the county clerk who is barring her office from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Robertson lamented that homosexuality is no longer illegal in America.
“Isn’t it a shame, there was a time that homosexuality was considered an aberration, it was illegal, as a matter of fact, and the thought of two homosexuals marrying one another was just undreamed of, we couldn’t even conceive of it,” he said. “And now the Supreme Court of the United States has said that this is a constitutional right and, in the process, they are upending the traditions of thousands of years of the Judeo-Christian faith.”
Robertson said that the financial system may not survive gay marriage: “God Almighty is looking down on this nation and, folks, I want to tell you that our finances right now are hanging by a thread, the rupture of the entire financial framework of our world is so tenuous right now and if there is was ever a time that we need the grace of God, it is now. And unless something is done to change the courts and to change the way this country is going, it is just a question of time before the fabric ruptures and we’ll all suffer because of it.”
Near the end of his radio program yesterday, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer once again heaped praise upon Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis for preventing her office from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, in defiance of court orders, calling her a "hero" and likening her to someone who refused to send Jews to Nazi death camps or to return runaway slaves to their owner.
"What would be think today of a clerk in her position and this is a clerk that controls entrance in and out of the town of Auschwitz?," Fischer asked. "There's this box car that pulls up and she knows that there are Jews in the box car that are headed to the gas chambers and yet she has to sign a certificate allowing this train to proceed through Auschwitz to get to the other side of town. Now, the law says you have got to do it ... What would we think of her if she said, 'No, I'm not going to sign that certificate'? I think we would regard her today as a hero for honoring her conscience when it came to an important issue."
"And then you think about Dred Scott," he continued. "What would we think if we had a lower court judge, a magistrate, let's say, in Wisconsin, who said, 'I'm not going to sign that warrant. You want me to sign a warrant to go kidnap or capture a fugitive slave and return him to slavery? I'm not going to do it even though the Supreme Court says that that negro has no rights.' I think that we would regard that guy today as a hero and that's how I look at Kim Davis."
North Carolina’s Pat McCrory is the fourth Republican governor to agree to host a “Response” prayer rally organized by Christian-nation extremist David Lane and other dominionist activists. Rick Perry used a “Response” rally to launch his doomed 2012 presidential bid; since then Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley have hosted rallies in their states.
As we have repeatedly explained, there are serious problems with governors lending their name and the power of their office to events that are built on the premise that the only answer to the nation’s problems is for the country to “return” to Jesus. They are exclusionary events that suggest only Christians — more specifically, Christians who share the Religious Right’s views — can be part of solving the nation’s problems. And, while pretending to be nonpolitical, they use politicians to give credibility to their anti-gay, anti-choice, America-as-Christian-nation agenda. They turn politics into spiritual warfare and political opponents into enemies of God.
The North Carolina “Response” event is scheduled for September 26 at the convention center in Charlotte. On Monday, organizers placed a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer, featuring a photo of McCrory and the invitation, “Come Join Me in a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance.”
McCrory is getting some negative feedback, and the Observer reported yesterday that McCrory has distanced himself from the ad, with a spokesman saying the governor had agreed to speak but had not given permission to use his name in inviting people to the event. McCrory reportedly said he’s “proud to attend the event and be a part of what hopefully will be a constructive dialog.”
But either McCrory hasn’t done his homework or he’s being disingenuous. Response events are not meant to be a dialogue. They are part of a strategic public relations and political strategy being advanced by men like David Lane, who is trying to mobilize an “army” of conservative Christians to turn the 2016 elections and to remake the United States along the lines of what Lane sees as the country’s covenant with God. America, Lane says, is a nation founded by Christians “for the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
This event, like other Response rallies, will be hosted by “apostle” Doug Stringer and paid for by David Lane’s American Renewal Project, which operates under the umbrella of the viciously anti-gay American Family Association. In advance of the rallies kicking off Perry’s and Jindal’s presidential bids in Texas and Louisiana, organizers distributed materials that blamed supposed national sins like the acceptance of homosexuality for Hurricane Katrina.