Fighting the Right

Homeschooling Leader: 'Your Kids Are Going To Be Bludgeoned To Death Intellectually And Spiritually' In Public Schools

Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins hosted Mike Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association to discuss the purported threat gay rights poses to freedom in the U.S. Farris, who once worried that the Obama administration would let the United Nations take kids who wear glasses from their homes, didn’t disappoint, joining Perkins in calling on parents to take their kids out of public schools because of their LGBT-inclusive policies.

“The forces of officialdom,” Farris said, are “making it very difficult to see that anything other than your kids are going to be bludgeoned to death intellectually and spiritually if they’re remaining in the schools.”

Farris warned that there is a “philosophical war” in America, claiming that “the new, arriving orthodoxy is imposing a form of heresy trials and if any of us believe something that’s wrong, we’re going to find ourselves coerced and facing very serious legal consequences if we insist on believing that we don’t accept the articles of faith of same-sex marriage, of what I believe and you believe are sinful activities, being called right and good and wonderful.”

Lamenting that public school educators are no longer permitted to “share Christ” with their students, Farris said that “good people with good intentions are being thwarted and people with evil intentions are being promoted.”

Klingenschmitt On Pot Legalization: 'Do You Really Want To Be Devoured By The Devil?'

Now that the Colorado legislative session has ended, so too has state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt's self-imposed suspension of his daily "Pray In Jesus Name" program, which he announced only a few months ago after his claim that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman in his state was due to the "curse of God upon America" for legal abortion sparked controversy, leaving even many of his fellow Republicans outraged.

Now that the controversy has blown over and the legislative session has ended, Klingenschmitt has returned to regularly praying about the news and discerning the spirits on his television program, as he did today when he warned that marijuana legalization leads to people being "devoured by the Devil."

Recounting a story about a Colorado business owner who supposedly moved his company out of the state after voters legalized pot, Klingenschmitt declared that people who smoke pot are inviting a "demonic spirit of drunkenness" to take control of them.

"When you begin hallucinating, I'm told, and you begin seeing these images," he said, "you're having apparitions and you are seeing and interacting with and welcoming to rule your heart a demonic spirit of drunkenness. That's not recreational. It's evil."

Citing 1 Peter 5:8, which says, "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour," Klingenschmitt somberly asked, "Do you really want to be devoured by the Devil?"

Rand Paul: US Shouldn't Accept Iraqi Refugees Because 'We Won The War'

The 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq sparked a massive refugee crisis as millions fled their homes, and the U.S. has been widely criticized for failing to resettle refugees, including those who fled after being violently threatened and targeted for working with the U.S. government.

Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul, however, thinks that the U.S. should not resettle such refugees since they would be better off in Iraq and, after all, the U.S. “won the war.” 

While speaking with Iowa-based radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday, Paul criticized efforts by the U.S. and the United Nations to settle Iraqi refugees in the country. Mickelson was even more sweeping, attacking efforts to settle Muslim refugees in general.

“We won the war in Iraq, why would we be giving political asylum to people to come from a country where we won the war?” Paul asked. “It’s one thing if you’re trying to escape Castro or trying to escape communism in Russia or Vietnam or somewhere else or China, I can understand asylum, but when you win the war, why would you give people asylum? And if the 60,000 coming here are friends of the West, wouldn’t you want that 60,000 to be in Iraq helping to form a better country over there?”

He continued: “If you let the better people, the people who like the United States leave and come here, then aren’t you diminishing the numbers of folks that would make that country a better place to live? So I think the whole idea of resettling 60,000 people from Iraq over here was a mistake. But I also think that the refugee program as well as the student visa program are some of the highest risks for us to be attacked.”

Following a rant by Mickelson about the Somali-American community in Minnesota, which he deemed a national security risk, Paul agreed that the U.S. needs to reexamine its refugee program.

Mickelson recently promised to ask every 2016 candidate about Muslim refugees in the U.S.

Poll: One-Third Of Republicans Think Obama Wants To Invade Texas

A new survey from Public Policy Polling finds [PDF] that one-third of Republicans believe the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory that “the government is trying to take over Texas,” and another 28 percent of GOP voters haven’t made up their minds yet about the matter.

The right-wing frenzy over an upcoming military exercise called Jade Helm 15 has swept up the Republican governor of Texas and several other GOP leaders who wonder if the drill is part of a plan by President Obama to seize Texas, impose martial law, confiscate firearms and throw conservatives into closed Walmart stores that have been converted into FEMA camps.

Among Republicans, PPP found that supporters of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were most likely to believe the conspiracy theory.

Image via Public Policy Polling.

PPP also found that half of all Tea Party supporters fear an imminent Texas invasion.

Image via Public Policy Polling.

Gordon Robertson: Passport Microchip Leading To Mark Of The Beast

Gordon Robertson filled in for his father, Pat, on today’s edition of “The 700 Club,” where he fielded a question from once concerned viewer who wondered if it was “safe to have” a passport since “it has a microchip inside of it.”

The viewer noted that she knows “it’s not the ‘Mark of the Beast’ — just more Big Brother leading to the Mark.”

Robertson said that while he isn’t familiar with the microchip in U.S. passports, he agreed that it is “leading to another thing that is on your forehead and on your hand.”

PFAW Criticizes Jeb Bush for Taxpayer Funding of Anti-Gay Group

In an International Business Times article from earlier this month, Andrew Perez and David Sirota reported that Jeb Bush, as governor of Florida, used taxpayer funds to subsidize a company owned by the far-right, anti-gay American Family Association (AFA).

Specifically, the “lucrative tax break” that Bush delivered helped the company’s production of “Web filter technology to prevent Internet users from seeing pornography or information about homosexual relationships or transgender identities.”

In the article, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan pointed out that Bush’s actions highlight his extremism as an elected official:

"That Jeb Bush gave taxpayer money to a subsidiary of a hate group whose founder has compared homosexuality to theft and murder and has claimed that gay people target children speaks volumes about who Bush is as an elected official,” said Michael Keegan of the liberal activist group People for the American Way. “If there was any question about his extremism before, this eliminates any shred of doubt.”

People For the American Way has long monitored the far-right, homophobic actions and rhetoric of the American Family Association. When Bush first provided the tax break to AFA’s company, PFAW was one of the leading groups to call him out on it. In 2001, PFAW President Ralph G. Neas and PFAW Florida Director Lisa Versaci urged Bush to rescind his support for an organization whose president had declared: “For the sake of our children and society, we must oppose the spread of homosexual activity! Just as we oppose murder, stealing, and adultery.”
 

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Right-Wing Group: LGBT-Inclusive Schools Are 'Abusive Of Children'

When he’s not bravely stopping terrorist attacks, warning of a nonexistent ISIS base in Mexico or coming up with new Benghazi conspiracy theories, Tom Fitton of the conservative group Judicial Watch is fighting LGBT nondiscrimination measures in public schools.

Fitton spoke to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on yesterday’s edition of “Washington Watch” about the Fairfax County, Virginia, school board’s recent decision to add protections for gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy, a move which triggered a right-wing backlash, one joined by Fitton.

“I don’t know about you and I’m sure parents out there listening here agree, they don’t want their children in classrooms where kids are being messed with by having teachers call a child by the wrong gender,” Fitton said. “It’s abusive of the children. Assuming they have a true psychological issue, body dysphoria or dysmorphia, whatever you’d like to call it, as a result the whole school gets changed and everything gets turned up on its head, it’s an abuse of the child and an abuse of the other children who are being confused and traumatized by having this confusion enter their classrooms.”

Perkins added that the policy “borderlines on insanity if it has not already crossed over the border.”

“Where are the rights of those children and those parents who want their children not to be threatened and traumatized by these children who are being misused and abused by these adults who have another agenda?” Fitton asked.

Later in the program, Perkins said that public schools have become “hostile to biblical morality and I would say common sense” and are now “putting our children, I think in some cases, physical risk and certainly in spiritual risk.”

Stewart Rhodes Defends 'Hang McCain' Comment, Says Senator Is Like Adolf Hitler

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes told a Phoenix television station yesterday that he called for the hanging of Arizona Sen. John McCain last week because McCain “is every bit as nuts as Adolf Hitler was."

Rhodes made the comment while sitting next to Andy Biggs, the president of the Arizona Senate, who has said that he didn’t speak up because criticizing Rhodes would have violated his “free-speech rights.”

KPNX reporter Brahm Resnik noted that Biggs’s presence raised eyebrows around the Capitol:

"That's pretty shocking," said Chris Herstam, a former state legislator and longtime Capitol insider. "To have the Senate president sitting there and not disagreeing causes pause."

"People you associate with and the events you attend determine your political persona," Herstam said.

Biggs isn't just any politician, Herstam said. "Andy Biggs is the most powerful state legislator that we have."

Cliff Kincaid: Pope Francis Will Usher In 'Anti-Christian Tyranny'

Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid, no fan of Pope Francis, took to the far-right outlet BarbWire today to attack the pope for calling on world leaders to tackle climate change, meeting with Raul Castro and making “common cause with the forces of international Marxism.”

“Conservative Catholics and many others are terrified of what is to come,” Kincaid wrote. “Some fear that the Roman Catholic Church has joined the campaign for a global socialist state that could turn into an anti-Christian tyranny.”

He also spoke to climate change denier Timothy Ball, who alleged that Pope Benedict XVI was forced out of his position because he was “starting to deal with the problems of pedophilia and corruption in the money in the church,” providing an opening for Francis to start “bringing in these socialist ideas” that “you’ve heard from Obama.”

Of course, BarbWire contributors typically suggest that any criticism of Christians constitutes an attack on religious freedom, but that only seems to apply to their kind of Christians.

Since we published our article, “Catholic Church Captured by ‘Progressive Forces,’” it is starting to dawn on many in and out of the media that Pope Francis has come down on the side of the “progressive,” and even Marxist, forces in the world today.



The evidence is getting too big for the major media to ignore: the pope has made common cause with the forces of international Marxism, which are associated with atheism, the suppression of traditional Christianity and the persecution and murder of Christians.

Conservative Catholics and many others are terrified of what is to come. Some fear that the Roman Catholic Church has joined the campaign for a global socialist state that could turn into an anti-Christian tyranny.

Dr. Timothy Ball, author of The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science, told me during a recent interview: “I think the Catholic Church is regretting making him the pope. They did it because the previous pope was starting to deal with the problems of pedophilia and corruption in the money in the church. So the powerful Cardinals pushed him [Benedict] aside.

“It wasn’t a health matter at all. He just realized he couldn’t beat them…He [Francis] is bringing in these socialist ideas. He’s already expressed some of them—about inequities of wealth, redistributing the wealth, which are themes you’ve heard from Obama.”

Conservative Pundit: 'Major Outbreak Of Violence' Against Obama Administration Imminent

Writing today in BarbWire, conservative talk show host Joe Messina unloaded on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry over a litany of supposed administration scandals and slipups, wondering if they are “smoking from the same crack pipe.”

Messina went on to warn that Obama has “set us back 50 years with race-baiting and his own racial bias,” which he predicted will lead to violence against the government.

“This country is teetering on the brink of a major outbreak of violence, but it will be aimed at the government, not just a ‘black and white’ thing,” Messina said. “The racial violence we have seen in some of these cities will look like a game of Battleship compared to what will happen if this administration keeps trampling on the rights of Americans by putting illegals first before the American people and taking more and more of their less and less hard-earned money to provide services for those here illegally.”

his [sic] Administration also goes on to say there are no scandals, and no issues at the IRS. Benghazi, though a tragedy, was played out by the U.S. perfectly and it all happened because of a movie maker. We are stuck in a Twilight Zone marathon featuring the Obama Chronicles.



There are so many of these examples it pains me to leave them out, but I want to focus on the comment that the world is the safest it’s been than at any other time in history. Where does he get this stuff? Both Obama and Kerry must be smoking from the same crack pipe. None of the military officials or advisors believe this statement – NONE of them!

Race relations haven’t been this bad since the 1960’s. We haven’t seen this much inner city violence since the violent protests of the Vietnam War and the race riots of the 1960’s. For all intents and purposes, we were moving in the right direction with racial issues, maybe not fast enough, but at least moving forward nonetheless.

This president has set us back 50 years with race-baiting and his own racial bias. He started with the infamous “beer summit” saying that the incident where a black college professor was arrested by a white cop for breaking into a house had to be racially motivated. It couldn’t be a mistake. It had to be an overt racist act.

This was just the beginning. For a president who recently stated that he never gets involved until the investigation is over, you can’t prove it by his record.

This country is teetering on the brink of a major outbreak of violence, but it will be aimed at the government, not just a “black and white” thing. The racial violence we have seen in some of these cities will look like a game of Battleship compared to what will happen if this Administration keeps trampling on the rights of Americans by putting illegals first before the American people and taking more and more of their less and less hard-earned money to provide services for those here illegally.

Like Baghdad Bob, this president either sees none of these issues raised before him or he chooses to keep feeding us the propaganda he has been manufacturing since his first days in office.

Arizona Senate President Says First Amendment Stopped Him From Rebuking Call For McCain's Hanging

Earlier this week, we reported on a recent event in Arizona in which Stewart Rhodes, founder of the anti-government group Oath Keepers, called for Sen. John McCain to be “hung by the neck until dead” for unspecified offenses against the Constitution. Sitting directly next to Rhodes as he made the remark was Andy Biggs, the Republican president of Arizona’s state senate, who is now facing questions from the local press about his participation in the event.

Biggs acknowledges that he was present at the event, a regular “Liberty on Tap” discussion hosted by the Arizona Freedom Caucus, but told reporters that he had confused the Oath Keepers with Promise Keepers, a Christian men’s organization. When asked why he didn’t say anything after Rhodes called for McCain’s execution, Biggs said it would have been a violation of the Oath Keepers head’s “free-speech rights” for him to contradict him:

Biggs told The Republic he was the first speaker on the program and spoke for 30 minutes to 35 minutes. A panel was invited to talk about the need for a constitutional convention and Biggs was invited because he has written a book outlining his objections to such a convention.

He said he didn't know who or what the Oath Keepers are, initially confusing them with "Promise Keepers," a ministry for men. He added that he did not know Rhodes, and thought he was being invited by "an Arizona liberty group."

Biggs said he doesn't agree with Rhodes' comments, but said he didn't feel it was his place to speak up and denounce him.

"Good grief! Stop it with your free-speech rights," he said, imagining what he could have said to Rhodes.

He said he wasn't sure when Rhodes made his inflammatory comments but, "Your ears perk up when someone says something like that."

This isn’t the first time an Arizona politician has flirted with far-right, anti-government groups at the same series of events. Last year, then-Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne attended a “Liberty on Tap” event promoting the Constitutional Counties Project, an endeavor supported by the Arizona Liberty Caucus, that seeks to establish county governments that “interpose” against federal authority by defying federal laws that county officials believe to be unconstitutional.

Since then, former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack, the head of a “constitutional sheriffs” organization, has volunteered to run for office in the project’s guinea pig county. Mack also spoke at the recent event with Biggs and Rhodes, where he suggested one thing that states and counties could do to resist federal authority is to “nullify” the federal income tax.

Below is the video of Rhodes' remarks. At the beginning, you can see Biggs sitting immediately to his left.

Fischer: Support For Gay Rights Is 'Evidence That Satan Exists'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer was praising an effort by Texas legislators to preemptively defy any Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage when he went off on a tangent to declare that support for gay rights in America is "evidence that Satan exists."

Citing a CDC survey that found that less than two percent of the adult population identifies as gay or lesbian, Fischer said that it is crazy that the tiny minority group has been able to bully the rest of the nation into accepting their "sexual deviancy."

"They are like bullies on the playground that are pushing everybody else around," Fischer said. "They have got their boot on our throats. I mean, it's just ridiculous that such a small percentage of the American population should be able to push the normalization of sexual deviancy on a nation of of 320 million people and to be able to demonize the people that are standing up for sexual normalcy and are standing up for God's standard of sexuality and marriage, to get them demonized as hate-filled, homophobic bigots."

"It's just kind of really an amazing thing if you stop and think about it," he continued. "And if you need evidence that Satan exists, I gotta tell you, that's it":

Larry Pratt Blames Jade Helm Panic On President Obama

Speaking with “Infowars” host Alex Jones last week, Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt acknowledged that the right-wing panic over the Jade Helm 15 military exercise is purely due to a dislike of President Obama.

“If Operation Jade Helm were being conducted under a President Paul or President Cruz or President Walker, three of the conservative frontrunners I guess we could say, we might be watching to see what’s happening, but we wouldn’t have the same inability to accept what the administration is saying,” he said. “This administration has not earned our trust. They have lied repeatedly. So even if what they’re saying happens to be true, who’s to know?”

Jones — who was instrumental in pushing the Jade Helm conspiracy theory before it broke into the Republican mainstream —  heartily agreed, saying, “The president is acting as a dictator more and more, Congress is letting him do it, and it might be too little too late, who knows what power grab he may pull. This shows a little of that old American instinct, like Ronald Reagan said, to ‘trust but verify.’”

Jones told Pratt that “everybody knows” that the Obama administration is “training the military to take on vets and gun owners, and saying we’re the threat, not Al Qaeda or ISIS,” to which Pratt added that the administration is trying to fire military officers who believe in the Constitution.

 

 

Right-Wing Activist: 'Jews May Have To Flee' America Due To Obama's Mythical Muslim Refugee Plot

American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios today spoke with Conservative Review editor Daniel Horowitz about refugees from predominantly Muslim countries settling in the U.S., which Rios had previously decried as a “strategic colonization.”

Horowitz, citing zero evidence, blamed anti-Semitism on college campuses on the “flood” of Muslim foreign nationals who study in U.S. universities on student visas, warning that Jews may soon “have to flee” the U.S.

The two then discussed a resettlement program of 300 refugees, mostly from Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Southern Idaho. According to the Associated Press, while approximately 4 million people have fled Syria in the midst of its civil war, “the U.S. has resettled just 648 Syrians,” a development which Rios and Horowitz depicted as a deluge.

Horowitz also claimed that President Obama and his administration, along with the United Nations, are deliberately targeting Republican-leaning states for the resettlement of Muslim refugees. (In fact, six of the 10 states that accepted the most refugees voted for Obama’s re-election in 2012.) “It’s no coincidence that Obama, the Obama administration, led by the UN, the UN also gets a bite at the apple, they have some say in this, that they are choosing these red areas,” he said.

“It’s the death of a Republic,” Horowitz said. “And why would anyone willing do that? It’s not good for the country, it’s not good for immigrants, it’s not good for the people here.”

Schlafly: Goal Of Gay Marriage Is 'To Wipe Out the Christian Religion'

In an interview with conservative radio host Chuck Wilder on Monday, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly said that lawsuits against business owners who violate nondiscrimination measures by refusing service to gay and lesbian customers show that marriage equality advocates ultimately seek “to wipe out the Christian religion.”

“Have you noticed that only Christian small-businesspeople have been harassed and sued for refusing to participate in same-sex marriages even though our fast-growing immigrant populations, you know of Muslims, Hindus and other faiths are also opposed to that concept?” Wilder asked. “The use of same-sex marriage to attack Christian businesses but not businesses run by members of other religions demonstrates what is really driving the demand for the new constitutional right to same-sex marriage.”

“Well, that is right,” Schlafly responded. “They want to wipe out the Christian religion. And most of these other religions do not recognize same-sex marriage. I assume there are some Muslim bakers and photographers and other people who have been harassed, but they’re not being attacked and they’re not being criticized.”

 

Beck: Free Community College Is A Government Plot To Enslave People Through Student Loan Debt

During his radio broadcast this morning, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts ended up engaged in a discussion about the cost of attending college, which eventually turned into an attack on President Obama's proposal to offer two free years of community college to students who meet specific requirements.

While co-host Stu Burguiere said that the proposal was just the first step down a slippery slope that would eventually lead to free college for everyone everywhere as part of an attempt to bankrupt the country and make everyone dependent upon the government, Beck said that student loans are really an attempt by the government to enslave its citizens.

How exactly a proposals to provide free college would allow the government to use student loan debt to enslave people was not something that Beck actually bothered to explain, probably because it makes no sense, but that didn't stop Beck for laying out exactly that sort of conspiracy theory.

"That's the goal," Beck said. "Enslaving them. Because once they give you this for free, there is going to be work involved ... I think you're going to have to pay these things back.  Why is it the federal government guarantees these things and makes it the only thing that you can't wipe off? You can go bankrupt and you can wipe off houses, cars, and everything else, but not your educational debt. You must pay your educational debt. Okay, alright. So now when people can't pay their educational debt, what do they have to do? Well, why don't you serve your country? I think our children are going to be enslaved by this debt":

Larry Pratt: Baltimore Would Be Peaceful If Rioters Had Been Shot Dead

In a recent interview, Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt responded to demonstrations and riots in Baltimore by insisting that they would not have been a problem if police and armed citizens had simply shot rioters dead.

“This should be a wakeup call, if one were still needed, for Americans to arm themselves and be vigilant and, frankly, to know who your neighbors are,” Pratt said on the “Liberty Roundtable” last week, “and if, God forbid, something like Baltimore were to loom as a possibility where you live, that you and your neighbors would be able to hopefully head it off before it gets as bad as Baltimore got. Because one thing I’m pretty sure of is if the bad boys see that this is not going to be taking candy from a baby, that you break a window, you get shot. ‘Oops!’”

When the program’s host, Sam Bushman, suggested that “Eric Holder or the next attorney general or Barack Obama or somebody else from above” was “calling the shots” during the riots in Baltimore, Pratt responded that that was “a reasonable supposition” although Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was probably just acting like a “hardcore liberal.”

Rawlings-Blake, Pratt said, should have simply demanded that “the first time one of the demonstrators looked cross-eyed, they got arrested, and then if they had broken a window, shot.”

“Then, it seems to me, we wouldn’t even still know where Baltimore is,” he said.

Later in the interview Pratt repeated his belief that “we need to deal more firmly with those that would try to create the sort of disorder.”

“So at the first instance of collective criminal activity, ‘Boom!’ In comes the paddy wagon, off they go,” he said. “And if they start violating persons or destroying property, ‘Bang!’ Then you don’t need a paddy wagon. “

International Anti-Gay Groups Look To Ireland As Country Debates Marriage Equality Referendum

Buzzfeed’s Lester Feder is out with an extensive report today from Ireland, which later this month may become the first country in the world to approve marriage equality by popular vote.

The “No” campaign has organized under the name “Mothers and Fathers Matter,” a message right out of the National Organization for Marriage’s playbook. And Feder reports that marriage equality opponents from around the world have been paying close attention to the referendum in Ireland, including NOM’s Brian Brown, who says he “talked a lot” to a leader of the Irish “No” campaign and conservative American political operative Frank Schubert, who says he kicked in some polling information and messaging guidance.

Feder reports that a strong network of European anti-gay groups has also been involved in the Irish campaign, including the French group Manif Pour Tous and Italian activist Luca Volante, whose foundation contributed a significant amount of money to the organization that’s been heading the “No” movement in Ireland.

Volante and a representative of Manif Pour Tous haveboth been involved in Brown’s effort to create an International Organization for Marriage meant to unite the effort to push back marriage equality throughout the world.

Brown sent an email to NOM’s supporters earlier this month asking them to back the anti-marriage campaign in Ireland (although non-residents of the country can’t contribute money to the effort). CitizenGo, the international petition platform on whose board both Brown and Volante sit, made a similar appeal.

From Buzzfeed :

The No side denies that it is borrowing tactics from California, saying it’s learned more from campaigns in eastern European countries like Slovenia in 2012 or Croatia in 2013, where referendums were passed curtailing partnership rights for same-sex couples.

“We wouldn’t be taking too many more lessons from Prop 8 than from elsewhere,” said David Quinn, head of the Iona Institute and adviser to Mothers and Fathers Matter. Quinn, who also writes a regular column in the Irish Independent newspaper, is widely regarded as the savviest campaigner on the No side.

“Obviously the only way two men or two women can found a family is by violating a child’s right to have a mother and a father.”

But the No camp has gotten some input from veterans of the California campaign and other marriage fights abroad. Frank Schubert, the conservative political consultant credited with the Proposition 8 victory, told BuzzFeed News before an NOM rally in Washington earlier this month that he has sent private polling, focus-group work, and other messaging guidance to activists on the No side. NOM President Brian Brown also said he had “talked a lot” to Quinn periodically over the past few years, though they hadn’t communicated in over a year.

They’ve also sought advice from opponents of same-sex marriage in the U.K., Keith Mills, a spokesperson for Mothers and Fathers Matter, told BuzzFeed News last Tuesday. The next day, he said, the group was due to meet with a representative from La Manif Pour Tous, an organization formed in opposition to France’s 2013 marriage equality law that has established itself as an engine for movements opposed to marriage equality across Europe.

“We would take most succor from what happened in Slovenia,” Quinn said, referring to the 2012 referendum that reversed a law passed by parliament extending legal protections to same-sex couples. Opponents have also consulted the leaders of the 2013 campaign that blocked marriage equality in Croatia.

They hear the same advice from campaigners in every country, Quinn said. “The message that comes back all the time, loud and clear … [is] keep talking about the children.” Marriage is inherently bound up with the right to found a family, Quinn argued: “Obviously the only way two men or two women can found a family is by violating a child’s right to have a mother and a father.”

Mills and Quinn both said the No campaign had not received any funding from international donors, however. Quinn said the Iona Institute’s only substantial international funding has been €24,000 over the past few years from an Italian foundation headed by a former member of the European Parliament, Luca Volonté, who sits on the board of the conservative online campaign platform CitizenGo along with NOM’s Brian Brown. But none of that money has gone to the referendum campaign, Quinn said.

Fischer: 'If You Legalize Drugs, We're Going To See More Cops Getting Shot In Connection With Routine Traffic Stops'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer put forth a rather novel anti-marijuana legalization argument when he claimed that legalizing pot would lead to more police officers being killed.

Citing the recent killing of two police officers in Mississippi, Fischer seized upon the fact that one of the suspects was a regular user of "spice," a synthetic form of marijuana, while ignoring the fact that the suspect also reportedly had a history of mental health problems, to declare that drug legalization will result in more cops being killed.

"You see something like this, where he is high, smoking spice every day," Fischer said, "and you have people out there saying, 'Look, we just need to legalize drugs, the problem is we have too many drug laws, we have too many people incarcerated for drugs, let's just legalize drugs.' Well, here's one of the things you're going to see more of, if you legalize drugs, we're going to see more cops getting shot in connection with routine traffic stops":

Kathleen Turner Discusses Abortion Access, the 'Personhood' Movement on 'All In With Chris Hayes'

People For the American Way Foundation board member Kathleen Turner appeared on “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday to discuss the “personhood” movement and how it’s working in concert with its rivals in the anti-choice movement to end abortion access, especially for low-income women.

Turner said that she sees “personhood,” which would give fertilized eggs and fetuses the same rights as people, as “a Trojan horse.”

She explained:

The fact is because [personhood] has been soundly defeated in several states – Mississippi, North Dakota – that one thinks that it’s a non-issue. But in fact at the same time, there’ve been hundreds, hundreds of bills in every state that have made it more and more difficult to access any kind of healthcare, not just abortion.

Watch the full clip here:

To learn more about the personhood movement, be sure to check out PFAW Foundation’s new report, “The Personhood Movement: Where It Comes from and What It Means for the Future of Choice,” and read Kathleen Turner’s piece in RH Reality Check, “Think the “Personhood” Issue Is Over? Think Again.”

This post originally appeared at People For the American Way Foundation.

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