Fighting the Right

Pratt: 'The Second Amendment Is All About People Like Judge Garland'

Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, implied this week that Judge Merrick Garland could be assassinated if he continues to rule in “opposition to the Second Amendment,” saying that “the Second Amendment is all about people like Judge Garland, so there is a limit to how far he can go.”

The gun activist made the comments on “Trunews,” an End-Times-themed radio program hosted by Rick Wiles, a notorious right-wing conspiracy theorist. Pratt has delivered similar warnings to other officials who he believes are hostile to the Second Amendment.

Pratt, an activist with ties to the militia movement whose extremist gun group has been heralded by Ted Cruz, repeated two debunked claims about Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat, falsely claiming that Garland voted in support of a Washington, D.C., handgun ban and a national gun registry.

“He voted against Dick Heller,” Pratt said. “He voted against the idea that any citizen of the District of Columbia has an individual right to keep and bear arms. This is the guy that has been told to us by many folks, including the president, that ‘this is a moderate.’ Well, I guess in the Kremlin there are moderates but that’s not the kind of moderate we need on the Supreme Court.”

He added: “He also voted to uphold Bill Clinton’s registration scheme in an earlier decision, so his track record is consistent and it’s one of opposition to the Second Amendment.”

This prompted Wiles to ask what would happen to the Second Amendment if Garland were to join the Supreme Court.

“Judicially, it’s in a heap of trouble,” Pratt said. “Happily, the Second Amendment is all about people like Judge Garland, so there is a limit to how far he can go, I think.”

He went on to say that Republicans in Congress should impeach jurists like Garland for their supposed hostility to the Constitution.

Pratt has a history of saying that the Second Amendment is meant to give people the right to assassinate or intimidate leaders they don’t like.

In Pratt’s view, the Second Amendment was created in order to instill in politicians “a healthy fear” in “the back of their minds” that they will be assassinated so “they’ll behave.”

He explicitly told Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., that she “should do her job in constant trepidation,” knowing that if she tries “to disarm Americans the way the British crown tried 240 years ago, the same sovereign people who constituted this government using the cartridge box someday may need to reconstitute it, as clearly anticipated by the Declaration of Independence.”

When Alan Colmes asked him if he really does believe that politicians “should have a healthy fear of being shot,” Pratt replied: “Sure, that’s what the Second Amendment is all about.

Despite such rhetoric, Sen. Cruz has diligently courted and raised money for Pratt's group:

Cruz has a close relationship with GOA, boasting of their endorsement at a presidential debate in September, joining a conference call with its members in which he credited the group for his election to the Senate, and appointing the group’s chairman, Tim Macy, to lead the “Second Amendment Coalition” he launched just days after 14 people were shot and killed in San Bernardino, California.

When GOA mobilized to help defeat background check legislation in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, the New York Times identified Cruz as the gun group’s “key ally in the Senate.”

'The Door Of Disconnect': How Glenn Beck Turned His Own Audience Into A Bunch Of Terrified Trump Supporters

For months now, Glenn Beck has been mystified by the rise of Donald Trump and has been especially confused by the fact that many people in his listening audience seem to be backing the billionaire mogul despite the fact that he is a "progressive" who represents everything that Beck has been warning about for years.

Earlier this week, Beck had a discussion on his radio program with a longtime listener who sought to explain why he is supporting Trump. Despite his best efforts, Beck was simply unable to dissuade this caller from backing Trump and so, on Wednesday night, he brought a couple of "psychology experts" onto his television program to try to explain what is going on in the minds of Trump supporters.

During the course of the conversation, one of Beck's guests made a comment about how, when people are fearful or in pain, they refuse to listen to logic or reason that contradicts or undermines their belief in whatever it is they hope will keep them safe.

As usual, Beck took this one piece of information that he only half-understood and managed to spin it out into a grand theory that explains everything that is going on and began telling his co-hosts on his radio program yesterday all about how this "door of disconnect" is the key to understanding what is happening with Trump supporters.

As Beck explained it, people on the right are understandably terrified about what is happening in the world because they have been paying attention to "the loss of our freedoms, the loss of our Constitution, the loss of our jobs, the loss of the Western way of life" for the last several years and many have become so overwhelmed that "they have now entered the door of disconnect" and are just reflexively backing Donald Trump in the hope that he can keep them safe.

"What the door of disconnect is, is a door between left brain and right brain," he said. "Your reason is leading you to a place of such fear that you close a door and you say, 'I’m not going there.' And you find somebody that is talking to your passion and saying to you, 'I will take care of you.' And you put all of your support there.”

"And so when you attack that guy," Beck continued, "and you attack him using facts, your brain automatically goes to that door where the facts are that you've already sealed off and you're like, 'I'm not looking at those, I don't want to look at those, this guy is going to save me.' And what you do is you stand and you bar that door of intellectual facts and intellectual arguments and you say, 'I’m not going there. This guy is going to save us. You’re wrong!' And you attack the person who is trying to come to you with facts."

If we are to give Beck the benefit of the doubt and entertain the idea that this claptrap might actually explain what is going on, the only conclusion we can reach is that it is Beck himself who is ultimately responsible for turning so many of his listeners into ardent Trump supporters since he has spent the last several years whipping his audience into a frenzy of utter terror by constantly telling them that the entire world is about to go up in flames

Rafael Cruz: Obama Is Committing 'Treason'

Ted Cruz’s father and campaign surrogate Rafael Cruz spoke to WorldNetDaily yesterday about President Obama’s trip to Cuba and his plans to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, which prompted Cruz to accuse the president of committing “treason” in his handling of the detention facility.

The elder Cruz falsely claimed that “Obama is bent on releasing all of those terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and every time he releases some of those, they go join ISIS or join Al Qaeda to kill more Americans. That’s treason.” 

He then predicted that the president will give the U.S. base “back to Cuba,” which will in return invite North Korea, Iran, China or Russia to take over the property.

Former GOP Congressman Threatens To Leave The U.S. If Hillary Clinton Becomes President

Former Texas Republican congressman Steve Stockman said yesterday that he may flee the U.S. if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

In an interview on Rick Wiles' Trunews” program alongside Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt, Stockman said that he may move to Panama to avoid the Clinton administration, predicting that she would open the nation up to a massive attack.

Stockman served two nonconsecutive terms in the U.S. House before running against Sen. John Cornyn in an unsuccessful primary challenge in 2014.

Ted Cruz's Religious Liberty Advisory Council Recommends Reversing LGBT Rights Victories, Curtailing Birth Control Coverage

Sen. Ted Cruz, who has touted the endorsements of many of the most extreme members of the Religious Right, has never tried to hide the fact that he plans to target LGBT rights and reproductive freedoms if elected president.

Indeed, the Texas Republican's campaign even put together a "religious liberty advisory council" led by radical activist Tony Perkins for the purpose of putting together policy recommendations for a future Cruz administration.

Along with Perkins, council members include right-wing favorites like Jim Garlow, Kelly Shackelford, Harry Jackson and David and Jason Benham.

Perkins told Fox News pundit Todd Starnes in an interview today that the group is recommending that a Cruz administration move to deny anti-discrimination protections for LGBT workers and roll back access to contraception upon entering the White House.

Cruz has already promised that in his first day in office he would order an investigation into Planned Parenthood, end the government’s “persecution of religious liberty” and “rescind every illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by Barack Obama.”

The council, made up of prominent religious leaders, recommended 15 action items that will protect Americans from discrimination by the federal government on the basis of their view of marriage and also protect employers threatened by the HHS contraception mandate.

The council is also calling on Cruz to direct a review of the IRS’ treatment of religious organizations and to direct federal agencies to respect the free exercise of religion.



Among the policies recommended to Cruz:

- Rescind Executive Order 13672 – an order that requires certain federal contractors to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity;

- Direct all federal agencies to stop interpreting “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and/or “gender identity.”

- Direct the Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate its requirement that all employers include coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive methods and sterilization procedures;

- Direct the IRS to review all of its current guidance regarding religious organizations and issue clarifying guidance to the extent to which religious organization and religious leaders are able to engage in speech regarding political issues and candidates;

- Review and clarify existing Department of Education guidance on prayer at school to ensure it adequately explains the rights of students, teachers and other employees to live out their faith.

The council also urged Cruz to protect the religious liberty of military personnel – especially the rights of chaplains.

Rick Wiles: 'Antichrist' Obama Is The True Leader Of ISIS

On March 1, it was announced that President Obama would attend a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national ueam during his historic visit to the island nation.

But according to “Trunews” host Rick Wiles, Obama’s appearance was meant to purposefully coincide with the Brussels terrorist attacks that occurred that morning and the president went to the ball game in order to cheer on ISIS.

Wiles told listeners yesterday that “Jihad Barry Obama” is “the real threat to America.”

“I think the guy went to the ball game to chill out because he’s winning,” Wiles said. “It was his victory wave. Everybody else was stressed out, everybody else was upset about the terrorist attack; he wasn’t because he’s getting what he wants.”

Wiles said that ISIS terrorists in Syria are really “Muslim warriors in Obama’s war, that’s why Obama was doing the wave yesterday in Havana. His army is winning, his ISIS army is winning.”

“The man in the White House is the leader of the Islamic jihad of the whole world,” he continued. “He is an Antichrist. Not the Antichrist, but Obama is an Antichrist.”

Wayne LaPierre: 'We Gun Owners Are A Heck Of A Lot Smarter Than You'll Ever Be'

The NRA's Wayne LaPierre spoke at Liberty University yesterday, where he told the students gathered for convocation that American gun owners are smarter than everyone else and are perhaps some of the smartest people in all of human history.

"So many of those elites, they think they're better than us," he stated. "They somehow think they're more sophisticated. They think they're more intellectually evolved somehow than we are. Or they think they're just somehow plain smarter than we are. Well, I've got news for the elites who look down their noses at all of us and our rights: We gun owners are a heck of a lot smarter than you'll ever be. It's true."

"In all of history," he continued, "there's never been a group of citizens so engaged, so determined, so resolute and so unified in defending freedom, so politically savvy and individually prepared and responsible for protecting our families and our communities. Never have there been smarter, freer American citizens than America's one hundred million gun owners."

"Let me say that again," he emphasized, "in all of the world, some of the smartest citizens are American gun owners."

Glenn Beck: 'An Economic Collapse Of Biblical Proportions Is Coming'

As we have noted several times before, Glenn Beck believes himself to be "an oracle" who can see the future, and the way that he does this is by regularly making all sorts of vague predictions and then changing them as he goes along, all while insisting that he is terrible when it comes to knowing when any of the things he has predicted will actually happen.

Of course, this last caveat is just a convenient way to ensure that his endless stream of predictions remains open-ended and therefore can never be proven false because it is always possible that they simply haven't come true yet. It's a neat trick, especially since whenever Beck does put definite times on his predictions, he is inevitably proven wrong.

Keep all of that in mind as you watch Beck on Dana Loesch's show last night warning that "an economic collapse of biblical proportions is coming to the West."

Beck said that just as he was mocked for predicting that Europe would see a rise in nationalism, which is now being proven true, so too will the world see total economic and social chaos.

"What nobody is willing to say on television is an economic collapse of biblical proportions is coming to the West," he stated. "Of biblical proportions."

Beck then laid out some incoherent theory about how there is an effort underway to "trap money in the banks" so that governments can implement a "bail in" by confiscating "10 percent of everybody's savings."

"They've already done it in Cyprus," he warned. "It didn't go over well. They're going to do it, not only in Europe, they will do it here."

Of course, it was over three years ago when Beck first warned his audience to start hoarding cash because this sort of government confiscation was coming.

Obviously, it hasn't happened.

Or maybe it just hasn't happen ... yet.

And therein lies the key to Beck's self-proclaimed prophetic abilities.

John McCain's GOP Challenger Appears On Alex Jones' Conspiracy Theory Show

After kicking off his show last night by declaring that he is living under the nonexistent North American Union, InfoWars broadcaster Alex Jones greeted Arizona Republican state Sen. Kelli Ward, who is challenging U.S. Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary.

It isn’t a huge surprise that Ward would appear on Jones’ conspiracy theory program, as the GOP lawmaker has promoted fears about “chemtrails” and rallied behind anti-government icon Cliven Bundy during his standoff with law enforcement.

As we mentioned when Donald Trump appeared on Jones’ radio program last year, it “is really difficult to know where to begin when cataloging all of the truly insane statements and conspiracy theories levied by radio host Alex Jones, who has talked about everything from how 9/11 and Oklahoma City were false flag operations to how juice turns kids gay and space lizards are running the world."

Bryan Fischer Rewrites History In Order To Criticize Obama

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer predictably criticized President Obama for attending a baseball game in Cuba following the terrorist attacks in Brussels because ... well, who knows? Fischer didn't explain what he thought that Obama should have done and, frankly, he would have criticized the president regardless of how he responded because it would have inevitably been, in Fischer's view, the wrong response.

Laughably, Fischer actually compared Obama's response to a terrorist attack that took place nearly 4,000 miles away to President George W. Bush's response on 9/11, saying that Bush was lambasted for simply spending "15 or 20 seconds" reading a book to schoolchildren before he "politely excused himself" after he was informed of the terrorist attacks that were under way:

We have no idea what Fischer is talking about since Bush, of course, infamously spent several minutes sitting idly in a Florida classroom after being informed that the nation was under attack:

Leading White Nationalists Credit Trump With Empowering The 'Pro-White' Movement

It’s no secret that Donald Trump has become the candidate of choice of white nationalists, including Jared Taylor, a leading figure in the white nationalist movement, who recorded a robocall in favor of Trump before the Iowa caucuses.

That image was only reinforced earlier this month when Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., appeared on the notorious white nationalist radio program “The Political Cesspool.”

On Saturday, Taylor joined “Political Cesspool” host James Edwards on his program, where the two expressed optimism about the future of what Edwards called the “pro-white” movement, something that they attributed in part to Trump’s candidacy.

Edwards gushed about an “awakening happening within the spirit of our people” that was beyond his “wildest dreams” when he started his program.

Taylor said that he too was “hugely encouraged” by the growth of the movement, particularly among “young people” who have “grown up with it.” He described it as “a real sea change.”

“The most visible manifestation of this is the support for Donald Trump,” Taylor added. “Donald Trump is an opportunity for ordinary Americans to say they are fed up. And one of the big things they’re fed up about is the racial changes going on in the United States and they think Donald Trump might actually do something about it.”

“Even if he’s dog whistling about some of our issues,” Edwards responded, “he gives the people cover to come out and be more apparent in their beliefs, and I think that’s certainly a good thing.”

The Right's 3 Big Myths About The Zubik Birth Control Coverage Case

Republican politicians have seized on the Zubik v. Burwell case, which was argued today at the Supreme Court, as further “proof” that the Obama administration is pursuing a war on religious liberty.

This argument is rooted in three myths that the Right has been promoting about contraception, the Affordable Care Act and religious freedom:

Myth 1: Obamacare Forces Objectors To Pay For Contraceptives

The Zubik case deals with the Affordable Care Action’s contraception coverage requirement. If a religious nonprofit employer with religious objections wants an exemption from the requirement, they can fill out a form to notify the government, which will then shift the burden of contraceptive coverage to the government and the insurance company.

The plaintiffs in the Zubik case, which is a consolidation of several cases, are challenging this accommodation, arguing that the exemption process itself amounts to a substantial burden on their religious conscience.

“Unlike in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, the 2014 case that asked whether secular, for-profit businesses should also have the right to pursue a religious exemption from the birth control benefit, the Roberts Court in Zubik v. Burwell will try to answer the question of whether completing the paperwork required to obtain that religious exemption is itself a substantial burden on religious liberty,” Jessica Mason Pieklo of Rewire writes. “If the plaintiffs win in Zubik, it could not only spell the end of the ACA’s birth control benefit; it could further open the door to launching wide-scale religiously based objections to civil rights protections.”

Indeed, some observers fear that employers could use a potential Zubik ruling to undermine health insurance coverage of vaccinations or HIV treatments if they claim such procedures violate their religious beliefs.

Myth 2: This Is About Abortifacients

Obamacare critics have frequently alleged that the health care law forces religious groups to subsidize “abortifacients.”

But while some conservatives like to claim that certain birth control drugs are abortifacients, that doesn’t make it so. As Jamie Manson wrote in the National Catholic Reporter:

The HHS mandate allows women free access to all FDA-approved forms of contraception. This includes the IUDs (intrauterine devices), the drug Plan B (levonorgestrel) and a new drug called Ella (ulipristal acetate), which came on the market in 2010. Church officials and others have argued that because these three contraceptives are abortifacients, the government is forcing them to participate in the distribution of devices and drugs that cause abortion.

The reality is that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that the IUD and Plan B work only as contraceptives. Since Ella is new to the market, it has not been studied as extensively. But as of now, there is no scientific proof that Ella acts as an abortifacient, either.

There is only one drug approved to induce abortion. It is called RU-486 (mifepristone) and is not on the FDA's list of approved contraception. It is available only by prescription and no employer is forced to pay for it as part of an employee health plan.
 

A similar analysis by the New York Times also showed that the contraceptives that some conservatives have decried as “abortifacients” do not in fact “meet abortion opponents’ definition of abortion-inducing drugs.”

The Zubik plaintiffs, it seems, are not only trying to challenge the established principles of religious liberty and the legal rights of their women employees, but they are also challenging mainstream science.

Myth 3: Religious Liberty Is Under Attack

Some Republican politicians are peddling the misconception that the Obama administration is trying to force nuns to pay for contraceptives. In reality, however, the Affordable Care Act offers religious objectors a way to avoid paying for services they find objectionable.

In this case, the employers are seeking to take away their employees’ access to birth control coverage through secular insurance plans.

The Zubik plaintiffs are taking issue with the accommodation found in the contraception mandate, which doesn’t apply at all to houses of worship and their auxiliary institutions, and which creates an exemption process for nonprofit religious employers that don’t wish to cover contraceptives.

Holly Hollman of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty points out that the plaintiffs may actually do great damage to laws that have created exemptions for religious institutions: “They argue the mandate’s exemption system is too narrow because these employers are not treated exactly like churches. At the same time, they argue it is too broad because if the government does not cover church employees it must not have a compelling interest in coverage. Government efforts to craft religious exemptions to protect religious liberty, while also protecting other important governmental interests, should be encouraged, not discouraged with such ‘all or nothing’ exemption claims.”

University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock similarly argues that a successful challenge “would do terrible damage to the larger cause of religious liberty” by targeting religious exemptions crafted into laws.

This is yet the latest example of the Right’s organized effort to redefine religious liberty.

JCN Laughably Changes Course In Attempt To Paint Merrick Garland As A 'Liberal Extremist'

Back in 2010, as President Obama was considering possible nominees to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court, Judicial Crisis Network attorney Carrie Severino mused, “Of those the president could nominate, we could do a lot worse than Merrick Garland," adding that a Garland nomination could bring down “the tension and the politics” surrounding the brewing Supreme Court battle.

It must have been somewhat awkward for Severino, then, when President Obama did nominate Garland for the Supreme Court this year and she had to pivot to claiming that Garland is actually a liberal extremist who should never be confirmed by the Senate.

Of course, the objection that groups like JCN have to Garland’s nomination has nothing to do with the nominee. Instead, conservative groups, led by JCN, were pressuring Senate Republicans to block any Obama nominee to the Supreme Court even before Garland was named.

So it’s been amusing to watch JCN as it grasps for arguments to oppose Garland, the most recent being a web ad that the group is promoting in the home states of vulnerable Republican senators that derides Democrats for calling Garland a “moderate.” Instead, JCN told USA Today, Garland is a “liberal extremist.” The ad claims that under a Supreme Court with the “liberal extremist” Garland as a member, the Second Amendment would be “gutted” and “partial-birth abortion legalized” and Garland would become the “tie-breaking vote for Obama’s big government liberalism.”

We’ve already debunked JCN and its allies’ weak attempts at portraying Garland as “hostile” to gun rights. This is just reinforced by the fact that the only news source JCN could find to cite in its ad about Garland’s supposedly “strong hostility to gun owner rights” is the NRA’s magazine.

The “partial-birth” abortion claim is even more of a puzzle since, as far as we know, Garland has never ruled on the issue. That claim seems to be based entirely on the fact that Garland was nominated by President Obama.

Some conservative groups are not even bothering to claim that Garland is an unacceptable nominee and are instead focusing on bogus procedural arguments against considering his nomination. But JCN, Severino says, has a duty to be “out there combating the spin” about the nominee. That argument would be so much more convincing if the “spin” didn’t so closely resemble what she herself said just six years ago.

Of course, what can you expect from an organization that was founded as the Judicial Confirmation Network under President George W. Bush, only to completely change its name and core mission once President Obama took office.

Glenn Beck: 'Superman And Batman Would Never Fight'

Though he has not seen the film yet, Glenn Beck is not a fan of the new "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" movie because Batman and Superman are heroes who would never fight each other.

"The reason why these morality plays [i.e, superhero movies] are winning right now at the box office is because they are morality plays," Beck said, "good winning over evil, the unity of the principles of America: truth, justice and the American way."

"When Batman starts to fight Superman and Captain America starts going against Iron Man, these things are going to fall apart," he warned. "They are taking 2016 values and superimposing them on 1940s values and it's going to destroy these franchises. They've got to stop."

People want to see movies in which good conquers evil, Beck explained, not movies in which the good guys are turned into bad guys.

"We have no heroes any more," he complained. "Why does Hollywood want to take our heroes and destroy them? They've already done all of the real heroes, they've destroyed those guys; now they're going to go and take on our Superman and our Batman. They're going to destroy it ... The people in Hollywood do not understand America at all. At all."

The reason Superman and Batman are fighting in this new film, Beck concluded, is in order to "reflect the turmoil that is happening here in our country, people fighting and the division between us."

Connecticut Republican Party Posts Fake Obama Photo To Warn He'll Ban Newspapers

Many conservatives were outraged when President Obama was photographed in Havana at a ceremony near a building with a Che Guevara mural, a disapproval they didn’t seem to possess when Republican presidents posed next to communist icon.

But in its own response to Obama’s trip to Cuba, the Connecticut Republican Party fell for a photoshopped image of Obama holding a Che t-shirt that has been making the rounds on the internet. The t-shirt Obama is holding actually features a math joke.

The state GOP party chairman cited this fake image to speculate whether the president will follow communist countries in banning the free press.

Anti-Immigration Activist: Dems Want To Bring In Immigrants to Vote Illegally

Rosemary Jenks, the director of government relations at the anti-immigration group NumbersUSA, claimed yesterday that Democrats are pressing for immigration reform because they “look at all the people around the world” as “potential Democratic voters in the United States” and hope that immigrants will cast Democratic votes even before becoming citizens.

The Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney interviewed Jenks on his “Secure Freedom Radio” program yesterday, asking her if immigration plans like Hillary Clinton’s would just serve as “a magnet” for “more immigration of an illegal kind.”

“There’s absolutely no question about that,” Jenks replied, “and we’ve seen that for the past eight years. This current administration, the Obama administration, is absolutely unwilling to stop anyone from entering the country illegally or to remove them once they do enter the country illegally. So we have this situation where essentially Democrats look at all the people around the world, the billions of them, as potential Democratic voters in the United States. So if they can get here, the Democrats will do whatever they can to make sure they can stay and eventually become citizens and vote — you know, well, whether or not they're citizens.”

“Yeah, maybe as soon as they can, not when they become citizens,” Gaffney replied.

“And it’s a huge problem with a general viewpoint,” Jenks continued, “if you look at folks from outside the country as Democratic voters, then your answer is ‘bring them all in,’ and that cannot be the answer for the survival of our country.”

Contrary to Jenks’ claims, undocumented immigrant population has actually dropped in recent years; likewise, immigrants’ rights advocates might object to her claim that Obama is “absolutely unwilling” to deport undocumented immigrants.

Jenks formerly worked at the Center for Immigration Studies, another anti-immigration group founded by activist John Tanton.

Jim Bakker: Government Will 'Mow Down' Christians For Praying

Televangelist Jim Bakker yesterday equated the supposed persecution of Christians in America to the violent persecution of Mideast Christians by ISIS terrorists, telling his audience that the U.S. government may soon “mow down” Christians who pray in public spaces.

Bakker said that he himself is a victim of anti-Christian oppression and that people should prepare for massive starvation and beheadings.

“We can’t preach the Bible anymore,” Bakker said, warning that violence against Christians is imminent due to “political correctness.”

Bakker said that such anti-Christian brutality is seen in the War on Christmas, praising Donald Trump for his pledge to save Christmas as president. “It’s almost illegal to say ‘Merry Christmas,’” he said.

After guest Rick Wiles, the host of the End Times radio program “Trunews,” urged people to commit civil disobedience in cases where the courts block school-organized prayer, Bakker predicted that Christians will soon be gunned down for praying.

“So what happens if in that graduation most of the parents stand up and recite the Lord’s Prayer?” Wiles asked. “What are they going to do? Is the judge going to come over and arrest you? Let’s get an uprising going.”

Bakker replied: “They would threaten to arrest you, they would threaten to mow you down with a machine gun.”

“So what if they did? They’re going to come in and shoot 500 parents at a high school graduation for saying the Lord’s Prayer?” Wiles responded.

“Not right now,” Bakker said. “But eventually they will if we don’t stop it.”

Cruz Advisers: Trump Protesters Want Violent Revolution

Last week, the Center for Security Policy, a group led by top Ted Cruz national security adviser Frank Gaffney, published an article on its website claiming that the protesters at a recent Donald Trump presidential campaign event in Chicago consisted of “a ‘Red-Green Axis’ of groups that include the Muslim Brotherhood in America, the Black Lives Matter movement, and a collection of communists, leftists, progressives and socialists whose sole unifying objective is to bring down the U.S. government.”

Gaffney then discussed the article on his radio program, repeating the claim that the protests in Chicago — which ended up with clashes between protesters and Trump supporters — were led by “Islamic supremacists” along with “Black Lives Matter and Occupy movements and sort of anarchists and other assorted radicals on the left,” all bent on starting a violent revolution.

The topic came up yet again on Gaffney’s “Secure Freedom Radio” program yesterday, when Gaffney interviewed fellow Center for Security Policy staffer and Cruz adviser Clare Lopez, who repeated the warning that the Chicago protests represented the union of the Muslim Brotherhood, Black Lives Matter and a “conglomeration of anarchists, communists, socialists, progressivists, leftists of all sorts, Occupy, Bill Ayers types.”

This “witch’s brew” of an alliance, she said, isn’t focused only on Trump but is aiming “at the American political system, the American system.”

Warning that some American mosques have become “command and control centers for jihad,” Lopez said that Muslim groups are “calling for revolution in the streets.”

She also warned of “a coordinated effort to involve Muslims into the electoral process,” which she said would normally be fine, “but when it’s being encouraged and directed and organized and directed by the Muslim Brotherhood, a jihadist organization, then there’s cause for concern.”

“And this is what’s happening,” she said, “a very concerted attempt to bring Muslims into confrontation politically, yes, and perhaps more.”

Louie Gohmert: Impeach Obama If He Closes Guantanamo

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said yesterday that Congress should move to impeach President Obama if he uses executive authority to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying that such a move could risk “the destruction of the American public and our way of life.” He also accused Obama and European leaders of playing Tiddlywinks — which he called “Twiddlywinks” — with radical Islamists.

“He’s wanting to put the wellbeing and the safety and lives of the American public at risk just so he can try to play politics and give Guantanamo back,” Gohmert told Virginia talk radio host John Fredericks. “But I’m telling you, that will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. If he ends up trying to give away Guantanamo, he cannot do that legally, it would be illegally [sic] for him to do that, and if he pulls that, we’ve got to get a new president before the end of the year.”

When Fredericks asked Gohmert if this means he’d “start impeachment hearings” against the president, Gohmert said it did, adding that Guantanamo is “one of the better prisons I’ve ever seen.”

“I don’t know what else we can do,” he said. “He is putting the lives and safety of the American public at risk, at dramatic risk, by trying to shut down a facility where there’s never been a single waterboarding incident, there has never been any type of torture whatsoever — I’ve toured a lot of prisons, it’s one of the better prisons I’ve ever seen — and I don’t know what else we can do if he’s that willing to put the destruction of the American public and our way of life at that kind of risk. What else do you do, John? I don’t know.”

Early in the interview, Gohmert claimed that Obama’s Middle East strategy was to “punish” Egypt and the Kurds and “refuse to recognize that the Muslim Brotherhood is our enemy” and instead “get advice from the Muslim Brotherhood on how to fight radical Islam.”

“Some of us understand what we’re up against,” he said, “but, unfortunately, the leadership in this administration and the leadership in places like Germany and France still want to play Twiddlywinks [sic] with radical Islam and do wink and a nod and say, ‘We’re so much smarter than everybody else, we understand that if we just are really sweet to people that want to kill us and take our countries away, then everything will work out fine.”

Rafael Cruz, Dinesh D'Souza And Selectively Flexible 'Moral Absolutes' On Marriage

Last Saturday, right-wing pundit and propagandist filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was married in a ceremony that was reportedly to include “prominent players in conservative politics.” Among them was the celebrant, presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s father and campaign surrogate Rafael Cruz, whose fiery rhetoric on the campaign trail has given him folk-hero status among the Religious Right.

D’Souza has spent time on the moral values high horse. In his absurd and reprehensible 2007 book “The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11,” D’Souza lumped divorce and homosexuality together as “liberal family values” that offend the Muslim world. He declared that acceptance of divorce is one of the changes in America that “reflect the triumph of liberal morality, the morality of the inner self.’”

In his book, “A Time for Action: Empowering the Faithful to Reclaim America,” Rafael Cruz called the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling “one of the biggest signs of our country’s moral degradation” and decried “secular humanists” for rejecting the idea of moral absolutes:

Everyone, then, feels entitled to establish his or her own standards by which to live. This has given rise to the attitude “if it feels good, do it,” the pursuit of hedonism, immoral or chaotic behavior, greed, and even a life of crime.

On the campaign trail for his son, Rafael Cruz insists that there are moral absolutes that run in opposition to the values of “tolerance”:

“So we’re supposed to prostitute our principles on behalf of tolerance,” Rev. Cruz said.

“Well, I’ll tell you what. There are absolutes. There are absolutes,” he emphasized. “Start being biblically correct instead of politically correct.”

Many conservative evangelical and Catholic leaders teach that divorce is not, except in particular circumstances, “biblically correct.” According to the biblical book of Matthew, Jesus said divorce was unacceptable except in the case of a spouse’s sexual immorality; in the books of Mark and Luke, Jesus is quoted saying that someone who divorces and remarries is committing adultery.

D’Souza is a questionable icon for so-called traditional values. He resigned as president of King’s College in 2012 after a scandal over his traveling with, and calling himself engaged to, a woman while he was still married to his first wife. When called out on his behavior by a conservative reporter, D’Souza apparently lied about having filed for divorce, said he had “done nothing wrong” and proclaimed that he was sure that the woman with whom he was having an affair was “the one for me.”  D’Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to criminal campaign finance law violations in which he reportedly used both his then-wife and then-mistress as straw donors to a friend’s political campaign. Since then he has consistently portrayed himself as the victim of a political vendetta.

The twice-divorced Rafael Cruz officiating at D’Souza’s wedding — the second marriage for both bride and groom — is one more example of how flexible the Religious Right’s “moral absolutes” about marriage can be when they hit close to home, or when they involve a political ally such as Newt Gingrich or Rush Limbaugh.

And that makes it easy to understand why fewer and fewer Americans are buying the Religious Right’s argument that its conveniently flexible “moral absolutes” justify overriding the constitutional principle of equality under the law and denying loving same-sex couples and their families the ability to protect their commitments through marriage.

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