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Mike Huckabee: Gay Marriage Ruling Will 'Criminalize Christianity,' Threaten The Republic

Yesterday, Mike Huckabee sent a letter to Religious Right leaders [PDF] warning that a ruling in favor of marriage equality from the Supreme Court would be just as “backwards” and “broken” as rulings which “rationalized the destruction of human life, defined African Americans as property and justified Japanese-American internment camps.”

“I refuse to sit silently as politically driven interest groups threaten the foundation of religious liberty, criminalize Christianity, and demand that Americans abandon Biblical principles of natural marriage,” Huckabee continued. “I will fight to defend religious liberty at all costs.”

The GOP presidential candidate and former governor added that he will never worship the “false god” of the judiciary: “I also refuse to surrender to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law and enforce it, which upends the separation of powers so very central to our Constitution. Too much power concentrated in the courts is a threat to our Republic. I will fight judicial tyranny and return power to the people.”

Dear conservative leaders and pro-family activists,

I share your concerns regarding the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. As you mentioned, any decision that redefines the institution of marriage, which has existed for thousands and thousands of years, would overturn the will of American citizens in more than 30 states who have passed constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Under the U.S. Constitution, we have three, co-equal branches of government. The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Branch, and it is certainly not the Supreme Being. Throughout our nation’s history, the court has delivered backwards, broken rulings. These nine, unelected Supreme Court justices have rationalized the destruction of human life, defined African Americans as property and justified Japanese-American internment camps.

The notion that the Supreme Court is an exclusive entity empowered to interpret the Constitution is a modern myth, which has flourished since the 1960s. I reject this idea as just another flawed, failed feature of big government, inconsistent with what our founders fought a revolution to establish.

As both an American and a candidate for president, I will never forget who I serve: my God, my country, and the U.S. Constitution.

I refuse to sit silently as politically driven interest groups threaten the foundation of religious liberty, criminalize Christianity, and demand that Americans abandon Biblical principles of natural marriage. I will fight to defend religious liberty at all costs.

I also refuse to surrender to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law and enforce it, which upends the separation of powers so very central to our Constitution. Too much power concentrated in the courts is a threat to our Republic. I will fight judicial tyranny and return power to the people.

I call on all GOP candidates to join me in this fight to defend the Constitution. If you lack the backbone to reject judicial tyranny and fight for religious liberty, you have no business serving our nation as President of the United States.

Respectfully,

Governor Mike Huckabee

cc: Cathy Adams - President, Eagle Forum

Kerby Anderson - Host, Point of View radio talk show

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David Barton - President, WallBuilders

Gary Bauer - President, American Values

Jeffrey K. Beene - Colonel, USAF (retired)

Hon. J. Kenneth Blackwell - Visiting Professor, Liberty School of Law

Floyd Brown - President Western Center for Journalism

Brian Burch - President, CatholicVote.org

Phil Burress - President, Citizens for Community Values Action

Joe R. Calvert - President, Rabon Calvert Interests, Inc.

Larry Cirignano - American Catholic Citizens

Clint Cline - President, Design4

Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews - Executive Director Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty

Hon. Ken Cuccinelli - President, Senate Conservatives Fund

Bill Dallas - CEO, United in Purpose

Steve Deace - USA Radio Network & Conservative Review

Tom DeLay - Former Congressman

Penna Dexter - Co-Host, Point of View Radio Show

James C. Dobson, Ph.D. - Founder and President, Family Talk

Tim Von Dohlen - President, St. John Paul II Life Center

Ken and Roberta Eldred - Living Stones Foundation

Bob Ellis - CEO, Dakota Voice LLC

Tricia Erickson - President, Angel Pictures & Publicity Publisher

William A. Estrada - Director of Federal Relations, Home School Legal Defense Association

Carol Everett - Chief Executive Officer, The Heidi Group

Kristin Fecteau - Co-Founder, Campaign to Free America

William J. Federer

Robert K. Fischer - Meeting Coordinator, Conservatives of Faith

Mark Fitzgibbons - President of Corporate Affairs, American Target Advertising, Inc.

Richard Ford - President, Heritage Alliance

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Dr. Jim Garlow - Pastor, Skyline Church

Gina Gleason - Executive Director, Faith and Public Policy

Thomas A. Glessner - President, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates

Kristan Hawkins - President, Students for Life of America

Kirk Hays

Donna Hearne - Constitutional Coalition

Dr. Carl Herbster - AdvanceUSA

Chuck Hurley, J.D. - Vice-president and Chief Counsel, The Family Leader

Harry R. Jackson Jr. - Hope Christian Church and The High Impact Leadership Coalition

Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D. - President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters

Finn Laursen - Executive Director, Christian Educators Association International

Dr. Richard Lee - There's Hope America

Dr. Richard Land - Southern Evangelical Seminary

Tim LeFever - Chairman, Capitol Resource Institute

Loren Leman - Former Legislator and Lieutenant Governor, Alaska

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Bradley Mattes - President, Life Issues Institute

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Joe Miller - President, Restoring Liberty

Tom Minnery - President & CEO, Citizenlink

Len Munsil, J.D. - President, Arizona Christian University

William J. Murray - Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition

Penny Nance - President and CEO, Concerned Women for America

Rev. Dean Nelson - Chairman, Frederick Douglass Foundation

Troy Newman - President, Operation Rescue and ProLife Nation

C. Preston Noell, III - President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Paige Patterson, PhD - President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bob Pearle - Birchman Baptist Church

Tony Perkins - President, Family Research Council President, Council for National Policy

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Richard Rios - Christian Coalition, California Chairman

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Austin Ruse - President, Center for Family & Human Rights

Nancy Schulze - Founder, Republican Congressional Wives Speakers

Mat Staver - Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel

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C. Richard Wells - President, John Witherspoon College Rapid City, South Dakota

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FRC Official: Gay Rights & Pro-Choice Activists 'Caught In The Snare Of Satan'

At this week’s “Future Conference” at Jim Garlow’s church in San Diego, the Family Research Council’s Kenyn Cureton hosted a session on how to set up church “cultural impact teams” aimed at getting churches involved in political battles. But Cureton reminded his audience that as much as they get involved in politics, fights over issues like reproductive rights and LGBT equality are ultimately “a spiritual battle” against Satan, and their adversaries are not “the people who are pushing these ungodly agendas” but the “malevolent master” who controls them:

The battle is a spiritual battle and it’s won or lost on our knees, folks, I’m telling you. When you think about what we’re up against, I mean, who’s behind it? The Bible says we wrestle not against flesh and blood, right? Who’s behind the effort to snuff out human life through embryo-destructive research and abortion? Who’s behind the effort to indoctrinate our children with these alternative lifestyles, redefine marriage, and even ruin our military? Who’s behind the effort to drive God out government, Christ out of culture and faith out of public life? Who’s behind that? I mean, it’s pretty easy for us to understand as believers, it’s the Devil.

So, always remember that those people who are pushing these ungodly agendas, they’re not the real enemy. We need to have compassion on them and love them and try to win them to Jesus and bring them to the foot of the cross so they can be set free by the grace of God, amen, because they are simply pawns in the hand of a malevolent master, they’re caught in the snare of Satan and they need to be set free, right? So we need to be on our knees about this thing, because if we just fight this in the flesh, we ain’t gonna win.

This, he said, means that in addition to working to change public policy, churches should maintain teams of “intercessors” to pray for God’s involvement in their political battles.

FRC’s president, Tony Perkins, has similarly called LGBT rights advocates “pawns” of the Devil, despite claiming that his group would never demonize gay people .

EW Jackson: Charleston Shooting Result Of Anti-Christian Climate Created By Gays, Obama

Anti-gay pastor and Fox News contributor E.W. Jackson said yesterday that people shouldn’t “jump to conclusions” that the Charleston shooting was “some sort of racial hate crime.”

Instead, Jackson told radio host John Fredericks that the shooting may have been a result of the “growing hostility and antipathy to Christianity and what this stands for, the biblical worldview about sexual morality and other things.”

Just in case it wasn’t clear what Jackson was talking about, he went on to claim that gay people, President Obama and liberals in academia are the ones destroying these traditional values.

In an appearance on “Fox & Friends” yesterday, Jackson similarly downplayed the racial aspect of the massacre, despite the fact that witnesses and people close to the suspect have all said that the shooter was motivated by racial hate.

Jackson, a Virginia GOP politician, also went on a Twitter tirade claiming that “intolerant” liberals are “filled with hatred like [Dylann] Roof”:

Former Religious Freedom Ambassador Debunks Right-Wing Myth That Obama Ignores Christian Persecution

A large portion of Jim Garlow’s “Future Conference” in San Diego this week was devoted to the plight of Christians in parts of the Middle East, including those imprisoned and even executed by ISIS and oppressive governments.

The speakers largely refrained from making strained false equivalencies between Christians persecuted by ISIS and American Christians “persecuted” by having to provide public services to gay people. (The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, who has made a cottage industry out of this kind of rhetoric, was scheduled to speak but had to drop out because of illness.) To Garlow’s credit, he also invited Suzan Johnson Cook, the former Obama-appointed U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, to discuss the work that she did in that office.

But Cook was forced to confront some of the entrenched right-wing talking points about the Obama administration and religious freedom when, in a Q&A after her speech, conservative pundit Gina Loudon asked her why “we hear so little” from the administration about efforts to help victims of religious persecution. Loudon’s question echoed the claims of many Religious Right activist who claim that the president has done little to free imprisoned Christians, even when presented with evidence to the contrary.

Cook told Loudon that how much the administration says publicly about these cases does not always reflect the amount of work that they are doing “delicately and discreetly” behind the scenes. While such cases are “a priority,” she said, “many times you can’t tell the story of who’s being persecuted outwardly, because many times their very lives were at stake”:

I think that, you know, government operates in its own way. We’re one agency within a myriad of agencies. I think we have to keep the pressure on. The State Department was very much on it. And, as I said, we have interagency efforts where we certainly worked with the White House. I mean, I can’t defend why it wasn’t talked about more, but what I can say, it was a priority.

… Many times you can’t tell the story of who’s being persecuted outwardly, because many times their very lives were at stake. So there was a family, for example, in Iraq that we were helping get out. Had we made it public, that family would have been killed before they got out. So you have to use discretion and you have to move discreetly, and many times, even though it seems to the public like we’re being quiet, you must know that my days were 16-20 hour days and there was a lot of work to be done … [Y]ou really have to move delicately and discreetly, otherwise some people can not only be persecuted, but they really can be killed. And ultimately what you really want is for the person to be free.

Peterson: White People's Anger Over Being Falsely Labeled Racist Will Lead To More Racist Attacks Like SC Shooting

Steve Malzberg interviewed Jesse Lee Peterson on Newsmax TV yesterday about the shooting at a South Carolina church where a white gunman killed nine black churchgoers in an attempt to start a race war, during which Peterson bizarrely claimed that racism is not an issue in America today.

"[President Obama] implied that racism is still an issue in America today for black people from white folks, when it's absolutely not true," Peterson said. "You have the Department of Justice and others calling it a hate crime even before they knew, before the dust settled, they called it a hate crime, which is encouraging or verifying for a lot of angry black people that racism is a problem."

Even more bizarrely, Peterson then went on to say that white people are being unfairly labeled as racist and so "white people need to start speaking up instead of holding that anger in" because otherwise more violent incidents like this will happen.

"They need to speak out to the country, to black Americans and tell them, 'I am not a racist, I am not your problem, you need to take care of your own life, you need to get married, raise your own children, get away from the government taking care of you, drop your anger so you can see that I am not your problem,'" Peterson advised. "White Americans have been made to feel for the last 50 years or so that they are to blame for the situation in the black family and in the black community when it has nothing to do with white racism but everything to do with the lack of moral character."

White people, Peterson said, are being made to feel guilty and fearful about being called racist which is building up anger inside of them that will lead to more white people carrying out violent race-based attacks like the one in South Carolina:

Troy Newman: Legal Abortion To Blame For California Drought

In a speech to Jim Garlow’s “Future Convention” in San Diego on Tuesday, Troy Newman, head of the anti-choice group Operation Rescue, blamed legal abortion for the years-long drought in California, saying, “There are no coincidences with God.”

Newman referred the audiences to the dozens of doom-and-gloom speeches they were hearing about problems in America and around the world, from gay rights to a supposed impending financial collapse. “I believe that the root cause of all of our problems in this world is our lack of recognizing the sanctity of human life, the baby in the womb,” he said. “When we start taking away the rights of innocent children in the womb, we have no other rights.”

“You see, without life, we have no liberty, we have no marriage, we have no gun rights, we have no property rights, you can’t be taxed if you haven’t been born,” he explained. “So in 1973, when seven of the nine Supreme Court justices declared no right to life to the innocent children in the womb, all other problems sprang from that.”

After Roe v. Wade, he said, the “land was polluted…with innocent blood.”

“Is it no wonder that California is experiencing the worst drought in history when it is the largest child-killer in all of the United States?” he asked. “There are no coincidences with God.”

In a breakout session later in the day, Newman called Roe v. Wade “the fatal flaw of the American experiment.”

“It’s fatal. Is there any wonder that we’ve been on a steep, spiral slope since, going down, down, down?”

UPDATE 1/28/2016: This post has been updated with video of Newman's remarks. The original audio we posted is here:

Michael Savage: Maybe Charleston Shooter Was 'Set Loose By The Government'

WorldNetDaily spoke to right-wing radio host Michael Savage yesterday about the shooting in Charleston. Savage told the far-right outlet that he was just asking the question: Is the government behind the shooting?

Savage had this to say to WND immediately after his program ended: “How can we know? Was he a crazed racist? A programmed killer set loose by the government? Was it the suboxone, a known violence-inducing drug he was likely on courtesy of the AMA (American Medical Association)? Is his father a nut? All we know is that nine decent Christians were slaughtered like chickens in their own church – not in Iraq, but in the USA. And right away we saw Attorney General Janet Lynch on the pulpit, Obama decrying guns, while the band plays on, while his wife, daughters and mother-in-law enjoy shopping in Rome with Air Force One as their royal carriage.”

WND also quoted Rush Limbaugh’s claim that the media is trying to use the shooting to “advance their political agenda.”

“I know that the left and the drive-bys (media) are out now trying to hunt a tea party connection,” added Limbaugh. “You know that’s happening. You know they’re turning over every rock, they’re doing everything they can to try to find a way to link this in a way that would advance their political agenda. And all I’m saying is we’re not gonna do that here in any way, shape, manner, or form. We’re just gonna wait ’til whatever there is to be learned about this. His picture – he looks like a kid. So I’m just gonna wait. We all here at the EIB Network are going to wait.”

Alan Keyes: Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical Will Usher In Genocide

Alan Keyes is quite displeased with Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change. In fact, Keyes is so upset with it that he claims that the Pope’s call to combat climate change “amounts to perpetual imprisonment in a global penal colony under the totalitarian control of a government with unprecedented global powers” and a “crime against humanity.”

The pope, Keyes writes, “demands the imposition of a harsh sentence of perpetual deprivation and servitude upon the whole human race, with a view perhaps near unto genocide,” with the only survivors being “the elitist few and the people needed to cater to their whims.”

“Pope Francis’ reflections look more like Marx, Stalin or Mao Zedong,” Keyes said.

We are called to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to our care. About this there is no doubt. That it is we, rather than God, who are responsible for pervasive and massive changes in the condition of our little corner of the universe is, to say the least, an assertion freighted with controversy. That’s especially true given the fact that the issue of man-made climate change is being exploited as an excuse to advance a totalitarian agenda for the use or abuse of government power throughout the world. The massively life-destroying human catastrophes of the 20th century prove beyond doubt that it is an agenda fraught with evil consequence for the moral, spiritual and material life of the human race.

The “Richter Scale” that indicates the size of the 20th century’s government-centered catastrophes must be calibrated to measure scores of millions of murders perpetrated by governments or in wars that were the consequence of the totalitarian ambitions of the people in control of them. If the facts of humanity’s responsibility for global climate change were incontrovertibly established by dint of the most scrupulously conducted and verified scientific observation and analysis imaginable, the last century’s appalling record of government power abuse would caution against any policies that might spawn more such government-centered hurricanes of fear, oppression and mass murder.

But the facts have not been thus established. In fact much that has come to light supports the view that scientific data were purposely skewed to support a conclusion contrary to fact. But this would be that the human race stands falsely, or at least very dubiously, accused of a great crime, for which the pope is now standing with others to demand the harsh punishment of what amounts to perpetual imprisonment in a global penal colony under the totalitarian control of a government with unprecedented global powers.

More than that, John Schnellnhuber, one of the academics reportedly chosen by the Vatican to explain the pope’s recently released encyclical, has “previously said the planet is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people. Ted Turner, Warren Buffett, David Rockefeller and Bill Gates have envisaged similarly drastic goals for planned depopulation, along with the abuse of “vaccines” targeting vulnerable populations to achieve it. So the agenda Pope Francis seems willing to promote, at the risk of slandering humanity, encompasses punitive action near unto genocide against the human race. Those left will amount to the elitist few and the people needed to cater to their whims.

Last I heard, the intent to commit genocide is in one of the things prohibited by “Thou shalt not murder.” Another of the Ten Commandment proclaims “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” But if the climate change allegations against humanity are unproven, the whole push for totalitarian government remediation of the allegedly terrible damage we are inflicting on God’s creation is a slander against the human race, a sin against humanity being committed as a pretext for the rape of human life, human conscience and God-endowed human liberty. This looks awfully like a crime against humanity, perpetrated by way of unproven allegations and outright lies in order to subject the earth to a regime of government that demands that people live by lies.



When it comes to a matter of obvious moral substance (sexual sin) Pope Francis humbly wonders “Who am I to judge?” When it comes to a matter of scientific fact and methodology, he not only judges, he demands the imposition of a harsh sentence of perpetual deprivation and servitude upon the whole human race, with a view perhaps near unto genocide. I doubt that I’m alone in seeing something dreadfully wrong with this picture.

Even if the facts “Laudato Si’” relies upon were scientifically verified (and at this point, God only knows), the harsh sentence demanded would be for Christ to impose upon the whole sinful human tribe, when he comes again in judgment. Yet when I look in the mirror of reason at the reflections Pope Francis offers in his encyclical, what I see looks unlike Jesus Christ (who as of now still comes to save and not harshly to penalize humanity). Pope Francis’ reflections look more like Marx, Stalin or Mao Zedong – materialistic ideologues who punished not for the sake of God or truth, but on account of resentful, self-idolizing human will and ideology.

Don't Turn Political Opponents Into Spiritual Enemies

This piece by PFAW Senior Fellow Peter Montgomery was originally published in the Greenville News.

Gov. Nikki Haley appeared at a Christians-only prayer rally in Charleston on Saturday. It was an unfortunate decision to lend the prestige of her office to that exclusionary event, one organized by political strategists who view the 2016 elections as an opportunity to turn America back to what they believe are its origins as a country founded by and for Christians.

The event was organized by the American Renewal Project, run by political operative David Lane under the umbrella of the American Family Association. The rally was emceed by Doug Stringer, an “apostle” who promotes the belief that the right kind of Christians are meant to be in charge of every sphere of influence in society, and who has blamed the 9/11 attacks on America turning away from God.

Haley’s video promoting the event invited “everyone” and said it had nothing to do with politics or government. Both statements are disingenuous at best. The South Carolina Baptists’ page urging participation in the rally promised “Evangelical Christians only to lead in program.” Members of the Response “prayer force” were told that it is God’s will “to have His hand-picked civil leadership in place at all times.” In daily calls for prayer in the weeks before the rally, people were asked to pray that the nation would repent for, among other things, political correctness, abortion, and “an unbiblical definition of marriage.” One pre-rally dispatch urged, “Repent of times when citizens have voted for someone based on personal preference and not the will and heart of God, whose values and beliefs were in conflict with His Word.”

Lane is out to recruit 1,000 conservative pastors to run for political office, mobilizing an “army” of volunteers who will determine the outcome of the 2016 elections. Hundreds were scheduled to attend a recruiting session the day before Haley’s “non-political” prayer rally.

But the problem is not getting people involved in politics. The problem is the political agenda Lane’s projects are designed to advance. In Lane’s worldview, America will either be a Christian nation or a pagan nation and there will be no peace until we decide which. He wrote in Charisma in January that “there can be no reconciliation of opposites, particularly the spiritual and the secular.” In one of his many online diatribes he asked, “Who will wage war for the Soul of America and trust the living God to deliver the pagan gods into our hands and restore America to her Judeo-Christian heritage and re-establish a Christian culture?”

Lane denounces court rulings upholding church-state separation; calls for Christianity to be established as America’s official religion with the Bible as a primary textbook in public schools; vehemently opposes equality for LGBT people; and demands the impeachment of judges whose opinions he disagrees with.

This vision of America is both historically inaccurate and deeply out of pace with our times, in which America’s religious landscape is increasingly diverse and a large and growing majority supports legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

A problem with treating politics as spiritual warfare is that you turn political opponents into spiritual enemies. People who disagree on public policy issues are not just wrong, but evil. For David Lane, that’s a self-evident truth. But for a political leader like Nikki Haley, it’s a damaging proposition that makes it harder to govern on behalf of all the people she was elected to represent.

Peter Montgomery is senior fellow for People For the American Way and an associate editor at Religion Dispatches.

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EW Jackson: Caitlyn Jenner Is Insane, Mentally Ill

Virginia pastor and Fox News contributor E.W. Jackson said this week on an anti-gay-marriage conference call for his National Emergency Coalition that President Obama and other officials are “absolutely leading us in a way that is antithetical to our commitment to Jesus Christ.”

Jackson, the Virginia GOP nominee for lieutenant governor in 2013, was especially upset that the president commended Caitlyn Jenner by saying “it takes courage to share your story.”

“So you’re congratulating him for his insanity? Because that’s what that is. That is insane,” Jackson said.

He continued: “That’s mental illness, that’s all that is, and this idea of commending people for their courage, I mean, give me a break.”

Defamation Suit Against Glenn Beck Has Potentially Become Significantly More Expensive

Last year, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi sued Glenn Beck after Beck spent the weeks following the Boston Marathon bombing openly accusing Alharbi, who was injured in the attack, of being an al Qaeda control agent and the "money man" behind the terrorist bombing.

Long after Alharbi had been cleared by law enforcement authorities, Beck spent program after program insisting that the United States government was covering up the truth and was protecting Alharbi at the behest of Saudi Arabia. Unsurprisingly, Alharbi eventually sued Beck for defamation and slander.

While Beck's lawyers have unsuccessfully attempted to get the lawsuit dismissed, the judge in this case has not been particularly sympathetic to Beck's defense and, to make matters worse, has now allowed Alharbi to amend his lawsuit to add a count of "unjust enrichment," which has "significantly upped the amount of a possible judgment" he could receive if he wins his suit:

It is now clear that indeed false statements were made by Beck about Alharbi and it should not be difficult for Alahrbi to prove that his reputation was harmed by those statements, however, the case does not end there.

In the landmark Supreme Court case of New York Times v. Sullivan and in a series of cases since then including Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts, the Supreme Court ruled that when it comes to public officials and public figures, there is an additional burden of proof for a plaintiff alleging he has been defamed by the media.  In those cases, a plaintiff will not be successful in a defamation case unless he can prove in addition to the statements being false and that he was harmed by the statements that the statements were made with malice either knowing the statements were false or with a reckless disregard for the truth.  This higher standard makes it much more difficult for a public official or public figure to win a defamation lawsuit.  Thus Beck’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by arguing that Alharbi was a public figure and Alharbi had not alleged that Beck had made his statements with malice.  In December the judge denied Beck’s motion.

Now in a significant ruling, Judge Patti B. Saris has allowed Alharbi to amend his defamation lawsuit by adding a count for unjust enrichment.  In allowing this count to be added to the complaint, Judge Saris has significantly upped the amount of a possible judgment.  In her decision, Judge Saris stated that “Massachusetts courts have recognized that misuse of confidential information may lead to unjust enrichment.”  Judge Saris also cited the defamation and unjust enrichment lawsuit brought by former Minnesota Governor and former Navy SEAL, Jesse Ventura against Chris Kyle, the author of the book and the subject of the movie “American Sniper.”  In the book and in a later interview with Bill O’Reilly about the book, Kyle described an alleged bar fight involving Ventura during a wake for one of Kyle’s comrades killed in action.  In his O’Reilly interview account of the fight, Kyle quoted Ventura as saying the Seals deserved to “lose a few” due to their involvement in an unjust war in Iraq.  In Kyle’s version of the altercation, Ventura ended up “on the floor” with a black eye.  The case went to trial after the death of Kyle and ended with a largely reported verdict in favor of Ventura, the plaintiff.  What was less reported was the jury’s verdict consisted of an award of $500,000 for defamation and $1.35 million for unjust enrichment.

Michael Savage: Western 'Perverts' To Blame For ISIS; 'Obama Is The Devil'

Yesterday on “The Savage Nation,” right-wing radio host Michael Savage was outraged about a school program in the Italian city of Trieste called the “Game of Respect,” which is meant to break down gender stereotypes.

Somehow, Savage managed to link the program to ISIS.

“The perverts have taken over every aspect of every Western culture, which, by the way, is why ISIS is rising around the world,” Savage said. “Make no mistake about it, ISIS is a counterpoint to these psychotics. You don’t understand that, I do. I have a global perspective, I have a mystical perspective, I have a godly perspective and I am telling you there is a reason ISIS is making gains, it’s because of the vermin who have penetrated our culture and destroyed it from within.”

Savage claimed that the “cultural and societal degradation” is also the fault of President Obama, whom he said is “dumping so many Muslims in all-white Christian communities” in order to “bust up the Christian communities.”

“The man is the Devil,” Savage continued. “Obama and his minions are the Devil themselves. They are not out to remake America but to destroy America. I stand by those words, I will not back down and someone on the Republican ticket has to stand up and show a pair of you-know-what and say something about this cultural degradation.”

The only Republican politician taking such a brave stance, he added, is Donald Trump.

Alex Jones Links Charleston Shooting To Socialist Race War Plot

In response to the Charleston A.M.E. church shooting last night, “InfoWars” host Alex Jones said today that he has heard from “every historical analyst, financial analyst, cultural analyst” that that a race war is coming to the U.S. this summer. He also learned from Matt Drudge, the conservative pundit, that “we could see the fall of America is coming.” 

Jones argued that “America is being set up for a fall, and out of that the new socialist nightmare” will emerge.

According to Jones, George Soros is the nefarious force behind the Black Lives Matter campaign, which he said Soros will use to stir up racial hatred and engineer a “cultural crisis,” just as he allegedly did in Ukraine. Once the race war materializes, Jones continued, then the federal government will intervene and set up a tyrannical state.

Fellow “InfoWars” host David Knight said that the Charleston shooting “could be used as a false flag,” linking it to a 1993 attack on a white church in South Africa, which he also suspected was a false flag attack staged by white people who opposed the end of apartheid to stoke racial tensions.

NOM Asks Presidential Candidates To 'Prevent The Promotion' Of Gay Rights In Schools

Brian Brown, the National Organization for Marriage president and cheerleader of the Russian government during its crackdown on its gay community, is now taking a page from his Russian colleagues, asking US presidential candidates to pledge to ban the “promotion” of marriage equality in schools.

In a “marriage pledge” released today, NOM asks presidential candidates to support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and commit to overturning court rulings in favor of marriage equality.

NOM’s pledge also includes a plank similar to Russia’s infamous “gay propaganda” law, which bars “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships among minors.” In the third plank of its pledge, NOM asks candidates to “prevent the promotion of a redefined version of marriage in public schools and other government entities,” along with reversing Obama administration policies “that have the effect of undermining marriage.”

NOM also asks the candidates to “direct the Department of Justice to investigate, document and publicize cases of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed,” a reference to the sentiment among anti-gay activists that they are being persecuted by prohibitions on anti-LGBT discrimination.

I, _____________ _____________, pledge to the American people that if elected President, I will:

One, support a federal constitutional amendment that protects marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Two, oppose and work to overturn any Supreme Court decision that illegitimately finds a constitutional "right" to the redefinition of marriage. This includes nominating to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, and appointing an attorney general similarly committed.

Three, conduct a review of regulatory, administrative and executive actions taken by the current Administration that have the effect of undermining marriage and work to restore our policies to be consistent with the proper understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Consistent with this, prevent the promotion of a redefined version of marriage in public schools and other government entities.

Four, support the First Amendment Defense Act and other legislation that recognizes the right of organizations and individuals to act in the public square consistent with their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman without fear of retaliation from the government.

Five, direct the Department of Justice to investigate, document and publicize cases of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed.

Jindal: 'The Left Is Trying To Take God Out Of The Public Square'

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called into Glenn Beck's radio program today, where he warned that an "unholy alliance between big business and the radical left" is persecuting Christians by opposing legislation designed to allow Christian business owners to discriminate in the name of "religious liberty."

"Look at the fight in Indiana over religious liberty," Jindal said. "You had this unholy alliance between big business and the radical left going after the religious liberty and conservatives. Look, the radical left wants to tax and regulate businesses out of existence. They think profit is a dirty word, so these businesses need to be careful who they're making these alliances with."

That prompted Beck to warn that if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on gay marriage, Christians will be on the verge of  being stripped of their rights of conscience, to which Jindal responded that "America didn't create religious liberty; religious liberty created the United States of America and the left is trying to take God out of the public square":

Fox News Contributor Links Charleston Shooting To Abortion Rights, Downplays Hate Crime Aspect

Fox News hosts have been heavily playing down the racial hate crime aspect of the shooting at an African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, last night, instead suggesting that the shooting was just another case of anti-Christian persecution in America, a recurring theme on the network.

Law enforcement has labeled the shooting a hate crime, and the white shooter reportedly told his black victims: “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

Fox News contributor Alveda King, a conservative activist with the group Priests for Life, appeared on “Fox & Friends” this morning, where she linked the shooting to abortion rights: “You kill babies in the womb, kill people in their beds, shoot people on the streets so now you go into the church when people are praying.”

Rick Scarborough Is Ready To Burn To Death To Fight Gay Marriage

Texas pastor and conservative activist Rick Scarborough appeared this week on the National Emergency Coalition conference call hosted by E.W. Jackson, a Virginia preacher and Republican politician.

Scarborough, who repeatedly predicted that he and other pastors would be arrested and thrown in jail following the passage of the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Act back in 2009, told listeners to get ready to face death as a result of gay marriage: “We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary, we will burn.”

“The preachers need to get out front, the leaders need to get out front, out front of these ordinary citizens and say, ‘Shoot me first,’” Scarborough said, referring to the bakers and florists who are supposedly being persecuted as a result of gay rights laws.

Scarborough went on to say that gay marriage is a Satanic plot: “The end game is the complete destruction of the church of the Lord Jesus, the replacement of it with this liberal theology that’s not a theology, it’s a philosophy, human-made, it goes back to the Garden of Eden when Satan wanted to be God. We now have a race of humans that don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a God.”

“They’re after God,” he said of Supreme Court justices who may move to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. “This country better be aware, we’ve suffered a lot of injustices, but I’m not sure God is going to tolerate this one very long.”

The Libre Initiative: A Deceptive Group Courting the Latino Vote

The Libre Initiative, founded in September 2011, is a lavishly funded Koch Brothers front group dedicated to winning Latino support for far-right GOP candidates.

Key Facts

Libre backs anti-immigrant Republicans while claiming to support immigration reform. For example:

  • The group attacked Rep. Pete Gallego (D-TX), a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform whose opponent had indicated that he would oppose reform.
  • Libre supported Andy Tobin (R-AZ), who not only opposed comprehensive reform, but also voted for Arizona’s draconian anti-immigrant bill S.B. 1070 and hyped unfounded fears that Central American children fleeing to the southern border could be carrying Ebola.

Libre promotes conservative policy priorities at odds with priorities of Latino working families.

  • On immigration, Libre has:
    • Echoed the unsubstantiated right-wing talking point that President Obama’s DACA order caused the child migrant crisis last summer.
    • Called DACA “pandering” and “dangerous.”
    • Opposes the President’s recent actions, DACA+ and DAPA.
  • Libre opposes increasing the minimum wage and rallies against clean energy development.
    • Much of Libre’s efforts go toward attacking the Affordable Care Act.
    • Libre's Executive Director said he supports voter ID laws, which make it harder for Latinos to vote.

Libre is a Koch front group designed to push a far-right agenda.

  • At least half of Libre’s revenue in the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years came from two other Koch front groups.
  • In Nevada, Libre shared an office with Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity. It later moved in an apparent attempt to distance itself from AFP.
  • Although Libre is organized as a trust, with Executive Director Daniel Garza as trustee, a Koch-connected group has the power to fire him at any time.

For an in-depth analysis of the Libre Initiative’s funding and tactics, see People For the American Way’s report on the Libre Initiative. The report is also available in Spanish here.

Key Statements

Dolores Huerta, in an op-ed for La Opinion, wrote:

“El problema es que La Iniciativa Libre promociona ideales conservadores que ofenden a nuestra comunidad. Ellos se oponen a los sindicatos, se oponen a un aumento en el salario mínimo y se oponen a medidas que protegen el medio ambiente. Sostienen que apoyan la reforma migratoria pero respaldan a candidatos republicanos que la oponen. El año pasado, publicaron anuncios que ayudaron a un candidato que apoyó la ley antiinmigrante de Arizona, SB 1070.”

[TRANSLATION: The problem is that the Libre Initiative promotes conservative causes that are completely wrong for our community, like busting unions, opposing the minimum wage and poisoning the environment. Libre claims it supports immigration reform, but backs Republican candidates who oppose immigration reform. Last year, Libre ran ads that helped a candidate who supported the state’s notorious anti-immigrant law, SB 1070.]

From Newsmaker Sunday with Fernando Espuelas, 3/1/15:

Dolores Huerta: [Libre’s] really deceiving the voters and trying to make them think that they’re supporting immigration reform, but at the same time, they are supporting all of the Republican candidates that are right now trying to keep Obama’s executive actions from taking effect. They’re putting unlimited amounts of money into getting politicians elected that are anti-immigrant, anti-workers, anti-clean environment, and they’re going to try to confuse Latino voters into thinking that they’re their friends. We’ve got to let our community know that Libre, which is funded by the Koch brothers, are not our friends.

Fernando Espuelas: In particular in the 2014 cycle, Libre spent millions of dollars to bring down certain Latino candidates in Florida and elsewhere, with what objectively would seem to be lies in their commercials. Do you think this is a real menace going forward, including in 2016?

Dolores Huerta: Oh I think so! Basically they’ll just be telling a lot of lies and making people think that the candidates they’re supporting are pro-immigrant, at the same time that they’re voting against everything that we’re trying to get for immigration reform. So it’s a very deceptive, but very well-funded operation…We [have to] spread the message that when people hear the word libre, it doesn’t mean libre [free], it means cadenas, it means chains, just the opposite of Libre. This is a rouse that is going to try to entrap people, try to confuse them. We want to do a better job to inform and to educate the Latino voting public who your friends are and who your enemies are. And one of those big enemies is going to be Libre, the group that wants to put us in chains. There’s a good saying in Spanish, dar gato por liebre, so this is dar gato por Libre.

For more information about the Libre Initiative, please email media@pfaw.org.
 

PFAW

Pat Robertson: Destroy Greek Sculpture If It Has Demonic Powers

Today on “The 700 Club,” a viewer asked host Pat Robertson whether she should keep, sell or destroy “an alabaster sculpture of the ancient Greek ‘Goddess of the Hunt,’ Diana Artemis,” that she received as a gift from a friend.

Robertson wondered if it was “used in occult activity” and “has demonic power associated with it,” while clarifying that it may be “just a good-looking statue.”

Robertson, who once told a viewer to destroy a Buddha statue in their home, said that “if it is part of an occult ritual, than by all means destroy it; if it just a beautiful ornament, don’t worry about it.”

An Intimate Meet And Greet With Ann Coulter: Xenophobe Extraordinaire

Ann Coulter, a self-proclaimed “David Koch stalker,” visited the National Press Club yesterday evening to discuss her newest anti-immigrant treatise “Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole.” It is important to note, as Coulter made sure to clarify, that this book is predominantly about the danger legal immigrants pose to the future safety and success of America.

Unlike the African American community, of which Coulter claimed to be an honorary part of, Americans “don’t owe anything to people who got here yesterday” or “the lesbian who wants to take her date to the prom.” Apparently, cases of prejudice against legal immigration and gays “are not civil rights” and should not be treated as such.

Coulter unveiled a new method of deciding which immigrants are let into America, which she titled the “Tinder method.” Tinder is a dating application in which users swipe right if they like the photograph of another user and left if they do not. Using this swipe right, swipe left method, Coulter claimed she could decide “like that” *finger snap* who she would let into the country “before breakfast.” All she would need is an individual’s “height, age, and nationality,” although she could really “decide just based on looks.” She would not even need to look at individuals from “primitive cultures” like “Iraq and Pakistan.” “Let’s not take a chance on Omar,” she chided. Supposedly, this method would solve all “9/11 hijacker” problems.

When questioned by a supportive audience member about how to solve the problem of foreigners overstaying their tourist visas, Coulter had an even better method than immigrant Tinder: “Death penalty,” she proclaimed to a room full of clapping and laughter.

It is very clear why liberals support immigration, reasoned Coulter, because they are “aborting all their kids or going gay so they can’t keep up” with conservatives who are “pumping out kids” who will turn into GOP voters. Ah, it all makes sense now!

Coulter, who is just doing her best to “save America,” vowed to “put on a bikini and go to Texas and get a cop to yell at her” so she can “get her message on the news.” Now that’s a true patriot.

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