On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber railed against criticism of Indiana's recently-enacted "religious freedom" law, saying that such leftist "propaganda" was no different than how the Nazis demonized Jews in Germany.
After Staver asserted that gay rights activists are out to destroy religious freedom, Barber responded by warning that attacks on the Indiana law were laying the groundwork for persecution of Christians in America.
"You wonder how, in Nazi Germany, the propagandists were able to get an entire nation of people on board with persecuting to Jews the level that they're doing," Barber said. "We see it being repeated here with an entire nation of people, these leftists media propagandists, getting them on board for a soft persecution, at least at this point and time, of Christians here in the U.S.":
Ted Nugent was just getting started in his Saturday address to the Republican Party of Maricopa County, Arizona, when he blamed veterans’ suicides on President Obama.
Nugent suggested that people shoot immigrants who illegally cross the southern border, fondly recalling a time he threatened to shoot a trespasser on his property.
The National Rifle Association board member then went after protesters who used the “hands up, don’t shoot” slogan, calling it “bullshit,” before he saluted “the other black guy here tonight, we appreciate it.”
“Let’s not just win, let’s crush the enemy,” he said, before saying of Nancy Pelosi: “Bitch ain’t in jail yet?” Nugent added that he and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio — who introduced him at the event — should arrest former IRS official Lois Lerner and declared that whoever thought the U.S. compound in Benghazi “had adequate security is the devil.”
“Any person, any so-called human being that could designate the Fort Hood terrorist attack as ‘workplace violence’ should be shackled and put in a cage,” Nugent said. “The Democrats are insane.”
Nugent said he would not run for elected office, even though he claimed tens of millions of people are begging him to run for president, since he is too busy representing “We The People,” boasting: “Ever notice that Democrats won’t debate me anymore because I chew up their family tree and shit sawdust?”
Later, Nugent said the GOP should be more aggressive and finally put Hillary Clinton in jail.
In an interview with Dana Loesch on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz praised Indiana’s new “religious liberty” law, which goes even further than similar measures in other states to allow businesses to discriminate against customers in providing services.
Deliberately obfuscating the history of the bipartisan federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was skewed by the Supreme Court in its Hobby Lobby decision, Cruz claimed that Democrats have recently “decided that religious liberty is disposable, that it is unnecessary” and “accordingly, we have a vilification of people who are engaging in acting out their faith.”
Cruz declared that a “partisan leftist group” is now “demonizing the state of Indiana for acting to protect religious liberty there.”
Harkening back to the Pilgrims, who he said (inaccurately) wanted “a land where every one of us could seek out the Lord God Almighty free of government getting in the way,” Cruz said that “we really have gone through the proverbial looking glass that there is now a concerted effort targeting people of faith.”
Laws preventing businesses from discriminating against LGBT people in public services or requiring them to offer full health care coverage for female employees, he implied, are as much as an infringement on religious liberty as forcing a rabbi to eat pork.
“Nobody in their right mind would force a Catholic priest to perform a Protestant wedding. Likewise, nobody in their right mind would force a Jewish rabbi to perform a Christian wedding or, for that matter, to violate kosher and go consume pork,” he said. “We have long had a tradition from the beginning of this country of respecting religious liberty and accommodating and respecting the good-faith religious views of our citizens.”
“And it is only the intolerance of the current day of the far-left that views with which they disagree — the far-left is such a radical proponent of gay marriage that anyone whose faith teaches to the contrary, anyone whose faith teaches that marriage is a sacrament of one man and one woman, a holy union before God, the far-left views that religious view as unacceptable and they’re trying to use the machinery of the law to crush those religious views. And I think it is wrong, I think it is intolerant, and I think it is entirely inconsistent with who we are as a people,” he added.
Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program this morning furious about two things: an interview CNN's Chris Cuomo did recently with a representative of the Indiana Family Institute and an Indiana pizzeria that closed down after receiving threats and criticism for saying that it would refuse to provide service to a gay couples' wedding.
The pizza restaurant has since been inundated with over $200,000 in donations from supporters, but Beck is outraged about the entire ordeal, declaring that gay rights activists have become modern-day Nazis who are leading an Inquisition that will turn into a Christian holocaust.
"What kind of America are you building, you frickin' Nazis," Beck fumed. "What kind of Nazi regime are you building? Wake up! ... You are following a Nazi group. I don't know who is even leading this, but you're becoming Nazis."
"We need to start putting them into the robes of the Inquisition," he continued. "That's the way we need to start looking at these people because this is the Inquisition, gang. You think that there isn't a Christian holocaust coming?"
Earlier this week, Colorado state representative Gordon Klingenschmitt issued a public apology for his recent statement that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman in the state was due to the "curse of God upon America" for legal abortion and announced that he would be suspending his daily "Pray In Jesus Name" television program for the remainder of Colorado's legislative session.
Apparently, this suspension does not begin until next week, since today Klingenschmitt uploaded several new programs to his YouTube channel, including one in which he predicted that a century from now, twenty percent of Americans will be gay due to successful efforts by gay rights activists to "recruit" schoolchildren.
Citing a recent Gallup poll that unsurprisingly found that places like San Francisco have a larger openly gay population than cities like Birmingham, Alabama, Klingenschmitt stated that this is "proof" that gays recruit children.
Saying that the 2010 census found that less than one percent of the population was gay whereas now it is up to around three percent, Klingenschmitt warned that the gay population is growing, especially in areas of the country "where they don't believe the Bible," through the recruitment of children.
"This proves to me that the Bible works," he said. "That when people believe the Bible, they promote holiness and they invite the Holy Spirit to rule their hearts, they don't have all these homosexual addiction problems that they have in places where they don't believe the Bible and they reject the Bible and they teach the children in California schools that homosexuality is a good thing and they celebrate Harvey Milk Day and they have all kinds of policies to promote that in the classroom. Well, no wonder their population is growing! They're recruiting people into the movement on the left coast."
"The disparity in the population proves to me that it is a recruitment effort for your children," Klingenschmitt continued. "And thank God they're resisting that in Alabama. I wish the rest of America would protect their children as well as they do in Alabama, which is why they have a lower percentage of children recruited, according to the Gallup poll, in the state of Alabama."
Klingenschmitt then went on to warn that children raised in same-sex households are more likely to be gay, which is further proof that children are being recruited, meaning that "in a hundred years, if we continue to allow this recruiting effort across America, all of the children in all of the public schools, if we don't stop this, will be re-educated that this is a good thing."
"And I predict in a hundred years," he said, "twenty percent of Americans could become homosexual":
Ted Nugent spoke at the Lincoln Day Dinner of the Republican Party of Maricopa County, Arizona, last weekend, where he was introduced by the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
He told the crowd that military veterans are committing suicide because of President Obama: “Here’s your job, Republican Party. Twenty to 25 of those guys kill themselves every day, and they haven’t told you why and they haven’t told anybody else why but they told me why: because the commander-in-chief is the enemy.”
Mike Farris, the Religious Right activist who leads Patrick Henry College and the Home School Legal Defense Association, appeared on “The Lars Larson Show” on Tuesday to defend Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law. Farris dedicated most of the interview to claiming — falsely — that Indiana’s law is no different from other versions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed on the federal level and in other states.
“We are going backwards on religious liberty, back to the Dark Ages of toleration, back to the witch trials, back to the very kinds of things that caused people to get in their ships and cross the ocean and come to the shores of Virginia and Massachusetts,” Farris said, rather ironically.
“This is not just about gay rights,” Farris continued. “This is about, can New York City pass a law that prohibits circumcision, will Orthodox Jews be prohibited from circumcising their little boys? Will pro-life doctors be forced to participate in abortions?”
If gay rights undermine religious freedom, he warned, then America will transform into Nazi Germany: “This is all about unilateral coercion, it’s political correctness with the regimentation and force that Nazi Germany would be proud of.”
In an interview with WorldNetDaily yesterday, anti-gay legal activist Mat Staver once again compared gay rights advocates to terrorists, telling WND radio host Greg Corombos that the LGBT community won’t stop until it wins a “special, protected, preferred status for homosexuality” and “then if they get that, boy are they going to come and hammer you hard with it.”
“Their agenda doesn’t stop until they are completely dominating anybody who ultimately does not not only agree but promote and affirm their lifestyle,” Staver said. “Their agenda will not stop, it will ultimately result in fines and prosecution. This is an intolerant agenda.”
He went on to liken gay rights supporters to the Hamas terrorists who control the Gaza Strip: "This is like dealing with terrorists, negotiating with people who have a zero-sum game and they don’t want you to exist. It is like the Palestinians and the Israelis: the Palestinians in Gaza don’t like the Jews to exist in the land, so no matter how much land you give them for so-called peace, it doesn’t really satisfy them. There is no satisfying this radical agenda, they don’t want you to exist. If you do exist, they want you to promote and applaud their sinful lifestyle.”
Mike Huckabee appeared on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program yesterday to share his outrage that Walmart, among other businesses, came out against a right-to-discriminate bill that was passed by the state legislature in his home state of Arkansas. Huckabee told FRC president Tony Perkins, the host of the program, that the gay community has turned the controversies surrounding “religious freedom” legislation in Arkansas and Indiana into a “phony crisis.”
“It’s been manufactured by the left, just as was the war on women,” Huckabee said. “There was no war on women. The left has gotten very good on creating a crisis, something to divide the country, something to create this sense in which ‘we’ve got to go after these conservatives because they are trying to trample over our rights.’”
He added that the LGBT rights movement is like something out of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984”: “It is a classic example of — really a page out of ‘1984,’ when what things mean are the opposite of what they really are. And that’s what I’m seeing here is that in the name of tolerance, there’s intolerance. In the name of diversity, there’s uniformity. In the name of acceptance, there’s true discrimination.”
Perkins contended that gay people who are denied service by a business should simply try to find another shop that will serve them rather than filing a lawsuit against discriminatory business owners. “Where will it stop?” he asked Huckabee.
“It won’t stop until there are no more churches, until there are no more people who are spreading the Gospel,” Huckabee replied, “and I’m talking now about the unabridged, unapologetic Gospel that is really God’s truth.”
Later in the program, Huckabee insisted that unlike the gay community, conservative Christians would never boycott a business like Walmart. Perkins, however, interjected that he does, in fact, plan to boycott Walmart since the company is “taking a stand against religious freedom.”
Huckabee then backtracked slightly, claiming that “it may come to the place where there will be a day in which Christians have had enough of this — I don’t think they have yet, I still see too many of them folding — but there may come a day in which they realize how close they are to losing all of their freedoms. And maybe there will be a day in which every one of the believers of this nation, people of faith and even some people who aren’t necessarily Christian but they’re people of conscience and they’re people of fairness, and they’ll just say that we will have a national boycott of the following businesses, and let’s just see if they really feel that they are taking the right position.”
On his radio program yesterday, during which he warned that efforts to clarify Indiana's "religious freedom" law would lead to Christians being placed in slavery, Bryan Fischer suggested that if Christians business owners are required to provide services to gay weddings, they should do so while delivering a sermon on the evils of homosexuality the entire time.
"Yeah, I will bake your same-sex marriage wedding cake," Fischer said, "but I am going to preach the Gospel to you the whole time I am doing it. I am going to warn you about the abominable nature of the behavior you're engaged in. I'm going to warn you about mocking God. I'm going to warn you about blaspheming the true and divine nature of true marriage. I am going to warn you about the mortal danger you are in of suffering hellfire and eternal damnation."
"You come in to get a wedding cake from me and you're a homosexual," he said, "you'll get your wedding cake, but you are going to get a sermon in the process":
Anti-gay pastor Scott Lively writes in BarbWire today that criticism of Indiana’s “religious freedom” law represents just the latest example of how “the LGBT Borg” (a reference to an alien race from Star Trek) acts “like a swarm of hornets” to “either assimilate or destroy whatever person or entity has been foolish enough to challenge” the gay rights movement.
The reason many Indiana businesses have announced their opposition to the new law, Lively says, is a result of a push by closeted gay men who are married to women — “the perfect ‘secret agents’ for their own cause” — to convince companies to join a pro-gay “American Marxist collective.”
“So, America, is resistance to the LGBT Borg futile?” Lively asks. “Marxist regimes have been overthrown before. (And even Jon-Luc Picard eventually defeated his Borg opponents). I guess the outcome of this battle depends on how much we the not-yet-assimilated want to avoid becoming mindless slaves to the Collective.”
“Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.” That was the message of the Borg to Captain Jon-Luc [sic] Picard of the Starship Enterprise on the television series Star Trek: Next Generation. The Borg was a conglomerate of species forcibly transformed into cybernetic drones controlled by a hive mind called the Collective. The Borg grew ever stronger by appropriating and exploiting the assets of whatever new species it encountered as it roamed the universe in pursuit of its insatiable lust for power over the lives of others. Both individual and corporate victims of the Borg were assimilated into the Collective, losing their identity to the hive mind.
This week, the State of Indiana met the Borg, which on planet earth is spelled LGBT. Like Captain Picard, the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, has attempted to reason with Borg and learned that there is no compromise with the Collective. “Resistance is futile” said Borg drone Tim Cook, the formerly human representative of the now-Collectivist entity Apple Computers. The refrain was echoed by a chorus of other drones, including some from the newly Borg-acquired National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Interestingly, the Star Trek Borg used a system involving microscopic nanobots to assimilate their prey but the LGBT Borg use media-driven fear-inducing psychological tactics instead (which is exceptionally effective on politicians). Governor Pence and the Republican Party of Indiana are, of course, being subjected to the assimilation process as we speak.
No existing member of the American Marxist collective is allowed to dissent from the view that homosexuality and related perversions are deserving of legal protection and cultural celebration. Moreover, any dissent from outside the Collective attracts the entire body of Borg-like drones — like a swarm of hornets — in the single-minded quest to seek and either assimilate or destroy whatever person or entity has been foolish enough to challenge it.
Many Americans are surprised that major companies like Apple, Ebay, PayPal, and Angie’s List are leading the charge against Indiana on behalf of the homosexual movement. They are shocked that government entities like the State of Connecticut have banned all state-funded travel there. Wake up, America! That’s just how the LGBT Borg operates and it‘s getting stronger with every conquest.
Remember, first of all, that there no objective criteria for determining whether someone is “gay” — it’s purely a matter of self-declaration, thus so-called “closeted” homosexual activists can be the perfect “secret agents” for their own cause just by keeping their sexual proclivities hidden from their employers and co-workers. Many go so far as to marry the opposite-sex to protect themselves from suspicion. This is such a common phenomenon among homosexual men that there is even a name for the women they use for cover: “Beards.”
So, America, is resistance to the LGBT Borg futile? Marxist regimes have been overthrown before. (And even Jon-Luc [sic] Picard eventually defeated his Borg opponents). I guess the outcome of this battle depends on how much we the not-yet-assimilated want to avoid becoming mindless slaves to the Collective.
Glenn Beck took to his Facebook page this morning to announce the release of a new series of denim jeans and jackets from his 1791 clothing line and, in typical Beck fashion, he managed to do so in pretty much the most sanctimonious and self-aggrandizing way imaginable.
Beck explained that whenever he used to go shopping with his daughters, they could never find clothes that fit them properly and, as a result, he "vowed if I ever had a chance I would start a fashion line that was cool, hip, and great quality that would come in sizes that would fit."
Now that day has come and Beck is finally able to help the women of the world realize their "fundamental God given rights" to "feel pretty" and it is all thanks to "the power of a dads [sic] love for his daughter":
Today I make good on that promise. 1791 is proud to announce our new line of women's Denim. We begin with denim jacket and jeans.
They were designed for and tested on all the girls in my life. It has taken us almost two years to get the design just right.
I am proud that finally I can rest knowing any dad who feels the way I do about the most beautiful girl ever born, my daughter, will be able to feel that way when she slips into her favorite jeans, blouse and jacket.
My wife who is a little more like the current runway models and my daughter who is more classic both can wear and love their new 1791s.
I kind of think it is one of those fundamental God given rights. To feel pretty.
Because you are.
As we grow so will our selection and sizes because it is time we celebrate real diversity. After all, God made us different colors, shapes and sizes.
Please check out the beginning of our new line of women's clothing at 1791.com and see what the power of a dads love for his daughter can build.
Unfortunately for Beck, his announcement is not quite being met with the chorus of accolades that he apparently expected, but rather comment after comment from fans wondering exactly how they are supposed to be able to afford his new $150 jeans:
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson repeated his criticism of the gay community in the wake of the controversy surrounding a new Indiana law which gives businesses the right to deny service to LGBT customers, among others.
Robertson dismissed the concerns of the owners of an Indiana pizzeria who feared that they would have to serve pizza at a same-sex couples’ wedding, saying that the business owners “might as well keep their mouth shut” since it was “the cake-makers that are having the problem.”
This led Robertson to a tirade about how gay people will force others to embrace anal sex and bestiality.
“It doesn’t matter what custom you’ve got, it doesn’t matter what holy thing that you worship and adore, the gays are going to get it,” Robertson said. “They’re going to make you conform to them. You are going to say you like anal sex, you like oral sex, you like bestiality, you like anything you can think of, whatever it is. And sooner or later you are going to have to conform your religious beliefs the group of some aberrant thing. It won’t stop at homosexuality.”
Robertson said that polygamy and “sex with animals” will “come next” as a result of the gay rights movement: “They’re going to be saying, ‘You’re intolerant, you’re intolerant, you’re trying to mitigate against these nice people who like dogs, what’s wrong with you?’” He then ranted about temporary marriages in Iran, which he claimed are a key component of Islam. (In reality, the majority of Muslims reject such temporary marriages, which only find support within the Twelver branch of Shia Islam).
On Monday, right-wing talk show host Michael Savage blamed President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for the recent shooting of a Boston police officer, demanding that Obama and Holder, along with Al Sharpton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, apologize to the victim. The perpetrator, who had a long history of violence, seriously injured a police officer during a traffic stop, shooting him in the face and neck.
“Because of Al Sharpton, Barack Obama and Eric Holder, and their war on police, especially white police, their constant harping on police, telling them that they’re racist, they’re no good, they’re no good, they’re no good, ‘black lives matter,’ ‘hands up, don’t shoot,’ because of their constant attacks on the police by de Blasio, Obama, Sharpton, as a result of that the cops approached the car that they had pulled over in Roxbury, Massachusetts, without guns drawn,” Savage said. “Now, in the past, the cops would have approached with their guns drawn, but because of Obama and Holder and Sharpton and de Blasio, the cops approached the car without guns drawn.”
Of course, there is nothing to suggest that the president, attorney general or mayor of a different city ordered cops to approach cars in a traffic stop without drawing their weapons, but Savage said that Obama must nevertheless send an apology to the victim.
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer voiced his opposition to any effort to clarify Indiana's "religious freedom" law, warning that doing so will result in Christians in the state being pushed into slavery.
As Fischer explained it, when Gov. Mike Pence said that the law should be clarified to make clear that no business will have the right to deny services to customers, he seemed to be signaling that religious bakers or florists or photographers will be compelled to provide their services to gay weddings, which is unconstitutional because slavery was outlawed under the Thirteenth Amendment.
"I'm afraid Governor Pence is dangerously close to allowing the homosexual lobby to get the state of Indiana," he warned, "to compel people to provide labor against their will. What do we call it when people are compelled to provide labor against their will? Involuntary labor, what do we call that, ladies and gentlemen? That is involuntary servitude, that is slavery, that is something that is forbidden by the Thirteenth Amendment":
The right-wing Media Research Center is downright livid that ABC is working with Dan Savage on a semi-autobiographical sitcom, issuing a petition and letter demanding that the network terminate the project. While this is the same group whose president warned that any criticism of reality TV star Phil Robertson amounted to fascism and was an attack on freedom, the group now says that ABC must stop associating “with the hate language of this uncivil figure.”
MRC’s Dan Gainor appeared on “The Janet Mefferd Show” yesterday, where he especially took issue with Savage’s recent joke that if Ben Carson thinks being gay is a choice, then he can prove “how a man can choose to be gay” by performing a sex act.
Gainor and Mefferd said that such comments, among others, are so outrageous that any person who was involved in the It Gets Better Project, which focuses on combating the mistreatment of LGBT youth, should be ashamed.
“A lot of people will know Dan Savage from the It Gets Better campaign and the videos that they gathered and all this; this was fully supported by the Obama administration, so when you get to the point in culture when you have the White House actually getting involved and endorsing something done by somebody like this, it really is telling, it is quite amazing I think,” Mefferd said, while Gainor called Savage “one of the biggest hypocrites the earth has ever seen.”
Gainor added: “If your kids go to public school, they are being taught It Gets Better, so they are being taught that this guy is normal and a viable person to listen to when, in fact, if you’re one of those groups, conservative, Christian, Republican, something, he hates you and wants you dead.”
Echoing a statement he made two years ago, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins wrote in his daily email to his group’s members yesterday that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the supposed persecution of Christians in the U.S. military are draining “morality” from the armed forces and leading to an epidemic of sexual assaults and suicide,.
Perkins also blasted Defense Secretary Ash Carter for a plan to ease some recruitment standards for service members, including accepting people with minor criminal records such as drug offenses for some positions. “In the U.S. military, it might soon be criminals in -- Christians out!” he warns.
Reports have shown that the military is facing difficulties in finding recruits due to a number of factors, including a stronger economy, high obesity rates and college dropout rates. But Perkins suggests that the military would solve its recruiting woes if it simply ended progress toward LGBT rights and brought back “morality.”
“Our troops are tired of fighting two wars: America's and the culture's,” he writes.
Perkins has previously blamed military sexual assaults on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and warned that it would damage recruiting efforts to the extent that proponents of the repeal would have the “blood of young Marines on their hands.”
In the U.S. military, it might soon be criminals in -- Christians out! That's the Pentagon's solution to the latest recruitment woes, according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Faced with low enlistments, the military is desperately looking for ways to attract new service members to replenish its ranks. With morale at a record low and the crackdown on values at an all-time high, recruiters have an even more challenging job these days.
Desperate for new sign-ups, Carter and others are advocating looser standards, including allowing some with minor criminal records to enlist. Blaming the numbers on the "competitive job market," Carter said the military is going to "have to work harder to compete." But the issue isn't so much a competitive job market as it is an unfriendly military. With the wars winding down, it should be even easier to meet those enlistment targets. Instead, the Pentagon is lowering the standards to meet their quotas, which will only accelerate the downward spiral of the military.
While the Left will throw a fit, the reality is no one should be surprised. In fact, FRC's General Boykin and other military experts warned this would be the result of the Obama administration's social experimentation with the military. In the wake of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the same doors that opened for homosexuals seemed to shut in Christians' faces, as the President's hostility toward men and women of faith seeped into every aspect of military life. In more evidence that the President's policies have fundamentally transformed America,chaplains have been ousted,Bibles expelled, crosses torn down, and rainbow flags hoisted in their place.
In the absence of morality, sexual assaults have skyrocketed, suicides are through the roof, and religious liberty has vanished. Our troops are tired of fighting two wars: America's and the culture's. Congress needs to get to the bottom of these problems and fast. It's time to undo the damage done by almost seven years of social engineering on our country's finest -- or face the national security consequences.
In an interview yesterday, Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver said that a potential fix to Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law ensuring that it would not effectively legalize discrimination would be “devastating,” comparing such a move to negotiating with terrorists.
“There is nothing to clarify and there is nothing to fix,” Staver told Jim Schneider on VCY America’s “Crosstalk.”
“This is what the homosexual lobby wants to do: they want to intimidate [Indiana Gov. Mike Pence] so much, they want to try to embarrass him into doing something that is absolutely foolish, that will promote their agenda,” Staver added.
“It’s kind of like with these terrorists, it’s hard to negotiate with terrorists because they have a zero-sum game. It’s hard to negotiate with these people who simply are irrational and are inventing things that just simply don’t exist. You’re not going to placate them by trying to come back and pass a clarification to a law that doesn’t need any clarification at all.”
Staver told host Jim Schneider that gay rights advocates are promoting “anti-Christian hatred,” warning that the gay rights movement has “given a tolerance message, and what is behind that is, frankly, demonic. It wants to literally overpower, it has no interest in protecting religious freedom, it wants to crush it.”
“This is the wakeup call for the church,” he said.
Staver said that conservative Christians in America are in the same place as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor in Germany who died as a result of his opposition to Nazi rule.
The gay rights movement, Staver said, is all about “absolute intolerant bigotry, hatred towards Christians and people of faith,” and even the “criminalization of Christianity.”
“They want to literally crush religion, the free exercise of religion, and freedom,” Staver said. “That’s what this agenda is about. So I say stand your ground. This is a Bonhoeffer moment and Gov. Mike Pence better not back up on this issue.”
Conservative columnist John Zmirak, who serves as senior editor of televangelist James Robison’s new outlet The Stream, writes today that “the hate that has been spewed at the state of Indiana in the past week” will lead to bloodshed and violence akin to the genocidal campaigns targeting Tutsis in Rwanda and Armenians in Turkey.
He writes that gay marriage supporters are bent on vilifying all Christians to the point that society turns against them, which will “tear up the civil peace in this country, forcing millions of Americans to choose between church and state.”
“If Indiana caves and guts its religious freedom law — as Gov. Mike Pence has already promised — it will prove an equal triumph for those who are so enraged at Christian teaching that they are willing to persecute Christians,” Zmirak writes. “Should we engage in large-scale, non-violent civil disobedience, as black Americans once did in the face of Jim Crow laws? We have the numbers to bring this country to a sudden screeching halt, if we can stand up to the media’s blows and spitting.”
Sample the hate that has been spewed at the state of Indiana in the past week, and faithful Christians in recent years, by gay activists and their allies. We are “bigots,” “Neanderthals” and “haters,” whose views must be ritually rejected by anyone hoping to keep a job in today’s America — even in a Catholic high school. Where will this end? Is there a logical stopping point for this aggression, where Christians are left in peace?
History teaches that mass vilification rarely stops short of spilling blood. The French Jacobins who spent the 1780s slandering the clergy in pornographic pamphlets went on in the 1790s to slaughter Christians by the hundreds of thousands. The Turks paved the way for killing a million Armenian Christians with a wave of propaganda. The Bolsheviks followed their “anti-God” crusade of the 1920s with starvation camps and firing squads. The Communist governments of Eastern Europe obeyed the same script, as scholar Anne Applebaum documents in her sobering study The Iron Curtain. The Hutu government of Rwanda prepared for its assault on the once-powerful Tutsis by incessantly describing them as “cockroaches” on radio broadcasts, which triggered a genocide.
If the media, the law and our elite institutions succeed in lumping Christian sexual morals in with white racism, how long will it be before believing Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox (and many religious minorities) find themselves labelled as members of “extremist sects,” no more to be trusted with the care of their own children than the Branch Davidians were?
It’s stunning how quickly the demands of gay activists went from libertarian (“Don’t arrest us for sodomy”) to totalitarian (“Take part in our weddings or we’ll destroy your livelihoods.”)
If Indiana caves and guts its religious freedom law — as Gov. Mike Pence has already promised — it will prove an equal triumph for those who are so enraged at Christian teaching that they are willing to persecute Christians.
If these zealots succeed, they will tear up the civil peace in this country, forcing millions of Americans to choose between church and state. If laws or government policies beggar Christian businesses, close Christian colleges and schools and force faithful Christians into third-class citizenship — making us virtual dhimmis, like the Christian Copts in Egypt — what should we do? What should be our response now that we know what they want to do, and are overplaying their hand, but before they complete their coup d’etat?
Should we engage in large-scale, non-violent civil disobedience, as black Americans once did in the face of Jim Crow laws? We have the numbers to bring this country to a sudden screeching halt, if we can stand up to the media’s blows and spitting. Those who resist these unjust laws will be treated with all the violence and contempt that was poured out on the pro-life Operation Rescue in the 1980s and ’90s. Local cops from West Hartford, Connecticut, to Los Angeles, California, brutalized teenagers, old women, even nuns and pregnant mothers.