Rep. Renee Ellmers blasted Tea Party Republicans yesterday for launching a half-baked movement to unseat House Speaker John Boehner in today’s leadership election. In an interview on Newsmax TV yesterday, the North Carolina Republican called the group challenging Boehner, which is led by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., “bad actors” who are “acting out” because they “thrive” on “media attention.”
“Those who are acting out right now, though, are getting some media attention,” she said. “That’s all it is. It’s media attention. These are folks that thrive on it. They’re bad actors right now because they’re acting as if they’re going against the party and there’s really no substance to it whatsoever. If they truly meant what their plan was for a new speaker of the House or moving an agenda in a different way, then they should have acted months ago and they did not.”
When host Ed Berliner asked Ellmers, who was elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave, if the rebelling members of Congress were Tea Party members, she distanced herself: “I don’t know what they associate themselves with, but I can tell you that they get a lot of media attention.”
Distraught that women are outpacing men in college enrollments, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly took to WorldNetDaily this week to float the idea that colleges should enforce a gender quota to even out admissions to the benefit of men. Responding to a 2010 New York Times article, Schlafly wondered if colleges should set male admissions quotas to ensure that student bodies are “half women and half men.”
Another proposal Schlafly put in the mix is to “stop granting college loans, thereby forcing students to take jobs to pay for their tuition and eliminate time for parties, perhaps even wiping out time for fraternities and sororities.”
Schlafly also called for colleges to stop enforcing Title IX, which prevents sex discrimination in education, as a way to attract men, alleging that the anti-discrimination measure “removes a primary motivation for young men to go to college, many of whom want to try out for a sport even if they are not good enough to make the team.”
All of this, the right-wing activist insists, would actually benefit women because it would give them more available men to date.
The New York Times published a provocative news story called “The New Math on Campus.” No, it’s not about the failure of Common Core to teach arithmetic; it’s about the changing ratio of males to females on most college campuses.
Long ago when I went to college, campuses were about 70 percent male, and until 1970 it was still nearly 60 percent. Today, however, the male percentage has fallen to the low 40s on most campuses.
Colleges claim they grant admissions based on academic merit, and girls come out of high school with better grades than boys. But that doesn’t always mean they are smarter or more capable of doing college work or succeeding after graduation.
Boys do far better on average than girls on the SAT test for mathematics, which means that boys are better prepared than girls for STEM majors in college. This has been true every year for more than 40 years.
Nearly twice as many boys as girls attain very high scores on the math SAT, with an immense difference at the high end. But the job market for STEM graduates is not as good as it should be, due to corporations’ preference for hiring lower-paid, easy-to-control foreigners on H-1B visas, so many American guys decide that the high cost of an engineering degree is not worth it.
A shocking 46 percent of recent college graduates work in jobs that do not require a college degree. Boys are more likely than girls to look at the cost-benefit tradeoff of going to college. The imbalance of far more women than men at colleges has been a factor in the various sex scandals that have made news in the last couple of years.
So, what’s the solution? One solution might be to impose the duty on admissions officers to arbitrarily admit only half women and half men. Another solution might be to stop granting college loans, thereby forcing students to take jobs to pay for their tuition and eliminate time for parties, perhaps even wiping out time for fraternities and sororities. I went through college while working a full-time manual-labor job, and I don’t regret a minute of it; it was a great learning experience.
Another solution would be to reinstate all the men’s sports that were canceled by an extremist feminist application of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination against female students. The feminists have misused that law to abolish many men’s sports in order to achieve a statistical equality between the percentage of men playing on college sports teams and the percentage of male enrollment in college.
The feminists have abolished more than 2,200 men’s college sports teams since 1981, such as wrestling, gymnastics, track, golf and even some football in order to limit the number of male players to Title IX guidelines. That removes a primary motivation for young men to go to college, many of whom want to try out for a sport even if they are not good enough to make the team.
The popularity of the new college football playoff system illustrates how successful men’s college sports can be for participants and fans alike. But when colleges eliminate men’s sports, women are hurt by the resulting gender imbalance in enrollment.
In an interview with Adam McManus of Generations Radio last week, Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman described his group’s work targeting abortion providers as a “remove and replace” operation to shut down abortion clinics, which he equated with Satan, and replace them with anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers.
“We’re saving over 600,000 babies a year by removing these horrible death centers and replacing them with Christ-centered pregnancy help centers,” Newman boasted to McManus. Operation Rescue, which keeps thorough records of abortion providers in its efforts to shut them down, recently reported a 23 percent drop in surgical abortion providers over the past five years, the result of a variety of forces.
He cited a passage from John comparing Jesus — the crisis pregnancy centers — to “the thief,” or Satan — the abortion providers: “This is the ‘remove and replace.’ Remember, John 10:10 says that ‘the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy but I’ve come to give life, and it to the fullest.’ So, who’s the abortionist? He steals the women’s money, he kills their baby and destroys their life, but as a Christian, we’re going to give you life and it to the fullest. It’s the ultimate remove and replace operation.”
Glenn Beck’s cohost Jeff Fisher had a few words today for Taya Kyle, the wife of the late Chris Kyle, whose autobiography is the basis for the movie “American Sniper”: “Get back in the kitchen, woman.”
Fisher made the remark during a discussion of the marital problems between Chris and Taya Kyle, which play a prominent role in the film, comments that were quickly mocked by the other commentator.
Gray mocked Fischer’s comments, but had his own issues with current cinema, complaining that “The Imitation Game,” a biopic about British codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing, who was forced to undergo chemical castration because he was gay, “went too far on the whole, this is about a gay agenda thing.”
“Louie is not going to compromise, Louie is the guy. We have another chance, America, we have another chance. Please don’t pass this signpost, please, there’s another exit, take it,” Beck said on his show today, adding that conservatives should consider themselves “done with the Republican Party” if Boehner secures re-election.
“Shut the switchboard down, tell everybody you know in the freedom movement, ‘Louie Gohmert.’ Call them now,” he said.
Gohmert also appeared on Beck’s show to outline his policy agenda, which would include gutting the social safety net and stopping the House from turning into a “dictatorship.”
On New Year’s Day, televangelist Jim Bakker informed viewers of his show about what God has in store for America in 2015, including increased tensions with North Korea and violence from Islamist extremists, something that no one else could have predicted.
He warned, however, that the U.S. military will fail to ever win a war because Americans are “mocking God, taking God out of schools, making it legal to murder the babies, [taking] the Ten Commandments down and literally denying the word of God.”
Bakker also told his audience that he received divine revelations while he was taking a bath.
Fox News commentator Todd Starnes is outraged that the recent Newsweek cover story on the Bible poked holes in the many ways right-wing activists use scripture to try and push their political agenda.
Since the Religious Right often frames criticisms of their political and social views as direct assaults on religion and God, it came as no surprise that Starnes told American Family Radio host Kevin McCullough last week that the magazine is actually attacking the Bible.
“They’ve got a 16-page diatribe blasting the Bible and evangelical Christians, it is the most repugnant, repulsive thing I have ever read,” Starnes said. “This is exegesis excrement.”
Starnes wrote in his Fox News column last week that he’s outraged that the magazine “portrays Evangelical Christians as homophobic, right-wing fundamentalist hypocrites” and seems to take joy in “bashing the Baby Jesus and Sarah Palin.”
Mission America’s Linda Harvey decided to ring in the new year by celebrating the GOP’s midterm election victory, calling it a “hopeful sign” that Americans are ready to rise up against “cowardly Republicans, destructive Democrats, vicious feminists and homosexual bullies.”
“These folks are showing all the signs of self-destruction,” she said. “The loony left does not represent America and their ideas are mostly poison.”
After calling on conservatives to get “ready for battle,” Harvey warned that gay rights supporters are bent on harming children, claiming that “our toxic culture is stealing the innocence and dimming the futures of our offspring.”
Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, the anti-gay activist who once claimed that people were “forced” to watch Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend and urged Sam to seek ex-gay therapy or face “notoriety among millions of us,” has now penned a poem about seeing Sam’s kiss.
LaBarbera has regularly posted censored photos of Sam kissing his boyfriend and apparently hasn’t gotten over the kiss.
The poem is really something, and includes memorable lines such as, “We don’t want to see this man-on-man!” and “why are so many diseases linked to ‘sex’ in the anus?”
Since it’s New Year’s Eve, we’re having a little fun here at AFTAH: below is a poem I wrote playing loosely off the lyrics, rhythm and meter of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” (you know, the one with “Sam I am”). Although it’s light, the message is serious: public celebration of perversion is indecent–and another harmful and obnoxious by-product of “gay” and “same-sex marriage” advocacy. Sure, I’ll be chided by humorless homosexuals and “progressive” hacks who bristle at anything characterizing homosexuality as immoral, destructive and changeable. But who cares: LGBTQ activists attack, slander and lie about AFTAH all the time anyway. So enjoy…or not. Happy New Year!
…P.S. On a very serious note, please pray for Michael Sam and others caught up in homosexuality, that they would accept Christ and become overcomers who leave their sinful lifestyle behind, as many others have [see this "Ex-Gay Truth" site].
I Saw the Kiss by Michael Sam. It Made Me Mad. He Kissed a Man!
By Peter LaBarbera
I saw the kiss by Michael Sam..
It made me mad–he kissed a man!
That’s something I don’t want to see
It’s wrong, unnatural, and it’s not just me.
Many now say, “Homosexuality is OK.”
But God says there’s a better way.
He made men for women, and women for men.
So why are “gays” so prideful then?
Please, no public same-sex kisses, Michael Sam.
We don’t want to see this man-on-man!
Not in a boat, not in a car
This public perversion goes too far!
Not in the store or on a bus
This same-sex stuff, it brings disgust.
Not at the movies or on TV
It’s wrong, unnatural, can’t you see?!
I don’t want my kids to think it’s right
So please, please, keep it out of sight!
Why is it always in our faces?
This sin–celebrated in so many places?
Even at football and baseball games
We have to pretend homosexuality’s the same.
Young kids exposed to same-sex acts,
When parents just wanna’ have fun and relax.
“Well,” said Michael Sam, “let me ask you this:
“Do you get mad when men and women kiss?!”
Man and woman, that’s Nature’s way.
As long as there’s not too much PDA.
“But can’t you see, it’s who I am?!
“I’m gay, accept me!” begged Michael Sam.
I disagree–it’s not who you are, it’s what you do.
Hey, haven’t you had a girlfriend or two?
Yes, but this is now and that was then.
My “sexual orientation”…hey, it’s towards men!
No, Michael Sam insisted, I’m gay.
Can’t you see I was born that way?
Why must you hate gays like me?
“Hate?” I said. “I don’t hate you, I just disagree!”
You already changed from straight to perverse.
Why can’t the process work in reverse?
Many like you once thought they were that way.
But they left homosexuality behind and are now EX-gay!
Men like DL Foster and Stephen Black
Who lived as “gay” for years but then turned back.
And EX-lesbians, too, like Charlene Cothran.
Have left the “gay” life to follow God’s plan.
Besides, homosexuality’s not safe; you should see…
The alarming stats on MSM [men who have sex with men] from the CDC.
Almost every case of young male HIV
Is linked to the practice of gay sodomy.
Sure, the PC sports writers will all say
They couldn’t be happier that you’re “gay”
Some have compared you with the great 42.
But he broke the color barrier;
Homosexuality’s just a sin people DO!
I do not mean to pick a fight
When I say most Blacks don’t think homosexuality’s a “civil right.”
Far from a “right,” Michael. In fact, it’s wrong.
Must I put this in a song?
Michael shot back: “Not wrong at all, it’s who I am!
“I’m gay. My name is Michael Sam.”
“God made me black and blessed me with gayness.”
Blessed you?! Then why are so many diseases linked to “sex” in the anus?
No, God made you black–not ‘gay,’” said I.
“You’ve chosen to believe a lie!”
You can’t change your skin color, that’s a fact.
But homosexuality? That’s only an act.
And conduct we don’t want to see–at all!
Not on a train, or at the mall.
Not at the beach or in the gym.
Don’t be a poster boy for sexual sin!
We don’t want to see your “gay” kisses.
God’s ideal for sex and love homosexuality misses.
But I will pray for you, Michael Sam.
I’ll pray to the One who told Moses, “I AM WHO AM.”
If you believe in Jesus and turn from your sin,
Behold God’s kingdom: He’ll welcome you in!
Just remember, it’s God, not man, we answer to.
And He’s prepared a virtuous path for you.
No, He can’t bless your same-sex behavior.
But He’ll give you an “abundant life” with the Savior.
And no “hate” here–just God’s people’s love for the lost.
A price was paid for my sins and yours, at great cost.
Thanks for the chat,
I hope you see…
That you and I can disagree
Without me hating you, or you hating me.
In his column in BarbWire today, conservative writer Tim Brown is very disturbed by the prospect of “welfare jihad.” Brown cites a case in Minnesota where county prosecutors charged a couple who owned child care and health service businesses, along with two men who worked on their billing, with fraud for ripping off the government and their clients as part of a benefits scam.
The case has nothing to do with religion. But since they are Muslims, says Brown, the scam was clearly part of a jihad. It’s just like how anytime a Christian is charged with any crime, all of Christianity must be to blame.
In November, I visited St. Paul, Minnesota for the first time and got somewhat of a firsthand look at what Somali Muslims have done to the area in and around the city. Truly, they know how to run the area into the ground. On top of that, it’s also apparent of the welfare jihad that is taking place there as well. The latest incident involves the DEQO Family Centers, which are child daycare centers. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, several people (including two owners, who are Muslim) have been charged with 96 felonies in a major scam that defrauded the government of $4 million.
It has been widely known that Muslims are encouraged to take welfare for the purpose of jihad and since the founder of Islam was a thief , it is only appropriate that his followers be thieves as well. This is just more welfare jihad in the United States.
Previously, Brown criticized a Georgia town for approving a plan to build a mosque despite his “jihad concerns” and accused President Obama of engaging “in taqiyyah” and “sympathiz[ing] with his Muslim brothers.”
A small group of House Republicans has pledged to vote against John Boehner’s reelection as Speaker of the House, and Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, have thrown their hats in the race.
The two challengers have earned reputations as far-right politicians even among the deeply conservative House GOP conference. Conservative media pundits have cheered on the two congressmen, both of whom have quite a history of wild rhetoric and policy positions:
Conservative lawyer and pundit Larry Klayman, who has for years dreamed of overthrowing President Obama with a popular uprising or a military coup, dedicates his first WorldNetDaily column of the new year to outlining the reasons to “rid the nation of the evil emperor in the White House” in 2015.
Klayman describes Obama as a “truly evil” leader who is “more dangerous than the terrorists themselves” and predicts that the U.S. will see a “massive epidemic” of Ebola in 2015 as a result of the president’s policies inviting “suicide terrorists” to “infect themselves and sneak into our country with the disease.” He adds that immigration reform will lead to a crime wave while the president and his allies launch an all-out race war.
“Once their job is complete, these treacherous traitors will be free to snuff out all remaining vestiges of freedom and erect their form of socialist dictatorship permanently,” he predicts.
Here are looming crises to watch in 2015 – which could send our country and the rest of the free world into a tailspin if not a death spiral.
First, thanks in large part to Obama’s pro-Islamic policies and actions, the Middle East is likely to explode. It’s not just ISIS that presents this real imminent threat, or the re-emergence of its rival terrorist groups, but potentially fatal is the situation with Israel. Abandoned by Obama in its quest to prevent a nuclear Iran, the Jewish state will finally be forced into acting alone, to prevent another potential Holocaust. The mullahs in Tehran continue to threaten to wipe Israel off of the face of the earth, and they mean it. They cannot be permitted to even get close to assembling nuclear bombs, with the already existent means via intercontinental missiles to deliver them even to Western Europe.
Obama and his leftist comrades, however, continue to appease Iran, much like they do with Communist Cuba, thereby weakening significantly not only Israel’s national security but our own. But that is their goal – to bring the United States and its non-Muslim allies to their knees and make our nation into a mere fraction of what it used to be under the likes of President Reagan. Obama’s mission is not only truly treasonous, but also truly evil. He is more dangerous than the terrorists themselves, because he is destroying us from within, and the Republican opposition is standing by and watching this happen, “playing it safe, ” not wanting to offend anyone who might vote for their candidates and waiting for their chance to retake the White House in 2016. But by then, it could be too late, even were they really to do something then to save the republic.
Third, while somewhat dormant for now, expect an increase in deadly Ebola virus infections not just in West Africa, but here in our country. Not wanting to stem the flow of visitors from his native Africa, particularly from Liberia, Sierra Leon and other ravaged states, Obama continues to open the door to a real and imminent health crisis here at home. And, should suicide terrorists opt to infect themselves and sneak into our country with the disease, this likely prospect could well create a massive epidemic.
Fourth, there is the continuing looming catastrophe of open American borders, which indeed terrorists would be smart to exploit to further their ends. Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty, which I am challenging in court along with a number of his other scandals. Obama’s amnesty will allow many criminals loose to run free within our borders, deepening the worsening crime rate in many areas of the nation.
Fifth and hardly least, is the corrosive race war Obama and his racist friends such as the so-called Rev. Louis Farrakhan and the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have been fomenting. This had not just led just to the deaths of more cops, but threatens all of us, including noble and courageous black conservatives who speak out and act against this Ku Klux Klan-like racism. Thanks to Obama and his fellow race baiters, the nation is being pulled apart at its seams. Today, Obama and his minions have ignited the racial and religious divides and driven the country into what is virtually open warfare among our diverse populations. They have cleverly done this to divide us and destroy our social fabric. Once their job is complete, these treacherous traitors will be free to snuff out all remaining vestiges of freedom and erect their form of socialist dictatorship permanently.
I would have liked to write a positive column this New Year’s. Indeed, over several cups of coffee on a balcony overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean this morning, I thought long and hard about being more optimistic. But I could not put my head in the sand that was across the road and pretend that all is well on the “western front.” It is not – and it’s time that We the People face reality and take hard, forceful legal steps in 2015 to legally rid the nation of the evil emperor in the White House, who is on the cusp of destroying all that is good about our great republic.
On Monday, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles marked the end of 2014 by lamenting that all of his predictions about President Obama’s evil communist plans to foment a race war came true, but no one listened to him.
Let me ask you this question: Why is it so difficult for most people in America to realize that Barack Obama is a jihadist and that he has formally, officially switched sides in U.S. foreign policy? The U.S. now officially supports the Muslim terrorists and opposes Israel, it’s not that difficult to see what’s happening.
Here in the U.S.A., Barry Soetoro, alias Barack Obama, continues to lead his Marxist revolution to overthrow American society and its government. We have Marxist communists marching in the streets of U.S. cities chanting, ‘What do we want? Dead cops now.’ And what happens? Cops sitting in their cruiser get shot in the head. Is it any surprise that this is happening? I warned the American people in 2008 that Barack Obama is a dangerous Marxist communist revolutionary who will start race riots and another civil war and set America on fire. He’s getting away with his radical revolutionary agenda because people can’t believe it’s actually happening. It’s so surreal that people can’t bring themselves to admitting that a Marxist, communist revolution is actually underway in the United States of America.
Wiles later added that gains in marriage equality over the past several years have put America “in direct rebellion against God,” warning that the country has “gone over the morality cliff and the next sound you will hear will be the splat.”
And by “splat,” Wiles means nuclear holocaust, as he went on to suggest that God may punish the U.S. for legalizing same-sex marriage by launching a nuclear war with China that kills millions.
“So go ahead America and wallow around in your decadent, immoral homosexual sex, abortion of millions of babies and your bloody, gory movies, and the bloodshed and violence in your streets and the greed on Wall Street. I promise you there is an end to it coming very soon,” he said. “You allowed militant homosexuals, atheists and secular Jews to take control of your country and turn it into a cesspool of immorality, perversion, violence, rebellion, sorcery and witchcraft; my Bible says such a country will suffer sudden destruction.”
Unlike America, Wiles praised Russia for “building a modern-day Noah’s Ark” that is ready for the looming Last Days.
Congratulations to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has won this year’s Equine Posterior Achievement Award, People For the American Way’s annual prize for the country's most extreme right-wing politician. Cruz won by a 21-point margin in a poll of PFAW members and Right Wing Watch readers, repeating his 2013 victory, when he beat out the likes of Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin for the coveted award. The Texas Board of Education came in second place this year, emerging as a serious contender as a result of another round of historical revisionism, denial of climate change science and flirtation with Creationism.
Cruz ended the year by embarrassing himself when he pulled a stunt that backfired badly. The Texas senator and Tea Party darling hoped to humiliate President Obama and congressional leaders by challenging a bipartisan budget bill as a way to show his anger with the president’s recent executive actions on immigration.
Instead, Cruz’s maneuver was easily defeated, but it did give Senate Democrats the opportunity to put several judicial and executive nominees up for a vote before Republicans took control of the chamber, delighting Democrats while fomenting anger amongst Cruz’s fellow Republicans.
Such attention-grabbing political stunts are typical of Cruz, who spearheaded the opposition to a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision by falsely claiming that the amendment would throw comedians in jail and muzzle pastors.
An anti-gay crusader, Cruz threatened civil disobedience to block the enforcement of gay rights measures, introduced new measures to prevent marriage equality, said same-sex marriage is “heartbreaking” and causes his heart to weep and alleged that gay rights laws will put pastors in prison.
Cruz also stood by lawless rancher Cliven Bundy , notorious for his racist remarks and refusal to recognize the U.S. government’s authority, while at the same time torpedoing the nomination of a noted civil rights attorney , whom he accused of “fanning…flames of racial tension.” Now, Cruz wants to go to war with net neutrality , although he doesn’t seem to have a clue about what net neutrality actually means.
So congratulations Sen. Cruz, or something.
2014 was a great year for conspiracy theorists running for office, but these extreme politicians couldn’t do it without the help of a conservative media bent on pushing outlandish conspiracy theories from the fringe into the mainstream. Here, gleaned from our weekly Paranoia-Rama, are the conspiracy theories that shaped the year.
While the temporary increase in unaccompanied child migrants coming to the southern border this summer has since subsided, the children fleeing violence in Central America provoked a year’s worth of fear mongering and conspiracy theories from conservative commentators and politicians.
One member of Republican National Committee speculated that the children were actually anti-American “warriors” who would soon “rise up against us,” an anti-immigrant activist suggested that they were child soldiers bent on waging war against the U.S., and Phyllis Schlafly and Alex Jones told their audiences to start worrying about becoming slaves to immigrants.
Republican members of Congress came up with their own conspiracy theories. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama accused Democrats of using immigration as part of the party’s “war on whites,” Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said Democrats planned to turn the child migrants into illegal voters, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota warned that the government would use the immigrant children “to do medical experimentation” and a whole host of GOP politicians falsely claimed that the child migrants were carrying Ebola, a disease that has still not infected a single known person in Central America or Mexico.
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Is anyone surprised that conservatives cynically turned a disease ravaging West Africa into a political attack on Democrats and immigration from Latin America? Republican officials and conservative pundits went as far as to suggest that President Obama would deliberately infect Americans, including military service members, with the disease as part of his nefarious, Big Government agenda, or to further his purported goal of punishing America.
What Turned The Kids Gay This Year?
The right-wing adage that gay people “cannot reproduce so they must recruit” children is still alive and well, and this year many anti-gay conservatives continued to worked overtime to propagate the homosexual recruitment myth. Televangelist Pat Robertson warned that Hollywood is turning children gay through “girl-on-girl movies,” while radio host Kevin Swanson said movies like “Frozen” are trying to “indoctrinate my five-year-old to be a lesbian.”
Gordon Klingenschmitt, a televangelist who was recently elected to the Colorado state legislature, said a Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Al Franken would “require pedophilia in all public schools” and “require pro-gay child recruiting.” He even hosted a whole show about how parents should avoid interactions with “a gay” lest he “recruit” their kids. Conservatives also railed against Common Core and other education efforts by warning that they would turn kids gay.
Religious Right leaders who hope to criminalize homosexuality and strip LGBT people of marriage rights and antidiscrimination protections are pretty sure that conservatives are the real victims of oppression. And they not afraid to use absurd historical analogies to prove their point.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins charged that gay rights supporters are getting ready to “start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians” to concentration camps, Rick Santorum feared “reeducation camps” for gay rights opponents and pastor Scott Lively claimed gay people are using against conservatives “the same ‘blood libel’ used against the Jews by the Nazis.”
Others drew comparisons to slavery and Jim Crow, with Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association alleging that gay people have become “our new slave masters” who will “send us to the hole if we refuse the massa’s demands” and “Trunews” host Rick Wiles warning that Americans “will be saves” to the newly powerful “homosexuals and sodomites.” Wiles even said that gay people in America may soon realize Adolf Hitler’s dream of creating a “race of super gay male soldiers” who are determined to “slaughter” Christians.
Cliven Bundy Hysteria
Becoming vocal cheerleaders for Cliven Bundy — a Nevada rancher and anti-government extremist who refused to obey several court orders to pay decades of back grazing fees — may not have been the best idea for Republican politicians and Fox News pundits. Even Glenn Beck seemed horrified by the racist and violent messages coming from the Bundy ranch.
Bundy’s supporters, however, insisted that the government was using the Bundy standoff as a way to prepare for “civil war,” “mass graves,” “FEMA camps,” “tyranny” and “jihad.” After all, Bundy said that God was on his side.
In the past few years, even as voters have rejected so-called “personhood” measures and scorned politicians who make insensitive remarks about rape, the anti-choice movement has quietly and steadily made it more difficult for women to access abortion care. They have done this in part by pushing through “targeted regulation of abortion providers” (TRAP) laws aimed at shutting down abortion providers, as well as laws requiring unnecessary waiting periods for women seeking abortions or restricting the safe use of medication abortion. The Guttmacher Institute found that more state-level abortion restrictions were enacted from 2011 through 2013 than in the entire previous decade, a trend that has continued at a slower pace in 2014.
Now, the anti-choice group Operation Rescue — which keeps thorough records of U.S. abortion providers in its effort to shut them down — is reporting that 73 abortion providers closed their doors in 2014, 60 of which were surgical abortion providers. Of those, 47 were closed permanently, making a net decrease of 31 facilities and contributing to what Operation Rescue reports is a “23% decline in surgical abortion facilities over the past five years.”
Although some of these closures were unrelated to new abortion restrictions, Operation Rescue credits the wave of state laws for many of the closures.
The group’s statistics include the 13 Texas abortion clinics closed in response to new restrictions — leaving only eight clinics serving the state of 26 million people —which were later allowed to reopen by court order, and two Alabama clinics that were also closed and then reopened.
But it also includes closures that the anti-choice movement would like to take credit for, but are less easy to track. For instance, this summer Planned Parenthood closed two small rural clinics in Iowa, for which anti-choice activists credited their prayers but Planned Parenthood attributed to a need to shift resources. Planned Parenthood, meanwhile, has been fighting to keep its ability to dispense medication for early-term abortions through teleconferencing to women living in rural areas in Iowa.
Voice of Christian Youth America’s Jim Schneider invited Americans for Truth About Homosexuality president Peter LaBarbera onto the “Crosstalk” program yesterday to discuss the events of 2014, which was full of disappointments for the anti-LGBT activist.
LaBarbera’s chief villain of the year appears to be Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came out as gay in October, writing, “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." LaBarbera told Schneider that because Cook “implicated our Heavenly Father in his sinful behavior,” he told “the biggest gay lie of 2014.”
“God has nothing to do with his homosexual behavior,” LaBarbera said. “So what he and the homosexual activist lobby are doing is they’re using, they’re trying to steal away Christianity and God to try to affirm their lifestyle because they’re so desperate to legitimize it.”
In a recent email to AFTAH supporters, LaBarbara accused Cook of “awful slander against God,” warning that if the Apple executive doesn’t renounce his homosexuality he “will spend eternity without Him in a place called Hell.”
LaBarbera was also frustrated by advances for LGBT people in sports, including the International Olympic Committee’s decision to require host countries to ensure LGBT nondiscrimination and NFL player Michael Sam’s coming out as gay.
LaBarbera, who traveled last year to Jamaica to urge the country to keep its criminal ban on homosexuality and has defended anti-gay laws inUganda and Russia, lamented that such a move would impede the Olympic hopes of countries that are “not as decadent as the United States.”
He warned that “it’s going to get to the point where you can’t take your son or daughter to a sporting event without risking the promotion of immorality to them at the game.”
LaBarbera illustrated this with a story about someone “sitting at a baseball game” when “a couple of lesbians start[ed] making out or necking, kissing each other, groping each other at the game. Well, we’re all against PDAs, public displays of affection, by anybody, but certainly homosexuality is a special case. Most parents don’t want homosexual behavior promoted to their son or daughter. And this is what’s going to happen to sports because of this.”
LaBarbera went on to lament the Obama administration’s efforts to promote LGBT rights abroad, which he said meant that “instead of being a force for good we became a force for evil.”
He boasted about his own anti-LGBT work in Jamaica, which he said was part of his refusal to “give up the truth” as illustrated by his “sexual sin substitution test.”
“Whenever you hear the word ‘gay’ or ‘homosexual,’ substitute another sexual sin in place of the word ‘gay’ and see if it makes sense,” he told Schneider. “We don’t go around scolding people for ‘incestphobia’ or for being ‘pornography-phobes,’ it’s only the homosexual issue which we try to grant some sort of special, approved status.”