Tom DeLay has been back in the news today, as many people are noticing the similarity between Justin Bieber’s beaming mug shot after his drag-racing and DUI arrest and the picture taken of the former GOP majority leader in 2005 after he was picked up on money laundering charges.
But it turns out that DeLay is also in the middle of a media comeback tour, in which he is framing himself as a Religious Right leader.
In a recent set of unintentionally-ironic interviews, DeLay has criticized what he sees as a lack of morality in politics and alleged abuses of power in the Obama administration. He even has his own David Barton-inspired shtick of pushing Christian Nationalism and calling for a moral revolution.
Based on a vision he had several years ago, DeLay has announced that he will be launching a new group which he says is committed to praying for political leaders and fighting back against the supposed effort to “push God out of public life.”
While DeLay claims that the group will only be focused on prayer, we are curious to see how long “The Hammer” will keep partisan politics out of it.
A national network to pray for and with the nation’s elected leaders is emerging in hopes of sparking a national revival, reaching from Capitol Hill to state and local governments. An initiative of the National Prayer Center, it’s called the Josiah Project, named for King Josiah of Israel who after finding the Book of the Law when rebuilding the temple led the nation to repent and pray.
“He tore his clothes and was convicted before the Lord and he saw the condition of the nation, the culture of Israel was in the toilet. They had pushed God out of the public square. Does all this remind you of something?” Tom DeLay, the former Republican House majority leader who is helping the National Prayer Center head up the effort, told TheBlaze.
“Josiah tore down the idols and brought God back into the nation or brought the nation to God. He was probably the most devout king of all the kings, including David,” DeLay said. “So that’s why we named it the Josiah Project. In the presence of where our nation is today.” The Josiah Project will not be involved in lobbying, DeLay said, but rather prayer intercessors approaching members of Congress and state legislatures offering to pray with them and for them. It will seek citizens to reach out in groups to their elected representatives. Chapters will be organized by congressional districts, he said.
“The Constitution is based upon a higher authority. This government cannot exist in the future if we give that up and put man as the higher authority,” DeLay said. “We need that higher authority and the truth that comes from that higher authority in order for us to survive. Otherwise we’ll find ourselves where we are where man gets to define what truth is and everything crumbles.”
“They give me a call and at the last minute in September and said DeLay, you’ve got to get up here. We’ve got some ideas that we want you to be part of it,” DeLay recalled of the center. “So I dropped everything and came up here. Got here on a Monday night. We spent two days planning the Josiah Project. Then on the third morning I get a call on my phone and it’s my lawyer, Sept. 19, I get the ruling that I’ve been exonerated and acquitted.”
Right-wing activist Jim Garrow took to Facebook today to call President Obama “The History Retard” and “one sick puppy” who displays “evidence of the psychological effects of malignant narcissism.”
The History Retard: When some one [sic] might say that the President has neither a good grasp on reality nor a good grasp on history they would be making an understatement on a grand scale. What is sad for America is that Mr. Obama is so isolated from criticism that when he puts on full display for the world his very poor understanding of real history no one steps up and corrects him. This President has no clue and presents it sincerely and with aplomb, its [sic] just too bad that he is putting forward clear evidence of the psychological effects of malignant narcissism. This is one sick puppy.
- Dr. Jim Garrow
“Right Wing Watch, which will be reporting on what we just said, relies on the thirteen tactics that are available to them through Mr. Alinsky, they rely on that on how they report on you and I and they will spin what we’ve done so that we are ‘frozen,’ ‘freeze your opposition,’ present it in such a wacko, weird light that you will end up defending it and really being frozen as far as forward momentum and forward progress with whatever our agenda happens to be,” Garrow told Rush.
Because there is nothing crazy at all about Garrow’s assertions that Obama will soon claim to be communicating with aliens, try to kill 90% of Americans with a nuclear EMP attack to help George Soros make money and is part of a nefarious Arab-Chinese/Russian-Canadian conspiracy to destroy America.
In the very same interview, Rush proved his lack of insanity by arguing that someone “should disappear” Obama administration officials for their alleged hostility to the Constitution.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has apparently gone missing and nobody seems to know his whereabouts, but NRA board member Ted Nugent believes the far-right congressman deserves a medal for “common sense.”
Nugent, fresh from another insane anti-Obama rant, writes today that the Texas congressman and primary challenger to Republican incumbent Sen. John Cornyn should win a “GOP Medal of Common Sense” from Speaker Boehner.
In a column entitled “Put Steve Stockman In Charge Of GOP,” Nugent claims that Stockman — who last year invited Nugent to the State of the Union after the singer threatened to kill President Obama — and his colleague Rep. Louie Gohmert represent the future of the Republican party and its mission to defeat “anti-gun numbnuts.”
We can only hope the GOP takes Ted Nugent’s advice.
My good friend and great American, Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas, gives me hope.
You may recall that Congressman Stockman invited me to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address this past January.
Following the Community-Organizer-in-Chief’s masterful smoke and mirrors speech, I held media court where I dutifully played the bongo drums on the empty heads of anti-gun numbnuts with flailing ball peen hammers of truth and logic. Clearly, it’s my “we the people” job, and I’ve honed my delivery to a razor-sharp edge over these many years, practicing relentlessly on clueless hippies and Mao fans across the hinterland. I eagerly await a real challenge.
Congressman Stockman is a legislative street-fighting man who stands solidly for our sacred Second Amendment. Should the GOP leadership ever wish to know how to act like a political party with titanium testicles, they would be wise to give Stockman the gavel and let him hold real conservative court.
Recognizing the proven common sense and fundamental truism of all time that more guns equal less crime, Congressman Stockman introduced legislation to repeal the insane and embarrassing ban prohibiting military personnel from carrying weapons on military bases. Congressman Stockman’s legislation would allow our military heroes, the greatest trained warriors the world has ever known, to adequately protect themselves against various rabid subhuman Hasan-like scum intent on slaughtering them.
It goes without saying that Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert endorses the legislation. Congressman Gohmert stands for all that is good and conservative. He has that special Texas spine of defiance and independence that would make the defenders of the Alamo proud.
This common-sense legislation is long overdue. Those of us honest and aware of common sense know that for any government entity to intentionally disarm anyone is state-sanctioned barbarism and savagery. Only a soulless Fedzillacrat would endorse such lunacy, particularly upon those U.S. military warriors putting themselves in harm’s way to support and defend such rights for the rest of us.
Good on Congressman Stockman. Speaker Boehner should present him with a GOP Medal of Common Sense for introducing this legislation. Of course, the GOP has no such medal, but it damn well should.
Conservative columnist and Fox News regular Erik Rush writes today that President Obama was trying to “stoke the embers of racial tension” when he cited racism as a reason that some people dislike him.
Obama, Rush writes, is “a subversive, a saboteur, an Islamist-enabler and a Marxist whose objectives are all focused upon destroying this nation as an ongoing economic concern, a world power and a functioning republic.”
Rush urges conservatives to “sever” the “serpent that continually whispers poison into the ears of blacks,” and to buy his book Negrophilia.
“Rest assured also that Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder (who has crafted racist policies within the DOJ and crusaded to make voter fraud an American institution) and other members of the black intelligentsia are magnificently titillated at the prospect of giving whites their ‘just due’ by enslaving and oppressing them as they tear the nation down,” Rush adds.
“Whites ought not take this too personally, though; enslavement is their plan for all of us.”
The idea that racism has played a part in Americans’ dissatisfaction with Obama obviously defies logic. Did the whites who voted for him in 2008 and 2012 suddenly decide to embrace their “inner racist”? No. Of course, Obama knows that there is no logic in this whatsoever – but it doesn’t matter. He is playing to hopelessly propagandized blacks and leftist ideologues – the sorts of people who might vote in an outright communist as mayor of New York City, for example.
Such statements as Obama’s also provide license to prominent race-baiting activists and his racialist surrogates (both black and white) to stoke the embers of racial tension – hence my statement regarding coordination.
And well we should be doing everything we can to get that black man out of our White House – but it has nothing to do with his being black. It has to do with his being a subversive, a saboteur, an Islamist-enabler and a Marxist whose objectives are all focused upon destroying this nation as an ongoing economic concern, a world power and a functioning republic.
I would like few things more than to see black Americans wake up en masse, realizing that they have been shamelessly whored-out by their leaders and progressive elites. Unfortunately (as I articulated in my book “Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal – America’s Racial Obsession”), I do not believe that this will occur until the serpent that continually whispers poison into the ears of blacks has its head severed. That serpent is the radical leftist machine in this country: Career civil rights activists, progressive politicians and the establishment press. While we have these factions purveying their dizzyingly infantile and baseless charges, the epsilons who hold their “blind allegiance to blackness” will continue to do so.
Blacks will also continue to support our treasonous president – simply because he’s black. In the meantime, count on creatures like Wright, Barber, Jackson, Sharpton and hundreds of others to continue jabbering their so-called justifications for blacks’ pain in a never-ending, self-defeating cycle of imposed institutional mediocrity.
Rest assured also that Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder (who has crafted racist policies within the DOJ and crusaded to make voter fraud an American institution) and other members of the black intelligentsia are magnificently titillated at the prospect of giving whites their “just due” by enslaving and oppressing them as they tear the nation down. Whites ought not take this too personally, though; enslavement is their plan for all of us.
Over the last few weeks, Glenn Beck has been confusing just about everybody by loudly and repeatedly denouncing the rise of anti-gay bigotry in Russia and declaring that anti-gay bigots have no right to call themselves fans of his. It has been confusing because, at the same time, Beck regularly pals around with anti-gay bigots and brings them on his show, all while proclaiming that he doesn't even know anybody who is anti-gay.
We are not the only one's confused by Beck's stance, as Bryan Fischer called out Beck yesterday on his radio program, wondering if Beck "has gone over to the dark side on ... sodomy-based marriage." After reading through Beck's statement that anyone who "hates a gay person because they're gay, you have no place calling yourself a fan of mine," Fischer trotted out the standard Religious Right defense that anti-gay bigotry is not based in hatred but rather in love, insisting that he loves gays but hates homosexuality and is simply trying to prevent them from living miserable, disease-filled, drug-addicted, guilt-ridden lives:
Fischer concluded by asking Beck if this means that he is not allowed to be a fan of his ... and that is a question we'd love to know the answer to as well.
Keep in mind that Fischer's "love" for gays involves calling for homosexuality to be criminalized and for gays to be banned from serving in public office, or as judges, or even as teachers. On top of that, Fischer has loudly praised Vladimir Putin as a "lion of Christianity" for his anti-gay crackdown and declared that the laws that Beck has been denouncing are exactly the sort of "public policy that we've been advocating" to enact in America.
And Fischer is not alone in praising the Russian law, as just yesterday Matt Barber and Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel said that "we need to see" laws just like it passed "right here in the United States."
What does this have to do with Beck? Well, both Fischer's American Family Association and Liberty Counsel were sponsors of last year's Values Voter summit, at which Beck spoke. On top of that, the Family Research Council, which is the primary VVS sponsor, employs a man who openly calls for homosexuality to be criminalized and for gays to be exported out of the country.
For weeks now, Beck has taken a very public stand against the anti-gay bigotry in Russia while seeming utterly oblivious to the fact that a lot of the people he associates with happen believe the very same things.
So just what is Beck's standard for unacceptable "anti-gay" bigotry? Does supporting Russia's crackdown qualify? How about calling for the criminalization of homosexuality? The banning of gays from serving in public office?
In March, Beck is scheduled to speak at a United In Purpose voter mobilization summit, at which Vision America's Rick Scarborough is also scheduled to speak. Scarborough, like so many others, has also defended the Russian law that Beck has denounced, as well as called for a class-action lawsuit to be filed against homosexuality and declared that AIDS is God's judgment for people who engage in immoral behavior while insisting that gays always be referred to as "sodomites."
How much longer can Beck continue to denounce Russia's anti-gay bigotry while remaining totally silent about the fact that a significant number of the Religious Right leaders with whom he regularly associates not only support Russia's law but want to see similar laws enacted in America?
If Beck is really serious about his pledge to stand with groups like GLAAD against anti-gay bigotry, he has an opportunity to start demonstrating it by denouncing the likes of Scarborough and all of the other Religious Right leaders who openly applaud the very things that Beck claims to be taking a stand against.
Mission America’s Linda Harvey has finally exposed the secret that all gay people have long sought to conceal: that they are secretly straight and are just pretending to be gay!
In a WorldNetDaily column today, Harvey argues that “no one is a homosexual and everyone is a heterosexual.” “‘Gays’ are all closet heterosexuals, terrified someone will find out and blow the lid off [the gay rights] movement,” she adds.
The only reason gay rights advocates oppose Russia’s new propaganda law, she claims, is because it will stop secretly-straight gay people from influencing children “toward harmful behaviors that are unnecessary, unnatural and harmful.”
“‘We can’t let anyone figure this out, not while all this television coverage is going on!’ HRC must be thinking,” she continues. “So the perpetually ticked homosexual movement will screech, prance and whine, accusing everyone in Russia of mob attacks, or human rights violations, or whatever.”
While she never explains why anyone then would “choose” to be gay, Harvey does compare gay people to damaged cars in need of an auto repairman to fix them.
They wonder if they might actually be heterosexuals after all.
With the upcoming Winter Olympics, not only do the Russians have to figure out if/when radical Chechens may incite violence, they have to keep an eye on the “LGBT” folks, too, not necessarily for terrorist acts, but just for generally annoying disruptions.
The international outrage of homosexualists is being unleashed on Russia because of a new law. Russia actually allows open homosexuality among adults, but passed a law recently prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality to minors. So what’s the concern?
Don’t we all want the best for children? Apparently not. The fear of the pink mafia is that the soft underbelly of their movement will be exposed, showing they badly want to influence children and also that there’s no inborn homosexuality. This reality is the backbone of the new Russian law, because children can be influenced toward harmful behaviors that are unnecessary, unnatural and harmful.
Let me repeat that: unnecessary, unnatural and harmful. No teens are born to be “gay.”
Horrors, comrade! “We can’t let anyone figure this out, not while all this television coverage is going on!” HRC must be thinking. So the perpetually ticked homosexual movement will screech, prance and whine, accusing everyone in Russia of mob attacks, or human rights violations, or whatever.
This is how bullies behave. They push others around as a cover for their own weakness. America is just now beginning to see this movement for what it is. When Vladimir Putin said that “gay” Olympic athletes and visitors have nothing to worry about in Russia as long as they “leave children alone,” he has framed the situation with a vital truth missing for years in the West. Children suffer for being exposed to and sold this deviance, because none of them have the “born-that-way” destinies Western and EU activists wish existed.
The infuriated “gays” are all closet heterosexuals, terrified someone will find out and blow the lid off this movement.
Remember that decades-old standby claim of the “gay lobby,” that those who concentrate on exposing and fighting the homosexual agenda must harbor repressed “gay” desires?
Well, no more so than plumbers and auto repairmen might be called “obsessed” with pipes and transmissions. It’s because something is broken and needs to be fixed. And the brokenness is getting in the way of a functioning pipe, car – or culture.
The reality is, no one is a homosexual and everyone is a heterosexual. And those who have developed, fantasized and nurtured those “gay” feelings really don’t like reality. It makes them want to attack. Or it makes them start vicious organizations like GLAAD, to make the lies seem real and respectable.
It makes them stupid enough to try to take on the Russians. All I can say is, good luck with that.
Tomczak writes in an op-ed that the first lady should distance herself from the singer because, he suggests, Beyoncé’s music will “lead naive young girls on a dangerous path that could lead some even into sex trafficking” and ultimately “abuse, abortions and abasement-sometimes death.”
This past weekend, the first lady turned 50. Prior to a star-studded White House party, ABC News offered "50 Ways to Honor Michelle Obama on Her Birthday." First on the list: "Dance to Beyoncé!"
Michelle Obama and pop music's No. 1 female megastar are BFF (best friends forever). Michelle extols her as a "true role model for children" and thanks her publicly for "being a role model who kids everywhere can look up to."
Having two daughters as Mrs. Obama does, I humbly submit that this singer's persona and music are harmful-not helpful-for emerging young ladies across America.
Before we discover what divine revelation highlights as important in a woman, let's step back and honestly yet charitably consider the one referred to as "Queen Bey." Is she the role model Mrs. Obama acclaims? Should we follow the first lady's example and take our preteen and young teen daughters to one of her concerts, as Mrs. Obama has done? Should girls be encouraged to emulate her? Scripture tells us to train ourselves to "distinguish good from evil" (Heb. 5:14).
Here's the deal: The multitalented Beyoncé has been given gifts from almighty God in song and dance, for which she will one day give an account. Instead of graduating from high school or getting a GED, she chose to develop her persona as a sexy, seductive singer, attired in barely there [sic] clothes doing over-the-top, sensual dance moves. She goes on tour in a see-through bodysuit with a cutout bra and gyrates like someone in a strip club. Her signature song is "Bootylicious," and she goes full throttle in "Bow Down," which instructs those who criticize her to "Bow down, [profanity].
Now let's ask ourselves (not in any self-righteous manner but simply a prudent, mature approach): Is Beyoncé a role model? What message is she communicating to girls about relating to the opposite sex? Is she causing men to lust? Is the focus on virtue and inner beauty or seductively swiveling hips, championing a sensuality that can lead naive young girls on a dangerous path that could lead some even into sex trafficking?
Sex trafficking is a very serious problem in the United States. Remember, the average age of a young girl drawn in is 13, and scores are lured by pimps promising a glamorous life if girls will simply follow the seductive example of many celebrities whom they try to imitate. What follows leads to abuse, abortions and abasement-sometimes death. This is a national scandal in our generation. Proverbs 11:22 says, "Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion."
Today marks the 41st anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision protecting every woman’s right to safe and legal abortion. Today, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America, seven in ten people support Roe v. Wade.
A poll conducted by NBC News and Wall Street Journal last year found that a record number of respondents supported a woman’s right to choose in all or most circumstances.
This support is especially important in light of the work conservative activists continue to carry out in an attempt to undermine women’s health and autonomy. As noted in our 2013 report, Chipping Away at Choice, from mandatory waiting periods to “TRAP” laws, the ability for women to access safe and legal abortions is under attack. People For the American Way will continue to work with our allies in protecting women’s right to choose.
You may remember Kamal Saleem, the phony ex-terrorist and Religious Right all-star who claimed that President Obama’s babysitter was setting up a shadow Islamic government and that Roe v. Wade imposes Sharia law.
Back in 2012, Saleem was scheduled to address a forum at a Michigan public school about the supposed dangers of Muslims in the U.S., prompting People For the American Way and the Council on American Islamic Relations to send a joint letter to the school asking them not to provide a platform for someone promoting misinformation and intolerance.
The school cancelled the event due to safety concerns after independently discovering that Saleem’s supporters bragged that he is a target of terrorist threats.
The hosts of the event — Republican National Committeeman and former state lawmaker David Agema, a local county commissioner, and a chapter leader of the anti-Muslim group ACT! for America — sued the school, the city and other city officials for a variety of claims, as well as PFAW and CAIR for the tort of interfering with a contract.
Right Wing Watch, a project of PFAW, was also mentioned in the lawsuit [PDF], which says the blog “criticizes and disparages conservative politics and Christian–Judeo values.”
Judge Janet Neff, a Bush appointee, correctly found that PFAW and CAIR were within their First Amendment rights to send a letter to the school: “The Court agrees that the petition from Defendants CAIR-MI, [Dawud] Walid, PFAW and [PFAW president Michael] Keegan to the school superintendent constitutes an attempt to influence governmental action, a petition that is protected by the First Amendment.”
As we’ve noted before, the Thomas More Law Center doesn’t exactly have the best track record:
The anti-gay and anti- Muslim group started by Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan is best known for its legal defeats, including its failed challenge to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; unsuccessful lawsuit against Planned Parenthood to “require it to declare a link between abortion and breast cancer;” and failed defense of the Dover, Pennsylvania school district where they argued “that federal law recommended that students learn alternatives to evolution such as the teaching of intelligent design.” After the disastrous Dover decision, Rick Santorum defected from the group’s Citizens Advisory Board, even though he stars in an ad for the Law Center, because of what he called their “huge mistake in taking this case and in pushing this case to the extent they did.”
Video of Keller’s comments was posted by a number of YouTube users today. The viewer’s comments to Keller are inaudible. Keller later denied making the claim and said suicide is a sin.
As Peter noted in his post earlier today, it is a little difficult to take seriously the new Imago Dei campaign aimed at softening the Religious Right's bigoted, extremist language considering that someone like Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver is one of the leaders of this effort.
Nothing better demonstrates this point than this "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast in which Staver and Matt Barber wholeheartedly praise foreign nations like Russia, Uganda, and Nigeria for passing draconian anti-gay laws and declaring that the same sorts of laws ought to be passed here in America:
Staver: President Obama has been going in a direction to really deconstruct this and to create this idea of same-sex marriage, which is really an oxymoron. But, at the same time, the rest of the world seems to be going exactly opposite of the president and some of the states.
Barber: Yeah, and it's encouraging to see what's happening around the world. I think many nations, you think of Russia, you think of some of the African nations around the world, are looking to a liberalized Europe and are looking to the United States under this Obama Administration and they're rejecting this notion that you can take the institution of marriage and radically redefine it by sanctifying what every major world religion and thousands of years of history and uncompromising human biology have long held: that homosexual behavior and conduct is both immoral, unnatural and self-destructive to the individuals engaged in the behavior and that you don't have a marriage built upon this immoral behavior.
Staver: Well, it seems as though, if people are having AIDS and most of that, as the CDC comes down and says, it is transmitted by male homosexuality, by and large, what are you going to do? Are you going to say, are you going to elevate that to a preferred status and say, well yeah, men ought to be able to marry men? That's an oxymoron. What Nigeria has done by reaffirming marriage as between one man and one woman is what a number of countries are doing around the world. They're reaffirming marriage as one man and one woman. Russia is one of those countries recently that did that. Latin American countries have reaffirmed marriage as one man and one woman. Then other countries around the world are reaffirming marriage as one man and one woman and rejecting this radicalized homosexual agenda.
Barber: This is a very dangerous lifestyle that countries like Russia are, in addition to reestablishing and saying no, marriage is what it's always been, they're saying additionally we are going to stop this homosexual activist propaganda from corrupting children in our nation and we need to see that right here in the United States.
Glenn Beck has a new theory as to why cable providers are refusing to carry his television network, The Blaze. No, it’s not because his previous job at Fox News lost viewers and scared off advertisers: it’s because of demons!
Beck shared his theory with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins on Washington Watch yesterday, where he was promoting his “Get The Blaze Day of Action” campaign in which he urges fans to call their cable providers and demand they add Beck’s news channel The Blaze.
Beck told Perkins that The Blaze is the only “non-partisan” and godly network available. “What’s missing is a very small government voice that also truly respects God,” Beck said.
For instance, he said, The Blaze will report miracles as true: “I refuse to read on my own website or see on my own network the phrase, ‘Some believe this is a miracle.’ If we’re going to print it or we’re going to say it, it’s either a miracle or it’s not. I believe in miracles. Do we believe in miracles or not? As a company we do, as a nation we used to and if we’re going to survive, we must.”
Later, Beck suggested that demonic powers are trying to keep his television network off of cable, telling Perkins, “You also have other forces at work that aren’t necessarily earthly forces that would like to see voices silenced.”
We should also note that Glenn Beck gave this interview to the enthusiastically anti-gay Perkins just one day after he insisted that he doesn’t “know anybody who is anti-gay.”
American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios was upset last week about a message from a listener, Andre, who accused her of racism against black people.
Rios responded on her program by denying that white people in America are racist, and insisting that if they are, it’s the fault of black people. “I think the racist garbage coming from a lot of blacks right now who are just filled with bitterness and rage is just amazing to me,” Rios said. “It is racism, I am seeing it constantly here in DC, and it’s causing white citizens to become more racist than they ever were.”
“I think for the most part, the American Anglo-Saxon crew really has moved past racism, they did it quite a long time ago,” she added, citing President Obama’s election as proof of white people’s lack of racism. “But it seems to be raging, racism seems to be raging in the black community.”
“I think what’s causing it is people like Barack Obama and Eric Holder who can’t say enough and stir the pot enough to create anger and hatred and bitterness,” she continued, before comparing this alleged anti-white racism to feminism. “They do the same thing with women, it’s the same thing in feminism, that’s why I’ve never been a feminist, I hate feminism.”
We didn't think anything could top Glenn Beck's hypocrisy over Governor Andrew Cuomo's statement that "extreme conservatives ... have no place in the state of New York" but, of course, we were wrong, as we always are whenever we think that the Religious Right has reached its nadir.
To remind us of our folly was none other than Matthew Hagee, who used yesterday's broadcast of "The Hagee Hotline" to blast Cuomo for his comments.
Falsely asserting that Cuomo made the remarks duing his State of the State address (they were actually made during a radio interview), Hagee compared Cuomo's statement to George Wallace's attacks on those fighting for civil rights as well as the dehumanization and murder of millions by the likes of Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler:
To hear Hagee tell it, it is extremely dangerous when leaders begin declaring that people who do not share their particular views have no place in their own nation ... and keep in mind that Hagee's own father has used this very same sort of language, declaring on multiple occasions that atheists are not wanted in America and should get out of this country:
Rev. Sam Rodriguez, who heads the evangelical National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, has an extraordinary talent for self-promotion – and for positioning himself as a moderate evangelical while being a fully engaged culture warrior with close ties to both mainstream Religious Right groups and fringier dominionist ones. His reputation is based on the fact that he parts ways with the right on a few issues, like comprehensive immigration reform, for which he has been an energetic advocate.
Rodriguez has repeatedly portrayed himself as a voice of reason calling for more civility in public discourse. His latest gambit is the Imago Dei campaign, whose goal, according to TIME’s Elizabeth Dias, is “to change the narrative of evangelical engagement in the public square, especially when it comes to traditional culture war issues.”
Rodriguez says that too often evangelicals in the United States have become known for what they oppose, and not for what they propose, and younger generations have had enough. “The church of Jesus Christ and the word hatred should not even appear in the same sentence,” Rodriguez says. “What if every single person can recognize the image of God in the other? Wouldn’t that bring down the noise of the hateful rhetoric? Wouldn’t that build a firewall between intolerance and bullying? Wouldn’t that build a firewall against extremism?”
This might sound like a big deal to people who either aren’t familiar with Rodriguez or with the Religious Right leaders who have signed on to his campaign. But it’s hard to see anything new here. Back in 2010, Rodriguez was a signer of the “Covenant of Civility,” which said in part,
“We believe that each of us, and our fellow human beings, are created in the image of God… We pledge that when we disagree, we will do so respectfully, without impugning the other’s motives, attacking the other’s character, or questioning the other’s faith, and recognizing in humility that in our limited, human opinions, “we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
In 2011 he was part of a Christianity Today ad campaign talking about disagreeing with love and civility. That same year, in the wake of the public shooting in Tucson, he was among religious leaders who signed a letter to members of Congress that said “This tragedy has spurred a sorely needed time of soul searching and national public dialogue about violent and vitriolic political rhetoric. We strongly support this reflection, as we are deeply troubled that rancor, threats and incivility have become commonplace in our public debates.” In 2012, he told Patheos blogger Timothy Dalrymple, “We want to look at a new narrative of evangelicalism, one that’s less hostile, less confrontational and more full of civility.”
The language used to launch the Imago Dei campaign comes from Rodriguez’s 2013 book, The Lamb’s Agenda. In the book he says, it is wrong to “marginalize or malign those with whom we disagree….The day of angry evangelicalism is officially over. The day of a loving, Bible-believing community espousing truth with love officially commences right now.”
Well, at least he keeps trying, right?
There are two major problems here: one is Rodriguez’s own rhetoric, which doesn’t always meet his civility standard. Sometimes he comes across as conciliatory, as when he described a meeting with President Obama as “a conversation amongst believers.” But there’s also the Rodriguez who suggests that his political opponents represent “the forces of darkness.” In a Religious Right “prayercast” that unsuccessfully asked God to defeat health care reform legislation, he declared, "the same spirit of Herod who 2000 years ago attempted to exterminate the life of the Messiah today lives even America. The legislation that incorporates death and infanticide all under the canopy of reform.”
In 2012 after Obama came out in support of marriage equality, Rodriguez said the promotion of marriage equality is “an attempt to silence the church of Jesus Christ.”
I do believe that the power of the pulpit in addressing truth and righteousness is critical. We can’t sacrifice Biblical truth because at times it becomes confrontational. Listen, Jesus Christ had very strong confrontational moments. This idea that this is a patsy sort of Christianity. That’s not the Christianity that we follow and adhere to. Sometimes, truth hurts.
But much worse than Rodriguez’s own rhetoric is the fact that his group has formally partnered with Liberty Counsel, an organization whose spokespeople regularly spew some of the most hostile, bullying, confrontational, uncivil rhetoric in the public arena.
To put it bluntly, it is hard to treat with any seriousness a “civility campaign” that features the face of Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver. As Kyle wrote in 2012 when it was announced that Liberty Counsel had become NHCLC’s official legislative and policy arm, “Few groups operating today can match Liberty Counsel in terms of unmitigated hostility toward gays and Muslims and those with whom they disagree or in terms of overall general craziness ...”
In a press release announcing the Imago Dei campaign, Mat Staver is quoted:
"We should continually remind ourselves that every human being is created in the image of God," said Staver. "This has profound consequences. In the blogosphere and social media culture where people are dehumanized, bullied, and slandered, and where political rhetoric has polarized the populace, the Imago Dei in every person compels us to love and respect all people, including those who disagree with us."
It’s hard not to laugh out loud while reading this. Staver regularly denigrates his opponents, and his Liberty Counsel colleague Matt Barber is even worse.
Just a few examples from an ocean of possibilities: Staver says Planned Parenthood "is not interested in the health and well-being of women" but is really only interested in "their death agenda" and in "damaging the very core and foundation of who we are as Americans and a people of faith and values." Of the movement toward marriage equality, Staver says, “This whole assault on marriage is really an attempt to obliterate not only morality but Judeo-Christian morality, to obliterate marriage and to even obliterate the idea that there even is a God.” And he compares Republicans who are soft on the issue to cockroaches.
Here’s the mini-profile of Staver we prepared for our preview of the 2013 Values Voter Summit:
Mat Staver is the head of the Liberty University School of Law and its legal affiliate, Liberty Counsel, a sponsor of the Values Voter Summit. Liberty Counsel has been implicated in the Lisa Miller kidnapping case, where a client kidnapped her daughter and fled to Central America after a court granted custody to her former partner. At a previous Values Voter Summit, Staver claimed that progressives are using LGBT rights and secular government in order to “ultimately implode America” and that the “agenda of the homosexual movement” is to destroy freedom and western civilization. Through his role at Liberty Counsel, Staver has:
Staver says Obama and his “bloodthirsty administration” are worse than King George. He denounces “homofascists” and praised Putin’s anti-gay laws and the Indian Supreme Court decision criminalizing homosexuality.
We could go on. And on.
Meanwhile, Staver’s Liberty Counsel Matt Barber is a bully who rivals Bryan Fischer in the realm of “rhetorical pornography.” He calls Islam “satanic” and people who don’t get it “useful idiots.” He says marriage equality isn’t about marriage or equality but is a political weapon designed to destroy religious liberty. Barber praises Putin and supports laws criminalizing homosexuality. He says Americans are living under “a tyranny of a secularist minority that wants to engage in religious cleansing." There’s much more.
And to repeat, for emphasis: Staver is a leader of Rodriguez’s new Imago Dei campaign, and Liberty Counsel was chosen by Rodriguez to function as the official legislative and policy arm of his National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
Just today, Barber tweeted: "Gay marriage" is a disordered, sin-based & oxymoronic novelty that mocks God & defiles any church in which the silly stunt is performed...”
Paging Rev. Rodriguez.
Speaking with Erik Rush last Friday, right-wing hoaxer Jim Garrow said that President Obama and his allies are killing his colleagues in the intelligence community in order to cover up Obama’s secret plan to nuke America.
He told Rush that while God didn’t protect his friends from Obama’s hit squads, God saved him from an assassination attempt: “They are being eliminated, now they tried to kill me a few days ago but it didn’t work because God intervened; we are not alone in this fight against lies and Lucifer and those people who would like to take down first of all the blessing of God from America but also take down America as an entity on the earth.”
Garrow also believes that God stopped Obama from nuking the US.
Ex-gay activist Christopher Doyle claims that while he doesn’t necessarily approve of harsh anti-gay laws in Uganda, Nigeria, India and Russia, he believes that the laws are fitting responses to the gay rights movement in the United States for being mean to anti-gay activists like himself.
“Gay activism has forced a political correctness on many Western cultures, [Doyle] says, which prevents those who believe in traditional marriage from sharing their beliefs without repercussions,” the Christian Post reports, while noting that such laws are “‘overly punitive’ and could create an environment of fear instead of one where people struggling with [same-sex attraction] can get help.”
In a blog post today, Doyle seems to deny that these crackdowns on gay people are even taking place, and is angry that such stories are receiving media attention: “Gay activists continue to play the victim card around the world, but their story is getting old. However, the media still plays into their narratives.”
Doyle also believes that “intolerant” gay rights advocates are bent on attaining Communism and “global dominance.”
Gay activists continue to play the victim card around the world, but their story is getting old. However, the media still plays into their narratives. For example, just this week Bill O’Reilly had Juan Williams and another commentator slam Vladimir Putin’s recent comments, telling gays to “leave the children in peace” when athletes come to Sochi for the Olympic games in February.
O’Reilly and company joked about how un-evolved and ignorant Putin is when it comes to gay rights while condemning the Russian anti-gay propaganda law, which passed in their legislative body 436-0. But in actuality, O’Reilly and just about the entire mainstream media are really the ones who are unable to think critically on this issue.
As I said in The Christian Post article, anti-gay laws in countries like Uganda, Nigeria, India, and Russia are not being created in a vacuum. I would argue that they are also not in direct response to indigenous gay rights movements. These countries are enacting laws as a response to gay activists’ intolerance towards traditional views on marriage and sexuality, and their attempts to silence the speech and beliefs of those who disagree with them. These activists are largely succeeding with their goals in Western countries, and are now importing their Communist strategies into other non-Western countries to achieve global dominance.