Fighting the Right

After Week Of Sexist Meltdowns, Anti-Choice Activists Stick With Candidate Who Once 'Disgusted' Them

In late January, just days before Iowa caucus-goers cast the first votes of the presidential nominating contests, a coalition of leading women in the anti-abortion movement issued a scathing open letter urging Republican voters "to support anyone but Donald Trump." They cited what they saw as Trump's lack of commitment on their key issue, including their doubts about whether he would nominate justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, help them to defund Planned Parenthood, or pick a vice president friendly to the anti-abortion cause.

But the letter ended with something more personal: an indictment of Trump's appalling treatment of women.

Moreover, as women, we are disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular. He has impugned the dignity of women, most notably Megyn Kelly, he mocked and bullied Carly Fiorina, and has through the years made disparaging public comments to and about many women. Further, Mr. Trump has profited from the exploitation of women in his Atlantic City casino hotel which boasted of the first strip club casino in the country.

America will only be a great nation when we have leaders of strong character who will defend both unborn children and the dignity of women. We cannot trust Donald Trump to do either. Therefore we urge our fellow citizens to support an alternative candidate.

Signing the letter were Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser and her SBA colleagues Jill Stanek and Marilyn Musgrave, former National Organization for Marriage leader Maggie Gallagher, activist Star Parker, Concerned Women for America founder Beverly LaHaye and CWA president Penny Nance.

Many of these activists have tried to paint the anti-abortion movement as a feminist, woman-centered endeavor and portray Planned Parenthood and Democrats as the true enemies of women.

Eight months later, several of the women who signed the letter are supporting Trump’s candidacy and a few are even “pro-life” advisers to his campaign.

What changed?

Certainly not Trump. Yesterday the Associated Press published a story detailing Trump’s history of demeaning treatment of women on the set of his reality show “The Apprentice”:

During one season, Trump called for female contestants to wear shorter dresses that also showed more cleavage, according to contestant Gene Folkes. Several cast members said Trump had one female contestant twirl before him so he could ogle her figure.

Randal Pinkett, who won the program in December 2005 and who has recently criticized Trump during his run for president, said he remembered the real estate mogul talking about which female contestants he wanted to sleep with, even though Trump had married former model Melania Knauss earlier that year: "He was like 'Isn't she hot, check her out,' kind of gawking, something to the effect of 'I'd like to hit that.' "

Former producer Katherine Walker said Trump frequently talked about women's bodies during the five seasons she worked with him and said he speculated about which female contestant would be "a tiger in bed."

A former crew member who signed a non-disclosure agreement and asked not to be identified, recalled that Trump asked male contestants whether they would sleep with a particular female contestant, then expressed his own interest.

"We were in the boardroom one time figuring out who to blame for the task, and he just stopped in the middle and pointed to someone and said, 'You'd f... her, wouldn't you? I'd f... her. C'mon, wouldn't you?'"

The person continued: "Everyone is trying to make him stop talking, and the woman is shrinking in her seat."

This story came just days after Trump, in the first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton, defended his history of comments demeaning women by saying that one object of those comments, Rosie O’Donnell, “deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her.” At the same debate, Clinton got under Trump’s skin by bringing up his treatment of Alicia Machado, the Miss Universe winner whom he reportedly called “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” Trump responded the next day by explaining that Machado had “gained a massive amount of weight.” Then, a few days later, Trump took to Twitter in the middle of the night to call Machado “disgusting” and urge Americans to “check out” her nonexistent “sex tape,” only for it to be revealed that Trump himself was featured in a 2000 pornographic film by Playboy.

It was between the debate and the “sex tape” tweet that Trump’s campaign announced the formation of a “pro-life advisory council” that would work to help solidify social conservative support for the GOP nominee. The council, as had previously been announced, would be led by Dannenfelser. Its members would include Nance and Stanek, both of whom signed the anti-Trump letter with Dannenfelser back in January.

Some of the signers of that January letter have held firm, notably Gallagher, who wrote in The National Review in May that it would be “just too degrading” to support Trump. “If you join Team Trump,” she wrote, “you have to swallow not just what Trump has done and said but the next thing he will say or do. Truthfully, I think he lost me in March, when all it took was just a little prodding from little Marco to get the man to discuss his genitals on national TV. I don’t know what insulting, immoral, gross thing he will say next.”

Gallagher’s observation has held true, as Trump’s supporters have, again and again, had to put up with “the next thing he will say or do.”

But for the core of Trump’s new anti-choice team, his new promises to nominate justices who would overturn Roe and to sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood and his pick of anti-choice hero Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate seem to have erased any concerns about his “disgusting” treatment of women—even as he continues what they once called his “disparaging public comments.”

The anti-choice movement is increasingly attempting to portray itself as “pro-women” rather than just anti-abortion. The support of activists like Dannenfelser for Trump, even after he gets caught in sexist meltdown after sexist meltdown, shows that for much of the movement this “pro-women” rhetoric is just window dressing.

Trump Helped Finance Religious Right Groups Before Presidential Bid

Donald Trump’s efforts to cozy up to the Religious Right started well before he announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

According to a report today from Real Clear Politics, Trump used his personal foundation, which he has not donated to since 2008 and is “funded by outside donors,” to make donations to prominent conservative groups, including Religious Right organizations, as far back as 2011.

Trump’s foundation contributed to social conservative groups in key GOP primary states such as South Carolina’s Palmetto Family Council and Iowa’s The Family Leader. Other beneficiaries included the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, led by Franklin Graham; the Citizens United Foundation, run by future Trump campaign official David Bossie; and the American Conservative Union Foundation, which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“Such contributions, if they were made solely for Trump’s benefit, could violate federal self-dealing laws for private foundations,” RCP’s Rebecca Berg notes.

From 2011 through 2014, Trump harnessed his eponymous foundation to send at least $286,000 to influential conservative or policy groups, a RealClearPolitics review of the foundation’s tax filings found. In many cases, this flow of money corresponded to prime speaking slots or endorsements that aided Trump as he sought to recast himself as a plausible Republican candidate for president.

Although sources familiar with the thinking behind the donations cautioned that Trump did not explicitly ask for favors in return for the money, they said the contributions were part of a deliberate effort by Trump to ingratiate himself with influential conservatives and brighten his political prospects.



If the Trump foundation sent its money to The Family Leader and not its affiliated nonprofit, it did not properly note it in the filing and might have failed to earmark the money for charitable purposes, a violation of IRS rules. If the money was sent to the Family Leader Foundation, it was not recorded as such.



“If what he talked about was promoting his candidacy or fundraising for his campaign, it is not only self-dealing but potentially involves the foundation in making a grant to support political activity,” said [Rosemary] Fei. “That’s prohibited.”

Newt Gingrich Says Pastors Have A Duty To Run For Office And Fight 'Totalitarian Secularism'

The American Renewal Project, an effort organized by Christian nationalist and Religious Right political operative David Lane to encourage pastors to run for office and to mobilize their congregations to get involved in politics, posted a video yesterday featuring Newt Gingrich telling pastors that they have a duty to fight back against "those who would impose a totalitarian secularism on us."

"You're at a moment in history that is as defining as anything in the Old Testament," Gingrich said. "You're at a point where some people have to have the courage to witness for Christ, some people have to have the courage to tell the truth to their flock, some people have to have the courage to get into the public arena themselves."

Gingrich is proud to be a part of Lane's efforts to "encourage ministers to run for office" because ministers played a key role in the founding of this nation, he said, and today "we desperately need your help."

"We have not seen the Judeo-Christian historic traditions threatened the way they are today ever in American history," Gingrich said. "I think you have a duty ... to have the courage to stand up and tell the truth; tell the truth about those who would impose a totalitarian secularism on us, force us to bow to the power of the government in order to do things that our religious forbids, you have a duty to tell the truth about those who would kill us in the name of Islamic supremacy. And if you do your duty, you will be part of launching a Great Awakening that could once again help America."

People For the American Way Launches Ad Campaign Urging Latino Voters to Register in Order to Oppose Trump on Election Day

Radio and Digital Ads in North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona, Georgia, Virginia; Digital Ads in Nevada, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Virginia

Today, progressive advocacy organization People For the American Way (PFAW) launched a bilingual voter registration ad campaign as part of the group’s Latinos Vote! program, urging Latinos to register in order to vote against Donald Trump and his campaign of bigotry on Election Day.

The campaign includes Spanish-language radio ads in North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona, Georgia, and Virginia sending the message that Trump—who has called immigrants “rapists” and “killers” and supports a mass deportation agenda—could be the next president if listeners don’t register to vote in time and to vote against him. You can listen to the ad here.

The campaign also features bilingual digital ads, including a political cartoon urging people to register to vote against Trump by renowned Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and a video message from the Grammy award winning band Los Tigres del Norte:

You can watch a message from Los Tigres del Norte here.

These ads will run on Facebook and Twitter in Nevada, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Virginia. PFAW's Spanish-language radio ad with Priorities USA continues to run in Nevada this week.

Key statements from national and local leaders on the importance of registering to vote and the upcoming vice presidential debate tonight:

Rita Moreno, award-winning actress and singer: "Never before have we had a presidential candidate as xenophobic and unhinged as Donald Trump, and never before have Latino voters had as much power as we do now, through our votes, to decide the outcomes of elections. All those who aren't registered to vote should do so now—and remind everyone we know to do so as well—so that we keep a racist out of the White House."

Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader and PFAW board member: "Hillary Clinton has made clear that she stands with us, from pledging to introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship to laying out her plans for debt-free college, and Donald Trump continues to double down on mass deportation and lob insults at immigrant and Latino communities. The difference between their running mates is equally clear. While Tim Kaine has stood strong with immigrant communities in Virginia throughout his career, Mike Pence's record in Congress shows that he's an anti-immigrant extremist, from opposing comprehensive immigration reform to even supporting efforts to end birthright citizenship.

"To make sure that we are respected and our voices listened to over the next four and potentially eight years, we must make sure we’re ready to vote for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine and against Donald Trump and Mike Pence. We’ll win this election when we all do our part and turn out to vote—and encourage our friends and family members to do so as well."

Grammy-winning band Los Tigres del Norte: "We're urging our fans to register to vote now because we have a racist who wants to be the leader of our country--and we cannot let that happen. We are for Hillary, because she respects us and values all people as equal, unlike Donald Trump, who calls us all criminals and would like to deport millions of people from this country. He'd hurt all of his through his racism and his dangerous policies."

Chicano artist Lalo Alcaraz: "Donald Trump is a caricature of himself with his xenophobia, his sexism, and his overall hatred of anyone who dares disagree with him. While we may laugh at him and agree that he can never become our president, it's our votes that count. Through registering to vote, we will make a difference in this election. We'll stand up to the racist bully and defeat him when a record number of Latinos in this country turn out to vote against Donald Trump."

PFAW President Michael Keegan: “While Trump’s bigotry goes against everything our country stands for, he could become the next President of the United States. But Latino voters in particular can stop him and ensure that his Republican allies aren’t elected in the Senate or the House. That’s why it’s critically important that everyone who can register to vote needs to do so before the deadline.”

PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo: "You can’t vote against Trump if you miss the deadline to register to vote. Voting is the best way to make our voices heard against Trump and the Republicans this year. Our campaign asks those who aren’t yet registered to do so now, and reminds listeners to update their registration if, for example, they’ve moved. If you are not sure if your registration is good to go, check it to make sure before the deadline!"

Alfonso Lopez, Virginia State Delegate: "Just as Virginia Latino voters were a critical part of President Obama, Tim Kaine, and Terry McAuliffe’s wins, we can be the margin of victory for Hillary Clinton this November. Our next president and vice president need to support economic growth for working families and protect families from deportation as a result of a broken immigration system—as Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have made clear they'll do—not scapegoat our communities by painting us as criminals and job-takers—as Trump has done. Those who are eligible must register to vote before the deadline so we can prevent Donald Trump from becoming the next President of the United States."

Luis Angel Aguilar, CASA en Accion Advocacy and Elections Specialist: "I urge the moderators tonight to ask questions about the issues most important to voters here, like immigration reform, ensuring a living wage for workers, and affordable housing. What we already know about Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine is that they've embraced immigrant communities while Trump and Pence have built their campaign on the backs of immigrants. Latinos in Virginia will vote against them and their dangerous agendas."

Dan Ramos, Ohio State Representative: "It’s said that as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. This year, Latino voters in our state can stop Mr. Trump by voting in record numbers. We’ll reject his bigotry and instead vote for Hillary Clinton, who’s laid out in-depth plans to create jobs and reform our immigration system. It’s also critically important that we vote for Ted Strickland against Senator Rob Portman, who has endorsed Mr. Trump and previously voted against comprehensive immigration reform. He’s made clear that just like Mr. Trump, he stands against Ohio immigrant and Latino communities."

Pedro Marin, Georgia State Representative: "The number of Georgia Latinos registered to vote has more than doubled over the last ten years. If more of us register to vote—and go vote—Hillary Clinton could defeat Trump in our state. With increased voter registrations and a candidate as hateful as Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, I’m confident that we can use our voting power to ensure Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and mass deportation policies never reaches the White House."

Hector Vaca, Action NC Charlotte Director: "Trump is utterly unqualified for the presidency; he’s showed us throughout his campaign that he has no problem attacking people based on their race or ethnicity, and he’s proved that he doesn’t have the temperament to be trusted with key decisions about our country or our world. Latino voters in North Carolina are sadly no strangers to the anti-immigrant agenda of Trump and the Republican Party. That’s why we’ll reject not just Trump, but Governor McCrory and Senator Burr at the polls."

For more information about PFAW’s new campaign, or to request an interview, please email media@pfaw.org.

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Robert Maginnis: Obama Has A 'More Islamic' Worldview

While chatting last week with televangelist Jim Bakker, Family Research Council senior fellow Robert Maginnis suggested that President Obama is biased against Christianity because of his “Islamic” worldview.

“The man had a Muslim father, he grew up part of his life in Indonesia,” Maginnis said. “When he is amongst a Muslim population, he is incredibly sympathetic, and apologetic for our Christian nation.”

“His worldview is that of being more Islamic than he is being Christian,” he continued, “so that explains to me why he would favor giving them a pass and coming down hard on a Christian, western civilization.”

Jim Bakker: The Devil Wants To Kill Donald Trump

Televangelist Jim Bakker warned last week that the devil is out to “kill” Donald Trump because of his opposition to abortion rights.

Bakker boasted about a 1979 interview he conducted with Ronald Reagan, in which the future president reportedly said that “America will become Sodom and Gomorrah” if the country doesn’t change its ways.

“They were saying the same things about him that they are saying about Trump today,” Bakker said. “The reason I mention Trump is because he is pro-life. He believes in protecting our borders.”

Trump, he said, now faces satanic attacks as a result of his opposition to abortion rights and desire to overturn Roe v. Wade: “They will kill for that. They will kill him for that. The devil, the demons of hell, will come out to protect the killing of babies. The devil loves to kill—tried to kill Jesus, tried to kill Moses at birth.”

Larry Pratt: Founders Would Want Everyone To Carry An M-16 'At A Minimum'

Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, insisted over the weekend that the founding fathers would have wanted every military-age man in the U.S. to carry an M-16 rifle “at a minimum.”

Pratt invited Don Brockett, the author of a book called “The Tyrannical Rule of the U.S. Supreme Court,” to his “Gun Owners News Hour” program on Saturday. Brocket argued that the Second Amendment exists to allow states to defend themselves against invasion, which he said could mean that people should be allowed to have “equal weaponry” to an “invading army,” such as rocket-propelled grenades.

“In Article 1, Section 10, where the state can’t engage in war unless it’s invaded, well how can it defend itself if it’s being invaded if the people don’t have any Second Amendment right to arms?” Brockett asked. “And I maintain in the book, even though some may think this is going too far, that you’re entitled to the same measure of weapons as the weapons that might be used against you. So does that mean everybody can have an RPG in their home? I don’t know. I think we need to discuss it, because how could you stop the invading army unless you have the equal weaponry? Or if you want to provide it by your national guard, which can be distributed to individual citizens when that need comes about.”

Pratt responded that the Militia Acts of 1792 “seemed to provide for making sure all militia-age men had to have military firearms. Now, I suppose in today’s context, at a minimum that would be the machine gun battle rifle, the M-16, or whatever its modern, even more modern equivalent is, that every American soldier would be carrying. That would seem to me, if those were laws consistent with the Second Amendment, then that would be kind of what the founders and their successors had in mind.”

Brockett then brought up the possibility of a state needing to be prepared to repel “an invading army,” including perhaps “the federal government invading the state.”

RNC Attacks Tim Kaine For Being A Lawyer In 'Willie Horton' Style Ad

One day before the vice presidential debate, the Republican National Committee released an ad attacking Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for his time as a criminal defense attorney.

Today, the RNC tweeted a Roll Call story that compares the ad to the Willie Horton ad, which was widely viewed as an example of racist dog whistle politics when it aired in the 1988 presidential campaign. The RNC later deleted its tweet.

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer also tweeted the article but later deleted it.

“Long before Tim Kaine was in office, he consistently protected the worst kinds of people,” the narrator intones ominously before describing several cases that Kaine worked on when he was a pro bono attorney for defendants in death penalty cases. “Tim Kaine—he has a passion for defending the wrong people,” the narrator says.

When Kaine ran for governor of Virginia in 2005, he faced similar attacks, and Hillary Clinton has also endured criticism for representing a man accused of rape when she worked as a defense attorney in Arkansas.

The fact that the RNC would tout its ad’s similarities with the racist Willie Horton ad is bad enough, but the attack also strikes at the heart of the Sixth Amendment guarantee that in “all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial” and “have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

It seems the RNC believes that people accused of crimes, or at least vicious ones, simply shouldn’t have legal representation and/or that defense attorneys should not zealously represent their clients.

The RNC probably would have put together a great ad attacking John Adams, the lawyer who represented the British soldiers implicated in the Boston Massacre.

Jesse Lee Peterson Goes Full Men's Rights Activist In Defense Of Trump Against 'Evil' Clinton

Conservative activist Jesse Lee Peterson was not happy with Donald Trump’s performance in the first presidential debate, writing in a WorldNetDaily column over the weekend that the GOP didn’t attack Hillary Clinton forcefully enough because “you cannot be weak with evil.”

Americans, he wrote, have suffered under the “girly” Obama, who is the “son of Satan,” because white men like Mitt Romney have been afraid of speaking up and being called racist (“a made-up word”).

This led Peterson to address the birther movement: “Patriots like Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Donald Trump want openness. They value truth. I’m glad they scrutinized liar Barack Obama. (Between Sheriff Joe, Sheriff David Clarke and a few others, all the real men support Donald Trump.)”

Finally, Peterson brought up the controversy over Trump’s insults of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, claiming that Trump is being called a “bully” because it is “an anti-male slur meant to intimidate men, preventing them from defending themselves against female accusers” and linking to an InfoWars editor’s YouTube attack on Machado to claim that she is a “moral reprobate.”

You cannot be weak with evil. You must deal forcefully with the wicked as God himself stands with you.

Donald Trump knows Hillary Clinton is an evil woman. But in their first debate, he held back on her. Now is not the time to be “nice.” We are at war with crooked Hillary, lying media and corrupt politicians, for the future of this country. You’ll notice Hillary does not hold back on Trump.

Hillary and her media’s vicious attacks on Donald Trump are a distraction from reality – they focus on “problems” that don’t exist, like “racism” and “sexism.” He must be strong and wise to defeat the lie.

Trump should have beaten Hillary easily in the first debate. Instead, he was less comfortable and effective than normal. I almost thought I was watching weak, cowardly Mitt Romney pull punches with girly Barack Obama all over again. Painful!

I believe Trump was over-coached by handlers – too careful not to offend a “woman.” It undermined his effectiveness. I pray he does not repeat the mistake – it may be fatal – for his chance at the presidency and for civilization’s future.

As long as lying media maintain their power to delude Americans, Hillary will not be alone in the satanic attack on Trump. Black liberal Lester Holt, the first debate moderator, provided pointless muckraking against Trump to make him appear “sexist.” Example: Lester questioned why Trump said Hillary doesn’t have the right “look” to be president.

Look at how far America has fallen under Barack Obama, “the first black” president (and worst president in history). Why have we suffered eight years under the son of Satan? Too many Americans – especially white men – hold back on the truth about Obama in fear of a made-up word: “racist.” Let’s not repeat this error with Hillary. Let’s stare down another phony accusation: “sexist.”

Hillary called Trump “racist” for questioning Obama’s “natural born” status. Yet Hillary started the “birther” movement. Is Hillary “racist“?

Patriots like Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Donald Trump want openness. They value truth. I’m glad they scrutinized liar Barack Obama. (Between Sheriff Joe, Sheriff David Clarke and a few others, all the real men support Donald Trump.)

As I write in “The Antidote,” Barack Obama had a Kenyan, atheist-socialist, absent father. This person once visited Hawaii to teach Barack’s eighth-grade class that whites were so-called “racist” in both America and Africa. Later, Obama’s American-hating white mother moved to Indonesia to marry a Muslim man.

In another attack, Hillary blindsided Trump with a decades-old claim that he called a former Miss Universe Alicia Machado “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” Hillary and her media smeared Trump as a so-called “racist” and “misogynist.” Media portrayed Trump’s 3 a.m. tweets about Machado as those of a sulking “bully” (an anti-male slur meant to intimidate men, preventing them from defending themselves against female accusers).

But this Venezuelan “new citizen” is a moral reprobate, just like Hillary – same with all the Democrats’ many “victims.” (Speaking of “deplorables” and “racists,” when will Hillary denounce Black Lives Matter?)

Trump: Veterans Who Are 'Strong' And 'Can Handle It' Don't Need Mental Health Treatment

Today in Virginia, Donald Trump stumped with Tony Perkins and Jerry Boykin of the far-right Family Research Council at an event hosted by a newly formed group called Retired American Warriors PAC.

Trump, who has a history of mocking and insulting veterans and prisoners of war, offered his characteristically vague and meandering responses to questions about foreign policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

When asked how he would approach mental health issues such as PTSD and if he would support spiritual counseling for veterans affected by them, Trump implied that veterans who are “strong” don’t suffer from such afflictions.

“When you talk about the mental health problems,” he said, “when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in the room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it.”

More Evidence That The 'History' Taught By David Barton Simply Cannot Be Trusted

In the spring of 2014, the city council in Houston, Texas, passed an Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) that banned discrimination in housing and employment based on, among other things, sexual orientation and gender identity. That did not sit well with anti-LGBT activists in the city, who set about collecting signatures in an effort to place the ordinance on the ballot in the next election so that voters could repeal it. 

When the signatures were submitted for verification, city officials declared that organizers had not gathered enough valid signatures and rejected the effort to place the ordinance on the ballot. In response, organizers sued the city and, as part of the lawsuit, attorneys for Houston subpoenaed "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession" from a handful of pastors who had been deeply involved in the effort to repeal the ordinance.

That move led to widespread outraged, the subpoenas was withdrawn and, eventually, the nondiscrimination ordinance was placed on the ballot and repealed by the voters.

Those are the facts of what happened ... but that is not the story that Texas-based right-wing activist and pseudo-historian David Barton told last week when he spoke at Charis Bible College.

In Barton's telling, Houston passed a nondiscrimination ordinance and then used it to persecute Christian pastors by demanding that they hand over all of their sermons, emails and social media posts so that government officials could scour them to see if anyone was criticizing homosexuality.

Nondiscrimination ordinances that protect sexual orientation and gender identity, Barton said, are unnecessary and designed solely to "attack biblical principles" and persecute Christians.

"When this ordinance was passed in Houston," Barton said, "Houston passed this ordinance and they said, 'Now pastors, we want to see your sermons. We have subpoenaed your sermons, we want to see if you're saying anything bad about homosexuality or homosexuals, because if you are, you're in trouble.' And so, with this NDO, it wasn't to protect the groups from discrimination, it was to go after Christians who were saying God has a moral standard of right and wrong and homosexuality is not right."

"We find the NDO being used to attack Christian pastors," Barton claimed. "They subpoenaed them and said, 'We want 16 forms of your communication, we want to see every text you've done, we want to see every email you've done, every Twitter, every Facebook, every social media of any kind; 16 different forms, we've subpoenaed them all.'"

Pastors are now "subject to civil action" in cities that have passed nondiscrimination ordinances, Barton falsely claimed:

This a perfect example of why Barton's claims about history cannot be trusted since, as we have noted before, if he cannot be relied upon to accurately recount recent events that anyone with access to Google can easily check and verify, why should anyone trust anything that he says about complex events from early American history?

Matt Drudge Revives Conspiracy Theory He Once Called A 'Debunked' 'Hoax'

Today, Matt Drudge posted on the Drudge Report a January 12 interview between conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones and informal Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone in which they claim that Bill Clinton has an illegitimate child named Danney Williams.

Back in 1999, the Drudge Report breathlessly hyped the “DNA showdown” over Williams’ parentage …only to then declare that the story was “a cruel hoax by the boy's mother” and that the tale had been “debunked and flunked by science.”

The turn in the story came when the supermarket tabloid Star Magazine conducted a DNA test and discovered that Williams was not, in fact, Clinton’s son.

“There was no match, nothing even close,” Star editor Phil Bunton said.

But the fact that he once called the story a discredited “hoax” hasn’t stopped Drudge from promoting the claim 17 years later:

Indeed, Drudge has been at the center of countless right-wing conspiracy theories, which often end up on the lips of Donald Trump.

Joseph Farah: I Will Fear For My Life If Hillary Clinton Is Elected

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah wrote today that while he has felt the burden of persecution under President Obama, “I never once feared for my life because Obama was president.”

That will change, however, if Hillary Clinton is elected president, he said.

Farah claimed that Clinton critics in the 1990s experienced all forms of abuses: “Offices were broken into, some were harassed in their homes, pets were killed, threats were made, careers were ruined and some died under mysterious circumstances. The Clintons got away with it all. Therefore, we can be sure it will be worse if they are allowed back into power.”

“I don’t see how America could survive as anything remotely reminiscent of a self-governing free society,” he wrote. “If Hillary wins, we’re done.”

I’ve endured the inevitable Internal Revenue Service audits and watched in shock as Republicans did nothing to hold him accountable. In fact, I watched as they rolled over and authorized Obama to borrow and spend endlessly to his heart’s content.

But, during those eight years, I never once feared for my life because Obama was president.

Let me take you back to the 1990s and tell you what it was like being a dissident, a critic, a political adversary of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Yes, you could expect to be audited. But that was just the warning shot.

People like me who investigated and exposed the Clinton administration scandals could expect much, much worse.

Offices were broken into, some were harassed in their homes, pets were killed, threats were made, careers were ruined and some died under mysterious circumstances.

The Clintons got away with it all.

Therefore, we can be sure it will be worse if they are allowed back into power.

Expect a scorched-earth policy.

I don’t see how America could survive as anything remotely reminiscent of a self-governing free society.

If Hillary wins, we’re done.

True The Vote Founder: Obama Administration Intentionally Signing Up Noncitizen Voters

Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of the “voter integrity” group True the Vote, told “Breitbart News Daily” this morning that the Obama administration is likely intentionally signing up noncitizens to vote.

Engelbrecht told Breitbart’s Alex Marlow that “there’s potential” for noncitizens voting “to be a very big threat” in the election. She cited the “motor voter” law that allows people to register to vote when obtaining government services if they affirm their citizenship under oath.

Engelbrecht claimed that the “citizenship metatag gets scrubbed out very quickly” as these documents make their way through government agencies, so “it is absolutely a real thing to worry about noncitizens voting.”

“And it’s hard to look at the situation any other way except to believe that it’s been done intentionally by this administration,” she concluded.

Last week, True the Vote was behind a false report that the man who shot five people in a Washington state mall had voted illegally as a noncitizen.

Larry Klayman: Why Won't Hillary Clinton Come Out Of The Closet?

Anti-Clinton warrior Larry Klayman, the conservative legal activist and conspiracy theorist, wrote this weekend that now that marriage equality is legal nationwide, it is high time that Hillary Clinton come out of the closet:

At the outset of what I am going to say in this column, let me make one thing clear. I totally respect a person’s right to live his or her life as he or she may choose, so long as no one is hurt as a result. And, that goes for someone’s sexual preference, even though homosexuality is not endorsed in the Bible, and it is not my “cup of tea.” But gay and lesbian people, I have found in my lifetime, are generally very nice and kind, and they have a right to be treated equally, not discriminated against. They should be frankly left alone to be what they want to be. That’s called “freedom.”

In today’s world, it is no longer a social stigma to be gay or lesbian, and as a result the Supreme Court has even ruled that they constitutionally are to be accorded the right to marry each other. As a result, I have much less respect for those gays and lesbians who continue to live in the closet and hide their lifestyle, particularly when this happens for partisan political purposes. Case in point, one Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has apparently lied about her sexual preference for decades to help pave the way for her presidential candidacy.



While I knew the names of some of these “women,” I never revealed them publicly, although rumors abound. In recent years, Huma Abedin, the Palestinian wife of pervert Anthony Weiner and one of Hillary’s top aides, has been one of those rumored to be “in bed” with Hillary. Indeed, this might help explain her marriage to disgraced former Rep. Weiner and why it did not end sooner for political reasons. But I do not make any accusations.

The real issue is why, in this age of widespread acceptability of the gay and lesbian lifestyle, and as Hillary asks for the vote of gays, lesbians and transgender people, would she, by material omission, continue to appear to hide her sexual preference? Is she ashamed of it, and if so, is she worthy of claiming to be the champion of gays, lesbians and transgenders?

I do not endorse any candidate for elective office and never have. But gays, lesbians and transgenders have to wonder why Hillary would call Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a “racist” against people of an alternative lifestyle, and then continue to lie about her own sexuality. For gays, lesbians and transgenders, this is an affront to them personally. This continued deceitful hypocrisy by Hillary has to call into question her own commitment to gay, lesbian and transgender rights.

David Barton: Natural Disasters And Terrorism Are The Result Of Bad Public Policy

On Friday, right-wing activist and pseudo-historian David Barton delivered a series of presentations at Charis Bible College in Colorado, where he has established a "School of Practical Government" designed to train conservative Christian activists to take control of government in order to implement biblical public policies.

During his opening session, Barton told the students that bad weather, natural disasters and terrorist attacks in America are all rooted in our bad public policies and insufficient support for Israel.

"God looks at public policies and says, 'That's not good, I can't bless that; that's good, I can bless that,'" Barton declared. "So it's by public policies, how they conform to His standards" that this nation receives either the blessings or curses of God.

Citing a passage from the Bible in which the prophet Elijah confronts Ahab and Jezebel, Barton said that even the weather is affected by bad public policies.

"If you want to do a study of weather in the Bible, you will see how often good weather is attached to righteousness, bad weather is attached to unrighteousness," Barton said. "You find example after example in the Scriptures, whether it's drought or flood or famine, whether it's rain or hail or fire, there's just all these examples of that. Now, do we believe that today? I don't know, but it's in the Bible ... What if the weather is dependent on what we do? Maybe we do a really lousy job of handling the weather."

Barton then asked the audience if they knew what "the 10 costliest events in U.S. insurance history, ... three of the four largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history" and "the two largest terrorism events U.S. history" all had in common.

"The answer is," he revealed, "they all occurred within just days after after America took a stand against Israel and told Israel she needs to give up her land ... Whenever we take a bad stand toward Israel, we seem to have a natural disaster that happens."

World Congress Of Families Spokesman: Rest Of World Should Be 'Horrified' By LGBT Rights In US

In Nairobi earlier this monthto speak at a World Congress of Families regional conference, WCF spokesman Don Feder joined a talk show on a Kenyan affiliate of the Christian broadcasting giant TBN, where he warned a panel of Kenyan and Nigerian activists that they should be “horrified” by the results of LGBT rights advances in the U.S.

Feder’s appearance on the program was promoted in a recent email from WCF president Brian Brown.

The host of the “Crosstalk” program, Vincent Kimosop, asked Feder what African activists could learn from the experience of the U.S. in the area of LGBT rights. Feder responded that Africans “should be horrified” by what they see in the U.S.

“The problem is this is a way people are living and they’re demanding that it be respected, they’re demanding that all of society be changed for their comfort and their convenience,” Feder said. “We’re not saying that these people have to be persecuted, we’re not saying that you can’t have compassion for them, of course you can, but you can’t let this be the role model and you can’t allow Christians and other religious people to be persecuted because they refuse to go along with this agenda.”

“You know, other people have demanded minority status based on their religion, based on their race,” he continued. “This is the first group that demands minority status based on what they do in their bedrooms. And that’s what makes it so dangerous. And if you look at the United States, I mean if Africans look seriously at the United States, they should be horrified at what’s going on.”

He went on to warn of the rise of “transgender bathrooms.”

Same-sex intimacy is currently illegal in Kenya, though there is an active movement to change that. Nigeria enacted a harsh anti-gay law in 2014 that hassparked vigilante violence; some American Religious Right groups backed that law or have spoken out against the Obama administration’s efforts to oppose similar legislation around the world.

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Demonic Spirits At ABC Are 'Bringing Sodomy' Upon America

On a recent episode of his "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Religious Right activist and Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt railed against the ABC television network for developing a new drama about the "fictional town of Grace, Missouri [that] centers on a family of adult siblings whose lives are upended when their stalwart minister father reveals to his family that he is gay."

"ABC News [sic] is defaming and attacking the true church by mocking the Bible and even mocking pastors who denounce homosexuality," Klingenschmitt complained, before reciting the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah as a warning.

"Why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? Because of the sin of homosexuality," he declared. "So, if you're a pastor of a megachurch and you don't believe the Bible, beware; you're bringing sodomy and maybe the consequences thereof upon America, and we discern that demonic spirit inside of the producers at ABC television."

Lance Wallnau: God May Have Led Trump To Hire Steve Bannon

Seven Mountains dominionist Lance Wallnau has been one of the most shameless advocates of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy in the Religious Right, repeatedly explaining that God sometimes anoints secular figures like Trump to carry out His will.

As Peter mentioned earlier today, Wallnau penned a defense of Trump for the cover of the most recent issue of the Pentecostal magazine Charisma. In an interview with Charisma’s Steve Strang that Strang posted on his website on Wednesday, Wallnau said that in the interest of getting Trump elected president, God might have contributed to Trump’s decision to hire Steve Bannon to chair his campaign and might even send an “incident” to trip up Hillary Clinton during a debate.

After Trump’s disastrous feud with the Khan family sent his campaign reeling, Trump fired his top campaign staff and brought on pollster Kellyanne Conway and Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon, a promoter of the racist alt-right movement , to run his campaign. According to Wallnau, this was likely because Trump had received a message to pray to God for help turning his campaign around.

After the Khan debacle, Wallnau said, Trump “brought a woman on as his chief of staff and brought a guy on from Breitbart” and then “he came back, and he started coming back and coming back” in the polls.

Wallnau told Strang that “most people don’t know” the backstory behind this transformation, which is that one of Trump’s faith advisers “received a prophetic word” for Trump that “basically said, ‘If you will humble yourself and pray and call upon the name of the Lord, you’ll be the next president of the United States.’” The pastor conveyed this message to Trump via one of his sons, who “personally handed it to his father and told him to read it on the plane.”

“Now, we do not know what Donald Trump did on that plane,” Wallnau said, “but I can almost prophesy, in his state of mind by himself on the plane looking at the problem he had, I believe he closed his eyes, read that, and in his own way humbled himself and asked God for help. Boom! Within 24 hours the campaign pivoted, he made two critical decisions and it’s been competitive ever since.”

As Peter noted, Wallnau also discussed the presidential debates (the first debate had evidently not happened yet when the interview took place), saying that there was “speculation” as to whether Clinton has the “stamina or ability” to handle a 90-minute face-off with Trump and that God might step in to cause Clinton to stumble.

“So if there is something that’s going on that the public doesn’t know about in terms of stamina or ability,” he said, “it’s quite possible in the course of these debates that something will surface that wasn’t expected. So that’s what a lot of people are wondering, is there going to be an unveiling of an incident that’s going to happen that was unanticipated? Because God is really involved with what’s happening right now, and I think if there was ever a time where the chariot wheels of Pharaoh come off, I think now we ought to be praying that God speeds his path for His purposes because America cannot afford another 48 months of the destructive spiral that it’s in right now.”

Roy Moore Suspended For Defying Federal Courts On Marriage Equality

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, famous for having lost his seat on the court in 2003 when he defied a federal order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building, has been sanctioned yet again by the state’s Court of the Judiciary, which ordered today that Moore be suspended without pay for the remainder of his term in office, this time for defying federal court decisions on marriage equality.

Moore was already under temporary suspension until the court heard his case. The court ruled unanimously that the suspension be continued until Moore’s term in office runs out in 2018.

The Court of the Judiciary’s ruling is a brutal smackdown of the attempts by Moore and his attorney, Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver, to justify the chief justice’s efforts to stop marriage equality from taking effect in his state.

The court’s judges make clear in the ruling that their decision on Moore’s case has nothing to do with their opinions about the Obergefell ruling, which they note “some members of this court did not personally agree with or think was well reasoned.”

However, they reject Moore’s recent attempt to claim that his January order requiring state probate judges to defy Obergefell and refrain from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples was nothing more than a “status update” on the law. In fact, they note that a press release from Staver himself the day the order was issued completely contradicts that claim:

Chief Justice Moore’s arguments that his actions and words mean something other than what they clearly express is not a new strategy. In 2003, this court’s order removing Chief Justice Moore quoted the following testimony from him before the [Judicial Inquiry Commission]:

“I did what I did because I upheld my oath. And that’s what I did, so I have no apologies for it. I would do it again. I didn’t say I would defy the court order. I said I wouldn’t move the monument. And I didn’t move the monument, which you can take as you will.”

Just as Chief Justice Moore’s decision that he “wouldn’t move the monument” was, in fact, defiance of the federal court order binding him, a disinterested reasonable observer, fully informed of all the relevant facts, would conclude that the undeniable consequence of the January 6, 2016, order was to order and direct the probate judges to deny marriage licenses in direct defiance of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell and the Strawser injunction.

Indeed, to see that the January 6, 2016, order can be reasonably read as requiring defiance of the United States Supreme Court and the district court in Strawser, we need to look no further than a press release issued by Mat Staver—Chief Justice Moore’s own counsel in these proceedings and one of the counsel of record in API—that was issued the same day as the January 6, 2016, order. In that press release, which solely addressed the January 6, 2016 order, Staver asserted:

“In Alabama…state judiciaries…are standing up against the federal judiciary or any one [sic] else who wants to come up with some cockeyed view that somehow the Constitution now births some newfound notion of same-sex marriage.”

Chief Justice Moore’s contention that the only purpose and plausible reading of the January 6, 2016, order is that of a “status update” is entirely unconvincing.

In fact, in a public press release this morning after the ruling came down, Staver claimed again that Moore’s order was “merely a status report"and, ironically, accused the court of throwing “the rule of law out the window.” However, in an email to Liberty Counsel supporters, he declared, “Liberty Counsel upholds 'just' laws—and the moral law of God. In Alabama and across America, in state judiciaries and legislatures, Liberty Counsel's legal team is standing against the federal judiciary, resisting tyrannical rule, and upholding the moral law of God.”

UPDATE: Moore released a statement saying “This was a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court because of outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda.”

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