Fighting the Right

GOP Rep: Legalizing Pot Would Cripple The American Dream

Last week, Rep. Glenn Grothman appeared on Voice of Christian Youth America’s show “In Focus” to outline his right-wing agenda as a freshman member of Congress. The Wisconsin Republican, who recently won attention after calling on constituents to essentially spy on their neighbors who use food stamps, strongly disagreed with a viewer who said that Wisconsin should consider legalizing and taxing marijuana as a way to increase state revenues.

“A lot has been written about the income gap in our country and how the poor people aren’t making enough money or saving enough money, so I want to ask your caller: Assuming one of the goals we have in this country is to help people make more money and be part of the American Dream, if we legalize marijuana across the board, what effect do you think that’s going to have on people?” Grothman asked. “Is that going to cause the underclass, or whatever, to improve more or is it going to create even a larger segment of Americans who is not achieving their full possibility and falling behind?”

Grothman added: “I think if you want to make sure that all Americans are participating in the American Dream, all Americans are having a good job where someday they are going to be able to afford to take care of kids, buy a house, I don’t think legalizing marijuana is a way to work towards that goal.”

David Barton Claims To Have Played On Record-Setting Basketball Team In College

Earlier this month, David Barton delivered a series of presentations at Charis Bible College in Colorado on "The Principles of Success." In the very first presentation, Barton made a claim that we had never heard from him before, despite having listened to literally hundreds of his radio programs and presentations, when he told the audience that he played college basketball for a team that "set the NCAA record for two years in a row of most points scored" per game.

Barton was teaching on a passage from 1 Corinthians about the need to "strike a blow to my body and make it my slave" and whip one's self into shape in order to be a success and cited his college basketball days as an example.

"I remember when I was playing basketball, the college stuff that we did," he said, "we started every day with a five mile run, then we lifted weights, then we had an hour of racquetball, then we had two hours of full-court basketball, then we came back for another run. It wasn't particularly enjoyable, but in those years, our college team set the NCAA record for two years in a row of most points scored. We averaged 105, 104, 103 points a game, I forget what it was":

Just about every report that we have ever seen states that Barton graduated from Oral Roberts University and did so in 1976.

According to Wikipedia, the ORU men's basketball team led the nation in scoring in the 1972 and 1973 seasons. A search of the rosters posted on ORU's own website from the years Barton presumably attended finds no mention of him having been on the men's basketball team, including during the two record-setting seasons he specifically cited:

UPDATE: Warren Throckmorton contacted ORU directly to inquire about Barton's claim and a school official declared that "after checking with the Athletic Office, there is no record of a David Barton ever playing basketball for ORU."

Iowa Radio Host: Jeb Bush Gave Conservatives 'A Middle Finger' By Hiring Gay Spokesman

Every week, Iowa-based radio host Steve Deace gets together with Bob Vander Plaats, head of the influential Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader and leader of Mike Huckabee’s 2008 campaign in the state, to discuss potential GOP presidential candidates. This week, they spent a good part of their segment discussing Jeb Bush’s decision to hire openly gay GOP operative Tim Miller as his spokesman. Unsurprisingly, neither was impressed.

Deace read Vander Plaats a series of “red flags” from Miller’s social media accounts, including a tweet critical of the Iowa Family Policy Center , a group affiliated with Vander Plaats, and notices on Facebook that he had attended events such events as “Sugar Tit: A Dirty Polaroid-Style New Year’s Eve” and “By Gays: All City Happy Hour.”

As Deace read the litany of posts, cohost Robert Rees said, “I feel very uncomfortable” and Vander Plaats agreed, accusing Miller of “lampooning the base of the very party he claims to serve.”

“It’s one thing to say, you know what, I really don’t want the base of the party,” Vander Plaats said of Bush. “It’s another thing to actively employ people who are going after the base of the party, intentionally going after the base of the party. This would be a sure way to tell your establishment friends, this is how you lose a general election against Hillary, is you make the base go home.”

Deace agreed that Bush’s hiring of Miller was “a middle finger” to social conservative activists. “That’s not even substantive disagreement, that’s just someone giving you the finger,” he said.

Civil Rights Groups to GOP Presidential Candidates: Distance Yourself from CPAC’s White Nationalist Ties

Today, People For the American Way, America’s Voice, and ColorOfChange.org released an open letter to Republican presidential candidates urging them to make clear that they don’t support CPAC’s ongoing relationship with ProEnglish, a group led by white nationalist Bob Vandervoot. Despite CPAC’s troubling history of welcoming white nationalists as participants and sponsors, Republican leaders continue to headline the conference. CPAC has included ProEnglish as a sponsor in the past, and in 2012, CPAC hosted a panel on race featuring Vandervoot and infamous racist writer Peter Brimelow. This year, ProEnglish is again participating as a sponsor of the conference.

“Anyone who aspires to our nation’s highest office has a responsibility to be clear about what they stand for and what they stand against,” said  Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way. “These candidates need to make it perfectly clear that they won’t truck with white nationalists and that they reject intolerance and bigotry.”

Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice, stated, “The GOP strategy of winning support from their base by cozying up to extremists on the right is sure to backfire, as it did in 2012.  Latino, Asian Pacific Islander American and immigrant voters are watching these 2016 hopefuls closely, and any candidate that aligns with anti-immigrant extremists doesn’t stand a chance.”

“As Republican leaders and activists gather at CPAC to discuss the future of their party, GOP Presidential hopefuls have to decide whether they're going to be the type of leaders that confront racism in their ranks or cravenly shrink from that responsibility in order to exploit hatred for political gain," said ColorOfChange.org Executive Director Rashad Robinson. “The clearest signal the GOP could send that they are interested in changing course and opening an honest dialogue with Black voters would be removing Representative Steve Scalise from the #3 House leadership position for his association with David Duke and extremist hate groups.”

Read the letter here:

Dear Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rick Santorum, and Gov. Scott Walker:

We understand that you are scheduled to speak at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, an event which is being partially sponsored by ProEnglish, a group led by white nationalist Bob Vandervoort. We urge you to decline to speak at CPAC unless it cuts ties with ProEnglish and Vandervoort.

ProEnglish has sponsored CPAC for the past several years, despite Vandervoort’s well documented ties to the white nationalist movement. As the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights has reported, Vandervoort is the former leader of Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, a group dedicated to supporting the ideals of the infamous white nationalist publication American Renaissance.  One member of the group described its mission as encouraging “white survival and maintaining white majorities.”

Vandervoort’s own writings reflect these views. He has expressed concern about the need to “halt the cultural and racial dispossession of the West's historic people” and expounded on “racial differences” in “intelligence and temperament.” He has wondered how “race realists and pro-Western Civ nationalists” like himself can counter historical comparisons to the Holocaust and slavery.

CPAC has a troubling history of welcoming white nationalists. In 2012, the conference hosted a panel on race featuring Vandervoort and fellow white nationalist writer Peter Brimelow. And ProEnglish has continued to be allowed to sponsor the event even after civil rights groups have raised concerns.

Clearly, Robert Vandervoort and his group should have no place as a financial sponsor of the nation’s largest convention of conservatives. We urge you to distance yourself from Vandervoort’s views and refuse to speak at CPAC unless ProEnglish’s sponsorship is withdrawn.

Sincerely,

Michael Keegan, President
People For the American Way

Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director
America’s Voice

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director
ColorOfChange.org

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American Family Radio Guest Debunks Network's Claims About No-Go Zones

Last month, the American Family Association’s radio network happily joined Gov. Bobby Jindal in pushing discredited claims about Sharia law no-go zones in countries such as the United Kingdom, with the network’s flagship host Bryan Fischer claiming that Britain has no-go zones where “no infidel would dare” enter because “you go in there at risk of your life.”

“Everybody’s got no-go zones in Europe, Bobby Jindal is telling the truth about that,” Fischer said last month, leaving out the fact that Jindal was unable to name a single such “no-go zone.”

On Monday, American Family Radio hosts Jim Stanley and Ed Vitagliano interviewed British evangelist and House of Lords member Lord Robert Edmiston about immigration in Britain, so naturally Stanley asked Edmiston about the no-go zones.

“In the U.K., there are no-go zones as I understand it?” Stanley asked.

Edmiston, however, told Stanley that “there is no such thing as a no-go area.”

Edmiston said that while there are neighborhoods where immigrants are heavily concentrated, “there really isn’t a no-go area as such.”

Jerry Boykin: Obama 'Cavorting' With The Enemy, 'Supportive Of What They're Doing'

Family Research Council executive vice president Jerry Boykin joined Frank Gaffney on “Secure Freedom Radio” on Friday, where the two agreed that the president has been openly supporting violent jihadists.

Gaffney asked Boykin if he thought President Obama has been “compromising” and “subverting” American intelligence by “hobnobbing with… people who have known associations with an organization called the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Boykin agreed that the president is not only “cavort[ing] with the enemy” but also “saying things that are really supportive of what they’re doing,” thereby helping radical Islamist groups recruit.

“First of all, they are very good at social media, so when they show someone who they know to be one of them cavorting with our president repeatedly, when they see our president saying things that are really supportive of what they’re doing, while denying why they’re doing it or what motivates them, all it does is increases their recruiting,” he said. “It shows their followers that they are on the winning side, that even the U.S. president is supporting them and all that does is it brings more jihadists from across the world into the fight in places like Iran, I mean Iraq, or North Africa, Libya, Egypt and so forth. So when you cavort with the enemy, there is a price to be paid, and I think America’s in the middle of that right now.”

Michael Savage: Transgender Rights Will Destroy Society, Outlaw Reassignment Surgery

On Friday, Michael Savage was infuriated by a Hollywood Reporter interview in which director Michael Cimino denied rumors that he is transgender, which led Savage on a rant about “tranny grannies” and why sex reassignment surgery should be outlawed.

“What is this, upstaging the other guy who is simply gay?” Savaged wondered. “This is how crazy this is becoming. It’s not cool enough now just to be gay and have a husband as a gay man, now you have to be a transsexual who cuts your schmendrick off and becomes a woman. I really don’t following this, it’s insanity. It’s the meltdown of an entire society, it’s insane.”

“Why would you want to be a woman when there’s no sex anyway so what’s the difference?” he continued. “Why are all of these Hollywood guys suddenly wanting to be a woman? Most women don’t want to be women after a certain age.”

Savage pointed to the movie “Psycho” as a reason why we should turn against transgender rights: “Didn’t you remember that Hitchcock did years ago with the grandma, with the clothing and the hill, ‘Psycho,’ with the knife in the shower? That wasn’t enough to scare anyone from wanting to — I don’t get this, I just don’t get this. I guess I’m not part of the new America, I just don’t understand this absurdity.”

He added that like female genital mutilation, “these sex change operations [are] male genital mutilation. To me it’s crazy and it should be outlawed.” 

Fischer: RWW Is 'Almost Frothing At The Mouth' Over AFA's Useless 'Bigotry Map'

Earlier today, we noted that the American Family Association had released its own anti-Christian "bigotry map" in response to having been designated as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center several years ago.

The usefulness of the AFA's map is debatable, since is seems to just blindly designate every gay, secular, atheist, or humanist group as a bigoted anti-Christian organization without providing any actual evidence to support such a designation.

Nonetheless, the AFA's Bryan Fischer thinks the new map is a game-changer, crowing in a typically clueless fashion on his radio program today that the key difference between the SPLC designating the AFA as a hate group and the AFA labeling everyone else as anti-Christian bigots is that the allegation that the AFA is a hate group is false while the AFA's designation is true.

"They falsely accuse of us hate," he cogently explained, "but we accurately and truly accuse these groups of anti-Christian bigotry."

To make things even more absurd, Fischer then proceeded to accuse us at Right Wing Watch of being "apoplectic" and "almost frothing at the mouth" over the AFA's useless new map:

Michele Bachmann Links ISIS To December Shooting Of NYPD Officers

Recently, when the Somalia-based terrorist organization al-Shabab released a video calling for attacks on shopping malls located around the world, including Minnesota's Mall of America, the U.S. government responded by assuring the public that "no credible or specific evidence" exists that any such attack is in the works.

But former Rep. Michele Bachmann is not buying it, telling Newsmax host Steve Malzberg today that the call for an attack itself constitutes a credible threat, claiming that the shooting of two New York City police officers back in December was carried out in response to a similar call put forth by ISIS.

The government's reaction to the latest threat, Bachmann said, "is an absolutely apathetic, clueless response."

"The video from al-Shabab," she said, "that's the credible threat because that message is being sent to sympathizers to light a match and take action and actually have something happen at Mall of America. Don't forget, last fall, there was a call from terrorists for those who couldn't come to the Islamic State in Syria to join the jihad to take jihadist actions locally and that's when we saw that attacks in Canada, at the Parliament and also against government figures, and we also saw two police officers innocently killed in Brooklyn. That was in direct response to a call to take action":

There is no evidence that Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who murdered the two NYPD officers, was inspired by ISIS. Not surprisingly, the theory that he was inspired by ISIS seems to have originated from Alex Jones' InfoWars website.

Right-Wing Pastor: Satan Behind Evolution

Rick Wiles invited conservative pastor Laurence White onto “Trunews” yesterday to answer the question: “Is America repeating Germany’s path into Nazism?”

Unsurprisingly, the two agreed that America is moving in the direction of Nazi Germany, which they blamed in part on pastors who do not vocally denounce abortion rights, marriage equality and evolution, which White said is “not science but religion.”

White said questions posed to politicians like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker about whether they believe in evolution come straight from Satan: “They’re trying to make conservative, Bible-believing candidates look foolish because the Devil is the Father of Lies and he’s good at it.”

Pastors, according to White, must “lead our people to be able to discern what is actually going on in this country, that collision of two religions: one pagan, one Christian. And until they recognize that, they’re not going to understand the nature of the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged.”

Glenn Beck Seems To Think That Non-Discrimination Laws Are 'The Work Of Satan'

Outraged that right-wing Christian business owners are facing the possibility of fines for refusing to serve gay customers rather than being allowed to freely discriminate in the name of religious freedom, Glenn Beck said on his radio show today that not allowing Christians to engage in discrimination is "the work of Satan."

"I can't change my religious point of view. I can't. Especially by force. I won't by force," Beck said, before declaring that "the Left just doesn't understand religion at all," which is why liberals refuse to admit that radical Islamic terrorism is rooted in religion and won't honor the right of Christians in America to engage in anti-gay discrimination.

"They want to shut Christians down," he said. "What is this, except the work of Satan?"

GOP Rep: Obama Treats 'Americans, Republicans, Conservatives, Christians' As A Greater Threat Than Islamist Terrorists

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, appeared on yesterday’s edition of “Washington Watch” to address a recent Department of Homeland Security report that right-wing sovereign citizensare responsible for at least two dozen violent attacks in the U.S. over the last several years. 

As Media Matters points out, such sovereign citizen attacks come as incidents of far-right violence, such as shootings at a Kansas City Jewish community center and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, are on the rise. But Poe was having none of it, and joined Perkins in suggesting that the Obama administration is simply fabricating the evidence of far-right violence, and accusing Obama of referring to conservatives and Christians as terrorists.

“They’re not credible,” Poe said. “The idea that Americans who are conservatives, that disagree with the president, are just as threatening as ISIS, whose whole existence is to kill us in the name of their religion, even though the president won’t say ‘Islamic terrorists,’ he’ll call people on the Right terrorists, is nonsense, it is just utter nonsense. There is no evidence of anything like that and once again more fear tactics out of the administration.”

“It’s concerning to us because of the, in my opinion, how the president so meekly addresses Islamic radical terrorists who want to kill us in the name of their religion, in how he deals with them and yet he’s really quick to call out the Right with absolutely no evidence that they are just as serious threats to our country. It’s very disturbing that the president would take that political position,” Poe said.

When Perkins asked the congressman if he would hold a hearing to ask DHS officials “why they continue to put Americans in their crosshairs,” Poe called it “an excellent idea” and claimed that the administration is “more aggressive toward Americans, Republicans, conservatives, Christians, and concerned about them being threats to the country, which they’re not, than they are about the real threats to our country.”

“It’s mind-boggling why they would be this way, but to answer your question, yes, there will be questions and we will just ask them an obvious one: show us some proof of this situation that they claim that all of these different folks that you mentioned are threats to our country.”

Pat Robertson: Yoga Tricks People Into Speaking 'In Hindu'

On “The 700 Club” today, Pat Robertson responded to a concerned viewer who feared that ever since her family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, they have been exposed to “New Age spirituality” such as “dream catchers, yoga [and] veganism,” and wondered whether she should let her daughter take “yoga classes with one of her friends.”

Robertson cautioned that while there is nothing wrong with stretching exercises, “along with yoga they have a mantra, and the mantra you say is in Hindu.”

“You don’t know what the Hindu says, but actually it’s a prayer to a Hindu deity and so it sounds like gibberish. So you’re saying ‘kali, kali, kali,’ but you’re praying to a Hindu deity and you don’t want your daughter in that,” Robertson said. “Stretching exercise is cool, praying to a Hindu deity is not too cool.”

Eagle Forum Cites Fake Obama Quote To Warn Of 'Islamic Domination'

In its monthly newsletter, Texas Eagle Forum has published a warning that America’s growing Muslim population will inevitably lead to “Islamic domination” in the form of violence, anti-Christian persecution, ethnic cleansing and Sharia law.

The group also warns that President Obama may be playing a part in this Muslim plot, citing a fake Obama quote about how he will “stand with the Muslims.”

Islamic domination occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their so-called “religious rights.” When politically correct and culturally diverse societies, such as ours, agree to seemingly reasonable Muslim demands for their religious liberties, they are subsequently enforced on the remainder of the population through the use of their political and military components. … At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. Right now, the U.S. is thought to be in this category. When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions: India, Israel, Kenya, Russia. [France 7.5% in 2010] After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burning of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues: Ethiopia. At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare: Bosnia, Lebanon. From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and jizya, a special tax placed on infidels: Qatar, Malaysia. After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad: Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey. 100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’—the Islamic House of Peace. The Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word. Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan. Please note how much of our nation’s foreign policy activity— military and financial—is involved in the Islamic-dominated countries throughout the world. Opposing some and propping up others. So why bring this up now? While much of the nation mourned the murder of two NYC policemen at the hands of Muslim Ismaaiyl Abdulla Brinsley, our Commander in Chief teed-off on Christmas Eve with the radical Islamist prime minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, a country in the 60%+ category. Obama’s advisors say President Obama is simply taking advantage of the “warm temperatures in Hawaii to hit the links,” and that his opponent is not a factor.

Just remember the statement of the President on page 261 in the paperback edition of his autobiography, The Audacity of Hope, “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

I do believe the political winds have shifted into an “ugly direction.”

Pat Robertson: 'Our Politics Will Be Dictated By Mexico' If Immigration Reform Passes

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson warned that comprehensive immigration reform would give Mexico power over American politics and put the government “firmly in the hands of left-wing progressives.”

“They’re trying to get these people so they become voters. ‘So they can’t speak English— too bad. So they can’t hold a job — tough luck. We’re going to give them drivers’ licenses, we’re going to give them healthcare, we’re going to give them a free education if they want it, but more than anything, we’re going to sign them up as Democrats so they will vote Democrat.’ That’s the game,” Robertson said. “If people don’t wake up to that fact, this country is going to be radically changed and our politics will be dictated by Mexico.”

WorldNetDaily Continues Effort To Expose 'Fairy' Obama's Gay Secret

WorldNetDaily columnist Mychal Massie says he is deeply troubled that one of his friends criticized his use of the word “fairy” to describe President Obama, a criticism which Massie is treating as a grave attack on his freedom of speech.

But rest assured, Massie tells readers that he will never “accept that my using the words such as ‘fairy, niggardly, heathen, pagan,’ ad nauseum [sic] are injurious to homosexuals, blacks and Muslims.”

Massie adds that the same friend who rebuked his choice of words also has “information” that Obama “remains a closet homosexual using family as his ‘beard.’”

WorldNetDaily’s Jerome Corsi has also repeatedly suggested that the president is secretly gay.

Political correctness is the bludgeon cultural Marxists wield to demagogue the craven into obedience. It is the meme employed that ensures the acceptable form of social engineering. I reject “political correctness” in all of its constructs and have pledged to myself that I will never succumb to what amounts to a veiled unconstitutional attempt to enslave the nation on a plantation of forced group think, group speak and group behavior.

Such was the gist of a conversation I recently had with Susan Highfield. She suffered under the fallacious idea that certain speech was permissible only for her to use. She said: “Mychal, I hate the man [i.e., Obama] … but only a homosexual like myself can be calling him a … fairy. Otherwise it’s a derogatory statement against [homosexual] people. With all due respect, I’m pretty sure you understand.” She continued by saying, “calling him a fairy is basically hate speech.” Apparently, Ms. Highfield neglected to note that it was me she was speaking to and failed to consider my rejection of such asinine reasoning. I explained to her that “I refuse to have speech privatized … nor do I subscribe to the myth that homosexuals are harmed” by individuals using proper grammar as it was intended because they do not like it.

Highfield was attempting to silence any potential criticism and/or rejection of her chosen lifestyle in the same way Muslims attempt to detract attention away from their passive acceptance of the horrors inflicted the world over by those claiming allegiance to their so-called religion. It is also the weapon used to intimidate and silence criticism of Obama.

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The word “fairy” as I intended it is defined by the Urban Dictionary as “a male who acts slightly feminine but not necessarily means that they are gay.” Thus my response to Highfield, questioning whether she had seen the photos of Obama on a bicycle or throwing a baseball, which cemented my usage of “fairy” to describe him.

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Highfield claimed she was “disappointed” because I wasn’t “focusing on the fact that Obama is an impostor by attempting to pass himself off as a heterosexual, with a wife and children when its been uncovered that he is indeed a homosexual.” This was the source of her anger over Obama – and as she also commented, she was upset because “what he’s done to this country is liable to take a couple of generations to fix.”

Yet her angst with me is that I called him a “fairy” – while her angst with him was that, according to the information she apparently has access to, he remains a closet homosexual using family as his “beard.”

I refuse to accept that my using the words such as “fairy, niggardly, heathen, pagan,” ad nauseum are injurious to homosexuals, blacks and Muslims. Nor will I be bullied into accepting a contrived lexicon that is inherently illiterate and dishonest and serves only to promote that which is antithetical to everything I believe.

The AFA Strikes Back With Its Own Anti-Christian 'Bigotry Map'

Ever since the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the American Family Association as an anti-gay "hate group" back in 2010, the AFA has vehemently objected to being designated as such. In addition to regularly attacking the SPLC, the AFA has also taken a few half-hearted steps to try and distance itself from Bryan Fischer, who was almost single-handedly responsible for getting the AFA placed on the SPLC's hate list in the first place, in an effort to salvage its reputation.

Now, it seems, the AFA has decided to take a page out of the SPLC's playbook by releasing its own "Bigotry Map" which seeks to highlight organizations that it claims "openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith":

These groups are deeply intolerant towards the Christian religion. Their objectives are to silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America.

A common practice of these groups is threatening our nation’s schools, cities and states. By threat of lawsuit, they demand prayer removed from schools and city council meetings, Ten Commandments monuments stricken from courthouses and memorial crosses purged from cemeteries and parks.

Because of anti-Christian bigotry, private business owners have been sued and forced to close their business. Families and businesses that express a Christian worldview on social issues often face vicious retaliation from bigoted anti-Christian zealots.

Some members or supporters of these groups have committed violent crimes against Christians and faith-based groups. Physical and profane verbal assaults against Christians are methods frequently exercised in their angry methods of intimidation.

At first glance, the map appears to be pretty heavily populated, but a quick search of the actual groups listed reveals that the AFA basically just listed every atheist, humanist, or freethinker organization it could find, as well as the state chapters of national organizations such as Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, SPLC, the Human Rights Campaign, and GLSEN:

We're honored to see that we here at PFAW also made the map as one of the groups that supposedly "actively engages in the complete eradication of the Christian faith from society, government and private commerce. These groups file lawsuits and use intimidation to silence any reference to Christianity from the public square":

State Legislator Bravely Moves To Eliminate 'No-Go Zones' In Tennessee

A Republican state legislator in Tennessee has introduced a bill to root out and eliminate so-called “no-go zones” in the state, despite no evidence that such zones exist in Tennessee or anywhere else.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Susan Lynn, instructs the state attorney general to “report to the department of justice that a no-go zone exists within political subdivisions of the state” and to then “take all necessary steps to eliminate the no-go zone to enforce compliance with state and federal law.”

It defines a “no-go zone” as “a contiguous geographical area consisting of public space or privately owned public space where community organizing efforts systematically intimidate or exclude the general public or public workers from entering or being present within the area.”

Lynn told the Tennessean that her bill was not meant to target Muslims, although she had heard of “no-go zones” being established by “certain religious groups.” She added that her effort is “the same sort of thing” as federal efforts to desegregate schools:

[Lynn] argues her bill doesn't necessarily have anything to do with Muslims. She said banning such zones will combat systemic problems and protect commerce.

"You might find it with gang activity, you might find it with organized crime, and of course we have heard that there were some places where it is happening with certain religious groups," Lynn said.

There are already laws that prevent gangs, or anyone else, from harassing people in public spaces. Lynn argued those laws might help prevent one-time events, but they're no use for "a systemic" problem. She said the federal government intervening to force public universities to allow black students to attend during the Civil Rights era is "really the same sort of thing."

"People were prevented from getting an education. Do you call the police for that? Well no, that's not the right mechanism. They had to call the Department of Justice," Lynn said.

Tennessee has long been on the forefront of combatting nonexistent Muslim threats, passing one of the nation’s first Sharia law bans in 2010. The sponsor of the senate version of Lynn’s bill is Bill Ketron, introduced a bill in 2011 that would have jailed anyone who personally adhered to Sharia law, and once fretted that a low-set bathroom sink in the state capitol was installed for Muslims to wash their feet before prayer (it was, in fact, meant for janitors to wash their mops).

CWA Spox: SCOTUS Marriage Ruling Could Lead To ‘Criminalization Of Religious Beliefs’

Concerned Women for America’s legal counsel, Mario Diaz, stopped by Iowa CWA director Tamara Scott’s radio program last week to discuss the Supreme Court’s upcoming consideration of a number of marriage equality cases.

Scott, who is also a Republican National Committee member, told Diaz that LGBT rights advocates, “the group that exploits the term ‘tolerant’ as their poster,” are actually “so incredibly intolerant to anyone with an opposing view.”

Diaz agreed that a collision between LGBT rights and religious liberty is “inevitable,” and that a Supreme Court marriage equality victory would lead to the “criminalization of religious beliefs.”

“And it is one of the great tragedies that I think I put now at the feet of the Supreme Court, if they are considering finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution, they must consider, and I hope they are, that they will be effectively opening the door for the criminalization of religious beliefs, especially Christian beliefs.”

Later in the interview, Scott and Diaz agreed that LGBT rights victories in the courts amount to, in Diaz’s words, a “transformation of the form of government we have.”

Pointing to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comment that it wouldn’t take “a large adjustment” for Americans to adapt to same-sex marriage, Diaz said she is planning to wave a “magic wand and declare that the country’s ready now to move to same-sex marriage.”

“And in a few years, when the country’s ready for polygamy, then the country’s ready for that also, and we continue down that track to anything that the majority of us agree about. It’s just preposterous,” he added.

Brian Brown: Marriage Equality, Like Slavery And Segregation, 'Cannot Stand'

National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown joined Iowa Republican National Committee member Tamara Scott on her radio program last week, where the two discussed the upcoming Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.

Brown told Scott that a pro-equality decision would be “illegitimate” and anti-LGBT groups would have to emulate the anti-choice movement after Roe and “build a movement that continues to stand and proclaim the truth.”

He compared a potential marriage equality decision to infamous Supreme Court rulings upholding the Fugitive Slave Act, the prohibition on citizenship for African Americans, and school desegregation.

“It may be a generation or two down the line, but this lie about what it means to be a human being cannot stand. It cannot stand,” he said. “And just because the Supreme Court says it’s so, it doesn’t make it so. The Supreme Court has had horrible decisions in the past, horrible decisions like the Dred Scott decision, Plessy v. Ferguson, the Fugitive Slave Act, Roe v. Wade. Just because the Supreme Court said it was so didn’t make it so, and there was an obligation for people living in those times to stand up and say ‘no this is wrong’ and to fight with every ounce of their being for the truth.”

He added that the movement would have to contend with “some weakness from Republican leaders on the marriage issue.”

Earlier in the interview, Scott asked Brown about the decision to approve hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning, which Scott joked was part of a “witness protection program.”

“Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know that once you redefine what it means, or attempt to redefine what it means to be a man and a woman, then this clearly is the next step,” Brown responded. “And I don’t think people, at times we may not think deeply about what we’re being asked to accept, especially on the issue of same-sex marriage, but what we’re essentially being asked to accept is the very deconstruction of what it means to be a mother and father, husband and wife, and what it means to be a human being.”

“And once you go down this road of acting as if the biological reality of mothers and fathers, husbands and wives doesn’t matter, it doesn’t exist, then the next step is to say that gender itself is a construct. And we’re seeing that across the country, the next step on quote-unquote ‘transgender rights,’” he said.

He added that transgender rights measures would have "profound consequences" that are being seen "across the country."

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