Fighting the Right

Rep. Ted Yoho Boasts Of Personally Stopping A Boat Of Cuban Refugees From Reaching America

In an August 25 town hall meeting in Melrose, Florida, Rep. Ted Yoho boasted that he had recently personally prevented a boat of Cuban refugees from reaching land in the U.S. The Florida Republican said that he had been fishing with his son off the Florida Keys the previous weekend when his son spotted a boat with about “20 migrants” who “wanted liberty and freedom.”

Yoho said he notified the Coast Guard but not before taking matters into his own hands: He told his son to “throw a rope in there and follow their route and he did it, the Coast Guard showed up, and they deported those people back to Cuba.”

“I have a friend I know that’s in the Coast Guard that picked them up and they said that was the was the maddest group of immigrants they’ve ever picked up,” he said. “And I can imagine, you're a mile and a half from land and I snatched it away from them, I’m sure that’s what they think.”  He then boasted that he had saved taxpayer money that would’ve been spent on the refugees. 

An attendee broadcasted the meeting on Periscope.

Los Tigres del Norte Joins People For the American Way to Urge Virginia Latinos to Vote Against Trump

During a concert in Manassas, Virginia this past weekend, multiple Grammy winners Los Tigres del Norte delivered a powerful message encouraging Latinos in Virginia and around the country to vote against Donald Trump this election.

Los Tigres lead singer Jorge Hernández stated during the concert on Sunday, “We invite you, our friends, to vote. We can’t vote for racists. Those of us that can, must vote so we can be better in this country.”

“We are for Hillary!”  Hernán Hernández, the group’s bass player, declared to the audience.

Heralded by Billboard as: “the voice of the people…and  the most influential regional Mexican group in the United States,” Los Tigres del Norte further elaborated on the importance of voting—and voting against Trump specifically – after the concert.

“Trump has lost all respect for us, and his politics are very dirty and disrespectful,” said Hernán Hernández in a video released by progressive advocacy group People For the American Way’s Latinos Vote! program. “The only way we can stop this is through turning out to vote against him,” he added.

And, in a new video message to Virginians, the band also urged all who can register to vote to make sure to do so before Virginia’s voter registration deadline, October 17th: “Friends of Virginia! Register, before October 17th,” they exclaimed.

The band is working with PFAW’s Latinos Vote! campaign on Get Out the Vote efforts. “We’re joining with Los Tigres del Norte because their message that we cannot let Trump and his hate get to the White House is so critical right now,” said PFAW’s Lizet Ocampo. “We can stop Trump. Anyone who’s eligible should make sure they’re registered and ready to vote against Trump, and everyone in our communities can spread the word that we won’t stand for Trump’s hate. All of us can encourage our friends, family, and neighbors who can vote to make sure to register to vote and cast their ballots against Trump.”

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Los Tigres del Norte Se Unen Con People For the American Way en Motivar a los Latinos de Virginia para Votar en Contra de Trump

Durante un concierto en Manassas, Virginia, el fin de semana pasado, Los Tigres del Norte, ganadores de múltiples Grammys, transmitieron un gran mensaje animando a los Latinos de Virginia y los de todo el país a votar en contra de Donald Trump en esta elección.

El cantante principal de Los Tigres, Jorge Hernández, declaró durante el concierto el domingo que estaba ahí para, “Invitarles, a mis grandes amigos, para que voten.” Diciendo, “No podemos votar por racistas. Los que podemos dar el voto que lo demos para estar mejor en este país.”

“Vamos por Hillary!” dijo el bajista del grupo Hernán Hernández a la audiencia.

Proclamados por Billboard como: ”la voz del pueblo… y el grupo mexicano más influyente en los Estados Unidos,” Después del concierto, Los Tigres del Norte explicaron la importancia de votar, y de votar en contra de Trump específicamente.

“Trump ha perdido totalmente el respeto para nosotros,” dijo Hernán Hernández en un video difundido por el programa Latinos Vote! del grupo progresista para la defensa de la gente People For the American Way. “La única manera de detener esto es a través de nuestro voto en contra de él”, agregó Hernández.

Y, en un nuevo mensaje de vídeo para los residentes de Virginia, la banda también pidió a todos los que puedan registrarse para votar que se aseguren de hacerlo antes del plazo de registro de votantes de Virginia que es el 17 de octubre: "Amigos de Virginia! Regístrense, antes del 17 de Octubre”, exclamaron.

El grupo está trabajando con la campaña de PFAW Latinos Vote! en sus esfuerzos para “Get Out the Vote”. “Nos estamos uniendo con Los Tigres del Norte debido a que su mensaje de que no podemos dejar que Trump y su odio lleguen a la Casa Blanca es tan importante en este momento”, dijo Lizet Ocampo Directora de Latinos Vote! de PFAW. “Nosotros podemos detener a Trump. Cualquier persona que sea elegible para votar debe asegurarse de que estén registrados y listos para votar en contra de Trump, y todos en nuestras comunidades pueden levantar la voz de que no soportaremos el odio de Trump. Todos podemos animar a nuestros amigos, familiares y vecinos para que se registren y voten contra de Trump.”

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PFAW Reacts to Troy Newman Trump Endorsement & Trump’s New Effort to Reach Women

Today, at nearly the same time that Donald Trump rolled out a policy package designed to address his struggle winning the support of women voters, radical anti-choice activist Troy Newman endorsed the Trump-Pence ticket.

Reaction from People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker:

“Trump’s new policy rollout is a desperate effort to gain support from women. Throughout Trump’s campaign and entire career he’s insulted women, spoken out against working women, and shown an utter disregard for the issues that women and families face every day. He can’t paper over that history with an insufficient set of proposals that fail to address the deep challenges faced by women and families.

“In addition to the flawed policies just released, Troy Newman’s endorsement today demonstrates why most women will never support Trump. Troy Newman is one of the most extreme anti-choice leaders in America, with a long history of appalling rhetoric. In a book he co-authored, he argued that the government has a responsibility to execute abortion providers. His co-author? She served federal prison time for trying to bomb an abortion clinic. In a press release today, Newman declared of Trump, ‘No other GOP ticket in history has made such commitments to the Pro-life Movement.’

“If Trump is anti-choice enough to gain the support of someone as radical as Troy Newman, he’s extreme enough to be unpalatable to most women voters, no matter what last-ditch efforts Trump makes to appeal to us.”

To arrange an interview with a PFAW spokesperson on women voters in the 2016 election and today’s campaign developments, please email media@pfaw.org.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.

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Radical Anti-Choice Activist Troy Newman Endorses Trump, Citing His 'Commitments' To The Movement

Troy Newman, the anti-choice activist behind Operation Rescue and the Center for Medical Progress, formally endorsed Donald Trump for president today, writing that “[n]o other GOP ticket in history has made such commitments to the Pro-life Movement.”

Newman’s endorsement is yet another sign that Trump has promised enough to the anti-choice movement to get even the movement’s most extreme activists on his side.

As we wrote in a report on Newman last year:

Troy Newman does not speak in the polished talking points of more prominent anti-abortion leaders. Instead, he pickets in front of schools with posters of aborted fetuses, calls women who have had abortions “murderers,” thinks emergency contraception is also “murder,” and has blamed everything from the AIDS epidemic to the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the current drought in California on God’s disapproval of legal abortion.

Newman has, in recent years, attempted to distance himself from anti-abortion violence, and has never advocated for it directly, but has a troubling history of sympathy for those who take a more violent stand.

Newman’s second in command at Operation Rescue is Cheryl Sullenger, who has spent time in prison for conspiring to bomb an abortion clinic. In 2003, after anti-abortion activist Paul Hill shot and killed an abortion provider and his bodyguard in Florida, Newman called Hill a “political prisoner” and said that Hill should have been allowed to argue in court that his crime was justifiable homicide. In a book he published in the early 2000s, Newman wrote that the U.S. was facing God’s judgment in part because the government had “abrogated its responsibility” to execute “convicted” abortion providers.

In a press release announcing his endorsement of Trump, Newman notes that he attended the meeting that Trump held for conservative religious activists in June and writes that Trump’s promise to appoint anti-choice Supreme Court justices and his pick of Mike Pence as his running mate were enough to convince him that he will be on the anti-choice movement’s side:

"After examining Trump's position on life issues and his assurances that he will appoint conservative, pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, I am convinced that Trump offers our best hope of pushing back the Culture of Death in America," said Newman. "We know all too well what we will get with Hillary Clinton, and that is more abortion, more tax funding of abortion, and favors for her campaign contributors at Planned Parenthood. A Clinton presidency will result in more dead babies, and this we cannot allow."

Newman understands the moral conflicts some hesitant pro-life adherents have expressed, but warns against sitting out this election or writing in a name with no chance of winning.

"America stands at a crossroads. A Clinton presidency will fundamentally change our nation to the point that is will be unrecognizable to those of us who grew up in the 50's and 60's," said Newman. "Her rabid support for abortion without restriction will create a climate that will make it nearly impossible for us to end the shedding of innocent blood through abortion once and for all.

"On the other hand, Trump has promised to stand strongly for life and appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. His Vice-Presidential running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, is a pro-life warrior who has promised to work toward ending abortion. No other GOP ticket in history has made such commitments to the Pro-life Movement.

Walid Shoebat: Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia Is Really A Sign Of Demonic Possession

Walid Shoebat, the extremist right-wing activist behind the bogus smear of Khizr Khan, is out with a new post explaining what is "really" behind Hillary Clinton's recent bout of pneumonia: demon possession.

As Shoebat explains, Clinton once reportedly held an imaginary conversation with Eleanor Roosevelt and that opened her up to demonic possession which is now manifesting itself as various health problems: 

Houston, according to Clinton, suggested an imaginary meeting between Clinton and the deceased Eleanor Roosevelt. The First Lady duly submitted to the “visioning” and “role-playing” game. Bob Woodward’s book The Choice revealed this exercise publicly in 1996. The New York Post and the Daily News labeled Houston “Hillary’s Guru” and the Boston Herald dubbed her the “First Lady’s Spiritual Adviser”.

So we do not need confirmation from Ripperger to what happens when one dabbles, there are several videos where he explains that no matter what types of channeling people do, the results are similar, where one invites oppression or even demonic possession by participating in only one of these practices.

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The election is around the corner. Unless Hillary converts to Christianity, her condition is permanent.

Of course, today’s world cannot admit, all this is simply symptoms of demonic possession or affliction. However one sees this situation, Hillary’s symptoms are crystal clear which has every single element in the combination symptoms she displays. According to Edward Klein’s forthcoming book, Unlikeable — The Problem with Hillary, “political insiders” say Hillary is tired, depressed, and plagued by “blinding headaches,” bouts of insomnia, and “near-fainting spells” on the campaign trail which are kept secret.

All the examples can be found explained by dabblers where psychiatrists simply lump as psychosomatic. The attractions to opening the portal of the demonic realm is everywhere, no matter what label the media slaps or cellophane wrap ancient demonic channeling, people and voters need to beware.

Todd Starnes: Liberals 'Hate America' And Obama Doesn't Like Us

Fox News outrage machine Todd Starnes used his signature brand of skewed reporting last week to claim that innocuous comments that President Obama recently made to a group of students in Laos mean that the president doesn’t like America and thinks that American workers are lazy.

Starnes told Virginia-based radio host Rob Schilling in an interview at the Values Voter Summit on Friday that liberals “hate America” and that the president “does not believe that we are an exceptional nation, and I just don’t think he likes us.”

As evidence, Starnes cited a recent column of his in which he claims Obama “talked about how lazy American” workers are to the Laotian students. “And this is the guy who’s played golf, what, 180-some-odd times talking about American workers being lazy,” he insisted. “And again, it’s part of a routine with this guy that he goes on foreign soil and he disparages America.”

If you’re surprised that you haven’t heard the news that Obama went to Laos to call American workers lazy, it might be because that did not actually happen. Here’s what Obama actually said:

And I believe that the United States is and can be a great force for good in the world. But because we're such a big country, we haven't always had to know about other parts of the world. If you are in Laos, you need to know about Thailand and China and Cambodia, because you're a small country and they’re right next door and you need to know who they are. If you you're in the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy and think we're so big we don't have to really know anything about other people.

And that's part of what I'm trying to change, because this is actually the region that's going to grow faster than anyplace else in the world. It has the youngest population, and the economy is growing faster than anyplace. And if we aren't here interacting and learning from you, and understanding the culture of the region, then we'll be left behind. We'll miss an opportunity. And I don't want to that to happen.

Schilling, for his part, said that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “should have been impeached immediately” after she said that South Africa’s constitution might be a better model for a country writing a new constitution today than the United States’.

Bryan Fischer: Obama Is Giving Away The Internet Because He Hates America

During his radio broadcast yesterday, American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer excoriated President Obama for supposedly giving the internet away to the United Nations because he hates America.

As with his opposition to net neutrality, Fischer's position was rooted entirely in his own ignorance about the issue, but that didn't stop him from accusing Obama of selling out the nation.

What is happening is that, at the end of the month, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will expire, allowing oversight of ICANN to transition to an international body. Since ICANN "merely makes sure that the URLs work as internet users expect them to, and IANA [the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority] acts as a maintenance of registries, the so-called phonebook for the internet," nothing about this transition "gives away the internet" because ICANN performs the purely clerical function of keeping the IANA registry up to date. 

But Fischer obviously doesn't understand anything about this process, which is why he fumed yesterday that "President Obama is going to turn over the internet to the United Nations."

"He's going to let the United Nations run the entire, worldwide internet," Fischer stated. "There is no president who would do that if he truly loved his country and cared about its security. No president would do that. You put this in charge of the UN, there there is nothing on the internet that's safe! There's nothing on the internet that they cannot make a way for somebody to get at. There will be no possibility of any kind of genuine cyber-security any longer if the UN is in charge of the internet ... This may sound like an exaggeration, but the only reason you would do this is to sell out your own country."

Matt Barber: US In Greater Trouble Than Before The Civil War, Thanks To 'Ancient Pagan Sexuality'

Matt Barber, an anti-gay pundit and Liberty University law professor, attended last weekend’s Values Voter Summit, which he told Virginia-based radio host Rob Schilling felt “like an island of reason in a sea of insanity” because “this United States of America right now is more insane than certainly you and I have seen in our lifetimes.”

Schilling agreed, noting the rainbow display on the White House last year, which he said put “a spiritual target on the building.”

Our leaders, Barber said, are “devolving into ancient pagan sexuality of the Sodom and Gomorrah type and touting it as good, it makes you worry for your country.”

“Well we saw what happened to those places, Matt,” Schilling responded, “and I’m very concerned. And certainly maybe even a decade or at least for sure two decades ago, this seemed like a fortress that was protected by two oceans and nothing could touch us. And now you and I know there are many ways that this nation could be obliterated almost instantly.”

Barber agreed that there are “so many threats to this country right now” and that “the frog is just about dead that is boiling in the pot.”

“And I think we recognize now that we are in trouble, serious trouble as a nation, more so than any time immediately preceding the Civil War,” Barber added. “That’s how volatile the situation is here domestically, I’m just speaking about, you throw the global threat into the mix and these are tumultuous times.”

Rep. Trent Franks: If Clinton Is Elected, 'The Constitution Is Lost'

Rep. Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, had a dire message for American voters this weekend, declaring in an interview with Breitbart News’ radio program that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, the Constitution will be lost, possibly forever.

Franks spoke with Breitbart’s Matt Boyle at the Values Voter Summit, the annual Religious Right conference hosted by the Family Research Council, in an interview that was aired on Sunday.

“Well, I know that listeners to any political program are used to hearing political hyperbole,” Franks told Boyle. “I understand that and I know that it’s hard sometimes to take so-called politicians seriously. But I have the privilege of chairing a Constitution subcommittee in the Congress, and I can tell you with everything in me that if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will appoint at least probably three Supreme Court justices and undermine this Constitution to the extent that it will essentially be vitiated and abrogated for a generation or more. I can’t express to you how serious that is. This generation could be the ones that lose the Constitution either for the next 30 years or maybe forever. And so this November is going to tell that story.”

Franks said that if Trump picks Supreme Court nominees from the list that he has put forward, which was shaped by conservative groups, then “we have a chance to save this country.”

“If Mrs. Clinton, on the other hand, appoints the Supreme Court justices, the Constitution is lost,” he said. “Let me say that again: If she does it, the Constitution is lost and my children and yours will face a completely different future than they otherwise would have and the greatest republic in the history of the world has become perhaps just on the track of another European socialist experiment.”

Franks effusively praised Trump’s speech to the Values Voter Summit, saying, “I believe if every Christian, for that matter every really committed American, could have heard this speech they would have become a committed, irrevocable supporter of Donald Trump.”

He also warned that terrorists around the world will be celebrating if Clinton is elected.

“If Hillary Clinton becomes president, we ought to all start sleeping with the lights on because national security will be at grave risk,” he said. “I don’t know how to express it in any stronger terms. If she becomes president, terrorists the world over will celebrate. Their celebration will make the one at the DNC look like a slumber party. This is that significant.”

Theodore Shoebat: 'Pamela Geller Is Worthy Of Death' For Associating With Gays

Last week, extremist right-wing activist Theodore Shoebat posted a video in which he called for anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller to be put to death for associating with "faggots" and "sodomites" at a "Gays for Trump" event during the Republican National Convention earlier this summer.

Shoebat was outraged that Geller was associating with the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos, whom he has also demanded be put to death, and Chris Barron, a co-founder of the defunct gay conservative group GOProud, and said that, according to the Bible, she ought to be put to death.

Shoebat declared that the alt-right "is filled with perverts and fag-lovers and sodomite-lovers," and read from Romans 1 to argue that, in a proper Christian society, people like Geller would be put to death for associating with them.

"Pamela Geller is worthy of death in biblical law," he declared. "In the government of Christendom, she is worthy of death ... Look what evil she is doing by promoting homosexual Social Darwinist Nazi religion!"

Last year, Shoebat appeared alongside several GOP presidential candidates and members of Congress in an anti-gay "documentary." Earlier this year, an article he co-wrote smearing prominent Donald Trump critic Khizr Khan was promoted by members of the Trump campaign.

Family Research Council: Vote For Trump & GOP To Put 'Religious Freedom' Above 'Sexual Unrestraint'

As this weekend’s Values Voter Summit got underway, Jerry Boykin, the executive vice president of the summit’s sponsor, the Family Research Council, said that he hoped the event would help conservative Christians become “comfortable” with the idea of voting for Donald Trump.

The event ended up being packed with references to the importance of voting for Trump over Hillary Clinton. And, on Saturday, FRC members received a direct mail piece from the organization making an argument for conservative Christians to support the GOP nominee and his fellow Republicans in order to fight Democrats who are trying to put “the priority of sexual unrestraint ahead of religious freedom in every area of our lives.”

While never mentioning Trump or Clinton by name, the mailing, signed by the group’s president, Tony Perkins, makes its point clear.

Perkins first boasts of the FRC’s role in shaping the ultraconservative Republican platform, contrasting it with the Democrats’ platform of “sexual unrestraint”:

[T]he major political parties have confirmed their nominees, and in spite of the understandable misgivings of many true conservatives, this election now presents America with a clear choice:

· One party has declared in its platform that they will continue putting the priority of sexual unrestraint ahead of religious freedom in every area of our lives.

· The other party has committed itself to the most strongly conservative platform of any we’ve seen in a century.

And you had a hand in this platform victory. Your support for FRC Action made it possible for us to bring maximum influence to bear on the Republican Party platform-development process.

With your strong support, I was able to add eight amendments to the platform and was able to work with other delegates on dozens more, many of them designed specifically to champion and protect religious liberty. Your investment in FRC Action produced a tremendous return.

He then moves on to a defense of Trump, citing the GOP nominee’s promise to appoint judges who will uphold the Religious Right’s priorities, his vow to repeal IRS restrictions on politicking by churches that receive nonprofit tax breaks, and his “support for the freedom to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in the public sphere.”

“This is not an evangelical Christian candidate,” Perkins writes, “but these are connection points with evangelical Christians who have seen their beliefs constantly attacked in recent years. These are starting points for a new administration with a renewed friendliness toward Christian values”:

The candidate of one party has consistently reached out to Christian groups. The other has opposed everything we believe and everything we’ve worked for.

· One of these candidates would continue to appoint liberal activist judges and justices who will deny religious liberty for families like the Stormans…continue to use the sexual revolution (new “genders,” redefining marriage, etc.) to attack religious freedom…and will continue allowing the killing of unborn children.

· The other candidate has committed to appointing judges who will adhere to the confines of the Constitution. This candidate has also embraced the cause of religious liberty.

This candidate has specifically called out the Johnson Amendment, which restricts the freedom of churches to address political issues. This candidate has even expressed support for the freedom to say “Merry Christmas” in the public sphere!

This is not an evangelical Christian candidate, but these are connection points with evangelical Christians who have seen their beliefs constantly attacked in recent years. These are starting points for a new administration with a renewed friendliness toward Christian values.

All emphases are from the original.

Michele Bachmann: 'We Are So Blessed' By Trump, Who Will 'Call Out The Haters'

Former Minnesota Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann spoke to “Breitbart News Daily” at the Values Voter Summit this weekend, declaring that America is “so blessed” to have Donald Trump as a presidential candidate because “he’s willing to call out the haters that hate the United States of America” and gets that many Muslim immigrants to the U.S. “don’t understand what it means to become an American.”

“After 9/11, we’ve allowed in 2 million Muslims into the United States, many of whom don’t embrace American ideals, they continue to embrace Islamic Sharia law ideals, and they intend to foist them on the rest of us in the United States,” Bachmann said, attributing her statistics to Ann Coulter. “They don’t understand what it means to become an American and to embrace American values because Islamic Sharia laws are antithetical to American values. This is something that Donald Trump gets. He gets the border, he gets American values, he’s not ashamed to stand for American values and he’s willing to call out the haters that hate the United States of America. We are so blessed that we have this man as our candidate this time around.”

She also brought up her ongoing campaign against Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, saying “it makes total sense” to ask where Abedin’s “allegiances lie and what her influence has been on the woman who could be the next commander in chief of the United States.”

“It’s very serious,” she added. “We’ve had a president now in Barack Obama who has embraced Iran and advancing Iran’s ideals. Now we have Hillary Clinton, whose chief aide advances the interests in Saudi Arabia. We have in Donald Trump someone who wants to advance the interests of the United States. Wouldn’t it be nice to have somebody who’s more interested in advancing our interests as a country rather than Saudi Arabia’s or Iran’s?”

Anti-Gay, Anti-Catholic, Anti-Mormon Pastor Accuses Hillary Clinton Of 'Hate Speech'

As Brian noted today, Hillary Clinton’s comments over the weekend about the “deplorables” who support Donald Trump have resulted in some deliciously ironic criticism from Trump and some of his supporters. Among the Trump supporters slamming Clinton was Robert Jeffress, a pastor with a long record of anti-gay, anti-Mormon and anti-Catholic rhetoric, who accused Clinton of “hate speech” and “intolerance.”

“I tell you, it reveals the hypocrisy of liberalism, and that is liberals who cry loudest for tolerance are usually the most intolerant people in the world when it comes to ideas with which they disagree,” Jeffress told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher today. “I mean, think about it, according to Clinton you’re a racist if you believe in secure borders, you’re xenophobic if you believe people ought to only be in this country legally and you’re homophobic if you believe in traditional marriage. The fact is, Hillary Clinton is exhibit A of intolerance and her comments Friday were nothing but hate speech.”

Jeffress himself, of course, is a model of tolerance:

Jeffress made waves in the last presidential election when, after endorsing Rick Perry, he told Christians that they shouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith, which wasn’t too surprising since he once blasted Mormonism as “a cult” from “the pit of hell.”

Jeffress has similarly stated that Satan created Roman Catholicism, declared that Jews, Mormons, Muslims and gay people are all destined for hell and maintained that President Obama “is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”

No fan of the gay community, Jeffress believes that gays and lesbians are “perverse” people who are either pedophiles or likely to abuse children in the future; compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it “a miserable lifestyle”; accused gay people of using “brainwashing techniques” to have homosexuality “crammed down our throats”; said that gay people “are engaged in the most detestable, unclean, abominable acts you can imagine”; predicted that the gay rights movement “will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist”; and labeled homosexuality a “filthy practice” that will lead to the “ implosion of our country.”

Tony Perkins Is Upset About Liberals' 'Narrow-Minded' Language

The only thing more ironic than Donald Trump complaining about Hillary Clinton’s criticism of the “deplorables” who support his candidacy is Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council pointing to her comments as proof that liberals are mean-spirited and “narrow-minded.” Perkins, who was speaking on Fox Business News, even hinted about Clinton possibly imprisoning her opponents:

This is the same Tony Perkins who:

  • Claimed gay youth have a higher suicide rate because they intrinsically know their sexual orientation is “abnormal.”
  • Described LGBT rights activists as pawns of the Devil: “The Enemy is simply using them as pawns, they are held captive by the Enemy.”
  • Argued that LGBT rights activists want “the indoctrination of our kids” because “there is an emptiness within them” and “they are looking for that acceptance.”
  • Warned that “global homosexuality” and “radical sexualism” is promoting “immorality” and the persecution of Christians.

Jon Voight Warns Of Democrats 'Manipulating The Voting'

Actor Jon Voight, who introduced Donald Trump at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, gave an interview at the summit to the “Breitbart News Daily” radio program, where he echoed Trump’s claim that the election might be “rigged,” claiming that Democrats have “a history of manipulating the voting.”

“I have great concerns about the ballot box being used properly,” he said. “We know that the Democrat Party has a history of manipulating the voting. They certainly will allow anyone in the country who will vote their way and then take away all the restrictions on voting in order to make that possible, so it’s going to be a tough election.”

Donald Trump Jr. Has Got A White Supremacist Problem

Over the weekend, Donald Trump Jr. posted an image to Instagram that included “Pepe the frog,” which, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a meme “constantly used” by white supremacists.

The image, which spoofs a poster from the film "The Expendables," shows a ragtag group labeled “The Deplorables,” a reference to Hillary Clinton’s remark that "you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables." The group’s ringleader is Donald Trump. He’s surrounded by his sons, his friend Roger Stone, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, supporters Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani and Ben Carson, conspiracy theorist and Trump fan Alex Jones, and alt-right defender Milo Yiannopoulos. Just to the right of the presidential candidate is Pepe the Frog.

In his Instagram post, Trump Jr. said the image was sent to him by “a friend” before noting, “I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation.”

This isn’t Trump Jr.’s first, second or even third time associating himself with white supremacists.

In March, he appeared on a radio show with James Edwards, host of the white supremacist radio show Political Cesspool.

In July, it was noted he followed several white supremacists on Twitter.

Less than two weeks ago, he retweeted a prominent white supremacist. And that wasn’t even the first time he’s done so: Trump Jr. once retweeted a white supremacist’s false claim that a Trump supporter pictured giving the Nazi salute was actually a Bernie Sanders fan in disguise.

Any of these individual instances can be explained away. However, the most charitable interpretation of this pattern of behavior is that it once again demonstrates that the Trump family and campaign have no qualms about associating with known and prolific racists.  

Tony Perkins On The Alt-Right: Trump Has 'Given Voice' To 'A Lot Of Alternative Voices'

At a press conference outside this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the annual Religious Right gathering organized by the Family Research Council, Alternet’s Adele Stan asked FRC president Tony Perkins what he thought of the Donald Trump campaign’s increasing embrace of the racist alt-right movement. Perkins has said that he’ll vote for Trump and this year’s Values Voter Summit was in part an effort to convince Christian conservatives to support the GOP nominee.

In response to Stan’s question, Perkins first seemed to indicate that he didn’t know what the alt-right was, but then praised the Trump campaign for giving “voice to a lot of people who feel like their voice has all but been snuffed out under this administration,” saying that “there have been a lot of alternative voices that have risen up” as the Obama administration “has increasingly tried to marginalize people who do not surrender to a progressive, liberal agenda.”

Here’s the full exchange, via Alternet:

AlterNet: I’m wondering what you make of Trump’s hiring of Steve Bannon, who said that he had provided the platform for the alt-right.

Tony Perkins: The what?

AlterNet: The alt-right, which Hillary Clinton—

TP: —I didn’t hear his comment, so I can’t really speak to that. I can speak to the fact that, in the last eight years, this administration, which Hillary Clinton has been a part of, has increasingly tried to marginalize people who do not surrender to a progressive, liberal agenda. And there have been a lot of alternative voices that have risen up, just because Americans feel they are under constant threat by this administration’s policies. So, what has given Donald Trump, I believe, the nomination, is that he has given voice to a lot of people who feel like their voice has all but been snuffed out under this administration.

Steve Quayle: Louisiana Flooding Was The Work Of 'A Weather Weapon'

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker spoke with End Times radio host Steve Quayle, who warned that America is experiencing a “generated famine” but that government elites are stockpiling food in their “underground bases.”

The government knows that “if you control the weather, you control the food; you control the food, you control the people,” he said.

He then suggested that the recent deadly flooding in Louisiana was the work of a government “weather weapon”: “This is what’s going on in Louisiana: There was a standing wave in Louisiana, that’s a weather weapon and weather weapons are real. And people, they knew it was going to come but they still stayed and that’s what’s tragic because weather weapons are real.”

“What you’re watching is a nation under siege,” he said.

Rick Joyner: 'There Is Much More Freedom Of Religion In Russia Than There Is In America'

On a recent episode of his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner declared that America is now one of the least religiously free nations in the entire world, thanks to President Obama, and that there is now more religious freedom in Russia than in the United States.

"We no longer have freedom of religion in America," Joyner stated. "We no longer have freedom of speech in America."

The fact that Joyner was openly hosting a Christian television program while saying this would seem to rather undermine both his claim that there is neither freedom of religion nor freedom of speech in America, but Joyner didn't see it that way, declaring that "there is much more freedom of religion in Russia than there is in America."

That must come as news to the people in Russia, since the government enacted a new law back in July that drastically restricts that ability of non-government-approved churches to engage in evangelism and which the the National Religious Broadcasters decried in a press release:

Despite pleas from religious organizations, business leaders, and human rights activists, Russian President Vladimir Putin this week signed legislation that includes heavy-handed requirements for speech on electronic media and restrictions on religious freedom. Indeed, Russia’s own Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights called for the law’s rejection because of its “unconstitutionality.”

The new law is especially harmful to those who wish to preach and teach the Gospel. Government permits through registered religious groups will be required for evangelism. Moreover, such outreach efforts will essentially be restricted to church building sites.

Dr. Hannu Haukka, President  of Great Commission Media Ministries, which is actively engaged in Russia, said, “This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church. Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history.”

Similarly, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, stated, “The enactment of a law restricting the free exercise of religion by any nation should be a matter of grave concern and prayerful action by Christians of all nations. Following a pattern of other human rights abuses, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is criminalizing a central duty for all followers of Christ – sharing our faith. “

Dr. Johnson added, “In keeping with the Apostle Peter’s declaration, ‘We must obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29), I commend the faithfulness of Russia's evangelical Christians and urge believers across the world earnestly to seek God’s protection for all those who are being faithful in their witness. I also commend NRB members who are seeking to share the Good News in Russia.”

In a speech last week decrying the law and Russia’s trajectory on the world stage, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) noted, “We need to begin telling the truth about an increasingly aggressive actor in global affairs.” He added that the new law is “an affront to free people everywhere.”

In a similar vein, NRB President Dr. Jerry A. Johnson declared, “The United States government and all other nations that profess a commitment to religious freedom should urge Russia to repeal this unjust law. Let’s pray this new iron curtain of Christian persecution in Russia will be lifted quickly and without harm to our brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Ted Nugent: Obama 'Is The Biggest Racist In America'

Last week, NRA board member and musician Ted Nugent attacked President Obama for saying that NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is “exercising his constitutional right” not to stand for the National Anthem, calling it a sign of Obama’s racism.

Nugent, who has threatened to kill Obama, referred to the president as a “chimpanzee” and “subhuman mongrel,” and claimed he’d be “dead or in jail” by 2013 if the president was re-elected, told radio host Joe Pags that Obama “is the biggest racist in America.”

“No one is oppressed in America unless you choose to be oppressed,” he added.

Later in the interview, Nugent said that there is a “triad of evil”—government, media and academia—bent on destroying America, and “if Hillary Clinton becomes elected, we are done.”

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