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PFAW Statement on Trump Appearance at Orlando Event Organized By Anti-LGBT Extremists

According to news reports today, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will be attending an American Renewal Project event along with Sen. Marco Rubio later this week in Orlando, scheduled to take place exactly two months after the horrific Pulse nightclub shooting. The event includes some of the most extreme anti-gay activists in the country and is organized by an activist who has said that God would punish the country with “car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Des Moines” for the LGBT-inclusive program at President Obama’s inauguration.

People For the American Way president Michael Keegan released the following statement:

“That the GOP standard bearer is choosing to rub shoulders with some of the most extreme anti-gay voices in the country speaks volumes about the Republican party today. These are people who revile gay people, calling them ‘demonic,’ and who claim that LGBT rights will lead to the ‘utter destruction’ of our country. But the GOP presidential candidate seemingly has no qualms about casting his lot with these dangerous anti-gay voices.”

People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch was the first to report that Sen. Rubio is scheduled to speak at the Orlando event. You can read Right Wing Watch’s latest report on the event, including examples of the participants’ anti-LGBT records, here.

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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Anti-LGBT, Christian-Nation Extremists Rally For Roy Moore In Alabama

Fresh from a week of anti-abortion protests in Wichita, Kansas, where they held an “ ecclesiastical court” holding the Supreme Court in violation of the law of God, activists affiliated with Operation Save America have descended on Montgomery, Alabama, to rally in support of Chief Justice Roy Moore as he faces ethics charges over his defiance of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.

As Moore and his attorney, Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver, faced a hearing in front of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary yesterday, Operation Save America leaders and other activists rallied outside the court to support Moore against judges who “hate God.”

Cal Zastrow, the anti-abortion activist who said in Wichita that he was coordinating grassroots support for Moore, posted on Facebook that Moore shared supper with some of the protesters and told them about “the big challenges he is experiencing from Sodomites and lawless courts.”

“The Alabama Court of the Judiciary has some very wicked members who aren't interested in upholding the rule of law. They hate God (but still go to churches) and will be trying to remove Chief Justice Roy Moore at a trial on Sept. 28 for his beliefs,” Zastrow wrote.

After the hearing, Moore, with Staver at his side, spoke to the press with the activists lined up behind him, including one holding a sign declaring “Sodomy Ruins Nations.”

One protester told AL.com that she was supporting Moore because he’s “the only leader in the country who is standing up for the rule of law and what’s right.”

Reacting to Ambrosia Starling, a drag queen who’s become a leader in anti-Moore efforts, the protester said: “We are women, we bear children and raise them in godly homes. That is not a woman. That’s a pervert. That’s a man in a dress acting like a woman. He’s not a woman and the law should afford him no protection. The opposite of that is true. They should protect godly homes, men and women, marriage between a man and a woman as the only ordained marriage. And it’s the only one that ever will be right. It’s not loving to allow him to continue in his perversion. What’s loving is to correct him, rebuke him and show him that perversion is not a healthy life, away from God is not a healthy choice.”

Also speaking at the rally was Rusty Thomas, the head of Operation Save America, who in an email to his supporters on Sunday praised Moore for defying the “Federal beast” and comparing the chief justice to the biblical Daniel, who, instead of being tossed into a lion's den, is fighting a “beastly” homosexuality that "seeks to devour any God honoring truth or person who upholds it in the public square."

“As individuals, I pray these confused folks who have been captured by this demonic lust find freedom through the love and truth of Jesus Christ,” he wrote. “Their agenda to remake America in their perverted image, however, let that agenda fall into the pit that they have created”:

Chief Justice Roy Moore is a godly statesmen that is doing his duty as a Lesser Magistrate. His example is so desperately needed today. We pray that other Judges, Governors, Legislators, and Sheriffs will be inspired to follow his example to reapply the Constitutional chain back on the Federal beast, restore law and order, and establish the necessary checks and balances our nation needs to preserve our liberty that is rooted righteousness and justice.

In about 2 hours, we will be taking our message to a busy intersection with signs and literature, then we will pray at the Supreme Court building where the "trial" will be held tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning, we will have a rally at noon to support Chief Justice Roy Moore and then hopefully make it in for the actual hearing. Please saturate what is happening here in Montgomery in much prayer. His is the last man standing against the immorality, injustice, and tyranny that is stalking America. God grants us the victory and may Roy Moore serve as a modern day Daniel.

As you recall, Daniel's enemies were jealous of his excellent spirit, wise behavior, and strong work ethic. They devised a plan to remove him from office and bring about his demise. They stated, "We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God" (Daniel 6:5).

Initially, it appeared their devious plan worked. Daniel was thrown in the lion's den where his enemies hoped for him to be devoured. And make no mistake about the vile nature of homosexuality, it is beastly. It seeks to devour any God honoring truth or person who upholds it in the public square. To their everlasting shame and demise, however, the pit they dug for Daniel, (Chief Justice Roy Moore) they fell into the same pit. The same rock they attempted to roll over Daniel (Chief Justice Roy Moore) is the same rock that rolled back on them. Daniel was removed from the lion's den and his enemies took his place and this time the lion's munched.

As individuals, I pray these confused folks who have been captured by this demonic lust find freedom through the love and truth of Jesus Christ. Their agenda to remake America in their perverted image, however, let that agenda fall into the pit that they have created. May the perverted agenda that seeks to make the good guys the bad guys wind up on the ash heap of history, along with every other tyrannical, blood lust of men who dared to defy and deny the authority of Almighty God in Jesus' mighty name!

Donald Trump To Address Extremist Anti-LGBT Summit In Orlando

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to attend a radical anti-LGBT event in being held in Orlando this week exactly two months after the Pulse nightclub shooting, according to news reports from Jenna Browder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News.

As we reported last week, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and a host of anti-LGBT extremists are slated to address the “Rediscovering God in America” event, which is sponsored by the American Renewal Project.

Self-described “political operative” David Lane founded the American Renewal Project as a way to mobilize conservative Christian voters and inspire right-wing pastors to run for elected office. He told Jacobs that he intends to quiz Trump on how he plans to fight “homosexual totalitarianism” and the gay rights “militants.”

Lane, a vocal opponent of LGBT equality, has said that “homosexuals praying at the Inauguration” in 2012 would cause “car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa” as a sign of God’s judgment and that the “pagan onslaught” of the LGBT rights movement will lead to the destruction of America.

According to an invitation posted by the group Liberty Counsel Action, the speakers will also include:

  • Maine pastor Ken Graves preaches against “militant homofascism” that he says “seeks to take over our land and make it Sodom” and argues that gay people cannot build happy families because they are “depressed.”

Despite his own anti-LGBT record, Trump depicts himself as a champion of the LGBT community and demands that reporters “ask the gays” how much they support him.

Equality Florida plans to protest the event, citing the extremists addressing the rally, and Florida’s two Democratic senatorial candidates have criticized Rubio for his scheduled appearance.

Klayman: Take Hillary Clinton And Critics Of Trump To The 'Legal Guillotines'

Larry Klayman is very upset about “The Assassination of Donald J. Trump.”

And by “assassination” he means criticism of the presidential candidate, which apparently hasn’t happened in a presidential race until now.

As the conservative activist put it in his column yesterday, Trump “has effectively been ‘assassinated’ not just by vile, leftist Democrats” but “also by establishment Republicans.” He was particularly enraged that the GOP presidential nominee has faced widespread disapproval for his attacks on the Khan family.

“Following the Democratic National Convention and the backstabbing by establishment Republicans, Trump is now down almost 15 points to Hillary Clinton in the polls,” he said. “The die may have thus been cast. Nothing, save for — and God forbid — some massive Islamic terrorist attack just before the election this November, can likely turn the electorate.”

Klayman argued that “no politician, short of the Muslim King Barack Hussein Obama, is more evil than Hillary Clinton” and that she and others who try “to assassinate the Republican candidate chosen by the people” should “be taken to the ‘legal guillotines,’ as they are not just despicable political hacks, but also traitors!”

After parroting the false claims that Khizr Khan is an advocate of Sharia law and has close links to the Clinton Foundation, Klayman said that Khan “dishonored” his late son’s memory when he spoke at the Democratic convention: “Honoring his son, which would have been legitimate and admirable, should not entail personal attacks and raising issues of alleged racism because The Donald rightly wants to limit Muslim immigration during this time of war with Islam — and that is what it is plain and simple. Mr. Khan son’s was an American citizen and hero, and he deserved all the rights accorded to him by the Constitution. Trump has never advocated taking away these rights nor disparaged the valiant service of the Khan’s son. In fact, the Khans dishonored their son by using his sacrifice and heroism for their own cheap political and Islamic purposes.”

As of today, so-called Republican candidate for president Donald J. Trump is toast. He has effectively been “assassinated” not just by vile, leftist Democrats, who, like the Bolsheviks in the former Soviet Union, will tell any lie and commit any crime to justify their socialist if not communist (in the case of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) quest, but also by establishment Republicans who want Trump defeated lest he upset and turn the spigot off of their Washington, D.C., money and power gravy train.

It’s not just Hillary Clinton and her comrades, the sleazy bottom-feeder likes of John Podesta, Harold Ickes, Cheryl Mills, Leon Panetta, James Carville (all of whom I deposed for their many scandals in the 1990s), but Republican slime balls like House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. John Kasich, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former candidate for U.S. Senate Hewlett Packard Chairman Meg Whitman and a myriad of others in the GOP who want Trump to lose to to [sic] the Wicked Witch of the Left so they can run their own corrupt establishment candidate against her in 2020.



The recent flap over the Muslim family, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, who were put up to attack Trump mercilessly, Hussein Obama style, at the Democratic National Convention is just one case in point. Sure, we should all honor a fallen hero like their son. But Gold Star parents should not be used as props for political purposes. The canned and pre-written statements of Mr. Khan – calling out Trump as ignorant and claiming that he does not know what sacrifice means – were simply a cheap Muslim attack on Trump. Honoring his son, which would have been legitimate and admirable, should not entail personal attacks and raising issues of alleged racism because The Donald rightly wants to limit Muslim immigration during this time of war with Islam – and that is what it is plain and simple. Mr. Khan son’s was an American citizen and hero, and he deserved all the rights accorded to him by the Constitution. Trump has never advocated taking away these rights nor disparaged the valiant service of the Khan’s son. In fact, the Khans dishonored their son by using his sacrifice and heroism for their own cheap political and Islamic purposes.

Not coincidentally perhaps, it has been reported that Mr. Khan is an immigration lawyer in a law firm that also represents the Clinton Foundation. He has also written law review articles that extol the virtue of anti-constitutional Shariah law. Thus, when Mr. Khan held up the U.S. Constitution (which is antithetical to Shariah law) he was not just supporting Hillary Clinton – who has coddled Muslims and extorted money from terrorist states while serving as Obama’s secretary of state – he also was probably laughing all the way back to Mecca.



Following the Democratic National Convention and the backstabbing by establishment Republicans, Trump is now down almost 15 points to Hillary Clinton in the polls. The die may have thus been cast. Nothing, save for – and God forbid – some massive Islamic terrorist attack just before the election this November, can likely turn the electorate.

I am not endorsing Donald Trump or telling our readers whom to vote for. That is not my job or role as the head of Freedom Watch Inc. and the founder of Judicial Watch years ago. But what we have all learned from this election cycle is that the establishments of both parties are an evil crew. But no politician, short of the Muslim King Barack Hussein Obama, is more evil than Hillary Clinton, a woman so callous and self-centered – in fact a dangerous, power-hungry and greedy megalomaniac who could care less about the Gold Star and other families who sacrificed their lives in Benghazi – that she would proclaim under oath before Congress, “what difference (do their deaths) make?”

Over 80 material witnesses (including White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster) to the Clinton scandals died during their previous administration. I do not think all can be explained as just happenstance. Despite this, and the Wicked Witch’s other documented heinous criminal deeds, the Republican establishment would rather have her as president than Donald J. Trump. And in the last week and a half, they have joined with her to assassinate the Republican candidate chosen by the people. It’s time that these so-called leaders be taken to the “legal guillotines,” as they are not just despicable political hacks, but also traitors!

Right-Wing Pastor: Satan Is Staging A 'Homosexual Invasion' From The White House

In a sermon on “the deception of the homosexual agenda” at last month’s “Summer of Justice” event in Wichita, Kansas, Bishop Otis Kenner of Louisiana declared that Satan is staging a “homosexual invasion” to stop God from taking dominion over the earth and that the “devil” in the White House is in on it.

Kenner, who also addressed the crowd on the evils of suffragist Susan B. Anthony and women in the workplace, declared that Satan has “devised a system” using gay people to stop God’s “colonization of the earth realm” through procreation.

“Because the homosexuals know that they cannot procreate, so they take our innocent sons and daughters through adoption … to try to stop the colonization of God in the earth realm,” he said. He then spoke as Satan: “‘If I can get into their minds, if I can get into their spirit, then I can break the process of God, stop the procreation process of God and the colonization of the earth realm and make more just like them.’ It’s about them colonizing the earth with their own kind.”

“In 2008, I preached a sermon called ‘Homosexual Invasion,’” he said. “God has showed me this in 2008 how the homosexuals were going to invade our country because they want to stop the colonization of God in the earth realm.”

Kenner later addressed the lighting of the White House in rainbow colors on the evening of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down state-level bans on marriage equality.

Noting that the decision was handed down on June 26 of last year, he pointed out that the date included “two sixes, which means 666, the Mark of the Beast.”

“They legitimize same-sex marriages and they light the White House up with the gay pride colors to signify Satan is sitting at the seat of power,” he said.

“Will you vote for the devil because he showed up black?” Kenner said he had asked his congregation, clarifying that he wasn’t calling President Obama the devil, just that “what he did was the devil.”

This, he said, was all reason for Christians to “interpose” against LGBT rights laws and declare that “we will not allow a transgender bathroom in our schools.”

Anti-Abortion Event: Satan Used Susan B. Anthony To Put Women In The Workforce

Last month, Operation Save America organized a week of anti-abortion protests in Wichita, Kansas, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Summer of Mercy, the famous 1991 abortion protest event. Participants in OSA’s event were treated every night to a lecture at their host church including, one evening, a talk about the “deception of the homosexual agenda” that touched on how Satan worked through Susan B. Anthony to get women into the workforce.

Bishop Otis Kenner, a Louisiana clergyman who does African-American outreach for OSA, told participants that through Satan, “Susan B. Anthony and the women’s lib and equal opportunity has devalued our women and has put them into the workforce”:

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 11:3, Christ is the head of man, man is the head of the woman and God is the head of Christ. Satan has devalued our women. Proverbs Chapter 31 talks about the virtuous woman and talks about her occupation in the home. She rises up early before her family gets up to prepare meat for them. She goes into the marketplace, she sews, she cooks, she invests. But Susan B. Anthony and the women’s lib and equal opportunity has devalued our women and has put them into the workforce. Whoever told our women that to be a homemaker was subservient?

Kenner said that women should be “pampered” and have a “good time” as long as they do all of the childcare work and are home when their husband gets home from work:

What it looks like, I got steel-toe boots on with a bandana around my head because I’ve been in the workforce, and my wife comes home looking like me? I mean, I just believe that women were to be pampered and was to be loved. You should get your nails done as much as you want, your feet done as much as you want, I mean just go shopping and all that kind of stuff, take care of the children, watch over them, just have yourself a good time, just be home when I get home from work. That’s not so bad, is it?

“Here’s the deal,” he concluded. “Because Satan has broken the governmental authority of God, he had put the women in the workforce. Who are raising our children? The government. And our public schools, they our turning our children out one by one.”

Operation Save America recently posted a video of the speech on YouTube.

GOP Senate Candidate: Trump's Wall Is A 'Euphemism,' Won’t Actually Get Built

Far-right Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward acknowledged last month that Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico — which was recently added to the Republican platform — is merely a “euphemism” for other anti-immigrant policies.

Ward, who is challenging Arizona Sen. John McCain from the right in the upcoming GOP primary, is just the latest anti-immigrant conservative to admit that Trump is unlikely to actually build the wall he has promised his supporters.

In a July 26 interview with Tucson radio host James T. Harris, Ward claimed that when Trump talks about a wall he is actually talking about draconian policies such as ones preventing undocumented children from attending public schools are accessing health care:

Now, I’ll tell you, I’m ready to mix the mortar to fix the border, I’m ready to go in there and join Donald Trump. And when he says we want a wall, I think it’s a euphemism for securing the border. He means we need a barrier, I think we do need a physical barrier in some places, but also that we have to utilize technology, we have to utilize our people, we have to empower our border patrol to stop people from coming in and we have to turn off the goodies — that’s what Dr. Carson used to say when he was on the campaign trail — turn off the jobs, turn off the free education, health care, housing, free money, and let people know there are consequences to coming here illegally rather than rewards.

Flip Benham Flips Out During Charlotte City Council Meeting

Last month, rabidly anti-gay Religious Right activist Flip Benham showed up at a city council meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he continued to rail against the mayor and city council for passing a measure aimed at protecting LGBT rights earlier this year.

Even though the measure was ultimately blocked by the state legislature, Benham remains outraged and used his three minutes during the "citizen's forum" portion of the meeting to accuse the city council of putting its "middle finger right in the eye of almighty God."

"There is one God and we're going to stand for him in this city," Benham proclaimed. "You cannot make a moral wrong a civil right. You have no right to do that! It's a moral wrong."

"If God doesn't fix this city, if God isn't the answer, if God isn't at the foundation, you're going to have bloodshed coursing down the corners of our streets, our schools and our workplaces and you're not going to have a police force big enough to stop it," he ranted. "When you sow bloodshed in the womb — and we have three abortion mills here in this city — you're going to reap it in the streets and our God is a God of truth and these things happen. When you cast God behind your back, violence always comes in to replace the void."

"Now we've got this transgenderism nonsense!" Benham bellowed as he slammed his hand upon the podium. "It's not a sin to be black! But it is a sin to be a practicing homosexual! It is a sin. It is not a moral right! It is wrong and you need to say so and you've opened up the doors of hell on our city, you and this council and you need to repent!"

Larry Klayman: 'Traitor' Obama Would Have Been Impeached By Now If He Weren't Black

Larry Klayman, the right-wing lawyer who is currently suing President Obama for endangering his life as a white man, claimed on Friday that the $400 million sent to Iran earlier this year was motivated by the “half-Muslim” and “anti-Semitic” president’s “affinity for Iran,” claiming that the “traitor” Obama would have been impeached by now if he weren’t black.

Implying that a shipment of cash to Iran, which conservatives have falsely claimed was a ransom payment for U.S. hostages, was worse than the Reagan-era Iran-Contra scandal, Klayman said that the whole thing was driven by Obama’s father’s Muslim faith. (Obama’s father was actually, according to some reports, an atheist.)

“Look, he’s half-Muslim, he associates with his father, he wrote a book extolling the virtues of his father … so he feels some affinity for Iran, and he’s acted that way at the expense of Israel,” Klayman told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg. “They’re now on the verge of nuclear weapons if they don’t already have it. And it’s totally consistent with his, frankly, anti-Semitic behavior and anti-Israeli behavior for the last seven years.”

Klayman added the president is also a “traitor” for having publicly criticized GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Now, suppose Donald Trump actually wins the election. What has he done? He’s undercut the United States,” he said. “This man, frankly, is a traitor to our country. If he had been anything other than African-American — and I don’t mean to cast aspersions on African-Americans, we have many colleagues that are that way and actually stand for really good values — but he would have been impeached and convicted by now. He’s a traitor to this country, Steve, and we’ve seen it over and over again and this is the latest example of it.”

Marco Rubio Defends Radical Anti-LGBT Orlando Event

As first reported on Right Wing Watch, Sen. Marco Rubio is slated to speak at an event in Orlando next week that will feature some of the country’s most extreme anti-LGBT activists.

Rubio has denied that the “Rediscovering God in America” event, which will take place exactly two months after the horrific shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, has anything to do with anti-LGBT activism. In response to criticism last week, the senator attacked “the media and liberal activists” for labeling “a gathering of faith leaders as an anti-LGBT event” when it is “nothing of the sort.” He also called for more courteous dialogue in the debate over marriage equality that is “respectful of the views and the dignity of those on both sides.”

The Florida senator has clearly misrepresented the nature of the event, which is being led by political activists with a clear anti-LGBT agenda.

The Florida event is part of a series of “Rediscovering God in America” events hosted by David Lane, a self-described “a political operative” intent on infusing the U.S. government with his own brand of Christian nationalism. Lane has said that God will punish America for its growing acceptance homosexuality with “car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa” and potentially the total destruction of America.

At least as of recently, Lane’s American Renewal Project, which organizes these events, functioned as part of the American Family Association, one of the most vehemently anti-LGBT groups on the Religious Right.

The very first Rediscovering God in America event, which took place in Iowa in 2011, was clearly political. At that event, Mike Huckabee called on participants to become “spiritual warriors” to fight marriage equality, and David Barton, who will also be addressing the Florida event, claimed that Jesus Christ opposed the minimum wage.

Barton is also not a pastor but a GOP activist who was a member of the Republican Party platform committee and is a former leader of the Texas Republican Party.

Barton has a lengthy anti-LGBT record, as we’ve reported:

Barton is delighted by the fact that God is preventing researchers from finding a cure or vaccine for HIV/AIDS. According to Barton, HIV/AIDS is a punishment for sin and therefore God will block a potential cure: “God says, ‘Hey you’re going to bear in your body the consequences of this homosexual behavior.’” He argues that HIV/AIDS is a divine “penalty” for gay people’s “shameful sexual acts.” On a similar note, Barton has called homosexuality “absolutely reprehensible and disgusting” and said that marriage equality means we “are going down as a nation.”



Barton “guaranteed” listeners that if they have children going to public schools “they are getting homosexual indoctrination.” He even said that public schools will “force them to be homosexual.” Barton’s gay rights conspiracy theories don’t end there: Before the passage of the 2009 Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Barton said the law was “designed to single out preachers in the pulpit” and would put pastors in prison if they condemn homosexuality. Of course, that never happened.

The appearance of Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver alongside Rubio at the Orlando event should also put to rest the claim that this is an apolitical event.

Staver has claimed that gay rights advocates are terrorist-like minions of Satan who are paving the way for the destruction of America and a second revolution. When the Boy Scouts of America rescinded its ban on gay members, Staver said that the group would turn into “a playground for pedophiles,” claiming that gay people “entrap” and “groom” children and “force people into a lifestyle of destruction.” Besides pedophilia, Staver has also linked homosexuality to the 2008 financial crisis and violent crime.

He has also claimed that gay people are “forcing homosexuality on everyone by force of law” and that the Obama administration of mandating “forced homosexuality.”

Staver, whose clients include anti-gay heroes such as Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moorehaspraised moves in RussiaIndiaMalawi and Nigeria to outlaw homosexual relationships or speech in favor of gay rights.”

Other speakers at Rubio’s event will include Maine pastor Ken Graves, who rails against “militant homofascism,” and activist Bill Federer, who thinks gay rights will usher in Islamic rule in the U.S.

While Rubio may try to deny that the event is in any way anti-LGBT, even a cursory glance at the rally speakers and principal organizer reveals that the senator’s statement flies in the face of reality.

If Rubio really believed that people should be “respectful of the views and the dignity of those on both sides,” aligning with radical activists who want homosexuality outlawed and smear gay people as pedophiles and Satanists is not a good start.

Mike Pence In 2003: Anti-Muslim Bigotry Makes Us 'No Better Than The Terrorists Who Attacked Us'

In March, 2003, a little over two weeks before the start of the Iraq War, then-Rep. Mike Pence delivered a heartfelt speech titled “Tolerance,” asking Americans not to condemn all Muslims based on the September 11 attacks, stating, “I said that terror has no regard for religion or ethnicity, and if we attack the innocent simply because of their ethnic status, we are no better than the terrorists who attacked us.”

Donald Trump has spent his campaign “attacking the innocent” with both policies and rhetoric. This includes his proposed ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, his lies about witnessing celebrations in New Jersey following the collapse World Trade Center, his refusal to “rule out” a special ID for Muslims, along with his  statements such as “I think Islam hates us."

With this track record in mind, does Mike Pence believe Donald Trump is “no better than the terrorists who attacked us?”

Donald Trump Exploits Years Of GOP Voter Fraud Conspiracy Theories

This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post.

For longtime observers of voter suppression laws, it wasn’t a surprise when it was discovered that Wisconsin and North Carolina lawmakers were deliberately disenfranchising minority voters under the guise of preventing voter fraud. After all, conservative politicians have all but admitted that these laws purportedly combatting “voter fraud” are meant to help elect conservative candidates.

It also came as no surprise when Donald Trump suggested that Democrats will use voter fraud to win the 2016 presidential election.

Just as Trump has embraced years of GOP attacks on President Obama, Hillary Clinton, immigrants and others, the GOP presidential nominee has seized on the widespread but erroneous belief that Democrats have used voter fraud to win election after election. Trump has regularly claimed that voter fraud is rampant in America,baselessly charging that Republicans were defeated in 2012 due to voter fraud andcalling for a “revolution” to protest President Obama’s victory. Indeed, large swaths of Republican voters believe that Obama used voter fraud to win in both 2008 and 2012.

Now, Trump insists that polling firms are deliberately skewing poll results against him, and at least one of his advisers, Roger Stone, claims that this is part of a grand conspiracy to cover up the fraud that Democrats are planning to unleash in the coming election. If Hillary Clinton defeats Trump but his “private polls” show him leading, Stonesays, the real estate mogul should try to block Clinton’s inauguration and call his supporters into the streets to protest. “It will be a bloodbath,” he warned.

While Trump and Stone’s suggestions have raised eyebrows from Democrats and Republicans alike, no one should be shocked after years of GOP claims that elections have swung to Democrats because people unlawfully vote multiple times by impersonating othersundocumented immigrants are illegally voting and thegovernment hands out free cell phones — the notorious “Obama phones” — in order to win votes for Democratic candidates.

For example, then-congresswoman Michele Bachmann falsely claimed that Obama won re-election in 2012 because he gave millions of undocumented immigrants the right to vote by executive order — an order that never existed. William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC said that 2008 was the most “fraudulent election I’ve seen in my life.” Trump surrogate Wayne Allyn Root said the community activist group ACORN, which has been defunct since 2010, stole the 2012 election by having people vote “10 times each for the Democrats” and predicted that ACORN “will steal states with weak voter ID laws,” “stuff the ballot box in inner cities” and “have illegal aliens voting” in 2016. And conservative activist Tony Perkins erroneously alleged that “there is some evidence” that the “Obama phone” was used to help re-elect the president. More damagingly, GOP lawmakers have cited such bogus claims in attempts to justify laws that strip voting rights from thousands of eligible voters.

Thousands of people across the country have already lost or are on the verge of losing their ability to cast a ballot as a result of this push to suppress the vote, even though, as Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice noted, “Statistically you are more likely to be hit by lightning than to commit in-person voter fraud.” Studies consistently demonstrate that widespread voter fraud is nothing but a myth. When Pennsylvania’s restrictive voter ID law was challenged in court, the state even admittedthat there “have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania.” 

Beyond just Trump’s paranoia, the Republican Party’s sweeping attacks on voting rights will be the real legacy of the voter fraud craze. Republicans promoted the voter fraud myth so they could impose damaging laws in the hopes of winning elections. They were so successful in convincing their base of these myths that their presidential candidate is now taking them to dangerous extremes.

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On Trump's Views of Women, the Headlines Speak for Themselves

One of the constants of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been insulting, demeaning, and blaming women—from talking about women as animals, to suggesting “punishment” for those who seek abortions, to saying that women should do “as good a job as men” if they want equal pay. A new video PFAW released today compiles some of the many headlines on Trump’s insulting anti-women rhetoric and proposed policies:

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'That's What They Claim': David Barton Falsely Tells Glenn Beck He Has A Doctorate In Education

Glenn Beck is hosting an event at his network headquarters in Texas this weekend to promote the release of his latest book, "Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control," and his good friend David Barton will be on hand, offering private tours of various historical artifacts that Beck and others have collected that have been put on display for the event.

Beck brought Barton onto his radio program today to promote the event by spreading his latest bogus claim that the United States put its own soldiers in danger by specifically warning Japanese civilians which cities we were going to bomb before dropping atomic weapons during World War II.

During the conversation, Beck once again falsely claimed that Barton earned his doctorate in education.

"You have your doctorate, don't you?" Beck asked Barton.

"That's what they claim," Barton replied. "I've got papers for it."

Perhaps realizing that "that's what they claim" is a rather odd answer to a simple yes or no question, Beck sought to clarify.

"You have your doctorate in education," he reiterated.

"Yeah, that's right," Barton responded.

"So he's a doctor of education," Beck stated. "David has an actual doctorate."

Barton, of course, does not have a doctorate in education, as we noted earlier this year when he somewhat confusingly admitted that he doesn't have a Ph.D. In fact, his own bio reports that he merely "holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Pensacola Christian College."

They Built That: How The GOP Paved The Way For Donald Trump's Election-Rigging Conspiracy Theory

Many Republican leaders seemed shock that a candidate like Donald Trump would rise to become the party’s nominee after a campaign of demonizing immigrants, innuendo about President Obama and scapegoating Muslims, despite the fact that many top GOP leaders have launched similar attacks for years.

Trump has also benefited from Republicans’ frequent insistence that Democrats use voter fraud to win elections. Republican lawmakers have brushed aside studies that show that voter fraud is extremely rare — just 31 out of over a billion votes cast over 14 years may have been instances of voter impersonation — and instead have pursued sweeping legislation that would disenfranchise thousands of voters, particularly people of color and young people.

The GOP presidential candidate has told supporters that November’s election results will likely be “rigged” as people go “ to vote 10 times maybe” and charged that “phony” polls underrepresent his level of support because they don’t reflect his the size of the crowds at his rallies.

Ari Berman points out that if “Trump wanted to vote 10 times in New York — a state that requires voters to sign their names at the polls rather than show a photo ID — he’d have to vote in 10 different places, know the names and addresses of nine different registered voters in nine precincts, be able to forge their exact signatures, and know that they hadn’t voted yet. Each fraudulent vote would carry a penalty of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, plus additional state penalties.”

Nonetheless, Trump believes that if he loses in November, it will be because the election was stolen: “I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.”

Earlier this year, Trump said that people around the country “are voting many, many times.” He once blamed President Obama’s re-election victory on votes from “dead people.”

Such baseless rhetoric has obviously resonated with Republicans:Around half of GOP voters believe that Obama stole both of his election victories, a result of years of conservative complaints about how Democrats win elections thanks to massive fraud.

One anti-voting-fraud group, True the Vote, developed a smart phone app in 2014 to help users expose instances of fraudulent voting and “pull the curtain back on the myth that there is no voter fraud.” But as Miranda noted, “users recorded only 18 incidents of election irregularities,” and the vast majority had nothing to do with voter impersonation. Many right-wing fears about widespread voter fraud have made their way from chain emails to WorldNetDaily to Fox News, even though there is little evidence behind them.

Besides voter impersonation, many Republicans claim that undocumented immigrants are illegally voting in elections. Then-Rep. Michele Bachmann claimed that Obama unlawfully granted the right to vote to millions of undocumented immigrants before the 2012 election, even though Obama’s executive order on deportations did not grant anyone the right to vote. Fox News pundits have also raised the specter of undocumented immigrants illegally voting, even though in states like Arizona, there have only been two cases of undocumented residents voting in about 10 years. Several conservative commentators have even alleged that the Obama administration tried to win votes by handing out free cellphones.

In fact, far more common than actual cases of voter fraud or instances of conservatives admitting that the voter fraud myth is all about creating an excuse to pass restrictive laws that will help them win elections. Just a few months ago, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, now president of the influential Heritage Foundation, said that voter ID laws are “something we’re working on all over the country, because in the states where they do have voter ID laws you’ve seen, actually, elections begin to change towards more conservative candidates.” Shortly before that, Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman said that voter ID could make a difference in how his state votes in the upcoming election: “Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up and now we have voter ID and I think voter ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.”

Donald Trump has never met a conspiracy theory that he doesn’t like. This one was handed to him on a silver platter by the party that is now trying to distance itself from his wildest claims.

Donald Trump Puts Together Another All-Male Advisory Team

Following his formation all-male teams of foreign affairs advisers and national security advisers, Donald Trump today unveiled an all-male team of economic policy advisers, a group which includes donors to his campaign.

Trump, who has been reeling from a controversy over his comments that women who face sexual harassment at work should simply quit and find a new job, was recently unable to think of a single woman he would name to his Cabinet besides his daughter Ivanka and the woman who asked him the question.

This seems to be a theme in his campaign.

The GOP presidential nominee was unable to articulate his stance on equal pay for equal work last year, simply saying that women are “gonna make the same” as men if they “do as good a job” and promising to “take care of women.” A former Trump organizer is suing Trump’s campaign for sex discrimination, alleging that “men doing the same jobs were paid more and were allowed to plan and speak at rallies, while her requests to do so were ignored.”

Trump regularly hurls thinly veiled sexist insults at rival Hillary Clinton, including one involving her getting “schlonged,” and has a long record of making degrading and disparaging comments about women.

At a rally last month, Trump was flummoxed as to why he hasn’t performed better with women voters, while still boasting that he is “doing well with the women”: “Fifty percent of our country is men, where I am doing very, very well, record-setting numbers, folks. That’s the good news. Let me give you the bad news. The women, I don’t know what is going on with the women here, but I think, I think I’m doing well with the women.”

A recent Marist poll found Trump trailing Clinton among women voters by 20 points.

Wayne Allyn Root: Donald Trump Is A Vicious, Vengeful, Foul-Mouthed 'War President' Sent By God

Yesterday, Wayne Allyn Root, a Donald Trump-worshiping sycophant and all-around conspiracy theorist, appeared on Jesse Lee Peterson's radio program to declare that Trump's presidential campaign is a message from God that "it's time for a war president."

"I think we need a war president and I think God sent us someone named Donald Trump," Root said. "I think he's perfect for this election. We needed someone who is a bit coarse and foul-mouthed and vicious and fights with a gun in a gunfight, not with a knife in a gun fight."

"I think he's the right guy at that right time," he continued, "and I get very mad when Christians try and tell me that they're not going to vote for him because he's just too coarse and too foul and too vicious and he says offensive things. When you read the Bible, I read tons of vengeful things, I read tons of war and death and people being punished by God. God is not always nice; this God takes vengeance when he's mad at you and he sends really vicious people when you need them."

"We're in a war to save America, I think from the devil, I think from the Antichrist, I think from a biblical prophecy that someone is going to take down this country and  it's pretty clear to me it's happening right now," Root concluded.

Jesse Lee Peterson: 'Any Man Who Has Anger Is A Woman'

In addition to his role as a crackpot right-wing commentator, Jesse Lee Peterson leads a church in Los Angeles that focuses on "rebuilding men" by teaching them how to live according to God's standards for manhood. 

Peterson has begun posting his weekly sermons on his YouTube page, which provides some insight into what sort of message he is preaching, like his recent declaration that "any man who has anger is a woman."

Peterson explained that he was recently at the gym having a discussion with a group of white, black and possibly Indian or Arab or Armenian guys — he couldn't tell the difference because they all look the same to him — who were complaining about their wives and girlfriends, which prompted him to enlighten the men that their problems were all rooted in the fact that they are women.

"The reason it happens is because you guys are women and you don't know how to deal with a woman right," Peterson told them. "Any man who has anger is a woman ... You guys have become like your mothers and that's why you complain about your women because you become attracted to what you hate, so you're involved with women that are just like your mothers and you can't handle them."

Peterson later advised his congregation not to marry any woman who will not take their last name and declared that any man who would agree to hyphenate or take his wife's last night must be a drag queen. 

Pennsylvania Elected Officials Denounce Trump Over Khan Comments, Call On Toomey to Reject Trump

During a press call today, Pennsylvania elected officials denounced Donald Trump for his attacks on the Khan family following their appearance at the DNC. Speakers also called on Sen. Pat Toomey to pledge to vote against Trump given his disgraceful attack on the fallen soldier’s family and Trump’s clear history of bigotry and xenophobia throughout the campaign.

Key statements from today’s call:

Matt Stehman, Royersford Borough Councilman:

“As a former United States Marine in addition to serving as a City Councilman, as someone who has lost friends in war, someone who has seen friends struggle with coming home from war, I take Donald Trump’s latest attacks deeply personally. His attacks on the Khan family are an attack on all veterans and military families. It’s an attack on their sacrifice and on the values that our military has instilled in generations of Americans. No one who shows that disrespect to military families should be our commander-in-chief. I know that, Pennsylvanians know that, and Pat Toomey should know it too.”

Kate Abel, Dormont Borough Councilwoman:

“Donald Trump’s comments attacking the Khan family were unconscionable—but they shouldn’t be surprising. Trump has made clear that he doesn’t value the contributions of Muslim Americans—the same way he’s dismissed the contributions of Mexican Americans, of immigrants, of women and of so many other groups. People in Pennsylvania and around the country have real concerns and face real challenges, but instead of proposing solutions, Trump has just pointed to scapegoats and enflamed racial resentment. That’s why Pat Toomey’s tepid criticism of Donald Trump isn’t enough. He needs to make clear that someone who has displayed this record of bigotry and prejudice has no place in the White House.”

Shamaine Daniels, Harrisburg City Councilwoman:

“This week, Donald Trump called Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ‘a war zone.’ He decided to disparage it because he glanced out the window of his airplane. So my question is: where is Pat Toomey’s line? Apparently, he’s willing to let Donald Trump disparage the people of Harrisburg and Pennsylvania. Apparently, he’s willing to let Donald Trump attack and smear the parents of a soldier who gave his life for his country. Apparently he’s willing to let Donald Trump attack immigrants and Muslims and women.

“What will it take for Pat Toomey to say enough is enough? What will it take for Pat Toomey to stop holding a Supreme Court seat for Donald Trump to fill? If Pat Toomey won’t stand up against these attacks now, what would he do if Donald Trump were to become President?  We don’t need someone who gets pushed around by bullies. I don’t think we need Pat Toomey.”

Marita Garrett, Wilkinsburg Borough Councilwoman:

“Donald Trump has shown that he can’t respond to criticism with anything but arrogance and rage. Even putting everything else aside, no one with this little self-control should be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office. Pat Toomey should recognize that fact. But instead he continues to put his party ahead of his country. Pat Toomey needs to stop playing politics and say loud and clear that Donald Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be President. He doesn’t have the temperament to appoint our next Supreme Court Justice. He doesn’t have the temperament to have his finger on the button.”

For more information or follow-up interviews, please email lepstein@pfaw.org.

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Austin Ruse: The 'Radical Homosexuals' Are 'Coming For Your Daughters!'

In our inbox today is yet another hysterical fundraising pitch from C-Fam’s Austin Ruse, under the subject line “They’re Coming for your Daughters! Meet Your Daughters’ Champion!”

Emphases are Ruse’s:

Without a doubt they are coming for your daughter and your son and your grandchildren. They don’t have any children of their own. They are deliberately barren. So, they have set their sights on yours, your innocent girls and boys.

From among our children they want to build an army that will subvert our world and create even more victims. They must subvert the family and the Church because the family and the Church are our sole protectors. The state cannot be counted on to help us. We are alone.

Who is coming for our children?

  • UN Radicals
  • UN Agencies
  • International Planned Parenthood
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Radical homosexuals

They use international institutions to impose their view on countries but most especially on children. They want to spread their devilish gospel of UN-style contraception, population control, p*rnography, abortion, gay rights, and all the other aspects of the sexual revolution that have caused untold sorrow in the United States and around the world.

THE BODY COUNT GROWS EVER HIGHER

They have billions of dollars and the awful might of governments behind them. And the body count grows ever higher. How many dead babies? A hundred million? More? How many dead from sexually transmitted diseases? Hundreds of millions. How many infected? How many divorces? How many addicted to violent p*rn?

There is really nothing to stop them . . . except C-Fam and a handful of others.

Ruse goes on to profile C-Fam staffer Susan Yoshihara, “who stands on the wall defending your children from the wicked ideologists that seek to take them from you, that seek to turn them against you, that seek the damnation of their souls.”

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