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Tom DeLay Says There Are Legitimate Questions About Ted Cruz's Eligibility To Be President

Tom DeLay joined Steve Malzberg on his Newsmax TV program yesterday to discuss the news of the day, during which he voiced his displeasure that Congress allowed President Obama to deliver his State of the Union address and declared that there are legitimate questions regarding Ted Cruz's eligibility to be president.

DeLay kicked things off by declaring that he was "a little upset that the Congress even invited [Obama] to come give the State of the Union" because "he's a lawless president" and so Congress "should have disinvited him." 

Eventually, the topic of Donald Trump's "birther" attacks on Ted Cruz came up and DeLay made it clear that while he is not defending Trump and "would never vote for him," the questions about Cruz's eligibility are serious and something that Cruz needs to address.

"I gotta say, I've had this problem ever since Cruz announced," DeLay stated. "There is a difference between the definition of natural born and naturalization and it has not been settled by any branch of government. So I think Cruz needs to address this in some way because I think it is a cloud right now in Iowa." 

When Malzberg asked if Cruz should take the issue to the courts, DeLay responded that "that's probably the most expedient way to do it."

"He's going to the courts if he's the nominee," DeLay stated. "The Democrats will use every avenue available to them, they sued me over a ballot issue. They'll sue him. He'll end up in the courts one way or another."

Right Wing Round-Up - 1/13/16

  • Jon Green @ America Blog: Kim Davis wasn’t the only crusader for Christian privilege invited to the State of the Union. 
  • Hemant Mehta: Christian Preacher: I Moved Clouds and Stopped a Typhoon Because “I Have Authority Over the Weather.”
  • Warren Throckmorton: Glenn Beck: “Liberal Bastards” Had David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies Pulled from Shelves.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 1/13/16

  • Perhaps South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has been reading too many history books authored by David Barton: “We’ve never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion. Let’s not start that now.” 
  • Family Research Council President Tony Perkins says the “evidence” of Obama’s impact is everywhere, “from terrorists attacks on our streets to the confusion in our classrooms.”
  • Kelly Shackelford of Liberty Institute is the latest Religious Right leader to endorse Ted Cruz
  • Accuracy In Media warns that “communist groups have manipulated the cause of Black Lives Matter.”
  • Lastly, Don Feder wants to share some important advice: “We could get the Constitution back one day. Electing someone like Ted Cruz would be a start. But even that is no assurance. We’ll need to raise up a generation — like the one that produced the Constitution — to rise to rebellion and overthrow a judicial tyranny supported by the political elite.”

'I'd Really Like To See You As President': Alex Jones Hails Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., appeared on Alex Jones’ radio program today, where he tried to win the bizarre conspiracy theorist back from his Republican presidential rival Donald Trump, who lavished praise on Jones last month. 

Paul, who has appeared on Jones’ show several times before, urged InfoWars viewers to demand that the Republican National Committee allow him on the main stage during Thursday’s Fox Business Network debate, which he is currently boycotting because he was placed in the undercard debate.

Jones said that Paul could defeat Trump, who he said is riding a wave of anti-government resentment.

“How do we get you elected president?” he asked. “I know there’s a lot of time left and folks thought Trump would fade but I think really getting aggressive is the way to go. I don’t claim to be the big political guru here, sir, but I’d really like to see you as president.”

Paul insisted that Trump isn’t a true conservative, citing his differences with Trump on the issue of eminent domain.

“I know you’re the statesman that would make the perfect president,” Jones told Paul, wondering “how we could catapult you back to the lead.”

Media Matters, which first highlighted Paul’s appearance today on Jones’ program, pointed out that “Paul attempted to downplay his alliance with Jones,” whom he once thanked “for being a vital part of his 2010 Senate campaign.”

Jones said on the air last year that he hoped Paul would win the GOP nomination for president and that he was confident that Paul would “probably end up being president if we turn this country around” and was only trying to moderate his image because he is “playing politics.”

Oath Keepers Head: Obama Wants 'Dead Cops' In Oregon Standoff

Oath Keepers head Stewart Rhodes has come out against the takeover of a federal building in Oregon not because he disagrees with the cause of the militia groups that are occupying the building, but because the people who they claim to be helping — ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond — don’t want them there and also because he thinks that the groups have put themselves at a strategic disadvantage in any potential clash with the government.

Rhodes expounded on his views in an interview with “The Common Sense Show,” a “Patriot” movement program, last week, saying that the Oregon standoff risked giving the federal government “what they would consider the eye candy of dead cops killed by gun owners,” which would then give them cover to take away everyone’s guns.

Rhodes and the show’s hosts, Dave Hodges and James White, spent quite a bit of time discussing the logistics of a civil war if the military and police officers were to turn on the federal government in retaliation for an overreach on guns. (Rhodes’ group is made up primarily of ex-military and law enforcement personnel.)

White asked Rhodes what percentage of the military he thought would turn on the government “when the call comes out from Obama, for example, to confiscate guns and maybe fire on American people.” Rhodes responded that the government is imposing gun restrictions in a more incremental manner now but that if the government’s move was “taking all guns,” then a great number of the military would turn against them and “our greatest danger at that point would be a military coup.”

Hodges had a follow-up question: “If Obama does make a full-out move and if a military coup is in the cards, do you think that Obama will resort to the use of UN troops, specifically the Russians and the Chinese, to subjugate Americans and put down any rebellion?”

Rhodes responded that Obama’s use of foreign troops to quash a rebellion would be “the greatest gift” he could give the “resistance” because then “it would just piss off every other American.”

This led White to ask if the government was inflating statistics on the number of police officers who are shot on duty in an attempt to “incite incidences between the police and the citizens” because the “powers that be” want to “throw them out in the front lines and have them chewed up first in their big plan.”

“Of course, that’s what they want,” Rhodes responded. “They would love to have what they would consider the eye candy of dead cops killed by gun owners. That would give them the great PR coup of being able to point to that and say, ‘See, this is why we have to have more gun control.’”

“This is what I’m worried about, why I was upset about what was happening in Oregon,” he explained, “is that they’re potentially going to give them that gift. You might wind up with not just dead patriots out there but also dead highway patrolmen and sheriff’s deputies and federal agents. And so they’ll use that, you can bet, of course they will.”

Bryan Fischer Rips Nikki Haley For Embracing 'Sodomy-Based Marriage And The Entire Homosexual Agenda'

Bryan Fischer was "grossly disappointed" in Nikki Haley's Republican response to last night's State of the Union address and spent two segments of his radio show today ripping the South Carolina governor as a feckless "toady" and a "lackey" for the Republican establishment.

Fischer was particularly outraged that Haley had dared to say that Republican "would respect differences in modern families, but we would also insist on respect for religious liberty as a cornerstone of our democracy."

"What does she mean by that?" Fischer asked. "She means that the Republican Party has officially embraced sodomy-based marriage. That's what that means. The Republican Party has officially embraced sodomy-based marriage and the entire homosexual agenda." 

"You parse that," he continued to fume, "we're not going to invest one ounce of energy as a party, as ruling-class Republicans, we're not going to invest one ounce of energy in fighting to protect natural marriage. We're not going to invest one ounce of energy to try to preserve the right of children to be raised by a mom and a dad. We know from the research, it's a form of child abuse for a child to be raised in a same-sex household. It is a form of child abuse; all of the best in social research confirms that and here is Nikki Haley saying we're not going to fight for those children, we're not going to fight for the children that are subjected to a form of child abuse by being raised in a same-sex household."

Ted Cruz Touts Endorsement Of Extremist Phil Robertson Of 'Duck Dynasty'

Ted Cruz is out with a new ad today featuring reality TV star Phil Robertson, including footage of the two hunting together.

The “Duck Dynasty” patriarch turned into a conservative hero when he made a series of racist and anti-gay statements in an interview with GQ magazine, causing A&E to briefly suspend him from his family’s show on the network.

Robertson told GQ that black people were better off under Jim Crow — “singing and happy,” “pre-entitlement, pre-welfare” — than they are today. He also likened gay people to people who have sex with animals, saying that gay people’s minds must be warped by sin, because how else would they not be attracted to vaginas.

This controversy helped launch Robertson’s career in the conservative speaking circuit, where he went on to attack transgender and gay people; falsely claim that “110 million Americans now have a sexually transmitted illness,” which he blamed on hippies; blame Nazism on the lack of Christianity in Germany; and lay out his plans to fight ISIS: “Either convert them or kill them.”

In one speech, Robertson fantasized about an atheist family being brutally raped, dismembered and murdered in order to prove a point about how Americans need to follow God’s laws.

Robertson also believes that liberals in the U.S. are pawns of Satan who are worse than the Nazis because “they champion perversion, they champion murder, aborting their children and they are champions of lies.”

And now he is just one of the many far-right extremists whose endorsement has been welcomed by Cruz’s presidential campaign.

Sandy Rios: Pray That Obama Won't Seize Total Power

Add Sandy Rios of the American Family Association to the growing list of conservatives who believe President Obama may try to remain in office after his second term ends.

A listener called into Rios’ American Family Radio program this morning to predict that “Obama is not going to step down” from office, much like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez, because “he’s going to enact martial law” and possibly stoke a “civil war.”

Rios, naturally, agreed with the listener’s assessment, suggesting that Obama may follow Chávez in seizing complete control over the government through “democratic means.”

“Your warning is very justified,” she said. “I had a South American leader who was teaching me these things who said, ‘This is what we see Obama doing from a distance, the very same thing, the method that’s being taught by — ,’ I don’t know exactly who wrote it down but Fidel Castro was in the center of all of it, this new way of taking over governments. So the warning that you give is very justified.”

She ended by agreeing that we should all pray for Obama not to grab total power.

Jesse Lee Peterson: We're In A 'Race War' And Only A Real Republican Like Trump Can Stop It

Conservative activist Jesse Lee Peterson joined “Breitbart News Daily” today to promote his new book, “The Antidote,” where he warned that America is in the midst of a “race war” and that the election of a Democrat or a “RINO Republican” as president would only worsen it.

Peterson, who is black, told the program’s host, Stephen Bannon, that “over the last seven years, Steve, black Americans have — not all, but many of the young black folks have—been going around the country, knocking out white people, raping them, killing them, robbing them,” while Obama administration has done nothing because “they don’t care about white Americans.”

If “Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders or any of those RINO Republicans” are elected president this year, he warned, “it’s over for our country, the moral values are out of the window and the races will be divided, we could end up having a race war on our hands.”

He quickly added, however, that “we already have” a race war that’s “happening to white folks by so-called people of color and especially black people.”

Earlier in the interview, Bannon asked Peterson to respond to charges that Donald Trump is racist. Peterson responded that Trump “is not a racist, he doesn’t hate anyone,” and that it in fact is the people who think Trump is racist who “are the ones who are hateful.”

He went on to contrast Trump with Obama, whom he said is “an evil man” and showed “more concern for the Muslim than he did for the American people” in his State of the Union address last night

'Take It To The Bank': Glenn Beck Now Has Incontrovertible Proof That WWIII Is Coming

Glenn Beck typically does not react well to President Obama's State of the Union addresses, so naturally he was a little bent out of shape this morning after having watched Obama's final address last night. But amid his outrage and disgust, Beck did discover one little piece of good news: World War III is coming.

Beck, of course, has been warning that WWIII is just around the corner since 2013 and while the supposed tipping point is constantly changing, Beck is now more convinced than ever that it is going to happen soon, precisely because Obama mocked the idea last night. 

Beck, who has an amazing track record of being wrong about pretty much everything, declared on his radio program today that if Obama mocks something, then "you can take it to the bank that that is going to happen."

"What did he mock last night, for the first time?" Beck asked. "Stunning, stunning that he mocked it ... He mocked you if you believed that we were at the beginning of World War III. Mocked you. That's crazy. Take it to the bank we are at the beginning of World War III. The president says it's definitely not going to happen; I think that is all the evidence that you need that it is definitely going to happen."

"I've never seen a man more wrong when it comes to what the world is going to do and what our enemies are going to do," Beck continued, without a hint of irony or self-awareness. "I've never seen anybody more wrong."

Five GOP Candidates To Join Pastor Who Says AIDS Is God's Punishment For Gay People

In yet another example of what the Religious Right’s recent focus on “religious liberty” is really about, five Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to speak this weekend at a “religious freedom” event hosted by a conservative pastor who has repeatedly declared that AIDS is God’s punishment for gay people’s “immoral act” and has called for a “class action lawsuit” against homosexuality.

Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee are scheduled to join a “Free to Believe Broadcast” on Saturday, hosted by the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins and Vision America’s Rick Scarborough, two of the most outspoken anti-gay activists in the country.

Both, even while attempting to curtail the rights of LGBT people, have claimed that it is their rights that are being violated by the LGBT movement: Perkins has said that the supposed persecution of anti-gay Christians in America is inspiring ISIS, and Scarborough has declared that he is ready to burn to death in the fight against gay marriage.

But neither Scarborough nor Perkins has ever been particularly interested in a “live and let live” truce with LGBT people.

Scarborough has declared that AIDS, “a homosexual disease,” is God’s “judgment as a result of an immoral act.” Just last year, he repeated his belief that AIDS is “God’s judgment on a sinful generation, adding that “God would probably give us the cure for AIDS today” if the U.S. stopped supporting gay rights:

He also said last year that marriage equality is part of Satan’s effort to “destroy this country,” warning that gay parents will lead their children “into an early grave called hell”:

Scarborough is so concerned about gay people that back in 2013 he brought up the idea of issuing a “class action lawsuit” against homosexuality, much like actions taken against the tobacco industry:

In 2014, Scarborough agreed with Islamic fundamentalists who call America the “Great Satan,” saying that God would be perfectly justified in sending a nuclear bomb to destroy the country because of such sins as President Obama’s appointments of a handful of gay ambassadors:

And that’s just Scarborough. Perkins has a vile anti-gay record of his own, which Brian summarized last month.

Also appearing at the event will be Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver, who has warned that gay people seek to “groom” and “entrap” children, and David and Jason Benham, brothers who became Religious Right martyrs when they lost a TV show they were set to star in after their anti-gay activism came to light.

Cruz might not mind appearing with an activist who has said that God is punishing gay people with AIDS — after all, he has praised Scarborough before and has David Barton, an activist who has said similar things, leading a super PAC in support of his candidacy. Cruz and Huckabee similarly showed their willingness to cozy up to the most radical people in the anti-gay movement when they appeared last year at a conference hosted by Kevin Swanson, who spent much of the event expounding on what he interprets as the Bible’s call for the death penalty for gay people.

But if any of the other candidates have an ounce more shame, they might want to think twice about appearing at Saturday’s event.

Ann Coulter: God Raised Up Trump To Save Us From 1,000 Years Of Darkness

Yesterday on “The Eric Metaxas Show,” Ann Coulter repeated her claim that God is using Donald Trump to save the U.S. — and all of civilization — from destruction.

Coulter started off the interview by defending herself from charges that she’s “divisive,” noting that Jesus Christ was divisive as well. “Yeah, I’m ‘divisive’ because I say things I believe, generally, so does Jesus, and liberals yell at me, that makes me ‘divisive.’ It’s the hecklers’ veto,” she said.

She went on to liken the media’s treatment of her to how it covers Donald Trump, whom she believes will save the U.S. and, therefore, the whole world.

“We are talking about the future of not only of America but of the last genuinely Christian country on earth and thus the world,” she said. “If we lose America, it is lights out for the entire world for a thousand years.”

Coulter explained that God has a role in lifting up Trump’s candidacy: “It is like the fall of Rome but, thank God, and I am not using the Lord’s name in vain, I mean that absolutely literally, thank God for raising up Donald Trump and giving us a chance to save the country.”

“Unless Donald Trump is elected, we’re never going to have another Republican president,” Coulter added, warning that having another Democrat in the White House would mean that “it’s over” and “the country is finished” because there will be a “Supreme Court of nine Ruth Bader Ginsburgs.”

If Trump loses, Coulter said, she will probably “stop wasting my time on politics” since “a Republican can never be elected president” if the country fails to enact severe restrictions on immigration.

“What is the point of talking about abortion or anything else unless you get Donald Trump in to build the wall, deport illegals, end this ‘anchor baby’ nonsense, stop importing 100,000 Muslims a year, in addition to two million Third Worlders per year,” she said. “It’s madness what this country has been doing.”

Coulter went on to say that President Trump should “deport [Sen. Marco] Rubio” and members of the advocacy group National Council of La Raza.

GOP Senator: Muslim Sheriff At SOTU Undermined American Values And National Security

Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida invited Nazar Hamze, a Broward County deputy sheriff and an official with the state chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, to be his guest at the State of the Union address last night, which did not sit well with some conservatives, least of all the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney.

Gaffney dedicated the first segment of his “Secure Freedom Radio” program yesterday to discussing the “Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of Obama’s SOTU,” with Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma.

After Gaffney claimed that Hamze is “tied to a group that is directly linked to Hamas” (you can read more about that accusation against CAIR here), Lankford called Hamze’s attendance “one of those sad moments” and went on to imply that Hamze’s presence undermined both national security and American values.

Lankford said:

America’s always been a place where we absolutely have freedom of faith and religion. People can choose to have whatever faith they choose to have or whatever religion or have no religion at all, that’s up to any American, we have that protected right. The difference is, is that we also believe that, as George Washington did at the very beginning as well, that there is a culture that is American culture that is extremely important, regardless of what faith that you have and that you practice, that we believe in a Constitution, a rule of law and a value for each human being, and that sets us apart. And there are parts of the world, and many Muslim countries around the world, where the individual is not valued, the individual is not important, the state is more important, and that’s not who we are.

It’s also an issue for us that we look at it and to say we believe in male and female and those individuals in the balanced rights of each of those, and that’s not so for many others. So when people bring in someone who has any connection to CAIR or other organizations, I look at it and say, okay, you may be driving a message home of faith, this is not about faith, this is an American value and basic national security.

Back in 2011, Hamze tried to join the Broward County GOP’s executive committee, citing his “conservative values” but was “blasted with 15 minutes worth of insults” and rejected. He clashed repeatedly with former Rep. Allen West of Florida, who in one memorable exchange about whether the Koran sanctions violence, told Hamze not to “blow sunshine up my butt.”

Louie Gohmert Wanted To Start Bombing Iran Over Captured Sailors

Yesterday, Iran briefly detained 10 Navy sailors after their small boats experienced mechanical problems and inadvertently drifted into Iranian waters.  Almost immediately, Iran promised to release the soldiers and did so early this morning.

But last night, while the process was being worked out and the sailors were still being held by Iran, Rep. Louie Gohmert appeared on Dana Loesch's television and delivered a predictably Gohmertian response to the situation by declaring that the United States should put our armed forces on high alert and inform Iran that we will begin destroying its naval fleet if the sailors are not immediately released.

"When our Navy ships have problems, we don't call Iran," Gohmert blustered, "we call the rest of the Navy, we can call the Air Force, the Army, the Marines, the Coast Guard. We don't call Iran!" 

"For the Iranians to even issue a statement at all saying, 'We are going to release them soon,' tells you that they control whether or not they can leave," he continued. "That situation should not be allowed to happen ... We should demand that Iran let these people go, our Navy men or women, whatever they are, let them go or we're going to start taking your ships out one at a time."

Alex Jones: My Critics Just Want A Spot In The Global Elites' Off-World Colonies

The jig is up! InfoWars broadcaster Alex Jones has finally uncovered the real reason groups like Right Wing Watch and Media Matters have been writing about his insane conspiracy theories, and as you have probably already guessed, it’s in order to acquire secret “life-extension technology” and room in the “off-world colonies” that the global elites are creating.

Jones, who has previously warned that liberals are “demonic villains” who are “going to kill everybody,” went on to refer to RWW and Media Matters employees as “pieces of crap” and “idiots.”

We just hope that Jones doesn’t tell Donald Trump, who has touted Jones’ “amazing” reputation, about our plans.

Jones later insisted that liberal elites are “for all intents and purposes, they are aliens” who hate humans and “want to become gods.”

Sen. Lankford SOTU Guest Everett Piper Denounces Opponents As Haters Of God

Marriage-refusing county clerk Kim Davis and her lawyer Mat Staver aren’t the only Religious Right figures who will be attending tonight’s State of the Union address. Everett Piper, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, will be attending as a guest of Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford, according to the Alliance Defense Fund, which represents the university’s legal challenge to the Obama administration’s accommodation for religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations that object to the contraception coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

Piper has appeared on Glenn Beck’s show and David Barton’s radio show. And at a conference organized by anti-gay activist James Garlow last summer, Piper suggested that secularists and radical Islamists are working together, aided by President Barack Obama.

“For 67 years, we’ve disparaged dead, white, European males in our college classrooms,” he said. “Are we surprised that we now have a president whose first action was to remove the bust of Winston Churchill from the White House and send it back to the British ambassador’s home? For 67 years, we’ve sent our kids off to sit under faculty who have panned a Judeo-Christian ethic and praised its antithesis. Are we surprised that we now have a White House that is seemingly more aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood and the PLO than it is Benjamin Netanyahu and Franklin Graham?”

Piper made similar remarks in October as the closing speaker for the World Congress of Families, a gathering of Religious Right activists from around the globe. In that speech, Piper also slammed gay rights activists and other liberals for “ideological fascism” and decried a “war against Christians” within the academy and the broader culture. He closed with an ideological prayer asking God to forgive America for a long list of sins, including “worshiping government more than God.” He asked, “Please rescue us from the ugly hell of our own making and give us liberty within the bounds of your law and free us from the bondage of our licentiousness.”

A week after the World Congress of Families wrapped up, Piper used his blog to slam WCF’s critics as haters of God.

The bold-faced duplicity of those condemning those who love the family is indeed hateful. Intolerance in the name of tolerance. Bullying while decrying bullying. Exclusion in the name of inclusion. Dumbing down the human being while arguing for human rights. Pretending to be pro-woman while using women as pawns and products. Hate under the banner of anti-hate… These ideas do not come from love, but rather from disdain: Disdain for children, disdain for family, and disdain for truth. Such ideas come from a hateful people who hate anyone who dares stand in their way of hating God.

 

Tony Perkins' Selective Posturing on Religious Liberty

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ self-important “State of the Family” address on Monday was not just about chaos and blood in the streets caused by marriage equality and other “confusion” about the definition of the family. It was also about religious liberty, and Perkins’ familiar charge that the “far left” wants to deny religious Americans both their freedom of speech and their freedom of religion:

“Desperate to preserve its power, the far left now seeks to label all of its critics as extremists or haters and aggressively seeks to silence all who oppose its agenda. But we should take heart even from this. Our opponents seek to limit our freedom of speech because they fear its power. They seek to restrain the expression of our convictions because they are unsure of the truth of theirs. The freedom of expression is the very essence of liberty. But there can be no liberty in America without religious liberty. In our hearts we know this to be true.”

America’s founders, said Perkins, “believed that the best account of our personal and civic duties comes not from the whims of the political class but from the transcendent truths of scripture itself.”

“It is easy to see why we now sail such dangerous seas. Many of our nation’s leading politicians and jurists believe that religion is a toxin in public life, something to be quarantined within the four walls of our churches. They want our culture stripped of the guidance of faith, the centrality of family, and the liberties that are our divine birthright. Not only will it be impermissible to publicly acknowledge the God who made us. It will be unlawful to act on our deepest understanding of Him and His commandments. Acting on conscience will be a bar to public service. It’ll be a reason to be fined or fired.

In his speech, Perkins declared, “Religious liberty must become a priority again within our foreign policy.”

The history of the last century is clear. Totalitarians of every stripe have made suppression of all religious freedom or the liberty of some religions the target of their regimes. Especially dangerous are those who feed on religious hatred. We must promote and defend religious liberty as a human right for all faiths to be able to live freely wherever they are and whoever they are. Why? Because advocating for religious liberty lets the oppressed throughout the world know that they have a friend in America. And, it sends a message to the terrorists and the tyrants as well. That knowledge bears long-term fruit for our own security. And frankly, it’s simply the right thing to do for a nation whose national motto is In God We Trust.”

Much of this statement, coming from someone else, would be unobjectionable. But coming from Perkins, it is jaw-droppingly hypocritical.

Perkins and his Family Research Council colleagues have not consistently advocated for religious liberty for people of all faiths. For example, when Religious Right groups were rallying opposition to the misnamed “Ground Zero Mosque,” FRC’s Ken Blackwell was among them. Perkins said just last month that banning Muslims from immigrating to the U.S. would not be imposing a religious test because “only 16 percent of Islam is a religion.” He has said that people are free to make their own theological choices, but that our nation was founded on “Judeo-Christian principles” and that “those who practice Islam in its entirety” will “destroy the fabric of a democracy.”

Retired Gen. Jerry Boykin, now FRC’s executive vice president, has also pushed the idea that Muslims do not deserve the protection of the First Amendment because Islam “is not just a religion, it is a totalitarian way of life.” On Bryan Fischer’s radio show in 2011 Boykin declared, “No mosques in America,” explaining, “A mosque is an embassy for Islam and they recognize only a global caliphate, not the sanctity or sovereignty of the United States.”

Perkins has even argued that Christians who support marriage equality for same-sex couples don’t have the same religious liberty protections as Christians like him because “true religious freedom” applies only to those with “orthodox religious viewpoints.” He has dismissed as “supposed Christians” those who support reproductive choice.

And Perkins has also criticized the military for accommodating “fringe religions” and suggested that it is not the government’s role “to try to put all religions on the same plane.”

In his remarks about religious freedom in the military, Perkins claimed that Boykin had been forced to withdraw from a West Point prayer breakfast “because of the pressure from atheist groups.” In reality, the most influential protest against Boykin’s appearing at West Point probably came from dozens of the military academy’s faculty and cadets, most of them Christians, who thought Boykin’s remarks painting the U.S. as waging a holy war against Islam were irresponsible and could threaten the lives of service members overseas.

Perkins also urged Congress to pass the co-called First Amendment Defense Act, which would give legal protection to those practicing anti-gay discrimination. Perkins called the bill “a first and a vital step” and he celebrated the fact that candidates Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum have pledged to sign FADA in their first 100 days if the legislation makes it to their desk. 

Fox News Sheriff: Government Should 'Stand Down' In Oregon To Prevent 'Armed Conflict'

David Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and a frequent Fox News commentator, said on his radio program on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze network this weekend that he’s supporting the small group of armed militia members who are occupying a federal building in Oregon because the country has reached a “pitchforks and torches moment” that can’t be fixed by an election.

He added that he doesn’t want the situation in Oregon to “come to armed conflict against the federal government,” which means that “the federal government should stand down on this, just get out of there.”

“When are we going to have that pitchforks and torches moment?” Clarke demanded after reading lengthy passages from the Declaration of Independence and comparing President Obama to King George III. “When are we going to have it? Or are we going to sit around and just wait for the next election and, ‘Oh, if we could just get a Republican in the White House, this will all be righted.’ No, it won’t.”

Clarke praised the “small band of patriots” holed up in the Oregon wildlife refuge building, who say they are protesting the imprisonment of ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted of arson on federal lands, although the Hammonds have not backed the siege. He mocked the critics who say that the dispute can be resolved in a quieter way by talking with the government.

“There’s no working anything out with this federal government!” he said. “We’re $18 trillion in debt and rising. The Congress just passed an omnibus spending bill of $1.2 trillion which funded all of Barack Obama’s priorities. I’m through waiting for the next election. I will continue to vote, but if you think I’m going to sit around waiting for that, thinking that that’s going to be that magic moment, then you don’t know the People’s Sheriff. I’m through with that, and that’s why I backed the Hammonds in this situation.”

He went on to criticize the state of Oregon and the local sheriff for not interfering in the Hammonds’ case and told his listeners that they should use metaphorical pitchforks and torches by blogging and calling into talk radio in support of the Oregon group and urging Congress to “shut down the Bureau of Land Management.”

Kim Davis' Lawyer, Invited To SOTU, Is An Anti-Gay, Anti-Obama Zealot

Throughout the day, reporters have been trying to figure out which member of Congress invited Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her lawyer, Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel, to tonight’s State of the Union address. While the invitations were arranged by the far-right Family Research Council, which gave Davis its “Cost of Discipleship Award” last year, FRC has been mum on which congressman got them the tickets in the first place. (UPDATE: The tickets came from Rep. Jim Jordan’s office, but the congressman says he wasn’t aware that they went to Davis.)

Whichever member of Congress arranged for Staver to attend the State of the Union will have to answer for inviting one of the most extreme anti-gay voices in the country to the event.

Staver has accused President Obama of supporting “forced homosexuality,” specifically for children, compared gay rights advocates to terrorists and blamed bank failures during the 2008 financial crisis on “the homosexual agenda.”

According to Staver, the advance of gay rights will lead to diseaserapechild abusedeathviolent crimerevolutionthe collapse of society and “the end of western civilization.”

It is no wonder that Staver believes homosexuality is “demonic” and praises countries that criminalize same-sex relationships, calling gay people’s relationships “destructive to individuals” and “destructive to our very social fabric.” His firm previously represented an ex-gay woman who, in the midst of a custody battle with her former partner, kidnapped the couple’s daughter and moved to an unknown location in Central America.

Staver has also alleged that President Obama is persecuting conservative activists like himself and is bent on becoming a global dictatorcreating his own personal army and fomenting genocide.

Naturally, Liberty Counsel said in a statement that Staver plans to use his appearance alongside Davis at the State of the Union to remind the president of his supposed anti-Christian tyranny:

While the President will be extolling his “accomplishments” of the last seven years, Kim Davis and Mat Staver will be a visible reminder of the Administration’s attack on religious liberty and an encouragement for people of faith to stand.

For seven years, people of faith have been in the crosshairs of the Obama Administration. The state of religious liberty is dire, but we cannot give up.

“Kim and I are encouraging all people of faith to get involved in the political process, to vote for people who support your values, and to never give up,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Our ‘one nation under God,’ is worth our continued prayers and active support.”

Barton: Thomas Jefferson 'Came Out Very Clearly' Against Gay Rights

Right-wing pseudo-historian and David Barton, who also leads one of the Keeping the Promise Super-PACs backing Ted Cruz, appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program today to promote the republication of his book "The Jefferson Lies" by the fringe website WorldNetDaily after it was yanked from shelves by its previous publisher back in 2012 due to its inaccuracies.

Barton used the opportunity to explain that Thomas Jefferson "came out very clearly" against LGBT rights because they violate the the law of nature and the Bible.

"He actually introduced a bill that said that laws should be those that are recognized by the Bible," Barton said. "Marriage should be based on biblical recognition. So he said marriage has got to be defined by what the Bible defines it as. That's the law that he introduced. He also said that sexual relations were designed for procreation, not for entertainment. And therefore, in that basis, that's how you define marriage, is procreation. So sexual relations was designed by the Creator, throughout the law of nature, for procreation. Anything that violates that, violates the laws of nature. And he came up also on the issue of marriage and he said, 'Taking from the states the moral rule of their citizens and subordinating to the federal government would break up the foundations of the union.' You leave it at the states, not the feds."

As usual, Barton didn't bother to explain just what legislation Jefferson introduced that defined marriage according to the Bible, so it is impossible to verify. But the quote that Barton cited from Jefferson about leaving issues of "moral rule" to the states had nothing to do with the issue of marriage whatsoever, as Jefferson was discussing the case of Cohens v. Virginia in which the Supreme Court "reaffirmed its right to review all state court judgments in cases arising under the federal Constitution or a law of the United States."

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