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‘Welcome To The War’ – Jim Garlow’s New Book On ‘Biblical Applicationalism’

One of the giveaways at the recent Values Voter Summit was a new book from Jim Garlow, a California pastor who mobilized churches to organize on behalf of California’s anti-marriage-equality Prop 8 in 2008 and says his daily one-minute radio commentaries are heard on 850 stations across the country.

After getting through Garlow’s “Well Versed: Biblical Answers to Today’s Tough Issues,” I was surprised that David Barton was not mentioned in the acknowledgments, because the book is a very Bartonesque argument that politicians should look to the Bible for policy guidance on everything from healthcare to the minimum wage to climate change.

“There is no major world issue about which the Word does not provide basic and transcendent truths,” Garlow writes. He complains that people understand that the Bible applies to their personal lives, but

…when we hear the word political, we shut our Bibles and recoil, as if God has no interest in government, in spite of the fact that it was God who first invented it (Isaiah 9:6). Christians—particularly pastors—seem to run from the political. The Evil One delights over this situation. But a Sovereign King refuses to yield any ground to the Evil One. He intends for us to do the same.

Garlow’s first chapter asks, “Why are we quiet?” Perhaps in a nod to Donald Trump, Garlow says the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which bans overt politicking by tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, including churches, “effectively silenced and muzzled all pastors.” Anyone who follows American politics can be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at the notion that conservative religious leaders have been “silenced” and “muzzled,” but it is an article of faith at Religious Right gatherings that America’s moral decline is the fault of overly timid preachers. Garlow does not like timid, and neither, he says, does Jesus, whom he describes as a “man’s man” and “no wimp.”

We are in a war: a war for truth, righteousness, and justice. The pages that follow are designed to equip you for success in those battles. Welcome to the war.

Garlow says what he’s calling for is “biblical applicationalism” and a return to the idea of a nation founded on biblical truth. He repeatedly says that he is not calling for theocracy, and says he’s not a dominionist. But among those whose quotes he uses to open chapters in his book is Christian Reconstructionist Gary DeMar. And one of three people he thanks as members of his “spectacular research and writing team” is Gary Cass, who Garlow calls “a pastor who ‘gets it,’ who has a staggering grasp of historical theology and its relevance to current culture.” Cass is a former director of the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ. Two years ago he generated controversy with a Charisma magazine column entitled “Why We Cannot Coexist,” in which he said that Muslims and Christians cannot co-exist and that “The only thing that is biblical and that 1400 years of history has shown to work is overwhelming Christian just war and overwhelming self-defense.” After the column generated a protest campaign with the hashtag #CancelTheCrusades, Charisma took down Cass’s call to “crush the vicious seed of Ishmael in Jesus name.”

Garlow does not call for a worldwide holy war, but he does complain, “Our societal and cultural desire to accept everyone has stopped us from acknowledging the evil clearly written into Islamic tenets.”

Garlow, like Donald Trump, disparages political correctness:

Not surprisingly, the promoters and users of PC tactics are those who typically hate biblical truth, traditional morality, sexual restraint, personal responsibility, the nuclear family, or any other concept based on transcendent, unchanging truth revealed by an almighty God for our society’s good.

Says Garlow, “Unfortunately, Christian religious tolerance has devolved into a secular monstrosity called multiculturalism.” Tolerance is a “weapon” to “destroy and discredit our values in the public square,” he writes.

Cultural progressives will not be satisfied with silence; they want a complete and unconditional surrender. That is the nature of spiritual warfare; there is no peaceful coexistence.

“Religious liberty is under attack from godless, sexual anarchists,” he declares. Garlow, of course, is stridently opposed to legal equality for LGBT people. “There is no God-given right to do wrong,” he writes. “Every sinful act is by definition a lawless one.” Garlow says it is “quite likely” that “there is no such thing” as sexual orientation and he seems to wish gay people would just slink back into the closet. “For years that chant was, what we do in our bedroom is our business,” he writes. “If that is the case, then they should keep their business in their bedrooms.”

Hate crimes laws are, in his view, “inherently unjust” and “are a form of legally justified revenge against someone whose actions violate some standard of political correctness.” And, he says, “Hate crimes inevitably lead to hate speech and ultimately thought crimes.”

Garlow also devotes plenty of space to arguments about the kinds of authority the Bible grants to government, ideas that are grounded in Christian Reconstructionism and have been embraced by much of the Religious Right. The term social justice “has taken a distinctly anti-scriptural meaning,” he says, and liberal churches “cherry-pick the Bible to advance a humanistic (Marxist) definition of economic justice.”

“The biggest problem is that it confuses social justice’s governmental confiscation of private property with authentic biblical justice, which it isn’t,” says Garlow. Some taxation is biblically acceptable, he says, in order to pay for things like national defense. But, he argues, “Nowhere in the Bible is the government authorized to take from the rich to give to the poor nor to redistribute wealth.” That kind of taxation, he says, is theft:

Any forced redistribution of the fruit of a man’s labor violates God’s command not to steal. Theft is still theft, even when it’s the government picking your pocket. Whether by a gun (a thief) or through a tax (by the IRS), the impact is still the same: you no longer have what you earned.

Food stamps are also unbiblical, he says. Not surprisingly, Garlow cites Star Parker, a favorite at Religious Right conferences for her attacks on welfare recipients as lazy freeloaders. Writes Garlow, “Show me a person who uses their welfare dollars to buy lottery tickets and play the casino slots, and you will see as much greed as an inner city slumlord.”

Because he argues that the Bible gives churches, not government, the responsibility to care for the poor, Garlow’s proposal for a “biblical tax code” includes a 3.33 percent tax that would be given to local houses of worship, replacing government welfare programs that he says are rife with abuse and corruption. He says by letting churches take care of people, his plan would be “assuring funds went to the genuinely needy, offering job hunting assistance, and, at the same time, proper prodding of the slothful and lazy.”

Social Security is also unbiblical, according to Garlow. “Biblically, entitlement programs and forced savings/retirement insurance programs like Social Security are never the role of the civil government,” he says. “With the Social Security Act of 1946, the government has stepped outside of its prescribed role and into areas it had no right to enter.”

Besides, “Where does it say in the Bible that we are supposed to retire at sixty-five, or at any age for that matter?” Garlow asks. He complains, “After a life of hard work, Americans now feel an entitlement to unproductivity.” But sooner or later Social Security will collapse and people will get back to “God’s design for society” by “having lots of godly, hardworking children” who will take care of their parents in old age.

Garlow also takes on climate change, writing that “at its core global warming is a battle between two worldviews in direct opposition: biblical truth and evolutionary untruths.” Garlow writes that “all the major global datasets reveal the earth hasn’t warmed since 1977” and “NASA scientists are now discovering record levels of ice in the Arctic.” Writes Garlow, “The reality is this: we’re all just fine. God remains in complete control of His creation.”

Just to do a little reality check on his claims, August 2016 was the 16th straight hottest month ever recorded globally. And while Antarctic wintertime ice hit record highs in 2012-2014 before returning to average levels in 2015, “both the Arctic wintertime maximum and its summer minimum extent have been in a sharp decline for the past decades,” according to NASA. “Studies show that globally, the decreases in Arctic ice far exceed the increases in Antarctic sea ice.”

On it goes, through 31 chapters. Our educational system “is consumed with anti-Christian bigotry.” Government should do away with no-fault divorce. Unions were legitimate at a time of deplorable and dangerous working conditions, but have “become as abusive as eighteenth century employers.” God wants workers and employers to negotiate without any third-party involvement from government or unions. In a break with the hard right, Garlow does call for immigration reform that offers those who have been in the country illegally a pathway to remaining in the country. 

Garlow also takes on the federal judiciary. He calls the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling “quite possibly the strongest attack on Christians and Christian values ever written by a sitting Justice in a majority opinion.” Justices, he says, are “knowingly lying about what the Constitution says and what its words mean and, as such, are in direct violation of Exodus 20:16,” which prohibits “false testimony.”

Garlow says there’s no quick fix to bad court rulings because Congress doesn’t have the courage to impeach justices. It will require “America to experience a spiritual renewal, or at least an adherence to biblical values such as integrity.” But he does call for state officials to nullify and defy federal court rulings on abortion and LGBT equality: “We need principled, constitutional, pro-life, and pro-family state legislators and governors to defy the Feds and enforce state laws.” And he calls for individual citizens to nullify “ungodly” and “unjust” laws, citing the Manhattan Declaration’s vow of civil disobedience and adding, “May we have the discernment and courage to do what is right and obey God rather than man.”

 

Tom DeLay: Obama Will 'Go Down As The Worst President That Has Ever Served This Nation'

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay appeared on Newsmax Prime yesterday, where he declared that President Obama will go down as the worst president in American history.

"I have said it and said it publicly and I've said it proudly," DeLay stated, "this president is a Marxist, he believes in globalization, he believes in world order, he is a socialist from the get-go and we're getting what we deserve because we made him president of the United States."

"His legacy is going to go down as the worst president that has ever served this nation," he continued. "And when we start finding out what is going on and what has been going on as the years go by, we're going to be disgusted even more. January can't come too fast for me, that's for sure."

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/21/16

  • Libby Nelson @ Vox: How Pepe the Frog went from harmless meme to the alt-right’s mascot for Donald Trump.
  • Travis Gettys @ Raw Story: Tomi Lahren: Terence Crutcher’s police killing is a ‘tragedy’ — but I’m the real victim.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/21/16

  • Bryan Fischer really is obsessed with homosexuality: "The sad truth is that homosexuality throughout history is almost boring in its monotonous deviance from God’s design for human sexuality. There is nothing new or exciting or edgy to see here, despite the effort to convince us that embracing homosexuality is something all the cool kids do."
  • The Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America have launched a 20-state "Values Bus Tour" to mobilize conservative Christians to vote, while The Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats is launching a 40-day election prayer effort.
  • Linda Harvey is outraged by a new report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: "This fascist report defends those who cling to these unnatural, chosen practices as 'vulnerable' and in need of protection, and therefore, religious principle should not deny them the right to march into any forum, group, business, school, or church and make whatever demands they wish. Vulnerable? That would describe today’s faithful Christian Americans – not proud sodomites."
  • Shane Idleman says that trying to repeal marriage equality is not hateful because "times change but God's standards do not change. Although Christians love those in the LGBT community, no matter how many laws are passed in favor of sexual orientation, it will not change God's mind." 

Jim Bakker: Supporters Of The Constitution Are Mysteriously Dying

Yesterday, televangelist Jim Bakker told viewers that people “speaking up for our Constitution” are mysteriously dying and that more suspicious deaths will take place in the future.

“You want to know why the church has been shut up? Why no one is talking about what’s going on?” he asked. “We’re being monitored. Hi guys. We might as well wave to them. The Bible says I gotta love you so I’m gonna try. There’s monitoring groups—I won’t name them right now because I don’t want to get into a fight with them—they do nothing but monitor all speech, especially religious speech and anyone who is speaking out on the opposite side of what they believe, and they are studying every word we speak and anyone who is speaking for freedom, the old fashion, the Constitution, all that, they want us off the air.”

After cautioning viewers not to use certain “key words” on the phone, Bakker said that “if you see spokespeople and people who are speaking up for our Constitution and for the other side, you might say, than what’s popular today, just remember if you see them dying in car accidents, plane wrecks and all kinds of things, look into it a little deeper, a lot of that’s going around.”

Frank Amedia: God Has Called Trump To Tear Down Walls

Update: Charisma reports that Amedia no longer has a formal role in Trump’s campaign. We’ve updated this post to reflect that.

This morning, Donald Trump joined an event for pastors in Cleveland co-hosted by his former “liaison for Christian policy,” Frank Amedia. At the event, Amedia repeated his claim that Trump has been called by God to lead the nation, ironically insisting that Trump supporters “want to tear the walls down of division in the country” that are stopping their candidate.

Amedia asked the audience to join him in a “Jericho shout,” a reference to the biblical Battle of Jericho in which Joshua’s army collapses the city’s walls with a trumpet call and a shout.

“We want to tear the walls down of division in the country and the walls that have built themselves up to oppose a man that God has called to bring us to a new place,” Amedia said of Trump. “We are on a journey together. And it is a movement, even as Mr. Trump says, but this movement is also a Kingdom movement that we know God has released running parallel.”

“Lord, we ask you to release a spirit upon this nation to vote and to vote those principles of faith that we believe in so dearly,” he prayed, asking that God might let Trump’s “airplane sail on the wings of an angel.”

American Bridge captured the video:

At the same event, another pro-Trump pastor, Darrell Scott, warned that Trump is under “ concentrated satanic attack” and boxing promoter Don King declared that Trump will “lead us to the Promised Land.”

Don King: Donald Trump Will 'Lead Us To The Promised Land'

Boxing promoter Don King introduced Donald Trump today at the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors Leadership Conference in Cleveland, where he declared that Trump’s victory in the GOP primaries was God’s will and urged white women and people of color to rally behind the candidate “who will lead us to the Promised Land.”

“He’s here by the will of the people and of God,” King said.

He said that white women and people of color should back Trump because they have been disenfranchised throughout history: “Those are the left-outs. Donald Trump says no. We’re going back to inclusiveness; everybody counts. So that’s why when I see them try to ridiculize him or to try to ostracize and pervert—I want you to understand, every white woman should cast their vote for Donald Trump, not for Donald Trump the man but to knock out the system to help him to get their rights and be able to deal with it.”

He also said that black voters should support Trump because they “have nothing” and typically “give away” their vote “cavalierly” and “lackadaisically.”

King hailed Trump as a “doctor of humanness,” a “gladiator” and a David challenging Goliath. “America needs Donald Trump, we need Donald Trump, especially black people,” he said, before telling a story about black acceptance in white society in which he dropped the n-word.

Trump reportedly had asked King to speak at the Republican National Convention but the idea was quashed by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who cited King’s manslaughter conviction.

Gary Bauer: Donald Trump Might Be The Last Chance Conservative Christians Have To Save America

Gary Bauer of American Values was a guest on the "Point of View" radio program last week, where he repeated his analogy likening this election to Flight 93, the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11 after passengers fought back against the terrorists who had hijacked it.

This election is crucial, Bauer warned, because Donald Trump might just be the very last chance that conservatives ever have to elect a president who will promote their agenda.

"In some ways, America is like that plane," Bauer said. "We're careening out of control. We're on our way to crashing into something. We're abandoning Judeo-Christian values and traditions, government is becoming more and more powerful. If we get another four or eight years of left-wing judges on the courts, the First Amendment, our religious liberty rights, the Second Amendment rights, all these things will be up for grabs."

Like the passengers on Flight 93, Bauer said, Christians have to be willing to do everything they can to save the nation in this election because this might be the last chance they ever have.

"I can make a case that this may be the last election chance we have to actually win with somebody that is relatively close to our views on a variety of issues," he said. "The country could change so much in another four to eight years of these policies that we may not be able to elect another person on our side again to the presidency."

Darrell Scott: Trump Is Under 'Concentrated Satanic Attack'

Today, Donald Trump attended the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors Leadership Conference in Cleveland alongside his vice presidential running mate Mike Pence and campaign surrogates Ben Carson, Michael Cohen and Omarosa Manigault. The event was hosted by pro-Trump pastor Darrell Scott and co-hosted by Trump’s “liaison for Christian policy” Frank Amedia. Boxing promoter Don King introduced Trump at the gathering.

Scott, who hosted the event at his New Spirit Revival Center, told the audience that a “nationally known” preacher warned Trump before he launched his campaign “that if you choose to run for president, there’s going to be a concentrated Satanic attack against you.”

“He said there’s going to be a demon, principalities and powers, that are going to war against you on a level that you’ve never seen before and I’m watching it every day,” Scott said.

Later, Scott’s wife, Belinda Scott, prayed over Trump: “God we ask you right now that Your choice is this choice.”

“God, I ask that you would touch this man, Donald J. Trump,” she continued, “give him the anointing to lead this nation.”

WorldNetDaily Explains Why It's 'Not Natural' For A Woman To Run For President

The conspiracy theories surrounding Hillary Clinton’s health have always had sexist undertones, but leave it to WorldNetDaily to make that sexism painfully explicit.

In a column today in WorldNetDaily, psychology professor Kent G. Bailey explains that Clinton “looks more stressed, haggard and out of focus with each passing day” because, from “a paleopsychological standpoint, it simply is not natural, normal, or fair for a diminutive, pudgy, non-athletic and cerebral old lady to be forced into combat with an imposing, 6-foot-3-inch, 237-pound septuagenarian who drives a golf ball 300 yards and eats nails for breakfast.”

Clinton, he writes, has been forced into this “freakish situation” while “warrior extraordinaire Donald Trump is fully in his element at this moment and is thoroughly enjoying every aspect of the fray.” The presidential race, he explains, is “implicitly pitting the world of women against the world of men.”

He then goes on to offer several “paleopsychological observations” about why women are not suited to be national leaders, concluding that “if Hillary Clinton is elected, the continuing infantilization and feminization of American men will further explode, society as we know it will crumble, and the regression back to our pagan roots will be complete.”

… Third, our species’ history and our human nature have no place for head-to-head combat between the genders because females are simply too valuable to waste on hopeless and non-adaptive ventures. To try it is to court the worse forms of stress for the woman. There is simply no woman in the world who would have any chance whatsoever against a strong, angry and combat-ready male. …

Fourth, when a woman is faced with male aggression, her first instinct is to cry for help and then find a male protector to do the fighting for her. Hubby Bill has been the real power behind Hillary’s entire political career and her two attempts at the presidency, and he has rushed to her aid frequently in past weeks. Then last week her “friend” and master of charisma Barack Obama came in like a tag team wrestler to nip at Trump and try to improve the ratings. If that were not enough, Al Gore has recently added more male support to the Hillary cause. And that scion of boredom, Tim Kaine, is always around to excuse Hillary’s gaffes, provide emotional support, and testify to her health and well-being. Unfortunately, this quartet of feminized girly men does not add up to one really tough guy. Ten of them might make one Donald Trump … maybe.

Fifth, during the hunting and gathering phase of human history, females depended on males for provisioning and protection and depended heavily on both males and other females during pregnancy. Given the dangers and privations of this way of life, the human female is, by nature, cautious, conforming, highly adaptable under varying conditions and deferential to potentially dangerous male authority figures. She has always needed male protection and continues to need it today. With terrorism on our doorstep, many wise women will realize this fact and shift their vote to Trump by election day.

Sixth, the human female has never defined band, tribe, or national borders nor, once defined, defended them. That is and always was the province of the male of the species. In fact, this principle holds for other species as well as human beings. In Jane Goodall’s masterwork, “The Chimpanzees of Gombe,” she described how adult male chimps first define the borders of particular group territories and then defend them against interlopers – often with extreme and deadly violence. This is never the responsibility of the female chimp. In humans, we have seen how well human females “defend” borders with Angela Merkel welcoming immigrant hordes across the borders in Germany and Hillary Clinton set to do so in America if elected on Nov. 8.

Seventh, if Hillary Clinton is elected, the continuing infantilization and feminization of American men will further explode, society as we know it will crumble, and the regression back to our pagan roots will be complete. The feminist program was never designed to win by defeating men in direct competition, but, rather, to produce “equality” but turning men into women and needy children. And that program has been disastrously successful. That is, until Donald Trump declared political correctness null and void, and he finally put the Democratic Party Republican Guard – the establishment media – in its place.

In conclusion, it is not natural for a woman to engage in direct combat with a man, and it borders on the bizarre when sick and unsteady Hillary is forced by circumstance onto the field of battle with Goliath. It will take more than Candy Crowley to save the day this time.

Dan Stein: Let Public Schools Charge Tuition To Undocumented Kids

Dan Stein, the president of the anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform, urged Congress yesterday to challenge Plyer v. Doe, the 1982 Supreme Court decision that found that states can’t withhold public school funding for educating undocumented immigrant children, saying that states should instead “be able to charge tuition” to those children.

Stein’s group recently released a report griping about the cost of educating the children of both documented and undocumented immigrants, especially those who are learning English.

Virginia talk radio host Rob Schilling asked Stein yesterday what policy proposals he recommend that could combat the cost of educating the children of immigrants, and Stein said that one solution would be to re-litigate Plyer so that “at a minimum” states could charge tuition to undocumented kids.

“Public education should not be viewed as some hallowed ground,” he said. “It doesn’t create an entitlement for the child to be here by enrolling them in school. It basically says, if you’re going to be here, well, yeah, you ought to be in school, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be subject to deportation when the time comes.”

“So it would be great if Congress would pass a statute, pass Plyer again and re-litigate it to the Supreme Court,” he added, “because if you go back and look at that case there’s ample reason to argue that the situation now has radically changed and that at a minimum states should be able to charge tuition if you have no right to be in the country. Obviously, that would face a blowback from MALDEF and the Democratic Party, but that’s something that could be done.”

Louie Gohmert: US Killed Al-Awlaki To Cover Up 'All The Different People He Worked With In The Administration'

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, claimed yesterday that the reason the Obama administration killed al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, in a drone strike in 2011 was that if they had captured him alive he “would have sung about all the different people he worked with in the administration.”

Gohmert told radio host Howie Carr that the Obama administration has let Muslim Brotherhood groups tied to radicals in on national security decisions, which he said shows that “we always feed the dogs that are trained to bite us.”

He clarified that he wasn’t “saying that Muslims are dogs,” citing his own Muslim friends like “hero” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

He then got onto the subject of what Carr called “anchor babies” and al-Awlaki.

“Al-Awlaki, his parents were from Yemen, they came to the U.S. on a college visa, had al-Awlaki, took him back to Yemen, taught him to hate America,” he said. “And that’s why they couldn’t keep this terrorist al-Awlaki from coming in. And I think one of the reasons they needed to blow him up with a drone strike is if he’d ever been caught, arrested, he would have sung about all the different people he worked with in the administration.”

As evidence of al-Awlaki’s supposed ties with the Obama White House, Gohmert cited photos of a prayer service al-Awlaki led on Capitol Hill early on in the Bush administration.

Scott Lively Hopes To See Passage Of Russian-Style Anti-Gay Laws In America Under President Trump

Earlier this month, anti-LGBT activist Mike Heath of MaineResistance interviewed fellow extremist Religious Right activist Scott Lively, who continued to heap praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin for his crackdown on LGBT rights and hoped that, under a President Trump, similar anti-gay laws could be enacted in America.

Lively, who has called the passage of laws banning the spread of gay "propaganda" in Russia "one of the proudest achievements of my career" and urged the implementation of similar bans all over the world, voiced his hope that President Trump would "delegate to the church the task of shaping the culture."

"I wish we would be able to duplicate that all over the world," Lively said of passing Russian-style anti-gay laws. "That would really solve the problem."

"Frankly, if Trump wins in November," he stated, "then he could turn out to be like Putin in Russia and push back Marxism like Putin did and invite the church to come back in an guide the culture, like Putin did. He delegates, that's his way of governing and his way of doing business and I think he is going to delegate to the church the task of shaping the culture."

"The culture war has always been a battle between cultural Marxists and Christians, always, especially homosexuals among the cultural Marxists," Lively continued, "and [Trump is] pushing the cultural Marxists back and that's his primary target, political correctness, you know, the whole slate of the hard left agenda, he's just pushing back. And that's going to create a vacuum that the church is naturally going to fill because we're the ones who were guiding the culture before the Marxists took it away from us."

5 Failed Predictions Made By Don't Ask Don't Tell Defenders

Five years ago today, the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy officially came to an end. And, five years later, conservatives’ dire predictions about the consequences of the policy’s repeal have yet to come true.

This falls into a familiar pattern. Many of the same activists and commentators have made similarly apocalyptic—and unfounded—warnings about the effects of hate crimes laws and marriage equality.

Here are just five of the bogus claims made by those who opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

1) Diapers

Just two years ago, Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who is now a Colorado Republican state lawmaker, approvingly read a quote from Chaplain John R. Kauffman, who said that gay service members will be “taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels.”

2) Bestiality

Conservative columnist Laurie Roth said that thanks to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, military service members would be free to have intimate moments with goats and boars.

3) ‘Virtual Genocide’

In 2011, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer predicted that after the policy’s repeal took effect “the homosexual lobby” would be “committing one hate crime after another against service members” who objected to homosexuality.

“We are going to see principle-driven officers, one after another, become the victims of systematic hate crimes,” he said. “This is going to be a pogrom. This is going to be virtual genocide, military genocide, career genocide for people of faith in the military perpetrated by the homosexual lobby.”

4) Reinstatement of the Draft

Before the congressional vote to repeal the policy, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins criticized President Obama’s “drive to repeal the ban on open homosexuality in the military” by warning that it “could have this unintended consequence: It could bring back the draft.”

He said that supporters of the repeal wanted to “appease a small base of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi” and “sacrifice the lives of young Marines who are putting their life on the line for this nation.”

“I don’t know how they can live with that, knowing that the blood of those young Marines will be on their hands,” he added.

Perkins’ fellow Religious Right activist Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness similarly warned that the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “could put remaining troops in greater danger” and “break the All-Volunteer Force.”

“The draft will return with a vengeance and out of necessity,” Fischer wrote. “What young man wants to voluntarily join an outfit that will force him to shower naked with males who have a sexual interest in him and just might molest him while he sleeps in his bunk?”

5) ‘Sitting Around Getting Massages All Day’

In 2014, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said that gay service members, just like in Ancient Greece, won’t perform well in battle because they will be “sitting around getting massages all day” from their same-sex lovers rather than preparing for battle, making them “vulnerable to terrorism.”

Rep. Pete Olson: If Hillary Wins, 'We'll Be Surrendering To ISIS Within A Year'

Last week, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, appeared on “The Sam Malone Show,” where he warned that “if Mrs. Clinton becomes our president, we’ll be surrendering to ISIS within a year.”

Olson said that Trump was rising in the polls despite the recent coverage of his birther conspiracy theory, which Olson criticized as a media-manufactured distraction.

“People are getting his message about less government, lower taxes, strong defense,” he said. “I mean, the defense thing’s huge. I mean, if Mrs. Clinton becomes our president, we’ll be surrendering to ISIS within a year. Hey, Israel, you’ve gone bye-bye. Palestine, you’ve got your nation. Hey North Korea, go crazy.”

David Horowitz: Clinton Worse Than Joe McCarthy Because She Criticizes Republicans

Conservative activist David Horowitz insisted in an interview with Newsmax yesterday that Hillary Clinton has done worse things than Sen. Joe McCarthy, because while McCarthy was, in his view, unfairly maligned for his infamous communist hunts, Clinton has had the nerve to criticize conservatives and Donald Trump.

Clinton’s actions, he said, have “been worse than anything Joe McCarthy ever did.”

McCarthy, he said, was right about “99 percent of the people he brought before his committees” but has been portrayed poorly because “the left writes the history books in America.”

“But look at what Hillary has done,” he said. “She’s the originator of the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy.’ Every word out of her mouth is accusing Trump and Republicans of recruiting for ISIS, of being traitors. For crying out tears, these progressives, these Democrats think they’re holier than thou, they think that they stand for equality and tolerance. No they don’t, they stand for bigotry and the oppression of blacks in the inner cities.”

Brian Camenker Takes His Anti-Equality 'War' To Mexico

We have previously reported that Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage and the World Congress of Families is lending his support to the growing backlash against marriage equality by religious conservatives in Mexico. Turns out the intensely anti-gay Brian Camenker of MassResistance is also helping out.

In a September 16 post on its website, MassResistance wrote that over the summer Camenker responded to a plea for help from organizers of Mexico’s National Front for the Family. Camenker sent the group digital files of the Spanish-language version of his group’s booklet, “What same-sex ‘marriage’ has done to Massachusetts: It’s far worse than most people realize” and a Spanish version of his group’s video, “What ‘gay marriage’ has done to Massachusetts.” (Among the “shocking” things the video mentions are requirements that insurance companies must recognize legal marriages by same-sex couples and lawyers must learn about legal equality.)

The National Front has invited Camenker to Mexico City for what the group hopes will be a massive anti-marriage-equality rally this Saturday, September 24, building on other rallies that have taken place across the country this month.

The post says that the California chapter of MassResistance is planning to hold a rally in solidarity at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles and hopes that other chapters will get on board. The National Organization for Marriage has announced plans for an anti-marriage-equality rally at the Mexican embassy in Washington, D.C. this Friday, September 23. CitizenGo, a conservative platform for online organizing that has mobilized on behalf of anti-gay efforts around the globe, is also promoting the D.C. event.

Camenker was a speaker at an anti-gay summit that was held in Salt Lake City last October on the eve of a World Congress of Families summit. Camenker disagreed with people who urged anti-LGBT activists to always speak the truth in love. “I think there is a place for being insulting and degrading, and I think I can back that up by scripture,” he said. As we reported at the time:

Camenker said that in the Old Testament, “God has two sets of laws regarding how you treat your fellow man.” One is how you treat your neighbor, who you might work with and forgive. “There’s a whole different set of rules for people who want to tear down society, who want to push immorality, who want to tear down the moral structure of society.” That set of rules is “very brutal,” he said. “God says those people who want to do that must be destroyed.”

He said the LGBT movement is a “house of cards” that is “held together by force, intimidation, and propaganda” and can be destroyed by standing up to it, the way communism was. “We are in a war,” he repeated, saying of gay-rights advocates, “They would send us to concentration camps if they could.”

Putin's American Fans Cheer His Persecution Of Gays, Ignore His Persecution Of Christians

Pastors thrown in jail. Religious texts criminalized. Evangelism outlawed.

These are all events that Religious Right activists— inaccurately —predicted would happen during President Obama’s time in office. But sadly, these are acts that are all too common around the world.

Most recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his attacks on Christians who belong to denominations other than the Russian Orthodox Church, particularly Protestants, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Last month, Putin signed a law curtailing evangelism under the guise of combating “extremism,” a decision that is part of a broader trend of Putin’s government clamping down on dissidents, journalists, human rights activists and the LGBT community.

Even before this new law came into effect, religious minorities in Russia and Russian-controlled parts of Ukraine faced not only legal persecution but also violent attacks, including abductions and killings, from government-backed militias. Since the law was signed, state-sponsored attacks on religious minorities have only increased.

But none of this has stopped Putin’s American fans from singing his praises, even while they claim that President Obama has made the U.S. dangerous for Christians.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have enthusiastically praised Putin as a brilliant and mighty trailblazer while at the same time accusing President Obama of hounding Christians at home. In fact, Trump has claimed that the U.S. government is specifically targeting him with a tax audit because he’s “ a strong Christian .”

U.S.-based Religious Right leaders, many of whom are now supporting Trump, have similarly spent years praising the Russian president for supposedly championing Christianity and for leading an infamous crackdown on LGBT Russians.

Conservative religious leaders like Franklin Graham, Brian Brown and Bryan Fischer have praised Putin for his attacks on LGBT rights. American LGBT rights opponents have descended on Russia in recent years to cheer on the government’s growing repression of sexual minorities, including laws curbing gay adoption and curtailing free speech that supports LGBT rights. Religious Right leaders have called Putin a “lion of Christianity,” “the moral leader of the world” and the protector of “traditional Christianity.”

Televangelist Rick Joyner recently said that “there is much more freedom of religion in Russia than there is in America,” where “we no longer have freedom of speech,” and radio host Rick Wiles called Putin an instrument of God sent to punish “the United Gay States of America.”

In reality, Putin’s government has done the very thing that right-wing activists falsely accuse President Obama of doing: arresting Christians, threatening churches and permitting Sharia law in majority-Muslim areas.

But it is Obama they falsely charge with being an enemy of religious liberty, and Putin they shower with praise in spite of his well-documented attacks on freedom.

The admiration for Putin from this segment of the Religious Right reveals an ugly reality behind their claims of religious oppression at the hands of the LGBT rights movement. For these activists, it seems, the persecution of LGBT people is actually more important than preserving true religious freedom, even when the welfare and freedoms of other Christians are at stake.

(This post also appears on the Huffington Post).

Pat Robertson: 'Radical Socialist' Obama Will Bring 'Death To This Country'

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson responded to a story about conservatives criticizing Obama administration regulations by claiming that the president is a socialist who is hell-bent on destroying America.

“The left, ladies and gentlemen, the so-called progressives, want one thing: They want to bring socialized life to America and they want to control every aspect of the life you and I live,” the televangelist said.

Robertson said President Obama “is trying his dead-level best to impose his view of socialism on this nation and I think we need to call it what it is, he’s a radical socialist and he was nurtured in the school of radical, whatever you call it, revolution and his teachers are those who hate America.”

Obama’s policies, he added, will lead to government control over “everything you do” and “it will be death to this country.”

Bryan Fischer Again Falsely Claims The U.S. Banned Travel During The 2014 Ebola Crisis

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer reacted to the arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is a suspect in a string of bombings that took place in New York and New Jersey last weekend, by reiterating his call to ban all Muslim from immigrating to the United States, which he justified by once again falsely claiming that the U.S. had imposed a travel ban during the height of 2014's Ebola outbreak.

"I have been suggesting for a number of years that we need to suspend Islamic immigration," Fischer said, "because I honestly do not see an alternative. I've said before that Islam is like the Ebola virus of culture; it causes a culture to bleed out from the inside. When we had that Ebola crisis, we had to suspend immigration from any country where there was an Ebola outbreak because we could not know who was a carrier and who wasn't until it was too late, so you just had to be careful with everybody."

Fischer's analogy is total nonsense, especially when you recall that during the outbreak, he accused Obama of intentionally refusing to impose a travel ban because he wanted the disease to come to America as punishment. As we pointed out before, the United States never imposed any sort of travel ban during the Ebola crisis because doing so would have been counterproductive. Instead, the government put in place protocols requiring that anyone traveling to the U.S. from Ebola-affected nations enter through one of five specific airports where enhanced screening would take place:

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that all passengers arriving from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must go by way of a handful of U.S. airports as part of measures to control the spread of Ebola.

"Today, I am announcing that all passengers arriving in the United States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place," Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

Starting on Wednesday, those passengers will then be subject to "secondary screening and added protocols, including having their temperature taken, before they can be admitted into the United States," the statement said.

The airports are: New York's JFK; Newark, N.J.; Washington, D.C.'s Dulles; Atlanta; and Chicago O'Hare.

Of course, we don't expect Fischer to actually stop using his favorite analogy just because it happens to be totally false.

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