Fighting the Right

Steve King Says God Will Use The Next GOP President 'To Restore The Soul Of America'

Rep. Steve King called into Glenn Beck's radio program this morning to discuss his confrontation last week with advocates of immigration reform. During the interview, King told Beck that it is vitally important for House Republicans to rein in President Obama for the remainder of his term so that he cannot destroy America before this nation can elect a new president "whom God will use to restore the soul of America."

Saying that Republicans cannot "unilaterally disarm" by taking the threat of impeachment off the table, King declared that the GOP must work to "restrain this president so that he doesn't do serious destructive damage to our constitution" in order to allow this nation to "limp our way through his terms of office."

After Obama has been restrained, the GOP can then work on "identifying, lifting up, and raising up, and nominating, and electing the next President of the United States whom God will use to restore the soul of America."

"If we fall short in that," King warned, "in my lifetime, I don't expect to see this country put back on its rails again":

Charles Flowers: Gays 'Seek Special Rights' To 'Persecute' Conservatives

The Religious Right group Texas Values announced its support last week for Texas’ appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals after a district court judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Pastor Charles Flowers, who vigorously opposed an anti-discrimination ordinance in San Antonio, joined Jonathan Saenz and other conservative activists to support the appeal and denounce what he called the “HLGC” community: “homosexual, lesbian and gender confused.”

Flowers said that the ban should be upheld as constitutional “because it is Texas law” and “because it is based on the notion that those who choose to practice a certain lifestyle cannot change and yet the preponderance of the evidence refutes that claim.”

In fact, he positioned himself as a spokesman for civil rights activists and proclaimed “a divorce between the Civil Rights Movement and the HLGC agenda citing irreconcilable differences.”

Later, he warned that gays “seek special rights and a protected opportunity to punish and persecute anyone not in agreement with their lifestyle choice.”

Janet Parshall: Ebola Is Part Of God's End Times Judgment

Religious Right talk radio host Janet Parshall stopped by the American Family Association show “Today’s Issues” yesterday to discuss the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

According to Parshall, Ebola, the conflict in Ukraine, and violence in the Mideast are all messages from God telling us that the End Times are near: “God gives us a warning, another warning, another warning, another warning because he is a gentleman God.”

Matt Barber Pledges Civil Disobedience To Stop Same-Sex Marriage

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel said last week that the Religious Right should prepare for mass civil disobedience to fight “so-called same-sex marriage and the LGBT sexual orientation agenda,” which he claims somehow violates the rights of Christians.

During an interview on REEL Talk, Barber said that “we are going to reach a point in the U.S. where we revisit some of the civil disobedience that we saw in the 60s during those civil rights struggles.”

Barber repeatedly claimed that the modern Religious Right is the heir to the work of Martin Luther King Jr. Of course, white conservatives of King’s day opposed desegregation (Barber’s idol Jerry Falwell was one of segregation’s biggest supporters). Not to mention that King was a vocal supporter of the labor and family planning movements, and sharply disagreed with conservatives on school-organized prayer.

The Liberty Counsel attorney went on to compare the state of conservative Christians in the U.S. to Jews in Nazi Germany due to the debate over “counterfeit gay marriage.”

“They are going after Christians, they are going after churches,” Barber said. “It’s escalating but we’re not to the point, obviously, that we’re seeing with our Christian brothers and sisters around the world in Iraq, Syria and Sudan and elsewhere where they are literally being tortured and beheaded. It’s a soft persecution in the United States but that is the gateway drug, unfortunately, to violent persecution.”

Speaking of the actual oppression of Christians by groups like ISIS, Barber alleged that the “Muslim sympathizer” President Obama is actually aligned with the violent group: “He finds himself aligning even with barbarians like those of ISIS and others around the world and turning a blind eye to their horrific genocide.”

Pat Robertson: Prosecuting Bob McDonnell For Corruption Is 'Destroying This Nation'

Is Bob McDonnell the latest Religious Right “victim” of President Obama’s purported persecution of conservatives?

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson and Jay Sekulow did their best to paint the former Republican governor of Virginia as the victim of a “political prosecution,” decrying his corruption trial as a “political witch hunt” spearheaded by Attorney General Eric Holder.

Robertson alleged, without any evidence, that Holder wanted to stop Mitt Romney from tapping McDonnell as his running mate in 2012 and is “behind all of this stuff.”

“It is just one more reason why this administration is just destroying this nation and destroying its own credibility.”

Both Robertson and Sekulow are close to McDonnell, who attended the televangelist’s CBN University (now Regent University), where he wrote his controversial thesis. McDonnell was a member of Regent University’s board of trustees and Robertson donated to his campaign.

Glenn Beck's Final Warning: Listen To Me Or America Is Doomed

On his radio show yesterday, Glenn Beck begged his listeners to tune in for his television program later in the day because he had an extremely important message to deliver, warning that if this one is ignored, America will cease to exist.

Last night on the show, Beck hauled out his trusty chalkboard so that he could recount how he has been right about every major development in the world over the last decade, claiming to have accurately warned about everything from 9/11 to the economic collapse of 2008 to the current border crisis, saying that he was mocked and ridiculed every time, only for all of these things to eventually come true.

"All of these things have happened now," Beck said, pointing to the timeline written on the chalkboard. "All of these things were insane to say at the time."

And now, because the world has not heeded all of Beck's previous warnings, time has finally run out and "we're at the end of the highway, this is it, this is it."

The only answer, of course, is love.

Living by "Gospel principles" is the only thing that can save this nation now, Beck proclaimed. "Live like Jesus":

Pat Robertson: 'Are We Going To Have A Revolution? We Ought To Have Something'

Fox News commentator Todd Starnes appeared on “The 700 Club” today where he went through his usual talking points about how the Obama administration is waging “war” on conservative Christians while giving special treatment to Muslims.

His comments led Robertson to wonder, “Are we going to have a revolution? We ought to have something.”

CO State Senator Explains That Fracking Poses No Danger Because Having High Amounts Of Methane In The Water Is Totally Natural

A few weeks ago, Gordon Klingenschmitt attended the The Western Conservative Summit in Denver where he managed to score interviews with a variety of elected Republicans and conservative activists, which he has been featuring on his daily "Pray In Jesus Name" program.

On today's show, Klingenschmitt interviewed Colorado state Senator Randy Baumgardner, who defended the practice of fracking by declaring that having high amounts of methane in the water is totally natural.

"They talk about methane in the water and this, that, and the other," Baumgardner told Klingenschmitt, "but if you go back in history and look at how the Indians traveled, they traveled to the burning waters. And that was methane in the waters and that was for warmth in the wintertime. So a lot of people, if they just trace back the history, they'll know how a lot of this is propaganda":

BarbWire Columnist: Obama Will Kill At Least 25 Million Americans

BarbWire’s Sher Zieve knows what is really behind the increase in unaccompanied minors crossing the border: President Obama’s desire to murder at least 25,000,000 people, and possibly try “to get rid of many more millions of us so that they can give our homes and possessions to the ‘new transformer illegals’…aka Obama voters and supporters.”

She writes today in a column for Matt Barber’s conservative website that anyone who resists his homicidal plans will then be called a racist, and most people would rather die than get called that!

I knew this day was coming and have even written about it in past years’ columns. It was a fait accompli when Barack Hussein Obama entered what was once our White House and only a matter of time until he implemented this Orwellian portion of his program. We are already being called racists if we object to having our country invaded by foreign entities; many of whom are diseased, many gang-banger murderers including the infamous MS-13 Latin gang and Islamist terrorists. So, soon the inevitable devolution into the following will be a reality: If you object to your own death at the hands of the illegals’ diseases, you are a racist…and probably white. This is the insanity to which we-the-people are being subjected at the hands of a group of leftist globalist elites now running the planet. Think not? Well, consider what has been happening in the United States of America. Obama and his syndicate advisors have now created a wide open border between Mexico and the USA. People from virtually all countries–including Islamist terrorists–around the world are entering America with no one stopping them.

The U.S. Border Patrol has been told to “stand down” and let them through. Some of the already identified diseases being brought into our country by illegal immigrant aliens–at Obama’s command–include but, are not limited to scabies, new strains of highly-contagious tuberculosis, chicken pox, swine flu, SARS, dengue fever and–yes–Ebola. Doctors at the U.S. southern border telling people about the problems are being warned by the U.S. government to “shut up…or else.” And the American people are being told by the ObamaMedia PC Police “If you object to the ‘undocumented people’ entering the USA you are a racist!”



We already know the Obama syndicate’s partner-in-crime the Sinaloa Cartel (remember Fast & Furious?) are involved not only in the drug trade but, in human trafficking—including the provision of child sex slaves to those willing to pay the price. If that’s inaccurate, why the secrecy? Look to the most obvious and realistic answer. In the 1970s Obama’s friend and mentor Bill Ayers’ group the Weather Underground advised that its plan was to have the Russians, Chinese and others occupy various regions of the USA and to eliminate at least 25,000,000 people who would refuse to be re-educated into their new masters’ ways of thinking. Larry Grathwohl was an FBI undercover informant in the group and shared information via a video (below) and I was privileged to interview him shortly before his death.

Today, the Russians and the Chinese–via the ObamaGov–have been entering our country in increasing numbers. Many of these are soldiers brought in by Obama for faux “joint training exercises” who have never left the country and others are still coming across our Southern border by the millions. And the 25,000,000 pegged for “elimination?” The number targeted for termination is probably much higher today. Besides, the ObamaGov and NWO will have to get rid of many more millions of us so that they can give our homes and possessions to the “new transformer illegals”…aka Obama voters and supporters. This is the stark reality of the situation, folks: It’s Racist to Not Die for Obama. Choose him or choose God. And remember…only one of the two gives us free will to make the choice. Guess which…

Republican Presidential Hopefuls Preview 2016 Campaign

On Saturday, Republican presidential hopefuls and other conservative figures converged on Ames, Iowa for the Family Leadership Summit. The event was organized by Bob Vander Plaats, the Religious Right activist who led campaigns to purge the state Supreme Court of justices who supported marriage equality.

The all-star line-up included Sen.  Ted Cruz, Gov. Bobby Jindal. Gov. Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum. Joining them were State Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat from Iowa; Rep. Tim Scott; Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds; Ken Cuccinelli of the Senate Conservatives Fund; and regulars on the Religious Right speaking circuit, including David and Jason Benham, Josh Duggar of Family Research Council Action, Alveda King, and Rev. Rafael Cruz, Ted’s incendiary father.

Radio Iowa posted audio of the speeches by potential presidential candidates Huckabee, Santorum, Cruz, Jindal, and Perry. Taken together, they provide a preview of the 2016 primary campaign that will begin in earnest as soon as the 2014 elections are over. If the speeches in Ames are any indication, GOP voters will be hearing that America is on the verge of self-destruction, but can be returned to greatness with God’s help and the Republican Party in power.  It is clear that between now and then all these conservative leaders will all be trying to give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate, in part by getting Joni Ernst elected.

As you would expect, the speeches were generally long on Obama-bashing and empty rhetoric. Bobby Jindal’s answer for the problems at the U.S.-Mexico border, for example, was to tell President Obama to “man up.”

“I’ve got a very simple message for the president of the United States. We don’t need a comprehensive bill. We don’t need another thousand page bill. He simply needs to man up. He needs to secure the border and he needs to get it done today,” Jindal said. “There are no more excuses. No more delays.”

Jindal complained that President Obama is engaged in a relentless effort to “redefine the American Dream.” Obama’s version, he said, is based on class warfare, and expansive and intrusive government – he was not the only speaker to accuse Obama of trying to make America more like Europe. Jindal said in contrast he’s pursuing the real American Dream in Louisiana by cutting taxes, cutting government jobs and spending, and privatizing (“reforming”) education.

Jindal also complained about an “unprecedented assault on religious liberty” in the United States, recycling the Religious Right canard that the Obama administration wanted to protect only “freedom of worship.” He bragged about having coming to the defense of Duck Dynasty when Phil Robertson was criticized for making offensive remarks.

Jindal said he couldn’t figure out whether the Obama administration is “the most liberal, ideologically extreme administration” in our lifetime or “the most incompetent,” before asking, “What difference does it make?”  But he is confident that our best days are still ahead of us because “there’s a rebellion brewing.”

Rick Santorum said Republicans should focus on their vision rather than on bashing Obama, but he couldn’t resist. He called the president the “divider-in-chief” and denounced the “Obama-Clinton-Kerry regime,” which he says has turned its back on Israel.

Santorum’s speech suggests that he’ll be campaigning on themes in his most recent book, “Blue Collar Conservative.”  He said the Republican Party focuses on too narrow a group of people – business owners and entrepreneurs – when most people don’t own businesses, but work for someone else. They are hurting, he says, but nobody is speaking to them.  In addition to cutting taxes and government, he called for more investments in vocational education and greater restrictions on legal as well as illegal immigration, which he said are causing distress in labor markets.  Santorum’s biggest heresy against Republican dogma may have been saying it was time to stop invoking Ronald Reagan, who was elected almost 35 years ago. It would have been like candidate Reagan invoking Wendell Willkie, he said.

Ted Cruz started his upbeat speech with Washington- and Obama-bashing jokes. He’d spent much of the past month in Washington, he said, and it’s “great to be back in America.”  He described “the Obama diet” as “every day, you let Putin eat your lunch.” Cruz said he was optimistic that Republicans would re-take the Senate this year and the White House in 2016, and described five conservative victories and two victories-in-waiting.

1.       Killing gun control legislation in Congress

2.       The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision

3.       Blocking entry to the US for Iran’s chosen ambassador

4.       Grassroots activism leading to freedom for Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim

5.       Overturning the FAA’s temporary ban on flights to Israel

He described two “fixin’ to be completed” projects that Republicans would be able to finish when they take control of the Senate and then the White House

1.       Ending Obama administration “lawlessness” on immigration

2.       Repealing “every single word of Obamacare.”

Rick Perry declared that it is “easy to govern” and bragged about the success that red state governors are having by limiting regulation, restricting lawsuits, holding public schools accountable, and getting out of the way so the private sector can help provide people with jobs so they can take care of their families. (As Sam Brownback’s experience in Kansas makes clear, passing right-wing policies is no magic bullet.)

Perry denounced the president for not securing the border and declared that Texas would. Similarly, he told the audience that they have all been “called to duty” in the face of activist judges and assaults on the unborn. “Somebody’s values are gonna be legislated,” he said. “The question is whose values are going to be legislated.”  The future is bright, he said, because God is still alive and still impacting this country.

Mike Huckabee’s closing speech was in part a reprise of the one he gave at the Faith and Freedom coalition conference in June, in which he denounced “judicial supremacy” and compared the Chinese government’s systematic erasure of the Tiananmen Square massacre with the fact that American textbooks do not teach children that America’s founding was dependent on the hand of God.

Huckabee demonstrated his penchant for simplistic, inflammatory rhetoric. The IRS is a “criminal enterprise” and should be abolished. The 16th Amendment should be repealed. The Obama administration isn’t supporting Israel because it hasn’t “seen enough dead Jews to make them happy.”

Politics won’t fix the country, Huckabee said, unless there is a “spiritual transformation,” because “what has to happen first in America is that we get our hearts right, and then we’ll get our politics right. It rarely works the other way around.”

 

Glenn Beck Is Not A Prophet, But He Plays One On TV

Convinced, as he always is, that all of his dire predictions are coming true, Glenn Beck begged his radio audience today to tune in to tonight's television broadcast because he has an extremely important and final warning to deliver; one that, if it is not heeded, will spell the end of America.

"I am not some prophet," Beck declared (which was news to us). "If you look, however, at my record, you would think that I am. I'm not. I look at the facts."

While other people are freaking out over what is happening today, Beck is always more worried about what is coming tomorrow because "the one gift that I do have is to see over the horizon" ... and what he sees coming our way next is absolute destruction.

"This is the last hurdle," he proclaimed. "If we don't listen to this last warning, if this exit is missed, we are done":

AFA: Archie Is Destroying America's Youth

Tim Wildmon and Ed Vitagliano of the American Family Association are upset about the direction of Archie Comics, and spoke with Religious Right pundit Larry Tomczak on today’s edition of “Today’s Issues” about how Archie is corrupting young people with messages promoting “the occult and homosexuality.”

Tomczak described how in a recent issue Archie dies while taking a bullet for his gay friend, something Wildmon apparently found hilarious as he cracked up while Tomczek detailed the plot.

“I know I sound like an old crank but when kids grow up being fed lies, why should we surprised if they believe lies? Why should we be surprised if they say there is nothing wrong with same-sex marriage?” Vitagliano said. “These kids grew up watching their parents laugh at Will & Grace, which changed people’s opinions, and now the kids don’t have a problem with it.”

Notorious Pseudo-Historian David Barton Helps RNC Promote Its Campaign To Mobilize Religious Right Voters

Back in June, the Republican National Committee launched an effort to mobilize Religious Right voters heading into the midterm elections called GOPFaith.com, the goal of which is to mobilize tens of thousands of Religious Right activists on behalf of GOP candidates.

The RNC put South Carolina GOP chairman Chad Connelly in charge of the project and Connelly has been making the rounds of Religious Right radio programs to promote it and now radical right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton, who has a long history of working directly for the Republican Party, has filmed a video promoting the effort as well.

In the video, Barton asserted that the Founding Fathers all believed that religion ought to be central to America's public policy and cited various instances in which these early leaders called the nation to prayer before laughably declaring that, until now, evangelical voters had been "ignored by both parties."

"The good news now," Barton then announced, "is the Republican National Committee is no longer ignoring evangelicals or people of faith," pointing to the new GOPFaith.com effort as proof that the RNC is "now reaching out and saying 'hey, we're very comfortable with faith people, we want them involved, you have been involved, you've been the basis of America from the beginning.'" This GOP outreach effort, Barton insisted, now "gives us an even stronger reason to get involved in our churches to move people forward to support, as George Washington said, our foundations of religion and morality."

"If you want to see what can be done to help increase voter turnout in the faith community to get the right standards back in America," Barton said, concluding his pitch, "you can go to GOPFaith.com":

Anne Paulk: Teenagers Confuse A 'Bromance' Or 'Guy Crush' With Being Gay

Ex-gay activist Anne Paulk appeared today on “Family Talk,” where she told hosts James Dobson and Meg Meeker that parents should be skeptical when a teenage child comes out of the closet.

She advised parents to question their kids by asking questions like: “Why do you think that you are gay? What is happening in your life, son or daughter, that makes you think that you might be gay? Do you think maybe that you might be considering admiration of another person of the same gender and thinking you’re confused by what are normal crushes, guy crushes I think they call them nowadays, bromance or whatever?”

Paulk also warned that “there is a huge machine in public education” that instills kids with a “gay identity, and it’s just not fair to the individual.”

“Let’s be honest though, Anne, a revelation like that would scare most parents to death,” Dobson added. “They suck air trying to take that in and trying to stay rational at that moment is pretty tough.”

Ironically, Dobson’s Family Talk is using the broadcast to promote the book “Love Won Out” that Paulk authored with her ex-husband John Paulk, who now identifies as gay and strongly denounced the ex-gay movement.

Dobson added that there are “enticements” for young people to be gay these days and so they “don’t hear the other side” from anti-gay folks like himself. “My goodness they get trapped!”

“It’s almost politically correct to be homosexual or gay,” Dobson said. “You’re a hero by declaring that you’re gay,” Paulk replied, pointing to Michael Sam. “He became an overnight hero in many circles simply for saying ‘I’m gay.’ That’s our culture today.”

She then said the gay community doesn’t let people leave: “Once in, you’re not allowed out.”

Alex McFarland: God Punishing America With Obama Presidency, Gay Rights And Immigration

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer hosted Alex McFarland on Friday’s edition of “Focal Point,” where McFarland claimed that President Obama, gay marriage, and immigration are all judgments of God upon America.

“Here in America we have chosen new gods and we are being judged,” he said, citing the Book of Judges. “All of the chaos we’re seeing is the beginning of judgments,” he said.

McFarland was promoting his upcoming conference featuring speakers such as conservative activist Ben Carson, pseudo-historian David Barton, AFA head Tim Wildmon, and Fox News commentator Todd Starnes.

Janet Porter: Boycott Target For Its 'Corruption Of Marriage'

Not only is Janet Porter calling on conservatives to ditch Facebook and join her non-operational website ReaganBook, she is now pushing the Religious Right boycott of Target after the company announced its support for marriage equality.

“Target takes aim at natural marriage,” Porter said today in her daily radio commentary. “They are using your hard-earned shopping dollars to stand for counterfeit marriage.”

“I called Target to let them know I won’t be shopping there anymore until they reverse their policy on the corruption of marriage, and you can too…. Stand for marriage by boycotting Target.”

Paul Vallely Joins Pat Robertson To Call For Obama's Removal From Office

Paul Vallely, the conservative activist and former general who said he would lead a coup against President Obama, appeared today on “The 700 Club” to once again call for Obama’s removal through impeachment or other means.

While speaking with host Pat Robertson, Vallely called for “divine intervention” and demanded that Congress oust Obama and his national security team for pushing America down the road of “national suicide.”

“All of them need to go, they need to be replaced immediately,” he said. “Unfortunately in our Constitution we can only do impeachment, but we are generating what we call a ‘no confidence resolution’ in Congress this week that hopefully will lead to impeachment because we cannot let this regime in Washington continue to take us over the cliff.”

Robertson, who has prayed for God to remove Obama from office, told Vallely at the end of the interview that he “couldn’t agree with you more.”

'ReaganBook Is Putting Freedom On The Offensive'

A few weeks ago, Janet Porter announced the creation of ReaganBook, which was designed to be a "Facebook for patriots" who were tired of being censored by the pro-gay liberals who run the actual Facebook.

Shortly after the word spread about this amazing new website, it was flooded by users who didn't seem to share Porter's love of Ronald Reagan and conservative activism, resulting in the entire thing being taken off-line while she worked to "tighten our security."

As of now, ReaganBook remains locked down as "we make the necessary changes to keep the site free from obscenity, pornography, and those intent on the destruction of life, liberty, and the family," but Porter still has big plans for her social networking site ... once she figures out how to keep everyone who disagrees with her from using it, which is a little ironic considering that it was Facebook's supposed censorship of opposing views that prompted Porter to launch ReaganBook in the first place:

ReaganBook is the brainchild of conservative activist Janet Porter, who said she decided to start a new network after seeing several pro-life, pro-Israel and anti-gay marriage posts blocked by Facebook. She is promoting the site as the conservative social media alternative.

"ReaganBook's purpose is to be what Facebook could've been but chose not to be," Porter told FoxNews.com.

ReaganBook will have many of the same features as Facebook including a newsfeed, groups and pages, according to Porter. She said ReaganBook's users will be able to create a profile similar to what they have on Facebook, and share links and photos.

But the network has had a rocky launch, as ReaganBook's free speech policy immediately backfired. Porter was forced to put the site into offline mode a few days after it began the initial testing phase on July 26, because it was overrun by Internet trolls.

...

Porter said the haters actually prove the website is necessary and will serve its purpose -- once it gets better security in place. 

"I think there are some people that are threatened by freedom of speech," she said. "People are used to the silencing of all dissent. That's not what this country is founded on."

Porter cited many examples of conservatives who have been censored on Facebook in an informational packet about ReaganBook provided to FoxNews.com. One example, according to Porter, is former child star Kirk Cameron, who claimed last year Facebook blocked him from promoting his film "Unstoppable" because it was "spammy."

Porter also cited an example from LifeNews.com, which reported in 2012 that Facebook had removed a photo a pro-life activist posted of an abortion, but apologized for censoring a photo a pro-choice activist had posted.

A spokesman for Facebook declined to comment.

Porter said she hopes ReaganBook will "tear down walls of tyranny" she claims are preventing conservative views from being shared and create a community that will follow in President Reagan's footsteps in fighting injustice.

"ReaganBook is putting freedom on the offensive," she said.

ReaganBook is not affiliated with the Reagan family or the Reagan presidential library. Michael Reagan, the son of the 40th president, told FoxNews.com in an email he has "no idea" who is launching ReaganBook.

Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee Answer The Call Of Christian Nation Extremist David Lane

Republican presidential hopefuls keep lining up to take part in events organized by David Lane, in spite of the activist’s extreme Christian-nation politics. On Friday, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee were in Iowa to meet with conservative pastors organized by Lane's Iowa Renewal Project.

Jindal and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, both of whom are considering seeking the GOP nomination for the presidency in 2016, were the stars of a private Iowa Renewal Project event in Cedar Rapids organized by David Lane, a political activist from California who has been quietly mobilizing Christian conservatives in Iowa for seven years. He organized a similar pastors' gathering in Des Moines and booked Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, two other possible presidential candidates, as the featured speakers.

Lane’s events are normally closed to the press, but Jennifer Jacobs, a Register reporter, was allowed to attend. According to the Jacobs, Jindal spoke about his conversion to Christianity and the importance of his faith:

Jindal recalled how on live statewide TV at a campaign debate he was asked to identify the single most important moment in his life. "I smiled and thought to myself, 'That is the easiest question I've ever been asked," he said. "I just blurted out the truth: it was the moment that I found Jesus Christ,'" he told an audience of about 250 Christian conservative pastors and community leaders.

It's not always easy to be a Christian, Jindal said.

"It's like (God) has given us the book of life. He doesn't just look at the pages for today and tomorrow. He doesn't promise that our team is going to win happen today or tomorrow. He doesn't promise you that everything's going to happen exactly the way you want it. But he does something much much more important. ... He lets us look on the last page and on the last page our God wins."

According to the Register, while Jindal was warmly received, attendees agreed that Huckabee stole the show.

"Oh, nobody compares to Mike Huckabee," said audience member Jamie Johnson, a Christian conservative who is a member of the Iowa GOP's governing board. "Huckabee's likability is through the roof."

As Jacobs notes, “Huckabee leads polling as the Republican front-runner in Iowa, riding on popularity he built in 2008, when he won the GOP caucuses here.” In his remarks, Huckabee took on conservatives who want to talk only about liberty and low taxes but not moral issues.

"They say, "I don't want to hear about social issues. All I want to hear is about liberty and low taxes. Well, that's just delicious. Let me tell you something," said Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor. "... Liberty cannot function unless there are people who are willing to live with integrity." …

"Freedom can never function apart from a moral society," he told an audience of about 300 Iowans at a private event at the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Cedar Rapids. "And where is that going to come from? It had better come from the churches, and it had better come from pulpits and the people who are grounded in the word of God."

Rand Paul made a three-day swing through the state last week, but Huckabee denied that his remarks were a direct poke at Paul.

Asked if his "liberty" remarks were directed at the liberty movement that sprang from 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul's campaign, and the activists who are now rallying around his son, Rand Paul, Huckabee told The Des Moines Register: "No, not at all. It's just the bigger picture. ... It's a word I would use regularly anyway."

Other excerpts from Huckabee’s speech, courtesy of the Des Moines Register:

ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT: "We have a very weak Supreme Court right now. We've got to quit believing the Supreme Court is the supreme being. It's only one of three branches of government. It's not above the other two. ... And all three branches are under the tutelage of the people of this country in whom the ultimate power and authority power resides."

HOW TO SAVE THE COUNTRY: "It is important to elect the right people all the way from the city council to the White House. But if we want to change America, the real prescription is not to go out and just get certain people elected and hoping that they will bring spiritual revival. It's to pray for spiritual revival. And if God awakens this country spiritually, this country will elect the right people and they will do the right things."

ON PASTORS WHO SHY AWAY FROM POLITICS: "I hear pastors say, 'I'm just a shepherd of God, and I don't want to get involved in politics. It's a dirty business.' My brother, my sister, it is a dirty business. But It's dirty because the clean people have decided to leave it to the people who don't care whether it's dirty or not. ... I've never ever ever ever encouraged a pastor to endorse a candidate. Unless it's me. No, I've even said, 'Don't use your pulpit to endorse me.' As much as I would enjoy that, don't do it. Endorse the principles of God's words. Endorse the value of human life. Endorse the institution of marriage. Endorse those which are eternal and holy things."

 

John Fleming: Obama Dividing Americans By Race 'Just To Have Political Power'

Rep. John Fleming appeared on Friday’s edition of “The Janet Mefferd Show,” where he warned that immigrants are refusing to integrate into American culture and becoming “dependents on our entitlement system.”

The Louisiana Republican spoke with guest host Randy Thomasson, the head of Save California, echoed recent remarks by his Republican colleague Mo Brooks about how Obama and Democrats are fomenting racial animosity: “Our president promised that there wouldn’t be such things as black Americans and white Americans, just Americans, but his policies have actually divided us and multi-divided us in so many ways just to have political power.”

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