On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck announced that not only will he attempt to expose Grover Norquist as a front man for radical Islamic organizations, he will now also be investigating Karl Rove. On his radio program today, Beck declared that his campaign has again expanded to include the entire GOP establishment and this is now the beginning of a suicidal showdown to the death.
"I really believe this is the opening of a can of whoop-ass that is not resealed," Beck said, "and this is the entryway to a world of really bad darkness in the GOP that, if we continue to go down, which we are, you're going to find all sorts of really bad stuff here."
"This is a zero-sum game," he said. "Only one of us is going to be standing at the end, I think ... I don't think we're the ones that survive this game because there are so many really powerful people on the other side."
As Brian noted yesterday, Republican Colorado state representative Gordon Klingenschmitt finds himself at the center of a controversy stemming from a clip that we posted earlier this week from one of his recent "Pray In Jesus Name" programs in which he proclaimed that a brutal attack upon a pregnant woman in his state was part of "the curse of God upon America" for legal abortion.
He added that he was speaking as a preacher when he made those comments and not an elected representative and so "if other people are offended by the Bible, that's okay, they don't have to agree with me or come to my church or watch my TV show. It's a free country."
Klingenschmitt was interviewed on KOA News Radio 850 in Denver this morning about his comments, where he absurdly stated that "if you were offended because I quoted the bible in church, I ask you to forgive me but I will not apologize for quoting the Bible in church."
Repeatedly insisting that the things that he says on his television program should not reflect of his role as a legislator, Klingenschmitt went on a claim that his religious freedom is somehow being violated by all of the criticism that he is receiving.
"If the government is now going to step into my church on Sunday and say 'oh, you're not allowed to do that because you are an elected official," he said, "I would ask people to take a step back and think about how the government should be protecting your freedom of worship on Sunday and maybe cut me a little slack":
At one point during the interview, Klingenschmitt said that it "was a demonic spirit" that was behind this brutal attack on Michelle Wilkins and bragged that his charity had donated a thousand dollars to a GoFundMe effort set up to help her.
As it turns out, the Wilkins family has rejected Klingenschmitt's donation:
Just wanted everyone to know:
A refund of $1,000.00 has been issued for a payment made by Gordon Klingenschmitt for "Michelle Wilkins Fund (Longmont CO)". The money has been removed from your account: "Michelle Wilkins Trust Fund (Longmont CO)".
During an interview with the conservative outlet LifeSiteNews, Roman Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke said that the church must not budge on its teachings on homosexuality and remarriage, suggesting that gay and remarried Catholics who are dedicated members of the church are not all that different from “the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people.”
Religion News Service, which first reported the story, notes that Pope Francis “effectively demoted” Burke, who emerged as “one of the pontiff’s most outspoken critics on the right.”
Burke told LifeSiteNews that the church must continue its practice of denying communion to such Catholics and see homosexuality as an “intrinsic evil.”
LifeSiteNews: Since the extraordinary synod on the family, we have entered a period of uncertainty and confusion over several “hot-button” issues: communion for divorced and “remarried” couples, a change of attitude towards homosexual unions and an apparent relaxing of attitudes towards non-married couples. Does your Eminence think that this confusion is already producing adverse effects among Catholics?
Cardinal Burke: Most certainly, it is. I hear it myself: I hear it from Catholics, I hear it from bishops. People are claiming now, for instance, that the Church has changed her teaching with regard to sexual relations outside of marriage, with regard to the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts. Or people who are within irregular matrimonial unions are demanding to receive Holy Communion, claiming that this is the will of the Holy Father. And we have astounding situations, like the declarations of the bishop of Antwerp with regard to homosexual acts, which go undisciplined, and so we can see that this confusion is spreading, really, in an alarming way.
LSN: Among the viewpoints of Cardinal Kasper and, more recently, Bishop Bonny of Antwerp, and others, was the consideration that “faithful” homosexuals, “remarried” divorcees and non-married couples show qualities of self-sacrifice, generosity and dedication that cannot be ignored. But through their choice of lifestyle, they are in what must be seen by outsiders as an objective state of mortal sin: a chosen and prolonged state of mortal sin. Could you remind us of the Church’s teaching on the value and merit of prayer and good actions in this state?
CB: If you are living publicly in a state of mortal sin there isn't any good act that you can perform that justifies that situation: the person remains in grave sin. We believe that God created everyone good, and that God wants the salvation of all men, but that can only come about by conversion of life. And so we have to call people who are living in these gravely sinful situations to conversion. And to give the impression that somehow there's something good about living in a state of grave sin is simply contrary to what the Church has always and everywhere taught.
LSN: So when the man in the street says, yes, it's true these people are kind, they are dedicated, they are generous, that is not enough?
CB: Of course it's not. It's like the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people…
The Arizona state senator receiving widespread attention as a result of her call for mandatory church attendance is, surprise surprise, an ardent Religious Right lawmaker.
While debating a bill on allowing people to bring concealed weapons into public buildings, State Sen. Sylvia Allen criticized the legislation’s opponents by maintaining that individual souls — not guns — are the real source of gun violence. “Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday,” she said.
She later insisted that her remarks didn’t amount to a serious proposal, asserting that she wishes America would just return to the 1950s, which she said was a much more moral time in the country.
She also proposed that the state enable the creation of a volunteer border militia and pushed for a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, warning that gay marriage would harm children and destroy Social Security:
Since the beginning of recorded history the foundation and continuation of all societies has been the family; father, mother, and children. When the Pilgrims stepped off the Mayflower they were in family unites. Even the Native Americans formed their society around a father, mother and children.
Over 1,049 federal laws in many categories, including Social Security, welfare, veterans, taxation, etc are based on the man-woman marriage relationship. Society has set up our laws to protect the children and to provide in the case of a spouse dying. All of that would change if same sex marriage gets its foot hold and demands are then placed upon government and businesses for benefits. Our already overburdened Social Security system could not survive.
This is not about mere tolerance, allowing people their sexual preference and living with who they want, they can already do that, but same sex marriage is about forcing all within our society regardless of religious or traditional beliefs to accept radical changes which will have far reaching consequences. Consequences that change the very core of our society and how it functions. The loser will be the children who must endure the selfish desires of adults.
Activist judges and a small percentage of Americans have forced the people to use the Constitution to protect marriage and all that it means to the continuation of our society. If ever the family is to be restored and protected it must start with the very definition of what marriage is.
Allen even offered a bill to protect her son-in-law who was under investigation for harassing female inmates while working in a country prison:
Last year, then-Navajo County Supervisor Allen tried to interfere with an internal investigation into her son-in-law's conduct with female inmates in the Navajo County jail.
This year, Allen has moved on to the state Senate where she sponsored a bill aimed at ensuring that others don't have to endure what she sees as a witch hunt against her son-in-law.
"She was interfering in the investigation," Navajo County Sheriff K.C. Clark told me this week. "At one point, I had to go to the county attorney and say if she gets in my way, I'm going to book her for interfering in the criminal investigation."
Allen's son-in-law, Timothy Hunt, was working as a detention officer in Navajo County jail in April 2014, when a former inmate alerted authorities to possible questionable conduct with female inmates while working nights, according to county records.
Hunt was reassigned to a desk job while an investigation was launched – a point that didn't please Supervisor Allen, who immediately texted Sheriff Clark.
"I need to talk to you about what is going on in the jail," she texted on April 29. "The commander put up a note in the control room telling EVERYONE that Tim Hunt was not allowed into the jail this was before he got to work then they made him sit out front all day not telling him why he was being investigated. He was humiliated and no one said WHY."
Hunt would soon find out why, if he didn't already know.
As part of an independent investigation into his activities, six women claimed that he made sexually suggestive remarks and gestures to female inmates and passed along cigarettes and matches to one female inmate in exchange for oral sex.
Several weeks later, the independent investigator sustained four of the five allegations against Hunt, finding that "the preponderance of evidence" suggests among other things that he provided cigarettes to an inmate after she performed a sex act on him in a shower.
"Despite Hunt's denial of wrongdoing, there was significant consistency between the accounts of the witness female inmates, and there is no credible evidence of any conspiracy," the investigator wrote, in a June 25, 2014, report to the Navajo County Sheriff's Office.
In July, Hunt took a polygraph test and was deemed "not truthful" when he denied engaging in oral sex with a female inmate, according to the polygraph report.
He later resigned and the file was sent to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office, to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.
Allen, meanwhile, ran for the state Senate, to replace the late Sen. Chester Crandell, and in January became a member of the Arizona Legislature and the Senate pro tempore no less.
Enter Senate Bill 1467. Allen's bill would strengthen the rights of law enforcement officials who face disciplinary proceedings. It was a surprise to many in the law enforcement community, given that the Peace Officers Bill of Rights was just passed last year and didn't take effect until Jan. 1.
Among Allen's proposals: to allow full-blown appeals trials rather than summary reviews if an officer is disciplined and to get rid of polygraph examinations.
Like the one her son-in-law failed.
Last week, the Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin spoke at one of the organization's regional "Watchmen on the Wall" events in Springfield, Missouri, where he warned that Christians in America are being persecuted and called upon conservative activists to rise up like "God's army."
"If you're a Bible-believing Christian, if you're a person who has a biblical worldview, if you serve the one and only God, you are going to be persecuted, plain and simple" he said, pointing to Springfield's non-discrimination ordinance which bans discrimination on the basis sexual orientation and gender identity [SOGI].
"This SOGI nonsense is an example of exactly what they're trying to do us," Boykin said. "They're trying to put us in a situation where we're going to lose our businesses, where we're going to be forced to accept what Adolf Hitler forced the church to accept in Germany in 1937."
"We're at war," Boykin said, as he declared that the push for gay rights is "evil" and cannot be compared to the fight for civil rights: "This is not about civil rights, this is about the evil that has come into our society and is trying to destroy our ability and our freedom to be able to worship our god as we choose."
"We're not rising up against evil," he warned. "When we rise up against evil, we've got to rise up like an army. We've got to act like we're in the military because, in fact, we are God's army":
In a video posted yesterday by the Christian Broadcasting Network, Rand Paul addressed “a group of pastors and religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast” in Washington D.C. on Thursday about the need for “revival” in America complete with “tent revivals” full of people demanding reform.
He suggested during the event that the debate about legalizing same-sex marriage is the result of a “moral crisis” in the country: “Don’t always look to Washington to solve anything. In fact, the moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage, there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.”
“We need a revival in the country,” Paul said. “We need another Great Awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying, ‘reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform.’”
Previously, the likely presidential candidate said that gay marriage should remain banned because it “offends myself and a lot of people.”
While speaking with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Ted Cruz said that he hopes and prays that God put him in the position he is in today.
Cruz told Brody that “far too many Christians have ceded the public arena to people who aren’t believers,” urging pastors to become “watchmen on the wall” who will act “just like Esther” in the fight to save America.
Brody also hailed Cruz’s father, far-right activist Rafael Cruz, for his political views that he says have “rubbed off on Cruz.”
Who could have predicted that Gordon Klingenschmitt wouldn’t exactly live up to his promise, following his election to the Colorado State House last year, that he would “tone down the rhetoric” after building a career out of making off-the-wall statements as a Religious Right activist.
Klingenschmitt has set off a firestorm in Colorado after he claimed that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman in the state, in which a baby died after being cut from the woman's womb, was the result of God’s “curse” on America for legalizing abortion.
His colleagues in the state legislature, including the lawmaker who used to represent Klingenschmitt’s district, called out the GOP lawmaker for his remark:
"His statement was outrageous," said Rep. Beth McCann of Denver. "Rep. Klingenschmidt is politicizing a terrible human tragedy. The statement was incredibly insensitive to a family that is been through an unimaginable horrific experience."
Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Douglas County, said Thursday she was "appalled" at her colleague's remarks.
"Gordon does not speak for his caucus," said Lawrence, the House assistant minority leader.
[Former State Rep. Mark] Waller said he is concerned that Wilkins, who has been released from the hospital, will read Klingenschmitt's comments.
"It's just plain wrong to say something like that, this poor woman," he said. "This was a horrible tragedy."
Republicans were quick to distance themselves from a member of their own caucus:
"I think this statement is reprehensible and disrespectful," House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, a Democrat, said in a statement . "Given the sensitive nature of the events, as well as respect for the victim and her family, I'm not going to comment any further."
Steve House, the new chairman of the Colorado GOP, was less critical in his statement.
"Gordon has the right to exercise his First Amendment protection of free speech," House said in a written statement. "Gordon does not speak on behalf of the Colorado Republican Party and to suggest otherwise would be inaccurate and dishonest."
Others at the state Capitol were left to wonder how Klingenschmitt thought he could make the remarks without public backlash.
"It's so disrespectful to the victims," said one political operative in the state capitol. "Does [Klingenschmitt] not think that the Internet works in the building?"
Yesterady on “The Savage Nation,” Michael Savage lit into President Obama’s role in the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban prisoner who is now facing chargers of desertion.
Savage claimed Obama is “diminishing the U.S. military” and “permitting the Islamo-fascists to rise,” mocking liberals who believe Obama is a “loyal American” who “loves America.”
“Are you sure of that?” Savage facetiously asked. “Are you sure you haven’t watched the show ‘Homeland’ sufficient to understand that occasionally along comes someone who has not the American interest at heart? Is that possible? ‘Oh no, you right-wing nuts, you have it all wrong, you’re a bunch of racists. How dare you say that about the greatest American since George Washington.’”
Joining Colorado Republican lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt in suggesting that the attack of a pregnant woman in Colorado was part of a divine plan to expose the injustice of legal abortion, Colorado-based radio host Kevin Swanson wondered yesterday if “by God’s providence, He may have somehow directed this irony to teach Colorado a lesson” about its “pro-abortion” policies.
According to reports, the woman “was stabbed and had her baby cut from her womb” and the baby later died.
“We’re a murderer state,” Swanson said. “There is so much blood on the hands of this state, it’s hard to live here. It’s hard to live in the state of Colorado because there is so much blood on the hands of our leaders, here in the state of Colorado, and the populace who is so pro-abortion they would not protect this child who was murdered in her mother’s womb over the weekend.”
While speaking last week in Ohio, President Obama was asked his thoughts on how to control the amount of money in politics and spending on campaigns, to which he responded by noting, among other things, that some nations have mandatory voting.
"If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country," Obama said, and that has predictably alarmed conservative activists who notoriously do not want everyone to vote, such as Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union and Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association.
Discussing Obama's statement on the "Today's Issues" radio program this morning, Knight and Wildmon both stated that most people who don't vote are uninformed and ignorant and so "we don't want those people voting" in the first place.
Knight went on to claim that Obama is seeking to "flood the nation with illegal immigrants, get them hooked on welfare and then have them vote for Democrats," which Wildmon said was part of a plan to bring about "the death of the Republican Party as we know it":
Yesterday on “Trunews,” Rick Wiles said that American laws designed to “intimidate” Christians are paving the way for violent anti-Christian persecution in the U.S.
“It is coming here,” Wiles said. “There is an ugly spirit of Antichrist rising up in the world, they are attacking Christianity through political and legal means of intimidation but it will escalate to outright violence and bloodshed because it is Satan who is driving them.”
Last night, Glenn Beck dedicated his entire television program to laying out his case that anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is a secret agent of the Muslim Brotherhood which, in typical Beck fashion, involved a good bit of grandstanding, lots of conjecture and insinuation, and several chalkboard's worth of guilt-by-association.
On his radio program today, Beck continued to hammer away at Norquist, whom he wants to see removed from the board of the NRA, declaring that "we're at the beginning of a Van Jones thing"when it comes to exposing Norquist's nefarious network, calling him "the Muslim Brotherhood's Tides Foundation."
Not surprisingly, Beck's crusade against Norquist has now expanded to include Karl Rove, with whom he has been publicly feuding for the last week.
As Beck sees it, the only reason that Rove criticized him last week for supposedly leaving the GOP is because Beck was working to expose Norquist, with whom Rove has close ties.
"Isn't it interesting that Karl Rove decides to open up another front while I have Grover Norquist going as well?" Beck asked. "We're now fighting a battle on two fronts and I believe they are connected. I believe that Karl Rove and Grover Norquist are joined at the hip and there's something very bad here":
Ted Cruz, one of the U.S. Senate’s most extreme and conspiratorial members, told sympathetic commentator David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network today that he plans to run a “positive, optimistic, hopeful” campaign for president that will stay out of the gutter.
“There may be other candidates who get down and nasty, who get personal, who go into the gutter and launch attacks. I ain’t going to be one of them, and I’m not going to reciprocate,” Cruz said, before clarifying that he does plan to “contrast” his record with that of other candidates. “The Scripture gives us guidance; the word tells us ‘you shall know them by their fruit.’”
When Brody asked the senator if he agrees with evangelicals who “believe that this is a Christian nation,” Cruz said that America was “built on Judeo-Christian values” and “built by people of faith, men and women of faith, who were fleeing persecution.”
Last night on “The Steve Deace Show,” Donald Trump spoke to the Iowa-based host about how this time, he is really serious about running for president. He told Deace that Republicans have failed to stand up to Democratic officials who “don’t know what they’re doing” and “just want to keep taxing.”
“They talk and they continue to talk,” Trump said. “You see this huge flair of talk and then nothing happens.” And if there is one thing the almost-1988, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump doesn’t like, it’s talk without action. If things don’t turn around soon, Trump warned, immigrants may destroy America and the middle class will rise up.
“People are flowing into this country by the millions, not by the thousands, by the millions, and destroying the fabric of the country,” Trump warned. “We’re talking about the highest-taxed nation in the world and the middle class is just getting decimated. I mean, everybody is hitting the middle class and something has to happen because we’re not going to have a middle class or the middle class is going to do something that you and I and nobody else is going to like and who can blame them? They are getting decimated.”
Like other Religious Right activists, Gordon Klingenschmitt is outraged that a Planet Fitness franchise in Michigan revoked the membership of a customer who wouldn't stop complaining after a transgender woman hung up her coat and purse in the women’s locker room and so he is now calling for a national boycott of the fitness chain.
On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today, the Colorado Republican state legislator said that "there is a demonic spirit of lying" inside of transgender people, whom he said are "parading their parts" in front of small children because they are driven by "a predatory spirit of sexual exploitation."
Klingenschmitt then once again asserted that since the Bible says that transgender people are not allowed in church, they should likewise be banned from using public facilities, saying that "if they can't enter the assembly of the Lord, why should they be able to enter your women's locker room."
Klingenschmitt concluded by praying that children would be protected from "predators" like this and that millions of Americans would boycott Planet Fitness "until that corporation changes their policy":
Don Feder of the World Congress of Families greeted Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign announcement at Liberty University by arguing that while “there will never be another” Ronald Reagan, Cruz comes pretty close.
Just like Cruz, Feder said in his column yesterday, Reagan too “alienated the Republican establishment” and had been labeled as “too extreme” and “too flamboyant” by naysayers who believed he had “absolutely no chance of becoming president.”
Feder said that Cruz picked up the baton from Reagan by declaring his bid at Liberty University, citing Reagan’s ties with Liberty-founder Jerry Falwell and his support for the Religious Right movement.
“Ronald Reagan was unique; there will never be another like him,” Feder said. “But like Reagan, Cruz understands the power of an army of passionate idealists — people who aren’t moved by marginal tax rates or the profit margin of the Fortune 500, but by family, faith and freedom.”
Cruz is a throwback to another presidential contender – one who was also "too extreme," alienated the Republican establishment, was too flamboyant (appeared in Technicolor in a monochrome field) and, the pundits assured us, had absolutely no chance of becoming president.
Much has been made of Cruz's choice of a venue to launch his presidential campaign – Liberty University (founded by "televangelist" Jerry Falwell, the media elite sneered) – and his faith-based message. "God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn't done with America yet."
Cruz told the students of this Christian university: "I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America."
On August 21, 1980, Ronald Reagan addressed 15,000 conservative Christians in Dallas. As church leaders, "I know you can't endorse me," Reagan famously told them. "But I want you to know that I endorse you and what you are doing." Among them was Jerry Falwell.
Reagan said the Bible held the answers to all of America's problems of the day and that if we would only return to that "old-time religion," we could realize the dream of a shining "city on a hill."
Ronald Reagan was unique; there will never be another like him. But like Reagan, Cruz understands the power of an army of passionate idealists – people who aren't moved by marginal tax rates or the profit margin of the Fortune 500, but by family, faith and freedom.
Religious Right activist Richard Land guest-hosted yesterday’s edition of “Washington Watch” where he expressed outrage about President Obama’s remarks on the need for more people to vote, in which he pointed to Australia as an example of a country with compulsory voting.
Land, a former Southern Baptist Convention official who left following a scandal involving plagiarism and racial remarks, brought on Kenneth Blackwell of the Family Research Council to discuss this latest “scandal,” agreeing that it was a sign that Obama seeks to vastly grow the size of government and divide Americans.
“I’m going to use an extreme analogy: he could’ve been Mandela and instead he chose to be Mugabe,” Land said, referring to late South African leader Nelson Mandela and Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, who is notorious for his use of violence against political opponents and white farmers. “He chose Mugabe over Mandela and we’re all paying the price.”
Blackwell, who helped stifle voting during the 2004 election when he served as Ohio Secretary of State, suggested that the government under Obama may soon “order you to have mandatory political party membership.”
After criticizing Obama for “doing away with Election Day” by supporting early-voting, Blackwell claimed Obama is pushing a “devilish plan” to encourage people who are “dependent” on government to vote.
“We now have a president that’s padding the books with illegal immigrants and aliens, giving them drivers’ licenses, saying that they must vote and he’s growing government at the same time,” Blackwell said. “So what do you do? You create bigger and bigger government, more and more dependency and then you tell people they have to vote. Well, if people are dependent on government handouts, who are they going to vote for? They’re going to vote for the party of big government. They’re not going to vote for the party of free markets and liberty. They will sacrifice their liberty to feed their babies. This is part of a devilish plan.”
On yesterday’s edition of “Focal Point,” Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly told host Bryan Fischer that state governors should simply “refuse to enforce” a Supreme Court decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage.
She also urged President Obama or whoever replaces him to direct the Attorney General to defy the court, just as the federal government should have ignored the Dred Scot ruling before the Civil War.
“We just cannot live in a country where one judge or even five judges are able to change the law of our land that goes against the laws of most of our states and we’ve had for several thousands of years about the definition of marriage, that is simply not our form of government,” Schlafly said. “We believe in ‘We The People.’”
Schlafly said that people need to “speak up and say we’re not going to put up with it” and defy judges who “think they’re God or something.” She also encouraged governors to order officials who issue marriage licenses to disobey the court’s decision.