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Sarah Palin's Plan To Defeat ISIS: Stop 'Embracing' Radical Islamists And Stop Them!

Today on “The 700 Club,” host Wendy Griffith asked Sarah Palin the question we’ve all been begging her to answer: “What would you do to defeat ISIS?”

Naturally, Palin responded with a very substantive and shrewd plan to defeat the terrorist group.

“You have to quit being this namby-pamby, kind of milquetoast, ‘let’s discuss things with them, let’s reach out and try to understand them,’ no, they’re the enemy, they’re evil,” she declared.

When Griffith asked Palin if she agreed with Hillary Clinton’s assertion that “we are not at war with Islam,” Palin, unsurprisingly, did not.

“It’s so naïve,” the former GOP vice presidential candidate responded, “it’s a scary kind of naïve that anyone would believe that radical Islamic movement, jihad, that it could be understood, leading to some kind of embracing of it, no, we have to be honest about it, it has to be stopped.”

David Lane Teams Up With Washington Times To Promote 'Lordship' Of Jesus

We’ve written before that the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody acts as a virtual publicity agent for Christian-nation political strategist David Lane, rewarding exclusive access to Lane’s American Renewal Project's political gatherings with fawning coverage. Now Brody is promoting another Lane project, “Jesus in the Public Square,” undertaken with the right-wing Washington Times newspaper.

“Today’s secular driven society seems intent on erasing the rich Christian history and influence in our country,” reports CBN, setting Lane up to make his oft-repeated claim that America was founded by and for Christians. The project began, Lane says, with a trip to a Washington, D.C., bookstore:

"You couldn't find a Christian book with a flashlight. And it hit me again, isn't this awful? A nation founded by people on a religious mission, The Mayflower Compact, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith, and in the nation's capital and you can't find a book or Jesus anywhere," Lane remarked.

"If the Lord does it, we're going to put Jesus right in the middle of the table in Washington, D.C. He will defend himself," Lane continued.

It’s often said the Lord works in mysterious ways, in this case through the Washington Times, whose management created a "Jesus in the Public Square" section for the newspaper’s website, which includes a daily “5 religion stories worth your time” feature. Brody reports that “biblical economics” is a popular topic.

The section is overseen by Scott Lamb of Reformation Press, whose thinking seems to be clearly in line with dominionists like Lane:

“Jesus in the Public Square at The Washington Times hopes to talk about and dialogue with people to show them that Jesus Christ and his lordship is a universal theme and they should submit to that,” Lamb told CBN News.

Brody says Lane believes the name of the feature “reminds us that all truth is God’s truth.  And for America to change course the people need to hear His word in a desperate way.” Says Lane, "God is in the business of resurrection. I believe there's going to be a resurrection of America. Literally."

 

AFA: Planned Parenthood Worse Than ISIS

Less than a week after a gunman killed three people in an attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, the American Family Association declared on its Facebook page that Planned Parenthood is worse than the terrorist group ISIS because they “kill babies in far greater numbers” and “in just as barbaric ways”:

The AFA shared an article written by its “director of outreach and intercession,” Joseph Parker, who makes the comparison at greater length:

The immorality and barbarism of ISIS is almost daily in our faces. And we are both horrified and outraged…rightfully so. And yet...here in America we kill babies in far greater numbers than the victims of ISIS and in just as barbaric ways. The fear of ISIS has created a global refugee crisis. People are fleeing in huge numbers in countries where ISIS is known to be established. Yet the babies in the wombs of their mothers in our nation cannot run and they cannot hide. And we slaughter them by the thousands every day.

ISIS has a systematic method of financing their fear and killing operations all over the world. We here in the U.S. have Planned Parenthood, who have a very “efficient” baby killing operation that functions daily. And our government uses our tax money to help fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of between one and two million dollars every day. Planned Parenthood can insist they provide numerous services to women all they want but their main reason for existence is to kill babies, plain and simple.

ISIS beheads its enemies. What does Planned Parenthood do? It kill babies, sometimes by tearing them limb from limb. Sometimes they use a vacuum so strong that it tears the baby apart. Sometimes they poison and burn the babies in the womb. And they don’t stop there. They even sell the baby parts for profit! They sell whole babies, babies’ livers, hearts, lungs, etc. Even ISIS doesn’t do that! Planned Parenthood makes ISIS look like a bunch of amateurs! ISIS has killed their thousands and Planned Parenthood has killed tens of millions!

How can we condemn ISIS and not even defund Planned Parenthood? How can we demand the world rid itself of ISIS while paying Planned Parenthood to do the same? How is what ISIS is doing evil but what Planned Parenthood does, a service?

UPDATE: The AFA doubled down on Twitter:

Ben Carson Confuses 'Hamas' With 'Hummus'

In a rather stiff speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition today, Ben Carson appeared to struggle to pronounce the name of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group.

As many viewers pointed out, Carson seemed to confuse Hamas with “hummus” in a speech that sounded more like a Wikipedia-based overview of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

Gun Activists Claim Obama Celebrated 'Holy Grail' Of Planned Parenthood Shooting

In an interview on Sunday with Mark Walters of Armed American Radio, the Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb claimed that the deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was “the Holy Grail of Obama’s political agenda.”

Walters, saying it didn’t matter where the shooting took place, told Gottlieb, “Make no mistake, they love that it was at a Planned Parenthood clinic.”

“This is the Holy Grail of Obama’s political agenda,” Gottlieb responded, “his love for Planned Parenthood and his hatred of guns.”

Walters continued that he “could almost hear the whoops and hoops and hollers” from the Obama administration after the shooting because “these people don’t care about the victims, they care about politicizing it.”

Anti-choice activist Troy Newman made a similar claim after the shooting, saying that it was “exactly what” Planned Parenthood had “been hoping for.”

Sarah Palin: God Losing Patience With America

Promoting her new book “Sweet Freedom,” Sarah Palin spoke yesterday with Janet Parshall about how she fears that God will run out of patience with the U.S. because we “keep kicking him out of the public square.”

“You talk about how we’ve turned our back on God’s definition of marriage, how we’ve absolutely trampled underfoot this principle of the sanctity of human life,” Parshall said. “And some might say we’ve gone too far, God is no longer going to shed his grace on us. Do you think it’s too late for America?”

Palin responded that she didn’t think it was “too late” because “we know where the answers are and we know that God has so blessed this land with resources and with intelligent workforce and everything that God has blessed us with and our founders knew to dedicate that all to him when America came to be.”

“We need to do that again,” she continued. “We need to not be afraid to even tell our elected leaders that that’s what they need to be doing too, on our knees, rededicate this land to God as our founders did, though some want to deny that truthful history, as our founders did and get back to God and quit kicking him out of the public square, otherwise, yeah, you wonder how long he is going to be patient with us but, no, it’s not too late.”

She went on to say that “we know that our freedom of religion is under attack today” and that without good leadership, Americans could lose the right to “exercise their own faith as we see in these other tragic nations that aren’t allowed to exercise their freedom.”

Glenn Beck: Obama Is Either Delusional Or 'The Dumbest Son-Of-A-Bitch On The Planet'

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program today by reading a long rant that he posted on his Facebook page last night voicing his disgust at the "PC coverup" of the fact that yesterday's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, was an obvious act of Islamic terrorism.

Naturally, Beck eventually focused his rant on President Obama, calling him either delusional or "the dumbest son-of-a-bitch on the planet."

"Mr. President, I say this with as much respect as you deserve," Beck declared. "Screw global warming! What the hell is wrong with you? If you actually believe that global warming is the biggest problem we face with terror all around the world, an $18 trillion dollar debt — nine of which is yours — no real allies left that trust us, riots in the streets, riots in our university campuses, race relations worse than I've seen since the 1960s and a distrust of our fellow Americans unlike anything I have ever seen, you, sir, are either delusional or you're the dumbest son-of-a-bitch on the planet. Which is it?"

"It is about Islam," Beck fumed. "So was Boston. So was Benghazi. So was Fort Hood. So was half a dozen others that you failed to address, and quite frankly, sir, so was 'Ahmed the Clock Kid.' It was a timer and not a clock."

Mike Huckabee Ties Syrian Refugee Issue To San Bernardino Shooting

Today on Breitbart’s Sirius XM radio program, Mike Huckabee said that he will only support the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. if they are placed in Martha’s Vineyard, the Hamptons and Beverly Hills.

Otherwise, Huckabee said, he would “put an absolute moratorium” on Syrian refugees since “we just don’t know, we’re getting people shot up in San Bernardino, California.” “I’m not blaming refugees for that,” he quickly added.

“I get the impression that President Obama is more interested in protecting the reputation of Islam than he is in protecting Americans,” he said.

Huckabee went on to say that there is no way to vet refugees, ignoring the fact that refugees actually go through a two-year vetting process.

E.W. Jackson: Black Lives Matter Is 'Demonic'

On a conference call he organized with conservative activists last month, Virginia Religious Right activist and GOP politician E.W. Jackson lashed out at the “demonic Black Lives Matter movement” and claimed that President Obama wants to accept Syrian refugees because he’s intent on “defending Islam” rather than “defending America.”

Jackson made the comments immediately before Sen. Ted Cruz joined the call. As we reported yesterday, Cruz pledged activists on the call, including Americans for Truth about Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera, that he would reverse LGBT rights victories if elected president.

Jackson, once a staunch opponent of desegregation efforts in Boston, urged conservative activists to join one of his campaigns to “address the problem in America’s cities right now” because urban issues “threaten to boil over into real unrest in our country as a result of this demonic Black Lives Matter movement and the rhetoric of this president and before him Attorney General Eric Holder and Al Sharpton and all of these folks who are so dedicated to stirring up racial strife.”

Jackson also claimed that many Syrian refugees settled in the U.S. will inevitably commit terrorist attacks, “and yet this president is hell-bent — and I’m using that word advisably but I think properly, because it really is hellish — hell-bent on bringing these people into our country even though he knows that there is no way to eliminate the risk that it poses to the American people and our national security.”

Jackson then went on to cite a fake Obama quote that originated in a chain email to attack the president: “He said in a book one time that if the winds ever blew against Islam, he would always stand with Islam. And he told the truth because he definitely stands with Islam and defends Islam at all costs. But he ought to be defending America, not defending Islam, but defending America.”

Later in the call, Jackson said that “this whole homosexual, same-sex, transgender stuff” amounts to “spitting in the face of Almighty God.”

Trump's Anti-Muslim Bigotry Isn't Hurting Him. It's Helping.

Every time Donald Trump makes a blatantly false or derogatory statement, pundits wonder if this will finally topple Trump from his lead in the polls among Republican voters.

Most recently, Trump has dishonestly claimed that “thousands and thousands” of Muslim-Americans in Jersey City celebrated the 9/11 attacks, called for closing mosques and floated the idea of a government database to monitor all Muslims.

None of these statements, however, has had any impact on Trump’s poll numbers in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, where his lead has barely changed in the last month and a half.

In fact, as Public Policy Polling found in a survey released today, Trump’s supporters are big fans of his anti-Muslim rants.

A majority of respondents who said they backed Trump agreed that “thousands of Arabs in New Jersey celebrated the attacks of 9/11,” said they were “in favor of a national database of Muslims” and backed “a ban specifically on assault weapons for Muslims,” even though a majority opposed a universal assault weapons ban.

And we wonder why Trump is still ahead in the polls….

As for Trump he was at 28% in mid-October and he's at 27% now, so his standing couldn't be much more steady. His favorability rating with Republicans has actually improved a tick, from 48/42 the last poll to now 50/39. The key to Trump's sustained success is that his supporters basically buy into everything he says. There's an almost cult like aspect to it, with Trump fans following the leader.

Examples:

-58% of Trump voters think thousands of Arabs in New Jersey celebrated the attacks of 9/11 to only 12% who don't think that happened. This is despite only 30% of Republican voters overall believing that to 39% who don't.

-53% of Trump supporters are in favor of a national database of Muslims, to only 22% opposed to that concept. This is despite only 29% of Republicans overall supporting the idea to 44% who are against it. In fact supporters of all 13 of the other candidates are against this concept.

-49% of Trump supporters want to shut down the mosques in the United States, to only 18% against that idea. Overall only 25% of Republicans support doing that to 44% who oppose it. Again on this issue supporters of every single candidate other than Trump are against it.

-Additionally we asked voters about an assault weapons ban and only 20% of Trump voters support it to 66% who are opposed. We then asked about a ban specifically on assault weapons for Muslims, and 56% of Trump voters support that to only 22% who are opposed.

Trump Claims He's Had 'Hundreds Of Phone Calls' From Eyewitnesses Of Fictional 9/11 Celebration

Donald Trump insisted yesterday that he’s received “hundreds of phone calls” from people who saw “with their own eyes” a massive celebration of the 9/11 attacks in Jersey City, something of which there are no there are no news reports, photographs or videos and which law enforcement officials say never happened.

Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway told Trump yesterday that he wanted to ask him about substantive policy issues because “this stuff gets lost because people want to rile you up and get you to say something controversial.”

So, of course, the two spent the next few minutes talking about Trump’s debunked claim about the 9/11 celebrations.

“Did you see all the people coming out now saying I was right, there were people dancing the streets, dancing on rooftops?” Trump asked. “I mean, I know it happened. And, by the way, worldwide they were dancing all over the place, they were dancing in different countries, so why wouldn’t they? I mean over there, it’s a very large Muslim population and I saw it reported, but all of a sudden people are coming out of the woodwork — I’ve had hundreds of phone calls, and I’m sure you have too, but I’ve had hundreds of people that were in New Jersey and saw it with their own eyes.”

Conway also asked Trump about yesterday’s mass shooting in California, to which Trump responded that gun violence is “a mental health problem.”

“It’s a mental health problem, it really is,” he said. “And it’s really very sad because they don’t talk about mental health, and many places like New York and California, they’ve opened up their mental asylums and let people out on the streets because they can’t afford it anymore.”

He also placed part of the blame on gun-free zones: “You know they have these gun-free zones, that’s sort of target practice for the bad ones, for the bad guys, you say ‘gun-free zone’ and they love it.”

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Kim Davis' Lawyer Wants Her Named TIME's Person Of The Year

Liberty Counsel, the right-wing legal group that represented Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her unsuccessful attempt to flout the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, released a statement yesterday urging its supporters to “vote for Kim” as TIME’s Person of the Year, since she “inspired a nation and the world to fight for religious liberty when she chose a prison cell rather than sacrificing her conscience.”

Davis has since backed down — under court orders — from her attempt to block her county office from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In an email to supporters, Liberty Counsel chairman Mathew Staver likened Davis to Christian leaders “we admire like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Jan Huss, John Bunyan, Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” while continuing to insist that “Kim adhered to Kentucky law while standing for her First Amendment right to religious liberty and freedom of conscience.”

Kim Davis became the first Christian in America jailed as a result of the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex "marriage."

She joins a long list of people who were imprisoned for their conscience. People who today we admire like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Jan Huss, John Bunyan, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and others like them. Each had their own cause, but they all shared the same resolve not to violate their consciences.

Kim adhered to Kentucky law while standing for her First Amendment right to religious liberty and freedom of conscience. Liberty Counsel represented Kim throughout her ordeal.

According to the magazine, TIME editors will choose a winner with the announcement on December 9. But leading to the selection, they are asking readers to "have their say," in a face-off poll.

Leading Dominionist Says Donald Trump Is A Modern-Day Lincoln Anointed By God

Last month, we noted that leading Seven Mountains advocate Lance Wallnau was included among the fringe religious leaders who met with and prayed over Donald Trump earlier this year.

Wallnau, who claims that conservative Christians must seize control of the "seven mountains" of society, including the government and the media, has since become an enthusiastic supporter of Trump's presidential campaign, declaring that "God has given this man an anointing for the mantle of government in the United States and he will prosper!"

Interestingly, he also participated in the meeting Trump had earlier this week with a group of African American pastors, where he hailed Trump as a modern-day Winston Churchill or Abraham Lincoln who God is raising up "to answer the cry of God's people."

In a rather manic video posted on his Facebook page following the meeting, Wallnau recounted telling Trump that he would become the 45th president of the United States because he has a "Cyrus anointing" upon him as proclaimed in Isaiah 45, referring to the Persian king who freed the Jews from captivity.

"Donald Trump's got this like Elijah mantle on him," Wallnau said. "He's got the Cyrus anointing."

Citing the apocryphal story of George Washington supposedly surviving in battle despite his coat and hat being riddled with bullet holes thanks to the protection of God, Wallnau told Trump that he too is being protected by God.

"You've said things and done things that should have put the equivalent of a bullet in your coat," Wallnau said that he told Trump, "but they've passed through you because of the anointing. God is really watching over you. And I believe God had put His hand on you as a Cyrus to be a governor and that the Bible talks about this critical 45th chapter, as the 45th president, it is the decisive moment in American history for leadership."

Admitting that Trump is not perfect, Wallnau declared that "America is screwed up" and so a "flawed man" like Trump is exactly what this nation needs "because it means it is going to be God's grace on him."

Trump is "like a Churchill or a Lincoln," Wallnau said, who has been "called to rise up in a crisis and to answer the cry of God's people."

Erik Rush: Obama Wants Billions To Die To Curb The World Population

WorldNetDaily columnist Erik Rush berated President Obama today as “the commander in chief of ISIS,” alleging that he “created, armed, trained and funded ISIS” and that his policies “have set America up quite nicely for a major terrorist attack.”

“Americans will die, and despite his feigned outrage after the fact, it will have been due to the deliberate intention of Barack Hussein Obama,” he wrote.

According to Rush, Obama has a “proclivity for treason and crimes against humanity” and is part of “a much broader agenda” that wants to see “our planet’s human population cut by three-fourths — even overnight.”

This week, our treasonous war-criminal president flitted off to France to discuss climate change – an issue that homeless, jobless and dispossessed Americans care so much about – with a bunch of other world leaders. As if it weren’t bad enough that climate change is a counterfeit issue that exists only so Western governments might more effectively enslave taxpayers and business economically.

Perhaps to defray any discussion of his failure to dispatch ISIS (which of course he has no intention of doing), Obama said that the meeting in Paris to discuss climate change was some sort of brave and audacious “act of defiance” in the face of ISIS, given its recent attack on that city.

It isn’t the first time the administration has proffered the notion that there’s some mysterious interplay between terrorism and completely unrelated factors. One may recall the inane blatherings of State Department spokesidiots Jen Psaki and Marie Harf, who have floated ideas such as poverty causing terrorism, and that if the climate wasn’t so screwy, the world’s Muslims might not go feral en masse and kill people.

All this is leaving aside the fact that the treasonous war-criminal president in question created, armed, trained and funded ISIS – or ISIL, Islamic State, Daesh, the Keystone Kamels, or whatever appellation they’re using this month to reference the barbarians. Now, strategically displaced Muslims and strategically placed terrorists are forming a chaotic, angry wave from east to west – a wave that is cresting in Europe and, if Obama gets his way, will break upon America.

The world knows all of this, by the way; here, I am referencing the incontrovertible body of evidence that Barack Obama is effectively the commander in chief of ISIS, and arguably a better one than he is of the U.S. Armed Forces.



Our treasonous war-criminal president’s policies have set America up quite nicely for a major terrorist attack, perhaps of a much wider scope than the recent attacks in Paris. These include everything from a refusal to even rhetorically associate Islamic terrorism with Muslims, to the nationwide Syrian refugee drop, to the clandestine importation of Muslims from destabilized nations in the Middle East and Africa, to an absolute refusal to effectively monitor who comes and goes in this country.

Americans will die, and despite his feigned outrage after the fact, it will have been due to the deliberate intention of Barack Hussein Obama.

In October of 2013, the White House took down its online visitor logs, blaming a partial government shutdown that had temporarily idled 17 percent of the federal workforce. The fact is that astute individuals in the alternative press and other patriotic Americans had begun widely discussing the Rogue’s Gallery of America-hating scum that paid visits to the White House on a regular basis, some with dizzying frequency.

Obama simply wanted to stop that flow of information.

A nation like ours does not go from respecting personal liberties and the rule of law to “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone” overnight. Are there really so many ethically compromised individuals in our government that there is no hope for any among them finally deciding to exercise the rule of law and remove this tyrant? Are they just cowards, willing to let Obama touch off World War III rather than risk the Black Lives Matter crowd setting America ablaze for “taking down” our precious first black president on account of his proclivity for treason and crimes against humanity?

Or are they, as some suspect, party to a much broader agenda, perhaps one rooted in the belief that our planet’s human population cut by three-fourths – even overnight – would be much better for everyone going forward?

Troy Newman: Sting Videos Designed To 'Completely Destroy' Planned Parenthood

In a sermon at the Springfield, Illinois, iWorship Center in September, Troy Newman told the congregation about his efforts as president of Operation Rescue to end access to abortions.

Newman described the meetings he had with David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress in which they discussed the goals of their debunked “sting” videos of Planned Parenthood, which falsely alleged that the group sells fetal tissue for profit.

“We mapped out this plan, he was going to get up inside [Planned Parenthood] and we talked about how we were going to do it and what the end result was,” Newman said.

Their goal, he explained, was not simply publicity for their anti-choice views, but the total destruction of Planned Parenthood: “We said, ‘Look, if we just get on Fox News’ — and we were on Fox News, we were on there a couple weeks ago — ‘if we just got a bunch of YouTube video hits or something, if, you know, people are talking about - we would consider it a failure.’ The first and foremost thing is we wanted prosecutions. We want prosecutions, want to defund them, and, finally, we want to completely destroy the entity called Planned Parenthood. And we’re well on our way.”

Donald Trump Defends 9/11 Celebration Conspiracy Theory On Alex Jones' Show

Donald Trump has absolutely no evidence to support his claim that “thousands and thousands” of Muslim-Americans in Jersey City celebrated the fall of the Twin Towers on September 11, so naturally he turned to “InfoWars” host Alex Jones today to argue that he was right all along.

Interestingly enough, Jones is a well-known 9/11 truther, among many other conspiracy theories that he purveys on a regular basis, and has insisted that the terrorist attack was “an inside job.”

Trump told Jones that fans on Twitter and people from New Jersey who attended his recent rally in Sarasota, Florida, told him that they too saw the giant celebrations with their own eyes, proving that Trump was correct.

Donald Trump Tells Alex Jones 'Your Reputation Is Amazing'

Donald Trump appeared today on Alex Jones’ insane conspiracy theory radio show, where the two spent most of their time trading compliments about how they are both extremely smart and well-connected.

But Trump also found time to promote his new book, “Crippled America,” and lament that “if I don’t win, I’ve wasted a lot of time…because we can’t do anything to make our country great if I don’t win.”

Trump then returned to lavishing praise on Jones, and himself: “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down. You will be very, very impressed, I hope. I think we’ll be speaking a lot but you’ll be looking to me in a year or two years, let’s give me a little bit of time to run things, but a year into office you’ll be saying, ‘Wow, I remember that interview, he said he was going to do it and he did a great job.’”

That’s right, Trump, the front-runner for the GOP nomination, thinks that Jones, one of the most notorious andfranklybizarre conspiracy theorists out there, has an “amazing” reputation.

Ted Cruz Endorser Flip Benham Says Gay Activists Are 'The Most Violent Community There Is ... They Want You Dead'

Last month, Ted Cruz's presidential campaign proudly announced that the Texas senator had received the endorsement of Flip Benham, the radical anti-choice and anti-gay founder of Operation Save America. Given Cruz's willingness to openly associate with the extreme fringes of the conservative movement, we have been taking a closer look at just whom Cruz is embracing and going through recent speeches that some of his supporters have made, like the remarks that Benham delivered in Louisiana last year.

Speaking to an Operation Save America pastors' briefing in New Orleans last June, Benham blasted HGTV for cancelling a reality show that was to be hosted by his sons David and Jason after their anti-choice and anti-gay activism came to light.

"That station, HGTV is 'Homosexual Garbage Television,'" Benham declared. "You've got to know that that's trash ...  I mean, the homosexual community came after them with a vengeance. You see, the homosexual community doesn't want to just get you fired or something like that, they want to destroy you! They want to destroy everything because inside of them, their heart is raging against the Lord and they can't ever get satisfied because God thwarts the cravings of the wicked. And you understand that's the most violent community there is, is the homosexual community. They want you dead! I'm guaranteeing you they want you dead!"

This is someone whom Cruz is "excited" to have supporting his campaign. 

Ryan Anderson Takes Break From War On Marriage Equality To Target Nondiscrimination Laws

The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson is one of the leading voices of the movement opposed to full legal equality for LGBT people. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, he rushed out a book designed to be a road map for a continuing culture war to resist and overturn marriage equality.

This week, he published another broadside against the LGBT movement — this one a Heritage Foundation “backgrounder” making the case that laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity are unnecessary and “threaten freedom.” Given that Anderson is actively arguing for a generational culture war against marriage equality, it is somewhat difficult to take seriously the concern stated in his new paper that nondiscrimination laws “risk becoming sources of social tension rather than unity.”

Echoing the language of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Anderson starts by saying, “All citizens should oppose unjust discrimination,” adding, “but sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws are not the way to achieve that goal.” His claimed opposition to unjust discrimination may sound promising but, like the bishops, Anderson suggests that moral judgments about homosexual behavior are always legitimate justifications for discrimination.

Government should never penalize people for expressing or acting on their view that marriage is the union of husband and wife, that sexual relations are properly reserved for such a union, or that maleness and femaleness are objective biological realities that people should accept instead of resist. Such views are inherently reasonable, even as people continue to disagree about them.

SOGI laws, he says, “do not protect equality before the law” but “grant special privileges.”

Anderson makes a libertarian anti-regulatory argument, charging that SOGI laws “expand state interference in labor markets, potentially discouraging economic growth and job creation,” though he offers no evidence that nondiscrimination laws have that economic impact.  (A 2015 study by a Colorado-based think tank found no evidence that anti-discrimination laws hurt small business growth.) Anderson says such laws “chip away at the at-will employment doctrine that has made the American labor market so much stronger than European labor markets.”

Anderson argues instead for “liberty under law,” saying employers should be allowed to fire employees for virtually any reason, and insists that nondiscrimination laws make that harder to do by making employers subject to legal action for violating those laws. Under Anderson’s conception of liberty under law, businesses as well as charities and civic associations “would be generally free to operate by their own values.” He argues that the free market will take care of problems with unjust discrimination:

Any business in the United States that posted a “no gays allowed” sign would soon find the power of public opinion expressed in the marketplace intolerably costly, without any need for the government to weigh in.

While that might be the reaction in gay-friendly locales, it is not hard to imagine pressure being applied the other way in some conservative communities, especially those where local churches and anti-marriage-equality activists have taken up Anderson’s charge to wage a long-term campaign to “bear witness to the truth” within a culture that he says has been told a lie about marriage.

Anderson’s 15-page paper summarizes its key points thusly:

  • Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws pose serious problems for free markets and contracts, free speech and religious liberty, and the health of our culture and pluralism.
  • SOGI laws threaten Americans with liability for alleged “discrimination” based on subjective identities, not objective traits.
  • SOGI laws mandate bathroom and locker room policies that undermine common sense in the schoolhouse and the workplace. They expand state interference in labor, housing, and commerce.
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity are radically different from race and should not be elevated to a protected class in the way that race is.
  • Government should never penalize people for expressing or acting on their view that marriage is the union of husband and wife, that sexual relations are properly reserved for such a union, or that maleness and femaleness are objective biological realities.
  • Market competition can provide nuanced solutions that are superior to coercive, one-size-fits-all government SOGI policy.

Anderson describes SOGI laws, including the proposed federal Equality Act, as if they are a secretive, nefarious plot by the LGBT movement:

Activist groups such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)—an influential, sophisticated, and lavishly funded LGBT -activist organization—are pushing SOGI laws on unsuspecting citizens at the federal, state, and local levels.

First, it takes brass for Anderson to describe HRC as “lavishly funded” from his perch at the Heritage Foundation, whose 2013 income topped $112 million, with its political arm Heritage Action bringing in another $8.8 million — together more than double the combined income of HRC and its educational arm. Heritage has assets of well over $200 million and its already massive complex on Capitol Hill is in the midst of a major expansion. Lavishly funded, indeed.

Second, laws protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity are not being pushed invisibly “on unsuspecting citizens.” They are the result of decades of hard-fought advocacy by LGBT people and their allies. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws against discrimination in housing or on the job and almost as many have bans on discrimination in public accommodations. Protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity are also in place in dozens of cities and counties.

Anderson, of course, does not mention that more than two-thirds of Americans – 69 percent – support laws to protect LGBT people against discrimination in workplaces, housing, and public accommodation, according to a 2015 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. Even 60 percent of white evangelical Protestants support workplace nondiscrimination laws. “In fact,” reports PRRI, “fully three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans incorrectly believe workplace discrimination laws are already on the books.” In addition, 60 percent of Americans oppose allowing a small business owner to refuse products or services to gay and lesbian people, even if doing so violates their religious beliefs. 

Nevertheless, nondiscrimination protections are being actively fought by opponents of equality. Anderson praises Houston voters who recently overturned the city’s equal rights ordinance after a brutally bigoted campaign centered on the groundless, inflammatory charge that the law would give child molesters an open door to attack children in public bathrooms. Anderson’s paper raises similar “privacy and safety” concerns and says that allowing transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms would defy “common sense.” What actually defies common sense is legislation that has been proposed in some states requiring transgender people to use only bathrooms designated for the gender they were assigned at birth, which would mean requiring bearded trans men to use women’s restrooms.

Anderson devotes substantial time to criticizing what he calls a “false analogy” between same-sex marriage and interracial marriage, wrongly claiming that such analogies are the primary justification for SOGI laws. In reality, advocates for LGBT equality have been pushing for legal protections against discrimination for many years, well before the organized marriage equality campaign of the past decade or two.  Anti-discrimination laws protect people on many grounds other than race, including religion, gender, disability, and marital status. They are not grounded in an analogy to the brutal history of race in America but in the principles of constitutional and civic equality.

Anderson repeatedly claims that nondiscrimination laws are vague and overly broad and do not make clear what actions might constitute discrimination. But in many, if not most, cases, sexual orientation and/or gender identity protections are added to existing civil rights laws that prevent discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, and a range of other characteristics. Anderson does not explain why there should be any greater confusion about what constitutes discriminatory actions when applied to sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

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