After linking the recent terrorist attacks in France to the country’s support for Palestinian statehood, End Times preacher Jonathan Cahn told televangelist Jim Bakker yesterday that America could face terrorist attacks as part of God’s wrath over the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Cahn, who described terrorist attacks as the “second harbinger” of God’s judgment on a nation, claimed that God will punish nations like the U.S. and France for their gay marriage “apostasy” by lifting up violent extremists.
He said that the “second harbinger,” or terrorism, could come to America due to its support for marriage equality “in a way that is greater than the first,” a reference to the September 11 attacks.
Savage voiced concern that the government was going to go after him for his anti-ISIS work, but Gambino reassured him, saying, “I’ll break a few legs, I’ll break an arm or two. Listen, you have to do certain things for the good of the world.”
Gambino also told Savage that he saw “with his own eyes in Bay Ridge” Arab Americans celebrating the 9/11 attacks.
Yesterday, End Times preacher Jonathan Cahn appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” for a program titled “Shocking France and Harbinger Connections” to discuss his claim that the Paris terrorist attacks were tied to biblical prophecy.
Cahn linked the massacre in Paris to the French government’s support for a UN resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which according to Cahn, angered God and became a curse on France.
Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer reached deep into the well of anti-Obama conspiracy theories in an interview with Janet Mefferd last week, claiming that the fact that the president was once spotted reading a book by Fareed Zakaria shows that he is intent on making America “level” with the rest of the world by bringing in terrorists in the form of Syrian refugees.
The president wants to admit refugees from the Syrian civil war, Spencer said, “because he’s a leveler and he believes that the United States is the problem in the world.”
As evidence, he cited the fact that Obama was photographed in 2008 reading a copy of Zakaria’s “The Post-American World,” which Spencer — not exactlyaccurately— claimed argues that the U.S. should be “weakened militarily, politically and economically.”
“I think it’s unarguable that that’s been Obama’s program,” he said. “It certainly has weakened America in all those ways. And the thing is that this Syrian refugee crisis is part of the same thing, that he brings everyone over here, brings even jihadis over here, and here again then we’re just like the rest of the world where this kind of thing like the Paris attacks happens with much more frequency than it has here up to now. And it’s all part of this socialistic leveling and anti-American stance that the president has had not only as president, but throughout his career.”
Earlier this month, a lesbian candidate was elected mayor of Salt Lake City, and the news did not sit well with Religious Right radio host Kevin Swanson, who told listeners on Friday that this is just one more sign that the end of America is at hand.
Denouncing Mormonism as a “sham religion,” Swanson said that the Salt Lake City mayoral election shows that homosexuality is just “the tip of the iceberg” while other sins like child molestation and porn addiction “hide under the water.”
“Sure enough, the bastion of conservativism is ultimately the place at which the future of this nation is being eroded in the most fundamental sense,” he said.
This led Swanson to talk about a LGBT conference sponsored by The Economist, lamenting that the magazine wants “to be that edgy, progressive organization that promotes the homosexuality in the business world and the very thing that will destroy nations. People don’t believe that, that homosexuality will be the catalyst by which nations are destroyed, because they don’t believe that God exists and they don’t believe God is judge and they don’t believe that God has the right to determine right and wrong, good and evil as he does in the word of God.”
“We’re fighting the Devil and his lies in the world and the flesh, and moving it to a thing called the homosexual agenda — and it’s the Devil’s agenda,” Benham said last year, likening abortion and Islam to “the Devil’s fist” and the “homosexual agenda” to Satan’s “pink-colored glove.”
Benham founded Operation Save America out of what was left of the original iteration of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, expanding its focus to include opposition to gay rights, Islam, and other issues. (The leader of the new Operation Rescue, Troy Newman, has also endorsed Cruz.)
In an interview today with Breitbart News, Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski defended his candidate’s bogus claim that he saw on TV “thousands and thousands” of Muslim Americans in New Jersey holding celebrations on 9/11 to applaud the attacks.
No footage or reports of such an event exist, and initial press reports about small “rooftop celebrations” were later declared to be “unfounded.”
However, Lewandowski said that reports of the (nonexistent) celebration do in fact exist and that the Trump campaign provided that material to media outlets which, according to Lewandowski, have refused to air it as part of a massive anti-Trump conspiracy.
For the mainstream media to go out and say that this didn’t happen is just factually inaccurate. We know it happened. They should go back and check the FBI records. Mr. Trump has provided them local media outlets that have covered this coverage that they don’t want to go and talk about. He’s provided many opportunities for them to go and see it but they have their own agenda, the media has their own agenda. They want to try and discredit as many people as possible so they can have an establishment candidate come in and think that everything is going to be the same because they are all controlled by the special interests and they are all controlled by the media and it is what the American people are just so tired of.
In the somber days since ISIS terrorists killed 130 people in coordinated attacks on Paris, elected leaders from around the world have been searching for solutions. But far too many American politicians have fallen back, instead, on that old standby in times of crisis: Stirring up fear and finding someone, anyone, to scapegoat, no matter how unconnected the scapegoated person is with the problem at hand.
And there were the 31 governors who declared that their states would turn away Syrian refugees who go through the U.S. refugee resettlement program.
Not wanting to miss out on the action, of course, Republican presidential candidates have been tripping over themselves to outdo one another. Donald Trump hasspeculated that refugees from Syria "could be one of the great Trojan horses." Mike Huckabee, in what can't even be described as a dog-whistle, has told Americans to "wake up and smell the falafel" when it comes to Syrian refugees. Chris Christie saidhe'd get tough on Syrian orphans. Ted Cruz has suggested that the U.S. only admit Christian refugees from Syria, although how he plans on testing people's religious faith is unclear. Jeb Bush has hinted at the same thing, saying he would back refugees who can "prove" that they're Christian, which shows what this is all about. If you have a system that's strong enough to "prove" someone's true religion, don't you think it could also properly vet people for national security purposes? Jeb Bush was supposed to be the mature establishment candidate. So much for that.
These politicians are feeding what a new Public Religion Research Institute pollreports is an "increased xenophobic streak in the American public." It's no coincidence that threats against American Muslims have been reported across the country in the days since the Paris attacks.
It is of course reasonable to ask that refugees be vetted -- they already are -- but if security were the real issue, our current debate wouldn't be about refugees at all. In fact, if someone were intent on sneaking into America to cause harm, exploiting the refugee resettlement program with its intensive and lengthy screening processes would be the hardest way to do it. No, what is behind the anti-refugee campaign of the Right is not reasonable concerns about security, but something much uglier.
The candidates who are now spewing cynical anti-refugee rhetoric are often the same ones who claim that their opponents don't believe in "American exceptionalism," and the movement so willing to embrace explicit anti-Muslim bigotry is the same one constantly telling us that religious freedom is under attack. They seem to have forgotten the vibrant pluralism and commitment to shared values that make us exceptional, and a beacon of freedom to the persecuted, in the first place. Looking back on the history of our country, our best days have been when we opened ourselves to people facing persecution, not the times we turned them away and demonized them. Let's not let this become the American Way.
In a recent press release, Cruz announced the endorsements of a group of faith leaders, including Ron Baity, a pastor and head of the group Reclaim America.
Baity made his name with the campaign to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions in North Carolina, and Cruz recently joined Baity at a rally against marriage equality.
Gay people, according to Baity, want to “recruit young people to their perverted, warped agenda” and are bringing about the destruction of America. He has described homosexuality as rancid fruit “filled with wormholes and rotten cores” and a “darkened, twisted, immense depository of depravity.”
Baity has also alleged that God sent Ebola to America as punishment for the gay “lifestyle”: “You think Ebola is bad now, just wait. If it’s not that, it’s going to be something else.”
Again, this is a pastor whom Cruz wants on his “faith leaders” team.
Glenn Beck dedicated a good portion of his radio program yesterday to warning his listeners that "zero hour" is now upon us and soon everything that he has been warning about for the last decade will come to fruition and the world will go up in flames.
In order to help his audience prepare for what is coming, Beck provided a handy argument for them to make around the Thanksgiving table when their college-aged relatives start defending things like campus protests or Black Lives Matter: You are working hand-in-hand with ISIS.
Citing a recent issue of Al Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine which encouraged supporters in Western nations to stir up racial tensions and carry out assassinations of political and economic leaders, Beck, mistakenly conflating the rival terrorist groups, asserted that protesters in America are literally carrying out ISIS's work for them.
"Whether the universities know it or not, they are working hand-in-hand with ISIS," Beck said. "For any millennial that will sit and your Thanksgiving table, I will give you information that you need to get into their hands. They're going to call you an old fuddy duddy, they're going to call you call kinds of names, but I'm going to give you the information that comes from ISIS itself and I want you to have that at your dinner table so when they sit down at your dinner table and they start talking about the strife and all of the things that they're fixing with Black Lives Matter and everything else, I want you to pull this out and say, 'This comes from ISIS, this is an ISIS document. Whether you know it or now, you're working hand-in-hand with ISIS. Congratulations on that.'"
"Your kids," Beck continued, "when they come back to the dinner table, they will know you are doing exactly what ISIS wants you to do, whether you know it or not ... Those similar goals are now putting the pressure for the bottom to rise up and the top to come down and to turn us inside out. We are at zero hour and the world is a mess."
In a piece posted on BarbWire today, conservative columnist Paul Hair warns that "leftists" will soon "create and fund phony Christian terrorist groups so they can further their War on Christianity."
As Hair explains, liberals are out to utterly destroy Christianity and since "the wickedness of leftists is now of comic-book-villain proportions," it is only a matter of time before they start carrying out false flag terrorist attacks that they can blame on Christians as a justification for wiping them out:
And this is why society must now ask: Will leftists next create “Christian terrorist” groups?
Leftists organizing and funding people to engage in terrorism designed to frame Christians would be a logical next step. Doing so would advance both their agenda (the eventual criminalization of Christianity) and narrative (Christians are violent and evil). Obviously, if they would create and fund phony Christian terrorists they would do so covertly so as to attempt to hide their fingerprints. These terrorist groups would then start murdering and engaging in violence in order to “prove” how dangerous Christians are.
If you think such a thing unlikely to happen, remember that leftists already are attempting to frame their enemies with fake “hate crimes.” Leftists also celebrate murdering unborn babies, newly born babies, the elderly, the sick, and the disabled. And if the concept of leftists potentially creating and funding phony Christian terrorist groups still seems far-fetched, then remember that leftist educators, politicians, entertainers, and others have openly embraced leftist terrorists since the 1960s.
Of course, leftists only portray terrorism as a positive thing when done in the service of leftism. So although they celebrate their terrorism, it would not prevent them from framing Christians as “bad terrorists.”
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Leftists have chosen which master they will serve. Now it’s a question of how far down that road of servitude they are. We need to be both vigilant for the possible emergence of “Christian terrorist” groups, and to be skeptical of who they truly are if they do appear.
A leading Russian operative with the U.S-based World Congress of Families may be helping fund an English-language website dedicated to providing positive coverage of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a report today by The Interpreter, a website run by a think tank critical of Putin.
The Interpreter’s Anton Shekhovtsov reports on a series of leaked emails between the editor of Russian Insider, a new pro-Putin publication, and Alexey Komov, the World Congress of Families’ Russian representative, in which the editor seeks funding from Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeev for his website.
Shekhovtsov notes that both Malofeev and Komov have been involved in coordinating activities among European far-right groups, along with their “pro-family” activism:
The leaks reveal that Bausman, rather than relying on crowdfunding for Russia Insider, asks for money from Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeev via his associate Alexey Komov.
Komov is a no less interesting figure. He is an employee of several organisations founded and funded by Malofeev, as well as a representative of the homophobic World Congress of Families in Russia. He is also an honorary president of the Lombardy-Russia Cultural Association, Russia’s front organisation in Italy established by the far right Lega Nord party. Komov even gave speech at the party’s congress at the end of 2013 that elected Matteo Salvini as its leader.
Malofeev is the one who brought together the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown and a number of French far-right activists in 2013 at a “traditional values” roundtable in Moscow that just happened to coincide with the passage of a spate of anti-LGBT laws in Russia. Komov was the leading organizer of the planned World Congress of Families in Moscow last year (which ended up dropping the World Congress of Families name), and, as Buzzfeed’s Lester Feder reported, was found to be feeding information about the event to Malofeev.
Not content with Donald Trump having all the attention for his latest string of bigoted statements, Ben Carson told CNN today that he too saw footage of Muslim residents of New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks:
Trump did get back up from his primary opponent Ben Carson, who told reporters gathered in Nevada that he did see celebrations of American Muslims in New Jersey after 9/11.
"I saw the film of it, yes," he said. Asked what kind of film, he said: "The news reels."
"There are going to be people who respond inappropriately to events like that. I think that was an inappropriate response I don't know if on the basis on that you can say all Muslims are bad people," Carson said.
Trump’s campaign has been unable to substantiate the candidate’s claim that he saw “thousands and thousands” of Arab Americans celebrating 9/11 in Jersey City, probably because the video does not exist since the event he described didn’t happen.
Last week, the American Family Association released its "Naughty or Nice List," designed to let consumers "know which companies are Christmas-friendly" so they can patronize them this holiday season in an effort to fight back against the "secular forces in our country that hate Christmas because the word itself is a reminder of Jesus Christ."
Today, Liberty Counsel released its own "Naughty or Nice List," which likewise "applauds retailers who acknowledge the reason for the season, and exposes those who do not."
We have looked over both lists and realized that conservative Christians activists who intend to use them to plan their holiday shopping are going to find themselves very confused as to just which retailers are "naughty" and which are "nice," considering that several stores received opposite designations on the American Family Association and Liberty Counsel lists.
For instance, Liberty Counsel lists Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy, CVS and Staples as "nice," while the AFA lists those same stores as either "naughty" or "marginal":
Conversely, the AFA lists Dick's Sporting Goods, The Gap, Old Navy and TJ Maxx as "nice," while Liberty Counsel lists them all as "naughty":
Swanson told “Generations Radio” listeners that the outrage over his remarks is proof that America is at war with God.
“Any time the nation has taken up a fight with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Creator of the universe, you don’t pick a fight with the Creator of all of the galaxies, all of the planets, this entire solar system, you don’t pull together a couple of ants and lift a fist to the Almighty and think you can get away with it,” he said. “This is, I think, the reason why the media firestorm — we have touched the conscience of a nation and they realize they’re in trouble, they’re in trouble with the God of the universe.”
So it was startling last week to hear Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, in an address on religious liberty to the Family Research Council, claim that it is in fact progressives who have redefined the term “religious liberty” in order to persecute people of faith, making believers, in Lankford’s words, the targets of a new “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
“We have an undercurrent of conversations happening in the country, where there’s become a redefinition of the term ‘religious liberty,’” Lankford said. “ Is this a term that has the same meaning as we use it out in the common vernacular? And I would tell you, across the country and multiple places that I’ve visited, no is the correct answer. This term is attempting to be redefined by our culture to say if you’re for religious liberty, then you’re hatred [sic] towards other people, you’re exclusive, you’re divisive, you’re a person who needs to be isolated because you’re for religious liberty.”
“I would say to you, people of faith in the workplace and in public settings have become the new individuals that are targeted towards ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” he added. “If you have faith, don’t tell anyone and don’t ask anyone if you have faith, and if you have it don’t live it out publicly because people don’t want to see it.”
During Friday night's "Presidential Family Forum" in Iowa, Mike Huckabee attempted to gin up outrage among the conservative Christian audience by falsely claiming that the federal government is working to deport a family from Germany who have sought asylum in America in order to homeschool their children.
Homeschooling is illegal in Germany and in 2010, the Romeike family sought political asylum in America, arguing that they would face fines, imprisonment and loss of custody of their children if they were deported back to Germany. The case worked its way through the legal system for years until the Supreme Court finally refused to grant their appeal, only for the Department of Homeland Security to announce in 2014 that the Romeikes would be granted "indefinite deferred action status" and be allowed to remain in America.
But that is not the story Huckabee told during a discussion of education at the forum on Friday night. Instead, the former Arkansas governor declared that "every Christian believer in this country [should be] absolutely livid" over the fact that "this week, the Justice Department of the United States started deportation process against the Romeike family to send them back to Germany, which will take their kids from them."
"The very week the president wants to bring Syrian refugees to America and import them," Huckabee stated, "he wants to deport a Christian family."
Such an action, Huckabee insisted, is proof that "there is a war on the Christian faith in this country that is being carried out by this administration."
Given that the case of the Romeike family has been an important issue for the Religious Right for years, one would think that if the government had reneged on its pledge to allow them to remain in the country and begun the process of deporting them, that might have made some news.
But we have been utterly unable to find a single news article reporting this or a single piece of evidence to back up Huckabee's claim. We even called the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been representing the Romeike family from the beginning, to ask if their organization had any knowledge of this and were informed that HSLDA is unaware of any steps taken by the DOJ to deport its clients.
Rick Santorum declared at Friday’s “Presidential Family Forum” in Iowa that President Obama refuses to bomb ISIS, despite the fact that the U.S. has launched over 6,000 airstrikes against ISIS militants. He then went on to say that airstrikes are actually a bad idea that actually benefit ISIS, which he said has the sympathies of the majority of Muslims.
After recounting how he told President Bush that “we have to stop calling this a war on terror” and instead declare “war against radical Islam,” Santorum said that “the theology of a majority of people in the Middle East are exactly the theology of ISIS,” even though “they may not be violent.”
“We have a president who won’t even identify ISIS as Islamic nor will he identify it as a state,” Santorum said. “He says we can’t bomb them because we can’t recognize them as a state because it will give them too much prestige; we can’t say they’re Islamic because it will give them too much credibility. This is delusional and it’s costing lives.”
Donald Trump has repeatedlyclaimed that “thousands and thousands” of Arab American residents of Jersey City, New Jersey, celebrated as the Twin Towers collapsed during the September 11, 2001 attacks. This event never occurred, but Trump still insists he saw it on TV.
In order to defend this patently false claim, Trump campaign aide Dan Scavino took to Twitter last night in an attempt to back up Trump’s assertion:
Within hours - authorities detained & questioned people allegedly seen celebrating the attacks & holding parties on rooftops in #JerseyCity.
Scavino pointed to unproven claims that as many as six people were detained following the attacks.
He did not link to any news stories but he was likely referring to what the AP described at the time as “rumors of rooftop celebrations of the attack by Muslims,” which the AP determined were “unfounded.”
But even Scavino’s six suspected 9/11 celebrators still fall far short of Trump’s claim that “thousands and thousands” were celebrating, and the campaign still hasn’t come forward with the television footage that Trump insists is real.