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Right Wing Round-Up - 12/23/13

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What Persecution Looks Like

Nothing like putting things in perspective.

At the end of a week in which Religious Right leaders, cable TV pundits, and conservative politicians acted as if freedom were being destroyed because a rich TV star was suspended for making offensive racist and anti-gay comments, the Parliament in Uganda passed a bill that threatens gay people with life in prison.

And with that vote, all the alarmist bluster about persecution from Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal and every Religious Right leader who saw a chance to boost year-end fundraising by jumping on the martyrdom bandwagon was made to look ridiculous.

This week’s news gave us plenty of evidence about real persecution, and it had nothing to do with Duck Dynasty. The face of persecution is not Phil Robertson, but the terrified LGBT people in Uganda who fear that they are about to be hunted.  Persecution looks like gay teenagers in Russia being beaten by thugs, and by gay parents who have the ability to leave Russia fleeing because anti-gay political leaders are threatening to take their children from them. Persecution looks like LGBT people all over the globe whose lives and freedom are threatened by new laws that enshrine discrimination and define them as criminals. Persecution looks like LGBT teens in Jamaica facing vigilante violence.  And on and on.

Newsweek reported a week ago that Ethiopia had declared war on gay men this year, noting, “A representative from the Ethiopian Inter-Religious Council Against Homosexuality announced that the council was making ‘promising’ progress in convincing the government to introduce the death penalty to punish ‘homosexual acts.’”

How do American conservative religious and political figures respond to this kind of persecution? Not with shouts of outrage but with enthusiastic cheering. It is no small irony that many of those most loudly screaming "persecution" over Robertson's suspension have been equally vocal supporters of international efforts to literally criminalize homosexuality. 

Brian Brown, Pat Buchanan, Matt Barber, and a sad parade of other religious conservatives fawn over Russia’s violently anti-democratic strongman Vladimir Putin as if he were Christendom’s new Defender of the Faith. Putin, in Barber’s words, is being allowed to “out-Christian our once-Christian nation.” (Of course many American Christians want nothing to do with Barber or his interpretation of the faith.)

And to their lasting shame, American Religious Right leaders’ financial and political support have been inflaming anti-gay passions in Uganda for years.  Lou Engle and Scott Lively actually traveled to Uganda and helped rally support for the bill. The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, who takes such umbrage at FRC’s designation as a hate group, dismissed criticism of the Uganda law in its earlier and more sinister incarnation, calling the proposed law an effort to “uphold moral conduct.”

There’s no indication that the Uganda bill’s passage is causing any noticeable soul-searching among the far right.  Far from it. The American Family Association’s always-repellant Bryan Fischer invoked the Duck Dynasty flap in celebrating the passage of the anti-gay law in Uganda: “Uganda stands with Phil. Makes homosexuality contrary to public policy. It can be done.”

Actually, as offensive as Phil Robertson’s statements were, they pale in comparison to Fischer’s. Robertson hasn’t suggested, as far as I know, that gay people should be arrested and put in prison for life. And I seriously doubt that Robertson has ever traveled to Russia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, or Australia to promote legal discrimination against and criminalization of LGBT people or anyone who advocates for equality, the way right-wing figures like Engle, Lively, Brown, Mat Staver, Peter LaBarbera, Paul Cameron, and others have.

No worries about the Olympics on the American Right.  In fact the Illinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society is excited about having its 2014 “World Congress of Families” summit in Moscow, which they see as a new stronghold for “traditional values” against the secular moral squalor of Western Europe.

Conservative activists were prepared to see Phil Robertson as a victim of religious persecution because they’ve been primed for years with the “religious liberty” narrative being pushed by Religious Right leaders and their conservative Catholic allies. They portray criticism as persecution. They equate being on the losing side of policy debates with being under the heel of oppression. And when courts and legislatures struggle with the challenge of balancing religious liberty with other constitutional values like equality under the law, they see only black-and-white battles between good and evil.

Their rhetoric cheapens and distorts the meaning of terms like tyranny. Anti-religious persecution is a violent, heartbreaking reality for Christians in many parts of the world. But not for the privileged and powerful figures in the United States who wrap themselves in the mantle of martyrdom.

The next time you hear some talking head on Fox talk about persecution, think about people in the Central African Republic who are caught in sectarian violence verging on genocide. Or think about LGBT people whose lives and freedom are threatened every day in the name of Christian values.  

Trent Frank Agrees That Obama Is Either A Secret Muslim Or Acting Just Like One

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) appeared at a David Horowitz Freedom Center function last month where he agreed with a co-panelist who said Obama may be a secret Muslim, or is at least acting like one. Franks sat on the panel with anti-Muslim activists Robert Spencer, Erick Stakelbeck and Caroline Glick. A member of the audience asked Spencer — to laughter and applause — that if the Quran dictates that apostates must face execution, “If so, how does this apply to Obama? And if so, what should we do about it?”

Spencer replied that the president’s religion is “murky, probably intentionally so.” He went on to say that because you don’t hear Muslims “calling for Obama to be executed as an apostate” for leaving Islam for Christianity, then it is likely he is still a Muslim.

“With so many hotheads and firebrands and hardliners, you would think that somebody would say that, unless maybe they know something,” Spencer said.

He went on to argue that Obama’s Christian faith is further proof that he’s a Muslim, explaining that he can still be a Muslim while he identifies as a Christian. Spencer added: “Whatever his personal beliefs are, certainly if he were a secret Muslim, he wouldn’t be acting any differently from how he is anyway.”

“That’s exactly right,” Franks said. “He wouldn’t be any different.”

Fischer: Phil Robertson's Suspension Is 'The Mark Of The Beast'

Just in case the Religious Right's response to the "Duck Dynasty" controversy has not already been ridiculously over-the-top enough, Bryan Fischer decided to officially turn into a total farce by declaring on his radio broadcast today that Robertson's suspension is literally "the Mark of the Beast":

Creationists: Evolution Is For 'Gullible' People Who 'Rely On Silly Stories'

Dr. John Morris of the Institute for Creation Research thinks that “no truly helpful discovery has come from evolution” since evolution proponents, unlike Creationists, “rely on silly evolutionary stories to make us believe it.”

He told co-host Chris O’Brien in a radio bulletin today that evolution fails because it “ought to be obvious” and “people are not gullible enough to think that a frog change into a prince.”

O’Brien: Has evolutionary science been useful to the world?

Morris: Chris, you’d be surprised. Evolutionists say that evolution undergirds all of biology, and yet no truly helpful discovery has come from evolution. It is true that many evolutionists have made amazing discoveries, but these are based on scientific observation of the way things are—how they originated is a different question. It seems to me that if evolution were really a theory of everything, as they claim, then it ought to be obvious; they shouldn’t have to rely on silly evolutionary stories to make us believe it. Face it, evolution is unbelievable because it is simply not true. Most people are not gullible enough to think that a frog change into a prince. Creation is a much better answer and we learn that when we go back to Genesis.

O’Brien: Thanks Dr. Morris!

Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill Cheered By US Conservatives

An anti-gay law championed by evangelical Christians in Uganda with the enthusiastic backing of Religious Right leaders in the U.S. has passed parliament and is awaiting the president’s decision on whether to sign it.  The bill as passed apparently no longer includes the death penalty provision but makes homosexuality a crime punishable by life in prison. LGBT activist Frank Mugisha says his colleagues are panicking, fearing that “there is going to be a hunt.”

Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan minister who has pushed the bill for years, and has been praised by Religious Right leaders like Matt Barber for his strident anti-gay stance, tweeted “Let Freedom Ring!” and posted a celebratory picture of himself with David Bahati, the bill’s sponsor.

Ssempa got plenty of help from American Religious Right figures like Lou Engle and Scott Lively, who is facing a human rights lawsuit brought by Sexual Minorities of Uganda. “This human rights crisis was made here in the United States,” says Tarso Luís Ramos, Executive Director at Political Research Associates.

Given that American Religious Right figures had praised the bill in its even more draconian form – Tony Perkins called it an effort to “uphold moral conduct” – it is sadly unsurprising to see some of them cheering.  American Family Association hatemonger Bryan Fischer connected the law’s passage to the controversy in America over Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson. Fischer tweeted:

So much for “live and let live.” 

Dean: 'In New York City, They're Teaching Kids Bestiality In Public Schools'

Bradlee Dean was a guest on the "TruNews" End Times radio broadcast yesterday where Dean and guest host David Berman rambled on for half an hour about how this country is being destroyed by liberals and ungodly Republicans and everyone else that doesn't share their radical views.

Public education, in particular, is playing a central role in the destruction of America because, as Dean explained, liberals are a lawless "criminal population," so much so that teachers in New York City are now "teaching kids bestiality in public schools":

Berman: This is a demonic problem, isn't it, my friend?

Dean: Oh, there's no question about it. And, by the way, when we're talking about the left, and what they attempt to promulgate, attempt to advocate, we have to keep in mind that they're lawless. So when we talk of the left in this country, it's really what the right has tolerated. There wouldn't be a left if the right was doing the right thing all of the time. And I wish people in America would just come to the terms and to the facts that when we're talking about those that again are on the left, we're really talking about a lawless people, we're talking about a criminal population that is only complained about because the right is tolerating their crimes committed against the constitutional republic .

But going back to the schools again, you're dealing with an educational system - National Education Association -  they're so demoralized [sic], they're so irrational that now they have something called the homosexual caucus; that wasn't good enough, now they have a drag queen caucus. In New York City, they're teaching kids bestiality in public schools.

Phil Robertson Becomes Religious Right Hero

It seems that every Religious Right group has put out a petition this week defending Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty star who was suspended after he made racist and homophobic statements in an interview with GQ. We are not surprised that the Right has pounced on the opportunity to play the victim and grow their email lists.

  • This National Organization for Marriage’s petition claims Robertson was suspended merely for stating “his belief in the truth of the Bible,” insisting that “nothing that Phil Robertson said is hateful” and that A&E “succumbed to the demands of bullies like the HRC and GLAAD, which is disgraceful for an entity whose very existence depends on the free exchange of ideas.”
  • The American Family Association has its own petition thanking Robertson for “declaring the truth of God’s word” and charging that the network undermined the reality star’s “rights to religious freedom and freedom of speech”…because apparently the First Amendment says that no one can ever be disciplined in their job over things they say.
  • Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition is urging men to grow beards in “support for Phil and Christian Values,” while asking women to “lovingly tolerate the facial scruff” of men who grow their Phil-beards.
  • Even the ex-gay organization Voice of the Voiceless has its own petition, warning that America will soon “turn into a fascist society” if gay rights groups aren’t stopped.
  • Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera complains that Robertson is a victim of “homo-fascism” while “Christians and moral-minded Americans must rally behind Phil Robertson.”
  • Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel salutes Robertson as “a breath of fresh air in this Miley Cyrus culture” who is bravely restoring America’s Christian heritage.

Clearly, making homophobic and racist comments is all it takes to become a Religious Right hero.

Update: Of course, the inevitable Rosa Parks comparison:

In a fundraising email to supporters, Ian Bayne, who is running in the Republican primary to challenge Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) in the 11th District, compared Robertson to Rosa Parks. The fundraising email began: "Today, Ian Bayne called Phil Robertson, star of the A&E series "Duck Dynasty," the 'Rosa Parks' of our generation."

PFAW Foundation Condemns U.S. Right-Wing Leaders’ Connection to Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill

WASHINGTON – People For the American Way Foundation is deeply saddened to learn of the reported passage of the infamous anti-gay bill in Uganda. The draconian bill would make so-called “aggravated homosexuality” punishable by life in prison.

A number of far-right leaders in the United States are connected to this bill. Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, called an older version of the bill an effort to “uphold moral conduct.” The anti-gay activism of Abiding Truth Ministries’ Scott Lively in Uganda has helped foment anti-gay sentiment there, and a lawsuit brought by gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda alleges that Lively’s activities in Uganda led to the torture and deaths of gay and lesbian Ugandans. Lively has explicitly come out in favor of a version of the bill that included life in prison as a punishment for homosexuality.

“American far-right groups have long embraced bigotry and discrimination when it comes to LGBT communities in this country. In recent years, they’ve also worked hard to export their hatred,” said People For the American Way Foundation President Michael Keegan. “Their help in facilitating a clear violation of human rights is abhorrent. These far-right U.S. leaders must take responsibility for the human suffering caused by their role in its development.”

The far-right’s work in Uganda is part of an ongoing effort by American anti-gay activists to spread their bigotry abroad, including support for suppressive anti-gay laws in Russia, Jamaica, and Peru. Right Wing Watch will continue to monitor and expose these efforts to export homophobia.

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Paranoia-Rama: War On Christmas Hoax, Obama's Gay Revenge & The Plot To Nuke Charleston

RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.

Apparently, we here at Right Wing Watch are receiving secret information on the American public courtesy of the NSA. This week we learned top-secret details about the War on Christmas, along with the Obama administration’s false flag attacks and plan to nuke South Carolina. It’s all here in this week’s Paranoia-Rama:

5. Student Suspended For Saying ‘Merry Christmas’?

The National Report strikes again! An article from the satirical site about a San Francisco school suspending a nine-year-old student for wishing a “Merry Christmas” to an atheist teacher went viral this week, enraging War on Christmas belligerents. A real school with a similar name to the fictional school mnamed in the National Report’s spoof has been inundated with nasty calls and violent threats from angry people across the country who didn’t realize the article was a hoax.

Judging by the source, we wouldn’t be surprised if the story eventually gets a mention on Fox & Friends.

4. Indian Diplomat’s Arrest A Gay Plot

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association believes that last week’s controversial arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York occurred not because of the diplomat’s alleged mistreatment of her housekeeper but as “payback” for an Indian supreme court decision recriminalizing homosexuality. “I think there is one simple reason: This is payback by President Obama because a week ago the supreme court in the country of India reinstated a law that bans homosexual sex, it criminalizes homosexual conduct,” Fischer said.

Legal disputes between the diplomat and her former maid have been going on for months and Secretary of State John Kerry expressed regret over the incident, but since Fischer is absolutely obsessed with gay issues it’s not like he needs any evidence to substantiate his case.

3. Obama Will Use NSA To Leak Information To Liberal Groups

Larry Klayman, the conservative attorney who successfully challenged the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs, seems convinced that President Obama will leak information collected by the NSA to progressive organizations, including us (even though our parent organization, People For the American Way, is part of a separate legal challenge to the NSA).

Klayman believes this is part of a plan “to destroy conservatives, libertarians, people of faith and anyone else who believes in true freedom” that will concentrate power in the hands of Obama’s “wildly ultra-leftist, atheist, anti-Judeo-Christian, anti-white and Muslim benefactors, supporters and friends.”

2. About That Guy Who Stopped Obama From Nuking Charleston…

As we’ve been reporting, conservative activist Jim Garrow is insistent that three military officials dealing with nuclear arms were fired because they stopped President Obama’s plan to nuke Charleston, South Carolina. Yesterday, the Washington Post ran a report on the actual reasons the one of the generals responsible for nuclear weapons was fired, including his excessive drinking and misbehavior.

Not that any of Garrow’s followers know or care, as we expect Garrow — who recently predicted the emergence of an anti-Obama “guerrilla war” — to continue to claim that the general was a great hero who saved America from a malicious Obama-Soros scheme.

1. Obama’s ‘False Flag’ Actress?

Leave it to Erik Rush to promote a bizarre blog post from a fringe right-wing website about how young women photographed crying at the scenes of the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings and the Boston Marathon Bombing look similar, and therefore must be the same woman and an actress paid by President Obama.

The website, Moral Matters, says that the photos are proof that Obama is staging the violent events in order to distract from his “criminal scandals and his criminal ID fraud,” bolster gun control efforts and gut the Second Amendment. We wonder if Erik Rush will discuss this conspiracy theory the next time Fox News invites him on air.

Religious Right Myths Never Die

Earlier this year, Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk became a cause célèbre for the Religious Right after he was supposedly relieved of duty for opposing gay marriage; so much so that his tale of victimization was even the focus of an entire panel at the annual Values Voter Summit.

The only problem was that his tale of anti-Christian persecution was false:

The Air Force has found unsubstantiated the claim of a senior master sergeant who said he was reassigned after making known his religious objections to same-sex marriage.

Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk, now assigned to the 59th Medical Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, said he was relieved July 26 of his duties as first sergeant of the 326th Training Squadron and forced to take leave because he disagreed with his commanding officer’s position on gay marriage.

The investigation, initiated Aug. 15 by Col. Mark Camerer, 37th Training Wing commander at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, found the claim unsubstantiated. The investigation also concluded Monk made false official statements, but did not violate Articles 107 or 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

“The weight of the evidence shows that religion was never discussed between the two,” Camerer said in an Air Education and Training Command release.

“In the end, this is a case about command authority, good order and discipline, and civil rights — not religious freedoms,” he said.

Monk was not removed from his position, but rather moved, as scheduled, to another Lackland unit, an assignment he was notified of in April, the release says.

Like so many other right-wing myths, the fact that the central claim is entirely untrue does not in any way stop the Religious Right from repeating it endlessly, as demonstrated by the fact that the Family Research Council has produced a new video featuring Monk claiming that "his punishment was intended to have a chilling effect on service members throughout the military."

"I was the victim here," says the man that a military investigation found repeatedly made false statements about his supposed victimization:

Fischer: 'What We Need Is About A Hundred And Fifty Million Phil Robertsons'

It is no surprise that professional anti-gay bigot Bryan Fischer has come out in support of "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson, defending the anti-gay comments that got Robertson suspended from the show.

In fact, on his broadcast yesterday, Fischer called upon conservative Christians all over the nation to follow Robertson's example and speak "biblical truth about sexuality and marriage" in "every circumstance, every situation, every conversation."

Saying that the entire controversy is rooted in the "spiritual warfare" that Satan is waging on humanity over the issue of homosexuality, Fischer declared that the only way to fight back is to "continue to speak the truth," which is why everyone ought to emulate Robertson every chance they get.

"What we need is about a hundred and fifty million Phil Robertsons out there," he said:

The Year In Homophobia: Ten Of The Worst Anti-LGBT Stories Of 2013

By all accounts, 2013 was a banner year for the gay rights movement: The Supreme Court struck down the worst part of the Defense of Marriage Act, seven new states legalized marriage equality, polls showed Americans backing gay rights in ever-growing numbers, anti-gay crusader Ken Cuccinelli was defeated in his bid to become Virginia’s governor, the Boy Scouts loosened their discriminatory policies, and the “ex-gay” movement began to self-destruct.

But although it’s become an annual tradition to declare the end of the Religious Right, we have seen that equality opponents are only ratcheting up their rhetoric in the face of new challenges and fights next year.

Here we take a look back at some of the worst anti-gay rhetoric and activism of 2013.

10. Class Action Lawsuit Against Homosexuality?

Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough wants to put homosexuality on trial … literally. Scarborough, a right-wing Texas pastor with close ties to Republicans including Ted Cruz and Rick Perry, said during a Tea Party Unity conference call with anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera that he hopes there will be a “ class action lawsuit ” brought against homosexuality much like the one brought against tobacco companies.

Such language is nothing new from Scarborough, who has also called AIDS a divine punishment for homosexuality and regularly rants against “sodomites.”

9. Pat Robertson Lives In Fear Of AIDS Rings

While televangelist Pat Robertson usually isn’t one to shy away from his own vitriolic anti-gay statements, this year there was one deranged and bigoted view that he tried desperately to cover up. After we caught Robertson telling his 700 Club co-host that gay people wear special rings that they use to deliberately infect others with HIV/AIDS, his Christian Broadcasting Network edited the comments out of the version of the show posted online and temporarily got YouTube to remove our video clip of Robertson’s remarks.

Ultimately, CBN lost its fight to censor its own leader, and Robertson continued to spew homophobic rhetoric. For example, he talked about how he wanted to vomit at the sight of gay couples, offered horrendous advice on how to treat gay friends and family members, and promoted even more anti-gay conspiracy theories. In spite of it all, Robertson insists that he is “not anti-gay”…since gay people don’t exist.

8. Virginia GOP Nominates Anti-Gay Ticket, Gets Soundly Defeated

The Virginia GOP’s far-right ticket went down in defeat in November, despite Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson’s best attempts to hide their anti-gay records. As Virginia’s attorney general, Cuccinelli led an all-out crusade to block LGBT partnership benefits and anti-discrimination policies; he then tried to spin his homophobic rhetoric once his views became increasingly unpopular. His running mate, Jackson, even blatantly lied in an attempt to deny his past anti-gay comments, including his claims that homosexuality is a sickness and that gay rights will lead to divine punishment of the U.S. military.

7. Always Playing The Victim

When the Senate approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) last month, Religious Right activists baselessly argued that the legislation would punish religious businesses, protect pedophiles, “represent the return of Jim Crow laws,” incite a revolution and lead to “bankruptcy, starvation, even death.” American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer warned that this persecution had become such an epidemic that “homosexual mobs” were now assaulting Christians while crying “Homo-Akbar!

Conservatives also created a martyr out of an Air Force sergeant who claimed he was disciplined and reassigned for opposing marriage equality. An investigation deemed his story baseless: it turned out the sergeant himself actually requested to be reassigned.

6. Dangerous Transphobic Smear Campaign

As part of its campaign to repeal a California law protecting transgender students, the Pacific Justice Institute fabricated a case of sexual harassment by a transgender girl in a Colorado school. The student who was targeted by the PJI hoax was placed on suicide watch as a result of the baseless smear campaign, but that didn’t stop right-wing activists from citing the case as reason to oppose protections for transgender kids. Gordon Klingenschmitt even accused the transgender student of “visual rape” and demonic possession:

5. Boy Scouts Move Revives Gay-Pedophilia Myth

Before the Boy Scouts of America even decided to lift its ban on openly gay youth (a resolution that passed with over 60 percent support), anti-gay Religious Right activists were claiming that any revisions to the organization’s longstanding ban on openly gay members would encourage sexual abuse and aid sexual predators. Several activists even linked the BSA’s new policy to Satan and the End Times, while others compared gay rights advocates to terroristsserial killers and cannibals. The head of the Southern Baptist Convention even suggested that openly gay scouts could trigger a nuclear attack by North Korea.

Alan Keyes worried that gay scouts would bully their peers until they succumbed to their “sexual advances” and warned of increased rates of drug abuse and gang violence, while John Stemberger — who this year launched an anti-gay alternative to the BSA — feared the change would not only “create a wave of boy-on-boy sexual abuse.” Stemberger was also upset that young people think “it’s hip, it’s edgy to be gay and so they’re all saying they’re gay.”

Republican politicians also criticized the policy shift: Gov. Rick Perry likened gay rights foes to opponents of slavery; Rep. Louie Gohmert suggested the policy change would lead to child abuse; Rep. Steve Palazzo warned it would bring about the end of America and former Sen. Rick Santorum said it would “murder” scouting.

4. Ex-Gay Movement Gets Even More Desperate

As a growing number of states work to curb harmful and discredited ex-gay therapy for minors, “ex-gay” activists are trying to regroup…despite the closure of a major ex-gay ministry and the defection of the movement’s poster boy. Washington D.C.’s “Ex-Gay Pride Month” rally, which supporters hoped would draw “thousands” of ex-gays, was a complete disaster, and “Ex-Gay Awareness Month” fared no better.

Ex-gay activists even demanded that Will Portman, the openly gay son of Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), be placed into ex-gay therapy and become an ex-gay role model. But the ex-gay movement did offer us at least one of the most disturbing books and strangest science experiments of the year.

3. Blaming Gay People For Natural Disasters

In the perennial tradition of blaming everything bad that happens on gay people, we learned in 2013 that gay rights caused everything from tornadoes to forest fires and floods… including Noah’s Flood. After Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage, one radio talk show host even confidently predicted that the state would face economic and weather-related punishment.

Self-proclaimed prophet Cindy Jacobs, who linked the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to freak bird deaths, feared that the Supreme Court marriage rulings would lead to divine wrath in the form of natural disasters:

2. Religious Right’s Global Reach

Facing a losing battle at home, anti-gay groups are increasingly looking abroad to defend existing anti-gay laws and push for even more extreme measures. Just days after Russia’s parliament passed its infamous ban on “gay propaganda,” the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown traveled to Moscow to testify in favor of a new ban on the adoption of Russian orphans by same-sex couples and even single people who live in countries that allow for marriage equality. Brown did so at the invitation of the World Congress of Families, a group that allies with nearly every major Religious Right group in the United States, which is planning to hold its annual conference in Moscow next year.

Brown tried to keep his Russian visit quiet – until we found out about it – but plenty of his fellow Religious Right activists have not been so shy in their public embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay crackdown.

American anti-gay activists were also active in pushing anti-gay policies throughout Eastern Europethe Caribbean and Uganda, which just passed its draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Massachusetts-based pastor Scott Lively helped craft Uganda’s extreme legislation. He also had a hand in Russia’s “gay propaganda” law, which he called “one of the proudest achievements of my career.”

1. Religious Right Explodes Over SCOTUS

Perhaps nothing ignited right-wing fury this year as much as the Supreme Court’s decisions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. As soon as the high court struck down a key part of DOMA and declined to revive Prop 8, activists started warning that it is only a matter of time before God destroys America (and the world) or the country collapses on its own. One ex-gay leader reacted to the decisions by claiming that Justices Kennedy and Kagan and President Obama are all secretly gay.

Republican elected officials also reacted with sometimes unhinged fury. Rep. Tim Huelskamp accused the justices of attacking Jesus Christ and claimed the DOMA opinion would have caused them to flunk out of law school. Rep. Louie Gohmert chided the justices for their “ignorance,” while claiming that homosexuality undermines the theory of evolution.

The two rulings led to fears that gay marriage would lead to anti-Christian persecution, second class citizenship for Christians, a ban on opposite-sex unions and mass murder, and also prompted calls for secessioncivil disobedience, civil war and revolution.

Bryan Fischer Bonus

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, who stands of a class of his own for his near-daily ranting against LGBT people. This year, the Focal Point host added to his anti-gay repertoire by charging that gay people not only led Nazi Germany but also are bringing Nazism to America with a Jim Crow-style campaign of “ethnic cleansing” against Christians.

Not surprisingly, Fischer praised India’s Supreme Court ruling outlawing gay sex and fawned over Russian president Vladimir Putin for his anti-gay policies. Fischer declared that Hillary Clinton may be “the first lesbian president”; blamed gay people for the 2008 financial crisis; said that NBA teams should not sign openly gay player Jason Collins because he would be “eyeballing” his teammates; and warned that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell would lead to the reinstatement of the draft.

Fischer did get a surprise lesson in heterosexual privilege this year, although it doesn’t seem that he learned anything from it:


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Fischer: Arrest Of Indian Diplomat Is 'Payback' For Recent Anti-Gay Ruling

On his radio broadcast yesterday, Bryan Fischer discussed the case Indian diplomat who was arrested last week on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny, which Fischer is not buying at all since he knows that this diplomat was really arrested because President Obama is trying to pay India back for the recent Supreme Court ruling outlawing gay sex.

Fischer, a vocal supporter of the Indian law, said the arrest of the diplomat was nothing more than "payback" to the nation of India for the ruling.

"I mean, could you be any more obvious about retaliation or payback," Fischer said, before going on to blast Obama for naming openly gay athletes as part of the official presidential delegation to the Winter Olympics, saying it was an intentional "thumb in the eye" to Russia.

"It's just insulting":

Larry Klayman: America's Gandhi?

Speaking with Alex Jones on Wednesday, Larry Klayman said that he, like Gandhi, will lead a revolution in America that will overthrow the “evil” Obama administration.

“Obama’s a socialist, a borderline communist, he’s sympathetic to Muslim interests, he does everything he can to destroy Israel and frankly we have somebody in the White House who is evil, plain and simple,” Klayman told Jones, before arguing that since the Republicans are not an effective opposition, he himself will lead an anti-Obama revolution.

“If Gandhi can do it in India, we can do it here,” he promised.

Erik Rush Warns Liberals Plan To Persecute Gay People

Erik Rush thinks that gays and lesbians should be wary of supporting progressive causes because he predicts that one day left-wing governments will outlaw homosexuality and begin to persecute gay people.

Rush said on his radio show today that big-government leads to communism or Sharia law, systems that “do not tolerate homosexuality” since “they know countries or societies without a moral center don’t survive.”

“What’s going to happen is the political left is going to turn around once they are done using these people and they are going to start persecuting them,” he charged, before talking about how intelligent and prophetic he is.

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Beck Offers 'Duck Dynasty' A Home At The Blaze, In The Name Of Diversity

Because Glenn Beck is a paragon of principles and consistency, it makes perfect sense that one day after blasting President Obama for not walking out arm-in-arm with gay athletes during the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics to send a message to the world, he is now offering the Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame a place on his network, vowing never to hinder their ability to spread their anti-gay views.

Beck suggests that all every member of the Robertson clan ought to just answer every question they are asked from now on by simply repeating the statements that got Phil Robertson suspended from the program and doing so until A&E cancels the show, at which point Beck's The Blaze will pick it up.

"We're not ashamed. We won't fold," Beck said. "We have people of diverse opinion here. There are people that are godly and atheist. There are people here that are liberal and very conservative. There are straight people, there are gay people. There are white people, there are black people. They all have an opinion and they're all welcome at The Blaze. Duck Dynasty, we would be proud to have you. May I suggest, make your stand. You will never have a better change and, quite honestly, you're our best shot as people. If we don't get people to wake up to the fact that this is fascism, that we are not allowed to have another opinion - if we don't get them to wake up now, they're never going to wake up, and you're our best shot. Diversity of thought":

Dobson: Thanks To Obamacare, We Are Effectively Living In Nazi Germany

After vowing to close his Family Talk organization if Obamacare’s contraception mandate is upheld in court, James Dobson yesterday likened conditions in the US to Nazi Germany.

Dobson told conservative talk show host Janet Mefferd that he knows a pastor who “expects to end his life in prison because that’s the direction that we’re going as a country,” warning that pastors will find themselves in a similar predicament as those who lived under the Nazi regime.

“Go back to 1939 when the German Lutheran church turned a blind eye to what Hitler was doing, not all of them: [Deitrich] Bonhoeffer and others and paid for it with their lives but they were not going to compromise and there’s a point at which we have to say we’re there, we’re there,” Dobson said. “It’s not quite as bad as it was then but we see where the train is moving, we see where it’s going.” 

LaBarbera: Beware The Gay Monster

Reflecting on his recent trip to Jamaica to defend the country’s ban on homosexuality, Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality said that homosexuality must remain a crime because otherwise gay people may — gasp! — organize politically and demand equality under the law.

LaBarbera writes in an essay on his website that homosexuality acts like “an insatiable, devouring monster,” lamenting that “we in America have our own arrogant and vengeful ‘gay’ (LGBT) ‘monster in our midst.’”

Folks, when I was in Jamaica I took time in my presentations to share this compelling passage from British historian Paul Johnson, from his book, The Quest for God: A Personal Pilgrimage. (Hat tip to Paul Cameron of Family Research Institute for bringing this to light.) I have found nothing that better explains the inevitable slippery slope of indulged pro-homosexual activism — from the repeal of anti-sodomy laws (motivated by well-intended but misguided compassion toward homosexuals as “victims”); to demands for “tolerance” of homosexuality; to the steady growth of a “gay rights” movement winning passage of laws granting affirmative “rights” based on sexual perversion (and gender confusion); to homosexual and transgender advocacy in schools (targeting even the very young [see book photo]); and ultimately, to the rise of a powerful, well-heeled Homosexual/Transgender Lobby that achieves dominance in society at the expense of biblical truth, religious tradition, public health and the rights of others to disagree.

Note that Johnson correctly calls homosexuality a “great moral evil” – something I think even many committed Christians – neutered by political correctness and decades of “gay” propaganda – today would have a hard time admitting (to their shame). Johnson, writing in 1996, had not yet experienced the attachment of this moral evil to the noble institution of marriage itself (as is now legal in the U.K and in 16 American states). Sin’s advance – like an insatiable, devouring monster — destroys people and cultures, and displaces virtue with man-centered notions of wrong as right (Isaiah 5:20).



Of course, we in America have our own arrogant and vengeful “gay” (LGBT) “monster in our midst” — and I warned the Jamaicans that they, too, will have one if they give in to Western powers by opening up the Pandora’s box of homosexual “rights” in their country. The smart and resolute Jamaican leaders and pastors whom I encountered understand the tragic lesson from Britain and the United States: all attempts to appease this self-justifying Sin Movement are doomed to fail, as each concession leads only to further, and more radical, demands.

UPDATE: LaBarbera also used the “monster” line in his statement on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson:

Homosexual behavior is wrong, unnatural, often high-risk, but thankfully, changeable -- as testified to by the redeemed lives of formerly "gay" men like Michael Glatze and ex-lesbian women like Yvette Cantu Schneider who have overcome homosexuality through faith in Jesus Christ. The Homosexual Lobby in America has morphed into an intolerant and 'vengeful' 'monster in our midst' -- to quote British historian Paul Johnson in describing the growth of homosexual power in the U.K. Christians and moral-minded Americans must rally behind Phil Robertson, condemn the homo-fascist 'Gay Thought Police' led by GLAAD who regularly pressure the media into silencing moral speech, and demand that an energetic and civil debate on homosexuality be allowed to flourish in this land we call free.
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