Fighting the Right

The Oregon Standoff Is Splintering Antigovernment Groups

NPR is reporting that the armed antigovernment activists who have taken over a federal wildlife refuge building in Oregon, after promising to stay there "for years,” are now saying that they will call a meeting with the local community within a day and leave “if the county people tell us to leave."

What made a group that was just a few days ago willing to die rather than give up the building create this easy escape loophole for themselves?

It might have something to do with the fact that they were rapidly losing support among fellow members of the “Patriot” movement, many of whom have slammed the building takeover as stupid at best or a false-flag government plot to incite civil war at worst.

The takeover of the building in Burns, Oregon, grew out of a protest against the imprisonment of two ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted of arson on government lands, possibly to cover up illegal poaching. The Hammond story has been reverberating around the far-right media for several weeks, and eventually led to “an estimated 250 anti-government Patriots, III Percenters and assorted armed militia members” gathering at a protest in Burns on Saturday. Then, without warning, a splinter group led by Ammon Bundy, the son of rancher Cliven Bundy, took over the wildlife refuge building.

The event had obvious echoes of the 2014 standoff at the Bundys’ ranch in Nevada, where armed antigovernment activists gathered to face down the Bureau of Land Management. Unlike the Bundy family, however, the Hammonds never asked for an armed standoff.

As we reported yesterday, Stewart Rhodes, the head of the extremist Oath Keepers group, urged his followers to “stay out of” the Oregon standoff, saying his group “will not be involved in an armed standoffs that’s being manufactured by potheads who want a fight.” Even before the group took over the building, Rhodes warned that Ammon Bundy was “sending out confusing and contradictory messages” and that what was billed as a peaceful protest could become “some form of armed direct action.” Along with tactical concerns, Rhodes objected to taking part because the Hammonds had not asked for a confrontation.

Richard Mack, the leader of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and a prominent figure at the Bundy ranch , was at the protest in Burns but, like Rhodes, backed away from Ammon Bundy’s splinter faction, writing in a press release that his group “does not support or condone the occupation” and urging Ammon Bundy and his allies to “immediately vacate the building and to go home to their families!”

Sam Bushman, a “Patriot” movement radio host who was also at the rally, complained in an interview with Pete Santilli, the extremist radio host who has acted as something of a spokesman for the militia group, that he felt like the rally was “almost a trap.” (Bushman rejects the “Patriot movement” label and insists that we instead call him an “American that believes in and wants to promote God, family and country and wants to protect life, liberty and property and believes and advocates that this nation shall endure.”)

“We all felt like we were going to a peaceful rally,” Bushman said, “and he’s almost undone a lot of the good we did there with this action. Most of us were not part of it, were not aware of it and we were kind of led into it almost like a trap. I’m not comfortable with that at all and that’s kind of my frustration there is that a lot of us feel like, hey, it was kind of a ruse to have this peaceful rally only for this other eclipsing agenda.”

Santilli told Bushman that he would “have to agree with that” but that because of Ammon’s action “now we are on to the next phase” and he considered it his duty to stop the FBI from using force to end the standoff.

Brandon Smith, who runs the far-right site Alt-Market, had a similar complaint, writing in an article that was reposted on the Oath Keepers website, “Obviously the goal was to lure as many protesters to Oregon as possible to the event in the hopes that they would jump on board with the stand-off plan once they were more personally involved. Numerous protesters were rightly enraged once they discovered the ultimate motives behind the event.”

Brandon Curtiss of the extremist group III% of Iowa told Bushman that his group had helped to organize the Burns rally but had nothing to do with Ammon Bundy’s side project, which he also portrayed as a tactical error. “This situation, even though we all agree, we all understand Ammon’s position, it’s really created a divide within the Patriot movement and it’s really unfortunate,” he said.

In a movement in which conspiracy theories thrive, it was no wonder that some began to wonder if the group occupying the wildlife refuge building was infiltrated by government “provocateurs” trying to pick a fight.

Mike Vanderboegh, the founder of the Three Percenters movement (named after the three percent of colonists whom he says were brave enough to fight the British crown) and an enthusiastic participant in the Bundy ranch showdown, wrote on his blog that the Oregon takeover was led by “federal provocateurs, sociopaths and idiots with a John Brown complex,” but that if a violent confrontation were to be started, he would have no choice but to join Ammon Bundy and his friends “in a ghastly civil war.”

Smith also feared that Bundy’s action could draw the “Patriot” movement into a civil war, with them at a tactical disadvantage. “What I do fear is that they are cannon fodder beckoning a nationwide government crackdown to which I and others will then be forced to personally respond to with equal f*cking measure,” he wrote. “And all of this on the worst possible terms and at a very inconvenient time (executive actions on gun control mere weeks from now).”

Radio conspiracy theorist Alex Jones similarly wondered if the group was infiltrated by government agents hoping to launch a “false flag” incident that would pave the way for the imposition of martial law.

As the Bundy ranch standoff showed, these activists are hardly pacifists. It’s just that when what they assume is the inevitable civil war comes, they want to be in the best position possible. And Ammon Bundy came in and messed it all up.

Maddow Calls Out Trump For Embracing Conspiracy Site

Last night, Rachel Maddow called out Donald Trump for touting the “amazing honor to be named man of the year” by the far-right conspiracy theory site WorldNetDaily. She noted that while Trump has gone silent about his discredited birther conspiracy theory, which he raised when floating the idea of a campaign against President Obama in 2012, he is proud to stand with WorldNetDaily, which is “the headquarters for the Obama birth certificate conspiracy theory.”

She also mentioned our report on Trump’s planned appearance at an event honoring Joseph Farah, the site’s founder and a fellow birther.

“That belief of [Trump’s], his association with the whole birther conspiracy theory movement, that was crazy to the point of journalists laughing in his face about it in 2011,” Maddow said. “Now, though, he is the prohibitive frontrunner to be the Republican presidential candidate this year, even though noting about him has changed.”

Maddow mentioned one of our favorite conspiracy theories from WorldNetDaily’s top reporter Jerome Corsi: that Obama is in an Islamic gay marriage to his Pakistani college roommate.

Corsi has also reported that Obama may have killed his former gay lovers and wears a ring containing the Muslim statement of faith. After it turned out that Corsi mistook a series of loops on the ring for the Shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith, he insisted that the White House must have “tried to alter the ring.”

WorldNetDaily’s unhinged hatred of Obama doesn’t just include wild birther claims.

The site has suggested that Obama is “the biblical Lord of the Flies” and “possessed by a demonic entity,” as evidenced by his “long history of attracting flies.” The site was also very alarmed by a “demon” that Obama encountered during a recent trip to Kenya.

WorldNetDaily is also in the prediction business. The site consulted with a biblical “researcher” before the 2012 election to learn how “hidden texts in the Holy Bible indicate Mitt Romney will be America’s next president”; insisted that a biblical formula revealed that September 13, 2015, would be a day of “disaster”; envisioned “a pilgrimage by millions of Americans” out of the country as a result of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling; predicted that Obama would personally meet and negotiate with Osama bin Laden; warned that Obama is setting the stage for mass imprisonmentsfood shortagesconcentration camps and the next Holocaust; and wondered if the president would build the Death Star.

Trump has also lavished praise on fringe conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who, like WorldNetDaily, believes that there is a concerted effort to turn kids gay through the food supply.

Ammon Bundy Compares Himself To George Washington, Who Quashed The Whiskey Rebellion

Yesterday, Ammon Bundy gave an interview with Jacobin about his seizure of a federal building in Oregon, telling the magazine that he and his fellow militia members are “preparing the camp for a long standoff against federal agents for when they show up.”

Bundy, the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who made racist remarks during his own standoff with the federal government, also spent time criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement, which he says was responsible for “lots of looting and violence towards businesses and innocent citizens.”

He insisted that he and his allies “are not terrorists” and warned of the prospect of a violent attack on his group by law enforcement:

I do think the government has violence on its mind. That’s why they have taken so long to show up. I believe they are planning something for us to finally get rid of us once and for all. If they use force against us we will fight back to defend ourselves. I hope we don’t have to do that. I hope this all ends peacefully and the government does the right thing for once.

He also compared himself to George Washington, saying that just as Washington challenged British rule, he is leading a fight against the U.S. government:

George Washington is inspiring to me for what he did to help found this country, and all of the founding fathers by how they took a stand against the British. I don’t have any faith in our government anymore. I don’t believe they can help at all and will only make things worse for our country in the years to come.

Bundy may want to hit the books and learn a bit more about what Washington thought of armed insurrections after the U.S. became an independent nation.

For example, Washington hailed the quashing of Shay’s Rebellion and pointed to the insurrection as a reason to create a stronger federal government than the one established in the Articles of Confederation. “If three years ago any person had told me that at this day, I should see such a formidable rebellion against the laws & constitutions of our own making as now appears I should have thought him a bedlamite — a fit subject for a mad house,” he said.

As president, Washington put down the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion, leading “a force of 13,000 — larger than any American army amassed in one place during the Revolution — to quell the uprising,” declaring that the “insurgents” seek to “shake the government to its foundation” and deriding the “treasonable opposition” for “propagating principles of anarchy” and refusing “submission to law.”

Cruz Rallies Christian Right, Slams 'Secular Agenda' At Campaign Stop With James Dobson

At an Iowa campaign stop with influential Religious Right activist James Dobson yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz warned that people of faith have consented to “allow nonbelievers to elect our leaders,” and now a “secular agenda” bent on doing away with the Ten Commandments and stifling religious liberty is on the rise.

Cruz repeated to the audience in Winterset, Iowa, his insistence that an atheist would be unfit to be president , saying, “If you don’t begin every day on your knees asking God for His wisdom and support, I don’t believe you’re fit to do this job.”

He also repeated his assertion that Republicans lost the last two presidential elections because millions of evangelicals stayed at home. “I believe the key to winning in 2016 is very simple,” he said. “We have to bring back to the polls the millions of conservatives who stayed home, we have to awaken and energize the body of Christ.”

“You know,” he said, “we look at our federal government now, and we have a federal government that is waging a war on life, a war on marriage, a war on religious liberty. We have a federal government that is advancing a secular agenda that puts the ability of Bible-believing Christians to live our faith more and more in jeopardy and that is appeasing radical Islamic terrorism, in fact refuses even to acknowledge its name. And if you look at the federal government, you might say, ‘Why do we have government attacking life, attacking marriage, attacking faith, attacking religious liberty?’ Well, is it any wonder, when a majority of believers are staying home? If we allow nonbelievers to elect our leaders, we shouldn’t be surprised when our government doesn’t reflect our values.”

Cruz also doubled down on his criticism of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling , calling both it and the King v. Burwell ruling preserving the Affordable Care Act “fundamentally illegitimate” and “lawless.” He warned that if Hillary Clinton were to become president, the Supreme Court would “tear down our constitutional liberties fundamentally” by ruling against Ten Commandments monuments on public grounds and reversing the Heller decision, which found an individual right to bear arms. (When Cruz said that this meant “the government can make it a felony for you to own a firearm and protect your family,” an audience member yelled out, “Come and take it!”)

Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council who recently endorsed Cruz, also said he was very impressed by the candidate’s wife, Heidi Cruz, saying that “there has never in American history been a pro-life first lady” and that with her we “have a chance to get one this time.”

The Iowa conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts recorded the event. Cruz and Dobson discuss prayer about 2 minutes into the video; the “missing” evangelical vote about 6 minutes in; the Supreme court around 13 minutes in; and Heidi Cruz about 24 minutes in.

Jim Bakker: Satan Using Fire Alarms To Silence Me

Yesterday, televangelist Jim Bakker and radio host Rick Wiles launched into a discussion on the topic of pornography, which was abruptly stopped when a fire alarm sounded in Bakker’s television studios. Bakker, of course, promptly blamed the fire alarm on Satan.

“That’s a signal that the Devil’s mad,” Bakker said. “Whenever we hit a subject that really stirs hell and Satan, the fire alarm, that goes off, every time.”

Bakker and Wiles went on discuss the conflict in Syria and their failed doomsday prophecy around September, 2015.

Bakker and Wiles were both involved in promoting claims that the month of September of last year would be filled with cataclysmic events: Wiles said that the Dow Jones would crash during the month (it actually went up), while Bakker said that America risked not only a financial collapse but also typhoons, earthquakes, bombing and an attack involving Pope Francis’ tour of the U.S.

Wiles, however, said that something noteworthy did happen in September: the Russian bombing campaign in Syria against anti-Assad rebels.

“God bless Russia,” Wiles said, praising Russia for curbing online pornography and banning gay pride parades and speech deemed “gay propaganda.”

“It’s illegal to say ‘God bless America’ in schools,” Bakker added.

Wiles then claimed that God may use Russia in a future war against America, where he said Christians will soon move underground. “Russia is turning to God,” he said. “America has walked away from God. America is losing her leadership in the world and Russia is becoming the leader of the world. If we don’t understand it in this context, we’re going to keep talking about, ‘Bad Russia, they’ve got to be attacked, they’ve got to be brought down.’ No, you don’t understand it, God may use Russia to attack evil America. We’re the Christians that are going underground, like they did in Russia.”

Gordon Klingenschmitt Says Gays Are Driven By A 'Demonic Spirit Of Lust' To Persecute Christians

Gordon Klingenschmitt is outraged by a Massachusetts court decision finding that a Catholic school discriminated against a man when it rescinded a job offer to him after learning that he was gay and married, declaring that the lawsuit demonstrates that gay people are driven by a "demonic spirit of lust" to persecute Christians.

The Colorado Republican lawmaker said on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday that the lawsuit shows that "there is a demonic spirit here of persecution against the church" and that gay people do not simply want to be left alone but rather are intent on "coming after the church."

"They're coming after us," Klingenschmitt warned. "They don't care about the First Amendment. They don't care about the Constitution. They just want power. And this is not about sexuality any more, it's about power and that's a demonic spirit of lust; not just lust for another man, but lust for power over the Christian people who yearn to breathe free":

Alex Jones: Oregon Standoff Could Lead To Civil War

As we noted yesterday, Alex Jones of InfoWars believes that an anti-government militia’s takeover of a federal building in Oregon may actually be the work of government “provocateurs” trying to justify martial law and gun confiscation.

He called into “The Alex Jones Show” yesterday from Arizona, warning viewers that he “guaranteed” that the Bundy-led militia has been infiltrated by agents working for either the government or George Soros. Jones said that the militia’s actions will serve to “legitimize” President Obama’s executive actions on gun reform and pave the way for “even more draconian executive actions on guns.”

“Guaranteed provocateurs are showing up and other things are happening, the whole Soros group is saying, ‘Here are our white terrorists, here are our cowboy-hat wearing terrorists,’ it gives them the backdrop they need, they want to start a civil war,” Jones said.

Jones said that while he “admires” some of the people involved in the Oregon protests, he claimed that “provocateurs” engineered the building’s seizure so it coincides with Obama’s executive actions.

“The timing is out of control and I understand there’s been demonstrations going on there for years and then, magically, this happens at this point,” he said.

After suggesting that the Oklahoma City bombing was a false flag to discredit the right-wing movement, he said the Oregon seizure could be an attempt to tarnish gun advocates and politicians like Donald Trump.

Cruz Campaign Promotes Video By Radical Birther Who Thinks Obama Got A Nose Job To Hide His Real Father

Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign has been circulating a bizarre “viral” video depicting the Texas Republican as a RINO-slaughtering Star Wars hero fighting a Darth Vader-esque President Obama.

“In honor of the latest Star Wars movie, the team here at Cruz HQ wanted to share with you a YouTube video created by a fellow supporter that depicts Senator Cruz as a Jedi Warrior, fighting for the Constitution,” the Cruz campaign wrote in an email to supporters last night, linking to a fawning Breitbart article about the video.

The article is written by the video’s creator, Joel Gilbert, who writes of his work, “The Constitution Strikes Back captures the charisma and character of Ted Cruz as a rebel warrior. It will set a new standard for production values and graphics quality for political satires. May the force be with Ted Cruz, and may the Constitution be with us!”

Who is Joel Gilbert, whose work the Cruz campaign so admires?

Gilbert is a far-right conspiracy theorist who claims that Obama wears a secret Muslim wedding ringstole the 2012 election with stolen NSA data and could have been behind the Aurora movie theater shooting.

Right Wing Watch readers will also recognize Gilbert from his work promoting the weird alternate birther theory that holds that President Obama’s “real father” is a labor activist named Frank Marshall Davis, who nurtured Obama from birth to stage a communist takeover of America. Gilbert laid out this theory in his 2012 film “Dreams From My Real Father,” whose main piece of evidence is some exploitative sexual images of a woman who Gilbert falsely claims is the president’s mother. He mailed copies of his movie to hundreds of thousands of swing-state voters in 2012, leaving at least some of them repulsed.

Gilbert has since elaborated on his theory, claiming, with the help of his friends at the birther outlet WorldNetDaily, that Obama got a nose job to hide his resemblance to Davis.

All in all, an interesting person for the Cruz campaign to be enthusiastically promoting.

We wonder if Cruz’s campaign will also promote the trailer for “Dreams From My Real Father”:

 

 

 

Frank Gaffney Links Twitter, Campaign Finance Reform To Sharia Law Agenda

Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney has discovered new plots designed to impose Sharia law on American citizens, this time through Twitter and campaign finance reform.

Gaffney, who recently gained media attention when Donald Trump cited a shoddy poll conducted by his group, the Center for Security Policy, to justify his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country, appeared on the SiriusXM program “Breitbart News Daily” today to discuss Twitter’s new guidelines on abusive behavior.

Twitter announced last week that users will not be allowed to “promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or disease,” which Gaffney said means that remarks “that might offend Muslims” would be banned on the social media platform.

He also claimed that the Obama administration backed a UN resolution supporting religious blasphemy laws, when in fact, the resolution did nothing of the sort, and also accused congressional Democrats of promoting speech codes by backing a resolution “condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.”

Gaffney even went so far as to allege that a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is part of this nefarious plot to ban speech, claiming that people won’t be allowed to speak out against the Islamist agenda “for much longer.”

Ironically, Gaffney then went on to praise the Egyptian government for its crackdown on the opposition — everyone from Muslim Brotherhood members to liberal, secular dissidents — in the media, which is tightly controlled by the state. The Muslim Brotherhood, Gaffney claimed, has infiltrated the U.S. government and political leaders must wake up and denounce its growing power and “pre-violent” agenda.

The Disturbing History Of The Ideology Behind The Oregon Militia Standoff

At first glance, it seems like a fluke that the two most recent militia movement showdowns — a showdown at a gold mine and the current occupation of a federal building by groups protesting the arson sentences of a pair of ranchers — have taken place in Oregon. But Oregon, along with its history of laws excluding people of color and of rampant white supremacist terrorism, holds a key place in the development of the ideology that undergirds these antigovernment stand-offs.

As Daniel Levitas explains in “The Terrorist Next Door,” his 2002 book on the history of the militia movement, the ideology of today’s antigovernment extremists is built on the ideas first formulated by William Potter Gale, a racist and anti-Semitic California preacher who argued in the 1960s and 1970s that local “posses,” under the leadership of a county sheriff, hold the true law enforcement power in the country and must resist an oppressive federal government. But Gale’s ideas really took off when they were plagiarized and distributed by Mike Beach, a former member of the fascist “Silver Shirts” movement living in Oregon.

Levitas writes of how Gale’s ideas took hold in Oregon and were popularized by Beach:

Gale began his 1971 article by listing a “train of abuses” menacing America: submission to the United Nations Charter, unlawful taxation for the support of foreign governments, enactment of a “communist-inspired” income tax, and the passage of civil-rights legislation. “[The] Sovereign States have failed to repudiate the unlawful acts of … he federal government,” he declared. The county should be recognized as the seat of power for the people, and the sheriff is to be the “ONLY LEGAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!” all healthy men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five who are not in the military could be mobilized into a posse comitatus to redress their grievances, Gale explained.

Although Gale initially relied on a network of Christian Identity believers and military veterans to spread the Posse message, he soon began promoting the idea among right-wing tax protesters as well. His suggestion to form local Posse units also was greeted warmly by members of the National Association for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and other groups devoted to “Second Amendment Absolutism,” which interpreted the Constitution as conferring an unfettered right to gun ownership. And because many of these militant defenders fo the Second Amendment also shared Gale’s belief that America already was in the grasp of a communist dictatorship, they were eager to band together in preparation for all-out war. …

From 1973 to 1976, Posse chapters spread to half a dozen counties in Oregon, where activists convened citizen grand juries, filed lawsuits against state officials, sent threatening letters to legislators, impersonated law enforcement officers, and campaigned vigorously against gun control, regional planning, and the IRS. It was also in Oregon that Henry Lamont “Mike” Beach, a retired laundry-equipment mechanic and salesman, plagiarized Gale’s writings and pronounced himself national leader of the “Sheriff’s Posse Comitatus.” Although he lacked Bill Gale’s charisma, Beach played a crucial role in spreading the Posse message across the nation. Thirty years earlier, Beach had been active in the right-wing Silver Shirt Legion of America and bringing Gale’s idea of the Posse Comitatus to fruitino was the realization of a lifelong ambition. From the offices of his Citizens Law Enforcement Research Committee in Portland, Beach disseminated thousands of copies of his pirated version of Gale’s Posse manifesto, which he dubbed the Possee Blue Book. He also sold hundreds of “Posse charters” to eager activists for $21 apiece to be used by any group of seven white Christian men seeking to launch a local chapter.

Although members of today’s “Patriot” movement would never directly cite Gale or Beach, the ideology that the two developed and popularized continues to undergird the movement. In a press release on New Year’s Day, Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher whose sons are leading the standoff in Oregon — which is populated by many out-of-state activists —  echoed some of the same refrains. He claimed that the U.S. government has no jurisdiction over the lands in question, insisted that the county sheriff take the two ranchers into “protective custody” to shield them from the federal government, and finally suggested that an independent group of “we the people” form a “grand jury” to take the case on themselves, another posse comitatus idea:

The United States Justice Department has NO jurisdiction or authority within the State of Oregon, County of Harney over this type of ranch management. These lands are not under U.S. treaties or commerce, they are not article 4 territories, and Congress does not have unlimited power. These lands have been admitted into statehood and are part of the great State of Oregon and the citizens of Harney County enjoy the fullness of the protections of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution limits United States government.

It is my suggestion, Steven Hammond, that you go and check yourself into Harney County jail asking for protective custody. It is my suggestion, Dwight Hammond, that you go and check yourself into Harney County jail asking for protective custody. It is my suggestion, Harney County Sheriff David Ward, accept these two ranchers into your jail, notify the United States Solicitor in Washington DC that you have these two ranchers in Harney County jail, that they will remain there indefinitely under your protective custody and the protection of We the People of Harney County and We the People of the United States of America.

I suggest an Evidentiary Hearing or a Grand Jury be formed by We the People.

GOP Leaders Encouraged Cliven Bundy And Now It's Coming Back To Haunt Them

When armed militia members pointed their weapons at law enforcement agents in 2014, Sen. Ted Cruz said that they were reacting against “the jackboot of authoritarianism” and the Obama administration’s purported attack on liberty and the Constitution.

Cruz was speaking about the standoff at the Bundy ranch in Nevada, where rancher Cliven Bundy refused to abide by several court rulings ordering him to pay the federal government for grazing rights.The Texas senator blamed the president for the matter, calling the armed standoff the “unfortunate and tragic culmination of the path that President Obama has set the federal government upon.”

Think Progress noted that the senator’s fellow Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ben Carson also showed support for Bundy, with Carson hailing the Bundy family as “pretty upstanding people” who were being wrongly treated as “terrorists.” He also warned of the prospect of “martial law” and “a time when people have to actually stand up against the government.”

Indeed, many GOP leaders and Fox News pundits expressed sympathy if not outright support for Bundy’s stance.

But now that Bundy’s sons are leading a takeover of a federal building in Oregon, Republicans have either gone silent or rebuked the militia members.

Cruz called on the militia members in Oregon to “stand down peacefully,” adding that “we don't have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence on others.”

The militia takeover of a federal building should remind Republicans like Cruz, Carson, Paul and others that there are consequences to stoking anti-government extremism and hailing the armed standoff at the Bundy ranch.

Alex Jones: Militia Seizure Of Federal Building May Be Martial Law Plot

Yet another extremist figure is expressing suspicions about the seizure of a federal building in Oregon by an anti-government militia.

In a message today, Alex Jones of InfoWars warned that government agents and plants sponsored by George Soros and the Southern Poverty Law Center have infiltrated militia groups in order to launch “false flags” that pave the way for martial law.

“Ladies and gentlemen, don’t let Obama be successful when it comes to starting civil unrest and riots in this country,” Jones said. “They will use that as a civil emergency to bring in a type of soft martial law.”

He went on to say that “federal provocateurs” are leading militia groups to launch false flag attacks like the Oklahoma City bombing. “All hell is breaking loose in the stock market, militarily overseas, so many issues, and the establishment is going to want a political diversion here in America and they’ve been putting out the talking points that white terrorists are going to start attacking, that white terrorists are going to be involved in insurrection.”

Jones said that while the Bundy family, whose members are among the leaders of the Oregon effort, has “legitimate issues” with the federal government, he suggested that their actions will only lead to more government power and “distract” from President Obama’s executive actions on guns.

He said that “the timing of this now allows the whole debate to not be about the gun-grab, to not be about all the gun control, to not be about the victim disarmament, but to be about citizens with guns taking over buildings,” adding that the family the militia members are claiming to defend don’t even want them involved.

“We are literally walking into their trap and you know there’s provocateurs there on the ground,” Jones added, before claiming that “these takeovers” will give a reason for “feds from all over the country to infiltrate, stir stuff up, God knows do what, I mean, it’s textbook.”

“We do not want this to get physical but if it does, let them shoot first.”

Anne Graham Lotz: Satan Behind Gay Marriage Decision, End Times Looming

Last month, Anne Graham Lotz appeared on “Understanding the Times with Jan Markell,” where she repeated her claim that the rapture is imminent.

She told Markell that God is sending “wake-up calls” to America to get people’s attention: “That’s why he allows the terrorists to strike or a tornado to rip through our city because, for whatever reason, we don’t seem to give him our attention until we’re desperate, and so if we don’t give him our attention, then he’s going to allow things to happen to make us more and more desperate until we do cry out.”

However, Lotz said that God is about to run out of patience with the U.S. and may soon remove “the restraints so that evil comes in like a flood.” One of the signs that God has allowed evil to flood into America, Lotz said, was the recent Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.

“The Enemy has come in like a flood and that’s one of his tactics,” she said of the court’s ruling, “to hit us at every level, every angle so that we feel overwhelmed.”

She added:

You cannot change God’s institution of marriage, so what they’re asking is to join an institution that by its very definition they can’t join. So if the Supreme Court changes that legally in America, they are very seriously defying God. I think there are three reasons we could pass that tipping point. One is that reason, the second is abandoning Israel and the third one is the abortion, aborting babies for convenience. Women can scream and holler about that and say they don’t do that, but the statistics show that they do, they use it for birth control. Those three reasons alone would demand that God judge America.”

Pat Robertson's Dismissive Advice On Child Abuse

Today on “The 700 Club,” a viewer named Jonathan told host Pat Robertson that “my mother sexually assaulted me when I was younger,” and wanted to know whether he should “call the police and have my mother charged, now that I can speak up” or whether he should “turn the other cheek.”

The televangelist advised Jonathan not to call the police, and expressed disbelief that a mother would abuse her son.

“Jonathan, I think the thing to do is to let that thing rest,” he said. “Good grief, your mother assaulted you? It’s hard to believe. It’s so rare, but in any event, she’s your mother, I mean, you’ve got to love her. I pray that she might find the Lord and God will forgive her for that and you should forgive her too. But you’re going to charge her and ask for her to be put in jail now that you’re in your late 20s? Of course not.”

Gordon Klingenschmitt Blames Demonic Influence For Failure To Defund Planned Parenthood

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, Colorado state lawmaker and Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt blamed the "demonic spirit of murder" for congressional failure to defund Planned Parenthood.

"Did you know there is also a spiritual world that is influencing these key players?" Klingenschmitt asked. "When the evil spirit, the spirit of Satan influences people to sin and the people humanly choose sin, they're listening to and cooperating with and collaborating with and contracting with that evil spirit who gets inside of them and becomes manifest through their behavior."

"So you see the invisible spirits, the Holy Spirit of God with his angels and the demonic spirits are speaking to each of these human actors in this scenario," he continued, "and we can discern, for example, upon those who promote a pro-abortion agenda the demonic spirit of murder who is influencing them and forcing us, as taxpayers, to collaborate with them to fund the killing of innocent children and that is wrong and that is evil and that is demonic."

God Tells Pat Robertson That War Is Coming But His TV Network Will Prosper

Pat Robertson welcomed in the new year by spending some alone time with God and, lo and behold, his prophecies for 2016 are already coming true. As “The 700 Club” host reported today, God told him that war is coming to Saudi Arabia and that the kingdom will fall.

He said that the recent controversy surrounding the Saudi government’s execution of a dissident Shiite cleric, which sparked protests throughout the region, has proved the validity of what God told him.

The televangelist continued by saying that God revealed to him that some entity — possibly Iran, Al Qaeda or ISIS — will launch destructive attacks against Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, leading to a dramatic increase in the price of oil and “the kingdom will be brought down,” ushering in further conflict and disorder. “As sure as we’re alive, the oil fields in Saudi Arabia are going to be set on fire,” Robertson said.

However, even as the world plunges into turmoil, Robertson said, God will continue to bless his Christian Broadcasting Network and his Regent University. “This is going to be a year of miracles,” he said, “this is going to be a year of growth for the church, it’s going to be a year of prosperity for CBN and for Regent University and we’re going to see more and more and more of the blessing of God on his people despite what may be chaos in the world.” 

Previously, God revealed to Robertson that Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama in 2012; Israel would bomb Iran by January, 2009; God would punish Orlando for a 1998 gay event at Disney World; a massive terrorist attack would occur in 2007 and the world economy would collapse and Iran would acquire a nuclear device in 2014.

Scott Lively Begs For Money And Calls For Passage Of Russian-Style Anti-Gay Laws Around The World

Anti-gay activist Scott Lively closed out 2015 by publishing a couple of open letters to his fellow anti-gay activists begging for money and urging them to join him in pushing to the passage of Russian-style anti-gay laws in America and elsewhere.

Lively bragged that he is being targeted by gay activists because his Abiding Truth Ministries is "one of the most feared and hated pro-family organizations in the world ... because we know more about the history, strategies and tactics of their movement than just about anyone on our side." The downside of being so "feared" is that he is now facing a lawsuit stemming from his anti-gay activism in Uganda, which is why Lively was begging for donations:

My friends, SMUG v Lively is truly a David v Goliath battle. I’m running a one-man office on a shoestring budget of less than $120,000 per year, provided almost entirely by donations of $50 and $100 from average people. Our donor base is small, mostly elderly, and very difficult to expand due to the success of the anti-Lively propaganda. While Liberty Counsel has been funding our legal defense, this lawsuit has nevertheless caused us major financial hardship and seriously threatens our future.

Frankly, I question whether ATM will survive the decade without greater support from the individuals scattered across the society who recognize the danger of the LGBT agenda and are willing to stand with us financially against it. That can only happen if the people who already support us encourage their like-minded friends and allies to donate to us. 

In a separate "letter to the international pro-family movement," Lively declared that "the Leaders and Activists of the LGBT movement are malicious deceivers and evil-doers, deliberately subverting civilized society and viciously attacking all opponents to advance their selfish and self-destructive interests" and called for anti-gay activists to focus on preventing the passage of antidiscrimination ordinances that protect sexual orientation in places where they don't already exist and repealing them where they do. 

Lively went on to recommend that his fellow anti-gay activists likewise work to pass Russian-style laws banning gay "propaganda" in America and around the world:

We need to build international pro-family solidarity on a foundation of genuine moral authority, meaning it must rest on the premise that homosexuality itself is personally and socially harmful, and not pretend that our only social and political interests are the "welfare of children" or the "definition of marriage." That pretense is a product of the same diseased pro-family "leadership" that marched the American pro-family movement from one disastrous defeat to the next for the past three decades, and it is now being exported to the rest of the world by the same men.

The beauty of the Russian law is it cuts right to the heart of the real problem of LGBT advocacy: the recruitment of children. What I mean by recruitment of children is not primarily the sexual exploitation of young people by adult homosexuals, though that represents a dark current within the larger “gay” culture, especially among the men. What I mean is the normalization of homosexual conduct and culture to children and youths, leading them to engage in homosexual experimentation among themselves and subsequently self-identify as "gay." An entire generation of American, British and Canadian children has been enslaved to this corrupt culture and ideology through the very propaganda that Russia has now banned.

While numerous countries of the African continent have chosen a much stricter approach, seeking to deter all homosexual conduct through harsh criminal sanctions, the Russian law balances the privacy rights of adult homosexuals (who choose to live discretely outside the mainstream of society) with the need of the nation to protect its children from the ravages of sexual perversion. It deters the LGBT lobby from attempting to mainstream the "gay" lifestyle, while granting the individual members of its community the "right to be left alone" that was the original stated goal of their movement in its early years, before it adopted the militant fascist tactics it is known for today.

Militia Leader: Oregon Takeover Possible False Flag That Could Lead To 'Ghastly Civil War'

Stewart Rhodes of the Oath Keepers isn’t the only “Patriot” movement leader slamming the armed militia takeover of a federal building in Oregon. Mike Vanderboegh, the leader of the Three Percenters militia group, wrote on his blog yesterday that the group in Oregon, which is being led by sons of rancher Cliven Bundy, is full of “sociopaths and idiots” and probably includes some who are working for the government.

Nevertheless, Vanderboegh, who warned at the Bundy ranch that the standoff could lead to “civil war on a vast scale” and more recently warned that a new Oregon gun buyers’ background check law could also lead to a civil war, wrote that if the federal government ends the Oregon standoff with force, he will have no choice but to join the Bundys in — you guessed it — a civil war.

In a statement published on his blog, Sipsey Street Irregulars, yesterday, Vanderboegh called the leaders of the Oregon takeover “federal provocateurs, sociopaths and idiots with a John Brown complex” and said that there are “far fewer than is claimed” occupying the building, adding that they have “written a check that they expect the rest of us to cash in our own blood in a ghastly civil war.”

Implying that some on the inside are secretly working for the government to set up a “perfect propaganda opportunity,” and that some are simply setting themselves up to commit “suicide by Fed,” Vanderboegh wrote that nevertheless “we must get across to the Feds that if they do not end this peacefully, if they go for a dynamic raid that gets people killed, that they will start a national conflagration that will be fought using the principles of Fourth Generation Warfare as adapted to an American civil war.”

In an earlier blog post, he quoted a member of his group on the ground at the scene: “The stupid has gone so far that I don't know if it can come back. These f-cking morons have no idea what they've done.”

Oath Keepers Urge Members To Back Off Oregon Standoff: 'This Is Exactly The Opposite Of The Bundy Ranch'

After sons of rancher Cliven Bundy led armed militia members in occupying a federal building in Oregon in protest of a federal court ruling regarding two ranchers who were sentenced to jail time for arson on federal lands, at least one “Patriot” group is urging its members to “stay out of” the situation: The Oath Keepers.

The leader of the extremist Oath Keepers, one of the biggest players in the standoff at the Bundy ranch in Nevada, thinks that the Bundy brothers have gone too far. In a statement issued on New Year’s Day, Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes said that although he’s sympathetic to Dwight and Steven Hammond, the ranchers convicted of arson, he wants no part in the Bundy sons’ takeover of a federal wildlife refuge because the Hammonds had not asked for help.

In a video statement, Rhodes said that the Oregon situation is “exactly the opposite of the Bundy ranch,” claiming that while militia groups “went to Bundy ranch to prevent that family from being Waco’d,” the current standoff is being “manufactured by potheads who want a fight” and is no longer a “peaceful protest.” He added that the Hammonds “were found guilty by a jury of their peers.”

“So, this is exactly the opposite of the Bundy ranch,” he said. “You have a situation where you have people who don’t want this and you have outsiders trying to force it on them. So I think we need to stay out of it. If it’s only a matter of peaceful protest, that’s fine, that’s good to go. But you cannot go there and force a confrontation with rifles in hand when the family does not want the assistance, so I think people should just stay the hell out of it, besides the peaceful protest, but that’s not what I see happening.”

Saying that Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon has “not been clear” on what he wants his allies to do, Rhodes stated, “Oath Keepers will not be involved in an armed standoffs that’s being manufactured by potheads who want a fight because this is going to be a bad fight, not a righteous, moral high ground fight. Stay out of it.”

The Oregon chapter of Oath Keepers was one of the groups that signed on to a “redress of grievances” on behalf of the Hammonds in December.

Cruz Courts Hagee, Dobson, Land & Hundreds Of Other Religious Right Leaders At Texas Confab

Sen. Ted Cruz headed to his home state of Texas this week to court prominent Christian conservative leaders in his effort to cement Religious Right support going into the GOP presidential primary. The gathering, which was held at the ranch of social conservative mega-donors Farris and Dan Wilks and organized in part by conservative activist and pro-Cruz super PAC head David Barton, drew 300 guests, the Washington Post reported, overflowing the Wilks’ home.

The Post reports that among the guests were John Hagee, the controversial pastor whose endorsement John McCain was pressured to reject in 2008, former top Southern Baptist leader Richard Land, and Focus on the Family and Family Research Council founder James Dobson, who has already officially endorsed Cruz:

The crowd was so large that when Cruz spoke the Wilkses had to open the pool patio doors to accommodate about 100 guests who stood in 28 degree weather to listen to the senator.

… By the end of the six-hour meeting Monday, dozens of the visitors lined up outside a closed room to tape video endorsements of the Cruz presidential bid. Some attended Super PAC and campaign fundraisers held Tuesday in Cisco that were timed to coincide with the fly-in.

The gathering could have been even larger. Mike Gonzalez, who leads the South Carolina Pastors Alliance, was disappointed that some of his fellow clergymen were not able to make it because bad weather caused flight cancellations.

However, when he arrived at the ranch he was stunned to see a crowd of about 300, "including many of the most prominent spiritual influencers in the country."

Those in attendance at the Monday sessions included prominent televangelists, such as John Hagee, pastor of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, and James Dobson, founder of the Focus on the Family organization. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and a longtime leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, was there, according to interviews with attendees, most of whom were not authorized to discuss the off-the-record session. They said that there were a number of Hispanic and African American clerics in the audience, including Gonzalez and Voddie Baucham, a well-known pastor in Texas.

"It was a very diverse group of national leaders who have significant standing," said David Barton, a Texas Republican author and activist who is leading one of the Super PACs that sponsored the gathering. "We brought them with no expectations and we were highly pleased with the number who decided Ted is the right man to be of the president of the U.S."

Barton said the purpose of the gathering was "to give people an opportunity to become acquainted with Ted's faith and see if they were comfortable with it."

The Texas Tribune reports that prominent Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson was also in attendance and came away impressed, calling it “the finest presentation I ever heard from a candidate.”

The Tribune reports that Cruz praised the Wilks brothers for their efforts to pull the country “back from the brink” and stop the “relentless assault we’ve seen on constitutional liberties and Judeo-Christian values”:

Speaking with reporters before the rally capping his two days in Cisco, Cruz heaped praise on the brothers, lauding their contributions to the oil industry in Texas as well as Christian activism throughout the country.

“They’re people for whom their faith is very important, and they’ve been willing to devote their resources to fighting for principles of religious liberty, fighting to defend life, fighting to defend marriage, fighting to defend the constitutional liberties on which this country is founded," Cruz told reporters. "Their entire family is focused on pulling this country back from the brink, from the relentless assault we’ve seen on constitutional liberties and Judeo-Christian values."

Before the rally, the Cruz family hosted a fundraiser at the community center that the Wilks were expected to attend. Sitting outside the room was another ode to the prominent hosts: a large placard reading, "A special thanks from Heidi & Ted Cruz to our hosts The Wilks Family."

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