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Despite progressive victories in 2012, the Right’s outsized influence on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit gives it the power to undermine progressive laws and thwart the agenda that Americans elected President Obama to pursue.

Wayne Allyn Root: Obama's DNC Speech 'Could Have Been Written By Lucifer Himself' And 'Delivered By The Anti-Christ'

Wayne Allyn Root, the Donald Trump campaign surrogate who predicted that we would all die from Ebola if President Obama isn’t forced out of office, said in a column today that Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last night “could have been written by Lucifer himself, to be delivered by the anti-Christ.”

Root blasted Obama as a “psychopath, sociopath and ego-maniac who rules as a tyrant" who sees himself as a god who can exploit “ignorant, naïve and gullible voters.”

“Lucifer himself would be proud,” he said.

I give both political and business speeches all over America, and all over the world. I know a great speech when I see and hear one. Obama’s speech last night at the DNC was masterful. It was one of the greatest political speeches I’ve ever heard.

There was one problem: It was 100 percent fiction, fraud and fantasy.

If it were given by any CEO in America at a shareholders meeting, or a press conference in front of the media, that CEO would face life in prison for fraud and misrepresentation.

Any screenwriter in Hollywood could have made it up out of thin air and won an Academy Award. It could have been a speech written by Bernie Madoff.

It could have been written by Lucifer himself, to be delivered by the anti-Christ.



Obama railed against believing in gods. “No man is a god” was a central theme in his speech. No man can save you. No man can save America. No man can turn around an economy. He was aiming all that at Donald Trump. Except he was describing himself.

Obama is the one who was elected by portraying himself to ignorant, naïve and gullible voters as a god who could walk on water.



Obama himself is the psychopath, sociopath and ego-maniac who rules as a tyrant, by issuing executive orders, ignoring the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, and making believe Congress doesn’t exist. Every word directed at Trump described Obama, Obama’s last eight years of rule and Obama’s voters.

Lucifer himself would be proud.

Being Febreze In A Stinky World: Dominionism At Pre-RNC Prayer Rally

The Response, a day-long event pitched as a nonpolitical time to pray for the country and for Christian unity, came to Cleveland the weekend before the Republican National Convention. The first Response rally served as the unofficial kick-off to Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential bid; subsequent rallies have been hosted by Republican Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and Pat McCrory of North Carolina.

Like other Response rallies, the one in Cleveland was sponsored by Christian-nation advocate David Lane and emceed by “apostle” Doug Stringer. And like the others, the day featured music and individual and communal prayers divided into alliterative thematic sections: Revelation; Repentance (personal and corporate); Reconciliation; Revival; Reformation; and Refreshing. If you have six hours or so, you can watch the whole thing online.

Stringer said at the beginning of the rally, as he did in conference calls with clergy in the weeks before the event, that its purpose was nonpolitical and was intended to unite Christians across lines of race and denomination to pray for the church and the country. But given the time and place of the gathering, the ideological worldview of its organizers, and the content of many of the prayers, it is impossible to take the “nonpolitical” claim seriously.

David Lane believes that the U.S. has a mission to advance the Christian faith and he is organizing to elect leaders who support his Christian-nation vision. Stringer is associated with Seven Mountains theology, which holds that all the “mountains” of culture, or spheres of influence in society – education, family, government, media, arts & entertainment, business and religion – are meant to be run by the right kind of Christians.

It is true that much of the rally was not overtly political. I don’t believe anyone mentioned Donald Trump’s name from the stage, though I doubt I was the only one who thought of him when Stringer said that God is “repelled” by pride and arrogance. Some people prayed for racial reconciliation and for the church to be more welcoming of the stranger and for people to take orphans into their homes. But there was an undeniable political context to Stringer’s declaration that “there is a battle for the soul of our nation.”

“Our private actions have public consequences,” he said, declaring more than once that “every kingdom, every principality, every dominion, every authority must bow its knee to the Lord Jesus Christ.”

A number of speakers echoed Seven Mountains rhetoric, and some were tasked with praying for specific mountains. For example, one person prayed for the media, asking that God “remove those who stir strife and divide.” Others prayed for revival to sweep through the military and college campuses, leading to the rising of a generation “that will not accept compromise.” One prayer leader said “the devil is destroying our families” and called for “male and female marriage” to be established in the land; more than one speaker prayed for husbands to love their wives and for wives to be submissive to their husbands. 

The event itself had the feel of an extra-long service at an evangelical megachurch: big stage; rocking worship teams with great singers and musicians; song lyrics projected on a video screen; some people dancing, some kneeling, some prostrate on the floor. The event’s structure, with music and themed sections, worked to create an emotional roller coaster, taking people down into introspection and grief at their and the nation’s sin and brokenness and then up to a triumphant and celebratory victory over sin; the music ranging from quiet and tender to driving dance beats and then back again.

Introducing the section on corporate repentance – not in the sense of corporations but in the collective sense of the sins of the church and the country - Stringer cited 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Bible verse that is now ubiquitous at Religious Right events: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (New International Version) According to Stringer, the "my people" part of the passage suggests that Christians need to repent and clean up their own act if they are to have any hope of transforming the culture. Among examples speakers gave of “the church” prostituting itself was the acceptance of “moral licentiousness and moral looseness” as well as the existence of legal abortion and human trafficking.

Part of the design of The Response was that no speakers were introduced by name; Religious Right leaders and elected officials were mingled with local pastors and youth. Among the recognizable national figures were anti-gay activist Jim Garlow and anti-abortion activist Janet Porter. Porter could not stick with the “nonpolitical” program; she mentioned anti-abortion language in the Republican platform and made a push for her as-yet-unsuccessful effort to get a so-called “heartbeat bill” through the legislature in Ohio:

In the state where the motto is ‘With God all things are possible,’ we decree that today. In the city that joined together, that said that life begins at the moment of conception in a platform, in Cleveland, Ohio, that saw the end to hope deferred with a victory, I speak victory to life, victory to those fighting for life, victory to the heartbeat bill, which has passed the Ohio House of Representatives, has been blocked in the Senate. We say, ‘Remove the obstacles, God!’ No more hope deferred! No more delay!  We thank you for victory. And we say God, ‘do it again, do it again in Jesus’ name.’

Another speaker prayed for public officials who are "men and women of the church" and asked that God "grip" the hearts of those who are not so that they might live and legislate "according to a biblical worldview":

And the other government leaders that God has put there, we must pray constantly that the Lord would grip their hearts and compel them and they would come to know him as his personal savior that they too might live according and legislate and be leaders and speak according to a biblical worldview, that they would know the savior and know the truth and live it out.

It is essential that our laws and policies continue to reflect the truth of the Judeo-Christian principles and values that God himself has established in this nation. So let’s pray for our leaders right now. Father, pour out your Holy Spirit on the leaders of this nation for those that know you Lord Jesus, let them not lean on their own understanding but let them turn to you that you would direct their paths, Holy Spirit.

Father, those that do not know you, God we ask that you would pour out Lord, that their hearts would be open, the scales would fall off, and they would see the truth. Father, we ask that thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, in America as it is in heaven, in Cleveland as it is in heaven. God, we ask that you, Holy Spirit, that we our government leaders we would love what you love, we would hate what you hate, and that our hearts would be for you alone...

Stringer said that even unbelievers would benefit from a world in which evangelical Christians had greater influence over government and culture. Religious leaders often cite the biblical injunction for Christians to be “salt and light” in the world; toward the end of The Response, Stringer proposed a new metaphor:

Those of us who’ve overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony have an opportunity in the midst of a world that stinks to be a fragrance of the kingdom of heaven…We live in a stinky world, but we’re called to be that Febreze, that sprayer of the fragrance of heaven. Wherever there’s stink we want to spray the presence of God. 

Jim Bakker Says Black Lives Matter Protesters Are 'Little Kids'

On his show today, televangelist Jim Bakker claimed that most Black Lives Matter protestors are “little kids” who should not be listened to, blaming President Obama for “allowing these riots to get out of hand.”

“Did you ever look at the people marching?” Bakker asked. “Most of them are kids. And you want some kid, 10-, 11-, 12-year old running your country? You know, I mean, it’s beyond comprehension and I say again, I blame our leadership for allowing these riots to get out of hand. It’s no sense in it.”

Bakker continued, “If you’ve got a big convention of thousands of people coming to have a Republican or Democratic convention, we have no obligation to let them take over and riot in the streets. We need a president that will say, ‘No more, we’re not gonna do it.’ Why let these little kids – they don’t even know, we used to say they’re not even dry behind the ears, you understand what that means? And yet we let it go on.”

Glenn Beck Walked Out Of 'God's Not Dead'

Glenn Beck opened his show today by arguing that a key difference between conservatives and progressives is that conservatives make their case using facts, whereas progressives make their case using stories. Progressives, Beck claimed, always win because emotional stories are more powerful than facts for many people. 

Conservatives, he argued, must take this lesson to heart and learn to present their views using effective storytelling if they are to have any chance of turning America around and pointed to the Christian film "God's Not Dead" as a perfect example of how not to do that and, as a consequence, why conservatives keep losing.

"I know a lot of people liked 'God's Not Dead,'" Beck said. "I didn't. I don't think I've ever said this on the air. I walked out of it."

Beck said that he went to see the film with his daughter and neither could stand it because it was so poorly done and one-sided and that they walked out after 40 minutes.

"It might feel good to have a movie come out where we get to slap people across the face," he said," but that's not helpful."

Louie Gohmert: Democrats Are 'Manipulating African-Americans,' Using Immigrants To 'Ruin' America

Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said that Democratic Party under President Obama “is not that much different from the Democratic Party fifty years ago that was out to manipulate African-Americans.”

“They’re still manipulating them,” Gohmert said.

The Republican congressman also criticized Sen. John McCain, who is facing a GOP primary challenge from the right, claiming that the immigration reform legislation he has championed in the past “will turn Texas blue, and that’s what the Democrats want, it will basically ruin Arizona when you have people that come in that don’t understand what it takes to maintain a Republic.”

Ann Coulter Compares Mothers Of The Movement's Children To ISIS Terrorists

Today in her syndicated column, Ann Coulter lashed out at Hillary Clinton for featuring the Mothers of the Movement, a group of African-American mothers who lost children to gun violence and police abuses, at the Democratic National Convention.

With the title, “When Do The Mothers Of ISIS Speak?,” Coulter’s column criticized the DNC for “celebrating the anti-police group Black Lives Matter” and including Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, whose only “claim to fame,” according to Coulter, is “raising a hoodlum” and “giving birth to, and then carefully nurturing, a violent, cop-assaulting criminal.”

Whatever questionable choices were made at the Republican National Convention last week, I didn’t hear of a single speaker whose sole accomplishment was raising a delinquent who attacked a cop.

But as the country reels from the cold-blooded murder of five policemen in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge, Lezley McSpadden, mother of Mike Brown, America’s most famous cop-assaulting criminal, appeared on stage at the Democratic National Convention.

Welcome to Hillary’s convention, celebrating the anti-police group Black Lives Matter!



If Brown’s mother had done something noteworthy, apart from raising a hoodlum – perhaps pioneering a cardiac stent that will save people’s lives – then one could understand her being a “headliner” at the Democrat’s convention. But, as I understand it, her sole claim to fame is giving birth to, and then carefully nurturing, a violent, cop-assaulting criminal.

Donald Trump, along with every other Republican ever to run for president, is required to repeatedly “disavow” David Duke – someone he’s never met, never mentioned, never thought of – and certainly didn’t invite to speak at his convention.

But Hillary invites to her convention the mother of a man whose criminality destroyed a police officer’s life, tore the country apart and gave birth to a murderous cop-hating movement. Will a single reporter ask Hillary to disavow that?

Bryan Fischer: 'It Is Not Possible For Homosexual Behavior To Be A Constitutional Or Moral Or Ethical Or Legal Right'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer declared that "it is not possible for homosexual behavior to be a constitutional right" because all our rights come from God and God would never sanction homosexuality.

Fischer was complaining that students today are not taught the proper role of government, which, according to him, is to secure the rights that have been given to us by God. Given that government can only protect our God-given rights, Fischer said, it stands to reason that "homosexual behavior can never be a right."

"It is not possible for homosexual behavior to be a constitutional or moral or ethical or legal right," Fischer said. "Why? Because our rights come to us from God and would never, under any circumstances, ever grant human beings the right to engage in homosexual behavior.

Bailout 2016: The Desperate Plan To Make Right-Wing Author Brad Thor The Next President Of The United States

For the last few days, Stu Burguiere, one of the co-hosts of Glenn Beck's daily radio program, has been promoting a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton from winning the required 270 electoral votes to become president that he is calling "Bailout 2016."

The plan involves finding a third party candidate that can be placed on ballots in deep red states like Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and possibly a few others around whom "Never Trump" conservatives could rally behind for the purpose of hampering Trump without helping Clinton in order to create a scenario in which no candidate can secure the necessary number of electoral votes.

As the plan explains, if a third party candidate could win the popular vote in a few conservative states, it could deny Trump a handful of electoral votes that he would need to win the election outright, thereby sending the election to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, which would then hopefully choose this third party candidate to be president and save America from either a Trump or a Clinton presidency. 

Among the names floated by Burguiere when he first laid out this plan was Brad Thor, a right-wing author of thriller novels who is probably best known for getting Beck's radio show suspended earlier this year after Trump supporters accused him of calling for Trump's assassination.

During President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, Burguiere and Thor came together on Twitter to rally behind this plan and it looks like Thor is all in: 

Update: Despite all of Thor's bluster on Twitter last night, he appeared on Beck's radio program today to declare that he is not, in fact, running for president:

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