Compassionate Conservative Ted Cruz Hands Out Teddy Bears At The Border, Then Moves On To Deporting Dreamers

Sen. Ted Cruz announced last week that his new “top priority” in Washington is to end President Obama’s deferred action program for DREAMers and start deporting undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

But to show that he is approaching his new top priority in a compassionate way, Cruz made a stop at the border this weekend to help Glenn Beck hand out his truckload of teddy bears and soccer balls to children who have come to the southern border fleeing violence in Central America.

Cruz and some of his fellow Republicans are doing their best to pin the influx of Central American children on Obama's deferred action for DREAMers — although the evidence shows that that is not the case — and to thereby frame deporting DREAMers as the solution to the child refugee crisis.

Cruz told Beck’s The Blaze network that “our country has always been a country of compassion, of humanity,” but “as long as that promise of amnesty is there, more and more children will come.”

“In my view, it is altogether appropriate that private charities and private churches are showing Christian love, are caring for these children,” he said. “But at the same time we need to eliminate the promise of amnesty.”

 

 

 

Is The Border Crisis God's Judgment For Legal Abortion And Gay Marriage? Or A Popish Plot?

Today, Rick Joyner's Oak Initiative sent out an email to activists asking if the crisis along the southern border just might be God's judgment on America for allowing legal abortion and same-sex marriage.

Written by Kenneth L. Carozza, the piece declares that while evangelicals have a lot in common with Catholics, they cannot support calls from Catholic leaders to back immigration reform because Catholics have an ulterior motive: "Rome might see the alien deluge into the U.S. as a quick road to bigger parishes regardless of the form of government that survives."

The crisis, Carozza declared, just might be God's judgment upon this nation and a sign for America to seal its border and implement voter ID laws before conservatives permanently "lose any chance of winning the pro-life, marriage and religious liberty issues":

Does our nation gain God’s favor if officials advocate for children crossing the Rio Grande but fail to guarantee safe passage through the birth canal? Such carnage in the womb occurs within our U.S. borders daily. Additionally, in 2003 Justice Scalia predicted that with the repeal of sodomy laws, sodomy would become institutionalized. Today our little children learn a new euphemism in school, “same-sex marriage.” At the university level, academics are paving the way for pedophilia to be viewed as one more sexual orientation. Closer to home, we have tolerated emergent church leaders who undercut God’s justice by eroding hell. With this modeling, is it any wonder that policy makers undercut just laws and erode U.S. borders?

If the alien invasion is a sign of divine judgment, shouldn’t we still act to minimize the effects? If we experienced a judgment of drought we would still dig wells; if famine, we would still forage for food. While our first task is to humbly call people to repentance through Christ, we should unashamedly cry out that U.S. borders be secured. Exclusion has appropriate precedents.

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We allow terrorists to become Mirandized, illegals to receive defense counsel (at taxpayer expense) and unbeknown to many, most states do not require a photo ID to vote. How do our military men and women feel about our lax border security and cheapening the requirements for citizenship?

The top public policy issue today needs to be securing the borders now. We have immigration laws. Let’s first restore equilibrium. Secondly, we must insist on a photo ID at the polls. If we lose the integrity of elections, conservatives will lose any chance of winning the pro-life, marriage and religious liberty issues. Losing elections through voter fraud will likely cost us our rights to free speech and assembly. With dagger in hand, political correctness awaits that day.

So is this God’s judgment? Perhaps we will know in time. For now, we need evangelicals confident in a biblical basis for limiting the border deluge. No false guilt trip need dissuade us. Our nation needs protection from lawlessness. Let’s love our alien neighbors with the prudence of a savvy lifeguard who won’t allow herself to be pulled under in the rescue. Let’s enforce and obey the present Constitutional laws of immigration and welcome as new citizens those who respect our laws. Put the “protest” back into Protestant and insist that we secure our borders!

Todd Akin Explains 'Legitimate Rape' Controversy Was All About Fighting Spiritual Evil

Former congressman Todd Akin said last week that the firestorm over his comments about how women’s bodies “shut down” pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape” was all part of a spiritual war between good and evil, and obviously, Akin was on the side of good.

Even though Akin ran a television ad during his unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign apologizing for his remarks, the Missouri Republican now insists that he always believed in what he said regarding “legitimate rape” and believes that the media, Democrats and Republicans such as Mitt Romney all decided to persecute him because he is a good, Christian, patriotic man.

Akin told David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network that the uproar over his comments was really part of a spiritual war.

After the whole thing blew up and it took maybe a week or two and it was just amazing. It wasn’t just national, it was international news, because people were saying I said something most of the time that I didn’t even say and assigning me motives that I didn’t have. What did I feel like? It’s going to be sort of an odd analogy but I’ll share it with you. I felt sort of peaceful, as though I was in a parachute. I sort of felt that on each side of me were these towering cumulus clouds. On the one side lightning and thunder of evil and the other side brilliant light of good and I sort of felt like I was literally on the front lines and that evil and good were going at each other all around me and I’m thinking, ‘how did I get here so fast? If you want a mental picture, sometimes you just have to sort of think of a bizarre picture but that’s what it felt like. I felt a sense of peace like I was protected but it seemed like there was this intense war between good and evil, which in a way didn’t surprise me because I always felt like I want to be on the side of selling good ideas.

Glenn Beck Does Not Approve Of Those Who Engage In Glenn Beck-Style Reporting

Last week, the city of Salem, Massachusetts canceled a contract that it had with a local Christian college because the school prohibits "homosexual behavior." Since 2008, Salem had allowed the college to maintain a local landmark in exchange for being able to use it for educational purposes. After the contract was ended, Glenn Beck's The Blaze website wrote about the decision, which resulted in Salem's mayor being inundated with calls after the number to her office was posted in the comments section of The Blaze article.

The mayor then wrote a Facebook post noting that "apparently, Glenn Beck is not happy about the city's stance" and pledged to donate $5 for every angry call about it that she received.

Since then, various articles have been written about the flap, with some mistakenly attributing the entire thing directly to Glenn Beck ... and Beck is not happy about it, blasting the media on his radio program today for being too lazy to bother tracking down and understanding the origin of the story before reporting it:

While Glenn has grown accustomed to reading media reports about him that are less than truthful, he found it difficult to understand how any purported news source could use an un-attributed Facebook post as the basis of a report without so much as a fact-check.

“They got this from a Facebook post as a source. That’s not a typo. You didn’t hear that in error. Reuters wrote a story about a Facebook post. They didn’t call us for comment. They didn’t search to see if I had ever said anything about the story,” Glenn explained. “Because of this, dozens of outlets ran with my supposed opposition to something I don’t even know about. That’s how bad our media is today… They are using Facebook posts as legitimate sources without calling for any secondary source.”

Allow us to point out that this is the same Glenn Beck who routinely pulls random items that have been posted by bloggers on The Huffington Post and attributes them to the Huffington Post itself so that he can rail that America "is just begging to be destroyed."

Not to mention that Beck's radio program is the sort of reliable media outlet that will spend an entire segment declaring that America must be destroyed for re-electing President Obama and building that case by falsely attributing a manufactured quote to Valerie Jarrett:

It was this supposed quote from Jarrett that demonstrated, for Beck, the fundamentally evil nature of the entire Obama administration, and he had it read out repeatedly during the segment - here is the quote:

After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay.

It was this quote that prompted Beck to proclaim that America was on the verge of reaping God's wrath ... but where did it come from? The quote is posted on all sorts of conservative websites and blogs, but they all eventually link back to a blog called The Ulsterman Report.

And where did "Ulsterman" get this quote?  From an pseudonymous source he calls "Wall Street Insider" who claims to have received it from a source he supposedly has within the Obama campaign in Chicago ... The "Wall Street Insider" then forwarded a message supposedly written by the mole inside the Obama campaign which contains the quote that so outraged Beck.

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Let's get this straight: an anonymous source supposedly within the Obama campaign supposedly overheard a representative from Jarrett's office make this statement and attributed it to Jarrett herself; it was then passed along to some pseudonymous source named "Wall Street Insider" who then forwarded it to The Ulsterman Report ... and it eventually ended up on Glenn Beck's radio program where the quote was treated as entirely legitimate and a sign that America deserves to be destroyed. 

We can fully understand why Glenn Beck is so furious that some in the media are willing to blindly report items "without so much as a fact-check" given that throwing out wild and entirely unverified allegations is his area of expertise!

AFA Dismisses Equal Rights For Gay People By Citing Small Population

The American Family Association simply doesn’t understand why more and more Americans support equal rights for the gay community when, according to a recent study, just over two percent of people openly identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual … because as everybody knows that rights are determined by population size!

AFA head Tim Wildmon, in a statement about the study today, criticized the gay community as “an extremely small population” that is bent on “inundating television shows” and “bullying” Americans until they are “given special preferences in the law.”

American Family Association Says Efforts to Normalize Unhealthy Behavior Is Pushed by Extremely Small Population

Even though the American public thinks the figure is much higher, less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



“Today in America, we are changing millennia-old marriage laws, inundating television shows with multiple homosexual characters and pushing the public to embrace as accepted and healthy the behavior of less than 3 percent of the population,” said Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association. “Our culture, through the bullying, pressure and coercion of a lobby motivated by an extremely small population in America, has become focused on advancing the homosexual lifestyle as normal and even ideal.”

So far, those aiming to mainline homosexuality have done a good job tricking Americans into thinking the homosexual population is much higher than it really is.



“There are very significant health risks associated with homosexuality that the public isn’t aware of,” Wildmon added. “We care about the health of all Americans, including people who are inclined to engage in homosexual behavior. People need to be informed that the homosexual lifestyle is not a benign alternative to heterosexual behavior. There are serious health risks, which is why we at AFA oppose homosexual behavior being normalized, as well as homosexual individuals being given special preference in the law.”

'America, Where Perversion Is The New Apple Pie'

Right-wing blogger Michael Bresciani is out today with yet another column castigating President Obama’s war on “our moral beliefs and our southern border,” warning that Obama is “conscripting” women, gay people, immigrants and terrorists in his plan to bring down America.

He is especially wary of Obama’s gay “elite forces” who seek to turn America into a country “where perversion is the new Apple Pie.”

“Homosexuals are conscripted by the war efforts of the media, Hollywood and the gay-loving President who is the new rainbow adorned Abraham Lincoln and has signed more than one emancipation proclamation for the poor oppressed slaves of the old morality, the Bible and all traditional forms of decency,” he said.

“When not fighting for the right to be perverted, they can furlough to use their members to assault each other in that region of the human anatomy normally used to service the evacuation of human excrement.”

Call it the war on women, homosexuals, disenfranchised, poor and blacks, criminals who seem overburdened with harsh sentences or the armies of children, gang members and drug cartel that just can’t handle life in a Central American country any longer and we are off to Obama’s declared war for 2014 – it could be called the ‘Great Borders War of 2014.”

It is a war of both our moral borders and our southern border and it will determine the very future of our nation.

Should we mention the Muslim terrorists who are like the neighbors kids in a sleep-over who have joined the tantrum and also have gained the full attention of mother Obama as he quells their rage by telling them he will deny them nothing?



Homosexuals are conscripted by the war efforts of the media, Hollywood and the gay-loving President who is the new rainbow adorned Abraham Lincoln and has signed more than one emancipation proclamation for the poor oppressed slaves of the old morality, the Bible and all traditional forms of decency.

Now, they are urged to join up and fight, plenty of parades and colorful fanfare to send them off with to their respective battle fronts. They are members of the elite forces sent to defeat the evil homophobes, preachers and naysayers.

When not fighting for the right to be perverted, they can furlough to use their members to assault each other in that region of the human anatomy normally used to service the evacuation of human excrement. It’s all good – and mother Obama has given full assurance that it all part of the changed America, where perversion is the new Apple Pie.

Should the eruption of war or threats of war occur outside the new pinkish borders of the nation – not to worry, The Golfer in Chief and the First Lady of Lavish Vacations have set an example for us all – ignore them.

Brigitte Gabriel Suggests Obama Is A Secret Muslim, Terrorist Supporter

Brigitte Gabriel of ACT for America appeared on “Trunews” last week to discuss her belief that she is facing persecution from the media because of her anti-Muslim activism, but ended up explaining her belief that President Obama is a secret Muslim.

“Trunews” host Rick Wiles sparked the conversation about Obama’s supposed secret Islamic faith by alleging that the president is “outright arming and training and assisting radical jihadist groups in the Middle East such as ISIS” and engineered a “massive cover-up” around the 2012 Benghazi attack.

Gabriel implied that the president is in fact a Muslim by arguing that he was “raised as a Muslim child and idealized his Muslim father,” even though his father was an atheist and there is no evidence Obama was brought up as a Muslim.

After Gabriel claimed that Obama has consistently sided with the Muslim Brotherhood, Wiles made the interview’s subtext even clearer: “You know the old saying about a duck, if it waddles like a duck and it quacks like a duck…”

“It’s a duck,” Gabriel said.

Wiles added: “He’s not only pro-Islam, he’s pro-jihadist Islam. Let’s be blunt about it, he’s not just sympathetic to the Muslim religion, his foreign policies and his strategies and his covert operations are aiding and helping and funding jihadist terrorists in the Middle East.”

Gabriel later argued that Obama views terrorist groups as “good freedom fighters” because he is the product of a university system that is covertly run by Saudi Arabia. “He had friends who were terrorists,” she said. “He does not look at his friends as terrorists, he looks at his friends as freedom fighters.”

Oddly, after speaking with Wiles about how universities are filled with Marxist radicals, Gabriel said that “the average college student today cannot tell you anything about Marxism or communism or anything like that, they are not educated about these things in America today. What they are educated about and what they care about is ‘Survivor,’ ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ the Art, I mean, we have kids majoring in the Art, the Cultural Art, Women’s Rights and all of those things and they graduate and they cannot even find a job because it’s not the real world.”

“When it comes to the education about the Middle East, those college kids for the last twenty years in the United States are basically fed whatever information they have from Saudi-funded sources that is funding Middle East Studies departments at our elite universities,” she continued.

“Whoever is teaching them is appointed in the Communications class or the Middle East Studies department class by Saudi-funded chair to teach them that the Islamic world is just freedom fighters fighting this big meanie, imperialist, Zionist conspiracy to rule the world.”

Anti-Immigrant Protests A Bust: Five Things This Weekend's Rallies Tell Us About The Nativist Right

For weeks now, anti-immigrant groups have been hyping a “National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform, Amnesty & Border Surge,” meant to be two days of protests in cities across the country in reaction to the Central American children who are coming to the southern border to flee violence in their home countries.

The protests were a bust. Local news reports and pictures posted on social media show anemic turnout, from about 40 people in front of the United Nations in New York to just three at a McClellan, Texas, border control station who wondered if they had gotten the wrong address.

These small but vitriolic protests, although they didn’t meet the hype of their organizers, tell us everything we need to know about today’s anti-immigrant movement.

1. It’s driven by extremists.

This weekend’s protests were organized by three fringe groups: Make Them Listen, Overpasses for America, and Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.

Make Them Listen is run by activist Paul Arnold, who has close ties to the anti-immigrant front group behind last summer’s rally of extremists on the National Mall .

Overpasses for America is a group led by activist James Neighbors that organizes demonstrations over highway overpasses to call for President Obama’s impeachment. The group went a step further this year when it backed Operation American Spring, an effort meant to flood Washington with protesters and force Obama out of office , which also came up slightly short of expectations .

Overpasses frequently shares images like this on its Facebook page:

The group also uses the platform to share its views on immigrants, including this image and its accompanying caption.

Americans for Legal Immigration is a one-man anti-immigrant hate shop run by North Carolina-based activist William Gheen. Gheen has said that “illegal and violent” means might be necessary to remove President Obama from office and has a long record of virulent anti-immigrant rhetoric . Gheen’s last national action was encouraging his supporters to mail used underwear to undocumented immigrants.

Gheen also has ties to the right-wing militia movement: he personally invited the anti-government group Oath Keepers to join the weekend’s protests.

Other groups listed as “participating organizations” in the event included 2 Million Bikers To DC, whose leader wants to repeal all but the first 10 amendments to the Constitution and which deals in racist Facebook images, and Americans Have Had Enough Coalition, which is led by white supremacist Roan Garcia-Quintana .

The largest recent anti-immigrant protests — the attempts to turn back busses of migrant children in Murrieta, California, and Oracle, Arizona — were also populated by anti-government fringe groups. The Murrieta protest, which was organized by activists tied to the Minutemen and the John Birch Society, drew some of the same people who had recently set up shop at the anti-government standoff at the Bundy Ranch.

2. It relies on xenophobia.

Signs and chants at this weekend’s protests show that the movement draws its energy from Nativism and xenophobia.

A number of signs at the events drew from the ginned-up fears of migrant children carrying diseases. In New York, one protester parodied Emma Lazarus, shouting, “bring us your smallpox, bring us your malaria, your scabies.”

Another woman in New York held a sign calling “illegals” and President Obama “cockroaches.”

At the Raleigh event, attended by Gheen himself, protesters in front of the Mexican consulate held a large sign reading “No Way Jose.”

A protester in Texas held a sign saying, “We are a nation of immigrants, not a nation of welfare .”

Another protester in Florida wrote a sign that read, “Send Them Back with Birth Control.”

3. The fringe and the “mainstream” are closely knit.

The weekend’s protests were organized by fringe extremists, but they were promoted by large national groups that have access and influence in national politics.

The largest anti-immigrant organizing groups, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Numbers USA quietly promoted the events: Numbers sent a notice about the events to its email list and a number of FAIR’s state affiliates directed members to events in their areas.

Prominent GOP-tied activists also promoted the events. The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios urged listeners of her radio show to attend events in their area and advertised the protest on Facebook. The Right’s favorite "constitutional scholar" Mark Levin also advertised the rallies on Facebook.

Rep. Steve King, the leading anti-immigrant voice in Congress, was spoke at a sparsely attended protest in Nebraska, telling his audience that the migrant children at the border represent an “invasion” the size of “Santa Ana’s army.”

4. The movement’s running on fumes.

The small turnout at the weekend’s rallies highlights the truth that the anti-immigrant movement is desperately trying to hide: it just doesn’t have that much support.

Reports from cities across the country show just small handfuls of people showing up to yell about the child migrants to passing cars.

About 12 people turned up on an overpass in Milwaukee. A similar number gathered in Oklahoma City and Placentia, California. An event in Dover, Delaware, seems to have attracted about twenty. About eight appear to have made it out to hang an “Obama Sucks” banner on an overpass in Chattanooga. Three people turned up on an overpass in Oregon. San Diego mustered 25 people. A small group of protesters in Columbus, Ohio, were disappointed that so few people had showed up. About 15 people made it to the parking lot of the Mexican consulate in Little Rock; consulate officials and local police assured local news that they weren’t too concerned about needing additional security.

Meanwhile, Think Progress reporters in McClellan, Texas, ran into a group of three anti-immigrant demonstrators who wondered if they had gotten the wrong address for the protest. They were drowned out by the more than 60 people rallying in support of the refugee children at the border.

The protests this weekend were an attempt to create the illusion of widespread outrage at the children coming to the southern border and at the concept of immigration reform. A number of the protest groups, however small, garnered local news coverage and were able to say that they were part of a large nationwide effort. A look at reports from across the country shows that that was not the case.

The anti-immigrant movement, for all its smoke and mirrors, consists of a small network of closely tied advocacy groups who rely on fringe extremists like Gheen and Neighbors to rally scant amounts of grassroots support.

5. The GOP is still listening.

The anti-immigrant movement may be smoke and mirrors, but it has some very influential people fooled. House Speaker John Boehner still refuses to bring immigration reform up for a vote in the House. Ted Cruz now says that deporting DREAMers is his “top priority.” Republicans in Congress, spooked by the victory of ALIPAC-supported David Brat in Virginia, say that immigration reform is dead — even though an overwhelming percentage of Republicans want Congress to take action to fix the immigration system and a majority of Republicans want that to include a path to citizenship or permanent residency for undocumented immigrants.

The child refugee crisis has brought out the true colors of the anti-immigrant movement. Even as some conservative groups are urging compassion and care for the children fleeing to the southern border, Republican leaders seem to be buying the narrative of the small, Nativist anti-immigrant fringe.

Ukrainian Leaders Are Using David Barton's Theocratic Pseudo-History To Build Their Nation

Last month, Glenn Beck mentioned that David Barton had been invited to deliver his standard presentation of lies and misinformation to high-ranking government leaders in some former Soviet nation that is seeking to model itself on the United States.

Today, Barton appeared on James Dobson's radio program where he revealed that the country that had invited him was none other than Ukraine, where he spent two days meeting with members of the government and various religious leaders in order to teach them how to build a proper government based on the teachings of the Bible.

"They were absolutely shocked to find out how practical the Bible was," Barton said. "They had no clue that all of these things [pertaining to government] were in the Bible ... We talked to them about all sorts of things, about education in the Bible, about all sorts of things, so they were alive and on fire."

Since returning to America, Barton revealed that he has been contacted by several other members of the Ukrainian government, asking him to return and deliver his presentation to the entire parliament, as well as from government leaders in neighboring nations who want him to come and present his message there as well:

Personhood Supporter Ted Cruz Shocked Anyone Thinks GOP Wants To Curtail Contraception Access

On Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz denounced Democratic legislation to ensure that employees receive contraception access in their health insurance plans in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, accusing Democrats of fooling voters through “misdirection.”

Cruz told the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins that the GOP-blocked Senate bill to prevent employers from refusing to cover contraception was simply a way to “distract people” from President Obama’s purported litany of scandals.

“They tried to convince Americans, and sadly they succeeded in convincing a number of Americans, that were somehow some people in the political sphere out to stop people from using contraceptives,” Cruz said. “I have literally never met anybody who wants to prohibit Americans from using contraceptives if they so desire. The allegation that there is somehow any effort at all to restrict access to contraceptives is looney, in the U.S. Senate the number of Senators advocating doing that is zero, they never have.”

While Cruz seems to miss the link between Hobby Lobby and access to contraception, he also doesn’t seem to understand a bill that he pledged to support: the Life at Conception Act. Like other personhood bills, the Life at Conception Act would outlaw some forms of birth control, along with abortion in all cases.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists points out that “some of the most effective and reliable forms of contraception, such as oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and other forms of FDA-approved hormonal contraceptives could be banned” under personhood bills.

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