Tony Perkins Hopeful Religious Right Leaders Will Sway Donald Trump

Earlier today, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios broadcast her daily radio show live from the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall Summit, where she chatted with FRC president Tony Perkins about the defeat of their preferred presidential candidate, Ted Cruz.

Perkins told Rios about his role in organizing an event in June featuring presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and various Religious Right leaders, while noting that he has not yet endorsed Trump.

However, “knowing what the alternative and having experienced almost eight years now of Barack Obama’s radical policies, that has truly fundamentally changed America,” Perkins said, “I want to be able to be supportive of Donald Trump.”

“I want to move him to the point where he is acceptable and he’ll make certain commitments,” he added.

Rios said that a Hillary Clinton presidency is far scarier prospect than a White House controlled by Trump, warning that Clinton would undermine the Second Amendment and religious freedom.

“Look at the court,” Perkins interjected. “It starts with the court.”

The two urged conservative Christians to stay involved in the political process, with Rios warning that one day it “will be so bad we’ll be running for the hills.”

“Well, scripture says that’ll be happening in the End Times,” Perkins said. “I think we’ve got to make the best of a bad situation. This is a reflection, I believe, of where I believe our nation has sunk and, in a large part, it’s because the church has taken its hands off, its removed itself from the culture. So we can’t wring our hands and say we’re walking away when in part we’re responsible for the mess.”

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Letting A Muslim Soldier Wear A Headscarf Will Lead To Non-Muslims Being Raped

Earlier this month, we posted a video of Colorado GOP state legislator and Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt tying himself in knots attempting to defend the right of a school district to discriminate against atheists. This week, Klingenschmitt outdid himself when he spent six minutes on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program justifying a decision by the Citadel to deny "a request from an incoming Muslim student to wear a traditional religious headscarf as part of her uniform."

Klingenschmitt, who claims to be a champion of the freedom of religious expression in the military and has even created his own bogus persecution account, said that he could not support allowing a female Muslim soldier to wear a headscarf along with her uniform because it was a signal to Muslim combatants to rape the other female soldiers instead of her.

Klingenschmitt cited passages from Sura 33 in the Quran that he falsely claimed give Muslim men the right to rape any woman who is not wearing proper covering during times of war. As such, he said, if a female Muslim soldier was allowed to wear a headscarf, then she would be signaling to our enemies that she is a Muslim who should not be raped, but that it was okay for them to rape the non-Muslim female soldiers.

"If you're at war and you're looking out over the battlefield and you're wondering which women are safe to rape," he said, "you don't [rape] the women with headscarves because those are Muslims and you do rape the women without headscarves because those are not Muslims."

"The Citadel is thinking about letting a woman wear a headscarf with her military uniform as a symbol that the other women are open to be raped and she is not open to be raped by Muslims," Klingenschmitt stated. "It's a symbol to your Muslim enemies — we fight terrorists who are often Muslim — it's a symbol to them, 'please don't rape me, rape the other women in uniform because they're not wearing a headscarf.'"

Daubenmire: Obama Is The Devil's Son

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire, an Ohio-based Religious Right activist, called President Obama “the most unchristian president in the history of America” and the son of the devil on conservative radio show “Talkback with Chuck Wilder” on Tuesday.

Wilder asked Daubenmire about a recent column in which Daubenmire blasted the “demon,” “Son of Satan” “Bathhouse Barry Obama” for his administration’s recent directive on transgender rights in public schools, particularly calling out African-American pastors who have supported Obama because their “promotion of this demon simply based on skin color has contributed to the destruction of this nation.”

During the interview, Daubenmire suggested that Obama may be gay, which he has done in the past, and that Michelle Obama is “a tranny.”

“We spoke earlier in this program about some of the background of Obama, as to whether he was gay and whether his wife’s a tranny and all this kind of stuff, whether it’s tabloid stuff, who knows, but the fact that people are even talking about this ought to tell us something, Chuck,” Daubenmire said.

He attributed Obama’s interest in race issues and transgender rights to his need to serve “his father, the devil.”

Wilder asked Daubenmire about the theory that President Obama is secretly gay, citing the conspiracy theory clearinghouse WorldNetDaily as a “reliable” source of information on this topic, adding that every time he tries to look up information on it his computer crashes, a likely Obama administration plot.

Daubenmire replied that he is well-versed in this topic: “I know a lot more than I say. I mean, I know a lot about a lot of stuff, Chuck.”

I’ve never seen, not only with Obama but with Hillary, I have never seen such demonic, supernatural protection around them, like I’ve never seen. How can you explain all of the things that Hillary has clearly done, Chuck, and yet 40 percent of the people would consider voting for her? How could so much information be out there regarding the real nature of the Obamas and all that stuff — some of it not true, but it’s reached a point where it’s believable. We can believe that stuff, Chuck. And I just believe there’s a demonic protection around — you know the Scriptures say ‘Evil spirits in high places, that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities and powers.’ Evil spirits in high places, and I happen to be a Christian man who believes that to be the truth and that there are kings and kingdoms that are ruling over the White House and over the Clinton family and over that establishment.

“We have a cultural war that’s going on, we would be downright foolish if we didn’t understand that there was demonic activity taking place in our very midst,” he added later in the program. “And the fact that the guy in the White House who claims to be a Christian yet does everything as non-Christian as a man could possibly do, and we think he’s dumb, we think, ‘Oh, how can that man be so stupid? How can he do those things?’ Chuck, listen, brother, this brother, this guy is of his father, the devil, the works of his father, he will do. Now how do I know that? The Scriptures tell us that. Jesus said to some people that he met, ‘You are of your father, the devil, and the works of your father, you will do.’”

Colorado GOP Official Compares Obama To A Chimp

Correction: The post previously labeled Bonzo as a monkey, when he is in fact a chimpanzee.

Linda Sorenson, chair of the Delta County, Colorado, Republican Party, posted a racist Facebook meme last week depicting President Obama as a chimp, according to Jason Salzman of the blog Big Media.

She reportedly told Salzman that she was only joking but doesn’t “care if people are offended by it.”

Delta County Republican Chair Linda Sorenson shared an image on her Facebook page last week depicting Ronald Reagan nursing a chimpanzee. The photo is sandwiched by the phrase, “I’ll be damned… Reagan used to babysit Obama.”

Sorenson told me in a very brief phone interview today that it was a joke.

“I really don’t care if people are offended by it,” she told me of the post, which was sent to me by a source. “Un-friend me. Stop looking at me on Facebook.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/25/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/25/16

  • The latest column from Bryan Fischer is as sensible as always: "The Gay Gestapo is on a mission from the Dark Lord to relentlessly harass, intimidate, punish, and silence every advocate of sexual normalcy." 
  • David Barton insists that, according to the left, "there’s no greater heel in history, no greater jerk than Thomas Jefferson."
  • Donald Trump's campaign seems to be run by a bunch of real pros.
  • Pator Perry Noble says those Religious Right leaders who are planning to meet with Trump next month are hypocrites because most of them supported Mitt Romney in 2012: "I would bet if you took a survey of many of these same evangelical leaders that are going to the 'Trump Inquisition' next month...concerned about his lack of morality and stance on certain issues...that you would find many of those same leaders did not have to have such a meeting with Mitt Romney ... What's the problem?  Honestly, I see it as a bit of hypocrisy for a group of people to ask Trump to 'prove himself' when the same group were leading the Romney bandwagon!"  
  • On a related note, those organizing that meeting with Trump are laughably insisting that the meeting is "not intended to be political in nature."

Janet Porter's Helpful Advice To Target

Religious Right activist Janet Porter took to WorldNetDaily yesterday to hail those organizing a boycott of Target over its nondiscrimination policy, which she called “an invitation to predators” to enter and film inside changing rooms.

Porter, who said that her group, Faith 2 Action, will be leading protests outside of Target locations, cited the findings of the tiny and extremist American College of Pediatricians, a fringe group that should not be confused with the American Association of Pediatrics, the country’s leading pediatric group and a supporter of trans rights.

Target, she joked, should consider having “an ‘Anorexic Department’ where they mark size ‘0’ clothes as XXL so as to accommodate the very thin who ‘identify’ as very fat,” complete with “distorted fun-house mirrors,” if they still want to accommodate “cross dressers.”

When you issue an invitation to predators to walk into women’s private dressing rooms and restrooms, don’t be surprised when they accept.

Less than three weeks after Target’s open-door policy, a man walked into the ladies’ changing room with his camera phone and video-recorded an underage girl trying on clothes. When he is done uploading all that footage onto the Internet, he can always go back to Target for more.

How many more women is Target going to allow to be victimized before they change their insane policy that puts women and young girls at risk?

It’s crazy – literally. Target is putting its female customers at risk for a fraction of a percentage of the population who have a certified mental disorder.



If Target wants build its policies to accommodate those with mental disorders, perhaps they should also have an “Anorexic Department” where they mark size “0” clothes as XXL so as to accommodate the very thin who “identify” as very fat. Installing distorted fun-house mirrors could help ensure that the anorexic’s appearance matches her distorted identity. That would be stupid. But their current policy is more than stupid – it is dangerous because it lets predators, peeping Toms and the more than 800,000 registered sex offenders walk into the bathroom and fitting rooms right along with the cross dressers.



There’s a reason why the American College of Pediatricians call endorsing gender confusion “child abuse” – going along with their game of pretend actually harms them. Just as letting men – including predators – into women’s private facilities invites harm.

'I Think It's Wrong': Glenn Beck Doesn't Even Believe His Own Conspiracy Theory About The Clinton Email Controversy

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck laid out a new theory about the email controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton that he admitted he had just made up 20 minutes earlier and was probably entirely wrong ... but which he proceeded to float nonetheless.

Acknowledging that he was making this up off the top of his head, Beck asserted that the Obama administration has tried to cover up every scandal it has been involved in except for this one involving Clinton, which he speculated was because she is not radical enough for President Obama and so he's trying to destroy her presidential campaign in order to benefit Bernie Sanders.

"I think it's wrong," Beck said of his own theory even as he unveiled it, declaring that Clinton, unlike Obama, is not a full-blown radical Marxist and so the president is trying to sink her campaign.

"I think you could make a case, a bad case," Beck said, "that he's looking for an ideologue to replace him. He's done the work of bringing this country to the brink of Marxism and he's not going to have it flushed away by Hillary Clinton."

As such, Beck said, Obama may be trying to tank Clinton's chances so that the Democrats will nominate Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and finish the job. 

Beck admitted that his theory was entirely implausible and that he has been wrong about everything for the last year, but said he was just "thinking out loud" because "anything is possible."

The Garland Effect Continues To Haunt Senate Republicans

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr is the latest Republican Senator to face a spate of terrible poll numbers, in part based on the unprecedented obstruction of Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination.

A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds that “Burr's lead is just 3 points at 39% to 36% for [Democratic candidate] Deborah Ross, and 8% for Libertarian Sean Haugh.” Furthermore, “Burr continues to be pretty unpopular with only 28% of voters approving of the job he's doing to 40% who disapprove.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s decision not to do their jobs and hold hearing for Merrick Garland are acting like an anchor around Burr’s poll numbers in the state.

PPP notes:

One issue that's shaping up to cause trouble for Burr right now is that of the vacant Supreme Court seat. 58% of voters in the state think Merrick Garland deserves confirmation hearings for his nomination to the Court, compared to only 24% of voters who are opposed to that. By a 17 point margin voters say they're less likely to vote for a Senator who is opposed to hearings- only 25% say that stance would make them more inclined to vote for their Senator, compared to 42% who say that would make them less likely to.

Burr is just the latest Republican Senate candidate to face electoral peril stemming from his caucus’s acquiescence to their leadership’s obstructionist strategy.

At the beginning of May, we pointed to the myriad of sinking poll numbers and electoral prospects of a number of Republican senators. Now Richard Burr can add his name to a list that includes Rob Portman (OH), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Ron Johnson (WI), Pat Toomey (PA), and even John McCain (AZ) whose reelection chances have been harmed by the GOP’s Supreme Court obstruction.

Grassley has been hurt by the obstruction campaign as well ,with his approval rating in his home state falling to just 47 percent.

For Mitch McConnell, this strategy was premised on the theory that the punishment from the conservative base of the Republican Party if Garland were confirmed to the court would be greater than the penalty from the electorate at large for not taking any action on President Obama’s appointment.

This latest polling suggests that if Republicans continue their intransigence, it will cost them their Senate Majority, and McConnell his present leadership role.

At the beginning of the month we stated, “If McConnell doesn’t reverse course soon and begin confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland soon, the question will be how many Senate seats he is willing to sacrifice to placate his party’s far-right flank.”

Now that number is six and counting.

Louisiana GOP Attorney General Lies Like Crazy While Attacking Transgender Rights

In an interview yesterday on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” radio program, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to explained why he is urging public schools in his state to defy the Obama administration’s guidance on the rights of transgender students.

Landry, a former GOP member of Congress, said that his office would intervene to help any school that tries to defy guidelines from the Departments of Education and Justice letter on how Title IX protects transgender students. He repeatedly twisted the facts on issues related to transgender rights, citing a fringe medical group and claiming that LGBT nondiscrimination policies have empowered child predators, to support his decision.

“Look, the American Pediatrics put out a statement that basically says that transgender identity is a mental illness,” he said. “You cannot change biology, you cannot say you were a female and now we’re going to make you a male simply by some sort of operation. It doesn’t work that way. The good Lord doesn’t build us in that particular way. They’re trying to change our sex, who we are, and basically claiming that gender identity can be biological as well as psychological. And if you look at study after study from some of the leading psychologists, Johns Hopkins University put out one, American Pediatrics, all of them said that this is a mental state, you cannot change a person’s biological identity.”

The group that Landry referred to as “American Pediatrics” and whose opinion he cited is a small fringe group called the American College of Pediatricians, not the leading pediatrics group, the American Association of Pediatricians.

The tiny ACP was created by anti-LGBT activists to push their junkscience” and only has “between 60 and 200” members.

As Zack Ford of Think Progress noted, “The 36,000-member American Psychiatric Association, which defines mental illnesses through its Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), says the exact opposite, explaining, 'It is important to note that gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder.' It is only distress associated with such an identity that should be treated — and treated with affirmation.’”

Meanwhile, the AAP — the leading pediatric group — called for the repeal of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT facilities law, HB2, and said in 2013: “For transgender youth, pediatricians should provide the opportunity to acknowledge and affirm their feelings of gender dysphoria and desires to transition to the opposite gender. Referral of transgender youth to a qualified mental health professional is critical to assist with the dysphoria, to educate them, and to assess their readiness for transition. With appropriate assistance and care, sexual minority youth should live healthy, productive lives while transitioning through adolescence and young adulthood.”

After citing the fringe ACP while passing it off as a legitimate group, Landry told Perkins, a vocal anti-LGBT activist, that nondiscrimination policies have a “tendency” to “create safe harbors for people who want to prey on children.”

“What happens is it supports their criminal behavior, it makes it difficult for people like me and law enforcement agencies out there to take people who prey on children off of the street,” he said.

Experts have found this allegation to be completely bogus.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Landry is relying on debunked arguments to make his case against transgender rights, since that’s seemingly all the anti-LGBT movement has left to rely on.

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