World Congress Of Families: Criticism Of Putin Is Liberal Media Hysteria

Representatives of the World Congress of Families held a news conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday to talk about their 2014 summit, which will be held in Moscow in September.  The WCF and the Religious Right groups it partners with are ardent promoters of anti-gay legislation worldwide, and they love Russia's anti-gay President Vladimir Putin. 

Earlier this week the WCF announced that the opening session would be held in the Congress Hall of the Kremlin Palace, that a special parliamentary session will also be held in the Russian Duma and a special scientific forum at St Petersburg State University. At today's press conference it was announced that the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church is expected to address the gathering.

WCF Managing Director Larry Jacobs, C-FAM’s Austin Ruse, Concerned Women for America’s Janice Shaw Crouse, and Alexey Komov, WCF’s man in Russia, were delighted about anti-gay legislation that has passed in Moscow and were defensive about western criticism of Putin’s regime.

Given the record of the event organizers, none of that was very surprising. What was surprising is the way the press conference was hijacked by conservative activist Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media, who pointed out that Putin was a product of the Communist-era KGB; he took the organizers to task for partnering with Putin and produced a list of political prisoners he said are being held in Russia.

Kincaid’s strident criticism of Russia’s history provoked Komov into a screed against real and imagined problems from American history, from the slaughter of Native Americans to political prisoners in Guantanamo, complete with references to the supposed killing of 200 witnesses to the JFK assassination and the question of who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Komov suggested that during the era of Ronald Reagan, the U.S. was free, pro-Christian, and pro-capitalist, while Russia was mired in communism. He suggested that under Obama and Putin, a role reversal is under way. He said he would hesitate to say which country is more free, Russia or the U.S.

UPDATE: Kincaid has posted video of the exchange. Watch:

Jacobs was clearly uncomfortable with Komov’s rant, perhaps because, as he had mentioned earlier, WCF has yet to finalize confirmations from Members of Congress who they hope will attend the Moscow summit.

Speakers said they were proud of what Crouse called Russia's "leadership role" on behalf of the family, and proud of what Ruse called the "massive network" of people organizing around the world on behalf of the family and in opposition to "the agenda of the sexual left."

Asked about bipartisan criticism of the increasingly anti-democratic nature of Putin’s rule, Ruse suggested that some people are “stuck in cold war amber” and are consumed by a “visceral hatred of all things Russian.” He energetically supported Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law, saying “there is no human right to tell the gay narrative to schoolchildren.” And he dismissed concerns about Putin’s moves against freedom of the press, saying Russians had no “historical memory” of that kind of freedom.

Janice Shaw Crouse said she had “no problem whatsoever” with the prosecution of members of Pussy Riot, falsely claiming that they had disrupted a church service with the performance that landed them in jail.

All the speakers claimed that freedom of press and dissent is alive and well in Russia, saying that they have criticized Putin’s crackdown on homeschoolers and that bloggers are free to criticize the government. And they portrayed Russia as a sort of paradise where gay couples can stroll hand in hand without fear. (For another view, read Jeff Sharlet's recent reporting from Russia in GQ.)

Komov slammed “radical LGBT activists” who he said were trying to turn the Olympics into a “gay pride parade.” Komov said he opposed violence against gay people, but he insisted there was no correlation between passage of anti-gay laws and anti-gay violence in the country, dismissing the idea as “hysteria” from “the liberal media.”

Komov also opined that the Olympics were no place for gay rights: “Olympics is the place for sports and health and normal values that unite everyone ...And we know that if we want Olympics to be sports and health, we know, statistics show us that homosexual lifestyles are not healthy.”

UPDATE: Video of the comments taken by Kincaid:

 

Right Wing Round-Up - 2/5/14

Right Wing Leftovers - 2/5/14

  • David Barton and Rick Green officially announce their support for a Convention of States.
  • Bryan Fischer offers a simple guide to "Defeating Darwin in four easy steps."
  • Samuel Rodriguez and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference have endorsed Common Core.
  • It's almost as if Glenn Beck doesn't want people who don't share his right-wing views living in Texas. But that can't be the case because that would kind of make him a hypocrite.
  • Apparently, Satan doesn’t want men to have close male friendships by stoking fears it would lead to homosexual intimacy ... or something?
  • Finally, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire calls for reinstatement of the draft, by which he means a "6 weeks of mandatory boot camp" for all high school graduates.

Swanson: The Beatles Encourage Demonism, Paved The Way For 'Satanic Pagan Orgy' At The Grammy Awards

Religious Right talk show host Kevin Swanson is joining other conservative pundits in trashing the Grammy Awards for becoming, in his words, a “satanic pagan orgy.”

Swanson said that the award show “was a celebration of fornication, twerking, stripping and satanic rituals,” and claimed the mass wedding that included same-sex couples was inspired by Roman Emperor Nero.

Swanson has an explanation for all of this: The Beatles are to blame.

According to Swanson, The Beatles encouraged a “secular, demonic approach to things” in pop culture, and lashed out at the band members as apostates: “It takes apostates to destroy a culture and to undermine a civilization, that’s how you get from ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ to ‘Let’s Do It In The Road.’”

“And by the way, the 2014 Grammys celebrated The Beatles, yet again, and I think that’s important because The Beatles opened things up for us, that’s how we got to the drug culture of 1969 and 1970,” he added.

God Will Bless Operation American Spring, Or Prepare For Violence

During an appearance last month on a birther radio program, Operation American Spring organizer Harry Riley predicted that his protest campaign to force President Obama out of office will work because “it’s bathed in prayer” and “under God.”

After wildly overstating the number of gun owners in the U.S., Riley said that if government officials “don’t do what we’re suggesting or what we’re demanding,” then Americans could see “a violent condition erupt in our nation.”

It’s an honorable movement, it’s bathed in prayer. We’ve got a tab on our website where we’ve got a list of prayer warriors that are working every day in prayer for us. We’re bathed—it’s under God and we’re going to move up there and trust Him that it will work out because we believe it’s noble, it’s an honorable effort.



The facts I have, the documents I have say there’s 267 million armed citizens in the United States. We don’t want to get there, I’m sure you don’t because you’ve been probably in combat over in Iraq and the Middle East, that’s what we don’t want to do and that’s why we hope and pray that when we field 10-15 million people up there that that’s enough evidence for these boneheads in Washington D.C. to grasp our message, to grasp what we’re telling them that if they don’t do what we’re suggesting or what we’re demanding, then the next option is something that none of us want to see. Those of us that have been in a foxhole, we don’t want to see a violent condition erupt in our nation.

Beck Warns Those Who Don't Believe In Global Warming Or Abortion Rights Might Wind Up In Internment Camps

Glenn Beck delivered another one of his incoherent, stream-of-consciousness lessons on today's radio program, inspired by Justice Antonin Scalia's recent statement that, in a time of war, it was entirely possible that the Supreme Court would allow the government to set up internment camps for those perceived to be enemies of the nation.

This, of course, is exactly the sort of thing that Beck has been warning about for years, so he seized on Scalia's statement in order to deliver some bizarre rebuke to President Obama for supposedly being responsible for the biggest "missed opportunity in all of world history" by not being like Jesus when he was elected and uniting the entire country, and instead choosing to be evil and punish his enemies.

We genuinely have no idea what Beck is talking about, but according to him, America is headed down a course to where people who do not believe in climate change or support abortion rights or Obamacare will soon be rounded up and tossed into prison camps.

"It was a group of people who said 'we know we're right,'" Beck said. "Global warming; sound familiar? We know we're right and if you're standing in the way, you're standing in the way of Manifest Destiny. Sound familiar; Obamacare? We know we right and if you don't, you're standing in the way of progress. Sound familiar? Sound like abortion advocates? We know we right and if you don't agree with us, there's no place for you in this state. That's why Scalia is saying it's going to happen again":

Klingenschmitt: People Not Going To Heaven Do Not Deserve Equal Treatment By The Government

"Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt dedicated a segment on today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program to decrying the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as nothing more than a "bathroom bill" that would allow men to use the women's restrooms and "violate your wives' and daughters' privacy in every public restaurant in America."

We have heard that sort of line from Klingenschmitt and his ilk before, but it is the justification behind this position that is really most remarkable. In defense of this position, Klingenschmitt cited a passage from 1 Corinthians 6 that declares that "neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God" to proclaim that, since gay people will not go to Heaven, they should not be entitled to any sort of governmental benefits here on earth.

"If they're not going to get eternal benefits in Heaven," Klingenschmitt asked, "why should we give them government rewards here on this earth? I don't think we should":

In essence, Klingenschmitt has declared that every person who will not be going to Heaven according to the beliefs espoused by his particular Christian faith ought to be denied "rewards" by the United States government, which apparently includes equal and fair treatment under the law.

Even Pat Robertson Thinks Young Earth Creationism Is A 'Joke'

Back in 2012, televangelist Pat Robertson provoked the ire of Young Earth Creationists when he rejected their claim that the earth is approximately 6,000 years old. Today on the 700 Club, Robertson responded to the debate between Bill Nye and Young Earth Creationist leader Ken Ham — who criticized Robertson’s remarks on creationism as a “destructive teaching” that “gives more fodder to the secularists” — by once again rebuking Young Earth Creationism and the chronology system designed by James Ussher.

“Let’s face it, there was a bishop [Ussher] who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with the world had been around for 6,000 years,” Robertson said. “There ain’t no way that’s possible. To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible.”

He continued: “We’ve got to be realistic that the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that is found in science and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”

Robertson added that he disagrees with “evolution as it is currently presented” and knocked Creationists: “Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”

Renew America Calls For Anti-Gay Secessionist Movement…Again

Another columnist for Renew America is floating the idea of secession as a way for states to refuse to recognize marriage equality. Last year, columnist Paul Craft called for states to “secede from the union” in order to maintain their bans on same-sex marriage. Now, Selwyn Duke is proposing the U.S. copy the dissolution of Yugoslavia and break up over gay rights.

Duke predicts that it is only a matter of time before cultural differences in America will become so vast that people cannot coexist. Conservatives, Duke claims, should begin to “hate” and “loathe what the liberals stand for,” and begin to view them as “the ‘other.’”

“We need sort of an Amish jihad, a deep love of the good and hatred of the evil that translates into action,” Duke continues. “But there is a prerequisite for this, and it brings us to something both the Amish and Muslim jihadists have in common.”

"People can do what they want. How does faux marriage affect me, anyway?" (This is the point British "conservatives" have reached.)

And at an even later juncture it's, "Why shouldn't homosexuals have the right to 'marry'? It's a matter of equality." (Just ask some "conservatives" in Sweden.)



Now, all this perhaps sounds hopeless. Are we damned to inexorable and irrevocable movement toward the "left," at least until the complete collapse of civilization is wrought? Well, there is an alternative to assimilation.

Separation.

There has been some talk of secession lately. But note that there is a prerequisite for political separation: cultural separation. Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Slovenia didn't become their own nations because they suddenly thought the name Yugoslavia was no longer cool, but because of profound cultural differences. And Catalans in Spain some time back empowered parties that have called for an independence referendum this year because of cultural differences. Make the cultural differences great enough, and separation (assuming you can avoid bondage via a governmental iron fist, which is the other possibility) is a natural by-product.



We only need to look at how it's done all over the world. And there are two ways. To illustrate the first, consider how ardent Muslims avoid being subsumed. They don't view fellow citizens in a host nation as national brothers.

But as the "other."

Oh, the others may occupy the same borders, but they are as alien as anyone outside them. Their culture is to be rejected not just because it's decadent and despicable – and our liberal-created variety is certainly those things – but because it is of the other. So it is with the others' laws, social codes, and traditions, too: they are born of an infidel, alien culture and are to be viewed with extreme suspicion if not hostility.

And this is precisely how leftists should be viewed.

For this to work, our instincts must be thus: If liberals say left, we go right. If they say down, we say up. If they scream "Change!" we shout all the louder "Tradition!" and then push for our own change – tradition's restoration.

Note here that I'm not speaking of a cold intellectual understanding of the issues, which, don't get me wrong, is important. But just as it is passion that makes a man fight for a woman, it is passion that makes you fight for a cause. Loathe what the liberals stand for, meet their agenda with animosity, cultivate a visceral desire to wipe it from the face of the Earth. Hate, hate, hate it with the fires of a thousand burning suns.



But the proper combination is obvious. We need sort of an Amish jihad, a deep love of the good and hatred of the evil that translates into action. But there is a prerequisite for this, and it brings us to something both the Amish and Muslim jihadists have in common.

Glenn Beck Gets Into Character To Demonstrate ... Something

Glenn Beck has spent several segments on his radio show mocking other networks for their embarrassingly bad bit in which program hosts dress up and attempt to produce humorous skits in an effort to dramatize an issue or explain a point.

Obviously, when other people do it, it is painful and excruciating to watch and the results are inevitably stupid and not at all funny, but when Beck does it, it is brilliant ... which is why, last night, he transformed his television program into a black and white film noir spoof so that he could explain why the proposed MyRA savings plan is no different than playing a slot machine by telling some confusing story about a down-on-his luck chump named Lucky and a legless prostitute named Charlie:

As we noted the other day, at this point Beck's radio and television programs are becoming nothing more than displays of his own hypocrisy, as he mocks, attacks, and criticizes others for doing the exact things he does on a regular basis.

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