David Barton appeared on the "End of the Age" television program yesterday, where he declared that Christians must vote against any presidential candidate in 2016 who supports gay marriage or reproductive choice if America is to have any hope of achieving economic prosperity.
"We have to remember that righteousness exalts a nation, not economics," he said, "so do not vote your pocketbook. Forty-five percent of Christians vote economic issues over moral issues; that's not what God will bless. God will bless the moral issues, then your economics will follow that. So we have to come out of the closet and when we get out, we have to remember to think biblically when we vote."
When host Irvin Baxter of Endtimes Ministries asked if that meant that any presidential candidate who does not oppose gay marriage or legal abortion should automatically be dropped from consideration, Barton said that is exactly what it means.
"If you recognize same-sex marriage, that means you do not recognize an absolute moral law from God," Barton explained. "So if you're wrong on the same-sex marriage issue, you're wrong on God's moral law. If you're wrong on the life issue, you're wrong on inalienable rights. And those two are simple modern indicators of an overall philosophy that does comport with the founding documents or biblical principles."
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said yesterday that the agreement between Iran and the P5+1 nations on nuclear development is “far worse than the deal that Neville Chamberlain made with Hitler” and will lead to God’s judgment on America.
In an interview with the Family Research Council's “Washington Watch" program, Gohmert predicted that Iran will soon attain a nuclear capability, which, he explained with some circular logic, the country will then use “to blackmail the rest of the world into removing the sanctions and now they will be able to buy nukes and be able to use those to blackmail people to back off the sanctions.”
“There is going to have to be judgment come down on America,” the congressman said. “This is devastating for the United States if this thing goes through.”
Gohmert also warned in great detail about a potential Iranian nuclear EMP attack against the U.S., claiming that Iranian ships will launch such a strike from the east coast or the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the “insane” agreement.
“It will fry virtually every computer chip in the country, all the electrical grids would go down,” he said. “Many cars wouldn’t work. It would prevent our ability to refine oil into gasoline. Walmarts, grocery stores that rely on computers, many of them would have to shut down. It would be an absolute disaster, there are estimates that tens of millions of people would die if an EMP were set off and everything shut down.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, after receiving flak for alleging that President Obama is sponsoring terrorism, told conservative radio host Dana Loesch yesterday that the president should debate him one-on-one on the merits of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, “and if he can’t be pulled off the golf course then he can send as a proxy Secretary Kerry.”
He accused Obama, along with Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, of trying to “snuggle up to radical Islamic regimes who hate America,” adding that “this administration undermines allies of America and supports regimes that have deep ties to radical Islamic terrorists.”
The Texas Republican mentioned the Iranian regime and Egypt under Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, along with Turkey, as proof that Obama administration officials "consistently favor those forces that are benefiting radical Islamic terrorism at the expense of the national security of America and of our allies.”
Earlier this year, Colorado Republican state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt set off a controversy in his home state when he declared on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman was the result of "the curse of God upon America" for the sin of legal abortion. His fellow legislators were quick to denounce his remarks and Klingenschmitt was even stripped of a committee assignment, prompting him to eventually apologize and suspend production of his television program until the end of the legislative session.
The session ended back in May and Klingenschmitt has been posting daily programs ever since, including one earlier this week in which he warned parents to remove their sons from the Boy Scouts now that the organization has lifted its ban on gay scout leaders.
Klingenschmitt warned that allowing gay scout leaders "will lead to child abuse" and declared that these gay men, who he claimed would sexually assault children, would be better off being drowned in the sea:
Unsurprisingly, Klingenschmitt's latest comments have set off another round of controversy in Colorado, forcing the state Republican Party to distance itself from him once again:
On Wednesday, the Colorado Republican Party issued a statement addressing Klingenschmitt's remarks.
"We strongly condemn Gordon Klingenschmitt's highly offensive comments. As we've said in the past, Gordon does not speak on behalf of the Party, nor do his words reflect our Party's values," the statement said.
Klingenschmitt's remarks are being denounced by people on all sides of the political spectrum and, predictably, Klingenschmitt is onceagain playing the victim:
Gay members of Colorado Statehouse, who work with Klingenschmitt in Denver when session is in, called for leaders of the Republican caucus to denounce the "hate speech."
"While I personally get along very well with him, when he makes statements like this, I wonder which Gordon Klingenschmitt I'm talking to: the nice guy who is very friendly to me and sits next to me in committee or the guy who makes incendiary statements about drowning good honorable people like me who are gay," Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver said.
Assistant Minority Leader Polly Lawrence, R-Roxborough Park, reiterated that Klingenschmitt does not speak for House Republicans.
"Rep. Klingenschmitt's inflammatory rhetoric was once again hurtful and does not represent the views of our caucus," she said in a statement that mirrors what leadership's position has been on Klingenschmitt from before he took his seat in the House chamber.
The executive director of One Colorado, Dave Montez, called the lawmaker's comments reprehensible.
"After making numerous comments over the past year attacking lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families, Representative Klingenschmitt just can't seem to get enough," Montez said in a statement. "Gay adults are involved in scouting for the same reasons everyone else is; to serve youth, and to help them grow into good, strong citizens. These comments are reprehensible and he should be ashamed of himself for making them."
In a text message to The Gazette, Klingenschmitt accused others of misquoting him.
To a large extent, those outraged by his comments have focused on the Bible quote and accuse Klingenschmitt of calling for violence against gay men by using the quote.
"Of course the gay groups want me to stop quoting the Bible in church," Klingenschmitt said in his text message. "I will not apologize for quoting Jesus' words from the pulpit. If they are easily offended, they should take it up with Jesus, not with me."
LeClaire cited a report about the Pope trying to merge Islam and Christianity from a site, washingtonpost.com.co — not the Washington Post’s actual website — that she admits seems untrustworthy:
Protestant feathers really got ruffled when the washingtonpost.com.co and others falsely reported that Francis said the Quran and Holy Bible are the same:
"Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world. For centuries, blood has been needlessly shed because of the desire to segregate our faiths. This, however, should be the very concept which unites us as people, as nations, and as a world bound by faith. Together, we can bring about an unprecedented age of peace, all we need to achieve such a state is respect each others beliefs, for we are all children of God regardless of the name we choose to address him by. We can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and the time for such a movement is now. No longer shall we slaughter our neighbors over differences in reference to their God."
Although it seems unlikely that the pope actually said that (I could not independently confirm it from mainstream media sources, only Internet rags that tend to publish misleading information) the fact that so many Christians took it as truth without a second blink is telling. He's said and done enough other shocking things to make this statement believable in the ears of many believers.
Could Francis be the final pope before Christ's return? Could he be the Antichrist? Is he the False Prophet? The chatter continues.
There it is: LeClaire cites a fake story, admits that it came from “Internet rags that tend to publish misleading information,” but uses it since “the fact that so many Christians took it as truth without a second blink is telling,” and the Drudge Report announces to its readers that Pope Francis may be the Antichrist.
Pat Robertson, abigfanofex-gaypseudo-therapy, fielded a question from a “700 Club” viewer today who asked if God could “take away this same-sex attraction” and “change a homosexual to straight.”
Confusing sexual orientation with gender identity, Robertson said that his network once profiled the transformation of an “absolutely gorgeous” woman who “was a man” until “the Lord touched him, changed him and now he is marrying and has some children and has a very happy life.”
“It is a miracle but God can do it,” he said. “It is a tendency in your life.”
Robertson continued: “Somebody was asking me for counseling the other day and said, ‘I’ve got this son and he was effeminate from the time he was young and now he says he’s gay.’ And I said to her, ‘Does he want to be a girl?’ And she said ‘no,’ and I said, ‘Well, if he doesn’t want to be a girl, basically he wants to be a man, and if he wants to be a man, there’s no reason that he can’t start acting like one.’ God can take care of this.”
Robertson lamented that it “used to be considered psychologically” that homosexuality “was an aberration” but now “they come against you” if you engage in ex-gay counseling.
“The question is, can God do it?” he added. “The answer is, He not only can, He will.”
So it was no surprise that Savage told Trump during an interview yesterday that he is “the lion that we have been waiting for, you’re the Winston Churchill of our time.”
Savage also spent time talking with Trump about the bogus issue of voter fraud by undocumented immigrants, with Trump pledging to combat voter fraud as president.
“They want to take away cards, they want to take away identification, I assume that means somebody could vote 10 times,” Trump said. “I mean, who the hell is going to know the difference, it’s incredible. It’s incredible to me that people can fight it, where do these people come from?” Contrary to Trump’s warnings, a study last year found that there had been only 31 credible incidents of voter impersonation fraud out of the one billion ballots cast since the turn of the century, none of which were reported to be tied to undocumented immigrants.
Trump and Savage also agreed that the U.S. should model its immigration policies on those in Mexico.
American Family Association official Sandy Rios claimed on her radio program yesterday that women who have had an abortion end up either “brokenhearted” and suffering “tremendous guilt” or get “hard as nails” and become “mean and evil and angry.”
Rios, who made the comments while promoting rallies protesting Planned Parenthood, concluded that this is because women who have had an abortion have “violated the very core of who they are as women, and that is mothers, mothers who give life.”
The American Catholic Lawyers Association is calling on Catholic authorities "to impose appropriate canonical sanctions" on Justice Anthony Kennedy for having "failed in this sacred duty, violated the oath to God he took upon ascension to his high office, and thereby inflicted incalculable harm on society" by authoring the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.
Morgan Brittany says that Donald Trump "has been the best thing to happen to the Republican Party in a long time."
It is safe to assume that "Molotov" Mitchell is not a fan of "light-in-the-loafers Lindsey" Graham.
Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, declares that "this is America, not Canada or some Third World country. We need to stop accepting sin like abortion and homosexuality."
Finally, Todd Starnes is beside himself: "The blood of the unborn is on all of our hands. We are long past barbarism—but I don't believe there's a word to describe the hellish monsters we've become."