CPAC Speaker Claims Schools Refuse To Teach 'The American Culture'

Many in the anti-immigrant movement felt slighted by this year’s CPAC, which they claimed did not devote enough time to their cause. Center for Immigration Studies director Mark Krikorian lamented to the Washington Post that the American Conservative Union “pushed out” groups like his from the event; while others, including Phyllis Schlafly, Rep. Steve King, and Frank Gaffney held their own alternative event across the street.

But they needn’t have worried. Even if the ACU was trying to appear more moderate on the issue of immigration – chiefly by hosting a panel featuring conservative immigration reform advocates – anti-immigrant rhetoric was still plentiful at the event. After all, CPAC welcomed the sponsorship of ProEnglish, an anti-immigrant “English only” group run by a white nationalist, even while refusing to include groups representing LGBT and atheist conservatives.

And then, there was plenty of anti-immigrant commentary from the main stage, notably from Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann and Ann Coulter. But some of the biggest anti-immigrant applause lines came from Graham Ledger, an anchor on the new Washington Times-connected One America News network, who argued that conservatives needed to unite to oppose multiculturalism and implied that schools no longer teach "the American culture."

“How about we make the case for one common language?” he urged. “How about we make the case for a secure southern border? How about teaching the American culture in schools?”

Barton Says More Christians Were Killed For Their Faith Last Year Than In The Previous 2000 Years Combined

As we have pointed out before, the key to David Barton's success is the fact that his audiences blindly accept everything he says without question, never bothering to actually verify any claim that he makes. It has gotten so bad that Barton is now basically free to say things that, with even a moment's thought, any person ought to be able to realize cannot possibly be true. 

But still, nobody ever challenges him and so we end up witnessing exchanges like this one from "WallBuilders Live" today where he boldly declares that more Christians were murdered for their faith last year alone than in the last two thousand years combined!

"There were more Christians martyred for Jesus Christ last year," Barton told his co-host Rick Green, "than in the previous two thousand years combined. Just last year."

"It's hard to imagine," responded Green:

A study by Open Doors released earlier this year reported that there were 2,123 such "martyr" killings of Christians  globally in 2013:

Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.

Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 "martyr" killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said.

So if there were more killings last year than in the previous two thousand years combined, that means that either, up until 2013, there had basically been only one Christian killed per year or, more likely, Barton is just terrible at math.

Even Conservatives Admit Americans For Prosperity Is A Koch Brothers Front Group

Last week at CPAC, American Family Radio host Sandy Rios interviewed Rob Tappan, the director of external relations at Koch Industries, which was a top sponsor of the conservative summit. Rios asked Tappan about Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s recent criticism of Charles and David Koch’s exorbitant spending on behalf of right-wing political groups, including Americans for Prosperity (AFP).

Since AFP is obviously a front group for the Koch brothers, Rios asked the Koch Industries spokesman, “Are you guys—now you’re running ads in Michigan? I’m sure that you’re doing things in other states too, where are some of the other hotspots we might not know where you guys are placing some of your ads against Obamacare?”

Tappan tried to clarify that he Koch Industries and AFP are separate entities, but it was clear that both Tappan and Rios understood that the groups are not really different at all.

“We are certainly very supportive of them from a resource standpoint as well as a philosophical standpoint, we love AFP and all of the things that they do,” Tappan added. “Make no mistake, Charles Koch and David Koch are very simpatico with everything that AFP does as well as any one of a number of organizations that they support and try to help flourish.”

Meet Sean Fieler, The Hedge Fund Manager Running Anti-Choice 'Talking Fetus' Ads In New York

The Chiaroscuro Group, a Manhattan-based right-wing organization chaired by hedge fund manager Sean Fieler, is running radio ads featuring a talking fetus to attack Democratic New York state senator Tim Kennedy for supporting a bill that would secure a woman’s right to choose and protect women against employment and housing discrimination.

The Buffalo News reports that Chiaroscuro is funding two ads going after Kennedy, including one that features the high-pitched “voice of a presumed unborn child” and one voiced by a woman who tells Kennedy, “You and Gov. Cuomo keep saying you’re doing this for women. Well, we don’t want it.”

The State of Politics blog has posted audio and transcripts of the ads.

Although the Chiaroscuro Group appears to be a separate entity, it is clearly connected to two other Fieler-backed organizations, the Chiaroscuro Foundation and the Chiaroscuro Institute. The Buffalo News identifies Fieler as the chairman of the Chiaroscuro Group and lists its president as Greg Pfundstein, who also works for the foundation and the institute.

Fieler is a relatively little-known figure who seems to shy away from press and public appearances, but his money is behind a wide array of Religious Right campaigns on issues ranging from anti-choice initiatives to marriage equality opposition to rolling back the rights of transgender students.

Fieler chairs and largely finances the Chiaroscuro Foundation, a large grant-making operation, and the related Chiaroscuro Institute, which runs a handful of anti-choice projects. Fieler’s $3 million in contributions to the Chiaroscuro Foundation in 2012 made up nearly all of the organization’s revenue that year (the foundation also holds shares in gold and silver, the gold standard being one of Fieler’s pet causes). In turn, the Chiaroscuro Foundation gave the Chiaroscuro Institute $76,000 in 2012, or about half its budget.

Through the Chiaroscuro Foundation, Fieler contributes to a wide variety of social conservative causes. In 2012, the foundation granted $125,000 to the Susan B. Anthony List’s education arm; $77,500 to Students for Life; $25,000 to Family in America, the journal run by the Howard Center for Family, Religon & Society, which also runs the World Congress of Families; and $20,000 to the National Organization for Marriage.

Fieler himself has directly donated over $1 million to anti-marriage equality groups, including NOM. He also serves as the chairman of the American Principles Project, the group founded by former NOM chairman Robert P. George that now employs NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher. 

Introducing Fieler at a 2012 APP gala, Bill Kristol called him a “very rare” person who “understands economics and understands issues of principles and values.” In his speech to the audience, which included Rep. Raul Labrador and Rep. Steve King, Fieler articulated APP’s mission of convincing conservatives to run on anti-gay and anti-choice platforms, and accused progressives of appealing to “the baser side of humanity.”

“Our base desires harmonize perfectly with the rhetoric of class warfare and the enthusiastic embrace of sexual impulses pitched just right for a thinned-down notion of choice and authenticity,” he said.

Fieler is also the major funder of the American Principles Fund, a super PAC run by Frank Cannon, a political consultant for right-wing groups including NOM and SBA List, and Mike Huckabee’s daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The American Principles Fund ran ads in the Wyoming Senate race accusing Liz Cheney of being too pro-gay and in New Jersey, calling now-Sen. Corey Booker an “extremist” on abortion rights.

In addition, the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reported last year that Fieler was the “single largest donor” to the effort to put California’s new transgender students’ rights law on the ballot for repeal, contributing $200,000 to the cause.

Fieler made a rare media appearance last year after David Blankenhorn, head of the Institute for American Values, announced that he would stop fighting against marriage equality. It was personal for Fieler, who was the Institute’s largest donor – contributing six figures annually—until he quit the organization’s board, and for Gallagher, who used to work for the group. Fieler responded by telling the New York Times, “The problem with gay marriage and the position David has taken, is it promotes a very harmful myth about the gay lifestyle. It suggests that gay relationships lend themselves to monogamy, stability, health and parenting in the same way heterosexual relationships do. That’s not true.”

Through the Chiaroscuro Institute, the smaller offshoot of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, Fieler funds “academic colloquia on issues pertaining to religious freedom and human life” and the “Women Speak For Themselves” project, run by anti-contraception activist Helen Alvare, which seeks to martial women’s voices against abortion rights and contraception access.

In his introduction of Fieler at the APP event last year, Kristol called the hedge fund manager a “very successful businessman, someone who I will think will play an increasing role in our public life, should play an increasing role in our public life, over the next years and decades.” Quietly, Fieler already is.

Swanson: Disney's 'Frozen' Is A Satanic Push To Turn Kids Gay

Religious Right talk show host Kevin Swanson railed against the Disney film Frozen on Wednesday, accusing Disney of using the movie to turn children gay.

Swanson told cohost Steve Vaughn that Satan is using the movie “to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian.”

Swanson: Man, how many children are taken into these things and how many Christians are taking their kids off to see the movie Frozen, produced by an organization that is probably one of the most pro-homosexual organizations in the country? You wonder sometimes, I’m not a tinfoil hat conspiratorialist, but you wonder sometimes if maybe there’s something very evil happening here. If I was the Devil, what would I do to really foul up an entire social system and do something really, really, really evil to 5- and 6- and 7-year-olds in Christian families around America?

Vaughn: I would make a movie.

Swanson: I would buy Disney. If I was the Devil, I would buy Disney in 1984, that’s what I would have done.

Vaughn: Then you would start making all these nice little movies that throw little things in there that make sin look enticing, in fact some of the worst of sins, make it look enticing or at least to start to indoctrinate slowly, turn the heat up on the frog in the pan.

Swanson: Friends, this is evil, just evil. I wonder if people are thinking: “You know I think this cute little movie is going to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian or treat homosexuality or bestiality in a light sort of way.” I wonder if the average parent going to see Frozen is thinking that way. I wonder if they are just walking in and saying, “Yeah, let’s get my five-year-old and seven-year-old indoctrinated early.” You know they’re not, I think for the most part they’re oblivious. Maybe they do pick up on pieces of it but they just don’t get up and walk out.

Swanson also criticized Disney for its opposition to the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on openly gay troop leaders, saying that parents should know that the company, along with public schools, is aiming to have “their children indoctrinated” into “the lifestyle of sodomy.”

He added that it would be the “worst nightmare” of parents to have their child “turn into a sodomite.”

Swanson: I’m guessing the majority of American parents don’t want their little boys turning into sodomites, at this point. if you were to interview, stick a microphone in front of most parents dropping their kids off at the average K-6 school in Colorado where they’re sporting their GLSEN signs everywhere, but if you just interview them and you ask them: “Is your vision for this little 6-year-old boy, 8-year-old boy, 9-year-old, 10-year-old boy that he turn into a sodomite?” My guess is that 60 to 70 percent of them would say, “that would be my worst nightmare.”

Of course that changes over time and it does change, everything is slipping here. You feel it slipping, can’t you? You feel the whole sexual thing slipping down and it’s affecting boys. I think the position of parents with 18- to 22-year-old boys tends to change, especially as they’re being indoctrinated by Disney and others.

American society I think is going to fracture on this one. The Boy Scouts are the fault line, you got six percent leaving, you got Disney pulling funding. This is fracturing our society and I can see how it might, I can see how some parents might be very strong, they don’t want their children indoctrinated in any way into the lifestyle of sodomy.

Vaughn: And if you fall into that camp, you got to get them out of Sodom, you got to bring them home.

Barber: 'Pretty Soon Christians Are Going To Have To Start Wearing A Yellow Cross'

"Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt recently interviewed Matt Barber during the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, where the two discussed the legal discrimination bill that was vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

As Barber explained, such laws are necessary because gay activists are intent on forcing Christians to participate in sinful activity and adopt a "post-modern, pagan view of human sexuality" or else risk being run out of business or thrown into jail.

"You know, pretty soon," Barber warned, "Christians are going to have to start wearing a yellow cross. Are we in 1939 Germany here"?

Likening modern-day American Christians to Jews under the Nazi regime seems to be Barber's favorite comparison at the moment.

BarbWire: Anti-Gay Business Owners Like Jews In Nazi Germany

BarbWire, the new conservative website run by Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber, today posted a Heritage Foundation article called “Four Businesses Whose Owners Were Penalized for Their Religious Beliefs.”

But Barber added his own editorial flare to the article by adding an image of an anti-Semitic Nazi poster which reads, “He who wears this symbol is an enemy of our people,” to describe the supposed persecution of business owners in the US who discriminate against gay customers.

Milton Wolf Bought Semi-Automatic Rifle So He Could Join 'Big Black Scary Gun Community' Before Senate Run

The Topeka Capital-Journal today provides some interesting backstory to U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf’s boast that his “firearm of choice is the Ruger SR-556,” a semi-automatic rifle.

According to the Capital-Journal, Wolf bought the weapon six months before announcing that he would primary incumbent senator Pat Roberts. After the purchase, he thanked the seller for “helping Karrie and me get into the big black scary gun community.”

At least one prominent Kansas Republican isn’t buying Wolf’s act. Anne Hodgdon, whose husband sold Wolf the rifle, told the newspaper, "It bothers me when people feel they have to own sexy guns to be a Second Amendment patriot. It was part of Milton Wolf creating an image for himself. He's playing a role.”

Wolf, the primary challenger to three-term U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, speaks about buying a lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association, discloses possession of a Kansas concealed-gun permit and reveals his wife, Karrie, to be a more accurate shot than himself.

In the same breath, the Leawood physician identifies his favorite assault weapon and assures voters not everyone in his family thinks like distant cousin Barack Obama.

"My firearm of choice is the Ruger SR-556," he said. "I have hatred towards no man — only towards bad government that destroys our freedom."

At campaign stops, Wolf didn't repeat reasoning he shared with a federal firearms salesman for buying a pair of Ruger carbines six months before entering the race.

"Thanks again for helping Karrie and me get into the big black scary gun community," Wolf said in an email to the seller. "We'd love to give them a test drive with you guys sometime soon."

Anne Hodgdon, a prominent Kansas Republican, said she was uncomfortable with Wolf's repeated campaign references to the SR-556s. Her husband, J.B. Hodgdon, sold the weapons to Wolf. Wolf sent a note confirming the acquisitions in April and his campaign went live in October.

"It bothers me when people feel they have to own sexy guns to be a Second Amendment patriot," Anne Hodgdon said. "It was part of Milton Wolf creating an image for himself. He's playing a role. There are people buying into it."

Wolf, a physician, is still facing a scandal over his posting of x-rays of gunshot victims on his Facebook page.

He frequently uses the issue of gun rights to attack President Obama, who is his second cousin. In September, the Christian Post conveyed this anecdote :

"It's true, Barack Obama and I are cousins. And I would guess because of that you may wonder if I'm the real deal or not. You may have a little concern about me. Let me assure you that I am from a branch of the family that has actually read, understands and believes in the constitution," declared Wolf.

"In fact, I think I'm everything that's wrong with Barack Obama's America. I've got a wife, a job and a gun," he continued, before adding that he has several guns, not just one.

Still More Proof That Religious Right Myths Never Die

As we have noted time and again, once a tale of supposed anti-Christian persecution makes its way into the Religious Right echo chamber, it never, ever dies and simply continues to be repeated as true for years even after it has been debunked.

The most recent example comes courtesy of Janet Porter, who has made the tale of two middle school girls who were allegedly forced to ask one another for a kiss as part of an anti-bullying seminar the focus of her most recent daily commentary:

Middle school girls who were part of a mandatory “anti-bullying” presentation in New York were forced to obey the teacher’s instructions to ask other girls for a lesbian kiss.

This indoctrination session was conducted at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, New York, and the Parents were never informed.

Remember when they yanked the Ten Commandments off the school walls because they might influence children not to steal, lie and kill? Now, the homosexual activists are welcomed in to the schools to push their agenda on unsuspecting children.

If you’re unable to pull your children out of the government schools, you must be more vigilant than ever.

If this tale sounds familiar, that is because it first surfaced nearly a year ago after being promoted by none other than Todd Starnes, only to be quickly debunked by school officials:

[Red Hook Central School District  Superintendent Paul] Finch said the student volunteers worked with the school’s principal, Katie Zahedi, and other guidance counselors about the workshop’s format. Zahedi explained on a Facebook forum, according to the Journal, that the role-playing mentioned by Coon was “not to pretend to be gay” but to practice saying “no.”

“In planning the discussion, we made it clear that absolutely no discussion of any sexual acts is appropriate to middle school, and they used the examples of a kiss,” [school principal Katie] Zahed Zahedi wrote. “It was a separate activity for boys and girls and ultimately about respect and safety.”

Whats more, the Red Hook School District website posted important facts to clarify inaccurate reporting about the workshop:

- Contrary to a few media reports, female students were not forced to engage in any “lesbian kissing”.
- Contrary to a few media reports, male students were not told to carry condoms.
- Contrary to a few media reports, sexual activity among young adolescents was not condoned or promoted in any way.

The school district also posted an email it sent to Fox News regarding its report of the workshop. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

These sessions were designed by the building leadership in an effort to have eighth graders treat each other with respect and to develop in our young adolescents an appreciation for personal dignity. To suggest that we would condone or promote sexual activity among teenagers is absurd. It is equally absurd to suggest that an activity, designed to have young women feel more confident saying no to unwanted advances from boys, is in some way promoting a lesbian lifestyle. It is my understanding that the role playing activity is part of a program supported by conservatives such as Laura Bush.

The definitions given to students, while overly granular in my opinion, were put forth to make sure that students understand that all gender identities and/or sexual orientations are protected in law in New York State as part of an effort to curb harassment, discrimination, and bullying. It is our intent to adjust this document and be less granular in future lessons.

In response to concern about the workshop from parents, the school the following week hosted an open meeting to receive feedback.

“Having attended the parent information session last week, I can speak with absolute certainty that the parents present at the meeting appreciated the District’s intent and left knowing that the middle school principal will adjust for any implementation weaknesses moving into the future,” Finch wrote in his letter to Starnes.

This entire tale was exposed as totally bogus literally almost a year ago but Religious Right activists like Porter will continue to use it as an example of anti-Christian persecution for years to come simply because the truth of such stories is far less relevant to them than is a story's usefulness in promoting their agenda.

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