Right Wing Round-Up - 5/21/14

Right Wing Leftovers - 5/21/14

In Response To Uganda Documentary, IHOP Says It's 'Not Involved' in Politics

“God Loves Uganda,” a documentary about American evangelical involvement in inflaming anti-gay sentiment in that country, made its debut at last year’s Sundance Festival and reached a broader audience through this week’s broadcast on public television. The attention from this week’s broadcast has provoked a response from the International House of Prayer (IHOP).

Filmmaker Ross Williams was given extensive access to IHOP leaders, including evangelist Lou Engle, who believes Uganda has a special prophetic destiny.  The documentary includes footage of Engle at a rally with supporters of the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Act, where he tells the crowd he was “called” to encourage the Ugandan church for standing up for “righteousness” in the face of international pressure to drop the bill.  IHOP now says it has never supported the anti-gay law.

Charisma Magazine’s Jennifer LeClaire writes that IHOP and Lou Engle are being “falsely accused of ‘demonizing’ homosexuals in Uganda.” IHOP’s response says that while it believes all sex outside of the marriage of one man and one woman is sinful, “We honor the dignity and rights of all whose opinion differs from ours” and that IHOP is “open to civil dialogue and mutual respect.” The filmmakers, says IHOP, “pursued a deceptive means to achieve a hateful, polarizing result.”

In fact, Engle is a remarkably polarizing figure who has frequently describes those who disagree with him on abortion and marriage as being in league with Satan in a confrontation between good an evil. “God Loves Uganda” includes footage of Engle’s pro-Prop. 8 rally in California at which he warned that allowing same-sex couples to get married would unleash “sexual insanity” and a spirit “more demonic than Islam.” In 2011, he organized an event in Detroit that was pitched to local pastors as a unity event for people of faith to pray for Detroit’s economy when its actual purpose was to “invade Dearborn” and convert followers of “demonic” Islam to Christianity.

Perhaps the most laughable statement in IHOP’s response is this:

Our primary mandate as an organization is prayer and humanitarian action; it is not political. We are not involved in U.S. politics, let alone politics in another nation.

Not involved in US politics? Where do we begin?

Lou Engle, an IHOP co-founder, is a dominionist who believes the church’s role is to “rule history with God.”

"The church’s vocation is to rule history with God...The same authority that has been given to Christ Jesus for overwhelming conquering and dominion has been given to the saints of the most high....We’re God’s rulers upon the earth...We will govern over kings and judges will have to submit...We’re called to rule! To change history! To be co-regents with God!"

Engle has been intensely involved in US politics, hosting “The Call” prayer rallies in election years to denounce legal abortion and politicians that support it. He worked hard to mobilize support for anti-gay Proposition 8 in California.

In 2008 he passionately opposed the election of Barack Obama and declared that by choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate, McCain had “gone to war for America, for our families, and for our children. And this war, we cannot afford to lose.”

In 2009, Engle introduced Rep. Michele Bachmann and asked her to lead a prayer at an anti-health-care-reform “prayercast” organized by the Family Research Council.

More recently IHOP and its leader Mike Bickel were at the center of organizing dominionist leaders to put on “The Awakening,” a 2011 prayer rally that served as the launch of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential campaign. Bickel served as the event’s MC. The head of IHOP’s Tallahassee branch, Pam Oslen, was on the Perry campaign’s Florida leadership team.

C-FAM Upset State Department Advocated For LGBT Rights On International Day Of Families

Wendy Wright of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) is very upset that the Obama administration chose the UN’s International Day of Families last week to issue a joint statement with Finland on LGBT rights. In the statement, which was issued on May 15 in advance of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the two countries vow to work together to ensure “the ability of LGBT persons to live safely, freely, and without discrimination.”

Wright tells CBN’s David Brody today that the timing of the statement showed that the Obama administration is attacking “the concept of male and female” and “triggering perilous consequences” by such actions as opposing Russia’s ban on gay “propaganda” to children.

The United States chose the International Day of Families to release a statement on “homophobia and transphobia.” The move underscores a priority in the “Obama Doctrine,” the President’s foreign policy that is racking up criticisms worldwide – and triggering perilous consequences.

Christian, Jewish, Muslim, academic and civil society leaders spoke at UN headquarters on Thursday on the virtues of the family for every society. Several attributed male and female distinctions, particularly in parenting, for its success in forming healthy individuals and societies. One warned that, despite agreement that unifies people around the globe, the family and the concept of male and female are “under attack.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. issued a joint statement with Finland vowing to focus on “combating human rights abuses against LGBT persons” and announcing Finland’s contribution of 1 million Euros to Obama’s global equality fund. The fund boosts lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in other countries and treats restrictions on homosexual and transgender activity, such as prohibiting promoting LGBT to children or requiring persons identify their accurate sex on passports, as human rights violations.

Tea Party Nation Is Totally Not Racist, Just Calls Obama 'Banama'

Tea Party Nation president Judson Phillips insists that for his group’s website, “racists [sic] comments is [sic] one of the fastest ways to be banned from the site.”

But he had no problem today sending members a post referring to the president as “Banama,” drawing on the racist comparison of black people to monkeys.

The post is as crazy as one might expected an article entitled ‘Banama’s Next Job’ would be, with author James Brody regretting “white timidity” in fighting Obama.

“Even his race – ‘black’ was and is a deception,” Brody writes. “Odd that he seems to expect a Presidential Library.”

Obama skated into office carrying several last names, glib promises, hidden academic records, conflicting information about his citizenship, limited public service in Chicago, ties to leftist organizations, a ghost-written autobiography, and a religious background of Islam and black nationalism (Cashill, Kurtz). His recent influences included Frank Marshall Davis, Saul Alinsky?; Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Tony Rezko, Jeremiah Wright (a disciple of black liberation theology), Edward Said (author of Orientalism), and the social schemes of Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.

Obama’s socialist attainments depend on white timidity (Steele, 2006) when he issues Executive Orders and arranges deals with vendors for unions, solar panels, windmills, railroads, “green” autos, and finance. An unfortunate outcome: Like Sidney Carton, the American public will do the noble thing and get its own head cut off.

His records from Occidental college, Columbia College; and Harvard; his Columbia thesis; Selective Service registration; medical records; Illinois State Senate schedule and records; Law practice list of clients; Certified copy of original birth certificate; certificate of live birth; and the record of his Baptism. Even his race – “black” was and is a deception. Odd that he seems to expect a Presidential Library . . .



Obama’s value to his next employer – the UN, Bilderberg, or Soros (he looks even now to their interests) –depends first on what he disassembles in the American society and, second, on information that he brings with him. One of his support groups, Organizing for Action, now cuts staff and budgets as his second term enters its second half. However, the most damaging thefts from Americans – after their lessons in helplessness, begging, and idleness - are not of ceramic, crystal, or oak but of information. And given the Bamster’s spotty academic skills, he will depend on files that he copies well in advance of the moving van. Has the lovely Ms. Jarrett removed files for the past six years? Does she do so even now? Valerie knows all and will remind BO of it. She is his Madame Thérèse Defarge not from Paris but Iran by way of Chicago. And a political guillotine, one guided, honed, and fueled by lots of regulations, will feed itself indefinitely on taxpayers . . .

Kevin Swanson Warns 'This Whole Lesbian Whatever' Has Turned People Into 'Feces-Eaters'

On Monday, “Generations Radio” host Kevin Swanson warned that “this whole lesbian whatever, the Neronic agenda” — the term he regularly uses to describe the LGBT rights movement — has helped plunged society into “dysfunctionality” and turned people into “feces eaters.”

“There’s not just divorce: people are eating their own feces, there’s incest everywhere,” Swanson lamented.

He said that only churches like his can draw the feces-eaters back to God: “There’s a contrast between the feces-eaters and the church and I think the feces eaters look at the church and go, ‘Whoa, they don’t eat feces, they’re different, they’re weird.’ Yes they do see the church as weird and our communities will see our churches as weird, but some will say, ‘But they’re doing better than we are.’”

Jacobs: God Is Getting Ready To Expose Corruption In The State Of Maryland

"Respected prophet" Cindy Jacobs preached at Rock City Church in Baltimore over the weekend where God used her to deliver a prophetic message that the state of Maryland has "crossed the line" and so God is now going to expose corruption within the state government.

"And the Lord says I am getting ready to begin to do my own exposé, says God," proclaimed Jacobs. "I'm going to begin to uncover in different layers of the government some money laundering. I'm getting ready to expose corruption. I'm getting ready to do my own exposé."

"And the Lord says," Jacobs continued, "I am coming to put the fear of the Lord into Maryland":

Religious Right Activists Working To Water Down Air Force Rules On Religious Coercion

Fox News pundit Todd Starnes made waves last year when he claimed that the Air Force was preparing to “court martial” Christians as part of an Obama administration “religious cleansing of the military.”

As it turned out, the policy on proselytizing that Starnes cited to make these claims [PDF] was crafted in 2008 – during the Bush administration – and in no way calls for the court martialing of Christians.

The regulations do stress that “leaders at all levels” should “avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion. Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartiality and objectivity. The potential result is a degradation of the unit’s morale, good order, and discipline.”

But the facts didn’t stop Republicans politicians and conservative activists from using the Bush-era policy to attack President Obama and to push for looser restrictions on religious proselytizing in the military.

And now, the Religious Right’s campaign may be succeeding in pressuring the Air Force to water down the 2008 policy. McClatchy reports today that while Air Force officials maintain that the accusations of religious persecution in the military aren’t true, they are considering altering the rules on religious coercion in response to pressure from the Right.

The Air Force reportedly convened a meeting to discuss the policy in March, and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins is claiming that the service plans to “make a policy change shortly.”

In the “religious persecution in the military” meme, the Religious Right has found an issue that it can fundraise off in perpetuity that also works toward two of its main goals: attacking President Obama and undermining laws that promote the separation of church and state.

Don Boyd of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty rightly asks: “If the claims of persecution are ‘not true,’ why change the policy? Americans who want to serve their country without receiving unwanted religious pressure should have some protection.”

McClatchy:

“The single biggest frustration I’ve had in this job is the perception that somehow there is religious persecution inside the United States Air Force,” Gen. Mark Welsh III told a House Armed Services Committee hearing earlier this spring. “It’s not true.” Welsh’s irritation underscored the pressure the Air Force is under from Republicans in Congress, evangelical Christians and conservative advocacy groups to end what they allege is the service’s suppression of religious freedom. Their charge isn’t new, but the target is: a regulation designed to prevent religious bias by barring commanders and other leaders from “the actual or apparent use of their positions to promote their religious convictions to their subordinates.”



“It’s when the commander becomes the preacher that we have a problem,” said a former senior defense official who dealt with the issue but requested anonymity in order to speak freely. “It’s commanders turning to subordinates and saying, ‘Here’s what makes my life worthwhile. It’s going to my church and subscribing to my views.’ ”



The Air Force defends the regulation as a measure that “seems to make good sense.” Yet the pressure — legislation, congressional hearings, meetings, letters, media statements and online appeals — to revise or dump it is having an impact.

Late last month, James and Welsh convened a “Religious Freedom Focus Day” conference of senior chaplains and legal and manpower officials to discuss the policy. An Air Force spokeswoman, Rose Richeson, declined to make the results of the April 28 meeting public, saying it would be “too premature to provide an interview.”

But Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, a Christian conservative policy institute that leads a coalition of organizations that are fighting the regulation, said that based on what he’d heard from people at the meeting he expected the Air Force to “make a policy change shortly.”

The prospect alarms supporters of the policy, who say a pro-Christian bias in the Air Force remains overwhelming and that the regulation provides an avenue of relief to service members who object to being regaled with their superiors’ religious views or who worry that declining invitations to “voluntary” Bible classes might jeopardize their fitness reports and chances of promotion.

The regulation has been “an umbrella in a tsunami of Christian fundamentalist extremism,” asserted Mikey Weinstein, the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and a former Air Force officer whose outspokenness has won him scorn and death threats.

Since the regulation went into effect, 4,121 Air Force personnel have sought the organization’s help in fending off proselytizing by superiors, Weinstein said. The organization has a 95 percent “success rate” in ending “the offending behavior,” he said. Evangelical Christians draw the largest number of complaints — ironically enough, from fellow Christians, he said.



“We don’t advocate that someone in a position of authority use that authority to somehow force someone to participate in a religious activity,” Perkins said. “On the flip side of that is just because someone in a command position (has) a devotional or weekly Bible study and you invite your colleagues, there is nothing wrong with that as long as you are not requiring (attendance). It’s like asking someone to come play dominoes.”

Military culture, however, is very different from the civilian world, the regulation’s defenders responded. The services are closed, clannish and hierarchical, and in such an atmosphere a commander’s exhortation to follow his or her beliefs or an invitation to a voluntary prayer circle can be perceived as tantamount to an order.

To illustrate the point, Weinstein said his organization had received 17 complaints _ all from Protestants _ in early May after a commander at an Air Force base left invitations to a “Purity Ball” _ a religious, high school prom-like event attended by fathers and daughters _ on the chairs of three senior subordinates. The girls take vows to refrain from premarital sex.

The subordinates “understood that they had to distribute the invitations. They distributed them to 212 people,” said Weinstein, who declined to identify the base, the commander or the complainants because of confidentiality considerations.

Rick Wiles Suggests Deporting Undocumented Immigrants By Pushing Them Out Of Cargo Planes With Parachutes

As Fox News commentator Todd Starnes learned back in March, appearing on the radio show of End Times pastor Rick Wiles can involve sitting through rants about how the Sandy Hook and Columbine shootings were carried out by CIA mind-control assassins,” Miley Cyrus sold her soul to Satan and had sex with a demon, President Obama is a Jim-Jones-likeNazi antichrist working to bring about a civil war, and Adolf Hitler’s “race of super gay male soldiers” is currently taking over America.

Center for Immigration Studies policy director Jessica Vaughan learned a similar lesson when she appeared on Wiles’ show yesterday to promote her group’s flawed new report on the release of undocumented immigrants from detention. As Vaughan walked through various reasons why it can be difficult to deport some undocumented immigrants, Wiles cut in with his own suggestion:

“Hey, you put ‘em on a C-130 cargo plane and strap a parachute to ‘em and you push ‘em out the door. It’s solved.”

Vaughan laughed: “Well, people have suggested that.”

Vaughan might have gotten some idea of the kind of interview she was in for if she had listened to the beginning of the program, which Wiles devoted to repeating his claim that Obama’s reelection amounted to the “communist takeover of the United States of America.”

He warned that Obama and his “internal revolutionary party of communists” will “eradicate Christianity,” outlaw its practice and eventually “bulldoze Christian churches in Dallas, Texas.”

The communists want to eradicate all recognition of Christianity. That’s what’s happening right now in the United States of America under this communist Barack Obama. And I have been saying since 2007, when this man first started running for president, that he is a communist.

And it is clearly obvious now that this United States of America has been overthrown by an internal regime, an internal revolutionary party of communists. That is what’s happening in this country. And if they are not stopped, they will eradicate Christianity and there will come a day in America when the federal government will bulldoze Christian churches Dallas, Texas. I promise you this is where it’s going. This is an all-out communist takeover of the United States of America.

And most of the American people are sitting there like bumps on a log and they can’t comprehend what’s taking place. Obama is getting away with this communist takeover. And Christianity is being outlawed in this country just like they’re doing it in China.

Another Poll That Should Terrify Anti-Gay Activists

Recently, gay rights opponents have touted two polls which they claim prove that Americans are turning against marriage equality: one of the polls only surveyed districts with competitive elections, the other polled Republicans and Republican-leaning independents .

But a new actually representative Gallup poll today confirms what several other recent national polls have shown: support for marriage equality is moving past the 50 percent mark and is especially high among young voters.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they supported legalizing same-sex marriage, including 78 percent of people ages 18 to 29 years old.

Marriage equality also has majority support in each region of the country except for the South, where support stands at 48 percent.

But don’t worry, today’s Gallup survey will most likely be promptly dismissed by Religious Right leaders as another “cooked” poll that misrepresents the view of the real majority of Americans who are being “bullied” by a small clique of gay rights advocates and “activist judges.”

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