On "The 700 Club" today, Pat Robertson fielded a logical question from a viewer who wanted to know why Robertson has had to undergovarioussurgeries if faith is all that it takes to heal any medical condition.
"Why have you undergone surgeries if your faith would be enough?" asked the viewer, prompting Robertson to struggle to provide a coherent answer.
"I don't think that religion, faith and medicine are necessarily enemies," he said, arguing that sometimes the answer to prayer is found in a doctor's office.
"I don't know what else to say," Robertson finally admitted. "If you have enough faith ... maybe I don't have enough, but I have enough for other people."
During today's broadcast, "The 700 Club" featured a story about the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran after he was fired for having distributed an anti-gay book he had written to several coworkers.
Pat Robertson, of course, was outraged by the story and demanded to know why Black Lives Matter activists were not rallying to Cochran's defense.
"This is a shocking thing," Robertson said. "He is a black man. Where are the black people? Black Lives Matter, why don't they stand up and talk about Chief Cochran? It's time that they stand for one of their own."
Robertson went on to fume that "surveys show one percent of the American people are lesbian and perhaps four percent, maybe five percent, are homosexual. That's it! Are we going to allow this tiny minority to take away the jobs of people who believe contrary to their beliefs? What kind of a nation do we have?"
"Don't let this country turn into Russia," he warned.
In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee falsely suggested that the U.S. is not thoroughly vetting the Syrian refugees it is accepting, saying that unlike Vietnamese refugees who were resettled in the U.S. after the Vietnam War, Syrians are merely seeking U.S. benefits because they are “not living a very fancy life.”
The U.S. should not let Syrian refugees “get on a plane and send them to the United States and be in a culture that they’re totally unprepared for, and perhaps we’re unprepared for why they’re coming,” Huckabee said.
“This country is willing to take in people who are desperate,” he said. “I remember after the Vietnam War, Arkansas took in an enormous number of Vietnamese refugees. And guess what? Those folks worked their tails off, they learned English, their kids ended up becoming the valedictorians half the time. But that was because they wanted to come to America, they wanted freedom, and they decided that they wanted to be part of this great country. And they have certainly succeeded at that, owning businesses and prospering. But just to say that if somebody is not living a very fancy life and they’d like to come here because we’ve given them free benefits, no, we can’t do that.”
"Gordon is paranoid and delusional": Gordon Klingenschmitt's campaign for a seat in Colorado's state Senate seems to be getting off to a great start.
Obviously, it is not guns that are to blame for this nation's string of mass shootings but rather the "sex and violence [that] is tied to zombies, witches, vampires, and horror movies."
David Barton and George Barna will be leading another American Pastors Network conference in December aimed at getting Christians to vote in order to "raise an individual in the White House to lead this nation from a purely biblical perspective."
Jennifer LeClaire laments that the Dutch Reformed Church has voted to recognize gay marriage: "I expect more denominations to fall by the wayside, or break off from their mainline denominations as they embrace doctrines of demons that encourage them to start their own sects of postmodern Christianity that is really not Christianity at all."
Finally, Glenn Beck has Bernie Sanders all figured it. It is about morality ... or something. We have no idea what he was talking about.
American Family Radio, the radio network operated by the American Family Association, held a fundraising drive today during which AFA President Tim Wildmon called up Mike Huckabee to ask for his words of support.
The GOP presidential candidate hailed Wildmon’s media outlet for promoting the “voice of Christian America,” gushing that the network offers information that people “are not going to get on NPR.”
Of course, American Family Radio is the home of some of the most virulent radio commentators out there, including Bryan Fischer, who was so extreme and bigoted that he was denounced by the GOP’s last presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, for his “poisonous language.”
In the past, Huckabee has been a guest on Fischer’s show, “Focal Point,” where he suggested that President Obama’s youth was infused with anti-American and Islamic teachings. In a previous appearance on Wildmon’s program, the former Arkansas governor threatened to quit the Republican Party if it didn’t condemn gay marriage more passionately.
It would be odd if Huckabee wasn’t aware of all of the insane conspiracy theories and bigoted statements made by hosts such as Fischer, Wildmon and Sandy Rios, who anchors the network’s morning program.
One thing that you can count on when it comes to David Barton is that once he has adopted a talking point, he is going to continue to endlessly repeat it regardless of how false or misleading it may be.
Last month, Barton and Glenn Beck unveiled the results of a survey that they had commissioned Christian pollster George Barna to conduct for the purpose of finding out what sorts of issues average churchgoing Christians wanted to hear their pastors preach about from the pulpits.
Or at least, that is how Barton has been presenting it.
In reality, Barna's survey was heavily biased since a whopping 92 percent of those surveyed were "spiritually active Christians who hold politically conservative views." In other words, Barna's survey represents only the views of Religious Right and conservative Christian activists, but Barton has misleadingly presented it time and again as representing the views of all Christians.
"Christians, in particular, are saying , 'We need some clarity for ourselves and for our kids, we need to know what the Bible says on certain issues,'" Barton stated. "Well, what issues do Christians want to know about? And so we commissioned a poll, George Barna, national pollster, went to the field and asked Christians, 'What is it you want clear guidance on from the Bible? What do you want to hear from your religious leaders?'"
"It came back," he continued, "that of those who said it is critically important or very important for me and my family to hear a biblical perspective ... The number one issue is abortion. Ninety-one percent of Christians said, 'I need to hear about abortion from church leaders.'"
Wiles declared that America is on the brink of destruction because its policymakers have embraced sin and persecuted people like Kim Davis. In retaliation, he said, God will send an "invading army" — possibly the "millions of Muslims" that President Obama "wants to bring into this country" — to conquer the U.S.
"We have institutionalized America's rebellion against God, it's now the law of the land and if you oppose it you are the criminal in this new paradigm," he said. "Now God's people are going to be punished for obeying God, as we saw with Kim Davis and we're going to see with a lot of people who are going to stand up and say, 'I will not disobey God,' and then they're going to say, 'Then you're going to go to prison, you're going to lose your job, you're going to lose your business.'"
Wiles added that eventually "there will be an invading army that will spew these people out of this land, this country will cease to exist as it has been for 300 years, there will be another race of people here, living in our houses, using our resources, dwelling in our cities, there will be another race of people here."
Yesterday, Planned Parenthood released a statement saying that of its three clinics that currently participate in fetal tissue research programs, the two clinics that accept reimbursements for expenses related to the donation of such tissue will cover their own costs from now on. Federal law already permits reimbursements to cover donation expenses and no investigation has ever found Planned Parenthood to be in violation of that law.
However, Sen. Ted Cruz has taken Planned Parenthood's statement as an admission of guilt that it was breaking the law, which shows that he either doesn't know the law or is willfully misrepresenting it to voters.
The Texas Republican told Newsmax host Ed Berliner yesterday that he is "glad that they've announced to stop committing federal felonies," insisting that Planned Parenthood was "caught on film repeatedly violating federal law, essentially admitting to a pattern of felonies." He then repeated his pledge to immediately launch a Justice Department investigation into the organization once elected president.
David Gibson at the Religion News Service reports on a new directive from Newark Archbishop John Myers, who “has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who, for example, support gay marriage or whose own marriage is not valid in the eyes of the church.” The guideline was distributed as the Catholic Church's Synod on the Family is under way in Rome.
Gibson notes that Myers orders parishes and Catholic organizations not to host people or groups that disagree with church teachings. And the language of Myers’ memo actually goes even further:
Non-Catholics and any Catholic who publically rejects Church teaching or discipline, either by public statement or by joining or supporting organizations which do so, are not to receive the Sacraments.
By that definition, could any member of the Democratic Party receive communion in the Archdiocese of Newark?
A spokesman for Myers confirmed to Gibson that same-sex unions were part of the consideration in writing the memo to ensure that “Catholic teaching is adhered to in all situations.”