Right Wing Leftovers - 11/7/13

  • Rand Paul lost his column at the Washington Times over plagiarism charges so , of course, he's been picked up by Breitbart.
  • The Religious Right is flummoxed as to why Republicans in the Senate are not standing up to try and stop ENDA.
  • FRC prays "may Gods people exercise their rights as Citizens to turn the tide in the military. May God send another Great Awakening that transforms our military troops and those in all the cultural spheres that shape our nation!"
  • Speaking of FRC, the organization blasts the GOP for insufficiently supporting Ken Cuccinelli, saying that "if the GOP would rather concede races to corrupt liberals than go to the mat on values that a majority of Virginians support, then it's clear who the real extremists are."
  • Finally, apparently "a child's tumultuous relationship with their father is the determining factor in the widespread rise of atheism."

Illinois Marriage Opponent Will Not Go Down Without A Nonsensical Rant

On Tuesday, the Illinois legislature voted to make their state the 15th to allow marriage equality.
The marriage law’s primary opponent, the Illinois Family Institute, did not take it well.

In a blog post emailed to the group’s supporters last night, IFI “cultural analyst” Laurie Higgins offers her “random thoughts” on the “tragic marriage vote,” which range from warning that “public schools will teach about sexual perversion in positive ways” to declaring that “plural unions” are now “inevitable” to lashing out at pro-equality Christians to comparing marriage equality to slavery, segregation, and “Hitler’s reign of terror.” 

We can only hope that Illinois will escape the fate of Maine, which IFI told us invoked the wrath of God when it legalized marriage equality.


Random Thoughts on Tragic Marriage Vote
Written By Laurie Higgins   |   11.06.13

My random thoughts following the vote on marriage:

1.)  Tuesday, cowardly and/or ignorant Illinois lawmakers in defiance of truth, history, logic, compassion, and in some cases, their own religious traditions voted to legally recognize non-marital unions as marriages. In so doing, they have expanded the role of government in the lives of Americans, diminished religious liberty, rendered inevitable the legalization of plural unions, and harmed children in incalculable ways. They have given their stamp of approval on the practice of denying children’s inherent right to have both a mother and father. And they have assured that public schools will teach about sexual perversion in positive ways to children from kindergarten on up.

4.) The Left makes the non-sequitur claim that because heterosexual marriages are failing, homosexual unions should be recognized as marriages. By that “logic,” one could argue that because marriages composed of two people are failing, we should legally recognize plural unions as marriages. Or because marriages composed of biologically unrelated people are failing, we should legalize incestuous marriages. Or because marriages between people of major age are failing, we should legalize marriage between adults and children.

5.) Far too many Christians and their religious leaders were missing in action on this battle and have been for a very, very long time. Churches are not educating either their adult members or their youth on the issue of homosexuality in general and marriage in particular, and this dereliction of duty leaves Christians either confused or, worse, persuaded by the lies of the world.

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6.)  Far too many religious leaders claim the church should not be involved in “political issues.” But what if political issues are first biblical issues? During the slave era, should churches have remained silent as Scripture was twisted to justify slave-holding (just as it is twisted today to justify same-sex pseudo-marriage)? Was it right that so many Christians refused to stand for truth during Hitler’s reign of terror? Should Christians have refrained from participating in the Civil Rights marches in the 1960’s?
 

Fischer: Ban Homosexuality As 'A Hazard To Human Health'

Today, the FDA announced that it was taking steps toward eventually eliminating the use of trans fats in the United States, saying their use "remains a significant public health concern."

So, of course, Bryan Fischer seized on this announcement to declare that, if they were being consistent, the government would "ban homosexuality [because] it is a hazard to human health":

Harvey: 'Trashy' Gay-Straight Alliances Promote 'Disease'

Ohio-based Religious Right activist Linda Harvey is upset that the Ohio Education Association is helping Gay-Straight Alliance clubs get off the ground, which she warns will lead more students into “sinful deviant behaviors that put young people at great risk of disease and other poor outcomes.”

“They deceive younger students who may be drawn to this behavior,” Harvey claims. “Kids are given misinformation that change is never possible and biblically faithful Christians are their enemies.”

The Mission America president says that thanks to GSA clubs’ “trashy, child endangering values,” kids will grow up into “diseased and despondent” adults:

This is terribly harmful to these children and terribly divisive in the school atmosphere. Where is the OEA going to be ten years down the road when some of these kids are diseased and despondent, having gone down this road with multiple broken relationships and needless heartbreak. We taxpayers are indirectly paying for such trashy, child-endangering values.

Glenn Beck Is 'The Only Guy That Gets It'

One thing you learn from watching Glenn Beck on a regular basis is that when he starts promoting some new person or organization as people who "really understand what is going on," you can rest assured that those people are producing content that reinforces Beck's myopic worldview.

He does it when he brings on people like David Barton or Frank Gaffney or Jerry Boykin whenever he needs to point to "experts" who just so happen to specialize in producing the sort of biased content that he needs to support his political/social agenda.

On his television program last night, Beck interviewed a man named John Cardillo who runs an organization called PsyID, which specializes in "actionable social media intelligence and analytics." What does that mean? Well, as Beck explained it, PsyID basically runs searches on social media outlets on places like Twitter and Facebook to determine where America "really" stands on contemporary political and social issues. 

The fact that Beck had Cardillo on his program last night pretty much tells you all you need to know about his findings; namely, that most of America agrees with Glenn Beck on the issues! 

In fact, as Beck revealed today on his radio program, Cardillo's findings show demonstrably that Beck's Tea Party audience is "big time winning" and, wouldn't you know it, when it comes to "reading the psyche of the American people," Beck is "the only guy that gets it":

Christian Post Columnist: God Is Punishing America Through The Obama Presidency

Writing today in the Christian Post’s “Prophecy and the News” blog, Michael Bresciani warns that America will soon face divine punishment for abortion rights, homosexuality, pornography and “Godless education.”

In fact, according to Bresciani, we are already reaping God’s judgment through the “amateurish and irresponsible handling of America’s economy by Barack Obama.”

What we know is that America has not been listening to the messages of warnings from her best voices. What we should know is that God is not so hard of hearing.

God hears the cries of the nearly sixty million slaughtered unborn human beings who were discarded like so much useless refuse. He hears the cries of those distraught with the breaking down of foundational principles like marriage between one man and one woman. He hears the outcry against the full acceptance and coddling of perversions and porn.

He has done today, what he did in the ancient times, he has measured out a three pronged appeal over a sufficient amount of time (a generation) and he is now entering into stage three. When the three appeals are finished, all that is left is judgment or a chance for us to repent and set the record straight once again. It is the last gas on this road before our little journey comes to an inglorious ending.



Have we used our heads in promoting homosexuality as normal and same sex marriage as good for the nation? Is teaching our children that everything came from nothing using our heads? Is pushing every mention of God out of our schools, homes, public places and our conscience a reasonable thing?



The biblical pattern of Israel and many of the surrounding nations is that after being warned by prophets and faithful voices that appeal to the head and heart; the situation around them will begin changing. The bible says God will use everything we trust, besides him, to draw our attention.

Child bearing, the nuisance of calamities and natural disasters, the interventions and intrusions of an enemy, warfare, disease and pestilence, and finally it comes down to the very everyday necessities of life, or as the bible says – the ‘staff of bread.’

The amateurish and irresponsible handling of America’s economy by Barack Obama is the entrance of Gods [sic] answer to what we have already collectively allowed to enter our hearts and minds.

If we make a prey of our childrens [sic] lives with the slaughter of sixty million un-born little ones - is there no price to pay?

If we make prey of our childrens [sic] minds, with gross Godless education, if we subject them to porn, prurience and perversion, God will ask us to pick up the tab. We will not escape like a band of mischievous kids pulling a trick on Halloween night and running away.

Steve King: Liberals 'Don't Love This Country' Because 'They Don't Think Of This Country The Way I Do'

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told the gathering of young conservatives this summer that liberals “don’t love this country” and will use “keyboard jackhammers” to destroy it.

In an address to the Eagle Forum Collegians, King described how he once took a naturalization test to make sure he could pass it, noting that “Barack Obama would fail [the] question” about the economic system of the US. He added:

Forty-seven percent of the students in college don’t believe in capitalism? What is happening America? That’s because the leftists have done this thing: they have verbal jackhammers, they have keyboard jackhammers and they are chiseling away as if they had a jackhammer at the beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism. They don’t like the constitution, they don’t love this country, they don’t appreciate the greatness of America, they don’t think of this country the way I do.



Refurbish those beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism. If we all do that, then this country can become something even more than the shining city on the hill. If we fail to do that, the left will take over and we’ll descend down into a place that I don’t think you have imagined yet and if I started to describe it I’d leave you on a down note instead of an up note.

Iowa Group Threatens Recall Campaign Against Judge In Abortion Rights Case

The Iowa Religious Right group that successfully campaigned to unseat three state supreme court justices who ruled in favor of marriage equality has set its sights on a new target: a judge who granted a stay in an influential abortion rights case.

The Family Leader, run by prominent conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, gained national attention in 2010 when it ran a successful campaign, with plenty of funding from national Religious Right groups, to oust three state supreme court justices in retention elections after the court ruled unanimously to legalize marriage equality in the state. The group tried its luck against another justice last year, but the tide had turned enough that the judge held on to his seat.

Now, the group is taking aim at a District Judge Karen Romano, who ruled this week that Planned Parenthood could continue to use video conferencing to guide women through early-term abortions using abortion-inducing drugs – drugs that are widely considered safe to take at home during the early weeks of a pregnancy – while a ban on the practice is appealed. Planned Parenthood had challenged a ruling by the Iowa Board of Medicine banning telemedicine for chemical abortion,  but for no other medical practice. Judge Romano did not rule on the merits of the case.

Vander Plaats’ group issued a statement yesterday claiming that Judge Romano had “not learned a lesson” from the 2010 election and urged voters to remember the judge’s “activism” in her 2016 retention election.

The Family Leader’s Chuck Hurley told the Des Moines Register that his group is “open” to a recall campaign against Romano but hasn’t decided yet whether to go beyond the barely-veiled threats in its press release. Hurley did take the opportunity, however, to allege that Romano was biased because she was appointed by former Gov. Tom Vilsack who “notoriously and admittedly an activist who selects judges who support his liberal viewpoints.”

Romano said Wednesday afternoon that she was not shocked by the Family Leader’s statement.

“I think in the current climate, it doesn’t really surprise me,” she said in a brief interview.

She added, “I understand that the issue the case deals with is a volatile issue.” She said she couldn’t comment any further.

Chuck Hurley, the Family Leader’s vice president, said Wednesday that the group hasn’t decided whether to mount a recall campaign against Romano. “We are definitely discussing it and are open to it,” he said.

He added that he didn’t know much about Romano’s personal views, but he knows she was appointed in 2001 by former Gov. Tom Vilsack. Hurley said Vilsack, a Democrat, was “notoriously and admittedly an activist who selects judges who support his liberal viewpoints.”

UPDATE: The president of the Iowa State Bar Association has denounced Vander Plaats' move, calling it "political bullying," and the Des Moines Register spoke out against his "not-so-subtle" threat to Romano in an editorial

UPDATE 2: After telling the Register that his group would be "open" to launching a recall campaing against Romano, Hurley followed up with the paper and "clarified" that he in fact meant "we are not launching a campaign against Judge Romano nor do we have any plans to do so at this time. We were simply pointing out that it was this kind of judicial activism by Iowa judges that led to Iowans voting out three Iowa Supreme Court judges in 2010.” 

Bogus Copyright Claims From Gordon Klingenschmitt Take Down Right Wing Watch YouTube Account

Former chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, who calls himself “Dr. Chaps,” got our YouTube account terminated today by filing copyright complaints against a handful of our videos, resulting in several thousand of our videos being taken down.

We have filed an appeal to YouTube and hope to get our channel restored shortly. If you would like to help, you can tweet @YouTube and urge them to expedite the review process.

Klingenschmitt has been filing complaints about our YouTube videos since he announced his bid for the Colorado legislature.

We are confident that our videos are protected under Fair Use, as has always been the case in our previous experience with these sorts of copyright complaints. But this just goes to show the lengths that right-wing activists will go to in an effort to conceal their extremist rhetoric.

UPDATE: Klingenschmitt has now even issued a press release declaring victory over us:

David Takes Down Goliath -- Anti-Jesus Group Right Wing Watch Terminated by YouTube After Chaplain Files Copyright Infringement Claims

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- The anti-Christian group Right Wing Watch (RWW) had their YouTube account terminated today after repeated violations of copyright infringement, theft, and allowing followers to issue death threats against a Christian chaplain.

Former Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, who is now a candidate for state representative in Colorado successfully persuaded YouTube to terminate the anti-Christian group's account, after RWW repeatedly stole, copied, and re-published without permission as many as 90 videos created and copyrighted by Chaplain's corporation, The Pray In Jesus Name Project.

RWW has been a thorn in the side of countless Christian ministries for years, quoting out of context ministers like James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and political leaders like Michelle Bachmann and Alan Keyes. Unless YouTube restores their account, years of defamatory RWW video archives against countless Christians have now been deleted, effectively silencing their hate-speech campaign.

"I reached out in good faith to RWW's leadership at People for the American Way, but instead they published death threats against me," said the Chaplain. "I asked them to stop their theft and piracy of my original content, but instead they blogged against me boasting they could steal without consequences."

RWW even mocked the Chaplain here, claiming he didn't know how the internet works, and daring him to file suit.

Instead, the chaplain politely notified YouTube about 6 of the 90 copyright infringement claims, which crossed their limit of 3 claims.

YouTube properly responded by terminating the RWW account and deleting all their videos, causing panic at RWW headquarters, who blamed others for their own arrogance and theft.

The Bible says pride comes before destruction. That's a lesson for them, in how the internet works.

Kevin Swanson 'Goes To Jail' But Will Never Stop Exposing Shakespeare For Ruining America With His Homosexuality

In a video advertisement for his new book, “Apostate,” Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson dresses up as a prisoner who former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has put in jail for quoting Leviticus 20:13.

Such ploys are nothing new: Religious Right activists have consistently warned that they will be imminently jailed for their beliefs.

The Colorado-based pastor and radio host already warned us that “demon-possessed” Mark Twain helped destroy America by writing books mocking Christian hypocrisy on the issue of slavery, and a laudatory WorldNetDaily review of his book informs us that William Shakespeare and Nathaniel Hawthorne are also to blame for the country’s looming collapse.

Swanson writes in “Apostate” that Shakespeare planted the “seedbeds for homosexual themes and homosexual behavior,” and takes issue with Hawthorne’s “psychotic” criticism of the Puritans.

Swanson’s analysis of the roles played by men like Charles Darwin (obvious), John Locke, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Dewey, and Nathaniel Hawthorne – among others – is so compelling, “Apostate” should be a Bible study in churches across the land.

In a supremely clever and eye-opening bit of writing, Swanson refers to these men as the “Nephilim,” which of course find their fame in the book of Genesis – the mysterious beings who sought to corrupt mankind. It is a precise and descriptive word to explain the dark agendas that unfold in this book.

Let’s take Hawthorne for example. As Swanson writes: “Nathaniel Hawthorne was the 19th century American literary giant who did more to shift the American culture away from its national Christian heritage than anyone else. His hatred of the Puritans was deeply personal, relentlessly bitter and marginally psychotic.”

And I just thought Hawthorne was stone-cold boring.



A lesser-known toxic presence – in the context of “Apostate” – was William Shakespeare.

Swanson has done his research, and shows that the Bard was a somewhat shadowy figure: “Mystery surrounds his education, religious background and his induction into the theater scene in London.”

Swanson also pulls back the curtain on a key plot point with regard to Shakespeare and the influence of theater (which of course has evolved in our day to film): “Since Shakespeare’s day, the theater and the fine arts have become seedbeds for homosexual themes and homosexual behavior.”

Swanson explores the relationship between Shakespeare and fellow playwright Christopher Marlowe, and notes that Shakespeare left his wife, Anne Hathaway.

These are among the amazing profiles Swanson addresses as he shines an important light on the roots of anti-Christian thought in Europe and even America. It’s a critical contribution to the literature and should be studied by anyone interested in the rise and fall of civilizations.
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