Right Wing Round-Up - 9/18/15

  • Judd Legum @ Think Progress: Man Asks Trump: ‘When Can We Get Rid’ Of All The Muslims In America? His Answer Was Horrifying.
  • Andy Towle @ Towleroad: Alabama Judge Follows Kim Davis’ Lead, Won’t Issue ‘License to Engage in Sodomy’.
  • Lee Fang @ The Intercept: Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock Was “Half a Bomb,” Says Anti-Muslim Group With Ties to Trump, Cruz.
  • Caitlin MacNeal @ TPM: Tea Partiers Ousted For Covering Up Affair To Run For Office Again.
  • Sarah Kliff @ Vox: I asked Fiorina's campaign for video to back her Planned Parenthood claim. Here’s what they sent.
  • Travis Gettys @ Raw Story: Conservatives warn Ahmed Mohamed’s arrest was terrorist ‘setup’ to make Islamophobia seem racist.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/18/15

  • Anti-gay activists are waging a "superhuman effort" to defeat Houston's anti-discrimination ordinance because "part of the homosexual agenda is to destroy religious freedom."
  • Don't you just hate it "when apostles and prophets use prophetic witchcraft against you"?
  • An excellent point from Paul Hair: "Liberty University invited Bernie Sanders to speak to its students and promote his Marxist ideology, and if it is open to hosting this politically correct evil advocate, Liberty should be open to hosting a politically incorrect evil advocate next."
  • Todd Starnes is very angry with the Muppets.
  • Finally, rest assured that Glenn Beck is only working on "saving the right people" with his $10 million Nazarene Fund ... by which he means "Christians."

Bryan Fischer: US Army Now 'The Army Of Sodom And Gomorrah. May God Help Us.'

American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer isn’t taking the news well that President Obama will nominate an openly gay man to serve as Secretary of the Army:

Of course, it was only a few months ago, in the aftermath of the Obergefell decision, that Fischer declared that, “June, 26, 2015, is a date which will live in infamy” because “on this day, the United States become Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Fischer: Ahmed Mohamed's Clock 'Looks Like A Bomb'

It came as absolutely no surprise that anti-Islam radio show host Bryan Fischer defended the arrest of 14 year-old  Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school, asserting on his program today that it was entirely reasonable for school officials to be suspicious because Mohamed's father was a devout Muslim.

Citing reports that Mohamed ElHassan Mohamed had run for the presidency in his native Sudan and had also defended the Quran against radical anti-Muslim zealot Terry Jones, Fischer was incredulous that anyone would fault the school for being on alert when Ahmed "shows up as school with something that looks like a bomb."

"His father," Fischer declared, "twice ran for the presidency of Sudan, which is a stridently, vigorously Muslim country. It's one of the state sponsors of terrorism around the world and Ahmed Mohamed, his father wanted to be the president of Sudan! Twice!"

Fischer also noted that the elder Mohamed dared to "show up to defend the Quran" against Terry Jones, saying that "if you know that about this family, then there's reasons certainly to be cautious if the son shows up in school with something that looks like a bomb."

Santorum: Gay Marriage Still Illegal Because It's 'Not The Way Nature Functions'

At this week’s GOP presidential debate on CNN, Rick Santorum hailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for defying the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, likening her to a girl who he said was killed for believing in God during the Columbine massacre. (This claim, as it turns out, is not true and the story of the girl’s death has been badly misreported.)

In an interview with Florida conservative radio host Joyce Kaufman yesterday, Santorum discussed his exchange on the topic with George Pataki and likened Kim Davis to slavery abolitionists and Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I don’t think there is any question that the Supreme Court’s decision goes against the natural law,” Santorum said. “That’s not the way nature functions. So as a result of that, I think Kim Davis and everybody else has the obligation to oppose it. Now that doesn’t mean, like Martin Luther King, you aren’t going to suffer consequences to a society who has gotten it wrong. But the only way you are going to say things is for people to start saying: ‘We are not going to comply with unjust laws.’”

Glenn Beck's Newest Conspiracy Theory: Donald Trump's Campaign Is A Plot By Big Business To Discredit The Tea Party

Glenn Beck has made no secret of the fact that he is not a fan of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, nor has he hidden his confusion about how anyone who considers themselves to be a member of the Tea Party could ever support Trump's effort.

On his radio program today, Beck began to flesh out a theory that he thinks can explain what is really going on with Trump's campaign, promising that once he can prove it, he will lay it all out on his chalkboard. As it stands now, Beck's theory is that Trump's campaign is really an effort by "big business" to discredit and destroy the Tea Party once and for all.

As Beck sees it, his listening audience contains more Tea Party members than that of any other right-wing radio host and yet Trump consistently fares poorly when Beck's network takes its monthly presidential poll. If his audience doesn't support Trump and his audience contains lots of Tea Party members, then Trump's support cannot be coming from the Tea Party, Beck reasons. Of course, actual scientific polls show Trump leading among Tea Party supporters.

"The Tea Party is eating its own," Beck said. "If I'm a guy who is a Republican establishment guy or I'm a liberal, I want to destroy the Tea Party. But if I'm a businessman, I want to destroy it as well.  The reason why the GOP isn't suffering with their goals on campaign funds is because big business just wants business to go on. They know how to play the game. Look, Donald Trump as said, 'I give to everybody." He knows how to play the game. He doesn't know how to play the game with a libertarian, small government guy who says, 'There's no game for you to play here, Donald, and we stand by the Constitution.' So you can't buy that person or bully that person out of their house any more."

"It makes sense that he doesn't want the Tea Party," Beck continued. "So what's as good as getting the presidency of the United States? Discrediting and destroying a movement that stands for true principles. Small government and maximum freedom, stand for those who want to disrupt the system that makes everybody rich."

"I think is is really important that you stand up," he warned, "and you separate yourself as a tea partier and say, 'That is not us, that is not us.'"

Planned Parenthood Vote Shows The GOP Can't Sidestep It's 'Definitional Problem With Rape'

The House today approved a bill that would block federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood for one year, unless the organization certifies that it will no longer perform abortions, something that it does not currently use federal funds for.

The vote, driven by a smear campaign from anti-choice extremists, was divided mostly along party lines, with the notable exception of Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who voted “present.” In a video statement, King explained that he didn’t think the House bill went far enough in attacking the “diabolical” Planned Parenthood, taking particular issue with the fact that the bill would allow Planned Parenthood to continue offering abortions for women who have survived rape or incest:

Leading anti-choice groups have been trying desperately to stop anti-abortion lawmakers from talking about abortion rights for rape survivors after disastrous comments by Missouri’s Todd Akin and Indiana’s Richard Mourdock helped to sink their respective 2012 Senate bids.

The Susan B. Anthony List’s Marjorie Dannenfelser, one of the most influential leaders in the anti-choice movement, held trainings to teach Republican politicians how to change the subject when rape comes up. Dannenfelser has been very clear that she opposes rape exceptions in abortion bans, which she has called “abominable,” “regrettable” and “ intellectually dishonest,” but will urge lawmakers to support a bill that has to contain such exceptions for political reasons.

But hard as Dannenfelser and her allies might try to get anti-choice lawmakers to shut up about rape, they face an uphill battle. Although most anti-choice activists oppose rape exceptions, a vocal portion of the movement believes that lawmakers should automatically reject any bill that includes such exceptions.

A 20-week abortion ban that passed in the House earlier this year and will be coming up for a vote in the Senate next week has been mired for years in anti-choice infighting about rape exceptions. Before a version of the bill came up for a House vote in 2013, Republican leaders scrambled at the last minute to add a rape exception to neutralize controversial comments made by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Trent Franks.

In January of this year, the House was planning to vote on the bill to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but scrapped the plan after a coalition led by female Republican lawmakers objected to a provision that would have required rape survivors to report the crime to law enforcement. An exasperated Sen. Lindsey Graham told anti-choice activists the next morning, “I’m going to need your help to find a way out of this definitional problem with rape.”

After extensive negotiations, the House finally settled on a bill that includes an exception for rape survivors if they first undergo a 48-hour waiting period.

But, as Steve King’s “present” vote shows, as long as they’re spending time attacking abortion rights, the GOP is going to be stuck with what Graham called “this definitional problem with rape.”

Michael Savage: Pope's Speech Means 'The Communist Revolution Is Complete'

Yesterday on “The Savage Nation,” conservative talk show host Michael Savage once again lit into Pope Francis for his stance on climate change, criticizing Republican leaders for inviting the pope to speak to Congress in the first place.

Savage, who believes that Francis is a full-blown Marxist following in the footsteps of Pol Pot, said he was embarrassed for the country.

“It’s sickening what happened to this country that they would invite a pope to speak to Congress,” he said. “It’s an embarrassment. It’s never ever been done before but the communist revolution is so complete that they dare do it.”

Larry Klayman: Retired Military Leads Weighing Anti-Obama Coup

Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman, who once tried to lead a revolution to oust President Obama from office, appeared on Alex Jones’ “InfoWars” yesterday for a segment titled “Why Obama Has Declared War On Christianity.”

Klayman told Jones that President Obama is a secret Muslim who, in his quest for power, has turned military leaders into subservient “yes-men,” adding: “Maybe Obama is pushing them to the point that maybe someday will wage a coup in this country. I’m not advocating that but I know that some of these retired generals and admirals have talked about it. I know that, it’s been in the public domain, because Obama, and I’ll say it straight up because no one else is, you will, Obama is a Muslim through-and-through. Obama sympathizes with a Muslim caliphate, Obama sympathizes with the mullahs in Tehran, he sympathizes with the radicals in the Far East.”

(Last year, Klayman similarly insisted that he doesn’t support a coup, but did wish that U.S. military leaders would “go to the president and say, ‘Your time’s up,’ just like they did to Mohamed Morsi in Egypt, ‘Take a hike guy, you’re destroying the country.’” He claimed it wouldn’t be a coup because Obama is “not a legitimate president.”)

After once again claiming that Obama is a violently anti-Christian Muslim radical who wears an Islamic ring (he doesn’t), Klayman wondered why the NSA is letting the president “do his black Muslim thing.”

The only answer, he said, is that the NSA has probably blackmailed Obama, Chief Justice John Roberts and even Republican leaders … except for Donald Trump, of course!

Jones, not to be outshined on his own show, accused the president of “backing head-chopping loons,” leading him to wonder if Obama wants to “become the Mahdi,” an End Times figure in Islam. Klayman responded that Obama is a Muslim because he admired his Muslim father, even though his father was actually an atheist, and that he isn’t even “a natural born citizen to be president of the United States.”

“He would like to see the world run by Muslims,” Klayman said of Obama’s end-game, adding that “anybody who practices the tenants of the Holy Koran, as Obama always calls it, never the Koran, the ‘Holy Koran,’ anybody who practices that is a danger.”

Paranoia-Rama: Kim Davis Martyrdom, Glenn Beck's Oktoberfest Fears & Jade Helm 15 Ends With A Whimper

RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.

This has been a very sad week for Right Wing Watch as it marks the end of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises that caused an uproar within right-wing media, although something tells us that there will be more bizarre conspiracy theories to look out for…

5) Glenn Beck Was Right! See, This Thing He Read On The Internet…

Since the so-called Islamic State began gaining ground in parts of Syria and Iraq, Glenn Beck has been ticked off that so few people recognize that he prophesied the whole thing back in 2011. Except, of course, Beck didn’t do that, as he actually predicted that an Islamic caliphate would “ control the Mideast and parts of Europe ,” claiming it would spread northward from Tunisia and Egypt across the Mediterranean until it reached Greece, Italy and Spain.

Obviously, ISIS doesn’t exactly have territory throughout Europe, as Beck predicted, but now he has finally found proof that he was right all along: an online petition calling on Munich to end its Oktoberfest celebrations out of respect for Muslim refugees.

"A caliphate will be established. It will cause chaos. It will spread and begin to destabilize Europe and the western...

Posted by Glenn Beck on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

As the myth-busting website Snopes points out, the petition on Change.org to ban Oktoberfest was not started by a person living in Germany and “even if the petition were written in earnest, it would represent one person’s opinion and not that of all Muslim refugees.”

“Additionally, the viewpoint expressed by the petition appears to be a minority opinion, as the petition has only managed to muster a few hundred signatures, and the majority of those appear to have come from people who signed in order to add hateful comments,” Snopes continues. “Those comments lead us to believe that this petition may was created by an Internet troll in order to foment outrage. The fact that this petition was posted on 11 September, a day on which items critical of Islam tend to reach fever pitch, supports this hypothesis.”

Other petitions on the website, which can be submitted by anyone for any reason, include demands that President Obama “allow a high school student to have a party after homecoming and for WaWa to bring back roast beef sandwiches.”

Of course, Beck is desperate to find anything to support his claim that the caliphate is gaining a foothold in Europe, even if the “proof” comes from something just as credible as a chain letter. Next, Beck will demand that if you don’t send this email to seven other people, you will be cursed for life and your first crush will never love you.

4) ‘They’re Going To Eat Their Children’

Like Beck, televangelist Jim Bakker comes up with apocalyptic predictions, warns of impending financial crashes, nuclear EMP attacks and divine judgment, sells costly prepper food, urges viewers to buy gold, pushes bogus narratives about anti-Christian persecution in America and promotes a generally dystopian view of the world and its future.

Bakker, however, is a bit more honest about his role as a doomsday prophet.

While selling his survivalist food buckets earlier this month, Bakker said that in order to survive America’s impending collapse, people need to store their food in secret, because otherwise others will come for it. Even their “sweet neighbors” will do whatever it takes to get food, Bakker warned: “They’re going to eat their babies…they’re going to eat their children.”

3) First They Came For Kim Davis…

Next week, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis will receive an award at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit for her decision to go to jail rather than allow deputy clerks in her county to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

The Religious Right has latched on to Davis’ defiance of the courts, despite the fact that her cause is deeply unpopular in the rest of the country.

The head of Liberty Counsel, the anti-gay group representing Davis and a cosponsor of FRC’s summit, has repeatedly compared Davis to a Jewish victim of Nazi Germany.

Another Religious Right hero who has similarly defied the federal courts on marriage equality, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, is so enchanted with Davis that he rewrote the famous anti-Nazi poem, “First They Came For The Socialists,” to make it about Davis’ plight:

While Moore hoped that Davis’ commitment to using a public office to impose her religion on others would inspire more conservatives to get involved in U.S. politics, one far-right activist said that Davis’ experience is proof that  Americans should “flee” the country to safer shores.

“God tells us how to solve the problem, he says flee,” John Price said. “There’s a time to fight and there’s a time to flee.”

2) Islamic Training Camps In The US: Just Asking The Question

The day following the CNN Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump held a rally in New Hampshire where he fielded a question from a man who had something to say: “We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one, you know he’s not even an American. We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of them?”

Trump responded vaguely about how he is “going to be looking at a lot of different things,” and his campaign manager later insisted that Trump just wants to stay focused on the “bigger issue” of Obama “waging a war against the Christians in this country.”

Anyone who follows the far-right media could have expected that GOP presidential candidates would eventually be confronted with claims about radical Islamic training camps in the U.S. 

“Fears of ‘Muslim training camps’ have simmered on the far right for years, especially since the rise of the Islamic State,” writes Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post. “World Net Daily and Judicial Watch — the latter an advocacy group that has successfully sued for records from Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department — have published stories that allege FBI knowledge of dozens of camps, many across the deep South.”

As Max Fischer points out at Vox, Fox hosts like Bill O’Reilly and Lou Dobbs both pushed claims about secret Islamic training camps throughout the U.S., and “just this spring, FBI arrested a Tennessee man named Robert Doggart who was plotting to lead a far-right militia on a killing spree against a heavily Muslim community in New York state. Doggart believed the community was a ‘Muslim Jihadist Training Camp,’ according to a post he made on his web site.”

1) Farewell, Jade Helm 15!

While everyone was excited for the imposition of martial law and FEMA camps, the military training exercise Jade Helm 15 ended on Tuesday without any of the wild predictions championed by the far-right coming true.

It was quite a letdown: No “round-up of patriotic men,” no exploitation of a system of secret tunnels and closed Walmart stores, no nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on Texas.

But maybe President Obama really was plotting to engineer such dastardly deeds, but was exposed by true heroes like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Rep. Louie Gohmert who gave legitimacy Jade Helm 15 paranoia.

Now that Jade Helm 15 is over, the same politicians and pundits who used the military drill to promote baseless fears about the Obama administration will quickly find a new conspiracy theory to latch onto as the cycle endlessly repeats itself.

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