Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins invited Todd Starnes of Fox News to discuss a federal appeals court decision [PDF] which upheld an earlier ruling that a Colorado baker violated the law when he refused service to a gay couple who attempted to purchase a wedding cake from him.
“It’s not much of a legal stretch to imagine the day when they will tell pastors the same thing, you will participate in these weddings,” Starnes warned.
Perkins agreed, saying that day “probably will come.” The court dispatched with the bakery’s religious freedom claims, citing a federal court ruling against a South Carolina restaurant that said it had religious objections to racial nondiscrimination laws that compelled it to treat white and black customers equally:
Finally, we reiterate that CADA does not compel Masterpiece to support or endorse any particular religious views. The law merely prohibits Masterpiece from discriminating against potential customers on account of their sexual orientation. As one court observed in addressing a similar free exercise challenge to the 1964 Civil Rights Act:
Undoubtedly defendant . . . has a constitutional right to espouse the religious beliefs of his own choosing, however, he does not have the absolute right to exercise and practice such beliefs in utter disregard of the clear constitutional rights of other citizens. This Court refuses to lend credence or support to his position that he has a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of the Negro race in his business establishment upon the ground that to do so would violate his sacred religious beliefs. (Newman v. Piggie Park Enters., Inc.)
Likewise, Masterpiece remains free to continue espousing its religious beliefs, including its opposition to same-sex marriage. However, if it wishes to operate as a public accommodation and conduct business within the State of Colorado, CADA prohibits it from picking and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation.
Starnes and Perkins linked the decision to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, despite the fact that the gay couple’s lawsuit was filed before Colorado had marriage equality (they were married in Massachusetts). Instead, the ruling relied on Colorado’s nondiscrimination act.
Later in the program, Perkins asked Starnes about a recent move to update the guidelines regarding which naturalized citizens can decline to say the part of the oath of citizenship about “bear[ing] arms on behalf of the United States when required by law.”
As we reported earlier, ever since the “bear arms” line was added to the oath in 1950s, some new citizens have been exempt from saying the line as conscientious objectors; the new guidelines would simply update the process by which citizenship applicants are allowed to decline to say the line.
Starnes somehow managed to claim that this is further proof that “under the Obama administration, the Islamic faith is being given special accommodation while the Christian faith is being marginalized or set aside.”
He then went back to decrying the “bullying” by LGBT people who “assault” stores owned by Christians but are “not going after the Muslim bakers” and “the Muslim florists,” who he thinks would also refuse service to gay couples. Perkins agreed, saying that gay people aren’t “bullying” Muslims because they are afraid of violence.
Jim Bakker, the televangelist who served time in jail for fraud in the 1990s, declared on his program earlier this week that he may very soon wind up in jail again … this time as a victim of the made-up Jade Helm 15 federal takeover of Texas.
Bakker discussed Jade Helm 15 with Rick Wiles during a series of programs in which the two floated a variety of unhinged conspiracy theories. The two pastors agreed that the military exercise is meant to foment civil strife and, according to Wiles, target Texas because the state is trying to subvert the Federal Reserve system through its gold depository.
“The government is saying, ‘All we’re doing is, we’ve got our troops practicing for foreign wars,’ but I’m not so sure about that,” Wiles said. “I think they are getting ready for social unrest.” Referring to the gold depository, Wiles told Bakker that “this is why Jade Helm 15 is listing Texas as hostile territory.”
“We’re getting close to a civil war,” Wiles said, before Bakker wondered when freedom in America will come to an end: “I’ve done my time, I really don’t want to do any more, but America is not the America that we once knew as children.”
Wiles previously predicted that Jade Helm 15 could lead to a nuclear attack on Texas and “a round-up of patriotic men.”
Mission America’s Linda Harvey stopped by the radio program hosted by Cleveland Right to Life’s Molly Smith last week, where the two warned that God’s judgment is already beginning to befall America thanks to gay pride parades and Planned Parenthood.
Smith told Harvey about a recent promotional video put out by the Cuyahoga County GOP that features some vaguely rainbow colors in the background, which she found “very upsetting,” along with the failure of Republican leaders in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.
“Well, you know, and many people would say that the signs are all here that we are reaping some of God’s judgment,” Harvey agreed. “I believe that the fact that we are being shown in no uncertain terms what abortion is all about, what homosexuality is all about — they’re parading down our streets, we have hundreds of thousands of people that come to the Columbus gay pride parade, and you can see what they’re parading, it’s horrendous. And the Boy Scouts are now on board with this and they’re in these parades.”
“People should open their eyes,” she warned, “and if they’re not willing to, God is just going to give us what the majority of America, what we want, and it’s a very dark and black place that we’re heading for.”
Later in the interview, Harvey warned that opponents of gay rights might soon be forced to go to jail.
After Smith declared that “we will be persecuted and we are being persecuted,” Harvey advised listeners to “start thinking about where you will draw the line, at the workplace and schools, because you will be asked and God will be watching all of us.”
“It is going to cost,” she said. “Not simply reputation, but it may cost you a job or money. Down the road, it may cost people their freedom, there may be jail involved.”
Smith compared the future jailing of gay rights opponents to the arrests of anti-abortion protesters: “the same thing that happened in the pro-life movement, many people went to jail because they refused to accept what was going on.”
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said yesterday that he hopes that Congress defunds Planned Parenthood before there is a “full investigation” into its fetal tissue donation program, saying that Congress’ response to recent attacks the women’s health group should resemble its defunding of the community organizing group ACORN in 2009.
The recent series of videos smearing Planned Parenthood have drawn comparisons to right-wing activist James O’Keefe’s heavily edited videos charging ACORN with various wrongdoing, including voter fraud and misuse of federal funds. Congress moved quickly to defund the organization before the charges levied against it began to collapse. The current Planned Parenthood smear is clearly modeled on the work of O’Keefe, a friend of the activists who created the videos.
“When we hear people say, well we can’t defund Planned Parenthood because we don’t know all of the places that they’re getting money from and we can’t be passing judgment on this until we do a full investigation, I completely disagree with that,” King told Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway. “This is similar in the function of ACORN. When we saw what ACORN was doing inside the offices across the country from the videos that were put out there by Hanna [Giles] and James [O’Keefe], that was enough to be convincing for Congress to shut off all money to ACORN, which was far more complex than shutting off the money to Planned Parenthood because they had affiliates that were different names."
“We wrote language that was broad and that encompassed it and did shut off most of, and there are still, we didn’t quite get the people followed but we got the organizations followed to do that. We can do this with Planned Parenthood, and we must.”
On his television program last night, doomsday prophet Glenn Beck warned his studio audience that God's judgment is imminent and that "wrath beyond your wildest understanding" will soon be unleashed upon the world.
Once again citing the persecution of Christians by ISIS, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Planned Parenthood videos, Beck warned that God is laying down a "red line" in an effort to get America to turn back to Him.
"What's coming is God saying, right now, to us, 'Please don't, please stand up, please! Please stand up and choose me. Please choose me,'" Beck pleaded. "'If you don't, I can't protect you anymore. Don't you see what is happening in the world? Don't you see what's coming your way? I want to protect you! If you don't choose me, I can't! We've made a deal: I'm your God, you're my people; if you reject me as your God and you pick other gods, I can't take you as my people any more.'"
"This is not the run of the mill time anymore," Beck continued, growing very somber. "This is not 'it's coming' anymore. This is it, gang. This is it. This is everything I've warned about, everything that I've worried about and I think it's going to happen so damn fast it'll take your breath away. When it starts to go, you're just going to be 'what?' Remember when I said at some point evil will just take off its mask and say, 'Raar'? It's going to happen. Soon."
In his interview with fellow End Times preacher Rick Wiles this week, televangelist Jim Bakker announced that his ministry is buying horses just in case a nuclear EMP attack takes down the electric power grid.
“If the grid goes down, you’re going to be thankful to have a horse,” he told viewers, also boasting that his Model T truck “will run if the grid goes down.”
After Bakker explained the threats of an EMP attack and solar flares, he said that God is preparing to punish America for its “insane” policies on abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
“God’s judgment is coming on not just America but on the world,” Bakker said. “You cannot murder almost 70 million of our babies, you cannot take his word and turn it upside down, you cannot say that God didn’t ordain a mom and a dad to have a baby and that will be called married.”
Far-right radio host Bradlee Dean wrote in his WorldNetDaily column today that the Obama administration has embraced “treason, treason and more treason,” conditioning people to the point they are “set at ease only to set themselves up for the next act of treason.”
“If what was happening in this country was happening in a foreign country, the people in this country would have called for military strikes, as well as an all-out manhunt for the dictators that were guilty of the same things Barack Hussein Obama and his criminal administration are guilty of here in America,” Dean said. “Yet, because it is happening here, the people have somehow deceived themselves into believing that what they have allowed is not as bad as what is happening over in Third World countries.”
Because of America’s failure to remove President Obama from office, Dean laments, now the country will receive God’s wrath.
America is again being diverted away from another treasonous act by this administration: the “Iran nuke deal,” which is nothing more than appeasement through funding and enabling militarily America’s sworn enemies. Treason, treason and more treason.
Let me cut to the chase here. If what was happening in this country was happening in a foreign country, the people in this country would have called for military strikes, as well as an all-out manhunt for the dictators that were guilty of the same things Barack Hussein Obama and his criminal administration are guilty of here in America. Yet, because it is happening here, the people have somehow deceived themselves into believing that what they have allowed is not as bad as what is happening over in Third World countries. What is even worse is that as long as there are smiles and the reciting of the word “Constitution,” the American people are set at ease only to set themselves up for the next act of treason. But as long as he is smiling …
"A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin." – Proverbs 26:28
This only takes place when a people throws off God's Law and America's founding documents and gives a free hand to the destroyer (John 10:10). This is a point no one can deny in America today.
Furthermore dictators have a smile on their face as they go along not to offend, but to appease – that is, until he obtains the power he desires. Then he can dictate by force.
Be it known, America, that you have been warned time and time again concerning the corruption in your government and churches, which is God's mercy (Luke 12:2). Yet, you have done nothing to appease God's wrath by bringing forth judgment upon the heads of the wicked.
Last night, Glenn Beck, David Barton, and Bishop Jim Lowe of Guiding Light church in Birmingham, Alabama, held a webinar urging pastors to attend the "Never Again Is Now" rally that they are holding at the end of the month.
As Beck told the audience, God has put down a "red line" for America which has forced Beck to dedicate nearly his entire network to spreading God's message that this nation is just about "out of time."
"We, as people, I believe are seeing a red line put down by God," Beck said, "and He is saying we are a covenant nation; the only one that has ever been this is ancient Israel ... We will be His people if we choose Him as our God. He has made these things so clear that people must stand together and choose him as our God."
"We choose light over darkness, we choose God over Satan every single time," he continued. "I am a secular broadcaster and I am almost all God now because we're out of time."
CitizenGo, the international citizen activism group for which the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown serves as a trustee, is joining the Right’s pile-on of Target for phasing out gender-specific signage in some of its kids’ departments, warning that the new policy will “promote transgenderism among children.”
In a petition circulated by CitizenGo’s US campaigns director, Josh Craddock, the group warns that Target, by removing signs like those distinguishing between “building sets” and “girls’ building sets,” has caved to pressure by “radical gender theorists” and “sexual radicals” who “want to erase distinctions between male and female, and promote transgenderism among children”:
But now, under pressure from radical gender theorists, Target decided to go "gender neutral" by removing "gender and signs and using gender indicators, especially as it relates to kids" from its stores. The sexual radicals who encouraged Target to reverse its policy ultimately want to erase distinctions between male and female, and promote transgenderism among children.
Faith2Action’s Janet Porter made a similar connection in promoting a boycott of the retail chain, claiming that the new policy is the result of “Bruce Jenner’s surgery… where he now pretends to be a woman full time.”
Franklin Graham led the Religious Right charge against Target earlier this week when he posted on Facebook that it is “not the gender-neutral people out there” who “made their stores strong”:
I think Target may be forgetting who has made their stores strong. It’s not gender-neutral people out there—it’s working American families, fathers and mothers with boys and girls they love. What’s next? Are they going to try to make people believe that pink or blue baby showers are politically incorrect? I have news for them and for everyone else—God created two different genders. Jesus said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female (Matthew 19:4). You can’t get any clearer than that. If you agree, share in the comments below—and let Target know what you think. Let them know that you are perfectly willing to shop where the genders God created are appreciated.
In an appearance on Fox News, Graham declared that “this whole gender-neutral business has gone too far,” accusing Target of “ignoring the millions of customers you have that are just hard-working families with children, and they’re not gender-neutral children, these are boys and girls, the way God made us.”
Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, for his part, worried that the new Target policy would promote confusing among shoppers: “If you go to buy a gift for a boy who's nine or six or a girl who's nine or six, you want to be able to go to that section and pick out a toy they might want. Now you have to sit there and look at a blended area and wonder is this for a boy or is this for a girl?”