Jesse Lee Peterson: Gay Marriage Different Because 'It's Not About Love'

Right-wing activist Jesse Lee Peterson joined “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax yesterday to discuss his recent column comparing Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who is refusing marriage licenses to gay couples, to Rosa Parks.

When guest host Amy Holmes asked Peterson if a clerk should be able to cite his or her religious beliefs to deny marriage a license to a person like Davis who has been married multiple times, Peterson explained that it’s an entirely different issue because unlike such marriages, “homosexuality is not about values” and “it’s not about love,” but instead is “based on sex.”

While homosexuality is all about sex, he explained, anti-gay discrimination has nothing to do with sex.

“A marriage is between a man and a woman, not between two men and two women,” he said. “That has been the rule forever, ever since mankind has been on earth, so what homosexuals are trying to do is to get you to change the rules based on sex. And Kim Davis is not concerned about who they have sex with, but when it comes to comparing it to a man and woman being married, then it’s a different story.”

Phyllis Schlafly On The $10 Bill And Other Eagle Forum Finds

When Jake Tapper asked the Republican presidential candidates at last night’s debate which American woman they would put on the $10 bill, some named their wives or daughters, some named non-Americans, and some named Planned Parenthood board member Rosa Parks, but nobody picked Phyllis Schlafly, the anti-feminist hero whom several of the candidates have credited with shaping their conservative views.

That’s too bad, because the Phyllis Schlafly $10 bill has already been designed.

At last week’s Eagle Council, the annual gathering of Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, which was attended by Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and other Republican leaders, speaker after speaker praised Schlafly’s role in fighting the Equal Rights Amendment but lamented that nefarious feminist plots, such as the campaign to put a woman on the $10 bill, have gained traction under the Obama administration.

Schlafly’s son John quipped that the White House wants to have Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, grace the $10 bill, but Eagle Forum had other ideas, offering attendees this sample currency design:

Attendees wandering Eagle Council’s exhibit hall also had the opportunity to pick up several “informative” pamphlets on the dangers of sex, filled with misleading or outdated claims.

The above pamphlet, distributed by a Snowflake, Arizona, outfit called Heritage House 76, cites only articles written between 1987 and 1993, and contains claims such as: “When doctors work on someone with AIDS they put on two pairs of gloves, a full gown over their clothes, a mask and goggles. Even then, they don’t feel completely ‘safe.’”

“Latex breaks down in heat, yet condoms are transported in trucks that get so hot you can fry an egg!” it reads. “Do you want to live? Would you like to raise a family, have a career or follow a dream? Then don’t buy the ‘safe sex’ lie — it can kill you.”

A “Say ‘No’ To Drugs!” pamphlet we picked up at the event doesn’t mention drugs like cocaine or heroin, as one might expect.

Instead, it focuses on a far worse drug: the pill.

Warning that the “dangerous” birth control pill “can make you sterile,” the pamphlet (which does not identify its author or publisher) urges readers to remain abstinent until marriage: “Having sex before marriage is sort of like giving out all your Christmas gifts in July. It may be fun at the time. But when that big day comes around, the presents have all been given out!”

And it’s not just the pill that poses a danger, according to the pamphlet: “Using rubbers (condoms) to prevent AIDS is like playing Russian Roulette—your life is at stake!”

Eagle Council participants were also able to pick up plenty of useful information on the danger that public education poses to children.

In a booklet titled “Government Education…Is this what we want for our children?,” the anti-public-education group Citizens United for Responsible Education tells parents that social studies classes in public schools are “anti-Christian” and “pro-Islam.” Along with exalting Islam, the booklet alleges, “government schools” are trying to “promote atheism, homosexuality, and disrespect for parents and their values.” Even worse, public schools are pushing “pagan” worship and have made sure that “children are bullied into accepting evolution as scientific fact against their Biblical beliefs.”

But fortunately there are alternatives to raising atheist Muslim gay neo-pagan kids.

“God’s Standards for Educating Our Children,” a booklet produced by a Christian publisher in Kentucky, tells parents to consider homeschooling or private Christian education in order to avoid the “pagan and God-ignoring” influences of public schools, noting that “the danger of a child admiring and becoming attached to the unchristian teacher is great.” Other threats include “self-expression” and the same sort of sexual education classes that have destroyed Sweden:

The teaching of self-expression is in complete opposition to Bible principle. It militates against a life of obedience and submission. Disobedience, demonstrations, riots, and campus disorders are all a product of the exercising of self-expression.



The emphasis on sex education is not Biblical. The school was never intended to replace the teaching of the home but to supplement it. It is impossible for immoral, unregenerated, and defiled individuals to teach a subject such as this without being suggestive, thus demoralizing any moral that might be present. Sweden, after ten years of compulsory sex education, is the most immoral nation in the world. Sex relations at an early age is prevalent.

Eagle Forum offered copies of the August issue of its “Education Reporter” newsletter, which claims that “children at schools are indoctrinated into acceptance of whatever the [teachers’] union decides is normal. Programs supposedly meant to prevent bullying are actually meant to bully children into compliance.”

The newsletter attacks opponents of gay “conversion” therapy: “If assistance is offered that could possibly influence a person to leave the LGBTQ community, it is considered to be brainwashing and, by definition, negative. Although embracing and mainstreaming transgenderism could be more dangerous than providing therapy to help children adjust to their biological makeup.”

Other books available at the conference, including many dealing with signs of the impending apocalypse, were unfortunately for sale at a steep price, and Schlafly’s $10 bills sadly aren’t legal tender.

Anti-Muslim Activist: Ahmed Mohamed's Clock Was Very Suspicious!

Last week, GOP leaders including Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin attended a rally hosted by Frank Gaffney, the head of the Center for Security Policy and an unabashed anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist.

Gaffney reacted today to the controversy over the arrest of Texas 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, who brought a homemade clock to school to show off to his teachers, by claiming that police and school officials were right to be suspicious of the Muslim student:

Gaffney claims that Ahmed should have answered the police’s absurd questions about what he could possibly be doing with a clock. Here’s how Dallas-Fort Worth’s WFAA s ummarized the case against the ninth grader:

Officers said Ahmed was being "passive aggressive" in his answers to their questions, and didn't have a "reasonable answer" as to what he was doing with the case. Investigators said the student told them that it was just a clock that he was messing around with.

"We attempted to question the juvenile about what it was and he would simply only say it was a clock. He didn't offer any explanation as to what it was for, why he created this device, why he brought it to school," said James McLellan, Irving Police.

Police confiscated the case along with Ahmed's tablet computer.



In addition to calling police, Ahmed said the principal suspended him for three days.

The police apparently refused to believe that maybe Ahmed’s clock was just that, a clock, and were convinced that there must be some nefarious reason why a student who has taken an interest in engineering would build a clock to show his engineering teacher.

Irving, Texas, where Ahmed was arrested, is led by a mayor who became a hero to anti-Muslim activists like Gaffney when she courageously stood up to a non-existent plot to establish a Sharia court in the city.

Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy gave the mayor an award for her brave fight for freedom.

UPDATE: Lee Fang notes that Gaffney and Jim Hanson of the Center for Security Policy have continued to make absurd claims about the case:

The Center for Security Policy, a think tank that routinely partners with prominent Republican politicians, including many of the current presidential contenders, is defending the arrest of 14-year-old Muslim high school student Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school.

Americans across the country expressed outrage at the news that Mohamed was handcuffed by police officers in Irving, Texas, on Monday, suspended from his high school, and accused of making a bomb after the electronic components he had connected to make his own digital clock beeped during English class.

But Center for Security Policy vice president Jim Hanson argued on his organization’s podcast that the clock “looks exactly like a number of IED triggers that were produced by the Iranians and used to kill U.S. troops in the war in Iraq.” He said the clock “was half a bomb.”

Frank Gaffney, the center’s founder and president, agreed with Hanson, while suggesting that there is reason to be suspicious of “what we’re told was a clock” because “the story is not being fully explored and explained.”

Gaffney also said that the entire controversy over Mohamed’s clock appeared to be an “influence operation” by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group that Gaffney claimed is using “professional victim-promoting” to wage a “civilization jihad” in connection with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Krikorian: If Picture Of Drowned Syrian Boy Made You Sad, You Should Oppose Refugee Resettlement

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies visited Newsmax TV yesterday to discuss the Obama administration’s decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted into the United States in the wake of a massive refugee crisis caused by the country’s civil war, agreeing to take in 10,000 of the more than 4 million people who have fled the country.

Citing the Tsarnaev brothers, who were the children of refugees from Chechnya, Krikoran declared that the refugee resettlement program is “guaranteed” to “admit significant numbers of ISIS and Al Qaeda into the United States.”

“We all saw the picture of that poor kid who had drowned on the beach in Turkey,” he said. “Well, what are we going to say to an American mom and dad of a kid who’s killed by an ISIS terrorist who’s let in as a refugee?”

Ted Cruz's Favorite Judge Has History Of Racial Bias, Absurd Statements

During last night’s GOP debate, as he was rewriting history about his well-documented support for John Roberts’ nomination to the Supreme Court, Sen. Ted Cruz repeated his line that Republican presidents have consistently failed the party’s conservative base by putting insufficiently right-wing justices on the bench.

After deriding Roberts’ nomination, the Texas Republican criticized the nomination of David Souter, insisting that George H.W. Bush should have picked Edith Jones, a Reagan-nominated judge on the Fifth Circuit Court, instead.

Cruz’s admiration for Jones should raise eyebrows, as she has a lengthy record of extremism. Jones’ views also offer us a glimpse of what kind of judges a President Cruz would attempt to put on the federal bench:

  • Jones faced a misconduct complaint from civil rights groups after she reportedly suggested that minorities are “predisposed to crime” during a speech to law students. (The complaint was later dismissed by a judicial conduct committee.) The Associated Press reported:
The complaint alleges that Jones said certain "racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime," and that they are "prone to commit acts of violence" and be involved in more violent and "heinous" crimes than people of other ethnicities. The judge also allegedly said Mexicans would prefer to be on death row in the U.S. than serve prison terms in their native country, and that it's an insult for the U.S. to look to the laws of other countries such as Mexico.
Although the 1964 Civil Rights Act contributed to the advancement of women’s careers in society, I would have to defer to others for an overview of the impact of these equal rights laws, when balanced against factors such as the increase of out of wedlock births, the prevalence of divorce, the sexualization of society and the youth. Women’s ‘rights,’ in the end, depend heavily on what goes on outside as well as in the workplace.
Seldom are employment discrimination suits in our court supported by direct evidence of race or sex-based animosity. Instead, the courts are asked to revisit petty interoffice disputes and to infer invidious motives from trivial comments or work-performance criticism. Recrimination, second-guessing and suspicion plague the workplace when tenuous discrimination suits are filed creating an atmosphere in which many corporate defendants are forced into costly settlements because they simply cannot afford to vindicate their positions.
  • She lamented that America’s legal system is losing its focus on divine instructions:
The first 100 years of American lawyers were trained on Blackstone, who wrote that: 'The law of nature, dictated by God himself, is binding in all counties and at all times; no human laws are of any validity if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all force and all their authority from this original.' The Framers created a government of limited power with this understanding of the rule of law - that it was dependent on transcendent religious obligation…. Having lost sight of the moral and religious foundations of the rule of law, we are vulnerable to the destruction of our freedom, our equality before the law and our self-respect. It is my fervent hope that this new century will experience a revival of the original understanding of the rule of law and its roots. The answer is a recovery of moral principle, the sine qua non of an orderly society. Post 9/11, many events have been clarified. It is hard to remain a moral relativist when your own people are being killed.

Steve King Warns Of Changing 'Demographics' Of Immigration: 'I Like The America We Had'

In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday, Rep. Steve King warned that President Obama is “seeking to change the demographics” of the U.S. through his immigration and refugee resettlement policies, asking, “How long is it before the culture of America is changed?”

Mickelson, who has called for enslaving undocumented immigrants , asked King about the Obama administration’s announcement of a slight uptick in the number of Syrian refugees the country will accept and the fact that refugees are eligible for some public benefits.

King had a simple explanation for the president’s policies: He wants to “change the demographics” of America in order to increase the number of “Democrat voters.”

The Iowa Republican challenged advocates of refugee resettlement to “tell me how you want America to look, because America’s being transformed because of immigration policy and I’m like Ann Coulter, I like the America we had.”

Why would you do this if you were president of the United States? He’s seeking to change the demographics of the United States of America. And changing the demographics changes the politics, they’re going to have Democrat voters at least two-to-one, some numbers go all the way to five-to-one, and I’m not speaking only of Muslims, I’m speaking of the Central American immigrants that come into America too.

So, any way to win. Bill Clinton accelerated the naturalization of more than a million people before his ’96 re-elect, and we were appalled by that. But this president is pushing, and it turns out to be millions. And we should look at the kind of character that America’s going to be.

As much as I love and appreciate people from any place on the planet, this country has been made up of, is a center-right country, is Christian based, that is our morality, we believe in freedom of religion but if you brought in, say, all the Muslims in the world into the United States, you know it changes the culture.

So if it turns into a few hundred thousand every year, how long is it before the culture of America is changed? And we’re willingly, we’re knowingly and willingly changing the culture of America by government policies driven out of the White House and we aren’t even having a national debate about how that changes our country and is it good or is it bad. I have not seen either the level of assimilation of Muslims into the broader American society, or any place in the world, for that matter. So I’d like to see that model, point to that, tell me how you want America to look, because America’s being transformed because of immigration policy and I’m like Ann Coulter, I like the America we had.

Ted Nugent: Only Donald Trump Can Save Us!

NRA board member Ted Nugent says that GOP leaders have utterly failed to stop Democrats from carrying out their supposed plan to destroy the country, and now Americans must turn to Donald Trump to save the nation from the brink of destruction.

Writing today in WorldNetDaily, Nugent says that Trump alone “is counterpunching effectively” against “the life-threatening dynamic of the Democrat communist battle cry” and accuses Democratic leaders like President Obama and Hillary Clinton of “quoting Marx, Mao, Lenin, Castro and all the other monsters behind tyranny, dictatorships, slavery and the resultant historic ruination of every society this evil scourge has touched.”

Nugent urges readers to pray for Trump to lay out his specific plans “to make America great again.”

Mr. Trump’s unprecedented support is due to the fact that working-hard, playing-hard, caring Americans are painfully aware of the suicidal path and dire consequences of Obama’s crazy fundamental transformation destructo derby, and Trump alone is counterpunching effectively with blow for blow outrage shared by the masses.

Do I admire Walker, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Fiorina and some others? Of course I do. And though Cruz and Fiorina show a good sense of awareness and passion for the fight, many of the others are way too passive and status quo to rally any support. And the polls prove it.

Many of us are dumbfounded at the abject failure of the GOP overall to adequately identify the depth of this scourge taking over America. We cannot believe so many in the GOP act like we are facing a minor inconvenience instead of the life-threatening dynamic of the Democrat communist battle cry. And face the facts – liberalism, progressivism and the mantra of the left are pure, nasty, proven communism, lick for lick.

Listen to Bernie Sanders. Listen to Obama. Listen to Wasserman-Shultz. Listen to Pelosi. Listen to Hillary. Who doesn’t know that they are quoting Marx, Mao, Lenin, Castro and all the other monsters behind tyranny, dictatorships, slavery and the resultant historic ruination of every society this evil scourge has touched?

So listen up, lady and gentlemen, the future of America is in your hands.

Trump, stay on course, but implement presidential upgrade immediately. No more personal attacks. No more sleight of hand. Give us the gory details of your vision. Tell us how you will bring back fiscal accountability. Tell us how you will end the insanity of “Americans giving up looking for jobs.” The insanity of “jobs Americans are not willing to do.”

Tell us how you will bring Hillary, Holder, Obama, Lerner, Rice et al. to justice for their crimes and lies.



Tell us, Mr. Trump, exactly how you are going to make America great again. We pray that you will. We pray that you can. We are waiting.

Boykin: Christians Are Getting 'Riled Up' About Persecution From 'Radical Secularists'

The Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin appeared on "The Hagee Hotline" this week to declare that America is starting to wake up to the fact that "radical secularists" are persecuting Christians like Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and are beginning to get "riled up" in response.

"I will tell you that the radical secularists in this country today fear us," Boykin said, "and that's why they fight so hard against somebody like Kim Davis, because they see that America is now seeing that we're actually, in many ways, we're the victims of an all-out assault on our faith. And it is the faith of our Founding Fathers; it is, in fact, that faith upon which our Constitution was written and our nation was founded and they fear that Americans are going to get riled up and that's exactly what's happening."

Far Right SCOTUS Isn't Extreme Enough For GOP Presidential Hopefuls

Last night’s Republican presidential debate made clear just how extreme the party has gotten when it comes to the Supreme Court … which means danger to the entire country should one of them have the power to nominate the next one, two, or three Justices.

For instance, Jeb! Bush praised Chief Justice John Roberts,  but suggested that his own Court nominees would have longer records of far-right jurisprudence than Roberts did when he was first nominated by George W. Bush in 2005:

John Roberts has made some really good decisions, for sure, but he did not have a proven, extensive record that would have made the clarity the important thing, and that’s what we need to do.  ... And, I think he is doing a good job.  But, the simple fact is that going forward, what we need to do is to have someone that has a long standing set of rulings that consistently makes it clear that he is a focused, exclusively on upholding the Constitution of the United States so they won’t try to use the bench as a means to which legislate.

Jeb! revealed quite a lot there.  Roberts provided the fifth vote in 5-4 rulings wrecking Americans’ ability to limit money in politics, gutting the Voting Rights Act, giving for-profit corporations religious liberty rights, elevating religious offense as a significant burden on religious exercise, upholding a late term abortion ban, weakening longstanding laws against job discrimination … the list goes on.  And Jeb! thinks Roberts is “doing a good job,” even if his own Justices would be more conservative.

Ted Cruz, on the other hand, angrily focused on the very few times when Roberts did not collaborate with the Republican Party’s efforts to destroy Obamacare.  Cruz blasted John Roberts as insufficiently conservative:

I’ve known John Roberts for 20 years, he’s amazingly talented lawyer, but, yes, it was a mistake when he was appointed to the Supreme Court. He’s a good enough lawyer that he knows in these Obamacare cases he changed the statute, he changed the law in order to force that failed law on millions of Americans for a political outcome.

And, you know, we’re frustrated as conservatives. We keep winning elections, and then we don’t get the outcome we want.

Mike Huckabee made clear what type of Justice he would nominate when the moderator asked if he would apply a litmus test to potential nominees:

You better believe I will … Number one, I’d ask do you think that the unborn child is a human being or is it just a blob of tissue? I’d want to know the answer to that. I’d want to know do you believe in the First Amendment, do you believe that religious liberty is the fundamental liberty around which all the other freedoms of this country are based? And I’d want to know do you really believe in the Second Amendment, do you believe that we have an individual right to bear arms to protect ourselves and our family and to protect our country? And do you believe in the Fifth and the 14th Amendment? Do you believe that a person, before they’re deprived of life and liberty, should in fact have due process and equal protection under the law? Because if you do, you’re going to do more than defund Planned Parenthood

So Huckabee Justices would help right-wing extremists accomplish their longtime dream of eliminating abortion rights altogether.  They would also change U.S. law in keeping with the current conservative project to make it easier for them to disobey laws that offend them religiously, even when it deprives other people of their rights.

The current Supreme Court has done so much damage to our basic rights and liberties, yet it is not conservative enough for Republicans seeking to be the next president.

Cross-posted from People For the American Way's blog.

Rubio And Cruz Hail Planned Parenthood Board Member Rosa Parks In GOP Debate

At last night’s GOP debate, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz both advocated for adding Rosa Parks’ picture to U.S. currency, with Rubio saying she should be on the $10 bill and Cruz saying that she should be on the $20 bill. Donald Trump also liked the idea of putting Rosa Parks on the $10 bill, but said he would probably choose his daughter, Ivanka, for the honor.

Many conservatives have attempted to whitewash Parks’ legacy, like those of other civil rights leaders, claiming that Parks was simply a woman who was too tired to get up from her seat on a segregated bus.

These GOP leaders may not realize that Parks was actually a political activist for the very same movements that have in recent years become targets of Republican ire.

Parks was an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for more than a decade before she helped to instigate the Montgomery bus boycott, and was a leading member of the group’s local chapter by the time she refused to give up her seat on the bus. “Contrary to the folkloric accounts of her civil rights role, Mrs. Parks was not too tired to move from her seat,” the NAACP points out. “Rather, she had been a knowledgeable NAACP stalwart for many years, and gave the organization the incident it needed to move against segregation in the unreconstructed heart of the Confederacy, Montgomery, AL. Mrs. Parks headed the Youth Division of the Montgomery NAACP branch for years.”

Parks also served on the board of a group that Cruz, Rubio and Trump have roundly denounced: Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders, Parks supported Planned Parenthood, the bête noire of today’s GOP.

Parks received training at the trade unionist Highlander Research and Education Center and attended meetings of the Communist Party, and she and her husband both worked with party members involved in the Scottsboro case. She backed King’s Poor People’s Campaign, which called for full employment and guaranteed income.

Danielle McGuire notes that Parks “worked to secure ‘Black Power,’ fought for open housing and against police brutality, railed against the war in Vietnam, and campaigned for George McGovern.” The New York Times adds more details: “Supporting U.A.W. Local 600, calling Malcolm X her hero, visiting a Black Panther school in Oakland, opposing American involvement in Vietnam and attending the Million Man March at the invitation of Louis Farrakhan, she collaborated with left-wingers and Black Power advocates.”

Today, an activist like Rosa Parks would be at the very center of Glenn Beck’s blackboard.

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