On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer took a call from "Bruce in Dallas, Texas" who offered up a novel solution to the problem of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, suggesting that every time a terrorist kills or kidnaps a Christian, the U.S. government ought to shut down one mosque here in America.
After Bruce asserted that such a system would quickly bring an end to Islamic terrorism because after a few hundred American mosques are closed, the funding for terrorism would dry up, Fischer chimed in to voice his full support for this solution.
"What you're suggesting," Fischer said, "is that there be some kind of justice there, if you have an American victim overseas, we're going to close down one of your mosques. I think that is absolutely fair and its just. I like the way you think, Bruce."
Alex Newman, a far-right journalist and educator, appeared on Alex Jones’ show “InfoWars” last week to speak about his new book, “Crimes of the Educators.” According to Newman, “every tyrant in all of history has understood that to control and to enslave a nation you need to control the education system.” In the United States, he said, “John Dewey was the key figure” in laying the groundwork for tyranny.
Newman told Jones that the public school system is “mass-producing illiterates and collectivists” because “if you don’t have a dumbed down population, if you don’t have a population that’s sufficiently indoctrinated in this process, it’ll never fly.” That is why, Newman claimed, public education “is really at the heart of this globalist effort, really, just to be blunt about it, to enslave the world.”
Jones agreed, claiming that “top globalists” shaping the New World Order admitted to him, “off the record obviously,” that they do indeed control the public schools and are turning young people into their minions.
Newman continued by telling a hopeful story about when he “went to the Global Home Education Conference in Berlin in 2012 and there was a lot of Russians there. And they told me that homeschooling is totally free and wide open in Russia and that was amazing for me.”
While Newman claimed he “wouldn’t trust [Russian President Vladimir] Putin as far as [he] could throw him,” he agreed with Jones’ opinion of Putin that “you got to judge a tree by its fruits, and he’s promoting homeschool. He’s promoting masculine men and ‘men should be tough’ and, like, John Wayne. It’s the opposite of us, you know. It’s ‘men are good role models’ and ‘fathers are good.’”
Newman, agreeing with Jones that “when we see Russia going in the opposite of where we’re going we know we’re in trouble,” concluded, “yeah, and in the United States we’re moving towards crushing homeschooling. The government is becoming extremely hostile and the talking heads on MSNBC telling us that ‘the children belong to the community,’ and Hillary Clinton with her ‘village to raise a child.’ Homeschooling is one of the best options that parents could possibly seize upon right now. You need to get your kids out of the government school. You need to teach them to read using phonics. You need to teach them real history. You need to teach them the facts. And that is how we’re going to stop this criminal enterprise.”
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum announced today that he will once again be running for president. And why not, since while he failed to clinch the Republican nomination in 2012, by coming in second place to Mitt Romney he helped resuscitate a political career that had ended with a blowout reelection defeat in 2006.
Santorum hopes to build support from the farthest right base of the GOP, one which adamantly opposes gay equality and any step towards immigration reform and wants to turn back the clock on women’s rights. Santorum’s candidacy, as evidenced by his 2012 victories in Iowa and the Deep South, show that the Republican Party’s polarizing far-right flank has held on to its influential role, even as it jeopardizes the party’s ability to win elections and improve its image with the general public.
Here are five of Santorum’s worst policies, which give just a taste of what the GOP’s far-right base is craving:
“We have the state establishing a new religion, a secular state religion, a secular orthodoxy that everybody is going to have to comply with,” he said last month. “We don’t have as the threat was at the time of our Founders, the Church of England imposing the English church on America. We have now the secular church that is being imposed on this country and anybody that defects is subject to persecution and prosecution. That is a very serious threat to liberty in America.”
Public schools, according to Santorum, should ban secular teachings from the classroom because secularism has become “a religion.” He also said there will be “agitation” in American society until civil laws “comport” with divine laws.
He also produced a film with the far-right Family Research Council, which he also appears in, warning that gay rights laws violate the “wall of separation.” Santorum criticized laws barring discrimination against gay people as “a violation of the Establishment Clause” and signed a petition vowing to defy any Supreme Court decision striking down gay marriage laws.
3) Women’s Rights
In 2012, Santorum pledged that if he were elected president he would discuss “the dangers of contraception in this country,” claiming that contraception is “not okay because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” He claimed contraception access is an “important public policy issue” since it negatively impacts society and makes people “deconstruct” sex “to the point where it’s simply about pleasure.”
While criticizing Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration reform, Santorum denounced Obama as a “tyrant” who “acted against the Constitution” and “back[ed] Americans in a corner.”
He pledged to veto the DREAM Act, saying that young people brought to the U.S. as kids should simply “go back” to “Mexico.” However, he said that the U.S should immediately grant legal status to a German family who refused to go back to Germany because of its country’s laws limiting homeschooling.
While Santorum deflects any criticism of his interpretation of Christianity as an attack on religious freedom, he has no problem warning that mainline Protestant churches, along with universities and the government, are under the influence of the Devil:
Right-wing Christian apologist and American Family Radio host Alex McFarland appeared on TheDove TV recently to explain that belief in evolution is the root cause of racism in America today.
The Bible teaches that there is only one race, the human race, and that all people are made in the image of God, McFarland said, so logically people who hold racist views must be getting those ideas from elsewhere.
Apparently unaware that slavery existed long before Darwin wrote "On the Origin of Species," McFarland laughably asserted that the Founding Fathers knew that all men are created equal and blamed "150 years of Darwinian evolution" for supposedly undermining that core American principle.
"Evolution, for about 75 years, has had a stranglehold on American education," McFarland declared, "and so the number one reason for racism is belief in evolution."
Today on “The 700 Club,” a viewer wrote in to tell Pat Robertson that her daughter “is possessed by a demon” because “she’s in jail.” The mother told Robertson that she can’t “stand to be around” her daughter “long enough to visit her,” so asked whether it was possible to cast out her daughter’s demon “from afar.”
That is indeed possible, said Robertson: “Yes, you can pray it [out] from afar. But I think you ought to get a group together and maybe see that daughter, but I think you may have to have an exorcism. But I don’t know what she’s got.”
He advised the mother to be careful because “the last thing you want to do is to get together and start singing, ‘There Is Power in the Blood,’ you don’t serenade demons, you command them in the name of Jesus to leave.”
“I don’t know if the jailers would allow you to have a little intercessory deliverance meeting if you brought some people in,” he added.
“I had a demon who said, ‘You can’t have her, she’s mine,’ and I said, ‘No, demon, you can’t,’ so sometimes he’ll talk to you and you’ve got to respond,” Robertson continued. “How come she’s got the demon? What did she do to get possessed?”
He did, however, entertain the idea that the woman’s daughter has a mental illness and actually needs “psychiatric care or some chemical intervention to keep her sane” rather than an exorcism.
Take, for example, Ben Carson, who has continued writing a weekly column for the far-right outlet WorldNetDaily even after announcing his campaign for president. Writing in WND today, Carson claims that the military will not be able to continue its proud tradition because leaders “abandon[ed] them as they did in Benghazi and [said] it was too dangerous and too late to risk rescue efforts.”
“Why would soldiers in the future take on heroic risks for a nation that would be willing to abandon them when the going gets tough?” Carson writes. “These kinds of dishonest and cowardly decisions will have deleterious effects on the future of our nation.”
Carson also criticizes Harry Reid, whose last name he misspells at times as “Reed,” to claim that his attacks on Mitt Romney during the 2012 election represented “inappropriate internal warfare” and were likely “met with glee by the jihadists and others wishing to destroy our nation and our culture.”
In the end, Carson writes, “we must learn to stop fighting each other and recognize that many of the issues over which we constantly squabble are not Republican or Democratic issues, but rather are pro-American and anti-American issues.”
I have heard many people say that the level of dishonesty and corruption in our society is no worse today than it has been in the past. I have done a great deal of reading about American history, and I take issue with this assessment. I believe there has been a significant moral decline in our society based on the fact that many people now conclude that they themselves are the final arbiter of right and wrong.
By way of example, Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, was recently being interviewed on one of the cable networks, and he was asked about his claim during the previous election cycle that Mitt Romney had failed to pay income taxes for several years. That was proven false, but the damage had already been done to Mr. Romney. Mr. Reed’s [sic] response was: “Well, he didn’t win, did he?” It was a blatant and unsubstantiated claim made in a politically protected environment. The worst part of this story is that not a single one of Mr. Reed’s [sic] congressional Democratic colleagues condemned this prevarication, and other than Fox news, the story was largely ignored. It is extremely alarming that so many people are more loyal to their political party than they are to the reputation and moral standing of their nation.
When party loyalty trumps a sense of morality, as a nation we are in great trouble. Such attitudes lead to bitter divisions and in many cases outright hatred, which causes people to viciously attempt to harm their perceived opponents. Such inappropriate internal warfare can only be met with glee by the jihadists and others wishing to destroy our nation and our culture. If we are trying to destroy each other, we are obviously making their jobs much easier. Because we are involved in a global struggle for survival, even though many of our leaders refuse to admit that, we must learn to stop fighting each other and recognize that many of the issues over which we constantly squabble are not Republican or Democratic issues, but rather are pro-American and anti-American issues – and we should be on the same side.
How can people be expected to work for the good of a society whose leadership cannot be trusted? How can our military with its proud history of selfless courage be expected to continue such a tradition when our leadership abandons them as they did in Benghazi and says it was too dangerous and too late to risk rescue efforts? Why would soldiers in the future take on heroic risks for a nation that would be willing to abandon them when the going gets tough? These kinds of dishonest and cowardly decisions will have deleterious effects on the future of our nation. When we sacrifice our principles for political expediency, we end up in a very bad place. We must teach our kids the benefits of honesty and integrity. The concept of a clear conscience is worthy of discussion once again. The ability to concentrate on what one is doing because you’re not constantly worried about skeletons in the closet is a topic worthy of in-depth conversation both for us and for the next generation.
Southern Evangelical Seminary president Richard Land was a guest on TheDove TV a few weeks ago, where he declared that America's current political leadership is a sign that God's judgment is now upon this nation.
Land, who once called President Obama "a judgment of God on the United States," said that just as God heaped His judgment upon the nation of Israel, so too is He willing to punish America and is, in fact, doing so right now.
"I believe He is judging the United States of America," Land said. "I don't believe that you can kill 56 million babies in child sacrifice through abortion and not expect that God won't judge the nation. I believe we're in the state we're in today because of the judgment of God. I get asked all the time, 'Where is the next Abraham Lincoln? Where is the next Ronald Reagan? Where is the next Billy Graham?' Well, my answer is great political and spiritual leadership in our country is a sign of God's blessing; its absence is a sign of God's judgment."
Musician and conservative commentator Pat Boone is outraged that Robert Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, recently proposed an end to the organization’s ban on adult gay members.
Calling the announcement a “danger to our way of life,” Boone writes in WorldNetDaily today that if the Scouts move to “embrace homosexuality” it will “leave Scouting permanently marred, totally changed into something the founders would be appalled by – and that will inevitably bring about the collapse and demise of Scouting itself.”
According to Boone, all of America is at risk and the possibility of gays in the Boy Scouts presents a “danger to our way of life” as the change will destroy moral values, religious freedom and the American spirit: “Our courts and our ‘leaders’ are caving in, surrendering to ‘political correctness’ and abandoning, not just now but perhaps for our kids’ future, all of the moral guidelines, the DNA that made America who we are.”
America, WAKE UP! Things are happening right in front of our noses, and we don’t seem to grasp their significance, their danger to our way of life!
Get this: Just five days ago, Robert Gates, former director of the CIA and former secretary of defense, and now president of the Boy Scouts of America, made a declaration to the assembled executives of that wonderful, time-honored youth organization.
“We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be.”
And what was he talking about? “The cascading events, the incessant discrimination lawsuits, and the impending Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage” had led him to conclude that the hallowed rules that define the whole Scouting program “cannot be sustained.”
Think about it. Although the Boy Scouts officially began in 1909, and the Girl Scouts a year later, as a voluntary, nonprofit, non-governmental organization, dedicated by oath and internal law to honor and morality and “duty to God and country,” this man who personally directed our national defense and investigative agencies is advocating surrender of the Scouts’ founding principles to the encroaching, virulent campaign of militant homosexual activists!
Dear God, Bob Gates, what are you thinking?
Is this how you see “the world as it is”? Has the United States of America become so weak, so lost, so unable to defend our very moral underpinnings, our national DNA, our constitutional defenses and rights, that we must cave in to relentless pressure on Scouting to embrace homosexuality, not just in boys and girls enrolled in Scouting but in the leaders who will be lasting influences on their young, trusting lives?
Bob, I know you’re a good man faced with tough decisions. You want to be fair and compassionate and still keep the Scouts what they were created to be. Right? You only signed on for two years as president; you don’t want to leave Scouting permanently marred, totally changed into something the founders would be appalled by – and that will inevitably bring about the collapse and demise of Scouting itself.
Bob, dear Bob, the real issue is far deeper and more pervasive than just what you propose for Scouting. Our whole society, our very way of life, is on the line. Are we just to totally succumb to “the world as it is” and not continue to try to make it “what we wish it to be”? Do we just “give up” and become a pot-ridden populace, with all the mounting consequences? Do we just cave in to abortion advocates, who already account for a million or more infant deaths a year, here in the land of the brave and home of the free? Do you endorse the decisions of our president and former attorney general not to enforce immigration laws on our books?
Do you side with those who want to remove God’s name from all public life, prayer from schools, even “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance?
In 1954, Special Counsel Joseph Welch confronted Sen. Joe McCarthy: “At long last, have you left no sense of decency? No sense of decency?”
On issue after issue, Bob, our courts and our “leaders” are caving in, surrendering to “political correctness” and abandoning, not just now but perhaps for our kids’ future, all of the moral guidelines, the DNA that made America who we are.
Right-wing Catholic leaders are not happy that Ireland overwhelmingly voted to legalize gay marriage last week, with Deacon Keith Fournier declaring that "when an entire country freely chooses to reject both the laws of nature and of nature’s God, there will be consequences" and Father Shenan J. Boquet of Human Life International warning that "there is no sustainable peace for those who reject God’s law, and the effect on the traditionally Catholic nation of Ireland will be severe."
When Rick Perry makes his presidential announcement, he'll be surrounded by a gaggle of high profile Navy SEALS.
An interesting battle is shaping up between the NRA and right-wing pastors in North Carolina who support the state's ban on hunting on Sundays.
Matt Barber tells parents that they have been warned that gay Boy Scout leaders will molest their children: "If you leave your children in the Boy or Girls Scouts of America, anything that might happen is on your head."
Peter LaBarbera has now set his sights on The Leather Archives & Museum: "It glorifies the most heinous perversions, including pedophilia and incest. And nobody knows what's going on in there except the homosexual movement – and they try to keep it hidden."
Finally, last week, Cindy Jacobs' Generals International sent out an urgent message that "a prophetic intercessor was warned in a dream of a severe attack from ISIS, possibly targeting the Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC." No such attack took place, so we'll probably hear from Jacobs soon about how their prayers prevented it.