Ted Cruz: Gay Marriage Is The Greatest Threat To Religious Freedom In American History

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the Republican presidential candidate who believes that the gay “jihad” may soon lead to the imprisonment of pastors and the end of free speech, told a right-wing radio host yesterday that the legalization of same-sex marriage represents the greatest threat to religious liberty in the history of the United States.

“We are seeing today profound threats to religious liberty in America, I think the greatest threats we’ve ever seen,” Cruz told conservative author and talk radio host Eric Metaxas.

Cruz said that the fights over “religious freedom” laws in Indiana and Arkansas were “heartbreaking” examples of how the Democratic Party has “gotten so extreme and so radical in its devotion to mandatory gay marriage that they’ve decided there’s no room for the religious liberty protected under the First Amendment.”

He added that while “Democrats joined with big business in vilifying an effort to protect our religious liberty,” too many Republican leaders and presidential candidates “ran and hid in the hills.”

“We’re a nation that was founded by men and women who were fleeing religious oppression and coming to seek out a land where everyone of us could worship God Almighty with all of our hearts, minds and souls, and that is under profound jeopardy today,” Cruz said.

Cruz later claimed that Solicitor General Donald Verrilli had said during last month’s Supreme Court marriage equality arguments that if marriage equality is legalized nationwide, the IRS will start denying tax-exempt status to churches. (In the exchange Cruz referred to, Verrilli had said nothing of the sort.)

“The next step on this,” he said, “is your church being told it now pays income taxes on the tithes that are given each week, that it is now singled out and discriminated against, that universities like Notre Dame or Georgetown and Brigham Young or any university that is founded as a Christian university, if it continues to follow biblical teachings on marriage, the federal government is asserting the power to discriminate and persecute them.” This led Metaxas to warn of “parallels” to what occured in Nazi Germany.

Metaxas seemed to be pleased with Cruz’s responses, especially compared to his GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush, whom Metaxas criticized for failing to forcefully denounce marriage equality and hiring “top people in his campaign who are very aggressively pro-same-sex-marriage.” 

Steve King: There Is No Anti-Muslim Discrimination In America

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said yesterday that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s promise earlier this year to “give voice to the plight of Muslims living in this country and the discrimination that they face” was “just appalling,” adding that he does not believe Muslim-Americans face any discrimination.

Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson played King a clip of Johnson’s remarks at a February summit on violent extremism, asking incredulously, “So the guy that we put in charge of homeland security thinks that it’s his job as chief of the homeland security to give voice to Muslims while calling Islam the religion of peace?”

“This is just appalling to think that the man who’s in charge of protecting Americans domestically would take a position like that, Jan,” King responded.

“The president can dredge up his Crusader history and try to leverage that back against us to guilt us,” he said, referring to President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, “but what’s this discrimination that’s going on against Muslims in this country? I’m not seeing it. I mean, they’re beheading Christians on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and some people are speaking ill of that component. So where are the moderate Muslims speaking up?”

Anti-Gay Pundit: Homosexuality 'A Factor' In Amtrak Crash

Anti-gay pundits such as Charles C. Johnson and the editors of WorldNetDaily are making hay over the news that the engineer of the fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia on Tuesday was a supporter of gay rights and may be gay himself.

Today on her radio program, American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios also mentioned the engineer’s sexual orientation, saying it was likely “a factor” the crash.

“Now I am not saying, I am not inferring to those of you that are gay rights activists and like to monitor this show, I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,” Rios said. She then suggested that the engineer could have possibly been “going through some confusion that has to do with the very core of who they are,” and mentioned the story of an airline pilot who “put his entire plane at risk because he had an emotional, angry outburst to something that happened,” which she says was related to hormone therapy he was receiving.

Rios added: “I don’t know, but I think it is something to be discussed and I think it’s a factor and I doubt you will hear it anywhere else.”

Louie Gohmert: 2009 Hate Crimes Law Will Criminalize The Bible

It has now been more than five years since the passage of the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which anti-gay activists predicted would lead to the end of free speech and the criminalization of the Bible. None of these predictions has yet to come true, but that hasn’t stopped Rep. Louie Gohmert from warning that the catastrophic consequences of the hate-crimes law will materialize any day now.

The Texas Repubilcan joined Florida talk radio host Joyce Kaufman yesterday to discuss the attempted attack on a Texas anti-Islam event hosted by Pamela Geller. Kaufman was not pleased with Bill O’Reilly for criticizing Geller’s event, which she said was an attack on Geller’s free speech. This made Gohmert think of the hate-crimes law, which he said was also an attack on free speech and was useless anyway because “people who have this kind of hate, they have the best chance of being rehabilitated.”

The government will eventually use the hate-crimes law, he said, to charge Christians who quote the Bible with “hate speech.”

“I mentioned some years back that hate crimes, eventually, somebody is going to bring that up when a Christian says, ‘I believe what Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, the life, nobody goes to the Father but through me,"’” Gohmert said. “That is hate speech. You’re saying that nobody else but you goes to Heaven? That’s hate speech. I mean, this is where it ultimately goes if we’re not free to say what we believe and have disagreements about it without being shot.”

Right-Wing Radio Host: Don't Buy Girl Scout Cookies Since The 'Freaks' 'Pimp Abortion And Gender Identity Garbage'

Yesterday, Houston-based conservative talk show host Sam Malone lashed out at Girl Scouts troops that accept transgender girls, lamenting that the organization’s “wheels fell off the truck a long time ago.” “That’s just as close as godless and communism as you can get,” Malone said of the Girl Scouts, before arguing — falsely — that the Girl Scouts “took God out of their oath.”

“The Girl Scouts are a joke,” he continued, “and now the Girl Scouts welcome transgender, trannies, whatever.”

Malone added that he refuses to buy Girl Scout cookies since the group “pimps abortion and gender identity garbage” to kids: “I don’t buy the cookies. I don’t want nothing to do with that organization. You drop God, you drop Sam. You drop ethics, you drop morality, you drop the sanctity of life and you pimp abortion and gender identity garbage — what kind of a freak are you?”

Conservative Pundit: LGBT Equality Leads To Islamic Domination

Religious Right “historian” Bill Federer appeared on the American Family Radio show “Today’s Issues” yesterday to promote his book, “American Minute,” which he said is needed more than ever because Americans are forgetting about their Christian history, leading to Islamic rule.

Federer claimed that Europe “went from a Judeo-Christian past into a neutral-secular-gay-agenda present and now it’s going into an Islamic future,” arguing that “the sexual confusion agenda is simply a transition phase” that will soon “be taken over by Islam.”

The U.S. military, Federer said, is undergoing such a process, claiming that Christian service members are being “pushed out or into the closet” as the result of gay rights laws, “and now we are seeing the introduction of Islam and these proselytizing classes under the guise of teaching you to be sensitive to the Muslim, but they are making large numbers of converts to Islam in the military.”

And we all know how prescient Federer’s analysis of history can be, as he once wondered if Obama will start a war and fake an assassination attempt against him in order to win the 2016 election.

Jesse Lee Peterson: African Americans Were Better Off Before Civil Rights

Conservative talk show host Jesse Lee Peterson told WorldNetDaily in an interview today that African-American “civil-rights leaders” are “worse than the Ku Klux Klan and skinheads combined,” blaming them for the recent riots in Baltimore.

WND notes that Peterson believes “that African-Americans are worse off now than they were before the civil rights movement.” The right-wing pundit told the outlet that African Americans can only make progress once they “overcome their false sense of victimhood and stop blaming whites.”

“Modern-day civil-rights leaders are the worst enemy of black Americans,” he charged. “These black ‘leaders’ are worse than the Ku Klux Klan and skinheads combined.”



Peterson believes the situation in Baltimore is an outgrowth of the culture of grievance adopted by too many African-Americans. He even charges that African-Americans are worse off now than they were before the civil rights movement.

“Blacks are less independent. The black family unit, for the most part, has been destroyed. Blacks today are more dependent on government programs and handouts,” he said.



“I cannot think of any notable positive developments taking place at this time,” he said. Regarding the disintegration of public order in Baltimore, Peterson said nothing will change unless blacks stop trying to blame everyone else for their community’s problems.

“Blacks need to get over their ‘blackness’ and become Americans rather than ‘African-Americans,’” he said. “They must overcome their false sense of victimhood and stop blaming whites. They need to stop relying on the government and leaders so they can become independent and think for themselves.”

End Times Pundits: Pope Francis Turning Church Into The Whore Of Babylon

The Vatican’s decision yesterday to recognize Palestine as an independent state upset two End Times commentators, who told WorldNetDaily that the move may potentially lead to millions of deaths, a surge in anti-Semitism and the Last Days.

Joel Richardson claimed that Catholic Church under Pope Francis “has capitulated to the spirit of the age, has turned their back on the God of Israel, and has stumbled headlong into the darkness,” while Carl Gallups alleged that the move “gives credence to the theory of many evangelicals that the church is foretold in Revelation as the Harlot and will be given over to apostasy.”

The diplomatic recognition of the “state of Palestine” by the Vatican will open the door to a new wave of anti-Semitism and endanger millions of Israeli Jews and Arabs, charge several leading evangelicals who have written about the end times.

And the controversial decision by Pope Francis is even leading to allegations the Roman Catholic Church will be an adversary to Christians and the state of Israel during those times. New York Times bestselling author and filmmaker Joel Richardson slammed the decision as “an act of profound hatred toward the Jewish people globally.”



“To support a Palestinian state without demanding that they first unequivocally renounce and repent of their plans for the Jewish people is to have a hand in the violence that follows,” he said. “Today the Catholic Church has committed an act deeply grievous to the God it claims to represent.”

Talk-show host, pastor and author Carl Gallups agrees that the impact of the Vatican’s decision will be catastrophic. However, the author of “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation” says he isn’t surprised.

Gallups told WND: “This really should come as no huge shock to the world, especially to the Christian world, because this pope has made similar statements supporting the Palestinian cause. As far as I know, this is the first time he’s called for a Palestinian state explicitly, however. And this is disturbing prophetically and geopolitically, because it will fuel the current wave of anti-Semitism that is sweeping the globe.

“It is important to remember there has never been a nation state in that area except Israel. So some kind of ‘Palestinian nation’ is only going to be used to fuel this fire by the leftists and godless who are mobilized by hatred of Israel and Jews. Though I’m an evangelical, I find it so tragic that this statement is coming from the pope, who so many believe should be a bastion of Christianity. But this pope is a leftist theologically speaking and politically speaking,” he said.

Gallups says the foreign-policy stance of the Vatican may presage deep divisions between the Roman Catholic Church and evangelical Christians.

“This decision gives credence to the theory of many evangelicals that the church is foretold in Revelation as the Harlot and will be given over to apostasy,” he said. “It’s very disturbing but not completely shocking coming from this pope and at this time in history. Again, we are living in prophetic times.



Richard [sic] said that in recognizing Palestine as its own state, the Catholic Church “has capitulated to the spirit of the age, has turned their back on the God of Israel, and has stumbled headlong into the darkness.”

Gun Lobbyist: Concealed Carry Is 'The Death Knell For Terrorists'

In an interview with Dove TV on Tuesday, Gun Owners of America Communications Director Erich Pratt claimed that laws permitting concealed carry of firearms will be “the death knell for terrorists” because “the only way that you’re going to stop” terrorist attacks is with a heavily armed populace.

Discussing the attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, which was thwarted when local and federal law enforcement officers shot the attackers, host Perry Atkinson told Pratt, “In some ways the war on terror in America now has been unleashed at a new level. Wouldn’t that become gun owners’ greatest defense?”

“Oh absolutely,” Pratt responded. “That is the only way that you’re going to stop this, because terrorists are notorious showing up at a scene, gunning down a bunch of people, and then they run back into the woods, type of scenario. But what happened in Texas is textbook for how you deal with this.”

Citing a debunked report of an ISIS training camp in Mexico and “all kinds of reports of Middle Eastern people who are coming across our southern border,” Pratt said the Garland attack was “just a reminder that people need to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.”

“And the more and more that people are carrying, we’ve actually seen violent crime rates dropping,” Pratt said, demonstrating a grasp of statistics reminiscent of his father, GOA director Larry Pratt. “It’s very interesting, just in the last five years, the number of concealed carry permit holders has doubled in this country, and yet at the same time, the gun murder rate has dropped 12 percent. So we’re literally seeing more guns, less crime. And that approach is the death knell for terrorists. They can’t deal with that.

Penny Nance: Girl Scout Transgender Policy A 'Slap In The Face To Christian Parents'

Concerned Women for America’s Penny Nance joined the American Family Radio program “Today’s Issues” yesterday to discuss the Girl Scouts of America’s policy to accept transgender young people “on a case-by-case basis,” which she called “just one more slap in the face to Christian parents.”

When AFA President Tim Wildmon asked Nance about the Girl Scouts’ “venture into sexual anarchy,” Nance responded that since the 1970s, the Girl Scouts has been “starting to lurch to the left,” falsely claiming that “they took God out of the pledge” and citing a right-wing meme about the group tweeting an article that mentioned pro-choice proponent Wendy Davis.

“And now this latest thing is just one more slap in the face to Christian parents,” she said, “which is now you don’t have to be a girl to be a member of Girl Scouts. You can just be questioning your gender or a boy who would like to be a girl.”

“I think this is a place, frankly, for the church to be the church and for people that are marginalized in society, for us to love them,” she added, “but we also can’t lose our minds.”

Nance made some of the same points in an interview with Fox News’ Elizabeth Hasselbeck earlier this week:

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