Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Is Dead

Notorious anti-gay activist Fred Phelps has died, according to news reports.

Fred Phelps was the founder and patriarch of Westboro Baptist Church, which he and his family members used as a base for attention-grabbing protests at funerals of people who had died from AIDS, at gay-rights rallies and marches, at churches he deemed insufficiently anti-gay, and later at the funerals of American soldiers (based on the “logic” that America itself is vile and hated by God for its growing acceptance of LGBT people).

It is hard to know how much pain Phelps caused individual LGBT people and their families, particularly young people struggling with their sexuality and/or faith, with his denunciations.  But he certainly failed in his mission to frighten or harass Americans away from support for equality. In fact he may have accelerated the trend by putting such an unappealing face on anti-gay bigotry that many American Christians wanted nothing to do with him.

Phelps did allow other anti-gay leaders to posture that he was the face of hatred, not them. But the substance of their message to gay people is similar: repent or be damned – it’s just that Phelps framed it as “God hates fags” while people like Bryan Fischer say God loves them and wants them to abandon their demonic lifestyle. They may have disagreed on rhetorical strategy, but they shared their hostility to an America in which LGBT people are treated equally under the law.  In the end, other anti-gay religious leaders, even ones who distanced themselves from Phelps’s rhetoric, were tainted by him.

The Phelps family has inspired some truly creative activism by pro-equality activists, who used their appearances to raise funds for progressive organizations, and who created visually striking walls of “angels” to keep Phelps family protesters out of view of grieving family members.

Fred Phelps’s decision to protest military funerals may have accomplished the most in terms of helping more Americans view anti-gay bigotry as broadly un-American. He may have left exactly the legacy he didn’t want.

Elaine Donnelly Fears Military Will 'Become A Magnet' For Transgender Service Members

Anti-LGBT activist Elaine Donnelly said yesterday that a push to end the ban on transgender military service members will create an “incentive” for people seeking sex reassignment surgery to join the Armed Forces, turning the military into a transgender “magnet.”

In an interview with Janet Mefferd, the Center for Military Readiness head criticized the Palm Center and prominent donor Jennifer Pritzker, a transgender veteran and billionaire, for its study that called for an end on the ban on transgender service.

“Why doesn’t she take her billion-plus dollars and set up a hospital there in San Francisco and they can do the transgender surgery, the very expensive hormonal treatments both before and after, instead of expecting the military to be the source of this very specialized and expensive medical treatment?” Donnelly asked.

“Now some people can see an incentive that would be created if young people who for whatever reason are confused about their sexuality — why, who knows, it baffles me — but if they decide, ‘well I know that my medical benefits are going to be covered,’ and so you join the military and if you know the military has to pay all of these medical benefits, then it becomes like a magnet.”

“The military is not there to be a magnet for people who have personal problems or medical problems or are sexually confused or whatever, it’s there to defend the country,” she added.

Joel Rosenberg Predicts Imminent Divine Punishment Over Abortion Rights

Joel Rosenberg today repeated his warning that God will soon punish America for legalizing abortion, telling Pat Robertson on the 700 Club that America will be treated more harshly than Nazi Germany and suggesting that Christians who don’t fight abortion are like those who collaborated with the Nazi government.

“If we get to sixty million [abortions], we will have killed ten times more Americans than the Nazis killed of the Jews,” Rosenberg said. “Now we know the judgment that came on Nazi Germany, and we feel like it was correct, it was just. What do we think is going to happen?”

Beck: My Network 'Is Being Led By A Higher Power'

With every passing day it becomes more and more obvious that Glenn Beck is willfully ignorant and will continue to repeat things on air that have already been debunked because he simply will not allow the truth to get in the way of his agenda.

As we noted just the other day, Beck has been claiming that the world was shocked to recently learn that, back during the 2008 economic crisis, Russia approached China about the possibility of selling off massive amounts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities in order to create even more chaos. Beck claimed that if people simply watched the programming on his network, they would have known this fact a whole eight months ago.

Last night, he made this same point again, only now adding that his staff "is being led by a higher power" that is allowing them to always be well ahead of the rest of the news media:

Of course, as we pointed out last time, this particular piece of information had been known for years because former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson revealed it in the book he published back in 2010:

Russia urged China to dump its Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds in 2008 in a bid to force a bailout of the largest U.S. mortgage-finance companies, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said.

Paulson learned of the “disruptive scheme” while attending the Beijing Summer Olympics, according to his memoir, “On The Brink.”

The Russians made a “top-level approach” to the Chinese “that together they might sell big chunks of their GSE holdings to force the U.S. to use its emergency authorities to prop up these companies,” Paulson said, referring to the acronym for government sponsored entities. The Chinese declined, he said.

Russia’s five-day war with U.S. ally Georgia started on Aug. 8, the same day as the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Games. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told U.S. President George W. Bush during those ceremonies that “war has started,” according to Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman.

“The report was deeply troubling -- heavy selling could create a sudden loss of confidence in the GSEs and shake the capital markets,” Paulson wrote. “I waited till I was back home and in a secure environment to inform the president.”

This piece of information has been known for over four years, but Beck is claiming that his network is divinely-guided because it was able to report it eight months ago?

AFA's One Million Moms Joins Graham Cracker Boycott

The American Family Association subsidiary One Million Moms is joining calls from fellow anti-gay activists to boycott Honey Maid graham crackers over an ad that includes a same-sex couple.

The group is asking members to email Honey Maid to tell the company that they were “highly offended” by its “disrespect of millions of American families by supporting the homosexual agenda.”

In a statement, the group said Honey Maid — and its parent company Nabisco — “should be ashamed of themselves” for their “attempt to normalize sin” by “pushing the LGBT agenda.”

Nabisco should be ashamed of themselves for their latest Honey Maid and Teddy Graham cracker commercial where they attempt to normalize sin. Right away it shows two men with a baby, followed by other families, and ends with different families pictured including the one with two dads. This commercial not only promotes homosexuality, but then calls the scene in the advertisement wholesome. The ad states, "Everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family. This is wholesome."

One Million Moms stands up for Biblical truth which is very clear in Romans 1:26-27 about this particular type of sexual perversion.

Honey Maid is also using the hashtag #thisiswholesome. There is concern about the way this ad is pushing the LGBT agenda, but an even greater concern is the way that they are changing the meaning of the word "wholesome."

This is truly sad. If this is what Honey Maid thinks is wholesome, then my family will no longer purchase Honey Maid or Nabisco products.

Erik Rush: Founders Would Kill 'The Radicals In Our Government'

Conservative pundit Erik Rush has repeatedly called for the execution of Obama administration officials, and today in WorldNetDaily claims that the Founders would back him up: “America’s founders would burn them in a pile, as I’ve become fond of saying, only stopping short of asserting that’s what we ought to do with them.”

Rush writes that young voters need to learn that President Obama is akin to “a calculating, treasonous international criminal with the agenda of rivaling history’s most notorious tyrants,” who is leading the country “toward oligarchical collectivism, all in plain sight.”

Like many disgusted (and some horrified) Americans who have recently become politically engaged, the specter of the conspiracies that exist, and the true extent to which our political leaders have been corrupted, may be more than the aforementioned 20-somethings can process just yet. The distance between gauging President Obama as a failure versus a calculating, treasonous international criminal with the agenda of rivaling history’s most notorious tyrants is pretty vast.

Then there’s the cabal of progressive, elitist Republicans who’ve managed to pass themselves off as conservatives for so long that even many conservatives think they’re conservatives. They and the radicals in our government are merrily shepherding us toward oligarchical collectivism, all in plain sight. America’s founders would burn them in a pile, as I’ve become fond of saying, only stopping short of asserting that’s what we ought to do with them.

All of these machinations conspire to confuse even the astute – and most American voters are not that astute at present.

Yet this does not mean that all is lost – otherwise I’d probably be living in a fortified compound someplace right about now. The efforts being made by the political left – whether it be venomous so-called correspondents on MSNBC, the Obama administration mobilizing federal agencies to target patriot groups, or the overall efforts to marginalize and discredit conservatives and libertarians on numerous fronts – are indicative of their fear.

Peroutka: Rand Paul's 'Agree To Disagree' Plan 'Formula For Total Chaos, Tyranny And Anarchy'

The Institute on the Constitution’s Michael Peroutka, like Sen. Ted Cruz, will not agree with Sen. Rand Paul’s suggestion that the GOP needs to “agree to disagree” on social issues in order to attract young voters.

In fact, Peroutka told radio host Steve Deace yesterday that Paul’s suggestion is “really a formula for total chaos, tyranny and anarchy.”

“It’s really an un-American and unbiblical worldview,” he added. “It flies in the face of Americanism.”

“Right and wrong is already determined,” he explained. “You can’t give it over to some generation of people -- I don’t care how media savvy they are, I don’t care how relevant they might seem. That’s not where truth and right and wrong comes from.”
 

Anne Graham Lotz: Missing Airplane Just A 'Small Snapshot' Of What The World Will Experience Following The Rapture

Back in 2011, when a series of tornadoes ripped through several southern states and killed more than 300 people, we were told that this was just "a little taste" of what God's judgment upon humanity was going to look like.

Today, it seems that the mystery surrounding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is just a little taste of what The Rapture is going to look like, according to Anne Graham Lotz.

Lotz, the daughter of Billy Graham and sister of Franklin Graham, wrote on her blog that the mystery and confusion over what happened to the plane is just a "small snapshot" of what the world will experience in the wake of The Rapture when millions of Christians instantaneously disappear:

Where have all the people gone?The pictures of grieving friends and family members of those who are missing are heart-wrenching.  I have prayed for God’s peace and comfort for them, as well as God’s direction of the search and rescue teams who are desperately looking for clues that will solve the mystery.  But the unanswered questions seem to intensify the horror…

How could a modern airliner drop out of sight so quickly and completely?

What happened to the plane itself?

Was it hijacked?

Was it blown out of the sky?

Did something happen to the pilots so that without guidance the plane plunged intact into the depths of the sea?

Bottom line: Where are all the people?

The answers don’t seem to be forthcoming as I write this.  But as I have prayerfully pondered all of the above, I can’t help but wonder…Is this worldwide sense of shock and helplessness, of questions and confusion, of fear and grief, a glimpse of things to come?  Is this a small snapshot of what the entire world will experience the day after the rapture of the church? Because the Bible is clear.  There is coming a moment in time when Jesus will come back to gather to Himself all those—dead and alive--who have put their trust in Him.  And on that day, the world will be asking, Where have all the people gone?  Not just 239 of us, but millions of us.

Right Wing Round-Up - 3/19/14

  • Hatewatch: Could Austin Ruse’s Violent Rhetoric Endanger C-FAM’s Status with the UN?
  • Dylan Scott @ TPM: Jindal's Totally Bogus Obamacare Attack At Center Of Billboard Feud.
  • Brian Powell @ Media Matters: The Bizarre Writings Of A Conservative Radio Host Embraced By Sen. McConnnell To Help With Fundraising.
  • Andy Towle @ Towleroad: Anti-Gay Groups Fail: All Three Illinois Republicans Who Voted for Marriage Equality Win Primaries.
  • Jeremy Hooper: FRC launches 'National Campaign in Defense of Marriage;' claims gay parents 'provide distorted values to innocent adopted kids.'
  • David Edwards @ Raw Story: Fox News host Bill Hemmer explains missing plane: ‘It took 2,000 years to find Noah’s Ark.’

Right Wing Leftovers - 3/19/14

  • Phyllis Schlafly must protect her good name from her own nephew because "alcohol has a connotation that is the opposite of conservative values."
  • Bryan Fischer sours on Rand Paul and warms to Ted Cruz.
  • Speaking of Cruz, he told a gathering of home-schoolers in Iowa that "school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century."
  • A homicide detective will apply "his cold case investigation skills to the Bible" to determine if the evidence of "Jesus' death [will] stand up to today's standards for reliable eyewitness testimony" at a series of events called "Cold Case Christianity."
  • Finally, Peter LaBarbera is upset that a transgender contestant was named "Miss Congeniality": "The saddest thing of all is that people like this, even young men and girls, are championed and celebrated when they demonstrate this sort of gender confusion and sexual confusion. It's a sad day in America to see these kinds of cases celebrated."
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