On “The 700 Club” today, televangelist Pat Robertson onceagaincharged that the gay rights movement is bent on destroying freedom, telling viewers that the gay community seeks to impose “totalitarian” socialism on America. He also implicated Hillary Clinton in the supposed gay plot to destroy liberty, claiming that she “wants to do away with the First Amendment, or at least part of it.”
Robertson was speaking about Indiana’s “religious freedom” law, which he falsely suggested was no different from the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“Now this bunch of gays, what they have done is single out — for example, there will be a city and there will be five bakeshops, four out of the five will do wedding cakes for anybody that wants them, gay, lesbian, Muslim, Hindu, anybody, they’ll do cakes. One little company says, ‘No, we’re Christian, we won’t do homosexual wedding cakes.’ So they sue that one and force that one, because the idea now is not tolerance, it is conformity, they’re going to make you go along with their lifestyle whether you like it or not,” Robertson said.
“That’s not freedom, ladies and gentlemen, that is totalitarian coercion, and that’s what those people want. Liberals are not liberal, they are totalitarian socialists. They want the government to force everybody into their mold.”
As Peter noted the other day, right-wing Christian nationalist and Religious Right power broker David Lane recently sent out an email to thousands of pastors, asking them hold a two-hour prayer service on Tuesday, April 28, the day that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans because "America is on the verge of learning something that can be learned in no other way, rebellion against God brings consequences. There is no safety in distance from God."
Today, CBN's David Brody reported that Lane has recruited Sen. Ted Cruz to send out his own email to these same pastors, asking them to preach against gay marriage on the Sunday before the case is heard and then pray for two hours on the day of the oral arguments:
How will the American church respond?
The prophet Daniel described the people who know their God as people who do two things: display strength and take action (Daniel 11:32).
How can the church rise to the occasion in this situation? Along with my friend David Lane of the American Renewal Project, I urge you to consider the following –
1) Preach about biblical marriage on Sunday, April 26.
We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation’s understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?
2) Lead prayer services on Tuesday, April 28.
Prayer moves our God to intervene in history. Prayer softens our hearts and brings us into alignment with the heart of God. The church has not shared the truth about marriage well: it is time to repent and commit ourselves to courage on this front.
Regardless of what happens in the Supreme Court, or anywhere else, we know that the truth will never be obsolete. The union of man and woman in marriage will always be relevant. People will continue to need marriage, and to desire it – because we are made in the image of God, creatures who value authentic companionship and intimate connection.
That leaves us only one question. Will we be on the right side of history, the side occupied by the Author of history? Otherwise we will fall victim to the fashions of the times.
Will we discard an institution, ordained by God, which has brought so much stability and happiness to the human family? Or will we stand in its support? Rightly or wrongly, the Supreme Court will take a stand on marriage this summer. Let’s take ours now.
God bless America,
Senator Ted Cruz
P.S. Thank you, as the prophet Daniel might have said, for taking action in defense of marriage. Marriage was God’s idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us. But how could we miss a chance to stand with Him on behalf of something so wonderful?
In the film, which features appearances by Santorum and Mike Huckabee, the FRC warns that a Supreme Court ruling striking down bans on same-sex marriage would jeopardize religious freedom and undermine the separation of church and state. The film mentions cases in Oregon and Washington state where a baker and florist, respectively, were sued for violating their states’ non-discrimination laws — not marriage laws — for refusing service to gay customers. (The baker and florist both lost their cases).
The new FRC film, narrated by the group’s president, Tony Perkins, points to the lawsuits as signs of a dark future in which the government will infringe on the rights of religious people in order to promote gay equality.
This week, as far-right groups are celebrating the first anniversary of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management over his refusal to pay years’ worth of grazing fees, the anti-government group Oath Keepers is getting involved in another dispute with the BLM, this time in Oregon.
The Mail Tribune in Medford, Oregon, reports that members of the Oath Keepers are gathering in southwest Oregon to prevent the BLM from temporarily shutting down operations of a mine that is violating federal regulations, claiming that the BLM’s actions are “unconstitutional.”
A group of armed volunteers has descended on rural Josephine County in defense of a mining claim that's become the subject of regulatory action by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
The federal agency says the Sugar Pine Mine, near Merlin, has been operating outside current mining laws and regulations, and the BLM recently ordered the claim's owners to cease operations until they file a plan of operations.
In response, the local chapter of the Oath Keepers, a group of former and current military and law enforcement personnel who've pledged to disobey any "unconstitutional" orders, says it was asked to defend the property from any encroachment by federal authorities.
Mary Emerick, a spokeswoman for the local Oath Keepers chapter, told the paper that she doesn’t want what’s going on in Merlin referred to as a “standoff” and that it has nothing to do with the Bundy anniversary:
She says the group doesn't want its security operation referred to as a "standoff," and says the event's timing coinciding with the one-year anniversary of Bundy's showdown with BLM agents was unintentional. "There's absolutely no relationship to that," she says.
But some of the national activists streaming to Oregon (Emerick says she’s “been contacted by people from Colorado, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Arizona, all parts of Oregon”) seem to see it differently. An article on the national Oath Keepers website promises a “brewing fight,” referring to it as a “potential standoff,” as does a piece in the popular far-right outlet Infowars and another on Glenn Beck's The Blaze.
The private mining consortium that includes the disputed mine is also promising to “do battle” with the BLM, posting a manifesto on its website that the non-standoff “presents what is probably a once-in-a-generation prime opportunity to strike at the heart of the very surface management authority of the DOI and USDA.”
Where is this all headed?
This case is headed in a direction that presents what is probably a once-in-a-generation prime opportunity to strike at the heart of the very surface management authority of the DOI and USDA and to restore the "as patent" rights of every mining claim owner in the United States by striking down the actual source of that intrusive authority.
Regardless, we intend to take BLM fully to task and will not feel sorry for any civil or criminal consequences that may be leveled upon any BLM employees who are found to be negligent of wrong doing. We are actively pursuing these individuals through a wide range of tactics with the intent to reign in these wrong doers.
Meanwhile, the BLM says it’s just asking for the Sugar Pine Mine to submit a “plan of operations” for the mine or appeal the decision. The local sheriff — viewed by many in the militia movement as the ultimate law enforcement authority in the country — says he’s trying to mediate the conflict.
Blindly accepting the report without question, Beck repeatedly warned that "ISIS is here" while predicting that the terrorist group would soon carry out an attack that would lead to the dissolution of the United States.
As Beck explained it, everyone knows that the southern border is not secure, making it easy for terrorists to easily cross into this country. And when these terrorists cross over and finally carry out an attack in America, it'll unleash the "Bubba Effect," which is Beck's theory that an "overbearing government" is pushing people over the edge until they respond with violence, which will then spiral out of control and result in the wholesale breakdown of society.
"This will lead to the Bubba Effect," he said. "That when the Feds finally come in and they're trying to tell you how to live your life and something bad has happened, some big terrorist strike and they're telling you what you have to do to prepare while they're washing their hands of the terrorist strike, while they're blaming it on everything but them. While they're telling you that you're going to have to change your life and adjust, somebody is going to stand up and say, 'Go to Hell. I'm not doing what you are telling me to do because you knew about this the whole time and you did nothing!'"
"They came across our southern border and we were the ones telling you to seal our southern border and you did nothing," Beck screamed. "So go to Hell. That's going to happen and it's not going to happen with just a group; it's going to happen with a group of states. They will say enough is enough. You did nothing to protect us."
"That's why they're watching us," he continued. "They're more afraid of the people than they are ISIS."
Joe Miller, the onetime Alaska GOP Senate candidate who is now the host of a fringy radio program, brought on Grove City College professor Paul Kengor this week to discuss Kengor’s book discussing President Obama’s connections to a childhood family friend, Frank Marshall Davis, who Kengor contends mentored the president and instilled in him a communist worldview.
“It’s pretty amazing that we’ve got a guy sitting in the Oval Office that was by his own admission mentored at least a dozen times by a card-carrying member of the Communist Party,” Miller said. “And then you combine with that his childhood experience growing up in Indonesia.”
“It’s a verified report, his mom was invited to a party of ex-pats in Indonesia and she declined, saying ‘those aren’t my people.’ And that was the environment that our current president was raised in,” Miller claimed. (In fact, Obama recalled in his memoir “Dreams From My Father” that his mother argued with her husband Lolo Soetoro about attending his “company dinner parties,” saying that his American colleagues were “not my people”; she wasn’t referring to Americans in general.)
“Yeah, that’s right,” Kengor agreed. “And again, the people listening, especially any liberals who are listening who don’t like any of this, find for me any other president on the right or the left, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, who has an upbringing like this. I mean, there flat-out aren’t any. This is extremely unusual.”
“So that’s why someone like Rudy Giuliani, who got in a lot of trouble for this a few weeks ago, when he comes out and everybody’s scratching their heads and perplexed about why Obama acts the way he does toward the Iranians, toward the Israelis, why he won’t mention the words ‘radical Islam’ together, why has he kind of curious, baffling policies that are hard to understand,” he said. “Well, what Rudy Giuliani said was exactly right.”
Later in the interview, Kengor took particular issue with “Sex Rebel,” an erotic novel thought to have been penned by Davis.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” he said. “This is a really weird, really strange, really bad environment, and the American people really screwed us up big-time in electing somebody and not caring about any of this radical stuff in his background.”
Long a target of frenzied right-wing smear campaigns, Hillary Clinton faced attacks during her tenure as secretary of state from activists and pundits who claimed she was trying destroy the U.S., impose Sharia law and shut down churches across America. And that doesn’t even include the Benghazi truthers who have tried to exploit the deadly 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Libya by coming up with bizarre, easily debunked, conspiracy theories about Clinton’s handling of the incident.
Now that Clinton has officially announced her second presidential run, the right-wing media has kicked off its latest round of Clinton-bashing. Here are just five of the lowlights from the last five days of right-wing anti-Clinton hysteria.
Shortly after the news of Clinton’s impending announcement broke on Friday, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre kicked off his group’s annual summit — attended by several GOP presidential hopefuls — by rolling out a list of purported “scandals” that he blamed on Clinton, including the 1993 death of White House aide Vince Foster.
LaPierre also trotted out his patentedparanoia, telling the NRA crowd that “Hillary Rodham Clinton will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair, forced upon the American people to endure.”
In another sign that Clinton will be criticized no matter what she does, one Fox News panel slighted her for visiting an Iowa Chipotle with her aide Huma Abedin, whom host Andrea Tantaros suggested was hungover. Tantaros even speculated that Clinton only ordered food from Chipotle because she is afraid that Sen. Marco Rubio may be consolidating the Latino vote.
2. Persecuted White Men
Bill O’Reilly, a staunch defender of the persecuted white Christian man, said that Clinton’s candidacy has potential because “traditional American values” are under assault. Reacting to the announcement of Clinton’s presidential bid, the Fox News host said that she has an “advantage” in a climate like today’s where “if you’re a Christian or a white man in America, it’s open season on you.”
1.Too Ugly To Be President
Surprising nobody, sexist attacks on Clinton’s age and looks began as soon as the news broke about her announcement. Fox News pundit Sean Hannity laid out his compelling case against Clinton like so: “She’s aging, out of ideas, often shrill, apparently, according to oral reports, angry and clearly not inspiring.” Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman called her the “Wicked Witch of the Left,” saying she is only “technically a woman.”
“Lyndon Baines Johnson was the last profoundly ugly candidate to be elected president, and he was a legacy of the martyred JFK,” Feder wrote. “Voters don't want a leader who looks frazzled or frumpy. We're told that Lincoln was too homely to be elected president in an age of television and paparazzi. But Lincoln's homely face had a dignity, a gravitas. If nothing else, we want a face that reassures us, not one that scares us, a la Night of the Living Alinskyites.”
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul recently sat down with the far-right outlet WorldNetDaily to discuss immigration reform, an issue about which he has been alloverthemap. The Republican presidential candidate, who stated in 2013 that any legal status for undocumented immigrants should “start with DREAM Act kids” but backed last year’s GOP plan to end the program that protects DREAMers from deportation, told WND that “I would’ve voted ‘no’" on the DREAM Act.
Paul also told WND’s Taylor Rose that he wants to end birthright citizenship, a key provision of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, claiming that it is turning the U.S. into “a magnet for the world” and lets “everybody come in here, have children and they all become citizens.”
Paul added that while it isn’t “fair” to send DREAMers “back to Mexico,” it also isn’t fair “to say they can stay and everybody else like them from Mexico can come also.”
“The DREAM Act alone I would’ve voted ‘no’ on because the DREAM Act didn’t fix the border,” he said. This led the senator to criticize the Motor Voter Act, saying that it has allowed for undocumented immigrants to commit voter fraud.
When Rose asked Paul about the unemployment rate in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota, the senator blamed it on immigration, adding that he “hasn’t met any farmers who say Americans will pick crops.”
“Americans are unwilling to work for $8 an hour and pick crops because they can sit at home and watch soap operas for government pay for 10 bucks an hour,” Paul said. “The problem is, we have a very generous safety net, maybe overly generous. What I say is if they look like you or look like me and they hop out of their truck, they shouldn’t be on disability.”
Referring to a “picture of a Social Security office floating around the internet,” he said that Americans won’t take low-paying jobs because it is easier to claim that they are disabled in order to collect Social Security benefits.