NOM’s Brian Brown: Ending Anti-Gay Discrimination Means Giving 'Believers' the Shaft

Religious Right leaders have long argued that legal equality for LGBT people cannot coexist with religious freedom. Now that the Supreme Court has made marriage equality the law of the land, and the LGBT movementis seeking protections against discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations, these claims are getting more shrill.

The Right is worked up about the introduction in Congress last month of the Equality Act, which would provide legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. The Equality Act, says Lambda Legal, “does not change the religious exemptions already in federal law.”

Miranda reported last week that Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage said the Equality Act should be called “The Persecution of Americans Act.” Now, in a new fundraising email, NOM calls the “Beyond Marriage Equality” agenda “an outrageous attempt to persecute Americans who believe in God” and suggests that extending civil rights protections to protect LGBT people would be “catastrophic.”

The agenda being advanced by the left will have a catastrophic impact on every single American as it covers housing, employment, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. Gays and lesbians get special legal rights and can beckon the government to target people of faith for investigations and punishment, while Americans who believe in God get the shaft.

But Brown doesn’t speak for “Americans who believe in God.” Most Americans, including religious Americans, support nondiscrimination laws that protect LGBT people. A Public Religion Research Institute survey from June found that 60 percent of white evangelical Protestants support nondiscrimination laws.  As PRRI’s Robert Jones recently wrote in the Atlantic:

Today, nearly seven in ten (69 percent) Americans favor laws that would protect LGBT individuals against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing, compared to 25 percent who oppose such policies. And there is majority support for these protections across partisan and religious lines. In fact, most Americans actually already believe that workplace nondiscrimination is the law of the land: Three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans incorrectly believe it is currently illegal under federal law to fire or refuse to hire someone because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

A poll conducted for HRC earlier this year found overwhelming public support for a nondiscrimination law.

WorldNetDaily Catches Obama's 'Demonic Spirit' In Kenya

WorldNetDaily, the same right-wing outlet that broke the earthshattering story about how a housefly that landed on President Obama proved that he is possessed by demons, has found new evidence of Obama’s Satanic nature: a grey blur, likely a boom mic, seen in a video of Obama exiting Air Force One on his recent trip to Kenya.

Start watching at the 7:50 mark in this video to see the “demon” for yourself:

Joe Kovacs, WND’s executive news editor, says he is just asking the question: “Is this a demon racing in front of Obama?

Kovacs interviews a “concerned woman” who “saw a demon run by” Obama, and reports that a “video editor who examined the footage” also wondered if it was “some type of other-worldly being.”

The brave journalist also notes that a “freeze-frame analysis indicates the flash may appear to have a head and shoulders as it scurries along.”

While the notorious birther outlet may not yet have uncovered Obama’s secret Kenyan birth certificate, at least now they have found his Kenyan demonic spirit.

He’s the U.S. president who has hadflies land on his face numerous times, prompting some to call him “Lord of the flies.”
And he has been buzzed by bees.

And has had rodents running across his presidential podium while addressing reporters.

His face has even been compared to the character of Satan the devil in “The Bible” TV miniseries .

And now, a mysterious flash during Barack Obama’s visit to his ancestral homeland of Kenya last month has some people wondering once again about the president’s ties to strange phenomena.

The latest case involves video of Obama’s arrival July 24 in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, posted by Kenya CitizenTV.

As the president smiles and shakes hands with those greeting him at the airport after he descends from Air Force One, a strange image races across the screen from right to left, seemingly directly in front of Obama.

“My husband and I were watching this and I told him I saw a demon run by,” a concerned woman told WND.

“He didn’t believe until I rewound the video. Please take a look!”



The translucent, gray figure rushes by in the blink of an eye, and is difficult to discern at regular speed. A freeze-frame analysis indicates the flash may appear to have a head and shoulders as it scurries along.

Of course, there's a variety of possible explanations for the mystery, including a camera flash, a reflection, an out-of-focus person, a boom microphone, a bird, an insect, a glitch in the video or the always popular optical illusion.

A video editor who examined the footage told WND: "From a video editor's standpoint, it could just be some sort of glitch. However, there doesn't seem to be any logical reason as to why this glitch would appear as the rest of the video seems to be functioning fine. The image does look like some type of other-worldly being, but I'm sure everyone's own imagination will conjure up what they would like it to be."

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/4/15

  • Eric Hananoki @ Media Matters: GOP 2016 Contenders Are Courting Erick Erickson, The Anti-Gay Pundit With A “Pattern Of Being Disrespectful To Women.”
  • Alan Colmes: Colmes vs. David Horowitz: Is Obama a ‘Jew-hater’?

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/4/15

  • Two men in Mississippi reportedly open fired at military service members at a Jade Helm 15 training site.
  • Don Feder explains that “for liberals, deaths only matter when they can be used to indict racist America or attack the private ownership of firearms.” 
  • Fox News pundit Todd Starnes has some thoughts: “It’s a mess out there, folks. Firestorms in the West. A great deluge in the South. Immorality in Washington. If I didn't know better I’d say Someone might be trying to tell us something.”

Sandy Rios: 'Black Criminals' Targeting 'White Men,' Just As Planned Parenthood Trying To 'Do Away With Minorities'

American Family Association official Sandy Rios reacted to the shooting of a Memphis police officer yesterday by embarking on an “all lives matter” discourse in which she explained that racism goes both ways because “we have a lot of black men targeting … white men and white people,” just as Planned Parenthood “seems to target minority communities” in an effort to “do away with minorities.”

Just as the Charleston church shooting was “a white racist shooting black people,” she said on her American Family Radio program, “now we have a lot of black men targeting, it seems to me, okay, this is going to be a controversial statement, but there do seem to be a lot of acts of violence from black criminals to white men and white people.”

“But all lives matter,” she said. “All lives matter. That’s why, the whole abortion issue, Planned Parenthood seems to target minority communities more than any, whether it’s Hispanic or black. And that’s not an accident, that was part of their founding charter, to do away with minorities.”

Liberty Counsel: Marriage Equality Imposes Unconstitutional 'Religious Test' For Public Office

The right-wing legal group Liberty Counsel has been encouraging public officials from county clerks to governors to ignore the Supreme Court’s decision striking down gay-marriage bans nationwide, and as part of this work is representing Kim Davis, a Kentucky clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Liberty Counsel’s main argument in the Kentucky case is that Davis’ religious liberty is being violated because she is being forced to do her job and issue licenses for legal marriages between people of the same sex.

In fact, LC argues in a recent court filing, marriage equality actually imposes an unconstitutional “religious (or anti-religious) test for holding office” because people like Davis who don’t want to issue marriage licenses to gay couples aren’t allowed to refuse to do so.

WorldNetDaily summarizes LC’s argument:

They want, the court filing explains, “to induce irreversible and substantial harm to the religious conscience of Davis.”

“If Davis’ religious objection cannot be accommodated under the circumstances of this case, then elected officials have no real religious freedom when they take public office,” Staver warned.

The brief argues, “There is no constitutional right to have a particular person authorize a SSM license and affix their imprimatur to that permanent public record, especially if that person holds deep religious convictions prohibiting her from participating in and approving of SSM.”

It continued, “Contrary to plaintiffs’ insatiable demands, such individual rights and freedoms so fundamental to liberty are neither surrendered at the entry door of public service nor waived upon taking an oath of office. To suggest otherwise creates a religious (or anti-religious) test for holding office – which the United States and Kentucky Constitutions expressly forbid.”

Anti-Immigrant Sheriff Claims Arpaio Lawsuit Is Attempt To Distract From Obama 'Scandals'

Thomas M. Hodgson, the Bristol County, Massachusetts sheriff who organized a sparsely attended anti-immigrant rally at the U.S. Capitol last year, defended Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a radio interview today, saying racial profiling charges against Arpaio are part of the Obama administration’s attempt to vilify “the people who are coming forward and telling the truth to the American people.”

Hodgson joined American Family Association official Sandy Rios on her radio program this morning, where he alleged that the case against Arpaio is just an attempt to distract Americans from Obama administration “scandals.”

“It’s a trend we’ve seen, actually, from this administration with regards to all law enforcement,” he said. “It seems that the people that are doing their job, who are standing up for what’s right are vilified, they’re attacked. We’ve seen it with the IRS scandal, we’ve seen it with all kinds of scandals where the administration was sort of trying to direct attention away from what they were doing and vilifying the people who were coming forward and telling the truth to the American people.”

A Justice Department investigation has found “a pattern or practice of unlawful discriminatory police conduct directed at Latinos in Maricopa County” under Arpaio’s leadership.

Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America,” admitted in March to violating a court order “by continuing to allow sheriff's deputies to make traffic stops based on suspicions about individuals' immigration status.”  He offered to apologize and asked county officials to create a $350,000 fund meant to compensate those he harmed.

Rick Wiles: Texas Will Face Nuclear Attack In Next Jade Helm Training

In the run-up to the Jade Helm 15 military training exercise, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles predicted that the military would use the exercise to pave the way for a “two-month-long Night of the Long Knives,” “a round-up of patriotic men,” an illegal Obama third term and possibly a nuclear EMP attack.

Obviously, none of those things have happened, but last week the End Times prophet explained that such events will actually occur during Jade Helm 16.

Wiles, while speaking with Nathan Leal of Watchman’s Cry ministries about how Leal’s dreams foretell “divine judgment” on the U.S., alleged that the government is “going to go after Texas” (much like it tried to nuke Charleston, South Carolina) because it is the state most resistant to a federal takeover.

“I believe that they would level the state of Texas, I believe they would use an EMP against Texas,” Wiles said. Leal told Wiles that his dreams about Jade Helm, a possible civil war and the Alamo have confirmed the radio host’s warnings: “Write that down for the record, this is a warning from the Holy Spirit.”

Wiles said that Christians should avoid taking part in the impending violence “because this is God’s judgment on the land that this civil war is coming.”

“2009, when Obama went into the White House, I told our radio audience, this man, before he leaves the White House, he will take this country to civil war,” he said.

Wiles also warned listeners to flee America: “This is the time that you have to get out…. The violence will come next year and what I am telling my audience is, don’t fear Jade Helm 15 but beware Jade Helm 16.”

Michael Savage: Obama Will Commit Anti-White Genocide, Just As The Mayans Prophesied

Conservative talk radio host Michael Savage is positively convinced that President Obama is inciting an anti-white race war, and now he has definitive proof: An elderly Mayan woman prophesied it, maybe.

On yesterday’s edition of “The Savage Nation,” Savage said he felt the need to tell his audience about this prophecy, which he said he read about in an email, because of “the hatred towards white people that is being fanned primarily from inside of the American administration.”

“They interviewed an ancient, an old Mayan woman who said she had a dream and she said, ‘I see the future and in the future we will be missing our white brothers,’” Savage said. “That was chilling, that was a shocking, chilling statement. I don’t want to dwell on that too much but the fact of the matter is that unless something drastic is done quickly, how does this all end? How does this end when you have an administration that is siding with terrorists in the case of the PLO, are siding with the burners and the destroyers in Ferguson or in Baltimore, tell me how this ends?”

Bryan Fischer: God Let Sandy Hook Shooting Happen Because Of Legal Abortion

On his American Family Radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer revisited the topic of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, which he blamed at the time on the end of government-sponsored prayer in schools.

Why, he asked yesterday, didn’t God intervene to stop the killing of 20 children at the Sandy Hook school? “Well,” he explained, “Isaiah has an answer. It’s not that he can’t. It’s because our sins as a nation have driven God from us.”

Fischer read a passage from the Book of Isaiah in which the prophet warns that “our iniquities have made a separation between you and your God and your sins have hidden His face from you so that he does not hear, your hands are defiled with blood.”

“So as we lift our hands in prayer as a nation, what He sees is the blood on our hands of the 57 million unborn babies whose lives have been taken through abortion,” Fischer explained. “So He can’t hear our prayers because the blood of the unborn cries out to Him and He can’t hear our prayers over the pleas of the blood of the unborn.”

“So if we’re once again going to have God hear our plans, we have got to clean up our act, and that’s got to start with abortion,” he said.

Fischer then repeated the comment he made shortly after the 2012 shooting: “We have spent the last 60 years in our culture telling God to get lost, and we wonder why He’s not around when we need him? God’s a gentleman, he will not go where he’s not wanted.”

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