Scott Lively Hopes To See Passage Of Russian-Style Anti-Gay Laws In America Under President Trump

Earlier this month, anti-LGBT activist Mike Heath of MaineResistance interviewed fellow extremist Religious Right activist Scott Lively, who continued to heap praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin for his crackdown on LGBT rights and hoped that, under a President Trump, similar anti-gay laws could be enacted in America.

Lively, who has called the passage of laws banning the spread of gay "propaganda" in Russia "one of the proudest achievements of my career" and urged the implementation of similar bans all over the world, voiced his hope that President Trump would "delegate to the church the task of shaping the culture."

"I wish we would be able to duplicate that all over the world," Lively said of passing Russian-style anti-gay laws. "That would really solve the problem."

"Frankly, if Trump wins in November," he stated, "then he could turn out to be like Putin in Russia and push back Marxism like Putin did and invite the church to come back in an guide the culture, like Putin did. He delegates, that's his way of governing and his way of doing business and I think he is going to delegate to the church the task of shaping the culture."

"The culture war has always been a battle between cultural Marxists and Christians, always, especially homosexuals among the cultural Marxists," Lively continued, "and [Trump is] pushing the cultural Marxists back and that's his primary target, political correctness, you know, the whole slate of the hard left agenda, he's just pushing back. And that's going to create a vacuum that the church is naturally going to fill because we're the ones who were guiding the culture before the Marxists took it away from us."

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/20/16

  • Brian Tashman: Putin’s American Fans Cheer His Persecution Of Gays, Ignore His Persecution Of Christians.
  • Hemant Mehta @ Friendly Atheist: Creationist Ken Ham Just Lowered Attendance Estimates for the First Year of Ark Encounter.
  • Kevin Drum: Trump Foundation Involved in Yet More Corruption.
  • Andy Towle @ Towleroad: Kim Davis’ Anti-Gay Crusade Might Cost $233,058 if a Federal Court Agrees with the ACLU.
  • Brad Reed @ Raw Story: GOP lawmaker’s Facebook eruption: Round up Muslim sympathizers and run them out of our country.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/20/16

  • Sylvia Thompson states that she will not "listen to the garbage from the Left when they praise the 'LGBT community' as though it is a blessing to society. Donald Trump, as President, will certainly have to ensure protection for all Americans as he declared he would. True Christian leaders, however, must make it clear to him true believers will not succumb to the anarchists’ insistence that we be forced by law to accept their behavior."
  • Bryan Fischer seems to have taken to referring to us as the "alt-left."
  • Cindy Jacobs declares that "in order to see that righteousness exalts our nation, we have to vote. Prophetically, I believe we are at a tipping point ... We have to look at the candidates, even though there are flawed, and vote for the ones that will establish righteousness for the unborn, fight against poverty and racism and biblical, foundational truth. God is not for a political party. They are all flawed. However, there are certain candidates who will fight for our religious freedoms and biblical values such as life in the womb."
  • Gary Cass has released his latest video: "Reason #2 Why Hillary Clinton is NOT a Christian."
  • Finnaly, Wayne Allyn Root says that "liberals are sick people" and liberalism "is a mental illness."

5 Failed Predictions Made By Don't Ask Don't Tell Defenders

Five years ago today, the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy officially came to an end. And, five years later, conservatives’ dire predictions about the consequences of the policy’s repeal have yet to come true.

This falls into a familiar pattern. Many of the same activists and commentators have made similarly apocalyptic—and unfounded—warnings about the effects of hate crimes laws and marriage equality.

Here are just five of the bogus claims made by those who opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

1) Diapers

Just two years ago, Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who is now a Colorado Republican state lawmaker, approvingly read a quote from Chaplain John R. Kauffman, who said that gay service members will be “taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels.”

2) Bestiality

Conservative columnist Laurie Roth said that thanks to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, military service members would be free to have intimate moments with goats and boars.

3) ‘Virtual Genocide’

In 2011, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer predicted that after the policy’s repeal took effect “the homosexual lobby” would be “committing one hate crime after another against service members” who objected to homosexuality.

“We are going to see principle-driven officers, one after another, become the victims of systematic hate crimes,” he said. “This is going to be a pogrom. This is going to be virtual genocide, military genocide, career genocide for people of faith in the military perpetrated by the homosexual lobby.”

4) Reinstatement of the Draft

Before the congressional vote to repeal the policy, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins criticized President Obama’s “drive to repeal the ban on open homosexuality in the military” by warning that it “could have this unintended consequence: It could bring back the draft.”

He said that supporters of the repeal wanted to “appease a small base of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi” and “sacrifice the lives of young Marines who are putting their life on the line for this nation.”

“I don’t know how they can live with that, knowing that the blood of those young Marines will be on their hands,” he added.

Perkins’ fellow Religious Right activist Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness similarly warned that the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “could put remaining troops in greater danger” and “break the All-Volunteer Force.”

“The draft will return with a vengeance and out of necessity,” Fischer wrote. “What young man wants to voluntarily join an outfit that will force him to shower naked with males who have a sexual interest in him and just might molest him while he sleeps in his bunk?”

5) ‘Sitting Around Getting Massages All Day’

In 2014, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said that gay service members, just like in Ancient Greece, won’t perform well in battle because they will be “sitting around getting massages all day” from their same-sex lovers rather than preparing for battle, making them “vulnerable to terrorism.”

Rep. Pete Olson: If Hillary Wins, 'We'll Be Surrendering To ISIS Within A Year'

Last week, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, appeared on “The Sam Malone Show,” where he warned that “if Mrs. Clinton becomes our president, we’ll be surrendering to ISIS within a year.”

Olson said that Trump was rising in the polls despite the recent coverage of his birther conspiracy theory, which Olson criticized as a media-manufactured distraction.

“People are getting his message about less government, lower taxes, strong defense,” he said. “I mean, the defense thing’s huge. I mean, if Mrs. Clinton becomes our president, we’ll be surrendering to ISIS within a year. Hey, Israel, you’ve gone bye-bye. Palestine, you’ve got your nation. Hey North Korea, go crazy.”

David Horowitz: Clinton Worse Than Joe McCarthy Because She Criticizes Republicans

Conservative activist David Horowitz insisted in an interview with Newsmax yesterday that Hillary Clinton has done worse things than Sen. Joe McCarthy, because while McCarthy was, in his view, unfairly maligned for his infamous communist hunts, Clinton has had the nerve to criticize conservatives and Donald Trump.

Clinton’s actions, he said, have “been worse than anything Joe McCarthy ever did.”

McCarthy, he said, was right about “99 percent of the people he brought before his committees” but has been portrayed poorly because “the left writes the history books in America.”

“But look at what Hillary has done,” he said. “She’s the originator of the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy.’ Every word out of her mouth is accusing Trump and Republicans of recruiting for ISIS, of being traitors. For crying out tears, these progressives, these Democrats think they’re holier than thou, they think that they stand for equality and tolerance. No they don’t, they stand for bigotry and the oppression of blacks in the inner cities.”

Brian Camenker Takes His Anti-Equality 'War' To Mexico

We have previously reported that Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage and the World Congress of Families is lending his support to the growing backlash against marriage equality by religious conservatives in Mexico. Turns out the intensely anti-gay Brian Camenker of MassResistance is also helping out.

In a September 16 post on its website, MassResistance wrote that over the summer Camenker responded to a plea for help from organizers of Mexico’s National Front for the Family. Camenker sent the group digital files of the Spanish-language version of his group’s booklet, “What same-sex ‘marriage’ has done to Massachusetts: It’s far worse than most people realize” and a Spanish version of his group’s video, “What ‘gay marriage’ has done to Massachusetts.” (Among the “shocking” things the video mentions are requirements that insurance companies must recognize legal marriages by same-sex couples and lawyers must learn about legal equality.)

The National Front has invited Camenker to Mexico City for what the group hopes will be a massive anti-marriage-equality rally this Saturday, September 24, building on other rallies that have taken place across the country this month.

The post says that the California chapter of MassResistance is planning to hold a rally in solidarity at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles and hopes that other chapters will get on board. The National Organization for Marriage has announced plans for an anti-marriage-equality rally at the Mexican embassy in Washington, D.C. this Friday, September 23. CitizenGo, a conservative platform for online organizing that has mobilized on behalf of anti-gay efforts around the globe, is also promoting the D.C. event.

Camenker was a speaker at an anti-gay summit that was held in Salt Lake City last October on the eve of a World Congress of Families summit. Camenker disagreed with people who urged anti-LGBT activists to always speak the truth in love. “I think there is a place for being insulting and degrading, and I think I can back that up by scripture,” he said. As we reported at the time:

Camenker said that in the Old Testament, “God has two sets of laws regarding how you treat your fellow man.” One is how you treat your neighbor, who you might work with and forgive. “There’s a whole different set of rules for people who want to tear down society, who want to push immorality, who want to tear down the moral structure of society.” That set of rules is “very brutal,” he said. “God says those people who want to do that must be destroyed.”

He said the LGBT movement is a “house of cards” that is “held together by force, intimidation, and propaganda” and can be destroyed by standing up to it, the way communism was. “We are in a war,” he repeated, saying of gay-rights advocates, “They would send us to concentration camps if they could.”

Putin's American Fans Cheer His Persecution Of Gays, Ignore His Persecution Of Christians

Pastors thrown in jail. Religious texts criminalized. Evangelism outlawed.

These are all events that Religious Right activists— inaccurately —predicted would happen during President Obama’s time in office. But sadly, these are acts that are all too common around the world.

Most recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his attacks on Christians who belong to denominations other than the Russian Orthodox Church, particularly Protestants, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Last month, Putin signed a law curtailing evangelism under the guise of combating “extremism,” a decision that is part of a broader trend of Putin’s government clamping down on dissidents, journalists, human rights activists and the LGBT community.

Even before this new law came into effect, religious minorities in Russia and Russian-controlled parts of Ukraine faced not only legal persecution but also violent attacks, including abductions and killings, from government-backed militias. Since the law was signed, state-sponsored attacks on religious minorities have only increased.

But none of this has stopped Putin’s American fans from singing his praises, even while they claim that President Obama has made the U.S. dangerous for Christians.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have enthusiastically praised Putin as a brilliant and mighty trailblazer while at the same time accusing President Obama of hounding Christians at home. In fact, Trump has claimed that the U.S. government is specifically targeting him with a tax audit because he’s “ a strong Christian .”

U.S.-based Religious Right leaders, many of whom are now supporting Trump, have similarly spent years praising the Russian president for supposedly championing Christianity and for leading an infamous crackdown on LGBT Russians.

Conservative religious leaders like Franklin Graham, Brian Brown and Bryan Fischer have praised Putin for his attacks on LGBT rights. American LGBT rights opponents have descended on Russia in recent years to cheer on the government’s growing repression of sexual minorities, including laws curbing gay adoption and curtailing free speech that supports LGBT rights. Religious Right leaders have called Putin a “lion of Christianity,” “the moral leader of the world” and the protector of “traditional Christianity.”

Televangelist Rick Joyner recently said that “there is much more freedom of religion in Russia than there is in America,” where “we no longer have freedom of speech,” and radio host Rick Wiles called Putin an instrument of God sent to punish “the United Gay States of America.”

In reality, Putin’s government has done the very thing that right-wing activists falsely accuse President Obama of doing: arresting Christians, threatening churches and permitting Sharia law in majority-Muslim areas.

But it is Obama they falsely charge with being an enemy of religious liberty, and Putin they shower with praise in spite of his well-documented attacks on freedom.

The admiration for Putin from this segment of the Religious Right reveals an ugly reality behind their claims of religious oppression at the hands of the LGBT rights movement. For these activists, it seems, the persecution of LGBT people is actually more important than preserving true religious freedom, even when the welfare and freedoms of other Christians are at stake.

(This post also appears on the Huffington Post).

Pat Robertson: 'Radical Socialist' Obama Will Bring 'Death To This Country'

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson responded to a story about conservatives criticizing Obama administration regulations by claiming that the president is a socialist who is hell-bent on destroying America.

“The left, ladies and gentlemen, the so-called progressives, want one thing: They want to bring socialized life to America and they want to control every aspect of the life you and I live,” the televangelist said.

Robertson said President Obama “is trying his dead-level best to impose his view of socialism on this nation and I think we need to call it what it is, he’s a radical socialist and he was nurtured in the school of radical, whatever you call it, revolution and his teachers are those who hate America.”

Obama’s policies, he added, will lead to government control over “everything you do” and “it will be death to this country.”

Bryan Fischer Again Falsely Claims The U.S. Banned Travel During The 2014 Ebola Crisis

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer reacted to the arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is a suspect in a string of bombings that took place in New York and New Jersey last weekend, by reiterating his call to ban all Muslim from immigrating to the United States, which he justified by once again falsely claiming that the U.S. had imposed a travel ban during the height of 2014's Ebola outbreak.

"I have been suggesting for a number of years that we need to suspend Islamic immigration," Fischer said, "because I honestly do not see an alternative. I've said before that Islam is like the Ebola virus of culture; it causes a culture to bleed out from the inside. When we had that Ebola crisis, we had to suspend immigration from any country where there was an Ebola outbreak because we could not know who was a carrier and who wasn't until it was too late, so you just had to be careful with everybody."

Fischer's analogy is total nonsense, especially when you recall that during the outbreak, he accused Obama of intentionally refusing to impose a travel ban because he wanted the disease to come to America as punishment. As we pointed out before, the United States never imposed any sort of travel ban during the Ebola crisis because doing so would have been counterproductive. Instead, the government put in place protocols requiring that anyone traveling to the U.S. from Ebola-affected nations enter through one of five specific airports where enhanced screening would take place:

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that all passengers arriving from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must go by way of a handful of U.S. airports as part of measures to control the spread of Ebola.

"Today, I am announcing that all passengers arriving in the United States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place," Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

Starting on Wednesday, those passengers will then be subject to "secondary screening and added protocols, including having their temperature taken, before they can be admitted into the United States," the statement said.

The airports are: New York's JFK; Newark, N.J.; Washington, D.C.'s Dulles; Atlanta; and Chicago O'Hare.

Of course, we don't expect Fischer to actually stop using his favorite analogy just because it happens to be totally false.

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