Southern Baptist Official Calls David Barton's Propaganda 'Satanic'

Yesterday, we noted that a top Southern Baptist Convention official blasted David Barton and Kenneth Copeland for their “profoundly ignorant” comments on soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Barton and Copeland advised soldiers not to look for psychosocial help, and instead can simply “get rid of” PTSD by reading the Bible because they are God’s warriors. Joe Carter, the communications director for the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, elaborated in a blog post for The Gospel Coalition.

He calls the two right-wing speakers “fools” who are “among the last people who could be relied on to intelligently interpret a text,” adding: “Their mishandling of Scripture is inexcusable, but what makes it unconscionable is they use God’s Word to shame and berate veterans with PTSD.”

“Barton is still, inexplicably, trusted by many conservative evangelicals, he has himself built his reputation on twisting and misrepresenting historical documents for ideological and propagandist purposes,” Carter writes. “For Copeland and Barton to resurrect this ‘blame the victim’ trope and coat it with the veneer of Biblical warrant is Satanic.”

"Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes." Proverbs gives us two approaches and expects us to use wisdom in knowing when they should be applied.

How then should we answer the fools Copeland and Barton? While it is tempting to ignore them completely, I believe that would be a mistake. Had they merely proffered another laughably inept reading of the Bible, it would have hardly been worthy of notice. Throughout his career, Copeland has been accused of various heresies, most of which he created through his inept handling of Scripture. And though Barton is still, inexplicably, trusted by many conservative evangelicals, he has himself built his reputation on twisting and misrepresenting historical documents for ideological and propagandist purposes. They are, in other words, among the last people who could be relied on to intelligently interpret a text.

Yet many people will erroneously believe that Copeland and Barton speak as experts on the Bible and that their interpretation is the natural result of a literal or inerrant view of Scripture.

To those who are unclear on that point, let me express what I believe is the shared opinion of Biblical scholars, intelligent laymen, and just about anyone else who has ever bothered to read the Bible: Copeland and Barton's application of Numbers 32:21-22 to modern veterans suffering from PTSD is one of the most profoundly stupid interpretations ever uttered.

When those verses are read in the context of the chapter, and in the context of book of Numbers, and in the context of the Old Testament, and in the context of the entire Bible, it becomes almost impossible to imagine how anyone with an elementary school level of reading comprehension could have come up with such an interpretation.



Their mishandling of Scripture is inexcusable, but what makes it unconscionable is they use God's Word to shame and berate veterans with PTSD. Barton and Copeland imply that PTSD is due to guilt over actions carried out in wartime that leads to self-condemnation. This is a profoundly ignorant view of both the causes of combat-induced PTSD and the motivations behind medical and psychological based treatment.

PTSD is psychological trauma that can change how the brain and mental processes function. While in combat, veterans are exposed to the stresses of hyper-violence while living in a near constant state of hyper-vigilance. As psychiatrist Jonathan Shay explains in Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character:

A human enemy strikes not only at the body but also at the most basic functions of the human mind. The Vietnamese enemy defeated the soldier's perception by concealment and his ability to understand what he saw by camouflage. The basic mental state of intention and will was attacked by ambush, deception, surprise, and anticipation . . . . The cumulative effect of prolonged attacks on mental function is to undermine the soldier's trust in his own perceptions.

On returning from combat, the veteran is no longer exposed to violence, yet the reflex for hyper-vigilance -- whether conscious or subconscious -- may remain intact and beyond the person's control. "Exposed to continuous threats of warfare," says Shay, "the body remains mobilized for battle indefinitely." Veterans suffering from PTSD can lose some of the authority over mental processes, such as perception and memory, which civilians take for granted.

Throughout most modern wars, from World War I to Vietnam, both the military and civilian worlds denied or downplayed the existence of this form of psychological trauma. It wasn't until the post-Vietnam era that the medical community began to recognize that experiences of PTSD sufferers were not only real, but also that the causes were likely rooted in genes and brain chemistry, rather than a defect in the veteran's character.

For Copeland and Barton to resurrect this "blame the victim" trope and coat it with the veneer of Biblical warrant is Satanic. Christians need to counter this demonic, gospel-destroying message by letting the men and women who are suffering from combat related PTSD know what the Bible really says about hope, healing, and deliverance through Christ Jesus.

Klingenschmitt: Photo Of Gay Couple With A Baby 'Looks To Me A Little Bit Like Lust'

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt was discussing the UK Supreme Court's rejection of an appeal of an Northern Irish court ruling that granted same-sex and unmarried couples the right to adopt children.

While discussing the case, Klingenschmitt put a photo of two men and a baby on the screen so that he could point out that "one of the men almost has his tongue hanging out, like he's licking his chops, like this baby is ours now. And that's fine, you may call that love, but it looks to me a little bit like lust."

Klingenschmitt went on to say that gay couples "crave" to adopt "the children of heterosexual couples" so that they can raise and recruit them into the "homosexual lifestyle," declaring that allowing that to happen is child abuse: 

Ted Nugent Blames Liberals And Welfare Programs For Gun Violence

National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent knows the real culprit for gun violence: welfare programs. In his latest column, Nugent that the “social welfare programs designed, engineered and promoted by liberals have wreaked havoc on black families across America” and encouraged “urban street rats.”

“Don’t hold your breath waiting for the president or any other liberal to tell you this,” Nugent laments. “That would be blowing a huge truth hole in the liberal lie that continues to wreak havoc on urban America.”

Even with the overwhelming majority of murders being committed by gangbangers, according the central planners in D.C., it surely must be the NRA that is at least partially complicit because they fight against the central planners’ “common-sense” gun control regulations.

Rarely do you hear the president or his hapless vice president blame the murders and mayhem on those who pulled the trigger. Instead, they blame the NRA, institutional racism, the GOP, global warming, Wall Street bankers, spotted owls and adrift polar bears. The ugly truth is that urban street rats are responsible for the nightly shootouts in every large urban area in America.

If Mr. Obama wants to blame something for this other than the punks who pulled the trigger, he might want to inform America that for the past 50 years social welfare programs designed, engineered and promoted by liberals have wreaked havoc on black families across America.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the president or any other liberal to tell you this. That would be blowing a huge truth hole in the liberal lie that continues to wreak havoc on urban America.

America has been punked.

Erik Rush: Obama A Communist Operative And 'Evil Incarnate'

WorldNetDaily’s Erik Rush believes that the Obamacare rollout is all the proof he needs that President Obama is a communist agent who was put into office as part of a conspiracy to destroy America, citing a fake Nikita Khrushchev quote to back up his claim.

“Obamacare and the nefarious undertakings of this administration now coming to light are the smoking guns we needed to prove to millions of Americans that we have indeed been experiencing an insidious and incremental encroachment of Marxism over many years, just as Nikita Khrushchev predicted in 1959 and just as conservatives have increasingly warned over almost as many years since,” Rush writes.

“With these wedges, we have the opportunity to reveal to America that not only is Barack Obama a treasonous criminal, but he and his cabal are long-seasoned operatives, carefully maneuvered into their positions for the express purpose of ushering in that which was unthinkable in 1959: Communism.”

Rush claims that the only people who could support Obama, who he believes is “this side of evil incarnate,” are either “enemies of the republic” or are “so pitifully dim that they may not merit rescue from a burning building.”

Well, it’s finally happened. We have reached the point where it has become so evident that President Barack Hussein Obama is just this side of evil incarnate and that his administration and radical leftists in Congress are constitutional criminals that those who continue to support them and their policies are either ideologically kindred (and thus, enemies of the republic), or so pitifully dim that they may not merit rescue from a burning building. No … I think I’ll save that dog over there; at least he may wind up being of benefit to humankind someday...



Obamacare and the nefarious undertakings of this administration now coming to light are the smoking guns we needed to prove to millions of Americans that we have indeed been experiencing an insidious and incremental encroachment of Marxism over many years, just as Nikita Khrushchev predicted in 1959 and just as conservatives have increasingly warned over almost as many years since.

These are the only things that (at present) have the potency to overcome the cult of Obama and the perceived imperative of preserving Our First Black President’s legacy, and they must be employed via grass-roots effort. With these wedges, we have the opportunity to reveal to America that not only is Barack Obama a treasonous criminal, but he and his cabal are long-seasoned operatives, carefully maneuvered into their positions for the express purpose of ushering in that which was unthinkable in 1959: Communism.

If these wedges are properly utilized, we will be able to make sense to these perplexed Americans of the societal dissolution they have witnessed over the preceding 50 years. They will understand why it was imperative for the political left to encourage us to stray from a moral center and embrace the secular humanist worldview, and how the dismal, destructive results thereof have been of great use to them. They will understand why it has been necessary for the left to foster an irrational fear and hatred of Christianity and Judeo-Christian values. The weakening of our economy and international standing will be seen as the strategy of puerile, petty walking mediocrities who simply hate America and want to see it burn, rather than the incompetent bungling of imprudent weaklings.

When our neighbors perceive the breadth and depth of this administration’s criminality and the culture of corruption that has inculcated itself into our government, they will call for a real fundamental transformation of America – back into a constitutional republic. They will realize the need to return to our philosophical roots of government, education, integrity and to constitutional principles. They will realize that they have been exploited by a parasitic, avaricious ruling class with the worldview of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and that they are in no way obliged to countenance their actions for one more day.

Right Wing Round-Up - 11/13/13

  • David Ferguson @ Raw Story: Rafael Cruz: Atheism leads to child molestation and perversity.
  • Towleroad: Judge Orders Documents Related to Anti-Gay, Discredited Mark Regnerus Parenting Study Exposed.
  • Mariah Blake @ TNR:  The Fall of the House of Moon
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  • Jeremy Hooper: Gay activists are 'biggest bigots on the block' says man who wants us banned like trans fats, drugs.
  • Warren Throckmorton: David Barton And Kenneth Copeland: PTSD Can Be Cured By Bible Verses And Rebuking Satan.
  • Luke Brinker @ Equality Matters: Right-Wing Media's Latest Hysterical Lie: The Military Is Lashing Out At Christians.

Right Wing Leftovers - 11/13/13

  • Hawaii has become the latest state in which marriage equality is now the law.
  • Liberty Counsel says it will file an appeal against the law banning "ex-gay" therapy for minors in New Jersey after a court tossed out its lawsuit.
  • Didn't Jesus drink wine
  • Religious Right activists are hosting a symposium addressing the question: "Family Policy Lessons from Other Lands: What Should America Learn?" As in, what can we learn from Russia's crackdown on gays that can be applied here.
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer continues to insist that Christmas is found in the Constitution: "By dating the foundational document of the greatest nation in history to the birth of Jesus Christ, the Founders essentially celebrated Christmas as they signed their names. Since the Declaration was also dated from the first Christmas, you can even say that the two most important political documents in history are in the nature of Christmas cards from the Founders to us."

Former Gay-Satanist-Nazi Was 'Swallowed By Satan' But Now Straight Pal Of Bryan Fischer

Joseph Sciambra is the author of a book called Swallowed by Satan, which depicts his life as a pornographic film actor, Satanist and neo-Nazi…until he became straight and left it all behind.

Sciambra’s YouTube page includes a biopic, “Death in Room #122,” and video commentaries such as, “How to Stop Masturbating,” “Gay Marriage: A Satanic Ceremony” and “Former Gay Porn Star Tells of His Possession by Demons and Deliverance from Satan” (Parts 1-5).

Seeing that Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association frequently claims that gay people are Nazis and demonic, it is not a surprise that Fischer read Sciambra’s book and invited him onto his show today to discuss the typical gay life…of a gay Nazi Satanist porn actor.

Fischer said Sciambra was “devoured by the Prince of Darkness” when he “entered the homosexual lifestyle,” which Sciambra described as a “scary” experience.

“Part of the lie of Satan is to use the media and other voices to try to convinced people that homosexuality, homosexual conduct is some sort of benign alternative to heterosexuality, ” Fischer said. “If somebody believes that lie and begins to act on that lie, that homosexuality is something normal and a healthy alternative to heterosexuality, they are really opening themselves up to some very dark and dangerous powers.”

Sciambra advised kids against coming out as gay, warning that they “have no idea what’s waiting for them.”

Later, he urged gay people to “stop the silliness, stop the lies and stop the deception because how high does the body count have to get before we will admit that the gay lifestyle has been a disaster?”

Fischer Can't Support Chris Christie Because He Appointed Gays And Muslims As Judges

On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer told a caller that he had serious reservations about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and could not vote for him if he ran for president.

Not only is Fischer concerned that Christie has "capitulated on same-sex marriage, capitulated on the homosexual agenda" but he's also "concerned about his judicial appointments."

And why is Fischer concerned about this issue?  Because, as governor, Christie "has appointed active homosexuals to be bench" and even "appointed Muslims to the bench":

Trewhella: Gay People Are 'Messed Up In The Head' And Need 'To Be Suppressed Through The Force Of Law'

Voice of Christian Youth America’s news show "In Focus" has returned after a summer hiatus, giving host Matt Trewhella another opportunity to attack the gay community. During an October show on the supposed connections between the gay rights movement and pedophilia, Trewhella played the notorious 1961 Boys Beware PSA, which even he thought wasn’t anti-gay enough and actually “sold the foundations” for gay rights by calling homosexuality a “sickness” instead of sin.

“That’s what people used to think about homosexuality,” Trewhella said wistfully. “They still knew it was wrong, they knew it was disgusting, it was a bad thing and you were messed up in the head if you wanted to practice those types of sexual behaviors.”

“It’s the depraved nature of man and that’s why it needs to be suppressed through the force of law, otherwise it proliferates within the culture to the point now where homosexuals who can’t reproduce actually adopt other people’s children to raise them.”

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Beck: Pledge Of Allegiance And Star Spangled Banner Are The 'Trappings' Of Progressives

In Glenn Beck's world, everything is black or white; or more accurately, things are either "constitutional" or "progressive," with the latter category consisting of everything in the world that Beck randomly decides doesn't fit into his amorphous and constantly evolving personal political philosophy. 

The result is that his listeners are frequently treated to long pseudo-historical monologues in which Beck attempts to cram history into the categories that he has constructed so that everything from the Star Spangled Banner to the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag are all "progressive" trappings while declaring that the "progressives" in the Republican party are the modern-day ancestors of the fascists:

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