Santorum: Save The American Dream by Opposing Gay Rights, Starbucks

Rick Santorum’s group Patriot Voices is out with a new contest focused on saving the American dream before President Obama destroys it. During an appearance on Patriot Voices Radio last month, Santorum declared that it is necessary to protect the American dream from companies like Starbucks that support gay rights.

Starbucks is the focus of a boycott campaign backed by groups like the National Organization for Marriage, Concerned Women for America, Liberty Counsel and the Family Research Council over the company’s endorsement of Washington state’s marriage equality.

At a recent shareholders meeting, CEO Howard Schultz rebuffed an effort from the head of the Corporate Morality Action Center to drop the company’s pro-gay rights stance, which he said led to “disappointing” sales. Schultz refused, saying “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company.”

Naturally, Santorum is outraged that Starbucks has “taken a very aggressive stance against natural marriage and for changing the definition of marriage” and claimed Schultz said “if you are a shareholder of Starbucks and you support traditional marriage then sell your shares, we don’t want you as a shareholder.”

Santorum suggested that both the company’s support for marriage equality and the customers who patronize the chain are endangering American values and urged listeners to boycott: “So are you going to live out your life and say we’re going to support institutions, we’re going to support businesses, we’re going to support colleges and universities, we’re going to support media that are out there fighting against the values that we know are important to this country or are we going to live our lives consistent with that.”

“So when I say, what are you doing to support the American dream?” Santorum asked, “Are you going to live it or are you just going to say well I support this and then go out and do things that actually support organizations and things that undermine the causes of our country?”

What we ask people is: how do you see the American dream today and what are you going to do to make it happen? For example, I just passed a Starbucks on the way in and I don’t know if you saw this this past week but the CEO of Starbucks was asked a question by one of the shareholders at the shareholder meeting, you know they’ve taken a very aggressive stance against natural marriage and for changing the definition of marriage and they made the point that: hey look this is hurting your company, it’s hurting our sales because people are not buying Starbucks anymore. He made this bombastic statement, he said: if you are a shareholder of Starbucks and you support traditional marriage then sell your shares, we don’t want you as a shareholder. Unbelievable.

Now, a lot of Americans will say well that’s too bad, but are you going to live out what you believe? Do you believe that this is a good for society? Do you believe that this something we should stand behind? The left does and they live it in their lives every day. So are you going to live out your life and say we’re going to support institutions, we’re going to support businesses, we’re going to support colleges and universities, we’re going to support media that are out there fighting against the values that we know are important to this country or are we going to live our lives consistent with that.

So when I say, what are you doing to support the American dream? It’s not just, what are you doing to support your dream; what are you going to do to support the basic concepts and values of this country and are you going to do it in every aspect of your life, are you going to live it or are you just going to say well I support this and then go out and do things that actually support organizations and things that undermine the causes of our country? That’s the difference I think between a group of people who believe that the country is—well I hear this all the time, you know America is in trouble but we’ll be OK and everything will be fine—and the bottom line is it won’t be fine unless we make it fine, unless we actually stand up and have the same revolutionary zeal, if you will, as the left is in trying to change America. We have to have the same kind of intensity if we want to keep the values and virtues of our country solid.

Matt Barber Praises Pastor Behind Uganda's 'Kill The Gays' Bill

How are we not surprised that Liberty Counsel attorney and Liberty University Law School Associate Dean Matt Barber is a big fan of Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa:

Of course it makes sense that Barber praises Ssempa, the champion of legislation that makes homosexuality punishable by death who helped orchestrate media campaigns to “out” homosexuals.

According to reports, Ssempa’s speeches included references to “homosexual cults [that] were kidnapping children and raping them and drugging them to brainwash them and turn them gay” and homosexual Satanists who were killing people for their blood.

The pastor is best known for displaying graphic images of gay sex:

Harvey: 'All the Children of America' Are 'The Largest Group of Potential Victims' of Gay Marriage

Linda Harvey of Mission America warned in her radio alert today that children will no longer be able to dream about getting married because gay marriage will warp their minds.

“What will eight-year-old girls be allowed to wish for in the coming new era of same-sex marriage?” Harvey asked. “Because if homosexual militants have their dreams fulfilled, all American children will march to a new tune.”

She claimed that “all the children of America, not just those in homosexual households,” represent the “largest group of potential victims of this nonsense” as “the widespread embrace of homosexuality at the very least would mess with their minds and innocence at critical stages of development.”

Harvey claimed that marriage equality “will yield more disease, more anxiety, depression, more teen angst in general” and “the developing heart and mind of these children will be destabilized and younger and younger children will be sexualized.”

When I was eight years old my Christmas list had one item: a bride doll. How overjoyed I was when Santa left under our tree that beautiful doll with her white veil and satin dress. This was the stuff of little girl dreams that in my future would be a wedding: a bride with a groom. But I wonder, what will eight-year-old girls be allowed to wish for in the coming new era of same-sex marriage? Because if homosexual militants have their dreams fulfilled, all American children will march to a new tune.

Is the Supreme Court considering the implications here? The radicals dream of connecting the dots; expanding their conquered territory. In California, by law, no school children hear any objections to homosexual or transgender behavior. In Massachusetts, the Department of Education has decreed that gender confused children must have access to opposite sex restrooms and locker rooms. For the homosexual advocates who dream of totally silencing those of us who object, this isn’t nearly enough. They want every school room, the Boy Scouts, TV shows and Hollywood to sing the same song to America’s little children, that when you grow up, you might date and marry someone of the same-sex or it might be the opposite sex or you might want to change your own sex and this is all good and progressive, all other views are hate.

It’s frustrating to read the transcripts of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the two marriage cases with the consequences of same-sex marriage pretty much unexplored. Our side studiously avoids the core issue: same-sex marriage is wrong because homosexual behavior is wrong. In the Hollingsworth v. Perry case, attorney [Charles] Cooper did say, ‘redefining marriage will have real world consequences,’ and Justice Kennedy mentioned unchartered waters and a cliff. But that’s just as far as these ideas went. Attorney [Ted] Olsen claims homosexuality is something people can’t change and he compares it to race, but he’s wrong and this is an enormously important point.

Since homosexuality is not inborn, the highest court in our land might want to seek input from the largest group of potential victims of this nonsense: all the children of America, not just those in homosexual households, they would live lives with a completely upside-down set of standards about dating, masculinity, femininity, courtship, future dreams and permissible behavior. The widespread embrace of homosexuality at the very least would mess with their minds and innocence at critical stages of development. More experimentation, even for a time, will yield more disease, more anxiety, depression, more teen angst in general. Does this guaranteed revolution bother only me? Or are you concerned as well?

As we witness so-called conservatives and our churches either run from this issue or worse, jump on board, it’s clear that moderate voices will not restrain the radicals from enacting their spiteful plans. All schools, even Christian institutions, will be forced to teach only one, sugarcoated viewpoint, and the wider culture will echo this and shape the new public opinion. Any mention of ex-homosexuals will be horrifying and the equivalent of honoring the Ku Klux Klan. The developing heart and mind of these children will be destabilized and younger and younger children will be sexualized. The evidence about where this revolution takes us is already available. Won’t someone out there start to look at gay marriage through the eyes of our precious children?

Mike McManus: Gays Are 'Trying to Destroy the Institution of Marriage'

On more than one occasion over the last several years, Mike McManus of Marriage Savers, often with his wife Harriet, has appeared on various Religious Right radio program that we monitor and spoken at their events.  Mostly his message has focused on the topic of strengthening the institution of marriage, but it came as no surprise to learn when he appeared on Bryan Fischer's radio program on Friday that he shares the Right's bigoted anti-gay views.

When Fischer asked him why gay couples are supposedly uninterested in actually getting married, McManus responded that they are really just interested in "trying to destroy the institution of marriage, which they can't really participate in" before declaring that gays are afflicted with a "perversion" due to having been molested as children:

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/5/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 4/5/13

  • Rick Santorum is considering another run for president in 2016 because, if recent history has demonstrated anything, it is that GOP presidential candidates who can't even win the nomination the first time have a really good track record of winning the next time around.
  • Did you miss NOM's sparsely-attended anti-marriage rally outside the Supreme Court?  Now you can watch all the boring speakers.
  • Michael Brown explains that "there is no such thing as an unrepentant, born-again Christian prostitute."
  • Edward Hudgins of The Atlas Society says the GOP should take up all the Religious Right leaders who are threatening to leave the party on their offer and show them the door.
  • Finally, Tony Perkins for Senate?

Fischer Urges Caller to Flee Gay-Friendly Church

On today's radio program, Bryan Fischer took a call from a woman named Vicki in Illinois who called in to get his advice on whether or not she needed to find another church because the one she is currently attending is gay-friendly and has not only an lesbian pastor but openly gay Sunday School teachers.

Not surprisingly, Fischer urged her to get out of that church immediately, saying that being in that environment was going to corrupt her children by getting them to think that homosexuality was okay which will "destroy them in body and soul and spirit."

Instead, Fischer counseled, she needs to find a church run by a "happily married pastor" who "has a biblical view of homosexuality that it is a sin [and] that it's not something that a healthy society ever ought to embrace":

Wiles: Luter 'Tucked His Tail Between His Legs like a Frightened Puppy' In Recanting Anti-Gay Remarks

Yesterday on TruNews, End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles lashed out at Fred Luter, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention, for initially denying and then retracting his remarks that tied gay rights to nuclear threats from North Korea.

But Wiles is not backing down from his claim, which Luter had agreed with, that there is a connection between “gay rights fanatics” and North Korea’s desire for a nuclear strike on America. Yesterday on his program, he condemned Luter for disavowing his comments during an interview with Anderson Cooper.

“Poor pastor Luter, he wilted under the heat of CNN’s cameras, he recanted what he said on TruNews,” Wiles said, “He tucked his tail between his legs like a frightened puppy; he made Joel Osteen look like the winner of the tough man contest.”

He went on to maintain that Supreme Court decisions on the separation of church and state, legal abortion and gay rights have put the US on “a rapid descent into darkness,” which has prompted God to remove His “hand of divine protection over this nation” and make the country “vulnerable and ripe for destruction.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper was talking about me last night on CNN, he had Southern Baptist President Fred Luter on CNN last night regarding my comments linking North Korea’s threats to nuke America to America’s slide into debauchery. Poor pastor Luter, he wilted under the heat of CNN’s cameras, he recanted what he said on TruNews. He tucked his tail between his legs like a frightened puppy; he made Joel Osteen look like the winner of the tough man contest. Where are the real men of God in this country? Have they all lost courage to speak for God when this nation is facing destruction? I promise you I will not recant, I will not bow, I will not run and I will now cower. Will you stand with me? We need your support now more than ever.

What has Anderson Cooper, Alan Colmes, Salon magazine and the Huffington Post in an uproar about TruNews? It’s because I dare to declare that the United States of America is quickly approaching its day of reckoning. Since the 1962, 63 Supreme Court rulings banning prayer and Bible reading in the public schools to the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing the murder of tens of millions of innocent babies to the upcoming court decision on homosexual marriage, the USA has been on a steady downhill slide as a nation. We are now in a rapid descent into darkness. There is a Holy God in Heaven who made this nation great. It is my Heavenly Father who blessed America; it is my Heavenly Father who made this country wealthy, made it powerful and made it mighty. It’s the same God who built this nation because of the righteousness of the early generations of Americans who will be the same Holy God who will remove His blessings and protection from this land because the nation has chosen debauchery and open sin as its way of life.

His patience with this nation is nearing its end. It isn’t God who is destroying America. He is trying to save this country. We are committing suicide as nation. God is withdrawing His hand of divine protection over this nation; He is stepping back, removing the spiritual dome that for hundreds of years shielded America. He will be silent as America’s enemies encircle this nation and see that our moral defense shield is down and we are vulnerable and ripe for destruction.

FRC Discovers Elusive Obamacare-ACORN Connection

The Family Research Council has caught wind of a new theory percolating in the right-wing blogosphere and in certain circles on Capitol Hill: that the Department of Health and Human Services is using a new Obamacare rule to empower the long-defunct ACORN to commit voter intimidation and fraud.

The new rule in question is HHS’s solution to the problem of signing up 30 million uninsured Americans on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. Under the rule, HHS will recruit “navigators” to walk uninsured people through the process of finding an insurance policy on their state’s exchange. According to the Washington Post, “Groups such as unions, chambers of commerce, health clinics, immigrant-service organizations, and community- or consumer-focused nonprofits can use the grants to train and employ staff members or volunteers to provide in-person guidance — especially to hard-to-reach populations — and to provide space for them to work.”

Here’s where ACORN comes in: A draft questionnaire [pdf] for insurance applicants, in compliance with 1993’s “motor voter” law, gives applicants the option of registering to vote.

Enter Rep. Charles Boustany of Louisiana, chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight, who last week attacked the plan to ask insurance applicants about voter registration, saying, “It raises questions as to why HHS is gathering voter information, how the agency intends to use such information and how the information could be used by the navigators.” His fears were then picked up by Breitbart.com, which announced this week, “HHS resurrects ‘ACORN’ through Obamacare.”

Yesterday, the Family Research Council picked up this story and ran with it in its daily email, warning that an “army of ACORN, Planned Parenthood, and union activists” will use their roles as insurance navigators to “influence people’s party affiliation.” The email adds: “With this administration, it isn't a question of whether they would abuse their power--but when!”

The rule, which is available for public comment for the next few weeks, also includes a "voter registration provision," leading many--including Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.)--to question how this army of ACORN, Planned Parenthood, and union activists would twist their access to influence people's party affiliation. With this administration, it isn't a question of whether they would abuse their power--but when!

ACORN, of course, disbanded in 2010 after a right-wing smear campaign accused it of large-scale voter fraud – accusations that turned out to be completely false. But that hasn’t stopped 49 percent of Republican voters from believing that ACORN stole the 2012 election for President Obama – an illusion gleefully perpetuated by groups like the FRC.

Joe Dallas: Gays and Lesbians Will 'Bring the Judgment of God'

Ex-gay activist Joe Dallas appeared on The Steve Deace Show this week to discuss the growing acceptance of same-sex relationships and warned that gays and lesbians will “bring the judgment of God” on America. Dallas, who recently wrote a book condemning homosexuality with actress Anne Heche’s mother Nancy Heche, warned that the gay rights movement will bring society “one more step down the ladder towards a much lower standard of human behavior” and leave people in a “dismal” state.

Deace: Where does this end ultimately? What happens to the individuals here that are struggling with their sexuality when we allow public policy to essentially say: ‘do whatever you want.’ What ultimately will be the price they will pay?

Dallas: The individuals will be given a green light to express their desires as they see fit. Some will claim to find deep fulfillment in that, some will form relationships that they report as being very healthy and satisfying, others will find that their lives take directions that they didn’t expect and they’ll be deeply disappointed.

There’s really two ways I look at this: one is theologically and one is socially. Socially I think it will be one more step down the ladder towards a much lower standard of human behavior. Theologically, I think it will be a green light to engage in behaviors that bring the judgment of God. Either one looks pretty dismal to me.
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