Hagee: Gay Marriage is Just 'Two Disturbed People Playing House'

On yesterday's weekly installment of "The Hagee Hotline," John Hagee responded to question from a viewer wondering if those who are not in God's favor are prevented from finding a husband or wife by saying the idea was nonsense because people are getting married all the time. 

But that doesn't mean that people are meeting the Bible's requirements for getting married, one of which is that the person they marry must be of the opposite sex because "anything else is two disturbed people playing house":

Right Wing Round-Up - 1/8/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 1/8/13

  • Without irony, Glenn Beck and crew attack Alex Jones as a lunatic fascist conspiracy theorist ... while claiming that his appearance on CNN was part of a conspiracy to make gun defenders look crazy.
  • Randy Thomasson says "Adolf Hitler and his henchmen would be proud" of California.
  • Peter LaBarbera has twenty resolutions for anti-gay activists in 2013.
  • Tim Wildmon is "not so sure that President Obama is not intentionally trying to bankrupt the United States of America."
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer bravely engages in a hypothetical conversation with a straw man:

William Gheen Exposes Immigrant Plot to Collapse Economy, Break America Apart

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC president William Gheen stopped by Crosstalk on VCY America yesterday where he warned that undocumented immigrants are playing the long game in their supposed plan to destabilize the U.S. The anti-immigrant zealot maintained that undocumented immigrants want voting rights so they can form a powerful voting bloc that displaces conservative voters and forces taxpayers “to pay reparations” to them. Gheen predicts that such reparations are designed to bring about an economic collapse, which he says is all according to their plan to “become more separatist and say, ‘well we need to have these lands in the Southwest back’” and realize the Reconquista.

If they lift the current penalties against illegal immigrants, allowing them to stay even if Congress does not convey full citizenship rights, that will immediately become the next battle. They will get the voting rights and they will have enough—a new illegal alien voting bloc in this country, millions strong. You will have the Democrats, the Republicans and the illegal aliens, and they are going to probably displace somewhere around 6-9 million American conservative or center-right voters that will no longer matter in American politics. They will have enough people to do whatever they want, if they want higher taxes for you to pay reparations.

We believe there are three phases. The legalization phase, which we’re fighting against now, if we lose that battle the illegal immigrants and their supporters will move to the reparations phase, where they will demand every—they’re already receiving over 57 percent of the illegal immigrants from Mexico in the country are already receiving some form of welfare according to the Center for Immigration Studies—so then they’ll try to milk the system for everything that they feel they’re owed. Then once the United States government finally stops printing money or it collapses or whatever the end game may be to this financial fiasco that we’re witnessing on a weekly basis, then we think they’ll become more separatist and say, ‘well we need to have these lands in the Southwest back.’

He also asserted that the left will want President Obama to stay in office indefinitely: “We know very clearly that there is a cult of support out there for Obama that treats him like a deity, treats him like a black Jesus,” Gheen claimed. “They’re basically trying to get him to where he’s in office for forever more until the emperor wants to leave.

Gheen, who has floated the possibility of violence and even a coup to “remove [Obama] from office,” later told a caller that he recommends that people purchase a gun to defend themselves from immigrants…but “to stay cool here because the Department of Homeland Security would love to have an excuse for Janet Napolitano and Obama to do their thing on a larger scale.”

Caller: I tell you what, with the federal government lying to us constantly like this, is it any wonder that people are arming themselves en masse?

Gheen: Well that’s approaching a line that we don’t deal with, we basically deal with the lobbying and the elections but we have to acknowledge the frustration at this point. You know, we’re asking people to continue working in elections, continue lobbying Congress, continue to use the civic, civil, peaceful processes here, but we know that people are getting fed up out there because they’ve seen all of those systems corrupted to a point where they’re not working. Congress is getting asked to rubberstamp things that have already be done and from what we can tell what Obama’s doing is not very much different than what John McCain or George Bush would’ve done. So we’ve got a situation where the American people are feeling very cornered and un-empowered. I would just caution everybody to stay cool here because the Department of Homeland Security would love to have an excuse for Janet Napolitano and Obama to do their thing on a larger scale. So we’ve got to keep it politically focused, keep it civic minded. And what people need to do to take care and protect their own family and friends, especially since illegal immigrants with criminal records are being allowed to roam freely around the country harming our citizens, within the law I’ve actually come to the point where I’ve told people, if you’re law-abiding, if you’re one of the good people, I support gun ownership and now would be a good time to own one if you don’t already.

Dear Religious Right, This is What Intentional 'Misrepresentation' Looks Like

At this point, we don't really expect much from Bryan Fischer ... but still, some basic honesty would be nice.

On his radio program today, Fischer was discussing remarks Sen. Harry Reid delivered on the Senate floor last week blasting the failure by Congress, thanks to House Republicans, to pass a relief package for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  In his remarks, Reid noted that Congress passed legislation aiding victims of Hurricane Katrina within ten days back in 2005, while victims of Sandy have had to wait over two months for assistance.

But in Fischer's deluded world, Reid's remarks were "a damning indictment of [President] Obama's FEMA."

Fischer was fully aware that Reid was criticizing Congress for failing to appropriate the money that FEMA needs to carry out relief work but flagrantly misrepresented his statement to claim that Reid was admitting that when President Bush was in charge, Katrina victims received assistance within days, while Sandy victims under Obama have been forced to wait months:

The next time any Religious Right activist wants to complain that we "misrepresent" their views or take their statements "out of context," we'll just point them to this Fischer clip as an example of what real, actual intentional misrepresentation looks like.

Bryan Fischer Praises Scott Lively and Suggests his Critics are Satanically Inspired

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer yesterday on Focal Point defended his close ally Scott Lively, downplaying his work shaping Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill and advocating for the imprisonment of gay people as simply giving “talks supporting natural marriage.” But Fischer, who shares Lively’s views on criminalizing LGBT status and blaming gays for the Holocaust, asserted that Lively “did the same kind of stuff over there that we do every day on Focal Point.” Fischer said the left seeks to “exterminate pro-family voices” and “want us to be destroyed,” which is interesting because the bill in Uganda makes the “promotion homosexuality” a crime.

Watch:

Later, Fischer also prayed on behalf of Lively and suggested that his critics are inspired by Satan, asking God to “send confusion into the camp of the Enemy.”

Matt Barber, Whose Idol Backed Segregation, Lectures Everyone Else about the Civil Rights Movement

Forgive us for not buying Liberty University law dean Matt Barber’s attempt to lecture everyone about the Civil Rights Movement in an attempt to smear gay rights advocates. Barber, who is also the Director of Cultural Affairs for Liberty Counsel, on The Janet Mefferd Show yesterday said it is “so offensive to me” and his many African American friends that “sexual anarchists” have “cynically co-opted and hijacked the language of the very, very noble civil rights movement and applied it to their disordered lifestyle.”

“The civil rights era, the true civil rights fight is pretty much over,” Barber later agued, rather astoundingly.

“So people want to be part of something bigger than themselves, they want to feel like they’re doing something important, so they cynically manipulate people and use the language of civil rights in order to dupe well-meaning young people into a cause that is contrary to freedom and facilities a lifestyle that is emotionally, spiritually destructive and doesn’t do society any good either.”

Listen:

Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else find it problematic that a person whose idol is Jerry Falwell, the founder of Liberty University, is now using the civil rights movement in a harangue against gay rights? Falwell was a fierce opponent of the Civil Rights Movement and a proponent of segregation.

He preached against Brown v. Board of Education, which banned racial segregation in public schools, telling his church, “When God has drawn a line of distinction, we should not attempt to cross that line. The true Negro does not want integration.”

Falwell kept his private Christian school segregated to help families avoid integration in public schools and opposed the Carter administration’s attempt to challenge the tax status of segregated schools. He also subscribed to the belief that black people were under “Noah’s curse on Ham” and argued that school “facilities should be separate.”

“If Chief Justice Warren and his associates had known God's word and had desired to do the Lord's will, I am quite confident that the 1954 decision would never have been made,” he said, warning that integration and interracial marriage will “destroy our race.”

Sound familiar?

He condemned the 1964 Civil Rights Act as a “civil wrong” and attacked movement leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr., as “Communists” who sought to “bring about violence and bloodshed.” The televangelist even opposed sanctions against South Africa’s apartheid government and said that anti-Apartheid protests were “instigated primarily by Communist-sponsored people.”

Falwell’s rhetoric against the Civil Rights Movement are actually remarkably similar to Matt Barber’s own anti-gay diatribes, as Barber seemed to have taken a page from Falwell in warning that gay rights advocates are inspired by Karl Marx and that radicals “trying to impose a globalist, Communist structure” are the real culprits behind the gay rights movement. He claimed that “homosexual activism, undermining the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic and doing away with it, that is the ice breaker that breaks the ice so that the bigger Communist ships and the redistributionist ships.”

While surely Barber would distance himself from Falwell’s harsh condemnation of the Civil Rights Movement, he is not afraid to use the same harsh and demagogic rhetoric of the late televangelist in order to attack supporters of gay equality.

Glenn Beck Goes Galt: 'Hank Rearden is About to Pour Some Steel'

Last night on his television program, Glenn Beck announced that all this week he would be unveiling his modest plan to fundamentally revolutionize the world with something called "The American Dream Labs."

While making repeated references to "Galt's Gulch" and comparing his efforts to the things done by Thomas Edison and Walt Disney, Beck announced that his "dream labs" were working on ideas that will "blow your mind" by transforming everything from technology to education to agriculture to entertainment and even inventing new forms of energy.

And soon the people who laughed when Beck was kicked off of television "will beg for the time when I was only on an hour every day, five hours a week" because "Hank Rearden is about to pour some steel and it will fundamentally transform us" and finally make us worthy of calling ourselves Americans! 

Perkins Angry about 'Goofy' Yoga in the Military

Family Research Council head Tony Perkins today is using his radio bulletin to slam the Marine Corps for teaching meditative practices to Marines, designed by a former Army captain, that intend “to bolster their emotional health and improve their mental performance under the stress and strain of war.” He criticized the techniques like breathing exercises and Yoga that are used to reduce Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and improve attentiveness as “goofy” and “New Age.”

Perkins quoted Staff Sgt. Nathan Hampton in the Washington Times questioning the usefulness of meditation instruction…but left out the very next line where he goes on to say that he ultimately found the practice immensely helpful:

“A lot of people thought it would be a waste of time,” he said. “Why are we sitting around a classroom doing their weird meditative stuff?

“But over time, I felt more relaxed. I slept better. Physically, I noticed that I wasn’t tense all the time. It helps you think more clearly and decisively in stressful situations. There was a benefit.”

An initial study of the program found that “the troops recovered better from stressful training, while their brain scans showed similarities to those taken of elite Special Forces soldiers and Olympic athletes.”

Perkins, who earlier claimed that the military is about to implode as a result of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, attacked the military for allegedly “driving religion out” and for having “Wiccan worship centers.” Naturally, he didn’t explain how having a class on meditation or a place of worship for people who practice Wicca jeopardizes religious freedom.

In the military, it's out with God--and in with the goofy! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. As part some new training, Marines are being asked to join weekly yoga and meditation classes. Sergeant Nathan Hampton said the idea took some getting used to. "Why are we sitting around a classroom doing weird meditating stuff?" he wondered. Former Army Captain Elizabeth Stanley says it's to relieve stress. She's the one behind M-Fit, or Mind Fitness Training. She insists the New Age approach "creates a sense of calmness, reduces drug and alcohol use, increases productivity, and improves working relationships." What a coincidence--so does faith! Unfortunately, the military seems intent on driving religion out and replacing it with wacky substitutes. They've added atheist chaplains, Wiccan worship centers, and now, meditation classes. But none of them are as effective or as constructive as a personal relationship with God. Unfortunately, though, it's mind over what matters--and that's faith.

Right Wing Round-Up - 1/7/13

  • Jeremy Hooper @ Good As You: With trial beginning, let’s hear Scott Lively say gays are Satan’s End Times-invoking foot soldiers. 
  • BuzzFeed: Top Conservative Radio Figure Calls for “Nationalist” Third Party. 
  • Crooks & Liars: Alabama White Supremacist Charged in Plot to Bomb Black and Gay Students.
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