Right Wing Leftovers - 5/1/14

  • Al Mohler explains "why Christians should support the death penalty."
  • Franklin Graham declares that "true followers of Jesus Christ, whose salvation is based entirely upon God’s Word, cannot endorse same-sex marriage, regardless of what our president, the Congress, the Supreme Court, the media or the latest Gallup poll says about the matter."
  • In the last few weeks, an anti-Common Core group in Alabama has received $700,000 from just one foundation, both of which just happen to be run the same person.
  • It is always fascinating to watch Glenn Beck try to comprehend the fact that not every person in America shares his personal views and preferences.
  • Finally, this might be the dumbest thing you will read about the Donald Sterling controversy: "When you talk about Jay-Z, this criminal thug who's called black women all kinds of names, disgraced our race. And nobody is talking about kicking him out of the league? You can't have double standards I'm sorry."

Fischer: 'Homosexuality Is A God Problem'

For the last few days, Bryan Fischer has been arguing that people reject God and his rules not for intellectual reasons but because they are in rebellion against God's moral standards and therefore reject God in their hearts which, in turn, messes up their minds so that they cannot see the clear and obvious truth that God exists.

And that is how people become gay, Fischer explained today.

"Homosexuality is not an orientation problem," he said. "Homosexuality is a God problem. People slide into homosexuality because they first of all refuse to acknowledge God, to honor him, or to give him thanks. And one of the products of that rejection of God is a declension into homosexual behavior":

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland Gives Away The GOP Game On Benghazi

The GOP’s latest Benghazi “smoking gun” has already fallen apart, but that hasn’t stopped Republican politicians from pushing the myth that the White House altered talking points about the Benghazi attack in order to shield the Obama administration from political damage.

Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia appeared on Newsmax TV today to discuss the latest “bombshell” with host J.D. Hayworth, a former GOP congressman from Arizona.

While Westmoreland didn’t answer Hayworth’s first question about whether he would support President Obama’s impeachment over Benghazi, he admitted at the very end of the interview that Republican members of Congress have been seeking out “evidence” only to back up a conclusion that they have already made.

“I think that we know exactly what happened,” he said. “It’s getting the proof to prove what happened that has been the biggest undertaking.”

Westomoreland also dismissed the administration’s argument that the disputed talking points were meant to respond not only the Benghazi incident but also security risks at the U.S. embassy in Egypt.

The American embassy in Egypt was indeed attacked, as were U.S. embassies in Tunisia, Yemen and Sudan. The Washington Post noted that “anti-U.S. protests spread to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Britain, East Jerusalem, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Syria, Turkey, the West Bank and Yemen.”

“You think [Susan Rice] is going to go on there and ask questions about what went on in Egypt? Give me a break,” Westmoreland said.

Hayworth also hosted Paul Vallely — the birther ex-general who once floated the idea of leading a coup against Obama, who he thinks is a secret Muslim and Al Qaeda supporter — to discuss impeaching the president.

Operation American Spring Leader Says God Will Lead Millions Against Obama's 'Socialist-Fascist-Communist-Marxist' Dictatorship

Last month, Operation American Spring leader Harry Riley spoke to conservative radio host Dave Janda about his upcoming rally, which is intended to oust President Obama from office and put him in Gitmo.

Riley told Janda that Operation American Spring will stop Obama’s attempt to turn America into “a socialist-fascist-communist-Marxist dictatorial, tyrannical system.”

When Barack Obama became the White House occupant we saw the Constitution being destroyed and ignored at nearly the speed of light. We believe that our liberty and our freedom and our constitutional nation started on the downhill at something that we just couldn’t believe. We looked over and we said, we’ve been fighting for our nation for over 230 years and we have children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren that are coming after us, and at the rate that Obama is taking us, we are going to be down into a socialist-fascist-communist-Marxist dictatorial, tyrannical system at the end of his administration if we don’t do something now, right now, to turn this around.

Riley also repeated his assertion that God is behind Operation American Spring and predicted that the event will draw 10 million attendees — which is actually lower than activist Jim Garrow’s estimate of 30 million.

We’re at the point now where I believe that the only way we could be this far ahead with so many supporters and so many patriots that are making efforts throughout the states that God’s wind is behind us, that this is something that He’s pushing us along. We’re calling for a peaceful, unarmed, non-violent gathering of 10 million Americans in Washington D.C. beginning on May 16 and we want to stay there in numbers as long as we possibly can.

I think it will work. I think God is behind it. He is going to give us a clear path, right into Washington D.C. and that’s what we’re going to ask for. At the same time we’re working on a formal declaration of demands that we’re going to present, we don’t know exactly who to yet or how they will be presented, but this will back up what it is we’re asking for with regard to these people to step down. We’re trust there’s going to be about 10 million or more people that are going to be there to back this up, verified, validated.

Newsweek Profiles John Paulk's Move From Ex-Gay Poster Boy To Movement Critic

Newsweek is out today with a story on John Paulk, who was featured on the magazine’s cover as an ex-gay success story back in 1998, and other ex-gay activists who have since recanted and left the movement.

Newsweek’s story reveals the personal struggles that many ex-gay leaders faced, even as they aided a movement that was harmful to gay people, particularly minors. The ex-gay movement, after all, was a product of a larger Religious Right push to undermine the claims of gay rights advocates by depicting homosexuality as a choice or a set of feelings that could be easily “fixed.”

Paulk’s ex-wife, Anne Paulk, however, continues to toe the ex-gay line.

Far-right groups including the Family Research Council and the American Family Association pooled $600,000 to place ads promising the effectiveness of reparative therapy in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Anne and John Paulk smiled from full-page newspaper spreads.

In front of the crowds and cameras, Paulk was the image of certainty. But backstage, he was faltering. More than that, he knew he was lying.

“It’s funny, for those of us that worked in it, behind closed doors, we knew we hadn't really changed,” he says. “Our situations had changed—we had gotten married, and some of us had children, so our roles had changed. I was a husband and father; that was my identity. And the homosexuality had been tamped down. But you can only push it down for so long, and it would eke its way out every so often.”

When Paulk walked into that gay bar in 2000, someone recognized him and phoned Wayne Besen, a gay rights activist who now runs the nonprofit Truth Wins Out. Besen rushed over and snapped a picture. In the ensuing scandal, Paulk initially claimed he just went in to use the bathroom, and didn’t know it was a gay bar. But really, he was aching just to be in a welcoming environment.

“I went to a gay bar—not looking for sex, which is what people thought—but because I was missing my community. I was looking to sit in a place with people I felt comfortable with, and that was other gay people,” Paulk says. Though he continued to take speaking engagements, by 2003, he was burned out.

“I would be in hotel rooms, and I would be on my face sobbing and crying on the bed,” he says. “I felt like a liar and a hypocrite. Having to go out and give hope to these people. I was in despair knowing that what I was telling them was not entirely honest. I couldn’t do it anymore.”

Even in its earliest days, Exodus’s philosophy—that same-sex attraction meant a person was “broken” and could be “fixed”—was undermined by the reality of its members’ actions. Michael Bussee and Gary Cooper, two of the co-founders, left the movement in 1979 to be in a committed relationship with one another. (Bussee has spent the decades since actively fighting Exodus’s message.) John Evans, one of the founders of Love in Action (LIA), an early ex-gay ministry that helped establish Exodus in 1974, left LIA after a friend committed suicide over his distress at being unable to change his sexual orientation. "They're destroying people's lives,” Evans told The Wall Street Journal in 1993. “They're living in a fantasy world.” (LIA has since changed its name to Restoration Path.)

First came the photo of Paulk in the gay bar. Then in 2003, Michael Johnson, founder of “National Coming Out of Homosexuality Day,” was revealed to have infected men he’d met on the Internet with HIV through unprotected sex. John Smid, who joined LIA in 1986 and eventually became its executive director, left the organization in 2008. Three years later, Smid wrote on his blog that he "never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual," and that reorientation is impossible, because being gay is intrinsic.

Then it crumbled further. In 2012, psychologist Robert Spitzer—one of the leaders of the successful push in the 1970s for the American Psychiatric Association to declassify homosexuality as a disease—retracted a controversial study, published in 2003, often cited by the ex-gay community that had concluded some “highly motivated” individuals could change their sexual orientation. Spitzer wrote an apology to LGBT people who “wasted time and energy” on reparative therapy.

Lastly, there’s the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), founded in 1992 by psychologist Joseph Nicolosi. NARTH considers itself the foremost secular proponent of conversion therapy; it counts hundreds of well-credentialed mental health professionals among its ranks and has issued a number of white papers on the subject. It too, however, has suffered in the public eye in recent years: In 2007, NARTH therapist Chris Austin was convicted of sexually assaulting a client, and sentenced to 10 years in prison; in 2010, NARTH board member George Rekers was found to have employed a male prostitute as a companion for a two-week European vacation; and in 2012 the Internal Revenue Service revoked NARTH’s nonprofit status for not properly filing its paperwork.

Paulk left Exodus in 2003. He cautions against “speaking for everybody,” but says in his more than two decades of watching people undergo ex-gay therapy, the “large majority” of people he met “did not change one iota.” Paulk remained silent for a decade, until he issued a formal apology last year. "I know that countless people were harmed by things I said and did in the past, " Paulk wrote in a statement. "I am truly, truly sorry for the pain I have caused.”

Rafael Cruz: Obama Promoting 'Social Justice' In Order To Create 'Vast, Dependent Society'

In a radio interview yesterday, Rafael Cruz accused President Obama of promoting the concepts of “hyphenated Americans” and “social justice” in order to “create a vast, dependent society” and establish a “permanent voting base.”

Boston radio host and Washington Times columnist Jeffrey Kuhner asked Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz and a Cuban immigrant, if he thought that immigrants today are different from those when he came to the country because they “hang on to their ethnic identity” and “don’t seem to be as grateful or as appreciative of all the benefits and opportunities and freedoms that we have here.”

Cruz agreed with Kuhner’s assessment, and blamed the supposed ingratitude of immigrants on the Obama administration and its commitment to “social justice.”

“One of the things that this administration has been doing is look at each one of those so-called groups as the victims of society and pushing them into a dependent status so that they can keep them under their thumb,” he said. “The whole concept is if they can create a vast, dependent society upon government, then they feel they have a permanent voting base to maintain them in power. “

Kuhner: When you look at America today, 2014, to when you came to the United States, how do we treat immigrants differently in terms of assimilating them? Because I listen to you and I hear a red-blooded American. I look at many immigrants who come today, and they hang on to their ethnic identity. They’re hyphenated Americans, they talk multiculturalism, they don’t seem to be as grateful or as appreciative of all the benefits and opportunities and freedoms that we have here. Have you seen a change in your lifetime over how immigrants are assimilated into the melting pot when you came and the immigrant experience today?

Cruz: Well, obviously there’s a change, but we have to realize where the change comes from. The change, it is a program change. This administration wants to promote the concept of ‘hyphenated Americans.’ This administration is bent on what they call ‘social justice.’ Now we need to define the terms. The term ‘social justice’ sounds very good, but basically, social justice is collectivism. It is the rights of the group, and it denies individual responsibility. So this whole concept of looking at all these different hyphenated groups, whether it is, and even any other groups, they even consider women as a separate group. So it is a divide and conquer concept.

And one of the things that this administration has been doing is look at each one of those so-called groups as the victims of society and pushing them into a dependent status so that they can keep them under their thumb. The whole concept is if they can create a vast, dependent society upon government, then they feel they have a permanent voting base to maintain them in power.

And I think we don’t need to be talking about hyphenated Americans, because we are all Americans and we all want the same thing.

Barton: Not Allowing Women To Vote Was Designed 'To Keep The Family Together'

On today's episode of "WallBuilders Live," David Barton explained that women were not given the right to vote when the Constitution was written because the Founding Fathers were trying to protect the institution of the family by giving every "family" a right to vote through the male head of the household.

Responding to a question from a listener who argued that the Founding Fathers denied women the right to vote not out of sexism but rather based on the biblical principle that a house divided against itself cannot stand, Barton said that this interpretation was exactly right because not allowing women to vote was designed "to keep the family together":

The family was the first and fundamental unit of all government. Actually, you have individual self government first, then you have family government second, you have civil government third, and have church government fourth.  Those are the four levels of government in the order they are given in the Bible.

So family government precedes civil government and you watch that as colonists came to America, they voted by families. You look at the Pilgrims, when they finally moved away from socialism and moved toward the free enterprise system, they called the families together and gave families plots of land. Private property given to the families. And so that's the way things work.

And you have to remember back then, husband and wife, I mean the two were considered one. That is the biblical precept. That is the way they looked at them in the civil community. That is a family that is voting and so the head of the family is traditionally considered to be the husband and even biblically still continues to be so ...

Now, as we've moved away from the family unit - you need to be independent from the family, don't be chained down and be a mother and don't be chained down and be a father and don't be chained down to your parents, you know, we've moved into more of a family anarchy kind of thing, the 'Modern Family' kind of portrayal - that understanding has gone away.

Clearly, what [the listener] has asked is a brilliant question because it does reveal that the bigotry we're told they held back then, they didn't hold and what they did was they put the family unit higher than the government unit and they tried to work hard to keep the family together. And, as we can show in two or three hundred studies since then, the more you weaken the family, the more it hurts the entire culture and society.

So they had a strong culture, a strong society and it was based on a strong family to preceded government and they crafted their policies to protect a strong family.

William Gheen Defends Don Sterling: 'I'm More Worried About The Black Mobs'

Yesterday, William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC posted on his website a long, indignant letter to the Southern Poverty Law Center on his website, blasting the SPLC for listing his organization as a hate group, and especially bristling at any suggestion that any of his activism is motivated by racism. “No evidence exists that anyone in our organization has ever engaged in racism, hate, or violence against minorities,” he insisted. WorldNetDaily joined Gheen’s cause, quoting his letter in a fawning report later that day.

So, of course it comes as no surprise that the very same day that Gheen was on a crusade to clear his name from charges of leading a hate group, he also took the time to post on Facebook a defense of Los Angeles Clippers owner Don Sterling’s racist remarks and reported history of racial discrimination, claiming that the “black mobs” he imagines “hunting white people” across the nation are the real thing keeping the country from racial “equality.”

“I’m more worried about the new black mobs roaming many US cities targeting and beating the crap out of white people playing the Polar Bear/Knockout game than some rich old guy’s insensitive, yet 1st amendment protected, comments to his girlfriend in a private phone conversation that would be illegal to record in most states!” Gheen vented. “White guy makes a comment on the phone about blacks and the media goes crazy and everyone is out to destroy him. Black mobs form across the nation hunting white people and the media helps conceal the atrocities. Equality? Don’t think so.”

Then, for good measure, Gheen reposted his thoughts on the page of the conspiracy-theory site InfoWars.

We've frequently noted how remarkable it is that Gheen, an unhinged fringe extremist, continues to have something of a presence in the right-wing media and the GOP. For example, today, Gheen announced that he was endorsing five more candidates for Congress who had courted his favor by filling out his candidate survey, including U.S. Senate candidates Mark Callahan of Oregon and Stace Nelson of South Dakota. They join U.S. Senate candidates Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Rob Maness of LouisianaGreg Brannon of North Carolina and Lee Bright of South Carolina, who have all successfully courted Gheen’s endorsement.

New Creationist Movie Is The Latest Religious Right 'Christian Persecution' Film

Religious Right activists just can’t seem to get enough of movies about the purported persecution of Christians in America, churning out movies such as “God’s Not Dead,” “Uncommon” and “Persecuted.”

Answers In Genesis, the Young Earth Creationist group behind the Creation Museum, released a trailer yesterday for its very own persecution tale, “A Matter of Faith.”

The movie appears to center around a father who is upset that his daughter’s college biology professor isn’t giving equal time to “biblical Creation as a plausible alternative” to evolution. Like in “God’s Not Dead” — in which a student debates an atheist professor played by Kevin Sorbo — the worried father ends up debating the biology professor in a fight for his daughter’s soul.

AIG has routinely warned members that public schools and universities are leading young people away from Christianity by teaching them the science of evolution. As AIG head Ken Ham argues in his book “Already Gone,” schools and churches which don’t teach biblical accounts like Genesis as literal texts have led young people astray. 

HT: Chris Hutton.

GOPer Who Compared Food Stamp Recipients To Wild Animals Blasts Right Wing Watch As 'Dishonest'

Annette Bosworth, a South Dakota Republican Senate candidate, accused Right Wing Watch yesterday of “dishonesty” for reporting on an image she shared on her official Facebook page which compares people who receive food assistance to wild animals.

Bosworth didn’t explain how RWW’s post was dishonest, and the image in question is still on her Facebook page.

In fact, it seems that we’ve hit a nerve with Bosworth, as her page now features eight different posts with the same exact message about “being attacked by a far left wing group.”

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