AFTAH: Gay Christians are 'Satanically Inspired' and Alan Chambers is like a 'Green-on-Blue' Attacker

Alan Chambers of Exodus International faced a tremendous amount of criticism from anti-gay activists after he spoke to the Gay Christian Network and said that a celibate gay Christian can go to Heaven. Chambers also renounced his group’s slogan on “curing” sexual orientation, saying that in his opinion 99.9% of people who have sought to alter their sexual orientation have not experienced any change. Aghast, many on the Religious Right quickly rebuked the man WORLD Magazine just last year named “Daniel of the Year.”

The attacks continued on Americans For Truth About Homosexuality Radio Hour with AFTAH president Peter LaBarbera and co-host John Kirkwood. LaBarbera said that the idea that someone can be both gay and a Christian and declining anti-gay animus in the church represent “a corruption of evangelicalism,” and Kirkwood even said that gay Christians are “satanically inspired.” Later, LaBarbera compared Chambers to Afghanistan’s “green-on-blue” attackers, or Afghan soldiers who are ostensibly allies who shoot at NATO forces. According to LaBarbera, by renouncing a sexual orientation “cure” Chambers was really leveling an “an attack on Jesus Christ.”

Listen:

LaBarbera: We’re talking about Christianity and homosexuality, the age old struggle between sin and righteousness and the growing confusion within evangelical circles. We saw it in Catholicism, I think the conservative Catholic movement is coming out of their confusion although there are still a lot of nominal Catholics who support gay so-called marriage and the like, but I think evangelicals are becoming—there is a corruption of evangelicalism which is seeking to sort of throw up the white flag as it were, and say ‘we can merge these two, we can do the gay Christian thing.’

Kirkwood: Part of it is ignorance, we talked about being biblically illiterate, they don’t know what the Bible clearly states on this. But part of it is cowardice. Let’s face it, this group, this movement—I believe it is satanically inspired.



LaBarbera: It’s almost like a pincer movement, there’s so many different attacks on the truth, coming from so many different directions, but this thing with Chambers, this is almost like inside the camp, this is almost like Afghanistan where our allies are shooting our own soldiers. When you have a guy whose got the leading Christian—Alan Chambers, Exodus, this was the gold standard, supposedly, this was the ex-gays, this was ‘Christ can change people.’ And now you have the same Alan Chambers, sitting before a group of unrepentant homosexuals and saying I apologize, we don’t use the phrase ‘change is possible’ anymore, to me that’s an attack on Jesus Christ.

Barton: People Who Say the Constitution is Secular are Just 'Biblically Illiterate'

Given all the criticism that David Barton has been receiving for his pseudo-scholarship and misrepresentations of history in recent weeks, you would think that he would be making an effort to reign in his tendency to make blatantly false statements ... but you would be wrong.

Several times in recent months we have documented Barton claiming that the Constitution directly quotes the Bible despite the fact that it is obviously and demonstrably untrue. 

But Barton was giving a presentation at Northwoods Community Church in Illinois over the weekend and made the claim yet again, claiming that those who claim the Constitution doesn't quote the Bible are just biblically illiterate:

If you will take the Constitution in one hand and read its language and take a Bible in the other hand and read it, you'll say "wow, that's a direct quotation out of a Bible verse." Yeah, exactly. If you'll look through the Constitution, you'll find so many direct quotations right out of Bible verses because that's what they put in the document.

Now today we're often told, on no, the Constitution is a secular document, it's a godless document. When people tell me that, I know that they're biblically illiterate, they don't recognize Bible verses. If you read the content of that and you know the Bible, you'll say "hey, that's a direct quote out of Ezra 7:24 and there it is out of Deuteronomy 17:5." It's just throughout the Constitution.

Let's take a look at Barton's claims and see if any of them hold up:

Article I, Section 8:

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States.

Leviticus 19:34:

But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Does that look like a "direct quote" to you? How about this?

Article II, Section 1:

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President.

Deuteronomy 17:15:

You shall surely set him king over you, whom the LORD your God shall choose: one from among your brethren shall you set king over you: you may not set a stranger over you, who is not your brother.

Nope.  Or this?

Article III, Section 3

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

Deuteronomy 17:6:

On the testimony of two or three witnesses a man shall be put to death, but no one shall be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.

Again, no. What about this one?

Article III, Section 3:

The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

Ezekiel 18:20:

The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.

Not even close.  Barton also claims the idea for separation of powers came from Jeremiah 17:9:

The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse — who can understand it?

And the concept of the three branches of government came from Isaiah 33:22:

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our ruler, the Lord is our king; he will save us.

And the idea for elections came from Exodus 18:21:

You should also look for able men among all the people, men who fear God, are trustworthy, and hate dishonest gain; set such men over them as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.

Clearly, not a single one of Barton's claims holds up, nor does his claim that tax exemption for churches comes out of Ezra 7:24:

You are also to know that you have no authority to impose taxes, tribute or duty on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, temple servants or other workers at this house of God.

And that is primarly because the Constitution does not actually say anything about tax exemption for churches.

The ironic thing is that Barton says that people who point out that his claims are patently false are "biblically illiterate" when, in fact, it seems that Barton is both constitutionally and biblically illiterate since he is unable to realize that these passages he cites clearly do not say the things that he claims that they do.

Harvey Hosts Pastor who Pushes Schools to use Ex-Gay Therapy on Children

This weekend on her radio show, Mission America’s Linda Harvey hosted Ohio pastor Greg Davis to talk about the billboard his church put up last year which read: “Homosexuality is a sin… but Christ can set you free.” Harvey congratulated Davis for taking his stance on homosexuality to the streets in order to “set people free,” hoping that more people would follow their example and make their anti-gay views public. Davis told Harvey that the billboard was necessary to tell young people that the gay “lifestyle will destroy” and “devastate” them, angry that teens are apparently being “pushed and encouraged for this lifestyle.” He said that schools should promote the discredited and damaging ex-gay therapy, lamenting, “That’s not there, and that’s what we want them to put in there.”

Harvey: In working on this issue for now, it’s been 18 years that God called me into speaking out about this issue, and it’s been quite an adventure, I would have to say. I found out that there are an awful lot of people that won’t speak out themselves but behind the scenes they will tell you how much they support what you’re doing and so we just have to, some people just need to step out, and you did and God bless you for that, and take the heat. We have to keep the truth in front of people, also the fact that truth can be spoken and it is not hateful, it is loving, there is nothing hateful about this message, it will set people free, right?

Davis: Yes. We love people. We feel this lifestyle will destroy, especially a young teenager, a young man or girl in their twenties, this lifestyle will devastate them, but that’s masked at the beginning. For the average teenager who may go to their school teenager or their principal or they may disclose to someone that they’re having these feelings, they would be encouraged to follow them. There is no voice there to say ‘let’s wait a minute, let’s seek some help, we will try to find some counselors for you, have people pray with you and you can have victory over this in your life.’ That’s not there, and that’s what we want them to put in there. I prayed almost every day that there would be some teenagers and young people just driving down the freeway with their parents and would read that sign and be encouraged to seek some help and to find it, because they are pushed and encouraged for this lifestyle.

LaBarbera Denounces 'The New Normal' for its 'Incredible Propaganda,' Wants Ex-Gays on TV

Yesterday, Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality stopped by The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss the premier of the NBC sitcom, “The New Normal,” a comedy about a gay couple and their surrogate mother. After Mefferd talked about how she found it “ironic” and a “bizarre coincide” that the show premiers on September 11, LaBarbera lamented that actor Justin Bartha co-stars in “The New Normal” since National Treasure was one of his favorite movies. LaBarbera went on to attack the “shocking” show for being “extremely manipulative” and pushing “incredible propaganda.”

Later, LaBarbera wondered why there hasn’t been a “healthy, contented ex-gay in a movie or a TV show,” noting that he doesn’t want to see an ex-gay character like Exodus International president Alan Chambers, who recently lost support from Religious Right activists after admitting that “99.9%” of people who have tried to change their sexual orientation have failed to realize such a conversion.

Mefferd: Peter let’s talk a little bit about this TV show that is coming out, I’m sure a lot of people that are listening right now know about it, it’s premiering on NBC tomorrow night, it’s called “The New Normal,” which I find a little ironic considering it’s premiering on 9/11 and everybody always talked about ‘the new normal’ after 9/11, it’s kind of a bizarre coincidence. Tell us a little bit about this TV show, what do you know about it?

LaBarbera: Well first of all I’m depressed because it stars the guy who was the sidekick in National Treasurer, the Nicholas Cage movie, which was one of my family favorites and he plays a homosexual in the TV show “The New Normal.” It’s about two gay guys who want to adopt a child, I’m sorry want to have a child by inseminating a woman, so they’re interviewing in the trailer, the two gay guys are interviewing the woman who will bear their child. Of course it’s extremely manipulative, they ask her why they want to carry a child that’s not yours, and she says she looked out and she saw a lesbian couple being yelled at by a homeless woman and she thought it was just like another family, so even in the trailer you can see the incredible propaganda that we’re going to be subjected to in this movie. What’s most shocking about it is it’s just so out in the open now that NBC can be doing heavy duty promotion of a TV show that’s built totally around the idea of two homosexual men adopting a baby, is that really ‘the new normal’ for America in 2012? It’s shocking.



LaBarbera: It’s all about manipulation and Hollywood has been doing this for so long and there’s no issue that they do it more on than the homosexual issue. When is Hollywood ever going to have a healthy, contented ex-gay in a movie or a TV show? Not a caricature, not the miserable, struggling ex-homosexual sort of like I guess, I’m tempted to say Alan Chambers, who is still gay or they are acting like they are gay and they are starting to adopt gay activism. I’m talking about a fully happy, contented former homosexual. Will it be decades before we see one of those on TV?

Later, Mefferd and LaBarbera both mourned the rise and success of the gay rights movement in the U.S. “I’m watching this stuff unfold and I’m not a Jeremiah type generally, I tend to be pretty cheerful,” Mefferd said, “but I look at this and think, I don’t think a country can recover from this, I really don’t.”

The two even agreed that the current presidential race is one sign that America is under God’s judgment as LaBarbera maintained President Obama has “totally given over to the homosexual agenda” and Mitt Romney has “come out for homosexuality in the Boy Scouts.”

Mefferd: What it comes down to Peter is when you don’t have an objective moral standard in a society you can’t long stand. I’m watching this stuff unfold and I’m not a Jeremiah type generally, I tend to be pretty cheerful, but I look at this and think, I don’t think a country can recover from this, I really don’t.

LaBarbera: I tend to be a realist too which is why I don’t go around saying, we’re all going to come out of this OK, who knows? If there’s a revival I think there’s hope for us. I think without a revival I kind of agree with you, I think we’re seeing all the signs of a society in steep moral decline. Even this presidential race we’re faced between one candidate who has totally given over to the homosexual agenda, then the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, has actually come out for homosexuality in the Boy Scouts. It almost seems like our candidates themselves are sort of a judgment on this country.

Mefferd: Right and I wonder if we’re not under judgment as well because those are the two candidates.

LaBarbera: Yeah, I agree.

Boykin: Failure to Stop 'Stealth Jihad' is 'Almost Criminal'

Yesterday, Bryan Fischer once again welcomed Jerry Boykin as a guest on his radio program where the two bonded over their mutual dislike and distrust of all things Muslim.  Fischer kicked things off by asking Boykin whether he believed that our leaders really understand the threat that Islam poses to this nation, prompting Boykin to declare not only does the political leadership not get it but that the lack of interest in the threat "is almost criminal," citing federal law that holds those who know of a threat and don't act or report it can be held criminally liable.

Boykin went on to complain that everyone is too focused on terrorism and bombings while ignoring the fact that the "stealth jihad that is being executed by the Muslim Brotherhood today is far more dangerous than taking down the Twin Towers; it, in the long term, will have an absolutely devastating impact on our society and our culture and our legal system": 

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/10/11

Right Wing Leftovers - 9/10/12

  • Sadly, the Birther conference scheduled for later this month has been canceled due to lack of interest.
  • Alan Chambers has apologized for blasting radio host Janet Mefferd on Facebook after the two had engaged in a heated debate on her radio program last week.
  • Linda Harvey offers up a helpful "Q & A For Kids About Homosexuality" [PDF] that declares "it’s not right to tell someone that being homosexual is okay. The person may be feeling sad because of being bullied, but never try to make him or feel better by saying 'gay' is okay."
  • Gary Cass declares "'We the People' have become corrupt. A truly moral and religious people would never tolerate the murderous, perverted and wasteful practices and policies that are spewing out of Washington D.C.!"
  • Gary Bauer repeats the lie that omits the phrase “endowed by their creator” when he recites the Declaration of Independence.
  • Finally, historian Glenn Sunshine says that David Barton's methodology is "inappropriate, rhetorically dangerous, and quite simply intellectually dishonest."

Jim Bakker Prophesies New Orleans' Destruction and California 'Ring of Fire'

Last time self-proclaimed prophet Cindy Jacobs appeared on The Jim Bakker Show, the two talked about how they prophesied the September 11th attacks, warned of an imminent nuclear catastrophe and how Jacobs prevented two African coups. But when the two got together last week, Bakker did most of the “prophesying” as he recounted how “God spoke to me there’d be death by water and one day New Orleans will be under water forever,” with Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac revealing God’s judgment on the city.

“There’s going to be many, many disasters, desert disasters, sometimes God speaks in alliterations to me,” Bakker said. “In California confusion is going to happen and it’s going to be awful, the earthquakes are shaking, the ring of fire is shaking, there are going to be earthquakes like we’ve never seen before, there’s going to be storms like we’ve never seen before.”

Later, Bakker prophesied that along with California there will be an imminent earthquake on the New Madrid Fault Line over U.S. policy towards Israel and that his audience members will soon “pull people out of the rubble and you’re going to tell them ‘this is in the Bible, this is Biblical times.’”

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Todd Akin Looks to Disgraced Pseudo-Historian David Barton for Help following 'Legitimate Rape' Controversy

Embattled Missouri congressman and Republican senate nominee Todd Akin appeared on WallBuilders Live today with David Barton, where the two showered each other with praise. Barton recently appeared with Mike Huckabee on a Missouri Baptist Convention teleconference trumpeting Akin’s candidacy and compared him to biblical figures, just as in an earlier radio show Barton likened Akin to the Founding Fathers. Many called on Akin to drop out of the Senate race after he said, while explaining his opposition to abortion rights in cases of rape, that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancies as “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin told Barton and co-host Rick Green that there has been a “concerted effort to shoot him out of the saddle” by groups like Planned Parenthood, and that he is “looking forward to moving ahead with this race and seeing a great victory in November.”

I really appreciate your prayers and the tremendous encouragement that’s come from all across our country, and this has become in a way a national race. It’s not uncommon when somebody who is a strong conservative gets in a position to run for a different seat that there will be a pretty concerted effort to shoot him out of the saddle. We know who our enemies are, Planned Parenthood has put me on their “Toxic Ten” list and there are other kinds of liberal groups likewise that if you don’t trust the conservative ratings look what the liberals are saying. I really appreciate both of you, you both have been really great patriots, always stood for a good, balanced understanding of freedom, we’re looking forward to moving ahead with this race and seeing a great victory in November.

Barton said “party bosses” despise Akin because of his conservative voting record, and Green maintained that Akin only gets in trouble because he’s an “uncompromising, absolutely solid conservative” and “the kind of guy everybody says they want in Congress, we want that consistent conservative, but it does make it harder on the campaign trail sometimes.”

Barton attempted to explain that “missteps” like Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments are inevitable and therefore people should “blow that off,” and even used the fact that we at Right Wing Watch on a regular basis write about Barton’s dishonest and bizarre statements as an example. He said that Akin’s comments don’t reflect his time in Congress and shouldn’t concern people, however, Akin’s views on rape and abortion clearly reflect on his congressional record and a larger Religious Right worldview.

One of the things that I’ve been pointing out to people that have been asking about Todd and what happened in Missouri is he made a misstep, he said something that shouldn’t of been said, that’s been taken care of, he apologized, asked forgiveness, we move on from that. That misstep would bother me if this was a pattern of behavior and it’s not, it would also bother me if his voting record showed that he had any inclination toward what he said, which it clearly doesn’t. So we say we made a mistake. You and I get quoted all the time by Right Wing Watch for what they call our mistakes, anyone who talks is going to make mistakes and you blow that off especially if you got a record. So the response is: hey let’s not get distracted with this because what happened is liberals in the Republican party and liberals in Democrat party [sic] would love for people to focus on that misstep that Todd said and that way they don’t have to talk about the contrast between him and his opponent, Claire McCaskill.

If Barton is making the case that Akin’s assertion would only bother him “if this was a pattern of behavior,” then maybe Barton should be troubled by his own career as a self-proclaimed historian as his latest book was pulled from publication over its inaccuracies, and as Barton himself notes, has to be frequently called out on this blog (and others) for making clearly false and absurd claims.

Pat Robertson: Since 'We Don't Condone Wife-Beating These Days' Husband Should 'Move to Saudi Arabia' to Beat Her

Mitt Romney this weekend stumped alongside televangelist Pat Robertson, not minding Robertson’s legacy of incendiary, insensitive, heartless and apocalyptic rhetoric that has gotten him in trouble in the past. Apparently, Robertson’s own CBN has become aware of Robertson’s problematic statements, and may even be editing his controversial claims out of episode archives.

For example, today on the 700 Club’s “Bring It On” segment where viewers ask Robertson questions, one man wondered how he should go about repairing his marriage with a wife who “insults” him and once tried to attack him.

“Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her,” Robertson responded. “This man’s got to stand up to her and he can’t let her get away with this stuff,” Robertson continued, “I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done.”

He later said the woman is a “rebellious child” and pondered if she has psychological problems. Robertson told the viewer that since he “can’t divorce her according to the Scripture, so I say: move to Saudi Arabia.”

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However, if you watch the show as posted on CBN’s website, Robertson’s words towards the end of the program about Saudi Arabia and wife-beating were noticeably edited out.

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