July 2012

Brian Tashman, Friday 07/27/2012, 4:45pm
On his radio show today, the American Family Association’s Buster Wilson tried to explain the AFA’s rather inconsistent view of boycotts. As we’ve reported, the organization is attacking gay rights supporters for boycotting Chick-fil-A even as the AFA itself is leading a boycott of Home Depot and countless other companies for backing “the pro-homosexual movement.” According to Wilson, “Chick-fil-A is neutral in the culture war” and is “not trying to influence the culture war, not trying to influence what’s going on in the culture”:... MORE
Miranda Blue, Friday 07/27/2012, 4:33pm
Grove City College professor Paul Kengor is out with a new book, The Communist, which examines President Obama’s relationship with his grandfather’s friend Frank Marshall Davis, who has become the nexus of several right-wing conspiracy theories. In an interview with American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios this week, Kengor went into detail about the “amazing” similarities between Davis and Obama, including what he claims is their “hate” for Winston Churchill. Kengor and Rios went on to recount the favorite right-wing story that “one of the first... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 07/27/2012, 3:55pm
Former congressman Virgil Goode (R-VA), best known for his malicious attacks on Muslims and immigrants, is running as the Constitution Party’s candidate for president. While as a third party candidate he likely to get little support, Public Policy Polling in a recent survey of Virginia voters found that “Goode is pulling 9% of the vote, bringing Romney down seven points to 35% and hardly moving Obama to 49%.” Goode yesterday in an interview with Steve Deace, a conservative talk show host and Romney critic, said that he seeks to exploit Romney’s flip-flops on issues... MORE
, Friday 07/27/2012, 1:45pm
On yesterday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show, anti-gay pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas labeled the message of liberals “hopeless,” and said that gay people lead a “miserable lifestyle” that is predisposed to “depression, or suicide, or alcoholism.” Jefress’s comments are the latest in a string of anti-gay screeds. He has previously implied that gay rights will result in the “inevitable implosion of our country” and that gays are using a variety of “brainwashing techniques” to “inject... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 07/27/2012, 1:05pm
Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink, the Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund), the Family Research Council and the Ohio-based Citizens for Community Values are planning six seminars in Ohio over the coming months to train Culture Impact Teams and “answer the cry of a culture that needs help.” While FRC’s Tony Perkins and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson won’t be attending in person, they have sent messages, including this one from Dobson condemning an effort to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage by referendum in 2013... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 07/27/2012, 12:15pm
Back in February, we reported that pastor Anne Gimenez was in the process of recreating the 1980 Washington for Jesus rally, which she led with her late husband, Bishop John Gimenez. The new election-oriented prayer rally, called America for Jesus, is scheduled to be held in Philadelphia’s Independence Mall in September and has already received the endorsements of far-right dominionists including Cindy Jacobs, Lou Engle, Jim Garlow and Harry Jackson. But as with Rick Perry’s The Response and Lou Engle’s The Call prayer rallies, it was only a matter of time before more... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 07/27/2012, 9:30am
When the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in 2008, one rabbi claimed that the sin of homosexuality is so egregious that it caused God in the times of Noah “to annihilate the world and start from the beginning.” The rabbi, who will be speaking at Glenn Beck’s upcoming Religious Right meeting, apparently is not alone in this view: yesterday, Pastor Aaron Fruh challenged American Family Radio listeners to “find any society in human history that ever tried that experiment and lived to tell about it, they’ve all been destroyed, because as... MORE
Miranda Blue, Friday 07/27/2012, 9:06am
Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt, who earlier this week floated the theory that the Colorado theater shooting was an inside job aimed at promoting gun control, was back on the press circuit today. In an interview with Iowa radio host Steve Deace, Pratt urged listeners to compare the dozen deaths in the Aurora movie theater with the millions of deaths in Nazi concentration camps – deaths which he claims occurred because the Nazi government had taken away the guns of the German populace, preventing them from “shooting back”: Well, we tragically lost 12... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 07/26/2012, 5:15pm
Dave Weigel @ Slate: It’s a Weekday, So It’s Time for Another Misleading Edit of an Obama Quote. Steve Benen @ Maddow Blog: Pennsylvania’s voter-ID scheme looks even worse. Irin Carmon @ Salon: Conservatives’ other Kenyan obsession. Zack Ford @ Think Progress: Memo To The Media: Chick-fil-A Condemns, Discriminates, And Campaigns Against LGBT People. Good As You: Why do we talk so much about LGBT rights? Because they are targeting us every hour, on the hour! Warren Throckmorton: David Barton Takes Aim at His Critics in Part Two of The... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 07/26/2012, 5:10pm
Jerry Newcombe, who said only the Christian victims of the Aurora shooting will go to Heaven, apologizes “to anyone who was offended by the way certain media outlets portrayed my comments.” Basically, he doesn’t apologize. Once again, David Barton responds to his critics simply by attacking them and not rebutting anything they said about his work. According to the Pew Research Center, “The number of conservative Republicans who say Obama is a Muslim has doubled since October 2008 (from 16% to 34%).” The American Spectator asks, “Is... MORE
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