July 2012

Brian Tashman, Thursday 07/26/2012, 5:35pm
Jack Hakimian is a Florida pastor who is turning into something of a Religious Right martyr after the North Miami public schools rebuked him for delivering anti-gay screeds on school property. Today, Hakimian took his case to American Family Radio, where he complained of “censorship” by gay groups. He said gay rights advocates “know that if we keep debating from biology, from theology and from sociology that homosexuality is not a healthy lifestyle, it’s not God’s plan, we will persuade people’s minds,” and so those advocates “want to destroy... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 07/26/2012, 5:25pm
Last year, Liberty Counsel and the Family Research Council were outraged — outraged! — when gay rights advocates began pressuring companies to end their ties to a so-called charity group called the CGBG, which funds anti-gay organizations including LC and FRC. The two groups urged retailers to “remain neutral in the culture wars” and accused gay rights supporters of “economic terrorism.” The FRC even created a website where activists could call on companies to “remain neutral in the current cultural battles, thus enabling you to focus on business and... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 07/26/2012, 3:20pm
Operation Save America’s Flip Benham reacted to the Colorado shooting last week by claiming the suspect was “the spawn of the ideology of the Democratic Party.” Today, Benham announced that he will lead a protest of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next month because when “the devil throws a party, like this Democratic party it is imperative that the church show up.” He added that the shootings in Aurora, Columbine and Virginia Teach “are harbingers of the ‘Culture of Death’ that will be invading the streets of Charlotte”... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 07/26/2012, 2:05pm
As Republican leaders express their outrage at service members marching in a San Diego pride parade in uniform, Religious Right activists aren’t holding back either. In her radio alert yesterday, Mission America’s Linda Harvey accused the military personnel who marched in the parade of bringing “disgrace to the uniform and to America”: Harvey: The San Diego homosexual pride parade on Saturday, July 21st, broke new ground. For the first time the Pentagon allowed members of the military to dress in full uniform at an event with a political agenda, and what an agenda it... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 07/26/2012, 12:10pm
It always amazes us how Religious Right activists present themselves as fearless defenders of the truth, but constantly run away from and flat out deny statements that cause controversy. Take the recent dispute over Chick-fil-A. Not only does the company finance anti-gay groups, but CEO Dan Cathy has said that same-sex marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation” because we “shake our fist at Him,” calling support for marriage equality a “tragic” a sign that God “left us to a depraved mind.” Rather than defend these remarks, social... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 07/26/2012, 11:15am
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer yesterday defended Michele Bachmann against the criticism she has received for backing an anti-Muslim witch hunt, arguing that the issue has both political and spiritual dimensions since “Allah is an extremely powerful demon.” Fischer, who has previously said that Islam is “the spirit of Satan” and described Muslims as a “toxic cancer” who should be deported, said that “there’s no question that Muslims are worshiping a demon,” adding that he doesn’t “want to be hard on”... MORE
Miranda Blue, Thursday 07/26/2012, 11:02am
Illinois pastor John Kirkwood joined Peter LaBarbara on Americans for Truth About Homosexuality Radio Hour last week to discuss a pending challenge to Illinois’ ban on same-sex marriage. The two were up in arms because the Cook County circuit court judge presiding over the case, Sophia Hall, is openly gay. Not only do they want Judge Hall to recuse herself from the case (the Right made a similar, unsuccessful demand of Judge Vaughn Walker, who presided over the Prop 8 trial in California), but they take issue with the very existence of openly gay judges. Kirkwood, perusing a newsletter... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 07/26/2012, 10:30am
Commenting on the right-wing smear campaign targeting Huma Abedin, Adam Serwer noted that the people suggesting Abedin is a secret agent for the Muslim Brotherhood would “have to ignore her marriage to the ardently pro-Israel disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. (Of course: it's the perfect cover.)” But some anti-Muslim activists are actually using the “perfect cover” line to bolster their own arguments: David Horowitz told American Family Association president Tim Wildmon yesterday that Weiner has either “secretly converted to Islam or Huma Abedin has... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 07/25/2012, 6:00pm
PFAW: Top Romney Adviser Backs Bachmann Witch Hunt – PFAW Calls on Romney to Stand Up to McCarthyism. Judd Legum @ Think Progress: Romney Adviser Says Obama Doesn’t ‘Fully Appreciate’ Our ‘Anglo-Saxon Heritage.’ Dave Weigel @ Slate: We Have Reached Peak "Leak" Scandal Absurdity. Alex Seitz-Wald @ Salon: Tea Party still loves Michele Bachmann. Tim Murphy @ Mother Jones: Right-Wing Gun Group: Was Aurora an Inside Job? Good As You: Read: FRC's $35 million plan to 'go on the offense to advance the Christian worldview... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 07/25/2012, 5:54pm
Looks like Religious Right groups are upset about the new Political Research Associates report looking into their work in Africa. David Barton plans to respond to critics, including PFAW, in Glenn Beck’s The Blaze this week. Last time he answered his critics, he just attacked them as jealous elitists. Rick Santorum just loves his Chick-Fil-A. Gary Bauer releases another scary anti-Obama web ad. Televangelist Benny Hinn says “the beginning of the greatest revival on earth” will only happen once Bill Graham dies. Angry at Speaker Boehner... MORE
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