Colorado Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:08:02 -0500 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:08:02 -0500 Klingenschmitt: Gays Have 'A Demonic Spirit That Is Ruling In The Heart And Now They Have Lost Their Soul' <p>On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program <a href="">yesterday</a>, Gordon Klingenschmitt cited a <a href="">recent AP poll</a> that reportedly found that while a majority of Americans support marriage equality, they also believe that wedding-related businesses ought to be allowed to discriminate against gay couples on religious grounds. The fact that some people did not support such an exemption was proof to Klingenschmitt that there is "a demonic spirit of persecution at work," which is a sign of the End Times.</p> <p>"They want to force Christians to participate in someone else's acts of sodomy," Klingenschmitt said. "And if they won't participate, then the Christians should be punished or fined or bankrupted or driven out of business.&nbsp; I think that is not just anti-Christian discrimination, it is open season persecution."</p> <p>"They're coming after us," <a href="">he warned</a>, "and, in the long run, this will result not only in fines but in jail time for some Christians, which is a prediction and sign that the End Times are really upon us. When the Antichrist rises up to persecute Christians and behead us and throw us in jail for our Christian faith, you don't think it's going to be over things like this? This is just the camel's nose in the tent."</p> <p>Klingenschmitt then went on to cite <a href="">Romans 1</a> as he declared that gays have "a demonic spirit that is ruling in their heart and now they have lost their soul":</p> <p align="center"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Anti-Gay Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt C3 Fighting the Right 50661 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:08:02 -0500 Colorado Klingenschmitt: Anti-Gay Bakers Are Blessing The Gay Community By 'Refusing To Participate In Their Acts Of Sodomy' <p>On his "Pray In Jesus Name" <a href="">program recently</a>, Gordon Klingenschmitt was discussing the possibility that the owners of an Oregon bakery may have to <a href="">pay significant fines</a> after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, when he praised the bakery owners for "being a blessing" to the entire gay community "by refusing to participate in their acts of sodomy."</p> <p>After asserting that it is the goal of the government to bankrupt Christian business owners, Klingenschmitt <a href="">declared </a>that Aaron and Melissa Klein "are being persecuted for righteousness sake" and hailed them "for actually being a blessing to the homosexual community by speaking truth to them and refusing to participate in their acts of sodomy. They are defining right and wrong and saying, 'We are not going to endorse your sin because it is harmful to you in the homosexual community.'"</p> <p>Klingenschmitt then went on to pray that Christians will not "manifest the demonic spirit that would endorse that sin" but will have "the freedom to not agree with the Devil":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Anti-Gay Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt Marriage Equality Oregon C3 Fighting the Right 50516 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:23:46 -0500 Colorado Klingenschmitt Hopes Pastors Will Run For Office And 'Take Back America For The Kingdom Of God' <p>As we noted last month, Religious Right activist and <a href="">Christian-nation extremist David Lane</a> is currently organizing a nationwide effort to recruit 1,000 pastors to run for political office because it is now the "<a href="">appointed time of God</a>" for Christians to take control of America.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, that effort is being welcomed by Religious Right activist and Colorado state representative Gordon Klingenschmitt is welcoming the effort, as he endorsed it on his "Pray In Jesus Name" <a href="">program</a> recently in hopes that "we can take back America for the Kingdom of God."</p> <p>Saying that there are too many elected officials today who "promote the kingdom of sin and they want to legislate their immorality on the people," Klingenschmitt declared that America would be better served if those who promote the Kingdom of God were elected to office.</p> <p>"You can only have two kinds of morality," <a href="">he said</a>. "You can have God's morality or immorality. I would much rather be ruled by godly, God-fearing men and women."</p> <p>Klingenschmitt then prayed for Lane and his effort and that all the pastors who decide to run for office will win "so we can take back America for the Kingdom of God in Jesus' name":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Colorado David Lane Gordon Klingenschmitt C3 Fighting the Right 50131 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:13:13 -0500 Colorado Klingenschmitt: The Bible Opposes Gun-Free Zones <p>On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" <a href="">program</a>, Colordao Republican <a href="">state legislator</a> Gordon Klingenschmitt was discussing <a href="">a lawsuit</a> that has been filed against Cinemark over the mass shooting that occurred at its theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012 when he declared that even the Bible speaks about the dangers of establishing gun-free zones.</p> <p>The solution to preventing mass shootings, Klingenschmitt said, is to let law-abiding citizens carry concealed weapons everywhere so that "nobody is a sitting duck" ... as even the Bible recognizes.</p> <p>"Did you know in the Bible there were gun-free zones," Klingenschmitt asked, before citing <a href="">1 Samuel 13:19</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, "Lest the Hebrews make themselves swords or spears."</p> </blockquote> <p>"By removing all of the blacksmiths, the Hebrews were defenseless, they were sitting ducks without swords and spears and therefore they were ruled and dominated by their evil oppressors," <a href="">he said</a>. "Are we going to let that happen here in America? That is to be determined, but I think there ought to be a law":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt Second Amendment C3 Fighting the Right 49871 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:15:18 -0500 Colorado Klingenschmitt Warns That The Government Will Make Christians Renounce Christ In Order To Keep Their Jobs <p>Earlier this month, a court <a href="">ruled in favor</a> of a man who had sued his employer, claiming that he was forced to retire when he refused to use a biometric scanning program that had been instituted to track employee attendance. The employee claimed that using the scanner was a violation of his religious beliefs because it was a "Mark of the Beast" and a jury agreed, awarding him $150,000 in damages.</p> <p>Gordon Klingenshmitt, unsurprisingly, was elated by the ruling, saying on a recent "Pray in Jesus Name" <a href="">program</a> that, like the "Mark of the Beast" scanning requirement, not allowing Christian business owners to discriminate against gay customers is a sign of the End Times.</p> <p>Citing <a href="">Revelation 13:16</a>, Klingenschmitt declared that Christian photographers, florists, and bakers are all being forced to take the Mark of the Beast and will eventually be required to denounce Christ entirely in order to even remain in business.</p> <p>"That's just the camel's nose under the tent," <a href="">he warned</a>. "Eventually, it will end up requiring that you renounce Christ as a condition of remaining employed":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt C3 Fighting the Right 49711 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:40:35 -0500 Colorado 'Why Would People Hate A Chaplain?' Gordon Klingenschmitt Cannot Understand The Controversy Surrounding His Election <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Appearing on the "Bible News Radio" program <a href="">on Monday</a>, newly elected Republican legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt voiced his confusion as to why his election to a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives has generated so much controversy and criticism, wondering "why would people hate a chaplain?"</p> <p>Klingenschmitt, who has a long and <a href="">well-documented history</a> of saying an endless stream of truly insane things, seemed utterly mystified as to why his becoming an elected representative would be of concern to anyone.</p> <p>"I'm just a guy who believes the Bible," he said. "I love Jesus. I love people. I'm a man of faith and compassion."</p> <p>Klingenschmitt asserted that while he has defended the religious freedom of atheists, Jews, and Muslims, he is unfairly being singled out for harassment because he is a Christian.</p> <p>"There is a backlash against the name of Jesus," Klingenschmitt said. "People do not want God to rule their hearts and a lot of people are offended when a chaplain or a man of faith gets elected to political office. But thank God, the voters in my district were very conservative and very open to religious freedom":</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt C3 Fighting the Right 48990 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:55:09 -0500 Colorado Personhood Leader: 'The Statewide Personhood Ballot Measure Is Dead For Now' <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="249" alt="" src="" /> <p>Gualberto Garcia Jones, the prominent anti-choice activist who <a href="">drafted all three</a> losing &ldquo;fetal personhood&rdquo; ballot measures in Colorado, is <a href="">calling on his movement</a> to abandon state-level ballot initiatives in favor of local initiatives that might have a better chance at passing.</p> <p>Jones&rsquo; post-election analysis is likely to exacerbate an already bitter split within the personhood movement. Jones, who previously worked for the Colorado-based Personhood USA &mdash; which is dedicated to pushing state-level initiatives &mdash; recently defected to the <a href=""> newly created Personhood Alliance</a>, a network of &ldquo;personhood&rdquo; groups that <a href="">announced before the election</a> that it would be pursuing a local-level strategy. Although Personhood USA at first supported Personhood Alliance, it soon distanced itself, <a href=""> accusing the new group of infringing on its territory</a>.</p> <p>In an <a href="">article</a> on Friday for LifeSiteNews, Jones followed up on his<a href=""> prediction</a> that last week&rsquo;s elections would &ldquo;either collapse or ignite&rdquo; the personhood movement. Huge losses on <a href="">personhood amendments in Colorado and North Dakota</a>, he wrote, mean that statewide ballot initiatives &ldquo;dead for now.&rdquo; Rather than fighting for personhood at the state level, Jones wrote, the movement should start &ldquo;engaging the enemy in municipalities and counties that we know we control.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> <p>The rest of conservative America may be celebrating, but for the Personhood movement, it is time for some sober analysis.</p> <p>Tuesday&rsquo;s election results were certainly not good for pro-abortion Democrats, but they were even worse for the Personhood movement. I have to admit that <a href="">my own predictions were off</a> and I am sorely disappointed.</p> <p>After the defeat of Measure 1 in North Dakota by an unexpectedly wide vote of 64-36 and of the Brady Amendment in Colorado by an almost identical margin of 65-35, it isn&rsquo;t an overstatement to say that the statewide personhood ballot measure is dead for now.</p> <p>&hellip;</p> <p>Had the Brady Amendment performed just a little better and the North Dakota amendment passed or been close to passing, then the claim could be made that the movement was growing and that there was a realistic chance of passing a personhood amendment in another state in the near future. As it is, the crushing defeat of the North Dakota amendment and the lackluster improvement in Colorado should make Personhood supporters stop to think about the strategy going forward.</p> <p>Thoughtful reconsideration of the strategy of the Personhood movement is what the movement needs right now.</p> <p>It should be noted that the same goes for the entire pro-life movement. The narrow victory of the Tennessee amendment that safeguards the right to legislatively address abortion, is a victory, but the bar is set painfully low.</p> <p>&hellip;</p> <p>These initial years of the personhood movement have taught us a lot. I believe that we now know how to fight to win against Planned Parenthood. And the key is being able to control the battleground.</p> <p>When you look at electoral maps of the country, it is readily evident that majorities in almost every metropolitan area of the country are opposed to our worldview. These metropolitan areas are also the major media centers and accumulate large percentages of the voting population in every state.</p> <p>Right now, fighting the abortion industry at the state level is akin to having lined up a battalion of colonists against the well-trained and well armed redcoats. We need to start engaging in more asymmetrical tactics, and this means engaging the enemy in municipalities and counties that we know we control.</p> <p>This can be done at the legislative and political level, as Georgia Right to Life and other groups have done by the endorsement of state officials, or it can be done by engaging in <a href="">municipal ballot measures</a>.</p> <p>Local laws deal with many powers that touch upon the personhood of the preborn, from local health and building codes to local law enforcement such as child abuse prevention. It is time to establish the recognition of universal human personhood into these laws.</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue Anti-Choice C4 Colorado Gualberto Garcia Jones National Personhood Alliance North Dakota personhood Personhood USA Reproductive Health Fighting the Right 48970 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:36:53 -0500 Colorado Personhood Group Thanks Joni Ernst For Sticking With Them On Toxic Issue <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Personhood USA is not used to electoral victories.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the Colorado-based group <a href=""> failed for the third time </a> to pass a ballot measure granting legal rights to zygotes in its home state. It <a href="">consoled itself</a> that at least the measure &mdash; whose <a href=""> scope had been somewhat narrowed </a> in an effort to attract voters &mdash; lost less badly than it had in the past.</p> <p>Adding insult to injury, Colorado&rsquo;s successful Republican Senate candidate, Cory Gardner, had <a href=""> renounced his support for the amendment </a> and <a href=""> started lying about the fact </a> that he was still supporting a similar measure in the U.S. House, causing Personhood USA&rsquo;s head, Keith Mason, to joke about <a href=""> dressing up as someone stabbed in the back by Gardner for Halloween</a>.</p> <p>But the group did find one thing to be very happy about this week. In a <a href=""> press release </a> that serves as a barely veiled dig at Gardner, Personhood USA congratulates successful Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst &ldquo;for defending personhood during [a] principled Senate victory.&rdquo; After falsely <a href="">claiming in a debate</a> that a state-level personhood bill she supported wouldn&rsquo;t actually do anything but instead was just a symbolic &ldquo;statement,&rdquo; Ernst later <a href="">confirmed that she would in fact support</a> a federal-level personhood bill.</p> <p>Personhood USA cites Ernst&rsquo;s support for their cause to encourage Republican presidential candidates vying to win the Iowa caucuses to embrace similarly radical anti-choice stands:</p> <blockquote> <p>"Joni Ernst didn't just <em>say</em> she was pro-life, she actually had the courage to <em>act</em> pro-life," said Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA. "After all, supporting personhood rights for the unborn is what it means to be pro-life. By doubling down on her support for personhood and energizing her pro-life base, she was able to win her race by a wide margin."</p> <p>Ernst's victory sends a clear message to potential Republican presidential candidates who want to win the Iowa caucuses. In June, a personhood resolution on the South Carolina GOP ballot won by a landslide with 79% support from voters.</p> <p>"Republican presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa and South Carolina should pay attention to the grassroots majority who want a candidate that acts pro-life," Mason continued. "Ernst's margin of victory is further confirmation that courageous integrity and fidelity to core pro-life values are a winning combination. While some other candidates narrowly eked by after turning their backs on their pro-life constituencies, Ernst's unapologetic strategy reaped major dividends."</p> </blockquote> <p>Ernst will hardly be alone as a personhood champion in Congress. A personhood bill sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul currently has&nbsp;<a href="">21 cosponsors in the Senate</a> and a House bill has <a href="">132 cosponsors</a>&hellip;including Gardner.</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Choice C4 Colorado Iowa Joni Ernst Keith Mason Personhood USA Reproductive Health Fighting the Right 48946 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:56:22 -0500 Colorado How 2014's Elections Will Influence 2016's Voting Rights <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Voters across the country trying to cast votes in Tuesday&rsquo;s elections ran into hurdles erected by Republican legislatures, governors and secretaries of state. Along with <a href="">mechanical glitches and human error</a> &mdash; which occurred in states with leaders on both sides of the political spectrum &mdash; voters faced new laws and policies that made it harder to vote.</p> <p>In Alabama, a last-minute decision by the attorney general <a href=""> barred people from using public housing IDs to vote</a>. Voter ID laws in North Carolina and Texas <a href=""> sowed confusion</a>. Georgia <a href="">lost 40,000 voter registrations, mostly from minorities</a>. In all, the group Election Protection <a href="">reported receiving 18,000 calls</a> on Election Day, many of them <a href=""> having to do with voter ID laws</a>. The group <a href="">noted</a> that the flurry of calls represented &ldquo;a nearly 40 percent increase from 13,000 calls received in 2010.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the presidential election year of 2016, it looks unlikely that those problems will subside &mdash; especially if Congress fails to <a href=""> restore the Voting Rights Act</a>. The two states that had the closest vote tallies in the last presidential election &mdash; Florida and Ohio &mdash; will go into the presidential election year with Republicans controlling the offices of governor and secretary of state and holding majorities in their state legislatures.</p> <p>In Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who won reelection yesterday, will be able to&nbsp;<a href="">appoint a secretary of state</a> and will enjoy the support of a <a href="">veto-proof Republican majority in the state House.</a></p> <p>In Ohio, <a href=""> controversial Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted </a> won reelection on Tuesday, along with Gov. John Kasich. They&rsquo;ll be able to work with a <a href="\"> strengthened GOP majority in the state legislature</a>.</p> <p>In North Carolina, where a Republican legislature and governor have&nbsp;<a href="">cracked down on voting rights</a>, the GOP <a href="">held onto its majority</a>. Republican secretary of state candidates in the swing states of <a href="">Colorado</a>, <a href="">Iowa</a> and <a href="">Nevada</a> also won elections yesterday.</p> <p>Two influential elections for voting rights also took place in states unlikely to be presidential swing states. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a <a href="">national ringleader</a> for advocates of restrictive voting laws, <a href="">won reelection</a>. In Arizona, which has been working with Kansas to defend their states' respective tough voting requirements, Republican candidate Michele Reagan also <a href="">won her contest</a>.</p> <p>One exception to the trend is Pennsylvania, where Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, <a href=""> who backed a harsh voter ID law that has since been struck down in the courts</a>, lost to <a href="">voting rights supporter</a> Tom Wolf. Although Wolf will <a href=""> contend with a Republican majority </a> in the state legislature, he will be able to appoint a secretary of the commonwealth.</p> Miranda Blue Alabama Arizona C4 Colorado Election 2014 Election 2016 Florida Georgia Iowa John Kasich Jon Husted Kansas Kris Kobach Michele Reagan North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvania Rick Scott Texas Tom Corbett Voting Rights Fighting the Right The Right to Vote 48939 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:02:22 -0500 Colorado Meet 'Dr. Chaps' Gordon Klingenschmitt: Colorado's New Anti-Gay, Demon Hunting State Legislator <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, a radical anti-gay Religious Right activist who brags of having once tried to rid of woman of the "<a href="">foul spirit of lesbianism</a>" through an exorcism and who openly proclaims that "<a href="">American law needs to reflect God's law</a>" and that our foreign policy <a href="">must be based on the Bible</a>, won election to the Colorado House of Representatives last night.</p> <p>Klingenschmitt, who wrote a <a href="">book about how President Obama is possessed by demons</a> and <a href="">once performed an exorcism of Obama</a>, ran an <a href="">utterly embarrassing campaign</a> yet nonetheless managed to defeat his Democratic opponent by <a href="">nearly 40 points</a>.</p> <p>Since Klingenschmitt is now officially an elected Republican legislator, it seems like a good opportunity to take a look back at the radical views he will now be bringing into the Colorado legislature.</p> <p>Klingenschmitt is a viciously anti-gay theocrat who believes that gay people "<a href="">want your soul</a>" and <a href="">may sexually abuse their own children</a>, which is why he says they&nbsp;<a href="">should face government discrimination</a> since only people who are going to heaven are <a href="">entitled to equal treatment by the government</a>:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>He has declared that judges who strike down gay marriage bans are "<a href="">imposing the Devil's law upon people</a>" and are <a href="">deceiving people into Hell</a>, warning that these rulings will eventually be <a href="">overturned by Jesus</a>, who will send all gay people to Hell:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Klingenschmitt has declared that the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy should never have been repealed since gay soldiers cannot serve effectively in combat <a href="">because they are</a> constantly "taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels." He also <a href="">proclaims</a> that those who are not welcome in the church should not be entitled to use public restrooms.</p> <p>Gays, he says, have something <a href="">inhuman and demonic inside of them</a>, which is why he declares that teaching kids about gay marriage is <a href="">mental rape</a> and advocates for Christians to <a href="">print anti-gay Bible verses</a> on the backs of gay wedding photos:</p> <p align="Center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Klingenschmitt is a man who thinks that "<a href="">Obamacare causes cancer</a>," that the Bible commands people to own guns in order to "<a href="">defend themselves against left wing crazies</a>," that <a href="">ISIS is a sign of the End Times</a>, and that the FCC is allowing demonic spirits to "<a href="">molest and visually rape your children</a>" ... and now, thanks to the votes he received from more than 17,000 citizens, he is also an elected Republican legislator in the state of Colorado:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt C3 Fighting the Right 48921 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:44:21 -0500 Colorado Why Tennessee's Anti-Choice Measure Won, While Colorado's And North Dakota's Went Down In Flames <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="249" alt="" src="" /> <p>Yesterday, voters in Tennessee <a href="">approved a ballot measure</a> amending the state constitution to remove all legal protections for abortion rights, paving the way for state lawmakers <a href="">to pass broad abortion restrictions</a>. At the same time, voters in Colorado and North Dakota <a href="">overwhelmingly rejected</a> &ldquo;personhood&rdquo; measures that would have given the full rights of citizenship to zygotes, thereby criminalizing all abortion along with some forms of birth control. In Colorado, where the nation&rsquo;s foremost personhood advocacy group is based, it was the third time such a measure had been rejected by voters.</p> <p>Yesterday&rsquo;s results are the product of a split among the anti-choice movement about how to achieve the goal of criminalizing all abortions. While most of the movement shares this end-game, its leaders are bitterly divided over the best strategy to achieve it.</p> <p>The nation&rsquo;s largest and best-funded anti-choice groups, including National Right to Life, Americans United for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List<a href="" target="_blank">, favor an incremental approach </a> to chipping away at the protections guaranteed in Roe v. Wade. The incremental strategy has had tremendous success in recent years as measures on the state level have <a href="" target="_blank"> forced scores of abortion clinics to shut their doors</a>. Women in Cincinnati, for instance, still have a legal right to an abortion. But thanks to a recent law aimed at shutting down abortion providers, they <a href="" target="_blank"> may soon lose access </a> to the city&rsquo;s only clinic that provides the service.</p> <p>And even in North Dakota, although zygotes won&rsquo;t be given the legal rights of people (at least for the time being), anti-choice activists are targeting the state&rsquo;s sole abortion provider, which was <a href="">struggling to keep its doors open</a> and was recently <a href=""> banned from administering medical abortions</a>.</p> <p>The personhood movement is angry at mainstream anti-choice leaders for being willing to accept &ldquo;compromise&rdquo; legislation that includes exceptions for survivors of rape and incest. But it also thinks that the incremental strategy won&rsquo;t work. Instead, personhood advocates seek to <a href="">take advantage of a loophole in Roe v. Wade</a> by which, they believe, if a zygote or a fetus is defined by law as a legal person, Roe&rsquo;s abortion protections will fall. Groups pushing the so-far unsuccessful personhood ballot measures have allies in this strategy in some far-right judges, <a href="">most notably on the Alabama Supreme Court</a>, who are trying to build a legal framework for undermining Roe.</p> <p>On the electoral level, the personhood strategy&rsquo;s biggest flaw may be it is just too honest about the goals of the anti-choice movement. While Americans are <a href="">fairly evenly split</a> between those who call themselves pro-choice and those who choose the label pro-life<a href="">, 70 percent want to keep Roe v. Wade </a> and only 24 percent want to overturn it. Americans have muddled views about circumstances under which they think abortion should be legal, but know that they don&rsquo;t want it to be completely criminalized.</p> <p>Groups like Americans United for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List know this and have stayed far away from personhood measures. When a Mother Jones reporter asked AUL for a comment on North Dakota&rsquo;s measure, a spokeswoman <a href="">replied</a>, &ldquo;AUL does not handle personhood issues.&rdquo;</p> <p>But other national groups have supported these measures. While National Right to Life&rsquo;s affiliate in Colorado <a href=""> opposed that state&rsquo;s measure </a> , saying it would be &ldquo;immediately overturned in court,&rdquo; the national group&rsquo;s North Dakota affiliate <a href="">backed its state&rsquo;s even more extreme measure</a>. And while Colorado Republican senator-elect Cory Gardner <a href=""> ran away from the personhood issue</a>, both of North Dakota&rsquo;s senators <a href="">supported the ballot measure in their state.</a> The Family Research Council&rsquo;s <a href="">North Dakota affiliate</a> also got behind the measure in its state, along with the state chapter of Concerned Women for America and the North Dakota Catholic Conference.</p> <p>And despite the unpopularity of their bills at the ballot box, personhood advocates still have a strong hold in Congress, where &ldquo;life at conception&rdquo; bills have <a href="">22 sponsors in the Senate</a> and <a href="">133 in the House</a>.</p> <p>But in the end, even as anti-choice Republicans won handily in Colorado and North Dakota, the personhood measures went down in flames, leading the proponents of the Colorado proposal to rejoice that they <a href="">at least lost less badly than they had in the past</a>.</p> <p>The victory of the measure in Tennessee &mdash; which will <a href="">allow legislators to broadly cut off access to abortion rights</a> without explicitly criminalizing abortion &mdash; shows that, for now, the incrementalists&rsquo; strategy is winning. Even voters in dark-red states like North Dakota can&rsquo;t stomach a bill that outright criminalizes all abortions. But the anti-choice movement&rsquo;s strategy to approach the same goal through different means is, so far, working.</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Choice C4 Colorado Cory Gardner National Right to Life Committee North Dakota Ohio Personhood USA Reproductive Health Susan B. Anthony List Tennessee the Family Research Council Americans United for Life Fighting the Right 48920 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:34:00 -0500 Colorado Personhood Leader's Halloween Costume: Stabbed In The Back By Cory Gardner <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>When he launched his bid for U.S. Senate, Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner dropped his previous support for his state&rsquo;s radical anti-choice &ldquo;personhood&rdquo; amendment <a href="">like a hot potato</a> and has since been attempting to deny that he is sponsoring a similar bill at the federal level, <a href=""> saying that the bill does not exist</a>.</p> <p>This flip-flopping and evasion has brought Garner criticism from abortion rights advocates, but has also alienated his former allies in the &ldquo;personhood&rdquo; movement.</p> <p>Jennifer Mason, the communications director for the Colorado-based Personhood USA, <a href="">chalked up Gardner&rsquo;s inconsistent stand</a> on personhood to &ldquo;bad political advice&rdquo;: &ldquo;Obviously [Gardner's] a victim of some bad political advice, there&rsquo;s no reason for him to pull local support while he&rsquo;s still 100 percent behind the federal amendment. It doesn&rsquo;t make any sense.&rdquo;</p> <p>Then, Colorado reporter Jason Salzman <a href="">wrote yesterday</a> about a Halloween Twitter exchange he had with Keith Mason, the head of Personhood USA and Jennifer's husband, in which Mason declared that his &ldquo;costume this year is a knife in my back&rdquo; inscribed with Gardner&rsquo;s initials:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="">@BigMediaBlog</a> what do you think? My costume this year is a knife in my back with a "cg" on the side....</p> &mdash; Keith Mason (@Keith1Mason) <a href="">November 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sadly, there are no pictures.</p> Miranda Blue C4 Colorado Cory Gardner Election 2014 Jennifer Mason Keith Mason Personhood USA Reproductive Health The Right to Vote 48908 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 11:20:34 -0500 Colorado Voting For The Future Of Voting: Secretary of State Races To Watch <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>One influential issue at the ballot box this year is the future of how we cast our ballots. In secretary of state races throughout the country, voters will be choosing who runs their elections &mdash; and how open those elections are to all voters.</p> <p>As Republican lawmakers continue to enact news laws aimed at curtailing the rights of voters, secretary of state elections have taken on renewed importance.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve picked three key secretary of state races that we&rsquo;ll be watching closely Tuesday and added a few more influential races that are also worth keeping an eye on. (And this isn&rsquo;t even counting states like Florida and Pennsylvania, <a href=""> where the secretary of state is picked by the governor</a>, leaving the gubernatorial elections will have even stronger voting rights implications.)</p> <p><strong>Kansas</strong></p> <p>Perhaps the hardest-fought and most-watched secretary of state race this year is taking place in the heavily Republican Kansas. And that&rsquo;s all because of the national profile and extreme agenda of one man: incumbent Secretary of State Kris Kobach.</p> <p>When Kobach won his job in 2010, he was already a national figure. After a stint in the Bush Justice Department, Kobach joined the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) &mdash; the <a href=""> legal arm of the nativist anti-immigrant group FAIR </a> &mdash; where he worked with lawmakers to <a href="">craft harsh anti-immigrant measures throughout the country</a>, including <a href="">Hazleton, Pennsylvania</a>, and Arizona, where he helped write the infamous &ldquo;show me your papers&rdquo; law SB 1070. After a failed run for Congress in 2004, Kobach set his sights on his state&rsquo;s elections office.</p> <p>Kobach has recently gained a prominent place in national Republican politics, serving as an immigration policy <a href="">adviser</a> to Mitt Romney and <a href="">working to insert anti-gay and anti-immigrant language </a>into the 2012 GOP platform.</p> <p>Kobach won his position handily in 2010, but is facing an unexpectedly tough fight to hold onto it. Part of the reason is because he&rsquo;s kept up his out-of-state anti-immigrant work: He still holds a position at IRLI and jets around the country advising states and localities that have agreed to be his policy guinea pigs, prompting his critics to complain that he&rsquo;s not spending enough time in Kansas. And part of it is because he&rsquo;s brought his activism home, using his platform in Kansas to push some of the most extreme voting restrictions in the country by hyping fears that undocumented immigrants are voting en masse in Kansas.</p> <p>In 2011, at Kobach&rsquo;s urging, Kansas passed a restrictive voter ID law that included a requirement that those registering to vote provide a passport, birth certificate, or similar &ldquo;proof of citizenship" to elections authorities. The proof-of-citizenship provision, which took effect this year, has thrown Kansas voter registration into chaos. Less than one week before the election, <a href="">22,394 potential Kansas</a> voters are unable to cast ballots because they had not provided an acceptable form of citizenship documentation. In addition, Kobach has <a href="">placed an estimated 300-400 voters</a> in a special voting rights &ldquo;tier&rdquo; in which they can vote only in federal elections and not in state elections. Kobach has proudly reported that of the 200 people who were placed in this special class of disenfranchised voters in this summer's primary election, <a href="">only one bothered to show up to cast a half vote</a>.</p> <p>Kobach is also at the helm of Interstate Crosscheck, a faulty program that claims to identify people who are voting in two states at once but in reality has <a href="">encouraged states to purge eligible minority voters from their voter rolls</a>.</p> <p>Kansans became even more leery of Kobach&rsquo;s priorities this year when he <a href="">spent $34,000 in taxpayer money</a> trying to keep a Democratic senate candidate, Chad Taylor, on the ballot after he dropped out to make way for the independent challenging Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Kobach&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">only relented when the state supreme court ordered him to, and even then he tried (unsuccessfully) to find a way around the order.</span></p> <p>A recent poll shows Kobach <a href="">tied</a> with his Democratic challenger, Jean Schodorf.</p> <p><strong>Ohio</strong></p> <p>In the presidential swing state of Ohio, the secretary of state is often in the center of national battles over voting rights. Republican Jon Husted has been no exception.</p> <p>In the lead-up to the 2012 election, Husted stepped in to break tie votes in Democratic-leaning Ohio counties, allowing those counties to eliminate night and weekend early voting hours... <a href=""> even as Republican-leaning counties expanded their early voting hours. </a> In response to a national outcry, Husted enforced &ldquo;uniformity&rdquo; by <a href="">requiring all counties</a> to bring early voting opportunities down to the lowest common denominator, including cutting off night and weekend voting and eliminating early voting in the three days before the election. When a federal judge ordered Husted to reopen voting in the three days before the election, he flatly <a href="">refused to comply</a>, saying it would &ldquo;confuse voters.&rdquo; Eventually he relented, but as the election approached he <a href=""> appealed the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court</a>.</p> <p>Since the 2012 election, Husted has kept up his efforts to restrict early voting in 2014, <a href=""> fighting to eliminate </a> <a href="">the so-called &ldquo;Golden Week&rdquo; of early voting</a> &mdash; in which voters can register and cast their ballots in one visit &mdash; and to <a href="">cut early voting hours</a>, including on Sundays, a time frequently used by African American churches for get-out-the-vote efforts.</p> <p>Husted faces a Democrat state Sen. Nina Turner, a major critic of his record on voting rights. Although the two were <a href="">neck-and-neck in an early poll</a>, a <a href=""> recent poll </a> shows Husted with a significant lead.</p> <p><strong>Arizona</strong></p> <p>Before Kansas ushered in its restrictive &ldquo;proof of citizenship&rdquo; law, Arizona was already fighting for a similar measure. In 2004, Arizona voters passed Proposition 200, a medley of anti-immigrant and voter suppression measures including a requirement that those registering to vote <a href="">present one of a narrow set of documents</a> to prove that they are citizens. The Supreme Court struck down the provision in 2013, saying that it was <a href=""> preempted by federal law </a> &mdash; but <a href="">left a loophole</a>, suggesting that Arizona could sue the federal Election Assistance Commission to require that federal voter registration forms used in the state include the extra &ldquo;proof of citizenship&rdquo; requirement. So <a href="">Arizona did just that</a>, joined by Kansas under Kobach.</p> <p>That case is still working its way through the courts, but it&rsquo;s left a peculiar situation in Kansas and Arizona where Kobach and his Arizona counterpart Secretary of State Ken Bennett have set up dual-track voting systems in their states in which people who register to vote with a federal form but do not provide additional citizenship documents are allowed to vote in federal elections, but not in state elections. As we noted above, of about 200 Kansans on the special limited-rights voting track in this year&rsquo;s primary election, just one voted. In Arizona, <a href="">about 1,500</a> were put on the limited track, and <a href="">21 cast ballots</a>.</p> <p>Bennett isn&rsquo;t up for reelection this year &mdash; he unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for governor &mdash; but the race to succeed him will determine the future implementation of Arizona&rsquo;s restrictive requirements. Republican Michele Reagan <a href=""> sought and won Kobach&rsquo;s endorsement</a>, boasting that she <a href=""> voted for the infamous anti-immigrant bill </a> that Kobach helped bring to Arizona. In the state senate, Reagan wrote a bill that, <a href="">among other voting restrictions</a>, would prevent community groups from collecting and delivering mail-in ballots, a method <a href=""> commonly used in voting drives by Latino groups</a>. When an effort to repeal the bill by referendum started to gain steam, Reagan and her fellow Republicans <a href="">worked to repeal it first</a>, thus allowing the state legislature to bring back parts of the bill in a piecemeal fashion.</p> <p>Reagan is facing off against Democrat Terry Goddard, a former state attorney general and mayor of Phoenix. Both candidates have <a href=""> said they want tighter disclosure requirements </a> for &ldquo;dark money&rdquo; spending by outside groups. But when the Koch-backed 60 Plus Association <a href="">bought $304,000 in ads attacking Goddard</a> last week, she <a href=""> refused to distance herself </a> from the dark money effort.</p> <p>Reagan also <a href="">struggled</a> this week to explain her vote for Arizona&rsquo;s so-called &ldquo;birther bill,&rdquo; which would have required presidential candidates to prove to the secretary of state that they are native-born American citizens.</p> <p><strong>Other States To Watch: Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas, Iowa</strong></p> <p>In Colorado, Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler &mdash; a <a href="">key Kobach ally</a> and crusader against the supposed scourge of Democratic &ldquo;<a href="">organized voter fraud</a>&rdquo; who last year&nbsp;<a href="">tried to stop county clerks</a> from sending ballots to voters who had not voted in the the last election &mdash; is stepping down this year, having tried and failed to get his party&rsquo;s gubernatorial nomination. In the race to replace him are Republican El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams, <a href="">described by the Denver Post</a> as Gessler&rsquo;s &ldquo;lone public ally&rdquo; among clerks in the ballot controversy, and Democratic attorney Joe Neguse. The two&nbsp;<a href="">differ</a> on the <a href="">sweeping elections overhaul</a> Colorado passed last year, which allows same-day voter registration and requires the state to mail a ballot to every voter.</p> <p>New Mexico&rsquo;s secretary of state race has incumbent Republican Dianna Duran pitted against Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a&nbsp;<a href="">rising Democratic star</a>. Toulouse Oliver is <a href="">emphasizing</a> &ldquo;full participation across a wide spectrum of the electorate&rdquo; in her campaign, while Durran is <a href="">accusing her</a> of using &ldquo;community-organizer, consultant-styled rhetoric.&rdquo; In a <a href=""> TV ad that doubles as a promotion for right-wing myths </a> about widespread voter fraud, Durran accuses Toulous Oliver of &ldquo;registering a dog to vote.&rdquo; In reality, a right-wing activist tried to register his dog to try to prove a point; he was caught and Toulouse Oliver <a href=""> referred his case to the proper authorities</a>.</p> <p>Earlier this month, the Arkansas Supreme Court <a href=""> struck down the state&rsquo;s voter ID requirement</a>, a ruling that Secretary of State Mark Martin is <a href="">vowing to fight</a>. As the case worked its way through the courts, Arkansas voters got <a href="">conflicting messages</a> from elections officials under Martin&rsquo;s leadership. He faces a challenge from Democrat Susan Inman.</p> <p>In Iowa, outgoing Secretary of State Matt Schultz spent $150,000 in taxpayer money in a quest to root out voter fraud in Iowa&hellip;<a href="">and found none</a>. He also conducted a voter roll purge that critics called an attempt to &nbsp;<a href="">intimidate Latino voters</a>.&rdquo; The <a href=""> race to succeed him </a> &mdash; between Republican voter ID supporter Paul Pate and Democrat Brad Anderson &mdash; is <a href="">locked in a dead heat</a>.</p> Miranda Blue Arizona Arkansas C4 Colorado Dianna Duran Election 2014 Iowa Jon Husted Kansas Ken Bennett Kris Kobach Matt Schultz Michele Reagan New Mexico Ohio Paul Pate Scott Gessler Voting Rights Wayne Williams Fighting the Right The Right to Vote 48879 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:55:09 -0500 Colorado Klingenschmitt: Gay Activists 'Want Your Soul' <p>On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program <a href="">today</a>, Colorado pastor and GOP state house candidate Gordon Klingenschmitt railed against a <a href="">situation in Kentucky</a> in which a t-shirt printing business was found to have violated the city's nondiscrimination ordinance when it refused to print up shirts for a local gay organization, which he cited to declare that it is the goal of gay activists to force Christians to violate God's law and end up in Hell.</p> <p>Insisting that measures which bar discrimination against gay customers are a violation of the First Amendment, Klingenschmitt proclaimed that gay rights activists are driven by a demonic spirit that seeks to force Christians to "disobey God" so that they will wind up in Hell.</p> <p>"They want your soul," <a href="">Klingenschmitt said</a>. "They won't be satisfied with your money. They don't really want the t-shirts. They want your soul. They want you to disobey God so that you go to Hell with them. It's not enough that they go to Hell for disobeying God, they want you to disobey God so that we all go to Hell. That's the Devil's goal in the end":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt C3 Fighting the Right 48740 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:13:18 -0500 Colorado Nothing To See Here: The Alternate Reality Of Voter-Suppression Advocates <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>It&rsquo;s been a rough few days for voter-ID proponents.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">On Thursday, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">came out with a report</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> showing that restrictive photo-ID measures had depressed turnout in Tennessee and Kansas, especially among young people and African Americans. The same day, the Supreme Court </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">blocked the implementation</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> of a photo-ID law in Wisconsin that voting rights advocates said there was not enough time to implement before the election and a </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> federal judge in Texas struck down that state&rsquo;s restrictive law</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, citing its impact on minority voters and calling it an &ldquo;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">unconstitutional poll tax</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Then, the next day, renowned conservative 7<sup>th</sup> Circuit judge Richard Posner requested a full-court rehearing of the challenge to Wisconsin&rsquo;s law, in the process offering a blistering takedown of the voter-ID crowd&rsquo;s arguments. "There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens,&rdquo; <a href="">he wrote.</a> He added a special dig at the advocacy group True the Vote, calling some of their supposed evidence of voter-impersonation fraud &ldquo;goofy&rdquo; and &ldquo;paranoid.&rdquo;</p> <p>Then, just today, University of Delaware researchers came out with a study showing that support for voter ID laws among whites jumps <a href=""> when they are shown a picture of a black person voting</a>.</p> <p>All of which made <a href="">a Heritage Foundation panel today</a> called &ldquo;Keeping Elections Honest&rdquo; seem like it was taking place in an alternate reality, one in which the extremely rare voter-impersonation fraud is in fact rampant and in which laws making it more difficult to vote do not have negative effects.</p> <p>The Heritage discussion featured&nbsp;some of the nation&rsquo;s top proponents of voter suppression measures, including Heritage&rsquo;s Hans von Spakovsky, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (the brains behind anti-immigrant and voter suppression measures around the country), Kobach&rsquo;s Colorado counterpart Scott Gessler and True the Vote&rsquo;s Catherine Engelbrecht.</p> <p>Kobach spent part of his presentation attempting to <a href="">refute the GAO study</a>, but the court rulings went mostly unmentioned.</p> <p>This alternate reality was perhaps most stark when, during a question-and-answer session, a reporter asked Kobach about the <a href=""> two-tiered voting system he&rsquo;s instituted in Kansas </a> for the coming election. Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett are in the process of suing the Election Assistance Commission to include a more restrictive &ldquo;proof of citizenship&rdquo; requirement on the federal voter registration forms it uses in those two states. In the meantime, Kansas and Arizona are allowing people who register using the federal form without providing additional documentation to vote&hellip;but only in federal elections. (Votes those people cast in state-level elections won&rsquo;t be counted.)</p> <p>About <a href="">1,500 Arizonans</a> and 200 Kansans were put in this special federal-only voting tier in the primary.</p> <p>Kobach, far from seeming concerned about this state of affairs, proudly reported that of the 200 Kansans to whom he gave special limited voting rights, <em>only one </em>bothered to show up at the polls.</p> <blockquote> <p>In the primary on August 5, we had fewer than 200 total voters in the state who had registered using the federal form and had not provided photo ID. Using that number, we then created a sort of federal-elections-only voter roll, if you will, so a roll in addition to the main voter roll. And it didn&rsquo;t include all of the 105 counties, it included a minority of the counties. And then those people, when they showed up, they were to be given a provisional ballot and told that they would be &mdash; actually it would occur on the back end, even if the poll worker didn&rsquo;t know that that&rsquo;s why they were being given a provisional ballot, the county canvas would count only the federal elections on the ballot.</p> <p>&hellip;</p> <p>So anyway, to answer your question, we are going to be doing a count, a final count &ndash; our registration actually closes today, this is the final day to register in Kansas &ndash; as soon as it closes, we&rsquo;ll have a final count. My guess is it probably will be in the range of maybe 300-400, we&rsquo;ll know soon what that number is, for the whole state. <strong>And by the way, of those fewer than 200 people&mdash; if memory serves, it was like 186 or something like that &mdash; only one actually showed up to vote out of that entire number.</strong> So, we&rsquo;ll see what the number is. <strong>So the numbers are actually pretty small and pretty manageable right now</strong> and we&rsquo;re hopeful that we&rsquo;ll get a decision that will be a favorable one and then we won&rsquo;t have to maintain a separate, federal-elections-only list.</p> </blockquote> <p>At no point in the discussion did anyone mention the <a href=""> thousands of Kansans who currently have no right to vote in any kind of election </a> because they haven&rsquo;t been able to produce one of the few kinds of citizenship documentation required by the new state voter registration form.</p> Miranda Blue Arizona C4 Catherine Engelbrecht Colorado Hans von Spakovsky Heritage Foundation Kansas Ken Bennett Kris Kobach Scott Gessler True the Vote Voting Rights The Right to Vote 48649 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:17:13 -0500 Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt's Embarrassing Campaign Rolls On <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Ever since he won the Republican primary and became the official GOP nominee for an open seat in the Colorado state legislature, Gordon Klingenschmitt has proven himself to be a complete <a href="">embarrassment to his party</a> as <a href="">party officials</a> and <a href="">fellow Republicans</a> have repeatedly denounced him.</p> <p>The state GOP has quickly learned that having a <a href="">radical Religious Right activist and anti-gay exorcist</a> as its candidate is creating nothing but headaches since Klingenschmitt seems to have no idea what he is doing, as he demonstrated once again when he <a href="">recently told local residents</a> who asked to meet with him to discuss his rabidly anti-gay views that he would not do so until after the election and even then, he'd only be willing to meet after screening them because he fears for this safety:</p> <blockquote> <p>Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Colorado Springs state House candidate who has gotten attention from making controversial statements, told three members of the Colorado Springs lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community he would only meet with them after the election and only if his "security staff" screened the attendees first to determine whether it would be a "safe meeting."</p> <p>"Sadly, I've received threats from people who hate religious freedom, and I wonder if the following video is representative of the behavior of some people with whom you are inviting me to meet?" Klingenschmitt wrote in an email.</p> <p>The video attached is of Anita Bryant - the singer who vocally opposed LGBT rights in the '70s - getting a pie thrown in her face during a live television interview nearly four decades ago.</p> <p>...</p> <p>Steve Durham, a Republican activist and lobbyist, said the El Paso County Republican Executive Director Daniel Cole was included in the exchange and sent a response to Klingenschmitt rebuking him.</p> <p>"The response from the party was that Mr. Klingenschmitt's email was inappropriate and uncalled for and that he should chose his words more carefully," Durham said. "There was a note of pretty strong disapproval."</p> </blockquote> <p>Yet despite his radical record, <a href="">it looks like </a>the state Republican party can expect to have him around for the foreseeable future.</p> <p>As Klingenschmitt barrels along with a huge fundraising advantage, he is insisting that his opponent is the real extremist:</p> <blockquote> <p>As of Sept. 29, Klingenschmitt has spent more than $42,079, compared with Fornander's $827, according to the secretary of state.</p> <p>Secretary of state voter registration statistics as of Oct. 1 
show 18,296 registered Republicans, 7,791 registered Democrats and 14,061 unaffiliated voters in the district.</p> <p>Klingenschmitt, an Air Force Academy graduate, believes his views represent the district, which includes eastern Colorado Springs and Peterson Air Force Base.</p> <p>He believes local control in education, lower taxes and less regulation for businesses and a protection of constitutional rights are the biggest issues in the upcoming 
election.</p> <p>"My opponent is far more extreme on the left than I am in the center right," Klingenschmitt said.</p> </blockquote> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt C3 Fighting the Right 48627 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:47:59 -0500 Colorado Paul Cameron Warns That 'A Gay' May Be Coming For Your Son <p>Today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program featured the <a href="">first segment</a> in a multi-part, in-person interview that host Gordon Klingenschmitt conducted with notorious anti-gay "researcher" <a href="">Paul Cameron</a> of the Family Research Institute and it turned out to be every bit as crazy as one would expect an interview between an <a href="">anti-gay exorcist</a> and an <a href="">advocate for executing gays</a> to be.</p> <p>Klingenschmitt, who is currently the Republican nominee for a seat in the Colorado state legislature, asked Cameron if gay people "use molestation as a recruiting tool," and Cameron assured him that they most certainly do.</p> <p>"Homosexuals, from the get-go, as long as we have recorded history, have used the molestation of boys as a way to recruit to homosexuality," <a href="">Cameron declared</a>, claiming that his "studies" have found that sixty percent of boys who reported that their first sexual experience was a same-sex experience grow up to be gay.</p> <p>"So this is a tremendous recruitment tool," he said. "If a gay can get to your son first, the chances are about 50-50, as near as we can tell, that your son is going to be a practicing homosexual to some degree."</p> <p>"It's very important to keep your sons from having a homosexual experience," he emphasized:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Klingenschmitt and Cameron then discussed Cameron's work making it illegal for gays to donate blood, which Cameron said is a prohibition that must remain in place today because gays travel the world where they have reckless sex and pick up all sorts of exotic diseases that endanger the rest of society.</p> <p>"What gays do is so dangerous, I mean, rectal sex. I mean, think of all of the stuff that they do," Cameron said. "You don't know what else is out there. We still don't know all the components in human blood. They've got other stuff, if there's something over in another country in the world, given that gays travel more, given that gays have sex wherever they travel, uh oh, they bring back whatever is out there and there's always something new out there."</p> <p>"So there still needs to be a ban," <a href="">concluded Kingenschmitt</a>:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Anti-Gay Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt Paul Cameron C3 Family Research Institute Fighting the Right 48507 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:22:46 -0500 Colorado 'Klingenschmitt Has No Business In Public Office' <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Yesterday the Colorado Springs Independent ran <a href="">an article</a> noting that electing Gordon Klingenschmitt to a seat in the state House of Representatives is probably not going to help the area's image, given Klingenschmitt's long history of insane statements.</p> <p>So radical is Klingenschmitt that even Republican leaders in the state are working to distance themselves from him and to distance him from the party, largely in response to his <a href="">recent statement</a> that gay Democratic congressman Jared Polis would soon join ISIS and begin beheading Christians here in America:</p> <blockquote> <p>The incident has prompted some party leaders to try to put him at arm's length. "Gordon does not speak on behalf of the Republican Party, and his comments in no way reflect the views of the Party," state GOP spokesman Owen Loftus said in a statement.</p> <p>Although El Paso County GOP Chairman Jeff Hays told KOAA that Klingenschmitt is "part of our team," party executive Daniel Cole says via email that "In parts of the KOAA interview that did not air, Chairman Hays indicated, and now wants to emphasize, that he does not condone Gordon Klingenschmitt's comments. Klingenschmitt does not speak for the party or for other candidates, and the party does not speak for him."</p> <p>...</p> <p>Klingenschmitt declined to be interviewed for this story. In a February interview, he told the Independent he keeps his politics and religion separate. Fornander disputes that, citing his repeated references to religion during his campaign, including a comment that only people who are going to heaven are entitled to equal treatment under the law.</p> <p>That kind of thing is beyond the pale for retired state Sen. Andy McElhany. "In my opinion, Klingenschmitt has no business in public office," the Republican says, "because he's more than extreme." McElhany added that electing someone like Klingenschmitt doesn't help the region's image.</p> <p>Which brings us back to [El Paso County Democratic Party executive Christy] Le Lait. "At some point, the people in this county are going to have to ask themselves, 'What do we want?'" she says. "Are we serious about bringing jobs and economic development, or are we OK with being called the capital of crazy?"</p> </blockquote> <p>The idea that Klingenschmitt will keep his religion and politics separate is laughable considering that we have multiple examples of Klingenschmitt saying exactly the opposite. As a matter of fact, just yesterday <a href="">he said</a> that America's foreign policy needs to be based on his interpretation of the Bible.</p> <p>On top of that, he has defended the Second Amendment <a href="">on the grounds</a> that the Bible says Christians need to own weapons in order to protect themselves from "left wing crazies."</p> <p>He has <a href="">said</a> that gay marriage can never be legalized because it violates God's law and <a href="">defended</a> anti-gay laws on the grounds that recruiting children into homosexuality is "totally illegal in the economy and law of God."</p> <p>He has <a href="">declared</a> that those who cannot enter church are not entitled to use public facilities, <a href="">said</a> that those who will not enter Heaven are not entitled to equal protection under the law, and <a href="">asserted</a> that gay people should face discrimination as a matter of public policy.</p> <p>Nothing better demonstrates the absurdity of Klingenschmitt's claim that he will separate his religion from his politics than <a href="">this clip</a> of him openly declaring that "American law needs to reflect God's law":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Despite the copious evidence that, as Colorado's former Republican Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany put it, "Klingenschmitt has no business in public office," Klingenschmitt has managed to outraise his Democratic opponent <a href="">nearly 15-1</a> in the race for the seat representing a heavily Republican district:</p> <blockquote> <p>Gordon Klingenschmitt, the Republican aiming to win House District 15 on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs, has raised $44,914 to date, while Democratic candidate Lois Fornander has raised $3,312.</p> </blockquote> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt C3 Fighting the Right 48168 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:49:52 -0500 Colorado Klingenschmitt Denounced By Colorado Republican Leader Whose Seat He Hopes To Fill <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>The other day we noted that Gordon Klingenschmitt had been forced to issue a <a href="">half-hearted apology</a> after sending out an email asserting that gay Democratic congressman Jared Polis would soon be aligning himself with ISIS and begin beheading Christians in America.</p> <p>Klingenschmitt, who is currently the GOP nominee for a seat in the Colorado legislature, was immediately denounced by both Democratic and Republican leaders in the state and now he has been <a href=",165730">specifically denounced</a> by former House Minority Leader, Mark Waller, who held the very seat for which Klingenschmitt is now running:</p> <blockquote> <p>Former House Minority Leader Mark Waller on Aug. 27 blasted the fellow Republican who is seeking to succeed him over his recent "horribly inappropriate" anti-gay comments.</p> <p>Waller, who is not seeking re-election for his Colorado Springs-based House District 15 seat, also told Colorado Community Media that Gordon Klingenschmitt's candidacy "certainly does have an impact" on other races on the fall ballot.</p> <p>...</p> <p>Waller said his "11-year-old son can identify that as a hateful speech."</p> <p>"I think it was horribly inappropriate to say," Waller said. "It doesn't matter if he's a person running for state representative or a person on the street. I think it's terrible to say.</p> <p>"Obviously, he does not speak for me or the Republican Party."</p> <p>Waller hasn't endorsed Klingenschmitt, but he wouldn't go as far as saying that he should drop out of the race - as Klingenschmitt's opponent, Democrat Lois Fornander has.</p> <p>"If you're not voting for him, you're voting for the Democrat and quite honestly legislative majorities matter," Waller said. "But that puts (House District 15 voters) in a rock and a hard place in terms of who to vote for."</p> <p>House District 15 is heavily Republican and Klingenschmitt is still favored to win, in spite of his recent comments.</p> </blockquote> <p>For his part, Klingenschmitt says that he is sorry for his comments but blames it on the fact that he wrote the email late at night.</p> <p>"I'm a first-time candidate," Klingenschmitt said, "and I am new at this":</p> <blockquote> <p>Klingenschmitt apologized earlier in the week and did so again during a phone interview. He said he was trying to point out the "bad policies of Jared Polis," but that he realizes his comments were offensive.</p> <p>Klingenschmitt has taken issue with Polis' backing of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He said the legislation should have religious exceptions.</p> <p>"I apologize for the hyperbole and I wrote that statement when I was tired between 1 and 2 in the morning, but I do not apologize for defending Christians for persecution."</p> <p>When asked if it dawned on him that he was using language that has historically been used to persecute gays while trying to defend Christians from "persecution," Klingenschmitt said, "I don't accept the premise of the question."</p> <p>Klingenschmitt said he hopes voters will see past his comments.</p> <p>"I'm a first-time candidate and I am new at this," he said. "I made a mistake and I won't always say the right thing, but I do have a backbone and I will always stand on conviction."</p> </blockquote> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt C3 Fighting the Right 48101 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:58:44 -0500 Colorado Klingenschmitt 'Apologizes' For Accusing Rep. Jared Polis Of Wanting To Join ISIS & Behead Christians <p>Over the weekend, Gordon Klingenschmitt, the <a href="">demon-obsessed anti-gay exorcist</a> who is the GOP nominee for a seat in the Colorado legislature, sent out an email from his Pray In Jesus Name organization <a href="">in which he declared</a> that gay Democratic congressman Jared Polis would soon be aligning himself with ISIS and begin beheading Christians here in America:</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;The openly homosexual Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a revised bill to force Christian employers and business owners to hire and promote homosexuals with ZERO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS for Christians who want to opt out.</p> <p>&ldquo;Polis &lsquo;wants sexual orientation and gender identity treated the same way as race, religion, sex, and national origin, when it comes to employment protections,&rsquo; claims the Advocate, under the headline &ldquo;Polis trims ENDA&rsquo;s religious exemption.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dr. Chaps&rsquo; comment: The open persecution of Christians is underway. Democrats like Polis want to bankrupt Christians who refuse to worship and endorse his sodomy. Next he&rsquo;ll join ISIS in beheading Christians, but not just in Syria, right here in America.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Needless to say, that comment did not sit well with Democratic or Republican leaders in Colorado <a href="">who quickly denounced Klingenschmitt</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>The accusation prompted Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House, to condemn the remarks and demand that Colorado Republicans do the same.</p> <p>&ldquo;I call on Ryan Call and other Republicans to denounce Mr. Klingenschmitt and his homophobic, extreme, and slanderous attacks against Congressman Polis,&rdquo; said Ferrandino in a statement.</p> <p>GOP officials in Colorado have disowned Klingenschmitt before and this time was no different.</p> <p>&ldquo;As Chairman Call has said in the past, Gordon does not speak on behalf of the Republican Party, and his comments in no way reflect the views of the Party. Gordon needs to give a sincere apology,&rdquo; said Owen Loftus, a Colorado GOP spokesman, in a statement.</p> </blockquote> <p>In response, Klingenschmitt <a href="">filmed a video</a> in which he half-heartedly apologized, saying that he was merely using hyperbole and "some Democrats do not have a sense of humor," before dumping a bucket of water on his head as he challenged Polis, as well as Ferrandino and Call, to take the ALS #IceBucketChallenge:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt Pray In Jesus Name C3 Fighting the Right 48066 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:19:57 -0500 Colorado CO State Senator Explains That Fracking Poses No Danger Because Having High Amounts Of Methane In The Water Is Totally Natural <p>A few weeks ago, Gordon Klingenschmitt attended the The Western Conservative Summit in Denver where he managed to score interviews with a variety of <a href="">elected Republicans</a> and <a href="">conservative activists</a>, which he has been featuring on his daily "Pray In Jesus Name" program.</p> <p>On today's <a href="">show</a>, Klingenschmitt interviewed Colorado state Senator Randy Baumgardner, who defended the practice of fracking by declaring that having high amounts of methane in the water is totally natural.</p> <p>"They talk about methane in the water and this, that, and the other," <a href="">Baumgardner told Klingenschmitt</a>, "but if you go back in history and look at how the Indians traveled, they traveled to the burning waters. And that was methane in the waters and that was for warmth in the wintertime. So a lot of people, if they just trace back the history, they'll know how a lot of this is propaganda":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Colorado fracking Gordon Klingenschmitt Randy Baumgardner C3 Fighting the Right 47918 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:54:31 -0500 Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt Says Those Who Can't Enter Church Shouldn't Be Able To Use Public Restrooms <p>On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program <a href="">yesterday</a>, Gordon Klingenschmitt discussed <a href="">a lawsuit filed</a> against Hobby Lobby by a transgender female employee who claims that she was denied access to the women's restroom facilities.</p> <p>Klingenschmitt, of course, was not at all sympathetic, citing <a href="">Deuteronomy 23</a> to argue that since transgender people are not allowed in church, they should not be allowed to use gender-appropriate bathrooms.</p> <p>"The Scriptures say in Deuteronomy 23," <a href="">Klingenschmitt said</a>, "that he that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord. And if they can't enter the congregation of the Lord, they certainly shouldn't be allowed to enter the ladies bathroom":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt C3 Fighting the Right 47645 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:31:26 -0500 Colorado Klingenschmitt: 'Penalty' For Homosexuality Is ‘Spiritual Death’ <p>Gordon Klingenschmitt, who is the <a href="">GOP nominee for a state legislative seat in Colorado</a>, is obviously not pleased with the Colorado county clerks who have started <a href=""> issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples</a>.</p> <p>On his &ldquo;Pray In Jesus Name&rdquo; program yesterday, Klingenschmitt reminded the clerks that &ldquo;homosexuality is not only an abomination, not only worthy of death,&rdquo; but comes with a &ldquo;penalty&rdquo; that amounts to &ldquo;spiritual death.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;They say, &lsquo;Oh, it&rsquo;s all about love.&rsquo; No, it&rsquo;s about lust, it&rsquo;s about selfishness,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They don&rsquo;t care about the other person, they want self-gratification for themselves, contrary to their own nature, contrary to what God designed for them. And they receive in themselves the penalty for that error.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The penalty for that sin is not just STDS or some biological curse, not just AIDS, but they receive into themselves the demonic spirit that rules their hearts, and with that comes ultimately the consequence of spiritual death.&rdquo;</p> <p>Klingenschmitt adds that he is just the &ldquo;messenger&rdquo; when he tells gay people that &ldquo;you&rsquo;re going to hell.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Colorado Equality For All Gordon Klingenschmitt Fighting the Right 47603 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:58:36 -0500 Colorado Tom Tancredo: Border Crisis 'Absolutely Part Of' Obama's Plan To 'Transform America' <p>Former Colorado Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, said Wednesday that the crisis of Central American refugees at the southern border is &ldquo;all part of a plan&rdquo; by President Obama to &ldquo;fundamentally transform America.&rdquo;</p> <p>Speaking with Newsmax host Steve Malzberg, Tancredo said that the president should simply ignore the <a href="">Bush-era child-trafficking law</a> that is complicating attempts to deal with child refugees.</p> <p>But, citing a <a href="">quote from the president</a> that is frequently distorted and taken out of context by the Right, Tancredo said that Obama will keep all of the immigrants in the country as part of his plan to &ldquo;fundamentally transform America.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is all part of a plan,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And you know how this sounds, I know how people immediately go, &lsquo;Oh, there&rsquo;s a conspiracy theorist out there.&rsquo; Now, look. It&rsquo;s not a conspiracy if he tells the world what he wants. If Obama says on numerous occasions, &lsquo;I intend to fundamentally transform&rsquo; and then he begins doing it, it&rsquo;s not a conspiracy. This is absolutely part of that."</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Colorado Immigration Steve Malzberg Tom Tancredo Fighting the Right 47550 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:51:49 -0500 Colorado Klingenschmitt: Atheists Should Undergo An Exorcism To Rid Them Of The Devil So They'll Feel Comfortable In Church <p>Back in 2012, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a Wisconsin school district that had been holding its graduation ceremonies in a local church, declaring that doing so "conveys an impermissible message of endorsement." The school district appealed the decision to the Supreme Court which, last month, <a href="">declined to hear the case</a>.</p> <p>Gordon Klingenschmitt, who is currently the <a href="">Republican candidate</a> for a state house seat in Colorado, weighed in on the Supreme Court's refusal to hear this case on his "Pray In Jesus Name" <a href="">program</a> where he offered a novel solution: atheists who don't want to attend their public school graduation in a church should just undergo an exorcism to rid them of the Devil so that they'll be comfortable attending church and "free to enjoy the worship of Jesus Christ."</p> <p>"If the atheist complainer is so uncomfortable when they walk into a church that there's something inside of them squirming and making them feel these feelings of hatred toward the cross of Jesus Christ," Klingenschmitt said, "don't you think it's something inside of the atheist complainer that's wrong?"</p> <p>"I have a solution," <a href="">he continued</a>. "Let's do an exorcism and cast the Devil out of them and then they'll feel comfortable when they walk into church":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Colorado Gordon Klingenschmitt PAC Fighting the Right 47475 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:39:12 -0500 Colorado