Equality For All http://www.pfaw.org/ Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:37:15 -0400 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:14:08 -0400 Robert Gagnon: 'Heterosexual Guilt' Causing Straight People To Support Gay Rights http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/robert-gagnon-heterosexual-guilt-causing-straight-people-support-gay-rights <p>Anti-gay Presbyterian theologian Robert Gagnon stopped by the American Family Association radio program &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s Issues&rdquo; today to discuss the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/us/presbyterians-give-final-approval-for-same-sex-marriage.html">decision</a> of the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country, the Presbyterian Church (USA), to approve of same-sex marriage.</p> <p>When the AFA&rsquo;s Ed Vitagliano asked Gagnon &ldquo;how in the world our culture has moved so rapidly&rdquo; on acceptance of homosexuality, Gagnon responded that there were &ldquo;lots of factors,&rdquo; including a &ldquo;full-court press&rdquo; from elites and &ldquo;natural concerns&rdquo; about gay people wanting to form life-long unions.</p> <p>Another factor, he asserted, is &ldquo;heterosexual guilt.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of heterosexuals have, you know, we&rsquo;ve not done all that well in some areas of sexual ethics,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;That includes issues of divorce, remarriage, that includes premarital sex, includes abortion. And if you can give a pass on the issue of homosexual practice, in effect it&rsquo;s a way of exempting our own guilt, and it&rsquo;s accommodating in a way that&rsquo;s self-serving.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pT_T6MBlzQc" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Later in the interview, Gagnon cited a <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=8zRnGtL8HC4C&pg=PA42&lpg=PA42&dq=paul+incest+discipline&source=bl&ots=YNTnNgVRiZ&sig=cyB541lgMOTVxbsMp7M_4z1VL4g&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9C0LVf6OMOmUsQTl2oCYDQ&ved=0CDwQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=paul%20incest%20discipline&f=false"> passage from Corinthians </a> in which the Apostle Paul disciplines a man who has had sex with his father&rsquo;s wife as evidence that gay people are &ldquo;at high risk&rdquo; of being left behind when the Kingdom of God is established.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7m-vPEnzBso" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;The repercussions for somebody living out of same-sex attractions such that they are actively entertaining those thought desires in their thought life without repentance at any point&hellip;or, even worse, engaging in it in the behavior, according to Paul, according to the united witness of scripture, they&rsquo;re putting themselves at high risk of not inheriting the Kingdom of God,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Noting that homosexuality might be even more of a grievous sin than incest, Gagnon paraphrased the story: &ldquo;Paul is very clear at the incestuous man, &lsquo;Okay, if you engage in this behavior, you&rsquo;re putting yourself at high risk of being excluded from the Kingdom of God. So the only last recourse we have as a church to wake you up, and also not to send a signal to the rest of the church that sexual purity doesn&rsquo;t matter, is to put you on church discipline, not as a punitive measure, but as a remedial measure so that you will wake up, come to your senses and return to the church, the place of shelter and protection away from the wilds of the Enemy, the Satan, the Adversary.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;And that&rsquo;s not Paul not loving the incestuous man,&rdquo; he concluded. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Paul showing he really loves the incestuous man. He cares enough for the offender to try to reclaim him to the Kingdom of God, which is what Jesus did in his ministry to sexual sinners and to exploitative tax collectors.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue American Family Association Anti-Gay C4 Ed Vitagliano Equality For All Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Robert Gagnon Fighting the Right 52401 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:37:15 -0400 Equality For All Radical Anti-Choice Group Heads To Alabama To Support 'Poet, Warrior, Statesman' Roy Moore http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/radical-anti-choice-group-heads-alabama-support-poet-warrior-statesman-roy-moore <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/roy_moore_a.jpg?1355957849" /> <p>Operation Save America, the radical anti-choice group that grew out of the original Operation Rescue, will be holding a multi-day event in Montgomery, Alabama, in June to express its support for Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore&rsquo;s activism against marriage equality and abortion rights.</p> <p>OSA head Rusty Lee Thomas <a href="http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/3594475733.html">writes in a press release today</a> that the event will bring together &ldquo;hundreds of gentle Christians from across the nation&rdquo; for a march drawing on &ldquo;the historical lessons of Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma.&rdquo;</p> <p>A <a href="http://statesofrefuge.org/national-event-in-montgomery-alabama/">description of the event</a> on the group&rsquo;s website boasts that &ldquo;[f]or years, Operation Save America has stood faithfully with Chief Justice Roy Moore, a poet, warrior, statesmen [sic].&rdquo; It specifically praises Moore&rsquo;s work to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/personhood-movement-undermining-roe-courts-part-3">develop a legal framework</a> to support radical anti-choice &ldquo;personhood&rdquo; laws and his <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/alabamas-notorious-anti-gay-chief-justice-wants-state-defy-federal-courts-marriage">ongoing standoff</a> with the federal courts over marriage equality.</p> <p>(In case you weren&rsquo;t familiar with Moore&rsquo;s poetry, here&rsquo;s a <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20031206021949/http:/www.visionforumministries.org/sections/hotcon/news/2003-08-20_moore_poem.asp">representative example</a>.)</p> <p><a href="http://statesofrefuge.org/national-event-in-montgomery-alabama/">OSA</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>We are praying for God to record His name in Montgomery and by His Spirit bid His people come to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom to the gates of hell (Abortion mills in Alabama). They will not prevail against the Church of the living God (Matthew 16:18). They never have and they never will. Jesus is Lord!</p> <p>For years, Operation Save America has stood faithfully with Chief Justice Roy Moore, a poet, warrior, statesmen. Through his many battles, we supported his righteous stands in the face of persecution and tyranny. Today, the Alabama Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Moore continues to stand against injustice and once again we are going to come alongside to help.</p> <p>Moore, along with Justice Tom Parker, have rendered Decisions from the court that directly or indirectly have taken on Roe vs. Wade. Currently, Moore is acting faithfully as a Lower Magistrate to resist &ldquo;Gay Marriage&rdquo; in his state. He is taking another just stand and once again, we will stand with him.</p> <p>Alabama is also working on establishing &ldquo;Personhood&rdquo; for the preborn child who is made in the image of God. Alabamians are willing to stand upon the self-evident truth established by God&rsquo;s Word and we our coming to stand with them.</p> <p>There are at least four death camps in Alabama still applying their grisly trade to murder babies made in the image of God. This evil defiles the land and invokes God&rsquo;s judgments upon us. We are coming to stand in the gap and make up the hedge. We want to give God a reason to show mercy in the midst of the American holocaust.</p> </blockquote> <p>It&rsquo;s not surprising that Operation Save America, one of the most radical anti-choice groups in the country, would find ideological kinship with Justice Moore.</p> <p>Thomas has claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks were <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/operation-save-america-911-was-gods-punishment-abortion">divine punishment for legal abortion</a>. OSA&rsquo;s former director, Flip Benham (father of the new <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/understanding-benham-familys-expression-love">Religious Right martyrs David and Jason Benham</a>), also used the organization to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hgtv-picks-anti-gay-anti-choice-extremists-new-reality-tv-show">promote a fringe right agenda:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>As leader of OSA, Benham has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/operation-save-america-calls-sandy-hook-interfaith-memorial-service-affront-almighty-god"> condemned the interfaith Sandy Hook memorial, </a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/first-amendment-rights-are-christians-only">protested in front of mosques</a> while shouting &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/operation-save-america-takes-anti-islam-ideology-its-logical-conclusion">Jesus Hates Muslims</a>&rdquo; and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/flip-benham-declares-co-shooter-be-spawn-ideology-democratic-party"> blamed the Aurora shooting on the Democratic Party</a>, which he said promotes a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/flip-benham-dnc-culture-of-death">culture of death</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>He has also <a href="http://rainbowaction.org/library/charmeckantigay/" target="_blank">protested LGBT pride events</a>, <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/07/10/3373804/fast-prayer-to-precede-dnc.html#.U2lEePldWbN" target="_blank">interrupted church services</a> during a sermon by &ldquo; <a href="http://www.operationsaveamerica.org/2012/02/15/sodomite-episcopalian-bishop-visits-charlotte/" target="_blank">sodomite Episcopalian bishop</a>&rdquo; Gene Robinson and was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/02/phillip-flip-benham-guilty-stalking-abortion-doctor_n_889273.html" target="_blank">found</a> &ldquo;guilty of stalking a Charlotte abortion doctor after passing out hundreds of &lsquo;wanted&rsquo; posters with the physician's name and photo on it.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue Alabama Anti-Choice Anti-Gay C4 Equality For All Flip Benham Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Operation Save America personhood Reproductive Health Roy Moore Rusty Thomas Fighting the Right 52376 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:11:45 -0400 Equality For All A Spiritual Battle For America's Future: Five Takeaways From The Religious Right's Awakening Conference http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/spiritual-battle-americas-future-five-takeaways-religious-rights-awakening-conference <p>On Saturday, roughly 2,000 activists gathered at Faith Assembly, a megachurch in Orlando, for the Awakening, an annual &ldquo;<a href="http://freedomfederation.org/content/The_Awakening">Prayer and Patriotism event</a>&rdquo; organized by the Christian Right legal group Liberty Counsel. The Awakening, which Liberty Counsel organizes under the auspices of an <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/when-going-gets-tough-right-starts-new-group">amalgam of Religious Right groups</a> called the Freedom Federation, brings together activists from the evangelical Right with the GOP politicians who want their votes.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">At this year's event, GOP politicians including Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal (via video) and RNC faith director Chad Connelly <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jindal-huckabee-and-santorum-join-far-right-activists-liberty-counsels-awakening">shared a stage with far-right activists</a> including "ex-gays," a phony ex-terrorist and at least two Religious Right leaders who insist that AIDS is God's punishment for homosexuality.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Here are five takeaways from a day with the core of the Religious Right.</p> <p><strong>1. Gay Marriage Will Send Christians To Jail</strong></p> <p>While some on the Right may be trying to shy away from the issue of marriage equality now that it could be on its way to a Supreme Court victory, the activists at the Awakening were not among them. Throughout the conference, marriage between gay and lesbian couples was portrayed as a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activist-marriage-equality-heart-where-satans-attacking">demonic</a> and existential threat to liberty, one that if allowed to proceed would end in Christianity being outlawed and Christians thrown in jail.</p> <p>The Republican National Committee&rsquo;s faith outreach director, Chad Connelly, who was moderating a panel on abortion rights, echoed the Religious Right&rsquo;s rhetoric when he warned that LGBT rights activists are &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rnc-faith-director-warns-lgbt-activists-are-coming-church">coming for the church</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Far-right pastor Rick Scarborough, who was sitting beside him, agreed that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality, pastors will be forced to &ldquo;participate in same-sex marriage <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rnc-faith-director-warns-lgbt-activists-are-coming-church">&rdquo; or be thrown in jail</a>. Liberty Counsel&rsquo;s Harry Mihet, moderating a separate panel, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-activists-warn-lawless-marriage-equality-undermines-whole-nature-america"> issued a similar warning</a>.</p> <p>Scarborough repeated his warning when he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-activists-warn-lawless-marriage-equality-undermines-whole-nature-america">told activists</a> that a pro-equality Supreme Court ruling would outlaw anti-gay speech, thus undermining &ldquo;the whole nature of America.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6BvOJiwHYmI" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Multiple speakers <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-supreme-court-pro-marriage-ruling-would-deserve-no-more-respect-dred-scott">compared</a> a potential Supreme Court decision on marriage equality to Dred Scott, the infamous pre-Civil War decision that barred African Americans from citizenship, declaring that it should be met with similar resistance.</p> <p><strong>2. Losing The Church on Gay Rights Issues</strong></p> <p>Although the Awakening took place in what appeared to be a generationally diverse, multiethnic church, the crowd at the conference was overwhelmingly older and white. Throughout the conference, speakers bemoaned the fact that the Religious Right was losing support among younger Christians for its political agenda, especially its opposition to LGBT rights.</p> <p>Liberty University&rsquo;s Rena Lindevaldsen <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activist-marriage-equality-heart-where-satans-attacking">told the audience</a> at a breakout panel on &ldquo;sexual rebellion&rdquo; that when fellow conservative Christians ask her what the &ldquo;big deal&rdquo; is about LGBT rights, she responds &ldquo;it&rsquo;s a big deal because it&rsquo;s a big deal to God.&rdquo; Marriage equality, she told the enthusiastic audience, matters to God because it is &ldquo;the heart of where Satan&rsquo;s attacking&rdquo;:</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196514226&color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Evangelist Franklin Graham <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-exhorts-pastors-dont-shut-about-homosexuality-and-abortion">also lamented</a> that &ldquo;a lot of pastors have quit preaching against homosexuality&rdquo; out of fear of offending people in their churches who might have gay relatives. He told the audience that &ldquo;God will bless you and he&rsquo;ll honor you&rdquo; if you &ldquo;don&rsquo;t shut up&rdquo; about gay rights and abortion:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bzi1-SQEWJ4" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>This was a crowd that had not given up on discredited &ldquo;ex-gay&rdquo; therapy. An &ldquo;ex-lesbian&rdquo; activist, Janet Boynes, was given a main stage speaking slot and &ldquo;ex-gay&rdquo; activist Greg Quinlan earned a roaring round of applause from the audience at the &ldquo;sexual rebellion&rdquo; panel when he announced that he had been &ldquo;out of homosexuality for 27 years.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>3. A Spiritual Battle Against Islam And Progressivism</strong></p> <p>Just as the crowd at the Awakening was upset that the conservative movement and the church have supposedly become less invested in fighting LGBT rights, they were also wary of any overtures between Christians and Muslims.</p> <p>Graham declared that &ldquo;Islam is a wicked system&rdquo; and blasted Christians who say that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.</p> <p>Kamal Saleem, the self-proclaimed &ldquo;ex-terrorist&rdquo; whose personal story has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jindal-huckabee-and-santorum-join-far-right-activists-liberty-counsels-awakening"> never quite held up to scrutiny </a> , also warned that churches are being &ldquo;invaded by &lsquo;Chrislam,&rsquo;&rdquo; lamenting that Americans are oblivious to the dangers of radical Islam: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re watching American Idol and they are doing jihad.&rdquo; He also warned of what he called &ldquo;jihad of the womb,&rdquo; or Muslim immigrants giving birth in order to outnumber Christians.</p> <p>What activists at the Awakening saw as a war against Islam was merely part of a larger &ldquo;spiritual battle&rdquo; between good and evil, God and Satan. In the panel discussion he led on LGBT rights, Matt Barber declared that there is an &ldquo;Islamo-progressive axis of evil&rdquo; with a &ldquo;common enemy&rdquo;: Christians.</p> <p>Maine pastor Ken Graves repeated that theme when he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-pastor-secular-humanist-caliphate-militant-homofascism-taking-over-america"> declared</a> that American Christians are fighting &ldquo;militant Islam&rdquo; and &ldquo;militant homofascism&rdquo; and secularists who want to establish a &ldquo;secular humanist caliphate&rdquo;:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1DkMs-bCfIg" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>4. Time Is Running Out On America, And It&rsquo;s Up To The Church To Save It</strong></p> <p>Throughout the day, speakers warned that America is running out of time before it is lost forever, and that it is up to conservative Christians to get involved in politics to save the country.</p> <p>Graham told the crowd that he is more politically outspoken than his father, Billy Graham, because America is in a more dire state of secularism. &ldquo;When my father was born, the Ten Commandments were on the wall of every school in America. When my father was born, the teachers still led the class in the Lord&rsquo;s Prayer. Our country is not that anymore,&rdquo; he said, declaring that the 2016 election is the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-only-one-election-left-save-america">last chance for the Religious Right to save</a> the country.</p> <p>Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-santorum-yes-we-can-put-bible-back-public-schools">delivered a similar message</a>, warning that &ldquo;we are heading down in a direction that, let&rsquo;s be honest, no civilization has ever been able to recover from.&rdquo; Conservative Christians, he declared, must reinvest themselves in politics in order, to among other things, put the Bible in public schools:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SpWwRDbN2kI" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, another likely GOP presidential hopeful, told the crowd that prayer was needed to bring about &ldquo;spiritual revival&rdquo; and change the political direction of the country: &ldquo;If God&rsquo;s people truly pray down a spiritual awakening, then the political landscape will change.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This country did not start because some people had some brilliant ideas, although they did. This country happened because God&rsquo;s providence was the foundation of their brilliant ideas,&rdquo; Huckabee said. &ldquo;Because of his inspiration, this country has been sustained throughout all of its history because of God&rsquo;s specific intervention in helping us to win battles we should never have one and in keeping us from losing battles we should have lost.&rdquo;</p> <p>The RNC&rsquo;s Connelly also <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rnc-faith-director-warns-lgbt-activists-are-coming-church"> made a plug for conservative churches to engage in partisan politics </a> , urging pastors to buck IRS rules preventing politicking from the pulpit and declaring that &ldquo;voting is not political, it&rsquo;s spiritual.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>5. The Religious Right And The GOP Still Need Each Other</strong></p> <p>One of the strangest moments of the day came when a <a href="https://twitter.com/RightWingWatch/status/576847017344827392">George W. Bush impersonator</a> walked onto the stage with Liberty Counsel&rsquo;s Mat Staver as he introduced Huckabee. Staver jokingly reassured the audience that it was not the former president&rsquo;s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has clashed with the Religious Right over gay rights issues. It seemed to be a spontaneous addition to the program, it was hard not to see it also as a reminder to the audience of the potential power of the evangelical vote.</p> <p>Unlike the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gops-hate-summit-who-s-who-2014-values-voter-summit">Family Research Council&rsquo;s Values Voter Summit</a>, which has become the flagship gathering of the GOP and the Religious Right, the Awakening tends to attract only true believers in the cause. This year, Santorum and Huckabee spoke, while Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal submitted a video message. Connelly, who heads the GOP&rsquo;s outreach to evangelical voters, moderated a panel on abortion rights, but largely deflected difficult questions from the far-right crowd.</p> <p>Connelly did not, however, shy away from right-wing conspiracy theories, responding to a question about the &ldquo;culture of death&rdquo; in end-of-life care by claiming that the Affordable Care Act&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/17/its-time-to-bury-the-death-panel-myth-for-good-is-this-the-way-to-do-it/"> mythical &ldquo;death panels&rdquo;</a> are &ldquo;a reality":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/faa8HErXEU0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>It was clear throughout the day that however wary the Religious Right and the GOP establishment may be of each other, they still need each other. Speakers like Graham urged conservative Christians to revive the powerful Religious Right pressure machine to win GOP politicians to their side, whether or not they agreed with their issues. Meanwhile, the presence of the GOP candidates and Connelly indicated that this is a voting bloc that is still important to the party, however extreme its priorities may be.</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Anti-Muslim Awakening 2015 Bobby Jindal C4 Chad Connelly Election 2016 Equality For All Franklin Graham Greg Quinlan Kamal Saleem Ken Graves Liberty Counsel Liberty University Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Mat Staver Matt Barber Mike Huckabee Rena Lindevaldsen Reproductive Health republican national committee Rick Santorum Rick Scarborough Vision America Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 52351 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:08:48 -0400 Equality For All Anti-Gay Activist: Marriage Equality Is 'The Heart Of Where Satan's Attacking' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activist-marriage-equality-heart-where-satans-attacking <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/gay_satan_2.jpg?1353358620" /> <p>As we mentioned earlier, the mood at <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jindal-huckabee-and-santorum-join-far-right-activists-liberty-counsels-awakening"> Saturday&rsquo;s Awakening conference </a> in Florida around the issue of gay marriage <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-activists-warn-lawless-marriage-equality-undermines-whole-nature-america"> was utter panic</a>, and nowhere was that expressed more clearly than in a panel titled &ldquo;Same-Sex Marriage and Sexual Rebellion: Freedom Under Fire,&rdquo; moderated by off-the-rails anti-gay pundit Matt Barber and featuring a pastor, two &ldquo;ex-gay&rdquo; activists, and Rena Lindevaldsen, the Liberty University dean who has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/liberty-law-school-and-others-hit-rico-lawsuit-over-lisa-miller-kidnapping-case">murky ties</a> with the case of an &ldquo;ex-lesbian&rdquo; who fled the country with her daughter&nbsp;to defy a court order giving the child's other mother custody.</p> <p>Lindevaldsen set the tone for the discussion when she lamented that too many conservative Christians aren&rsquo;t committed to fighting gay rights and instead ask her &ldquo;why is this such a big deal and why does it matter?&rdquo;</p> <p>"It's a big deal because it's a big deal to God," she declared.</p> <p><a href="http://www.elmbrook.org/mediafiles/uploaded/l/0e2385695_1376661561_lesson-8-how-now-shall-we-live-chuck-colson.pdf">Quoting the late Chuck Colson </a> , she told the audience, &ldquo;In every action we take, we are either helping to create a hell on Earth, or bringing down a foretaste of heaven&hellip;We are either advancing the rule of Satan or establishing the reign of God.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s no middle ground, there&rsquo;s no neutrality, there is no compromise,&rdquo; she added, telling Christians who are on the fence about gay rights that &ldquo;it&rsquo;s not loving&rdquo; to let gay people &ldquo;go on not knowing that God has a better plan for their lives, this is not the way that God designed them to be.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the heart of where Satan&rsquo;s attacking,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;He is seeking to destroy human sexuality and marriage. Why? Because we are the reflection, marriage is the reflection of the relationship between Christ and his church. And so if you&rsquo;re going to destroy the only human reflection we have of that, we&rsquo;re going to destroy marriage.&rdquo;</p> <p>Our friends at <a href="http://americanbridgepac.org/">American Bridge</a> captured the audio:</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196514226&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Later in the panel, &ldquo;ex-gay&rdquo; activist Greg Quinlan similarly warned Christians not to be taken in by LGBT rights, saying that the Human Rights Campaign&rsquo;s famous equals sign bumper stickers are &ldquo;not about equality&rdquo; but &ldquo;about dominance&rdquo; and hide an effort to destroy the Constitution.</p> <p>(Audio again via American Bridge):</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196514225&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <blockquote> <p>When you see that blue bumper sticker with that bright yellow sign, it&rsquo;s not about equality, it&rsquo;s about dominance. It&rsquo;s about silencing any voice that&rsquo;s against what they want to do. And the real issue is this &mdash; I want you to understand this. The Constitution of the United States is a Calvinist document &mdash; I&rsquo;m not a Calvinist &mdash; it&rsquo;s a Christian document, it was written by reformers, based on the word of God. The problem that the secular left has, secular progressives, whatever label you want to put on them, the anti-God folks, our Constitution. And their goal is to undo it, if that means by reinterpreting it rewriting it, but it is to undo it.</p> <p>So know this, especially the homosexual agenda, if I go down the list, I got a thing called &ldquo;the big pink plan for a lavender culture,&rdquo; another talk I do, which goes to what the agenda is. I was there when they were talking about what they want to do. It&rsquo;s not about equality, it&rsquo;s about dominance.</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Awakening 2015 C4 Equality For All Greg Quinlan Liberty Counsel Liberty University Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Matt Barber Rena Lindevaldsen Fighting the Right 52281 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:11:04 -0400 Equality For All Rick Scarborough Fondly Recalls The Time God Sent Rain To End An ACT UP Protest Of Jerry Falwell http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-fondly-recalls-time-god-sent-rain-end-act-protest-jerry-falwell <p>At a panel discussion on abortion rights at this weekend&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jindal-huckabee-and-santorum-join-far-right-activists-liberty-counsels-awakening">Awakening conference</a>, the topic at one point turned to how abortion rights advocates are supposedly nasty and mean while anti-choice activists are kind and compassionate to their adversaries.</p> <p>This caused Vision America&rsquo;s Rick Scarborough to recall the time God disrupted a protest of &ldquo;radical homosexuals&rdquo; from the gay rights group ACT UP when the late Jerry Falwell was speaking at his church in Texas.</p> <p>Falwell, Scarborough recalled, asked him to send pitchers of ice water out to the protesters outside those church, &ldquo;and those radical gays were just astounded by the kindness.&rdquo;</p> <p>Then, Scarborough recalled, &ldquo;God got involved&rdquo; and in an apparent act of solidarity with Falwell&rsquo;s magnanimity drove away the &ldquo;radical homosexuals&rdquo; with a torrential downpour.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QhsLiZ4U6Fc" width="560"></iframe></p> <blockquote> <p>Falwell was speaking in our church back in the days of ACT UP. Radical homosexuals showed up, I mean the police literally stood between them and our congregation. Rev. Falwell said, &lsquo;Rick, while I&rsquo;m preaching, send your men out there with pitchers of ice water because it was a roaring July day in Texas. And so our men when out there and those radical gays were just astounded by the kindness.</p> <p>And then God got involved. This is really humorous to think about and remember. But right about halfway through Dr. Falwell&rsquo;s sermon, with these radical gays outside, we heard a clap of thunder and lightning&hellip;and a torrential rain fell. By the time he finished, the sun was shining, but the gays were wet and gone.</p> <p>So, sometimes when we radically live the faith, God gets involved.</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Awakening 2015 C4 Equality For All Jerry Falwell Rick Scarborough Texas Vision America Fighting the Right 52246 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:41:22 -0400 Equality For All Sen. James Lankford And Rep. Randy Forbes Want To Protect 'Corporate Conscience' So Christians Are Free To Discriminate http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sen-james-lankford-and-rep-randy-forbes-want-protect-corporate-conscience-so-christians-are- <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/James%20Lankford.jpg?1426688522" /> <p>Earlier <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/14/why-chipotles-pork-problem-is-a-bad-sign-for-its-future/?tid=hybrid_alt1_strip_1">this year</a>, the restaurant chain Chipotle stopped selling pork at several hundred stores after cutting ties with one of its suppliers for violating the chain's animal welfare standards.</p> <p>Today, Sen. James Lankford and Rep. Randy Forbes published a <a href="http://www.christianpost.com/news/sen-lankford-and-rep-forbes-what-sustainability-and-religious-freedom-have-in-common-135815/">truly absurd op-ed</a> in The Christian Post using Chipotle as an example of the importance of protecting the "corporate conscience" of Christian business owners who want to discriminate against gay customers.</p> <p>Seemingly unaware of the very clear difference between a company refusing to do business with a particular supplier and one openly discriminating against an entire class of people, Lankford and Forbes argue that "protecting corporate conscience" is vital so that the right of Christians to discriminate against gays is protected in the name of religious freedom:</p> <blockquote> <p>It is crucial that the same freedom enjoyed by the leadership of Chipotle remains equally available to business owners of faith. Indeed, much more so as freedom of religion is explicitly protected by the First Amendment. We cannot simultaneously laud the leaders of a business motivated by a commitment to environmental sustainability and discriminate against the leaders of a business motivated by religious belief.</p> <p>If a decision based on moral convictions is celebrated, shouldn't a decision based on the free exercise of religion &ndash; a right guaranteed in the Constitution &ndash; be even more so?</p> <p>To be sure, religious freedom is not just a choice of convenience &ndash; it is a fundamental right given to all Americans by the Constitution. As we recognize Chipotle's decision, let's remember that a clear constitutionally supported civil right of religious freedom should be cherished and respected in every corner of this nation.</p> <p>We live in a country whose laws respect freedom and diversity, and our Constitution has always had robust protections for all Americans to live and work by their religious convictions. Americans do not check their religious freedom at the door when they leave their home or place of worship and enter the public sphere.</p> <p>We must not fall prey to the hypocrisy of defending the freedom of operating a business on convictions of sustainability, but reject that same freedom when the convictions are based in faith.</p> </blockquote> Kyle Mantyla Equality For All James Lankford Randy Forbes C3 Fighting the Right 52241 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:22:29 -0400 Equality For All Religious Right Activists Warn 'Lawless' Marriage Equality 'Undermines The Whole Nature Of America' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-activists-warn-lawless-marriage-equality-undermines-whole-nature-america <p>At Saturday&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jindal-huckabee-and-santorum-join-far-right-activists-liberty-counsels-awakening">Awakening conference</a>, an annual Religious Right confab organized by Liberty Counsel, the mood surrounding LGBT rights had reached full-blown panic.</p> <p>Nearly two years after the Supreme Court&rsquo;s Windsor decision let loose a cascade of federal court decisions legalizing marriage between same-sex couples in dozens of states, the Religious Right activists gathered in a megachurch in Orlando were bracing for a Supreme Court decision that could establish marriage equality nationwide.</p> <p>At a panel titled &ldquo;Activism in the Age of Lawlessness,&rdquo; four Religious Right leaders<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;&mdash; John Eidsmoe, Rick Scarborough, William Murray and Harry Mihet&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;gathered to suss out what the movement&rsquo;s response should be to pro-LGBT court rulings that they find to be &ldquo;lawless.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>John Eidsmoe, the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jindal-huckabee-and-santorum-join-far-right-activists-liberty-counsels-awakening"> influential Christian nationalist thinker </a> who served as a mentor to Michele Bachmann, outlined the issue, explaining to the audience that &ldquo;&lsquo;rule of law&rsquo; ultimately means &lsquo;rule of the highest law,&rsquo;&rdquo; or God&rsquo;s law.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZVmMk6MJLnM" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Eidsmoe, who now works for the Religious Right group founded by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is urging judges in his state to defy a federal court ruling on marriage equality, argued that you are only disobeying the law if you disobey &ldquo;the law of God.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;You disobey a law only when those who have that law are breaking a higher law, the law of God,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And in fact, if you follow the decree of a tyrant when he is defying the law, you are complicit in his defiance. Disobedience then becomes not only a right, it becomes a duty.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eidsmoe explained that the idea of civil disobedience had been perverted since biblical times, since the idea of not violating your conscience should only apply if &ldquo;your conscience is in accord with the word of God.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rick Scarborough, the head of Vision America, warned that a Supreme Court decision for marriage equality would be worse for the Religious Right than Roe v. Wade because &ldquo;with abortion, you can opt out, you don&rsquo;t have to participate in that.&rdquo;</p> <p>He claimed that, in contrast, a marriage equality decision would outlaw anti-gay speech, the exact same <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/5-years-after-passage-hate-crimes-law-religious-rights-dire-predictions-still-havent-come-tr"> erroneous prediction </a> he made following the passage of the 2009 Hate Crimes Law.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll get up the day after that ruling, and in fact a few hours after that ruling when it&rsquo;s widely disseminated, and you&rsquo;ll find yourself, those of us who believe that homosexuality is a sexual sin &mdash; perversion if you will &mdash; those of us who believe that homosexual marriage is unnatural and forbidden by God and who have taught that our entire lives&hellip;when that law is passed you are then going to breaking the law when you preach or teach what you&rsquo;ve always taught or what you&rsquo;ve always preached,&rdquo; he claimed.</p> <p>&ldquo;Fundamentally, it undermines the whole nature of America,&rdquo; Scarborough concluded.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6BvOJiwHYmI" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Liberty Counsel attorney Harry Mihet, who was moderating the panel, echoed Scarborough&rsquo;s dire warnings when he declared that there would be &ldquo;no way to escape this issue&rdquo; and that it might &ldquo;in the near future&rdquo; land anti-LGBT pastors in jail&hellip; just like Martin Luther King, Jr.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have to draw the line in the sand and stand firm on the truth of the Word, and not to shy away from a fight, not to quit, not to be silent, but to actually speak truth and love to a society that has a desperate need to hear it,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And there may come a time when you will have to lose your job because that&rsquo;s what you&rsquo;ve done. There may come a time in the near future when you have to lose your liberty and go to jail like Martin Luther King did.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196477140&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Awakening 2015 C4 Equality For All Government is Not God Harry Mihet John Eidsmoe Liberty Counsel Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Religious Freedom Coalition religious persecution rhetoric Rick Scarborough Vision America William Murray Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 52231 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:02:52 -0400 Equality For All RNC Faith Director Warns LGBT Activists Are 'Coming For The Church' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rnc-faith-director-warns-lgbt-activists-are-coming-church <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/GOP_Faith.jpg?1404403309" /> <p>Chad Connelly, the Republican National Committee&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.gop.com/author/chad-connelly">official in charge</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rncs-chad-connelly-god-s-got-home-gop">of reaching out to evangelical voters</a>, told a breakout session at the far-right <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jindal-huckabee-and-santorum-join-far-right-activists-liberty-counsels-awakening">Awakening conference</a> on Saturday that conservative pastors must get involved in politics because LGBT activists are &ldquo;coming for the church.&rdquo;</p> <p>When an audience member in a session about abortion rights asked what to do about a pastor who refuses to participate in politics, Connelly responded that &ldquo;voting is not political, it&rsquo;s spiritual&rdquo; and urged pastors to violate rarely-enforced regulations that prevent churches from being involved in partisan politics in order to keep their tax-exempt status.</p> <p>Referring to cases where businesses have run afoul of nondiscrimination laws by refusing service to gay and lesbian couples, Connelly said, &ldquo;Who would have thought that a florist or a baker or a photographer or, for goodness sakes, a wedding chapel would be sued when there were competitors that they could have gone to? They&rsquo;re coming for the church.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196360150&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <blockquote> <p>Listen, voter registration is not political, it&rsquo;s spiritual. Voting is not political, it&rsquo;s spiritual. So witness and testimony to the community what you believe in. No wonder we get legislation we don&rsquo;t agree with, no wonder we get candidates and elected officials we don&rsquo;t agree with, because our people aren&rsquo;t engaged.</p> <p>So if your pastor&rsquo;s saying, &lsquo;It&rsquo;s a legal issue, I can&rsquo;t do this,&rsquo; ask them how many churches have lost their tax-exempt status. It&rsquo;s a finite number: zero. By definition, you&rsquo;re tax exempt. If there&rsquo;s no freedom of speech in the pulpit, there&rsquo;s no freedom of speech, brothers and sisters. And if we can&rsquo;t say the truth from the pulpit, guess what, we can&rsquo;t say the truth anywhere.</p> <p>Who would have thought that a florist or a baker or a photographer or, for goodness sakes, a wedding chapel would be sued when there were competitors that they could have gone to. They&rsquo;re coming for the church.</p> </blockquote> <p>He ended by asking the audience to &ldquo;please help us pressure your pastors&rdquo; to get involved in elections, but adding that &ldquo;it&rsquo;s not a party or political issue.&rdquo;</p> <p>Later in the same discussion, far-right pastor Rick Scarborough warned that &ldquo;every pastor is going to be directly assaulted&rdquo; by the Supreme Court&rsquo;s upcoming ruling on marriage equality, claiming that a pro-equality ruling would force churches to &ldquo;participate in same-sex marriage&rdquo; or face fines or imprisonment.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196360152&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Awakening 2015 C4 Chad Connelly Equality For All Marriage Equality Marriage Equality religious persecution rhetoric republican national committee Rick Scarborough Vision America Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 52186 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:31:21 -0400 Equality For All Staver: Supreme Court Pro-Marriage Ruling Would Deserve 'No More Respect' Than Dred Scott http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-supreme-court-pro-marriage-ruling-would-deserve-no-more-respect-dred-scott <p>In a speech to this weekend&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jindal-huckabee-and-santorum-join-far-right-activists-liberty-counsels-awakening">Awakening conference</a> in Florida, Liberty Counsel&rsquo;s Mat Staver declared that a ruling in favor of marriage equality from the Supreme Court would deserve &ldquo;no more respect than Dred Scott or Buck v. Bell,&rdquo; court rulings that, respectively, denied citizenship to African Americans and allowed mandatory state sterilization of mentally disabled people.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xkhpcO88oMo" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;I say this: If the Supreme Court can&rsquo;t get it right, or any judge get it right, on the fundamental, observable, natural created order of marriage as the union between a man and a woman, they can&rsquo;t get it right on anything, that&rsquo;s their own opinion, and it deserves no more respect than Dred Scott or Buck v. Bell,&rdquo; he declared.</p> <p>He warned the audience that a &ldquo;clash is coming&rdquo; between religious liberty and LGBT rights that is &ldquo;unprecedented in American history.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Tax exemption, income tax exemption, property tax exemption, everything is going to be impacted,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;You cannot navigate around this. This is a collision of two trains coming in opposite directions on the same track. We are on the precipice of a collision of unprecedented magnitude.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Awakening 2015 C4 Equality For All Liberty Counsel Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Mat Staver Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right 52131 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:20:08 -0400 Equality For All Right-Wing Pastor: 'Secular Humanist Caliphate' & 'Militant Homofascism' Taking Over America http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-pastor-secular-humanist-caliphate-militant-homofascism-taking-over-america <p>This weekend&rsquo;s Awakening conference, an annual event hosted by the Religious Right legal group Liberty Counsel and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jindal-huckabee-and-santorum-join-far-right-activists-liberty-counsels-awakening"> attended by any number of far-right activists </a> and a few <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-santorum-yes-we-can-put-bible-back-public-schools">GOP presidential candidates,</a> was dominated by the theme that the Christian Right is in a spiritual war against a satanic coalition of LGBT rights, Islam and progressivism.</p> <p>Nobody summed it up quite as well as Ken Graves, a pastor from Bangor, Maine, who declared to the audience sitting in a megachurch in Orlando that they were in a fight against &ldquo;militant homofascism&rdquo; that &ldquo;seeks to take over our land and make it Sodom&rdquo; and secular humanists who, in conjunction with militant Islam, want to &ldquo;destroy everything we have&rdquo; and establish a &ldquo;secular humanist caliphate.&rdquo;</p> <p>Evoking <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rafael-cruz-preaches-seven-mountains-theology-tells-activists-stop-electing-village-idiot"> Seven Mountains dominionism</a>, the doctrine that seeks to deliver control of the &ldquo;seven mountains&rdquo; of society to conservative Christians, Graves declared that it is the secular humanists who now &ldquo;have every major institution.&rdquo;</p> <p>He then pulled a Bible out of his pocket and bellowed to the crowd: &ldquo;Why should we be intimidated if what has been placed in our hands is the very word of God?&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1DkMs-bCfIg" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Awakening 2015 C4 Equality For All Ken Graves Liberty Counsel Maine Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 52051 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:41:44 -0400 Equality For All Paranoia-Rama: Gays And Immigrants Will Steal Your Freedom In Obama's Third Term http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paranoia-rama-gays-and-immigrants-will-steal-your-freedom-obamas-third-term <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/ted_cruz.jpg?1367254223" /> <p><em>RWW&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/paranoia-rama">Paranoia-Rama</a> takes a look at five of the week&rsquo;s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.</em></p> <p>This week, we learned from the Right that gay people and immigrants are out to destroy our freedoms, with the help of President Obama, who is secretly preparing to stay in office for a third term.</p> <p><strong>5) Gay Marriage</strong> <strong> Threatens </strong> <strong>Freedom</strong></p> <p>Speaking with an Iowa talk show host this week, Sen. Ted Cruz <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-touts-anti-gay-bona-fides-extremist-group">once again appealed to the anti-gay Right</a> when he railed against judges, like the members of the Iowa Supreme Court, who strike down bans on same-sex marriage. Cruz alleged that such rulings pose &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-marriage-equality-decisions-real-danger-our-liberty">a real danger to our liberty</a>&rdquo; and are in defiance of the Constitution:</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195195400&color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council also described marriage equality as a threat to freedom <a href="http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/ken-blackwell/supreme-court-marriage-case-another-dred-scott-ruling">this week</a>, writing that the Supreme Court is &ldquo;headed for another Dred Scott opinion&rdquo; if it finds same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional, referring to the ruling which said that African Americans could not be U.S. citizens.</p> <p>&ldquo;If the Court overturns marriage, it will not only further delegitimize itself as an institution, it will gravely damage American society,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And it will undermine the &lsquo;consent of the governed&rsquo; &mdash; the only basis for just laws.&rdquo;</p> <p>Blackwell, notorious for his efforts as Ohio&rsquo;s secretary of state to&nbsp;<a href="http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-9128-ken-blackwells-disgraceful-election-machinations.html">stifle</a> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2011/04/ken-blackwell-ohio-brown-senate">voting</a> in &nbsp;the 2004 election, went on to compare judges who rule in favor of marriage equality to officials in the Jim Crow South who restricted the voting rights of African Americans: &ldquo;We should remember Selma and the &lsquo;Bloody Sunday&rsquo; that was necessary to achieve the too-long-denied equal voting rights for all our citizens. Today, rogue federal judges are engaged in the most massive case of voter suppression we have seen since the days of Jim Crow! Across the country, but especially in the South, black Americans joined other citizens in voting to affirm true marriage.&rdquo;</p> <p>But neither Blackwell nor Cruz can claim the prize for the most distraught outburst against gay marriage of the week, as that honor belongs to Indiana politician John Price, who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-activist-flee-america-gay-marriage-causes-god-destroy-us"> suggested that Americans should &ldquo;flee&rdquo; the U.S. </a> before the Supreme Court rules on marriage rights.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195022065&color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p><strong>4) Gay Twilight Zone</strong></p> <p>So how exactly does LGBT equality threaten freedom?</p> <p>Well, <a href="http://www.texasobserver.org/new-gop-chair-doesnt-want-to-see-gay-couples-kiss/">according to Texas GOP Chairman Tom Mechler</a>, writing in an op-ed titled &ldquo; <a href="http://amarillo.com/opinion/opinion-columnist/guest-columnist/2014-03-11/free-speech-rights-are-under-attack"> Free speech, rights are under attack</a>,&rdquo; the LGBT rights movement is threatening his freedom not to see photos of gay people:</p> <blockquote> <p>I&rsquo;ve watched with dismay the controversy surrounding Amarillo Town Club&rsquo;s family membership policy, which was placed prominently before our community by the Amarillo Globe-News on March 2 with its front-page article showing a picture of two angry-looking homosexual women.</p> <p>The story was also mentioned by a reader in a letter to the editor (Letter: Shame on Amarillo Town Club, March 6, amarillo.com) who believed the business&rsquo; conduct was &ldquo;shameful.&rdquo;</p> <p>Shameful? Sometimes I feel like we are living in the twilight zone.</p> </blockquote> <p>Mechler went on to <a href="http://amarillo.com/opinion/opinion-columnist/guest-columnist/2014-03-11/free-speech-rights-are-under-attack">write</a> that people who criticize his view that same-sex marriage shouldn&rsquo;t be legalized are actually attacking the freedom of speech: &ldquo;What I find troubling is the incredible attack that has been launched on free speech. I love this country, and as an American the Bill of Rights gives me the right to say what I please.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>3) Immigrants Will Take Your Guns</strong></p> <p>Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt is a staunch opponent of immigration reform since he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-immigration-reform-and-ted-cruz-s-loyalty">believes</a> that new citizens will vote Democratic and &ldquo;take away our guns.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pratt <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-immigrants-dont-love-freedom-enough-protect-themselves-murderers">expanded on this theory</a> in an interview with Armed America Radio recently, explaining that immigrants have a &ldquo;dependent mentality&rdquo; and thus don&rsquo;t understand what it&rsquo;s like to want to protect yourself from bodily harm.</p> <p>&ldquo;A dependent class that depends on the government for their income, for all kinds of financial and other assistance, is not generally of a mind to be able to protect itself, which is after all the most important part about living, is staying alive from one moment to the next in case some dirtbag wants to try to terminate you,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And if you don&rsquo;t think enough of your own freedom to take charge of that aspect of your existence, then of course you&rsquo;re likely to expect handouts and &lsquo;more, more, more&rsquo; because you have a dependent mentality.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195182726&color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p><strong>2) Another Petraeus Conspiracy Theory</strong></p> <p>When David Petraeus <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/11/09/petraeus_resigns_over_affair_with_biographer.html">resigned as CIA director</a> in response to allegations, to which he has since <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/us/petraeus-plea-deal-over-giving-classified-data-to-lover.html?_r=0">pled guilty</a>, that he leaked classified information to a woman with whom he was having an affair, several conservative pundits rallied to his defense. According&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/five-craziest-right-wing-attacks-hillary-clintons-job-secretary-state">to</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/beck-petraeus-scandal-conspiracy-discredit-military">these</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gaffney-boykin-speculate-benghazi-petraeus">commentators</a>, along with <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/louie-gohmert-obama-blackmailing-petraeus-over-benghazi">at least one GOP congressman</a>, Petraeus was actually the victim of an Obama administration plot to stop him from exposing <em>the truth</em> about the 2012 Benghazi attack. In reality, since leaving the CIA, Petraeus has dismissed conspiracy theories surrounding the Benghazi attack and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/another-benghazi-conspiracy-theory-collapses-david-petraeus-hero-narrative"> praised then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s response</a>.</p> <p>On Wednesday, as Media Matters <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/03/11/limbaugh-adds-a-hillary-clinton-twist-to-his-pe/202850">notes</a>, Rush Limbaugh made a similar claim, alleging that administration officials knew Petraeus was leaking sensitive material but &ldquo;kept it in reserve&rdquo; and acted on it only &ldquo;when Petraeus refused to go out and spout the company line on Benghazi.&rdquo; Limbaugh <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/03/11/limbaugh-adds-a-hillary-clinton-twist-to-his-pe/202850">said</a> that Clinton knew that this cover-up of the cover-up occurred, and that is why she used a personal email account at the State Department: &ldquo;And so Mrs. Clinton knew that they knew, because she was secretary of state when they sent Petraeus out there to spout the company line and refused to do it. Plus she knew Obama &mdash; so that server is to keep things from Obama.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>1) Obama&rsquo;s Third Term!</strong></p> <p>WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah wants his readers to know that he takes very seriously concerns &ldquo;out there across the fruited plain&rdquo; that President Obama will defy the U.S. Constitution and remain in office after the end of his second term. In fact, WND is so worried about this conspiracy theory that it <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ben-carson-people-will-stop-obamas-third-term"> even asked potential GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson how the American people can stop Obama&rsquo;s (non-existent) plot</a>.</p> <p>Since &ldquo;Obama himself may not even be constitutionally eligible for office,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/joseph-farah-just-asking-will-obama-actually-leave-office-january-2017">according to Farah</a>, there is reason to believe that &ldquo;he and his family might remain in Washington after leaving office&rdquo; since he has no respect for the Constitution anyway. After all, Farah believes that the Obama family enjoys lavish vacations and is &ldquo;living it up&rdquo; on the taxpayers&rsquo; dime so much <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-outlet-obama-may-give-himself-third-term-so-he-can-go-more-vacations"> that they may refuse to leave the White House</a>.</p> <p>Farah even <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/birther-joseph-farah-wants-pfaw-help-block-third-obama-term-let-s-make-deal">suggested</a> that groups like People For the American Way are paving the way for the third Obama term since there is &ldquo;simply no organized opposition to Obama&rsquo;s illegal, criminal actions and behavior.&rdquo; The only one who can stop Obama, Farah writes, <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2015/03/who-would-oppose-obama-3rd-term/">may be Hillary Clinton</a>.</p> Brian Tashman Anti-Gay Ben Carson C4 Equality For All Gun Owners of America Immigration Joseph Farah Ken Blackwell Larry Pratt Paranoia-Rama Rush Limbaugh Ted Cruz Tom Mechler WorldNetDaily Family Research Council Fighting the Right 51991 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:30:00 -0400 Equality For All Jindal, Huckabee And Santorum To Join Far-Right Activists At Liberty Counsel's 'The Awakening' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jindal-huckabee-and-santorum-join-far-right-activists-liberty-counsels-awakening <p>Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, after <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bobby-jindals-extremist-prayer-rally-brings-together-prophets-bigots-and-far-right-activists"> teaming up with Christian nationalist extremists </a> to host his &ldquo;The Response&rdquo; prayer rally in Baton Rouge earlier this year, is now continuing his project of endearing himself to the far fringes of the Religious Right by <a href="http://theawakeningusa.org/">addressing</a> an annual conference hosted by Liberty Counsel this weekend.</p> <p>Liberty Counsel&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Awakening&rdquo; event will bring Jindal, along with fellow likely GOP presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, together with some of the most unapologetically extreme Religious Right leaders, including Sen. Ted Cruz&rsquo;s dad Rafael.</p> <p>With speakers from John Eidsmoe, a founding father of the Religious Right&rsquo;s current Christian nationalist thought, to Kamal Saleem, the phony ex-terrorist and prolific anti-Obama conspiracy theorist, the candidates are sure to be treated to an exciting array of far-right ideas.</p> <p><strong>Mat Staver</strong></p> <p>The Awakening is organized by Liberty Counsel, a legal arm of Liberty University founded and chaired by Mat Staver. Staver is particularly invested in anti-LGBT activism both in the U.S. and abroad, where he has spoken out in favor of laws&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-under-obama-us-one-worlds-immoral-leaders">criminalizing</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-headline-jamaica-conference-hosted-group-defending-anti-sodomy-laws">homosexuality</a>. Here at home, he has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-says-gay-marriage-beginning-end-western-civilization">warned</a> that marriage equality will help bring about God&rsquo;s destruction of America and will be &ldquo;the beginning of the end of Western Civilization.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AYjZ5VAXn8g" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Staver&rsquo;s extremism is not limited to LGBT rights. For instance, at the 2010 Awakening conference, Staver <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sputtering-start-religious-rights-rebranding">agreed with an audience</a> member who asked if the Affordable Care Act created a private army of Brownshirts for President Obama.</p> <p><strong>Kamal Saleem</strong></p> <p>Kamal Saleem claims to be an ex-terrorist who worked for a number of Islamist groups before coming to America to build sleeper cells and ultimately converting to Christianity. The <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/700-club-features-phony-ex-terrorist">fact that Saleem&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/kamal-saleem-former-terrorist-islamophobia">story doesn&rsquo;t add up</a> &mdash; and that he&rsquo;s suspiciously <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/ex-terrorist-walks-conservative-conference">reluctant to talk about the details</a> &mdash; hasn&rsquo;t stopped him from being a popular speaker on the Religious Right conference circuit, where he impresses audiences with his insider knowledge that President Obama is a secret Muslim out to destroy America.</p> <p>Saleem uses his <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/heroic-tales-kamal-saleem">literally unbelievable personal story</a> to sell a wide range of conspiracy theories, including claims that President Obama <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kamal-saleem-obama-attended-dc-mosque-christmas-while-vacationing-hawaii"> attends a mosque in Washington, DC, on Christmas </a> (while he is simultaneously in Hawaii) and that Islamists are <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kamal-saleem-shadow-government-obama-babysitter">working through Sasha and Malia Obama&rsquo;s babysitters</a> to establish a shadow government.</p> <p>In 2012, he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kamal-saleem-obama-muslim-fascist">told The Awakening</a> that when President Obama appeared to be pledging allegiance to the flag, he was actually taking part in an Islamic prayer. The same year, he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kamal-saleem-tells-values-voter-summit-clinton-plans-shut-down-churches-college-professors-w"> warned the Values Voter Summit </a> that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be shutting down churches in America within the year:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/G-wTttYxEpw" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>John Eidsmoe</strong></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">John Eidsmoe is one of the leading voices behind the Religious Right&rsquo;s effort to rewrite American history and law to reflect a specific &ldquo;biblical worldview.&rdquo; Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was a </span><a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/blog/jonathan-chait/90014/michelle-bachmanns-worldview" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">research assistant</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> on Eidsmoe&rsquo;s influential 1987 book &ldquo;Christianity and the Constitution,&rdquo; </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/understanding-where-michele-bachmann-gets-her-extreme-views" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">cites him as an in influence</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> and his work has permeated the segment of the Religious Right that </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmanns-mentor-calls-christian-leaders-bring-biblical-law-america-or-face-gods-judgment" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> seeks to take &ldquo;dominion&rdquo; </a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> over America </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmanns-mentor-calls-christian-leaders-bring-biblical-law-america-or-face-gods-judgment" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> to avoid God&rsquo;s judgment</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.</span></p> <p>Eidsmoe has specifically <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmanns-mentor-says-gay-rights-will-doom-america">warned</a> that gay rights will bring about divine judgment on the U.S. and wrote a whole book, &ldquo;Gays & Guns,&rdquo; arguing against allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmanns-mentor-says-if-gays-join-military-they-will-molest-children"> warning that they might molest children</a>.</p> <p>Eidsmoe, who has gotten in trouble in the past for <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/roy-moore-acolyte-too-racist-wi-tea-party">speaking to white supremacist groups</a>, is currently the &ldquo;senior counsel and resident scholar&rdquo; at the Foundation for Moral Law, the Christian nationalist group founded by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/alabama-lawmaker-wants-ten-commandments-displays-stop-people-going-berserk-or-killing-folks"> longtime ally</a>.</p> <p><strong>Rick Scarborough</strong></p> <p>Rick Scarborough, a Baptist pastor and the head of the Religious Right group Vision America, is one of the most extreme voices in the anti-LGBT movement. Although he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/%E2%80%9Cgod%E2%80%99s-warriors%E2%80%9D-rick-scarborough-%E2%80%93-%E2%80%9Cchrist-ocrat%E2%80%9D"> insists </a> that he is neither a Democrat or Republican, but a &ldquo;Christ-ocrat,&rdquo; he frequently allies with likeminded Republican politicians <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-says-religious-right-prayer-rally-ended-crippling-drought">including Rick Perry</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-says-conservatives-can-t-accept-ungodly-court-rulings-gay-marriage-abortion-ri"> Mike Huckabee </a> to get his followers to the polls.</p> <p>Scarborough maintains <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-aids-gods-judgment-immoral-act">that AIDS is God&rsquo;s &ldquo;judgment&rdquo;</a> for &ldquo;an immoral act,&rdquo; warns that the appointment of gay ambassadors would be <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-god-would-be-perfectly-justified-nuking-america-over-gay-ambassadors"> perfect justification </a> for God to nuke America, and once <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/scarborough-we-need-class-action-lawsuit-against-homosexuality">suggested filing a class action lawsuit</a> against homosexuality.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115824508&color=ff6600&show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Scarborough has also dabbled in anti-immigrant nativism, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-worries-more-non-white-families-will-mean-less-christians-america">warning</a> that &ldquo;more non-white families&rdquo; in the U.S. would lead to fewer Christians <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/scarborough-if-country-becomes-30-percent-hispanic-we-will-no-longer-be-america">and that</a> &ldquo;if this country becomes 30 percent Hispanic we will no longer be America.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Franklin Graham</strong></p> <p>Franklin Graham, a son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, couples his <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samaritan%27s_Purse">international humanitarian work</a> with an apocalyptic approach to American politics. He predicted that President Obama&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/graham-god-will-judge-america-re-electing-obama-through-massive-economic-collapse">reelection</a><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-election-will-determine-whether-we-are-ripe-gods-judgment">would bring about</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/obama-reelection-religious-right-repentance-resistance">God&rsquo;s destruction of America</a> and railed that Americans &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-americans-turned-back-marriage-equality-family">turned our back on God</a>&rdquo; by reelecting the president.</p> <p>Graham&rsquo;s opinion of the Obama administration was only reinforced when he was <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/grahams-disinvitation-proof-our-military-run-fundamentalist-muslims-and-homosexual-activists">disinvited</a> from speaking at an event at the Pentagon because of his<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/04/23/graham.islam.controversy/">history of anti-Muslim rhetoric.</a> He has since <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-white-house-infiltrated-muslims-doesnt-know-who">claimed</a> that the White House has been &ldquo;infiltrated by Muslims&rdquo; and is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-muslims-who-hate-israel-and-hate-christians-run-white-house">being run</a> by Muslims who &ldquo;hate Israel and hate Christians.&rdquo; Just this week, he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-says-obamas-mother-must-have-been-muslim"> speculated</a> that Obama&rsquo;s mother &ldquo;must have been a Muslim,&rdquo; which he said explains why the president supposedly won&rsquo;t fight ISIS.</p> <p>While he may worry that God is getting ready to judge America for President Obama, Graham has implied that <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-endorses-vladimir-putins-anti-gay-crackdown"> the Almighty is smiling on Russian President Vladimir Putin </a> because of his crackdown on LGBT rights in his country. Graham, who has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/dobson-and-graham-warn-christians-are-losing-their-religious-freedom">long claimed</a> that Christianity is on the road to being criminalized in the U.S., said last year that pastors <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/graham-pastors-need-be-willing-get-our-heads-chopped-opposing-gay-rights">must be prepared</a> to get their &ldquo;heads chopped off&rdquo; in the fight against gay rights.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hgkPOFATvN0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Matt Barber</strong></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Matt Barber, a former Liberty Counsel official who still hosts a daily radio program with Staver, is best known for his over-the-top bigoted anti-gay rhetoric.</span></p> <p>Barber often frames his battle against LGBT equality and reproductive rights as a &ldquo;spiritual war&rdquo; in which he is on the side of God. He has called marriage equality the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barber-gay-marriage-brainchild-satan">bidding of the Devil</a>&rdquo; and warned that by legalizing same-sex marriage, America is &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barber-scotus-tempting-wrath-god-gay-marriage-decision">tempting the wrath of God</a>.&rdquo; He claims that HIV/AIDS is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/matt-barber-was-sent-god-tell-gays-hiv-divine-punishment-homosexuality"> divine punishment for homosexuality</a>.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/171354380&color=ff0000" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Barber is fond of comparing his opponents to Nazis, calling supporters of reproductive rights &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barber-people-who-support-reproductive-choice-are-modern-day-nazis">modern day Nazis</a>&rdquo; and LGBT rights advocates &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-pundits-call-gay-rights-advocates-rainbowshirts-terrorists-and-new-nazis">Rainbowshirts</a>&rdquo; who have &ldquo;broken out the long knives&rdquo; to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barber-pretty-soon-christians-are-going-have-start-wearing-yellow-cross">go after Christians</a>. At the same time, he has supported repressive anti-LGBT regimes around the world, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-cheers-vladimir-putin-anti-lgbt-violence-russia-surges"> praising</a> Russian President Vladimir Putin&rsquo;s anti-gay crackdown and saying he&rsquo;d like to see a ban on &ldquo;gay propaganda&rdquo; in the U.S., and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/matt-barber-bravely-stands-ugandas-anti-gay-crackdown">defending</a> Uganda&rsquo;s harsh criminal penalties for LGBT people.</p> <p>Last year, Barber <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/07/28/barbwirecom-when-a-hate-group-creates-its-own-c/200220">launched BarbWire.com</a>, an online emporium for right-wing vitriol which he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/matt-barber-started-his-new-website-because-we-are-war-satan">sees as part of his &ldquo;war&rdquo;</a> against the &ldquo;lies&rdquo; that Satan tells through progressives.​</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Anti-Muslim Awakening 2015 Bobby Jindal C4 Election 2016 Equality For All Florida Franklin Graham Immigration John Eidsmoe Kamal Saleem Liberty Counsel Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Mat Staver Matt Barber Mike Huckabee Rafael Cruz Rick Santorum Rick Scarborough Vision America BarbWire Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right Freedom of Speech Religious Liberty 51981 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:20:56 -0400 Equality For All Brian Camenker: Schools 'Peer Pressure' And 'Brainwash' Kids To Be Gay http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/brian-camenker-schools-peer-pressure-and-brainwash-kids-be-gay <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/lgbt-flag.jpg?1349226956" /> <p>In a <a href="http://streamer1.afa.net/afr-aod/SandyRios/sr_20150311.mp3">discussion</a> yesterday <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-pundits-ignoring-disgusting-homosexuality-trying-talk-about-holocaust-without-showi">about how marriage equality is destroying Massachusetts</a>, anti-LGBT activists Brian Camenker and Sandy Rios suggested that more kids in Massachusetts are gay and bisexual because of the &ldquo;brainwashing&rdquo; and &ldquo;peer pressure&rdquo; taking place in public schools.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a huge percentage,&rdquo; Rios said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just amazing, they&rsquo;re experimenting and being exposed to this stuff, things they would have never thought of, so they are trying it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Camenker said that he is familiar with kids &ldquo;who have gone into this lifestyle because of the peer pressure in the schools, and I also know kids that got into it and because of the proper intervention by their parents got out of it and are leading normal lives now.&rdquo; He added that &ldquo;often just bringing a kid to a normal environment for a while will help straighten the boy or girl out, just not being subjugated to the brainwash.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195415113&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman American Family Association Anti-Gay Brian Camenker C4 Equality For All Marriage Equality Massachusetts MassResistance Michigan Sandy Rios Fighting the Right 51921 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:08:58 -0400 Equality For All Anti-Gay Pundits: Ignoring 'Disgusting' Homosexuality Is 'Like Trying To Talk About The Holocaust Without Showing Pictures' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-pundits-ignoring-disgusting-homosexuality-trying-talk-about-holocaust-without-showi <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/sandy_rios_A.jpg?1352477513" /> <p>Brian Camenker of the anti-LGBT group MassResistance appeared on &ldquo;Sandy Rios In The Morning&rdquo; yesterday to discuss how marriage equality is ruining Massachusetts, a problem that Camenker previously<a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/bj1166/mass--hysteria"> described in great detail to &ldquo;The Daily Show.&rdquo;</a>&nbsp; Rios, the American Family Association&rsquo;s governmental affairs director, said that people need to know the facts about gay marriage&rsquo;s supposedly disastrous consequences since people &ldquo;watch HGTV and they see gay couples happily cohabitating and they don&rsquo;t understand what&rsquo;s behind all of this.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is kind of like trying to talk about the Holocaust without showing pictures,&rdquo; Rios said. &ldquo;They killed Jews. So that&rsquo;s bad, but if you don't understand what they actually did &mdash; you need to know, ladies and gentlemen, what is actually being taught to the kids because really, some of it Brian can&rsquo;t even say, most of it you can&rsquo;t even say.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rios was especially upset about a pamphlet on sexual health designed for the gay community, known as &ldquo;The Little Black Book.&rdquo; While the pamphlet is <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/08/09/291604/hate-groups-target-glsen-for-pamphlet-glsen-didnt-publish/">geared towards adults</a>, Camenker said that it was pushed on children.</p> <p>&ldquo;This book is focused on teenagers and it tells them very graphically how to perform the most ridiculous, horrible homosexual sex acts,&rdquo; Camenker said. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s no way I can tell you this because they are so disgusting&hellip;. You&rsquo;ll get sick just reading them.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195415054&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman American Family Association Anti-Gay Brian Camenker C4 Equality For All Massachusetts MassResistance Sandy Rios Fighting the Right 51916 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:51:57 -0400 Equality For All Bryan Fischer: Homosexuality Causes Blindness http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bryan-fischer-homosexuality-causes-blindness <p>On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer responded to <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-blinding-syphilis-los-angeles-aids-healthcare-foundation-20150310-story.html"> reports of ocular syphilis cases </a> among gay men in California by declaring that homosexuality is now turning people blind. This led Fischer to promote the myth that immigrants are bringing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sandy-rios-blame-immigrants-measles-outbreak-not-parents-who-dont-vaccinate-their-kids">measles</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/citing-zero-evidence-right-wing-media-blames-respiratory-disease-outbreak-migrant-kids"> polio-like illnesses </a> into the U.S and to claim that immigrants and gay people are bringing back diseases once thought to be eradicated.</p> <p>Fischer eventually connected the health story back to a popular slogan used to protest racial discrimination: &ldquo;All we&rsquo;ve heard over the last number of months is &lsquo;black lives matter,&rsquo; &lsquo;black lives matter,&rsquo; &lsquo;black lives matter.&rsquo; I agree, black lives matter. If you&rsquo;ve got a behavior, you&rsquo;ve got a conduct, you&rsquo;ve got a lifestyle that is resulting in potentially blinding health risks for black males and their​ risk is five times higher than white males, I would say if black lives matter, it is time we started doing something about that.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fischer, who supports <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fischer-make-homosexuality-criminal-offense">criminalizing homosexuality</a>, said that by &ldquo;warning homosexuals of the consequences of homosexual behavior,&rdquo; he is showing them far more love &ldquo;than those who are urging them to engage in conduct, celebrating conduct, promoting conduct, providing special privileges on the basis of conduct that can leave its practitioners both blind and dead.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y1plOFYgTYw" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman American Family Association Anti-Gay Bryan Fischer C4 Equality For All American Family Radio Fighting the Right 51906 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:13:40 -0400 Equality For All Anti-Gay Activists Urge Parents To Keep Kids Home On Anti-Bullying 'Day Of Silence' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activists-urge-parents-keep-kids-home-anti-bullying-day-silence <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/lgbt-flag.jpg?1349226956" /> <p>A coalition of anti-gay groups is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/harvey-day-silence-manipulating-kids-enter-lifestyle-which-itself-will-be-incredibly-harmful">once</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activists-day-silence-medical-malpractice-silences-conservatives">again</a>&nbsp;urging parents to keep their children out of school on the annual anti-bullying &ldquo;Day of Silence.&rdquo; The Illinois Family Institute <a href="http://illinoisfamily.org/education/keep-your-children-home-from-school-on-day-of-silence-april-17-2105/">published</a> the call to action on its website today, signed by activists including Matt Barber, Concerned Women for America&rsquo;s Penny Nance, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality&rsquo;s Peter LaBarbera, Scott Lively, Linda Harvey, Liberty Counsel&rsquo;s Mat Staver, and MassResistance&rsquo;s Brian Camenker.</p> <p>Calling the GLSEN-sponsored event &ldquo;the queen of all the numerous homosexuality-affirming activities that take place in public schools,&rdquo; the activists allege that it is meant to &ldquo;indoctrinate 16-year-olds.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We <em>must</em> demonstrate the boldness and perseverance of the Left if we hope to stop the relentless appropriation of public education for the promotion of homosexuality,&rdquo; they exhort.</p> <p>The Day of Silence has <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/updated-big-bullies-right-wings-anti-anti-bullying-strategies">long been a target</a> of anti-gay group&rsquo; efforts to crack down on anti-bullying efforts in schools.</p> <blockquote> <p>The Day of Silence is the queen of all the numerous homosexuality-affirming activities that take place in public schools. It started in one university and then like a cancer metastasized to thousands of high schools, and then into middle schools. Before long it will take place in elementary schools. Leftists know that it&rsquo;s easier to indoctrinate 16-year-olds than 36-year-olds and easier still to indoctrinate 6-year-olds.</p> <p>GLSEN promotes the Day of Silence as an &ldquo;anti-bullying&rdquo; effort. If it were solely about eradicating bullying, everyone&mdash;liberals and conservatives alike&mdash;would support it. But it&rsquo;s not.</p> <p>The Day of Silence exploits government schools, captive audiences, and anti-bullying sentiment to advance the Left&rsquo;s social, moral, and political beliefs and goals. GLSEN seeks to advance the belief that all public expressions of moral disapproval of homosexual activity <em>are</em> bullying.</p> <p>&hellip;</p> <p>A coalition of pro-family organizations is once again urging parents to keep their children home from school on the Day of Silence if their school administrations will be allowing students to politicize instructional time by refusing to speak. <em>This is the only organized national effort to oppose any pro-homosexual activity or event in public schools.</em></p> <p>&hellip;</p> <p>The absence of conservative influence within the culture on issues related to homosexuality is to some extent the fault of conservatives. Ignorance, fear, and an astounding lack of perseverance on the parts of conservatives have turned our cultural institutions&mdash;including public education&mdash;into the playground of &ldquo;progressives.&rdquo; Our passivity has enabled homosexual activists and their ideological allies to become social, political, and pedagogical bullies. Evidence of that is everywhere, including in schools on the GLSEN&rsquo;s annual April school event, the Day of Silence.</p> <p>We <em>must</em> demonstrate the boldness and perseverance of the Left if we hope to stop the relentless appropriation of public education for the promotion of homosexuality.</p> <p><strong>Matt Barber</strong> , Founder and Editor-in-Chief, <a href="http://barbwire.com/" target="_blank">BarbWire</a></p> <p><strong>Dr. Michael Brown</strong> , Director, <a href="http://coalitionofconscience.org/" target="_blank">Coalition of Conscience</a></p> <p><strong>Brian Camenker</strong> , President, <a href="http://www.massresistance.org/" target="_blank">MassResistance</a></p> <p><strong>Linda Harvey</strong> , Founder and President, <a href="http://www.missionamerica.com/" target="_blank">Mission America</a></p> <p><strong>Laurie Higgins</strong> , Cultural Analyst, <a href="http://illinoisfamily.org/" target="_blank">Illinois Family Institute</a></p> <p><strong>Peter LaBarbera</strong> , President, <a href="http://americansfortruth.com/" target="_blank">Americans for Truth About Homosexuality</a></p> <p><strong>Diane Gramley</strong> , President, <a href="http://afaofpa.org/" target="_blank">American Family Association of Pennsylvania</a></p> <p><strong>Matt Staver</strong> , President, <a href="http://www.lc.org/" target="_blank">Liberty Counsel</a></p> <p><strong>Debra Smith</strong> , Founder, <a href="http://www.debrajmsmith.com/" target="_blank">Informing Christians</a></p> <p><strong>Tom Rasmussen</strong> , Executive Director, <a href="http://montanafamily.org/" target="_blank">Montana Family Foundation</a></p> <p><strong>Pastor Scott Lively</strong> , President, <a href="http://www.defendthefamily.com/" target="_blank">Abiding Truth Ministries</a></p> <p><strong>Penny Nance</strong> , President, <a href="http://www.cwfa.org/" target="_blank">CWA</a></p> <p><strong>Debbie Leininger</strong> , State Director, <a href="http://www.cwfa.org/states/illinois/" target="_blank">CWA of Illinois</a></p> <p><strong>Beverly Uhlmer Roberts</strong> , State Director, <a href="http://www.cwfa.org/states/texas/" target="_blank">CWA of Texas South</a></p> <p><strong>Linda Wall</strong> , VA <a href="http://www.massresistance.org/" target="_blank">Mass Resistance</a></p> <p><strong>Nolan Clayton</strong> , Faith and Freedom Family Ministries</p> <p><strong>Pastor Christopher Clegg</strong> , <a href="http://www.operationsaveamerica.org/" target="_blank">Operation Save America</a></p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue Abiding Truth Ministries Anti-Gay antibullying Beverly Uhlmer Roberts Brian Camenker C4 Christopher Clegg Coalition of Conscience Day of Silence Debbie Leininger Debra Smith Diane Gramley Equality For All Illinois Family Institute Laurie Higgins Liberty Counsel Linda Harvey Linda Wall MassResistance Mat Staver Matt Barber Michael Brown Mission America Montana Family Foundation Nolan Clayton Operation Save America Penny Nance Peter LaBarbera Scott Lively Tom Rasmussen American Family Association of Pennsylvania Americans for Truth about Homosexuality BarbWire Concerned Women for America Fighting the Right 51821 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:15:47 -0400 Equality For All Cruz: Marriage Equality Decisions 'A Real Danger To Our Liberty' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-marriage-equality-decisions-real-danger-our-liberty <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Ted_Cruz_VVS.jpg?1412345075" /> <p>Sen. Ted Cruz told Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday that he plans to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/look-who-wants-amend-constitution-now">introduce a constitutional amendment</a>&nbsp;to allow states to ban gay and lesbian couples from marrying because court decisions in favor of marriage equality present &ldquo;a real danger to our liberty.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Texas Republican deflected Mickelson&rsquo;s questions on whether states could simply ignore a Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality, saying he preferred his constitutional amendment as a solution. &ldquo;If the courts were following the Constitution, we shouldn&rsquo;t need a new amendment, but they are, as you put it quite rightly, making it up right now and it&rsquo;s a real danger to our liberty,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.whoradio.com/onair/mickelson-in-the-morning-7738/senator-ted-cruz-13391624/">he said</a>.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195195400&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Cruz&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-touts-anti-gay-bona-fides-extremist-group">told a group of Iowa pastors yesterday</a> that judges who have made decisions in favor of marriage equality are &ldquo;ignoring their oaths, ignoring the Constitution and legislating from the bench.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Equality For All Iowa Jan Mickelson Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Ted Cruz Texas Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right 51731 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:41:19 -0400 Equality For All LaBarbera: GOP Will Fall If It Stops Talking About Gay Kisses On TV http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/labarbera-gop-will-fall-if-it-stops-talking-about-gay-kisses-tv <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="248" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Peter_LaBarbera.jpg?1420034204" /> <p>Americans For Truth About Homosexuality&rsquo;s Peter LaBarbera <a href="http://www.janetmefferdpremium.com/page/2/">joined Janet Mefferd on Friday</a> to discuss the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2015/03/03/conservatives-filing-brief-in-favor-of-gay-marriage/">Supreme Court brief</a> filed by a number of prominent conservatives in favor of marriage equality, along with a <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/jeb2016lgbtfriendly#.xypvvWgj">Buzzfeed article</a> labeling Jeb Bush &ldquo;2016&rsquo;s gay-friendly Republican.&rdquo;</p> <p>Needless to say, LaBarbera and Mefferd were not pleased with these developments, and speculated that Christians will start to leave the Republican Party if support for gay rights begins to gain a foothold in the party.</p> <p>LaBarbera warned that Republicans need to not only hold onto their opposition to marriage equality, but also start speaking out against things like a kiss between two teenage boys on a recent episode of the TV show &ldquo;The Fosters.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;In my mind, if the Republican Party can&rsquo;t even talk about something as fundamental to morality and our nation&rsquo;s future as whether it&rsquo;s okay to push young people into homosexuality and to model that as a positive thing, if Republicans can&rsquo;t even handle that issue, then I think there&rsquo;s not a good prospect long term for the Republican Party,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195184388&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Earlier in the interview, LaBarbera said it was impossible for &ldquo;a real, faithful conservative&rdquo; to support LGBT rights and blamed the GOP&rsquo;s very slight feints toward LGBT rights on libertarians, whom he lamented &ldquo;end up supporting a lot of the homosexual agenda, even though much of the homosexual agenda is against liberty&rdquo;:</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195184385&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <blockquote> <p>If you&rsquo;re endorsing the idea of marriage between two people of the same sex, an act which God calls an abomination, which is decidedly against nature &mdash; our Declaration talks about &ldquo;nature and nature&rsquo;s God,&rdquo; homosexuality is decidedly against both &mdash; I can&rsquo;t see how a real, faithful conservative could support that.</p> <p>In the case of homosexuality, you&rsquo;re seeing pro-homosexual arguments, the idea of attaching the perversion of homosexuality to the noble institution of marriage, being advanced as a conservative idea. And I think we can take the libertarians for that. The libertarians, I believe, are going to end up causing a lot of trouble in the Republican Party, because they end up supporting a lot of the homosexual agenda, even though much of the homosexual agenda is against liberty.</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Equality For All Janet Mefferd Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Peter LaBarbera Americans for Truth about Homosexuality Fighting the Right 51716 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:27:45 -0400 Equality For All Rafael Cruz: Nondiscrimination Measures Let Football Teams 'Decide That They Want To Shower With The Girls' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rafael-cruz-nondiscrimination-measures-let-football-teams-decide-they-want-shower-girls <p>Rafael Cruz, the Religious Right activist and father of Sen. Ted Cruz, told an Oklahoma church last week that LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances allow entire high school boys football teams to decide &ldquo;that they want to shower with the girls.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/W0cIOv0A-DA" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Cruz <a href="https://vimeo.com/121606332">told the Fairview Baptist Church</a> in Edmond, Oklahoma, that the Supreme Court&rsquo;s striking down of part of the Defense of Marriage Act has wreaked havoc in municipalities, including Houston, which &ldquo;has a lesbian for a mayor&rdquo;:</p> <blockquote> <p>In Houston, Texas, in the heart of the Bible Belt, that city has a lesbian for a mayor. Well, a few months ago that mayor and that city council passed an ordinance that if a man, today, feels like a woman, he has the right to walk into a women&rsquo;s bathroom. And if a woman is in there and she complains, she can be sued for that man because she is violating his civil rights.</p> <p>As a matter of fact, according to that ordinance, if the football team in the high school decides that they want to shower with the girls and the girls complain, they can be sued. This is an abomination!</p> </blockquote> <p>Cruz <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/rafael-cruz-warns-christians-god-will-hold-you-accountable-if-transgender-people-use-public-toilets/"> made a similar claim last month </a> , telling fellow anti-LGBT activists that &ldquo;God will hold you accountable&rdquo; for failing to stop such ordinances.</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Equality For All LGBT Oklahoma Rafael Cruz Texas transgender rights Fighting the Right 51676 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:19:16 -0400 Equality For All Craig James: Satan Pushing Gay Rights In Pro Sports http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/craig-james-satan-pushing-gay-rights-pro-sports <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/gay_satan_a.jpg?1353358629" /> <p>Family Research Council President Tony Perkins broadcast his &ldquo;Washington Watch&rdquo; radio program live from FRC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Faith and Family Summit&rdquo; on Friday where the major topic was, predictably, the supposed persecution of conservative Christians at the hands of the LGBT rights movement.</p> <p>Perkins invited Craig James, the former pro football player who joined FRC after being fired as a Fox Sports commentator, to discuss the decision of several professional sports teams to <a href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/12431180/patriots-san-francisco-giants-rays-back-gay-marriage-supreme-court">join a brief</a> on behalf of gay marriage at the Supreme Court.</p> <p>James worried that the decision by the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants to join the marriage brief could cause an &ldquo;implosion&rdquo; in team locker rooms and intimidate players who oppose marriage equality from speaking their minds.</p> <p>&ldquo;If I were a current player in that locker room and my livelihood depended on me being quiet or losing it because of my belief system, I worry, I wonder,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;So, that&rsquo;s Satan working on us.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195025418&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Later in the interview, Perkins warned of a coming clash between LGBT rights and religious liberty, saying, &ldquo;There&rsquo;s no avoiding this conflict, it&rsquo;s coming, as we redefine marriage and with it everything else in society. &ldquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not so much about the marriage altar, this redefinition of marriage, it&rsquo;s about altering all of society,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>James agreed, adding that he had recently been studying the book of Genesis and found that the story of Adam and Eve proves that if you support gay marriage, you &ldquo;have a problem with God.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195025528&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Craig James Equality For All Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Tony Perkins Family Research Council Fighting the Right 51641 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:17:52 -0400 Equality For All Paranoia-Rama: Muslim Infiltration, Gay End Times And Liberal Killers http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paranoia-rama-muslim-infiltration-gay-end-times-and-liberal-killers <p><em>RWW&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/paranoia-rama">Paranoia-Rama </a>takes a look at five of the week&rsquo;s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.</em></p> <p>Now that gay people and the Muslim Brotherhood have taken over the government, conservative pundits have a lot of thoughts that they want to share &mdash; scary thoughts about anti-Christian persecution and a (non-existent) Egyptian court case that may throw two American leaders behind bars.</p> <p><strong>5) Muslim Infiltration!</strong></p> <p>Typically, conservative activists hoping to smear Muslim-Americans working in public service claim that they are not opposed to Muslims serving in government, just the ones that they believe are secret agents of the Muslim Brotherhood or other groups.</p> <p>But not Franklin Graham, who recently expressed anger that <em>any </em>Muslim is serving in government, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-white-house-infiltrated-muslims-doesnt-know-who">telling Bill O&rsquo;Reilly of Fox News</a> that &ldquo;our government, especially in Washington, has been infiltrated by Muslims who are advising the White House.&rdquo; When O&rsquo;Reilly asked Graham to name the Muslim advisers that he is so bothered by, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-white-house-infiltrated-muslims-doesnt-know-who">Graham was unable to name a single one</a>.</p> <p>In another interview, this time with televangelist Gordon Robertson, Graham warned that the Muslims who have purportedly gained control over the government will use their power to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-muslims-who-hate-israel-and-hate-christians-run-white-house"> persecute Christians in America</a>.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zS4LLloo8Es" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>4) President Obama</strong> <strong> </strong> <strong>And</strong> <strong> Hillary Clinton, You&rsquo;re Under Arrest! In Egypt.</strong></p> <p>A <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/obama-clintons-accused-in-egypt-of-aiding-terrorists/">WorldNetDaily report</a>, written by none other than birther investigator Jerome Corsi, about how the Egyptian government is prosecuting President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for aiding terrorism has started to be <a href="http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/egyptcharge.asp">picked up by other right-wing outlets</a> eager to publicize the huge news.</p> <p>None seem to have noticed that Corsi&rsquo;s claim is not only unfounded, but is rooted an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-radio-show-promotes-anti-semitic-newspapers-wild-obama-conspiracy-theory">anti-Semitic</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/why-are-right-wing-media-outlets-embracing-anti-semitic-tabloids">conspiracy</a> <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21584362-egypts-press-has-peculiar-theory-why-west-will-intervene">theory</a> that the Zionists who &ldquo;control&rdquo; America and Israel put the Muslim Brotherhood in power in Egypt in order to divide and bring turmoil to the Islamic world.</p> <p>Of course, as Snopes points out, the report of the terrorist charges are a <a href="http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/egyptcharge.asp">complete fabrication</a> that seems to have been based on a misreading of a single post on an Egyptian blog. Not to mention that it would be odd for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to meet with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/25/remarks-president-obama-bilateral-meeting-president-el-sisi-egypt">Obama</a> and <a href="http://egyptianstreets.com/2014/09/23/egypts-president-sisi-meets-top-us-politicians-former-secretaries-of-state/">Clinton</a> while also accusing them of terrorism.</p> <p><strong>3) Gay End Times!</strong></p> <p>Conservative USA Today columnist Cal Thomas says he isn&rsquo;t worried that the Supreme Court may be on the brink of striking down bans on same-sex marriage, since he and his family will be prepared for the End Times drama that will materialize following such a ruling.</p> <p>Thomas <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/04/cal-thomas-gay-marriage_n_6797192.html">told Michelangelo Signorile</a> during CPAC last week that such a ruling may not only doom the country, but also the world:</p> <p>&ldquo;If you read the Scriptures, as I do, in both testaments all of these things are forecast in prophesies, in the book of Daniel and what Jesus and Paul said, so I&rsquo;m not worried about it,&rdquo; Thomas said about such a court ruling. &ldquo;I say everything is right on schedule. I&rsquo;m trying to shore up my own family first and, hopefully, that will be an example to other people&hellip;. If you look at not only what Jesus said, but Paul the Apostle, about what things would be like in the end times, people will be lovers of lies rather than the truth. They will elevate things that are called abomination in scripture to normality&hellip; All of the prophesies up to the final ones have come true. And that&rsquo;s why I say that everything is right on schedule.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>2) Beware &lsquo;The Despotic Boot Of Sexual Degeneracy&rsquo;!</strong></p> <p>BarbWire columnist Gina Miller is <a href="http://barbwire.com/2015/03/04/0655-splc-bullies-ms-school-district-into-bowing-at-hijacked-rainbow-altar/">outraged</a> that a Mississippi school district has released a new plan to prevent bullying, <a href="http://www.sunherald.com/2015/02/25/6091010_moss-point-settles-lawsuit-alleging.html?rh=1">part of a settlement</a> with the Southern Poverty Law Center in a suit it brought on behalf of a student who said she faced anti-LGBT bullying from teachers and fellow students.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is one of the latest examples of members of the radical homosexual movement and their proxies using the courts to advance their tyrannical agenda in the public square,&rdquo; Miller wrote. &ldquo;This latest attack on reason was directed at a school district, but at its heart this movement is set against the God of the Bible and His children. It&rsquo;s not about &lsquo;marriage equality&rsquo; or &lsquo;equal rights&rsquo; or &lsquo;anti-bullying.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s about subjugating the American people under the despotic boot of sexual degeneracy, the result of which is a crushing of our God-given freedoms, protected by the First Amendment.&rdquo;</p> <p>Miller told readers that the &ldquo;large, powerful, well-funded [LGBT] movement is an evil tool being used against our freedoms and that pesky First Amendment which guards them,&rdquo; adding that Americans are &ldquo;watching the foot soldiers of the militant homosexualist brigade leap their way to power over our freedoms&rdquo; to the point that liberty in the U.S. may be no more.</p> <p><strong>1)</strong> <strong> </strong> <strong>Liberals Want Blood!</strong></p> <p>Do liberals want to kill everybody?</p> <p>Yes, yes they do, according to Alex Jones.</p> <p>While speaking with a conservative &ldquo;documentary&rdquo; filmmaker this week, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/alex-jones-liberals-are-demonic-villains-who-want-blood-and-are-going-kill-everybody"> the &ldquo;InfoWars&rdquo; host charged </a> that &ldquo;behind the scenes,&rdquo; liberals reveal themselves to be &ldquo;creepy,&rdquo; &ldquo;sick,&rdquo; &ldquo;demonic villains&rdquo; who openly say to others, &ldquo;Listen, when we take over we&rsquo;re going to kill everybody. We want blood.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VCc0rdZd0Ec" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman Alex Jones Anti-Gay Anti-Muslim C4 Cal Thomas Equality For All Franklin Graham Gina Miller Jerome Corsi Marriage Equality Mississippi Paranoia-Rama WorldNetDaily BarbWire Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 51586 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:08:56 -0400 Equality For All Matt Barber's BarbWire: Gays, Unitarians, and Satan, Oh My! http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/matt-barber-s-barbwire-gays-unitarians-and-satan-oh-my <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/gay_satan_2.jpg?1353358620" /> <p><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/organizations/barbwire?page=1" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BarbWire</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, the website created by anti-gay activist <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/matt-barber">Matt Barber</a>, has become home to some of the most </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barbwire-america-facing-satanic-homo-terrorist-tyranny" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">out-there</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gina-miller-leelah-alcorn-probably-possessed-demons-lgbt-community-blame-suicide" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">right-wing</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/what-matt-barber-does-and-doesnt-find-appalling" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">anti-gay punditry</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> imaginable. But the site is not resting on its laurels. The latest installment comes from Linda Wall, who calls herself a &ldquo;former lesbian&rdquo; and founder and CEO of Virginia Mass Resistance.</span></p> <p>Wall is a friend of Lisa Miller, another &ldquo;former lesbian&rdquo; who fled the country illegally rather than comply with courts&rsquo; custody rulings regarding the daughter she had with her former partner. In 2012,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hurricane-sandy-gods-vengeance-lisa-miller">Wall argued that Hurricane Sandy was part of God&rsquo;s vengeance against America</a> for Lisa Miller&rsquo;s plight.</p> <p>In her <a href="http://barbwire.com/2015/02/28/1100-satan-and-the-glbt-demons-part-1/">latest post</a>, Wall gets right to the point. Who is behind the LGBT movement? &ldquo;It is none other than Satan himself.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s hard to do justice to Wall&rsquo;s description of the &ldquo;world of darkness&rdquo; she experienced when working for an art gallery owner and managing his rental properties, so we&rsquo;ll let her words speak for themselves, though they sound more like an overwrought movie treatment than an op-ed column. Wall describes a vision she had the night before she was scheduled to clean out the basement of her boss's house to get rid of a "homeless squatter's belongings."</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The night before I was due to accomplish this dreaded assignment, I did something I had not done in fifteen years or more; I got on my knees to pray. Somehow I knew I was about to face the rulers of the darkness of this world.</span></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">After asking God to be with me and protect me, I jumped into bed. What happened next must have been a vision because not enough time had passed for me to be asleep and dreaming. I saw the pile of junk I was to remove from the basement and watched a snake crawl out from beneath it. In my ignorance of the dark side of the supernatural I thought God was telling me to watch out for the snake, but He was warning me about a much bigger serpent!</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">The next day I gathered some 50 gallon trash bags, a spotlight and an iron pipe and headed into the cellar. Entry to the earthen floor basement was an exterior entrance much like a tornado shelter. As I swung the heavy wooden cellar doors open my heart raced with fear. While I climbed down the steps I began banging the pipe on anything that would make a noise in hopes of scaring off any snake. Once my feet were on the ground I began shining the spotlight all around.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">I felt like I had stepped into a live horror story. Enormous spider webs were hanging everywhere. The place was damp and cold. What was this place of darkness I had entered? All through the basement were wooden stalls with doors that one might keep animals behind. My imagination went wild as I could only imagine what was going to take place in this basement behind these &ldquo;cages.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Humanly, I was alone in the basement, but I could sense there were many eyes watching me. I began to sing hymns I use to sing as a kid in church. I couldn&rsquo;t remember all of the words, but what came to mind I sang out loudly. I knew my only line of defense was God&rsquo;s Word from those &ldquo;old &ndash;timey&rdquo; hymns.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">As in fast forwarding a movie, I began to stuff the unwanted items into the plastic bags and in a flash the task was completed. What a relief when I exited the cellar and slammed the door. I had been expecting to be captured and locked up any moment the entire time I was down there.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">I caught my breath and immediately entered the house to retrieve my car keys and sunglasses. Before leaving, I noticed all of the eyes in the pictures glaring at me. Often I had studied the art work, but for the first time I understood what they all had in common. It was the eyes. It was Satan himself glaring at me.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">All of a sudden my brain put little incidences together to paint a bigger picture. Many times I had been invited to attend the &ldquo;calling of the dead&rdquo; that occurred weekly in the room of this house where the windows were painted black. It seemed that every time I turned around my employer was trying to get me to drink something or eat something that was described as &ldquo;good for you.&rdquo; There had also been an ongoing campaign at the gay bar I frequented to convince me to be hypnotized. I had a feeling I had truly encountered the occult.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">On Sunday, I visited the Unitarian church where my employer was also a preacher. He had supposedly been away all week at a seminar for pastors to be alone with God. Even though the dots were connecting to indicate satanic activity, I was still curious enough to attend the service. It ended up being my last.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">When he began to preach he went into a &ldquo;trance&rdquo; speaking with a different accent and under the name of St. Benedict. As I watched this unexplainable happening, I saw the devil&rsquo;s head on his body and knew God Almighty was intervening and saying, &ldquo;get out!&rdquo;</p> <p>Stay tuned for Wall&rsquo;s &ldquo;Satan and the GLBT Demons &ndash; Part 2.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Peter Montgomery Anti-Gay C4 Equality For All Linda Wall Lisa Miller Marriage Equality Matt Barber religious diversity BarbWire Fighting the Right 51261 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:59:49 -0400 Equality For All AL Gov's Pastor Urged Him To Defy Federal Courts On Marriage To Prevent America's Collapse http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/al-govs-pastor-urged-him-defy-federal-courts-marriage-prevent-americas-collapse <p>In a <a href="http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/02/gov_bentleys_pastor_wants_him.html">sermon earlier this month</a>, Gil McKee, the <a href="http://christiannews.net/2015/02/23/alabama-governor-at-odds-with-own-pastors-sermon-opposing-gay-marriage-ruling/">pastor of the Tuscaloosa church attended by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley</a>, <a href="http://www.truthcasting.com/player.aspx#showSermon=114745">recalled how he pleaded with the governor</a> to stand with the state&rsquo;s Chief Justice Roy Moore and refuse to follow a federal court ruling legalizing marriage equality in the state.</p> <p>Bentley provoked the ire of some of his fellow conservatives when he s<a href="http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/02/gov_robert_bentley_wont_action.html">aid he wouldn't stop </a>state probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, putting him in direct conflict with Moore.</p> <p>McKee told his congregation that he had had a long talk with Bentley urging him to defy the courts on marriage, implying that same-sex marriage could lead to the collapse of the United States.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6ND_3tg7Cco" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;Here&rsquo;s what I said to our governor yesterday,&rdquo; McKee said. &ldquo;'Governor, I don&rsquo;t care if all 49 other states go for this same-sex marriage business, let&rsquo;s be different in the state of Alabama. Let&rsquo;s do what we know is the right thing to do &hellip; The reality is, we&rsquo;re still living in a very conservative state. The people who are conservative and who are Christian, if you&rsquo;ll just step up and lead out on this thing, if you&rsquo;ll give the word to our chief justice to call all our probate judges&hellip;and say, "listen, don&rsquo;t you issue one single license until the federal government does its thing and we decide whether we&rsquo;re going to follow it or not, don&rsquo;t you issue one of those." I&rsquo;m telling you, the people of this state would rally behind that.'&rdquo;</p> <p>He added that he would be willing to go to jail in protest of same-sex marriage, because &ldquo;there&rsquo;s nothing gray about this issue. Not if you&rsquo;re going to go by what God says, and God has made it very clear that marriage is between one man and one women, period. That settles it. That&rsquo;s it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Later in the service, McKee prayed for elected officials to defy laws that go against God&rsquo;s law:</p> <p>&ldquo;Lord we want to pray for those who are in places of leadership in our county, Lord, in our city, Lord, in our state. Lord, for those who are Christians, if it comes to the point of defying a law or an order that goes against your law and order, then God give them the courage to do it.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue Alabama Anti-Gay C4 Equality For All Gil McKee Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Robert Bentley Roy Moore Fighting the Right 51191 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:43:28 -0400 Equality For All Iowa Radio Host: Jeb Bush Gave Conservatives 'A Middle Finger' By Hiring Gay Spokesman http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/iowa-radio-host-jeb-bush-gave-conservatives-middle-finger-hiring-gay-spokesman <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Steve_Deace.jpg?1408642110" /> <p>Every week, Iowa-based radio host Steve Deace gets together with Bob Vander Plaats, head of the influential Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader and leader of Mike Huckabee&rsquo;s 2008 campaign in the state, to discuss potential GOP presidential candidates. This week, they spent a good part of their segment <a href="http://stevedeace.com/podcast/deace-show-podcast-02-23-15/">discussing</a> Jeb Bush&rsquo;s decision to hire openly gay GOP operative Tim Miller as his spokesman. Unsurprisingly, neither was impressed.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/192982449&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Deace read Vander Plaats a series of &ldquo;red flags&rdquo; from Miller&rsquo;s social media accounts, including a <a href="http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2015/02/i-kind-of-love-the-pro-gay-snarkiness-of-jeb-bushs-new-communications-director-timodc.html"> tweet critical of the Iowa Family Policy Center </a> , a group affiliated with Vander Plaats, and notices on Facebook that he had attended events such events as &ldquo;Sugar Tit: A Dirty Polaroid-Style New Year&rsquo;s Eve&rdquo; and &ldquo;By Gays: All City Happy Hour.&rdquo;</p> <p>As Deace read the litany of posts, cohost Robert Rees said, &ldquo;I feel very uncomfortable&rdquo; and Vander Plaats agreed, accusing Miller of &ldquo;lampooning the base of the very party he claims to serve.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s one thing to say, you know what, I really don&rsquo;t want the base of the party,&rdquo; Vander Plaats said of Bush. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s another thing to actively employ people who are going after the base of the party, intentionally going after the base of the party. This would be a sure way to tell your establishment friends, this is how you lose a general election against Hillary, is you make the base go home.&rdquo;</p> <p>Deace agreed that Bush&rsquo;s hiring of Miller was &ldquo;a middle finger&rdquo; to social conservative activists. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s not even substantive disagreement, that&rsquo;s just someone giving you the finger,&rdquo; he said.</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Bob Vander Plaats C4 Equality For All Florida Iowa Jeb Bush Steve Deace The Family Leader Fighting the Right 51016 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:40:22 -0400 Equality For All CWA Spox: SCOTUS Marriage Ruling Could Lead To ‘Criminalization Of Religious Beliefs’ http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cwa-spox-scotus-marriage-ruling-could-lead-criminalization-religious-beliefs <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/cwa_a.jpg?1350419990" /> <p>Concerned Women for America&rsquo;s legal counsel, Mario Diaz, stopped by Iowa CWA director Tamara Scott&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAVs-xlvq9g">radio program</a> last week to discuss the Supreme Court&rsquo;s upcoming consideration of a number of marriage equality cases.</p> <p>Scott, who is also a Republican National Committee member, told Diaz that LGBT rights advocates, &ldquo;the group that exploits the term &lsquo;tolerant&rsquo; as their poster,&rdquo; are actually &ldquo;so incredibly intolerant to anyone with an opposing view.&rdquo;</p> <p>Diaz agreed that a collision between LGBT rights and religious liberty is &ldquo;inevitable,&rdquo; and that a Supreme Court marriage equality victory would lead to the &ldquo;criminalization of religious beliefs.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;And it is one of the great tragedies that I think I put now at the feet of the Supreme Court, if they are considering finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution, they must consider, and I hope they are, that they will be effectively opening the door for the criminalization of religious beliefs, especially Christian beliefs.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/192790433&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Later in the interview, Scott and Diaz agreed that LGBT rights victories in the courts amount to, in Diaz&rsquo;s words, a &ldquo;transformation of the form of government we have.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pointing to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/12/ruth-bader-ginsburg-gay-marriage_n_6669000.html">comment</a> that it wouldn&rsquo;t take &ldquo;a large adjustment&rdquo; for Americans to adapt to same-sex marriage, Diaz said she is planning to wave a &ldquo;magic wand and declare that the country&rsquo;s ready now to move to same-sex marriage.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;And in a few years, when the country&rsquo;s ready for polygamy, then the country&rsquo;s ready for that also, and we continue down that track to anything that the majority of us agree about. It&rsquo;s just preposterous,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/192790437&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Equality For All mario diaz Marriage Equality Marriage Equality religious persecution rhetoric Tamara Scott Concerned Women for America Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right 50911 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:32:56 -0400 Equality For All