C4 http://www.pfaw.org/ Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:12:26 -0400 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:21:19 -0400 Revolution! Anti-Gay Activists Threaten Uprising If Supreme Court Approves Marriage Equality http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/revolution-anti-gay-activists-threaten-uprising-if-supreme-court-approves-marriage-equality <p>Speaking from the pulpit of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in May 2004, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson <a>called for an amendment </a><a>to</a> the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Dobson&rsquo;s words were <a href="http://m.christianpost.com/news/battle-for-marriage-leading-evangelicals-press-for-federal-marriage-amendment-20256/"> simulcast into churches across the country </a> as part of a &ldquo;<a href="http://m.christianpost.com/news/battle-for-marriage-leading-evangelicals-press-for-federal-marriage-amendment-20256/">Battle for Marriage</a>&rdquo; rally that just happened to coincide with President George W. Bush&rsquo;s hard-fought reelection campaign.&nbsp;Three months earlier, the president himself had<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/02/24/elec04.prez.bush.transcript/" style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">announced</a> to the nation that &ldquo;to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America.&rdquo;</p> <p>Opposition to same-sex marriage emerged as a key component of the president&rsquo;s reelection strategy that year, as the Bush campaign <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/media-center/publications/dobson-s-choice">worked with Religious Right leaders, including Dobson</a>, to marshal conservative voters to the polls to back state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and other unions. Ballot measures in 11 states, all successful, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/daily-dish/archive/2009/10/reihan-defends-rove/195700/#more">aided the president&rsquo;s reelection</a> bid and helped to swing the momentum, for a time, to the side of the anti-gay Right.</p> <p>While a federal constitutional amendment banning marriage for gay and lesbian couples had failed to clinch the required votes from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/15/us/senators-block-initiative-to-ban-same-sex-unions.html?scp=4&sq=&pagewanted=all">either</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.j.res.00106:">house</a> of Congress, after the 2004 election, Dobson <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/january/21.60.html">stressed</a> that &ldquo;mainstream Americans&rdquo; supported such an amendment, knowing that they &ldquo;could not stand idly by while the radical gay agenda was forced down their throats.&rdquo;</p> <p>A decade later, Dobson left Focus on the Family, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/business/media/17dobson.html">reportedly</a> in part because the organization he had founded refused to give a leadership position to his divorced son. Dobson and his son Ryan now host a radio program called &ldquo;Family Talk&rdquo; and Focus has moved on under the less fiery leadership of Jim Daly. Ted Haggard, the pastor of the church where Dobson spoke at the 2004 &ldquo;Battle for Marriage,&rdquo; eventually left his post after <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/29/lkl.ted.haggard/">acknowledging</a> that he had relationships with men. An architect of Bush&rsquo;s 2004 re-election strategy, Ken Mehlman, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/richard-adams-blog/2010/aug/26/ken-mehlman-gay-marriage-republican">announced six years later that he is gay</a>. Another Bush campaign strategist, Karl Rove, <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/martin-bashir/karl-roves-romancewith-rewriting-his-hist">said</a> in 2013 that he could see a future GOP presidential nominee endorsing gay marriage.</p> <p>Public opinion has also changed dramatically in the decade since Bush&rsquo;s reelection. Polling now&nbsp;<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/support-gay-marriage-reaches-record-high/story?id=30507803">consistently</a> shows&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/another-poll-should-terrify-anti-gay-activists">majority support</a> for <a>marriage equality, which is </a> <a href="http://www.freedomtomarry.org/states/">legal in 37 states</a>.</p> <p>This dramatic shift toward marriage equality may culminate this year when the Supreme Court hears arguments in <em>Obergefell v. Hodges</em>, a collection of cases challenging the constitutionality of the remaining state-level bans on same-sex marriage.</p> <p>But the Religious Right is not ready to give up what was, until recently, a winning culture-war issue.</p> <p>Now, as even many conservative pundits are predicting that the Supreme Court will strike down the remaining state bans on same-sex marriage, Religious Right leaders are preparing their response.</p> <p>In a conference call with other movement figures, Dobson was <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/james-dobson-gay-marriage-will-lead-civil-war">steadfast in his opposition</a>. If the Supreme Court strikes down the state bans and states across the country fail to convene &ldquo;a state constitutional convention to re-examine the Constitution&rdquo; on marriage, Dobson warned, &ldquo;we&rsquo;re going to see a general collapse in the next decade or two.&rdquo;</p> <p>Worse, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/james-dobson-gay-marriage-will-lead-civil-war">Dobson said</a>, there could be a war: &ldquo;Talk about a Civil War, we could have another one over this.&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/199857877&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>This style of apocalyptic rhetoric surrounding the Supreme Court&rsquo;s upcoming decision is not uncommon in a movement whose leaders are preparing to commit civil disobedience and calling on states to defy the court if it issues a broad ruling in favor of marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.</p> <p><strong>Manhattan Declaration</strong></p> <p>The Religious Right&rsquo;s current strategy in the fight against marriage equality &mdash; claiming to be the real victims while making wild warnings about imminent anti-Christian persecution &mdash; was previewed in the 2009 signing of the Manhattan Declaration and the campaign against the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act the same year.</p> <p>Warning that America is on the brink of turning into a Nazi-like state where religious freedom is a thing of the past, <a>a group of Roman Catholic and evangelical leaders, including prominent Religious Right figures, signed </a>The Manhattan Declaration, pledging&nbsp;their commitment to civil disobedience in the face of what they described as the tyranny of gay rights laws and legal abortion.</p> <p>Signers asserted that supporters of gay marriage and abortion rights are bent on trampling their religious freedoms. They compared themselves to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/manhattan-martyrdom-declaration-dobson-vows-leave-america"> Christian martyrs, civil rights leaders like Martin Luther, resisters to Nazi tyranny</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/manhattan-declaration-press-conference-little-glimpse-heaven">heavenly angels</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/manhattan-declaration-were-all-courageous-heroes">the signers of the Declaration of Independence</a>. One of the declaration&rsquo;s architects, the late Religious Right leader Chuck Colson, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/manhattan-declaration-press-conference-little-glimpse-heaven">worried</a> that Christians in America would soon end up in <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/youre-all-going-jail-friendly-warning-charles-colson-southern-baptist-convention">jail</a>, while Dobson <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/manhattan-martyrdom-declaration-dobson-vows-leave-america">wondered</a> if Americans will be forced to &ldquo;leave this beloved country and spend the rest of our lives in exile.&rdquo;</p> <p>That same year, Religious Right activists launched a relentless, but unsuccessful, campaign against the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded the federal hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by the victim&rsquo;s sexual orientation or gender identity. The Right <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/5-years-after-passage-hate-crimes-law-religious-rights-dire-predictions-still-havent-come-tr"> alleged that the bill </a> would criminalize Christian teachings and the Bible, throw pastors in jail, quash free speech and legalize pedophilia and other illegal sex acts. In the five years following the law&rsquo;s enactment, none of the <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/right-sounds-false-alarm-hate-crimes-legislation">wild</a> <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/senate-prepares-to-take-hate-crimes-bill-far-right-s-inflammatory-claims-should-not-be-">predictions</a> about its effects have come close to materializing. But that hasn&rsquo;t stopped the Religious Right from recycling the very same discredited claims to warn against nationwide marriage equality.</p> <p>For example, Rick Scarborough, a prominent Texas pastor and activist with close ties to politicians including Sen. Ted Cruz, has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-agrees-pastors-may-soon-be-hauled-jail-hate-crime">repeated his unfounded claims</a> about the 2009 hate crimes act almost verbatim when discussing the potential dangers of legalizing same-sex marriage. As did Mike Huckabee, who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-defends-ex-gay-therapy-warns-gay-rights-will-outlaw-christianity-god-help-us-a"> told pastors </a> on a conference call that preaching against homosexuality will be criminalized. Just this month, Scarborough warned that if gay couples are no longer barred from marriage, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/scarborough-gay-marriage-will-make-it-illegal-share-gospel">preaching from the Bible will become a crime</a> and anti-gay conservatives will be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-congressmen-back-plan-go-jail-defy-gay-marriage">thrown</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/james-dobson-does-not-understand-bisexuality-thats-orgies">in</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-conservatives-must-fight-until-we-die-against-gay-marriage">jail</a>. Five years ago, he made almost exactly the same <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/5-years-after-passage-hate-crimes-law-religious-rights-dire-predictions-still-havent-come-tr"> dire warning </a>about the hate crimes act.</p> <p>Influential Religious Right groups including the American Renewal Project, led by GOP organizer David Lane, and the Family Research Council are asking pastors to tell their congregations <a>that</a> marriage equality could <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/meet-david-lane-anti-gay-christian-nation-extremist-rnc">bring about the end of freedom</a> and, according to Lane, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/christian-nation-activist-david-lane-asks-pastors-pray-anti-marriage-equality-miracle">a complete moral breakdown </a> .&rdquo; Lane has previously warned that legal equality for LGBT people will eventually lead to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/meet-david-lane-anti-gay-christian-nation-extremist-rnc"> America&rsquo;s &ldquo;utter destruction&rdquo; and even terrorist attacks</a>.</p> <p><a>Others have taken to likening themselves to </a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barber-staver-cal-state-persecuting-christians-nazis-did-jews">Jews living in Nazi Germany</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fischer-opposition-arizonas-legal-discrimination-law-jim-crow-discrimination-against-christi"> African Americans during the Jim Crow era</a>.</p> <p>The Religious Right&rsquo;s apocalyptic rhetoric about marriage equality has only become more incendiary as many of the ban&rsquo;s defenders begin to expect that they will lose at the Supreme Court.</p> <p><strong>Nazi Germany, Jim Crow comparisons</strong></p> <p>Increasingly, Religious Right leaders have been portraying the push for equal rights for the LGBT community as a fascist, Nazi-style movement that will usher in a wave of oppression. And much like how Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement resisted Jim Crow, these activists argue, conservatives must also defy gay rights laws that they view as equally if not more oppressive.</p> <p>Bryan Fischer, the conservative radio host and former American Family Association spokesman, regularly claims that gay people are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fischer-gay-activists-are-modern-day-nazi-stormtroopers">modern-day</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fischer-gays-are-nazis">Nazis</a> and to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fischer-gays-responsible-nazi-party">blame for the rise of Nazism in Germany</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/afas-fischer-outdoes-himself">asserting that Adolf Hitler</a> was &ldquo;an active homosexual&rdquo; who recruited gays into his cause because &ldquo;homosexual soldiers basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after.&rdquo;</p> <p>Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has also wondered when gay rights supporters will &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-says-gay-rights-advocates-want-anti-christian-holocaust-will-start-rolling-out-">start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians</a>.&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/153122264&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Mat Staver, chairman of the conservative legal advocacy group Liberty Counsel, has likened a potential pro-equality Supreme Court ruling <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-supreme-court-pro-marriage-ruling-would-deserve-no-more-respect-dred-scott"> to the infamous <em>Dred Scott</em> </a> decision and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-will-disobey-scotus-marriage-equality-ruling-just-hed-refuse-turn-jew-over-nazis"> urged people to defy such a ruling </a> just as they would &ldquo;if the government forced you turn over a Jew in Nazi Germany.&rdquo; Staver, who has warned about the prospect of &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-accuses-obama-backing-forced-abortion-funding-and-forced-homosexuality">forced homosexuality</a>&rdquo; and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-demonic-gay-rights-advocates-are-acting-terrorists">repeatedly</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-gays-just-hamas-terrorists">compared</a> gays to terrorists, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barber-and-staver-fight-against-gay-marriage-next-civil-rights-movement">insists</a> that the Supreme Court could spark a new Civil Rights Movement, this time to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-second-american-revolution-needed-stop-gay-marriage">oppose gay rights</a>.</p> <p>An alarming number of anti-gay activists have <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2015/04/14/3646532/conservatives-comparing-anti-lgbt-crusade-pastors-attempt-assassinate-hitler/"> compared themselves to Dietrich Bonhoeffer</a>, a Lutheran theologian who was executed for defying Nazi rule. &ldquo;This is a Dietrich Bonhoeffer moment for every preacher in America,&rdquo; Scarborough <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-conservatives-must-fight-until-we-die-against-gay-marriage">told participants</a> in the recent activist conference call hosted by Dobson. Staver offered a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-demonic-gay-rights-advocates-are-acting-terrorists">similar message to conservatives</a> in a recent radio interview: &ldquo;This is a Bonhoeffer moment.&rdquo;</p> <p>David Lane has said that Christians in America &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/republican-presidential-hopefuls-favorite-christian-nation-extremist">must risk martyrdom</a>&rdquo; over the issue of marriage equality. Likewise, American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sandy-rios-you-must-prepare-martyrdom-if-gay-marriage-becomes-legal">repeatedly</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sandy-rios-tells-conservative-christians-prepare-martyrdom">urged </a>opponents of gay rights to &ldquo;prepare for martyrdom.&rdquo;</p> <p>Conservative pundit Glenn Beck told his show&rsquo;s viewers this year that gay rights advocacy is leading to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/beck-criticism-indianas-religious-freedom-law-will-lead-concentration-camps">concentration camps</a> and &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/beck-modern-day-nazis-are-leading-inquisition-will-become-christian-holocaust">a Christian holocaust</a>.&rdquo; Other conservative commentators have similarly suggested that gay people are pushing for <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barber-criticism-indiana-law-laying-groundwork-nazi-persecution-christians">anti-Christian persecution</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/conservative-columnist-warns-imminent-genocide-christians-us">genocide</a>.</p> <p>The persecution theme seems to have struck a chord. Leading GOP figures including Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, along with several Republican congressmen, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/republican-leaders-join-anti-gay-extremists-insane-documentary">all appear in a film</a> to be released this year that alleges that the gay rights movement <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sen-rand-paul-and-gop-congressmen-appear-new-trailer-anti-gay-documentary">plans to outlaw Christianity</a>. Huckabee has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-gay-marriage-lies-reminiscent-nazi-germany">repeatedly</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-abortion-rights-worse-nazi-holocaust-gay-marriage-dooms-america">invoked</a> Nazi tyranny while discussing gay rights, and even said that the gay community <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-gay-community-wont-rest-until-there-are-no-more-churches"> seeks to ultimately destroy churches and the Gospel</a><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused gay rights supporters of </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-gay-community-waging-jihad-against-religious-freedom" style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">waging a &ldquo;jihad&rdquo; against freedom</a><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">.</span></p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NmoGgziNTS0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Even more frequently, anti-gay activists maintain that gay rights will usher in a new form of slavery and Jim Crow.</p> <p>&ldquo;Apparently someone forgot to tell the Stormtroopers in the homosexual movement about the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and freedom of both will and conscience,&rdquo; Fischer <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paranoia-rama-gays-invading-disney-world-obamacare-worse-911-very-evil-sex-ed">said</a> last year. &ldquo;The leaders of the Gay Gestapo have become our new slave masters. They can now send us to the hole if we refuse the massa&rsquo;s demands.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fischer has also charged that gay rights measures <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bryan-fischer-clarifying-indianas-religious-freedom-law-will-lead-slavery"> violate the constitutional ban on slavery</a>, and even <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fischer-gay-jim-crow-laws-mean-christians-are-new-blacks">declared</a> that as a result of gay rights, &ldquo;Jim Crow is alive and well, we&rsquo;ve got Jim Crow laws right back in operation, Christians are the new blacks.&rdquo;</p> <p>Some activists are calling for an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barber-and-staver-fight-against-gay-marriage-next-civil-rights-movement">anti-gay</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/far-right-pundit-we-need-anti-gay-rosa-parks-martin-luther-king-jr">version</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activists-we-need-our-rosa-parks">of</a> Rosa Parks. One even suggested that gay marriage opponents should <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activists-we-need-our-rosa-parks">follow in the footsteps of the &ldquo;sidewalk counselors&rdquo;</a> who stand outside of abortion clinics in order to dissuade women from entering.</p> <p>Brian Brown, the head of the National Organization for Marriage, has similarly claimed that gay rights advocates are practicing an <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/brian-brown-gay-rights-activists-reviving-jim-crown-anti-christian-bigotry"> &ldquo;anti-religious&rdquo; version of Jim Crow</a>, while Fox News pundit and RedState editor Erick Erickson has <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/08/08/foxs-erick-erickson-countries-with-marriage-equ/200366">said</a> that &ldquo;gay rights activists use the tactics of Bull Connor to push for what they declare civil rights.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Revolution</strong></p> <p>Perkins, the Family Research Council leader, is one of the most visible and vocal figures in the Religious Right, frequently appearing on national television and hosting his own daily radio show. Perkins also organizes an annual conference, the Values Voter Summit, which brings top Republican politicians together with Religious Right activists. But despite his veneer of respectability, Perkins is just as extreme as activists considered to be on the far-right fringe: He has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/why-would-mainstream-conservative-think-tank-praise-kill-gays-law"> spoken out in defense of Uganda&rsquo;s &ldquo;kill the gays&rdquo; measure </a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-gay-activists-are-intolerant-hateful-vile-spiteful-pawns-devil"> called gay rights supporters Satanic</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/congressman-tony-perkins">among other things</a>.</p> <p>Perkins has also taken to warning that if the Supreme Court sides with marriage equality advocates, the U.S. will see a full-blown revolution.</p> <p>Perkins <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-if-scotus-legalizes-gay-marriage-it-could-lead-revolution">warned</a> in 2012 that if the Supreme Court were to strike down same-sex marriage bans throughout the country, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m telling you what, I think you will create a firestorm of opposition. I think that could be the straw that broke the camel&rsquo;s back, when you look at a nation that is so divided along these moral and cultural issues that you could have &mdash; I hate to use the word &mdash; a revolt, a revolution. I think you could see Americans saying, &lsquo;you know what, enough of this,&rsquo; and I think it could explode and just break this nation apart.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xH4PE2QcVp8?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re sowing the seeds of the disillusion of our republic,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-says-marriage-equality-will-lead-dissolution-republic"> Perkins said of gay marriage supporters </a> in 2014. &ldquo;I think there&rsquo;s coming a point that they&rsquo;re going to push Christians to a point where they&rsquo;re not going to be pushed anymore, and I think we&rsquo;re very quickly coming to that point.&rdquo;</p> <p>As the Supreme Court considered a pair of marriage cases in 2013, Perkins said that the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-revolution-possible-if-court-goes-too-far-marriage-equality-cases">threat of a revolution</a> may keep the justices from striking down same-sex marriage bans:</p> <blockquote> I believe the court will push as far as they think they can without creating a social upheaval or a political upheaval in this country. They&rsquo;re smart people, I think, they understand how organizations and how societies work and if you get your substructure out of kilter with the superstructure, if you get government out of whack with where the people are and it goes too far, you create revolution. I think you could see a social and cultural revolution if the court goes too far on this.</blockquote> <p>Just last month, Perkins again predicted that the Supreme Court could <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-gay-marriage-ruling-will-trigger-uprising">trigger an uprising</a> with a ruling in favor of marriage equality: &ldquo;If the court imposes upon the nation a redefinition of marriage, I don&rsquo;t think the nation is going to accept it, I absolutely don&rsquo;t, and the conflict that is going to come as a result of it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Perkins <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-will-have-lonely-revolution-against-gay-marriage">may not find much support</a> for his anti-gay revolution from the public at large, but he may find his some willing participants in his fellow Religious Right leaders.</p> <p>Liberty Counsel founder Mathew Staver has claimed that a Supreme Court ruling favorable to marriage equality would take the country &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-second-american-revolution-needed-stop-gay-marriage">back to the days of the American Revolution</a>&rdquo; and create the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-were-seeing-beginning-groundswell-potential-new-american-revolution">groundswell of a potential new American Revolution</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Martin Luther [King] was always speaking of non-violent protest and I would hope that&rsquo;s what we would do here but you never know what happens,&rdquo; he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-were-seeing-beginning-groundswell-potential-new-american-revolution">cautioned</a>.</p> <p>Staver warns that an adverse Supreme Court ruling, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barber-staver-obama-pushing-america-toward-civil-war"> along with President Obama&rsquo;s pro-gay-rights policies </a> and the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-enda-will-incite-revolution-turn-restrooms-free-alls"> possible passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-scotus-ruling-marriage-equality-will-have-catastrophic-consequence-human-existence">would have</a> &ldquo;catastrophic consequence[s] for our religious freedom, for the very function of the family, for marriage, for our human existence, for civil society and for any area of our liberty.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The church and people of faith and values need to rise up&rdquo; against such a ruling, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-church-must-rise-if-supreme-court-backs-marriage-equality">he said</a> in 2013. &ldquo;We just simply cannot allow this to become the law of the land.&rdquo;</p> <p>The previous year, Staver warned that marriage equality &ldquo;could be the unraveling of the United States&rdquo; and trigger <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-supreme-court-could-spark-second-revolution-and-civil-war-over-marriage-equality">a civil war</a>:</p> <blockquote> This is the thing that revolutions literally are made of. This would be more devastating to our freedom, to our religious freedom, to the rights of pastors and their duty to be able to speak and to Christians around the country, then anything that the revolutionaries during the American Revolution even dreamed of facing. This would be the thing that revolutions are made of. This could split the country right in two. This could cause another civil war. I&rsquo;m not talking about just people protesting in the streets, this could be that level because what would ultimately happen is a direct collision would immediately happen with pastors, with churches, with Christians, with Christian ministries, with other businesses, it would be an avalanche that would go across the country.</blockquote> <p>After the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of DOMA, Staver declared that the country was &ldquo;crossing into the realm of rebellion, we&rsquo;re crossing into the realm of revolution.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Alabama Example</strong></p> <p>After the Supreme Court&rsquo;s <em>Windsor </em>decision led to a string of federal court decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage, Religious Right leaders pleaded for governors and other state officials to openly flout the rulings.</p> <p>Perkins said that states should not &ldquo;listen to these courts&rdquo; that make decisions &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-marriage-equality-rulings-will-throw-our-country-tailspin">inconsistent with scripture</a>.&rdquo; Staver agreed, claiming that the states must defy any court which has &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-homosexuality-very-deadly-and-damaging">literally lost their mind</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, said state and local officials should <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/huckabee-urges-states-ignore-rulings-marriage-equality-abortion-rights-church-state-separati"> simply refuse to enforce such rulings</a>, explaining: &ldquo;Well, the courts have spoken and it&rsquo;s an important voice, but it&rsquo;s not the voice of God and the Supreme Court isn&rsquo;t 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/171186167&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Finally, they found their answer in Roy Moore, the elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.</p> <p>Moore emerged as a conservative hero over a decade ago, when he defied orders to remove a Ten Commandments monument that he installed in the courthouse rotunda during his previous term as chief justice. When the standoff eventually led to Moore losing his post, he parlayed his newfound fame into two unsuccessful gubernatorial campaigns and even a presidential &ldquo;exploratory committee.&rdquo; Moore also launched his own far-right legal advocacy group, the Foundation for Moral Law.</p> <p>Moore returned to the court after winning a statewide election in 2012 and two years later, he once again made national headlines when he ordered state probate judges, who are responsible for issuing marriage licenses, to disregard a Bush-appointed federal judge&rsquo;s decision striking down the state&rsquo;s ban on same-sex marriage. Moore demanded that the state flout the ruling, saying that it had no need to implement the decision.</p> <p>Moore has contended that gay marriage will &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/roy-moore-evolution-and-gay-marriage-incompatible-constitution">destroy the very foundation on which this country was built</a>&rdquo; and &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/roy-moore-warns-government-determined-destroy-country">destroy this country</a>,&rdquo; warning that the country will <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/moore-god-punishing-america-sins-abortion-and-gay-marriage"> &ldquo;suffer&rdquo; divine judgment for embracing Satanic gay rights</a>. &ldquo;No society is prepared to deal with the problems arising out of same-sex marriages: child abuse, adoption, divorce, foster care, alimony, and the list could go on and on,&rdquo; Moore <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/alabamas-notorious-anti-gay-chief-justice-wants-state-defy-federal-courts-marriage"> told one anti-marriage-equality rally</a>. In his prior stint as chief justice, he wrote that homosexuality is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/roy-moore-2002-homosexuality-evil-abhorrent-and-destructive-criminal-lifestyle"> an &ldquo;inherent evil&rdquo; and &ldquo;criminal lifestyle&rdquo; </a> that &ldquo;should never be tolerated.&rdquo;</p> <p>Insisting that his personal reading of the Bible <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/roy-moores-showdown-courts-over-gay-marriage-tied-work-neo-confederate-leader"> trumps the federal court&rsquo;s ruling</a>, Moore believes that any decision which <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/roy-moore-institution-marriage-god-ordained-under-sustained-attack-federal-judges"> contravenes his understanding of God&rsquo;s law </a> is inherently unconstitutional since the Constitution, he claims, is based on divine precepts.</p> <p>His case against marriage equality <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/roy-moore-will-stop-alabama-turning-sodom-and-gomorrah">is simple</a>: &ldquo;Homosexuality is wrong and we all know it. Marriage of the same sex is wrong and we all know it.&rdquo; Moore&rsquo;s legal advocacy organization, now led by his wife, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-lgbt-groups-cheer-roy-moores-standoff-federal-courts"> defended his order to probate judges by explaining </a> that &ldquo;homosexual conduct is still sin, and we must stand firm for what is right.&rdquo;</p> <p>Conservative politicians hailed Moore. The head of the Alabama GOP thanked Moore for <a href="http://algop.org/alabama-dare-defend-rights/">saving the state from God&rsquo;s wrath</a>; Religious Right preacher Cindy Jacobs <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/roy-moores-acolytes-5-ways-anti-gay-activists-have-lionized-alabamas-chief-justice"> said God had told her </a> that He is using Moore &ldquo;to reverse what Satan has done&rdquo;; NOM&rsquo;s Brian Brown praised Moore&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/nom-praises-roy-moore-standing-against-judicial-tyranny-marriage">&ldquo;principled stand&rdquo; against &ldquo;tyranny&rdquo;</a>; and Bryan Fischer said that Moore acted&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">&ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fischer-roy-moore-modern-day-martin-luther-king-jr">in the finest tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr.</a><span style="line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">&rdquo;</span>&nbsp;by "waging the civil rights battle of this decade.&rdquo;</p> <p>Moore took his show to the road, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/roy-moore-hopes-he-doesnt-have-sacrifice-his-life-stop-gay-marriage">telling a rally in Texas</a> held in his honor that he hopes he will not have to &ldquo;give his life&rdquo; in the fight against gay marriage. He <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/roy-moore-scotus-gay-marriage-ruling-paves-way-government-take-your-children"> warned at a Family Research Council event </a> that the government will soon legalize &ldquo;parent-and-child&rdquo; marriages and justify &ldquo;taking your children simply by the same logic they&rsquo;re following.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Christians need to stand up and do their duty to God as their duty to their country,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Some Republicans and their allies in the Religious Right hope that Moore&rsquo;s defiant stance will serve as a model for the rest of the country.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.texasobserver.org/bill-aims-to-bar-texas-clerks-from-issuing-same-sex-marriage-licenses/">bill introduced in Texas </a> not only declares that the state does not have to follow any U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, but it goes one step further by blocking funding for the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The bill would go so far as to punish state employees who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, barring such employees from &ldquo;a salary, pension, or other employee benefit.&rdquo;</p> <p>In North Carolina, a group of Republican lawmakers want to <a href="http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/02/24/lawmakers-say-court-officials-able-avoid-marriage-duties-due-religious-beliefs/23939067/"> create a religious exemption </a> for officials in charge of issuing marriage licenses who don&rsquo;t want to follow a recent court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Staver&rsquo;s group, Liberty Counsel, <a href="http://libertycounsel.com/breaking-news-liberty-counsel-defends-magistrates-facing-jail/">filed a lawsuit</a> &ldquo;requesting emergency protection from the state courts for any magistrate who refuses to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple.&rdquo;</p> <p>GOP lawmakers in Oklahoma reacted to a court ruling striking down their state&rsquo;s marriage ban by proposing a bill which would <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/oklahoma-advances-extremist-lawmakers-bill-fire-any-clerk-who-follows-gay-marriage-rulings"> remove any judge </a> who issues a marriage license to a same-sex couple and deny salaries, benefits and pensions to any state employees involved in marrying gay couples. Another bill in Oklahoma would <a href="https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/it-s-a-scandal-it-s-an-outrage-oklahoma-legislator-wants-to-restrict"> remove judges from the marriage licenses process altogether </a> and instead restrict marriage duties to &ldquo;an ordained or authorized preacher or minister of the Gospel, priest or other ecclesiastical dignitary of any denomination who has been duly ordained or authorized by the church to which he or she belongs to preach the Gospel, or a rabbi.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>End of the Line</strong></p> <p>While social conservative leaders have mostly focused on the purported repercussions of a decision that they see as unfavorable, they also have a plan in case the court sides with their arguments: demand that states <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activists-vow-repeal-marriage-equality-laws-across-country-if-they-win-scotus"> roll back same-sex marriage rights and re-impose bans </a> previously removed by the voters, lawmakers or courts.</p> <p>For now, though, right-wing leaders will be focused on doing what they always do: misleading their supporters about the so-called dangers of gay rights, making reckless charges of religious persecution, and supporting unconstitutional means to promote their discriminatory goals.</p> <p>However, Dobson and his allies do see <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activists-reduced-hoping-future-generations-will-repeal-gay-marriage-if-america-sur"> the silver lining of legal gay marriage</a>. In a conversation with Dobson the week before the Supreme Court&rsquo;s oral arguments in the marriage cases, pastor Jim Garlow and former National Organization for Marriage president Maggie Gallagher predicted that Americans will ultimately reject gay marriage once the country experiences its horrible consequences; that is, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activists-reduced-hoping-future-generations-will-repeal-gay-marriage-if-america-sur"> if America is able to survive that long. </a></p> Brian Tashman Brian Brown Bryan Fischer C4 David Lane James Dobson Liberty Counsel Marriage Equality Mat Staver Mike Huckabee Rick Scarborough Roy Moore Supreme Court Ted Cruz Tony Perkins Family Research Council Focus on the Family Fighting the Right 54456 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:25:38 -0400 C4 Jim Garlow: Marriage Equality Ruling Would Make Supreme Court 'The Laughingstock Of Historians And The World' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-garlow-marriage-equality-ruling-would-make-supreme-court-laughingstock-historians-and-wo <p>At today&rsquo;s March for Marriage, Pastor Jim Garlow offered a lengthy explanation for why he believes marriage equality is wrong, asking the audience to repeat several Hebrew words found in Genesis before rearranging the letters to make the word &ldquo;fire,&rdquo; which of course proves that if you allow marriage equality you are going to Hell.</p> <p>&ldquo;You mess with the definition of marriage, and you burn, you&rsquo;re toast, you can&rsquo;t win that one,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>This explanation is so obvious, he said, that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality this year, it will soon become a &ldquo;laughingstock&rdquo; for having promoted the &ldquo;ridiculous&rdquo; idea of legal marriage for gay and lesbian people.</p> <p>&ldquo;Quoting from the Broadway musical, I would say this to the Supreme Court,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;&lsquo;Your arms are too short to box with God.&rsquo; You can&rsquo;t mess with Him. You can&rsquo;t change the definition of marriage. If you try, they will laugh at you in 25 or 50 years. This Supreme Court, if they try to change that definition, they&rsquo;ll be laughed at, they&rsquo;ll be scoffed at. &lsquo;How ridiculous was this notion?&rsquo; And this whole concept of so-called &lsquo;same-sex marriage&rsquo; will be on the ash heap of history and the Supreme Court will be the laughingstock of historians and the world. They cannot change what God has established.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/L0zlCZgsGeE" width="420"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 California Equality For All Jim Garlow March For Marriage Marriage Equality Marriage Equality National Organization for Marriage Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right 54501 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:12:26 -0400 C4 Mat Staver: 'No Choice' But To Disobey Supreme Court Marriage Ruling http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-no-choice-disobey-supreme-court-marriage-ruling <p>Speaking at the National Organization for Marriage&rsquo;s March for Marriage today, Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver repeated his <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/revolution-anti-gay-activists-threaten-uprising-if-supreme-court-approves-marriage-equality">frequent comparison</a> of a potential Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality to the infamous Dred Scott decision, declaring that he would have &ldquo;no choice&rdquo; but to disobey such a &ldquo;lawless&rdquo; decision.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VZL5-XhbU3w" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Staver, who has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/santorum-huckabee-join-anti-gay-extremists-vowing-resist-marriage-equality-ruling">recruited hundreds of anti-gay activists</a> to sign onto a pledge to disobey a high court ruling in favor or marriage equality, told the crowd, &ldquo;As someone who&rsquo;s argued before the United States Supreme Court, I have great respect for this court, but have no respect and cannot respect a lawless decision.&rdquo;</p> <p>Saying that like Dred Scott, a decision in favor of marriage equality would be &ldquo;contrary to the natural law of God,&rdquo; Staver said, &ldquo;As much as I&rsquo;m an attorney and I respect the rule of law, I also respect the higher law. And when an earthly law collides with the higher law, we have no choice to obey the higher law.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Marriage is the union of a man and a woman,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;As a policy matter, any other union says that God&rsquo;s design is flawed. As a policy matter, any other union says that boys don&rsquo;t need fathers and girls don&rsquo;t need mothers.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue C4 Equality For All Liberty Counsel March For Marriage Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Mat Staver National Organization for Marriage Fighting the Right 54496 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:41:48 -0400 C4 March For Marriage: 'It Was Adam And Eve, And Not Adam And Steve!' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/march-marriage-it-was-adam-and-eve-and-not-adam-and-steve <p>There was a special tone of urgency at today&rsquo;s March for Marriage, held just days before the Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of bans on gays and lesbians marrying, which even many marriage equality opponents believe may lead to a sweeping decision in favor of marriage rights.</p> <p>Father Johannes Jacobse, an Orthodox priest from Florida, set the tone at the National Organization for Marriage&rsquo;s event when he warned that if marriage equality becomes law, &ldquo;in the end, the state will be telling you how to live and you will lose your freedom and the family will be weakened and the society will crumble and might even be destroyed.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;God created the family,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;In the beginning, in the beginning, it was Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve!&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZOwlMyfg0mU" width="560"></iframe><br /> &nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue C4 Equality For All March For Marriage Marriage Equality Marriage Equality National Organization for Marriage Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right 54491 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:24:45 -0400 C4 Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/24/15 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-bonus-tracks-42415 <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Bonus_Trax2.jpg?1400622005" /> <ul> <li> Laurie Roth <a href="http://barbwire.com/2015/04/24/0650-christians-will-soon-be-the-pariah-to-eradicate/">warns</a> that Christianity will be criminalized if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Steve McConkey of 4 Winds Christian Athletics <a href="http://christiannewswire.com/news/2791775934.html">worries</a> that "Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer on 20/20 will be glorified by the LGBTQ movement."</li> </ul> <ul> <li> BarbWire's Gina Miller <a href="http://barbwire.com/2015/04/24/0700-taxpayers-fund-disgusting-same-sex-study-of-young-black-males/">declares</a> that "Our nation has become a lunatic."</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Richard Land <a href="http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2015/04/24/the-real-discrimination-taking-place-in-the-us#.VTqpJ5P3RDR">says</a> that American Christians are the real victims of discrimination: "It's ugly; it's thuggish; it's brutish. It's the totalitarian left in all of its ugly face."</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Finally, Phil Burress and the Citizens for Community Values Action PAC have <a href="http://www.onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2015/04/24/ccv-done-with-dr-carson#.VTqoEpP3RDR">turned against</a> Ben Carson because Carson endorsed Rob Portman, whom CCV is working to defeat in the GOP primary: "[I]f you come out and endorse a candidate who believes in same-sex marriage, then that pretty much puts you into the same camp."</li> </ul> Kyle Mantyla 4 Winds C4 Equality For All Gina Miller Laurie Roth Leftovers Marriage Equality Phil Burress Richard Land Steve McConkey Citizens for Community Values Fighting the Right 54476 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:08:07 -0400 C4 Huckabee: Obama Made Race Relations Worse By Making 'Everything About Race' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/huckabee-obama-made-race-relations-worse-making-everything-about-race <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/Gov-Huckabee-001.jpg?1429904765" /> <p>In an interview with a South Carolina radio program on Martin Luther King , Jr. Day this year, Mike Huckabee blamed President Obama and then-Attorney General Eric Holder for making things &ldquo;much worse for race relations&rdquo; by making &ldquo;everything about race&rdquo; rather than declaring racial inequality to be over.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202389005&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Pastor Kevin Boling, <a href="http://www.knowingthetruth.org/?page_id=7&currpage=3&sa_action=">interviewing Huckabee</a> on his &ldquo;Knowing the Truth&rdquo; radio program, asked the former Arkansas governor and potential GOP presidential candidate if the country is &ldquo;more united today after six years of the first African American being in the White House&rdquo; or if &ldquo;the president missed a golden opportunity to unite the country.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I think, sadly, the president has not only missed the opportunity,&rdquo; Huckabee responded, &ldquo;but between the president and Eric Holder, the attorney general, I think it actually made things much worse for race relations.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Because when a person is elected to the presidency, it&rsquo;s kind of hard to say that &lsquo;gee, there&rsquo;s a glass ceiling for people of color,&rsquo;&rdquo; he continued. &ldquo;I just think it sort of takes that argument away. That doesn&rsquo;t mean that there aren&rsquo;t still some racists here and there, or that it&rsquo;s a view that a lot of people may have. But you can&rsquo;t say that a person of color can&rsquo;t make it anymore, because when you&rsquo;re president, you&rsquo;ve kind of made it. And when you&rsquo;re attorney general, you&rsquo;ve sort of made it.</p> <p>&ldquo;But instead of saying, &lsquo;Look, let&rsquo;s celebrate how far we&rsquo;ve come, let&rsquo;s now realize that we can focus on individual achievement and opportunity,&rsquo; instead both the president and the attorney general have made everything about race, and as a result, I think it&rsquo;s taken us many, many steps backward rather than forward.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue Arkansas C4 Kevin Boling Mike Huckabee Fighting the Right 54471 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:47:28 -0400 C4 Santorum & Huckabee Join Anti-Gay Extremists In Vowing To Resist Marriage Equality Ruling http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/santorum-huckabee-join-anti-gay-extremists-vowing-resist-marriage-equality-ruling <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/Santorum-A.jpg?1332257261" /> <p>Likely GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have joined more than 200 anti-gay activists in <a href="http://defendmarriage.org/signers">signing a pledge</a> vowing to resist any Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality.</p> <p>The pledge, which was co-written by Mat Staver of the <a href="http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14100&PRID=1543">right-wing legal group Liberty Counsel</a> and Deacon Keith Fournier, a Catholic activist who recently argued that marriage equality is <a href="https://stream.org/attack-marriage-diabolical/">quite literally an attack of the Devil</a>, recycles the language of a similar document circulated by right-wing groups when the Supreme Court took up a previous set of marriage cases in 2013. Staver and a number of other activists introduced the current pledge at a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-dismisses-growing-support-marriage-equality-likening-it-support-segregation"> press conference this morning</a>.</p> <p>Along with Huckabee and Santorum, <a href="http://defendmarriage.org/signers">signers include</a> former House GOP leader Tom Delay; big players in the Religious Right including John Hagee, Samuel Rodriguez and Focus on the Family&rsquo;s James Dobson; and fringe anti-gay activists including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/peter-labarbera">Peter LaBarbera</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/matt-barber">Matt Barber</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/cindy-jacobs">Cindy Jacobs</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/linda-harvey">Linda Harvey</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/bradlee-dean">Bradlee Dean</a>.</p> <p>Comparing any sweeping decision in favor of marriage equality to the Dred Scott case, the activists vow that they will not recognize such a decision and indicate that they would try to convince national and state executive branches not to enforce it.</p> <p>The <a href="http://defendmarriage.org/pledge-in-solidarity-to-defend-marriage">full text of the pledge</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>We stand together in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common affirmation of marriage.</p> <p>On the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of Creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society, the first government, and the first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.</p> <p>Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman precedes civil government. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by faith, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason. It is part of the natural created order. The Natural Law is what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., referred to as a higher law or a just law in his famous <em>Letter from Birmingham Jail</em>.</p> <p>Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. Society begins with marriage and the family.</p> <p>We pledge to stand together to defend marriage for what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children.</p> <p>The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. No civil institution, including the United States Supreme Court or any court, has authority to redefine marriage.</p> <p>As citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the essential foundation of the family.</p> <p>Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. The precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage or human sexuality. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.</p> <p>Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to any relationship other than marriage between a man and a woman, by legislative or judicial fiat, sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. As a policy matter, such unions convey the message that moms and dads are completely irrelevant to the well-being of children. Such a policy statement is unconscionable and destructive. Authorizing the legal equivalency of marriage to same-sex couples undermines the fundamental rights of children and threatens their security, stability, and future.</p> <p>Neither the United States Supreme Court nor any court has authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.</p> <p>As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of <em>Planned Parenthood v. Casey</em>, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the decisions of the Court are not based on the Constitution and reason, and especially if they are contrary to the natural created order, then the people will lose confidence in the Court as an objective arbiter of the law. If the people lose respect for the Court, the Court&rsquo;s authority will be diminished.</p> <p>The Supreme Court was wrong when it denied Dred Scott his rights and said, &ldquo;blacks are inferior human beings.&rdquo; And the Court was wrong when Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in <em>Buck v. Bell</em>, &ldquo;three generations of imbeciles are enough,&rdquo; thus upholding Virginia&rsquo;s eugenics law that permitted forced sterilization. Shamefully, that decision was cited during the Nuremburg trials to support the Nazi eugenic holocaust.</p> <p>In these earlier cases, the definition of &ldquo;human&rdquo; was at issue. Now the definition of &ldquo;marriage&rdquo; is at issue. The Constitution does not grant a right to redefine marriage &mdash; which is nonsensical since marriage intrinsically involves a man and a woman. Nor does the Constitution prohibit states from affirming the natural created order of male and female joined together in marriage.</p> <p>We will view any decision by the Supreme Court or any court the same way history views the <em>Dred Scott</em> and <em>Buck v. Bell</em> decisions. Our highest respect for the rule of law requires that we not respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law. A decision purporting to redefine marriage flies in the face of the Constitution and is contrary to the natural created order. As people of faith we pledge obedience to our Creator when the State directly conflicts with higher law. We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross this line.</p> <p>We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.</p> </blockquote> <p>h/t RWW reader Erik</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Bradlee Dean C4 Cindy Jacobs Equality For All James Dobson John Hagee Keith Fournier Liberty Counsel Linda Harvey Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Mat Staver Matt Barber Mike Huckabee Mission America Peter LaBarbera Rick Santorum Samuel Rodriguez Americans for Truth about Homosexuality Focus on the Family 54461 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:05:51 -0400 C4 Anti-Gay Activists: We Are Prepared To Die To Fight Gay Marriage 'Slavery' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-activists-we-are-prepared-die-fight-gay-marriage-slavery <p>Conservative activist E.W. Jackson said at an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-dismisses-growing-support-marriage-equality-likening-it-support-segregation">anti-gay press conference</a> at the National Press Club earlier today that conservative Christians are prepared to die in the fight over gay marriage, just like the Christian students in Kenya who were recently murdered by radical Islamic terrorists.</p> <p>Jackson, who was the 2013 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia,&nbsp; added that gay marriage is &ldquo;sowing the seeds of our eternal destruction&rdquo; as it is removing people's reliance on God&rsquo;s truth. &ldquo;We will give our lives standing for the truth,&rdquo; he <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j33JJO19eHM&feature=youtu.be">said</a>.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j33JJO19eHM?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Janet Boynes, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ex-gay-activist-kids-getting-hooked-homosexuality">an ex-gay activist</a>, also warned that the Supreme Court will try to send people &ldquo;back to slavery&rdquo; by ruling in favor of marriage equality, while preacher Rick Scarborough <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BurW34NPhTA&feature=youtu.be">said</a> that he is prepared to die over the marriage debate.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BurW34NPhTA?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 E.W. Jackson Janet Boynes Marriage Equality Rick Scarborough Supreme Court Fighting the Right 54451 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:20:50 -0400 C4 Ex-Gay Activist: Kids Getting 'Hooked' On Homosexuality http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ex-gay-activist-kids-getting-hooked-homosexuality <p>At an <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-dismisses-growing-support-marriage-equality-likening-it-support-segregation">anti-marriage-equality press conference today</a> at the National Press Club, ex-gay activist Janet Boynes claimed that media outlets and the White House are shutting out ex-gays because they fear that they will &ldquo;debunk&rdquo; the entire gay rights movement.</p> <p>&ldquo;Why don&rsquo;t you see me on CNN or &lsquo;Today&rsquo; or MSNBC or &lsquo;Good Morning America&rsquo;?&rdquo; she asked. &ldquo;Because they have all the gays and lesbians on their show, but if I come on the show I will tear down their belief system. That&rsquo;s my goal, to debunk everything that they are saying to be true when I know it is a lie.&rdquo;</p> <p>Boynes went on to say that gay people are using schools and Hollywood to convince kids to &ldquo;try out homosexuality&rdquo; get &ldquo;hooked.&rdquo; &ldquo;When we reject reality, we harm our children,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Their goal is to indoctrinate our kids.&rdquo;</p> <p>Boynes also <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLGz6KyIa2s&feature=youtu.be">had a message for President Obama</a>: &ldquo;You have allowed gays and lesbians into the White House. You sat down with them. You had dinner with them. You heard their voices, but not once have you allowed those of us who walked out of the life of homosexuality to come into the Oval Office, to come into the White House and hear our stories. I challenge you today to allow us to come, and you listen to what we have to say.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kLGz6KyIa2s?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Ex-Gay Janet Boynes Fighting the Right 54446 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:10:27 -0400 C4 Tony Perkins: Impeach Supreme Court Justices Who Rule For Marriage Equality http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-impeach-supreme-court-justices-who-rule-marriage-equality <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="351" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Tony_Perkins.jpg?1399573616" /> <p>Family Research Council President Tony Perkins <a href="http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/e/2/5/e2566bcefc88b68b/mickelson-2015-04-23.mp3?c_id=8844907&expiration=1429890723&hwt=67e39d8930d40dae009e0222416b9968">spoke with</a> Iowa-based radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday about the upcoming marriage case at the Supreme Court, which Perkins predicted will end with the court striking down bans on same-sex marriage across the country. Once this occurs, Perkins warned, &ldquo;it will be open season on people of faith.&rdquo;</p> <p>He predicted that the court will issue a ruling similar to <em>Roe v. Wade</em>, further dividing Americans and contradicting &ldquo;natural law.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mickelson suggested that if this happens, members of Congress should try to &ldquo;remove&rdquo; the Supreme Court&rsquo;s &ldquo;jurisdiction&rdquo; over the marriage issue and &ldquo;nullify&rdquo; its decision, sending the message to the justices that &ldquo;if you try it again we will impeach your sorry keisters.&rdquo; Perkins heartily agreed: &ldquo;I think you&rsquo;re absolutely right.&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/202355034&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Mickelson also said that Justices Kagan and Ginsburg should recuse themselves from the case since they have both officiated weddings for same-sex couples, claiming that the two are trying to impose their religion of &ldquo;secular progressivism&rdquo; on the country.</p> <p>&ldquo;Why should a religious minority like Kagan or Ginsburg, I&rsquo;m not talking about their Jewish background, I&rsquo;m talking about their secular progressivism, their form of religion, why does their religion get a seat at the table and everybody else&rsquo;s view gets vilified?&rdquo; he asked.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202355152&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman Anti-Gay C4 Jan Mickelson Marriage Equality Supreme Court Tony Perkins Family Research Council Fighting the Right 54436 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:50:49 -0400 C4 Tony Perkins: Evolution Proves Homosexuality Is Wrong http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-evolution-proves-homosexuality-wrong <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/tony_perkins_a.jpg?1349206815" /> <p>Yesterday on &ldquo;<a href="http://www.frc.org/wwlivewithtonyperkins/terry-jeffrey-jack-hibbs">Washington Watch</a>,&rdquo; Family Research Council President Tony Perkins blasted President Obama and Hillary Clinton for &ldquo;evolving&rdquo; on the issue of marriage equality, prompting one listener to chime in and tell Perkins that he doesn&rsquo;t believe in the theory of evolution anyway.</p> <p>Perkins agreed with the caller&rsquo;s take on evolution, stating that &ldquo;the evidence is overwhelming&rdquo; that evolution doesn&rsquo;t occur. However, since Obama and Clinton believe that &ldquo;we are constantly in this state of evolution,&rdquo; Perkins said, then they should oppose gay rights.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you logically game this out, the idea that somehow same-sex marriage or same-sex attraction, homosexuality, could be the advancement of evolution,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;well, it would be the end of the road. It is a dead-end street. You&rsquo;re certainly not going to reproduce.&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/202353981&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman Anti-Gay C4 Evolution Tony Perkins Family Research Council Fighting the Right 54431 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:40:40 -0400 C4 How Big Money In Politics Is Making It Harder For Criminal Defendants To Get A Fair Trial http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/how-big-money-politics-making-it-harder-criminal-defendants-get-fair-trial-0 <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/gavel-scales-Astory.jpg?1369832892" /> <p>When the Supreme Court struck down limits on outside spending in elections in the 2010 <em>Citizens United</em> case, critics pointed to a potentially huge public policy impact in issues ranging from environmental protection to tax policy to health care to voting rights.</p> <p>But one impact of <em>Citizens United</em> has gone without as much public discussion as it deserves: It&rsquo;s making it harder for criminal defendants to get a fair trial.</p> <p>Last fall, the American Constitution Society <a href="http://skewedjustice.org/">released a report</a> by two Emory University law professors illustrating that the big spending that <em>Citizens United </em>let loose in state judicial elections created a climate in which elected judges were more reluctant to side with defendants in criminal cases.</p> <p>Joanna Shepherd and Michael S. Kang found that outside groups seeking to influence judicial elections &mdash; usually for reasons unrelated to criminal justice policy &mdash; often relied on &ldquo;Willie Horton&rdquo; style attack ads implying that targeted judges were &ldquo;soft on crime.&rdquo; The proliferation of outside spending and the attack ads that the spending bought, they found, correlated with a decrease in the frequency with which elected state appellate judges ruled in favor of defendants in criminal cases.</p> <p>&ldquo;Unlimited independent spending is associated with, on average, a seven percent decrease in justices&rsquo; voting in favor of criminal defendants,&rdquo; they wrote. &ldquo;That is, the results predict that, after <em>Citizens United</em>, justices would vote differently and against criminal defendants in 7 out of 100 cases.&rdquo;</p> <p>Shepherd discussed her findings yesterday at a panel convened by ACS, along with retired Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers&rsquo; Norman Reimer and Tanya Clay House of the Lawyers&rsquo; Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.</p> <p>Nelson, who was on the Montana Supreme Court when it famously <a href="http://blog.pfaw.org/content/supreme-court-reverses-mt-court-affirms-flawed-citizens-united-decision"> ruled that <em>Citizens United</em> didn't apply to that state's unique history of corruption </a> (Nelson dissented, saying the high court&rsquo;s ruling applied to Montana, but t<a href="http://blog.pfaw.org/content/montana-chip-the-armor-citizens-united">ook the opportunity to demolish the decision </a>while he was at it), said he had lived first-hand the impact of big money in judicial races.</p> <p>&ldquo;The fact of the matter is that is when justices running for political office are attacked during their campaigns, it forces them to look over their shoulder constantly,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And I can tell you that from personal experience. You have to fight to make yourself vote the way the law requires you to vote. And most judges do. But it&rsquo;s in these marginal cases where there&rsquo;s a close call and perhaps the case should go to a defendant, it doesn&rsquo;t go to the defendant.&rdquo;</p> <p>The groups spending money on judicial attack ads, he said, &ldquo;really don&rsquo;t give a damn about defendants&rsquo; rights. They really don&rsquo;t care. What they want to do is to get somebody onto a court who marches in lockstep with their philosophy, or get somebody off the court that does not march in lockstep with their philosophy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Reimer sounded a similar note: &ldquo;The fight is really about commercial interests. It&rsquo;s usually about the plaintiffs&rsquo; bar versus the corporate interests, the unions, the conservatives. It&rsquo;s about nothing to do with criminal justice. But because of the fear factor, that&rsquo;s where you go after somebody.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I think we all need to understand and appreciate what&rsquo;s really at risk here,&rdquo; Nelson said. &ldquo;And what&rsquo;s really at risk is the fair, independent and impartial judicial system that most citizens in this country, and I think most lawyers in this country, simply take for granted. And if the dark money flows from Super PACS and the Koch brothers and RSLC and groups like them get control of the judiciary &hellip; That&rsquo;s what this is all about: getting control of the third branch of government. If they get control of that third branch by spending their way to the top, then we&rsquo;re going to lose that fair, impartial and independent judiciary that we&rsquo;ve all come to expect and rely upon. Certainly criminal defendants are going to suffer immeasurably.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clay House pointed out that there is already &ldquo;a different perception of the criminal justice system and judiciary among communities of color.&rdquo; Pew found in 2013 that <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/08/22/chapter-1-i-have-a-dream-50-years-later/#treatment-of-blacks-by-the-courts-police-seen-as-less-fair"> 68 percent of black Americans </a> said they were &ldquo;treated less fairly than whites&rdquo; in the courts, while the majority of whites were oblivious to racial disparities in the criminal justice system.</p> <p>Unchecked spending in judicial elections, the evidence shows, may be making that perception, and the reality, even worse.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.pfaw.org/content/how-big-money-politics-making-it-harder-criminal-defendants-get-fair-trial"><em>Cross-posted from the blog of People For the American Way.</em></a></p> Miranda Blue C4 Citizens United Government By the People money in politics Fair and Just Courts 54426 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:26:45 -0400 C4 Ted Cruz Introduces Anti-Gay Bill Spearheaded By Radical Activist http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-introduces-anti-gay-bill-spearheaded-radical-activist <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-cruz2.jpg?1367254591" /> <p>Days after attending a reception <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/politics/at-new-york-reception-ted-cruz-is-said-to-strike-different-tone-toward-gays.html?_r=0">hosted by two gay hotel magnates</a>, Sen. Ted Cruz has introduced two bills that he hopes would block a Supreme Court decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage. One bill would amend the U.S. Constitution to allow states to prohibit same-sex marriage; the other, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-24/ted-cruz-introduces-bills-to-stop-gay-marriage">Bloomberg News reports</a>, &ldquo;would bar federal courts from further weighing in on the marriage issue until such an amendment is adopted.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rep. Steve King <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rep-steve-king-introduces-court-stripping-bill-written-radical-anti-gay-activists">introduced a similar measure</a> in the House this week to &ldquo;strip federal courts of the ability to hear any case involving the issue of marriage equality.&rdquo;</p> <p>As Kyle <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rep-steve-king-introduces-court-stripping-bill-written-radical-anti-gay-activists">noted</a> yesterday, the proposal put forward by Cruz and King &ldquo;was the brainchild of Faith 2 Action's Janet Porter,&rdquo; the anti-gay activist who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/janet-porter-gay-marriage-blame-noahs-flood-will-usher-end-times">recently</a> &ldquo;warned that gay marriage was responsible for Noah's flood&rdquo; and made a film arguing &ldquo;that gay activists seek to criminalize Christianity,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/republican-leaders-join-anti-gay-extremists-insane-documentary">among other claims</a>:</p> <ul> <li> Said that the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crime Law will <a href="Shepard-Byrd%20Hate%20Crime%20Law">make it a felony</a> to refuse the &ldquo;unwelcome advance&rdquo; from a gay person, give <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hate-crimes-thought-experiment">legal protections to pedophiles</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/porter-obama-criminalizing-opposition-gay-rights">imprison pastors</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Insisted that <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/folger-seeks-be-martyr">she will soon be arrested for opposing LGBT rights</a> because &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/folgers-prison-fantasies-continue">people who disagree with homosexual behavior will &hellip; go to jail</a>.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Claimed that pastors who won&rsquo;t perform same-sex marriages will be &ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/porter-obama-threatens-our-ability-exist-committed-ultimate-hate-crime" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">carried off into jail</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&rdquo; in states with marriage equality laws.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Cited a satirical essay to claim that gay rights advocates seek &ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/janet-porters-new-film-if-homosexual-activists-achieve-their-goal-it-will-be-criminalization" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">the criminalization of Christianity</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.&rdquo;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Worked to promote opposition to gay rights with </span><a href="http://archive.adl.org/learn/ext_us/pike/default.html" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">anti-Semitic pastor Ted Pike</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, who believes that Jews will commit an anti-Christian genocide to seek &ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hate-crimes-legislation-jewish-plot-world-domination" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">world dominion</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.&rdquo;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> Blamed gay rights for <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gay-marriage-end-times-prophecy-says-janet-folger">Noah&rsquo;s Flood</a> in a <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2008/05/64769/">column</a> entitled: &ldquo;How Same-Sex Marriage Points To End Of The World.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Suggested that homosexuality is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/janet-porter-s-latest-homosexuality-even-more-dangerous-cigarette-smoking"> far more dangerous than cigarette smoking</a>.<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Claimed Jason Collins&rsquo; decision to come out of the closet will </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/porter-jason-collins-homosexuality-very-dangerous-our-freedoms" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">endanger freedom</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Criticized Disney World for allowing gay events that will &ldquo;target thousands of children&rdquo; by &ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/janet-porter-warns-disney-worlds-public-displays-perversion" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">parading public displays of perversion</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.&rdquo;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> Predicted that Obama would <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ten-most-absurd-stories-santorum-worldnetdaily">personally meet with Osama bin Laden</a> to broker a peace deal.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Warned that President Obama will use the Swine flu to &ldquo;round up American citizens&rdquo; and throw them in &ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/limitless-insanity-janet-porter" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">FEMA concentration camps</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.&rdquo;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">Repeatedly warned that Obamacare will </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/porter-under-obamacare-we-are-all-dead" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">murder</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/porter-obama-threatens-our-ability-exist-committed-ultimate-hate-crime" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">conservatives</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;"> and impose &ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ten-most-absurd-stories-santorum-worldnetdaily" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">jail sentences</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;"> on those who seek treatment outside the socialized health care system.&rdquo;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Asserted that Obama will create food shortages to </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/may-day-saving-america-forced-starvation-obamas-brownshirts-and-gods-wrath" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">bring about mass starvation</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">Argued that </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/vote-obama-go-hell" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">people who voted for Obama will go to Hell</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;"> as his election brought&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/porter-only-may-day-prayer-rally-can-wash-blood-americas-hands" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">a</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/porters-may-day-rally-designed-break-curse-president-obama" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">divine</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;"> </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/america-cursed-god-electing-barack-obama" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">curse</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;"> upon America.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">Asked God to </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/porter-asks-god-prevent-obama-taking-office" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">stop Obama from taking office as president</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">, warning that </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/definitive-proof-communist-conspiracy" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;">Obama is a Communist spy</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; background-color: transparent;"> who has been plotting to destroy America since his birth.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> Regularly <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2008/12/82497/">pushed</a> <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2008/11/81943/">debunked</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wnd.com/2008/11/81307/">conspiracy</a> <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2008/11/80710/">theories</a> <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2008/11/79997/">about</a> President Obama&rsquo;s birth certificate.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Called Hillary Clinton the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/folger%E2%80%99s-fantasy-world">evil Queen of Slaughter</a>,&rdquo; predicting that she will <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hillary-will-put-right-prison">throw Christians in jail</a> if elected president.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Prayed for conservatives to take control of the </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/janet-porter-prays-control-government" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">government</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> and </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/janet-porter-prays-control-over-media" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">media</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Claimed America has so far avoided God&rsquo;s wrath, unlike Haiti, only because &ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.wnd.com/2007/07/42598/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Haiti was dedicated to Satan</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.&rdquo;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> Blamed <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/porter-tornadoes-due-legal-abortion-israel-policy">deadly tornadoes on legal abortion</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Wondered if former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is the </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tommy-thompson-anti-christ" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Antichrist</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.</span></li> </ul> Brian Tashman C4 Janet Porter (née Folger) Ted Cruz Fighting the Right 54416 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:20:42 -0400 C4 Brian Brown: The Fight Against Marriage Equality Is The Real Civil Rights Movement http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/brian-brown-fight-against-marriage-equality-real-civil-rights-movement <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/brian_brown_a.jpg?1381348430" /> <p>National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown said in a radio interview this week that the fight against marriage equality is the true &ldquo;civil rights&rdquo; movement of our time.</p> <p>Brown, who was promoting this weekend&rsquo;s March for Marriage on the <a href="http://www.nomblog.com/40180/">&ldquo;Freedom&rsquo;s Journal&rdquo; radio program</a>&nbsp;on the <a href="http://www.afa.net/who-is-afa/press-releases/2015/03-march/afa-s-urban-family-communications-ministers-reconciliation-in-face-of-racial-tension/">American Family Association&rsquo;s Urban Family Communications network</a>, told host Lonnie Poindexter that like the marches of the civil rights movement, the anti-gay march represents Americans coming together when&nbsp; &ldquo;great truths have been undermined or attacked.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;In my view, when you stand up for marriage as the union of a man and a woman, you are standing up for civil rights,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;You&rsquo;re standing up for the civil rights of children, you&rsquo;re standing up for the rights of the oppressed, you&rsquo;re standing up for the one institution that we know has done the best in combatting poverty, in increasing the opportunity for educational attainment. This is the ideal structure in which to raise children and altering it or trying to even more transform it by moving forward with same-sex marriage will be and has been profoundly damaging.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;And I&rsquo;m only now talking about what occurs to children, what happens in our schools,&rdquo; he continued, &ldquo;and I&rsquo;m not even touching on the consequences to the church itself and to individuals through undermining religious liberty, which we&rsquo;ve seen time and time again when same-sex marriage is imposed on states.&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/202347423&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Comparing the March for Marriage to the marches of the civil rights movement, Brown warned that &ldquo;the freedom of the church to spread the Gospel&rdquo; is at stake if marriage equality is legalized nationwide.</p> <p>&ldquo;The freedom of the church to speak truth to power, the freedom of the church to spread the Gospel, that itself is at stake because you have a growing number of folks even within Congress who think it&rsquo;s okay to talk about stripping the church of its 501(c)3 status or saying that somehow the church is discriminating when it says this is the truth about marriage,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;That is not discriminating.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;You know, folks supporting same-sex marriage are trying to hijack the civil rights movement to use it to support the redefinition of marriage,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s not what the civil rights movement was about. In truth, we&rsquo;re standing for civil rights when we&rsquo;re standing for the truth of marriage. We&rsquo;re standing for the rights of churches to proclaim the Gospel.&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/202347430&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 program, Brown told Poindexter that he feels &ldquo;blessed to have played some role&rdquo; in the &ldquo;rainbow coalition&rdquo; opposing marriage equality. He added that the &ldquo;rainbow coalition&rdquo; will stay together even if the Supreme Court issues a sweeping ruling for marriage rights because such a ruling would merely &ldquo;be putting a lie into the law.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Supreme Court will be putting a lie into the law if they say that somehow all the states need to redefine marriage,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Marriage is still the union of a man and a woman, we just have a lie embedded in our law. And it will be up to us to continue to grow, continue to work together, and continue to proclaim truth to power if the courts were to put that sort of lie into law.&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/202347427&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Brian Brown C4 Equality For All Marriage Equality Marriage Equality National Organization for Marriage Fighting the Right 54406 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:01:58 -0400 C4 Larry Pratt: Obama Only Nominates 'Ruthless' People Who Will Steal Elections For Democrats http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-obama-only-nominates-ruthless-people-who-will-steal-elections-democrats <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/Barack_Obama_Fist_A.jpg?1409777477" /> <p>Gun Owners of America&rsquo;s Larry Pratt <a href="http://www.vcyamerica.org/blog/2015/04/21/the-loretta-lynch-nomination-and-2nd-amendment-issues">joined VCY America&rsquo;s &ldquo;Crosstalk&rdquo; program</a> on Tuesday to discuss the then upcoming vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the U.S. attorney general, telling host Jim Schneider that President Obama nominated Lynch &mdash; who was <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2015/04/pfaw-applauds-confirmation-loretta-lynch-attorney-general">confirmed by the Senate this afternoon</a> &mdash; because she was &ldquo;willing to be as ruthless as he.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202242138&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;I&rsquo;ll give President Obama one thing,&rdquo; Pratt said. &ldquo;In all the appointments he&rsquo;s made that I&rsquo;m aware of, unlike Republican presidents who have appointed people because they played golf with them, or because somebody said something nice about them among the elite, President Obama has only appointed, to my knowledge, people who are willing to be as ruthless as is he. That explains Eric Holder. That explains Loretta Lynch, who is an Obama appointee as U.S. attorney in New York.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>When Schneider noted with scorn that &ldquo;Lynch views voter ID laws as being racist,&rdquo; Pratt said that opposition to such voting restrictions is part of Obama&rsquo;s &ldquo;ruthless&rdquo; attempt to steal elections for Democrats, which will eventually lead to the Republican Party dying out.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;If they have to deal with photo voter ID, they lose, because it makes it much more difficult to steal elections,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And in all too many cases, the Democrats have been able to win only because of election fraud. And that&rsquo;s why they are so bitterly resisting photo voter ID. That is a very, very key issue. And when I hear Republicans saying that &lsquo;well, you know, it&rsquo;s kind of embarrassing for us to be continually opposing that,&rsquo; I guess they&rsquo;re suggesting it makes us look racist, what they&rsquo;re saying is, they&rsquo;re okay with the demise of the Republican Party in about 10 years.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue C4 Gun Owners of America Jim Schneider Larry Pratt Loretta Lynch Voice of Christian Youth America (VCY America) Voting Rights Fighting the Right The Right to Vote 54391 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:04:32 -0400 C4 Linda Harvey: Satan Tricking Supreme Court Into Backing Gay Marriage http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/linda-harvey-satan-tricking-supreme-court-backing-gay-marriage <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/linda_harvey_a.jpg?1354552898" /> <p>On her daily &ldquo;Mission America&rdquo; radio bulletin today, Linda Harvey asked listeners to pray that the Supreme Court will rule against marriage equality advocates and that the justices will &ldquo;not be swayed by the schemes of Satan to deceive, divide and destroy.&rdquo;</p> <p>But if Satan does get his way, Harvey said, people should be prepared to resist the &ldquo;unconstitutional, unlawful decision&rdquo; and protect the children who will be affected by the resulting &ldquo;damage&rdquo; of the ruling.</p> <p>Harvey prayed that the Supreme Court marriage cases would ensure that the &ldquo;eyes of America will open to the ungodliness of homosexuality and sexual sins of all kinds and we will turn from the elements in or culture that are driving this.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202228323&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false"></iframe> Brian Tashman Anti-Gay C4 Linda Harvey Marriage Equality Mission America Supreme Court Fighting the Right 54381 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:25:20 -0400 C4 Franklin Graham Furious That Marvel's Iceman Is Gay http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-furious-iceman-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/franklin_graham_A.jpg?1330455605" /> <p>Franklin Graham is outraged by the news that the character Iceman will <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/21/8462897/iceman-x-men-gay-bobby-drake-brian-michael-bendis">come out as gay</a> in a new issue of &ldquo;X-men&rdquo; issue. The Religious Right leader took to his Facebook page today to lament that Marvel is using Iceman in an attempt &ldquo;to indoctrinate our young people to accept this destructive lifestyle.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/grahamiceman.jpg" style="width: 438px; height: 220px;" /></p> <p>Graham has previously <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/franklin-graham-endorses-vladimir-putins-anti-gay-crackdown">praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for criminalizing speech</a> that is perceived as pro-gay&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 23.7999992370605px; font-size: 12px;">&ldquo;</span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">propaganda</span><span style="line-height: 23.7999992370605px; font-size: 12px;">&rdquo;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">directed at young people.</span></p> Brian Tashman Anti-Gay C4 Franklin Graham Fighting the Right 54376 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:00:19 -0400 C4 Mike Huckabee Draws Connection Between Gay Marriage And ISIS Threat http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-draws-connection-between-gay-marriage-and-isis-threat <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/lesbian_marriage.jpg?1377272987" /> <p>In the same conference call today in which he claimed that <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-defends-ex-gay-therapy-warns-gay-rights-will-outlaw-christianity-god-help-us-a">gay marriage will outlaw religious freedom</a>, Mike Huckabee suggested that the supposed threat to religious freedom posed by the gay rights movement is part of a broader attack on the rights of Christians, including anti-Christian violence.</p> <p>When a pastor on the call, which was organized by the Family Research Council, asked Huckabee if the U.S. is facing a two-pronged threat of ISIS terrorist attacks and the &ldquo;equally intense assault on marriage as defined by God,&rdquo; Huckabee replied that the caller was &ldquo;exactly right.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re seeing, certainly at the national level, internally this battle on marriage, but globally what we&rsquo;re seeing is that there is an assault on the Christian faith in general,&rdquo; Huckabee said, before warning that ISIS will soon &ldquo;physically assault&rdquo; Christians in America.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202212959&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who hosted the call, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-obama-gay-rights-movement-inspire-isis-murder-christians">repeated his claim</a> that gay rights efforts in the U.S. are linked to the murder of Christians by ISIS members in the Middle East.</p> <p>&ldquo;If we go silent on religious freedom here at home, I think that sends a message to the terrorists and the tyrants abroad that they are free to persecute our brothers and sisters in Christ,&rdquo; Perkins said.</p> <p>Huckabee said that Americans are closer than ever to losing their religious freedom because conservative Christians aren&rsquo;t speaking out. &ldquo;The other side is vocal and they sound like they are a lot more than they are but as a result they are winning battles that we should be winning,&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/202212899&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman Anti-Gay C4 Marriage Equality Mike Huckabee Tony Perkins Fighting the Right 54366 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:45:46 -0400 C4 Mike Huckabee Defends Ex-Gay Therapy, Warns Gay Rights Will Outlaw Christianity: 'God Help Us All' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-defends-ex-gay-therapy-warns-gay-rights-will-outlaw-christianity-god-help-us-a <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="297" height="223" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/huckabee_barr.jpg?1429809294" /> <p>In a conference call with conservative pastors today organized by the anti-gay Family Research Council, Mike Huckabee let loose with a litany of falsehoods about how marriage equality will lead to the &ldquo;criminalization of Christianity&rdquo; and demanded that states simply defy the Supreme Court if it strikes down bans on same-sex marriage.</p> <p>&ldquo;Christian convictions are under attack as never before,&rdquo; Huckabee said in the call, which was meant to rally pastors to participate in the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-lgbt-group-gay-marriage-violates-separation-church-and-state">FRC&rsquo;s upcoming &ldquo;Stand for Marriage&rdquo; event</a>. &ldquo;Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great nation. We are moving rapidly towards the criminalization of Christianity.&rdquo;</p> <p>The former governor and likely GOP presidential candidate predicted that the government will bring &ldquo;criminal charges&rdquo; against those who oppose gay rights and pastors who preach against gay marriage. He even defended ex-gay therapy, claiming that the government is barring chaplains from telling those they counsel to &ldquo;seek assistance&rdquo; for a &ldquo;homosexual lifestyle.&rdquo;</p> <p>Huckabee also blasted the &ldquo;ruling class&rdquo; and &ldquo;donor class&rdquo; for treating opponents of gay rights as &ldquo;pariahs,&rdquo; adding that &ldquo;supposedly conservative donors and conservative office holders are running away from the issue.&rdquo;</p> <p>(Audio note: Because of apparent technical difficulties with the conference call, there are beeping noises throughout the call signifying participants dialing in.)</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202208837&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Huckabee told the pastors that no matter what politicians or the polls say about the legalization of gay marriage, God is against it and so they should stand strong against the &ldquo;small minority pushing this agenda.&rdquo;</p> <p>Huckabee claimed that if same-sex marriage bans are struck down nationwide, any pastor who refuses to conduct a same-sex wedding would be breaking the law.</p> <p>&ldquo;If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says &lsquo;I can&rsquo;t perform that wedding&rsquo; will now be breaking the law,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not just saying, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m sorry you have a preference.&rsquo; No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil for sure and possible criminal penalties for violating the law&hellip;. If you do practice biblical convictions and you carry them out and you do what you&rsquo;ve been led by the spirit of God to do, your behavior will be criminal.&rdquo;</p> <p>This, of course, is a categorically untrue claim that has not materialized in any of the dozens of states where marriage equality has been adopted.</p> <p>&ldquo;God help us all,&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/202208753&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Marriage Equality Mike Huckabee Supreme Court Tony Perkins Family Research Council Fighting the Right 54361 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:15:41 -0400 C4 Donald Trump: Obama Letting In Drug Lords To Help The Democratic Party http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/donald-trump-obama-letting-drug-lords-help-democratic-party <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/donald_trump__1_a.jpg?1375384239" /> <p>While <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLmi8fN5CAg">speaking yesterday</a> with conservative talk show host John Fredericks, Donald Trump said that Central and South American countries are sending immigrants &ldquo;they don&rsquo;t want&rdquo; to America while &ldquo;keeping their good.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The ones we are getting are the drug lords, we&rsquo;re getting the gang members, and we&rsquo;re getting some people that are fine, but we&rsquo;re not getting the best and finest from South America, believe me,&rdquo; Trump said. Trump accused President Obama of deliberately keeping the border unprotected because he wants to &ldquo;build up the Democrat [sic] Party.&rdquo;</p> <p>He also went after Jeb Bush, whom he repeatedly referred to as &ldquo;George Bush,&rdquo; and Marco Rubio, for their stances on immigration. &ldquo;All of them are weak, Rubio was very much in favor of letting them come, letting come and now all of the sudden he&rsquo;s trying to toughen up,&rdquo; Trump said. &ldquo;They say he&rsquo;s the new John F. Kennedy. Give me a break, this is not the new John F. Kennedy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Trump also went on a rant about Bowe Bergdahl, claiming that the U.S. &ldquo;should send him back&rdquo; and &ldquo;drop him right in the middle of those characters and they will take care of him.&rdquo; &ldquo;In the old days you&rsquo;d execute Berghdal, when this country was strong and powerful and meant something, you would execute Berghdal,&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/202196489&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Donald Trump Fighting the Right 54341 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:45:55 -0400 C4 'Clinton Cash' Author Previously Involved In Discredited Shirley Sherrod Smear Campaign http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/clinton-cash-author-previously-involved-discredited-shirley-sherrod-smear-campaign <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/elephant_A.jpg?1330022105" /> <p>Former Bush speechwriter Peter Schweizer&rsquo;s new book, &ldquo;Clinton Cash,&rdquo; which alleges that Hillary Clinton used the State Department to do favors for Clinton Foundation donors, is coming under close scrutiny for its <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/04/21/3649392/clinton-cash/">unsupported claims</a> and <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/04/20/clinton-cash-author-peter-schweizers-long-histo/203209#activist"> Schweizer&rsquo;s long history of conservative advocacy</a>.</p> <p>That advocacy includes an episode in 2010 when Schweizer and his then-colleagues at BigGovernment.com led a racially charged smear campaign against Shirley Sherrod, at the time an official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.</p> <p>The smear effort started when BigGovernment.com&rsquo;s late founder Andrew Breitbart posted a video of Sherrod speaking at an NAACP event, which the site edited to <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2010/07/21/media-across-the-board-reject-breitbarts-race-b/168027">make it appear as though</a> Sherrod admitted to mistreating a white farmer due to racist feelings. Breitbart&rsquo;s video <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firing_of_Shirley_Sherrod#Excerpted_video">left out crucial details</a> where Sherrod said that she actually learned that such feelings were wrong and helped the farmer in his struggle. The farmer in question also disputed claims that she acted in a racially prejudicial way. But that didn&rsquo;t stop conservative media from picking up the video, ultimately leading to the USDA firing Sherrod.</p> <p>After his video was exposed as deceptive, Breitbart tried to pivot by claiming that he was really more interested in the <em>Pigford </em>case, a civil rights class action suit involving the historical discrimination against black farmers seeking government loans, in which Sherrod was a plaintiff.</p> <p>Breitbart alleged that Sherrod was really fired as part of a government cover-up of&nbsp;<a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2011/02/12/breitbart-claims-pigford-is-how-obama-wielded-t/176353">some sort of under-the-table-reparations-vote-buying scheme </a> for African-Americans in which the government was handing out Pigford settlement money to unjustified claimants. His allegation about the&nbsp;<em>real reason </em>for Sherrod&rsquo;s firing &mdash; like the edited video &mdash; <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2011/02/10/pigford-breitbarts-eight-month-smear-campaign-a/176249">was without merit</a>, but it gave him a new way to <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2011/02/15/is-breitbart-trying-for-stupidest-conspiracy-th/176448"> attack Sherrod and the Obama administration at the same time</a>.</p> <p>In 2011, Schweizer, a BigGovernment.com contributor, appeared on End Times conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles&rsquo; &ldquo;<a href="http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trunews/2011/01/18/trunews-january-18-2011">Trunews</a>&rdquo; program to discuss the allegations, defending Breitbart&rsquo;s role in the Sherrod affair and repeating discredited talking points about a supposed cover-up and a black-vote-buying scheme championed by Obama.</p> <p>Schweizer defended Breitbart by saying the conservative media star &ldquo;didn&rsquo;t see the original&rdquo; video of Sherrod&rsquo;s remarks and &ldquo;apologized for that,&rdquo; adding that &ldquo;the principle was still there, that there was selective justice taking place.&rdquo; He also agreed with Breitbart&rsquo;s <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2011/02/10/pigford-breitbarts-eight-month-smear-campaign-a/176249">false claim</a> that the administration only &ldquo;went after&rdquo; Sherrod as a result of the <em>Pigford </em>episode: &ldquo;What we believe happened is that when Sherrod became the public figure as a result of this incident, it gave people a peek at <em>Pigford</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Why was there this amazing reaction to this incident? Why was Shirley Sherrod such a hot figure, as it were, that the White House itself intervened and wanted to drop it so quickly? And we believe it was because they did not want attention given to <em>Pigford</em>,&rdquo; he said. Several months before the interview, the Los Angeles Times <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/07/nation/la-na-sherrod-usda-20101008">reported</a> that USDA emails at the time show that the deceptive video and the resulting conservative media firestorm were the causes of Sherrod&rsquo;s ousting.</p> <p>Schweizer also wondered why Obama, then a &ldquo;senator from Illinois where there are only, as far as we can tell, maybe a handful of black farmers, and of course he comes from an urban background, he&rsquo;s not a rural senator,&rdquo; had such a &ldquo;long and personal interest in <em>Pigford</em>&rdquo; and wrote letters &ldquo;to the USDA telling employees to shut up about the fact that they believed there was widespread corruption.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It led us to believe and led us to the conclusion that there was a huge political element to <em>Pigford </em>that involved Barack Obama and involved basically buying votes,&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/202188771&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Schweizer told Wiles that then-Sen. Obama tried to &ldquo;shut up&rdquo; <em>Pigford </em>whistleblowers: &ldquo;That&rsquo;s really because Barack Obama and others see this for their benefit as a way to buy votes. They are passing out $50,000 checks to people who they believe, and I think he&rsquo;s correct, will ultimately be voting for him. So it&rsquo;s wealth redistribution, it&rsquo;s passing the money around to your patrons and it&rsquo;s sticking taxpayers with a bill that to date is more than $2 billion.&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/202188831&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Election 2016 Fighting the Right 54336 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:05:50 -0400 C4 Scott Lively: Only 'Pitchforks And Torches' Can Stop Gay Marriage http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/scott-lively-only-pitchforks-and-torches-can-stop-gay-marriage <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/scott_lively_a.jpg?1349460487" /> <p>Anti-LGBT pundit Scott Lively argues in a column today that the only way to stop the legalization of gay marriage is to form an &ldquo;angry mob&rdquo; that will take to &ldquo;the streets, pitchforks and torches held aloft, ready to tear down Frankenstein&rsquo;s castle with their bare hands if need be.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The only way to deter the elites is with the threat of the mob,&rdquo; Lively writes in a piece posted in the right-wing outlets <a href="http://barbwire.com/2015/04/23/0900-time-for-the-pitchforks-and-torches-on-marriage-issue/">BarbWire</a> and <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/marriage-issue-time-for-pitchforks-and-torches/">WorldNetDaily</a>. &ldquo;They need to see the pitchforks and torches to know they&rsquo;ve gone too far and need to back down. That&rsquo;s where we are today in America. The elites want to eliminate the natural family to create a better class of serfs: state-bred children for the factories and the battlefield &mdash; easier to control, dulled by drugs and sexual promiscuity &hellip; and bread and circuses.&rdquo;</p> <p>Calling for liberals and conservatives to unite behind opposition to gay rights, he warns that marriage equality is akin to GMO foods or medication that is &ldquo;destroying bodies&rdquo; with &ldquo;poisonous &lsquo;remedies.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> The battle today is for marriage, the core of the natural family. Every human being on this planet will be harmed if the elites are allowed to destroy it by mutation. It is no different than Monsanto destroying natural foods or seeds by mutating their DNA, or Big Pharma destroying bodies by flooding the health industry with artificial, often poisonous &ldquo;remedies.&rdquo; Our common paradigm in the grassroots for guiding society should be natural vs artificial across the board, including natural marriage and family: rejecting the counterfeit alternatives to the self-evident design of our ecology &mdash; and our physiology.<br /> <br /> The natural family is the ecosystem of humanity! It must be preserved at all costs.<br /> <br /> How? By a populist uprising! The elites need to see the angry mob &mdash; liberals and conservatives together &mdash; surging through the streets, pitchforks and torches held aloft, ready to tear down Frankenstein&rsquo;s castle with their bare hands if need be. For Christians it&rsquo;s Jesus and the money-changers time! Making a whip of cords like He did with His own hands, and letting these arrogant puppet masters know we mean to use it (metaphorically speaking).<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> The only way to deter the elites is with the threat of the mob. They need to see the pitchforks and torches to know they&rsquo;ve gone too far and need to back down.<br /> <br /> That&rsquo;s where we are today in America. The elites want to eliminate the natural family to create a better class of serfs: state-bred children for the factories and the battlefield &mdash; easier to control, dulled by drugs and sexual promiscuity &hellip; and bread and circuses.</blockquote> Brian Tashman C4 Marriage Equality Scott Lively Fighting the Right 54331 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:30:55 -0400 C4 Tony Perkins: Obama & Gay Rights Movement Inspire ISIS To Murder Christians http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-obama-gay-rights-movement-inspire-isis-murder-christians <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/tony_perkins_a.jpg?1349206815" /> <p>Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/senate-gop-invites-frcs-tony-perkins-politicize-hearing-religious-freedom-abroad">tried to use violence against Middle East Christians</a> as a way to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-uses-meriam-ibrahim-promote-anti-obama-anti-gay-agenda">attack gay rights</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-links-effort-overturn-citizens-united-imprisonment-christian-sudanese-woman">campaign finance reform efforts</a> in the U.S., and now he is linking the firing of Atlanta fire chief Kevin Cochran, who was found in violation of city employment practices when he distributed to employees a self-published book that included attacks on homosexuality, to the slaughter of Christians by the terrorist group ISIS.</p> <p>Perkins tells FRC members in an email today that they should donate to his group so that it can stop the &ldquo;administration&rsquo;s persecution of Christians within our borders&rdquo; and stand up for people like Cochran, insisting that the Atlanta official&rsquo;s firing has emboldened anti-Christian violence abroad.</p> <p>&ldquo;The same rampage of &lsquo;political correctness&rsquo; that attacked Kelvin Cochran's freedom to believe is coming to your state, your town, your church. Christians you know are targets . . . maybe Christians in your own home,&rdquo; Perkins writes. &ldquo;The same rampage of hate that destroyed the career of Kelvin Cochran tells the killers in ISIS, who closely watch America's domestic affairs, that our government doesn't value freedom of belief.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> I'm emailing you with the month more than half gone, and the struggle for the freedom to believe&mdash;the God-given freedom to live your faith without punishment&mdash;under growing attack.<br /> <br /> That's why it's urgent that FRC receive enough funds from friends like you to TRIPLE our $50,000 "Free to Believe" Challenge Grant. Response from friends has been so strong that we have set a goal to triple the challenge.<br /> <br /> This grant will help achieve our new goal of receiving $150,000 by April 31.<br /> <br /> Why is this so urgent?<br /> <br /> Ask Christian wives, mothers and daughters overseas. Their husbands, sons and fathers are being beheaded or shot by radical Islamic jihadists like ISIS. They are being driven from their homes. Children are being martyred. And our administration has done little to help, and for months resisted calling this massacre of Christians by Islamic jihadists what it is.<br /> <br /> As General Boykin and I testified before the United Nations on Friday April 17, our administration's persecution of Christians within our borders is emboldening the attack on Christians worldwide.<br /> <br /> Why would Islamist butchers fear our government, or believe the United States would defend Christians elsewhere when they do nothing to help Christians under attack for their faith right here in America?<br /> <br /> Ask Kelvin Cochran&mdash;a veteran fire chief with a stellar record&mdash;who was fired by the City of Atlanta . . . for writing a book that expressed the biblical view of morality. Yes, fired. If Kelvin Cochran can be fired, any Christian is at risk.<br /> <br /> If our government won't call religious genocide overseas what it is, any Christian, any place, is at risk.<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> The same rampage of "political correctness" that attacked Kelvin Cochran's freedom to believe is coming to your state, your town, your church. Christians you know are targets . . . maybe Christians in your own home.<br /> <br /> The same rampage of hate that destroyed the career of Kelvin Cochran tells the killers in ISIS, who closely watch America's domestic affairs, that our government doesn't value freedom of belief.<br /> <br /> No Christian is safe.</blockquote> Brian Tashman C4 Tony Perkins Family Research Council Fighting the Right 54311 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:19 -0400 C4 Janet Porter: Gay Marriage To Blame For Noah's Flood, Will Usher In End Times http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/janet-porter-gay-marriage-blame-noahs-flood-will-usher-end-times <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/janet_porter_a.jpg?1349287089" /> <p>Faith 2 Action founder and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/republican-leaders-join-anti-gay-extremists-insane-documentary">anti-gay filmmaker</a> Janet Porter has a message for the Supreme Court: Strike down bans on same-sex marriage, and the whole world may be doomed.</p> <p>In her daily radio bulletin today, Porter <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gay-marriage-end-times-prophecy-says-janet-folger">once again claimed</a> that gay marriage was responsible for Noah&rsquo;s Flood.</p> <p>She even suggested that such a move by the court could lead to the Second Coming: &ldquo;If this is true, we are uniquely positioned for the return of Christ like no other time in history.&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/202075832&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman Anti-Gay C4 End Times Janet Porter (née Folger) Supreme Court Faith 2 Action Fighting the Right 54306 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:15 -0400 C4 Ted Yoho, Anti-Gay Group Spox Blame Democrats For LGBT Rights 'Distraction' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-yoho-anti-gay-group-spox-blame-democrats-lgbt-rights-distraction <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_yoho_a.jpg?1375799079" /> <p>When the Family Research Council&rsquo;s Craig James was guest-hosting the organization&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://www.frc.org/wwlivewithtonyperkins/diana-verm-ted-yoho">Washington Watch</a>&rdquo; program last night, an interview with Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., inevitably turned toward the upcoming Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.</p> <p>Remarkably, James, whose group lives and breathes opposition to LGBT rights, blamed liberals for pushing marriage equality in order to distract voters &ldquo;away from reality.&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/202059457&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Yoho, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rep-ted-yoho-rails-against-gay-marriage-food-stamps-and-terrorist-immigrants">a staunch opponent of marriage equality</a>, declared that if politicians focused on issues like the national debt and immigration, &ldquo;these smaller things&rdquo; like marriage equality &ldquo;will solve themselves.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Here we are in the 21st century redefining an institution that has been around for thousands of years,&rdquo; Yoho said in response to a question from a listener about the impact of a potential Supreme Court decision, &ldquo;And we&rsquo;re spending time &mdash; and I&rsquo;m not saying it&rsquo;s important not to have those discussions &mdash;but we&rsquo;ve got $18.2 trillion [in debt], we&rsquo;ve got a broken foreign policy, we&rsquo;ve got immigration that doesn&rsquo;t work and so we need to start fixing the major things and I think a lot of these smaller things that are important to people they will solve themselves.&rdquo;</p> <p>James, apparently forgetting that his boss at the Family Research Council has warned that a ruling in favor of gay marriage <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-if-scotus-legalizes-gay-marriage-it-could-lead-revolution">will lead to a revolution</a>, called the whole debate on marriage a Democratic-manufactured distraction &ldquo;away from reality.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a distraction of the 10th degree,&rdquo; Yoho said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re getting this stuff thrown at us and we really need to start focusing on major issues.&rdquo;</p> Brian Tashman C4 Craig James Marriage Equality Supreme Court Ted Yoho Family Research Council Fighting the Right 54296 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:05:12 -0400 C4