Steve Scalise Thu, 21 May 2015 12:05:01 -0400 Thu, 21 May 2015 12:13:28 -0400 Ted Cruz To Speak Alongside Gay-Wedding-Crasher Flip Benham, 'Faggots'-Basher Wellington Boone <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Sen. Ted Cruz and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise <a href=""> addressed the &ldquo;Watchmen on the Wall&rdquo; summit today</a>, an event sponsored by the radical Family Research Council, whose leaders have <a href=""> defended Uganda&rsquo;s &ldquo;kill the gays&rdquo; bill</a>, <a href="">pushed the expulsion of gay people from the U.S.</a> and <a href=""> fear an imminent anti-Christian holocaust in the U.S. </a></p> <p>One speaker, anti-abortion-rights crusader Flip Benham, will speak alongside his sons, Religious Right activists David and Jason Benham. Along with his anti-abortion work, the elder Benham is notorious for&nbsp;<a href="">heckling same-sex couples at their weddings</a>, <a href="">screaming at Muslim worshipers</a>, <a href=""> organizing disruptions of liberal church services </a> and <a href="">linking gay people to Satan</a>. The young Benhams have similar views, <a href="">describing gay rights as demonic</a> and stoking fears about&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">&ldquo;</span><a href="" style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation</a><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 23.7999992370605px;">.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Another &ldquo;Watchmen&rdquo; speaker is E.W. Jackson, who joined the FRC after badly losing his race for lieutenant governor of Virginia and who has described gays as <a href=""> &ldquo;perverted,&rdquo; &ldquo;degenerate,&rdquo; &ldquo;very sick people&rdquo; </a> and <a href=""> linked the Democratic Party to the Antichrist</a>.</p> <p>Wellington Boone will also speak at the event, even though he once told the audience at another FRC conference that he wishes he could call people &ldquo;<a href="">faggots</a>.&rdquo; At a 2006 event featuring FRC President Tony Perkins and Mitt Romney, Boone <a href="">delivered a speech</a> about <a href="">the dangers of an island full of &ldquo;sodomites,&rdquo;</a> defending laws making homosexuality a crime punished by the death penalty.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 David Benham E.W. Jackson Flip Benham Jason Benham Steve Scalise Ted Cruz Tony Perkins Watchmen on the Wall Wellington Boone Family Research Council Fighting the Right 56111 Thu, 21 May 2015 12:05:01 -0400 Steve Scalise David Duke: Steve Scalise 'Agreed With All Of My Ideas' But Needed To Get Elected <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Last month, David Duke stopped by the&nbsp;<a href="">white nationalist</a> <a href=",DB7611A2-02CD-43AF-8147-649E26813571,frameless.htm">radio show</a> &ldquo;The Political Cesspool&rdquo; to discuss his relationship with House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, who reportedly spoke at a 2002 gathering held by Duke&rsquo;s European-American Unity and Rights Organization when he was a state lawmaker in Louisiana. Duke blamed the controversy on the supposed Jewish establishment, which he claimed controls the media and wants to throw &ldquo;European-Americans&rdquo; into gulags, and which he said sees Scalise as a potential threat down the road.</p> <p>Duke said that he consistently won &ldquo;over 60 percent of the popular vote in [Scalise&rsquo;s] congressional district&rdquo; in his various campaigns for elected office, and therefore people who condemn Scalise &ldquo;for meeting with me or voting for me, they are condemning the people of Louisiana.&rdquo;</p> <p>Referencing Scalise&rsquo;s reported 1999 <a href=""> statement </a> that he was &ldquo;like David Duke without the baggage,&rdquo; Duke said the congressman &ldquo;agreed with all of my ideas, but my God, you got to be able to get elected.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;They think anybody out there who agrees with my ideas, they will destroy them, it&rsquo;s not going to help you to run like a rabbit with the tail between your legs,&rdquo; Duke said. &ldquo;Now he&rsquo;s really going to be careful, he&rsquo;s not going to do anything.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Duke added: &ldquo;They&rsquo;re just afraid Scalise is really like me underneath and he may someday be their enemy because just about everybody in my district understands the real power behind the throne in this country, they understand the real ethnic racism that runs this nation and controls our foreign policy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Duke, of course, was referring to the &ldquo;Zionists&rdquo; whom he claims control both political parties.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;The real problem in America is racism,&rdquo; Duke said. &ldquo;Now, that sounds funny coming from David Duke; the problem is racism, there is a racism that rules America, but it&rsquo;s not white racism, it is what you can just plainly say is Jewish racism, Jewish supremacism. They have literally taken over our Hollywood media, our news media, our entertainment media, our music media.&rdquo;</p> <p>Claiming that the supposed Jewish &ldquo;control of the media&rdquo; has made African Americans more violent, Duke went on to describe Nicki Minaj as &ldquo;the most obscene individual, degraded individual, filthy individual I&rsquo;ve ever heard in my life. I think she&rsquo;s pretty much rivaled, though, by Miley Cyrus, who is unfortunately one of our own.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Duke warned that &ldquo;Jewish power&rdquo; is sowing political conflict and using mass immigration to throw America into civil war by &ldquo;getting rid of the people who were the vast majority of America, even though we&rsquo;re fading fast, that is European-Americans.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;There is no other question&rdquo; than &ldquo;the Jewish question,&rdquo; Duke continued, alleging that Jews who control all segments of influence will turn America into a &ldquo;Bolshevik state.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re moving towards Bolshevism, we&rsquo;re moving towards tyranny. Every day we&rsquo;re losing our rights and it&rsquo;s the same as what happened in the Soviet Union and the day will come when they&rsquo;ll haul millions of us out to the gulags and die,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Unless we stand up and defeat them.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 David Duke Louisiana Steve Scalise Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 50231 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:27:19 -0400 Steve Scalise Right Wing Round-Up - 12/30/14 <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <ul> <li> <a href=" prophecies-by-robertson/">Ed Brayton @ Dispatches From The Culture Wars</a>: Another Year, Another Failed Set of &lsquo;Prophecies&rsquo; by Robertson.</li> <p> <li> <a href=" illegal.html">Jeremy Hooper</a>: AFA's top spokesman, thinker: Make adultery and homosexuality illegal.</li> <p> <li> <a href=" every#.yuAEW3o291">Andrew Kaczynski @ BuzzFeed</a>: Bachmann: Obama Supports The Agenda Of Islamic Jihad &ldquo;At Every Turn.&rdquo;</li> <p> <li> <a href=" marriage-from-taking-effect-in-florida-next-week.html">Andy Towle @ Towleroad</a>: Conservative Group Sues to Block Marriage Equality from Taking Effect in Florida Next Week.</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Mark Potok @ Hatewatch</a>: Steve Scalise&rsquo;s Denials Are Not Believable.</li> <p> <li> <a href=" friends-claims-federal-sprinkle-ban-that-doesnt-really-exist-is-proof-obama-will-ban-christmas-cookies/">David Edwards @ Raw Story</a>: Fox & Friends claims federal &lsquo;sprinkle ban&rsquo; that doesn&rsquo;t really exist is proof Obama will ban Christmas cookies.</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla Michele Bachmann Pat Robertson Round-Up Steve Scalise 49384 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:34:07 -0400 Steve Scalise Steve Scalise Hails Louisiana Anti-Marriage Equality Ruling <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Rep. Steve Scalise praised a federal judge for <a href="">upholding his home state of Louisiana&rsquo;s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage</a>, telling the Family Research Council&rsquo;s Tony Perkins yesterday that the ruling &ldquo;was an important win for marriage today.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I was the lead author of the bill that put a constitutional amendment on the ballot back in 2004,&rdquo; the House GOP whip said on the FRC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Washington Watch.&rdquo;</p> <p>Perkins agreed: &ldquo;A big win for Louisiana but also a big win for the nation in that it has, I think, slowed down this train of activist decisions.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Mike Johnson of the Religious Right group Freedom Guard, who Scalise called &ldquo;a great warrior on our behalf,&rdquo; later told Perkins that anti-gay activists are &ldquo;standing on the right side of millennia of history&rdquo; and that no one in their right mind could disagree with the judge&rsquo;s ruling: &ldquo;His opinion was so well-written and well-reasoned that no person can objectively read this and disagree.&rdquo;</p> <p>Johnson defended the state&rsquo;s marriage ban in court as the state attorney general&rsquo;s special counsel.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Louisiana Marriage Equality Steve Scalise Tony Perkins Fighting the Right 48170 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:20:46 -0400 Steve Scalise Steve Scalise: Obama Is Too Busy Changing Redskins' Name To Fight ISIS <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>House GOP whip Steve Scalise said in an interview on &ldquo;<a href="">Washington Watch</a>&rdquo; yesterday that President Obama is too busy trying to change the name of the Washington Redskins to focus on <a href="">bombing ISIS</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;One person asked me about this foolishness where the president is trying to change the name of the Washington Redskins. And it is a sad state of affairs for our commander-in-chief that we know what President Obama&rsquo;s plan is for the name of the Washington Redskins &mdash; he wants to change it, we know his plan &mdash; but we don&rsquo;t know what his plan is to deal with a major threat to American national security,&rdquo; Scalise told the Family Research Council&rsquo;s Tony Perkins.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s just indicative of the lack of focus and priorities that this president&rsquo;s had, that he won&rsquo;t lay out that plan but we know what some of his other plans are that have nothing to do with the problems facing this country.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Louisiana congressman called on Obama to state clearly that he wants to &ldquo;take out&rdquo; ISIS &mdash; which, in fact, the president has said repeatedly &mdash; and to learn from Ronald Reagan&rsquo;s simple foreign policy agenda: &ldquo;We win, they lose.&rdquo;</p> <p>He also agreed with Perkins that Obama isn&rsquo;t concerned about ISIS because he is just a &ldquo;community organizer.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Steve Scalise Tony Perkins Fighting the Right 48169 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:05:37 -0400 Steve Scalise Right Wing Round-Up - 3/25/14 <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <ul> <li> <a href="">Zachary Pleat @ Media Matters</a>: Fox Analyst Bizarrely Claims Obamacare Contraception Coverage Includes Euthanasia.</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Simon Brown @ Wall of Separation</a>: Snapshots From The Supreme Court: Justices Ponder Limits Of Religious Expression In Birth Control Case.</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Andrew Kaczynski @ BuzzFeed</a>: GOP Congressman Defends Russian Actions In Crimea: "Not One Person Was Killed."</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Daniel Villarreal @ Towleroad</a>: Maryland State Delegate Says Trans Rights Bill Would 'Normalize Abnormal Behavior.'</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Tara Culp-Ressler @ Think Progress</a>: Kansas May Force Doctors To Report Women&rsquo;s Miscarriages To The State Health Department.</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Eric W. Dolan @ Raw Story</a>: Louisiana Republican: Thomas Jefferson would be a &lsquo;rightwing nut in the Tea Party.&rsquo;</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla Andrew Napolitano Round-Up Steve Scalise 46254 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:33:56 -0400 Steve Scalise Scalise: Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan <p>CPAC wouldn&rsquo;t be complete without unceasing, perpetual praise of Ronald Reagan, and a great example of that today was how Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) managed to fit in as many mentions of Ronald Reagan as he possibly could during his closing remarks in a panel on conservative approaches to income inequality.</p> <p>Scalise, who chairs the right-wing House Republican Study Committee, said that Republicans should <a href="">model themselves on Reagan</a> since he made America great, &ldquo;brought down the Soviet Union&rdquo; and was simply the best ever.</p> <p>Reagan&rsquo;s supreme Americanness, Scalise explained, caused the left to &ldquo;revile&rdquo; him &ldquo;because of how he transformed this country in such a great way.&rdquo;</p> <p>Scalise added that unlike Reagan, President Obama &ldquo;apologizes for American exceptionalism&rdquo; while Secretary of State John Kerry is &ldquo;drinking merlot and singing let&rsquo;s all be friends.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 CPAC Steve Scalise Fighting the Right 46001 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:15:02 -0400 Steve Scalise Religious Right Will Cheer Tea Party Extremism at Values Voter Summit <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>It&rsquo;s quite a week in Washington, D.C.&nbsp; House Speaker John Boehner kicked off the week by <a href="" target="_blank">threatening to destroy the global economy</a> if President Obama does not give in to Tea Party demands. The shutdown of the federal government, <a href="" target="_blank">planned and engineered by anti-government extremists in Congress and their billionaire backers</a>, continues. And the Supreme Court <a href="" target="_blank">started a term</a> in which conservatives on the Court could further gut campaign finance laws, restrict women&rsquo;s access to abortion, undermine fair housing and educational opportunity, and weaken separation of church and state.</p> <p>In other words, it&rsquo;s the <em>perfect</em> week for the Values Voter Summit, the annual event at which thousands of Religious Right activists have a chance to rub shoulders with the movement&rsquo;s leaders and the Republican politicians who court them.&nbsp; The summit&rsquo;s lead sponsor, the Family Research Council, has asked its supporters to pray, &ldquo;<em>May God cause this years [sic] VVS to have a profound impact in informing Christian and conservative leaders, and in shaping the 2014 elections for righteousness!&rdquo;</em></p> <p>People For the American Way has <a href="" target="_blank">joined</a> the Southern Poverty Law Center, Faithful America, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza in urging public officials not to participate in the festival of extremism, but experience indicates that the chance to preen before these super-motivated right-wing activists is impossible for many Republican politicos to pass up.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">schedule</a> gives you a pretty good sense of what the Values Voter Summit will be like: the first four speakers are senators from the Tea Party wing of the GOP: Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz.&nbsp; Of course, that&rsquo;s after the pre-event breakfast, &ldquo;Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,&rdquo; a panel on gun rights.&nbsp; (No, you are not reading The Onion.) Current and former Republican House members scheduled to speak on Friday are all Tea Partiers: Allen West, Jim Bridenstine (Okla.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Jim Jordan (Ohio), and Steve Scalise (La.)</p> <p>The Values Voter Summit makes clear how completely the Religious Right&rsquo;s leaders are working to merge their activists&rsquo; anti-abortion and anti-gay zeal with the anti-government extremism of the Tea Party. Actually, it goes beyond that. Movement leaders are trying to give the Tea Party&rsquo;s agenda a biblical foundation. A couple of weeks ago, for example, Family Research Council spokesman Ken Blackwell said that there is <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;nothing more Christian&rdquo;</a> than throwing millions of low-income families off food stamps. The Tea Party &ndash; Religious Right convergence is also evident on a panel called &ldquo;Where do we go from here: Challenging Tyranny,&rdquo; whose speakers include FRC&rsquo;s Ken Blackwell and Dean Clancy of the Koch-funded FreedomWorks.</p> <p>The Family Research Council has been leading cheers for Ted Cruz, the shutdown Svengali.&nbsp; Cruz appeared on Perkins&rsquo; radio show last week for a fawning interview in which Cruz blamed President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the shutdown and accused Democratic leaders of holding veterans hostage.&nbsp; For his part, Perkins called Obamacare&nbsp;a &ldquo;government takeover of health care&rdquo; and a &ldquo;lurch toward socialism&rdquo; and said there is nothing more important than stopping it. Perkins even portrayed the government shutdown as a reason to attend VVS, because there won&rsquo;t be as much traffic on the streets.</p> <p>Perkins recently sent out a fundraising letter in which he called on Congress to use both the government funding bill and the looming debt limit deadline to force through limits on the Obama administration&rsquo;s requirement that insurance plans cover contraception. He is also <a href="">promoting</a> the dangerous idea being floated by Tea Party Republicans that failure to increase the debt ceiling is no big problem.</p> <p>Of course, if you&rsquo;re an old-school Religious Right activist who is really motivated by hostility to legal equality for LGBT people, the Values Voter Summit will have <a href="" target="_blank">plenty of anti-gayness</a> for you.&nbsp;&nbsp; A panel on marriage features Brian Brown, who traveled to <a href="" target="_blank">Russia</a> earlier this year to rally support for a law that bans the adoption of Russian children by parents who live in countries that recognize legal equality for LGBT people. Several speakers will present marriage equality as a dire threat to religious liberty. Dr. Ben Carson, who became a Tea Party folk hero for lecturing President Obama about a flat tax during a prayer breakfast last year, said last week that supporters of LGBT equality want to <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;get rid of&rdquo; everything in the Bible.</a></p> <p>In fact, multiple panels on Saturday are built around the notion that religious liberty is in extreme peril in the U.S., with speakers from the Heritage Foundation, the Becket Fund, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, among others.</p> <p>A concentrated dose of right-wing extremism may come on Friday night, where the line-up includes far-right Virginia Attorney General <a href="" target="_blank">Ken Cuccinelli</a>, whose bid to revive the state&rsquo;s unconstitutional sodomy law was just rejected by the Supreme Court; his even fringier running mate <a href="" target="_blank">E.W. Jackson</a>; former presidential candidate and radio host Mike Huckabee; and former Sen. <a href="">Jim DeMin</a>t, the Tea Party godfather who left the Senate to take charge of the Heritage Foundation, whose massive budget he is using to bully Republicans into submission to the wishes of the Tea Party.</p> <p>But even that line-up may be topped by &ldquo;Standing Up to the Assaults on our Faith,&rdquo; a panel that includes&nbsp; birther extraordinaire <a href="" target="_blank">Joseph Farah</a>; conspiracy theorist <a href="" target="_blank">Jerome Corsi</a>, who <a href="">insists</a> that Obama is gay; dominionist anti-choice activist and radio host <a href="" target="_blank">Janet Porter</a>, author of <em>The Criminalization of Christianity</em>; and self-described <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Christocrat&rdquo;</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Rick Scarborough</a>, who says AIDS is God&rsquo;s punishment. Whew! The Obama hatred and reality-denial will be knee-deep in that one.</p> <p>The increasingly unhinged <a href="" target="_blank">Glenn Beck</a> gets an hour of Saturday afternoon presumably to peddle his <a href="" target="_blank">wild</a> <a href="" target="_blank">conspiracy</a> <a href="" target="_blank">theories</a>, though you never know if you&rsquo;ll get the despondent Glenn Beck, messianic Glenn Beck, or bold and blustery Glenn Beck.&nbsp; Whichever one shows up, it&rsquo;s a safe bet that the crowd will eat it up.</p> Peter Montgomery Allen West Anti-Gay Brian Brown E.W. Jackson Janet Porter Jeromise Corsi Jim Bridenstine Jim DeMint Jim Jordan John Boehner Joseph Farah Ken Blackwell Ken Cuccinelli Louie Gohmert Marco Rubio Mike Huckabee Paul Ryan Rand Paul Republican Party Rick Scarborough shutdown Steve Scalise tea party Ted Cruz Tony Perkins Values Voter Summit Family Research Council Glenn Beck Fighting the Right 44496 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:25:22 -0400 Steve Scalise Civil Rights Groups Urge GOP Leaders to Skip Values Voter Summit <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>This weekend, Religious Right leaders and GOP politicians will gather in Washington for the Values Voter Summit, an annual event that highlights the cozy relationship between Republican elected officials and extreme right-wing groups.</p> <p>The event is hosted by the Family Research Council, a group with a long record of pushing false anti-gay propaganda. And one of the event&rsquo;s major sponsors is the American Family Association, whose extreme right-wing views are <a href="">expressed on a daily basis </a>by its spokesman Bryan Fischer.</p> <p>On Friday, People For the American Way joined with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Faithful America, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza to send a letter to every public official scheduled to speak at this year&rsquo;s Values Voter Summit, urging them to withdraw from the event.</p> <p>Among the scheduled speakers are Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Tim Scott and Reps. Paul Ryan, Randy Forbes, Michele Bachmann, Jim Bridenstine, Louie Gohmert, Jim Jordan, Steve King, Steve Scalise and Scott Turner.</p> <p>The letter <a href="">[pdf]</a> reads in part:</p> <blockquote> <p>We understand that you&rsquo;ve been invited to speak at the upcoming Values Voter Summit being held in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 11-13. Given the demonizing lies about the LGBT community spread by the host, the Family Research Council (FRC), and another major sponsor of the event, the American Family Association (AFA), we urge you to not lend the prestige of your office to the summit.</p> <p>The FRC has amassed an extensive record of vilifying gays and lesbians with falsehoods &ndash; portraying them as sick, evil, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to the nation.&nbsp; Perhaps its most insidious claim is that gay men molest children at a far higher rate than heterosexual men &ndash; a claim refuted by all credible scientific authorities, including the American Psychological Association. Yet the FRC has continued to smear gays and lesbians by claiming&nbsp; that pedophilia, in the words of FRC President Tony Perkins, &ldquo;is a homosexual problem.&rdquo;</p> <p>Perkins also says the &ldquo;It Gets Better&rdquo; campaign, an initiative designed to give LGBT students hope for a better tomorrow, is &ldquo;disgusting&rdquo; and part of a &ldquo;concerted effort&rdquo; to &ldquo;recruit&rdquo; children into the gay &ldquo;lifestyle.&rdquo; One senior FRC official has even argued that homosexuality should be illegal.</p> <p>The AFA&rsquo;s Bryan Fischer, who serves as the group&rsquo;s spokesman and director of issue analysis, frequently blames homosexuality for the Holocaust and Nazi Party: &ldquo;Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.&rdquo; He also promotes the views of the American architect of the &ldquo;Kill the Gays&rdquo; bill in Uganda.</p> <p>Demonizing the LGBT community has consequences. As FBI data demonstrate, it is one of the groups most likely to be victimized by violent hate crimes. Defaming them publicly day after day &ndash; as the FRC and the AFA do &ndash; only throws fuel on the fire.</p> <p>The bigotry of the FRC and the AFA is not limited to gays and lesbians. Fischer, for example, has said that African Americans &ldquo;rut like rabbits&rdquo; and argued that women should be kicked out of politics and the military. He&rsquo;s also stated that Hispanics are &ldquo;socialists by nature&rdquo;&nbsp; and come here to &ldquo;plunder&rdquo; our country. The FRC&rsquo;s executive vice president, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, has said Jews must be converted to Christianity and has argued that &ldquo;Islam is not a religion and does not deserve First Amendment protections&rdquo; &ndash; a statement that is antithetical to American ideals.</p> </blockquote> <p>In 2011, we urged Mitt Romney not to share a stage with the extremists, and particularly Fischer, at that year&rsquo;s Values Voter Summit. Although Romney still attended, he also made a point of calling out Fischer&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="">poisonous language</a>." This year, Fischer was noticeably <a href="">not listed as a speaker</a> at the summit, although his employer remains a sponsor.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue American Family Association Bryan Fischer C4 Equality For All Jerry Boykin Jim Bridenstine Jim Jordan Louie Gohmert Marco Rubio Michele Bachmann Paul Ryan Rand Paul Randy Forbes Scott Turner Steve King Steve Scalise Ted Cruz Tim Scott Tony Perkins Values Voter Summit Family Research Council 44472 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:58:31 -0400 Steve Scalise Congressmen Scalise and Gohmert Fall for Debunked Fox News Story on Supposed Plan to Court Martial Christians <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Fox News correspondent Todd Starnes likes to report on culture war issues and frequently highlights examples of <a href="">supposed anti-Christian persecution</a>. He plucks the examples from Religious Right media outlets, which then turn around and point to Starnes&rsquo; Fox News stories for validation.</p> <p>Fox example, one recent Starnes story <a href="">alleged</a> that a New York school was forcing girls to kiss each other as part of an anti-bullying seminar. But the &lsquo;forced lesbianism&rsquo; story was baseless [<a href=" Facts.pdf">PDF</a>], and the school superintendent had to write to Starnes to urge him to, you know, report stories accurately [<a href=" Communication to Fox News Reporter.pdf">PDF</a>].</p> <p>In another instance of shoddy journalism, Starnes <a href="">claimed</a> that the military was deliberately blocking access to a Southern Baptist website as part of a &ldquo;Christian cleansing&rdquo; of the armed forces by the Obama administration. Well, as it turns out, the website was automatically blocked over malware issues and the Southern Baptist Convention&rsquo;s own director of information systems <a href="">acknowledged </a>that malware on the SBC website, not any anti-Christian animus in the military, was responsible for the mishap.</p> <p>So it came as no surprise to learn that a new Starnes <a href="">column </a>about the military getting ready to court martial Christians, since picked up by organizations like the <a href="">Family Research Council</a>, was also completely groundless.</p> <p>Starnes contends that Obama administration officials are working with church-state separation activists to begin kicking Christians out of the military and cracking down on their religious freedom.</p> <p>As Warren Throckmorton <a href="">points out</a>, the Defense Department guidelines on proselytizing and religious bias that has so enraged Starnes and others was actually put in place in 2008 during the Bush administration and the language <a href="http://UrlBlockedError.aspx">clearly</a> &ldquo;draws a distinction between simply speaking about one&rsquo;s faith and coercion.&rdquo; Throckmorton also <a href="">notes</a> that Starnes twisted a statement from a Pentagon spokesman &ldquo;to make it seem as though the outcome of religious proselytizing cases would be court martial.&rdquo;</p> <p>The <em><a href="">Tennessean</a></em> and <a href=""><em>Stars and Stripes </em></a>have also debunked the story, but don&rsquo;t tell Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who in an interview with Starnes said that Obama is trying to make Christian service members leave their faith:</p> <blockquote> &ldquo;Under President Obama&rsquo;s military you are no longer allowed to share your faith,&rdquo; he said &ndash; noting that the policy is putting Christians in a tough position. &ldquo;Do you follow President Obama or do you follow God and the teachings of Jesus?&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That&rsquo;s pretty tough when your commander in chief puts you on the horn for that dilemma,&rdquo; he added.</blockquote> <p>Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) similarly told Tony Perkins on Washington Watch earlier this week called the story &ldquo;yet another attack on religious liberty that we&rsquo;ve seen from the Obama administration.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> <blockquote> <strong>Perkins</strong>: The idea that members of the military who share their faith, directly or indirectly, could be potentially court martialed, is this stunning or what?<br /> <br /> <strong>Scalise</strong>: It&rsquo;s frightening and shocking. Unfortunately it is yet another attack on religious liberty that we&rsquo;ve seen from the Obama administration and it&rsquo;s just been an endless assault from so many different angles. Of course it comes off the heels of the FDA approving the morning-after pill. There are just so many things that this administration is doing that go against a lot of the Christian beliefs that this country was founded upon and I think it really needs to be pushed back hard on.</blockquote> <p>While the victimhood narrative of oppressed white straight evangelicals is beloved by the Religious Right and trumpeted by Fox News, conservative activists may want to at least try to find real incidents of persecution and real journalists if they want people to ever believe them.</p> Brian Tashman C4 Louie Gohmert Steve Scalise Todd Starnes Tony Perkins Family Research Council Religious Liberty 42948 Fri, 03 May 2013 14:50:47 -0400 Steve Scalise Steve Scalise at CPAC: Climate Change Is a Myth Because Obama Was Cold at the Inauguration <p>At CPAC today, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) argued that climate change is a myth and doesn&rsquo;t need to be addressed, noting that President Obama was cold during the inauguration.</p> <p>&ldquo;He talked about global warming at his inauguration, I found it ironic that the President was wearing a trench coat it was so cold but he&rsquo;s talking about global warming,&rdquo; Scalise said.</p> <p>He also noted that a snow storm later cancelled a congressional hearing on climate change, &ldquo;you can&rsquo;t make this stuff up.&rdquo;</p> <p>Of course, climate change is actually leading to <a href="">more incidences of blizzards</a> and winter still tends to be cold.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman climate change denialism Steve Scalise CPAC 42465 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 15:50:17 -0400 Steve Scalise Rep. Scalise: Obama Is Attacking Freedom, History Has Redeemed Bush Tax Cuts <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) appeared on <em>Washington Watch</em> with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins yesterday to discuss the State of the Union address where he pushed the standard right-wing canards that President Obama is leading an attack on freedom and trying to exploit &ldquo;tragedies that he uses to his own benefit.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Scalise-Perkins-1.mp3" height="20" src="" width="400"></embed></p> <blockquote> <strong>Perkins</strong>: There&rsquo;s not been an administration that&rsquo;s been more hostile to our first freedom, our fundamental right of the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion.<br /> <br /> <strong>Scalise</strong>: Right, look, just go in order. Right after that, he&rsquo;s gone after freedom of speech and religion, now in that same speech he is going after our second amendment rights, our freedom to defend ourselves by having the ability to own guns for law-abiding citizens. All of these things he talked about, these tragedies that he uses to his own benefit, none of them would have been prevented by his own gun control measures, it just takes away the rights of law-abiding citizens.</blockquote> <p>Responding to Rep. Steny Hoyer&rsquo;s insistence that Congress let the Bush tax cuts expire, Scalise falsely claimed that the tax cuts raised revenue and led to an economic boom.</p> <p align="center"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Scalise-Perkins-2.mp3" height="20" src="" width="400"></embed></p> <blockquote> <strong>Scalise</strong>: You know they are just living in some kind of parallel universe that doesn&rsquo;t mesh with reality. You know I&rsquo;ll just give you one point that he mentioned there Tony right out the box, he said, &lsquo;oh we didn&rsquo;t pay for the Bush tax cuts.&rsquo; Maybe Steny Hoyer needs to go back and look at the history, back in 2003 when those tax cuts took full effect the federal government actually took in forty percent more revenue, it actually brought in more money to the federal treasury to cut taxes because people had more money in their pockets and the economy took off in 2003. Go look at the history of this.</blockquote> <p>Of course, the economy didn&rsquo;t &ldquo;take off&rdquo; after the Bush tax cuts passed. In fact, under President Bush the country had an <a href="">exceptionally</a> <a href="">anemic</a> <a href="">recovery</a>.</p> <p>Scalise&rsquo;s assertion about tax revenues also reveals that the congressman himself hasn&rsquo;t taken a &ldquo;look at the history of this.&rdquo;</p> <p>Citing data from the Congressional Budget Office, the Annenberg Public Policy Center&nbsp;<a href="">concluded</a> that the Bush tax policy &ldquo;had a total <em>negative</em> effect on revenue growth,&rdquo; and former Bush economist Alan Viard of the right-wing American Enterprise Institute <a href="">said</a> that there is &ldquo;no dispute&rdquo; among economists that &ldquo;federal revenue is lower today than it would have been without the tax cuts.&rdquo;</p> <p>Former Reagan economist Bruce Bartlett also <a href="">determined</a> that &ldquo;revenue as a share of G.D.P. was lower every year of the Bush presidency than it was in 2000,&rdquo; citing this helpful chart:</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size:10px;">source: Congressional Budget Office.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Perhaps the whole point of the apparent Republican disinformation effort to deny that the Bush tax cuts reduced federal revenue is to make the reverse argument next year,&rdquo; Bartlett <a href="">writes</a>, &ldquo;allowing them to expire will not raise revenue.&rdquo;</p> Brian Tashman C4 Second Amendment Steve Scalise Tony Perkins Family Research Council Fighting the Right 42226 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:00:01 -0400 Steve Scalise Rep. Steve Scalise Says Republicans Were the Real Winners of the 2012 Election <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Apparently, Republicans were the big winner of the 2012 election! Or so says Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who on Friday told Family Research Council president Tony Perkins that conservatives in the House won a &ldquo;mandate&rdquo; in 2012.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think if you look at the country, even in the results of this election, we&rsquo;re still a center-right nation,&rdquo; Scalise said in the <a href="">interview</a>, &ldquo;the House and the House conservatives did win and we&rsquo;re there with a mandate to fight for the values that we believe in."</p> <p>That&rsquo;s right, losing the White House by a 332-206 electoral vote margin, losing seats in the U.S. Senate and <a href="">losing the popular vote in House elections</a>, all equals a GOP mandate. In fact, the House GOP may have lost its majority if it wasn&rsquo;t for <a href="">partisan gerrymandering</a>.</p> <p>While it may seem that only a fringe Republican completely detached from reality would interpret the 2012 election as a GOP victory, Rep. Scalise is the <a href="">incoming chairman</a> of the ultraconservative and influential Republican Study Committee.</p> <p>Perkins, who hosted a <a href="">morbid webcast</a> the day following the election, agreed with Scalise&rsquo;s fanciful election analysis, which comes as no surprise as FRC vice president Tom McClusky signed an equally delusional letter arguing that House Republicans received an electoral mandate.</p> <p align="center"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Scalise-Perkins-Election.mp3" height="20" src="" width="400"></embed></p> <blockquote> <strong>Perkins</strong>: I would argue that the House of Representatives today is probably one of the most conservative Houses in modern times.<br /> <br /> <strong>Scalise</strong>: I think if you look at the membership of the House and especially the RSC, as you mentioned we&rsquo;re the largest caucus in all of Congress, we represent over 165 members of Congress that are in the RSC, it&rsquo;s two-thirds of the House Republican majority. So you could say we&rsquo;re a majority of the majority. But I think more importantly if you look at the reach across the country, RSC members, just looking at members of the Republican Study Committee, we represent over 100 million people. So when you talk about the view of the nation and what was a mandate coming out of this election, the fact that over 100 million people are represented by elected an conservative &mdash; conservatives to represent them &mdash; says that there&rsquo;s a mandate to push for conservative values and to fight for the things that we believe in and that will actually solve the great problems facing this country.<br /> <br /> <strong>Perkins</strong>: That&rsquo;s a significant bloc of votes.<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> <strong>Scalise</strong>: You know, with probably one of the most radical liberal presidents that we&rsquo;ve had in our history, I think people are counting on us to be that only line of defense and to fight to make sure that number one that we still push conservative solutions. I think if you look at the country, even in the results of this election, we&rsquo;re still a center-right nation. When you have conservatives that run as conservatives, typically we win, most of our members got re-elected and if you look at the new members, thirty-five new members are coming in on the Republican side and all but four of them have joined the RSC and they ran as a very difficult climate as conservatives and they won. We shouldn&rsquo;t be ashamed of or shy away from our principles, we&rsquo;re disappointed in many things that came out of the election, but we ought to be proud of the fact that people sent us in the House back to be a check and a balance and not act like we got defeated because the House and the House conservatives did win and we&rsquo;re there with a mandate to fight for the values that we believe in.</blockquote> Brian Tashman C4 Election 2012 Republican Study Committee Steve Scalise Tony Perkins Family Research Council Fighting the Right 41874 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 16:20:28 -0400 Steve Scalise