June 2010

Right Wing Leftovers

  • CBN's David Brody asserts that Sharon Angle is not some "Evangelical Weirdo." So that is reassuring.
  • Do you know why liberals hate Sarah Plain?  Because she is beautiful.
  • Mike Huckabee will endorse "seven Texas candidates today in what could be a sign that he’s building up a Texas network for another run at the White House."
  • Joseph Farah attacks Grover Norquist for joining GOProud.
  • Richard Land warns that "social experiments" are going to destroy America.
  • Matt Barber being Matt Barber.
  • Quote of the day from the Traditional Values Coalition: "President Obama’s latest judicial nominee--I kid you not—is a defender of serial killers, rapists and child molesters. He is set to sail through the U.S. Senate, unless you act immediately."
  • Finally, do not even think of stealing John McMillan's yard signs:

FRC Exposes The Gay "Agenda" To "Destroy Innocence, The Family, Local Communities, Public Health, and Parental Authority"

The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C. has unveiled its "Agenda: 2010" which is "designed for educating D.C. candidates for Mayor and D.C. Council on LGBT issues" while also serving as "a resource for journalists, activists, and the general public."

But the Family Research Council sees through that charade and reports that it is really nothing more than a blueprint on how gays intend to "destroy innocence, the family, local communities, public health, and parental authority":

Local groups will try to elect more homosexuals to places of power, push in-school gay-straight alliances, support D.C. sex-oriented businesses, defend adult entertainment, grant special perks to cross-dressing prisoners, force same-sex adoption, and legalize sex trafficking. Lots of people in this country mistakenly believe that this community will be satisfied when it redefines marriage. That's not the case. Homosexuals and transgenders won't be happy until they sever every moral underpinning in America. This has never been about "acceptance" or "equality" but about a devastating strategy meant to destroy innocence, the family, local communities, public health, and parental authority.

World Congress of Families Welcomes Peter LaBarbera To the Family

On his website today, Peter LaBarbera announced that his Americans for Truth About Homosexuality has joined the World Congress of Families as a "partner" organization:

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality is proud to join the World Congress of Families as a “Partner” organization. World Congress is the undisputed leader of the international pro-family movement. It is a distinct honor to be part of their growing network, which actively assists and unites pro-family and pro-life advocates the world over who are struggling against social leftism. WCF’s stated purpose is “to affirm that the natural human family is established by the Creator and essential to good society.” To accomplish its mission, WCF holds biennial international pro-family Congresses as well as more frequent regional conferences in major cities worldwide. To contact WCF, go HERE; to donate to The Howard Center/WCF, go HERE.

World Congress was launched by The Howard Center, based in Rockford, Illinois, a leading conservative, pro-family research institute under the guidance of the esteemed Dr. Allan Carlson. (If you are not reading The Howard Center’s publication, “The Family in America,” you are missing out.) AFTAH greatly appreciates and benefits from the tremendous work that Dr. Carlson, The Howard Center’s able staff, and the World Congress of Families do, and we look forward to working with them for years and decades to come.

Along with LaBarbera's AFT, it was announced that the Western Center for Journalism, founded by WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah would also be joining the more than two dozen other right-wing groups already established as WCF partners: 

American Family Association
Alliance Defense Fund
Alliance for the Family
Americans United for Life
Associazione per la Difesa Dei Valori Cristiani – Luci sull’Est, Italy
Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
Concerned Women for America
Ethics and Public Policy Center
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Family First Foundation
Family Watch International
Family Research Council
Father Peter Skarga Institute (Poland)
Fellowship of St. James
Focus on The Family
Grasstops USA
HazteOir.org
His Servants
Home School Legal Defense Association
Human Life International
Media Research Center
Parents Forum Switzerland
Population Research Institute
Real Women of Canada
Red Familia (Mexico)
Tradition, Family, & Property
United Families International

You may recall a few years ago when the WCF held its meeting in Poland over the objections of the European Parliamentary Working Group on Separation of Religion and Politics on the grounds that the "extremist and intolerant views ... toward foreigners, people from other religions [and] homosexuals" of WCF members clashed with the values set out by the United Nations and the European Union.

So adding LaBarbera to the mix ought to really help with that.

Janet Porter Dropped From Worldview Radio Because Of Her Ties To "Whacked Out Folks"

I've written several posts already about the fact that Janet Porter had her radio program dropped by VCY America following her May Day 2010 prayer rally due to the Dominionist underpinnings of the event. 

That move has all but closed down Porter's Faith 2 Action organization and so Porter has spent a lot of her energy lately attacking Discernment Ministries as being responsible for getting her fired. 

But, as it turns out, it was not just VCY that dropped Porter's radio program - Worldview Weekend also terminated its relationship with her over her May Day prayer rally.

On May 5, Brannon Howse, who has been a long-time support of Porter's and even regularly hosted her F2A radio program in her absence, announced that Worldview Radio had parted ways with her and would no longer be carrying her program:

We, on our radio network, our on-line radio network at WorldviewWeekend.com last Thursday pulled a program, Faith 2 Action which was the radio program, or is the radio program, of Janet Folger. I''ve sat in for Janet a few times when should we be unable to host her show and I've been a guest on her show many times - in fact we had her speak at our Worldview Weekend several years ago the criminalization of Christianity, a very good book she wrote on that topic.

But in the last few months, I've become concerned as, and in particular the last week weeks, I've become concerned as I think we are parting company in the important area of theology and doctrine. So we had to pull the program.

A lot of this came to light after the May Day event that took place in Washington DC

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Those were some of the groups, I believe, that were represented at the May Day event - some folks who believe in Dominion theory, Kingdom theology and those who believe in extra-Biblical revelations. So, for that reason, I could not take part and the more I saw on the internet with some of the folks, the more I felt we needed to separate ourselves from that, particularly because it was confusing the public.

So we alerted the staff at F2A that we were not going to carry their broadcast any longer on our on-line radio network. And that's just the stance we've chosen to take. I believe it's great to call a nation to true Biblical repentance but I'm afraid that some, for lack of a better word, some really kind of whacked out folks, crept into the May Day event, and I did hear some stories after the event of some things that really concerned some folks who were there themselves with the Dominion theory theology people.

You can listen to Howse's extended explanation of the decision here, but the gist of it is that Worldview was not comfortable with Porter's embrace of those we believe in extra-Biblical revelation - people like Cindy Jacobs and Dutch Sheets and Lou Engle who consider themselves Prophets and Apostles that receive powers and visions from God.  Howse also explained that while he does not necessarily oppose Dominion Theology or those who advocate it, he does not personally support it or believe in it.  For those reasons, Howse and Worldview Weekend not only declined to endorse Porter's May Day rally but decided that cut ties with her completely.

I wonder why Porter isn't attacking Howse and Worldview Weekend as a bunch of "cultural Nazis" who are siding with the ACLU and throwing rocks from the sidelines of the culture war at those, like Porter, who are trying to save America from its descent into communism.

Religious Right Paranoia Knows No Bounds

Earlier this month, representatives of the Secular Student Alliance were invited, for the first time, to attend a meeting hosted by the White House's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

According to SSA, the meeting focused on "connecting the higher education sector to broader national service priorities and creating spaces on campus to foster interfaith and community service" ... and Bishop Harry Jackson is outraged that atheists were included, seeing it as proof that President Obama and his administration hate Christians: 

Bishop Harry Jackson with the Fellowship of International Churches tells OneNewsNow he believes the White House is trying to expand the tent of faith to include atheists and non-religious people as a way to discredit Bible-believing evangelicals.

"I think we're being set up -- for people of living faith who believe in a born-again experience who follow the Bible -- to be seen as knuckle-dragging Neanderthals who need to come into the 21st century," Jackson said.

He argued that, in the 20 years that President Obama sat under the preaching of his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama was exposed to a worldview that included aberrant ideas. For example, Wright likened the Supreme Court to the Ku Klux Klan, said the U.S. had brought the 9/11 terrorist attacks on itself, and insisted that the U.S. government had invented HIV as a way to kill minorities.

"Then it stands to reason that you would not see anything wrong in including all these kinds of folks [atheists] in your religious program," Bishop Jackson said, "and you kind of feel like this is what America really is like and this is what the faith community should be like because this is the world you as a president had experienced in your pre-presidential days."

The White House, he believes, has bought into the concept that America is no longer a Christian nation.

The meeting sought to create a "dialogue on interfaith and community service with University Presidents, faculty, Chaplains, foundations, religious and community leaders and other key partners" and included "more than 120 leading scholars, academics, university presidents, chaplains, foundations, and student service organizations [who] attended the convening from institutions across the country [and] reflected the diversity of views and backgrounds across the country with Presidents of evangelical and Catholic colleges, Muslim and Buddhist chaplains, Hindu and Jewish student organizations and representatives from secular service groups as well."

Two of the 120 in attendance were representatives of Secular Student Alliance ... so obviously, the entire meeting was just an effort by the White House "to discredit Bible-believing evangelicals."

Rep. Randy Forbes Seeks To Create A National "Prayer Caucus" Network

Earlier this week we noted that Rep. Randy Forbes had been a guest on James Dobson's new radio program where he unveiled his plan to create a series of state-level "prayer caucuses" that would monitor legislation, court rulings, and elected officials and mobilize activists to fight them.

The latest issue of World Magazine profiles Forbes and his Congressional Prayer Caucus and reports that he has already created one state-level caucus in Mississippi, with others in Virginia and Florida coming soon: 

Forbes says anti-faith groups have raised vast sums of money to pick fights with religious organizations. "For decades now people of faith have said, 'We are just working our own ministries, and we are going to wait and play defense when they come after us.' Our strategy is different. We think we need to push back."

To do so Forbes set up the nonprofit Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation to raise both awareness and money. The foundation's website, which asks churches and individuals to sign up to pray for the nation on a "digital prayer wall," also offers $5,000 annual memberships to a club called the "300"—a reference to Gideon's army in Judges.

The money funds Forbes' signature strategy: franchising out the Congressional Prayer Caucus concept to state legislatures.

Mississippi became the first state to partner with the caucus. Mississippi's GOP Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant spearheaded the effort after Forbes visited his office in February. At that meeting Forbes enticed Bryant by telling him Mississippi could help spread the movement around the country. "I immediately accepted the challenge because Mississippi is one of the most religious states in the nation," Bryant told me.

On April 22, a bipartisan group of more than three dozen Mississippi lawmakers crowded onto steps inside the state Capitol for a press conference on prayer. To make it official the state legislature even put it to a vote, unanimously passing in both the House and Senate a resolution that formed the state caucus. Next year a Senate Republican will lead the weekly prayer group while a House Democrat will take over in 2012.

Legislatures in Virginia and Florida are at work on similar partnerships.

It is through these state groups that Forbes hopes to change the debate over religion in public life. Many of the nation's legislatures already have prayer groups, but Forbes wants to bring them together into a nationwide network that tracks threats against religion. The D.C. caucus would serve as the clearinghouse where policy makers formulate and coordinate strategies.

"Here is the new world, if you send 100 lobbyists against us, we send two and a half million emails raising this issue," said Forbes. "Do you really want to fight that battle?"

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Think Progress: Opponents of same-sex marriage ask Prop. 8 judge to invalidate 18,000 marriages of gay couples.
  • Towleroad: Study: Millions of Dollars Spent on Proposition 8 and Similar Campaigns Has Been a Complete Waste.
  • Adam Shah: Witch hunt: Wash. Times literally tells its readers to be "very afraid" of Obama judges.
  • Joe.My.God: Baptist Softball League Bans Entire Team Over Lesbian Coach.
  • Adele Stan: Arch-Conservative U.S. Christians Help Uganda 'Kill-the-Gays' Bill Stay Alive.
  • Minnesota Independent: Pawlenty takes first step toward 2012 bid.
  • Religion Dispatches: DeMint Uses Christian Reconstructionist Mailing List To Raise Money For Angle.
  • Autumn Sandeen: The Prophet Hartline Speaks On Recent Natural Disasters.
  • Steve Benen: Republicans Just Don't Like The Unemployed, Cont'd ...
  • Kevin Drum: Psychoanalyzing the Tea Partiers.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • The Illinois Family Institute "needs to raise $80,000 to survive the summer."
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann received the 2010 Conservative Leadership Award from the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.
  • An interesting look at the ties between Jay Sekulow, Deacon Keith Fournier, Rob and Paul Schenck, and the American Center for Law and Justice.
  • Maggie Gallagher is not happy with the way the Prop 8 trial appears to be going.
  • Janne Myrdal, State Director for CWA of North Dakota, is honored to be "one of those prayer warriors who provide [Sarah Palin's] prayer shield."
  • Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition is busy training "Tea Partiers, home schoolers and other conservatives to give them the tools they need to turn out the identify, educate and turn out conservative voters in their area."
  • Sadly, Pat Robertson is refusing to make a comment on the large statue of Jesus that was struck by lightening and destroyed. 

Plaque Honoring Slaves Not Enough Because It Doesn't Talk About Abortion

I have to admit that it never fails to amaze me how anti-choice activists can take any issue and turn it into an excuse to talk about abortion:

Today, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reed, John Lewis and other members of Congress including John Boehner are unveiling a plaque honoring the efforts of Black slaves who helped build the nation's Capitol Building.

"It is appropriate to recognize the fact that our forefathers helped to build the Capitol," said Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and a leader of the www.prolifefreedomrides.com campaign. "Yet, much more needs to be done. For example, amending then passing HR 40 which calls for an investigation of the impact of slavery on our nation. The harmful impact of abortion needs to be included in that legislation."

"Here's the part I don't get..." said Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union, "How can Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and others flash their pearly-whites in front of television cameras supposedly to honor black slaves yet adamantly support the genocidal killing of the great, great, grand children of slaves by abortion? Right here, in the nation's capitol, for every black child born--another is brutally killed by abortion."

The unveiling of the plaque takes place just days before "Juneteenth," which is the African American celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

"If Congress really wants to honor African Americans, they can start by ending federally funded programs that allow abortion," said Alveda King.

The Dominionist Agenda Driving Gingrich's New Organization

I've been writing a lot about the steadily increasing influence that 7 Mountains/Dominion theology has been having on the Religious Right recently, though mostly as it has relates to Janet Porter.

But it is important to note that Porter is not alone in embracing this theology and partnering with activists who espouse it.  For instance, Lou Engle played a central role in last year's Family Research Council "prayercast" against health care reform and has developed ties to many other Religious Right leaders as well. Others, like Cindy Jacobs of Generals International, have likewise been making similar connections and several of these groups have also become members of the right-wing supergroup known as the Freedom Federation

And even Newt Gingrich is cultivating his own ties to 7 Mountains advocates.  Last year, Gingrich appeared alongside Engle at a "Rediscovering God In America" conference where Engle laid hands upon Gingrich and prayed for God's protection for him. Not long thereafter, Gingrich formed a group called Renewing American Leadership and tapped Engle-associate and Prop 8 leader Jim Garlow to serve as Chairman of the organization.

While looking on the Renewing American Leadership website today, I found a link to a video from April of Garlow sitting down with James Robison (who gave Mike Huckabee his start) to voice their concerns about the state of this nation under President Obama and the Democrats. 

During the conversation Garlow explained how the 7 Mountain/Dominionist theology is being implemented on various levels: first by identifying leaders at the "top" of these mountains and creating support networks for them; then by identifying Godly young people and putting them in contact with these leaders in an effort to turn them into future leaders who will "live out Jesus' life in influencing those seven mountains"; and finally by targeting leaders "who are not standing for the truth of Christ" and launching armies of prayer warriors against them so that God will either change their hearts or remove them from office: