May 2011

Right Wing Round-Up

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Every time you think the Birthers can't get any more ridiculous, they prove you wrong.
  • Molotov Mitchell explains that even though the Bible prohibits tattoos, it totally doesn't mean it.
  • A two-hour movie all about how great Sarah Palin is?  I won't be watching that.
  • Because it went so well last time, Rudy Giuliani is apparently thinking of making another run for president.
  • Peter LaBarber's obsession with all things gay continues.
  • Finally, Timothy Miller pled not guilty to charges of helping Lisa Miller kidnap her daughter and flee the country.

Jackson: God Has "Raised Up Herman Cain For This Day"

Here in an interesting fact:  when Herman Cain held his official presidential campaign launch event over the weekend, the invocation was delivered by none other than Harry Jackson, who declared that God has "raised up Herman Cain for this day" to restore "righteousness, justice, and truth" to America:

Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have raised up Herman Cain for this day. That you have appointed him for this hour as a spokesperson and representative of your agenda and of the values that America has always held dear.

And so out of the same passage, we pray for him and declare for Herman Cain: Arise! Shine! For thy light has come and the glory of the Lord has rise upon thee, Herman Cain.

And then we pray that his people will be willing in the day of his power, Lord, that you are going to give the people in this place a volunteer spirit. They're going to rise up. They're going to volunteer. They're going to give finances. They're going to begin to speak out passionately.

And at the end of the day, we are going to see that you are aligning a veritable army around this man, Herman Cain, because righteousness, justice, and truth need to be restored to America.

We pray and believe we receive these things for we have prayed in the name of Jesus. Amen.

And when Jackson is not declaring that God wants Herman Cain to be president, he is mentoring Bradlee Dean and warning that marriage equality is part of "a Satanic plot to destroy our seed."

Wallbuilders Trots Out Bush Administration Plagiarizer To Attack Obama

You really have to marvel at the Religious Right'a willingness to openly lie in order to attack President Obama.

Today on "Wallbuilders Live," David Barton and Rick Green brought on Tim Goeglein, the former assistant to George W. Bush, to discuss the totally bogus "Obama failed to issue an Easter proclamation" controversy. 

During the program, Goeglein repeatedly insisted that President Bush, unlike President Obama, routinely issued Easter proclamations:

Most Americans have a sense that it's a good thing that the White House and the President recognize the most important feats day in the Christian religion - the day of Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. And yet, my friend, unfortunately the White House this year was silent when it came to a presidential proclamation on that day.

Of course, President Bush as an Evangelical Christian, knew the centrality of putting out an Easter proclamation.

So why is it that the President and the Executive Branch would not just naturally put out a proclamation on the Easter holiday as every president of both parties has done in the contemporary era of the presidency?

So the answer to your question is it's not just an oversight, it's just not something that somehow someone dropped the ball. There has to be an internal decision that says, for whatever reason, this White House is not putting out a proclamation on the Easter holiday this year. Those tings are not coincidences; someone made that decision.

Let me just point out that, contrary to Goeglein's claims, President Bush never once issued an Easter proclamation.

I, for one, am shocked that an admitted plagiarizer like Goeglein would be so cavalier with the truth.

Daly: "I Am Not Waving A White Flag" On Fighting Gay Marriage

As we noted yesterday, Focus on the Family's Jim Daly seems to be in damage-control mode after a recent interview in which he that his side had "probably lost" the fight over marriage equality. 

Yesterday he wrote an op-ed for Fox News saying that gay marriage would spell the end of religious liberty for Christians and today he has another piece in the Washington Post saying that "engaging in a little wishful thinking" if they think that he and his organization are going to give up the fight:

In a recent report in World Magazine, my friend Marvin Olasky reprinted, in part, an exchange I had with students at The King’s College in New York City a month or so ago.

Although the story touches on an array of subjects – Focus on the Family’s nationwide orphan-care effort, how intact families help women and children stay out of poverty, even the positive example President Obama sets for the country as a committed family man – the left-leaning blogosphere has zeroed in on one slice of one answer to one question about same-sex marriage. When asked about cultural trends on the subject, particularly polling among the millennial generation, I acknowledged that recent data suggests this very important and key group is polling behind the rest of the country on marriage. To me, it was a simple statement of demographic and statistical fact, but to those who advocate for same-sex marriage, it is being presented as a concession speech regarding our efforts to protect one-man, one-woman marriage.

So, let me be clear: I am not waving a white flag. I’m not even contemplating picking one up. There is still much work to be done by those of us in the faith community to advocate for marriage as it has been defined, and practiced, by every civilized society for millennia.

Herman Cain Lies Again About Banning Muslims From His Administration

As we have noted before, Herman Cain is now trying to walk back his pledge not to allow Muslims to serve in his administration if he is elected president, claiming that what he meant was that he would refuse to hire radical Muslims. 

And that is a point he keeps trying to sell:

[I]n an appearance on outgoing Fox News Channel show host Glenn Beck’s radio program Tuesday morning, Cain clarified the record and said his comments have been “misconstrued.”

“I immediately said – without thinking – ‘No, I would not be comfortable,’” Cain told Beck. “I did not say that I would not have them in my cabinet. If you look at my career, I have hired good people regardless of race, religion, sex gender, orientation and this kind of thing.”

Now let us compare that to what he told Bryan Fischer just last month:

I have been upfront, which ruffles some feathers, but remember Bryan, being politically correct is not one of my strong points; I come at it straight from the heart and straight from the way I see it. And the comment that I made the become controversial, and that my staff keeps hoping will die, is that I wouldn't have Muslims in my administration. And it's real simple: the Constitution does not have room for sharia law. I want people who are going to believe and enforce the Constitution of the United States of America. And so I don't have time, as President of the United States, to try and screen people based upon their religious beliefs - I really don't care what your religious beliefs are, but I do know that most of the people of the Muslim faith, they believe in sharia law. And to introduce that element as part of an administration when we have all of these other issues, I think I have a right to say that I won't.

He very clearly told Fischer that he would have a blanket ban on Muslims working for him because they support sharia, but told Beck the opposite.

If Cain prides himself on being so bold and willing to speak "straight from the heart," then why won't he defend his pledge not to allow Muslims to serve in his administration?

Santorum Pities Those Who Hate Him

In an interview with Gayle Trotter for First Things, Rick Santorum explains that he does not hate those who hate him.  In fact, he pities them because they are "so filled with hate and just seem to be preoccupied with this venomous need to lash out" ... plus, they are all probably going to Hell anyway:

RS: One of the things that I really work hard and try to do when it comes to the attacks that we get is understand that number one, these people don’t know me. They know the positions that I hold or they know at least the representation by some of the media as to the positions I hold and what I say. But they certainly don’t know who I am. And so the viciousness and the nastiness which unfortunately is so much a part of politics in America today, it has come over time not to bother me in the least. In fact, the more vitriol I see, and unfortunately I see probably more than my fair share, I tend to feel sorry for people who do that, who are so filled with hate and just seem to be preoccupied with this venomous need to lash out at those with whom they disagree. I make it a point every day to pray for all those people who say the things that they say and try to make sure that I understand it. There is a great line — actually, more than a line — from St. Thomas More who was asked by his daughter when he was in the Tower of London shortly before he was executed how he could have such equanimity towards his detractors and toward those who wanted to kill him.

GT: Yes.

RS: He drew a rather beautiful explanation, as you said, of having one foot in this world and another in the next, looking at ultimately what was going to happen to the people who were his prosecutors. He said, “Well, either they are right, and I am wrong. And if that’s the case, then why should I hate them because they were right and I was wrong. Or if I was right and they were wrong, then one of two things. That they will repent and they will be my brothers in heaven and so why should I think ill of them now just because right now they are doing things that are wrong. Or they will not repent and they will be damned to eternal damnation and what kind of man am I that would hate someone who is to be pitied as such?” And so, that’s sort of the way I look at it.

Liberty Counsel Warns Obama Is "Cursing America" By Not Supporting Israel

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel was among the Religious Right leaders who signed on to Janet Porter's "Israel: You Are Not Alone" advertising effort and today sent out an email alert to activists asking them to support the campaign in order to stop President Obama from "cursing America":

We MUST insist our elected officials stopping pushing America to move under the curse promised in Genesis 12:3! ... Israel is a unique nation among all nations. For those who believe the Bible's narrative of God's People and the land He gave them, there is no other permissible policy than to "Stand with Israel!"

Our President's cavalier attitude toward Israel cannot go unchallenged. We must not allow our nation to become an adversary to Israel and its national interests!

We must forthrightly tell our elected officials that Americans stand in support of Israel - and pray the Lord will intervene before our President does any more damage to our relationship with Israel!

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We MUST tell our President that he is jeopardizing our nation through his disrespect of the nation of Israel! God's word WILL NOT return void!

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Would you PLEASE forward this message to as many of your fellow Believers as possible? There are very few campaigns that will ever be as important to America's future as this one! Every time you forward this message, it will bless you AND the person to which you send it!

Above all, this campaign will bless both Israel and America, two nations irrevocably intertwined in God's eternal plan for His world.

Right Wing Round-Up

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Apparently the Rapture is really going to happen in October.
  • Speaking of which, Pat Robertson's CBN calls Harold Camping a "fringe preacher." What exactly is the difference between Camping and Robertson, I would like to ask.
  • Now Rep. Thaddeus McCotter is suggesting he may run for president because ... why not.
  • Rick Santorum will reportedly announce his campaign in two weeks.
  • Bryan Fischer continues on his "hate crime" kick.
  • Finally, Richard Land calls Mormonism "another religion" ... by which he means "a cult."