December 2011

As Gingrich Courts The Religious Right, Perkins Waves Red Flags

Today, Newt Gingrich sent a letter to Iowa Religious Right leader Bob Vander Plaats detailing his commitment to fight gay rights and reproductive rights, and also taking a vow to stay faithful to his wife Callista, his third wife and former mistress. After vowing to fight against gay and lesbian couples’ right to marry, Gingrich said he would “pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.” Vander Plaats has previously floated supporting Gingrich, who leads in the Iowa polls, and publicly announced that his organization has narrowed its choices to Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum.

But Gingrich’s problems winning over Religious Right activists despite his best efforts were exhibited in an interview Family Research Council president Tony Perkins gave on Friday with radio talk show host Janet Mefferd. Perkins told Mefferd that Religious Right voters may be viewed as hypocritical if they pick Gingrich over right-wing candidates who, unlike Gingrich, also have both “their personal lives and their professional lives in order” like Bachmann, Santorum and Perry in the Republican primary. However, Perkins said it would not at all problematic for Christian conservative voters to back Gingrich over President Obama if he is the party’s nominee.

Listen:

Mefferd: My question is, Tony do you buy this idea that if Newt Gingrich does end up being the nominee and Christian conservatives end up getting behind him because they want to vote out Barack Obama, which we all do, that that somehow will ruin the reputation of Christians? Are you buying that connection?

Perkins: No, I think the question that does have some legitimacy is in—right now, where it stands, you’re still four weeks away from the vote in Iowa, and there are still solid conservative candidates in this race. You have Michele Bachmann, a strong Christian woman who I know very well and is completely in line with us, Rick Santorum, another close friend again who is perfectly in line with us, as well as Rick Perry, who is in line with us on all the issues. So I think for Christian conservatives to come out now and say, ‘alright well we’re going to support Newt Gingrich,’ when you still have people that have their personal lives and their professional lives in order, I do think that then rings kind of like, ‘well we just want to be with a political winner,’ so I think that charge would stick now.

Liberty Counsel Compares North Korean Military Threat to Bogus "War on Christmas"

Liberty Counsel, in an alert to members today, compared North Korea’s threat against South Korea over a church group’s Christmas light display near the DMZ to the so-called “War on Christmas” in America. North Korea reacted furiously to the Christmas lights which could be seen in some cities near the border, leading to a not-so-thinly veiled threat against its southern neighbor.

This caught the eye of Liberty Counsel, which has been fighting the purported “War on Christmas” in America and likened Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee to the totalitarian Communist state for naming a Holiday Tree in the state capitol.

Of course, Liberty Counsel failed to mention that Chafee’s Republican predecessor former Gov. Donald Carcieri also called the tree a Holiday Tree. “It appears Gov. Chafee is well-suited for survival at the North Korea border,” the group claims. “His policies are better for kow-towing to the Commies than celebrating Christmas.”

You might be a communist if…You ban poinsettias from a government school; You rename a Christmas tree a “holiday” tree in a state building…or You threaten your neighbors with unexpected consequences if they want to put up Christmas lights. North Korea has claimed that South Korea’s plan to place three Christmas light displays in the shape of large trees is “a mean attempt for psychological warfare.” Their official site states, “The enemy warmongers ... should be aware that they should be held responsible entirely for any unexpected consequences that may be caused by their scheme,” according to the Associated French Press.



Here in America, a Texas school banned Santa; a California school went another step and also banned poinsettias and Christmas trees, alleging that each was too religious. In addition, Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island renamed a Christmas tree a holiday tree against the wishes of the tree’s donor and the outcry across his state. It appears Gov. Chafee is well-suited for survival at the North Korea border. His policies are better for kow-towing to the Commies than celebrating Christmas.

Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel, commented: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to millions of people who live in repressive regimes like North Korea, where their faith is tested everyday. America needs to be a beacon of hope to the world. It is an important lesson to Americans to not let the ‘grinches’ steal our Christmas spirit here in the land of the free.”

Tim Goeglein Says George W. Bush Possessed an Aristotelian "Greatness of Soul"

For eight years, Timothy Goeglein served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison where he served as the middle man between the Oval Office and the Religious Right.

Goeglein served in this capacity until it was discovered that he had plagarized several columns he had been writing for an Indiana newspaper over the years and he subsequently resigned, eventually landing a new job as the main lobbyist for Focus on the Family.

Since leaving the White House, Goeglein has not been shy about proclaiming his undying admiration for his former boss, calling President Bush the "most pro-life and pro-family president in the history of the United States" and a "great thinker" who was "the instrument in God's hand" that kept America safe and who will one day be recognized by historians as one of the nation's greatest leaders.

Goeglein has now written a book about his time with Bush entitled "The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era" and this week is a guest on Liberty Counsel's "Faith and Freedom" radio program where he is promoting.

And judging by today's episode, Goeglein's love of President Bush has in no way abated, as he declared that Bush was one of those men who possessed an Aristotelian "a greatness of soul":

Another Anti-Gay Diatribe Courtesy of David Barton

Last week right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton of WallBuilders appeared on City On A Hill Radio, where he railed against a California law that ensures students learn about prominent LGBT figures and agreed with a host who compared the anti-bullying leader Kevin Jennings to Adolf Hitler. Jennings, the past leader of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and current CEO of Be The Change, had worked in the Obama administration on ways to help schools prevent bullying. Barton, who has warned the public schools are trying to “force” students “to be homosexual” through “homosexual indoctrination,” concurred with host Diana Crews said that she sees “Hitler” in “the likes of Kevin Jennings,” whom she claimed is promoting a “very dangerous that the agenda is really leading kids away from God.” He went on to attack California’s SB 48 and claim that textbooks there will teach kids the debated claims that George Washington Carver and Abraham Lincoln were gay, contending that “public schools are more into indoctrination than they are into truth or knowledge.”

Crews: Mr. Barton, it’s also dangerous in that I see Hitler in that, in the mindset that’s going to be perpetrated from Washington on down with the likes of Kevin Jennings.

Barton: Yeah.

Crews: I think it’s very dangerous that the agenda—that is really leading kids away from God.

Barton: Yeah it is.

Crews: Those are little souls.



Barton: I got a call recently from the standards people who are working this in California, and they are creating textbooks now to show kids all the contributions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, and among other things in the textbook, they’re saying, ‘we need to point out that George Washington Carver was gay, we need to point out that Abraham Lincoln was gay.’ And then you get to George Washington Carver and the reason they say he’s gay, and they’ll point this out, but back when he was young he had a lung infection and a serious respiratory problem that kept him from working outside, he did everything inside. And working inside he actually learned to crochet and to sew, and they say, ‘that proves he’s a gay guy, because that’s so effeminate!’ That’s the basis of saying George Washington Carver is gay, is that he crocheted and sewed, and so that’s why I’m saying public schools are more into indoctrination than they are into truth or knowledge, they won’t tell you the story of these guys but suddenly we’re going to start telling all of our kids in California that Abraham Lincoln was gay, that George Washington Carver was gay, and none of it is true.

Meet The Extremist Group Lowe's Caved To Over 'All-American Muslim'

After Lowe’s capitulated to the calls from the Florida Family Association to withdraw its ads from the TLC reality show All-American Muslim, the home improvement company immediately faced a hostile response from consumers not driven by unremitting anti-Muslim bigotry. The Florida Family Association launched its pressure campaign against All-American Muslim advertisers by citing the articles of anti-Muslim activists Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, who claim that the show misrepresents the Muslim community because it doesn’t match their stereotypes of Muslims as anti-American terrorists. Spencer demanded TLC create a show about a secular Muslim who becomes a terrorist and Geller claimed that the “program is an attempt to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad” because the people in the show aren’t terrorists, and smeared Think Progress reporter as a “Dhimmi Jew” for defending TLC.

While siding with the likes of Spencer and Geller is bad enough, the Florida Family Assocation has a long history of not only attacking Muslims but also President Obama, entertainment companies and the LGBT community:

  • The group went after Campbell’s soup for boosting the “advancement of Islam and Sharia law in the United States” because the company made halal soups and sponsored a conference held by a Canadian Muslim relief organization.
  • Predicting that “Islam will not sweep into America overnight though it could under the current president” as the “Islamization of America will most likely happen city by city,” the FFA launched a website to combat the purported “Islamization” of Tampa, warning that “Tampa is headed toward embracing Islam.”
  • The FFA also waged a campaign against Modern Family, bragging that they convinced “107 companies to stop advertising during the ABC show Modern Family after the advertisers received thousands of emails from Florida Family Association supporters. Florida Family Association objects to Modern Family because the show labels a same-sex couple with an adopted child as a modern family and attempts to normalize homosexuality by contrasting it with heterosexual couples that the show characterizes as abnormal.”
  • Unsurprisingly, the FFA went after Chaz Bono’s appearance on Dancing With The Stars, saying “Chaz’s appearance on this show looks like nothing more than social engineering to mainstream extreme parts of the homosexual agenda.”
  • The group helped pass a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, a ban on same-sex parents adopting children, and claimed to have sent state legislators “over 10,000 emails opposing Domestic Partnerships and legislation that promotes the homosexual lifestyle,” including legislation that would bar discrimination against people due to their sexual orientation.
  • The FFA also regularly protests Gay Day at Disney World for “offending unsuspecting families,” even contracting a plane to fly over Disney with a seven foot banner reading, “WARNING GAY PRIDE DAY@DISNEY 2DAY.” They even campaigned against the AARP for starting a program aimed at older gays and lesbians, saying it promotes “special rights for immoral behavior.”

AFR's Buster Wilson Calls on MSNBC to "Clean the Stable" of Maddow & O'Donnell

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell and Pastor John Hagee have been engaged in a war of words lately, stemming from O'Donnell's characterization of Hagee's infamous sermon in which he preached that God used Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust as a means of getting Jews to return to Israel. 

On Friday, Buster Wilson decided to weigh in on the dispute on his "AFA Today" radio program where he called on the network to "clean the stable" of hosts like "the admitted lesbian Rachel Maddow" and Lawrence O'Donnell:

National news networks do have ... a tendency for mischaracterizing the works, motivations, and the actions of religious people. Do you notice that? Well, I'll tell you, one of the worst, one of the worst is MSNBC. When you take the likes of Chris Matthews, and when you take Lawrence O'Donnell and Rachel Maddow, you have some of the most anti-Christian, anti-religious people on journalistic television today. No question about it.

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We need to let MSNBC know it's time for them to clean the stable out of those people who are so anti-Christ, so hateful. When you listen to the admitted lesbian Rachel Maddow, when you listen to Lawrence O'Donnell and some of the things that Chris Matthews says and some of the other people that they've had to chasten on their network with either getting them off the network or giving them time off without pay, this network needs, I say this network needs to do a little cleaning up in their house because absolutely it's out of phase with the reality of what's going on in the rest of the world.

Allow us to point out that Wilson is General Manager of the American Family Radio Networks, which just so happens to be the radio network that provides Bryan Fischer with two hours of radio time every day from which to spew all manner of unmitigated bigotry:

As general manager, Wilson presumably has some say over the barrage of hate-filled bigotry that Fischer unleashes on a daily basis on his radio station ... so perhaps he ought to get his own house in order before he starts telling others that they need to do some house cleaning.

Right Wing Round-Up

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Lowe's caves to the Florida Family Association and has pulled advertising from the reality show "All-American Muslim."
  • Were the "Johnny Depp is going to hell" quotes fabricated?
  • It turns out that Newt Gingrich requested the meeting with conservative leaders organized by Richard Viguerie.
  • C. Peter Wagner explains just what the New Apostolic Reformation believes.
  • It seems that "the evidence is overwhelming" that Noah's Ark has been discovered; unfortunately, it is 16,000 feet up a mountain and buried under layers of ice, so it is impossible to ever get out.

Bachmann Wins Dobson’s Heart, But Not his Endorsement

Today’s program on Family Talk concluded James Dobson’s interview with Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus, who both lavished Dobson with praise and accolades. Dobson said they were “in sync on everything I’ve heard so far,” and Bachmann said it was because she “agrees” with everything she learned from him. David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network reports that Dobson is not planning to endorse Bachmann or any other candidate for that matter, but will “reach out to Iowa leaders on her behalf”:

Dobson told her afterwards that he plans to reach out to Iowa leaders on her behalf. Dr. Dobson is not planning on endorsing any candidate.



In addition to the private meeting with Dr. Dobson, Marcus and Michele Bachmann spoke to all of the staff and had lunch with him as well.

Beyond the meeting with Dobson, she also met with Jim Daly, president and chief executive officer of Focus on the Family, along with the department heads within the organization. According to the Bachmann campaign, they discussed the political dynamics of the presidential race as well as the state of politics in the country today. Bachmann did not go there seeking an endorsement but rather to listen to the top concerns from those within the important evangelical organization.

Surely, Dobson’s tacit support for Bachmann may come as a disappointment to Rick Perry, as Perry named Dobson co-chair of The Response and gave Dobson the honor of kicking-off the prayer rally. Dobson may be gun-shy about endorsing a candidate given the struggle he faced in 2008 when he only endorsed Mike Huckabee late in the game and he refused to support John McCain, at least until he put Sarah Palin on the ticket when Dobson changed his mind.

Bachmann and Dobson showered each other with admiration, with Dobson describing the Bachmann’s as “role models” and Bachmann calling the Focus on the Family founder “a legend in modern Christendom”:

Dobson: Well what a pleasure it’s been to talk to you all because we are in sync on everything I’ve heard so far.

Bachmann: Well because we agree with you!

Marcus Bachmann: We were mentored.

Dobson: Why do you think you’re here?

Bachmann: You really have lived a wonderful life Dr. Dobson, I have to tell you, you really have. You’ve given to all of us by your own example and by these shows over the years, you’ve given us a wonderful life. That’s not gratuitous, I’m just saying the legacy that you have left has been built into our life for thirty three years of marriage, it was built into our biological children’s lives, your legacy will be felt in our grandchildren so we want to thank you.

Dobson: That’s so nice of you. I have a very special relationship with the Lord, I steal his ideas and I get the credit for it, it really works well! It’s been great having you here, I appreciate it so much you taking the time to be here out of what has to be a horrendous schedule. We prayed before we started today and just asked the Lord not only to be here in this discussion and he has been; I’m aware of it, aren’t you?

Bachmann: Amen, there’s no question.

Dobson: And also to be with you as you go through this very challenging season of your life, it is a pleasure getting better acquainted with you and I’ll see you at the National Day of Prayer.

Bachmann: Yes you will, God bless you.

Dobson: Thank you Dr. Marcus Bachmann and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, you are the role models that we talked about earlier today.

Bachmann: You have been a legend in modern Christendom, we mean that sincerely, and we’re grateful to you for your living example.

Anti-Islam Activist to Keynote Ocean City Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Next month, the 22nd annual Ocean City Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Ocean City, MD.

The keynote speaker will be none other than Jerry Boykin:

The commander of the infamous Black Hawk Down has been announced as this year’s Ocean City Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast speaker.

Ocean City Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Director Bruce Spangler expressed excitement this week about Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin of the US Army, retired coming to Ocean City next month.

“Talking to people that know this guy, they say he’s a soldiers-soldier … he isn’t somebody that lives from behind but is upfront leading,” Spangler said.

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Following many other combat operations, in 1993 LTG Boykin clashed with Muslim warlord Osman Atto in Somalia, which was chronicled in the movie “Black Hawk Down”. He has been wounded twice while being involved in every conflict since Vietnam. The majority of his time was spent in the Middle East.

“He is an expert on Islamic history,” Spangler said.

In reality, Boykin is an anti-Islam activist who believes that Muslims do not deserve First Amendment protections and should not be allowed to build mosques in America. He also says that not only can there be no interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims, but that Christians must go on the offensive against Islam.

He also believes that George Soros and the Council on Foreign Relations intentionally collapsed the US economy in order to help elect President Obama, who is now using health care reform legislation to create an army of Brownshirt soldiers loyal only to him: