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Pat Robertson: Homosexuality Will Destroy America

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson responded to a story on conservative activists in the republic of Georgia who accuse the U.S. and the European Union of trying “to force Georgia into accepting homosexual practices and same-sex marriage as societal norms.” (Not coincidentally, some of the same activists will be hosting a number of American anti-LGBT groups at the World Congress of Families this month.)

Robertson, of course, said that America’s support for LGBT rights is putting the nation’s survival at risk and may be paving the way for the End Times and divine judgment.

The truth is, from what we understand in history, there hasn’t been one nation in the history of the world that has openly embraced homosexual lifestyle and begun to practice the homosexual lifestyle that has endured. Every one of them has gone down. Every single one of them. Once rampant homosexuality takes place, then people don’t take care of their children, they aren’t concerned about the next generation, they’re concerned about physical pleasure and the activities surrounding this lifestyle, they aren’t planning for the future and the country goes to pot.

Right now it it’s kind of in the balance, it’s kind of interesting, but the fact that the European Union and the U.S. is trying to impose this lifestyle on a little country like Georgia that wants to stay orthodox is incredible.

You look at the Book of Revelation and it says, ‘Mystery Mother of Harlots, you have made the world drunk with the wine of your fornication.’ And you say, who is that ‘mystery woman?’ Well, more and more, this great nation of ours, the U.S. of A, is becoming — to take on that role. I don’t know if we intend to but that’s what’s happening. We’re making the nations drunk with the wine of our fornication and God brings judgment on a country that does that.

Ted Cruz Is Open To Unsuspending His Campaign If He Can Win Nebraska's Primary

Ever since Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican presidential race last week, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts have been holding on to a sliver of hope that if Cruz could still somehow manage to win today's Republican primary in Nebraska, that would convince the Texas senator to unsuspend his campaign and re-enter the race.

Today, Cruz called into Beck's radio program and Beck's co-host Pat Gray directly asked Cruz about this possibility.

"If Nebraska were to somehow miraculously choose you tonight," Gray asked, "if that happened, would you consider getting back in the race?"

Cruz responded that he would certainly be open to that admittedly slight possibility.

"I am not holding my breath," Cruz said. "My assumption is that that will not happen. But listen, let's be very clear, if there is a path to victory, we launched this campaign intending to win; the reason we suspended the race last week is with Indiana's loss, I didn't see a viable path to victory. If that changes, we will certainly respond accordingly."

Beck and crew were, of course, elated and urged Republicans in Nebraska to turn out en masse today to vote for Cruz.

'Donald Trump's Supporters Lap Up Every Conspiracy Theory He Pushes Out There'

As we note in our new report on Donald Trump’s embrace of conspiracy theorists, “poll after poll shows that Trump supporters disproportionately subscribe to shocking conspiracy theories,” such as the false claim that thousands of Muslim-Americans in New Jersey celebrated on 9/11 or that climate science is a hoax.

A new survey released by Public Policy Polling today finds that respondents who have a favorable opinion of Trump are much more likely to believe in the conspiracy theories Trump promotes, including the discredited claims that President Obama is a foreign-born Muslim, that Justice Antonin Scalia died under suspicious circumstances and that vaccines are linked to autism.

One claim promoted by Trump, that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, didn’t appear to entirely convince his followers. But it did raise misgivings: while 7 percent of Trump’s fans thought Rafael Cruz was implicated in the assassination, 38 percent couldn’t say for sure one way or the other.

That’s not so bad for Trump, since simply muddying the waters was his main objective all along.

Among voters with a favorable opinion of Trump:

-65% think President Obama is a Muslim, only 13% think he's a Christian.

-59% think President Obama was not born in the United States, only 23% think that he was.

-27% think vaccines cause autism, 45% don't think they do, another 29% are not sure.

-24% think Antonin Scalia was murdered, just 42% think he died naturally, another 34% are unsure.

-7% think Ted Cruz's father was involved in the assassination of JFK, 55% think he was not involved, another 38% are unsure.

“For the most part we’ve found that Donald Trump’s supporters lap up every conspiracy theory he pushes out there,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But the Ted Cruz’s dad was involved in killing JFK one appears to be a bridge too far even for them.”

David Horowitz, Who Calls Obama 'Racist' And Pelosi A 'Bitch,' Urges Conservatives To Unify Behind Trump

Correction: We originally reported, based on a Politico article, that conservative activist David Horowitz had been tapped as a delegate for Donald Trump in California. A spokeswoman for the David Horowitz Freedom Center, however, tells us that contrary to the Politico report, if the David Horowitz listed as a Trump delegate is the same as the one who runs the Center it’s “news to him.” Horowitz has, however, urged conservatives to unify behind Trump now that he is the nominee. We’ve updated the post to reflect this.

Conservative activist and author David Horowitz is urging conservatives to unite behind Donald Trump now that he is the GOP nominee, writing in Breitbart on Sunday that “conservatives who have declared war on the primary victor are displaying a myopia that could be deadly in November when Donald Trump will lead Republicans against a party that has divided the country, destroyed its borders, empowered its enemies, and put 93 million Americans into dependency on the state.”

Horowitz, although he states a couple of qualms about Trump’s candidacy, makes a natural ally for the GOP frontrunner. After all, Horowitz based much of his recent activism on the idea that white people in America are the victims of discrimination by blacks and other racial minorities, while Trump has benefited from the idea of “reverse racism” among his base.

Just last month, Horowitz, the publisher of FrontPage magazine, told a radio interviewer that President Obama is “racist” for failing to recognize that it was “white Christian males” who ended slavery.

“There’s no community that’s more racist in America than the black community,” he has said.

Horowitz has urged the Republican Party to embrace this message, a dream that seems to have come true with the rise of Trump. He said in February that Trump has “hit a note that is absolutely necessary” on race. “Republicans and conservatives lose the battle,” he said, “because they won’t take the bull by the horns, they won’t call the Democrats liars, they won’t say that they’re treasonous, which they are, they won’t say that they’re racist, which they are.”

“I mean, it’s just unbelievable to me when you see how racist the Democratic Party is,” he said. “Everything is about race and everything is an attack on white people and anybody who’s not black or Latino.”

Horowitz frequently claims that Obama “hates America” and discriminates against white people by showing a preference for people with “a darker shade of skin” and supporting anti-white “lynch mobs.” He has said that Obama “would never be president if he weren’t black” because “part of the racism of our society is if you’re black you can get away with murder.”

He has also speculated that Obama is secretly Muslim because he is “anti-American radical” and “wants the terrorists to win.”

Horowitz’s insults have not been confined just to Obama. For instance, there was that time he called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a “Jew-hating bitch” on Twitter.

Horowitz is also very active in anti-Muslim circles, helping to finance a number of anti-Muslim groupshostingannual retreats through his David Horowitz Freedom Center that bring together prominent anti-Muslim activists and conservative politicians. (Past guests have included Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who was until recently Trump’s main remaining rival for the GOP nomination.)

He enthusiastically contributed to the smear campaign against Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who some anti-Muslim activists claim infiltrated the government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, claiming at one point that she was “given a special dispensation to marry a Jew so she can infiltrate our government.” Horowitz has even hinted that Abedin was responsible for the attack on American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.

Horowitz is also on board with the conspiracy theory that anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is a Muslim Brotherhood agent in the Republican Party, claiming that Norquist is secretly a “practicing Muslim.”

In Trump, it seems that Horowitz may have finally found the trash-talking, insult-heaving, white-racial-grievance-promoting, anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist candidate of his dreams.

He as accused people protesting at Trump campaign events of using “fascist tactics” reminiscent of the rise of Nazism.

Back in July, Horowitz praised Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric, claiming that Obama's immigration policies “import disease and kill Americans.”

“Wake up America,” he said. “There’s only one conservative who is even near to talking like this and that’s Trump and that’s why he’s way ahead.”

Republicans' Self-Inflicted Disaster On The Supreme Court Keeps Getting Worse

Senate Republicans continue to hemorrhage support for their unprecedented decision to not hold any hearings on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, with a new poll from Public Policy Polling finding that Americans continue to oppose the GOP’s obstructionism.

The poll, conducted for Americans United for Change between May 4 and 5, finds that 58 percent of voters believe that the “vacant seat on the Supreme Court should be filled this year,” and that 65 percent think the “Senate should hold confirmation hearings for the nominee.”

Fifty percent of voters are less likely to vote for a senator who “opposed having confirmation hearings,” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the architects of the obstruction plan, has a mere 11-percent national approval rate.

One reason the GOP’s messaging on the court vacancy has continued to struggle has been the rise of Donald Trump. A majority of voters, 53 percent, according to the poll, “do not trust Donald Trump to nominate a new Supreme Court justice.”

Donald Trump: God Blessed Me With A Brilliant Mind To Handle Debt And Business Issues

Last week, Donald Trump put forward yet another alarming economic idea when, as Business Insider reported, he suggested in an interview with CNBC “that as president he would find ways to renegotiate the public debt and pay less than 100 cents on the dollar if the economy went bad.”

The proposal was called everything from “outrageous” to “insane” to “catastrophic” since it could jeopardize the entire global economy.

But Trump is utterly unconcerned about needlessly creating an economic crisis, since, after all, he is “the king of debt.”

This reminds us of an interview that Trump gave to televangelist Paula White when he was promoting his 2006 book “Why We Want You To Be Rich,” which he co-wrote with Robert Kiyosaki. White later became a vocal endorser of Trump, including addressing one of his campaign rallies and praying over him when he met with a group of televangelists.

In the interview, Trump said, “In a certain way, I love debt,” but added that he understood that the liabilities of debt can outweigh the benefits. “Nobody knows more about debt than I do,” he said.

Debt never weighed him down, Trump explained, because God “blessed” him with a brilliant mind, unlike the majority of people who attended his speeches. “God has to have blessed you with a good mind or, at least, a business mind,” he said.

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/9/16

  • Brian Tashman @ Huffington Post: Trump Is Lifting The Profile Of Conspiracy Theorists Who Blame School Shootings On The Government, Claim Starbucks Puts Ebola Semen In Coffee.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/9/16

  • Despite having once attacked Donald Trump as a truly dangerous "non-serious, unstable, substance-free narcissist," Bobby Jindal has now penned an op-ed explaining why he'll vote for him for president.
  • FRC's Tony Perkins likewise says that he's "open" to supporting Trump.
  • Jesse Lee Peterson cuts to the chase: "Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and the Democratic Party hate blacks."
  • Michael Brown attacks President Obama for daring to acknowledge mothers "regardless of sexual orientation" on Mother's Day.
  • Finally, the "Virginia High School League has moved 14 state tournament events away from Liberty University" because of Jerry Falwell Jr.'s comments about Muslims.

Gordon Klingenschmitt Ties Himself In Knots Trying To Defend Discrimination Against Atheists

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Religious Right activist and Colorado state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt shared his thoughts on a lawsuit filed against a California school district for refusing to inform students about scholarships that were being offered by atheist groups.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a local freethinker organization were offering college scholarships but district officials refused to include them on a list of scholarships that was distributed to students even though the list featured several overtly religious scholarships.

In Klingenschmitt's view, this is perfectly okay because trying to "bribe" public school students with an atheist scholarship is unconstitutional.  

"To advertise atheist scholarships to all of the Christian students or the Jewish students or even the homosexual students," he said, "to say that everyone should be able to get this money if you just renounce your faith, that, to me, is itself unconstitutional. There is no place for atheist recruiters to come into your schools and recruit children to violate their parent's religion."

Offering Christian scholarships, on the other hand, is totally acceptable because the majority of students in public school are Christians, Klingenschmitt said, and so "for an opportunity to be offered to a Christian child that, if they write an essay about God that they should get Christian scholarship money, that's not bribery. They're keeping their own religion ... You're reinforcing what the parents want their kid's faith to be. This is a parental rights issue."

Sure, some atheist parents might object to students being offered a scholarship for writing Christian essays, Klingenschmitt admitted, but that is totally different than saying "to Christian children that we're going to bribe you with [a scholarship] if you convert and renounce your parent's faith about how great it is to be an atheist."

"That would be upsetting and offensive to parents who want their children raised in a Christian faith," he stated, before praying that school officials will fight this lawsuit and "stand up for the freedom of religion for Christian students in public schools to not be coerced and bribed to convert to atheism against their parent's faith."

Donald Trump's Amen Corner: Prosperity Preachers and Dominionists

While Ted Cruz had the backing of most Religious Right leaders in his now-suspended presidential campaign, Donald Trump has had his own amen corner among preachers of the God-wants-you-to-be-rich prosperity gospel, including a group  who laid hands on him last fall. At that meeting, Florida-based prosperity preacher Paula White prayed that "any tongue that rises against him will be condemned according to the word of God.”

It’s not really surprising that preachers who tout wealth as a sign of God’s favor would line up with a blustery billionaire like Trump, who says his riches are proof that he’s qualified to fix what’s wrong with the country. What is a bit more surprising is the support Trump is getting from a leading advocate of Seven Mountains dominionism, which teaches that government and other spheres of influence — “mountains” like media, entertainment, business — are meant to be run by the right kind of Christians.

Lance Wallnau is an influential leader in the Seven Mountains movement. In 2011, he declared that it is the obligation of Christians to “seize those high places” in order to bring about the return of Jesus Christ — something he has said they should do by both “overt” and “covert” means. In 2012, he said that the mountains of government, media, and economics were currently occupied by Satan.

Wallnau has been pushing Trump for a while now. In November he declared that God has given Trump “an anointing for the mantle of government.” But why would someone who thinks Christians with a “biblical worldview” are supposed to be running the world throw his support to Trump rather than Ted Cruz or one of the other candidates who put their faith at the center of their campaigns?

Steve Strang, publisher of the Pentecostal Charisma Magazine, put that question to Wallnau in a recent podcast interview. Strang had been a Ted Cruz supporter, but after Cruz dropped out of the race he quickly declared that he has shifted his loyalty and support to Trump.

“When God wants to move in history, he doesn’t always pick the favorite evangelical,” said Wallnau. He said that God brought Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill to power at crucial moments in history, the way He is now raising up Trump for our time. And he knows this, Wallnau said, because God told him so.

In a video on his website, Wallnau praised Cruz as someone who “totally gets Seven Mountains” but said he doesn’t believe Cruz could win a general election. Anyway, he said, it’s better for Christians to have someone like Trump in power, because every failure of a President Cruz would be blamed on conservative Christians, something that won’t happen with Trump. And after all, having believers like Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush in office didn’t turn out so well.

Wallnau said God told him specifically that Trump is “a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness.” Wallnau has dedicated a section of his website to explaining why “Trump is the guy that God is going to use.”

I ran across a picture of Trump that said “Donald Trump 45th President of the United States.” Immediately the thought hit me “read Isaiah 45!” I was shocked by what I discovered. It’s about a king named Cyrus and he would not appear on the scene for another 100 years. Cyrus was a secular ruler. He was not a believer. He was “anointed” to do certain things “for Jacob my servants sake.”  

Like King Cyrus, says Wallnau, Trump is a secular figure who God will use to get things done. And, he told Strang, he told Trump all about the Cyrus prophecy when he met with a group of African American ministers last year.

Wallnau calls Trump a “chaos candidate,” someone who is unconventional enough to push back hard against a radical left that is transforming America into “an increasingly hostile anti-Christian culture.” And Hillary Clinton, he told Strang, is helping take America down the road that Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the end-times bestseller “The Harbinger,” is predicting. Wallnau told Strang:

Hillary Clinton is part of a machine that is taking America socially, spiritually, and economically into everything the Harbinger talks about…the Harbinger has Hillary on it. That’s why I was thinking, I want to do an article called, ‘Lead us not into Trumptation but deliver us from Hillary.’ Because Hillary Clinton is not an individual, she is a machine with an entire ideologic [sic] agenda that goes all the way to the most ghastly interests you can imagine in terms of the survival of Christian civilization.

Trump, warned Wallnau, will not make it without evangelical support, adding, “may we not be the saboteurs of our own deliverance.” Cruz supporters, he said, will have to look at the bigger picture. Cruz, he said, still has an important role to play in history, maybe as a running mate or Supreme Court justice.

As Kyle reported in April, Wallnau is part of the Trump campaign’s “National Diversity Coalition.” He is also a board member of the Oak Initiative, whose bio of him starts, “Dr. Lance Wallnau has been described by People For the American Way as the hidden architect behind the increasingly viral and politically potent seven mountain template for cultural impact.” Wallnau has said that Right Wing Watch is part of a coalition controlled by a secret cabal of funders who are behind the climate change movement and Black Lives Matter.

Wallnau has a history of saying rather unusual things. Three years ago he said God was giving a diabetes cure to Christians, but that they wouldn’t share it with the general public, only with Kingdom-minded believers who would give it to Chinese Communist Party leaders in order to help spread the Gospel in that country. China? Better not tell Trump.