Daniel Lapin Tells Liberty University There Is Nothing Wrong With Profiteering

I recently finished reading Princeton history professor Kevin M. Kruse's extremely interesting new book, "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America," which explains that the Religious Right's claim that America is a Christian nation founded for Christian purposes was a trope first cooked up by right-wing industrialists and preachers back in the 1930s to fight against President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal policies.

Bankrolled by business interests, a "Spiritual Mobilization" effort was organized in the late 1930s for the purpose of using religion to promote a right-wing, pro-business agenda that was, in many ways, the precursor to today's Religious Right.

I couldn't help but think of Kruse's book and this movement while watching Rabbi Daniel Lapin deliver remarks at Liberty University's convocation earlier this week, where he dedicated his entire speech to asserting that making money is a sign of God's approval because "making money means you are delivering value to another one of God’s children. You are caring for another child of God."

As such, Lapin was outraged by the "slandering of business" that manifests itself in the idea that wealthy people are "giving back to society" when they donate to charity because it implies that when they are making money, they are doing so by ripping people off.

Lapin even went so far as to defend "profiteering," which is a term generally applied to people who seek to make "an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency."

"Profit isn't plunder," Lapin argued, "it's good, it's evidence that you are pleasing God's other children. They make up a word like 'profiteering,' see 'profiteer' sounds like 'sneer' or 'jeer.' Somehow it's evil to make a profit. What does it mean? That you're charging too much? Well, let people go and buy it from somebody who will charge less, you'll go out of business."

Such phrases are dangerous, Lapin insisted, because they are part of an anti-capitalist effort to brainwash people into thinking "that it is impossible to make money honorably and in a godly fashion."

WorldNetDaily Pundit: 'Bomb Mecca Off The Face Of The Earth'

WorldNetDaily columnist Burt Prelutsky writes today that he has an ingenious but “politically incorrect suggestion” of how to defeat ISIS, namely that the U.S. “bomb Mecca off the face of the earth, not concerning ourselves in the least with collateral damage, letting the Muslims know once and for all that our God is far more powerful and, yes, vengeful than their own puny deity.”

According to Prelutsky, it’s time to realize that Muslims are “savages” and there’s no way we “can re-educate Muslims or show them a better way to live.”

“I, for one, am sick and tired of seeing the Islamic bullies demand our lunch money and, like a bunch of scrawny wimps afraid of our own shadow, we hand it over,” he writes. “What’s even more appalling, we then pretend we did it because we’re good guys who realized that they’re human beings just like us, and who just happen to be a little bit hungrier than we are.”

One American president after another has described Islam as a religion of peace, and Barack Obama has gone so far as to claim that Muslims helped create America and also played a major role in space exploration, although both claims are as false as his vow that we could keep our doctors and our insurance plans if we liked them. Islam was never peaceful. From the very beginning, those who refused to accept Shariah law and to bow down to Mecca were killed.

Unlike Christianity which says that we should treat others as we would wish to be treated, to love our neighbors as ourselves and to be our brother’s keeper, Islam’s message is a threat: Convert or perish.

Whenever I see the so-called Muslim moderate Dr. Zuhdi Jasser show up on Fox, I am reminded of the well-dressed, well-spoken representatives of CAIR, the terrorist organization that attempts to pass itself off as a benevolent society, as if it were the Islamic equivalent of the Shriners.

Dr. Jasser keeps telling us that Islam is a wonderful religion that has been hijacked by a handful of thugs. Inasmuch as they have committed countless atrocities in the name of Allah in Spain, France, Egypt, England, Russia, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Java, Yemen, the Philippines, Lebanon, China, Austria, Italy, Argentina, India, Kuwait, Scotland, Japan and the U.S., that is some handful.

Those like Dr. Jasser who talk about their wonderful religion having been hijacked are lying through their teeth. Suggesting that there is nothing wrong with a religion whose Quran is a handbook for terrorism is reminiscent of those fools who keep insisting that communism is perfect, and that the only problem with it is that it’s never been done right, whether in China, the Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela, Mongolia or North Korea. Believe in Marx’s utopia, the idiots insist, not your own eyes.

My own politically incorrect suggestion is that we remove ISIS from the face of the earth, hopefully as a joint effort with every other nation it has threatened or attacked, and that we then bomb Mecca off the face of the earth, not concerning ourselves in the least with collateral damage, letting the Muslims know once and for all that our God is far more powerful and, yes, vengeful than their own puny deity.

It’s harsh, but they’ve been asking for it for over 1,400 years, and it’s time they got it. I, for one, am sick and tired of seeing the Islamic bullies demand our lunch money and, like a bunch of scrawny wimps afraid of our own shadow, we hand it over. What’s even more appalling, we then pretend we did it because we’re good guys who realized that they’re human beings just like us, and who just happen to be a little bit hungrier than we are.

The notion that we in the West can re-educate Muslims or show them a better way to live by our example is foolish in the extreme. It’s not just our movies or our music or the fact that we live in a post-ninth century world that they hate. It’s our art, our culture, our technology, our Judeo-Christian values, our tolerance, our treatment of women, even, for all I know, our love of dogs.

The idea that we can civilize these savages is beyond ludicrous.

It would be easier to domesticate snakes and raise them for their milk.

Right Wing Round-Up - 11/19/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 11/19/15

  • John Kasich is now walking back his proposal to create a government agency tasked with spreading Judeo-Christian values around the world.
  • Glenn Beck finally finds a college protest that he can support.
  • Erick Erickson declares that "the American left hates Americans more than they hate ISIS."
  • Ted Cruz launches a National Prayer Team.
  • JG Smoothy explains that "the only difference between the far-lefty and the Jihadist is that one of them will put bacon in their Caesar salad. In reality they both hate America and desire to reshape it into something we totally abhor."
  • Finally, Mike Huckabee is now being sued by the band Survivor for playing the song "Eye of the Tiger" during his Kim Davis rally earlier this year.

Ben Shapiro: Student Protestors And College Administrators Are Attempting to Dismantle Western Civilization

Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro joined host Stephen Bannon to discuss the rallies occurring at multiple college campuses across the nation. Bannon contended that the movement on college campuses “has a very dark underbelly with the radical left” and with “professional Marxists.” Bannon then asked Shapiro to explain how student protestors and those in power on the left are connected.

Shapiro explained that the reason administrations have “caved” to student protestors is because they are all dedicated to dismantling Western civilization “by fragmenting the American population along racial lines.”

“The administrations — they understand the universities have to be a tool against Western civilization itself,” Shapiro said, “and the way to do that is to allow people from various ethnic backgrounds and various ethnic backgrounds take down the Western civilized infrastructure.”

Right-Wing Site Finds 'Proof' Obama Admitted He's A Muslim

The conspiracy theory outlet WorldNetDaily is out with yet another just asking the question article suggesting that President Obama said he was a Muslim in a recent speech.

WND reporter Bob Unruh repeatedly claims in his story, titled "Did Obama Just Say He's A Muslim (Again)?," that C-SPAN reported recently on the president’s supposed admission.

The report that Unruh cites is not actually from C-SPAN but merely a comment that someone made on a C-SPAN video.

This is the earth-shattering quote from the president that the C-SPAN commenter discovered and that Unruh, in turn, reported on: "I think on one hand non-Muslims cannot stereotype, but I also think the Muslim community has to think about how we make sure that children are not being affected with this twisted notion that somehow they can kill innocent people."

More intrepid reporting from the nation’s preeminent birther outlet.

Ben Carson: Media 'Misrepresented' Me By Quoting Me Verbatim

After several conservative activists denounced him for calling the Religious Right’s interference in the Terri Schiavo end-of-life case “much ado about nothing,” Ben Carson is doing what he does best: blaming the media.

Carson told a Tampa Bay Times reporter earlier this week that the Schiavo controversy, in which then-Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida got involved in a family dispute over the fate of a woman who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years, "was much ado about nothing" since "those things are taken care of every single day” in the medical field.

After getting blowback from some of the Religious Right activists who helped make Schiavo’s case into a national news story, Carson told LifeSiteNews yesterday that the media took his remarks out of context:

"I regret that my recent comments about Terri Schiavo have been taken out of context and misinterpreted," he continued.

"When I used the term 'much ado about nothing,' my point was that the media tried to create the impression that the pro-life community was nutty and going way overboard with the support of the patient," Dr. Carson told LifeSiteNews.

Carson's contention that he was really talking about the media's supposedly negative depiction of "the pro-life community" during the Schiavo case prompted the Tampa Bay Times reporter to post a full transcript of the brief exchange.

As any observer could tell, Carson was clearly not talking about the media's portrayal of "nutty" activists, but was in fact focusing on how a family's end-of-life decision became politicized:

Q: Dr. Carson, a few years ago when Gov. Bush was in charge of the state, he and the Florida legislature moved to overturn the court decision on Terri Schiavo to force the feeding tube to be reinserted. What was your view of that as a doctor at the time?

CARSON: Well I said at the time, 'We face those kinds of issues all the time and while I don't believe in euthanasia, you have to recognize that people that are in that condition do have a series of medical problems that occur that will take them out,' " And Your job is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up.

Q: Did you think it was appropriate for congress and the legislature to --

CARSON : -- I don't think it needed to get to that level. I think it was much ado about nothing. Those things are taken care of every single day just the way I described.

LifeSiteNews asked several of the activists who had criticized Carson's statements about his "clarification," and they were not impressed:

[Operation Rescue's Troy] Newman told LifeSiteNews that Dr. Carson's explanation seemed "dubious" considering the context of the story.

Cheryl Sullenger, a senior policy advisor at Operation Rescue, agreed that the doctor seemed dodgy.

"I appreciate that Dr. Carson felt the need to explain his comments concerning the Terri Schiavo situation, but I am not completely convinced that his explanation isn't just an attempt at damage control," she told LifeSiteNews. "I am concerned that he made his original comments while appearing not to completely understanding the fact that Terri was brain damaged, but not terminally ill."

"I remain skeptical about whether Dr. Carson is ready to serve as president, where public policy set by him could mean life or death for innocent people like Terri," Sullenger told LifeSiteNews. "Therefore, I will not be supporting his candidacy."

Trump: 'A Lot Of People Think' Obama Has 'Evil Intentions' With Muslim Refugees

Yesterday, Donald Trump spoke with right-wing radio host Michael Savage about his plan to take on ISIS, bragging that he came up with the U.S. plan to attack the group's oil infrastructure, which he said only started "about two days ago." (The U.S. has actually launched hundreds of attacks against the so-called Islamic State's oil infrastructure since last August.)

"Does anybody say, 'Thank you Donald?" he asked. "Nobody. I've been the only one."

Savage went on to ask Trump what he believes is President Obama's "real reason for flooding America with Muslims from Syria," which Trump said was "hard to imagine."

"Obviously some people think it's evil intentions, I think it's incompetence, regardless, a lot of people think it's evil intentions," Trump continued, before claiming that it is "very easy" for Muslims to enter the U.S. but "virtually impossible" for Christians.

Later in the program, Trump praised Russia's intervention in Syria, claiming that "Russia's been amazing in what they're doing because they're fighting to win."

"I think it's wonderful that they bomb ISIS and that it's great," Trump said, before hailing Putin for "really bombing the hell out of them."

Of course, over 90 percent of Russian airstrikes in Syria have targeted anti-regime rebels rather than ISIS, and have, at times, even provided air cover for ISIS forces during their battles with rebel groups. ​

Kevin Swanson: Paris Massacre Was 'A Message From God'

After rallying with Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal at his anti-gay conference in Iowa two weeks ago, far-right pastor Kevin Swanson returned to his "Generations Radio" program to discuss the terrorist attacks in Paris, specifically focusing on the Bataclan theater massacre.

According to Swanson, the mass shooting at the theater was "a message from God" since it targeted fans of the rock band Eagles of Death Metal and reportedly occurred as the band played a song titled "Kiss the Devil."

"When you get a wake-up call like what happened at France's 9/11 last Friday night at the concert,” Swanson said, “I think we all need to pay attention to what's happening: This is a message from God. God is shooting a shot across the bow and we better be paying attention to this."

Swanson, who described the concert as "a worship service to the Devil," said that he would ask survivors of the massacre: "Did you love the Devil's works as your friends were being shot up in the massacre?"

"Did you appreciate the works of the Devil as your friends were being shot up in that concert?" he added.

Ted Cruz Will Bring Unity To America By Uniting Republicans Against The Media

Speaking to a press gaggle earlier this month at a conference organized by radical pastor Kevin Swanson, Sen. Ted Cruz said that he is qualified to unite a divided nation because he united his fellow Republican presidential candidates against the moderators of a recent CNBC debate.

“You have been a champion of conservative values and issues,” an unidentified reporter asked Cruz in an exchange broadcast by Indiana Christian radio host Joyce Oglesby, who was at the conference. “What are you going to do to bring unity to a divided nation?”

“It’s a great question, and let’s talk about unity for a second,” Cruz responded. “How do you bring unity? You know, we saw a moment of unity last week in the debate when I called out the debate moderators. One of the great results that happened was you saw all the Republicans on stage come together and be united, standing behind that charge of the ridiculous bias, the dripping condescension, the assumption in each of those media questions that anyone who actually believes in the conservative principles that America was built on is somehow a blithering idiot. That unity was encouraging.”

Although Cruz did show great success in uniting his fellow candidates against debate moderators asking them hard questions, his attendance at a conference that ended with a call to execute unrepentant gay people may not have been the best way to show that he can bring Americans together.