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Bryan Fischer Does Not Approve Of Any Potential Truce

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer slams Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for suggesting the need for a "truce" in the culture war and explains why Daniels is wrong ... as only Bryan Fischer can:

There are two things that are disastrously wrong with what the governor said.

First, in the culture war, there is no such thing as a "truce." A truce is the same as a surrender. It's no different than the phony truces Muslim nations enter into, which for them are not a prelude to peace but an opportunity to re-arm.

What the governor apparently does not understand is that the other side will never give up, never back down, never quit. They pursue their radical agenda with a mindless persistence, pressing, clamoring, hectoring, demanding, bloviating without ceasing. There can be no truce with such an adversary.

I'm reminded of the homosexuals who demanded sex with Lot's guests, as recorded in Genesis 19:4-10. They "surrounded the house" and "pressed hard against the man Lot" until they were blinded by God. Even that didn't stop them. "They wore themselves out groping for the door."

We are up against tireless adversaries and we ourselves must be tireless and unflagging in our opposition to their life- and culture-destroying agenda.

Apparently, if Christians were to accept any such truce, it would just be used as an opportunity for Muslims and gays to re-arm and rape them.

Don't Forget About Huckabee in 2012

Whenever Mike Huckabee gets asked whether he has any plans to make another run for the White House in 2012, his standard answer is that he's not really thinking about it at the moment as he is focusing on his TV program and various other activities. 

So the Des Moines Register recently conducted a poll asking Iowans about possible 2012 candidates that did not include Huckabee ... and now Huckabee's close associates are complaining

Mike Huckabee should still be included on the list of possible Republican presidential candidates, a close associate said Friday.

The former Arkansas governor, who won Iowa’s 2008 Republican caucuses, had indicated he probably would stay out of the 2012 race.

But Hogan Gidley, executive director of his political action committee, said that stance may be changing.

“You know, everybody has a bad day,” Gidley said about Huckabee’s earlier statements. “I would check his actions over the last 24 or 48 hours.”

Gidley later sent a statement from Huckabee saying no decision about his political future will be made until after the mid-term elections.

Gidley, who runs HuckPAC, contacted The Des Moines Register on Friday after the newspaper released an Iowa Poll showing the favorability ratings of possible Republican presidential candidates. The paper excluded Huckabee from the poll because the former Arkansas governor had said he probably wouldn’t run.

I, for one, am quite glad to hear this because I have spent a lot of time chronicling Huckabee's ties to the radical Religious Right fringe and I'd hate to see it all go to waste if he decided not to run.

Typical David Barton

Today's episode of "Wallbuilders Live" with David Barton and Rick Green was dedicated to responding "to the accusations against some of American's early key figures claiming them to be guilty of homosexuality."

Apparently, a recent episode of the History Channel's "America: The Story of Us" claimed that Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who is credited with instilling military skills and discipline in Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, was gay.

But Barton was having none of it and, in a bit of amazing irony, attacked Randy Shilts, author of "Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the US Military" for engaging in historical revisionism by highlighting only the things that supported his claim while ignoring anything that didn't.

I have no idea whether von Steuben was gay and don't really think it is particularly relevant ... but apparently Barton and Green decided it was important to attack this claim because otherwise people would start using it in pressing for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. 

A lot of Barton's points during this broadcast seem to have come out of the 2001 document he wrote called "Homosexuals in the Military" which claims, among others things, that the Founding Fathers vehemently opposed homosexuality in general and would never have accepted it in the military.

Toward the end of the broadcast Barton read from a "great legal writing from back then [that] explains exactly why they reacted so violently against this particular vice: homosexuality ... it is such a good lay out of the progression that occurs once you start accepting this advice."  

Barton also cited this "great legal writing" in his 2001 piece and here it is:

John David Michaelis, author of an 1814 four-volume legal work, outlined why homosexuality must be more strenuously addressed and much less tolerated than virtually any other moral vice in society:

If we reflect on the dreadful consequences of sodomy to a state, and on the extent to which this abominable vice may be secretly carried on and spread, we cannot, on the principles of sound policy, consider the punishment as too severe. For if it once begins to prevail, not only will boys be easily corrupted by adults, but also by other boys; nor will it ever cease; more especially as it must thus soon lose all its shamefulness and infamy and become fashionable and the national taste; and then . . . national weakness, for which all remedies are ineffectual, most inevitably follow; not perhaps in the very first generation, but certainly in the course of the third or fourth. . . . To these evils may be added yet another, viz. that the constitutions of those men who submit to this degradation are, if not always, yet very often, totally destroyed, though in a different way from what is the result of whoredom.

Whoever, therefore, wishes to ruin a nation, has only to get this vice introduced; for it is extremely difficult to extirpate it where it has once taken root because it can be propagated with much more secrecy . . . and when we perceive that it has once got a footing in any country, however powerful and flourishing, we may venture as politicians to predict that the foundation of its future decline is laid and that after some hundred years it will no longer be the same . . . powerful country it is at present.

Now, I have no idea how John David Michaelis managed to author this in 1814 ... considering that his name was Johann David Michaelis and he died in 1791.

But this is typical Barton: mistakenly presenting history while citing the views of some arcane German biblical scholar from over two hundred years ago as if they were relevant to public policy discussions today.

Deporting US Citizens ... In The Name Of Compassion

An effort is underway in Arizona to extend the state's draconian anti-immigration laws even further by challenging the 14th Amendment's language "all persons born ... in the United States ... are citizens of the United States."

That would no longer be the case if Sen. Russell Pearce has his way

The author of Arizona’s controversial immigration law is considering a new proposal that would block the children of illegal immigrants from becoming citizens if they are born in the United States.

Critics of the bill Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce is weighing say it would fly in the face of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants citizenship to anyone born within the country.

Pearce has been hinting for months that he may introduce legislation targeting so-called “anchor babies” but had not detailed his plan until an interview last week with Time magazine.

“This is an orchestrated effort by them to come here and have children to gain access to the great welfare state we've created,” Pearce said of Hispanic immigrants.

Pearce contended that the bill would not violate the 14th Amendment, saying only that “we would write it right.”

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is already on board:

In an interview with KGUN9 News on the eve of the hearing, Governor Brewer's message was clear: if you're here illegally, go back home. Her answer does not change in the case of families who might be separated by deportation or repatriation. Brewer said, "It is illegal to trespass into our country. It has always been illegal. And people have determined they want to take that chance, that responsibility.... They made a decision. And you pay those consequences, unfortunately."

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She told KGUN9 News, "It won't tear families apart. They can take their children back with them."

And so if the AFA's Bryan Fischer, who advocates deporting entire families if one of them is here illegally as a sign of "genuine compassion"

Members of the pro-family movement must agree. We believe in the importance of the family in general and in the importance of intact families in particular. In the name of genuine compassion, we should oppose breaking up families in the enforcement of immigration law.

Thus our repatriation policy should be to send entire families back to their land of origin if any one of them is in criminal violation of our immigration law.

If a family has a member who is here legally, and the family decides to leave him (generic use) here while the rest return to their homeland, that's their decision. They, and not the U.S. government, would be breaking up their own family. We would not be doing it to them, they would be doing it to themselves.

Americans who support both the rule of law and the importance of the family will be happy to hear that Gov. Jan Brewer agrees with them. Good for her.

So if a child was born in the United States to parents who are here illegally, they ought to be deported right along with them, even though they are US citizens ... all in the name of compassion. 

Janet Porter Goes On The Warpath

It is remarkable to watch as Janet Porter continues to lash out at Discernment Ministries and its blog Herescope ever since their work exposing her increasing ties to Dominion Theology lead VCY America to sever its ties with Porter and drop her radio program following her Dominion-focused prayer rally at the Lincoln Memorial on May Day.

Last week, Porter used her WorldNetDaily column to launch an attack on Discernment, calling them "cultural Nazis" who are siding with the ACLU and throwing rocks from the sidelines at those, like Porter, who are trying to save America from its descent into communism.

Discernment's Sarah Leslie responded by pointing out that it was not criticizing political organizing and activism - Leslie was head of Iowa Right to Life in the 1980s, after all - but rather Dominion Theology and the effort by people like Porter, Cindy Jacobs, Dutch Sheets, and Lou Engle, to take over every aspect of American life in order to bring about the return of Jesus Christ.

But Porter absolutely refuses to recognize this obvious distinction and instead continues to lash out at Discernment, lying about what caused her to lose her radio program, and likening them to Christians who sat by while Nazis murdered millions of Jews.

Last week Porter appeared on a program with host Craig Roberts where she spread her tale of victimization and attacked Discernment Ministries for the better part of an hour.  Most of the time was spent with Porter claiming that Discernment Ministries is just a bunch of Christians who are biding their time awaiting the Rapture by attacking bold Christians like Porter who are carrying out God's command to spread His word to all.   Throughout the interview, Porter refused to admit that she has adopted Dominion Theology and that it was this development that got her canned from VCY - in fact, Porter doesn't even mention that she lost her radio program at all.

In the audio clip below, you can hear Porter explain the motivation behind her May Day prayer targets  - which were entirely based on 7 Mountains Dominionist theology though Porter refuses to admit that that is the case - while saying that it is groups like Discernment who are attacking "heroes of the faith" and will ultimately lead all Christians to find themselves locked up in prison:

This is the sort of language that Porter normally reserves for Democrats and liberals, so it is interesting to see her deploy it against her fellow Christians ... it is obviously her standard response to any criticism she receives. 

Discernment's Sarah Leslie appeared on a program with Derek Gilbert yesterday to refute Porter's outrageous accusations and misrepresentations, but I highly doubt that is going to stop Porter from spreading them because, frankly, Porter's denial about this entire saga is truly remarkable.

After all, why does Porter keep attacking Discernment Ministries when it was VCY America that made the decision to drop her program? It wasn't Discernment that cut ties with her, it was VCY, so why isn't she attacking VCY as a bunch of quisling Christians who don't care about saving America from destruction? 

Presumably because a) she's hoping to somehow get her radio program back and b) that sort of argument would be absurd considering that VCY continues to carry programs by several other Religious Right groups, including Eagle Forum, Liberty Counsel, Family Research Council, and the Susan B. Anthony List.  

There was obviously something unique about Porter that caused VCY to drop her ... and that was her ties to Dominionist Theology.

But Porter steadfastly refuses to admit it and has decided, instead of going after VCY for dropping her, to set out on a crusade against Discernment Ministries for having the gall to expose her Dominionist ties. 

NOM pouring $ into DC elections

We noted last month that flyers sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage had been appearing on front doors around the District of Columbia. The flyers urged people to vote against every elected official who supported marriage equality in DC and is up for reelection this year.

NOM, which has been pouring money into campaigns around the country to punish pro-equality elected officials, was particularly stung by marriage equality’s victory in the nation’s capital. It has been working to overturn that victory in the courts, and it’s now clear just how much NOM is invested in trying to take down at least one pro-equality elected official.  
 
DC’s Gay & Lesbian Activist Alliance has noted a recent campaign finance report in which NOM reported paying outspoken anti-marriage-equality activist Bob King more than $60,000 for distribution of those flyers.  King is an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in DC’s Ward 5, where anti-marriage-equality rhetoric was strident. Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. cast what was almost certainly the riskiest pro-equality vote on the DC Council.  NOM and local anti-gay activists are trying hard to make an example of Thomas, who narrowly won a straw poll at Saturday’s DC Democratic State Convention. Thomas defeated challenger Delano Hunter, “who was well-organized and drew voters who want a referendum on gay marriage,” according to the Washington Post. According to GLAA, King was reportedly working with Bishop Harry Jackson to bus their supporters to the convention.
 
NOM has been bragging about the hundreds of thousands of dollars it dropped into robo-calls against former Rep. Tom Campbell, who opposed California’s Prop. 8 and was recently defeated in the GOP senatorial primary. But on a per-capita basis, the $400,000 NOM spent attacking Campbell pales in comparison with the $60,900 it has already reported spending in DC, with the District's September 14 primary still three months away.

Dobson Gets Back In The Game

James Dobson officially left Focus on the Family in February and started his new radio program, "Family Talk With Dr. James Dobson" in March ... and it took him just about a month to use his new program to do what he does best

On today’s program, Dr. Dobson sits down with Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes for a revealing interview about how forces in American society are sometimes surreptitiously removing all references to Christianity. Congressman Forbes describes the formation of the Congressional Prayer Caucus and the successes this group has had on the cultural battlefront.

The Christian Post reports that Dobson reiterated his standard concern that Christians are under constant attack while Forbes used the program as opportunity to call for the creation of state-level prayer caucuses that will monitoring legislation, court rulings, and elected officials:

Before Forbes was featured on Friday's broadcast, Dobson noted to listeners that the newly launched Family Talk is not being turned into a ministry that has "a political or public policy bent." But he stressed the significance of still addressing such issues and was unapologetic about doing so with passion.

"That's who we are and might as well state that up front," said Dobson, who started Family Talk with his son after leaving the prominent Focus on the Family ministry in February.

"This is the one reason that I didn't want to retire when I left Focus on the Family," the 74-year-old conservative evangelical leader stated. "The country is in a great deal of trouble and I just felt like we needed to do something about it."

Like many like-minded Christians, Dobson feels there is a growing attack against Christianity and efforts to eliminate all references to the Christian faith.

Expressing the same level of concern, Forbes said "anti-faith" groups around the country are amassing huge sums of money and focusing their resources on one particular situation or lawsuit so that they can get a precedent ... A number of states have begun to form prayer caucuses, including Mississippi and Virginia. Part of the purpose of prayer caucuses is to monitor legislation, agency rulings and court opinions that deny religious freedoms and access to the marketplace of ideas for people of faith, he said.

Forbes hopes to see prayer caucuses in every state "because it would be the first time that we have been able to integrate all of these policymakers across the country so that they can know what's going on and we can have policies that effectively deal with some of these attacks before it's too late."

Dobson also used the opportunity to post a commentary on the Family Talk website, blasting various legislative efforts - including efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell - and vowing to place Family Talk on the "front lines" in fighting them: 

Time and space limitations permit me only to mention another regrettable piece of legislation that passed in the House of Representatives on May 27, 2010. It would eliminate the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for all branches of the military. The four senior officers of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, have said “Don’t do this.” It threatens to affect morale, recruitment, retention, and the effectiveness of those who are risking their lives to protect this great nation. Yet, the attitude by liberals in Congress appears to be, “This is our window of opportunity,” and they are plunging ahead at breakneck speed. President Obama has promised to sign the legislation. Why does that surprise us?

On these issues and many others, Family Talk will be on the front lines of the battle to preserve the family. It is difficult now for us to engage fully because of the limitations of a 501(c)(3) organization. Nevertheless, we will do everything permitted by the IRS. We hope soon to have more freedom to defend families and help preserve the Judeo-Christian system of values. Your assistance in making Family Talk a strong and effective ministry will pay dividends in days to come. That is our passionate commitment.

Cathie Adams Ousted As Head of Texas GOP

It was just last October that former Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams was elected Chair of the Texas Republican Party.

On Saturday, less than eight months after taking office, Adams was ousted:

The state Republican Party ousted a longtime social conservative leader and instead elected Houston lawyer Steve Munisteri as its new party chairman Saturday, after a rare floor fight.

Munisteri capitalized on concerns over party financial problems and the lack of grass-roots organizing to overtake Cathie Adams of Dallas, who has held the post for the last eight months.

Munisteri, 52, took more than 59 percent of the votes from more than 7,000 delegates who remained for the ballot as the convention neared its end Saturday afternoon.

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In her nomination speech, Adams gave a fiery account of her fight of 30 years against abortion, gay marriage and the United Nations, and for maintaining a Christian nation. More recently, she said, "I'm saying no to Barack Hussein Obama."

"I'm not here just to say I'm offering change. We've fallen for that one before," she said.

Adams has played hardball politics for years, creating opponents along the way. Recently, she angered some GOP activists by declining to release financial information about the party.

When a supporter tried to nominate her to be the party's vice chairwoman, many delegates loudly booed.

"As a party, we need to practice what we preach. As a whole over the years, we have drifted away from core values of openness," said Austin delegate Eric Stratton, who supported Munisteri.

Adams has been a good spokeswoman, but the party is now looking for a strong grass-roots organizer, Stratton said.

Right Wing Round-Up

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  • Warren Throckmorton: Lou Engle regrets the promotion of Anti-Homosexuality Bill during TheCall Uganda; urges bill supporters not to give in to Western opposition.
  • Andy Birkey: Bachmann: ‘No question’ Obama is worst president in history.
  • Joe.My.God: Yuma AZ Mayor Says "Limp-Wristed" Homos Shouldn't Be In Military.
  • Timothy Kincaid: “Public Advocate” becoming publicly paranoid.
  • Eric Lach: SC County GOP Calls On Knotts To Resign Over 'Raghead' Comment.
  • Think Progress: Tea Party and FreedomWorks plan demonstration against mandatory trash collection.
  • David Neiwert: Glenn Beck's 'Overton Window' ad: Try not to laugh. We dare you.
  • Chris Rodda: No, Mr. Beck, John Adams Did Not Think Governments Must be Administered by the Holy Ghost.

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