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Right Wing Round-Up

  • News Hounds: Rick Santorum Explains How Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Is Part Of A Secularist Plot To Rid America Of Religion.
  • Alvin McEwen: Family Research Council defends itself with distorted studies . . . again.
  • Joe.My.God: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): I'm Sorry I Wasn't There To Vote Against DADT Repeal.
  • David Taintor @ TPM: South Carolina NAACP President Rips Secession Ball Gala.
  • Steve Benen: The Politics of Spite.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Peter LaBarbera says President Obama is "a lost man...without a biblical conscience."
  • The Susan B. Anthony List and National Organization for Marriage are grilling prospective RNC chairs.
  • Don't you just hate it when people demagogue 9/11?
  • Liberty Counsel needs donations in order to fight the effort "to remake America into a socialist, big-government, limited-freedom, anti-life, anti-marriage, pro-homosexual, weak nation that apologizes for its Christian heritage."
  • Joseph Farah blasts the the Religious Right for "doing nothing except fundraising and speechmaking," which is an odd criticism coming from someone who does nothing but write columns.
  • Finally, Richard Land says he is urging people not to fly in order to protest TSA screening procedures, just like the Montgomery bus boycott.

The Perfect Pre-Christmas Post

I cannot imagine a better topic for a final pre-Christmas post than to simply highlight this utterly delightful BBC debate between the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer and Professor Ronald Hutton, a professor of Pagan history at Bristol University, regarding the true nature of Christmas (the discussion begins around the 6:30 mark):

Christmas is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in many countries around the world, even in those whose populations are majority non-Christian.

So what does Christmas actually mean to people in the 21st century?

Has it been secularised in the name of commerce, with people losing the Christian meaning of the festival?

And how many of ancient traditions, both Christian and pre-Christian, are still upheld?

The BBC's Julian Marshall discusses these issues with Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis at the American Family Association, an organisation which promotes the Christian message, and Professor Ronald Hutton, a professor of Pagan history at Bristol University.

If the contrast between Fischer and this erudite, endlessly polite British historian doesn't just make you laugh, then I don't know what will.

Pawlenty Appoints Religious Right Advocate, Wife of Staffer to District Court

Since Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination, he ought to be prepared to answer questions about his decisions, such as the one to bypass the state's Commission on Judicial Selection in order to appoint an attorney with ties to the Religious Right to a seat on a district court ... especially since said attorney also happens to be the wife of his Deputy Chief of Staff:

On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed Jamie L. Anderson to the 4th Judicial District Court following the retirement of Judges Tanja Manrique. Press reports note that Anderson is the wife of Pawlenty’s deputy chief of staff and that the appointment raised eyebrows because the governor bypassed the standard judicial selection process to tap a friend’s wife who has little major legal experience. But one fact may shed some light on the appointment: Anderson has ample religious right experience.

Pawlenty picked Anderson without going through the Commission on Judicial Selection, which vets applications for judicial positions and makes recommendations to the governor. Pawlenty skipped that process, and while legally he has that right and past governors have also done the same, local media picked up on it because Anderson is a friend of Pawenty’s. As MinnPost notes, she’s married to Paul Anderson, who serves as his deputy chief of staff.

“Anderson was a surprise choice because she works for a small firm, has not been a prominent lawyer and was not screened through the Commission on Judicial Selection,” the Star Tribune wrote on Tuesday.

But she has handled some high-profile cases for the religious right.

Anderson served as counsel for the Minnesota Family Council (MFC) when that group recently petitioned a Hennepin County judge to become defendants in a case seeking to overturn Minnesota’s ban on same-sex marriage. Three couples have filed suit against Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota challenging the state’s Defense of Marriage Act. The case will be heard in the 4th Judicial District Court, the same court where Anderson was appointed.

Jason Shellack, an attorney for the same-sex couples, said that Anderson joined the case this fall. The Family Council had enlisted the help of James Dobson’s Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) in its bid to be named a defendant in the case, but needed a local attorney to back the ADF’s case. When a previous local attorney dropped the case, Shellack said, Anderson joined up to assist MFC and ADF.

A judge rejected MFC’s request to be named as a defendant in the case late last month.

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In 2009, Anderson represented Child Evangelism Fellowship of Minnesota (CEF) along with Jerry Falwell’s Liberty Counsel, an evangelical legal group, in a suit against the Elk River School District. The district allowed outside groups such as the Boy Scouts to send literature home with students, but when the CEF asked to send literature about Christianity home with students, the district said no.

Fischer: DADT Repeal Means "Limp-Wristed Enlistees" Now Stuck In the Military

It is getting to the point where Bryan Fischer's obsessive hatred of all things gay has become so fundamentally incoherent that he is now practically cackling with glee that gays have "just lost their 'get out of jail free' card," thanks to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Apparently Fischer believes that gays have been signing up for the military just to, you know, test it out for a few weeks, knowing that if they didn't like it, they could just come out and get discharged.

But now that DADT has been repealed, Fischer wants all these "would-be limp-wristed enlistees" to know that if they sign up for the military now, they are stuck for the duration:

Well, all that’s gone now, both for gays and straights willing to tell odious lies about themselves. If a homosexual signs up now, he’s stuck with the whole magilla. Go to your superior officer now and say, hey, I’m a flaming homosexual, I hate the army, let me out of here, the superior officer will say, tough darts, those days are gone. You’re stuck with us now, Nancy-boy.

So, who’s sorry now?

This may be the silver lining in this whole mess. Conservative groups, simply as a public service, may want to sound this message far and wide out of simple, straightforward compassion, just in order to protect potential homosexual soldiers from themselves and from the distressing discovery that they just kissed off a handy exit option that nobody else had.

The more this message resounds, the fewer homosexuals will want to enlist. It’s one thing to be gay, and say, hey, I’ll give it a few weeks and then bail if I don’t like the food, can’t get enough action in the barracks, or thought I’d enjoy ogling male soldiers in the shower more than I did.

Those days are now shortly to be a distant memory for our homosexual friends. They enlist, they’re stuck with the whole program just like everybody else.

In other words, they had preferential treatment and special privileges, a status and privileges and an exit strategy denied to their honest and straight counterparts. And homosexuals just bargained it away. Now, they will discover to their dismay, they’re back to having equal rights instead of special rights.

Bottom line: be careful what you ask for. You just may get it.

DADT Repeal Means America Now No Better Than Sodom and Gomorrah

Yesterday we noted that Richard Land was warning that repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell was going to incite God to unleash his judgment upon America.

Today, the Family Research Council Senior Fellow for National Security Bob Maginnis is warning that it's repeal means that America is now no better than Sodom and Gomorrah:

Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.), who was part of the working group that helped craft the 1993 ban, says contrary to what the president says, the U.S. military will be weaker as a result of this change.

"Most of us who are veterans are going to say, 'Well, they have gone much too far' and that we should not encourage our children, nor anyone in our sphere of influence, to join the military today," he suggests.

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[H]e laments that the military has refused to recommend segregating the homosexuals from heterosexual service members out of concern of antagonizing the homosexuals. So he decides America is now no better than Sodom and Gomorrah, the biblical cities mentioned in Genesis that are synonymous with impenitent sin that brought God's wrath upon them.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • With the repeal of DADT, Linda Harvey says Christians have lost "their rights to disgust."
  • Mike Huckabee defends Michelle Obama from Sarah Palin.
  • The Susan B. Anthony List is mobilizing activists to lobby for a pro-life RNC Chair, which seems rather unnecessary to me. 
  • David Brody is now CBN's "Chief Political Correspondent."
  • NOM is calling "on responsible LGBT organizations to return any donations raised as a result of this shock video, in which adults put profanities in the mouths of children and encourage what can only be called open hatred of their friends, neighbors and fellow citizens who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife."
  • Finally, FRC continues to push-back against the SPLC, promising to release "a more detailed response to [Richard] Cohen’s charge that FRC spreads 'falsehoods' in our well-documented research, which does show that certain harms are associated with homosexual conduct."

With DADT Repealed, America Can Expect God's Judgment

Today, President Obama signed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell ... which provides an excuse to post an excerpt from a letter Richard Land sent last week, which we somehow missed at the time, warning him that doing so will cause God to unleash his judgment upon America:

[W]we regret we find ourselves greatly troubled by your efforts to repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy as homosexual behavior conflicts with the teachings of our shared Holy Scripture.

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It remains clear, however, that homosexual behavior cannot be normalized without rejecting God's moral standards (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10). The Southern Baptist Convention's 2009 resolution recognizes that the Bible describes homosexual behavior as both a contributing cause (Gen. 18:20-21; Lev. 18:24-28; Jude 7) and a consequence of God's judgment (Rom. 1:18-32). We believe it to be contrary to Scripture to commend open homosexual relationships in general, including within the military ranks. Our nation has moved from God in so many ways and we are deeply concerned that an increasingly affirming policy toward homosexual behavior will provide further impetus for God's judgment on our nation.

Satan Attacks Parsley's Ministry for Second Year In A Row

It was last year at this time that Rod Parsley announced that his ministry had come under attack from Satan and was thus in facing a multi-million dollar shortfall.

It turned out that the "attack" was actually a lawsuit that stemmed from injuries a three year-old child had suffered at the hands of a teacher at Parsley's World Harvest Church.

Parsley managed to overcome that attack ... but for the second year in a row, Satan has caused his Breakthrough Ministries to suffer a massive financial shortfall:

Give $50 or more right now and receive the inspirational 2011 Daily Breakthrough Devotional ... a blessing for you every single day of the New Year! $1.6 million shortfall could take our television ministry off the air — DON’T LET IT HAPPEN

Satan HATES the preaching of the Cross — because it means POWER for YOU ... BLESSING for YOU!

He used the recession to scare people — many stopped trusting God, stopped giving — our ministry has been hard-hit by this trick of the enemy.

And so Parsley is urging his viewers to make large donations in order to fight back this attack by "the Adversary" who just hates Parsley's success in winning souls and saving babies: