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Right Wing Round-Up - 9/17/14

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/17/14

  • The National Organization for Marriage needs donations because "the next six months may determine the future of marriage in America for generations to come!"
  • Poor people in America are not really poor, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation explains, because some of them own TVs and cars and have internet access.
  • Anne Graham Lotz responds to Jews who were upset by her assertion that they need Jesus to be saved by quoting the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans, which really ought to convince them.
  • Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana is not happy about judges allowing gay partners to be listed as the "spouse" on death certificates: "[R]ather than fully force same-sex marriage upon a state, they are chipping away at this through a public policy matter, knowing that this weakens marriage laws and [that] future judges can totally overturn the law by pointing back at these decisions."
  • Brian Camenker of MassResistance says that Scott Brown is nothing more than a liberal carpetbagger.
  • Finally, Vision America asks you to sign its voter pledge: "To restore religious freedom, I pledge to vote wisely in the upcoming political party primaries and general elections, and by reviewing factual data in Vision America Action's Voter Guide."

Flashback: George W. Bush Visits Mosque To Condemn Islamophobia In Wake Of 9/11 Attacks

To get a sense of just how bad the Right’s Obama Derangement Syndrome has become, it’s worth remembering what their standards were when the president was a member of their own political party.

While members of the conservative media regularly attack President Obama for trying to distinguish between violent extremist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda and the rest of the world’s Muslim population — accusing him of aiding the enemy or suggesting that he is a secret Muslim — it’s worth remembering that thirteen years ago, and just six days after the September 11 attacks, George W. Bush delivered many of the same messages in a visit to the Islamic Center of Washington D.C.

There, Bush spoke out against Islamophobia and the harassment of Muslim-Americans, pointing out that “acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith.”

Now, imagine the reaction of Fox News pundits and right-wing radio talk show hosts if it was Obama giving this speech:

Thank you all very much for your hospitality. We've just had a -- wide-ranging discussions on the matter at hand. Like the good folks standing with me, the American people were appalled and outraged at last Tuesday's attacks. And so were Muslims all across the world. Both Americans and Muslim friends and citizens, tax-paying citizens, and Muslims in nations were just appalled and could not believe what we saw on our TV screens.

These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And it's important for my fellow Americans to understand that.

The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran, itself: In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule.

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war.

When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- out of every race.

America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect. Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America. That's not the America I know. That's not the America I value.

I've been told that some fear to leave; some don't want to go shopping for their families; some don't want to go about their ordinary daily routines because, by wearing cover, they're afraid they'll be intimidated. That should not and that will not stand in America.

Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don't represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.

This is a great country. It's a great country because we share the same values of respect and dignity and human worth. And it is my honor to be meeting with leaders who feel just the same way I do. They're outraged, they're sad. They love America just as much as I do.

I want to thank you all for giving me a chance to come by. And may God bless us all.

Glenn Beck's Self-Serving And Incoherent Standard Of Anti-Gay 'Hate'

As we have noted several times before, Glenn Beck seems to make a very self-serving distinction between strangers who hold anti-gay views and are therefore bigots and haters and other people who hold those exact same views but just so happen to be Beck's friends, in which case they are amazing uniters and a true force for good.

Nothing better demonstrates this disconnect that a segment from Beck's radio show today where he praised students at James Madison University for responding to an anti-gay preacher on campus by singing a hymn.

The preacher, according to Beck, was telling the students that they are all sinners who hate Jesus and were destined for Hell.  Eventually, the students began singing a hymn, which drowned out the preacher, and Beck was positively giddy.

"This is a perfect example of you do not defeat hate with hate," Beck said. "You defeat it with love."

The question, then, is just what was this preacher saying that was so "hateful" by Beck's standard? And how does anything he said in any way differ than the things that David Barton, Mat Staver, Tony Perkins, or any other Religious Right leader says every single day?

The same person who posted the video of the students singing also posted another video of the preacher before he was drown out and, to our ears, there was nothing said by him that we don't hear literally dozens of times every single day from all manner of Religious Right activists:

Next week, Beck is going to be speaking at the annual Values Voter Summit, which is hosted by a handful of anti-gay organizations, including The Family Research Council, the American Family Association, American Values, and Liberty Counsel, and which regularly features dozens of anti-gay activists as speakers.

So again, what differentiates what this campus preacher said, which Beck qualifies as unmitigated "hate," from what the people with whom Beck is eager to stand at the Values Voter Summit say every single day on their right-wing radio programs?

If there is a coherent explanation of what separates this preacher from, say, the Benham Brothers or Mat Staver or David Barton, all of whom Beck adores, we'd love to hear it.

Newt Gingrich: Obama Golfs Arrogantly

Newt Gingrich told Newsmax host J.D. Hayworth today that President Obama is simultaneously an incompetent, blundering leader and an extremist who is “very radical ideologically.”

Later, Gingrich, one of the most modest politicians in the country, found the real problem with Obama: he is too arrogant to be president.

“You know when you’re up on Mount Olympus, it is so painful to deal with mere mortals, and I think there is a lot of that in Obama,” he said. “The arrogance of the way he golfs, the arrogance of his total lack of sensitivity to anybody else’s opinion, anybody else’s view, anybody else’s values, those are not very good signs for him learning and he’s more likely to stumble through the last two years.”

Steve Stockman: Obama's 'Brute Force' Oppresses Conservatives

Rep. Steve Stockman said today that conservatives “pay a heavy toll” simply for making reasonable demands like “calling for the arrest of Lois Lerner,” warning in a Newsmax interview that Republicans are going up against a president keen on exercising “brute force” to oppress his opponents.

Oddly, Newsmax described the Texas congressman as “Sen. Steve Stockman.” Stockman did run for U.S. Senate, but lost badly in the GOP primary.

Klingenschmitt: Satan Is Silencing God's Prophets Through Ex-Gay Therapy Bans

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt reacted to a recent decision by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upholding New Jersey's ban on the use of sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors by declaring that Satan is using lawmakers to silence the prophets of God.

"There is a demonic spirit of persecution that is in some politicians," he said. "The Devil is influencing them to persecute Christians and they're using the courts to do it, they're using these laws to do it, they want to silence the prophets!"

Those who practice such therapy, Kilngenschmitt said, are prophets who have been "called to help these people get free of their sin."

"This court is commanding psychologists, if you prophesy, if you quote the Bible, you're going to lose your license," Klingenschmitt declared. "You know what? They're the ones who are wrong and you're the ones who are right if you're trying to help a teen get free of their sin":

Boykin: Communist Dictator Obama Is Using Psy-Ops On Americans

Yesterday on “Trunews,” Family Research Council executive vice president Jerry Boykin said that President Obama has committed impeachable offenses but is getting off scot-free because the president, with help from the Muslim Brotherhood and LGBT advocates, is “brainwashing” Americans.

Boykin said that Obama “orchestrated the invasion” of child migrants fleeing violence in Central America in order to “establish a voter bloc that would be in perpetuity would be a bloc for the Democrats.”

“It is treasonous behavior,” Boykin said, explaining that Obama should be impeached “but nobody is going to do it” and so now he is going to become America’s all-powerful “king.”

Boykin agreed with host Rick Wiles that Obama is employing Islamist-Marxist “psy-ops,” or psychological operations, to manipulate Americans in order to hold onto power.

“The Islamists are running an influence campaign, trying to change our thinking and you saw the evidence of that when the president stood up last week and said ‘ISIS is not Islam.’ That’s an influence campaign, that’s brainwashing the American people trying to get them to believe that nonsense,” he said. “You see that also with the Marxists, Marxists are doing exactly the same thing. The LGBT lobby is doing the same thing, they are bombarding us with this messaging that is really about changing the way we think, changing our attitude.”

The two right-wing commentators then agreed that Obama is a full-blown Marxist and “the first ‘Red’ president.”

Liberty Counsel: Ban Religious Practices If They 'Offend Other Faiths'

We already know that the “religious liberty” activists at Liberty Counsel don’t believe Muslim-Americans should have the same First Amendment rights as other Americans, but now it appears that the Religious Right group believes any religious practice that could upset other people should be prohibited.

While discussing a Satanic “Black Mass” scheduled to take place in Oklahoma City on Sunday, Harry Mihet of Liberty Counsel said yesterday that the event should not take place because it might “offend” people:

Harry Mihet, vice president of legal affairs and chief litigation counsel for Liberty Counsel, said Oklahoma City should not allow its public facilities to be “used by a satanic group for the sole purpose of mocking, insulting and offending other faiths through a lewd and lascivious ceremony.”

“The perverted sexual deviance characteristic of a ‘Black Mass’ ought to remain in the dark tombs and catacombs where it originated, and should not see the light of day in a civilized society, much less on public property,” he said.

This statement is coming from the same group that regularly issues paranoid warnings about how gay rights advocates, progressives and Islamists are on the verge of criminalizing Christian expression in America because it is seen as mocking, insulting and offensive to their beliefs.

But according to Mihet, it is completely appropriate to stop a religious event from taking place if it “offends other faiths.”

Ironically, Liberty Counsel itself once cited Justice William Brennan’s claim that “[i]f there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”

Laurie Higgins: 'Counter-Insurgency Needed' To Stop 'Homo-Activism'

Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute, last heard yearning for the creation of a children’s book about kids celebrating the death of their gay parents, wrote today in BarbWire that there is no comparison between anti-miscegenation laws and marriage equality bans.

Higgins wants everyone to know that unlike people who supported bans on interracial marriage, anti-gay activists like herself have “nothing to do with hatred.” (Of course, opponents of interracial marriage also insisted that they didn’t subscribe to racial animus and were simply acting on their deeply-held religious beliefs formed by their reading of the Bible).

“Post-modernism, the sexual revolution, and a television-dominated culture created the wormy subsoil into which two other cultural phenomena have taken root and grown into a felicitous political environment for homo-activism,” Higgins adds.

“This is a stealth insurgent assault on the First Amendment, and it’s being opposed by a feeble, emasculated counter-insurgency effort.”

First, those who opposed interracial marriage did not argue that such unions were not marriages. They argued that such marriages were not proper. And their opposition to interracial marriage was motivated by false ideas about racial superiority and by actual hatred. While it is appropriate to make moral distinctions among volitional behaviors (e.g., homoerotic activity vs. heterosexual activity), it is inappropriate to posit some people as ontologically superior to others or to hate people.

Supporters of true marriage are making a wholly different argument—one which has nothing to do with hatred. They’re making the argument that marriage has a nature central to which is sexual difference. They’re arguing that a union of two people of the same sex is in reality not a marriage—even if the law permits it. They’re arguing that the law can no more make a non-marital same-sex union into a marriage than it can make a wholly human African American into 3/5 a person.



Counter-insurgency needed

Post-modernism, the sexual revolution, and a television-dominated culture created the wormy subsoil into which two other cultural phenomena have taken root and grown into a felicitous political environment for homo-activism. With large corporations dominating employment in America and the Internet disseminating information, disinformation, and demagoguery with lightening speed, homosexual activists are able to advance their doctrinaire and dogmatic ideology while undermining both religious liberty and speech rights. This is a stealth insurgent assault on the First Amendment, and it’s being opposed by a feeble, emasculated counter-insurgency effort.