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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 2/25/15

  • Steve Deace talked to Jesus and "Jesus made it quite clear that President Obama is not a Christian."
  • Donald Trump is so serious about pretending to run for president that he claims to have begun hiring campaign staff.
  • Glenn Beck predictably used the guilty verdict in the Chris Kyle murder case as an opportunity to fume at President Obama.
  • E.W. Jackson has reportedly been told that he cannot use the auditorium in the Capitol Visitors Center for his racial reconciliation conference, so presumably this will blow up into a full-blown Religious Right crusade in the coming days.
  • Finally, Jennifer LeClaire is upset that Larry King apparently doesn't believe in God: "King is 81 years old. He wants his body frozen—not burned—when he dies. It's sadly ironic given the fate of those who reject Christ. Let's pray that God will reach him before it's too late."

Rep. Barry Loudermilk Boasts About Refusing To Vaccinate His Kids

At a town hall meeting in his district in Georgia last week, Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk claimed that he and his wife decided against vaccinating their “very healthy” children and said that he is against requiring children to receive vaccinations.

“I believe it’s a parents decision whether they immunize or not,” he said in remarks first noted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We didn’t immunize and they’re very healthy, of course, in homeschooling we didn’t have to get the mandatory immunizations.”

Loudermilk also said that as chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight in the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, he would consider holding hearings on a questioner’s allegation that the CDC “falsified data” on the safety of vaccines.

GOP Rep: No IEDs On The Border Because They Might Harm American Workers

At a recent town hall meeting, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., laughed off a question from a participant who asked whether the U.S. should “learn something from Afghanistan and put IUDs in the ground” along the southern border as a way to stop immigrants from crossing the border and “blow them up.” (She presumably meant IEDs, or improvised explosive devices).

As the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported, the freshman Republican congressman said that he was against the use of improvised explosive devices along the border because they might harm the Americans who live and work there, ignoring the fact that the IEDs would kill immigrants.

Loudermilk told the questioner that he opposed the idea "because there’s a lot of Americans who work [there] and kids around the border as well.”

Garlow: The Purpose Of Government Is To Function As 'A Minister Of God'

Jim Garlow was a guest on Bryan Fischer's "Focal Point" radio program today to promote the upcoming "Future Conference" that Garlow will be hosting at his San Diego church. During the course of the conversation, the two men began discussing the effort being led by radical Christian nationalist David Lane to recruit 1,000 pastors to run for political office, which Garlow proclaimed was an absolute necessity because the true purpose of government is to function as "a minister of God."

"If you live in a constitutional republic or a democracy, as we do," Garlow said, "that means it behooves us as followers of Christ to make sure our government functions for the purpose for which it was created, specifically to be the minister of God.... We are in a constitutional republic where we the people determine what our government is and so consequently, as followers of Christ, we're commanded to be involved and to make sure the government functions as a minister of God":

Frank Gaffney: 'How Could This President Love America' When He Was 'Marinated' In A 'Deep Hatred' For It

The Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney stopped by the American Family Radio at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville this week to discuss Rudy Giuliani’s recent comment that President Obama doesn’t “love America.”

Gaffney naturally agreed with Giuliani, contending that while Obama might not have a “deep hatred” for America, it is literally impossible for him to love the country.

“How could this president love America?” Gaffney asked AFA president Tim Wildmon. “How could he, given that he grew up in his formative years in an Indonesian madrassa, an Islamist school, he came to this country and sat at the knee of an avowed communist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, he spent formative years in Chicago hanging with revolutionaries like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, he went on to church with Jeremiah Wright?”

“And what all of those people have in common is a deep hatred for our country. So maybe he doesn’t have a deep hatred for it, but it’s hard to see how we could have possibly having incubated in that, marinated in it, come out loving this country. Which brings us to your question. If he doesn’t, we’re in jeopardy, because you need someone in a dangerous world like this who loves this country, who believes it’s exceptional and is willing to stand up for it.”

Growing Number Of Conservatives Seem Utterly Unaware That Obama Is Attacking ISIS

While the U.S.-led coalition to defeat the so-called Islamic State has launched around 5,000 airstrikes against the extremist group, with Central Command posting daily updates on new airstrikes targeting the organization also known as ISIS or ISIL, several Republican politicians appear to believe that the U.S. is not at all engaging in a fight against group.

The same politicians will readily praise the leaders of Egypt and Jordan for launching airstrikes against the terrorist group, while then criticizing President Obama for not following in their footsteps, even though the U.S. is responsible for the vast majority of the airstrikes carried out by the anti-ISIS coalition. Of course, many Republicans and Democrats have expressed legitimate criticisms of the administration’s strategy to defeat ISIS, but some Republicans are acting as if the administration is not at all engaged in fighting the group, whose momentum has been blunted since the airstrikes began.

As Jon Stewart noted, Fox News pundits deny the facts about America’s anti-ISIS airstrikes “even when that fact is spelled out directly next to their face.”

But Fox News commentators aren’t the only one living in this conservative fantasy world.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continued his habit of simply punting on questions by telling journalists in London recently that he doesn’t have a strategy to fight ISIS, but it is “certainly something I will answer in the United States in the future.” Walker nonetheless criticized the current strategy in an interview with Martha Raddatz, saying that the U.S. needs to show “leadership” and “take the fight to ISIS.” When Raddatz pointed out that the U.S. has launched thousands of anti-ISIS airstrikes, Walker simply replied that “we need to have an aggressive strategy.”

Another potential presidential candidate, former New York Gov. George Pataki, also seems to have blocked out of his mind the fact that the U.S. has been attacking ISIS for months, expressing anger that President Obama supposedly doesn’t realize that “we have got to attack these terrorist groups overseas before they have a chance to attack us again here.”

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., went one step further, telling a conservative conference that he faces a “conundrum” about supporting the Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIS since “we have a commander-in-chief who seems not only not ready, not unwilling, but really working collaboratively with what I would say is the enemy of freedom.”

The congressman worried that Obama would actually use the resolution “to further their cause and what seems to be his cause.”

Perry isn’t the only GOP House member to hold such views.

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., suggested in an interview that Obama does not want to “destroy ISIL,” while Texas Republican Rep. Ted Poe alleged that Obama is “more aggressive toward Americans, Republicans, conservatives, Christians” than he is toward ISIS.

Jerry Boykin, the Family Research Council’s executive vice president, alleged that Obama is “very supportive of the Islamic jihadists” and has been “really supportive of what they’re doing.”

Not to be outdone, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer claimed that Obama is directing the military to deliberately “minimize the number of dead terrorists” who are fighting for ISIS.

Sandy Rios Tells Conservative Christians To Prepare For Martyrdom

American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios ended her radio show today by promoting the group’s new “bigotry map,” which she claims reveals “over 200 groups and organizations” that promote anti-Christian bigotry.

While the map has been received with general mockery since it neither includes 200 groups nor explains how the groups on the map are anti-Christian, Rios said that the “bigotry map” shows the need for people to “stand up” against the supposedly growing anti-Christian sentiment.

She told guest Todd Starnes, who joined Rios to discuss the case of a Washington florist who is facing fines for denying service to a gay customer, that Illinois pastor Erwin Lutzer said Christians in America must now “prepare for martyrdom.”

“That would be my message this morning,” Rios said, “we are moving in a very dangerous course and direction in the country.”

Conservatives Bizarrely Claim Net Neutrality Undermines The First Amendment

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association once again badly distorted the facts surrounding net neutrality in her radio show today, this time during an interview with Americans for Limited Government president Rick Manning.

While net neutrality is centered around treating all content equally and making sure that internet service providers do not favor certain kinds of content, the right-wing activists alleged that net neutrality will undermine content and even lead to government-led attacks on conservatives.

Rios claimed that net neutrality will give government bureaucrats the power to determine who can start a website, even though that claim is completely false. “I want to set up a website and then bureaucratic regulators will have to give me permission and I will have to pay and they will also see if my content is o.k. to be put out there on the internet,” Rios said.

“There is no doubt in the long term when the government takes control over not just the capacity to deliver internet services but also gets into the content monitoring game, which every indication is that they are doing that, at that juncture we have a real opportunity for free speech violations,” Manning said. “This net neutrality is just one area that President Obama has been engaged in a wholesale assault on First Amendment rights.”

The debate went even further off the rails when Rios and Manning claimed that Comcast is a strong supporter of the FCC’s decision to preserve net neutrality, with Manning telling Rios that “if I were Comcast, I’d be lobbying like crazy for this thing.”

“Comcast, owned by NBC, is all about net neutrality, they have been pushing and pushing and pushing it,” Rios said.

In reality, the exact oppose is true, as Comcast has joined AT&T and Verizon in fiercely opposing net neutrality, spending millions of dollars against the rules. Also, Comcast owns NBC, not the other way around.

Graphic credit: The Sunlight Foundation

PFAW And Allies Call On GOP Presidential Candidates To Distance Themselves From CPAC’s White Nationalist Sponsor

Today, People For the American Way, America’s Voice and ColorOfChange.org called on GOP presidential candidates to distance themselves from Conservative Political Action Conference’s ties to ProEnglish, a group led by white nationalist Robert Vandervoort.

As we reported last week, ProEnglish is sponsoring a booth in the event’s exhibit hall, which costs $4,000. ProEnglish has been allowed to sponsor the event for the past several years, despite Vandervoort’s well documented ties with white nationalist groups. Nearly every major Republican presidential contender is scheduled to speak at the event this weekend.

Here is the full text of the open letter from PFAW, America’s Voice and ColorOfChange.org:

Dear Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rick Santorum, and Gov. Scott Walker:

We understand that you are scheduled to speak at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, an event which is being partially sponsored by ProEnglish, a group led by white nationalist Bob Vandervoort. We urge you to decline to speak at CPAC unless it cuts ties with ProEnglish and Vandervoort.

ProEnglish has sponsored CPAC for the past several years, despite Vandervoort’s well documented ties to the white nationalist movement. As the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights has reported, Vandervoort is the former leader of Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, a group dedicated to supporting the ideals of the infamous white nationalist publication American Renaissance. One member of the group described its mission as encouraging “white survival and maintaining white majorities.”

Vandervoort’s own writings reflect these views. He has expressed concern about the need to “halt the cultural and racial dispossession of the West's historic people” and expounded on “racial differences” in “intelligence and temperament.” He has wondered how “race realists and pro-Western Civ nationalists” like himself can counter historical comparisons to the Holocaust and slavery.

CPAC has a troubling history of welcoming white nationalists. In 2012, the conference hosted a panel on race featuring Vandervoort and fellow white nationalist writer Peter Brimelow. And ProEnglish has continued to be allowed to sponsor the event even after civil rights groups have raised concerns.

Clearly, Robert Vandervoort and his group should have no place as a financial sponsor of the nation’s largest convention of conservatives. We urge you to distance yourself from Vandervoort’s views and refuse to speak at CPAC unless ProEnglish’s sponsorship is withdrawn.

Sincerely,

Michael Keegan, President

People For the American Way

Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director

America’s Voice

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director

ColorOfChange.org

GOP Rep: Legalizing Pot Would Cripple The American Dream

Last week, Rep. Glenn Grothman appeared on Voice of Christian Youth America’s show “In Focus” to outline his right-wing agenda as a freshman member of Congress. The Wisconsin Republican, who recently won attention after calling on constituents to essentially spy on their neighbors who use food stamps, strongly disagreed with a viewer who said that Wisconsin should consider legalizing and taxing marijuana as a way to increase state revenues.

“A lot has been written about the income gap in our country and how the poor people aren’t making enough money or saving enough money, so I want to ask your caller: Assuming one of the goals we have in this country is to help people make more money and be part of the American Dream, if we legalize marijuana across the board, what effect do you think that’s going to have on people?” Grothman asked. “Is that going to cause the underclass, or whatever, to improve more or is it going to create even a larger segment of Americans who is not achieving their full possibility and falling behind?”

Grothman added: “I think if you want to make sure that all Americans are participating in the American Dream, all Americans are having a good job where someday they are going to be able to afford to take care of kids, buy a house, I don’t think legalizing marijuana is a way to work towards that goal.”