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Anti-Gay, Anti-Catholic, Anti-Mormon Pastor Accuses Hillary Clinton Of 'Hate Speech'

As Brian noted today, Hillary Clinton’s comments over the weekend about the “deplorables” who support Donald Trump have resulted in some deliciously ironic criticism from Trump and some of his supporters. Among the Trump supporters slamming Clinton was Robert Jeffress, a pastor with a long record of anti-gay, anti-Mormon and anti-Catholic rhetoric, who accused Clinton of “hate speech” and “intolerance.”

“I tell you, it reveals the hypocrisy of liberalism, and that is liberals who cry loudest for tolerance are usually the most intolerant people in the world when it comes to ideas with which they disagree,” Jeffress told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher today. “I mean, think about it, according to Clinton you’re a racist if you believe in secure borders, you’re xenophobic if you believe people ought to only be in this country legally and you’re homophobic if you believe in traditional marriage. The fact is, Hillary Clinton is exhibit A of intolerance and her comments Friday were nothing but hate speech.”

Jeffress himself, of course, is a model of tolerance:

Jeffress made waves in the last presidential election when, after endorsing Rick Perry, he told Christians that they shouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith, which wasn’t too surprising since he once blasted Mormonism as “a cult” from “the pit of hell.”

Jeffress has similarly stated that Satan created Roman Catholicism, declared that Jews, Mormons, Muslims and gay people are all destined for hell and maintained that President Obama “is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”

No fan of the gay community, Jeffress believes that gays and lesbians are “perverse” people who are either pedophiles or likely to abuse children in the future; compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it “a miserable lifestyle”; accused gay people of using “brainwashing techniques” to have homosexuality “crammed down our throats”; said that gay people “are engaged in the most detestable, unclean, abominable acts you can imagine”; predicted that the gay rights movement “will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist”; and labeled homosexuality a “filthy practice” that will lead to the “ implosion of our country.”

Tony Perkins Is Upset About Liberals' 'Narrow-Minded' Language

The only thing more ironic than Donald Trump complaining about Hillary Clinton’s criticism of the “deplorables” who support his candidacy is Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council pointing to her comments as proof that liberals are mean-spirited and “narrow-minded.” Perkins, who was speaking on Fox Business News, even hinted about Clinton possibly imprisoning her opponents:

This is the same Tony Perkins who:

  • Claimed gay youth have a higher suicide rate because they intrinsically know their sexual orientation is “abnormal.”
  • Described LGBT rights activists as pawns of the Devil: “The Enemy is simply using them as pawns, they are held captive by the Enemy.”
  • Argued that LGBT rights activists want “the indoctrination of our kids” because “there is an emptiness within them” and “they are looking for that acceptance.”
  • Warned that “global homosexuality” and “radical sexualism” is promoting “immorality” and the persecution of Christians.

Jon Voight Warns Of Democrats 'Manipulating The Voting'

Actor Jon Voight, who introduced Donald Trump at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, gave an interview at the summit to the “Breitbart News Daily” radio program, where he echoed Trump’s claim that the election might be “rigged,” claiming that Democrats have “a history of manipulating the voting.”

“I have great concerns about the ballot box being used properly,” he said. “We know that the Democrat Party has a history of manipulating the voting. They certainly will allow anyone in the country who will vote their way and then take away all the restrictions on voting in order to make that possible, so it’s going to be a tough election.”

Donald Trump Jr. Has Got A White Supremacist Problem

Over the weekend, Donald Trump Jr. posted an image to Instagram that included “Pepe the frog,” which, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a meme “constantly used” by white supremacists.

The image, which spoofs a poster from the film "The Expendables," shows a ragtag group labeled “The Deplorables,” a reference to Hillary Clinton’s remark that "you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables." The group’s ringleader is Donald Trump. He’s surrounded by his sons, his friend Roger Stone, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, supporters Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani and Ben Carson, conspiracy theorist and Trump fan Alex Jones, and alt-right defender Milo Yiannopoulos. Just to the right of the presidential candidate is Pepe the Frog.

In his Instagram post, Trump Jr. said the image was sent to him by “a friend” before noting, “I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation.”

This isn’t Trump Jr.’s first, second or even third time associating himself with white supremacists.

In March, he appeared on a radio show with James Edwards, host of the white supremacist radio show Political Cesspool.

In July, it was noted he followed several white supremacists on Twitter.

Less than two weeks ago, he retweeted a prominent white supremacist. And that wasn’t even the first time he’s done so: Trump Jr. once retweeted a white supremacist’s false claim that a Trump supporter pictured giving the Nazi salute was actually a Bernie Sanders fan in disguise.

Any of these individual instances can be explained away. However, the most charitable interpretation of this pattern of behavior is that it once again demonstrates that the Trump family and campaign have no qualms about associating with known and prolific racists.  

Tony Perkins On The Alt-Right: Trump Has 'Given Voice' To 'A Lot Of Alternative Voices'

At a press conference outside this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the annual Religious Right gathering organized by the Family Research Council, Alternet’s Adele Stan asked FRC president Tony Perkins what he thought of the Donald Trump campaign’s increasing embrace of the racist alt-right movement. Perkins has said that he’ll vote for Trump and this year’s Values Voter Summit was in part an effort to convince Christian conservatives to support the GOP nominee.

In response to Stan’s question, Perkins first seemed to indicate that he didn’t know what the alt-right was, but then praised the Trump campaign for giving “voice to a lot of people who feel like their voice has all but been snuffed out under this administration,” saying that “there have been a lot of alternative voices that have risen up” as the Obama administration “has increasingly tried to marginalize people who do not surrender to a progressive, liberal agenda.”

Here’s the full exchange, via Alternet:

AlterNet: I’m wondering what you make of Trump’s hiring of Steve Bannon, who said that he had provided the platform for the alt-right.

Tony Perkins: The what?

AlterNet: The alt-right, which Hillary Clinton—

TP: —I didn’t hear his comment, so I can’t really speak to that. I can speak to the fact that, in the last eight years, this administration, which Hillary Clinton has been a part of, has increasingly tried to marginalize people who do not surrender to a progressive, liberal agenda. And there have been a lot of alternative voices that have risen up, just because Americans feel they are under constant threat by this administration’s policies. So, what has given Donald Trump, I believe, the nomination, is that he has given voice to a lot of people who feel like their voice has all but been snuffed out under this administration.

Steve Quayle: Louisiana Flooding Was The Work Of 'A Weather Weapon'

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker spoke with End Times radio host Steve Quayle, who warned that America is experiencing a “generated famine” but that government elites are stockpiling food in their “underground bases.”

The government knows that “if you control the weather, you control the food; you control the food, you control the people,” he said.

He then suggested that the recent deadly flooding in Louisiana was the work of a government “weather weapon”: “This is what’s going on in Louisiana: There was a standing wave in Louisiana, that’s a weather weapon and weather weapons are real. And people, they knew it was going to come but they still stayed and that’s what’s tragic because weather weapons are real.”

“What you’re watching is a nation under siege,” he said.

Rick Joyner: 'There Is Much More Freedom Of Religion In Russia Than There Is In America'

On a recent episode of his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner declared that America is now one of the least religiously free nations in the entire world, thanks to President Obama, and that there is now more religious freedom in Russia than in the United States.

"We no longer have freedom of religion in America," Joyner stated. "We no longer have freedom of speech in America."

The fact that Joyner was openly hosting a Christian television program while saying this would seem to rather undermine both his claim that there is neither freedom of religion nor freedom of speech in America, but Joyner didn't see it that way, declaring that "there is much more freedom of religion in Russia than there is in America."

That must come as news to the people in Russia, since the government enacted a new law back in July that drastically restricts that ability of non-government-approved churches to engage in evangelism and which the the National Religious Broadcasters decried in a press release:

Despite pleas from religious organizations, business leaders, and human rights activists, Russian President Vladimir Putin this week signed legislation that includes heavy-handed requirements for speech on electronic media and restrictions on religious freedom. Indeed, Russia’s own Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights called for the law’s rejection because of its “unconstitutionality.”

The new law is especially harmful to those who wish to preach and teach the Gospel. Government permits through registered religious groups will be required for evangelism. Moreover, such outreach efforts will essentially be restricted to church building sites.

Dr. Hannu Haukka, President  of Great Commission Media Ministries, which is actively engaged in Russia, said, “This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church. Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history.”

Similarly, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, stated, “The enactment of a law restricting the free exercise of religion by any nation should be a matter of grave concern and prayerful action by Christians of all nations. Following a pattern of other human rights abuses, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is criminalizing a central duty for all followers of Christ – sharing our faith. “

Dr. Johnson added, “In keeping with the Apostle Peter’s declaration, ‘We must obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29), I commend the faithfulness of Russia's evangelical Christians and urge believers across the world earnestly to seek God’s protection for all those who are being faithful in their witness. I also commend NRB members who are seeking to share the Good News in Russia.”

In a speech last week decrying the law and Russia’s trajectory on the world stage, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) noted, “We need to begin telling the truth about an increasingly aggressive actor in global affairs.” He added that the new law is “an affront to free people everywhere.”

In a similar vein, NRB President Dr. Jerry A. Johnson declared, “The United States government and all other nations that profess a commitment to religious freedom should urge Russia to repeal this unjust law. Let’s pray this new iron curtain of Christian persecution in Russia will be lifted quickly and without harm to our brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Ted Nugent: Obama 'Is The Biggest Racist In America'

Last week, NRA board member and musician Ted Nugent attacked President Obama for saying that NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is “exercising his constitutional right” not to stand for the National Anthem, calling it a sign of Obama’s racism.

Nugent, who has threatened to kill Obama, referred to the president as a “chimpanzee” and “subhuman mongrel,” and claimed he’d be “dead or in jail” by 2013 if the president was re-elected, told radio host Joe Pags that Obama “is the biggest racist in America.”

“No one is oppressed in America unless you choose to be oppressed,” he added.

Later in the interview, Nugent said that there is a “triad of evil”—government, media and academia—bent on destroying America, and “if Hillary Clinton becomes elected, we are done.”

Conservative Groups Urge Maximum Obstruction Of Hillary Clinton's Judicial Nominees

At a Values Voter Summit panel this weekend, top conservative legal groups promised that if Hillary Clinton becomes president, they will pressure GOP senators to obstruct her judicial nominees to the greatest extent possible, including attempting to prevent her from replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network, Phillip Jauregui of the Judicial Action Group, and David Christensen and Mandi Ancalle of the Family Research Council discussed what they would urge the president and the Senate to do in the first 100 days of the next presidency. In the case of a Clinton presidency and a Republican-controlled Senate, they promised maximum obstruction of judicial nominees.

Severino, who once called Judge Merrick Garland “the best scenario we could hope for” in an Obama Supreme Court nominee and said that “of those the president could nominate, we could do a lot worse” than Garland, predictably changed her tune once Obama actually did nominate Garland to replace Scalia on the Supreme Court. At the Values Voter Summit, Severino insisted that senators would “effectively nullify their oath to uphold the Constitution” by voting to confirm Garland.

“Say you’re in a state where there’s no chance on who’s going to win on the president’s side, it’s so important to remember how significant these senatorial races are, because the senators also had an oath to the Constitution,” she said. “They have to uphold and defend the Constitution. That means, when it comes to a vote for a nominee, so even if it is someone who is absolutely not going to uphold the Constitution as it is written, like Merrick Garland even, even if he does come to a vote—and I suspect that if he remains the nominee into the next presidency, he probably would come up for hearings and a vote at some point—our senators simply cannot be voting for someone that would effectively nullify their oath to uphold the Constitution. So I think we have to remember to remind our senators of that.”

Severino dismissed the idea of the Republican Senate confirming Garland in a lame duck session if Clinton wins the election, saying that if Clinton becomes president and renominates Garland or picks someone “more radical” for the court, GOP senators could stall proceedings and “maybe we'll have eight justices for awhile.” When asked how long she thought it would be realistic for a GOP senate to block a Clinton nominee to the court, she said, “I think the court could really function as long as it needed to with eight justices.”

She said that the “best case scenario” under a Clinton presidency would be if Clinton worked with Republicans in the Senate to pick a nominee who “did actually have a record of upholding the Constitution”; it’s unclear who she thinks such a nominee could be, since she previously called Garland the “best scenario” for a Democratic Supreme Court nominee.

Severino’s message that the Senate should obstruct just about any Hillary Clinton nominee contradicts the claims made by her group and others that they are merely blocking President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee because the decision on who to appoint to the Supreme Court should be left to the next president. (In the words of a Judicial Crisis Network ad: “This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. It’s about your voice. You choose the next president, the next president chooses the next justice.”)

The Judicial Action Group’s Jauregui impressed upon the activists in the room that they would also have to be prepared to “fight vigorously” on nominations to the lower federal courts under the next president, including closely monitoring a President Trump’s nominations. He praised the effort of Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to prevent President Obama’s filling of judicial vacancies in their home state by refusing to turn in “blue slips” giving the go-ahead for hearings on nominees, hinting at an obstruction strategy conservative groups might urge GOP senators to use under a Clinton presidency.

Jauregui urged the current Republican Senate to vow now to keep the current rules barring filibusters of lower-court judicial nominees if they stay in power, no matter who becomes president, saying it would be “foolish to say the best” to do otherwise.

Severino agreed that it would be “just as well” to see the judicial filibuster abolished for good after Senate Democrats invoked the so-called “nuclear option” in the face of entrenched GOP obstruction in 2013. She said that eliminating the filibuster on judicial nominees would probably help conservatives in the long run.

“If you’re not using a weapon, you might as well not have it anyway,” she said. “So now I say, move on, I think we’re living in a world, unfortunately, a post-nuclear world where 51 votes is all you need for a nominee, and that in the long term may actually help in terms of getting some of these constitutionally sound judges on the court.”

Michele Bachmann: Obama Is Scheming To Steal The Election For Hillary

On Thursday, Michele Bachmann told “Washington Watch” host Tony Perkins that President Obama is planning to steal the election for Hillary Clinton, pointing to recent comments by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about how his department can work with states “on how best to secure online data and protect individual polling places from the potential threat of hackers.”

The former Minnesota congresswoman told Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, that “every one of your listeners should worry that this administration could possibly not only seek to federalize these elections but also be aiding and abetting what effectively is stealing an election to ensure the right outcome so that in their minds Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.”

If a federal takeover of the election process occurs, Bachmann said, “we should be screaming from the housetops that the administration is trying to steal this election and put the fix in.”

Bachmann also urged members of Congress to impeach Johnson and other officials who are bent on “nationalizing these local and state elections.”

Congress should even consider shutting down the government over the matter, she said, and should explain to voters “that the president is trying to fix the outcome of this election.”

“Otherwise, why are we bothering to go through these primaries and this huge, long process of electing a president only to have it undermined by having the president steal the election by having the federal government, in an unprecedented, first-ever time, of taking over the state and local duty of running elections?” she asked.