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Right Wing Round-Up - 4/24/14

  • Oliver Willis @ Media Matters: VIDEO: Cliven Bundy's Racist Comments.
  • Josh Feldman @ Mediaite: Bundy Explains ‘Negro’ Remarks: ‘I’m Wondering’ If They’re ‘Better Off Being Slaves.’
  • Joe Jervis: PolitiFact Rates Ralph Reed's Claims About Gay Parenting As Totally False.
  • Sarah Jones @ Wall of Separation: Moore Extremism: Alabama’s Infamous ‘Ten Commandments Judge’ Is As Big A Zealot As Ever.
  • Chris Rodda: Pentagon to Join in “One Voice United in Prayer” (On Separate Days in Separate Locations, Depending On What Religion You Are).
  • David Edwards @ Raw Story: NH lawmaker: Women deserve less pay because they don’t work hard like men.

Right Wing Leftovers - 4/24/14

  • Cliven Bundy cannot be a racist because, his son says, "two vehicles full of black men" protected him during the Watts Riots in 1965 and "he felt that they were his guardian angels."
  • After having repeatedly declared that Bundy was a Godly man of prayer, Glenn Beck has now abandoned him completely.
  • Bryan Fischer, on the other hand, is predictably defending Bundy's racist remarks.
  • April 30 is the National Day of Repentance.
  • Gary Bauer says there is a "misinformation campaign waged by media elites" designed to isolate those who oppose marriage equality.
  • The Pacific Justice Institute is asking the Supreme Court to agree to hear its lawsuit against California's prohibition on using "ex-gay" therapy on minors.

In Misleading UN Testimony, FRC & C-FAM Claim 'Legalizing Abortion Endangers The Lives Of Women'

Yesterday, Wendy Wright, the vice president for government relations at the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), posted a story on the group’s blog about an upcoming meeting on combating the practice of child sacrifice in Uganda. Wright, of course, thinks that the practice of kidnapping children to be sacrificed in ritual murder is “terribly close” to the work of abortion providers:

Uganda will host a conference this fall to create a plan to combat child sacrifice. Attacks have risen recently as the country’s economy is booming. People are hiring experienced [witch] doctors to kill children, believing it will bring health and wealth.

Sound familiar? It’s terribly close to the claim that abortion will improve women’s health and prospects for the future.

So it’s no surprise that when Wright delivered testimony to a UN commission Tuesday on behalf of C-FAM, the Family Research Council and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians, she used any number of misleading and false arguments to urge the UN to fight for maternal health in a way that does not include access to legal abortion.

In her speech to the Commission on Population and Development, Wright downplayed the danger and frequency of illegal abortions, misled about the risks of legal procedures, and denied a link between the criminalization of abortion and unsafe procedures. She even argued that “legalizing abortion actually endangers the lives of women.”

After recommending a number of ways to improve maternal health worldwide, Wright moved onto claiming that legalizing abortion actually endangers women.

There is no quick fix here. And legalizing abortion will not improve maternal health. Mortality from abortion, estimated at less than 15 percent of all causes of maternal death, decreases proportionately with all other causes of maternal death if the right improvements to maternal health care are made, regardless of the legal status of abortion.

This means that complications from abortions, whether legal or not, can only be dealt with through adequate investments in maternal health care. Making abortion legal does not improve maternal health in any way. It only makes it safer for the abortionist. It does not make it any safer to the mother or her unborn child.

Ireland and Chile, which have highly restrictive abortion laws, are world leaders in maternal health, with lower maternal mortality rates than the United States and other wealthy countries. Legalizing abortion actually endangers the lives of women by exposing them to health risks they would not encounter if they were to carry their pregnancies to term.

In fact, as Guttmacher reports [pdf], “there is clear evidence that restrictive abortion laws are associated with a high incidence of unsafe abortion and its health consequences, and abortions in these settings contribute substantially to maternal illness and death.” The group estimates that 47,000 women die each year as a result of unsafe abortion and notes that restrictive abortion laws do not reduce the number of women obtaining abortions.

Wright’s citation of Ireland and Chile as places with low maternal mortality rates despite restrictive abortion laws is also misleading. Data on the incidence of unsafe abortion in Chile is disputed and women in Ireland commonly travel to England, where abortion is legal, to obtain the procedure.

Wright then cited false, misleading, and disputed statistics to claim that it is actually legal abortion that is dangerous.

Abortions often result in immediate complications, like massive bleeding, infection and death – even in countries where elective abortion is legal. In the United States, abortions carried out after five months of pregnancy are more likely to result in the death of the mother than carrying the pregnancy to term.

Over 130 studies show that elective abortion results in an increased risk of pre-term birth in subsequent pregnancies. Women who abort have a greater risk of depression and suicide, as compared to women who give birth.

While Wright claims that “abortions often result in immediate complications,” even in countries where the procedure is legal, in fact surgical abortion conducted under proper conditions is one of the safest medical procedures. She then cites the risks of very late-term abortions, which constitute only one percent of the abortions performed in the United States.

Wright's claim that abortion leads to “a greater risk of depression and suicide” is also false. And while a study last year did find that there was a link in the past between repeated abortions and the risk of preterm birth, it also found that “with modern procedures the danger has all but vanished.”

Rick Wiles Hails Cliven Bundy Standoff: 'Blood Will Flow As Citizens Fight Back Against Tyranny'

On his Tuesday radio show, TruNews host Rick Wiles said that the militias defending Cliven Bundy’s illegal ranching are staving off President Obama’s attempts to incite mass violence and World War III.

The End Times broadcaster said that while he thought “that World War III would start in 2020,” he now thinks “events are moving so quickly and the situations inside the USA and abroad are deteriorating so fast that I am deeply troubled that we may not get through 2014 without seeing civil unrest, a financial panic and at worst, a war.”

“Civil unrest is brewing, the Obamanistas have tried a number of tactics to insult and infuriate the American people to respond with violence,” he said. “I expect dirty Harry Reid and his Washington sidekick Barry Soetoro will send federal agents back to Nevada this summer and my fear is that federal snipers will take out a bunch of cowboys and militia men.”

“When Americans see dead cowboys on the ground, a shock will go through the heartland of this country, a lot of red-blooded American patriotic men will know that the crackdown on freedom has begun and blood will flow as citizens fight back against tyranny.”

Beck Goes Full Barton, Claims One-Third Of The Constitution And Declaration Came Straight From Deuteronomy

On today's radio broadcast, Glenn Beck went full David Barton, claiming that one-third of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence came straight out of the Bible; more specifically, right out of the Book of Deuteronomy.

Continuing his argument from last night that the Bible is the "cookbook" of America's system of government, Beck echoed David Barton's claim that the Founding Fathers were so well-versed in the Bible that they quoted it continually in their correspondence.

When Barton made this very claim on Beck's show a few years ago, we pointed out that it was total nonsense, but Beck cited it as true nonetheless this morning before adding his own bizarre assertion that "thirty-three percent of every federal line in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence ... comes from the Book of Deuteronomy":

Not surprisingly, this claim is also pure Barton bunk, as Chris Rodda explained back when Barton made this claim on Beck's program in 2010.

But even worse, Beck somehow managed to utterly misrepresent things even further by claiming not that one-third of the quotes from the Founders came from the Bible, which is what Barton misrepresents the original study to claim, but that one-third of our Constitution and Declaration of Independence came straight out of Deuteronomy.

American Decency Association Says Children Seeking Adoption Are Better Off Without A Home Than With Gay Parents

The culture-war crusaders at the American Decency Association are now joining a slew of other anti-gay activists in arguing that conservatives have been too lenient towards the gay community and need to fight against LGBT equality even more fervently.

“[W]hile we’re wielding a knife in the gunfight, we’re leaving our gun in the holster,” the ADA’s Chris Johnson lamented in an blog post last week.

Johnson insisted that the Religious Right must maintain its opposition to gay adoption, arguing that a “needy child” seeking adoption will “be better off waiting to be adopted by a heterosexual family which can give them the benefit of both a mother and father.”

When the same-sex marriage proponent says "these two people love each other; why shouldn't they be allowed to stand in front of their friends and family and make it official?" our response is that marriage has always been defined as between as a man and a woman and the state's interest in marriage is to regulate the individual units of society in the way that's most productive to society.

When they say, "why can't this loving couple adopt a needy child who just wants a family?" we answer that, statistically speaking, the child will be better off waiting to be adopted by a heterosexual family which can give them the benefit of both a mother and father.

And these arguments are solid, but the problem is that if you tell two people who really do love each other, that making the state recognize their love will fray the fabric of society, you will always look like a spiteful villain.

That is not to say that we shouldn't make those arguments. If the only result was that we would be more resolute in our own support of God-defined marriage, that would be valuable enough to focus on those aspects - and that's beside the fact that some people's emotions may still be swayed by an intellectual argument.

The issue, in my opinion is that while we're wielding a knife in the gunfight, we're leaving our gun in the holster.

Fischer: 'Gay Activists Are Like Leeches'

Bryan Fischer is still miffed by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's decision to withdraw from the culture war over marriage, declaring on his radio program yesterday that gay activists are like leeches for whom no amount of blood is ever enough.

Pointing to opposition to efforts by Chick-fil-A to open restaurants in New York City, Fischer cited Proverbs 30:15 to proclaim that "gay activists are like leeches."

"The point here," Fischer said, "is that with the homosexual lobby, you cannot ever give them enough. Don't even try. There's no point in making concessions. There's no point in capitulating. There's no point in yielding to their demands. There's no point in offering them some kind of appeasement in the hopes that they will leave you alone, that they will leave you in peace. It won't work":

Tom DeLay Hails 'Americans Picking Up Arms In Nevada' To Fight 'Lawless' Obama And His 'Tyranny'

Speaking with Newsmax host Steve Malzberg yesterday, former House GOP leader Tom DeLay said that President Obama’s “lawlessness” is prompting people to take up arms in Nevada to defend rancher Cliven Bundy, whose refusal to abide by court orders or recognize the federal government has turned him into a right-wing hero.

DeLay told Malzberg that Obama is ushering in “tyranny” and that he is “just shocked by [Obama’s] complete disregard or love for this country and the people that live in it.”

Later, while discussing rules changes on clemency for non-violent drug offenders, he encouraged House Republicans to cut off funding to the White House: “Cut him off, cut off the funds, use the power of the purse coming from the House of Representatives, start holding hearings about his lawlessness, bring it to the American people through this next election.”

“This is getting so far out of hand we see Americans picking up arms in Nevada because of government tyranny, this is getting out of hand,” DeLay said. “When people are taking up arms that means that the federal government and people like Obama and Holder have gone too far.”

Pat Robertson Recalls Doctor Raising Patient From The Dead With Prayer

After the 700 Club ran a story on the importance of prayer for doctors and patients, host Pat Robertson told a story about how a board member of Regent University, the school Robertson founded, used prayer to bring a dead man back to life.

Robertson, who once led a faith healing service where he promised that people could have their deceased children brought back to life, said that the patient was brought back from the dead after the doctor put his hands over him and channeled the “power of God.”

The American Family Association Doesn't Understand How Bathrooms Work

Apparently, American Family Association head Tim Wildmon and spokesman Bryan Fischer don’t understand how bathrooms work. The two revealed their stunning ignorance in interviews yesterday with OneNewsNow, the news arm of the AFA, about a new bathroom regulation in Washington D.C.

As HRC explains, “the District of Columbia requires single-occupant restroom facilities in any public space (e.g., restaurants) to be gender neutral -- restrooms designed for use by one individual at a time may not have a specific gender designation with ‘male’ or ‘female’ signage or icons -- but does not require employers to have single-occupant restrooms instead of another type” (emphasis added).

But Wildmon and Fischer suggested that now women and men will be sharing the bathroom at the same time, forcing them to “approve sexual deviancy”:

The District of Columbia is enforcing a rule that favors the fraction of transgender people over the majority who know they are male or female.

A regulation on the books since 2006 is now being enforced, requiring removal of signage on single-stall public bathrooms designating it for men or women, in order to accommodate the transgendered community. Public places that don't comply could be charged with a civil infraction and fined $500.

OneNewsNow talked with Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for American Family Association. "Well, once again we see an example of how the homosexual lobby is seeking to coerce and compel people of faith and goodwill against their will to accept and recognize and approve sexual deviancy," he says.

In addition, AFA president Tim Wildmon feels that because businesses that don't meet the terms of the regulation face possible fines, it places "yet another strain on American business owners so the LGBTQ community can feel validated."

"Time after time," Wildmon continues, "special rules apply to the LBGTQ community; but the equality for everyone seems to end there, as it's obvious that no thought has been given to the male and female customers of these businesses who prefer the privacy of a restroom specific to their gender."

Fischer points out that mental health professionals still consider transgenderism a mental disorder, "so they need to be helped rather than their deviancy catered to," he argues.

"... We believe that public policy ought to be based on science; it ought to be based on biology," he explains. "And the truth is that every single human being is a male or a female from the moment of their conception until the moment they die – and that ought to be recognized in our public policy."

He says gender differences ought to be respected and privacy considered as well as the fact that many women will be offended, if not struck with fear, seeing a man enter their bathroom.

AFA also criticizes the DC Office of Human Rights for asking residents and visitors to tweet the business name or office if they come across a single-occupancy public restroom displaying a gender-specific sign.