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Ted Cruz Adviser Falls For Internet Hoaxes About 'Sharia Courts' In Texas And Michigan

Ted Cruz’s national security adviser Jerry Boykin repeated roundly debunked internet-fueled rumors about “Sharia courts” in Texas and Michigan in a radio interview on Monday.

Boykin, in an appearance on “Sandy Rios in the Morning,” alleged that agents of the Muslim Brotherhood are gaining influence in the U.S. government to further the Islamist group’s goal of “changing our culture in general and forcing us to essentially modify our own behavior in what I think is a dangerous way.”

After alleging that Islamic law has gained a foothold in Europe, the Family Research Council official said that “it is reported that you have a Sharia court in Texas, for example, and Michigan, and you’re going to see more of that if people don’t wake up and take a stand against this and recognize the nature of the threat.”

Boykin’s reports, however, are nothing but online rumors.

The supposed imposition of Sharia law in Michigan is likely a reference to a widely shared article from the National Report, a fake online news magazine that is like an unfunny version of the Onion.

The claim that a Sharia court was established in Texas refers to a religious mediation panel similar to ones used by many Christians and Jews throughout the country.

The Houston Chronicle called the Sharia court story its “2015 Texas Hoax of the Year,” noting that the panel’s “rulings are nonbinding and work within the guidelines of U.S. law” and only rule on noncriminal matters like marital and business disputes. Indeed, the mediation panel was actually launched in 2012 and functioned without issue until conservative websites and chain emails falsely implied that it was imposing Sharia law.

Boykin’s claims about Islamic law taking hold in parts of Europe are similarly dubious and are likely based on mediation panels similar to ones that are led by Christians and Jews.

But such internet-fueled conspiracy theories may be part of the security advice Ted Cruz is now receiving.

Self-Proclaimed Prophet: God Will Make Donald Trump President And Kill His Enemies

On Monday, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles invited self-proclaimed prophet Mark Taylor to his End Times news program to discuss “his amazing 2011 prophecy that Donald Trump has been marked by God to lead America.”

Taylor explained that God told him that Donald Trump will be the next president and that anyone who criticizes him will be struck down, explaining that God has been preparing Trump for his entire life to become an extraordinarily successful president who will fight Satan.

Naturally, Wiles was overjoyed by his “amazing” prophesy.

Taylor also alleged that God made Fox News host Megyn Kelly “violently ill” for asking Trump “gotcha” questions at the first GOP presidential debate: “God was firing a warning shot: Don’t attack my anointed. Period.”

“The kingdom of darkness is attacking this man like never before,” Taylor said. “God is using this man — he’s not rattling the gates, because when you rattle the gates you don’t make entry — this man is literally splitting the kingdom of darkness right open.”

He claimed that protests at Trump rallies are a sign that “the kingdom of darkness is actually noticing the authority that God has put on this man and those are demons manifesting at this man’s rallies.”

“God is using him to literally split hell right open and stop this New World Order,” he added.

Taylor then compared Trump to Jesus Christ and said that he is “absolutely” sure that Trump will be elected president in November.

Indeed, Taylor said that God has already started killing people to further Trump’s presidential ambitions.

Frank Gaffney: 'We're Toast' If A Republican Doesn't Win In November

Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” Ted Cruz’s national security adviser Frank Gaffney warned that if voters elect a president who will continue the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy, then America is doomed.

“If we have four more years of this kind of policy of weakness and emboldening of our enemies and undermining of our allies and diminishing of our country, we’re toast,” Gaffney said.

He added: “There is a general recognition, I think, among the Republican contenders that more of the same is a formula for disaster for our country on national security and homeland security grounds, most especially.”

Pat Boone: God Will Punish Saturday Night Live For 'Taking Satan's Side'

Conservative activist and musician Pat Boone is positively outraged by a recent Saturday Night Live skit called “God is a Boob Man” that poked fun of the Religious Right’s persecution complex with a fake trailer for a “God’s Not Dead”-style movie.

Boone, apparently unfamiliar with the concept of parody, was outraged that the skit didn’t accurately represent movies like “God’s Not Dead” or “God’s Not Dead 2.” “It’s made up,” Boone told the far-right site WorldNetDaily, “and criticizing us for something we didn’t do.”

Indeed, Boone said that the SNL skit is part of a larger “evil” and “violent” agenda to attack America, the Bible and God, and that those behind it will be sent to hell.

“God is not thin-skinned. But he does demand reverence. If you have any brains at all you don’t pitch yourself against someone who created all things, the God of the Bible,” he said. “They don’t have to apologize to Christians [but] when you come against God and the Holy Spirit who are one and the same, you are bringing upon yourself eternal condemnation.”

Boone told the Hollywood Reporter that the SNL crew was “taking Satan’s side” and that “believers in God deserve an apology” for the “outright sacrilege.”

In an interview with WorldNetDaily, “God’s Not Dead 2” producer Michael Scott also criticized SNL for not portraying his movie accurately, again not seeming to understand how satire works.

Boone, in an interview, told WND, “The parody is a parody of a movie that doesn’t exist. The movie that we made has nothing whatsoever to do with homosexuality … there’s not a reference to anyone Jewish. [There’s] nothing whatsoever in the parody that relates to the film itself.”

“It’s made-up … and criticizing us for something we didn’t do.”

He suggested perhaps homosexuals should be offended, since they are “portrayed as more bigoted than the Christians. For them to be portrayed as demanding that God be declared gay is so over the top. I don’t think any responsible member of the homosexual community would want to identify with that.”

The attack on the film is part of an agenda, he noted.

“It’s because the battle between good and evil is heating up. All you have to do is look at the enemies of America and democracy and Christianity, and for that matter Judaism. The enemies have become increasingly violent and depraved, very much outspoken in their ridicule,” he told WND. “The anti-Bible people are more virulent, violent.”

He said, “God is not thin-skinned. But he does demand reverence. If you have any brains at all you don’t pitch yourself against someone who created all things, the God of the Bible.”

He added, “They don’t have to apologize to Christians [but] when you come against God and the Holy Spirit who are one and the same, you are bringing upon yourself eternal condemnation. … I shudder when I think about what [will happen] when they continue in this mindset. You can disparage deity, you can debunk divinity, and libel God, but when he says the only reason we exist is to fear him, to reverence him…

“For those who dissent and disagree and reject God there is a place already prepared – for the devil, his angels and those who side with him,” he said.

“God’s Not Dead 2” producer Michael Scott and Rice Broocks, who authored the book on which the first movie was based, both told WND they recognize humor, they recognize parody, but this went way beyond, distorting and twisting the message the movie portrays.



Scott told WND in an interview criticisms such as the “SNL” skit can “push things too far” and “cause divisions.”

Donald Trump Won't Raise The Minimum Wage Because He Will Get Everyone A High-Paying Job

Donald Trump, who once complained that wages are “too high,” told conservative radio host Joe Pags this weekend that he opposes a minimum wage increase because, under his tax plan, everyone will get job offers and America will no longer be “a Third World country.”

Trump, seeming to misspeak, said his tax proposal is “the biggest tax increase by far of anybody” and that “the middle class is so well taken care of.” (In reality, Trump’s $12 trillion tax plan will mostly benefit the top 0.1 percent.) Thanks to massive tax cuts and additional taxes on importers, Trump explained, the economy will boom and the minimum wage will be obsolete.

“We’re going to bring so many jobs back that the minimum wage, even at the higher number, will be not such a good number, people are going to make more than that,” he said.

“That’s not a lot either, in all fairness,” he added. “But we’re going to bring jobs back so much and so many that the minimum wage will hopefully be a figure that people won’t want to think about.”

Trump also boasted that Apple products will be made in America when he’s president.

“Somebody will say, ‘Oh they’re going to cost more.’ That’s right, but we’re going to have a lot more jobs and that’s going to offset it,” he said.

Get Ready For 'AmeriGEDDON,' The UN-EMP Attack-Martial Law Invasion Movie We've All Been Waiting For

Right-wing pundits have been warning for years about the possibility of the government engineering false-flag events designed to justify martial law and door-to-door gun confiscation. Now, those fears have been brought to the silver screen with “AmeriGEDDON,” a new film by Mike Norris, son of conservative action star Chuck Norris.

“AmeriGEDDON,” according to promotional materials, presents a “dire warning of a wake up [sic] call of what might be our future when a globalist terrorist organization aligned with the United Nations disables the United States power grid and institutes Martial Law.”

Judging from its trailer, the movie cobbles together a wide array of current right-wing fears, showing what would happen if the U.S. government, in collaboration with the United Nations, launched a false-flag nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack to destroy the country’s energy system.

Since most Americans haven’t been wise enough to stockpile weapons and survival food, the movie shows, the government would finally be able to impose martial law under the guise of restoring order. “A strong America is the only thing standing in the way,” says a villainous member of the global elite. “The country only needs a little chaos … The vanity of nationalism will quickly fade. These are but the birth pangs of a New World Order.”

The trailer even features a cameo by David Knight, a real-life host on Alex Jones’ InfoWars network. The film’s website touts the endorsement it has received from the Oath Keepers, an extremist militia group that fears that the government will soon set up “death camps.”

Executive producer Gary Heavin, the founder of Curveswrites on the film’s blog that a “shadow government” that worships Satan is using President Obama as a “puppet” to further its interests, warning that “anti-American policies” like “the open border, the import of un-vetted Syrians, the decimation of our armed forces and the financial bankrupting of our country can best be explained by understanding the true intent of the globalists running our country.”

“I wrote this script almost two years ago,” he explained. “Everything is in place for this evil and vile plan to be initiated. Please support this movie so that we can wake people up. Perhaps some will prepare.”

Elsewhere on the blog, an unnamed writer hails Donald Trump as a modern-day William Wallace who can save America, while decrying Hillary Clinton as “a one-woman crime wave who has a trail of deaths that would make Longshanks proud” and who is determined “to rape and pillage our country.” “Let’s expose these bastards and take our country back!”

Find more information about “AmeriGEDDON” in its the About page:

AMERIGEDDON, coming to theaters nationwide May 13, 2016, has been described as “the movie the establishment doesn’t want you to see.” Showing what happens when a not-so-future U.S. government conspires with the United Nations to stage an attack on the energy grid, AMERIGEDDON depicts a country ruled by martial law in which citizens are stripped of their constitutional rights and their guns. A group of patriots fight back and rescue the country from slipping into irreversible chaos.

AMERIGEDDON’s release in an election year is not coincidental. The film illustrates a dystopian future all patriots must guard against and is a call to action to preserve the Second Amendment and stop executive rule by fiat. Director Mike Norris, son of Chuck Norris, asks for like-minded Americans to support the film.

“The fact that a recent poll showed a majority of Americans are enraged with the federal government points to a frenzy of unrest with the dictatorial way in which our country has been run,” said Norris. “My family has long been involved in protecting the rights of Americans. We are concerned about the future and and [sic] see this film as a call to action. We urge people to join us in theaters and show Hollywood and politicians that true patriots will fight for their rights and want to see their values represented on-screen.”

A collaboration between Norris and entrepreneur and writer Gary Heavin, AMERIGEDDON seizes on fact-based threats and asks the ultimate question, “What happens when government turns on the people it’s supposed to protect?”

Executive Producer Gary Heavin believes the film’s message warning is timely. “We made a movie that is fun to watch but it is based in reality. In AMERIGEDDON, survivors of an EMP attack on the United States must live in a state of martial law led by the United Nations. American soldiers must decide whom they serve, second amendment rights are curtailed and food, water and survival become our primary concerns—unfortunately, these are all likely scenarios resulting from a very real threat,” said Heavin. “I believe if we can entertain while we inform, more people will wake up; and if we hope to restore our freedom we must share the truth with as many people as possible.”

Co-written by Norris and Heavin, the film features Marshall Teague (THE ROCK), Annalynn McCord (“Dallas”, “90210”), Dina Meyer (“Starship Troopers”), Spencer Neville (“Days of Our Lives”), Mike Norris (“Walker, Texas Ranger”), Diane Ladd (JOY) and India Eisley (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”).

Pat Robertson: Many Transgender People Are Frauds

Yesterday on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson said he was “simply appalled” by the negative reaction to North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law, claiming that the law is “perfectly reasonable” and that it was passed because “we don’t want men going into women’s bathrooms, we don’t want predators going out where little girls are, we don’t want voyeurs having free access to the women’s locker rooms during games when they’re changing clothes.”

The televangelist contended – without any basis in fact or reality – that while there are some people who truly are transgender, many people identifying as transgender are frauds.

“People like that are relatively rare,” Robertson said. “So much of this other stuff is put up, it’s put on and it’s just a fraud. And it’s one more opportunity for the left to demonstrate against some aggrievement they claim to have that doesn’t exist. This is a phony, phony, phony cause to get involved in. ‘Well, I’ve got to look after the transgenders.’ This is nonsense.”

Ted Cruz's Staff Reportedly Refuses To Meet With Delegation Of Texas Muslims

Ted Cruz’s national security adviser Frank Gaffney, a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, has been urging members of Congress to refuse to meet with participants in today’s National Muslim Advocates Day, where Muslim-Americans around the country went to the U.S. Capitol to meet with their elected representatives and their staff.

Gaffney claimed that the lobby day, a tactic used by various groups of all political stripes, was actually an effort to impose “Sharia inside our country.”

And at least one official followed Gaffney’s advice and refused to meet the group: Sen. Ted Cruz.

According to a statement released today by the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, which organized the event, Cruz’s staff snubbed a group of Texas Muslim delegates.

While Cruz’s presidential campaign has made defending religious liberty from government attacks a central theme, that message does not appear to include Muslims.

This evening, representatives of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim groups, will hold a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to condemn the refusal of GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his congressional staff to meet with Muslim constituents during today's second National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

Some 330 Muslim delegates from 28 states are meeting with a third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate.

Earlier today, 14 Texas Muslim delegates to the National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill tried to meet with either Sen. Cruz or a member of his congressional staff, but were told no one would meet with them. The delegates had tried to arrange a meeting for several weeks prior to today's event.



National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates are promoting a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice, and will outline the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community, including:

• Support for House and Senate resolutions recognizing and condemning Islamophobia.

• Support legislation that enables individuals to build a credit history without taking on credit debt.

• Support legislation that promotes greater access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods in impoverished areas.

• Address American Muslim community concerns regarding the oversight, management and approach of federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs.

Far-Right Pundit: Liberals Want To Get 'Inside The Underpants Of Our Nation's Children'

WorldNetDaily columnist Patrice Lewis is very upset about new efforts designed to break down gender barriers and defend transgender youth in schools, warning readers about “the constant government obsession with what’s inside the underpants of our nation’s children.”

Encouraging girls and boys to play with toys or pursue academic subjects typically associated with the opposite gender, she writes, turns children into androgynous beings. Even worse, she claims, a girl is now “urged to let herself be used by as many randy boys as she can accommodate (since, after all, Planned Murderhood stands on the sideline, eager to get rid of any ‘issues’ that result).”

Measures to protect gender-nonconforming youth at school, according to Lewis, prove that “the government is getting into the underpants of our children” and “seems veritably obsessed with our children’s genitals.”

Once this androgynous generation grows up, she writes, then there will be no one to defend the country when it is “flooded with a primitive, warrior people who aren’t interested in androgyny … but would welcome coming into an androgynous population. Why? Because in a place where feeeeelings overcome logic and rational thought, nothing can prevent primitive warriors from killing androgynous men, and raping and subjugating androgynous women.”

I’ve lived on this planet for 53 years, and I don’t believe I’ve ever witnessed anything like what I’m seeing today: namely, the constant government obsession with what’s inside the underpants of our nation’s children.



Progressives – and by extension the government, since the government is now dominated by liberals – has this peculiar, disturbing interest in the mythical fluidity of gender and seems veritably obsessed with our children’s genitals. Boys can no longer be boys. They can’t be rough and tumble; they can’t like cars and planes and guns; they are considered evil if they scuffle and fight.

And girls – well, don’t get me started. A little girl can never want to be a housewife (possibly the most loathed profession in the country, with the arguable exception of IRS employees). She must want to be a firefighter, or a lawyer, or a doctor, or an engineer, or a soldier. (Well, maybe not a soldier. Today’s social justice warriors frown on anyone being a soldier.) She is urged to “empower” herself at a young age by “exploring” her sexuality. Rather than treating her body as something special, she is urged to let herself be used by as many randy boys as she can accommodate (since, after all, Planned Murderhood stands on the sideline, eager to get rid of any “issues” that result).



Bottom line, your son or daughter can be encouraged to adopt another gender at school – using the bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex, assuming another name, wearing different clothing – and the parents will not be told.

Once again, the government is getting into the underpants of our children. I don’t know about you, but I find this creepy to the point of sinister. I’ll say it again: The government seems veritably obsessed with our children’s genitals.

Progressives do not want boys to be boys or girls to be girls. They want androgyny, where boys and girls are both the same in their interests, tastes, sexual exploits, mannerisms, chosen careers, physical abilities and any other standard you can think of.



Our government is actively encouraging children to be uncomfortable with their biological gender. If they’re not being led down the primrose path of “fluidity,” they’re actively discouraged from acting like normal boys or girls. Needless to say, this influences their ability to assume traditional biological roles. Men will no longer feel the urge to protect and defend, either women or our nation. Women will no longer feel the urge to nurture and protect, either children or home and hearth.

I don’t know why this is so trendy, but I’ll leave you with yet another creepy, eerie thought: Europe, and to a lesser extent America, is being flooded with a primitive, warrior people who aren’t interested in androgyny … but would welcome coming into an androgynous population.

Why? Because in a place where feeeeelings overcome logic and rational thought, nothing can prevent primitive warriors from killing androgynous men, and raping and subjugating androgynous women.

Oath Keepers Founder Ready For War With Liberal, Islamist, Drug Cartel Coalition

While speaking with Alex Jones last week, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes said that his militia group is prepared to fight the supposed alliance between liberals, Black Lives Matter activists, anarchists, gangs, drug cartels and jihadists determined “to destroy western civilization.”

Rhodes boasted that his extremist group is “starting student chapters on college campuses across the country,” while Jones warned that college student bodies today are dominated by violent Maoists bent on killing their adversaries.

The Oath Keepers leader had a warning for any student who tried to burn the American flag: “You’re going to get stomped. That’s what’s going to happen to them. I know a lot of veterans, the first time they see some radical leftist trampling on a flag or burning a flag, they’re going to kick their ass. I know you can say it’s free speech, but the veteran doesn’t care about that. In his mind, it’s not free speech, that’s not protected speech, it’s incitement to violence so he’s going to go ahead and use it.”

“When someone gets in your face and wants to use violence, like that one commissar who was screaming and screeching for ‘muscle,’ ‘Bring some muscle over here, I need muscle,’ people like that, we have no sympathy for, so when she gets what’s coming to her and those like her, well that’s just the way it goes,” Rhodes continued. “When someone does defend themselves and they get stomped, of course they’ll screech and call them ‘racist’ and ‘fascist’ and ‘brownshirts’ but they brought it on themselves so I just have no sympathy for them.”

Rhodes then said that European leaders are inviting “jihadists” to set up “up a future Tet Offensive, Tet-style offensive in Europe and the same thing is being done to this country, so if we just sit back, they’ll win because they’ll just cause the chaos they’ll use as creative destruction.”

He said Oath Keepers’ “civil defense units” will “fight in the street” against “the jihadists and the cartels and the gangs and these radical Black Lives Matter people and the black anarchists, the black flag anarchists; they are all just force multipliers and proxies, just as we saw during the Cold War with communism.”

Jones announced that “we have a mole inside the Democrats” who has reported that party operatives are buying InfoWars shirts to wear while committing a “fourth generation false flag” and that Muslim refugees in America and Europe are “preparing a secret super assault, a jihadist, western Tet Offensive.”

According to Rhodes, liberals “support radical Islamists” because “they want to destroy western civilization” and want to “use them as a force multiplier as part of their creative destruction and then later control them. Of course they’re wrong, they’ll wind up with their heads chopped off at the end, if they prevail.” Jones further explained that the communist leaders “are planning a hot takeover” and are going to “conscript people that aren’t domesticated as their slaves” and hope that the radical Islamists commit terrorist attacks so that they can “bring in martial law after.”

Rhodes said this was the “creative destruction” he has warned about, suggesting that Hitler-like western leaders will not only bring in terrorists but also millions of Latin American refugees after deliberately “imploding” their home countries’ economies. He urged viewers to get ready to fight MS-13 gangs “or some Islamist cell down the street.”

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