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Jack Abramoff Would Be Proud Of Latest GOP Casino Money Scandal

Allegations that a leading Republican group funneled Indian casino gambling money to Religious-Right-aligned candidates and organizations picked up steam this week when Politico uncovered an internal document linking the Republican State Leadership Committee to a potentially illegal campaign finance scheme.

Apparently, the RSLC worked with the chairman of the Alabama GOP to move money from an Indian casino to the RSLC, which would then in turn donate it back to the state party and several conservative groups under the name of the RSLC. The Republicans were concerned that disclosed donations from casino would be seen as “toxic” and “political suicide,” although the arrangement was likely in violation of state law.

If this scheme rings a bell, that might be because infamous GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff also worked with top conservative figures such as Ralph Reed — who now leads the Faith and Freedom Coalition — to funnel tribal casino money to Religious Right groups in Alabama.

While Reed continues to lead a major Religious Right group despite his role in the illegal endeavor, Abramoff has not been able to recover his previous clout.

However, he still speaks to ultraconservative outlets like WorldNetDaily, where he said in an interview last week that Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren are both “pure Bolsheviks” bent on vastly growing the size of government and doing away with personal freedom.

Renew America Columnist: Impeach Obama Because God

Dan Popp writes this weekend in Renew America, the far-right outlet run by impeachment advocate Alan Keyes, that Republicans should vote to impeach and remove President Obama from office because God wants them to go through with it.

He says Republicans should take a page from Moses, David and Martin Luther King Jr. and impeach Obama because God is on their side: “If God exists, and if it appears that the President – any President – has misused his authority, then we must do what is right and impeach him.”

Barack Obama deserves to be impeached. He deserves to be tried. And in my opinion he deserves to be removed from office. (So do many of the folks who would be impeaching and trying him, by the way.) If Obama were a Republican, Democrats would think so, too. That's one factor in the discussion on impeachment: the justice factor.



What about God?

What if Moses had thought better of defying his Obama, knowing that the consequence might be a more severe slavery for his brethren, rather than freedom? What if David had come to a reasonable conclusion about his prospects of victory over the nine-foot-tall Obama before him? – or Daniel, or Gideon, or Elijah, or the Apostles? What if the early Christian martyrs had looked at their approval ratings?

If these examples seem too remote, how about George Washington with his frostbitten few facing the greatest military in the world? Or those Christians who dared to try to eradicate chattel slavery, a tragedy that must have seemed like a permanent part of the human condition? How about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s renewal of their struggle? What of the young man in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square?

What if any of these had balked at the insurmountable "political realities" before them?



If there is a God, then what is right should trump any other consideration. He is the One who determines the rise and fall of nations, after all. If God exists, and if it appears that the President – any President – has misused his authority, then we must do what is right and impeach him.



We need a boatload of Esthers today. If I perish, I perish, but this has to be stopped.

Yes, we must be wise about how we go about trying to achieve the right. But we must also have faith. Looking at the polls and not to the heavens is a losing strategy for America.

AFA: America Must Push Gays 'Back Into The Closet' Or Risk Total Destruction

The American Family Association today is promoting a 2013 article by research director Ed Vitagliano, who warns that the rise of gay rights in the U.S. “is a sign of a deep spiritual sickness” and “a downward death spiral” that will incite divine wrath.

“[H]omosexuality often becomes the barometer of a culture rotting out from the inside,” Vitagliano writes, lamenting that “[s]traight America has embraced homosexuality because straight Americans first embraced the sexual revolution for the satisfaction of their own perverse sexual appetites.”

He concludes that pushing gays “back into the closet (if that were possible)” is not “enough to forestall judgment,” but that conservatives must go even further in driving out the “underlying wickedness that permeated the entire culture.”

It is sometimes difficult for Christians to comprehend the breathtaking speed with which the gay movement has succeeded in America. While the political movement itself began in 1969, it has only been over the last decade that homosexual activists have seen virtually every one of their dreams come true.



Yet Scripture is clear that embracing homosexuality is a sign of a deep spiritual sickness. In particular, three important passages warn cultures about taking this step.



How can a reasonable person do this? How can a society clearly see that humanity is divided into male and female genders, with corresponding, rather than identical, genitalia, and shrug its collective shoulders?

Romans 1:18 states that this is done because they “suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” The Greeks did this. America is on the verge of doing so.

A downward death spiral results from such suppression. These individuals (and, we must assume, the cultures such individuals create) sink into further darkness and eventually (unless God intervenes) become hardened and blinded to the truth.



In Jude 7 the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah is made even more explicit: The inhabitants “indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh,” and what could be stranger than men fornicating with other men?

But the Genesis account takes note of the utter depravity of these particular homosexual men, for it was the violence of their predatory behavior that seems most abhorrent in the passage. They literally threatened to have forcible homosexual intercourse with Lot’s visitors – i.e., to rape his guests.



Straight America has embraced homosexuality because straight Americans first embraced the sexual revolution for the satisfaction of their own perverse sexual appetites. Judgment came to Sodom because violent homosexuality was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. As a prevalent sin, however, it was the manifestation of an underlying wickedness that permeated the entire culture – a wickedness that was not limited to the homosexual.

Thus homosexuality often becomes the barometer of a culture rotting out from the inside. If the problem were only homosexuality, then the simple act of pushing it back into the closet (if that were possible) would be enough to forestall judgment.

But what Ezekiel 16 teaches us is this: By the time a culture accepts idolatry, abortion and homosexuality, it is already ripe for the devastation wrought by God’s wrath.

BarbWire Pundit: 'Cult Of Homosexualism' Will 'Enslave The Entire World'

In a column yesterday, BarbWire writer Bill Muehlenberg inadvertently conceded the shallowness of the arguments from Religious Right groups that gay rights efforts somehow discriminate against conservatives Christians and others who have moral opposition to homosexuality.

Muehlenberg is upset that an Australian Football League club, Essendon, is taking “a stand against homophobia,” a move Muehlenberg insists discriminates against Christians. Of course, he doesn’t actually say how: “Real Christians are deeply offended by the immoral and dangerous homosexual lifestyle. So obviously by granting special rights to one minority group, you are discriminating against a much larger group. So where is the equality?”

But he does take the time to compare gay people to pedophiles, shoplifters and drunk drivers, and warn that “the cult of homosexualism” is the “coming world religion which will enslave the entire world.”

“The holy laws of homosexualism are now in place, and everyone will bow and worship. All those daring to question any of this will meet their fate,” he continues. “Re-education camps and indoctrination centers will just be a part of the way the authorities deal with any recalcitrants.”

And it is not just those poor fans who are having their rights denied by the bigoted AFL. What about all the other fans who are not getting special treatment, their own pride round, and so on? When do adulterers, fornicators, paedophiles and those into bestiality get their own special days and celebrations?

Why don’t we in fact have special days and promotions for far larger groups of AFL fans, such as accountants, drunk drivers, farmers and shoplifters? They all love their footy, so why isn’t the AFL treating them equally? After all, Brendon assured us that they “want to create an environment, not only here at Essendon but at the footy, where everyone is welcome and everyone is equal.”

And hey, I am a Bible-believing Christian. Does he really want me to feel welcome? Then when do Christians get their own day? And guess what? Real Christians are deeply offended by the immoral and dangerous homosexual lifestyle. So obviously by granting special rights to one minority group, you are discriminating against a much larger group. So where is the equality?

The thing that really gets me about all this shear madness is that these clowns at Essendon and the AFl are actually saying these things with a straight face. They actually expect to be taken seriously. Except for the past few decades, no one in the history of the human race would have come up with such complete and utter stupidity.

For most of human history this unhealthy lifestyle was at best tolerated. But now we are all being forced to celebrate it, promote it, luxuriate in it, and bless it – whether we want to or not. How can we account for this total lunacy? The only thing I can come up with is that we now have a new Western religion which no one dare gainsay: homosexualism.

We will now all worship at the altar of homosexualism, and any apostates will be swiftly and harshly dealt with. Just like some sick cult, everyone is expected to fully conform, follow the official religious line, or face excommunication and worse.

The cult of homosexualism is now in full bloom, and just as with any cult, it asks us all to completely throw away our brains and simply conform and do as you are told. We will fully submit to what our religious superiors tell us to do, and we dare not question the official dogma of homosexualism.

The holy laws of homosexualism are now in place, and everyone will bow and worship. All those daring to question any of this will meet their fate. Re-education camps and indoctrination centers will just be a part of the way the authorities deal with any recalcitrants.

People often worry about a coming world religion which will enslave the entire world. Well, I think we have now found it: the cult of homosexualism.

Scott Lively: Anti-Gay Activists Are Like Jews Under Nazi Oppression

Scott Lively is demanding an apology. After Uganda’s constitutional court struck down on procedural grounds the country’s notorious anti-homosexuality law, which was inspired in part by Lively’s activism, the Massachusetts-based Religious Right leader is now trying to run away from his past claims that he helped shape the law.

“Now that the Ugandan government has shown itself capable of self-governance, I’m waiting for calls of apology from media outlets around the world who for years have insinuated (or outright insisted) that the Ugandans were merely my puppets in a nefarious scheme to persecute homosexuals there,” he writes today in BarbWire.

In fact, Lively believes that the anti-gay activist crowd, and not the gay community, is the real victim of persecution today, calling their supposed victim status “simply a disgusting modern example of the same ‘blood libel’ used against the Jews by the Nazis.”

It’s no surprise to see Lively draw such an analogy, since he believes that the Holocaust was actually a gay plot to take out vengeance on the Jews.

Friday, a Ugandan court struck down the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Law on the grounds there wasn’t a legal quorum of legislators present at the time of passage.

Now that the Ugandan government has shown itself capable of self-governance, I’m waiting for calls of apology from media outlets around the world who for years have insinuated (or outright insisted) that the Ugandans were merely my puppets in a nefarious scheme to persecute homosexuals there. That lie is also, of course, the premise of the “Crimes Against Humanity” lawsuit filed against me here in U.S. Federal Court by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and their Marxist New York attorneys of the ironically named Center for Constitutional Rights.



The maliciously deceitful attempt by the global “gay” movement and its media allies to paint Uganda as a pariah state filled with hateful bigots (as in the propaganda film “God Loves Uganda”), is simply a disgusting modern example of the same “blood libel” used against the Jews by the Nazis.

Jim Gilchrist Sympathizes With Caller Who Wants To Gas Child Migrants To Death

Minuteman Project leader Jim Gilchrist appeared today on VCY America’s “Crosstalk,” where a caller chimed in to suggest that the child migrants who have fled to the southern U.S. border should be put into a gas chamber.

“We need to put them in a prison camp or a building and not give them any help, just lock them up with arms behind them, or otherwise we are going to put them in a building and gas them to death like they did in Germany, we can’t put up with this,” the caller said.

After host Vic Eliason chided the caller for her remarks, Gilchrist said he sympathized with her “angst” and “anger” at the “mob of illegal aleins.” He thanked the caller and commended her for sharing her beliefs, claiming that her call to kill the immigrants was simply a metaphor.

“I understand that lady’s angst and her resignation that we are no longer a nations of laws,” Gilchrist said. “She sees we are no longer a nation of laws.”

He continued: “Maybe the conduct du jour now is fight lawlessness with lawlessness, and if we are going to have a Congress and a president and a mob of illegal aliens who are going to snub their nose at the law, why can’t this lady feel the same way? I sense that is where her anger is coming from. She has no intention of putting anyone in prison, I think that was a metaphor. I commend her for coming forward with her feelings because I know what she is talking about. Thank you, ma'am."

 

Steve King: God Established America's Borders

During a conference call last month with the National Emergency Coalition, Rep. Steve King said that the U.S. needs to crack down on immigration because our nation’s borders were established by God. Disrespecting the borders, the congressman suggested, is disrespecting God’s will.

He also blamed the child migrant crisis not on drug-war-related violence in Central America but on President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or as he calls it, “deferred action for criminal aliens.”

The congressman went on to say that “a significant number” of the migrants are actually drug smugglers.

Steve King: Build Tent City To House Child Migrants

Reps. Steve King and Michele Bachmann recently chatted with Jerome Corsi, the chief reporter of the conspiracy theory website WorldNetDaily, about the increase in unaccompanied minors crossing the border.

King, a Republican from Iowa, told Corsi that instead of “scattering these kids all over the country,” they should house them all in a tent city along the border.

For her part, Bachmann said that “100 percent of the girls coming up from Guatemala were on birth control” because they expected to be raped along the way to the U.S.

Steve Stockman: 'Third World' Obama Wants To Transform America's Culture

Rep. Steve Stockman claimed yesterday that President Obama is using the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border as part of an effort to enforce his “Third World view.”

“Obama adopts a Third World view and demands not only we allow these people to remain, but suggests we should start teaching our children Spanish,” the Texas Republican told WorldNetDaily yesterday.

WorldNetDaily notes that Stockman was referring to remarks Obama gave at a campaign stop in 2008, where he was discussing the need for Americans, especially students, to learn more than one language. WND conveniently neglects to mention that Obama began his remarks by saying, “I agree that immigrants should learn English.”

And, of course, teaching children Spanish is nothing new — public schools across the country for decades have included Spanish classes in foreign language education.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, who spoke with WND for the same article, also skewered the Obama administration, alleging that officials “knew back then that this teenager invasion from Central America was on the way” and prepared a “school-in-a-box” to handle the young migrants.

Stockman is concerned Obama’s open-border policies, which have enticed a flood of unaccompanied illegal alien children to come to the border, are intended to push the United States toward a tipping point demographically.



“It’s a bizarre concept when you think about it,” Stockman told WND. “But what Obama is saying is that you have foreign guests in your house, and instead of them learning your language, you are expected to learn theirs.”

Stockman charged that Obama’s goal in allowing the current invasion from Central America is to change American culture fundamentally.

“Obama devalues the principles upon which this country was established,” he said. “He’s angered at Americans, as if we were the people causing the problems south of the border. So Obama adopts a Third World view and demands not only we allow these people to remain but suggests we should start teaching our children Spanish.”

Stockman questioned the political left’s insistence that compassion requires the U.S. to allow the unaccompanied minors to remain in the country even though they have crossed the border illegally.



Bachmann said she found evidence the Obama administration was anticipating the onslaught of young illegal aliens. The huge, DHS-contracted shelter facility operated by a nonprofit group was given was up and running in January.

“The facility was new, all decked-out, with classroom facilities and everything, and it looked to us like it was a ‘school-in-a-box’ prepared in January, evidently because the Obama administration knew back then that this teenager invasion from Central America was on the way,” Bachmann said.

Former Ex-Gay Leaders Denounce Sham Conversion Therapy: 'We Know Better Now'

Nine former leaders of the “ex-gay” movement today released a letter condemning the “toxic” practice of so-called conversion therapy that for years has been deemed dangerous and ineffectual by all major social science groups.

“Conversion therapy reinforces internalized homophobia, anxiety, guilt and depression. It leads to self-loathing and emotional and psychological harm when change doesn’t happen. Regrettably, too many will choose suicide as a result of their sense of failure,” reads the letter, which was posted on BuzzFeed.

“In light of this, we now stand united in our conviction that conversion therapy is not ‘therapy,’ but is instead both ineffective and harmful. We align ourselves with every major mainstream professional medical and mental health organization in denouncing attempts to change sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Conversion therapy, also known as “reparative therapy”, “ex-gay therapy,” or “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE), professes to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to change or overcome their sexual orientation or gender identity. The majority of those who practice this “therapy” often do so with little or no formal psychological training, operating instead from a strict religious perspective, believing homosexuality to be a “sin.”

At one time, we were not only deeply involved in these “ex-gay” programs, we were the founders, the leaders, and the promoters. Together we represent more than half a century of experience, so few people are more knowledgeable about the ineffectiveness and harm of conversion therapy. We know first-hand the terrible emotional and spiritual damage it can cause, especially for LGBT youth.

We once believed that there was something morally wrong and psychologically “broken” about being LGBT. We know better now. We once believed that sexual orientation or gender identity were somehow chosen or could be changed. We know better now. We once thought it was impossible to embrace our sexual orientation or sexual identity as an intrinsic, healthy part of who we are and who we were created to be. We know better now.

Looking back, we were just believing (and sometimes teaching) what we had been taught— that our identity needed mending. We grew up being told that being LGBT was disordered, sick, mentally ill, sinful, and displeasing to God. We grew up being told that loving, same-sex relationships were shallow, lust-driven, deceived, disordered, and impossible.

We grew up with the repetitive message that LGBT people were not enough — not straight enough, not Christian enough, not manly or womanly enough, not faithful enough, not praying enough. Never, ever enough. “Toxic” probably sums it up best. That message is poison to the soul. Especially a child’s soul.

It can take a lifetime to get rid of that old programming and replace it with healthy, non-toxic views of yourself. Recovery from conversion therapy is difficult at best. Some remain forever scarred, emotionally and spiritually. Conversion therapy reinforces internalized homophobia, anxiety, guilt and depression. It leads to self-loathing and emotional and psychological harm when change doesn’t happen. Regrettably, too many will choose suicide as a result of their sense of failure.

In light of this, we now stand united in our conviction that conversion therapy is not “therapy,” but is instead both ineffective and harmful. We align ourselves with every major mainstream professional medical and mental health organization in denouncing attempts to change sexual orientation or gender identity. We admonish parents to love and accept your LGBT children as they are. We beseech the church to accept, embrace, and affirm LGBT persons with full equality and inclusion.

As former “ex-gay” leaders, having witnessed the incredible harm done to those who attempted to change their sexual orientation or gender identity, we join together in calling for a ban on conversion therapy. It is our firm belief that it is much more productive to support, counsel, and mentor LGBT individuals to embrace who they are in order to live happy, well- adjusted lives. We fully support the aim of #BornPerfect to bring an end to conversion therapy.
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