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Right-Wing Televangelist Resigns Over Marital 'Moral Failure'

The founder of GOD TV, a favorite outlet of many right-wing preachers including Lou Engle, Mike Bickle, Rick Joyner and Cindy Jacobs, has stepped down after admitting to a “moral failure” in his marriage. His wife is the network’s cofounder.

Another leader in the body of Christ has admitted to a "moral failure" concerning his marriage. Rory Alec has resigned as chairman and CEO of the network he co-founded with his wife, Wendy.

"After 20 years of service, I have had a moral failure this year," Rory said. "For this reason, I am stepping down. Please forgive me for the disappointment I've caused, but I know your eyes are on Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith and not on me, an imperfect man. It is with a heavy heart that I confirm my season with GOD TV is over for now." Rory and Wendy Alec’s network has been especially close to figures in the New Apostolic Reformation, a movement of self-proclaimed prophets and apostles who believe they are restoring godliness and conservative leadership to the many sectors of American society.

As Sarah Posner reported in 2009, the Alecs have tried to reach a younger audience than their counterparts at the Trinity Broadcasting Network and focus on staging large revival meetings, such as Todd Bentley’s controversial Lakeland Revival and the more politically-attuned (and smaller) 2010 May Day on the Mall prayer rally.

Recently God TV has been broadcasting live a healing revival of the Canadian evangelist Todd Bentley, from Lakeland, Florida, which Charisma dubbed the “Lakeland Healing Outpouring.” During the revival, which has been ongoing for more than a month, Wendy Alec claimed to have received a prophecy from God that “THIS is just the warm-up party—for what you shall see in the coming days shall even make these days pale—with what I have up my sleeve.” Alec also claimed a few weeks ago that Jesus told her back in 2004 that even though “Satan has been trying to forward the end timeline of the destruction of the entire East Coast of America,” his plans could be thwarted through “enough radical prayer.” She predicted that such a huge revival was coming to the east coast of the United States and that in “less than a decade the East Coast will be called America’s Bible Belt.” She is not, in other words, deterred by pursuit of the impossible.

In fact, it is the impossible that keeps the movement going—after all, one’s quest for purity, in realms spiritual and otherwise, is always an exercise in futility. So there’s always something to do, to pray for, to fast over, to repent for, and to ask for money for. All of that aspiration—and the money funding the revivals that are supposedly needed to win more souls to the chaste life of devotion to a puritanical Christ—provides the fuel that keeps God TV going.

For the Alecs, the evils of the secular world provide plenty of ammunition. Through a prayer revival in Great Britain, Alec claims God told her, “the stupor and the slumber and the secular humanistic spirits that have bound My people in this nation shall start to uproot.” In early 2007, she claimed that God told her He was preparing, “to pour out from heaven the ferocious fire of my spirit” on the West Coast of America—a “fresh new breath upon California” and not, Alec insisted, a mere repeat of the 1906 Azusa Street Revival. She said God promised a “cleansing” of Los Angeles and its “gatekeepers of the media and the entertainment industry.” And she warned the city of San Francisco, “overwhelm[ed]” by “the weight of sin,” that it would be “brought to your knees.”

Last year, the Alecs tried to exorcise demons from President Obama, freeing him from “Jezebel’s clutches.”

Pat Robertson: Obama Is 'Pro-Muslim' And 'Attended A Muslim School'

Pat Robertson launched into yet another tirade about how he is pretty sure that President Obama is a secret Muslim, arguing on today’s edition of “The 700 Club” that the administration criticized a new Israeli settlement project because the president is “pro-Muslim.”

“Like it or not, Obama’s pro-Muslim, he just is pro-Muslim because that has been his orientation in his early life,” Robertson said, noting that Obama “attended a Muslim school” while he was in Indonesia.

Actually, Obama attended a Roman Catholic school and a secular public school while living in Indonesia.

Erik Rush: Might Be Time To Bring Back Internment Camps For Muslims

WorldNetDaily columnist Erik Rush, who believes most journalists should be thrown in jail, today demands that the U.S. government crack down on Muslim foreign nationals living in the country following the beheading of a woman in Oklahoma.

In a column titled “Is It Time To Deport, Intern Foreign Muslims?,” Rush claims that all Muslims are either terrorists or terrorist-sympathizers who must be hounded like Japanese-Americans during World War II.

“We deported, expelled and interned foreign nationals and naturalized citizens for a whole lot less during World War II, and I would certainly call for the deportation or expulsion of all Muslim foreign nationals at this juncture,” he writes.

In an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” last weekend, President Barack Obama reiterated his assertion that America is not at war with Islam, that “Islam preaches peace” and that the majority of Muslims are peaceful.

I would submit that the absence of demonstrable violence does not necessarily constitute being “peaceful.” In the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America by militant Muslims, the question of just who and where these “peaceful” Muslims are has been discussed endlessly. Americans have asked the question – time and again – why the so-called “peaceful Muslims” we hear so much about are reticent to disavow the actions of militant Muslims.

I believe the answer to that question has become clear. Contrary to the contentions of the political left, it would appear that the majority of Muslims worldwide are more than willing to rationalize the actions of those the Western press dubs “militant Muslims” as that of defending Islam or the so-called rights of Muslims. The history of Islam certainly bears this out, as does the Quran, which expressly calls for violence – and beheadings in particular – in the advance of Islam.

In the face of its surreal and manifestly treasonous deportment, the Obama administration is also set to announce sweeping new restrictions on racial and religious profiling in federal investigations, including those involving matters of national security. This of course comes in the midst of heightened concerns of Islamic militant groups executing a terror attack on U.S. soil. In fact, Islamist militant leaders abroad have called for such attacks, just as they called weeks ago for lone-wolf attacks and beheadings of Americans on American soil.

We deported, expelled and interned foreign nationals and naturalized citizens for a whole lot less during World War II, and I would certainly call for the deportation or expulsion of all Muslim foreign nationals at this juncture.

Mike Huckabee: Obama Is Bringing America Down

Mike Huckabee is still insisting that President Obama is an anti-American radical who was conditioned by his absent Kenyan father to dislike the U.S.

Speaking with Pat Robertson on “The 700 Club" today, Huckabee made the not entirely believable claim that he actually was rooting for Obama when he first took office and expected him to be a “nonpartisan president” who would “bring people together.”

“I have to believe that deep inside of him there is a sense in which he doesn’t want America to be the superpower, the exceptional nation that I believe God made us to be,” Huckabee said, before agreeing with Robertson that Obama got his purported anti-Western beliefs from his father: “Apparently some of it’s rubbed off and I have asked myself, why do you run to be President of the United States if you didn’t want to lead the country to greater days, if you wanted to curtail its power and trim back the sails?”

Pat Robertson: Electing Mike Huckabee Would Be A 'Hallelujah Moment' For America

Mike Huckabee appeared on today’s edition of “The 700 Club,” where he spoke with host Pat Robertson about how the country is witnessing “the trampling of civil rights” because the Obama administration “destroyed the basic constitutional foundation” of America.

Robertson, who endorsed Huckabee’s rival Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, kicked off the interview by asking Huckabee how he will restore America once he takes the oath of office as president.

“I think that if that were to happen it would be for some people America’s national nightmare,” Huckabee joked.

Robertson replied: “For others it would be a hallelujah moment!”

Huckabee may want to keep in mind that Robertson once told Mitt Romney that God informed him that he would defeat Obama and should save him a seat at the inauguration.

Michael Savage: Obama Wants To Bring Ebola Epidemic To America, Should Resign

Right-wing radio talk show host Michael Savage announced yesterday that the Dallas patient diagnosed with Ebola proves his conspiracy theory that President Obama is deliberately bringing in diseases to kill Americans as part of his purported war on white people.

He claimed that a treasonous Obama “wants to infect the nation with Ebola,” warning that the president decided to send U.S. service members to West Africa in hopes that one of the soldiers would contract Ebola and bring it back home.

“If we had a legitimate president with a conscience he would resign,” Savage said in reaction to the Dallas Ebola case. “He would say, ‘You know what, I meant well but I screwed up at every level, I’m resigning.’ But you don’t have such a situation, you have a zealot who has no conscience.”

Savage suggested that Obama seeks to bring the Ebola epidemic to America in order to turn the U.S. into a Third World nation and bring the country down: “That’s the way to make things fair and equitable. You can’t have a nation with such good health in a world where there’s such sickness. Obama wants equality and he wants fairness and it’s only fair that America have a nice epidemic or two or three or four in order to really feel what it’s like to be in the Third World. You have to look at it from the point of view of a leftist.”

Michele Bachmann: The GOP's End Times 'Foreign Policy Expert'

Michele Bachmann has big plans for her career after Congress, and apparently that includes “looking to burnish her credentials as a foreign policy expert.”

As Politico reports today, the retiring Minnesota congressman is working with Rick Santorum and Tony Perkins in hopes of becoming “a female conservative foil” to Hillary Clinton.

The divisive four-term congresswoman is leaving Capitol Hill in January, but she has no intention of fading into post-congressional irrelevance.

Instead, the Minnesota Republican is fiercely courting media and speaking opportunities, likely in Washington, New York or Los Angeles, and looking to burnish her credentials as a foreign policy expert ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Her hope is to emerge as the “anti-Hillary,” a female conservative foil to likely Democratic presidential contender and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

But even critics have learned to underestimate Bachmann at their peril. To prepare for the post-congressional transition, Bachmann is working with conservative heavyweights like former GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. She’s also working on softening her public persona by repeatedly hitting up television shows with younger audiences that focus on families.

Bachmann’s foreign policy views are, by her own admission, immensely shaped by her belief that the U.S. is living in the End Times.

Last year, after falsely claiming that President Obama was aiding Al Qaeda, Bachmann cited the non-existent aid to Al Qaeda as proof that “we are in God’s End Times history” and that “we need to rejoice, Maranatha come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand. When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah. We are seeing that in our time.”

“These are the times of birth pangs, we’re seeing the intensity of age and the speed and rapidity that these events are starting to speed up so fast that we can hardly get our minds about it,” she said of the coming Last Days in another interview last year.

Bachmann believes that Obama’s Mideast policy was predicted by biblical passages about an End Times battle where the powers of the world align against Israel: “The nations of the world will come against Israel and the scripture very specifically says all nations, now for the United States we don’t have that experience until recently under President Obama with the United States not standing with Israel.”

She also contends that the Obama administration, especially the State Department under former Secretary of State Clinton, has experienced “deep penetration” by Muslim Brotherhood agents and as a result U.S. officials have “embraced the worldview aspirations of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

If Bachmann does decide to become a leading conservative voice on foreign affairs as a “foil” to Clinton, we shouldn’t forget that Bachmann sees the End Times struggle taking place today, and has already claimed that God is not on Clinton’s side:

Tony Perkins: Gun-Toting Texans, Not Liberal New Englanders, Will Stop The Terrorists

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said on his “Washington Watch” radio program yesterday that the U.S. government is failing to protect the southern border, enabling members of ISIS or another terrorist group to enter the country and launch a dirty bomb attack.

Since federal officials refuse to act, Perkins said, America’s last defense against ISIS may be Texas gun owners who will quash the plans of terrorists coming to America, adding that he wouldn’t rely on liberal New Englanders to protect the country.

“It’s to the nation’s benefit that Texas is on our southern border and not one of the New England states because in Texas you’ll be hard-pressed to find a household that doesn’t have a gun and an owner that knows how to use it,” he said.

“Where if they were going to invade, someone was going to move into our country and do it through the New England states, we’d all be in trouble. That’s part of the Second Amendment, it may be that even the liberals will be grateful for the Second Amendment if the government doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do and keep us safe.”

Rick Wiles: Beheadings Will Occur 'Every Week In America' Thanks To Secret Islamic Code

The beheading of an Oklahoma woman is only beginning of a larger Muslim plot to kill Americans, according to “Trunews” host Rick Wiles. On his End Times radio show yesterday, Wiles said that “beheadings are the new norm in America and the Muslims know it,” arguing that more beheadings will take place because there has been “no outrage” over the attack in Oklahoma.

“Within a short time there will be a beheading every week in America,” he predicted.

Wiles of course, claims that he predicted the September beheading over a decade ago: “I saw this day coming in 1998 after the Lord gave me a vision of judgment in America. The Holy Spirit told me in the summer of 1998 that there will be a day in America that the imams of this country will issue a secret code to jihad and every obedient Muslim will know that he or she is obligated to carry out jihad that day and kill Americans.”

He then read from his 1998 prophetic vision, which did not include any mention of beheadings but did mention bombings, missile strikes, poisonings and biological attacks.

Pat Robertson: Obama 'Trained' To Protect Islam

Pat Robertson is outraged that the district attorney investigating the beheading of a woman in Oklahoma said that the perpetrator may have been motivated by racial animosity rather than religious extremism, finding that the assailant was seeking revenge on former coworkers whom he believed got him fired over bigoted remarks about white people.

Robertson, however, thinks he knows more about the case than the local DA, arguing on “The 700 Club” today that the government is trying to hide the fact that the culprit is a Muslim convert.

“Most murderers don’t cut off the heads of their victims but the Islamic people do,” he said, before linking the purported politically correct cover-up to President Obama: “We’ve got somebody in the White House whose father, I believe, he came from Kenya, he may have been a communist, whether he was Islamic we’re not sure, but Obama was trained, his stepfather was indeed a Muslim and they lived in Indonesia for a number of years so he’s sympathetic.”

Robertson has repeatedly suggested that Obama is a secret Muslim.

“It is a very violent religious belief and it has political ramifications as well and what they want to establish is a caliphate and the sooner we recognize what we’re dealing with — but apparently Obama refused to listen to the voices of his own intelligence chiefs,” he said, referring to the phony conservative claim that Obama is ignoring intelligence briefings.

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