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Michele Bachmann: Obama Administration 'Persecuting' Conservatives

While allegations that the IRS subjected conservative groups to special scrutiny have completely unraveled, the right-wing Truth in Action Ministries is still standing by them, releasing a video this week featuring ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann, radio host Bryan Fischer and former Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land about the Obama administration’s supposed misuse of the tax agency for political purposes.

Bachmann alleges in the video that “the Internal Revenue Service took it upon themselves to persecute American citizens based upon their beliefs, whether they’re conservative, whether they were Christian.” Land, claiming that the phony scandal was much worse than Watergate, demands that IRS officials “go to jail” for their purported attempts to “diminish the freedoms of American citizens.”

Fischer, for his part, claims in the video that the IRS became the government’s “religious police.” “Leftists and bureaucrats in the federal government are now trying to use the IRS to repress and to punish religious speech they don’t like and political speech they don’t like,” he says. “And now they are looking at cracking down on churches, they’ve made some kind of secret deal with an atheist organization that they are going to monitor churches for any kind of political communication from the pulpit, and this is beginning to sound a lot more like communist China or communist Vietnam than it is the United States of America.”

The video concludes with Land calling the IRS the Obama administration’s “weapon … against those who would dare to criticize the government.”

“It’s like pointing a gun at your political opponents,” he says. “That is a violation of so many of the Bill of Rights it would take more time than we have to discuss them.”

Watch highlights here:

Pat Robertson Rejoices In Woman's Deliverance From 'Lesbianism'

Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club” aired brief report today about a woman who survived sexual abuse as a child and later became addicted to drugs and “turned to lesbian relationships for comfort.”

Eventually, the report’s voiceover revealed, “Jesus set her free from homosexuality” and drug addiction.

Robertson responded to the story by rejoicing that God can deliver anybody from “drug addiction, alcoholism, lesbianism, prostitution, everything you can think of.” 

Rand Paul Says It's 'Sexist' To Think He Was Being Sexist With Female Reporters

In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul pushed back against claims that he has a pattern of interrupting and acting rudely towards female reporters, saying that the real sexists are the people who criticize his treatment of women journalists.

“The funny thing about it is that it’s kind of a sexist position to think that somehow women announcers are less capable to handle themselves than men,” Paul said when Conway praised his testy response to Savannah Guthrie’s questions about his changing foreign policy positions. “I don’t think that, but everybody that was complaining about it, thinking it had something to do with gender, basically that’s insulting to the people doing the questioning.”

“Really the problem is that we have a lot of media that are just so far on the left that we just don’t have any neutral questions,” Paul continued. “If you go on there as a Democrat, they laugh and yuck it up and talk about how great things are going, but it’s a little bit different when Republicans are on the national news.”

Rand Paul Asked About Military Coup Conspiracy Theory

As Rick Santorum found out earlier this year in Charleston, GOP presidential hopefuls should get ready to field questions about bizarre conspiracy theories, not just from activists but also influential conservative talk show hosts in early primary and caucus states like Iowa.

For example, Iowa-based radio host Jan Mickelson asked Sen. Rand Paul to respond yesterday to a burgeoning far-right conspiracy theory surrounding a military training exercise known as Jade Helm 15, which some on the far-right believe will lead to martial law.

Paul told Mickelson that he had only heard of Jade Helm in passing and would look into it.

But Mickelson implied that the issue would not be going away for Paul and his fellow GOP candidates. Saying that he “gets emails about this every day,” Mickelson told the senator, “It’s making some people nervous, but it doesn’t take much to make people nervous nowadays.”

Friendly Tip: Tell A Gay Couple They Are Going To Hell On Their Wedding Day

On his radio program on Friday, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer advised listeners that if they feel that they must attend a gay couple’s wedding, they should first send the couple a letter explaining why they do not support the marriage. At least one listener was not happy with this advice, and called into Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ “Washington Watch” program last night to voice his disagreement with Fischer.

The caller, who identified himself as “Ricky,” told Perkins that he was “shocked” by Fischer’s suggestion since a true Christian would only attend a gay couple’s wedding in order to interrupt the ceremony and tell the participants that they are going to Hell.

“The only reason that any Christian would ever attend a homosexual wedding is when the preacher says, ‘Is there any objection to the wedding,’ you stand up and say, ‘Yes, according to the Bible, sodomy, you will burn in Hell for this.’ That is the only reason why any Christian would ever attend a sodomite wedding,” Ricky told Perkins.

Perkins replied by saying that Ricky brought up a “good point” but that he doubted that a gay couple would “invite people to raise any objections to it.” He added that silence in the church about divorce has diminished the significance of the institution of marriage, leading “to this wholesale redefinition of marriage as a result.”

AFA: Pray Against Satanic Gay Marriage

The American Family Association is calling for divine intervention in the upcoming marriage cases before the Supreme Court, telling its members in a recently released prayer guide that the court’s marriage equality ruling will be “the most important decision in the history of America.”

The AFA’s prayer guide [PDF] urges readers to ask God to spare America from His wrath if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage, claiming that such a ruling would be inspired by Satanic influences.

“Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places,” the prayer guide reads. “We know that Satan hates all that you are and stand for, and that the attack on marriage and the family comes ultimately from him. We know he is a deceiver, a liar and the father of all lies, and we know that many in our culture have believed his lies about sexuality, including members of our Supreme Court. We pray that your Spirit will reveal to each of these justices every lie they have believed, whether that lie comes from the world, their own flesh, or the devil himself.”

Heavenly Father, we freely confess as the people of the United States that we are a sinful people. We confess our many sexual sins, the sins of lust and pornography, of sexual immorality, of adultery, of unbiblical divorce, and of homosexuality. We confess that our sexual sins have led to the death of 56 million innocent babies while still in the womb.

We know these sins merit your wrath and your judgment. We tremble for our country when we reflect that you are a just God and your justice cannot sleep forever. We beg you to forgive us of our many sins, and cause a spirit of repentance and spiritual renewal to sweep across this land.

We plead with you not to hold our sins against us as the Supreme Court deliberates over the institution of marriage. We acknowledge that if sexual behavior which is an abomination in your sight is not just protected but celebrated by the highest court in our land it will inevitably bring your judgment upon our land.



Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. We know that Satan hates all that you are and stand for, and that the attack on marriage and the family comes ultimately from him.

We know he is a deceiver, a liar and the father of all lies, and we know that many in our culture have believed his lies about sexuality, including members of our Supreme Court. We pray that your Spirit will reveal to each of these justices every lie they have believed, whether that lie comes from the world, their own flesh, or the devil himself.

Wherever any of them have given you any access to their minds and hearts, we pray that your Spirit will take full advantage and speak to their souls with power and conviction. We pray in the name of Jesus that you by your mighty power will restrain the voice of the evil one, if only for a moment, so that in the supernatural quiet you create they may each hear your still small voice speaking truth to them and warning them of the consequences of ignoring your voice. Urge them, we pray, to honor you and the institution of marriage you have created for our own good.

Rick Santorum: Obama Established A Secular Theocracy

Rick Santorum appeared on Tony Perkins’s “Washington Watch” radio show yesterday to discuss national security threats from ISIS and Iran, but Perkins eventually moved the discussion to the “domestic threats” to the country: namely, gay marriage.

Perkins thanked Santorum for working with the Family Research Council on creating a short film about the dangers of marriage equality, which will be shown in participating churches on the Sunday before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Santorum told Perkins that, for the first time ever in U.S. history, religious liberty is under assault from a new secular theocratic system:

For the first time in the history of our country, the government is attacking people, prosecuting people, calling for people to be rehabilitated, constraining in the military with our chaplaincy. We now see chaplain after chaplain being dismissed for not accepting the secular orthodoxy that this administration wants to put forward, criticizing people for holding biblical truth and counseling them in a biblically coherent way. We see businesses being prosecuted. We see all sorts of activity on the legislative front, where they are pushing — as we saw in Indiana — pushing bills that simply protect employees’ rights to be able to practice their faith consistent within an employment situation. And those things which were unanimously passed are now being fought against.

It’s a hostility to religion that we’ve never seen in the history of our country. And I read an interesting article the other day; it’s actually not the free exercise of religion that is being attacked, it’s actually a new religion that is being established. So we have the state establishing a new religion, a secular state religion, a secular orthodoxy that everybody is going to have to comply with. We don’t have as the threat was at the time of our Founders, the Church of England imposing the English church on America. We have now the secular church that is being imposed on this country and anybody that defects is subject to persecution and prosecution. That is a very serious threat to liberty in America.

Pat Robertson: Hillary Clinton Wants To Ban People 'From Criticizing Politicians'

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson responded to a CBN report about an effort to organize a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution by warning that Hillary Clinton would use such a process to outlaw criticism of political leaders.

Robertson was referring to Clinton’s comments that she is open to a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates to corporate and dark money in elections. Robertson's warning makes no sense considering that the ruling was delivered in 2010, and political criticism was very lively and legal before then.

“Hillary Clinton actually wants to restrict the First Amendment right of free speech so that they will protect the political class so that people will be prohibited under the Constitution from criticizing politicians,” Robertson said. “It’s appalling, but that’s what she said.”

Pat Robertson: Polygamy Was OK In The Old Testament, But Now It's Wrong

Ignoring the Religious Right talking point about how the biblical definition of marriage has always been the union of one man and one woman, televangelist Pat Robertson said today on “The 700 Club” that polygamy was okay during the Old Testament period since it helped “populate the race” and single women who would have otherwise faced poverty.

He also cited biological differences between the sexes as a reason for polygamy in the Old Testament: “A woman gets pregnant and she has a baby and it occupies her for a whole year, whereas a man can impregnate 20, 30, 50, 100 women and not slow down a bit.”

Robertson explained that biblical figures who practiced polygamy were not committing adultery, claiming that the practice only became wrong following Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament.

However, Robertson warned that polygamy will soon be legal in the U.S. because “there is no way under heaven” that it can remain illegal if same-sex marriage is allowed. (In reality, polygamy has not been legalized in any of the states where same-sex marriage is legal).

“As sure as you’re alive, we’re going to legalize polygamy and some of the women who have multiple wives seem to be pleased with it,” he added. “If a man in the Old Testament married two or three women, it wasn’t adultery because they were all married. And right now in the Muslim world they have four wives, Muslims can have four wives, and if he wants to have sex with a prostitute, he marries her, has sex with her and when they get through he says, ‘I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you,’ and then the marriage is over, that’s the law. You say it’s not fair but I don’t write the book.”

'Homosexual Armageddon!' Anti-Gay Activists Decry 'Satanic' Gay Rights Movement

Last month, far-right talk show pundit Pete Santilli hosted Harlem pastor James David Manning, notorious for his desire to “stone homos” and combat “Obama’s homo-demons,” to discuss a recent incident in which Manning claimed that “a sodomite” sent him a package filled with feces. “The sodomites are the most vicious, demonic, vile people,” Manning said.

“I’ve dealt with all kind of people, I’ve lived in the ghetto, I’ve been black all my life, I’ve been through prisons and jail, I’ve dealt with evil people, I’ve done things myself, I’ve dealt with Obama supporters, Obama lovers, Obama worshipers, I have never in my life encountered anybody has routinely evil as the sodomite. These are vicious people.”

Later, when Santilli asked him if the “promotion of sodomy” comes “directly from Satan himself,” Manning said that Satan created homosexuality.

“When we oppose the sodomites, this is not just a battle between the heterosexuals and the homosexuals,” Santilli responded, “this is a battle between good and evil, a battle between God and Satan himself. Sir, I appreciate you leading this charge in the ‘homosexual Armageddon,’ per se.”

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