Televangelist: Gay Rights Will Lead To 'Catastrophic Natural Disasters' And Violent Persecution

Tennessee-based televangelist Perry Stone posted a “Major Alert” on his Facebook page yesterday to issue a dramatic warning about a plan to fine and imprison pastors who “publically say that the gay lifestyle is a sin.”

Of course, Religious Right activists have been making this bogus claim for years , but Stone reports that this nonexistent bill to criminalize free speech “has the support [of] over 100 House members and numerous Senators.”

He warned that violence and natural disasters are coming to America as a result of the gay rights movement: “It is the days of Elijah all over again, where the Spirit of Jezebel is after the heads (voices) of the men of God. There is serious government persecution coming to all who stand for truth, and when the ‘left’ becomes violent, as did the men of Sodom against Lot, threatening to rape him for his rebuke of their iniquity, God will change the game and the United States hedge will be removed and catastrophic natural disasters will be unleased.”

MAJOR ALERT: I have just been informed of a major plan by the extreme left, that has the support over 100 House members...

Posted by Perry Stone Ministries on Sunday, October 25, 2015


Linda Harvey: Halloween Hands Kids Over To Satan On A Silver Platter

On Friday, Mission America’s Linda Harvey delivered her annual Halloween warning, this time telling parents to keep their children away from the holiday festivities.

“Halloween celebrates the spirits of darkness like no other event,” she warned, claiming that demonic forces “are more active than ever in recent times in America because we are inviting their activity in our lives. So here’s my question about Halloween: Why hand your children to dark spiritual powers on a silver platter?”

While it starts with children trick-or-treating for candy, she said, it then turns into parties, which she said are demonic and dangerous.

Paul Ryan Is Not The Moderate The Far-Right Says He Is

Paul Ryan is the latest in a stream of Republicans to aim for the position of speaker of the House after John Boehner announced his plan to step down last month. The House Freedom Caucus, the far-right group of members with Tea Party ties, was at first reluctant to back Ryan, and is even now catching criticism from conservatives who believe Ryan is not conservative enough to represent far-right values as speaker.

The fact that Ryan is now seen as a “moderate” in the Republican party shows just how far to the right the party has moved.

Ryan has courted the far-right for years. He has spoken at the Values Voter Summit, an event sponsored by the radically anti-gay Family Research Council, the American Family Association, and others. At the 2012 summit, Ryan’s appearance was billed alongside a litany of ultraconservative leaders and even a self-proclaimed “former terrorist” Kamal Saleem, who told summit attendees that Hillary Clinton would ban churches before leaving the State Department. Ryan has also courted the Religious Right at Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference. Religious Right activists were ecstatic after Mitt Romney selected Ryan as his running mate, with Reed praising Ryan for his stellar anti-choice voting record.

Ryan also promotes a far-right policy agenda. He is vehemently anti-choice, going so far as to support forcing pregnant victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term. Ryan even partnered with Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin to introduce a bill that would have given zygotes personhood, effectively criminalizing many forms of birth control.

Furthermore, Ryan has vowed to oppose marriage equality and is a climate change denier. This record has won Ryan the praise of Religious Right activists including Concerned Women for America’s Penny Nance, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, and the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, who noted that Ryan’s voting record fit with “biblical understanding” of the environment.

Ryan has also tried to put a Christian face on Ayn Rand-inspired economics. In the budget plan he unveiled in 2012, much of the spending cuts came from programs for the poor, such as food stamps, housing assistance and employment services, in addition to slashes to Social Security. Ryan made his feelings toward low-income people known when he blamed poverty on the “culture” of “inner city men” and insinuated that kids who receive free lunches at school don’t have caring parents. While Ryan cited his faith for the creation of his budget, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged him to reconsider his policies and Jesuit scholars from Georgetown University wrote in a letter to Ryan that his budget plan “appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

While Tea Party members clamor that Ryan is too moderate, his anti-choice, anti-LGBT, anti-environmentalist, and draconian economic record shows just how extreme he is.

God Gives Mike Huckabee An 'A,' Flunks Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump, According To Pastor

While several candidates’ campaigns have tried to claim the support of the Almighty, perhaps no one has laid it out more clearly than Rev. Steven Andrew of USA Christian Ministries, who released a statement today titled “God: Mike Huckabee ‘A,’ Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton ‘F.’” And by God, he means Steven Andrew.

Andrew cited his group’s American Christian Voting Guide, which importantly notes, “A higher score means the greater God will bless the USA. Liberty, better jobs and God’s protection come from higher scores. Helping those with lower scores means more troubles from God’s judgment for disobeying the Holy Bible, as well as unjust laws against God.” The guide mentions Huckabee’s defense of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis as the reason why the former Arkansas governor came out on top of God’s list of candidates.

Huckabee may be the highest scoring current candidate, but he can’t compete with the Founding Fathers, to whom the guide gives an “A+” grade.

“Huckabee came from behind to win Iowa in 2008,” Andrew wrote in his statement today. “With Trump dropping in the Iowa polls, people will study the candidates further. I think they will see Huckabee is the most on God's side, especially for Christian religious liberty. That means voting for Huckabee will bring God's economic recovery and protection, since God rewards obedience.”

Andrew has previously claimed that “Starbucks hates God” and that “Starbucks, Nike, Amazon and others are doing the devil’s work” by backing gay marriage.

Religious Right Leader Reportedly Used Unwitting Missionaries As Spies, Endangering Christian Aid Workers

Before joining the Family Research Council (FRC) as its executive vice president, Gen. Jerry Boykin served in the Bush administration, where he most notably was repeatedly rebuked by the president after giving speeches in uniform painting the war on terror as a holy war against Islam. (The Army later reprimanded him again for leaking classified information).

Boykin has since claimed again and again that he was a victim of anti-Christian persecution during his time in the administration. Now, as a full-time Religious Right activist, Boykin frequently claims that President Obama is persecuting Christians at home and abroad.

He has claimed that the president backs terrorists who murder Christians and has even alleged that the president’s support for LGBT equality and reproductive rights at home are putting Christian lives at risk abroad. He has even charged that the Obama administration is pushing for anti-Christian violence here at home, talking about meeting Americans who want to “take up arms” and “fulfill their constitutional duty and take out the president.”

As it turns out, it seems that in his time in the Bush administration, Boykin was the one who was putting Christians at risk. The Intercept reported today that Boykin created a Pentagon program that put Christians in harm’s way by using missionaries, some of them unwitting, as spies.

By turning a Christian NGO into an American spy front, experts warned reporter Matthew Cole, Boykin’s program could endanger all Christian charitable workers who can now be accused by foreign governments of secretly working as American spies, possibly leading to imprisonment or execution.

Cole writes that Boykin’s “brainchild” was an operation to secretly steer around $15 million from the Pentagon to a group known as Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG), which Boykin and others then turned into a spying operation against North Korea.

The revelation that the Pentagon used an NGO and unwitting humanitarian volunteers for intelligence gathering is the result of a monthslong investigation by The Intercept. In the course of the investigation, more than a dozen current and former military and intelligence officials, humanitarian aid workers, missionaries, U.S. officials, and former HISG staffers were interviewed. The U.S. government officials who were familiar with the Pentagon operation and HISG’s role asked for anonymity because discussing classified military and intelligence matters would put them at risk of prosecution. The Pentagon had no comment on HISG or the espionage operations in North Korea.

Before it was finally dismantled in 2013, Hiramine’s organization received millions in funding from the Pentagon through a complex web of organizations designed to mask the origin of the cash, according to one of the former military officials familiar with the program, as well as documentation reviewed for this article.

The use of HISG for espionage was “beyond the pale” of what the U.S. government should be allowed to do, said Sam Worthington, president of InterAction, an association of nearly 200 American NGOs. The practice of using humanitarian workers as spies “violates international principles” and puts legitimate aid and development workers at risk, he argued.

“It is unacceptable that the Pentagon or any other U.S. agency use nonprofits for intelligence gathering,” Worthington said. “It is a violation of the basic trust between the U.S. government and its civic sector.”

HISG had experience shipping “medical equipment, clothing, and disaster relief supplies around the world,” and would later use those services to move military equipment.

The Pentagon tasked [HISG founder Kay] Hiramine with gathering the intelligence it needed inside North Korea, and Hiramine would in turn utilize HISG’s access to the country to complete the assignments, according to two former military officials with knowledge of the effort. Hiramine, in his role as CEO of HISG, tapped Christian missionaries, aid workers, and Chinese smugglers to move equipment into and around North Korea — none of whom had any idea that they were part of a secret Pentagon operation.

Because American intelligence has so few assets inside North Korea, much of Hiramine’s task was to find transportation routes to move military equipment — and potentially clandestine operatives — in and around the country. The Pentagon would eventually move sensors and small radio beacons through Hiramine’s transportation network, according to another former military official. Much of what Hiramine was doing was what the military refers to as “operational preparation of the environment,” or OPE, a category that encompasses clandestine intelligence gathering and prepositioning equipment inside a country for future conflicts.

The North Korean government frequently accuses its foreign prisoners of spying for the West or trying to overthrow the government. One such prisoner was American missionary Kenneth Bae, whose case become a cause célèbre of the FRC, which used his imprisonment in North Korea to criticize Obama for supposedly failing to defend Christians abroad. As Lee Fang, a contributor to the Intercept report, put it, Boykin condemns Muslims and gays for supposedly “persecuting Christians” while his own actions “endangered Christian charities across the world.”

Programs like the one Boykin reportedly helped create threaten to give governments like North Korea a reason to clampdown on NGOs and aid workers, including missionaries, by claiming that they are working as American spies.

Fears that this would happen led to the dissolution of the program, and HISG not-so-coincidentally shut its doors not long afterwards. A group steering Pentagon dollars to HISG also closed down, donating “its remaining funds as a gift to the federal government.”

The longer HISG operated and became more legitimate, the more opportunities would be available to U.S. military and intelligence officials to run operations in other countries as they had in North Korea. In other words, Hiramine’s ability to use HISG to form partnerships and working relationships with other unsuspecting aid workers and missionaries would give the Pentagon more places to spy, according to one of the former military officials. That official would not say whether Hiramine was tasked with operating in countries besides North Korea.

“If these people had been caught and tried and executed in downtown Pyongyang you’d really understand the risk,” said Robert Baer, a retired CIA officer who spent more than 20 years conducting espionage operations.

Using humanitarian and aid workers for gathering intelligence has always been risky. U.S. intelligence policy prohibits using American clergy, journalists, or Peace Corps volunteers as a cover to conduct espionage. Using NGOs is not strictly prohibited, but though it is not unprecedented, it is dangerous.

In recent years, the risk of using legitimate aid workers as cover for spying has had deadly repercussions.

In 2012, now-retired Adm. William McRaven, the commander of the Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid, shut down the North Korea spying program.

McRaven told us he shut it down because he was nervous about the flap if it ever got out that the Pentagon had used a bunch of evangelicals and missionaries as spies,” said one former military officer, adding that if the program had produced better intelligence McRaven would have considered keeping it up and running. McRaven did not respond to a request for comment.

In January 2013, Hiramine and his fellow HISG executives announced to their employees that they were shuttering the organization. “We got no warning,” said Jennings, the former HISG program director. “We had no jobs, no severance, and no explanation. All they said was ‘we lost our funding.’”

Michael Savage Warns That SNL And Larry David Are Ushering In Sharia Law

Last week, conservative radio host Michael Savage fumed over Larry David’s impersonation of Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live, saying it was a direct attack on him as it ignored his much better impersonation of Sanders.

He claimed that SNL tried to cover up Sanders’ supposed “Soviet-style politics” by purportedly avoiding jokes about his views on socialism.

“The reason Saturday Night Live made believe that they were ridiculing Bernie Sanders was to weaken Michael Savage’s strong performance, where not only is ‘Bernie Sanders the lunatic’ ridiculed, but more particularly Bernie Sanders’ more insane Soviet economics are exposed through my comedy,” he boasted, before claiming that when shows like SNL “see a genuine threat emerge on the other side in the form of someone who is as talented as I am and they take on one of their cultural icons, they bring in their biggest guns to try and triangulate the opposition.”

Savage concluded that SNL was paving the way for the imposition of Sharia law in the U.S. by keeping people distracted from the supposed Muslim threat.

He alleged that Muslims “pretending to be refugees” from countries like Syria are part of a concerted Islamist campaign that “threatens to drown the world and drag us into a 1,000 years of darkness.” Thanks to SNL and “snide Brooklyn vermin like Larry David,” he said, Americans are ignoring this menace while “Muslims gain a majority through their multiple breeding” and “gain control of the military.”

The always modest Savage host then hailed himself as a hero for warning the people: “I am the George Washington of my time. I am the Paul Revere of my time.”

“My friends, if you want Sharia law then listen to Saturday Night Live while stoned on marijuana,” he said. “If you think you’re just smoking a j and having a good night, you don’t understand that they’ve been brain-deadening you for years.”

Because Hollywood is aiming to ruin the image of America and “make everyone doubt their own country,” Savage said, groups like ISIS now seem “not that bad.” Along with the entertainment industry, he also blamed Ivy League schools, which he said “pollute” the minds of students and “give your daughter a condom and tell her to sleep with her sorority sister,” for contributing to “the weakening of the moral fiber” of America and consequently “the meltdown of a nation.”

“Now nature abhors a vacuum,” Savage continued, a vacuum which he suggests will be filled by radical Islamists.

He concluded that David and other comedians have helped bring America down by having “melted the society down with their cynicism, juvenile cynicism,” and now “the Islamists are seeing this for what it is, utter weakness,” which they will in turn exploit with mass immigration.

Pat Robertson: Gay Marriage Is Still Illegal!

Televangelist Pat Robertson reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality with warnings about bestialityimprisonmenttyrannyfinancial collapse and God’s wrath.

And today, he advised a “The 700 Club” viewer to respond to gay marriage supporters by making the case that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling is only an opinion that can only impact the “couple of people” directly involved in the case. The ruling would only have a wider impact if Congress or state legislatures pass gay marriage bills, Robertson claimed, making the same specious argument made by other Religious Right leaders such as Mike Huckabee.

“In the legal system, party A sues party B over marriage, ‘I want to get married to them,’ and the court says, ‘Okay, you can get married,’” he explained. “That doesn’t mean that I’ve got to get married to homosexuals, it doesn’t mean that you have to nor does it mean that it’s the law of the land. Congress didn’t pass any law. Your state legislature didn’t pass a law. So you’re not under anything, it’s a decision of the court having to do with a couple of people. Now they would like to make it bigger than that but, in terms of the Constitution, it isn’t.”

While Robertson is correct that no one will be forced to “get married to homosexuals,” the Obergefell ruling has struck down bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.

Pat Robertson: Husband Should Make Financial Decisions Because 'God Has Made You The High Priest Of The Family'

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson fielded a question from a man who wanted to know whether he should pay tithes on his entire paycheck or just half of it, since he shares assets with his wife who is opposed to tithing.

Robertson, unsurprisingly, said that he must tithe on the whole paycheck, since “like it or not, you’re the head of the household and God has made you the high priest of the family.”

“What comes into your paycheck is yours,” he said, so “you don’t have to split it.”

GOP Rep: 'Benedict Obama' Is 'Anti-American'

Last week, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, spoke with conservative radio host Sam Malone about President Obama’s decision to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, citing concerns about its provisions on sequestration, spending on wasteful projects and Guantanamo Bay.

While Obama at no point said that he was vetoing the $612 billion bill because it raises pay for the troops, Olson seemed to suggest otherwise.

“He became ‘Benedict Obama’ or ‘Barack Arnold,’” Olson said. “He refused to sign a bill to give our troops a pay raise, Sam, he refused for darn politics. A guy died in Iraq yesterday, he sent them to die yesterday, and he won’t give them a dang pay raise for politics.” He then called the president “anti-American.”

New Anti-Gay Initiatives In Europe Backed By American Religious Right

We wrote last week about the resurgent anti-LGBT, anti-contraception and anti-reproductive choice Religious Right political movement in Europe and their mutually supportive relationships with their American counterparts – part of an increasingly global culture war targeting LGBT people and reproductive health. As conservative culture warriors from around the world arrive in Salt Lake City for the World Congress of Families, there’s new evidence of this trans-Atlantic cooperation.

A group of European activists has submitted a proposed initiative under the European citizens’ initiative process to define “family” in European Union law. Marriage would be defined as a union between a man and a woman, and family would be based on marriage and/or descent.

The effort, being organized as the “Mum, Dad & Kids” initiative, includes this nugget in its legislative language, following a recitation of references to family in international agreements and familiar assertions that families are not about the feeling between adults but the relationship between parents and children:

It therefore appears adequate and reasonable to provide a specific legal status with specific protections to the union between a man and a woman; It appears equally adequate and reasonable that an equal status and equal protections should not be provided to other life forms that are different in fact and purpose from marriage.

The proposal would allow member states to have more inclusive definitions of marriage within their borders, but they would not be recognized under European Union law, and other countries would not be required to recognize them.

More specifically, the Mum, Dad & Kids proposal would eliminate Article 2 (2) of a 2004 European Union directive on freedom of movement within member states, which includes as part of its definition of family member a person in a registered partnership relationship that one of the member states treats as the equivalent of marriage. Similarly, it would eliminate from a 2012 directive on support for victims of crime a definition of family members that includes “the spouse, the person who is living with the victim in a committed intimate relationship, in a joint household and on a stable and continuous basis, the relatives in direct line, the siblings and the dependents of the victim.”

It is worth noting here that the World Congress of Families says it would never support a policy that “brings harm to innocent individuals.”

The Citizens’ Committee proposing the Mum, Dad & Kids initiative includes people connected to the World Congress of Families and American Religious Right groups. Among the members of the committee are:

Hildingsson opposes promotion of “gender ideology” and opposed the marriage equality referendum in Ireland. Her group worked with a global coalition of conservative groups to oppose an inclusive definition of family in the United Nations during deliberations on sustainable development goals. This summer, she met with Orthodox Church leaders from Europe and Russia to strategize against efforts by the European Union that aim, in the words of a report on the meeting, “to destroy the traditional notions of marriage and family and to legalize surrogate motherhood and abortion."

  • Grégor Puppinck directs the European Centre for Law and Justice, an arm of the Pat Robertson-founded American Center for Law and Justice. He was president of One of Us, an anti-abortion citizens’ initiative campaign – essentially an effort to grant full legal personhood to an embryo -- that was ultimately rejected by the European Commission but was an effective organizing, social media, and list-building effort for its promoters, collecting 1.8 million signatures. The One of Us Federation is now planning its first European Forum in Paris in January 2016.
  • Roger Kiska has a trifecta of Religious Right associations: he got his law degree from the far-right Catholic Ave Maria School of Law, worked at the European affiliate of the American Center for Law and Justice, and now serves in Vienna as senior counsel and deputy director of ADF International – the global arm of the U.S. based Religious Right legal group Alliance Defending Freedom.
  • Ludovine de La Rochère, president of La Manif Pour Tous, the group that organized massive anti-marriage-equality rallies in France and has inspired anti-gay activists in Europe and Russia. Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage has worked closely with La Manif Pour Tous.
  • Edit Frivaldszky led efforts in Hungary for the One of Us initiative, and now directs the Human Dignity center, a non-profit organization for the protection of family and life.” She has been promoting a CitizenGo petition against sex education under the banner of stopping the spread of “gender ideology”— the European right-wing umbrella term for sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Mike Huckabee Warns Of Cover-up After Investigation Debunks Phony IRS Scandal

Mike Huckabee said last week that a Justice Department investigation that debunked right-wing claims that the IRS targeted conservative groups only confirms in his mind that the IRS was going after conservatives all along.

Speaking with Fox News pundit Todd Starnes, who was guest-hosting the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” radio program, Huckabee said that the fact that investigators didn’t find any wrongdoing at the tax agency proves that the DOJ is covering up the supposed scandal and — like the IRS — has become politicized under the Obama administration.

“That’s exactly what I expected them to do,” he said. “This is a Justice Department that cannot be trusted to really look at things objectively. It’s been a very politically run Justice Department.”

The Republican presidential candidate added that the DOJ’s decision not to press charges in the matter “is just the kind of thing that makes people increasingly frustrated, angry and ready to start the revolution against Washington.”

David Barton: Iran Deal Requires US To 'Fight Israel,' Will Bring God's Wrath

David Barton, the right-wing activist who is now running Ted Cruz’s super PAC, falsely insisted on his “WallBuilders Live” program on Thursday that the nuclear deal with Iran will require the U.S. to ally with Iran and “fight Israel” if Iran acquires a nuclear weapon, warning that this will all bring God’s wrath upon America.

Responding to a question from a listener who wondered if the Bible’s promise that “whoever curses Israel will be cursed” means that the U.S. “won’t fight against Israel,” Barton was not optimistic.

He had been talking to a number of elected officials, he explained, who were surprised when he told them that the Iran deal requires the U.S. to side with Iran if Israel attacks the country.

“They were unaware that in the agreement with Iran … that it contains the provision that says that under this accord, if Iran gets attacked, America will come to the defense of Iran,” Barton claimed. “Now, question: If Iran gets attacked, who’s going to be the first nation attacking Iran for having a nuclear weapon? It will be Israel. So we’re now going into a treaty where we pledge to come to the defense of Iran against Israel, we will fight Israel. If Israel sends in her F-16s and others to blow up nuclear weapons that they will have there, we’re going to fight Israel?”

“These legislators that I’ve talked to, they were shocked to find out that that was in the provision, because that’s not covered in much in the news at all, it’s not out there,” he added.

The legislators may have been shocked to find this out because it is not true. As a State Department spokeswoman explained to CNN after Donald Trump made a similar claim, the deal “does not commit any country to engage in this kind of routine nuclear security cooperation, and it is absurd to suggest it [commits] anyone to 'defend' Iran's nuclear facilities.” In a Senate hearing on the agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry also responded to the claim, clarifying that the U.S. “will coordinate in every possible way with Israel with respect to Israel's concern."

But according to Barton, this nonexistent provision will bring God’s wrath upon America because it will “put us in the position of fighting against Israel physically, and that’s a losing position if you believe there’s a God in Heaven, if you believe in his word, if you believe he keeps his word, that is a losing proposition for America.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 10/23/15

  • David Nir @ Daily Kos: GOP conspiracy theory eviscerated: IRS never targeted tea party groups, and DOJ won’t file charges. 

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 10/23/15

  • BREAKING” from BarbWire: Paul Ryan voted for ENDA … eight years ago.
  • Actual news out of Utah: “God’s Not Dead 2 Will Premier at World Congress of Families IX in Salt Lake City on October 28.”

Jeb Bush: Rise Of Donald Trump Made Me Cut Campaign Staff

Today, Jeb Bush joined televangelist Pat Robertson for an ostensibly nonpartisan presidential forum, where the former Florida governor received a warm introduction from Religious Right legal activist Jay Sekulow, whose son just so happens to work for Bush. Robertson himself has put Bush at the top of his 2016 “dream ticket.”

The two had an amiable chat about tax policy and foreign policy with little discussion of the polarizing social issue stances that have helped turn Robertson into a notorious political figure — although apparently not toxic enough for the GOP establishment favorite. Towards the end of the interview, Robertson turned to the news that Bush’s presidential campaign is cutting staff and salaries amid declining poll numbers.

Bush put a positive spin on the news, insisting that he wanted to create a “lean and mean” campaign and send staffers “to beautiful states like Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.”

He also placed some of the blame on Donald Trump: “The circumstances when we started the election were different. I have not met a person who thought Donald Trump would be the front-running candidate at this point. God bless him for his success in that regard, we’ll see how long that lasts, but you have to adapt.”

Adding that fundraising is “hard work” and “not as easy as people might think it is,” Bush quipped to the televangelist: “I know you guys do great but your product is a time-tested product, it’s been around a long time.”

“You don’t have all the controversy,” Robertson replied.

Mike Huckabee Calls For Mass Civil Disobedience By Gun Dealers

After calling on public officials to defy the Supreme Court on marriage equality, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is now urging gun dealers to flout a potential executive action that would reportedly “impose background checks on individuals who buy from dealers who sell a significant number of guns each year.”

While Huckabee dodged Newsmax host Steve Malzberg’s question as to whether Congress should launch impeachment proceedings against President Obama if takes such a step, saying that “that should be up to Congress,” he called for an “absolute, unapologetic, just complete ignoring of such an order by those gun shop owners.”

“We have to stand up and say, ‘no, we’re not going to do it,’” he said.

Bryan Fischer: Obama Letting UN Impose Sharia Law On US Cities

Last month, New York City, with the backing of the U.S. Justice Department, joined the Strong Cities Network, a United Nations program aimed at connecting large cities in efforts to fight violent extremism. Civil rights and civil liberties groups expressed concern that the program would result in increased harassment of Muslim Americans, but far-right activists are now saying that the program is in fact a secretive effort to impose Islamic law on American cities.

In a Breitbart column shortly after the announcement, anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller insisted that the network represents “nothing less than the overriding of American laws, up to and including the United States Constitution, in favor of United Nations laws” and that President Obama may now “use a ‘global police force’ to crush counter-jihad forces.”

On his program today, American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer cited Geller’s article to claim that the program is “nothing more than a way to impose Sharia law on the largest cities in America under the guise of social justice or doing something for the global community or doing something that is fair and right and just and all that kind of stuff.”

Utah Event Revives The Strange Case Of The Moscow World Congress Of Families

This is one in a series of posts about the upcoming World Congress of Families gathering in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read our introduction to the World Congress of Families here.

Social conservatives from around the world will gather next week in Salt Lake City at the World Congress of Families, an event being held in the U.S. for the first time this year. In the background of the event will be the specter of last year’s World Congress in Moscow, which sort of did and sort of didn’t happen.

In 2013, when Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law prohibiting “propaganda” of homosexuality to minors, human rights groups were aghast but many in the Religious Right cheered. While Putin’s crackdown on LGBT people and free speech was widely regarded as a cynical effort to stir up nationalist sentiment at the expense of sexual minorities, his allies in the U.S. Religious Right did not see it that way.

Among the strongest supporters was the World Congress of Families. WCF, along with several other American groups participating in the Utah conference, signed a statement of support . WCF’s Larry Jacobs called the Russian law a “great idea” and said that the “Russians might be the Christian saviors to the world” for their leadership in “standing up for these traditional values of family and faith.” WCF’s representatives in Russia likewise hailed the law and worked with American activists including the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown to advocate for a law tightening the country’s ban on adoptions by foreign nationals who live in countries where gay marriage is legal.

The World Congress of Families was taken with Putin’s enthusiastic embrace of social conservatism that it planned to hold its 2014 congress at the Kremlin in Moscow, with the financial support of top Putin allies. The planning got off to a rocky start after we reported on WCF’s support of Putin’s anti-LGBT policies, and things got even rockier when Alexey Komov, the WCF’s Russian point-man waded into 9/11 trutherism at a press conference promoting the event.

Those plans began to fall apart when Russia invaded Ukraine, prompting U.S. sanctions against at least two of WCF’s key Russian allies. WCF formally “suspended” the event, but the Russian organizers went ahead and held the conference anyway. A number of the U.S. activists who were planning to go to the original conference, including the National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown, went to the replacement. WCF’s Don Feder and Larry Jacobs, officially attending in their personal capacities, spoke at an opening press conference. At the end, conference-goers passed a resolution advocating the passage of “gay propaganda” bans modeled on Russia’s throughout the world.

Underlining the fact that the Moscow conference was never really cancelled, WCF’s point-man in Russia, Alexey Komov, was until recently scheduled to host a training session at the Utah event on “Hosting a WCF Conference”:

The training has since been removed from the event’s schedule.

Also speaking at the conference will be Vladimir Mischenko, a top official in a foundation run by Vladimir Yakunin, the Putin ally who helped to fund the Moscow conference. (Putin has since kicked Yakunin to the curb .) The World Congress of Families will also be presenting its “International Pro-Life Award” to Father Maxim Obukhov, who helped to bring the event to Moscow last year.

The World Congress of Families’ executive director, Janice Shaw Crouse, has gushed about the Moscow conference , calling it “a tremendous success, inspiring and excellent in every regard,” saying she “regretted the necessary decision to cancel our partnership with our Russian friends.”

She added:

We have many dear colleagues in Russia, and many of them are leading members of the Russian Orthodox Church. They saw their country devastated by Communism. After the fall of Communism, they recognized that if their nation was ever to rise to greatness again, it would be because of a strong family structure. These Russian friends have fought to re-establish the family as the foundation of Russia. We support their efforts, we encourage them, and we are proud of their efforts.

The Moscow event was supposed to be something of a homecoming for the World Congress of Families, which grew out of an alliance between the Howard Center on Family, Religion and Society's Allan Carlson and Russian activists concerned about a “demographic winter” of low birthrates in their country. Those ties have remained strong, especially since President Vladimir Putin has cozied up to the Orthodox Church and put new stock in social issues as part of his efforts to consolidate control in Russia and expand his power throughout the region.

Tony Perkins: Trans People Will Try To Go To Jail For 'Free Surgery'

On his “Washington Watch” radio program yesterday, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins weighed in on a new California policy allowing transgender prisoners to obtain gender affirmation surgery, which he described as “rewarding people who don’t just break the state’s laws, but nature’s, too.”

Perkins noted that a transgender-rights activist said that this law is especially meaningful because transgender people are incarcerated at six times the rate of the general population. “I can assure you it’s about to be more, once they know that they can get free surgery,” Perkins predicted.

“With a price tag of anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 for these reassignment surgeries,” he explained, “I think there’s no shortage of people that may want to sign up [to go to prison].”

“California, I don’t see how people live there,” he added.

Sandy Rios: Clinton Benghazi Hearing Was A 'Disaster' For Republicans

In case you needed any further evidence that the Benghazi Special Committee hearing with Hillary Clinton yesterday did not go well for the GOP, American Family Radio host Sandy Rios panned the performance of the House Republicans as a “disaster.”

After calling Clinton a “consummate professional at lying and covering-up,” Rios conceded today that the former secretary of state was “wonderful” and “looked great,” while Republicans on the committee appeared to be grandstanding and incompetent.

“They are not capable, they are lined up with a professional,” she said. The right-wing radio host was also upset that Democrats on the panel were even allowed to ask Clinton questions.

The hearing went poorly for the GOP that Fox News had to cut away early from its coverage.

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