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Right Wing Round-Up - 5/22/15

Ben Carson: Baltimore Strife 'Not A Racial Issue' Since The Mayor Is Black

While speaking today at the Iowa National Security Action Summit, Ben Carson warned that nefarious forces trying to bring about “fundamental change” are sparking racial strife throughout the country.

“You look at situations that occurred in Baltimore and some of our other cities and they tried to make those into racial issues, Carson saidBut Baltimore has a black mayor, it has a black police commissioner, most of the police officers are members of minorities, so that’s not a racial issue.

He blamed the recent strife in the city on agitators and “purveyors of discord,” saying that the city’s problems can be solved through a mix of tax breaks and deregulation.

Ben Carson: Anti-American Spirit Within Obama Administration

Today at the Iowa National Security Action Summit, an event organized by right-wing conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson delivered a vague speech about how divisive political rhetoric is undermining the country’s security.

Naturally, when a member of the audience told Carson that there is a “strong anti-American spirit that is undermining everything that we stand for” within the Obama administration, Carson told him that he was “absolutely right.”

Carson said that even before President Obama took office, the U.S. government was turning against the American people and recommended that people read far-right author W. Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist.”

As Alexander Zaitchick notes, Skousen argued that a cabal of wealthy globalists bent on creating a one-world government has infiltrated the highest levels of the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

“This has been going on long before this administration, though, this has been going on for 30, 40, 50 years, it’s called the progressive agenda,” Carson said. “There’s a book called 'The Naked Communist ' by Cleon Skousen, it was written in 1958, and it goes through the agenda they have here to fundamentally change our country, and I recommend that book because you would think it was written last year. But I believe that this is well orchestrated and the thing that they need in order to finally achieve their goal is for people with common sense to keep their mouths shut. And that’s what we can’t do, we have to stand up for what we believe in.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/11/15

The Anti-Equality Movement's Favorite Laughably Disingenuous Talking Point

Anyone who has paid any attention at all to the marriage equality debate has heard an equality opponent speak some version of this line: “All Americans have the freedom to live as they choose. But no one has the right to redefine marriage for the rest of us.”

There’s a reason for that. The National Organization for Marriage instructs its activists that it is the “most effective single sentence” the anti-marriage-equality movement has:

Extensive and repeated polling agrees that the single most effective message is the following: “Gays and lesbians have a right to live as they choose; they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us.” This allows people to express support for tolerance while opposing gay marriage.

Not surprisingly, people like former NOM President Maggie Gallagher use that talking point. And even as the movement continues to lose public support and legal battles, they have maintained message discipline when it comes to using this sentence. You can find nearly endless examples of it with tiny variations, spanning more than a decade. Here are just a few examples:

  • Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson used the line in his speech at last year’s Conservative Political Action Conference;
  • Kate Sweeney, assistant director of the Colorado-based Catholic women's group ENDOW, used it while opposing a state civil unions bill in 2013;

Of course, the line is not only ineffective, judging by the continued pro-equality swing in public attitudes, but it’s also ridiculously disingenuous coming from people who have tried so hard over the years to restrict the ability of LGBT people “to live as they choose,” as PFAW Senior Legislative Counsel Paul Gordon recently documented.

That includes DeMint, who believes gay people should not allowed to be teachers and slams the Supreme Court for overturning sodomy laws that made gay people criminals. And it certainly includes the Heritage Foundation, which slams landmark equality cases Lawrence v. Texas and Romer v. Evans as examples of unacceptable “judicial activism.”

Heritage, also the professional home of the fresh-faced hope of the marriage equality movement Ryan T. Anderson, opposes the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which would protect people from being fired for being gay, and fought federal hate crimes legislation. Of course, Anderson frequently uses the same poll-tested phrase, as he did in a 2013 briefing paper for Heritage on the perils of “redefining marriage.”

While it is increasingly true that LGBT Americans are “free to live as they choose,” that goal is far from being accomplished nationwide. And whatever progress has been made, it has been over the opposition of people who now smile into the camera and hope to hide their anti-gay agenda with a little deceptive messaging. 

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/7/15

God Helped Ben Carson Ace His College Chemistry Final By Giving Him All The Answers In A Dream

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was among the featured speakers at the official National Day of Prayer gathering in Washington, D.C. this morning where he told the story about the time that God helped him ace his college chemistry final by providing him with all of the answers in a dream.

As Carson explained it, his goal of becoming a doctor was nearly derailed in his first semester at Yale University when he was failing his chemistry class to such an extent that he would not have been able to pass even if managed to get an A on the final exam. Fortunately for him, this particular professor had a policy that anyone who was failing the class could receive double credit on the final and so Carson asked God for a miracle before committing himself to study for the exam the night before.

But instead of studying, Carson fell asleep and had a dream in which he was alone in an auditorium as some "nebulous figure" wrote out chemistry problems on the blackboard.

"When I went to take the test the next morning, it was like 'The Twilight Zone,'" Carson said. "I opened that book and I recognized the first problem as one of the ones I dreamed about. And the next, and the next, and the next, and I aced the exam and got a good mark in chemistry. It worked out okay and I promised the Lord he would never have to do that for me again":

Ben Carson: Federal Government Doesn't Need To Recognize Gay Marriage SCOTUS Ruling

Yesterday on Newsmax TV, Ben Carson said that the federal government does not need to recognize a Supreme Court decision on gay marriage because the president is only obligated to recognize laws passed by Congress, not judicial rulings.

“First of all, we have to understand how the Constitution works, the president is required to carry out the laws of the land, the laws of the land come from the legislative branch,” Carson said. “So if the legislative branch creates a law or changes a law, the executive branch has a responsibly to carry it out. It doesn’t say they have the responsibility to carry out a judicial law.”

He also added that members of the judiciary should have term limits in order to “adjust with the times.”

Carson, who announced his campaign for president on Monday, has previously floated the idea of impeaching judges who back marriage equality.

Flashback: Ben Carson Says It Would 'Take An Act Of God' For Him To Run For Public Office

Ben Carson, who officially launched a campaign for the presidency today, said in an interview on the End Times radio program “Trunews” in March 2013 that “it would take an act of God” for him to run for public office.

To get a gist of what “Trunews” is like, just weeks before he interviewed Carson, the program’s host, Rick Wiles, accused President Obama of having “spiritually sodomized” the nation and said the president would try to declare himself God, just as the Antichrist would.

Although Carson was modest about his political ambitions in the interview with Wiles, he did boast about his power to motivate audiences, telling the “Trunews” host that Americans in general were “discouraged” and “just waiting to die” … until they heard him speak.

Carson also told Wiles that the Greek and Spanish economic crises were a “tremendous gift from God in showing us in real time, in a relatively short period of time, what happens when you follow” the kinds of policies pushed by the Obama administration.

Carson evidentially encountered the “act of God” he was waiting for: He told the Christian Broadcasting Network last year that he felt God’s “fingers” telling him to run for office.

The Five Wildest Ben Carson Quotes: Prison Sex, Nazi America, Health Care Slavery And More

Neurosurgeon-turned-conservative-activist Ben Carson announced his intention to run for president today, which gives us the opportunity to look back at some of the most outrageous statements he has made since bursting onto the national stage with his fiery anti-Obama speech to the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast.

While some candidates may regret unfortunate “gaffes,” Carson actually boasts about his extreme views, propensity for conspiracy theories and sometimes downright bizarre statements. He also relishes the blowback to such remarks, charging that any criticism of his claims amounts to an attack on free speech.

Here are just five of the wildest statements Carson has made since entering the political arena:

1) “Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery”

Not only is Obamacare the “worst thing” since slavery, Carson told the 2013 Values Voter Summit, but it also “is slavery in a way because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”

In an interview the next year, Carson said that Obamacare is worse than the September 11, 2011 attacks, later suggesting that Obama wanted to “take over health care” in order to “take control” and build a “socialist/communist” country. “If there were no Fox News and if there was no conservative radio, we would already be Cuba,” he said, after warning that Obama won’t be “happy unless Fox News were shut down and there was no more criticism of his actions.”

2) Not sure “there will even be an election in 2016”

Carson envisions a doomsday scenario in which Americans will have to combat ISIS fighters crossing the southern border because the Obama administration will refuse to do so.

Due to this ISIS threat, along with the national debt, Carson explains, Obama may even cancel the 2016 election because “there may be so much anarchy going on.” He also cited ISIS and the debt during a Fox News interview to justify his fears that Obama will seize power.

He similarly told a Washington Post reporter before the 2014 elections that he wasn’t confident that there would “even be an election in 2016” if Republicans failed to win a majority in the Senate. In response to an inquiry from the fringe website WorldNetDaily, where he also publishes a weekly column, Carson vowed to fight against a potential Obama third term.

3) “A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay”

After he was widely criticized for comments comparing gay people to pedophiles, Carson insisted that gay rights advocates were trying to take away his freedom of speech and promised to never give in to the gay “P.C. police.”

Then, earlier this year, Carson alleged in an interview with CNN that homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice because “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay.” The backlash to the comment was so strong, Carson apologized and said that he would no longer discuss gay rights issues … a promise that he has not exactly kept.

4) “We live in a Gestapo age”

According to Carson, the U.S. is “very much like Nazi Germany.” The problem goes all the way to the top, Carson explains, warning that the Obama administration is “acting like the Gestapo” and recommending that Americans read “Mein Kampf” if they want to understand President Obama: “We live in a Gestapo age. People don’t realize it.”

“Think about Nazi Germany,” Carson said last year. “Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? Did they stand up for what they believe in? They did not, and you saw what happened. And if you believe that same thing can't happen again, you’re very wrong.”

5) Obama may be “guilty of treason”

Carson, who repeatedly accuses Obama of violating the Constitution, said during the Department of Homeland Security funding fight earlier this year that Americans should “start talking about treason” if the president refused comply with the GOP’s demands to reverse his executive actions on immigration.

“If things are done that are contrary to the security of this country, whoever does them is guilty of treason,” he said.

Ben Carson: Impeach Justices If They Back Gay Marriage

During a speech in South Carolina this month, Ben Carson repeated his contentions that gay people are seeking unconstitutional “extra rights” and that Congress should remove judges from the bench if they rule in favor of gay marriage advocates.

“Some people think that I hate gay people, that I’m a homophobe; I’m not,” Carson said. “Jesus Christ was not a homophobe. Jesus Christ loved everybody regardless of their lifestyle but he offered them other ways to do things. It’s a free country, people can do what they want to do, but they don’t get to change the definition of marriage, which is between one man and one woman. I’m concerned by the fact that we’re not paying attention to the Constitution the way we should.”

Carson said that Congress should exercise its “right to rein in judges who don’t abide by the will of the people,” adding that “what we the people have got to do is insist that Congress carry out their duties.”

Ben Carson: More Guns In Iraq Could Have Stopped ISIS

Earlier this month, Ben Carson spoke at the “Bridging the Gap Quarterly Leadership Series” in Spartanburg, South Carolina, an early primary state, where he fielded a question about his previous statement that people in cities don’t have the right to own semi-automatic weapons. The likely GOP presidential candidate insisted that the NRA — whose convention he recently addressed — straightened him out on such views.

Carson said that people in cities need guns to defend against Big Government gun confiscations and potential attacks, even going so far as to suggest that ISIS wouldn’t have made such advances in Iraq if there were more firearms in the country.

He also claimed that Thomas Hobbes, the philosopher and “Leviathan” author, knew that tyranny “would never occur in America because American citizens have guns and they won’t let it happen.” Hobbes, of course died in 1679, a century before the U.S. was established:

Actually, as I’ve stated, that was expressed with the wrong emphasis. Because I don’t have any problem with any American having any weapon that they can legally have, that’s what the Second Amendment is for and that’s what it talks about. What I was referring to all the carnage I’ve seen and all the operating that I’ve seen that’s been caused by those weapons falling in the wrong hands. But I subsequently had multiple conversations with the NRA leadership and a lot of people who knew a lot more about it than I did and I tried to make it very clear to people that the second amendment is there for a very important reason.

Number one, to make sure that the citizens could assist the military in case of invasion, and to think that that is farfetched, all you have to do is go to the Middle East and see some of the things that are happening there. I have a friend who is a missionary doctor, called me two weeks ago quite distressed, he was over in Iraq, went back to one of the villages that they had helped in before and it was desolate, ISIS had gotten there before them, killed all the men, taken the women captive, I mean, if those people had the ability to defend themselves maybe that wouldn’t have happened. To think that we are completely isolated from that I think is silly, particularly knowing that there are cells in this country right now.

But the most important reason for the Second Amendment is so that our people could protect themselves in case our government went off the rails and started thinking it could dominate the people. You know, we think that that is farfetched but you know you look at what has happened historically to nations where the government did become tyrannical and what did they do first? Get rid of people’s guns. Get rid of people’s guns rights. It was Thomas Hobbes, the English philosopher of the 17th century when talking about tyranny in Europe, he said it would never occur in America because American citizens have guns and they won’t let it happen.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/28/15

  • Peter LaBarbera turns against Ben Carson after he endorsed Sen. Rob Portman, since Porter supports marriage equality.
  • The filmmakers behind the new Christian movie "Little Boy" suspect that something nefarious is going on since pretty much every critic hated it.
  • Glenn Beck has some more deep thoughts about the sorry state of America.
  • Rafael Cruz is Ted Cruz's biggest champion and primary surrogate on the campaign trail.
  • Finally, Michael Brown is believes that "ultimately, the gay revolution will fail. I believe that ultimately, there will be a turning of the tide because we are plunging into a time of sexual anarchy. We are plunging into a time when even gender distinctions are becoming meaningless. Society can’t be sustained like this. We may crash and burn first on some level, but I do believe that a change will come."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/27/15

  • Larry Klayman says “revolution is inevitable” and “like our Founding Fathers we must rise up to protect and further our God-given freedoms.”
  • Dr. Gina Loudon wonders “what would happen if Bruce Jenner spoke at the next GOP convention.”

Ben Carson: America On A Downward Spiral Because 'We Have Abandoned God'

In a speech last year to the Stillwater Christian School in Kalipsell, Montana, Ben Carson declared that the “biggest issue” facing the U.S. today is that “we have abandoned God.”

At the end of a speech filled with broad platitudes about patriotism and how, until only recently, the U.S. upheld Judeo-Christian values, Carson implored that “we need to bring spirituality back to this country.”

“It was our Judeo-Christian values that allowed this to be an exceptional country, that allowed us to move forward so incredibly quickly and as we abandon God, you can see that we are spiraling downward just as quickly,” he said.

Ben Carson: We Need Guns To Fight Terrorists Since Obama Won't

Likely GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson told the NRA’s annual meeting today that Americans need guns more than ever since the southern border has been exposed to infiltration from “radical extremist Islamic terrorists” whom President Obama doesn’t intend to fight.

“When they get here,” Carson said, “we need to be able to fight them, particularly if we have an administration that won’t fight them, we need to be able to fight them ourselves.”

He added that guns are necessary for people to “defend themselves against an overly aggressive government that wanted to exact tyranny in this country.”

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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/25/15

  • Ben Carson says that he has "much to learn in terms of becoming both a better candidate and a better potential president of the United States." That is a massive understatement.
  • Next week, FRC will host an event examining "How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith."
  • Speaking of FRC, Tony Perkins is angry that a gay group was allowed to march in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade.
  • BarbWire's Gina Miller declares that "the SPLC is a Godless, degenerate group of leftist radicals who despise the God of all creation and His people."
  • The Ohio House passed Janet Porter's "Heartbeat Bill" again today, but it still has very little chance of ever actually becoming law.
  • Finally, Laurie Higgins says that "homosexuals correspond to racists": "Like slave-owners who bought and sold human beings like commodities, separating mothers and fathers from their children and robbing children of their birthrights, homosexuals commodify human beings by buying genetic material, intentionally separating children from their mothers or fathers thereby denying children their birthrights."

Right Wing Round-Up - 3/24/15

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Kyle Mantyla, Friday 05/22/2015, 5:32pm
Sarah Posner @ Religion Dispatches: Josh Duggar and the Purity Lie. Tim Murphy @ Mother Jones: Does Mike Huckabee Know Where the Ark of the Covenant Is Buried? Kyler Geoffroy @ Towleroad: New Orleans Mayor Blasts Bobby Jindal's Anti-Gay Crusade, Issues Counter Executive Order to Combat Discrimination. The Advocate: Louisiana House to Gov. Bobby Jindal: Pay your own travel expenses. Sarah Jones @ Medium: Family values: Fundamentalism wounds, but don’t let the Duggar scandal make hypocrites of us all. Christopher Massie @ BuzzFeed: Ben Carson Would... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Saturday 05/16/2015, 1:15pm
While speaking today at the Iowa National Security Action Summit, Ben Carson warned that nefarious forces trying to bring about “fundamental change” are sparking racial strife throughout the country. “You look at situations that occurred in Baltimore and some of our other cities and they tried to make those into racial issues,” Carson said. “But Baltimore has a black mayor, it has a black police commissioner, most of the police officers are members of minorities, so that’s not a racial issue.” He blamed the recent strife in the city on... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Saturday 05/16/2015, 1:00pm
Today at the Iowa National Security Action Summit, an event organized by right-wing conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson delivered a vague speech about how divisive political rhetoric is undermining the country’s security. Naturally, when a member of the audience told Carson that there is a “strong anti-American spirit that is undermining everything that we stand for” within the Obama administration, Carson told him that he was “absolutely right.” Carson said that even before President Obama took office, the U.S. government... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 05/11/2015, 5:35pm
John Fea: David Barton on the American Bible Society. Emily Crockett @ RH Reality Check: Anti-Choice Groups Vow to Defy New Provisions of D.C. Law That Don’t Exist. Jim Redmond @ Towleroad: Jeb Bush Again Blows Anti-LGBT 'Religious Freedom' Dog Whistle in Liberty University Commencement Speech. Joe Jervis: "Ex-Gays" Demand Meeting With Obama. Sarah Posner @ Religion Dispatches: Ben Carson’s Flat Tax Gets the Bible Wrong. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: A movie catchphrase is not a foreign policy. MORE >
Peter Montgomery, Friday 05/08/2015, 4:47pm
Anyone who has paid any attention at all to the marriage equality debate has heard an equality opponent speak some version of this line: “All Americans have the freedom to live as they choose. But no one has the right to redefine marriage for the rest of us.” There’s a reason for that. The National Organization for Marriage instructs its activists that it is the “most effective single sentence” the anti-marriage-equality movement has: Extensive and repeated polling agrees that the single most effective message is the following: “Gays and lesbians have a... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 05/07/2015, 5:33pm
Michael Keegan @ The Huffington Post: Pamela Geller Is Not a Hero, But... Simon Maloy @ Salon: GOP’s gay marriage dilemma: Concede to reality, or go all in on bigotry? Matt Wilstein @ Mediaite: CNN’s Jake Tapper Confronts Mike Huckabee About Promoting ‘Hucksterism’. Tim Murphy @ Mother Jones: Ben Carson Hired a Magic-Loving, Castle-Owning, Crisis-Management "Fireman" to Plot His 2016 Bid. Chris Geidner @ BuzzFeed: Rubio Headlines Fundraiser For Policy Group That Supports Conversion Therapy. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 05/07/2015, 1:35pm
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was among the featured speakers at the official National Day of Prayer gathering in Washington, D.C. this morning where he told the story about the time that God helped him ace his college chemistry final by providing him with all of the answers in a dream. As Carson explained it, his goal of becoming a doctor was nearly derailed in his first semester at Yale University when he was failing his chemistry class to such an extent that he would not have been able to pass even if managed to get an A on the final exam. Fortunately for him, this... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 05/06/2015, 11:25am
Yesterday on Newsmax TV, Ben Carson said that the federal government does not need to recognize a Supreme Court decision on gay marriage because the president is only obligated to recognize laws passed by Congress, not judicial rulings. “First of all, we have to understand how the Constitution works, the president is required to carry out the laws of the land, the laws of the land come from the legislative branch,” Carson said. “So if the legislative branch creates a law or changes a law, the executive branch has a responsibly to carry it out. It doesn’t say they have... MORE >