Christine O'Donnell

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  • A Florida appeals court struck down the state's ban on gay adoption and Liberty Counsel does not approve.
  • Did you know that Christine O'Donnell's S.A.L.T used to be closely affiliated with Rob Schenck's Faith and Action?
  • Speaking of O'Donnell, looks like she has hired the same attorneys who represented Harry Jackson in his fight against marriage equality in Washington DC.
  • And speaking of Harry Jackson, he says President Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus are are trying to "keep naive African Americans on the political plantation through the mid-term and next presidential elections."
  • Rep. Pete Sessions has reportedly dropped out of attending the Log Cabin Republican fundraiser.
  • Ken Cuccinelli thanks Mike Huckabee and HuckPAC for thanking him.
  • Finally, every member of Glenn Beck's "Black Robe Brigade" is an apostate.

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  • Rep. Mike Pence won the Values Voter Straw Poll.
  • The Religious Right is confident that its issues will be included in the forthcoming House GOP Contract with America.
  • Mike Huckabee says "contrary to published reports I believe that there is a way to cover people with pre-existing conditions" and says they "should be covered and can be covered by individual states creating pools that provide coverage for people in high-risk categories."
  • Bryan Fischer continues to pen column after column rooted entirely in his own ignorance, declaring with finality that "we have won the global warming debate."
  • Apparently, Christine O'Donnell's past statements are too much for even CWA to defend, leaving them to simply attack the media and conservative men. 
  • Quote of the day from Peter Sprigg opposing repeal of DADT on the grounds that it'll force the US taxpayers to support all those soldiers who get AIDS: "This creates a financial problem, since taxpayers will have to pay for the health care of HIV-infected service members for the rest of their lives through the military and veterans’ health programs."
  • The AFA's Don Wildom received the James C. Dobson Vision and Leadership Award at the Values Voter Summit - here is the intro video they produced:

Tea Party Leader Rejects Calls to Take On Social Issues

Amy Kremer, Chairman of the Tea Party Express, was attending the Values Voter Summit as a panelist for a discussion about "The Tea Party's Place in American Politics."  But prior to that, she sat down with Bryan Fischer to talk politics and while the majority of the interview was celebratory, with the two agreeing on how great it is to see Tea Party candidates like Christine O'Donnell making waves, the discussion got rather tense once Fischer started asking Kremer whether the Tea Party would take a stand on social issues.

Fischer was just on NPR yesterday having this same debate with another Tea Party leader pressed Kremer to assure him that the Tea Party movement would support their agenda - and though she seemed a bit uncomfortable having to even talk about it, to her credit Kremer told Fischer to his face that that was not going to happen, saying that if they start talking about issues like abortion and gay marriage, the movement will fall apart:

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  • The American Family Association will be webcasting the Values Voter Summit live - you can watch it here.
  • Several Religious Right groups have "delivered 20,000 petitions from Americans to the Republican leadership in Congress demanding that it feature family values in its soon-to-be-released legislative agenda."
  • Some rare good news: people don't think that Glenn Beck should be in a position as a religious leader.
  • The insanity regarding Texas textbooks just never stops.
  • Mike Huckabee has endorsed Rand Paul.
  • Rob Schenck and Pat Mahoney secured all the copies of the Koran that Terry Jones intended to burn and transported them back to Washington, DC for safe-keeping.
  • The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation has changed its name to the "Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network."
  • Marco Rubio teams up with David Barton.
  • The new head of the Idaho Values Alliance doesn't want to talk about Bryan Fischer.
  • Finally, I have to say that all of the revelations about Christine O'Donnell that are coming out are not really all that surprising.  After all, what do you expect from someone who worked at Concerned Women for America, which was founded by a woman who believes that "Christian values should dominate our government. The test of those values is the Bible. Politicians who do not use the Bible to guide their public and private lives do not belong in office."

PFAW Sends Letters to GOP Leaders Urging them to Denounce Fischer, Skip Values Voter Summit

People For's President, Michael Keegan, sent the following letter today to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, all of whom are scheduled to appear this weekend at the Values Voter Summit, alongside the virulantly anti-Muslim and anti-gay Bryan Fischer.

Dear ________:

I am writing to express my concern about your appearance this weekend at the upcoming Values Voter Summit. Among the participants this weekend will be Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. We urge you to publically denounce Fischer’s record of hate speech and extremism, and reconsider appearing beside him this weekend.

People For’s RightWingWatch.org blog has tracked Fischer’s career over the past several years. His long and prolific record of hate speech and extremism includes the following recent statements. Just in the past year, Fischer has:

I am attaching the names of over 6,500 concerned citizens who have signed the following letter regarding your participation in the summit:

Values Voter Summit Participants:

Reasonable people can, and do, have reasonable differences of opinion. Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, is not a reasonable person.

By sharing a stage with Fischer at this year's Values Voter Summit, public figures acknowledge the credibility of his shameless anti-Muslim and anti-gay propaganda. Any candidate thinking seriously of running for president in 2012 should think twice about standing alongside a man who has called for the deportation of all Muslims in America; insulted Muslim servicemembers; claimed that brave Americans died in vain because Iraq was not converted to Christianity; and called gay people deviants, felons, pedophiles and terrorists. Bryan Fischer is no mainstream conservative. And neither is any person who shares a platform with him while refusing to denounce his hate-filled propaganda.

We urge you to denounce Fischer's extremism and separate yourself from his comments.

For more background on Fischer’s extreme rhetoric, please click here.

Fischer’s appearance with conservative leaders such as yourself lends his extreme hate speech credibility. We urge you to publicly denounce Fischer’s record and to think twice about sharing the stage with him.

Sincerely,

Michael B. Keegan
President, People For the American Way

Bryan Fischer: Two Minutes of Hate

As I noted yesterday, nobody can nobody can better make the case that the AFA's Bryan Fischer is an hate-filled bigot better than he can, which is why I put together this video featuring the "best" of Fischer's rants against gays, Muslims, and everyone who does not share his extremist views - enjoy:

So let us ask again: will anyone who will be sharing a stage with Fischer at the Values Voter Summit - Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence, Bob McDonnell, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Christine O'Donnell - denounce his bigotry?

O'Donnell To Speak At Values Voter Summit, Will She Denounce Fischer's Bigotry?

Prepare the hero's welcome, because Christine O'Donnell is coming to the Values Voter Summit:

FRC Action PAC-endorsed candidate Christine O'Donnell is confirmed to speak Friday afternoon, September 17 at FRC Action's fifth annual Values Voter Summit. This will be the Delaware Republican Senate nominee's first address to a national gathering of conservative activists since defeating Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) on Tuesday.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA), Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Mitt Romney, Reps. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN), David Limbaugh, Dr. Bill Bennett, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Phyllis Schalfly are among the confirmed speakers attending the Summit from September 17-18 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C.

Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins made the following comments:

"We are pleased to announce that Christine O'Donnell will join us to speak at the Values Voter Summit. We applaud her for valiantly defending faith, family and freedom throughout this campaign.

"Christine O'Donnell has spoken out on behalf of the average person in her state who has been burdened by excessive tax and regulatory policies. She has tapped into the deep-seated mistrust that voters have toward big government. As in so many other states, the citizens are angered at the slow and steady loss of individual freedoms due to the massive overreach of government," concluded Perkins.

As such, we can now add O'Donnell to our list of conservative leaders - along with like Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence, Bob McDonnell, Newt Gingrich, and Michele Bachmann - who are willing to share a stage with an anti-gay, anti-Muslim bigot like Byran Fischer and have no qualms about attending an event being co-sponsored by the American Family Association, the group that has given Fischer a national platform:

I've never called gay people terrorists although I've said that what they have done is like domestic terrorism. You've got these Mujaheddin on the battlefield setting out these syringes with the HIV virus in it as a way to carry out terrorism.

This is exactly what happens when two males have sex with one another. If one of them is HIV Positive, then it's just like injecting his partner with a needle with HIV.

That's domestic terrorism. I don't know what else you'd call it.

Remembering Christine O'Donnell: Praising Helms, Missing Lenny and Squiggy, and Worries of Rampant Satanism

I searched around in the newspaper archives for articles from Christine O'Donnell's days with Concerned Women for America and her time as Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth and found some rather interesting quotes and articles that are worth sharing.

Like this article praising Sen. Jesse Helms for opposing funding for HIV victims: 

AIDS BILL PASSES IN SENATE; SEN. JESSE HELMS' VIOLENT OPPOSITION MADE MEDIA WAVES, BUT DIDN'T SWAY THE 97-3 VOTE.

28 July 1995
Charlotte Observer

Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., lost his battle Thursday to stop a special funding program for AIDS sufferers, but won an opportunity to publicize his views to a nationwide television audience during a two-day debate.

Over Helms' objections, the Senate voted, 97-3, to pass the Ryan White Care Act, which funnels money to states to help AIDS and HIV-positive victims who can't get help elsewhere ... Helms lost overwhelmingly because senators were disgusted by his remarks implying that AIDS sufferers didn't deserve federal help

...

Concerned Women for America, a 600,000-member Christian group, praised Helms.

Federal money from the Ryan White Act has in the past gone to teach teenagers to use condoms to engage in homosexual behavior that includes anal sex, said Concerned Women spokeswoman Christine O'Donnell.

Or this article attacking Coors Brewing Company for offering benefits to same-sex couples:

At Coors, a Brewing Dilemma Over Gay Rights

16 September 1995
The Washington Post

The Coors Brewing Co. is run by a family that has helped fund a conservative backlash against gay rights, but has become one of the first companies in the country to extend health benefits to the partners of its homosexual employees.

As a consequence, the corporation, whose annual beverage sales total $1.6 billion, finds itself boycotted both by gay and lesbian activists and by anti-gay Christian fundamentalists.

...

Fred Phelps Sr., minister of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., announced a boycott of Coors and began organizing a picketing and lobbying campaign. In an interview, Phelps said his church has only 150 members, but has 10 fax machines he uses to publicize the boycott. One fax that he said was sent to churches throughout the country said, "The Coors family of hypocrites claim to fear God, but sponsor filthy fags!"

Christine O'Donnell, press secretary of the 600,000-member Concerned Women of America, said her conservative group also opposes the new Coors policy. "We think that it legitimizes the homosexual lifestyle," she said.

Or this one in which O'Donnell longs for the days when Lenny and Squiggy didn't sleep with Laverne and Shirley: 

AMERICA'S SEXUAL RIGHT TURN
INSIGHT
2 June 1997

"In general, my generation is confused," says Christine O'Donnell, 27, head of the Saviors Alliance for Lifting the Truth, a Christian youth group that advocates sexual abstinence. "We're craving more conservative values, more boundaries." O'Donnell lectures at high schools about abstinence and says there always is a sigh of relief when teens hear that it's okay to wait. "A lot of these kids have never had anyone tell them no, and they want that," she explains.

Despite O'Donnell's modest success - she has been featured on MTV and will fence comedian Al Franken on an upcoming episode of Politically Incorrect - her mission, she says, is a struggle against the still-dominant liberal culture. "People are always talking about how bad the seventies were, but things in the popular culture have gotten much worse even since then. I grew up watching Laverne and Shirley, and Lenny and Squiggy never slept over. Now with shows like Friends or Married i With Children, sex is everywhere. I mean, can you imagine the minds that were raised on those shows?"

Ot this one that O'Donnell wrote about handing out S.A.L.T literature at the annual HFStival in Washington, DC in which she warned at Satanism had become the religion of choice for her generation:

Opposite Attraction; Pitching Abstinence to the Young and the Restless at the HFStival
By Christine O'Donnell

15 June 1997
The Washington Post

Walking through the crowd I also noticed more pentagrams than crosses around the teenage necks. "Satanism is the religion of the '90s," I was told. "It means I worship nature," responded one girl when I asked her what the pentagram meant to her. I explained that the pentagram is to Satan what the cross is to Christ. She didn't want to believe it.

Others knew exactly what it meant.

"I'd rather go to hell and do what I want than go to heaven and do what others say," said a pale boy wearing smeared red and black eyeliner who had deep scars along the insides of both arms.

This boy mirrored "The Satanic Bible's" basic philosophy, "Do what thou wilt." Satanism has re-emerged among Generation X with an arrogance that mocks its members as it blatantly destroys them. Was this boy so consumed with his right to worship Satan that he couldn't see Satan's true purpose, which is to devour and destroy his worshipers? Past generations have broadened the boundaries so much that this generation must go to great extremes to rebel.

The generation of young people that questioned the establishment in the '60s is now middle-aged, and has become the establishment itself. Moral absolutes have been eliminated, "feel-good" religions created, and free sex legitimized, paving the way for disposable marriages. The results of these tailor-made values are new strains of sexually transmitted diseases, more potent drugs, more broken families and out-of-wedlock pregnancy rates and worrisome suicide rates. It's time for this generation of young people to question the new establishment.

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Christine O'Donnell Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Monday 10/25/2010, 9:29am
CBN's David Brody has posted his interview with Christine O'Donnell in which she explains that "God called me" to run for office and that prayer leads to improvements in her polling numbers: David Brody: How do you see God’s role in all of this because you’ve had some ups and you’ve had some downs. Where is God in all of this? How do you see all of that? Christine O’Donnell: God is the reason that I’m running. If I didn’t believe that there were a cause greater than myself worth fighting for, if I didn’t believe that it takes a complete... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 10/22/2010, 5:21pm
In an entirely predictable move, Sen. Jim DeMint announced plans to introduce legislation stripping federal funding from National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service because Juan William was fired. Speaking of which, since when did getting fired for saying something inappropriate count as censorship and a violation free speech? I am guessing that Gini Thomas wishes she had just left this issue alone. David Brody will interview Christine O'Donnell next week, so we have that to look forward to. Finally, Elaine Donnelly says that if DADT is not stopped,... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 10/21/2010, 5:59pm
Bruce Wilson @ Talk To Action: Witchcraft again - Aiona, Hawaii Candidate For Gov., Tied to Witch-Fighting Evangelicals. Greg Sargent: Right-wing group's mailer warns of "Obamavilles." Pam Spaulding: Porno Pete and Ken Hutcherson: 'Pam Spaulding needs God in a big way.' Texas Freedom Network: Governor: Abstinence Worked for Me! Charles Johnson @ LGF: Christine O'Donnell Ditches Pamela Geller, Geller Shrieks. Dump Bachmann: Bradlee Dean Releases Trailer for "My War" Biopic. Andy Birkey @ Minnesota Independent: Emmer dodges... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/20/2010, 5:39pm
CBN's David Brody defends Christine O'Donnell because she is just like Antonin Scalia. And, of course, Bryan Fischer is defending her as well. This OneNewsNow article featuring Peter LaBarbera actually contains a link that carries this message: "Caution: The previous link goes to a pro-homosexual website." Watch the Right freak out now that George Soros has donated a million dollars to Media Matters. Tony Perkins is very upset that people didn't like his piece in the Washington Post. Speaking of FRC, Virginia Thomas is supposed to join them tonight... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 10/20/2010, 9:28am
Sharron Angle Terrorism: Angle refuses to apologize to Canadian Ambassador who condemned Angle for saying that terrorists are crossing into the US from Canada (AP, 10/19). Latinos: Says that Latino students, and herself, look Asian (NYDN, 10/19). Ad: Claims that Harry Reid is in “the conga line” with Michelle Obama (Slate, 10/19). Fundraising: Spent over $5 million on fundraising (Salon, 10/18). Palin: MissesTea Party Express kickoff with Palin, who praises Angle and slams Reid (Nevada News Bureau, 10/18). Ken Buck Religious Right: Claims that homosexuality, “... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 10/14/2010, 5:59pm
Alvin McEwen @ Pam's House Blend: The top 12 lies of Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council. Jamison Foser @ Media Matters: "Populist" Glenn Beck wants listeners to donate money to corporate interests. Rachel Slajda @ TPM: Colorado Billboard Shows Obama As Terrorist, Gangster, Bandito And Gay Man. Dan @ Bold Faith Type: Susan B. Anthony List facing sanctions for abortion misinformation. Amanda Terkel @ Huffington Post: Delaware Senate Debate: Christine O'Donnell Refuses To Say Whether Evolution Is A 'Myth,' Calls Opponent 'Marxist.' Steve... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 10/14/2010, 5:45pm
Christine O'Donnell did not have a very good showing in last night's debate and then lashed out at the GOP for abandoning her. But Rob Schenck wants her to win because the Senate needs more regular guys and gals. Justice Sam Alito says he won't be attending the next State of the Union address. Richard Viguerie and Morton Blackwell will host an "election night victory party for 350 conservative and Tea Party activists on Tuesday, November 2, at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia." Speaking of Viguerie, he and Brent Bozell came out in... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/13/2010, 5:56pm
Miranda @ PFAW Blog: National Bullies. Neal Broverman @ The Advocate: Last Stand Against D.C. Gay Marriage. Evan McMorris-Santoro @ TPM: AZ GOP Mailer: Dem Is Letting Illegal Immigrants Shoot Up Our Neighborhoods. Zaid Jilani @ Think Progress: GOP Congressional Candidate Walberg Suggests Using Impeachment To Get Obama’s Birth Certificate. Jason Hancock @ Iowa Independent: American Family Association spends another $24,000 in Iowa. Steve Benen: Raese Eyes Abolishment of Minimum Wage. Kathyrn Joyce @ The Nation: At Claremont Institute... MORE >