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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/29/15

  • NBC has cut ties with Donald Trump over his recent statement that immigrants from Mexico are drug runners, criminals, and rapists.
  • Franklin Graham is furious that the White House was lit up in rainbow colors following the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage: "This is outrageous—a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored."
  • Gordon Klingenschmitt "congratulates" the gay community on the Supreme Court win: "Let me offer the gay community my sincere congratulations. They fought hard on this issue for decades. And they won. So for the time being, they may feel great political joy. Under American law they can now marry. But under God’s law, this will always be a sin."
  • One News Now needs your help deciding "what event most reflects America's monumental shift away from God's moral code?"
  • Finally, Theodore Shoebat calls for the rainbow "fag flag" to be burned: "I say keep the Confederate flag and strip every single one of these repulsive, diabolical little flags. Shred them to pieces, burn them, take them down and rip them up. Do whatever is necessary to destroy these idols. All of those in the South, who want to see the Confederate flag remain hoisted and presented, should, in multitudes, burn these horrid sodomite flags, to shake up the government and let them know: we know why you are doing this, you have an agenda, and that is to strip away traditional Southern culture and replace it with the modernist antichrist ideology."

Franklin Graham: Christians Must Prepare For Persecution And God's Judgment On America

Fox News commentator Todd Starnes interviewed Franklin Graham today about the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, which Graham decried because "our government is recognizing sin" and it will lead to the persecution of Christians and God unleashing His judgment upon America.

While it is a sad day for America when the Supreme Court will "endorse sin," Graham vowed that "I will never recognize it in my heart" because "God gave us marriage and God does not change his mind."

Graham went on to warn Christians that "you had better be ready and you had better be prepared" because the wholesale persecution of Christianity will now be unleashed, as will, ultimately, God's judgment on this nation.

"I do believe that God's judgment will come on this nation," he said, noting that just as God brought judgment upon the nation of Israel in the Bible, so too will He bring judgment on America.

Franklin Graham: Americans Must Repent For Electing Pro-LGBT Obama

Fresh from his failed anti-LGBT bank boycott, Franklin Graham shared his outrage on Facebook today about an LGBT Pride Month celebration in the White House.

“The shift in attitudes he refers to is the moral decline we are seeing manifest daily around us,” Graham wrote. “The President is leading this nation on a sinful course, and God will judge him and us as a nation if we don’t repent.”

Previously, Graham said that Obama and gay rights advocates have pushed the world into the End Times.

President Barack Obama was right about one thing in the speech he gave at a Gay Pride event he hosted in the White House yesterday. He said, “There has been an incredible shift in attitudes across the country.” That’s true—but it is definitely not a shift for the good of America. The shift in attitudes he refers to is the moral decline we are seeing manifest daily around us. Accepting wrong as right—accepting sin as something to be proud of. Yes, that’s definitely a shift. Should we be surprised that he thanked the LGBT community for all that they had helped him accomplish during his time as president? He said, “A lot of what we’ve accomplished over these last six and a half years has been because of you.” He also noted there were two states where gay marriage was legal when he took office, but now there are 37. The President is leading this nation on a sinful course, and God will judge him and us as a nation if we don’t repent.
 

Paranoia-Rama: Abortion Caused The Drought, 'Wrecking Ball' Obama Ushering In The End Times

It seems that immigration, gay rights and legal abortion are all about to destroy America, and there is nothing conservatives can do to stave off destruction until President Obama leaves office … unless, of course, Hillary Clinton gets elected, in which case we’re all doomed.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/11/15

  • Franklin Graham laughably tries to justify the decision to boycott one gay-friendly bank in favor of a different gay-friendly bank.
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal sure does love participating in right-wing prayer rallies.
  • Linda Harvey wants it made clear that "Bruce Jenner is still a guy, and God is not mocked."
  • Glenn Beck falsely declares that "you have people now who are being put in jail because they were a baker who wouldn’t make [for a gay couple's wedding] — in jail! Not a fine. Jail."
  • Finally, FRC prays for this nation because "our leaders are intentionally depleting American military power, converting an institution intended to defend our nation by fighting and winning wars into a massive social experiment. Prompted by the Obama Administration, they are mainstreaming LGBT behavior and thus subjecting our young warriors to an epidemic of homosexual assault – all for the sake of an immoral and blind ideology."

Franklin Graham: 'The End Is Coming' Thanks To Gays, Obama

Yesterday on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program, Franklin Graham urged listeners to follow him in boycotting businesses he sees as too LGBT-friendly. He told guest-host Craig James, an FRC official, that the U.S. has “turned our back as a nation on God” and no longer “listens to the religious leaders of this country.”

Graham urged people to “love” their gay and lesbian neighbors “enough to warn them” that they will “spend eternity in Hell” since “God has no hope but to judge them” if they are “practicing the gay and lesbian lifestyle.” This led him to rail against churches that accept LGBT Christians, a decision which he warns will ultimately destroy the church.

“If a person says, ‘but I’m gay,’ okay fine, you don’t practice it, you have to stay away,” Graham said. “What’s happening is we are seeing in churches, where churches are accepting gay and lesbian couples who are living in sin, living the gay lifestyle, not repenting and the church is letting them in. This is so dangerous and it is going to destroy our church in this country if this continues.”

He predicted that God’s judgment “is coming soon” and “the end is coming.”

“I believe we are in the midnight hour as far as God’s clock is concerned or we may be in the last minutes, but of those last minutes it may be another hundred years, I don’t know, but when you see how quickly our country is deteriorating, how quickly the world is deteriorating morally, especially under this administration, we have seen that it has just taken a nosedive off of the moral diving board into the cesspool of humanity,” he said. 

Franklin Graham Drops Bank Over LGBT Rights Stance, Joins Bank That's Sponsoring A Pride Event

Upset that Wells Fargo is running an ad which includes the story of a lesbian couple learning sign language before adopting a child who is deaf, Franklin Graham announced last week that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will no longer do business with the bank.

Graham spoke with Craig James of the Family Research Council, which is cheering on Graham’s announcement, on yesterday’s edition of “Washington Watch,” where he explained that he will be switching to BB&T, another North Carolina-based bank.

Graham may not have done much research, as BB&T has received an 80 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and this year is the sponsor of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade, along with the chief sponsor of Miami Beach Gay Pride’s “Legacy Couples” program, which celebrates same-sex couples in “committed relationships of 10 years or longer.”

A bank spokesman said the company hopes to “support the individuals and organizations that broaden our perspectives and strengthen the diverse fabric of our communities. That’s why BB&T is proud to be a part of this day of pride and celebration of the 2015 Legacy Couples.”

In fact, BB&T hosted a same-sex couple’s wedding reception earlier this year “in a makeshift chapel at event sponsor BB&T Bank South Beach branch.”

Graham added that anti-LGBT Christians should also boycott Starbucks, Tiffany’s and Nike since they “promote the gay lifestyle.”

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/8/15

  • Franklin Graham has announced that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will pull its accounts from Wells Fargo because the bank ran an ad featuring a lesbian couple.
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio warns that "there’s a push afoot nationally to sign up more Hispanics to be able to vote. But you have to be careful now [because] if you legalize these guys, these people, they are going to vote."
  • Larry Tomczak frets that the ABC Family program "Becoming Us" is being used "to further pervert the lives of our children and grandchildren."
  • Gov. Scott Walker says that he would support an effort to amend the constitution if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage.
  • Finally, Scott Lively has some thoughts: "Bruce 'Caitlyn' Jenner is no more an actual woman than Star Trek’s Michael Dorn is an actual Klingon."

Sandy Rios: Caitlyn Jenner's Transition Is A 'Tragedy,' The 'Saddest Story'

Sandy Rios, the far-right host of American Family Radio’s “Sandy Rios in the Morning,” is unhappy with people expressing their happiness for Caitlyn Jenner. In fact, Rios laments that Jenner’s gender transition is “a human tragedy” and “probably one of the saddest stories on the news sites this week.”

Rios warned her listeners this morning that they would “see today, if you haven’t already, that the cover of Vanity Fair is the new Bruce Jenner, calling himself Caitlyn Jenner. It’s, uh, a photo spread done by Annie Leibovitz, who’s a very famous photographer.”

This sentiment, as well as the inability to use the correct pronouns, was echoed by evangelist Franklin Graham, who took to Facebook today to critique Vanity Fair’s coverage of Jenner, claiming that “the author talks as if Bruce and his newly chosen identity of ‘Caitlyn’ are two separate people. Bruce’s son Burt said, ‘I have high hopes that Caitlyn is a better person than Bruce.’ The article also says Jenner openly acknowledges mistakes made with his children as Bruce, ‘and expresses genuine regret.’”

But Graham has “news for them,” insisting that “changing the outside doesn’t change the inside. No man-made modification can fix what’s wrong with the heart. Only God can fix the human heart. If we ask for His forgiveness and accept by faith His Son, Jesus Christ, He will wipe the slate clean. The Bible says, ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’ (2 Corinthians 5:17).”

 

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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/1/15

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham is the latest candidate to officially throw his hat into the ring for the 2016 GOP nomination.
  • Robert Jeffress wants to make it clear that God forbids people from playing the "Charlie Charlie Challenge."
  • On a related note, Brian Brown's CitizenGo has launched a petition calling upon Fox to cancel a new television show about Lucifer.
  • Dinesh D'Souza is now a free man.
  • Donald Trump humbly explains why he'll make a great presidential candidate: "I’m the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Nobody’s ever been more successful than me."
  • Apparently a new poll showing that a majority of Americans describe themselves as "pro-choice" is actually good news for those who want to outlaw abortion.
  • Finally, Franklin Graham issues another dire warning about the possible legalization of gay marriage: "This is a pivotal moment in the history of our nation. If the nation's highest court decrees same-sex marriage as the law of the land, the consequences will be grave. It sets the stage for persecution of believers who are committed to the truth of Scripture. Can pastors preach against homosexuality without being accused of hate speech? Can Christian schools and colleges deny housing to same-sex couples and maintain their tax-exempt status? The ultimate danger, of course, is the devastating results of disobedience to God's Word. Continual blatant sexual immorality that shakes its arrogant, godless fist before Almighty God is a flashing red sign warning of the imminent disintegration of a culture."

Religious Right Groups Warn Gay Boy Scout Leaders Will Sexually Molest And Recruit Boys Into Homosexuality

Even as the Religious Right’s favorite reality TV family is rocked by a sexual abuse scandal, the American Family Association is urging its members to pull their sons from the Boy Scouts out of fear that gay troop leaders will sexually molest them and recruit them into homosexuality.

Former AFA official Bryan Fischer, who hosts a daily program on the organization’s radio network, called Boy Scouts head Robert Gates’ support for admitting gay troop leaders “a disaster, a moral catastrophe.” If gay men are allowed to lead Boy Scout troops, he said, “It’s no longer going to be Boy Scouts of America, it’s going to be Gay Pedophiles Scouting For Boys”:

The AFA’s Randy Sharp told the organization’s OneNewsNow news outlet today that lifting the ban on gay troop leaders would present a “clear and present danger” to boys and that there for parents should “immediately remove their sons” from the organization:

He was hinting at a policy revision to allow open homosexuals to act as leaders and mentors to scouts.

Randy Sharp, director of Special Projects at the American Family Association, says the Boy Scouts are playing with a "clear and present danger" and parents should be aware.

"We would urge all parents to immediately remove their sons from the Boy Scouts of America," Sharp, speaking for the pro-family group, tells OneNewsNow.

He says homosexual leaders are poised to influence boys about their sexuality and their presence subjects boys to opportunities for sexual abuse by their trusted leaders.

John Stemberger, head of the rival organization Trail Life USA, similarly warned that such a “tragic” move by the Boy Scouts would endanger “the safety and security of its boys” and even allow “the homosexual agenda to infiltrate the church”:

John Stemberger, chairman of the board for Trail Life USA, said in a statement that Trail Life is "saddened" by the Boy Scouts' announcement.

"It is tragic that the BSA is willing to risk the safety and security of its boys because of peer pressure from activist groups," he said.

Many churches that sponsored Boy Scout troops also dropped their support and Sharp says Gates' announcement is an "opportunity for the homosexual agenda to infiltrate the church."

Meanwhile anti-gay activist Michael Brown told WorldNetDaily that allowing gay Boy Scout leaders not only “opens the door for sexual predators,” it also “opens the door for gay boys to be flirting with straight boys under the auspices of the Boy Scouts’:

Michael Brown, who holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has researched and written a number of books on homosexuality, says he is not surprised by the Scouts.

“I said from the start that gay activists would not stop at having openly homosexual boys in the Boy Scouts, but now it’s openly homosexual leaders.”

Brown, whose books include “Can You Be Gay and Christian?” and the upcoming “Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide,” believes if the Boy Scouts accept openly homosexual leaders, they will cease to be a positive moral force in the lives of American boys.

“This sets a wrong role model for these kids,” Brown told WND.

Yet, Brown says parents should have further concerns.

“This opens the door for sexual predators, a real danger, and it opens the door for gay boys to be flirting with straight boys under the auspices of the Boy Scouts,” he said.

Americans for Truth About Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera, for his part, told OneNewsNow that by allowing gay leaders, the Boy Scouts would “promote the acceptance of sexual perversion”:

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says the presence of open homosexuals will destroy the scouting organization.

"Because you cannot be a wholesome organization and promote the acceptance of sexual perversion at the same time," he warns.

As Brian wrote earlier today, evangelist Franklin Graham has warned that the move “would put young, innocent boys at risk,” while conservative author Paul Kengor said that a lack of “courage” from the Boy

Franklin Graham: Gay Boy Scouts 'Put Young, Innocent Boys At Risk'

On his Facebook page today, Franklin Graham criticized Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates for suggesting that the group, which recently lifted its ban on gay youth, rescind its prohibition on gay troop leaders.

“Robert Gates, shame on you for not having the moral courage to do what is right,” Graham said, calling on followers to threaten to leave the Boy Scouts if they go ahead in “bending to LGBT activist groups” and “put young, innocent boys at risk.”

Another conservative commentator, Paul Kengor, told WorldNetDaily that Gates’s announcement “torched” the scout oath. “When not even the Boy Scouts have courage anymore,” he warned, “America can rest in peace.”

Paul Kengor, a professor of political science and author of “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage,” warned the latest triumph by activists is a testament to the effectiveness of political terror.

In an interview with WND, Kengor said it’s “really a shame about the Boy Scouts.”

“Their oath forever has been about obeying God and being physically and morally straight and strong. It’s their motto. That has been torched,” he said.

“They’ve caved to the forces of ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ who relentlessly picket and harass and attack and sue and scream at and demonize and dehumanize and destroy those who disagree with their completely new configurations of marriage, family, sexuality, and even morality itself.”



The Boy Scouts have shown themselves to be just as craven as all the other organizations that the gay-marriage brigades target,” Kengor charged. “When not even the Boy Scouts have courage anymore, America can rest in peace.”

Franklin Graham To Save America With Right-Wing 'Prayer Rallies' In All 50 States Before 2016 Election

Franklin Graham recently announced that he will be leading "prayer rallies" in all 50 states next year, designed to mobilize conservative Christians to vote and run for office because, among other things, "LGBT activists, abortion rights advocates, aggressive atheist groups, and others who ignore God’s Word are trying to shove their agenda down our throats":

In 2016, I plan to hold prayer rallies in all 50 states. I believe God has called us to this. We’re naming it the Decision America Tour. I want to challenge Christians across our land to boldly live out their faith and to pray fervently and faithfully for our nation and all its leaders. I want to encourage Christians to get out and vote in the coming election year. We will not be endorsing any political candidates, but I will urge people to vote for those on the ballot who uphold biblical principles, and I will be sharing the life-changing truth of God’s Gospel in every state.

Can you imagine what a difference it could make if in the next election Christians went to the polls in unprecedented numbers? And if Christians ran for every elected office available at all levels—local, state, and national? School board members, city council members, judges, mayors—all of these are such critical positions. Just think of what would happen if the school board in your own community was made up of Christians. I’ll bet things would begin to change for the better in those schools.

Jesus said we are to be the salt and the light in this world. Salt preserves and can bring healing. We are to speak the truth of God’s Word to a society that is racing in the opposite direction, in moral decline, at warp speed. Jesus said that as lights, we are to shine brightly—up on a lampstand so everyone can see and not hidden under a basket.

Jesus instructs us, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV).

Friends, America is in trouble. At age 62, I’ve lived long enough to learn that no political party or politician is the answer. The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son. We can’t sit idly by any longer. LGBT activists, abortion rights advocates, aggressive atheist groups, and others who ignore God’s Word are trying to shove their agenda down our throats. We need to take every opportunity to speak up for biblical standards and let our lights shine. We need to work to preserve our religious freedoms so that we can continue to proclaim the Gospel freely. If we as Christians stand together and let our voice be heard, I believe God can use us to make a difference. I hope you will start praying with us now.

In a video announcing the tour, Graham says the goal is not only to get "Christians to vote for candidates, men and women who will stand for biblical values," but also to mobilize "Christians to run [for office] at the local level, the state level, the federal level [and] raise up an army of men and women who are willing to get into the political field and hold to biblical values" in an effort to save America.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/5/15

  • Cindy Jacobs offers some prophetic insights:"Women will determine the next election, and Asians will be the swing vote. The states will polarize on an even greater level, and some will threaten to break with the union if their state constitutions are violated."
  • Jan Markell has "no idea what has caused [Jimmy] Carter to become anti-Semitic."
  • Randall Terry has started a GoFundMe campaign seeking to raise $200,000, claiming to have received death threats from radical Muslims.
  • Franklin Graham defends Tony Perkins: "I know Tony. He’s a great American and a strong Christian. Just because Christians take a stand aligned with what the Word of God says is true, that doesn’t mean we are anti-gay. It means that we love people enough to warn them."
  • The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host an event in July "in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on same-sex marriage ... Event speakers will seek to equip Christians and churches to be faithful in engaging the culture with the gospel in a post-marriage society."
  • Finally, it looks like someone has taken Rick Scarborough's advice and filed a lawsuit against all homosexuals.

Franklin Graham Furious That Marvel's Iceman Is Gay

Franklin Graham is outraged by the news that the character Iceman will come out as gay in a new issue of “X-men” issue. The Religious Right leader took to his Facebook page today to lament that Marvel is using Iceman in an attempt “to indoctrinate our young people to accept this destructive lifestyle.”

Graham has previously praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for criminalizing speech that is perceived as pro-gay propaganda” directed at young people.

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/20/15

  • Jim Newell @ Salon: “He’s filling the government with Muslims”: Hanging out with Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul inside New Hampshire’s wacky GOP 2016 cattle call.
  • Joe Jervis: New York State Sen. Ruben Diaz: NOM Gave Me 117 Buses For Their Hate March.
  • Zack Ford @ Think Progress: Bathroom Police Could Collect $4,000 Bounty Under New California Ballot Initiative.
  • Media Matters: On Fox, Franklin Graham Calls For Halt To Immigration From "Muslim Countries."
  • Matt Wilstein @ Mediaite: Scott Walker: I’ve Attended Gay Wedding Reception, but Not Ceremony.
  • Paul Bedard  @ The Washington Examiner: Evangelicals investigating GOP candidates on gay marriage, abortion.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/15/15

  • The right-wing Council for National Policy will be grilling the GOP presidential candidates at a secret two-day meeting next month.
  • Alaska Right to Life has disaffiliated itself from the National Right to Life Committee, citing NRLC’s willingness to back rape and incest exceptions in abortion bans.
  • Jeb Bush will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University in May.
  • Nancy Pearcey explains that the problem with marriage equality is that "engaging in homosexual practice requires individuals to contradict their own anatomy."
  • Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List says that Marco Rubio is "a true believer" when it comes to opposing legal abortion.
  • Finally, Franklin Graham will be "traveling in 2016 to all 50 U.S. states in an attempt to rally Christians to vote in political elections and to run for office."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/20/15

  • Shockingly, Glenn Beck’s claim that “Obama took Hamas and Iran OFF the terror list” is completely false

A Spiritual Battle For America's Future: Five Takeaways From The Religious Right's Awakening Conference

On Saturday, roughly 2,000 activists gathered at Faith Assembly, a megachurch in Orlando, for the Awakening, an annual “Prayer and Patriotism event” organized by the Christian Right legal group Liberty Counsel. The Awakening, which Liberty Counsel organizes under the auspices of an amalgam of Religious Right groups called the Freedom Federation, brings together activists from the evangelical Right with the GOP politicians who want their votes.

At this year's event, GOP politicians including Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal (via video) and RNC faith director Chad Connelly shared a stage with far-right activists including "ex-gays," a phony ex-terrorist and at least two Religious Right leaders who insist that AIDS is God's punishment for homosexuality. 

Here are five takeaways from a day with the core of the Religious Right.

1. Gay Marriage Will Send Christians To Jail

While some on the Right may be trying to shy away from the issue of marriage equality now that it could be on its way to a Supreme Court victory, the activists at the Awakening were not among them. Throughout the conference, marriage between gay and lesbian couples was portrayed as a demonic and existential threat to liberty, one that if allowed to proceed would end in Christianity being outlawed and Christians thrown in jail.

The Republican National Committee’s faith outreach director, Chad Connelly, who was moderating a panel on abortion rights, echoed the Religious Right’s rhetoric when he warned that LGBT rights activists are “coming for the church.”

Far-right pastor Rick Scarborough, who was sitting beside him, agreed that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality, pastors will be forced to “participate in same-sex marriage ” or be thrown in jail. Liberty Counsel’s Harry Mihet, moderating a separate panel, issued a similar warning.

Scarborough repeated his warning when he told activists that a pro-equality Supreme Court ruling would outlaw anti-gay speech, thus undermining “the whole nature of America.”

Multiple speakers compared a potential Supreme Court decision on marriage equality to Dred Scott, the infamous pre-Civil War decision that barred African Americans from citizenship, declaring that it should be met with similar resistance.

2. Losing The Church on Gay Rights Issues

Although the Awakening took place in what appeared to be a generationally diverse, multiethnic church, the crowd at the conference was overwhelmingly older and white. Throughout the conference, speakers bemoaned the fact that the Religious Right was losing support among younger Christians for its political agenda, especially its opposition to LGBT rights.

Liberty University’s Rena Lindevaldsen told the audience at a breakout panel on “sexual rebellion” that when fellow conservative Christians ask her what the “big deal” is about LGBT rights, she responds “it’s a big deal because it’s a big deal to God.” Marriage equality, she told the enthusiastic audience, matters to God because it is “the heart of where Satan’s attacking”:

Evangelist Franklin Graham also lamented that “a lot of pastors have quit preaching against homosexuality” out of fear of offending people in their churches who might have gay relatives. He told the audience that “God will bless you and he’ll honor you” if you “don’t shut up” about gay rights and abortion:

This was a crowd that had not given up on discredited “ex-gay” therapy. An “ex-lesbian” activist, Janet Boynes, was given a main stage speaking slot and “ex-gay” activist Greg Quinlan earned a roaring round of applause from the audience at the “sexual rebellion” panel when he announced that he had been “out of homosexuality for 27 years.”

3. A Spiritual Battle Against Islam And Progressivism

Just as the crowd at the Awakening was upset that the conservative movement and the church have supposedly become less invested in fighting LGBT rights, they were also wary of any overtures between Christians and Muslims.

Graham declared that “Islam is a wicked system” and blasted Christians who say that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

Kamal Saleem, the self-proclaimed “ex-terrorist” whose personal story has never quite held up to scrutiny , also warned that churches are being “invaded by ‘Chrislam,’” lamenting that Americans are oblivious to the dangers of radical Islam: “We’re watching American Idol and they are doing jihad.” He also warned of what he called “jihad of the womb,” or Muslim immigrants giving birth in order to outnumber Christians.

What activists at the Awakening saw as a war against Islam was merely part of a larger “spiritual battle” between good and evil, God and Satan. In the panel discussion he led on LGBT rights, Matt Barber declared that there is an “Islamo-progressive axis of evil” with a “common enemy”: Christians.

Maine pastor Ken Graves repeated that theme when he declared that American Christians are fighting “militant Islam” and “militant homofascism” and secularists who want to establish a “secular humanist caliphate”:

4. Time Is Running Out On America, And It’s Up To The Church To Save It

Throughout the day, speakers warned that America is running out of time before it is lost forever, and that it is up to conservative Christians to get involved in politics to save the country.

Graham told the crowd that he is more politically outspoken than his father, Billy Graham, because America is in a more dire state of secularism. “When my father was born, the Ten Commandments were on the wall of every school in America. When my father was born, the teachers still led the class in the Lord’s Prayer. Our country is not that anymore,” he said, declaring that the 2016 election is the last chance for the Religious Right to save the country.

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, delivered a similar message, warning that “we are heading down in a direction that, let’s be honest, no civilization has ever been able to recover from.” Conservative Christians, he declared, must reinvest themselves in politics in order, to among other things, put the Bible in public schools:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, another likely GOP presidential hopeful, told the crowd that prayer was needed to bring about “spiritual revival” and change the political direction of the country: “If God’s people truly pray down a spiritual awakening, then the political landscape will change.”

“This country did not start because some people had some brilliant ideas, although they did. This country happened because God’s providence was the foundation of their brilliant ideas,” Huckabee said. “Because of his inspiration, this country has been sustained throughout all of its history because of God’s specific intervention in helping us to win battles we should never have one and in keeping us from losing battles we should have lost.”

The RNC’s Connelly also made a plug for conservative churches to engage in partisan politics , urging pastors to buck IRS rules preventing politicking from the pulpit and declaring that “voting is not political, it’s spiritual.”

5. The Religious Right And The GOP Still Need Each Other

One of the strangest moments of the day came when a George W. Bush impersonator walked onto the stage with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver as he introduced Huckabee. Staver jokingly reassured the audience that it was not the former president’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has clashed with the Religious Right over gay rights issues. It seemed to be a spontaneous addition to the program, it was hard not to see it also as a reminder to the audience of the potential power of the evangelical vote.

Unlike the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, which has become the flagship gathering of the GOP and the Religious Right, the Awakening tends to attract only true believers in the cause. This year, Santorum and Huckabee spoke, while Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal submitted a video message. Connelly, who heads the GOP’s outreach to evangelical voters, moderated a panel on abortion rights, but largely deflected difficult questions from the far-right crowd.

Connelly did not, however, shy away from right-wing conspiracy theories, responding to a question about the “culture of death” in end-of-life care by claiming that the Affordable Care Act’s mythical “death panels” are “a reality":

It was clear throughout the day that however wary the Religious Right and the GOP establishment may be of each other, they still need each other. Speakers like Graham urged conservative Christians to revive the powerful Religious Right pressure machine to win GOP politicians to their side, whether or not they agreed with their issues. Meanwhile, the presence of the GOP candidates and Connelly indicated that this is a voting bloc that is still important to the party, however extreme its priorities may be.

Franklin Graham: Only One Election Left To Save America

As we noted yesterday, easily the biggest round of applause at Liberty Counsel’s Awakening conference on Saturday came when Franklin Graham, the fiery son of evangelist Billy Graham, walked onto the main stage of Faith Assembly. Graham, who leads his father’s ministry as well as an international relief organization, benefits from the reverence paid to his father but has also built a reputation of his own as a commentator on the apocalyptic nature of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Graham told his audience that he has a more political and divisive reputation than his father because America has gone downhill since his father’s time and might not recover if the Religious Right doesn’t turn out to vote in the 2016 and stop taking candidates like Obama at face value when they say they’re Christians:

Now, some people say, ‘Franklin, you’re a lot more harsh than your father. Your father wouldn’t have done this’…When my father was born, the Ten Commandments were on the wall of every school in America. When my father was born, the teachers still led the class in the Lord’s Prayer. Our country is not that anymore. And I can tell you right now it ain’t coming back. But we’re going to lose everything if we don’t in this next election — and we only have this next election, I think, for our voice to be heard.

This attitude, if we stay home, or if someone says ‘I’m a Christian,’ ‘Oh, I’ll just vote for him without doing a little investigation,’ we’re going to lose everything. But let me tell you if the church speaks with the voice of Almighty God, let these candidates know you don’t take us Christians for granted. Don’t just think we’re going to show up and vote for you. You’ve got to convince us that what you say is correct and what you say is true.

Earlier in the speech, Graham urged pastors not to “shut up” on opposing gay rights and abortion.

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Kyle Mantyla, Monday 06/29/2015, 5:30pm
NBC has cut ties with Donald Trump over his recent statement that immigrants from Mexico are drug runners, criminals, and rapists. Franklin Graham is furious that the White House was lit up in rainbow colors following the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage: "This is outrageous—a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored." Gordon Klingenschmitt "congratulates" the gay community on the Supreme Court win: "Let me offer the gay community my sincere congratulations.... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 06/26/2015, 1:13pm
Fox News commentator Todd Starnes interviewed Franklin Graham today about the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, which Graham decried because "our government is recognizing sin" and it will lead to the persecution of Christians and God unleashing His judgment upon America. While it is a sad day for America when the Supreme Court will "endorse sin," Graham vowed that "I will never recognize it in my heart" because "God gave us marriage and God does not change his mind." Graham went on to warn Christians that "you had... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Thursday 06/25/2015, 1:40pm
Fresh from his failed anti-LGBT bank boycott, Franklin Graham shared his outrage on Facebook today about an LGBT Pride Month celebration in the White House. “The shift in attitudes he refers to is the moral decline we are seeing manifest daily around us,” Graham wrote. “The President is leading this nation on a sinful course, and God will judge him and us as a nation if we don’t repent.” Previously, Graham said that Obama and gay rights advocates have pushed the world into the End Times. President Barack Obama was right about one thing in the speech he gave at... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 06/12/2015, 2:00pm
It seems that immigration, gay rights and legal abortion are all about to destroy America, and there is nothing conservatives can do to stave off destruction until President Obama leaves office … unless, of course, Hillary Clinton gets elected, in which case we’re all doomed. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 06/11/2015, 5:30pm
Franklin Graham laughably tries to justify the decision to boycott one gay-friendly bank in favor of a different gay-friendly bank. Gov. Bobby Jindal sure does love participating in right-wing prayer rallies. Linda Harvey wants it made clear that "Bruce Jenner is still a guy, and God is not mocked." Glenn Beck falsely declares that "you have people now who are being put in jail because they were a baker who wouldn’t make [for a gay couple's wedding] — in jail! Not a fine. Jail." Finally, FRC prays for this nation because "our leaders... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 06/09/2015, 12:30pm
Yesterday on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program, Franklin Graham urged listeners to follow him in boycotting businesses he sees as too LGBT-friendly. He told guest-host Craig James, an FRC official, that the U.S. has “turned our back as a nation on God” and no longer “listens to the religious leaders of this country.” Graham urged people to “love” their gay and lesbian neighbors “enough to warn them” that they will “spend eternity in Hell” since “God has no hope but to judge them”... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 06/09/2015, 11:10am
Upset that Wells Fargo is running an ad which includes the story of a lesbian couple learning sign language before adopting a child who is deaf, Franklin Graham announced last week that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will no longer do business with the bank. Graham spoke with Craig James of the Family Research Council, which is cheering on Graham’s announcement, on yesterday’s edition of “Washington Watch,” where he explained that he will be switching to BB&T, another North Carolina-based bank. Graham may not have done much research, as BB&T has... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 06/08/2015, 5:31pm
Franklin Graham has announced that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will pull its accounts from Wells Fargo because the bank ran an ad featuring a lesbian couple. Sheriff Joe Arpaio warns that "there’s a push afoot nationally to sign up more Hispanics to be able to vote. But you have to be careful now [because] if you legalize these guys, these people, they are going to vote." Larry Tomczak frets that the ABC Family program "Becoming Us" is being used "to further pervert the lives of our children and grandchildren." Gov. Scott Walker... MORE >