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Evangelicals Gather In Texas For Get Out The Vote Effort, With Eternity In Mind

Today, Religious Right leaders including Rick Scarborough, David Barton, Jim Garlow and Glenn Beck are meeting with Religious Right and Tea Party activists in Dallas at a summit “bringing together leaders of conservative organizations from around the country to brainstorm and strategize on how to get out the vote for the 2014 midterm elections.”

The summit is being jointly organized by Rick Scarborough’s Tea Party Unity and United In Purpose, a voter-mobilization group funded largely by Silicon Valley venture capitalists that partnered with several dozen Religious Right and Tea Party groups in the lead-up to the 2012 elections with the goal of getting five million new evangelical Christian voters to the polls .

United In Purpose, which received national news coverage for its data-driven efforts in 2011 and 2012, has what you might call a long-term goal: it is closely tied to advocates of “Seven Mountains Dominionism,” who aim to have conservative Christians take control of every aspect of government, business and the culture in order to pave the way for the return of Christ.

United in Purpose is led by Bill Dallas, a former broadcast executive who is also on thesteering committee of Tea Party Unity. The board of its political armconsists of Barton, a pseudo-historian and “Seven Mountains” advocate, and former congressman Bob McEwan. Its education arm’s board consists of Ken Eldred – a major funder of the Seven Mountains movement -- and pollster George Barna.

United in Purpose was involved with Rick Perry’s 2011 “The Response” prayer rally, the event that meant to launch the Texas governor’s presidential campaign but ended up just highlighting his extremism because of its ties with Seven Mountains theology.

After the Response rally, the American Family Association sent an email to everyone who had registered for The Response urging them to join United In Purpose’s new project: a voter mobilization effort called “Champion The Vote.”

“The Response was just the beginning of a nationwide initiative to return America to the principles on which she was founded, with God at the center of our nation,” wrote AFA president Tim Wildmon. The goal of the new project, he announced, was to “mobilize 5 million unregistered conservative Christians to register and vote according to the Biblical worldview in 2012.”

The project’s website says its mission is “to get unregistered Christians registered to vote, educated in the Biblical worldview, and voting accordingly on Election Day.” As part of this “worldview” education, the group distributes a guide called “Developing a Biblical Worldview,” which explains that “there are basically two worldviews: Biblical and atheistic.” The guide includes a helpful “worldview comparison chart” contrasting the two mindsets. For instance, the guide reports, the biblical worldview on marriage is “one man united with one woman” while the atheistic worldview is “lives by no real moral code – do whatever feels good, no accountability, self serving, me focused.”

As well as its get out the vote efforts, the group organized a series of conferences in the lead-up to the 2012 election, including one organized by Christian Nation and Dominionist advocate David Lane, who famously predicted that God would arrange car bombings in cities across the country in reaction to an openly gay poet’s reading at the inauguration. The group produced DVDs of Lane’s event to distribute to voter mobilization house parties.

United In Purpose has also provided steady funding to the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the group run by evangelical immigration reform proponent Sam Rodriguez. In 2012, UIP granted $30,000 to Rodriguez’s group. In 2011, it provided Rodriguez’s group with $300,000, nearly one-third of its entire budget. Rodriguez’s support for immigration reform has caused him to be painted as something of a moderate in the media, but he is in fact a conservative culture warrior and a leader in the New Apostolic Reformation, a movement closely tied to Seven Mountains dominionism. Until 2011, Rodriguez was a vice president of the dominionist Oak Initiative.

The speakers at this week’s summit in Dallas include prominent advocates of Seven Mountains theology, including Garlow and Barton. Beck has also featured Seven Mountains dominionists on his program.

During the 2012 presidential primary, Scarborough urged GOP voters to reject Mitt Romney because of his Mormonism, saying, “Because of the state of the spiritual life of our country right now, I just think that’s a place I don’t want to go.” (Although in the same interview, he went out of his way to praise Beck, also a Mormon, as “most prominent spokesperson for our values in the radio field.”) Garlow also fought against Romney’s nomination, saying he was not “visceral on the issues that are cardinal to me.”

We can imagine that the leaders gathered in Dallas today are disappointed in how their efforts turned out in 2012 and are looking for a change in strategy for launching candidates with their own “biblical worldview” into office.

Beck: My Network Is 'Fundamentally About Religion' And My Right To Practice It

Glenn Beck began his television program last night with an opening monologue about yesterday's oral argument at the Supreme Court over the contraception mandate, declaring that the government has no right to tell someone like him how he must run his company because his entire network is an exercise of his religion.

After explaining that there is a difference between "freedom of worship" and "freedom of religion," Beck proclaimed that his The Blaze network is "fundamentally about religion" because he is exercising his religious freedom through operating his network.

"I started a business called The Blaze," Beck explained. "Why is it called The Blaze? Because of the fire of God. That's why. It's The Blaze, the fire of God will purify everything. It is fundamentally about religion, for me ... I am exercising my right to practice my religion in here!"

Glenn Beck Prays God Will Kill Putin To Stop The Rebuilt Soviet Union/ New World Order

Glenn Beck began his radio show today by declaring that, whether the world realizes it or not, World War III has already begun as Russia will soon roll across Europe as it seeks to rebuild the Soviet Union. The US can either stay out of it, which is what Beck recommends, and settle in for another Cold War or mobilize the military, setting off WWIII.

Beck, of course, spelled it all out on his chalkboard, predicting that the newly reformed Soviet Union and China will work together to collapse the United States and the West, resulting in a New World Order.

Not knowing what to do in response to this inevitable development, Beck has begun praying that God will kill Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Beck On The 'Friends of Abe' And The Hollywood 'Blacklist' Of Conservatives

Glenn Beck had several reasons to be in California last weekend.  The first was to speak at the Summer Retreat for David Horowitz’s Freedom Center and the second was to address the secretive group of Hollywood conservatives known as "Friends of Abe."

Friends of Abe regularly hosts events featuring conservative leaders like Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz and others, but information about the group is notoriously hard to come by because members supposedly fear that their careers in the entertainment industry will be ruined if it is known that they are conservative.

This, of course, perfectly mirrors Beck's own feelings of persecution and grandiose sense of self-importance, so he was predictably amazed and encouraged by the gathering, declaring that the people involved are "a powerful group of heroes" who are "really, truly making history" and will one day have movies made and books written about the bold stand that they took against this anti-conservative "blacklist."

Beck then lambasted Hollywood for "blacklisting" conservatives in this way, given the industry's own experience with not only McCarthyism but also past societal and industry pressure that forced gay actors and actresses to remain in the closet.

For Hollywood to now "blacklist" conservatives, Beck said, is "like if a bunch of Holocaust survivors started rounding up Germans and putting them in a concentration camp":

Glenn Beck Didn't Like 'Noah' Because 'I Don't Believe In Rock People'

On Friday's radio broadcast, Glenn Beck told his audience not to see the new "Noah" movie because it was "dangerous disinformation," despite the fact that he had not actually seen the film. As luck would have it, Beck was in Los Angeles over the weekend and was invited by the film's producers to attend a private screening, which he did ... and he really hated it, mostly because he found it to be totally ridiculous and unbiblical.

In particular, he was put off by the "giant rock people" that helped Noah with his tasks in the movie, who were supposed to represent the Nephilim (giant offspring of angles and human females mentioned in Genesis 6).

Beck, who just last year put on a giant stage production centered around an anthropomorphic moon, played by Beck himself, telling the story of America, found these "giant rock people" to be just too absurd and far-fetched.

"Rock people!" Beck said in disbelief, adding that he was sure that critics of religion like Bill Maher would point out that it seems odd to object to "rock people" if one is willing to accept the existence of a "sky God," but this is different.

"Yeah, but I don't believe in rock people, okay? I have a hard time with that one," Beck declared.

On top of that, the movie was bad because "it treats a prophet of God like a lunatic":

Beck: 'Noah' Movie is 'Dangerous Disinformation'

Glenn Beck loves watching movies but he will not be seeing Darren Aronofsky's forthcoming "Noah" movie because it is "dangerous disinformation" created in order to undermine the "true" Biblical story of Noah and the Ark. 

Just as Oliver Stone's film "JFK" was made in order to "pump into the system the disinformation of the CIA" and confuse everyone about what really happened, Beck said Aronofsky's movie is designed to do likewise by convincing children that his version is the real story while the Bible version is not to be believed.

"It is dangerous disinformation," Beck said:

Right Wing Leftovers - 3/20/14

  • Jesse Lee Peterson warns that "if conservative Christians don’t get a spine, we will lose America."
  • The Center for Immigration Studies says letting parents of children who are American citizens stay in the country would encourage undocumented immigrants to have more children who "would, inevitably, be poor and many of them illegitimate."
  • Michael Brown is outraged by Rand Paul's suggestion that the GOP agree to disagree on social issues in order to attract younger voters, saying "the fact that he is presently at or near the top of the Republican heap is downright scary."
  • Glenn Beck is being poisoned!
  • Finally, speaking of Beck, we guarantee you that he will continue to assert that White House press briefings are scripted even though everyone involved denies it and the local reporter who made the claim has retracted it and admitted that she made a mistake.

Beck Praises Mat Staver As A 'True Force For Good' Who Is Raising Up An 'Army Of The Lord'

A few months ago, Glenn Beck took a very public stand against the anti-gay crackdown in Russia, declaring that no reasonable person would support what is happening there and boldly asserting that he didn't even know anybody who was anti-gay.

As we pointed out at the time, Beck actually knew several people who were anti-gay since he was personal friends with them and had them on his show quite regularly.

In the months since, Beck has turned his attention to the case involving Justina Pelletier, which has become something of a major Religious Right campaign; so much so that Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver has taken over as the Pelletier's attorney.

As such, Staver and others from Liberty Counsel have made multiple appearances on Beck's radio and television programs, despite the fact that Staver and his organization are among the most vehemently anti-gay activists operating today.

It is no small irony that Staver and his colleague Matt Barber have openly advocated for enacting Russia-style laws here in America, which was the very topic that made Beck declare just a few months ago that he would stand with GLAAD while proclaiming that anyone who supported such laws could not consider themselves to be a fan of his.

So naturally, when Staver appeared on Beck's radio program yesterday, Beck had nothing but praise for him, saying it was "truly an honor" to work with them and calling both Liberty Counsel and Liberty University, where Staver serves as vice-president, "a true force for good" that are serving "front and center when it comes to the Army of the Lord and being a shield for many, many people, including most of our children":

Beck: My Network 'Is Being Led By A Higher Power'

With every passing day it becomes more and more obvious that Glenn Beck is willfully ignorant and will continue to repeat things on air that have already been debunked because he simply will not allow the truth to get in the way of his agenda.

As we noted just the other day, Beck has been claiming that the world was shocked to recently learn that, back during the 2008 economic crisis, Russia approached China about the possibility of selling off massive amounts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities in order to create even more chaos. Beck claimed that if people simply watched the programming on his network, they would have known this fact a whole eight months ago.

Last night, he made this same point again, only now adding that his staff "is being led by a higher power" that is allowing them to always be well ahead of the rest of the news media:

Of course, as we pointed out last time, this particular piece of information had been known for years because former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson revealed it in the book he published back in 2010:

Russia urged China to dump its Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds in 2008 in a bid to force a bailout of the largest U.S. mortgage-finance companies, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said.

Paulson learned of the “disruptive scheme” while attending the Beijing Summer Olympics, according to his memoir, “On The Brink.”

The Russians made a “top-level approach” to the Chinese “that together they might sell big chunks of their GSE holdings to force the U.S. to use its emergency authorities to prop up these companies,” Paulson said, referring to the acronym for government sponsored entities. The Chinese declined, he said.

Russia’s five-day war with U.S. ally Georgia started on Aug. 8, the same day as the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Games. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told U.S. President George W. Bush during those ceremonies that “war has started,” according to Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman.

“The report was deeply troubling -- heavy selling could create a sudden loss of confidence in the GSEs and shake the capital markets,” Paulson wrote. “I waited till I was back home and in a secure environment to inform the president.”

This piece of information has been known for over four years, but Beck is claiming that his network is divinely-guided because it was able to report it eight months ago?

Beck: Resignation Of White House Pastry Chef Is Proof Michelle Obama Is 'Nuts'

By this point, we have pretty much run out of ways to highlight how utterly delusional Glenn Beck has become other than by simply showcasing clips of him spinning insane theories out of normal, everyday occurrences, as he did today by spending the entire opening segment of his radio program holding up the resignation of the White House executive pastry chef as evidence that supports his belief that Michele Obama is a monster.

Beck seized upon a quote in this New York Times article reporting that Bill Yosses is "headed to New York with an aim to teach children and adults about eating better" in which he says that "I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs" as proof that Yosses is resigning because Michelle Obama is nuts.

Of course, if you read the quote in context, it is clear that he was not saying anything of the sort:

Mr. Yosses has also been inspired by the White House garden, where he has chosen from a cornucopia of strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb, figs, papaya, carrots, sweet potatoes and herbs like lemon thyme flowers, lavender and pineapple sage. Nearby is honey from the White House beehives. The result — oatmeal bars, baked apples and pear-quince cobblers, among many others — will have a lasting impact on his eating habits, as will Mrs. Obama.

“She has done it with humor and good will, without preaching, just the way you would hope the ‘Mom in chief’ would do,” Mr. Yosses said. He called her “definitely an inspiring boss, a combination of spontaneity and seriousness.”

Nonetheless, Mr. Yosses has hardly turned his back on his old, sweet life. “I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs,” he said.

But Beck was able to read between the lines, declaring this quote to be "one of the most extraordinary statements I have ever read" because Yosses is essentially sticking his "finger in the eye of the President of the United States" by announcing to the world that Michele Obama is "nuts":

It should come as no surprise that Beck's network already debunked this idiotic theory yesterday afternoon but that Beck went ahead and repeated it on air this morning anyway because he apparently doesn't even read what is published on his own website:

[A] quick look at the Times story that served as a basis for the information reveals Yosses’ reasons for leaving are actually quite the opposite.

In the Times story, Yosses says he made the “bittersweet decision” to leave because he was inspired by Obama’s passion for healthy eating and wanted to “teach children and adults about eating better.”

In fact, Yosses praised the first lady as an “inspiring boss” with a “combination of spontaneity and seriousness.”

The quote he gave the Times about not wanting to “demonize” sugary foods appears to have been said more in good humor instead of as a scathing remark against Obama’s healthy foods campaign.

As for Michelle Obama being “partly to blame” for Yosses leaving? That was simply a clever opening lede to the Times’ story.

Technically, the Times said the first lady is partly to blame — but that’s because it said she inspired him to teach others about healthy foods, not because Yosses was unhappy working under her.

If evidence exists that Yosses left for other reasons, none has been presented thus far.

Beck: 'We Are Going To Be Remembered As An Insane Society'

Every day, we watch several hours of Glenn Beck's radio and television programming and, as awful as that is, we do so while giving thanks that we don't actually work for Beck, because if we did, we might be forced to attend his morning meetings where staff members just sit there silently as he goes off on another one of his insane monologues about how the world has collectively gone insane.

"We are going to be remembered," Beck declared yesterday, "as an insane society; as a society that is just totally unhinged, totally disconnected for reality."

That sounds like the perfect definition of life inside Beck's empire, if you ask us: 

Glenn Beck's Tiresome Myopia And Self-Aggrandisement

One of the most infuriating things about watching Glenn Beck's radio and television programs is his constant assertion that his network is the only one that is, has been, or ever will be reporting whatever information or story he is covering at any given time.

He does this constantly, myopically insisting that whatever issue or piece of news he is currently fascinated with is not only the most important issue of the day but also that he is the only one with the courage to cover it.  For Beck, the fact that he hasn't personally seen something covered in whatever media outlets he visits must mean that nobody anywhere has ever covered it, leading to truly ridiculous segments like this one today where he reacts to a report today that former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has confirmed that during the economic crisis of 2008, Russia approached China about the possibility of selling off massive amounts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities in order to create even more chaos; a proposal that China rejected.

Beck can't understand why people think that is new because his network reported it a whole eight months ago when everyone supposedly mocked and ridiculed them for reporting it because it was too crazy, but now they have been proven correct:

Of course, that piece of information has been known for years and was even dramatized in the 2011 HBO movie based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's book "Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--and Themselves":

The movie isn’t afraid to hammer home its politics in moments like that, or in a scene set during Paulson’s trip to China. It begins with a moment of physical comedy when a Chinese official tries to get Paulson to take a miniature Chinese flag. When he won’t accept it, the official hands the flag off to a little girl, who Paulson hustles to get out of the frame. Later, over dinner, another official tells Paulson that the Russians approached the Chinese about dumping their investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in concert to strike a blow to the American economy. “The amount of debt your country carries is a terrible vulnerability,” the official demurs, delivering a warning. “We declined, respectfully.”

This piece of information has been known for several years, but Glenn Beck is acting as if everyone else is stupid and uniformed for not knowing or caring that his network happened to report it eight months ago.

It Is The Government's Fault Glenn Beck Is Spinning Wild Theories About The Missing Malaysian Airliner

One thing you learn from regularly watching Glenn Beck's programs is that he is not to blame for the fact that he happens to subscribe to or promote wild conspiracy theories because it is the government and progressives and various unseen forces who have made it so that Beck can no longer believe anything that anybody tells him.

So, fresh from a week's vacation, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370 represents essentially the perfect Glenn Beck story because there is so much confusion and conflicting information and general uncertainty about just what has happened that pretty much any explanation can almost seem plausible, no matter how outlandish. And since passing off outlandish stories as seemingly "plausible" is Beck's forte, it was no surprise to see him spend ten minutes today laying out his theory about just what has happened to this airplane.

Seizing upon news that twenty employees from a company called Freescale Semiconductor were on board, Beck speculated that these employees had the technology and expertise to "cloak" the plane and make it invisible to radar and detection. As such, the plane was probably diverted to someplace like Pakistan where is could be hidden and repainted to look like a British Airways jet and then flow over the Atlantic Ocean low enough so as not to be seen by radar right below another British Airways jet, flying on the same path but at a much higher altitude and registering on radar. At some point, and without explaining how this would happen, Beck speculated that the real British Airways jet could then be blown out of the sky, allowing the stolen plane to "jump up" onto that flight path and cloak itself as the now destroyed jet and fly on to Washington, DC without raising any suspicions or setting off alarms.

Sure, that seems really convoluted, not to mention probably nearly impossible to actually pull off ... but, as Beck said, the problem is that nobody trusts the government any more and so people start to believe all sorts of wild conspiracy theories. 

"See, this is the problem," Beck said. "Once you lose trust as a government, once you lie to your people over and over again, this is what happens; conspiracy theories go crazy because I don't trust our government at all":

The 'Grover Norquist Is A Secret Muslim Brotherhood Agent' Conspiracy Returns Just In Time For CPAC

Anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney has unveiled a new petition, with support from Allen West and Andy McCarthy, demanding that the American Conservative Union kick Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan out of the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). CPAC had actually kicked Gaffney out in 2011 after an internal report found his accusations about the supposed ties between Norquist and Khan and the Muslim Brotherhood to be baseless and rooted in bigotry, but today the Huffington Post reports that Gaffney is embarking on yet another anti-Norquist campaign.

The conservative movement’s sowing of anti-Muslim paranoia and discord to help win elections is now coming back to bite it as even top conservative leaders like Norquist, who is married to a Muslim-American, are facing attacks.

At a 2011 right-wing summit, The Awakening, Gaffney was part of an event that immediately followed a panel featuring Norquist, where he delivered a presentation alleging that Norquist is “both enabling and empowering Muslim Brotherhood influence operations against our movement and our country.”

On his radio show last month, Gaffney said that Norquist is advancing the “civilization jihad of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

But Gaffney is not alone.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) denounced Norquist from the floor of the House for associating with “unsavory people and groups out of the mainstream.”

Glenn Beck and Jerry Boykin, the executive vice president of the Family Research Council, also dedicated an entire program to discussing Norquist’s supposed role as “a Muslim Brotherhood facilitator.”

Not holding back, anti-Muslim activist David Horowitz attacked Norquist as a “ practicing Muslim” who has “infiltrated” the GOP, and Robert Spencer said last year that Norquist’s presence at CPAC turned the gathering into a “Sharia-compliant conference.”

“They are enforcing the Sharia,” Pamela Geller said of CPAC after the summit rejected her panel last year, which she blamed on “the influence of what can only be described as Muslim Brotherhood facilitators or operatives like Suhail Khan and Grover Norquist.” She was still able to host a nonofficial event where one speaker said he was “proud” of attacks against mosques.

But perhaps our favorite rant against Norquist came from Cathie Adams of Eagle Forum, who said that she knows Norquist is a secret Muslim because “he has a beard.”

Beck: Romeike Case Orchestrated To Serve As A Precedent To Outlaw Homeschooling In America

As Brian mentioned earlier, Religious Right activists are furious that the Supreme Court has denied an appeal by a German family seeking asylum in the United States on the grounds that Germany does not permit them to homeschool their children.

Glenn Beck is likewise outraged by the developments, warning on his radio program today that the entire thing has been orchestrated from the start in order to set a precedent so that homeschooling can be outlawed in the United States.

"This has Cass Sunstein's finger prints all over it," Beck said, attributing the entire thing to his favorite non-George Soros boogeyman, claiming that the motivation behind this case has been about laying the groundwork to make homeschooling illegal in America.

"Please, dear God," Beck begged, "do not make me right on this one. Please don't let me be right on this one. But everything in me tells me that's what this story is about: making sure they shut down homeschooling."

"There is going to come a time when you're not going to be able to homeschool your kids," he continued, stating once again that he hopes that he is wrong but strongly suspects that he'll be proven right because everyone knows that he has been right about everything else that is happening.

"Can we stop being right, now?" Beck pleaded. "Please. I don't want to be right anymore because we've now passed all of the easy things and nobody is waking up. We've passed all of the easy things and the only things that are left are the spooky ones":

UPDATE: It looks like Beck's wish has been granted and he has been proven wrong, as his own The Blaze website is reporting that, despite losing their asylum appeal, the government has informed the family that they can remain in the United States permanently:

Today, a Supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security called a member of our legal team to inform us that the Romeike family has been granted “indefinite deferred status”. This means that the Romeikes can stay in the United States permanently (unless they are convicted of a crime, etc.)

This is an incredible victory that can only be credited to our Almighty God.

We also want to thank those of who spoke up on this issue–including that long ago White House petition. We believe that the public outcry made this possible while God delivered the victory.

This is an amazing turnaround in 24 hours. Praise the Lord.

A Week Late, Glenn Beck Bravely Calls For The US To Have Boycotted The Sochi Olympics

A week after the completion of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Glenn Beck is now bravely declaring that the United States ought to have boycotted the games.

These games had been in the works for seven years and were the focus of national coverage for several weeks leading up to and during the actual games, and never once did Beck, as far as we can recall, ever call for a US boycott of the Winter Olympics.

But today, while discussing the crisis in Ukraine on his radio program, Beck blasted media coverage of the games for not adequately reporting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's totalitarianism and proclaimed that the United States should not have even agreed to participate in the games in order to give hope to oppressed peoples all over the world.

Responding to a point by co-host Pat Gray that boycotting the Olympics would mostly just hurt American Olympic athletes, Beck was utterly unmoved.

"Yes, it would hurt our Olympics. Boo hoo," he stated. "Cry me a river":

Beck: 'Unbeknownst To Him,' Jonathan Turley Was Quoting The Bible

Earlier this week, George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley testified before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing is entitled "Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws." Turley has long been a critic of the expansion of executive power and it's encroachment onto the roles constitutionally designated to the other branches of government.

At the hearing, Turley testified that the encroachment of executive power has gotten worse under President Obama, which has made him a hero to Glenn Beck who explained on his radio broadcast today that something Turley said during his testimony came straight out of the Book of Isaiah, though Turley probably did not even know it.

In Turley's statement that "our system is changing in a very fundamental way, and it’s changing without a whimper of regret or opposition," Beck heard the words of Isaiah 10 in which God warns that he will pushing the nation of Assyria for the wickedness of its rulers:

And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.

"Jonathan Turley," Beck said, "most likely unbeknownst to him was quoting Isaiah":

'This Is A Very Big Deal': Glenn Beck, Personhood USA, And Justina Pelletier

The other day we noted that, after months of coverage by Glenn Beck, the case of Justina Pelletier had suddenly exploded into a full-fledged Religious Right campaign this week, with Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver signing on as the family's new attorney while Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition (who was deeply involved in the Terri Schiavo case) began serving as a family's spokesman.

On top of that, Personhood USA has also gotten involved and is set to begin running television ads about the case on Fox News beginning today. The ads were put together by a right-wing media firm called Rapid Response TV on behalf of Personhood USA with funding provided by the same unnamed billionaire benefactor who has been bankrolling this entire campaign.

For technical legal reasons, the ads are being run by something called Revolution PAC, but as Rapid Response TV's president Bryan Hartong told Beck yesterday on his radio show, "the understanding is that anything that comes out of this is going to Personhood," meaning that all the names gathered or money raised will be handled by Personhood USA.

As Beck's The Blaze reported today, Personhood USA has also organized a call-in campaign to the Massachusetts court officials about the case:

A human rights group says it has organized people to make hundreds of calls to court officials asking them to “release Justina Pelletier,” the Connecticut teen at the center of an ongoing, high-profile custody battle.

Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA, said more than 500 calls have been made so far to the office of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court, which is overseeing the Pelletier case. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took custody of the 15-year-old last year after doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital disagreed with her parents and another doctor’s diagnosis.

If the name of Keith Mason or his Personhood organization seem familiar to readers here, it is probably because he was the "manager of the Yes on 62 Campaign" back in 2010, which was the failed effort to pass a constitutional amendment in Colorado that would have granted "personhood" from the moment of fertilization in order to completely outlaw abortion and some forms of birth control.

The campaign was most remarkable for the ad campaigns that Personhood ran in support of the amendment, including comparing supporters of legal abortion to Nazis and even running a radio ad featuring a "fomer slave" who compared abortion to slavery:

I'm George Stevens and I'm a person. I was held as property as a child. Even before my birth I was called a slave in an America you wouldn't recognize. But folks like you helped me escape North to freedom and in 1864, I joined the infantry to fight for my country. I fought so all slaves would be recognized as persons, not property. And we won.

But today in Colorado, there are still people called property - children - just like I was. And that America you thought you wouldn't recognize is all around you and these children are being killed.

This November, vote "yes" on Amendment 62. Amendment 62 declares unborn children persons, not property. And that's the America I fought for.

So visit PersonhoodColorado.com and in November, vote "yes" on 62. It's the right thing to do.

Amazingly, that was not even the most radical ad the organization ran during the campaign, producing one that literally likened President Obama to the Angel of Death:

As Beck declared on his radio broadcast yesterday, "this is a very big deal" not only because Justina's life and health at stake, but Beck thinks that this case is also the key to stopping things like Common Core and progressivism in general once and for all.

"Thank you Lord," Beck said. "Quite honestly, thank you Lord for this Justina case because maybe perhaps this is a blessing because we will all wake up and we'll be able to stop it before it's too late":

5 Tea Party Myths Debunked As Movement Marks 5 Years Of Dysfunction

As the Tea Party celebrates its fifth anniversary, we decided to look at five of the myths that Tea Party supporters, and many pundits, continue to believe about the far-right movement.

Myth #1: Tea Party Cares About Economic Stewardship

If Tea Party activists believe they are on a crusade to save the American economy, they have an odd way of showing it. The Tea Party was responsible for an economically harmful and utterly pointless government shutdown and has several times threatened economic catastrophe by refusing to raise the debt limit — with their hostage-taking strategycontributing to a S&P credit downgrade and lower consumer confidence.

The Treasury Department warned in the midst of last year’s government shutdown [PDF]: “A default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic: credit markets could freeze, the value of the dollar could plummet, U.S. interest rates could skyrocket, the negative spillovers could reverberate around the world, and there might be a financial crisis and recession that could echo the events of 2008 or worse…. Because the debt ceiling impasse contributed to the financial market disruptions, reduced confidence and increased uncertainty, the economic expansion was no doubt weaker than it otherwise would have been.”

One problem might be that Tea Party leaders seem to have no clue what they are talking about.

Tea Party politicians dismissed concerns about failing to raise the debt limit — with one Tea Party-aligned congressman arguing that such a move would help the economy — and didn’t seem to grasp the fact that “raising the debt ceiling simply lets Treasury borrow the money it needs to pay all U.S. bills and other legal obligations in full and on time” and isn’t a “license to spend more.”

Similarly, a Bloomberg News poll found that 93 percent of Tea Party Republicans believe the federal budget deficit is growing, even while it is rapidly shrinking.

Myth #2: Tea Party Wants Entitlement Cuts

We keep hearing about how the Tea Party will lead a push to cut entitlement programs, but Tea Party members are disproportionately entitlement program benefactors. A New York Times/CBS poll found that Tea Party members are more likely than others to claim that they or a family member receives Social Security benefits or is covered by Medicaid, and 62 percent believe “the benefits from government programs such as Social Security and Medicare [are] worth the costs of those programs.”

According to a McClatchy-Marist poll, 76 percent of Tea Party supporters oppose Social Security and Medicare cuts while 70 percent said they were against cuts to Medicaid.

Of course, many Tea Party supporters don’t seem to mind public programs when they are the ones benefiting from them, and Republicans continue to criticize reductions in future Medicare spending that they voted for.

“[W]hat many of the Tea Party candidates have found is that when push comes to shove, their backers want to protect their entitlements as much as the next guy,” writes Shikha Dalmia of the Reason Foundation. “In fact, much of the fury of the Tea Partiers against government stimulus and bailouts might have less to do with any principled belief in the limits of government and more to do with fear of what this will do to their own entitlements.”

Myth #3: Tea Party Faces Government Persecution

The Tea Party has desperately clutched onto a conspiracy theory that the IRS specifically targeted Tea Party groups to help seal President Obama’s re-election. Of course, it turns out that the IRS actually scrutinized liberal and conservative groups alike. The faux-scandal was hyped and distorted by congressional Republicans, and Tea Party leaders predicted that it would rejuvenate the movement.

As Alex Seitz-Wald reported: “We know that in fact the IRS targeted lots of different kinds of groups, not just conservative ones; that the only organizations whose tax-exempt statuses were actually denied were progressive ones; that many of the targeted conservative groups legitimately crossed the line; that the IG’s report was limited to only Tea Party groups at congressional Republicans’ request; and that the White House was in no way involved in the targeting and didn’t even know about it until shortly before the public did. In short, the entire scandal narrative was a fiction.”

Rather than face facts, leaders are out with a fresh and similarly dubious conspiracy that proposed IRS rules on political activity by certain nonprofits will target conservative organizations for discrimination.

Myth #4: Tea Party Ignores Social Issues

Many Tea Party leaders -- including Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann, Mike Lee, Jim DeMint and Glenn Beck -- are also favorites of the Religious Right. The GOP victories in the 2010 midterm election brought about what the Daily Beast called “one of the most religiously conservative [House of Representatives] in recent history” and Republican politicians in Congress and state legislatures immediately pursued a crackdown on abortion rights.

Glenn Beck’s massive 2010 Tea Party rally on the National Mall turned into a religious revival meeting. Last year, even the openly gay founder of the National Capital Tea Party Patriots addressed an anti-gay marriage rally in front of the Supreme Court. And far-right pastor Rick Scarborough decided to establish his own group, Tea Party Unity, to promote his call for a “class action lawsuit” against homosexuality.

Pew found that just as “the Tea Party is much more Republican and conservative than the public as a whole… Tea Party supporters also tend to take socially conservative positions on abortion and same-sex marriage.” Tea Party activists oppose marriage equality and abortion rights at rates nearly identical to Republicans at large, and are just as likely to cite religion as the driving force on their stances on such issues.

A 2013 American Values survey observed that the majority of Tea Party activists “identify with the Christian Right,” and a study by political scientists Robert Putnam and David Campbell found Tea Party members to be “disproportionately social conservatives” with a penchant for the “overt use of religious language and imagery.” “It thus makes sense that the Tea Party ranks alongside the Christian Right in unpopularity,” they added.

Myth #5: Tea Party Has Wide Popularity

Tea Party politicians like to fashion themselves as champions of a broadly popular movement that has supporters across partisan lines. Bachmann thinks the Tea Party represents “virtually 90 percent of America” and a poll of Tea Party supporters found that 84 percent agree that “the views of the people involved in the Tea Party movement generally reflect the views of most Americans.” Beck even believes that most Americans are in the Tea Party and to the right of the GOP.

But while the Tea Party is far from dead, a majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of the right-wing movement.

In December, Gallup found that the Tea Party has never held widespread support:

Glenn Beck Supports Arizona's Legal Discrimination Law: 'That's Freedom'

Do you recall the story Glenn Beck told a few years back when he traveled to New York City and he was treated badly when he dined in several restaurants and then treated even worse on his flight back to Texas?

Beck railed about it on his program the following week, repeatedly complaining that he was treated "as a subhuman," stating that he "just wanted to be treated as a human" who was worthy of dignity and respect:

I’m tired of being treated as a criminal, a disease, mentally challenged, stupid, or subhuman just because I happen to believe that the founders weren’t racists, that the Constitution was and still is inspired and the greatest document for government ever created, that the military is not full of a bunch of baby‑killers, or that we shouldn’t spend the money that we don’t have, or that we should stick up for the little guy, the small business owner, that the corrupt businessman should go to jail and that capitalism is still the best system to lift people out of poverty. I will not shy away from saying proudly that I believe in God, that I believe churchgoers in all churches get a bad rap. We are good people and the reason, Christians are the reason the Nazis were stopped, slavery was stopped, and man was eventually set free all over the planet. It was Christians that did it. I’m sorry that you might find that offensive, or that I ‑‑ that I go to church and you find that offensive, or that I happen to go to the wrong church and you find that offensive. But I will not apologize for what I believe in or who I am. Because what I believe in compels me to stand up for you and your right to be who you are. I’d just like to be treated with a little dignity along the way.

Given that experience, you'd think that he would be opposed to the Arizona legislation that would allow business to discriminate against gay customers (or anyone else, for that matter) in the name of "religious liberty," would you not?

Well, you'd be wrong, as he voiced his support for it during yesterday's morning meeting, saying that while he doesn't necessarily like it, he doesn't see anything hateful about it.

"I don't like that world," Beck said, "where everybody is able to say 'I'm not going to serve your kind' but that's freedom. That's freedom. Freedom is ugly":

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Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 04/09/2014, 2:30pm
Last week Glenn Beck had something of a meltdown on his radio program that ended with him screaming into his microphone about how he wasn't going to waste his life paying attention to every little thing that happens in Washington, DC any more. So, naturally, he spent a good portion of today's radio broadcast fuming about a tense exchange that occurred between Rep. Louie Gohmert and Attorney General Eric Holder during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing yesterday, declaring that Holder is "dirty" and had literally threatened Gohmert during the confrontation, which... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 04/07/2014, 5:36pm
Andy Towle @ Towleroad: Supreme Court Declines Anti-Gay Discrimination Case Involving New Mexico Photographer. Eric Lach @ TPM: Local Paper Busts GOP Rep For Alleged 'Extramarital Encounter.' Luke Brinker @ Media Matters: Mozilla And The Right-Wing Media's Persecution Complex. Travis Gettys @ Raw Story: Glenn Beck says God sent Tea Party challenger to wipe out ‘progressive’ Mitch McConnell. Jeremy Hooper: Just when you think the Family Research Council can't get more deceptive... Evan McMurry @ Mediaite: Rand Paul in 2009: Dick Cheney Led U.S... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 04/04/2014, 3:30pm
Following his opening segment railing against the firing of Brendan Eich, Glenn Beck spent the second segment of his radio program today warning that conservatives are being treated like pariahs in American society for their beliefs, which is unfair because they really have no choice but to hold such beliefs because that is what God commands. "Those of us who believe in God," Beck said, "we don't feel we have a choice" but to be conservatives. Just as being gay is not a choice, Beck said, because nobody would intentionally choose to live a life that results in them be... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 04/04/2014, 12:45pm
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right. Every time we think we are tired and bored from hearing the constant complaints from far-right pundits about how President Obama is a communist tyrant, they always seem to find new ways to entertain us. Maybe they will eventually move on to more pressing issues, like Satan’s use of graham crackers to advance homosexuality. 5. Satanic Graham Crackers Joining other anti-gay activists calling for a boycott of Honey Maid graham crackers because of a TV ad featuring a gay couple... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 04/04/2014, 12:39pm
Glenn Beck reacted to the news that Brendan Eich had resigned from his new position as CEO of Mozilla following an outcry and boycotts stemming from his support for California's Proposition 8 exactly as you would expect Glenn Beck to react: with a lot of shouting punctuated by a diatribe about whether he is supposed to use the words "gay," "homosexual," or "queer." He doesn't know which one to use, Beck said, because gay activists groups "are becoming nothing but a terrorist organization" who are continually changing the rules in order to keep... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 04/03/2014, 12:44pm
After experiencing something of a meltdown on yesterday's radio broadcast, Glenn Beck returned to his television program last night to reiterate his new conviction not to pay attention to what is happening with the politicians in Washington, DC anymore because it is distracting him from his much bigger responsibility, placed upon him by God, to build his The Blaze network into a massive bulwark for the truth. Saying that, last month, his website had 35 million unique visitors, Beck declared he wanted that number to be 100 million (nearly one-third of the entire US population) by the 2016... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 04/02/2014, 3:31pm
These days, Glenn Beck's TV and radio programs are little more than exercises in projection and hypocrisy, so it was no surprise to see him have a complete meltdown on his radio program today over President Obama's remarks yesterday hailing reports that more than seven million people had signed up for health insurance under Obamacare. Declaring that the seven million figure was obviously phony, Beck flew into a rage against Obama and the "rat bastards" in the media who refuse to hold him accountable for his pathological lying. "This guy," Beck said of Obama, "... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 04/02/2014, 1:37pm
Have you heard about "The Two-Bite Club"? It is a children's storybook/coloring book produced by the USDA back in 2009 that is available for free download which is designed to encourage children "to try foods from each food group by eating just two bites." Glenn Beck just found out about it yesterday and he is, surprisingly, not a fan of the book because it pretty much the same sort of propaganda that the German government produced under the Nazis. Beck pulled a copy of an anti-Semitic book published in 1936 called "Trust No Fox on his Green Heath And No Jew on... MORE >