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Glenn Beck's First Responder 'Unity Teams' Will Defuse The Nation's Ferguson-Like Situations

Five years ago, following the "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., Glenn Beck and David Barton announced the formation of the Nation Black Robe Regiment, which was designed to mobilize "courageous and patriotic ministers who will provide leadership and speak out on the pressing issues of the day."

In the ensuring years, the group has not really amounted to much or actually done anything, despite Beck's laughable claim that he's managed to raise up tens of thousands of pastors who are willing to die fighting anti-Christian persecution in America.

So we can't help but be a bit skeptical about Beck's new plan to create 1,000 "unity teams" all over the country that will be prepared to step in and keep the peace the next time a Ferguson-like situation erupts.

Once again partnering with Barton, Beck announced on his television program last night that the main outcome of his upcoming "Never Again Is Now/Restoring Honor" event in Birmingham, Alabama, will be the creation of 1,000 local "unity teams" who can serve as "first responders" in cases of civil unrest, showing up to model for people "how to behave" properly.

"Our goal for next week," Beck said, "is to have 1,000 unity teams all around the country that will be the first responders — and I'm not meaning the first responders for a hurricane, I mean first responder when there is something going on and will give people the tools to be able to react. And then also, our own unity team, the national unity team, will be the ones that will go in when there is Ferguson, the local people will be there, the local pastors and the local people that are part of knowing how to behave and then we will come and join you on the ground in places like Ferguson to try to defuse things and show people there is another way."

Glenn Beck's Birmingham Rally Is Designed To Allow Participants To 'Be Seen By God'

Glenn Beck opened his television program last night with a monologue about how his upcoming "Never Again Is Now" event is being held not for media coverage, but for God. In fact, Beck said that the event is designed to allow participants to be seen by God as they take a stand amid a nation that has utterly lost its way.

Beck revealed that his church hosted a regional conference over the weekend which sought to prepare members "to be a sign to God that you stand with him" because people do not "understand what is about to come our way." This terrified Beck because he sees it is proof that all of his doomsday predictions are not crazy.

"That freaked me out a little bit because I like thinking that I'm crazy," he said, "I like thinking that I'm the only one that is thinking this ... I told my kids it's important, even if you're standing all by yourself, it's important to be seen standing. I'm doing all I can do and I know you're doing all you can do as well, but good gosh, we're in trouble."

Beck went on to say that he is not even inviting the media to cover his rally in Birmingham, Alabama, next week because the event is not for them, but rather for God.

"We're going to be seen by God," Beck said. "The media's not going to cover it, nobody's going to cover this, and that's okay. I haven't even sent out a press release. It's not for them, it's for Him."

Marco Rubio Reiterates His Opposition To Rape Or Incest Exceptions

Sen. Marco Rubio called into Glenn Beck's radio program today and reiterated his position that abortion ought to be outlawed, including in cases of rape or incest, predicting that within 100 years, people will look back on legal abortion with disbelief.

"I believe a human being is entitled to life, irrespective of the circumstances in which that human being was conceived and so forth," the Florida Republican said. "Now I recognize that other people don't hold that view and in order to save lives in this country, I have supported bills that had to have exceptions in them, and I know a lot of people who are pro-life but support exceptions because they feel it goes too far."

"I personally feel very, very strongly that every human life is entitled to the protection of our laws," he continued. "If we as a society start deciding which lives we're going to protect and which lives we're not, we've put ourselves on a very slippery, dangerous slope. I actually think in a hundred years or so, or less, future generations are going to look back at this time in history and say that it's really unbelievable that so many unborn human beings, their lives were ended simply because they didn't have a birth certificate, couldn't hire a lawyer, didn't vote, or we couldn't see them yet."

'This Is Everything I've Warned About': Doomsday Prophet Glenn Beck Warns God's Judgment Is Imminent

On his television program last night, doomsday prophet Glenn Beck warned his studio audience that God's judgment is imminent and that "wrath beyond your wildest understanding" will soon be unleashed upon the world.

Once again citing the persecution of Christians by ISIS, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Planned Parenthood videos, Beck warned that God is laying down a "red line" in an effort to get America to turn back to Him.

"What's coming is God saying, right now, to us, 'Please don't, please stand up, please! Please stand up and choose me. Please choose me,'" Beck pleaded. "'If you don't, I can't protect you anymore. Don't you see what is happening in the world? Don't you see what's coming your way? I want to protect you! If you don't choose me, I can't! We've made a deal: I'm your God, you're my people; if you reject me as your God and you pick other gods, I can't take you as my people any more.'"

"This is not the run of the mill time anymore," Beck continued, growing very somber. "This is not 'it's coming' anymore. This is it, gang. This is it. This is everything I've warned about, everything that I've worried about and I think it's going to happen so damn fast it'll take your breath away. When it starts to go, you're just going to be 'what?' Remember when I said at some point evil will just take off its mask and say, 'Raar'? It's going to happen. Soon."

Glenn Beck's Network Is 'Almost All God Now Because We're Out Of Time'

Last night, Glenn Beck, David Barton, and Bishop Jim Lowe of Guiding Light church in Birmingham, Alabama, held a webinar urging pastors to attend the "Never Again Is Now" rally that they are holding at the end of the month.

As Beck told the audience, God has put down a "red line" for America which has forced Beck to dedicate nearly his entire network to spreading God's message that this nation is just about "out of time."

"We, as people, I believe are seeing a red line put down by God," Beck said, "and He is saying we are a covenant nation; the only one that has ever been this is ancient Israel ... We will be His people if we choose Him as our God. He has made these things so clear that people must stand together and choose him as our God."

"We choose light over darkness, we choose God over Satan every single time," he continued. "I am a secular broadcaster and I am almost all God now because we're out of time."

Beck: Planned Parenthood Videos Are 'A Blessing From God'

Discussing the power of prayer with David Barton on his television program last night, Glenn Beck declared that the deceptive video campaign to smear Planned Parenthood as illegally "selling aborted baby parts" is "a blessing from God."

"I'm really being humbled here," Beck said. "I'm regretting that I haven't gotten down on my knees and thanked the Lord for the people that have brought us these Planned Parenthood videos. We, as a nation, should be giving God thanks ... That is a blessing from God and I haven't thanked him for that."

Later in the program, Beck choked up as he begged people to join him "come Hell or high water" at his rally in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 28.

"I want you to hear me clearly and carefully," he said. "I truly believe [that this] is a turning point, right now, in what we're dealing with. We have to pray to Almighty God, we have to thank Him for the things He has given us, we have to ask Him for our role in it and we have to beg Him for His mercy, that he will open up the way. We have to stand for life. All. Life. Matters. That we can all agree on."

Beck & Boykin: This Is America's 'Last Call' As We've Become Worse Than Sodom And Gomorrah

Glenn Beck interviewed the Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin on his television program last night and both men agreed that God has "laid down a red line" for America and that we must now "choose life or death."

Citing the nuclear deal with Iran, ISIS persecution of Christians in the Middle East, and the Planned Parenthood videos, Beck said that he has "a bad feeling that this is kind of a last call with God" before the complete destruction of this nation.

Boykin, of course agreed, declaring that "great societies ... have only lasted for about two hundred years and they all follow into the same pattern."

"They fall into exactly the same pattern that America is falling into where we begin to lose our identity, and in doing so we lose our morality, and in doing so we lose our families and our culture and that's where America is," Boykin said. "What is the difference between America and Sodom and Gomorrah, which ultimately was destroyed? And there is a difference. One difference, on the negative side, is that we can kill more babies in a much quicker time period because we have [better] technology than Sodom and Gomorrah."

"We are at a crossroads and America must choose which way they're going to go," he continued. "I believe God is actually giving us an opportunity to recognize our need for Him and to repent and to turn back to a reliance on inalienable rights versus the rights that come from government and man."

Glenn Beck's 8/28 Event Will Fulfill Prophecy And Bring About The Third Great Awakening

At the end of the month, Glenn Beck will be hosting an event in Birmingham, Alabama, called "Never Again Is Now," which is being organized for ... well, we're not exactly sure. Initially created in response to the brutal persecution by ISIS of Christians in the Middle East, it has since morphed into some vague "Restoring Unity" gathering and march that will feature a variety of Religious Right activists mobilizing to save this country, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court's recent gay marriage ruling.

On his radio program this morning, Beck revealed that this gathering is actually the fulfillment of a prophecy given to Christian leaders in Birmingham during the Civil Right Movement of the 1960s and will unleash this nation's Third Great Awakening.

"I want to talk to you a little bit [about] the prophecy given to the people of Birmingham during the 1960s," Beck said, "that Birmingham would heal and then, in time, it would be the city that began the Third Great Awakening."

"There is a prophecy, I guess, given to the churches in Birmingham, Alabama, back in the 1960s or early 1970s, as that city is burning itself down, that it would come together and it would heal and then, later, it would be the starting place of the Third Great Awakening," he continued, later in the program. "I think that's what is happening."

The First Great Awakening "led to American Revolution," Beck explained, while the Second Great Awakening brought an end to slavery in America. Now is the time for a Third Great Awakening that will "proclaim liberty throughout the land," and Beck's 8/28 event is the catalyst that will bring it about.

David Barton: The Declaration Of Independence And Bill Of Rights Came Directly Out Of The Bible

Glenn Beck brought right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton onto his television program last week so that he could deliver another one of his "history" lessons to Beck's audience about how the Founding Fathers took all of the rights guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights straight out of the Bible, specifically Genesis 1-8.

As Barton explained, the purpose of the Declaration was to declare that there was a God, that God created inalienable rights, and that government exists to protect these rights. As such, there were some two dozen rights listed in the Declaration, which eventually were codified into the Bill of Rights, and all of which were taken directly from the Bible.

"They held that all of those came out of Genesis 1-8," Barton said. "That's what they looked to. Genesis 1-8, they went through and said, 'Here's the two dozen rights we see and that's why governments exist.' So this is the God factor and that's what made of different from the beginning."

Barton went on to declare that there is no such thing as separation of church and state or government neutrality toward religion because the Declaration declares unanimously, on behalf of every level of government, that God exists.

"We're told by the courts today that, well, we've got people among us that don't believe in God and to make it fair for everybody, government will take no position for or against God, we're going to be neutral between religion and non-religion," Barton said. "Look at the title of the Declaration of Independence. The title says this is 'the unanimous declaration of the thirteen states of the United States of America.' Every political entity in America said, hey, this is what we in the political world hold true: There is a God, He gives rights to man, and government exists to protect God-given rights. You can't be neutral in America on the God factor because none of our documents are. It's just real clear."

Beck, of course, was blown away by this revelation, as Barton declared that it is "nonsensical" for courts to protect the separation of church and state.

Ben Carson's Bible-Based Tax System and Other GOP Adventures In 'Biblical Economics'

In last night’s Republican presidential debate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said he would base a new tax system on the biblical system of tithing. “I think God is a pretty fair guy,” he said.

And he said, you know, if you give me a tithe, it doesn’t matter how much you make. If you’ve had a bumper crop, you don’t owe me triple tithes. And if you’ve had no crops at all, you don’t owe me no tithes. So there must be something inherently fair about that.

And that’s why I’ve advocated a proportional tax system. You make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You make $10, you pay one. And everybody gets treated the same way. And you get rid of the deductions, you get rid of all the loopholes, and…

Carson has plenty of company on the far right. The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer has declared, “God believes in a flat tax.” On his radio show last year, Fischer said, “That’s what a tithe is, it’s a tax.”

Of course, that kind of flat tax would amount to a massive tax cut for the richest Americans and a tax hike on the poorest. So it’s not terribly surprising the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity has teamed up with the Religious Right to promote the idea that progressive taxation is an un-Christian idea. AFP joined Religious Right groups to create the Freedom Federation, one of the right-wing coalitions that sprung up in opposition to Barack Obama’s election as president. The coalition’s founding “Declaration of American Values” declares its allegiance to a system of taxes that is “not progressive in nature.”

David Barton, the pseudo-historian, GOP activist, and Glenn Beck ally, is a major promoter of the idea that the Bible opposes progressive taxes, capital gains taxes, and minimum wage. Barton’s views are grounded in the philosophy of Christian Reconstructionism, a movement whose thinking has infused both the Religious Right and Tea Party movements with its notion that God gave the family, not the government, responsibility for education — and the church, not the government, responsibility for taking care of the poor. 

That’s how we have Republican members of Congress supporting cuts in food stamps by appealing to the Bible. And how we get Samuel Rodriguez, the most prominent conservative Hispanic evangelical leader, saying that a desire to “punish success” — i.e. progressive taxes — “is anti-Christian and anti-American.”

This notion that laissez-faire economics, small government, and flat taxes are divine mandates, and that taxation is theft, is also how we end up with the Heritage Foundation promoting the idea that “[t]hose who esteem the Bible should also applaud St. Milton Friedman and other Church of Chicago prelates, because their insights amplify what the Bible suggests about economics.” And the idea that unions and collective bargaining are unbiblical is how we get Religious Right groups celebrating Scott Walker’s war on unions.

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/29/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/20/15

  • The Supreme Court legalized gay marriage and now the world is falling apart, warns Larry Tomczak: "This represents a day of infamy for America."
  • Larry Klayman calls for a ban on immigration to America by Muslims.
  • Bill Owens of the Coalition of African-American Pastors promises that his organization is "going to pick a major store chain to boycott" over its support of gay rights, but he won't reveal which chain it is going to be quite yet.
  • Ryan Anderson warns that legalizing gay marriage will lead to more abortions.
  • Finally, Glenn Beck proclaims that his upcoming event in Birmingham, Alabama, will mark the "beginning a historic journey that I believe ends in the third great awakening."

Swimp: Gay Men 'In Bottomless Pants' Are 'Literally Trying To Collapse Our Western Civilization'

Last week, Glenn Beck became enamored with a group of anti-gay black Religious Right activists who were vowing never to accept the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Beck arranged to have one of the leaders of this group, Michigan-based anti-gay activist Stacy Swimp, appear on his radio program today, even though Beck himself is off the air for the month due to health reasons.

That left Beck's co-hosts, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere, to interview Swimp and listen to him ramble on about how the "LGBT gestapo" is out to destroy the religious freedoms of Christians in America by allowing men to walk about "in bottomless pants" while subjecting their adopted children to unnecessary hormone therapy all in an effort to collapse Western Civilization.

"This is not even just about so-called gay marriage," Swimp said. "This is about an immoral revolution. Look at what they're doing, they're trying to superimpose it in our schools. Did you hear about the case in California, and this is not uncommon, where homosexuals who have been allowed to adopt children ... are taking them to get hormone shots because they're saying that this pre-adolescent wants to be of a different gender and so they're trying to stop the natural genetical [sic] process of this minor that they have custody of? This is what's happening, so this is getting to a point now where they're literally trying to collapse our Western Civilization. This is a moral, supernatural, spiritual thing that's manifesting itself in the political realm, in the social realm, in the cultural realm and if people like you and I and those of us who can see it don't do anything about it, I'm telling you, we're going to look up and we're going to have boys going to the girls' bathroom ... We're going to have men walking around in bottomless pants."

While Gray and Burguiere couldn't help but laugh at Swimp's parade of horribles, Swimp continued to warn that soon churches won't even be allowed to preach that homosexuality is a sin.

"Anytime that you have so-called gay rights being backed up by an expansion of government," he said, "what happens is you have a decrease of religious rights or religious freedom or religious conscious rights of Christian Americans. So beware, beware, and resist, resist, resist."

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/7/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/6/15

  • It looks like we won't be posting any Glenn Beck videos for awhile since he will be taking the rest of the month off to rest his vocal chords.
  • James Dobson warns of dark days ahead: "Yes, a war on Christians, their leaders and churches, is already underway. It will increasingly involve the courts and law enforcement."
  • Linda Wall simply cannot handle the fact that "men marrying men and women marrying women [is] the law of the land. Although I saw it coming, I still want to vomit every time I am reminded of this abomination."
  • Mark Creech warns of dire consequences now that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states: "It is not likely fire and brimstone will fall on America immediately because of this decision, although God would certainly be justified in doing it. Nevertheless, this national sin is more apt to bring its own punishments over time. Although many will think it hyperbolic to say, the state sanctioning of gay marriage will eventually destroy traditional marriage."
  • Finally, Janet Porter is heroically not giving up the fight against gay marriage and is trying to get Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to file a motion for rehearing.

Ted Cruz & Glenn Beck Agree: America Facing Imminent Destruction

While much of Ted Cruz’s interview with Glenn Beck last week focused on the supposed dangers of marriage equality, the two did find time to condemn the “liberal media” and warn of America’s looming downfall.

Cruz claimed that while “left-wing reporters” may seem nice, “they hate us.” He told a story about how he warned a staffer that such reporters “want to destroy you” and “take your life and fillet you on the front pages,” insisting that members of “the mainstream media” are “protecting Barack Obama and they are ready for Hillary.”

Things only went downhill from there:

Beck: We are facing, I think, destruction—
Cruz: Yes.
Beck: As a nation, I think we’re off the Constitution. Would you agree with that?
Cruz: Yes, absolutely.
Beck: Especially with the rulings last week, we are just making it up now as we go.
Cruz: Yes, yes.
Beck: So if we don’t correct it now, we’re done.
Cruz: It is now or never.

Ted Cruz: Gay 'Propaganda Effort' To Blame For Marriage Equality Victory

In an interview with Glenn Beck last week, Sen. Ted Cruz said that the two recent Supreme Court rulings on the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality are “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history” because they represent, as Beck put it, “the end of the Constitution.”

“This is hand-in-hand with a concerted assault on religious liberty and a concerted assault on the Judeo-Christian values this country was built on,” Cruz said of the marriage ruling, dismissing polls showing growing support for gay rights as biased since “it is very easy to design a poll to get the result you want.”

“We are seeing a propaganda effort from the mainstream media and from Hollywood” to legalize same-sex marriage, he added. “This notion that gets repeated everyday on the mainstream media is baloney.”

Meanwhile, Beck congratulated himself for courageously resisting the temptation to ask Cruz about his theory that the NSA is “blackmailing” Chief Justice John Roberts.

Ted Cruz: Obama Attacking 'Jewish Churches' Over Gay Marriage

In an interview with Glenn Beck last Thursday, Ted Cruz once again badly misrepresented an exchange between Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and Justice Samuel Alito during Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans, telling Beck’s listeners that the Obama administration may soon try to strip churches of their tax-exempt status if their pastors refuse to officiate gay couples’ weddings.

Hyping these unfounded fears, Cruz also said that the Justice Department will similarly target “Jewish churches” that refuse to perform same-sex marriages. (This is not the first time Cruz has spoken of the plight of “Jewish churches”).

Earlier in the program, Cruz agreed with Beck’s assessment that people “who practice real religion” may be “done” as a result of religious hostility in America.

“Christians are being persecuted, people of faith are being persecuted for following biblical teachings on marriage,” Cruz said. “If people of faith do not stand up in this next election, I fear the greatest nation in the history of the world will be lost.”

Glenn Beck Pretty Sure Non-Existent Navy Yard Shooter Was Probably A Muslim

Early this morning, it was reported that a shooter was on the loose at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., but those reports eventually turned out to be false after D.C. police responded and found "no signs of a shooter, no shooting and no injured."

Predictably, Glenn Beck opened his radio program this morning by reporting the news of an active shooter at the Navy Yard and didn't hesitate to suggest that the shooter was Muslim and that President Obama would use the shooting as an excuse to "take our guns," while repeatedly admitting that he literally had no information about the incident at all.

"I'm sure the president is going to be looking into more stress, somebody is probably really stressed out," Beck said, sarcastically. "Yes, yes, of course, they're Muslim, but they were just stressed out. That's what we'll probably find out, and it has nothing to do with Islam."

After admitting that "it could be a guy who has nothing to do with Islam" who was responsible for the non-existent shooting, Beck declared that "I'm tired of everything being a lone gunman who has nothing to do with Islam; it's just his three middle names and his last name are Muhammad and that's no big deal."

"We have no information here," Beck once again stated, before he then proceeded to declare that "we're going to lose our guns."

"With the shootings, they're just going to start taking away guns," he said. "They're going to try to take away the guns."

The Ten Plagues Of Gay Marriage: Conservatives Warn Of Terrorist Attacks, War And Prison Due To SCOTUS Ruling

The right-wing response to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision has been, quite literally, apocalyptic.

It’s only been five days since the court issued its ruling, but conservative pundits have already predicted that gay marriage will ultimately be responsible for natural disasters, terrorist attacks and the destruction of freedom.

1) Terrorist attacks

While there haven’t been any terrorist attacks against the U.S. since the court’s ruling, whenever there are, anti-LGBT activists will know who to blame: gay people who want to get married.

Sandy Rios, the American Family Association’s director of governmental affairs, linked the marriage equality decision to the reported July 4 terror threat. Declaring that there will be “some consequence” to this “unbelievable affront to God,” Rios suggested that “the terror threat against this nation has gone up exponentially” as a result of the marriage decision.

“They have thumbed their nose at God’s design for man, a man and a woman designed from the beginning of time and creation, and it will not, it will not stand,” she added. “While we’re under such terrible terror threats, you know, our protections have been lifted and that’s what they don’t understand.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, also warned that “God’s hand of protection will be withdrawn as future actions from external and internal forces will soon make clear. I will do all I can to prevent such harm, but I am gravely fearful that the stage has now been set.”

“America’s elite leadership have taken the side of the enemies of God, and He will take notice,” WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah warned, claiming that such divine judgment “could come in the form of an attack on our country from foreign power or terrorist group.”

Rick Wiles, host of the End Times radio program “Trunews,” similarly predicted that God will now “lift His hand of protection from this nation” and “permit America’s enemies to attack this nation.”

Cliff Kincaid of the conservative group Accuracy in Media was a little more tame in his reasoning but came to the same conclusion: “A country that descends to the bottom of the barrel morally and culturally will not be able to defend itself against its foreign adversaries and enemies. Indeed, we have the evidence all around us that, as the culture has degenerated, our ability to defend ourselves has simultaneously been weakened.”

2) Forced gay sex

The right-wing warnings of “forced homosexuality” are now coming true, at least according to one pastor. Tim Brooks of the Christian Ministries Church told one conservative radio program that gay people, just like the men of Sodom who tried to rape angelic visitors, “are trying to force their lifestyle on him, come out and have sex with us, have to participate.”

3) Thunderstorms

Fox News pundit Todd Starnes had a curious reaction to Saturday’s storm in Washington D.C., telling his Facebook fans that it was not a coincidence that it came one day after the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality:

Record-breaking floods have inundated Washington, D.C. just days after the Supreme Court decided they knew better than God. I seem to remember another time in history when there was a record-breaking flood.

God painted the sky with rainbow colors after that flood. This go-around - Obama painted the White House with rainbow colors.

Anybody got an ark?

4) Food shortages

Heavy rain may not be the only result of same-sex marriage (besides equal marriage rights for gay people), as some Religious Right pundits also believe that divine wrath will come in the form of food shortages and drought.

Wiles warned that “God will cut off America’s food supply and this nation will be hit with disease, pestilence, drought, natural calamities and a great shaking.”

“Nothing grabs the attention of the distracted faster than the complete removal of all creature comforts and extravagant wealth,” Christian Post columnist Michael Bresciani said. “Crops will fail, stores will close and commerce will come almost to a complete stop. It will not be pretty. Add to that, attacks from our enemies and natural disasters rising to meet the pride of the sinners’ right where it hurts the most.”

These predictions aren’t new, since gay marriage apparently already brought drought to California.

5) Jailing pastors

Five years ago, Religious Right leaders confidently predicted that prison cells and court rooms would fill up with pastors after the passage of the 2009 Hate Crimes Act. Of course, such events never occurred, but now the same anti-LGBT activists are making the same false claims about the supposed consequences of same-sex marriage.

“Pastors who refuse to perform gay marriage and preach from the Bible should prepare for hate crime charges,” Starnes said. “All dissent will be silenced.”

Richard Land, a former leader of the Southern Baptist Convention’s political arm, was a little more cautious, explaining that pastors will indeed face prison if they refuse to officiate same-sex couple’s weddings, but only after the government takes a few “intermediate steps.”

6) Media censorship

Just days prior to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, Glenn Beck said that if the court were to decide in favor of same-sex couples, then the Bible would be outlawed as a “hate book.” Just hours after the decision came down, Beck offered another dire warning: He will lose his show.

“This could mean the end of radio broadcasts like mine,” Beck said, insisting that he will be taken off the air simply because he is “for traditional marriage.”

7) Taking kids from their parents

Chicago-based pastor Erwin Lutzer believes that parents who oppose same-sex marriage may lose custody of their children following the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, predicting that “parents that homeschool children, religious parents, will be diagnosed as culturally intolerant and personality intolerant. And therefore, as a result, their children will be taken away from them.”

Rios, the AFA official, even warned that children may be forced to spy on their parents like in the Soviet Union.

8) This means war

Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman denounced the marriage equality ruling as a “harbinger to revolution,” urging Americans to take to rebellion like the Founding Fathers did.

“If evil despots have compromised even our Supreme Court, the ultimate protector and ‘decider’ of our rights, then what choice is left to us?” Klayman asked. “John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin certainly know, from their own experience with King George, and from their graves they see what now again lies ahead and what must be done to restore freedom to our shores.”

Former congressman Allen West also explained “why the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage could lead to civil war,” calling the ruling “the straw that breaks the camel’s back.”

One conservative pundit, Bill Muehlenberg, told readers that “a major proper response for Christians and others” to the Supreme Court’s ruling “is massive civil disobedience and defiance of this homo-fascist decision.”

9) Pedophilia now legal

Former House GOP Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who promised that “all hell is going to break loose” if the Supreme Court decided to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage, declared that he has uncovered a “secret memo” from the Department of Justice that reveals plans to legalize “having sex with little boys,” along with bestiality and polygamy.

The website run by West, the former congressman, even claimed that pedophilia supporters celebrated the Friday ruling. As the myth-busting website Snopes notes, the blog post on West’s site was “lifted almost entirely from an article published in 2011 and in no way reflected a claim prompted by a June 2015 Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage.” They add that the 2011 story “originated with a writer who has been asserting for years (less than accurately) that the push for gay rights is manifestly setting the stage for legalized ‘pedophilia rights.’”

Perhaps the blog post’s author received this news from David Barton, the right-wing pseudo-historian who just days before the court issued its ruling alleged, falsely, that pedophilia became “legally protected” following the passage of the 2009 Hate Crimes Act.

10) Criminalization of Christianity

The most prominent claim coming from the Religious Right in response to the Supreme Court’s decision has been what Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has called the government attempt to “eliminate” religious beliefs that oppose gay rights.

“In one appalling decision, the Supreme Court has effectively opened the door to the criminalization of Christianity when it comes to the marriage issue ... and not just Christianity, but every major religion that supports God’s model for marriage and family,” warned Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America.

Right-wing pundit Matt Barber made a similar claim: “The goal of ‘LGBT’ activists and secular progressives has long been to pit the government directly against the free exercise of religion – Christianity in particular – and to silence all dissent.”

One FRC official, Craig James, said that conservatives who oppose the same-sex marriage decision should respond to the coming persecution and ridicule “in love” … just like the families of the Charleston massacre.

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Miranda Blue, Wednesday 09/30/2015, 2:09pm
The Center for Security Policy, the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim organization run by former Reagan administration official Frank Gaffney has a comfortable place in Republican politics. Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz, have all spoken at at least one CSP event, as have a number of prominent conservative activists. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has accepted an award from the group. Just this month, Gaffney cosponsored a rally against the Iran nuclear deal that was headlined by Trump, Cruz, Glenn Beck... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 09/30/2015, 1:11pm
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck revealed that he is trying to organize a Republican presidential primary debate that will feature only the candidates that he and his audience could support, thereby excluding the "progressives" like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and Donald Trump. Unfortunately for him, Reince Priebus and the RNC will not give Beck's network permission to host that type of a limited debate but Beck thinks he has found a loophole that will allow him to do so nonetheless ... though it may require him to start a church that will exist for all of one... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 09/30/2015, 11:13am
Last night, Glenn Beck dedicated his entire television program to a one-on-one interview that he recently conducted with Carly Fiorina. Unsurprisingly, the interview was not particularly hard-hitting as Beck didn't really bother to challenge the Republican presidential hopeful on anything that she said, choosing instead to focus on important issues like the "the state of her soul." During the discussion, Fiorina attacked Donald Trump for using eminent domain to take private property for the benefit of his businesses, laughably asserting that she has a lot of Bernie Sanders... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 09/28/2015, 1:24pm
Last week, a video emerged showing a visually impaired student at Huntington Beach High School in California being repeatedly punched in the face by a fellow student, until a third student stepped up to defend the victim by punching the bully in the head and knocking him to the ground. Glenn Beck's The Blaze website covered the story and Beck discussed it on his radio program today, voicing his outrage that the student who stepped up to defend his fellow student was supposedly suspended from school for doing so. "There is a story out of California that is just infuriating," Beck... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 09/24/2015, 10:13am
Glenn Beck felt that his television program last night was so important that he took to Facebook to tell his fans that "if you only watch one show the rest of this year from me on the blaze, make it today's." What his viewers found if they tuned in was David Barton promoting Seven Mountains dominionism, a movement that believes that Christians must gain control of the seven main cultural centers in order to create a "virtual theocracy" in America: Barton has been openly promoting Seven Mountains since 2011 and now Beck is likewise on board, declaring in a separate... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 09/22/2015, 4:38pm
Timothy Johnson @ Media Matters: Gun Owners Of America Lashes Out After Media Scrutiny Of Ted Cruz Endorsement Exposes Extremist History. Sean Mandell @ Towleroad: Kim Davis Is Ready To Go Back To Jail, Insists She’s Not a Hateful Hypocrite. Joe Jervis: Huckabee: Inviting Gays To Meet The Pope Is Like Inviting Alcoholics To An Open Bar. Alan Colmes: Alan Colmes vs. Frank Gaffney: Ben Carson makes sense. Warren Throckmorton: With David Barton as Principal Officer, Non-Profit Mercury One Gave $100k to Barton’s Wallbuilders. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 09/22/2015, 2:35pm
Glenn Beck dedicated a segment of his radio program today to reiterating his conviction that the arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school was some sort of set-up by radical Muslim activists, insisting today that it was entirely appropriate for police to arrest and handcuff the ninth grader because they had no way of knowing whether his clock was actually just the timer for a bomb that was to be delivered to someone else at the school who was carrying explosives. While Beck had literally no evidence to support any of his suspicions, he declared that the... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 09/22/2015, 11:09am
Glenn Beck dedicated his television program last night to revealing "the truth" about what really happened when 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, insisting that the entire thing was a set-up and part of an "influence operation" by radical Muslims who are waging "civilization jihad" in America. Beck brought Beth Van Duyne, the mayor of Ahmed’s hometown of Irving, Texas, on to the show to defend the school and police officials who detained the ninth grader. Van Duyne has been a hero to anti-Islam activists ever... MORE >