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Glenn Beck And David Barton Agree That Ted Cruz's Campaign 'Is The Moment That We Prayed For'

Glenn Beck dedicated his television program last night to airing the speech he delivered in Iowa last weekend endorsing Ted Cruz for president, as well as some behind the scenes footage, such as David Barton laying hands upon Beck and praying for him ahead of the speech.

After Barton finished praying that Beck's endorsement of Cruz would "turn the Holy Spirit loose" and "bring forth fruit that brings forth 30-fold, 60-fold and 100-fold back to this campaign," Beck and Barton agreed that Cruz is the candidate that they have been praying for their entire lives.

"This is the moment. This is the moment that we prayed for," Beck said, declaring that Barton had been working to bring about a candidate like Cruz for decades.

"We didn't know this was it when we started in 2007," Beck continued, "when we started the 9/12 project, when we started the Tea Party. This is it. This is really it. And he really is the guy. He really is the guy."

Of course, back in 2012, Beck was confident that God was working to make Mitt Romney president.

Right Wing Round-Up - 1/25/16

'This Is It': Glenn Beck Heading Back To Iowa To Campaign For Cruz In An Effort To Stop Trump

Over the weekend, radical radio host Glenn Beck traveled to Iowa to officially endorse Ted Cruz for president because he is convinced that Cruz is literally being raised up by God to save America. Beck has never endorsed a presidential candidate before and from listening to him discuss this decision on his radio program today, it is clear that he took this unprecedented step at this moment largely because he is terrified of the prospect of Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination.

Beck stated that he is going back to Iowa this weekend to campaign for Cruz in any way that he can ahead of next Monday's caucuses because "this is it," warning that if Cruz cannot stop Trump in Iowa, Trump will steamroll to the GOP nomination and it'll spell the end of America.

"I'm going to Iowa this weekend," Beck said. "I don't care if I have to walk the route and knock on doors, I'm doing it." 

"I think this is it," he added. "I think this is it. Look, you know what is really amazing, if you read history, if you read the Bible, how many places does it talk about 'and the people were crying out for a king' and God's like, 'You don't want a king, don't want a king' and the prophets were like, 'You don't want a king, you don't want a king.' But the people cry out for king and it always ends in their destruction. And here we are. We're at that place to where this guy's got his own throne, he'll come with his own golden chair and the people are crying out for a king."

"This is it," Beck stated. "I'll knock on doors. I don't need to be on stage; I'll knock on doors. I'll go put yard signs in the snow. I don't care what, I just want to volunteer because this is it and if you don't get past Iowa, it's a steamroller."

Glenn Beck Says Donald Trump Is A Dangerous Psychopath, Just Like Obama

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck interviewed a clinical psychologist who diagnosed Donald Trump as either suffering from "narcissistic personality disorder" or being "on the psychotic spectrum," not unlike Adolf Hitler.

Beck returned to the topic on his radio program today during a discussion of Sarah Palin's endorsement of Trump yesterday, declaring that Trump is psychopath who is truly "dangerous" ... just like Barack Obama.

"This is not the first time I've heard" people warn that Trump is a psychopath, Beck declared. "This guy, I believe, is dangerous. I believe he is dangerous."

"And I said this about Barack Obama and so far I have been wrong," he added, sarcastically.

Glenn Beck Makes Another Mistake, Issues Another Fake Apology

Last week, Glenn Beck circulated on Twitter and Facebook a fake tweet ostensibly sent by Donald Trump in which Trump supposedly announced that he voted for President Obama’s re-election in 2012.

The tweet was obviously fake.

For one, it didn’t include the blue check mark shown on verified Twitter accounts, including Trump’s, and anyone could have gone back to check on Trump’s tweets from Election Night, when he sent out a flurry of anti-Obama statements, including several tweets calling for a revolution.

Beck, who is not exactly known for his accuracy, said that while he apologizes for sharing the hoax tweet, Trump is still a “perfect progressive” who “voted for Obama in '08,” an assertion for which he cited no evidence except for his own gut feeling.

Then, on his radio show yesterday, Beck repeated the language of the fake 2012 tweet to claim that Trump backed Obama in his first campaign. “He likes to win and he votes for winners,” Beck said of Trump.

During the 2008 campaign, Trump said he was “very strongly” for McCain and endorsed him on “Larry King Live,” donating to McCain’s campaign and hailing his “amazing” and “courageous” choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. (Trump’s views of McCain have since changed, but his views of Palin have not.)

You can add this to the growing list of Beck’s disingenuous apologies and failure to do basic research.

Glenn Beck Diagnoses Obama As 'A Scared Little Boy' Based On His Choice Of Oval Office Art

Glenn Beck loves nothing more than to remotely psychoanalyze Barack Obama, often by projecting his own personal failings and neuroses onto the president.

Beck did so again today, concluding that Obama is nothing more than "a scared little boy whose daddy left him and his mom abandoned him" ... based entirely upon the choice of artwork that Obama placed in the Oval Office.

Beck reached this obviously scientific conclusion by noting that Obama was free to decorate the Oval Office with any works of art that he wanted, but instead chose to retain many of the same pieces of art that hung in the office under President Bush, which means that "the guy doesn't even know what his own art is" and that Obama is therefore totally lacking in substance or identity.

"I think it's because he doesn't know who he is," Beck reasoned "and that's what makes him 'me, me, me, I, me, look at me!' because he's hiding. There is nothing there. There's nothing there. I think he's a scared little boy whose daddy left him and his mom abandoned him."

Right Wing Round-Up - 1/13/16

  • Jon Green @ America Blog: Kim Davis wasn’t the only crusader for Christian privilege invited to the State of the Union. 
  • Hemant Mehta: Christian Preacher: I Moved Clouds and Stopped a Typhoon Because “I Have Authority Over the Weather.”
  • Warren Throckmorton: Glenn Beck: “Liberal Bastards” Had David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies Pulled from Shelves.

'Take It To The Bank': Glenn Beck Now Has Incontrovertible Proof That WWIII Is Coming

Glenn Beck typically does not react well to President Obama's State of the Union addresses, so naturally he was a little bent out of shape this morning after having watched Obama's final address last night. But amid his outrage and disgust, Beck did discover one little piece of good news: World War III is coming.

Beck, of course, has been warning that WWIII is just around the corner since 2013 and while the supposed tipping point is constantly changing, Beck is now more convinced than ever that it is going to happen soon, precisely because Obama mocked the idea last night. 

Beck, who has an amazing track record of being wrong about pretty much everything, declared on his radio program today that if Obama mocks something, then "you can take it to the bank that that is going to happen."

"What did he mock last night, for the first time?" Beck asked. "Stunning, stunning that he mocked it ... He mocked you if you believed that we were at the beginning of World War III. Mocked you. That's crazy. Take it to the bank we are at the beginning of World War III. The president says it's definitely not going to happen; I think that is all the evidence that you need that it is definitely going to happen."

"I've never seen a man more wrong when it comes to what the world is going to do and what our enemies are going to do," Beck continued, without a hint of irony or self-awareness. "I've never seen anybody more wrong."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 1/12/16

  • James Dobson and Liberty University have teamed up to form the James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage, & Family Studies.
  • Ben Carson is calling for an investigation into two Muslim leaders who will be attending tonight's State of the Union address on the grounds that they have "done things that are clearly not pro-American."
  • "Mark my words": Glenn Beck predicts that tonight will not be President Obama's last State of the Union address because he will insist on delivering another one before leaving office next year.
  • The Southern Baptist Convention's Ronnie Floyd says that the "spiritual state of our union" is weak and "we need to repent, come back to God and put our trust in God alone. America needs a Great Spiritual Awakening."  
  • Finally, Newt Gingrich will be leading an upcoming conference call organized by David Lane's American Renewal Project to seek to rally 100,000 pastors to pressure Congress into defunding Planned Parenthood.

Barton: Thomas Jefferson 'Came Out Very Clearly' Against Gay Rights

Right-wing pseudo-historian and David Barton, who also leads one of the Keeping the Promise Super-PACs backing Ted Cruz, appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program today to promote the republication of his book "The Jefferson Lies" by the fringe website WorldNetDaily after it was yanked from shelves by its previous publisher back in 2012 due to its inaccuracies.

Barton used the opportunity to explain that Thomas Jefferson "came out very clearly" against LGBT rights because they violate the the law of nature and the Bible.

"He actually introduced a bill that said that laws should be those that are recognized by the Bible," Barton said. "Marriage should be based on biblical recognition. So he said marriage has got to be defined by what the Bible defines it as. That's the law that he introduced. He also said that sexual relations were designed for procreation, not for entertainment. And therefore, in that basis, that's how you define marriage, is procreation. So sexual relations was designed by the Creator, throughout the law of nature, for procreation. Anything that violates that, violates the laws of nature. And he came up also on the issue of marriage and he said, 'Taking from the states the moral rule of their citizens and subordinating to the federal government would break up the foundations of the union.' You leave it at the states, not the feds."

As usual, Barton didn't bother to explain just what legislation Jefferson introduced that defined marriage according to the Bible, so it is impossible to verify. But the quote that Barton cited from Jefferson about leaving issues of "moral rule" to the states had nothing to do with the issue of marriage whatsoever, as Jefferson was discussing the case of Cohens v. Virginia in which the Supreme Court "reaffirmed its right to review all state court judgments in cases arising under the federal Constitution or a law of the United States."

Professional Crier Glenn Beck Is Deeply Suspicious Of Obama's Tears

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio broadcast this morning by voicing his deep suspicions about President Obama growing emotional while discussing victims of gun violence yesterday, raising the possibility that Obama wiped Vicks under his eye in order to make himself cry.

As a professional crier, Beck knows a thing or two about weeping on air and spent the opening segment of his show questioning Obama's apparent emotion during yesterday's press conference precisely because, unlike Beck himself, Obama does not regularly cry on camera. As someone who cries regularly, Beck explained that his tears are obviously genuine whereas the tears of someone like Obama, who does not cry at the drop of a hat, are highly suspect ... especially since they seemed to perfectly timed.

"I’m not saying that it’s manufactured, but I’m not not saying that either," Beck said. "He's never welled up before. But suddenly, at this crucial moment, where this moment can actually change the course, he cries ... I don’t know if anybody else saw this, I was fascinated by the the fact that he reached up to touch his eye before there was any tears. Did anybody notice that? ...  All you have to do is just have a little bit of Vicks or a little bit of onion or anything on your finger, and then you reach up and you touch your eye. That then is underneath your eyelid and the vapor goes up and you can't stop crying."

Beck disingenuously claimed that he was willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, which is more than liberals are ever willing to give him, saying that if he were to react to Obama's tears as liberals react to his, he'd be calling Obama "a lying sack of crap" who has no heart and who is "manufacturing this only to make money and to get his way."

Beck: Obama's Gun Control Efforts Will Lead To More Suicides And 'Back Alley Medicine For People With Depression'

Glenn Beck was outraged by President Obama's executive action to expand background checks for gun buyers and predictably spent several minutes on his radio program today spinning out a conspiracy theory about how this will now lead to a new black market filled with doctors and psychiatrists who will refuse to cooperate with the new mandates.

Citing an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that it had removed "unnecessary legal barriers under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule" that had prevented states from reporting crucial information about individuals "who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution or otherwise have been determined by a lawful authority to be a danger to themselves or others or to lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs" to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, Beck declared that Obama is really attempting to take guns away from anyone who seeks any sort of mental health treatment or even has a family member who seeks treatment for something like ADD.

Of course, the HHS explicitly explained that "seeking help for mental health problems or getting treatment does not make someone legally prohibited from having a firearm, and nothing in this proposed rule changes that," but Beck didn't care, instead insisting that this change will lead to people refusing to seek treatment for mental health issues, which will in turn lead to more suicides and create a black market for mental health treatment.

"Now, if you're a gun owner and you know that the government is going to find out that your son or daughter or you or your wife, they're going in for medication for depression or whatever," Beck asserted, "and you know that once that's reported, the government will come in and take your guns, how many people are going to say, 'No, no, no, let's not go to a doctor.'"

"You're going to see depression, suicide and everything else" skyrocket, Beck claimed. "Think of the things now that this is going to create black markets for. Black market doctors; this will become back alley medicine for people with depression, people with kids who are having problems, they will look for doctors who will not report anything. This is nuts. Absolutely nuts."

We Read Rafael Cruz's Book So You Don't Have To

Rafael Cruz, father of senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, has become a folk hero in his own right among Religious Right activists as he has barnstormed the country railing against Barack Obama, gay rights activists, and other favored enemies of the far right — and promoting his son’s presidential candidacy. Rafael’s new book, “A Time for Action: Empowering the Faithful to Reclaim America,” will be officially released by WND Books in January, but we at RWW have saved you the time, money and aggravation by reading it for you. Happy New Year!

If you’ve watched Rafael Cruz or his son at all, there’s not much new or surprising in Rafael’s book. It is essentially a book-length pitch for his son’s candidacy, beginning with a gushing foreword from Glenn Beck — “Rafael Cruz is one of the greatest freedom fighters of his generation” and “Ted Cruz will do anything to protect and preserve freedom” — to an epilogue from Ted Cruz, which reads like a reprint of his presidential campaign’s stump speech. Rafael says in the book that he has known since Ted was a young boy that he had “a special calling on his life.”

Rafael is not shy in his political pronouncements. The Democratic Party “promotes an ungodly socialist agenda that is destroying America,” he declares. “And unfortunately, there are those in the Republican Party who aren’t much different.” That is why, he says, it is even more important to vote in primary elections than in the general election, because the primary “gives you the opportunity to select the candidates that best align with biblical and constitutional principles.” Rafael, and Ted in his campaign-speech epilogue, repeat their assertion that 54 million evangelical voters stayed home on Election Day 2012 and that getting more of them to vote is the key to putting the government back in the hands of a “righteous” president.

In between Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz, the book is part memoir of Rafael’s possibly embroidered past as a freedom-fighter against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and part evangelical religious tract. This is supplemented by plenty of recycled Christian-nation historical claims made by GOP activist David Barton, the often discredited “historian” who is currently running a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC. Barton and his Christian-nation history are repeatedly cited by Rafael, who writes:

I believe without a shadow of a doubt that the reason the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States have lasted over two centuries is that they were divinely inspired and then written by men who had spent time on their knees. These were men of God seeking revelation from God, and that’s what He gave them. Of course, these two documents aren’t equivalent to the Word of God, but God certainly directed the men who crafted them.

Also cited in “A Time for Action” is Christian-nation advocate and political strategist David Lane, who is trying to mobilize an army of conservative pastors to run for office, which he hopes will in turn bring out conservative evangelical volunteers and voters. Lane has also been, with FRC’s Tony Perkins, a major promoter of the effort to get Religious Right leaders to unite around a single candidate — a step taken earlier this month when dozens of them voted in a secret endorsement meeting to back Ted Cruz.

Rafael talks about the dangers of secular humanism and makes a glancing reference to Seven Mountains dominionism, the belief that conservative Christians must gain control over the "seven mountains" of American culture.

In no way, shape, or form was Jefferson implying that the church should be restricted from exerting an influence upon society. On the contrary, the Bible tells us that we are the salt of the earth and light of the world…Doesn’t that suggest that our influence should touch every area of society – our families, the media, sports, arts and entertainment, education, business, and government?”

Like Barton and Lane, Rafael makes his case for the Christian nature of the U.S. government by conflating the Pilgrims and Puritans with the founding fathers who gave us the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution more than 150 years later. Rafael declares that “the concept of separation of church and state is found nowhere in either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States of America,” which leads into this:

To understand this clearly, we need to go back four centuries to the time of the first settlers in America. If you lived in England in the early 1600s and were not a member of the Church of England, you would be considered a heretic and subject to persecution. So the early settlers immigrated to the New World in order to freely worship the Lord their God. What a remarkable heritage of religious freedom this exceptional country gives us! The only country on the face of the earth founded on the World of God!

As this new constitutional representative republic stretched its wings following the Revolutionary War, citizens of the thirteen colonies wondered if their new government would impose a state religion upon them like the one their forefathers suffered in England…

That is followed by a discussion of Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, ending with the Bartonesque conclusion that Jefferson’s wall of separation image “was only referring to a one-way wall.

Rafael’s writing on Cuba is similarly incomplete. He describes the explosion that sank the U.S. Maine in Havana harbor in 1898 as “an unprovoked attack” without any indication that many historians now believe the ship’s boiler exploded and that the “unprovoked attack” story was simply cover for the U.S. to declare war on Spain and bring Cuba under U.S. control. Rafael suggests without offering any evidence that President Obama’s unsuccessful efforts to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay suggest that Obama is “complicit” with Raúl Castro’s demands that the U.S. return the military base itself to Cuban control.

“A Time to Act” includes plenty of familiar Religious Right claims: that Supreme Court rulings on state-sponsored prayer and Bible readings in public schools have contributed to America’s downward slide, along with legal abortion and the “redefinition” of traditional marriage.

The book is also full of the hyperbolic rhetoric you’d expect from Rafael Cruz and World Net Daily, the far-right news outlet that serves as his publisher. Jimmy Carter’s policies were “reminiscent of the bearded dictator I had left behind in Cuba” and Obama taking executive action on immigration in the face of congressional inaction “doesn’t sound much different from the old, bearded dictator I left behind in Cuba almost sixty years ago — governing by decree, by fiat, just like Fidel Castro.”

There’s more: America today “is tragically following the same path that Cuba did a half century ago.” The Obama administration has “intensified our progression into an age of lawlessness.” The Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran will make it “quite literally, the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism.” The Supreme Court’s “lawless” and “preposterous” marriage equality decision is “one of the biggest signs of our country’s moral degradation.” The federal government “mandates that teachers affirm alternative, nonbiblical lifestyles, teach evolution as incontrovertible ‘fact,’ and mock the notion that God created the heavens and earth.” Common Core is a means for educational elites to “brainwash our students through federally mandated curriculum that extols socialism, globalism, and immorality from a secular humanist worldview.”

Like countless speeches at Religious Right political gatherings, Rafael Cruz places much of the blame for America’s sad state of affairs on pastors who aren’t being aggressive enough in preaching politics from the pulpit. “The time has come,” he writes, “for pastors to again fearlessly preach toward the political landscape, just like their predecessors centuries ago. If they don’t, Satan will rule without opposition in our halls of legislation.”

It is interesting to read the extent to which Ted Cruz is a product of careful grooming since childhood by his father and by far-right organizations. Rafael was active in the Religious Roundtable’s efforts to elect Ronald Reagan, and Ted, then nine years old, heard plenty of dinner conversations about the importance of getting rid of Jimmy Carter and replacing him with Ronald Reagan. Says Rafael, “My son received a dose of constitutionally conservative politics from a biblical worldview every day for a year when he was just nine!” As a kid, Rafael’s friends introduced Ted to the founder of the Free Enterprise Institute and began inculcating him in the teachings of people like Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek. Ted was part of a group of five high school students that the Institute sent around Texas giving speeches on free-market economics and the Constitution.

“A Time for Action” also includes a few appendices. One helpfully explains how U.S. government policies — such as progressive income taxes, net neutrality, Amtrak subsidies and the auto industry “bailout” — align with the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto. Also included, courtesy of David Barton’s Wallbuilders, the letter of the Danbury Baptists to Thomas Jefferson and his response; a sermon preached by colonial pastor Jonas Clark before the battle of Lexington and his account of the battles of Lexington and Concord; and recommended resources, which include Ted Cruz’s “A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America” as well as books by conservative economists and a few Religious Right organizations, including the Alliance Defending Freedom, David Lane’s American Renewal Project, Wallbuilders, and, of course, WND. Earlier in the book, Cruz promotes other Religious Right groups that produce voter guides or voting records, including Vision America, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Institute, Eagle Forum and Concerned Women for America.

Five Failed Right-Wing Prophecies And Predictions Of 2015

Conservative commentators are running out of time for all of their dire prophecies about President Obama to come true, including fears about the looming imposition of martial law, establishment of Obama’s private army and the assassination of conservative leaders. Right-wing pundits also seemed to have missed with their prophecies about financial collapse, natural disasters and widespread unrest coming in 2015.

September Doomsday Bust

Several Religious Right pundits jumped on a nonsensical and convoluted tale about how blood moons and the Shemitah, a biblical day of debt relief, would lead to some sort of disaster in America on September 13. The far-right website WorldNetDaily marked the arrival of the Shemitah with articles titled “Mark This Date For Potential Disaster,” “Get Ready: Biblical ‘Shemitah’ Begins This Week” and “Countdown To Disaster.” One of the leading propagators of this theory was Messianic rabbi and Religious Right fixture Jonathan Cahn, who even wrote a book on the matter.

Essentially, Cahn claimed that prophecies pertaining to biblical Israel can now apply to the U.S. because the founding fathers, like ancient Hebrews, made a covenant with God. As a result of the country breaking that covenant due to national “sins” like gay marriage and legal abortion, he forecasted that September 13 would be the date that America faced divine punishment.

Contrary to Cahn’s predictions nothing catastrophic happened on that day in the U.S. Cahn defended his prophecy by pointing to an earthquake off the Gulf of California, a body of water which he conveniently forgot to mention borders Mexico, not the U.S. He also claimed that a stock market selloff on August 18 was close enough to his doomsday date, so he was right all along! (The Dow Jones has since rebounded since the August correction). He went on to insist that anything bad that happens between September 2015 and September 2016 would also validate his prophecy.

Cahn’s prophecy caught on with commentators like Rick Wiles of “Trunews,” who said that between September 13 and October 9, there would be a major “financial plunge of the Dow Jones stock index, possibly 30 percent or more” as God sent a “big attitude adjustment” to America. The Dow Jones actually went up during that time.

Televangelist John Hagee went even further, claiming that there could be “a 50 percent correction in the stock market” in the fall due to the Shemitah and blood moon prophecies. “I believe, in the fall of this year, America and the world will face another economic crisis, perhaps as a result of war in the Middle East or an economic crash,” he declared.

Jim Bakker, a televangelist who himself claims to receive personal messages from God and regularly had Cahn on his program to discuss the Shemitah/blood moons prophecy, and made a few predictions of his own about September 13.

“There is going to be a crash on September 13,” Bakker warned his viewers, also predicting that something would happen to Pope Francis during his September visit to America.

He also said that on September 13, the U.S. could be hit by a typhoon, earthquake, bombing or financial meltdown: “God spoke to me.”

Gay Marriage Punishments

After blowing his September prophecy, Cahn saw a biblical threat from Hurricane Joaquin. He said that the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling and the White House’s LGBT Pride Month celebration with rainbow lights had provoked God’s judgment, and now, Hurricane Joaquin would strike Washington, D.C. Cahn wasn’t alone, as Wiles too said that God was using Hurricane Joaquin to punish the U.S. by striking Washington, D.C., and New York. (It didn’t hit either city).

Cahn and Wiles were far from alone in making wild predictions about the effects of gay marriage.

One month before the Supreme Court issued its ruling, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer warned that if the Supreme Court struck down state bans on marriage equality, then we would see violence in the streets: “If the Supreme Court continues to overreach and they aren’t checked, we are headed towards civil unrest, I don’t think there is any other way around it. If it’s not stopped and reversed, the tyrannical overreach of the Supreme Court, we are to have social dislocation and I believe we are going to have violence as a result.”

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah predicted that “millions of Americans” would flee the country to evade gay marriage, televangelist Pat Robertson warned of financial calamities as a sign of God’s judgment for the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling and Massachusetts-based pastor Scott Lively said the Antichrist could emerge around September 23.

Other Religious Right leaders predicted that the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling would lead to divine punishment, war, revolution, chaos and the destruction of America.

Jade Helm 15

The Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory, which was cynically fueled by GOP politicians, centered around fears that a military training exercise taking place between July 15 and September 15 of this year would produce grave consequences, such as a federal takeover of Texas, the declaration of martial law and the transformation of closed Walmart stores into FEMA camps. Others thought that Jade Helm 15 was a deliberate attempt to stoke chaos, which would justify military rule in the future.

In May, one poll found that one in three Republicans, including half of Tea Party supporters, agreed that “the government is trying to take over Texas.”

Wiles, the “Trunews” host, said Jade Helm 15 was “the preparation for or the actual implementation of a round-up of patriotic men,” describing the drill as a “two-month-long Night of the Long Knives” that would lead to “a civil war.” In one discussion of Jade Helm 15, Wiles warned of the prospect of the Obama administration launching a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against Texas and oppressing Americans who live in the South and Midwest.

Obama’s Refugee/Gangster/BLM Army

Ever since President Obama won the 2008 election, right-wing activists have claimed that he is on the verge of creating a private army akin to Hitler’s Brownshirts.

With 2015 coming to a close, it looks like Obama has just one year left to create such a force, but conservative talk show host Michael Savage has a pretty good idea of what Obama has in mind. Savage, who believes that Obama is bent on committing anti-white genocide and rounding up conservatives, has alleged that the president intends to create a personal force composing of Syrian refugees, Black Lives Matter demonstrators and members of the Crips and the Bloods, whom he thinks will be armed and deputized by Obama.

Gun activist Lawrence C. Mackin similarly warned that “Obama’s private internal army” will include government employees who ally with “a group of radical Islamists,” “illegal aliens from the Middle East” and “Soviet troops.”

Glenn Beck Might Die, Says Glenn Beck

Far-right pundit Glenn Beck, the self-proclaimed prophet of imminent mass killingscivil warrace riotsrevolutionenslavement and internment camps, responded to the demonstrations and riots in Baltimore following the death of a black man in police custody by making it all about him … and how government assassins may kill him because he is such a great leader who knows about their nefarious schemes.

The conservative pundit said that the protests and riots in April and May were all designed to justify a federal takeover of local police forces:

That’s all that’s happening right now. This is a show. We’re watching a script and a play play out in front of us. None of this stuff is real. Those riots in Baltimore. That wasn’t real ... At some point, there will be a straw that breaks the camel’s back, and it will set the whole country on fire. And what happens? We will cry out for police help. The police will be overwhelmed. The DOJ will say, 'We’re going to take over policing, we’ll coordinate it from here.' And you’re done. It’s lights out, republic.

Beck went on to explain that he and other leaders who are exposing such deeds to the masses may be killed, just like how Hitler killed potential rivals in the Night of Long Knives and Turkish leaders killed Armenian leaders at the beginning of the Armenian genocide.

“They do that so there is nothing left but sheep and no shepherds,” he explained, claiming that these nefarious agents are going after him and not his 10 million viewers because they know “they cannot kill 10 million people in one night.”

“Prepare for a time when voices like mine or others are no longer heard and yours is the only voice,” he said.

The Year In Homophobia: The Right-Wing's Anti-Gay Meltdown In 2015

The fall of marriage equality bans in all 50 states following the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision was a disaster for the conservative movement, whose leaders have spent years demonizing same-sex couples and warning that the legal recognition of their marriages will unleash a wave of terror on the nation.

While Obergefell was a major setback for the Religious Right, the 2016 presidential campaign proves that the movement’s anti-gay crusade is far from over. Several GOP presidential candidates have vowed to enshrine anti-gay discrimination into law and to turn the government into an arm of the anti-gay movement. At the same time, more and more conservative leaders are insisting that government officials should simply ignore decisions they don’t like, such as Obergefell.

Even the not-exactly-pious GOP presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump, is actively courting the anti-gay Right, although he has trouble explaining why he should be seen as a strong defender of “traditional marriage.”

In the eyes of many conservative activists, Obergefell was the product of a culture that had been slipping away for years, bringing America into an apocalyptic period where growing acceptance for homosexuality is ushering in disastrous consequences.

Obergefell predictions

Weeks before the Supreme Court handed down its ruling, WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah declared that if the court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage and conservative states didn’t seceded from the union in protest, anti-gay activists like himself would flee the country. “Are there any governors or legislatures out there among the 50 states willing to secede to offer a refuge for the God-fearing?” he asked, warning that if states were to stay in the U.S. following a pro-equality decision, the world should expect “a pilgrimage by millions of Americans.”

Farah was no outlier. In the days and weeks leading up to the decision, Religious Right pundits roundly declared that nationwide marriage equality would lead to the widespread persecution of Christians and America’s destruction at the hands of God.

End Times radio host Rick Wiles told his listeners that the country would “be brought to its knees” if the Supreme Court were to rule in favor of marriage equality and that there would be “pain and suffering at a level we’ve never seen in this country,” caused by “riots or looting or war on American soil or a fireball from space.”

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay warned the Supreme Court that “all hell is going to break loose” if it “rules against marriage,” predicting widespread civil disobedience as a result of the decision. Republican presidential candidate and former governor Mike Huckabee said the ruling would effectively “criminalize Christianity” and lead to the criminal prosecution of pastors who don’t perform weddings for same-sex couples.

Other Religious Right leaders like Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, and Liberty Counsel Chairman Mathew Staver confidentially predicted that a gay marriage ruling would spark a second Civil War or a second American Revolution.

Alan Keyes called such a ruling a “just cause for war,” insisting that it would “produce the separation and dissolution of the United States” and usher in “the murder of the masses.” “We’ve got to fight to our deaths to save this great country,” Accuracy In Media’s Cliff Kincaid said of gay marriage, which he called “the planned destruction of our country.”

Texas pastors Robert Jeffress and Rick Scarborough also got in the mix. Jeffress said the ruling could pave the way for the Antichrist while Scarborough said conservatives must “fight until we die” and “push back with all our might” against a ruling in favor of gay marriage, which he said would “unleash the spirit of hell on the nation.” Scarborough even boasted that he was ready to go to jail and face death: “We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary, we will burn.”

Obergefell reactions

As one might expect, the responses to the ruling were not much different from the predictions.

The day after the ruling, Wiles declared that he received a message from God, who asked him to tell the people to “flee” the country before God destroys it through economic ruin, food shortages, terrorism, disease and slavery. “America is over,” he declared. Later, Wiles predicted that America is “going to see gunfire” from people resisting the government over gay marriage. “Somebody’s going to jail, somebody’s going to die, somebody’s going to suffer,” he said.

One Kentucky clerk (not Kim Davis!) even said he would die before issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple. Roy Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama state supreme court, wondered if gay marriage would lead to oppression rivaling the Holocaust.

Staver, the Religious Right attorney who went on to represent rogue Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, said that the ruling transformed America into Nazi Germany and that the Department of Education will now make schools tell kindergarteners to “go out and have same-sex relationships.” (He had previously warned of the prospect of “forced homosexuality.”) One pastor made the case that gays would now try to force straight people to have gay sex with them. DeLay, the former House GOP leader, insisted that he had uncovered a secret Department of Justice memo legalizing “12 new perversions, things like bestiality, polygamy, having sex with little boys and making that legal.”

Michael Bresciani of the Christian Post said Obergefell would lead to “an economic crash much more serious than the stock market crash of 29,” while WND’s Farah envisioned “more civil and racial strife” or “an attack on our country from foreign power or terrorist group.”

Fox News pundit Todd Starnes said that “pastors who refuse to perform gay marriage and preach from the Bible should prepare for hate crime charges,” while Illinois pastor Erwin Lutzer told religious parents to prepare to “be diagnosed as culturally intolerant and personality intolerant,” as a result of which “their children will be taken away from them.” Perkins of the FRC claimed that the Supreme Court’s decision would threaten the freedom of speech and gun rights.

At least one pastor, Kevin Swanson, said that conservatives should attend a gay loved one’s wedding, but only if they show up with cow manure smeared all over their bodies:

Blame for disasters

Gay people are used to being blamed for everything from deadly hurricanes to the September 11 attacks, so right-wing activists now have to find new tragedies to pin on gays.

American Family Radio host Sandy Rios, who also serves as the American Family Association’s governmental affairs director, said that homosexuality may have been “a factor” in the deadly Amtrak crash in May. She suggested that the engineer, who is gay, may have been having a breakdown as he experienced “some confusion” related to homosexuality.

Rios also claimed that “the terror threat against this nation has gone up exponentially” due to celebrations of LGBT rights, as they caused God to turn away from the U.S. and now “we’ve lost protections of God for this country.” Perkins, who also has a show on AFR, said the Obergefell ruling makes America more “vulnerable” to attacks as God will no longer protect the U.S. He also warned that an increase in the number kids raised by same-sex parents will lead to a surge in the prison population.

Fellow AFR host Bryan Fischer specifically blamed flooding in Texas on God’s judgment for homosexuality, saying that “you can make a geographical connection” between flooding and homosexuality. (We wonder what that means for American Family Radio’s home town of Tupelo, Mississippi, which was hit by a tornado last year).

Evangelist Jonathan Cahn said that the terrorist attacks in Paris were a sign that God stopped protecting France as punishment for legalizing same-sex marriage and warned that Hurricane Joaquin might hit Washington, D.C., to punish elected officials who celebrated gay rights. (It didn’t.)

Huckabee also suggested that America is in “a dangerous place” because “if man believes that he can redefine marriage, it’s apparent that man believes he has become his own god,” and God will not protect such a nation.

Wiles, the host of the End Time program “Trunews,” suggested that homosexuality played a role in California’s drought, alleging that news of the state’s “spiritual rebellion” had “reached heaven and God has no other choice but to cut off the rain.” However, Starnes of Fox News repeatedly claimed that a rainstorm in Washington, D.C., following the ruling was actually a sign of God’s displeasure.

Swanson, who advocated for the death penalty for unrepentant gays at a summit attended by several GOP presidential candidates, said at the same conference that gay couples kissing could trigger flooding and wildfires and that a gay character in “Harry Potter” will lead to divine punishment.

Christian Persecution Complex

The Religious Right has a long history of absurdly claiming that evangelical Christians are facing persecution in America, and the Obergefell ruling only amped up such rhetoric.

Huckabee warned that the gay rights movement “won’t stop until there are no more churches, until there are no more people who are spreading the Gospel,” lamenting that too many Christians don’t realize “how close they are to losing all of their freedoms.” Huckabee’s fellow GOP presidential candidate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, also got in on the action, warning that a gay “jihad” is “going after people of faith who respect the biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

Wiles, the End Times radio host, alleged that gay marriage would lead to the imposition of martial law, while Personhood USA cofounder Cal Zastrow predicted that one day “the sodomite police” will take women’s husbands away from them.

Glenn Beck predicted that Obergefell would result in serious repercussions for the media, claiming that “anybody on this show [who] says they’re for traditional marriage” will have their airtime in jeopardy as the ruling “could mean the end of radio broadcasts like mine.”

As the positively insane anti-gay filmLight Wins” claimed, the gay rights movement is lighting America on fire with cases of persecution:

Nothing set off more persecution rhetoric than the Kim Davis saga, in which the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk blocked her office from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a court order, citing “God’s authority.” She was temporarily placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals after she said she would continue to flout the courts and was only released after deputy clerks started to issue the licenses.

The case allowed right-wing activists to claim that their fears of the mass imprisonment of Christians following the Obergefell ruling were coming true. Davis’ lawyers at the virulently anti-gay and far-right legal group Liberty Counsel went so far as to compare her to a Jew living in Nazi Germany facing the gas chambers.

Ignore the courts

Even before the Davis case, many Republicans had been insisting that government officials may not have to treat court rulings on marriage as authoritative after all, and can simply flout the process of judicial review. Obergefell gave them the perfect opportunity to put these arguments into action.

Cruz declared that the government could ignore Obergefell, which he called a “fundamentally illegitimate” decision akin to “Nazi decrees,” and promised that in a Cruz administration “we will not use the federal government to enforce this lawless decision.”

Before quitting the presidential race, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal lambasted the decision, explaining that “no earthly court can change the definition of marriage.” Huckabee said that if elected president, he would tell the Supreme Court: “Thank you for your opinion, but we shall ignore it.” “It’s a matter of saving our republic to say that, as president, we’re not going to accept this decision, we will ignore it and we will not enforce it,” he said.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida also claimed that when civil law conflicts with “God’s rules,” then government officials must choose the latter because “God’s rules always win.” Rubio, along with his fellow GOP presidential candidates Cruz, Huckabee, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum and Carly Fiorina, also pledged to sign legislation confronting the supposed discrimination faced by gay marriage opponents.

Such talking points show the success of the Religious Right in claiming that laws inconsistent with the Bible, or more specifically, Religious Right activists’ view of the Bible, should be treated as illegitimate.

Pat Robertson Bonus

While it was hard for Pat Robertson to top his previous claims about gay people causing terrorism, tornados, earthquakes and meteor strikes and using special rings to deliberately transmit HIV/AIDS to people who shake hands with them, he tried his best in 2015.

The “700 Club” host worried in September that gay marriage would trigger a perilous financial crisis, warning that “the rupture of the entire financial framework of our world” could occur because of the Obergefell ruling. He again alleged in November that “the wrath of God” is headed to America now that “it’s a constitutional right for sodomites to marry each other,” possibly in the form of “a massive financial collapse.”

“They’re going to make you conform to them,” he said of gay rights advocates. “You are going to say you like anal sex, you like oral sex, you like bestiality, you like anything you can think of, whatever it is.”

Robertson praised countries in Africa like Kenya that criminalize homosexuality, urging Obama to “listen to some of his fellow Africans” on the matter, while at the same time warning that gays are bent on outlawing religious liberty and having all Christians “put in jail” as part of their “vendetta to destroy everyone who disagrees with them.”

“Christianity, the founding principle of this nation, is criminalized,” he said in response to the Davis controversy. “You go to jail if you believe in God and stand fast for your beliefs against the onslaught of secular humanism and the flood that comes about with it.” (Robertson, of course, has not been jailed).

He also predicted that gay marriage will legalize pedophilia, polygamy and “love affairs between men and animals.”

Warning viewers that “the homosexuals don’t just want to be left alone, now they want to come out and stick it to the Christians,” Robertson said that gay rights laws are creating “absolute tyranny” and “it's high time we call it what it is and we stand up for freedom.”

The televangelist also offered his patented advice to people with gay children.

He told one mother to send her daughter, who is dating another woman, to a Christian summer camp and “pray that God will straighten her out.” He said that the girl was probably “pressured” into embracing a lesbian identity because “there’s so much lesbian stuff, I mean, lesbian this, lesbian the other, so much homosexual — the media is pushing this as hard as they can possibly push it.” He told another viewer who has a gay son to treat him like a drug addict, and advised yet another parent that God could change his gay son if only the son were to start “acting like a man.”

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 12/17/15

  • Glenn Beck says that in electing President Obama, America "elected an angry black man."
  • The Pro-Life Action League is organizing a nationwide "Empty Manger Christmas Caroling" event where anti-choice protesters sing Christmas carols outside of abortion clinics.
  • Mark Regnerus seems very sad to realize that his reputation has suffered badly as a result of his discredited anti-gay research.
  • James Dobson has officially endorsed Ted Cruz for president.
  • A U.S. appeals court has upheld the conviction of a pastor found guilty of helping "ex-gay" Lisa Miller kidnap her daughter and flee the country.
  • Finally, Wayne Allyn Root is positively giddy about getting to speak at a Donald Trump campaign event: "There were only two speakers — Donald Trump and Wayne Allyn Root. I became the opening act for the man I believe is the next president of the United States. It was like opening for Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. This wasn’t a political rally… it was a rock concert!"

Glenn Beck Hopes President Ted Cruz Will Appoint Sen. Mike Lee To The Supreme Court

Sen. Mike Lee called into Glenn Beck's radio program today, where Beck raised the prospect of Lee finding himself with an appointment to the Supreme Court should Sen. Ted Cruz become president, which Lee said is something for which he would be "highly flattered" and "very grateful."

When Beck raised the possibility of Lee being nominated to the Supreme Court, the Utah Republican responded that obviously any "law geek" in America would be flattered by such an offer and he would be no exception, saying that if such a scenario comes about, "we'll see what happens."

Beck and cohost Pat Gray were positively giddy about the prospect of putting Lee on the court for the next 50 years because it would drive the left insane, while Lee admitted that he would certainly "not be their first choice."

Beck responded that he has had personal conversations with Cruz about the need to confirm people like Lee to the Supreme Court and Cruz has promised Beck that he has the "guts" to try and do exactly that.

"I believe him," Beck said of Cruz's pledge before telling Lee that "I'm hoping to see you in robes some day."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 12/4/15

  • In a shocking development, Ted Cruz's pastor says Cruz is "God’s man for this hour, for such a time as this ... The hand of God is on him, and if God’s people rise up, he will be the man."
  • In equally shocking news, Cruz fanboy Glenn Beck thinks that Cruz is the only candidate who really "has the gravitas" to be president.  
  • Speaking of Beck, his pathological hatred of President Obama and his administration is growing more absurd by the day.
  • Some intelligent analysis from The Federalist: "Abortion Is The New Three-Fifths Compromise."
  • Finally, a classy bit of insight from Burt Prelutsky: "It’s as if the world suddenly underwent surgical reconstruction, as a result of which France wound up with the balls and America wound up with the a—hole."

For Glenn Beck, Everything Seems Like A Conspiracy When You Can't Do Basic Research

On today's radio program, Glenn Beck and his cohost Pat Gray alleged that there was some sort of conspiracy afoot to scrub the internet of evidence of White House press secretary Josh Earnest admitting that stronger background checks would not have prevented this week's terrorist shooting in San Bernardino, California.

Asked by ABC News' Jonathan Karl whether there is any evidence that expanded background checks would have prevented the attack, Earnest stated that, "In this instance, of course not."

Beck wanted to play audio of that exchange on his program today but Gray was unable to locate it ... which naturally can only mean that there some White House cover-up at work.

"It's interesting," Gray said, "because there's no, I can't find a single piece of audio on that. It's all printed. And every time this guy says something this butt stupid, that's the case. I don't know if they scrub the internet of the audio, of the video, because every White House press conference is recorded, right? They're all recorded."

"And yet you can't get any audio of that," Beck responded. "That's really [interesting]."

If there was a single person on Beck's team who was capable of doing five minutes of basic research, they could have found this crucial piece of audio in the video of the press briefing posted on the White House's YouTube page:

Note to Beck and friends: your inability to do basic research is not evidence of a massive cover-up.

UPDATE: Later in the radio broadcast, Gray did manage to track down and play this piece of audio. We had not yet listened to that part of the broadcast at the time that this post was written. That doesn't, of course, change the fact that Beck and Gray both initially blamed a cover-up for their own inability to find it. 

Glenn Beck: Obama Is Either Delusional Or 'The Dumbest Son-Of-A-Bitch On The Planet'

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program today by reading a long rant that he posted on his Facebook page last night voicing his disgust at the "PC coverup" of the fact that yesterday's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, was an obvious act of Islamic terrorism.

Naturally, Beck eventually focused his rant on President Obama, calling him either delusional or "the dumbest son-of-a-bitch on the planet."

"Mr. President, I say this with as much respect as you deserve," Beck declared. "Screw global warming! What the hell is wrong with you? If you actually believe that global warming is the biggest problem we face with terror all around the world, an $18 trillion dollar debt — nine of which is yours — no real allies left that trust us, riots in the streets, riots in our university campuses, race relations worse than I've seen since the 1960s and a distrust of our fellow Americans unlike anything I have ever seen, you, sir, are either delusional or you're the dumbest son-of-a-bitch on the planet. Which is it?"

"It is about Islam," Beck fumed. "So was Boston. So was Benghazi. So was Fort Hood. So was half a dozen others that you failed to address, and quite frankly, sir, so was 'Ahmed the Clock Kid.' It was a timer and not a clock."

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