Gordon Klingenschmitt

What Is Dr. Chaps Trying To Hide?

A few weeks ago, we took note of the fact that "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt was running for office in Colorado, so we guess it should not come as a surprise that he is now trying to cover-up his long record of saying crazy things by forcing YouTube to remove several of our videos of him saying these crazy things by filing bogus copyright complaints. 

In the last few days, three of our Klingenschmitt videos have been removed and anyone who tries to watch them simply sees a message saying "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by GJK, Inc."

We've run into this issue with "Dr. Chaps" a few times before, like when we posted a video of him saying that Newt Gingrich was under the influence of a demonic voice when he said that Republicans would have to face up to the fact that the public attitude toward gay marriage was changing. When we posted that video, "Dr. Chaps" issued a press release claiming defamation and copyright violations and had our video removed from YouTube:

“Cease and Desist” warnings have been issued to the Huffington Post, Queerty.com, RawStory.com, and the anti-Christian group People for the American Way (PFAW), who are apparently also guilty of copyright infringement and theft of the Chaplain’s copyrighted TV show material.

“These anti-Jesus, Bible-haters have not only defamed me by maliciously misquoting me, they also stole my video, selectively edited to take my words out of context, removed my web-site prayinjesusname.org from my video, and added their own web-site, as if they were the owners or creators of my TV show. That’s highly unethical, and illegal theft and piracy of my copyrighted content,” said the Chaplain.

The liberal bloggers have been given 24 hours to remove their false statements, issue statements of retraction, and remove the illegally pirated video from their sites, or face further legal action.

We filed a counter-claim with YouTube asserting that our video was protected by Fair Use and eventually the video was restored. We have done the same with the three videos that Klingenschmitt has currently had removed and we expect the same result.

The only thing "Dr. Chaps" is doing by having these videos removed is calling attention to his efforts to cover up his well-documented record of making outrageous statements.  But then, what else can we expect from someone who clearly does not understand how the internet works

False Right Wing Talking Points Never Die

One thing that you can count on from the Religious Right is that once a talking point has been established, it will be repeated endlessly even after it has been proven to be demonstrably false.

For example, several months ago we wrote a post debunking the idea that Floyd Lee Corkins, the man convicted of attacking the Family Research Council with the intent to kill as many people as possible in 2012, found the FRC headquarters because of a "hate map" posted on the Southern Poverty Law Center's website.

As we pointed out, the map was nothing more than a vague image of Washington, DC and the addresses of the organizations on it were not even listed:

Here is that map:

How that vague image somehow directed Corkins to the FRC's headquarters is never explained. In fact, the map doesn't even provide any data as to FRC's actual location, unlike the FRC's own website which provides its address and detailed directions.

It is pretty obvious that nobody in the world would be able to find their way to FRC's office using this map, but that didn't stop "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt from declaring (23:00 in) on his program today that the SPLC "listed the address of the FRC on their website and that's the map used by the shooter, Floyd Corkins, to go in with a gun and try to kill people at FRC headquarters ... He later told police he relied on the Southern Poverty Law Center map to find the address of his victims."

None of that is true:

Klingenschmitt & Will Perkins: Gays Want Marriage Rights In Order To Gain Access To Children

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed Will Perkins, a long-time anti-gay activist in Colorado who was instrumental in the passage of the state's infamous Amendment 2.

During the discussion, Klingenschmitt and Perkins asserted that "homosexuality is not normal" because humanity would die out of everyone were gay. And since gays cannot reproduce, they must seek to recruit the children of heterosexuals.

"And that's why they're so interested in marriage," Perkins said. "For the access to children." 

Klingenschmitt agreed, saying that if gays are allowed to marry "then they would be able to adopt the children of heterosexuals and therefore that increases their ability to recruit."

"That's the main reason" gays want to get married, Perkins asserted. "It isn't for their welfare; it's for their recruitment":

Anti-Gay Groups Rev Up Anti-ENDA Rhetoric As Senate Vote Nears

As RWW has been documenting, anti-gay groups have been getting wildly over the top in their denunciations of the federal Employment Non Discrimination Act, which would add to federal anti-discrimination law protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  With a procedural vote in the Senate scheduled as early as Monday evening, anti-LGBT groups are getting increasingly shrill.

On Friday night, the Family Research Council blasted out a breathtakingly dishonest alert charging that under ENDA “employers would be forced to reward workers based on their sexual preferences.” FRC’s Tony Perkins called ENDA a “republic-altering piece of legislation that has the power to fundamentally destroy Americans' First Amendment rights.”

Through ENDA (which FRC has blocked for a decade), businesses would be ordered to make hiring, firing, and promotion decisions -- not based on a person's qualifications -- but on their sexual expression. Homosexuals, cross-dressers, and transgendered workers would automatically qualify for special treatment that other workers would not. Can you imagine walking into your child's classroom and meeting a teacher dressed in drag? Neither can most Americans. But unfortunately, that's just one of the many consequences of adopting a law as dangerous as this one. Preschools, daycare centers, summer camps, religious chains like Hobby Lobby or Chick-fil-A -- they'll all be subject to the law, regardless of their personal beliefs and workplace standards.

Also on Friday, the National Organization for Marriage blasted ENDA, calling it “a Trojan horse built to attack the foundational institution of marriage between a man and a woman.”

That’s the same line taken a day earlier by Ryan Anderson, a protégé of Robert George and the Heritage Foundation’s answer to young Americans’ support for LGBT equality. Anderson wrote in National Review online that “ENDA would create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity, backed up by coercive enforcement.” Anderson also says “ENDA would further weaken the marriage culture and the ability of civil society to affirm that marriage is the union of a man and a woman, and that maleness and femaleness are not arbitrary constructs but objective ways of being human.”

Anderson and others call ENDA a threat to religious liberty even though the bill in fact includes a broad exemption for religious organizations, an exemption that is broad enough to raise concerns among some backers of the law. But for Anderson, even that religious liberty exemption is “inadequate and vaguely defined.” He says ENDA would interfere with the rights of business owners to run their businesses the way they want.

That was also the theme of a hyperventilating alert send on Sunday by former military chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt warning that the Senate was preparing to vote “to punish Christian Business Owners.” He says ENDA will trample religious freedom and “will force Christians into bankruptcy and lawsuits if they refuse to hire homosexuals that oppose their corporate mission.”

In reality, ENDA has broad support in the business community and is backed by large majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Not only that, but majorities of all religious groups – including white evangelical Protestants – support laws to protect gay and lesbian people from workplace discrimination. So clearly, ENDA’s opponents do not speak for all Christians, or even all evangelical Christians, most of whom agree that fairness on the job is an American value that is worth upholding in law.

As President Barack Obama notes in an op-ed published in the Huffington Post on Sunday, ENDA is a concrete expression of America’s ideal of equality under the law:

America is at a turning point. We're not only becoming more accepting and loving as a people, we're becoming more just as a nation. But we still have a way to go before our laws are equal to our Founding ideals. As I said in my second inaugural address, our nation's journey toward equality isn't complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

In America of all places, people should be judged on the merits: on the contributions they make in their workplaces and communities, and on what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the content of their character." That's what ENDA helps us do. When Congress passes it, I will sign it into law, and our nation will be fairer and stronger for generations to come.

The ENDA is Near: The Top Ten Religious Right Claims About the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (UPDATED)

With the Senate expected to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act before Thanksgiving, here’s a look at Right Wing Watch’s collection of recent – and classic – claims from the Religious Right about ENDA.  Because ENDA is common sense legislation that would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse to promote employees because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the Right cannot gain much traction by opposing ENDA on its merits.  Instead, resorting to fear-mongering and lies, they contend that ENDA will lead to everything from the end of religious freedom to sexual assault and death. As the vote approaches, senators will have to choose whether they will cast their lot with anti-gay extremists or with common sense.

10. Matt Barber: ENDA And Hate Crimes Laws Will Be Used To Protect Pedophiles (October 2013)

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel appeared on Sandy Rios In The Morning, where he told guest host Wendy Wright that hate crimes laws and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be used to protect pedophiles:

“When you have laws like ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, being pushed, hate crimes legislation, that are as you point out so well Wendy, that are very vague in their definition of what is sexual orientation, we will arrive at the point where you know these people who define their sexual orientation by a sexual attraction to children want to be lumped in among those who cannot be discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation.”

9. Steve Crampton: ENDA is Insanity (June 2012)

Speaking about a Senate hearing on ENDA, Liberty Counsel’s “Faith and Freedom” radio host Steve Crampton marveled that a transgender person was actually allowed to testify on behalf of the legislation and complained that ENDA is not about “equal rights” but rather “special rights” for gays and cross-dressers.

Crampton stated that if ENDA passed, he could come into work – “God forbid,” he said – wearing a dress and would be allowed to use the women’s restroom.  “In years past,” Crampton said, “we had another word for this: it’s called insanity.”

8. Rep. Louie Gohmert Misleads on ENDA, Criticizes Faith Groups that Affirm Gays and Lesbians 'Despite the Plumbing that God Created' (June 2012)

While speaking on Today’s Issues, the Texas congressman said the anti-discrimination legislation is “part of this administration’s ongoing war on religion, on particularly Judeo-Christian values,” and asserted that Muslims would also oppose the bill as well. However, Gohmert lamented the growth of Christian and Jewish denominations and organizations that affirm gays and lesbians and defend their rights, saying that they do so “despite the plumbing that God created.”

7. Mat Staver: ENDA ‘Will Harm Women and Children’ (July 2013)

Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver in a Freedom’s Call radio alert said that the ENDA bill is a “farce” that will “harm women and children.” How? Because employers “will be forced to hire cross-dressers,” whom Staver believes will go on to molest and assault kids.

6. Linda Harvey: Gays Deserve To Be Fired Because They ‘Insist On Displaying [Their] Lifestyles To Everyone’ (May 2013)

Mission America’s Linda Harvey stated her belief that schools, and employers in general, should have the right to fire LGBT personnel and urged them to exercise that right. She said that the only person to blame for getting fired is the LGBT employee who refuses to accept their employer’s “high moral standards” and “insist[s] on displaying these lifestyles to everyone and forcing their acceptance.” She said that “no one needs to be involved in homosexuality” and that the “homosexual lifestyle” is incompatible with being “an excellent employee” as it “shows a disrespect” to others.

5. Tony Perkins: ‘Totalitarian Homosexual Lobby’ Out to Destroy Religious Freedom with ENDA (March 2013)

“Like a B-grade 1950’s horror-movie, ENDA is coming back from the dead,” warned Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in a recent mailing. Perkins said President Obama is working with the “totalitarian homosexual lobby” to sneak ENDA into law, and if that happens, “Our freedom of religion will be destroyed.”

“In fact,” says Perkins in his letter, “under ENDA biblical morality becomes illegal.”

4. Andrea Lafferty Cites CT School Shooting to Rally Opposition to Non-Discrimination Policies (December 2012)

Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition used the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in order to bolster her campaign against ENDA. While speaking to Janet Mefferd about the Orange County, Florida, school system’s new non-discrimination policy that is similar to ENDA, Lafferty said that just as parents are upset about the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting and are concerned about keeping their children safe, they should also be worried about ENDA’s “devastating effects” as schools will have “people with some real issues playing out their personal problems in the classroom.”

Lafferty maintained that ENDA is part of the left’s “open season” on Christians on behalf of “fringe minorities and people that are truly sick.”  She warned that Chick-fil-A restaurants may soon be “forced” to hire “weirdos” seeking to undermine Christian businesses, warning that transgender people are committing “the ultimate act of self-hatred” and need “special medical treatment” rather than job protections.

3. Gordon Klingenschmitt: Under ENDA, ‘Christians Will Be Bankrupted’ And ‘Starve To Death’ (September 2013)

Dr. “Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt emailed members of his Pray In Jesus Name Project warning that Christians may face unemployment and starvation if the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passes.

“The Government is now ordering you: Forsake God or starve to death,” Klingenschmitt writes. “I pray that I would choose bankruptcy, starvation, even death, before disobedience to God.”

2. Bryan Fischer: Businesses Threatened by ‘Flaming Homosexual’ Job Applicants and the ‘Return of Jim Crow Laws’ (January 2013)

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer warned in a blog post that “ENDA would represent the return of Jim Crow laws.” On his radio program Focal Point, Fischer warned that if ENDA is signed into law businesses will be faced with a barrage of “flaming homosexual” job applicants. “The homosexual lobby,” Fischer said, “will send a guy in there wearing stilettos, a dress and dangly earrings” in order to provoke Christian business-owners “not to hire him.”

1. Mat Staver: ENDA Will Result in the 'Death of Some Individuals' (June 2012)

Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver is ratcheting up the rhetoric in opposition to ENDA, even going so far as to say that if passed the legislation may lead to child molestation, sexual assault, and death. Staver told Jim Schneider of VCY America on Crosstalk that ENDA “will put individuals at risk and ultimately result in significant damage and even death of some individuals”:

Staver: “So you can go into these restrooms or changing rooms, if you’re a man, and want to go in and molest, or watch, or sexually assault young girls. So, I mean, the absurdity of this is just beyond understanding how someone could be in favor of it. This will ultimately, in addition to colliding with religious liberty, in addition to forcing a radical agenda on people, this also will put individuals at risk and ultimately result in significant damage and even death of some individuals.”

Cross-posted from People For the American Way.

 

Klingenschmitt: Gay Couples Demand To Have Sex In Your House

In an email alert attacking the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), “Dr. Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt warned that ENDA will “jail the Christians who refuse to celebrate gay weddings” and “bankrupt Christian employers.”

Klingenschmitt cited a case of a British bed and breakfast owner who lost a lawsuit after discriminating against a gay couple, warning: “the militant gays essentially demand ‘let us have sex in your house, or we will kick you out of your house.’”

Earlier this month, the former chaplain insisted that gay couples want to force Christians “to participate in their sodomy.”

So-called [homosexual] civil "rights" commissions are replacing courts across America, stacked with Democrat appointees, and given unlimited power to punish, intimidate, and threaten Christian business owners. Not on my watch. Not in this America. Let's end it now.

The militant gays essentially demand "let us have sex in your house, or we will kick you out of your house." Do Christians no longer have control of their own home or business? This is coming to the USA if we allow ENDA to become law. I've been warning for two years that ENDA would bankrupt Christian businesses. Now the Oregon government is helping this anti-Christian intimidation. Just imagine if Democrats pass ENDA nationwide, to "investigate" all Christians who refuse to participate in gay 'weddings?

Jail the Christians who refuse to celebrate gay weddings. They're coming for us, people. This is no joke. This will happen to YOU if we allow ENDA to become law. Sign a petition to Congress today, to stop this nationwide anti-Christian "discrimination" bill from becoming law.

Friends, their version of tolerance now requires bankrupting Christian employers, or any public restaurant or retail store that refuses men full access to women's bathrooms. We must take action to stop ENDA from becoming law.

Klingenschmitt: Transgender CO Student Is Visually 'Raping' Girls By Using The Locker Room

As Brian noted earlier this week, the Religious Right has been promoting claims made by the Pacific Justice Institute about a transgender student in a Colorado high school who had supposedly been harassing other girls in the locker room and restrooms.

In reality, there was no harassment, as the entire story originated with the fact that PJI considers the mere presence of a transgender girl to be "inherently intimidating and harassing."

Today, on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt discussed the topic where, in addition to predictably blaming it on a "demonic spirit," he accused this transgender student of "raping, at least visually, these teenage girls" by sharing a locker room with them: 

Dr. Chaps Is Running For Office!

Folks who read this blog know "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt as the disgraced former Navy Chaplain who brags of having successfully performed an exorcism on a lesbian soldier and who has stated again and again that demonic spirits are behind everything from abortion to gay marriage to ENDA to President Obama to Madonna

He is the sort of Religious Right activist who openly states that gay should be discriminated against and warns that President Obama is trying to create an atheist army to attack Christians, urging Christians to sell their clothes if need be in order to purchase weapons with which to defend themselves.

To that impressive resume, "Dr. Chaps" can now add candidate for public office in Colorado, as he announced today that he is running for House seat in the state's District 15 with a video introducing himself to the voters:

For some reason, Klingenschmitt's video doesn't touch on any of the important issues like how Obamacare causes cancer or how gay activists are forcing Christians to participate in sodomy or how President Obama is creating an atheist army with which to attack Christians or how all of the nation's laws need to reflect God's laws.

We can only hope that he'll address these topics in future campaign videos.

Klingenschmitt: Transgender Professor Possessed By A Demonic Spirit

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt discussed a situation where former chair of the theology department at a Christian college was asked to leave after he came out as transgender and began to transition from female to male.

Klingenschmitt, predictably, declared that the professor was possessed by a demonic spirit, but took it a step further by demanding that all the administrators who allowed this professor to teach at this Christian college should be fired.

"All of the theology [department administrators] who allowed this woman to grow into a position of responsibility like that, they ought to be fired too," Klingenschmitt said. "No Christian university ought to allow a demonic spirit to be chair of a theology professor [sic]":

Right Wing Leftovers - 10/8/13

  • It is interesting to watch Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" website start dabbling in Biblical exegesis.
  • Jerome Corsi is challenging Bill O'Reilly to a debate over who really killed President Kennedy.
  • Tom DeLay is back and ready for action! "The left’s purpose in pursuing criminal charges against me was to get me out of politics and out of their way. They may have brought me to my knees, but I’m now standing up again. I’m a stronger man now than ever, and I will use my time and energy to pursue the constitutional revival our nation so desperately needs."
  • Some hard-hitting news from Newsmax: "Suzanne Somers: Protect Your Brain From Cellphone Radiation."
  • Finally, Gordon Klingenschmitt blames President Obama for the shooting at the Navy Yard over a policy implemented by President George H.W. Bush.

Klingenschmitt: Gay Activists Are Trying To Force Christians To 'Participate In Their Sodomy'

On last week's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt hailed an effort by Republican legislators in Washington to allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers based on religious conviction, saying it was needed in order to fight back against the "demonic spirit of tyranny" that is seeking to force Christians to participate in sodomy.

Declaring that "sodomy will always be a sin in the eyes of God" even if it is legal in the US, Klingenschmitt said that gay activists are using the government to compel Christians "to participate in their sodomy" or face lawsuits and jail.

All of this, Klingenschmitt said, is really an effort to force Christians to convert religions "and that demonic spirit is everything our Founding Fathers stood against":

Klingenschmitt: The Overturning Of His Conviction Proves That Tom DeLay Is A Godly Man

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt hailed the news that Tom DeLay had his money laundering conviction overturned on appeal last week because DeLay is a "church man" who "just emanates the spirit of God."

In fact, according to Klingenschmitt, the court decision "proves that [DeLay is] a godly man because the Devil came after you and failed":

Right Wing Leftovers - 10/1/13

  • The AFA's Tim Wildmon says that the Supreme Court's DOMA ruling is "frustrating the will of shareholders in private companies" because ExxonMobil started offering benefits to same-sex couples.
  • Peter LaBarbera complains that "the media now is practically part of the homosexual movement."
  • "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt insists that Syria's chemical weapons came from Iraq, which is why UN weapons inspectors could not find any WMDs.
  • Bryan Fischer says Washington, DC is like a caliphate and "we are dhimmis who must pay submission tax."
  • Finally, Russell Moore, head of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, declares that Pope Francis' recent interview was "more than just confusing. It’s a theological wreck."

State Sen. Kent Lambert: Colorado's Civil Unions Bill Is A 'Mind-Control Experiment'

Today, Colorado State Senator Kent Lambert appeared in person on the "Pray In Jesus Name" program along with its demon-obsessed, ex-gay exorcist host "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt where Lambert declared that Colorado's civil unions law is an effort to implement "mind-control" and that allowing transgender children to use the proper bathroom is just like "the kind of agendas that the greatest dictators in world history have tried to press in the past."

While discussing the civil unions legislation, Lambert asserted that the law had no exemptions for religious objections, which means that it "completely suppresses basically any ideas; it's a mind-control experiment by the majority party, the Democrats, here in Colorado to force everybody, including children in schools, everything else, under penalty of law, to believe in homosexual marriage."

Later, Lambert declared that allowing transgender children to use the bathroom violates everyone's right to privacy, meaning that "privacy will no longer be in effect in the United States if this agenda continues in the direction that it is right now.  This is certainly Brave New World, the Aldous Huxley novel that Big Brother is here, he's alive and well and we're going to force you into the kind of agendas that some of the greatest dictators in world history have tried to press in the past."

We should point out that "Big Brother" appears in George Orwell's 1984, not Huxley's Brave New World:

Brown: Ellen DeGeneres Proves That Gay Rights Are Nothing Like Civil Rights

Anti-gay activist Michael Brown, the author of "A Queer Thing Happened to America," was the guest on "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt's "Pray In Jesus Name" program today where he made the case that the fight for gay rights cannot be equated to the fight for civil rights because blacks didn't have a popular figure like Ellen DeGeneres during segregation.

Apparently operating under the delusion that there were no popular African American celebrities before the end of segregation, Brown said that gay rights and civil rights have nothing in common not only because blacks don't have to "come out" and declare themselves as such but also because "during the days of segregation, we didn't have people like Ellen DeGeneres who were national celebrities who were black and just loved by the whole nation."

Brown continued, making an even more illogical point by declaring that "we didn't have a gay or lesbian president - we have a black president now - [so] you can't compare the these things at all." Of course, we didn't have a black president during segregation either, so we are not quite sure what point Brown thinks that he is making:

Klingenschmitt: 'Obamacare Causes Cancer'

In addition to being an authority on gay exorcisms and all things demonic, it seems that "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt is also an expert on the topic of health care and has even made two separate appearances on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" debating the issue.

Following one of these appearances, "Dr. Chaps" said on his "Pray In Jesus Name" show today, he received an email from someone defending President Obama's health care reform legislation by telling the story of a friend who was unable to receive treatment for her cancer because she could not get insurance.

In response, "Dr. Chaps" said that Obamacare was not the answer but was, in fact, the cause of her death, saying "Obamacare is the one that killed this poor lady with cancer."

As "Dr. Chaps" sees it, Obamacare is actually causing people to lose their health insurance which means that "Obamacare causes cancer":

Keyes: We Must Elect An 'Impeachment And Removal Congress' In 2014

Alan Keyes was the guest today on "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt's "Pray In Jesus Name" program where Keyes asserted that President Obama's agenda can only be properly understood if one accepts the fact that his mission is to ultimately destroy the United States of America.

And the only way to stop him, Keyes explained, is to make impeachment the focus of the 2014 mid-term elections.

"We have an election in 2014," Keyes said, "and the Constitution makes it very clear; if a majority of the House impeaches them and if two-thirds of the Senate vote to kick them out, they'll be gone. A third of the Senate is up in 2014 and the whole House is up and that means we have more than enough opportunity to get an impeachment and removal Congress if we will rally around the purpose":

Klingenschmitt: Colorado Recall Election A Victory For Jesus

Heavenly angels were singing when two Democratic state senators in Colorado were defeated in a low-turnout recall election that focused on the lawmakers’ support for tougher gun laws, at least according to “Dr. Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt. The exorcist and former navy chaplain actively campaigned for the Republican challengers, the Colorado Independent reports:

“I was praying tonight that God would inspire His people,” Gordon Klingenschmitt, assured Linda Herpin, wife of the GOP recall challenger, minutes before El Paso County Republicans announced that her husband had unseated Morse, a Democrat.



“I wanted to help recall John Morse specifically because of 2nd Amendment issues,” he said. “As a Christian, as a person who follows Jesus, I believe in the 2nd Amendment. I believe that when Jesus said, for example, ‘sell your cloak and buy a sword,’ that he endorsed the idea of self-defense, that defending yourself is not a crime. In fact, it’s a moral obligation to defend your wife, to defend your family, and John Morse stands against families who want to do that —stands against people who want to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.”

In an email to members of his Pray In Jesus Name Project, Klingenschmitt writes that Jesus was the real winner in Colorado:

Victory! Jesus and 2nd Amendment win Colorado Senate races

Not only do I live in southern Colorado, where conservatives just successfully recalled two gun-grabbing liberal Senators who voted to restrict our 2nd Amendment rights, but I got personally involved in the local politics (block walking, petition gathering, donating, making phone calls, and praying) that helped elect a new Republican State Senator Bernie Herpin and throw out the Democrat Senate President John Morse. This internationally-watched race confronted President Obama himself, who sent VP Joe Biden to lobby the Colorado Senate to punish gun-owners, but those efforts backfired.



That said, I still believe religious freedom is the First right, because even if you have the right to bear arms, assemble, speak, and petition, but you don't have the right to worship Almighty God or pray in Jesus' name, then the government still owns your soul. Let's tell them "not my soul" today.

Klingenschmitt: Atheists Are Vile, Corrupt, And Demon-Possessed

In the last few weeks, we have heard Religious Right activists cite Bible verses to declare that those who do not have a proper "fear of the Lord" cannot be wise or have understanding and cannot be a good scientist or mathematician because they do not possess true knowledge.

Today, on his "Pray in Jesus Name" show, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt followed that pattern when he said that those who do not believe in God cannot be good because "God is not ruling in their heart and the Holy Spirit is what makes good inside of us."

Citing Psalm 14:1, Klingenschmitt asserted that atheists are possessed by demonic spirits that cause them to defy God, meaning they are corrupt and vile; therefore there is no such thing as a good atheist:

GOP Congressman Chats With Demon-Obsessed Anti-Gay Exorcist

One of the complaints that we hear occasionally from our readers or followers on Twitter is "why are you writing about Person X? Stop giving them publicity." And generally our response is that we pay attention to these people because others within the Religious Right movement and Republicans in Congress pay attention to them and so it is important to understand their views and agenda.

Take "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt, for instance.  He is a disgraced former Navy Chaplain who brags of having successfully performed an exorcism on a lesbian soldier and who has stated again and again that demonic spirits are behind everything from abortion to gay marriage to ENDA to President Obama to Madonna.  He openly states that gay should be discriminated against and warns that President Obama is trying to create an atheist army to attack Christians, urging Christians to sell their clothes if they have to in order to purchase weapons with which to defend themselves.

And today, on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program he interviewed, in person, Colorado Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn where the two prayed together for the State of Israel:

The interview itself was rather unremarkable, but the fact that a member of Congress would agree to appear on a program hosted by a demon-obsessed anti-gay exorcist is anything but.

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Gordon Klingenschmitt Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Monday 05/19/2014, 12:00pm
Faith 2 Action's Janet Porter was the guest on Gordon Klingenschmitt's "Pray In Jesus Name" program today where the two spent most of the discussion railing against the gay fascist thought police who are out to destroy any Christian that is willing to stand and proclaim their faith. Somehow during the conversation, Porter and Klingenschmitt ended up talking about gay NBA player Jason Collins, whom Porter asserted proves that nobody is born gay because Collins has an identical twin brother who is straight and so Collins' "choice" to be gay, she asserted,... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 05/16/2014, 10:38am
Last week, a judge in Arkansas struck down the state's ban on gay marriage and Gordon Klingenschmitt weighed in on the decision on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday to declare that no matter what any court rules, gay marriage will never be legal because it violates "the law of God." Saying that since both state governments and the federal government are subject to God's higher law, "it really doesn't matter what the state constitution says" because gay marriage "is still illegal in the eyes of God." The same goes for the federal... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 05/15/2014, 12:41pm
Earlier this year, the Maine Supreme Court ruled that local school officials had violated the rights of a transgender student by not allowing her to use the girls' restroom and Gordon Klingenschmitt was unsurprisingly opposed to this ruling, declaring on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday that what this student really needed was a spanking and an exorcism. Noting that Nicole Maines has an identical twin brother, Klingenschmitt declared that she was possessed by a demonic spirit. "One of those two boys is possessed by a demon," he said, "and the parents are... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 05/12/2014, 11:46am
On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt discussed the recent shooting at a Fed Ex facility in Georgia, which he attributed to the fact that the facility was a gun-free zone, which is prohibited by the Bible. Klingenschmitt declared that the reason that Japan never invaded the United States is because "Californians carried guns" and warned that now the state "might be vulnerable to that" because the citizens are being disarmed. "There is a demonic spirit of murder and suicide and abuse" behind gun control efforts, Klingenschmitt said,... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 05/09/2014, 11:55am
On yesterday's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt responded to those "pot hippies" who cite Genesis 1:29 to argue that marijuana should be legal because God has "given you every herb bearing seed" for human use and consumption by floating his theory that the "forbidden fruit" eaten by Adam and Even in the garden was not an apple, but actually pot! "There are certain weeds in the garden, even in the Garden of Eden, that were forbidden by God," Klingenschmitt said, saying that the Bible never uses the... MORE >
Peter Montgomery, Tuesday 05/06/2014, 12:38pm
Religious Right groups are celebrating yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding sectarian prayer at official public meetings – like city council sessions – and narrowly defining what would amount to unconstitutional religious coercion of people attending. The case is Town of Greece v. Galloway. Though divided on their reasoning, the Court’s five conservative Justices upheld a practice in which, month after month, year after year, town leaders reached out to Christians and Christians only to offer opening prayers at town meetings, prayers that were often quite... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 05/06/2014, 11:40am
Gordon Klingenschmitt, the right-wing pastor and exorcist turned Colorado GOP politician, has denounced a Republican congressman from his state who recently endorsed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). In an email on Sunday to members of his Pray In Jesus Name Project, Klingenschmitt accused Rep. Mike Coffman of embracing “full perversion” and committing “blasphemy” after the congressman said ENDA is a “workplace equivalent of the Golden Rule — do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” Klingenschmitt added that ENDA will “... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 05/02/2014, 2:55pm
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right. In a desperate attempt to distract from the GOP’s sad and dishonest effort to turn the 2012 Benghazi attack into a political sideshow, we have decided to post Paranoia-Rama today, as we always do on Fridays. 5. Obamacare Death Lists It’s no wonder that Glenn Beck wants to recruit Rep. Louie Gohmert to run for the U.S. Senate, as the Texas GOP congressman recently warned that health care reform will lead to death lists. While appearing on The Blaze, Beck’s TV... MORE >