Robert Jeffress

Donald Trump Taps Michele Bachmann, James Dobson & Other Far-Right Leaders For Advisory Board

Today, Donald Trump’s campaign announced the formation of his Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, which includes right-wing figures ranging from ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann to Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

After retiring from Congress on the heels of a campaign scandal, Bachmann has not let up in her radical preaching.

According to Bachmann, the September 11 attacks represented God’s judgment on America; President Obama and gay rights advocates are bringing about the End Times; homosexuality is “personal enslavement” and “part of Satan”; gay people want to change laws “so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually”; and Obamacare death panels will literally kill people any day now.

Texas-based televangelist Kenneth Copeland is also on the advisory board even though God told him that Ted Cruz would be the next president. Like Trump, Copeland has been implicated in financial scandals and preaches against vaccines, which may have been a reason that one of his churches suffered a measles outbreak.

Copeland also claims the ability to cure PTSD and Ebola.

Dobson, who once said that he could not support Trump, has a long history with the anti-LGBT Right, warning that gay marriage will lead to a second civil war and pastors going to prison, as well as ushering in the destruction of religious freedom, God’s judgment on America and the transformation of the U.S. into Nazi Germany. He even linked same-sex marriage to the Sandy Hook shooting.

Other board members include Richard Land, who claims gay people are satanic and once lost a radio show after making racist, plagiarized statements, and Harry Jackson, a Maryland pastor who preaches about gay people trying to recruit children and prays against the demons behind same-sex marriage:

The group also include Southern Baptist pastor Ronnie Floyd, who has written about how “Satan has taken his tool of homosexuality, a gross and evil sin, and done a con job on the American culture.”

Also on the list is Robert Jeffress, whobelieves that gays and lesbians are ‘perverse’ people who are either pedophiles or likely to abuse children in the future; has compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it ‘a miserable lifestyle’; accused gay people of using ‘brainwashing techniques’ to have homosexuality ‘crammed down our throats’; said that gay people ‘are engaged in the most detestable, unclean, abominable acts you can imagine’; predicted that the gay rights movement ‘will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist’; and labeled homosexuality a ‘filthy practice’ that will lead to the ‘implosion of our country.’”

Televangelist James Robison is another member:

And yet it was just the other day that Donald Trump was fashioning himself as a champion of the LGBT community.

Self-Proclaimed LGBT Hero Donald Trump To Announce Advisory Board Of Anti-LGBT Activists

Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed hero of the LGBT community, is slated to unveil a religious advisory board filled with outspoken opponents of LGBT rights this week, coinciding with his meeting tomorrow with hundreds of Religious Right leaders.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the group is likely to include longtime supporters such as televangelist Paula White, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Southern Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress.

Others expected to join the board include Ralph Reed, who recently introduced Trump at an event hosted by his Faith and Freedom Coalition, Ronnie Floyd and Jack Graham, the current and past presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention, respectively, and Jay Strack of the Orlando-based Student Leadership University.

The choice of these activists as campaign advisers would further undermine Trump’s attempts — bolstered by some in the media — to portray himself as either supportive of gay rights or at least distanced from the GOP’s anti-LGBT politics.

Jeffress, as we’ve noted, “believes that gays and lesbians are ‘perverse’ people who are either pedophiles or likely to abuse children in the future; compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it ‘a miserable lifestyle’; accused gay people of using ‘brainwashing techniques’ to have homosexuality ‘crammed down our throats’; said that gay people ‘are engaged in the most detestable, unclean, abominable acts you can imagine’; predicted that the gay rights movement ‘will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist’; and labeled homosexuality a ‘filthy practice’ that will lead to the ‘implosion of our country.’”

Floyd, the SBC president, once said that Satan is using the “gay lifestyle” to destroy cultural values and labeled the adoption of children by same-sex couples a “tragedy”:

It appears now that everywhere you look, everything you read and everything you hear is about the gay lifestyle. Satan has taken his tool of homosexuality, a gross and evil sin, and done a con job on the American culture, making it seem like all is okay when you are gay. I hope you are aware that what was once subtle has now turned into the rage of a lion as brazen and threatening as anything in our culture. I must sound the trumpet loud and clear, praying that we do not run in retreat, but march in the truth of God valiantly. This is not a skirmish or a conflict or a disagreement, but it is a war. The war they have declared against our culture has an agenda and we need to be aware of it.



The attack everywhere in our culture is to get you to see the gay lifestyle or gay couples as being the same as you. The agenda is also trying to desensitize you to them, their verbiage and lifestyle. In other words, "if you get use to us you will eventually ignore us or accept us." The bombardment and intentionality is already so great that the desensitization is already occurring. Of course, inclusiveness is their theme song. Their goal is to get themselves included into all of society and its benefits, including benefits economically. As they play the song of "inclusiveness," gay couples are now adopting children. What a tragedy. As each of us desire, the homosexual and lesbian want affirmation and will do whatever it takes to receive it. The love and acceptance they have found in the homosexual community is what lured them there and will keep them there until God intervenes.

Graham, one of Floyd’s predecessors in leading the SBC, has a similar view, telling his congregation recently that “the LBGT [sic] promotes a godless agenda, and now on the backs of many confused and conflicted people, are opening the door, literally, to perversion of all kinds.” Last year, he encouraged civil disobedience to protest the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality ruling.

Reed has used his Faith and Freedom Coalition to regularly attack LGBT rights and Falwell’s Liberty University is well-known for its rules against homosexuality and support for anti-gay activism.

Other Trump-backing pastors include Frank Amedia, Trump’s “liaison for Christian policy,” who has described HIV/AIDS as “a disease that comes because of unnatural sex” and said he would be willing to burn to death to resist LGBT rights, and Carl Gallups, a pastor who spoke before Trump at a Florida rally and whose endorsement was touted by Trump’s campaign, who believes, as we recently summarized, that “same-sex marriage will completely destroy society by bringing about economic turmoilsevere persecutionthe ‘enslavement’ of Christians and divine punishment.”

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/9/16

  • Robert Jeffress says that conservative Christians "are going to realize ... there is no choice in this election except to vote for Donald Trump" because the only thing that matters is the Supreme Court.
  • Thrice-married adulterer Newt Gingrch says that Trump is "totally virtuous" compared with Bill and Hillary Clinton.
  • Bill Muehlenberg says that atheists are consumed by "their hatred of God ... [which] explains their love of abortion, their hatred of marriage and family, their rejection of traditional morality, and their enmity to America and the West."
  • Michael Brown seems to think that gay and transgender people should just stay in the closet for the sake of their families.
  • Anti-gay activist Robert Oscar Lopez is abandoning his teaching postion to save his soul.
  • Finally, Richard Land says America has "a really bad disease called rebellion against God."

Jeffress: Pro-LGBT Businesses A Greater Threat Than ISIS

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, praised his state’s leaders yesterday for refusing to comply with an Obama administration directive on facilities access for trans students in public schools, saying that “it’s time for an all-out rebellion against this absolute tyranny of the Obama administration.” He added that business interests pressuring lawmakers not to enact anti-LGBT measures are a greater “threat to freedom of religion in America” than ISIS.

Jeffress, a key Religious Right ally to Donald Trump, discussed the topic yesterday with Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, who was guest-hosting the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program.

Jeffress said that the U.S. needed to admit that “we are a country based on the Judeo-Christian foundation, and whether you’re Jewish or Christian, I mean, we believe that gender is something that is assigned by God.”

Recognition of transgender rights, he said, means that “we are headed toward chaos,” adding that “at the root of this is society’s rebellion against the plan of God, that’s what this is all about.”

Jeffress and Starnes praised Texas officials’ resistance to the administration’s directive, with Jeffress noting that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick “often” worships at his church when he’s in Dallas.

“I think they’re going to stand firm on this and I hope that every governor of every state will have the guts to do that,” Jeffress said. “I think it’s time for an all-out rebellion against this absolute tyranny of the Obama administration.”

When Starnes noted that Mississippi has announced that it will comply with the administration guidelines, Jeffress laid the blame on the Chamber of Commerce and business interests, which he said were a greater threat to American liberties than ISIS.

“It comes down to money, Todd, that’s what it’s about,” he said. “And when states are being faced with the loss of business, they tend to fold real quickly. And I’ve said often that the greatest threat to freedom of religion in America is not ISIS, it’s the Chamber of Commerce. I mean, it’s the businesses that say to our representatives, ‘Oh, don’t pass laws like that, don’t pass these religious freedom laws because people will interpret that as anti-gay and we’ll lose business.’”

Donald Trump Gets Backing Of Activists Who Deny Marital Rape, Oppose Women's Suffrage

It isn’t at all surprising that a candidate who has a long history of making misogynistic and degrading statements about women, has bragged about the endorsement of a convicted rapist, has talked about Hillary Clinton getting “schlonged,” and at one point backed the idea of punishing women who have abortions would attract the support of those with their own histories of troubling rhetoric about women.

Indeed, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has touted the endorsements of several politicians and activists who have done everything from denounce women’s suffrage to deny the existence of marital rape.

1) Phyllis Schlafly

Trump was quite honored to receive the endorsement of Phyllis Schlafly, who introduced him at a St. Louis rally and repeatedly praised his plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

Schlafly is the founder of the anti-feminist group Eagle Forum and is best known for helping defeat the Equal Rights Amendment.

Among her anti-feminist beliefs is the claim that marital rape does not exist.

“By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don't think you can call it rape,” she said in 2007, later explaining that marital rape is simply a fabrication invented by feminists who want to levy the accusation when “they get tired of a husband” or “want to fight over child custody.” (Trump’s own lawyer has similarly claimed that marital rape is not rape).

Besides denying the existence of marital rape, she has blamed reports of sexual assaults on college campuses on the rising number of female college students, criticizing policies to combat assaults for turning college campuses into “a dangerous place for men.”

“There isn’t any rape culture,” she said in 2014. “There is a war on men.”

Colleges, according to Schlafly, should stop enforcing Title IX and install gender quotas to protect male admissions.

She has also proposed “increasing the so-called pay gap” between men and women in order to help women find husbands, since “the pay gay, really, is something that women like” as they would prefer to marry “a higher-earning man.”

2) Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, has been one of Trump’s biggest boosters, campaigning with the candidate and cheering on his anti-immigrant proposals.

Arpaio, who admits to keeping prisoners in a “concentration camp,” was challenged by the Justice Department over his widespread abuse and targeting of Latinos, particularly Latina women.

As Ian Millhiser noted in Think Progress, the Justice Department’s complaint cataloged instances where Arpaio’s deputies were “forcing women to sleep in their own menstrual blood,” “assaulting pregnant women,” “stalking Latina women” and “ignoring rape.”

Last year, The Guardian reports, Arpaio’s office “agreed to pay $3.5m to settle a lawsuit that alleged metro Phoenix’s sheriff botched the investigation into the rape of a 13-year-old girl and failed to arrest the suspect who then went on to sexually attack her again,” a case that “was among more than 400 sex-crime cases that were inadequately investigated or not looked into at all by Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office during a three-year period ending in 2007.”

3) Ann Coulter

While Trump has been campaigning with conservative columnist Ann Coulter to promote her attacks on immigrants, we wonder if she will ever lead one of his campaign rallies in a chant against women’s suffrage.

Indeed, Coulter has repeatedly voiced her opposition to women having the right to vote, saying that revoking women’s suffrage is necessary to help elect Republicans.

This is far from Coulter’s only controversial views on women’s issues.

She once said that women who claim to have been raped are typically “girls trying to get attention” and refused to condemn the murder of abortion provider George Tiller, mocking concerns about violence against abortion providers.

4) Scott DesJarlais

Among the first members of Congress to endorse Trump was Tennessee Republican Scott DesJarlais, who along with some of his fellow GOP lawmakers met with Trump in March to work on ways to unify the party.

As we’ve noted, the GOP congressman has quite the record on women’s issues:

Before running for Congress as a “pro-life” and “pro-family” Republican, “DesJarlais, a physician, pressured a patient who was his mistress to get an abortion. It was later revealed that the pro-life congressman had approved of his first wife having two abortions, and that he’d had sex with at least two patients.” He also had affairs with “three coworkers and a drug representative,” and was later fined for violating medical ethics.

DesJarlais’ ex-wife also accused him of “dry firing a gun outside the Plaintiff's locked bedroom door, [admitting] suicidal ideation, holding a gun in his mouth for three hours, an incident of physical intimidation at the hospital; and previous threatening behavior ... i.e. shoving, tripping, pushing down, etc.”

5) Robert Jeffress

Texas-based pastor Robert Jeffress is one of Trump’s most outspoken Religious Right supporters and campaign surrogates. For instance, Jeffress rushed to Trump’s defense when he said that women who have abortions should face “some form of punishment.”

Jeffress, an enthusiastic conspiracy theorist, has also dismissed security threats against abortion providers and clinics and, like Trump, has some interesting thoughts about the 9/11 attacks.

The Southern Baptist pastor argued that God let the attacks take place because “he certainly won’t allow the sacrifice of children to go unpunished,” referring to legal abortion.

With endorsers like these, Trump will be well on his way to winning the women’s vote.

Trump's Team: The Bigoted, Unhinged Conspiracy Theorists Benefiting From Donald Trump's Campaign

Donald Trump’s obsession with conspiracy theories didn’t come out of nowhere.

Before the GOP presidential frontrunner started winning the backing of Republican leaders, he assembled a team of ardent right-wing conspiracy theorists whose bigoted and bizarre beliefs once put them decidedly on the fringe of American politics.

Trump himself has spread a wide range of bizarre and bogus claims, winning state after state by questioning the facts about President Obama’s birthplace and religion, bashing immigrants as “killers and rapists,” parading discredited stories to demonize Muslim-Americans and, at one point, linking an opponent’s father to the Kennedy assassination.

As more “establishment” and “mainstream” Republicans declare their support for Trump, it is critical to remember the people whom Trump initially invited into his campaign: a range of pundits and preachers who have pushed racist, xenophobic and truly insane beliefs throughout their careers.

No endorser was out of bounds for Trump, whether it was a pastor who believes Starbucks injects semen from gay men into its lattes in order to spread Ebola or a radio host who thinks that alien creatures secretly run the government.

These activists have now also become some of Trump’s most outspoken defenders. And, in return, Trump has elevated their profiles by appearing on their radio programs, inviting them to share the stage with him and even praising them to national audiences.

Trump’s apparent victory in the Republican presidential primary gives these figures an unprecedented platform from which to spew their paranoia and bigotry. And it presents a strange turning point at which conspiracy theories that previously only lurked around the edges of political discourse are suddenly thrust to center stage.

The Pundits

Alex Jones

The fact that the Republican Party is about to nominate a candidate who has embraced conspiracy theorist broadcaster Alex Jones is downright terrifying.

Trump appeared on Jones’ radio show in December, when he was already the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, and complimented Jones for his “amazing” reputation.

Trump’s top confidant, Roger Stone, a conservative operative who has called for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to be killed, has been on Jones’ show nearly every week during the campaign. The two are even working together on an effort to track down Republican delegates who don’t support Trump and hound them at their hotel rooms at the party convention in Cleveland.

Jones has bragged that he advises Trump off-air and took credit for the candidates’ conspiracy theory about Rafael Cruz, the father of Trump’s former rival Ted Cruz, being involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

When Trump falsely claimed that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated on 9/11, he cited a post on Jones’ InfoWars website and told Jones during an appearance on his program that his assertion was correct because people on Twitter told him so.

Jones’ “news” program is a natural outlet for Trump, as poll after poll shows that Trump supporters disproportionately subscribe to shocking conspiracy theories, including ones championed by Jones and by the candidate himself.

It’s hard to describe how utterly bizarre Jones’ worldview is and how unbelievable it is that a major presidential candidate is promoting it.

Jones has broadcast numerous “false flag” conspiracy theories, alleging that the U.S. government was involved in the September 11 attacks; the Oklahoma City bombing; and the massacres of school children in Newtown, Connecticut, black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, and police officers in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jones thinks that President Obama is literally “a demonic creature” who is out to assassinate Trump after successfully murdering Justice Antonin Scalia and conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, and that he, along with Pope Francis, is determined to kill anywhere between 90 million and 1 billion people. He also says that "chemtrails" from the backs of planes spread a deadly “weaponized flu.”

He even believes that juice boxes are turning children gay — “the reason there’s so many gay people now is because it’s a chemical warfare operation!” — and that the LGBT rights movement is bent on the extermination of humanity.

Like Trump, Jones is a vocal critic of vaccines: Both have wrongly suggested that they cause autism.

Jones has also targeted Justin Bieber, claiming that the Canadian pop star is trying to brainwash children as part of a plot to disarm Americans and create a police state, and Beyoncé, telling his audience that she is a CIA plant out to stir racial violence and “literally” eat the brains of children.

And that’s not all.

Jones believes that an “alien force, not of this world,” is specifically targeting Trump, and has frequently promoted the claim that shape-shifting reptilian humanoids from outer space surreptitiously control the world, regularly hosting David Icke, one of the leading propagators of this belief, as an expert guest.

In one segment, Jones dressed up as a space lizard in a top hat to explain the “origins of Obamacare.”

Hoping that “no amount of fluoride in the water” can stop Trump, Jones has used threatening language against the GOP candidate's critics, calling Hillary Clinton a “bitch,” telling Bernie Sanders supporters that they need to have their “jaws broken,” and urging conservative writer George Will to “put a .357 Magnum to your head and blow what little is left of your brains out all over yourself” after he wrote a column condemning Trump.

Michael Savage

Trump has become a regular guest on “The Savage Nation,” a right-wing radio program hosted by Michael Savage that has the fifth-largest radio audience in the country, often appearing on the show immediately before primary election days in order to drum up support from Savage’s listeners.

It was on Savage’s program that Trump wondered if Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, denounced Jewish people who support Obama and suggested that the president doesn’t want to fight terrorism and may have “evil intentions” with regard to Syrian refugees. Trump also told Savage that he will appoint ultraconservative jurists to the Supreme Court and would consider naming Savage himself to a position in his administration.

Savage, who calls himself “the architect of Trump's messaging,” has told his listeners that Trump based his immigration policies on one of his books.

He believes that God is lifting Trump to victory, hailing the candidate as “the Winston Churchill of our time” and hoping that he will become a dictator who rules by decree and stop Obama before he begins arresting and killing Americans en masse. Trump has returned the favor, thanking Savage for his “amazing” support and praising him as a “special guy” who would bring “common sense” if he were to join the government.

Savage gained widespread notoriety back in 2003 when, on his short-lived television program, he lashed out at a gay caller by saying:

Oh, you're one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig. You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage. You have got nothing to do today — go eat a sausage and choke on it. Get trichinosis.

Savage has not moderated since then.

He lashed out at veterans with PTSD, saying that they are “a bunch of losers” who “cry like a little baby” and have turned America into “a weak, sick nation.” (Ironically, Savage himself says he suffers “post-radio stress disorder” from reporting on the Obama family.)

Savage has also called autism is “a fraud” and argued that seltzer water causes insanity.

He claims that Obama is a Hitler-like leader bent on rounding up conservatives, staging shootings like the massacre in Charleston, setting up internment camps and death camps, beheading his critics, nullifying the upcoming election, creating a private army composed of Crips and Bloods gang members and Syrian refugees, and committing white genocide — a claim which he backed up by citing a prophesy from a Mayan woman he saw on television.

With a long record of violent rhetoric, Savage seems excited about the prospect of fighting in a race war between white conservatives and Obama, telling listeners that the president is a secret Muslim determined to ban dogs and deliberately spread diseases like Ebola.

“You have Satan in the White House,” he said last year. “Get the child out of the White House. He is going to set the nation on fire like he set the world on fire. Stop him before he kills all of us.”

Ann Coulter

Like Savage, far-right columnist Ann Coulter has claimed credit for shaping Trump’s extremist stance on immigration. Trump has invited her to speak at a number of his campaign rallies, including one at which she declared that God is using Trump’s candidacy to save America.

While Coulter has long managed to attract attention by making over-the-top remarks, such as when she declared her opposition to women’s suffrage, called John Edwards a “faggot” and smeared a group of 9/11 widows as “people enjoying their husbands’ death,” she has recently become almost single-mindedly focused on the issue of immigration, dazzling Trump with her warnings about “Latin American rape culture” and the “browning of America.”

“Ann’s been amazing,” Trump said earlier this year. “I’m a big fan and you know that.”

Indeed, Trump’s extremist plan of mass deportation, constructing a massive border wall, impounding remittances, expelling refugees and curtailing legal immigration seems to resemble the proposals laid out in Coulter’s book, “Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” in which she called on the government to adopt draconian policies to curb both lawful and unlawful immigration and refugee resettlement programs because, in her view, America has too many Latinos.

Coulter has urged GOP candidates to win elections by stoking anti-immigrant sentiment and “unapologetically opposing the transformation of America into a Third World country.”

Coulter claims that unless immigration is drastically curbed, parents will have to “get used to your little girls being rapedbecause “gang rape, child rape, elder rape, and murder rape are highly correlated with specific ethnic groups — ethnic groups we are bringing to America by the busload.”

Those who back immigration reform, according to Coulter, deserve to be targeted by “death squads,” just as immigrants who overstay their visas should get the death penalty. Coulter, who said that Trump “won me over with that Mexican rapist speech,” has praised the presumptive GOP nominee’s “genius” plan to ban Muslims from entering the country and has hailed his anti-immigrant plan as “the greatest political document since the Magna Carta.”

If Trump doesn’t win the election, Coulter has warned, it’s “lights out for the entire world for a thousand years,” as only Trump will stop changes to the “demographics of the country.”

“Thank God, and I am not using the Lord’s name in vain, I mean that absolutely literally, thank God for raising up Donald Trump and giving us a chance to save the country,” she said.

The Preachers

Carl Gallups

Ahead of the crucial Florida primary, Trump released a statement touting the endorsement he received from Pastor Carl Gallups, and then asked Gallups to deliver the invocation at a campaign rally in Pensacola.

Gallups and Trump share a passion for promoting birther conspiracy theories and denouncing the Common Core academic standards, which Gallups warns will ensure that “our smallest children in pre-school” will learn about “the mechanics of homosexual sex.”

Homosexuality has been a major focus of Gallups’ activism; he has repeatedly warned that same-sex marriage will completely destroy society by bringing about economic turmoil, severe persecution, the “enslavement” of Christians and divine punishment.

“This ruling may prove to be the final death knell of divine judgment upon our once great nation,” he said in response to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on marriage equality.

Gallups has also latched on to the Sandy Hook truther movement, which claims that the government faked the murder of schoolchildren and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, in order to justify new restrictions on firearms.

He called the massacre a “hoax” and said that grieving parents were actually crisis actors.

“[T]his dude is a Hollywood actor, his so-called wife is a Hollywood actor,” he said of two parents who lost children in the shooting.

A Trump spokeswoman said that the campaign “was not aware” of Gallups’ views, but the campaign still boasts of his endorsement on its website.

Unsurprisingly, Gallups has also speculated about whether Obama is the Antichrist, ultimately concluding that while the president is “an anti-Christ,” it is more likely that “he is a depiction of some of the characteristics of the anti-Christ who is to come.”

Robert Jeffress

Trump was very proud to land the endorsement of Robert Jeffress, a prominent Southern Baptist preacher and Fox News contributor who has hit the trail with the candidate at a number of events.

At one rally, Trump invited Jeffress to join him on stage as he decried the supposed persecution of Christians in America through the “War on Christmas” and lamented that he wouldn’t have been criticized if he had proposed a ban on Christians from entering the U.S., as he did with Muslims.

Jeffress made waves in the last presidential election when, after endorsing Rick Perry, he told Christians that they shouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith, which wasn’t too surprising since he once blasted Mormonism as “a cult” from “the pit of hell.”

Jeffress has similarly stated that Satan created Roman Catholicism, declared that Jews, Mormons, Muslims and gay people are all destined for hell and maintained that President Obama “is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”

No fan of the gay community, Jeffress believes that gays and lesbians are “perverse” people who are either pedophiles or likely to abuse children in the future; compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it “a miserable lifestyle”; accused gay people of using “brainwashing techniques” to have homosexuality “crammed down our throats”; said that gay people “are engaged in the most detestable, unclean, abominable acts you can imagine”; predicted that the gay rights movement “will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist”; and labeled homosexuality a “filthy practice” that will lead to the “implosion of our country.”

James David Manning

Update: Following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, James David Manning said he was outraged by Trump’s remarks expressing support for the LGBT community and has withdrawn his support. “Sodomy is more dangerous to America than radical Islam,” he said.

Among the pastors invited to Trump Tower for what the GOP presidential candidate described as an endorsement meeting in December was James David Manning, who proudly endorsed Trump and stood beside him as he spoke to press about the event.

“I’m going to have and enjoy a long relationship with Mr. Trump,” Manning said after the meeting. “I pray he becomes president.”

The Harlem-based pastor has:

  • Accused Obama of murdering his “love child” outside the U.S. Capitol.

And that list barely scratches the surface of the many absurd and offensive things that Manning has actually said.

While Trump of course cannot be held responsible for all of the statements these individuals have made, he can and should be held responsible for embracing them and, at times, promoting their baseless conspiracy theories.

Trump Loves Mormons. But His Favorite Pastor Says They Are Led By Satan.

“Do I love the Mormons?” Donald Trump asked last week in Utah. “I have many friends that live in Salt Lake City, I have a lot of friends, I have a lot of friends, and by the way, Mitt Romney is not one of them. Did he choke? Did this guy choke? He’s a choke artist. I can’t believe — are you sure he’s a Mormon? Are we sure?”

Despite Trump’s (mixed) praise for the Mormon faith heading into the Utah primary, Mormon voters may want to know why the Republican presidential frontrunner has been touting the support of Texas pastor Robert Jeffress.

Trump has heartily embraced Jeffress, even bringing him on stage at his rallies.

Things have changed quite a bit since 2012, when Rick Perry was roundly criticized for touting Jeffress’ support because of Jeffress’ anti-Mormon preaching, much of it directed at Mitt Romney, such as his declaration that Mormonism and Islam are demonic faiths “from the pit of hell”:

Jeffress has similarly claimed that the Roman Catholic Church was created by Satan.

And that’s not to mention his frequent tirades against gay people.

Somehow, Trump’s claim to “love the Mormons” is less convincing given that he’s aligned himself with a radical pastor who believes Catholicism, Mormonism, Islam and homosexuality are inspired by Satan.

Trump-Loving Pastor Robert Jeffress Once Said 'True' Christians Would Support Christian Candidates Over Non-Christian Ones

Right-wing pastor Robert Jeffress has been growing increasingly defensive as he faces criticism over his warm embrace of Donald Trump, especially from fellow right-wing Christians like the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer.

Jeffress is particularly upset that self-professed Christians who support Trump are having the legitimacy of their faith questioned for doing so:  

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the 12,000 member First Baptist Church in Dallas who has endorsed Donald Trump, is pushing back against several high profile Christian leaders and pundits who have mocked the professions of faith of Trump and anyone who votes for him.

“Every Christian has the right to his own opinion about a presidential candidate, but no Christian has the right to impose his preference as a litmus test for someone else’s Christianity or spirituality,” Jeffress tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview.

This is quite a change for Jefress who, during the last Republican presidential primary, urged Christians not to vote for a Mormon like Mitt Romney because "every true, born-again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian."

In fact, back in 2011, Jeffress sat down with none other than Bryan Fischer to explain that "evangelical Christians need to support and encourage true born-again followers of Christ to be president" and therefore needed to support Rick Perry over Romney.

Paraphrasing John Jay, Jeffress stated that "as Christians, we have the duty and the privilege to select and prefer Christians as our leaders."

"We ought to have a born-again follower of Christ in the Oval Office if we have a choice," he stated, insisting that Christians should always prefer the candidate who is "in-dwelt by the spirit of God" over one who isn't. 

Jeffress even attacked Romney for being "all over the map" on issues like abortion and marriage:

This time around, the GOP primary race still has more than one candidate that would presumably meet Jeffress' standard for being a "true born-again follower of Christ," yet Jeffress is not supporting them and is, instead, proudly standing by the one who has been "all over the map" on the issues he claims to care so dearly about.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/2/16

  • David Barton's sidekick, Rick Green, has once again failed in his effort to win a seat on the Texas Supreme Court.
  • It looks like Jerry Falwell Jr.'s endorsement of Donald Trump didn't sway many of the voters around Liberty University.
  • Robert Jeffress says that Christians who won't vote for Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination are "fools."
  • Bryan Fischer predicts that Marco Rubio will drop out of the race before the Florida primary in order to make room for a surprise run by Mitt Romney.
  • Finally, take one guess who will be officiating Dinesh D'Souza's wedding?

'Christianity Is Under Siege': Donald Trump Vows To Stop Christianity From Becoming 'Weaker, Weaker And Weaker'

After vowing to go after journalists who write critical stories about him at a rally in Texas today, Donald Trump bragged about the support his presidential campaign has received from conservative evangelical voters, touting endorsements from televangelist Paula White, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Sarah Palin.

Trump even brought Robert Jeffress, the conservative televangelist notorious for his anti-gay, anti-Catholic and anti-Mormon preaching, onto the stage to sing his praises. Jeffress called Trump a patriot “who is truly pro-life,” unlike Hillary Clinton, whom he warned would be “the most pro-abortion president in history.”

“God bless Donald Trump,” Jeffress declared. Trump had a much bleaker message: “Christianity is under siege. Every year it gets weaker and weaker and weaker.”

He said he would restore Christianity to greatness by scrapping IRS regulations pertaining to church engagement in partisan political activity on behalf of candidates or campaigns.

It makes you less powerful than a man or woman walking up the street. You actually have less power, and yet if you look at it, I was talking to someone, we probably have 250 million, maybe even more, in terms of people, so we have more Christians than we have men or women in our country and we don’t have a lobby because they’re afraid to have a lobby because they don’t want to lose their tax status.

So I am going to work like hell to get rid of that prohibition and we’re going to have the strongest Christian lobby and it’s going to happen. This took place during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and it has had a terrible chilling effect.

When I said that there has to be a temporary ban on certain people coming into this country, we have no choice, there’s something wrong, there’s something really wrong. And when I said ‘Muslim,’ I was met with furor. If I would’ve said ‘Christian,’ people would’ve said, ‘oh we can’t do anything about it.’ That’s going to end folks.

We’re going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ now on Christmas. We’re going to start going to department stores and stores and you’re going to see big beautiful signs that say, ‘Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday.’ And we’re going to have a big, big, big lotta fun.

There is a lot to unpack here.

First, it is difficult to know what Trump means when he says that “we have more Christians than we have men or women in our country.”

Second, the part of the tax code Trump is speaking of was put into effect in 1954, not “during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson,” although as a senator he was behind the amendment instituting the policy.

Third, there are hundreds of interest groups who claim to represent Christians and even specific Christian denominations in America, proving that the IRS regulations did not have “a terrible chilling effect.”

Fourth, it is hard to square Trump’s claim that he is a defender of religious freedom when also boasting that he wants to ban all of the world’s Muslims — over 1.6 billion people — from entering the U.S.

Fifth, it seems unlikely that people would have shrugged if Trump said he wanted to ban Christians from the country.

Sixth, people still say “Merry Christmas” on Christmas.

Lastly, what?

Trump Once Again Embraces Anti-Gay, Anti-Catholic Pastor Robert Jeffress

Donald Trump’s rally in Fort Worth, Texas, today included an endorsement by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Trump’s pledge to “open” libel laws so that he could sue journalists. It also included yet another mutual embrace between Trump and anti-gay pastor Robert Jeffress.

As Brian reminded us in January, Jeffress said during the 2012 presidential campaign that electing a Mormon president would cause God to judge America. He’s said that the Catholic Church is a “counterfeit religion” that represents “the genius of Satan.” Jeffress also says gays are “perverse” and “miserable” people who will lead to the “implosion” of America and pave the way for the Antichrist.

What does Trump have to say about Jeffress?  “I love him!” he gushed at today’s rally.

The feeling is mutual. Jeffress told the crowd that Trump loves America and is “truly pro-life.” And, he said, “Donald Trump cares about and loves evangelical Christians.”

“If Donald Trump is elected president of the United States, we who are evangelical Christians are going to have a true friend in the White House,” Jeffress said. “God bless Donald Trump!”

Trump Embraces Radical Anti-Catholic, Anti-Gay Pastor

Donald Trump has once again joined up with Texas pastor Robert Jeffress, this time inviting Jeffress to introduce him at an event at a Christian college in Iowa over the weekend.

"It’s becoming something of a regular gig: Jeffress, you may recall, also intro’d Trump at his American Airlines Center rally in September. And when he’s not introducing Trump, Jeffress is laying hands on the man," Robert Wilsonsky of The Dallas Morning News wrote, noting that Trump has returned the favor by lavishing praise on Jeffress...for boasting about Trump.

Jeffress insists that his appearances don't amount to an official endorsement, but has said that Trump has the best chance of defeating a Democratic opponent and "could be a very effective president of the United States."

However, courting Jeffress' support didn't end well for the last Republican presidential candidate who tried it: Rick Perry.

Perry, then the governor of Texas, drew flak for embracing Jeffress during his 2012 presidential campaign, particularly after Jeffress criticized Mitt Romney for his Mormon faith when he introduced Perry at the Values Voter Summit. Jeffress also declared that a Mormon president would cause God to judge America and that Mormons, Muslims, Jews and most Catholics are destined for hell.

The megachurch pastor also claimed that Satan is behind Roman Catholicism.

Jeffress has warned that the gay rights movement "will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist, to persecute and martyr Christians without any repercussions whatsoever," and similarly declared that the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling signaled the coming of the Last Days. He even claimed that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks represented God's judgment for legal abortion, predicting that advances in gay rights would bring about similar forms of divine punishment.

As we previously noted:

He has described gays and lesbians as “perverse,” “miserable” and “abnormal” people who engage in an “unnatural” and “filthy practice” that will lead to the “implosion of our country.” Jeffress argues that the gay community employs Chinese “brainwashing techniques” in order to have homosexuality “crammed down our throats.”

While many Religious Right leaders are flocking to Ted Cruz, it seems that Trump is trying to win over his very own posse of extremist pastors.

Tim Wildmon: ‘It’s Getting To The Point Where I Look At Muslims And I’m Skeptical Of All Of Them’

Dr. Robert Jeffress joined American Family Association president Tim Wildmon on American Family Radio's “Today’s Issuesprogram yesterday to discuss the terrorist attacks on Paris.

Wildmon acknowledged that he’s not sure how people should respond “as Christians” to “the fact that these acts of terrorism are done almost exclusively now by Islamic jihadists.” He concluded that, as a Christian, “It’s getting to the point where I look at Muslims, and I’m skeptical of all of them.” Wildmon allowed that “maybe that’s Islamophobic” but continued on to say it’s a “reality” that all terrorists are Muslim.

Jeffress agreed with the sentiment, adding that the Paris attackers were acting in accordance to Islam. “We all individually want to love Muslims and do everything we can to lead them to faith in Jesus Christ,” Jeffress said, “but, … we’ve got to lay aside political correctness and say what is the truth, and that is these eight suicide bombers in Paris were not acting in opposition to Islam faith, they were acting in concert with what Islam teaches.”

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Jeffress: Marriage Equality Decision, White House Rainbow Lights Signs Of End Times

This past Sunday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins delivered the sermon at Robert Jeffress’ church in Dallas. Although Perkins’ visit had been planned more than a year in advance, Jeffress was delighted that it ended up falling just two days after the Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans nationwide, which Jeffress called “the greatest, most historic, landmark blunder in the history of the United States Supreme Court.”

Jeffress had some good news, though: The Supreme Court’s decision and the ensuing rainbow-flag projection on the White House all just confirm the Bible’s reports of what will happen before the return of Christ.

“What happened Friday was nothing short of an affront in the face of Almighty God,” Jeffres said in his introduction of Perkins. “And how did our president respond? President Obama responded Friday night by bathing the White House, the people’s house, in colors that represent what the Bible calls degredation, depravity and sexual perversion.”

Jeffress and his church, he said, are “not going to be silenced by the liberal left, Barack Obama or the United States Supreme Court.”

“We’re not despondent, we’re not discouraged in the least,” he added, “because everything that happened Friday is simply confirmation of what the Bible says is going to happen before the return of Jesus Christ.”

Jeffress has previously called the gay rights movement and the book “Fifty Shades of Grey” signs of the End Times.

Perkins also addressed the marriage equality ruling, saying he was less concerned about being “on the wrong side of history” than on “the wrong side of the one who’s going to write the final chapter of history.”

The government, he said, had “usurped” issues like marriage and turned “the sacred into the secular.”

“I cannot see a more clear visual representation of where our nation stands,” he said, “than on Friday morning, our courts turned the sacred into the secular and that night, the president bathing the White House in the colors of Pride. God have mercy on America.”

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

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

Right Wing Round-Up - 6/9/15

  • Elliot Mincberg @ Salon: The right’s slimy new scheme: The made-up “religious freedom” protection designed to gut same-sex marriage.
  • Josh Feldman @ Mediaite: Pastor Responds to Maher over Christian Persecution: Nazis Didn’t Burn the Jews Right Away.
  • Warren Throckmorton: Missouri Baptist Convention Grateful to Help Host David Barton; Christian Historians Disagree.
  • Tierney Sneed @ TPM: Louisiana GOPers In Fiscal Mess Beg Grover Norquist To Relax No Tax Pledge.
  • Todd Heywood @ PrideSource: Anti-Gay West Michigan 'Mechanic' To Host Townhall In Jenison Public School.
  • Mark Joseph Stern @ Slate: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Threatens to Defund Judiciary if It Rules Against Him.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/1/15

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

War And Terrorists And Floods, Oh My! The Right's Five Worst Predictions About Marriage Equality

Mike Huckabee thinks Christianity will soon be outlawed to make room for gay rights. Ted Cruz fears “liberal fascism; and a pro-gay “jihad” are destroying liberty. Bobby Jindal believes freedom will soon be extinguished as reality stars lose their apparent constitutional right to appear on television.

These GOP presidential hopefuls are not shying away from the gay marriage issue, which comes as no surprise since the GOP’s right-wing base has been whipped into a frenzy by conservative talk radio hosts and activists who have insisted that freedom will be no more if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage.

Here are five of the far right’s wildest predictions about what would happen if gay marriage becomes legal nationwide:

1) War!

Several Religious Right pundits believe that a Supreme Court ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans would spark a full-blown rebellion, if not a civil war.

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said that the country could witness a second civil war over the Supreme Court’s decision, while Mat Staver of the conservative legal group Liberty Counsel said the court “could cause another civil war” if it legalizes same-sex marriage.

The Texas chapter of Eagle Forum warned the Supreme Court in an amicus brief that a ruling that “imposes homosexual marriage” on the country “would cause vastly more conflict” than the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision. Not to be outdone, conservative activist Alan Keyes predicted that marriage equality will lead to mass murder and “the separation and dissolution of the United States.”

At least one conservative author thinks that the states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina should consider seceding from the U.S. and establish their own country in order to preserve gay marriage bans. This new country, naturally, will be named “Reagan.”

2) Terrorism!

David Lane, a conservative political organizer with close ties to the GOP and several Republican presidential candidates, has warned that God will soon usher in a wave of terrorist attacks as punishment for America’s acceptance of homosexuality and abortion. Infuriated by “homosexuals praying” at President Obama’s second inauguration, Lane claimed that God can show the country mercy but it will be a “very painful process,” including “car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa.”

American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer warned that because America’s “gay gestapo” is acting like the men of Sodom who tried to rape angels, God will “run out of patience with the United States” and “use pagan armies to discipline his people if they turn from him in rebellion and disobedience and descend into debauchery.”

“What if God will use the pagan armies of Allah to discipline the United States for our debauchery?” he wondered.

Neither prediction holds a candle, however, to talk show host Rick Wiles’ frequent prediction that gay rights will lead to a nuclear attack on the country.

3) Apocalypse!

Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor and author of “Countdown to the Apocalypse,” has called gay marriage “the greatest sign of the End Times that we see in our country right now,” warning that the Supreme Court will embolden pro-gay “extremists” to “make us all bow down and bless what God has called a perversion.”

Janet Porter, an anti-gay activist who held a rally outside of the Supreme Court yesterday, has said that “we are uniquely positioned for the return of Christ like no other time in history” as a result of the Supreme Court marriage cases.

Another conservative pundit, Linda Harvey, claimed in an interview with End Times broadcaster Jan Markell that the legal and political success of gay marriage advocates means that “we’re heading into the End Times, and it sure looks like we may be, or the end of America — or both.” 

Michele Bachmann, a frequent guest on Markell’s program, told the End Times evangelist that legal abortion and gay marriage, along with President Obama’s foreign policies, are among the signs that we are entering the Last Days. God will remove his “hedge of protection” from America as punishment for its increasingly “pagan” culture, she warned, and “and we will suffer the consequences as a result.”

4) Flood!

Gay rights advocates are not only turning America into Sodom and Gomorrah (as Pat Robertson claims), but they are also risking the destruction of the planet, argue some far-right pundits who believe that Noah’s Flood was divine punishment for homosexuality. Scott Lively, the pastor best known for his work promoting anti-gay laws in countries like Russia and Uganda, claims that “the Great Flood of Noah in Genesis 6-9 was precipitated by homosexual sin.”

“We need to remember that in the time leading up to the Flood what the rabbis teach about the last straw for God before He brought the Flood was when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage,” Lively said, “and Jesus said that you’ll know the End Times because it will be like the days of Noah. There’s never been a time in the history of the world since before the Flood when homosexual marriage has been open and celebrated, and that’s another sign that I believe that we’re close to the end…. I think this is the issue of the End Times: homosexuality.”

Another pastor claimed God “brought the flood” because he “knew that the people of the earth were going to destroy themselves through same-sex marriage.” Porter has similiarly called gay marriage “the final straw that led to the Flood.”

5) Antichrist!

The destruction of freedom and America at the hands of gay rights advocates, some Religious Right voices warn, will eventually lead to the coming of the Antichrist.

Jeffress said that the purported gay persecution of Christians “will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist, to persecute and martyr Christians without any repercussions whatsoever,” while Gordon Klingenschmitt, a televangelist and Colorado Republican state representative, called LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination laws a “sign that the End Times are really upon us. When the Antichrist rises up to persecute Christians and behead us and throw us in jail for our Christian faith, you don’t think it’s going to be over things like this?”

Lively explicitly linked the coming of the Antichrist to the marriage cases before the Supreme Court, writing that “if we are on the verge of ‘birth pangs’ we will likely know it by Passover, but in either case we should brace for serious judgment on the United States in the form of natural and/or man-made disaster if the Supreme Court established sodomy as a basis for marriage under our constitution.” The one who will “not yet be exposed to the world as the Antichrist” will emerge around September of this year, Lively wrote, noting that “the Biblically literate would recognize him.”

“Even as the rest of the world lauds its ‘savior’ and embraces his government, the Christian believers (and Torah-faithful Jews) would be increasingly reviled and hunted,” Lively wrote. “I don’t think there is any question, Biblically, that the cultural celebration of ‘gay marriage’ portends judgment from God. The only real question in my mind is whether it truly signals the imminent ‘beginning of sorrows’ or is just another step in the path leading to God’s wrath at a later time.”

Jeffress: 9/11 Was God's Judgment On America For Abortion

Right-wing megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress spoke at Liberty University's convocation this morning, where he told the student audience that America's complete collapse was unavoidable, thanks to Supreme Court rulings banning organized prayer and Bible study in public schools, legalizing abortion, and striking down bans of gay sex.

These rulings, Jeffress declared, have "so weakened the moral and spiritual infrastructure of our nation that our collapse is inevitable," explaining that the 9/11 terrorist attack was God's judgment upon America for the sin of abortion.

"All you have to do is look in history to see what God does with a nation that sanctions the killing of its own children," he said. "Just look at the nation of Israel ... Because they got involved in the worship of Moloch, the pagan god, and they sacrificed their children on the altar, what did God do? He raised up the godless Babylonians and Assyrians to bring judgement on his own people."

"People ask me all the time," Jeffress continued, "'Well, I just don't understand why God wouldn't protect our nation and he would allow these radical Muslims in 2001 to kill 3,000 of our citizens and why God doesn't protect us. Surely, God doesn't use pagans to bring judgment upon his own people, does he?'"

"Just read the Bible," he said. "God will not allow sin to go unpunished and he certainly won't allow the sacrifice of children to go unpunished":

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Brian Tashman, Tuesday 06/21/2016, 3:20pm
Today, Donald Trump’s campaign announced the formation of his Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, which includes right-wing figures ranging from ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann to Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. After retiring from Congress on the heels of a campaign scandal, Bachmann has not let up in her radical preaching. According to Bachmann, the September 11 attacks represented God’s judgment on America; President Obama and gay rights advocates are bringing about the End Times; homosexuality is “personal enslavement” and “part of... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Monday 06/20/2016, 4:05pm
Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed hero of the LGBT community, is slated to unveil a religious advisory board filled with outspoken opponents of LGBT rights this week, coinciding with his meeting tomorrow with hundreds of Religious Right leaders. According to the Wall Street Journal, the group is likely to include longtime supporters such as televangelist Paula White, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Southern Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress. Others expected to join the board include Ralph Reed, who recently introduced Trump at an event hosted by his Faith and Freedom... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 06/09/2016, 5:30pm
Robert Jeffress says that conservative Christians "are going to realize ... there is no choice in this election except to vote for Donald Trump" because the only thing that matters is the Supreme Court. Thrice-married adulterer Newt Gingrch says that Trump is "totally virtuous" compared with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Bill Muehlenberg says that atheists are consumed by "their hatred of God ... [which] explains their love of abortion, their hatred of marriage and family, their rejection of traditional morality, and their enmity to America and the West.... MORE >
Miranda Blue, Tuesday 05/17/2016, 11:31am
Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, praised his state’s leaders yesterday for refusing to comply with an Obama administration directive on facilities access for trans students in public schools, saying that “it’s time for an all-out rebellion against this absolute tyranny of the Obama administration.” He added that business interests pressuring lawmakers not to enact anti-LGBT measures are a greater “threat to freedom of religion in America” than ISIS. Jeffress, a key Religious Right ally to Donald Trump, discussed the topic... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Thursday 05/12/2016, 11:30am
It isn’t at all surprising that a candidate who has a long history of making misogynistic and degrading statements about women, has bragged about the endorsement of a convicted rapist, has talked about Hillary Clinton getting “schlonged,” and at one point backed the idea of punishing women who have abortions would attract the support of those with their own histories of troubling rhetoric about women. Indeed, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has touted the endorsements of several politicians and activists who have done everything from denounce women... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Monday 05/09/2016, 1:15pm
Donald Trump’s obsession with conspiracy theories didn’t come out of nowhere. Before the GOP presidential frontrunner started winning the backing of Republican leaders, he assembled a team of ardent right-wing conspiracy theorists whose bigoted and bizarre beliefs once put them decidedly on the fringe of American politics. Trump himself has spread a wide range of bizarre and bogus claims, winning state after state by questioning the facts about President Obama’s birthplace and religion, bashing immigrants as “killers and rapists,” parading discredited stories to... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Monday 03/21/2016, 5:20pm
“Do I love the Mormons?” Donald Trump asked last week in Utah. “I have many friends that live in Salt Lake City, I have a lot of friends, I have a lot of friends, and by the way, Mitt Romney is not one of them. Did he choke? Did this guy choke? He’s a choke artist. I can’t believe — are you sure he’s a Mormon? Are we sure?” Despite Trump’s (mixed) praise for the Mormon faith heading into the Utah primary, Mormon voters may want to know why the Republican presidential frontrunner has been touting the support of Texas pastor Robert Jeffress... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 03/04/2016, 12:50pm
Right-wing pastor Robert Jeffress has been growing increasingly defensive as he faces criticism over his warm embrace of Donald Trump, especially from fellow right-wing Christians like the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer. Jeffress is particularly upset that self-professed Christians who support Trump are having the legitimacy of their faith questioned for doing so:   Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the 12,000 member First Baptist Church in Dallas who has endorsed Donald Trump, is pushing back against several high profile Christian leaders and pundits who have mocked the... MORE >