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Notice a Pattern? Fischer Against Warns of "Civil Unrest" In Response to Federal "Tyranny"

Why does it seem that every time something happens that doesn't fit with Bryan Fischer's political agenda, his response is to warn that said development will lead to violence? 

For instance, he has insisted that the country must deport entire families because it "makes vigilante justice unnecessary." Similarly, when Congress passed health care reform, he responded by comparing the federal government to trespassers and squatters who should be shot, while warning that only representative who take seriously the 10th Amendment can save this nation from impending bloodshed.  Shortly thereafter, he followed that up with another warning that citizens will "use all the morally and constitutionally justified means at their disposal to defend their inalienable rights to life, liberty and property" and "resist the tyranny imposed on us by the Intolerable Act of 2010."

And now is he issuing similar warnings in response to the court decision striking down Arizona's immigration law:

We have reached a point now where as a culture we are on the verge of civil unrest for one reason: the ruling class is determined not to let us govern ourselves.

We are on the verge of collapsing into violence and vigilante justice, as more and more Americans come to realize that the ruling class is their enemy and not their friend. More and more of them are becoming convinced that their government will not protect them and will not punish the guilty, and they will conclude that they must now protect themselves not only from criminals but from their own government.

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What I am saying is that it is inevitable that people, whether rightly or wrongly, will begin taking the law into their own hands if their own government will not protect them from the bad guys and “punish those who do evil" ... We are already at a place where more Americans are afraid of their government than they are of criminals. Our government in many ways is now a terror to those who do good and a protector of those who do evil. This state of affairs cannot long endure.

Notice how Fischer always frames these warnings so that, if violence does happen, it will be the government's fault because it has pushed the citizens too far?  

Fischer is always quick to assert that he does not support such violence ... but he sure does seem to think that violence would not only be an understandable response, but actually a justified response to the increasing "tyranny" of the federal government. 

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW Statement: Federal Judge Blocks Portions of Arizona’s SB1070.
  • Alan Colmes: Florida Church Plans “Burn A Koran Day” September 11.
  • Brian Beutler @ TPM: Sherrod Critic: She Used 'Lynching' To Gin Up Democratic Voters.
  • Towleroad: FRC Hits Holland, MI with Anti-Gay Ad Based on Discredited Pamphlet as City Considers Anti-Discrimination Ordinance.
  • The Advocate: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Cracks Lesbian Code.
  • Alvin McEwen: Court knocks down latest religious right cause célèbre.
  • Eric Boehlert: Why are RW pundits suddenly silent about NJ Gov. Christie? Or, paging Rush Limbaugh.
  • The Big Picture: Fools Gold: Inside the Glenn Beck Goldline Scheme.
  • Finally, the quote of the day from Jonathan Chait, responding to the Joe Klein quote I used as the QOTD yesterday: "My view is that Gingrich says dumb, angry things constantly and without regard to electoral ambitions. He is a dumb, angry man."

WND's DJ Dolce Takes the Low Road

Yesterday a couple other sites that monitor the radical right picked up on an offensive old episode of WorldNetDaily’s weird comedy news show “News! News!”. The show’s host, DJ Dolce, clarified to her audience that, while racial slurs are unacceptable, homophobic slurs are perfectly OK:

This is far from DJ Dolce’s only anti-gay moment. In one charming episode, she jokes that anyone who believes gays should have the right to adopt or even babysit children is “walking proof that homosexuality is a mental disorder.” The comedienne frequently manages to work in a homophobic remark or two to augment her already odious comments about liberals, immigrants, and atheists. This morning, for example, Joe.My.God highlighted the comedienne’s rant against Latino immigrants from May, in which she called the boycott against Arizona businesses “the gayest attempt at liberal activism since the coffee party.”

Box Turtle Bulletin’s Timothy Kincaid put his finger on why this is so troubling:

World Net Daily makes no bones about being virulently anti-gay. However, most anti-gays make at least a shallow attempt not to say, “we don’t hate” and try to keep their language – in public – from including the worst slurs.

But it looks like WND has given up all pretenses.

WND has a recurring “comedy” feature called News! News! with D.J. Dolce, WorldNetDaily Exclusive Commentary. Dolce, the wife of Molotov Mitchell, shares her husband’s contempt for gay people. But while he masks his animus in religion (he endorses the death penalty for gay people using Scripture), Dolce just engages in slurs and endorses bigotry.

…It’s been a while since I’ve seen hatred expressed to blatantly in public.

 

GOP’s version of political correctness

Some on the right have tried to claim that Arizona’s new immigration law has nothing to do with racism, xenophobia, or nativism. No, they say, it’s just about enforcing the rule of law! 

But this incident at an Idaho county fair speaks to the true motivations of at least some who support the Arizona law:

Some Republicans are unhappy with the Bonner County Fair's theme of "Fiesta at the Fair," in light of ongoing battles to stop illegal immigration from Mexico.

The Bonner County GOP said it will decorate its booth with the word "celebrate" instead of "fiesta." The Republicans have also asked Arizona officials for some license plates to put in the booth, to show support for that state's controversial law targeting illegal immigrants.

"The Republicans at BCRCC want to make it very clear that English is our primary language, and call our booths 'Celebrate!' and display some Arizona license plates if you have some to spare," Bonner County Republican Central Committee Chairman Cornel Rasor wrote in a letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, according to The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

Via the Progress Report

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW: Department of Justice Sues to Block Arizona Immigration Law.
  • Sarah Posner and Julie Ingersoll: Gun Ownership: ‘An Obligation to God’.
  • The Stranger: Gallagher Is a Paranoid, Right-Wing, Watermelon-Smashing Maniac.
  • TPM: Angle Sends Cease-And-Desist To Reid -- For Reposting Her Own Website.
  • Good As You: Tony Perkins: 'Held captive by lazy sermon writer'.
  • Steve Benen: Beck U.
  • Mother Jones: Shocker: Tea Party, GOP Beliefs Identical.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Mother Jones: Gay Marriage Foes: 'Til Disclosure Do Us Part?
  • Steve Benen: Enough With The Jones Act Talking Point.
  • Joe.My.God: ARIZONA GOP Candidate Wants To Cut Off Electricity To Undocumented Immigrants.
  • Andy Birkey: Church behind anti-Islam ad to host national anti-gay marriage group.
  • Evan Hurst: Lou Engle, Continuing the Delusion, Says SCOTUS Decision May Signal End Times.
  • Sam Stein: Lindsey Graham On Tea Party: 'Just Unsustainable,' No 'Coherent Vision,' Will 'Die Out'.
  • Ben Dimiero: Dear conservative media: Spare us the hypocritical denunciations of Nazi comparisons.
  • Think Progress: Presidential scholars: Bush is the worst president of the modern era, bottom five of all time.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • I have no idea what "Freedom Fest 2010" is supposed to be, but it is sponsored by the ACLJ and being headlined by Sarah Palin.
  • Someone just gave Cindy Jacobs $15,000 to continue her prophetic intercession.  Really? 
  • It looks like Samuel Rodriquez has joined up with Harry Jackson and Niger Innis for their bogus Affordable Power Alliance.
  • The House's Office of Congressional Ethics says there is no "probable cause to believe the alleged violation occurred" by members of Congress getting cheap rent at The Family's house on C Street.
  • Legislators in Virginia are looking to pass Arizona-like immigration laws in the state.
  • Keep in mind that Richard Land and the Southern Baptist Convention support immigration reform because they see it as an opportunity to grow their church.
  • Finally, Paul Blair of Reclaiming America for Christ is also a participant in the ADF's "Pulpit Initiative."

Deporting US Citizens ... In The Name Of Compassion

An effort is underway in Arizona to extend the state's draconian anti-immigration laws even further by challenging the 14th Amendment's language "all persons born ... in the United States ... are citizens of the United States."

That would no longer be the case if Sen. Russell Pearce has his way

The author of Arizona’s controversial immigration law is considering a new proposal that would block the children of illegal immigrants from becoming citizens if they are born in the United States.

Critics of the bill Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce is weighing say it would fly in the face of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants citizenship to anyone born within the country.

Pearce has been hinting for months that he may introduce legislation targeting so-called “anchor babies” but had not detailed his plan until an interview last week with Time magazine.

“This is an orchestrated effort by them to come here and have children to gain access to the great welfare state we've created,” Pearce said of Hispanic immigrants.

Pearce contended that the bill would not violate the 14th Amendment, saying only that “we would write it right.”

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is already on board:

In an interview with KGUN9 News on the eve of the hearing, Governor Brewer's message was clear: if you're here illegally, go back home. Her answer does not change in the case of families who might be separated by deportation or repatriation. Brewer said, "It is illegal to trespass into our country. It has always been illegal. And people have determined they want to take that chance, that responsibility.... They made a decision. And you pay those consequences, unfortunately."

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She told KGUN9 News, "It won't tear families apart. They can take their children back with them."

And so if the AFA's Bryan Fischer, who advocates deporting entire families if one of them is here illegally as a sign of "genuine compassion"

Members of the pro-family movement must agree. We believe in the importance of the family in general and in the importance of intact families in particular. In the name of genuine compassion, we should oppose breaking up families in the enforcement of immigration law.

Thus our repatriation policy should be to send entire families back to their land of origin if any one of them is in criminal violation of our immigration law.

If a family has a member who is here legally, and the family decides to leave him (generic use) here while the rest return to their homeland, that's their decision. They, and not the U.S. government, would be breaking up their own family. We would not be doing it to them, they would be doing it to themselves.

Americans who support both the rule of law and the importance of the family will be happy to hear that Gov. Jan Brewer agrees with them. Good for her.

So if a child was born in the United States to parents who are here illegally, they ought to be deported right along with them, even though they are US citizens ... all in the name of compassion. 

Right Wing Round-Up

  • SF Weekly: Federal law gives gay citizens with foreign partners tough choices: Leave the U.S.A. Lose your love. Break the law.
  • Mother Jones: Nevada Tea Partier's Memory Hole.
  • David Neiwert: Arizona's immigration battle becomes a major nexus for white supremacists and the 'mainstream'.
  • Warren Throckmorton: More on Bryan Fischer’s theories about homosexuality and the Nazis.
  • Think Progress: Hot mic catches Fiorina dissing Hannity: ‘Very bad choice’ to go on his show.
  • Media Matters: Savage: "Most" Jewish people killed in the Holocaust "went like sheep to the slaughter".

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW President Michael B. Keegan: A New Debate on the Court and the Constitution.
  • Think Progress: Defending Raghead Comment, South Carolina State Senator Says ‘We’re At War’ With Foreign Countries.
  • Ezra Klein: The concerned speed-readers of America.
  • Sarah Posner: Scott Roeder's Religion.
  • Good As You: Only 13 groups have the SPLC's 'anti-gay hate group' label. Here's NOM applauding one of them...
  • The Advocate: OK City Pol Likens Gays to Pedophiles.
  • Phoenix New Times: Chris Simcox Allegedly Threatened To Kill Family and Cops, According To Wife's Order of Protection.
  • Andy Birkey: Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinic receives state funds.
  • Joe.My.God: Florida AG Bill McCollum Hired Dr. George Rekers Against The Advice Of Own Staff.
  • David Neiwert: Foxheads freak out when Rep. Linda Sanchez points out the white supremacists lurking behind Arizona's immigration law.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • A new political organization is being launched in Louisiana called the Christian Party which will focus on applying the teachings of Jesus Christ to the political process.
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann loves the media ... just not the "mainstream media" where they ask her questions and stuff.
  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer continues to blame everyone else for mistakenly thinking that her claim that her father “died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany” meant that her father had died fighting the Nazis in Germany.
  • Al Mohler warns that if Don't Ask, Don't Tell is repealed, it will destroy religious freedom and fundamentally remake American society.
  • The AFA's Bryan Fischer succinctly explains the situation in Israel: "The real tragedy here is Islam. Islam inspired the deadly confrontation which led to the deaths of 10 hate-boat workers. Islam with its implacable, mindless and demonic hatred of Jews and Israel is to blame."
  • Finally, the quote of the day from the Family Research Council on President Obama declaring June to be Gay Pride Month (aka "sexual deviance month"): "President Obama took it a step further and added 'bisexuals' and 'transgenders' to the list. In fact, he called on 'every America' to spend the month celebrating their movement--a movement dedicated to destroying marriage, free speech, public health, religious liberty, and (after the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal) national security."

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Ten Commandments judge Roy Moore finished fourth in Alabama's Republican primary for Governor.
  • Anti-gay Utah State Sen. Chris Buttars had heart surgery, but expects to return to work after the summer.
  • CBN's David Brody profiles Andrew Breitbart.
  • BOND's Jesse Lee Peterson was tossed out of a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting for protesting the Board's decision to boycott Arizona over the state's immigration law.
  • Randall Terry reports that his television program is being picked up by more carriers.
  • Why does Politico keep giving Gary Bauer space to place these sorts of moronic op-eds?
  • CWA's Penny Nance calls investigative reporter Joe McGinniss, who moved in next to Sarah Palin, a "peeping tom."
  • Finally, if you are going to claim that your father "died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany," it is your fault when people mistakenly think you meant he died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany instead of ten years after World War II ended in California.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW Statement: Senator Cornyn Exposes Right’s Hypocrisy on Judicial Philosophy.
  • Justin Elliot: Souder: I'm Happy That Abstinence Vid With Mistress Now Defines Me.
  • Will Bunch: Beck pushes distorted view of George Washington's Christianity to No. 1.
  • Wonk Room: Tony Perkins: ‘If You Want A Military That Just Does Parades,’ Allow Gays To Openly Serve.
  • Zachary Roth: Far-Right Extremists Gather At 'Liberty Convention'.
  • Crooks and Liars: Sarah Palin attacks Maddow for doing her job and says Rachel was 'prejudiced' against Rand Paul.
  • Raw Story: Arizona governor defends harsh immigration law with frog puppet.
  • Jim Burroway: Scott Lively Initiates Renewed Push To Pass Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Gary Bauer wants it known that Democrats who cite the Bible are complete phonies and fake Christians.
  • Gary Bauer's wife wants it known that expecting the End Days to come soon is no reason to disengage from politics.
  • Richard Viguerie boldly declares that "recent election defeats of establishment Republicans means congressional Republican leadership will develop backbone, especially in the Senate, and aggressively challenge the entirety of the Democratic agenda ... [and will] now much more aggressively fight Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court."
  • Cliff Kincaid goes after Rand Paul for his libertarianism.
  • Note to the Associated Press, CAIR "considers" Pamela Geller to be anti-Islamic because Geller is rabidly anti-Islamic. It's not a matter of interpretation; it's a simple fact.
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer declares that Jesus Christ would not only support Arizona's draconian immigration law, but would "sign it so fast it'd give you a nosebleed" if he was the Governor.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Zachary Roth: Tea Party Leader: Allah Is 'Monkey God'.
  • Alan Colmes: Arizona Official Threatens To Shut Off Power To California As Payback For Boycott.
  • David Weigel: Running down the other big GOP primaries.
  • Kevin Drum: Rand Paul, More Than Just Another Nutcase.
  • Steve Benen: The Bart Simpsons of Congress.
  • Finally, Michael Kinsley asks whether Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia can be impartial of if he "is an extremist advocate of the so-called 'Nine Children Agenda.'"

"ALIPAC Withdraws From AZ Rallies Over Nazi Groups & Tancredo"

That is the title of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC's most recent email announcing that it is "withdrawing support for any rallies in Arizona in June to support SB 1070 due to the discovery of racist group involvement and the actions of former Congressman Tom Tancredo".

ALIPAC says they are dropping out because, as One People's Project established, the event is being organized by Dan Smeriglio of Voice of The People USA, who has been "working with skin heads and Nazis":

The video and screen shots of Dan Smeriglio's Facebook account indicates that he has willingly been working with members or racist skin head groups long after he knew their identities and politics. In fact, Dan's Facebook profile, which remains his main way of broadcasting a rally for June 5, promoted one of Europe's most popular neo-Nazi rock groups until a few days ago.

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Unfortunately, our plans to get the skinheads out and away from the Phoenix effort was thwarted, when retired Congressman Tom Tancredo, who had self titled himself as the 'key note speaker' at the June 5 event started telling leaders and candidates to come back to the June 5 rally. Tancredo even claimed that ALIPAC's concerns about Dan Smeriglio were false, when he had not reviewed the video and screen shots which we find to be fairly conclusive.

Some fine folks in Arizona took action at the end of last week and assured us that Dan Smeriglio's involvement was being completely removed from the June 5 rally and that we would have no more difficulties from Tom Tancredo.

Unfortunately, we found out yesterday that Dan Smeriglio is still involved with the Facebook effort to support the June 5 event, even though the neo-Nazi rock group and friends and their comments have been sanitized from his Facebook pages. We also found out that Tom Tancredo is continuing to try and persuade leaders to abandon the June 12 event for the 5th event.

ALIPAC will not work with any group or event that is working with or supportive of neo-Nazis or anyone working with them. We do not feel comfortable asking our national network to travel into Arizona at great expense to attend an event that Tom Tancredo is attempting to undermine.

 

Right Wing Leftovers

  • The ACLJ calls Arizona's anti-immigration law "sound and constitutional" and "plans to file an amicus brief in support of defending the law."
  • The Family Research Council says there is only one option for Obamacare: Repeal!
  • On a related note, groups that fought abortion coverage in health care reform are now using a provision in the bill to try and limit abortion coverage by private insurers.
  • Along with Fred Barnes, Marco Rubio addressed the Florida Family Policy Council dinner, which also honored Don Wildmon of the American Family Association.
  • Bill Donohue has gotten into a tiff with the National Catholic Reporter, which called him "a buffoonish bully, a carnival barker posing as a defender of the faith."
  • Finally, the quote of the day from Focus on the Family's Glenn Stanton lamenting the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill:  "The arrival of the Pill was supposed to have Andromeda unleashed from her chains, as its proponents told she would be. But maybe the proper analogy is not woman becoming unfettered from the chains of her biology, but rather her trading the God-given power of her femininity for the lie of thinking she will find happiness if she approaches sexuality more like a man."

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Tapped: Arizona Governor Signs Bill Banning Ethnic Studies.
  • Crooks and Liars: Buchanan: Obama 'Dummied Down' Supreme Court by Giving Appointments to People Who Are Not the Best and Brightest.
  • Steve Benen: GOP Reconsiders The Importance of Empathy.
  • TPM: Perpetual Money Machine: Conservative PAC Raises Millions In Order To Raise More Millions.
  • Joe.My.God: George Rekers: I Am Getting Spiritual Counseling For My Weaknesses.
  • Towleroad: Laura Bush on Marriage — Gay Couples 'Should Have the Same Rights' as Everyone Else.
  • Alan Colmes: SC Luv Guv Back With Argentine Mistress.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Religious Right leaders Mat Staver, Richard Land, and Samuel Rodriguez are poised to try and sell some form of immigration reform to their allies on the Right who vehemently oppose it.
  • Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, and Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission will honor two men "who lost their life in the line of Christian duty" this weekend, even though local authorities say there is no evidence that the crime had anything to do with religion.
  • In the latest craziness from WorldNetDaily, the website reports that a "purported communist activist [claims] he served as political mentor to President Obama's Senior Adviser David Axelrod."
  • I always assumed that LifeNews.com was a news website, not a political organization.  But I guess I was wrong, seeing as it is sponsoring both I Oppose Kagan and Stop Kagan.
  • Finally, the stupidity of ALIPAC seemingly knows no bounds as the group claims that Fox is trying to prevent people from seeing the trailer to the upcoming film "Machete." You can see the trailer here.
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